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Connie ROOTs again in 2022 part 1

1connie53
Redigerat: jul 19, 2022, 8:02 am

Hi ROOTers,

Of course I will take part in ROOTing in 2022.

I'm known to most of you, but here is a small introduction.
I'm Connie (68) and I live in the Netherlands (which might explain my English being a bit off sometimes). I am retired and have worked in a school for kids from age 12 to 19 for 15 years.
Not as a teacher but as a kind of assistant to the deans.

I've been reading ROOTs since when they were called BOMBs in 2012 so this is my eleventh year. And I'm loving to be among all the people I got to know and love here.

Since I can't rehome books (I just can't part with them) they just move to another room in the house. My favorite genres are Fantasy and Thrillers, but I like novels too. Especially in summer when it's warm and sultry.

I'm married to Peet (71) and we have one son Jeroen (38) and one daughter Eveline (35)
Jeroen lives with his girlfriend Rianne (34) near by and they have a daughter Lonne (3 years old)
Eveline lives with her boyfriend Cyrille (38) in another town, Maastricht, half an hour from us by car.
They have two girls, Fiene (5 years old) and Marie (2 year old).

2connie53
Redigerat: jul 19, 2022, 8:15 am

For my RL Book-club I will read books for the challenges we set for 2022
I will keep a list of them here.

Writer alphabet
01. De verdwijning van de horlogemaker - Natasha Pulley
02. Ultiem bewijs - Peter James
Other world
01. De IJzerkoning - Julie Kagawa
Bizar
01. De koopman van Peru - Natasha Pulley
02. Wat jij niet ziet - Sarah Pinborough
Books about books
01. De puzzelvrouwen van Berlijn - Anna Ellory
02. Een langzaam smeulend vuur - Paula Hawkins
03. De boekwinkel voor gebroken harten - Robert Hillman
Duet
01. Met het bloed van mijn hart, deel 1 - Diana Gabaldon
02. Met het bloed van mijn hart, deel 2 - Diana Gabaldon
Food
01. De patisserie - Charlotte Jacobi
02. De chocoladevilla - Maria Nikolai
Greek Mythology
01. Wolkenstad - Anthony Doerr
Bigger than
01.
Witches
01. Babes in the Wood - Mark Stay
Celestial bodies
01. Bij het licht van de maan - Santa Montefiore
Colour
01. Sneeuwwit - Samuel Bjørk
02. Een kleine gouden ring - Kjell Ola Dahl
03. Rood waas - Patricia Cornwell
Multiple challenges
01. De geheimen van de kostschool - Lucinda Riley
Eyes on the cover
01.
Talking Animals
01. Voortvluchtig - Karin Alvtegen
Robots
01. Klara en de zon - Kazuo Ishiguro
School
01.
Writer dead
01. De liefdesbrief - Lucinda Riley
02. Stad der nevelen - Carlos Ruiz Zafón
Timelines
01. Mijn zomers aan zee - Tracy Rees
02. De laatste vlucht - Julie Clark
03. Project Hail Mary - Andy Weir
04. De magische cirkel - Katherine Neville
Garden
01. De rozentuin - Tracy Rees
Residence
01. De kelder - Brian Freeman
02. De kerk van de dode meisjes - Stephen Dobyns
03. Het gruwelhuis - Franck Thilliez
04. Het geheim van Silvermoor - Tracy Rees

3connie53
Redigerat: dec 29, 2021, 6:55 am

This is my family at brunch last Christmas. Peet and I are at the far end of the table.
On the left side are Rianne, Jeroen and Lonne
On the right side are Cyrille, Eveline, Marie and Fiene


4connie53
Redigerat: jan 17, 2022, 10:28 am



Eveline, Cyrille, Marie and Fiene

5connie53
Redigerat: jan 17, 2022, 10:28 am



Jeroen and Rianne



Lonne

7connie53
Redigerat: jul 19, 2022, 8:22 am

This is where I will keep track of all books read in 2022: ROOTs, new and shiny tree-books, e-books.

This first post is for January, February and March.



001. De liefdesbrief - Lucinda Riley - book - Forumchallenge # 1 - - BFB # 1 -
002. Met het bloed van mijn hart, deel 1 - Diana Gabaldon - book - Forumchallenge # 2 - BFB # 2 - ROOT # 1 -
003. Met het bloed van mijn hart, deel 2 - Diana Gabaldon - book - Forumchallenge # 3 - BFB # 3 - ROOT # 2 -
004. De kelder - Brian Freeman - book - Forumchallenge # 4 - ROOT # 3 -
005. Bij het licht van de maan - Santa Montefiore - book - Forumchallenge # 5 - ROOT # 4 -
006. Voortvluchtig - Karin Alvtegen - book - Forumchallenge # 6 - ROOT # 5 -
007. Sneeuwwit - Samuel Bjørk - book - Forumchallenge # 7 -
008. A Spindle Splintered - Alix E. Harrow - ebook - FF # 1 -
009. De puzzelvrouwen van Berlijn - Anna Ellory - book - Forumchallenge # 8 - ROOT # 6 -
010. De verdwijning van de horlogemaker - Natasha Pulley - book - Forumchallenge # 9 - ROOT # 7 -
011. Vertel het de bijen, deel 1 - Diana Gabaldon - book - BFB # 4 -
012. Vertel het de bijen, 2 - Diana Gabaldon - book - BFB # 5 -
013. De kerk van de dode meisjes - Stephen dobyns - book - Forumchallenge # 10 - ROOT # 8 -
014. Een kleine gouden ring - Kjell Ola Dahl - book - Forumchallenge # 11 - ROOT # 9 -
015. Vallend duister - Robert Bryndza - book - ROOT # 10 -

8connie53
Redigerat: jul 19, 2022, 8:25 am

This is where I will keep track of all books read in 2022: ROOTs, new and shiny tree-books, e-books.

This post is for April, May and June.



016. Ik zal je vinden - Linwood Barclay - book - ROOT # 11 -
017. Het gruwelhuis - Franck Thilliez - book - ROOT # 12 - Forumchallenge # 12 -
018. Rood waas - Patricia Cornwell - book - ROOT # 13 - Forumchallenge # 13 -
019. Het familiegeheim van Florence Grace - Tracy Rees - book - ROOT # 14 -
020. De rozentuin - Tracy Rees - book - Forumchallenge # 14 -
021. Het geheim van Silvermoor - Tracy Rees - book - ROOT # 15 - Forumchallenge # 15 -
022. De match - Harlan Coben - book -
023. Doodsangst - Peter James - book - ROOT # 16 -
024. Mijn zomers aan zee - Tracy Rees - book - Forumchallenge # 16 - BFB # 6 -
025. Ik volg jou - Peter James - book - ROOT # 17 -
026. Een langzaam smeulend vuur - Paula Hawkins - book - ROOT # 18 - Forumchallenge # 17 -
027. De puzzelman - Nadine Matheson - book - ROOT # 19 -
028. Geen spat veranderd - Sophie Hannah - book -
029. Een teken van leven - R.J. Ellory - book -
030. De laatste vlucht - Julie Clark - book - Forumchallenge # 18 -
031. De koopman van Peru - Natasha Pulley - book - ROOT # 20 - Forumchallenge # 19 -
032. Verloren meisjes - Angela Marsons - book - ROOT # 21 -
033. Project Hail Mary - Andy Weir - book - ROOT # 22 - Forumchallenge # 20 - BFB # 7 -
034. Gallant - V.E. Schwab - book -
035. Wat jij niet ziet - Sarah Pinborough - book - Forumchallenge # 21 -
036. De boekwinkel voor gebroken harten - Robert Hillman - book - Forumchallenge # 22 -
037. De magische cirkel - Katherine Neville - book - ROOT # 23 - Forumchallenge # 23 - BFB # 8 -
038. De geheimen van de kostschool - Lucinda Riley - book - Forumchallenge # 24 -
039. Stad der nevelen - Carlos Ruiz Zafón - book - ROOT # 24 - Forumchallenge # 25 -
040. Floddertje - Annie M.G. Schmidt - book - kids (no stars)
041. Babes in the Wood - Mark Stay - book - ROOT # 25 - Forumchallenge # 26 -
042. Ultiem bewijs - Peter James - book - Forumchallenge # 27 -
043. De patisserie - Charlotte Jacobi - book - Forumchallenge # 28 -
044. De IJzerkoning - Julie Kagawa - book - ROOT # 26 - Forumchallenge # 29 -
045. De IJzerprinses - Julie Kagawa - book - ROOT # 27 -
046. Wolkenstad - Anthony Doerr - book - ROOT # 28 - Forumchallenge # 30 - BFB # 9 -
047. De chocoladevilla - Maria Nikolai - book - Forumchallenge # 31 -

9connie53
Redigerat: jul 19, 2022, 8:26 am

This is where I will keep track of all books read in 2022: ROOTs, new and shiny tree-books, e-books.

This post is for July, August and September.



048. Gewetenloos - Karin Slaughter - book -
049. Kom eens gauw - M.J. Arlidge - book - BFB # 10 -
050. Klara en de zon - Kazuo Ishiguro - ebook - Forumchallenge # 32 -
051. Een vreemde in huis - Shari Lapena - book -
052. Het stel van hiernaast - Shari Lapena - ebook -
053. Een eed zo duivels - Brigid Kemmerer - book - ROOT # 29 -

10connie53
Redigerat: jul 19, 2022, 8:26 am

This is where I will keep track of all books read in 2022: ROOTs, new and shiny tree-books, e-books.

This post is for October, November and December.

11connie53
Redigerat: jul 19, 2022, 8:27 am

This is where I will keep track of Chunksters, books with more than 500 pages



01. De liefdesbrief - Lucinda Riley - 510 pages -
02. Met het bloed van mijn hart, deel 1 - Diana Gabaldon - 549 pages -
03. Met het bloed van mijn hart, deel 2 - Diana Gabaldon - 626 pages -
04. Vertel het de bijen, I - Diana Gabaldon - 622 pages -
05. Vertel het de bijen, 2 - Diana Gabaldon - 705 pages -
06. Mijn zomers aan zee - Tracy Rees - 507 pages -
07. Project Hail Mary - Andy Weir - 559 pages -
08. De magische cirkel - Katherine Neville - 591 pages -
09. Wolkenstad - Anthony Doerr - 636 pages -
10. Kom eens gauw - M.J. Arlidge - 522 pages -

12connie53
Redigerat: jul 19, 2022, 8:35 am

This is where I will keep track of all my bought books in 2022 (excluding e-books)



01. De bronzen stad - S.A. Chakraborty
02. De koopman van Peru - Natasha Pulley
03. The Left-handed Booksellers of London - Garth Nix
04. Babes in the Wood - Mark Stay
05. Een eed zo duivels - Brigid Kemmerer
06. Een klasse apart - Joanne Harris
07. Het Achterhuis - Anne Frank
08. Vertel het de bijen, I - Diana Gabaldon
09. Vertel het de bijen, II - Diana Gabaldon
10. Geen spat veranderd - Sophie Hannah
11. De meisjes van Ravensbrück - Anna Ellory
12. Een teken van leven - R.J. Ellory
13. De wezens - Matt Haig
14. De understudy - B.A. Paris, Clare Mackintosh, Holly Brown, Sophie Hannah
15. De rozentuin - Tracy Rees
16. Het geheugen van Babel - Christelle Dabos
17. De gunst - Nicci French
18. Mijn zomers aan zee - Tracy Rees
19. De laatste vlucht by Julie Clark
20. De match by Harlan Coben
21. De vermisten van Maneschijn by Christelle Dabos
22. Monterosso mon amour - Ilja Leonard Pfeijffer
23. Wat jij niet ziet - Sarah Pinborough
24. De familie Aubrey - Rebecca West
25. Dingen die je alleen ziet als je er de tijd voor neemt - Haemin Sunim
26. Gallant - V.E. Schwab
27. Ultiem bewijs - Peter James
28. De boekwinkel voor gebroken harten - Robert Hillman
29. Winterhuis Hotel - Ben Guterson
30. De patisserie - Charlotte Jacobi
31. De geheimen van de kostschool - Lucinda Riley
32. Een duistere schittering - Stacy Willingham
33. Een vreemde in huis - Shari Lapena
34. De chocoladevilla - Maria Nikolai
35. The End of Magic - Mark Stay
36. Gewetenloos - Karin Slaughter
37. Kom eens gauw - M.J. Arlidge

Italics is read

13connie53
Redigerat: jul 19, 2022, 8:36 am

This is for Book Bullets that hit me here.



01. Babes in the wood - Mark Stay BB by Jackie_K - Finished
02. Het stel van hiernaast - Shari Lapena - BB by Nickelini Finished

14connie53
Redigerat: jan 5, 2022, 3:53 am

Stats for 2021

TBR on december 31 2021: 392 including 56 e-books = 336 tree-books
Total books/e-books read in 2021: 100
Tree-books read in 2021: 77 including 45 ROOTs
e-books read in 2021: 23

Total tree-books into the house: 54 (31 read)
50 books bought,
4 books as presents

Books out of the house unread 22, read 1

15connie53
dec 29, 2021, 6:05 am

Welcome everybody!

16Jackie_K
dec 29, 2021, 7:41 am

Glad to see you back for another year, and to see yet more pictures of your lovely family! The girls are getting so grown up, aren't they?

17connie53
dec 29, 2021, 7:43 am

>16 Jackie_K: Yes they do, far too fast. But it is nice to be able to have a real conversation with them.

18Jackie_K
dec 29, 2021, 7:55 am

>17 connie53: Oh definitely! And for some reason they're very funny at the pre-school age.

19majkia
dec 29, 2021, 8:02 am

Lovely family. Great luck with your ROOTing and life in general!

20cyderry
dec 29, 2021, 1:45 pm

Connie, I'm so glad that you are back! The pictures of your family are beautiful and I'm sure that they bring you great joy!

I wish my kids and grandkids lived closer but thanks to technology, at least I can see them and talk to them occasionally.

21rabbitprincess
dec 29, 2021, 6:51 pm

Hurray, Connie's here! Love the family pictures :)

I agree with Jackie, kids are the *best* at the preschool, or maybe kindergarten age. Lots of vocabulary and no filter :D

22LoraShouse
dec 30, 2021, 1:59 am

Welcome back! Beautiful family

23connie53
dec 30, 2021, 7:47 am

Thanks, Jean, Chèli, RP and Allison. It feels so good to start a new fresh year and I'm glad I can continue to 'see' you all regularly.

24torontoc
dec 30, 2021, 10:27 am

Nice to see your family photos- here is to a great reading year!

25connie53
dec 30, 2021, 11:05 am

Thanks, torontoc.

26LadyBookworth
dec 30, 2021, 8:54 pm

Love the photos! OOhh to be able to travel to Amsterdam again...Love the architecture!

Happy reading- my you reach all your goals in 2022! :+}

27connie53
dec 31, 2021, 1:23 am

Thanks, LadyB!

I'm not sure if it is Amsterdam, it might be Utrecht or any other town in The Netherlands. I will ask my son.

28connie53
dec 31, 2021, 9:19 am

>27 connie53: The picture was taken in Middelburg, a small town in Zeeland (a province in the south of the Netherlands) where the big flood was in 1953.

29rocketjk
dec 31, 2021, 10:35 am

Happy reading in 2022. I'll look forward to following along with your thread, here.

30connie53
dec 31, 2021, 10:42 am

That's nice, Jerry. Happy to see you.

31floremolla
dec 31, 2021, 4:53 pm

Hi Connie, happy reading in 2022 - lovely to see your family all looking well, and grand-daughters getting big! Hope you're well too and that the new year is good to you.

32connie53
jan 1, 2022, 3:29 am

Thanks Donna. Good to see you here again.

33Ameise1
jan 1, 2022, 5:11 am



Happy reading 2022 :-)

34FAMeulstee
jan 1, 2022, 5:34 am

Happy ROOTing in 2022, Connie!

35connie53
jan 1, 2022, 7:51 am

Thanks, Barbara and Anita

Same to you and your families.

36curioussquared
jan 1, 2022, 2:29 pm

Happy new year, Connie! Looking forward to seeing what you read :)

37connie53
jan 1, 2022, 3:52 pm

Thanks, Natalie.

38readingtangent
jan 2, 2022, 2:46 pm

Happy New Year, Connie! And happy ROOTing :).

39connie53
jan 2, 2022, 5:49 pm

Thank you, Elizabeth!

40Robertgreaves
jan 3, 2022, 2:58 am

A Happy New Year of reading, Connie

41connie53
jan 3, 2022, 5:54 am

Thanks, Robert.

42connie53
Redigerat: jun 10, 2022, 12:22 pm

I'm now reading De liefdesbrief by Lucinda Riley Forumchallenge # 1>/b>



The Blurb, NOT my review

When Sir James Harrison, one the greatest actors of his generation, passes away at the age of ninety-five he leaves behind not just a heartbroken family but also a secret so shocking, so devastating that it could rock the English establishment to its core. Joanna Haslam is an ambitious young journalist, assigned to cover the legendary actor's funeral. The great and the good of the celebrity world are there. But Joanna stumbles on something dark beneath the glamour: the mention of a letter James Harrison has left behind, the contents of which others have been desperate to conceal for over seventy years. As she peels back the veil of lies that has shrouded the secret, she realizes that there are other forces attempting to prevent her from discovering the truth. And they'll stop at nothing to reach the letter before she does.

This book was the first thriller mrs. Riley wrote after a few rather successful novels. She started writing this book in 1998 and it was published in 2000 with the title "Seeing Double", just after the celebration of the hundredth birthday of the queen-mother of Great Britain. Not a very lucky thing to do, because the book is situated around a family with lots of similarities to the British Royal family.
It was boycotted by the press, book presentation and other pr-events were canceled. Lucinda's publisher ended the contract she had with them and Lucinda could not get another one anywhere.
But she got back on her feet after a few years.

When reading this thriller now I can see why the Royals were not amused. The book shows too, that mrs. Riley had some things to learn about writing a thriller. Some things are very obvious, but it is a nice enough book to read now.

43LaurenRaven
jan 3, 2022, 6:12 am

Detta konto har stängts av för spammande.

44connie53
Redigerat: jun 10, 2022, 12:24 pm

I finished my first book for the year, but it's not a ROOT

De liefdesbrief by Lucinda Riley - BFB # 1 - 510 pages - Forumchallenge # 1

My review

A nice book to read but it is noticeable that this was one of Mrs. Riley's first thrillers. Very similar to the story of the British Royal Family and the Crown. Intrigues everywhere and also affairs, illegitimate children and a ruthless secret service. Fun but predictable and not nearly as good as the later books.

Now starting in Met het bloed van mijn hart deel 1 by Diana Gabaldon, BFB # 2 - ROOT # 1 - Forumchallenge # 2 - 549 pages
In the Netherlands this book was published in 2 parts and this will be my third read. I do this for my RL Forumchallenge.

"

The Blurb, NOT my review

1778: France declares war on Great Britain, the British army leaves Philadelphia, and George Washington's troops leave Valley Forge in pursuit. At this moment, Jamie Fraser returns from a presumed watery grave to discover that his best friend has married his wife, his illegitimate son has discovered (to his horror) who his father really is, and his beloved nephew, Ian, wants to marry a Quaker. Meanwhile, Jamie's wife, Claire, and his sister, Jenny, are busy picking up the pieces.

The Frasers can only be thankful that their daughter Brianna and her family are safe in twentieth-century Scotland. Or not. In fact, Brianna is searching for her own son, who was kidnapped by a man determined to learn her family's secrets. Her husband, Roger, has ventured into the past in search of the missing boy . . . never suspecting that the object of his quest has not left the present. Now, with Roger out of the way, the kidnapper can focus on his true target: Brianna herself.

45mstrust
jan 3, 2022, 1:03 pm

Hello, Connie! Happy new year, and lots of luck ROOTing!

46connie53
jan 3, 2022, 2:05 pm

Hi Jennifer, good to see you found my thread. And thanks for the good wishes!

47rosalita
jan 3, 2022, 2:17 pm

>44 connie53: I am on the holds list for the latest book in this series, and I've been thinking I really need to go back and re-read at least the most recent one because it's been years since it was released and I remember almost nothing.

48detailmuse
jan 3, 2022, 5:08 pm

Happy 2022 ROOTing, Connie! Beautiful family!!

49Familyhistorian
jan 3, 2022, 8:35 pm

Nice family photos up above, Connie. Best of luck with your ROOTing this year!

50connie53
jan 4, 2022, 2:02 am

>47 rosalita: I'm re-reading this now, because of a challenge on my RL-bookclub. Another member was reading it and told about the first few pages and I could not remember anything about it. She suggested I could read it with her and we could fit this in the challenge of my RL-bookclub. See >2 connie53:
and make it a duet.

>48 detailmuse:, >49 Familyhistorian: Thanks MJ and Meg

51MissWatson
jan 4, 2022, 5:02 am

Hi Connie, how lovely to see your family again.The girls are growing up so fast!
And congrats on finishing your first ROOT already!

52connie53
Redigerat: jan 4, 2022, 5:31 am

>51 MissWatson: Hi Birgit, I knew you would end up here eventually so I refreshed the page a few times. Good to see you here.
Yes, the girls grow up fast. Fiene is a girl now, not a toddler anymore. Even Marie is little girl and mimicking everything Fiene does, and getting angry when she can't do what her big sister can do.
Lonne is a very wise old soul in a child's body.

53MissWatson
jan 4, 2022, 5:25 am

>52 connie53: Yes: Im working my way through the threads to say hello. Catching up after a few days away from LT takes quite some time.

54connie53
jan 4, 2022, 6:08 am

The first book for 2022 has just arrived



De bronzen stad by S.A. Chakraborty

The Blurb, NOT my review

Nahri has never believed in magic. Certainly, she has power; on the streets of eighteenth-century Cairo, she's a con woman of unsurpassed talent. But she knows better than anyone that the trades she uses to get by-palm readings, zars, and a mysterious gift for healing-are all tricks, both the means to the delightful end of swindling Ottoman nobles and a reliable way to survive.

But when Nahri accidentally summons Dara, an equally sly, darkly mysterious djinn warrior, to her side during one of her cons, she's forced to reconsider her beliefs. For Dara tells Nahri an extraordinary tale: across hot, windswept sands teeming with creatures of fire and rivers where the mythical marid sleep, past ruins of once-magnificent human metropolises and mountains where the circling birds of prey are more than what they seem, lies Daevabad, the legendary city of brass-a city to which Nahri is irrevocably bound.

In Daevabad, within gilded brass walls laced with enchantments and behind the six gates of the six djinn tribes, old resentments run deep. And when Nahri decides to enter this world, her arrival threatens to ignite a war that has been simmering for centuries.

Spurning Dara's warning of the treachery surrounding her, she embarks on a hesitant friendship with Alizayd, an idealistic prince who dreams of revolutionizing his father's corrupt regime. All too soon, Nahri learns that true power is fierce and brutal. That magic cannot shield her from the dangerous web of court politics. That even the cleverest of schemes can have deadly consequences.

After all, there is a reason they say to be careful what you wish for . . .

55MissWatson
jan 4, 2022, 8:24 am

Ohh, I just bought this a few days before Christmas!

56connie53
Redigerat: jan 4, 2022, 8:58 am

Then I will be curious what you think of it, Birgit. It's my RL-Bookclub chosen book for January and February. So I hope to get to it soon. But after my current read by Diana Gabaldon

57curioussquared
jan 4, 2022, 11:21 am

>54 connie53: That one is on my big list of books to read this year! Maybe I will try to read it soon so we can read it at similar times, Connie.

58connie53
jan 4, 2022, 11:37 am

That would be nice, Natalie. First I have to read my Gabaldon books, which are big books too.

59Caramellunacy
jan 4, 2022, 12:35 pm

Happy new year, Connie! I wish you many books that are just right for you. Looking forward to seeing what you pick up.

60Henrik_Madsen
jan 4, 2022, 4:56 pm

Happy new year and good to see you back for another year. Happy ROOTing!

61connie53
jan 4, 2022, 9:44 pm

Thank you CL and Henrik. Same to you.

62connie53
jan 5, 2022, 9:38 am

And another book entered the house.



De koopman van Peru by Natasha Pulley

The Blurb, NOT my review

In 1859, ex-East India Company smuggler Merrick Tremayne is trapped at home in Cornwall after sustaining an injury that almost cost him his leg. When the India Office recruits Merrick for an expedition to fetch quinine--essential for the treatment of malaria--from deep within Peru, he knows it's a terrible idea. Nearly every able-bodied expeditionary who's made the attempt has died, and he can barely walk. But Merrick is desperate to escape the strange events plaguing his family's crumbling estate, so he sets off, against his better judgment, for the edge of the Amazon. There he meets Raphael, a priest around whom the villagers spin unsettling stories of impossible disappearances, cursed woods, and living stone. Merrick must separate truth from fairytale and gradually realizes that Raphael is the key to a legacy left by generations of Tremayne explorers before him ...

63rabbitprincess
jan 5, 2022, 11:04 am

>62 connie53: That's a great cover!

64connie53
jan 5, 2022, 11:09 am

Yes, I like it too. But I think the cover in >54 connie53: is beautiful too.

65HelenBaker
Redigerat: jan 6, 2022, 12:58 am

I smile as I imagine these books quietly sneaking into your house and finding sanctuary, Connie. I am sure they will be very happy and appreciated in their new home. :-)

66connie53
jan 6, 2022, 7:04 am

>65 HelenBaker: LOL, Helen. There was a time, before my retirement, when my ordered books were sent to my job. And I could really sneak them in. Just leave them in my bicycle bags until Peet was asleep on the couch.

67connie53
jan 7, 2022, 10:30 am

The last book of my order just entered the house.

The Left-handed Booksellers of London by Garth Nix



The Blurb, NOT my review

In a slightly alternate London in 1983, Susan Arkshaw is looking for her father, a man she has never met. Crime boss Frank Thringley might be able to help her, but Susan doesn't get time to ask Frank any questions before he is turned to dust by the prick of a silver hatpin in the hands of the outrageously attractive Merlin.

Merlin is a young left-handed bookseller (one of the fighting ones), who with the right-handed booksellers (the intellectual ones), are an extended family of magical beings who police the mythic and legendary Old World when it intrudes on the modern world, in addition to running several bookshops.

Susan's search for her father begins with her mother's possibly misremembered or misspelt surnames, a reading room ticket, and a silver cigarette case engraved with something that might be a coat of arms.

Merlin has a quest of his own, to find the Old World entity who used ordinary criminals to kill his mother. As he and his sister, the right-handed bookseller Vivien, tread in the path of a botched or covered-up police investigation from years past, they find this quest strangely overlaps with Susan's. Who or what was her father? Susan, Merlin, and Vivien must find out, as the Old World erupts dangerously into the New.

68curioussquared
jan 7, 2022, 10:59 am

>67 connie53: I have this one on my shelves, too! But who knows when I'll get to it :)

69connie53
jan 7, 2022, 12:02 pm

>68 curioussquared: Same here. But maybe soonish because one of the challenge from my RL book-club is: Read a book about books.

70Nickelini
jan 8, 2022, 5:28 pm

I always love your family pictures.

71connie53
jan 9, 2022, 3:24 am

Here is another one. Yesterday we celebrated Eveline's 36 birthday and I got this moment with the girls making jigsaw puzzels. Fiene did make one with 156 pieces and Marie one with 45 pieces. Lonne was helping with both.

72Ameise1
jan 9, 2022, 3:48 am

>71 connie53: So beautiful 😍

73connie53
jan 9, 2022, 6:25 am

Thank you, Barbara.

74Jackie_K
jan 9, 2022, 7:32 am

>71 connie53: So precious! I'm sure the girls will look back on these when they are older and know just how much you love them! Also, happy birthday to Eveline!

75detailmuse
jan 9, 2022, 10:50 am

>71 connie53: Beautiful!

76Familyhistorian
jan 9, 2022, 7:31 pm

Nice puzzle making picture, Connie. I really liked The Left-Handed Booksellers of London when I read it. I hope you do too.

77HelenBaker
jan 9, 2022, 8:23 pm

>71 connie53: A favourite pastime here too, Connie.

78connie53
Redigerat: jun 10, 2022, 12:27 pm

Thanks, Ladies. It is a nice picture and we loved doing the puzzles.

Finished my first ROOT for the year. Met het bloed van mijn hart, deel 1 by Diana Gabaldon

This is my third read and the book stays strong and entertaining. Never a dull moment.

Continuing in Met het bloed van mijn hart, deel 2 ROOT # 2 - BFB # 3 - Forumchallenge # 3

79karenmarie
jan 10, 2022, 10:17 am

Hi Connie! Happy Rooting for 2022.

Love the pics of your family, thanks for sharing.

>44 connie53: I’m glad you’re reading book 8. Book 9, Go Tell The Bees I’m Gone, was published in English last fall, and I hope to get to it sometime late winter or early spring. I’ll need to at least read a plot synopsis of book 8, before I start it, since I read the entire series in 2016.

>47 rosalita: Great minds, Julia, about refamiliarizing ourselves with where things stand at the end of book 8.

>71 connie53: Such a wonderful picture.

80connie53
Redigerat: jan 11, 2022, 3:47 am

Thanks, Karen. Part 9 will be published in February in the Dutch version, Again in 2 separate books. And although I re-read them now for my RL Book-club challenge it also is a nice preparation for book 9.

81mstrust
jan 11, 2022, 4:41 pm

That's a great picture of you and your girls. I have to ask about the artwork behind you. It's so interesting, and am I right in saying it's creepy clowns?

82connie53
Redigerat: jan 12, 2022, 2:04 am

Very creepy Clowns. I''m just not sure who painted it. It's painted by a painter from Maastricht named Chrit Rousseau. The clowns are just making fun of the audience on the left.

https://www.chritrousseau.nl/portfolio/galerie

83enemyanniemae
jan 15, 2022, 11:15 am

Hi, Connie- just wanted to check in and say I am happy to be back and may we all surpass our reading goals and find all our books enjoyable. I may not be around often- on top of recovering from abdominal surgery, I just came down with either omicron or the flu. Whatever it may be, it is kicking my butt. I know 2021 to be over and done with. Someone forgot to tell the universe.

84connie53
jan 16, 2022, 6:51 am

>84 connie53:. I'm so sorry to hear that, EAM. I hope it's 'just' the flu and not omicron. Take care of your self and read some nice books if you are not to ill to do that. L&H!

85connie53
Redigerat: jun 10, 2022, 12:29 pm

Now starting in my third ROOT for the year and a very old ROOT, bought in 2010 when a RL reading group hosted a big meeting with a few Dutch writers and with Brian Freeman as special guest.



I'm the one in the orange top on the floor at Brian's feet.
So it's time I read this one.



De kelder by Brian Freeman ROOT # 3 - Forumchallenge # 5

The Blurb, NOT my review

Lieutenant Jonathan Stride is quietly recovering from injuries sustained on his latest case when a rich doctor's baby is kidnapped and his peace is shattered. As suspicion builds that the doctor may have staged the baby's disappearance, the relationship between the doctor and his wife and neighbors begins to disintegrate. Stride and his lover, Serena, a former Las Vegas detective, find themselves on opposite sides of the case, with Stride pursuing evidence that incriminates the doctor and Serena trying to prove that the baby really was abducted. Meanwhile, Stride's partner, Maggie, and a headstrong young cop are tracking a man responsible for a violent crime wave in the rural areas of Duluth. There seems to be no connection between the cases--until a victim with ties to the doctor's case turns up murdered in the signature style of the Duluth killer.

86connie53
Redigerat: jun 10, 2022, 12:29 pm

Finished De kelder by Brian Freeman This is ROOT # 3 - Forumchallenge # 4 and I give this book

My review

Exciting and entertaining. With some plot twists that I didn't see coming. I found it a bit messy at the end, but was a good story.

87connie53
Redigerat: jun 10, 2022, 12:30 pm

Now starting in ROOT # 4 - Forumchallenge # 5 Bij het licht van de maan by Santa Montefiore



The Blurb NOT my review

Flappy Scott-Booth is the self-appointed queen bee of Badley Compton, a picturesque Devon village. While her husband Kenneth spends his days on the golf course, she is busy overseeing her beautiful house and gardens, and organising unforgettable events, surrounded by friends who hang on to her every word. Her life is a reflection of herself - impossibly perfect. Until the day that Hedda Harvey-Smith and her husband Charles move into the village. Into an even grander home than hers. Taking the front seat on the social scene, quite literally. That simply will not do. Flappy is determined to show Hedda how things are done here in Badley Compton. But then she looks into Charles's beautiful green eyes. And suddenly, her focus is elsewhere. She is only human, after all...

88Nickelini
jan 22, 2022, 11:32 am

>87 connie53: I’m pretty sure Flappy and Kenneth were minor characters in a different book by that author. I didn’t realize Montefiore did that. Anyway, I like to read her books once in a while

89connie53
jan 23, 2022, 11:11 am

And I finished this book and are a bit disappointed. The book gets

My review

Certainly not Santa Montefiore's best book. It's more of a parody of high society and especially the ladies who are perfect at everything they do. Flappy Scott-Booth is constantly praising herself. Her house, her gardens, her wardrobe, her philanthropy, her noble deeds, her talents for painting, decoration, great ideas, everything is so contrived and totally over the top. You should read the book with that in your mind, otherwise it's just sub-par nonsense.
After a little revival in the story, somewhere in the middle, it just gets boring because it's more and more of the same.

90connie53
Redigerat: jun 10, 2022, 12:30 pm

Now reading Voortvluchtig by Karin Alvtegen ROOT # 5, Forumchallenge # 6
Originally Swedish book



The blurb NOT my review

Sibylla lives on the street. She is a nobody. Then she finds herself thrust into the news headlines after a man who bought her dinner winds up dead. When another body is found, Sibylla becomes the prime suspect, and she is forced on the run from crimes she didn't commit.

91Nickelini
jan 23, 2022, 4:21 pm

>87 connie53:, >89 connie53:

Have you read many of her books? In 2020 I really enjoyed The Temptation of Gracie, but last year I read The Italian Matchmaker, which was "meh". I have one or two more of hers on my shelf

92connie53
jan 24, 2022, 8:41 am

I have read 22 of her books and loved most of them. This was completely different. I hope she stays far from this new concept. I likes the Deverill books the most.

93connie53
Redigerat: jun 10, 2022, 12:33 pm

I finished Voortvluchtig by Karin Alvtegen yesterday and give that book

My review

A 250-page thriller that only gets somewhat exciting after 150 pages is not really a thriller. The first part is a description of Sibylla's life and what has led to her present situation. That part is not written with great speed and is a bit boring in terms of writing style. Then when the young Patrik comes across Sibylla's path, things suddenly go terribly fast, but the writing style remains dull and flat. Not really recommended in my opinion.

I started a new book, not a ROOT this time. After 2 rather bad books I need something that I know is going to be good

Sneeuwwit by Samuel Bjørk Forumchallenge # 7
Originally Norwegian



The blurb NOT my review

2001. Two eleven-year-old boys are murdered in a suburb of Oslo. A dead red fox is found next to the two bodies. The case resembles another unsolved case from Sweden. Holger Munch heads a new investigative unit and has a team of the best detectives. He gets a call from the police academy, they have an extraordinarily talented student who got the highest scores in their tests: Mia Krüger.

Munch shows young Mia Krüger photos from both crime scenes, and it takes her only a few minutes to see things his team hadn't even thought of. The beginning of a partnership and one of the most blood-curdling serial killer hunts ever…


94Caramellunacy
jan 26, 2022, 6:13 am

>93 connie53: How disappointing that the writing style didn't hold your interest - it's awful when a thriller forgets to do the "thrilling" part!

95cyderry
jan 31, 2022, 4:20 pm

>67 connie53: read this - it's classified as you g adult but at times I thought it was a bit too graphic for that age group. I'm interested t know what you think.

96connie53
feb 1, 2022, 9:03 am

You will know when I get to it, soon(ish)

I was away for a long weekend to my BFF, Vera. We had a very relaxed time, lots of talking and crossword puzzels and cryptograms. Some walking, excellent food (Vera is a good cook) and late nights watching films and series on Netflix. I even prolonged my stay with one day.

On Peets ward is a case of Covid and they don't allow any visitors for the next couple of days. So I could stay longer than planned. Which was really nice. Not much reading done, though.

97connie53
Redigerat: jun 10, 2022, 12:32 pm

Bought this book and I don't know who hit me with this BB, but I think it was Jackie. (and this thought was confirmed by Jackie)

Babes in the Wood by Mark Stay



The blurb, NOT my review

Woodville has returned to 'normal' after the departure of the Crow Folk. The villagers put out fires from aircraft shot down in the Battle of Britain, and Faye Bright discovers that magic can be just as dangerous as any weapon. The arrival of a trio of Jewish children fleeing the Nazis brings the fight for Europe to the village. When their guardian is found dead, Faye must play nanny to the terrified children while gathering clues to uncover a dark magic that threatens to change the course of the war. And she must do it quickly - the children have seen too much and someone wants them silenced for good. For fans of Lev Grossman and Terry Pratchett comes the second novel in this delightful trilogy of war, mystery and a little bit of magic . . .

98connie53
feb 1, 2022, 10:23 am

And finished Sneeuwwit by Samuel Bjørk and the book gets

My review

Samuel Bjørk's books are always exciting and ingeniously put together. In this book we go back to the beginning of the collaboration between Holger Munch and Mia Krüger. Holger asks her to help him investigate the murder of 2 boys found in the woods. There was also a similar murder in Sweden years before. Mia has a very different take on the crime scene photos. She sees things that are missing and can make connections flawlessly. The investigation is progressing well and there are several suspects.
I was misled a lot of times. But at some point somewhere in the latter part of the book, I realized who it might be the perpetrator. Definitely a must for anyone who likes exciting books.

99Jackie_K
feb 1, 2022, 3:42 pm

>97 connie53: Yes it was me that hit you with that one (isn't the cover gorgeous?). I hope you enjoy it!

100connie53
feb 2, 2022, 4:09 am

>99 Jackie_K: Good to know my memory of that was correct, Jackie. And the cover is really delightful.

101connie53
Redigerat: jun 10, 2022, 12:33 pm

Now reading as tree-book

De puzzelvrouwen van Berlijn by Anna Ellory, ROOT # 6, Forumchallenge # 8



The Blurb, NOT my review

Berlin, 1989. Siblings Rune and Lotte are shaken awake by Mama and told to follow her quietly into the night. Last time they snuck away from Papa, with Mama bruised and broken, they were back within a week. But this time they are starting a new life, Mama says, where nobody can ever hurt them again.

Ten years later, the memories of their escape are blurry. Mama is long gone and the siblings are back at Papa's house. But when they receive a mysterious notebook that seems to have come from Mama, Papa tears it apart. Could there be more to their past than they've been led to believe?

With Rune paralysed by fear, Lotte takes their fate into her own hands. When she learns about the Puzzle Women working tirelessly to reconstruct files shredded by the former secret police, she begs them to help her piece Mama's story back together. But as Papa's threats against both siblings escalate, can they unite to learn the full, brutal truth in Mama's own words at last?


And as e-book on my kobo

A Spindle Splintered by Alix E. Harrow



The Blurb, NOT my review

It's Zinnia Gray's twenty-first birthday, which is extra-special because it's the last birthday she'll ever have. When she was young, an industrial accident left Zinnia with a rare condition. Not much is known about her illness, just that no-one has lived past twenty-one.
Her best friend Charm is intent on making Zinnia's last birthday special with a full sleeping beauty experience, complete with a tower and a spinning wheel. But when Zinnia pricks her finger, something strange and unexpected happens, and she finds herself falling through worlds, with another sleeping beauty, just as desperate to escape her fate.

102connie53
Redigerat: jun 10, 2022, 12:34 pm

I finished A Spindle Splintered by Alix E. Harrow and the book gets

My Review

Very nice novella that I really enjoyed. Zinnia has a serious illness and will not get much older than 21. On that birthday, her friend Charm throws a party for her with a 'Sleeping Beauty' theme where Zinnia accidentally pricks herself on the spinning wheel. Zinnia finds herself in another world and is introduced to a 'different' version of Sleeping Beauty. Zinnia must help herself and Primrose escape their curse and return to their own worlds.

103connie53
Redigerat: jun 10, 2022, 12:35 pm

Finished ROOT # 6, Forumchallenge # 8 De puzzelvrouwen van Berlijn by Anna Ellory and this book gets

My review

This was one of the few times I've cursed at a person in a book. I was so frustrated with what was happening that I was really mad.
The story is set in Berlin and Nuremberg in 1989 and 1999. Rune (10) and Lotte (5) are brother and sister. Home is not safe because of their father. When their mother smuggles them out of the house in 1989, they go to a shelter far away from their father. The father is a powerful man in the police force and their mother doesn't stand a chance when she goes to the police to file a complaint against her husband.
In 1999 Lotte and Rune live alone with their father and his new wife. One day Lotte receives a package containing a diary written by their mother, which is immediately torn up by father. Then she hears on the radio that there are a number of people in Nuremberg who are trying to reassemble shredded documents from the Stasi. They're called "The Puzzle Women." Lotte decides to travel to Nuremberg with the torn pieces of the diary to have them reassembled there. The women are nice to Lotte and try to help her in their spare time and slowly the story of what has happened is put together.
I thought this was a really heartbreaking story. It is also well, and at times beautifully, written.

104connie53
feb 9, 2022, 11:39 am

Starting another ROOT # 7



De verdwijning van de horlogemaker by Natasha Pulley

The blurb, NOT my review

1888. Five years after they met in The Watchmaker of Filigree Street, Thaniel Steepleton, an unassuming translator, and Keita Mori, the watchmaker who remembers the future, are traveling to Japan. Thaniel has received an unexpected posting to the British legation in Tokyo, and Mori has business that is taking him to Yokohama. Thaniel's brief is odd: the legation staff have been seeing ghosts, and Thaniel's first task is to find out what's really going on. But while staying with Mori, he starts to experience ghostly happenings himself. For reasons Mori won't--or can't--share, he is frightened. Then he vanishes. Meanwhile, something strange is happening in a frozen labor camp in Northern Japan. Takiko Pepperharrow, an old friend of Mori's, must investigate. As the weather turns bizarrely electrical and ghosts haunt the country from Tokyo to Aokigahara forest, Thaniel grows convinced that it all has something to do with Mori's disappearance--and that Mori may be in serious danger.

105Robertgreaves
feb 9, 2022, 7:01 pm

>104 connie53: That sounds intriguing. I've wishlisted the first in the series

106connie53
feb 14, 2022, 7:13 am

>105 Robertgreaves: very good idea, Robert.

107connie53
feb 14, 2022, 9:35 am

Bought in the last week



Het achterhuis by Anne Frank

I read this a long time ago and now it was republished by the Foundation 'geef een boek cadeau' translation: give a book as a gift.

The Blurb, NOT my review

Discovered in the attic in which she spent the last years of her life, Anne Frank's remarkable diary has since become a world classic -- a powerful reminder of the horrors of war and an eloquent testament to the human spirit. In 1942, with Nazis occupying Holland, a thirteen-year-old Jewish girl and her family fled their home in Amsterdam and went into hiding. For the next two years, until their whereabouts were betrayed to the Gestapo, they and another family lived cloistered in the "Secret Annex" of an old office building. Cut off from the outside world, they faced hunger, boredom, the constant cruelties of living in confined quarters, and the ever-present threat of discovery and death. In her diary Anne Frank recorded vivid impressions of her experiences during this period. By turns thoughtful, moving, and amusing, her account offers a fascinating commentary on human courage and frailty and a compelling self-portrait of a sensitive and spirited young woman whose promise was tragically cut short.

and



Een eed zo duivels by Brigid Kemmerer

The Blurb, NOT my review

Grey has been revealed as the rightful prince of Emberfall. But the kingdom is crumbling fast, torn between his claim and that of the reigning Prince Rhen and Princess Harper.

Newly crowned as Queen of the enemy kingdom Syhl Shallow, Lia Mara struggles to rule with a gentler hand than her mother. But as Grey moves closer to claiming the crown of Emberfall, both Harper and Lia Mara are forced to question where they stand – and how far they can follow the dictates of their hearts.


and



Een klasse apart by Joanne Harris

The blurb, NOT my review

After thirty years at St Oswald's Grammar in North Yorkshire, Latin master Roy Straitley has seen all kinds of boys come and go. Each class has its clowns, its rebels, its underdogs, its 'Brodie' boys who, whilst of course he doesn't have favourites, hold a special place in an old teacher's heart. But every so often there's a boy who doesn't fit the mould. A troublemaker. A boy with hidden shadows inside. With insolvency and academic failure looming, a new broom has arrived at the venerable school, bringing Powerpoint, sharp suits and even sixth form girls to the dusty corridors. But while Straitley does his sardonic best to resist this march to the future, a shadow from his past is stirring. A boy who even twenty years on haunts his teacher's dreams. A boy capable of bad things.

108HelenBaker
feb 15, 2022, 12:46 am

>107 connie53: Oh I have the Joanne Harris waiting on my shelves to read. It might be time to dust it off. Thanks for the nudge.

109connie53
Redigerat: jun 10, 2022, 12:36 pm

Glad to be of service, Helen.

Finally my preordered books by Diana Gabaldon arrived.

Vertel het de bijen, 1 and Vertel het de bijen, 2

The Dutch publisher decided to publish part 9 in two books one with 623 and one with 705 pages. Big books



and



The blurb for both books, NOT my review

Fraser's Ridge, 1779. Claire and Jamie are finally reunited with their daughter Brianna, her husband Roger and their children. Having the family together is a dream the Frasers thought impossible. But even here in the backwoods of North Carolina, the effects of the war are being felt. Tensions in the colonies are high and emotions are running high among the population. Jamie knows that the loyalty of his tenants cannot be taken for granted. There is also a chance that the approaching war will too affect them.

Brianna and Roger have their own concerns. What if the threat they escaped in the twentieth century managed to follow? And was family reunification worth facing the dangers of the eighteenth century? Not so far from the Ridge, young William Ransom slowly comes to terms with his father's true identity, while Lord John Gray settles feuds and confronts new dangers - both for himself and his son.

Meanwhile, the American Revolution is creeping closer. Jamie and Claire have more at stake than ever before. Once the Jacobite revolt almost drove the lovers apart. Will this revolution do the same?

110MissWatson
feb 23, 2022, 5:20 am

>109 connie53: Oh my, that is quite a doorstopper! Enjoy!

111curioussquared
feb 23, 2022, 6:54 pm

>109 connie53: Enjoy, Connie! I'm planning on reading the third book, Voyager, this year.

112readingtangent
feb 26, 2022, 3:02 pm

Nice to read about all your ROOTs and new books, Connie. As always, you choose so many interesting-sounding ones.

113connie53
Redigerat: jun 10, 2022, 12:37 pm

Thanks all.

I finished De verdwijning van de horlogemaker by Natasha Pulley ROOT # 7, Foorumchallenge # 9 and the book gets

My Review:

This book starts off very promising but soon becomes rather strange to follow. That's because the concept of clairvoyance was quite difficult for me and that's what Keita Mori can do. He sees all the possibilities of a choice and far beyond that firt choice. So all possibilities of all possibilities. Nathaniel Steepleton also has a talent. He hears every sound with a color added to it. When these two special men, who also have a relationship, get together, it sets off a few events that could change history. I think you all understand that I can't say too much because that would involve spoilers. I do recommend the following to everyone: If you want to read this book, make sure you do it in a quiet time where you have enough time to read decent parts at a time and you don't have to pick up the thread again and again. I didn't and that takes away a lot of understanding for the story and fun in the book.

Now starting Vertel het de bijen, deel 1 by Diana Gabaldon See >109 connie53: for the blurb

114LoraShouse
feb 28, 2022, 2:09 am

>71 connie53: Haha - how cute!

115connie53
mar 5, 2022, 4:44 am

Bought 2 new books



De meisjes van Ravensbrück by Anna Ellory

The burb NOT my review

Berlin, 1989. As the wall between East and West falls, Miriam Winter cares for her dying father, Henryk. When he cries out for someone named Frieda--and Miriam discovers an Auschwitz tattoo hidden under his watch strap--Henryk's secret history begins to unravel. Searching for more clues of her father's past, Miriam finds an inmate uniform from the Ravensbrück women's camp concealed among her mother's things. Within its seams are dozens of letters to Henryk written by Frieda. The letters reveal the disturbing truth about the 'Rabbit Girls', young women experimented on at the camp. And amid their tales of sacrifice and endurance, Miriam pieces together a love story that has been hidden away in Henryk's heart for almost fifty years. Inspired by these extraordinary women, Miriam strives to break through the walls she has built around herself. Because even in the darkest of times, hope can survive.

And



Geen spat veranderd by Sophie Hannah

The blurb NOT my review

All Beth has to do is drive her son to his soccer game, watch him play, and then return home. Just because she knows her ex-best friend lives near the field, that doesn't mean she has to drive past her house and try to catch a glimpse of her. Why would Beth do that and risk dredging up painful memories? She hasn't seen Flora for twelve years. She doesn't want to see her today--or ever again. But she can't resist. She parks outside the open gates of Newnham House, watches from across the road as Flora arrives and calls to her children Thomas and Emily to get out of the car. Except . . . There's something terribly wrong. Flora looks the same, only older. Twelve years ago, Thomas and Emily were five and three years old. Today, they look precisely as they did then. They are Thomas and Emily without a doubt, but they haven't changed at all. They are no taller, no older. Why haven't they grown? How is it possible that they haven't grown up?

116connie53
mar 5, 2022, 6:56 am

A another book entered the house by mail



Een teken van leven by R.J. Ellory

The blurb NOT my review

Stroud is a former war photographer who left the frontline before his luck ran out. His closest friend and mentor, Vincent Raphael, was not so fortunate.
When Raphael is allegedly sighted in Istanbul - six years after his death - Stroud is drawn back into a life that nearly destroyed him. So begins a journey that takes him from the Balkans to the Netherlands, from Berlin to Paris, as he hunts down the truth.
With his every move closely monitored by international intelligence agencies, Stroud is on the trail of a revelation that will make him question everything he has ever believed . . .

117enemyanniemae
mar 5, 2022, 12:43 pm

thank you for the kind words earlier, Connie. I am plugging along but not being at the front desk of the library has definitely put a damper on my reading time. I miss being there... *sigh*

I hope your busy has been good and productive. If it hasn't, then I hope things get back to normal soon.

118rabbitprincess
mar 5, 2022, 1:26 pm

Hurray for buying new books!

119rosalita
mar 5, 2022, 1:48 pm

>116 connie53: Good to see you back, Connie! I like how you phrase your book acquisitions — "Another book entered the house by mail". Indeed, it's a mystery how that happens, isn't it? :-)

120connie53
mar 7, 2022, 7:59 am

>117 enemyanniemae: My busy was productive. I've cleared a lot of cupboards and spend an afternoon shifting through Peets boxes with nails, screws, nuts and other small stuff. Those are now in their separate boxes and I threw a lot of rusty ones in the garbage.
And I did go to our clothing and took (or rather Jeroen took) them to the second hand shop.

An other part was babysitting my granddaughters when their parents wanted to celebrate carnaval last weekend. Carnaval is spread over 5 days here, (Friday to Tuesday) and I stayed over for the night both times.
And of course I have Peet to visit in the care centre.

>118 rabbitprincess: Thanks RP. I love that too! I'm all ready planning my April buys ;-))

>119 rosalita: I've no idea! They just turn up at the doormat and I welcome them with open arms.

121connie53
Redigerat: jun 10, 2022, 12:38 pm

I finished Vertel het de bijen, deel 1 by Diana Gabaldon BFB # 4 and give this book

My review

Wonderful to be back in the world of Claire and Jamie. This book is a bit bland and not much happening, but it's really nice. Since this is the 9th part of the series and this book will be published in the Netherlands in two parts, I expect some more action in the second part, which I will go straight into.
I don't want to say too much because of spoilers for people who have yet to read these books (if there are any)


Starting right now in Vertel het de bijen, deel 2 by the same writer.

122connie53
mar 16, 2022, 6:57 am

I could not resist this book by Matt Haig - De wezens



The blurb, NOT my review

One wet Friday evening, Professor Andrew Martin of Cambridge University solves the world's greatest mathematical riddle. Then he disappears. When he is found walking naked along the motorway, Professor Martin seems different. Besides the lack of clothes, he now finds normal life pointless. His loving wife and teenage son seem repulsive to him. In fact, he hates everyone on the planet. Everyone, that is, except Newton. And he's a dog. Can a bit of Debussy and Emily Dickinson keep him from murder? Can the species which invented cheap white wine and peanut butter sandwiches be all that bad? And what is the warm feeling he gets when he looks into his wife's eyes?

123Jackie_K
mar 16, 2022, 2:52 pm

Hi Connie, just popping in to say I hope you're OK, in amongst everything that's going on for you. Take care.

124connie53
Redigerat: jun 10, 2022, 12:40 pm

Thanks Jackie. I'm doing fine. I am recovering from a babysit week. One day with Lonne, and 4 days with Fiene and Marie. Delightful but tiring too. I'm turning 69 at the end of this week and feel the years slowing me down a bit.

Just finished Vertel het de bijen, 2 by Diana Gabaldon BFB # 5 and give this book

My review

Wonderful part 2 of the ninth book in the Traveler series (Outlander) by Diana Gabaldon. And to see at the end there is even more to come, because the story is clearly not finished. I'm already looking forward to that because this is my all-time favorite series. There is more exciting things happening in this section than in the first section and that is very nice. No further details due to spoilers.

Now deciding which book to read next.

125curioussquared
mar 21, 2022, 1:21 pm

>124 connie53: I need to get back to Outlander! Book 3 is next for me.

Five days of babysitting would tire anyone out!

126HelenBaker
mar 21, 2022, 6:56 pm

>124 connie53: Oh I know that tired feeling, Connie. We took my two little grandson's out of daycare because of local Omicron outbreak. I said I would look after them for the four days each week my daughter works. Two and a half weeks in, I had an all night atrial fibrillation episode which was unpleasant. My first time I have had it, not sure whether it was related to my extra duties. But the babysitting came to a halt. I am much better this week but yes childminding is very tiring. My poor daughter is now trying to work very early in the morning and late in the evening. We will be glad when this current threat passes.
Well done on having completed the Diana Gabaldon series, I stopped after #3 a long time ago.

127Robertgreaves
mar 21, 2022, 8:11 pm

>125 curioussquared: I've got Outlander 3 sitting on my shelves but I think I need to be a bit further ahead with my ROOTs before I can tackle it.

128curioussquared
mar 21, 2022, 8:19 pm

>127 Robertgreaves: It's on the list of ROOTs I want to get to this year, and it's been part of my bedside table stack for a month or so now, waiting for the right moment. So I'm sure I'll get to it soon!

129connie53
mar 22, 2022, 5:31 am

Ohh please do! They are very big books and getting bigger by each part in the series.

>126 HelenBaker: O my! I would have been so tired, Helen. No wonder you had complaints.

>127 Robertgreaves: Or you could tackle it now with months to spare for other, not so big ROOTs, Robert.

>128 curioussquared: I'm curious what you think about it when you get to it, Natalie.

I've started in several ROOTs yesterday. I made a tour along the shelves to find books that would be ROOTs ánd fit in the forum-challenge for my bookclub.

Een kleine gouden ring by Kjell Ola Dahl (ROOT, color)
De kerk van de dode meisjes by Stephen Dobyns (ROOT, residence)
Rood waas by Patricia Cornwell (ROOT, color)
Het gruwelhuis by Franck Thilliez (ROOT, residence)
Mortuarium by Patricia Cornwell (ROOT, residence)

130connie53
Redigerat: jun 10, 2022, 12:41 pm

I choose De kerk van de dode meisjes by Stephen Dobyns as my next ROOT # 8, Forumchallenge # 10



The blurb, NOT my review

One by one, three young girls vanish in a small town in upstate New York. With the first disappearance, the townspeople begin to mistrust outsiders. When the second girl goes missing, neighbors and childhood friends start to eye each other warily. And with the third disappearance, the sleepy little town awakens to a full-blown nightmare. The Church of Dead Girls is a novel that displays Stephen Dobyns' remarkable gifts for exploring human nature, probing the ruinous effects of suspicion. As panic mounts and citizens take the law into their own hands, no one is immune, and old rumors, old angers, and old hungers come to the surface to reveal the secret history of a seemingly genteel town and the dark impulses of its inhabitants.

131MissWatson
mar 22, 2022, 8:37 am

Happy ROOTing, Connie. Is it warm enough to sit in the garden?

132OliverAlston
mar 22, 2022, 9:05 am

Detta konto har stängts av för spammande.

133karenmarie
mar 22, 2022, 9:31 am

Hi Connie!

Well, I’m ashamed that I haven’t visited since the first time in January. It looks like you’ve done a lot of good reading and are spreading your wings nicely now that day-to-day care of Peet is being handled by the care facility.

>109 connie53: Interesting that it’s being published in two volumes in the Netherlands. I have it on my shelves already, but need to refresh my memory about book 8 before I begin. I’m finally getting some serious reading mojo again, so hope to get to this one later this spring.

>124 connie53: Yay for babysitting the granddaughters, yay for having recovery time. I also turn 69 this year.

134connie53
mar 23, 2022, 9:01 am

>131 MissWatson: Yes! It's lovely out now and yesterday was the same.
I just put on a short skirt instead of jeans.

>133 karenmarie: I read book 8 (also two volumes) earlier this year (reread) just to refresh my memory. The reason why they published 2 volumes is uncertain but it could be because they can get more money this way or because the book would be too big to handle (+ 1200 pages). I think it's the first.

My birthday is only 2 days away.

135karenmarie
mar 23, 2022, 9:17 am

Do you have special plans for your birthday?

136connie53
mar 24, 2022, 8:30 am

>135 karenmarie: Jeroen and Eveline will come and take me out for a lunch somewhere. My brother and his girlfriend and her daughter will come in the evening. Sunday all the kids and grandkids will visit. Peet doesn't want to come home for a visit.

137HelenBaker
mar 24, 2022, 9:00 pm

>136 connie53: That sounds a very pleasant birthday celebration, Connie. Happy Birthday, enjoy your special day with family.

138connie53
mar 25, 2022, 3:38 am

>137 HelenBaker: Thanks, Helen. I will enjoy everything that will happen this weekend.

139connie53
Redigerat: jun 10, 2022, 12:43 pm

Finished another ROOT # 8, Forumchallenge # 10 for the year.

De kerk van de dode meisjes by Stephen Dobyns

My review

This book starts very strange. There is a narrator who also plays a part in the whole story. He describes everything in detail. What the town of Aurelius looks like, what the people look like and what they do for a living, their character and how they view life according to him. That makes the writing style a bit distant but the book grows on you.

When a girl disappears, the people of Aurelius are convinced it must have been someone from out of town. Or someone from that one group formed by Huoari Chihani, a high school teacher with Marxist ideas.
When the second girl disappears, people start to look at their own inhabitants with suspicion and the contradictions become more intense. All kinds of small incidents and fights and bullying ensure that no one likes to leave the house anymore. Parents no longer let their daughters go out alone and because no one goes to shops anymore, some close much earlier, the cinema closes, bars and cafes get less and less customers.
A group of parents, including the parents of the two girls, start their own investigation and thus get in the way of the police.
After the disappearance of the third girl, the fuses blow and things really go wrong.
The ending has a very special twist.

I especially liked the way the unnamed narrator tells the story very well. That really adds something to the story in my opinion. You just see that the quiet and contented life of the village only appears that way on the surface and after each event the true nature of the inhabitants becomes more clear. Jealousy and envy, gossip and backbiting, accusations based on nothing, homophobia, infidelity and secrets, all become more and more apparent.

140Robertgreaves
mar 25, 2022, 4:13 am

Happy Birthday, Connie. Hope you have a great day

141MissWatson
mar 25, 2022, 4:16 am

Have a lovely day today, Connie!

142connie53
mar 25, 2022, 4:40 am

Thanks, Robert and Birgit.

143Jackie_K
mar 25, 2022, 5:09 am

Happy birthday Connie, hope you have a lovely day! 🎂

144karenmarie
mar 25, 2022, 7:57 am

The plans with your family sound lovely, Connie.

145clue
mar 25, 2022, 3:31 pm

Happy Birthday wishes Connie! I see from above you're able to read in the garden. I haven't done much of that yet because either been snowing, raining or the wind blowing too much to be comfortable on the porch. I'll be there soon though!

146rabbitprincess
mar 25, 2022, 6:25 pm

Have a great birthday weekend, Connie! :)

147FAMeulstee
mar 27, 2022, 1:40 pm

Belated happy birthday, Connie!

148Henrik_Madsen
mar 27, 2022, 3:00 pm

Also a belated happy birthday from me, Connie! Hope you enjoyed the day.

149detailmuse
mar 27, 2022, 4:00 pm

Happy birthday, Connie, I hope you're having a wonderful, extended celebration!

150connie53
Redigerat: mar 28, 2022, 7:04 am

It was a great weekend and I enjoyed it very much.
Thanks for all the birthday wishes!

151connie53
Redigerat: jun 10, 2022, 12:44 pm

ROOT # 9, Forumchallenge # 11 was Een kleine gouden ring by Kjell Ola Dahl, This book gets



My review

Chief Inspector Gunnarstranda and his assistant Frank Frølich investigate the death of young Katrine who was found horribly mutilated after a staff party at a drug rehabilitation center. Their search brings them into contact with many possible perpetrators. The lines of research come together nicely, but it is never super exciting.

I started a book yesterday and finished it today. The book gets and is ROOT # 10



Vallend duister by Robert Bryndza.

My review

As expected, another wonderful book by Robert Bryndza with Kate Marshall and Tristan Harper as private detectives. Their start their lives as detectives with the case of Joanna Duncan who disappeared without a trace 12 years earlier, shortly after exposing a politician. Kate and Tristan are asked to look into the disappearance by Joanna's mother, Bev, and her partner Bill.
They track down and talk to everyone involved, discovering even more disappearances in the same circuit as where the politician spent his free time. In this way they gradually find all the pieces of the puzzle.
An unexpected twist at the end is a nice closing.

152mstrust
mar 30, 2022, 5:31 pm

Belated birthday wishes! Glad you had a great weekend with family and I hope the happiness continues!

153curioussquared
mar 30, 2022, 8:54 pm

I missed it! Happy belated birthday, Connie! Glad you had a nice time with family :)

154connie53
mar 31, 2022, 7:39 am

Thanks!

My stats for 2022 up to March 31

TBR on March 31 2022: 394 including 55 e-books = 339 tree-books
Total books/e-books read in 2022: 14 including 2 re-reads and 1 ebook
ROOTs read in 2022: 10
NON ROOTs read: 3 and 1 ebook

Total tree-books into the house: 16
books bought: 13
books as presents: 3

155floremolla
mar 31, 2022, 4:40 pm

Belated birthday greetings, Connie! Hope this is a good year for you with lots of great reading, indoors and out :)

156connie53
apr 3, 2022, 1:09 pm

Thanks, Donna!

157connie53
Redigerat: jun 10, 2022, 12:45 pm

Finished my first ROOT # 11

Ik zal je vinden by Linwood Barclay



The Blurb NOT my review

Tech millionaire Miles Cookson has more money than he can ever spend, and everything he could dream of&;except time. He has recently been diagnosed with a terminal illness, and there is a fifty percent chance that it can be passed on to the next generation. For Miles, this means taking a long hard look at his past . . .
Two decades ago, a young, struggling Miles was a sperm donor. Somewhere out there, he has kids&;nine of them. And they might be about to inherit both the good and the bad from him&;maybe his fortune, or maybe something much worse.
As Miles begins to search for the children he&;s never known, aspiring film documentarian Chloe Swanson embarks on a quest to find her biological father, armed with the knowledge that twenty-two years ago, her mother used a New York sperm bank to become pregnant.
When Miles and Chloe eventually connect, their excitement at finding each other is overshadowed by a series of mysterious and terrifying events. One by one, Miles&;s other potential heirs are vanishing&;every trace of them wiped, like they never existed at all.
Who is the vicious killer&;another heir methodically erasing rivals? Or is something even more sinister going on?


My review

An interesting story and well put together. Miles Cookson donated sperm to a fertility clinic 20 years ago in order to buy his first computer. Now he has a multimillion dollar Techcompany that makes apps and the like. If he is diagnosed with a hereditary disease, he considers it his moral responsibility to track down those children and also test them for the disease. Through a, not really legal, ruse, he finds out the names of the children and starts tracking them all down. But then some of those children (now in their twenties) disappear without a trace. As a parallel story, Jeremy Pritkin, a very wealthy man, plays another more dubious role.
I am always happy with a new book by Linwood Barclay and this book completely lived up to the expectations I have of his books. Exciting, entertaining and no loose threads.

158connie53
Redigerat: jun 10, 2022, 12:51 pm

Now reading another ROOT # 12, Forumchallenge # 12 Rood waas by Patricia Cornwell



The blurb NOT my review

Determined to find out what happened to her former deputy chief, Jack Fielding, murdered six months earlier, Kay Scarpetta travels to the Georgia Prison for Women, where an inmate has information not only on Fielding, but also on a string of grisly killings. The murder of an Atlanta family years ago, a young woman on death row, and the inexplicable deaths of homeless people as far away as California seem unrelated. But Scarpetta discovers connections that compel her to conclude that what she thought ended with Fielding's death and an attempt on her own life is only the beginning of something far more destructive: a terrifying terrain of conspiracy and potential terrorism on an international scale. And she is the only one who can stop it.

159connie53
Redigerat: jun 10, 2022, 12:53 pm

Started and finished another ROOT # 13, Forumchallenge # 13 -



Het gruwelhuis by Franck Thilliez Original French

The blurb NOT my review

A young girl is found dead in an abandoned shed in a wind farm in northern France. She sits up straight, with her eyes wide open. The Dunkirk police find disturbing traces at the murder scene and a strange, animalistic smell.

Lucie Henebelle, a young, ambitious detective, gets in charge of the case. She has been studying the behavior of psychopaths for years and this is the chance to put her knowledge into practice. Her detective work is yielding more and more gruesome clues. Who is this beastly adversary?

Then a second girl disappears and reality becomes darker than Lucie could have imagined...


My review

This is one of the most horrifying books I've ever read. And yet I finished the book, simply because I wanted to know how it ended. And that's even more bizarre than I could have imagined. And then I only understood half of it. I will never have to read anything by this author again, at least I know that for sure.

160MissWatson
apr 10, 2022, 8:14 am

>159 connie53: That is one of the scariest covers I've ever seen. I think I would have run away from the book.

161connie53
apr 12, 2022, 8:43 am

I wish I did, Birgit!

162connie53
Redigerat: apr 15, 2022, 2:05 pm

Finished ROOT # 14 today and this book gets



The blurb NOT my review

Florrie Buckley is an orphan, living on the wind-blasted moors of Cornwall where she runs wild in the mysterious landscape.

But when Florrie turns fourteen, she inherits a never-imagined secret: she is related to a wealthy and notorious London family, the Graces. Overnight, her life changes and she moves from country to city, from poverty to wealth. Cut off from everyone she has ever known, Florrie must learn the rules of this strange new world if she is ever to fit in...


My review

Nice book for a few beautiful days reading in the sun in the garden. The book describes the life of Florence Buckley, who lives with her grandmother Nan in Cornwall after the death of her parents. Florrie is very much attracted to the vast moors close to her home. She can wander there barefoot for hours and never gets lost.When Nan also dies, Florence discovers that she turns out to be related to a rich and infamous London family.
They let her come over when Florence is about 14 years old.
London is terrifying but her grandfather Hawker even more so. Her two nieces are unfriendly and her aunt finds her a nuisance. And then there are the half-brothers Sanderson and Turlington.
Slowly she finds her place in the family, but there are some very dark family secrets.

163rabbitprincess
apr 15, 2022, 5:37 pm

>162 connie53: The garden on the cover makes that book especially suitable for reading in the garden! Glad the weather's been nice enough for that. Hoping that weather will come here soon!

164connie53
Redigerat: jun 10, 2022, 12:58 pm

>163 rabbitprincess: It does, doesn't it?
I finished it today and it gets ROOT # 15, Forumchallenge # 15

My review

In this book we follow the lives of a number of women and girls from London at the end of the 19th century.
Mabs (Mabel) is the eldest daughter of the motherless Daley family, which consists of 7 children. Mabs' family is very poor and Mabs has to find a job at a young age. She goes to work in the harbor disguised as a boy.
Olive Westallen is the only child of a wealthy couple and lives a luxurious and carefree life, but she is still not married at 28. Olive has therefore decided to adopt a daughter from an orphanage where she often comes to do charitable work. Olive has some modern ideas for this day and age about what women could do. And is determined to improve the faith of women in general.
Otty (Ottily) Finch is the youngest daughter (12) of an ambitious businessman and his ailing wife. When Mabs is hired as a companion for her ailing mother, the two women get to know each other and the clever Mabs discovers a terrible secret that leads to a series of events that change their lives and that of their relatives.
Wonderfully relaxed reading. I enjoyed this book very much.


Now reading



Het geheim van Silvermoor by Tracy Rees ROOT # 15, Forumchallenge # 15

The Blurb NOT my review

England, 1899. A new century is dawning, and two young friends are about to enter into a world of money, privilege and family secrets....
Josie has never questioned her life in a South Yorkshire mining village. But everything changes when she meets Tommy from the neighbouring village. Tommy has been destined for a life underground since the moment he was born. But he has far bigger dreams for his future.
United by their desire for something better and by their fascination with the local gentry, Josie and Tommy become fast friends. Wealthy and glamorous, the Sedgewicks of Silvermoor inhabit a world that is utterly forbidden to Tommy and Josie. Yet as the new century arrives, the pair become entangled with the grand family, and discover a long hidden secret. Will everything change as they all step forward into the new dawn...?

165connie53
apr 20, 2022, 12:53 pm

And finished and the book get

My review

This was Tracy Rees' best book to date. I loved following Tommy and Josie on their journey to adulthood and how they emerge from the mining environment of the late 1800s in which they grow up. The life of those young miners is really very harrowing and cruel. Furthermore, there is of course also a secret to be solved and Tommy and Josie are extremely inventive in their solutions.
They are loyal to each other but also to the friends they get during time and that is a nice theme. Enjoyed reading this book.

166HelenBaker
apr 21, 2022, 11:43 pm

Connie thanks for the recommendation of Berlin Poplars. I loved it and am very disappointed the rest of the series has yet to be translated into English. Wonderful characterisation and an unexpected plot twist at close of book.

167connie53
Redigerat: apr 22, 2022, 1:40 pm

Good to hear that, Helen. And yes. It's disappointing when the next books are not translated yet.
I hope they will be soon.

Started Wednesday and finished today.



De match by Harlan Coben This book gets

The blurb NOT my review

He is known as Wilde, the boy from the woods. Discovered living a feral existence in the Ramapo mountains of New Jersey, he has grown up knowing nothing of his parents, and even less about his own identity. Until now. When a match on a DNA database puts him on the trail of a close relative - the only family member he has ever known - Wilde thinks he might be about to solve the mystery of who he really is. Only this relation disappears as quickly as he's resurfaced. Undaunted, Wilde continues his research, becoming caught up in a secret community committed to exposing anonymous online trolls. Then one by one, people start to die, and it soon becomes clear that a serial killer is targeting this secret community. And that the next victim could be Wilde himself ...

My Review

As always, this was another exciting and well written book. It took me a bit more effort to read, because matching DNA is quite a complicated business.
Wilde is looking for his parents and when a relative is found through such a match, he thinks he can finally find out who his parents are, but nothing could be further from the truth. It only gets more complicated when that family member suddenly disappears.
With the help of his friend Hester Crimstein and his godson Matthew, he continues in his quest.
Exciting, as I said, well put together, but complicated so only read if you really have the time to pay it the attention it deserves.


Now starting in Doodsangst by Peter James ROOT # 16



The blurb NOT my review

Lorna Belling, desperate to escape the marriage from hell, falls for the charms of a man who promises her the earth. But, as Lorna soon finds, life seldom follows the plans you’ve made.

When the body of a woman is found, Grace is called to the scene. At first it looks an open-and-shut case with a clear prime suspect. That is, until Grace realizes there is a darker, far more terrifying alternative...

168connie53
Redigerat: jun 10, 2022, 1:00 pm

And finished this book and it gets

My review of Doodsangst by Peter James ROOT # 16

Good, exciting and compelling. An old fashioned Peter James book, just the way I expect it to be. I won't go into too much detail about the story, because this is part 13 of the series about Inspector Roy Grace, whose own personal life runs like a thread through all the books.

When a young woman is found dead and it is determined that she was killed by violence, a few suspects soon emerge and it is up to Roy and his team to find out who the perpetrator was.
I don't know if it's because I finished the book in a day or two, but I did notice that there are a bit too many repetitions and explanations that I had already encountered earlier in the book. That make me give it a half a star less than I intender to give.


Now starting to read a book that I bought last week



Mijn zomers aan zee by Tracy Rees ROOT # 16, BFB # 7

The blurb NOT my review

2014. Nora has always taken success for granted, until suddenly her life begins to fall apart. Troubled by anxiety and nightmares, she finds herself drawn to the sweeping beaches of Tenby, a place she's only been once before. Together with a local girl she rents a beautiful townhouse and slowly begins to settle in to her new life. But Tenby hides a secret, and Nora will soon discover that this little town by the sea has the power to heal even the most painful memories.

1950. Chloe visits Tenby every summer. She stays with relatives, and spends the long, idyllic days on the beach. Every year is the same, until she meets a glamorous older boy and is instantly smitten. But on the night of their first date, Chloe comes to a realisation, the aftermath of which could haunt her forever. The Hourglass is a moving novel about finding love even after it seems too late and the healing power of a magical place by the sea.


169karenmarie
apr 25, 2022, 10:09 am

Hi Connie! Congrats on lots of good reading.

>157 connie53: I read my first Linwood Barclay novel this year and was happily surprised. I’ll be on the lookout for this one.

170connie53
apr 27, 2022, 1:43 pm

>169 karenmarie: Please do! I always go for any book by Harlan Coben or Linwood Barclay

171connie53
apr 27, 2022, 1:58 pm

Finished Mijn zomers aan zee by Tracy Rees 507 pages



My review

A book with two storylines. One the story of Chloe, which begins in 1950 and the other that of Nora, which is set in 2014.
Nora is a 40 year old woman with a demanding job in London and not much else to make her life enjoyable. No husband, no lover, no children.
Suddenly she decides to quit her job and go to Tenby, in Wales, for a few weeks. She has been there before and now she really wants to go back there and even has a 'vision' of the beach there.
Chloe is a 10-year-old girl who prefers to roam the beaches of Tenby while staying with her Aunt Susan. Chloe goes there every year for 3 weeks in the summer.
There she meets 8-year-old Llew and the children develop a close friendship over the years. When Chloe gets older, things go horribly wrong.
Of course, as a reader, you know that these storylines will eventually come together.
That story is beautifully described by Tracy Rees and it is a heartwarming book that I really enjoyed reading. Recommended.

172curioussquared
apr 27, 2022, 3:13 pm

Hi Connie! Hope everything is well with you -- looks like the reading is proceeding swimmingly :)

173connie53
Redigerat: jun 10, 2022, 1:02 pm

Thanks Natalie, it is and the weather is really nice and springlike. So I spend most of my days in the garden enjoying my books and neglecting LT (Shame on me)

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Just finished Ik volg jou by Peter James ROOT # 18, Forumchallenge # 17 and this book gets

The blurb NOT my review

To the outside world, suave, charming and confident doctor Marcus Valentine has it all. A loving wife, three kids, a great job. But there's something missing, there always has been. . . . or rather, someone . . . Driving to work one morning, his mind elsewhere and not on the road, he almost mows down a female jogger on a crossing. As she runs on, Marcus is transfixed. Infatuated. She is the spitting image of a girl he was crazy about in his teens. A girl he has never been able to get out of his mind. Lynette had dumped him harshly. For years he has fantasized about seeing her again and rekindling their flame. Might that jogger possibly be her all these years later? Could this be the most incredible coincidence? Despite all his attempts to resist, he is consumed by cravings for this woman. And when events take a tragically unexpected turn, his obsession threatens to destroy both their worlds. But still he won't stop. Can't stop.

My review

Super nail-biting exciting book. Peter James will make sure you drop everything and want to read this book in one sitting. It's that I also had to sleep otherwise I certainly would have. Roger and Georgie haven't been together very long when Georgie turns out to be pregnant. Something neither of them had counted on since Georgie has already passed 40. They are very happy with the pregnancy but her history of a previously diagnosed early stage uterine cancer makes them very concerned about this pregnancy as well. What Georgie doesn't know is that she has been spotted by a gynecologist who is obsessed with her and wants her to herself. This man really goes beyond all boundaries. If you think he couldn't be more false, an even more false move follows. Definitely highly recommended.

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Now starting in another ROOT # 18, Forumchallenge # 17



Een langzaam smeulend vuur by Paula Hawkins

The blurb NOT my review

When a young man is found gruesomely murdered in a London houseboat, it triggers questions about three women who knew him. Laura is the troubled one-night-stand last seen in the victim’s home. Carla is his grief-stricken aunt, already mourning the recent death of yet another family member. And Miriam is the nosy neighbor clearly keeping secrets from the police. Three women with separate connections to the victim. Three women who are, for different reasons, simmering with resentment. Who are, whether they know it or not, burning to right the wrongs done to them. When it comes to revenge, even good people might be capable of terrible deeds. How far might any one of them go to find peace? How long can secrets smolder before they explode into flame?

174Jackie_K
apr 28, 2022, 4:27 pm

It's great that you're able to sit out and read - I love garden reading! Not much time to do that currently, but I live in hope! :)

175curioussquared
apr 28, 2022, 4:51 pm

>173 connie53: I love it! We have had a particularly cold April, but we had one gorgeous day the first week when it got to 70 degrees F. It was so nice -- I had planned to get some things done that day, but instead I sat out on our deck for hours and finished a book :)

176MissWatson
apr 29, 2022, 7:24 am

Have a lovely weekend in the garden, Connie!

177connie53
maj 1, 2022, 11:17 am

>176 MissWatson: Thanks Birgit!

178connie53
maj 2, 2022, 3:02 pm

I finished Een langzaam smeulend vuur by Paula Hawkins and this book gets

My review

This book is not really remarkable and I found it difficult to bond with the characters. Actually, I only liked Irene, a sweet and motherly old lady who is not easily discouraged. She is also the only one who understands and supports Laura a bit and who has not written the girl off in advance or based on rumours only.
The others are Angela, Daniel, her son, Carla, her sister, Theo, Carla's husband, Miriam, an embittered spinster who lives on a houseboat and who has started a plagiarism case against Theo, because she recognizes many things in his bestseller that he has copied from her diary (she calls it Egodocument).
These people are all connected and do the strangest things to prove that they have nothing to do with Daniel's death.
Not necessarily recommended.


Now reading De puzzelman by Nadine Matheson ROOT # 19



The blurb NOT my review

There's a serial killer on the loose. The race is on before more bodies are found. But will it take a killer to catch the killer? When body parts start washing up along the banks of the river Thames, the Serial Crimes Unit is called to investigate, and it quickly becomes apparent to DI Henley that there isn't just one victim. There are two. The murders are hauntingly familiar to Henley. The modus operandi matches that of Peter Olivier, the notorious Jigsaw Killer. But Olivier is already behind bars, and Henley was the one who put him there. Olivier is the last person Henley wants to see but she needs his help. He might be their best chance to stop the copycat before more body parts start turning up. But when Olivier learns of the new murders, helping out Henley and the SCU is the last thing on his mind. All bets are off and the race is on to catch the killer before the body count rises. But who will get there first - Henley or the Jigsaw Killer?"

179connie53
maj 3, 2022, 1:49 pm

Bought for Mothers-day as gifts from Peet.



Wat jij niet ziet by Sarah Pinborough

The blurb NOT my review

Louise is a single mom, a secretary, stuck in a modern-day rut. On a rare night out, she meets a man in a bar and sparks fly. Though he leaves after they kiss, she's thrilled she finally connected with someone.When Louise arrives at work on Monday, she meets her new boss, David. The man from the bar. The very married man from the bar ... who says the kiss was a terrible mistake, but who still can't keep his eyes off Louise.And then Louise bumps into Adele, who's new to town and in need of a friend. But she also just happens to be married to David. David and Adele look like the picture-perfect husband and wife. But then why is David so controlling? And why is Adele so scared of him?As Louise is drawn into David and Adele's orbit, she uncovers more puzzling questions than answers. The only thing that is crystal clear is that something in this marriage is very, very wrong. But Louise can't guess how wrong--and how far a person might go to protect their marriage's secrets.

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De familie Aubrey by Rebecca West

De blurb NOT my review

A talented, eccentric London family tries to find their place in the world in this semiautobiographical novel.
Papa Aubrey's wife and twin daughters, Mary and Rose, are piano prodigies, his young son Richard Quin is a lively boy, and his eldest daughter Cordelia is a beautiful and driven young woman with musical aspirations. But the talented and eccentric Aubrey family rarely enjoys a moment of harmony, as its members struggle to overcome the effects of their patriarch's spendthrift ways. Now they must move so that their father, a noted journalist, can find stable employment. Throughout, it is the Aubreys' hope that art will save them from the cacophony of a life sliding toward poverty.


180connie53
Redigerat: maj 5, 2022, 6:44 am

Finished De puzzelman by Nadine Matheson ROOT # 19 and I give this book

My review

The blurb sounds very cruel but, maybe because I'm a thriller reader, I thought it wasn't that bad. Many body parts are found, but in my experience these are just words and letters. I probably would have found it a lot more scary when it was a movie.
Inspector Anjelica Henley had a violent clash with Peter Olivier, the puzzle man as he was called in the media, some two years before the current events. She suffered serious injuries as a result and almost lost her unborn child. Now London police are again dealing with the discovery of a number of body parts from at least three different people.
Anjelica is forced to confront Peter Olivier again, together with Salim Ramouter a young detective whom she will be the mentoring. She has to investigate
Has Olivier the means and contacts to start killing again this way when he is confined in the maximum security ward of prison or is someone imitating him? And what does this confrontation do to Angelica's peace of mind?
Definitely a recommended read for those that are not easily scared.


Now reading Geen spat veranderd by Sophie Hannah



De blurb NOT my review

All Beth has to do is drive her son to his soccer game, watch him play, and then return home. Just because she knows her ex-best friend lives near the field, that doesn't mean she has to drive past her house and try to catch a glimpse of her. Why would Beth do that and risk dredging up painful memories? She hasn't seen Flora for twelve years. She doesn't want to see her today--or ever again. But she can't resist. She parks outside the open gates of Newnham House, watches from across the road as Flora arrives and calls to her children Thomas and Emily to get out of the car. Except . . . There's something terribly wrong. Flora looks the same, only older. Twelve years ago, Thomas and Emily were five and three years old. Today, they look precisely as they did then. They are Thomas and Emily without a doubt, but they haven't changed at all. They are no taller, no older. Why haven't they grown? How is it possible that they haven't grown up?

181connie53
maj 6, 2022, 2:25 pm

And the book is finished and gets

My review

Beth sees a woman who looks just like her old friend Flora walking with two children. Those children are also very similar to the two children (Thomas and Emily) of Flora and Lewis Braid, only they have not aged a day in the twelve years that Beth has not seen them. Beth can't believe her eyes and goes back a few more times to the place where she saw them. Once with her husband Dom and once with daughter Zannah. They ask around but no one really answers their questions. Beth decides to search for the truth and even contacts Lewis, who now lives in Florida. When she discovers via Instagram that Lewis regularly posts photos of the older Thomas and Emily, the mystery gets even bigger. And Beth becomes completely obsessed with the case.
I did wonder how the author would find a solution to this and whether that would be a credible solution. She does, but it's something I really never would have thought, so it's not very believable to me.


Now reading Een teken van leven byy R.J. Ellory



The blurb NOT my review

Stroud's best years are behind him. A former war photographer, he's seen things no one should have to see. He left the front line before his luck ran out. His best friend and mentor, Vincent Raphael, was not so fortunate and died in an explosion. His body was never recovered; his friends buried an empty box. But then Stroud gets a call from his old editor, Marcus Haig. Two months ago Raphael was photographed in Istanbul. Stroud doesn't believe it's him, but there's money on the table for Stroud to go out there and prove he's dead. But the more he looks, the harder that becomes. Stroud's journey will take him from London, to Istanbul, to Amsterdam, Paris and Berlin - on the trail of a shadow. A man who not only should be dead - but may never have existed...

182ritacate
Redigerat: maj 8, 2022, 12:12 am

>86 connie53: I will have to read this and let you know how accurate the sense of place is. I live in rural Duluth! But I might worry about more than the bears after reading it.

Edit 15 minutes later: I just got the audio book from the library and a preview of the e-book on hold. I was literally at Lester River today, a few miles south of the fictional location where the story starts, almost in my backyard!

183connie53
maj 8, 2022, 2:03 pm

>182 ritacate:. That's great, Rita! such a coincidence you live so near the place used in a book.

184connie53
maj 8, 2022, 2:08 pm

Finished Een teken van leven by R.J. Ellory and give the book

My review

A well put together and well thought out book. Stroud, Vincent Raphael and Marcus Haig are war photographers who have worked together on several occasions. They are often in dangerous situations together and protect each other, yet Raphael is killed when a jeep explodes. Stroud misses him very much because Raphael was also his mentor and became a good friend.
When Marcus, who is now an editor at the Times, tells him that Raphael may have been spotted and instructs him to investigate whether those rumors are true, Stroud sets out on a journey. Via Istanbul, Amsterdam, Paris and Berlin he tries to follow Raphael's trail and falls into the hands of a number of ruthless interrogators. He must do everything to save his life and bring the quest to an end.


Now reading



The blurb NOT my review

Two women. Two flights. One last chance to disappear. Claire Cook has a perfect life. Married to the scion of a political dynasty, with a Manhattan townhouse and a staff of 10, her surroundings are elegant, her days flawlessly choreographed, and her future auspicious. But behind closed doors, nothing is quite as it seems. That perfect husband has a temper that burns as bright as his promising political career, and he's not above using his staff to track Claire's every move, making sure she's living up to his impossible standards. But what he doesn't know is that Claire has worked for months on a plan to vanish. A chance meeting in an airport bar brings her together with a woman whose circumstances seem equally dire. Together they make a last-minute decision to switch tickets - Claire taking Eva's flight to Oakland, and Eva traveling to Puerto Rico as Claire. They believe the swap will give each of them the head start they need to begin again somewhere far away. But when the flight to Puerto Rico goes down, Claire realizes it's no longer a head start but a new life. Cut off, out of options, with the news of her death about to explode in the media, Claire will assume Eva's identity, and along with it, the secrets Eva fought so hard to keep hidden.

185connie53
Redigerat: jun 10, 2022, 1:04 pm

Finished De laatste vlucht by Julie Clark and give it Forumchallenge # 18

My Review

Exciting until the last moment.
Claire Cook is married to Rory Cook, a wealthy man from the Cook dynasty who has his mind set on running for the Senate. He makes a charismatic and reliable impression, although there are stories about the death of a previous woman (girlfriend or wife, that's not clear) but he has been cleared of all blame. Claire knows, however, that there is a dark edge to his character and she has had enough bruises and hospital visits to not trust him for a moment. She is always on her toes so as not to annoy him and she devises a plan to escape her marriage.

Eva James is a young woman who studied chemistry but was expelled from college in her senior year for making some pills (uppers) for her boyfriend. Then she is recruited by a drug trafficker and makes the pills in her secret laboratory. She also wants to flee from her existence.

These two women meet at the airport and decide to exchange their tickets to cover the traces of their escape.

But things don't go the way they expected. Eva's plane crashes into the sea.

I won't give more away, because that would spoiler too much.

186connie53
Redigerat: jun 10, 2022, 1:05 pm

Finished De koopman van Peru by Natasha Pulley ROOT # 20, Forumchallenge # 19 and give it




The blurb NOT my review

In 1859, ex-East India Company smuggler Merrick Tremayne is trapped at home in Cornwall after sustaining an injury that almost cost him his leg. On the sprawling, crumbling grounds of the old house, something is wrong; a statue moves, his grandfather's pines explode, and his brother accuses him of madness. When the India Office recruits Merrick for an expedition to fetch quinine--essential for the treatment of malaria--from deep within Peru, he knows it's a terrible idea. Nearly every able-bodied expeditionary who's made the attempt has died, and he can barely walk. But Merrick is desperate to escape everything at home, so he sets off, against his better judgment, for a tiny mission colony on the edge of the Amazon where a salt line on the ground separates town from forest. Anyone who crossesis killed by something that watches from the trees, but somewhere beyond the salt are the quinine woods, and the way around is blocked. Surrounded by local stories of lost time, cursed woods, and living rock, Merrick must separate truth from fairytale and find out what befell the last expeditions; why the villagers are forbidden to go into the forest; and what is happening to Raphael, the young priest who seems to have known Merrick's grandfather, who visited Peru many decades before. This is the story of a profound friendship that grows in a place that seems just this side of magical.

My review

Strange, weird and bizarre, but also very beautiful in its own way. Merrick Tremayne is a botanist who is sent on a journey through the jungles of Peru by the British government to collect Quinine - cuttings. That has to be done in secret, because there is a quinine monopoly at work and any attempt by any other company is nipped in the bud. No one has returned from the various previous expeditions. Merrick is accompanied by Clem and Minna Markham. They leave Minna behind in a fairly large village because she might be pregnant. Finally, the expedition reaches the middle of Peru jungle accompanied by their guide Raphael. That's where the strangest things start to appear. There are statues walking around. You don't see them moving, but suddenly they are in a completely different place. There are also the pollen clouds caused by the movements of all living things. As if they are chasing a trail of light particles. When Merrick and Raphael are the only ones left, a friendship develops that lasts a lifetime. But Raphael has a secret....

187detailmuse
maj 12, 2022, 4:09 pm

Catching up and wow Connie, I enjoyed reading your reviews of all these thrillers. Fascinating -- so many intrigues. Glad you're having a nice spring!

188connie53
maj 14, 2022, 3:13 pm

Thanks MJ. The reading is caused by the very nice weather we have. In the morning I do household stuff and afternoons are for reading.



Another book finished Verloren Meisjes by Angela Marsons ROOT # 21

The Blurb NOT my review

When nine-year-old best friends Charlie and Amy disappear, two families are plunged into a living nightmare. A text message confirms the unthinkable; that the girls are the victims of a terrifying kidnapping. And when a second text message pits the two families against each other for the life of their children, the clock starts ticking for D.I. Kim Stone and the squad. Seemingly outwitted at every turn, as they uncover a trail of bodies, Stone realizes that these ruthless killers might be the deadliest she has ever faced. And that their chances of bringing the girls home alive, are getting smaller by the hour... Untangling a dark web of secrets from the families' past might hold the key to solving this case. But can Kim stay alive long enough to do so? Or will someone's child pay the ultimate price?

My review

Kim Stone is one of my favorite detectives and her team also has some awesome men and women. Bryant and Dawson and Stacey Wood are great in their way too.
A year before the events of this book, the girls Emily and Suzie were kidnapped and only Emily was found and now two other girls are kidnapped again, Amy and Charlie. The first case was not really solved well by another team. Suzie still hasn't been found. This time Kim Stone takes the lead.
When it turns out that Charlie's mother, Karen, is an old acquaintance from Kim's difficult past it does cause some discomfort. Fortunately, Karen seems to have changed and that makes the contacts a bit easier.
Then follows an exciting search along the places where the girls have been spotted and interrogations of all kinds of people, as is so often the case in a police thriller. The story is well put together and I am already looking forward to the next book by Angela Marsons.


Now Reading Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir ROOT # 22, Forumchallenge # 20, BFB # 7



The blurb NOT my review

Ryland Grace is the sole survivor on a desperate, last-chance mission and if he fails, humanity and the Earth itself will perish. Except that right now, he doesn't know that. He can't even remember his own name, let alone the nature of his assignment or how to complete it. All he knows is that he's been asleep for a very, very long time. And he's just been awakened to find himself millions of miles from home, with nothing but two corpses for company. His crewmates dead, his memories fuzzily returning, Ryland realizes that an impossible task now confronts him. Hurtling through space on this tiny ship, it's up to him to puzzle out an impossible scientific mystery, and conquer an extinction-level threat to our species. And with the clock ticking down and the nearest human being light-years away, he's got to do it all alone. Or does he?

189connie53
Redigerat: maj 15, 2022, 2:49 pm

Finished Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir and give it

My review

What a great book this is. I really enjoyed it to the fullest.

When Ryland Grace wakes up, he has no idea who he is and where he is. Then his memory is slowly coming back. He's in a spaceship and he's the only one on board that's still alive. He is kept alive by a robotic figure who gives him food and drink and who has apparently looked after him for years and kept him in good physical shape. He sets out to investigate and as the days go by, more and more memories surface. This space journey is meant to save the earth, as the sun slowly gives off less and less light and heat, humanity will become extinct. The cause of this damage to the sun is a microscopic life form that has been called astrophages

Ryland is a doctor of molecular biology, but after a disappointing response to one of his articles, he became a high school teacher and he loves it. Then he is recruited by Eva Straat to help find a solution to the problem of the dying sun. After a long period of research, international cooperation, consultation and major financial investments, a spaceship has been built to go to the star Tau Ceri, where a similar problem has been identified. Ryland and two other scientists make up the crew, each with their own specialty.
Now that Ryland is alone, there is no other option but to continue on his own. But he doesn't stay alone. He meets Rocky from the solar system 40 Eridani. Rocky and he learn each other's language (quite a big thing) and they become good friends. Rocky can make and repair many things. What then follows is a period of trial and error on how to disable the astrophages or with what. What I loved is that the story isn't really about the mission, but more about the strong friendship and trust that develops between Ryland and Rocky that is actually unbreakable and makes Ryland do things he never thought possible.

You don't have to be a highly educated naturalist to follow the 'technical' story, so don't let that hinder you from reading the book. Sometimes I didn't understand much of it either, but just let it come to me and believed everything it said because it actually has nothing to do with the story. Definitely recommended.

190connie53
Redigerat: jun 10, 2022, 1:07 pm

Books read since >189 connie53:



Gallant by V.E. Schwab,

The blurb NOT my review

Olivia Prior has grown up in Merilance School for girls, and all she has of her past is her mother's journal -- which seems to unravel into madness. Then, a letter invites Olivia to come home -- to Gallant. Yet when Olivia arrives, no one is expecting her. But Olivia is not about to leave the first place that feels like home, it doesn't matter if her cousin Matthew is hostile or if she sees half-formed ghouls haunting the hallways. Olivia knows that Gallant is hiding secrets, and she is determined to uncover them. When she crosses a ruined wall at just the right moment, Olivia finds herself in a place that is Gallant--but not. The manor is crumbling, the ghouls are solid, and a mysterious figure rules over all. Now Olivia sees what has unravelled generations of her family, and where her father may have come from. Olivia has always wanted to belong somewhere, but will she take her place as a Prior, protecting our world against the Master of the House? Or will she take her place beside him? New York Times bestselling author Victoria Schwab crafts a vivid and lush novel that grapples with the demons that are often locked behind closed doors. An eerie, standalone saga about life, death, and the young woman beckoned by both.

My Review

This is quite a good, but rather dark book. Olivia has lived in an orphanage for over 12 years, with annoying girls and strict sisters. Olivia is at the center of a lot of bullying because of her inability to talk, but has managed to minimize it with some revenge exercises. Only now she has to try to get through the days all by herself. And then there's another thing. She can see the dead, though they are often mere shadows.
At the age of 14 she is suddenly told that family has been found who would like to take her into their family mansion called 'Gallant'. And so Olivia leaves for her new home. However, she is not welcomed with open arms. The house is occupied by the servants Edgar and Hannah and by her slightly older cousin Matthew, who does not want her there at all.
In this house are the dead shadows too and Olivia discovers that she can summon them if necessary. She has her mother's old diary with her and with it she sees a chance to break the curse that is on the house.
It could have been a little less dark for me.




Wat jij niet ziet by Sarah Pinborough, - Forumchallenge # 21

The Blurb NOT my review

Louise is a single mom, a secretary, stuck in a modern-day rut. On a rare night out, she meets a man in a bar and sparks fly. Though he leaves after they kiss, she's thrilled she finally connected with someone.When Louise arrives at work on Monday, she meets her new boss, David. The man from the bar. The very married man from the bar ... who says the kiss was a terrible mistake, but who still can't keep his eyes off Louise.And then Louise bumps into Adele, who's new to town and in need of a friend. But she also just happens to be married to David. David and Adele look like the picture-perfect husband and wife. But then why is David so controlling? And why is Adele so scared of him?As Louise is drawn into David and Adele's orbit, she uncovers more puzzling questions than answers. The only thing that is crystal clear is that something in this marriage is very, very wrong. But Louise can't guess how wrong--and how far a person might go to protect their marriage's secrets

My review

This actually falls under the heading of bizarre. It could have been a lot better if it had been written better, if the editor had cut out the repetitions, and if it hadn't had such a strange, very strange ending. I never saw it coming, because it is completely impossible in this world. Too bizarre for more words.



De boekwinkel voor gebroken harten by Robert Hillman, - Forumchallenge # 22

The blurb NOT my review

In this tender and wise novel about love and forgiveness in 1960s Australia, a lonely farmer finds his life turned upside down by the arrival of a vibrant bookseller. Can one unlikely bookshop heal two broken souls?It is 1968 in rural Australia and lonely Tom Hope can't make heads or tails of Hannah Babel. Newly arrived from Hungary, Hannah is unlike anyone he's ever met—she's passionate, brilliant, and fiercely determined to open sleepy Hometown's first bookshop. Despite the fact that Tom has only read only one book in his life, when Hannah hires him to install shelving for the shop, the two discover an astonishing spark. Recently abandoned by an unfaithful wife—and still missing her sweet son, Peter—Tom dares to believe that he might make Hannah happy. But Hannah is a haunted woman. Twenty-four years earlier, she had been marched to the gates of Auschwitz

My review

As a book lover, a book about a bookstore really warms me up. And this book also has a link with WWII. I was actually moved right away.
Tom is a bit of a clumsy man in matters of the heart. There was Trudy, who left him and when she came back after a few months, she was pregnant. When Trudy later leaves and takes little Peter with him, his heart is broken. He was the one who did the most things with Peter and now he has to find his way again on the farm that he is forced to maintain.
When the extravagant Hannah appears in the nearby town and wants to open a bookstore, she enlists Tom to do some odd jobs for her. Hannah has a past that she doesn't want to and can't talk about, but her love for books and the memory of the books that have been lost during WWII make her want to have all those lost books for sale in her shop. Tom falls for her and she for him. Tom also starts reading books because of her and he never actually did that in his life.
A great story about unconditional love and fidelity and the love for books.

191sallylou61
maj 31, 2022, 1:33 pm

You have really been doing a lot of reading recently, Connie. Hope you are enjoying it. Congratulations.

192connie53
Redigerat: jun 10, 2022, 1:08 pm

>191 sallylou61: Thanks Allison, I certainly do.

Finished another one ROOT # 23 - BFB # 8 - Forumchallenge # 23

De magische cirkel by Katherine Neville

My review

This book does require some concentration because it is very complicated. It's the story of Ariel and Sam. When Ariel learns that her cousin Sam has been killed in a bomb attack, she is the only heir. This heritage includes a package of documents collected over the centuries that deals with an ancient mystery. There are more than enough people who want these documents. And Ariel must do everything in her power to keep the documents safe.
That in itself is a big thing, but everything is complicated by Ariel's family ties. They also want to get their share. The family is so complicated that I've tried to make some sort of family tree, several times!
I won't say too much about it. I would give the story a 7 in itself, but due to the enormous amount of work the writer has had and all the facts that are in the book, it has become an 8.
How this book fits into the Montglane series is unclear to me.

193connie53
Redigerat: jun 10, 2022, 1:11 pm

Bought, read and finished De geheimen van de kostschool by Lucinda Riley Forumchallenge # 24



The Blurb NOT my review

The sudden death of a pupil in Fleat House at St Stephen's - a small private boarding school in deepest Norfolk - is a shocking event that the headmaster is very keen to call a tragic accident. But the local police cannot rule out foul play and the case prompts the return of high-flying Detective Inspector Jazmine 'Jazz' Hunter to the force. Jazz has her own private reasons for stepping away from her police career in London, and reluctantly agrees to front the investigation as a favour to her old boss. Reunited with her loyal sergeant Alastair Miles, she enters the closed world of the school, and as Jazz begins to probe the circumstances surrounding Charlie Cavendish's tragic death, events are soon to take another troubling turn. Charlie is exposed as an arrogant bully, and those around him had both motive and opportunity to switch the drugs he took daily to control his epilepsy. As staff at the school close ranks, the disappearance of young pupil Rory Millar and the death of an elderly classics master provide Jazz with important leads, but are destined to complicate the investigation further. As snow covers the landscape and another suspect goes missing, Jazz must also confront her personal demons . . . Then, a particularly grim discovery at the school makes this the most challenging murder investigation of her career. Because Fleat House hides secrets darker than even Jazz could ever have imagined . . .

My review

I need to read a new book by Lucinda Riley as soon as possible, but this turns out to be one of her earliest books (2006). I understand that the publisher wants to publish as much of her work as possible and thus ride along on the success of the seven sisters. This isn't really Lucinda's best book. She is clearly looking for the right way to write a complex web of connections between people and she is only partially successful. I find Jazz Hunter, the police inspector investigating the death of Charlie Cavendish, a sympathetic woman, but I prefer to see one of the people who play the lead themselves investigate. But that's just my opinion, of course. The characters all remain a bit vague and flat and the story is never really exciting. Fortunately, I know that Lucinda's books are only improving.

Now reading another ROOT # 24 - Forumchallenge # 25



Stad der nevelen - Carlos Ruiz Zafón

The blurb NOT my review

This posthumous collection from Carlos Ruiz Zafón, the New York Times bestselling author of The Shadow of the Wind comprises eleven stories, most never before published in English. The City of Mistis Ruiz Zafón's tribute to the countless thousands of readers who joined him on the extraordinary journey through the mysterious gothic world of his beloved Cemetery of Forgotten Books quartet. A boy decides to become a writer when he discovers that his creative gifts capture the attentions of an aloof young beauty who has stolen his heart. A labyrinth-maker flees Constantinople to a plague-ridden Barcelona, with plans for building a library impervious to the destruction of time. A strange gentleman tempts Cervantes to write a book like no other, each page of which could prolong the life of the woman he loves. And a brilliant Catalan architect named Antoni Gaudí reluctantly agrees to cross the ocean to New York, a voyage that will determine the fate of an unfinished masterpiece. Imaginative and beguiling, these and other stories in The City of Mist bring to life the mesmerising magic of their brilliant creator and invite us to enter the dream along with him.

194Caramellunacy
jun 5, 2022, 10:01 am

>189 connie53: Hi Connie!
I'm glad you are having a good reading summer and enjoying your family! I am excited to see how much you liked Project Hail Mary - I am looking forward to getting that one from the library and you are getting me excited for it!

195JustinAllard
jun 5, 2022, 10:05 am

Detta konto har stängts av för spammande.

196connie53
Redigerat: jun 10, 2022, 1:13 pm

>194 Caramellunacy: Good to hear CL! And I can't wait to read what you think of the book once you finished it.

I finished Stad der nevelen by Carlos Ruiz Zafón ROOT # 24 - Forumchallenge # 25 just 5 minutes ago and loved it. Though sort stories are almost always not as good as the longer ones, this one was a good one.

My review

A thin booklet of short stories published posthumously and for the most part set in Barcelona. It is written in the poetic and flowery way that is so characteristic of Carlos Ruiz Zafón. The most impressive part of this book were the last few stories devoted entirely to the disaster of the Twin Towers in New York. They are very personal and terribly poignant. I did shed some tears there. This raised the book from a 7 to an 8.

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Now starting in Babes in the Wood by Mark Stay ROOT # 25 - Forumchallenge # 26 - BB by Jackie

The Blurb NOT my review

Woodville has returned to 'normal' after the departure of the Crow Folk. The villagers put out fires from aircraft shot down in the Battle of Britain, and Faye Bright discovers that magic can be just as dangerous as any weapon. The arrival of a trio of Jewish children fleeing the Nazis brings the fight for Europe to the village. When their guardian is found dead, Faye must play nanny to the terrified children while gathering clues to uncover a dark magic that threatens to change the course of the war. And she must do it quickly - the children have seen too much and someone wants them silenced for good.

197Jackie_K
jun 5, 2022, 1:58 pm

>196 connie53: Enjoy Babes in the Wood, Connie! I found it a bit darker than The Crow Folk, but still lots of fun.

198connie53
Redigerat: jun 7, 2022, 9:20 am

>197 Jackie_K: I'm not that far but already there is the feel I had while reading The Crow Folk.
it was your BB that hit me last year that made me buy it. And I waited until it became a ROOT before I started reading!

199connie53
jun 8, 2022, 7:18 am

Bought a new book today because I was near my favorite bookstore 'De kleine tovenaar' (The little wizard) and needed a birthday-card for Fiene and, of course, a book for her. Couldn't resist buying a book for myself.



Een duistere schittering by Stacy Willingham

The Blurb NOT my review

When Chloe Davis was twelve, six teenage girls went missing in her small Louisiana town. By the end of the summer, her own father had confessed to the crimes and was put away for life, leaving Chloe and the rest of her family to grapple with the truth and try to move forward while dealing with the aftermath.

Now twenty years later, Chloe is a psychologist in Baton Rouge and getting ready for her wedding. While she finally has a fragile grasp on the happiness she's worked so hard to achieve, she sometimes feels as out of control of her own life as the troubled teens who are her patients. So when a local teenage girl goes missing, and then another, that terrifying summer comes crashing back. Is she paranoid, seeing parallels from her past that aren't actually there, or for the second time in her life, is Chloe about to unmask a killer?

200karenmarie
jun 8, 2022, 7:21 am

Hi Connie!

I hope this finds you well, safe, and happy.

I'm dodging quite a few book bullets lately because I'm still in my bodice ripper - i.e., romance - phase, happily devouring a book every day or two.

201connie53
jun 8, 2022, 7:31 am

>200 karenmarie: I'm well, safe and happy. Thanks Karen, I wish the same for you. A book every two days sounds lovely. I sometimes can do that too. Sometimes a Big Fat Book slows my pace down, but I don't really mind that. As long as I can read that's okay.

202connie53
Redigerat: jun 11, 2022, 3:57 am

Finished Babes in the Wood by Mark Stay and the book gets ROOT # 25, Forumchallenge # 26

My Review

Wonderful sequel to The Crow Folk with Faye Bright, a somewhat clumsy young witch in the lead again. She was teached in witchery by to two older witches, Miss Charlotte and Mrs. Teach, but she can only watch and don't do a thing on het own.
It's 1940 and The Battle of Britain is in full swing. Woodville is only a small town in Kent and they don't notice much of the war. Until a plane crashes into Mr. Allen garage/tankstation.
Faye is one of the first at the scene of the accident and when she hears cries for help, she does not hesitate for a moment. Klaus Schneider's car stopped at the garage for a refuel. Faye manages to free Klaus as well as his German niece and two nephews of Jewish descent, whom he tries to rescue from the nazi's. He was supposed to bring the kids to the nearby estate of Lord and Lady Aston and their son Harry.
That's how the book begins. There is a language barrier, betrayal and trust, a touch of love and a lot of magic. And Otto Kopp, a black German wizard who works for Hitler and has found accomplices in the village. But actually it's all about who can find and keep the Ur-tree, because that tree can give the owner eternal youth.




Now reading Ultiem bewijs by Peter James Forumchallenge # 27

The Blurb NOT my review

Investigative reporter Ross Hunter nearly didn't answer the phone call that would change his life - and possibly the world - for ever. 'I'd just like to assure you I'm not a nutcase, Mr Hunter. My name is Dr Harry F. Cook. I know this is going to sound strange, but I've recently been given absolute proof of God's existence - and I've been advised there is a writer, a respected journalist called Ross Hunter, who could help me to get taken seriously.' What would it take to prove the existence of God? And what would be the consequences? This question and its answer lie at the heart of Absolute Proof, an international thriller from bestselling author Peter James. The false faith of a billionaire evangelist, the life's work of a famous atheist, and the credibility of each of the world's major religions are all under threat. If Ross Hunter can survive long enough to present the evidence . . .

203connie53
jun 11, 2022, 4:26 am

Today is Fiene's 6th birthday and she has chicken-pox! But she is doing fine and enjoying her special days. Today she has her children's party, tomorrow her other grandma and granddad and other members of Cyrille's family will visit and We, Jeroen, Rianne, Lonne and me, will visit next Sunday.



204connie53
jun 11, 2022, 6:14 am

It may be a coincidence, in Ultiem bewijs by Peter James there is a similar story as in De Magisch Cirkel by Katherine Neville, namely about a document, of which no copies exist and a link with Joseph of Arimathea and the holy grail that is said to be hidden somewhere near Glastonbury. What should I think of that now?

205ZacTench
jun 11, 2022, 7:41 am

Detta konto har stängts av för spammande.

206rabbitprincess
Redigerat: jun 11, 2022, 8:49 am

Oh my goodness, 6 years old already! Happy birthday to Fiene!
Both the girls are getting so big! And they are very adorable too :)

207Jackie_K
jun 11, 2022, 2:16 pm

>203 connie53: Wow, how can she be a great big 6 already?! What a grown-up girl!
>204 connie53: I think the Joseph of Arimathea/Glastonbury connection is a well known myth, so I'm not surprised that it's in more than one book. Here's a page from Glastonbury Abbey about it: https://www.glastonburyabbey.com/myths-and-legends.php A famous tree on Glastonbury Tor is said to have sprung up when Joseph of Arimathea struck his wooden staff on the ground.

208connie53
jun 11, 2022, 2:23 pm

>206 rabbitprincess:, >207 Jackie_K: She is a tall girl after her father and mother. And she is very articulate and sometimes very wise for her age. She can't stand unfairness and is very sweet for Marie.

>207 Jackie_K: thanks for the link, Jackie!

209MissWatson
jun 12, 2022, 9:50 am

Congratulations to Fiene! Such a grown-up girl!

210FAMeulstee
jun 13, 2022, 3:43 am

Belated happy birthday to Fiene!

211connie53
jun 13, 2022, 5:46 am

Thanks Ladies!

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Finished Ultiem bewijs by Peter James, - Forumchallenge # 27

My Review

As always with Peter James, this book is a quick and easy read, but the subject matter is not your normal thriller. When investigative reporter Ross Hunter receives a call from Harry Cook, an old man who claims to have proof of God's existence and his return to Earth soon, he is skeptical at first but soon becomes involved in the story and starts his investigation, using a set of coordinates he got from Harry. Gradually it becomes clear that several other parties are also very interested and he has to be constantly on his guard. He barely manages to survive a number of attacks.
Though Mr. James's writing style is normally quick to read this book demands careful reading and it feels very different from the Roy Grace thrillers.


Now reading De patisserie by Charlotte Jacobi Forumchallenge # 28



The blurb NOT my review, translated by google

When nineteen-year-old Ida Tritschler moves to Alsace with her family, she can't wait to discover her new city. In Strasbourg, the Tritschlers open their dream patisserie, a stone's throw from what turns out to be their biggest rival: the patisserie of the Picard family.

Ida is determined to become the city's new pie queen, but of course the Picards don't want competition. To make matters worse, Ida also falls in love with son Lucien Picard, which causes a huge scandal. The young couple discover that the problems between their families go far beyond a simple rivalry between the bakeries. Can Ida and Lucien overcome all obstacles and bring their families together?


212connie53
jun 14, 2022, 1:36 pm

And finished! The book gets - Forumchallenge # 28

My review

In the beginning I wasn't very impressed with this book, but now that it's finidhed I consider it a nice easy summery book for garden reading.
Lucien and Ida fall in love instantly, but their families are vehemently against it, especially Lucien's family. They decide to do everything they can to change that and try to unravel where the feud started. The fact that both families have a patisserie doesn't make it any easier. It started somewhere during the war between France and Germany in 1870 and 1871. The two young people try very hard but when one problem is solved, two new ones take its place. It's all a bit obvious and the solutions are also quite predictable.




Now reading De ijzerkoning - Julie Kagawa - ROOT # 26, Forumchallenge # 29

The blurb NOT my review

Something has always felt slightly off in Meghan's life, ever since her father disappeared before her eyes when she was six. She has never quite fit in at school or at home. When a dark stranger begins watching her from afar, and her prankster best friend becomes strangely protective of her, Meghan senses that everything she's known is about to change. But she could never have guessed the truth that she is the daughter of a mythical fairy king and is a pawn in a deadly war. Now Meghan will learn just how far she'll go to save someone she cares about, to stop a mysterious evil no fairy creature dare face and to find love with a young prince who might rather see her dead than let her touch his icy heart.

213detailmuse
jun 15, 2022, 4:15 pm

So many books read! Happy birthday to Fiene, the photos and your description of her are lovely. Enjoy your gathering this weekend.

214connie53
jun 16, 2022, 3:13 pm

De IJzerkoning by Julie Kagawa is finished and gets - ROOT # 26, Forumchalenge # 29

My review

Part 1 in the Iron Fey series. Meghan Chase is an ordinary 16-year-old girl who goes to school and usually does what she's supposed to do. Her family is poor and she is often bullied at school by other girls for her clothes and her family. Her only friend is Robbie Goodfell. She soon realizes that her brother Ethan sees things that other people don't. She too begins to see things out of the corner of her eye more. When Ethan disappears, Meghan gets a message that she will be picked up and finds out that she is the daughter of King Oberon of the Summer Court of the Elves. The search for her brother takes her to that world, where she is joined by Robbie and the cat Grimalkin and Ash a prince from the fairy world.
Nice Young Adult book, in which a lot happens and all kinds of characters from A Midsummer Night's Dream make their appearance.


Started in part 2 De IJzerprinses by Julie Kagawa ROOT # 27



I will not write down the blurb because of spoilers for part 1!

215connie53
jun 25, 2022, 5:09 am

I'm now reading Wolkenstad by Anthony Doerr which is quit fascinating but very complicated.



The blurb NOT my review

The heroes of Cloud Cuckoo Land are children trying to figure out the world around them, and to survive. In the besieged city of Constantinople in 1453, in a public library in Lakeport, Idaho, today, and on a spaceship bound for a distant exoplanet decades from now, an ancient text provides solace and the most profound human connection to characters in peril.
They all learn the story of Aethon, who longs to be turned into a bird so that he can fly to the paradise of Cloud Cuckoo Land, a better world.
Twelve-year-old Anna lives in a convent where women toil all day embroidering the robes of priests. She learns to read from an old Greek tutor she encounters on her errands in the city. In an abandoned priory, she finds a stash of old books. One is Aethon's story, which she reads to her sister as the walls of Constantinople are bombarded by armies of Saracens. Anna escapes, carrying only a small sack with bread, salt fish-and the book. Outside the city walls, Anna meets Omeir, a village boy who was conscripted, along with his beloved pair of oxen, to fight in the Sultan's conquest. His oxen have died; he has deserted.
In Lakeport, Idaho, in 2020, Seymour, a young activist bent on saving the earth, sits in the public library with two homemade bombs in pressure cookers-another siege. Upstairs, eighty-five-year old Zeno, a former prisoner-of-war, and an amateur translator, rehearses five children in a play adaptation of Aethon's adventures.
On an interstellar ark called The Argos, Konstance is alone in a vault with sacks of Nourish powder and access to all the information in the world-or so she is told. She knows Aethon's story through her father, who has sequestered her to protect her. Konstance, encased on a spaceship decades from now, has never lived on our beloved Earth. Alone in a vault with sacks of Nourish powder and access to "all the information in the world," she knows Aethon's story through her father.
Konstance, Anna, Omeir, Seymour, the young Zeno, the children in the library are dreamers and misfits on the cusp of adulthood in a world the grown-ups have broken.
Dedicated to "the librarians then, now, and in the years to come,

216connie53
Redigerat: jun 25, 2022, 2:27 pm

I finished Wolkenstad today and the book gets the full

My review

What a great book. Impressive and complex, well worked out with all threads nicely finished and knotted together and totally worth a slow and attentive read.
The story takes place alternately in and around Constantinople in the 15th century where Anna and Omeir live, in Lakeport, Idaho in the US with Zeno and Seymour in the present day and in the future in a spaceship with Konstance.
The subject at hand is an ancient Greek text that tells the story of Aethon, a dreamer who longs to turn into a bird and fly to paradise. This text plays a leading role in all three timelines and connects everyone. And that's the beauty of this book. Although they cannot all physically meet, they are connected by the text and that is also the theme of the story. The connection we have with each other, the past, the present and the future, and that gives hope for the future of humanity and its existence on earth. Very very beautiful and well done. I enjoyed this very much.

217HelenBaker
jun 25, 2022, 5:50 pm

i have this on my TBR shelves, Connie. i must get to it sooner rather than later.

218connie53
jun 26, 2022, 6:06 am

>217 HelenBaker: You certainly should, Helen.

Now reading De chocoladevilla by Maria Nikolai

Original German,



The blurb NOT my review

Stuttgart, 1903. As the daughter of a chocolate manufacturer, Judith Rothmann leads a privileged life in the villa district of Degerloch. You could say she has everything her heart desires. Making chocolate is in her genes and she spends every spare minute in her father's factory developing recipes for new treats. One day she will take over the family business. At least, that's what she always thought.

Her father appears to have other plans; he has in mind a suitable suitor for her—a man who would make sure she would never lack anything, but who she could never love. Then the charismatic Victor Rheinberger, who wants to build a new life in Stuttgart, unexpectedly crosses her path. It's time for Judith to decide once and for all who she is – and who she wants to become.

219connie53
Redigerat: jun 28, 2022, 1:26 pm

Finished the book and it gets

My review

Pretty nice family story full of complications and the first part of a series. Judith Rothmann really wants to work in the family business, but in 1903 that is not really a thing to do for a woman. Her father doesn't want that at all. However, Judith does have the talent to develop new flavors and combinations with chocolate and she often does so.
Her father has arranged a marriage with his banker's son so he can lend money from the banker to save his chocolate factory from bankruptcy. Judith is not happy about that at all and decides that that will certainly not happen and she becomes even more certain when she meets Victor Rheinberger. They are very attracted to each other, but Victor also has a past that he does not like to talk about.
The story is well developed and a good read on a sunny day in the garden.


Now reading



Gewetenloos by Karin Slaughter

The blurb NOT my review

Longbill Beach, 1982. Emily Vaughn gets ready for the prom. For an athlete, who is smart, pretty and well-liked, this night that should be the highlight of her high school career. But Emily has a secret. And by the end of the evening, that secret will be silenced forever.
An unsolved murder...
Forty years later, Emily's murder remains a mystery. Her tight-knit group of friends closed ranks; her respected, wealthy family retreated inwards; the small town moved on from her grisly attack. But all that's about to change. One final chance to uncover a killer... US Marshal Andrea Oliver arrives in Longbill Beach on her first assignment: to protect a judge receiving death threats. But, in reality, Andrea is there to find justice for Emily. The killer is still out there - and Andrea must discover the truth before she gets silenced, too...

220enemyanniemae
jul 1, 2022, 2:17 am

hi, Connie! I was just looking at your book list- I'm so glad you liked Hail Mary. It is one of my favorite books and I think the last sentence is one of the best I've ever read. The mental picture makes me smile . Cloud Cuckooland is on my list and I'd love to get to a Schwab one day. When I worked at a library, one of my patrons recommended Lucinda Riley's sisters series. I don't know if you've ever read any of those but Mrs. Frederic gave them high praise. *smile*

Read on!

221connie53
jul 4, 2022, 4:31 am

Hi EAM, Of course I read the sister books by Lucinda Riley and all her other translated books too. And loved them! Although I now think her family is publishing her earlier books and those are not that good. She clearly grew as a writer. It's such a shame she died last year.

Hail Mary is one of my 5 star books this year. I think you can't go wrong with a book by mr. Weir!

222connie53
Redigerat: jul 18, 2022, 8:50 am

Finished Gewetenloos by Karin Slaughter and the book gets

My review

I don't quite know what to think of this book. I always look forward to a new book by Karin Slaughter, but this time it was a bit disappointing. I think that has to do with the fact that there are so many characters and I couldn't tell them apart at one point and the way rape and the subsequent pregnancy are handled are not the nicest subjects. In any case, my automatic inclination to give the book 5 stars quickly disappeared and it became 3,5 stars. Perhaps I should be a little more critical when it comes to Mrs. Slaughter's books in the future.
This is the second part in a series that revolves around Andrea Oliver who also plays a part in Gespletenand I thought that was a lesser book when I read it

223HelenBaker
jul 4, 2022, 8:30 pm

>221 connie53: Oh I see Project Hail Mary is available at my local library. It will probably fit my science fiction challenge. Thanks ladies.

224connie53
jul 5, 2022, 12:52 pm

>223 HelenBaker: Good! Go get it, Helen! And yes it's SF.

225connie53
jul 5, 2022, 1:01 pm

Finished Kom een gauw by M.J. Arlidge BFB # 10



The blurb NOT my review

When you think you're safe, When you think you're all alone, That's when he'll come for you... A silent killer stalks the city, targeting those home alone at night, playing a deadly game of cat and mouse with the victims. As panic spreads, Detective Inspector Helen Grace leads the investigation, but is herself a hunted woman, her every step shadowed by a ruthless psychopath bent on revenge. As she tracks the murderer, Grace begins to suspect there is a truly shocking home truth that connects these brutal crimes. But what she will find is something more twisted than she could ever suspect... Check the windows, lock the doors...

My Review

Inspector Helen Grace is a unique personality. Bold, rambunctious, unafraid of risks and totally committed to the cases she works on. Her team is loyal to her and does a lot, if not everything, for her. But her attitude irritates her superior a lot, in this book it's Alan Peters, a man who really hates Helen. He wants to kick her out of the police force.
When two murders, of completely innocent people, a young mother and a teenage boy, take place in just a few days , the team does everything they can to find the killer. There are many possibilities and also as a reader you are often misled, but it is all worth it.
mr. Arlidge writes great books.

226connie53
Redigerat: jul 10, 2022, 5:40 am

Finished two more books.



Klara en de zon by Kazuo Ishiguro - Forumchallenge # 32 -

The blurb NOT my review

From her place in the store that sells artificial friends, Klara--an artificial friend with outstanding observational qualities--watches carefully the behavior of those who come in to browse, and of those who pass in the street outside. She remains hopeful a customer will soon choose her, but when the possibility emerges that her circumstances may change forever, Klara she is warned not to invest too much in the promises of humans. In this luminous tale, Klara and the Sun, Nobel Prize winner Kazuo Ishiguro looks at our rapidly changing modern world through the eyes of an unforgettable narrator to explore a fundamental question: what does it mean to love?"

My review

Klara and Rosa are in the window of a store, waiting for a child to buy them. They are both KVs (artificial Friend) and thus a kind of intelligent robots. And they can learn, but are mainly company for the children who are 'lifted up'. I haven't figured out exactly what 'lifted' means. But I suspect that's something like artificially modified. Josie is such a girl. This adjustment doesn't work out well for Josie and she is in rather weak health as a result. She desperately wants to find a girlfriend and she chooses Klara. Rick, Josie's friend and the boy next door didn't get the adjustment. But Josie and Rick have a plan to stay together for the rest of their lives.
Josie's Mother buys Klara but has reasons other than companionship for her daughter.
During her time in the shop, Klara has become fascinated by the sun and attributes a personality of its own to it. She also sees an opportunity to help Josie.
Beautiful, innocent and a bit sad but very well done.


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And Een vreemde in huis by Shari Lapena -

The blurb NOT my review

You come home after a long day at work, excited to have dinner with your beautiful wife. But when you walk through the door, you quickly realize that she's not there. In the kitchen, there is a pot on the stove, and vegetables on the counter, abandoned. Her cellphone and her purse are still in the house, in the bedroom, exactly where she keeps them. It looks like she's left in a blind panic. You fear the worst, so you call her friends to see if they know where she is. Then you call the police. The police tell you that your wife's been in an accident. They found her in the worst part of town, after she lost control of the car while speeding through the streets. But why would she go to that neighbourhood? And why was she driving so fast? Was she running toward something? Or away from something? The police think your wife was up to no good. You refuse to believe it, at first. Then, as the stories and facts don't line up, and your wife can't remember what happened that evening, you start to wonder. You've been married for two years and you thought you knew her better than anyone else in the world . . . but maybe you don't.

My review

I found this book very exciting and read it in less than a day. Karen Krupp and Tom Krupp are a newlywed couple living in an affluent New York suburb. One day, Karen is found after a single-vehicle accident in which she has lost control of the car due to reckless driving. When she wakes up in the hospital, she has lost her memory of the events. Tom is stunned when he learns that his wife has been injured. It's not her character at all to ride like that, but Karen can't tell him what brought her there. A few days later, when a murdered man is found in the vicinity of the accident and the police find the two occurrences suspicious, Detective Rasbach comes to investigate both cases and slowly makes a startling discovery. Fast-paced, with lots of plot twists and a totally surprising last few pages.

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Now reading Het stel van hiernaast by Shari Lapena

The blurb NOT my review

How well do you know the couple next door? Or your husband? Or even--yourself? People are capable of almost anything. A domestic suspense debut about a young couple and their apparently friendly neighbors--a twisty, rollercoaster ride of lies, betrayal, and the secrets between husbands and wives. Anne and Marco Conti seem to have it all--a loving relationship, a wonderful home, and their beautiful baby, Cora. But one night when they are at a dinner party next door, a terrible crime is committed. Suspicion immediately focuses on the parents. But the truth is a much more complicated story. Inside the curtained house, an unsettling account of what actually happened unfolds. Detective Rasbach knows that the panicked couple is hiding something. Both Anne and Marco soon discover that the other is keeping secrets, secrets they've kept for years

227MissWatson
jul 11, 2022, 3:23 am

You've got lots of reading done, congrats!

228FAMeulstee
jul 11, 2022, 3:41 am

Happy Monday, Connie!
How are you doing, besides the reading?

229connie53
Redigerat: jul 18, 2022, 8:47 am

>228 FAMeulstee: I'm doing fine, Anita. Getting used to living on my own, which was never the case before, but I'm now at ease on my own (with my books). Visiting Peet every other day and doing lots of babysitting with all three granddaughters. So they keep me busy. I'm making new acquittances in the street, drinking coffee with them. I think it's good to increase my network so I can fall back on them if need be and it's good for me too. I even met a former good friend and we had some nice talks about the od days. My son and her daughter were classmates in the years of primary school, so it's been a while since I saw her and had longer talks.
This Thursday I'm leaving for some days in Tilburg with my BFF Vera.

>227 MissWatson:. Thanks Birgit. I did! Doing house stuff in the morning and keeping my afternoons free for some reading.

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Finished Het stel van hiernaast by Shari Lapena and give it

My review

In this book, everyone has secrets from each other and double agendas. In fact, hardly anyone can be trusted.
When Anne and Marco's baby is no longer in her crib when they return from dinner at the neighbors (complete with baby monitor), a dangerous game ensues between the young couple and the kidnapper. Anne's very wealthy parents also play a major role in the whole. They never thought Marco was good enough for their daughter.
The book has many plot twists and you are constantly misled. An enjoyable read, but a bit too predictable and maybe a overdone.


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Now reading Een eed zo duivels by Brigid Kemmerer ROOT # 29

The blurb NOT my review

KINGDOMS WILL CLASH. CHOOSE YOUR SIDE.Grey has been revealed as the rightful prince of Emberfall. But the kingdom is crumbling fast, torn between his claim and that of the reigning Prince Rhen and Princess Harper. Newly crowned as Queen of the enemy kingdom Syhl Shallow, Lia Mara struggles to rule with a gentler hand than her mother. But as Grey moves closer to claiming the crown of Emberfall, both Harper and Lia Mara are forced to question where they stand - and how far they can follow the dictates of their hearts. Brigid Kemmerer's heart-pounding saga comes to a thrilling climax, as two kingdoms come closer and closer to conflict - and an old enemy resurfaces who could destroy them all.

230FAMeulstee
jul 12, 2022, 3:48 am

>229 connie53: Sounds like you have adjusted well, Connie.
Have a good time in Tilburg with Vera.

231Jackie_K
jul 15, 2022, 12:58 pm

Hope you're having a wonderful trip, Connie! I'm just back from a few days camping on the east coast of Scotland, so trying to catch up, there's a lot of unread threads now!

232connie53
jul 18, 2022, 8:56 am

>230 FAMeulstee:. I did have an excellent time, with reading on the backburner for the time. I only managed 30 pages or so. We always have lots to talk about and do so deep into the night. (03.30). We had some walks in a park nearby and went out for diner and lunch. It was really very relaxed and we certainly will do it again in Autumn.

>231 Jackie_K:. Scotland, I wish I could go there someday. Good to hear you had a few nice days there.

Finished Een eed zo duivels by Brigid Kemmerer, ROOT # 29,

My review

Third part of the 'Cursebreakers' trilogy. Young Adult, not too deep, but a nice read. Rhen and Harper and Grey and Lia Mara are still at war, but a sixty-day period has been agreed upon to achieve a surrender. However, Harper, the girl from Washington DC (princess of disi) and Lia Mara, the queen of Sylvoorde have other plans, namely a peace between the rival brothers.
Well executed and everything neatly finished


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Now reading De meisjes van Ravensbrück by Anna Ellory ROOT # 30

The blurb NOT my review

Berlin, 1989. As the wall between East and West falls, Miriam Winter cares for her dying father, Henryk. When he cries out for someone named Frieda—and Miriam discovers an Auschwitz tattoo hidden under his watch strap—Henryk's secret history begins to unravel.

Searching for more clues of her father's past, Miriam finds an inmate uniform from the Ravensbrück women's camp concealed among her mother's things. Within its seams are dozens of letters to Henryk written by Frieda. The letters reveal the disturbing truth about the "Rabbit Girls', young women experimented on at the camp. And amid their tales of sacrifice and endurance, Miriam pieces together a love story that has been hidden away in Henryk's heart for almost fifty years.

Inspired by these extraordinary women, Miriam strives to break through the walls she has built around herself. Because even in the darkest of times, hope can survive.

233connie53
jul 19, 2022, 9:14 am

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