The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald

In what promises to be one of the most unique novels you’ll ever read, The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald makes you re-evaluate the power of reading and the joy it can bring. Sara Lindqvist from Sweden has never left her hometown, instead being content to bury her head in a book and live her life through the fictional characters she meets on a daily basis. However, all this is about to change when she makes the brave move to travel to the town of Broken Wheel,…

Come Away with Me by Karma Brown

A heart-wrenching and emotionally poignant novel, Come Away with Me by Karma Brown is all about love and loss, and how to carry on with life. The book begins with tragedy, as heroine Tegan Lawson is on the way to a family party with her husband, Gabe. She is six months pregnant with their son when Gabe loses control of the car on a patch of black ice, causing a tragic accident. Tegan loses their baby, and with it any chance of ever becoming a mother again. She is understandably…

The Other Me by Saskia Sarginson

One look at the cover of The Other Me by Saskia Sarginson and you might be forgiven for thinking that this is a dark psychological thriller that follows the recent trend for mistaken identities. In fact, this book is so much more than that, exploring how everything you think you know about your life could come crashing down at any moment. Set mainly across the eighties and nineties, the book follows Klaudia Meyer, who later rebrands herself as Eliza Bennet when she discovers the freedom of university. The reason for…

The Summer of Good Intentions by Wendy Francis

If you fancy a somewhat more intense read this summer, then I’d recommend The Summer of Good Intentions by Wendy Francis, which I received from NetGalley. Primarily, the book is about three very different sisters and their respective families, who are all brought together for their annual holiday at their parents’ summer home. Told via the sisters’ (and their father’s) alternating perspectives, the book begins by setting the scene at the summer house with the eldest sibling, Maggie. Known as the organiser and carer of the family, Maggie’s maternal instincts…

The Long, Hot Summer by Kathleen MacMahon

Provided from NetGalley, The Long, Hot Summer by Kathleen MacMahon describes how the period of one summer can evoke irreversible change on a family. The book is told through the multiple perspectives of the MacEntee family, with each character being given one chapter each, with the exception of the family matriarch, Deirdre, who is given two. It is through Deirdre’s opening chapter that we are introduced to the whole family and their history, from her first meeting her husband, Manus, to the birth of their three children, Alma, Acushla and…

The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George

A novel of love, loss and a new chance at life, The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George serves to establish the value of reading and the meaning it can bring to someone’s life. Jean Perdu is the owner of a stationary barge named the Literary Apothecary, from which he operates an expansive bookshop that he has built up over the past two decades. His bookshop is unique in that he only sells customers the books he thinks will benefit them the most, and will even refuse to sell a…

Hausfrau by Jill Alexander Essbaum

One of the most poignant and memorable books I have read in a long time, Hausfrau by Jill Alexander Essbaum explores the condition of marital identity and the desire to be loved. Anna Benz lives in Dietlikon, a suburb of Zurich, Switzerland, with her husband Bruno and their three young children. They have two perfect sons, Victor and Charles, and a baby daughter named Polly Jean. They live in relative comfort in the city, but Anna, an American expat, struggles to connect with her husband or their neighbours. She has…

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