Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Some Fabulous New Books To Be Published in February 2012

I have chosen just a few of the many new books that are being published in February.
There are different genres from chick lit to mysteries....if I see a review of any of them I'll add it.





Three Letters by Josephine Cox
Published:  2 Feb 2012 - UK & USA
Formats (UK):  Hardcover, Audio & Kindle ….... Paperback - 25 Oct 2012
Genre:  Romance

The brand new dramatic novel from Number 1 bestelling author Josephine Cox. Eight-year-old Casey's mother Ruth is a cruel woman, with an appetite for other women's husbands. His father is quiet and hard-working and, though Tom Denton has long suspected his wife of having sordid affairs, he has chosen to turn a blind eye to keep the peace.
But then, quite unexpectedly, Tom receives two bits of devastating news, and his world is cruelly shattered. It is then he realises things will have to change. Tom decides to fight for his son, determined to keep him safe and to raise him to be the best he can be. But life is cruel when fate takes a hand, and Casey fears that his father's prophetic words are coming true! 'It's done. The dice is thrown, and nobody wins.' But there are three letters that may just change his destiny forever.

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Happy Days by Graham Hurley (Book 12 in the Faraday and Winter series)
Published:  2 Feb 2012 - UK …......... 1 Apr 2012 - USA
Format (UK):  Hardcover …............. Paperback - 11 Oct 2012
Genre:  Mystery

DI Faraday is gone and the police are left reeling. As his boss attempts to limit any possible PR damage his one time shadow on the force, ex DC Winter is ever more concerned that he may have made the biggest mistake of his life throwing in his lot with the city's drug baron, Bazza McKenzie. Especially as Bazza is becoming increasingly desperate and violent as his empire begins to crumble under the weight of austere times.
And, in the person of DS Jummy Suttle there's a new will at the heart of Portsmouth's embattled police force to nail Bazza once and for all, the one man Faraday was always desperate to bring to justice.
Graham Hurley's new novel is about loss. It is about the decisions we make in life, about the impact our lives have on others. Hurley's trademark authenticity has been allied to an ever increasing sense of drama as he charts the lives of his vivid characters and paints a stunning portrait of a city and a country at war with itself. A war which throws the police into the front line. Happy days?

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Summer Daydreams by Carole Matthews
Published:  2 Feb 2012 - UK …..........1 Mar 2012 - USA
Format (UK):  Hardcover, Kindle …....Paperback - 24 May 2012
Genre:  Fiction

What if you had always dreamed of something more...?
Nell McNamara has a happy life: her boyfriend Olly adores her, their four-year-old daughter Petal is the centre of their world and Nell has a steady job in the local chip shop. When the chippy needs a makeover, Nell jumps at the chance to unleash the creativity fizzing inside her. Inspired by what she can achieve - and encouraged by the best friends a girl can have - Nell is determined to try something new and starts making her own line of must-have handbags, which are soon flying off the shelves!
It seems Nell's dreams are finally coming true, but her success doesn't come without a price. Before too long, Nell has to ask herself if it's really possible to have it all...
Full of fun, love and laughter, soak up the sunshine with Summer Daydreams

Carole Matthews is the Sunday Times bestselling author of nineteen previous novels. Her books have been translated into twenty languages and sold to Hollywood. For all the latest news from Carole, visit www.carolematthews.com, follow Carole on Twitter or join the thousands of readers who have become Carole's friend on Facebook.  

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I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella
Published:  16 Feb 2012 - UK …....... 14 Feb 2012 - USA
Formats:  Hardcover, Paperback, Audio & Kindle
Genre:  Romance

I've lost it. :( The only thing in the world I wasn't supposed to lose. My engagement ring. It's been in Magnus's family for three generations. And now the very same day his parents are coming, I've lost it. The very same day! Do not hyperventilate, Poppy. Stay positive :) !!

Poppy Wyatt has never felt luckier. She is about to marry her ideal man, Magnus Tavish, but in one afternoon her 'happily ever after' begins to fall apart. Not only has she lost her engagement ring in a hotel fire drill but in the panic that follows, her phone is stolen. As she paces shakily around the lobby, she spots an abandoned phone in a trash can. Finders keepers! Now she can leave a number for the hotel to contact her when they find her ring. Perfect!

Well, perfect except that the phone's owner, businessman Sam Roxton, doesn't agree. He wants his phone back and doesn't appreciate Poppy reading his messages and wading into his personal life.

What ensues is a hilarious and unpredictable turn of events as Poppy and Sam increasingly upend each other's lives through emails and text messages. As Poppy juggles wedding preparations, mysterious phone calls, and hiding her left hand from Magnus and his parents . . . she soon realizes that she is in for the biggest surprise of her life.

Sophie Kinsella is the author of the bestselling Shopaholic series, as well as the stand-alone novels Can You Keep A Secret?, The Undomestic Goddess, Remember Me?, and Twenties Girl. She lives in England. 

Check out what Chloe at Chloe's Chick Lit Reviews thought of this book here

Also Diana at Adventuring Through Life Reading Books has reviewed it here 

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Kind of Cruel by Sophie Hannah
Published:  16 Feb 2012 - UK & USA
Format (UK):  Hardcover …...... Paperback - 30 Aug 2012
Genre:  Psychological Mystery

When Amber Hewerdine consults a hypnotherapist as a desperate last resort, she doesn't expect that anything much will change. She doesn't expect it to help with her chronic insomnia ...

She doesn't expect to hear herself, under hypnosis, saying words that mean nothing to her: 'Kind, cruel, kind of cruel' - words she has seen somewhere before, if only she could remember where ...

She doesn't expect to be arrested two hours later, as a result of having spoken those words out loud, in connection with the brutal murder of Katharine Allen, a woman she's never heard of ...

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The Dressmaker by Kate Alcott
Published:  21 Feb 2012 - UK & USA
Format (UK):  Hardcover, Audio
Genre:  Historical Fiction

Just in time for the centennial anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic comes a vivid, romantic, and relentlessly compelling historical novel about a spirited young woman who survives the disaster only to find herself embroiled in the media frenzy left in the wake of the tragedy.

Tess, an aspiring seamstress, thinks she's had an incredibly lucky break when she is hired by famous designer Lady Lucile Duff Gordon to be a personal maid on the Titanic's doomed voyage. Once on board, Tess catches the eye of two men, one a roughly-hewn but kind sailor and the other an enigmatic Chicago millionaire. But on the fourth night, disaster strikes.

Amidst the chaos and desperate urging of two very different suitors, Tess is one of the last people allowed on a lifeboat. Tess's sailor also manages to survive unharmed, witness to Lady Duff Gordon's questionable actions during the tragedy. Others - including the gallant Midwestern tycoon - are not so lucky.

On dry land, rumors about the survivors begin to circulate, and Lady Duff Gordon quickly becomes the subject of media scorn and later, the hearings on the Titanic. Set against a historical tragedy but told from a completely fresh angle, The Dressmaker is an atmospheric delight filled with all the period's glitz and glamour, all the raw feelings of a national tragedy and all the contradictory emotions of young love.

You can read an excerpt from this compelling novel on Scribd 

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Echoes of Betrayal by Elizabeth Moon (3rd book in the Paladin’s Legacy series)
Published:  21 Feb 2012 - UK & USA
Format (UK):  Audio.................Paperback, Kindle - 23 Feb 2012
Genre:  Fantasy

All is not well in the Eight Kingdoms. In Lyonya, King Kieri is about to celebrate marriage to his beloved, the half-elf Arian. But uncanny whispers from the spirits of his ancestors continue to warn of treachery and murder. A finger of suspicion has been pointed toward his grandmother, the queen of the Ladysforest elves, and that suspicion has only intensified with time and the Lady's inexplicable behavior. Clearly, she is hiding something. But what? And why?

Meanwhile, in Tsaia, the young king Mikeli must grapple with unrest among his own nobility over his controversial decision to grant the title and estates of a traitorous magelord to a Verrakaien who not only possesses the forbidden magic but is a woman besides: Dorrin, once one of Kieri's most trusted captains. When renegade Verrakaien attack two of Dorrin's squires, suspicion and prejudice combine to place Dorrin's life at risk - and the king's claim to the throne in peril.

But even greater danger is looming. The wild offspring of a dragon are on the loose, sowing death and destruction and upsetting the ancient balance of power between dragonkind, humans, elves, and gnomes. A collision seems inevitable. Yet when it comes, it will be utterly unexpected - and all the more devastating for it.

The action continues fast and furious in this third installment of Elizabeth Moon's celebrated return to the fantasy world of the paladin Paksenarrion Dorthansdotter. This award-winning author has firsthand military experience and an imagination that knows no bounds.

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Isabel’s Wedding by Pamela Oldfield
Published:  28 Feb 2012 - UK …........... 1 June 2012 - USA
Format (UK):  Hardcover
Genre:  Historical Fiction

An unexpected letter brings life-changing news in this suspenseful tale of family secrets and ties - Canterbury, 1900.
Olivia Fratton will scream if she hears the words ‘Isabel’s wedding’ one more time; she’s struggling to cope with her little sister’s demands on their limited budget. But Olivia is not the only Fratton with worries: Isabel’s older brother Theo and the ‘golden boy’ of the family, Luke, all have their own troubles. But these pale into insignificance when a letter is delivered from someone none of the family ever expected to hear from again . . .
 





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