The Wisteria Society of Lady Scoundrels by India Holton
Think Bridgerton meets Peaky Blinders. Cecilia Bassingwaite belongs to The Wisteria Society of Lady Scoundrels, but it’s not the Victorian ladies’ society you might think.
Full of pirates, thieves and ne’er-do-wells, these women spend their days pickpocketing and blackmailing their way around the country before their afternoon tea.
When Cecilia meets Ned Lightbourne, a paid assassin with Cecilia on his hit list, her world is set to change forever. Under the employment of the dastardly Captain Morvath, who wants to rid the world of these Lady Scoundrels, Ned knows he has one
job to do.
But when he lays eyes on the beautiful Cecilia, he’s faced with quite the dilemma. Does he follow through on his orders or does fall in love? A page-turner that certainly raises the heart pace.
The Back Up Man by Phoebe Luckhurst
The Back Up Man is a hilariously romantic tale of mishaps and matrimony, love, long shots and friendship. It all starts with Anya Mackie; she’s 29, single, jobless and in a nightmare house share – things could be going better.
Down in the dumps about her life, she stumbles across a pact she wrote with her school crush, Euan Carrick, to marry at 30 if they’re still single.
She decides to track him down, reluctantly enlisting the help of Euan’s emotionally unavailable best friend Jamie Kildare. Anya sets off across the country to find her ‘Back Up Man’, but will he remember her? Will he think she’s ridiculous? Should she really be going through this much effort for her past?
It’s a story filled with nostalgic school memories, heartwarming encounters, romance and laughs aplenty.
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
This charming and hilarious romantic tale follows the story of Don Tilman, a 39-year-old geneticist. Don is a man who lives an organised life led by science – even down to his love life.
The problem is, Don has never had a second date before. So he devises the Wife Project, a scientific test to find the perfect partner.
But love isn’t an exact science. Enter Rose – ‘the world’s most incompatible woman’ – throwing Don’s safe, ordered life into
chaos and leading him into feeling like an alien, unsettling emotion he’s never felt before.
Mayhem, madness and moving moments, you won’t be able to put this one down.
Chasing the Italian Dream by Jo Thomas
If you’re familiar with Jo Thomas’s best-selling stories, Chasing the Italian Dream is another triumph you’re guaranteed to fall head over heels for.
This one follows Lucia who has worked hard as a lawyer in Wales, aiming for a big promotion she hopes will shortly come her way. Finally taking a well-earned break at her grandparents’ house in southern Italy, the sunshine, lemon trees and her nonna’s mouth-watering cooking make her instantly feel at home.
As the story unfolds Lucia is left to choose between her life back home or taking on her beloved family pizzeria that her not-quite-ex-husband Giacomo wants to take over. Love, family and big dreams…
Beach Read by Emily Henry
The perfect rom-com. January is a hopeless romantic who narrates her life like she’s the lead in a Blockbuster movie. Gus is a serious literary type who thinks true love is a fairytale.
But the pair have more in common than meets the eye. They’re both penniless, suffering crippling writer’s block, and they both need to write best-sellers before summer ends. They place a bet to swap genres and see who gets published first, but they never expected what telling each other’s stories would lead to.
Expect lots of laughs, a few tears and a whole load of romance.