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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.
November 2013 MEGA Book of the Month. Author of 17 bestselling contemporary novels Joanna Trollope has used her skills of astute yet sensitive observation of the ‘human condition’ to reboot Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility from the 18th to 21st Centuries. It’s a fresh, witty and very contemporary story of love in the age of social media yet is totally respectful of the original - what’s not to like. In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion for Sense & Sensibility a small number of Lovereading members were lucky enough to be invited to review this title - 'A truly wonderful re-telling. A perfect indulgent, engaging read.' – Edel Waugh. Scroll down to read more reviews.
Nella and her brother Robert live a difficult life with their mother and father in a small town on the west coast of Sweden. Robert is bullied at school, and Nella has to resort to debt and petty crime to pay off his tormentors. When she turns to her friend Tommy for help, her suspicions are aroused by the mysterious comings and goings of his brothers at their dilapidated boat house. But when she uncovers the reason behind their enigmatic behaviour, her life is opened to the realities of a mindboggling secret. The Merman is an exhilarating and beautiful book about sibling love and betrayal - and what happens when the mundane collides with the strange and wonderful.
Two identical twin sisters - one a sexually repressed defense attorney, the other a former libertine now living a respectable life in suburbia - are about to have their darkest secrets revealed, to the men in their lives and to themselves. Both find themselves pushed to the edge, and confronted by discoveries about themselves and their lovers that shock and disturb them.
When Alison Wolff, the daughter of a billionaire media mogul, disappears following a massacre at a party, nobody knows if she has been kidnapped or killed. Dan Starkey is hired to find the missing student but he soon discovers that Belfast's underworld has changed since his days as a journalist. Old tribal conflicts have been superseded by drugs and greed, defended with a ruthlessness undreamt of even in the worst days of The Troubles. In response to the drug wars, a new church movement has sprung up and when they are blamed for the firebombing of the controversial new abortion clinic, Dan is asked to prove their involvement. In a Belfast rapidly descending back into chaos, Dan finds himself caught in the violent struggle between rival gangs, one of which claims to have God on their side...
Christmas at Huntersbrook House has always been a family tradition - log fires, long walks through the snowy fields and evenings spent in the local pub. And this year the three grown-up Craig children are looking forward to the holidays more than ever. Pippa to escape her partying lifestyle and mounting debts in Dublin; Joey the demands of his gorgeous girlfriend who seems intent on coming between him and his family; and Lainey to forget about her controlling ex and his recent engagement to another woman. But with the family livery yard in financial trouble, this Christmas could be the Craig family's last at Huntersbrook as they face the prospect of selling the ancestral house. As the holiday season gets underway, the family need to come up with a way to save their home, and face the problems they've been running away from in Dublin. And what better place to figure things out than around the fire at Huntersbrook House.
The first in a new sexy trilogy firmly aimed at fans of 50 Shades and the Vina Jackson books and it won’t disappoint. A young interior designer, Ava, gets a lot more than she expected when she turns up to pitch for a job redecorating a country mansion where she meets the sexy, exciting and dangerous Jesse Ward. Her head says run but the rest of her body disagrees 100%! Already a hit in the eBook market with facebook fans and the twiterati posting countless ‘must read’ messages - go on you know you want to. The follow up to This Man is Beneath This Man. Self-publishing and Me by Jodi Ellen Malpas.'I was about to make my story available for a stranger to read. I’d designed my cover, completed every field required and uploaded my story. Could it be this easy? What if they hate it? What if they love it? What if my soul on paper was a load of rubbish? Who knew? But I’d never find out unless I clicked that self-publish button.There.Done.I’m not quite sure what happened from that point on. Total madness seems apt because that’s exactly what it has been – a non-stop rollercoaster of ups and downs. I’ve been in this world for under a year, but I feel like I’ve gained a lifetime of knowledge in that short time. Would I do anything different? Yes, I’d have read the wealth of information available on Amazon’s KDP site a hundred times instead of fifty. I would have also made myself more familiar with the on line community of readers, writers and bloggers, who are instrumental in the marketing and promotion of self-published authors. If you plan on self-publishing, find that community. It’ll open up a whole new world to you. Every self-published author’s dream is to have a traditional publishing house invest in them – a huge organisation that has faith in your work and will put your book in the shops, help you market and promote it, and reach an even wider audience. Incredibly, I’ve got that now. I’m so glad I clicked that self-publish button.'Jodi Ellen Malpas is the author of the This Man trilogy, published in paperback by Orion Fiction on 10th October/24th October/30th January, priced £7.99, and in ebook format priced £4.99.
From the 1980s to the present, a big, sweeping rags-to-riches tale of Cathy Fox, a woman with a mission, vis to be rich, powerful, glamorous and sexy. She certainly achieves her ambition. This is glorious stuff. Jilly Cooper/Jackie Collins mix with three intriguing plot lines all coming satisfactorily together. It is the sort of book that leaves you panting. Literary buffs may see a parallel to Becky Sharp! The Lovereading view... With witty, waspish, engaging and pitch perfect prose you can’t help but love the adventures of Cathy Fox, a modern day Becky Sharp [Vanity Fair], as she rises through England’s social strata. Spanning four decades this is a compelling, delicious social comedy about money, sex, power and having it all. Go Cathy!
Shortlisted for the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize 2014. Ms Fielding and Ms Jones are both back on fine form in this riotously funny third adventure. Mad About the Boy, set in contemporary London Introduces us to a whole new enticing phase of Bridget Jones' life, including the challenges of maintaining sex appeal as the years roll by, the nightmare of drunken texting, the skinny jean, the disastrous email cc, total lack of twitter followers, and TVs that need 90 buttons and three remotes to simply turn on. Click below to listen to an extract from the audiobook edition of this title.
The diary Bridget Jones might write if she makes it to a care home. Where the tally of daily consumption of wine and cigarettes has translated into tea drunk and loo visits made. Still mad, still wearing purple, Bridget and Joan continue to live it up and be the scourge of the care home. A parody of Bridget Jones and her diary, two mad old women continue to live life to the full as possible. Like for Like ReadingGrumpy Old Women, Judith HolderThe Virginia Monologues: Why Growing Old is Great, Virginia Ironside
Contains mouth-watering recipes! Issy Randall, proud owner of the Cupcake Cafe, is in love and couldn't be happier. Her new business is thriving and she is surrounded by close friends, even if her cupcake colleagues Pearl and Caroline aren't quite as upbeat about the upcoming season of snow and merriment. But when her boyfriend Austin is scouted for a possible move to New York, Issy is forced to face up to the prospect of a long-distance romance. And when the Christmas rush at the cafe - with its increased demand for her delectable creations - begins to take its toll, Issy has to decide what she holds most dear.
October 2013 Debut of the Month. Light, engaging and spotted with humour, this tale of a redundant husband relocating to New York with his wife and kids is not what I expected. Wife Lucy sulks, fair enough, but the marriage strengthens, life gets better, friends are made and all is good. The charm of this book is in all the different relationships, choices about child and work and mutual support. An honest, thoroughly pleasing look at modern life. In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion for An Englishwoman in New York a small number of Lovereading members were lucky enough to be invited to review this title - 'A snappy, funny and highly entertaining depiction of women finding their feet as they move into their 40s...' - Megan Olwen Williams. Scroll down to read more reviews.
One day she had everything - the next it was gone William and Amy love their busy city life, but when Will collapses on his way into work he decides enough is enough and moves his family to the country. Three months later, Amy is standing outside Helmshill Grange, a sullen monstrosity of a house, deep in the Yorkshire moors. Within days, Will has traded in the Audi for a Land Rover, and brought home chickens, goats, sheep, a serial-killer cat and a mad dog. But when tragedy strikes, Amy finds herself living a dream that isn't hers ...
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