This week in books

This Week In Books (August 31st 2016)


This Week In Books is a weekly update on what you’ve been reading hosted by Lipsyy Lost & Found . A similar meme is hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words.

∧ Then ∧ Return To The Little French Guesthouse, Helen Pollard /
Miller’s Valley, Anna Quindlen

french guesthouse

Blue skies, new love, and a glass of Bordeaux . . . what could possibly go wrong?

When Emmy Jamieson leaves her life behind and moves to La Cour des Roses, a gorgeous guesthouse amidst vineyards in France, everything is resting on her success as the new guesthouse manager.

Looming in the calendar is the biggest booking ever, when the entire eccentric, demanding Thomson family will descend for a golden wedding anniversary. With airbeds on the floor and caravans in the garden, La Cour des Roses will be bursting at the seams.

Emmy knows she’s up to the challenge, especially with the support of the gorgeous Alain, the half-French, half-English, caramel-eyed accountant. But she hadn’t counted on a naked, sleepwalking travel blogger, or the return of owner Rupert’s venomous ex-wife Gloria.

Gloria has a few things to say about Emmy’s new role, Rupert’s finances, and the unsuspecting Alain, which send everybody reeling. Just when Emmy can see a future for herself of endless sunshine, true love and laughter, are her dreams about to be ripped at the seams?

Not going on holiday this summer, I was looking forward to travel back to La Cour Des Roses. Still, I opened this book with a tiny bit of trepidation, wondering if the sequel would be as good as the first book. It turns out I worried for nothing. I loved it!

miller's valley

Filled with insights that are hallmarks of Anna Quindlen’s bestsellers, this extraordinary novel is about a woman coming of age, as she unearths secrets about her family and her town, and surprising truths about herself.

For generations the Millers have lived in Miller’s Valley. Mimi Miller tells about her life with intimacy and honesty. As Mimi eavesdrops on her parents and quietly observes the people around her, she discovers more and more about the toxicity of family secrets, the dangers of gossip, the flaws of marriage, the inequalities of friendship and the risks of passion, loyalty, and love. Home, as Mimi begins to realize, can be “a place where it’s just as easy to feel lost as it is to feel content.”

Miller’s Valley is a masterly study of family, memory, loss, and, ultimately, discovery, of finding true identity and a new vision of home. As Mimi says, “No one ever leaves the town where they grew up, even if they go.” Miller’s Valley reminds us that the place where you grew up can disappear, and the people in it too, but all will live on in your heart forever.

After reading Annie’s review I decided this would be the perfect story to give audio books another try after that horrendous Throne of Glass disaster. I probably won’t review it because the format does not really suit the way I prepare for review. But I enjoyed the story and I will check out the narrator’s other pieces.

≈ Now ≈ The Dream Thieves, Maggie Stiefvater

the dream thieves

If you could steal things from dreams, what would you take?

Ronan Lynch has secrets. Some he keeps from others. Some he keeps from himself.

One secret: Ronan can bring things out of his dreams.

And sometimes he’s not the only one who wants those things.

Ronan is one of the raven boys—a group of friends, practically brothers, searching for a dead king named Glendower, who they think is hidden somewhere in the hills by their elite private school, Aglionby Academy. The path to Glendower has long lived as an undercurrent beneath town. But now, like Ronan’s secrets, it is beginning to rise to the surface—changing everything in its wake.

I have heard the second book is just as good as the first. The more I get into series, the more I wonder about reviewing them after the first book. Anyway, the book was calling me with its charming little voice, I had to change my reading plans and grab it!

∨ Next ∨ My Grandfather’s Eyes, B.A Spicer

my grandfather's eyes

Alex Crane is not a nice woman. But she understands what it is to be set apart from other people, and she knows the pain of unrequited love.

Inside a small cupboard at the top of the stairs during a Christmas game of hide and seek, five-year-old Alex Crane listens to her cousins as they dance downstairs chanting, ‘Poo face! Poo face!’ She raises a small hand and covers her moles, glowing with shame and confusion. She does not want them to find her. Already reeling from the loss of her beloved grandfather, the cousins’ careless words cut deep. But there is worse to come, and Alex discovers that there are very few people in the world whom she can trust. Years later, self-assured but emotionally disaffected, Alex marries, knowing that the only person she cares for is her closest friend, Lizzy. Trapped and with diminishing hope, Alex almost gives in to Richard’s suffocating devotion. However, the discovery of a family mystery takes her over. She pieces together clues and delves deeper into the past, recalling scenes from her childhood which mask a devastating truth. The cupboard at the top of the stairs cannot hold Alex forever.

Still very intrigued about this book, I’m hoping for a good story and a strong plot!

Have you read any of these books? What is on your list this week?
Do share in the comments:)
Happy reading


18 thoughts on “This Week In Books (August 31st 2016)”

    1. I highly recommend The Raven Boys! 🙂 The second book is good, but so far I haven’t come across anything brilliant, except for the writing.
      Return To The Little French Guesthouse was the perfect holiday read. Helen Pollard does it again! 🙂

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    1. The story reminded me of Anne Tyler, especially Digging To America. It follows two families who have adopted Korean babies. The narration of their lives and their relations is similar I think! 🙂

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  1. I always find it so difficult to review anything beyond the first book in a series as it’s impossible to avoid spoilers for the previous one unless you write a really quick and vague review along the lines of “I liked it”

    Glad to hear Return to the Little French Guesthouse lived up to the first one.

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