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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.
Old friends bump into each other on a train and catch up on their 15 years separaton. When they arrived, Ruth is met by her son and Jenny sees the image of her recently dead husband in the boy. What follows is a tale of grief, love, obsession and the flowering of a complicated relationship. This is a well-rounded, well-written, sensitive tale, good, old-fashioned story telling at its best.Similar this month: None but try Adriana Trigiani.Comparison: Rosamunde Pilcher, Jojo Moyes, Marcia Willett.
From the winner of the 2004 Whitbread First novel award comes a beautifully written novel about love, about trust, loss and loneliness with a profound darkness at its core. The story unfolds at the bedside of a girl in a coma, as her sister confesses to her past selfishness, her bitterness and her anger and savagery towards her family and most of all towards her sister. Fletcher’s writing is wonderfully lyrical and beguiling, and an utter joy to read despite the sadness and bitterness of the story.
Adriana Trigiani does it again with this fourth addition to the Stone Gap saga. Her central character, Ave Maria, is as warm, funny and prickly as ever as she approaches middle age with all its problems: empty nest syndrome, health scares, the changing nature of a long marriage and old friendships. Trigiani's perception of human nature and all its frailties is acute and her characters are full of life. This Italian American author allows us to identify with her protagonist, feel her heartache, laugh when she's happy and ride the emotional rollercoaster which is the foundation of Ave Maria's character. In a sense, Ave Maria finally grows up and learns to live with herself and her past. If you've read the others in the series, you'll love this but it also stands up on its own as an enjoyable read.
Once you have started this book, you will need to find out what happens as you quickly get involved with the characters within it. The story is told through three women, Christina, her mother Greta and her mother’s best friend, Angeline who became her stepmother. It is a powerful novel about love; the pain and anguish of losing it and the quest to rediscover it. We see through a child’s eye the horror of being abandoned by your mother and the ensuing guilt and torment felt by both mother and child. Christina, separated from her husband and having lost custody of her children, goes on the run with her younger son, across the Atlantic in a bid to find her own mother who left her when she was six. As she travels to new places, she returns to the memories of her childhood and gradually the painful truth about her family is finally revealed.
This is a brilliant first novel; perceptive, colourful and a joy to read. Ricky Karim, a wealthy Bengali, discovers on his wedding night that he has been duped into an arranged marriage with a girl he does not love or respect. Their daughter, Shona, brought up in a household where double lives and deceit are the norm, elopes to London with her lover Parvez and without realising what she is doing, also embarks on a life full of deception. It is not until her own two dearly loved sons come to different crisis points in their lives that she realises that she must face up to the truth about her family and the way they conduct their relationships. Roopa Farooki paints a vivid picture of the Anglo-asian family in London. Her characters live and breathe with you and you need to discover what happens to them all. A really engrossing read!
Thrush Green is the neighbouring village to Fairacre which leads to a whole new set of characters for us to enjoy. The first novel in the series is set on one particular May Day when the fair has come to the village. This is a great introduction to some new characters and a reminder of gentler times.
Miss Read vividly evokes a tale of rural village life which is so charming and gentle it makes you want to pack your bags and move to the country.
Wrong man, right time? I think every woman can relate to that. Should Stevie settle for dependable Jez or jet off to New York to chase her dreams? A great read, and personally, I enjoyed The Egg Race even more than The Rise and Fall of a Yummy Mummy (it may have something to do with the lovely character Sam though!). Fun, but touches on serious issues. Highly recommended.
One of Vincenzi’s contemporary novels, set in the nineties as New Labour come to power. Octavia and Tom Flemming seem to have it all till Octavia discovers that Tom is having an affair and her life utterly falls apart. If you like the characters in the books you read to be likeable then maybe best to avoid this one as there’s barely a decent human being amongst the whole cast of their friends and families, but it’s thrillingly compelling to watch as their lives and marriage crumble.
A brilliantly funny novel that looks at whether you should turn your back on a steady, solid and slightly boring marriage in favour of a final fling before gravity has taken itâ€™s toll on your body and the opportunity is gone. This will make you laugh out loud as well as look at what is important in really keeping a marriage alive.
This is story of parental sexual abuse told with sensitivity and insight. I was drawn in from the first chapter and not disappointed as the subject matter is handled delicately but with a power to shock, which is as it should be. Compelling and moving.
A 2012 World Book Night selection. Esme was a woman edited out of her family's history, and when, sixty years later, she is released from care, a young woman, Iris, discovers the great aunt she never knew she had. The mystery that unfolds is the heartbreaking tale of two sisters in colonial India and 1930s Edinburgh - of the loneliness that binds them together and the rivalries that drive them apart, and lead one of them to a shocking betrayal - but above all it is the story of Esme, a fiercely intelligent, unconventional young woman, and of the terrible price she is made to pay for her family's unhappiness ...
Whether it’s Barbara Taylor Bradford’s window into the dark secrets of dynastic powerhouses, or the hard realities of Allison Pearson’s writing: the incisively humourous observations of Nick Hornby, or the light touch of Charlotte Bingham: the engrossing passion of Jojo Moyes, or the captivating worlds conjured by Jodi Picoult and Daisy Waugh, the range of fantastic stories in the Family Drama section is almost endless. Luckily our unique expert reviews and hand-picked recommendations are here to help match you with your perfect next read. Sign up to our monthly emails to stay in touch with the latest output from warm, wise Elizabeth Buchan, insightful Kate Atkinson, sensory-stimulating Joanna Harris, huge-scale Sidney Sheldon, magical Alice Hoffman and so many more in the varied family of fantastic authors of the genre.