Someone please explain where October went because I honestly just feel like it disappeared. So anyway… It is now almost November and hopefully this will be the month I get my first lawyer job. Please cross all of your fingers and your toes, say all the prayers, etc. because my book shopping habit is a problem and life is a struggle. I tell you that only to prepare you for the possibility that these five books might be the only ones I get through (though that’s not particularly likely).
1. The Austen Escape by Katherine Reay
I was fortunate enough to receive an advanced copy of this book on NetGalley and am super excited to get to it! You should see a review on my blog a few days before the release because I have three November 7 releases. Here is the Goodreads blurb:
After years of following her best friend’s lead, Mary Davies finds a whimsical trip back to Austen’s Regency England paves the way towards a new future.
Mary Davies lives and works in Austin, Texas, as an industrial engineer. She has an orderly and productive life, a job and colleagues that she enjoys—particularly a certain adorable, intelligent, and hilarious consultant. But something is missing for Mary. When her estranged and emotionally fragile childhood friend Isabel Dwyer offers Mary a two-week stay in a gorgeous manor house in Bath, Mary reluctantly agrees to come along, in hopes that the holiday will shake up her quiet life in just the right ways. But Mary gets more than she bargained for when Isabel loses her memory and fully believes that she lives in Regency England. Mary becomes dependent on a household of strangers to take care of Isabel until she wakes up.
With Mary in charge and surrounded by new friends, Isabel rests and enjoys the leisure of a Regency lady. But life gets even more complicated when Mary makes the discovery that her life and Isabel’s have intersected in more ways that she knew, and she finds herself caught between who Isabel was, who she seems to be, and the man who stands between them. Outings are undertaken, misunderstandings play out, and dancing ensues as this triangle works out their lives and hearts among a company of clever, well-informed people who have a great deal of conversation.
Release Date: November 7, 2017
2. Someone to Wed by Mary Balogh
As you may recall, Someone to Wed is on my Highly Anticipated Fall Reads list because of how much I enjoyed the second book in the series, Someone to Hold and the preview for this one at the end of that book. Also, look at how beautiful the cover is! Here is the Goodreads blurb:
When Alexander Westcott becomes the new Earl of Riverdale, he inherits a title he never wanted and a failing country estate he can’t afford. But he fully intends to do everything in his power to undo years of neglect and give the people who depend on him a better life. . . .
A recluse for more than twenty years, Wren Heyden wants one thing out of life: marriage. With her vast fortune, she sets her sights on buying a husband. But when she makes the desperate—and oh-so-dashing—earl a startlingly unexpected proposal, Alex will only agree to a proper courtship, hoping for at least friendship and respect to develop between them. He is totally unprepared for the desire that overwhelms him when Wren finally lifts the veils that hide the secrets of her past. . . .
Release Date: November 7, 2017
3. Little Broken Things by Nicole Baart
This book was compared to Big Little Lies, which I absolutely adored so I was obviously excited to receive an advanced copy from Netgalley. It’s a thriller-esque book so I’m a little nervous because I haven’t been in the mood for a thriller at all. AT ALL. So anyway, here is the Goodreads blurb:
I have something for you. When Quinn Cruz receives that cryptic text message from her older sister Nora, she doesn’t think much of it. They haven’t seen each other in nearly a year and thanks to Nora’s fierce aloofness, their relationship consists mostly of infrequent phone calls and an occasional email or text. But when a haunted Nora shows up at the lake near Quinn’s house just hours later, a chain reaction is set into motion that will change both of their lives forever.
Nora’s “something” is more shocking than Quinn could have ever imagined: a little girl, cowering, wide-eyed, and tight-lipped. Nora hands her over to Quinn with instructions to keep her safe, and not to utter a word about the child to anyone, especially not their buttoned-up mother who seems determined to pretend everything is perfect. But before Quinn can ask even one of the million questions swirling around her head, Nora disappears, and Quinn finds herself the unlikely caretaker of a girl introduced simply as Lucy.
While Quinn struggles to honor her sister’s desperate request and care for the lost, scared Lucy, she fears that Nora may have gotten involved in something way over her head—something that will threaten them all. But Quinn’s worries are nothing compared to the firestorm that Nora is facing. It’s a matter of life and death, of family and freedom, and ultimately, about the lengths a woman will go to protect the ones she loves.
Release Date: November 21, 2017
4. Wrong to Need You by Alisha Rai
I do not yet have an advanced copy of Wrong to Need You, but let’s be honest, that’s not going to stop me from devouring it the day it comes out. I think this is the book I’m most looking forward to because of how much I adored Hate to Want You. I’ve raved about that one so much and all the early reviews I’ve seen for Wrong to Need You have made it sound like it easily matches the brilliance of the first, if not tops it. Here’s the blurb:
He wasn’t supposed to fall in love with his brother’s widow…
Accused of a crime he didn’t commit, Jackson Kane fled his home, his name, and his family. Ten years later, he’s come back to town: older, wiser, richer, tougher—and still helpless to turn away the one woman he could never stop loving, even after she married his brother.
Sadia Ahmed can’t deal with the feelings her mysterious former brother-in-law stirs, but she also can’t turn down his offer of help with the cafe she’s inherited. While he heats up her kitchen, she slowly discovers that the boy she adored has grown into a man she’s simply unable to resist.
An affair is unthinkable, but their desire is undeniable. As secrets and lies are stripped away, Sadia and Jackson must decide if they’re strong enough to face the past…and step into a future together.
Release Date: November 28, 2017
5. Kat and Meg Conquer the World by Anna Priemaza
Kat and Meg Conquer the World is the book of the month for November and it’s one that I was really excited about when I read the blurb and am really hoping it lives up to my expectations! Here is the blurb:
Kat and Meg couldn’t be more different. Kat’s anxiety makes it hard for her to talk to people. Meg hates being alone, but her ADHD keeps pushing people away. But when the two girls are thrown together for a year-long science project, they discover they do have one thing in common: They’re both obsessed with the same online gaming star and his hilarious videos.
It might be the beginning of a beautiful friendship—if they don’t kill each other first.
Release Date: November 7, 2017
So there you have it! My November TBR. Of course, I will hopefully read many more books than this–there are two readathons I want to participate in during the month so I’m very hopeful it will be a great reading month. What book are you most excited to read in November?