Monday, 13 July 2020

Mailbox Monday & Life This Week - July 13th



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!
Some happy snaps.



School holiday fun enjoying the sunshine at the playground

Milkshakes and hot chips. Yummm.


Craft time is Dot's favourite time.

Bringing out the old toys. Who remembers Pixel Chix?

Books received over the last two weeks:


Rico Stays by Ed Duncan
After enforcer Richard “Rico” Sanders stepped in to protect his girlfriend from a local mob boss’s hot-headed nephew, all hell broke loose.

When the smoke cleared, the nephew had vanished, but three goons who had tried to help him lay dying where they’d stood. Fighting for his life, Rico was alive but gravely wounded.

Out of the hospital but not fully recovered, he needed a place to crash – a place where he wouldn’t be found by men who surely would be looking. A place like the cabin owned by lawyer Paul Elliott, whose life Rico had saved more than once. Trouble was, Paul’s girlfriend hadn’t forgotten Rico’s dark history. Or Paul’s fascination with him.

Using Rico’s girlfriend as bait, vengeful killers soon would be coming for him. The only question was whether he would face them alone or with help from Paul.

Reasonable Doubt by Dr Xanthe Mallett

We all put our faith in the criminal justice system. We trust the professionals: the police, the lawyers, the judges, the expert witnesses. But what happens when the process lets us down and the wrong person ends up in jail?

Henry Keogh spent almost twenty years locked away for a murder that never even happened. Khalid Baker was imprisoned for the death of a man his best friend has openly admitted to causing. And the exposure of 'Lawyer X' Nicola Gobbo's double-dealing could lead to some of Australia's most notorious convictions being overturned.

Forensic scientist Xanthé Mallett is used to dealing with the darker side of humanity. Now she's turning her skills and insight to miscarriages of justice and cases of Australians who have been wrongfully convicted.

Exposing false confessions, polices biases, misplaced evidence and dodgy science, Reasonable Doubt is an expert's account of the murky underbelly of our justice system - and the way it affects us all.

There's a Zoo in My Poo by Prof Felice Jacka

Did you know that trillions of tiny bugs live in and on all of us? And there's a Zoo of bugs in our poo. But which are the good bugs and which are the bad? What should we eat to keep our good bugs happy and our body strong?

Get to the guts of what you need to know about you and your poo.

Professor Felice Jacka is a world expert in the field of Nutritional Psychiatry and gut health. Teacher and musician Rob Craw is a world expert at drawing bugs!

They want kids to know all about the amazing stuff going on in their bodies.

Get ready for a journey inside the most exciting of places ... YOU!

eBooks received:

In Search of a Name by Marjolijn van Heemstra

Marjolijn van Heemstra has heard about her great-uncle’s heroism for as long as she can remember. As a resistance fighter, he was the mastermind of a bombing operation that killed a Dutch man who collaborated with the Nazis, and later became a hero to everyone in the family.

So, when Marjolijn’s grandmother bestows her with her great-uncle’s signet ring requesting that she name her future son after him, Marjolijn can’t say no. Now pregnant with her firstborn, she embarks on a quest to uncover the true story behind the myth of her late relative. Chasing leads from friends and family, and doing her own local research, Marolijn realizes that the audacious story she always heard is not as clear-cut as it was made out to be. As her belly grows, her doubts grow, too—was her uncle a hero or a criminal?

Vivid, hypnotic, and profoundly moving, In Search of a Name explores war and its aftermath and how the stories we tell and the stories we are told always seem to exist somewhere between truth and fiction.

Outback Brides Maeve's Baby by Fiona McArthur

Midwife Maeve McGill can deliver a baby with no complications, but finding love isn’t that easy. After falling for and being dumped by a doctor who only wanted her as a glorified nanny for his kids, she left her job for a position at a clinic in Wirralong. Maeve is determined to embrace her new life with the help of her friend, Lacey. Men are absolutely off the menu.

Doctor Jace Bronson is everything Maeve’s last boyfriend wasn’t. He’s big—a big chest to lean on with a big heart and a crazy big smile she can’t resist. But Jace is a father and his job is temporary, so he and Maeve vow to keep their relationship strictly professional. Maeve doesn’t want to risk the heartbreak, and Jace wants to protect his daughter from falling under Maeve’s warm and caring spell—the way he has.

They had good intentions, but love, chemistry and the magic of Wirralong have a way of bringing two wounded souls together.


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




20 comments:

  1. I am EAGERLY awaiting my copy of Reasonable Doubt, I can't wait to read it! It sounds so fascinating! Looking forward to hearing what you think :)

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    1. I don't read a lot of non fiction but I'm sure this will intrigue me.

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  2. My son loved poo books when he was a kid. I had fun reading these kind of books because we learned all kinds of neat facts. Looks like your kids are enjoying their summer vacation. Enjoy your new books.

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    1. Haha! What is it with kids and toilet humour. It seems all the children's authors are getting into it lately.

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  3. Great photos. Looks like you're having fun.

    Reasonable Doubt looks good. So does Outback Brides Maeve's Baby.

    Hope you enjoy your books.

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    1. I'm looking forward to Outback Brides. I need to read books with happy endings every so often.

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  4. LOVE the handprint painting! I have so many happy memories associated with son's art. I've hung a fair bit of it on the walls of my office at work.

    SSG xxx

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    1. Dot loves her craft! I've been missing our crafting days since she has been at school.

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  5. Sounds like a fun time. I remember loving painting my hand and having prints on paper. Interesting books. I haven't heard of or read any of them. I've been reading a lot of indigenous authors this month but have deviated a bit to read 'A Lonely girl is a dangerous thing' by Jessie Tu for Bri Lee's BList book club this week. Hope you have a lovely week ahead!

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    1. I've seen A Lonely Girl around a lot! I hope you are enjoying it.

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  6. Looks like you've had some fun times lately! I hope you enjoy your reading this week.

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  7. I saw and heard Xanthe speak last year at the BAD Sydney Crime Writers' Festival and it was interesting. I'm not a fan of non-fiction or true crime etc though so this wasn't on my list alas!

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    1. I'm not a big non fiction reader but I thought this would be interesting.

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  8. Reasonable Doubt sounds absolutely fascinating & I reckon I'd also enjoy Maeve's Baby. I've just finished The Museum of Forgotten Memories by Anstey Harris. Oh and I looooove hand print painting. Have a great week.

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    1. I've heard a lot about The Museum of Forgotten Memories. I'm looking forward to a happy ending in Maeve's baby. :)

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  9. Love the fun photos! I have never been a fan of toilet humor but children do seem to find them fun.
    Happy playing and Reading!

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    1. I'm not a fan of toilet humour myself but the children seem to love it and there is a lot out there at the moment.

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  10. I hope you have been enjoying the school holidays...we were hoping for a visit from the grandkids but have postponed for a few weeks. Thank you so much for linking up for Life This Week. Next week, the optional prompt is "whatever you choose" because I am focussing on Head and Neck Cancer: 29/51 Your Choice. Mine is: World Head & Neck Cancer Day. 20.7.2020. Hope to see you there. Take care, Denyse.

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    1. Thank you for your comment Denyse. I hope you get to see the grandkids next school holidays.

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