We are so pleased to share the news that Delphine Jones Takes a Chance, Beth Morrey‘s gorgeously uplifting second novel, has launched in US hardback (Penguin Random House / Putnam). This hopeful, thought-provoking story follows single mother Delphine Jones, who attempts to rediscover herself and let go of her past.
Beth’s debut novel, Saving Missy, published in 2020 to international success. It was a Sunday Times bestseller, was shortlisted for the Grazia-Orange First Chapter award, and became the 7th bestselling novel of the year! Delphine Jones Takes a Chance published in the UK earlier this year under the title Em & Me (HarperFiction), and readers have already fallen in love with Beth’s heart-warming story and its message of the beauty of second chances. Beth made a playlist of songs from the book here, featuring Silver Feathers by Robin French, the original song written especially for this novel!
Here are some wonderful quotes from early reviewers:
‘Glorious!’ Clare Pooley, New York Times bestselling author of The Authenticity Project
‘A gorgeous, heartfelt story of love, grief and second chances filled with poignant warmth and a cast of irresistible characters.‘ Annie Lyons, author of The Brilliant Life of Eudora Honeysett
‘Glorious! An uplifting celebration of mothers, daughters and female friendship – it left me feeling better about the world. I loved it, such a joy!’ Freya Sampson, author of The Last Library
‘Second novels are notoriously difficult to write, but this is a touching and uplifting read – a tonic for troubled times’ Sunday Express
‘A glorious, heart-felt manifesto for the life-changing power of human connection…full of hope, humour and kindness that stays with you long after the final word.’ Sarah Haywood, author of The Cactus
‘An adorable novel about hope, second chances and the things that shape us…It’s full of wit, warmth and wisdom.’ Katy Regan, author of Little Big Love
‘This uplifting, thought-provoking story focuses on family ties, bravery and never losing sight of hopeful new beginnings and second chances’ Candis
‘An absolute gem! Beautiful story of second chances, everyday people and love in all its forms.’ Jessica Ryn, author of The Imperfect Art of Caring
‘Uplifting and full of hope, this brilliantly written second novel from the author of Saving Missy will make your heart soar as you see Delphine tentatively embrace a new future.’ My Weekly
We absolutely adore the US hardback cover, and are thrilled that US reader will finally be able to see it in person! Here it is in the MM offices:
We cannot wait for readers to fall in love with Delphine and Em…
Delphine Jones’s world is about to get much bigger…if only she’d let it.
Devoted single mother Delphine Jones is an expert at putting her head down and moving through life one day at a time. Since getting pregnant at sixteen, her circle has only ever included her now eleven-year-old daughter and best friend, Em, and her complicated father whom they live with. But when an opportunity for her to finish school presents itself, Delphine finally does something she hasn’t done in years: she takes a chance on herself. Sometimes all it takes is one chance.
As Delphine rediscovers her passions and her belief in herself, her circle expands to include an Oscar-winning actress turned teacher, an Eritrean couple running a local café-cum-jazz club, an elderly French widow looking to converse, and a handsome musician who awakens something in Delphine that she thought had been long buried. But as Delphine’s eyes and heart start to open, she must also face questions she’s stonewalled for more than a decade, questions about Em’s father. Is she brave enough?
Congratulations on this big day, Beth! US readers can get their copies here.