The Au Pair by Emma Rous
Seraphine Mayes has come home after the death of her father. Going through his effects she chances on a photograph that raises questions about her childhood and the death of her mother. Challenging her uncooperative grandmother and brothers, Seraphine decides to seek out answers herself.
The story switches back and forth between the summer of her birth and her quest to seek out the au pair who was in the house at the time. The haunting truth begins to evolve into something dangerous as Seraphine begins to uncover secrets that others have conspired to keep hidden all of these years. This is one of those books that you will not want to put down. It sweeps you along with Seraphine from the scattered memories of a senile gardener to dangerous seaside cliffs. Pub. Date Jan 08, 2019
Little Shop of Found Things by Paula Brackston
New York Times bestselling author of The Witch's Daughter, has penned a delightful tale of magic and suspense. Xanthe and her mother Flora have had a tough go of it over the past couple of years. Starting anew, they have purchased an antique shop in the charming little village of Marlborough. Xanthe has a unique power to sense the history of some antique pieces. When she touches them, she can sense something of the people who once owed them. When she and her mother attend an auction at a local country manor she is drawn to a silver chatelaine that has a powerful hold on her.
The chatelaine leads her to an ancient jail cell built into the wall of their new garden. A ghostly figure living in the house threatens to harm Flora if Xanthe doesn’t go back to the 1600’s to rescue her daughter. Paula Brackston spins a compelling story with dimensional characters that is hard to put down. I look forward to reading this continuing series. Pub. Date October 9, 2018
Fromage a Trois: Paris, Love, Cheese by Victoria Brownlee
Anyone who loves Paris and who has stood in a French cheese shop and marveled at the seemingly acres of plump fresh cheeses, will be transported to France. Even if you’ve only dreamed about Paris and appreciate the creamy taste of a good goat cheese on your tongue, you will adore this book.
Ella used to be adventurous but after the man that she thought she would settle down with dumps her, she decides to leave Australia and return to the city where she was a different, more courageous person. With the help of Serge, the owner of the local fromagerie, she sets herself a challenge: eat a different kind of cheese every day for the next year.
Ella soon discovers that carving out a life in Paris is not that simple. Neither is trying to consume 365 types of cheese! This is a fun and engaging book. This is an entertaining read with tasty dairy overtones. Pub. Date October 2018