It’s summer; a heatwave is gripping many countries. Trains are cancelled (sorry!). So, what’s better than to relax in your garden with a fabulous, warm stories, all highly recommended by keen readers.
This week on Crooked Cat Books, we feature three wonderful novels from women for women (and for guys who love a warm-hearted read): Chapters of Life by Tina K. Burton, A Summer of Love by Michela O’Brien, and Project Me by Carol Anne Hunter. Discover what the authors reveal about their characters, their writing and read snippets!
Following a premonition before reading Clare’s tarot cards, Jo takes a risk and decides to go into business with her. Eventually, they open the doors to Clare’s dream: Merrilies, a bookshop situated in a small English Cotswold town. Soon, Merrilies becomes the home from home for some of the locals.
Seven-year old Annie visits each day after school, and worms her way into the hearts of everyone she meets, including the five members of the reading group.
Graham takes a shine to Mollie, and wonders if he’ll find romance after years of being alone; single mum Tessa struggles with her teenage daughter; and Michael confronts a bully at work. Will Felicity – who’s dropped out of law school – ever grow up and stop scrounging off her parents?
This diverse group of people, brought together by their love of reading, forge lasting friendships and make some unexpected discoveries about themselves and each other.
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Music, growing up, love and life’s challenges are all part of A Summer of Love, a “heart-warming” story by Michela O’Brien.
Successful artist Jonah Briggs is a man who has made mistakes. Aged just eighteen, he was sent to prison for two years, leaving his family shattered and his first love, Sally, to wait for his return.
When Jonah reappears in her life, Sally finds herself torn between him and Ewan, the young Cornish farmer she has married, divided between loyalty and passion, duty and love.
Over the course of almost two decades, through meetings and partings, secrets and revelations, and two momentous summers, Jonah will have to confront his past and heal old wounds, while Sally will face the consequences of her choices – whether to follow her conscience or her heart.
Meet Maggie! She’s about to hit the big 5-0 in Project Me, a “delicious romp” by Carol Anne Hunter, and her life is about to change. For the better? Find out in this darkly humorous tale!
Well, she is only weeks away from her 50th, doesn’t do drink or men and has already embraced Trainee Old Duffer status. But waking up one morning with the office geek and a hangover makes her think again – maybe there is life after marriage.
She decides to refurbish, re-brand and re-launch, and all before her golden birthday, but she hasn’t a clue where to start. Cue the conception of Project Me. Before long, her life is like the night bus – full of users, wasters, halfwits and chancers, all with their own agenda. If only there was someone she could ask for help.
Emergency! Code Red, woman down, send back up!
The clock’s ticking…
Discover these three wonderful summer reads, and many more, over at Crooked Cat Books!