5 Great Books to Check Out in December 2014

Wow, the last of my new release posts for the year! How the time has flown and the bookshelves grown! Here are my picks of the new releases available in Australia this month!

Stone Castles by Trish Morey (Pan Macmillan)

From the publisher:


After ten years pursuing a prestigious career in New York, Pip Martin has returned to the Yorke Peninsula to farewell her dying grandmother. She doesn’t intend to linger – there are too many memories in the small country town and not all of them will stay in the past.

Like Luke Trenorden, her childhood sweetheart. A man Pip had promised her heart to, until tragedy stole Pip’s family away, and a terrible lie tore both their lives apart. Pip cannot deny there is still a spark between them, even amidst the heartache of losing her Gran and the demands of her new life. But it may not be enough to rekindle a love that has been neglected for so long.

When a long-kept secret is revealed, Pip is free to go back to the life she thought she wanted… unless Luke can break down the stone castle Pip has built around her heart.

My thoughts: I love the cover and the mix of family, big city, small country town and love reunited has me captivated. Plus my local has already sold out of their copies, so this is one to watch!



The Maxwell Sisters by Loretta Hill (Random House)

From the publisher:

From the author of the bestselling The Girl in Steel-Capped Boots
comes a heartwarming romantic comedy about three extraordinary women on a journey to find love and rediscover family.

All families have their problems. No more so than the Maxwells of Tawny Brooks Winery. Situated in the heart of the Margaret River wine region, this world-renowned winery was the childhood home to three sisters, Natasha, Eve and Phoebe.

Today all three women are enmeshed in their city lives and eager to forget their past – and their fractured sibling relationships. Until Phoebe decides to get married at home . . .

Now the sisters must all return to face a host of family obligations, vintage in full swing and interfering in-laws who just can’t take a hint. As one romance blossoms and others fall apart, it seems they are all in need of some sisterly advice.

But old wounds cut deep. Somehow, The Maxwell Sisters must find a way back to one another – or risk losing each other forever.

My thoughts: OK, I might be cheating a little here because the paper book isn’t out until 2nd January but you can buy the eBook from 20th December. I love everything Loretta Hill writes, so I’m eager to get my hands on this!


The Next Season by Rachael Johns (Harlequin)

From the publisher:

Sometimes going home is the hardest thing you can do…and sometimes the hardest thing turns out to be the best.

When Zoe Bennett’s boyfriend cheats on her, leaving her homeless, jobless and practically broke, she returns to the only place she’s ever felt safe and at home – Wildwood Point.  She hopes to heal her heart and find a job to get herself back on her feet – but she has forgotten how small Wildwood Point is.

Until a couple of months ago Shaun Elliot’s life was sweet – a job he loved and big plans for the future. Until, that is, his long-time girlfriend turned down his romantic New Year’s Eve marriage proposal in front of all their family and friends. Angry, hurt and feeling like he is the laughing stock of small town Wildwood Point, Shaun has sworn off relationships while he works out what to do with himself and his life.

The last thing he needs is to find his high school sweetheart stranded on the side of the road. She broke his heart when she left him seven years ago, but he’s never been the type to ignore someone who needs help…

My thoughts: I can never go past a Rachael Johns book and this is the perfect excuse to ignore all the work for Christmas and just read!



Mai Tai’d Up by Alice Clayton (Simon & Schuster)

From the publisher:

Looking for the perfect mix of smart, sexy, and sassy? Mai Tai’d Up continues New York Times bestselling author Alice Clayton’s Cocktail series, which began with Wallbanger and continued with Rusty Nailed and Screwdrivered.The gossip mill in the seaside community of Monterey is churning about Chloe Patterson, the newcomer who is starting a sanctuary for rescued pit bulls. It’s rumored that she’s a former beauty queen (true) who ditched her fiancé the morning of their wedding (also true). And that while she’s not looking for a new man, the good-looking local veterinarian has his eye on her. Absolutely, positively true. When Lucas Campbell isn’t at the family veterinary clinic, he’s paddle boarding in Monterey Bay. Recently single, he’s definitely not in the market for a new relationship, but he still can’t resist taking a second, third, and fourth look at the recent arrival of Miss Golden State. Neither Lucas nor Chloe has any interest in being tied down. Being tied up, however—now there’s a thought. But are a few Mai Tais, a moonlit night, and the music of Frank Sinatra enough to allow them both to forget their past? Let’s hope Ol’ Blue Eyes knows what he’s doing. Mix one part tiki, one part kinky, and a splash of old black magic matchmaking, and it’s time to be . . . Mai Tai’d Up.

My thoughts: Alice Clayton’s books are always wickedly funny and this looks like a fun read during the crazy holiday season.





Still Waters by Linda Kavanagh (Harlequin)

From the publisher:

There was a moment when Ivy Heartley could have told the truth—but she didn’t.
Now she’s burdened with a terrible secret. Something so awful that she must constantly live in fear, since its disclosure could destroy her marriage, her career, and turn her own son against her. As the star of Bright Lights, a soap that airs nightly on TV, Ivy has achieved fame and fortune, and led a charmed life, adored by millions of fans.
And all this time, her secret has stayed hidden beneath the waters of the lake in the Lincolnshire village where she grew up. But the demons are never far away, and the tragic legacy of her teenage years has always been on her mind.

Ivy soon learns that being a celebrity can be a double-edged sword. Someone has discovered what she is hiding. Now she must face terror of a different kind as an unseen enemy twists the knife. Who is this person and what do they want? Ivy must battle for all she holds dear—including her own life.

My thoughts: I love to read suspense when I’m on holidays and this looks like a great read to get out of doing the Christmas washing up!



Tell me about the new books on your radar this month. What are you looking forward to?

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