I'm really happy that the weather is finally getting better and I'm trying to spend a lot of time outside. One of my favourite things to do is to grab a good book and sit outside in the garden to read for a bit. So if you're searching for a good book to read, this post might give you some inspiration. x
1. The Secret of Ella and Micha by Jessica Sorensen
Jessica Sorensen is probably my favourite author - I really like her style of writing, the intensity of her stories and the topics she touches on. The Secret of Ella and Micha is about a young girl who escapes from her old life after a terrible tragedy and leaves everything behind including her best friend Micha. During summer break she decides to come home and despite her tries to keep distance from Micha she can't help but feel attracted to him. A story about tragedy, loss and deep love that is beautifully written and truly uplifting.
2. Jubilee by Shelley Harris
It is 1977, the year of the Jubilee and a photograph is taken that shows a harmonious atmosphere - but beneath the surface things are different. Years later a reporter decides to recreate this picture and Satish, the main character of the story and now a successful doctor, can't help but think about the events that led to this picture and how they have altered his life forever. This book shows how different things can be if looking beneath a perfect surface and it tackles sensitive topics like racism and xenophobia. A really interesting novel showing the imperfections of humanity and how easily people can be deceived.
3. The Pride of Jared McKade by Nora Roberts
A book about passion and conquering love. It deals with a successful lawyer who never steps back from a fight and a feminist and powerful woman called Savannah - when fate brings Jared to her house he decides that her stubbornness and temper won't stop him and chases after her. This book is amazingly written and touches on human strength and human weaknesses and how important it is to overcome pride in order to fully love someone. Another really uplifting story I can fully recommend!
4. One Moment, One Morning by Sarah Rayner
A story about loss, fate and learning to live. The story begins on a normal morning, illustrating a scene on a train. Then suddenly everything changes, tragedy strikes and the lives of three passengers will never be the same again. This novel contains deep emotions and will make you rethink your life and your values. Despite it being about loss it gives you hope and makes you realise the importance of friendship and how quickly everything could change in life. Sometimes our fates are connected in ways we would never assume.
5. Once in a House on Fire by Andrea Ashworth
An amazingly written novel tackling a family of three sisters and their mother who are living in 1970s Manchester. The novel illustrates the struggles of the family including abuse, depression and poverty. A truly moving story told from the perspective of a child (the author describes her own childhood). This story shows the daily struggle of families living in poverty and makes you feel grateful for what you have - it is shocking and inspiring at the same time and tells you that it is indeed possible to defeat the odds and to become the person you want to be. Definitely worth a read!
I hope this has given you some inspiration. Which books do you recommend? x