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All relationships have their ups and downs, whether it’s struggles with a partner or difficulties in the family. Our Relationship Stories section shows the unique features of relationships in gloriously written technicolour.
Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 23 February 2012. One of Richard Bacon's favourite books. A 2011 World Book Night selection. Winner of the Galaxy Book of the Year 2010. Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 6 May 2010. Now a film starring Anne Hathaway as Emma and Jim Sturgess as Dexter. Two people meet on the last day of university and forge a friendship which the reader follows on the same day of the year, every year, for the next twenty years. Emma and Dexter are so believable, so simply and eloquently drawn that you will take them to your heart. You will laugh and you will cry and if you don’t you are a hard, hard person!! Absolutely brilliant! Our Editorial Guru, Sarah Broadhurst, has suggested others book and authors that would be perfect for you to read next or to pass on the recommendation - so your gift will keep on giving enjoyment. Her selections for this title are: Jonathan Coe, Nick Hornby.
March 2010 Good Housekeeping selection. Slummy Mummy Fiona Neill’s second novel, Friends, Lovers and Other Indiscretions, sees six friends reunite as they approach 40.
A gentle story of complicated relationships, very American – language, characters, life-style, every aspect – and very entertaining. With a light touch, amusing and witty dialogue amongst largely intelligent people, it’s certainly one of her best. Comparison: Elizabeth Berg, Anne Tyler, Laurie Graham.
The latest in her Dartmoor-based series takes us on to 1953, Coronation year, and the ups and downs of the village. People fluctuate between tragedy and bliss in another involved, heart-warming tale. Perfect nostalgia. Comparison: Marcia Willett, Debbie Macomber.
A Lovereading member is such a fan of Sophies book that she sent in the review below. We liked it so much we decided to publish the whole review - and get an Opening Extract of the book as well. ------- Twenties Girl – Sophie Kinsella Twenties Girl is a light hearted, feel good read that is a typical Kinsella delight. It has the characters you grow to love and feel you have known all your life, along with the storylines that you can completely relate to and understand. However, this story had a quirky twist which sets it apart from all other novels of a similar, ‘chick-lit’ genre. The main character, Lara is a loveable if slightly ditzy young twenty something professional who, like many women of a similar age wants it all: the perfect job, the perfect boy and the perfect life. It seems though that she does not always make the best decisions for herself which sometimes lead her life in the total opposite direction than she hopes for. It is only when the second main character of the story, Sadie comes into the picture that Lara begins to change her life around and in fact start to become the woman she hoped to be, without even realising so to begin with. The twist of the story is that Sadie is actually a ghost. A ghost that has unfinished business to attend to and recruits Lara, her great Niece to help with this matter. This is where the true comedy element of the story comes alive. Sadie uses Lara to do all the things she didn’t get the chance to do, or those things she misses doing now that she, well, is no longer alive to do them! To begin with, Sadie seems like a pushy, quite annoying character, but the further into the story you go, the more you will enjoy this unlikely loveable relationship that is forming between a great Aunt and her Niece who never really knew each other when they were both alive! In fact, no one in Lara’s family seemed to know much about this great Aunt, which is possibly the reason Lara feels the need to help Sadie. The guilt of not knowing a family member then attending her funeral without really knowing anything about her. It has to be said that there were definitely many laugh out loud moments in this story, mainly being the many ‘favours’ Sadie asks Lara to do for her which included dressing as though she was in the 20’s with the full hair, makeup and dancing 20’s style. Lara had to do this in a very modern London, so it was clearly an uncomfortable experience for Lara but gave the reader a sense of heart-warming and happiness along with a good laugh or two along the way! There was however a meaning behind Sadie coming back and asking for the help of her Niece Lara, and it all focuses on a necklace that Sadie lost sometime during her life and she needs it back before she can be properly laid to rest. In the search for this necklace, Lara is left in some pretty odd and , sometimes risky situations; all of which made the story more interesting and gave the book a, ‘can’t put me down’ feeling! So for those that normally love the ‘chick-lit’ style, this will be a definite must read, as it oozes all the characteristics of a great Kinsella story. And for those that usually wouldn’t go for a girly feel good read then this book could still be for you. It had twists and turns and unexpected things happened to keep the reader firmly gripped right until the last page! For all those wanting that perfect summer read, then this could be just what you’re looking for! - Sarah Ford
A fun romantic comedy filled with misunderstandings, indiscretions and general mayhem. Do give this author a try as we think she is getting better and better with each book.
January 2010 Debut of the Month. The chapters rotate between London and Paris as two girls house-swap, giving us a good flavour of life in both capitals with, in my mind, the English bunch surprisingly being far the most colourful. It is frothy, romantic stuff written with zap and charm. Great fun. Comparison: Sophie Kinsella, Debby Holt, Plum Sykes.
Issue-led fiction where a failing celeb decides to adopt an Indian child to help raise her profile. The problem is the child is ten years old, an age easily affected by media attention … This is a moving tale, beautifully executed. Comparison: Marian Keyes, Lindsey Kelk, Sophie Kinsella.
When Judd’s dad dies his dying request is that his family sit Shiva (the Jewish week-long period of mourning). Judd has just found out his wife has been having an affair and the last place he wants to be is in the bosom of his dysfunctional family but as the week progresses perhaps that is the best place he could have gone. Jonathan Tropper writes with great humour and pathos creating vivid and colourful characters that make this a real page turner that will have you laughing out loud frequently. Dear Reader, Of all the books that I have published over the years, there is one that always topped my ‘friends’ chart’, and that is HOW TO TALK TO A WIDOWER by Jonathan Tropper. I’ve had emails about how it made friends sob their eyes out, or how it made them laugh so hard (sometimes, bizarrely, mentioning the exact same sections!). In fact, when generally they love to give their constructive criticisms, I’ve never received a bad word about this one. It obviously gave me enormous pleasure that it was picked for RICHARD & JUDY and sold 150,000 copies…But I was cautious about THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU. Jonathan has changed editors in the USA and had talked about making this one slightly edgier (something that always rings alarm bells) and, frankly, how could he top WIDOWER anyway?Well, somehow the extra freedom that he has now got has allowed him to manage it. Yes, it turns out that when Jonathan said ‘edgier' what he meant was ‘more raw', ‘more powerful', 'more heartfelt', 'more moving’, ‘a little more rude' and ‘just as funny’.Basically it’s about a young guy, Judd Foxman, who loses his wife (she’s shagging his boss, it turns out), his job (well it was his boss) and his father (just died) in quick succession. The real sting in the tail is that his father has asked the entire (completely insane) Foxman family to ‘sit Shiva’ for a week – basically to lock themselves in the family home and receive mourners. Complete romantic, sexual and familial chaos ensues! Relationships are destroyed and rebuilt and (many, many) old secrets are revealed…THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU is a wonderful, warm, acerbic, powerful novel (with occasional very rude bits). You will laugh, you will occasionally get something in your eye that will make it water, you will love it. Enjoy!Best Wishes Jon Wood
A terrific collection of over forty new short stories that is published to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Romantic Novelists Association. There is everything in here from gentle romance to sophisticated issue-led tales, historical to vampires. A wonderful selection with something for everyone. March 2010 Good Housekeeping selection. The Good Housekeeping view... An uplifting anthology of love stories from Britain’s leading romance writers, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Romantic Novelists’ Association. Perfect for bed or bath-time.
Following the success of her debut novel Ishq and Mushq Basil has produced another beautifully written story. Two young lovers pursue a secret relationship, both are so different and yet drawn to each other passionately, all the while knowing that their liaison, if discovered, will have disastrous effects.
Shortlisted for the RNA People’s Choice Award 2010. Angela Clark is an English girl living in New York with a dream job and a brand new boyfriend. She is thrown in at the deep end when she is sent to Hollywood to interview hot actor James Jacobs. But when a paparazzo snaps them in an uncompromising position, Angela is thrust into the spotlight for all the wrong reasons… The I Heart Series:1. I Heart New York2. I Heart Hollywood3. I Heart Paris
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