I have been completely spoilt this week and my postman has been very busy with lots of packages being delivered for Dot Scribbles!!
The lovely people at Simon & Schuster sent me a goodie bag of books as I wasn't able to attend their blogger's event, I'm really looking forward to reading these books, here's what I got:
Pictures of Lily by Paige Toon- Ten years ago when Lily was just sixteen, she fell in love with someone she really shouldn't have fallen in love with. Now, living in Sydney and engaged to another man, she can't forget the one that got away. Then her past comes back to haunt her, and she has to make a decision that will break her heart- and the heart of at least one of the men who love her.
Bad Day in Blackrock by Kevin Power- One August night in Dublin, Conor Harris was killed by three kicks to the head. Bang Bang Bang. This is the worst thing that ever happened to us. This is the only story I will ever be able to tell.
The White Woman On The Green Bicycle by Monique Roffey- When George and Sabine Harwood arrive in Trindad from Englnd George is immediately seduced by the beguiling island. But Sabine feels isolated, heat-fatigued, and ill at ease. Her only solace is her growing fixation with Eric Williams, the charismatic leader of Trinidad's new national party, to whom she pours out all her hopes and fears for the future in letters that she never brings herself to send. As the years progress, George and Sabine's marriage endures for better and for worse. When George discovers Sabine's cache of letters, he realises just how many secrets she's kept from him- and he from her- over the decades. And he is seized by an urgent, desperate need to prove his love for her...
Eleven by Mark Watson- Find out how eleven lives are affected by a single chain of events in this extraordinary new novel by one of Britain's best loved comedians.
Daugfhters of Fortune by Tara Hyland- William Melville's daughters are heiresses to the world' most exclusive fashion dynasty. Beautiful and rich, they are envied by all. But behind the glittering facade of their lives, each girl hides a dark secret that threatens to tear their family apart.Smart, ambitious Elizabeth knows how to manipulate every man she meets, except the one who counts: her father. Gentle, naive Caitlin, the illegitimate child, struggling to fit into a world of privilege while staying true to herself. Stunning, spoilt Amber, the party girl with a weakness for bad boys; more fragile than anyone realises. As each of them seeks to carve out their own destiny, Elizabeth, Caitlin and Amber face difficult choices, which will take them in wildly different directions. But as old wounds resurface and threaten to destroy the foundations of the Melville empire, their paths will cross again. Because the simple truth is that, no matter how far you go, you cannot escape the claims of family.
I have been sent three books for review this week and they all look very interesting, they are:
Up Close and Personal by Leonie Fox (Penguin 5th August) Yasmin is a straight-talking game player who's got no-strings sex down to a T. So why is she suddenly craving commitment from the one man she' can't have? Nicole is trapped in a passionless marriage but tangled up in a passionate affair. Should she risk the safety of her happy-ever-after for something that's oh-so-sexy but oh-so-risky? They both envy Juliet, who seems to have it all. She's bagged a gorgeous toy boy of a husband, but is she still entertaining naughty thoughts about a dangerous old flame? These girls will go to the ends of the earth for one another... and any lengths to get their men. But when everything starts to unravel, will they choose friendship- or sex?
Juliet by Anne Fortier (Harper 19th August) When Julie Jacobs inherits a key to a safety deposit box in Siena, she is told it will lead her to an old family treasure. Soon she is launched on a precarious journey into the history of her ancestor Giulietta, whose love for a young man named Romeo inspired Shakespeare's unforgettable story. As Julie crosses paths with the families who turned medieval Siena upside down, she begins to realize that the notorious curse- 'a plague on both your houses' is still at work.
Finally my lovely sister has lent me this book which I have heard brilliant things about:
The Last Letter from your Lover by Jojo Moyes (Hodder & Stoughton) Romantic and poignant, Jojo Moyes's novel of passion, adultery and heartbreak is also a quiet lament of the lost art of the love letter.