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.
Mateship n. the quality or state of being a mate; esp: fellowship On the outskirts of a country town in the early 1950s, a lonely farmer trains his binoculars on a raucous family of kookaburras roosting next to his dairy. But as Harry observes the birds through a year of feast, famine, birth, death, war, romance and song, his neighbour, Betty, has her own set of binoculars trained on him. Of Betty's two fatherless children, it is Michael who gravitates towards the gentle man next door, and Harry, sensing Michael is ready to stretch his wings, decides to teach him the oldest lessons in the world. Harry knows all about girls. But how much does he really know Betty?
Children’s writer Lauren St John turns her storytelling powers to the adult market with this sensual, surprising and redemptive story of loss, love and finding the courage to face our deepest fears. If you enjoy novels by Jojo Moyes and Nicholas Sparks then you should download and read the Opening Extract from this.
Amateur magic brushed with drug smuggling form the background to a delicious romantic read with folk unable to commit pulling through in the end. A highly enjoyable romantic comedy from award-winning author Jane Lovering. Choc Lit, the publisher of this novel, was the 2012 Publisher of the Year as voted for by the Festival of Romance.
Winner of the 2013 World Fantasy Award for Best Novel. A glorious rollercoaster ride through myth, cyberspace, love and revolution, Alif the Unseen mixes ancient magic with modern adventure to create an extraordinary story. With shades of Neal Stephenson, Neil Gaiman, Philip Pullman, and The Thousand and One Nights, Alif the Unseen is a tour de force debut—a sophisticated melting pot of ideas, philosophy, religion, technology and spirituality smuggled inside an irresistible page-turner.
Longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award 2013. The Hive is an irresistible, brilliantly observed novel - warm, witty and true. Wickedly funny, it is also a fascinating and subtle story about group politics and female friendship. From the joys and perils (well, mainly perils) of the Lunch Ladder, to the military operation that is the Car Boot Sale, via the dos and don'ts of dressing your child as a dalek, all human life is here.
The award-winning author of Room displays her prodigious writing talents in creating a gem of a short story collection that is full of memorable characters. Ann Patchett, Orange prize-winning author of Bel Canto said of Astray ‘There is such a deep and compassionate imagination at work in every story in this collection that Astray feels almost like an act of clairvoyance.'Fascinating and compelling these short stories are inspired by real life characters and events plucked from four centuries of history.
How would you feel as a mother if you discovered you had raised a daughter who wasn’t yours? What would you do if you found out where your biological daughter lived? Tess Stimson the author of The Adultery Club and The Infidelity Chain, explores this emotionally charged area with wit and feeling in her brilliant new novel.
This debut is a seductive, warm and witty coming of age story set in the most romantic city on earth. Kate can’t believe her luck when she nabs a job working for a world famous photo-journalist in Paris. But the reality of the situation comes crashing down on her when it is clear that her boss is up to giving Miranda Priestly (The Devil Wears Prada) a run for her money as a ‘boss from hell’ and the guy she falls for is dating the boss’ daughter!
June 2013 eBook of the Month. A warm and appealing debut about family, friendships and love, of difficult decisions and lifelong consequences from one of Ireland’s best known radio presenters. Going Back follows Elizabeth Kelly and her friends, young economic migrants from Dublin, as they escape for a summer in Boston in 1988. Twenty years later as opportunities are scarce once again, the next generation look to Boston, awakening memories of a life-changing golden summer for their parents. This is a perfect combination of humour, heartache and surprises that would be great as a summer read.
June 2013 Debut of the Month. Be transported back to prohibition New York in this intoxicating, creepy and at times funny story of misplaced friendships and shifting truths that will have you hooked. Rose is a respectable lady working as a police stenographer and typist until Odalie arrives and and draws her into her Roaring Twenties web of speakeasies, gangsters, illicit sex and murder, where no one can be taken at face value. With the confident writing style and tight plotting it’s hard to believe this is a highly recommended debut novel. In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion for The Other Typist a small number of Lovereading members were lucky enough to be invited to review this title - 'The Other Typist by Suzanne Rindell is an astonishing debut which had me gripped from the first page...Be prepared for an amazing read.' - Francesca Ashurst. Scroll down to read more reviews. A 'Piece of Passion' from Juliet Annan, Publisher Fig Tree/Penguin... 'I am very, very keen on this wonderful debut: The Other Typist is a wonderful, creepy, funny edge-of-the seat thriller combined with period romp. Set in Prohibition New York, it tells the story of Rose, an orphaned, mousy-looking hard-working secretary who works in the typing pool at the police precinct and her growing friendship with the new -- other -- typist. Glamorous Odalie mesmerises Rose and draws her into her roaring twenties web of speakeasies, gangsters, illicit sex and murder where everyone is telling stories about each other (none of which quite match up). It's not long before the identities of the two girls become inextricably entwined, until it is almost impossible to tell one from the other. It is the most beguiling and page turning novel, where the reader is never quite sure of their footing, and I'm thrilled that early online reviews have described it as The Great Gatsby meets Gone Girl.'
June 2013 Debut of the Month. A potentially predictable 'girl meets boy' chick-lit standard is pulled up by its bootstraps into a highly enjoyable, bitter sweet, romantic story. Working in a local tea shop Sophie May is happy with her lot and the support she has (and gives to her friends and family). Then, without realising it, she meets a Hollywood 'A lister' and her life changes dramatically. But can it last? Zoella Book Club title Summer 16.
June 2013 Debut of the Month. A witty and wise story about a woman amidst a midlife crisis who agrees to anonymously participate in a survey about marital happiness, only to experience a reawakening through the power of confession. Satirising our obsession with the internet the tale unfolds via Facebook statuses, Google searches, questionnaires and first person narrative. A deliciously revealing expose about all the juicy stuff that matters: parenting, sex, ageing, happiness, security and the ongoing tug of war between love and marriage.
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