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Can’t Wait Wednesday: Watching You by Lisa Jewell @about_thethrill #travelingsistersread #BookBloggers

Here we are again sistering up with our Traveling Sisters Christina and Kim with another Can’t Wait Wednesday meme that is hosted by  Wishful Endings

Our Traveling Sisters Group Read for Watching You by Lisa Jewell is fast approaching and we can’t wait to read it.  Lisa Jewell is another favorite author of mine.  After reading I Found You I was hooked and knew I had to read more of her books.   I have read most of her books in our group and she is a favorite author for a few of us.  Every time I see a new book out by her I do that cheering thing we love to do.

Kim over at It’s All About The Thrill  and Christina at Recipe and a Read have not read any books by Lisa Jewell and I knew I had to correct that.  Pop on over and check out what the have to say about that.  There is just something so exciting about reading a book with sisters who are reading a book by an author for the first time.

So on to the book and the cheering.

 

 


Watching You
by Lisa Jewell
Melville Heights is one of the nicest neighbourhoods in Bristol, England; home to doctors and lawyers and old-money academics. It’s not the sort of place where people are brutally murdered in their own kitchens. But it is the sort of place where everyone has a secret. And everyone is watching you.

As the headmaster credited with turning around the local school, Tom Fitzwilliam is beloved by one and all—including Joey Mullen, his new neighbor, who quickly develops an intense infatuation with this thoroughly charming yet unavailable man. Joey thinks her crush is a secret, but Tom’s teenaged son Freddie—a prodigy with aspirations of becoming a spy for MI5—excels in observing people and has witnessed Joey behaving strangely around his father.

One of Tom’s students, Jenna Tripp, also lives on the same street, and she’s not convinced her teacher is as squeaky clean as he seems. For one thing, he has taken a particular liking to her best friend and fellow classmate, and Jenna’s mother—whose mental health has admittedly been deteriorating in recent years—is convinced that Mr. Fitzwilliam is stalking her.

Meanwhile, twenty years earlier, a schoolgirl writes in her diary, charting her doomed obsession with a handsome young English teacher named Mr. Fitzwilliam

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Can’t Wait Wednesday: The Suspect by Fiona Barton @figbarton @BerkleyPub @about_thethrill #travelingsistersread #BookBloggers

Here we are again sistering up with our Traveling Sisters Christina and Kim with another Can’t Wait Wednesday meme that is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

The Suspect by Fiona Barton has all of us cheering and we all can’t wait for this group read.  After reading The Widow and The Child, Fiona Barton has become a go-to author for Norma.  Both Norma and I were cheering around the house when we received our copies in the mail from Berkley Publishing. Seriously I did.  You should see how my family looks at me when I do that.  Thank you so much Elisha for our copies.

Kim over at It’s All About The Thrill has really expressed her excitement over this title and had me on the floor laughing with her feel good post.  Christina @ Recipe and a Read always knows how to bring on the excitement.  Check out their posts, they will have you excited to read this title and laughing too with their feel-good posts.

Here come the cheers for The Suspect by Fiona Barton

 

The new must-read standalone crime thriller from the author of Sunday Times bestseller, The Widow, and the Richard & Judy No. 1 bestseller, The Child – featuring unforgettable journalist, Kate Waters.

The police belonged to another world – the world they saw on the television or in the papers. Not theirs.

When two eighteen-year-old girls go missing on their gap year in Thailand, their families are thrust into the international spotlight: desperate, bereft and frantic with worry.

Journalist Kate Waters always does everything she can to be first to the story, first with the exclusive, first to discover the truth – and this time is no exception. But she can’t help but think of her own son, who she hasn’t seen in two years since he left home to go traveling. This time it’s personal.

And as the case of the missing girls unfolds, they will all find that even this far away, danger can lie closer to home than you might think . . .

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Let’s Chat!  Have you read The Widow or The Child by Fiona Barton?  I have read The Child and really enjoyed it but I didn’t realize at the time the story featured the same character Kate Waters from The Widow.  I thought it worked well but I would of like to have read The Widow first.

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Can’t-Wait Wednesday: One Day in December by Josie Silver @JosieSilver_ @CrownPublishing @about_thethrill #travelingsistersread #BookBloggers

Can’t-Wait Wednesday, a weekly meme hosted by Wishful Endings to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about and that we have yet to read.  It’s based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

This week we just can’t wait for our upcoming Traveling Sisters Read One Day in December.  We are sistering up with Christina @ Recipe and a Read and Kim from It’s All About the Thrill and sharing in the excitement for the group reads we just can’t wait to read.

One Day in December is not necessarily our normal genre choice in our reading group, however we are very excited and you guessed it cheering at the opportunity to read something outside of our normal.  Thank you to Emily from Goodreads, Crown Publishing and Penguin Random House for offering us a group read kit and books to host this group read.  Norma will also be hosting an in-person book club discussion with family using some great treats from the kit!!  Maybe she will be able to pack it all up and actually host a book discussion picnic in the coulee. Not sure if the weather will cooperate but it definitely would be fun to say that we actually had our book discussion in the coulee. If not, they will have the scenery of the coulees inside though.

LC67-25One Day in December by Josie Silver
A love story about what happens after you meet, or rather, don’t meet the one.

Laurie is pretty sure love at first sight doesn’t exist anywhere but the movies. But then, through a misted-up bus window one snowy December day, she sees a man who she knows instantly is the one. Their eyes meet, there’s a moment of pure magic…and then her bus drives away.

Certain they’re fated to find each other again, Laurie spends a year scanning every bus stop and cafe in London for him. But she doesn’t find him, not when it matters anyway. Instead they “reunite” at a Christmas party, when her best friend Sarah giddily introduces her new boyfriend to Laurie. It’s Jack, the man from the bus. It would be.

What follows for Laurie, Sarah and Jack is ten years of friendship, heartbreak, missed opportunities, roads not taken, and destinies reconsidered. One Day in December is a joyous, heartwarming and immensely moving love story to escape into and a reminder that fate takes inexplicable turns along the route to happiness.

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Can’t-Wait Wednesday: Daisy in Chains by Sharon Bolton @about_thethrill #travelingfriendsread #BookBloggers

Can’t-Wait Wednesday, a weekly meme hosted by Wishful Endings to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about and that we have yet to read.  It’s based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

Today we are sistering up with Kim @It’s All About the Thrill to share in our excitement for another upcoming group read for a book by Sharon J. Bolton that we can’t wait to read.  Our group read for The Craftsman is underway and it’s a hit with all of us so far.  Now we are so excited to get started on Daisy in Chains.  Daisy in Chains has been on our radar to read for Norma and I since we read and loved Dead Woman Walking.  We both bought the book and it’s been spending some time on our much-loved shelve of books waiting for the perfect time to read it.  Soon that perfect time is coming and I feel there will be some cheering going on in the coulee when we start reading this one.

Daisy in Chains by Sharon J. Bolton

From Goodreads

Famous killers have fan clubs.

Hamish Wolfe is no different. Locked up for the rest of his life for the abduction and murder of three young women, he gets countless adoring letters every day. He’s handsome, charismatic and very persuasive. His admirers are convinced he’s innocent, and that he’s the man of their dreams.

Who would join such a club?

Maggie Rose is different. Reclusive and enigmatic; a successful lawyer and bestselling true-crime writer, she only takes on cases that she can win.

Hamish wants her as his lawyer, he wants her to change his fate. She thinks she’s immune to the charms of a man like this. But maybe not this time . . .

Would you?

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We Can’t Wait Wednesday: The Craftsman by Sharon J. Bolton #travelingsistersread

Can’t-Wait Wednesday, a weekly meme hosted by Wishful Endings to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about and that we have yet to read.  It’s based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

This week we just can’t wait for our upcoming Traveling Sisters Read The Craftsman by Sharon J. Bolton.   We are sistering up with Christina @ Recipe and a Read and Kim from It’s All About the Thrill and sharing in the excitement for the group reads we just can’t wait to read.

Norma and I just loved Dead Woman Walking and Little Black Lies and we quickly flew through both of them. Now we are so excited to get started on this book and from all the buzz circulating about this one I am thinking the Traveling Sisters are going to be cheering once again after reading this book.

The CraftsmanThe Craftsman by Sharon J. Bolton

Catching him will make her career – and change her forever.

August, 1999
On the hottest day of the year, Assistant Commissioner Florence Lovelady attends the funeral of Larry Glassbrook, the convicted murderer she arrested thirty years earlier. A master carpenter and funeral director, Larry imprisoned his victims, alive, in the caskets he made himself. Clay effigies found entombed with their bodies suggested a motive beyond the worst human depravity.

June, 1969
13-year- old Patsy Wood has been missing for two days, the third teenager to disappear in as many months. New to the Lancashire police force and struggling to fit in, WPC Lovelady is sent to investigate an unlikely report from school children claiming to have heard a voice calling for help. A voice from deep within a recent grave.

August, 1999
As she tries to lay her ghosts to rest, Florence is drawn back to the Glassbrooks’ old house, in the shadow of Pendle Hill, where she once lodged with the family. She is chilled by the discovery of another effigy – one bearing a remarkable resemblance to herself. Is the killer still at large? Is Florence once again in terrible danger? Or, this time, could the fate in store be worse than even her darkest imaginings?

About the author

Sharon J Bolton was born and brought up in Lancashire, the eldest of three daughters. As a child, she dreamed of becoming an actress and a dancer, studying ballet, tap and jazz from a young age and reading drama at Loughborough University.

She spent her early career in marketing and PR before returning to full-time education to study for a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) at Warwick University, where she met her husband, Andrew. They moved to London and Sharon held a number of PR posts in the City. She left the City to work freelance, to start a family and to write.

She and Andrew now live in a village in the Chiltern Hills, not far from Oxford, with their son and the latest addition to the family: Lupe, the lop-eared lurcher. Her daily life revolves around the school run, walking the dog and those ever-looming publishing deadlines.

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We Can’t-Wait to Read: The Mother-in-Law by Sally Hepworth #travelingsistersread @SallyHepworth @StMartinsPress

Can’t-Wait Wednesday, a weekly meme hosted by Wishful Endings to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about and that we have yet to read.  It’s based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

This week we just Can’t Wait for our upcoming Traveling Sisters Read The Mother-in-Law by Sally Hepworth.  We are sistering up with Christina @ Recipe and a Read and Kim from It’s All About the Thrill and we are cheering with excitement over this group read.

 

 

Norma and I read The Family Next Door with five of our Traveling Sisters. After finishing that novel Sally Hepworth was quickly put on our list of authors to watch out for.  We both went out and bought The Things We Keep and The Mother’s Promise to add to our collection of books that we really want to read. We jumped at the chance for the group to receive early copies of The Mother-in-Law from Jordan at St. Martin’s Press.

I have to say when it comes to stories involving the complicated relationships with mother-in-laws I was immediately intrigued. The summary to this story fits the bill for some intriguing dynamics and I can’t wait to find out more.

The Mother-in-LawThe Mother-in-Law by Sally Hepworth

Expected publication: April 23rd 2019 by St. Martin’s Press

A twisty, compelling novel about one woman’s complicated relationship with her mother-in-law that ends in murder…

From the moment Lucy met her husband’s mother, Diana, she was kept at arm’s length. Diana was exquisitely polite, and properly friendly, but Lucy knew that she was not what Diana envisioned. But who could fault Diana? She was a pillar of the community, an advocate for social justice who helped female refugees assimilate to their new country. Diana was happily married to Tom, and lived in wedded bliss for decades. Lucy wanted so much to please her new mother-in-law.

That was five years ago.

Now, Diana has been found dead, a suicide note near her body. Diana claims that she no longer wanted to live because of a battle with cancer.

But the autopsy finds no cancer.
The autopsy does find traces of poison and suffocation.
Who could possibly want Diana dead?
Why was her will changed at the eleventh hour to disinherit both of her adult children and their spouses?

With Lucy’s secrets getting deeper and her relationship with her mother-in-law growing more complex as the pages turn, this new novel from Sally Hepworth is sure to add to her growing legion of fans.

About the Author

Sally Hepworth is the bestselling author of The Secrets of Midwives. The Secrets of Midwives has been labelled “enchanting” by The Herald Sun, “smart and engaging” by Publisher’s Weekly, and New York Times bestselling authors Liane Moriarty and Emily Giffin have praised Sally’s debut novel as “women’s fiction at its finest” and “totally absorbing”. The Secrets of Midwives was also the highest selling debut Australian fiction of the year in 2015.

Sally is also the author of The Things We Keep, published in January 2016. The Things We Keep was a Library Journal Pick in the U.S. for January 2016, and an Indie Next Pick in the U.S. for February 2016. NYT bestselling author of The Rosie Project, Graeme Simsion praised The Things We Keep calling it ‘A compelling read that touches on important themes, not least the different forms that love may take.”

Both novels were published worldwide in English and have been translated into several languages.

Sally is currently working on her next novel, to be published in early 2017.

Sally lives in Melbourne, Australia with her husband and two children.

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