It's Monday! What Are You reading?

This weekly meme is hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date.

My greatest achievement last week was that I finished Through A Glass Darkly by Karleen Koen. The condition of the 30 year old book, some loose pages and a clump of pages re-stuck out of sequence, gave me a heart-stopping moment when I thought a crucial part of the story was missing, but it wasn't. I'm off to purchase a copy for my "keeper" shelf and can't wait to get my hands on the sequel, Face to Face.

I also finished Waratah House  by Ann Whitehead. If you like stories about servants in big houses, with an Australian setting, this is the book for you. Three strong female protagonists push the story along and there is lots of period detail to transport you back to the late 1800s.

This week I'm hoping to finish the final chapters of Dacre's War by Rosemary Goring. The Tailor's Girl by Fiona McIntosh is up next, followed by a book just added to my reading pile, The Right-Hand Man, by K.M. Peyton. Peyton writes for children/young adults and is the author of Flambards, a trilogy adapted for television which was screened in 1979.

What I Read Last Week

Waratah House by Ann Whitehead

Waratah House, a beautiful mansion in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales, is the only home Marina has ever known. Orphaned at a young age, Marina finds a new family in the colourful characters that occupy the bustling servants' quarters of this stately house.
But not every resident of Waratah House has Marina's best interests at heart and she finds herself forced into exile. Years later, Marina's daughter Emily discovers the past has a way of repeating itself. She must fight for her chance at happiness – a chance that some will do anything to prevent . . .

Through A Glass Darkly by Karleen Koen

Karleen Koen's sweeping saga contains unforgettable characters consumed with passion: the extraordinarily beautiful fifteen-year-old noblewoman, Barbara Alderley; the man she adores, the wickedly handsome Roger MontGeoffry; her grandmother, the duchess, who rules the family with cunning and wit; and her mother, the ineffably cruel, self-centered and licentious Diana. Like no other work, Through a Glass Darkly is infused with intrigue, sweetened by romance and awash in the black ink of betrayal.

What I'm Reading Today

Dacre's War by Rosemary Goring

Dacre's War is a story of personal and political vengeance. Ten years after the battle of Flodden, Adam Crozier, head of his clan and of an increasingly powerful alliance of Borderers, learns for sure that it was Lord Thomas Dacre - now the most powerful man in the north of England - who ordered his father's murder. He determines to take his revenge. As a fighting man, Crozier would like nothing better than to bring Dacre down face to face but his wife Louise advises him that he must use more subtle methods. So he sets out to engineer Dacre's downfall by turning the machinery of the English court against him. A vivid and fast-moving tale of political intrigue and heartache, Dacre's War is set against the backdrop of the Scottish and English borders, a land where there is never any chance of peace.

What I Hope to Read Next

The Tailor's Girl by Fiona McIntosh

A humble soldier, known only as 'Jones', wakes in hospital with no recollection of his past. The few fleeting fragments of memory he glimpses are horrifying moments from the battlefield at Ypres. His very identity becomes a puzzle he must solve. Then Eden Valentine comes gliding into his world, a stunning tailoress who has a dream of her own business in high fashion but whose duty to her family may never permit her to fulfil. Her fiancé resents the intrusion of the disarming Jones who is in desperate need of her help to unravel his past. Surrounding the mystery is Alex Wynter, the influential heir to an industrial empire and country manor Larksfell Hall. With his aristocratic family still reeling from a recent tragedy, he brings news that will further rock the foundations of their privileged lives. When their three very different worlds collide, the pieces of the past finally fall into place and lead them into wildly unexpected futures. What they discover will bring shattering consequences that threaten to tear apart far more than just the heart of the tailor's girl.

The Right-hand Man by K.M. Peyton

It's 1818, and reckless Ned Rowlands is the fastest stagecoach driver for miles around. Ned attracts the attention of the young Lord Ironminster - determined to win a racing wager against his wealthy cousins, the Savilles, and desperate for Ned's help.

Ned is quickly drawn into a strange partnership with Ironminster; as his new friend's right hand man, Ned has an important role to play in helping him outwit the Savilles and preventing his title and estate from passing to them.


  1. Looks like a good week.

    Love The Tailor's Girl.

    ENJOY your reading week.

    Silver's Reviews
    My It's Monday, What Are You Reading

    1. I'm looking forward to The Tailor's Girl. Thanks, Elizabeth.

  2. Nice to finally finish Through a Glass Darkly and Warratah House sounds like a really good read so I'll keep it in mind.

    1. Both books were excellent. Eager to get my hands on the sequel to Through a GIass Darkly and I also hope to read more of Ann Whitehead's novels.