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Library Haul

Hi Bookworms!

Wednesdays are library days for my son and I. We go to baby rhyme time and then browse the shelves, I am really hoping that he grows up to love books and the library as much as I do!

Because I will be heading to the library every Wednesday, I will post what books I got in that week and give a bit of information about them!
If I post about any books that you have read, or have on your TBRs I would love to hear from you!

Without further ado, here are the books I got from the library this week!

img_1967Title: The Passengers
Author: Eleanor Limprecht
Synopsis: Sarah and Hannah are on a cruise from San Diego, California to Sydney Australia. Sarah, Hannah’s grandmother, is returning to the country of her birth, a place she hasn’t seen since boarding the USS Mariposa in 1945. She, along with countless other war brides, sailed across the Pacific to join the American Servicemen they’d married during World War II.
Hannah is the age Sarah was when she made her first journey, and in hearing Sarah tell the story of her life, realises the immensity of what her grandmother gave up.
The Passengers is a luminous novel about the journeys we undertake, the sacrifices we make and the heartache we suffer for love. It is about how we most long for what we have left behind. And it is about the past – how close it can feel – even after long passages of time.

This one I picked up and I just like the look of it and it sounds like a really lovely read, hopefully it turns out to be as good as I am imagining it to be!

 

img_1966Title: He Said/She Said
Author: Erin Kelly
Synopsis: In the summer of 1999, Kit and Laura travel to a festival in Cornwall to see a total eclipse of the sun. Kit is an eclipse chaser; Laura has never seen one before. Young and in love, they are certain this will be the first of many they’ll share.
But in the hushed moments after the shadow passes, Laura interrupts a man and a woman. She knows that she saw something terrible. The man denies it. It is her word against his.
The victim seems grateful. Months later, she turns up on their doorstep like a lonely stray. But as her gratitude takes a twisted turn, Laura begins to wonder—did she trust the wrong person?
15 years later, Kit and Laura are living under assumed names and completely off the digital grid: no Facebook, only rudimentary cell phones, not in any directories. But as the truth catches up to them, they realize they can no longer keep the past in the past.

This one has been on my list for the longest time, so when I came across it at the library, I didn’t hesitate to pick it up.

img_1965Title: The Boy
Author: Tami Hoag
Synopsis: A panic-stricken woman runs in the dead of night, battered and bloodied, desperate to find help. . . .
When Detective Nick Fourcade enters the home of Genevieve Gauthier outside the sleepy town of Bayou Breaux, Louisiana, the bloody crime scene that awaits him is both the most brutal and the most confusing he’s ever seen. Genevieve’s seven-year-old son, P.J., has been murdered by an alleged intruder, yet Genevieve is alive and well, a witness inexplicably left behind to tell the tale. There is no evidence of forced entry, not a clue that points to a motive. Meanwhile, Nick’s wife, Detective Annie Broussard, sits in the emergency room with the grieving Genevieve. A mother herself, Annie understands the emotional devastation this woman is going through, but as a detective she’s troubled by a story that makes little sense. Who would murder a child and leave the only witness behind?
When the very next day P.J.’s sometimes babysitter, thirteen-year-old Nora Florette, is reported missing, the town is up in arms, fearing a maniac is preying on their children. With pressure mounting from a tough, no-nonsense new sheriff, the media, and the parents of Bayou Breaux, Nick and Annie dig deep into the dual mysteries. But sifting through Genevieve Gauthier’s tangled web of lovers and sorting through a cast of local lowlifes brings more questions than answers. Is someone from Genevieve’s past or present responsible for the death of her son? Is the missing teenager, Nora, a victim, or something worse? Then fingerprints at the scene change everything when they come back to a convicted criminal: Genevieve herself.
The spotlight falls heavily on the grieving mother who is both victim and accused. Could she have killed her own child to free herself of the burden of motherhood, or is the loss of her beloved boy pushing her to the edge of insanity? Could she have something to do with the disappearance of Nora Florette, or is the troubled teenager the key to the murder? How far will Nick and Annie have to go to uncover the dark truth of the boy?

This one sounded so good when I read the synopsis, so I thought that I would give it a go!

I also picked up Dragonfly in Amber (Outlander #2) by Diana Gabaldon on Audiobook. There are two parts and it is going to take me a while to get through! But it will be much faster on audio than reading the paperback version for sure!

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So those are the few books that I picked up this week at the library, I am allowed to have them for three weeks, so I am hoping to have at least one of them done by Wednesday when I head back in!

What books have you borrowed from your library lately? Have you read any of the books I have written about in today’s post? I would love to hear all about it, leave me a comment in the box below! I always read and respond to any comments left! 🙂

Thanks for popping in to check out my Library Haul for the week, and until next time, happy reading!

Love, Kim x

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Catch-Up!

Hi Bookworms!

You may have noticed that I have been gone for a while! I have been on a kind of adventure of sorts..

I found out in August of last year that I was pregnant, and in May I welcomed a little boy into my world. 

To be completely honest with you all, during my pregnancy and shortly after having my son, reading and reviewing was the furthest thing from my mind. He is almost four months old now, and I am ready to get back into doing what I love.
I have started taking him to the local library, where we do rhyme time and I’m reading books to him, hoping he falls in love with them!

I am planning on starting slow, just reading when I can (with a four month old, this may prove to be tricky!), but I will do my best!

I am sorry that I went MIA, I am looking forward to getting back into it and reading up on everyones latest posts!

Until next time, happy reading!

Love, Kim

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Book Review | Inner Harbor by Nora Roberts (Chesapeake Bay Series #3)

The Book:

Inner HarbourTitle: Inner Harbor
Author: Nora Roberts
Series: Chesapeake Bay #3
Genre: Fiction; Romance
Published: Originally 1999
Format: Paperback
Length: 335 pages
Source: Library
Goodreads’ Rating: 4.17 / 5
Goodreads’ Synopsis: Third in the sweeping Chesapeake quartet, about three brothers who come together in a time of need. They honored their father’s wish to raise young Seth as their own. And with all of the brothers home again, the Quinn family has never been so strong. But in the months to come, their strength is tested–once again.

Phillip Quinn has done everything to make his life seem perfect. With his career on the fast track and a condo overlooking the Harbor, his life on the street is firmly in the past. But one look at Seth and he’s reminded of the boy he once was…

Phillip intends to fulfill his father’s dying request and considers Seth to be a duty. But he never expected he would grow to love Seth, and soon his promise to his father has become more than just an obligation. Seth’s future as a Quinn seems assured–until a stranger arrives in town. She claims to be researching St. Christopher’s for her new book, but the true objects of study are the Quinns. Her cool reserve intrigues Phillip. He is determined to uncover her motives, but she is holding a secret that has the power to threaten the life the brothers have made for Seth. A secret that could tear the family apart… forever.

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The Review:

This is the third book in the Chesapeake Bay series by Nora Roberts. I have been getting through this series quite quickly, if you have missed either of the other reviews, I will link them below.

This book, as with the previous two in the series, hooked me in, and hooked me in fast. In the third instalment, we follow Phillip Quinn who was the third boy to be adopted into the family. Phillip is successful and brilliant and has never let a woman get in the way, that is until he meets Sybil, an out-of-towner who is researching Phillip’s small home town for a new book.
Little does Phillip or the rest of the Quinn family know, Sybil is more than researching for a book, she has her own secrets that she is carrying around and her own hidden agenda for being in the little town. 

In the beginning, I did not like Sybil at all. I thought that she was just there to mess up the lives of the characters that I had come to fall in love with over the previous two books. The more I read, and the more I got to know her and her situation, the less I despised her. By the end, I was on her side, and cheering her on, especially when it came to her relationship with Phillip.

As Inner Harbor is the third book in a four-book series, this one answered a lot of the questions that I had been asking. I finally found out how Seth fit into the Quinn family and there were a lot of dots connected for me. The other part of this book that I loved were the twists. In order to have some of these questions answered, there was one main shock twist that caught me by surprise! I love that even though this was a book about love and family, there was still mystery and a plot twist that had me pouring through the pages to find out more. 

I am looking forward to getting into the final book, Chesapeake Blue, which I will no doubt pick up as soon as I finish this review, and read well past my bedtime! I have no idea what to expect in the next one, as for me a lot of the questions have been answered, but I am definitely intrigued and itching to find out what happens next. 

In case you missed the reviews for the previous books in the series, you can find them linked here:
Sea Swept
Rising Tides

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Thank you for stopping by and reading my review of Inner Harbor by Nora Roberts. Until next time, happy reading!

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The Week Ahead | Monday 4th March

Hi bookworms!

Its time for another “The Week Ahead” post to see what I am planning on reading throughout the coming week 🙂

Currently Reading:

Inner Harbour

Inner Harbor by Nora Roberts: I am currently 240 of 357 (67%) through this one, and I am thinking that I will be finished it by the end of today. This one has had a twist that I didn’t see coming, and it is slowly beginning to answer my questions as we are coming to the end of the series..

Up Next:

Chesapeake Blue by Nora Roberts: this is the fourth and final book in the series and I am going to get straight onto it as soon as I finish Inner Harbor.

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake: This is the first in a new series on my list for the Series to Finish challenge and I am looking forward to getting into it.

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What books are you reading this week? I would love to hear all about them 🙂

Thanks for stopping by, and until next time, happy reading

k i m @ b o o k s a r e l o v e 

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TBR | March 2019

Hi Bookworms!

March is here (somehow) and it is therefore time to check out what I plan on reading throughout the month!
Now, I had a pretty decent month in February, you can check out my wrap-up post here. So I am going to set a pretty high TBR goal for this month, and I am hoping that I can get most of the way there, of not the whole way! Lets have a look at the books I want to read this month:

Books to Read:

Inner Harbor by Nora Roberts is the third book in the Chesapeake Bay series, I am already 25% done with this one, and I don’t think it will take me too much longer to get through

Chesapeake Blue by Nora Roberts is the fourth and final book in the Chesapeake Bay series and I am really hoping to get all books read by the end of this month. They are quite easy reads, so I am hoping it won’t be a problem..

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake doubles as the first in a series that is in my Series to Finish challenge, and it is also on my Netgalley shelf that I want to clear away, so it will be happening in the month of March

City of Bones City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare are the first two books in the Mortal Instruments series, I am hoping to cross them off the Series to Finish list this month, but if I don’t get through both, I would like to at least get through the first one..

Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon is the second book of the Outlander series and I am keen to get into it..I have a feeling that it is going to take me the whole month though as it is a whopping 963 pages long! Wish me luck!

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As I said, I have set the bar high for the month of March, but I think I should be able to get through them all..and I am really hoping to enjoy them all, I think I have a good bunch of books here..

Have you read any of the books on my March TBR list? What did you think about them? I would love to hear your thoughts and discuss! Let me know in the comments box below

Thanks for stopping by, and until next time, happy reading!

k i m @ b o o k s a r e l o v e 

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Monthly Wrap-Up | February 2019

Hi there bookworms!!

I cannot believe that it is the end of February already! Which means that it is time for another wrap-up to see all that I have been up to this month

Books Read:

This month I was able to get through four books, which I am quite happy with 🙂 plus one of the books was HUGE and had taken me months to finish, so being able to finish it this month made me very happy!

Rising Tides by Nora Roberts: This was the second book of four in the Chesapeake Bay series. I am now halfway through this series, and that much closer to finishing the series, and knocking it off the Series to Finish Challenge!

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon: This book took me the longest time to finish! But I managed to get it done by the end of the month and I am so stoked about it. It is the first book in the Outlander series, and I am now one closer to the end of the series of eight or so books, I think this series is going to take me most of the year just because all of the books are insanely large!! But I am excited to see what happens next in the story!

Ragdoll by Daniel Cole: This one was a eARC for review from Netgalley that I had sitting around for the longest time, and I am trying to clear my Netgalley books at the moment. I really enjoyed this one and will be on the lookout for the next book in the series to read at some stage

Spare Room by Dreda Say Mitchell: I came across this one on other blogs and thought that it sounded amazing, I read it in about two sittings and I loved every minute of it!

Books Added to my TBR

Posts Written:

Reading Challenge Update:

Goodreads’ Reading Challenge: 6/20

Beat the Backlist Challenge: 6 books

Series to Finish Challenge: Outlander 1/8 ; Chesapeake Bay 2/4 

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How did you go in February? I would love to hear all about it!

Thanks for stopping by, and until next time, happy reading!

k i m @ b o o k s a r e l o v e 

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Weekly Catch-Up | Sunday 24th Feb 2019

Hi there bookworms! 

It is Sunday again, and therefore time for another Weekly Catch-Up – a weekly post about all that I have been reading and reviewing on my blog throughout the week!

Books Read:

I managed to finish two books this week:

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon: I FINALLY finished this book! I am so happy! If you have been following me lately, you will know that this book has been one of my ‘currently reading’ for the longest time! My goal was to finish it before the end of the month, and I managed to do that will a week to spare..thank the lord! hahaha. If you missed my review, there will be a link further down, so you can head over and check it out if you are interested!

Ragdoll by Daniel Cole: I really enjoyed this book, I was hooked from the beginning and it didn’t take me long to get through. This was a Netgalley book for review, and incase you missed the review, again there is a link a little further below.

Blog Posts:

I wrote a few posts throughout the week, if you missed any, they are linked just below 🙂

Challenge Update:

The books I completed this week added to the following challenges:

  • Goodreads Challenge
  • Beat the Backlist Challenge 
  • Series to Finish Challenge

A full update on the challenges will be in my monthly wrap up post in a few days time!

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Thank you for stopping by to read my Weekly Catch-Up. Stay tuned tomorrow for my Week Ahead post, in which I will chat about everything coming up through the next week 🙂

Until next time, happy reading!

k i m @ b o o k s a r e l o v e 

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