Monday Morning Musings

You know what they say the best laid plans of mice and men, hmmm, although the proverb doesn’t seem to include women but still, my plans for the weekend went out the window sometime on Friday. And I never managed to finish A LIFE TO KILL this weekend. In fact, I haven’t picked up since Friday due to every conceivable interruption known to, well, woman!

And while we did manage to get out for a few hours on Saturday, we never got to go see Captain Marvel—as part of my birthday celebration. Yes, you read right, I have a birthday this week, but please, don’t tell anyone, they’ll all want a slice of cake and, well, you know how it is with cake, there’s only so much to go around.

Anyway, I digress, the one shiny moment of the weekend was stopping by my local book shop to pick up a copy of, STAR OF THE NORTH by D.B. John, which I’d had on order. Another book I’m really excited to read:

Star of the North opens in 1998, when a Korean American teenager is kidnapped from a South Korean beach by North Korean operatives. Twelve years later, her brilliant twin sister, Jenna, is still searching for her, and ends up on the radar of the CIA. When evidence that her sister may still be alive in North Korea comes to light, Jenna will do anything possible to rescue her—including undertaking a daring mission into the heart of the regime.

Her story is masterfully braided together with two other narrative threads. In one, a North Korean peasant woman finds a forbidden international aid balloon and uses the valuables inside to launch a dangerously lucrative black-market business. In the other, a high-ranking North Korean official discovers, to his horror, that he may be descended from a traitor, a fact that could mean his death if it is revealed. As the novel progresses, these narrative strands converge and connect in surprising ways, ultimately building to an explosive and unforgettable climax.

Now, doesn’t that sound intriguing?

So, how’s your Monday going?

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  1. March 13, 2019

    Oooh, happy birthday!!
    And fear not, your cake is safe. I’ve pretty much given up on birthday cakes… or any other cakes really.

    Your new book sounds pretty cool – hope it makes up for the missed weekend plans!
    I just finished reading a crime mystery set in Southampton and still reading the Au Pair which was on my list since forever 😀

    • March 13, 2019

      Thanks for the burpday wishes, Norrie. It was yesterday, and me and mine didn’t exactly have cake, we had a slice of Nanaimo bar each after chicken curry and garlic nan bread! And yes, there was alcohol too. 😀

      Oh, and I started the book already and it’s turning out to be intriguing.

  2. March 11, 2019

    Now Alexandra you are still not saying us what happened! LOL

    • March 11, 2019

      Oh, it was nothing exciting, really, Sophie. Just family turning up and yet another snow storm. 😀

  3. Happy birthday already! It does sound like a wonderful novel with very diverse plotlines. I haven’t read any novel with a setting in Korea yet I believe but you never know you’ll convince me to make it my first one ;-).

    • March 11, 2019

      The setting intrigues me the most, Inge, because NK is such a repressive society. So I want to see how well the author does at tackling this kind of story in such a setting.

  4. Sorry your plans flew out the window but it sounds like you had a great weekend anyway.

    • Alexandra
      March 11, 2019

      Oh, it was crazy busy, Jonetta, so no real complaints other than I never really got any couch time to read. And, after all, I got another book for my TBR, right?

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