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Sarra Manning Reveals New Book – The Rise And Fall Of Becky Sharp

The Rise And Fall Of Becky SharpSarra Manning has revealed her brand new book with Harper Collins and it’s an absolute stunner. The book is called ‘The Rise And Fall Of Becky Sharp’, with an exquisite cover and a modern take on the ‘Vanity Fair’ tale, this book is guaranteed to be a favourite of 2018.

What the back cover says –

Determined to leave her poverty-stricken roots behind her, Becky Sharp is going to take every opportunity offered to her to climb to the top. Whether it’s using her new BFF Amelia Sedley to step up into the rarified world of London’s upper classes, or seducing society’s most eligible bachelors, Becky Sharp is destined for great things – at any cost…

From London to Paris and beyond, the world is there for Becky’s taking – even though some people are determined to stop her along the way

A hilarious contemporary retelling of the classic society novel, ‘Vanity Fair’ featuring the irrepressible Becky Sharp, this book sounds fabulous.

You can pre-order The Rise and Fall of Becky Sharp from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 6th September 2018.

After The Last Dance By Sarra Manning

After The Last Dancer’After The Last Dance’ is the latest book by Sarra Manning.

Kings Cross station, 1943. Rose arrives in London hoping to swap the drudgery of wartime for romance, glamour and jiving with GIs at Rainbow Corner, the famous dance hall in Piccadilly Circus. As the bombs fall, Rose loses her heart to a pilot but will lose so much more before the war has done its worst. Las Vegas, present day. A beautiful woman in a wedding dress walks into a seedy bar and asks the first man she sees to marry her. When Leo slips the ring onto Jane’s finger, he has no idea that his new wife will stop at nothing to get what she wants. So when Jane meets Rose, now a formidable older lady, there’s no love lost between them. But with time running out, can Rose and Jane come together to make peace with the tragic secrets that have always haunted their lives?

I’m a huge fan of Sarra’s books, they’re always witty and sassy stories of strong women, so when she moved to Sphere Books to write Historical Fiction, I was curious to see how this genre would work out for her and I’m delighted to say that I really liked this book.

The story floats between two times, 1943 during the peak of World War II when Rose moves to the bright lights of London, where she hangs out with her new friends at Rainbow Corners, she meets GI’s and falls for a handsome American pilot, a man who promises her the world as the war rages around them, she feels safe with him and hopes for a future with him when the war is over. The story then moves forward to present day, where we meet Jane, who’s just run from away from her fiancé in Las Vegas. She meets English gentleman Leo, a charismatic man who is riddled with his own ghosts and demons, she convinces Leo to marry her and two of them embarking on a turbulent relationship. But, when the pair of them return to England when they receive word of Leo’s sick aunt Rose, the two of them find themselves not only getting to know each other but themselves as well.

I loved the characters in this book, particularly Rose and Jane, two fiery and passionate women, who argue against each other but yet so similar in their lives as well as their concern for Leo, a troubled soul, who has yet to settle down. After living through the war and losing friends and love, Rose has become a hardened and successful woman who is not afraid to voice her opinion. Whilst Jane, has a spent a her time running from life and trying to finally find happiness, but as she gets to know Leo, she begins to realise that life isn’t always about material possessions as the two of them form a bond with each other, as they deal with the difficulty of Rose’s illness.

The story is beautifully written and oozes glamour from the first page, set against the bomb ridden back drop of London, the social dance halls provide the perfect distraction to the war that claims lives around them. The plot line is skilfully written and has a playful narrative throughout whether it’s the banter between Rose and her forsaken nephew Leo, or Leo and Jane beginning their new relationship, the dark scenes of war and carnage are accompanied with tender love scenes.

An atmospheric story that spans wonderfully over the years, ‘After The Last Dance’ is a sophisticated love story that pulls the reader in.

You can buy After the Last Dance from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

Sarra Manning Releases New Book – The House Of Secrets

The House Of SecretsSarra Manning is back with her second historical fiction book called ‘The House Of Secrets’.

The story of ‘The House Of Secrets’ is –

Every home has a story to tell . . .

An ordinary house on an ordinary street, built in 1936 and never lived in. Its rooms might be empty, but this house is full of secrets.

When Zoe and Win, raw and reeling from a recent tragedy, move into their new home it’s meant to be a fresh start and a way to mend the holes in their relationship.

But pushed to the back of a cupboard is a suitcase that’s been gathering dust for eighty years. Inside is a wedding dress, letters and a diary all belonging to a woman called Libby. And there’s something else in the suitcase, something that echoes Zoe’s own pain.

Zoe follows Libby’s trail from Paris to Spain on the brink of Civil War to secret trysts in London, and as Libby finds the courage to live and love again, Zoe begins to let go of her own grief.

But when Libby’s story takes a darker turn, Zoe becomes increasingly obsessed with discovering what really happened all those years ago. Because if Libby managed to get her happy ever after then maybe Zoe and Win can too.

With it’s beautiful cover, ‘The House Of Secrets’ sounds like a classy read from Sarra.

You can pre-order The House of Secrets from Amazon and will be available to buy from 27th July 2017.

Sarra Manning Reveals New Book – After The Last Dance

After The Last DancerSarra Manning is back with a brand new historical novel in 2016 with her new publisher Sphere, called ‘After The Last Dance’

The story of ‘After The Last Dance’ is –

Two women. Two love affairs. One unforgettable story.

Kings Cross station, 1943. Rose arrives in London hoping to swap the drudgery of wartime for romance, glamour and jiving with GIs at Rainbow Corner, the famous dance hall in Piccadilly Circus. As the bombs fall, Rose loses her heart to a pilot but will lose so much more before the war has done its worst.

Las Vegas, present day. A beautiful woman in a wedding dress walks into a seedy bar and asks the first man she sees to marry her. When Leo slips the ring onto Jane’s finger, he has no idea that his new wife will stop at nothing to get what she wants.

So when Jane meets Rose, now a formidable older lady, there’s no love lost between them. But with time running out, can Rose and Jane come together to make peace with the tragic secrets that have always haunted their lives?

I’m a huge fan of Sarra and look forward to reading her new step into historical fiction.

You can pre-order After the Last Dance from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 10th March 2016.

It Felt Like A Kiss By Sarra Manning

The Little Beach Street Bakery‘It Felt Like A Kiss’ is the latest book by Sarra Manning,

Ellie Cohen has it all. A great job at a swanky Mayfair art gallery, loyal mates, loving family and really really good hair. Well, almost everything – there’s the mega-famous rockstar father who refuses to acknowledge her and a succession of challenging boyfriends (which she calls fixer uppers, her friends call losers) but nobody’s perfect. Then a vengeful ex sells Ellie’s secrets and a pack of lies to the press. Suddenly she’s no longer the girl most likely to succeed but a girl whose life is falling to pieces. Strategic damage limitation aren’t the three little words Ellie wants to hear so it’s just as well that falling in love is the last thing on her mind.

It took me a while to finish reading ‘It Felt Like A Kiss’ not because I couldn’t get into the book or because I didn’t enjoy it, it was purely because I started to watch the first series of ‘Mad Men’ and the first series of ‘The Bridge’ at the same time, which was probably a bad idea. So Sarra, sorry I am only getting around to this review now!

I loved this book and oddly enough felt that I could relate to the leading character Ellie with her family life and absence of a father. I loved Ellie, I enjoyed her sense of adventure and envied her glamorous lifestyle as well as her rockstar upbringing. A sweet character who always seems to see the best in people, I found her calmness in the bizarre situation almost admirable as if it had been anyone, I think we all had gone out looking for revenge! Especially when her father still wants nothing to do with her when story is out in the open.

As well as an entertaining lead, Ellie was fortunate enough to have a reliable and fun bunch of friends and family, keeping her sane and offering support through this tough time. Meanwhile, our hero of the story comes in the shape of David Gold, a high powered lawyer who Elle meets one day at Glastonbury. Caught off guard at the sudden frisson for attraction, he suddenly becomes her unlikely saviour and helper whilst the media are out to get her and portray her in the worst light possible.

As well as the main story, Sarra has cleverly added some flashbacks to the tale. These flashbacks are about her rockstar mother Ari relationship with Billy before he became famous and Ellie’s birth. I thought this was a particularly interesting back story and even though these parts were just snippets of stolen moments together, I thought it made the story even more interesting.

Prettily presented,’It Felt Like A Kiss’ is typical of Sarra’s writing, a romantic, quirky and witty story, that leaves the reader begging for more. Featuring sexy characters and scenes of a sexual nature that has the pages sizzling from sexual tension, this book was a thoroughly good read and if only I hadn’t got caught up in 60’s drama, I would have finished it in a heartbeat!

You can buy It Felt Like a Kiss from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.