Book club reads for 2017

The Island Villa: The perfect feel good summer read

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Marisal. A villa on a sleepy Spanish island. A place that time had forgotten. A place of long ago summers, sun-kissed memories and one terrible betrayal

When Charlottes husband James tragically dies, he leaves her an unexpected gift her grandmothers beautiful villa, Marisal, on the Spanish island of Formentera.

As she begins to explore her new home, and heal her broken heart in the warm golden sunshine, Charlotte discovers that her grandmother Alba has been keeping secrets about her life on the island. Intrigued by her familys hidden history, Charlotte uncovers a devastating love affair that put many lives at risk and two sisters torn apart by loss.

Can the heart-breaking truth of the islands dark history finally be laid to rest? Or will the secrets of the past shake the new life and love that Charlotte is close to finding?

What readers are saying about The Island Villa:

I was hooked a beautiful story absolutely amazing! truly beautiful even though I did spend most of the time blubbering into my tissues! Stardust Book Reviews, 5 stars

Gorgeous; reminding me of a Kate Morton novel I had a difficult time wanting to put down this book most nights; staying up into the wee hours of the morning this stunning book was a perfect summer read, and I relished every page. Goodreads Reviewer, 5 Stars

I simply adored The Island Villa This book is beautifully written and I devoured it in a couple of days. A fantastic plot line with strong characters, I can highly recommend it. Goodreads Reviewer, Five Stars.

I wasn't sure what to expect with this book but after the first page, I was hooked! I loved the chapters going from past to present. This has family relationships, love and just beautiful imagery in it, you will enjoy every single second! I highly recommend this book, great book to take to the beach this summer! Goodreads reviewer, Five Stars.

Once you start reading this book, you'll want to keep reading it! you'll instantly be transported to the Spanish island it's a book you won't be able to put down until you finish it! Be sure to add this one to your Summer reading list! Bless Their Hearts Mom, Five Stars.

This book was a real treat! I read it in two days. The Princess and the Pen, Five Stars.

This book is up there with my favourites the descriptions of the rambling paths, streets, coves and markets are wanderlust igniting It was gripping, dramatic and uplifting, perfect for a holiday/beach read Its a sign of a great book when you are left wanting more. Beereader Books, Five Stars.

I rarely say a book should be longer but bizarrely it would have worked for this particular storyline, I simply wanted to know more. Think of the dual narrative works of Kate Morton or Lucinda Riley, books you can lose yourself in. I did lose myself in this book because I was transported to the island and the sun, the sea, the heat what more could you ask for in a summer read? The Book Jotter.

Beautiful and moving! This is a stunning tapestry of a book, the various strands beautifully and expertly woven into a tantalising, absolutely perfect, masterpiece of a story. I loved it from start to finish. Renita DSilva, Five Stars.

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The Book Club: A Women's Fiction Novel about the Power of Friendship

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Mary Alice Monroe invites you to meet five remarkable characters as she explores the power of friendship with tenderness, honesty and understanding. 

On the surface, it is a monthly book club. But for five women, it is so much more. For Eve Porter, whose husband's sudden death cheats her of every security she had planned on, the club is a place of sanctuary. For Annie Blake, a brilliant attorney intent on starting a family late in life, it is the chance to finally let down her guard and dream of other possibilities. For Doris Bridges, it is her support group as she acknowledges her dying marriage and finds the ultimate freedom in her husband's betrayal. For Gabriella Rivera, the "perfect" wife, mother and friend who offers support to everyone but is afraid to ask for it herself, it is a sense of community. And for Midge Kirsch, an artist who has always lived her life against the grain, it is a haven of acceptance. 

They are five women from different walks of life, embracing the challenge of change. And as they share their hopes and fears and triumphs, they will hold fast to the true magic of the book clubfriendship. 

"Monroe offers up believable characters in a well-crafted story." 

Publishers Weekly

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Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine: A Novel

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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER AND THE PERFECT HOLIDAY GIFT 

A Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick

Beautifully written and incredibly funny, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine is about the importance of friendship and human connection. I fell in love with Eleanor, an eccentric and regimented loner whose life beautifully unfolds after a chance encounter with a stranger; I think you will fall in love, too! Reese Witherspoon

No ones ever told Eleanor that life should be better than fine. 

Meet Eleanor Oliphant: She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what shes thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy. 

But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office. When she and Raymond together save Sammy, an elderly gentleman who has fallen on the sidewalk, the three become the kinds of friends who rescue one another from the lives of isolation they have each been living. And it is Raymonds big heart that will ultimately help Eleanor find the way to repair her own profoundly damaged one.

Soon to be a major motion picture produced by Reese Witherspoon, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine is the smart, warm, and uplifting story of an out-of-the-ordinary heroine whose deadpan weirdness and unconscious wit make for an irresistible journey as she realizes. . .
 
The only way to survive is to open your heart. 

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Sold on a Monday: A Novel

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The New York Times and USA Today bestseller!

From bestselling author Kristina McMorris comes another unforgettable novel inspired by a stunning piece of history. 

2 CHILDREN FOR SALE

The sign is a last resort. It sits on a farmhouse porch in 1931, but could be found anywhere in an era of breadlines, bank runs and broken dreams. It could have been written by any mother facing impossible choices.

For struggling reporter Ellis Reed, the gut-wrenching scene evokes memories of his familys dark past. He snaps a photograph of the children, not meant for publication. But when it leads to his big break, the consequences are more devastating than he ever imagined.

At the paper, Lillian Palmer is haunted by her role in all that happened. She is far too familiar with the heartbreak of children deemed unwanted. As the bonds of motherhood are tested, she and Ellis must decide how much they are willing to risk to mend a fractured family.

Inspired by an actual newspaper photograph that stunned the nation, Sold on a Monday is a powerful novel of love, redemption, and the unexpected paths that bring us home.

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My Husbands Lies: An unputdownable read, perfect for book group reading

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I was gripped immediately KATERINA DIAMOND, author of THE TEACHER

Terrific characterisation, great writing and twists to leave you dizzy. TERESA DRISCOLL, author of I AM WATCHING YOU

Do you really know your friends?

** THE TOP 10 KINDLE BESTSELLER**

On the afternoon of Nick and Lisas wedding, their close friend is found poised on a hotel window ledge, ready to jump.

As the shock hits their friendship group, they soon realise that none of them are being as honest with themselves or with each other as they think.

And there are secrets lurking that could destroy everything.
Tense, disturbing and clever, My Husbands Lies is a breath-taking read, perfect for fans of Lucy Clarke and Erin Kelly.

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The Hate U Give

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8 starred reviews Goodreads Choice Awards Best of the Best    William C. Morris Award Winner National Book Award Longlist Printz Honor Book Coretta Scott King Honor Book  #1 New York Times Bestseller!

"Absolutely riveting!" Jason Reynolds

"Stunning." John Green

"This story is necessary. This story is important." Kirkus (starred review)

"Heartbreakingly topical." Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"A marvel of verisimilitude." Booklist (starred review)

"A powerful, in-your-face novel." Horn Book (starred review)

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalils name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr doesor does notsay could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.

And don't miss On the Come Up, Angie Thomas's powerful follow-up to The Hate U Give.

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The Woman in the Window: A Novel

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The #1 Instant New York Times Bestseller Soon to be a Major Motion Picture

Astounding. Thrilling. Amazing. Gillian Flynn

Unputdownable. Stephen King

A dark, twisty confection. Ruth Ware

Absolutely gripping. Louise Penny

For readers of Gillian Flynn and Tana French comes one of the decades most anticipated debuts, published in forty-one languages around the world and in development as a major film from Fox: a twisty, powerful Hitchcockian thriller about an agoraphobic woman who believes she witnessed a crime in a neighboring house.

It isnt paranoia if its really happening . . .

Anna Fox lives alonea recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies, recalling happier times . . . and spying on her neighbors.

Then the Russells move into the house across the way: a father, a mother, their teenage son. The perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldnt, her world begins to crumbleand its shocking secrets are laid bare.

What is real? What is imagined? Who is in danger? Who is in control? In this diabolically gripping thriller, no oneand nothingis what it seems.

Twisty and powerful, ingenious and moving, The Woman in the Window is a smart, sophisticated novel of psychological suspense that recalls the best of Hitchcock.

   

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  • Instant #1 New York Times Bestseller! "Astounding. Thrilling. Amazing." -Gillian Flynn
  • "Unputdownable." -Stephen King
  • "A dark, twisty confection." -Ruth Ware
  • "Absolutely gripping." -Louise Penny

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Rich People Problems (Crazy Rich Asians Trilogy Book 3)

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From the New York Times bestselling author of Crazy Rich Asians (now a MAJOR MOTION PICTURE) and China Rich Girlfriend, here is the uproarious conclusion to the Crazy Rich Asians Series.

Esquire Best Books of 2017
Kirkus Best Fictional Families of 2017

Book Three of the Crazy Rich Asians Series


When Nicholas Young hears that his grandmother, Su Yi, is on her deathbed, he rushes to be by her bedsidebut he's not alone. The entire Shang-Young clan has convened from all corners of the globe to stake claim on their matriarchs massive fortune. With each family member vying to inherit Tyersall Parka trophy estate on 64 prime acres in the heart of SingaporeNicholass childhood home turns into a hotbed of speculation and sabotage. As her relatives fight over heirlooms, Astrid Leong is at the center of her own storm, desperately in love with her old sweetheart Charlie Wu, but tormented by her ex-husbanda man hell bent on destroying Astrids reputation and relationship. Meanwhile Kitty Pong, married to Chinas second richest man, billionaire Jack Bing, still feels second best next to her new step-daughter, famous fashionista Colette Bing. A sweeping novel that takes us from the elegantly appointed mansions of Manila to the secluded private islands in the Sulu Sea, from a kidnapping at Hong Kongs most elite private school to a surprise marriage proposal at an Indian palace, caught on camera by the telephoto lenses of paparazzi, Kevin Kwan's hilarious, gloriously wicked new novel reveals the long-buried secrets of Asia's most privileged families and their rich people problems.

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This Is How It Always Is: A Novel

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New York Times Bestseller
The Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine Book Club Pick

Every once in a while, I read a book that opens my eyes in a way I never expected. Reese Witherspoon (Reeses Book Club x Hello Sunshine book pick)


People Magazines Top 10 Books of 2017
Amazons Best Books of 2017: Top 20
Amazons Best Literature and Fiction of 2017
Bustles 17 Books Every Woman Should Read From 2017
PopSugars Our Favorite Books of the Year (So Far)
Refinery29's Best Books of the Year So Far
BookBrowses The 20 Best Books of 2017
Pacific Northwest Book Awards Finalist
The Globe and Mail's Top 100 Books of 2017
Longlisted for 2019 International DUBLIN Literary Award

It made me laugh, it made me cry, it made me think. Liane Moriarty, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Big Little Lies

This is how a family keeps a secretand how that secret ends up keeping them.

This is how a family lives happily ever afteruntil happily ever after becomes complicated.

This is how children changeand then change the world.

This is Claude. Hes five years old, the youngest of five brothers, and loves peanut butter sandwiches. He also loves wearing a dress, and dreams of being a princess.

When he grows up, Claude says, he wants to be a girl.

Rosie and Penn want Claude to be whoever Claude wants to be. Theyre just not sure theyre ready to share that with the world. Soon the entire family is keeping Claudes secret. Until one day it explodes.

Laurie Frankel's This Is How It Always Is is a novel about revelations, transformations, fairy tales, and family. And its about the ways this is how it always is: Change is always hard and miraculous and hard again, parenting is always a leap into the unknown with crossed fingers and full hearts, children grow but not always according to plan. And families with secrets dont get to keep them forever.

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Her Mother's Grave: Absolutely gripping crime fiction with unputdownable mystery and suspense (Detective Josie Quinn Book 3)

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When two young boys discover human bones buried beneath a tree in a trailer park, Detective Josie Quinn races to join her team at the scene. She used to play in those woods as a child, happier outside and away from her abusive mother, Belinda Rose.

Josies past crashes into her present when a rare dental condition confirms the bones belong to a teenage foster-child who was murdered thirty years ago. A girl named Belinda Rose

Josie hasnt seen her mother in years but, with an undeniable connection between her mother and the dead girl, does she dare track her down?

Just as Josie gets closer to uncovering a secret that will shatter her world forever, another body is uncovered. Its suddenly clear that someone very close to Josie will stop at nothing to keep the truth buried forever.

As she battles the demons from her past, can Josie stop this killer before another precious life is taken?

Do you love unputdownable crime thrillers that keep you up all night? Then this gripping rollercoaster ride, perfect for fans of Angela Marsons, Robert Dugoni and Rachel Caine, will have you totally hooked!

What readers are saying about USA Today and Wall Street Journal Bestseller, Her Mothers Grave:


Wowzer, what an incredible read!...Totally captivating from beginning to end Highly recommended. Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

OMG, they said it was an absolutely gripping crime fiction and they weren't kidding. It reels you in from start to finish. There's plenty of shocks, twists and turns to keep you hooked. I can't praise it enough and it deserves a lot more than five stars. Dawn Clifford, 5 stars

Wow wow wow. This is the book that wow was meant for. So many wonderful twists. Rachel Garner, 5 stars

A rollercoaster of a crime thriller. Stayed up till 3am to finish it. If I could I would award this book six stars. One of my favourite reads of this year so far. Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

I read this in three days I was so engrossed in the story and flipping pages like a mad woman. I immediately turned back to page one to read it again when I was finished An emotional powerhouse Best. Book. Ever. An absolute 5-star read! Dont start this unless you have time to finish it in one sitting because you wont be able to put it down. Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

MEGA BIG FAN of Lisa Regan's JOSIE QUINN!!! There is nothing that this book does not offer from suspense, crime, love, and characters that become a part of your life. Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

Wow, I loved this book A must read. A wonderful book. Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

Wow this book was amazing I loved it. Right from the start it was fast paced and full of action and suspense That ending, oh wow! This is a fantastic read, I highly recommend it and dont hesitate in giving 5 stars it was brilliant, there is absolutely nothing negative I can say about this book, I loved it. Bonnies Book Talk, 5 stars

I could not put this book down! Read it in one day -- I just had to keep going... WOW I loved the twists and turns -- If you can't tell, I loved this book! Annette Hartman, 5 stars

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