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.

| LAST BOOK I FINISHED READING |

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. 🤷🏼‍♀️]

| THE BOOK I’M CURRENTLY READING |

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.]

| WHAT I’M (PROBABLY) READING NEXT |

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 thoughts on “This Week in Books (August 12)

    1. 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 😄

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