Month: March 2016

Look for it soon: Everyone Brave is Forgiven

Recently I had the very great privilege of attending the 8th Annual Emirates Airline Festival of Literature in Dubai to hear Chris Cleave speak FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME  EVER IN PUBLIC about his new novel, Everyone Brave is Forgiven. Based on his grandparents’ experience of World War II in London and throughout the Siege of Malta, I think I simply must just read again after having heard him speak.

Everyone Brave is Forgiven will be released in the U.S. on May 3rd. (Sorry America, the British Cover is soooo much better)Unknown-1

 

 

 

 

 

Look for our review coming soon!

Available March 29th: Sawbones

Available March 29th:  Sawbones by Melissa Lenhardt

***3/5 stars-liked it27173477

Billed as Outlander meets the Civil War, Sawbones certainly has the medicine and the violence.

Recommended readers:

  • If you like an independent female protagonist,
  • and if you like westerns, this one is for you.

Here’s my Rankings:

  • 3/5 characters
  • 3/5 plot
  • 3/5 overall
  • 4/5 steaminess … including violence

REVIEW FROM BOOKS FOR HER:

 

Complete with a woman doctor on the run, a western outpost in the midst of the Indian Wars, and a dashing young captain, this one has it all: history, mystery, suspense, violence and even romance. (Think shaving a injured man, changing his bandages that sort of thing…)  Action packed and not short on dark and twisty violence, Sawbones is the first in a new series starting Dr. Catherine Bennet, aka Laura Elliston, a spunky, independent protagonist worth her mettle.

Available on Amazon on March 29th: Sawbones

Review: The Summer Before the War

Available March 22nd : The Summer Before the War

****4/5 stars-loved it

From the author of Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand, a charming novel about a coastal English village on the cusp of great change at the dawn of Great War.

Recommended readers:

  • readers of WWI fiction
  • anglophiles

Here’s my Rankings:

  • 4/5 characters
  • 4/5 plot
  • 4/5 overall

REVIEW FROM BOOKS FOR HER:

Beatrice Nash is orphaned, penniless, and prettier than she ought to be for a spinster about to take over Latin instruction at a village school on the English Coast.  Together with well-written characters from village matriarchs to Belgian refugees, gypsies, precocious young boys, and eligible young men, Beatrice weathers the storm in that ambigious moment of sea change in British culture: the Great War. Told with charm and that famous British wit, The Summer Before the War is a novel about the social conventions of Edwardian England and the moment they began to break apart.

 

Available soon: The Summer Before the War

Coming Soon: Just Fall

Available March 22nd: Just Fall by Nina Sadowsky

***3.5/5 stars- I guess I liked it…it kept me up all night…

From the writer of the Wedding Planner, a terrifying sexy thriller.  Really.

Recommended readers:

  • If you like a fast-paced murder-mystery-thriller,
  • If you like stories that keep you guessing and reading past your bedtime,
  • And if you like things like Gone Girl, this one’s for you.

Here’s my Rankings:

  • 3.5/5 for characters
  • 3.5/5 for plot
  • 3.5/5 overall

REVIEW FROM BOOKS FOR HER:

In the midst of their wedding celebration, Ellie discovers that her new husband has mysterious past as a stone cold killer.  Forced to choose between her husband and right and wrong, we follow Ellie through wildly suspenseful back-and-forth twists, with “Now” and “Then” chapters that keep the suspense going and reveal how the lovers have ended up in such a mess. Bottom line: Just Fall is a dark and edgy sexy thriller, occasionally creepy to the point of gross, and it will keep you up to the end.

Check it out if you dare on March 22nd

 

Review: The Railwayman’s Wife

Available April 5: The Railwayman’s Wife: A Novel

****4/5 stars-loved itThe Railwayman's Wife

Emotional and thoughtful, The Railwayman’s Wife will break your heart.

Recommended readers:

  • Post War literature
  • Fans of slow-building, emotional reads
  • Looking for something deeper from your book

Here’s my Rankings:

  • 5/5 characters
  • 4/5 plot
  • 4/5 overall

REVIEW FROM BOOKS FOR HER:

The Railwayman’s Wife is a touching, emotional read that will break your heart with a thoughtful smile. A little slow to get started, don’t give up on this post-World-War-II novel set in a small Australian coastal town. The novel builds and draws you in as you get to know the pain and suffering following war from several perspectives – a widow, a doctor and a solder-turned-poet. Without giving away the ending – which is worth getting to – it will break your heart again while giving you a new perspective on life.

Available on Amazon April 5: The Railwayman’s Wife: A Novel

Chasing the North Star

Available April 5: Chasing the North Star: A Novel

****4.5/5 stars-loved itRobertMorganChasingtheNorthStar

A fabulous novel of a young slave’s journey to freedom. It’s simple and lyrical … how literature should be.

Recommended readers:

  • Fans of American Lit
  • If you like simple, plain prose
  • If you are a fan of Charles Frazier (Cold Mountain)

Here’s my Rankings:

  • 5/5 characters
  • 4/5 plot
  • 4.5/5 overall
  • 4/5 steaminess … some graphic insinuations

REVIEW FROM BOOKS FOR HER:

It was refreshing to take a break from my usual lighthearted historical romance, and step into another place in our nation’s history and deep into the mind of Jonah Williams, a runaway slave on his way to the north and freedom. The writing is so simple and uncomplicated – but lyrical in its own way. Without too much pretense, Chasing the North Star is how literature should be – guileless, poetic and engaging. Robert Morgan expertly builds both Jonah and Angel, a fellow runaway slave following Jonah north, to captivate readers in their simplicity and honest approach to life just trying to find their place in a challenging time. The characters are key, but so is their journey. A must-read for American history literature fans.

This genre is more for Books for Her/Erin – so if you’re looking for some more, check out some of her reviews here.

Available on Amazon April 5: Chasing the North Star: A Novel

Coming Soon: The Travelers

Available March 8th: The Travelers by Chris Pavone

****3.5/5 stars- really liked it

Just an everyday experience in the life of a travel writer: becoming an international spy overnight.

Recommended readers:

  • If you like fast-paced thrillers,
  • If you like stories that keep you guessing,
  • And if you like spy novels, this book is for you.

Here’s my Rankings:

  • 3.5/5 for characters
  • 3.5/5 for plot
  • 3.5/5 overall

REVIEW FROM BOOKS FOR HER:

Travel writer Will Rhodes has it all: a home, a loving wife, and a jet setting career for a multi-million dollar travel magazine….or does he?   One night on assignment in Argentina, a beautiful and mysterious woman (what else?) draws Will  into a mysterious world of conspiracy and lies.  As he races around the world  behind the scenes, Will begins to see that not all is as it seems, as the reader is treated to far-off places and events.  Fast-paced and fun, The Travelers is a satisfying spy novel.

Read The Travelers on March 8th