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Our high-quality Family Drama selection offers the heart-breaking and heart-warming conflicts and dramas directly from the hearth, telling the stories of these families that have been struck by tragedy, conflict and drama and their struggle to survive intact.
'We're all pilgrims', he said thoughtfully. 'One way or another, aren't we? Always searching for something'. Forming a slightly unconventional family setup with Dossie are the jovial nuns of the local convent and the wonderfully eccentric Janna - a warm-hearted, generous woman who looks after little Jakey when she's not helping at the nunnery. With humour, kindness and a deep need of somewhere to belong, they form a tight bond. But the sisters' life as they know it is at risk when an avaricious property developer starts prowling around their Grade I listed building. Will this close-knit unit who so depend on each other still be together next Christmas? And what will they have learnt about the true meaning of family?
November 2011 Book of the Month. This is the enthralling new novel from the million-copy bestselling author of The Island and The Return. Victoria Hislop is brilliant at setting the scene so you, the reader, really believe you're right there amongst the characters in a place so vividly imagined. It's a story both about war and politics and about love and loyalties which will sweep you along and keep you gripped to the page.
November 2011 Book of the Month. Sarah Broadhurst is a big fan of Veronica’s books - she likens them to those of a young Jilly Cooper. This one, set in Devon, is funny yet bittersweet, exploring modern relationships with very well observed characters and situations that readers can relate to easily – a highly recommended treat for you or a friend.
Could a secret from 1914 end a century of heartache? A tiny figure stands at the cliff edge - hair flying in the breeze. Grania Ryan is hypnotised by the enchanting vision, unaware this young girl, Aurora Lisle, will change her life in countless ways. For Grania is suffering and has returned to Ireland and the arms of her loving family, in the hope her wounds might heal. As their paths begin to entwine, Grania's mother becomes deeply troubled ...because almost a century of entanglement has brought nothing but terrible tragedy to their two families. The past is set to repeat its sorrows.
A timely re-release of two of of Debbie’s Christmas themed stories; Those Christmas Angels and Where Angels Go. Both tales feature the helpful, if a little enthusiastic, angels Shirley, Goodness and Mercy. A great book to curl up with and escape your everyday worries.
Set in 1954 and running to the present day Bring Down the Moon is a tragically romantic story of the complex, entangled lives of two sisters who marry two brothers; hoping for so much but finding life doesn't always work out as you planned. We think this well-written family saga, from a small independent publisher, is a compelling and addictive read. Why not download the opening extract and see what you think? Bring down the Moon is on the 2013 Reading Well Mood-boosting Books top 40 List. Run by The Reading Agency, this is a national promotion with the books recommended by readers and reading groups around the country and range from novels and non-fiction to poetry and graphic novels. This edition includes reading notes for reflection. It is also available in Kindle format. Click here to find out more. Click here to visit Eva Le Bon's website and to find out more about this book. Click here to see an appearance by Eva Le Bon on BBC's Antiques Roadshow.
October 2011 Book of the Month. Touching, warm, funny and poignant and a must for all of her fans. Cecelia Ahern's new novel has Lucy Silchester's Life as a central character (in fact he is a grumpy middle-aged man) who is out to sort out his charge and will not take no for an answer...
October 2011 Book of the Month. This heartbreaking story of an unforgettable love affair will delight fans of Cecelia Ahern's PS I Love You, David Nicholl's One Day, and fans of Lisa Jewell. Linda has a great writing style which is almost effortless but be prepared to laugh and to cry. A great read...
The Help is a deeply moving, timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we won't. It is about how women, whether mothers or daughters, the help or the boss, relate to each other - and that terrible feeling that those who look after your children may understand them, even love them, better than you... Shortlisted for the Galaxy International Author of the Year 2010. Featured on The TV Book Club on More4 on 27 June 2010. Click here to view a reading guide for this book.
Ten-year-old Grace knows that her mum loves her, but her mum loves drugs too. And there's only so long Grace can fend off the 'woman from the county' who is threatening to put her into care. Her only hope is...'Billy'.
October 2011 Book of the Month. Village life, gossip and scandal continue in the 15th Turnham Malpas saga. This time a handsome and charming newcomer brings mixed fortunes to the village. Highly readable cozy but not too sweet. Turnham Malpas series:1. The New Rector2. Talk of the Village3. Village Matters4. The Village Show5. Village Secrets6. Scandal in the Village7. Village Gossip8. Trouble in the Village9. A Village Dilemma10. Intrigue in the Village11. Whispers In The Village12. A Village Feud13. The Village Green Affair14. The Village Newcomers15. A Village Deception
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Whether it’s Barbara Taylor Bradford’s window into the dark secrets of dynastic powerhouses, or the hard realities of Allison Pearson’s writing: the incisively humourous observations of Nick Hornby, or the light touch of Charlotte Bingham: the engrossing passion of Jojo Moyes, or the captivating worlds conjured by Jodi Picoult and Daisy Waugh, the range of fantastic stories in the Family Drama section is almost endless. Luckily our unique expert reviews and hand-picked recommendations are here to help match you with your perfect next read. Sign up to our monthly emails to stay in touch with the latest output from warm, wise Elizabeth Buchan, insightful Kate Atkinson, sensory-stimulating Joanna Harris, huge-scale Sidney Sheldon, magical Alice Hoffman and so many more in the varied family of fantastic authors of the genre.
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