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A totally absorbing, wonderful novel of interlinking characters and their relationships; of love, heartache and loss all in the glorious South of France. You feel the heat, the colour, the emotions, the pain, the laughter and the tears. My only criticism is that it all ended rather abruptly â€¦ I wanted more, it was such a lovely book; please read it. Comparison: Sophie Kinsella, Lisa Jewell, Plum Sykes. Similar this month: Belinda Jones, Chris Manby.
A 2012 World Book Night selection. One of the best crossover children/adult books I have read since The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. It has the sort of old worldly feel of I Capture a Castle which suddenly turns into a novel of survival and violence when Britain is invaded. It's a coming-of-age tale, a story of love and endurance but it's real charm is in its style. Big ideas simply told, it is utterly hypnotic.Comparison: Dodie Smith, Sue Fletcher, Mark Haddon.Similar this month: Deborah Lawrenson, Jodi Picoult.
Redundant again, Melissa reinvents herself and steps out in wig and with confidence as Honey, opening an agency to help men get their lives together. This is tremendous fun as the double-life of our endearing heroine gets highly complicated and highly entertaining. It seems complete but I’m told it is the start of a series.Comparison: Sophie Kinsella, Elizabeth Buchan, Melissa Nathan.Similar this month: Karen Quinn, Jane Moore.
A new talent to welcome to the inventive SF stable, and he is British! A highly imaginative and enjoyable venture into a future era of conflict between mankind and the artificial intelligences and cities and planets it has carelessly fabricated.Comparison: Michael Moorcock, Stephen Baxter, Nick Sagan.Similar this month: Ian Irvine, John Connolly.
Kidnapped at 3 by a lonely alcoholic back-woods recluse, Cate, now 15, kills a man and her surrogate father, unable to cope, takes her back to her middle-class mother. So begins this powerful original tale of reconciliation, acceptance and re-evaluation. It falters a little in the middle, as first novels often do, but it is sensitive and thought provoking. The hardback was published as The Reckoning and it reverts now to its original, self-published title as chosen by its 74-year old author.Comparison: Alice Sebold, Alice Hoffman, Jane Yardley.Similar this month: Clare Chambers, Ben Sherwood.
This is an incredibly thought-provoking novel set just after WW1 where a man had to hide his true desires of homosexuality behind what you might call a marriage of convenience. It’s superbly written with wonderfully captivating characters. By turns compassionate and sensitive, compelling and gripping, vivid and accomplished, its intricate romantic plotlines are told with rare brilliance. A real page turner and wonderfully accessible too and it’s the sort of book you can spend hours discussing with friends on the whys and wherefores of one of THE taboos of the early part of the 20th century.
Seven disturbed teenagers are admitted to an experimental adolescent psychiatric unit for a yearâ€™s treatment. Thirty years later there is trouble again. In flashbacks and through different view points, we learn of their terrible plights. This is powerful, disturbing stuff with the suspense maintained right through to the end. Highly recommended.Comparison: Minette Walters, Tess Gerritsen, Karin Slaughter.Similar this month: Jim Kelly, Erin Hart.
Reviewed on Richard and Judy on 15th June 2005 and voted the second most enjoyable book by viewersThe perfect summer read, a fresh highly engaging romance with the added ingredients of food. Set in Rome and starring a young American exchange student and two Italian men, one chef, one waiter, it is the most enormous fun. Full of produce, dishes and traditional Italian recipes, lust, duplicity and unrequited love, it's utterly charming, beautifully written and I do highly recommend it, certainly if you are going to Italy. Richard and Judy have just chosen it as one of their chosen six summer reads.
Reviewed on Richard and Judy on 13th July 2005.A redundant woman reinvents herself. Based on the authorâ€™s experiences, itâ€™s a real eye-opener to the wheeling and dealing of well-heeled New Yorkers as they battle to place their four-year olds in the best private kindergartens! Itâ€™s an astute hoot. Really poking at the lengths people will go to be seen to be socially elite, all bound round a charming romance in a nice easy read. It has just been chosen as one of the six featured titles for Richard and Judy's summer read. Comparison: Allison Pearson, Wendy Holden, Isabel Wolff.Similar this month: Hester Browne, Carmen Reid.
A novel about grief and rebuilding which could border on the depressive but actually is so beautifully written and so tenderly handled it is uplifting, funny, warm and eventually joyous. The style completely wins you over, you feel for Sophie all the way, she’s quite a woman and this is a wonderful first novel.Comparison: Adriana Trigiani, Fannie Flagg, Rebecca Wells.Similar this month: Nicholas Sparks, Lou Wakefield.
One of the best of its kind, an exciting quest thriller with a diving expert and underwater photographer as its hero, so lots of interesting detail in its non-stop action plot. Highly recommended.Comparison: Clive Cussler, Gordon Kent, Dale Brown.Similar this month: Vince Flynn, Duncan Falconer.
Itâ€™s not often we at Lovereading travel into the territory of promoting a title that comes in unsolicited from a self-published author but this is one that really caught our eye. Rivenaes has real talent for dialogue and for gripping the reader throughout with a complex yet utterly riveting plot presented in effortless fashion. He's created some brilliantly drawn characters you will care about and some terrific interplay between them. It is a beautifully written, multi-faceted, multi-layered political action thriller, much like Tom Wolfeâ€™s Bonfire of the Vanities and written with a multitude of ingredients including drama, humour, love, action and suspense making it much more than a thriller. It's intriguing, fulfilling and ultimately consuming and will linger on in your psyche long after youâ€™ve finished it.
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