Books Hauls · TBR

July 2021 Book Haul

I added more physical books to my collection during the month of July than I normally do. The first picture includes books I found at a library book sale and the second picture are books my parents brought back from Newfoundland.

Library Book Sale

The Letters (Inn at Eagle Hill 1) by: Suzanne Woods Fisher

Royal Wedding (Princess Diaries, 11) by Meg Cabot

Mrs. Queen Takes the Train by William Kuhn

Books Set in Newfoundland

Stormy Cove by Bernadette Calonego

Murder at Blackhead by M.K. Staple

New Girl in Little Cove by Damhnait Monaghan

Challenges · Currently Reading · TBR

TBR: Backlist Catch-up

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Additional Note: I can never tell if I’m correctly inserting IG photos onto my blog posts. If you are seeing this, could you comment below if you are able to see the image. Thank you! Happy reading.

Books Hauls · TBR

Spring 2021 Audiobook Haul Pt. 1

Wow I really need to keep up with sharing my audio book hauls. I love having an audible account and definitely think that it is worth the cost for a subscription. Here is part 1 of the full length audio books I have recently added to my library.

Articles · Memes · TBR

Waiting on Wednesday: Our Woman in Moscow

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine, that shines a spotlight on the books we can’t wait to be released in the near future.

Today I would like to share the synopsis for an author that has several titles I’m interested in reading. Our Woman in Moscow by Beatriz Williams is set to be released June 1, 2021.

Our Woman in Moscow
By: Beatriz Williams



The New York Times bestselling author of Her Last Flight returns with a gripping and profoundly human story of Cold War espionage and family devotion that proves again why Elin Hilderbrand says Beatriz Williams “is writing the best historical fiction out there.”

In the autumn of 1948, Iris Digby vanishes from her London home with her American diplomat husband and their two children. The world is shocked by the family’s sensational disappearance. Were they eliminated by the Soviet intelligence service? Or have the Digbys defected to Moscow with a trove of the West’s most vital secrets?

Four years later, Ruth Macallister receives a postcard from the twin sister she hasn’t seen since their catastrophic parting in Rome in the summer of 1940, as war engulfed the continent and Iris fell desperately in love with an enigmatic United States Embassy official named Sasha Digby. Within days, Ruth is on her way to Moscow, posing as the wife of counterintelligence agent Sumner Fox in a precarious plot to extract the Digbys from behind the Iron Curtain.

But the complex truth behind Iris’s marriage defies Ruth’s understanding, and as the sisters race toward safety, a dogged Soviet agent forces them to make a heartbreaking choice between two irreconcilable loyalties.

Source: Always With a Book

Books Hauls · TBR

January & February Book Haul

January Books Hauled

Sent for Review

The Final Revival of Opal & Nev


Audio Books

Ask Me No Questions (Lady Dunbridge Mystery, 1) by Shelley Nobel


Cafe by the Sea (Mure, 1) by Jenny Colgan

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February Books Hauled

Sent for Review

For the Love of Friends by Sara Goodman Confino


Free Download

Iditarod Dreamer: A Rookie Team’s Journey by Hank DeBruin & Tanya McCready

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Audio Books

Daisy Chains by Lynn Vande Stouwe

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A Vineyard Valentine by Nina Bocci

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The Magic Flower Shop by Gina Mayer

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Bridesmates by Sydney Smyth


A Tail as Old as Time by Elle Hay | Goodreads

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Articles · Memes · TBR

Waiting on Wednesday: The Rose Code

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine, that shines a spotlight on the books we can’t wait to be released in the near future.

Today I will be sharing the synopsis for Kate Quinn’s The Rose Code, which is set to be released March 9, 2021.

The Rose Code by Kate Quinn



The New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Huntress and The Alice Network returns with another heart-stopping World War II story of three female code breakers at Bletchley Park and the spy they must root out after the war is over.

1940. As England prepares to fight the Nazis, three very different women answer the call to mysterious country estate Bletchley Park, where the best minds in Britain train to break German military codes. Vivacious debutante Osla is the girl who has everything—beauty, wealth, and the dashing Prince Philip of Greece sending her roses—but she burns to prove herself as more than a society girl, and puts her fluent German to use as a translator of decoded enemy secrets. Imperious self-made Mab, product of east-end London poverty, works the legendary codebreaking machines as she conceals old wounds and looks for a socially advantageous husband. Both Osla and Mab are quick to see the potential in local village spinster Beth, whose shyness conceals a brilliant facility with puzzles, and soon Beth spreads her wings as one of the Park’s few female cryptanalysts. But war, loss, and the impossible pressure of secrecy will tear the three apart. 1947. As the royal wedding of Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip whips post-war Britain into a fever, three friends-turned-enemies are reunited by a mysterious encrypted letter–the key to which lies buried in the long-ago betrayal that destroyed their friendship and left one of them confined to an asylum. A mysterious traitor has emerged from the shadows of their Bletchley Park past, and now Osla, Mab, and Beth must resurrect their old alliance and crack one last code together. But each petal they remove from the rose code brings danger–and their true enemy–closer… 

Source: Goodreads
Memes · TBR

Top 10 Tuesday: Happy Mardi Gras!

Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly meme, hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl

Today we are celebrating Mardi Gras, on Top 10 Tuesday. Here are some book covers that are purple, yellow and/or green.

The books I will be sharing today are from my TBR list. Hopefully the stories will live up to their beautiful cover colours.

  1. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter 6) by J.K. Rowling
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2. Only a Paper Moon by Tina Pisco


3. The Wedding Gift by Marlen Suyapa Bodden


4. Hearts of Gold by Catrin Collier


5. Splendor (Luxe, 4) by Ana Godbersen


6. The Jade Peony by Wayson Choy


7. Child of Mine by David & Beverly Lewis


8. Appetite for Violets by Martine Bailey


9. Newbie by Jo Noelle


10. Love Comes Softly Collection by Janette Oke

Charlie's Corner · Memes · TBR

Charlie’s Corner: Waiting on Wednesday: All You Knead Is Love

Welcome to Charlie’s Corner, named after my little boy. Here I will share children’s product and book reviews.

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine, that shines a spotlight on the books we can’t wait to be released in the near future.

Today I would like to share a middle grade fiction that has caught my eye. Tanya Guerrero’s All You Knead is Love has a 2021 release date.

All You Knead is Love by Tanya Guerrero

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Twelve-year-old Alba doesn’t want to live with her estranged grandmother in Barcelona.
But her mother needs her to be far, far away from their home in New York City. Because this is the year that her mother is going to leave Alba’s abusive father. Hopefully. If she’s strong enough to finally, finally do it.
Alba is surprised to find that she loves Barcelona, forming a close relationship with her grandmother, meeting a supportive father figure, and making new friends. Most of all, she discovers a passion and talent for bread baking. When her beloved bakery is threatened with closure, Alba is determined to find a way to save it—and at the same time, she may just come up with a plan to make their family whole again.From the author of How to Make Friends with the Sea comes a heartfelt story of finding one’s chosen family, healing, and baking.

Source: Goodreads