Tuesday, January 19, 2021

01.19.2021 AT THE EDGE OF THE HAIGHT @algonquinbooks



Publisher : Algonquin Books (January 19, 2021)
Language: : English
Hardcover : 304 pages
ISBN-10 : 1643750232



The 10th Winner of the 2019 PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction, Awarded by Barbara Kingsolver

“What a read this is, right from its startling opening scene. But even more than plot, it’s the richly layered details that drive home a lightning bolt of empathy. To read At the Edge of the Haight is to live inside the everyday terror and longings of a world that most of us manage not to see, even if we walk past it on sidewalks every day. At a time when more Americans than ever find themselves at the edge of homelessness, this book couldn’t be more timely.”
—Barbara Kingsolver, author of Unsheltered and The Poisonwood Bible

Maddy Donaldo, homeless at twenty, has made a family of sorts in the dangerous spaces of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. She knows whom to trust, where to eat, when to move locations, and how to take care of her dog. It’s the only home she has. When she unwittingly witnesses the murder of a young homeless boy and is seen by the perpetrator, her relatively stable life is upended. Suddenly, everyone from the police to the dead boys’ parents want to talk to Maddy about what she saw. As adults pressure her to give up her secrets and reunite with her own family before she meets a similar fate, Maddy must decide whether she wants to stay lost or be found. Against the backdrop of a radically changing San Francisco, a city which embraces a booming tech economy while struggling to maintain its culture of tolerance, At the Edge of the Haight follows the lives of those who depend on makeshift homes and communities.

As judge Hillary Jordan says, “This book pulled me deep into a world I knew little about, bringing the struggles of its young, homeless inhabitants—the kind of people we avoid eye contact with on the street—to vivid, poignant life. The novel demands that you take a close look. If you knew, could you still ignore, fear, or condemn them? And knowing, how can you ever forget?”

MY REVIEW:

On my way home from work every day, I pass by a small homeless encampment under the bridge. One night, I saw a young family with teens as I was waiting for the stop light. In that brief moment, I saw the residents of that small homeless community and wondered to myself how they are surviving. They seem t have formed a community where each of them care for each other, protecting each other, and supporting each other.

Reading this book by Katherine Seligman “At The Edge of the Haight”, really brought me back to what happens in those lives - the homeless population whom we feel are a part of society’s on-going issue, a sign of a deteriorating community, a nuisance, or a problem with the way mental health is being addressed in this country. Seligman did a fantastic job of portraying a very realistic picture of the lives of the young homeless and how some find this as a chosen lifestyle.

The story is entirely captivating, immersive, an eye-opening glimpse into the lives of these young people – including their struggles in this emotional and thought provoking read.

I really enjoyed and loved this book.

Thank you @algonquinbooks for providing an ARC and having me in this book tour. All opinions are my own. 
 



AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT


Katherine Seligman is a journalist and author who lives in San Francisco. She has been a writer at the San Francisco Chronicle Magazine, a reporter at the San Francisco Examiner and a correspondent at USA Today. Her work has appeared in Redbook, Life, Money, California Magazine, the anthology Fresh Takes and elsewhere.


Sunday, January 17, 2021

01.17.2021 Georgana's Secret @Austenprose

 


Title: Georgana's Secret (Proper Romance Regency)
Author: Arlem Hawks
Genre: Historical Romance, Regency Romance, Inspirational Fiction
Publisher: Shadow Mountain Publishing (January 12, 2021)
Length: (320) pages
Trade Paperback ISBN: 978-1629727929
eBook ASIN: B08Q5MW1SG
Audiobook ASIN: B08RLRZ65Q
Tour Dates: January 11 – February 14, 2021 

BOOK DESCRIPTION:

A Regency romance on the high seas. Two hearts yearning to find a safe harbor, and possibly, a lasting love.

As a young girl, Georgana Woodall dreamed of beautiful dresses, fancy balls, and falling in love. However, when her mother dies, she cannot face a future under the guardianship of her abusive grandmother and instead chooses to join her father on his ship disguised as his cabin boy, "George."

Lieutenant Dominic Peyton has no time in his life for love, not with his dedication to His Majesty's Royal Navy claiming his full attention. While trying to adjust to a new crew, he strives to be an exemplary officer and leader. When he sees the captain's cabin boy being harassed by the crew, he immediately puts a stop to it and takes the "boy" under his wing. After discovering a number of clues, Dominic deduces that George is really a woman. Knowing that revealing the cabin boy's secret would put her in serious danger from the rowdy crew, Dominic keeps silent and hides his growing affection for her.

Georgana is quickly losing her heart to Dominic's compassion and care but is convinced nothing can come of her affection. She cannot continue to live her life on the sea, and having already missed too many seasons in London, her chances of being welcomed back into polite society and finding a suitable husband are quickly slipping away.

 

ADVANCE PRAISE:

"Hawks crafts a spellbinding tale featuring rich characters and raw emotions set against the atmospheric backdrop of sea life in all its danger and beauty. Georgana is a tough protagonist holding her own in a world dominated by men, while Peyton's charm and sensitivity marks him as a true gentleman. A hidden identity, flirtation, and treachery make for a rousing tale to captivate lovers of historical romances."— Publishers Weekly

“This tale felt sweepingly cinematic at times and was both action-packed and heart-wrenching with an immersive narrative.”— Katie Jackson, RegencyProofreading.com

Arlem Hawks wove a magnificent tale of adventure and deception and delivered a happy ever after that was as unconventional as the rest of the story. With so many stories of romance out there, it is refreshing when one comes along that is very different than the stories that I am used to. A little adventure always livens things up fabulously.”— Emily Flynn, Reading with Emily

"Fans of sweet love stories as well as readers who fondly remember those marvelous old traditional Signet Regencies will quickly succumb to the siren song of Hawk’s expertly crafted novel, which delivers the perfect blend of Jane Austen-smart romance and Patrick O’Brian flavored seafaring adventure. Teen romance readers will cheer on the plucky heroine as she finds the courage to forge her own path in life and love."— Booklist, starred review




MY REVIEW:

Georgana’s Secret by Ariel Hawks was the very first book I chose to read for 2021. There has been an amazing growth and popularity for the readership of Regency romance as of late and I really wanted to read more of this genre this year. I am so glad I did, since I devoured this book over the holiday weekend - loving the characters and the exciting story of how Georgana’s disguise as George was discovered while a budding romance ensued. Georgana’s character stayed with me long after I read the book. Her strength and determination really showed how she was a woman well ahead of her time and one of my favorite heroines in recent reads.

Haws wrote a spellbinding proper Regency romance story set in the high seas 1811. I thought this was a fun read where a young woman, Georgana Woodall disguised herself as the Captain’s cabin boy ‘George’ to sail with his father, the Captain of the ship to escape her abusive grandmother whom she had to live with when her mother passed away. Leaving one abusive situation was quickly replaced by another, among the ships’ crew who was jealous of George’s favor with the Captain. Lieutenant Dominic Peyton witness to the bullying by some members of the crew takes George under his wing teaching self defense and survival skills while in the ship. What happens next is a sweet and tender romance as Dominic discovers Georgana’s secret.

I thought the writing was immersive and rich in accurate historical detail. I think young adult readers will really enjoy this sweet story and amazing well written characters. The reality and hardship of life in the ship made me flinch and broke my heart for how a young woman chooses to remain in hiding to be with her father enduring all the abuse, rather than being in London society at the time. I really appreciated how Hawks wrote Georgana’s character so well into the story.

I really loved and enjoyed this book.

Thank you Laurel Ann Nattress @austenprose for having me in this blog tour.
 

AUTHOR BIO:



Arlem Hawks began making up stories before she could write. Living all over the Western United States and traveling around the world gave her a love of cultures and people and the stories they have to tell. With her travels came an interest in history, especially the history of her English heritage. When she isn't writing, Arlem is baking her characters' favorite foods, sewing Regency dresses, learning how to play the tin whistle, and water coloring. She lives in Arizona with her husband and two children. Having previously published four historical romance novellas, Georgana’s Secret is her debut novel.

 

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THE BLOG TOUR BLURB:

 

Join the virtual blog tour of GEORGANA’S SECRET (Proper Romance Regency), Arlem Hawks’ highly acclaimed debut historical romance novel January 11 – February 14, 2021. Over forty-five popular blogs specializing in historical romance, inspirational fiction, and Austenesque fiction will join in the celebration of its release with excerpts, spotlights, and reviews of this new Regency-era novel set aboard a Royal Naval ship.

 


BLOG TOUR SCHEDULE:

 

Jan 11            My Jane Austen Book Club                                Excerpt

Jan 11            Austenprose — A Jane Austen Blog               Review

Jan 12            Wishful Endings                                                     Review

Jan 12            Lu Reviews Books                                                 Review

Jan 13            Lady with a Quill                                                     Review

Jan 13            Timeless Novels                                                     Review

Jan 14            Reading is My Superpower                                 Review

Jan 14            The Bibliophile Files                                             Review

Jan 15            Randi Loves 2 Read                                              Review

Jan 16            The Christian Fiction Girl                                     Excerpt

Jan 17            Nurse Bookie                                                          Review

Jan 18            The Silver Petticoat Review                                Review

Jan 18            Heidi Reads                                                             Review

Jan 19            Bookfoolery                                                             Review

Jan 20            Captivated Reading                                               Review

Jan 21            Greenish Bookshelf                                              Review

Jan 21            Bookworm Lisa                                                      Review

Jan 22            Among the Reads                                                 Review

Jan 23            Gwedalyn's Books                                                 Review

Jan 24            My Bookish Bliss                                                   Review

Jan 25            Wishful Endings                                                     Excerpt

Jan 25            Christian Chick's Thoughts                                Review

Jan 26            Relz Reviewz                                                           Review

Jan 27            The Lit Bitch                                                            Review

Jan 28            Reading with Emily                                                Review

Jan 29            Books, Teacups & Reviews                                Review

Jan 30            A Darn Good Read                                                 Review

Jan 31            From Pemberley to Milton                                   Spotlight

Jan 31            Impressions in Ink                                                 Review

Feb 01            Austenesque Reviews                                          Review

Feb 02            Laura's Reviews                                                     Review

Feb 03            Literary Time Out                                                   Review

Feb 04            Chicks, Rogues & Scandals                               Excerpt

Feb 05            The Bluestocking                                                   Review

Feb 05            Library of Clean Reads                                        Review

Feb 06            The Caffeinated Bibliophile                                 Spotlight

Feb 07            So Little Time…                                                      Spotlight

Feb 08            The Readathon                                                       Review

Feb 09            The Book Diva Reads                                           Excerpt

Feb 09            Books and Socks Rock                                        Review

Feb 10            Our Book Confessions                                         Review

Feb 10            Encouraging Words from the Tea Queen       Spotlight

Feb 11            Rosanne E. Lortz                                                   Review

Feb 11            Jorie Loves a Story                                               Review

Feb 12            Fire & Ice                                                                  Excerpt

Feb 13            Cup of Tea with that Book, Please                    Review

Feb 14            Book Confessions of an Ex-ballerina               Review

 

 

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Saturday, January 16, 2021

01/16/2021BEAUTY AMONG RUINS ANOVEL BY J'Nell Ciesielski

 


Beauty Among Ruins by J'nell Ciesielski

Publication Date: January 12, 2021
Thomas Nelson
Paperback, eBook, & Audiobook

Genre: Historical Fiction/Romance/Scottish


In Ciesielski’s latest sweeping romance, an American heiress finds herself in Scotland amid the fallout of the Great War, and a wounded Scottish laird comes face-to-face with his past and a woman he never could have expected.

American socialite Lily Durham is known for enjoying one moment to the next, with little regard for the consequences of her actions. But just as she is banished overseas to England as a “cure” for her frivolous ways, the Great War breaks out and wreaks havoc. She joins her cousin in nursing the wounded at a convalescent home deep in the wilds of Scotland at a crumbling castle where its laird is less than welcoming.

Alec MacGregor has given his entire life to preserving his home of Kinclavoch Castle, but mounting debts force him to sell off his family history bit by bit. Labeled a coward for not joining his countrymen in the trenches due to an old injury, he opens his home to the Tommies to make recompense while he keeps to the shadows. But his preference for the shadows is shattered when a new American nurse comes streaming into the castle on a burst of light.

Lily and Alec are thrown together when a series of mysterious events threatens to ruin the future of Kinclavoch. Can they put aside their differences to find the culprit before it’s too late, or will their greatest distraction be falling in love?

'A Scottish lord and an American socialite discover love during WWI in this gorgeous historical romance from Ciesielski (The Socialite)...The undercurrent of mystery and Ciesielski's unflinching approach to the harsh realities of wartime only enhance the love story. Readers are sure to be impressed.' --Publishers Weekly

Amazon | Barnes and Noble | IndieBoundMY REVIEW:


MY REVIEW:

Lily Durham an American Socialite was banished to England by her parents to learn how to become a proper lady. Unfortunately while there, the Great War has started, and finds Lily and Betty working as nurses to help wounded soldiers in Scotland. Wounded soldiers are convalescing in Alec MacGregor home, the Kinclavoch Castle whom he has spent his whole life preserving.

Ciesielski wrote a gorgeous story rich in amazing historical fiction details in the backdrop of World War I Scotland, a bit of mystery, and full of heart and strong characters that I became so invested in reading. I was so immersed in the story I had even learned a few Scottish words I started using around the house to my family’s dismay! Aye!

For a gorgeous historical fiction romance read set during the Great War and a castle in Scotland, pick this up!


About the Author

With a passion for heart-stopping adventure and sweeping love stories, J’nell Ciesielski weaves fresh takes into romances of times gone by. When not creating dashing heroes and daring heroines, she can be found dreaming of Scotland, indulging in chocolate of any kind, or watching old black and white movies. Winner of the Romance Through the Ages Award and the Maggie Award, she is a Florida native who now lives in Virginia with her husband, daughter, and lazy beagle.

Learn more at www.jnellciesielski.com. You can also find J'nell on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and Goodreads.

Blog Tour Schedule

Wednesday, January 6
Review at Pursuing Stacie

Thursday, January 7
Review at Read Review Rejoice

Friday, January 8
Review at The Green Mockingbird

Saturday, January 9
Review at Reading is My Remedy

Monday, January 11
Review at Jorie Loves A Story

Tuesday, January 12
Interview at Books & Benches

Wednesday, January 13
Review at Chicks, Rogues and Scandals

Thursday, January 14
Excerpt at Heidi Reads

Friday, January 15
Review at The Lit Bitch
Review at Amy's Booket List

Saturday, January 16
Review at Nursebookie

Monday, January 18
Review at Books, Cooks, Looks

Tuesday, January 19
Guest Post at Novels Alive

Wednesday, January 20
Review at Novels Alive

Thursday, January 21
Review at Hallie Reads

Friday, January 22
Review at Gwendalyn's Books

Giveaway

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The giveaway is open to the US only and ends on January 22nd. You must be 18 or older to enter.

Beauty Among Ruins

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

01.12.2021 EVERYWHERE YOU DON'T BELONG

 


Publisher : Algonquin Books (January 12, 2021)
Language: : English
Paperback : 288 pages
ISBN-10 : 1643750852

In this alternately witty and heartbreaking debut novel, Gabriel Bump gives us an unforgettable protagonist, Claude McKay Love. Claude isn’t dangerous or brilliant—he’s an average kid coping with abandonment, violence, riots, failed love, and societal pressures as he steers his way past the signposts of youth: childhood friendships, basketball tryouts, first love, first heartbreak, picking a college, moving away from home.

Claude just wants a place where he can fit. As a young black man born on the South Side of Chicago, he is raised by his civil rights–era grandmother, who tries to shape him into a principled actor for change; yet when riots consume his neighborhood, he hesitates to take sides, unwilling to let race define his life. He decides to escape Chicago for another place, to go to college, to find a new identity, to leave the pressure cooker of his hometown behind. But as he discovers, he cannot; there is no safe haven for a young black man in this time and place called America.

Percolating with fierceness and originality, attuned to the ironies inherent in our twenty-first-century landscape, Everywhere You Don’t Belong marks the arrival of a brilliant young talent.




MY REVIEW:

EVERYWHERE YOU DON'T BELONG by debut author Gabriel Bump is a phenomenal story that I read in one sitting. It's funny, it's real, it's witty, it's brilliant, it's a great quick read. The story is about the life story and experience of Claude Mckay Love who grew up in the South Side of Chicago. He was raised by his grandmother and her friend Paul after his parents end up abandoning him as a young child. The stories within the chapters are Calude's personal experience as he sees the world growing up as a young black man trying to escape the South Side after the riots. Claude eventually moves to Missouri for college and no matter his escape, he finds himself dealing with the same issues - complete irony for a black man living the life in twenty-first-century America.

I found this book to be well written and an anthem for our youth, and for anyone feeling the need to belong, or had ever experienced a sense of alienation and abandonment. This is a book that will feel like a friend that just completely understands and laughs along side you.

Well done! I highly recommend.





2020 MOST ANTICIPATED/BEST OF LISTS:

The New York Times: “100 Notable Books of 2020”

Chicago Public Library: “Best of the Best Books of 2020”

Buzzfeed: “These Are Our Most Highly Anticipated Books Of 2020”

Chicago Tribune: “10 Books to Read in Winter 2020!”

The Millions: “Most Anticipated: The Great First-Half 2020 Book Preview”

Library Journal: “2020 Titles to Watch: Your guide to the year's most anticipated books”



“A comically dark coming-of-age story about growing up on the South Side of Chicago, but it’s also social commentary at its finest, woven seamlessly into the work… Bump’s meditation on belonging and not belonging, where or with whom, how love is a way home no matter where you are, is handled so beautifully that you don’t know he’s hypnotized you until he’s done.”

—Tommy Orange, The New York Times Book Review


“A witty coming-of-age tale … Bump’s first book manages to be both crazy funny – and deadly serious.”

—People


“This book is astonishing. You'll be smiling even as your heart is breaking, and you'll tip willingly into this world Bump offers you because what appears again and again are spectacular beams of light, also called love, also called hope, also called family. Gabriel Bump has established himself as a stunning talent to be reckoned with.”

—Maaza Mengiste, author of The Shadow King


“Briskly paced… Bump makes his novel debut with hilarious yet ruthless insight. He mixes his observations of the systemic racism and cycle of unrest with the ridiculousness of and unrelenting affection for human nature. There is no time for hand-wringing or self-pity, but even amidst the injustice and fight for survival, there's time for human contact and love.”

—Salon.com


Everywhere You Don’t Belong is “classic bildungsroman, made better by a lot of love for warts-and-all Chicago, and I see dashes of Percival Everett in Bump’s deadpan, how his characters cross the stage with a sashay (and sometimes more). Welcome, Claude! We’re glad you’re here.”

—The Paris Review Daily (Staff Pick)


“A charming wit infuses Bump’s debut novel… Bump’s coming-of-age narrative is propelled by wonderful vignettes with uncannily real dialogue marked by his beguiling humor and insight.”

—The National Book Review


“[A] pointedly affecting debut novel… With deft writing and rat-a-tat, laugh-until-you-gasp-at-the-implications dialog, Bump delivers a singular sense of growing up black that will resonate with readers.”

—Library Journal (Starred Review)


“Astute and touching… Bump balances his heavy subject matter with a healthy dose of humor, but the highlight is Claude, a complex, fully developed protagonist who anchors everything. Readers will be moved in following his path to young adulthood.”

—Publishers Weekly


“Everywhere You Don’t Belong is an excellent coming-of-age novel that will make you laugh when you least expect it.”
—Shelf Awareness


“A sharply funny debut novel that introduces an irreverent comic voice… By telling it in short vignettes rather than a traditional narrative, [Bump] creates striking images and memorable dialogue that vibrate with the life of Chicago's South Side…Genuinely hilarious…distinct and funny…[and] abundant in laughs.”

—Kirkus Reviews



“Bump’s first novel is a clipped and penetrating look at adolescent hope in the face of powerful social forces.”

—Booklist


“Sometimes you open a book and you know from the very first page, this thing's alive. You know what I mean? (How often does this not happen? You open a book and it’s just a book?) Gabriel Bump's Everywhere You Don't Belong's got a racing pulse, and a beautiful propulsion, a ton of humor, wonderful dialogue, deep characterization, and cold-eyed-truth.”

—Peter Orner, author of Maggie Brown & Others


“An affecting story told in brisk, sometimes witty language with dialog that positively snaps, crackles, and pops off the page.”

—Library Journal (Pre-Pub Alert)


“This coming-of-age story, which ends on a surprisingly solid note, needs Claude to align his past and his future. Even though the violence and brutality of his childhood reappear, so does the familiarity of love.”

—Bookreporter.com


“In Everywhere You Don’t Belong, Gabriel Bump completely, beautifully, and energetically illuminates the heretofore unrecognized lines connecting Ellison's Invisible Man to Johnson's Jesus’ Son. This is a startling, original, and hilarious book. I look forward to reading it again.”

—Adam Levin, author of The Instructions


“[A] spiraling coming-of-age tale about abandonment and perseverance. …sparks with originality…The ripped from the headlines plot of Everywhere You Don’t Belong draws instant interest.”

—Foreword Reviews


"A brilliant and harrowing debut.”

—Noy Holland, author of Bird


"Some works you read them and you sense that you will never quite engage life as you did before. Bump is a storyteller at the top of his game, testifying through characters we love and hate, with dialogue so lean, mean and ready, its explosive. Everywhere You Don’t Belong is a literary blues, raw and rowdy and big and brawling, yet smooth and polished and crafty, a novel that a city like Chicago deserves. Gabriel has achieved here that special confluence of the writer, the craft, and the moment that makes art we cannot afford to ignore, especially at this moment.”

—Arthur Flowers, author of Another Good Loving Blues and I See the Promised Land


“One solace for living in dark times is they conjure singular new artists like Gabriel Bump whose visions may shepherd us into the light. Everywhere You Don't Belong is a startlingly powerful novel, an unusual concentration of opposing forces—blind rage vs. empathy, comedy vs. tragedy, despair vs. hope—that resists every label it evokes: picaresque, bildungsroman, generational family saga, political novel, comic novel, love story. It’s all of those things at once and much more—an instant American classic for the post-Ferguson/Trump era.”

—Jeff Parker, author of Ovenman


“Bump’s vivid depiction of Chicago’s South Shore neighborhood gives readers a feel for the world of young Claude McKay Love…Thoughtful, political and surprisingly funny. Everywhere You Don’t Belong is a powerful debut from a promising new voice in fiction.”

—News-Gazette [Champaign, IL]


“Bump writes about the evolution of Claude and Janice with a thoughtfulness captured in clear, and sometimes very short sentences, which may be a nod to Bump’s interest in Stuart Dybek. Bump also captures a deep sense of loss as he documents the stories of Claude’s classmates and friends.”

—New City Lit


“Bump’s prose is tight and clean, a pleasure to read…The characters come to life not through adjectives, but through their dialogue…Bump’s sentences sizzle with perfectly timed humor and interiority. The novel makes you laugh out loud, but also nod at its poignancy on issues of class and racism. Of all the novel’s virtues, its biggest achievement might be the way it confronts a common narrative of the South Side experience while giving voice to a greater and more universal experience — the spectacular average.”

—Chicago Review of Books









Gabriel Bump is from South Shore, Chicago. He received his MFA in Fiction from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Gabriel’s first two novels—Everywhere You Don’t Belong and The New Naturals—are forthcoming from Algonquin Books.




01.12.2021 THE PERFECT GUESTS by Emma Rous PUB: Berkley



  • Publisher : Berkley (January 12, 2021)
    Language: : English
    Paperback : 304 pages
    ISBN-10 : 0440000483

    The USA Today bestselling author of The Au Pair returns with another delicious, twisty novel—about a grand estate with many secrets, an orphan caught in a web of lies, and a young woman playing a sinister game.

    1988. Beth Soames is fourteen years old when her aunt takes her to stay at Raven Hall, a rambling manor in the isolated East Anglian fens. The Averells, the family who lives there, are warm and welcoming, and Beth becomes fast friends with their daughter, Nina. At times, Beth even feels like she's truly part of the family...until they ask her to help them with a harmless game—and nothing is ever the same.

    2019. Sadie Langton is an actress struggling to make ends meet when she lands a well-paying gig to pretend to be a guest at a weekend party. She is sent a suitcase of clothing, a dossier outlining the role she is to play, and instructions. It's strange, but she needs the money, and when she sees the stunning manor she'll be staying at, she figures she’s got nothing to lose.

    In person, Raven Hall is even grander than she'd imagined—even with damage from a fire decades before—but the walls seem to have eyes. As day turns to night, Sadie starts to feel that there’s something off about the glamorous guests who arrive, and as the party begins, it becomes chillingly apparent their unseen host is playing games with everyone...including her.

    Praise for The Perfect Guests

    "Clever and engaging. Rous creates the ultimate house party mystery. A room full of strangers—or
    are they? Whispers of an old tragedy—or is it? An elaborately plated dinner—until one by one the guests fall ill. Old secrets and new dangers collide in this deliciously thrilling tale."—Lisa Gardner, #1 New York Times bestselling author

    “A richly atmospheric time-slip mystery with the pulse of a thriller, The Perfect Guests is deliciously evocative and absolutely spellbinding. Set up like a game of Clue, the story alternates between two narratives, one in the past, the other in the present, each chapter winding the tension higher as you discover the pieces you need to solve the puzzle. With vividly drawn characters, gorgeous prose, and an electric sense of place and time, I was sucked in from the very first page. [A] fun and immensely satisfying treat!”—Christina McDonald, USA Today Bestselling Author of Behind Every Lie

    “Anyone yearning for a page-turning gothic story with a big house - and a shocking family secret - at its heart should gatecrash The Perfect Guests immediately.”—Eve Chase, author of The Daughters of Foxcoate Manor

    “As seductive but secretly treacherous as Raven Hall itself, this novel delivers devour-in-a-day diversion.. Rous has upped her game with this one.”—Publishers Weekly

    “The reader must carefully shuffle the puzzle pieces into a perfect fit until the very end and one more visit to Raven Hall, when the entire board is undone. This is a party suspense fans are advised to crash.”—Booklist (starred review)

    MY REVIEW:


    Since reading THE AU PAIR, a twisty thriller, I knew I needed to read another Emma Rous book!


    THE PERFECT GUESST is a great triple timeline narrative that had all the thrill and twists you will want in a suspenseful and atmospheric read. I just adore a true one sitting type of a read where there is truly no putting the book down except for some really urgent bathroom breaks. I love the complex relationships and how these characters were written were superb. You really get to know the characters and become invested in the story where the timelines were beautifully crafted into such an incredibly amazing read I really enjoyed.


    I enjoy a wonderfully gothic mystery and Raven Hall was the prefect setting for this fantastic read I loved.

    I highly recommend this cleverly plotted and twisty thriller.

    AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT:



    • Emma Rous is the USA Today bestselling author of The Au Pair. She grew up in England, Indonesia, Kuwait, Portugal and Fiji, and from a young age she had two ambitions: to write stories, and to look after animals. She studied veterinary medicine and zoology at the University of Cambridge, and worked as a small animal veterinarian for eighteen years before starting to write fiction. Emma lives near Cambridge in England with her husband and three sons, and she now writes full time.