Mother's Day Fiction

  • Kathleen Tessaro Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9780007945405 - Kathleen Tessaro
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    Focusing on the world of fashion and the fashionable, this three-book collection from Kathleen Tessaro is just perfect for fans of contemporary romantic fiction.

    In Elegance, a woman chances upon a book written by a French fashion expert in a second-hand bookshop and starts to follow its advice - soon her life is transformed and she discovers a courage in her that she never thought was possible; while The Perfume Collector sees an inheritance turning a newly married woman's life upside down...

    The final book in the set, The Debutante, is about an old shoebox full of clues that will unravel the tale of the most famous debutante of her generation.

    Three stand-alone stories that are just full of elegance, class and sophistication.
  • Elizabeth Jane Howard Collection - 5 Books - Collection - 9781509858347 - Elizabeth Jane Howard
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    This impeccable collection contains five novels by Elizabeth Jane Howard, the bestselling author of the Cazalet Chronicles and all the novels are funny yet touching.

    After Julius follows a family who have been brought back together, but they're finding it hard not to fall apart. Julius died 20 years ago but his last heroic action is still leaving a huge impact; Mr Wrong is a collection of short stories about dysfunctional families; and Odd Girl Out takes an eagle-eyed look at a destructive marriage.

    Something in Disguise is a witty account of a post-war family who are on the cusp of change and facing a crisis; and Getting It Right is a touching comedy about a sensitive hairdresser who tries to start living life 'right' at the age of 31.
  • If You Go Away - Hardback - 9781472205483 - Adele Parks
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    Book People favourite Adele Parks returns with If You Go Away, a story set around the outbreak of World War I that combines glamorous debutantes with themes of heartbreak and discovering just what it is that is really worth fighting for...

    Young debutante Vivian has been hurried into a pedestrian marriage to cover up a scandal, but when her husband enlists on their wedding day she is left with no choice but to take up the management and running of his estate - despite her lack of experience in this field...

    Meanwhile, young playwright Howard has rushed to the front to see the horrors of war for himself - and to observe both the best and worst of humanity. When conscription becomes law in 1916, he steadfastly refuses to join the ranks and becomes one of the most notorious conscientious objectors of all time...

    Handsome, famous and seen as a threat to the government, he narrowly escapes a death sentence and agrees to work on Vivian's farm - when the two meet, they quickly form a bond...

    This is a lovely slice of historical romance!
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    Philippa Gregory, author of the Cousins' War series, is often regarded as the queen of historical fiction and this meticulously researched novel focuses on the legacy left by Lady Jane Grey, a woman who was Queen of England for nine days.

    Using her position as cousin to the deceased king, her father and his conspirators put her on the throne ahead of the king's half-sister Mary, who quickly mustered an army, claimed her crown and locked Jane in the Tower. When Jane refused to betray her Protestant faith, Mary sent her to the executioner's block... It's here where Jane turned her father's greedy grab for power into a tale of brave and tragic martyrdom.

    Jane leaves all kinds of letters to her younger sister, Katherine, and they're all intended to help her enjoy her beauty, youth and to find love. Katherine's lineage makes her a threat to the insecure and infertile Queen Mary and when news of a secret marriage is revealed by her pregnancy, she is also sent to the tower. She, too, leaves the youngest Grey sister, Mary, a letter with advice.

    Mary is a beautiful dwarf who has been disregarded by the court and she finds it easy to keep secrets. After watching her sisters defy the Queen, Mary knows she is a possible heir to the throne, but she's determined to stay in charge of her own destiny.
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    Joanna Trollope's An Unsuitable Match is a wonderfully optimistic novel that expertly tackles a range of important subjects including love, family and second chances.

    Rose Woodrowe and Tyler Masson are head-over-heels in love, but after previous marriages their five grown-up children are not entirely happy about this... Her daughter Rose still remembers the pain of her parents divorce, while the twins Emmy and Nat don't trust Tyler. Tyler's children are equally unsure: Seth is too busy running his bakery in San Francisco to get to know Rose and Mallory is wrestling with some childhood issues.

    Rose and Tyler have to make a decision. Who should they listen to and who should they try to please and will they ever be truly happy if they spend all their time trying to please others?
  • Man Booker Prize 2017 Shortlist - 6 Books - Collection - 9990000033195
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    Once again, we've brought together all six books (in keepsake hardback) that make up the Man Booker Prize Shortlist - including George Saunders' winner, Lincoln in the Bardo. Do you agree with the judges' decision of awarding this prestigious award to a supernatural thriller that features Abraham Lincoln's son?

    Celebrating the best contemporary fiction of the past 12 months, this year's shortlist has something for everyone and with our brilliant value collection, you're bound to find something to love. This year's list has everything from thought-provoking novels from acclaimed authors including Paul Auster and Ali Smith to a simply stunning debut from Fiona Mozlet.

    Among these brilliant books are an atmospheric debut about violence in contemporary society; an intelligent read about relationships, time and ageing; a love story about two people bonding in a world that is falling apart; Paul Auster's account of four parallel lives; and a novel that asks 'how far would you go to belong?'
  • The Last Hours - Hardback - 9781760632137 - Minette Walters
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    An acclaimed crime writer, this huge novel - set in Dorset during the time of the Black Death - finds Minette Walters turning her hand to historical fiction.

    It's June, 1348 and Dorset is unprepared for the outbreak of the disease. Sadly, its people start to die in their thousands... In the estate of Develish, Lady Anne takes control of her people's future and chooses a slave called Thaddeus Thurkell to act as her steward. Together they decide to quarantine Develish by bringing the serfs inside the walls. However, this upsets the social order and cracks and conflicts begin to arise...

    The community are ignorant of what is happening outside their walls and start to wrestle with themselves, their beliefs and their futures. Does anyone have the courage to leave the security of the walls?
  • Reservoir 13 - Hardback - 9780008204853 - Jon McGregor
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    If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things and Even the Dogs author Jon McGregor's Reservoir 13 is a page-turning read all about how one family's loss can haunt so many lives...

    It's midwinter in the early years of this century and a teenage girl has gone missing in the hills at the heart of England. The villagers join the search across the moors as a media scrum descends their normally quiet home...

    Despite the disruption, life does go on and jobs still need doing - there are cows that need milking, fences need repairing, pints need pouring and a pantomime needs rehearsing...

    Full of important themes including nature, the environment, power and grace, this compelling novel takes place over 13 years and finds a stranger's tragedy casting a shadow over so many.
  • M.C. Beaton: The Six Sisters Collection - 6 Books - Collection - 9781472126641 - M.C. Beaton
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    This collection brings together six stories about six sisters, all written by Book People favourite M.C. Beaton.

    Regency romance from a bygone era, these stories are very funny and are sure to appeal to the Agatha Raisin author's fans - although they are much lighter and very different to her crime writing.

    When Charles Armitage announces that his eldest daughter Minerva is to have her coming-out in London, the news is not well received by the rest of the family; Mrs Armitage has one of her turns and Minerva's sisters all start to cry.

    As well as Minerva, this collection gives all the sisters a chance to shine - Annabelle passionately falls for Minerva's intended, Lord Sylvester; Deidre wants to marry for love and nothing else; Diana loves to hunt while dressed as a man; and Frederica runs away from home when she has to follow her sisters in marrying magnificently.
  • Small Great Things - Hardback - 9781444788006 - Jodi Picoult
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    Jodi Picoult, the author of My Sister's Keeper, examines themes of birth, death and responsibility in her latest page-turner, Small Great Things.

    A routine hospital procedure ends in tragedy when a newborn baby dies and there is no doubt as to who will be held responsible. It's the nurse who has been banned from looking after him by his father. However, the nurse, her lawyer and the father of the child will never have imagined just how much this death will change their lives.

    Looking at the issues that both unite and divide us, this is a compelling novel all about prejudice and power.
  • A Song for Issy Bradley - Hardback - 9780091954376 - Carys Bray
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    A Song for Issy Bradley by debut author Carys Bray is an absolutely beautiful book that effortlessly deals with all the big subjects: faith and belief, relationships and suffering, love and loss.

    The story of a Mormon family trying to work out how to carry on when their world has fallen apart, the book expertly weaves the conflict their religion brings to each member of the household - from the devout father to Jacob, the unforgettable seven-year-old son who plans to mend his broken family with a miracle.

    Thoroughly heartbreaking - so will undoubtedly make you sob - but ultimately uplifting, funny, compelling and enriching, Carys Bray's Song for Issy Bradley leaves readers with an unshakable sense of poignancy - for all the right reasons.

    A Song for Issy Bradley by Carys Bray has been shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award. Other shortlisted titles include:
    Academy Street, by Mary Costello - CAFRA
    Chop Chop, by Simon Wroe - CAFRC
    Elizabeth is Missing, by Emma Healey - CAFRD
  • Agatha Raisin Collection - 20 Books - Collection - 9781472123619 - M.C. Beaton
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    Now the star of her own hit Sky TV series where she's played by Ashley Jensen, this bumper 20-book collection will introduce you to Agatha Raisin, one of Book People's most popular detectives. Written by M.C. Beaton, these are whodunnits that will keep you guessing until the very last page.

    Set in a picture-perfect Cotswold village, Agatha learns her trade; finds herself accused of poisoning a judge in the local quiche-making competition; has to deal with the fallout of the murder of her ex-husband's new wife; attempts to catch a killer when jam at the village fete is laced with poison; attempts to plan the perfect Christmas, while solving the murder of a woman who has written to her from beyond the grave; wakes up next to a curiously cold corpse; and cracks many more curious cases.

    Including her very first mystery The Quiche of Death, the first novel adapted into a television drama, alongside many more curious cases, this is a witty, quirky and endlessly charming collection for crime fans who prefer their murder mysteries with the blood and gore left out.

    This collection contains books 1-20 in M.C. Beaton's Agatha Raisin series.
  • Michael Pearce Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781472127679 - Michael Pearce
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    With impeccable historical detail, the crime thrillers in Mamur Zapt author Michael Pearce's Dead Man series will have you hooked and guessing from the very first page.

    Set in the British embassies and Consulates of Europe in the early 1900s, A Dead Man in Istanbul follows Seymour of the Special Branch as he looks into the strange death of the Second Secretary of the Embassy in Istanbul. Apparently he'd been attempting to swim the Dardanelles Straits (a passage between Europe and Asia heavily used by warships, tankers and cargo vessels) in an attempt to repeat the legendary feat of Leander. At least that's what the Embassy is claiming. However, there's a bullet in his head and it's up to Seymour to discover exactly what happened.

    These enticing spy thrillers also find Seymour investigating killings and conspiracies in Athens and Barcelona.

    This collection contains books 2, 3 and 5 from Michael Pearce's Dead Man series.
  • Nadia Dalbuono Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781911617518 - Nadia Dalbuono
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    Despite being the son of a former leading mafioso, Detective Leone Scamarcio has managed to establish himself as one of the leading (and most honest) men in the Rome police force.

    When Scamarcio is handed a file of compromising photographs of a high-profile Italian politician and told to 'deal with it', he knows this is going to open a big can of worms. When a young man is found stabbed to death and a young girl disappears, Scamarcio's job becomes ever more complicated. Especially as every lead seems to implicate the Italian prime minister.

    Scamarcio soon learns that nothing is quite as it seems and the high society are hiding all kinds of dark secrets. Set against a stunning Italian backdrop, these crime mysteries will keep you guessing and are sure to have you racing through the pages and eagerly reaching for the next book...

    This collection includes books 1-3 in Nadia Dalbuono's Detective Leone Scamarcio series.
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  • City of Friends - Hardback - 9781509823475 - Joanna Trollope
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    Stacey Grant has lost her job and does not know what to do with herself. Used to living the high life as a senior partner at one of the top private equity firms in London, she struggles to accept the fact that she now has nothing to do except sit around at home with her dog and ailing mother while she waits for her husband to come home.

    However, she has her friends Beth, Melissa and Gaby to fall back on. She first met them at university and they've remained close ever since. Now career women, it soon emerges that they all have personal problems and Stacey's redundancy has forced a betrayal to emerge that was supposed to remain secret. Will this startling revelation cause friction in the friendship?

    A bittersweet and compelling read about the trials and tribulations of friendship and relationships, City of Friends is bestselling author Joanna Trollope's twentieth novel.
  • Diney Costeloe Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781786696113 - Diney Costeloe
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    Written by Diney Costeltoe, these three powerful novels are set against a background of war and are heartbreaking yet ultimately uplifting.

    The Girl With No Name transports you back to London in August, 1939 and follows 13-year-old Lisa as she escapes Nazi Germany and finds herself trying to make a life in England's capital city. She's adopted by a childless couple, but then the Blitz blows her new home apart - and she wakes up with no memory of who she is or where she came from...

    The Lost Soldier spans 80 years and finds a timeless memorial becoming under threat from developers. Rachel Elliott is determined to save it, but her findings will take her into the dark heart of her own family's history; and The Throwaway Children is the story of two sisters who are sent first to an English and then an Australian orphanage in the aftermath of World War II.
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    Santa Montefiore concludes her bestselling series with The Last Secret of the Deverills. Presented here in hardback, it's a fitting end with plenty of romance and drama to behold.

    It's 1939 and peace has flourished since the Great War ended. The Deverill family has gone through some huge changes and a new generation is waiting in the wings. Martha Wallace came over from America to find her birth mother in Dublin, but ended up falling for JP - and she's just found out her mother comes from the same area.

    Meanwhile Bridie Doyle, now Countess di Marcantonio and mistress of Castle Deverill, is planning on making the castle she used to work in her home. Her husband, Cesare, has other ideas. As he starts to stray, their friends begin to wonder if he is really who he is claiming to be... Kitty has come to terms with where she is now but then the love of her life walks right back into it.
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    Mario Giordano's Auntie Poldi and the Fruits of the Lord is a novel that will appeal to fans of Alexander McCall Smith and Andrea Camilleri. It's a compelling mixture of the Inspector Montalbano crime cases and a A Man Called Ove.

    Auntie Poldi loves nothing more than solving a complex crime case and is alive to even the faintest whiff of wrong-going. When she hears about a series of coincidences - the water supply being cut off; a poisoned dog - she realises there has been some foul play and that she is now a target of the Mafia...

    She's actually been on their list since solving the murder of Valentino and now she's trying to find out exactly who is after her...
  • J.D. Davies Quinton Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781908699954 - J.D. Davies
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    Set in the 17th century, J.D. Davies' Quinton series finds England in an unsettled period of transition. Cromwell is dead and England's king has been restored... yet rumours of treason in the Scottish Isles abound - enter Matthew Quinton, an inexperienced but loyal 22-year-old sea captain.

    Hailing from a family of staunch loyalists, Quinton's first command was lost at sea and he only barely survived. This time around, he is determined to complete his mission with no losses. Vital to this mission is young mariner Kit Farrell, who has promised to teach him how to master the sea in return for Quinton teaching him how to read and write. But the duo face many obstacles as they embark, not least a resentful Cornish crew, a suspicion of murder and a feeling that treason may be closer to home than anyone thought...

    Written by a respected historian, this is a swashbuckling adventure series for fans of Conn Iggulden, Patrick O'Brian and C.S. Forester.

    This collection contains books 1 to 3 in J.D. Davies' Quinton series.

  • G.M. Malliet St. Just Mysteries Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781472129093 - G.M. Malliet
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    G. M. Malliet's Agatha Award-winning St. Just series offers a highly entertaining satirical take on the cosy crime genre and her mysteries will delight readers of M.C. Beaton, Carola Dunn and Rhys Bowen.

    Death at the Alma Mater finds Detective Chief Inspector St. Just looking into the murder of the wealthy Lexy Laurent during a college's fundraising weekend. There are numerous suspects and soon the inspector is learning all kinds of unsavoury secrets...

    Death of a Cosy Writer has a murder taking place at a family reunion and again the house where it took place is full of suspicion, greed and vengeful malice; and Death and the Lit Chick is all about the murder of a successful author of frothy crime stories. St. Just will need to track down the true killer in a castle full of cagey mystery connoisseurs who live and breathe malicious murder and artful alibis.
  • A Question of Trust - Hardback - 9780755377626 - Penny Vincenzi
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    Penny Vicenzi's A Question of Trust is an intelligent, moving and thought-provoking novel that will appeal to fans of Santa Montefiore and Harriet Evans.

    Tom Knelston is a charismatic individual who has a passion for politics and reform. His wife shares his ideals and together they seem to be the perfect match. But then Tom meets an old childhood acquaintance. She's everything he stands against but he finds her irresistible...

    As Tom embarks on an affair with this married fashion model - despite them both knowing it will only end with people they care about getting hurt - he receives some shocking news. A child is ill and Tom must make a decision about his principles, his career and decide who he cares about most.
  • Barbara Pym Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9780748136773 - Barbara Pym
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    Featuring Excellent Women, Crampton Hodnet and No Fond Return of Love, this 3-book collection of Barbara Pym novels is full of witty social observations from times gone by.

    One of her most successful books, Excellent Women tells the story of Mildred Lathbury, a self-proclaimed spinster who falls in love. Crampton Hodnet focuses on Miss Doggett and her companion Miss Morrow, who take in a variety of lodgers; and No Fond Return of Love tells the story of Viola Dace and her friend Dulcie Mainwaring, who are both in love with the same man.

    Simply irresistible!
  • Diane Chamberlain Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781509897278 - Diane Chamberlain
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    Three stand-alone novels from Diane Chamberlain, a talented author whose work interweaves various important themes. They will appeal to readers who enjoy the likes of Jodi Picoult, Dorothy Koomson and Adele Parks.

    Pretending to Dance focuses on Molly Arnette, a woman who is very good at keeping secrets. She's trying to adopt a baby with her husband but is very worried that her past may come back to haunt her and ruin both her chances of adoption and marriage. While growing up in North Carolina, Molly ran away from home following a horrific event that left her unable to trust anyone...

    Fire and Rain takes place in Valle Rosa, a small town in Southern California that is under destruction from deadly wildfires. When a handsome stranger calling himself Jeff Cabrio strolls into town claiming he'll be able to make it rain, he turns more than a few heads. Struggling journalist Carmen Perez thinks he might be the catalyst to revitalising her career, former Major League baseball pitcher Chris Garrett has the chance to come to terms with his career's demise and sculptress Mia Tanner unearths old wounds and new loves. All three of their lives soon become entwined and they all have to face up to the ghosts of their past.

    Secret Lives follows the disillusioned actress Eden Riley as she returns to her mother's childhood home in rural Virginia. She is full of questions about her mother, who died when she was very young and on her quest for answers, she forms a bond with Ben Alexander, an archaeologist and friend of her uncle. However, Ben has a number of demons and carries a secret that might threaten the new couple's happiness.

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    Celebrate 10 years of Dr. Ruth Galloway with the tenth book in Elly Griffiths' bestselling series. This series is highly acclaimed by Val McDermid and has become a real favourite with Book People customers over the years.

    The Italian archaeologist Dr. Angelo Morelli has asked Ruth for help and she's flattered. He's found some bones in a tiny hilltop village near Rome but doesn't know what to make of them. Ruth hasn't had a break for years, so even a working holiday to Italy is welcome...

    Accompanied by her daughter Kate and friend Shona, Ruth heads to solve this baffling Roman mystery. What she discovers is a dark secret that dates back to the war years and the Resistance... She also is surprised to come across Harry Nelson. And the duo must put their differences aside when these bones inspire a modern murder.