Elizabeth is Missing, by Emma Healey

Elizabeth is missing. At least that is what the note in Maud’s pocket says. So does the one on the wall. Both are in her handwriting, but she cannot remember writing them. Maud has been quite forgetful lately. She makes cups of tea and then leaves them lying around her house, undrunk. She keeps buying tinned peaches even though her cupboards are full of them. And her pockets and handbag are full of hand-written notes to remind her of things.
But Maud is determined to get to the bottom of her friend Elizabeth’s disappearance. In spite of everyone’s assurances that Elizabeth is fine, Maud is convinced something is wrong. When even the police won’t help her, she decides to mount her own investigation. Now if she could only remember what she is investigating… Read More »

Everything, Everything, by Nicola Yoon

Live life in a bubble? Or risk everything for love?
Maddy is allergic to everything. For as long as she can remember, she has lived in the safe bubble of her house. Her only contacts with the outside world are her mother, her nurse and her tutor. She is perfectly content with her safe routine until Olly and his family move in next door. Through her connection with Olly, Maddy will start to question what it means to really live, and what she is prepared to risk to have the life she wants. Read More »

The Last Tudor, by Philippa Gregory

Upon the death of young Kind Edward VI in 1553, the succession was very insecure. King Henry VIII having renounced his heirs and declared them bastards several times, it was uncertain who should reign next. Taking advantage of her position as the king’s cousin, Jane Grey’s father and family contrived to have her declared as Edward’s heir. Jane was queen for nine days until Princess Mary declared herself heir and threatened to take London by force. Jane’s supporters fled, leaving her to face the executioner’s block alone.
“Learn you to die” was the message Jane left behind for her sisters Katherine and Mary. As Elizabeth became queen, both young women were in precarious positions as Elizabeth refused to name an heir. This created a situation of extraordinary tension both in the English court and the rest of Europe. Life for the few remaining Tudor women was to become increasingly dangerous. Read More »

Our Stop, by Laura Jane Williams

We’ve all missed trains before, but what if by missing a train, you almost missed the love of your life?
Nadia is determined to get her life back on track, and one of her goals is to catch the 7.30 train to work. She usually manages, unless she has had a little too much wine the night before and oversleeps. Daniel never oversleeps and always catches that train, mostly because he has had trouble sleeping ever since his Dad died. Nadia and her friends love the Missed Connections column in the newspaper. One day, one particular entry catches their eye: “To the cute girl with the coffee stains on her dress…”. Could it really be meant for her? And can Nadia find this mysterious admirer and open her heart to love again? Read More »

Dragonfly in Amber, by Diana Gabaldon

After their harrowing escape from Wentworth Prison, Claire and Jamie have travelled to the relative safety of a monastery in France. They cannot stay here, however, especially if they want to succeed in their plan to change the future and somehow stop the Battle of Culloden. To that end, they journey to Paris to join the French aristocracy and befriend the young Prince Charles Stuart. Manipulation, intrigue and danger abound in the French capital and especially at the court of the French King. Claire and Jamie must navigate uncertain loyalties, unfamiliar customs and many other obstacles in the pursuit of their goal. The one constant is their love for one another, but will that be enough to carry them through these turbulent times? Read More »

Bombs and Bougainvillea: An Expat in Jerusalem, by L. E. Decker

Linda and her family were no strangers to moving to unusual places. As expats living in places such as Dubai and Jordan, they faced a good number of obstacles and difficult situations. But one of their more challenging postings turned out to be Jerusalem. Moving your family into a very unsettled part of the world must have been a daunting task. Getting used to the checkpoints and constant military presence, whilst at the same time getting to grips with the multitude of Jewish holidays and traditions must have been exhausting. Imagine having to have an emergency exit plan in case the political situation turned bad! Read More »

The Dying Game, by Asa Avdic

The year is 2037 and the world is very different from today. There has been a second Cold War and Europe is divided into Protectorates, presumably controlled by the USSR. In the Protectorate of Sweden, seven people have been selected as applicants for a top-secret intelligence position. They are gathered on the remote island of Isola for a 48-hour test as the first step in the recruitment process. Among them is Anna Francis, deeply troubled by her experiences in the warzone at the border of Turkmenistan. Her role in the test is simple: she is to play dead. The plan is to stage her own murder and then retreat to a secret underground room and observe the other participants as they deal with this crisis. But something is not quite right on the island and, as a storm blows in, cutting off the electricity and contact with the mainland, things start to get out of hand. Read More »

Anne Boleyn: A King’s Obsession, by Alison Weir

History tells us why she died. This powerful novel shows her as she lived.
The story of Anne Boleyn is well known. After spending time at the courts of Burgundy and France, she returns to England and becomes involved with King Henry VIII. This relationship would change the course of history in England and turn Christendom on its head. But what exactly happened between King Henry and young Anne Boleyn? Was it really the passionate relationship that history tells us? Read More »