The Week: 9th – 15th July

Winter Sunshine Blue Sky Canberra Australia Sonya Heaney 9th July 2018 Garden Nature Eucalyptus Tree Gum Tree

Winter Sunshine Blue Sky Canberra Australia Sonya Heaney 9th July 2018 Garden Nature Eucalyptus Tree Gum TreeIMG_6781

Gorgeous winter sunshine in Canberra to start the week.

The ice skating rink in Canberra’s city centre (this is from last weekend). Another session was about to start, which is why there’s nobody on the ice!

Scruffy, our biggest local magpie, hanging out by the kitchen window on Wednesday afternoon. (He has two legs – magpies just like to rest one every so often!)

This hasn’t been much of a week as far as this blog goes. Usually I have some sort of post every day, so it feels weird to have posted so little.

In truth, I’ve had enough of the world this week. Please remember the evils of Putin’s Russia while you’re watching the soccer over the weekend. Slava Ukrayini!!

Currently Reading

The Heiress He's Been Waiting For by Kaitlin O'Riley

 

Currently Reading

I’m back reading historical books at the moment. Here are the three I have on the go at the moment, and hope to review soon:

The Heiress He’s Been Waiting For by Kaitlin O’Riley

The Heiress He's Been Waiting For by Kaitlin O'Riley

In Victorian London, the Hamilton sisters are known for their bookshops—and for finding their happily ever afters on their own terms. Now, much to their chagrin, their offspring are following in their unconventional footsteps—in life and in love…

Raised in New York, shipping heiress Sara Fleming was ready to elope—until her disapproving parents tricked her onto a boat heading to England. Her only consolation is getting to see her beloved aunts and cousins. Even the start of London’s Season—and a strikingly handsome earl—can’t make her forget the man she left behind.

Considered one of London’s most eligible bachelors, Christopher Townsend, the Earl of Bridgeton, is not what he seems. Having inherited his father’s crushing debt, he must choose a wealthy bride to save his family’s estate. Though rumored to be penniless and committed to another, Sara takes his breath away—and makes him question what he truly needs to be free of the past. But he’ll have to win the headstrong beauty’s heart one kiss at a time.

Lady Rogue (The Royal Rewards #3) by Theresa Romain

Lady Rogue (The Royal Rewards #3) by Theresa Romain

Her Secret Scandal

As far as London’s high society knows, Lady Isabel Morrow is above reproach. But the truth is rarely so simple. Though the young widow’s passionate fling with dashing Bow Street Runner Callum Jenks ended amicably months ago, she now needs his expertise. It seems Isabel’s late husband, a respected art dealer, was peddling forgeries. If those misdeeds are revealed, the marriage prospects of his younger cousin—now Isabel’s ward—will be ruined.

For the second time, Isabel has upended Callum’s well-ordered world. He’s resolved to help her secretly replace the forgeries with the real masterpieces, as a…friend. A proper sort of friend doesn’t burn with desire, of course, or steal kisses on twilight errands. Or draw a willing lady into one passionate encounter after another. Isabel’s scheme is testing Callum’s heart as well as his loyalties. But with pleasure so intoxicating, the real crime would be to resist.

A Lady’s Guide to Passion and Property (Husband Hunters #2) by Kate Moore

A Lady's Guide to Passion and Property (Husband Hunters #2) by Kate Moore

Beauty, wit, and charm may catch a gentleman’s eye, but nothing attracts suitors quite like property…as beloved, award-winning author Kate Moore reveals in this delightful Regency romp. For an innkeeper’s daughter new to the dance, a discreet volume of courtship wisdom may help discern the intentions of a mysterious newcomer.

Lucy Holbrook has recently inherited her father’s south London inn, the place she’s always called home. Now her fashionable friends, arming her with The Husband Hunter’s Guide to London, are urging her to sell the establishment and become a society lady, just as her father always hoped. Lucy would rather toss the little book into the hearth—she could never desert the alehouse or its patrons, including an elderly blind man who depends on her care. But she may need every bit of good advice when a handsome stranger arrives with a secret agenda and a baffling crime to solve…and Lucy finds herself navigating a most dangerous attraction!

The Week: 1st – 7th January

First Sunset of 2018 Sonya Heaney Canberra Australia Sky Clouds Summer Garden Nature

The first Canberra sunset of 2018

Ukrainian Christmas Eve Canberra Australia Ukrainian Embroidery Ukrainian Culture Sonya Heaney 6th January 2018

Happy Ukrainian Christmas! It’s HOT here – 39 degrees today, and we’ve had high temperatures most of the week.

I’ve been working my way through a good book or two, but haven’t had as much time to read as I need to finish any of them yet!

Ukrainian Christmas Eve

Christmas Candles Ukrainian Christmas Sonya Heaney Zazzle Store

Cooking for Ukrainian Christmas

Varenyky Ukrainian Food Christmas Ukraine Canberra Ausrealia Sonya Heaney 5th January 2018

Wish List for 2018

Books HD

Fancy running a bookshop for a week?

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My review of The Husband Hunter’s Guide to London (Husband Hunters #1) by Kate Moore

The Husband Hunter's Guide to London (Husband Hunters #1) by Kate Moore

My review of Montana Groom of Convenience by Linda Ford

Montana Groom of Convenience (Big Sky Country) by Linda Ford

The Husband Hunter’s Guide to London (Husband Hunters #1) by Kate Moore

The Husband Hunter's Guide to London (Husband Hunters #1) by Kate Moore

In this new Regency charmer from the beloved, award-winning author Kate Moore, the clues to solving one of life’s greatest mysteries may be found in a slim blue volume of advice for husband-seeking debutantes. But two people engaged in a clever game of cat and mouse just might rewrite the book…

The daughter of a British intelligence agent, Jane Fawkener has spent most of her life in exotic lands abroad, not flirting her way to matrimony among the ton. So when her father disappears and is presumed dead, she’s perplexed as to why he’s arranged for her to receive a copy of The Husband Hunter’s Guide to London. Convinced he has hidden a covert message for her within its pages, Jane embarks on a “husband hunt” with an altogether different aim. But can she fool the government escort who’s following her every move—a dangerously seductive man for whom rules are clearly meant to be broken.

The Husband Hunter’s Guide to London (Husband Hunters #1) by Kate Moore

This was an interesting book, and not at all what I expected from the title. It is a solid historical mystery with a romance that develops at a good pace. Other than a couple of glaring Americanisms, Kate Moore – a prolific author I’m not actually familiar with – writes beautifully, and captures London beyond the ballrooms in such an interesting way.

I’m not one for historical romance series based on some gimmick (such as a husband hunting book), and so I went into this one with some trepidation. Usually these gimmicks that tie a series together end up being flimsy and silly and too modern, but I didn’t find that to be the case here at all (though I admit to being far more interested in the mystery than the “advice” from the book that opened every chapter).

The heroine has spent her adolescence and early twenties living in what is now Syria, with an English father who worked throughout the region of the old Silk Road. So she is a little bit different to the people of London, and uncomfortable with some of the ways of English society, after having lived in an Islamic, sex-segregated culture for so long. I think this was handled very well, and I liked all the little touches of the author’s research (and love that she used all the old names for the cities).

Other than a few too many references to her struggling with wearing bonnets, this was a “fish out of water” story that didn’t resort to anachronisms to make it work.

Somebody thinks the heroine knows too much about her allegedly dead father’s spy work in Asia, and for most of the book they are trying to get to her. This mild suspense aspect takes us through the parts of London we don’t see in a lot of Regency romances, which I loved. This section of the plot is also the main focus of the book – over the husband hunting stuff.

The Americanisms? It’s AUTUMN and never – ever – “the fall”. And it’s OFF, and never “off of”.

This was one of those books that wasn’t perfect, but was a little different, making it such an interesting read.

 

Review copy provided by NetGalley.