This Week In Books – 22 March 2017

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Here is what I am reading now, then and next!


As you’ll know if you spotted yesterday’s Tuesday Teaser, I’m reading The Homecoming of Samuel Lake by Jenny Wingfield. It follows a very dysfunctional family as they gather together following the death of one of the older members. I’m over halfway through now and really enjoying it. Here’s the blurb…

It’s 1956 and Samuel Lake, a handsome preacher, is voted out of his ministry by yet another congregation, disappointed by his relentless pleas for them to live more charitable lives. Out of options and out of pocket, Samuel and his family are forced to move in with their Arkansas in-laws, the rambunctious Moses clan.

At first they thrive in the unruly sea of relatives – Willa, Samuel’s wife, runs the bar for Grandma Calla, while the boys, Noble and Bienville, run riot through the surrounding countryside. But when Swan, their formidable but loveable 11-year-old tomboy, crosses the path of neighbour Raz Ballenger, things take a turn for the worse.

Raz Ballenger, horse trainer, is a man who rules both his family and his animals through terror. Used to instant obedience, he is insulted when Swan leaps to his son’s defence, an act that sets a whole chain of unexpected and terrible events into motion…


As mentioned last week, I was planning to read Lion by Saroo Brierley. Unlike most of the books I say I’m going to read next in this post, I did actually get round to this one, and I really enjoyed it – my review will be posted here tomorrow so watch this space!

I also read Swimming Home by Mary-Rose Maccoll, which told the story of a young girl in the 1920s who loves swimming on the Australian island where she grows up, but finds herself lost and alone when her father dies and she ends up living with a hardworking aunt in London. I liked this novel a lot, but did feel that there was perhaps too much going on at times. 


I have so many books on my Kindle, including loads of NetGalley proofs, so I really need to get back into my eBooks and start getting through some! One I actually paid for recently was The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engle, which I’ve heard a lot about and am really looking forward to. I was also accepted by NetGalley to read The Lonely Hearts Hotel by Heather O’Neill – I have enjoyed the author’s other books so hope this one lives up to expectations!

What are you reading now, then and next?



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