Sunny, sandy beaches are beaconing us, with the promise (or hope) of some snippets of ‘me’ time to enjoy a good paperback without interruption. We have scoured the best page turner summer reads out there for your holidays this year. From romance and psychological thriller to romance, get hooked on some great Summer reads.
If you liked Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine then you will love this book. How to Be Happy is about love and friendship between two complete strangers, Annie and Polly, who meet at possibly the lowest points in their lives. Annie is finding it hard to cope through a difficult illness. Polly is everything Annie is not – she’s colourful, joyful and happy. She is convinced she can show Annie the path to happiness in time and they embark on a 100 day project to do just that.
Funny, sad, touching and uplifting – a great Summer read.
A definite five star read and one that will stay with you long after you have read the final page. The story follows Ruth Jefferson, an African American nurse, who is accused of murdering the baby of white supremacists. It is about race, prejudice and fighting for justice.
This powerful and fast paced novel is immaculately researched, sensitively written and ultimately challenges our own personal belief systems about racism.
Clear your diary. Legendary British Editor, Tina Brown’s media memoirs are a rollercoasting romp though the glamorous world of glossy magazine publishing in the 1980/90’s. Whether this is your era or not, her journey to turn around Conde Nast’s struggling flagship, Vanity Fair, is a riot.
Filled with heady drama, brilliant social observations and wonderfully indiscreet gossip about the famous and fashionable, these diaries make a thrilling and insightful read. Thoroughly recommend.
This sexy, smart and a little bit scandalous novel will have you addicted (no pun intended). Phoebe Henderson grabs the new year by the horns after finding her boyfriend in bed with another woman. Her New Years resolution is The List: ten things she’s wanted to do in bed but never had the chance (or the courage) to try. One year of pleasure, no strings attached. Simple right? Witty and observant in a Bridget Jones meets 50 Shades kind of way.
This is a taut psychological thriller with two twisted women at it’s core. It’s the story of an over protective mother, her son, his girlfriend and an unforgivable lie. With layered characters and an utterly compulsive read, this book is every mother’s nightmare.
This is a story of morals, teenage angst and motherhood set against the mystery of a burning house. Shaker Heights is the epitome of a Cleveland suburb where everything is picture perfect. From they layout of the winding roads, the colour of the houses to the successful lives of the residents that live within their walls. And no one embodies this more than Elena Richardson.
When the enigmatic artist, Mia Warren and her daughter Pearl rent a house from the Richardsons’ it soon becomes clear that Mia’s mysterious past and her disregard for the status quo could threaten the order and status quo of the Shaker Heights bubble.
Anthony Peardew has spent half his life collecting lost objects, trying to atone for a promise broken many years before.
Realising he is running out of time, he decides to leaves his house and all of it’s lost treasures to his assistant Laura, the one person he can trust to fulfil his legacy and reunite the thousands of objects with their rightful owners. But the final wishes of the Keeper of Lost Things have unforeseen repercussions which trigger a most serendipitous series of encounters.
It’s 1944, Tess DeMello abruptly ends her engagement to the love of her life and marries a mysterious stranger and moves to North Carolina. Tess’s new husband, Henry Kraft, is a secretive man who often stays out all night and Tess quickly comes to realize that she is living with a family surrounded by secrets and lies, and where nothing is as it seems.