And so it begins. You’re probably as excited as I am. Feel free to join in if you’ve also got a crap-tonne of book samples on your Kindle.
Misfortune by Wesley Stace
Why I have it: No idea.
Summary: Lord Loveall is the richest man in England. He has no heir. He finds a baby. Names the baby Rose in honour of his beloved dead sister. Everyone pleased that the family name will be continued, so they ignore the fact that Rose is actually a boy.
I’m thinking: Hell yes. It’s Kate Manning’s My Notorious Life meets Downton Abbey.
The Nature of Ice by Robyn Mundy
Why I have it: Fairly sure it was recommended to me…
Summary: Woman travels to Antarctica to undertake a photographic expedition. But is also escaping relationship issues. Antarctica changes everything.
I’m thinking: No. Too heavy on the romance and flowery words for my liking (because of this line – “As intimately as a lover, he combs back threads of her white-blonde hair blown across her face while she stands mesmerised, leaning toward his touch.”).
The German Bride by Joanna Hershon
Why I have it: Attracted by the German in New Mexico factor.
Summary: Berlin, 1865. A young girl begins an affair with an artist. It’s not appropriate. She makes a hasty match with a man deemed suitable. They relocate to Santa Fe where she struggles to build a new life.
I’m thinking: Probably not – didn’t love the dialogue.
So, three samples down, eleventy-million to go. Have I made the wrong call on any of the books above?