Need some extra inspiration for your summer reading list? Go off the beaten track with these authors from across the pond!
You may be the first of your friends to discover these great British reads… so don’t forget to spread the word!
If you can’t get enough of The Royals, indulge in a modern day fairytale!
Bella Greenwood isn’t a fairytale girl. If pushed, she’d probably tell you that her perfect wedding parajumpers Masterpiece Passport would involve a handful of close friends and family. But as she’s never met anyone she’d like to marry, it’s a moot point. Until, in a midnight garden, Bella is helped out of an embarrassing situation by a tall, dark, handsome man with laughing eyes. And suddenly her lifeparajumpers Masterpiece Mary Jo changes for ever, because the man is the world’s most eligible bachelor: Prince Richard, heir to the throne.
Richard sweeps her off her feet, and before she knows it they’re engaged. Which is when Bella’s problems really begin. Can this ordinary girl survive the preparations for her very own Royal Wedding?
If you loved Call the Midwife, you will adore the Nightingale Girls series.
Three very different girls sign up as student nurses in 1936, while England is still mourning the death of George V. Dora is a tough East Ender, driven by ambition, but also desperate to escape her squalid, overcrowded home and her abusive stepfather. Helen is the quiet one, a mystery to her fellow nurses, avoiding fun, gossip and the limelight. In fact she is in the formidable shadow of her overbearing mother, who dominates every aspect of her life. Can a nursing career free Helen at last? The third of our heroines is naughty, rebellious Millie an aristocrat on the run from her conventional upper class life. She is doomed to clash over and over again with terrifying Sister Hyde and to get into scrape after scrape especially where men are concerned.
This utterly delightful novel brings a London pre-war hospital vividly to life.
If you loved “Gone Girl”, you will find your next obsessive read right here…
‘When I look back on my relationship with Kathy I marvel at how naive she was, how little she knew.
But then, she always thought she had everything: the job; the baby; the friends; and him. She thought she was safe. She thought that nothing could touch her perfect world.
She should never have trusted me.’
From our friends at Head of Zeus.
If you’re a fan of Jodi Picoult’s compelling stories, it’s time to discover Susan Lewis!
Lucy Winters’ parents have always been there for her. Loving, gentle and kind they have given her everything she could have wished for. Now, estranged from her husband, she has moved to the country to take over their thriving auction business. The moment she begins to prepare for her first sale she knows she’s made the right decision. And she dares to hope that at last she is living the life she has always dreamed of.
But then, quite suddenly, her world is thrown into turmoil. She discovers a shocking truth, one that forces her to question everything she has ever known. And it becomes frighteningly possible that the very people who should have protected her are the ones who have betrayed her in the most devastating of ways. Can she ever forgive them? Can they ever forgive themselves…?
If you are in need a life-affirming tear jerker, Amanda Prowse will not let you down!
How do you say goodbye to your family for the last time?
Poppy Day is thirty-two and married to her childhood sweetheart. She’s a full-time mum of two gorgeous children and loves her homely little cottage in the countryside. It’s the life she aways wanted.
But Poppy is so busy caring for others she hasn’t noticed how tired she is, or the menacing lump growing on her breast. It’s unthinkable that cancer could defeat such a strong and amazing woman. But life doesn’t always give you what you deserve…
From our friends at Head of Zeus.
If science fiction and fantasy is more your scene, the Debbie Johnson trilogy beckons…
Lily McCain is cursed. With just one touch she can see a persons future, whether its a good fortune or a terrible fate. Afraid of the potent visions she foresees, she distances herself from the world, succumbing to a life of solitude.
But at the touch of a mysterious stranger who has powers of his own Lily sees a new, chilling future for herself: one where she is fated to make a terrible choice…
If you have a green thumb, this romantic tale of love and gardening will sweep you off your feet!
Tilly Parker needs a fresh start, fresh air and a fresh attitude if she is ever to leave the past behind and move on with her life. As she seeks out peace and quiet in a new town, taking on a plot at Ivy Lane allotments seems like the perfect solution. But the friendly Ivy Lane community has other ideas and gradually draw Tilly in to their cosy, comforting world of planting seedlings, organizing bake sales and planning seasonal parties.
As the seasons pass, will Tilly learn to stop hiding amongst the sweetpeas and let people back into her life – and her heart?
If you are counting down to the next season of Downton Abbey, this upstairs/downstairs tale will give you your fix!
When her father becomes ill, Emily Carter finds herself sent into service at Priorsfield Manor in order to provide the family with an income. She strikes up an unlikely friendship with the daughters of the house, as well as Nicolas, son of the Earl. But as the threat of war comes ever closer, she becomes even more aware of the vast differences between upstairs and downstairs, servant and master…
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