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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.
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.
The story of Martin and Susan’s marriage and the friends and relations around them. Each character has their own voice which gives the reader a great perspective on how different people have such different views on the same situation. A bittersweet story that moves with great pace due to each character taking up the story one after the other. Love, passion and betrayal all make for an absorbing read.
This is a delicious book! I loved every minute of its magical story-telling and found it difficult to put down. Andrew Nicoll succeeds in creating a vivid and atmospheric portrayal of the town of Dot, in an unspecified part of the Baltic, where the mayor, Tibo Krovic is in love with his secretary, Mrs. Agathe Stopak. The reader becomes totally involved in these two characters’ lives. Agathe has suffered the anguish of the death of her baby, and the subsequent rejection of her husband. Tibo Krovic nurses a secret passion for Agathe which in turn delights and torments him. Their developing relationship is full of complications, misunderstandings, humour, pain and pleasure. The story is deeply human and emotionally strikes a chord but it also has flights of fantasy and magic which create a fable-like atmosphere. A gem of a novel and a real pleasure to read. It is the author’s first, but I hope there will be more!
One of Katie Agnew's favourite books. The Queen of Glitz comes up trumps – she brings Lucky Santangelo back with a fistful of problems, both emotional and lethal. Jackie Collins no longer produces just glitz-filled glamour of old but has dished up a tale with real tension and drama. It is glorious stuff. Comparison: Louise Bagshawe, Candace Bushnell, Tasmina Perry. November 2009 Guest Editor Katie Agnew on JACKIE COLLINS My absolute heroine! When I grow up I want to be Jackie Collins. Snobs may mock, but the woman is a literary genius. When I finished my English MA I was so tired of reading heavy, thought-provoking tombs. I'd just read all 643 page of Ulysses, and much as I'd appreciated Modernism, I needed a fix of Bonkbuster. Fast! I spent the summer after my Finals devouring every book she'd ever written and I've been an avid fan ever since. No irony. For me, she's right up there with Dickens and Austen. That's why Jackie has sold more than 400 million books!
An unloved child, Catrin, is sent by her flighty mother to spend the summer holidays with some eccentric aunts who run an hotel in Wales, twin sisters Catrin never knew existed. But time has passed since her mother left the area in disgrace, 13 years earlier, and much has changed. Catrin finds a family and a world she can relate to, an old book she can escape into and a mystery about her birth to explore. This is a charming, dual-time tale of love, inheritance, greed and eventual peace, beautifully executed. I loved it. Comparison: Susan Fletcher, Sue Monk Kidd, Joshilyn Jackson.
What do you do when your best friend has gone off with the man you thought you would marry and then years later invites you to their wedding? Funny and witty O’Flanagan has written another page turner about friendship and love and sweet revenge. Comparison: Marian Keyes, Carol Matthews, Jill Mansell
A long summer holiday on the beautiful island of Corfu is just what Izzy Jordan needs, but is she prepared for the romance and drama?
A compelling, emotional roller-coaster of a novel about love and forgiveness from the bestselling author of TELL IT TO THE SKIES.
Another blockbuster from bestseller Erica James - set beside the sea in idyllic Pembrokeshire.
After tragedy, how do you find love again? The brilliant first novel from the SUNDAY TIMES bestselling author.
Bestselling Erica James explores the stories of a potent mix of characters who meet at a creative writers' group.
Appeared on “Hay-on-Sky” 29 May. A few years ago contemporary, frothy romances were labelled ‘chic lit’ and as the genre became popular, so publishers responded with a lot of indifferent offerings, swamping the market. A number of authors rose above the ‘also ran’ and really stood out. This lady is one such. She is superb.Comparisons: Jane Green, Cathy Kelly, Penny Vincenzi.
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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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