New Releases August 2019

It’s my birthday month next, and that means I’m basically for books I might like as a gift. Oh, that, and the N.E.W.T.s Readathon is taking place this month, which means I have to try and get as many checks for my TBR. All that combined? Well, it’s made me – apparently – fairly critical. Or maybe there are just less books being published that I really like, this coming month. Either way, here’s the new releases August 2019 has me excited for!

1. Honeymoon for One, Frankie Collins

When disaster strikes, paradise calls…
As a published novelist, Lila Rose has been writing about fictional weddings all her life. But disaster strikes on her own big day when she hears her philandering fiancé, Daniel whispering sweet nothings to someone else.
With her dream day shattered, all Lila wants to do is run and hide, so she decides to fly solo on her own honeymoon.
When Daniel arrives in the resort with his new squeeze, Lila strikes up a ‘showmance’ with hot new movie star, Freddie Bianchi. Freddie is perfect for the part and Lila soon relaxes into her leading lady role.
But as truth starts to merge with fiction, could real love be in the air?

This is one of those books that seems to have a bit of everything I like in a romance. A broken heart to start with, someone coming out stronger at the other end of things… A “pretend to be my partner” – which is probably one of my favourite tropes of all times. So yeah, I have high hopes for this one! (Goodreads)

2. The Ingredients for Happiness, Lucy Knott

Three sisters, a stash of family recipes, the chance to make their dreams come true…
Amanda is about to open her very own café. She has the pastry sorted, but hasn’t a clue about the plumbing. With the love of her life by her side, surely nothing else can go wrong?
Sabrina has struck out on her own and is proving to the global music industry she has what it takes. However, balancing the business side of the band with her personal life will end up being more than she bargained for.
Louisa is drawing inspiration from the beautiful Amalfi coast, channelling it into creating gorgeous gowns for modern day Sophia Lorens. But putting herself out there in the fashion industry will present its own challenges, even with the ever-supportive Luca by her side.

This is the sequel to How to Bake a New Beginning, which I really enjoyed. So naturally, when I saw that the three sisters were back in this one? I just knew I wanted to read it! (Goodreads)

3. The Postcard, Zoe Folbigg

A year after the kiss that brought them together in a snowy train-station doorway, Maya and James are embarking on another journey – this time around the world.The trip starts promisingly, with an opulent and romantic Indian wedding. But as their travels continue, Maya fears that ‘love at first sight’ might not survive trains, planes and tuk tuks, especially when she realises that what she really wants is a baby. Trouble is, James doesn’t feel the same. Meanwhile Maya’s best friend Nena is struggling with the reality of being a new parent, little knowing that her friend risks losing the love of her life over her dreams of motherhood.
Can Maya and James navigate their different hopes and dreams to stay together? Or is love at first sight just a myth after all…

You know those books that sound just so right for you at a certain time? This is one of them. Also, I loved The Note, which only made me more keen on reading the sequel! (Goodreads)

4. Polite Society, Mahesh Rao

Beautiful, clever, and very slightly bored, Ania Khurana has Delhi wrapped around her finger. When Ania finds love for her spinster aunt, she realizes her potential as a force for good. For her next match, Ania sets her sights on Dimple: her newest, sweetest, and, sure, poorest friend. But her good intentions may be misdirected, and when her aunt’s handsome new nephew arrives from America, the social tides in Delhi begin to shift. Surrounded by money old and new, navigating gossip, scheming, and an unforgettable cast of journalists, socialites, gurus, and heirs, Ania discovers that when you aim to please the human heart, things seldom go as planned.

I’ve mentioned this time and time again, it feels like, but basically, if you want to make me happy? Give me a good old retelling of Jane Austen. Bonus points if it’s in a non-western Culture because, well, honestly. We’ve done that. So this story? Yeah, it sounded right up my ally. Even if it is based on the one Jane Austen-book I like least! (Goodreads)

5. The Aussie Next Door, Stefanie London

American Angie Donovan has never wanted much. When you grow up getting bounced from foster home to foster home, you learn not to become attached to anything, anyone, or any place. But it only took her two days to fall in love with Australia. With her visa clock ticking, surely she can fall in love with an Australian—and get hitched—in two months. Especially if he’s as hot and funny as her next-door neighbor…Jace Walters has never wanted much––except a bathroom he didn’t have to share. The last cookie all to himself. And solitude. But when you grow up in a family of seven, you can kiss those things goodbye. He’s finally living alone and working on his syndicated comic strip in privacy. Sure, his American neighbor is distractingly sexy and annoyingly nosy, but she’ll be gone in a few months…
Except now she’s determined to find her perfect match by checking out every eligible male in the town, and her choices are even more distracting. So why does it suddenly feel like he—and his obnoxious tight-knit family, and even these two wayward dogs—could be exactly what she needs?

I mean. Sure, it’s basically a story where you know what will happen approximately every step of the way. But I like that, okay? And I especially like that the way it’s presented here! (Goodreads)

6. Sunshine over Bluebell Castle, Sarah Bennett

The summer she will never forget…
Time’s running out for Iggy Ludworth to restore the wild gardens of Camland Castle in time for the Summer Fete, so she ropes in hotshot gardener Will Talbot…But she regrets her decision as soon as he sets foot in the historic grounds – not only is Will arrogant and bossy, he’s totally gorgeous!
And very soon, sparks are flying amongst the bluebells. Yet with summer nearly over, will their summer fling convince Will and Iggy to go the distance?

Sarah Bennett isn’t quite a one-trick-horse, but she does specialise in a very particular sub-genre of romance. The type that takes place in some of the most idyllic locations in England. The type that I can never get enough of. (Goodreads)

What books are you most looking forward to for the month of August? Be sure to let me know below!