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.
The story of Martin and Susan’s marriage and the friends and relations around them. Each character has their own voice which gives the reader a great perspective on how different people have such different views on the same situation. A bittersweet story that moves with great pace due to each character taking up the story one after the other. Love, passion and betrayal all make for an absorbing read.
This is a delicious book! I loved every minute of its magical story-telling and found it difficult to put down. Andrew Nicoll succeeds in creating a vivid and atmospheric portrayal of the town of Dot, in an unspecified part of the Baltic, where the mayor, Tibo Krovic is in love with his secretary, Mrs. Agathe Stopak. The reader becomes totally involved in these two characters’ lives. Agathe has suffered the anguish of the death of her baby, and the subsequent rejection of her husband. Tibo Krovic nurses a secret passion for Agathe which in turn delights and torments him. Their developing relationship is full of complications, misunderstandings, humour, pain and pleasure. The story is deeply human and emotionally strikes a chord but it also has flights of fantasy and magic which create a fable-like atmosphere. A gem of a novel and a real pleasure to read. It is the author’s first, but I hope there will be more!
One of Katie Agnew's favourite books. The Queen of Glitz comes up trumps – she brings Lucky Santangelo back with a fistful of problems, both emotional and lethal. Jackie Collins no longer produces just glitz-filled glamour of old but has dished up a tale with real tension and drama. It is glorious stuff. Comparison: Louise Bagshawe, Candace Bushnell, Tasmina Perry. November 2009 Guest Editor Katie Agnew on JACKIE COLLINS My absolute heroine! When I grow up I want to be Jackie Collins. Snobs may mock, but the woman is a literary genius. When I finished my English MA I was so tired of reading heavy, thought-provoking tombs. I'd just read all 643 page of Ulysses, and much as I'd appreciated Modernism, I needed a fix of Bonkbuster. Fast! I spent the summer after my Finals devouring every book she'd ever written and I've been an avid fan ever since. No irony. For me, she's right up there with Dickens and Austen. That's why Jackie has sold more than 400 million books!
An unloved child, Catrin, is sent by her flighty mother to spend the summer holidays with some eccentric aunts who run an hotel in Wales, twin sisters Catrin never knew existed. But time has passed since her mother left the area in disgrace, 13 years earlier, and much has changed. Catrin finds a family and a world she can relate to, an old book she can escape into and a mystery about her birth to explore. This is a charming, dual-time tale of love, inheritance, greed and eventual peace, beautifully executed. I loved it. Comparison: Susan Fletcher, Sue Monk Kidd, Joshilyn Jackson.
Erica cannot put a foot wrong, her novels get stronger with each. Wringing the emotion through laughter and tears she is the ideal companion to sit down with and enjoy. This concerns a single woman taking on the horrendous responsibility of looking after her deceased sister’s children, coping with her own parents and eventually linking with a man also in pain. It is a wholly satisfying read. Comparison: Maeve Binchy, Sara MacDonald, Susan Sallis.
Another blockbuster from bestseller Erica James - set beside the sea in idyllic Pembrokeshire.
Bestselling Erica James explores the stories of a potent mix of characters who meet at a creative writers' group.
Appeared on “Hay-on-Sky” 29 May. A few years ago contemporary, frothy romances were labelled ‘chic lit’ and as the genre became popular, so publishers responded with a lot of indifferent offerings, swamping the market. A number of authors rose above the ‘also ran’ and really stood out. This lady is one such. She is superb.Comparisons: Jane Green, Cathy Kelly, Penny Vincenzi.
The much anticipated sequel to Chocolat, The Lollipop Shoes is set 5 years after we left Vianne and her daughter Anouk. Vianne now has another daughter and the three of them live in Montmartre. Vianne has changed their names, given up her magical ways and stopped making chocolate, that is until a stranger blows in to town and gradually persuades Vianne to regain her chocolate making skills. Joanne Harris is on top form and it is a delight to re-visit these characters. Prepare for a battle of wills and magical skills as good and evil fight it out to the end. Enchanting. If you would like to read more books set in and around Paris, then go to the fabulous City-Lit Guide to Paris where you will find a plethora of titles featured.
This fast-paced novel is set during the American leg of a rock band's tour. Lola takes on the role of tour manager as a way of getting to know her newly discovered dad, rock legend Rick Wild. Nicely drawn characters and an intriguing storyline makes this a compelling read. Suspense, humour and romance. The perfect ingredients for any good book. Younger readers would really enjoy this.
A reconstruction of the final days of Hitler’s life in the bunker and of his relationship with Eva Braun, seen through the eyes of two fictional characters, her secretary and a bunker guard, who meet sixty years later and piece the whole thing together through reminiscing on their experiences. We get the historical fact mixed with their story in one of the most impressive novels I have read in a long time. Just take a glance at the reviews and then get as hooked as I was. The wonderful spare writing adds to the horror of the tale.Comparison: Bernhard Schlink, Rachel Seiffert, Francis Cottam.
Second World War drama about a woman who watches her love go off to war and how when he returns he finds a very different girl from the one he left behind. A good romantic read.
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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