July 25, 2015

Summer Readin' (And an Awesome GIVEAWAY for You!)

We've had a couple of big milestones in our family this week. Monday was Eleanor's first day of school. And Wednesday is our 9th wedding anniversary!

Since I'm busy hanging out with my big ole kindergartener, and celebrating with Noel, I'm going to take a few days off blogging.

But I'm going to leave with you some reviews of some three books I've really enjoyed lately - AND, I'm giving away copies of all of them!

The Third Wife

Lisa Jewell is sure to appeal to fans of Liane Moriarty and Jojo Moyes. Just like Jewell's earlier novels, The Third Wife explores complicated family dynamics in a genuine way that is witty yet realistically nuanced.

Adrian Wolfe has been mourning the death of his third wife, Maya, for a year. Maya's death seemed to be a tragic accident--she stepped out in front of a bus--until a strange woman shows up asking weird questions, and then a series of poison pen e-mails surfaces. Suddenly Adrian is rethinking everything: Maya's death, his two divorces and the way he's raised his children.

(Read the rest of my review of this one over at Shelf Awareness.) 

The Other Daughter

Lauren Willig always has likeable historical heroines. (You may remember I really liked The Ashford Affair). In her latest (non-Pink Carnation) historical novel, Willig turns to the Edwardian era, and Rachel Woodley, a nursery governess.

When Rachel’s mother dies unexpectedly, Rachel discovers some shocking secrets about her past, including the fact that she's illegitimate, the other daughter, and her father is an earl. Determined to meet her father, she enlists the help of a gossip columnist named Simon to transform herself into one of London’s Bright Young Things. With freshly bobbed hair, Rachel slips into her new persona amidst the fast-paced world of high society London, although she may not be prepared for the secrets she will uncover.

If You Only Knew

Wedding dress designer Jenny Tate has had trouble distancing herself from her ex-husband, because he and his new wife are freakishly nice, and have even named their new daughter in Jenny's honor. Determined to escape this weird situation, Jenny leaves Manhattan for her hometown -- a small, upscale town on the Hudson River. She's excited to be close to her sister Rachel and her triplet nieces. Sadly, it turns out her move is perfectly timed to help Rachel; who thought she had the perfect marriage, until she discovered her husband was having an affair.

This was the first novel I've read by Kristan Higgins -- seems like this one is a bit of a departure from her usual funnier romances (I'd call it "women's fiction"). I really enjoyed it though! It won't be out until the end of August - so you'll have to wait a bit if you win.

Win All Three

Please fill out the following form to be entered to win (you may have to click through to see the form if you subscribe via email). One lucky winner will win ALL THREE books. See instructions in form for an additional giveaway entry. Max entries: 2 per person. (And you must have a US mailing address, sorry!) Giveaway will close 8/3/15, and I'll notify the winner soon after.

(FYI: I received advance copies of these books to review, either directly from the publisher or from Shelf Awareness. I contacted all 3 publishers and asked them if they'd give a copy to one of my readers, and they all said yes!)