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Sarah’s Vignettes Literary Lowdown ~ 17-23 February 2020

Welcome to this week’s round-up of book life at Sarah’s Vignettes.

Keep scrolling to get the lowdown on what’s been going on here at Sarah’s Vignettes, on social media, the books I’ve been adding to my shelves, and other bookish delights.

~ On the blog ~

The Foundling by Stacey Halls

On Monday, I shared my review of The Foundling by Stacey Halls. This book really touched me.

The Beekeeper of Aleppo by Christy Lefteri

On Wednesday, I shared my review of The Beekeeper of Aleppo by Christy Lefteri. It is a powerful and significant story, compassionately and beautifully told. Whether you read it or listen to it, I believe that it is a story that we should all experience. 

~ On social media ~

On Friday, The Reading Agency published 6 books in their Quick Reads collection. Quick Reads are short and engaging books for adult readers and there is a story for everyone.

In the 2020 collection:

This is Going to Hurt: a specially adapted version by Adam Kay

Darkness Rising by A.A. Dhand

The Donor by Clare Mackintosh

The Little Dreams of Lara Cliffe by Milly Johnson

Notting Hill Carnival: A West Side Story by Candice Carty-Wiliams

A Fresh Start by various authors, edited by Fanny Blake

~ On my bookshelf ~

I’ve added 1 book to my digital shelf this week.

I’m taking part in a blog tour next month for Summer in Provence, Lucy Coleman’s upcoming novel, which is out in digital on 4th April 2020. Lucy Coleman aka Linn B.Halton is one of my favourite authors and I always enjoy reading her books. I just love the cover for this one!!

Summer in Provence by Lucy Coleman

Is a change as good as a rest?

Summer in Provence by Lucy Coleman

When married couple Fern and Aiden have a windfall, their reactions could not be more different. While Fern is content to pay off their mortgage and build a nest egg before starting a family, her husband is set on traveling the world.

Fern’s not much of a back-packer so, before she knows it, the idea of a ‘marriage gap year’ takes shape. And, as Aiden heads off to the wilds of Australia, Fern chooses the more restful Provence for her year out.

Set amidst the glorious French scenery, Château de Vernon offers a retreat from the hustle and bustle of normal life, and Fern agrees to help out in return for painting lessons from the owner – renowned, but rather troubled, painter Nico.

As their year unfolds in very different ways, will the time apart transform their marriage, or will it drive Fern and Aiden even further apart…

Let Lucy Coleman whisk you off on a heart-warming, sun-drenched and magical French adventure.

~ On my bedside table ~

A Springtime to Remember by Lucy Coleman

I’ve almost finished reading A Springtime to Remember by Lucy Coleman and I’ll be sharing my review here on 5th March.

A Springtime to Remember by Lucy Coleman

Paris and the Palace of Versailles have always meant a lot to TV producer Lexie. Her grandma Viv spent a year there, but her adventures and memories were never discussed, and Lexie has long wondered why they were a family secret. 

When work presents the perfect excuse to spend Springtime in Versailles, Lexie delves into Viv’s old diaries and scrapbooks, and with the help of handsome interpreter Ronan, she is soon learning more about the characters that tend to the magnificent gardens, now and in the past.

In amongst the beauty and splendour of the French countryside, a story of lost love, rivalry and tragedy unfolds.  Can Lexie and Ronan right the wrongs of the past, and will France play its tricks on them both before Lexie has to go home? Will this truly be a Springtime to Remember…

Let Lucy Coleman sweep you away with this perfect feel-good love story.


What books have you been reading and buying this week? Let me know by leaving a reply in the box below.

Until next week, happy reading!

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#BookHaul: April 2017 – Part 2 #bookbloggers

I have never bought so many books in one month, as I did in April 2017 – 23!! Everywhere I turned, there seemed to be books on sale for bargain prices.

As 23 books are far too many to include in one post, I have split April’s book haul into two posts.

Part 1 includes books by: Isabelle Broom, Rowan Coleman, Liz Fenwick, Julie Wassmer, Mary-Rose Maccoll, L.S. Hilton, Tessa Boase (click here to read Part 1).

Part 2 includes books by:  Vanessa Greene, Charles Belfoure, Fanny Blake, Rowan Coleman, Melissa Hill, Amanda Prowse, Clare Jay, Jennifer Potter, Katherine Webb, Trisha Ashley, Carol Drinkwater, Markus Zusak.

Continue reading “#BookHaul: April 2017 – Part 2 #bookbloggers”