Unfortunately I haven’t been able to start this challenge yet as I have been catching up with ARC’s/Review Requests I thought I would get read over Christmas. I will make a decision at the end of the month whether this will become a monthly post or keep as weekly.
Here are my planned reads for the challenge this month:
💜 Everything Happens for a Reason – Katie Allen
💜 Snow Kills – R.C. Bridgestock
💜 On the Bright Side – Nell Carter
💜 Shadow of a Doubt – Michelle Davies
As I haven’t started the challenge yet, what I am going to do is share a couple of the books I could choose for A next time around:
💜 The Silence – Susan Allott
Publisher: The Borough Press
Synopsis from Goodreads:
It is 1997, and in a basement flat in Hackney, Isla Green is awakened by a call in the middle of the night: her father phoning from Sydney. 30 years ago, in the suffocating heat of summer 1967, the Greens’ next-door neighbour Mandy disappeared. At the time, it was thought she had fled a broken marriage and gone to start a new life; but now Mandy’s family is trying to reconnect, and there is no trace of her. Isla’s father Joe was allegedly the last person to see her alive, and now he’s under suspicion of murder.
Isla unwillingly plans to go back to Australia for the first time in a decade to support her father. The return to Sydney will plunge Isla deep into the past, to a quiet street by the sea where two couples live side by side. Isla’s parents, Louisa and Joe, have recently emigrated from England—a move that has left Louisa miserably homesick while Joe embraces this new life. Next door, Steve and Mandy are equally troubled. Mandy doesn’t want a baby, even though Steve—a cop trying to hold it together under the pressures of the job—is desperate to become a father.
The more Isla asks about the past, the more she learns: about both young couples and the secrets each marriage bore. Could her father be capable of doing something terrible? How much does her mother know? What will happen to their family if Isla’s worst fears are realized? And is there another secret in this community, one which goes deeper into Australia’s colonial past, which has held them in a conspiracy of silence?
Deftly exploring the deterioration of relationships and the devastating truths we keep from those we love, The Silence is a stunning debut from a promising literary star.
Goodreads Rating: 3.79
💜 Nest or Invest – Enni Amanda
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Lumi Publishing
Synopsis from Goodreads:
All is fair in love and real estate, right?
She’s the single mum dreaming of owning a house. He’s the hotshot developer about to make her homeless. This time, she’s going to fight back.
Single mum Shasa Daniels is devastated to lose her beloved, cheap rental. Even worse, it’s being sold to Mac McCarthy, a greedy developer about to replace the old villa with luxury condos. Determined to stop him, Shasa gathers her friends to outbid him and build community housing instead.
Mac, the man in thousand-dollar shoes, isn’t as financially stable as he makes out. This deal promises to secure his future until Shasa the eco-warrior stands in his way. It’s time to keep his eyes on the prize. Definitely not the time to get distracted by some bleeding-heart hippie, no matter how sexy and cute.
Looks can be deceiving. As Shasa learns more about (okay, snoops on) Mac, she is torn between her own building plans and the man who makes her heart – and other body parts – melt. In the end, is it better to win in love or in real estate?
Can two people at the opposite ends of the proverbial property ladder find their happily-ever-after? Escape into this cheeky, heartfelt love story set against New Zealand’s overheated real estate market.
Goodreads Rating: 4.31