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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
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
Mirror Shoulder Signal by Dorthe Nors
Mirror Shoulder Signal
Dorthe Nors
March 2017 Book of the Month. A novel of loneliness and insecurity. We can see what the poor woman, Sonja, must do. She cannot. It takes an act of kindness for Sonja to grab her life. ...
Format: Paperback - Released: 23/02/2017
A Summer at Sea by Katie Fforde
A Summer at Sea
Katie Fforde
March 2017 Book of the Month. A comforting, delightful tale about taking chances, trusting instincts, nourishing friendships and finding love. If you’re a fan of Katie Fforde, then you know you're about to be wrapped up...
Format: Paperback - Released: 09/02/2017
A Secret Garden by Katie Fforde
A Secret Garden
Katie Fforde
March 2017 Book of the Month. Another joyful hug of a read from Katie Fforde, what more could you want, than to settle down with her latest book! Philly, Lorna and Anthea, all wonderful ladies, in...
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

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 Mandibles A Family, 2029-2047 by Lionel Shriver
The Mandibles A Family, 2029-2047
Lionel Shriver
A huge tale of a future America and its economic downfall. It centres on four generations of one family, the Mandibles, and attempts to explain how the economics of 2029 works. Whites are in the minority, the Hispanics the majority,...
Format: Paperback - 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
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
Love Me Tinder by Nicola May
Love Me Tinder
Nicola May
This hilarious and fast-paced new novel from top romance author Nicola May is the story of Cali Summers who has a sad, fragmented heart following the break-up of her 12 year marriage to the man of her dreams. As she puts a toe into the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/02/2017
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
Paris for One and Other Stories by Jojo Moyes
Paris for One and Other Stories
Jojo Moyes
I love short stories, they have the power to give us a fleeting, yet memorable glimpse into other lives. Lives of strong, beautiful characters as they face the challenges that life throws at them, each in search of a little...
Format: Hardback - Released: 09/02/2017
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
Puzzle Girl by Rachael Featherstone
Puzzle Girl
Rachael Featherstone
A lovely, fresh, and entertaining feel-good debut. Cassy is determined to shoot up the career ladder, she stumbles at her big chance, will she regain her footing and find love in the process? Cassy is such a likeable character, she...
Format: Paperback - Released: 16/03/2017
Letters to Strabo by David Smith
Letters to Strabo
David Smith
A fictional travelogue of Finn, a free-spirited American and budding travel writer, journeying around Europe and the Middle East in the 1970’s. Letters to Strabo is an evocative, candid and life-affirming coming of age story with a strong sense of...
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/01/2017
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
Everything but the Truth by Gillian McAllister
Everything but the Truth
Gillian McAllister
Everything but the Truth is an addictive novel packed with suspense that pulls such an emotional punch it is hard to believe it's a debut. You will be totally drawn into the utterly believable and realistic characters and the female protagonist...
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 Best of Adam Sharp by Graeme Simsion
The Best of Adam Sharp
Graeme Simsion
The heart-warming new novel from Graeme Simsion, the international bestselling author of The Rosie Project and The Rosie Effect. The Best of Adam Sharp is about growing old and feeling young, about happy times and sad memories, about...
Format: Hardback - Released: 09/02/2017
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
It Was Only Ever You by Kate Kerrigan
It Was Only Ever You
Kate Kerrigan
Winner of the RNA Historical Romantic Novel of the Year Award 2017. Heartbreak and misunderstandings are woven through this uplifting story of a woman who can never quite believe that her gorgeous husband really loves her. Set, like Maeve...
Format: Hardback - Released: 06/10/2016

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...

Hold Back the Stars by Katie Khan

Reader Reviewed Hold Back the Stars
Katie Khan
February 2017 MEGA Debut of the Month. Beautifully written, this stunning, unusual debut weaves its way through an intense, all-encompassing first love. A love forbidden by...

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...

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...

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...

Honeymoon Suite by Wendy Holden

Honeymoon Suite
Wendy Holden
This is such a lovely tale, it has the feel of a perfect summer afternoon, with just the occasional threat of storm clouds. Nell finds herself on her honeymoon without...

Jonathan Unleashed by Meg Rosoff

Reader Reviewed Jonathan Unleashed
Meg Rosoff
A crazy New York romance, not that the city matters for this is about getting out of a rut and embracing the new, however terrifying. It is very charming, it...

The Transition by Luke Kennard

The Transition
Luke Kennard
What's standing between you and success? What do you do with a generation who've had everything, but still can't grow up? Welcome to The Transition. While taking part in The...

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...

The Polygamist by William Irvine

The Polygamist
William Irvine
The Polygamist by William Irvine is an interesting and thought-provoking, if one-sided, philosophical exploration of a polygamist’s life and male sexuality and desire style set in 1970’s Goa. When life...

How to Get a (Love) Life by Rosie Blake

How to Get a (Love) Life
Rosie Blake
A feel-good, hilarious romcom perfect for fans of Mhairi McFarlane and Lindsey Kelk. Nicola Brown doesn't like to lose control. Her flat is always meticulously tidy and her...

New York, Actually by Sarah Morgan

New York, Actually
Sarah Morgan
Meet Molly New York's most famous agony aunt, she considers herself an expert at relationships...as long as they're other people's. The only love of her life is her Dalmatian, Valentine....

The Last of Us by Rob Ewing

Reader Reviewed The Last of Us
Rob Ewing
A remote Scottish island has been devastated by a plague-like virus which has killed everyone except for a group of children. We know not why. It seems the children have...

The Peculiar Life of a Lonely Postman by Denis Theriault

Reader Reviewed The Peculiar Life of a Lonely Postman
Denis Theriault
Deceptively clever and utterly compelling, this beautifully written little book will continue to haunt your thoughts long after you've finished it. Set in Montreal, the world of Bilodo...

Our Own Private Universe by Robin Talley

Our Own Private Universe
Robin Talley
In a Nutshell: Personal awakenings on a transformational summer trip | An insightful coming-of-age story about a bisexual teenager’s first experience of love in all its dizzying bliss and complexity....

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 Little Cafe of Second Chances by J. D. Barrett

The Little Cafe of Second Chances
J. D. Barrett
A deliciously entertaining debut from an exciting new voice in women's fiction, this is a smart, charming novel about how it's never too late for a second chance. Heartwarming and...

The Apartment by Danielle Steel

The Apartment
Danielle Steel
They come together by chance in the heart of New York City, four young women at turning points in their lives. Claire finds the spacious loft apartment. But the aspiring...

The Summer Seaside Kitchen by Jenny Colgan

The Summer Seaside Kitchen
Jenny Colgan
Bring a little sunshine into your spring with the new book from Sunday Times bestselling author Jenny Colgan

Mount! by Jilly Cooper

Mount!
Jilly Cooper
Rupert is consumed by one obsession: that Love Rat, his adored grey horse, be proclaimed champion stallion. When Gala, a grieving but ravishing Zimbabwean widow moves to Penscombe as carer...

The Month Before's Featured Books

Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James

Fifty Shades of Grey
E. L. James
The book everyone’s been talking about, now a major motion picture. Young and innocent Anastasia Steele doesn’t quite know what to make of the smouldering industrialist Christian Grey when she...

The Little Bookshop of Lonely Hearts by Annie Darling

The Little Bookshop of Lonely Hearts
Annie Darling
One of our Books of the Year 2016. Witty, romantic and very modern, The Little Bookshop of Lonely Hearts is the first in a new series set in a quaint old bookshop, for...

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...

How to Find Love in a Book Shop by Veronica Henry

Reader Reviewed How to Find Love in a Book Shop
Veronica Henry
One of our Books of the Year 2016. A lovely, gentle read, full of interesting characters, and at the heart of it all, a rather wonderful book shop called Nightingale...

Miss Treadway & the Field of Stars by Miranda Emmerson

Reader Reviewed Miss Treadway & the Field of Stars
Miranda Emmerson
January 2017 Debut of the Month. An enjoyable yet penetrating read, one that can lull you into a false sense of security before it jabs and...

Lyrebird by Cecelia Ahern

Lyrebird
Cecelia Ahern
One of our Books of the Year 2016. Just so, so gorgeous! Laura lives on her own in the woodland wilds of South West Ireland, a film crew discover she...

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...

The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr

Reader Reviewed The One Memory of Flora Banks
Emily Barr
January 2017 NewGen MEGA Debut of the Month. In a nutshell: the unforgettable...

The Course of Love by Alain de Botton

The Course of Love
Alain de Botton
This is a love story with a difference. From dating to marriage, from having kids to having affairs, it follows the progress of a single ordinary relationship: tender, messy, hilarious,...

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...

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...

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,...

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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