Saturday, March 05, 2016

April Treasures in My Closet - Part 3

Are you sick and tired of these, and ready for this to be the last post of treasures in my closet this month? I'm sorry. I just have over three dozen books to be released in April, and I need to share.

Let's start with what looks like a powerful debut novel. I want to read it, and I can think of at least a couple friends who will be eager to pick up Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly. It features three women, Caroline Ferriday, a New York socialite and liaison to the French consulate whose life is forever changed when Hitler's army invades Poland in September 1939. There's Kasia Kuzmerick, a Polish teenager, a courier for the underground resistance movement. And, in Germany, Herta Oberheuser is an ambitious doctor who answers an ad for a government medical position, and finds herself trapped in a the realm of Nazi secrets and power. Best of all? It's "inspired by the life of a real World War II heroine". (Release date is April 5.)

In the latest Ann B. Ross book, Miss Julia Inherits a Mess, Miss Julia is the executor of an estate. Unfortunately, she must search through the mess Miss Mattie left behind to find something of value for the beneficiaries. (Release date is April 5.)

How about a modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice? Curtis Sittenfeld's Eligible introduces Liz, a magazine writer in her late thirties who, like her yoga instructor older sister, Jane, lives in New York City. When their father has a health scare, they return to their childhood home in Cincinnati to help, and find the family a mess. While they're home, "Enter Chip Bingley, a handsome doctor who recently appeared on the reality TV dating show Eligible. Chip takes an immediate interest in Jane, but Chip's friend neurosurgeon Fitzwilliam Dary reveals himself to Liz to be much less charming." (Release date is April 19.)

Or, maybe you're waiting for a novel of a forgotten Dutch painter. "In 1631, Sara de Vos becomes the first woman to be admitted as a master painter to the Guild of St. Luke in Holland." But, the rules for women only allowed her to paint still lives. In Dominic Smith's The Last Painting of Sara de Vos, he tells of the seventeenth-century painting that changes three lives: "the woman who paints it, the lawyer who inherits it, and the art history student who forges it." (Release date is April 5.)

S.D. Sykes' The Butcher Bird takes readers back to 14th century England in the years following the great plague. Young Lord Oswald de Lacy is trying to rebuild Somershill Manor. When a baby is found dead, and more children disappear, the rumor of the Butcher Bird starts to spread. In order to save the manor, Oswald must discover what is really happening in a story of murder and mystery. (Release date is April 4.)

In Shawn Vestal's debut novel, Daredevils, a teenage girl, Loretta, married off in 1974 to a fundamentalist as a "sister-wife", runs off with the man's nephew, a teenager who worships Evil Knievel and longs to leave his small Idaho town and the Mormon faith behind. It's a road novel and a coming-of-age story. (Release date is April 12.)

Thirst is Benjamin Warner's thriller about "the disturbing measures a couple and their neighbors take to survive when a strange force eliminates all water without warning." Eddie and Laura Chapman and their neighbors suffer the effects of the heat, their thirst, and the terrifying realization that no one is coming to help. "What might you do to survive?" (Release date is April 12.)

Kimberly Williams-Paisley's memoir, Where the Lights Gets In, sounds as if it will break hearts. It also sounds as if it should be read. The actress and wife of country music artist Brad Paisley also had to cope with the tragic secret that her mother was suffering from a rare form of dementia that slowly crippled her abilities. This is the story of family bonds and strength, love and acceptance. (Release date is April 5.)

The overview of Katherine Wilson's memoir is too good to pass up on using. Only in Naples is subtitled "Lessons in Food and Famiglia from My Italian Mother-in-Law". The overview says, "Full of lighthearted humor, sumptuous food, the wisdom of an Italian mother-in-law, and all the atmosphere of Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan Novels, this warm and witty memoir follows American-born Katherine Wilson on her adventures abroad. Thanks to a surprising romance—and a spirited woman who teaches her to laugh, to seize joy, and to love—a three-month rite of passage in Naples turns into a permanent embrace of this boisterous city on the Mediterranean." My kind of book. (Release date is April 19.)

The last two books arrived yesterday, so they're out of order. But, I'm still including them in the list of April's forthcoming books. First, another debut novel, Kemper Donovan's The Decent Proposal. It's a romantic comedy about two very different people whose lives change when they receive a strange proposition. Richard is a Hollywood producer at twenty-nine, hungover, broke and handsome. Elizabeth is thirty-three, living a quiet life and on the way to becoming a partner in her law firm. Then, an anonymous benefactor offers them the chance to split one million dollars if they agree to spend two hours a week together for a year. Sound interesting? They think so. (Release date is April 5.)

And, I'll end with the thirtieth book in Mary Daheim's zany Bed-and-Breakfast mystery series, Here Comes the Bride. Innkeeper and amateur sleuth Judith McGonigle Flynn has her hands full with a body in the backyard at Hillside Manor, and a guest who claims she's his long-lost mother. Now, her guest wants compensation for his mother's abandonment, although Judith has never heard of him. (Release date is April 5.)

Today just might be the most interesting one of the three days of Treasures in My Closet. What do you think?


Kay said...

Over 3 dozen books? Wow. I think that LILAC GIRLS looks interesting. And I'd go for ELIGIBLE, maybe. I still like SENSE & SENSIBILITY better. THIRST sounds very scary. Very. Maybe because I live in a place that has had and continues to have water issues. I'm not sure about reading that one - certainly not in summer. LOL

Glen Davis said...

I like these previews.

To be honest, the book I'm most looking forward to in April is a western, The Big Showdown, second book in the Caleb York series by Mickey Spillane and Max Allan Collins.

Anonymous said...

Wow, Lesa -- so many of these dozens of books sound very promising -- and I hope my library gets them all! I'm looking at the Steve Berry book, the Janet Dawson, Con Lehane, and Wendy Hornsby books in particular and so many others that look great too. There are definitely a lot of books to check out! Thanks for posting all these.

Susan R.

Darlene Wright said...

I think The Last Painting of Sara de Vos sounds so interesting! Want to read that one. Thanks for sharing these!

TFJ said...

Only in Naples and The Decent Proposal struck me. My library has the first one and I'll order the second one. Thanks, Lesa.


Lesa said...

I originally started my blog so I could share my love of books. Thanks for allowing me to talk books with all of you, and thanks for telling me which books sound interesting to you.

Nancy said...

I follow the Miss Julie series and the Judith McGonigle series, so that's good news. Less, you are tempting me with a few others, too.

T. Blake Braddy said...

The premise for Thirst seems really interesting. Can't wait for that one to come out.

Lesa said...

I'm so grateful you stopped by, everyone. Nancy, it's my goal to tempt readers.

Reine said...

Never get tired of your reviews and reports!

Love the cover on The Lilac Girls. Think I might like to read that next.

Lesa said...

Thank you, Reine! I agree with you. The Lilac Girls just looks good.