One of the most excellent things about blogs is finding out about books that are out there that I haven’t read yet. These are the last five books I added to my ever expanding ‘to read’ list on Goodreads!
Click on the book cover to go directly to the Goodreads page. Each synopsis is taken from the relevant Goodreads page. Enjoy!
Million Dollar Question by Ellie Campbell
Just as a huge financial scandal throws New Yorker, Olivia Wheeler, from wealth and success to bankruptcy and shame, struggling impoverished single-mother Rosie Dixon wins an unexpected million pounds. Good luck? Bad luck? Who can tell? Both women have more in common than they realize. While Olivia struggles to survive her humiliations, fleeing broke and homeless to London, shy unassuming Rosie discovers sudden riches arrive with their own mega-load of problems.
Can workaholic career-obsessed Olivia find a passion for something earthier and warmer than power and prestige? And can Rosie sift through envy and greed to discover true friends, true family and even true love? Two strangers who’ve never met. Yet neither realises how each is affecting the other’s destiny or the places their paths touch and fates entwine. But will they surmount the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune?
That is the million dollar question.
Tosca Tonnino oversees Author Events at Carter &Co. a small, independent bookshop in a tourist town. Tosca enjoys her independence, a lively social life, and seasonal love affairs. She practices the worldly insouciance embodied by Ginger Rogers, that icon of Thirties’ cinema. In any social or romantic dilemma, Tosca asks herself: What would Ginger Rogers do?
A new hire comes to the bookshop under mysterious circumstances. Ethan James, an East Coast import from a wealthy family, is attractive, secretive, sometimes surly, often blunt, occasionally witty, and fiercely competitive. Tosca finds him generally annoying until one snowy night when, thrown unexpectedly together, their romance blossoms. To Tosca’s humiliation, the next morning Ethan thanks her for a one night stand.
Tosca’s personal life that winter tumbles from bad to worse, but professionally she snags a terrific coup. Lucy Lamont—author of the mega-bestselling series of saccharine Shannonville novels—invites herself to do a reading at Carter &Co, June 12th. Tosca’s boss and colleagues are thrilled, but her glory is cut short. Ethan announces that his old school friend, Win Jefferies, author of Body Electric, a bleak literary bestseller, a novel of addiction, rehab and suicide wants to come there too. June 12th.
These two towering egotistical writers on the same stage? Unthinkable! But the elderly, eccentric owner of Carter &Co thinks they will be wonderful. Appalled, Tosca protests to prevent this disaster; she lies, cries, swallows her pride, all to no avail. The day of reckoning approaches.
In this intolerable situation: What would Ginger Rogers do? Tosca’s response will alter the rest of her life.
Jedland by Ruth Bradbury-Horton
Jed P Horton wanted a job. He’d walk your dog, cut your grass, even pull your teeth out, just please, please give him a job. This heartwarming story follows Jed on a journey of self-discovery that will find him poised to fulfil a once in a lifetime dream of visiting the legendary Jedland. Together with best mates, Jim from the chippy, no-holds bared Jessie, comb over Steve, and the ever-entertaining transgender Philly, Jed is unwittingly thrust into the limelight of 80s style talent shows, taking him from his small hometown of Leighton Buzzard, to the ever-buzzing city of London. Faced with rivals, unrequited love, a factory full of women, and the ever-obvious empty wallet, it’s not going to be easy. And it’s no surprise when Jed wonders if Jedland will remain exactly as it’s always been to him, a dream. If laughter and heartache are what you’re looking for, then Jedland is for you.
Wanderlust by Thea Dawson
Monica Prescott, writer and world traveler, has everything she wants … except a man who’s free-spirited enough to join her for a life on the road. But when she bumps into Jason, the guy who broke her heart in college, she lets him think she’s engaged. It wouldn’t take much to fall for him again–and that’s one road she doesn’t want to go down.
Jason is everything she’s not and doesn’t want to be. He’s settled down in snowy Chicago and focused on his high-powered desk job, while Monica longs for foreign shores and sunshine. But the more time she spends with Jason, the more she starts to question her career and lifestyle.
Monica has two weeks before a new assignment starts in Bangkok, and time is running out for her to make the biggest decision of her life.
I Am the Lion by Andrew Toy
Lydia and her widowed, bipolar father struggle to find common ground in the wake of her mother’s untimely death. Only when Lydia’s fourth-grade teacher steps into their lives do they slowly build a connection, but that bond is threatened when a secret comes out that threatens to scar Lydia for the rest of her life.