This Week in Books (August 12)

Hosted by Lipsy Lost and Found, my Wednesday post gives you a taste of what I’m reading this week. A similar meme is run by Taking on a World of Words.


American journalist Rose Kynaston has just relocated to the childhood home of her husband, Dylan, in the English village of his youth. There’s a lot for Rose to get used to in Hurtwood. Like the family’s crumbling mansion, inhabited by Dylan’s reclusive mother, and the treacherous hill it sits upon, a place of both sinister folklore and present dangers.

Then there are unwelcoming villagers, who only whisper the name Kynaston—like some dreadful secret, a curse. Everyone knows what happened at Hurtwood House twenty years ago. Everyone except Rose. And now that Dylan is back, so are rumors about his past.

When an archaeological dig unearths human remains on the hill, local police sergeant Ellie Trevelyan vows to solve a cold case that has cast a chill over Hurtwood for decades.

As Ellie works to separate rumor from facts, Rose must fight to clear the name of the man she loves. But how can Rose keep her family safe if she is the last to know the truth?

[This one has been getting some really good reviews but it didn’t work for me at all. 🤷🏼‍♀️]


A naive girl, thrust forward by her ambitious family. A pretty girl, who has captured the heart of the King. Katheryn sings, she dances, she delights in the pleasures of being queen. The King tells the world she is his rose without a thorn.

But this young woman has a past of which Henry knows nothing. It comes back increasingly to haunt her, even as she courts danger yet again. For those who gather roses must beware of the thorns.

[I love this series and I’m very much looking forward to learning more about Henry VIII’s fifth wife.]


I honestly don’t know so don’t hold me to this. I could do the smart thing and read a tour book first. Or not. But for the moment, I’m leaning towards …

Una Richardson’s heart is broken after the death of her mother. Seeking a place to heal, she responds to an advertisement and steps into the rich, comforting world of Elspeth McKenzie.

But Elspeth’s home is not as safe as it seems.

Kathryn, her cold and bitter daughter, resents Una’s presence. But more disturbing is the realization that two girls had lived here before. Two girls who ended up dead.

Why won’t the McKenzies talk about them? What other secrets are locked inside this house? As the walls close in around her, Una starts to fear that she will end up just like the other girls

[Claire Douglas is one of my favourite authors so I’m excited to see what she has come up with this time.]

And there you have it. What are you reading this week? Do let me know in the comments! Happy reading! xx

  14 comments for “This Week in Books (August 12)

  1. August 12, 2020 at 11:01 am

    I’m reading The Night Swim by Megan Goldin

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  2. August 12, 2020 at 11:53 am

    Looking forward to your review on the new Claire Douglas I like her books too! xx

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  3. notesbyj
    August 12, 2020 at 12:51 pm

    Great post! I look forward to reading a review of Claire Douglas. I’ve just Finished Little Blackbird and I’m not reading Raven Boys

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  4. August 12, 2020 at 6:23 pm

    I will have to start reading the Six wives series from Alison Weir. I liked and hated some of her older books, so I have a mixed feeling about her novels. But maybe this series will surprise me.

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    • August 12, 2020 at 6:30 pm

      I prefer her to Philippa Gregory, where the Tudor era is concerned. But I do see what you mean about the mixed feelings with some of her older books. I’m really enjoying this series though. Also, the hardbacks are really pretty 😄


  5. thequietgeordie
    August 12, 2020 at 8:25 pm

    Still reading A Taste For Death by PD James. Hoping to finish it today. It’s OK, but I’m finding her writing overly descriptive!

    Liked by 1 person

  6. August 13, 2020 at 12:46 am

    I’ve always had a soft spot for poor little Catherine Howard, and I’ve seen some positive reviews of this one – hope you enjoy it!

    Liked by 1 person

  7. August 19, 2020 at 1:19 am

    Oh no I’m sorry to hear you didn’t enjoy The Last To Know better! It was a 4 star read for me, although it did took me some time to warm up to it… xx

    Liked by 1 person

    • August 19, 2020 at 9:41 am

      I saw that. And you weren’t the only one. I was beginning to think I got the wrong book with the same title 😄

      Liked by 1 person

      • August 27, 2020 at 1:12 am

        It won’t be the first time that happens to me either… I always end up feeling confused whenever I don’t like a book everyone else seems to love. xD


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