Monday 20 April 2020

Mailbox Monday - April 20th

Mailbox Monday is a meme started by Marcia of To Be Continued. Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week. It now has a permanent home at the Mailbox Monday blog. Head over and check out other books received during the last week. 

Happy Monday!

As Australia is continuing with it's isolation and social distancing extra measures have been in place over the last two weeks. Grandparents are no longer able to babysit grandchildren and even visiting is not allowed. I'm really struggling with this, the house is very quiet (too quiet) and tidy, but we are all abiding by the directive knowing it is for the good of everyone.
How are we getting by? We are still doing lots of cake baking, eating, watching T.V and walking. I've even resorted to tidying my bookshelves.


                                                            more cakes

Our Easter fare

On our walks

Books received over the last two weeks.

 From the publisher:

Just Desserts by Charlotte Rees

Doesn't this have the most gorgeous cover and I can't wait to start making some of these desserts.
An essential collection of 30 simple, no-fuss sweets served with an extra dollop of puns.

 Death in the Ladies Goddess Club by Julian Leatherdale

In the murky world of Kings Cross in 1932, aspiring crime writer Joan Linderman and her friend and flatmate Bernice Becker live the wild bohemian life, a carnival of parties and fancy-dress artists' balls.

One Saturday night, Joan is thrown headfirst into a real crime when she finds Ellie, her neighbour, murdered. To prove her worth as a crime writer and bring Ellie's killer to justice, Joan secretly investigates the case in the footsteps of Sergeant Lillian Armfield.

 The Hidden Beach by Karen Swan

Bell is working for Hannah and Max as nanny to their children, 9 year old Linus and 4 year old twins Elise and Tilde. 
Hannah's first husband fell into a coma 7 years earlier, following an accident. Now he is awake. And he wants his family back.

Caught in the middle bell tries to hold them all together, but she unwittingly becomes part of the problem and everything hangs in the balance - until a secret slowly emerges that will decide all their fates.

 My purchases:

Cloudburst by Wilbur Smith 
Jack Courtney has lived in London his whole life. But this summer his parents are travelling to the Democratic Republic of the Congo for a gorilla conference, and they've promised to take Jack and his friends with them.

When his parents go missing in the rainforest, abducted by mercenaries, nobody seems to have any answers. Jack is pretty sure that it's got something to do with the nearby tantalum mines, but he needs to prove it. Along with Amelia and Xander, Jack must brave the jungle to save his parents. Standing in his way is a member of his own family - Caleb Courtney.

 Call of the Raven by Wilbur Smith

The son of a wealthy plantation owner and a doting mother, Augustus Mungo St John is accustomed to the wealth and luxuries his privilege has afforded him. That is until he returns from university to discover his family ruined, his inheritance stolen and his childhood sweetheart, Camilla, taken by the conniving Chester Marion. Fuelled by anger, and love, Mungo swears vengeance and devotes his life to saving Camilla - and destroying Chester.

Camilla, trapped in New Orleans and powerless to her position as a kept slave and Chester's brutish behaviour, must learn to do whatever it takes to survive.

As Mungo battles his own fate and misfortune to achieve the revenge that drives him, and regain his power in the world, he must question what it takes for a man to survive when he has nothing, and what he is willing to do in order to get what he wants.

I would love to hear what you received in the mail lately! 



  1. I'm with you - I can live without shopping but I sure do miss my friends and family. I don't know when I'll make it to see my mom again.

    I've been working on my bookshelves too.

    1. Tidying those bookshelves gives a good sense of achievement.

  2. I smiled at the sight of your tidy bookshelves. I have rearranged furniture and even moved my bookshelf from its previous position to another corner. I love the changes!

    Enjoy your time for catching up on reading, too, and thanks for sharing. Stay safe and well. Here are my WEEKLY UPDATES

    1. Thanks Laurel. A change is as good as a holiday....or so they say. :)

  3. Just Desserts does have a delicious looking cover! And I love a good pun. Most of my cookbooks are admittedly just for the pictures - I don't like cooking very much. LOL

    1. My cooking mainly lends itself to desserts. We have been cooking lots of slices, biscuits and cakes.

  4. It is difficult not seeing family, but it's for the best right now.

    Nice cake.

    Wow on your bookcase. :)

    ENJOY your new books, and I hope your week is going well.

    1. Thanks Elizabeth. We are planning some family get togethers when it is all over. We have a few milestone birthdays to catch up on.

  5. It seems busier than ever in my house as I already worked from home. But now I am homeschooling our elementary age daughter. Things are busy and anxious and angry here...but that's the stress...the evening walks and her zoom talks with friends are helpful

    1. I'm thankful my children have all finished school. My daughter is doing University at home but that doesn't need my input.

  6. Nice job on the bookcase and that cake and cheese, meats & little crackers looks delicious.