Friday, June 9, 2023

Hello June...and another four books I'm looking forward to...

Hi book friends!  Hope you are all doing well and enjoying these early days of summer.  Our area has been surprisingly cool for temps and damp with some moisture.  Loving it!  However, I think we're about at the end of these lovely things.  Each morning when I go out to walk, I try to remember to be grateful for lots of things.  Those include temps in the 60's (in June!!!) and fresh air because it might have rained a bit overnight.  

I've been having a good time catching up on a few mystery series that I had fallen a bit behind on.  Those include J.D. Robb's Eve/Roarke books and also Ann Cleeves' Vera series.  I have been attending a few book group meetings at our library, but (whispering) I haven't been reading the books.  Just attending the discussions.  I always have a good time regardless, though I do think some consider that a bit odd (the not reading the book part).  Ha!  It's always great to talk about books, right?  We were able to visit family in Austin over Memorial Day weekend and had a good time and our daughter and son-in-law have recently been here to see us.  We have vacations upcoming and I tried a yoga class here that I've been meaning to (enjoyed it a lot).  I also found and went to the closest 'in-person' Weight Watchers meeting to my area.  I did have to drive 30+ miles, but it was nice to get encouragement on my health journey from members and also to give it in return.  Maybe life is getting back to a new 'normal'.

I want to share four more books that I'm 'waiting on'.  Two will be published in August and two in September.  They are all on my radar and I'm eagerly anticipating them!  Here's the scoop:

Mrs. Porter Calling by A.J. Pearce

From the author of the bestselling “jaunty, heartbreaking winner” (People) Dear Mrs. Bird comes a charming and irresistible novel featuring plucky aspiring journalist Emmy Lake as she navigates life, love, and friendship in London during World War II.

London, April 1943. A little over a year since she married Captain Charles Mayhew and he went away to war, Emmy Lake is now in charge of “Yours Cheerfully,” the hugely popular advice column in Woman’s Friend magazine. Cheered on by her best friend Bunty, Emmy is dedicated to helping readers face the increasing challenges brought about by over three years of war. The postbags are full and Woman’s Friend is thriving.

But Emmy’s world is turned upside down when glamorous socialite, the Honorable Mrs. Cressida Porter, becomes the new publisher of the magazine, and wants to change everything the readers love. Aided by Mrs. Pye, a Paris-obsessed fashion editor with delusions of grandeur, and Small Winston, the grumpiest dog in London, Mrs. Porter fills the pages with expensive clothes and frivolous articles about her friends. Worst of all, she announces that she is cutting the “Yours Cheerfully” column and her vision for the publication’s future seems dire. With the stakes higher than ever, Emmy and her friends must find a way to save the magazine that they love.

Heartwarming, funny, and joyfully uplifting, the third novel in the Emmy Lake Chronicles is a moving tribute to friendship and overcoming adversity.


After That Night by Karin Slaughter

Will Trent and Sara Linton are back in an electrifying thriller featuring GBI investigator Will Trent and medical examiner Sara Linton from New York Times bestselling author Karin Slaughter.

After that night, everything changed . . .

Fifteen years ago, Sara Linton’s life changed forever when a celebratory night out ended in a violent attack that tore her world apart. Since then, Sara has remade her life. A successful doctor, engaged to a man she loves, she has finally managed to leave the past behind her.

Until one evening, on call in the ER, everything changes. Sara battles to save a broken young woman who’s been brutally attacked. But as the investigation progresses, led by GBI Special Agent Will Trent, it becomes clear that Dani Cooper’s assault is uncannily linked to Sara’s.

And the past isn’t going to stay buried forever . . .


The Raging Storm by Ann Cleeves

Ann Cleeves—New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of the Vera and Shetland series, both of which are hit TV shows—returns with The Raging Storm, the extraordinary third installment in the Matthew Venn series.

Fierce winds, dark secrets, deadly intentions.

When Jem Rosco—sailor, adventurer, and legend—blows into town in the middle of an autumn gale, the residents of Greystone, Devon, are delighted to have a celebrity in their midst. But just as abruptly as he arrived, Rosco disappears again, and soon his lifeless body is discovered in a dinghy, anchored off Scully Cove, a place with legends of its own.

This is an uncomfortable case for Detective Inspector Matthew Venn. Greystone is a place he visited as a child, a community he parted ways with. Superstition and rumor mix with fact as another body is found, and Venn finds his judgment clouded.

As the winds howl, and Venn and his team investigate, he realizes that no one, including himself, is safe from Scully Cove’s storm of dark secrets.


The Running Grave by Robert Galbraith

The brand new installment in the highly acclaimed international bestselling series, featuring Cormoran Strike and Robin Ellacott, written by Robert Galbraith, a pseudonym of J.K. Rowling.

(And, oddly enough, that is all the info I can find about this new Cormoran Strike book.  I think it might not be as long as the previous book, The Ink Black Heart, but it still runs over 900 pages.  So, no description and no cover.  Surprises to come!)


Hope this will give you some books to consider for August and September.  I'll be around again at some point to tell of what I've been reading or what I plan to read.  Enjoy your June!!