A few books on sale today – including one that's a Kindle Daily Deal. I don't usually link to book sales that are at one retailer only – at least, not intentionally, though I occasionally screw that up – but this is a book that's been a daily deal at other times at other retailers, and on its own, it's hella expensive.
Last year I reviewed Yesterday's News, a translation of a Swedish novel by Kajsa Ingemarsson. I gave it a B-, but this is a book that has hung around in my brain being all interesting and Swedish for months now – and I read it in May of last year. In my review I wrote:
…this isn't the sort of novel I usually gravitate towards AT ALL. There wasn't a romance, really. It barely flickered on the “how would I list this book, genre-wise” light up board (what, you don't have one of those?) There was a multi-layered breakup with a real douchetastic asshat. There were friends going to bars, and little problems that stayed little problems, and little problems that became big problems. But there wasn't the glossy slick fantasy set in a big city that “chick lit” often suggests…. It's about a young woman in a city, but she's a waitress, she struggles with money, she has a very small apartment and a minimal budget for going out – and she's from a very small town where things are changing, much to her horror.
I was totally absorbed into the story. I stayed up late reading it, I got up early and started reading before I finished making breakfast (oops). I sat in an uncomfortable chair reading because I didn't want to stop reading long enough to move.
This book is not gripping OMGWHATNEXT style telling. It's an easy read, but it's sticky in that it shows you so much of the daily life in Stockholm with Agnes that I wanted to learn more. Every time I came to the end of a chapter, I started the next one. I told Hubby at one point when he was talking to me without my hearing him that I was very happily in Sweden at that moment.
Today only at Amazon for the Kindle, Yesterday's News is $1.99. Because the book can be normally anywhere from $6-$14 digitally, I wanted to make sure I told y'all about it. It's not a romance, but it was a really enjoyable, different, and intriguing book for me last year, and at $2, if you're a Kindle person, it's a great buy.
Also today only, nine Jill Mansell titles are .99c digitally at all retailers. Ordinarily, nine books in one entry all on sale would probably make your eyes glaze over, so I won't list them all. If you'd like to see the full selection, have a look at Amazon, BN, or Kobo for the list of all nine.
But when I tweeted about it, I got very helpful responses, some from readers like Jessica and Amanda, and one from Jill Mansell herself.
Jill says her favorites (sorry, favourites) are:
It's been a year since Ellie Kendall's husband, Jamie, was killed in an accident, but she's still haunted by his memory. In fact, she finds herself talking to him regularly. At the urging of Jamie's successful actor father Tony, Ellie moves to London's glamorous Primrose Hill, where nobody knows her past…
But even in her new home-and with her hardworking new boss, Zack McLaren; and Jamie's best friend Todd to distract her-Ellie can't seem to leave Jamie behind.
Will Ellie stay stuck in the past? Or will she realize the man of her dreams is flesh and blood-and right in front of her eyes…
Amanda also tweeted that this was her favorite of Mansell's books.
When hotel manager Daisy MacLean meets cocky sports hero Dev Tyzack, it's a no brainer-stay away. He is arrogant and sarcastic-but also incredibly sexy. Daisy tries her best to steer clear of him, yet soon comes to realize he is the one guest she can't bear to see leave.
Then she learns a devastating truth: most people are not who they seem to be, for better or worse…
Miranda's track record with men is horrible. Her most recent catastrophe is Greg. He seems perfect—gorgeous, witty, exciting. And he and Miranda are in love… until Miranda discovers he left his wife when he found out she was pregnant.
With the help of her friends, Miranda plans the sweetest and most public revenge a heartbroken girl can get.
But will Miranda learn from her mistake, or move on to the next “perfect” man and ignore the love of her life waiting in the wings…
Even the worst mistake of your life can lead to true love in the end…
He's the best thing that ever happened to her. He's also the worst. He's Millie's Fling.
Bestselling novelist Orla Hart owes her life to her friend Millie Brady, whose rotten boyfriend has just left her. So Orla invites Millie to Cornwall, where Millie looks forward to a summer without any dating whatsoever.
But Orla envisions Millie as the heroine of her next novel and decides to find Millie the man of her dreams. Except the two women have drastically different ideas about what kind of guy that should be.
With Orla and Millie working at cross-purposes, and a dashing but bewildered hero stuck in the middle, the summer will turn out to be unforgettable for all concerned…
But that was before she met Tom Kennedy the night before her wedding. Could she really be falling in love with a stranger?
Unable to forget Tom, or go through with the wedding, Poppy runs off to London. Her new life and colorful friends are anything but predictable. Misunderstandings, family secrets, and jealous quarrels ensue, but can Poppy stop running long enough to figure out what – or, rather, who – is in her heart?