Friday Finds

Whew-9 new novels! This week the approvals came flooding in, while last week I didn’t have a single one. Each week on Friday, I decided to give an update of the novels I was approved to read that week from NetGalley. I already keep an ongoing list of my upcoming book reviews, but I like the idea of sharing which new books I’m excited to add to my TBR list. Below are the novels that I’ve been approved for this past week with a short description and why I’m excited to read them!

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 Saving Grace by Jane Green

Release Date: September 25, 2014

What’s it about?

Jane Green’s stunning new novel about a shattered marriage and a devastating betrayal. A perfect stranger wants her perfect life. Is Grace just paranoid, as her husband tells her, or is there more to Beth than first thought? This new interloper might be the biggest threat of all, one that could cost Grace her marriage, her reputation, and even her sanity.  With everything at stake and no one to confide in, Grace must find a way to save herself before it is too late.

Powerful and riveting, Saving Grace will have you on the edge of your seat as you follow Grace on her harrowing journey to rock bottom and back.      

Why I’m excited…

I’ve always been a huge fan of Jane Green’s writing and have read almost every novel that she’s penned. The moment I saw that NetGalley had a novel available of Green’s I was ecstatic! The novel sounds intriguing and I’m looking forward to reading it.

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Snow Angels, Secrets & Christmas Cake by Sue Watson

Release Date: October 17, 2014

What’s it about?

For Tamsin Angel, Christmas is always the biggest and best… chic parties and a little showbiz sparkle are a must. This year though, things aren’t going quite as planned… With bailiffs suddenly at the door and her husband nowhere to be found, it looks like Christmas just got downsized. Moving into her sister’s one-bedroom flat, she wonders whether things will ever be the same again.

After losing her husband on Christmas Eve, Sam Angel has rebuilt her life around her son Jacob and her new business – The White Angel Bakery. She’s also found herself a very handsome, loving boyfriend, but is struggling to let go of the past. Thrown together with a sprinkle of Christmas magic, Sam and Tamsin might just learn a little more about each other – and themselves. But when disaster strikes at the bakery, will they be able to save the day in time for Christmas?

Why I’m excited…

I recently read a novel by Sue Watson for the first time – Love, Lies and Lemon Cakes – and it was absolutely wonderful! I enjoy her writing style, her stories and above all, her energy that fills each page. The second I saw that she had penned a Christmas novel I knew I simply had to read it!

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Unlucky for Some by Carla Caruso

Release Date: November 1, 2014

What’s it about?

Sassy Italian-Australian newspaper reporter Raffy has been ultra-superstitious ever since her ex-fiance saw her in her bridal gown before they got hitched – and left her at the altar. But as luck would have it, one of her new assignments at Press Publishing is a feature series challenging some of the most common superstitions in the lead-up to Friday the thirteenth. It’s her worst nightmare – not helped by the grumpy, yet annoyingly handsome cameraman accompanying her to film the daily online videos for the newspaper’s site.

Why I’m excited…

I recently read a novel by Caruso for the first time – A Pretty Mess- and loved it! Her writing is fun and compelling. I’m looking forward to reading another novel that she’s penned.

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Not Quite Forever by Catherine Bybee

Release Date: November 4, 2014

What’s it about?

Romance author Dakota Laurens believes that happily-ever-afters exist only between the covers of her sexy novels. But to her surprise, she finds a real-life hero when she meets a handsome emergency room doctor. The outspoken author feels an instant and intense attraction to Dr. Walt Eddy, and the feeling is mutual. When the globetrotting doctor pulls a disappearing act on Dakota, she’s prepared to write him off…until fate brings a blindsiding twist to her story.

Still scarred from a past tragedy, Walt may have disappeared on Dakota, but now he’s determined to win her back. For the first time in years, he knows he’s ready for a new chance at love. Yet between Dakota’s doubts and two sets of meddling parents, can the once-blissful couple finally create the bright, loving future they desperately want?

Why I’m excited…

I’ve never read anything by this author but I’m looking forward to reading this one because it sounds like an intriguing story. I always love reading about relationships and the things that happen in life that push us away and pull us back together again.

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Love at Mistletoe Inn by Cindy Kirk

Release Date: November 25, 2014

What’s is about?

They’ve helped orchestrate the perfect day for countless couples. Now twelve new couples will find themselves in the wedding spotlight in the second Year of Weddings novella collection. An owner of a Victorian inn and charming rustic barn is used to creating the perfect setting for other couples? nuptials. But when she falls head over heels for the new man in her life, will she be prepared to walk down that aisle?

Why I’m excited…

Sounds like we’ve got another holiday romance on our hands… and who doesn’t love those?!

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If You’ve Got It, Haunt It A Haunted Vintage Mystery by Rose Pressey

Release Date: December 2, 2014

What’s it about?

Cookie Chanel has a passion for fashion–and a murder mystery to solve!

Cookie Chanel has opened her own vintage clothing boutique, It’s Vintage, Y’All, in the charming town of Sugar Creek, Georgia. Always on the lookout for stylish second-hand steals, she attends the estate sale of deceased socialite Charlotte Meadows. But she gets a lot more than she bargained for when Charlotte’s ghost appears before her–offering fashion advice and begging Cookie to find out who murdered her.

As the persistent poltergeist tags along and a possibly psychic pussycat moves into the shop, Cookie sorts through racks of suspects to see who may be hiding some skeletons in the closet. Do a clothing store owner and a disembodied socialite have a ghost of a chance of collaring a killer–or will Cookie’s life be the next one hanging by a thread?

Don’t miss Cookie Chanel’s Fashion Tips!

Why I’m excited…

I laughed when I read what the character’s name in the book is. Once I realized the book is about fashion and mystery I knew that it would be a fun read. I’m always excited to read the first novel in a series, so fingers crossed that we’ve got another good one on our hands!

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Greens 24/7 by Jessica Nadel

Release Date: January 6, 2015

What’s it about?

Yes, they’re good for you—but who knew greens could be so much fun?

If you’re trying to eat more greens but find yourself in a salad rut, Greens 24/7 is here to bring delicious, healthy veggies to every meal of the day, from breakfast to dessert. Spinach in pancakes? Kale in cornbread? You bet!

The 100+ innovative recipes pack a seriously healthy punch with more than 40 green veggies.

Why I’m excited…

I’m always looking for more ways to incorporate healthy greens into my meals. This looks like a great book that’s sure to have recipes that everyone will love.

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Devil in the Deadline by LynDee Walker

Release Date: January 6, 2015

What’s it about?

When the Richmond police offer an exclusive in exchange for help with a case, nothing—not even a costume party—stops crime reporter Nichelle Clarke from making Manolo tracks to the crime scene. The hunt leads her to a televangelist’s compound in the Virginia countryside where the Reverend may be more interested in fat stacks of cash than he is saving wayward souls.

With two sexy guys tangled up in Nichelle’s story—and in her heart—work and love are on a crash course for disaster. Pressure pours in from every corner, including a faceless new competitor that means the deadline is always five minutes ago. As secrets threaten and the truth becomes her lifeline, Nichelle must unmask the killer and nail down the story before she’s snared in the carefully-constructed web.

Why I’m excited…

I’ll admit, the cute cover caught my eye first. Once I read the book description I was hooked. ‘A Headline in High Heels Mystery’ novel sounds like it will be full of mystery, drama and great fashion along the way!

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As Good as it Gets? by Fiona Gibson

Release Date: January 29, 2015

What’s it about?

A warm, funny read for fans of Outnumbered and the novels of Fern Britton, Fiona writes about life as it really is.

A mother-and-daughter shopping trip. That’s where it all started…

It was just a day like any other when Charlotte’s 16-year-old daughter Rosie is scouted by a top model agency. For Rosie, it’s a dream come true. But for Charlotte it awakens dreams she’d rather forget…

With Rosie’s new career taking off, Charlotte reluctantly agrees to take part in a ‘models and their mums’ photo shoot for a national magazine. But when it catches the attention of Fraser, Charlotte’s first love – and father of Rosie – Charlotte starts to regret her decision.

Fraser has never met Rosie. In fact, he’s never shown any interest in either of them since the day that Charlotte announced she was pregnant. So why does Charlotte suddenly want to revisit a past she’d long forgotten about?

Why I’m excited…

This one I was extremely excited to be approved for because they generally only approve people that live in the UK! The cover is cute, the story sounds wonderful and I can’t wait to read it!

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