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Stories from the heart. This category combines Romantic Fiction with Sagas and Romance to create a collection of lovely tales. From rags to riches stories to tales of tight-knit communities, this carefully curated collection is bound to have the perfect match for you, and as the Beatles said, ‘love is all you need’.
Young Victoria sees the land that once surrounded her family’s business spring to life as the new development accepts its residents. This is a great formula for a sweeping, multi-charactered, contemporary, Liverpool-based saga by one of the best in the genre.Comparison: Lynda Page, Katie Flynn, Lyn Andrews.Similar this month: Iris Gower, Michelle Paver.
Wales’ star saga writer continues her series about the folk who drove the cattle from their farms to London’s Smithfield market, on foot that is. This is a dual Wales/London tale of ambition, heartache and hope. She is lovely.Comparison: Lyn Andrews, Josephine Cox, Catrin Collier.Similar this month: Michelle Paver, Maureen Lee.
A very gentle read and one that brings in characters form Binchy’s best loved stories. One for when you want a quiet easy read on a cols winter evening.
Two women, one from Dublin one from New England end up on a house swap for the summer and find their lives changed forever. Another tale with strong female characters and the importance of friendship. As always there are a host of characters to keep the interest going and plenty to make the reader question the nature of relationships.
Repercussions for a whole family when the mother goes missing, presumed drowned. Village life with all it’s characters and twists and turns brought on by one event. Maeve Binchy doing a great job of keeping the reader glued with every twist and turn of the plot. One of her best.
Four strangers with life crises unite in a Greek taverna and witness a tragedy. This author is so warm and infectious, so perceptive and absorbing, it’s like dropping in on an old friend for gossip and advice. This title is also available as an Audiobook, in CD format.Comparison: Deirdre Purcell, Erica James, Amanda Brookfield.Similar this month: None, but try Jill Mansell or Rosie Thomas.
Liverpool in the 1920s and a jewel theft brings four spunky young people together. Their plot to catch the thieves leads them into real danger in a fast-paced, heart-warming tale. Katie Flynn is now writing two books a year which is really good news.Comparison: Josephine Cox, Maureen Lee, Lyn Andrews.Similar this month: Ruth Hamilton, Meg Hutchinson.
Catherine Cookson once reigned supreme within this area, now there are two or three ladies after her crown. This is one of them. She is wonderful.Comparison: Lyn Andrews, Ruth Harrison, Josephine Cox.Similar this month: Ruth Hamilton, Katie Flynn.
A sweeping novel of power and compassion with secrets, prejudice and loyalty strongly to the fore. Set in the 1950s, a time of great change, it is a fascinating portrait of religious beliefs as two Catholic girls are drawn to a handsome Jewish boy and the local priest has secrets to hide too. I think Ruth Hamilton is terrific.Comparison: Josephine Cox, Lyn Andrews, Lesley Pearse.Similar this month: Meg Hutchinson, Katie Flynn.
Set in India in the 1850s, Ashleigh Bingham's wonderfully evocative novel will transport you to another time and place.
Set in a north-east pit village near Durham in the early 20th century, a lusty tale from a new author in this area; it’s only her second. The first, A Sovereign for a Song, won the Romantic Novelists’ Association New Writers’ Award.Comparison: Catherine Cookson, Josephine Cox, Meg Hutchinson.Similar this month: Rosie Goodwin.
This is a first novel, see what you think, will she make it in this crowded area? I think so. This is 1959, a tale of adversity, survival, courage and drama. Be prepared to cry. Comparison: Josephine Cox, Lyn Andrews, Lynda Page.Similar this month: Annie Wilkinson.
We all love a good saga. From Wuthering Heights and Jamaica Inn, to the modern works of authors like Katie Flynn, Katherine Webb and Nadine Dorries, there is something so captivating about the journey of a romantic heroine through an unfamiliar world, where the hearts and desires of all around her form the centre of everything. These stories can take place on grand settings: on the High Seas and foreign lands, or on a small cobbled street in a northern mining town. It doesn’t matter, as the journey of the heart is the most important of all. Get your tissues at the ready and find yourself happily shipwrecked on the ragged rocks of epic romance.