When Sheli asked me to write a guest post about what book related gifts were on my Christmas wishlist it was actually quite difficult to narrow it down as there have been so many fabulous books published in the last couple of years that I’ve not had the chance to read yet.
Top of the Christmas wishlist is a cover for my new Kindle Paperwhite that I treated myself to in October as I didn’t realise my existing cover wouldn’t fit it.
This is the one I’ve chosen as it combines two of my favourite things other than books, the colour purple and butterflies although sadly it’s currently out of stock but secretly hoping it becomes available again soon http://www.casehappy.co.uk/kindle-paperwhite-satin-effect-slim-case-516-p.asp
As my first chance cover is not currently available I have also added this one as a substitute choice http://amzn.to/17HEPYd
So now onto a selection of the books that are currently on my Amazon wishlist which was a lot harder to narrow down!
I don’t generally buy Trade Paperbacks as I normally wait for the regular paperback publication but I’ve read some really good reviews for The First Time I Said Goodbye by Claire Allan http://amzn.to/18h47zc
Would you hold on tighter if you knew you were saying goodbye forever? In 1959, factory girl Stella Hegarty finds herself falling unexpectedly for the charms of a handsome US marine based in Derry. Caught up in a whirlwind of romance, Stella finds herself planning a new life in America with her beloved Ray. But when tragedy steps in, both their lives are thrown into turmoil and they come to realise they may have said their first, and last goodbye. In 2010, Annabel Jackson, reeling from the loss of her father, agrees to accompany her mother Stella back to Ireland to meet her family for the first time. In Derry they both start to realise that sometimes you have to say goodbye to what you thought you always wanted, in order to find what you have needed all along..
Next book I would love to receive is The Birthday Girls by Pauline Lawless as I’ve read and enjoyed all of her previous books. http://amzn.to/1egn2Zg
They’d met on their first day at school four little girls who were all very different from each other but who somehow became close friends. Their friendship has now lasted thirty-five years. As their birthdays all fall in the same week they long ago made a pact to spend each big decade birthday together. So far they’d managed it. Now as their thirty-ninth birthday looms, Angel, a famous Hollywood actress, announces that this will be her last birthday. Terrified of aging, she absolutely refuses to turn 40. So Lexi, the mother hen of the group and an artist, invites them to Florida for a week-long celebration of this, their last birthday together. Brenda, mother to five grown-up children, flies in from Dublin, eagerly looking forward to her first foreign holiday ever. Mel, however, has to be prised away from New York where she is a successful partner in a law firm – Mel is a workaholic with no other friends or love in her life. The four come together for the celebration but soon things start to unravel and the week ends disastrously. Lexi is distraught. Can their friendship endure? Only time will tell.
Having just bought The Murder Wall, the first book in the Kate Daniels series by Mari Hannah I’d like to read the other books in the series before the fourth book, Monument to Murder, is published next year. http://amzn.to/I57k9a
Settled Blood http://amzn.to/1eqU4GY
When a young girl is found dead at the base of Hadrian’s Wall, it’s not long before Detective Chief Inspector Kate Daniels realises her death was no ordinary homicide. She was thrown from a great height and was probably alive before she hit the ground. Then a local businessmen reports his daughter missing, has Daniels found the identity of her victim, or is a killer playing a sickening game? As the murder investigation team delve deeper into the case, half truths are told, secrets exposed, and while Daniels makes her way through a mountain of obstacles time is running out for one terrified girl.
Deadly Deceit http://amzn.to/17ZJ0M3
Four a.m on a wet stretch of the A1 and a driver skids out of control. Quick on the scene, Senior Investigating Officer Kate Daniels and partner DS Hank Gormley are presented with a horrifying image of carnage and mayhem that quickly becomes one of the worst road traffic accidents in Northumberland’s history. But as the casualties mount up, they soon realise that not all deaths were as a result of the accident . . . On the other side of town a house goes up in flames, turning its two inhabitants into charred corpses. Seemingly unconnected with the traffic accident, Kate sets about investigating both incidences separately. But it soon becomes apparent that all is not what it seems, and Kate and her colleagues are one always step behind a ruthless killer who will stop at nothing to get what they want.
The fifth and final book I’ve picked to choose for this feature is one that’s not out until January so it can be pre-ordered to receive as a late Christmas present or earlier birthday present, The Winter Folly by Lulu Taylor http://amzn.to/17HMIwX
In this house there are many secrets…
It is 1965 and young Alexandra Crewe obediently marries the man her father has selected for her. But very soon both she and her husband Laurence realize that their marriage is a disaster. When real love finds Alexandra, plucking her out of her unhappy existence, she is powerless to resist. Her home becomes Fort Stirling, a beautiful Dorset castle, but Alexandra fears that there will be a price to pay for this wonderful new life. When tragedy strikes, it seems that her punishment has come, and there is only one way she can atone for her sins…
In the present day, Delilah Young is the second wife of John Stirling and the new chatelaine of Fort Stirling. The house seems to be a sad one and Delilah hopes to fill it with life and happiness. But when she attempts to heal the heartbreak in John’s life, it seems that the forces of the past might be too strong for her. Why does John have such a hatred for the old folly on the hill, and what happened to his mother when she vanished from his life? As Delilah searches for the truth, she realizes that perhaps some secrets are better left buried…
I’m sure I’ll probably do a blog post on what I did actually receive for Christmas so hopefully one or two of these will be featured!