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Relationship Stories

Relationship Stories

Books of the Month


The Proposal
Tasmina Perry
August 2014 Book of the Month. A tale of an unlikely friendship and hard lessons well learned. Amy, bruised by a failed relationship, answers an advertisement in The Lady magazine and becomes companion...
Format: Paperback - Released: 14/08/2014
     

Reader Reviewed The One Plus One
Jojo Moyes
August 2014 Book of the Month. 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...
Format: Paperback - Released: 31/07/2014
     

Reader Reviewed Little Lies
Liane Moriarty
August 2014 Book of the Month. 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...
Format: Hardback - Released: 31/07/2014
     

Reader Reviewed The Summer Guest
Emma Hannigan
August 2014 Book of the Month. Life, loves, laughs and a few bumps amid a group of folk in an Irish seaside town. Kathleen has returned to visit her childhood home now lived...
Format: Paperback - Released: 31/07/2014
     

Other Featured Books this Month


The Christmas Party
Carole Matthews
Another great romp from this fab author. The party of the title is an office party in a very posh country house hotel with no expense spared, including a free bar all night! Most of our action is concentrated on...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/08/2014
     

Lovestruck
Julia Llewellyn
An excellent book that speeds along at a cracking pace with an involved plot and great characters. What more can you ask for? It traces a whirlwind romance, an early pregnancy, marriage and the problems of building a life together....
Format: Paperback - Released: 14/08/2014
     

Reader Reviewed The Secrets Women Keep
Fanny Blake
Thirty years of happiness rocked by a text message! The family gather in Tuscany, which is beautifully described, the secret is revealed, tragedy strikes and everything falls apart. It is so refreshing to have an author who writes sensitively and...
Format: Paperback - Released: 31/07/2014
     

Reader Reviewed He Wants
Alison Moore
This is an evocative novel about a soon to retire teacher that cleverly interconnects snapshots of his childhood and his life since but drawn to the front of his mind by events and thoughts in the here and now and...
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/08/2014
     

Reader Reviewed The Rosie Project
Graeme Simsion
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 of children with Asperger’s syndrome, approaches everything...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/01/2014
     

Reader Reviewed The Ruby Slippers
Keir Alexander
A remarkable and thought-provoking debut novel, which immediately becomes a compulsive read. Written with great eloquence, the tale transports you into an everyday reality filled with exquisite loss and longing. With harrowing memories of the savagery of Nazi Germany, tantalising...
Format: Paperback - Released: 21/08/2014
     

Doctor January
Rhoda Baxter
If you keep looking back, you might miss what's standing right in front of you - Six months after a painful break-up from Gordon, Beth's finally getting her life back on track. She has faith in her own scientific theories...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/08/2014
     

This One is Mine
Maria Semple
Violet Parry is living the quintessential life of luxury in the Hollywood Hills with David, her rock-and-roll manager husband, and her darling toddler, Dot. She has the perfect life - but she's deeply unhappy. David expects the world of Violet...
Format: Paperback - Released: 31/07/2014
     

What Would Mary Berry Do?
Claire Sandy
Marie Dunwoody doesn't want for much in life. She has a lovely husband, three wonderful children, and a business of her own. Except, her cupcakes are crap. Her meringues are runny and her biscuits rock-hard. She cannot bake for toffee....
Format: Paperback - Released: 31/07/2014
     

A Bright Moon for Fools
Jasper Gibson
'Have you sold your soul to the devil?' asked the boy. 'Everyybody has sold their soul to the devil,' sighed Christmas. 'That's why you can't get a decent price.' Harry Christmas has it all: grief, debt, gout, red trousers. Running...
Format: Paperback - Released: 31/07/2014
     

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 - a sassy solicitor...
Format: Hardback - Released: 14/08/2014
     

Paper Swans
Jessica Thompson
Ben Lawrence seems to have it all - the hot job, the flashy car, the luxurious apartment. But one tragic day in his past mars his future. Since the events of that day he hasn't truly got close to anyone....
Format: Paperback - Released: 31/07/2014
     

The Marriage Mender
Linda Green
Alison is a marriage mender. Her job is to help couples who fear they have reached the end of the line. But the trouble with spending your time sorting out other people's problems is that you tend to take your...
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/08/2014
     

Love, Love Me Do
Mark Haysom
1963. The year the Beatles first top the charts. The year Martin Luther King has a dream. The year Truman Bird moves his family from their home in Brighton to a dilapidated caravan in the Ashdown Forest - then disappears....
Format: Paperback - Released: 31/07/2014
     

The Girls from Corona Del Mar
Rufi Thorpe
Mia and Lorrie Ann are lifelong friends: hard-hearted Mia and untouchably beautiful, kind Lorrie Ann. While Mia struggles with a mother who drinks, a pregnancy at fifteen, and younger brothers she loves but can't quite be good to, Lorrie Ann...
Format: Hardback - Released: 14/08/2014
     

The Future for Curious People
Gregory Sherl
If you could see your future with someone ...would you? Meet Evelyn and Godfrey. Evelyn is breaking up with her boyfriend, Adrian, as she's seen their dismal future together at Dr Chin's office: the life they may have when they...
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/08/2014
     

Million Dollar Arm Sometimes to Win, You Have to Change the Game
J. B. Bernstein
JB Bernstein seemed to have it all. One of the top sports agents in the US, he worked hard and enjoyed the bachelor lifestyle to the full. But he hankered for more, and when he set himself...
Format: Paperback - Released: 14/08/2014
     


No two relationships are the same, so is it any wonder that there is no shortage of great material in this section? We are big fans of relationship tales at Lovereading and we like to share the love. So, this section is where you’ll find all your favourite authors and, if you’ll let us be your relationship council, some brand new ones too.


Reading a book can be very much like a relationship. Sometimes you need warmth and wisdom (try Maeve Binchy, Cathy Kelly or Rosamunde Pilcher), sometimes you’re in a sexier mood (Jilly Cooper or Veronica Henry); sometimes you want to explore serious issues (Joanna Trollope or Libby Purves); there are times when you just want to throw your head back and have a good laugh (Maria Beaumont or Mavis Cheek) or for a bitter sweet tale then Bring down the Moon by Eva Le Bon shouldn't be missed.

 

All of our featured books are hand-picked and reviewed by our in-house editorial experts. This is unique to Lovereading and means that you can be sure of considered guidance by industry professionals.  That’s how much we want you to Lovereading!

 

Whatever your mood, we can help guide you to a satisfying and fulfilling read. By signing up for our regular emails, you will have access to great hints and tips and the all-important free downloadable extracts, so you can try before you buy (kind of like a first date!). All our Relationship novels are available to buy online at discounted prices.

 

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Last Month's Featured Books
The Month Before's Featured Books 


The Thread
Victoria Hislop
This is an enthralling novel from the million-copy bestselling author of The Island and The Return. Victoria Hislop is brilliant at setting the scene so you, the reader,...
 
 
 


Amanda's Wedding
Jenny Colgan
A deliciously warm novel from the best-selling author of Meet Me At The Cupcake Cafe and The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris. Amanda's old schoolfriends can't believe it when the...
 
 
 


Reader Reviewed The Inheritance
Tilly Bagshawe
July 2014 Book of the Month. Glamour in the manor! Tilly Bagshawe, author of jet-setting, glitzy novels turns her sights on to the...
 
 
 


Reader Reviewed The Way Back Home
Freya North
July 2014 Book of the Month. A new Freya North is always cause for celebration. In this one she follows Oriana back to...
 
 
 


Ice Creams at Carrington's
Alexandra Brown
The third book in the delightful series set in Carrington's Department Store. Georgie Hart and Carrington's Department Store have got the world at their feet. Since a reality TV series...
 
 
 


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 If You Were Me
Sheila O'Flanagan
July 2014 Book of the Month and eBook of the Month. A very classic Sheila O’Flanagan tale with a strong message and a...
 
 
 


Reader Reviewed The Unfinished Symphony of You and Me
Lucy Robinson
July 2014 Book of the Month. Sally and Fiona, cousins but brought up together so more like sisters, move to London and later...
 
 
 


Reader Reviewed We are All Completely Beside Ourselves
Karen Joy Fowler
July 2014 MEGA Book of the Month. Longlisted for The Man Booker Prize 2014. The effects on a family of a young sister...
 
 
 


The Beach Hut Next Door
Veronica Henry
For Elodie, returning to Everdene means re-awakening the memories of one summer fifty years ago. A summer when everything changed. Vince and his brother are struggling to come to terms...
 
 
 


Do Opposites Attract?
Kathryn Freeman
July 2014 Debut of the Month. If you are looking for easy, relaxing...
 
 
 


Five Ways to Fall
K. A. Tucker
Purple-haired, sharp-tongued Reese MacKay knows all about making the wrong choice; she's made plenty of them in her twenty-odd-years. So when her impulsive, short-lived marriage ends in heartbreak, she decides...
 
 
 


Follow a Star
Christine Stovell
Sometimes your heart's the only navigator you need - May Starling's had enough of her demanding career and even more demanding ex. Responding to a 'crew-wanted' ad, she follows her...
 
 
 


A Gift to Remember
Melissa Hill
Darcy Archer works in a small bookstore in Manhattan. A daydream believer, she refuses to settle for anything less than being swept off her feet by the perfect man...literally. One...
 
 
 


How to Build a Girl
Caitlin Moran
What do you do in your teenage years when you realise what your parents taught you wasn't enough? You must go out and find books and poetry and pop songs...
 
 
 


Jet
Jay Crownover
The second book in the Marked Men series from Jay Crownover - it's what's on the inside that counts...Doesn't every good girl want to tame the bad boy? Ayden Cross...
 
 
 


Landline
Rainbow Rowell
Georgie McCool knows her marriage is in trouble. That it's been in trouble for a long time. She still loves her husband, Neal, and he still loves her - but...
 
 
 


A Little Love
Amanda Prowse
Everybody needs a little love in their lives...Pru Plum is the celebrated owner of famous Mayfair bakery, Plum's Patisserie. She wears Chanel and her hair is expensively cut. Few would...
 
 
 


Low Expectations
Elizabeth Aaron
Georgie has a glamorous career in fashion. Her boss doesn't know her name, but working for a genius will pay off one day. She hopes. She also has great friends....
 
 
 


What a Girl Wants
Lindsey Kelk
A summer bestseller from the immensely popular Lindsey Kelk Being arrested in your own bedroom is never a good start to the day. Tess Brookes really needs to sort out...
 
 
 


Reader Reviewed My Husband Next Door
Catherine Alliott
July 2014 Book of the Month. A fun and easy read, Alliott’s novel is a look at domesticity gone wrong and particularly at...
 
 
 


Making Marion Where's Robin Hood When You Need Him?
Beth Moran
July 2014 Debut of the Month. If such a thing can exist, this lovely book...
 
 
 


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...
 
 
 


Mr Lynch's Holiday
Catherine O'Flynn
Catherine O’Flynn’s debut, What Was Lost, is one of the most brilliant first novels of recent years so Mr Lynch’s Holiday, her third novel, has a lot to live...
 
 
 


The Secrets Sisters Keep
Sinead Moriarty
Sinead Moriarty's delicious tenth novel, The Secrets Sisters Keep, is the story of three sisters, three life-altering problems and one eternal truth: nobody knows you quite like a sister! Sinead's...
 
 
 


An Open Marriage
Tess Stimson
When you abandon the rules, can you ever go back? Mia Allen has never quite adjusted to living in England. She misses her friends in the States and feels restrained...
 
 
 


The Tea Chest
Josephine Moon
A lovely book of friendship, trust, ambition, realising one’s dreams and achieving. It has the added bonus of teaching us a lot about the different blends of tea and the...
 
 
 


The Wedding Weekend (An Emma Hannigan Short Story)
Emma Hannigan
'A writer who understands exactly how women think' Cathy Kelly Tess can't quite believe her luck - she's marrying Marco, the man of her dreams, in an exquisite traditional Italian...
 
 
 

The Month Before's Featured Books


The Country Escape
Fiona Walker
Hidden amid lush parkland, Eardisford is the ultimate English country retreat and it's just been sold for the first time in its history. Romantic daredevil Kat Mason has been bequeathed...
 
 
 


A Proper Family Holiday
Chrissie Manby
Escape your every day reality and join in with some fun in the sun on the Benson's first proper family holiday for 16 years. The story is predominantly told from...
 
 
 


One Night in Italy
Lucy Diamond
Is Italian really the language of love? A new class of students hopes to find out. Anna's recently been told the father she's never met is Italian. Now she's baking...
 
 
 


Don't Tell the Boss
Anna Bell
When newlywed Penny turns her hand to some casual wedding planning she only wants to help other women afford the big day of their dreams. But taming bridezillas turns out...
 
 
 


In the Summertime
Judy Astley
It's twenty years since Miranda, then sixteen, holidayed in Cornwall and her life changed forever. Now she's back again - with her mother Clare and the ashes of her stepfather...
 
 
 


The School Inspector Calls A Little Village School Novel
Gervase Phinn
The third Little Village School novel Summer has arrived in Barton-in-the-Dale and as a new term begins at the little primary school, it's not just the warm weather that's getting...
 
 
 


In Love and War
Lesley Lokko
Lexi Sturgis is a woman in a man's world, a war correspondent whose life has taken her to some of the world's most troubled regions. Lexi is never happier than...
 
 
 


Reader Reviewed Animals
Emma Jane Unsworth
June 2014 Book of the Month. Flatmates Laura and Tyler (female) ‘get-off-their-faces’ in and around Manchester. Brilliantly written, incredibly funny with some amazing...
 
 
 


The Lemon Grove
Helen Walsh
A racy read, ideal for a holiday, which is where it’s set. Almost claustrophobically focused on Jenn, her husband Greg, step-daughter Emma and Nathan, the 17 year old temptation with...
 
 
 


After the Honeymoon
Janey Fraser
Two couples, one honeymoon destination, and enough secrets to end both marriages. It is perfect for fans of Jill Mansell. How can one honeymoon cause so much trouble? Much as...
 
 
 


Beauty
Louise Mensch
FROM THE BESTSELLING LOUISE BAGSHAWE, NOW WRITING AS LOUISE MENSCH Blend it. Sculpt it. Shape it. Use it...There isn't a woman on earth who doesn't have her beauty secrets. But...
 
 
 


The Summer Without You
Karen Swan
Rowena Tipton isn't looking for a new life, just a new adventure, something to while away the months as her long-term boyfriend presses pause on their relationship before they become...
 
 
 


Thirteen Weddings
Paige Toon
Last year, Bronte left Sydney for a wedding in England, where she met newly single Alex. After a night of passion they parted ways, and Bronte returned to Australia. Now...
 
 
 


Chestnut Street
Maeve Binchy
Just round the corner from St Jarlath's Crescent (featured in MINDING FRANKIE) is Chestnut Street. Here, the lives of the residents are revealed in Maeve Binchy's wonderfully compelling tales: Bucket...
 
 
 


Reader Reviewed Sense and Sensibility
Joanna Trollope
Author of 17 bestselling contemporary novels Joanna Trollope has used her skills of astute yet sensitive observation of the ‘human condition’ to reboot Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility from the...
 
 
 


Reader Reviewed A Perfect Heritage
Penny Vincenzi
June 2014 Book of the Month. An author renowned for big books has surpassed herself and written a huge, 939 page, tome. It...
 
 
 


You're the One That I Want
Giovanna Fletcher
June 2014 Book of the Month. Three school friends from the age of nine, two boys, Ben and Robert, one girl, Maddy, are...
 
 
 


The Travelling Tea Shop
Belinda Jones
A delightful, lighthearted romp taking you through notable places on the American East Coast over one week. The trip is full of emotion, family drama, secrets and delicious cakes at...
 
 
 


The Fault in Our Stars
John Green
An amazing novel. The Fault in Our Stars is on the one hand a simple coming of age tale of young love but just like Romeo and Juliet these lovers...
 
 
 


The Teashop on the Corner
Milly Johnson
At her beloved husband's funeral, Carla Pride discovers that Martin never divorced his first wife and has been living a double life with her. And his other wife, Julie Pride,...
 
 
 


The Time of their Lives
Maeve Haran
Haven't you heard? Sixty is the new forty ...Each month best friends Claudia, Sal, Ella and Laura meet for drinks, celebrating 45 years of friendship. They know each other and...
 
 
 


To Have and to Hold
Helen Chandler
...Imogen's relationship with Pete was once fun and carefree but since they've become parents, everything is different. Then an accident provides the catalyst for a life-changing decision. Fifteen-year-old Phoebe is...
 
 
 


Written in the Stars
Ali Harris
One decision + two different paths = how many happy endings? Have you ever wondered 'What if…?' What if you'd taken that other job, gone on a date with that...
 
 
 


God Is an Astronaut
Alyson Foster
The day of the accident, Jess is in the backyard with a chainsaw, clearing space to build the greenhouse she's always wanted. And, as always, she is thinking of Arthur....
 
 
 


Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy
Helen Fielding
This is the number one bestseller. Is it morally wrong to have a blow-dry when one of your children has head lice? Is technology now the fifth element? Or is...
 
 
 


Talk to Me
Jules Wake
June 2014 Debut of the Month. A good build-up of tension towards the end of...
 
 
 


Casting the Net
Pam Rhodes
This sequel to Fisher of Men is a charming and engagingly warmhearted read. Dunbridge, the small market town setting, is a perfect backdrop to display gentle rural life in...
 
 
 


Love Like the Movies
Victoria Van Tiem

 
 
 


Undertaking Love
Kat French
Sexy and smart, with an extremely desirable male lead, this is a delightful debut from an exciting new voice in women's fiction. When Marla Jacobs discovers that the shop next...
 
 
 


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