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Northern Life Book Club

While away the summer with some of Northern Life’s favourite fabulous fiction

A Summer Of Second Chances - By Suzanne Snow

An undeniably charming book, with fascinating and compelling characters. Sparks and tempers fly when Ben comes to stay in Daisy’s holiday cottage Daisy likes routine. She goes to work, makes dinner for her son, then loses herself for an hour or two in her sewing. She’s not looking for change, until Ben crashes – literally – into her life. Suzanne Snow writes this romantic, uplifting fiction with a strong sense of community connecting the lives of her characters, finding inspiration in beautiful views, old houses and abundant gardens. £8.99. Published by Canelo

Someone I Used To Know - By Paige Toon

Someone I Used to Know is a beautiful and heartfelt story of love, family and second chances, set in Yorkshire. Paige Toon felt passionate about setting her novel in beautiful Yorkshire – Brimham Rocks, Fountains Abbey, Ripon and Masham are all featured – having close ties through family and visiting regularly for 25 years; she describes Someone I Used to Know as ‘my love letter to my second home’. This book is an absolute tearjerker, full of love for the family we’re born into and the one we build along the way and will live in your heart for a long time. £6.99. Published by Simon & Schuster

The Last Daughter - By Nicola Cornick

This book is a spellbinding and gripping historical mystery to escape with this summer by local historical novelist Nicola Cornick. Ever since her twin sister disappeared eleven years ago, Serena Warren has been running from a ghost, haunted by what she can’t remember about that night. When Caitlin’s body is discovered, Serena returns to her grandfather’s house, nestled beside the ruins of Minster Lovell Hall in Oxfordshire, determined to uncover the truth. But in returning to the place of her childhood summers, Serena stands poised at the brink of a startling discovery – one that will tie her family to a centuries-old secret. £8.99. Published 08/07/21 by HarperCollins Publishers

Circles A Clover - By Michael Egan

A lyrical, uncompromising, gripping exploration of family relationships. Kyle Halfpenny takes care of her dad who when not drunk is making careful preparations for their journey from their small Cheshire village to escape the end of the world. Her mother walked out long ago; her brother left Cheshire for London. Kyle is fifteen but she has been the adult since she was ten years old. Perhaps a few weeks on Selny, a strange island off the coast close to Liverpool, full of rabbits and wild horses, will cure her dad’s madness. Nothing else will.
A gripping piece of magical realism. The harsh reality of a poor, isolated life is perceived obliquely through the eyes of a father and daughter whose tangled vision add a fine touch of poetry, irony, and magic to what are otherwise common lives, marked by a continuous scramble for existence. £14.99. Published 26/08/21 by Everything with Words

No Such Thing As Perfect - By Emma Hughes

A smart, funny and moving love story about a woman who signs up to a dating service that uses her entire online history to find her perfect match. Least of all Laura Morrison’s. (Although she’s not sure how perfect hanging onto your job by a thread and sleeping on an air mattress at your sister’s looks, in all honesty.) When Laura gets the chance to trial Cupid – a high-tech new dating service which will draw on everything she’s ever done online to find her perfect match – she figures it’s got to be worth a try. She can’t believe her luck when good-looking, kind considerate Adam turns up for their first date. On paper he’s…well…perfect. But when Laura develops feelings for the person who led her to Adam in the first place, familiar doubt creeps in. Maybe for life to start falling into place, Laura has to learn to let go…£12.99. Published 05/08/2021 by Century