Summer months are reading months for me. Any chance I can get I like to sit outside in the sun on a picnic blanket with a pile of books and an ice cream cone in my hand. That is my idea of heaven!
Here are the books I have got lined up to read:
The First Order by Jeff Abbott Six years ago, Sam Capra watched his brother, Danny, executed by extremists. It was the darkest day of his life. But what if Danny was still alive? When evidence surfaces that Danny might be leading a secret, hidden life while the world believes him to be dead, Sam uncovers a different side to the brother he thought he knew. Could Danny be plotting a murder that could change history – the assassination of the Russian president? Determined to stop his brother from committing a murder that may cause a terrible war, Sam goes undercover in a one-man mission to save the world, but how far will he go to save his brother?
Perfect by Cecelia Ahern Celestine North lives in a society that demands perfection. After she was branded Flawed by a morality court, Celestine’s life has completely fractured – all her freedoms gone. Since Judge Crevan has declared her the number one threat to the public, she has been a ghost, on the run with the complicated, powerfully attractive Carrick, the only person she can trust. But Celestine has a secret – one that could bring the entire Flawed system crumbling to the ground. Judge Crevan is gaining the upper hand, and time is running out for Celestine. With tensions building, Celestine must make a choice: save only herself, or risk her life to save all the Flawed. And, most important of all, can she prove that to be human in itself is to be Flawed…?
The Harrowing by James Aitcheson Five strangers. Five secrets. No refuge. No turning back. In the aftermath of 1066, a Norman army marches through the North of England: burning, killing and laying waste to everything in its path. The Harrowing has begun. As towns and villages fall to the invaders, five travellers fleeing the slaughter are forced to band together for survival. Refugees in their own country, they journey through the wasteland, hoping to find sanctuary with the last stand of the Saxon rebellion. But are they fleeing the Normans or their own troubles? Priest, Lady, Servant, Warrior, Minstrel: each has their own story; each their own sin. As enemies past and present close in, their prior deeds catch up with them and they discover there is no sanctuary from fate.
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott The timeless tale of four sisters – Meg, Jo, Amy and Beth – experiencing both hardship and adventure in Civil War New England. In this simple, enthralling tale, Louisa May Alcott created four of American literature’s most beloved “little women”.
Gregory’s Game by Jane A. Adams Ex-DI Alec Friedman is recovering from the car crash that almost killed him. Now back at home, with his wife Naomi, he feels as though he has lost something of himself. He may be alive, but he is hollowed out and empty. Another man standing at the same crossroads is Gregory. Soldier, mercenary, hired killer, Gregory is contemplating retirement and struggling to find meaning in the idea. Then a brutal murder, followed by the kidnap of a mother and child, drags Alec, Naomi and Gregory back into the game. Why was Anthony Palmer tortured and killed and what sort of kidnappers send no ransom demand and make no contact with the family of the victim? Whoever they are, they killed Palmer, and now the race is on to find Katherine and her baby before they too end up dead . . .
The Case of the Missing Madonna by Lin Anderson Private investigator Patrick de Courvoisier unearths a shocking wartime secret in this stylish Cannes-based mystery series. Brother Robert from the abbey on St Honorat, a picturesque island off the French coast, has requested Patrick de Courvoisier’s help in locating a valuable painting which has disappeared from the monastery’s vaults. At the same time, an old enemy from Patrick’s past has arrived in Cannes in search of a different stolen painting. As it becomes increasingly clear that the two investigations are linked, Patrick’s enquiries lead him to uncover a shocking wartime secret: a secret the British Royal family would prefer to keep hidden…