The Last List Of Mabel Beaumont by Laura Pearson is the most beautiful contemporary novel that I just could not put down.
It was about love, life and friendship. Following the death of her husband of sixty two years, Mabel Beaumont is lonely but her life is about to open up in so many ways.
This is a book that celebrates friendship as four women, of various ages, enter Mable Beaumont’s life due to extraordinary circumstances. All have secrets. All are grieving something. All support each other.
We hear of lost loves, forbidden loves and family breakdowns. There are regrets. There are tears. There are chances to start again. Mabel Beaumont proves you are never too old to have a fresh start.
A Fabulous Debut
After The Snow by Susannah Constantine is a marvellous debut historical novel that totally enthralled me.
The novel is set in 1969. It is a bygone era (although part of my childhood!) and set in Scotland with the snow on the ground.
We follow two eleven year old girls who are friends. One is the daughter of an earl and the other lives in the gatehouse. We see the action through their eyes. There is an innocence to the proceedings. The reader can clearly see the affair between two characters but the girls are oblivious.
Christmas Magic by Cathy Kelly is a delightful collection of contemporary Christmas tales that is just perfect to read in the run up to the festive season.
You can read the book cover to cover, as I did, or just dip in and dip out as the fancy takes you.
All the stories are feel-good tales that will leave you feeling warm and welcome.
The Secret Ingredient
She’s writing her story one recipe at a time…
‘A delicious story that wraps itself around your heart’ Evie Woods, bestselling author of The Lost Bookshop
It’s been three years, two weeks and one day since Kate Shaw’s life changed forever. Three years, two weeks and one day that Kate has been angry – with herself and life.
But today is different. Different because Kate has finally taken the step she’s been avoiding…back into the kitchen. Now, what begins as a (disastrous) attempt to make pancakes becomes a culinary journey that is not only a love letter to someone so important to her, but also an unexpected means of connection to a community she never knew she had…