Northern Life Book Club July/Aug 2022
by Laura Storey
FROM LIGHT-HEARTED ROMANCE TO SALACIOUS SCANDALS, NORTHERN LIFE IS TURNING UP THE HEAT WITH SIZZLING SUMMER READS...
THE DAUGHTER OF DOCTOR MOREAU BY SILVIA MORENO-GARCIA
This is a reimagining of the classic tale The Island of Doctor Moreau, set against a rich background of 19th century Mexico and focusing on Carlota Moreau, the only daughter of the genius – or madman. Silvia has been described as a ‘genre-jumping wizard’, especially apt as this story is perfect for all lovers of historical fiction, classic retellings, lyrical romance novels and supernatural twists – she expertly brings a unique and masterful spin to each element. Set in the sweltering heat of the jungle where passions are bound to ignite, this is the ultimate summer read – perfect to lose yourself in on holiday! £16.99. Published by Quercus Books.
MALIBU RISING BY TAYLOR JENKINS REID
The event of the year has arrived, the Rivas annual end-of-summer party, and anticipation is at fever pitch. Nina Riva, the eldest of the Riva siblings is the only one not looking forward to the soiree this year, having just been publicly dumped by her tennis pro-husband.The who’s who of the Malibu celebrity royalty will be there and every year the party gets bigger and more out of control with drink and drugs aplenty. This year, however, by morning the Rivas family mansion will be burnt to the ground and nothing will be the same for anyone again! £8.99. Published by Cornerstone.
THE GIRL ON THE 88 BUS BY FREYA SAMPSON
A beautifully uplifting novel set in London on the 88 Bus all about friendship, kindness and the power of human connection. When Libby Nicholls arrives in London, the first person she meets on the bus is elderly pensioner Frank. He tells her about the time in 1962 he met a girl on the number 88 bus, and that they made plans for a date at the National Gallery, but Frank lost the ticket with her number written on it. For the past 60 years, he’s ridden the same bus trying to find her. But with Frank’s dementia progressing quickly, their chance of finding the girl on the number 88 bus is slipping away. £14.99. Published by Manilla Press.
HERE FOR THE DRAMA BY KATE BROMLEY
Aspiring playwright Winnie D’Angelo has spent the past seven years waiting in the wings, working as a personal assistant to celebrated, feminist playwright, Juliette Brassard. But when an opportunity arises in London, England it could finally be Winnie’s moment in the spotlight-assuming everything goes smoothly. And with Juliette’s very charming and very off-limits British (hello, hot accent!) nephew suddenly in Winnie’s flustered orbit, what could possibly go wrong? But with Juliette stubbornly butting heads with the play’s director, Winnie knows that more than anything, the show must go on, even if it comes at the expense of her own work – and her burgeoning relationship with a guy she suspects might always hold her heart, even if it comes at the expense of her own work – and her burgeoning relationship with a guy she suspects might always hold her heart, even from half a world away. £8.99. Published by Zaffre.
THE SUMMER OF SECRETS BY PATRICIA WILSON
Patricia Wilson is back to whisk you away on an irresistible and stunning trip of discovery in the sun. Devastated at the dissolution of her marriage and the death of her dear mum, Olivia needs a change of scenery. So, she packs a bag and heads for the beautiful Greek island of Castellorizo. Olivia has always wondered about her heritage but her Nanna Sofia was reluctant to speak of the past. Now, she’s returned to their home, Olivia is determined to discover her history and find out what caused the rift that tore her family apart. £8.99. Published by Bonnier.
NorthernLife July/August 2022