Thursday, July 17, 2014

Currently Reading

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Day 17: Currently reading

I am currently reading two books, and listening to an audiobook.  During the day, I listen to audiobooks as I go about my daily chores, and as I do my blogging. In the evenings, while we watch tv or movies, I read what I call my "living room book."  Then, at bedtime, I read my "bedroom book" for about half an hour.

My current bedroom book is The Boleyn Deceit, by Laura Andersen. It is the second book The Boleyn Trilogy, an alternative historical fiction. It explores what might have happened in England if Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn would have had a son after Elizabeth's birth. Here is a brief synopsis of the book:

Henry IX, known as William, is the son of Anne Boleyn and now the leader of England, his regency period finally at an end. His newfound power, however, comes with the looming specter of war with the other major powers of Europe, with strategic alliances that must be forged on both the battlefield and in the bedroom, and with a court, severed by religion, rife with plots to take over the throne. Will trusts only three people: his older sister, Elizabeth; his best friend and loyal counselor, Dominic; and Minuette, a young orphan raised as a royal ward by Anne Boleyn. But as the pressure rises alongside the threat to his life, William must begin to question-and to fear-even them.

My current living room book is Pies and Prejudice, by Ellery Adams. It is the first book in the Charmed Pie Shoppe Mystery series. Here is a synopsis of the book:

When the going gets tough, Ella Mae LaFaye bakes pies. So when she catches her husband cheating in New York, she heads back home to Havenwood, Georgia, where she can drown her sorrows in fresh fruit filling and flakey crust. But her pies aren't just delicious. They're having magical effects on the people who eat them--and the public is hungry for more.

Discovering her hidden talent for enchantment, Ella Mae makes her own wish come true by opening the Charmed Pie Shoppe. But with her old nemesis Loralyn Gaynor making trouble, and her old crush Hugh Dylan making nice, she has more than pie on her plate. and when Loralyn's fiancé is found dead--killed with Ella Mae's rolling pin--it'll take all her sweet magic to clear her name.

My current audiobook is The Midwife,by Jolina Petersheim. Here is the synopsis of its plot.
The Past — Graduate student Beth Winslow was sure she was ready to navigate the challenges of becoming a surrogate. But when early tests indicate possible abnormalities with the baby, Beth is unprepared for the parents’ decision to end the pregnancy — and for the fierce love she feels for this unborn child. Desperate, she flees the city and seeks refuge at Hopen Haus, a home for unwed mothers deep in a Tennessee Mennonite community.

The Present — As head midwife of Hopen Haus, Rhoda Mummau delivers babies with a confident though stoic ease. Except in rare moments, not even those who work alongside her would guess that each newborn cry, each starry-eyed glance from mother to child, nearly renders a fault through Rhoda’s heart, reminding her of a past she has carefully concealed.

Past and present collide when a young woman named Amelia arrives in the sweeping countryside bearing secrets of her own. As Amelia’s due date draws near, Rhoda must face her regrets and those she left behind in order for the healing power of love and forgiveness to set them all free.

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