Friday Finds | November 28, 2014

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! Weekly event hosted by Should be Reading

Recently I’ve racked up more novels on my Kindle app for iPad than I know what to do with through NetGalley, so I decided to ease off the ‘Request’ button. When I find novels I’m interested in reading, I generally will add it to my TBR on Goodreads for reference when my approved list slowly gets smaller. However, I can’t help but request a few here and there, especially if they’re short reads or simply sound like something I’d love. So here are a few novels that I’ve been approved for over the past two weeks that caught my eye.

Up and In by Deborah Disney

Publication Date: December 1, 2014

Screen Shot 2014-11-20 at 10.45.21 AMA wonderfully wry tale about the pressure women put on themselves and one another to fit in, measure up and look glamorous while doing it.

Maria and Joe have saved every available penny to give their daughters Kate and Sarah the best education possible, which to them means attending the most exclusive girls school in the state. But when Kate befriends the spoilt and moody Mirabella, Maria finds herself thrust into a high society of champagne-swilling mother-istas she hasn’t budgeted for. Saturday morning netball is no longer a fun mother-daughter outing, but a minefield of social politics.
While the increasingly neurotic Maria struggles to negotiate the school mum hierarchy, Joe quietly battles a midlife crisis and Kate attempts to grow up as gracefully as possible (without having her life ruined by embarrassing parents).
For every woman who has ever felt she may be wearing the wrong shoes, this is a book that will remind you – you’re not alone.

 

Sealed with a Christmas Kiss by Rachael Lucas

Publication Date: November 6, 2014Screen Shot 2014-11-21 at 11.28.17 AM

Kate has taken to life on the remote Scottish island of Auchenmor like a seal to water: she’s given a new lease of life to the Laird’s estate in her day job; she’s befriended the once-nosy locals; and even young Laird Roddy is not quite so grumpy these days.

Better still, Kate has just had her best idea yet: they’ll turn the castle into the most gorgeous wedding venue in Scotland. The pressure’s on as the first wedding is booked in for Christmas Eve – just weeks away. But with a mismatched bride and groom, a hysterical PR on her case, her own relationship woes and a huge storm blowing in, can Kate pull it off in time?

Escape the stresses of the Christmas season with this warm, funny and truly inspiring novella from bestselling author Rachael Lucas.

 

Secret Santo by Carla Caruso

Publication Date: December 2, 2014

Screen Shot 2014-11-26 at 9.23.45 AMHolly Plume is a bookseller by day and a romance blogger by night, dishing out scathing reviews under her pseudonym, Sultry Scarlet. When she scores an invite to the publishing event of the year, Holly couldn’t be more excited. Finally a chance to meet her favourite author, the mysterious thriller writer known only as AJ Ruffo.

When Holly literally falls into the arms of the mysterious and charming Santo Randolfi, she’s sure it must be AJ. After all, Santo has tousled good looks, dark curls, luscious lips . . . He’s exactly what she’d imagined. But when Santo reveals he’s actually the author of a romance novel Holly recently slammed on her blog, keeping her online identity a secret becomes vital.

As Holly struggles to keep Santo from learning the truth, she realizes just how much she likes him. But when he discovers who she is, will their relationship be over before it’s even begun?

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