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Some interesting books arrived at my house this week:
London with Random House sent me a finished copy of Paris in Love: A Memoir by Eloisa James (on sale April 3, 2012). After recovering from breast cancer, New York Times bestselling romance author Eloisa James sold her house, took a sabbatical from her university job as a Shakespeare professor, and moved her family to Paris where she revels in the everyday pleasures of Parisian life. She copes with her Italian husband’s notions of quality time; her two hilarious children, Anna and Luca, ages eleven and fifteen, as they navigate schools—not to mention puberty—in a foreign language; and her mother-in-law Marina’s raised eyebrow in the kitchen (even as Marina overfeeds Milo, the family dog). Described as “reflective” and “delightful,” this memoir looks very appealing.
Mary Bly (aka Eloisa James) is a professor of English literature, specializing in Shakespeare and a best-selling novelist. She teaches at Fordham University in New York City. She lives in New York City with her family. She has approximately 3.5 million books in print in thirteen languages. Learn more about the author and her work by visiting the Eloisa James website.
The Greatest Love Story of All Time by Lucy Robinson arrived from Penguin UK (on sale April 12, 2012). This debut novel centers around Fran who has just turned thirty and bluffed her way into a Very Posh Job. She expects her handsome boyfriend to propose to her on the night he escorts her to the Ritz with a bulge in his pocket which looks suspiciously like a ring box. But by the end of the evening Fran is crying in bed with a bottle of cheap brandy. How has her life gone so terribly wrong? When Fran’s friends come up with a plan for eight dates, Fran will discover the greatest love story of all time.
Lucy Robinson has worked in West End theatre production and factual television for for the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and five. She started a dating blog for Marie Claire which became outrageously popular and launched her writing career. Robinson lives in London. The Greatest Love Story of All Time is her first novel. To learn more about Robinson and her work, visit the author’s website.
Simon & Schuster sent me a finished copy of The Lost Years by Mary Higgins Clark (on sale April 3, 2012). In her latest novel, Clark explores the intrigue of ancient religious relics and also brings to the fore a modern moral dilemma: Are people suffering from brain-altering diseases like Alzheimer’s responsible for their actions, including one as horrific as murder? The novel revolves around Dr. Jonathan Lyons, a 70-year-old Biblical scholar found shot to death in his home after having confided in colleagues about a valuable discovery—a letter that may have been written by Jesus Christ. The police suspect his wife, Kathleen, an Alzheimer’s sufferer who was found at the scene clutching the murder weapon, and it’s up to their grown daughter Mariah to prove otherwise…even as she becomes a target herself.
Mary Higgins Clark is a New York Times bestselling author and has written thirty-one suspense novels; three collections of short stories; a historical novel; and a memoir. She is the coauthor with Carol Higgins Clark of five suspense novels. Her books are worldwide bestsellers, with over 100 million sold in the United States alone. She lives with her husband in New Jersey. Learn more about Clark and her work by visiting the author’s website.
Did any wonderful books arrive at YOUR house this week?