Friday Finds | November 7th

FRIDAY FINDS showcases the books you ‘found’ and added to your To Be Read (TBR) list… whether you found them online, or in a bookstore, or in the library — wherever!

This past week I barely spent any time reading and only managed to read one book, but somehow I found plenty of time to request a bunch of new ones through NetGalley. Below are the ones I was approved for over the past week. I’ve got lots of fabulous books lined up!

Screen Shot 2014-10-31 at 9.32.00 AMHumbugs & Heartstrings by Catherine Ferguson

Publication Date: October 2, 2014

This is a tale about love and friendships, complete with a sprinkling of Christmas magic. Perfect for fans of Jenny Colgan and Lucy Diamond.

Two ex-friends. One Christmas to remember …

Bobbie’s boss Carol is a real misery-guts, dedicated to making the lives of everyone around her unhappy in pursuit of every last penny. What makes it worse is that the two women have history: once they were best friends.

When handsome hotelier Charlie steps into the frame the two women go to battle as one sees a romantic future ahead and the other a possible lifeboat for her business. With wonderful warmth and humour, and the odd mince pie fight, the women are forced to confront their shared past, the turbulent present and, most importantly, the potential of the future.

Screen Shot 2014-10-31 at 11.39.07 AMSugar’s Twice as Sweet by Marina Adair

Publication Date: November 25, 2014

He’s trouble she doesn’t need . . .

Thanks to a cheating fiancé, Josephina Harrington’s perfect life just crashed and burned. Moving in with her overbearing parents is definitely not an option. No, she needs to prove she can make it on her own. And she will-by turning her great-aunt’s old plantation house into a destination getaway. She’s just not expecting her contractor to be so hands-on-and so totally irresistible.

. . . but everything she wants

Bad-boy golf champion Brett McGraw figured his hometown of Sugar, Georgia was the perfect place to lay low and get his life back up to par. The leggy blonde with a pint-sized pup is the kind of sweet ‘n sassy trouble he never saw coming. She doesn’t know a nut from a bolt and before long, he’s renovating her house . . . as she steals his heart. Can he convince Josephina that his womanizing ways are in the past and he’s ready for forever?

Screen Shot 2014-11-03 at 10.01.34 AMFat Witch Bake Sale by Patricia Helding with Lucy Baker

Publication Date: January 6, 2015

Fat Witch brownies are a chocolate obsession, not just for the locals from New York City, but
also for the many tourists who visit Chelsea Market. Patricia Helding and staff bake tender, moist, classic, and decadent morsels that people are willing to wait in line to buy. And following on the heels of Helding’s very successful Fat Witch Brownies, which revealed the author’s secret recipe (at long last), comes her new personal collection of yummy brownies, blondies, barks, bars, and more . . . along with tips and tricks for packaging and selling them at your next bake sale.

Here are mouthwatering recipes for Pecan Caramel Brownies; Red Velvet Brownies; Five Layer Chocolate Bars; Jelly Blondies; Cinnamon Bars; Pumpkin Oatmeal Bars; Coconut Macadamia Cookies; uniquely grownup flavors like Fruitcake Brownies and Rum Raisin Spice Bars; and even gluten-free treats like Meringue Drops and Almond Flour White Chocolate Cookies. Packed with astonishingly good, easy-to-bake recipes that will leave your family and friends agog, Fat Witch Bake Sale will be the go-to recipe source for bake sale season—or anytime.

Screen Shot 2014-11-04 at 8.51.24 AMA Little Love by Amanda Prowse

Publication Date: November 1, 2014

Pru Plum, owner of the famous Mayfair bakery, is not the confident, successful businesswoman she appears. She has done shameful things to get where she is and will do anything to protect the secrets of her past – especially when, for the first time in her life, she has finally fallen in love.

Screen Shot 2014-11-04 at 2.59.56 PMHusband Hunters by Genevieve Gannon

Publication Date: December 1, 2014

Clementine, a psychologist specialising in couples counselling, is reeling from the discovery that her boyfriend is married. Annabel, an ex-model, only seems to attract men who want her as a trophy. Belinda, a civil engineer, is stuck in the friendzone.
Abandoning the romantic notions of true love that haven’t worked out for them, the three decide to use their considerable professional skills to find a partner. This isn’t about hearts and flowers; it’s about being practical.

Warm and witty, Husband Hunters is about what happens when you try to engineer love.

 

Screen Shot 2014-11-04 at 3.04.30 PMPretty Shore by Carla Caruso

Publication Date: December 1, 2014

It’s summer time and the temperature is rising in the small coastal town of Robe, where Astonvale’s A-list comes to catch up, dress down and be seen.

Professional organiser Celeste Pretty has a summer getaway planned in well-to-do Robe, the ‘Hamptons’ of Australia. She’s staying at the beach ‘shack’ of her hunky new builder beau, Lenny Muscat. The first week she’ll de-clutter the holiday home of fashion designer Sabine Cloud with her assistant, Flip Belmont. Then she’ll enjoy loved-up bliss with Lenny.

But despite Celeste’s penchant for organisation, things have a way of veering off-script. She soon discovers the last person who occupied Sabine’s pad – the designer’s model daughter, Romy – died from a possible overdose. Plus, Sabine’s uber-glam real estate agent seems intent on throwing herself at Lenny. Meanwhile, Flip is distracted by the bad-boy son of a rock star, Blaise Zenith, who some say is responsible for Romy going off the rails.

And Celeste thought sunburn and sand in the house were all she’d have to worry about these holidays.

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