Well I have had some lovely books delivered in the past two weeks so I thought that I would share them with you!
Wrapped Up In You by Carole Matthews (Sphere, 27th October, 2011) Thirty-something hairdresser Janie Johnson's single status is a constant source of gossip for her friends and clients. So after too many nights in with her cat, a blind date disaster and news that her ex is getting married, Janie realises it's time to do something dramatic with her life. It's time for an adventure! Leaving winter behind, Janie takes the plunge and books an exotic trip to Africa. Her friends think she's mad and Janie thinks they may very well be right... but then she falls head over heels for her tour guide- and fully fledged Maasai Warrior- Dominic. But can Janie now face spending a snowy Christmas back home without him?
I have fallen in love with the cover for this book, no doubt it will be another excellent offering from the lovely Carole Matthews!
What You Don't Know by Lizzie Enfield (Headline Review, 18th August) You've been together for fifteen years. You've got two gorgeous kids and a great career. All the boxes are ticked. You wouldn't be tempted by a plain, slightly balding man called Graham... Would you? When Graham Parks walks into Helen Collins' life, the last thing she expects is to fall for him. He's nothing like her handsome, successful husband, Alex. But fifteen years is a long time and Helen can't help wondering what it would be like to sleep with someone else. Has Alex secretly been thinking the same thing? As harmless flirtation develops into something far more complicated, Helen's perfect world begins to look shaky.
Again, I love the cover for this one and it is Lizzie Enfield's first book so we shall give it a go!
The Importance of Being Myrtle by Ulrika Jonsson ( Michael Jospeph, 1st September, 2011) When Myrtle's husband, Austin, dies on the bus one morning, her own life also seems to stop in a heartbeat. But in reality Myrtle had never really begun to live, having been locked into an emotionless marriage for forty years. So if the barriers have been lifted, why does she still feel trapped? Her daughters are a mystery to her- one prickly and defensive, the other with a closely guarded secret. And thanks to Austin's cold presence, friends are a rarity, her garden her only comfort. How is a widow supposed to find herself when she's alone and unconfident of her place in the world? Hope might rest with Gianni, the kind stranger in whose arms Austin died. And when nosy neighbour Dorothy discovers Myrtle's sad news, she also refuses to let her wallow. But Myrtle will never move on until she's dealt with her past and the reason for her devotion to Austin. The truth must out, even though the consequences might prove devastating for Myrtle and her daughters...
I am completely intrigued by this book and the fact that Ulrika Jonsson wrote it, I am going to keep an open mind though as it does sound very interesting.
The First Wife by Emily Barr (Headline Review, 15th September, 2011) After the death of her grandparents, Lily Button is left without a home or family in the quiet corner of Cornwall where she grew up. When she's offered some cleaning work for a local celebrity couple the Summers she is thrilled when the glamorous pair take her under their wing. With her stunning house and dazzling husband Harry, Sarah Summers appears to have the perfect life. So why, on holiday in Barcelona, does she slip away from her sleeping husband and throw herself into the sea? After Sarah's death, Lily finds herself inextricably drawn to the grieving Harry. But as she falls deeper under his spell. she realises that nothing is really as it seems...
I really like the sound of this one and the cover is really eye catching with the red dress.
Velvet by Mary Hooper (Bloomsbury, 5th September, 2011) Velvet is an orphan. She struggles to make ends meet by working in a steam laundry, where the work is back-breaking and exhausting. So when she attracts the attention of the glamorous clairvoyant Madame Savoya, she cannot believe her good fortune. Raised to the status of a lady's maid, Velvet is given elegant clothes to wear and is brought to live in a grand house in London. But the longer she works for Madame Savoya, the more she discovers about the mysterious world of a spiritual medium. Velvet soon realises that her employer is not quite what she seems and that this knowledge could put her very life in danger...
I thought that Mary Hooper's last book Fallen Grace was excellent and this looks like it is going to be another great read from the YA author.
Stolen By Susan Lewis (Arrow Books) Lucy Winters' parents have always been there for her. Loving, gentle and kind, they have given her everything she could have wished for. Now, estranged from her husband, Lucy has moved to the country to take over their thriving auction business. From the moment she begins to prepare for her first sale she knows she's made the right decision. And she dares to hope that at least she's living the life she has always dreamed of. But then, quite suddenly her world is thrown into turmoil. She discovers a shocking truth, one that forces her to question everything she has ever known. And it becomes frighteningly possible that the very people who should have protected her are the ones who have betrayed her in the most devastating of ways. Can she ever forgive them? Can they ever forgive themselves?
Susan Lewis has written 25 other books but this will be the first that I have read, it sounds like gripping stuff!
Have you read any of these or heard anything about them, let me know!