RECOMMENDED: Millie's Fling by Jill Mansell is a Kindle Daily Deal that's being sort-of price matched at $2.51/$2.99 right now. Mansell's books go on sale periodically, and each time readers say how much they enjoy them. I finally bought one – this one, in fact, and it charmed the Cheetos out of me. From my B review:
Millie's Fling was recommended by several readers in past discussions as one of the most charming of Mansells, and, wouldn't you know it, I already owned it. (Probably because it had been on sale – woo!) So comfort reading time began. And oh, the comfort. Like sinking into the softest warmest cushions with blankets and snacks and absolutely no reason to keep track of what time it was, plus fuzzy slippers. I very much enjoyed myself.
This would be a lovely gift to yourself for some weekend reading, and a lovely gift for a friend who could use a lovely reading interlude that makes her feel like she's in Cornwall.
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…
The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie is $1.99.
This is by the same author of The Lies of Locke Lamora, and Amanda says she'll read anything Abercrombie writes. (No, I have no idea what I was smoking. I presume it was awesome. Sorry about that).
This book is fantasy/adventure and was originally published in 2009 – Abercrombie's first book, I believe.
Inquisitor Glokta, a crippled and increasingly bitter relic of the last war, former fencing champion turned torturer extraordinaire, is trapped in a twisted and broken body – not that he allows it to distract him from his daily routine of torturing smugglers.
Nobleman, dashing officer and would-be fencing champion Captain Jezal dan Luthar is living a life of ease by cheating his friends at cards. Vain, shallow, selfish and self-obsessed, the biggest blot on his horizon is having to get out of bed in the morning to train with obsessive and boring old men. And Logen Ninefingers, an infamous warrior with a bloody past, is about to wake up in a hole in the snow with plans to settle a blood feud with Bethod, the new King of the Northmen, once and for all – ideally by running away from it.
But as he's discovering, old habits die really, really hard indeed. . . especially when Bayaz gets involved.
A bald old man with a terrible temper and a pathetic assistant, he could be the First of the Magi, he could be a spectacular fraud, but whatever he is, he's about to make the lives of Glotka, Jezal and Logen a whole lot more difficult . . .
Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella is $1.99. This is one of the more famous books of the 'chick-lit' era, and mixes comedy and first person with romance and a great deal of shopping. The heroine moves from shallow to surprised at herself that she's learned from her finance writing, and the hero is practically perfect in every way. I was never a huge chick lit fan, but I read this book, and re-reading the first chapter on a whim today was like going back in time for me – it was kind of weird but fun!
Rebecca Bloomwood just hit rock bottom. But she's never looked better….
Becky Bloomwood has a fabulous flat in London's trendiest neighborhood, a troupe of glamorous socialite friends, and a closet brimming with the season's must-haves. The only trouble is that she can't actually afford it — not any of it.
Her job writing at Successful Savings not only bores her to tears, it doesn't pay much at all. And lately Becky's been chased by dismal letters from Visa and the Endwich Bank — letters with large red sums she can't bear to read — and they're getting ever harder to ignore.
She tries cutting back; she even tries making more money. But none of her efforts succeeds. Becky's only consolation is to buy herself something … just a little something…
Finally a story arises that Becky actually cares about, and her front-page article catalyzes a chain of events that will transform her life–and the lives of those around her–forever.
Sophie Kinsella has brilliantly tapped into our collective consumer conscience to deliver a novel of our times — and a heroine who grows stronger every time she weakens. Becky Bloomwood's hilarious schemes to pay back her debts are as endearing as they are desperate. Her “confessions” are the perfect pick-me-up when life is hanging in the (bank) balance.
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