Welcome back to the Rupert Crew newsletter.
I can hardly believe that March has arrived and another London Bookfair is just around the corner!
But what is new from the RCL stable? Well we’ve got some cracking books under starter’s orders, so here goes…
Love Letters in the Sand by June Francis (Severn House)
A young woman must follow her head or her heart in this powerful family saga
Liverpool, 1958. Nursery nurse Irene can’t help falling for her friend Peggy’s older brother. But nothing can come of it, for Marty is already married. Meanwhile, Peggy is desperate to marry her long-term boyfriend, but her Catholic parents would never accept a Protestant son-in-law. Could Irene and Peggy solve their problems by running away?
Also from June Francis, A Mother’s Duty (originally published as Kitty & Her Boys) is out from Ebury this month. The story of widow, Kitty Ryan, who finds herself torn between family duty and a second chance at happiness. Will her sons ever accept John Mcleod? Or will the Ryan household remain in conflict as the world itself prepares for war?
Reunited with her Italian Ex – Lucy Gordon (Harlequin)
Her real-life Romeo… Freelance journalist Natasha needs to find work – fast! When a job comes up in Verona she jumps at the chance.
Her heart might have been broken by a charming Italian, but with few other options, promoting the city seems like a dream assignment. Until she meets her new boss – and ex! – Mario…
Mario might not be the playboy she remembers, yet Natasha strives to keep their relationship professional.
But in the city of Romeo and Juliet, pursuing their star-crossed romance is hard to resist…
From leading parenting writer, Tanith Carey, comes Girls Uninterrupted (Icon).
A revised and updated edition of the bestselling Where has my little Girl Gone?
Offering the practical strategies one needs to create a carefree childhood for one’s daughters and ultimately help build them into the healthy, resilient women they deserve to be.
First Serial extract sold to the Times T2 section, second serial to Mail on Sunday.
Now something for younger readers. Cate Shearwater’s debut series, Somersaults & Dreams (Egmont).
Book 1 Making the Grade features young gymnast, Ellie Trengilly, whose dream is to become a world class gymnast and make her family proud. When she’s offered a place at the prestigious London Gymnastics Academy, it looks like she has a chance to make that dream come true.
But there are many obstacles to overcome, as well as new friends to make and rivalries to face. Will Ellie make the grade against all the odds?
If you are a fan of Cathy Cassidy or Jacqueline Wilson, you will love this!
April will mark New Island’s publication of a debut novel by Doreen Finn – My Buried Life.
What happens when you no longer recognise the person you have become?
Eva has managed to spend her twenties successfully hiding from herself in an alcohol-fuelled life in New York.
Attempting to write, but really only writing her epitaph, she returns to Ireland to confront the past that has made her what she is.
In prose that is hauntingly beautiful and delicate, Doreen Finn explores a truly complex and fascinating character with deft style and unflinching honesty.
Praise for My Buried Life
‘Doreen Finn has created a loaded pistol in Eva Perry, an embittered poet whose creative voice has been silenced… Finn’s language showers sparks as Eva confronts her own difficult nature and her family’s clouded past’ – Janet Fitch, author of White Oleander
‘In language that is both lyrical and exquisite, Doreen Finn brings us on a journey of loss, love, hope and redemption’ – Mary Stanley, Author of The Umbrella Tree and The Hijacking of Cassie Peters
We Followed our Stars aka Safe Passage by Ida Cook
Renewal of film option to Warner Sisters who remain committed to the project.
Also, the Cecil Beaton Diaries – New option for dramatic rights to Robert Trachtenberg.
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