Oh, what a glorious day it is today! I missed the delivery man yesterday but was down at the post office first thing this morning to collect my new babies. Thank you very very much, Jess, from Allen & Unwin for sending them across to me to join their fellow book relations in my bookcase!
Today’s new arrivals included:
The Book of Lost Threads by Tess Evans
Tender, funny and memorable, Book of Lost Threads is a story about love and loss, parents and children, hope, faith and the value of simple kindness.
Moss has run away from Melbourne to Opportunity on the trail of a man she knows only by name. But her arrival sets in train events that disturb the long-held secrets of three of the town’ s inhabitants: Finn, a brilliant mathematician, who has become a recluse; Lily Pargetter, eighty-three-year-old knitter of tea cosies; and Sandy, the town buffoon, who dreams of a Great Galah.
It is only as Moss, Finn, Lily and Sandy develop unlikely friendships that they find a way to lay their sorrows to rest and knit together the threads that will restore them to life.
Set in Australia, that’s enough to get me to turn the first page.
Still Missing by Chevy Stevens
On the day she was abducted, Annie O’Sullivan, a thirty-two year old Realtor, had three goals—sell a house, forget about a recent argument with her mother, and be on time for dinner with her ever- patient boyfriend. The open house is slow, but when her last visitor of the day pulls up in a van as she’s about to leave, Annie thinks it just might be her lucky day after all.
Interwoven with the story of the year Annie spent captive of a sadistic psychopath in a remote mountain cabin, which unfolds through sessions with her psychiatrist, is a second narrative recounting events following her escape—her struggle to piece her shattered spirit back together and the ongoing police investigation into the identity of her captor.
The truth doesn’t always set you free.
Very, very much looking forward to reading this one, I have heard rave reviews and Jess also mentioned not to start reading unless I can dedicate some time to it because I won’t want to put it down once I start – well, that’s sold me!
Chewing Gum in Holy Water by Cheryl Hardacre and Mario Valentini
Set high in the heart of Italy, the Abruzzo is a region of spectacular mountains and medieval ruins, of ancient forests and lush mountain fields. Into this wild and beautiful place Mario Valentini was born.
With money short after the Second World War, at the age of just four Mario was sent to live with his uncle, a travelling priest. And so began a life of unusual freedom and wondrous adventures, roaming mountains and hilltop villages at a time when soccer balls were made from paper and wheat was cut by hand.
From meeting hungry wolves at dusk, to collapsing intoxicated inside a gigantic wine barrel and impersonating his uncle in the confessional, Chewing Gum in Holy Water shines with the exuberant daring of Mario’s childhood. As he grows our young hero learns that life’s lessons can come from the most of unexpected places: be it his caustic aunt, the communist who eats priests, an illusive and alluring young principessa or the irreverent wit, passion and endurance of the Abruzzo villagers.
Ever-present are the scents and tastes of the region: the smell of bubbling quince and roasting nuts from the nuns’ kitchen; the crisp, smoky crusts used to seal the village oven; and the tantalising squares of golden polenta oozing tomato, garlic and oil that are Mario’s breakfast.
With an uncomplicated joy for life Chewing Gum in Holy Water is a truly original tale, reminiscent of a time that was simpler and somehow richer.
I have been wanting to read this book for AGES and thank you again, Jess, for providing me with a copy.
Ah, yes indeed, today is a good day! 🙂