Apr 9, 2016

Sunday Salon: Winter's Last Hurrah

Welcome to the Sunday Salon where bloggers share their reading each week. Visit The Sunday Post hosted by The Caffeinated Bookreviewer.
Also visit Mailbox Monday, and It's Monday, What Are You Reading? hosted by Book Date. 

Snow surprised us this morning, as almost eight inches fell overnight. It was very picturesque while it lasted, but the sun came out later and melted much of it from the trees and sidewalks. It may have been winter's last hurrah, at least we hope so. 

New books for review, a variety of genres:

Wedding Girl by Stacey Ballis, to be released May 3, 2016 by Berkley
Top pastry chef Sophie Bernstein and her sommelier fiancé were set to have Chicago’s culinary wedding of the year…until the groom eloped with someone else in a very public debacle, leaving Sophie fifty grand in debt on her dream wedding and then losing her job and her home…. Sophie moves in with her grandmother, Bubbles, and looks for a new career.
The Kingdom by Fuminori Nakamura, to be released July 12, 2016; advance uncopyedited edition from Soho Press. A noir novel about a freelancer in the Tokyo underworld who blackmails for an unknown organization for her living, until someone discovers her secrets. 
Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll, published April 5, 2016 by Simon & Schuster. 
Ani FaNelli is the woman you love to hate. The woman who has it all. But when Ani's immaculate façade begins to crack, she soon realises that there's always a price to pay for perfection.
And After the Fire by Lauren Belfer, to be released May 3, 2016 by Harper.  A novel inspired by historical events—about two women, one European and one American, and the mysterious choral masterpiece by Johann Sebastian Bach that changes both their lives.
The Summer Guest, historical fiction by Alison Anderson, tp be released May 24, 2016 by HarperCollins. Blinded by a fatal illness, young Ukrainian doctor Zinaida Lintvaryova is living on her family’s rural estate in the summer of 1888. When a family from Moscow rents a cottage on the grounds, Zinaida develops a deep bond with one of their sons, a doctor and writer of modest but growing fame called Anton Pavlovich Chekhov.
LaRose by Louise Erdrich, to be released May 10, 2016 by Harper. A contemporary tale of a tragic accident, a demand for justice, and a profound act of atonement with ancient roots in indigenous culture.

Contemporary fiction, thrillers, and historical fiction - a lot to read this spring!
What's on your reading desk this spring? 


  1. Gorgeous "last hurrah." The books look very tempting, too. I'm curious about Luckiest Girl Alive. Enjoy!

  2. I used to follow Stacey on social media but she seems to have disappeared from my feeds.

    Keen to hear what you think of Luckiest Girl Alive. I really (really) struggled with Ani!

  3. Wow- look at that snow. It snowed a bit here too, but not that much! And yes, let's hope winter is done after this. :) The Kingdom sounds like a very fun read- I like the Japan setting and the crime vibe.

  4. It seems like Winter doesn't want to let go here either, we got snow the last few days but nothing stuck. Those books sound interesting.

  5. Wow.. Love that picture. Beautifull!! Now summer can definitely start.

    Love your book haul.. looks like you got some great ones.

    Have a great week and happy reading! ;)

  6. yup we had a blizzard last week too WTH??? pretty picture tough :) Enjoy your books they look great :)

  7. Beautiful picture! We surprisingly had very light & brief snow flurries here in VA yesterday. It looks like you have some great new books ahead for you.

  8. Lovely, lovely picture but, I do understand how you are wishing it goodbye for good LOL

  9. Happy snow day!

    We sometimes get late storms here on Long Island. So far we have escaped them this year.

    Those books look really good. It is really good to read a variety of genres.

  10. Wow! That's quite a lot of snow! It's definitely beautiful though I think I'd be ready for it to go away too. Enjoy your books and have a great week!

  11. Both the historical fiction novels sound good to me. I look forward to reading your reviews.

  12. Even though I am tired of snow, it does look beautiful and your photo is just that! And wow, what a great bunch of books! Luckiest Girl Alive is everywhere! I am intrigued by The Kingdom though! Thanks for sharing! And have a great week!

  13. That photo is gorgeous! We got almost no snow this year which was kind of sad.

    Luckiest Girl Alive is at the top of my TBR list. I'm just waiting for my turn at the library. The Summer Guest sounds really interesting too!

  14. The snow looks beautiful but I am sure you're very ready for the springtime. Enjoy your reading this week, Harvee!

  15. That snow scene is stunning but am sure its not so much fun living in it. Will be interested to hear what you think of Nakamura's latest. I've only read his first novel The Thief but found that engaging.

  16. What a lovely picture! LaRose is on my radar, anxious to read that one. Good list. Happy Reading!

  17. The Kingdom sounds intriguing, and beautiful picture. Enjoy reading this week!

    My It's Monday! What Are You Reading? post.

  18. Eight inches of snow? Wow...we didn't get that much in Pittsburgh. We definitely dodged a bullet.

    Has it melted quickly?

    Nice bunch of books...ENJOY!!

    Silver's Reviews
    My Mailbox Monday

  19. Wonderful picture even though I'm really glad its warm and sunny by me.
    Hope you enjoy your books.
    Have a great week.

  20. I read Lauren Belfer's City of Light a few years ago and really enjoyed it. I think I'd enjoy this new one of of hers. I'll be interested in what you think.

  21. Definitely a nice mix, enjoy them.

  22. I finished "Wedding Girl" this past week...definitely a fun read!

  23. I was so glad we dodged the snow bullet. I am tired of that stuff.

  24. Love love love that photo! Your books sound good, especially Wedding Girl.


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