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August 2011 Book of the Month. The old proverb 'marry in haste, and repent at leisure' is given a darker mysterious and obsessive twist in Dorothy Koomson’s latest page turner. Worried her widowed husband never really loved her Libby uses his, now dead, wife’s diary to discover more… perhaps too much more….
Emily Griffin’s writing gets right to the heart of the characters and stories you can’t help but feel part of it. A tragic accident brings two women’s lives and families together making them both question the decisions they have made so far – and to explore what changing things might do.
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.
August 2011 Book of the Month. The story of Bertie and his dysfunctional family at 44 Scotland Street continues in this seventh instalment alongside the familiar cast of favourites - Big Lou, Domenica, Angus Lordie, Cyril and others - in their daily pursuit of a little happiness but domestic bliss seems in short supply. Alexander McCall Smith published The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency in 1998 and then, suddenly, it took off in America to the extent that no less than11 reprints were required in 2003. Since then, so prolific has been his output, and so has his popularity soared, that there was a time when the sheer multitude of McCall Smith's books led to confusion as to which book fitted into each of the various series under which he writes. One has hardly been able to keep up with the sheer abundance of books published - we reckon at least thirty in less than a decade. Now, thankfully, things have settled down and the legions of McCall Smiths avid fans can compartmentalise his new books into the four main series under which they sit - The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency Series, The Isabel Dalhousie Novels, The 44 Scotland Street Series and The Corduroy Mansions Series with a few more on top!There are constant features across the whole panoply of McCall Smith's output. Wry and witty observations about the day-to-day lives of normal people. An innocence and delight in the human condition. And, always, a twinkle on the eye shared by writer and reader. He is a happy writer and that makes for happy readers. 'Bertie Plays the Blues' follows 'The Importance of Being Seven' as the seventh 44 Scotland Street novel. Set in Edinburgh, of course, the old familiar characters are there and McCall Smith is still on sparkling form. Bertie puts himself up for adoption on eBay. This short, eight-word sentence captures the unique McCall Smith sense of fun. You won't be disappointed.
TAKE ONE NEWLY SINGLE WOMAN: At thirty-one, Amber is being bombarded with wedding invitations just as she's collecting her divorce papers - and her bossy best friend has gone one step further and made her chief bridesmaid. It's high time Amber regained control of her life. ADD A PASSIONATE AND FIERY CELEBRITY COOK: Amber's joy at landing herself a coveted role in Oscar Retford's kitchen soon fades as she discovers Oscar is as famous for his furious temper and addiction to firing people as he is for the legendary meals he creates. TURN UP THE HEAT: But as passions start to run high, and her past catches up with her, it looks like Amber's cooked up a recipe for disaster ...
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.
Catherine Alliott is at her sparkling and brilliant best in this her latest feel-good read. Full of her trademark wit and characters you feel instantly drawn to. Perfect to curl up with in that 'me' time you've been promising yourself!
A Private Affair is the new spellbinding tale of love and friendship, glamour and guilt, secrets and deceit from bestselling author Lesley Lokko.
A funny and heart warming novel about love and loneliness, family and loyalty, lodgers and friendships - it'll put a big smile on your face.
Remember the rules. Rule one is easy. Never ask for money. Since she was a child, Della Gilmore has been taught how to con people. Today she's attempting to pull off the biggest coup of her career. Her family is depending on her. It all looks good on paper. With a pair of glasses and a sheaf of impressive papers she's: Ella Canfield, a highly qualified evolutionary biologist seeking funding for an unorthodox research project. And her mark is: Daniel Metcalf, a handsome millionaire who donates money to offbeat scientific projects. What could go wrong? The problem is Della has never met someone like Daniel before. She knows he shouldn't trust her. But can she trust him? As the plan begins to unravel and Della finds her feelings interfering with the job, she begins to wonder if you can put a price on deceit and love.
August 2011 Book of the Month. Secrets, rivalry, glamour - it's time for the party of the year...The stars are coming out to play in this the brilliant new novel from the author of THE BEACH HUT. But will Delilah's husband Raf be able to resist the temptations of the other beautiful women in his life and will their three daughters slip up? Whatever happens the press will be waiting.
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More than just romance, Relationship Stories can really strike a chord with us, at every stage of life. Just like relationships themselves, these books and there authors come in all shapes, sizes, atmospheres and aspirations. So, if something was missing from your last relationship read … we’ll help you find it in your next one! Here you’ll find the warm and the wise (Maeve Binchy, Cathy Kelly, Rosamunde Pilcher), the deliciously sexy (Jilly Cooper, Veronica Henry), the humourous and honest (Nick Hornby), the insightful (Joanna Trollope) and the … Perhaps, though you’re looking for a new relationship? Why not try our’ Author Like for Like’ tool or make a date with our Book of the Month recommendations and find your perfect match … for now, at least!
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