Footprints in the Sand by Sarah Challis
When Emily Kingsley arrives at the church for her eccentric Great Aunt Mary’s funeral, she is still grieving for her broken relationship with the vain, mean and unfaithful Ted, and has little sorrow to spare. At the wake afterwards she is dismayed to learn the contents of Mary’s will. Emily and her cousin Clemmie must go to Mali, where they are to travel by camel into the Sahara Desert to scatter her ashes.
Clemmie, fanciful and rootless, is thrilled at the chance of adventure. Emily is not. With immense reluctance, she agrees to travel to Mali, and find Timadjlalen, a place in the desert that no one has ever heard of. Why Mary chose it as her final resting place she cannot imagine, and the thought of a hot, pointless trip is almost too much to bear. But once Emily and Clemmie set foot on the Saharan sand, and begin to uncover Mary’s sixty year old secret, they come to understand why they must complete her journey.
Zelda’s Cut by Philippa Gregory
Desire, Betrayal and shifting identity combine in this chilling contemporary novel.
Isobel Latimer is trapped by her need to be a good woman, by massive secret debt, and by the burden of impeccable literary reputation. Everyone wants a cut of her talent, her time or her money, but only she knows there’s nothing left to give. In desperation, Isobel and her agent, Troy, conspire to create a shameless blockbuster with an author to match. Zelda is born.
Zelda can do everything that Isobel cannot, the unspeakable is said, taboos are broken and desires are unleashed. Troy revels in the wildness but Isobel senses menace behind the beautiful mask, and she longs for the safety of her husband and home. But, when she returns the family have changed......
he Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
(OH heard review on radio and read it and he does not read much fiction but enjoyed this one)
It is a story about love, life and lobsters...Meet Don Tillman.Don is getting married.He just doesn't know who to yet.But he has designed a very detailed questionnaire to help him find the perfect woman.One thing he already knows, though, is that it's not Rosie.Absolutely, completely, definitely not.Telling the story of Rosie and Don, Graeme Simsion's The Rosie Project is an international phenomenon, sold in over thirty countries - and counting.Don Tillman is a socially challenged genetics professor who's decided the time has come to find a wife. His questionnaire is intended to weed out anyone who's unsuitable. The trouble is, Don has rather high standards and doesn't really do flexible so, despite lots of takers - he looks like Gregory Peck - he's not having much success in identifying The One.When Rosie Jarman comes to his office, Don assumes it's to apply for the Wife Project - and duly discounts her on the grounds she smokes, drinks, doesn't eat meat, and is incapable of punctuality. However, Rosie has no interest in becoming Mrs Tillman and is actually there to enlist Don's assistance in a professional capacity: to help her find her biological father.Sometimes, though, you don't find love: love finds you. (it is definitely not a romance and has some very amusing moments)
Sing You Home by Jodi Picoult
Zoe Baxter has spent ten years trying to get pregnant, and after multiple miscarriages and infertility issues, it looks like her dream is about to come true. But a terrible turn of events leads to a nightmare--one that takes away her unborn baby and breaks apart her marriage to Max. In the aftermath, Zoe throws herself into her career as a music therapist. When Zoe is hired by Vanessa, a school counselor, their relationship blossoms, to Zoe's surprise, from business to love. Eventually Zoe and Vanessa want to start a family, using the frozen embryos she and Max still have. Meanwhile, Max has found peace at the bottom of a bottle--until he is redeemed by a charismatic pastor determined to fight the "homosexual agenda" that has threatened traditional family values. This mission becomes personal for Max when Zoe and Vanessa want permission to raise his unborn child. AsThe Washington Postsaid, "Picoult has become a master--almost a clairvoyant--at targeting hot issues and writing highly readable page turners."Sing You Home" is no exception and is sure to have people grappling with difficult questions about what defines a family.
And it comes with a CD of songs...
Due to a holiday looming for me this will be a four week run, although of course reviews can be put in any time after the review thread is posted. It is just easier for me to do this on my desk top rather than my IPad.
So suggestions for this time will be reviewed and new suggestions made, on Friday 26 April.
Meanwhile your suggestions for this time would be appreciated please.