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’.
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. An enchanting collection of warm, poignant and Christmas-themed stories from the Sunday Times No. 1 bestselling author. If you need a kick to get you into the festive spirit then look no further as you can dip in and out with this great little collection of stories rather than a whole novel. As with all of Sheila's books a wonderful warmth shines through in her writing.
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.
Babe, Grace and Millie have been best friends since their first day at their small town's only kindergarten. Despite their differences, they've played together, grown up together, shared each other's secrets. And when World War Two becomes a reality for America too, the girls begin a new phase of their lives together each quickly marries her first true love. With the men away, life is difficult for these newly married women, but when no fewer than sixteen telegrams arrive on a single morning in 1944, bearing news of the worst kind from the War Department, the girls know that nothing will ever be the same again ...As each woman struggles to rebuild a life, they face not only the challenges closest to home the brutal effects of war, the question of remarriage, of how to tell a child about their absent father but also the wider issues of a country in flux sexism, racism, anti-Semitism. Next to Love is the story of three women at the heart of the century a celebration of their friendship across decades of the most unthinkable adversity.
1260 AD: Josseran Sarrazini is a man divided in his soul. A Christian Knight Templar haunted by a shameful past, he hopes to find redemption in a dangerous crusade: a journey from Palestine to Xanadu, to form a crucial allegiance against the Saracens at the legendary court of Kubilai Khan - the seat of the Mongol Empire. Instead he finds the solace he seeks in a warrior-princess from a heathen tribe. Beautiful and ferocious, Khutelun is a Tartar, a nomadic rider of the Mongolian steppe. Although their union is utterly impossible, she will find in Josseran what she cannot find in one of her own. Parched by desert winds, pursued by Saracen hordes, and now tormented by a passion he cannot control, Josseran must abandon Khutelun if he is to complete his journey and save his soul. Worse, he must travel with William, a Dominican friar of fearsome zeal who longs for matyrdom, but whose life Josseran is sworn to protect. And worse yet, he will arrive in Xanadu just as the greatest empire in human history plunges into civil war.
One of our Great Reads you may have missed in 2011. This man can tell a damn good tale although this one is a bit out of the norm. This begins a multi-generational family saga starting in 1919 and ending with one hell of a cliff-hanger. The Lovereading view... The Clifton Chronicles is Jeffrey Archer's most ambitious work in four decades as an international bestselling author. Covers the years from 1920 to 1940, and includes a cast of memorable characters that The Times has compared to The Forsyte Saga. In Jeffrey Archer's masterful hands, the reader is taken on a journey that they won't want to end, and when you turn the last page of this unforgettable yarn, you will be faced with a dilemma that neither you, nor the hero could have anticipated.
Another bitter-sweet romance from Choc Lit author Jane Lovering. Can two emotionally damaged people help each other and cancel out the hurt or will they simply tear themselves apart? Click here to view Please Don't Stop the Music by the same author. Jane Lovering on what inspired her to write Star Struck... 'The inspiration for Starstruck came (whisper this..) from my obsession with the sci fi show, Babylon 5, where I had the most massive crush on ranger Marcus Cole. Did I say crush? I mean, a true, deep and abiding love, of course, ‘crush’ is far too shallow a word for the emotions that I felt every week at 9.30. Babylon 5 is long gone, but I often wondered, if I’d been offered the chance to go and meet Jason Carter who played Marcus, would I have gone? If I had, what would I have said to him? Would I even have dared to ask for an autograph, or would I have been so crippled with hero-worship that I could only mutter at the carpet and blush a particularly unflattering shade of fuschia? And so, when I came to write Starstruck, I saw the perfect opportunity to explore the ‘what if’ of meeting a long-time crush...I mean, deep and abiding love. What if he appeared to return that love? What then? And what if my heroine had a reason for feeling unlovable and uncertain? So I gave her reasons for wanting to go to Nevada to meet her hero beyond simply wanting to get a signed photo – she wants to begin to turn her life around. And, in trying to build herself a new life and new memories, she gets drawn in to a power struggle between two men, one she’s been watching on screen and desiring for the last eighteen months, and one who’s just walked into her life. How would I have behaved if Jason Carter had done more than smile at me if I’d ever asked for his autograph? I’ll never know (unless you’re reading this, Jason, in which case, come and get me!) but I can explore the complicated emotions behind getting what you think you want in the storyline of Starstruck.'
September 2011 Book of the Month. Let yourself get swept away by Erica James’ new novel. Three women’s lives intertwine and they are all faced with big decisions to take to hopefully find happiness. Yes it’s romantic chick lit but its realistic characters and easy writing style make it very enjoyable.
‘A true diamond of a novel, glittering with comedy and tragedy’ Daily Mail
From her beginnings as a humble oyster seller, Nell Gwynn's dazzling rise to fame has gone down in history. Step into the tumultuous world of Restoration England, and join Nell on her journey from courtesan, to famed actress to King's mistress in a novel that is as captivating as Nelly herself.
August 2011 eBook of the Month. Glamour, danger, money and super-injunctions set around a glamorous law firm make for the perfect ingredients in this Summer Reading blockbuster and, as the author used to work in the legal profession there’s an added edge of authenticity. Also see Kiss Heaven Goodbye by the same author.
With the royal wedding a very recent memory we had to smile when Wendy Holden’s latest book arrived for review with social climbing in the English aristocracy as a central theme. Again Wendy delivers an easy fun read packed with satire, comedy and pathos.
Love’s Labours Found
Some people say it’s not their cup of tea. But have they tried every blend? From handsome aristocrats to family feuds, holiday flings, to forbidden fruits; local community taboos to young love’s dream there’s something here to ignite passion in the hardest of hearts.
Whether you’re looking for something for the beach, a happy place on the way to work, or the next instalment of a much-loved character’s car-crash love-life, we’ve hand-picked the very best in romantic fiction for all tastes. Why not sign up for our email to keep up to date with new love, check out the Book of the Month recommendations for inspiration, or simply judge a book by its cover? Love at first sight!
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