- The Unpredictable Consequences of Love ~ Jill Mansell; How many secrets can an idyllic Cornish seaside town hold. This novel centres around Sophie, a girl who fled to Cornwall after a traumatic break-up, and now reluctant to fall in love. Sophie is a budding photographer, this brings her into contact with many of the locals. From Dot the local hotelier, Josh her grandson and business partner, (recently returned from LA,) to Reilly a feckless surfer and nephew to the local famous author, who admires Tula, Sophie's best friend. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, Jill Mansell manages to write books that you wish you were an extra in, filled with great characters, and a seaside town that I wish I could spend a holiday in.
- With all My Love ~ Patricia Scanlan; Spanning 3 generations Patricia Scanlan has written another epic Irish family saga. Briony is daughter to Valerie and mother to Katie, whilst helping her mother move into her house in Spain she discovers a letter from her beloved grandmother Tessa. Briony's father died when she was a little girl, which resulted in the families becoming estranged. This is a heartfelt story dealing with the complexities of growing up in Ireland and dealing with the laws, gossip and bigotry of a small Irish village and the lies, betrayal and sacrifices within a family. This book really struck a chord with me, growing up with strong matriarchal women in my family, and the complexities of a grandmother / mother / granddaughter relationship. An absorbing read.
- Before we Met ~ Lucie Whitehouse; Hannah is newly married following a whirlwind romance crossing the Atlantic, between London and New York with Mark. One weekend Mark doesn't come home from NY. Is Hannah's concern just paranoia, or does Mark have another woman, or is something more sinister? As Hannah starts to dig into Marks life, she realises that she may not know her husband as well as she thinks or at all. This is a great domestic thriller or Chick Noir as it is being labelled. I enjoyed this book, it appealed to my cynical mind!...
- Me Before You - JoJoMoyes; where do I star with this book, this book has languished in my "to read" pile since it was published. Knowing a little of the subject matter, I have put off reading it thinking it would be too depressing to read on commute to work. How wrong was I! Yes this book does deal with assisted suicide, but it also deals with so much more. The journey that the 2 characters Lou and Will take to get there is heartbreakingly beautiful. The story revolves around Will, a successful, outgoing, businessman, until one day all that is taken away from him when he is hit by a bus. Will finds himself a quadriplegic, in a chair with no desire for life, surrounded by memories of a life passed. Lou is a 26 year old girl living in a small town, she can tell you the number of steps between her parents home and the café where she works, spending time with a boyfriend she's not even sure she loves anymore. Finding herself out of work Lou takes on the job of being Wills companion, employed by his mother in the faint hope that she can change his mind from a date booked in Switzerland. Can Lou change Wills mind and show him that life is worth living after the 6 months? This book is one of the most heart-breaking love story's I have ever read, it also one of the funniest, with laugh out loud moments, it will have you crying and laughing all in the same paragraph. It deals with an incredibly brave subject and it will make you question your beliefs and wishes. This book should be in everyone's 100 books to read in a lifetime list.
As you can see a mixed and varied reading pile for June, all 4 recommended for reading on the couch, in the garden, on the beach or on the tube!... hankies optional for a couple and a must for 1.
What have you been reading this month and what are you recommending?