Those of you who are lovely enough to follow me here on Being Anne and unfailingly share my posts (and who I don’t thank anything like often enough…) will have noticed things aren’t quite back to normal yet. I’m still here in Wales with my mum most of the time, camping in a house with hardly any furniture left, trying to bring the sale of the house and the purchase of mum’s flat to conclusion. Just as we were ready to fix exchange of contracts, completion and the big move, the buyers of the house (I have other rather less polite terms I sometimes use…) decided that those “issues” raised on the survey prevented them paying the knock-down asking price that they’d been happy to offer, so we remain (frustratingly…) locked in negotiation. Things are – it’s fair to say – a little fraught as a consequence. But we do have our solicitor’s backing, and we’re still hopeful that the move can happen before the end of February.
I am managing to read a bit through it all. I’d intended to start Claire Fuller’s Swimming Lessons at the weekend – a book I’d really been looking forward to. I’m usually a kindle reader, and my copy was a paperback – sadly, I found that I really struggled with reading the print. I must stress that the print in this one is no better or worse than in any other paperback ARC I’ve received – the problem is all mine, old tired eyes and poor lighting (how I miss the reading light over my chair at home!). I now have a kindle copy, so I’ll be making it my next read.
Instead, I picked up Sealskin by Su Bristow (with thanks to Karen at Orenda) – another book I’d been really looking forward to. My word, it’s wonderful! I’m getting through it quite slowly, but not only because my reading time’s limited – it’s a book that really deserves to be lingered over and savoured. I’ll be publishing my review before too long, I hope – and I’m really looking forward to the launch party on 8th March at the wonderful Goldsboro Books, my first book-related outing in some considerable time.
I’ll be back with you all again soon – if all else fails, most definitely for my stop on the blog tour for Secrets We Keep by Faith Hogan (this was such a good read!) on Monday 6th February…
…followed on Tuesday 7th by a feature on the new book by Liza Perrat – The Silent Kookaburra – with the chance to win one of several copies.
I do hope to be back and firing on all cylinders again before too long…
Much love, Anne xxx