The next 4 books to be read and reviewed.
This Love Story Will Self-Destruct, Leslie Cohen (NetGalley Review)
This is the classic tale of boy meets girl: Girl…goes home with someone else.
Meet Eve. She’s a dreamer, a feeler, a careening well of sensitivities who can’t quite keep her feet on the ground, or steer clear of trouble. She’s a laugher, a crier, a quirky and quick-witted bleeding-heart-worrier.
Meet Ben. He’s an engineer, an expert at leveling floors who likes order, structure, and straight lines. He doesn’t opine, he doesn’t ruminate, he doesn’t simmer until he boils over.
So naturally, when the two first cross paths, sparks don’t exactly fly. But then they meet again. And again. And then, finally, they find themselves with a deep yet fragile connection that will change the course of their relationship—possibly forever.
Follow Eve and Ben as they navigate their twenties on a winding journey through first jobs, first dates, and first breakups; through first reunions, first betrayals and, maybe, first love. This is When Harry Met Sally reimagined; a charming tale told from two unapologetically original points of view. With an acerbic edge and heartwarming humor, debut novelist Leslie Cohen takes us on a tour of what life looks like when it doesn’t go according to plan, and explores the complexity, chaos, and comedy in finding a relationship built to last.
The Broken Girls Simone St. James (NetGalley Review)
Vermont, 1950. There’s a place for the girls whom no one wants–the troublemakers, the illegitimate, the too smart for their own good. It’s called Idlewild Hall. And in the small town where it’s located, there are rumors that the boarding school is haunted. Four roommates bond over their whispered fears, their budding friendship blossoming–until one of them mysteriously disappears. . . .
Vermont, 2014. As much as she’s tried, journalist Fiona Sheridan cannot stop revisiting the events surrounding her older sister’s death. Twenty years ago, her body was found lying in the overgrown fields near the ruins of Idlewild Hall. And though her sister’s boyfriend was tried and convicted of murder, Fiona can’t shake the suspicion that something was never right about the case.
When Fiona discovers that Idlewild Hall is being restored by an anonymous benefactor, she decides to write a story about it. But a shocking discovery during the renovations will link the loss of her sister to secrets that were meant to stay hidden in the past–and a voice that won’t be silenced. . . .
Navigating along life’s crooked line we are naturally touched by the people we meet and most will experience love and death and everything in between. This is a great read for both sexes. A powerful, erotic and thrilling love story with a psychological twist about a man and a woman in their mid forties who meet on an Internet Dating site. He enters her cottage through a purple door, a door he has painted from afar and once through he gets why she decided on purple. A memorable night of heightened sexual pleasure ensues, lasagne and tiramisu in between and deep, yes very deep conversations. The attraction quickly transpires into an emotional connection and before too long they each unlock buried memories of past events, memories neither expected to share with someone they had just met. But it’s clear from the onset they need each other; they need to share their stories to move on in life, a ‘Second Chance to Live.’ Was this fortuitous happenstance beginning with a click of a keyboard or destiny found? Love at first sight perhaps, if such a thing really exists, who knows, I shall let you decide but I do warn you; things are not what they seem as we discover more about their chequered past, a past hell bent on revenge.
When her mother is sleeping with the man she loves, what’s a girl to do?
Francesca is weeks away from high school graduation and the hope of escaping her self-centered, grasping family – her trashy mother and hustling twin brother. While her crush on their older neighbor holds her attention, she is blind to what everyone else can clearly see, the love her best friend Mitch carries in his heart for her. When her dead grandmother’s high school boyfriend returns to town for his class reunion, his immediate attraction to Francesca is a game changer. Can Mr. Long – and his wealth – open up undreamed of opportunities for Francesca’s future, and at what price?