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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’.
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.
Watershed is the story of two women in middle life, our inseparable connection with the natural world, a longing for freedom, and autism. It's a black comedy of failed communication and emotional manipulation, well seasoned with compassion and hope.
This is the second in Vincenzi’s glorious Spoils of Time trilogy and readers should definitely start at the beginning with No Angel. Celia Lytton’s children are all grown up and Something Dangerous focuses on their lives as twenties roar into the thirties and war once more threatens the family’s fortunes. Twins Venetia and Adele have the world at their feet, Giles is trying to find his, Kit is racing towards adulthood and Barty Miller, who was adopted from London’s slums by Celia, is thrust into New York life and finds everything very different from how she expected it to be. Vincenzi creates a lustrous world, full of fascinating detail and entrancing characters and with this trilogy she is at the top of her game.
This is the final part of Vincenzi’s excellent Spoils of Time series (so don’t even think of reading it if you haven’t read the first two) and sees Lady Celia’s grandchildren now having affairs and adventures of their own whilst she contemplates her inheritance. Delightfully we are even taken back a little when we’re shown – all too scant – glimpses of Lady Celia’s diaries. Everything is tied off very nicely, though fans of the series will rather wish it would just run and run.
This is the first in Vincenzi’s Spoils of Time trilogy that follows the Lyttons and their eponymous publishing house from the Edwardian belle époque to the ???? – though No Angel stops in the 1920s. Celia Lytton, the matriarch of the family, is a wonderful character and the plot is exquisitely written as the era’s decadence is halted when war comes and as the men go off to fight women’s live are inexorably changed. A thrilling read that will have you grabbing the next one (Something Dangerous) the moment you’ve finished.
June 2014 Guest Editor Freya North on Not That Sort of Girl... Mary Wesley, Rose Tremain, Barbara Trapido and Jane Gardam – I really do owe my career to them. But this book in particular really did change the course of my life. I read it during my finals at University after which I headed off to do an MA and was all set to start a PhD in Art History. But deep down I knew that all I really wanted to do was write fiction. I love the way that Mary Wesley marries gentle romance with quite surprising sexiness in all her novels – but here in particular. For over fifty years, Rose is loyal to her husband Ned while also maintaining a relationship Milo. I loved the way this novel puts our perception of morality in a centrifuge – there’s nothing dissolute or duplicitous about either of Rose’s relationships, rather it’s about enduring love. This book really proves how commercial fiction can be deceptively simply – a pleasure to read through the clever, beautifully written and thoughtfully woven layers.
A lovely author with a strong sense of time and place, a brave and resourceful heroine and a cracking good story of York during World War I.Similar this month: Alexandra Connor, Anne Baker.Comparison: Ruth Hamilton, Elizabeth Elgin, Annie Groves.
If youâ€™re look for an enchanting mix of romance, triumph over tragedy, bittersweet memories but most of all a cracking good read then look no further than Janet Woods. Her novels, set in Dorset are well researched and will not disappoint in any way.Similar this month: Anne Baker, Alexandra Connor.Comparison: Maureen Lee, Meg Hutchinson, Lyn Andrews.
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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