Here are some of the hotly anticipated chick lit releases from debut authors for mid-2012.

Wife 22 – Melanie Gideon

Maybe it was my droopy eyelids. Maybe it was because I was about to turn the same age my mother was when I lost her. Maybe it was because after almost twenty years of marriage my husband and I seemed to be running out of things to say to each other. But when the anonymous online study called “Marriage in the 21st Century” showed up in my inbox, I had no idea how profoundly it would change my life. It wasn’t long before I was assigned both a pseudonym (Wife 22) and a caseworker (Researcher 101). And, just like that, I found myself answering questions like Sometimes I tell him he’s snoring when he’s not snoring so he’ll sleep in the guest room and I can have the bed all to myself. Before the study, my life was an endless blur of school lunches and doctor’s appointments, family dinners, budgets, and trying to discern the fastest-moving line at the grocery store. I was Alice Buckle: spouse of William and mother to Zoe and Peter, drama teacher and Facebook chatter, downloader of memories and Googler of solutions. But these days, I’m also Wife 22. And somehow, my anonymous correspondence with Researcher 101 has taken an unexpectedly personal turn. Soon, I’ll have to make a decision – one that will affect my family, my marriage, my whole life. But at the moment, I’m too busy answering questions. As it turns out, confession can be a very powerful aphrodisiac.
MAY

Southern Charm – Tinsley Mortimer

Small-town girl Minty Davenport always dreamed of skyscrapers and yellow cabs. So upon graduation from college, she bids adieu to Charleston and makes a beeline for the Big Apple. Landing a job at a PR firm, she crosses paths with the city’s elite, who are charmed by her vivacious personality and no-strings-attached sincerity. When she finds her picture in fashion magazines alongside A-list celebrities, Minty realises that her future is in front of the camera, not behind it. But it’s a long way from the deb balls of Charleston to Fashion Week in Lincoln Centre, and the gatekeepers to New York society upper echelons aren’t easily charmed. At first, Minty’s attempts to apply etiquette lessons of a southern belle to big city life fail miserably. But she eventually morphs from the girl who alphabetises the guest list to a boldface name, while also landing the city’s most eligible bachelor. When a fellow “It Girl” starts rumours that threaten to ruin Minty’s social standing, Minty is forced to reevaluate her values. Finally, she realises that only by embracing her southern charm can she rule the city.
MAY

Revelry – Lucy Lord

One summer can change everything. Best friends Bella and Poppy have it all, and they’re not afraid to enjoy it, but living life to the max catches up with them and their friendship is pushed to the limit. Set over one long summer we follow the ups and downs and the betrayal and the backstabbing – from Poppy sleeping with Bella’s boyfriend to her ever-growing reliance on class-A drugs – will Bella ever be able to forgive her lifelong friend or have the rules of friendship been broken beyond repair? Along the way the duo and their colourful group of friends have as much fun as they can, from almost having sex with a dwarf in a club toilet to doing lines of coke in a yurt.
JUNE

Can I Get an Amen? – Sarah Healy

Growing up, Ellen Carlisle was a Christian, and that meant God had her back. He showed his love with blessings like new cars and tropical vacations. As she got older, life got more complicated – and so did God. When her husband suddenly ends their marriage, it’s hard for her to see the silver lining. Losing her job in the same week, she is forced to move back home with her Born Again parents. Her mother urges church and prayer, but Ellen looks for comfort in shopping and friends – and then she meets Mark. Mark is handsome, fun, and a true gentleman – exactly the kind of blessing Ellen has been hoping to find. But with family tensions coming to a head and some unexpected revelations about Mark, she will soon discover that true happiness requires finding her own brand of faith.
JUNE

The Meryl Streep Movie Club – Mia March

Three women find unexpected answers, happiness, and one another, using Meryl Streep’s movies as their inspiration. Three estranged female relatives – two sisters and the cousin they grew up with after a tragedy – are summoned home to their aunt’s inn on the coast of Maine. Thirty-one-year-old Isabel Nash McNeal is reeling from her husband’s affair, but a secret pact she made years ago may keep her from the one thing she wants most. Twenty-eight-year-old single mother June Nash promised her young son she’ll finally track down his father, and her search will lead her where she least expects it. Their cousin, twenty-five-year-old Kat Weller, rocked by her mother’s shocking announcement and the arrival of her cousins, accepts her boyfriend’s marriage proposal – then has her “yes” tested in ways she never imagined. Every Friday night, Isabel, June, and Kat reluctantly get together to watch the films of their family matriarch’s favourite actress – Meryl Streep – and find themselves sharing secrets, talking long into the night, and questioning everything they thought they knew about one another, life, and love. Through surprising and heartfelt discussions of movies such as Out of Africa, The Bridges of Madison County, and Mamma Mia, the three women unexpectedly discover who they really are and what they truly want.
JUNE

Ten Girls to Watch – Charity Shumway

Dawn West is trying to make her way in New York City. She’s got an ex-boyfriend she can’t quite stop seeing, a writing career that’s gotten about as far as penning an online lawn care advice column, and a small hometown in Oregon that’s her last recourse if she can’t make next month’s rent. So when Dawn lands a job tracking down the past winners of Charm magazine’s Ten Girls to Watch contest, she’s thrilled. Not only is she being paid to interview hundreds of fascinating women, but she’s also sharing office space with Secret Agent Romance, Charm’s resident dating columnist, and he just happens to be giving her butterflies. As Dawn gets to know the life stories of these former winners, she’ll discover that success, love, and friendship can be found in the most unexpected of places. And even more importantly, she’ll find that though those who have gone before us can be role models, ultimately, we each have to carve our own way.
JULY

The Other Woman – Siobhan McKenna

Kennedy Cafes & Chocolate Emporium is about to celebrate its centenary year. Four generations of Kennedys have successfully mastered the favours of chocolate and coffee. Now, Owen Kennedy is expanding the family business into the world of wine. Inner-city girl Ruby Hart has worked her way up the corporate ladder to become Owen’s right-hand woman. When he asks her to join him in Italy, she doesn’t hesitate. What better way to escape her complicated personal life than a month in Italy getting paid to drink wine? The Boselli family’s estate is set in the hills of Lake Garda, Italy. It appears to be the perfect union – two power families of Ireland and Italy coming together. However, as the taste buds are awakened with new possibilities, other desires are also ignited. Amorous farmhand Alfonso is determined Ruby experiences the true taste of Italy – Alfonso style. While her husband and friend build relationships and business in Italy, Katherine Keogh Kennedy goes to Kenya for the coffee bean. Instead she finds herself enraptured by the Maasai culture as the heat and dark intensity of Kenya arouses feelings she’d thought she’d lost forever. It seems that the Kennedy’s passions lie everywhere but with the continued success of their business. Can Ruby be the one to bring the company to the next level, and ultimately stop the Kennedy family from being destroyed? But Ruby has her own secrets to protect and all may not be as it first appears.
JULY

Yours Truly – Kirsty Greenwood

Newly engaged Natalie Butterworth is an easy-going girl. She’ll do anything for a quiet life and if telling a few teensy white lies keeps her friends and family happy, then so what? It’s not like they’ll ever discover what she’s really thinking… Until one night, thanks to a pub hypnotist, Natalie’s most private thoughts begin to bubble up and pop out of her mouth. Things get very messy indeed. Especially when some sticky home truths offend her fiance. Natalie must track down the hypnotist before the wedding is officially cancelled. So along with bad influence bestie Meg, Natalie finds herself in the Yorkshire parish of Little Trooley – a small village bursting with big secrets, nosy old folk and intriguing Wellington-wearing men. When the girls get stranded in the village with no means of escape and no way to break the hypnotist’s spell, Natalie is forced to face the truths she has been avoiding her whole life…
JULY

The Wedding Diaries – Sam Binnie

Kiki Carlow is shocked but delighted when boyfriend Thom proposes. Planning a wedding is easy, right? That’s as long as you ignore:
1. The utterly bankrupting price of the only dress you’ll ever truly love.
2. Your suddenly pregnant sister – surprise!
3. The celebrity wedding you’re covering for work which is devouring your every waking thought.
4. The Mother of the Bride. Entirely.
Kiki soon discovers that planning the perfect wedding might just bring total chaos to the rest of her life. Can she stop being a Bridezilla in time to marry the man she loves?
AUGUST

Nine Months – Paula Bomer

Sonia, a young Brooklyn mother shaken by her unexpected (third) pregnancy, abandons her husband and kids and takes off on a cross-country odyssey in search of an identity separate from her family. She does everything a pregnant woman shouldn’t do, engaging in casual sex and smoking weed as she retraces her past and attempts to reclaim her sidelined career as an artist. Nine Months is a lacerating response to the culture of mommy blogs, helicopter parents and ‘parental correcteness’ as well as an unflinching look at the choices women face when trying to balance art and family.
AUGUST

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