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A host of characters in Cedar Cove to keep you occupied in this new novel from Debbie Macomber. Dramas, romance, gossip and secrets abound in this small American town, they do manage to pack it all in. A gentle and light-hearted read. Cedar Cove series:1. 16 Lighthouse Road2. 204 Rosewood Lane3. 311 Pelican Court4. 44 Cranberry Point5. 50 Harbor Street 6. 6 Rainier Drive
This is so early Jilly Cooper stuff, it’s delicious; Cotswold village life, an influential family and a clutch of over-the-top characters – you’ll love it. Sex, scandal, deceit and lots of surprises all add up to one great big romp. It’s part of a series set in Honeycote – I recommend them all. Comparison: Victoria Clayton, Plum Sykes, Julian Fellows.
Reviewed on Richard & Judy on Wednesday 24 June 2009. A story of two couples and the relationships that build between them. Although the book may start off slowly it draws you in and gets you thoroughly hooked. A great read for a book club with plenty of strands to discuss.
March 2009 Book of the Month. As with her first novel, His Other Lover, this is chic-lit with a dark twist. It’s about what happens when friendship turns sour. She’s very good at putting a thumb on a bruise and pushing until it hurts. Comparison: Linda Green, Jane Fallon, Jane Moore.
May 2011 Book of the Month. The Richard & Judy-selected author of How to Talk to a Widower returns with a funny, touching, moving, powerful and poignant novel. It really is Jonathan Tropper at his best. 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 real zip to the writing, electricity bouncing off the pages as a dangerous flirtation explodes, this is page-turning stuff from an author who homes in on the issues of today and makes you care for her characters, or, at least the heroine! Comparison: Carmen Reid, Melissa Hill, Tess Stimson.
A hurt and rejected single mum, forced to work for her ex-partner, finds solace in a charming children’s entertainer. But lots has to go wrong before it can go right and with unfair accusations, misunderstandings and some really moving and poignant childhood flashbacks, this lovely novel is a must read. Comparison: Lucy Dawson, Sophie King, Jane Fallon.
A heart warming read about a young girl, Fiona, and her family, coping with the premature death of her mother. Fiona has romantic notions of being like Emily Bronte but her life seems to move from one disaster to another as she struggles to grow up playing mother to her younger siblings while desperately needing the mother’s guidance she no longer has. Told in the first person in a Scottish phonetic style it is easy to pick up the accent which adds a certain charm to this sad yet, ultimately, uplifting story.
Winner of the RNA Love Story of the Year Award 2010. Is it true love or just animal attraction? When Clodagh Martin’s wild celebrity sister turns up drunk at Rainbow’s End, Clodagh’s animal sanctuary, announcing she’s in trouble and staying, Clodagh’s not exactly delighted. She has enough problems right now. Big property magnate, bad-lad Jack Thatcher has been showing a rather strong interest in Clodagh lately. But is it her or her assets he’s after?
Winner of the RNA Romantic Comedy Novel of the Year Award 2010. Bride Zoe Moore is left blushing when she’s jilted at the altar. Fleeing to America, Zoe becomes a nanny to sexy, moody single dad Ryan’s two adorable children. Slowly, Ryan and Zoe begin to fall in love. But when Zoe’s ex-fiancé comes to find her, she is forced to make a difficult choice.
February 2009 Book of the Month. Moral dilemmas, motherhood, secrets, lies, murder? and miscarriage of justice? It’s all here in a strong tale that deserves a comparison with Jodi Picoult for as this builds, one does indeed wonder if all will come right in the end. It is an area the Americans are very good at. Comparison: Jodi Picoult, Joshilyn Jackson, Jacquelyn Mitchard.
More tales from small-town America. Olivia Lockhart is a court judge dealing not only with the dramas in her court house but also all the drama from her difficult daughter and opinionated mother. Gentle drama for a quiet afternoons reading. Cedar Cove series:1. 16 Lighthouse Road2. 204 Rosewood Lane3. 311 Pelican Court4. 44 Cranberry Point5. 50 Harbor Street 6. 6 Rainier Drive
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