February Releases I Am Excited About

February is gonna be an amazing bookish month. So many amazing books out this month! It was really difficult to pick my top five new releases this time so I went for a top seven and a little extra treat:

How to Get a (Love) Life by Rosie Blake - February 2nd

Nicola Brown doesn't like to lose control. Her flat is always meticulously tidy and her weekly meals carefully planned; Nicola keeps her life in order. When her carefree colleague Caroline challenges Nicola to find a date for Valentine's Day, it's a surprise to them both when Nicola agrees.

As Nicola's search for a man begins, she is thrown in at the deep end - sometimes quite literally - of the dating scene. From men more likely to sell their mother than open their wallet, to those who are determined to find a girlfriend who shares their passion for extreme sports, Nicola has to run the full gamut of dodgy dates. But as the deadline looms closer, Nicola realises it isn't so bad to lose control. It turns out that trying to get a love life can be rather a lot of fun...

Why so excited: I have loved all three books by Rosie Blake, so I'm really happy that her debut is finally being published in paperback. I enjoyed this story immensely when it was first published a couple of years ago in ebook format. I hope that many new readers will discover this fun story.

The Little Teashop of Broken Hearts by Jennifer Joyce - February 8th

From fairy cakes to first dates!

Maddie Lamington’s dreams are crumbling around her. If she doesn’t come up with a plan to save her little teashop on Sweet Street soon, it might be too late…

So when she sees how the perfect apple crumble brings together her lonely father and faithful customer Birdie, inspiration strikes: she’ll set up a dating night involving all her sweetest bakes.

Luckily, seriously gorgeous Caleb is on hand to help sprinkle a little magic – and a lot of sugar! Could one night of scrumptious first dates fix Maddie’s heartbreak and save her beloved teashop, too?

Why so excited: Jennifer Joyce's stories are always filled with lol moments, sweet treats and the perfect touch of drama, so I cannot wait to discover a new one. Plus, how cute is the title and the cover for this one?

A Song for Tomorrow by Alice Peterson - February 9th

Tom fell in love with Alice the moment he saw her. He realises that being with her will not be easy, but she is a force of nature, a burst of sunlight in his otherwise ordinary world. 

Some people might look at Alice and think she has everything, but Alice knows she is not like other women. Her life is complicated, unpredictable, difficult. Alice does not like pity. All she wants to do, has ever wanted to do, is sing.

Alice has been told not to follow her dreams. So has Tom. But when fate has already dealt a tough hand, it’s time to stop listening to everyone else and only follow their own hearts.

Why so excited: I got an early review copy of this amazing story and wow! If you only get one book this month, be sure to pick this one. Read my full review here.

My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella - February 9th

Katie Brenner has the perfect life: a flat in London, a glamorous job, and a super-cool Instagram feed.

Ok, so the real truth is that she rents a tiny room with no space for a wardrobe, has a hideous commute to a lowly admin job, and the life she shares on Instagram isn’t really hers.

But one day her dreams are bound to come true, aren’t they?

Until her not-so perfect life comes crashing down when her mega-successful boss Demeter gives her the sack. All Katie’s hopes are shattered. She has to move home to Somerset, where she helps her dad with his new glamping business.

Then Demeter and her family book in for a holiday, and Katie sees her chance. But should she get revenge on the woman who ruined her dreams? Or try to get her job back? Does Demeter – the woman with everything – have such an idyllic life herself? Maybe they have more in common than it seems.

And what’s wrong with not-so-perfect, anyway?

Why so excited: Two words, Sophie and Kinsella. Definitely one of my top and auto-buy authors, every new release from her is a highly anticipated one. Let's see how this new story is! I certainly cannot wait to discover it.

The Best of Adam Sharp by Graeme Simsion - February 9th

The heart warming new novel from Graeme Simsion, the international bestselling author of The Rosie Project and The Rosie Effect

Can you define your life by a single song?

Adam Sharp - former pianist in a hip Melbourne bar, now a respectable IT consultant in Norwich - can. And it's 'You're Going to Lose that Girl' . . .

On the cusp of fifty and a happy introvert, Adam is content. He's the music expert at his local pub-quiz and he and his partner Claire rumble along. Life may not be rock n' roll, but neither is it easy listening. Yet something has always felt off-key.

And that's his nostalgia for what might have been, his blazing affair - more than twenty years ago, on the other side of the world - with Angelina Brown, a smart and sexy, strong-willed actress who taught him for the first time, as he played piano and she sang, what it meant to find - and then lose - love. How different might his life be if he hadn't let her walk away?

Then, out of nowhere, Angelina gets in touch. Adam has sung about second chances, but does he have the courage to believe in them?

Why so excited: I absolutely loved The Rosie Project and its sequel The Rosie Effect. Graeme Simsion created such interesting and enjoyable characters, so I'm really looking forward to discover a new story by him.

Girl 99 by Andy Jones - February 14th

When Tom’s girlfriend walks out on him the day before Christmas, he feels humiliated but not necessarily heartbroken. Sadie wasn’t, after all, The One. If we’re being precise, she was number eighty-five.

And so, for reasons that are only mostly wrong, Tom embarks on a mission to bring his number of encounters up to a nice neat one hundred.

Over the course of his quest he sleeps with a colleague, a colleague of a friend, a friend of a friend, a friend of a friend’s wife, the estate agent selling his flat and several more besides.

Everything is going, if not well, then at least according to plan…and then Tom meets Verity. Whether she’s The One remains to be seen, but she’s certainly more than just another number.

Why so excited: St Valentine's Day brings us a real treat, a new story by Andy Jones. It's actually his debut, which has been revised and republished. I haven't read it yet but it's on top of my tbr pile already.

Before the Rains by Dinah Jefferies - February 23rd

1930, Rajputana, India. Since her husband's death, 28-year-old photojournalist Eliza's only companion has been her camera. When the British Government send her to an Indian princely state to photograph the royal family, she's determined to make a name for herself.

But when Eliza arrives at the palace she meets Jay, the Prince's handsome, brooding brother. While Eliza awakens Jay to the poverty of his people, he awakens her to the injustices of British rule. Soon Jay and Eliza find they have more in common than they think. But their families - and society - think otherwise. Eventually they will have to make a choice between doing what's expected, or following their hearts.

Why so excited: I've already read this one and absolutely loved it. A mesmerising and beautiful tale that takes us to India in the twenties. Historical Fiction at its best. Read my full review here

And a special treat for you all: Penny Parkes, author of the fantastic Out of Practice, publishes a free short story on February 9th that will take us back to the charming Larkford: 

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5 comentaris

  1. Many of these books have caught my interest. Thank you for sharing. :)

  2. I loved Rosie Blake's debut too Alba. Fab to see it's out in pb.

    I think we must be on almost the same publicists lists :) Happy Reading x


  3. Some great books here. The best of Adam Sharp is definitely on my TBR list.

  4. Quite some of them caught my interest. Thank you for recommendations...

  5. Oooo yes I'm looking forward to some of these too, I can see why you couldn't just pick 5! #ToTT