Two books as usual, even if we don't get many to choose between we get to see books we might not have found ourselves.
The House at Midnight - Lucie Whitehouse
When Lucas inherits Stoneborough Manor after his uncle's unexpected death, he imagines it as a place where he and his close circle of friends can spend time away from London. But from the beginning, the house changes everything. Lucas becomes haunted by the death of his uncle and obsessed by cine films of him and his friends at Stoneborough thirty years earlier. The group is disturbingly similar to their own, and within the claustrophobic confines of the house over a hot, decadent summer, secrets escape from the past and sexual tensions escalate, shattering friendships and changing lives irrevocably.
Summertime - Vanessa Lafaye
In the small town of Heron Key, where the relationships are as tangled as the mangrove roots in the swamp, everyone is preparing for the 4th of July barbecue, unaware that their world is about to change for ever. Missy, maid to the Kincaid family, feels she has wasted her life pining for Henry, who went to fight on the battlefields of France. Now he has returned with a group of other desperate, destitute veterans, unsure of his future, ashamed of his past.
Aprons and Silver Spoons by Mollie Moran
At just 14 Mollie Moran left behind her days of running wild in the Norfolk countryside to take up a position in the kitchens of a stately London town house. Getting through the endless chores, mucking about with her fellow servants and flirting with Alan the footman and Harrods errand boys, Mollie quickly rose through the ranks, becoming part of the house's own peculiar customs and rituals.
Finding Emma by Steena Holmes
A mother’s near-obsessive devotion to her missing daughter threatens to destroy more than one family.
Megan is the harried but happy stay-at-home mother of three little girls living in a small town. Her life implodes when her youngest daughter, Emma, disappears on her third birthday.
Two years later, Megan is preparing to commemorate Emma’s birthday and the anniversary of her kidnapping, compelled to keep her name alive in the minds of her community and her family. Her commitment to Emma, however, borderlines on obsession as she follows the families of little girls who look like the daughter she lost.
Her obsession with finding Emma has distanced Megan from both friends and family. Her two older daughters are resentful of her relentless and fruitless search for their sister, and her husband pleads with her to accept that Emma is gone so that the family can move on with their lives.
Meanwhile, in the same small town, Jack is beginning to question his wife’s secrecy about their adored granddaughter, Emmie. As Dottie slips into dementia and becomes increasingly protective over Emmie, he can’t help but wonder if there could be a dark secret that Dottie is keeping from him.
Jack and Megan’s worlds finally intersect at the town carnival, when Megan snaps a photograph of a little girl on her grandfather’s shoulders.
Just What Kind of Mother Are You? by Paula Daly
What if your best friend's child disappears? And it's all your fault.
This is exactly what happens to Lisa Kallisto (overwhelmed working mother of three) one freezing December in the Lake District. She takes her eye off the ball for just a moment and her whole world descends into a nightmare. Her best friend's thirteen-year-old daughter Lucinda has gone missing and now, devastated by this publicly blamed. Lisa sets out right the wrong.
But as she begins peeling away the layers surrounding Lucinda's disappearnce, Lisa learns that the quiet town she lives in isn't what she thought it was, and her friends may not be who they appear to be, either.
and on a lighter note..
A Good Yarn - by Debbie Macomber
Lydia Hoffman owns the shop on Blossom Street. In the year since it opened, A Good Yarn has thrived—and so has Lydia. A lot of that is due to Brad Goetz. But when Brad's ex-wife reappears, Lydia is suddenly afraid to trust her newfound happiness.
Three women join Lydia's newest class. Elise Beaumont, retired and bitterly divorced, learns that her onetime husband is re-entering her life. Bethanne Hamlin is facing the fallout from a much more recent divorce. And Courtney Pulanski is a depressed and overweight teenager, whose grandmother's idea of helping her is to drag her to seniors' swim sessions—and to the knitting class at A Good Yarn.
Well we are just waiting for Glossie Ann's two books..
I am able to get all four books so far, though might have to wait for Summertime.
And I wasn't hurrying because I don't usually need to :-D
The heart’s Citadel by Anita Burgh
1913 and the world is on the brink of war, yet on the estate of Cresswell Manor in Devon the summer seems endless.
Hannah, only daughter of the Cresswells, becomes involved with the suffragettes and dreams of falling in love;headstrong and spoiled Esmeralda deceives her husband for the strangest of reasons; Lettuce longs for freedom from her brute of a husband; young Mortimer Cresswell appals his mother by falling in love with an estate worker's daughter, while his brother, Felix causes heartbreak in his pursuit of pleasure.
Caught up in their own lives, the Cresswells seem ignorant that war is looming and that soon the world will alter beyond their wildest dreams - or fears....
Park Lane by Frances Osborne
London 1914. War looms, suffragettes are on the march and two young women at 35 Park Lane dream of breaking free.Below stairs, housemaid Grace Campbell is struggling. Her family believe she is a secretary, and when asked to send home more money than she earns, Grace gets into trouble.
Meanwhile Miss Beatrice, daughter of the house, is fatigued with the social season. The call of Mrs Pankhurst's captivating world of militant suffragettes means Bea is soon playing a dangerous game that will throw her in the path of a man her mother wouldn't let through the front door.
Then war comes and it is not just their secrets - now on a collision course - that will change their lives for good.
Gosh both of them mentioning suffragettes and the war.. and I can get your two as well.. so anything goes... though there is only one copy of Anita Burgh's but it is due back by 14th.