5 New Books Liz Fenton Loves
2011 could turn out to be the year of the female author. Between the buzz on eReaders like the NOOK and Kindle and the amazing line-up of new books coming from debut authors and seasoned favorites, we're salivating over books in all their forms! SheKnows asked two fabulous women -- Melissa Senate, popular women's fiction author of The Love Goddess' Cooking School and Liz Fenton, popular book blogger from Chick Lit is Not Dead -- to share their must-reads for 2011.
"There are so many fabulous novels coming out in the next few months. Here's my guide to the ones you should pre-order ASAP," says popular book blogger and co-creator of Chick Lit is Not Dead, Liz Fenton -- also one of our official SheKnows Book Club bloggers.
5 Lit picks Liz loves
1. Skipping a Beat by Sarah Pekkanen (February)
Julia Dunhill, a thirty-something party planner, seems to have it all: Married to her high school sweetheart and living in a gorgeous home in Washington D.C. with two successfully launched companies.
So as she arranges the molten chocolate cupcakes for the annual opera benefit, how can she know that her carefully-constructed world is about to fall apart? That Michael will stand up in his company's boardroom, open his mouth and fall to the carpeted floor… all in the amount of time it will take her to walk across a ballroom floor just a few miles away.
When Michael is finally revived, he becomes a different man -- one who is determined to regain the true intimacy he once shared with Julia. Suddenly, their successful careers, beautiful home, loads of money and other material things he's been focused on for years -- instead of Julia -- don't seem important to him. Will Julia stay with this new Michael or is it too late for his change of heart? Will she leave the only man she's ever loved?
2. The First Husband by Laura Dave (May)
After spending weeks in tears, Annie peels herself from her bed and drags herself to her favorite bar where a new chef, Griffin, is closing up for the night. Griffin and Annie launch into a whirlwind romance, and three months later Annie finds herself married and living in Griffin's hometown in Massachusetts.
Though Annie and Griffin set aside their pasts for their future together, they aren't able to escape the past for long.
3. Here, Home, Hope by Kaira Rouda (May)
In an often-times humorous manner, Kelly begins diving into new projects (armed with Post-it notes and a Things to Change list), revisiting old memories and rediscovering passions. Whether she is taking care of the anorexic teenager dumped on her doorstep, making up with an old high school friend or avoiding the boozy advances of her divorced neighbor, Kelly's insistence on moving her life in a new direction and finding the perfect blend of home and career is inspiring and entertaining.
Rouda's ability to capture the realities of a mid-life crisis will have readers laughing, crying and planning their own reinvention.
4. Best Staged Plans by Claire Cook (June)
Sandy takes a job staging a boutique hotel in Atlanta recently acquired by her best friend's boyfriend. Sandy quickly finds her hands full fixing up houses -- and her life -- in a story guaranteed to delight and entertain loyal Claire Cook fans -- and garner the author new readers -- everywhere.
5. Best Kept Secret by Amy Hatvany (June)
Every day begins with renewed promises to herself that she will stop. But within a few hours, driven by a force she doesn't understand, she is reaching for the bottle -- even when it means not playing with her son because she is too tired, or dropping him off at preschool late, again.
But when her best kept secret is realized and she is forced to deal with her drinking while trying to win back the trust of the people she loves most, she begins the most important journey of her life. Heartbreaking and real, you'll find yourself relating to Cadence in ways you'd never imagine.
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