These are three books I have absolutely loved reading, and as well as having that in common, each of the three authors of these wonderful books also have new novels coming to our shelves soon and I can’t wait to get my eyes on them!
Lynette is currently Australia’s best selling author of YA books, and with a Throne of Glass collaboration with Sarah J Maas coming up, and her Medoran Chronicles launching in the US next year, I think she’s only going to get even more popular! The Medoran Chronicles are a fun fantasy series about a girl who goes off to school only to find herself in a different, magical world. The last book in the series came out earlier this year, and I’m keen to do a reread soon, but the book I’m extra excited to get my hands on is Weapon, the sequel to Lynette’s sci-fi thriller Whisper. I was blown away when I read Whisper last year (check out my review here) so I can’t wait to see what happens next!)
I don’t want to share the blurb for Weapon here, since its a sequel and I don’t want to give any spoilers for Whisper, but you can check it out on the Pantera Press website . Weapon is out from Pantera Press on 4 November.)
The Inaugural Meeting of the Fairvale Ladies Book Club was one of my very favourite books in 2017- I’ve talked about it a few times on my blog, and you can see my review here. It really sparked my interest in reading more stories about women, and more Australian stories. I have bought at least three or four copies for friends, and my copy has been loaned out a bunch of times. So obviously I was delighted to see that Sophie has another book coming out this year (in July, from Hachette)!
Here’s what the Hachette website has to say about The Shelly Bay Ladies Swimming Circle:
It’s 1982 in Australia. THE MAN FROM SNOWY RIVER is a box office hit and Paul Hogan is on the TV.
In a seaside suburb, housewife Theresa takes up swimming. She wants to get fit; she also wants a few precious minutes to herself. So at sunrise each day she strikes out past the waves.
From the same beach, the widowed Marie swims. With her husband gone, bathing is the one constant in her new life.
After finding herself in a desperate situation, 25-year-old Leanne only has herself to rely on. She became a nurse to help others, even as she resists help herself.
Elaine has recently moved from England. Far from home and without her adult sons, her closest friend is a gin bottle.
In the waters of Shelly Bay, these four women find each other. They will survive bluebottle stings and heartbreak; they will laugh so hard they swallow water, and they will plunge their tears into the ocean’s salt. They will find solace and companionship, and learn that love takes many forms.
Most of all, they will cherish their friendship, each and every day.
I read Kate Forsyth’s Beauty in Thorns a few months ago, and was lucky enough to not only see some of the Pre-Raphaelite paintings that inspired it at the gallery here in Canberra, but also go to see Kate herself speak about both the art and her book. I have been meaning to write a bit about it here, but just haven’t quite got to it yet! You can check out my review of her book of fairytale re-tellings from last year though – Vasilisa the Wise– my review is here. Look, I’m not embarrassed to say I am a total fan-girl for Kate. I just adore her, and I could listen to her weave her magical stories all day – if you want to see what I mean check out any of the episodes of Conversations with Richard Fidler that she has been on – they are just gorgeous together. Beauty in Thorns is another book that has been passed around to a bunch of friends, and I have also read and loved The Beast’s Garden. Kate’s next book, The Blue Rose, is coming out from Penguin Books on 16 July, and the publicity team at Penguin were kind enough to send me an early copy for review (insert all the heart eyes emojis here!). Here’s a bit from the Penguin website:
Viviane de Faitaud has grown up alone at the Chateau de Belisama-sur-le-Lac in Brittany, for her father, the Marquis de Ravoisier, lives at the court of Louis XVI in Versailles. After a hailstorm destroys the chateau’s orchards, gardens and fields an ambitious young Welshman, David Stronach, accepts the commission to plan the chateau’s new gardens in the hope of making his name as a landscape designer.
David and Viviane fall in love, but it is an impossible romance. Her father has betrothed her to a rich duke who she is forced to marry and David is hunted from the property. Viviane goes to court and becomes a maid-in-waiting to Marie-Antoinette and a member of the extended royal family. Angry and embittered, David sails away from England with Lord Macartney, the British ambassador, who hopes to open up trade with Imperial China.
In Canton, the British embassy at last receives news from home, including their first reports of the French Revolution. David hears the story of ‘The Blue Rose’, a Chinese fable of impossible love, and discovers the blood-red rose growing in the wintry garden. He realises that he is still in love with Viviane and must find her.