Whilst doing some pc maintenance, I came across some old book recommendations. As I am updating my blog, I decided to put them all in one post and share them with you in case you’re looking for some new old titles. I have included lots of women’s fiction and chick lit titles from the last decade or two.
I love it when you discover a new author and find they have a huge back catalogue then start delving into the past. It’s quite funny reading a book that was written in 2000 seeing how much the world has already changed. As a middle-aged woman, this sounds fairly recent. You then realise that it was almost 20 years ago!
Read on to find my recommended women’s fiction from the last decade, mostly from the last few years but I have let two slip in from 2008 and the year 2000!
Kristy Greenwood Big Sexy Love (2017)
Along with Can’t Get You Out of My Head by Sue Shepherd, this is one of the best books I think I’ve ever read. I didn’t want to put it down. Full of hilarious laugh out loud moments mixed in with inevitable sadness due to the subject matter. Enjoyable characters who formed warm relationships that left you with a lovely feeling at sharing their love.
The Barn on Half Moon Hill by Milly Johnson (2016)
I’ve read many Milly Johnson books before and have thoroughly enjoyed them so I was pleased to see this release. Although it is a stand-alone story in its own right, it features a quick return trip to Winterworld and was a prequel to Milly’s book that came out in the Winter of 2018. Available exclusively as an Ebook for only 99p, all proceeds go to a very worthy charity, Care for Claire, a tragic tale of a lady who lost everything!
Whilst it is only a short story, it is a lovely bit of escapism for an hour that certainly acted as a teaser of what’s to come, or as a taster of Milly Johnson’s style of writing if you’ve never read her before. What a lovely way to donate to charity and get something for yourself at the same time. It costs the same as a bar of chocolate but lasts longer and will leave you guilt free. Go ahead put the kettle on now, click through to Amazon and put your feet up for an hour or two.
Jojo Moyes – Me Before You (2012)
I’m glad that I didn’t read any reviews of this book before I got it. Had I known what this book was about I would never have read it. It’s so far removed from the stories I normally like but I was hooked within the first few pages and couldn’t put it down. A very real story with believable characters and extremely thought provoking. Don’t research the story any further, give it a read and see. My first read from this author and will be sure to delve into her back catalogue now. Excellent.
Ali McNamara The Little Flower Shop by the Sea 10/10 (2015)
Anything by the sea tends to grab me as it takes me to my happy place, add in a little shop or something and it’s certainly got my attention. I’ve already read a couple of Ali’s books previously (Notting Hill was one of my favourites) and loved them as they are so easy to read. This is an emotive story of Poppy getting over tragedy in her life when she takes over her Grandmother’s flower shop in Cornwall.
As with most women’s fiction, you know who the character will end up with romantically and can just enjoy the journey, but here you get a bit of mystery, magic and history with plots that I really didn’t see coming.
A beautiful tale of friendship, love and companionship and a reminder that we really mustn’t underestimate the older generation in our lives.
Ali McNamara – Letters from Lighthouse Cottage (2016)
A lovely story of the life of Grace, taking in her teenage loves and friendships during the 80s, with a nod to the local history of days gone by, and a touch of the supernatural thrown in for good measure. Loved it!
Jenny Colgan – The Summer Seaside Kitchen (2017)
I’ve been reading lots of Kindle books by new authors, many of which I’ve really enjoyed, but getting lost in a Jenny Colgan novel takes the enjoyment factor to a whole new level. She’s been one of my favourite authors for many years and the Summer Seaside Kitchen is another winner. The scene is set with such clarity that you easy transport to the Isle of Mure. Great characters and relationships with an interesting storyline. I absolutely loved this and couldn’t put it down. Paperback and Kindle
Jane Fallon – got you back (2008)
This book is a rollercoaster of emotions. On finding out the deception of their relationship with James, the wife and the mistress plot revenge on him to initially humorous attempts. But then the story takes a darker turn drawing in others and altering their personalities to the extent that it becomes rather sad. An excellent read where you really don’t know quite what’s going to happen next. My first read from Jane Fallon and I will certainly be checking out more.
Jane Green – Patchwork Marriage (2012) and Accidental Husband (2013)
I love Jane Green novels, very different to a lot of the other authors I read but still falling under the chick lit umbrella. She covers a lot of tragedy in her stories, dealing with some hard hitting topics which can make you dislike some of the characters but it keeps it real and you’re often left not knowing quite how it’s going to turn out.
Freya North – Secrets (2009)
This had me captivated from the start, I couldn’t imagine a job I’d love more than to go and live in a big house near the sea as a house and dog sitter with free run to decorate, clutter and rearrange.
I loved all the characters and the author even managed to make Joe adorable, even though he was a bit of an arse! I enjoyed reading as the secrets unfolded. A really good well written read.
Fiona Gibson – Take Mum Out (2014)
Easy to read humourous story of Alice single mum of two teenage boys who as she approaches 40 is set up on three dates by her girlfriends. Great fun and as a mum of two boys very easy to identify with. I thoroughly enjoyed this.
Celia Imrie – Not Quite Nice (2015)
I was familiar with Celia Imrie as an actress but this was my first read by her. A humorous tale about a group of Brits living in France, involving some sad moments and a touch of mystery too. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Katie Fforde – Thyme Out (2000)
Katie Fforde is one of my newly discovered authors and I’m delighted to find a huge back catalogue to work through. Thyme Out was written in 2000 so it is most amusing to find the early mentions of mobile phones and people still reading maps to find places. A wonderful story of the relationship between the old (Kitty) and young (Perdita) and the scoundrel that was Perdita’s ex-husband Lucas. I really enjoyed this.
I hope you check out some of my suggestions. Please let me know what you think of any of these titles or if you’ve got some of your own that you’d like to share in the comments box below.
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