Some great bargains this week and some still available if you fancy some of them for yourself. Don’t forget if you join me on Facebook you’ll get the lowdown as soon as I spot them.
Cousins by Salley Vickers courtesy of NetGalley due for publication 3 November.
How much can love ask of us?
Brilliant and mercurial Will Tye suffers a life changing accident. The terrible event ripples through three generations of the complex and eccentric Tye family, bringing to light old tragedies and dangerous secrets. Each member of the family holds some clue to the chain of events which may have led to the accident and each holds themselves to blame. Most closely affected is Will’s cousin Cecelia, whose affinity with Will leaves her most vulnerable to his suffering and whose own life is for ever changed by how she will respond to it.
Told through the eyes of three women close to Will, his sister, his grandmother and his aunt, Cousins is a novel weaving darkness and light which takes us from the outbreak of World War Two to the present day, exploring the recurrence of tragedy, the nature of trangression, and the limits of morality and love.
The Last Days of Summer by Sophie Pembroke only 99p
Saskia has always loved Rosewood. It was her family home, her sanctuary and her memories of it are vividly alive even after two years of being absent. Never did she think she would be standing in the rose garden afraid to cross the threshold and own up to the past she had run away from.
So much about Rosewood hasn’t changed, everyone still dresses for dinner, sips cocktails on the terrace, her father cooks every delicious meal and her beloved grandfather still tells spellbinding stories. But the cold reception from her grandmother, Ellie’s complete avoidance of her and the judgmental gaze of Edward, her grandfather’s new assistant (who seems to know more than enough about her past), are all new to Kia.
All Kia needs to do is attend her grandparent’s Golden Wedding Party and make it to the train station without her secret coming out. What could possible go wrong in just one weekend?
Lie in Wait by G J Minett. Eagerly awaited after last years excellent debut Hidden Legacy and on offer at 98p!
Owen Hall has always been different. A big man with an unusual fixation, one who prefers to put his trust in number patterns rather than in people, it’s unsurprising that he’d draw the attention of a bully.
Or a murder investigation.
And, in the storm of emotions and accusations that erupts when a violent killing affects a small town, it soon becomes clear that a particularly clever murderer might just get away with it.
All they’d need is a likely suspect . . .
A Life Like Other People’s by Alan Bennett. Bargain at 99p
Alan Bennett’s A Life Like Other People’s is a poignant family memoir offering a portrait of his parents’ marriage and recalling his Leeds childhood, Christmases with Grandma Peel, and the lives, loves and deaths of his unforgettable aunties Kathleen and Myra. Bennett’s powerful account of his mother’s descent into depression and later dementia comes hand in hand with the uncovering of a long-held tragic secret. A heartrending and at times irresistibly funny work of autobiography by one of the best-loved English writers alive today.
House of Secrets by Lynda Stacey. Another book with a Yorkshire setting for 99p
A woman on the run, a broken man and a house with a shocking secret …
Madeleine Frost has to get away. Her partner Liam has become increasingly controlling to the point that Maddie fears for her safety, and that of her young daughter Poppy. .
Desperation leads Maddie to the hotel owned by her estranged father – the extraordinarily beautiful Wrea Head Hall in Yorkshire. There, she meets Christopher ‘Bandit’ Lawless, an ex-marine and the gamekeeper of the hall, whose brusque manner conceals a painful past.
After discovering a diary belonging to a previous owner, Maddie and Bandit find themselves immersed in the history of the old house, uncovering its secrets, scandals, tragedies – and, all the while, becoming closer.
But Liam still won’t let go, he wants Maddie back, and when Liam wants something he gets it, no matter who he hurts …
Looking for Lucy by Julie Houston – 99p
Clementine needs to find Lucy before it’s all too late. She also knows bringing up a child on your own down on Emerald Street where the street walkers ply their trade isn’t easy, even when your daughter’s as adorable as four-year-old Allegra. So when Peter Broadbent, wealthy, kind and possessed of the most beautiful house Clementine has ever seen, proposes, it seems almost too good to be true. It is…
Still Alice by Lisa Genova – 99p
Alice Howland is proud of the life she worked so hard to build. At fifty, she’s a cognitive psychology professor at Harvard and a renowned expert in linguistics, with a successful husband and three grown children. When she begins to grow forgetful and disoriented, she dismisses it for as long as she can until a tragic diagnosis changes her life – and her relationship with her family and the world around her – for ever.
Unable to care for herself, Alice struggles to find meaning and purpose as her concept of self gradually slips away. But Alice is a remarkable woman, and her family learn more about her and each other in their quest to hold on to the Alice they know. Her memory hanging by a frayed thread, she is living in the moment, living for each day. But she is still Alice.
Edward Adrift by Craig Lancaster 99p
It’s been a year of upheaval for Edward Stanton, a forty-two-year-old with Asperger’s syndrome. He’s lost his job. His trusted therapist has retired. His best friends have moved away. And even his nightly ritual of watching Dragnet reruns has been disrupted. All of this change has left Edward, who lives his life on a rigid schedule, completely flummoxed.
But when his friend Donna calls with news that her son Kyle is in trouble, Edward leaves his comfort zone in Billings, Montana, and drives to visit them in Boise, where he discovers Kyle has morphed from a sweet kid into a sullen adolescent. Inspired by dreams of the past, Edward goes against his routine and decides to drive to a small town in Colorado where he once spent a summer with his father—bringing Kyle along as his road trip companion. The two argue about football and music along the way, and amid their misadventures, they meet an eccentric motel owner who just might be the love of Edward’s sheltered life—if only he can let her.
Charity Shop Purchases
Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith
Foxwood: Another Year by Jan Marsh
Deadly Pursuits by Robyn Sheffield
Tangle by Meg Elizabeth Atkins
You have talked me into getting Lie in Wait, even though I have the first one still unread.
Here’s my list for the week – not many review copies this time.
Where Dragonflies Hover by AnneMarie Brear (99p)
Late Summer in the Vineyard by Jo Thomas (Amazon Vine)
Some Veil Did Fall by Kirsty Ferry (99p)
Talking to the Dead by Harry Bingham (99p)
Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple (£1.99)
This Last Kiss by Madeleine Reiss (£1.99)
The Holiday Swap by Zara Stoneley (Netgalley)
What Goes Around by Julie Corbin (99p)
Lost Girl by Billy Mclaughlin (freebie)
Fallen by Fiona McCready (freebie)
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Go and read Hidden Legacy ASAP it’s fabulous!! Can’t believe the new one is a giveaway price. I’m now off to investigate your list so will feedback later.
OK not too bad today. Already have the Bingham, Semple and McCready. Have added Late Summer in the Vineyard to my wishlist and quite interested in Some Veil did Fall (partly because of the mention of Rossetti – a hero of mine). So nothing bought so far, but it’s not lunchtime yet 😉
Well done on resisting today. I will try and read Hidden Legacy asap – it’s a Netgalley one so I should have read it long ago really.
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