New Acquisitions – March 2014

After last month’s miss on the acquisitions post (a failure to track the books as they came in, and a lack of interest in going back and working out what I had picked up), I’m going to start again.  This doesn’t cover *all* the books I pick up during the previous month – that would just be plain embarrassing – but gives you a clue of what I’ve been up to.

Minutes before Sunset by Shannon A. Thompson

minutesbeforesunsetShe was undoubtedly a shade, but I didn’t know her.

Eric Welborn isn’t completely human, but he isn’t the only shade in the small Midwest town of Hayworth. With one year left before his eighteenth birthday, Eric is destined to win a long-raging war for his kind. But then she happens. In the middle of the night, Eric meets a nameless shade, and she’s powerful—too powerful—and his beliefs are altered. The Dark has lied to him, and he’s determined to figure out exactly what lies were told, even if the secrets protect his survival.

He had gotten so close to me—and I couldn’t move—I couldn’t get away.

Jessica Taylor moves to Hayworth, and her only goal is to find more information on her deceased biological family. Her adoptive parents agree to help on one condition: perfect grades. And Jessica is distraught when she’s assigned as Eric’s class partner. He won’t help, let alone talk to her, but she’s determined to change him—even if it means revealing everything he’s strived to hide.

Received from the author

The Clandestine Cake Club Cookbook by Lynn Hill

ccccThe secret is out! Discover 120 sensational cake recipes from the founder and members of Britain’s first and only underground cake club. Secret venues, inspired themes, and fabulous cakes. Across the UK and beyond, thousands of home bakers have been meeting covertly in hidden locations with the same simple mission: bake, eat, and gossip about cake. These are the members of the phenomenally popular Clandestine Cake Club—and now, for the first time, they share their baking secrets. The rules are quite clear: no cupcakes, no muffins, no brownies, pies, or tarts. It’s all about cake! With each event organized around a creative theme, the results are some of the most loved and inventive baked delights you’ll ever eat. The inspiring recipes include Scrumptious Sticky Toffee Cake; Smoked Chili Chocolate Cake; Blood Orange and Rosemary Loaf; Dark’n’Stormy Cake; Rose, Rhubarb & Cardamom Cake; Chai-soaked Vanilla Sponge; a giant Lemon Fondant Fancy; and the unmissable five-tier Rainbow Cake; all presented with stunning photography and sneak-peek snaps from club events.

It’s rare for me to pick up non fiction books, and I wouldnt call myself a particularly good baker, but this was on sale in the local The Works shop, and i needed a little bit of cheering up, so why not eh?

The Gates of Rome (Emperor #1), by Conn Iggulden

gatesofromeOn the lush Italian peninsula, a new empire is taking shape. At its heart is the city of Rome, a place of glory and decadence, beauty and bloodshed. Against this vivid backdrop, two boys are growing to manhood, dreaming of battles, fame, and glory in service of the mightiest empire the world has ever known. One is the son of a senator, a boy of privilege and ambition to whom much has been given and from whom much is expected. The other is a bastard child, a boy of strength and cunning, whose love for his adoptive family-and his adoptive brother-will be the most powerful force in his life.
As young Gaius and Marcus are trained in the art of combat-under the tutelage of one of Rome’s most fearsome gladiators-Rome itself is being rocked by the art of treachery and ambition, caught in a tug-of-war as two rival generals, Marius and Sulla, push the empire toward civil war. For Marcus, a bloody campaign in Greece will become a young soldier’s proving ground. For Gaius, the equally deadly infighting of the Roman Senate will be the battlefield where he hones his courage and skill. And for both, the love of an extraordinary slave girl will be an honor each will covet but only one will win.
The two friends are forced to walk different paths, and by the time they meet again everything will have changed. Both will have known love, loss, and violence. And the land where they were once innocent will be thrust into the grip of bitter conflict-a conflict that will set Roman against Roman…and put their friendship to the ultimate test.

Touching distance by Rebecca Abrams

touchingdistanceIt is 1790. After ten years’ training in the great medical schools of Europe, Alec Gordon has returned to Scotland to take up the post of physician in the Aberdeen Dispensary. Alec has ambitious plans for modernizing medical practice in the town, starting with the local midwives, whose ignorance and old-fashioned methods appal him.

But Alec’s dreams of progress are thrown into disarray when a mysterious disease suddenly strikes the town, attacking and killing every newly delivered mother for miles around. Alec alone recognizes it as childbed fever, a disease more deadly than the plague, a condition that has baffled the greatest physicians of the age, an illness with no known cause and no known cure.

Desperate to save his patients’ lives, Alec sets out on an astonishing medical quest to conquer the disease. But while Alec struggles to find solutions that lie far in the future, his wife Elizabeth is increasingly lost in the past, prey to terrifying memories of her childhood in Antigua. As she knows and he will learn, some diseases lie beyond the reach of reason.

Picked up in the local Waterstones Clearance Sale

The Path to the Lake by Susan Sallis

pathtothelakeViv’s marriage to David was not a conventional one, but when he died – in an accident for which she blamed herself – it was as if her whole world had collapsed around her. She escaped by running, mainly around the nearby lake, which was once a popular place of recreation but was now desolate and deserted . It became both her refuge and her dread.

Picked up in the local Waterstones Clearance Sale

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