There are too many books by fave authors coming out that I haven’t had a chance to read yet!
Top of mind comes Paris for One, Jojo Moyes’ short story collection, though it’s next in my To Be Listened To queue (the Kirkus reviewer thought it was charming).
I hope to get my hands on Sherry Thomas’ A Study in Scarlet Women soon. She’s one of my favorite writers and I’m really looking forward to her female take on Sherlock (“Charlotte”) Holmes. (The Kirkus reviewer claimed it was “for fans of etiquette-flouting heroines who desire truth while being true to their desires—gastronomic, romantic, and cerebral,” which sounds good to me!)
I’ve also missed Juliana Gray’s (aka Beatriz Williams) A Most Extraordinary Pursuit so far. The Kirkus review seemed lukewarm on this one, but I love the writer, so I’ll give it a read. I’m also excited to see the next book in the series will feature the Duke of Olympia meeting his match - fans of past Juliana Gray titles may feel the same way.
Additionally, thanks to my library and some friends and publishers, I’ve caught up on some historical titles I’ve been waiting to “read” - and I have some recommendations for you if you haven’t read them yet.
Joanna Shupe’s Magnate has been getting rave reviews from the romance world, and I really enjoyed it! (Kirkus liked it too.) Shupe has great pacing, shapes her characters really well, and has terrific high romance moments—plus she writes a very sexy love scene. She is a great up-and-coming author who hasn’t quite reached her full potential yet, I think—but this start to a new Gilded Age series is intense and mesmerizing, and I think she’s only getting better. Can’t wait to see what she comes up with for the rest of the Knickerbocker boys. ;o)
William Morrow kindly sent me a copy of The Secrets of Nanreath Hall by Alix Rickloff, and I thought this family drama/romance that spans World War I and World War II was a wonderful historical debut for this talented author. After evacuating from Dunkirk nurse Anna Trenowyth is assigned to an estate hospital, only to discover that she’s related to the aristocratic family who lives there. Met by her newfound relatives with a spectrum of emotions ranging from warmth to hostility, her unexpected homecoming stirs up some long buried secrets that may change everything for the Trenowyths but also help Anna heal from a lifetime of fear and abandonment issues when she discovers some truths about her parents and their own tragic love story. I highly recommend this title to fans of historical fiction set against the chaos of these two wars. Rickloff does a great job of bringing both time periods to life, and both mother and daughter have to deal with class issues as well as the trauma and heightened romantic intensity of war.
I read The Bride Says No, Cathy Maxwell’s first installment of The Brides of Wishmore series, a few months ago and just caught The Bride Says Maybe (Book 2) from my library. Really enjoyed it and look forward to Book 3, The Groom Says Yes. (I love this author, and her recent release, The Fairest of Them All, received a starred Kirkus review.)
What are you reading these days? Have you read any of these, and what did you think?