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This Week in Books (August 16)

This Week In Books
Hosted by Lipsy Lost & Found my Wednesday post gives you a taste of what I am reading this week. A similar meme is run by Taking on a World of Words

I am (about to start) reading The Vanishing of Audrey Wilde by Eve Chase, published last month this tale set in the Cotswolds in 1959 and promises mystery aplenty.


Nineteen fifty-nine. The four Wilde sisters, Isla, Violet, Maggie and Dot, are spending the summer in the Cotswolds, at Applecote Manor. Affectionately called the Wildlings, the sisters are exceptionally close, yet this year there’s a sense of nostalgia. Things are changing.

Except for Applecote itself, a house that seems frozen in time. The sisters haven’t been there in five years; not since their cousin Audrey mysteriously vanished.

But as they discover Applecote’s dark secrets and new temptations, the sisters begin to grow apart. Until the night everything spirals out of control and the Wildlings form a bond far thicker than blood . . . NetGalley

I have just finished another historical novel also set in the 1950s this time Dublin is the setting for The Judge’s Wife by Ann O’Loughlin.


Can a love last forever?
When Emma returns to Dublin to put her estranged father’s affairs in order, she begins to piece together the story of his life and that of Grace, the mother she never knew. She knows her father as the judge – as stern and distant at home as he was in the courtroom. But as she goes through his personal effects, Emma begins to find clues about her mother that shock her profoundly.
A tale of enduring love and scandal that begins in 1950s Dublin and unravels across decades and continents, digging up long-buried family secrets along the way, The Judge’s Wife asks whether love really can last forever. Amazon

Next up I’m moving a little further back in time with the non-fiction book Stranger in the House by Julie Summers


From 1945, more than four million British servicemen were demobbed and sent home after the most destructive war in history. Damaged by fighting, imprisonment or simply separation from their loved ones, these men returned to a Britain that had changed in their absence.

In Stranger in the House, Julie Summers tells the women’s story, interviewing over a hundred women who were on the receiving end of demobilisation: the mothers, wives, sisters, who had to deal with an injured, emotionally-damaged relative; those who assumed their fiancés had died only to find them reappearing after they had married another; women who had illegitimate children following a wartime affair as well as those whose steadfast optimism was rewarded with a delightful reunion.

Many of the tales are moving, some are desperately sad, others are full of humour but all provide a fascinating account of how war altered ordinary women’s lives forever. Amazon

I’m not quite sure how I have such history orientated reading this week – poor spreadsheet planning methinks but I do spy some crime coming up after this little lot!

What do you think? Any of these take your fancy? Please do leave your thoughts in the comments box below.


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

48 thoughts on “This Week in Books (August 16)

  1. I struggle at times with historical fiction but all three definitely look like they would be fascinating reads. Stranger in the House looks the most interesting but I have a feeling it’d be a really sad read.


  2. Reading planning spreadsheets? I’m in awe! I only have a list for my review books, otherwise I stick to mood. But sometimes certain topics or types of books cluster, don’t they?


  3. I really enjoyed The Vanishing of Audrey Wilde. Don’t know if you have read the author’s previous book, Black Rabbit Hall, but I thought this latest one was better. I too like the sound of Stranger in the House. I don’t read much non-fiction but I might make an exception for this one. Finally, I can completely identify with your dependence on your spreadsheet. I have one too that I would be lost without. It has separate tabs for blog tours, ARCs and review copies from authors & publishers to give me at least a sense that I’m on top of things!


    1. I didn’t read Black Rabbit Hall and I already know I’m going to enjoy The Vanishing of Audrey Wilde from the very little I’ve read.
      My spreadsheet sounds very much like yours – it has a tab for each month – a tab for physical books, NetGalley books and kindle books with (all colour coded) and additional colour coding for blog tours – it has dates of publication so I don’t forget to post to Amazon if I review earlier and I don’t know how I’d manage without it! I also use it to look at what I read at different times in previous years – number of personally owned copies versus ARCs as well as whether an author is ‘new to me’ Very often the next month has the schedule of books fully filled in before I get the month starts.

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  4. I really hope you enjoy The Vanishing Of Audrey Wilde! I hadn’t read the authors first book, Black Rabbit Hall, but I’ve put it on the shopping list.


  5. I love historical fiction.Stranger in my house would make for a good nonfictional read….Enjoy your upcoming crime reads.


  6. I happen to really like a good historical novel, Cleo, so I’m not surprised that these appealed to you. And I do the same sort of thing sometimes; I seem to read a lot of historical novels, or thrillers, or… all in a row. Interesting how our tastes do that, isn’t it?


  7. An intriguing bunch! The Vanishing of Audrey Wilde appeals most – I already want to know what happened when events spiralled out of control. Theer’s nothing to beat a bit of spiralling…


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