If you enjoyed Ranald’s last book, Sorry Not Sorry, you will truly enjoy her new one, It’s Not You It’s Him.
Ranald has brilliantly taken one of her characters, Tansy, and created a moving story of love, loss, lack of self-confidence and body image and tied it in a bow with humor and hysterical scenes.
Tansy has just broken up with “the love of her life” Renzo. Blaming herself for not being a better person, someone who would deserve his love and affection, she along with her roommate devise a scheme in order to win him back. Tansy decides she needs a fake boyfriend.
Meanwhile, Josh a frenemy from high school, not especially a favorite time in Tansy’s life, comes to London and stays with her.
All the while Tansy is trying to keep her job, help her mother make ends meet and assist a young upcoming designer which makes for a very chaotic life.
The story shows how some women will take just about any kind of verbal abuse from powerful men who they feel are superior to them and blame themselves.
It also traces those episodes in one’s past life which we all have and can relate to where there were nasty words said, embarrassments in front of others and horrible tricks played, Those emotions can not only hurt when they originally happen, but can last your lifetime.
It’s Not You It’s Him is a very powerful story about women who begin to learn at all ages how to take back the power they have lost and begin to put themselves first.
Bravo Sophie Ranald!
Thank you #NetGalley #Bookouture #SophieRanald #It’sNotYouIt’sHim for the advanced copy. The book is out right now.
I will never drive by a flea market again without thinking of Hallie Ephron and her latest mystery Careful What You Wish For.
Emily Harlow is a professional organizer married to Frank Harlow a professional hoarder (of flea market finds) as well as a lawyer. They say opposites attract right?
So when Emily is called by an elderly woman to organize a storage unit she had no idea her late husband had even rented, and a young woman whose husband is an antique hoarder like Frank hires her to declutter belongings her husband will not allow her to bring into the house she thinks she’s hit the jackpot!
But suddenly Emily finds herself embroiled in possibly aiding a thief, as well as unknowingly being involved in a murder which could possibly implicate her. Who on earth would want to frame Emily and why?
Careful What You Wish for is the best type of mystery novel. You think you have it all figured out and then another clue appears sending the reader in another direction. Ephron certainly knows how to keep the reader guessing!
The book would be an enjoyable beach read or even just a read in your cozy chair.
And just for the record, my husband will not be visiting flea markets anymore!
Thank you @HallieEphron @WmMorrowBooks #CarefulWhatYouWishFor for the advanced copy. The book will be out August 6.
I thought Sandie Jones’ first book, The Other Woman, was incredibly cleaver. But after reading her second, The First Mistake, I am pretty sure this one is just masterful!
The First Mistake is an addictively suspenseful story about a family who seems to have it all. Alice, the wife, married once before, finds true love again with Nathan, the second husband, who seems to emulate what she loved about her first husband, Tom. They have two children and a thriving company which they are about to take globally.
Suddenly Nathan starts to act strange. In ways which Alice cannot and does not want to understand. Would he try and hurt their business? Their family? And if so why?
Alice’s best friend Beth is her rock. She knows all Alice’s secrets. She is Alice’s sounding board. Until something happens and then their friendship explodes. She can’t trust Nathan and now she can’t trust Beth.
Alice only has herself to get her out of a mess she doesn’t really even understand. How strong is she really? Can she force herself to see what she doesn’t really want to?
This story was incredible! There were so many twists and turns my head began to spin even as I was thinking give me more! and more!
Do yourself a favor and add Sandie Jones to your must read list. You will not be disappointed.
Thank you #NetGalley #MinotaurBooks #SandieJones #TheFirstMistake for the advanced copy.
Buy-book link: https://us.macmillan.com/books/9781250225108
About the author:
RICHARD KIRSHENBAUM is CEO of NSG/SWAT, a high-profile boutique branding agency. He has lectured at Harvard Business School, appeared on 20/20, was named to Crain’s New York Business’s “40 under 40” list, and has been inducted into the Advertising Hall of Fame. He is the author of Under the Radar, Closing the Deal, Madboy, and Isn’t That Rich? and the New York Observer‘s “Isn’t That Rich?” column. He lives in New York City with his wife and three children.
ROUGE Blog Tour Q&A with Richard Kirshenbaum
- How did you become inspired to write ROUGE?
“I’m part of the first generation of men to have worked for the first generation of female entrepreneurs and executives. As an ad man, I also ran many cosmetic accounts throughout the U.S., from Avon to Revlon, and much in between. I was inspired by the female entrepreneurs who founded the first multi-billion dollar female driven industry, and was surprised that there hadn’t been a novel about the industry before this.”
- Can you talk about your research process?
“Over the past thirty years, a lot has been drawn from biographies of well-known people who run these cosmetics companies. As a novel, Rouge is a compilation of characters based on women and men who founded these companies. I often draw from those biographies. I also do an enormous amount of research online. Today vs. 25 years ago, where you had to go to the New York Public Library, it’s a joy to be able to access so many articles and books online. I think it’s really important, when writing a period piece, to understand world events that happened during that time. It’s hard to set a book in the 1920’s and place your character at a bar, if that’s when prohibition was in effect. So unless you really understand what’s going on in the world, you can’t give an accurate portrayal. One has to do a year-by-year deep dive if you’re writing historical fiction.”
- How was the experience of writing ROUGE, a novel, different from your last book, Isn’t That Rich?, which was nonfiction?
“Essays are mostly observational and contemporary, so I was always intrigued by the people I know and some of the ridiculous things that occur in a certain group. Creating fictional characters is actually in many ways more rewarding for me. I believe that when you create strong characters and come up with a great plot line with characters who drive the story, it’s fascinating to bring so much life. It’s the ultimate creative process.”
- Tell us about some of the locations where you wrote ROUGE?
“In the acknowledgements at the back of the book, I include places, as well as people. I was inspired from writing in different locations. For example, in the villa in Jamaica where Ian Fleming wrote his James Bond novels. You can rent out the villa, which includes a manual type-writer, and it’s really inspiring to write in a place like that with such literary significance. It inspired me to write something worthy. Every time I go someplace, it adds to the tapestry of what I’m writing about.”
- What’s the last book you read?
Currently reading: Three Men on a Diet: A Very English Approach to Losing Weight by George Courtauld.