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Books of the Month

Reader Reviewed That Girl from Nowhere
Dorothy Koomson
April 2015 MEGA Book of the Month. What a terrific and powerful book, I reckon it is her best yet. It covers race, adoption, rejection and even murder (or does it?). Our...
Format: Hardback - Released: 09/04/2015
     
Reader Reviewed The Day We Disappeared
Lucy Robinson
April 2015 Book of the Month. A hugely enjoyable romance with the horsey world of thee-day eventing as its backdrop overshadowed by a creepy tale of a power freak and his outrageous...
Format: Paperback - Released: 09/04/2015
     
Reader Reviewed When We Were Friends
Tina Seskis
We meet six female friends in the present day and learn a bit about their history together. There is the high achiever, the one with marriage problems, the recently widowed, the happy one, the scatty one, the safe one....
Format: Paperback - Released: 23/04/2015
     

Other Featured Books this Month

Barbarians
Tim Glencross
April 2015 Debut of the Month. The Islington Labour Party set and a bunch of Oxbridge graduates in a delicious, slightly old-fashioned novel of...
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/03/2015
     
Reader Reviewed The Secrets We Share
Emma Hannigan
April 2015 eBook of the Month. Returning with another warm and delightful tale, Emma Hannigan, much loved author of The Summer Guest, will delight fans of Patricia Scanlan and
Format: Paperback - Released: 09/04/2015
     
A Reunion of Ghosts
Judith Claire Mitchell
April 2015 eBook of the Month. Magnificent and heartbreaking, A Reunion of Ghosts is an epic novel about three unforgettable women, bound to each other and their remarkable family through the blessings...
Format: Hardback - Released: 26/03/2015
     
Reader Reviewed The Art of Waiting
Christopher Jory
April 2015 eBook of the Month. A captivating and very human tale that transports you to the heart of what really matters. Although set before, during and after the Second World War,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 16/04/2015
     
Reader Reviewed Tiger Milk
Stefanie de Velasco
A scary coming-of-age tale set in Berlin which has been a huge bestseller in its native Germany. We follow two fourteen year old girls longing to lose their virginity but frightened of sex. One is from a tragic Iraq childhood,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 09/04/2015
     
A Seaside Affair
Fern Britton
Yes, this is the Fern Britton of TV fame and a very good author she is too. This is set in the Cornish seaside town of Trevay, as was her last, The Holiday Home. Indeed it features many of the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/03/2015
     
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 of home for a holiday to Ireland in 1979. A...
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/04/2015
     
Reader Reviewed If You Were Me
Sheila O'Flanagan
A very classic Sheila O’Flanagan tale with a strong message and a charming tale of will she/won’t she while we know exactly what she should do. Whether she does or not is up to you to find out in this...
Format: Paperback - Released: 12/03/2015
     
The Forever Girl
Alexander McCall Smith
Clover (real name Sally) meets James in primary school. She is six years old. By the time she is 13 she realises she is truly in love with James but boarding school, university, gap year and time leave their paths...
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/02/2015
     
The Faithful Couple
A. D. Miller
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Coming after Snowdrops, A.D. Miller's Booker-shortlisted Moscow spy thriller, The Faithful Couple is a very different sort of creature altogether, a novel about male bonding, class...
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/03/2015
     
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
     
Reader Reviewed The Misbegotten
Katherine Webb
Unusual for Katherine Webb, this new novel of hers is placed in one time only, the early 1800s. It starts slowly but soon you fall for her characters and their predicaments and by the end of the novel you are...
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/03/2015
     
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 youth, some to re-establish old links and some just to...
Format: Paperback - Released: 23/04/2015
     
It's Not Me, it's You
Mhairi McFarlane
The overall message in this witty read is that even if things don’t work out, risks are worth taking. This is Mhairi’s third romantic comedy and I would recommend them all; they certainly have a lot of humour which lifts...
Format: Paperback - Released: 09/04/2015
     
How to Build a Girl
Caitlin Moran
Dumpy teenager scores ... or does she? Do her rebellious and outrageous actions actually benefit her? Is this indeed how you build a girl? I hope not. Dropping out of school at 16 on the back of a couple of...
Format: Paperback - Released: 09/04/2015
     
All That is Solid Melts into Air
Darragh McKeon
An Irish writer addresses the collapse of the Soviet Union through the lives of people affected by the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. It is a terrific book. Through a set of characters, the little things that make up a human life...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/04/2015
     
Adultery
Paulo Coelho
Short chapters, staccato dialogue, easy to read, profoundly disturbing, easy to understand and simply beautiful. This is classic Coelho, author of the renowned The Alchemist. It is extraordinary how he has got under the skin of Linda, a disillusioned, depressed...
Format: Paperback - Released: 09/04/2015
     
Shopaholic to the Stars
Sophie Kinsella
Becky’s husband Luke and young daughter Minnie move to LA for a few months while Luke takes up a new client, a movie star. Becky can’t wait! She’ll meet A-list stars, mingle with film royalty, become best friends with everyone...
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/03/2015
     
The Boy I Love
Lynda Bellingham
Young actress Sally lands herself an assistant stage manager and bit-part acting job at a repertory theatre in Crewe. This is 1982 when rep theatre was still profitable ... just, and the HIV problem had not been properly addressed or...
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/03/2015
     

Last Month's Featured Books

The Longest Ride
Nicholas Sparks
Two stories, two very different couples and their lives come together right at the end in a real tear-jerking manner. One story is of 91-year old Ira reflecting on his...
 
 
Lost Lake
Sarah Addison Allen
Sarah Addison Allen’s novels are literally magical. Set in the deep South and imbued with just the right mixture of romance and magic, they are beautiful, whimsical joys to read....
 
 
Saving Grace
Jane Green
Coming from a disruptive and unhappy childhood Grace eventually falls on her feet and marries a famous American author. Life is good for some twenty years until their reliable assistant...
 
 
Single, Carefree, Mellow
Katherine Heiny
Displaying a light deftness of touch while highlighting a contorted darkness, these eleven short stories emphasise the more twisted and melancholy side of relationships. Plaintive hearts and minds, often shying...
 
 
Summer at Little Beach Street Bakery
Jenny Colgan
A stand-alone sequel to The Little Beach Street Bakery but much enhanced if you’ve read the first for this continues the life of Polly and Huckle (and the puffin Neil)....
 
 
Tell the Girl
Sandra Howard
A glamorous novel geared towards the older woman coming to terms with age and all it entails … wrinkles etc! With fascinating detail on the modelling life in America in...
 
 
A Time for Friends
Patricia Scanlan
Another excellent read from Ms Scanlan. This looks at the dynamics of a long female friendship over some thirty years, of the jealousies, demands and trials and how they can...
 
 
The Unwitting
Ellen Feldman
A relationship tale with a difference; original, clever and set during the Cold War. The story spans a fascinating period in USA history, when the country was rocked by racial...
 
 
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....
 
 
As Good as it Gets?
Fiona Gibson
A great insight from the female point of view into the modern family and of the burdens of holding the family together when things go down hill. Happy unit, Mum,...
 
 
Reader Reviewed The Secrets Sisters Keep
Sinead Moriarty
This is Sinead Moriarty’s tenth novel and it’s at her heart-warming, tear-jerking best. The Devlin sisters are best friends, but each has a secret in her life that she can’t...
 
 
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,...
 
 
Reader Reviewed The Mirror World of Melody Black
Gavin Extence
March 2015 Book of the Month. A surprisingly intimate and compelling read, and...
 
 
Reader Reviewed Wish You Were Here
Catherine Alliott
March 2015 Book of the Month. James, a foot surgeon, saves a child from a peanut allergy and the girl’s grateful mother,...
 
 
Reader Reviewed The Rosie Effect
Graeme Simsion
The simplicity of the writing here has a magical quality that carries you effortlessly from page to page. If you have not met Don Tillman, Professor of Genetics in
 
 
The Life Intended
Kristin Harmel
The night before Patrick was killed in a car accident he was going to tell his young wife Kate some wonderful news. She never hears it. Twelve years later Kate...
 
 
The Soft Whisper of Dreams
Christina Courtenay
A sequel to The Secret Kiss of Darkness but you need no knowledge of that to thoroughly enjoy this. There is a touch of magic here and perhaps a touch...
 
 
Reader Reviewed A Perfect Heritage
Penny Vincenzi
March 2015 Book of the Month. An author renowned for big books has surpassed herself and written a huge, 939 page, tome....
 
 
The Last Word
Hanif Kureishi
March 2015 Book of the Month. As one would expect from such a talented writer, this is an intelligent, amusing and intimate...
 
 
The Ladies of Missalonghi
Colleen Mccullough
The story of three women in the Blue Mountains in Victorian Australia, all without their men and all hampered by the social restrictions of the time. A tale of genteel...
 
 
The Museum of Extraordinary Things
Alice Hoffman
A wonderful American author who writes across a diverse array of areas, often touching gently on the fey. This is unusual for her for, as with The Dovekeepers, it...
 
 
With a Friend Like You
Fanny Blake
An excellent read with a great plot underlining that however well you know your friends there are still secrets that need to be kept. This features two very close families,...
 
 
First Time in Forever
Sarah Morgan
There are times when a deliciously passionate and emotionally satisfying book is called for, ‘First Time in Forever’ answers the invitation and delivers with a delightful flourish. The enticing will...
 
 

The Month Before's Featured Books

Reader Reviewed The Rosie Project
Graeme Simsion
One of our Books of the Year 2014. A thoroughly charming book from this witty and intelligent Australian writer. Don leads a very ordered life. He does not consider himself...
 
 
Age, Sex, Location
Melissa Pimentel
A diary of dating which includes inspiration from dating guide books, even an old 1928 one! (great fun), recommending a period of abstinence and eventually internet dating. But what our...
 
 
Reader Reviewed Alice and the Fly
James Rice
February 2015 Debut of the Month. Greg is a schizophrenic teenager who also suffers...
 
 
Reader Reviewed Now That I've Found You
Ciara Geraghty
A brilliant tale written from the point of view of a single dad of two bruised kids, especially the boy, for their mum, Paula, suffering from bipolar disease, walked out....
 
 
The One & Only
Emily Giffin
A love/loyalty story with American football very much at its centre. We have football coach Carr’s daughter, Lucy, not the least bit interested in her father’s obsession but her best...
 
 
When I Met You
Jemma Forte
The title actually refers to a daughter meeting her father and not the man of her life as one might imagine. Her mother has always told Marianne that he went...
 
 
A Vintage Wedding
Katie Fforde
Three women come together, pool their resources and skills and end up running a wedding business. It’s delightfully done bringing in all the ups and downs of Cotswold village life....
 
 
Losing it
Helen Lederer
The comedian and media personality turns her considerable talent to fiction. Millie writes an agony column for a magazine, has a scientist daughter doing an important project in Papua New...
 
 
Paris for One
Jojo Moyes
Bestselling author Jojo Moyes brings us a charming and heart-warming short story in association with Quick Reads. Nell is twenty-six and has never been to Paris. She has never even...
 
 
Reader Reviewed My Heart and Other Black Holes
Jasmine Warga
Provocative, insightful and stimulating, this is a surprisingly simple yet captivating story featuring a deep and harrowing subject that is often avoided. It initially feels as though a story about...
 
 
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...
 
 
The Perfect Match
Katie Fforde
Three years ago Bella Castle left her home town nursing a broken heart over Dominic Thane. Now she's made a new life for herself in the country, working as an...
 
 
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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