It’s not easy resisting browsing what’s coming up in the book publishing world (despite a towering TBR pile!) and I’ve written quite a list for the first half of this year. I’m a bit late for my January wishlist so here’s 6 books that have caught my eye that are publishing next month.
I’ve been a fan of Sophie Kinsella‘s writing for a few years now (I haven’t read her YA novel, Finding Audrey though, have you?). When I saw My not so Perfect Life publishing in Kindle and hb 9th February (pb 13th July) I couldn’t resist adding it to the pile. I know I’m always going to be entertained.
Katie Brenner has the perfect life: a flat in London, a glamorous job, and a super-cool Instagram feed.
OK, so the truth is that she rents a tiny room with no space for a wardrobe, has a hideous commute to a lowly admin job, and the life she shares on Instagram isn’t really hers.
But one day her dreams are bound to come true, aren’t they?
Until her not-so-perfect life comes crashing down when her mega-successful boss Demeter gives her the sack. All Katie’s hopes are shattered. She has to move home to Somerset, where she helps her dad with his new glamping business.
Then Demeter and her family book in for a holiday, and Katie sees her chance. But should she get revenge on the woman who ruined her dreams – or try to get her job back? Does Demeter – the woman who has everything – actually have such an idyllic life herself? Maybe they have more in common than it seems.
And what’s wrong with not-so-perfect, anyway?
In 2013 I read and reviewed The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion. An unusual love story, I had no hesitation in recommending. It was hard for me to resist the tagline on his latest novel, The Best of Adam Sharpe (publishing in Kindle and hb 9th February):
The Best of Adam Sharp is about growing old and feeling young, about happy times and sad memories, about staying together and drifting apart, but most of all, it’s about how the music we make together creates the soundtrack that shapes our lives.
Can you define your life by a single song?
Adam Sharp – former pianist in a hip Melbourne bar, now a respectable IT consultant in Norwich – can. And it’s ‘You’re Going to Lose that Girl’ . . .
On the cusp of fifty and a happy introvert, Adam is content. He’s the music expert at his local pub-quiz and he and his partner Claire rumble along. Life may not be rock n’ roll, but neither is it easy listening. Yet something has always felt off-key.
And that’s his nostalgia for what might have been, his blazing affair – more than twenty years ago, on the other side of the world – with Angelina Brown, a smart and sexy, strong-willed actress who taught him for the first time, as he played piano and she sang, what it meant to find – and then lose – love. How different might his life be if he hadn’t let her walk away?
Then, out of nowhere, Angelina gets in touch. Adam has sung about second chances, but does he have the courage to believe in them?
Dinah Jefferies is another author I’ve been a fan off since her debut, The Separation in 2014. Dinah’s new release, Before the Rains, takes us back in time again. I do love the theme of the covers – the imagery and colours – and Before the Rains is no exception!
1930, Rajputana, India. Since her husband’s death, 28-year-old photojournalist Eliza’s only companion has been her camera. When the British Government send her to an Indian princely state to photograph the royal family, she’s determined to make a name for herself.
But when Eliza arrives at the palace she meets Jay, the Prince’s handsome, brooding brother. While Eliza awakens Jay to the poverty of his people, he awakens her to the injustices of British rule. Soon Jay and Eliza find they have more in common than they think. But their families – and society – think otherwise. Eventually they will have to make a choice between doing what’s expected, or following their hearts. . .
One of the books I’ve been excited about for AGES is the start of Jen Williams new trilogy, The Winnowing Flame. I loved the Copper Cat trilogy and can’t wait to be a part of her new fantasy world. The Ninth Rain is publishing in Kindle 23rd Feb (pb 13th July). With 544 pages it’s a bit wieldy reading a pb in bed and I can’t wait so Kindle it is 🙂
The great city of Ebora once glittered with gold. Now its streets are stalked by wolves. Tormalin the Oathless has no taste for sitting around waiting to die while the realm of his storied ancestors falls to pieces – talk about a guilt trip. Better to be amongst the living, where there are taverns full of women and wine.
When eccentric explorer, Lady Vincenza ‘Vintage’ de Grazon, offers him employment, he sees an easy way out. Even when they are joined by a fugitive witch with a tendency to set things on fire, the prospect of facing down monsters and retrieving ancient artefacts is preferable to the abomination he left behind.
But not everyone is willing to let the Eboran empire collapse, and the adventurers are quickly drawn into a tangled conspiracy of magic and war. For the Jure’lia are coming, and the Ninth Rain must fall…
Whether we admit to it or not, anxiety is often a part of our lives and although there are many self-help books around I was drawn to The Anxiety Solution as it is written by someone who experienced severe anxiety and panic attacks. There’s nothing more profound than the ‘wounded healer.’ Who better to guide us through a programme that leads to ‘a quieter mind, a calmer you.’ Techniques for adults can often be differentiated for children too so I’m hoping to try out the author’s programme and share in my workplace too.
Therapist Chloe Brotheridge has used the latest scientific research and her own personal experience to create a programme that has already helped thousands of her clients to overcome anxiety. The Anxiety Solution will provide you with simple yet powerful practical tools to help you manage your symptoms and start feeling better every day.
Chloe will help you to understand why we feel anxious in the first place, and equips you with techniques to help manage the symptoms and start living a happier, more confident life. Whether it is social media pressure, perfectionism or fear of failure, this book will show you how to regain control of your life.
If you want to spend less time worrying and restore your confidence, this book is the solution for you. You’ll be surprised how quickly you can be back in control and able to enjoy your life once again.
The Anxiety Solution is your roadmap to a calmer, happier and more confident you.
Finally, I’ve been looking for a novel that will take me out of my comfort reading zone in the crime genre (and one I can tick off my reading challenge!).
The Coroner’s Daughter by Andrew Hughes drew me in … not only crime/mystery/murder but historical too. And 18 year old protagonist Abigail Lawless seems like a kick-ass heroine! Publishing 23rd Feb in Kindle and pb.
Dublin, 1816. A young nursemaid conceals a pregnancy and then murders her new-born in the home of the Neshams, a prominent family in a radical Christian sect known as the Brethren. Rumours swirl about the identity of the child’s father, but before an inquest can be held, the maid is found dead after an apparent suicide. When Abigail Lawless, the eighteen-year-old daughter of the coroner, by chance discovers a message from the maid’s seducer, she sets out to discover the truth.
It’s the year without a summer. A climatic event has brought frost to mid-July, hunger and unrest, and a lingering fog casts a pall over the city. An only child, Abigail has been raised amid the books and instruments of her father’s grim profession, and he in turn indulges her curious and critical mind. Now she must push against the restrictions society places on a girl her age to pursue an increasingly dangerous investigation.
Two groups have come to dominate the city: the Brethren, founded by Mr Darby, a charismatic preacher and evangelical, and opposed to them, a burgeoning rationalist community led by the Royal Astronomer, Professor Reeves. Abigail’s searches begin to uncover the well-guarded secrets of both factions, drawing the attention of a sinister figure who emerges in fleeting glimpses and second-hand reports: the man with the lazy eye.
Abigail leads us through dissection rooms and hospital wards, austere churches and graceful salons, and to the equatorial room of the Saggart Observatory; and we see her interact with a wide assortment of characters: the family and staff of her Rutland Square home; her friends, peers and rivals; zealots, both religious and rationalist, while always shadowed by a seemingly pitiless sociopath, whom she believes has killed twice already, and will no doubt kill again . . .
Determined, resourceful and intuitive, and more than just a dutiful daughter or society debutant, Abigail Lawless emerges as a young lady sleuth operating at the dawn of forensic science.
2017 looks like a fab publishing year (do I say that every year? …). What’s on your wish list? Will you be reading any on my February list? Do you have any recommendations you would like to share?