Lots of ‘chick-lity’ goodness out in April! Here are my favourites – let me know yours in the comments box.
Sweet Valley Confidential by Francine Pascal
Released 14th April
Published by Arrow
The first of my ‘Top five most anticipated chick lit books of 2011′ to be published. Needless to say, I’m excited!
It’s been ten years since the Wakefield twins graduated from Sweet Valley High, and a lot has happened.
For a start, Elizabeth and Jessica have had a falling out of epic proportions, after Jessica committed the ultimate betrayal, and this time it looks like Elizabeth will never be able to forgive her.
Suddenly Sweet Valley isn’t big enough for the two of them, so Elizabeth has fled to New York to immerse herself in her lifelong dream of becoming a serious reporter, leaving a guilt-stricken Jessica contemplating the unthinkable: life without her sister.
Despite the distance between them, the sisters are never far from each other’s thoughts. Jessica longs for forgiveness, but Elizabeth can’t forget her twin’s duplicity. Uncharacteristically, she decides the only way to heal her broken heart is to get revenge. Always the ‘good’ twin, the one getting her headstrong sister out of trouble, Elizabeth is now about to turn the tables…
The Taker by Alma Katsu
Released 14th April
Published by Century
I’m reading this one at the moment and very much enjoying it. No vampires but an absorbing story of immortal love through the centuries. This book works the gothic look brilliantly – as well as the fantastic cover it has black page edges!
True love can last an eternity …
Have you ever loved someone so much that you’d do anything for them?
When Dr Luke Findley turns up to his hospital shift in the small town of St Andrews, Maine, he’s expecting just another evening of minor injuries and domestic disputes. But instead, Lanore McIlvrae walks into his life – and changes it forever. For Lanny is a woman with a past…
Lanny McIlvrae is unlike anyone Luke has ever met. Hers is a story of love and betrayal that defies time and transcends mortality – and cannot end until Lanny’s demons are finally put to rest. Her two hundred years on this earth have seen her seduced by both decadence and brutality – but through it all she has stayed true to the one true love of her life. Until now.
Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe by Jenny Colgan
Released 14th April
Published by Sphere
Chick lit with cakes! What more could you ask for and another gorgeous cover. I’m very much looking forward to getting my hands on this.
Ever dreamed of starting over? Issy Randall can bake. No, more than that – Issy can create stunning, mouth-wateringly divine cakes. After a childhood spent in her beloved Grampa Joe’s bakery she has undoubtedly inherited his talent. So when she’s made redundant from her safe but dull City job, Issy decides to seize the moment and open up her own cafe. It should be a piece of cake, right? Wrong. As her friends point out, she has trouble remembering where she left her house keys, let alone trying to run her own business. But Issy is determined. Armed with recipes posted to her from Grampa, and with her local bank manager fighting her corner, Issy attempts to prove everyone wrong. Following your dreams is never easy and this is no exception. Can Issy do it?
Hollywood Sinners by Victoria Fox
Released 15th April
Published by MIRA
When I got this book in the post the other week I sat down to have a look at the first few pages and was gripped straight away! I had to tear myself away to finish the book I was reading but I can’t wait to go back for more!
POWER Marriage to Hollywood heartthrob Cole Steel secured Lana Falcon a glittering place on the red carpet. But running from a wicked past she has trapped herself in a gilded cage the price of freedom…her soul?
REVENGE Kate di Laurentis’s career is fading as quickly as her looks… What could be worse than discovering her husband’ s latest mistress is Hollywood s hottest starlet? Her only option the most shocking revenge.
LUST Chloe French’s innocent beauty has captured a million hearts, but no one’s warned her of the dangerous, dark temptation of rock star Nate – will lust destroy her?
GREED Las Vegas King, Robert St Louis’s fairytale wedding to Sin City’s richest heiress is tabloid gold… But scandal circles like a vulture – dirty secrets are about to be exposed!
BETRAYAL From the deepest desires come the deadliest deeds…and these four couples are about to pay for their sins…
The Perfect Hero by Victoria Connelly
Released 21st April
Published by Avon
I really enjoyed Victoria’s last novel, A Weekend with Mr Darcy so I’m looking forward to this one and I love the cover!
The circus has come to town…
Die-hard romantic, Kay Ashton, uses her inheritance to open a B&B in the seaside town of Lyme Regis and is dumbstruck when the cast and crew of a new production of Persuasion descend, needing a place to stay. Kay can’t believe her luck – especially when she realises that heart throb actor Oli Wade Owen will be sleeping under her very own roof!
Meanwhile, co-star Gemma Reilly is worried that her acting isn’t up to scratch, despite landing a plum role. She finds a sympathetic ear in shy producer, Adam Craig, who is as baffled by the film world as she is. Kay thinks the two are meant for each other and can’t resist a spot of matchmaking.
Then, when Oli turns his trademark charm on Kay, it seems that she has found her real-life hero. But do heroes really exist?
28th April Summer in the City (Carrie Diaries vol 2)
Summer and the City (Carrie Diaries Volume 2) by Candace Bushnell
Released 28th April
Published by Harper Collins Children’s
I had mixed feelings about The Carrie Diaries but I’m still really looking forward to reading the next installment!
Meet teenage Carrie Bradshaw as she hits the bright lights, big city of New York for the very first time!
Summer is a magical time in New York City and Carrie is in love with all of it – the crazy characters in her neighbourhood, the vintage-clothing boutiques, the wild parties and the glamorous man who has swept her off her feet. Best of all, she’s finally in a real writing class, taking her first steps toward fulfilling her dream.
Carrie learns to navigate her way around the Big Apple, going from being a country “sparrow” – as Samantha Jones dubs her – to the person she always wanted to be. But as it becomes increasingly difficult to reconcile her past with her future, Carrie realises that making it in New York is much more complicated than she ever imagined.
The story of how Carrie met Samantha and Miranda, and what turned a small-town girl into one of the New York City’s most unforgettable icons, Carrie Bradshaw.
The Sweetest Thing by Cathy Woodman
Released 28th April
Published by Arrow
A very cute cover and more cake – April is going to be a very sweet month
If only everything in life was as simple as baking a cake…
Jennie Copeland thought she knew the recipe for a happy life: marriage to her university sweetheart, a nice house in the suburbs and three beautiful children. But when her husband leaves her, she is forced to find a different recipe. And she thinks she’s found just what she needs: a ramshackle house on the outskirts of the beautiful Talyton St George, a new cake-baking business, a dog, a horse, chickens…
But life in the country is not quite as idyllic as she’d hoped, and Jennie can’t help wondering whether neighbouring farmer Guy Barnes was right when he told her she wouldn’t last the year.
Or perhaps the problem is that she’s missing one vital ingredient to make her new life a success. Could Guy be the person to provide it?