Thursday, January 6, 2022

My Weekly Bookishness ~ 1/7/2022

All things bookish!

What I Read:

5 STARS!!!  You can read my REVIEW HERE!


What I'm Reading:


Adelynn Spencer, a spirited member of the Edwardian London upper class, struggles under the conditions of her engagement to Detective Inspector Baze Ford. But during the gala announcing their betrothal, events take a fatal turn when Adelynn experiences a vivid dream of a man dying with a knife buried in his chest. To her alarm, Baze and his men later discover the man exactly as she witnessed.

When Adelynn sees a second dream—a second victim—she tries to convince Baze that there are more sinister things at work. Choosing hard evidence over Adelynn's outrageous claims, Baze dismisses her and turns his attention to the location of the most recent crime, the Empress Theatre. Determined to uncover the truth of her visions, Adelynn investigates on her own. She infiltrates the theater and becomes spellbound by the charming spectacle of the resident magician.

As Baze wrestles with the decision to harden his heart or take action to protect the woman who means everything to him, Adelynn ventures further into the clutches of magic and murder. Can she keep her mind safe and draw the killer out of the shadows?

First Lines:

London, 1913

I stared at the closed double doors looming through the darkness before me.

56%/Page 56

The warmth and natural feel of his hand in mine shot currents of heat though my back to the nape of my neck.


What I'll (Probably) Read Next:


Daffodil Caron is not a princess, even though she once dreamed of being one. After all, she grew up as a playmate to royal princes, running through the halls of Perrigwynn Palace and dining with the queen. But the day she stumbled upon a royal secret, everything changed.

Flash forward eighteen years, and Daffy’s living a sweet, non-royal life. A skilled art curator for the Royal Trust, she has friends, a flat in the heart of the city, and a handsome, successful fiancée. The last person on her mind is Gus, a prince she once called her best mate.

HRH Prince Augustus is no longer “Prince Pudgy,” as caricaturized by the press, he’s charming and gorgeous, possessing a world-famous smile. But when he’s jilted at the altar by an American heiress as millions of people around the world watched, the spare heir to Lauchtenland’s ancient House of Blue escapes, finding solace on a Florida beach.

A year as a regular bloke allows him to rethink his purpose. He’s half decided his calling is to pour pints at a tiki bar, rather than serving his country and the Family.

Until an accident on the beach with a Frisbee changes his course.

Despite his long hair and beard, Daffy recognizes her prince, and their childhood friendship is renewed. She assures Gus Lauchtenland needs him, giving him the courage to return home.

When Daffy and Gus find themselves on assignment to Hadsby Castle in preparation for his brother’s wedding, their friendship blooms into affection.

But Gus cannot, will not, trust his heart again. Daffy’s engaged. And she also remains a royal family outcast because she knows the Queen’s secret.

When affection grows into love and secrets are exposed, trust is destroyed. Gus must choose which is stronger: the lies of his past or the hope of his future. And Daffy must face every fear to prove she will forever love a prince.


Book Haul:



Book Blogger Hop:

Q.  Do you have a genre you haven't read before but would like to? (submitted by Sam @ Another Book On the Shelf)   

A.  hmmm????  Throughout my many years of reading, I think I've read just about all the genres that would appeal to me.  However, I haven't read very many biographies/autobiographies (think...1 :)  So, I would like to branch out and read more of those.  Any suggestions???


Bookishly Yours,

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  1. The Fifth Avenue Story Society looks so good! I am glad you recommend it so highly.Definutely one to add to the wish list.

    I like opening line of The Promise of Deception. Such an interesting time period to read about too.

    I hope you enjoy your new books and have a great week!

  2. Apparently you've found a new favorite author. Yippee. Just in time for bad weather, stay inside and binge! My Friday Quotes

  3. Short and sweet teasers there. I hope you've enjoying.

  4. I've been eager to read The Virgin River series as well. I've watched the first two Netflix series', still need to watch the third one.

    Have a good weekend!

    Elza Reads

    1. Elza, same! I really enjoyed the first 2 seasons!

  5. I'll definitely have to look into your book!

  6. Love the sound of 'The Promise of Deception', sounds like there is going to be plenty of tension and magic and hopefully not too much murder! And yess, I hadn't even thought of biographies! That is a genre I hardly read and I do have Bernardine Evaristo's lined up for this year. I hope you have a lovely weekend :) Juli @ A Universe in Words

  7. My first line is from Never Leave Me by Jody Hedlund:
    I’m dying, and we can’t change that.” Even though Ellen Creighton spoke as softly and gently as possible, she could do nothing to soften the harshness of the truth.

  8. Sounds like a great start, a hot one even, to the series!
    As for bios, I have read some phenomenal ones over the years. Most recently Valerie Bertinelli's latest book, Enough Already, was amazing. You think you know someone cause their life is all over the place in media, but she really lets the reader in. I laughed and cried!
    Happy weekend!!

  9. I loved Rachel Hauck's books. I also have To Love a Prince and To Save a King on my Kindle, but haven't read them yet. Happy Reading!

  10. Happy Friday!
    I'm currently reading A Heart Adrift by Laura Frantz. It is AWESOME!
    I'm just beginning chapter 23, so I will share a line from there.
    "Henri was on the verge of saying nay to the proposed mission, and he sensed that the governor's council, a body of astute, shrewd men, knew it."
    I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  11. Happy Friday!
    The book I featured this week is Pomegranate Lane by Donna Anuszczyk but I'm currently reading With Love, Wherever You Are by Dandi Daley Mackall. I'm just starting it so I'll share the first line from chapter 2 where I am currently: "Frank Daley checked the chart at the foot of the old man's hospital bed." I hope you have a wonderful reading weekend!

  12. Rachel Hauck is one of my favorite authors - can’t go wrong with any of her books! I’m featuring A Stranger’s Game by Colleen Coble on my blog, but I just started reading Stone by Ronie Kendig so I’ll share the first line here: “Some days were meant to test a man; others meant to undo him.” Have a great weekend and happy reading!

  13. Oh my, every one of these books looks SO good!

  14. The Fifth Avenue Story Society is one of my favorites of Rachel Hauck's books (The Writing Desk wins the top spot for me, though). I'm currently reading Stone by Ronie Kendig. The first line is "Some days were meant to test a man; others meant to undo him."

  15. I love the cover of Rachel Hauck's book! My first line comes from Never Leave Me by Jody Hedlund:
    Happy Reading!

  16. I was so excited to read your response to The Fifth Avenue Story Society! It's on my TBR and will probably move up on that list! Gosh, that first line sounds intriguing! Great post!

  17. I'm so glad to see how much you enjoyed The Fifth Avenue Story Society. I am intrigued with the plot.

    The Hop question of the week is a good one. Do I have a genre I've read little from but which I'd like to read more? I'd say that I'd like to read more historical fiction. I've read lots of bios/autobios/memoirs, but the best I've read have been memoirs. I'd suggest that you look for books about people you are interested in. Just my two cents.

  18. The Fifth Avenue Story Society sounds like it could be fun. I love books set in NYC!

  19. I loved The Fifth Avenue Story Society!

    As far as genre's to read from, I read fairly widely, but don't have anything I want to branch out to at the moment.

    As far as biographies and autobiographies, I enjoy memoirs most of all. One of my favorites from 2021 was A Circle of Quiet by Madeleine L'Engle.

    Have a good week!

  20. To Love a Prince looks good! Enjoy your new books!
    Lisa Loves Literature

  21. Oh man! It's been a long time since I last read a romance novel. I need to read romance books again. Hope you have a great week!

    Here’s my Sunday Post!

    Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog

  22. The Fifth Avenue Story Society looks like a lovely read.
    Do you have a favourite author, or celebrity, or sport, or hobby/ interest? Look for autobiographies, memoirs or biographies by people you are familiar with or whose interests you share.

    Wishing you a great reading week

  23. I mean to read the new episode of Virgin River on Netflix. Your books look interesting!

  24. If you do dip a toe into biography, you can't go wrong with the writing of Walter Isaacson. I have read his bios of Steve Jobs, Ben Franklin, and Einstein and all were excellent!

  25. I haven't read any of these. Enjoy your week!

  26. Interesting assortment of books. I hope you enjoy them all. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

  27. LOVE these book covers.

    Have a wonderful week.

  28. Looks like you will be enjoying some more Rachel Hauck soon.
    I don't do a lot of bios but have made a point to read more and have enjoyed them. Several have been music artists and short, interesting bits.
    Have a good week and Happy Reading!

  29. Been meaning to read a couple biographies by actors. Enjoy your reading in this genre.

  30. Your new books look good. I love a bit of a romance read now and then.


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