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29 November 2015

December 2015 Releases!

And then it was December! The month that means Christmas is almost upon us (I can't wait!) but also the month that means the end of the year is almost here. I can hardly believe it, because I can still clearly remember the start of 2015. It has been quite a year and I am really excited to share some of my favourite 2015 reads as we get closer to December 31st. However, right now, I'd like to focus on some of the amazing novels that will be released this upcoming month, so be sure to scroll down to find some inspiration for your Christmas wish list!

Which releases are you excited about? I'd love to hear from you! If you'd like me to include your book release in this list, feel free to contact me via e-mail or Twitter! :)
Lucy Holliday - 'A Night in with Marilyn Monroe' (3 December)

The last few months have been a whirlwind for Libby Lomax, not only is she dating the hottest man on the planet, but there now seems to be a decent career alternative on offer to the failed actress one that she seemed unable to escape. She can hardly believe that life is finally turning around.

But her optimism seems short-lived when she realises that Dillon O’Hara is about as far away from steady boyfriend material that it possible to get. Then, when another uninvited guest, in the form of Marilyn Monroe, turns up on her ancient sofa, Libby finds she would willingly bite her own arm off for a return to normality. Thank goodness her best friend Ollie is still there to keep her feet on the ground.

Libby doubts that Marilyn is really the right person to offer her relationship advice, but perhaps she should listen up, before it’s too late...

Why so excited? --> This novel is the follow-up to 'A Night in with Audrey Hepburn' which was released earlier this year and which received many positive reviews. I am really excited to check out Lucy Holliday's work. I love the covers of her books and have a feeling the stories are definitely worth the read as well! / / Goodreads

Danielle Steel - 'Precious Gifts' (3 December)

One act of love will change one family’s destiny.

As a devoted mother, Veronique Parker has dedicated herself to her three daughters, before and since her divorce.

Her world is turned upside down when her former husband dies suddenly, leaving her and their daughters astonishing inheritances: a painting of mysterious provenance, a château in the south of France, the freedom to pursue their dreams, and a shocking revelation from the past.

The precious gifts he left will lead them on a journey certain to change Veronique and her daughters’ destinies in the most surprising of ways...

Why so excited? --> Danielle Steel is one of the most popular and well-loved authors within the world of women's fiction. So far I've had the pleasure of reading only one of her novels, which I quite enjoyed. I look forward to checking out more of Danielle Steel's work and 'Precious Gifts' sounds like a lovely holiday read! / / Goodreads

Judy Astley - 'Merry Mistletoe Wedding' (3 December)

It is almost a year since Sean and Thea met and it's been a roller-coaster ride: they're getting married on Christmas Eve!

Neither Thea or Sean want a big fuss - a simple wedding, with Christmas carols and just a few sprigs of mistletoe for decoration is all they need. But before they know it, things begin to get complicated. Trying to manage a long-distance relationship in the build-up to their Christmas wedding is one thing, but as one challenge after another comes their way, the happy couple begin to wonder if they'll ever make it down the aisle...

Why so excited? --> A novel that is at the top of my holiday reading for this year! Judy Astley knows how to write an entertaining story with characters that will stay with you for quite some time to come, and I already look forward to picking this up now the paperback version is being released on December 3rd!

Lulu Taylor - 'The Winter Children' (3 December)

Behind a selfless act of kindness lies dark intentions...

Olivia and Dan Felbeck are blissfully happy when their longed-for twins arrive after years of IVF. At the same time, they make the move to Renniston Hall, a huge, Elizabethan house that belongs to absent friends. Living rent-free in a small part of the unmodernised house, once a boarding school, they can begin to enjoy the family life they've always wanted. But there is a secret at the heart of their family, one that Olivia does not yet know. And the house, too, holds its darkness deep within it...

Why so excited? --> Lulu Taylor's novels always manage to intrigue me and 'The Winter Children' already sounds just as gripping as her other works; can't wait to pick this one up! / / Goodreads

Melissa Hill - 'A Diamond from Tiffany's' (3 December)

It's been two years since Ethan Greene and Gary Knowles collided one fateful evening outside Tiffany & Co on Fifth Avenue. A mix-up with their shopping bags sent each man's life on an unexpected trajectory, and while Gary and his fiancée Rachel are heading for the altar, Ethan's love life is not so settled. 

Rachel dreams are within her grasp; her restaurant is going from strength to strength and she and Gary are set to be married amongst family and friends at an idyllic New York location. But when they arrive in the city only days before the ceremony, Gary seems distracted and restless. Could he be having second thoughts? 

Ethan is anxious to see Terri again at the wedding; he truly felt they had something special, and plans to use the time in New York to prove to her that their relationship deserves another chance. 

Will the romance of New York and Tiffany's work its magic on the couples once more?

Why so excited? --> I love Melissa Hill! She's a brilliant author and Christmas wouldn't be the same without one of her stories. This short story collection seems like a real treat and I'm sure any chick lit fan will enjoy this!

Sarra Manning - 'After the Last Dance' (4 December)

Two women. Two love affairs. One unforgettable story.

Kings Cross station, 1943. Rose arrives in London hoping to swap the drudgery of wartime for romance, glamour and jiving with GIs at Rainbow Corner, the famous dance hall in Piccadilly Circus. As the bombs fall, Rose loses her heart to a pilot but will lose so much more before the war has done its worst.

Las Vegas, present day. A beautiful woman in a wedding dress walks into a seedy bar and asks the first man she sees to marry her. When Leo slips the ring onto Jane's finger, he has no idea that his new wife will stop at nothing to get what she wants.

So when Jane meets Rose, now a formidable older lady, there's no love lost between them. But with time running out, can Rose and Jane come together to make peace with the tragic secrets that have always haunted their lives?

Why so excited? --> This sounds like such a good read! Probably one of my favourite December 2015 releases and I honestly can't wait to get my hands on a copy. Fingers crossed it'll be just as wonderful as I expect it to be! / / Goodreads

Sandy Taylor - 'The Girls from See Saw Lane' (4 December)

Brighton 1963. Mary Pickles and I walked along the street with our arms linked, looking in shop windows. We were best friends and together we were invincible.

Dottie and Mary forged a friendship over a bag of penny sweets when they were eight years old. They’ve shared everything together since then – the highs and lows of school, family dramas, hopes and dreams and now, at seventeen, they’re both shop girls, working at Woolworths.

As they go out in the world in pursuit of love and happiness, the simplicity of their childhood dissolves as life becomes more complicated. The heady excitement of first love will consume them both, but the pain of unintentional betrayal will test their friendship in ways neither of them could ever imagine…

Why so excited? --> Whenever I spot a new Bookouture release, I already get excited! Bookouture has so many lovely reads, I am willing to give all of their releases a try without even reading the book description. I actually also love the sound of 'The Girls from See Saw Lane', so can't wait to read it! / / Goodreads

Jon Rance - 'A Notting Hill Christmas' (7 December)

Meet Ben Canterbury, 29, single, lives in a poky flat in Notting Hill with horny Welshman, Rufus. His life has been one disappointment after another. What makes it worse is that his brother, Jamie, is the complete opposite - a Barrister to Ben’s Barista - with a family and a proper house in Twickenham. So in an attempt to compete with his perfect brother, Ben insists he hosts the family Christmas, but it isn’t long before he realises he’s way out of his depth. 

Ben’s flat isn’t big enough for so many people (and one very angry dog), the Christmas tree’s from the Pound Shop, the decorations are hung with Blu-Tack, and the turkey might not fit in the oven. Ben’s definitely not feeling the Christmas spirit. But when beautiful new neighbour, Mhairi McGregor, appears at his door, Ben’s Christmas worries go out of the window and he begins to wonder if it might not be the worst Christmas in history after all. 

Amid all the drama, drinking and carnage of Christmas Day, will Ben find true love or will it be just another disappointment to add to the list?

Why so excited? --> This novella promises to be a great read for fans of 'Love Actually' and 'Notting Hill', which happen to be two of my favourite films. I love the sound of the story and look forward to sitting down with it on the couch in the lead-up to Christmas! / / Goodreads

Jill Knapp - 'You'll Find Me in Manhattan' (17 December)

Amalia and Olivia have found themselves at a crossroads. Their last year in their Master's program at NYU is proving to be a trying one, and on top of that, Olivia has to balance planning a wedding AND managing the unwanted input of her estranged mother – who doesn’t even like her fiancé!

Meanwhile, Amalia finds herself feeling more lost than ever as graduation approaches and her classmates begin making plans for next year. Still torn between Michael and Hayden, she finally makes a decision – but one that that will either box her in, leaving her always wanting more out of life, or finally breaking free to find the happiness and stability she's always needed.

Why so excited? --> The paperback version of the third part of Jill Knapp's book series, 'You'll Find Me in Manhattan', will be released on December 17th! I actually just read the first part and really enjoyed it, so look forward to picking up both the second and third part of the series soon! / / Goodreads

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