There have been some lovely books arriving at Dot Scribbles this week, let me know your thoughts on any of them!
The Night Before Christmas by Scarlett Bailey ( Ebury Press, 27th October) All Lydia's ever wanted is a perfect Christmas... So when her oldest friends invite her to spend the holidays with them, it seems like a dream come true. She's been promised log fires, roasted chestnuts, her own weight in mince pies- all in a setting that looks something out of a Christmas card. But her winter wonderland is ruined when she finds herself snowed in with her current boyfriend, her old flame and a hunky stranger. Well, three (wise) men is traditional at this time of year.
I think this one looks ever so good, plus it arrived with chocolates and a bottle of Baileys so I can't complain!
Pure by Julianna Baggott (Headline Review, February 2nd, 2012) Pure is a dark, haunting and brilliantly written post-apocalyptic novel. It is a sweeping epic which transports the reader to a world which is nightmarish and alien, yet also poetic and beautiful. It is no surprise that Fox 2000 have snapped up the film rights and the motion picture will be produced by Karen Rosenfelt, who is lead producer on the Twilight Saga series.
After the detonation, the world is divided in two: The Pures and the Wretches. Those who were not selected to live a life inside the dome felt the full force of the detonations.- fused to whatever they were closest to- they cut a shocking image. Birds are fused to backs, groups of people fused together to created 'Groupies' and Pressia, holding a doll, now had a dolls head for a hand.
Pressia Belze has lived outside of the Dome ever since the detonations. Struggling for survival she dreams of life inside the safety of the Dome with the 'Pure'. Partridge, himself a Pure, knows that life inside the Dome, under the strict control of the leaders' regime, isn't as perfect as others think. Bound by a history that neither can clearly remember, Pressia and Partridge are destined to forge a new world.
This book sounds so different and interesting, really looking forward to giving it a go.
Miracle on Regent Street by Ali Harris (Simon and Schuster) For the past two years, Evie Taylor had lived an invisible existence in London, a city she hoped would bring sparkle to her life. But all that is about to change. For Winter has brought a flurry of snow and unexpected possibilities. Hidden away in the basement of Hardy's- once London's most elegant department store- Evie manages the stockroom of a shop whose glory days have long since passed. When Evie overhears that Hardy's is at risk if being sold, she secretly hatches a plan. If she can reverse the store's fortunes by December 26th- three weeks away- and transform it into a magical destination once again, she might just be able to save it. But she's going to need every ounce of talent and determination she has. In fact she's going to need a miracle.
I love the cover to this one and it sounds a bit like The Secret Shopper series which I really enjoyed reading.
And Then it Happened by Linda Green (Headline Review, 14th October) Mel Taylor was thirteen years old when she found her Mr Right. Twenty years on they remain blissfully in love. She has the man she adores, a gorgeous daughter, a great job and a dream home. But Mel's seemingly perfect life is spoilt by a dark secret and a niggling fear that her good fortune can't last for ever. Despite her husband Adam telling her to live for the present and stop worrying about the future, Mel can't shake the feeling that someone is about to call time on their happiness.
I have read a couple of Linda Green's books before and they have been really good so I have high hopes for this one too!
The Girl on the Cliff by Lucinda Riley (Penguin, 27th October) Why has a secret from 1914 caused a century of heartache? Troubled by recent loss, Grania Ryan has returned to Ireland and the arms of her loving family. And it is here, on a cliff edge, that she first meets a young girl, Aurora, who will profoundly change her life. Mysteriously drawn to Aurora, Grania discovers that the histories of their families are strangely and deeply entwined...
From a bittersweet romance in wartime London to a troubled relationship in contemporary New York, from devotion to a foundling child to forgotten memories of a lost brother, the Ryans and Lisles, past and present, have been entangled for a century. Ultimately, it will be Aurora whose intuition and remarkable spirit help break the spell and unlock the chains of the past. Haunting, uplifting and deeply moving, Aurora's story tells of the triumph of love over loss.
I read and loved Lucinda Riley's last book Hothouse Flower last year, I am lucky enough to chat to Lucinda via email and I know how excited she is about this book coming out and how hard she has worked on it, sounds great doesn't it!