Monday, 28 September 2020

Mailbox Monday & Life This Week - September 28th


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!

School holidays started today and I'm looking forward to spending some time with the grandchildren over the next two weeks.

Our hot water system was on its way out so we had it replaced last week and as you would expect once you replace one appliance the others seem to go out in sympathy and we needed to replace our fridge only a few days later. We struggled to find a fridge the same size that would fit into the spot so we had to buy a smaller one which I am sure we will get used to over time. Now I'm just waiting for the washing machine to break down.

We celebrated our eldest daughter's birthday during the last week. When I'm not reading I'm knitting squares to make a picture throw for my granddaughter.

I found these fantastic patterns at 
I will be using 30 squares for the throw.  
Books received over the last two weeks:

From the publisher:
Soldiers by Tom Remiger

Breen sometimes thought sourly that Tiger Jackson would have made a good fascist. He told unreliable stories, he liked power and admiration, and he had all three military virtues- self-belief, luck, and an eye for the main chance. Despite all this, Breen liked him. Somehow it was impossible not to.

After the death of Corporal Daniel Cousins in what is apparently a training accident, a young officer, Lieutenant Breen, becomes obsessed by the case. Was Cousins murdered by one of his own?
Breen's investigation, as well as his unanticipated love affair with a superior officer, threatens the unity of his comrades as they wait for the suffering to come in the Battle of Crete-one of the defining encounters of World War II.
Lucky's by Andrew Pippos
Lucky's is a story of family. It is also about a man called Lucky.
His restaurant chain.
A fire that changed everything. 
The mystery of a missing father.
An impostor who got the girl.
An unthinkable tragedy.
A roll of the dice. 
And love: lost, sought and won again, at last.
Trust by Chris Hammer

He violated her past and haunts her present.
Now he's threatening their future.
She breathes deeply, trying to quell the rising sense of panic. A detective came to her home, drugged her and kidnapped her. She tries to make sense of it, to imagine alternatives, but only one conclusion is possible: it's her past come to claim her.
Martin Scarsden's new life seems perfect, right up until the moment it's shattered by a voicemail: a single scream, abruptly cut off, from his partner Mandaly Blonde.
Racing home, he finds an unconcious man sprawled on the floor and Mandy gone. Someone has abducted her. But who, and why?
So starts a twisting tale of intrigue and danger, as Martin probes the past of the woman he loves, a woman who has buried her former life so deep she has never mentioned it.
And for the first time, Mandy finds denial impossible, now the body of a mystery man has been discovered, a man whose name she doesn't know, a man she was engaged to marry when he died. It's time to face her demons once and for all; it's time she learned how to trust.
How to Make a Life by Florence Reiss Kraut

When Ida and her daughter Bessie flee a catastrophic pogrom in Ukraine for America in 1905, they believe their emigration will ensure that their children and grandchildren will be safe from harm. But choices and decisions made by one generation have ripple effects on those who come later—and in the decades that follow, family secrets, betrayals, and mistakes made in the name of love threaten the survival of the family: Bessie and Abe Weissman’s children struggle with the shattering effects of daughter Ruby’s mental illness, of Jenny’s love affair with her brother-in-law, of the disappearance of Ruby’s daughter as she flees her mother’s legacy, and of the accidental deaths of Irene’s husband and granddaughter.
Books I've won:
I won this gorgeous edition of Tashi plus a little mini version of the book both signed by the author.
Tashi by Anna Fienberg

"Well, it was like this. Come and I'll tell you about the time I tricked the last dragon of all." So says the daring hero, Tashi, in his first book of adventures. Tashi comes from a place very far away. He escaped from a war lord and flew to this country on a swan. He's as brave as he's clever, and he tells the best stories. Tashi books are ideal for young readers, or for reading aloud, and they're loved all over the world. 
 I would love to hear what books you received in the mail recently! 


  1. Hi Veronica,

    Our half term school holidays are not until the last two weeks of October and with the government threat of a coinciding two week full lockdown because of the increase of Covid cases, that's going to be a fun time!

    I love your knitted squares and the pattern site you linked to. I used to knit an awful lot, but recently my craft attempts have been limited to crocheted afghan blankets. You have quite inspired me to pick up my needles again. I thought lockdown for 3 months would see me catch up on some of my other craft projects, however the time just seemed to pass by quickly and completely wasted!!

    I really like the sound of the Chris Hammer thriller. He is a new to me author, however his ratings and reviews seem to be really good, so he is obviously quite popular, I shall look forward to reading your own thoughts.

    Congratulations on your win too! They are always so satisfying!

    Have a good week :)

    Yvonne xx

    1. I can thank to lock down for getting me back into knitting. I couldn’t concentrate on my reading and it seemed so depressing so I picked up my needles and started knitting again. I loved Chris Hammer’s first book, Scrublands, so I’m certain I will love Trust too.

    2. Hubbie is on the vulnerable list because of his underlying health condition, so I don't think we shall be going very far anytime soon - It's going to be a long winter!!

      It would be okay if it wasn't for all the idiots out there who can't stick to social distancing, but I guess that even for them, Christmas is going to be pretty much on hold.

      Time for me to get out the knitting needles I think :)

  2. The throw will be a lovely keepsake for your granddaughter.

    1. I'm such a slow knitter I feel like I am never going to finish it. She already loves playing with all the squares I have finished.

  3. Love your knitted squares. I wish I was talented in that way, but not happening.

    Great books this week. I've seen Lucky's at a few blogs lately. I would like to give that book a try.

    Thanks for sharing. Hope you enjoy the grandkids.

  4. These squares are adorable! This will make a lovely throw. Have a great week, happy reading!

  5. Such lovely squares. That is a nice way to spend time.
    I hope your daughter had a nice BD.
    You have a nice haul and variety of books this week. I like the looks of Tashi.
    Happy knitting and reading!

    1. It was lovely to get the Tashi book. I remember reading it to my daughters when they were young and now I can read it to my granddaughter.

  6. Cute knitting squares! Enjoy your latest reading.