Sunday, April 12, 2015

Weekly Book Haul.....April 12, 2015

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by The Caffeinated Book Reviewer, Showcase Sunday is hosted by Books, Biscuits and Tea, Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's ReviewsThe Sunday Salon is a new facebook group I've joined and Monday Mailbox is hosted by Marcia to be Continued.

I'm continuing to slog through my TBR pile, but with much better results than last week.

This week I accepted a promotion, which is exciting and scary all at the same time.  It means moving to a bigger hospital, which includes an hour plus commute each way.  Who knows how long it will take for me to get sick of that and decide to move.

But I have already decided that my silver lining into the commute situation will be audio books.  My library has an awesome collection of audio books, but I've never really checked any out because I have a hard time paying attention to them for too long.  But now, I'll be a captive audience, so we will see if I learn to love audiobooks.

In the meantime, here's what I acquired this week.

In The Mail

The Shell Seekers by Rosamunde Pilcher....At the end of a long and useful
life, Penelope Keeling's prized possession is The Shell Seekers, painted by her father, and symbolizing her unconventional life, from bohemian childhood to wartime romance. When her grown children learn their grandfather's work is now worth a fortune, each has an idea as to what Penelope should do. But as she recalls the passions, tragedies, and secrets of her life, she knows there is only one answer...and it lies in her heart, in this beloved Cornwall novel from Rosamunde Pilcher.

Man, I was so excited to get this in the mail.  They must be planning a re-release or something.  This is hands down one of my all time favorite books.  It's a long one, 582 pages!  But it's a book that feels like a cozy blanket on a snowy day.  

I Bought

The Vintage Guide to Love and Romance by Kirsty Greenwood....Jessica
Beam is a girl who knows how to party. Only lately she's been forgetting to turn up for work on time. Or in clean clothes. Down on her luck, out of a job and homeless, Jess seeks the help of her long-lost grandmother.

Things aren't going well for Matilda Beam, either. Her 1950s Good Woman guide books are out of print, her mortgage repayments are staggering and her granddaughter wears neon Wonderbras.

When a lifeline from a London publisher arrives, the pair have an opportunity to secure the roof over their heads - by invigorating the Good Woman guides and transforming modern, rebellious Jess into a demure vintage lady.

The true test of their make-over will be to capture the heart of notorious London playboy Leo Frost and prove that Matilda's guides still work. It's going to take commitment, nerves of steel and one seriously pointy bra to pull this off . . .

Yours Truly by Kirsty Greenwood....'Your bum does not look big in that dress.'

'Mmmm, this meal is delicious!' 

'Of course you're better looking than Jon Hamm.'

Newly engaged Natalie Butterworth is an easy-going girl. She'll do anything for a quiet life and if telling a few teensy white lies keeps her friends and family happy, then so what? It's not like they'll ever discover what she's really thinking.

Until one night, thanks to a pub hypnotist, Natalie's most private thoughts begin to bubble up and pop out of her mouth. Things get very messy indeed, especially when some sticky home truths offend her fiancé.

Natalie must track down the hypnotist before her wedding is officially cancelled. So along with bad influence bestie Meg, Natalie finds herself in the Yorkshire Parish of Little Trooley - a small village bursting with big secrets, nosy old folk and intriguing Wellington-wearing men.

When the girls get stuck in the village with no means of escape and no way to break the hypnotist's spell, Natalie is forced to face the truths she has been avoiding her whole life ...

I saw rave reviews on This Chick Reads, so I decided to buy these books.  Not so fast, American.  I couldn't buy them as Kindle books and they were only available on Amazon in German, which isn't my first, second or any language.  This Chick Reads referred me to the the Book Depository, where I was able to order both of them with free shipping!  So this is an awesome find for an American like me that loves U.K. chick lit.

What I Wrote

If We Lived Here by Lindsey Palmer

Olive Kitteridge...When the movie is better than the book

Top Ten Characters I'd Like to Check in With

Have a great week and give me any audiobook tips you have!

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