Sunday, May 21, 2017

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Here's the full May Lineup:





"This dazzling story about a former pianist who has a second chance in midlife with his former actress flame will do some major heart-warming this Spring ― and readers will never foresee the incredible ending." ―POPSUGAR
"It's a fun sweet ride." ―The Washington Post
One of Glamour Magazine's “Most Anticipated Books of 2017”
“An extraordinary literary treat that reminds readers the best things in life have nothing to do with plans.” ―20 Must-Read Books for Spring 2017, Redbook.com



Two decades ago, Adam Sharp’s piano playing led him into a passionate relationship with Angelina Brown, an intelligent and strong-willed actress. They had a chance at something more―but Adam didn’t take it.
Now, on the cusp of turning fifty, Adam likes his life. He’s happy with his partner Claire, he excels in music trivia at quiz night at the local pub, he looks after his mother, and he does the occasional consulting job in IT. But he can never quite shake off his nostalgia for what might have been.
And then, out of nowhere, from the other side of the world, Angelina gets in touch. What does she want? Does Adam dare to live dangerously?
Set to the soundtrack of our lives, The Best of Adam Sharp follows along with emotion and humor as one man looks back on his past and decides if having a second chance is worth the risk.

MY REVIEW:
Brilliant and fun with a satisfying ending THE BEST OF ADAM SHARP is the must read for summer.  It will have you jamming to music, embracing life and smiling!!!

#FirstLine ~ PART 1: I was back home in Norwich, reading up on Pete Best, the Beatles' forgotten first drummer, when the e-mail popped up in the bottom corner of my screen.





New York Times bestselling author Edan Lepucki's Woman No. 17 "reads like a Hollywood HIlls film noir."  Seattle Times
 
High in the Hollywood Hills, writer Lady Daniels has decided to take a break from her husband. Left alone with her children, she’s going to need a hand taking care of her young son if she’s ever going to finish her memoir. In response to a Craigslist ad, S arrives, a magnetic young artist who will live in the secluded guest house out back, care for Lady’s toddler, Devin, and keep a watchful eye on her older, teenage son, Seth. S performs her day job beautifully, quickly drawing the entire family into her orbit, and becoming a confidante for Lady. 
 
But in the heat of the summer, S’s connection to Lady’s older son takes a disturbing, and possibly destructive, turn. And as Lady and S move closer to one another, the glossy veneer of Lady’s privileged life begins to crack, threatening to expose old secrets that she has been keeping from her family. Meanwhile, S is protecting secrets of her own, about her real motivation for taking the job. S and Lady are both playing a careful game, and every move they make endangers the things they hold most dear. 
 
Darkly comic, twisty and tense, this mesmerizing new novel defies expectation and proves Edan Lepucki to be one of the most talented and exciting voices of her generation.

MY REVIEW:
This book sizzles with fun, drama and an addicting plot that keeps you turning pages.  This is a book to toss in the beach bag and get lost in this summer. 

#FirstLine ~ It was summer.




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Kevin Kwan, bestselling author of Crazy Rich Asians and China Rich Girlfriend, is back with an uproarious new novel of a family riven by fortune, an ex-wife driven psychotic with jealousy, a battle royal fought through couture gown sabotage, and the heir to one of Asia's greatest fortunes locked out of his inheritance. 

When Nicholas Young hears that his grandmother, Su Yi, is on her deathbed, he rushes to be by her bedside—but he's not alone. The entire Shang-Young clan has convened from all corners of the globe to stake claim on their matriarch’s massive fortune. With each family member vying to inherit Tyersall Park—a trophy estate on 64 prime acres in the heart of Singapore—Nicholas’s childhood home turns into a hotbed of speculation and sabotage. As her relatives fight over heirlooms, Astrid Leong is at the center of her own storm, desperately in love with her old sweetheart Charlie Wu, but tormented by her ex-husband—a man hell bent on destroying Astrid’s reputation and relationship. Meanwhile Kitty Pong, married to China’s second richest man, billionaire Jack Bing, still feels second best next to her new step-daughter, famous fashionista Colette Bing. A sweeping novel that takes us from the elegantly appointed mansions of Manila to the secluded private islands in the Sulu Sea, from a kidnapping at Hong Kong’s most elite private school to a surprise marriage proposal at an Indian palace, caught on camera by the telephoto lenses of paparazzi, Kevin Kwan's hilarious, gloriously wicked new novel reveals the long-buried secrets of Asia's most privileged families and their rich people problems.

MY REVIEW:
Spectacular fun.  A book that you cannot help but be entertained by due to the richly engaging and extravagant characters.  This book will leave you reeling from the laughs and the realization on how the other half lives.

#FirstLine ~ Problem NO. 1:  Your regular table at the fabulous restaurant on the exclusive island where you own a beach house is unavailable.



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