Recommended reads for the Bank Holiday

The lie

The Lie by Helen Dunmore – Set in Cornwall during and just after WW1, The Lie is an enthralling, heart-wrenching novel of love, memory and devastating loss by one of the UK’s most acclaimed storytellers.

The Soldier’s Daughter by Rosie Goodwin A poignant and moving story, that allows you to travel back in time to the WW2, to experience rationing, air raids and evacuation alongside the characters. The author installs her engaging cast, from different walks of life.

The Mersey Mile by Ruth Hamilton – Family saga set in Scotland Road in Liverpool 1955

The new countess by Fay Weldon – Witty tale of manners and morals, and commoners and countesses set in 1905

The list of my desires by Gregoire Delacourt. – Jocelyne is 47 and runs her own dressmaking shop -overweight, The list of my desires ordinary husband, and her best friends are the twins who run the hairdresser next door. She’s reached the point where she is examining her life and measuring it against what her teenage self had imagined. Jocelyn’s mother dropped dead suddenly when she was 17, and her father fell ill shortly afterwards, so she had to take the job in the shop rather than pursue her dreams. Is she really unhappy?

The secrets we left behind by Susan Elliot-Wright A voice from the past threatens her perfect life. Fans of Maggie O’Farrell will enjoy

Every woman for hersely by Trisha Ashley – Charlie starts from scratch after her divorce. Suddenly single, broke and approaching 40 she is forced to return to her childhood home in the Yorkshire moors. Just as she begins to feel settled, handsome, bad-tempered actor Mace North moves in down the road and starts mixing things up for Charlie in more ways than one