WWW Wednesday (August 19th)

This weekly meme is hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. It’s open to all to participate. Why not join in and let us know what you’re reading this week…

WWW Wednesday

To join in, just answer the following three questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

I’m currently reading…

The Tea Planter's WifeThe Tea Planter’s Wife by Dinah Jefferies

The book got off to a slow start for me but as with a previous book I recently read, once I hit a significant event I’ve been racing through the pages.

Beautiful descriptions of Ceylon…very easy to picture.

The blurb

Nineteen-year-old Gwendolyn Hooper steps off a steamer in Ceylon full of optimism, eager to join her new husband. But the man who greets her at the tea plantation is not the same one she fell in love with in London.

Distant and brooding, Laurence spends long days wrapped up in his work, leaving his young bride to explore the plantation alone. It’s a place filled with clues to the past – locked doors, a yellowed wedding dress in a dusty trunk, an overgrown grave hidden in the grounds, far too small for an adult…

Gwen soon falls pregnant and her husband is overjoyed, but she has little time to celebrate. In the delivery room the new mother is faced with a terrible choice, one she knows no one in her upper class set will understand – least of all Laurence. Forced to bury a secret at the heart of her marriage, Gwen is more isolated than ever. When the time comes, how will her husband ever understand what she has done?

I recently finished reading…

The Truth about the Harry Quebert AffairThe Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair by Joël Dicker

A different approach in a novel that it’s a writer (Dicker) writing a novel about a writer (Goldman) writing a novel about a writer (Quebert) – it’s like one of those magic mirror images where your reflection goes on forever.

It’s a lengthy novel of around 600 odd pages but I never felt that it dragged. Highly recommend if you love a historical mystery that wasn’t solved the first time.

The blurb

August 30, 1975. The day of the disappearance. The day Somerset, New Hampshire, lost its innocence.

That summer, struggling author Harry Quebert fell in love with fifteen-year-old Nola Kellergan. Thirty-three years later, her body is dug up from his yard, along with a manuscript copy of the novel that made him a household name. Quebert is the only suspect.

Marcus Goldman – Quebert’s most gifted protégé – throws off his writer’s block to clear his mentor’s name. Solving the case and penning a new bestseller soon merge into one. As his book begins to take on a life of its own, the nation is gripped by the mystery of ‘The Girl Who Touched the Heart of America’.

But with Nola, in death as in life, nothing is ever as it seems.

What’s up next?

PlainsongPlainsong by Kent Haruf

This is our book club choice for August and the book’s chooser advised us that it’s a very character based book. I’ll be honest, not massively looking forward to reading it but I’ll give it a go. Anyone read who could give me a little insight?

The blurb

In Holt, Colorado, Tom Guthrie is struggling to bring up his two young sons alone. In the same town, school girl Victoria Roubideaux finds herself pregnant and homeless. Whilst Tom’s sons find their way forward without their mother, quiet and gentle Harold and Raymond McPheron agree to take Victoria in, unaware that their lives are about to change forever.

A novel of haunting beauty, Plainsong explores the grace and hope of every human life and mankind’s infinity capacity for love.

What are you reading this week?

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7 thoughts on “WWW Wednesday (August 19th)

  1. Claire | Art and Soul says:

    When they say Plainsong is “character based”, are you worried that’s code for “nothing really happens but we get to spend lots of time in people’s heads”? 😉

    I’m glad The Tea Planter’s Wife has “taken off” after a slow start. I’m wary of anything titled, “The X’s Wife” or “The X’s Daughter” – so it’s great this one is enjoyable.

    Here’s my WWW: http://clairehuston.wordpress.com/2015/08/19/www-wednesday-19th-august-2015/

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