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Summertime Reads

15 Jun 2022

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With beach holidays afoot, here are some good reads to pack into your case and enjoy on the sun lounger whilst poolside.

Single Bald Female
by Laura Price

At the point of turning thirty, Jessica Jackson has everything in place: a job, a great boyfriend and a snug London flat they share with their cat. Then a sudden diagnosis of breast cancer causes Jess's world to implode. As friends move forward with baby scans and weddings, Jess feels alone and left behind. And then she mets Annabel, a mysterious young woman with incurable cancer. Annabel may not have long left to live, but she wants to show Jess how it's possible to make every day meaningful.

A smart, funny, uplifting story about friendship, love and the unexpected twists life can take. Laura Price writes about difficult subjects with the lightest of touches, and managed to make me laugh and sob in the same sentence. This is a beautiful novel you'll want to talk to all your friends about.

In the Heart of Hidden Things
by Kit Whitfield

Everyone knows that if you fall afoul of the People, you must travel the miles to Gyrford, where uncounted generations of fairy-smiths have protected the county with cold iron, good counsel and unvarnished opinions about your common sense.

But shielding the weak from the strong can make enemies. Ephraim Brady has money and power, and the bitter will to hurt those who cross him. And if he can’t touch elder farrier Jedediah Smith, he can harm those the Smiths care about.

As powerfully intelligent as it is entertaining, Whitfield’s marvellously assured fantasy debut leads the reader into a mysterious world of fairy-smiths, weaving a gripping tale of trespass, revenge, and responsibility - Waterstones Review

One Good Thing
by Alexandra Potter

Liv Brooks is in shock at the turn her life has taken. She has just got divorced and her life feels unsteady when she swaps London life for the Yorkshire Dales, trying to start life afresh. But new starts can be tricky, and lonesome Liv adopts Harry, an ageing dog from a local shelter. Walking round the village with Harry, Liv encounters others who need a new start too, from a lonely old man called Valentine to fearful child Stanley and angry teen Maya. This funny, honest and heart-tugging tale is about having the courage to turn life around and find new meanings.

One Good Thing is the new heartwarming, hilarious alternative love story, from the internationally bestselling, Alexandra Potter

How to Save a Life
by Eva Carter
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It’s nearly midnight on the eve of the millennium when eighteen-year-old Joel’s heart stops. A school friend, performs CPR ultimately saving Joel’s life, while her best friend Tim freezes, unable to help. That moment of life and death changes the course of all three lives over the next two decades: each time Kerry, Joel and Tim believe they’ve found love, discovered their vocation, or simply moved on, their lives collide again.

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