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New On My Shelf

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I have three lovely new books to be added to my shelf this week and joy of joys! one of them is a beautiful paperback edition which I can see, smell and feel, was gifted to me out of generosity, by the author and beautifully inscribed by her with a personal message 🙂

I am still trying to be good and schedule all the books I receive, so as not to increase my toppling TBR pile, and so far it is working, although it’s quite a close call!

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This book arrived courtesy of the lovely Sarah, representing publisher Bookouture, via NetGalley, ready for my January ‘Books On Tour’ spot.


Cover image of the book 'An American In Paris' by author Siobhan Curham1937: Florence has dreamed her whole life of coming to Paris. She arrives on a sweltering summer day and, lost on the steep streets of Montmartre, asks for directions from Otto, a young artist with paint-spattered clothes and the most beautiful smile she has ever seen.

Otto becomes her guide to Paris, taking her to visit paintings in the Louvre and bookshops by the Seine. And when Otto returns home to finish his studies, they vow to reunite on the same spot they met, one year to the day.

Still dreaming of their parting kiss, Florence starts writing for an American newspaper and throws herself into becoming truly Parisian. All too soon, heady days of parties and champagne are replaced by rumours of war. When Otto finally returns to her, it is as an exile, fleeing Nazi persecution.

Soon, not even Paris is safe. Florence’s articles now document life under occupation and hide coded messages from the Resistance. But with the man she loves in terrible danger, her words feel hollow and powerless. If Florence risks everything by accepting a dangerous mission, can she rescue their dreams from that sunny day before the war?

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This NetGalley download, was made available by the lovely Claire, representing publisher, Flatiron Books. My Blog Tour / Review is scheduled for March 2021


Cover image of the book 'The Northern Reach' by author W.S. WinslowA heart-wrenching first novel about the power of place and family ties, the weight of the stories we choose to tell, and the burden of those we hide

Frozen in grief after the loss of her son at sea, Edith Baines stares across the water at a schooner, under full sail yet motionless in the winter wind and surging tide of the Northern Reach. Edith seems to be hallucinating. Or is she? Edith’s boat-watch opens The Northern Reach, set in the coastal town of Wellbridge, Maine, where townspeople squeeze a living from the perilous bay or scrape by on the largesse of the summer folk and whatever they can cobble together, salvage, or grab.

At the center of town life is the Baines family, land-rich, cash-poor descendants of town founders, along with the ne’er-do-well Moody clan, the Martins of Skunk Pond, and the dirt farming, bootlegging Edgecombs.

Over the course of the twentieth century, the families intersect, interact, and intermarry, grappling with secrets and prejudices that span generations, opening new wounds and reckoning with old ghosts.

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This beautiful paperback edition which I can see, smell and feel, was gifted to me out of generosity, by the author and beautifully inscribed by her with a personal message 🙂


Cover image of the book 'The Railway Girls' by author Maisie ThomasIn February, 1922, at the western-most entrance to Victoria Station in Manchester, a massive plaque was unveiled. Beneath a vast tiled map showing the lines of the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway network, a series of seven bronze panels recorded the names of the men of the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway who gave their lives for King and Country in the Great War – a total of 1,460 names.

In March, 1940, a group of women of varying ages and backgrounds, stand in front of the memorial, ready to do their bit in this new World War. Under the threat of invasion, it will take strength and courage to rise to the challenge of working as railway girls…

Mabel is determined to make a fresh start as a railway girl where no one will know the terrible thing she did and she can put her guilt behind her… Or is she just running away?

Meanwhile Joan will never be as good as her sister, or so her Gran keeps telling her. A new job as a station clerk could be just the thing she needs to forget her troubles at home.

And Dot is further into her forties than she cares to admit. Her beloved sons are away fighting and her husband – well, the less said about him the better. Ratty old sod. She is anxious to become a railway girl just like her dear mam – anything to feel she is supporting the sons she prays for every night.

The three women start off as strangers, but soon form an unbreakable bond that will get them through the toughest of times…

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Mailbox Monday’ is a gathering place for readers to share links to the books that came into their house during the last week.

This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well, after all you never know where that next “must read” book will come from!

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I began blogging, when I realised just how many other people out there shared my passion for the written word and I have been continually amazed at the wealth of books that are available and the amount of great new friends I have made, from literally 'The Four Corners Of The World'.

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  • All three of these appeal to me… which is Not Good! The Northern Reach particularly as it’s set in Maine which is a state I would *love* to visit. I’ve read a few books set there and I know I would love it. The frustrating thing is we went through Vermont and New Hampshire in 1996 and couldn’t have been more than a couple of hundred miles from Maine but back then I wasn’t aware of how beautiful it is. Never mind.

    I shall investigate an American in Paris as well as that really is my kind of thing. Nice post, Yvonne, even if you are a real temptress! LOL

    • Hi Cath,

      ‘Temptress!’ Eh! I shall have to remind Dave of that later when he says that I’m not offering him much of a choice for his evening meal!! 🙂

      I am being so good and only downloading books I think I might enjoy – the problem is, like yourself, I just know that all three of these are going to be right up my street!

      They are all scheduled in for review dates though, now all I have to do is stick to those dates. Easy when I am reviewing as part of a fixed Blog Tour plan, but not so easy when I just spot a title I might fancy, as it is all too easy to keep nudging the review date back!!

      I have already started with ‘An American In Paris’ and I really do think you might enjoy that one. It has a slightly different twist on a familiar wartime premise and there are a few unexpected surprises thrown into the mix too!

      Thanks for stopping by – I hope you are busy planning your ‘wild’ Christmas celebrations (that was said with a hint of sarcasm BTW – we are planning a very quiet affair and not planning to take any chances) 🙂

    • Hi Linda,

      And not a murder / thriller amongst them!

      It will be good to have some ‘lighter’ reading for a while, although ‘An American In Paris’ is turning out to be highly emotionally charged, but compelling story!

      Thanks for stopping by and Happy Reading 🙂

    • Hi Mary,

      I can see this little selection as being one which might appeal to you and as they are three such diverse storylines there are three totally different reading experiences in store!

      The one which intrigues me most is ‘The Northern Reach’ and as I haven’t read too many books set in Maine, I am looking forward to reading the story.

      Thanks for visiting and I hope that all is well with you 🙂

  • Hi Yvonne, what a great mailbox. An American in Paris looks especially good so does The Northern Reach. How nice of the author to personally inscribe the book for you. Enjoy your books this week!

    • Hi Naida,

      The titles you have picked up on are definitely the two I would have ear-marked for you, as ‘The Northern Reach’ is set in Maine and ‘An American In Paris’ in Paris and Arkansas.

      I have already almost finished ‘An American In Paris’, as I have a Blog Tour Review date scheduled with the publisher. If I tell you I am going to be giving this one 5 stars, you will be able to tell how much I am enjoying it, so long as the ending is all I hope it might be!

      It is great to have you back. I hope that you have re-discovered your reading mojo and have some great new books lined up to share 🙂

  • You wouldn’t have to twist my arm to get me to read any of these, but I believe the first one appeals to me the most. I keep thinking I’ve had my fill of WWII novels, but keep adding them to my TBR pile. *sigh*

    • Hi Kelly,

      There does seem to have be an abundance of WWII books around recently, but then I think that goes for several genres. There are so many ways of publishing a book now that many spaces are becoming overcrowded with titles!

      Speaking personally, I think that ‘An American In Paris’ is one of the best books around in the genre right now. I love the slight twists in what is quite a ‘samey’ premise, which make it unique and interesting. It is a story told in a dual timelines, between 1940s Paris and modern day ‘ranch land’ Arkansas, so I think you might enjoy it!

      Just keep on adding them to that toppling TBR pile, you’ll get to them one day 🙂 🙂

  • All three of these do look like books you will enjoy.
    I thought reading print books was taking me longer but that was when my old Kindle read the text to me. Now ebooks and print take about the same. And I am spoiled by audiobooks.
    I hope you are staying warm. Have a good week and Happy Reading!

    • Hi Martha,

      I do like an eclectic mix of genres, although unlike yourself, I don’t typically read science fiction or fantasy, so all of my new books this week look like good ones for me.

      I can’t remember the last time I read a physical book from my own shelves, as I just keep committing to Blog Tour / Review dates, which determine my reading. I do have a couple of physical books to include in my upcoming reading schedule, however typically my reading is either in PDF form on the computer, or ebooks on my Kindle.

      I always notice your growing collection of audiobooks, however this is one medium I can’t get along with, as I don’t enjoy being read to, and never did even as a child, so as soon as I was able to read by myself, that was it for me. I also like to get the ‘feel’ for a book by hearing the narration and dialogue ‘spoken’ by the characters themselves, if that makes sense?

      Thanks for taking the time to stop by, I always appreciate your visits 🙂

  • I like the sound of the American in Paris. I borrowed a similar book from the library, on the lives of women living in Paris during the WWII. It’s non-fiction, as you might have guessed. :)) I saw the review on a blog and I knew I would like to read it.
    The railway girls also sounds very interesting and, again, a bit similar to a book I reserved at the library.

    I hope you enjoy all the books. xx

    • Hi Anca,

      If I had to pick one of those two books for you, I would definitely plump for ‘An American In Paris’. Albeit that this is fiction, I consider it to have been well researched and offers quite a good snapshot of The French Resistance and the persecution of the Jews in occupied WWII Paris.

      I shall be interested to read about your book from the library, should you decide to share it on your blog.

      Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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