"Calling Major Tom", by David M. Barnett - A man who has given up on the world. A family who show him how to live. Forty-something Thomas is very happy to be on his own, far away from other people and their problems. But beneath his grumpy exterior lies a story and a sadness that is familiar to us all. And he's about to encounter a family who will change his view of the world for good.
"Call me by your name", by Andre Aciman - Call Me by Your Name is the story of a sudden and powerful romance that blossoms between an adolescent boy and a summer guest at his parents' cliffside mansion on the Italian Riviera. Each is unprepared for the consequences of their attraction, when, during the restless summer weeks, unrelenting currents of obsession, fascination, and desire intensify their passion and test the charged ground between them.
Spanning fiction and non-fiction, and boasting authors like Celeste Ng, Fiona Barton and Kevin Kawn, you'll be reading these page-turners right through Labor Day.
"Shelter", by Jung Yun - Kyung Cho is the child of Korean parents, married to the daughter of an Irish-American cop. His parents live in the town's most exclusive neighbourhood. When an act of violence leaves his parents unable to live on their own, Kyung takes his parents in. Tensions quickly mount.
One virgin too many", by Lindsey Davis - A frightened child approaches Marcus Didius Falco, pleading for help. Nobody believes Gaia's story that a relation wants to kill her - and neither does he. Beset by his own family troubles, by his new responsibilities, and by the continuing search for a new partner, he turns her away. Immediately he regrets it. Gaia has been selected as the new Vestal Virgin, and when she disappears Falco is officially asked to investigate.
"See you in September", by Charity Norman - when Cassy waved goodbye to her parents, they never dreamed that it would be years before they'd see her again. Having broken up with her boyfriend, Cassy accepts an invitation to stay in an idyllic farming collective. Overcome by the peace and beauty of the valley and swept up in the charisma of Justin, the community's leader, Cassy becomes convinced that she has to stay.
"I let you go", by Clare Mackintosh - A tragic accident. It all happened so quickly. She couldn't have prevented it. Could she? In a split second, Jenna Gray's world descends into a nightmare. Her only hope of moving on is to walk away from everything she knows to start afresh. Desperate to escape, Jenna moves to a remote cottage on the Welsh coast, but she is haunted by her fears, her grief and her memories of a cruel November night that changed her life forever.
I Found You by Lisa Jewell Love Jewell's books as they herald the start of the summer holidays. She never disappoints. My rating -
"My name is Lucy Barton : a novel", by Elizabeth Strout - Lucy Barton is recovering slowly from an operation. Her mother, to whom she hasn't spoken for many years, comes to see her. Gentle gossip about people from Lucy's childhood in Amgash, Illinois, seems to reconnect them, but just below the surface lie the tension and longing that have informed every aspect of Lucy's life: her escape from her troubled family, her desire to become a writer, her marriage, her love for her two daughters.
“You’ll love this engrossing novel.” —People “Backman is a masterful writer, his characters familiar yet distinct, flawed yet heroic.
"Charlotte Street", by Danny Wallace It all starts with a girl (because yes, there's always a girl) Jason Priestley (not that one) has just seen her. They shared an incredible, brief, fleeting moment of deep possibility, somewhere halfway down Charlotte Street. And then, just like that, she was gone accidentally leaving him holding her old-fashioned, disposable camera, chock full of undeveloped photos.