Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Reading Ahead: April 2015, part 4

Need a little easy reading to enjoy during these lengthening, warming spring days? I know I do! Here are a few to choose from, new next month!

The Dream Lover, by Elizabeth Berg. Berg steps a bit outside of her normal genre here and presents readers with a historical novel, based the life of nineteenth-century writer George Sand, specifically her time spent in Paris. Aurore Dupin leaves her husband and their loveless marriage behind with the French countryside and sets out for Paris, intending to become a writer. In the interest of re-invention, she gives herself a new name, too: George Sand. These are but a few instances of what will be known as a most unconventional and downright scandalous life led by Sand, contemporary of writers like Victor Hugo and Gustave Flaubert. And even as Sand finds fame and fortune, she still must overcome heartbreak, prejudice, failure and loss. Fans of historical novels like those of Nancy Horan will absolutely want to check this out.

The Liar, by Nora Roberts. Shelby Foxworth lost her husband. Then she lost her illusions. The man who took her from Tennessee to an exclusive Philadelphia suburb left her in crippling debt. He was an adulterer and a liar, and when Shelby tracks down his safe-deposit box, she finds multiple IDs. The man she loved wasn’t just dead. He never really existed. Shelby takes her three-year-old daughter and heads south to seek comfort in her hometown, where she meets someone new: Griff Lott, a successful contractor. But her husband had secrets she has yet to discover. Even in this small town, surrounded by loved ones, danger is closer than she knows—and threatens Griff, as well.

Garden of Lies, by Amanda Quick. A new novel from Quick finds murder and intrigue in Victorian London. The Kern Secretarial Agency provides reliable professional services to its wealthy clientele, and Anne Clifton was one of the finest women in Ursula Kern’s employ. But Miss Clifton has met an untimely end—and Ursula is convinced it was not due to natural causes. Archaeologist and adventurer Slater Roxton thinks Mrs. Kern is off her head to meddle in such dangerous business. If this mysterious widowed beauty insists on stirring the pot, Slater intends to remain close by as they venture into the dark side of polite society. Together they must reveal the identity of a killer—and to achieve their goal they may need to reveal their deepest secrets to each other as well.

I'll be back on Thursday with some of my picks for what else you might be interested in reading next month. In the meantime, Happy Reading!

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