The Break

Marian Keyes

Most break-up stories are fun, feisty tales of revenge - think explosive discoveries and cut-up clothes. But what about real, quiet heartbreak, the sort that happens to normal people in their ordinary, love-filled, routine-laiden lives? The kind of heartbreak that tears the life you've built together down the middle, perhaps never to be the same again? This is the kind of emotional trauma that Marian Keyes writes about so beautifully in her latest novel, The Break. Amy is happily married to her husband, Hugh, until he announces that he is leaving for six months, and Amy can't do a thing about it. Heartfelt, wise, and wonderfully true to life, it'll make you laugh and cry in true Marian Keyes style.

My Sister's Bones

Nuala Ellwood

If you fancy a dark tale to accompany the darker nights, look no further than this deliciously addictive psychological thriller by Nuala Ellwood. The flawed but brave main character Kate has spent years running from her past, but when her mother dies she must return to her family home - a place that her sister, who is different in every way, has never left. And on Kate's first night back, she's woken by a terrifying scream. Prepare for a twisty, belly-wrenching ride full of shocks and surprises. You'll incur some late nights whilst you read this one - you just won't be able to put it down.

Any Dream Will Do

Debbie Macomber

This is a book about two people whose lives haven't turned out quite as they hoped, even though they've both only tried to do what was best. Shay always looked out for her younger brother, until it got her into a whole load of trouble, and since Drew lost his wife, he's focused on his kids so much that he's lost sight of the rest of his life. When they meet, they find out they're just what the other needed... You'll love the characters so much and won't be ready to leave them (sequel, please, Debbie!?). Powerful, uplifting and brimming with love, it's the perfect heart-warmer for autumn. 

Final Girls

Riley Sager

Quincy, Sam and Lisa are the sole survivors of some horrendous killing sprees that happened in their pasts. But when Lisa dies and Sam appears on Quincy's door step, Sam is inclined to believe nothing is what it seems. Can she trust the other Final Girl - someone, she realises, whom she knows very little about? Dark and dripping with suspense, this is a cracker of a read, especially for anyone who loved Gone Girl. 

Then She Was Gone

Lisa Jewell

Laurel's daughter, Ellie, went missing when she was fifteen years old. And now, ten years later, Laurel is still trying to move on. When she meets Floyd she is swept off her feet, and is soon introduced to his young daughter...who happens to be the spitting image of Ellie. Everything comes flooding back, and her unanswered questions start burning once more. Part family drama, part gripping thriller, this is an emotional book that will have you rooting for its characters and wishing for answers. 

The Lemon Tree Café

Cathy Bramley

When life gives you lemons...escape to Derbyshire to help your Italian grandmother out with her Lemon Tree Café. Rosie does just that, and finds herself falling for her new, charmingly simple way of life, until a terrible secret and looming disaster both threaten to unearth her newfound happiness. Full of joy, fun and moral dilemmas, this is a book to warm your heart.

The Music Shop

Rachel Joyce

This is a warm hug of a novel set in 1980s London. It follows Frank, a man who owns a vinyl shop amid the rise of CDs. He has a knack for finding just the record each customer needs, despite not exactly being able to help himself. And when he falls for Ilse, a lady who walks into his shop, help is just what he needs. It's a wonderful book filled with quirky characters and unlikely friendships. Put the kettle on, fetch some snuggly slippers and cosy up with this book to while away the colder months.

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