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.
The bittersweet follow up to The Last Year of Being Single where a relationship has broken down through irreconcilable differences. Funny and sad but with a positive tone about following the road to independence and a new life this is a relationship tale with a difference.
A real joy to read , not only is the story great with funny interesting characters but you can find out quite a lot about the champagne making process! Clementine is feeling like life has passed her by and having to take over the House of Peine, the once renowned champagne house which her recently dead father has run in to the ground is not something she is relishing, especially when her two long lost sisters turn up to claim their rights to the family business. Put the champagne on ice and enjoy.
Three Lives. Three Loves. Three Reasons to Let Go - the compelling new novel from the international No.1 bestselling author.
Rosy Thornton is a clever and thoughtful writer who comes up with engaging and interesting scenarios for her novels. This one is set in an all female Cambridge college where tradition has been broken with and a man has been appointed as Head of House. This is a witty and intelligent delve in to the world of the Oxbridge academic life with charming characters to keep you smiling throughout.
June 2008 Debut of the Month. Alternating in time between teenage ambition and married boredom, our narrator tells each tale in real-time, building tension and compulsion as she goes. You badly need to know what happens in both decades. Spun round the music industry, the launch of a girl band and the highs and lows of a cut-throat business, this is a cut-above the norm. You get completely bound up in the lives of these desperate people, colourful characters that leap off the page. An addictive novel, unpredictable and very good indeed, I loved it. Comparison: Jane Yardley, Diana Evans, Carolyn Parkhurst.
Julia Quinn is back with a new book and new characters in another regency romance. These are light and fun books with plenty of romance and a great book for an early summer read. Pure escapism, humorous and romantic.
Friendship and warmth are the hallmarks of Cathy Kelly’s novels and this one is absolutely no exception. Always and Forever interweaves the ever-changing lives of three women – Mel, a high-flying career woman who decides on voluntary redundancy, Frankie, a full-time mother and Sheba who is 23 and yet never left the confines of the hotel her family run. Together, they meet and find out who each of them really are. Comparisons: Marian Keyes, Shelia O Flanagan, Patricia Scanlan
Four very different women are drawn together in the warm and engaging new novel by the bestselling author of Just Between Us.
Friends this good are hard to find...What's the secret of the fabulous Miller girls? Another bestseller full of Cathy Kelly's trademark warmth, romance, optimism and wit.
They all just want one thing in life - and then they'll be truly happy... From the No. 1 international bestseller Cathy Kelly, a novel of love and longing, wishes and yearning.
Sometimes what you want isn't always what you need When Matt decides to uproot his family and move to Ireland, his wife Hope has no choice but to go with him. But their move is a far cry from the rustic romantic life that he promised...
Voted the 'Best Romantic Novel written in the last 50 Years' by Woman's Weekly in association with the Romantic Novelists' Association. Shortlisted for the Romantic Novel of the Year 2009. A shamelessly romantic tale of a blind girl having her ‘eyes’ opened by music. It is unbelievably good at transmitting the heroine’s ability to cope with her affliction. A brave tale, beautifully told, with many a twist and a feel for the beauty of life, something often appreciated better if tragedy sinks the heart, I loved this book. Comparison: Adèle Geras, Harriet Evans, Anita Shreve.
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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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