A Single Breath
By: Lucy Clarke
Format/Source: Advanced Reading Copy courtesy of Simon & Schuster CA
Eva has only been married for eight months when her husband, Jackson, is swept to his death while fishing. Weighed down by confusion and sorrow, Eva decides to take leave of her midwifery practice in London and visit Jackson’s estranged family in Tasmania with the hope of grieving together.
Instead, she discovers that the man she loved so deeply is not the man she thought she knew. Jackson’s father and brother reveal a dark past, exposing the lies her marriage was built upon. As Eva struggles to come to terms with the depth of Jackson’s deception, she must also confront her growing attraction to Jackson’s brother, Saul, who offers her intimacy, passion, and answers to her most troubling questions.
Will Eva be able to move forward in life, or will she be caught up in a romance with Saul, haunted by her husband’s past?
The author’s name sort of slipped my attention but it was only after I first heard of the premise of this novel from the publishers that I remembered: I had added her other novel, Swimming at Night (or The Sea Sisters depending on your edition (the copy I ordered is under the latter title)), to my wishlist some time ago. Anyway, the premise of this novel sounded interesting–my type of novel! The publishers kindly provided me an advanced reading copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. This book will be available on 8 July 2014.
Also, be sure to pop in to this post for a Q&A with the author, Lucy Clarke, courtesy of Simon & Schuster CA 🙂
By: Graham Greene
Format/Source: Paperback; my purchase
When Father Quixote, the local priest of the Spanish village of El Toboso who claims ancestry to Cervantes’ fictional Don Quixote, is elevated to the rank of monsignor through a clerical error, he sets out on a journey to Madrid to purchase purple socks appropriate to his new station. Accompanying him on his mission is his best friend, Sancho, the Communist ex-mayor of the village who argues politics and religion with the priest and rescues him from the various troubles his innocence lands him in along the way.
I’ve been meaning to read more books by Graham Greene. My first novel by him was actually The Power and the Glory; read it years ago when my brother had to read it for a high school English class. I had never read anything by him so I borrowed it and found it really intriguing. But I never got around to another book of his until this one. This book caught my attention because of the title; I had read Cervantes’ Don Quixote years ago for an undergrad course but sadly had to rush through it so I didn’t enjoy it as much as I wanted (would like to re-read it this year but I don’t know if I have the time). I thought the premise of this novel was very interesting, so I picked it up 🙂
This book is part of the Everything Espana Reading Challenge 2014 that I am participating in.
A Rose for Winter
By: Laurie Lee
Format/Source: galley courtesy of Open Road Integrated Media via NetGalley
A passionate ode to the magic of Spain, composed by one of its most ardent admirers
Fifteen years after the events described in his acclaimed autobiographies, As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning and A Moment of War, Laurie Lee returned to Spain, the land of his youth and experience. He found a country bowed but not broken, where the heavy gloom of the recent past was shot through with the vibrant rays of tradition: the exquisite ecstasy of the flamenco, the pomp and circumstance of the bullfight, the eternal glory of Christ and church.
From the smuggler’s paradise of Algeciras to the Moorish majesty of Granada, Lee paints the wonders of Spain with a poet’s brush. To read A Rose for Winter is to be transported to one of the most enchanted places on earth.
Suffice to say, the premise of this nonfiction title was what caught my attention. I’ve never been to Andalucia so I’m always up for reading travelogues set in the region. Apparently I had also added other books by this author to my wishlist before, so I suppose this came to my attention in good time 😉
This edition of the book was released on 10 June 2014. This book is part of the Everything Espana Reading Challenge 2014 that I am participating in.
HAPPY CANADA DAY!!! To celebrate the 147th anniversary of the establishment of the country, I’ve listed some books I’ve read recently written by Canadian authors (still working on the whole “reading more Canadian authors” that I noted last year but I’m getting there!) 🙂
The Emperor of Paris by C.S. Richardson (review) — This is one of those books I read earlier this year and that I can’t stop raving about. Set in the early twentieth century in Paris, it weaves a story of seemingly disparate and separate characters together…I absolutely love the prose and just the story on the whole. I’m hoping to pick up his first novel, The End of the Alphabet, at some point.