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The Woman in the Photograph – Stephanie Butland

The Woman in the Photograph - Stephanie Butland

Synopsis:

 

1968. Veronica Moon, a junior photographer for a local newspaper, is frustrated by her (male) colleagues’ failure to take her seriously. And then she meets Leonie on the picket line of the Ford factory at Dagenham. So begins a tumultuous, passionate and intoxicating friendship. Leonie is ahead of her time and fighting for women’s equality with everything she has. She offers Veronica an exciting, free life at the dawn of a great change.
Fifty years later, Leonie is gone, and Veronica leads a reclusive life. Her groundbreaking career was cut short by one of the most famous photographs of the twentieth century.

Now, that controversial picture hangs as the centrepiece of a new feminist exhibition curated by Leonie’s niece. Long-repressed memories of Veronica’s extraordinary life begin to stir. It’s time to break her silence, and step back into the light. An empowering, feminist and moving novel that will change the way you see the world.

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In The Woman in the Photograph, Stephanie Butland has created an important and powerful novel. Well-researched and cleverly combining history with a deeply moving and poignant story of so many dimensions, this is a book that will stay in your mind long after you finish reading it. Highly Recommended!


Four Weddings and a Festival – Annie Robertson

Four Weddings and a Festival - Annie RobertsonSynopsis: Four months. Four weddings. One happy ending…?
Lifelong friends and rom-com fans Bea, Lizzie, Hannah and Kathave curled up with Bridget Jones, sobbed at Love, Actuallyand memorised the script to Notting Hill. They always joked about getting married in one summer – their own Four Weddings – and it seems like this might just be the year . . .

That is, until Bea turns down her boyfriend’s proposal. Is her own Hugh Grant waiting for her amid the champagne and confetti? Can real-life romance ever live up to a Richard Curtis movie?

As the wedding – and festival – season gets into its swing, can all four friends find their happy ever after…?

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This is a perfect read for lovers of romantic comedy and particularly Richard Curtis movies, the book is full of references; but Annie Robertson also cleverly creates her own story full of very realistic characters and intriguing storylines. Absolutely wonderful, feel good summer read. Highly Recommended!


My Lemon Grove Summer – Jo Thomas

My Lemon Grove Summer - Jo ThomasSynopsis: Could the lemon groves of Sicily be the perfect place to start over? The irresistible new novel from Jo Thomas, the author of Sunset Over the Cherry Orchard, will transport you to the island of mountains and sparkling blue seas.

When life hands you lemons … is it ever too late for a second chance?

Zelda’s impulsive nature has got her precisely nowhere up until now. A fresh start in a beautiful hilltop town in Sicily looking for new residents, together with her best friend Lennie, could be just what she needs. And who better to settle down with than the person who knows her best?

But the sun-filled skies and sparkling seas can’t hide the shadow hanging over Citta d’Ora, which means not everyone is pleased to see their arrival. The dreams Zelda and her fellow new residents had of setting up a new life might be slipping away. But a friendship with restauranteur Luca could be about to unlock the possibilities that lie in the local lemon groves. And there’s a wedding on the horizon that might be just what the town needs to turn it around…

Could a summer in Sicily help Zelda learn to trust her instinct and follow her heart?

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What we love about books written by Jo Thomas is that she always transports the reader with her vivid descriptions of her locations; her evocative writing immediately places you in the destination so that all your senses are alive to the scenes as they unfold.

My Lemon Grove Summer is no exception, stunning location, believable characters, engaging storylines, it is another joyous summer read! Highly Recommended.


Secrets and Seashells at Rainbow Bay – Ali McNamara

Secrets and Seashells at Rainbow Bay - Ali McNamaraThe sun is shining on the golden castle on Rainbow Bay – and change is in the air!

Synopsis: Amelia is a single mother, doing her very best to look after her young son, Charlie – but money is tight and times are tough. When she first hears that she is the last descendent of the Chesterford family and that she has inherited a Real-Life Castle by the sea, Amelia can’t quite believe her ears. But it’s true!

She soon finds that owning a castle isn’t quite the ticket to sorting out her money problems that she’d first hoped: she can’t sell, because the terms of the ancient bequest state that any Chesterford who inherits the castle, must live there and work towards the upkeep and maintenance of the family home. So ever-practical Amelia decides to uproot her little family and move to this magnificent castle by the sea.

Living in a castle on the beautiful Northumberland coast is fun at first, but organising the day-to-day running is a lot more complicated than Amelia first imagined. Luckily she has help from the small band of eccentric and unconventional staff that are already employed there – and a mysterious unseen hand that often gives her a push in the right direction just when she needs it most. It’s only when she meets Tom, a furniture restorer who comes to the castle to help repair some antique furniture, that Amelia realises she might get the fairy-tale ending that she and Charlie truly deserve…

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Congratulations Ali, ten years and ten books and we have loved each one! Ali McNamara is one of those special authors who always delivers a guaranteed delightful escapist read and Secrets and Seashells at Rainbow Bay is another magical story. We loved it! Highly Recommended!

If you would like to read more about the 10 novels – 10 Years. 10 Books. 10 Questions… visit https://www.alimcnamara.co.uk


Bring Me Sunshine – Laura Kemp

Bring Me Sunshine - Laura KempSynopsis: Charlotte Bold is nothing like her name – she is shy and timid and just wants a quiet life. When her job doing the traffic news on the radio in London is relocated to Sunshine FM in Mumbles, she jumps at the chance for a new start in Wales.

But when she arrives she discovers that she’s not there to do the travel news – she’s there to front the graveyard evening show. And she’s not sure she can do it.

Thrust into the limelight, she must find her voice and a way to cope. And soon she realises that she’s not the only person who finds life hard – out there her listeners are lonely too. And her show is the one keeping them going.

Can Charlotte seize the day and make the most of her new home? And will she be able to breathe new life into the tiny radio station too…?

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We loved Laura’s previous book, The Year of Surprising Acts of Kindness and in Bring Me Sunshine, Laura has created another collection of delightful characters, full of realism, humour and real warmth. Another utterly charming and uplifting novel. Highly Recommended!


A Walk in Wildflower Park – Bella Osborne

A Walk in Wildflower Park - Bella OsborneLife’s not always a walk in the park…

Synopsis: Anna thought she’d found The One – until he broke off their engagement exactly a year before their wedding day. Hoping new surroundings will do her the world of good, she moves in to a place of her own on the edge of gorgeous Wildflower Park.

With the help and friendship of her neighbour Sophie, Anna quickly settles in and pledges to focus on her career, but a handsome new colleague seems determined to thwart her attempts at every turn. And when she receives a text from a mystery man, it looks as though an unlikely romance is on the horizon…

Is Anna about to be swept off her feet by someone she really shouldn’t be falling for? Or could this be the new start she needs and deserves?

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A Walk in Wildflower Park is a delightfully satisfying book, full of twists and turns. Originally published as a four-part series it has interesting characters and a pace to keep you reading to the very end. There are some laugh-out loud moments as well as heart-warming charm. A perfect summer read! Highly Recommended!


The Library of Lost and Found – Phaedra Patrick

The Library of Lost and Found - Phaedra PatrickSynopsis: Librarian Martha Storm has always found it easier to connect with books than people, though not for lack of trying. She keeps careful lists of how to help others in her notebook. And yet, sometimes it feels like she’s invisible.

All of that changes when a mysterious book arrives on her doorstep. Inside, Martha finds a dedication written to her by her grandmother Zelda, who died under mysterious circumstances years earlier. When Martha discovers a clue within the book that her grandmother may still be alive, she becomes determined to discover the truth. As she delves deeper into Zelda’s past, she unwittingly reveals a family secret that will change her life forever.

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This is such a special book, beautifully written with an intriguing mystery at the centre. Phaedra Patrick has created a delightful collection of characters, if you love books you will find this story utterly charming. Highly Recommended!