Thursday, 30 October 2014

Release Day Round-Up #9

This week's picks are a mixture of Christmas and the everyday, I've only got four picks this weeks as next weeks list is super long, may actually bankrupt me! So here are my favourites for this week:
Driving Home for Christmas
Driving Home For Christmas by A L Michael
Released: 28th October 2014
Publisher: Carina UK
Available on Kindle
Megan McAllister is home for Christmas…whether she likes it or not!

Christmas is about family…and for Megan family means two people: herself, and her daughter Skye. It doesn’t mean her parents who, ten years ago, saw her pregnancy as anything but a miracle. And it definitely doesn’t include her irresistible ex-boyfriend Lucas Bright.

So ‘Driving Home for Christmas’ has never been top of Megan’s festive playlist. But for Skye, she knows she needs to spend the holiday season with the people she’s left behind. She can do this. Even if the thought of meeting Lucas under the mistletoe still has her feeling like she’s drunk one-too-many Snowballs!

But somewhere between the hanging of stockings and the crackle of wrapping paper, Christmas starts to sparkle. And Megan begins to wonder if family could be bigger than her and Skye after all…
I have already read and reviewed this book and its definitely a great Christmassy read, for all my thoughts, check out my review here. 
Difficult Husbands
Difficult Husbands by Mary de Laszlo
Released: 31st October 2014
Publisher: Bookouture
Available on Kindle and in Paperback
Difficult Husbands - In sickness and in health, for better but definitely not for worse…

Newly divorced Lorna is struggling to adjust to life on her own. When she discovers that her beloved godfather has left her the grand (and crumbling) Ravenscourt House in the heart of Sussex, she soon has a project on her hands.

Nathan sells delicious goodies at Mulberry Farm. When he meets Lorna at a Christmas market, neither of them can ignore the chemistry. But as they get to know one another, Lorna wants to know one thing – is he after her or the house?

Together with Gloria – whose marriage to alcoholic Adrian has hit rock bottom, and Rosalind – struggling to deal with her womanising husband Ivan, the three friends hatch a plan. They’ll ditch their difficult husbands at Ravenscourt House and enjoy stress-free Christmases with their families. But nothing is ever that simple…

Mary de Laszlo has had four novels published by Headline and has since had many others published by Hale. She lives in London and is an active member of the RNA. She was a fashion journalist with Vogue and now works as an occasional film extra when not writing.
The premise for this sounds really good, anything with grand country houses ticks a box for me. Hoping to read this today and hopefully have a review up tomorrow or Saturday, so pop back if you'd like to know what I thought.
The Chateau
The Chateau by Karen Aldous
Released: 30th October 2014
Publisher: Carina UK
Available on Kindle
Can young hearts ease a restless spirit?
On the shores of stunning Lake Geneva, Gina Remy is celebrating her brother’s wedding – when the figure of a woman appears hovering above the water, beckoning to her. Ghostly visitations do not happen to Gina - a self-confessed control freak with her own successful property business, she prides herself on being level-headed. But as she is tormented by dreams and visions, her perfect life begins to unravel, and she knows she needs to help this ghost find peace if she’s to get any of her own!

Enter Ollie Martin, an Anglo-Swiss property developer who’s sexy as hell and knows it. His arrogance annoys Gina, but he’s the only one who will take her seriously… and the closer they come to understanding the quest the ghost has set for them, the closer they get to one another…
This sounds amazing, I love a good mystery story and this sounds like a brilliant one. Also that cover is just stunning, makes me feel like I need a holiday somewhere warm and sunny.
If I Knew You Were Going To Be This Beautiful, I Never Would Have Let You Go
If I Knew You Were Going To Be This Beautiful I Never Would Have Let You Go
by Judy Chicurel
Released: 30th October 2014
Publisher: Tinder Press
Pages: 336
Available in Hardback and on Kindle
 It is the summer of 1972, and Katie has just turned eighteen. Katie and her town, Elephant Beach, are both on the verge: Katie of adulthood, and Elephant Beach of gentrification. But not yet: Elephant Beach is still gritty, working-class, close-knit. And Katie spends her time smoking and drinking with her friends, dreaming about a boy just back from Vietnam who’s still fighting a battle Katie can’t understand.  In this poignant, evocative debut collection, Judy Chicurel creates a haunting, vivid world, where conflicts between mothers and daughters, men and women, soldiers and civilians and haves and have-nots reverberate to our own time. She captures not only a time and place, but the universal experience of being poised between the past and the future.
I don't think I have ever read anything that was set in the 1970s, especially not in America so I think this would be an interesting read. I may pick this up when I'm looking for something a little bit different.
So that's my pick for this week, which new release have you got your eye on this week?

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