Day 5: Books I’m currently reading

Netgalley has been a great find. It has been my main source of books for the past couple of years. I intend to review more books this year and so I’m trying to keep a record of the ones I read. Books I am reading currently:

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

cover55721-mediumIn love we find out who we want to be.
In war we find out who we are.

FRANCE, 1939

In the quiet village of Carriveau, Vianne Mauriac says goodbye to her husband, Antoine, as he heads for the Front. She doesn’t believe that the Nazis will invade France… but invade they do, in droves of marching soldiers, in caravans of trucks and tanks, in planes that fill the skies and drop bombs upon the innocent. When a German captain requisitions Vianne’s home, she and her daughter must live with the enemy or lose everything. Without food or money or hope, as danger escalates all around them, she is forced to make one impossible choice after another to keep her family alive.

Vianne’s sister, Isabelle, is a rebellious eighteen-year-old girl, searching for purpose with all the reckless passion of youth. While thousands of Parisians march into the unknown terrors of war, she meets Gäetan, a partisan who believes the French can fight the Nazis from within France, and she falls in love as only the young can… completely. But when he betrays her, Isabelle joins the Resistance and never looks back, risking her life time and again to save others.

With courage, grace and powerful insight, bestselling author Kristin Hannah captures the epic panorama of WWII and illuminates an intimate part of history seldom seen: the women’s war. The Nightingale tells the stories of two sisters, separated by years and experience, by ideals, passion and circumstance, each embarking on her own dangerous path toward survival, love, and freedom in German-occupied, war-torn France–a heartbreakingly beautiful novel that celebrates the resilience of the human spirit and the durability of women. It is a novel for everyone, a novel for a lifetime.

Curtain Call by Anthony Quinn

cover52192-mediumOn a sultry afternoon in the summer of 1936 a woman accidentally interrupts an attempted murder in a London hotel room. Nina Land, a West End actress, faces a dilemma: she’s not supposed to be at the hotel in the first place, and certainly not with a married man. But once it becomes apparent that she may have seen the face of the man the newspapers have dubbed ‘the Tie-Pin Killer’ she realises that another woman’s life could be at stake.

Jimmy Erskine is the raffish doyen of theatre critics who fears that his star is fading: age and drink are catching up with him, and in his late-night escapades with young men he walks a tightrope that may snap at any moment. He has depended for years on his loyal and longsuffering secretary Tom, who has a secret of his own to protect. Tom’s chance encounter with Madeleine Farewell, a lost young woman haunted by premonitions of catastrophe, closes the circle: it was Madeleine who narrowly escaped the killer’s stranglehold that afternoon, and now walks the streets in terror of his finding her again.

Curtain Call is a comedy of manners, and a tragedy of mistaken intentions. From the glittering murk of Soho’s demi-monde to the grease paint and ghost-lights of theatreland, the story plunges on through smoky clubrooms, tawdry hotels and drag balls towards a denouement in which two women are stalked by the same killer. As bracing as a cold Martini and as bright as a new tie-pin, it is at once a deeply poignant love story, a murder mystery and an irresistible portrait of a society dancing towards the abyss.

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7 responses to “Day 5: Books I’m currently reading

  1. Bikramjit January 5, 2015 at 8:04 am

    Enjoy yyyy. … I can imagine a little cottage by the mountain a small stream. .. a lot of greenery. A Loch in the horizon.
    Cup of coffee and reading a book.

    You live in such a beautiful country.

    • Maddie January 5, 2015 at 10:18 am

      Oh how I would love that! Someday definitely. You should definitely visit, if you haven’t already.

      • Bikramjit January 5, 2015 at 10:24 am

        I have visited but not for the last few years.. my parents has come 2005. .been a long time.
        Will do so soon

        • Maddie January 5, 2015 at 10:29 am

          Weekend trips! 🙂

          • Bikramjit January 5, 2015 at 10:31 am

            Weekend is too less.. and I like driving but it takes long long time

  2. Smitha January 5, 2015 at 8:46 am

    I love NetGalley too! I didn’t get approved for ‘The Nightingale’ ! I was so disappointed! Adding Curtain Call to my list of to-reads.

    • Maddie January 5, 2015 at 10:18 am

      Isn’t it the coolest site! The Nightingale is very addictive so far.

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