Wednesday, 22 June 2016

'The Reader' by Traci Chee


Release date: 13th September 2016
Published by:G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
ISBN No:978 0399176777


Sefia knows what it means to survive. After her father is brutally murdered, she flees into the wilderness with her aunt Nin, who teaches her to hunt, track, and steal. But when Nin is kidnapped, leaving Sefia completely alone, none of her survival skills can help her discover where Nin's been taken, or if she's even alive. The only clue to both her aunt's disappearance and her father's murder is the odd rectangular object her father left behind, an object she comes to realize is a book a marvelous item unheard of in her otherwise illiterate society. With the help of this book, and the aid of a mysterious stranger with dark secrets of his own, Sefia sets out to rescue her aunt and find out what really happened the day her father was killed and punish the people responsible. 

With overlapping stories of swashbuckling pirates and merciless assassins, "The Reader" is a brilliantly told adventure from an extraordinary new talent."


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'A Promise Between Friends' by Carol Rivers


Release date: 28th July 2016
Published by: Simon and Schuster UK
ISBN No:978 1471153167


1953: Pretty, ambitious, 19-year-old Ruby Payne and her lifelong friend Kath Rigler are eager to enjoy their post-war independence. Moving away from home to a flat in the East End of London is a chance to break free for them both: Kath from her abusive family and Ruby to escape the unhappy memories of her brother's suicide two years before.

Ruby finds work immediately at a fashionable new dog grooming parlour close to the city. Even though animals aren't really Ruby's thing, she has high hopes of changing her fortunes. Kath isn't quite so lucky and has to make do with her tough factory job, leaning more and more on Ruby for emotional support. 

But then Ruby meets handsome, charming Nick Brandon - and ignores the warnings from those around her that he is trouble. Ruby wants a glamorous life - but it will come at a high cost.


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'The Prodigal Daughter' by Prue Leith


Release date:15th September 2016
Published by: Quercus
ISBN No:978 1784290672


Angelica Angelotti has grown up in the family restaurant business started by her Italian father, Giovanni, and his English wife, Laura. Surrounded by gorgeous Italian food, now she wants to strike out on her own. Defying her father's wishes, she moves to Paris to learn French cuisine. There, caught up in the excitement and emotion of the May '68 student riots, she falls in love with a charismatic but unreliable man.
Back in London with her husband, Angelica's future career blossoms at the Savoy Hotel and further develops when she becomes a food writer. What happens to her marriage is another matter and her parents' concerns are proved painfully right. 

Moving back to run the inn on her family's estate in Gloucestershire may feel like failure, but little does Angelica know that what awaits her there is the greatest challenge of her life - and a second chance at love.


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'The Charmers' by Elizabeth Adler


Release date: 28th June 2016
Published by: Minotaur Books
ISBN No:978 1250058195


When Mirabella Matthews Aunt Jolly dies unexpectedly and under mysterious circumstances Mirabella suddenly finds herself the new owner of a villa in the South of France. But with the inheritance come unexpected mysteries and dangers.
On her way to the villa, Mirabella is run off the road by a motorcycle, and that s only just the beginning. It turns out that Aunt Jolly had a past, and as the various men who were a part of it show up Mirabella must find out who can be trusted and who is using charm to mask the face of a murderer.
Told with Elizabeth Adler's signature attention to detail, strong female characters, and luxurious setting, "The Charmers" is a page-turner of a novel that will keep you riveted up until the very last page."


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'Rushing Waters' by Danielle Steel


Release date: 8th September 2016
Published by: Bantam Press
ISBN No: 978 0593069141


As Hurricane Ophelia bears down on New York City, millions are caught up in the horrific flooding it unleashes.

Successful interior designer Ellen Wharton flies into New York from London, heedless of the hurricane warnings. She is intent on seeing her mother, Grace. But when the storm hits, the women are forced to wade through freezing waters to the police boats outside.

British investment banker Charles Williams is travelling on business but is also eager to see his young daughters, who live with his beautiful, estranged ex-wife. As the hurricane rages, he desperately checks the shelters where thousands have taken refuge to find them, and runs into Ellen and her mother.

Meanwhile Juliette Dubois, a dedicated ER doctor, fights to save lives when the generators at the hospital fail.

The day of chaos takes its toll as New Yorkers struggle to face a natural disaster of epic proportions. But as lives are shattered, heroes are revealed – and then the real challenge begins, when the survivors face their futures . . . 


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'Scourge of Henry VIII: The Life of Marie de Guise' by Melanie Clegg


Release date: 30th August 2016
Published by: Pen and Sword History
ISBN No: 978 1473848382


Although Mary, Queen of Scots continues to fascinate both historians and the general public alike, the story of her mother, Marie de Guise, is much less well known. A political power in her own right, she was born into the powerful and ambitious Lorraine family, spending her formative years at the dazzling and licentious court of Francois I. Although briefly courted by Henry VIII, she instead married his nephew, James V of Scotland, in 1538. James' premature death four years later left their six day old daughter, Mary, as Queen and presented Marie with the formidable challenge of winning the support of the Scottish people and protecting her daughter's threatened birthright. Content until now to remain in the background and play the part of the obedient wife, Marie spent the next eighteen years effectively governing Scotland, devoting her considerable intellect, courage and energy to safeguarding her daughter's inheritance by using a deft mixture of cunning, charm, determination and tolerance.The last serious biography of Marie de Guise was published in 1977 and whereas plenty of attention has been paid to the mistakes of her daughter's eventful but brief reign, the time has come for a fresh assessment of this most fascinating and under appreciated of sixteenth century female rulers.


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Thursday, 9 June 2016

'The Flame Never Dies' by Rachel Vincent


Release date:16th August 2016
Published by: Delacorte Press
ISBN No:978 0385744195


ONE SPARK WILL RISE. Nina Kane was born to be an exorcist. And since uncovering the horrifying truth that the war against demons is far from over seventeen-year-old Nina and her pregnant younger sister, Mellie, have been on the run, incinerating the remains of the demon horde as they go. 

In the badlands, Nina, Mellie, and Finn, the fugitive and rogue exorcist who saved her life, find allies in a group of freedom fighters. They also face a new threat: Pandemonia, a city full of demons. But this fresh new hell is the least of Nina's worries. The well of souls ran dry more than a century ago, drained by the demons secretly living among humans, and without a donor soul, Mellie's child will die within hours of its birth. 
Nina isn't about to let that happen . . . even if it means she has to make the ultimate sacrifice. 


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