May 17, 2013 27 Comments
At the moment, I seem to be reading faster than that I’m getting new books. That’s good news, because the to-be-read pile has almost reached a 100 – I hope to be able to stay below that number, it sounds way too many as it is. Anyway, the new books….
Books I got for review
The Perfume Collector by Kathleen Tessaro
For review from Harper. I’m not sure why I asked for a review copy of this book. It’s one of those books where someone finds a letter/book/object and then digs in the past to reveal a secret. Been there, done it. BUT: I read this and it was fantastic!!! I devoured this book. Really good!
From the publishers: “Newlywed Grace Monroe doesn’t fit anyone’s expectations of a successful 1950s London socialite, least of all her own. When she receives an unexpected inheritance from a complete stranger, Madame Eva d’Orsey, Grace is drawn to uncover the identity of her mysterious benefactor.
Weaving through the decades, from 1920s New York to Monte Carlo, Paris, and London, the story Grace uncovers is that of an extraordinary women who inspired one of Paris’s greatest perfumers. Immortalized in three evocative perfumes, Eva d’Orsey’s history will transform Grace’s life forever, forcing her to choose between the woman she is expected to be and the person she really is.”
The Apple Orchard by Susan Wiggs (ebook)
Leslie of Under my Apple Tree reviewed this book and it sounded like something I might like too. So, I asked for it via Netgalley (ebook). It seems like a great summer read. Now, where is summer?
From the publishers: “Tess Delaney makes a living restoring stolen treasures to their rightful owners. People like Annelise Winther, who refuses to sell her long-gone mother’s beloved necklace—despite Tess’s advice. To Annelise, the jewel’s value is in its memories.
But Tess’s own history is filled with gaps: a father she never met, a mother who spent more time traveling than with her daughter. So Tess is shocked when she discovers the grandfather she never knew is in a coma. And that she has been named in his will to inherit half of Bella Vista, a hundred-acre apple orchard in the magical Sonoma town called Archangel.
The rest is willed to Isabel Johansen. A half sister she’s never heard of.
Against the rich landscape of Bella Vista, Tess begins to discover a world filled with the simple pleasures of food and family, of the warm earth beneath her bare feet. A world where family comes first and the roots of history run deep. A place where falling in love is not only possible, but inevitable.
And in a season filled with new experiences, Tess begins to see the truth in something Annelise once told her: if you don’t believe memories are worth more than money, then perhaps you’ve not made the right kind of memories.”
Books from the library
The Woman Who Went to Bed for a Year by Sue Townsend
From the writer of the Adrian Mole books, a book about a mother of 17 year old twins, who has been wanting a break from it all since they were born. Now is her chance. This sounded great fun – and it was (I already read the book).
From the back of the book: “The day her twins leave home, Eva climbs into bed and stays there. For seventeen years she’s wanted to yell at the world, ‘Stop! I want to get off’. Finally, this is her chance.
Her husband Brian, an astronomer having an unsatisfactory affair, is upset. Who will cook his dinner? Eva, he complains, is attention-seeking. But word of Eva’s defiance spreads.
Legions of fans, believing she is protesting, gather in the street, while her new friend Alexander, the white-van man brings tea, toast and an unexpected sympathy. And from this odd but comforting place, Eva begins to see both herself and the world very, very differently.”
Books I bought
The Twelve by Justin Cronin
I read (and loved) The Passage, so I am very keen to read the next instalment of this trilogy. They had this book for the price of a magazine in my favorite UK supermarket.
From the publisher: “The epic story of THE PASSAGE continues. Death-row prisoners with nightmare pasts and no future. Until they were selected for a secret experiment. To create something more than human. Now they are the future and humanity’s worst nightmare has begun.“
Have you read any of these books? Which of these would appeal to you?