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If you follow me on social media, you might have seen that I was at the Newcastle Writers Festival for the past three days. While it was an awesome event once again, I’m really feeling the affects of being on ‘happy book overdrive’ for the past three days now and have comes down with the most drastic post-book-event slump. I don’t think that the end of daylight savings helped either. I feel all out of whack!
I know I did a wrap of my first day of the festival and posted it on Saturday, but I’m hoping to have day two and three out later on this week.
Sadly because of the festival’s excitement, I didn’t get as much reading as I would have liked last week. But I plan to this week! I did however write 7 reviews in the space of 3 days! Naturally I’m super excited about this and have a lot more coming this week. I’m back people, and it feels good!
On top of the festival as well, last week was full of preparation and set-up for Book Bonanza at work, and while I usually love this time of year, it’s really no fun with a back injury. I over did it on Thursday, and I’m sore 😦
British blow-in, Rose Bennett, is heartbroken, overweight, irritable and a long way from home. She isn’t sure what exactly she’s doing at Kalkari Wines in the Australian Shingle Valley – it’s the middle of winter and far from the lush, romantic vineyard setting she’d been expecting.
Her brother thinks she’s spying for him, her bad-tempered new boss thinks she’s the au pair and the nanny can’t wait for her to clean the place up.
Discovering pagan bonfire ceremonies, bizarre winemaking practices and a valley full of eccentric locals, Rose just wishes she’d ended up somewhere a bit warmer. But as the weather improves, the valley reveals its beauty, and Rose starts to fall in love: with the valley, the wines, the two children she’s helping to look after, and one of the men there.
When her boss’s estranged wife returns and her brother descends, wanting answers, Rose is forced to make the hardest decision of her life.
Hoping to read this week:
Casey Schillinge is a vivacious young woman on the verge of making her mark on the world. While backpacking, she is struck down by a tropical disease and suffers cardiac failure. But at the eleventh hour, Casey receives a life-saving heart transplant – and a rare second chance to begin again.
Three years later, Casey has become a withdrawn shell of her former self: she is estranged from her loved ones, afraid of open spaces and rides the line between legitimate and criminal work. The worst of her troubles come in the form of violent night terrors; so frightening that she resorts to extreme measures to keep herself from sleeping. When she can take no more, she embarks on a desperate search for the source of her dreams. In so doing, she makes a shocking discovery surrounding the tragic fate of the donor whose heart now beats inside her chest. As she delves deeper into the mystery of her donor, she realizes her dreams are not a figment of her imagination, but a real life nightmare.
Last week on the blog:
What are you planning on reading this week? Let me know in the comments below 🙂