New UK Book Releases: 2022 Week #12

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This is a new weekly post which will show some of the new UK book releases each week.

These will be books on my to buy list, that I have found from various sources.

New Releases this month:

💜 My Mother’s Gift – Steffanie Edward

Genre: Drama

Publisher: Bookouture

Publishing Date: 22.03.22

Synopsis from Goodreads:

What if going home was the only way to find out where you belonged?

When Erica gets a phone call to say her mother, Ione, is ill in St Lucia, she knows she must go to her, even though their relationship has always been difficult. The island – the place of her mother’s birth – is somewhere that Erica has never called home.

Even when the plane touches down in the tropical paradise, with its palm trees swaying in the island breeze, the sound of accents so like her mother’s own calling loud in the air, Erica doesn’t find herself wanting to stay a moment longer than she has to.

But stepping into her mother’s house, she is shocked by what she finds. Her mother’s memory is fading and she is having strange, erratic episodes. Erica knows the right thing to do is to stay with her, even if it means leaving everything in England behind.

Could you uproot your whole life for the person who raised you? Can a place you’ve never felt at home ever feel like where you belong? And – as you experience loss – is it ever possible to also find love and peace?

Goodreads rating: 4.12

💜 The Family Holiday – Shalini Boland

Genre: Thriller

Publisher: Bookouture

Publishing Date: 29.03.22

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Two families. One house swap. A vacation to die for.

I can’t believe my luck as I arrive at the beautiful, white-washed Italian villa. Complete with an infinity pool and stunning views, it’s the perfect place to create special memories with my family. But as soon as we step inside everything starts to go wrong…

When my neighbour from back home calls, concerned about the woman in my house – and the way she’s snooping about – I start to wonder why successful Amber Mason has swapped her gorgeous villa in the sun for a crumbling English cottage.

In the midday heat a shiver runs down my spine. I have no idea who the stranger I’ve let into my life really is.

Then I discover an old photograph of my handsome husband hidden in a wardrobe in the master bedroom. My head spins as I try to understand why it’s there. When I confront Niall on the balcony he has an answer for everything. As I search his familiar green eyes, with the sun setting in the background, I can no longer tell if he’s lying. I storm out.

But when I return to the villa, in the dark of night, I scream. My husband is lying dead on the veranda.

Memories of our marriage flash before our eyes. Was it all a lie? And are my children now in danger?

The vacation is over and the nightmare has just begun…

Goodreads Rating: 4.23

💜 Wild and Wicked Things – Francesca May

Genre: Fantasy/Historical Fiction

Publisher: Orbit

Publishing Date: 29.03.22

Synopsis from Goodreads:

In the aftermath of World War I, a naive woman is swept into a glittering world filled with dark magic, romance, and murder in this lush and decadent debut.

On Crow Island, people whisper, real magic lurks just below the surface. 

Neither real magic nor faux magic interests Annie Mason. Not after it stole her future. She’s only on the island to settle her late father’s estate and, hopefully, reconnect with her long-absent best friend, Beatrice, who fled their dreary lives for a more glamorous one. 

Yet Crow Island is brimming with temptation, and the biggest one may be her enigmatic new neighbor. 

Mysterious and alluring, Emmeline Delacroix is a figure shadowed by rumors of witchcraft. And when Annie witnesses a confrontation between Bea and Emmeline at one of the island’s extravagant parties, she is drawn into a glittering, haunted world. A world where the boundaries of wickedness are tested, and the cost of illicit magic might be death.

Goodreads Rating: 3.71

Released in Paperback this month:

💜 The Thief who Sang Storms – Sophie Anderson

Genre: Children’s Fantasy (Ages 9-12)

Publisher: Usborne Publishing

Publishing Date: 31.03.22

Synopsis from Goodreads:

The Island of Morovia is shaped like a broken heart. The humans live on one side of the island, and the alkonosts – the bird-people – live on the other. But it wasn’t always this way…

Linnet wishes she could sing magic, like her father, Nightingale – and bring the two sides of her island together again. For her land has been divided by a terrible tragedy, and Linnet has been banished with her father to the deepest swamps, leaving behind her best friends, Hero and Silver.

So when her father is captured, Linnet must be brave and embark on a treacherous journey. Through alligator pools and sinking sands, she finds new friends. Yet without her singing magic, Linnet discovers something even more powerful. Something that could save her father, and heal the broken heart of her island once more…

Goodreads Rating: 4.61

💜 The Secret of the Treasure Keepers – A.M. Howell

Genre: Children’s Historical Fiction (Ages 9-12)

Publisher: Usborne Publishers

Publishing Date: 31.03.22

Synopsis from Goodreads:

February 1948.

Ruth has been whisked off to the lonely Rook Farm to investigate the discovery of long-buried treasure with her mother. But at the farmhouse, she finds secrets lurk around every corner. Joe, the farmer’s son, is hiding something about the treasure, while land girl Audrey watches their every move.

But before Ruth can find out more, the treasure is stolen… With a storm coming, Ruth must race to uncover the secrets of the treasure keepers before all of their lives are changed forever.

Goodreads Rating: 4.53

💜 Dread Wood – Jennifer Killick

Genre: Children’s Horror (Ages 9-12)

Publisher: Farshore

Publishing Date: 31.03.22

Synopsis from Goodreads:

It’s basically the worst school detention ever. When classmates (but not mate-mates) Hallie, Angelo, Gustav and Naira are forced to come to school on a SATURDAY, they think things can’t get much worse. But they’re wrong. Things are about to get seriously scary.

What has dragged their teacher underground? Why do the creepy caretakers keeping humming the tune to Itsy Bitsy Spider? And what horrors lurk in the shadows, getting stronger and meaner every minute . . .? Cut off from help and in danger each time they touch the ground, the gang’s only hope is to work together. But it’s no coincidence that they’re all there on detention. Someone has been watching and plotting and is out for revenge . . .

Goodreads Rating: 4.64

Congratulations to all the authors and publishers with releases this week.

Hope you find something you like on the post?

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