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 do like a book that gives you not only a good story but an intriguing backdrop too. This highly astute tale of three female friends walking the Inca Trail is full of the wonder and history of Peru, fascinating, and also the wonder of love and the history of a declining marriage. I also love a book that gives you the unexpected. I sympathised with our heroine in her trapped life and cheered as she made her final decision. Really a very satisfying read on the complexities of modern marriage.
A powerful tale of crudity and violence as a seventeen year old, recently released from reform school for murdering his abusive foster father, searches for the truth about his real dad. It's raw, moving and tough and interestingly is written by a world famous wrestler.
Best friends since childhood but now as they approach 30 is it envy or jealousy that sets in? Whatever, it’s time for some drastic changes. Astute stuff, a first novel from an author worth noting. She’s fun and easy to read.
Terrific, there is no other word; long (736 pages) but it doesn’t feel it. In fact the book falls into two halves and at the end of the first you wonder why the second is needed … and then you discover. Book one: a Canadian air force base in the 60s, early on you learn of the murder of a child and read furiously, slightly unnerved, willing it not to be … well I won’t say. The children are particularly well realised, the atmosphere of hope laced with terrible secrets beautifully handled and by the time you reach the second part, set twenty years later, you are completely hooked. It’s riveting stuff.
October 2014 Guest Editor Cecelia Ahern on The Time Traveler's Wife... This is one of my all time favourite novels, about a woman who’s husband has a rare disorder which means that his periodic clock keeps resetting itself, forcing him to jump back and forth through time against his will. The beauty of this story is that he meets her when she’s a child, but as adults she meets him before he even knows her. It’s beautifully written and incredibly clever and I cried my eyes out at the end. The Lovereading view... A huge book in every way. The protagonists meet each other at different times throughout their lives and you do have to accept the unusual concept but accept it you will, for it is beautifully structured. It’s a love story, pure and simple, but probably the most unusual love story you will ever read. Once finished, it will be with you for days. A 2012 World Book Night selection. Voted the Book of the Decade by Lovereading readers. Shortlisted for the RNA Romantic Film of the Year Award 2010. Audrey Niffenegger on hearing that her novel The Time Traveler’s Wife is Lovereading's Book of the Decade: "Thank you to everyone who read the book, and to all who voted. I am flabbergasted; I tend to think of The Time Traveler's Wife as my odd little book that somehow found its readers. It's amazing to me how many readers it has found, and how intensely they care for the book." Comparison: Mark Haddon, David Mitchell. The Time Traveler’s Wife has been made into a film by New Line Cinema and Starring Eric Bana & Rachel McAdams.
What else can we say about this outrageously sucessful first novel - rich, complex and rewarding and a 'must' read.
Katie Fforde creates a great sense of community in this tale of a woman’s mission to save the market and meadow she loves when it is threatened by the new owner of “The Big House” in Paradise Fields. Not only is she fighting for the village she loves but is trying to sort out an increasingly complicated love life and look after her family. This is full of endearing characters with a charming heroine.
Martyrs to hypochondria and general seediness, J. and his friends George and Harris decide that a jaunt up the Thames would suit them to a T'. But when they set off, they can hardly predict the troubles that lie ahead with tow-ropes, unreliable weather-forecasts and tins of pineapple chunks not to mention the devastation left in the wake of J.'s small fox-terrier Montmorency. Three Men in a Boat was an instant success when it appeared in 1889, and, with its benign escapism, authorial discursions and wonderful evocation of the late-Victorian clerking classes', it hilariously captured the spirit of its age.
This is one of Carole’s best feel-good books for all those hopeless romantics out there, or if you’re feeling down, then this is the book to pick you up again. Full of wit and charm, you’ll have bags of laughs and a great deal of fun along the way. Oh yes, and this one is set in LA.
Katie Fforde does not write a series of “village stories” but she uses a village setting in several of her novels to use the type of characters and relationships one finds in that sort of close knit community. Fresh, funny and romantic. A great piece of escapism on a dull afternoon.
Veronica Henry novels are always a joy and this one is no exception. Suzanna Blake is struggling to get her life back on track after the death of her child and when her husband suggests moving to the country to run a pub. Even for the seasoned city dwellers, village life is eye opening and certainly never dull! Makes me want to pack up and move to the country, great fun.
Winner of TV & Film Book of the Year at the Galaxy British Book Awards 2007.This had been made into a Hollywood blockbuster, but the book is miles better! Set in the cut-throat fashion industry, the main character Andrea lands a job as assistant to a powerful fashion editor who turns out to be a bit of a nightmare to work for. Anyone who's ever had an unreasonable boss will see the funny side. The author, Lauren Weisberger, used to be the assistant to the editor of Vogue, so it wouldn't be all that surprising if a lot of the book was based on personal experience.
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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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