It was a bumper week for books in the mail (both purchased and sent), which was lucky as I managed to do something to my leg that made getting around for 48 hours very painful! I’m fine now (perhaps it was too much twisting while chasing Pokémon!) but it was a good excuse to pile up the books on the couch and read.
Dear Mrs Bird by A.J. Pearce (April 2018 release) was a surprise from Pan Macmillan and a great one at that, as it sounds right up my street. Set in World War II London, Emmy wants to be a war correspondent. She jumps at a job ad, but it turns out to be typing letters for the agony aunt of Woman’s Friend. Mrs Bird is very definite on the types of letters that go straight in the bin, but Emmy can’t bear for these letters to go unanswered and she starts to write back…
Dirty by Kylie Scott is the first book in the Dive Bar series and my treat to myself. Lydia finds out on her wedding day her fiancé has been unfaithful and disappears over the fence into a neighbour’s property. That just happens to be owned by Vaughan Hewson, former guitarist who is now back home after a broken dream. Both he and Lydia need to get back on their feet and get happy again…
Twist by Kylie Scott is my second treat to myself. This is the second book in the Dive Bar series and follows Joe, bartender. He finds a great woman after logging into his brother’s online dating account. Alex is funny and fantastic – but lives across the country. What happens when Alex visits?
Before I Let You Go by Kelly Rimmer (released 27th February) is a book I’ve been really, really wanting to read. Thanks Hachette! The novel involves an extremely difficult moral dilemma between two sisters, Lexie and Annie. Lexie is successful and happy. Annie…she’s an addict, thief and liar who happens to also have a new baby who is about to be placed in foster care. Annie needs Lexie’s help, but who should Lexie help? Annie or the baby? I think I’m going to get very emotionally involved with this book.
I love Harriet Evans’ novels, so I was ecstatic to find The Wildflowers (March 2018 release) in the mail (also from Hachette)! This sounds like a glamourous mystery in Cordelia Wilde’s life as she tells her story. She has famous actor parents who are glamorous on the outside, argumentative and adulterous on the inside. But one summer, the Wildflower family takes in the abandoned Mads and the past of Cordelia’s father starts to catch up with him.
The Pearler’s Wife by Roxane Dhand (released 26th February) arrived from Penguin. It is set in the early 20th century as Maisie leaves England to marry her cousin who is a pearling magnate in Buccaneer Bay, Australia. Maisie’s new husband is cool and awkward but also on Maisie’s ship is William Cooper of the Royal Navy. He has been directed by the Australian government to replace the Asian pearling crews, but the pearling merchants have no intention of employing them for long…
If you want to look at other books received this week across the globe, drop by the Mailbox Monday blog for links to everyone’s mailbox goodies.
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