- Lucy Diamond ~ One Night in Italy - 3 women's lives collide when they meet at an Italian evening class; Anna who leads a relatively dull life, with a relatively dull boyfriend accidently discovers that her father may be Italian.... this embarks Anna on embracing her 'Italian' heritage whilst she seeks to find him. Sophie has spent the last decade travelling the globe. Whilst serving gelato in Italy she gets a call to say that her father is seriously ill, and its time for her to head home. Catherine finds herself home alone, when the kids fly the nest to Uni and husband shacks up with mistress!.... An Italian evening class brings the 3 together where they discover new friendships, secrets and a love of Italian!.... thoroughly enjoyed this book and the characters in it. I laughed lots as I shared the journey that these 3 ladies took. It also got me researching weekend adventures in Italy!...'magnifico!'
- Katie Fforde ~ A French Affair - Gina and Sally are sisters that inherit a stall in an antiques centre called The French House from their Aunt Rainey. Aunt Rainey is a little eccentric and sets some rules to the inheritance, which will be over seen by the owner Matthew. Matthew is a little staid in thinking and the girls embark on a journey to generate business and get Matthew thinking a little different. This book was an easy read, no great surprises, but a fun delve into the world of vintage treasures.. a great gift for anyone who is obsessed with antiquing daytime TV shows!
- Karen Swan ~ The Summer without you - Rowena and Matt have been together for years, before finally embarking on marriage & kids Matt chooses to take 6 months out and travel through Asia. Rowena who is a professional photographer embarks on her own journey where she finds herself in The Hamptons in a house share ... a huge change from her cottage in the suburbs of London after a chance encounter at a wedding. Here she finds her own adventure along with questioning her longevity of her relationship with Matt. I loved this book, Karen Swan is becoming one of my favourite authors. The supporting characters are just as great as Rowena and their summer in the Hamptons. As with Karen's previous books it made me lust as much about the setting as the characters.... actively researching a stay in the Hamptons!
- The Best Thing that never happened to me ~ Laura Tait & Jimmy Rice - Debut novel written by 2 friends, sharing one story from 2 perspectives ... Alex and Holly have been friends since they were 11, sharing love, laughter, and friendship through their teens... the book flips between the 2 spanning from present day back to 1999. Having lost touch when Holly moves to London from Yorkshire, they find themselves again when Alex moves to London as a teacher. Reminiscent to David Nicholls One Day this book is a gorgeous story of First Loves, Second Chances and lots of cross wires!.... loved both characters and really didn't want it to end.
- The Teashop on the Corner ~ Milly Johnson - the teashop on the corner run by Leni becomes a impromptu meeting point for Carla, Molly and Will... Carla discovers her husbands secrets on the day of his funeral, Molly's ex-husband re-appears trying to make amends for his wrongs and Will's wife walks out on him when his business goes bust... all find themselves looking for comfort, friendship and support in a place they least expect. I really enjoyed this book the main characters along with the supporting cast are lovely. Every corner should have a Tea shop like the one run by Leni... who along with the others has her own heartbreak and surprises.
- The Silkworm ~ Robert Galbraith - another gripping mystery for Comoran Strike from JK Rowling. Cormoron is asked to investigate the disappearance of an author from his long suffering wife. Quine has been known to go off for a few days, however when he is found brutally murdered, the publishing world is awash with rumours of slanderous manuscripts, who has silenced the author? ... Loved this book JK sucks you into a world of darkness, murder and mystery at every chapter. This book is dark, compulsive and a complete page turner. Always amazes me where JK's imagination goes to write the stories that she does... graphically descriptive, compulsive storyline and a wounded hero that you just love. Assisted by Robin his temporary assistant Cormoran embarks on the 2nd biggest investigation of his career. It takes you from the glamour of Bloomsbury to the seedy streets of Soho. This is a fabulous thriller from start to finish. I cannot wait for the next instalment. Robert Galbraith is the pseudonym of JK Rowling, and any editor that passed up the first book The Cuckoo's calling must be kicking themselves.. Her narrative is as descriptive as any HP novel and she has created a character that will make the adult population rooting and willing him to succeed in the same way that every child did with Harry.... Bravo JK.
As you can see I've read a an eclectic mix this month and enjoyed them all. Here are my previous Wednesday words posts of books read this year. I am thrilled that I will be meeting 2 of the authors favoured in todays post at a book event later this month; Karen Swan and Lucy Diamond along with Jane Green. Pop back at the end of next week when I share my evening of literary fun with Karen, Lucy & Jane.