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27 June 2015

July 2015 releases! (Part 1)

It's the end of June and we can finally officially say summer is here! One of the best things about summer has to be the fact that most of us will have a lovely holiday or some time off work/school to look forward to, and what better way to spend your free time than with some great new books?! I already can't wait to pick some novels to add to my own summer TBR-list. If you're still looking for some summer reads, be sure to check out these upcoming July releases; I'm sure you'll find something you will want to pick up! 

Abby Clements - 'The Heavenly Italian Ice Cream Shop' (2 July)

Anna and her husband Matteo are ready to embark a delicious Italian adventure. After a year and a half running their ice cream shop on Brighton beach and raising their baby Isabella, Matteo is starting to miss Italy. A shared passion for ices means it's easy to settle on a new business idea - they'll open a shop in the town's cobbled square, a short walk from the sparkling blue sea. For a while, life is sweet; but then Matteo's overbearing family get involved...

Anna's younger sister Imogen feels like things are finally coming together - she's living with boyfriend Finn in a beach house in Brighton, and her photography is taking off. Then her career stalls, and the lure of Capri - and a man from her past - prove difficult to resist. 

Join Anna and Imogen and share a summer on the Amalfi Coast that you'll never forget.

Why so excited? --> I've really enjoyed all of Abby Clements' works so far and I'm so excited she has decided to write a sequel to her book 'The Heavenly Italian Ice Cream Shop'. Just by looking at the cover and reading the blurb I know this will be the perfect summer read; I can't wait!


Alexandra Brown - 'The Great Village Show' (2 July)

Tindledale is in a titter. The Village Show competition is coming around again and after last year’s spectacular failure, the villagers are determined to win. Meg, teacher at the local school, is keen to help and to impose some much-needed order.

After a terse encounter with a newcomer to the village, Meg discovers that it is celebrity chef and culinary bad boy, Dan Wright. Meg thinks he is arrogant and rude but rumour has it that Dan is opening a new restaurant in the village which could really put Tindledale on the map!

As things come together, villagers old and new all start to come out of the woodwork, including new arrival Jessie, who seems to have it all. But first impressions can be deceptive and Meg discovers that when it comes to Tindledale – and Dan – nothing is ever quite as it seems…

Why so excited? --> Last year Alexandra Brown's novel 'The Great Christmas Knit Off' was released and 'The Great Village Show' is the summery sequel to it! I don't know why I haven't read 'The Great Christmas Knit Off' yet, especially since I know I love Alexandra Brown's writing. This sounds like a great read and I can't wait to get my hands on a copy! 

Amanda Prowse - 'Perfect Daughter' (2 July)

Wife. Mother. Daughter. What happens when it all becomes too much?

Jackie loves her family. Sure, her teenage children can be stroppy. Her husband a little lazy. And providing round-the-clock care for her Alzheimer's-ridden mother is exhausting. She's sacrificed a lot to provide this safe and loving home, in their cramped but cosy semi with a view of the sea.

All Jackie wants is for her children to have a brighter future than she did. So long as Martha, the eldest, gets into university and follows her dreams, all her sacrifice will be worth something... won't it?

Why so excited? --> I've had the pleasure of reading and reviewing several of Amanda Prowse's novels in the past couple of years and her writing is amazing. I have a good feeling this will be another intriguing and touching read!

Debbie Johnson - 'Pippa's Cornish Dream' (2 July)

Since Pippa Harte was forced to take over her parent’s farm, she’s barely had time to shave her legs let alone make time for love. Now she’s more likely to be getting down and dirty mucking out the pigs – and avoiding those of the human male variety.

When Ben Retallick walks out of her childhood and back into her present it seems that perhaps Pippa has more time than she thought. All Poldark smoulders and easy-going charm, Ben’s definitely worth whipping her wellies off for!

But Ben is a man with his own past and his own issues – and as much as she’s enjoying having him around, she’s got to get a grip. After all life isn’t always a beach … even if you are in Cornwall.

Why so excited? --> I just love love loooooove the cover for 'Pippa's Cornish Dream'! It's simply gorgeous and it's already reason enough for me to pick up this novel this July. I really can't wait to read this and have high hopes for it!


Jane Green - 'Summer Secrets' (2 July)

June, 1998: At twenty seven, Catherine Coombs, also known as Cat, is struggling. She lives in London, works as a journalist, and parties hard. Her lunchtimes consist of several glasses of wine at the bar downstairs in the office, her evenings much the same, swigging the free booze and eating the free food at a different launch or party every night. When she discovers the identity of the father she never knew she had, it sends her into a spiral. She makes mistakes that cost her the budding friendship of the only women who have ever welcomed her. And nothing is ever the same after that.

June, 2014: Cat has finally come to the end of herself. She no longer drinks. She wants to make amends to those she has hurt. Her quest takes her to Nantucket, to the gorgeous summer community where the women she once called family still live. Despite her sins, will they welcome her again? What Cat doesn’t realize is that these women, her real father’s daughters, have secrets of their own. As the past collides with the present, Cat must confront the darkest things in her own life and uncover the depths of someone’s need for revenge.

Why so excited? --> Another one of my favourite authors who is treating us to a new novel in the upcoming month! Jane Green's stories never disappoint and always manage to make an impression on me. I would pick this up without reading the description or looking at the cover; her name is already enough! / / Goodreads

Sarah Morgan - 'Some Kind of Wonderful' (2 July)

Her whole life, Puffin Islander Brittany Forrest has dreamed of adventure. And at the age of eighteen, she thought she’d found it in bad boy Zachary Flynn. But after just ten tempestuous, smouldering days, their whirlwind marriage went up in smoke, and Brittany resolved to put him out of her mind forever.

Zach knows he let Brittany down, but being back on Puffin Island and seeing Brittany again stirs up long-buried emotions. This daredevil pilot has never felt worthy of her, yet he can’t stay away—even when he knows the chemistry between them will only complicate his life.

As long, hot summer days on the beach dissolve into sultry, starry nights, Brittany and Zach find that the sparks between them are more powerful than ever. Could it be that the second time around, their dreams of a happy-ever-after will finally come true?

Why so excited? --> I've only heard lovely things about Sarah Morgan's books and I would love to check out her Puffin Island series (such a great name for a book series!). I also love the bright and colourful book cover; a real summer read! 


Josephine Moon - 'The Chocolate Apothecary' (2 July)

Christmas Livingstone has formulated 10 top rules for happiness by which she tries very hard to live. Nurturing the senses every day, doing what you love, sharing joy with others are some of the rules but the most important for her is no. 10 - absolutely no romantic relationships!

Her life is good now. Creating her enchantingly seductive shop, The Chocolate Apothecary, and exploring the potential medicinal uses of chocolate makes her happy; her friends surround her; and her role as a fairy godmother to her community allows her to share her joy. She doesn't need a handsome botany ace who knows everything about cacao to walk into her life. One who has the nicest grandmother - Book Club Captain at Green Hills Aged Care Facility and intent on interfering - a gorgeous rescue dog, and who wants her help to write a book. She really doesn't need any of that at all.

Or does she?

Why so excited? --> Josephine Moon's debut novel 'The Tea Chest' was a warm and lovely read which I thoroughly enjoyed. I can't wait to read her second novel 'The Chocolate Apothecary'. It has a gorgeous cover and the blurb promises a great story; definitely one of the July releases I'm most excited about! / / Goodreads

Lisa Jewell - 'The Girls' (2 July)

You live on a picturesque communal garden square, an oasis in urban London where your children run free, in and out of other people’s houses.

You’ve known your neighbours for years and you trust them. Implicitly.

You think your children are safe.

But are they really?

Midsummer night: a thirteen-year-old girl is found unconscious in a dark corner of the garden square. What really happened to her? And who is responsible?

Why so excited? --> Another gorgeous cover, and another release by a great author! And all of these books will be released on the same day, the 2nd of July, it's crazy! Lisa Jewell's novels are also books that never disappoint and stories that really manage to captivate me from start to finish. Another one that has already been added to my TBR-list!


Sheila O'Flanagan - 'My Mother's Secret' (2 July)

When Steffie helps her two siblings organize a surprise wedding anniversary party for their parents her only worry is whether they'll be pleased. What she doesn't know is this is the day that her whole world will be turned upside down.

Jenny wants to be able to celebrate her ruby anniversary with the man she loves, but for forty years she has kept a secret. A secret that she can't bear to hide any longer. But is it ever the right time to hurt the people closest to you?

As the entire family gather to toast the happy couple, they're expecting a day to remember. The trouble is, it's not going to be for the reasons they imagined...

Why so excited? --> Sheila O'Flanagan has been around for many years and has written numerous great novels and I'm really happy to hear we are being treated to another one of her tales! / / Goodreads

Sue Watson - 'Summer Flings and Dancing Dreams' (3 July)

Laura Watkin’s heart isn’t broken, she’s just forgotten how to use it. 
After years on her own, the highlight of single mum Laura’s week is watching Strictly Come Dancing with a glass of Pinot Grigio and a large helping of imagination. 

With her daughter Sophie going travelling, Laura knows the time is right to do something for herself for a change. One disastrous Zumba class later and Laura ends up at the feet (literally) of gorgeous dance instructor Tony Hernandez. 

A natural dancer and inspiring teacher, Tony rekindles in Laura a passion she inherited from her ballroom dancer father – and with it comes a dream… to make him proud. 

But when Tony enters them to perform at the National Dance Festival, can Laura’s new-found confidence survive the test? And with a once-in-a-lifetime chance to learn Flamenco in Spain, could Laura truly learn to dance like nobody’s watching… and love like she’ll never get hurt? 

Why so excited? --> I've had the pleasure of reading several of Sue Watson's other novels before and I've enjoyed all of her works so far. I have already added 'Summer Flings and Dancing Dreams' to my summer TBR-list and can't wait to pick it up!


Taylor Jenkins Reid - 'Maybe in Another Life' (7 July)

At the age of twenty-nine, Hannah Martin still has no idea what she wants to do with her life. She has lived in six different cities and held countless meaningless jobs since graduating college. On the heels of leaving yet another city, Hannah moves back to her hometown of Los Angeles and takes up residence in her best friend Gabby’s guestroom. Shortly after getting back to town, Hannah goes out to a bar one night with Gabby and meets up with her high school boyfriend, Ethan.

Just after midnight, Gabby asks Hannah if she’s ready to go. A moment later, Ethan offers to give her a ride later if she wants to stay. Hannah hesitates. What happens if she leaves with Gabby? What happens if she leaves with Ethan?

In concurrent storylines, Hannah lives out the effects of each decision. Quickly, these parallel universes develop into radically different stories with large-scale consequences for Hannah, as well as the people around her.

Why so excited? --> I haven't read any of Taylor Jenkins Reid's other books, but I absolutely love how her newest release 'Maybe in Another Life' sounds! It seems to be quite a unique and fascinating read and I really look forward to reading it. / / Goodreads

Be sure to check back on the blog tomorrow for even more July 2015 releases!

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