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New On My Shelf This Week

This week I have a fantastic little trio of new books to share with you, courtesy of the lovely Melanie Price at Aria Fiction and of course the great folks at NetGalley, who facilitated the downloads.

All three titles are currently scheduled for blog tours in February and I hope to be included in each of those.


Cover Image Of 'The Runaway Wife' By Rosie ClarkeLove, marriage, obsession, betrayal and treachery in 1920’s London – a powerful and gritty saga perfect for fans of Kitty Neale, Josephine Cox and Rosie Goodwin.

The hedonism of London in the roaring ’20’s is a world away from Annabel Tarleton’s ordinary country existence. Until a chance meeting with the charming Richard Fortescue at a society ball changes her life for ever.

Swept off her feet by the dashing Richard, and his renowned fortune, Annabel soon realises all that all that glitters isn’t gold. Her bid for freedom has come at a terrible price and she finds herself trapped inside a marriage that behind closed doors is cruel and brutal.

Annabel has no choice but to flee, and will do everything to save herself, and her unborn baby, from destitution. But the very rich and very powerful expect to get what they want – and Richard wants only one thing – Annabel…


Cover Image Of 'The French Adventure' By Lucy ColemanPacked full of French flavour and idyllic settings this is a romantic, heart-warming and unputdownable new novel about life and love, perfect for anyone who loves Milly Johnson, Lucy Diamond and Debbie Johnson.

Suddenly unemployed and single, Anna escapes to her parents’ beautiful house in France for a much needed recharge – and to work out what she wants to do next with her life now her carefully mapped out plan has gone out the window.

Anna gives herself 6 months to recuperate, all the while helping renovate her parents’ adjoining gites into picturesque B&Bs.

But working alongside the ruggedly handsome Sam on the renovation project, she didn’t expect for life to take an unexpected, if not unwelcome, twist…



Cover Image Of 'Best Friends' By Carys JonesFour friends, a terrible secret, and one week to stay alive…

Grace doesn’t have a family. That was taken away one dreadful day when she was just six, and her twin brother Peter was killed. Instead she has her best friends and flatmates – Jasper, Franklin and Aaron – and nothing can tear them apart. 

Living in London, and trying desperately to make a living, the four friends are rapidly running out of money and hope. So, when they find a discarded suitcase in a skip, they can’t believe their eyes when its contents seem to answer all their prayers. 

But then there is a knock on their door, and a very disgruntled thug with revenge on his mind, gives them one week to return his belongings, or they will pay with their lives. Soon the fractures in their friendships begin to show, and when one of them ends up fighting for his life, the stakes are raised even higher. 

Will any of them get to the end of the week alive, or will the best of friends become the deadliest of enemies…


Picture of an English red post boxis a gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house during the last week. Be warned that Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

Mailbox Monday now has a permanent home, where links may be added each week. So why not stop by, leave a link to your own Mailbox Monday post, oh! and don’t forget to leave a comment for our three new joint administrators, after all, we all like to receive them … Your Hosts for  ‘Mailbox Monday

Leslie of ‘Under My Apple Tree’

Serena of ‘Savvy Verse & Wit’

Martha of ‘Reviews By Martha’s Bookshelf’

This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… You never know where that next “must read” book will come from!

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I began blogging, when I realised just how many other people out there shared my passion for the written word and I have been continually amazed at the wealth of books that are available and the amount of great new friends I have made, from literally 'The Four Corners Of The World'.

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    • Hi Cheryl,

      I have read a couple of books by this author, although I must admit that I do need to space them out quite well, as this isn’t a genre I could read too often.

      I particularly like the line about the very rich and powerful expecting to get what they want … Just goes to show that you never know what goes on behind closed doors!

      The cover of ‘The Runaway Wife’, also helps to set the scene well and is completely relevant to to the story line.

      Thanks for stopping by and Happy Reading 🙂

  • Having been on a French reading journey for the last seven or eight months The French Adventure appeals to me greatly. I’ve enjoyed all sorts, crime, war stories, non-fiction travel books and yes… these light reads too. So I’ll be keeping an eye out for this one. Thanks for the heads-up.

    • Hi Cath,

      I did think about you and your “French Connection” when this book came along, but I thought that it might be just a little light weight for you. For me though, so long as the style and descriptiveness of the writing are good, then I’m happy and if you are interested, ‘The French Adventure’ is still available to request from NetGalley.

      One of your fellow commenters on this post, Kathy (BermudaOnion), also featured another book with ‘French’ in the title, in her own Mailbox Monday post this week. ‘The French Girl’ by Lexie Elliott is a suspense/thriller, which although isn’t available for request on NetGalley, can be ‘wished’ for. I’ll leave the Goodreads link so that you can check out the premise ..


      Happy ‘French’ Reading 🙂

      • I feel the same as you, as long as the writing is good then I will read the book. I also quite enjoy mixing genres, not a fan of reading the same kind of thing over and over.

        Thank you so much for the link to BermudaOnion’s post, I’ll go and look at that now.

  • Nice mailbox! The cover of Best Friends is rather disturbing yet it draws me in. I love books set in France so The French Adventure looks like something I’d pick up too. I hope all 3 books are terrific!

    • Hi Kathy,

      I must admit that ‘Best Friends’ I am really looking forward to, as I have read a couple of previous books by author Carys Jones and I like her writing style a lot.

      I have to say that I am not a huge fan of this particular cover art though and it probably wouldn’t have caught my eye if I had been browsing the book shelves in the shop and didn’t know and recognise author’s name.

      Thanks for taking the time to comment and Happy Reading 🙂

    • Hi Laura,

      I too enjoy the occasional historical romance and it is good to come across a saga which takes place between the two World Wars, rather than during one or the other.

      I don’t tend to read seasonally, but I can see where you are coming from with the cover of ‘The French Adventure’. It makes you feel more cheerful, just by looking at it 🙂

      Thanks for taking the time to comment today and I wish you a week of Happy Reading!

  • I think The Best of Friends appeals to me the most of these three, but I look forward to learning more about all of them. My younger daughter and I often read the same genres, but she’s been on a Historical Romance kick lately, so the first two might interest her. I’ve already piqued her curiosity with what I’ve shared about Robert Bartram’s novels.

    • Hi Kelly,

      ‘Best Of Friends’ would be my own personal first choice read and I had a feeling it would be the same for youself. I don’t really know why, but the cover is not one of my favourites, although as I have read and enjoyed a couple of Carys’s books before, I didn’t take too much notice of it.

      I have rather rashly agreed to publish posts in 5 Blog Tours for the publisher Aria in February (don’t ask me how that happened!), so I shall be featuring the other couple of books next time, when I have all the downloads. ‘Best Of Friends’ is the only non romance amongst them though, so I am not guaranteeing that I shall read the others any time soon. In fact, as all titles are dual published to both my own and my mother-in-law’s Kindle simultaneously, she is more likely to get to the historical romance and rom coms, long before me 🙂

      Thanks for spreading the word about Robert Bartram’s books and if your daughter is on something of a historical romance binge right now, then ‘Dance The Moon Down’ might well be one for her to try.

      Thanks for taking the time to stop by and comment 🙂

    • Hi Serena,

      I have read a couple of books set in France, all novels of course, so it would have been quite nice to know the exact whereabouts of Anna’s parents’ house, in relation to those other stories.

      That small point aside, I am looking forward to reading ‘The French Adventure’ and I have a good feeling about this little trio of books as a whole!

      Thanks for helping to keep the MM meme alive and thriving 🙂

  • As you might guess the first two books appeal to me, Yvonne. I’m going to make note of them at GR. Thanks for sharing about them and have a good week!

    • I actually went to check out the ratings and reviews before replying to you, but I see that you are as good as your word Mary and have already marked them both as ‘To Read’.

      Reviews for neither book have been amazing, although it seems a little unfair that one particularly low star rating has brought ‘The French Adventure’ down so badly.

      As neither Blog Tour is until mid-February, I don’t suppose we will see much activity before then, when hopefully a bit more interest will have been generated.

      Thanks for stopping by and Happy Reading this week 🙂

    • Hi Elizabeth,

      As I am an Aria pre-approved reader at NetGalley, I actually got the choice of 6 books to download this month, but I was quite restrained and limited myself to the 3 which interested me the most. It would seem that I made good choices and, like yourself, I do enjoy a good historical saga from time to time.

      Thanks for visiting and taking the time to share your thoughts. Happy Reading and enjoy your week 🙂

  • Pretty covers on the first two, and The French Adventure sounds especially good. I love that setting. Best Friends sounds thrilling. Enjoy all your new books

    • Hi Naida,

      I think that the cover of ‘Best Friends’ lets it down a bit, but as I know the calibre and style of Carys’s writing, that certainly won’t put me off too much.

      Amongst those of you who have stopped by to comment, ‘The French Adventure’ is definitley the overwhelming favourite of my little collection this week, although I am hoping to be involved with the upcoming Blog Tours for all three books.

      Thanks for the lovely comments and I hope that you enjoy the rest of your week 🙂

    • Hi Martha,

      Yes! It is most unusual for me to gather more than a single book in a week, but the prospect of being potentially involved in all three blog tours, was just too much for me to resist!

      Thanks for hosting MM this week 🙂

    • Hi Sass,

      ‘Best Friends’ is definitely my personal favourite from among this great little trio, although the most popular choice seems to be ‘The French Adventure’.

      I now seem to have committed to a total of 5 Aria blog tours in February, so I have a couple more books to share with you in next week’s MM, although there are no more suspense / thrillers amongst them!

      Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your week 🙂

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