Last weekend’s snowstorm did wonders for my To Read list – and from the looks of these upcoming books, February needs to be one giant blizzard!
Good Riddance by Elinor Lipman | February 5, 2019
In the midst of a cleaning streak, Daphne tossed out her mother’s heavily annotated high school yearbook. The class of ’68 dedicated the yearbook to their beloved teacher, June Winter Maritch, and June became attached to it. Too attached perhaps. She took it along to every class reunion, jotting down her observations – for good or bad – and filled every page with her notes. After the yearbook is pulled from a recycling bin by their neighborhood busybody-slash-filmmaker, Daphne’s life is suddenly upended.
I’ll admit this sound captured my interest, but I’m still a little hesitant – it’s published by HMH and I found I don’t have the best of luck with their adult titles. ALSO, Lipman’s books all seem to be firmly in the 3.4-3.5 range on Goodreads, which I know shouldn’t count for much (some of my favorite reads were TRASHED by others), but I’m curious about this one all the same.
I Owe You One by Sophie Kinsella | February 5, 2019
When Fixie’s dad passed away, his hardware store fell to Fixie’s mother and her siblings to run. Despite their family motto (“Family first”), Fixie finds herself picking up the slack; she’s a people pleaser who has a hard time saying no. So when a handsome stranger at a coffee shop asks her to keep an eye on his laptop, she’s does so – and saves it from certain danger. Sebastian writes a quick IOU along with his business card, but surely he can’t be serious?
When Fixie’s childhood crush suddenly appears back in her life looking for a job, Fixie takes a chance on a handsome stranger’s word.
The first of a handful of ARCs I already have! I have never read one of Sophie’s books before but this cute, fun contemporary was calling my name the second I heard of it!
The Matchmaker’s List by Sonya Lalli | February 5, 2019
Raina has finally caved and given in to her family’s demands. She’ll allow her grandmother to play matchmaker, but that doesn’t mean Raina will have to like it. As her life quickly spirals into a whirlwind of disastrous blind dates, Raina needs to find a way out of her arranged-marriage nightmare – without crushing her grandmother’s dreams.
Okay, so if you’re having deja vu right now, it’s because I first mentioned this one in my January releases post. Whoops. It’s actually coming out in February!
The Winter Sister by Megan Collins | February 5, 2019
Sixteen years ago, Persephone stayed out too late with the boy she wasn’t allowed to see. After three days her body was discovered and her murder still remains unsolved. Sylvie has returned home to care for her estranged mother as she undergoes cancer treatment. Annie always had her ‘Dark Days’ – even before Persephone’s death – and her once-close bond with her other daughter quickly deteriorated in the days following Persephone’s disappearance. To make matters worse, Persephone’s former boyfriend is a nurse at the cancer center. Sylvie had always believe Ben to be responsible for her sister’s death, but as she begins to uncover the secrets that fill her mother’s house, she discovers just what happened the night her sister went missing.
Four books mentioned so far and this is the third one I have. Disappearances, dark family secrets, The Winter Sister is screaming my name!
The Seamstress by Allison Pittman | February 5, 2019
France, 1788. Two orphaned cousins have been raised by the last in the line of a once-prosperous family. No longer starving, Laurette and Renée spend their days tending to the sheep on the farm and whispering their secrets and dreams. The rumbles of rebellion are beginning to make their way through Versailles, however..
Y’ALL. I love retellings. Especially retellings of books I’ve never read! The Seamstress brings to life two background characters in A Tale of Two Cities and I actually shrieked when this one arrived at my door!! You can bet I’ll be curled up with this one soon!
Spectacle by Jodie Lynn Zdrok | February 12, 2019
Paris, 1887. Nathalie writes the daily morgue column for the local paper, each morning summarizing the new arrivals. It’s a hum-drum job – until the day she has a vision of a young woman being murdered…from the perspective of the murderer. As a body is pulled from the Seine days later, whispers begin to spread that this killing might not be the last. And with Nathalie’s new-found ability, she might be the only one who can find the killer’s identity and stop him before he strikes again.
Does this sound fun or what??
The Psychology of Time Travel by Kate Mascarenhas | February 12, 2019
1967, four female scientists have been working together to build the first time machine. Just before they debut their creation, however, one woman suffers a breakdown. To protect their invention, the other three exile her from the team – effectively writing her contributions out of history. Fifty years later, time travel is booming. Ruby knows her grandmother was one of the pioneers, though no one will tell her more. It’s not until Granny Bee receives a newspaper article from the future detailing the murder of an unidentified woman that Ruby becomes obsessed. Could the future victim be her grandmother? And who would want her dead? More importantly, is there a way for Ruby to stop it?
…I already have a hold for this one at my library. I need this book in my life now.
The Victory Garden by Rhys Bowen | February 12, 2019
Emily Bryce is determined to contribute to the war effort. A cheeky, handsome Australian pilot convinced her she can do more for the cause and she soon finds herself falling in love – and readily accepts his proposal. When he’s sent back to the front, Emily volunteers as a ‘land girl,’ tending to the grounds of a country estate and she soon uncovers forgotten journals from a medicine woman who devoted her life to her herbal garden. Those journals soon become Emily’s saving grace – not only does she learn her fiance has died, but she also discovers she’s pregnant.
Rhys Bowen could write a phone book and I would be elbowing crowds out of the way to get to it. Naturally I pounced on a netgalley copy of this one the second I saw it! One of my favorite reads last year was The Tuscan Child and I’ve been dying for another standalone!
American Spy by Lauren Wilkinson | February 12, 2019
A Cold War novel inspired by the real life Thomas Sankara “Africa’s Che Guevara.” It’s 1986 and Marie Mitchell is an intelligence officer for the FBI. She might be brilliant, but she’s also a Black woman in an ages-old boys’ club and her career has plateaued. Eager to break away from days spent filing paperwork, Marie leaps at the opportunity to join a secret task force aimed at undermining a man whose Communist ideology has put him in America’s sights.
As much as I love a good spy thriller, I can honestly say I haven’t read many Cold War novels – especially ones featuring real figures. You all know I love my historical fiction to include real people and I have a request in for this at the library as well. (Please pray for me once my mountain of holds arrives!)
The Familiars by Stacey Halls | February 19, 2019
Again Fleetwood Shuttleworth has found herself with child; her previous pregnancies ended all too soon and her husband is eager for an heir. When she comes across a doctor’s letter, she learns of his dire prediction: Fleetwood wouldn’t survive another pregnancy. Desperate, she seeks the aid of a midwife, one who promises to see her through to the end of a healthy pregnancy, but Alice is also accused of witchcraft.
The Familiars is set against the real life Pendle Hill Witch Trials of 1612 and I am so there.
The Huntress by Kate Quinn | February 26, 2019
As the Nazis attack the Soviet Union, Nina Markova risks everything to join the Night Witches, a legendary all-female night bomber regiment. When she’s stranded behind enemy lines, Nina finds herself the prey of a Nazi murderess known as the Huntress. A young British war correspondent has been transformed by the horrors he’s witnessed and becomes a Nazi hunter. ..yet there’s one target that seems to elude him, the infamous Huntress. In post-war Boston, Jordan has decided to become a photographer. When her father arrives home with a new fiancee, she’s absolutely thrilled. But something about the woman’s soft German accent is disconcerting.
I MEAN DO I REALLY NEED TO SAY ANYTHING??
The Woman in the Lake by Nicola Cornick | February 26, 2019
Bouncing between 1765 and the present day, The Woman in the Lake tells the story of a golden gown and a murder. Lady Isabella Gerard orders her maid to destroy her new gown, its beauty tainted by her husband’s actions of the previous night. A few months later Lord Gerard stands at the lake’s shore, staring down at the body of a woman in a dress, realizing she was not his intended victim… Two centuries later, a dress finds its way back to Fenella who finds herself enchanted all over again and delves deep into the gown’s history.
I really enjoy Nicola’s books. Historical mysteries plus an element of time travel, they’re so engaging and gripping – and even though they tend to be on the longer side, the pages practically fly by and they’re over all too soon!
The Spitfire Girls by Soraya M. Lane | February 26, 2019
The British Air Transport Auxiliary sound the call for help and a group of young women volunteer for action. From the start there’s friction – not just amongst the women, but also from the men who question the women’s abilities as pilots. Determined to prove themselves (and to gain the respect they deserve), the women realize they must band together and set aside their differences.
I’ve shockingly never heard of Soraya or her books before, but she writes about WWII – and female pilots! – and that’s all I need to know!!