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31 May 2014

June 2014 Releases! (Part 2)

Yesterday I already told you about some fabulous releases that are coming up next month (click here to see the list). June has some pretty fantastic books in store for us, and I'm looking forward to picking up many of these titles myself. Be sure to check out the other June 2014 releases below!

Evie Gaughan - 'The Mysterious Bakery On Rue De Paris' (9th of June)

This is the magical tale of Edith Lane, who sets off to find her fortune in the beautiful city of Paris.  Fortune, however, is a fickle thing and Edith ends up working in a vintage bakery in the positively antique town of Compiègne.  Escaping heartache and singledom in Ireland, Edith discovers that the bakery on Rue De Paris is not exactly what it seems and that some ghosts from the past are harder to escape than others.  A heart-warming story that is sure to appeal to all of the senses, The Mysterious Bakery On Rue De Paris is a mouth-watering journey of love, liberty and la vie en rose.

Why so excited? --> I'm part of the blog tour for this particular release, and as soon as I saw the title I was interested. A vintage bakery in Paris... I simply love the sound of it already, and can't wait to read it! / / Goodreads

Elin Hilderbrand - 'The Matchmaker' (10th of June)

48-year-old Nantucketer Dabney Kimball Beech has always had a gift for matchmaking. Some call her ability mystical, while others - like her husband, celebrated economist John Boxmiller Beech, and her daughter, Agnes, who is clearly engaged to the wrong man - call it meddlesome, but there's no arguing with her results: With 42 happy couples to her credit and all of them still together, Dabney has never been wrong about romance.

Never, that is, except in the case of herself and Clendenin Hughes, the green-eyed boy who took her heart with him long ago when he left the island to pursue his dream of becoming a journalist. Now, after spending 27 years on the other side of the world, Clen is back on Nantucket, and Dabney has never felt so confused, or so alive.

But when tragedy threatens her own second chance, Dabney must face the choices she's made and share painful secrets with her family. Determined to make use of her gift before it's too late, she sets out to find perfect matches for those she loves most.

Why so excited? --> I haven't read any of Elin Hilderbrand's books, but I'm really intrigued by the sound of 'The Matchmaker.' I love the sound of Dabney's matchmaking skills and how she tries to find perfect matches for the people she loves; definitely sounds like a promising read! / / Goodreads

Jennifer Weiner - 'All Fall Down' (14th of June)

Allison Weiss has a great job...a handsome adorable daughter...and a secret.

Allison Weiss is a typical working mother, trying to balance a business, aging parents, a demanding daughter, and a marriage. But when the website she develops takes off, she finds herself challenged to the point of being completely overwhelmed. Her husband’s becoming distant, her daughter’s acting spoiled, her father is dealing with early Alzheimer’s, and her mother’s barely dealing at all. As she struggles to hold her home and work life together, and meet all of the needs of the people around her, Allison finds that the painkillers she was prescribed for a back injury help her deal with more than just physical discomfort—they help her feel calm and get her through her increasingly hectic days. Sure, she worries a bit that the bottles seem to empty a bit faster each week, but it’s not like she’s some Hollywood starlet partying all night, or a homeless person who’s lost everything. It’s not as if she has an actual problem.

However, when Allison’s use gets to the point that she can no longer control—or hide—it, she ends up in a world she never thought she’d experience outside of a movie theater: rehab. Amid the teenage heroin addicts, the alcoholic grandmothers, the barely-trained “recovery coaches,” and the counselors who seem to believe that one mode of recovery fits all, Allison struggles to get her life back on track, even as she’s convincing herself that she’s not as bad off as the women around her.

Why so excited? --> Bestselling author Jennifer Weiner is back, woohoo! I'm really looking forward to her upcoming release, 'All Fall Down', which sounds like a wonderful women's fiction read. / / Goodreads

Linda Francis Lee - 'The Glass Kitchen' (17th of June)

Portia Cuthcart never intended to leave Texas. Her dream was to run the Glass Kitchen restaurant her grandmother built decades ago. But after a string of betrayals and the loss of her legacy, Portia is determined to start a new life with her sisters in Manhattan... and never cook again. 

But when she moves into a dilapidated brownstone on the Upper West Side, she meets twelve-year-old Ariel and her widowed father Gabriel, a man with his hands full trying to raise two daughters on his own. Soon, a promise made to her sisters forces Portia back into a world of magical food and swirling emotions, where she must confront everything she has been running from. 

What seems so simple on the surface is anything but when long-held secrets are revealed, rivalries exposed, and the promise of new love stirs to life like chocolate mixing with cream.

Why so excited? --> 'The Glass Kitchen' has a lovely cover (I really like the different shades of purple) and I'm also already taken in by the short description of the story inside. Portia is trying to get away from cooking, but when she's in Manhattan she is forced to confront everything she has been running from... 

Rebecca Raisin - 'The Bookshop On the Corner' (17th of June)

Who said that only real heroes could be found in fiction?

Sarah Smith had an addiction – she was addicted to romance novels. The meet-cute, the passion, the drama and the gorgeous men! Now this wouldn’t have been such an issue if she hadn’t been the owner of the only bookshop in Ashford, Connecticut.

Ever since her close friend Lil, from The Gingerbread Café, had become engaged she had been yearning for a little love to turn up in her life. Except Sarah knew a good man was hard to find – especially in a tiny town like Ashford. That was until New York journalist, Ridge Warner stepped into her bookshop…

Love could be just around the corner for Sarah, but will she be able to truly believe that happy-ever-after can happen in real-life too!

Why so excited? --> Oh my, I am SO excited about Rebecca Raisin's June release, 'The Bookshop On the Corner'! A heroine with an addiction to romance novels who has her own book shop and a handsome New York journalist... I love love love everything about this book so far, and I can't wait to read the entire story!

Scarlett Bailey - 'Two Weddings and a Baby' (19th of June)

Tamsyn Thorne has not been back to her home town of Poldore for five long years.

But now her brother, Ruan, is about to get married and she has no excuses left.

Her plans to arrive in Cornwall looking chic and successful are dashed when a huge storm turns her from fashion goddess to a drowned rat. Worse, she ends up insulting the local hunky vicar – and then finds a tiny baby abandoned in his churchyard…

Why so excited? --> I think it's really exciting that author Scarlett Bailey, who is known for her fabulous Christmas novels, is treating us to a summer read this year! I love the sound of Tamsyn's story and I can't wait to read about her return to her hometown in Cornwall!

Anna McPartlin - 'The Last Days of Rabbit Hayes' (19th of June)

Here is a truth that can't be escaped: for Mia 'Rabbit' Hayes, life is coming to an end...

Rabbit Hayes loves her life, ordinary as it is, and the extraordinary people in it. She loves her spirited daughter, Juliet; her colourful, unruly family; the only man in her big heart, Johnny Faye.

But it turns out the world has other plans for Rabbit, and she's OK with that. Because she has plans for the world too, and only a handful of days left to make them happen.

Here is a truth that won't be forgotten: this is a story about laughing through life's surprises and finding the joy in every moment.

Why so excited? --> I've heard from several people that this is an amazing heart-wrenching read that you don't want to miss, so I'm quite curious to pick up my own copy of this book. It sounds like a story you won't be able to read without shedding a few tears, so be sure to have that box of tissues ready!

Lucy Robinson - 'The Unfinished Symphony of You and Me' (19th of June)

Sally is an incredible singer but she sings only in her wardrobe where nobody can hear her. She'd rather join a nudist colony than sing in public.

That is until she ventures to New York where a wild and heady summer of love and loss changes her forever. No longer able to hide in the shadows, Sally must return home to London to fulfill a promise she cannot break - to share her voice.

But just as she's about to embark on her new life, a beautiful man turns up on Sally's doorstep bearing a sheepish smile and a mysterious hand-written message.

How did he find her? Why is he here? Does he hold the truth to what happened back in New York? And, with him back on the scene, will she still have the courage to step into the spotlight?

Why so excited? --> This book had already been added to my to-read list when I just knew the title, because I know a Lucy Robinson novel will not disappoint! The blurb is a bit cryptic and doesn't give too much away, which has gotten me even more excited. Can't WAIT for this book!

Tilly Bagshawe - 'The Inheritance' (19th of June)

Tatiana Flint-Hamilton’s gilded cage is torn away when her estranged father dies. As the beloved family estate slips through Tati’s fingers, the portraits of her ancestors look down disapprovingly.

The new Lord of the Manor is just as ruthless as Tati. The old-world status of Furlings is everything the wealthy, self-made Brett Cranley has ever wanted. Luckily his wife Angela is the perfect homemaker, happy to fall into line with whatever Brett desires. Along with her two children, Furlings soon becomes Angela’s lifeline, a place she can finally belong. And one she’s not going to give up easily.

Losing everything has made Tati realise that her rightful inheritance is all that she now lives for… and she will do anything to get it back.

But the fate of Furlings lies in the hands of the villagers.

Let the Fittlescombe fireworks begin!

Why so excited? --> Tilly Bagshawe's upcoming June release sounds like quite the addictive read and I already look forward to picking it up. The battle of an estate between the daughter of the original owners and a new loving lady of the manor... This simply has to be good! 

Anna Bell - 'Don't Tell the Boss' (19th of June)

When newlywed Penny turns her hand to some casual wedding planning she only wants to help other women afford the big day of their dreams. 

But taming bridezillas turns out to be a full-time occupation, and what began as a hobby becomes a personal and professional nightmare.

Soon Penny is struggling to keep her day job and prevent her own marriage from collapsing under the strain: tired, stressed and knee-deep in ivory satin, is Penny's life and livelihood hanging by a thread?

Why so excited? --> I still have Anna Bell's 'Don't Tell the Groom' lying on my to-read shelf, and I honestly don't know why I haven't picked it up yet. I love the cover for 'Don't Tell the Boss'; it's absolutely gorgeous and the blurb promises a wonderful read. I love books about weddings, so I have a feeling I will thoroughly enjoy this!

Milly Johnson - 'The Teashop On the Corner' (19th of June)

At her beloved husband's funeral, Carla Pride discovers that Martin never divorced his first wife and has been living a double life with her. And his other wife, Julie Pride, is determined to take everything from Carla - her home, her money, and her memories.

When Will Linton's business goes bust he at least thinks that with the support of his trophy wife Nicole he will rise to the top again. But Nicole isn't going to stick around with 'a loser' and Will finds himself at rock bottom.

Molly Jones is being bullied into going into a retirement home by her 'concerned' daughter-in-law Sherry and son Gram. Then the love of Molly's life walks in through her door - a man who broke Molly's heart into little pieces many years ago. But he says he is dying and wants to spend the time he has left with her.

All people in need of a little love and compassion which they find by chance in the stationery and teashop on the corner run by the ever-cheerful Leni, a woman that site developer Shaun McCarthy finds annoying beyond annoying for her ability to remain unrealistically upbeat about everything.

But is the world of Leni Merryman as full of rainbows and sparkles as everyone thinks? Or is her smile papering over many cracks in her heart that will soon be shattered unwittingly by her new friends?

Why so excited? --> Well, it's a new Milly Johnson book, is there another reason needed to be excited?! I love Milly's books and the fact that this one is about a teashop has already made me long for it even more! Lovely cover and undoubted an absolutely lovely story inside as well!

Freya North - 'The Way Back Home' (19th of June)

One summer, something happened that changed everything forever…

We were who we were, the children of Windward – a little ragtaggle tribe defining the ethos and eccentricity of the place…

Born and brought up in an artists’ commune in Derbyshire, Oriana Taylor had freedom at her fingertips in a home full of extraordinary people.

The Bedwell brothers, Malachy and Jed, shared their childhood and adolescence with Oriana. In the rambling old house and tangled grounds, their dreams and desires could take wing unchecked.

But too much freedom comes at a price. Something happened the summer they were fifteen. And now, having been gone eighteen years, Oriana is back.

This is their story.

Why so excited? --> Freya North is another well-known name within the world of women's fiction and I'm curious to discover what her next release will be like! Another cover that immediately caught my eye, and the blurb promises a fascinating and captivating story.

Carmel Harrington - 'The Life You Left' (19th of June)

Sarah, I’m not coming home tonight.
If you love me, you will give me the space I need…
Tell the children I love them.

It started out like any other day for Sarah Lawler; getting the kids ready for school, making the pack lunches and juggling baby Ella’s feeds.

There was no way of knowing that her husband, Paul, would leave for work that morning and simply not come home.

Now the questions are piling up quicker than the unpaid bills and, unable to answer her children’s questions about where their Daddy is, Sarah is getting desperate.

But it turns out she isn’t quite as alone as she thought she was. When her beloved childhood friend, Edward, comes back into her life, Sarah thinks she’s finally been thrown a life line.

There’s just one problem with Edward: no one else can see him.

Edward is an angel. And he has a message for Sarah that will change her life and the lives of others forever. For it is only in the most difficult of times that Sarah can discover how strong she truly is.

Why so excited? --> Alright, I've almost already got tears in my eyes after just reading the blurb, let alone what the entire book will do to me... Carmel Harrington released 'Beyond Grace's Rainbow' last year and it was a book I heard so many people talk about in the most positive way. It has definitely made me curious about her work and I honestly can't wait to sit down with a copy of 'The Life You Left.'

Victoria Van Tiem - 'Love Like the Movies' (19th of June)

Kenzi Shaw knows the plot of her life down to the last line - the career she's building as an up-and-coming marketing exec, the gorgeous fiancé (Bradley) she'll marry in a fairytale wedding, the children they'll raise in her dream home. But when heart-breaking ex Shane comes back into her life, life starts going off the script...

Shane tries to win Kenzi over by re-enacting all the rom-com movies they used to watch together - Sleepless in Seattle, Bridget Jones's Diary, Pretty Woman and Dirty Dancing to name a few. He's just a guy, standing in front of a girl, asking her to trust him again. But has he really changed? Not only is her head in a spin over Shane, but now her job is on the line. And with her perfect sister-in-law showing up every tiny thing Kenzi does wrong, she feels like she's permanently in the corner.

Should she risk her sensible life for the chance of a Happy Ever After? One thing's certain, when Shane meets Kenzi (again), she's suddenly not so sure who her leading man is...

Why so excited? --> I love chick lit and rom com's, so it's no big surprise that I am extremely excited about this upcoming release! Victoria Van Tiem promises an absolutely brilliant read (with once again, a gorgeous cover!) and this is definitely one of the June 2014 releases I am the most looking forward to!

Helen Chandler - 'To Have and to Hold' (19th of June)

From the outside, Ella has the happy marriage, the cute kids and the comfortable home - inside, she craves something more. But giving in to temptation will stir up a whole heap of trouble...

Imogen's relationship with Pete was once fun and carefree but since they've become parents, everything is different. Then an accident provides the catalyst for a life-changing decision.

Fifteen-year-old Phoebe is miserable at home and at school. And now her dad, who was always her ally, seems completely distracted by something - or someone. Maybe it's time Phoebe took a stand, and took control of her own life.

As Ella, Imogen and Phoebe contemplate taking the biggest risk of their lives, marriages, families and friendships hang in the balance. Should they take the leap, or will they risk losing everything?

Why so excited? --> The e-book version of Helen Chandler's 'To Have and to Hold' was released in May, and in June the paperback version will hit the shelves. I already really like the sound of the three female characters; I love books in which there are different storylines to follow, and I've heard many good things about Helen Chandler's novels so far, so I'll be sure to check this one out!

Anouska Knight - 'A Part of Me' (20th of June)

After years of trying, Amy Alwood and James Coffrey have finally been accepted into the adoption process. At long last they are going to get their 'happy ever after'. Then - out of nowhere - a dark secret is revealed, which changes everything.

Amy throws herself into her work to distract herself. Her new client, Rohan Bywater, is certainly keeping her on her toes. He's frustrating, lives on the edge... and she can't stop thinking about him. He's very clear on one thing though: kids are not part of his future. 

Amy is torn - does she follow her heart and let the thing she wants most slip away, or carry on with a lie and live with the consequences?

Why so excited? --> Anouska Knight released her debut novel 'Since You've Been Gone' last year and this June she is treating us to her second book, 'A Part of Me.' The blurb sounds intriguing, the cover looks stunning... Another release I'm excited to check out in the upcoming weeks!

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