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Fanny Blake was a publisher for many years, editing both fiction and non-fiction before becoming a freelance journalist and writer. She has written various non-fiction titles, acted as ghost writer for a number of celebrities, and is also Books Editor of Woman & Home magazine. What Women Want is her first novel.
Beth is a woman in supreme control of all aspects of her life and family, with a stellar career and her house an oasis of calm. Her closest friend, Megan, is very different; somehow she swims through the chaos of her family with ease, the clutter on the stairs, the cat footprints on the kitchen work space. And while they could not be more different, Beth and Megan have a genuine friendship built on years of laugher, tears and true understanding of each other's strengths and weaknesses. Because that's what friends do, isn't it? But when Beth's daughter reveals a surprising secret, a wedge is driven between Beth and Megan. What begins as mild recrimination and misunderstanding develops into a full-blown row and then a simmering feud. As the two women square up to do battle in the London suburbs, there's everything to play for. All's fair in love and war...
Beth is a woman in supreme control of all aspects of her life and family, with a stellar career and her house an oasis of calm. Her closest friend, Megan, is very different; somehow she swims through the chaos of her family with ease, the clutter on the stairs, the cat footprints on the kitchen work space. And while they could not be more different, Beth and Megan have a genuine friendship built on years of laugher, tears and true understanding of each other's strengths and weaknesses. Because that's what friends do, isn't it? But when Beth's daughter reveals a surprising secret, a wedge is driven between Beth and Megan. What begins as mild recrimination and misunderstanding develops into a full-blown row and then a simmering feud. As the two women square up to do battle in the London suburbs, there's everything to play for. All's fair in love and war...With her wisdom, insight and wicked humour, Fanny Blake shines a light on to female friendships, in this delicious tale of two so-called best friends.
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 astutely for the older woman. The family dynamics are beautifully handled and as secrets tumble out so we care more. It is slow to start but stay with it, it’s such a lovely read. In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion for The Secrets Women Keep a small number of Lovereading members were lucky enough to be invited to review this title - 'The Secrets Women Keep was a breath of fresh air, something lovely to read on a Summer's day or a beach-read...a five-star read and I absolutely adored it.' - Rebecca Jayne Barrett. Scroll down to read more reviews.
July 2013 Book of the Month. Wise, wry, realistic and richly entertaining, Fanny Blake's The Secrets Women Keep celebrates the passionate, emotional lives women lead as wives, mothers and grandmothers. After decades of marriage a single text turns Rose's life on it's head but that, sadly, is just the start of a series of life changing events. Perfect for fans of Elizabeth Buchan. In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion for The Secrets Women Keep a small number of Lovereading members were lucky enough to be invited to review this title - 'The Secrets Women Keep was a breath of fresh air, something lovely to read on a Summer's day or a beach-read...a five-star read and I absolutely adored it.' - Rebecca Jayne Barrett. Scroll down to read more reviews.
One of our Great Reads You May Have Missed in 2012. Publisher turned author Fanny Blake has written another insightful, funny, addictive read that women will totally understand and men would do well to read in order to learn more about real women today. On holiday, soon to be divorced Lou meets serial mistress Ali and they strike up an instant friendship but they have a lot more in common than they realise. It raises the question, can you ever truly escape from the mistakes of the past? May 2012 Book of the Month.
April 2011 Book of the Month. If you like your romantic reads glazed and candy coated then What Women Want isn’t the book for you. But if you want insight, wit, warmth and realistic situations then you will love it…. It's addictive easy-read stuff for the mature woman juggling friends, work and new men.
A family secret, a mysterious legacy, and a journey that will change everything... When Isla, a 65-year-old grandmother, is left nothing but an old painting in her mother's will, while her sisters and aunt inherit the estate, she is devastated. Close to retirement, getting ready to live on her own terms, the last thing she expects at this time of her life is such turmoil. So, to find an explanation for her mother's rejection, she embarks on a road-trip. But, right at the last moment, she's forced to take her sullen - and, in her view, impossible - 14-year-old granddaughter Charlie with her. Cramped together in Isla's car with her smelly old dog, these ill-assorted travelling companions set off to uncover some shattering and life-changing family truths at the same time as learning to love each other... The Long Way Home is set in the UK and 1950s Paris where the story really begins, spanning four generations of women and the secrets that get passed down through them. Praise for Fanny Blake's novels: 'No-one does family and friendship better than Fanny . . . Warm, funny, wise and relatable' Veronica Henry 'Loved it . . . a beautiful story of coming back to life in middle age, full of love, joy and hope' Liz Fenwick 'A hopeful, warm, generous-hearted novel about how love transcends difference' Julie Cohen 'A warm, uplifting read' Rosanna Ley 'The plot reels you in until you have no choice but to devour every word' heat 'Absorbing, intelligent and an absolute joy to read' Daily Express 'A fantastic read from one of our favourite authors' Bella
'A lovely holiday read about female friendships past and present. Warm and engaging' Catherine Alliott One perfect villa, four old friends, and a holiday that will change everything... Amy, Linda, Kate and Jane were best friends at school. Now, years later, they have grown apart. When Amy discovers her husband has been stealing from her successful interiors business, and with a milestone birthday looming, she decides it is the time to reach out to her old friends once again. So, she decides to invite the other three to her beautiful villa in Mallorca for a reunion weekend. As the four friends gather, secrets are unearthed, old scores settled and new friendships forged. Will this holiday bring them together or tear them apart? And will each of them grasp their second chance for happiness...? 'A warm and uplifting read. I really enjoyed it' Rosanna Ley, author of The Lemon Tree Hotel 'A skilfully woven story of old friendships, secrets and lies set against the sun-soaked backdrop of Mallorca. The ideal summer read' Sarah Morgan, author of One Summer in Paris 'A fantastic read from one of our favourite authors' Bella 'An insightful look at female friendship with a beautiful sunny backdrop' Sunday Express 'A great summer read, with relatable characters, an engaging plot and a satisfying ending' WI Life
'A glorious jaunt around Italy with characters I didn't want to leave' CLARE MACKINTOSH A compelling novel about friendship, family secrets and second chances, set against the backdrop of southern Italy.Sandy is in her fifties, and at a crossroads in her life: she's a teacher and respected by her pupils, but she feels she is being sidelined in favour of younger colleagues. So when her mother dies, leaving her a sealed envelope addressed to an unknown woman living in Naples, Sandy decides to head to Italy to resolve the mystery by delivering the letter herself. She books herself on to a small sightseeing trip from Rome to Naples and the Amalfi Coast, hoping to meet some like-minded people along the way. Who is the mysterious woman she is searching for? And will Sandy find friendship, or even love, along the way...? Your favourite authors love An Italian Summer: 'I adored An Italian Summer... Fanny not only writes beautifully about relationships, but the descriptions of Rome and Naples are so ravishing, that you not only marvel at the scenery but also taste the delectable food and feel the hot sun on your back. A most beguiling read' JILLY COOPER 'Intelligent, grown-up and cheering, Fanny has cornered the market in real stories told well' FERN BRITTON 'A lovely, absorbing read, gently told, but with a intriguingly dark edge' HILARY BOYD 'Likeable and realistic characters in a glorious Italian setting, this is the perfect summer read' MAEVE HARAN 'I loved this book. Fanny Blake excels at exploring the intricate detail of relationships' SARAH MORGAN 'As themes of friendship and love intertwine with mystery, the plot reels you in until you have no choice but to devour every word. 5 stars' Heat 'Fanny Blake's writing is absorbing, intelligent and an absolute joy to read... Building to an unexpected and clever twist, this heart-warming and compelling novel is the perfect summer read' Daily Express
OUR SUMMER TOGETHER is an uplifting story about family, friendship and the happy surprise of finding love later in life. Caro knows how to be a mother - advising her grown-up daughters on career and relationship worries. She knows how to be a grandmother - enjoying the hectic energy of her three-year-old grandson. She knows how to be a daughter - helping her aging mother retain her independence. She thought she knew everything about being a wife, but when her husband suddenly leaves her for another woman, everything is thrown in the air. So, when a chance meeting introduces her to Damir - younger, intriguing and attentive - she realises that opening up to a man so different from everyone else in her life, might also mean getting to know who she really is... Your favourite authors love Fanny Blake: 'Fanny Blake has the gift of creating wonderful page turners from very domestic situations; and then making them warm and funny as well' Penny Vincenzi 'I love the way Fanny Blake proves that women just become more and more fascinating' Adele Parks 'I love that she writes about women our age, and the painful and wise truths we know' Marian Keyes 'Warm, funny, wise and relatable. A perfect summer read' Veronica Henry
Only a weekend in Spain - what could possibly go wrong? At their family hilltop villa, Lucy awaits the arrival of her brother and sister for their mother's annual birthday party. Although this time, their mother won't be there. Struggling at Malaga airport with her fractious four year old, Jo has already lost her case and is dreading arriving without its precious contents. For Tom, returning to Casa de Suenos stirs up all sorts of memories - then a beautiful face from his past appears . . . Over one long, hot weekend, past secrets will spill out as three siblings discover more about their family and each other in this gorgeous, warm and witty novel from Fanny Blake - the perfect holiday read. Don't miss Fanny Blake's new novel, Our Summer Together, available to pre-order now Your favourite authors love Fanny Blake's feelgood books: 'A heart-warming tale of family secrets revealed. A compelling and delightful read' SANTA MONTEFIORE 'Fanny has made this little corner of womankind, with all its humour and trials and tribulations, her own' PENNY VINCENZI 'Warm, wise and wonderfully addictive' HELEN LEDERER
For all women of a dangerous age, a warm and witty two-book collection from the author of The Secrets Women KeepWhat Women WantBea is grappling with a job in jeopardy, a stroppy teenage son and the prospect of dating again.Kate is contending with an empty nest and a marriage which has lost its sheen.And then there is Ellen. Widowed at a young age, she is finally ready to date. But her choice of man will put her friendship with Bea and Kate to the ultimate test.Women of a Dangerous AgeLou is celebrating her new-found freedom following the breakdown of her marriage. To celebrate, she travels to India, where she befriends Ali.Ali is a serial mistress. But when she returns home, she discovers her latest lover is not the man she took him for.As Lou and Ali put their pasts behind them, they discover a world of possibilities, until the shocking realisation that they have far more in common than they thought.