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29 November 2014

December 2014 releases!

I can't believe it's almost December! This not only means Christmas is getting closer and closer (yay!), but it also means we've reached the final month of the year and 2014 is drawing to a close! I can't believe how fast this year has gone by, but we still have a month left to have a look at the past year and bring it to a fantastic ending! During December we are being treated to the last few new releases of the year, so be sure to have a good look at the list of books below and add some of these titles to your wishlist! Which releases are you most looking forward to? I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Deborah Disney - 'Up and In' (1st December)

Maria and Joe have saved every available penny to give their daughters Kate and Sarah the best education possible, which to them means attending the most exclusive girls school in the state. But when Kate befriends the spoilt and moody Mirabella, Maria finds herself thrust into a high society of champagne-swilling mother-istas she hasn't budgeted for. Saturday morning netball is no longer a fun mother-daughter outing, but a minefield of social politics.

While the increasingly neurotic Maria struggles to negotiate the school mum hierarchy, Joe quietly battles a midlife crisis and Kate attempts to grow up as gracefully as possible (without having her life ruined by embarrassing parents).
For every woman who has ever felt she may be wearing the wrong shoes, this is a book that will remind you - you're not alone.

Why so excited? --> Besides the author's fabulous last name, I really like the sound of this novel! The school mum hierarchy intrigues me and I have a good feeling this book will be a great read!


Lorraine Zago Rosenthal – 'Independently Wealthy' (2nd December)

In the sequel to New Money, Savannah Morgan delves into the mystery of her late media-mogul father’s death and uncovers more than she ever expected.

In New Money, Savannah Morgan was thrust into high-society New York when she learned she was the sole heir to her father’s billion-dollar fortune. In Independently Wealthy, she is living her dream life on the Upper West Side, excelling at her job as an editorial assistant, and enjoying her handsome new boyfriend, Alex.

Everything in Savannah’s life should be perfect—but she can’t ignore the questions and scandal surrounding her father’s fatal accident. Her hopes of solving this mystery are shared by Caroline Stone—her newfound sister who is slowly becoming a friend. Savannah decides to investigate, although not everyone wants her to discover the truth. Her domineering older brother, Ned, has his own problems, including a lingering regret over his recent divorce, the constant pressure of running the Stone media empire, and managing a playboy bachelorhood. As Savannah's quest for justice becomes complicated and dangerous, she is led to Washington, D.C., an alluring stranger, and more surprises, trouble, and changes than she ever could have imagined.

Why so excited? --> I didn't read Lorraine Zago Rosenthal's novel 'New Money', to which this new release is the sequel. However, I am quite intrigued by the sound of this novel, so look forward to picking up both books! / / Goodreads

Katie Fforde – 'A Christmas Feast' (4th December)

A delicious Christmas feast of short stories from the Sunday Times No. 1 bestselling author of A French Affair and The Perfect Match.

Add some extra sparkle to your Christmas by joining Katie Fforde for a perfect, romantic Christmas feast of short stories. Collected together for the first time and including one brand new story.

Make your Christmas wishes come true...

Includes and exclusive sneak preview of Katie's new novel, A Vintage Wedding, coming in February 2015.

Why so excited? --> I love Katie Fforde's novels; they never disappoint, so I'm really glad to hear she's treating us to a collection of festive short stories this December! / / Goodreads

Lulu Taylor – 'The Snow Angel' (4th December)

Cressida Felbridge is living the high life as a debutante in 1960s London society when she is courted by a friend of her brother's and set to marry. Wishing only the best for his daughter, her father decrees that she must have her portrait painted to mark the occasion. But as soon as she meets the painter Ralph Few, Cressie knows her life will never be the same again. Soon, she is deeply in love with Ralph, but there is one problem: Ralph is still married to Catherine. As Cressie is drawn into a strange, triangular relationship, Catherine's behaviour becomes increasingly erratic and Ralph and Cressie escape to Cressie's family home in Cumbria. But Catherine will not give up Ralph that easily...

In the present day, Emily Conway has everything she could wish for: a huge house in West London, two beautiful children and a successful husband, Will. But as Emily and Will drive to a party, Will reveals that he has been betrayed by his business partner. Steering the car off the road at high speed, their perfect life is abruptly ended. When she wakes from her injuries, Emily is told of a mysterious legacy: a house in Cumbria on the edge of an estate, left to her by a woman she has never met. Could this house provide the chance to start anew, or does it hold secrets that she must uncover before it can be at peace?

Why so excited? --> I've had the pleasure of reading some of Lulu Taylor's work before and her dramatic, intense stories are great books to sit down with on a cold Sunday afternoon. I look forward to checking out 'The Snow Angel', perhaps during my few days off around Christmas! / / Goodreads

Nikki Moore – 'Skating at Somerset House' (4th December)

The first short story in the fun & flirty #LoveLondon series from exciting new chick lit author Nikki Moore!

There’s nothing Holly Winterlake loves more than Christmas and skating, so working as an Ice Marshall at London's Somerset House is a dream come true.

Noel Summerford hates the festive season and is a disaster on the ice, so taking his godson to Somerset House is his idea of the nightmare before Christmas!

Things are bound to get interesting when these two collide…

With a forty foot Christmas tree, an assortment of well meaning friends and relatives, and a mad chocolate Labrador, will this festive season be one to remember … or forget?

Why so excited? --> I love love love the title of Nikki Moore's upcoming release, and her new #LoveLondon series sounds really promising! I can't wait to check out Holly Winterlake's story; the perfect read to sit down with to get into a festive mood, I think! / / Goodreads

Miranda Dickinson – 'I'll Take New York' (4th December)

Have you ever given up on love?

When her boyfriend lets her down for the last time, Brooklyn bookshop owner Bea James makes a decision – no more. No more men, no more heartbreak, and no more pain.

Psychiatrist Jake Steinmann is making a new start too, leaving his broken marriage behind in San Francisco. From now on there'll just be one love in his life: New York.

At a party where they seem to be the only two singletons, Bea and Jake meet, and decide there’s just one thing for it. They will make a pact: no more relationships.

But the city has other plans...

Why so excited? --> Probably one of the releases of the past year I have been looking forward to the most! Miranda Dickinson is one of my favourite authors and I'm incredibly excited to read her latest book. I am 100% sure it will be just as good as her other ones, definitely one to pick up this December! / / Goodreads

Nicola Doherty – 'Maggie Does Maribel' (4th December)

Maggie can't wait for her first ever skiing holiday. New Year's Eve in the French Alps with her boyfriend Leo and two other couples: what could be more romantic? She's picturing hot chocolate, romantic snowball fights and evenings snuggled together in front of the log fire. What she didn't picture is near-death experiences on the mountains, falling out with Leo and sharing a chalet with the unbearable Jenny. When she meets Sylvain, a gorgeous ski instructor, the line between harmless flirting and full-on misbehaviour becomes ... well, blurry. Will Maggie stay on the nursery slopes, or go seriously off-piste?

'Girls on Tour' is an irresistible series of interlinked stories about four friends, ordinary girls who have extraordinary fun in faraway places. Expect the unexpected, the utterly hilarious and unforgettable, on this rollercoaster ride of love, laughs, surprises and sparks. You have a VIP pass to join each girl's adventure, so pack your bags and buckle your seatbelts, because just about anything is possible...

Why so excited? --> I love the idea of Nicola Doherty's 'Girls on Tour' series which consists of interlinked stories about four friends who experience all kinds of things in faraway places. I'm quite curious to read all about Maggie's adventures in Maribel; definitely a fun short story I'll be picking up during the next couple of weeks! / / Goodreads

Various Authors – 'Santa Baby' (11th December)

A 5 book festive collection of steamy romance tales. Perfect for snuggling up on those long, cold winter nights...

Kiss Me on this Cold December Night, Charlotte Phillips
The third novella in the deliciously sensual Do Not Disturb series, and Ella Scott is bumping into the ghosts of one night stands past…

Santa Wore Leathers, Vonnie Davis
There’s only one thing on Becca Sinclair’s Christmas list this holiday season – her very own column in the local paper. Enter Dan ‘Wolf’ Wolford, a Navy SEAL turned commander of the Florida Marine Rescue Unit, and the new star of Becca’s popular, post-divorce blog about men. It isn’t long before Becca finds herself the target of Wolf’s irresistible attentions…

All Wrapped Up In You, Sun Chara
When Ellie hooked up with world renowned neurosurgeon, Peter Medeci, aka ‘Prince Charming’, she thought her dreams had come true. But the demands of being the model wife isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, and she decides to ditch the ‘royal’ life until he sees her as more than his bedroom playmate…

Secrets of a Chalet Girl, Lorraine Wilson
Set in the exclusive Swiss ski resort of Verbier, the winter playground of the rich and famous, Secrets of a Chalet Girl is the second book in Lorraine Wilson’s fabulous Ski Season series.

Confessions of a Chalet Girl, Lorraine Wilson
The first sexy novella in the Chalet Girl series. Pack your salopettes and pour another shot of J├Ągermeister, it’s time to hit the slopes!

Why so excited? --> I've really enjoyed all the Harper Impulse releases I've read so far, so I also have high hopes for this collection of festive stories by various Harper Impulse authors. If you're looking for a steamy and sexy read for the cold nights, be sure to get a copy of this collection! / / Goodreads

Various Authors – 'All the Romance You Need This Christmas' (11th November)

The perfect stocking fill of romantic Christmas reads – a festive 5 book romance collection!

The Kiss Before Christmas, Sophie Pembroke
As the snow falls on Manhattan, PA Dory Mackenzie is a long way from home and the cosy family Christmases back in Liverpool. So when she agrees to pose as her high-society-boss’s girlfriend for the holidays, it’s sure to add a bit of spice!

The First Christmas Without You, Michelle Betham
Jessie Collins has always wanted to visit Lapland. But this Christmas, more than any other, it’s the place she feels she really needs to be as she tries to come to terms with a future she really needs to start living…

Say It With Sequins, Georgia Hill
Who Dares Dances is a reality TV show with a difference. Not only do contestants have to learn to dance, they also face a series of bizarre challenges. But these challenges are nothing compared to the scandals happening on – and off – the ballroom floor!

To Catch a Star, Romy Sommer
Christian Taylor: Heartthrob. Movie Star. Bad boy. The mischievous actor sets his sights on the one thing he’s told he can’t have: Teresa Adler, the ultimate Ice Princess. Will the heat of his touch melt her heart?

Christmas at Thornton Hall, Lynn Marie Hulsman
Christmas is looking blue for all-American girl Juliet Hill. But then she takes a festive catering job at Thornton Hall in the idyllic Cotswolds countryside, and with a gorgeous resident chef on the scene, could sparks fly as the snow begins to fall?

Why so excited? --> Harper Impulse sure is spoiling us this December; on the 11th they are releasing another steamy collection of festive romance stories, perfect to get into the holiday mood! / / Goodreads

Kristin Harmel – 'The Life Intended' (30th December)

After her husband's sudden death over ten years ago, Kate Waithman never expected to be lucky enough to find another love of her life. But now she's planning her second walk down the aisle to a perfectly nice man. So why isn't she more excited?

At first, Kate blames her lack of sleep on stress. But when she starts seeing Patrick, her late husband, in her dreams, she begins to wonder if she's really ready to move on. Is Patrick trying to tell her something? Attempting to navigate between dreams and reality, Kate must uncover her husband's hidden message. Her quest leads her to a sign language class and into the New York City foster system, where she finds rewards greater than she could have imagined.

Why so excited? --> I honestly think this sounds like an amazing read. It is compared to Cecelia Ahern's 'P.S. I Love You', which I loved, so I'm quite curious to see whether it can live up to that comparison! / / Goodreads

Menna van Praag – 'The Dress Shop of Dreams' (30th December)

Since her parents’ mysterious deaths many years ago, scientist Cora Sparks has spent her days in the safety of her university lab or at her grandmother Etta’s dress shop. Tucked away on a winding Cambridge street, Etta’s charming tiny store appears quite ordinary to passersby, but the colorfully vibrant racks of beaded silks, delicate laces, and jewel-toned velvets hold bewitching secrets: With just a few stitches from Etta’s needle, these gorgeous gowns have the power to free a woman’s deepest desires.

Etta’s dearest wish is to work her magic on her granddaughter. Cora’s studious, unromantic eye has overlooked Walt, the shy bookseller who has been in love with her forever. Determined not to allow Cora to miss her chance at happiness, Etta sews a tiny stitch into Walt’s collar, hoping to give him the courage to confess his feelings to Cora. But magic spells—like true love—can go awry. After Walt is spurred into action, Etta realizes she’s set in motion a series of astonishing events that will transform Cora’s life in extraordinary and unexpected ways.

Why so excited? --> I was straight away intrigued by the title, cover and blurb of Menna van Praag's upcoming release. I was lucky enough to get a review copy and I can't wait to check it out. Definitely one of the December 2014 releases I'm most excited about! / / Goodreads

Ellen Hawley – 'The Divorce Diet' (30th December)

"The Divorce Diet" is a novel that should be dedicated to every woman who ever walked away from a man or a diet. It s bitingly funny and insightful, while celebrating food and self-discovery just don t read it while you re hungry. It s perfect for fans of "Julie and Julia "and "Eat, Pray, Love."

Abigail loves her baby Rosie, her husband Thad, and food. She takes great joy and comfort in concocting culinary delights to show the depth of her love and commitment to her family. Imagine her surprise when Thad announces, this whole marriage thing just doesn't work for me. Abigail can't believe he really means what he's said, but he does. Abigail and Rosie move back in to her parents house, where she regresses into her adolescent self. She diets, finds work, and begins to discover the life she really wants, and a man who really wants her.

Why so excited? --> I have to be honest here and say I've never read 'Eat, Pray, Love' or 'Julie and Julia', nor have I seen the films. However, I do like the sound of 'The Divorce Diet', so look forward to giving it a chance! / / Goodreads

Kristyn Kusek Lewis – 'Save Me' (30th December)

Daphne Mitchell has always believed in cause and effect, right and wrong, good and bad. The good: her dream job as a doctor; Owen, her childhood sweetheart and now husband; the beautiful farmhouse they're restoring together. In fact, most of her life has been good--until the day Owen comes home early from work to tell her he's fallen head over heels for someone else.

Unable to hate him, but also equally incapable of moving forward, Daphne's life hangs in limbo until the day Owen's new girlfriend sustains near-fatal injuries in a car accident. As Daphne becomes a pillar of support for the devastated Owen, and realizes that reconciliation may lie within her grasp, she has to find out whether forgiveness is possible and decide which path is the right one for her.

Why so excited? --> I hadn't heard of Kristyn Kusek Lewis before I found the blurb for her novel 'Save Me', but it sounds like an intriguing women's fiction read. Really looking forward to picking this up! / / Goodreads

Which reads are you looking forward to this December?

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