Monday, 25 February 2013

New fiction titles for February and March

New fiction titles for February and March include:

Dead heading Catherine Aird
Luck of the draw Piers Anthony
Best kept secret Jeffrey Archer
Life after life Kate Atkinson
Written in red Anne Bishop
Farside Ben Bova
Robert B Parker’s Fool me twice Michael Brandman
Decent interval Simon Brett
Collateral damage Dale Brown
Six years Harlan Coben
Childhood of Jesus JM Coetzee
Harvest Jim Crace
Striker Clive Cussler
Ides of April Lindsey Davis
Ripples on a pond Joy Dettman
Untitled Vince Flynn
Accidental husband Jane Green
Brother’s tears J.M Gregson
9th girl Tami Hoag
Blood of dragons Robin Hobb
Guilt Jonathan Kellerman
Honey Queen Cathy Kelly
Killer in the wind Andrew Klavan
Robert B Parker’s Ironhorse Robert Knott
New watch Sergei Lukyanenko
Imager’s battallion LE Modesitt
Heartbreak hotel Deborah Moggach
Woman from Paris Santa Montefiore
Accursed Joyce Carol Oates
Daddy love Joyce Carol Oates
Instructions for a heatwave Maggie O’Farrell
Between friends Amos Oz
Time of our lives Lynda Page
Storyteller Jodi Picoult
Elsewhens Melanie Rawn
Whiskey beach Nora Roberts
Love match Nora Roberts
With all my love Patricia Scanlan
Until the end of time Danielle Steel
All fall down Harry Turtledove
Child’s child Barbara Vine
Collateral damage Stuart Woods

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Monday, 18 February 2013

Better than chocolate by Sheila Roberts

This is a lovely story about the Sterling family who are trying desperately to save their Sweet Dreams Chocolate Company from going bankrupt and taken over by the bank.

The company is located in a quaint little Bavarian alpine town called Icicle Falls in Washington has been in the Sterling family for generations, ever since the family’s Great Grandma Rose dreamed up her first fabulous recipe and located the company on prime real estate on a block called “Foodies Paradise”, sharing the street with stores such as Gingerbread Haus, Cassandra Wilkie’s fantasy bakery, the Spice Rack and Bavarian Brews.

Unfortunately , while the company was being run by the late step father, Waldo, it started to go bankrupt and after his death it was discovered he let his life insurance lapse. As it had also been a lean year for snow, the township’s income dropped causing several once thriving shops to become shuttered.

Saving the company falls on the new head of the company, the headstrong eldest daughter , Samantha, to come up with a way to save it. After Samantha tries to ask the new bank manager, Blake Preston, for an extension on their loan and it’s refused, she does some brainstorming with her two sisters and mother they decide to have a chocolate festival in February for Valentine’s Day but only have little time to organize it.

The whole town gets behind it after some convincing and all pitch in to make it a success although the festival doesn’t save the company. It’s not until the end of the book that it’s saved from a surprise investor, someone whom Samantha had always thought of as the enemy but who turns out to be the hero.

We get to know Muriel, the girl’s mother, who is grieving the loss of her second husband , Waldo, and share the secrets she’s kept from her daughters. Once they learn of them, it makes them understand why their stepfather acted so recklessly in his last years. She grows, through strong friendships with her support group, into becoming independent and learning to write again.

We also get to know Samantha’s other sisters, Cecily and Bailey, who come back to Icicles Falls, to help run the chocolate festival.

It’s a lovely story of family relationships, misunderstandings, strong small communities working together and romance with the bonus of some chocolate recipes at the end.


Monday, 11 February 2013

House of memories by Monica McInerney

Following a tragic accident, Ella O'Hanlon flees to the other side of the world in an attempt to escape her grief, leaving behind the two people she blames for her loss: Aidan, the love of her life, and Jess, her spoilt half-sister.

In London Ella is taken in by her beloved uncle Lucas, whose extraordinary house holds many wonderful memories for her. Along with other members of the very colourful Fox family, Lucas helps Ella to see that she is not the only one still hurting, and that forgiveness can be the greatest healer in a family and in a marriage.

House of memories is the latest novel by Australian- born Dublin-based author Monica McInerney. Set in Australia, London and the USA the story takes you on a heart wrenching journey through the lives of Ella O’Hanlon and her extended family. Each chapter is told through different characters eyes to give you an understanding of how the tragedy has affected each individual. While this book had me reaching for the tissues a few times, I found it to be completely absorbing, heartfelt and poignant. After the disappointment of Monica’s last book, Lola’s secret, this wonderfully written book has her put her back onto my favourite authors list.