A new week is upon us already! Here is what I am planning on reading and reviewing this week.
“The Disobedient Wife,” by
Publication: Cinnamon Press; November 9, 2015
Synopsis: Tajikistan is a harsh place of political and religious repression. It remains deeply patriarchal. The first modern-day novel in English describing Tajikistan, The Disobedient Wife is dedicated to the women of Tajikistan.
The Disobedient Wife tells the story of two very different women, both trapped in a fabric of a social environment that is hostile to them. Harriet Simenon is the rich wife of a powerful expat business man, with all the privilege that entails; yet her journal portrays a darker interior world of isolation and loneliness. Nagris is her Tajik nanny and maid who struggles with poverty and her subordinate role both at work and as a woman in society in general. Yet Nagris possesses a strength that Harriet comes to admire. As Harriet’s life unravels against a backdrop of violence and betrayal Nagris becomes her support and an unexpected friendship develops.
In a narrative rich with a sense of place and deeply humane, Milisic-Stanley brings the acute observation of an artist and social anthropologist to bear on this compelling story of two women surviving and thriving in difficult circumstances.
“After I’m Gone,” by Michelle Alstead
Publication: Same Coin – Two Sides; December 3, 2015
Synopsis: Gabriela ‘Gabby’ Jackson isn’t exactly what you’d call lucky. She’s lost a husband, a baby, and her best friend. After a failed first marriage, Gabby reunited with Casey, the college sweetheart whose marriage proposal she ran away from. Now married and planning a future with a house full of children, Gabby should be happy but lingering regrets about the life that could have been and tension over Casey’s dangerous hobby as a desert racer keep her from the bliss she craves.
It was supposed to be the last race of the season…
In a split second, Casey is gone and Gabby is left to pick up the pieces of her shattered existence. Hopeless, she’s desperate to end to her sorrow once and for all when Ian, her mysterious co-worker, offers her a chance to travel back in time and correct the biggest mistake of her life.
With her future on the line, will Gabby pay the ultimate price for a love that comes with an expiration date?
“The Bridesmaid Blues,” by Tracey Sinclair
Publication: July 28, 2014
Synopsis: Luce knows she should be thrilled when Jenna asks her to be bridesmaid – after all, they’ve known each other since childhood and Jenna is the best friend any girl could have. But it’s hard to get excited about weddings when you’re terminally single and the best man is the boy who broke your heart: Jamie, the groom’s dashing and irresistible brother. How can she face the man who dumped her when she’s still so hopelessly in love? Then again, maybe this is the perfect opportunity – after all, where better to get back together than at a wedding?
So Luce has six months to figure out how to win back her ex, but she has plenty else on her plate – from an old friend returned to Newcastle with an announcement of her own, to a youthful colleague who may or may not have a crush on her and a mother who is acting very strangely indeed… and that’s all before a mysterious, handsome American walks into her life.
Sometimes being a bridesmaid isn’t all confetti and champagne…
“Amber Alert,” by Dan Lawton
Solstice Publishing; November 9, 2016
Synopsis: Time is running out.
Nine-year-old Chloe Janis is abducted.
Abby, her mom, is now faced with revealing her dark past, hidden these last seventeen years, or losing her daughter forever. A cryptic message from a man she’d shoved into the dark recesses of her mind forces her into an impossible situation—revealing secrets best kept hidden or losing her daughter forever.
Secrets, deception, and betrayal surround the small town of Mifflinburg, Pennsylvania. All eyes are on the community, threatening to split open as yet unhealed wounds are probed. Fates will be rewritten and careers redefined. Everyone involved will confront their pasts if there’s any hope of Mifflinburg becoming a town at the heart of redemption and forgiveness.
“Story of a Secret Heart,” by Cassi Ellen
Publication: March 28, 2016
Synopsis: Story of a Secret Heart calls on the author’s own experiences to weave together a hilarious and thought-provoking dark romantic comedy.
However, be warned, this story is not for everyone! It is a very personal, brutally honest story, about love, life and laughter, told from the heart.
As Cassi, a 30-year old single woman, leaves a long-term, unhappy relationship, she struggles with the pain and anguish of a broken heart. When, by chance, she meets a handsome stranger, he introduces her to a world that she didn’t even know existed: a very dark and dangerous world! As she begins to slowly forget all about her broken heart she learns to have fun again. It is then that her life starts to spiral out of control and all she can do is laugh and hang on tight. Through her trials and tribulations, Cassi must find her inner strength and keep a smile on her face even in front of adversity.
A troubling and uplifting story that will touch the heart of readers.