July 29, 2009

It was the sparkles

A year or so ago, while perusing the aisles of Barnes and Noble, I stumbled upon a great author I'd yet to discover-Harriet Evans. I bought her first book, Going Home, and loved it, and found myself back at Barnes and Noble not long after to pick up her second book, A Hopeless Romantic. Besides the fantastic sparkly covers (seriously, the covers are amazing and they're embellished with sparkly areas that are raised up like puffy paint), the stories and the London settings really drew me in. The main characters are really developed and make you want to cry, laugh and cheer along with them and the story lines are full of fun twists and turns and warm fuzzy feelings (these are of the romantic comedy genre, you know.)

Last night, while popping in to get a book for a weekend trip, I was happy to find a third by Evans — The Love of Her Life. I am anxious to get started on this one and will surely have my nose buried in it on the plane Friday.


"Leaving her tiny flat in London — and a whole host of headaches behind — Lizzy Walter is making the familiar journey back home to spend Christmas with her chaotic but big-hearted family. In an ever-changing world, her parents' country home, Keeper House, is the one constant. But behind the mistletoe and mince pies, family secrets and rivalries lurk. And when David, the Love of Her Life — or so she thought — makes an unexpected reappearance, this one ranks as a Christmas she would definitely rather forget."

"As winter slowly turns to spring, all the things that Lizzy has taken for granted begin to shift. Keeper House is in jeopardy and might have to be sold for reasons Lizzy doesn't understand. Her family seems fractured like never before. And, with a new man in her life, she may finally have to kiss her dream of a reunion with David goodbye. By the time the Walters gather at Keeper House for a summer wedding, the stakes have never been higher — for Lizzy, for her family, and for love."

"Laura Foster is a hopeless romantic. Her friends know it, her parents know it — even Laura acknowledges she lives either with her head in the clouds or buried in a romance novel. It's proved harmless enough, even if it hasn't delivered her a real-life dashing hero yet. But when her latest relationship ends in a disaster that costs her friendships, her job, and nearly her sanity, Laura swears off men and hopeless romantic fantasies for good."

"With her life in tatters around her, Laura agrees to go on vacation with her parents. After a few days of visiting craft shops and touring the stately homes of England, Laura is ready to tear her hair out. And then, while visiting grand Chartley Hall, she crosses paths with Nick, the sexy, rugged estate manager. She finds she shares more than a sense of humor with him — in fact, she starts to think she could fall for him. But is Nick all he seems? Or has Laura got it wrong again? Will she open her heart only to have it broken again?"


"In London, Kate Miller had an enviable life: an exciting job at a fashion magazine, an engagement and a wedding to plan. Then it all fell apart — spectacularly, painfully, and forever. That was three years ago . . . and she fled to New York City to live with her mother and stepfather."

"Now Kate is a true New Yorker, in love with the pace and rhythm of Manhattan. But deep down, she knows her life is in a holding pattern, that there is something — someone — more to love. But when her father becomes ill, Kate realizes it's time to return and face the friends and the memories she left behind. What really happened before Kate left London? Can she pick up the pieces and allow herself to love life again?"

(Plots written by Harriet Evans)

Evans' fourth book, I Remember You, set in Rome, is due to come out in October.
Is anyone else a fan? Do find a spot for these on your reading list!

17 comments:

That's Sassy said...

I also read Going Home and loved it!! I would love to read the other books written by her!!

Jess said...

I've never heard of her. I'll have to pick them up the next time I'm in the bookstore.

Thanks for the suggestion!

Kappa Prep said...

I have never heardof this author, but her books sound wonderful. Thank you for sharing!

Tracy-Girl said...

Yay... some exciting new reads!! Thank you for the references!

The Blonde Duck said...

I've never heard of her, but sparkly covers woo me. And her synposises sound great!

Deals, Steals and Heels said...

i LOVED going home!! i didn't know she had so many others....our library here struggles sometimes! i'll have to check these out on amazon and maybe buy them =)

CurlyKates said...

Oh i'm pretty excited! I was just looking for new books to read - i'm really hooked on Sarah Dessen books. But these sound amazing and exactly my type of read! :) thanks!!

Sweet Simplicity said...

I have never heard of her books. They sound fantastic. I will have to check them out.

Jules said...

I just started to read A Hopeless Romantic. Literally...page 9! This is the first book I've read by her, and so far, only 9 pages in, I'm totally hooked! I adore her writing style...will definitely have to check out Going Home and the others!!!

ams said...

Ooooo I'll definitely be adding those to my list!

PS - I tagged you with a little something :)

Erika said...

I've never so much as heard of these books, but now I want to read them! :)

Kristen said...

I think I am going to have to go check these out! The covers {sadly} always draw me in! And I too love the London settings :)

Southern Champagne Wishes said...

They all look good! Definitely adding them to my reading list! Thanks!

JP said...

Just saw these books at Borders and was wondering how they were. Will definitely check them out now!

Nicole said...

I have been looking for some good books to read I am going to go check her out! Thanks for sharing =D

kknelson2 said...

I was just looking for some things to read! Thank you!

Pink Maple said...

I picked up "Going Home" at Barnes and Noble a while ago on sale and it's been sitting in my "to read" pile - glad to hear that it's good!

 
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