Monday, 15 June 2020

Mailbox Monday & Life This Week - June 15th

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.

Life This Week is a meme created by Denyse Whelan Blogs where bloggers share snaps of what is currently happening in their lives.

Happy Monday!

What has been happening over the last two weeks!

There hasn't been much happening on the home front lately.
We had our first, in almost 3 months, cafe lunch where we could sit at a table and eat.
I've been madly knitting trying to get the jacket I'm knitting for Ditto finished before he grows too much bigger. I'm not sure it is going to fit him but it's starting to look quite nice. Photos next time.
The council is building a children's playground at the end of our street. I've been very excited watching it go up. I only wish they had of built it 30 years ago. Although we will still get plenty of use out of it with the grandchildren.

My daughter had a small group of friends over for her birthday and made a gorgeous outdoor picnic. We have had a mixture of sunny, overcast and wet days so far this winter. She was lucky enough to get one of the sunny days.

Books received over the last two weeks:

From the publisher:

The Girl in the Mirror by Rose Carlyle. (Pub date 4th August 2020)

Beautiful twin sisters Iris and Summer are startlingly alike, but beyond what the eye can see lies a darkness that sets them apart. Cynical and insecure, Iris has long been envious of open-hearted Summer's seemingly never-ending good fortune, including her perfect husband, Adam.
Called to Thailand to help sail the family yacht to the Seychelles, Iris nurtures her own secret hopes for what might happen on the journey. But when she unexpectedly finds herself alone in the middle of the Indian Ocean, everything changes.

Now is her chance to take what she's always wanted - the idyllic life she's always coveted. But just how far will she go to get the life she's dreamed about? And how will she make sure no one discovers the truth?

Finding Eadie by Caroline Beecham (Pub date 2nd July 2020)
War and dwindling resources are taking their toll on the staff of Partridge Press. The pressure is on to create new books to distract readers from the grim realities of the war, but Partridge's rising star, Alice Cotton, leaves abruptly and cannot be found.

Alice's secret absence is to birth her child, and although her baby's father remains unnamed, Alice's mother promises to help her raise her tiny granddaughter, Eadie. Instead, she takes a shocking action.

Theo Bloom is employed by the American office of Partridge. When he is tasked with helping the British publisher overcome their challenges, Theo has his own trials to face before he can return to New York to marry his fiancee.

Inspired by real events during the Second World War, Finding Eadie is a story about the triumph of three friendships bound by hope, love, secrets and the belief that books have the power to change lives.

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


  1. Comment from Sheree @ Keeping up with the Penguins - which I accidentally deleted.
    Awww that picnic looks so sweet! And who'd have thought that the day would come when simply having lunch somewhere other than home would feel like the ultimate luxury 😅 In my mailbox today was a copy of Loner from Text Publishing; it sounds like such a strange novel, I'm looking forward to diving into it!

  2. The Girl in the Mirror looks tempting. I enjoy twin stories. Thanks for sharing, and here are my WEEKLY UPDATES

  3. The outdoor picnic looks great.

  4. A Playground at the end of your street...too late...ah well. Good to know it is going to be finished I guess. In COVID times it was sad to see playgrounds off limits. That has changed now.

    Thank you for linking up for Life This Week. I have created a list of lovely regular linkers such as you on the right hand side of my blog. It's now showing more of the community that gathers here each Monday to share our stories. Great to see you here too. Next week's optional prompt is to 'share your snaps'....hope you will be back. Denyse.

    1. We are loving the playground and we have had some glorious winter days.

  5. Glad you had a sit-down cafe lunch and your daughter had a nice outdoor birthday picnic. Currently, our coffee shops and restaurants are allowed to open for take-outs or delivery only. #Lifethisweek

  6. Your daughter's birthday picnic looks the business. Finding Eadie is one that appeals to me. I'm currently re-reading The Forsyte Saga - I'd forgotten quite what a saga it is!

    1. She had a beautiful sunny winter's day for the picnic. I'm looking forward to reading Finding Eadie.

  7. A cafe lunch sounds wonderful! Restaurants here are open for outdoors dining only.I love taking our grandkids to the playground. Much more than I ever enjoyed taking my own kids! :)

    1. I'm enjoying taking my grandson to the playground where he can play with other children.

  8. That looks like that will be a good playground.
    The party set up looks great!
    I like the sound of Finding Eadie.
    Have a good week and Happy Reading!

  9. The playground is proving popular. My daughter had a beautiful sunny winter's day for her birthday.