Thanks to the province-wide lockdown, we spent this unprecedented holiday season curled up with these books that we just couldn’t put down!
The Berlin Girl by Mandy Robotham
Berlin, 1938: It’s the height of summer, and Germany is on the brink of war. When fledgling reporter Georgie Young is posted to Berlin, alongside fellow Londoner Max Spender, she knows they are entering the eye of the storm. Georgie begins to uncover the unspeakable truth about Hitler’s Germany – and the pair are pulled into a world darker than she could ever have imagined…
The Forgotten Orphan by Glynis Peters
Abandoned when she was tiny, Maisie Reynolds was forced to grow up in Holly Bush orphanage – a place where she has never known love or kindness. But with the world at war and Hitler’s devastating bombs coming ever closer, fate has given her a chance to change the lives of the children growing up there now.
When she meets handsome Canadian paratrooper, Cam, Maisie learns that love might not be lost to her after all – but not before her past life and D Day bring a tragic twist to her happiness.
Bridgerton by Julia Quinn
In the ballrooms and drawing rooms of Regency London, rules abound. A proper duke should be imperious and aloof. A young, marriageable lady should be amiable…but not too amiable. But for Daphne Bridgerton and Simon, Duke of Hastings, things are going so well. But if Daphne agrees to a fake courtship, Simon can deter the mamas who parade their daughters before him. Daphne, meanwhile, will see her prospects and her reputation soar. The plan works like a charm—at first. But amid the glittering, gossipy, cut-throat world of London’s elite, there is only one certainty: love ignores every rule…
D (A Tale of Two Worlds) by Michel Faber
Set between England and the wintry land of Liminus, a world enslaved by the monstrous Gamp and populated by fearsome, enchanting creatures, D (A Tale of Two Worlds) is told with simple beauty and warmth. Its celebration of moral courage and freethinking is a powerful reminder of our human capacity for strength, hope and justice.
The Chanel Sisters by Judithe Little
The journey of Gabrielle and Antoinette Chanel propels them out of poverty and to the stylish cafés of Moulins, the dazzling performance halls of Vichy—and to a small hat shop on the rue Cambon in Paris, where a boutique business takes hold and expands to the glamorous French resort towns.
The Wrong Family by Tarryn Fisher
Juno was wrong about Winnie Crouch. Before moving in with the Crouch family, Juno thought Winnie and her husband, Nigel, had the perfect marriage, the perfect son—the perfect life. Only now that she’s living in their beautiful house, she sees the cracks in the crumbling façade are too deep to ignore. She shouldn’t get involved. She really shouldn’t. But this could be her chance to make a few things right. Because if you thought Juno didn’t have a secret of her own, then you were wrong about her, too.
Pretty Little Wife by Darby Kane
A twisty domestic suspense novel that asks one central question: shouldn’t a dead husband stay dead?
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