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.
Five babies are blessed at birth by their grandmother and now, as she dies, she wants to release them of the blessing for each has rather back-fired on them. It’s a wacky scenario for a novel which is actually all about family, sibling rivalry and life. In their adult lives the kids have scattered and it’s a bit complicated getting them together in a hospital room in time to break the spell. All five are very different and present an interesting mirror on aspects of personality, often turning positive traits into the negative. A fascinating book.
October 2013 Book of the Month. Hannah’s first novel, Secrets of the Tides, was an accomplished delight, with this she has surpassed herself. So often novel number two, which perhaps has been hurried to fulfil a contract, is a let down. Not so this which is even better than the first. Told in the present tense in alternating dual-time chapters throughout a year, today and in the 1980s, it follows a group of friends from university in a novel of entangled relationships and sad consequences. A great plot with twists and turns that really does hold its secrets to the final page. Terrific stuff. The Lovereadng view... The bestselling author of Secrets of the Tides returns with a spellbinding tale of grief, jealousy and betrayal. An isolated cottage, deserted like the Marie Celeste, holds secrets and hidden dangers for a woman looking for some solace and space to escape her marriage. Perfect for fans of Maggie O'Farrell, Rosamunde Pilcher and Jodi Picoult. In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion for The Shadow Year a small number of Lovereading members were lucky enough to be invited to review this title - 'it is a perfect summer read, one to take on holiday and lose yourself in...it would get a very strong 10/10 from me. I absolutely loved it.' - Angela Hunt. Scroll down to read more reviews. A message from the author... Dear Readers, I’m a Brit living in Australia, and while I love my new home, something I’ve learned from moving hemispheres is how deeply ingrained in me the English seasons are. The distinctions between spring and autumn, or winter and summer, aren’t as clear in Sydney, where exotic flowers blossom all year round and lorikeets still chatter in the gum trees mid-winter. Some days I find myself longing for the rain-soaked streets of London, or the autumnal hues of the Chiltern Hills, or even just the scarlet flash of a robin foraging through frosted hedgerows. (I know, your heart bleeds for me, right?) That’s why I loved writing my novel, The Shadow Year. In telling the story of two distinct but intertwined years that play out in a remote Peak District location, I was able to revisit the English landscape and explore the impact the shifting seasons have not just on a place, but also on the characters who come to inhabit it. In my novel, a group of friends arrive at a remote, tumbledown cottage with lofty ideals of living off the land. Through writing their story, I was reminded of seasonal moments I once took for granted: the scent of wild garlic crushed underfoot . . . the reckless abandon evoked by a scorching summer’s day . . . the claustrophobia caused by never-ending rain spattering on window panes . . . the thrill of the first snowflake falling from a slate-grey sky. I don’t expect sympathy for my homesickness, but this summer, if the sun fails to shine quite as brilliantly as you would wish, or if autumn seems to arrive at an alarming rate, rest assured there is someone on the other side of the world who envies you your capricious English summer: the cloudy skies; the buttercup-strewn lawns; the strawberries and cream; the muddy Wellington boots; and all those long, light-filled evenings when the blackbirds rustle and sing in the trees until nightfall. Hannah Richell
One of our Books of the Year 2013. Hailed in the US as a Native American To Kill A Mockingbird and winner of the 2012 US National Book Award, this is a masterclass in compelling, emotional and magical storytelling. After an horrific rape Joe’s mother shuts herself away and even though his father is a tribal judge he is unable to uncover the culprit. Frustrated, Joe sets our with his best friends to find the truth. This literary mystery, full of stunning language will have a lasting impression on any reader. October 2013 Book of the Month. In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion for The Round House a small number of Lovereading members were lucky enough to be invited to review this title - 'Read this book! The Round House is an incredible, rewarding and emotional whirlwind of a read' - Phyl Smithson. Scroll down to read more reviews.
Billy is a nine-year-old orphan who is being fostered while his social worker tries to place him with a permanent family. But - rather like the animals in his favourite childhood book Dear Zoo - Billy is always sent back; he never seems to be quite what the adoptive families have in mind. And when he overhears his social worker say how difficult it is to find a family once a child turns ten, Billy realises he is up against a deadline ...
When Emily Gordon, editor at a London publishing house, commissions an account of great English novelist Hugh Morton, she finds herself steering a tricky path between Morton's formidable widow, Jacqueline, who's determined to protect his secrets, and the biographer, charming and ambitious Joel Richards. But someone is sending Emily mysterious missives about Hugh Morton's past and she discovers a buried story that simply has to be told… One winter's day in 1948, nineteen year old Isabel Barber arrives at her Aunt Penelope's house in Earl's Court having run away from home to follow her star. A chance meeting with an East European refugee poet leads to a job with his publisher, McKinnon & Holt, and a fascinating career beckons. But when she develops a close editorial relationship with charismatic young debut novelist Hugh Morton and the professional becomes passionately personal, not only are all her plans put to flight, but she finds herself in a struggle for her very survival. Rachel Hore's intriguing and suspenseful new novel magnificently evokes the milieux of London publishing past and present and connects the very different worlds of two young women, Emily and Isabel, who through their individual quests for truth, love and happiness become inextricably linked.
It's 1936 in West London, and fifteen-year-old May Stubbs and her family have endured the worst of The Depression. Looking forward to a more prosperous future, they take on a derelict cricket pavilion, convert it into a cafe and general store, and find it quickly becomes the hub of the community. Then May contracts tuberculosis, and the way ahead looks less certain. Leaving her best friend, Betty Lane, and lifelong soul mate, George Bailey, behind, she is sent away to fight off the illness. But on her return to London, she finds things have changed. And when war is declared, it is clear that serious complications and heartache lie in store for them all.
Banished for centuries, as punishment for trying to measure time, the inventor of the world's first clock is finally granted his freedom, along with a mission: a chance to redeem himself by teaching two people the true meaning of time. He returns to our world and embarks on a journey with two unlikely partners: a teenage girl who is about to give up on life and a wealthy, ageing businessman who wants to live for ever. To save himself, he must save them both. Gripping, and filled with deep human truth, this unforgettable story will inspire readers everywhere to reconsider their own notions of time and just how precious it truly is.
Three years have passed since the end of the Great War. Yet life in Liverpool remains uncertain for shopkeeper's wife Kate Mundy and her family. Following recent heartbreak, seventeen-year-old Rose is sent to work in rural Wales, where she is enchanted by the 'big house' and by David, its tragic young owner. Sister Iris can't escape so easily, especially when an accident has devastating consequences for the family. Meanwhile ex-soldier Charlie is keen to secure a brighter future for himself...even if it means putting ambition above his own happiness. There is romance in store for each of the family. But can love blossom amidst the challenges that lie ahead?
When her mother dies in childbirth, the independent-minded Sarah falls foul of the workhouse master, Trigg and his cruel wife. Sarah's ordeal seems to be over when a sugar mill owner takes her into his home. But her wealthy benefactor reports Trigg and his wife. And blaming Sarah for their misfortune, in a fit of revenge, the couple decide to take the law into their own hands.
Paddington station, nine a.m., rush hour. As the crowds ebb and flow, time suddenly stands still for two people: Fern and Elliott, ex-lovers who parted twenty-five years before and never expected to see each other again. But here they are, face to face, and the connection is as powerful as it was the day they first met. Their lives have moved on - to marriage, children and divorce - yet neither has stopped regretting the day that drove them apart. Fern gives Elliott her number and they tentatively arrange to meet again that evening when both will be travelling back through the station. And, as the day ticks on, and the memories resurface, both Fern and Elliott reflect on the past. As their emotions go round in circles, so does the Paddington clock, counting down the minutes to eight p.m. - and the moment the future is in their hands.
What would you do if you could write the story of your life? After battling a brain tumour twenty-nine year old Emma thinks she is in the clear, but her world comes crashing down around her when she is told her fight was in vain, and there is nothing more the doctors can do. Realising that she won't now have time to achieve the things she dreamed of, Emma decides to write her perfect life in a story. She imagines all the things she would have done, the places she would have seen, the husband she would have shared her life with and the family they would have raised. And, mysteriously, as she writes her story, she starts to notice that some of her dreams seem to be coming true. Now with a real love in her life, and her fading hope burning brighter, reality and fiction start to become blurred.
The Wildflower Path brings to a close the powerful and moving tale of family, love and loyalty that began with The Flowers of the Field and A Flower That’s Free. It is the end of the 20th Century and secrets from the past return generations later, with devastating consequences...The Flowers of the Field was first published in the early 1980s and it is wonderful to eventually be able to bring you it’s conclusion.
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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