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30 May 2015

June 2015 releases! (Part 1)

And then it was almost June! Time flies by when you have a lot of great books to read and that was definitely the case in May. However, June is once again a month filled with tons of exciting upcoming releases which I can't wait to pick up. The list with new releases I'm excited about the upcoming few weeks is quite long, so I decided to split it up into two separate blog posts. Be sure to check back tomorrow for even more amazing releases to add to your TBR-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! :)

Victoria Connelly - 'The Rose Girls' (1 June)

Thirty-year-old Celeste Hamilton’s life is at a crossroads: she has just left a disastrous marriage, and her estranged mother has recently died, leaving the family’s rose business in jeopardy. Reluctantly, Celeste returns to the family home, a moated manor house in Suffolk, to help her two younger sisters sort out the estate and revive the business.

Having endured the fallout from her mother’s Narcissistic Personality Disorder when she was younger, Celeste is filled with self-doubt and crippling insecurities. But she must find the strength and courage to take charge and make some tough decisions to keep the old house from falling down around them.

Why so excited? --> Not only is Victoria Connelly a lovely person, she's also one of my favourite authors and I always look forward to picking up another one of her novels! 'The Rose Girls' promises to be another wonderful read and I'm sure I'll enjoy it as much as Victoria's other works. / / Goodreads

Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke - 'The Status of All Things' (2 June)

Kate is a thirty-five-year-old woman who is obsessed with social media. So when her fiancĂ©, Max, breaks things off at their rehearsal dinner—to be with Kate’s close friend and coworker, no less—she goes straight to Facebook to share it with the world. But something’s changed. Suddenly, Kate’s real life starts to mirror whatever she writes in her Facebook status. With all the power at her fingertips, and heartbroken and confused over why Max left her, Kate goes back in time to rewrite their history.

Kate's two best friends, Jules and Liam, are the only ones who know the truth. In order to convince them she’s really time traveled, Kate offers to use her Facebook status to help improve their lives. But her attempts to help them don’t go exactly as planned, and every effort to get Max back seems to only backfire, causing Kate to wonder if it’s really possible to change her fate.

Why so excited? --> I love the idea of this storyline! It's original and modern and I'm really quite curious to see what the authors decided to do with it! / / Goodreads

Jane Porter - 'It's You' (2 June)

In the wake of a tragedy that tore her life down to the foundations, Dr. Alison McAdams has lost her way. So when she’s summoned to Napa to care for her ailing father, she’s not sure she has anything to offer him—or anyone else.

What Ali finds in Northern California wine country is a gift—an opportunity to rest, and distance from her painful memories. Most unexpectedly, she finds people who aren’t afraid of her grief or desperate for her to hurry up and move on.

As Ali becomes part of her father’s community, makes new friends of her own, and hears the stories of a generation who survived the Second World War, she begins to find hope again. In a quest to discover the truth about another woman’s lost love, she sets off on a journey across oceans and deep into history. And in making sense of that long-ago tragedy, Ali is able to put together the broken pieces of her heart and make new choices that are right for her.

Why so excited? --> Author Jane Porter has written a ton of novels but I personally haven't read any of them yet. However, this might change soon because I really like the sound of her upcoming June release 'It's You', which sounds like quite an interesting read! / / Goodreads

Judith Fertig - 'The Cake Therapist' (2 June)

Claire “Neely” O’Neil is a pastry chef of extraordinary talent. Every great chef can taste shimmering, elusive flavors that most of us miss, but Neely can “taste” feelings—cinnamon makes you remember; plum is pleased with itself; orange is a wake-up call. When flavor and feeling give Neely a glimpse of someone’s inner self, she can customize her creations to help that person celebrate love, overcome fear, even mourn a devastating loss.

Maybe that’s why she feels the need to go home to Millcreek Valley at a time when her life seems about to fall apart. The bakery she opens in her hometown is perfect, intimate, just what she’s always dreamed of—and yet, as she meets her new customers, Neely has a sense of secrets, some dark, some perhaps with tempting possibilities. A recurring flavor of alarming intensity signals to her perfect palate a long-ago story that must be told.

Neely has always been able to help everyone else. Getting to the end of this story may be just what she needs to help herself. 

Why so excited? --> I love stories about pastry chefs, probably because I have a soft spot for delicious treats such as pastries, cakes, cookies... Yum! I love the sound of Neely's passion for baking and I think this will be quite a fun and delicious read! / / Goodreads

Jenny Oliver - 'The Great Allotment Proposal' (3 June)

Welcome to Cherry Pie Island – once you step on to the island, you’ll never want to leave!

Socialite Emily Hunter-Brown has just bought the old manor house on Cherry Pie Island – and her friends think she’s gone mad! Still, they should have known that wild-child Emily will try anything once…even settling down!

But when Emily discovers she has an allotment to take care of as well as the crumbling mansion, she’s unexpectedly flummoxed! It’s all very well knowing that you have to swap your high heels for Hunter wellies….but it’s quite another actually getting dirt underneath her Chanel Rouge Noir polished nails?

And what is she supposed to do with her bumper crop of courgettes anyway?!

Why so excited? --> I've had the pleasure of reading the first part of Jenny Oliver's 'Cherry Pie Island' series and I really enjoyed it from start to finish. I can't believe part 3 will be released next month, so I definitely have to go and get my hands on part 2 first! / / Goodreads

Adele Parks - 'If You Go Away' (4 June)

1914. Vivian, a young, impassioned debutante is hurried into a pedestrian marriage to cover a scandal. War breaks out on her wedding day - domestically and across Europe. Quick to escape the disappointment of matrimony, her traditionalist husband immediately enlists and Vivian has no alternative than to take up the management and running of his estate - after all, everyone is required to do their bit. Even pretty, inadequately-educated young wives.

Howard, a brilliant young playwright rushes to the front to see for himself the best and the worst of humanity; he cannot imagine what the horror might be. In March 1916, when conscription becomes law, it is no longer enough for him to report on the War, it's a legal requirement that he joins the ranks. Howard refuses, becoming one of the most notorious conscientious objectors of the time. Disarmingly handsome, famous, articulate and informed, he's a threat to the government. Narrowly escaping a death sentence by agreeing to take essential work on Vivian's farm, it's only then Howard understands what is worth fighting for.

Why so excited? --> Adele Parks is a great author and I have to admit I am already really intrigued by her upcoming release, 'If You Go Away.' I can't wait to dive into Vivian and Howard's story and discover all the details! / / Goodreads

Judy Blume - 'In the Unlikely Event' (4 June)

In 1987, Miri Ammerman returns to her hometown of Elizabeth, New Jersey, to attend a commemoration of the worst year of her life. Thirty-five years earlier, when Miri was fifteen, and in love for the first time, a succession of airplanes fell from the sky, leaving a community reeling. 

Against this backdrop of actual events that Blume experienced in the early 1950s, when airline travel was new and exciting and everyone dreamed of going somewhere, she paints a vivid portrait of a particular time and place—Nat King Cole singing “Unforgettable,” Elizabeth Taylor haircuts, young (and not-so-young) love, explosive friendships, A-bomb hysteria, rumors of Communist threat. And a young journalist who makes his name reporting tragedy. Through it all, one generation reminds another that life goes on. 

Why so excited? --> Another intriguing upcoming June release which has already been described as a compelling must-read by other reviewers. I haven't read any of Judy Blume's best-selling novels, but I hope I will be able to pick up this one as soon as it's released. / / Goodreads

Freya North - 'The Turning Point' (4 June)

Over one short weekend, when Canadian musician Scott Emerson and British children's author Frankie Shaw meet by chance, a profound connection is made. Their homes are thousands of miles apart: Frankie and her children live by the coast of North Norfolk while Scott’s roots lie deep in the mountains of British Columbia. Against all advice, they decide to see where this might go.

Over oceans and time zones, they make sacrifices and take risks, discovering along the way new truths about love and family. For the first time in a long while, it seems life could be very good. But fate has a tragic twist in store, one that could destroy all that was hoped for.

Why so excited? --> Another great author who's treating us to a new story this June. 'The Turning Point' promises to be a captivating love story; something which is already enough for me to want to pick it up!

Lori Nelson Spielman - 'Sweet Forgiveness' (4 June)

The Forgiveness Stones craze is sweeping the nation—instantly recognizable pouches of stones that come with a chain letter and two simple requests: to forgive, and then to seek forgiveness. But New Orleans' favorite talk show host, Hannah Farr, isn't biting. Intensely private and dating the city’s mayor, Hannah has kept her very own pouch of Forgiveness Stones hidden for two years—and her dark past concealed for nearly two decades. But when Fiona Knowles, creator of the Forgiveness Stones, appears on Hannah’s show, Hannah unwittingly reveals on air details of a decades-old falling out with her mother.

Spurned by her fans, doubted by her friends, and accused by her boyfriend of marring his political career, Hannah reluctantly embarks on a public journey of forgiveness. As events from her past become clearer, the truth she’s clung to since her teenage years has never felt murkier. Hannah must find the courage to right old wrongs, or risk losing her mother, and any glimmer of an authentic life, forever. 

Why so excited? --> Another read which already sounds like it will be quite unique and gripping! I have to admit I'm personally not a big fan of the book's cover, but I am still quite curious to check out the story inside!

Louise Mensch - 'Career Game' (4 June)

Topaz Rossi and Rowena Krebs are live and kicking. In more ways than one.

Music wonder Rowena Krebs is so huge she's now in the Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame. Right at the top of Musica Records. Her old rival, now best friend, Topaz Rossi is a magazine guru in New York, heading up American Magazines. Bright and energetic as the city itself.

But things are changing: Rowena senses a shift both in business and on the home front. And Topaz can't work out why the circulation figures are dropping. Something's up. Paradise is a place that can bring trouble...

Why so excited? --> I just picked up a copy of Louise Mensch's novel 'Beauty' a few weeks ago and still have to read it, but in June her newest novel 'Career Game' will hit the shelves. I'm curious to check out Louise's work and look forward to seeing what others have to say about 'Career Game'. / / Goodreads

Lucy Diamond - 'Summer at Shell Cottage' (4 June)

A seaside holiday at Shell Cottage in Devon has always been the perfect escape for the Tarrant family. Beach fun, barbecues and warm summer evenings with a cocktail or two - who could ask for more?

But this year, everything has changed. Following her husband's recent death, Olivia is struggling to pick up the pieces. Then she makes a shocking discovery that turns her world upside down.

As a busy mum and GP, Freya's used to having her hands full, but a bad day at work has put her career in jeopardy and now she's really feeling the pressure.

Harriet's looking forward to a break with her lovely husband Robert and teenage daughter Molly. But unknown to Harriet, Robert is hiding a secret - and so, for that matter, is Molly...

Why so excited? --> Yes, yes, yes, another Lucy Diamond read! If there's one author whose books always make me smile and feel all warm inside, it has to be Lucy Diamond. I absolutely love her novels and can't wait to read 'Summer at Shell Cottage', which I'm sure will be a fantastic summer read!

Sophie Kinsella - 'Finding Audrey' (4 June)

An anxiety disorder disrupts fourteen-year-old Audrey’s daily life. She has been making slow but steady progress with Dr. Sarah, but when Audrey meets Linus, her brother’s gaming teammate, she is energized. She connects with him. Audrey can talk through her fears with Linus in a way she’s never been able to do with anyone before. As their friendship deepens and her recovery gains momentum, a sweet romantic connection develops, one that helps not just Audrey but also her entire family.

Why so excited? --> I think the whole chick lit world is eagerly awaiting Sophie Kinsella's next release, which is her first step into the world of YA. I'm not 100% sure whether 'Finding Audrey' will be my cup of tea, but I'm definitely looking forward to giving it a chance... It's Sophie Kinsella, after all! / / Goodreads

Be sure to check back tomorrow for more upcoming June 2015 releases!

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