Upcoming Reads and Reviews

In the next upcoming months, I will be reading a few soon-to-be published books. So, just be on the lookout for my reviews. Here they are in no particular order. More upcoming reviews but not until the summer months, so stayed tuned!  We will start with a Bronte theme and then move on to some Gothic suspense!

This collection of original stories by today’s finest women writers—including Tracy Chevalier, Francine Prose, Elizabeth McCracken, Tessa Hadley, Audrey Niffenegger, and more—takes inspiration from the opening line in Charlotte Brontë’s most beloved novel, Jane Eyre.

A fixture in the literary canon, Charlotte Brontë is revered by readers all over the world. Her novels featuring unforgettable, strong heroines still resonate with millions today. And who could forget one of literature’s best-known lines: “Reader, I married him” from her classic novel Jane Eyre?

Part of a remarkable family that produced three acclaimed female writers at a time in 19th-century Britain when few women wrote, and fewer were published, Brontë has become a great source of inspiration to writers, especially women, ever since. Now in Reader, I Married Him, twenty of today’s most celebrated women authors have spun original stories, using the opening line from Jane Eyre as a springboard for their own flights of imagination.

Featuring stories by:
  • Tracy Chevalier
  • Tessa Hadley                                          
  • Sarah Hall                                               
  • Helen Dunmore                                     
  • Kirsty Gunn                                            
  • Joanna Briscoe                                     
  • Jane Gardam                                           
  • Emma Donoghue                                  
  • Susan Hill                                                  
  • Francine Prose                                     
  • Elif Shafak                                              
  • Evie Wyld                                                 
  • Patricia Park                                         
  • Salley Vickers                                       
  • Nadifa Mohamed                                  
  • Esther Freud                                         
  • Linda Grant                                            
  • Lionel Shriver                                      
  • Audrey Niffenegger                         
  • Namwali Serpell                                  
  • Elizabeth McCracken  
Product Details:
Paperback, 304 pages
Expected publication: March 22nd 2016 by William Morrow Paperbacks
ISBN 0062447092 (ISBN13: 9780062447098)
In this smart and enthralling debut in the spirit of The Weird Sisters and Special Topics in Calamity Physics, the only remaining descendant of the Brontë family embarks on a modern-day literary scavenger hunt to find the family's long-rumored secret estate, using clues her eccentric father left behind.

Samantha Whipple is used to stirring up speculation wherever she goes. As the last remaining descendant of the Brontë family, she's rumored to have inherited a vital, mysterious portion of the Brontë's literary estate; diaries, paintings, letters, and early novel drafts; a hidden fortune that's never been shown outside of the family.

But Samantha has never seen this rumored estate, and as far as she knows, it doesn't exist. She has no interest in acknowledging what the rest of the world has come to find so irresistible; namely, the sudden and untimely death of her eccentric father, or the cryptic estate he has bequeathed to her.

But everything changes when Samantha enrolls at Oxford University and bits and pieces of her past start mysteriously arriving at her doorstep, beginning with an old novel annotated in her father's handwriting. As more and more bizarre clues arrive, Samantha soon realizes that her father has left her an elaborate scavenger hunt using the world's greatest literature. With the aid of a handsome and elusive Oxford professor, Samantha must plunge into a vast literary mystery and an untold family legacy, one that can only be solved by decoding the clues hidden within the Brontë's own writing.
 (This book is out now worldwide)
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published March 1st 2016 by Touchstone
Now, I confess that this next book or books has become very special to me. It needs an expanation, though.  You see, Bhalla Strand by Sarah Maine was published by Freight Books in Glasgow, Scotland in 2014. 
However, its U.S. Debut is being made on May 3rd, 2016 thanks to Atria Books. The bookcover is really eye catching.  If you love Gothic suspense, you might want to check this out. You can pre-order it from the U.S. on Amazon or try to find Bhalla Strand in the UK.

Fans of Kate Morton will love this atmospheric and immersive debut novel of a woman who returns to her ancestral home in Scotland and discovers a century-old secret buried in the basement.

Following the deaths of her last living relatives, Hetty Deveraux leaves her strained marriage behind in London and returns to her ancestral home, a crumbling estate in Scotland’s Outer Hebrides, with the intention of renovating and reselling it as a hotel, much to the dismay of the locals. As she dives headfirst into the repairs, she discovers human remains beneath a rotting floorboard in the basement, with few physical clues to identify the body. Who was this person? And why the makeshift grave?

Hungry for answers, Hetty sets out to unravel the estate’s secret—and those of its former inhabitants, including Beatrice Blake, a woman who moved there a century ago with her husband Theo, a famous painter who seemed to be more interested in Cameron, a young local man, than his own wife.

Following whispered rumors and a handful of leads, Hetty soon discovers that no one knows exactly what happened to Beatrice, only that her actions have reverberated throughout history, affecting Hetty’s present in startling ways.
Paperback, 400 pages
Expected publication: August 2nd 2016 by Atria Books 
Original Title
House Between Tides
Just a taste of what's to come...


Pamela Britley said…
Great recommendations. I can't wait to read them.