WHAT A WEEK!!! I read a bunch of just so-so titles last weekend, but then on Monday and Tuesday I had the absolute privilege of reading a very early manuscript of THIS JULY 2018 book. I totally loved it and can’t wait for you all to get to read it next summer too! Then I read this fabulous foodie/home-reno memoir I talked about in my TBR last week and loved this too! Yay for reading books I end up loving! Reviews of both of those are on my Goodreads and Instagram.
AND, in case you missed these, I have been sharing SO MANY of my favorites from 2017 (here and here) and last night I just shared favorites of a bunch of my bookstagram friends. Head on over and check those out!
Now for this week’s pile!
Last Christmas in Paris by Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb
(William Morrow ~ October 3, 2017)
How can this one NOT be in my TBR?? A bookstagram friend shared this copy with me and I’m dying to dig in!
August 1914. England is at war. As Evie Elliott watches her brother, Will, and his best friend, Thomas Harding, depart for the front, she believes—as everyone does—that it will be over by Christmas, when the trio plan to celebrate the holiday among the romantic cafes of Paris.
But as history tells us, it all happened so differently…
Evie and Thomas experience a very different war. Frustrated by life as a privileged young lady, Evie longs to play a greater part in the conflict—but how?—and as Thomas struggles with the unimaginable realities of war he also faces personal battles back home where War Office regulations on press reporting cause trouble at his father’s newspaper business. Through their letters, Evie and Thomas share their greatest hopes and fears—and grow ever fonder from afar. Can love flourish amid the horror of the First World War, or will fate intervene?
Christmas 1968. With failing health, Thomas returns to Paris—a cherished packet of letters in hand—determined to lay to rest the ghosts of his past. But one final letter is waiting for him…
Roomies by Christina Lauren
(Gallery Books ~ December 5, 2017)
A huge thanks to Gallery Books for sending me this review copy! This one looks delicious, and I have read some great reviews of it.
Marriages of convenience are so…inconvenient.
Rescued by Calvin McLoughlin from a would-be subway attacker, Holland Bakker pays the brilliant musician back by pulling some of her errand-girl strings and getting him an audition with a big-time musical director. When the tryout goes better than even Holland could have imagined, Calvin is set for a great entry into Broadway—until he admits his student visa has expired and he’s in the country illegally.
Holland impulsively offers to wed the Irishman to keep him in New York, her growing infatuation a secret only to him. As their relationship evolves from awkward roommates to besotted lovers, Calvin becomes the darling of Broadway. In the middle of the theatrics and the acting-not-acting, what will it take for Holland and Calvin to realise that they both stopped pretending a long time ago?
All Three Stooges by Erica S. Perl – MIDDLE GRADE
(AA Knopf Books for Young Readers ~ January 9, 2018)
I had the pleasure of meeting the author at NerdCampMI this summer where we connected, and she then sent this ARC to Kid Lit Exchange. It looks like an interesting mix of comedy and tragedy!
Spoiler alert: This book is not about the Three Stooges. It’s about Noah and Dash, two seventh graders who are best friends and comedy junkies. That is, they were best friends, until Dash’s father died suddenly and Dash shut Noah out. Which Noah deserved, according to Noa, the girl who, annoyingly, shares both his name and his bar mitzvah day.
Now Noah’s confusion, frustration, and determination to get through to Dash are threatening to destroy more than just their friendship. But what choice does he have? As Noah sees it, sometimes you need to risk losing everything, even your sense of humor, to prove that gone doesn’t have to mean “gone for good.”
In the Game by Peggy Garrity
(She Writes Press ~ August 9, 2016)
Thanks to Book Sparks for this review copy! This seems like it will be a fast-paced feminist read.
Peggy Garrity began her life as a small-town Irish Catholic girl in the Midwest. Initially convent-bound, she became determined to escape a life like her mother s, and in the mid-1970s she reinvented herself as a high-profile Los Angeles trial lawyer and single mother of four. At a time when there were virtually no women solo practitioners, she represented David against Goliath and risked it all in the process.
Including compelling courtroom dramas featuring would-be presidential assassin Sara Jane Moore, celebrities Clint Eastwood, Sondra Locke, and Cheryl Tiegs, and some of Los Angeles s most notorious murder cases, In the Game is the groundbreaking story of a thrill-seeking solo trial lawyer and single mother who beat the odds at a time when working mothers, especially those in male-dominated professions like the law, faced the gauntlet of discrimination.”
My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories – YOUNG ADULT
(St. Martin’s Press ~ October 14, 2014)
This week will be full of concerts and family and holiday madness at school ~ I am hoping this book provides some satisfying sweetness between all of that!
If you love holiday stories, holiday movies, made-for-TV-holiday specials, holiday episodes of your favorite sitcoms and, especially, if you love holiday anthologies, you’re going to fall in love with My True Love Gave To Me: Twelve Holiday Stories by twelve bestselling young adult writers, edited by international bestselling author Stephanie Perkins. Whether you enjoy celebrating Christmas or Hanukkah, Winter Solstice or New Year’s there’s something here for everyone. So curl up by the fireplace and get cozy. You have twelve reasons this season to stay indoors and fall in love.
The English Wife by Lauren Willig
(St. Martin’s Press ~ January 9, 2018)
Let’s be honest here ~ I 100% chose this as one of my Book of the Month choices this month based on the FABULOUS cover! But, the premise of the story sounds provocative too, so it should be an interesting read!
From the New York Times bestselling author, Lauren Willig, comes this scandalous New York Gilded Age novel full of family secrets, affairs, and even murder.
Annabelle and Bayard Van Duyvil live a charmed life: he’s the scion of an old Knickerbocker family, she grew up in a Tudor manor in England, they had a whirlwind romance in London, they have three year old twins on whom they dote, and he’s recreated her family home on the banks of the Hudson and renamed it Illyria. Yes, there are rumors that she’s having an affair with the architect, but rumors are rumors and people will gossip. But then Bayard is found dead with a knife in his chest on the night of their Twelfth Night Ball, Annabelle goes missing, presumed drowned, and the papers go mad. Bay’s sister, Janie, forms an unlikely alliance with a reporter to uncover the truth, convinced that Bay would never have killed his wife, that it must be a third party, but the more she learns about her brother and his wife, the more everything she thought she knew about them starts to unravel. Who were her brother and his wife, really? And why did her brother die with the name George on his lips?