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Books of the Month

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 novel. Sometimes when you look forward to something too much,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/03/2015
     
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. It is long, it is big, it is brilliant, perhaps...
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/02/2015
     
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, a famous opera singer, lends him her chateau in France...
Format: Hardback - Released: 26/02/2015
     
Reader Reviewed The Mirror World of Melody Black
Gavin Extence
March 2015 Book of the Month. A surprisingly intimate and compelling read, and one that exposes an emotionally challenging and often hidden world....
Format: Hardback - Released: 12/03/2015
     

Other Featured Books this Month

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 they/won’t they discover they are perfect for each other, sits...
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 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 poverty, of small-town pettiness and of overcoming prejudices. It is...
Format: Hardback - Released: 12/03/2015
     
Barbarians
Tim Glencross
The Islington Labour Party set and a bunch of Oxbridge graduates in a delicious, slightly old-fashioned novel of “love, politics, art, money” but without much story. Gently satirical, clever and very well-written, this paints a fascinating portrait of a particular...
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/03/2015
     
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 Rosie Project then you are in for a treat...
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/02/2015
     
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: 26/02/2015
     
Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances
Neil Gaiman
It is almost impossible to talk about how good Neil Gaiman’s writing is in a short review like this; once started it is hard to stop. He is wonderful. Truly. Dark, mystical, poetic, surprising; one of the greatest living writers...
Format: Hardback - Released: 03/02/2015
     
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 possibly admit to herself, let alone her sisters, or their...
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/02/2015
     
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: Hardback - Released: 26/02/2015
     
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, Dad, two kids, falls apart when Will (Dad) is made...
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/02/2015
     
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, each lot best friends with the others. The wives have...
Format: Paperback - Released: 12/03/2015
     
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 is historical. Concerning a museum of freaks and the owner’s...
Format: Paperback - Released: 12/03/2015
     
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 of madness. Maddie only discovers she’s adopted upon the sudden...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/03/2015
     
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 is a music therapist for special needs children and engaged...
Format: Paperback - Released: 12/03/2015
     
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 hatred, the Army-McCarthy hearings, the assassinations of JFK and Dr...
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/02/2015
     
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 be so one-sided. We then have the friendship of a...
Format: Hardback - Released: 12/03/2015
     
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 the sixties and meeting the famous. It is probably semi-autobiographical...
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/02/2015
     
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). Polly gets sacked from the local baker and takes to...
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/02/2015
     
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 away from reality, appear to be continuously searching for that...
Format: Paperback - Released: 12/02/2015
     
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 leaves and is replaced by gold digger Beth. You know...
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/02/2015
     
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. I don’t really want to tell you anything about this...
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/02/2015
     
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 life while trapped in his car awaiting rescue and the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 12/03/2015
     

Last Month'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...
 
 

The Month Before's Featured Books

Night of the Water Spirits
Barbara Bisco
An intriguing, involving and at times surprising family saga of two cousins over many turbulent years. Set mostly in Thailand and taking in the dreadful Boxing Day tsunami, I personally...
 
 
Inflicted
Ria Frances
An intelligent and wisely written novel that deals with several difficult topics with sensitivity and understanding. Set in the year 2010 and proving that friendship can cross many boundaries including...
 
 
Reader Reviewed A Place for Us
Harriet Evans
Fans of Harriet Evans will probably agree that this big family drama is possibly her best book so far. It is terrific. Like so many of this type of involved...
 
 
The 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...
 
 
Campari for Breakfast
Sara Crowe
Seventeen-year old Sue moves to her Aunt Coral’s crumbling mansion shortly after her mother committed suicide and her father takes up with a Danish lady. Coral has an array of...
 
 
The Curvy Girls Club
Michele Gorman
Meeting in a slimming club, four normal women with normal problems, form a friendship and expand their social time together with the idea of encouraging other overweight people to get...
 
 
Echoes of Scotland Street
Samantha Young
A sexy, emotional drama of an abused and battered girl, Shannon, who finally leaves her truly bad relationship and runs to her brother for protection. Her brother, incensed and enraged,...
 
 
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...
 
 
First Love
James Patterson
They met on a cancer ward, one is in remission, one is not. Axi is 16, Robinson 17 and their sweet relationship blossoms so gently and tenderly here until it...
 
 
Power Play
Danielle Steel
Two powerful CEOs’ lives are followed in this glorious new epic from Danielle Steel. One is a single mother who makes special quality time for her children and one a...
 
 
In Real Life
Chris Killen
Shifting between 2004 and 2014 this concerns a uniformly miserable group of people who seem to have more or less given up on life, can’t make decisions and have nothing...
 
 
Single Woman Seeks Revenge
Tracy Bloom
What do you do when you find your love-life in ruins? Get revenge on every man who ever broke your heart of course... Suzie Miller, a disillusioned agony aunt, can't...
 
 
The Little Old Lady Who Struck Lucky Again!
Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg
You're never too old to have some fun ...
 
 
A Taste for Green Tangerines
Barbara Bisco
Disillusioned with her London Life, anthropologist Bethany Parker accepts an offer to work with an international team of environmentalists on an eco-tourism project in the Indonesian rainforest. Thrust into a...
 
 
Vigilante
Shelley Harris
Jenny is a bored mum and charity bookshop manager. One day, in a superhero fancy dress costume, she accidentally gets caught up in an attempted mugging and saves the day....
 
 
The Year of Taking Chances
Lucy Diamond
Three women meet at a New Year’s Eve party and form a bond. We follow them through an eventful period. In the middle of the year they realise that this...
 
 
Reader Reviewed A Perfect Home
Kate Glanville
Gloriously moving and delightful, this is the perfect companion to hide from reality with for a few hours. At first glance Claire appears to have a heavenly life, her husband...
 
 
Tiger with a Human Soul
Barbara Bisco
A dual-time feast for the senses from the author of A Taste of Green Tangerines. It begins in Java 1200 years ago and at the end even peeks into...
 
 
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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