It’s autumn and Primrose Terrace has never looked lovelier. But things are far from rosy for the Barker’s at No.6. Cat’s been walking their pair of gorgeous Golden Retrievers and she’s noticed that things are distinctly chilly between owners Juliette and Will. For Cat, things are coming to a head with Mark, but is he the right man for her? Especially as she is getting closer to flatmate Joe. Cat thinks she must be able to do something to stop autumn falling on the Barker’s marriage, but is there anything she can do to resolve her feelings about Mark?
Why so excited? --> 'Raincoats and Retrievers' is the third part of Cressida McLaughlin's serialized novel set in Primrose Terrace and I've had the pleasure of reading the first part, which I loved. The cover already promises this to be a nice Autumn read and I can't wait to pick it up!
Leah Ferguson - 'All the Difference' (3 September)
New Year’s Eve. A time for resolutions. A chance to make a change. And for thirty-year-old Molly Sullivan, a night that will transform her life forever…
All it takes is one word—yes or no—to decide Molly’s future. As the clock counts down to midnight and the ball slowly begins to drop, Molly’s picture-perfect boyfriend gets down on one knee and asks her to marry him. She knows she should say yes, especially considering the baby-sized surprise she just discovered she’s carrying. But something in her heart is telling her to say no...
Now, Molly’s future can follow two very different paths: one where she stays with her baby’s father, despite her misgivings and his family’s unreasonable expectations, and one where she ventures out on her own as a single mother, embracing all the hardships that come with it.
And by the time the next New Year is rung in, Molly will know which choice was right—following her head or listening to her heart…
Why so excited? --> I really like the sound of Leah Ferguson's upcoming release 'All the Difference' and I've only spotted 5-star reviews on Goodreads so far. This is Leah's debut novel and I love checking out new authors, so am definitely adding this to my TBR-list.
Nic Tatano - 'Cover Girl' (3 September)
Powerhouse romance editor Keira Madison is known as “Cover Girl” – because she’s come up with the concepts for the covers of the best selling novels in history. But right now, she’s desperate to replace her best selling author.
Wannabe author Alex Bauer has given up hope of ever selling his military thriller, so he takes a shot at writing a romance and sends it to super agent Bella Farentino. She’s blown away by the book, but more shocked to find out the author is a man. So she decides it’s best to keep it a secret when pitching the novel – what does a man know about romance after all?
When Keira buys the book, Alex needs a cover story to hide the fact he’s the real author. So he invents a fictional cousin who’s an agoraphobe; too shy to ever leave the house. He agrees to work as “her” intermediary during the editing process while getting a friend to “play” the author on the phone.
One major problem. He falls hard for Keira, a spunky redhead who is a dead ringer for the heroine in the book. And she’s smitten with him, as he’s a clone of the novel’s romantic hero, a fictional Mister Right come to life.
You see where this is going.
As the release date for the book gets closer, their relationship grows stronger while the tale of the fictional author goes over the top. At some point Alex will have to come clean that he’s the real author of the book but worries he’ll risk losing Keira because she won’t be able to trust him.
It’s “Tootsie” meets the publishing world… without anyone getting dressed up in drag.
Why so excited? --> Nic Tatano's 'Cover Girl' is one of the Harper Impulse releases hitting the shelves in September. I haven't read any of Nic Tatano's works before, but I've heard many positive things so hope I will be able to check out 'Cover Girl' myself!
Lynsey James - 'The Broken Hearts Book Club' (4 September)
Secrets never stay buried for long...
Lucy Harper has always been good at one thing: running from her past. But when her beloved Nana Lily passes away she has no choice except to return to the one place in the world she most wants to avoid...
Luna Bay hasn't changed much in the eight years she has spent in London. The little Yorkshire village is still just as beautiful, but the new pub landlord is a gorgeous addition to the scenery!
Lucy only intended to stay for a day, yet when she discovers that Nana Lily has not only left her a cottage but also 'The Broken Hearts Book Club', Lucy is intrigued. Her Nana never have mentioned the club and Lucy can't wait to get started, but walking into her first meeting she is more aware than ever that her past is finally catching up with her.
One way or another, Lucy must finally face the secrets she's kept buried for so long - or spend the rest of her life on the run...
Why so excited? --> I just love the title of Lynsey James' new novel; 'The Broken Hearts Book Club' already sounds like such a promising read and the cover is simply stunning. Enough reasons to want to read this beauty straight away!
Amanda Prowse - 'Three and a Half Heartbeats' (10 September)
Grace and Tom Penderford had a strong marriage, a comfortable home in the Hertfordshire countryside, and a healthy baby girl. They were happy. They were normal.
But soon after Chloe turns three, tragedy strikes. A disease called Sepsis claims the life of their daughter, devastating their little family. The Penderfords had never heard of Sepsis - a cruel, indiscriminate disease that claims a life somewhere in the world every three and a half seconds. Now, with their world crumbling, they must mend each others broken hearts... and try to save their marriage if they can.
Why so excited? --> I am actually reading this book at the moment and it is an absolutely heartbreaking story. Amanda Prowse's writing has never disappointed me and I already know this is going to be a read a lot of people will be talking about in the weeks to come.
Anouska Knight - 'Letting You Go' (10 September)
What if a tragedy occurred and you only had yourself to blame? How do you move on from the past?
Alex Foster lives a quiet life, avoiding the home she hasn’t visited in eight years. Then her sister Jaime calls. Their mother is sick, and Alex must return. Suddenly she’s plunged back into the past she’s been trying to escape.
Returning to her hometown, memories of the tragic accident that has haunted her and her family are impossible to ignore. Alex still blames herself for what happened to her brother and it’s soon clear that her father holds her responsible too. As Alex struggles to cope, can she ever escape the ghosts of the past?
Why so excited? --> I actually haven't read any of Anouska Knight's novels while I have been quite curious to give one of her stories a chance. 'Letting You Go' sounds like a very promising read and I love the gorgeous book cover!
Tasmina Perry - 'The Last Kiss Goodbye' (10 September)
Everyone remembers their first kiss. But what about the last?
1961. Journalist Rosamund Bailey is ready to change the world. When she meets explorer and man about town Dominic Blake, she realises she has found the love of her life. Just as happiness is in their grasp, the worst happens, and their future is snatched away.
2014. Deep in the vaults of a museum, archivist Abby Morgan stumbles upon a breathtaking find. A faded photograph of a man saying goodbye to the woman he loves. Looking for a way to escape her own heartache, Abby becomes obsessed with the story, little realising that behind the image frozen in time lies a secret altogether more extraordinary.
Why so excited? --> Sometimes when you only see a book or read its description, you just know that you will end up falling in love with it. That's definitely the feeling I have with Tasmina Perry's newest release. I've loved her previous novels and have really high hopes for this one!
Alexandra Potter - 'Love From Paris' (24 September)
How far would you go for love?
When new boyfriend Jack stands her up at the airport, Ruby Miller dries her tears, jumps on the Eurostar and heads to Paris. She thinks she's going there to visit an old friend and have a total break from romance. But the City of Love has other ideas.
A locked apartment where time has stood still, a bundle of long-lost love letters and a flirtatious French lawyer sweep Ruby into a mystery that spans over seventy years. Who is the author of the letters? Why did the owner of the apartment close up the shutters and flee Paris before the war, never to return? And what secret was she hiding?
As the mystery deepens, Ruby turns love detective but it's not long before the ghosts of the past throw her own love affair into jeopardy.
Why so excited? --> I remember Alexandra Potter being one of my favourite chick lit authors when I was younger and I couldn't get enough of her books. I haven't read any of her latest releases, but I love the sound of 'Love From Paris', so hope I will be able to read it sometime soon!
Miranda Dickinson - 'A Parcel for Anna Browne' (24 September)
The gift of a lifetime?
Anna Browne is an ordinary woman living an ordinary life. Her day job as a receptionist in bustling London isn't exactly her dream, yet she has everything she wants. But someone thinks Anna Browne deserves more...
When a parcel addressed to Anna Browne arrives, she has no idea who has sent it. Inside she finds a beautiful gift - one that is designed to be seen. And so begins a series of incredible deliveries, each one bringing Anna further out of the shadows and encouraging her to become the woman she was destined to be. As Anna grows in confidence, others begin to notice her - and her life starts to change.
But who is sending the mysterious gifts, and why?
Why so excited? --> Miranda Dickinson's novels are always worth getting excited about and 'A Parcel for Anna Browne' is no exception! I always love love love Miranda's books, so I just know this will probably turn out to be one of my favourite reads of September, if not of the whole year. Fingers crossed!
Veronica Henry - 'High Tide' (24 September)
Pennfleet might be a small town, but there's never a dull moment in its narrow winding streets ...
Kate has only planned a flying visit to clear out the family home after the death of her mother. When she finds an anonymous letter, she is drawn back into her own past.
Single dad Sam is juggling his deli and two lively teenagers, so romance is the last thing on his mind. Then Cupid fires an unexpected arrow - but what will his children think?
Nathan Fisher is happy with his lot, running picnic cruises up and down the river, but kissing the widow of the richest man in Pennfleet has disastrous consequences.
Vanessa knows what she has done is unseemly for a widow, but it's the most fun she's had for years. Must she always be on her best behaviour?
Why so excited? --> I am almost ashamed to say I've never read one of Veronica Henry's novels before. I have a few of her books at home, but somehow have never actually picked one up. Her latest release 'High Tide' appears to be another fun and charming read which I'm almost certain I will enjoy, so adding it to my TBR as we speak!
Jojo Moyes - 'After You' (24 September)
Lou Clark has lots of questions.
Like how it is she's ended up working in an airport bar, spending every shift watching other people jet off to new places. Or why the flat she's owned for a year still doesn't feel like home. Whether her close-knit family can forgive her for what she did eighteen months ago.
And will she ever get over the love of her life.
What Lou does know for certain is that something has to change.
Then, one night, it does.
But does the stranger on her doorstep hold the answers Lou is searching for - or just more questions? Close the door and life continues: simple, ordered, safe. Open it and she risks everything.
But Lou once made a promise to live. And if she's going to keep it, she has to invite them in...
Why so excited? --> Probably the most anticipated novel of September is Jojo Moyes' 'After You', which is the sequel to her successful and best-selling novel 'Me Before You.' I'm curious to see whether this one will do just as well as the first book and can't wait to read some of the first reviews!
Holly Martin - 'Christmas at Lilac Cottage' (25 September)
Welcome to the charming seaside town of White Cliff Bay, where Christmas is magical and love is in the air…
Penny Meadows loves her home – a cosy cottage decorated with pretty twinkling fairy lights and stunning views over the town of White Cliff Bay. She also loves her job as an ice-carver, creating breathtaking sculptures. Yet her personal life seems frozen.
When Henry and daughter Daisy arrive at the cottage to rent the annex, Penny is determined to make them feel welcome. But while Daisy is friendly, Henry seems guarded.
As Penny gets to know Henry, she realises there is more to him than meets the eye. And the connection between them is too strong to ignore…
While the spirit of the season sprinkles its magic over the seaside town and preparations for the ice sculpting competition and Christmas eve ball are in full swing, can Penny melt the ice and allow love in her heart? And will this finally be the perfect Christmas she’s been dreaming of?
Why so excited? --> Since it's the end of summer, it's not too surprising that this means the start of Christmas book releases! I just love the super cute cover of Holly Martin's 'Christmas at Lilac Cottage' and can't wait to read it as soon as I'm ready for some festive Christmas spirit!