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April 2014 Book of the Month. Jen’s father abandoned his family when she was eight years old. Later she discovers her embittered mother has hidden letters and birthday presents from him and is deeply saddened. In marrying Jason, a son of a loving family, she revels in the warmth she felt she had missed when growing up. When she discovers a secret about her father-in-law she is shattered. Her dilemma, of course, is whether to confront him or not. The author tackles interesting family secrets and deceit with sympathy. It’s her fifth novel and it's good light entertainment.
April 2014 Debut of the Month. A riveting and powerful read, from the very first page to the last you are caught up in this intriguing tale of grief and guilt. We hear the tale from Harry and Robyn, both have harboured damaging feelings of remorse, for very different reasons. Their stories are soulful and captivating, revealing more about them than they would ever want us to know. We witness two people in love, hurting themselves and each other; and one little boy, still in their hearts, their minds and could he possibly be in sight? Suspense builds, subtly concealed amongst secrets that linger just out of view. The authors clever and impactive writing, from a hot sensuous Tangier to a tense sorrowful Dublin, hints at the distressing storm waiting to break. As a sense of foreboding slips across the pages, we wonder, we question, we wait. ~ Liz Robinson
A terrific story about revenge. Two school friends from private boarding school. Jacob’s parents are abroad so he is very much part of Ben’s family. They fall out; we know not why until the last chapters. They are very competitive as boys, lots of rugby, tennis, cricket, school life. We come across them again 25 years later when Ben is a struggling scriptwriter and Jacob, now Victor, a hedge fund billionaire. Ben is drawn into Victor’s life but something is not quite right. In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion for The Long Shadow a small number of Lovereading members were lucky enough to be invited to review this title - 'Scary and tense, exciting, humorous, romantic and never letting the reader know what to believe and what to question, this is a great read.' - Peter Land. Scroll down to read more reviews.
Stolen childhoods and harrowing memories haunt lives in this moving and fascinating novel. Written with tremendous compassion and eloquence, the author reveals two tales, two time frames, two tragedies and two guilt-ridden women seeking redemption. The different time frames work perfectly alongside each other, each tale is anchored by the heartrending secrets that have been hidden for years.You are taken on a journey through time and across seas to the inconceivable world of a Japanese Internment Camp during the Second World War. Wolff discloses the unbelievable horrors that terrorised the inhabitants, simply yet vividly bringing to life a different world. Closer to home, the breathtaking Cornish coast has harboured another childhood sorrow. Guilt has been a distressing yet accepted companion for these two women, can reliving the past lay to rest the ghosts that have besieged them? Compelling and convincing, this poignant tale deserves to be heard. ~ Liz Robinson
April 2014 Debut of the Month. Set in a USA home for physically and mentally challenged children and told using the alternating voices of seven people (three are disabled youngsters, three are employees , and one is a recruiter trying to keep the place full) this grim, but at times funny, emotionally engrossing read will definitely leave its mark. This powerful and inspiring character-based debut was the 2012 winner of Barbara Kingsolver's PEN/Bellwether Prize for fiction 12 months before it was actually published!
When her mother dies, Mary Yellan makes the grim journey across bleak Cornish moorland to Jamaica Inn, the home of her Aunt Patience and her husband, Joss Merlyn. On arriving at the gloomy, threatening inn, with the coachman's warning echoing in her mind, she finds her aunt a cowering shadow, and her uncle a hulking, vicious brute. Even more alarming, Jamaica Inn has no guests and is never open to the public. Mary finds herself powerless to help her aunt, and is drawn unwillingly into the misdeeds of Joss and his accomplices. Even more disturbing are her feelings for Jem, a man she dare not trust ..
April 2014 Book of the Month. A modern re-imagining of the Gothic Classic Northanger Abbey by the bestselling crime author Val McDermid. The second book in The Austen Project. In Val's trademark style of great storytelling and suspense meet modern day Cat whose world is turned upside down and her innocence lost as she is taken from rural Dorset to experience the bright lights of Edinburgh and the festival. Seamless prose complementing dialogue that's speckled with wit, it is clear that Val McDermid clearly relished the writing of this contemporary and page-turning take on Northanger Abbey. This is the second novel in 'The Austen Project', following hot on the heels of Joanna Trollope's Sense & Sensibility, and will be followed by Alexander McCall Smith's Emma in Autumn 2014 and Curtis Sittenfeld's Pride & Prejudice in Autumn 2015. A message from Val McDermid: 'Being a writer is about embracing challenges. Northanger Abbey is the least read and the least well-known of Jane Austen's novels. But only because our reading interests have changed and we don't get the joke that underpins the book. the challenge for me was to make this reworking come alive, with a sprinkling of wit and a dash of dramatic suspense.'
Kit doesn't know who his mother is. What he does know, however, is that his father, Guy, is dying of cancer. Feeling his death is imminent, Guy gathers around him his oldest friends - or at least the friends with the most to lose by his death. Paul - the rising star in the Labour party who dreads the day a tape they all made at university might come to light; Alison and Robbie, corporate bunnies whose relationship is daily more fractious; Pris and Haze, once an item, now estranged, and finally Hol - friend, mentor, former lover and the only one who seemed to care. But what will happen to Kit when Guy is gone? And why isn't Kit's mother in the picture? As the friends reunite for Guy's last days, old jealousies, affairs and lies come to light as Kit watches on.
April 2014 Debut of the Month. As funny as it is moving, this is a wonderfully vibrant and life-affirming story as told by fifteen year old Francis Wotton. Still in the Lower Fifth, Francis should be doing nothing more than studying for his GCSEs, developing his style and sophistication and clashing with his mother. Instead, he is diagnosed with leukaemia. Francis’s life takes off in an entirely different direction as he deals with his illness, how others react to it and, above all, meets Amber. Matthew Crow wittily brings all the complexities of adolescence living and loving sharply into focus adding the twist of uncertainty that haunts his loveable hero. We invited a small number of our Lovereading members to review In Bloom. Here's a taster....'Any John Green fans will adore this - fresh, funny and real. In Bloom will have you laughing one moment and crying the next. I loved it!' - Erin Zammitt Scroll down to read more reviews...
April 2014 Book of the Month. A clever, absorbing story of choices and opportunities, brought about on an enforced break from the real world during a Sunday evening traffic jam. The first chapter is almost hypnotic, adroitly setting the scene during this stoppage of time; granting fleeting, flashing glimpses into someone else's day, people who aren't important to the story but are important to someone. We are then introduced to a diverse and captivating cast of characters, whose differences highlight the unlikely meeting point and ensuing action. Suspend reality for a while, just join the Jam and contemplate life alongside these intimate strangers. ~ Liz Robinson A 'Piece of Passion' from the publisher... 'A novel set on the M25. Now, that piqued my curiosity. I enjoy nothing more than a good 24-hour tale, film or book, and Jake Wallis Simons delivers here. JAM is a perfect blend of suspense, humanity and humour.' - Alison Rae, Managing Editor, Polygon
Longlisted for The Man Booker Prize 2014. Artist Harriet Burden, consumed by fury at the lack of recognition she has received from the New York art establishment, embarks on an experiment: she hides her identity behind three male fronts who exhibit her work as their own. And yet, even after she has unmasked herself, there are those who refuse to believe she is the woman behind the men. Presented as a collection of texts compiled by a scholar years after Burden's death, the story unfolds through extracts from her notebooks, reviews and articles, as well as testimonies from her children, her lover, a dear friend, and others more distantly connected to her. Each account is different, however, and the mysteries multiply. One thing is clear: Burden's involvement with the last of her 'masks' turned into a dangerous psychological game that ended with the man's bizarre death. This is a polyphonic tour de force from the internationally acclaimed author of What I Loved, an intricately conceived, diabolical puzzle that explores the way prejudice, fame, money and desire influence our perceptions of one another. Emotionally intense, intellectually rigorous, ironic and playful, The Blazing World is as gripping as it is thought-provoking.
Nigeria in the 1960s and the birth of Biafra, a time of massacre, bloody conflict and the end of colonialism. We experience this strife through the household of a university lecturer, his houseboy, his lover and a white man seeking something we are never sure of. It is a tale of class more than race, of tribal differences and of the horrors of the period. It is immensely impressive, a big novel in every sense. Highly recommended. The film version of Half of a Yellow Sun is released in UK cinemas on Friday 11 April 2014. Click below to view the trailer.
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