HUMP DAY SERENDIPITY: PRESENT, PAST, & UPCOMING READS

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Today I’m participating in Sam’s WWW Wednesdays Here’s how it works:

 

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next, and/or what are you eagerly awaiting?

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Currently Reading:

I  am halfway finished with a very engaging e-ARC from NetGalley:  Cruel Beautiful World, by Caroline Leavitt, a haunting, nuanced portrait of love, sisters, and the impossible legacy of family.   Release Date:  October 4, 2016.

 

 

 

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Blurb:  It’s 1969, and sixteen-year-old Lucy is about to run away with a much older man to live off the grid in rural Pennsylvania, a rash act that will have vicious repercussions for both her and her older sister, Charlotte. As Lucy’s default caretaker for most of their lives, Charlotte’s youth has been marked by the burden of responsibility, but never more so than when Lucy’s dream of a rural paradise turns into a nightmare.

Cruel Beautiful World examines the intricate, infinitesimal distance between seduction and love, loyalty and duty, and explores what happens when you’re responsible for things you cannot make right.

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I am loving how the story alternates between the various characters, moving from the girls, Lucy and Charlotte, in 1969, and then veering into the backstory of Iris, the girls’ caretaker.  Her story takes us back to the turn of the twentieth century.

The part of the story set in the late sixties and early seventies brings up some reminders of how that so-called peaceful time and existence can turn into mass murder (Charlie Manson’s family).

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JUST FINISHED:

I loved Book Four in this Ten Beach Road series:  Sunshine Beach, by Wendy Wax. (Click for my review).

 

 

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Another totally engaging story about friendships, conflicts, challenges, and starting over…again.

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING:

I just discovered the existence of this new book, the sixth in a series I have loved, a series that features Frieda Klein, a psychotherapist who sometimes works with the police.  Set in London and thereabouts, we often follow some twists and turns to reach a resolution of each case.

Saturday Requeim, by Nicci French, is not available in the U.S. yet, so I ordered it from a third-party seller in the UK.  That’s how much I love this series.

 

 

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Blurb:  It was an open and shut case when eighteen-year-old Hannah Docherty was arrested for the brutal murder of her family; she’s been incarcerated ever since. When psychotherapist Frieda Klein is asked to assess Hannah, she reluctantly agrees. What she finds horrifies her…Frieda is haunted by the thought that Hannah might be as much of a victim as her family. Frieda soon begins to realise that she’s up against someone who’ll go to any lengths to protect themselves…

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What are you reading and/or anticipating today?

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22 thoughts on “HUMP DAY SERENDIPITY: PRESENT, PAST, & UPCOMING READS

  1. It sounds like the author of Cruel Beautiful World is doing a really good job of juggling different viewpoints and timelines. It can so easily get confusing for readers when the story switches between characters and then jumps about in time – a difficult balancing act to get right. And I always like books that do this and pull it off 🙂

    Here’s my WWW: https://clairehuston.wordpress.com/2016/09/28/www-wednesday-28th-september-2016/

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    • Yes, she is doing it very well, Claire, as I am not lost at all! Surprising, right? And each character is enjoyable to me. Sometimes I don’t like the jumps in books, wishing to be back with another story or character. Thanks for visiting, and enjoy your reading.

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  2. Cruel Beautiful World does sound really interesting… and I know what you mean about ordering from the third-party seller for series you love! Australian publishers often take forever to release new instalments, it’s so frustrating!

    Thanks for visiting my WWW. 🙂

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