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The Cookbook Collector

By Allegra Goodman

Two sisters, opposite in every way: twenty-eight-year-old Emily is a CFO of an internet start-up, twenty-three-year-old Jess is a graduate student in philosophy. Pragmatic Emily is making a fortune in Silicon Valley, romantic Jess works in an antiquarian bookstore. Emily’s boyfriend is fantastically successful. Jess’s boyfriend is an environmental activist. But the dot-com bubble must burst, while Jess’s work on a cache of rare cookbooks uncovers strange erotic drawings and marginalia that bring her closer to their mysterious collector…

Rich ideas and characters, The Cookbook Collector is a novel of substitutions: reading cookbooks instead of cooking, speculating instead of creating, collecting instead of living. But above all it is about holding on to what is real in a virtual world: love that lasts.

Forgetting Connor

By Sherryl Woods

Single mum Heather Donovan’s dreams of home and family are tantalisingly within reach when she settles in Chesapeake Shores. The welcoming arms of the boisterous, loving O’Brien clan embrace her and her son. But accepting their support seems to further alienate her son’s father, Connor O’Brien. His parents’ divorce and his career as a high-powered divorce attorney have left him jaded about marriage. Then everything changes. Will the possibility of a future without Heather make Connor look at love and his career differently?

Heather’s just about given up on her old dreams of love, family and especially of Driftwood Cottage – the home she secretly wishes was hers. It’s going to take a lot of persuasion – and some help from the O’Brien family – to make Heather believe that some dreams are worth fighting for.
New York Times bestselling author Sherryl Woods has crafted a contemporary romance that is simply unforgettable.

The Summer we came to Life

By Deborah Cloyed

Every summer, Samantha Wheland joins her childhood friends, Isabel, Kendra and Mina, on a vacation somewhere exotic and fabulous — this year it’s a beach house in Honduras. But for the first time, their clan is not complete. Mina lost her battle against cancer six months ago, and the friends she left behind are still struggling to find their way forward without her.

For Samantha, the vacation feels wrong without Mina. She’s unsure what direction her life should take and fearful that whatever decision she makes about her French boyfriend’s surprise proposal will be the wrong one. The answers aren’t in the journal Mina gave Sam before she died. Or in the messages Sam believes Mina is sending as guideposts.

Before the trip ends, it will take the bonds of existing friendships, family stories of love and loss, and a glimpse into a world far removed from her own to convince Sam to trust and follow her heart.

Armani Angels

By Cate Kendall

Another great chicklit novel from the authors of Gucci Mamas, Versace Sisters, and Chanel Sweethearts.

Armani Angels explores the elite world of charity dinners and ladies who lunch. It’s another hilarious novel by Cate Kendall, the Australian author of Gucci Mamas, Versace Sisters and Chanel Sweethearts.

PR guru Gemma Bristol is on the edge. Years of dealing with hard-to-please celebrity clients – coupled with a failing marriage and an uncontrollable teenage son – has left her in despair. Then, thanks to her flakey, yet well-meaning girlfriend Chantelle, she accidentally offends the Grand-Dame of Charity, Lady Frances. Can Gemma win this battle of wits without completely losing her mind?

Cate Kendall is the pen name for Melbourne-based writing team Lisa Blundell and Michelle Hamer. Both journalists, they each have four children.

No Turning Back

By Susan Lewis

Part drama, part psychological thriller, No Turning Back revolves around a woman who fell in love with the wrong man.

Sixteen years ago Eve had everything going for her. But then her life changed for ever when she fell in love with the wrong man and discovered she was pregnant. Shortly afterwards she was viciously attacked by a stalker and left disfigured. She was forced to give up her baby for adoption, married the detective in charge of her case and moved into obscurity, running a small shop in a seaside town in Dorset. But the past just won’t let go. It seems she’s being stalked all over again and she has no one to turn to. Frightened and confused, Eve wonders if she’ll ever be able to break free from a past that nearly destroyed her.

With echoes of the film Sleeping With The Enemy, No Turning Back is another emotionally-engaging book by Susan Lewis, the bestselling author of Missing and A French Affair.

Read something heart warming lately? What do you recommend to read this Winter?