September is nearly upon us and it’s almost time to wave goodbye to the summer, flip-flops and ice cream…no wait, keep the ice cream. However I won’t be sad about the end of summer for too long because there is a shed-load of brilliant books whizzing our way this September. Here’s a few of my favourites that I’m especially looking forward to…
♥ Everything Changes But You by Jennifer Joyce, 16th September, Pre-order
Ally Richmond is dreading turning thirty and bidding farewell to her youth. And when her husband says he wants to start a family, she begins to panic.
Is this all that life has to offer from now on? Popping out babies and growing old gracefully? She wants a life crammed with glamour and spontaneous adventure, not one full of dirty nappies and night feeds.
When Ally makes a silly birthday wish for a new, exciting life, her wish is granted.
But when Ally is presented with the freedom and opportunities she craves, she soon realises this new life isn’t all it’s cracked up to be and that there really is no place like home.
Everything Changes But You sounds amazing, I love these types of stories with an element of magic which causes something to happen to change the characters lives, but not always necessarily for the better. I’m really looking forward to getting lost in this novel; it sounds just perfect to me…and LOOK at that cover.
♥ One Step Closer to You by Alice Peterson, 25th September, Pre-order
After Polly ends her relationship with the father of her young son, Louis, she is determined to move on. All she wants is to focus on her job, her friends and to be a good mum. No more looking over her shoulder. No more complications . . . Then Polly meets Ben. Ben is guardian of his niece, Emily. They become close, with Polly teaching Ben how to plait Emily’s hair, and Ben playing football with Louis. Their friendship is unexpected. Polly’s never been happier. But when Louis’s dad reappears in their life, all Polly’s mistakes come back to haunt her and her resolve weakens when he swears he has changed. Will she give herself a second chance to love?
I am a massive fan of Alice Peterson (Monday to Friday Man is my favourite novel of hers…at least so far because One Step Closer to You sounds breathtaking.) I love Alice’s writing, her books are always touching, realistic and thought-provoking and I’m certain that her latest release will be no different.
♥ The Beginners Guide to The Birds and The Bees, Sophie Hart, 19th September, Pre-order
Sex therapist Annie Hall helps couples put the fizz back into their relationships. It’s a shame her own love life is non-existent. When Jamie who works next door catches her eye, she can’t ignore the spark of chemistry.
Most men would jump at the chance to skive off work for an afternoon quickie with their gorgeous wife, but Nick knows Julia is after only one thing – a baby. Sex shouldn’t be a chore. Can Annie help Julia see that?
Newly engaged Zoe and Simon can’t keep their hands off each other. They’ve decided to take a vow of celibacy until their wedding night. Will Annie help them stick to it?
Roy and Linda have been married for over thirty years but she’s more interested in the family business than getting intimate with him. Can Annie convince Linda to rediscover her passion for Roy after all this time?
While Annie begins to work her magic with the three couples, she soon discovers that she’ll need to take some of her own advice if she’s going to let a new man into her life.
I have been eagerly anticipating Sophie Hart’s second novel after LOVING The Naughty Girls Book Club and I’m delighted to learn that her second novel, published by Bookouture, is released on the 19th September. I have a feeling this novel is going to be JUST as popular as Sophie’s debut. I love the synopsis, I love the cover and I love, love, love Sophie Hart’s writing. Bring it on!
♥ The School Gate Survival Guide by Kerry Fisher, 11th September, Pre-order
Feisty Maia Etxeleku is a cleaner for ladies who lunch. She spends her life wiping up spilt Sauvignon and hoovering around handbags before rushing back home to skivvy after her children’s feckless father on an estate where survival depends on your ability to look the other way.
But an unusual inheritance catapults her into a different world where no child can survive without organic apricots and Kumon maths classes – and no woman can contemplate a week without Pilates and pedicures.
As she blunders through a middle class minefield, dashing from coffee mornings to her mops and buckets, she is drawn to the one man who can help her family fit in. But is his interest in her purely professional or will her modern My Fair Lady experiment end in disaster?
Although the Kindle edition of The School Gate Survival Guide has been out since July, September sees its release in paperback and I am hugely looking forward to reading this novel! I’ve seen it compared to The Hive by the fabulous Gill Hornby and that has been on my TBR for ages. I’m really looking forward to discovering Kerry Fisher’s work and The School Gate Survival Guide sounds down-to-earth and completely hilarious!
♥ Saving Grace by Jane Green, 25th September, Pre-order
Grace Chapman has an enviable set-up, living comfortably with her husband, bestselling author Ted, in a picture-perfect farmhouse on the Hudson River in New York state.
Then Ted advertises for a new assistant, and Beth walks into their lives. Organized, passionate and eager to learn, Beth quickly makes herself indispensable to Ted and his family. But Grace soon begins to feel sidelined in her home – and her marriage – by this ambitious younger woman.
Is Grace just paranoid, as her husband tells her, or is there more to Beth than there first appears?
Jane Green is one of my ‘automatic buy’ authors. I have adored every book she has written from the minute I read Bookends and immediately wanted to open up my own bookshop… Her storylines always grab me and her writing is addictive and compelling. I love how she forms her characters and the twists and turns that her stories always seem to take. I can’t wait for more from one of the ULTIMATE chick-lit authors.
With all these fabulous September releases, plus with books out by Aven Ellis, Ella Harper, Nicola Doherty, Sophie Kinsella AND Trisha Ashley I won’t miss Summer too much… ♥