The best thing about going home for the holidays is that you get to spend time with your nearest and dearest. The second best thing, is getting a chance to take five from your hectic day-to-day and, we think, the best way to truly unwind is with a good book. So, since the holiday season is well and truly upon us, we’ve rounded up five of the most heartwarming reads out right now which you should definitely get stuck into if you need a breather this week…
1. The Other Half Of Augusta Hope, by Joanna Glen
Augusta Hope has never felt like she fits in. When an unspeakable tragedy upends everything in Augusta’s life, she’s propelled headfirst into the unknown. She’s determined to find where she belongs – but what if her true home, and heart, are half a world away?
2. Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine, by Gail Honeyman
Eleanor Oliphant has learned how to survive – but not how to live. She leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend. Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life. At least that’s what she thought until one simple act of kindness shatters the walls Eleanor has built around herself…
3. The Christmas Invitation, by Trisha Ashley
Meg is definitely not in the Christmas mood. Yet, when she’s invited to spend the run-up to Christmas in the snowy countryside, rather than dreary London, she can’t refuse. Just as she’s beginning to settle in, she spots a familiar face. Could this be the year she finally discovers the magic of Christmas?
4. So Lucky, by Dawn O’porter
Is anyone’s life as perfect as it looks? Beth shows that women really can have it all. Ruby lives life by her own rules. And Lauren appears to be living the dream…BUT…Beth hasn’t had sex in a year. Ruby feels like she’s flailing. Laurens happiness is fake news. It just takes one shocking event to make the truth come tumbling out…
5. The Heavens, by Sandra Newman
New York, late summer, 2000: a party in a spacious Manhattan apartment, hosted by a wealthy young activist. The evening shines with the heady optimism of a progressive new millennium. A young man, Ben, meets a young woman, Kate – and they begin to fall in love. London, 1593: Kate wakes as Emilia – the mistress of a nobleman – and finds the plague at her door. Each decision she makes will change her life with Ben for ever. A story of love and alternate universes, madness and time travel – The Heavens is a powerful reminder of the consequences of our actions, a poignant testament to how the people we love are destined to change and a masterful exploration of the power of dreams.