For the Bookworm
Lydia Quixano Pérez lives in the Mexican city of Acapulco. She runs a bookstore. She has a son, Luca, the love of her life, and a wonderful husband who is a journalist. And while there are cracks beginning to show in Acapulco because of the drug cartels, her life is, by and large, fairly comfortable. Even though she knows they’ll never sell, Lydia stocks some of her all-time favourite books in her store. One day a man, Javier, enters the shop to browse and comes up to the register with a few books he would like to buy—two of them her favourites. He is charming and, unbeknownst to Lydia, he is the boss of the newest drug cartel that has gruesomely taken over the city. When Lydia’s husband’s tell-all profile of Javier is published, none of their lives will ever be the same.
Set in 1946, World War II has ended and all over the world, young women are beginning to fulfil the promises made to the men they wed in wartime. In Sydney, Australia, four women join 650 other war brides on an extraordinary voyage to England—aboard HMS Victoria, which still carries not just arms and aircraft but a thousand naval officers. Rules are strictly enforced, from the aircraft carrier’s captain down to the lowliest young deckhand. But the men and the brides will find their lives intertwined despite the Navy’s ironclad sanctions. And for Frances Mackenzie, the complicated young woman whose past comes back to haunt her far from home, the journey will change her life in ways she never could have predicted—forever.
20 things to keep you and your loved ones happy while self-isolating and beyond There is not one person in Australia who has not been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic safety measures that has brought everyone to a point where we can no longer engage in activities that made up our daily routines. The Council on the Ageing (COTA) Victoria is excited to bring you a valuable new resource – a free online eBook (PDF, 3.1 MB) ‘Stay Socially Connected: 20 things to keep you and your loved ones happy while self-isolating and beyond’.
A book group is a great way for people who enjoy reading to get together and share their opinions on a variety of books chosen by the members or host. Offer to become a book group leader amongst a group of friends, at your local senior citizens centre or a retirement village. Many seniors can be limited in their physical movements, but still crave an activity that will engage their minds. Book groups provide a place to discuss ideas and exchange opinions as well as generate enthusiasm for reading as an enjoyable pastime.