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Books of the Month

A Summer at Sea by Katie Fforde
A Summer at Sea
Katie Fforde
February 2017 Book of the Month. One of our Books of the Year 2016. A comforting, delightful tale about taking chances, trusting instincts, nourishing friendships and finding love. If you’re a fan of Katie Fforde, then...
Format: Paperback - Released: 09/02/2017
Jonathan Unleashed by Meg Rosoff
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 is also Meg Rosoff’s first adult novel and very suitable...
Format: Paperback - Released: 09/02/2017
A Line Made by Walking by Sara Baume
A Line Made by Walking
Sara Baume
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 and the cusp of mental breakdown follow. She’s twenty-five. She...
Format: Hardback - Released: 23/02/2017
Mirror Shoulder Signal by Dorthe Nors
Mirror Shoulder Signal
Dorthe Nors
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. Getting to that stage we have a stream of consciousness,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 23/02/2017
A Secret Garden by Katie Fforde
A Secret Garden
Katie Fforde
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 various stages of their lives, sit centre stage in this...
Format: Hardback - Released: 23/02/2017

Other Featured Books this Month

Hold Back the Stars by Katie Khan
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 times in which they live and yet one that...
Format: Hardback - Released: 26/01/2017
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 book, and for me this is one of them. This...
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/01/2017
Moonglow by Michael Chabon
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 grandfather, on his deathbed, tells his grandson about his life,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 26/01/2017
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. Fifteen-year-old Aki is determined to stop putting things off, and...
Format: Paperback - Released: 09/02/2017
The Fifth Letter by Nicola Moriarty
The Fifth Letter
Nicola Moriarty
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 after jobs, husbands and children changed their lives. Joni wants...
Format: Paperback - Released: 23/02/2017
Love Me Tinder by Nicola May
Love Me Tinder
Nicola May
Cali Summers decides that the only way to get over her broken marriage is to hit the world of fast love on a dating app. Using room 102 in the hotel where she works as her dating 'lair', she quickly...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/02/2017
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 a husband, after he left her devastated, at the altar....
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/01/2017
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
The Expatriates by Janice Y. K. Lee
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 this remarkable city. Margaret, Mercy and Hilary are three expatriate...
Format: Paperback - Released: 09/02/2017
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 the actions of eight year old Chloe begin to seriously...
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
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 Laura, can Laura reunite the lost things with their owners?...
Format: Hardback - Released: 26/01/2017
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 exploit of making a novel mostly set in the vast...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/09/2016
The Peculiar Life of a Lonely Postman by Denis Theriault
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 the postman is a simple one, but he regularly sneaks...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/02/2017
The Last of Us by Rob Ewing
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 been on their own for at least a couple of...
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/01/2017
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 California, is followed by a squirrel and has a fiancé...
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/01/2017
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 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 as a playboy leaves the rich Saudi-born but Western-educated Omar...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/10/2016
Miss Perfect by Bernard Hall
Miss Perfect
Bernard Hall
Set in the 80’s in the North-East of England, Miss Perfect is a reflective, sympathetic and engaging novel. The central character is earnest and concerned social worker Madge who is battling the change in culture and financial cuts while trying...
Format: Paperback - Released: 16/11/2016
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
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 shoe designer needs at least one roommate to manage the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/01/2017
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 just a little bit magical, The Little Cafe of Second...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/02/2017
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.
Format: Paperback - Released: 09/02/2017
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. Meet Daniel A cynical divorce lawyer, he's hardwired to think...
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/01/2017
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 weekly meals carefully planned; Nicola keeps her life in order....
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/02/2017
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 before they find it. Zoe and Ed fumbled their way...
Format: Hardback - Released: 09/02/2017
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 Transition you and your partner will spend six months living...
Format: Hardback - Released: 26/01/2017
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,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 09/02/2017

Last Month'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...

The Month Before's Featured Books

Spill Simmer Falter Wither by Sara Baume

Reader Reviewed Spill Simmer Falter Wither
Sara Baume
Winner of the 2016 Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize. Longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2016. Slow starting first-person...

The Bertie Project A 44 Scotland Street Novel by Alexander McCall Smith

The Bertie Project A 44 Scotland Street Novel
Alexander McCall Smith
If you have been with this series from the beginning, and this is the 11th, you will be familiar with the characters who live around Scotland Street in Edinburgh. Mr...

The Ex Factor by Eva Woods

The Ex Factor
Eva Woods
Another gorgeously bright and bubbly, yet beautifully warm-hearted novel by Eva Woods. Four women, with various reasons for being single, decide that their ex men folk might just be the...

As Weekends Go by Jan Brigden

As Weekends Go
Jan Brigden
A warmly compassionate, amusing and very readable story, with extra sprinkles of fairytale sparkle. Jan Brigden is the winner of the 2014-2015 Choc Lit & Whole Story Audiobooks Search for...

Dragon Games by Jan-Philipp Sendker

Reader Reviewed Dragon Games
Jan-Philipp Sendker
A darkly captivating, tense, and beautifully written tale, that explores fear and the innermost thoughts and feelings of hearts and minds. This is the second in the ‘China’ series, and...

The Day I Lost You by Fionnuala Kearney

Reader Reviewed The Day I Lost You
Fionnuala Kearney
One of our Books of the Year 2016. A mesmerising and eloquently emotional novel exposing the complexity of relationships and the hidden, the things left unsaid and untold. I adored...

Mr Gandy's Grand Tour by Alan Titchmarsh

Mr Gandy's Grand Tour
Alan Titchmarsh
The new novel from Britain's favourite gardener and TV presenter Alan Titchmarsh. Mr Gandy escapes his humdrum life with an unexpected Grand Tour of Europe where drama, romance and friendship...

Miracle on 5th Avenue by Sarah Morgan

Miracle on 5th Avenue
Sarah Morgan
A spicy, amusing, magical story, just perfect for Christmas, or any time of the year. I do so enjoy a Sarah Morgan romance, you know exactly what you're going to...

Christmas at the Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan

Christmas at the Little Beach Street Bakery
Jenny Colgan
A delightful tasty treat of a Christmas (or any time of the year) read, set on a fascinating Cornish tidal-island village. Polly, Huckle and friends return, with Neil the Puffin...

Offshore by Penelope Fitzgerald

Offshore
Penelope Fitzgerald
Winner of the Booker Prize 1979. Penelope Fitzgerald's Booker Prize-winning novel of loneliness and connecting is set among the houseboat community of the Thames and has a new Introduction from Alan...

Between Sisters by Cathy Kelly

Reader Reviewed Between Sisters
Cathy Kelly
Another lovely, heartfelt, so very readable tale from Cathy Kelly. Sisters Cassie and Coco find plenty of bumps and difficulties in their path, and slowly begin to realise how trauma...

Making it Up as I Go Along by Marian Keyes

Making it Up as I Go Along
Marian Keyes
‘Making It Up As I Go Along’ was just as I imagined it would be, warm, honest, lovely, funny and highly entertaining. This is a collection of articles written by...

Himself by Jess Kidd

Himself
Jess Kidd
One of our Books of the Year 2016. December 2016 Debut of the Month. Dublin-wise, orphaned young man goes in search of his birth mother. He...

Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

Small Great Things
Jodi Picoult
One of our Books of the Year 2016. December 2016 Book of the Month. Just incredible… this punchy, beautiful, readable story vibrates with a powerful energy....

Today Will be Different by Maria Semple

Reader Reviewed Today Will be Different
Maria Semple
A smart and sassy take on a 21st century mum making her way in the world, trying not to cause too much damage but also hoping that maybe, just maybe...

Dear Charlie by N. D. Gomes

Dear Charlie
N. D. Gomes
December 2016 NewGen Debut of the Month. In a Nutshell: Shocking school shooting | Heartache behind headlines A thoroughly thought-provoking tale of a family’s struggle with...

It Was Only Ever You by Kate Kerrigan

It Was Only Ever You
Kate Kerrigan
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 Binchy's early bestsellers,...

A Fairytale for Christmas by Chrissie Manby

A Fairytale for Christmas
Chrissie Manby
A wonderful, heartwarming and funny Christmas novel from Chrissie Manby, perfect for curling up with in front of the fire. With Christmas just around the corner, it's going to take...

Perfume River by Robert Olen Butler

Perfume River
Robert Olen Butler
An understated yet profound and incredibly hard hitting and evocative novel that just simmers with tension. 70 year old Vietnam veteran Robert Quinlan and his younger brother Jimmy have been...

A Pug Like Percy by Fiona Harrison

A Pug Like Percy
Fiona Harrison
Ahhh, who could resist Percy the Pug! A lovely, heartwarming story set from the point of view of an adorable little dog. Percy, abandoned at an animal rescue centre soon...

The Museum of Cathy by Anna Stothard

Reader Reviewed The Museum of Cathy
Anna Stothard
This latest novel from the acclaimed author of the Orange-longlisted The Pink Hotel is an exploration of memories, consequence and the difficulties of living with the past. Cathy is...

Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman

Reader Reviewed Britt-Marie Was Here
Fredrik Backman
One of our Books of the Year 2016. The publisher’s blurb for this quirky novel certainly drew me to it especially since I am an enormous fan of his first,...

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

The Sun is Also a Star
Nicola Yoon
December 2016 NewGen Book of the Month. In a Nutshell: Race against time | Racing hearts | The difference a day makes | Intense tale of fate, fraught...

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