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Best Laid Plans by Kathy Lette
Best Laid Plans
Kathy Lette
July 2017 Book of the Month. Gosh, what a funny, emotional, romp of a story this is. Lucy begins her tale with the moment she gets arrested for picking up an undercover...
Format: Hardback - Released: 13/07/2017
Don't Close Your Eyes by Holly Seddon
Don't Close Your Eyes
Holly Seddon
July 2017 Book of the Month. A convincing, powerful, and dramatic psychological thriller. Twins Robin and Sarah are living separate lives, each face their own difficulties, yet danger beckons and life is...
Format: Hardback - Released: 06/07/2017
Greatest Hits by Laura Barnett
Greatest Hits
Laura Barnett
July 2017 Book of the Month. A powerfully lyrical day-in-the-life portrait of a successful singer-songwriter reflecting on the ebbs and flows of her life as she prepares her Greatest Hits release after...
Format: Hardback - Released: 15/06/2017

Other Featured Books this Month

The Postcard by Fern Britton
The Postcard
Fern Britton
Penny is a TV producer who, when filming in Cornwall, met and fell in love with the local vicar. Now, five years and a small child later, life is not treating her well. Coupled with her present hopelessness is her...
Format: Paperback - Released: 29/06/2017
Say My Name by Allegra Huston
Say My Name
Allegra Huston
July 2017 eBook of the Month. As it dances across thoughts and emotions, ‘Say My Name’ proves to be a beautiful, thoughtful, and seductive read. Eve is 48, her life is stagnant...
Format: Hardback - Released: 27/07/2017
Close Enough to Touch by Colleen Oakley
Close Enough to Touch
Colleen Oakley
This truly uplifting, life-affirming treat is at once a whimsical love story, and a funny, thought-provoking meditation on the nature of closeness.Jubilee Jenkins suffers from an excruciating condition. She's allergic to the touch of other humans and has...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/07/2017
The Music Shop by Rachel Joyce
The Music Shop
Rachel Joyce
A heartrending love story. An ode to vinyl. A poignant evocation of a community of shopkeepers in the late eighties. Like the music beloved by its protagonist, this pitch-perfect novel has an ineffable power to uplift the soul. At the...
Format: Hardback - Released: 13/07/2017
Mad by Chloe Esposito
Mad
Chloe Esposito
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Following the success of L.S. Hilton's Maestra series, it appears that wicked and murderous females are back in vogue (but had they ever truly faded away?). Alvina is down on...
Format: Hardback - Released: 15/06/2017
The Forever House by Veronica Henry
The Forever House
Veronica Henry
Gorgeously affectionate, loving, and generous, this is a read to escape into and really enjoy. Hunters Moon is a forever home, yet the current occupants are selling up and when Belinda takes on the sale, she finds herself becoming emotionally...
Format: Paperback - Released: 18/05/2017
The Bertie Project by Alexander McCall Smith
The Bertie Project
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 McCall Smith is a natural storyteller who manages to subtly...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/07/2017
The Little Teashop of Lost and Found by Trisha Ashley
The Little Teashop of Lost and Found
Trisha Ashley
Oh what a glorious treat of a book this is, warm and enticing, with captivating dark and spicy notes. Alice has experienced loss and rejection during her life, baking soothes her soul, and just when she experiences her most heartbreaking...
Format: Paperback - Released: 29/06/2017
The Invitation by Lucy Foley
The Invitation
Lucy Foley
A sophisticated, expressive, and emotional story set in the glamorous Italian film promotion world of the 1950’s. Hal and Stella meet at a party, an immediate connection flares into life, yet the spectre of war holds both in a devastating...
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/06/2017
The Lost Girl by Carol Drinkwater
The Lost Girl
Carol Drinkwater
July 2017 eBook of the Month. A mesmerising, haunting, and extraordinarily relevant yet beautifully evocative read. Kurtiz arrives in Paris after a sighting of her missing daughter, as the tale begins to unfurl, humanity at its...
Format: Hardback - Released: 29/06/2017
Chance Developments Unexpected Love Stories by Alexander McCall Smith
Chance Developments Unexpected Love Stories
Alexander McCall Smith
Explore in ‘Chance Developments’ five charming and poignant short stories. I absolutely adore the premise for this little book and the cover just invites you in. Alexander McCall Smith has imagined a background tale to the five black and white...
Format: Paperback - Released: 11/05/2017
The Wind off the Small Isles by Mary Stewart
The Wind off the Small Isles
Mary Stewart
The Wind Off the Small Isles is beloved author Mary Stewart's long-lost novella, now available in paperback for the first time in 40 years and perfect for fans of Anya Seton, Daphne du Maurier and Santa Montefiore....
Format: Paperback - Released: 29/06/2017
The Thousand Lights Hotel by Emylia Hall
The Thousand Lights Hotel
Emylia Hall
A heartbreaking story of loss, betrayal, and redemption, told with all the warmth and beauty of an Italian summer.
Format: Paperback - Released: 13/07/2017
The Tin Man by Sarah Winman
The Tin Man
Sarah Winman
Tin Man sees Sarah Winman follow the acclaimed success of When God Was A Rabbit and A Year Of Marvellous Ways with a love letter to human kindness and friendship, loss and living.
Format: Hardback - Released: 27/07/2017
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
Format: Paperback - Released: 30/06/2017
The Wedding Promise by Emma Hannigan
The Wedding Promise
Emma Hannigan
A tumbledown hacienda in the Spanish countryside in want of love and care is just what a grieving Irish family needs in this heartwarming, uplifting novel from Irish top ten bestseller Emma Hannigan.
Format: Paperback - Released: 29/06/2017
Miss Treadway & the Field of Stars by Miranda Emmerson
Miss Treadway & the Field of Stars
Miranda Emmerson
An enjoyable yet penetrating read, one that can lull you into a false sense of security before it jabs and stings at your awareness. A mystery sits centre stage, yet there is much more on offer here than may first...
Format: Paperback - Released: 13/07/2017
The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 83 Years Old by Hendrik Groen
The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 83 Years Old
Hendrik Groen
Poignant, moving and funny, I chuckled my way through this delightful (but no longer secret) diary from the rather lovable Hendrik Groen. Hendrik has reached the age where his address book is depressingly empty and his life has become an...
Format: Paperback - Released: 13/07/2017

Last Month's Featured Books

Break in Case of Emergency by Jessica Winter

Break in Case of Emergency
Jessica Winter
A wryly amusing, observational story, brushing compassionately against the pitfalls of modern life. Jen is in her early 30’s, she lives with her husband in New York, she dreams of...

The Friend by Dorothy Koomson

Reader Reviewed The Friend
Dorothy Koomson
Oh what a thrilling and gloriously dramatic tale this is! A violent attack on a parent takes place within the grounds of a private school in Brighton, just days later,...

The Secret Lives of the Amir Sisters by Nadiya Hussain

The Secret Lives of the Amir Sisters
Nadiya Hussain
A lovely warm and joyful squeeze of a read. When a family bombshell hits, four sisters each tell their own story. We get to know Fatima, Farah, Bubblee and Mae,...

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Reader Reviewed Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
Gail Honeyman
June 2017 Debut of the Month. It is the standard reply when people ask, “How are you?” ....you say “I’m fine.” Well, Eleanor is most definitely...

Under a Sardinian Sky by Sara Alexander

Under a Sardinian Sky
Sara Alexander
An expressive and heartfelt relationship tale set in a gloriously evocative 1950’s Sardinia. Carmela is engaged to the son of the town’s wealthiest family, however finds herself questioning his overbearing...

The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo

Reader Reviewed The Light We Lost
Jill Santopolo
June 2017 Debut of the Month. My goodness me did these two have a passion, a chemistry that burned so bright it...

Dead to Me by Lesley Pearse

Dead to Me
Lesley Pearse
Another dramatic and engagingly expressive historical novel by Lesley Pearse. Set before and during the Second World War, we follow Ruby and Verity during the ups and downs of their...

The Bureau of Second Chances by Sheena Kalayil

Reader Reviewed The Bureau of Second Chances
Sheena Kalayil
June 2017 Debut of the Month. This gentle yet beautifully told story follows recently-widowed Thomas on a journey back to the India of his birth, where...

Ginny Moon by Benjamin Ludwig

Reader Reviewed Ginny Moon
Benjamin Ludwig
June 2017 Debut of the Month. A dazzling debut about a fostered autistic girl’s poignant search for her Forever Home, and her acute need to be...

Lyrebird by Cecelia Ahern

Lyrebird
Cecelia Ahern
Just so, so gorgeous! Laura lives on her own in the woodland wilds of South West Ireland, a film crew discover she has a special gift, will she be exploited...

Island of Secrets by Patricia Wilson

Reader Reviewed Island of Secrets
Patricia Wilson
June 2017 Debut of the Month. Right from the start we realise this is a Montague/Capulet situation; a feud between families, in...

Exquisite by Sarah Stovell

Reader Reviewed Exquisite
Sarah Stovell
June 2017 Book of the Month. Wow! This is a cracking psychological thriller. Told in first person from two different viewpoints it...

A New Map of Love by Abi Oliver

A New Map of Love
Abi Oliver
An entertaining and charmingly poignant portrait of a provincial widower’s burgeoning new life following the death of his wife. It’s 1964, and 57 year-old antiques dealer George has lost his...

The Weight of Him by Ethel Rohan

The Weight of Him
Ethel Rohan
June 2017 Debut of the Month. There was a family of six, three boys aged 17, 15 and 9, and one girl, 12, with a hard-working,...

The Nest by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney

Reader Reviewed The Nest
Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney
June 2017 Debut of the Month. A thought-provoking and wittily pointed debut, about the life and loves of the Plumb family. There are four siblings at...

Holiday in the Hamptons by Sarah Morgan

Holiday in the Hamptons
Sarah Morgan
Just one huge loving hug from start to finish. Felicity flees as fast as her heart and mind will let her when she realises her ex-husband is back in town....

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...

The Honeymoon by Tina Seskis

The Honeymoon
Tina Seskis
Oh my, this is intense, shocking, and an absolute winner. Jemma is on an island in the Maldives, her husband of just one week is missing, is he alive, or...

Himself by Jess Kidd

Himself
Jess Kidd
June 2017 Debut of the Month. Longlisted for the CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger 2017. Dublin-wise, orphaned young man goes in search of his birth...

Let Me Tell You About a Man I Knew by Susan Fletcher

Let Me Tell You About a Man I Knew
Susan Fletcher
This soulful portrait of a woman’s friendship with Van Gogh, imagined from letters exchanged between the artist and his brother, is a richly-rewarding reverie about longing, loneliness and renewing life....

The Postman's Fiancee by Denis Theriault

The Postman's Fiancee
Denis Theriault
The Postman's Fiancee reunites readers with the touching and much-loved characters first found in The Peculiar Life of a Lonely Postman, charming readers once again with his deft touch...

Can't Buy Me Love by Jane Lovering

Can't Buy Me Love
Jane Lovering
When Willow runs into her old university crush, she's a new woman with a new look - not to mention rather wealthy after a substantial inheritance. Could she be lucky...

Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld

Reader Reviewed Eligible
Curtis Sittenfeld
Can a retelling of ‘Pride and Prejudice' possibly work? Well, this novel proves it can. The Austen Project consists of six contemporary authors, each retelling one of Jane Austen’s novels....

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...

The Month Before's Featured Books

Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty

Reader Reviewed Truly Madly Guilty
Liane Moriarty
May 2017 Book of the Month. Simply fabulous, this is a truly beautiful, mind-popping story. I must admit to jigging up and down with excitement when...

Bridget Jones's Baby The Diaries by Helen Fielding

Bridget Jones's Baby The Diaries
Helen Fielding
Winner of the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction 2017. As Bridget careers towards baby-deadline, tortured by Smug Mothers miming her ticking biological clock, a series of classic Bridget...

The Blood Miracles by Lisa McInerney

The Blood Miracles
Lisa McInerney
Another outstanding, compelling read from Lisa McInerney, winner of the 2016 Desmond Elliott Prize and winner of the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction 2016. Having devoured and raved about ‘

One Endless Summer by Laurie Ellingham

One Endless Summer
Laurie Ellingham
Pacey, poignant and eminently entertaining, this bittersweet book about living life to the full makes a wonderfully warm-hearted companion to take into the garden on a sunny Sunday afternoon.

Billionaires' Banquet An Immorality Tale for the 21st Century by Ron Butlin

Billionaires' Banquet An Immorality Tale for the 21st Century
Ron Butlin
This exceedingly original novel evokes the zeitgeist of Thatcher’s Britain with wit, humour and an exhilaratingly zesty touch.Living in mid-eighties Edinburgh, Hume feels somewhat bewildered by the changing...

Sweetpea by C. J. Skuse

Sweetpea
C. J. Skuse
May 2017 Book of the Month. A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. The first adult novel by an acclaimed...

Blood Sisters by Julie Shaw

Reader Reviewed Blood Sisters
Julie Shaw
A tense, vivid, standalone tale set in the early 1980’s from the author of ‘The Tales of the Notorious Hudson Family’ series. Vicky and Lucy are best friends, when...

The Summerhouse by the Sea by Jenny Oliver

The Summerhouse by the Sea
Jenny Oliver
Ahh, this is a lovely, warm-hearted, treasure of a read. Siblings Ava and Rory take a trip down memory lane when they attend their grandmother’s funeral in Spain. Will a...

Modern Lovers by Emma Straub

Modern Lovers
Emma Straub
Summer might be fading over the horizon but Straub's new novel is a perfect summer novel for all seasons: witty, touching, humane and gently humorous. A tale of complicated relationships...

The Last Days of Summer by Sophie Pembroke

The Last Days of Summer
Sophie Pembroke
This book is easy to fall in love with, it’s delightfully warm and captivating, with gripping notes of intrigue. Saskia returns to her grandparents home of Rosewood after two years...

The Other Us by Fiona Harper

The Other Us
Fiona Harper
Initially you think this could be a time travel novel or alternative universe tale but then you discover it is a clever device to allow the protagonist to explore her...

A Guide for the Perplexed by Jonathan Levi

A Guide for the Perplexed
Jonathan Levi
A flamboyantly fantastical literary voyage in which two strangers stranded at a Spanish airport during a strike are brought together by their mutual travel agent, whose Guide for the Perplexed...

Septimania by Jonathan Levi

Septimania
Jonathan Levi
An exuberantly entertaining magic realist quest that sees a Cambridge Organ Scholar travel to Rome in search of love, with extraordinarily unexpected results. It all started with a pip, for...

The Last Night by Cesca Major

The Last Night
Cesca Major
Two women, separated by years, tied by secrets untold and haunted by tragedies that could not be foreseen. In a peaceful coastal village, Irina spends her days quietly restoring furniture,...

Mr Gandy's Grand Tour by Alan Titchmarsh

Mr Gandy's Grand Tour
Alan Titchmarsh
The new bestselling 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...

The Girlfriend by Michelle Frances

The Girlfriend
Michelle Frances
A girl. A boy. His mother. And the lie she'll wish she'd never told. The Girlfriend by Michelle Frances is a gripping and chilling debut psychological thriller, based on the...

Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

Small Great Things
Jodi Picoult
Just incredible… this punchy, beautiful, readable story vibrates with a powerful energy. After Turk Bauer accuses nurse Ruth Jefferson of murdering his new born son, Kennedy McQuarrie defends Ruth in...

The Dead House by Billy O'Callaghan

Reader Reviewed The Dead House
Billy O'Callaghan
May 2017 Debut of the Month. A beautifully eerie tale, a feast for your eyes, a torment for your mind. The exquisite cover immediately called to...

The Last Painting of Sara de Vos by Dominic Smith

The Last Painting of Sara de Vos
Dominic Smith
May 2017 Book of the Month. A rather beautiful and entirely captivating tale, set in several time periods, framing passion, deception, love...

See You in September by Charity Norman

Reader Reviewed See You in September
Charity Norman
May 2017 Book of the Month. Gosh, what a stunning read this is, I simply couldn't put it down and devoured it...

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