Hello readers! I hope you all are well and summer is going better. We finally had rain here. It’s still humid but first rain always feels so good with less heat, smell of rain, and everything looking clean and green after the rain. All summer I feel so irritated because of unbearable heat but as soon as it rains it takes away that irritation. Of course, I’m not a fan of monsoon season as it soon turns everything muddy, mosquitoes starts coming in the house to suck the blood, and flies and humidity bring a different kind of irritation but at least it’s better than summer.
Apart from first rain, last week was really good. For the first time after pandemic, my husband went to office. Of course not permanently, just for important meetings as now they have remote working policy and all, but it felt sooo good. I like him home, it kind of made me dependent and I had lot of help at home too but you know I also liked getting back my pre-covid space this last week. And strangely, my kid has been behaving better too.
I also had meeting with Paahi’s class teacher. It was good to talk about how she is doing in class and how much she has improved. They have same concerns as mine, she talks less and doesn’t speak during circle time but otherwise, she is lovely and they too noticed she is her own person but I’m fine with that.
My week in reading was good too as I loved both books I read. I just finished second one, The Dead Romantics, and so I’m writing this post a little late.
Last week I read
It Happened One Summer (Bellinger Sisters #1) by Tessa Bailey
Me and Toni absolutely loved this book. It was refreshing, fun, with lots of light, serious and sexy moments. If you’re in for smutty romance, you definitely should read this. It is so so well written and I loved characters’ development.
The Dead Romantics by Ashley Poston
What should I say? One thing I realized is I have a thing for books that involve death or dead. It’s fourth book I read so far in which characters can see ghosts or deal with death. This is so very heartwarming, beautiful and touching. I loved the concept of ghostwriter who could see ghosts found her new editor- who refused to give extension to her story- as ghost at her father’s funeral parlor when she returned to her hometown for her father’s funeral. Yup, lots of death words in one line but this story isn’t as morbid as it sounds. It has light, funny and lovely moments too. It was so easy to root for Florence and it was great to see how her view toward love changed throughout the story. I absolutely loved twists after climax.
What I plan to read next
Miss Aldridge Regrets by Louise Hare
Would make Agatha Christie proud… Irresistible and smart.
–Fiona Davis, New York Times bestselling author of The Magnolia Palace
Named A Most Anticipated Mystery of Summer by Betches, Essence, Crime Reads and more!
The glittering RMS Queen Mary. A nightclub singer on the run. An aristocratic family with secrets worth killing for.
London, 1936. Lena Aldridge wonders if life has passed her by. The dazzling theatre career she hoped for hasn’t worked out. Instead, she’s stuck singing in a sticky-floored basement club in Soho, and her married lover has just left her. But Lena has always had a complicated life, one shrouded in mystery as a mixed-race girl passing for white in a city unforgiving of her true racial heritage.
She’s feeling utterly hopeless until a stranger offers her the chance of a lifetime: a starring role on Broadway and a first-class ticket on the Queen Mary bound for New York. After a murder at the club, the timing couldn’t be better, and Lena jumps at the chance to escape England. But death follows her onboard when an obscenely wealthy family draws her into their fold just as one among them is killed in a chillingly familiar way. As Lena navigates the Abernathy’s increasingly bizarre family dynamic, she realizes that her greatest performance won’t be for an audience, but for her life.
With seductive glamor, simmering family drama, and dizzying twists, Louise Hare makes her beguiling US debut.
This will be last book of the month. Something different after series of romances I’m reading lately and I so need this before I go on another romance spree. I have heard mystery is really good. I’m starting this before end of the day.
Flirting with Fifty by Jane Porter
A sexy and sparkling later-in-life contemporary romance about a woman who leaps out of her comfort zone and takes a chance on love by New York Times bestselling author Jane Porter.
Paige Newsom is finally at a place in her life where she’s comfortable. She loves her job as a college professor in Southern California, lives close enough to her mother to visit her regularly, and has three daughters who are flourishing in their own careers. Paige has no plans to upend her life again after her divorce eight years ago, but she’s about to embark on a new adventure: co-teaching a course that includes a three-week international field study.
Paige can think of a dozen reasons why she shouldn’t go, one being a dazzling Australian biologist who will be teaching alongside her. Professor Jack King is charismatic, a world traveler, and more like Indiana Jones than Indiana Jones, all of which unsettles Paige, who prides herself on being immune to any man’s charms. As the two co-professors lead the rigorous program together, first on campus, then in beautiful Tanzania, Paige’s biggest challenge will be working closely with Jack while resisting the undeniable chemistry she feels when she’s with him.
I should have read this around publication date but I had so much going on in May. Well, I now have a little gap in my calendar so now is the time. I will read it this weekend.
Words of the Week
(not many words this week)
Gremlin – an imaginary mischievous sprite regarded as responsible for an unexplained mechanical or electronic problem or fault. / an unexplained problem or fault.
Belletristic – written and regarded for aesthetic value rather than content
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