Mailbox Monday and What I’m Reading: 26/12/22

I’m writing this before Christmas as I’m working, but I hope people had/are having an enjoyable break. Quite a few parcels managed to make it here this week despite train derailments, flooding and general delays that have seen things (including food) take more than a month to cross the country:

The Rom-Com Agenda by Jayne Denker (available 4th January) arrived thanks to Simon & Schuster. Eli and Victoria are meant to be together – or so Eli thought until Victoria breaks up with him. He’s determined to win her back, so starts learning from the romantic heroes of rom-coms. Leah inadvertently becomes part of his scheme as his guide through the rom-com world, but she thinks Eli is pretty darn good the way he is…

Compulsion by Kate Scott (available 10th January) was thanks to Penguin. Set in the dawn of the new millennium, Lucy is at the heart of the music scene until her life becomes so chaotic she leaves it all. Starting again in her home town, she meets Robin amongst her new fascinations and past friends.

The Homecoming by Alison Stuart (available 4th January) arrived from Harlequin. Set in 1892, Charlie returns to Maiden’s Creek as the new matron. She’s thrown together with Danny after a nurse is murdered to defend their friend in common. But Charlie has secrets that she’s now keen to reveal…

The following books were all a big surprise from Harlequin, delivered just before Christmas – thank you!

Shelter from the Storm by Penelope Janu (available 4th January) is about Patience, a naval officer seconded to an environmental team near where she grew up. Unfortunately, that means dealing with Hugo Halstead, but at least the feeling is mutual. But as Patience recovers from illness, she realises that things can change – if she wants them to.

A Most Intriguing Lady by Sarah Ferguson with Marguerite Kaye (available 5th April) is a historical romance featuring Lady Mary Montagu Douglas Scott, who as a wallflower is perfectly placed to uncover crimes in society. Colonel Walter Trefusis becomes an unlikely ally, but also notices there is much more to Lady Mary beyond the eye…

Arthur and Teddy are Coming Out by Ryan Love (available 3rd May) starts with Arthur coming out at age 79. His grandson Teddy is also gay, but not ready to come out after Arthur’s announcement causes family issues. As they both navigate their love lives and find their place in their community, can they and their family accept who they are?

The Perfumist of Paris by Alka Joshi (available 5th April) is the final book in the Jaipur trilogy. Radha lives in 1970s Paris and works for a master perfumer. She enjoys her work but feels her husband doesn’t understand why she does. On a trip to India for her first major project, she discovers that the son she gave up years ago is looking for her, spelling trouble for her marriage.

A Tale of Two Princes by Eric Geron (available 8th March) is about separated identical twins, one the Crown Prince of Canada and the other a cowboy from a ranch. When they meet, their lives are changed. Can they deal with coming out, school and coronations?

Seoulmates by Susan Lee (available 1st February) has Hannah’s life for senior year perfectly planned but it all comes crashing down when her boyfriend leaves her, because she’s not into K-pop and K-dramas. But Hannah’s been trying to be more American and less Korean for years. Maybe it’s time to catch up with her former best friend Jacob, who just happens to be starring in one. (Christina Lauren have been raving about this book, so I’m really excited to read it!)

The Last First Date by Hayley Quinn (available 1st February) finds Helen with a lot of first dates to her name and not much more. Online dating seems the way to go, and Brody sounds perfect. That is, until the app malfunctions and all her contacts are deleted. Can she find Brody based on name and job alone? Will it ever work out if she finds him?

To see other books received/bought this week across the world, 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.

What I read last week:

Playing with Matches by Hannah Orenstein

What I’m reading at the moment:

Bezonomics by Brian Dumaine

What I’ll be reading next:

Hopefully something received under the tree…


6 thoughts on “Mailbox Monday and What I’m Reading: 26/12/22

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  1. What a great assortment of new books! I also hope you found something great under your tree. Come see my week here. Happy holidays and happy reading!

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