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There’s nothing hits home quite like a home hit by tragedy, conflict or drama. These are the great hand-picked books that tell those stories.

Books of the Month

The Silent Fountain by Victoria Fox
The Silent Fountain
Victoria Fox
March 2017 Book of the Month. A memorable, stirring tale, of bitter love and secrets that stalk impatiently through the pages. Two time frames, two women, two tales of heartbreak, can lessons be learned, can time...
Format: Paperback - Released: 09/03/2017
Secrets of a Happy Marriage by Cathy Kelly
Secrets of a Happy Marriage
Cathy Kelly
March 2017 Book of the Month. A gorgeously warm, loving, and occasionally tempestuous tale set within a large family as they learn to cope with grief, new loves, and family revelations. Bess has found love in...
Format: Hardback - Released: 09/03/2017
I Found You by Lisa Jewell
I Found You
Lisa Jewell
March 2017 Book of the Month. A tale of lost memories and hidden secrets but will the truth destroy or heal? Lisa Jewell returns with yet another page-turner as she delves into the darker corners of...
Format: Paperback - Released: 09/03/2017
Nobody's Son by Cathy Glass
Nobody's Son
Cathy Glass
March 2017 Book of the Month. A poignant and stirring glimpse into the life of foster care. Cathy Glass is an experienced foster carer, runs training courses on fostering, and writes under a pseudonym. If you’ve...
Format: Paperback - Released: 23/02/2017
A Line Made by Walking by Sara Baume
A Line Made by Walking
Sara Baume
March 2017 Book of the Month. Frankie studies art and then works in a gallery in Dublin. The owner only issues part-time contracts for graduating students so after a year she is out of work. Depression...
Format: Hardback - Released: 23/02/2017
When I Was Invisible by Dorothy Koomson
When I Was Invisible
Dorothy Koomson
An absolute page-turner of a novel, at times uncomfortable, yet powerful and oh so compelling. Roni and Nika meet when they are 8 years old, as the years pass their relationship changes, yet in their thoughts they remain as entwined...
Format: Paperback - Released: 23/03/2017

Other Featured Books this Month

Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney
Sometimes I Lie
Alice Feeney
A novel to meddle with your thoughts and taunt your gut instincts… Amber is in hospital in a coma, her thoughts are knocking at the door of her awareness as she attempts to remember what has happened to her. The...
Format: Paperback - Released: 23/03/2017
Sealskin by Su Bristow
Sealskin
Su Bristow
March 2017 Debut of the Month. This haunting re-telling of the Selkie legend begins on a night when “moonlight silvered everything, casting doubt and shadow”, and a young fisherman, Donald, sees a pod of seals transform...
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/02/2017
Her Perfect Life by Sam Hepburn
Her Perfect Life
Sam Hepburn
March 2017 Debut of the Month. Stuffed full of intrigue, suspicion, and mistrust, this is a dramatic psychological thriller. Gracie, balancing her career and home with a finely judged hand, meets Juliet, who faces chaos on...
Format: Paperback - Released: 23/02/2017
The Fifth Letter by Nicola Moriarty
The Fifth Letter
Nicola Moriarty
March 2017 Debut of the Month. A wonderfully expressive, dramatic, and tense tale, striking at the heart of friendship and love. Four best friends who have known each other since school, have begun to drift apart...
Format: Paperback - Released: 23/02/2017
When the Sky Fell Apart by Caroline Lea
When the Sky Fell Apart
Caroline Lea
March 2017 Debut of the Month. Prepare for your heart to break… this is a powerful, evocative tale of life during the Nazi occupation of Jersey in the 1940’s. The first page made me flinch, yet...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/03/2017
Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo
Stay With Me
Ayobami Adebayo
March 2017 Debut of the Month. A surprising, emotional, and courageous novel, one where the words and feelings gradually unwind from the page and take up residence in your mind. Set in Nigeria during the 1980s,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/03/2017
The Confessions of Young Nero by Margaret George
The Confessions of Young Nero
Margaret George
In part inspired by a desire to redress how Nero “has suffered badly at the hands of popular culture,” as the author notes in the novel’s afterword, this epic, expansive tome about Nero’s transformation from little boy to ruthless ruler...
Format: Hardback - Released: 09/03/2017
About Last Night ... by Catherine Alliott
About Last Night ...
Catherine Alliott
Masterfully told in typical Catherine Alliott fashion, Catherine once again delivers a belly full of laughter as Molly, the key protagonist, makes her life a whole load more complicated and messy, long after the unexpected death of her husband, as...
Format: Hardback - Released: 09/03/2017
The Orphan's Tale by Pam Jenoff
The Orphan's Tale
Pam Jenoff
A heartbreaking tale echoing with intensity and hope, set during World War Two and based on real events. Seventeen year old Noa and the Jewish baby she managed to rescue from a train, flee through the snow from soldiers. Astrid’s...
Format: Paperback - Released: 23/02/2017
Orange Blossom Days by Patricia Scanlan
Orange Blossom Days
Patricia Scanlan
A large collection of multi-national, mostly retired couples, invest in a new development of luxury apartments, La Joya, in Andalucia on the Costa del Sol in Spain. We follow a securely married Irish couple with a demanding family, an American...
Format: Hardback - Released: 09/03/2017
Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal
Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows
Balli Kaur Jaswal
Courage, strength and erotica is at the heart of this humorous, heart-warming tale about a clash of cultures and the women in our lives we should never take for granted. Nikki is a modern girl living in London who...
Format: Hardback - Released: 09/03/2017
The Second Bride by Katharine Swartz
The Second Bride
Katharine Swartz
A bittersweet, compassionate family drama set in Cumbria. Ellen is under pressure after her step-daughter comes to live with her family. Emotionally bombarded, Ellen attempts to solve the mystery of a death certificate from 1872, that was found under their...
Format: Paperback - Released: 17/02/2017
Who's That Girl? by Mhairi McFarlane
Who's That Girl?
Mhairi McFarlane
One kiss and your world falls apart, and you didn’t even instigate it! So this is Edie’s problem and the start of a light, highly infectious, delightful read from Mhairi McFarlane. Online persecution and abuse is beautifully handled and then...
Format: Paperback - Released: 09/02/2017
Cartes Postales from Greece by Victoria Hislop
Cartes Postales from Greece
Victoria Hislop
Three years ago Cardiff born Ellie moved into a small block of twelve flats in Kensal Rise, London. Her life is dull. She does tele-ad sales for a trade mag and then suddenly she gets postcards from Greece addressed to...
Format: Paperback - Released: 09/03/2017
All is Not Forgotten by Wendy Walker
All is Not Forgotten
Wendy Walker
A finely-etched tale of domestic terror and a debut novel with a nod to girls gone and on a train, and unsurprisingly already snapped up by Hollywood. After a serious assault at a party, a fifteen year old teenager is...
Format: Paperback - Released: 23/02/2017
At the Edge of the Orchard by Tracy Chevalier
At the Edge of the Orchard
Tracy Chevalier
In her last novel, The Last Runaway, Tracy Chevalier returned to her American roots for the first time, setting her story on the Ohio frontier in 1850. At the Edge of the Orchard opens in similar circumstances: James Goodenough,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 23/02/2017
Undertow by Elizabeth Heathcote
Undertow
Elizabeth Heathcote
A tension-filled family drama, which encourages thoughts to twist and turn. The prologue sets questions in motion, trapping them in the back of your mind, ready to pounce. A chance meeting places Carmen on a path of no return when...
Format: Paperback - Released: 23/02/2017
The Chilbury Ladies' Choir by Jennifer Ryan
The Chilbury Ladies' Choir
Jennifer Ryan
An engaging and charmingly bittersweet slice of fiction set during the Second World War. In a Kent village during 1940, the vicar closes the choir, as the ladies of the village start their own choir, the small rebellion creates a...
Format: Hardback - Released: 23/02/2017
The Missing Wife by Sheila O'Flanagan
The Missing Wife
Sheila O'Flanagan
The riveting story of a woman determined to escape and the man who wants to find her, set in the glorious south of France. From the bestselling author of IF YOU WERE ME, ISOBEL'S WEDDING and MY MOTHER'S SECRET.
Format: Paperback - Released: 09/03/2017
Taken by Rosie Lewis
Taken
Rosie Lewis
Experienced foster carer, Rosie Lewis, takes on the heart-breaking case of Megan, a baby born with a drug addiction and a cleft palate.
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/01/2017
The Possessions by Sara Flannery Murphy
The Possessions
Sara Flannery Murphy
At an organization that allows the grief-stricken to reconnect with lost loved ones, an affair between a worker and an enigmatic client threatens to uncover disturbing secrets.
Format: Hardback - Released: 09/03/2017
The Girl in the Painting by Kirsty Ferry
The Girl in the Painting
Kirsty Ferry
What if you thought you knew a secret that could change history? Whilst standing engrossed in her favourite Pre-Raphaelite painting - Millais's Ophelia - Cori catches the eye of Tate gallery worker, Simon, who is immediately struck by her resemblance...
Format: Paperback - Released: 09/03/2017
The Himalayan Summer by Louise Brown
The Himalayan Summer
Louise Brown
The Himalayan Summer is a spellbinding novel of the British Raj period, the quest to find a child, and a love story beyond boundaries - for all fans of The Tea Planter's Wife and of Louise Brown's earlier novel,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 09/03/2017
Before the Rains by Dinah Jefferies
Before the Rains
Dinah Jefferies
A gorgeously expressive and captivating novel, set in 1930’s India at the height of the struggle for independence against British rule. 28 year old photographer Eliza agrees to document the royal family and subjects of one of the princely states....
Format: Hardback - Released: 23/02/2017
City of Friends by Joanna Trollope
City of Friends
Joanna Trollope
The day Stacey Grant loses her job feels like the last day of her life. Or at least, the only life she'd ever known. For who was she if not a City high-flyer, Senior Partner at one of the top...
Format: Hardback - Released: 23/02/2017
The House on Sunset Lake by Tasmina Perry
The House on Sunset Lake
Tasmina Perry
A stirring and intoxicating story of love and twisted secrets waiting… lurking. Spanning twenty years, this tale introduces Jim and Jennifer in 1995 when they meet in Savannah, before a traumatic event forces them apart. In 2015 they meet again,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 23/03/2017
This Love by Dani Atkins
This Love
Dani Atkins
How one book can hold such aching heartbreak, beautiful tenderness, and vibrant emotion, I really don’t know. Sophie works from home and keeps her heart hidden, then in one life-changing night she meets Ben. Dani Atkins’s words have the ability...
Format: Paperback - Released: 23/03/2017

Last Month's Featured Books

The Bird Tribunal by Agnes Ravatn

The Bird Tribunal
Agnes Ravatn
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Some books are claustrophobic as they isolate their characters in a constricted setting, but Norwegian crime author Ravatn achieves the curious...

Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough

Reader Reviewed Behind Her Eyes
Sarah Pinborough
February 2017 Book of the Month. Oh my word, this book is devious, twisted, and an absolute knockout! The story, revolving around love, passion, suspicion, and...

Eyes Like Mine by Sheena Kamal

Reader Reviewed Eyes Like Mine
Sheena Kamal
February 2017 Debut of the Month. A wonderfully intense and dramatic thriller, one that highlights the background, exposes the concealed, yet is action-packed and constantly moving....

The Bone Field by Simon Kernick

Reader Reviewed The Bone Field
Simon Kernick
A series? By Simon Kernick? Yes please! Two faces, who were unknown to each other in previous books, join forces in this powerful, fast moving and intoxicating tale. Trouble starts...

The Trophy Child by Paula Daly

Reader Reviewed The Trophy Child
Paula Daly
“How far would a mother go to achieve perfection?” the publisher’s shout line asks. Well how far indeed? Personally I find the line deceptive but I’m not telling you why. ...

Mischling by Affinity Konar

Reader Reviewed Mischling
Affinity Konar
February 2017 Debut of the Month. A very special, rather beautiful, and truly unforgettable novel, this is a story that has become a part of me,...

Swimming Lessons by Claire Fuller

Swimming Lessons
Claire Fuller
Gil's wife, Ingrid has been missing, presumed drowned, for twelve years. A possible sighting brings their children, Nan and Flora, home. Together they begin to confront the mystery of their...

The Breakdown by B. A. Paris

Reader Reviewed The Breakdown
B. A. Paris
February 2017 Book of the Month. Right from the start Paris throws you into an intense atmosphere of confusion, suspense and fear. Taking a shortcut home...

The Portable Veblen by Elizabeth McKenzie

The Portable Veblen
Elizabeth McKenzie
One of our Books of the Year 2016. Whimsical yet sharp and perceptive, ‘The Portable Veblen’ is an absolute treat of a read. Veblen is eccentrically wonderful, she lives in...

The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan

The Keeper of Lost Things
Ruth Hogan
Oh my, this is totally and completely gorgeous, in fact, an absolute treasure! An author leaves all his worldly possessions, and a hoard of lost lonely items, to his assistant...

Shtum by Jem Lester

Shtum
Jem Lester
February 2017 Debut of the Month. A rather special read indeed… there are times when you wonder how you've missed sight of, or hearing about a...

Good Me, Bad Me by Ali Land

Reader Reviewed Good Me, Bad Me
Ali Land
February 2017 Debut of the Month. Ooh, this truly is a fabulously captivating and unpredictable tale, and it kept me clinging to the very edge of...

The Expatriates by Janice Y. K. Lee

Reader Reviewed The Expatriates
Janice Y. K. Lee
One of our Books of the Year 2016. A remarkably touching and quite, quite beautiful read. Set in Hong Kong, the prologue is teeming with people making their way to...

All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda

Reader Reviewed All the Missing Girls
Megan Miranda
February 2017 Debut of the Month. A clever, suspense-filled story told in reverse, from day 15 through to day 1, and boy does the premise work!...

The Moment She Left by Susan Lewis

The Moment She Left
Susan Lewis
February 2017 Book of the Month. Another completely captivating, and tension filled dramatic tale from Susan Lewis. I look forward to each new book and have...

You Said Forever by Susan Lewis

You Said Forever
Susan Lewis
A gripping, emotional and tension-filled family drama. Charlotte and Anthony live and work on an artisan vineyard in New Zealand with their three children. They may be in paradise, yet...

Moonglow by Michael Chabon

Reader Reviewed Moonglow
Michael Chabon
February 2017 eBook of the Month. Absolutely fascinating, a beautiful yet quirky read, this is a tale to make you wonder, to make you feel… A...

The River at Night by Erica Ferencik

The River at Night
Erica Ferencik
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Four middle-aged women and long-time friends with a checkered history embark for their yearly reunion meeting on a whitewater rafting expedition...

The Fire Child by S. K. Tremayne

Reader Reviewed The Fire Child
S. K. Tremayne
A sublimely creepy slow-burning thriller, a tale where the countdown to Christmas is a chilling one. Rachel tells her own story, she has just married widower David and moved into...

The Black Sheep by Sophie McKenzie

The Black Sheep
Sophie McKenzie
A tensely dramatic tale, highlighting secrets, lies, and trust. A year after her husband was murdered in an unprovoked attack, Fran is told her family may actually know something about...

The Gustav Sonata by Rose Tremain

The Gustav Sonata
Rose Tremain
Shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award 2016. Fierce, astringent, profoundly tender, Rose Tremain's beautifully orchestrated novel asks the question, what does it do to a person, or to a country,...

Before You Go by Clare Swatman

Before You Go
Clare Swatman
When Zoe's husband Ed dies, her world caves in. But what if Zoe can get Ed back? You find your soulmate ...Some people stare love in the face for years...

If Ever I Fall by S. D. Robertson

If Ever I Fall
S. D. Robertson
A heart-rending story of family tragedy, perfect for fans of Amanda Prowse and Jojo Moyes.

The Wild Other A Memoir by Clover Stroud

The Wild Other A Memoir
Clover Stroud
The Wild Other is a powerful and beautifully written memoir from journalist Clover Stroud, about grief, love, motherhood, depression and the healing power of nature and horses. Grippingly honest, powerful...

The Month Before's Featured Books

Two by Two by Nicholas Sparks

Two by Two
Nicholas Sparks
Russell rises swiftly into a high-powered job until it all comes crashing round him and he now has to spend time at home so there is a slight role reversal...

Remember My Name by Abbey Clancy

Reader Reviewed Remember My Name
Abbey Clancy
A light, flirty and oh, so much fun, debut novel by model and TV presenter Abbey Clancy. 22 year old Jess, a party entertainer from Liverpool has always dreamed of...

The Affair by Amanda Brooke

Reader Reviewed The Affair
Amanda Brooke
A family drama full of suspense, tension and heartache. Nina’s 15 year old daughter Scarlett is pregnant, and the father is a married man. As the main story moves from...

Everything You Told Me by Lucy Dawson

Everything You Told Me
Lucy Dawson
This is interesting. Of course the mystery is not revealed until the last few pages and although some of it I guessed, I certainly didn’t guess it all … very...

A Family Secret by Josephine Cox

A Family Secret
Josephine Cox
This latest novel from Josephine Cox gets straight to the heart of family life and the dramas that surround them. What begins as a gentle, seaside holiday in Blackpool with...

Foxlowe by Eleanor Wasserberg

Reader Reviewed Foxlowe
Eleanor Wasserberg
January 2017 Debut of the Month. One of our Books of the Year 2016. Green, her little sister Blue and October - known as Toby -...

The Trouble with Goats and Sheep by Joanna Cannon

Reader Reviewed The Trouble with Goats and Sheep
Joanna Cannon
January 2017 Debut of the Month. One of our Books of the Year 2016. The title refers to a Bible quote and two 10-year old girls...

The Buttonmaker's Daughter by Merryn Allingham

The Buttonmaker's Daughter
Merryn Allingham
This delightful family drama takes us back to a quiet, genteel Sussex in the summer of 1914. But appearances are deceptive and there is darkness at the heart of this...

Montpelier Parade by Karl Geary

Montpelier Parade
Karl Geary
Unfolding in the sea-bright, rain-soaked Dublin of early spring, Montpelier Parade is a beautiful, cinematic novel about desire, longing, grief, hope and the things that remain unspoken. It is about...

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

Homegoing
Yaa Gyasi
Taking us from the Gold Coast of Africa to the cotton-picking plantations of Mississippi; from the missionary schools of Ghana to the dive bars of Harlem, spanning three continents and...

My Sweet Revenge by Jane Fallon

My Sweet Revenge
Jane Fallon
Sharp, funny and clever, this unpredictable novel tells a bitter-sweet tale of high passions, infidelity and revenge. It is Jane Fallon at her best. When Paula discovers her actor husband is...

Highbridge by Phil Redmond

Reader Reviewed Highbridge
Phil Redmond
An intriguing start to a new series by the writer and creator of Grange Hill, Brookside and Hollyoaks. When I knew Phil Redmond was the author I did a little...

The One-in-a-Million Boy by Monica Wood

Reader Reviewed The One-in-a-Million Boy
Monica Wood
Absolutely enchanting, and not in a sugary syrupy sweet way, oh no, instead this is earthy and vibrant and real. Miss Ona Vitkus is 104 years old, she lives on...

What a Way to Go by Julia Forster

Reader Reviewed What a Way to Go
Julia Forster
Sharp, poignant and amusing, this is a beautifully observed novel about growing up during the 80’s as a child of divorced parents. The prologue is short, quirky and full of...

The Secret Lives of the Amir Sisters by Nadiya Hussain

The Secret Lives of the Amir Sisters
Nadiya Hussain
January 2017 Debut of the Month. A lovely warm and joyful squeeze of a read. When a family bombshell hits, four sisters each tell their own...

English Animals by Laura Kaye

English Animals
Laura Kaye
English Animals is a funny, subversive, poignant and beautifully written novel about a doomed love affair, a certain kind of Englishness and prejudice. A brilliantly assured debut that fans of...

A Boy Made of Blocks by Keith Stuart

Reader Reviewed A Boy Made of Blocks
Keith Stuart
One of our Books of the Year 2016. A brilliant debut from a fresh and unique voice, ‘A Boy Made of Blocks' is a book that will make you laugh,...

Baby Doll by Hollie Overton

Reader Reviewed Baby Doll
Hollie Overton
With an unusual focus, ‘Baby Doll’ is a menacing, yet beautifully compassionate read. Lily escapes captivity after eight years, she has suffered the unthinkable trauma of being mentally and physically...

Missing Pieces by Heather Gudenkauf

Reader Reviewed Missing Pieces
Heather Gudenkauf
An intriguing, easy reading family drama with secrets buried deeply at its heart. After 25 years of marriage, Sarah finds herself travelling to Iowa with her husband Jack after his...

Rockadoon Shore by Rory Gleeson

Rockadoon Shore
Rory Gleeson
Honest, moving and human, Rockadoon Shore is a novel about friendship and youth, about missed opportunities and lost love, and about the realities of growing up and growing old in...

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