I’m at Chapter 52 at ‘We Hunt the Flame’. I don’t know why this book is taking me so long to read through, because I really enjoy it! It involves a young woman names Zafira, masquerading as a man in order to restore peace. She goes on a quest to obtain an artifact which will restore magic to the world of Arwiya. The story is told in two perspectives: Zafira and Nasir, known as the Prince of Death, yet he wants no part of this title.
Both Nasir and Zafira are handling the task with avenging the deaths of someone dear to their lives. Their approach to relationships are cold and aloof, yet their hearts long for a deeper connection to life. Nasir wishes to be free from the moniker of an assassin, while Zafira longs to be free from hiding her femininity in order to be taken seriously. As I get more involved in the story, I’m hoping to see a breakthrough in their journeys.
Although it’s now the beginning of July, here are some of the book releases that are happening this month. I’m very excited to see these selections!
I’m so excited for this story, since it’s set in one of my favorite areas in New York City. When I lived in New York for seven years, I used to hang around the Chelsea neighborhood often. Although it’s set between the 40s and 60s, I feel like I’m going to enjoy learning about the rich history that New York City contains during this period.
Synopsis (From Goodreads):
From the dramatic redbrick facade to the sweeping staircase dripping with art, the Chelsea Hotel has long been New York City’s creative oasis for the many artists, writers, musicians, actors, filmmakers, and poets who have called it home—a scene playwright Hazel Riley and actress Maxine Mead are determined to use to their advantage. Yet they soon discover that the greatest obstacle to putting up a show on Broadway has nothing to do with their art, and everything to do with politics. A Red scare is sweeping across America, and Senator Joseph McCarthy has started a witch hunt for Communists, with those in the entertainment industry in the crosshairs. As the pressure builds to name names, it is more than Hazel and Maxine’s Broadway dreams that may suffer as they grapple with the terrible consequences, but also their livelihood, their friendship, and even their freedom.
Spanning from the 1940s to the 1960s, The Chelsea Girls deftly pulls back the curtain on the desperate political pressures of McCarthyism, the complicated bonds of female friendship, and the siren call of the uninhibited Chelsea Hotel.
Synopsis (from Goodreads):
Abigail Westcott’s dreams for her future were lost when her father died and
she discovered her parents were not legally married. But now, six years later,
she enjoys the independence a life without expectation provides a wealthy
single woman. Indeed, she’s grown confident enough to scold the careless
servant chopping wood outside without his shirt on in the proximity of ladies.
But the man is not a servant. He is Gilbert Bennington, the lieutenant colonel
and superior officer who has escorted her wounded brother, Harry, home from the
wars with Napoleon. Gil has come to help his friend and junior officer recover,
and he doesn’t take lightly to being condescended to–secretly because of his
own humble beginnings.
If at first Gil and Abigail seem to embody what the other most despises, each
will soon discover how wrong first impressions can be. For behind the
appearances of the once-grand lady and the once-humble man are two people who
share an understanding of what true honor means, and how only with it can one
This book is written by the same author who published The Proposal, a Reese Witherspoon book club pick. It was also on Book of the Month a while back. While I wasn’t immediately gravitated toward The Proposal, I appreciate books that feature women living life on her own terms. I’m very curious in seeing how The Wedding Party fares, especially since I’m currently planning my own wedding!
Synopsis (from Goodreads):
Maddie and Theo have two things
1. Alexa is their best friend
2. They hate each other
After an “oops, we made a mistake” night together, neither one can stop
thinking about the other. With Alexa’s wedding rapidly approaching, Maddie and
Theo both share bridal party responsibilities that require more interaction
with each other than they’re comfortable with. Underneath the sharp barbs they
toss at each other is a simmering attraction that won’t fade. It builds until
they find themselves sneaking off together to release some tension when Alexa
isn’t looking, agreeing they would end it once the wedding is over. When it’s
suddenly pushed up and they only have a few months left of secret rendezvouses,
they find themselves regretting that the end is near. Two people this different
can’t possibly have a connection other than the purely physical, right?
But as with any engagement with a nemesis, there are unspoken rules that must
be abided by. First and foremost, don’t fall in love.
Synopsis (from Goodreads):
The only child of a single mother, Nina has her life just as she wants it: a job in a bookstore, a kick-butt trivia team, a world-class planner and a cat named Phil. If she sometimes suspects there might be more to life than reading, she just shrugs and picks up a new book.
When the father Nina never knew existed suddenly dies, leaving behind innumerable sisters, brothers, nieces, and nephews, Nina is horrified. They all live close by! They’re all—or mostly all—excited to meet her! She’ll have to Speak. To. Strangers. It’s a disaster! And as if that wasn’t enough, Tom, her trivia nemesis, has turned out to be cute, funny, and deeply interested in getting to know her. Doesn’t he realize what a terrible idea that is?
Nina considers her options. 1. Completely change her name and appearance. (Too drastic, plus she likes her hair.) 2. Flee to a deserted island. (Hard pass, see: coffee). 3. Hide in a corner of her apartment and rock back and forth. (Already doing it.)
It’s time for Nina to come out of her comfortable shell, but she isn’t convinced real life could ever live up to fiction. It’s going to take a brand-new family, a persistent suitor, and the combined effects of ice cream and trivia to make her turn her own fresh page.
Synopsis (from Goodreads):
It’s been seventeen years since the tragic summer the McAvoy sisters fell apart. Lindy, the wild one, left home, carved out a new life in the city and never looked back. Delia, the sister who stayed, became a mother herself, raising her daughters and running the family shop in their small Ohio hometown on the shores of Lake Erie.
But now, with their mother’s ailing health and a rebellious teenager to rein in, Delia has no choice but to welcome Lindy home. As the two sisters try to put their family back in order, they finally have the chance to reclaim what’s been lost over the years: for Delia, professional dreams and a happy marriage, and for Lindy, a sense of home and an old flame—and best of all, each other. But when one turbulent night leads to a shocking revelation, the women must face the past they’ve avoided for a decade. And there’s nothing like an old secret to bring the McAvoy women back together and stronger than ever.
With warm affection and wry wit, Molly Fader’s The McAvoy Sisters Book of Secrets is about the ties that bind family and the power of secrets to hold us back or set us free.
Synopsis (from Amazon):
Maybe you don’t know your neighbors as well as you thought you did . . . “This is a very difficult letter to write. I hope you will not hate us too much. . . My son broke into your home recently while you were out.”
In a quiet, leafy suburb in upstate New York, a teenager has been sneaking into houses–and into the owners’ computers as well–learning their secrets, and maybe sharing some of them, too.
Who is he, and what might he have uncovered? After two anonymous letters are received, whispers start to circulate, and suspicion mounts. And when a woman down the street is found murdered, the tension reaches the breaking point. Who killed her? Who knows more than they’re telling? And how far will all these very nice people go to protect their own secrets?
In this neighborhood, it’s not just the husbands and wives who play games. Here, everyone in the family has something to hide . . .