Hello, readers! And, I’m so excited to be able to say this… HAPPY FIRST DAY OF SPRING!
I’ve been on a little hiatus the last week or so, keeping a busy family schedule and trying to catch up on my reading a bit. So let’s jump back in with a look at what books have kept me occupied. That’s right… time for WWW Wednesday!
WWW Wednesday is hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words! This is always a good mid-week status check of my reading list. (You can see my last WWW Wednesday post here.)
It’s a fun way to keep up with what everyone is reading. To join me, read my answers, then answer the same questions about your reading in the comments below, and if you like, in the comments on Sam’s WWW Wednesday post! Simply use these three questions:
- What are you currently reading?
- What did you recently finish reading?
- What do you plan to read next?
And now… onward to WWW Wednesday!
What are you currently reading?
The Winter Sister by Megan Collins: I discovered this debut novel through my friends on #Bookstagram, and ordered it in my first Book of the Month shipment. Collins spins a tale of suspense, secrets and family bonds. I’m just starting this book and anxious to come back and tell you more once I’ve finished it! Here’s a summary:
Sixteen years ago, Sylvie’s sister Persephone never came home. Out too late with the boyfriend she was forbidden to see, Persephone was missing for three days before her body was found—and years later, her murder remains unsolved.
In the present day, Sylvie returns home to care for her estranged mother, Annie, as she undergoes treatment for cancer. Prone to unexplained “Dark Days” even before Persephone’s death, Annie’s once-close bond with Sylvie dissolved in the weeks after their loss, making for an uncomfortable reunion all these years later. Worse, Persephone’s former boyfriend, Ben, is now a nurse at the cancer center where Annie is being treated. Sylvie’s always believed Ben was responsible for the murder—but she carries her own guilt about that night, guilt that traps her in the past while the world goes on around her.
As she navigates the complicated relationship with her mother, Sylvie begins to uncover the secrets that fill their house—and what really happened the night Persephone died. As it turns out, the truth will set you free, once you can bear to look at it.
The Winter Sister is a mesmerizing portrayal of the complex bond between sisters, between mothers and daughters alike, and forces us to ask ourselves—how well do we know the people we love most?
I’ve been reading quite a bit in the suspense/domestic thriller genre this year, and wondering why I didn’t read more of these sooner! This title is available now.
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What did you recently finish reading?
The Hidden Corpse by Debra Sennefelder: This is a cozy mystery series from a new-to-me author. The Food Blogger Mystery Series follows Hope, a food blogger who has recently returned to her hometown. I received this second book through Net Galley, and naturally, I had to go back and also read the first book, The Uninvited Corpse… but I think it would work fine to read it as a standalone.
In The Hidden Corpse, Hope’s elderly neighbor is lost in a suspicious fire, but when the body of a missing local woman is also found in the ruins of the home, Hope is determined to find out what really happened.
I was intrigued at the idea of a series that featured a blogger as the main character, and it’s interesting to see many blogging tasks and challenges woven into Hope’s daily life. The story has a lot going on and many questions to be answered, like: What’s with this secret day spa in the next town? How is the ambitious new reporter in town getting her info and scooping Hope’s friend Drew? Does the murder tie back to town politics? And last but not least…. *is* Hope’s dinner invitation a date?? (Hint: Maybe!)
This second book in the series releases March 26th… while you’re waiting, give the first book a try!
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What do you plan to read next?
The Farm by Joanne Ramos: Calling it now… this will be one of the most talked-about books of the spring. Another find through #Bookstagram, this wildly intriguing title is set around a baby farm. Yep, you read that right. Here’s a preview:
Nestled in New York’s Hudson Valley is a luxury retreat boasting every amenity: organic meals, personal fitness trainers, daily massages—and all of it for free. In fact, you’re paid big money to stay here—more than you’ve ever dreamed of. The catch? For nine months, you cannot leave the grounds, your movements are monitored, and you are cut off from your former life while you dedicate yourself to the task of producing the perfect baby. For someone else.
Jane, an immigrant from the Philippines, is in desperate search of a better future when she commits to being a “Host” at Golden Oaks—or the Farm, as residents call it. But now pregnant, fragile, consumed with worry for her family, Jane is determined to reconnect with her life outside. Yet she cannot leave the Farm or she will lose the life-changing fee she’ll receive on the delivery of her child.
Gripping, provocative, heartbreaking, The Farm pushes to the extremes our thinking on motherhood, money, and merit and raises crucial questions about the trade-offs women will make to fortify their futures and the futures of those they love.
Both unbelievable and not as far-fetched as we’d like to think, this novel seems slightly dystopian and incredibly thought provoking. It releases May 7th and you can pre-order your copy now!
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That sums up my reading this week. How about you… any intriguing reads on your list right now? Let me know in the comments. Enjoy your (hopefully spring-like) week… and happy reading!
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My thanks to Net Galley, along with Kensington (The Hidden Corpse) and Random House (The Farm), for providing complimentary digital review copies of some titles. All opinions are my own.