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January is finally over (that was a long month, wasn’t it?) and we are tantalisingly close to warmer weather and a much needed pay cheque.
It’s no surprise that February’s book releases are all primed to give us a warm, fuzzy feeling.
With releases from the likes of Marian Keyes and Lucy Diamond, we aren’t short of books to thaw us out after a cold (aka, a lot of psychological thriller releases) few months.
This month is all about love and heartbreak - which seems fitting given that it’s the month of love - so if you enjoy a love story, there will be plenty to keep you occupied.
Grown Ups, Marian Keyes | 6 February 2020
There’s something about Marian Keyes’ writing. She can make us laugh and break our hearts in the same sentence, which is why Grown Ups is such a joy to read.
It’s about the Caseys; a glamorous family who like to outwardly portray that they’re the perfect family. That is until Ed Casey’s wife gets a concussion and can’t keep her thoughts to herself.
Their lives unravel and they’re forced to face up to some pretty grown up truths.
Letters On Motherhood, Giovanna Fletcher | 20 February 2020
We love Giovanna Fletcher’s books and this one is no exception. It’s a collection of letters - which contain deeply personal thoughts and feelings - about motherhood.
It’s beautiful, personal and and ode to how difficult and rewarding being a mother can be. It’s not just for mums, either. Anybody can gain a deeper understanding of how their mums felt or how their friends who are mothers are coping.
A Bit Of A Stretch: The Diary Of A Prisoner, Chris Atkins | 6 February 2020
Chris Atkins spent five years in prison after becoming embroiled in a dodgy scheme to fund his latest film. His experience is absolutely fascinating and a real behind-the-scenes look at prison life in the UK.
He was in HMP Wandsworth, one of the largest and most dysfunctional prisons in Europe.
It’s hilarious in places, shocking in others and a great read if you like Adam Kay’s This Is Going To Hurt.
An Almost Perfect Holiday, Lucy Diamond | 6 February 2020
Lucy’s writing is a masterclass in characterisation. We were immediately gripped by the characters in this book from page one.
The summer has arrived and the story follows Lorna, the owner of a group of fully-booked cottages in Cornwall as well as Em, Olivia and Maggie who are all visiting the cottages for the summer at various stages in their lives.
It’s a real page-turner which will be sure to get you excited for summer.
The Foundling, Stacey Halls | 6 February 2020
From Sunday Times best-selling author of The Familiars, Stacey Hall is back with another mesmerising story.
Set in Georgian London, this book explores the relationship between mother and daughter but also between classes. It’s about a mother who left her child at hospital six years ago. She goes to pick her up from care to find out she’s gone. Now she wants to find out who has her little girl and why.
The Guest List, Lucy Foley | 20 February 2020
It wouldn’t be a book edit without including at least one crime thriller and this is a huge contender for our favourite book of the month.
Guests are gathering on a remote island for the wedding of Jules Keegan and Will Slater. The cake has barely been cut and one of the guests has been found dead.
If you enjoyed The Hunting Party (we did) you will love this.
We Hope This Reaches You In Time, R.H Sin and Samantha King Holmes | 20 February 2020
This wonderful book of ideas, poetry and prose was originally released in 2017. The short read is perfect for those going through breakups - or being treated badly in a relationship.
This new edition is revised and expanded with plenty of new material from both authors.
A Springtime Affair, Katie Fforde | 20 February 2020
This and our Lucy Diamond pick will go really nicely together, they both have the same sort of vibe.
Gilly runs a B&B from her family home and isn’t prepared to part with it at any price. When she meets estate agent, Leo, her mind starts to change. Could she see a different life for herself?
It’s romantic, easy to read and left us with that warm feeling inside. Trust us, that’s no easy feat when the weather is this cold.
The Burning Men, Will Shindler | 6 January 2020
This debut is, simply put, fantastic. It has such a strong opening, you’ll be hooked after the first chapter.
It follows a team of firefighters who rush into a burning building to help a person who’s stuck. Nobody knows what goes on in there, but they come out with a body.
Five years later, one of them in set alight at their own wedding with the second found soon after. What happened in that building?
The Mercies, Kiran Millwood Hargrave | 6 February 2020
This month’s top picks is full of outstanding literature and The Mercies is no exception. Kiran Millwood Hargrave is a poet, too, and there’s something very poetic about this writing.
Inspired by the real events of the Vardø storm of 1617, when a storm hits the remote island, all the men - who are fishermen - are wiped out. Vardø is now a place for women.
Its heart-wrenching and uplifting in the same breath. A must-read.
Poison, Jacqui Rose | 20 February 2020
If you’ve enjoyed Martina Cole or Kimberley Chambers books, Poison will be right up your street.
When you live a life of crime, loyalty is very important. When Vaughn Sadler speaks up to get Franny Doyle sent down, he has broken the criminal code. Franny doesn’t let prison stop her from getting revenge.
Queenie, Candice Carty-Williams | 6 February 2020
This book. It’s hilarious, it’s timely, it’s honest.
It’s about a woman who is struggling to decide where she fits into her own life. She is on a break from her boyfriend, Tom, she feels unseen by her boss and bypassed by her family.
There’s something about it that reminds us of Fleabag and if you loved Dolly Alderton’s Everything I Know About Love, give this one a read.