The Truth Together by Kelly Rodgers

A tension-filled historical novel of the Deep South, with characters to love, family relationships, corruption, and the legacy of slavery

Bone Necklace by Julia Sullivan

A contentious piece of American history taken and woven into a well-written and evocative historical novel with vivid characterisation

To the Bright Edge of the World by Eowyn Ivey

An exceptionally good book, set mainly in Alaska, of exploration and discovery, love and friendship, spirit magic and natives. Recommended!

The Muse by Amy Ellis

A surprisingly good novel in verse about the life of a portrait painter, brimming with sensuality & its evocation of attitudes of the time

Murder, Murder, Murder in Gilded Central Park by Cecelia Tichi

An enjoyable historical murder mystery with likeable characters and a steady plot, set in the Gilded Age in New York

A History of Loneliness by John Boyne

Taking the emotive subject of abuse perpetrated by priests in Ireland, Boyne’s book is exceptional in its storytelling and its discussion

One August Night by Victoria Hislop

Continuing where The Island finished, One August Night takes us back to Crete and the families of Plaka and their subsequent dramas

Monsoon Summer by Julia Gregson

A story of colonialism, tradition and families, told from the perspective of a British woman heading to India as it establishes independence

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V. E. Schwab

Making a deal with a devil can mean an exciting life, full of promise but what if you have no-one to share that with?