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The Rosie Project by Grame Simsion

This quirky, endearing love story paved the way for books like Eleanor Oliphant and Needlemouse, with its unlikely hero trying to get lucky in love. Don is a scientist who likes order and results. He sets out looking for the perfect partner, using a foolproof test he's devised. Enter Rosie: the most incompatible woman he's ever met. But can love be put down to an exact science? It's adorable, heart-wrenching joy.

The Summer of Impossible Things by Rowan Coleman

Grab a packet of tissues before you delve into this one, because it's a bumpy journey full of tears and joy and both the light and dark that life has to offer. It's a totally spell-binding read about a daughter and the lengths she's prepared to go to save her mother's life. What's more, it's a story that'll stay with you and make you glow all over.

The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella

A girl with a shopping habit that spirals out of control. A romance on the cards that just HAS to turn out right. And several sparkling sequels that come after this one... With laughs aplenty, you just know the story of everyone's favourite retail therapist Becky Bloomwood is going to turn out brilliantly. But the rollicking, awkward, mistake-filled route to her happy ever after is what fills this first book with fun.

One Day in December by Josie Silver

This is a book with all the Love Actually vibes. Or maybe Notting Hill vibes. It's classic, heart-warming, romantic story telling, about a guy and a girl who meet eyes through a misted bus window, only for that bus to drive away... And when they finally meet again, the guy is now attached, to the girl's best friend, no less. It's a page turning will-they-won't-they that'll have you swooning.

A Secret Garden by Katie Fforde

Nobody picks up a Katie Fforde novel for anything other than a dose of loveliness. She is the queen of comfort, and a must-have for your shelf for the most trying of times. This one tells the story of Lorna and Philly, two friends who work in the grounds of a Cotswolds manor house. When they discover a secret garden, their luck might soon be about to change. Reading it is like bathing in a patch of sunshine. Soak it up.

The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes

This is a dazzler of a story about taking risks, female friendship and the extreme power of books and stories (need we say more?) With heroines you'll fall in love with, and with all the heart and soul of any Jojo Moyes novel, you'll be racing through the pages to find out how it all pans out. Alice has married, is bored, and signs up to volunteer at a travelling library, against her husband's wishes. What follows is a whirlwind of adventure, freedom and romance. You'll love every line.

Love, Nina by Nina Stibbe

Quick-witted, beautifully-written and staggeringly funny, this is the story of Nina, who moves to London to work as a nanny for a vibrant and unexpected family. She can't cook. She can't clean. But they just don't seem to care. It's a laugh a minute, so much so, it'll make your ribs ache - so pace yourself. You'll be sad when it's over.

Murder Most Unladylike by Robin Stevens

There's nothing but adventure, fun and the thrill of reading a wonderful story when it comes to this series of books. Follow Daisy and Hazel as they set up their secret detective agency at school, only to get pulled into a set of murder mysteries they hadn't quite expected. It's pure joy. They might be children's books, but we know so many adults who have read and adored them. They're just the tonic to get you into good spirits.

Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

You can always rely on a Jane Austen novel to make you happy, tickle your fancy and have everything end up rather nicely. And how can you not love Catherine, the relateable heroine in Northanger Abbey? A young girl with an active imagination, her love of sensational romance novels leads her to the fashionable scene of Bath, and to days full of embarrassment, and most importantly, entertainment. It's a gem that'll improve your mood, every time.

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