Lisa’s Looking Forward To #84 – October 27th, 2020

October 21, 2020 LLFT 14

Once again I’ll be joining up with the Can’t Wait Wednesday posts hosted by Wishful Endings.  Last week of the month means only a few to share. Wonder if that’s because publishers know they’ve overloaded the beginning of the month and we’re still working on those? LOL! As this goes up on my blog, I’ll probably be on the road and on my way to Colorado for a little writing retreat I’ve planned for myself for the next week. But I’ll be sure to go and comment on other blogs later this week when I arrive and have some time!

From my ARC list for October 27th, 2020:

Obviously it was first that cover that grabbed my attention, but then the synopsis really intrigued me. It sounds like a very fascinating and original historical fiction.

Here is the blurb from Goodreads:

From her prison cell in revolutionary Paris, nineteen-year-old aristocrat Hélène d’Aubign recalls the events that led her to choose between following in her parents’ unforgivable footsteps or abandoning the man she loves.

Despite her world of privilege, Hélène is inspired early on by the radical ideas of her progressive governess. Though her family tries to intervene, the seeds of revolution have already been planted in Hélène’s heart, as are the seeds of love from an unlikely friendship with a young jeweler’s apprentice. Hélène’s determination to find true love is as revolutionary as her attempt to unravel the truth behind a chilling set of eye-shaped brooches and the concealed murder that tore her family apart.

As violence erupts in Paris, Hélène is forced into hiding with her estranged family, where the tangled secrets of their past become entwined with her own. When she finally returns to the blood-stained streets of Paris, she finds everything-and everyone-very much changed. In a city where alliances shift overnight, no one knows who to trust.

Faced with looming war, the mystery of her family’s past, and the man she loves near death, Hélène will soon will find out if doing one wrong thing will make everything right, or if it will simply push her closer to the guillotine.

Sound good? Add to Goodreads HERE.

I love “what-if” stories like this, and of course, Jane Austen is fun to do the whole what if thing with. And another cute cover!

Here is the blurb from Goodreads:

If Jane Austen had the choice between the heart and the pen, what do you think she would do?

At age twenty-eight, Jane Austen should be seeking a suitable husband, but all she wants to do is write. She is forced to take extreme measures in her quest to find true love – which lands her in the most extraordinary of circumstances. 

Magically, she finds herself in modern-day England, where horseless steel carriages line the streets and people wear very little clothing. She forms a new best friend in fading film star Sofia Wentworth, and a genuine love interest in Sofia’s brother Fred, who has the audacity to be handsome, clever and kind-hearted.

She is also delighted to discover that she is now a famous writer, a published author of six novels and beloved around the globe. But as Jane’s romance with Fred blossoms, her presence in the literary world starts to waver. She must find a way to stop herself disappearing from history before it’s too late.

A modern-day reimagining of the life of one of the world’s most celebrated writers, this wonderfully witty romantic comedy offers a new side to Jane’s story, which sees her having to choose between true love in the present and her career as a writer in the past.

Sound good? Add to Goodreads HERE.

I loved the whole Shopaholic series when it first came out, although I haven’t read the last two I don’t think. And Kinsella’s other books have been kind of hit or miss, with recently more misses or else I just haven’t had a chance to try them. This one sounds exactly like what I fell in love with her in the first place for.

Here is the blurb from Goodreads:

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of I Owe You One, an utterly delightful novel about a woman who ditches her dating app for a writer’s retreat in Italy–only to find that real love comes with its own filters 

“As close to perfect as romantic comedies get.”–Jenny Colgan, New York Times bestselling author of The Bookshop on the Corner

Call Ava romantic, but she thinks love should be found in the real world, not on apps that filter men by height, job, or astrological sign. She believes in feelings, not algorithms. So after a recent breakup and dating app debacle, she decides to put love on hold and escapes to a remote writers’ retreat in coastal Italy. She’s determined to finish writing the novel she’s been fantasizing about, even though it means leaving her close-knit group of friends and her precious dog, Harold, behind.

At the retreat, she’s not allowed to use her real name or reveal any personal information. When the neighboring martial arts retreat is canceled and a few of its attendees join their small writing community, Ava, now going by “Aria,” meets “Dutch,” a man who seems too good to be true. The two embark on a baggage-free, whirlwind love affair, cliff-jumping into gem-colored Mediterranean waters and exploring the splendor of the Italian coast. Things seem to be perfect for Aria and Dutch.

But then their real identities–Ava and Matt–must return to London. As their fantasy starts to fade, they discover just how different their personal worlds are. From food choices to annoying habits to sauna etiquette . . . are they compatible in anything? And then there’s the prickly situation with Matt’s ex-girlfriend, who isn’t too eager to let him go. As one mishap follows another, it seems while they love each other, they just can’t love each other’s lives. Can they reconcile their differences to find one life together? 

Sound good? Add to Goodreads HERE.

Yes, yes, I know how far behind I am, because I haven’t read anything by this author yet! I know I need to! But here is a fresh series I could get started on, right?

Here is the blurb from Goodreads:

From the #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Stalking Jack the Ripper series comes a new blockbuster series… 

Two sisters.

One brutal murder.

A quest for vengeance that will unleash Hell itself…

And an intoxicating romance.

Emilia and her twin sister Vittoria are streghe – witches who live secretly among humans, avoiding notice and persecution. One night, Vittoria misses dinner service at the family’s renowned Sicilian restaurant. Emilia soon finds the body of her beloved twin…desecrated beyond belief. Devastated, Emilia sets out to find her sister’s killer and to seek vengeance at any cost-even if it means using dark magic that’s been long forbidden.

Then Emilia meets Wrath, one of the Wicked-princes of Hell she has been warned against in tales since she was a child. Wrath claims to be on Emilia’s side, tasked by his master with solving the series of women’s murders on the island. But when it comes to the Wicked, nothing is as it seems…

Sound good? Add to Goodreads HERE.

Final Thoughts:

Only four this week, one less than last week. Are any of these on your TBR, or have you already read them? If so, which do you recommend? Leave me a link to your post in your comment and I’ll be sure to return the visit!

Also, while you’re here, make sure to go enter my monthly giveaway HERE.

14 Responses to “Lisa’s Looking Forward To #84 – October 27th, 2020”

  1. Sam@wlabb

    If you like the Shopaholic books, I think you will enjoy Love Your Life. Ava reminded me quite a bit of Becky. The book was quirky and fun and there was this really sweet heartwarming stuff towards the end. I liked it.

  2. Barb @ Booker T's Farm

    There’s that dog flying from one window to another again. Man, I’m obsessed with how wrong that cover is. Thank heavens I got an arc so I can get to the bottom of the dog abuse – just kidding!

    • Lisa Mandina

      I know! That cover is a mess! I’ll have to see what you think about that one. I am definitely interested to read it soon! Thanks for stopping by!

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