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Manhattan lawyer Ellen Branford is going to fulfill her grandmother's dying wish - to find the hometown boy she once loved and give him her last letter. Beacon, Maine, home to blueberry fields and eccentric locals, is the last place she wants to go so close to her upcoming wedding. Hoping to be in and out in 24 hours, Ellen ends up the talk of the town when a tumble into the ocean introduces her to Roy Cummings, the carpenter who saves her life. Roy happens to be the nephew of Ellen's grandmother's lost love, and the one person who can bring closure to her quest. But as Ellen learns what Beacon has to offer and what her grandmother left behind, she may find that a 24 hour visit will never be enough...
A charming and poignant debut that draws you into the extraordinary lives of ordinary people. A widowed postman approaching retirement and a woman trapped in a loveless marriage form an unusual bond through a series of ‘undeliverable’ letters. With a quirky blend of optimism and despair it will have you roaring with laughter on one page and reaching for the tissues on the next. Click here to see Tom Winter's new novel, Arms Wide Open. August 2013 Debut of the Month. One of our Books of the Year 2013. In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion for Lost and Found a small number of Lovereading members were lucky enough to be invited to review this title - 'I can’t remember the last time I read a novel that made me laugh this much, although much of the tale is actually touching and heart-wrenching, it’s an intoxicating cocktail.' Scroll down to read more reviews.
August 2013 Debut of the Month. Fluctuating time zones and complicated relationships, revolving round an artist and his relationship with two very different sisters, makes for an absorbing debut of sibling jealousies and deceit. 1963. Two teenage sisters Alice and Natelie fall under the spell of a young artist, Thomas, while on the family holiday. 2007. Thomas, now a famous painter, has to face up to the consequences of that fateful Summer.A haunting and melancholic debut with characters that will stay with you long after you finish the book. A 'Piece of Passion' from the publisher... 'I completely fell in love with this haunting debut when it first came in on submission, and I stayed up most of the night in order to finish it. And ever since then, I haven’t stopped talking about it, and encouraging people to read it, no doubt making a nuisance of myself. There’s just something about a really, really good book which makes you want to press it into the hands of others... The Gravity of Birds is an unforgettable novel about illicit love, family, long-buried secrets. It’s also about entangled sisters, and dreadful love triangles, and the mistakes we make and the things we leave unsaid. Can you find someone who wants to be lost, can you save someone who won’t help themselves? The author, Tracy Guzeman, doesn’t give me any easy answers. But her novel has resonated in my mind long after I finished the final page. I so hope you might enjoy this book, too.' - Thalia Suzuma, HarperFiction Editor
August 2013 Book of the Month and eBook of the Month. Rich with passion, sunshine and humanity this is a heartfelt page-turner about learning to live again and, of course, mouthwatering food! In the sun-drenched Sicilian hills four women, all at turning points in their lives, learn lessons of a lifetime at a very special cookery school.
A romantic and thrilling story, set in Nice, Venice and Libya, of a war photographer turned biographer of her father’s life as she stumbles upon a mysterious series of photos. Barbara Taylor Bradford, or BTB as she is known in the trade really is a master storyteller. A 'Piece of Passion' from the publisher... 'If you like your fiction poignant, gripping, and with just a dash of glamour, bestselling author Barbara Taylor Bradford may well be your cup of tea. And if you haven’t read her before, Secrets from the Past is a great place to start. Set in Venice and the South of the France, it’s a glittering novel of deeply-buried secrets, passionate love, obsession and redemption. It’s a tale of young woman who is in search of the truth – the truth about her father, her family, and – indeed – her very own life. She embarks on a journey to uncover the secrets of the past in a quest to understand a story from decades earlier. What I love most about Barbara’s books is how utterly transporting and absorbing they are whilst still being very easy to relate to. She writes about strong, clever women – women of substance – who face difficult situations, who have to make difficult choices. Reading her novels is like spending time with her: I always feel uplifted, inspired and invigorated afterwards!' - Thalia Suzuma, HarperFiction Editor
August 2013 Book of the Month. Another compelling, evocative and heartfelt story from Lesley Pearse, the No. 1 UK bestselling author of The Promise and Belle. On returning home from work Eva Patterson finds her mother dead, by her own hand, and a suicide note saying simply ‘Forgive Me’. The reading of the will leads her on an emotional journey to discover more about her Mother who, unbeknownst to Eva, was a successful artist in the 60s. Forgive Me is an intense and gripping story of love and forgiveness. In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion for Forgive Me a small number of Lovereading members were lucky enough to be invited to review this title - 'This is a fast paced modern novel using a tried and tested formula to yet again to produce stunning results'. Scroll down to read more reviews.
One of our Great Reads You May Have Missed in 2012. With rave reviews from authors and comedians alike Life, Death and Vanilla Slices from Jenny Eclair, the ultimate Grumpy Old Woman, is a brilliant black comedy. A compelling family drama littered with sharp observations and unflinching dark humour we think you will be unable to put it down. Download the Opening Extract today. July 2012 eBook of the Month.
Drawing on traditional Malayan folklore and superstition, The Ghost Bride is a haunting, exotic and romantic read perfect for fans of Empress Orchid and Memoirs of a Geisha. A Piece of Passion from Emily Thomas, Publisher This is a book that makes you feel enriched and educated as you read it, in a way that satisfies as well as entertains. Yangsze Choo's beautifully constructed narrative weaves romance, mythical intrigue and danger through the story of seventeen-year-old Li Lan's search for her true love and her true home, in earthly Malaysia, the Chinese afterlife and then back again, encountering sorrow and joy and a fair few vengeful spirits along the way. A must-read for anyone who likes bite and substance to their reading, and is not afraid to venture into the darkness...
As a mother, wife, employer and editor of the Review of Applied Ethics, Isabel Dalhousie is aware that to be human is to be responsible. So when a neighbour brings her a new and potentially dangerous puzzle to solve, once again Isabel feels she has no option but to shoulder the burden. A masterpiece painting has been stolen from Duncan Munrowe, old-fashioned philanthropist, father to two discontented children, and a very wealthy man. As Isabel enters into negotiations with the shadowy figures who are in search of a ransom, a case where heroes and villains should be clearly defined turns murky: the list of those who desire the painting - or the money - lengthens, and hasty judgement must be avoided at all cost.
One of our Books of the Year 2013. Catherine Alliott’s funny, heart-warming, rural novels are always a treat and My Husband Next Door, an engaging and insightful look at relationships, won’t disappoint her fans.Ella has a chaotic life and a dysfunctional family / marriage but can the amorous attentions of Ludo the landscape gardner be the solution? Or does she need to face up to some hidden secrets from the past?This easy enjoyable story is heart warming, fun, with a little bit of pathos - all the ingredients for a perfect Summer Read. August 2013 Book of the Month.
An addictive mix of humour, surprise and several scoops of teenage romance. A new departure for award winning Choc Lit author Chistina Courtenay. Privileged, British and expelled from another boarding school Rain Mackensie finds herself at a local high school in New England USA as punishment. With very different rules she struggles to fit in and when she starts falling for the hot guy with tattoos it can only get more complicated... Choc Lit, the publisher of this novel, was the 2012 Publisher of the Year as voted for by the Festival of Romance. In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion for New England Rocks a small number of teenagers were lucky enough to be invited to review this title. Here's a taster....'New England Rocks is a perfect mix of humour and surprise obviously joined with several scoops of teenage romance. I absolutely loved it!' Scroll down to read more reviews...
Secrets, lies, rape and a secretive band of crazy, super rich Texan wives make this murder mystery cum family drama a pretty riveting read.Pregnant with their longed for first child Emily and Mike leave New York for the promise of more space and less stress in the small Texan town of Clairmont.... But hidden secrets from Emily’s past and dangerous secrets from the present collide with deadly consequences.This follow-up to Playing Dead is great for fans of Sophie Hannah or Nicci French.
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