Awesome Authors and Their New Books

This book is due out in October so be sure to add it to your Goodreads list or pre-order on Amazon. When I see a Jodi Picoult book, I get excited. Rarely has she written a novel that doesn’t glue me to the pages until I close the covers.

In A Spark of Light, she tackles a hugely controversial topic, abortion. I was slightly confused at first- the book begins presently then moves backwards in time. The setting is an abortion clinic where women there is a shooting. Some are dead, some are injured and some women are trapped inside with an unstable man.

The hostage negotiator brought in has a specific tie to the horror going on inside the clinic, his daughter is inside. As usual, Jodi has done amazing research and developed a tightly woven story.

Here’s the official synopsis:

The warm fall day starts like any other at the Center—a women’s reproductive health services clinic—its staff offering care to anyone who passes through its doors. Then, in late morning, a desperate and distraught gunman bursts in and opens fire, taking all inside hostage.

After rushing to the scene, Hugh McElroy, a police hostage negotiator, sets up a perimeter and begins making a plan to communicate with the gunman. As his phone vibrates with incoming text messages he glances at it and, to his horror, finds out that his fifteen-year-old daughter, Wren, is inside the clinic.

But Wren is not alone. She will share the next and tensest few hours of her young life with a cast of unforgettable characters: A nurse who calms her own panic in order save the life of a wounded woman. A doctor who does his work not in spite of his faith but because of it, and who will find that faith tested as never before. A pro-life protester disguised as a patient, who now stands in the cross hairs of the same rage she herself has felt. A young woman who has come to terminate her pregnancy. And the disturbed individual himself, vowing to be heard.

Told in a daring and enthralling narrative structure that counts backward through the hours of the standoff, this is a story that traces its way back to what brought each of these very different individuals to the same place on this fateful day.



Another favorite author is Fredrik Backman, with his new novel, Us Against You. Fredrik’s books are so well written, I eagerly anticipate every new novel that comes out! If you are a book lover/avid reader/admirer of authors, then you understand what I mean!

Here’s the plot:

A small community tucked deep in the forest, Beartown is home to tough, hardworking people who don’t expect life to be easy or fair. No matter how difficult times get, they’ve always been able to take pride in their local ice hockey team. So it’s a cruel blow when they hear that their town’s ice hockey club might soon be disbanded. What makes it worse is the obvious satisfaction that all the former Beartown players, who now play for a rival team in the neighboring town of Hed, take in that fact. But the arrival of a newcomer gives Beartown hockey a chance at a comeback.

Soon a team starts to take shape around Amat, the fastest player you’ll ever see; Benji, the intense lone wolf; always dutiful and eager-to-please Bobo; and Vidar, a born-to-be-bad troublemaker. But bringing this team together proves to be a huge challenge, especially as the town’s enmity with Hed grows more and more acute as the big game approaches.

By the time the last goal is scored, a resident of Beartown will be dead, and the people of both towns will be forced to wonder if, after everything, the game they love can ever return to something as simple and innocent as a field of ice, two nets, and two teams. Us against you.

Sometimes its just nice to get lost in a pleasant story and connect with the main characters in a way where you deeply care about them, that’s what this book offers!




Ill never forget reading Tatiana De Rosnay’s book, Sarah’s Key. It made me cry then haunted me like nothing else! It was one of those stories where you read it and cannot stop thinking about it. Seriously, I would give this author a standing ovation for that brilliant novel, read it now if you haven’t!

Now she’s back, years after Sarah’s Key, with The Rain Watcher. Let’s all pause and look at the cover. I love it! It is moody and interesting and makes me want to snuggle up with blankets and my dogs for a full day of reading.

Here’s what you need to know: 

The Rain Watcher is a powerful family drama set in Paris as the Malegarde family gathers to celebrate the father’s 70th birthday. Their hidden fears and secrets are slowly unraveled as the City of Light undergo a stunning natural disaster. Seen through the eyes of charismatic photographer Linden Malegarde, the youngest son, all members of the family will have to fight to keep their unity against tragic circumstances.

I am intrigued and can’t wait to start this one. There’s a Goodreads Giveaway happening right now, go here to enter the contest. Hurry, it ends today!




Shalini Boland is a new (to me!) writer whose novel, The Child Next Door, captivated me and kept me in its clutches until the last page. So naturally, I MUST read The Silent Sister! When the cover describes it as a psychological thriller, then I know I have to get my little hands on it!

This has all of the ingredients for an A+ thrill ride. Check it out:

When Lizzy Beresford discovers a threatening letter addressed to her, the words on the old, tattered paper chill her to the bone. But who sent it? Living in pretty cottage in a quiet country village, Lizzy’s never made any enemies in her life…

Except her sister.

Lizzy hasn’t spoken to Emma in years. Not since the argument which tore their relationship apart. Would her sister really want to cause her harm after all this time?

As Lizzy receives more disturbing messages, she begins to doubt those closest to her – her boyfriend, her best friend, her neighbours.

Because the mystery sender seems to know everything about her. And after a series of malicious incidents, it’s clear they won’t stop until they’ve destroyed her life.

Lizzy knows she must confront her sister. But can she trust her? And will she realise the shocking truth, before it’s too late?

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Me when I see an author I like has a new book coming out!