Australia is very hot now, but not that kind of hot – it seems most of the country is experiencing a heat wave! Days are for not doing much that requires physical effort. Unless you’re my awesome postie, who brought these great books:
Black is the New White by Nakkiah Lui (available 4th February, RRP $24.99)
is a play about Charlotte, who is (according to her father) on track to be the next female Aboriginal Waleed Aly. Charlotte has other plans though as she’s in love with Francis, a white experimental composer/unemployed. Family complicates their love in this play of secrets, class, politics and ambition.
Small Blessings by Emily Brewin (released 1st February, RRP $29.99) is a book I’m so excited to read because I loved her debut novel, Hello, Goodbye. The main characters are Rosie, who will not trust anyone, and Isobel, whose successful life is costing her. When both are struck by tragedy, they form a friendship that may help them both through the worst. (Great back cover quote too).
Ayesha at Last by Uzma Jalaluddin (out 4th February, RRP $29.99) is described as a modern-day Muslim Pride and Prejudice. Ayesha wants to be a poet, but her career as a teacher is taking over. Her family nags her, and her cousin continually reminds her of her single status. Khalid is very different – he’s conservative, judgemental and hot. He’s also nonchalant about an arranged marriage. So why can’t they get each other out of their heads? Thanks to Allen & Unwin for these three books.
The Homestead on the River by Rosie Mackenzie (available 21st January) arrived from Harlequin. Kathleen and James live happily in Ireland with their children until the time comes when they might lose everything. Moving to Australia offers a new solution, but their daughter Lillie knows her parents haven’t told the truth. The secrets finally catch up with the family, potentially destroying their future…
99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne (out 29th January) is a book I’ve been itching to get my hands on after the wonderful The Hating Game. Darcy knows that nobody can match her dream man Tom (aka her twin’s best friend). Tom’s never been interested in her but when Tom arrives to do renovations on a recently inherited cottage, Darcy decides not to take flight. This time she will ensure Tom is 99 percent hers.
Louis & Louise by Julie Cohen (released 29th January) is about one person – Louis in one life, and Louise in another. They grow up with the same friends and same dreams and a life changing catastrophe. Thirteen years later, both are on their way home… Thank you to Hachette for these two books.
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.
It’s Monday! What are you reading? is hosted by Book Date. Click on the pictures to read more about the books.
What I Read Last Week:
What I’m Reading at the Moment:
One of these, but which one?