Sundays in bed with ………. An Impulse Purchase

Sundays in bed with is a meme hosted by Midnight Book Girl but I came across it recently on Jill’s Book Blog. It is simply a chance to share the book that is by your bed at the moment (or that you wish was by your bed). This week, the book is An Impulse Purchase by Veronica Henry

I’ve never read a huge amount of romance but Veronica Henry is an author who is an automatic want to read when I see a new book.

Blurb from the book:
Sometimes you have to let your heart rule your head . . .

Cherry, Maggie and Rose are mother, daughter and granddaughter, each with their own hopes, dreams and even sorrows. They have always been close, so when, in a moment of impulse, Cherry buys a gorgeous but rundown pub in the village she grew up in, it soon becomes a family affair.

All three women uproot themselves and move to Rushbrook, deep in the heart of Somerset, to take over The Swan and restore it to its former glory. Cherry is at the helm, Maggie is in charge of the kitchen, and Rose tends the picturesque garden that leads down to the river.

Before long, the locals are delighted to find the beating heart of the village is back, bringing all kinds of surprises through the door.

Could Cherry’s impulse purchase change all their lives – and bring everyone the happiness they’re searching for?

I’m enjoying this so far although the characters haven’t gripped as much as the author’s characters sometimes do. The setting is lovely and it’s a nice bit of escapism for the weekend.

What’s by your bed this weekend?


WWW Wednesday 8th December

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It’s Wednesday and as it’s Wednesday again, it must be time for WWW Wednesday. This is one of my favourite memes and I love taking part in it and reading everybody else’s posts. It’s currently hosted by Sam and it can be found on her blog Taking on a world of words which can be found here.

The idea of WWW Wednesday is just to answer three questions about what you are reading, have just finished and are about to read so here goes for this week.

Currently reading
I have to confess that I have never read anything by Sally Rooney before and I didn’t see the TV series either. When I saw this on the library shelf last week, I thought I ought to read it to see what so many people love.

I have mixed feelings about it so far. I quite like the main characters but the level of introspection seems quite extreme. Is this really how 30 year olds see their lives now? I guess there is a real generation thing in this book which I don’t often feel when I’m reading. I am enjoying it and looking forward to seeing how it all works out though.

Recently Finished Reading

Raybearer – I loved this and my review is here

For the Wolf – I didn’t enjoy this one as much as I expected. Review is here

Christmas at the Beach Hut – I love Veronica Henry and have read all of the Beach Hut books. I’m not sure how I missed this one in the past but it was a lovely read.

What I expect to read next

This was another impulse pick off the library shelf but will hopefully provide a nice contrast to my other reads. I’m up to date with Net Galley as far as current reviews go. I haven’t got anything on my shelf with a publication date before Feb 2022 but there are some on there that I am really looking forward to reading so one of those might be next too.

What is your past, present and future reading looking like?

Stacking the Shelves 19

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It’s the first Saturday in December and I’m feeling very Christmassy today as we’re in the lovely town of Woodstock today. Last night we went to see the beautiful Christmas Light trail in the grounds of Blenheim Castle and we stayed in the town overnight.

Light Trail at Blenheim

However, Saturday still means that it’s time for another post about Stacking the shelves.  This is a meme hosted by Reading Reality and details are on her blog. The gorgeous graphic is also used courtesy of the site.

My stacking the shelves posts are mainly about the books that I get from my local library. Libraries are continually under threat of closure or reduced hours but they are such an important way of getting books into people’s hands that they need supporting. By highlighting the amazing books that I pick up every week, I hope to inspire maybe just one person to visit their library and borrow a book.

This week’s library haul

This was a bumper week for library books. I had two books that I had ordered come in and there were so many on the shelves that I could have chosen. I restricted myself to 6 though 😃

Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko
I have seen so many amazing reviews of this book that I just had to read it. The blurb mentions empire, wishes, curses and betrayal. It sounds amazing and definitely my next read.

For the Wolf by Hannah Whitten
Another fantasy book which I have seen recommended on my instagram feed.
The first daughter is for the throne
The second daughter is for the wolf
More magic!

Beautiful World, Where are you? by Sally Rooney
I have never read any Sally Rooney but as this was sitting on the shelf facing the door as I walked into the library, it seemed that it was time to change that.

Rescue Me by Sarra Manning
This was another random pick off the shelves. It’s a romance that begins in a dog rescue centre. Books featuring dogs always have a place on my reading list so this was a must pick.

Christmas at the Beach Hut by Veronica Henry
I’ve read all of the Beach Hut books and loved them all. I don’t think that I’ve read this one though so I was glad to see it on the Christmas shelf.

Christmas at the Island Hotel by Jenny Colgan
I’ve only just read an Island Christmas so seeing this made me very happy. It will be nice to continue the story of Flora, Fintan etc on the Island of Mure.

I’m really happy with my library selection this and can’t wait to read all of them. If you’re on the ball this morning, you will have spotted that I have already read and reviewed Raybearer. I did say that I couldn’t wait to read it😀

Have you read any of these. Which do you think I should I read after I’ve read Raybearer?