Monday, 29 July 2013

New fiction titles for August

What, August is here already? Here is a list of the latest fiction titles which have been recently acquired by the libraries:

Let the games begin Niccolo Ammaniti
Maddaddam Margaret Atwood
Best man Dianne Blacklock
New earth Ben Bova
Highway C.J. Box
Deadline Sandra Brown
Bride wore size 12 Meg Cabot
Mayan secrets Clive Cussler & Tom Perry
Young lion Blanche D’Alpuget
Guts Roddy Doyle
White princess Philippa Gregory
Let it burn Steve Hamilton
Strange shores Arnaldur Indridason
Hunting Eve Iris Johansen
Predator Faye Kellerman
Doctor sleep Stephen King
Emperor of thorns Mark Lawrence
Last word Lisa Lutz
Broken angels Graham Masterton
Counselor Cormac McCarthy
Classified Fern Michaels
Mistress James Patterson
Loss of innocence Richard North Patterson
Bones of the lost Kathy Reichs
Companions R.A. Salvatore
English girl Daniel Silva
Singing of the dead Dana Stabenow
Two fronts Harry Turtledove
Beginnings David Weber
Storm riders Margaret Weis

Did you see something you liked? Just place your (free!) hold via our online catalogue or come into one of our branches and ask for a recommendation from our friendly staff. We're always happy to offer suggestions for your next great read.


Monday, 22 July 2013

The lives she left behind by James Long

The Lives She Left Behind is a sequel but when I picked it I was not aware of this. However it isn’t essential to have read Ferney, James Long’s first novel is this storyline.

The story summary on the book doesn’t do it justice. As I started this simply as a interesting read being rather concerned that it didn’t end up being a mushy romance, an incredible story evolved.

It involves a love story that spans the ages. Teenagers Jo and Luke living completely different lives in separate parts of England, are compellingly drawn to the village of Pen Selwood and to each other, gradually they learn why and through their eyes the history of the area, Somerset, is described with stunning detail. Both of them are in fact old souls, Ferney and Gally, and have to come to terms with the difficulties of living in the modern age, to face up to the pain they have caused others and try to find a way forward. The narrative is beautiful and compelling: Long’s ambitious story is simply unforgettable.

I couldn’t put the book down and read it in two days. Very different and so well created and wonderfully written.


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Monday, 8 July 2013

New fiction titles for July

July brings an abundance of new titles to help you while away the winter months. Grab the latest offering from your favourite author or try something new, the choice is yours! You can place a (free!) hold via our online catalogue or come into one of our branches and ask for a recommendation from our friendly staff. Happy winter reading!

My husband next door Catherine Alliott
Quarry Iain Banks
Long war Stephen Baxter/Terry Pratchett
Witch wraith Terry Brooks
Earth afire Orson Scott Card
Triumph Janet Dailey
Sweet salt air Barbara Delinksy
Death angel Linda Fairstein
Hotshot Julie Garwood
Ways of the world Robert Goddard
Last witness W.E.B Griffin
Heir to greyladies Anna Jacobs
Fire witness Lars Keplar
Fists of Demetrius William King
Burdens of the dead Mercedes Lackey
Taming of Ryder Cavanaugh Stephanie Laurens
True colours Stephen Leather
Lady of passion Freda Lightfoot
Dexter’s final cut Lindsay Jeff
Obsession Claire Lorrimer
Lifetime Liza Marklund
Calling Mrs Christmas Carole Matthews
Ocean child Tamara McKinley
Blossom sisters Fern Michaels
Secrets of the lighthouse Santa Montefiore
Goliath stone Larry Niven
Protector Diana Palmer
Second honeymoon James Patterson
No man’s nightingale Ruth Rendell
Watching you Michael Robotham
Masters of war Chris Ryan
Legion and the emperor’s soul Brandon Sanderson
Corporal’s wife Gerald Seymour
Unseen Karin Slaughter
Hunter’s moon Dana Stabenow
First sight Danielle Steel
Island girls Nancy Thayer
Atonement of blood Peter Tremayne
Long live the King Fay Weldon
Apple orchard Susan Wiggs
Inches of ashes David Wingrove


The Engagement by Chloe Hooper

An Australian novel much reviewed that I really enjoyed. One of the more compelling novels I have picked up for quite some time.

The storyline is intriguing and is unravelled with good tension and I found myself gripped with the overwhelming menace that is provoked.

Liese Campbell is going to stay with a man for the weekend. This is a man she knows and has sex with...a man who pays her. "I've never been with a prostitute before, he said after our bondage session, as if apologising for the awkwardness. I've never been a prostitute before, I thought. The word itself seemed to make me one."

What Liese imagines will be a dirty weekend quickly proves to be something more than that. Alexander is a different man then she thought and as the weekend progresses the atmosphere grows darker and fraught with tension. What game is Alexander playing? What role in his fantasies had he cast her? "The routine between us was my creation. I had sketched out its shape, and for months had lived under its shelter. But desires bend and stretch, and in the web of his mind, my imaginings had gone bad. How can you leave? my fiance's eyes mocked. How can you possibly escape your own fantasy?"

The book is very well written and I could hear a time bomb in my head getting louder as the story gets darker waiting for the climax but not knowing what that would be. This is a story that haunts the read for a long time and leaves with more questions. It is so good to read such a talented Australian author as Chloe Hooper.


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Monday, 1 July 2013

Too hot to handle by Kate Agnew

If you enjoy a light read similar in style to Jackie Collins then you’ll enjoy this book about a retired actor who owns an ultra exclusive hotel resort on the Caribbean island of St Barts called Paradise who brings together a glittering selection of guests free of charge to the resort but has an ulterior motive in doing so. It’s a sultry tale of romance, glamour and intrigue.

The story starts with a young woman who has been spurred by her lover and commits suicide and it’s not until the end of the book that we find out who she is and how she relates to the retired actor,Gabriel Abbot.

The next chapters introduce us to the other characters in the story who all are invited to the island and their stories. First we meet Molly, a chambermaid working in the Temple Bar in Dublin who at twenty-one is the main income earner for her family which consists of a drunken father who beats her, a sister who has married an moved away, an older brother abroad studying and sixteen year twins, one of who is getting into trouble with the law. It’s through circumstance that she meets Gabriel Abbott who offers her a job at Paradise, which after a severe beating from her father, is finally convinced by her older brother to leave and take the offer.

We get to know Gabriel’s story of how he came to America from England in 1959 and became an actor playing bit parts along the likes of Marilyn Monroe and Gary Grant but who was a closet homosexual who had to keep his fifteen year relationship to another big star male actor a secret. It wasn’t until that actor died of Aids that Gabriel’s secret came out which caused him to give up Hollywood and move to St Barts.

The other characters include:

Mal, a mega rock star and Lexi, a Hollywood star, newlyweds who both have the world at their feet but raise speculation to see if their marriage will last as they got married in haste one drunken night which both of them don’t remember the next morning. We also met his mother who gatecrashers their honeymoon on Paradise who dislikes Lexi.

Lauren and Sebastian who are struggling to save their marriage, Delilah, the glamour puss cougar that has her eye on all the male guests and Clyde Scott, a rumpled looking novelist with two broken marriages who is struggling with his writer’s block.

While on the resort, we get to know all their secrets and there’s plenty of scandal, relationships breaking, new ones starting and a shooting at the end of the story when we discover Gabriel’s reason for inviting these guest to his resort.


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