The Enchanted by Rene Denfeld (March 4, 2014) : “A wondrous and redemptive debut novel, set in a stark world where evil and magic coincide, The Enchanted combines the empathy and lyricism of Alice Sebold with the dark, imaginative power of Stephen King. The enchanted place is an ancient stone prison, viewed through the eyes of a death row inmate who finds escape in his books and in re-imagining life around him, weaving a fantastical story of the people he observes and the world he inhabits. Fearful and reclusive, he senses what others cannot. Though bars confine him every minute of every day, he marries magical visions of golden horses running beneath the prison, heat flowing like molten metal from their backs, with the devastating violence of prison life. Beautiful and transcendent, The Enchanted reminds us of how our humanity connects us all, and how beauty and love exist even amidst the most nightmarish reality.” ~Goodreads
Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover (March 18, 2014): “From #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover, a passionate tale of friendship, betrayal, and romance—and the enchanting music that inspires one young woman to put her life back together.” ~Goodreads
I must say that while I am not a huge fan of NA, Colleen Hoover is my exception author. She really takes the time to develop relatable characters and unfold a beautiful story in this newish genre. There are only a few authors who I believe stand out with this audience and she is right there on top.
The Other Half by Sarah Rayner (March 25, 2014): “Told in the alternating voices of the mistress and the wife, this story of an affair is a sharp, seductive take on modern love. Who, if anyone, comes out unscathed? In writing that is lively, sexy and sharp, the international bestselling author Sarah Rayner explores modern-day relationships and age-old moral dilemma.” ~Goodreads
Tempting Fate by Jane Green (March 25, 2014): “When Gabby first met Elliott she knew he was the man for her. In twenty years of marriage she has never doubted her love for him – even when he refused to give her the one thing she still wants most of all. But now their two daughters are growing up Gabby feels that time and her youth are slipping away. For the first time in her life she is restless. And then she meets Matt . . .Consumed by regret, Gabby does everything she can to repair the home she has broken. But are some betrayals too great to forgive?” ~Goodreads
Tempting Fate was released in the UK last fall but we had to wait a bit longer here in the US. And I can hear it now, “What’s with two back-to-back affair storylines?” Don’t ask me! Just a reader here, friends.
Waiting on You (Blue Heron #3) by Kristan Higgins (March 25, 2014): “Does being nobody’s fool mean that you’re nobody’s love? Colleen O’Rourke is in love with love… just not when it comes to herself.”
It’s the Colleen story. (Just as a suggestion, I would read the first two Blue Heron series books before Waiting on You to get to know the characters). KH is my guilty pleasure. I wouldn’t even call it guilty. Her formula romances are not just the same old, same old. She is the master of the well-developed secondary character, engaging dialogue, sexy but not smutty romance scenes, small town comfort, laugh-out loud scenarios and heartfelt human connections. I know exactly what I am going to get when I read one of her books, a joyful escape.
The above are advance reader’s copies received from Edelweiss and NetGalley. But also stay tuned for other reviews as I hack away at my to be read pile.