Books, books and books.
That’s what I love about January. It is a brand new year, a brand new reading challenge and lovely new books to discover. I have brought and received some great books over the past few weeks and I thought it was about time I did another book haul. So here we go.
After The Snow by Susan Constantine. (HQ, 2nd November 2017.)
I am very intrigued by this debut fiction novel by TV presenter, Susannah Constantine. I got sent this just before Christmas. The cover is all festive and beautiful. I love it. I know we’ve past Christmas but this book sounds so interesting.
Esme only wants one thing for Christmas. She wants her Mum to be on one of her good days. When she finds some wet towels and dirty plates in her stocking, she’s happy that Father Christmas remembered to stop by at all.
Later that day, Esme’s mother disappears and only one person seems to know where she is. Esme soon realises that life will never be the same after the snow.
The Cactus by Sarah Harwood.
(Released by Two Roads, 25th January 2018.)
I received this book from the publisher a few days ago. The cover includes embossed writing and a rose gold spine and it’s just beautiful. It’s one of those books you’ll want to permanently display on your bookshelf.
This book has been compared to Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine and the main character Susan has been likened to Don Tillman from Graeme Simsion’s The Rosie Project and I will always have a huge soft spot for Don Tillman.
This debut novel focuses on Susan Green. People are not sure what to make of Susan. She makes sense to herself and to her, that’s all that matters. She has a London flat, a job she loves and a more personal arrangement providing cultural and more intimate benefits.
At forty-five, she thinks her life is perfect provided she avoids her brother, Edward.
When she’s faced with some life changing events though, she realises she’s loosing control. When she has to prove something about her brother, she finds help in the most unlikely of places.
Twelve Nights by Andrew Zurcher.
(Due to be released by Puffin, 5th April 2018.)
The cover designers are really out-doing themselves at the moment. I got sent this novel and from the moment this stunning book arrived wrapped in pretty paper, I wanted to read it and I look forward to doing so.
The premise of this novel seems so interesting too and completely up my street.
Kay and Eloise’s father is working late. Fed up with his absence, their mother bundles them into the car and drives to her husband’s Cambridge College to collect him. When they arrive, the staff claim no-one by his name has ever worked there.
Instead of anger, her mother’s reaction of silent tears confuses Kay. There is also a strange card waiting on the pillow when they get home.
Kay is then woken by voices outside her window. Voices belonging to something she shouldn’t be able to see…. but she can.
The House of Hopes and Dreams by Trisha Ashley.
(Due to be released by Bantam Press on 8th March 2018.)
I absolutely adore Trisha Ashley. Her books are always so full of warmth and humour and reading them always makes me feel like I am getting a hug from a friend. The House of Hopes and Dreams sounds like a brilliant read and I am excited to be able to read it.
Carey Revell unexpectedly becomes heir to his family’s ancestral home and it’s a mixed blessing for him.
The house is large, run down and comes with two relatives who he can’t ask to leave.
Corey needs somewhere to go to get over his girlfriend dumping him and loosing his job. Mossby could be the answer. It would be perfect for a renovation show.
Mossby has a secret. Will its occupants be able to make this house into home.
How To Stop Time by Matt Haig.
(Released by Cannongate Books, December 2017.)
This book captured my imagination from the moment I read the blurb and I am looking forward to reading this one. It reminded me of the TV series Forever and film, The Age of Adeline and as I loved those, I think I am going to like this one too.
How To Stop Time is about a guy called Tom. He has a dangerous secret. He may look like any other forty-one year old history teacher but the truth is, he’s been alive for years. Elizabethan England to Paris to New York, Tom has seen it all.
If he keeps changing his identity, he can always stay one step ahead. The only thing he can’t do is fall in love.
Which books are you looking forward to reading this month?
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