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Monday, 12 December 2016

In The Post: Book Haul

Happy Monday folks!
Now, I don't know about you, but I'm always nosey as to which books are arriving on bloggers' door mats, and which books they've been busy buying- so I hereby declare Mondays as my day to give you all a sneaky peek in to what the posty has delivered in the previous week, and which books I've simply not been able to leave in the shops...

These posts won't include the shedloads of digital review copies and digital purchases that arrive each week though.

So... here's a quick update on the arrivals over the last few weeks...

The Trouble With Henry and Zoe by Andy Jones

I was lucky enough to with this gorgeous book through a Twitter competition- and was one of those wins that happened at the end of a very difficult week- and put a huge smile on my face- so thank you so much to Andy Jones- I can't wait to get stuck in to this one!

The Blurb
Henry and Zoe have more in common than they realise. For a start, they both have pasts they'd rather leave behind.

After jilting his childhood sweetheart on the eve of their wedding, Henry makes a break for London. He has no friends, no job, no home, no plan.

Zoe has great friends, two jobs, a new house, and a big scary plan. After a traumatic, life-changing event, she plans to leave London and spend a year travelling. Alone.

If Henry and Zoe had met one year ago, things might have worked out differently. But that s not the way life works. They meet seven months after their worlds have been turned upside down. And four months before Zoe is due to climb on a plane...

A Fairy Tale For Christmas by Chrissie Manby

I was lucky enough to head to an event in the Little Theatre in Torquay last week to see Chrissie and the TOADS (Torquay Operatic Amateur Dramatic Society) in conversation about the research process around this book. It was a hilarious event- and really added something to the experience of reading the book afterwards! Anyhow- I have a fabulous signed copy up for grabs later in the week- pop back on Thursday for my full review and to enter!

The Blurb
What could be more magical at Christmas than a fairy tale come true?

It's the festive season and the members of the Newbay Theatre Society, more commonly known as the NEWTS, are preparing to put on a show. Being cast as Cinderella is the realisation of a dream for newcomer Kirsty, not least because she hopes starring in a panto under the direction of her boyfriend Jon will bring them closer together.

But Kirsty soon learns that it's not all glitter and good cheer behind the scenes at the amateur theatre as bitter rivalries nurtured through decades, wardrobe mishaps and suspicious near-fatal accidents threaten to derail the production. And then there's Prince Charming himself. Will working together with Jon bring Kirsty her happy ever after... or reveal their love to be nothing but a 'showmance'?

With Christmas just around the corner, it's going to take more than a Fairy Godmother to get Kirsty and her cast-mates to the ball.

Bertie's Gift by Hannah Coats

Another lucky competition win - and who could resist that gorgeous cover?!

The Blurb
Bertie is alone, devastated after his beloved sister and fellow beagle Molly is adopted, leaving him behind. When Bertie is taken in by the Green family, it seems he's finally found a place to call home...

Yet Bertie swiftly realises that the kind and loving Green family is in crisis. After a tragedy two years ago, they've never recovered - and as Christmas approaches, grief is pulling them apart.

Never has a four-legged friend been more in need - and brave, warm-hearted Bertie must rise to the challenge. Can he enlist the help of hostile felines Kitty and Rico to help him find Molly - and can he bring the Green family back together again, all in time for Christmas?

The Honey Trap by Mary Jayne Baker

I took part in the blog tour for The Honey Trap a few weeks ago, and was lucky enough to be sent this review copy in the process. I'll have my review up in a few weeks, but in the meantime, you can check out a fab extract here.

The Blurb
The trap is set – but which one of them is the bait?

Journalist Angel Blackthorne is looking for her next big scoop. When her sleazy editor asks her to use her charms on super successful – and married – film director Sebastian Wilchester for a juicy exposé, Angel thinks what the hell? There’s a staff job on the horizon, and, let’s be honest, no one can make a cheater cheat if they don’t want to, right?

After the scandal breaks, Angel tries to put the story – and Seb – behind her, but fate seems to have other ideas. A near miss at a premiere after-party and a shared love of vintage film brings the honey closer to the trap.

But what happens when pretence leads to passion, and a ‘kiss and tell’ becomes something real?

Distress Signals by Catherine Ryan Howard

Very excited to have received this exciting review copy from the kind team at Corvus- and very much looking forward to scaring myself senseless over the Christmas holidays!

The Blurb
Did she leave, or was she taken?

The day Adam Dunne's girlfriend, Sarah, fails to return from a Barcelona business trip, his perfect life begins to fall apart. Days later, the arrival of her passport and a note that reads 'I'm sorry - S' sets off real alarm bells. He vows to do whatever it takes to find her.

Adam is puzzled when he connects Sarah to a cruise ship called the Celebrate - and to a woman, Estelle, who disappeared from the same ship in eerily similar circumstances almost exactly a year before. To get the answers, Adam must confront some difficult truths about his relationship with Sarah. He must do things of which he never thought himself capable. And he must try to outwit a predator who seems to have found the perfect hunting ground...

Relativity by Antonia Hayes

Already a huge hit when it was released earlier this year in hardback and digital, the paperback can now be pre-ordered for 19th January 2017 - and I'm thoroughly looking forward to reading and reviewing for the blog-tour early in the new year!

The Blurb
Ethan is an exceptionally gifted young boy, obsessed with physics and astronomy.

His single mother Claire is fiercely protective of her brilliant, vulnerable son. But she can't shield him forever from learning the truth about what happened to him when he was a baby; why Mark had to leave them all those years ago.

Now age twelve, Ethan is increasingly curious about his past, especially his father's absence in his life. When he intercepts a letter to Claire from Mark, he opens a lifetime of feelings that, like gravity, will pull the three together again.

Relativity is a tender and triumphant story about unbreakable bonds, irreversible acts, and testing the limits of love and forgiveness.


So that's it for this week. What do you think of this new feature? Something I should keep in the mix? And how about you, what books have been arriving through your postbox?

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