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This Month's Featured Books

Reader Reviewed Alice and the Fly
James Rice
February 2015 Debut of the Month. Greg is a schizophrenic teenager who also suffers from arachnophobia. He has a lisp, a problem talking and is...
Format: Hardback - Released: 15/01/2015
     
Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances
Neil Gaiman
February 2015 eBook of the Month. 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...
Format: Hardback - Released: 03/02/2015
     
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 odd, does not notice how much he shares with a group...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/01/2014
     
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 suicide shouldn't work, yet it emphatically does and on so...
Format: Paperback - Released: 12/02/2015
     
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 been on a weekend away with her boyfriend. Everyone knows...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/02/2015
     
Reader Reviewed The Two of Us
Andy Jones
February 2015 eBook of the Month. Eloquently emotional and amusingly witty, this is a beautifully written and utterly compelling relationship tale. It’s easy to find yourself falling in love with this book as...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/05/2015
     
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 to Australia but he was actually in prison for arson...
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/01/2015
     
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 diarist is actually looking for is a mate. What she...
Format: Paperback - Released: 29/01/2015
     
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. Dad, Vinnie, is a taxi driver so he can be...
Format: Paperback - Released: 22/01/2015
     
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 estate agent. Bella loves her job and she loves her...
Format: Paperback - Released: 12/02/2015
     
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: Hardback - Released: 19/02/2015
     
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
     
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 Guinea, a weight problem and is heavily in debt. Through...
Format: Paperback - Released: 12/02/2015
     
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. The catalyst is a local farmer’s daughter who desperately needs...
Format: Hardback - Released: 12/02/2015
     
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 friend Shea completely captivated. She loves the game and has...
Format: Paperback - Released: 29/01/2015
     
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

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 girls form a friendship and expand their social time together with the idea of encouraging other overweight people to get together … so the...
 
 
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...
 
 

The Month Before's Featured Books

Reader Reviewed Lucia on Holiday A Mapp & Lucia Novel
Guy Fraser-Sampson
Lucia on Holiday is a new addition to the Mapp and Lucia canon, based on the immortal characters first created by E.F. Benson. Perfect reading for followers of Benson's original...
 
 
Reader Reviewed It Started with Paris
Cathy Kelly
One of our Books of the Year 2014. A great read, you are never disappointed with a Cathy Kelly. What happened in Paris was a marriage proposal. What happens in the...
 
 
Reader Reviewed A Man Called Ove
Fredrik Backman
One of the Top 10 books in the Lovereading Readers’ Choice Book of the Year 2014. One of our Books of the Year 2014. 59-year old Ove is quite possibly one of...
 
 
Reader Reviewed We are All Completely Beside Ourselves
Karen Joy Fowler
One of the Top 10 books in the Lovereading Readers’ Choice Book of the Year 2014. One of our Books of the Year 2014. Winner of the International Author of the of...
 
 
Reader Reviewed The Ruby Slippers
Keir Alexander
One of our Books of the Year 2014. A remarkable and thought-provoking debut novel, which immediately becomes a compulsive read. Written with great eloquence, the tale transports you into an everyday...
 
 
A Cornish Carol A Short Story
Fern Britton
A delightfully engaging short story with oodles of seasonal Christmas charm. Piran Ambrose snarls and rails against Christmas and as the tale progresses, this enigmatic pirate of a man really...
 
 
The Last Anniversary
Liane Moriarty
Originally published in 2006, this comes back into print for those who may have missed it. Actually she has changed publishers so her new one is reissuing her work. This...
 
 
The Memory Book
Rowan Coleman
One of the Top 10 books in the Lovereading Readers’ Choice Book of the Year 2014. One of our Books of the Year 2014. This has all the ingredients required to curl...
 
 
Reader Reviewed If I Knew You Were Going to be This Beautiful, I Never Would Have Let You Go
Judy Chicurel
One of our Books of the Year 2014. 1972 and the teenagers of Long Island spend their time drinking, smoking and taking drugs. The girls all experiment with sex, get pregnant,...
 
 
Reader Reviewed Honeyville
Daisy Waugh
December 2014 Book of the Month. Set in 1913 and 1933 in Colorado and Hollywood amid the miners’ strike and unrest and later...
 
 
Magic Sometimes Happens
Margaret James
It is obvious from the start who Rosie Denham is going to end up with but how she jumps through the hoops and negotiates the various hurdles is masterfully done....
 
 
Christmas for One
Amanda Prowse
If you have not discovered Amanda Prowse yet you are in for a treat. This is part of her No Greater Love series and tells of a single mum trying...
 
 
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,...
 
 
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...
 
 
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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