A real life summer romance can be disappointing. Much safer to find one inside a book instead. Whether you're going to be poolside for a week or stealing a few hours in the garden, here's some novels to give yourself over to completely, including tales of time travel, second chances and — of course — plenty of heartbreak. 

Penguin pick: Still Me by Jojo Moyes

Freshly heartbroken and more than a little lost, Lou Clark heads for New York ready to start afresh as an assistant to a dysfunctional millionaire family. But as she tries to take control of her future, she finds herself being defined by other people’s expectations - her eccentric employer, her long-distance boyfriend and the cast of characters she meets in New York. This concluding volume in Jojo Moyes’s much loved trilogy is a satisfying and nuanced way to say goodbye to a character we’ve been rooting for ever since we first met her in her bee-striped tights. 

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