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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.
This is compelling and sexy writing. Sadly adultery is now all too common place however described from the personal viewpoint of the Wife, the Husband and the lover it takes on a level of empathy and intimacy that is hard to tear yourself away from. It is a great read, and we won’t spoil the ending but be warned the book does not hold back when describing the passionate encounters!
Will is the sort of character who is just too good to be true. He copes with classes of dysfunctional teenagers. Where his peers throw their hands up in horror, Will cajoles, understands, encourages and, of course, consequently gets the best out of them. So when trouble hits him it is to the street-wise that he turns for help. I loved this light-hearted romp, a morality tale with lots of soul.Similar this month: None but try Joe Keenan.Comparison: Colin Bateman, Mark Barrowcliffe, John O’Farrell.
A riveting tale, set in 19th century China, of two little girls whose lives are linked by a bond stronger than blood. Lily and Snow FlowerÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s love for each other survives separation, terrible hardship, marriage, childbirth and betrayal. Lisa SeeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s novel is a compelling story of love and the human spirit, brought vividly to life by the detailed picture it presents of ordinary Chinese womenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s lives in a time when their sole value was as housekeepers and goods to be traded between households. If you enjoy Adeline Yen-Mah and Amy Tan, youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll enjoy this.Ã¢â‚¬Â?
A wonderful and thoroughly compelling mix of past loves and loyalties versus present loves that threatens to tear a couple apart. The characters are well drawn and the difficult mother-in-law particularly so. Yes, this is chick lit but itâ€™s fresh yet very believable, compulsively readable, has depth to its writing and is perceptively written too. If you buy your books because of the title or the look of the cover then youâ€™re almost certain to buy it â€“ fab and itâ€™s only her second novel.Comparison: Jenny Colgan, Katie Fforde, Penny Vincenzi.
Yet another irrestible new novel from one of the UK's bestselling authors. Meet the Boyd family and the empty nest, twenty-first-century style. The youngest of the family is, at last, leaving home. Needless to say family life is never straight forward and the twists and turns make for a truly compelling read.
Covering a massive range of emotional issues in an easy-read, fun, heart-warming tale, this is a pure delight. We start with the death of Brown Owl, Judith, and follow the story of her daughter Lucy and the other Pixies from her Brownies through life-changing experiences and self-discovery. Dealing with sex, alcohol, affairs, weight, suicidal thoughts, babies and ambitions, all life is observed. Each chapter begins with a Brownie saying or just a sentence about how a person should conduct themselves which, as an ex-Brownie, brought the whole experience flooding back, very thought provoking, very nostalgic. I laughed out loud at times and was brought up short with surprise at others, and all in all I loved it hugely. Comparisons: Kate Long, Isla Dewar, Claire Calman.
August 2010 Guest Editor Veronica Henry on The Darling Buds of May... The Larkins are a total contrast to the Corleones, but equally compelling. The characters and the setting are so wonderfully vivid – you can taste actually taste the strawberries and feel the sun on your back. And Ma Larkin is the ultimate domestic goddess –Bates’ descriptions of her legendary feasts leave your mouth watering.
Cat, Fen and Pip of her earlier books come together for a fab read that does not require knowledge of the previous books to throughly enjoy. It's excellent and fans of Daisy Waugh and Belinda Jones will love it.
Grace, Florence and Clarissa are three very different women with very different lives and this novel, Vincenzi’s fifth, is all about how the monumental events and social evolution of World War Two inexorably change them. Gripping, tantalising, packed with as many twists and turns as you expect from Vincenzi it’s a wonderful book about the effect of the war on how women could live.
Itâ€™s not often that two writers get together as one to write but the novels by Annie Sanders are just that. They are enormously witty, touching and well-written too. The bookâ€™s reflect, and this one is no exception, the busy lives that women lead, juggling home and work and friendships. Itâ€™s the perfect novel to curl up with during the festive season and one that will take you through all manner of emotions and out the other side. Highly recommended.
Another great novel from the bestselling Cecilia. Very different from her previous books, this one has more in common with The Lovely Bones than her other relationship tales such as PS I Love You. The idea behind the novel is lovely, a place where all the odd socks end up, along with everything and everyone who gets lost. A real joy, as ever.
I like her style, her wit and her pace. The ending was a bit of a cop-out (see what you think) but it was certainly worth getting there. Arizona, illegal immigrants, an English family in the middle of nowhere, lots of emotional entanglements and full of the unexpected. I enjoyed it a lot. Her Hunting Unicorns was one of the early Richard and Judy Book Club choices, also highly recommended.Similar this month: None but try Adrienne Dines.Comparison: Leif Enger, Nicholas Evans, Joshilyn Jackson.
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.