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The Sapphire Widow by Dinah Jefferies Read the opening extract of the brand new Dinah Jefferies book before its publication on 05/04/2018

Family Drama Family Drama Books

Our high-quality Family Drama selection offers the heart-breaking and heart-warming conflicts and dramas directly from the hearth, telling the stories of these families that have been struck by tragedy, conflict and drama and their struggle to survive intact.

Books of the Month

Letters to Iris by Elizabeth Noble
Letters to Iris
Elizabeth Noble
April 2018 Book of the Month 'A gloriously uplifting story about love in all its forms from the Number One Sunday Times bestselling author of The Reading Group and Things I Want My Daughters to Know.' This author has certainly...
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/04/2018

Other Featured Books this Month

The Story of Our Lives by Helen Warner
The Story of Our Lives
Helen Warner
A dynamic, dramatic, and deliciously entertaining tale exposing friendship flaws, secrets and lies. Sophie, Emily, Amy, and Melissa go away for a weekend break once a year, and we see how their lives change for both better and worse between...
Format: Hardback - Released: 08/02/2018
A Country Escape by Katie Fforde
A Country Escape
Katie Fforde
February 2018 Book of the Month. A deliciously readable, entertaining and enjoyable novel from Katie Fforde. Fran leaves her life behind for a dilapidated farm in the Cotswolds, she has just one year to make it a success. I always...
Format: Hardback - Released: 22/02/2018
Coming Home by Fern Britton
Coming Home
Fern Britton
Just gorgeous. I do love a feel-good read, add biting realism and aching intensity, and you have a winner in your hands. Ella and Henry have a deep and loving connection to Cornwall, when their grandmother dies the past throws...
Format: Hardback - Released: 22/02/2018
The Year That Changed Everything by Cathy Kelly
The Year That Changed Everything
Cathy Kelly
Uplifting and delightful, The Year That Changed Everything is another gorgeous read from Cathy Kelly. Three women have three milestone birthdays on the same day, they don’t know each other, yet a featherlight connection binds them together. In one day,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 22/02/2018
The Madonna of The Mountains by Elise Valmorbida
The Madonna of The Mountains
Elise Valmorbida
March 2018 Book of the Month “To believe, to obey, to fight” is the new prayer of Mussolini’s Italy in 1936. We are in Fosso, a town in the rural district of Veneto on the fertile plains where food is...
Format: Hardback - Released: 29/03/2018
The Cows by Dawn O'Porter
The Cows
Dawn O'Porter
April 2018 Debut of the Month Oh my word, this is an eyebrow raising, mouth openingly good read. A contemporary tale about three women, muddling and battling their way through this world as best they can. Emotional growing pains can...
Format: Paperback - Released: 22/03/2018
Sal by Mick Kitson
Sal
Mick Kitson
March 2018 Debut of the Month Just gorgeous… this is an emotional and quite, quite beautiful read. After a particularly traumatic time at home, 13 year old Sal and her younger sister Peppa escape into the wilds of Scotland. Sal...
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/03/2018
The Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes The new novel from the author of The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan
The Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes The new novel from the author of The Keeper of Lost Things
Ruth Hogan
From the bestselling author of The Keeper of Lost Things, Ruth Hogan, comes another irresistible novel of unexpected friendships, second chances ... and dark secrets. Gloriously gorgeous in every way. After tragedy crashed into her life, Masha often sits on...
Format: Hardback - Released: 03/05/2018
Keep You Safe by Melissa Hill
Keep You Safe
Melissa Hill
'If you like Jodi Picoult try Melissa Hill' Woman and Home Good mother or bad ... who decides?' With clever writing, this provocative tale is just so, so readable. Rosie can’t have her childhood vaccinations due to a medical condition,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 19/04/2018
Seven Days of Us  by Francesca Hornak
Seven Days of Us
Francesca Hornak
Longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2018 For fans of David Nicholls and Richard Curtis movies, this is an observational, tender and heart-warming drama about the trials and tribulations of spending a week with your family at Christmas. What...
Format: Paperback - Released: 19/10/2017
Her Mother's Daughter by Alice Fitzgerald
Her Mother's Daughter
Alice Fitzgerald
Two voices: a damaged mother, Josephine, remembering her past and failing to cope with the present, and her 10 year old daughter Claire, on the cusp of puberty, who takes good care of her younger brother Thomas. The publisher tells...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/04/2018
Last Letter from Istanbul by Lucy Foley
Last Letter from Istanbul
Lucy Foley
Just gorgeous, this is a story to shine a light in the darkness, even in moments of despair. Constantinople in 1921 is a confusing, often frightening place to be, in the first few pages, two reports from 1918, perfectly sum...
Format: Hardback - Released: 19/03/2018
Dead Letters by Caite Dolan-Leach
Dead Letters
Caite Dolan-Leach
A dramatic and oh so readable family tale, with enough tension playing through the pages to sink a battleship. Two years ago Ava vowed never to speak to her twin sister Zelda again, when an email arrives declaring Zelda dead,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/04/2018
The Great Cornish Getaway by Fern Britton
The Great Cornish Getaway
Fern Britton
This delightful Quick Read from Sunday Times bestselling novelist Fern Britton is full of her usual warmth and wit. It is the perfect way to treat yourself to a gorgeous escape to Cornwall.
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/02/2018

Last Month's Featured Books

Sail Away by Celia Imrie

Reader Reviewed Sail Away
Celia Imrie
Sail Away is a light-hearted Mystery set aboard a cruise ship written by actress and author Celia Imrie. Suzy the once famous actress is struggling to find work and accepts...

A Long Way from Home by Cathy Glass

A Long Way from Home
Cathy Glass
March 2018 Book of the Month A slightly different offering than usual from Cathy Glass, yet still as emotional and powerful as you’d expect. The story begins in another country,...

Mermaids Singing by Dilly Court

Mermaids Singing
Dilly Court
Bullied by the kitchen maids, Kitty is soon taken under Lady Arabella's wing and for the first time in her life Kitty dares to hope. Kitty will do anything for...

How Saints Die by Carmen Marcus

How Saints Die
Carmen Marcus
Longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2018 Gosh, this is provocative, powerful, and actually rather beautiful, I will admit to being completely bewitched. Ellie Fleck is ten years old, she...

The Month Before's Featured Books

Coming Home to Island House by Erica James

Reader Reviewed Coming Home to Island House
Erica James
February 2018 Book of the Month. Romily, an author of mystery novels, returns home after a European promotional tour just shortly before her great love, Jack Devereux, somewhat her senior,...

Gravesend by William Boyle

Gravesend
William Boyle
February 2018 Debut of the MonthA raw, convincing, achingly intimate and individual tale about actions and consequences. 16 years after the death of his brother, Conway wants revenge....

The Guilty Wife by Elle Croft

Reader Reviewed The Guilty Wife
Elle Croft
February 2018 Debut of the Month. A debut to make you question everyone and trust no one. Bethany isn’t an innocent, in fact, you could say she is far from...

We Own The Sky by Luke Allnutt

Reader Reviewed We Own The Sky
Luke Allnutt
February 2018 MEGA Debut of the Month This tender tale of tragic loss, deep love and profound desperation is contemporary fiction at...

The Last Summer by Andree Michaud

The Last Summer
Andree Michaud
A provocative, disturbing, yet oh so readable and gripping story set on the Canadian, US border in 1967. Two girls run wild during the summer holidays, then one disappears, altering,...

The Chilbury Ladies' Choir by Jennifer Ryan

Reader Reviewed 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...

The Secret Lives of the Amir Sisters by Nadiya Hussain

The Secret Lives of the Amir Sisters
Nadiya Hussain
February 2018 Debut of the Month. A lovely warm and joyful squeeze of a read. When a family bombshell hits, four sisters each tell their own story. We get to...

The Break by Katherena Vermette

The Break
Katherena Vermette
Emily is subjected to a horrific attack where she is raped with a glass bottle that breaks inside her. This story, peopled by Native ~Canadians, part of a Métis community,...

A New Map of Love by Abi Oliver

A New Map of Love
Abi Oliver
An entertaining and charmingly poignant portrait of a provincial widower’s burgeoning new life following the death of his wife. It’s 1964, and 57 year-old antiques dealer George has lost his...

Peculiar Ground by Lucy Hughes-Hallett

Reader Reviewed Peculiar Ground
Lucy Hughes-Hallett
Longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2018 A huge book both in scope and length, it begins with the journals of a landscape gardener building a great park in...

Eyes Like Mine by Sheena Kamal

Reader Reviewed Eyes Like Mine
Sheena Kamal
February 2018 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. Nora Watts gave up...

The Shadow Land by Elizabeth Kostova

Reader Reviewed The Shadow Land
Elizabeth Kostova
This is a beautifully crafted novel. Those familiar with Kostova’s writing will be delighted to know that her beautiful, descriptive prose has yet again created a masterful novel that will...

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