Monday Reading Check In

Monday Reading Check In

I received a complimentary eARC of THE WOMEN OF CHATEAU LAFAYETTE by Stephanie Dray from Berkley Publishing and Netgalley.

Happy Monday! How was your weekend? My weekend was a bit rough! I had my second vaccine shot on Friday so spent Friday night and most of Saturday dealing with the side effects and Sunday trying to recover from sheer exhaustion combined with allergies and I’m seriously dragging again this morning. Thank goodness for coffee and good reading! Unfortunately this all meant I didn’t get to participate quite as much in the 48 hour Bookoplathon this past weekend as I would have liked, but I did manage to get some books finished for it with a couple still underway.

I am currently reading THE WOMEN OF CHATEAU LAFAYETTE, an upcoming historical fiction release from Berkley. I am reading this with a buddy read group and our discussion for the first half is coming up soon so I’m exactly halfway through the book. I am really enjoying it so far! We’re following three different women in three different time periods. In 1774 we follow Adrienne, wife and partner to the famous Lafayette as he supports American independence. In 1914 we follow Beatrice, a New York woman who sees the war in Europe and strives to get America on board with fighting for what is right given the help America received thanks to Lafayette and France. Finally, in 1940 we follow Marthe, an artist and teacher at the school in Lafayette’s castle during the Nazi occupation. At nearly 600 pages, this is not a short read, but I was quickly wrapped up in the lives of these three women and eager to see how they will proceed in the back half of the book!

Also on my currently reading shelf…

I am reading THE SANATORIUM by Sarah Pearse for the #SaturdayBookstaClub buddy read I help host. This was also my Bookoplathon pick for a book set in the present that I didn’t get a chance to finish yesterday. In this one an old sanatorium has been revived as a luxury hotel, but it is plagued with difficulties. When Elin, a police detective on leave from work after a difficult case, is invited to the hotel to celebrate her brother’s engagement, she reluctantly agrees to attend. As things turn deadly and with a looming storm about to hit, Elin finds herself attempting to uncover exactly what is going on. This one has me with more questions than answers at the midway point and I’m eager to find out what exactly is happening.

Lastly, I am reading THE LOST LOVE SONG by Minnie Darke which I had picked for my ‘other’ category for Bookoplathon since I don’t typically read romance. I received this book in my adult Once Upon a Book Club box (use code DGREADS10 for a 10% discount). This book begins with tragedy when Arie loses his musician fiancee. Her final song is thought lost as well, but as the book progresses we learn that the song has survived and it is following a meandering path from one person to the next. One person to come into contact with it is Evie, a woman who enters Arie’s life just after hearing the song. This book is different than I expected and I am really enjoying it! I love the way the story and format tie back to the music. The audiobook for this one is really well done as well!

Did you get any good reading in this weekend? What are you starting off the week reading?

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