Some great books due for release in April. Are any of these in your radar to be read?

YOU LOVE ME – Caroline Kepnes

Joe Goldberg is back. And he’s going to start a family – even if it kills him…,

Joe Goldberg is done with cities, done with the muck and the posers, done with love. Now, he’s saying hello to nature, to simple pleasures on a cosy island in the Pacific Northwest. For the first time in a long time, he can just breathe.

He gets a job at the local library – he does know a thing or two about book – and that’s where he meets her: Mary Kay DiMarco. Librarian. Joe won’t meddle, he will not obsess. He’ll win her the old fashioned way… by providing her a shoulder to cry on, a helping hand. Over time, they’ll both heal their wounds (RIP Candace, RIP Beck, RIP Peach) and begin their happily ever after in this sleepy town.

The trouble is, Mary Kay already has a life. She’s a mother. She’s a friend. She’s … busy.

True love can only triumph if both people are willing to make room for the real thing. Joe cleared his decks. He’s ready. And hopefully, with his encouragement and undying support, Mary Hay will do the right thing and make room for him too. Won’t she?

Have you read the previous two books in this brilliant series? Have you watched the Netflix tv show? Will Joe be able to control himself this time? Can he truly find love? Or is this doomed? You have to read it to find out.

Thank you to Simon & Schuster for my ARC of this book. Due for release on the 1st April | Hardback | ebook

#YouLoveMe @carolinekepnes #simon&schuster


Elise knows every niche of the house. She knows which boards will creak. She knows where the gaps are in the walls. She knows which parts can take her in, hide her away. It’s home, after all. The home her parents made for her. And home is where you stay, no matter what.

Eddie calls the same house his home. Eddie is almost a teenager now. He must no longer believe in the girl he sometimes sees from the corner of his eye. He needs her to disappear. But when his older brother senses her, too, they are faced with a question: how do they get rid of someone they aren’t sure even exists? And, if they cast her out, what other threats might they invite in?

Thank you to #4thEstateBooks for an ARC of this book.

How good does this sound? A brilliant debut novel. Due for release on the 1st April 2021

@4thEstateBooks #Girlinthewalls #AJGnuse


Richard doesn’t have a past. For him, there is only the present: a new marriage to Tamara, a first chance at fatherhood to her son, Elijah, and a quiet but pleasant life as an art teacher at Elijah’s elementary school in Danvers, Virginia. Then the body of a rabbit, ritualistically murdered, appears on the school grounds with a birthday card for Richard tucked beneath it. Richard doesn’t have a birthday – but Sean does ….

Sean is a five-year-old boy who has just moved to Greenfield, Virginia, with his mother. Like most mothers of the 1980s, she’s worried about bills, childcare, putting food on the table… and an encroaching threat to American life that can take the face of anyone: a politician, a friendly neighbour, or even a teacher. When Sean’s school sends a letter to parents revealing that Sean’s favourite teacher is under investigation, a white lie from Sean lights a fire that engulfs the entire nation – and Sean and his mother are left holding the match.

Now, thirty years later, someone is here to remind Richard that they remember what Sean did. And though Sean doesn’t exist anymore, someone needs to pay the price for his lies.

WOW, how good does this one sound, if Sean doesn’t exist who sent the letter? A letter that can impact someone’s life and change everything.

Due for release on the 6th April 2021 published by #quirkbooks @claymcleod #WhisperDowntheLane



Assume you’re being told all of this by a flicker, a wisp, a thing you can’t quite get out of your head now that you’ve found me. And in the beginning, it’s you, not me, being handed an envelope with a key inside ….’

A story that covers topics such as climate change, identity, and the world we live in into a tightly plotted thriller full of unexpected twists and elaborate conspiracy.

Does that grab you? I know it grabs me. Out on the 15th April 2021 definitely one to grab, and lose yourself in.

Thank you to #4thestatebooks #JeffVandermeer for an ARC of this book.


Kate Macdougall always knew her heart wasn’t really in her job at Sotheby’s. All around her, her friends were finding their dream jobs and whooshing up career ladders. After yet another breakage, this time of two porcelain pigeons, she had enough, and walked out of her snoozy, back-office existence into the unknown world of the then-nascent gig economy.

London’s No 1 Dog Walking Agency is the story of her next 9 years and the dog’s (and people) she meets along the way. There’s Winston, the Labrador, who isn’t allowed to get muddy, even after owners split up and then enlist Kate in their custody battle. There’s the chic trio of Islington couples whose immaculately arranged dog walking schedule is thrown off when one of them gets off with the dog Walker Kate has employed. There’s Kate’s long suffering, dog agnostic boyfriend Finlay, and her mother, who is always on alert for wedding bells. Amongst all this, there’s Kate herself: trying to work out what she wants from life and when, and how to get there.

Thank you to#Bonnierbooks for an ARC of this book.

Are you looking for a charming, quirky read, with some sharp wit and great observations? Then grab a copy of this book, relax and enjoy. Not everyone knows what they want to do as a career, with so much pressure now to go to university get a degree, or a get fancy job, but what do you do if it’s not making you happy? Kate learns through the dogs they taught her about London – and life.

Due for release on the 8th April 2021 |Hardback | ebook | audiobook

#LondonsNo1DogWalkingAgency #Bonnierbooks #katemacdougall

LAIRIES -Steve Hollyman

Shaun wakes up in hospital after a fight in a local nightclub and discovers his girlfriend has been assaulted. Ade and Colbeck were there that night – the climax to weeks of escalating violence, their two-man vigilante mission to kick back against a broken generation. A misguided plan to combat the Lairies that blight broken Britain’s bars, pubs and streets.

What really happened that night? And how did it come to this? Not a book everyone will enjoy, but eye opening in many ways. Some very strong language throughout.

I would like to thank #influxpress for an ARC of this book.

This is Steve Hollyman’s debut novel told through several points of view as to what actually happened that fateful night. It is at times brutal, with strong language and violence, as these young men portrayed at the start of the twenty-first century, are trying to work out what they want from life, looking for a purpose. But showing an insight into masculinity.

Due for release on the 8th April 2021 | paperback | ebook | audiobook

#Lairies #stevehollyman #influxpress


Birds just got her dream job. The problem is, it’s not hers.

Have you ever imagined running away from your life?

Well Birdy Finch didn’t just imagine it. She did it. Which might’ve been an error. And the life she’s run into? Her best friend Heather’s.

The only problem is, she hasn’t told Heather. Actually there are a few other problems..,

Can Birdy carry off a summer at a luxury Scottish hotel pretending to be her best friend (who incidentally is a world class wine expert)?

And can she stop herself from falling for the first man she’s ever actually liked (but who thinks she is someone else)?

Thank you to #penguinrandomhouse for an ARC of this book.

When you feel your life’s a mess and just want to run away, not many people actually do it. But when Birdy does it she takes her best friends identity, how can this ever turn out well? Once lies start it’s very difficult to backtrack. Birdy Finch is a disaster. But she will make you laugh out loud. You will also be rooting for Birdy.

Due for release on the 15th April 2021 |Hardback | ebook

#TheSummerJob #LizzyDent #penguinrandomhouse


In 1901, the word ‘bond maid’ was discovered missing from the Oxford English Dictionary. This is the story of the girl who stole it.

Wane is born into a world of words. Motherless and irrepressibly curious, Eden spends her childhood in the scriptorium, a garden shed in Oxford where her father and a team of lexicographers are gathering words for the very first Oxford English Dictionary.

Esme’s place is beneath the sorting table, unseen and unheard. One day, she sees a slip containing the word ‘bond maid’ flutter to the floor unclaimed. Especially seizes the word and hides it in an old wooden trunk that belongs to her friend. Lizzie, a young servant in the big house. Send begins to collect other words from the Scriptorium that are misplaced, discarded or have been neglected by the dictionary men. They help her make sense of the world.

Over time, Eden realised that some words are considered more important than others, and that words and meanings relating to women’s experiences often go unrecorded. She begins to collect words for another dictionary: The Dictionary of Lost Words.

Set when women’s suffrage movement was at its height and the Great War loomed, The Dictionary of Lost Words reveals a lost narrative, hidden between the lines of a history written by men. It’s a delightful, lyrical and deeply thought provoking celebration of words, and the power of language to shape our experience of the world.

Thank you to #Chatto&Windus for an ARC of this beautiful book.

Available from the 15th April 2021 | Hardback|ebook |audiobook

Where would we be without words? Do men interpret words differently to women? The Oxford Dictionary was written by men, would it have been completely different if it had been done by women? It’s not something I’ve ever even thought about, but it is an interesting thing to consider. This is a unique debut novel, one to be savoured, a book that will make you think. Words are so powerful they can be used to elevate or repress. We are constantly learning new words, or at least I know I am, and if I don’t know what it means I look it up in The Oxford Dictionary. Or nowadays the internet. The story is based on real events. A memorable read you may want to read more than once.

#penguinrandomhouse #pipwilliams #TheDictionaryofLostWords

CUNNING WOMEN – Elizabeth Lee

They only want a kindness, but beware, for if you have no coin, they will curse you black and blue.

1620’s Lancashire. Away from the village lies a small hamlet, abandoned since the plague, where only one family dwells amongst its ruins. Young Sarah Haworth, her mother, brother and little sister Annie are a family of outcasts by day and the recipients of visitors by night. They are cunning folk: the villagers will always need them, quick with a healing balm or more, should the need arise. They can keep secrets too, because no one would believe them anyway.

When Sarah spies a young man taming a wild horse, she risks being caught to watch him calm the animal. And when Daniel sees Sarah he does not just see a strange, dirty thing, he sees her for who she really is: a strong creature about to come into her own. But can something as fragile as live blossom between these two in such a place as this?

When a new magistrate arrives to investigate the strange ends that keep befalling the villagers, he has his eye on one family alone. And a torch in his hand.

Thank you to #penguinrandomhouseuk @windmillbooks @nortnorth_west for an ARC of this book.

Due for release on the 22nd April 2021 | Hardback| ebook

This is another outstanding debut novel so many great books being released this year. Just as we all need them with lockdown and everything else going on. It’s sad that so many of these authors are not able to have the usual publication day celebrations. Hopefully that will happen later in the year. Full review to follow.

ARIADNE – Jennifer Saint

‘My story would not be one of death and suffering and sacrifice, I would take my place in the songs that would be sung about Theseus; the princess who saved him and ended the monstrosity that blighted Crete’

As princesses of Crete and daughters of the fearsome King Minos, Ariadne and her sister Phaedra grow up hearing the hoof ears and bellows of the Minotaur echo from the Labyrinth beneath the palace. The Minotaur – Mino’s greatest shame and Ariadne’s brother – demands blood every year.

When Theseus, Prince of Athens, arrives in Crete as a sacrifice to the beast, Ariadne falls in love with him. But helping Theseus kill the monster means betraying her family and country, and Ariadne knows only too well that in a world ruled by mercurial gods – drawing their attention can cost you everything.

In a world where women are nothing more than the pawns of powerful men, will Ariadne’s decision to betray Crete for Theseus ensure her happy ending? Or will she find herself sacrificed for her livers ambition?

Ariadne gives voice to the forgotten women of one of the most famous Greek myths, and speaks to their strength in the face of angry, petulant Gods.

Thank you to #wildfirepublishers #headline @bookywookydooda for an ARC of this debut novel

This is a perfect read for anyone who loves Greek Mythology, you will find yourself completely immersed in the story.

Available to purchase from 29th April 2021 |Hardback |eBook | audiobook

THE METAL HEART – Caroline Lea

The sky is clear, star-stamped and silvered by the waxing gibbous moon. No planes have flown over the islands tonight; no bombs have fallen for over a year.

On a remote island, a prisoner of war camp is constructed to house five hundred Italian soldiers. Upon their arrival, the men are greeted by a freezing Orkney winter and divided community, full of secrets and superstition.

As tensions between the islanders and outsiders grow, the lives of two sisters and a prisoner-of-war will be set on a collision course testing what makes us human during the darkest of times.

Based on the true story of the building of the Orkney Wedding Chapel during the Second World War and set in a vanishing world of myth and superstition, The Metal Heart is an astonishing novel about an island community torn apart by the arrival of outsiders.

Thank you to #PenguinMichaelJoseph for an ARC of this book.

This is a beautifully compelling wartime story of love and freedom.

Available from 29th April 2021 | Hardback | eBook

ANOTHER LIFE – Jodie Chapman

Nick and Anna work the same summer job at their local cinema. Anna is mysterious, beautiful, and from a very different world to Nick. She’s grown up preparing for the End of Days, in a tightly-controlled existence where Christmas, getting drunk and sex before marriage are all off limits.

When Nick comes into her life, Anna falls passionately in love. Their shared world burns with poetry and music, cigarettes and conversation – hints of the people they hope to become.

But Anna, on the cusp of adulthood, is afraid to give up everything she’s ever believed in, and everyone she’s ever loved. She walks away – and Nick doesn’t stop her.

Years later, a tragedy draws Anna back into Nick’s life. But rekindling their relationship leaves Anna and Nick facing a terrible choice: between a love that’s endured decades, and the promises they’ve made to others along the way.

Thank you to @penguinrandomhouse for an ARC of this book.

Full review to follow on blogtour on 30th April.

This is a beautifully written, stunning debut novel. Heartbreaking. A book you won’t be able to put down or forget.

Available from 1st April 2021 | Hardback |

@MichaelJBooks @jodiechapman #AnotherLife


The first book in an exciting new series.

Gunpowder and treason changed England forever. But the tides are turning and revenge runs deep….

1606. A year to the day that men were executed for conspiring to blow up Parliament, a towering wave devastated the Bristol Channel. Some proclaim God’s vengeance. Others seek to take advantage.

In London, Daniel Pursglove lies in prison waiting to die. But Charles FitzAlan, close adviser to King James1, has a job in mind that will free a man of Daniel’s skill from the horrors of Newgate. If he succeeds.

For Bristol is a hotbed of Catholic spies, and where better for the kind consourator who evaded arrest, one Spero Pettingar, to gather allies than in the chaos of a drowned city? Daniel journeys there to investigate FitzAlan’s lead, but soon finds himself at the heart of a dark Jesuit conspiracy – and in pursuit of a killer.

Thank you to #HeadlineReview for an ARC of this book.

If you enjoy historical fiction then this is definitely a book you want to get hold of. With plots and intrigue. Keeping the reader totally immersed in history.

Available from 1st April 2021 | Hardback | ebook | audiobook


Have I tempted you to look out for any of these books. I have to say I have quite a mixture for April. Not just great stories but some gorgeous covers as well.

I hope there is something you fancy among this selection.


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