Welcome to Shelf Cravings, a weekly dish on all things book. New releases, coming soon, just discovered and on the Nook. This week Im excited for:
Home Front by Kristin Hannah
January 31, 2011 by St. Martins Press
From a distance, Michael and Joleen Zarkades seem to have it all: a solid marriage, two exciting careers, and children they adore. But after twelve years together, the couple has lost their way; they are unhappy and edging toward divorce. Then the Iraq war starts. An unexpected deployment will tear their already fragile family apart, sending one of them deep into harm’s way and leaving the other at home, waiting for news.When the worst happens, each must face their darkest fear and fight for the future of their family. An intimate look at the inner landscape of a disintegrating marriage and a dramatic exploration of the price of war on a single American family, HOME FRONT is a provocative and timely portrait of hope, honor, loss, forgiveness, and the elusive nature of love.
A Grown-up kind of Pretty
by Joshilyn Jackson
January 25, 2012 by Grand Central
A GROWN-UP KIND OF PRETTY is a powerful saga of three generations of women, plagued by hardships and torn by a devastating secret, yet inextricably joined by the bonds of family. Fifteen-year-old Mosey Slocumb-spirited, sassy, and on the cusp of womanhood-is shaken when a small grave is unearthed in the backyard, and determined to figure out why it's there. Liza, her stroke-ravaged mother, is haunted by choices she made as a teenager. But it is Jenny, Mosey's strong and big-hearted grandmother, whose maternal love braids together the strands of the women's shared past-and who will stop at nothing to defend their future.
The Storyteller by Antonia Michaelis
January 1, 2012 by Amulet
Anna and Abel couldn’t be more different. They are both seventeen and in their last year of school, but while Anna lives in a nice old town house and comes from a well-to-do family, Abel, the school drug dealer, lives in a big, prisonlike tower block at the edge of town. Anna is afraid of him until she realizes that he is caring for his six-year-old sister on his own. Fascinated, Anna follows the two and listens as Abel tells little Micha the story of a tiny queen assailed by dark forces. It’s a beautiful fairy tale that Anna comes to see has a basis in reality. Abel is in real danger of losing Micha to their abusive father and to his own inability to make ends meet. Anna gradually falls in love with Abel, but when his “enemies” begin to turn up dead, she fears she has fallen for a murderer. Has she?
Touched by Cyn Balog
August 2012 by Delacorte
Nick Cross always listens to the voice in his head. Because if he doesn't? Things can go really, really wrong. Like the day he decided to go off script and saved a girl from being run over . . . and let another one drown. Trying to change the future doesn't work. But this summer at the Jersey Shore, something's about to happen that Nick never could have predicted. He meets a girl named Taryn and finds out about the Book of Touch. Now the path that he thought he was on begins to shift . . . and there's no way to stop things from happening. Or is there? In a life where there are no surprises, nothing has prepared Nick for what he's about to discover--or the choice he will be forced to make. .
Hope Springs by Kim Cash Tate
June 2012 by Thomas Nelson
Janelle Evans, still reeling from her husband's sudden death two years ago, has come to Hope Springs to help care for her grandmother who is battling cancer.Becca Anderson is certain that her ministry in St. Louis is about to take off. Yet God seems to be calling her husband to pastor the same church in Hope Springs that his father and grandfather pastored. Neither woman wanted this small town to be home. Pushed out of their comfort zones, Janelle and Becca both realize that healing in their hearts, their families, and the two churches is needed. But neither expects all God has planned as hope springs in the most unexpected ways.
iFeel by Mariisa Carmel
August 11, 2011 by CreateSpace
One hunts to destroy her. The other hunts to protect her.She desperately tries to find herself among the midst of emotional chaos. What happens when an unknowing Empath meets a pixie who wears leather, a Snitch who is repulsive and a brethren of burning Angels who can literally light your soul on fire? A whole lot of emotional turmoil and one love story ignited. But love doesn’t come easy to this reluctant Empath, according to her, falling in love would be like pointing the Patriot Missile right at her head. But when she meets Justinian, a fiery Seraph who adopts the task of protecting her life the one terrifying emotion she is running away from suddenly becomes the most empowering in her life.
My bookcase is going to explode with all these new books coming out, the selections just keep getting better! Im so excited to read Jackson's new one! Home Front sounds like an emotional tornado, one that Im looking forward to due to the fact that I myself have lived through an Iraq deployment. The Storyteller promises to sweep me away in its magic. Touched and Hope Springs while very different both offer storys of discovery and iFeel is playing on the Nook right now which is proving to be good so far.
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