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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.
Revolving around a number of dinner parties held by a group of friends and acquaintances this novel follows the lives of the characters at and away from their supper club. With lots of well drawn characters to keep your interest this is a charming and amusing novel of gossip scandal in the suburbs. Great fun. To view Sophie's other books click here.
Trying to juggle work, the loss of her cleaner and her mother moving in after a fall, Alex decides to take up her friend’s suggestion that she needs a “wife” to take care of everything at home. However, what seems like the perfect solution just might turn out to be a complete nightmare with divorce on the cards very soon. Once again Annie Sanders brings us fun and warm characters to sympathise, empathise and generally amuse ourselves with.
A well-established, lovely author who frequently gives us war-based dramas returns to her horse racing world of To Hear a Nightingale and The Nightingale Sings. This is exciting, eventful, magical stuff where the love for a horse unites a bunch of interesting characters. I love her. Comparison: Rosie Thomas, Rosamunde Pilcher, Penny Vincenzi. Please note that an extract from this book will not be available to download until 14th August 2008.
A very well written novel about a father's and a families grief after the murder of their youngest child. When Mack feels God has deserted him he receives a note, seemingly from God, and goes on a journey that helps to relinquish the anguish and blame he has been carrying around. Told with tenderness, as well as humour, this is a spiritual book but even if you are not particularly religious there is still a lot to gain from this moving and uplifting novel.
My Best Friend’s Girl was a Richard and Judy Book Club title, this is in similar vein, a challenging subject about surrogacy, love and true friendship, beautifully handled, moving and powerful. Comparison: Jane Fallon, Jacquelyn Mitchard, Elizabeth Berg.
This book has some of the funniest dialogue and wackiest characters we have come across in a long time. The Spellman’s are a dysfunctional family firm of private investigators who sadly can’t leave the tools of the trade outside the family home. This clearly makes for strained family relationships, when your mother runs a social security check on all your boyfriends, and totally destroys personal relationships when you know what your boyfriend is spending on his credit card before he gets the bill! The book is just brilliant and you have to read it!
Lucy Diamond is definitely one to watch. This is her second novel and is as witty and observant as her previous novel, Any Way You Want Me. When Josie and two of her oldest friends meet up for a weekend reunion all is going so well until a chance discovery by Josie puts in motion a set of events which will turn her life upside down. The dialogue is fast paced and funny and makes this a real page turner, with great characters you genuinely care about. Look our for more from this author.
I absolutely loved this. A story of two women whose lives become connected after the younger one, Helen, decides that Liz is her half sister, abandoned by Helens mother some thirty years before and sets out to reunite the family. What Barr manages so well is to create a constant ominous undertone throughout the novel while still telling a tale with humour and warmth. This is funny and bittersweet and thoroughly absorbing. Highly recommended.
Trespass is a beautifully written and complex tale of love, jealousy, transgression, forgiveness, identity, and war. Brendan and Chloe Dale are the epitome of upper middle-class America living a very comfortable life in rural upstate New York. All seems well until their son, Toby, a student at NYU, returns home with his new girlfriend and Croatian refugee, Salome. Chloe is immediately suspicious of her son’s new-found love and in return Salome displays hostility towards Toby’s parents. The mistrust and tension is heightened when Salome falls pregnant. We are then drawn into Salome’s violent and war-torn past which is cleverly juxtaposed against the backdrop of middle-class America. As the book’s title suggests the story is about invasion on many different levels and, in particular, how each individual character deals with their own personal intrusions. It makes for a very thought-provoking read indeed.
The story begins on the morning of Ursula’s ex-husband William’s new marriage with his three children excited that their father is marrying a Cabinet Minister and the Prime Minister will be among the guests. She, however, is bombarded by the press wanting a take on her feelings. Then life moves on, dramatic trauma ensues and our characters suffer, I’m not telling you how. For all the plot and incident, this is really a novel about the break-up of Ursula’s marriage, sensitive, emotional and beautifully handled. Certainly Mrs Michael Howard is a born author.
A family drama about trust, betrayal and forgiveness. Kate and her daughter are just getting to the difficult “teenage” years and when Davis Calder moves in next door he seems like the peacemaker they need, a confidante for both who brings calm to the household. However, Davis is not quite the hero he seems and soon secrets will be found out that will tear the family apart. The sense of foreboding builds well in this story of people looking for love and security and having their worlds shattered.
A family drama full of guilty consciences, secrets and lies. Florence is trying to avoid confronting her past by ignoring the letters her grandmother continues to send her. Full of rich and glamorous characters and beautiful backdrops of the west coast of France this should appeal to fans of Anita Shreve.
Tragedy Begins at Home
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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