Tuesday, 9 February 2016

'Daughter Of The Wolf' by Victoria Whitworth

Release date: 5th May 2016
Published by: Head of Zeus
ISBN No:978 1784082130

In England before the Norman Conquest, a girl usually had only two choices - to marry, or to take the veil.
But Elfrun of Donmouth in Northumbria is no ordinary girl. She is the only living child of the charismatic and fearless feudal lord, Radmer, whose wife and two sons have died. When the king sends Radmer overseas on a mission to Rome, Elfrun is left to hold the fort, to lead her people out of danger from marauding neighbours and to protect herself. All around her predators are circling, waiting for their chance to seize her lands, her people - and her.
Will her father return in time to save both her and the people of Donmouth? Or can Elfrun find the strength to take matters into her own hands?

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'Six Tudor Queens: Katherine of Aragon, The True Queen' by Alison Weir

Release date: 5th May 2016
Published by: Headline Review
ISBN No: 978 1472227478

A Spanish princess. Raised to be modest, obedient and devout. Destined to be an English Queen.
Six weeks from home across treacherous seas, everything is different: the language, the food, the weather. And for her there is no comfort in any of it. At sixteen years-old, Catalina is alone among strangers.
She misses her mother. She mourns her lost brother.
She cannot trust even those assigned to her protection.

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'The 14th Colony' by Steve Berry

Release date: 7th April 2016
Published by: Hodder and Stoughton
ISBN No:978 1473628298

People say the Cold War is coming back.

For some, it never went away.
Shot down over Siberia in what was to be a simple meet-and-greet mission, ex-Justice Department agent Cotton Malone is forced into a fight for survival against Aleksandr Zorin, whose loyalty to the former Soviet Union has festered for decades into an intense hatred of the United States.
Before escaping, Malone learns that Zorin is headed for North America to join another long-term sleeper embedded in the West.
Armed with a Soviet weapon long thought to be just a myth, Zorin is aided by a shocking secret hidden in the archives of America's oldest fraternal organization, the Society of Cincinnati. Past presidents used this group's military offensive - including advice on the invasion of what was to be America's 14th Colony - Canada.
Inauguration Day for a new President of the U.S.A. is only hours away. Zorin's deadly plan is timed to bring about political chaos.
In a race against the clock from Russia to the White House itself, Malone must not only battle Zorin, he must also confront his deepest fear, a crippling weakness that he's long denied but one that now jeopardizes everything. Steve Berry's trademark mix of fact, fiction, history and speculation is all here in this fast-paced and utterly compelling new thriller.

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Sunday, 7 February 2016

'A Court of Mist and Fury' by Sarah J. Maas

Release date: 3rd May 2016
Published by:Bloomsbury Children's
ISBN No:978 1408857885

Feyre survived Amarantha's clutches to return to the Spring Court - but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can't forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin's people.
Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms - and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future - and the future of a world cleaved in two.

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'The Life of Elves' by Muriel Barbery and Alison Anderson

Release date: 3rd May 2016
Published by: Gallic Books
ISBN No:978 1910477212

The villagers had never seen anything like it: dense white curtains of snow that instantly transformed the landscape. Not in autumn, not here in Burgundy. And on the same night a baby was discovered, dark-eyed little Maria, who would transform all their lives. Hundreds of miles away in the mountains of Abruzzo, another foundling, Clara, astonishes everyone with her extraordinary talent for piano-playing. But her gifts go far beyond simple musicianship. As a time of great danger looms, though the girls know nothing of each other, it is the bond that unites them and others like them, which will ultimately offer the only chance for good to prevail in the world.

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'Return to the Little Coffee Shop of Kabul' by Deborah Rodriguez

Release date: 24th March 2016
Published by: Sphere
ISBN No:978 0751561463

In a little coffee shop in war-torn Kabul, five very different women unite for one important cause: to protect the women in Afghanistan.
Now back home in the US, SUNNY, the founder, is finding it difficult to settle and dreams of returning to her beloved coffee shop.
SHEA is haunted by a traumatic event that makes her renounce her Afghan heritage.
YAZMINA, the coffee shop's new owner, wants to use her newfound security to help other women avoid the fate she narrowly escaped.
ZARA, promised in marriage to a violent man she's never met, arrives at the coffee shop seeking sanctuary.
And HALAJAN, the grandmother still breaking all the rules, is secretly learning to drive . . .
Together, these five women set out to change their lives, and the lives of women in Afghanistan, for ever.

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'The Girl By The River' by Sheila Jeffries

Release date: 11th February 2016
Published by: Simon and Schuster UK
ISBN No:978 1471154928

Moments after she is born, Tessa Barcussy is branded as 'trouble'. On the same day, her father Freddie encounters a Romany Gypsy who makes a chilling prediction about Tessa's destiny. Freddie finds it so disturbing that he writes it down and hides it in a sealed envelope - never to be opened, he hopes. Yet the gypsy's words haunt him as he bonds with his new baby daughter. 

Hyper-sensitive and rebellious, Tessa grows up a misfit, difficult to handle and disruptive. Freddie and his wife Kate struggle to raise this challenging child and nurture her creative gifts. Tessa feels that her path to happiness is chequered, growing up in the shadow of her sister, golden-child Lucy, and hiding a dark secret from everyone? 

Will the words of the Romany Gypsy come true? Or will they empower Tessa to finally become the person she was born to be?

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'Rare Objects' by Kathleen Tessaro

Release date: 5th May 2016
Published by: Harper
ISBN No:978 0007419876

When Mae Fanning, a clever, headstrong girl from the wrong side of town, secures a job at a tiny, exclusive Boston antiques shop it is the fresh start she desperately needs. The shop opens a window to new world, one peopled with characters as rare and rich as the artefacts around her.
But the day that enigmatic socialite Diana van der Laar walks in, Mae’s hidden past returns. As a moth to a flame, Mae is unable to resist her world of heady, seductive glamour, power and dangerous lies. Yet, like the rare objects in the shop, very little is what it appears – Diana included.
From Jazz-Age New York to Boston in the grip of the Great Depression, Rare Objects is a rich and gripping story of what it means to reach for a braver, bolder life.

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