Books  |  Jul 18, 2011

Independent's Summer Reads

The Independent on Sunday has featured Rosamund Lupton, Eleanor Moran, Harriet Evans, and Sam Baker in its guide to the best of this summer’s reads. The article features books that ‘work on a sun lounger, in a busy airport or curled up in a holiday rental...a bit of rollicking storytelling – suspense, romance, or just a story packed with nicely timed gags’.

Rosamund Lupton’s Afterwards follows the story of a woman racing to find the identity of the arsonist attempting to destroy her family. A 'compulsive' story says The Independent, in which the heroine must fight the limits of her physical strength and discover the limitlessness of love.

Eleanor Moran’s Breakfast in Bed follows the story of newly-divorced Amber Price as she attempts to rebuild her life and embark on a career as a chef, trained by the infamous Oscar Retford, whose temper is as fiery as the food he creates. ‘So much more than chick lit, this is comedic fiction with a gag-rate at which the team behind Bridesmaids would surely doff their caps’ (The Independent).

Harriet Evan’s latest novel Love Always is a compelling and heartbreaking tale of lost love, family secrets and those little moments that can change your life forever. ‘With a gorgeous Cornish setting, a ladleful of family secrets and a nice line in unashamedly dreamy dialogue, this feels like Rosamunde Pilcher rebooted – in the best possible way’ (The Independent).

In Sam Baker’s To My Best Friends Nicci has one last chance to make a difference before she dies – by leaving letters bequeathing her most treasured possessions to her closest girl friends. The Independent warns: ‘you'll need someone to discuss it with as soon as you've turned the final page, and make sure you have tissues to hand.’