I have read some great things over the past week! I’ve also gotten a little trigger happy while on the NetGalley website lately, so I’m going to try to include 2-3 NetGalley titles to read this week so my shelf doesn’t get out of control! Here is what I am planning to read and review!
Defining Her, by Samantha March
Publication: Marching Ink, LLC; March 15, 2017
About the book:
Nellie Hawthorne is a woman who has it all. A devoted husband, her own business, a wealthy lifestyle. But the Nellie she is now is much different from her past. A past filled with abuse, addiction, and men. Nellie’s carefully constructed new life is suddenly in jeopardy when a blast from the past emerges in her small town and her overbearing mother-in-law starts pushing for grandchildren and questions start being asked. A budding new friendship presents itself at an opportune time, and a once friendless Nellie finds herself growing closer to Prue Doherty.
Prue Doherty is the quintessential good girl. Always making the right decisions, always playing it safe. Until she meets a man that could change all of that. Still reeling from a devastating breakup and betrayal that had her fleeing from Chicago and settling into suburb life with her mom close by, Prue finds herself in a damaging funk. But everything changes when she befriends Nellie Hawthorne.
Nellie is trying to escape her past. Prue wants that perfect future. While both women strive to change their lives, they continue to cling to the past. But what defines us? Who we were then . . . or who we are trying to be now? Lies, manipulation, and deceit are woven throughout the pages of this edgy women’s fiction novel, with an ending you won’t see coming.
Can’t Buy Forever, by Susan Laffoon
Publication: Page Publishing; May 17, 2015
About the book:
In the early 1950s, Odessa Drake (Dessa) is rescued from a bleak existence with a single mother. She takes a chance on the unknown to work in a boarding house owned by a widowed great aunt in Mineville, New York. Dessa is devoted to Aunt Flo and especially a young man, Nicholas, who appears and takes shelter in the attic, the only available space. Four years pass. She looks forward to each day because of his presence, in spite of the tedious work. Dessa is now eighteen and knows little more of Nicholas than the day he arrived to work the mines. She knows only he is a remarkable man who has a limp and she trusts Nicholas explicitly. There is a familiarity both recognize and an unshakeable bond develops. Nicholas has reasons to keep his past buried. Dangers loom and become evident when Nicholas gets too close and exposes their bond. What is the mystery behind this threat? To discover the answer, they escape by railway heading West, colliding with treachery and uncovering secrets, mile by mile. Their journey is impossible, but, they are supported by friends who risk their lives to make sure a great love and lineage is preserved. Or is it? None will forget their odyssey as they proceed to their destiny farther than they imagined.
A Change for the Better, by Pamela Fudge
Publication: Endeavor Press; March 3, 2017
About the book:
It’s time for a fresh start…
Jo Farrell has spent her entire life putting other first.
Home alone one Friday night with an empty weekend stretching before her, a chance encounter with her downstairs neighbor Greg, sparks an unlikely friendship.
With the help of her new friend, Jo creates a list of ten things she wants to do to turn her life around.
Learn to drive, finally stick to that diet, go on holiday somewhere exotic, visit a clairvoyant… All the things that Jo wanted to do, but life always got in the way of.
As their friendship blossoms, Greg is a great support in helping Jo achieve her goals, a source of great entertainment and gossip for her nosy neighbor Miss Gutheridge.
Recognizing the impact their friendship has had on their lives, Greg seeks Jo’s help with a list of his own, aware that he has put his life on hold since losing his beloved wife Monica.
It’s not long before people other than Greg start to notice Jo’s new image and her new found confidence, and she soon finds herself being wined and dined by a new admirer.
But an unwanted visitor to the flat stirs up old memories and threatens to undo all the progress Jo has made.
Will completing her list bring her the life she always longed for? Or is there a surprise in store…?
Lover: A Novel, by Anna Raverat
Publication: Sarah Crichton Books; Reprint edition (March 7, 2017)
About the book:
You can learn a lot about a husband by reading his e-mail—sometimes, too much
Kate, a senior executive at a multinational hotel company, has devoted her life to her job and her family. Catering to the needs of others comes easily to her, but now, after ten years of marriage and two children, Kate discovers e-mails from her husband to another woman. Forced to take a long look at her marriage, she finds that there are all kinds of things she’s been doing her best not to see. At the same time, the political machinations in her office begin to take on an increasingly Shakespearean level of drama and ferocity. With both her work and home lives crumbling around her, Kate has to keep up appearances for her daughters as she tries to figure out who her husband really is and what he means to her now.
Lover, the British writer Anna Raverat’s U.S. debut, is a detailed observation of love, work, and life told through a woman’s crumbling marriage. In a first-person voice so compelling that the novel reads like a thriller, Raverat paints an acute portrait of the female psyche, exploring intimacy and the politics of work. Lover is both an intellectually rich and an emotionally gripping read about a woman finding her place in the world.
The Barrowfields: A Novel, by Phillip Lewis
Publication: Hogarth; March 7, 2017
About the book: A richly textured coming-of-age story about fathers and sons, home and family, recalling classics by Thomas Wolfe and William Styron, by a powerful new voice in fiction
Just before Henry Aster’s birth, his father—outsized literary ambition and pregnant wife in tow—reluctantly returns to the small Appalachian town in which he was raised and installs his young family in an immense house of iron and glass perched high on the side of a mountain. There, Henry grows up under the writing desk of this fiercely brilliant man. But when tragedy tips his father toward a fearsome unraveling, what was once a young son’s reverence is poisoned and Henry flees, not to return until years later when he, too, must go home again.
Have you read any of these titles? If so, what did you think? Happy reading!!!