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Read Into 2016

Reading Into 2016

This gem of an idea was created by BOOKERTALK , so hop over there to get the full details (including a possible prize) but in brief this is a post about what I am reading to start 2016 off!

My choice is The Lake House by Kate Morton, an author whose books I love with their past to present connections – if you check out my header you will see some of her early books nestling there.

I bought The Lake House on pre-order, something I rarely do, and it was delivered to me in October but I felt that a book this anticipated, it has been over two years since read her last book, The Secret Keeper, that it deserved some dedicated reading time. I’m only a couple of chapters in and reluctantly breaking off to write this post.

The Lake House

It was hard to say what made her so certain, but as she turned to leave . . . she knew in that twist of the gut way a police detective had, that something terrible had happened in that house . . .
A missing child
June 1933, and the Edevane family’s country house, Loeanneth, is polished and gleaming, ready for the much-anticipated Midsummer Eve party. Alice Edevane, sixteen years old and a budding writer, is especially excited. Not only has she worked out the perfect twist for her novel, she’s also fallen helplessly in love with someone she shouldn’t. But by the time midnight strikes and fireworks light up the night skies, the Edevane family will have suffered a loss so great that they leave Loeanneth forever.
An abandoned house
Seventy years later, after a particularly troubling case, Sadie Sparrow is sent on an enforced break from her job with the Metropolitan Police. She retreats to her beloved grandfather’s cottage in Cornwall, but soon finds herself at a loose end. Until one day, Sadie stumbles upon an abandoned house surrounded by overgrown gardens and dense woods, and learns the story of a baby boy who disappeared without a trace.
An unsolved mystery
Meanwhile, in the attic writing room of her elegant Hampstead home, the formidable Alice Edevane, now an old lady, leads a life as neatly plotted as the bestselling detective novels she writes. Until a young police detective starts asking questions about her family’s past, seeking to resurrect the complex tangle of secrets Alice has spent her life trying to escape . . . Amazon

To finish the post of Bookertalk wants a picture of me with my book – I’ve done one of these before and cringed each time you lovely people read the post and it comes up on the side-bar to haunt me, but not being one to shy away from a challenge – here it is!!

Cleo reading Jan 2016

The eagle-eyed amongst you will note the orange ribbon that comes with the book – something that makes me happy, books I received as a child were always more special if they included a ribbon bookmark!

Because I’m nosy and have huge book envy I will be visiting Bookertalk’s post to see who else has posted about their first read of this year.


A book lover who clearly has issues as obsessed with crime despite leading a respectable life

53 thoughts on “Read Into 2016

  1. I love books with ribbons too – remember the old versions of classics I used to get from the library as a child? The paper was tissue thin but the books always had a lovely silk ribbon to mark your place. That doesn’t seem to happen too much now does it? The only one I remember having a ribbon was the Miniaturist …


    1. Those were the very books I was thinking of – I hadn’t realised it had a ribbon until this morning and I was SO thrilled I had to mention it. I haven’t read the Miniaturist, I may have to now just for the ribbon…


  2. Oh, ribbons are the best, Cleo! I can see why you have that one. The Lake House sounds very good, and I’ll be keen to knwo wht you think of it when you’ve finished it.


  3. How fun to have a ribbon! I see very few books with those these days. And I love the picture. I know. I don’t like to post mine either. I’m looking forward to reading The Lake House and perhaps other books by Kate Morton this year. I’ve only read The Distant Hours up to now.


  4. Yes, The Miniaturist comes with a ribbon, so you’ll have to read it! I don’t like posting my photo either, so I might try your smart idea of putting myself in shadow for the shot! I haven’t read any books by Kate Morton yet for some reason, but she is on my TBR list.


  5. In Spain we get all our presents on the night of the 5th of January, because the tradition says it’s the Three Wise Men – rather than Santa – who visits us. I asked my parents for a copy of The Lake House and I’m super excited to compare notes and ideas. Happy New Year, Cleo!


  6. Hmmm, I thought I commented on your post this morn. I’m intrigued about this book as well. I’ve only read Morton’s work once. I want to give her another go. Have a lovely session of reading.


  7. I definitely want to read a Kate M book, enjoy. Glad you came away from reading to post πŸ™‚ Happy New Year (I see below A Sister’s Promise, I read Forgotten Daughter last year, first time reading that author, she has beautiful writing. I hadn’t see her books around the blogosphere)


  8. I have this book on my shelf too to read, although have never read her as yet. But was persuaded! Nice choice. Love bookmarks too, although don’t mind if they have ribbons or not. Happy New Year.


    1. Orange ribbon envy here too! I’ve read a couple of Kate Morton’s, but missed the last couple, mainly as I have a massive hardback of one to read, and always feel I definitely shouldn’t buy any more books by an author until I’d read all the ones I already have (I occasionally break this rule – Jane Casey springs to mind!) I wonder if my hardback has a ribbon? Probably not!

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