Stacking the Shelves #2 (10 January 2016)

Stacking the Shelves, is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews and about sharing the books which have been acquired – whether paper books, e-books, ARC’s, books bought or borrowed.

I have had some fantabulous book post this week and am so very grateful to the publishers and authors who send to me.

Books received for review:

I’ve been fortunate to have been a member of the Amazon Vine review programme for several years.  While My Eyes Were Closed appeared on my list as available for request and as it was on my wishlist, I didn’t hesitate to say YES! 

 Published by Quercus, ebook 28th Jan/paperback 5 May 2016

A nail-biting psychological drama for fans of The Bones of You, Jenny Eclair and Kathryn Croft’s The Girl with No Past. 

One, two, three . . . Lisa Dale shuts her eyes and counts to one hundred during a game of hide-and-seek. When she opens them, her four-year-old daughter Ella is gone. Disappeared without a trace. The police, the media and Lisa’s family all think they know who snatched Ella. But what if the person who took her isn’t a stranger? What if they are convinced they are doing the right thing? And what if Lisa’s little girl is in danger of disappearing forever?

Coffin Road was received for review from Real Readers

Published by Quercus, ebook & paperback 14 January 2016

A man stands bewildered on a deserted beach on the Hebridean Isle of Harris. He cannot remember who he is. The only clue to his identity is a folded map of a path named the Coffin Road. He does not know where this search will take him. A detective from Lewis sits aboard a boat, filled with doubt. DS George Gunn knows that a bludgeoned corpse has been discovered on a remote rock twenty miles offshore. He does not know if he has what it takes to uncover how and why.  A teenage girl lies in her Edinburgh bedroom, desperate to discover the truth about her scientist father’s suicide. Two years on, Karen Fleming still cannot accept that he would wilfully abandon her. She does not yet know his secret.Coffin Road follows three perilous journeys towards one shocking truth – and the realisation that ignorance can kill us.

I took part in a cover reveal for Fall of Poppies for Harper US last year and was delighted to receive a review copy from Harper360

Published by William Morrow, ebook 1 March/paperback 28 April 2016

Top voices in historical fiction deliver an unforgettable collection of short stories set in the aftermath of World War I—featuring bestselling authors such as Hazel Gaynor, Jennifer Robson, Beatriz Williams, and Lauren Willig and edited by Heather Webb.  On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month… November 11, 1918. After four long, dark years of fighting, the Great War ends at last, and the world is forever changed. For soldiers, loved ones, and survivors the years ahead stretch with new promise, even as their hearts are marked by all those who have been lost.  As families come back together, lovers reunite, and strangers take solace in each other, everyone has a story to tell.  In this moving anthology, nine authors share stories of love, strength, and renewal as hope takes root in a fall of poppies.
Featuring: Jessica Brockmole, Hazel Gaynor, Evangeline Holland, Marci Jefferson, Kate Kerrigan, Jennifer Robson, Beatriz Williams, Lauren Willig, Heather Webb 

The Day of Second Chances by Julie Cohen.  I was thrilled to win a numbered proof copy signed by the author. I think there were 40 copies available, mine is #10. 

Published by Black Swan/Transworld, ebook & paperback 28 January 2016

Can you imagine keeping a secret so devastating, you couldn’t even tell the people you love? Honor’s secret threatens to rob her of the independence she’s guarded ferociously for eighty years.  Jo’s secret could smash apart the ‘normal’ family life she’s fought so hard to build.  Lydia’s secret could bring her love – or the loss of everything that matters to her.  One summer’s day, grandmother, mother and daughter’s secrets will collide in a single dramatic moment.  Is it too late for second chances?
Readers of Jojo Moyes, Liane Moriarty and Lisa Jewell will love this surprising, moving story.

I’ve read and loved both of Sarah Hilary’s Marnie Rome series and jumped at the opportunity to have a proof copy of the latest, Tastes LIke Fear. 

Published by Headline, ebook & hardback 7 April 2016

You’ll never be out of Harm’s way.  The young girl who causes the fatal car crash disappears from the scene.  A runaway who doesn’t want to be found, she only wants to go home.   To the one man who understands her.  Gives her shelter.  Just as he gives shelter to the other lost girls who live in his house.   He’s the head of her new family.     He’s Harm.
DI Marnie Rome has faced many dangerous criminals but she has never come up against a man like Harm. She thinks that she knows families, their secrets and their fault lines. But as she begins investigating the girl’s disappearance nothing can prepare her for what she’s about to face.    Because when Harm’s family is threatened, everything tastes like fear…

A Miracle at Macy’s were sent out before Christmas to members of the HarperImpulse Facebook Supporters Group. Sadly my copy never arrived but the lovely folk at HI have kindly sent out another one.   

Published by HarperImpulse, ebook & paperback, December 2015

One lost dog. Two lonely hearts. A Manhattan Christmas full of magic.  Shy homebody Charlotte is planning her usual quiet Christmas celebration: Turkey for two for her and her beloved pet dog Hudson. Only, this year, little Hudson decides to take matters into his own paws and give his favourite human a holiday adventure she’ll never forget. When Hudson runs away the week before Christmas, Charlotte is devastated. She’d rescued him from the trash years before and gave him a place in her home – and her heart. But with the help of uptight Englishman Henry, Charlotte ends up on a magical treasure hunt around Manhattan to find her furry, four-legged bestie.   Spotted in Central Park as one of Santa’s Little Helpers, or last seen in the arms of a supermodel in Times Square, Hudson leads Charlotte and Henry on a very merry dance around the Big Apple, where love, (or should that be Christmas?!) actually is all around.   ‘Marley & Me’ meets ‘When Harry Met Sally’!

ebooks purchased:

Published by Corvus, 7 January 2016

Alex is sinking. Slowly but surely, she’s cut herself off from everything but her one true love drink. Until she’s forced to write a piece about a coma ward, where she meets Amy. Amy is lost. When she was fifteen, she was attacked and left for dead in a park not far from her house. Her attacker was never found. Since then, she has drifted in a lonely, timeless place. She’s as good as dead, but not even her doctors are sure how much she understands. Alex and Amy grew up in the same suburbs, played the same music, flirted with the same boys. And as Alex begins to investigate the attack, she opens the door to the same danger that has left Amy in a coma…

Published by Legend Press, July 2013

When nineteen year old Davey finds himself drunk, beaten and alone, he is rescued by the oddly-assorted inhabitants of an abandoned and beautiful house in the West Country. Their only condition for letting him join them is that he asks them no questions.  More than thirty years ago in that same house, burned-out rock star Jack Laker writes a ground-breaking comeback album, and abandons the girl who saved his life to embark on a doomed and passionate romance with a young actress. His attempt to escape his destructive lifestyle leads to deceit, debauchery and even murder.  As Davey and his fellow housemate Priss try to uncover the secrets of the house’s inhabitants, both past and present, it becomes clear that the five strangers have all been drawn there by the events and the music of that long-ago summer.

Books gifted

This was sent to me by a very kind book friend

The Ghost Fields: The Dr Ruth Galloway Mysteries 7

When a bullet-ridden body is unearthed from a buried WWII plane, Dr Ruth Galloway must find out who the victim was – and who put him there.  Norfolk is experiencing a July heatwave when a construction crew unearths a macabre discovery – a buried WWII plane with the pilot still inside. Forensic archaeologist Ruth Galloway quickly realizes that the skeleton couldn’t possibly be the pilot, and DNA tests identify the man as Fred Blackstock, a local aristocrat who had been reported dead at sea. When the remaining members of the Blackstock family learn about the discovery, they seem strangely frightened by the news. Events are further complicated by a TV company that wants to make a film about Norfolk’s deserted air force bases, the so-called Ghost Fields, which have been partially converted into a pig farm run by one of the younger Blackstocks. As production begins, Ruth notices a mysterious man lurking close to the Blackstocks’ family home.  As the biggest storm Norfolk has seen in decades brews in the distance, human bones are found on the family’s pig farm. Can the team outrace a looming flood to find a killer?

Well that’s my book acquisitions for the week, what books have come into your house?


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