Friday Finds – August 2, 2013

Posted: August 2, 2013 in Friday Finds

Friday Finds is a weekly event hosted by Should Be Reading, where you can discuss books that you’ve discovered over the course of the week and added to your To Be Read (TBR) list. They can be books that are new or used.  They can be ones that you’ve borrowed (library or friend), found online, heard about from a friend, etc.  Below are my finds…


From the Publisher:  When Mary Boleyn comes to court as an innocent girl of fourteen, she catches the eye of young Henry VIII.  Dazzled by the deadly rivalries of the court, Mary falls in love both with the most powerful man in England and her growing role as unofficial queen.  She soon realizes just how much she is a pawn in her family’s plots as she is forced to step aside for her best friend and rival: her ambitious sister, Anne.  Then Mary knows that she must defy her family and her king and take her fate into her own hands.


From the Publisher:  Anna O’Shea has failed at marriage, shed her job at a law firm, and she’s trying to re-create herself when she and her recalcitrant nephew are summoned to the past in a manner that nearly destroys them.  Her twenty-first century skills pale as she struggles to find her nephew in nineteenth-century Ireland.  For one of them, the past is brutally difficult, filled with hunger and struggle.  For the other, the past is filled with privilege, status, and a reprieve from the crushing pain of present-day life.  For both Anna and her nephew, the past offers them a chance at love.  Will every choice they make reverberate down through time?  And do Irish Wolfhounds carry the soul of the ancient celts?


From the Publisher:  Getting In is the roller-coaster story of five very different Los Angeles families united by a single obsession:  acceptance at a top college, preferably one that makes their friends and neighbors green with envy.  At an elite private school and a nearby public school, families devote themselves to getting their seniors into the perfect college – even if the odds are stacked against them, even if they can’t afford the $50,000 annual price tag, even if the effort requires a level of deceit, and even if the object of all this attention wants to go somewhere else.

Getting In is a delightfully smart comedy of class and entitlement, of love and ambition, set in a world where a fat envelope from a top school matters more than anything….almost.


From the Publisher:  An outpouring of cheers, tears, and applause propelled this tender and hilarious first novel onto national bestseller lists immediately upon publication.  Telling the story of two sisters – Olivia, a hotshot Hollywood producer whose life is unraveling, and Maddie, an unflaggingly optimistic, seriously ill midwesterner whose idealism has always driven Olivia crazy – The True and Outstanding Adventures of the Hunt Sisters offers a startlingly poignant reminder of how hope can grow in even the darkest places.


From the Publisher:  What if you were told the exact date when you were going to die?  What would you do with this information and how would it affect the way you live your remaining life?

Tyler Harrison is nine months shy of turning forty when he is approached by Matthew, who claims to be an angel and tells Tyler he’s going to die on his birthday.  As disturbing visions blur the lines between reality and hallucination, Tyler recalls Matthew’s prediction with foreboding.  When he tries to avoid dealing with the issues staring him in the face, he discovers that the more he runs the more horrific his life becomes.

In this unpredictable and moving novel about mortality, one man is given an opportunity to see the sum of his life.  A story about choices, mistakes, fate, destiny, life, death, and eternity, 40 is an emotional ride right to the very end.


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