Friday, March 5, 2021

My Weekly Bookishness ~ 3/5/2021

All things bookish!

What I Read:

You can read the blurb and my review HERE!


What I'm Reading:


Lucy Jardin is heartsick. She's never been jealous of any of her sisters before, but her older sister Alison's sudden marriage has highlighted her own relative loneliness--her longing for such a whirlwind romance. But as a bespectacled, owlish young woman with a talent for accounting rather than more traditionally feminine pursuits, Lucy doesn't fancy her chances on the marriage market... even if she's allowed herself to dream, however fruitlessly, of one gentleman in particular. Roger Grayson, her new brother-in-law's best friend, who would never be interested in a woman as unusual as herself.

But when she's packed off to Lord Grayson's townhouse to balance his books, she makes several unusual discoveries. Roger is hiding the true nature of his employment - and perhaps, just perhaps, concealing a passion that could turn Lucy's world upside-down...

First Lines:

"Lucy."  Alison Black, Duchess of Waltham, walked across the room to where her sister sat, the brightness of her gown a strange juxtaposition to the concern written plainly on her face.

56%/Page 56

...did he really not want to be alone with her?  Was that why he was so far away from her now, as if they were sitting in separate carriages entirely?


What I'll (Probably) Read Next:


Helen Jardin has a rebel's heart. True, she isn't entirely sure how to go about being rebellious, but enthusiasm should more than make up for wisdom where scandal is concerned... even if said enthusiasm has left her in a seedy gaming hell, surrounded by men who seemed determined to make her be more scandalous than she'd like to be.

Thank goodness Isaac Mayfield, penniless marquess and family friend, is there to rescue her. Not only is Isaac trustworthy enough to confide in, he certainly won't tell her family about her plans to be disreputable - especially if she threatens dire consequences for his precious etchings. In fact, upon further consideration, he's just the person to aid Helen in her quest.

But scandal's a funny thing. Courting danger with a pleasant companion is very close to... well, courting. And as Isaac becomes kinder, wittier and more handsome by the minute, is Helen in danger of losing her heart rather than her reputation?


What I Can't Wait To Read:


A young girl, kidnapped on the eve of World War II, changes the lives of a German archaeologist forced into the Nazi Party and--decades later--a researcher trying to overcome her own trauma.
1940. Hanna Tillich cherishes her work as an archaeologist for the Third Reich, searching for the Holy Grail and other artifacts to bolster evidence of a master Aryan race. But when she is reassigned to work as a museum curator in Nuremberg, then forced to marry an SS officer and adopt a young girl, Hanna begins to see behind the Nazi facade. A prayer labyrinth becomes a storehouse for Hanna's secrets, but as she comes to love Lilly as her own daughter, she fears that what she's hiding--and what she begins to uncover--could put them both in mortal danger.

Eighty years later, Ember Ellis is a Holocaust researcher intent on confronting hatred toward the Jewish people and other minorities. She reconnects with a former teacher on Martha's Vineyard after she learns that Mrs. Kiehl's mother once worked with the Nazi Ahnenerbe. And yet, Mrs. Kiehl describes her mother as "a friend to the Jewish people." Wondering how both could be true, Ember helps Mrs. Kiehl regain her fractured childhood memories of World War II while at the same time confronting the heartache of her own secret past--and the person who wants to silence Ember forever.


What I Was Reading 5 Years Ago:

Originally a feature called Last Year I Was Reading created by Maria from ReadingMaria
Literary Feline liked it enough to continue, but has tweaked it
 to feature Five Years Ago I Was Reading. 


Book Haul:




Book Blogger Hop:

Q.  How have books changed you the most? (submitted by Julie @ JadeSky)

A. Through books I've traveled the world!  I've learned so much about history and different cultures, also.  I'm only limited by my imagination :)


Bookishly Yours,

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  1. I hope you enjoy your current read! Happy weekend!

  2. Ivy Hart's books look like fun! I hope you are enjoying them! The Curator's Daughter sounds like something I would enjoy. I love historical fiction. Thank you for sharing what you were reading five years ago! I had to go with 9 years ago this week because I didn't finish a book this week between 5 to 8 year ago.

    What a great answer for this week's Book Blogger Hop question! Yes, reading has definitely given me the opportunity to visit places I will likely never visit in real life.

    Have a great weekend and week, Colletta!


  3. Happy Friday! My first line is from "Storing Up Trouble" by Jen Turano:

    "The truth of the matter was this - she, Miss Beatrix Waterbury, had been banished from New York, and all because she'd had the great misfortune of landing herself in jail... twice."

  4. My first line us from Prince of Spies by Elizabeth Camden:
    January 1902
    Marianne ventured farther onto the frozen river despite the people warning her against it.

  5. Happy Friday!!

    Over on my blog I am sharing the first line from Dreams Rekindled by Amanda Cabot
    " You're the luckiest person I know"

    Have a lovely weekend! 📚♥

  6. I hope you enjoy, Colletta. Have a good weekend!

    Lauren @ Always Me

  7. Thanks for visiting my blog, Colletta. I haven't heard of Ivy Hart. Are the books clean reads?

  8. I feel the same way about books. :)

  9. Happy Saturday! Today, I'm sharing the first lines from Beauty Among Ruins by J'nell Ciesielski. "Creeping through the back door, Lily Durham slipped across the black-and-white tiled kitchen and checked the hallway before scurrying up the stairs to the main floor."

  10. So what is the order for duke, earl, and marquess? Which is the most powerful.

    I could write for hours about how books have changed me. Most important is that reading stories about people who are different from me has given me empathy for others.

  11. Wow! Lots of interesting books here! Hope you enjoy them all!

    Here’s my Sunday Post!

    Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog

  12. Those stories by Ivy Hart do sound like fun! Come see my week here. Happy reading!

  13. Oh I love love love these book choices! I've been on a bit of a romance streak lately and these just look right up my alley! I hope you are enjoying them :) Have a fantastic week!

  14. Sounds like the Jardin series has a Bridgerton vibe :)

    Wishing you a great reading week

  15. Just added Curator's Daughter to my TBR and Aloha Inn too.

  16. The Ivy Hart books look gorgeous. I do love the ability books have to help me virtually travel. Have a great week!

  17. Those Ivy Hart books have beautiful covers and look like good reading.
    I like your answer on the reading question.
    Have a good week and Happy Reading!

  18. The cover for The Jardin Sisters are beautiful!


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