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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.
Steamy climate and steamy sex in this debut novel set in 1990’s West Africa. The cast of old Empire left-overs, native Africans and people newly drawn to the vibrancy of Africa jostle and compete in this tightly plotted novel that veers between comedy and tragedy. Like for Like ReadingBlack Mischief, Evelyn WaughThe Heart of the Matter, Graham Greene
February 2009 Book of the Month. In a multi-voiced, first person narrative we follow characters large and small through a convoluted plot that has groups of people crossing and their experiences laid one on top of another. It is most impressive, highly hypnotic and illustrates a slice of contemporary urban life that I would recommend to readers of both genders and any age. Don’t look at the cover which slants the book towards the female market for this is a tale of life today. Brilliant. Comparison: Joshua Ferris, Nick Hornby, John O’Farrell.
A slick romantic comedy, which may be a little predictable with the ugly duckling of the story turning in to a swan to get her man, but it is still great fun and an incredibly enjoyable read.
Shortlisted for the RNA People’s Choice Award 2010. Fame, fashion and scandal – the Trevellyan heiresses are the height of success, glamour and style. Jemima’s indulgent lifestyle knows no limits; Tara wants to be financially independent; and Poppy wants to escape its trappings. Now their parents’ legacy, a vast and ailing perfume empire, has been left in their trust. Will they be able to turn their passion into profit?
Close family friends, the wives old school chums, the husbands good mates, the kids best friends; a nice, happy bunch of people until one of the wives has terminal cancer ... she asks her school chum to look on the internet to try and find a new wife for her husband once she is dead. It is then that the trouble begins. This is well thought-out, well written, bittersweet stuff that will make you both weep and laugh. A lovely read from an exciting new author. I look forward to her next. Comparision: Adele Parks, Jane Fallon, Anna Maxted.
A highly amusing read with some astute observations into the behaviour of the sexes. The research into how women all over the world react in their different ways was clever and interestingly told for this is, as the titles implies, a tale about being single and fulfilling one’s life. Comparison: Jane Green, Adele Parks, Belinda Jones.
Oh what fun. Good old-fashioned glitz, glamour, scandal and bitchiness with plenty of sex. It all revolves around the luxury hotel business with two determined characters (of the opposite sex of course!) set to make their hotel outshine the other. Dirty tricks, blackmail and more keep you turning the pages in this delightful escapist romp. Comparison: Louise Bagshawe, Tasmina Perry, Olivia Darling.
Winner of the Big Red Reads Fiction Award 2011. With its clueless heroine and entertaining plot, this modern re-telling of Jane Austen's Emma stays true to the original, while giving fresh insights into the mind of its thoroughly updated and irresistible hero.
Three girls in search of a missing piece of their lives; three girls who will change their worlds to find it ...
These paranormal adventure romances are arriving here from America at an alarming rate which means that a lot of mediocre will flood into the market. Not this one. Richelle Mead is well worth reading. Now on her third novel starring Georgina Kincaid, a fresh, sassy vampire, who gets her energy from seducing men. It’s sexy, exciting and great fun. Comparison: Laurell K Hamilton, Kelley Armstrong, Charlaine Harris.
Three sisters brought back together after the death of their father makes for plenty of juicy family feuding as well as facing their father’s enemies. Definitely one for fans of Penny Vincenzi it has all the elements you want from a great family saga.
In America this author’s paperback sales equal those of Danielle Steel yet he is not as well known over here. I think it’s a shame for he writes sensitively about human relationships. I like him, and if you do too you’ve got nine back list titles to enjoy. This one has slight supernatural undertones.Comparison: Barbara Delinsky, Nora Roberts, Margaret Pemberton.Similar this month: Danielle Steel, Jodi Picoult.
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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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