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Books of the Month


Reader Reviewed Funny Girl
Nick Hornby
November 2014 MEGA Book of the Month. I would like to say ‘classic’ Hornby but the thing I most like about his writing is that the stories are all different, so one can...
Format: Hardback - Released: 06/11/2014
     

Leaving Time
Jodi Picoult
November 2014 Book of the Month. To tell you much about this might give away the surprise and shocking ending, suffice to say it is written from the point of view of a...
Format: Hardback - Released: 04/11/2014
     

Reader Reviewed The Woman Who Stole My Life
Marian Keyes
November 2014 Book of the Month. A fluctuating time scale, all from Stella’s viewpoint, makes this a little disjointed and convoluted in a long book with a huge amount of incident. Stella is...
Format: Hardback - Released: 06/11/2014
     

Reader Reviewed Honeyville
Daisy Waugh
November 2014 Book of the Month. Set in 1913 and 1933 in Colorado and Hollywood amid the miners’ strike and unrest and later the opulent life of the film industry. At the centre...
Format: Paperback - Released: 20/11/2014
     

The Last Anniversary
Liane Moriarty
November 2014 Book of the Month. Originally published in 2006, this comes back into print for those who may have missed it. Actually she has...
Format: Paperback - Released: 23/10/2014
     

Reader Reviewed Emma
Alexander McCall Smith
November 2014 Book of the Month. This is a strange series where famous authors have been asked to give a modern version of Austen’s classics so Joanna Trollope did Pride and Prejudice,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 06/11/2014
     

Reader Reviewed The Boy Who Loved Rain They Say That What You Don't Know Can't Hurt You. They're Wrong.
Gerard Kelly
A dramatic, suspenseful, atmospheric tale of a happy, normal teenage boy suddenly tormented by nightmares which fill him with fear and feelings of failure and inadequacy. His adopted mother takes him to Miriam, a counsellor friend of hers and very...
Format: Paperback - Released: 21/11/2014
     

Other Featured Books this Month


A Proper Family Christmas
Chrissie Manby
Christmas comes but once a year ...thank goodness! So keep calm this festive season and treat yourself to the warm, wonderful new novel from Chrissie Manby. The perfect festive stocking-filler!
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/11/2014
     

The Christmas Surprise
Jenny Colgan
Includes mouth-watering recipes Rosie Hopkins, newly engaged, is looking forward to an exciting year in the little sweetshop she owns and runs. But when fate strikes Rosie and her boyfriend, Stephen, a terrible blow, threatening everything they hold dear, it's...
Format: Hardback - Released: 23/10/2014
     

Reader Reviewed It Started with Paris
Cathy Kelly
A great read, you are never disappointed with a Cathy Kelly. What happened in Paris was a marriage proposal. What happens in the book is the preparation, the family entanglements, the background to the various people involved, the moving of...
Format: Hardback - Released: 09/10/2014
     

Reader Reviewed If I Knew You Were Going to be This Beautiful, I Never Would Have Let You Go
Judy Chicurel
November 2014 Debut of the Month. 1972 and the teenagers of Long Island spend their time drinking, smoking and taking drugs. The girls all experiment...
Format: Hardback - Released: 30/10/2014
     

Reader Reviewed The Amber Fury
Natalie Haynes
November 2014 Debut of the Month. Despite borrowing both plot and inspiration from the Classics, The Amber Fury remains an easy, accessible read. Escaping the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/11/2014
     

Reader Reviewed A Place for Us: Part 4
Harriet Evans
November 2014 eBook of the Month. Savour every last word of this enchanting and pleasurable read as the final part of 'A Place for Us’ wafts an enveloping warmth over the Winter family....
Format: Electronic book text - Released: 23/10/2014
     

Infidelities
Kirsty Gunn
What can one say about such a collection of stories on infidelity except read them. They cover the spectrum, divided into three sections, “Going Out”, “Staying Out” and “Never Coming Home”. Poignant and beautifully poetic, they leave you with an...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/11/2014
     

Cavendon Hall
Barbara Taylor Bradford
A glorious family saga for Downton Abbey fans. This follows the lives of the aristocratic family of two sons and four daughters of the sixth Earl of Mowbray and the Swann family who serves them. It opens in the summer...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/11/2014
     

Reader Reviewed A Song for Issy Bradley
Carys Bray
Shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award 2014. A year in the life of a northern British Mormon family. You’ll certainly learn a lot about the Mormon church but the thrust of the novel is how a family of four kids...
Format: Hardback - Released: 19/06/2014
     

Reader Reviewed Elizabeth is Missing
Emma Healey
Shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award 2014. Eighty-something Maud is getting forgetful and so writes notes to herself. ‘Elizabeth is missing’ is one such note which Maud then becomes obsessed with for Elizabeth is indeed missing. She tells her daughter,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/06/2014
     

The Balloonist
James Long
Four thousand feet above the Western Front, only love can keep hope alive ...Lieutenant Willy Fraser, formerly of the Royal Flying Corps, has been delegated the most dangerous job on the Western Front - a balloon observer hanging under a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/11/2014
     

Zebra Crossing
Meg Vandermerwe
Ghost. Ape. Living dead. Young and albino, Chipo has been called many things, but to her mother - Zimbabwe's most loyal Manchester United supporter - she had always been a gift. On the eve of the World Cup, Chipo and...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/03/2014
     

Some Luck
Jane Smiley
The first novel in a dazzling new epic trilogy from the winner of the Pulitzer Prize; a literary adventure that will span a century in America. 1920. After his return from the battlefields in France, Walter Langdon and his wife...
Format: Hardback - Released: 06/11/2014
     

The Night Falling
Katherine Webb
Puglia, 1921. Leandro Cardetta, born into poverty, emigrated to America to make his fortune and has returned home to southern Italy a rich man, accompanied by his glamorous wife, Marcie, an ex-showgirl fighting middle age. Now Leandro has money enough...
Format: Hardback - Released: 20/11/2014
     

Hidden Knowledge
Bernardine Bishop
'Outdoes Muriel Spark and Evelyn Waugh' Margaret Drabble, Observer Accused of child abuse, Father Roger Tree confesses at once; it masks a darker secret. Meanwhile his sister Romola faces a future without their beloved brother, the novelist Hereward Tree. Can...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/11/2014
     

Getting Colder
Amanda Coe
They were colour-supplement darlings of the 1980s: Patrick, the sexy, ferocious young playwright, scourge of an enthralled establishment, and Sara, who abandoned her two children to fulfil her destiny as Patrick's beautiful, devoted wife and muse. Thirty-five years later, Sara's...
Format: Hardback - Released: 06/11/2014
     

The Twilight Hour
Nicci Gerrard
Secrets and memories collide in The Twilight Hour, the new novel from bestselling author Nicci Gerrard. 'Be with me now, at the twilight hour. When the light fails.' 'I'm here.' 'Tell me.' 'What shall I tell you?' 'Tell me about...
Format: Paperback - Released: 23/10/2014
     

Crooked Heart
Lissa Evans
When Noel Bostock - aged ten, no family - is evacuated from London to escape the Blitz, he ends up living in St Albans with Vera Sedge - thirty-six and drowning in debts and dependents. Always desperate for money, she's...
Format: Hardback - Released: 06/11/2014
     

The Mysterious Miss Mayhew
Hazel Osmond
Tom doesn't need any more women in his life. He already has his hands full with his five-year-old daughter, an estranged wife who keeps blocking his efforts to get divorced and a mother who might be having an affair with...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/11/2014
     

Three Brothers
Peter Ackroyd
Three Brothers follows the fortunes of Harry, Daniel and Sam Hanway, born on a post-war council estate in Camden Town. Marked out from the start by curious coincidence, each boy is forced to make his own way in the world...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/12/2014
     

Silent Night
Jack Sheffield
1984 - and it's an important time for the children of Ragley-on-the Forest school...Their school choir is to sing a carol in a church in York, and is actually going to be on television! Helping to keep his excited children,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 20/11/2014
     

Keep Quiet
Lisa Scottoline
One decision. One family's future in ruins. When Jake Buckman decides to let Ryan, his sixteen-year-old son practice driving home along a deserted street, he has no idea of the deadly consequences. But in the darkness of night, a runner...
Format: Paperback - Released: 20/11/2014
     

Hello from the Gillespies
Monica McInerney
International number one bestseller Monica McInerney brings us a sparkling and hilarious new novel about the ups and downs of family life. For the last thirty years, Angela Gillespie's annual Christmas letter has been full of her family's triumphs. But...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/11/2014
     

Black Sheep
Susan Hill
Powerful...Poignant, bleak and haunting, this is a small masterpiece . (Sunday Mirror). Brother and sister, Ted and Rose Howker, grew up in Mount of Zeal, a mining village blackened by coal. They know nothing of the outside world, though both...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/11/2014
     

Last Voyage of the Valentina
Santa Montefiore
An eccentric aristocrat is savagely murdered in his Italian palazzo at the end of WW2. Twenty years later, this unsolved crime touches the life of Alba, a hedonistic girl who lives on a houseboat in Sixties Chelsea. Between these two...
Format: Paperback - Released: 23/10/2014
     

A Family Christmas
Katie Flynn
From the Sunday Times bestselling author of A Christmas to Remember. Two children go on a desperate journey to find their family Jimmy Trewin and his little sister are devastated by their mother's death and horrified to find themselves entrusted...
Format: Paperback - Released: 23/10/2014
     


There’s nothing like a really involving family drama and romance to take you away from your own life. And Lovereading covers the whole range, as you would expect.


You can watch the lives of glamorous dynasties with dark secrets in the totally involving novels from Barbara Taylor Bradford… Empathise with women juggling careers and families in Allison Pearson’s bestsellers… Enjoy the light touch of Charlotte Bingham and the passion of Jojo Moyes…

 

Relax into the warm, wise stories of Elizabeth Buchan and Adriana Trigiani…Share the intelligent insights of Kate Atkinson, Joanna Harris and Maggie O’Farrell… Get new slants on universal problems from Erica James and Elizabeth Noble… Dive into huge-scale family adventures with Nicholas Evans and Sidney Sheldon…

 

Then there are Sally Beauman’s sexily exciting stories, Anita Shreve’s emotional tales, Alice Hoffman’s magical fables, Meera Syal’s witty accounts of multi-cultural Britain… And we’re only touching the tip of the iceberg! All our Family Drama novels are available to order online at discounted prices.

 

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Reader Reviewed The One Plus One
Jojo Moyes
JoJo Moyes is an incredible writer whose ability to depict modern life in all its glorious complexities is second to none. This is a touching story of the lengths we’ll...
 
 
 


Reader Reviewed We are All Completely Beside Ourselves
Karen Joy Fowler
Shortlisted for The Man Booker Prize 2014. The effects on a family of a young sister who disappears. It is a good third of the way through the book before you...
 
 
 


Reader Reviewed The Fortune Hunter
Daisy Goodwin
A lovely Victorian saga incorporating many real characters and illustrating the development of the female role in society. Our protagonist, Charlotte Baird’s ambition is to be a photographer and her...
 
 
 


Reader Reviewed The Sunrise
Victoria Hislop
October 2014 Book of the Month. Having told the harrowing tale of the leper colony of Spinalonga in The Island and the...
 
 
 


Miss Carter's War
Sheila Hancock
The actress’s first novel, we know she can write from her autobiographical work, the award-winning The Two of Us about her life with John Thaw amongst them. This is...
 
 
 


The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy
Rachel Joyce
While Harold Fry was walking up through England with his media circus (The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Henry Fry), Queenie preparing to die, was hanging on for him. This is...
 
 
 


Firestorm
Tamara McKinley
Becky Jackson's family has been managing the hospital in far-flung Morgan's Reach for three generations. When Becky's husband is tragically lost at war, she and her young son Danny must...
 
 
 


Saving Grace
Jane Green
From the number one bestselling author of Tempting Fate and The Accidental Husband comes Jane Green's stunning new novel about a shattered marriage and a devastating betrayal A perfect stranger...
 
 
 


Reader Reviewed The Invention of Wings
Sue Monk Kidd
October 2014 Book of the Month. Divided into two first-person, alternating narration, this is strong stuff. One first person, Sarah Grimke, is the...
 
 
 


The Lives of Stella Bain
Anita Shreve
Hauled in a cart to a field hospital in northern France in March 1916, an American woman wakes from unconsciousness to the smell of gas gangrene, the sounds of men...
 
 
 


Northanger Abbey
Val McDermid
October 2014 Book of the Month. In Val's trademark style of great storytelling and suspense meet modern day Cat whose world is turned...
 
 
 


Reader Reviewed A Place for Us: Part 3
Harriet Evans
October 2014 eBook of the Month. Oh, this is such a gorgeously glorious read, the third part is as immensely satisfying as the...
 
 
 


Reader Reviewed Fatty O'Leary's Dinner Party
Alexander McCall Smith
A scrumptious, joyous read, stuffed full of sharp wit, laugh out loud frolics and gentle soothing compassion. Fatty and his loving, loyal saint of a wife Betty leave the comforts...
 
 
 


Serena
Ron Rash
George and Serena Pemberton arrive in the wilds of the North Carolina mountains to build a life together in a rural logging town. But Serena is unlike any woman this...
 
 
 


Dark Witch
Nora Roberts
Iona Sheehan has always felt a powerful connection to Ireland. So when her beloved grandmother confesses an extraordinary family secret, she can't resist visiting County Mayo to discover the truth...
 
 
 


The Supreme Macaroni Company
Adriana Trigiani
'A person who can build a pair of shoes can do just about anything.' The Angelini Shoe Company in Greenwich Village has been creating sumptuous shoes for a hundred years....
 
 
 


A Week in Paris
Rachel Hore
A compelling story of war, secrets, family and history that will draw you into the heart of Paris and its troubled past. Paris, 1937. Kitty Travers enrols at the Conservatoire...
 
 
 


Winners
Danielle Steel
This is a story of courage, victory and triumph over adversity. Lily Thomas is an aspiring young ski champion training for the Olympics, a young woman with her heart set...
 
 
 


The Legacy of Elizabeth Pringle
Kirsty Wark
October 2014 Debut of the Month. An enchanting debut from the journalist and broadcaster Kirsty...
 
 
 


Lila
Marilynne Robinson
Lila, homeless and alone after years of roaming the countryside, steps inside a small-town Iowa church-the only available shelter from the rain-and ignites a romance and a debate that will...
 
 
 


Old Friends and New Fancies
Sybil G. Brinton
Oh my, pick this up and experience a thrill of emotion as here is the first known and one of the best ‘sequels’ to Jane Austen’s novels. First...
 
 
 


The Runaway Woman
Josephine Cox
No-one thought she had the courage...Those looking in from the outside think Lucy Lovejoy's life is like any other, but at the centre of her family there is a big...
 
 
 


Reader Reviewed The Heart of Winter
Emma Hannigan
October 2014 eBook of the Month. This follows the development of the country house Huntersbrook begun in Driving Home for Christmas where...
 
 
 

The Month Before's Featured Books


The Art of Baking Blind
Sarah Vaughan
With most of us besotted by The Great British Bake Off this lovely book comes to further nurture our appetite. It is indeed about baking, but its heart is about...
 
 
 


Reader Reviewed Daughter
Jane Shemilt
September 2014 Book of the Month. A tale of abduction/murder/disappearance? We the reader know not and so the tension and mystery builds. It...
 
 
 


Ghost Moth
Michele Forbes
Katherine must choose between George Bedford - solid, reliable, devoted George - and Tom McKinley, who makes her feel alive. The reverberations of that summer - of the passions that...
 
 
 


Reader Reviewed We are Not Ourselves
Matthew Thomas
September 2014 Debut of the Month. Longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award 2014. The life...
 
 
 


Reader Reviewed The Aftermath
Rhidian Brook
September 2014 Book of the Month. World War II is an all too written about period of history but Brook manages to find...
 
 
 


Reader Reviewed Man at the Helm
Nina Stibbe
September 2014 Debut of the Month. Fabulously funny, sharp and yet also touching and poignant,...
 
 
 


The Mysterious Affair at Castaway House
Stephanie Lam
Stephanie Lam's stunning debut novel, The Mysterious Affair at Castaway House, is a gripping read laced with mystery, secrets and love. It's 1965 and eighteen year-old Rosie Churchill has run...
 
 
 


The Wildflower Path
Sarah Harrison
The past crashes across all four generations of this now extended family which we first met in The Flowers of the Field and gathered more about in A...
 
 
 


Reader Reviewed Seeing Other People
Mike Gayle
Clever and touching, this is a book about love, trust and the reality of bringing up a family. As loveable, weary Joe tells his emotional story, you will...
 
 
 


White Feathers
Susan Lanigan
Don’t be tricked into thinking this is a ‘Cinderella’ story, the first part, so gently and simply told by the author, almost lulls you into a false sense of security...
 
 
 


Away from You
Kay Langdale
When Monica is offered a three-month placement in LA, she knows that for the sake of her career she must accept it - even though it means leaving behind nine-year-old...
 
 
 


Indian Summer
Marcia Willett
Some memories are best forgotten...Some won't ever go away...For retired actor Sir Mungo, his quiet, home village in Devon provides a perfect setting. Close by are his brother and his...
 
 
 


One Last Dance
Judith Lennox
For fans of Downton Abbey and MY LAST DUCHESS...'Times change, and sometimes for the better...' As the twentieth century draws to a close, Esme Reddaway knows that she must uncover...
 
 
 


Pieces of You
Ella Harper
As compelling and powerful as Jojo Moyes and Liane Moriarty, PIECES OF YOU is a heart-rending, haunting and ultimately life-affirming novel about a love tested to its limits. The perfect...
 
 
 


Postcards from the Past
Marcia Willett
Can you ever escape your family ties? Siblings Billa and Ed share their beautiful, grand old childhood home in rural Cornwall. Their lives are uncomplicated. With family and friends nearby...
 
 
 


The Punch
Noah Hawley
The Henry brothers could not be more different. Scott is stuck in a dead-end job and has taken to hanging out in some of San Francisco's seedier dives. David, on...
 
 
 


The Winter Guest
Pam Jenoff
How much is one girl prepared to lose in order to save a man's life? Helena and Ruth are sisters desperately trying to survive the war in a bitter remote...
 
 
 


Reader Reviewed A Place for Us: Part 2
Harriet Evans
September 2014 eBook of the Month. Wonderfully tantalising and entirely captivating, the second part of...
 
 
 


The Memory Book
Rowan Coleman
When time is running out every moment is precious...When Claire starts to write her Memory Book, she already knows that this scrapbook of mementoes will soon be all her daughters...
 
 
 


Reader Reviewed Bring Me Home
Alan Titchmarsh
September 2014 Book of the Month. A big, sprawling family saga revolving around a Scottish castle and estate. We have births, deaths and...
 
 
 


The Thing About December
Donal Ryan
'He heard Daddy one time saying he was a grand quiet boy to Mother when he thought Johnsey couldn't hear them talking. Mother must have been giving out about him...
 
 
 


Alarm Girl
Hannah Vincent
When 11-year-old Indigo and her older brother Robin arrive in South Africa to stay with their father, they find a luxury lifestyle that is a world away from their modest...
 
 
 


Edge of Eternity
Ken Follett
As the decisions made in the corridors of power bring the world to the brink of oblivion, five families from across the globe are brought together in an unforgettable tale...
 
 
 


One Step Closer to You
Alice Peterson
After Polly ends her relationship with the father of her young son, Louis, she is determined to move on. All she wants is to focus on her job, her friends...
 
 
 


The Fault in Our Stars
John Green
You’ve probably already read the novel and seen the film but this beautiful foil hardback gift edition will be the icing on your bookshelf or that of another Fault in...
 
 
 


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