1. Santa Montefiore – The Beekeeper’s Daughter
The only child of a beekeeper, Grace’s world is turned upside down when her father suddenly dies. The only thing she has is the man she loves, but knows she can never be with. This part of the story is set in Dorset in 1932. Fast-forward to 1973 in Massachusetts, and Grace’s daughter, Trixie, is having man problems of her own. Now both mother and daughter are searching for lost love, which forces them to come face-to-face with the truth, and unpick the lies that were told many moons ago. If you like a moving but mysterious tale, this is the holiday book for you.
2. Terry Hayes – I Am Pilgrim
One of the most talked about thrillers this year, this book is a tale of non-stop suspense, beginning with a lurid crime scene. Pilgrim – the codename for a man who doesn’t exist – vanished into anonymous retirement after writing a book on his experience of forensic criminal investigation. But it all comes back to haunt him when his book helps NYPD detective Ben Bradley track him down. Described by Richard Madeley as a “mould breaker”, I Am Pilgrim is a thriller you won’t be able to put down whilst you’re away.
3. Helen Fielding – Bridget Jones: Mad About The Boy
The much-loved character of Bridget Jones is back, with the usual mix of touching and witty moments that have made Helen Fielding’s other books such a phenomenal worldwide success. Here, Bridget Jones is faced with the challenges of being a single mum, asking profound questions such as: is sleeping with someone after a couple of dates and six weeks of texting the equivalent of getting married after two meetings and six months of letter writing in the Jane Austen era? For an easy, heart-warming read, pack Bridget in your suitcase this year.
4. Sinead Moriarty – Mad About You
This is a gripping tale of contemporary marriage, with characters that are loveable, humorous and well-developed. Emma and James Hamilton’s relationship has been through the mill, but they’ve always worked as a team in their ten years together. But their relationship comes under scrutiny when James starts receiving mysterious text messages showing shocking insights into their lives. A perfect summer read, this book is a fast-paced emotional story, with many laugh-out-loud moments, too.
5. Quintin Jardine – As Serious As Death
This is the latest mystery from the Scottish crime author, which follows Primavera Blackstone – a protective single mother who doesn’t appreciate the arrival of someone from her Scottish past: Ricky Ross, a private detective. However, Primavera finds herself partnering up with Ricky to investigate some strange assaults on aeroplanes belonging to Ricky’s boss. This book is full of twists and turns and is an ideal page-turner for the beach.
6. Khaled Hosseini – And The Mountains Echoed
This book – an epic tale of heartache and hope – is from the number one bestselling author of The Kite Runner. Abdullah, a ten-year-old boy, would do anything for his younger sister and he is determined not to be separated from her as they embark on a fateful journey. A moving and heart-wrenching story, this book will stay with you long after your holiday ends.
7. Danielle Steel – A Perfect Life
This story follows Blaise – a star of news television – and her daughter, Salima, who has juvenile diabetes and needs full-time care at the year-round boarding school she attends. When the school suddenly closes, Salima comes back home to her mother’s New York apartment with her new carer, Simon. Simon shakes up their world and the mother and daughter must face a life that they can’t control. A Perfect Life is another emotional read from this bestselling author.
8. James Patterson – Second Honeymoon
FBI agent John O’Hara is offered a handsome amount of money to hunt down the killer of a man’s son and daughter-in-law, who were found murdered on their honeymoon to the Caribbean. While moonlighting is forbidden for federal agents, O’Hara is on suspension and facing some personal challenges of his own. But as he immerses himself in this man hunt, he finds his past comes back to haunt him. Another gripping read from James Patterson, and one you could easily finish in a day on the beach.
9. Lesley Pearse – Survivor
Survivor follows Mariette – a strong-minded 18-year-old living with her doting parents in New Zealand. Set in 1938, the world is on the brink of war as she sets off to her aunt and uncle’s house in London. Her new life is full of temptation and freedom – but this is soon snatched away by war. Mariette ends up alone in the East End of London, but her survivor instinct means she will be strong enough to get through it. A book full of passion, love and heartbreak.
10. M.J. Arlidge – Eeny Meeny
Described as a “compulsive read” by Richard Madeley, this electrifyingly fast-paced thriller debut from M.J. Arlidge is a far-cry from a romantic love story. A terrifying pattern is emerging – pairs of victims are being captured, imprisoned, and then faced with a gut-wrenching decision: kill or be killed. Detective Inspector Helen Grace is leading the investigation, and she soon learns that the survivors could hold the key to the case. Gripping right up to the last page, this thriller will have you on the edge of your sun lounger.
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