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6 of the best books publishing March

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I’m back with 6 of my most anticipated reads publishing in March!  Again with a mix of genres, I hope there’s something that catches your imagination.




As soon as I read the blurb for See You in the Cosmos by Jack Cheng I knew I wanted to be a part of 11 year old Alex’s road trip …  (Published by Penguin in digital and paperback formats 2 March.)


An astonishingly moving middle-grade debut about a space-obsessed boy’s quest for family and home. 

All eleven-year old Alex wants is to launch his iPod into space. With a series of audio recordings, he will show other lifeforms out in the cosmos what life on Earth, his Earth, is really like.

But for a boy with a long-dead dad, a troubled mum, and a mostly-not-around brother, Alex struggles with the big questions.

Where do I come from? Who’s out there? And, above all, How can I be brave?

Determined to find the answers, Alex sets out on a remarkable road trip that will turn his whole world upside down . . .

For fans of Wonder and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Jack Cheng’s debut is full of joy, optimism, determination, and unbelievable heart. To read the first page is to fall in love with Alex and his view of our big, beautiful, complicated world. To read the last is to know he and his story will stay with you a long, long time.


I always enjoy reading a story where there are three female protagonists with their own journeys to make and yet they are tangled together.  Cathy Kelly’s Secrets of a Happy Marriage has the theme of a ‘blended’ marriage with Jojo and stepmother Bess – add cousin Cari to the mix and all three Brannigan’s with a crisis, makes this a story I think it will be easy to become engrossed in. Already published in digital format by Orion, hardcover releases 9th March and the paperback 5th October.publishing March

The wonderful and heart-warming new novel full of secrets, lies and family ties from Sunday Times bestselling author, Cathy Kelly.

Bess is hoping to show everyone just how happy her recent marriage is, but behind all the party-planning the cracks are beginning to show. Why is joining a family so difficult?

Jojo, Bess’s stepdaughter, has a point to make. Bess is not her mother, and she won’t replace the one she’s been missing every day for the last two years. And will she ever get the chance to become a mum herself?

Cousin Cari is a fierce career-woman who isn’t unnerved by anything – apart from facing the man who left her at the altar, and he’s on the guestlist. Her job has been a safe place to hide ever since – but is it time to let love into her life again?

Thanks to laughter, tears and one surprise appearance, the Brannigans might just discover the secrets of a happy marriage . . . But will they find out before it’s too late?

I love how the literary world has the power to bring to light woman in history … women who have been forgotten but deserve recognition.  Jane Welsh Carlyle (by Kathy Chamberlain) is one such woman.  Publishing 9th March in hardcover by independent publishers Duckworth Overlook, this is a biography that I think will be fascinating.publishing March

Hailed by Virginia Woolf and many others as one of the all-time great letter writers, Jane Welsh Carlyle, wife of Thomas Carlyle, is not as well-known today as she should be. In this compelling new biography for the general reader, Kathy Chamberlain brings Jane out of her husband’s shadow, revealing her to be a remarkable woman and writer in her own right.

Caught between her own literary aspirations and Victorian society’s oppression of women, Jane Welsh Carlyle hoped to move beyond domestic life and become a respected published writer. As she and her husband moved in exclusive London literary circles, mingling with noted authors, poets, and European revolutionaries, Carlyle created and reported to her correspondents on her rich, rewarding life in her Chelsea home until her husband’s infatuation with a wealthy, imposing aristocratic society hostess threw her life into chaos.

Through dedicated research and unparalleled access to Jane Welsh Carlyle’s private correspondence, Kathy Chamberlain presents an elegant portrait of an extraordinary writer.


If you’re a regular blog reader you will know I’m a fan of Millie Johnson’s writing (as well as her newsletters!) so there is no way I could miss off Millie’s latest novel, The Queen of Wishful Thinking (publishing in digital format and hardcover by Simon & Schuster 9th March with the paperback coming 4th May).  I know this story is close to Millie’s heart so is special indeed.publishing March

When Lewis Harley has a health scare in his early forties, he takes it as a wake-up call. So he and his  wife Charlotte leave behind life in the fast lane and Lewis opens the antique shop he has dreamed of. Bonnie Brookland was brought up in the antiques trade and now works for the man who bought out her father’s business, but she isn’t happy there. So when she walks into Lew’s shop, she knows this is the place for her.

As Bonnie and Lew start to work together, they soon realise that there is more to their relationship than either thought. But Bonnie is trapped in an unhappy marriage, and Lew and Charlotte have more problems than they care to admit. Each has secrets in their past which are about to be uncovered. Can they find the happiness they both deserve

Having only fairly recently rediscovered Trisha Ashley’s writing, I was excited to see that she has a new novel publishing (in digital format and hardcover) 9th March (paperback releases 29th June).  The Teashop of Lost and Found has flawed character Alice finding her roots.  If the characters and suspense are anything like they were in Escape with a Leap of Faith, we’re going to be entertained (AND there are RECIPIES 🙂 )publishing March

Alice Rose is a foundling, discovered on the Yorkshire moors above Haworth as a baby. Adopted but then later rejected again by a horrid step-mother, Alice struggles to find a place where she belongs. Only baking – the scent of cinnamon and citrus and the feel of butter and flour between her fingers – brings a comforting sense of home.

So it seems natural that when she finally decides to return to Haworth, Alice turns to baking again, taking over a run-down little teashop and working to set up an afternoon tea emporium.

Luckily she soon makes friends – including a Grecian god-like neighbour – who help her both set up home and try to solve the mystery of who she is. There are one or two last twists in the dark fairytale of Alice’s life to come . . . but can she find her happily ever after?


I’ve been a fan of Liz Fenwick’s writing since her debut novel so there is no way I can resist The Returning Tide (publishing 23rd March by Orion).  I can’t wait to be ‘swept away to the beautiful Cornish coast, full of secrets and mystery.’publishing March

Two sisters and one betrayal that will carry across generations . . .

In wartime Cornwall, 1943, a story between two sisters begins – the story of Adele and Amelia, and the heart-breaking betrayal that will divide them forever. Decades later, the effects of one reckless act still echo – but how long will it be until their past returns?


Did you read any of the books on the list of 6 of my most anticipated books publishing in February?  I’ve posted a couple of reviews and have a couple more coming up plus a couple remain on the TBR.  You’re welcome to share your links in the comments.

Which books are you looking forward to?  What’s on your reading list for March?

I've been blogging about my interests at Jera's Jamboree for 8+ years. My love of reading, crocheting and being out in nature are all things that help me unwind from my role as an Inclusion Lead in a primary school. I'm passionate about early help and sharing strategies with families to empower and help build resilience. I'm a member of of my Local Authority's Early Help Operational Board, working alongside other professionals to instigate change and growth.

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