This week I got 4 new books:
1) A Sister's Gift by Giselle Green.Two sisters. Best of friends. Worst of enemies. The stunning new novel from the English Jodi Picoult. Hollie Hudson and her husband Richard are fast losing hope of ever having their own child. But Hollie is unable to give up her dream of having her own family and so calls on her last chance - her wayward sister, Scarlett. A 24-year-old blonde bombshell, she is the antithesis of her darker, more reserved older sister but capable of giving Hollie the miracle she so desperately wishes for. Having almost single-handedly brought Scarlett up after their runaway mother abandoned them, Scarlett knows she owes Hollie everything - and now it's time to pay her back with the ultimate gift! Plus she has an ulterior motive. Back from the Amazon where she's been working with endangered species and threatened tribes, Scarlett finds being back home difficult. Especially as the past - and past feelings - come back to haunt her. Meanwhile, an ever-desperate Hollie is faced with the decision of a lifetime if she's ever to get the baby she wants, but just how much is she willing to put at stake? Find out more in this mesmerising and heartbreaking tale from a stunning British talent about sacrifice, sisterhood, long-held secrets and dangerous desires.
This author keeps popping up in my Amazon recommendations, and the cover really caught my eye as well as sounding interesting, so I added it to my monthly Amazon splurge.
2) The Dating Detox by Gemma Burgess If you can't date anyone nice, don't date anyone at all...Dating is a dangerous sport. So after her sixth successive failed relationship, romantically-challenged 20-something Sass decides she's had enough. The Dating Detox is born. No men, no break-ups, no problem. The result? Her life -- usually joyfully/traumatically occupied with dates, clothes and vodka -- is finally easy. Chastity rocks. No wonder nuns are always singing. Everything falls at her feet. Especially men. Will Sass break the rules? Why does fate keep throwing her in the path of the irritatingly amusing -- and gorgeous -- Jake? Will she ever roll the dice and play again? Or is a love-free life too good to risk losing? For the post-Carrie Bradshaw, post-Bridget Jones, post-credit crunch generation of singles, life isn't beautiful, a bitch, or a beach. It's a party.
I bought this for that end line on the product description and thought it might make a good valentine read as I'm not expecting anything myself this year...sob.
3) Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kayson In 1967, after a session with a psychiatrist she had never seen before, eighteen-year-old Susanna Kayson was put in a taxi and sent to Mclean Hospital to be treated for depression. She spent most of the next two years on the ward for teenage girls in the psychiatric hospital renowned for it's famous clientele - Sylvia Plath, Robert Lowell, James Taylor, Anne Sexton and Ray Charles.
I read and commented on a review of this book on a consumer site I'm part of and the reviewer very kindly offered to send it to me.
4) Summer Of My German Soldier by Bette Greene Minutes before the train pulled into the station in Jenkinsville, Arkansas, Patty Bergen knew something exciting was going to happen. But she never could have imagined that her summer would be so memorable. German prisoners of war have arrived to make their new home in the prison camp in Jenkinsville. To the rest of her town, these prisoners are only Nazis. But to Patty, a young Jewish girl with a turbulent home life, one boy in particular becomes an unlikely friend. Anton relates to Patty in ways that her mother and father never can. But when their forbidden relationship is discovered, will Patty risk her family and town for the understanding and love of one boy?
I was reminded of this book recently, which I had read at school and been wowed by. I managed to pick it up really cheaply on Ebay. I'm keen to see if it's as good as I remembered ... I know it's sad so I'm prepared there.
So that's the books I've collected this week!