Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Fab Fiction: Summer 2015

These past two months have been crazy, crazy, crazy. With my first novel now out and the weeks of planning for my release date and launch party behind me, I feel like I'm finally coming up for air. Somehow I managed to get around to some reading in between all of the book launch madness, and I'm excited to share five of my favorite books from this summer:

Tiny Little Thing by Beatriz Williams. I'm a big fan of Beatriz Williams, especially her first book, Overseas, so I was excited to pick this one up. It follows Tiny, the wife of an up-and-coming politician, seemingly living a perfect life. But you find out Tiny's hiding a huge secret  - and so is her husband - and his powerful Boston family will stop at nothing to keep their pristine image. Imagine getting an inside glimpse into the Kennedy family in the 60s. The sequel, which follows Tiny's sister, Pepper, comes out this fall. 

Lady Be Good by Meredith Duran. I met Meredith at the RWA conference and happened to be last in line at her signing, so she ran out of books. We got to talking and she was nice enough to mail me the novel she was signing (Fool Me Twice) along with an extra one, which was this book. I flew through it and can't wait to read the follow-up, Luck Be a Lady. I'm really into unusual heroines, and the heroine in this one is a former thief, which adds an interesting element. If you like Regency romances, you need to read this! 

The Milliner's Secret by Natalie Meg Evans. If you can't tell, I was on a historical fiction kick lately! This book was on my TBR list for a while, and since I got to know Natalie a bit on social media recently, I was really looking forward to The Milliner's Secret. I LOVED this book. It's billed as an "epic and heart-wrenching love story set in wartime Paris" and I don't think I could describe it any better. I didn't know much about the German occupation of Paris during WWII, but the author includes enough information to let you know what's going on without it getting to be historical facts overload. This story will break your heart and make you want to buy a really fantastic hat at the same time. 

Shelter Us by Laura Nicole Diamond. I received an advance reader copy of this book, and to be honest, I thought a book about a grieving mother who sets out to save a homeless woman and her baby would be depressing. Typically, it's not a topic I'd choose to read about, but I'm glad I gave it a shot. This book manages to be both heartbreaking and inspiring as the main character sets out to change her life after her infant dies. There are some topics that are hard to handle well in fiction, and I thought Diamond did a great job at painting an honest picture of a woman dealing with loss as she tries to save her marriage and herself.

The Knockoff by Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza. To break up the more serious reads, I listened to this one on Audible, and oh my God, it was HILARIOUS. I highly suggest you all buy this book immediately. It's about a fashion magazine editor who returns to work from sick leave only to find her former assistant has taken over ... and made the magazine into an app. The UK title is "Techbitch" which I think is way better suited (you'll see after you read it). Very The Devil Wears Prada, but in reverse.

What were your favorite books of the summer?


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