Kate Morton is back! And you could win!!!

Have you ever read one of those novels that stays with long after you finish the last page? If you’re familiar with Australian author Kate Morton, then you’ve definitely experienced this feeling.

The first Kate Morton novel I read was The Distant Hours. I was lucky enough to attend a lunch with Kate Morton when she was in town and I was able to ask her all the burning questions I had about why she ended the story the way she did, how she came up with the characters etc.

Also, isn’t she just lovely?

It’s been two years since we’ve had a new novel from Kate and I am SO excited that she is back this fall with The Secret Keeper. I’m about a 1/3 of the way through it and trust me, it does not disappoint. The opening sequence alone was enough to suck me in for all 496 pages!

Kate once again writes in her signature style spanning multiple time periods telling the story from more than one point of view. The story moves from the 1960’s to the 1940’s and then to present day. Here’s a quick synopsis for you:

After witnessing a shocking crime in her youth that challenges everything she knows about her family and especially her mother, Laurel, fifty years later, must come to terms with the secret history of her family. The Secret Keeper explores longings and dreams, the lengths people go to fulfill them, and the consequences they can have. It is a story of lovers, friends, dreamers, and schemers told—in Morton’s signature style—against a backdrop of events that changed the world.

And just because we love our readers SO much we are giving you the opportunity to win a Kate Morton library of books!! Visit www.thesecretkeeper.ca to enter, read an excerpt, download Secret Keeper wallpaper and more! And don’t forget to check out Kate’s Canadian tour dates! She will be in Canada October 18-20. All details can be found at www.thesecretkeeper.ca.

 

Visit www.katemorton.com for more info about the author and her other novels.

Royal Reads

In honour of Victoria Day approaching, we’re bringing you great books about royalty, crowns, romance and drama.

Four Sisters, All Queens

Marguerite, Eléonore, Sanchia, and Beatrice are the daughters of the countess of Provence. They’re also all queens of different countries in 13th century Europe. However, after their father’s death, they forget their creed of “family comes first,” and become rivals, all vying for same prize—the crown of Provence itself.

Find out more about the book from author Sherry Jones:

The Lady of the Rivers

Jacquetta, the Dutchess of Bedford, has the gift of second sight. When the throne of England comes under threat, it’s up to her to fight for her King, her Queen and for her own daughter Elizabeth. Part of the Cousins’ War series, which also includes The White Queen and The Red Queen, Philippa Gregory brings history to life in a story about adventure and passion. Preview the dramatic story.

Find out more about the book from author Philippa Gregory:

At the King’s Pleasure

Set in Tudor England, Lady Anne Stafford is in love with two men: her husband and King Henry VIII’s companion Sir William Compton. Her heart is torn when she realizes that she might have to choose between them. Peek inside the dramatic affair.

Queen by Right

Cecily Neville, Duchess of York, and her husband have gone through their share of tragedies and political challenges, but when King Henry VI is deemed unfit to rule, Cecily of York rises to the occasion to help her husband make the right decisions for both their family and country.

Find out more about the book from author Anne Easter Smith:

William and Kate

It’s hard to believe that it’s been over a year since the world watched the spectacularly glamorous wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. But there was much more going on behind the media frenzy and in the years leading up their engagement. This book details their pasts, how they found love, how their kept their romance a secret and much more.

Find out more about the book:

Knit Your Own Royal Wedding

For those of us who still can’t get enough of the royal wedding, here’s a book that’ll both feed your fixation and challenge your arts and crafts skills. We’ve seen plates, posters and even Pez dispensers, but now you can hand-knit your own wedding scene with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. The book comes complete with instructions and full-colour photos, great for both knitting aficionados and royal wedding enthusiasts alike.

Spring into a good book!

All this crazy hot then cold then hot then cold weather in Toronto has got us thinking about spring….well, summer more like it (27 degrees in March?!), but we’ll settle for spring first!

Take a moment out of your day, regardless of the weather, and enter our Spring Reading sweepstakes for your chance to win a fabulous prize pack of reads and goodies from DAVIDsTEA. Click on the image below to enter and good luck!

Jump into spring break with these excellent reads

Take your imagination on incredible journeys this spring break with these excellent reads!

Beyonders series: A World Without Heroes and Seeds of Rebellion
A World Without HeroesSeeds of Rebellion

The most powerful weapon in the land of Lyrian is not a sword or a book — it’s a word. Lost over the ages, it’s six syllables scatters across the land. When put together, this word can unleash magic so strong that it can destroy the evil wizard Maldor and end his reign of terror. Who is brave enough to embark on a quest to find this word of power? Find out the Brandon Mull’s bestselling fantasy series, Beyonders!

The Hundred-Foot Journey
The Hundred-Foot Journey

Immerse yourself in the aromas, colours, and flavours of the kitchen in Richard C. Morais’ The Hundred-Foot Journey, a succulent treat about family, nationality and the mysteries of good taste!

11/22/63
11/22/63
What if you could travel back in time and change the past? Let Stephen King take you on an incredible journey into the past and alter it to prevent the Kennedy assassination in 11/22/63. Never before has time-travel been so believable or so terrifying.

His next book, The Wind Through the Keyhole, comes out in April.

My Life As An Experiment
My Life as an Experiment

One man goes on ten humble quests to improve himself from living as a woman to impersonating a movie star to practising radical honesty! Follow Jacobs through his eye-opening situations that will change the way you think about the big issues of our time — from love and work to politics and breakfast cereal in this humour and wisdom-filled memoir, My Life as an Experiment.

A.J. Jacobs’ next book, Drop Dead Healthy: One Man’s Humble Quest for Bodily Perfection, comes out in April.

The Mortal Instruments series
The Mortal Instruments
Cassandra Clare’s ferociously entertaining fantasy, The Mortal Instruments series takes readers on a wild ride that they will never want to end. Follow Clary in the world of the Shadowhunters as they fight to protect the world from demons.

Ten Reasons Why Books Make the Best Gifts (well, after puppies and private islands)

1)      Because other than those sparkly pencils and key chains with peoples’ names on them, books are one of the best gifts that you can find a uniquely suited one for every person on your list

2)      Because you don’t need to poke holes in the box so the book can breathe

3)      Because they are easier to wrap than a football or bicycle

4)      Because you can do all of your shopping in one spot

5)      Because you don’t have to feed them, plug them in, or put batteries in them

6)      Because “They have whole worlds inside them, and it’s much cheaper to buy somebody a book than it is to buy them the whole world.” –Neil Gaiman

7)      Because you can even find one for the person who has everything

8)      Because they never come in the wrong colour, size or style

9)      Because they don’t need to be assembled

10)   Because it shows the recipient that you took the time to think about who they are and what they are interested in

So what’s the trick? Picking the right book. Luckily for you, I have some suggestions for everyone on your holiday gift list.

For the Hockey Lover

Double Overtime

Double Overtime by Stephen Cole

Full of fun facts, crazy yet true stories, and chalk full pictures, this book is for every hockey fan of every team (even if you the gift-buyer don’t know anything about hockey!)

For the (New) Baker

 Baking with the Cake Boss

Baking with the Cake Boss by Buddy Valastro

Buddy, from TLC’s smash hit Cake Boss, is back with another book. For the novice baker, this book starts with the basics of baking – the simple yet noble sugar cookie – and advances to fantastically intricate themed cakes for home-baking pros.  This is one gift that both the recipient and the giver are bound to benefit from!

For the Extraordinary Women in Your Life

 The Dovekeepers

The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman

Strong, brave, resourceful, sensuous, caring, and giving – these are just some of the used words to describe the women of The Dovekeepers. A masterpiece that was five years in the making, the author of Practical Magic tells the beautiful and harrowing tale of four Jewish women in 70 C.E. Masada, Israel.

For Lovers of  iAnything

Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

Steve Jobs – the man who changed the world, whether we like it or not. Walter Isaacson’s biography, the only authorized biography of the Apple co-founder and innovator, tells the story of this intense personality whose drive for perfection can be seen in every one of his products and serves as a rollercoaster tale of ambition, obsessions, compulsion, creativity and innovation.

For Your Daughter, Niece or Little Sister

Dork Diaries Box Set

Dork Diaries Box Set by Rachel Renee Russell

This super popular series chronicles the oh-so-fabulous life of Nikki Maxwell as she navigates the halls of middle school, mean girls, BFF drama and first crushes. These spunky, funny, and relatable books are perfect for tween girl readers (and best of all, they are PG-rated so you don’t have to worry about your 11-year old niece reading vampire/immortal love scenes!).

For Almost Anyone (really, who doesn’t read Stephen King?)

11/22/63

11/22/63 by Stephen King

The incredible Stephen King is back in a brand new way. In 11/22/63, King tells the ultimate “What If?” story. What if you could go back in time and change history? King’s suspenseful and riveting tale of time travel to one of America’s most epic periods in history will have readers on the edge of their seats until the last page is turned.

The New YA Must-Have

 Clockwork Prince

Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare

With so many YA vampire/werewolf/warlock/immortal, etc, etc, etc books out there, it’s hard for the discerning gift-giver to know which one to choose for the teen on their list. Well look no further – Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series left young women begging for another adventure to go on, bad-boy to drool over, and smart, brave girl to read about, and with the second of the Infernal Devices series, Clare delivers.

For the 20-something Student

5 Very Good Reasons to Punch a Dolphin in the Mouth (And Other Useful Guides)

 5 Very Good Reasons to Punch a Dolphin in the Mouth (And Other Useful Guides) by Matthew Inman

Perfect for the quirky-humored, google-searching  20-something, 5 Very Good Reasons to Punch a Dolphin in the Mouth (And Other Useful Guides) offers up 4 Reasons to Carry a Shovel at All Times, 6 Types of Crappy Hugs, 8 Ways to Tell if Your Loved One Plans to Eat You, 17 Things Worth Knowing About Your Cat, and 20 Things Worth Knowing About Beer.

Literary Non-Fiction

Rin Tin Tin

Rin Tin Tin by Susan Orlean

If you can’t get someone a puppy for Christmas, get this book instead. Rin Tin Tin has been getting rave reviews and for good reason. Whether you love dogs, old Hollywood, the entrepreneurs behind entertainment, biographies, history, or just a wonderfully written story, Rin Tin Tin delivers.

For the Book Club Lover

The Lady of the Rivers

The Lady of the Rivers by Philippa Gregory

Witchcraft, royalty, betrayal and passion, The Lady of the Rivers delivers it all. This book, to be enjoyed in front of a fireplace and with a cup of tea, is sure to keep your favorite aunt, sister or friend company this holiday season.

Brain Food

Grand Pursuit

Grand Pursuit by Sylvia Nasar

In this epic yet readable narrative modern economics, Sylvia Nasar, author of A Beautiful Mind, tells the of how activist thinkers like Marx, Sydney Fisher, Irving Fisher, and Milton Friedman transformed not just the Western world, but the entire planet.

The New Children’s Classic

The Man in the Moon

 The Man in the Moon by William Joyce

“Meet the very first guardian of childhood, MiM, the Man in the Moon.” A beautiful and tender story of love, adventure, and enchantment, The Man in the Moon, will capture hearts both young and old.