So many fantastic books, but so little time! Here is what I am planning to read and review in the next week, but of course it could always change. Let me know if you know of something you think I should check out 🙂
“The Good Daughter,” by Alexandra Burt
Publication: Berkley; February 7, 2017
Synopsis: What if you were the worst crime your mother ever committed?
Dahlia Waller’s childhood memories consist of stuffy cars, seedy motels, and a rootless existence traveling the country with her eccentric mother. Now grown, she desperately wants to distance herself from that life. Yet one thing is stopping her from moving forward: she has questions.
In order to understand her past, Dahlia must go back. Back to her mother in the stifling town of Aurora, Texas. Back into the past of a woman on the brink of madness. But after she discovers three grave-like mounds on a neighboring farm, she’ll learn that in her mother’s world of secrets, not all questions are meant to be answered…
“My (not so) Perfect Life,” by Sophie Kinsella
Publication: The Dial Press; February 7, 2017
Synopsis: Everywhere Katie Brenner looks, someone else is living the life she longs for, particularly her boss, Demeter Farlowe. Demeter is brilliant and creative, lives with her perfect family in a posh townhouse, and wears the coolest clothes. Katie’s life, meanwhile, is a daily struggle—from her dismal rental to her oddball flatmates to the tense office politics she’s trying to negotiate. No wonder Katie takes refuge in not-quite-true Instagram posts, especially as she’s desperate to make her dad proud.
Then, just as she’s finding her feet—not to mention a possible new romance—the worst happens. Demeter fires Katie. Shattered but determined to stay positive, Katie retreats to her family’s farm in Somerset to help them set up a vacation business. London has never seemed so far away—until Demeter unexpectedly turns up as a guest. Secrets are spilled and relationships rejiggered, and as the stakes for Katie’s future get higher, she must question her own assumptions about what makes for a truly meaningful life.
Sophie Kinsella is celebrated for her vibrant, relatable characters and her great storytelling gifts. Now she returns with all of the wit, warmth, and wisdom that are the hallmarks of her bestsellers to spin this fresh, modern story about presenting the perfect life when the reality is far from the truth.
“Nothing is Predictable,” by Adalina Mae
Publication: September 1, 2016
Synopsis: Zara is a vibrant, funny, resilient American-born woman struggling with a traumatic past. When Zara is eight years old, her father, in a drunken rampage, accidentally shoots himself dead, leaving her to battle through her life.
Zara’s long exhausting journey dealing with her childhood memories leaves her struggling with romance and hinders her from developing healthy relationships.
Who is the love of her life? Is it her Swiss God? Will she be able to find peace and happiness?
Readers will relate to the journey that Adalina Mae takes us on, which is interspersed with heartbreaking moments as well as hilarious escapades. This is life and nothing is predictable.
The story will keep you on your toes and offers mysteries to solve: Why does Zara have recurrent nightmares of her last night with her father? Who does Zara end up with? Does she eventually find love?
“Scattered Souls” (Flames of Time Book 2),
by Erica Lucke Dean
Publication: Red Adept Publishing, LLC; January 10, 2017
Synopsis: Ava Flynn is cursed.
After barely surviving an epic battle between her warring soul mates, Ava is stranded in the past with Laith, while Maddox frantically searches across the decades. Laith will stop at nothing to prove his love to Ava, and a desperate Maddox must race against time to find her before his brother can win her heart.
Torn between the two brothers, and with her eternal soul at stake, Ava comes to the horrifying conclusion that only she can break the curse. But the cost may be more than she is willing to pay.
“Setting Free the Kites,” by Alex George
Publication: G.P. Putnam’s Sons; February 21, 2017
Synopsis: For Robert Carter, life in his coastal Maine hometown is comfortably predictable. But in 1976, on his first day of eighth grade, he meets Nathan Tilly, who changes everything. Nathan is confident, fearless, impetuous—and fascinated by kites and flying. Robert and Nathan’s budding friendship is forged in the crucible of two family tragedies, and as the boys struggle to come to terms with loss, they take summer jobs at the local rundown amusement park. It’s there that Nathan’s boundless capacity for optimism threatens to overwhelm them both, and where they learn some harsh truths about family, desire, and revenge.
Unforgettable and heart-breaking, Setting Free the Kites is a poignant and moving exploration of the pain, joy, and glories of young friendship.