Rachael’s End of Year Reading List
The final month of the year is just days away and with that comes the pressure to read the books I am desperate to read before the year is over! I hit my Goodreads reading challenge goal a few months ago; it was set at 52 and as I’m writing this I’ve managed 65! So I am super happy, however I thought I would share my end of year reading list and the books I am hoping to finish in December.
If you didn’t already know we also run a monthly book club that launched at the beginning of the year and has grown to over 50 women; it is an incredible space full of positivity and bookish love. Shoot us a DM on Instagram if you’re interested in being involved!
THE REPLACEMENT BY MELANIE GOLDING
When a small child is found wandering alone, the local shopkeepers call the authorities immediately. Twenty minutes later, the girl’s mother turns up, panicked and distraught. It doesn’t take long to clear things up, and mother and daughter are soon reunited and sent on their way.
Miles away, the body of a man is discovered, floating in a bathtub, but the most surprising discovery of all is that he isn’t dead. Despite his injuries, he is very much alive.
Two seemingly unrelated events. But as DS Harper begins to investigate, disturbing truths start to come to light that connect the man to the mother and child, and suddenly it’s not clear where the danger truly lies. Harper must find out, and quickly. Because someone, or something, is closing in and she needs to uncover the truth before it’s too late…
JUST HAVEN’T MET YOU YET BY SOPHIE COUSENS (OUR DECEMBER BOOK CLUB PICK)
Tell me the story of how you two met…
Laura has built a career out of interviewing people about their epic real life love stories.
When she picks up the wrong suitcase at the airport, Laura wonders if this could be the start of something that’s written in the stars.
From piano sheet-music to a battered copy of her favourite book, Laura finds in the bag evidence of everything she could hope for in a partner.
If Laura’s job has taught her anything it’s that when it comes to love, you can’t let opportunity pass you by. Now Laura is determined to track down the owner of the suitcase, and her own happy ending.
But what if fate has other ideas?
APPLES NEVER FALL BY LIANE MORIARTY
The Delaney family love one another dearly – it’s just that sometimes they want to murder each other . . .
Joy Delaney and husband Stan have done well. Four wonderful grown-up children. A family business to envy. The golden years of retirement ahead of them.
So when Joy Delaney vanishes – no note, no calls, her bike missing – it’s natural that tongues will wag.
How did Stan scratch his face? And who was the stranger who entered and suddenly left their lives? What are they all hiding?
But for the Delaney children there is a much more terrifying question: did they ever know their parents at all?
THE LOCK IN BY PHOEBE LUCKHURST
Ellen and Alexa have survived hangovers, dodgy landlords and most of their twenties together.
But can they survive this?
While nursing The Hangover from Hell, a flooded kitchen leads best friends Ellen and Alexa, and hapless housemate Jack, into their attic to turn off the water supply.
But when Ben – Alexa’s date from the night before – walks in, the door slams, the handle breaks and all four are trapped.
Cue the Worst Ever morning-after-the-night-before. As the hours tick by, Ellen nurses her sore head and watches as her best friend falls for this handsome stranger.
Only for a horrifying realization to hit. She is sure she knows Ben from somewhere. Frantically searching her memories, Ellen pieces together exactly how they’ve met before.
Is Ben really who she thinks he is? And, most importantly, what on earth is she going to do about it . . .
Jade’s End of Year Reading List
2021 has been a big year for reading for me. Since having my son in early 2020 I lost my passion for books (which, if you know me, it’s a big deal) but since meeting Rachael I am so relieved that I’ve fallen back in love with reading again. It’s a huge part of me and I have definitely felt lost without it!
I have been loving Kindle Reads this year, it’s so much easier to navigate when reading in bed, which is my chosen place to nestle. All of the books that I’m reading for the rest of the year are Kindle Reads (and some are free, so get in there quick!)
HERCULE POIROT’S CHRISTMAS BY AGATHA CHRISTIE
It is Christmas Eve. The Lee family reunion is shattered by a deafening crash of furniture, followed by a scream…
Upstairs, the tyrannical Simeon Lee lies dead in a pool of blood, his throat slashed.
But when Hercule Poirot, who is staying in the village with a friend for Christmas, offers to assist, he finds an atmosphere not of mourning but of mutual suspicion. It seems everyone had their own reason to hate the old man…
LINK TO BUY – pssttt, this one’s free on Kindle
PARTING THE VEIL BY PAULETTE KENNEDY
When Eliza Sullivan inherits an estate from a recently deceased aunt, she leaves behind a grievous and guilt-ridden past in New Orleans for rural England and a fresh start. Eliza arrives at her new home and finds herself falling for the mysterious lord of Havenwood, Malcolm Winfield. Despite the sinister rumors that surround him, Eliza is drawn to his melancholy charm and his crumbling, once-beautiful mansion. With enough love, she thinks, both man and manor could be repaired.
Not long into their marriage, Eliza fears that she should have listened to the locals. There’s something terribly wrong at Havenwood Manor: Forbidden rooms. Ghostly whispers in the shadows. Strangely guarded servants. And Malcolm’s threatening moods, as changeable as night and day.
As Eliza delves deeper into Malcolm’s troubling history, the dark secrets she unearths gain a frightening power. Has she married a man or a monster? For Eliza, uncovering the truth will either save her or destroy her.
LINK TO BUY – psst, this one’s free on Kindle
WUTHERING HEIGHTS BY EMILY BRONTë
Wuthering Heights is a wild, passionate story of the intense and almost demonic love between Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff, a foundling adopted by Catherine’s father. After Mr Earnshaw’s death, Heathcliff is bullied and humiliated by Catherine’s brother Hindley and wrongly believing that his love for Catherine is not reciprocated, leaves Wuthering Heights, only to return years later as a wealthy and polished man. He proceeds to exact a terrible revenge for his former miseries.
The action of the story is chaotic and unremittingly violent, but the accomplished handling of a complex structure, the evocative descriptions of the lonely moorland setting and the poetic grandeur of vision combine to make this unique novel a masterpiece of English literature.
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