What I did today.

I had a “startling” revelation a few weeks ago: I live in walking distance of one of Canberra’s biggest public libraries! Now, this is definitely a revelation I should have had years ago, but I hadn’t actually used a library since I was at university, and so here I was, happily walking to and from the nearest shopping centre every week, and forgetting I could have access to seventy-gazillion books and magazines and newspapers.

So, last Monday I finally went in and got myself a new card ($3 for library access definitely seems fair), and today I walked back (blue sky, sunshine, and temperatures in the mid-teens – not bad for mid-winter!) and took a look at everything I’ve been missing out on all this time.

My timing could have been better. It’s the first day of semester two in Canberra, which means there were teenagers everywhere (it also functions as a college library). However, I was in Heaven all the same!

Now I’ve figured out that the fancy new laser-scanner devices you have to use to check your books out are actually ten times easier to use than an ATM, I’ll go back and pick up another stack of books.

For now, here’s my stash:

Books Library Julia Quinn Miranda Neville Josephine Moon Jennifer McQuiston Lisa Kleypas Stephanie Laurens Sonya Heaney 22nd July 2019

The Week: 29th April – 5th May

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Autumn colours in Canberra.

Argh! It’s May. What is going on?!

I voted on Wednesday. The Australian election is not for another fortnight, but I’m going to be at the ballet in Sydney on that day (voting is compulsory here). I also met my candidate at the polling station. Now, could I please be spared all the trashy political ads for the next two weeks?!

I’m on HarperCollins.com!

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New Book from Madeline Hunter

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My review of Never Deny a Duke (Decadent Dukes #3) by Madeline Hunter

Never Deny a Duke (2019) (The third book in the Decadent Dukes Society #3 series) A novel by Madeline Hunter

Coming up for Joanna Shupe

The Rogue of Fifth Avenue (2019) (The first book in the Uptown Girls series #1) A novel by Joanna Shupe

My review of The Pursuits of Lord Kit Cavanaugh (The Cavanaughs #2) by Stephanie Laurens

The Pursuits of Lord Kit Cavanaugh (The Cavanaughs #2) by Stephanie Laurens

The Pursuits of Lord Kit Cavanaugh (The Cavanaughs #2) by Stephanie Laurens

The Pursuits of Lord Kit Cavanaugh (The Cavanaughs #2) by Stephanie Laurens

A Gentleman of Means

One of the most eligible bachelors in London, Lord Christopher “Kit” Cavanaugh has discovered his true path and it doesn’t include the expected society marriage. Kit is all business and has chosen the bustling port of Bristol to launch his passion—Cavanaugh Yachts.

A Woman of Character

Miss Sylvia Buckleberry’s passion is her school for impoverished children. When a new business venture forces the school out of its building, she must act quickly. But confronting Kit Cavanaugh is a daunting task made even more difficult by their first and only previous meeting, when, believing she’d never see him again, she’d treated him dismissively. Still, Sylvia is determined to be persuasive.

An Unstoppable Duo

But it quickly becomes clear there are others who want the school—and Cavanaugh Yachts—closed. Working side by side, Kit and Sylvia fight to secure her school and to expose the blackguard trying to sabotage his business. Yet an even more dastardly villain lurks, one who threatens the future both discover they now hold dear.

The Pursuits of Lord Kit Cavanaugh (The Cavanaughs #2) by Stephanie Laurens

I really appreciate a well-researched Victorian era book, and there’s no doubt Stephanie Laurens knows her stuff. I did find that The Pursuits of Lord Kit Cavanaugh took a while to get going, and the pacing (slow at the start) is something I’ve noticed in a lot of Harlequin historicals, which leads me to believe it’s the style the publisher prefers.

This is the second book in a series – a series I’ve not read the first book of. I get the impression both hero and heroine were featured in the earlier book, and I think I might have enjoyed watching the evolution of their relationship over both instalments.

My issue with the beginning of this one is that the first quarter is about only one incident. For the first 25%(ish) of the story, all we see are hero and heroine moving a boys’ school from one building to another. We see every step of the boys moving chalk, and desks, and books, and… It was beautifully written, and SO well-researched, but it was still 20 000+ words of people moving furniture.

I also get the historically accurate situation of only boys getting an education, but I wasn’t that enamoured reading about male privilege in a romance novel…

On the other hand, the author seems to be well familiar with her setting, and it made a big difference to have all the personal, realistic touches, and that’s what kept me reading.

Laurens is a prominent author in the genre, and you know you’re going to get a quality story. In the case of THIS book, I’d recommend persisting beyond the slowish start.

 

Review copy provided by NetGalley.

 

On a side note: Kavanaugh/Cavanaugh is a pretty unfortunate surname for this moment, considering the news!

The Week: 27th July – 2nd August

19th July 2015 Lake Burley Griffin Canberra Australia Sonya Heaney Oksana Heaney Reflection Winter Nature Sunset 

Random shot of the lake in the centre of Canberra. Taken from the car, so if it’s not perfect…

I did so much work on the computer this week I think I’ve gone blind and developed a couple of long-term wrist injuries! I boasted a couple of weeks ago about typing 36 000 words from Monday to Friday. This week – Monday to Friday – I typed 41 000 words! I feel like bragging about it!

This week my late-grandmother’s house was listed for sale, and real estate agents are… Lord, real estate agents really have no idea.

So Beijing was awarded the 2022 Winter Olympics. However, almost all the other contenders had to drop out! It was a foregone conclusion. Ukraine was a top contender for 2022 until Russia invaded, and they had to pull their bid. A pity, because I’ve been to the ski resort in the beautiful Carpathian Mountains where it would have been – a number of times. It breaks my heart Russia got their Games, and then stole Ukraine’s chance the week after Sochi finished, when they invaded Crimea.

The part of Ukraine the Olympics would have been:

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Got this from Dear Author, but in London they were supposed to be building a women’s history museum, and instead turned it into a Jack the Ripper museum – so, instead of a museum about women’s rights, it’s now a museum about murdering women:

“Residents claim that council planners had been “hoodwinked” when they approved two planning applications submitted last year.

A document sent by Mr Palmer-Edgecumbe’s architects, Waugh Thistleton, last August to support the building’s conversion from a disused Victorian shop and flats into a museum included pictures of suffragettes and equal pay campaigners and designs for a museum called the Museum of Women’s History.”

I usually hate it when silly, pointless news stories take all the attention away from important stuff, but this one had me laughing for half an hour, so I’m going to mention it:

Mom Throws Dream Party for Personal Injury Lawyer-Obsessed Toddler

Mom Throws Dream Party for Personal Injury Lawyer-Obsessed Toddler

Prairieville family celebrates son's second birthday with Morris Bart-themed party.

Children in romances, and more children, and more…!

The Rebel Cowboy's Quadruplets by Tina Leonard Harlequin American Romance

Cover Love

By Winter's Light by Stephanie Laurens

Sabrina Jeffries’ Next Book

The Study of Seduction by Sabrina Jeffries

Book Cover Issues

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My Review of Frontier Engagement by Regina Scott

Frontier Engagement by Regina Scott

My review of Wild Thunder (The Wild Series) by Cassie Edwards

Wild Thunder (The Wild Series) by Cassie Edwards