Sadly no review copies again this week so straight onto Kindle purchases.
Where the River Parts by Radhika Swarup. Beautiful cover which caught my eye and the story looks a cracker for a bargain 99p.
In the final days of the British Raj a young Hindu woman, Asha, finds herself deeply in love with Firoze, a Muslim, but when Asha and Firoze’s newly independent nation is brutally cleaved into India and Pakistan Asha and her family must flee. She loses her father, mother and brother, as well as the secret baby she carries in her womb, arriving in a Delhi of cramped, diseased refugee camps. In 1998, as India and Pakistan race to join the nuclear club, a newly widowed Asha travels to New York to visit her daughter Priya and her granddaughter Lana, who is to marry a Pakistani Muslim called Hussain. When Asha meets Hussain, she discovers his grand-uncle is Firoze. Will they put family before self, or choose a love that might destroy all they have so painstakingly created?
Wild Water by Jan Ruth. This author that gets great reviews so started with 1st in the Wild Water series, another bargain buy at 99p.
The tragedy and comedy that is Jack’s life; secrets, lies and family ties.
Jack Redman, estate agent to the Cheshire set. An unlikely hero, or someone to break all the rules? Wild water is the story of forty-something estate agent, Jack, who is stressed out not only by work, bills and the approach of Christmas but by the feeling that he and his wife, Patsy are growing apart. His misgivings prove founded when he discovers Patsy is having an affair, and is pregnant. At the same time as his marriage begins to collapse around him, he becomes reacquainted with his childhood sweetheart, Anna, whom he left for Patsy twenty-five years before. His feelings towards Anna reawaken, but will life and family conflicts conspire to keep them apart again?
The Barn on Half Moon Hill by Milly Johnson. I don’t usually ‘do’ short stories but I like Milly Johnson and this book is raising funds in aid of the Care for Claire campaign. Only 99p to help with a very worthy cause.
Cariad Williams has been writing to Franco Mezzaluna since they were kids. But he has never written back. And now he has become a famous film star. What’s more, he is due to visit Winterworld, the Christmas theme park where Cariad works. The only problem is that she has boasted to her friends that he is her boyfriend and now everyone will find out about her lie…
Despite the Falling Snow by Shamim Sarif. Another 99p bargain buy, based initially on the cover – yes I do judge a book by it’s cover (but I also expect the blurb and the reviews to pass muster).
After an early career amongst the political elite of Cold War Moscow, Alexander Ivanov has lived in America for forty years and has managed to bury the tragic memories surrounding his charismatic late life, Katya – or so he believes.
For into his life come two women – one who will start to open up the heart he has protected for so long; another who is determined to uncover the truth about what really happened to Katya all those years ago. The novel’s journey back to the snowbound streets of post-Stalinist Moscow reveals a precarious, dangerous world of secrets and treachery.
The Devil in the Marshalsea by Antonia Hodgson. I remember this getting great reviews when it was first released and in addition my friends over on Jill’s Book Cafe assured me it was a good read and well worth 99p.
WINNER OF THE CWA HISTORICAL DAGGER AWARD 2014.
Longlisted for the John Creasey Dagger Award for best debut crime novel of 2014.
London, 1727 – and Tom Hawkins is about to fall from his heaven of card games, brothels and coffee-houses into the hell of a debtors’ prison.
The Marshalsea is a savage world of its own, with simple rules: those with family or friends who can lend them a little money may survive in relative comfort. Those with none will starve in squalor and disease. And those who try to escape will suffer a gruesome fate at the hands of the gaol’s rutheless governor and his cronies.
The trouble is, Tom Hawkins has never been good at following rules – even simple ones. And the recent grisly murder of a debtor, Captain Roberts, has brought further terror to the gaol. While the Captain’s beautiful widow cries for justice, the finger of suspicion points only one way: to the sly, enigmatic figure of Samuel Fleet.
Some call Fleet a devil, a man to avoid at all costs. But Tom Hawkins is sharing his cell. Soon, Tom’s choice is clear: get to the truth of the murder – or be the next to die.
A round up of this week’s Kindle freebies
Cake or Death by Sarah Rielle
Mrs Tempest’s Marriage Bureau by M A Ferdinand
The Light in the Wound by Christine Brae
The Gift of Darkness by Valentina Giambanco
Wildflower Bay Pt 1 by Rachael Lucas