Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Book Spotlights: The She Reads 'Books of Winter' Selections

On Monday, the gals at She Reads announced the four 'Books of Winter' selections. I'm very excited about these picks - 2 I've already read/listened to, I'm currently listening to the third and will be picking up the fourth one very shortly. Be sure to visit the She Reads website - they have a great giveaway going on. Five lucky readers will win all four novels!!! (Giveaway is open until the end of January.)

So without further ado...here are the Books of Winter:


Title: The Good Girl   
Author: Mary Kubica    
Published: July 2014, Harlequin MIRA 

"I've been following her for the past few days. I know where she buys her groceries, where she has her dry cleaning done, where she works. I don't know the color of her eyes or what they look like when she's scared. But I will."

Born to a prominent Chicago judge and his stifled socialite wife, Mia Dennett moves against the grain as a young inner-city art teacher. One night, Mia enters a bar to meet her on-again, off-again boyfriend. But when he doesn't show, she unwisely leaves with an enigmatic stranger. With his smooth moves and modest wit, at first Colin Thatcher seems like a safe one-night stand. But following Colin home will turn out to be the worst mistake of Mia's life.

Colin's job was to abduct Mia as part of a wild extortion plot and deliver her to his employers. But the plan takes an unexpected turn when Colin suddenly decides to hide Mia in a secluded cabin in rural Minnesota, evading the police and his deadly superiors. Mia's mother, Eve, and detective Gabe Hoffman will stop at nothing to find them, but no one could have predicted the emotional entanglements that eventually cause this family's world to shatter.

An addictively suspenseful and tautly written thriller, The Good Girl is a compulsive debut that reveals how even in the perfect family, nothing is as it seems….


Title: The Dress Shop of Dreams   
Author: Menna van Praag      
Published: December 2014, Ballantine Books  
  
For fans of Alice Hoffman, Sarah Addison Allen, and Adriana Trigiani, The Dress Shop of Dreams is a captivating novel of enduring hopes, second chances, and the life-changing magic of true love.

Since her parents’ mysterious deaths many years ago, scientist Cora Sparks has spent her days in the safety of her university lab or at her grandmother Etta’s dress shop. Tucked away on a winding Cambridge street, Etta’s charming tiny store appears quite ordinary to passersby, but the colorfully vibrant racks of beaded silks, delicate laces, and jewel-toned velvets hold bewitching secrets: With just a few stitches from Etta’s needle, these gorgeous gowns have the power to free a woman’s deepest desires.

Etta’s dearest wish is to work her magic on her granddaughter. Cora’s studious, unromantic eye has overlooked Walt, the shy bookseller who has been in love with her forever. Determined not to allow Cora to miss her chance at happiness, Etta sews a tiny stitch into Walt’s collar, hoping to give him the courage to confess his feelings to Cora. But magic spells—like true love—can go awry. After Walt is spurred into action, Etta realizes she’s set in motion a series of astonishing events that will transform Cora’s life in extraordinary and unexpected ways.


Title: The Magician's Lie    
Author: Greer MacAllister          
Published:  January 2015, Sourcebooks Landmark 

Water for Elephants meets The Night Circus in The Magician’s Lie, a debut novel in which the country’s most notorious female illusionist stands accused of her husband's murder --and she has only one night to convince a small-town policeman of her innocence.

The Amazing Arden is the most famous female illusionist of her day, renowned for her notorious trick of sawing a man in half on stage. One night in Waterloo, Iowa, with young policeman Virgil Holt watching from the audience, she swaps her trademark saw for a fire ax. Is it a new version of the illusion, or an all-too-real murder? When Arden’s husband is found lifeless beneath the stage later that night, the answer seems clear.

But when Virgil happens upon the fleeing magician and takes her into custody, she has a very different story to tell. Even handcuffed and alone, Arden is far from powerless—and what she reveals is as unbelievable as it is spellbinding. Over the course of one eerie night, Virgil must decide whether to turn Arden in or set her free… and it will take all he has to see through the smoke and mirrors.


Title: Mercy Snow 
Author: Tiffany Baker      
Published: January 2015 (Paperback), Grand Central Publishing   

"Strength and quiet beauty mark Baker's writing . . . Mercy Snow provides an authentic universe of damaged souls and a fantastical heroine."--Anita Shreve, Washington Post

In the tiny town of Titan Falls, New Hampshire, the paper mill dictates a quiet, steady rhythm of life. But one day a tragic bus accident sets two families on a course toward destruction, irrevocably altering the lives of everyone in their wake.

June McAllister is the wife of the local mill owner and undisputed first lady in town. But the Snow family, a group of itinerant ne'er-do-wells who live on a decrepit and cursed property, have brought her--and the town--nothing but grief.

June will do anything to cover up a dark secret she discovers after the crash, one that threatens to upend her picture-perfect life, even if it means driving the Snow family out of town. But she has never gone up against a force as fierce as the young Mercy Snow. Mercy is determined to protect her rebellious brother, whom the town blames for the accident, despite his innocence. And she has a secret of her own. When an old skeleton is discovered not far from the crash, it beckons Mercy to solve a mystery buried deep within the town's past.

I'll be reviewing each of these books over the course of the next month or so. Be sure to check out the She Reads website for more reviews, guest posts, author interviews and more. And if you're on Twitter, be sure to follow @SheReadsBookCLB  and the hashtag #SRBlog for author twitter chats.

Don't forget, if you want a chance to win all four of these books, be sure to enter the giveaway - it's open all month long! (Ends 1/31/15)


 
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4 comments

  1. This is a great post! I just finished The Magician's Lie and loved it! The Good Girl is a book I read last year and wow....it has a fantastic ending! She Reads picked some amazing books for us :D

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  2. Not heard of any of those books, thanks for the post. :)

    Stormi

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  3. Thank you for highlighting these books and for linking to their giveaway, Kristin. All the books are new to me except for Mercy Snow by Tiffany Baker.

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  4. I loved Mercy Snow and hope to get to The Good Girl soon.

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