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.
I can never understand how anyone could possibly wish to share such a special day as a wedding, even with your supposedly best friend. Patricia Scanlon seems to feel the same for anything that can go wrong in the scenario in this bittersweet book, does, some of it very unexpected, making this warm, eventful read a little bit different. She has that magic Irish charm, well worth trying.Comparisons: Maeve Binchy, Danielle Steel, Cathy Kelly.Similar this month: Jessica Adams, Tina Reilly.
There is something inherently fascinating about the upper classes, that privileged race that most of us secretly envy. Edith Lavery, through a chance meeting, is suddenly given the opportunity to infiltrate it and purposely enslaves the Marquess of Uckfield. This is bittersweet romantic comedy, highly informative social history and a charming escapist yarn. It is a must for fans of the film Gosford Park, of which Fellowes wrote the screenplay, and essential for all social climbers. It is also fun, addictive and immensely satisfying. I loved it. Comparisons: Jane Austen, Evelyn Waugh, Victoria Clayton.Similar this month: Katie Fforde, Jojo Moyes.
It is not often I read a book in a day but I did this one for it was fast and light and I badly needed to know how it resolved. A phone call out of the blue sends Lena and her best friend off to trace the birth parents of her adopted daughter. I am not telling you any more except that it is a wonderful way to spend a wet afternoon.Comparisons: Maeve Binchy, Erica James, Susan Sallis.Similar this month: Emily Barr, Kate Long.
This is â€˜Sex and the Cityâ€™ come to Bradford. The Author is a postman whose novels are funny but never resort to cliche
When you fall in love do you follow your heart or use your head? Thea Luckmore believes in love - the magic spark of true, old-fashioned, romantic love. She's determined only ever to fall head over heels, or rather, heart over head. Alice Heggarty, her best friend, is always falling in lust - with dashing rogues who invariably break her heart. As yet another disastrous relationship ends, Alice makes a decision. It's time to marry and she knows just the man. For Thea, a chance encounter on Primrose Hill ignites that elusive spark she's preoccupied withâ€¦ Saul Mundy promises to be the perfect fit and Thea finds herself falling in love and loving it. But though newly wed Alice encourages Thea to settle down and conform, she finds that she's not as keen as she thought on playing by the rules. Alice starts to break them left, right and centreâ€¦ At the same time, Thea's world, in which love reigns supreme, is shaken to core. When it comes to love, should you listen to your head, your heart, or your best friend?
Who would have guessed this charismatic gardener and very busy man would become such a prolific novelist? This is his fifth delightful romp. His strength is in his character sketches. Here we have a vibrant, bossy, over-zealous 86-year old Russian widow with time on her hands to interfere in her grandson, Nick’s life. She is a hoot and eventually Nick comes to realise that too. Good, light-hearted and sparkling.Comparison: Mavis Cheek, Madeleine Wickham, Amanda Brookfield.Similar this month: Daisy Waugh, Lou Wakefield.
With wry humour it will strike a chord with every mother and daughter up and down the land with its brilliant portrayal of everyday life. Acutely funny and by turns very tender it will grip you from first page to last. Moving, true-to-life and poignant it is undoubtedly a book for every generation of woman.
A â€˜Jackie Collinsâ€™ style sexy blockbuster of Hollywood packed full of ambition, greed, intrigue family secrets and international settings â€“ irresistible if you are in the mood
A collection of three connected short stories from an author who is recognized as one of the greatest living short story writers
The Much praised, beautifully written, colourful tale peopled by madcap characters, in which a young girl goes to Bombay to marry a man she has never met
What a wonderful idea: an English retirement home in India and, thanks to Moggach’s perceptive mind, the book is a real gem. A tale of coping with a different culture and still seeking love whatever your age.
We have always been a fan of herâ€™s style that tackles tricky problems with a light sensitive touch and deals in this novel with buried childhood trauma
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