The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards

A doctor delivers his wife's twins one snowy night, only to realise his daughter has Down's Syndrome. Making a split decision that will haunt him forever, he tells his wife their daughter died, whilst giving her to a nurse to care for. It's a beautifully written, incredibly moving story, about two families with a heart-breaking secret that shapes their lives. Paul, the other twin, has to navigate a childhood in a household weighed down by grief, whilst Phoebe grows into a vibrant young woman, loved fiercely by the nurse who becomes her mother. We well up just thinking about it.

The Girl Next Door by Elizabeth Noble

An outstanding tear-jerker about four neighbours whose lives intertwine, this book will leave you wanting more. Eve moves to New York and feels lonely, surrounded by so many people yet so far from home. Violet has always kept herself to herself, until she notices that Eve might need a friend. James is not sure he loves his wife, but might have feelings for the woman in 6B. And Trip needs a hand from another neighbour, if he's going to win the girl of his dreams. It's fun, emotional and about people opening themselves up to others. A crying fest if ever there was one.

The Dead Wife's Handbook by Hannah Beckerman

ARM YOURSELF WITH CHOCOLATE. You'll need it to get through this one. Rachel died a year ago, unexpectedly and before her time. Stuck in the afterlife, she watches down on her husband and daughter as they try to cope with their grief and, ultimately, move on with their lives. It's bittersweet, tender and as heart warming as it is heartbreaking. If you loved Sophie Kinsella's Twenties Girl, you'll enjoy this.

The Fault in our Stars by John Green

This one hurts to even think about, really. Two young teenagers with cancer. They fall in love. Pursue their dreams. Suffer disappointments. Hope to get better. It's a recipe for heartbreak, but it's not all doom and gloom. It's powerful and moving and there's a lightness to the story and the characters that is hard to forget - a healthy dose of sarcasm from love interest Augustus, and a bright, independent streak in Hazel, our leading lady. Just keep the tissues close.

The Light Between Oceans by M L Stedman

If you want a moving book that'll wrench your heart, look no further. This tells the story of lighthouse keeper who lives far from the mainland with his wife, Isobel, who suffers two miscarriages and a stillbirth. One night, Isobel hears crying on the wind, only to find a dead man and a living baby washed ashore. The couple make a choice; a choice that will devastate another, as it heals their own heartbreak. A choice to keep a baby that isn't rightfully theirs. It's a book about mistakes. Redemption. And the grey area between right and wrong.

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

This book should come with a warning: DO NOT READ WHILST WEARING MASCARA. Oh, it's a heart breaker. And it's as uplifting as it is devastating, which is why we love it so much. Lou walks into Will's life in a burst of colour and kindness. He was in a motorbike accident which has left him little desire to live, and she takes the job to care for him without knowing what she's letting herself in for. They fall for each other. Hard. And it's beautiful, and funny, and terribly sad. (Plus you have the two sequels to look forward to - we're currently in the middle of Still Me and loving every word.)

A Song for Issy Bradley by Carys Bray

A family experiences a crippling tragedy and tries to march on, clinging to their faith even though their four year old is gone. Each family member deals with their grief differently, and every chapter from a different perspective is bound to break your heart. Little Jacob, desperately wishing for a miracle. A mother, sunk into depression. A father with an unshakeable belief in his Mormon faith. It's funny as well as desperately sad, and left us with tears pouring from our eyes.

 

Runaway Wife by Rowan Coleman 

Rose takes her daughter and runs from her abusive husband, in search of a better life. But she finds her path merging with that of another man who also let her down, many years ago - her father. She has to learn to build a relationship with him again, and just might discover romance (and herself) along the way. We're not ashamed to say it had us bawling, and then laughing through the tears. If you like books by Nicholas Sparks, this one has got to be on your reading pile.

Anybody Out There by Marian Keyes

This one will crack even the most hardened exteriors. (If you don't like crying in front of anyone, don't read this on your commute - you've been warned.) Anna Walsh is a wreck. She's injured, exhausted and desperate to get back to New York, her home, where her husband Aidan is. But he won't take her calls. And she doesn't know what to do about it. With themes of grief, love and hope, it's also full of laughter and light-hearted moments, thanks to the colourful Walsh family and the warm, witty writing of Marian Keyes.

The Day We Met by Roxie Cooper

What do you do if you meet your soulmate when you're already in love with someone else? That's what Stephanie and Jamie need to work out, when they meet one fateful weekend. Get ready to be pulled inside a romantic, complicated and emotional story as the two main characters meet in secret for ten years, as friends. But can you REALLY be just friends with someone you're meant to spend the rest of your life with? The ending will floor you. Have you crying buckets of tears. And turning back to the start to read it all again.

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne

An innocent boy, Bruno, moves to a new house beside a long, barbed wire fence. He is unsure of his new surroundings, and clueless about what's going on around him at home, after his father has received a promotion. Whilst out exploring, he meets a new friend - on the other side of the fence. He wears striped pyjamas. And he's living a very different life to Bruno. Told through the eyes of a child and set against the horrors of the Holocaust, this is a book that you won't be able to put from your mind. The ending will leave you in shock, crying quiet tears in your tea. Because we know there are very few happy endings that came from this horrifying time in history.

Wonder by R. J. Palacio

You need to be prepared for the all round loveliness of this one. Wonder tells the story of August, a young boy with a severe facial deformity, about to start mainstream school, after his mum has home schooled him for years. It's about the kindness of children, the enduring love of a close knit family, and overcoming the difficulties that stand in your way. (The scene in the school hall. We can't even. It's too much.) It'll leave you with a giant lump in your throat. Or, more likely, stuck in a half-sobbing, half-laughing mess of joyful tears.

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