When you're in the book biz, there are some definite perks. Like being able to read novels before they're released. When they're still called ARCs (Advance Readers Copies).
And it just wouldn't be fair for me to get the inside scoop on these yet-to-be-released books and not share it with y'all. From a story of a woman who loses her memory after surviving a plane crash, to a tale of thwarted love, murder and a long lost paiting, to a plot about a woman who must make peace with her past before she can embrace her future, here are three novels that I highly recommend you add to your TBR lists. And don't just take my word for it, authors J. Courtney Sullivan, Kristin Hannah and Melissa Senate have each endorsed one of these books!
Here's the skinny on The Song Remains the Same: One of only two survivors of a plane crash, Nell Slattery wakes in the hospital with no memory of the crash – or who she is, or was. Now she must piece together both body and mind -- with the help of family and friends who have their own agendas. She filters through photos, art, music and stories, hoping something will jog her memory, and soon – in tiny bits and pieces –Nell starts remembering…
It isn't long before she learns to question the stories presented by her mother, her sister and business partner, and her husband. In the end she will learn that forgiving betrayals small and large will be the only true path to healing herself -- and to finding happiness.
Kristin Hannah, author of Night Road, calls The Bungalow "A heartfelt, engaging love story."
Twenty years later, Eden runs a successful catering company and dreams of opening a restaurant. Since childhood, she has heard from her father only rarely, just enough to know that he’s been living on the streets and struggling with mental illness. But lately there has been no word at all. After a series of failed romantic relationships and a health scare from her mother, Eden decides it’s time to find her father, to forgive him at last, and move forward with her own life. Her search takes her to a downtown Seattle homeless shelter, and to Jack Baker, its handsome and charming director. Jack convinces Eden to volunteer her skills as a professional chef with the shelter. In return, he helps her in her quest.
As the connection between Eden and Jack grows stronger, and their investigation brings them closer to David, Eden must come to terms with her true emotions, the secrets her mother has kept from her, and the painful question of whether her father, after all these years, even wants to be found.
Melissa Senate, author of The Love Goddess' Cooking School, calls Outside the Lines "an extraordinary novel."
Outside the lines will be released on February 12, 2012. Pre-order it here.
What upcoming novels are you excited to read?