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Books of the Month

The Parrots
Alexandra Shulman
July 2015 Book of the Month. A clever, bittersweet glimpse at a tangled family life and the destructive nature of fleeting moments, desires and encounters. The entitled, affluent setting is almost immaterial,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/07/2015
     

Other Featured Books this Month

Ordinary Joe
Jon Teckman
July 2015 Debut of the Month. Shades of Notting Hill – Joe snares the interest of famous film star Olivia Finch - is he...
Format: Paperback - Released: 16/07/2015
     
Reader Reviewed Precocious
Joanna Barnard
July 2015 Debut of the Month. Uncomfortable, sorrowful, challenging - yes Precocious is all of these, however it is also a memorable, powerful and...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/07/2015
     
Gorsky
Vesna Goldsworthy
Maxim Jakubowski July 2015 Highly Recommended. A rich oligarch's path crosses the path of a disillusioned bookseller through whose voice his story, and that of the beautiful woman married to another whom...
Format: Hardback - Released: 09/04/2015
     
Some Kind of Wonderful
Sarah Morgan
A delightfully alluring romance, where you know the couple should be together but do they! This is the second in the ‘Puffin Island’ trilogy, this time Brittany and Zachary are the twosome in the spotlight, they had an ill fated...
Format: Paperback - Released: 25/06/2015
     
The Chocolate Apothecary
Josephine Moon
A deliciously delightful read, the perfect choice if you like your relationship tales to be thoughtful, discerning and have deeper more meaningful tones. Christmas, in her late 30’s, lives in Tasmania and has set herself ten rules for happiness, most...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/07/2015
     
A Proper Family Adventure
Chrissie Manby
A two week luxury cruise … thumbs up to that. The problem is that it is with your family and last time that happened there was nearly blood on the sun loungers! A Proper Family Adventure by Chrissie Manby is...
Format: Paperback - Released: 16/07/2015
     
Perfect Daughter
Amanda Prowse
Perfect Daughter is a tender, warm-hearted read which has the ability to touch delicate issues with loving care and attention. Jacks still has dreams, she may be married, bringing up two children, be carer for her mother, scrimping and saving...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/07/2015
     
Afternoon Tea at the Sunflower Cafe
Milly Johnson
They say revenge is sweet and there’s nothing sweeter than chocolate! Cheryl, Connie and Della, respectively in their 30’s, 40’s and 50’s could be your neighbours, colleagues or relatives. Each of them has been let down in some way and...
Format: Paperback - Released: 18/06/2015
     
Creature Comforts
Trisha Ashley
One of Trisha Ashley’s best, a charming romance with lots going on and a good central character in Izzy. Some chapters start with her dreams which add a nice touch. Izzy has been travelling for three years in India and...
Format: Paperback - Released: 18/06/2015
     
Fifty Shades of Grey
E. L. James
The book everyone’s been talking about, now a major motion picture. Young and innocent Anastasia Steele doesn’t quite know what to make of the smouldering industrialist Christian Grey when she interviews him for her student paper. Things get both troubling...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/01/2015
     
Courting Trouble
Kathy Lette
Tilly has the day from hell when she's sacked from her barristers' chambers in the morning, then finds her husband in bed with her former best friend in the afternoon. She escapes to her mother, Roxy. Roxy comes up with...
Format: Paperback - Released: 16/07/2015
     
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: Paperback - Released: 02/07/2015
     
Reader Reviewed Wish You Were Here
Catherine Alliott
James, a foot surgeon, saves a child from a peanut allergy and the girl’s grateful mother, a famous opera singer, lends him her chateau in France for a month. Out go James, his wife Flora, their two teenage daughters and...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/07/2015
     
Summer Secrets
Jane Green
A gripping tale of recovery and redemption from bestselling author Jane Green. As the past collides with the present, Cat must confront the darkest things in her own life and uncover the depths of someone's need for revenge.
Format: Paperback - Released: //--
     
Reader Reviewed Royal Wedding The Princess Diaries 11
Meg Cabot
Mia Thermopolis is one of the most delightful fictional creations ever. Transformed in an instant from ordinary New York teen to princess, her adventures, recounted in Meg Cabot’s bestselling Princess Diaries series, charmed readers with their warmth and humour. Now...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/07/2015
     
Leaving Time
Jodi Picoult
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 daughter, Jenna, desperate to find the truth about the disappearance of her mother...
Format: Paperback - Released: 16/07/2015
     
Reader Reviewed You, Me and Other People
Fionnuala Kearney
July 2015 Debut of the Month. A fabulous debut novel, You, Me and Other People is clever, wistful and endearing. Beth and Adam have...
Format: Paperback - Released: 18/06/2015
     
Reader Reviewed A Mother's Story
Amanda Prowse
I am a big fan of this author. She tackles gritty, sensitive issues in a thrilling manner. This one is about post-natal depression which it displays in its worst form. Jessica and Matthew are happy, young and in love. Their...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/07/2015
     
Thirst
Kerry Hudson
A love story with a strong will-they-won’t-they element as Dave catches Alena shoplifting, fancies/pities her and takes her in. Two lonely people who are obviously good for each other but Alena has a past that catches her up and she...
Format: Paperback - Released: 16/07/2015
     
Friendship
Emily Gould
A very American tale of two girls, their friendship, their ups and downs and their relationship with a couple for whom they house sit. It covers childlessness, infidelity, envy and such with lots of texting, chat and emails so...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/07/2015
     
The First Bad Man
Miranda July
Cheryl (40-ish) works for a small family concern, Open Palm, which produces fitness programmes based on self-defence. She suffers from ‘globus hystericus’ with her throat becoming very tight when under stress. She has a huge crush on Phillip (65) one...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/07/2015
     
Something to Hide
Deborah Moggach
Petra's romantic life has always been a car-crash, and even in her sixties she's still capable of getting it disastrously wrong. But then she falls in love with Jeremy, an old chum, visiting from abroad. The fatal catch? Jeremy is...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/07/2015
     
Lillian on Life
Alison Jean Lester
Life and love lessons as told by sassy narrator Lillian as she looks back in this brilliantly written, bold debut.
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/07/2015
     
A Hundred Summers
Beatriz Williams
The New York Times bestselling novel. Rhode Island, 1938. A sweltering summer of secrets, passion and betrayal...
Format: Paperback - Released: 16/07/2015
     
Chestnut Street
Maeve Binchy
These 36 short stories were written over many decades and have now been published posthumously. They all feature the inhabitants of Chestnut Street in Dublin though there is little connection between the stories. They all concern relationships: mother/daughter, father/son, disillusionment,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/06/2015
     
Reader Reviewed Whispering Shadows
Jan-Philipp Sendker
‘Whispering Shadows’ may be classed as a murder mystery, however it is one with true heart and soul, and is a sincerely beautiful read. The first in a trilogy, Jan-Philipp Sendker has departed from the format of The Art...
Format: Paperback - Released: 25/06/2015
     
The Mortal Instruments 1: City of Bones
Cassandra Clare
First in Cassandra Clare's internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series about the Shadowhunters. A thrilling urban fantasy of vampires, warlocks and shapeshifters that fans of Buffy the Vampire Slayer will love to get their teeth into.Clary is your typical girl next...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/07/2015
     

Last Month's Featured Books


Reader Reviewed Man at the Helm
Nina Stibbe
Fabulously funny, sharp and yet also touching and poignant, this semi-autobiographical novel from Nina Stibbe is wonderfully captivating and engaging. Two sisters (aged 11 and 9), conclude that finding their...
 
 

Reader Reviewed Emma
Alexander McCall Smith
Continuing the series of Jane Austen 'reboots', Alexander McCall Smith updates the story of interfering Emma . She is exactly as she is in the original, giving dinner parties and...
 
 

Reader Reviewed The Museum of Things Left Behind
Seni Glaister
June 2015 MEGA Debut of the Month and eBook of the Month. Escape into...
 
 

Reader Reviewed A Seaside Affair
Fern Britton
One of the Top 10 Lovereading Reader Review Panel Summer Read selections. Yes, this is the Fern Britton of TV fame and a very good author she is too. This...
 
 

How I Wonder What You are
Jane Lovering
This author often has some fey or magical touch to her romances which I find quite charming. In this one we have lights in the sky which seemingly only our...
 
 

Reader Reviewed My Grandmother Sends Her Regards and Apologises
Fredrik Backman
June 2015 Book of the Month. Totally and utterly and completely gorgeous in every way, the thought of having to put this...
 
 

Reader Reviewed The Sudden Departure of the Frasers
Louise Candlish
June 2015 Book of the Month. Full of intrigue, this is a story about relationships, deception and trust. Christy and Joe have...
 
 

Reader Reviewed The Versions of Us
Laura Barnett
June 2015 Debut of the Month. In all likelihood this summer’s big hit, and...
 
 

Reader Reviewed We are All Made of Stars
Rowan Coleman
June 2015 Book of the Month. Beautifully thought-provoking and yet simply and effortlessly readable, this is an intimate compassionate dance with life,...
 
 

Fallout
Sadie Jones
Sadie Jones won the Costa First Novel Award with her wonderful period drama set just post World War II, The Outcast. As you settle down to this you know you...
 
 

Reader Reviewed Animals
Emma Jane Unsworth
Flatmates Laura and Tyler (female) ‘get-off-their-faces’ in and around Manchester. Brilliantly written, incredibly funny with some amazing snippets of erudition it is narrated by Laura, engaged to teetotaller Jim and...
 
 

The Dish
Stella Newman
A slice of commercial women's fiction heaven that'll leave you happy and hungry in equal measure. Fiction has never tasted so good.
 
 

One Summer in Venice
Nicky Pellegrino
In the maze of Venice's canals, bridges and piazzas, one woman sets herself a goal to find the ten things that could be the key to her happiness. Once she's...
 
 

Too Charming
Kathryn Freeman
Does a girl ever really learn from her mistakes? Detective Sergeant Megan Taylor thinks so. She once lost her heart to a man who was too charming and she isn't...
 
 

Under a Cornish Sky
Liz Fenwick
For fans of Judy Finnigan and Rosamunde Pilcher, a spelling-binding tale of romance and intrigue, set against the gorgeous Cornish coast. In Under a Cornish Sky Liz Fenwick weaves another...
 
 

The Woman Who Fell in Love for a Week
Fiona Walker
Three years on from a rather messy divorce Jenny does a spot of house-sitting to supplement her proof-reading income. She is off to the country for two weeks to look...
 
 

Reader Reviewed The Thirty List
Eva Woods
A loveable hug of a book, one that retains a positive feel of realism while embracing you with its warmhearted wit. Rachel can’t foresee a time when she will ever...
 
 

The Show
Tilly Bagshawe
A simply delightful romp, stuffed to the glamorous brim with revenge, scandal, intrigue and a joyfully good story. This is the second in the ‘Swell Valley’ series, set after ‘
 
 

The Island Escape
Kerry Fisher
With hidden depths, it’s easy to sink into this delightfully warm and pleasing read. The synopsis suggests there is one tale on offer here, in actual fact we hear the...
 
 

The Turning Point
Freya North
June 2015 Book of the Month. An expressive, moving novel with the ability to reach out, connect with and yet bruise hearts....
 
 

Reader Reviewed The Way Back Home
Freya North
June 2015 Book of the Month. A new Freya North is always cause for celebration. In this one she follows Oriana back...
 
 

Career Game
Louise Mensch
June 2015 eBook of the Month. An entertaining, bold and glamorous express of a novel with a fiery steel smouldering beneath the...
 
 

The Last Honeytrap
Louise Lee
Flirty, unconventional and diverting, yet there is a darker deeper tone that really sets this fabulous novel apart. The somewhat audacious beginning sets the scene, allows you to settle in…...
 
 

Reader Reviewed The Woman Who Stole My Life
Marian Keyes
One of the Top 10 Lovereading Reader Review Panel Summer Read selections. A fluctuating time scale, all from Stella’s viewpoint, makes this a little disjointed and convoluted in a long...
 
 

Reader Reviewed The Year I Met You
Cecelia Ahern
Very different from her previous books for there is no supernatural or spiritual element. Just a thoroughly good story of family dynamics, relationships, handicaps in families and it affects all....
 
 

Room: Picador Classic
Emma Donoghue
Shortlisted for the Man Booker prize, it’s about a five-year old boy who was born in captivity and knows nothing beyond the room he and his mother live in. Told...
 
 

Reader Reviewed If I Knew You Were Going to be This Beautiful, I Never Would Have Let You Go
Judy Chicurel
1972 and the teenagers of Long Island spend their time drinking, smoking and taking drugs. The girls all experiment with sex, get pregnant, have abortions or adoptions, such is life....
 
 

Reader Reviewed Left of the Bang
Claire Lowdon
Clare Lowdon’s novel is a sharp, sometimes funny but always bracingly honest look at the lives of contemporary young Londoners who below the surface are having a lot less fun...
 
 

Summer at Shell Cottage
Lucy Diamond
Another must-pack beach read from the bestselling author of The Beach Cafe.
 
 

The Month Before's Featured Books


Reader Reviewed The Two of Us
Andy Jones
May 2015 Debut of the Month. Eloquently emotional and amusingly witty, this is a...
 
 

Reader Reviewed Fatty O'Leary's Dinner Party
Alexander McCall Smith
Winner of the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize 2015. A scrumptious, joyous read, stuffed full of sharp wit, laugh out loud frolics and gentle soothing compassion. Fatty and his loving, loyal...
 
 

Reader Reviewed A Good Catch
Fern Britton
May 2015 Book of the Month. Four young people, friends since school, are the main players in this fine portrayal...
 
 

Cake Shop in the Garden
Carole Matthews
Struggling to keep the family home by running the main rooms of the house as a café keeps Fay ultra-busy. Add a demanding, bedridden mother and a narrow boat at...
 
 

Reader Reviewed When We Were Friends
Tina Seskis
May 2015 Book of the Month. We meet six female friends in the present day and learn a bit about...
 
 

Wild and Free
Wendy Holden
A witty, at times cynical look at life through the antics of a group of people at a music/literary festival. Some are going there to forget, some to reclaim...
 
 

The Girls from Corona del Mar
Rufi Thorpe
An engaging tale of friendship. We follow the relationship of two Californian schoolgirls, Lorrie Ann and Mia, as they grow from teenagers to young women. It is narrated retrospectively by...
 
 

One Small Act of Kindness
Lucy Dillon
Jason, Stock Exchange trader, is dismissed from his city job for misconduct. His wife, Libby, stands by him and they go back to his roots to help run his...
 
 

Reader Reviewed The Heat of Betrayal
Douglas Kennedy
May 2015 Book of the Month. A riveting, powerful exploration of love, guilt, survival and how echoes of the past can clamour...
 
 

Reader Reviewed A Man Called Ove
Fredrik Backman
59-year old Ove is quite possibly one of the grumpiest people you’ll meet but, he has been an upstanding pillar of the community for decades. The last six months have...
 
 

Reader Reviewed Little Lies
Liane Moriarty
Fabulously different and remarkably clever, this page-turner of an intimate yet scandalous tale keeps you guessing right up to the very end. Having been told that something awful has happened...
 
 

At Night We Walk in Circles
Daniel Alarcon
Set in Peru (although the country is never named), this is a gentle tale that gets under your skin in a way you would least expect. Nothing dramatic occurs for...
 
 

Reader Reviewed Before I Go
Colleen Oakley
May 2015 Debut of the Month. A convincing and remarkably readable novel, writing with...
 
 

The Enlightenment of Nina Findlay
Andrea Gillies
Nina is convalescing in Greece after a road accident. She has returned to her honeymoon island of twenty-five years ago to find calm after separating from her husband Paolo. Nina...
 
 

Reader Reviewed Funny Girl
Nick Hornby
May 2015 Book of the Month. I would like to say ‘classic’ Hornby but the thing I most like about his writing...
 
 
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A selection of authors who will feature in this Lovereading category include:

Maeve Binchy 
Kate Saunders 
Anne Tyler 
Fannie Flagg 
Penny Vincenzi 
Sara Macdonald 
Joanna Trollope 
Tony Parsons 
Anna Maxted 
Kathy Lette 
Maria Beaumont 
Lily Prior 
Sue Townsend 
Jennifer Crusie 
Josephine Hart 
Julie Myerson 
Rebecca Shaw