Saturday, April 10, 2021

Weekend Cooking: Sounds of Silence dinner at Uluru

Last week we fulfilled a dream of mine and visited Uluru in the red centre of Australia! It is a place that I have wanted to visit for years. We were supposed to go in September of last year, know.....Covid happened.

It was such an amazing place to visit, and I could write for ages about the experience,  but today I wanted to focus on the food side of the trip. Whilst shows like Masterchef have contestants regularly using native ingredients, I wouldn't suggest that it isn't really that mainstream yet. I think I have tried a cheesecake before that featured native ingredients, but I didn't really enjoy it, so I was a bit concerned that I wasn't going to like anything, but, in the end, I needn't have been concerned.

On our first full days at the resort we did a lot of the free activities, one of which was about bush food. Whilst the area around Uluru is full of shrubs and low trees, we were assured that there was plenty of food about, if you know what you are looking for. It was also important to know about different varieties because they may have very different properties even though they are part of the same family. For example, there was a type of leaf called senna that you could eat, but there was a very close relative called chocolate senna that is a laxative so you don't want to eat at the wrong time! In addition, the guide talked about honey ants, witchety grub, bush tomatoes, desert plums and so much more. It was very interesting! 

At the end of that talk we all got to taste Wattleseed Shortbread which was delicious. It is a minimal amount of wattleseed that is added into the recipe - just enough to give it a distinctive taste. I have shared the recipe below.

The highlight of our trip was the Sounds of Silence dinner. What a night. It started with sparkling wine and canapes as the sun set, with views of both Uluru and Kata-juta in the distance. During dinner there was a didgeridoo being played and then there was a talk about the stars. Given that there is so little light pollution out there, the amount of stars you can see in the sky is amazing compared to in the city.

I am guessing that the little boxes containing the canapes are to keep the event COVID friendly rather than having someone walking around offering up platters.

We then had a starter of bush tomato soup, which didn't taste dissimilar to normal tomato soup but maybe a little sweeter.

There we moved onto a buffet dinner. I can't remember what all the different meats were, but the coleslaw type salad that you can see in the photo included shredded crocodile in it, which was actually very nice. You could do something similar with chicken or fish quite easily. The fish was delicious as were the lamb cutlets, and I am really going to have to play around with roasting cauliflower because that was delicious too!

The dessert was also buffet and all of them were delicious and all had at least some native flavourings in them too, ranging from bite sized (two bits at most!)  brownies, to cheesecake, crumble tarts and pudding with custard

The people at our table included an older couple who ended up not living too far from us, an older lady, and then one young English couple and one young American who had both been working in Australia for a couple of years and were making sure to see as much of the country as they could. The wine flowed freely, as did the conversation. 

It was a magic night!

Wattleseed Shortbread

200g unsalted butter, softened

90g icing sugar

1 egg yolk

250g plain flour

2g baking powder.

5g wattleseed

Preheat oven 1t 190C (374f)

Lightly cream the soft butter and sugar

Mix in the egg yolk

Fold in the flour, baking powder and wattleseed

Roll into small balls

Bake for 15-18 minutes until golden brown, then cool on a wire rack.

Weekly Meals

Saturday: Airport dinner where there was very little open!
Sunday: Seafood Chowder Pie
Monday: Takeaway
Tuesday: Garlic Lamp Rump with Capsicum and Walnut dip and fattoush
Wednesday: Pineapple and chicken kebabs with rice
Thursday: Pork Vindaloo with rice and salad
Friday: Pizza (family dinner)

Weekend Cooking is open to anyone who has any kind of food-related post to share: Book reviews (novel, nonfiction), cookbook reviews, movie reviews, recipes, random thoughts, gadgets, quotations, photographs, restaurant reviews, travel information, or fun food facts. If your post is even vaguely foodie, feel free to grab the button and link up anytime over the weekend. You do not have to post on the weekend. Please link to your specific post, not your blog's home page.

Tuesday, April 06, 2021

Top Ten Tuesday: Watery books


Welcome to this week's edition of Top Ten Tuesday which is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week's theme is Books I’d Gladly Throw Into the Ocean which was submitted by Beauty & Her Books. While I could name some books that have annoyed me, I am twisting the theme this week to be books with a water theme.

Light Between Oceans by M L Stedman

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

Sea Glass by Maria V Snyder - Must get back to this series this year!

The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See

The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley - Never miss an opportunity to mention this book.

The Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen - I think I heard that SAA is working on a new book, which is exciting!

The Lake House by Kate Morton

Lake in the Clouds by Sarah Donati - Not my favourite in this series, but still a good read!

The Lake of Dead Languages by Carol Goodman

Bila Yarrudhanggalangdhuray by Anita Heiss - This is a book that doesn't come out until next month but I read it last week and really enjoyed it. The title translates to River of Dreams

Sunday, April 04, 2021

Six Degrees of Separation: Shuggie Bain to A Rose for the Crown

Welcome to this month's edition of Six Degrees of Separation, which is a monthly meme hosted by Kate from Books Are My Favourite and Best.  The idea is to start with a specific book and make a series of links from one book to the next using whatever link you can find and see where you end up after six links.  I am also linking this post up with The Sunday Salon, hosted by Deb at Readerbuzz.

I decided to make this exercie a bit harder for myself this month because I knew the starting point, and I knew where I wanted to end up. Normally, you just see where you end up, but by having the end in mind meant that it took me a few attempts to get from point A to point B, but I got there in the end!

The starting point this month is Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart which is a book I don't see myself reading any time soon. What I did know about that book is that it is set in Scotland.

The Shakespeare play Macbeth is often known as the Scottish play, so my next link is Lady Macbeth by Susan Fraser King which I read an enjoyed many years ago because you can't get more Scottish than that really.

A more recent read about a Scottish woman is Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Moving away fromm Scotland, this time I am linking with the name Eleanor. Eleanor of Aquitaine  was queen of both England and France, the only woman in history to hold both of these titles. There are a number of books about her I could have chosen but I have chosen to use The Autumn Throne by Elizabeth Chadwick as my title. This is the final book in a trilogy about Eleanor.

Eleanor is part of the Plantagenet dynasty from whom the houses of Lancaster and York derived. In turn these were the two sides of the War of the Roses, which was part of the inspiration for A Game of Thrones by George R R Martin.

From fantasy inspired by the War of the Roses, I am turning back to history with The Rose of  York: Love and War by Sandra Worth. This is a story about Richard, Duke of Gloucester and his wife, Lady Anne Neville.

Another book about Richard, who eventually became Richard III, the last of the Plantagenet kings is A Rose for the Crown by Anne Easter Smith, which is where I wanted to end up because, well, it is Easter Sunday!

Next month's starting point is Beezus and Ramona by Beverly Cleary.

Saturday, April 03, 2021

Weekend Cooking: Coffee and Wine

As you read this, we are in transit on our way back from visiting Uluru in Central Australia. It is the first time for the both us to see the world's biggest monolith, and visiting Northern Territory, not to mention the first time leaving our home state of Victoria since the end of 2019!  My plan is to post about our visit in next week's Weekend Cooking post.

Yesterday I posted about a book called Sweetheart by Sarah Mayberry which is part of a multi-author series set in a Vermont cafe. As you would imagine there's plenty of food mentions when you read a book set in a cafe, but for this week I thought I would share this quote about coffee and wine! 

Part of the reason for choosing these quotes because I am not much  of a connoiseur when it comes to wine or coffee. What I do know is when I like or or I don't but that's as far as it gets. I do like the idea of the processes that goes into making both of them. I like the idea that both coffee and wine vary depending on where it is grown and can be influenced by so many things from the makeup of the soil, how rocky it is, whether it was picked under a full moon. That all fascinates me. But yes, give me a glass of wine or a glass of coffee and the most I can probably tell you is if it is smooth or not.

"Come on in to the apartment and meet Larry," Beck said.

"Sounds good," I said, wincing at how bright and chirpy I sounded.

Beck's mouth twitched again, as he led me down a short corridor. After passing his office and the packing room, we walked through a doorway into a large space that run the full width of the building. Two big metal machines were spaced along the far wall, while pallets piled high with burlap sacks filled a corner.

"Are these the roasters?" I asked, forgetting to be nervous for a second as I went to examine the large circular tray attached to the front of one of the machines.

"Yep, these are our babies," Beck said. "That's the cooling tray. Beans go in there, and once we get past first crack, and we're happy with the roast, we pour them out here to cool. " He pointed to a large hopper on top of the machine, then to the tray.

"First crack is when the beans open up in the heat, right?"

He raised his eyebrows. "Bang on the money."

"I did some googling," I admitted. "But Google didn't tell me how you know when you've got first crack."

The space was scrupulously clean, and the delicious smell I'd noted the other day in the packing room was stronger here, a mixture of the baked bread scent and caramelized sweetness he'd just described.

"So this is where the magic happens," I said.

And then a bit later

Beck glanced down at the wine I'd brought and a broad frown crossed his forehead.

"I wasn't sure what we were having and the guy in the store said this was good with almost anything," I said.

"Where'd you go? Hunger Mountain Co-op?"

"How did you know?" I asked, surprised.

Beck stepped over to the fridge and retrieved a familiar bottle.

"We bought the same wine," I said, getting the joke

"From the same manager, I'm thinking, since I got the same spiel."

We both laughed and any residual tension I'd been holding melted away.

"If it sucks, we can go back and complain together," I said.

"Let's give it a shot."

He opened the wine and poured two glasses, handing mine over. We both took an experimental sip.

"I'm tasting wine. I think there's a top note of wine in there, too. And maybe a little wine on the palate afterwards?" I said

"Definitely," Beck said, taking another mouthful and swirling it around his mouth ostentatiously, sucking his cheeks in and out and generally looking ridiculous. "Pretty sure the grapes were picked on a Friday by a redheaded man with big feet and a gambling habit.'

"Insightful," I said.

"It's what I do," Beck said with a casual shrug.

Are you a coffee or wine connoisseur?

Weekly Meals

Saturday: Peri Peri Chicken with chips and salad
Sunday: Leftovers Quiche
Monday: Leftover Leftovers Quiche

Weekend Cooking is open to anyone who has any kind of food-related post to share: Book reviews (novel, nonfiction), cookbook reviews, movie reviews, recipes, random thoughts, gadgets, quotations, photographs, restaurant reviews, travel information, or fun food facts. If your post is even vaguely foodie, feel free to grab the button and link up anytime over the weekend. You do not have to post on the weekend. Please link to your specific post, not your blog's home page.

Friday, April 02, 2021

Sweetheart by Sarah Mayberry

Sarah Mayberry is one of my favourite Australian contemporary romance authors so I am always excited to hear that she has a new book coming out. The interesting thing about this book is that is part of a series that is set in a world created by another author. Let me see if I can explain that a bit better as I found it a very interesting concept which I don't think I have heard of before.

Author Sarina Bowen published the first book in her True North book in 2016 and since then series has continued. The series is set in Vermont and some of the key locations/settings were the local cafe, The Busy Bean, the bar called Speakeasy and there is a sports team as well that has been featured.

Now Bowen has set herself up as a publisher to bring The World of True North to life. Within the World of True North, there are going to be four series/story streams with each book written by different authors who can use the setting as well as some of the existing characters from the series and then they get to tell their own story. There are going to be 46 books all up. 46! The four series are going to be Busy Bean, contemporary romance set in the coffee shop, Moo U which is contemporary sports romance, Vino and Veritas which is going to be LGBTQ romances and Speakeaasy which will be more sexy romance (I think).

This book is set in the Busy Bean which is owned by a couple of friends who have had their own stories in the original series. This book focuses on Haley who has recently started working in the cafe. In addition, she is a talented leather artisan who is trying to buiild her online business up. When the cafe has a drop in customers soon after she starts, Haley needs to be investigate to be sure it isn't about her coffee making skils. 

It turns out there are some new coffee roasters in town who are supplying the opposition cafes, one of whom happened to be Haley's sisters ex-boyfriend, Daniel Beck. Haley always had a thing for Beck, but obviously he is out of bounds. Beck is attracted to Haley but his relationship with her sister Jess was volatile, to say the least, so he doesn't want to put himself in a situation where he needs to relive how awful that time in his life was. And yet, they can't seem to stay away from each other.

There are a couple of things that I expect from a Sarah Mayberry book is great chemistry from the characters, and that there is a depth to the story, and this book is no different on both of those fronts. This time she tactfully explores the impact of mental illness and the effect that it can have on whole families. 

So given the unusual nature of the series, the question is did I enjoy the world of True North enough to want to read more. I have already bought the first book in the actual series by Sarina Bowen, and I can see myself dipping into the greater series as a whole too. And, of course, I will still be looking for any Sarah Mayberry book I can get hold of, but to be fair, I did already know that even before I started this book.

Tomorrow I am going to be sharing a couple of quotes from this book as part of my Weekend Cooking series!

Rating 4/5

Thursday, April 01, 2021

Historical Fiction Reading Challenge: April


 Thank you to everyone who shared a review this month! I can't wait to see what you all share in April.

I am very excited to have so many of you signed up and linking up to the challenge already this year, and I look forward to reading your reviews throughout the year! I am sure there is going to be a lot of great historical fiction discovered and shared with fellow HF lovers!

If you haven't already signed up, it's not too late! The sign up post is here.

Just to recap what participants need to know. At the beginning of each month I will put up a post which will have a Mr Linky embedded into it for you to add your link.

Please remember...

  • add the link(s) of your review(s) including your name and book title to the Mister Linky we’ll be adding to our monthly post (please, do not add your blog link, but the correct address that will guide us directly to your review). A direct link to your Goodreads review is also acceptable
  • any kind of historical fiction is accepted (fantasy, young adult, graphic novels...)
  • if you have time, have a look some of the other links that are present. You never know when you will discover new blogs or books!
I have created a group on Facebook which you can find here and don't forget to use the #histficreadingchallenge hashtag on the socials.

Here is the link for you to use to share your reviews this month! Happy reading!

Saturday, March 27, 2021

Weekend Cooking: What I Baked in March

Welcome to this month's post about what I baked. If you could smell as well as read, you would smell a lovely banana bread baking away in the oven as I type this, but that will be ready to share (a picture of at least) next month. 

The first thing that I made was a new recipe to me - Lemon Poppyseed Cake. I found the recipe and took a snip screen capture of it when someone posted it in a Facebook group and said that it was a family favourite for 20 years. The only thing I can't remember which group! Ooops! It was very simple and tasty! Will make it again, and maybe put some cream cheese frosting on it as well.

I have been contemplating buying some new piping tips for a while now so I decided a couple of weeks ago to stop thinking and just do! Of course, then I had to make something to use them on! I therefore made some vanilla cupcakes and just played! What did I learn....that having better tools doesn't make me better at piping!

It is autumn here which means it is pear season. In the past, the main thing that I have done with pears is poaching them. When I was looking at the supermarket recipe magazine, the recipe that caught my eye was something called a Sugar Crusted Pear and Brown Butter cake. The recipe suggested to serve it with caramelised pears which I don't think was really necessary, but the pears themselves were delicious and I ended up having them on my cereal during the week which was a nice change. I will say that the sugar crusting was amazing - obviously not an everyday thing. I would make the cake again, and I would make the caramelised pears again, but I wouldn't make them together.

Weekly Meals

Thursday: Out for dinner
Friday: Takeaway Friday

Weekend Cooking is open to anyone who has any kind of food-related post to share: Book reviews (novel, nonfiction), cookbook reviews, movie reviews, recipes, random thoughts, gadgets, quotations, photographs, restaurant reviews, travel information, or fun food facts. If your post is even vaguely foodie, feel free to grab the button and link up anytime over the weekend. You do not have to post on the weekend. Please link to your specific post, not your blog's home page.

Saturday, March 20, 2021

Weekend Cooking: Two new cookbooks

Over the last ten days or so I have been lucky enough to acquire two new cookbooks so this week I thought I would talk about them today.

I have posted before a few times about my love of  Great British Bake Off. I enjoy watching the Australian and Kiwi versions as well, but the original is the best! In fact, the latest series is about to start showing here in the next couple of weeks, so that is something to look forward to!

Of the GBBO alumni, one of the most successful alumni has been Nadiya Hussain. Since winning Bake Off in 2015 she has made several TV shows with the lates being Nadiya Bakes. Recently my husband was away for the weekend so I had time to spare and so I binge watched the series on Netflix. What I didn't realise is that I had already made one of the recipes from the series. I did know it was her recipe, but not where it came from.

I thoroughly enjoyed the TV series, from the recipes to the way that Nadiya communicates with the viewer and her production team. She's just so warm and friendly, and that is visible in the introductions to the recipes in the book.

Hussain likes to take classic recipes and give them a twist, which often reflects multicultural cuisines. For example, she shares a recipe for Sheesh Kebab Toad in the Hole, which is normally made with sausages. I think the next recipe I intend to make is Filo Cream Parcels, which is her version of a Lebanese dessert.

If I have one issue with this book it is that not ever recipe has a picture. While most do, and there are so recipes that have a couple of pages of arty photos but others have none. I really prefer to have even just a small photo so I can see what I am aiming for!

Here's the trailer for the TV series.

The second cookbook I received this week was one that I saw mentioned on Jackie's blog, Junkboat Travels. She mentioned that she purchased the book, The Atlas Cookbook, after seeing the author, Charlie Carrington on Australian Masterchef.

As you may recall, over the last year we have been doing the Atlas Masterclasses, where we receive a box of all the ingredients that we need to make recipes from all around the world. It has been one of the ways that we have kept ourselves amused - trying all different foods! 

When I was reading Jackie's post, I saw the book mentioned, and then I did a double take as I made the connection. The cookbook that she had purchased was by the same chef behind our Atlas Mastclasses. I didn't know he had a cookbook out. I couldn't not purchase it myself really!

I haven't had a chance to study the recipes, but I am sure I will find plenty to make!

Have you bought any new cookbooks lately?

Weekly meals

Saturday: Out for dinner
Sunday: Beef and Pepper Pie
Monday: Baked Zucchini Parmesan and Tomato Risotto
Tuesday: Pork chops, cabbage and mashed potato
Wednesday: Chicken Enchilada
Thursday: Spanish Tuna Bake
Friday: Fish and Chips at the beaach

Weekend Cooking is open to anyone who has any kind of food-related post to share: Book reviews (novel, nonfiction), cookbook reviews, movie reviews, recipes, random thoughts, gadgets, quotations, photographs, restaurant reviews, travel information, or fun food facts. If your post is even vaguely foodie, feel free to grab the button and link up anytime over the weekend. You do not have to post on the weekend. Please link to your specific post, not your blog's home page.

Thursday, March 18, 2021

Blog Tour: The Rose Code by Kate Quinn

Every now and again on social media you will see a conversation which asks the question "are there too many WWII books?" or "do we need yet another WWII book?". I do understand why people might have these thoughts because there are a lot out there, but when you read a book like this then the answer is no there aren't too many and yes we do! There are still so many fascinating stories to be told, often based on true stories.

In this book we are taken into the super secret world at Bletchley Park, home of the British code breakers during WWII. Two young women meet on the train as they take up their appointment at Bletchley, with no idea what their work will be. Canadian Osla is a young debutante whose well-to-do mother keeps a suite at Claridges just in case, and who is currently dating a dashing young Prince Philip. She has a good grasp of languages including German and wants to be seen as something more than a "dim-witted deb". Mab comes from the East End of London, and she has done everything she could to improve her lot in life, and that of her mother and sister. She's taught herself to talk differently, to dress like a lady and is always working to become a better version of herself.

Once at Bletchley the two women sign documents to say that they will never speak of the work that they do, even amongst themselves.

Do not talk at meals. Do not talk in the transport. Do not talk travelling. Do not talk in the billet. Do not talk by your own fireside. Be careful even in your hut.

They are billeted with the dysfunctional Finch family. Daughter Bethan is firmly under the thumb of her abusive, controlling mother. Whilst Beth has very little in the way of social or life skills, she is able to solve crosswords very quickly. Soon she too is working at Bletchley, using her particular mental strengths working hard to solve the puzzles of the Enigma code. If they can break the codes they will know exactly what the Germans are up to and can save lives.

The code breakers work hard - very hard. Beth isn't the only code breaker who works days on end, round the clock to find the key to the code, unlocking the secrets.  But within the park, there are also the opportunities to play hard. Illicit romances, pranks, book clubs and more are the things that help keep everyone sane. Not to mention the newsletter whose author seems to have their finger on the pulse of everything that is going on at Bletchley.

The German's are not the only ones with secrets. Even though they are working closely together, there are still so many things that the women hide from their friends and co-workers. 

There are two strands of this story, the first during WWII and the other in the lead up to the marriage of then Princess Elizabeth to Prince Philip of Greece. A couple of weeks before the wedding that the whole nation is determined to celebrate, Osla and Mab receive a coded message which leads them back to their code-breaking days, and to each other. Together they have to try and unveil a traitor. The war might be over, but the damage caused by the traitor still resonates in the everyday life of the three women.

I really enjoyed how the author slowly unveiled the story with great skill. As the story progresses, for example, we know that the one of the women is married with kids but she tells us the story without revealing the name of her husband. Whilst in this case, his lack of identity isn't crucial to the story by using this technique in multiple scenarios, there are several moments of genuine surprise when those identities are revealed.

I really enjoyed Mab's war time love story. She was so determined to bag herself an educated man who could provide her with a degree of financial security so she made very clinical decisions, so it was a delight to watch her as her feelings began to grow. In fact, all the women grow albeit because of different circumstances.

We also got a glimpse inside the walls of a mental institution in the 1940 - cold, brutal and experimenting with new surgical techniques such as lobotomies. In fact, there are several other issues that are explored within the pages of this excellent book, including the role of women before and during the war, racism, trauma and loss and so much more.

This book has so much to offer. It has a fascinating story, great characters, interesting history, drama, loss and so much more. I had previously listened to The Alice Network, which I enjoyed, but I loved this one, and now I really need to read The Huntress.

Rating 4.5/5

Thanks to Random Tours for inviting me to take part in this tour and Netgalley

About the Book

The New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Huntress and The Alice Network returns with another heart-stopping World War II story of three female code breakers at Bletchley Park and the spy they must root out after the war is over.

1940. As England prepares to fight the Nazis, three very different women answer the call to mysterious country estate Bletchley Park, where the best minds in Britain train to break German military codes. 

Vivacious debutante Osla is the girl who has everything—beauty, wealth, and the dashing Prince Philip of Greece sending her roses—but she burns to prove herself as more than a society girl, and puts her fluent German to use as a translator of decoded enemy secrets. Imperious self-made Mab, product of east-end London poverty, works the legendary codebreaking machines as she conceals old wounds and looks for a socially advantageous husband. Both Osla and Mab are quick to see the potential in local village spinster Beth, whose shyness conceals a brilliant facility with puzzles, and soon Beth spreads her wings as one of the Park’s few female cryptanalysts. But war, loss, and the impossible pressure of secrecy will tear the three apart. 

1947. As the royal wedding of Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip whips post-war Britain into a fever, three friends-turned-enemies are reunited by a mysterious encrypted letter--the key to which lies buried in the long-ago betrayal that destroyed their friendship and left one of them confined to an asylum. A mysterious traitor has emerged from the shadows of their Bletchley Park past, and now Osla, Mab, and Beth must resurrect their old alliance and crack one last code together. But each petal they remove from the rose code brings danger--and their true enemy--closer...

About the author

Kate Quinn is a native of southern California. She attended Boston University, where she earned a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Classical Voice. A lifelong history buff, she has written four novels in the Empress of Rome Saga, and two books in the Italian Renaissance detailing the early years of the infamous Borgia clan. All have been translated into multiple languages. She and her husband now live in Maryland with two black dogs named Caesar and Calpurnia.

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Top Ten Tuesday: My Autumn TBR

Welcome to this week's edition of Top Ten Tuesday which is hosted by That Artsy Reader GirlThis week's theme is Books on my Spring TBR, except that it is autumn for us.

The Rose Code by Kate Quinn - I am cheating a bit as I am already reading this, but I am thoroughly enjoying it so wanted to mention it.

How to Mend a Broken Heart by Rachael Johns - Rachael Johns is an auto read for me!

The Life She Finds by Maggie Christenson - I read the first three books in this series in quick succession early this year. Now I need to read book 4.

Bittersweet by Sarina Bowen - A new series for me.

People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry - I really enjoyed Beach Read when I read it last year so looking forward to this one.

The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah -  Can not wait for this book!

The Clover Girls by Viola Shipman - I read and loved The Heirloom Garden last year. If pressed I would go so far as to call it my favourite book of 2020 so I am very much looking forward to this one.

The Road Trip by Beth O'Leary - After loving her first book, and enjoying the second, I am looking forward to this one.

The Missing Sister by Lucinda Riley - The final book in the Seven Sisters series. I just need to hurry about and finish listening to the audio of The Sun Sister.

From the Ashes by Kristina Gruell - Full disclosure. I have been friends with this author for many years, to the point that we have met up with her and a couple of others on our last couple of trips. Whilst I am not necessarily a gaslamp fantasy reader, you do want to support your friends right.


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