I am still behind in my Reading Challenge but hopefully I will be able to catch up now that I am back from my holiday.Island Wife by Judy Fairbairns
I bought this book on Kobo so I could read it while on holiday in the Hebrides but the book brought much more to me than island life. A must read for women who feel trapped in family life.
“A memoir of a woman’s life on a remote Scottish island – from 19-year-old girl to wife of one to mother of five, hotelier, domestic miracle worker, to empty nester to writer.
‘An unflinching and hugely entertaining story of family travails and triumphs’ Kirsty Wark
‘A sensitive, brave and honest look at a life lived in the wake of others’ needs’ Daily Mail
Dream of living on a remote Scottish island? ISLAND WIFE tells the story of a woman’s life. Judy, at 19, met her future husband, who whisked her off into an adventure, a marriage of over forty years, and a life on a remote Hebridean island.
Along the way she bears five children, learns how to run a rocky hill farm, a hotel, a recording studio and the first whale watching business in the UK – all the while inventively making fraying ends meet. When her children start to leave home, things fall apart and there is sadness and joy in how she puts things back together. Funny and tender, this is a book of endless horizons and a breath of fresh air.
This is a frequently beautiful autobiography that may well become a lifebelt for the thousands of women who find themselves drowning in the confusing storms that so often attend being a mother, wife and hard-working professional. — Herald Scotland”
The Other Wife by Michael Robotham“A secret wife. A secret life. A killer who knows.
William and Mary have been married sixty years. William is a celebrated surgeon, Mary a devoted wife. Both are strong believers in right and wrong.
William and Olivia have been together twenty years. Olivia was once a tennis star, but her career has long since faded.
Clinical psychologist Joe O’Loughlin knows only one of these stories to be true. But when he is called to his father’s hospital bed after a brutal attack, everything he once knew is turned upside down. Is it possible his father, the upstanding citizen, was leading a double life?
And who is the strange woman crying at William’s bedside, covered in his blood – a friend, a mistress, a fantasist or a killer?
A confronting psychological thriller from one of the greatest crime writers of today, Michael Robotham.”
I have read all of Robotham’s books and this one did not disappoint. A fantastic thriller, a must read.
Back to Lazarus by Judy WalkerThis is a book I bought as a free book on Kobo. I am so glad I did as it was a great read. I will be reading other Sydney Brennan books.
“When I was six years old, my father killed my mother. He beat and choked her to death. I’m told that he was found hanging from a homemade noose in his cell. I want to know why he waited so long to do it.
Sydney Brennan isn’t sure how to answer her client’s question, short of holding a séance, and the Tallahassee detective has some questions of her own. Why does Noel Thomas remember so little about her childhood? Why is she delving into her father’s suicide now? And, most importantly, why isn’t Noel telling her the truth?
Sydney crisscrosses the Florida Panhandle, reconstructing the tragic Thomas family history. The violence that destroyed the Thomas family connects to a present-day web of deceit and corruption through a desperate man willing to do anything to keep his secrets safe. To discover his identity, Sydney must go Back to Lazarus, back to the town where Noel’s beautiful but troubled mother began her inevitable descent over twenty years ago. But by following in the footsteps of the murdered woman, does Sydney risk sharing her fate?
Rooted in bars and back roads and Panhandle prisons, forgotten towns and forgotten people, at its heart Back to Lazarus is about stories: the stories people tell us, the stories we tell ourselves, and what happens when we realize it’s all a lie.”