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Stories from the heart. This category combines Romantic Fiction with Sagas and Romance to create a collection of lovely tales. From rags to riches stories to tales of tight-knit communities, this carefully curated collection is bound to have the perfect match for you, and as the Beatles said, ‘love is all you need’.
There has been a recent surge in Regency romances, strangely mostly by American authors. This woman has written fourteen of them featuring six cousins from the Cynster family and their friends. They are light, frivolous and the most enormous fun. Good escapist stuff.Similar this month: None.Comparison: Georgette Heyer, Mary Balogh, Amanda Quick.
Hope by Lesley Pearse - author of bestsellers Gypsy and Remember Me - is a historical novel of past scandal and its consequences in a compelling nineteenth century setting. Her existence would be the ruin of her mother...Baby Hope, the unfortunate proof of Lady Harvey's adultery, is smuggled out of a privileged aristocratic household to a nearby village. There, her true identity a secret, she grows up in the arms of the poor, but loving, Renton family. But the day comes when Hope must pay her way. What could be more natural than being taken into service by the Harveys? However when she sees something she should not, she is threatened and blackmailed into leaving her beloved Rentons forever. Destitute on the streets of an unfriendly city, Hope's courage and kindness are recognized by a doctor. A talent for healing sees her taken on as nurse and destined for the horrific battlefields of the Crimea. But will Hope ever come home and uncover the true story of her birth?
First in an enchanting new Irish trilogy from Nora Roberts following the romantic adventures of the Gallagher siblings.
Maureen Lee writes warm intimate stories set in Liverpool. This one about the youngest of four sisters Kitty and her plans to break away from the traditional life set out for her in the 1950Ã¢â‚¬â„¢s.
The start of a new village series set in Devon in the 50s and centred on a new young teacher. This title is also available as an Audio book, read by Helen Ayres as either a CD or a cassette.Similar this month: Emma Blair.Comparison: Margaret Dickinson, Beryl Matthews, Marcia Willett.
A charming scenario where a Radio Wales DJ, Jack, finds a trainer on a station and appeals, on air, for its owner to come forward. Enter Hope, both in name and emotion. This is an enjoyable, light, modern Cinderella story with a shrewd look at divorced life for both Hope and Jack are in that predicament.Similar this month: None but try Nisha Minhas.Comparison: Jenny Colgan, Chris Manby, Carole Matthews.
This lovely author writes two series, Barleybridge which are veterinary orientated, and this one, a Turnham Malpas novel centring on the church. They are gentle, warm, full of gossip and very infectious. Also available as an audiobook in CD or Cassette format.
A new chronicle in the style of her wonderful Harte series which began with A Woman of Substance. This is as big in scope, passion, emotional punch and plot. One glorious read with more to come.
A contemporary tale which harks back to the eighteenth century when a mother and daughter unite in helping a young man regain his memory. It turns out that although he has links to the nearby manor house, when we learn of the horrific trauma that unbalanced him, it sent shivers down my spine. I love this author.Similar this month: None but try Carol Birch.Comparison: Sarah Harrison, Adele Geras, Imogen Parker.
Shortlisted for the Romantic Novel of the Year Award 2007. A magnificent epic novel set in India and Scotland that's full of passion, tragedy and a family's darkest secrets. Brilliantly drawn characters with a well-conceived storyline to savour and plenty of twists and turns will ensure you are completely engrossed through until the final page. Deservedly on the shortlist of the 2007 Romantic Novelists' Award.
The first in a projected four-part series set in Liverpool during World War II. It introduces us to a plucky girl, Molly, suddenly forced to grow up. Annie Groves is a pseudonym for Penny Jordan, a highly prolific author of romances. This series, based on her grandmother’s stories of the war, is a broader canvas for her and a lovely read. She’s great.Similar this month: None.Comparison: Helen Forrester, Katie Flynn.
In the first in a dazzling new quartet of Regency novels, Mary Balogh invites us into a special world – a select academy for young ladies – a world of innocence and temptation.
Love in a Cold Climate
We all love a good saga. From Wuthering Heights and Jamaica Inn, to the modern works of authors like Katie Flynn, Katherine Webb and Nadine Dorries, there is something so captivating about the journey of a romantic heroine through an unfamiliar world, where the hearts and desires of all around her form the centre of everything. These stories can take place on grand settings: on the High Seas and foreign lands, or on a small cobbled street in a northern mining town. It doesn’t matter, as the journey of the heart is the most important of all. Get your tissues at the ready and find yourself happily shipwrecked on the ragged rocks of epic romance.
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