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Reese Witherspoon's book love

On May 25, 2015

Reese Witherspoon has to be the most upbeat celebrity of the moment. Her Instagram account captures magical moments in Witherspoon’s life. What’s not to love!

What better person to play the role of Tinker Bell in the latest Disney live action film. She follows in the footsteps of the Kenneth Branagh’s popular Cinderella and the much anticipated Beauty and the Beast starring Emma Watson as Belle.

To top it all off she is also an avid reader having snapped up a number of recent bestsellers for Pacific Standard, her production company. With Wild and Gone Girl behind her, Witherspoon has set her sights of S.J. Watson’s recent book, Second Life. His first novel, Before I Go To Sleep, was adapted for screen starring Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth.
We look forward to four new screen adaptations, thanks to Witherspoon’s sharp eye.

Second Life by S.J. Watson

A gripping new psychological thriller.
How well can you really know another person? And how far would you go to find out the truth about them?
When Julia learns that her sister has been violently killed, she knows she must get to the bottom of things. Even if it means jeopardising her relationship with her husband and risking the safety of her son. Getting involved with a stranger online. Losing control. Perhaps losing everything.

Set in Paris and London, Second Life is about the double lives people lead - and the dark places they can end up in. Tense and unrelenting, it is another brilliant novel from S. J. Watson.

Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll

Ani FaNelli is the woman you love to hate. The woman who has it all. But behind the meticulously crafted façade lies the darkest and most violent of pasts ...
When a documentary producer invites Ani to tell her side of the chilling and violent incident that took place when she was a teenager, she hopes it will be an opportunity to prove how far she's come since then. She'll even let the production company film her wedding to the wealthy Luke Harrison, the final step in her transformation.
But as the wedding and filming converge, Ani's immaculate façade begins to crack, and she soon realises that there's always a price to pay for perfection.

Ashley’s War by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

The poignant and gripping story of a groundbreaking team of female American warriors who served alongside Special Operations soldiers on the battlefield in Afghanistan¬—including Ashley White, a beloved soldier who died serving her country’s cause.
In 2010, the U.S. Army Special Operations Command created Cultural Support Teams, a pilot program to put women on the battlefield alongside Green Berets and Army Rangers on sensitive missions in Afghanistan. The idea was that women could access places and people that had remained out of reach, and could build relationships—woman to woman—in ways that male soldiers in a conservative, traditional country could not. Though officially banned from combat, female soldiers could be “attached” to different teams, and for the first time, women throughout the Army heard the call to try out for this special ops program.

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

Pirriwee Public is a beautiful little beachside primary school where children are taught that ‘sharing is caring.’ So how has the annual School Trivia Night ended in full-blown riot? Sirens are wailing. People are screaming. The principal is mortified.
And one parent is dead.
Was it a murder, a tragic accident or just good parents gone bad? As the parents at Pirriwee Public are about to discover, sometimes it’s the little lies that turn out to be the most lethal…
BIG LITTLE LIES is a brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, mothers and daughters, school-yard scandal, and the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive.

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