Coming to the end of the year and I am miles away from finishing this year’s Popsugar Reading Challenge. I still have 15 books to go. While it is unlikely that I will complete the challenge, I’m going to try and get a few more ticked off this month.
A Royal Pain by Rhys Bowen
Lady Georgiana is a royal socialite, but she’s down on her luck and moonlighting as a maid to make some money. She also finds herself embroiled in an investigation when she unwittingly becomes embroiled in a tricky investigation.
Spying, lying, and lots of fun – this sounds like a great read.
What it’s about?
It’s 1930s London, and Lady Georgiana — thirty-fourth in line to the throne — has a lot on her plate, but little in her cupboards, in this national bestseller…
Baked beans and boiled eggs. That’s what my houseguest, the Bavarian princess, will have to eat if I don’t get help posthaste. The Queen of England has requested I entertain said princess, placing her in the playboy prince’s path, in hopes he might finally marry.
But queens never consider money, of which I have little. And which is why I moonlight as a maid-in-disguise. My plans:
1) Clean house in manner of palace.
2) Blackmail brother, Binky, into sending a few quid.
3) Unteach Princess Hanni English from gangster movies — lest she address the queen as “old broad.”
4) Keep eye on princess at parties, where she drinks like a fish.
Then there’s the matter of the body in the bookshop and Hanni’s unwitting involvement with the communist party. It’s enough to drive a girl mad…
Cloud 9 by Alex Campbell
I found this one on the shelf in my classroom library – sounds like an interesting idea and I think it would be a good fit for the social horror prompt.
What it’s about?
If there was a wonder-drug to make you feel happier, would you take it?
With no side effects, Leata is the perfectly safe pick-me-up!
What if everyone you knew had been taking it for years – your teachers, your friends, your family?
Leata – helping the country feel more positive!
What if your dad was dead-set against the drug and the corporation behind it?
Not all questions bring the answers we need!
What if he died? What if you begin to suspect he was killed? What if you’ve lived your whole life believing in something – only to find out it’s a lie?
Life’s short. Enjoy it!
The Versions of Us by Laura Barnett
Picked this one up from a charity shop a copy of years ago as I loved the cover. It also sounds like it could be a good read.
In one moment, two lives will be changed forever … and forever … and forever.The one thing that’s certain is that they met on a Cambridge street by chance and felt a connection that would last a lifetime. But as for what happened next … They fell wildly in love or went their separate ways. They kissed or they thought better of it. They married soon after or were together for a few weeks before splitting up. They grew distracted and disappointed with their daily lives together or found solace together only after hard years spent apart. With The Versions of Us, Laura Barnett has created a world as magical and affecting as those that captivated readers in One Day and Life after Life. It is a tale of possibilities and consequences that rings across the shifting decades, from the fifties, sixties, seventies, and on to the present, showing how even the smallest choices can define the course of our lives.