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W… W… W… Wednesdays

Image for weekly meme W... W... W...This weekly meme, hosted by MizB, over at ‘Should Be Reading’, is a snapshot of where I am at in my reading schedule.

To play along, just answer the following three questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

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This is the first time I have taken part and as I probably won’t be able to contribute every week, I have taken the liberty of adding in a couple more W…’s, which came to mind.

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What are you currently reading?

I have just started ‘The House On Willow Street’ by Cathy Kelly

I am only a short way into this book, however immediately, the first lines had me needing to know more.

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Welcome to Avalon: a quaint, sleepy town on the Irish coast. Nothing has changed here for generations – least of all  the huge mansion on Willow Street; the house in which sisters Tess and Suki Power grewup.

Now, years later, Tess is trying to save her marriage and protect her glamorous sister Suki who has come back home, dreams shattered. Similarly, Mara Wilson is seeking refuge from a broken heart at her Aunt Danae’s house. And Danae, the inscrutable postmistress, is hiding dark memories of her own.

Now that the big house is up for sale, change is blowing on the cold sea wind. But before they can look to the future, these four women must face up to the past …

What did you recently finsh reading?

My last book was ‘The Dragondain’ by Richard Due. This was the sequel to ‘The Moon Coin’ and the second book in ‘The Moon Realm’ series, a fantasy saga, which although written for the YA reader, can be equally enjoyed and marvelled at by adults.

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When a confused Jasper awakes, he’s convinced he’s dreaming. But by the time he meets Greydor, Jasper understands that this is no dream. In fact, persuading the King of the Rinn to work with the men of Dain to defeat their common enemy is a nightmare. Then there’s the other side of the coin: convincing Tavin and Dubb that saddling a Rinn isn’t certain death. (“It’ll be fun!”) And perhaps even a greater worry: can he make friends with Dubb’s daughter Darce before she punches his lights out?

Lily has problems, too. There’s a little mousie scratching in her closet. Or at least, it sounds like a little mousie. Oh, and her second confrontation with Curse, and trying to form her first peerin. (Don’t you have to be from Dain to do that?) And where’s Ebb?

One thing’s for sure: now that Lily and Jasper have entered the Moon Realm, nothing can ever be the same again.

What do you think you’ll read next?

Next up, is ‘Until There Was You’, a book which was a competition win and a copy of which was sent to me as a Kindle download by its author, Jessica Scott.

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A by-the-book captain with a West Point background, Captain Evan Loehr refuses to mix business with pleasure—except for an unguarded instance years ago when he succumbed to the deep sensuality of redheaded beauty Claire Montoya. From that moment on, though, Evan has been at odds with her, through two deployments to Iraq and back again. But when he is asked to train a team prepping for combat alongside Claire, battle-worn Evan is in for the fight of his life.

Strong, gutsy, and loyal, Captain Claire Montoya has worked hard to earn the rank on her chest. In Evan, Claire sees a rigid officer who puts the rules before everything else—including his people. When the mission forces them together, Claire soon discovers that there is more to Evan than meets the eye. He’s more than the rank on his chest; he’s a man with dark secrets and deep longings. For all their differences, Evan and Claire share two crucial passions: their country and each other.

What was your last review to be published?

My last published review was of ‘Transported’, a book from my own shelves and one which was a charity shop purchase by me. This book definitely falls into the realms of YA fiction and would make a great addition to any school curriculum, in the many countries in which the series is available.

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Wednesday, 19th May 1790

Sydney Cove is grey and scrubby. It looks out into the harbour and across at the hills on the other side.

Many of the convicts’ huts have been built on rocks. They are so ramshackle, their foundations must cling like limpets or a strong wind will send them into the water.

At night, our candles and oil lamps attract moths as big as birds and monstrous black beetles. There are also dozens of possums and large furry bats.

My Master says that because no one farms or owns this land, all animals are free to roam wherever they might wish …”

What will be your next review to be published?

Next up will be a great contemporary fiction book, ‘Olive Branches Don’t Grow On Trees’ by Grace Mattioli. It is a story of family feuding and hsotilities and one person’s aim to bring about a peaceful and lasting truce!

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Imagine you are asked to plan a gathering for a feuding family of six that has not been gathered together in over six years. Add to this the fact that the parents of this family are newly separated and that your own life is falling apart. This is the challenge that befalls twenty-three year old Silvia Greco when she is drafted into helping her mother plan a party for her younger brother’s high school graduation. She takes it on, and in doing so, must negotiate with each member of her family, appealing to their individual needs and interests, in order to get them to go. Through this process, she learns that peace is not something that is easily achieved or freely existing. It is something that needs to be created, cultivated and nurtured. In other words, she learns that “olive branches don’t grow on trees.”

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Yvonne

I can’t remember a time, even as a child, when I haven’t been passionate about books and reading.
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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6 comments
    • Hi Naida,

      The House On Willow Street, is already shaping up very nicely as an engrossing read, even though I have only covered the first 30 or so pages. The characters are all easy to connect with and Cathy Kelly has an easy flowing style of writing and is a consummate story teller, which seems to be par for the flourishing group of Irish authors in the current fiction book marketplace.

      Olive Branches Don’t Grow On Trees, was also well worth the read and I am just putting together my final thoughts on this one. Grace Mattioli, is a new name on the scene, but she also has the knack of making you feel part of the story, as you are reading. I am hoping that she has started work on another book and look forward to following her career, with interest.

      Thanks for taking the time to stop awhile and leave a comment, I always look forward to hearing what you have to say.

    • Hi Tracy,

      I see what you mean. The reviews on Amazon.co.uk, have indeed been very mixed. Those on Amazon.com are on the whole, a lot better, although still a little inconsistent.

      Personally, my review will be placed at the upper end of the review system, as I thoroughly enjoyed the book. True, in a couple of places things took 2 pages to say, when they might have just as well been said in 1, however I think that is perhaps a bit of Grace’s inexperience as an author showing through.

      Also, she said in the interview she did with me, that the whole story concept was based on the personal experiences she has had with her own family. I am not sure to what extent the story tracks those real life events, but I guess that the outpouring and wanting to get every little detail down on paper, is understandable.

      The review should be posted quite soon, so I hope that you will stop by and take a look.

      Thanks as always, for your considered and valued comments.

  • Long time no comment, sorry about my absence but it has been difficult to find time for blogging, not sure if you saw my news that my husband has been in hospital. You have been very busy with all the memes you take part in Yvonne. Anyway I wish you all the best for 2013.

    • Hi Linda,

      No, I am so sorry that I haven’t heard about your husband being unwell and in hospital. I sincerely hope that he is making steady progress back to health and that you are getting as much help and support as you need, so as to be able to devote the time necessary to his needs, without becoming ill yourself.

      I know that I have been lapse in my blog hopping of late, however, we were out of the country for most of December and since then things have rather passed in a blur … I can’t believe that we are already more than half way through January.

      I do seem to have concentrated on the memes rather more than I perhaps intended, however my reading levels have diminished to ridiculously low levels, so reviews are very rare and scant just now. Yet I still wanted to keep in touch with fellow bloggers, so regular postings on memes seemed the obvious answer.

      I am hoping that 2013 sees a dramatic upturn in my ‘reading mojo’ and of course, I wish both yourself and your husband all good things, including health, for the coming year.

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