Saturday, April 11, 2015

The Reading Radar 4/11/2015 @KirstyBooks @CescaWrites

Spotted on Netgalley but not open to U.S. residents, The Vintage Guide to Love & Romance by Kirsty Greenwood caught my attention. I love vintage stuff--clothes, movies, books...and from the reviews, it promises some laughs. Release: just this last week, but not on Kindle yet it appears--not, at least, in the U.S. in English.

The Vintage Guide to Love and RomanceJessica Beam is a girl who knows how to party. Only lately she's been forgetting to turn up for work on time. Or in clean clothes. Down on her luck, out of a job and homeless, Jess seeks the help of her long-lost grandmother.

Things aren't going well for Matilda Beam, either. Her 1950s Good Woman guide books are out of print, her mortgage repayments are staggering and her granddaughter wears neon Wonderbras!

When a lifeline from a London publisher arrives, the pair have an opportunity to secure the roof over their heads – by invigorating the Good Woman guides and transforming modern, rebellious Jess into a demure vintage lady.

The true test of their make-over will be to capture the heart of notorious London playboy Leo Frost and prove that Matilda’s guides still work. It's going to take commitment, nerves of steel and one seriously pointy bra to pull this off...


And you know those Goodreads recommendations..."readers also liked" things to the right when you look at a book? Whilst looking at the title above, I discovered this one: The Silent Hours by Cesca Major. Why it interests me? It features a mute heroine and promises to surprise me and move me. It's also a debut. Release date: June 2015.

The Silent HoursAn epic, sweeping tale of love and loss inspired by heartrending true events in the Unoccupied Zone of wartime France.

The Silent Hours follows three people whose lives are bound together, before war tears them apart:

Adeline, a mute who takes refuge in a convent, haunted by memories of her past;

Sebastian, a young Jewish banker whose love for the beautiful Isabelle will change the course of his life dramatically;

Tristin, a nine-year-old boy, whose family moves from Paris to settle in a village that is seemingly untouched by war.

Beautifully wrought, utterly compelling and with a shocking true story at its core, The Silent Hours is an unforgettable portrayal of love and loss.

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