We’re nearly half way through July already (scary, I know!) But it has come to my attention that a shed load of fabulous books are being released this very week. I’ve picked out just a few of my favourites…and the best thing is you won’t have to wait long until you can get your manicured mitts on them for yourself…
The Girl Who Just Appeared by Jonathan Harvey
Release Date: 17th July 2014
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Holly Smith has never fitted in. Adopted when just a few months old, she’s always felt she was someone with no history, the girl who just appeared. All she has is the address of where she was born – 32B Gambier Terrace, Liverpool. By a bizarre twist of fate Holly discovers that the flat is available to rent. She travels north and moves in. When she finds a biscuit tin full of yellowing papers under the floorboards, she wonders if this might hold the secret to her past.
Liverpool 1981. Fifteen-year-old Darren negotiates life with his errant mother and the younger brother he is bringing up. When the Toxteth Riots explode around him Darren finds himself with a moral dilemma that will have consequences for the rest of his life.
Flitting between the present and the past, we discover how Darren and Holly’s lives become intertwined. Will Holly uncover the secrets of her past? Or will she always feel like the girl who just appeared?
There are so many things right with this book. Firstly it has a lead character called Holly, secondly there’s a dog on the cover. I mean what more could you possibly want from a book? Oh, and the synopsis sounds pretty good too… Jonathan Harvey’s previous two novels have been complete chuckle-fests and The Girl Who Just Appeared sounds like it’s got quite a serious storyline. I’m already intrigued and fascinated to see how Holly and Darren’s lives are linked together from the present day, back to the eighties. Sounds like it’s going to be a good one!
High Heels and Bicycle Wheels by Jane Linfoot
Release Date: 17th July 2014
Meet Bryony: she’s a fun-loving, very single TV production assistant whose idea of sport is the Jimmy Choo sales scrum.
Meet Jackson: Cycling’s bad boy superstar. Injured and out of a certain race this summer, without his training, he’s looking for another distraction…
Bryony’s facing a triple whammy – her last single friend just named the day, her mother’s offering to have her eggs frozen, and the guy she’s loved from afar, forever, has just got hitched. So she’s more than happy to accept the offer of a totally out of character but seriously steamy one night of no-strings fun. Especially when the guy in question is so attractive he even looks good in Lycra!
Jackson’s on the lookout for a new career but if the opportunity to work on TV means a fortnight with the most uptight woman in the world, he’d rather not bother. He never goes in for seconds – and who in their right mind would head off in a campervan, with a woman who irons her knickers?
Add in a tandem (yes a tandem) and fast forward to double trouble for a summer neither of them will ever forget!
High Heels and Bicycle Wheels doesn’t just sound good, it IS good. I was delighted to be offered the chance to review Jane’s third novel and I can safely say it’s a fabulous read. My review will be up Wednesday but don’t just take my word for it – get hold of a copy if you want laughter, tears, romance, passion by the bucket load and one heck of a sizzling love story.
Not Quite Perfect by Annie Lyons
Release Date: 18th July 2014
Sometimes having it all isn’t enough…
Emma has everything she’s ever wanted. Her boyfriend’s just proposed and her career has finally taken off. And so what if her latest client just happens to be downright gorgeous? She’s getting married. Isn’t she?
Rachel’s married with 2.4 children (well, actually, 3) and life is all about trying to leave the house in a non-stained top. Once it was about skinny cappuccinos, cocktails and dynamic ad agency meetings. She wants her old life back, but can it ever be the same?
A sparkling, funny tale of two sisters and how often you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone.
Not Quite Perfect is in fact the first paperback to be published by the fabulous Carina, who usually produce books in e-book format, so Not Quite Perfect is actually Quite Special already. You may have already read the e-book (it was one of Carina’s first books released in July 2013) in which case you’ll know what I’m talking about when I say it’s an addictive read and a complete emotional rollercoaster. I was honoured to be invited by the lovely Candy (over at Candy’s Bookcase) to take part in the Not Quite Perfect Blog Tour for the paperback release of this novel, so I’ll be talking about this book LOTS on Friday as well as reviewing it. So if you prefer your books in paperback then this one’s definitely for you!
Low Expectations by Elizabeth Aaron
Release Date: 17th July 2014
Georgie has a glamorous career in fashion. Her boss doesn’t know her name, but working for a genius will pay off one day. She hopes.
She also has great friends. Granted, they’re sometimes a bit superficial, but who wants to discuss a global crisis on a Friday night?
And she’s enjoying her single life. Eighteen months of celibacy, and not a hot prospect in sight.
Perhaps life’s not quite what she was hoping for…
But how can she change it, and what does she really want? Stuck somewhere between a quarter-life crisis and self-fulfillment, Georgie is determined that this year, everything will be different. Armed only with her sense of humour, some black eyeliner and her best attempt at ‘charming’, she’s on the way. But just how long will the new improved Georgie last? Low Expectations is a smart, raunchy, laugh-out-loud novel about what it means to be a ‘Real Woman’ today.
Elizabeth Aaron is a new author to me but I was drawn straight to this novel after reading the synopsis. It seems like just my kind of book and I can’t wait to get reading! I LOVE the cover and it sounds funny and realistic. I’ve heard it’s a sort ‘GIRLS’ meets ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ in the East End. What’s not to like about that!? I get a feeling Elizabeth Aaron is definitely going to be one to watch…