A Summer Reunion – Fanny Blake

A Summer Reunion - Fanny BlakeSynopsis: One perfect villa, four old friends, and a holiday that will change everything…

Amy, Linda, Kate and Jane were best friends at school. Now, years later, they have grown apart. When Amy discovers her husband has been stealing from her successful interiors business, and with a milestone birthday looming, she decides it is the time to reach out to her old friends once again.

So, she decides to invite the other three to her beautiful villa in Mallorca for a reunion weekend. As the four friends gather, secrets are unearthed, old scores settled and new friendships forged. Will this holiday bring them together or tear them apart? And will each of them grasp their second chance for happiness…?

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Fanny Blake always creates the most delightful books. Her storytelling is always enticing, as a reader you want to know more about her characters and their lives. Her descriptions of the locations are sublime, ensuring that you don’t just read her books but experience them as if you are an observer watching the plot unfold. A Summer Reunion is an intriguing, absolutely wonderful summer read. Highly Recommended!


The Bookshop on the Shore – Jenny Colgan

The Bookshop on the Shore - Jenny ColganEscape to the Scottish Highlands where a tiny bookshop perches on the edge of a loch.

Synopsis: Zoe is a single mother, sinking beneath the waves trying to cope by herself in London. Hari, her gorgeous little boy is perfect in every way – except for the fact that he just doesn’t speak, at all. When her landlord raises the rent on her flat, Zoe doesn’t know where to turn.

Then Hari’s aunt suggests Zoe could move to Scotland to help run a bookshop. Going from the lonely city to a small village in the Highlands could be the change Zoe and Hari desperately need.

Faced with an unwelcoming boss, a moody, distant bookseller named Ramsay Urquart, and a band of unruly children, Zoe wonders if she’s made the right decision. But Hari has found his very first real friend, and no one could resist the beauty of the loch glinting in the summer sun. If only Ramsay would just be a little more approachable…

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What we love about Jenny Colgan’s books is her magical storytelling where she always creates such believable characters and communities that you feel transported the minute you step inside her books. Full of atmosphere, The Bookshop on the Shore is an uplifting, heart-warming summer read!
Highly Recommended!


The Lemon Tree Hotel – Rosanna Ley

The Lemon Tree Hotel - Rosanna LeySynopsis: In the beautiful village of Vernazza, the Mazzone family have transformed an old convent overlooking the glamorous Italian Riviera into the elegant Lemon Tree Hotel. For Chiara, her daughter Elene and her granddaughter Isabella, the running of their hotel is the driving force in their lives.

One day, two unexpected guests check in. The first, Dante, is a face from Chiara’s past, but what exactly happened between them all those years ago, Elene wonders. Meanwhile, Isabella is preoccupied with the second guest, a mysterious young man who seems to know a lot about the history of the old convent and the people who live there. Isabella is determined to find out his true intentions and discover the secret past of the Lemon Tree Hotel.

A story about love, family secrets, and a little piece of heaven . . .

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An indication of how much we like a book is how invested we are in the characters. In The Lemon Tree Hotel, Rosanna Ley has created a family that is so real that as a reader there are times when you are literally holding your breath as you turn the pages; willing them to get to the next stage, caring about their hopes and dreams – will they each get a happy ending? Absolutely stunning writing, a wonderful summer read. Highly Recommended!


The Path to the Sea – Liz Fenwick

The Path to the Sea - Liz FenwickSynopsis: Sometimes going home is just the beginning…

Boskenna, the beautiful, imposing house standing on the Cornish cliffs, means something different to each of the Trewin women.

For Joan, as a glamorous young wife in the 1960s, it was a paradise where she and her husband could entertain and escape a world where no one was quite what they seemed – a world that would ultimately cost their marriage and end in tragedy.

Diana, her daughter, still dreams of her childhood there – the endless blue skies and wide lawns, book-filled rooms and parties, the sound of the sea at the end of the coastal path – even though the family she adored was shattered there.

And for the youngest, broken-hearted Lottie, heading home in the August traffic, returning to Boskenna is a welcome escape from a life gone wrong in London, but will mean facing a past she’d hoped to forget.

As the three women gather in Boskenna for a final time, the secrets hidden within the beautiful old house will be revealed in a summer that will leave them changed for ever.

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The Path to the Sea is a book that commands your attention. This is a novel with real depth; Liz Fenwick’s brilliant writing with her evocative descriptions and powerful characters is utterly gripping.

We have loved Liz’s previous books, but this has all the qualities to make it one of her best books yet!

Once started The Path to the Sea will ensure that you will lose track of time, so book out the weekend and escape to the sea!

Definitely one of our Top 10 reads this year. Highly Recommended!


Her Husband’s Mistake: A marriage, a secret, and a wife’s choice… Sheila O’Flanagan

Her Husband's Mistake: A marriage, a secret, and a wife's choice... Sheila O’FlanaganSynopsis: Should a woman be ready to forgive and forget to save her marriage? Roxy’s not so sure…

When Roxy comes home unexpectedly one day to give her husband Dave a lovely surprise, it’s Roxy who gets shock of her life. And all she wants to do is run away. Roxy knows she has to face up to what’s happened and decide: forgive and forget, or bring an end to a decade-long marriage. Surely the right thing is to get over it – that’s what Dave thinks. After all, it’s just one mistake…

But Roxy finds it’s not so simple. Especially when another secret starts to emerge. Her friends and family all know what they’d do – but they’re not Roxy…

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Sheila O’Flanagan is such a sublime writer that when one of her books arrive arrives you know that you will be completely transported to the place and people that she has created with such realism. Her Husband’s Mistake is gritty, funny, and totally absorbing.

We absolutely loved it, a perfect summer read! Highly Recommended!


The Woman Who Wanted More by Vicky Zimmerman

The Woman Who Wanted More by Vicky ZimmermanSynopsis: Two women. One unusual cookbook. And a friendship that will show them how to savour each moment . . .

Kate Parker is about to turn forty and her world has fallen apart. Her seemingly rock-solid relationship is suddenly up in the air, and she’s been forced to move back in with her mother. In need of some distraction, Kate (reluctantly) volunteers at her local retirement home.

Cecily Finn is a ninety-seven-year-old resident of Lauderdale House for Exceptional Ladies. Her tongue is as sharp as her mind but lately she’s lost her spark, seemingly resigned to the Imminent End.

But then Cecily prescribes Kate a self-help recipe book with a difference – and so begins an unlikely friendship between two lonely and stubborn souls. Together, these two very different women – one near the end of her life, one adrift somewhere in the middle – will show each other that food is for feasting, life is for living, and that it’s always essential to ask for more.

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In the note from the author Vicky Zimmerman explains that one of her lead characters, Cecily Finn, was inspired by her grandmother also called Cecily Finn, who wrote Thought for Food in the 1950’s. This in part explains why The Woman Who Wanted More is such a deliciously authentic book, beautifully written, poignant but ultimately inspiring.

Highly Recommended!


A Perfect Cornish Summer – Phillipa Ashley

A Perfect Cornish Summer - Phillipa AshleySynopsis: Summer is on the horizon, and the people of Porthmellow are eagerly awaiting the annual food festival. At least, most of them are…

For Sam Lovell, organising the summer festival in her hometown is one of the highlights of her year. It’s not always smooth sailing, but she loves to see Porthmellow’s harbour packed with happy visitors, and being on the committee has provided a much-needed distraction from the drama in her family life (and the distinct lack of it in her love life).

When their star guest pulls out with only a few weeks to go, everyone’s delighted when a London chef who grew up locally steps in at the last minute. But Gabe Matthias is the last person Sam was expecting to see, and his return to Porthmellow will change her quiet coastal life for ever.

Curl up with this gorgeous novel and savour the world of Porthmellow Harbour.

The first in a gorgeous new series from the author of Summer at the Cornish Cafe.

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We love Phillipa Ashley’s books and A Perfect Cornish Summer is another delightful example of her writing. Capturing the atmosphere and spirit of the village and the festival Phillipa invites you in and keeps you engrossed until the very end. A heart-warming summer read! Highly Recommended!


A Summer to Remember – Sue Moorcroft

A Summer to Remember - Sue MoorcroftSynopsis: COME AND SPEND SUMMER BY THE SEA!

WANTED! A caretaker for Roundhouse Row holiday cottages.

WHERE? Nelson’s Bar is the perfect little village. Nestled away on the Norfolk coast we can offer you no signal, no Wi-Fi and – most importantly – no problems!

WHO? The ideal candidate will be looking for an escape from their cheating scumbag ex-fiancé, a diversion from their entitled cousin, and a break from their traitorous friends.

WHAT YOU’LL GET! Accommodation in a chocolate-box cottage, plus a summer filled with blue skies and beachside walks. Oh, and a reunion with the man of your dreams.

PLEASE NOTE: We take no responsibility for any of the above scumbags, passengers and/or traitors walking back into your life…

GET IN TOUCH NOW TO MAKE THIS A SUMMER TO REMEMBER!

https://www.waterstones.com/book/a-summer-to-remember/sue-moorcroft/9780008321765

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In A Summer to Remember, Sue Moorcroft’s description of the Norfolk coast is atmospheric and beautiful, you really do feel transported to Nelson’s Bar. The book is an absolute delight, beautifully written, a perfect escapist Bank Holiday read!


Playgroups and Prosecco – Jo Middleton

Playgroups and Prosecco - Jo MiddletonThe (mis)adventures of a single mum

Synopsis: January 3rd

Jaffa Cakes – 7.

Times I was forced to watch a small child do a dance involving a dusty piece of ribbon found under the sofa – 4.

Inappropriate thoughts about Zac Efron – undisclosed

Single mum Frankie’s whole life revolves around her kids. But when your toddler has a more active social life, something has to change. Forget ‘me-time’, Frankie would settle for some adult conversation, and watching something other than the Disney channel.
The local playgroup may be ruled by Instagram mums with perfect husbands but Frankie accidentally forms a splinter group of single parents. After all, Mummy reallyneeds a playdate of her own. (Now pass the prosecco.)

https://www.waterstones.com/book/playgroups-and-prosecco/jo-middleton/9781529103366

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Playgroups and Prosecco is a very funny and relatable novel describing the life of single mum Frankie. Jo Middleton has very cleverly observed and recorded delightful anecdotes which combine poignancy with laugh-out loud moments, making it a delightful read. A brilliant debut novel.


The Flatshare – Beth O’Leary

The Flatshare - Beth O'LearyTiffy and Leon share a flat
Tiffy and Leon share a bed
Tiffy and Leon have never met…

Tiffy Moore needs a cheap flat, and fast. Leon Twomey works nights and needs cash. Their friends think they’re crazy, but it’s the perfect solution: Leon occupies the one-bed flat while Tiffy’s at work in the day, and she has the run of the place the rest of the time.

But with obsessive ex-boyfriends, demanding clients at work, wrongly imprisoned brothers and, of course, the fact that they still haven’t met yet, they’re about to discover that if you want the perfect home you need to throw the rulebook out the window…

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This is a very clever book, we loved the concept behind The Flatshare, it’s intriguing and engaging. We often talk about a book being suitable for a movie but The Flatshare really would lend itself to the big screen. Heartwarming and uplifting with engaging characters, this is a stunning debut novel.

Highly Recommended and one of our favourite reads of 2019!


The Garden of Lost and Found – Harriet Evans

The Garden of Lost and Found - Harriet EvansSynopsis: Nightingale House, 1919. Liddy Horner discovers her husband, the world-famous artist Sir Edward Horner, burning his best-known painting The Garden of Lost and Found days before his sudden death.

Nightingale House was the Horner family’s beloved home – a gem of design created to inspire happiness – and it was here Ned painted The Garden of Lost and Found, capturing his children on a perfect day, playing in the rambling Eden he and Liddy made for them.

One magical moment. Before it all came tumbling down…

When Ned and Liddy’s great-granddaughter Juliet is sent the key to Nightingale House, she opens the door onto a forgotten world. The house holds its mysteries close but she is in search of answers.

For who would choose to destroy what they love most? Whether Ned’s masterpiece – or, in Juliet’s case, her own children’s happiness.

Something shattered this corner of paradise. But what?

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The Garden of Lost and Found is described as an ‘epic family drama’ and it really is. The way that Harriet Evans weaves the different threads of the story across the different generations is powerful. There are parts of this book that make for difficult reading, but such is her talent for storytelling that it will capture you and entreat you to read just one more page to see where she takes you. Utterly compelling and well written.


Swallowtail Summer – Erica James

Swallowtail Summer - Erica JamesSynopsis: They thought they were friends for life – until one summer, everything changed . . .

Linston End on the Norfolk Broads has been the holiday home to three families for many years. The memories of their time there are ingrained in their hearts: picnics on the river, gin and tonics in the pavilion at dusk, hours spent seeking out the local swallowtail butterflies. Everyone together.

But widower Alastair has been faced with a few of life’s surprises recently. Now, he is about to shock his circle of friends with the decisions he has made – and the changes it will mean for them all. For some, it feels like the end. For others, it might just be the beginning . . .

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In Swallowtail Summer, Erica James creates an intriguing story about long term friendships and the hidden secrets that may lie beneath the surface. There are dramatic moments which are challenging to read, but her descriptions of the Norfolk Broads are exquisite and as usual with an Erica James novel it is well written and thought-provoking.


One Summer In Paris – Sarah Morgan

One Summer In Paris - Sarah MorganSynopsis: One charming bookshop, two unlikely friends, and a summer in Paris that will change their lives forever…
Grace can’t believe it when her husband of twenty-five years announces he doesn’t want to join her on their anniversary trip to Paris – instead, he wants a divorce. Reeling from the shock, Grace makes the bold decision to go on this holiday of a lifetime alone.

Audrey leaves behind heartache of her own when she arrives in Paris. A job in a bookshop is her ticket to freedom, but with no knowledge of the French language, her summer adventure seems doomed to fail. Until she meets Grace, and everything changes…

Living in neighbouring apartments above the bookshop, Grace and Audrey form an unlikely friendship. They came to Paris to find themselves, but finding each other might be the best thing that’s ever happened to them.

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We love Sarah Morgan’s books, but Summer in Paris is one of her best! , Sarah is a sublime story teller, her characters have depth and warmth and set against the backdrop of Paris, her descriptions of the bookshop and the sights of Paris are so rich that it makes you feel that you are really there. As she weaves the characters and their lives together, this is a perfect candidate for a movie.

An absolutely glorious summer read!

Highly Recommended and one of our favourite reads of 2019!


The Magnificent Mrs Mayhew – Milly Johnson

The Magnificent Mrs Mayhew - Milly JohnsonSynopsis: Behind every successful man is a woman.
Behind the fall of a successful man is usually another woman.

Sophie Mayhew looks like she has the perfect life. Wife of rising political star John F Mayhew, a man who is one step away from the top job in the government, her glamour matches his looks, power, breeding and money. But John has made some stupid mistakes along the way, some of which are threatening to emerge. Still, all this can still be swept under the carpet as long as Sophie ‘the trophy’ plays her part in front of the cameras.

But the words that come out of Sophie’s mouth one morning on the doorstep of their country house are not the words the spin doctors put in there. Bursting out of the restrictive mould she has been in since birth, Sophie flees to a place that was special to her as a child, a small village on the coast where she intends to be alone.

But once there, she finds she becomes part of a community that warms her soul and makes her feel as if she is breathing properly for the first time. Sophie knows she won’t be left in peace for long. Now she must decide: where does her real future lie?

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Milly Johnson always writes with such warmth and The Magnificent Mrs Mayhew is another delightful novel. Very current in its content, full of strong characters and a wonderfully uplifting theme of discovering yourself and what you really need to fill your soul this is a joyous spring read! Highly Recommended!


The Day We Met – Roxie Cooper

The Day We Met - Roxie CooperSynopsis: Stephanie and Jamie are meant to be. The problem is they’re both with other people…

Stephanie doesn’t believe in fate, true love or living happily ever after. She’s content enough being engaged to Matt. But then she meets Jamie, who understands her more than anyone else ever has. Jamie is happily married to his childhood sweetheart Helen and believes in everything Stephanie doesn’t. So why does he have such a strong connection with Stephanie? When Stephanie and Jamie meet one fateful weekend in 2006 it will change everything… Ten years. Two people. One epic love story.

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Once in a while a book comes along that you know is something really special and The Day We Met is such a book. Impossible to put down, this is a challenging, funny, bittersweet, moving, poignant, love story.

Beautifully written, emotionally charged from the accompanying playlist to the ending, this book will capture your heart, but be prepared to experience every emotion that you can imagine.

Highly Recommended!


A Rose Petal Summer – Katie Fforde

A Rose Petal Summer  - Katie FfordeSynopsis: IT’S NEVER TOO LATE TO FALL IN LOVE…

Caro Swanson has taken a job in a remote part of Scotland.
She’s answered an ad in The Lady: being a companion to an elderly gentleman who lives in a country estate could be perfect! Surely it’s time to make a change and do something different for a while?
The fact that she may also see Alec, the young man who she met some years previously and who she has always thought of as her ‘one who got away’, is of course purely incidental.
Soon Caro is falling in love – not only with Alec but with the stunning country house she’s now living in. But the estate is in financial difficulties, and Caro soon realises there’s only one way to rescue it.
So begins a magical romantic summer, one that will take Caro from Scotland to London and the south of France, in search of a classic lost perfume that might just restore all their fortunes.

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It’s always a magical time when a Katie Fforde book arrives and this beautiful book, her 25th novel, is another absolute delight and another candidate for our Top 10 reads of 2019! .

Once you start reading A Rose Petal Summer you will be transported into the world that Katie has created and before you know it several hours will have passed, and as you reach the last page you will emerge smiling and relaxed. We absolutely loved it, an uplifting and delightful perfect weekend read! Highly Recommended!


The List That Changed My Life – Olivia Beirne

The List That Changed My Life - Olivia BeirneSynopsis: Georgia loves wine, reality TV and sitting on the sofa after work. She does not love heights, looking at her bank account, going on dates, or activities that involve a sports bra. And she will never, ever take a risk.

That is, until her braver, bolder, big sister finds out that she won’t be able to tick off the things she wanted to do before turning thirty, and turns to Georgia to help her finish her list.

With the birthday just months away, Georgia suddenly has a deadline to learn to grab life with both hands. Could she be brave enough to take the leap, for her sister?

And how might her own life change if she did?

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We love The List That Changed My Life, Olivia Beirne has brilliantly created very funny relatable situations which combined with more poignant reality moments results in a wonderfully uplifting debut novel. Definitely an author to watch in the future. Highly Recommended!


Happiness for Beginners – Carole Matthews

Happiness for Beginners - Carole MatthewsSynopsis: Molly Baker is living her best life.

Thirty-eight years old, she lives on the twenty-five-acre Hope Farm in Buckinghamshire, surrounded by (mostly) four-legged friends and rolling hills. There’s Anthony the anti-social sheep, Tina Turner the alpaca with attitude, and the definitely-not-miniature pig, Teacup.

Molly runs the farm as an alternative school for kids who haven’t thrived in mainstream education. It’s full on, but she wouldn’t have it any other way. So when the well-groomed Shelby Dacre turns up at Hope Farm asking to enrol his son Lucas, Molly isn’t fazed.

But Lucas is distant and soon Molly realises he might be more of a handful than she anticipated. And then there’s the added problem that his dad is distractingly handsome. Molly has her beloved farm to think of – could letting Lucas and Shelby in be a terrible mistake, or the start of something wonderful?

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With its bright yellow cover this delightful book contains a wonderful and brilliantly written story that will completely engage you. What we love about Carole’s books is the characters that she writes about have such depth, that as you read you are completely transported to the world that she has created.

Carole took her inspiration for Happiness for Beginners from a real farm that offers alternative education and this research sings throughout the whole book as it is not only the people but the animals too, utterly charming and unpredictable they almost steal the show!

Carole describes this book as one of her best and we couldn’t agree more, it is a joyous, uplifting and absolutely stunning book! Highly Recommended and guaranteed to be one of our Top 10 Books for 2019!


Mr Doubler Begins Again – Seni Glaister

Mr Doubler Begins Again - Seni GlaisterSynopsis: Not every journey takes you far from home.
Baked, mashed, boiled or fried, Mr Doubler knows his potatoes. But the same can’t be said for people. Since he lost his wife, he’s been on his own at Mirth Farm and that suits Doubler just fine. Crowds are for other people; the only company he needs are his potato plants and his housekeeper, Mrs Millwood, who visits every day.

So when Mrs Millwood is taken ill, it ruins everything and Mr Doubler begins to worry that he might have lost his way. But could the kindness of strangers be enough to bring him down from the hill?

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In Mr Doubler Begins Again, Seni Glaister has created such a wonderfully exquisite book. Taking an uplifting and sensitive approach to relationships, her characters are brilliantly drawn and the twists within the storyline are so cleverly revealed, we absolutely loved it.

This book is guaranteed to be one of our favourite reads in 2019! Highly Recommended!


If We’re Not Married By Thirty – Anna Bell

If We’re Not Married By Thirty - Anna BellSynopsis
Lydia’s not exactly #LivingHerBestLife. She never imagined she’d be here at thirty – newly single, a job that’s going nowhere and her friends all winning at life when she’s still barely taking part. So she jumps at the chance of a free holiday and jets off to sunny Spain.

Then, out of the blue, she bumps into her childhood friend, the handsome and charming Danny Whittaker. She’s always had a crush on him and they soon enter into a passionate holiday romance.

But this relationship could be more than just a fling. Years ago they made a pact that if they were still single when they turned thirty they would get married. But noone really follows through on these pacts . . . right?

Could Lydia’s back-up man really be her happy ever after?

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If We’re Not Married By Thirty has great pace, very funny, but also with a will-they-won’t-they romance. Full of great characters and with all the makings of a romantic comedy movie, Anna Bell has created a wonderful post-Christmas delight.


More than a Feeling – Cate Woods

More than a Feeling - Cate WoodsSynopsis: Annie Taylor had bags of confidence and spent her evenings impersonating her idol Barbra Streisand, looking flawless in exuberant turbans and winged eyeliner.

Nowadays she is a mother, girlfriend, best friend, photographer, sister – and she’s struggling to keep up.

But then, she sees something she most definitely should not have, and it’s the most freeing thing that could have happened. Suddenly, she has the chance to find herself once more…

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This book has great pace, once started you just want to keep reading, as well as poignancy, it has some brilliantly funny laugh-out-loud moments, and despite some ups and downs in Annie Taylor’s life, Cate Woods ultimately delivers a heart-warming romance.


A Winter Beneath the Stars – Jo Thomas

A Winter Beneath the Stars - Jo Thomas - Hot Brands Cool Places Synopsis: Halley has been running from her problems for years.

On a courier trip to Tallfors, deep in Swedish Lapland, everything is going to plan. Halley has her bag, with two precious wedding rings inside for delivery… until she doesn’t.

The only way to save the wedding is to team up with mysterious reindeer herder Bjorn, the one person who can lead her across the snowy tundra to be reunited with her bag.

On a journey of a lifetime beneath the stars, with only the reindeer and a bad-tempered stranger for company beside the fire, Halley realises that she will need to confront her past heartaches in order to let the warmth of love in once more…

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Hot Brands Cool Places Review
This is such a fabulous read! Full of pace and energy, we absolutely adored this book. Jo always researches her books really thoroughly and in this case Katie Fforde was with her too! Capturing the imagination, this book has such tremendous pace you feel exhilarated just by reading it. Impossible to put down, it is a wonderful Festive delight. Highly Recommended!


Not Just For Christmas – Natalie Cox

Not Just For Christmas- Natalie Cox - Hot Brands Cool PlacesSynopsis: Charlie hates the holidays, and this year is shaping up to be her worst yuletide ever. Her boyfriend has left her for his personal trainer, her flat is out of bounds after a gas leak, and her mother has gone to spend Christmas in Melbourne with her fifth husband. Finding herself single, mildly concussed and temporarily homeless, Charlie hesitantly agrees to dust off her wellies and spend the festive season in Devon, looking after Cosy Canine Cottages, her cousin Jez’s dog-care centre.

However, her plans for a quiet rural Christmas with only the four-legged friends for company are dashed as soon as she meets Malcolm the deaf Great Dane, Hugo, his gorgeous (but engaged) owner, and Cal, the undeniably attractive but unbearably haughty and patronising local vet…

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If you love dogs you will love this book. A gentle and humorous take on life in the country, served with a sparkling romance, a menagerie of animals and an unusual Christmas tree! A perfect book to get you in the mood for the Festive season.


Christmas at the Beach Hut – Veronica Henry

Christmas at the Beach Hut - Veronica HenrySynopsis: Everyone adores Christmas . . .

Especially Lizzy Kingham. But this year, she is feeling unloved and underappreciated by her family. The present-buying, decorating and food shopping have all been left to her. So she wonders . . . what would happen if she ran away and left them to it?

Lizzy heads to her favourite place: a beach hut on the golden sands of Everdene. There she meets an unlikely collection of new friends, all running away from something. But the spirit of Christmas gets under Lizzy’s skin: soon the fairy lights are twinkling and the scent of mulled wine mingles with the sea air.

Back at Pepperpot Cottage, her family are desperate to find her. For Christmas isn’t Christmas without Lizzy. Can they track her down in time and convince her she means the world to them, every day of the year?

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Veronica Henry is one of our favourite authors, when one of her books arrives it is such a delicious treat, you know it will be beautifully and thoughtfully written, touching the heart of anyone who reads it. Christmas at The Beach Hut is no exception, very current and totally absorbing. A perfect excuse to stop Christmas preparations and curl up with this gorgeous book. We absolutely loved it! Highly Recommended!


The Mother of All Christmases – Milly Johnson

The Mother of All Christmases - Milly Johnson - Hot Brands Cool PlacesSynopsis: Eve Glace – co-owner of the theme park Winterworld – is having a baby and her due date is a perfectly timed 25th December. And she’s decided that she and her husband Jacques should renew their wedding vows with all the pomp that was missing the first time. But growing problems at Winterworld keep distracting them …

Annie Pandoro and her husband Joe own a small Christmas cracker factory, are well set up and happy together despite life never blessing them with a much-wanted child. But when Annie finds that the changes happening to her body aren’t typical of the menopause but pregnancy, her joy is uncontainable.

Palma Collins has agreed to act as a surrogate, hoping the money will get her out of the gutter in which she finds herself. But when the couple she is helping split up, is she going to be left carrying a baby she never intended to keep?

Annie, Palma and Eve all meet at the ‘Christmas Pudding Club’, a new directive started by a forward-thinking young doctor to help mums-to-be mingle and share their pregnancy journeys. Will this group help each other to find love, contentment and peace as Christmas approaches?

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mother-All-Christmases-Milly-Johnson/dp/1471161900/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1542274742&sr=8-1&keywords=Mother+of+all+Christmases

Hot Brands Cool Places Review
We love Milly Johnson’s books and The Mother of All Christmases is a delight, it has all the ingredients of a perfect read, humour, romance, but also a poignancy that will take you from laughter to tears, but ultimately will uplift you, in the sublime way that Milly has of completing all her novels. A wonderful Christmas read! Highly Recommended!


The Christmas Sisters – Sarah Morgan

The Christmas Sisters - Sarah Morgan - Hot Brands Cool PlacesSynopsis: It’s not what’s under the Christmas tree, but who’s around it that matters most.

All Suzanne McBride wants for Christmas is her three daughters happy and at home. But when sisters Posy, Hannah and Beth return to their family home in the Scottish Highlands, old tensions and buried secrets start bubbling to the surface.

Suzanne is determined to create the perfect family Christmas, but the McBrides must all face the past and address some home truths before they can celebrate together . . .

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What we love about Sarah Morgan’s books is the way she holds the attention from the first page to the very last, as a reader you want to curl up and enjoy every minute of her delightful books. The Christmas Sisters has all the components for a wonderful read, believable characters, atmospheric location, humour, romance and uplifting touches of pure Christmas magic! We absolutely loved it. Highly Recommended!


An Island Christmas – Jenny Colgan

An Island Christmas - Jenny ColganSynopsis: Christmas on the remote Scottish island of Mure is bleak, stark – and incredibly beautiful.

It’s a time for hunkering down, getting cosy in front of whisky barrel wood fires, and enjoying a dram with the people you love – unless, of course, you’re accidentally pregnant to your ex-boss, and don’t know how to tell him. In what should be the season of peace and goodwill on earth, will Joel think Flora is a bearer of glad tidings?

Meanwhile Saif, the doctor and refugee from war-torn Syria is trying to enjoy his first western Christmas with his sons – but without his missing wife. Can the little family possibly find comfort and joy?

Travel to the beautiful northern edge of the world and join the welcoming community of Mure for an unforgettable Christmas.

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We love our visits to the beautiful Scottish island of Mure, and this is another very welcome return. What we love is the way that Jenny paints such a realistic picture of the island and its characters that you feel it’s quite possible to take a boat and visit.

An Island Christmas is both poignant and heart-warming and as our days get shorter and colder, makes this a wonderful weekend read. We loved it. Highly Recommended!


Every Breath – Nicholas Sparks

Every Breath - Nicholas SparksThere are times when destiny and love collide. This story is one of them.

Hope Anderson is at a crossroads. After six years with her boyfriend, she is no longer sure what she wants, and when her father becomes ill she heads to her family’s cottage at Sunset Beach in North Carolina to make some difficult decisions.

Tru Walls has been summoned across an ocean from where he was born and raised in Zimbabwe by a letter from a man claiming to be his father. In journeying to Sunset Beach, Tru hopes to unravel the mystery surrounding his mother’s life, but the letter will lead him in an unexpected direction

When these two strangers’ paths cross, their chance encounter sets in motion a heart-breaking story – one that will transcend decades, continents and the workings of fate.

Illuminating life’s heart-breaking regrets and enduring hope, Every Breath explores the many facets of love that lay claim to our deepest loyalties-and asks the question: How long can a dream survive?

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Every Breath is a book to treasure, poignant, magical, storytelling, with its message about seizing the opportunities in life and love. One of the things that we love about the writing of Nicholas Sparks is the cinematic way that he describes the locations in his story. In describing Sunset Beach in North Carolina where the Kindred Spirits Mail Box is located, you are transported to that beach, and the story immediately has a realism that underpins the beautiful love story. We loved it! Highly Recommended!


The Songs of Us – Emma Cooper

The Songs of Us - Emma CooperSynopsis: If Melody hadn’t run out of de-icer that day, she would never have slipped and banged her head. She wouldn’t be left with a condition that makes her sing when she’s nervous. And she definitely wouldn’t have belted out the Arctic Monkeys’ ‘I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor’ in assembly at her son’s school.

If Dev hadn’t taken the kids to the zoo that day, then the accident wouldn’t have happened. He wouldn’t have left Flynn and Rose without a dad. Or shattered the love of his life’s heart.

But if they hadn’t seen the missing person report that day, they might never have taken the trip to Cornwall. And, in the last place they expected, discovered what it really means to be ‘Us’.

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In The Songs of Us, Emma Cooper has created such a special book.Thoughtful, funny, bittersweet, moving, poignant, there are not enough adjectives to describe the content, just be prepared to experience every emotion.

Impossible to put down, the memory will stay with you long after you have finished the book, it will make you cherish those you love and appreciate the air that you breathe and the life that you live.

One of our top 10 reads this year! Highly Recommended!


The Drowned Village – Kathleen McGurl

The Drowned Village - Kathleen McGurlSynopsis: A village destroyed. An uncovered secret.

It’s the summer of 1935 and eleven-year-old Stella Walker is preparing to leave her home forever. Forced to evacuate to make way for a new reservoir, the village of Brackendale Green will soon be lost. But before the water has even reached them, a dreadful event threatens to tear Stella’s family apart.

Present day, and a fierce summer has dried up the lake and revealed the remnants of the deserted village. Now an old woman, Stella begs her granddaughter Laura to make the journey she can’t. She’s sure the village still holds answers for her but, with only days until the floodwaters start to rise again, Laura is in a race against time to solve the mysteries of Stella’s almost forgotten past.

Haunting and evocative, The Drowned Village reaches across the decades in an unforgettable tale of love, loss and family.

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Inspired by a real life incident Kathleen McGurl has created an intriguing and evocative story with a mystery at the centre. The events are shared through the voices of different family members in different time periods. With beautiful descriptions of the scenery in The Lake District and a gentle romance, The Drowned Village is a delightful weekend read!


Summer of Secrets – Nikola Scott

Summer of Secrets - Nikola ScottSynopsis:

August 1939

At peaceful Summerhill, orphaned Maddy hides from the world and the rumours of war. Then her adored sister Georgina returns from a long trip with a new friend, the handsome Victor. Maddy fears that Victor is not all he seems, but she has no idea just what kind of danger has come into their lives…

Today

Chloe is newly pregnant. This should be a joyful time, but she is fearful for the future, despite her husband’s devotion. When chance takes her to Summerhill, she’s drawn into the mystery of what happened there decades before. And the past reaches out to touch her in ways that could change everything…

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Nikola Scott is such a talented writer, her writing is so evocative and she has this wonderful ability to create powerful storylines steeped in poignancy and emotion, that make her books impossible to put down.

Summer of Secrets is another wonderful example, utterly compelling, brilliant writing. Highly Recommended!


A Girl’s Best Friend – Jules Wake

A Girl’s Best Friend - Jules WakeSynopsis: Welcome to your new cottage in the country – complete with grumpy vet, village gossip and a very muddy dog . . .

City girl Ella wants to take refuge in the country, lick her wounds and work out what she’s going to do with the rest of her life. She certainly doesn’t want to have a four-legged house guest or anything to do with village life. Unfortunately, the inhabitants of Wilsgrave have other ideas.

Settling in to her godmother’s house for a few months of R&R, Ella finds herself the reluctant babysitter of a badly behaved Labrador – and her plans of staying mainly indoors scuppered. But as she’s forced into wellies and into the village’s way of doing things, Ella meets people who make her think again about what she really wants out of life and love, starting with her new furry best friend . . .

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In A Girl’s Best Friend, Jules Wake has created an utterly believable village, full of wonderful characters, coupled with an amusing account of village life. Add in a delightful dog and the potential of a happy ever after romance and you have an absolutely charming and delightful weekend read!


One Thousand Stars and You – Isabelle Broom

One Thousand Stars and You - Isabelle BroomSynopsis: Alice is settling down. It might not be the adventurous life she once imagined, but more than anything she wants to make everyone happy – her steady boyfriend, her over-protective mother – even if it means a little part of her will always feel stifled.

Max is shaking things up. After a devastating injury, he is determined to prove himself. To find the man beyond the disability, to escape his smothering family and go on an adventure.

A trip to Sri Lanka is Alice’s last hurrah – her chance to throw herself into the heat, chaos and colour of a place thousands of miles from home.

It’s also the moment she meets Max.

Alice doesn’t know it yet, but her whole life is about to change.

Max doesn’t know it yet, but he’s the one who’s going to change it.

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Isabelle Broom is a sublime writer, we have loved every one of her books and One Thousand Stars and You is another brilliantly written and researched novel. Set in Sri Lanka, her descriptions are so evocative that you feel utterly transported to the sights and sounds of the country. Woven within the narrative is an achingly beautiful romance.An absolutely stunning read, we loved it! Highly Recommended!


Summer on the Little Cornish Isles – The Starfish Studio – Phillipa Ashley

Summer on the Little Cornish Isles - The Starfish Studio - Phillipa AshleySynopsis: One summer can change everything

Poppy has always loved Cornwall. So when her boyfriend Dan suggests they leave their office jobs and take over the Starfish Studio on the Isles of Scilly, Poppy doesn’t need asking twice.

But things don’t go to plan when Dan dumps her, weeks before they’re due to move. Determined not to give up, Poppy accepts the help of local photographer Jake, her landlord’s grandson. But Jake is distracted by a loss from his past.

Can they turn the crumbling gallery into a success in time for tourist season? And will a summer on the little Cornish Isles mend just the studio or Poppy’s heart too?

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Phillippa has created such a gorgeous story set in a beautiful location, that you can imagine getting off the boat and seeing The Starfish Studio waiting for you. This is such a delightful summer read. We loved it, utterly charming!


One Summer in Italy – Sue Moorcroft

One Summer in Italy - Sue MoorcroftSynopsis: When Sofia Bianchi’s father Aldo dies, it makes her stop and look at things afresh. Having been his carer for so many years, she knows it’s time for her to live her own life and to fulfil some promises she made to Aldo in his final days.

So there’s nothing for it but to escape to Italy’s Umbrian mountains where, tucked away in a sleepy Italian village, lie plenty of family secrets waiting to be discovered. There, Sofia also finds Amy who is desperately trying to find her way in life after discovering her dad isn’t her biological father.

Sofia sets about helping Amy through this difficult time, but it’s the handsome Levi who proves to be the biggest distraction for Sofia, as her new life starts to take off

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We loved One Summer in Italy, set in a gorgeous location, brilliant storyline, great pace, absolutely wonderful feel good summer read.


Anyone for Seconds – Laurie Graham

Synopsis:  Life has been going downhill for ex-TV chef Lizzie Partridge ever since she spectacularly ended her television career by throwing a chocolate mousse at the host of Midlands This Morning. Her partner Tom has left her, Nigella and Jamie have got the cookery world sewn up, and now her cookery column – her last bit of work – has been axed. Surely the only way is up from here?

In a desperate bid for sympathy and attention she runs away, from the gas bill and the mouse under the sink, and in wet and wintry Aberystwyth she experiences a brush with her past and a glimmer of new prospects. And when her nephew’s girlfriend – a TV producer – has the bright idea to reunite her with her former nemesis and target of the mousse attack in a new show, it seems like things could be going Lizzie’s way again after all!

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In Anyone for Seconds, Laurie Graham’s characters are well drawn and set in a very current environment. Her book is funny, full of one liners, but yet there are also very poignant moments. A perfect summer read.


The Adults – Caroline Hulse

Synopsis: Claire and Matt are divorced but decide what’s best for their daughter Scarlett is to have a ‘normal’ family Christmas. They can’t agree on whose idea it was, or who said they should bring their new partners. But someone did – and it’s too late to pull the plug.

Claire brings her new boyfriend Patrick, a seemingly eligible Iron-Man-in-Waiting. Matt brings the new love of his life Alex, funny, smart, and extremely patient. Scarlett, their daughter, brings her imaginary friend Posey. He’s a rabbit.

Together the five (or six?) of them grit their teeth over Organized Fun activities, drinking a little too much after bed-time, oversharing classified secrets about their pasts and, before you know it, their holiday is a powder keg that ends – where this story starts – with a tearful, frightened, call to the police…

But what happened? They said they’d all be adults about this..

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Like a ship with a motley crew The Adults is set for disaster with icebergs all the way. However with a mixture of moments of excruciating awfulness, humour and goodwill it finally reaches a safe harbour. A very funny debut novel.


Sunset over the Cherry Orchard – Jo Thomas

Sunset over the Cherry Orchard - Jo ThomasSynopsis: Jo Thomas’s new novel invites you to a special cherry orchard in Spain, where sunshine, romance and family secrets are the order of the day.

It’s time for Beti Winter to dance to her own beat.

After three failed engagements Beti is in desperate need of a fresh start. What better place than the sun-drenched hills of southern Spain?

But it’s not all sangria and siestas. Beti finds work on an old Andalucian cherry farm where there are cherries to be picked, trees to be watered and her fiery boss, Antonio, to win over.

As the sun toasts her skin, Beti finds herself warming to the Spanish way of life. Embracing the art of flamenco, she discovers there is much to learn from the dance of passion. She just has to let loose and listen to the rhythm of her heart.

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We love this book! Full of energy, atmosphere and passion. Like the flamenco dance the pace scorches through the book, making you want to get up and go there! it would make a wonderful movie. It’s such a great read you don’t want it to end!


Secret Legacy – Sara Alexander

Secret Legacy - Sara AlexanderSynopsis: Santina is spending her final days at her home, Villa San Vito, in the beautiful Italian town of Positano. As she decides the fate of the magnificent eighteenth century palazzo she must confront the choices that led her here.

In 1949, hoping to escape poverty, young Santina becomes housekeeper to a distinguished British major and his creative, impulsive wife, Adeline.

When they move to Positano, Santina joins them, raising their daughter as Adeline’s mental health declines. With each passing year, Santina becomes more deeply entwined with the family, trying to navigate her complicated feelings for a man who is much more than an employer while hiding secrets that could shatter the only home she knows . . .

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The Secret Legacy is one of those books that you want to read and almost want to read again, certainly the beginning as it links so seamlessly to the end. Poignant and full of hidden depths this is an absolutely stunning book, one of our must read books of the summer!


Wilde About The Girl – Louise Pentland

Wilde About The Girl - Louise PentlandSynopsis: After the year from hell, she’s pulled herself up and out of The Emptiness, her love life is ticking along nicely, single motherhood is actually quite fun and she is ready for whatever life throws at her. When a thrilling opportunity at work arises, Robin is more than excited to step up and show everyone, including herself, what she’s made of.

But her best friend Lacey is increasingly broken-hearted about struggling to conceive, and her daughter Lyla is starting to come out with some horrible attitudes she’s learning from someone at school. Is Auntie Kath hiding loneliness under her bubbly, loving veneer? And can Robin definitely trust the people she must depend on in her fab new role?

But Robin has her girls. And her girls have got her. Together they can handle any crisis. Can’t they?

Life is about to throw quite the curve ball at Robin Wilde, and she’ll need to make some pretty brave choices if she’s going to stop everything she cares about falling apart . . .

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In Wilde About The Girl, Louise Pentland has written a great story with humour, poignancy, warmth and honesty. This book has great pace, once started you just want to keep reading. A fabulous summer read!


The Secrets of Primrose Square – Claudia Carroll

The Secrets of Primrose Square - Claudia CarrollSynopsis: There are so many stories hidden behind closed doors . . .
It’s late at night and the rain is pouring down on the Dublin city streets. A mother is grieving for her dead child. She stands silently outside the home of the teenage boy she believes responsible. She watches . . .

In a kitchen on the same square, a girl waits anxiously for her mum to come home. She knows exactly where she is, but she knows she cannot reach her.

A few doors down, and a widow sits alone in her room. She has just delivered a bombshell to her family during dinner and her life is about to change forever.

And an aspiring theatre director has just moved in to a flat across the street. Her landlord is absent, but there are already things about him that don’t quite add up . . .

Welcome to Primrose Square

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In The Secrets of Primrose Square Claudia Carroll deals very sensitively with a number of issues for the four main characters. Claudia has written beautifully about the lives of the women and cleverly linked their lives together in a way that has created an uplifting story of warmth and friendship.

For more information about the inspiration behind The Secrets of Primrose Square head over to http://mycreativenotebook.co.uk for an interview with Claudia Carroll


An Italian Summer – Fanny Blake

Synopsis: An Italian Summer is a novel about friendship, family secrets and second chances, set against the backdrop of southern Italy.
Sandy is in her fifties, and at a crossroads in her life: she’s a teacher and respected by her pupils, but she feels she is being sidelined in favour of younger colleagues. So when her mother dies, leaving her a sealed envelope addressed to an unknown woman living in Naples, Sandy decides to head to Italy to resolve the mystery by delivering the letter herself. She books herself on to a small sightseeing trip from Rome to Naples and the Amalfi Coast, hoping to meet some like-minded people along the way. Who is the mysterious woman she is searching for? And will Sandy find friendship, or even love, along the way…?

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This is a deeply satisfying book, set against a beautiful Italian backdrop, this novel has real depth. Fanny Blake’s characters are really well drawn, and the mystery letter creates a very intriguing storyline. An Italian Summer is an absolutely perfect summer read, be prepared to become completely absorbed!


A Match Made in Devon – Cathy Bramley

A Match Made in Devon - Cathy BramleySynopsis: Sometimes you have to play a part to realise who you really are…
Nina has always dreamed of being a star. Unfortunately her agent thinks she’s more girl-next-door than leading lady and her acting career isn’t going quite as planned. Then, after a series of very public blunders and to escape a gathering storm of paparazzi, Nina is forced to flee from London.

Her plan is to lay low with a friend in Devon, in beautiful Brightside Cove. But soon Nina learns that more drama can be found in a small village than on a hectic television set.

And when a gorgeous man (and his adorable dog) catch her eye, it’s not long before London and showbiz start to lose their appeal. Will Nina choose to return to the bright lights or has she met her match in Brightside Cove?

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A Match Made in Devon is full of humour and very current in its content. Originally in four parts and now complete in one edition Cathy has created a delightful village to escape to for a perfect summer read!


My Mamma Mia Summer – Annie Robertson

My Mamma Mia Summer - Annie RobertsonSynopsis:
One summer… One dream…
One chance to make it happen.

Laurel hasn’t taken a risk her whole life. Now as summer dawns, she’s going to do something that nobody expects of her. Laurel turns to her ABBA albums and her favourite film, Mamma Mia! She grabs her passport, dons her dungarees, and jets off to Skopelos for her own Meryl-inspired adventure…

Laurel books into the faded but charming Villa Athena and befriends its eccentric owner. As she explores the island’s famous sights, Laurel finds herself feeling strangely at home. So should she return to her life in London, or could this be where she truly belongs?

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We loved this book! Gorgeous location, brilliant storyline, great pace, absolutely wonderful feel good summer read,

Head over to http://mycreativenotebook.co.uk for an interview with Annie Robertson about her inspiration behind My Mamma Mia Summer and more.

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When the Curtain Falls – Carrie Hope Fletcher

When the Curtain Falls - Carrie Hope FletcherSypnosis: In 1952 two young lovers meet, in secret, at the beautiful Southern Cross theatre in the very heart of London’s West End. Their relationship is made up of clandestine meetings and stolen moments because there is someone who will make them suffer if he discovers she is no longer ‘his’. But life in the theatre doesn’t always go according to plan and tragedy and heartache are waiting in the wings for all the players . . . 

Almost seventy years later, a new production of When the Curtain Falls arrives at the theatre, bringing with it Oscar Bright and Olive Green and their budding romance. Very soon, though, strange things begin to happen and they learn about the ghost that’s haunted the theatre since 1952, a ghost who can only be seen on one night of the year. Except the ghost is appearing more often and seems hell bent on sabotaging Oscar and Olive. The young couple realise they need to right that wrong from years gone by, but can they save themselves before history repeats itself and tragedy strikes once more?

Theatres have a certain kind of magic. When the curtain rises, we are all enraptured by the glare of the lights and the smell of the greasepaint but it’s when the curtain falls that the real drama begins . . . 

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In When the Curtain Falls – Carrie Hope Fletcher takes us behind the scenes to create a truly spellbinding novel, beautifully written, it will make you hold your breath as the story unfolds. A perfect summer read! Highly Recommended!


The Perfectly Imperfect Woman – Milly Johnson

The Perfectly Imperfect Woman - Milly JohnsonSynopsis: Marnie Salt has made so many mistakes in her life that she fears she will never get on the right track. But when she ‘meets’ an old lady on a baking chatroom and begins confiding in her, little does she know how her life will change.

Arranging to see each other for lunch, Marnie finds discovers that Lilian is every bit as mad and delightful as she’d hoped – and that she owns a whole village in the Yorkshire Dales, which has been passed down through generations. And when Marnie needs a refuge after a crisis, she ups sticks and heads for Wychwell – a temporary measure, so she thinks.

But soon Marnie finds that Wychwell has claimed her as its own and she is duty bound not to leave. Even if what she has to do makes her as unpopular as a force 12 gale in a confetti factory! But everyone has imperfections, as Marnie comes to realise, and that is not such a bad thing – after all, your flaws are perfect for the heart that is meant to love you.

The Perfectly Imperfect Woman is the heart-warming and hilarious new novel from the queen of feel-good fiction – a novel of family, secrets, love and redemption … and broken hearts mended and made all the stronger for it.

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The Perfectly Imperfect Woman by Milly Johnson is an intriguing book full of twists and turns and stories within stories within the plot, it’s impossible to predict where it may all end. An absolute delight, beautifully written, a perfect summer read! Highly Recommended!


Coming Home to Ottercombe Bay – Bella Osborne

Coming Home to Ottercombe Bay - Bella OsborneSynopsis: Daisy Wickens has returned to Ottercombe Bay, the picturesque Devon town where her mother died when she was a girl. She plans to leave as soon as her great uncle’s funeral is over, but Great Uncle Reg had other ideas. He’s left Daisy a significant inheritance an old building in a state of disrepair, which could offer exciting possibilities, but to get it she must stay in Ottercombe Bay for twelve whole months.

With the help of a cast of quirky locals, a few gin cocktails and a black pug with plenty of attitude, Daisy might just turn this into something special. But can she ever hope to be happy among the ghosts of her past?

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This is a delightful read, originally a four part serial now available in one book, we love the way Bella Osborne structures her books into a perfectly complete story. A heart-warming summer read! Highly Recommended!


Somewhere Beyond the Sea – Miranda Dickinson

Somewhere Beyond the Sea - Miranda DickinsonCan you fall in love with someone before you’ve even met?

Seren MacArthur is living a life she never intended. Trying to save the Cornish seaside business her late father built – while grieving for his loss – she has put her own dreams on hold and is struggling. Until she discovers a half-finished seaglass star on her favourite beach during an early morning walk. When she completes the star, she sets into motion a chain of events that will steal her heart and challenge everything she believes.


Jack Dixon is trying to secure a better life for daughter Nessie and himself. Left a widower and homeless when his wife died, he’s just about keeping their heads above water. Finding seaglass stars completed on Gwithian beach is a bright spark that slowly rekindles his hope.

Seren and Jack are searching for their missing pieces. But when they meet in real life, it’s on the opposing sides of a battle. Jack is managing the redevelopment of a local landmark, and Seren is leading the community campaign to save it.

Both have reason to fight – Seren for the cause her father believed in, Jack for his livelihood. But only one can win. With so much at stake, will they ever find what they are really looking for?

Miranda Dickinson’s Somewhere Beyond the Sea is a sparkling tale of love, life and finding magic where you least expect it.

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Somewhere Beyond the Sea is such a beautiful and special book, it captures your imagination from the very first moment when Seren finds the half-finished seaglass star. Set in the most amazing location, which Miranda describes with such evocative detail that you can see the stars, feel the sand, breathe the air. We love the way that Miranda has structured the story from the two perspectives, and the poignant and sensitive way she portrays their emotions. This is a magical summer read. We loved it! Highly Recommended!
You can read our interview with Miranda in our sister magazine

How To Keep A Secret – Sarah Morgan

How To Keep A Secret - Sarah MorganSynopsis: This summer one family will discover that together, they can do anything.

Three generations of Stewart women, all with secrets to keep

Matriarch Nancy knows she hasn’t been the best mother but how can she ever tell her daughters the reason why? Lauren and Jenna are as close as two sisters can be and they made a pact years ago to keep a devastating secret from their mother but is it time to come clean? Lauren’s teenage daughter Mackenzie masks her own pain by keeping her mother at a distance. Her mother, aunt and grandmother keep trying to reach her but will it take a stranger to show her the true meaning of family?

When life changes in an instant, the Stewart women are thrown together for a summer and suddenly they must relearn how to be a family. And whilst unravelling their secrets might be their biggest challenge, it could also be their finest moment . . .

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You don’t just read a Sarah Morgan book you absolutely feel it; her descriptions in How to Keep a Secret of both the emotions of her characters and her locations, particularly Martha’s Vineyard are so realistic, that you feel the sand beneath your toes and you are utterly transported. We loved the multi-generational perspective, and this is such a rich novel, you won’t be able to put it down. A wonderful summer read! We loved it! Highly Recommended!

Ali McNamara –  Daisy’s Vintage Cornish Camper Van

Ali McNamara -  Daisy’s Vintage Cornish Camper VanSynopsis: Welcome to the gorgeous Cornish coastal town of St Felix – where a little bit of magical sparkle will bring a camper van back to life and ignite a romance.

When Ana inherits a broken-down camper van from her best friend, she takes the chance for a quick trip to Cornwall – some sea air and fish and chips on the beach is just the tonic she needs.

But St Felix has bigger plans for Ana. She discovers a series of unsent postcards, dating back to the 1950s, hidden in the upholstery of the van. Ana knows that it’s a sign: she’ll make sure that the messages reach the person that they were meant for. And as the broken-down van is restored to gleaming health, so Ana begins to find her way back to happiness.

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We always look forward to the latest book from Ali McNamara. We were particularly pleased to return to St. Felix,  the setting of one of our other favourites, The Little Flower Shop by the Sea, Ali’s descriptions of her locations are always so evocative, you are immediately transported to another place. We loved the intrigue of the storyline of the postcards and the interplay between the various characters old and new. Daisy’s Vintage Cornish Camper Van is a delightful magical read. We loved it! Highly Recommended!