If you’re looking for your next read, the Kindle deals below have caught my eye this week. Two of them I remembered reading reviews for last year (written by trusted book bloggers in my network) and they were on my wishlist. One of them might help you if you’re flagging in keeping your New Year resolutions …
A Weekend with Mr Darcy by Victoria Connelly
A romance-filled page-turner for any Austen fanatic who’s ever dreamt of spending a weekend with Mr Darcy…
Katherine Roberts is fed up with men. As a lecturer specialising in the works of Jane Austen, she knows that the ideal man only exists within the pages of Pride & Prejudice and that in real life there is no such thing. Determined to go it alone, she finds all the comfort she needs reading her guilty pleasure – regency romances from the pen of Lorna Warwick – with whom she has now struck up an intimate correspondence.Austen fanatic, Robyn Love, is blessed with a name full of romance, but her love life is far from perfect. Stuck in a rut with a bonehead boyfriend, Jace, and a job she can do with her eyes shut – her life has hit a dead end. Robyn would love to escape from it all but wouldn’t know where to start.They both decide to attend the annual Jane Austen Conference at sumptuous Purley Hall, overseen by the actress and national treasure, Dame Pamela Harcourt. Robyn is hoping to escape from Jace for the weekend and indulge in her passion for all things Austen. Katherine is hoping that Lorna Warwick will be in attendance and is desperate to meet her new best friend in the flesh.
But nothing goes according to plan and Robyn is aghast when Jace insists on accompanying her, whilst Katherine is disappointed to learn that Lorna won’t be coming. However, an Austen weekend wouldn’t be the same without a little intrigue, and Robyn and Katherine are about to get much more than they bargained for. Because where Jane Austen is concerned, romance is never very far away…
This is the first in a series of three.
Amanda on One More Page says:
“I don’t think you need to be an Austen fan to enjoy this book. This is a love story about two very different women trying to come to terms with failed relationships and I think you could read it and enjoy it without ever having read the books.”
She rated it 4/5 and you can read the rest of Amanda’s review on her blog.
Amazon’s price is £1.99. Click on the picture to visit the Amazon page. The second in the series The Perfect Hero is also reasonably priced £0.99.
The Darling Strumpet by Gillian Bagwell
From her beginnings as a humble oyster seller, Nell Gwynn’s dazzling rise to fame has gone down in history. Step into the tumultuous world of Restoration England, and join Nell on her journey from courtesan, to famed actress to King’s mistress in a novel that is as captivating as Nelly herself.She sold her innocence…and captured the heart of a king. London, 1660 Growing up in the bawdy atmosphere of 17th century Covent Garden, Nell Gwynn is little more than a girl when she enters the world of the courtesan. But Nell learns the hard way that to be at the mercy of unscrupulous men is no life at all.With London’s theatres flourishing, Nell seizes an opportunity to change her luck and takes a job selling oranges at The King’s Playhouse on Drury Lane.It isn’t long before Nell takes centre-stage herself and her saucy wit and ambitious temperament soon catch the eye of the young King Charles II. But can she keep him enthralled when the country’s finest Ladies are vying for his attentions at court?Nell Gwynn was a darling of the people and the most famous courtesan of her age. You too will find it impossible to resist her in The Darling Strumpet.
Carol on Dizzy C’s Little Book Blog says: “Well researched historical events feature in the novel such as The Great Fire of London, The Plague and the rise of the theatres are brought to life in glorious detail through the eyes of Nell. ”
She rated it 5/5 and you can read the rest of Carol’s review on her blog.
Amazon’s price is £1.99. As soon as I saw this while browsing I bookmarked … but it wasn’t long before I pressed that button that makes it all so easy 🙂 Click on the picture to visit the Amazon page.
52 Small Changes: One Year to a Happier, Healthier You by Brett Blumenthal.
The blurb:Whether as New Year’s resolutions, birthday wishes, or daily promises, most everyone vows at some point to make a major life change. But change is easier said than done, especially when it comes to better managing our wellness amidst the chaos of everyday living. Fortunately, wellness coach and award-winning writer Brett Blumenthal has devised a way to inspire and motivate her readers to live healthier and make positive changes in their lives. Although Blumenthal’s method is not a quick fix, it is a surprisingly simple one: make one small change per week, for fifty-two weeks, and at the end of a year, you’ll be happier and healthier. After all, it is the small changes that are the most realistic, instead of trying to overhaul your lifestyle all at once. 52 Small Changes addresses all areas of wellbeing, including nutrition, exercise, stress management, mental wellness, and even the health of one’s home environment. By guiding readers through these changes at an easy, manageable pace, Blumenthal provides an engaging roadmap to lasting results and “a happier, healthier you.”
This intrigued me when I saw it. I love the thought of making small changes as to my mind, they have a chance of becoming permanent changes … so if your New Year resolutions have dropped by the wayside … not long published in Kindle format, the reviews on Amazon are very positive. Priced at £1.99 Click on the image to visit the Amazon page.