April 22, 2010

Eagerly Looking Forward To...

The Shadowy Horses by Susanna Kearsley

Re-Release Date: May 7, 2010. Originally published May 1997.
Publisher: Allison & Busby
ISBN: 0749007036
Format: Trade Paperback 
Pages: 400

Verity Grey is thrilled to be asked to join archaeologist Peter Quinnell's dig in the Scottish borders, but after her first day she isn't so sure. Quinnell, having spent his whole life searching for the resting place of the lost Ninth Roman Legion, is convinced he's finally found it - not because of any scientific evidence, but because a local boy has seen a Roman soldier walking in the fields, a ghostly sentinel who guards the bodies of his long-dead comrades. The worst thing is that Verity believes in Peter, and the boy, and even in the Sentinel, who seems determined to become her own protector...but from what?

The Cookbook Collector by Allegra Goodman

Release Date: July 6, 2010
Publisher: The Dial Press
ISBN: 0385340850
Format: Hardcover 
Pages: 416

Heralded as “a modern day Jane Austen” by USA Today, National Book Award finalist and New York Times bestselling author Allegra Goodman has compelled and delighted hundreds of thousands of readers. Now, in her most ambitious work yet, Goodman weaves together the worlds of Silicon Valley and rare book collecting in a delicious novel about appetite, temptation, and fulfillment.

Emily and Jessamine Bach are opposites in every way: Twenty-eight-year-old Emily is the CEO of Veritech, twenty-three-year-old Jess is an environmental activist and graduate student in philosophy. Pragmatic Emily is making a fortune in Silicon Valley, romantic Jess works in an antiquarian bookstore. Emily is rational and driven, while Jess is dreamy and whimsical. Emily’s boyfriend, Jonathan, is fantastically successful. Jess’s boyfriends, not so much—as her employer George points out in what he hopes is a completely disinterested way.

Bicoastal, surprising, rich in ideas and characters, The Cookbook Collector is a novel about getting and spending, and about the substitutions we make when we can’t find what we’re looking for: reading cookbooks instead of cooking, speculating instead of creating, collecting instead of living. But above all it is about holding on to what is real in a virtual world: love that stays.

Dracula My Love: The Secret Journals of Mina Harker by Syrie James

Release Date: July 22, 2010
Publisher: HarperCollins
ISBN: 0061923036
Format: Paperback 
Pages: 480

Syrie James approaches Bram Stoker's classic Dracula with a breathtaking new perspective--as, for the first time, Mina Harker records the shocking story of her scandalous seduction and sexual rebirth.
Who is this magnetic, fascinating man? And how could one woman fall so completely under his spell?

Mina Harker is torn between two men. Struggling to hang on to the deep, pure love she's found within her marriage to her husband, Jonathan, she is inexorably drawn into a secret, passionate affair with a charismatic but dangerous lover. This haunted and haunting creature has awakened feelings and desires within her that she has never before known, which remake her as a woman.

Although everyone she knows fears him and is pledged to destroy him, Mina sees a side to him that the others cannot: a tender, romantic side; a man who's taken full advantage of his gift of immortality to expand his mind and talents; a man who is deeply in love, and who may not be so guilty of evil after all.

Yet to surrender is surely madness, for to be with him could end her life. It may cost Mina all she holds dear, but to make her choice she must learn everything she can about the remarkable origins and sensuous powers of this man, this exquisite monster, this ... Dracula!

Poison by Sara Poole

Release Date: August 3, 2010 
Publisher: St. Martin's Press 
ISBN: 0312609833 
Format: Trade Paperback  
Pages: 400 

 In the simmering hot summer of 1492, a monstrous evil is stirring within the Eternal City of Rome. The brutal murder of an alchemist sets off a desperate race to uncover a plot that threatens to end the Renaissance and plunge Europe back into medieval darkness. 

Determined to avenge the killing of her father, Francesca Giordano defies all convention to claim the position of poisoner serving Cardinal Rodrigo Borgia, head of the most notorious and dangerous family in Italy. She becomes the confidante of Lucrezia Borgia and the lover of Cesare Borgia. At the same time, she is drawn to the young renegade monk who yearns to save her life and her soul. 

 Navigating a web of treachery and deceit, Francesca pursues her father’s killer from the depths of Rome’s Jewish ghetto to the heights of the Vatican itself. In so doing, she sets the stage for the ultimate confrontation with ancient forces that will seek to use her darkest desires to achieve their own catastrophic ends.


  1. I have loved everything I have read by Susanna Kearsley so I am really looking forward to The Shadowy Horses too!

  2. Marg, I read The Winter Sea but have not reviewed because I want to read again. Actually I am reading Mariana right now too and its wonderful so far. Such a talented writer and compelling stories. Hope I can acquire her entire backlist, although not sure if I will read her Emma Cole novels.

  3. At this stage I am mainly concentrating on her historical novels, not the Emma Cole novels.

    I absolutely adored The Winter Sea. Such a good book. I knew within two pages that it was a book for me!

  4. Me too. Looks like her next Kearsley book is called The Rose Garden. Can't wait for its release.


  5. You should definitely read the Emma Cole book, Every Secret Thing! I love all the Susanna Kearsley books, too (I managed to collect all but two), but this is the most powerful story, in my opinion. I haven't been able to forget it, and I read it months ago, now!

  6. Thanks for the recommendation for Every Secret Thing. Sounds thrilling and my kind of book. I have three of her books now but I would like to get them all eventually.

  7. Just realized Every Secret Thing is being re-released under Susanna Kearsley in trade paperback October 11, 2010 from Allison & Busby. I'll probably be picking that one up!