Our favourite eBook deals this June!

Our favourite eBook deals this June!

Lose yourself in some of our favourite eBooks… for just 99p each this June!

With beach-friendly books from authors like Chrissie Manby, Kathryn Hughes and Maria Hummel, you’re sure to find your next great read.

A Proper Family Holiday by Chrissie Manby

Could you survive a week-long holiday with your entire family?

Newly single magazine journalist Chelsea Benson can’t think of anything worse…

Your grubby small nephew torpedoing any chance of romance with the dishy guy you met on the plane…

Your eighty-five-year-old granddad chatting up ladies at the hotel bar…

Getting nothing but sarcastic comments from your older sister, who’s always been the family favourite…

And this is all before your parents drop their bombshell.

Is a week enough time for the Bensons to put their differences aside and have some fun? Or is this their last ever proper family holiday?

Heartwarming and funny, this is the perfect summer read for fans of Sophie Kinsella and Lindsey Kelk. And provides a great excuse for ignoring your annoying family members…

Summer at Hope Meadows by Lucy Daniels

Newly qualified vet Mandy Hope is leaving Leeds – and her boyfriend Simon – to return to the Yorkshire village she grew up in, where she’ll help out with animals of all shapes and sizes in her parents’ surgery.

But it’s not all plain sailing: Mandy clashes with gruff local Jimmy Marsh, and some of the villagers won’t accept a new vet. Meanwhile, Simon is determined that Mandy will rejoin him back in the city.

When tragedy strikes for her best friend James Hunter, and some neglected animals are discovered on a nearby farm, Mandy must prove herself. When it comes to being there for her friends – and protecting animals in need – she’s prepared to do whatever it takes…

This gorgeous and heartwarming novel, based on the globally bestselling Animal Ark series, is perfect for fans of Cathy Bramley and Katie Fforde.

Her Last Promise by Kathryn Hughes

A mysterious letter from Spain. A surprising new beginning…

Fall in love this summer with Her Last Promise, a gripping, heartwrenching story of how hope can blossom in the ruins of tragedy and of the redeeming power of love. From No. 1 bestselling author Kathryn Hughes.

Tara Richards was just a girl when she lost her mother. Years later when Tara receives a letter from a London solicitor its contents shake her to the core. Someone has left her a key to a safe deposit box. In the box lies an object that will change everything Tara thought she knew and lead her on a journey to deepest Spain in search of the answers that have haunted her for forty years.

Violet Skye regrets her decision to travel abroad leaving her young daughter behind. As the sun dips below the mountains, she reminds herself she is doing this for their future. Tonight, 4th June 1978, will be the start of a new life for them. This night will indeed change Violet’s destiny, in the most unexpected of ways…

The Pool House by Tasmina Perry

The heartpounding new novel from Sunday Times bestselling author Tasmina Perry will keep you on the edge of your seat. A must-read for everyone who’s been gripped by the The Girlfriend by Michelle Frances, J. P. Delaney’s The Girl Before. or who loved TV’s The Affair.

A Summer To Die For

To Jem Chapman, it’s the chance of a lifetime. An invitation to join a group in an exclusive Hamptons house-share, who could say no? But when she discovers what happened last summer, Jem can’t help but feel a chill.

A young woman was found drowned in the house’s pool. The housemates said Alice was troubled. She’d been drinking. She couldn’t swim…

A Secret To Kill For

As Jem gets to know her glamorous new housemates, she realises each has something to hide. What really happened last summer? And who would go to any lengths to keep a person quiet?

Still Lives by Maria Hummel

A REESE WITHERSPOON BOOK CLUB PICK

As the party of the year gets underway, celebrities and patrons pour into the Rocque Museum to see Kim Lord – L.A.’s artist of the moment – stabbed, strangled, shot, and beaten. It’s the opening night of ‘Still Lives’, Kim’s new collection of shockingly graphic self-portraits, in which she impersonates the victims of America’s most famous homicides, from Nicole Brown Simpson to the Black Dahlia.

Among those gathered is Maggie Richter, a museum editor whose ex, Greg Shaw Ferguson, is in a relationship with Kim. When Kim fails to appear at the party and is declared officially missing, Greg is arrested on suspicion of murder. Suddenly, Maggie finds herself drawn into an investigation of her own, haunted by the thought that Kim has suffered the same terrible fate as the women in her paintings.

Beyond the Wild River by Sarah Maine

Scotland, 1893. Nineteen-year-old Evelyn Ballantyre, the daughter of a wealthy landowner, has rarely strayed from her family’s estate in the Scottish Borders. She was once close to her philanthropist father, but his silence over what really happened on the day a poacher was shot on  estate  land has come between them.

An invitation to accompany her father to Canada is a chance for Evelyn to escape her limited existence.  But once there, on the wild and turbulent Nipigon river, she  is shocked to discover that their guide is James Douglas, Ballantyre’s former stable hand, and once her friend. He  disappeared the night of the murder, charged with the shooting.

Evelyn never believed that James was guilty – and her father’s role in the killing has always been mysterious.  What does he have to hide? In the wild landscape of a new world, far from the constraints of polite society,  the secrets and lies surrounding that  night are finally stripped away, with dramatic consequences.

Deliver Me by Karen Cole

THE NIGHT SHE DOESN’T REMEMBER WILL BE THE ONE SHE CAN’T FORGET

When Abby’s doctor tells her she’s two months pregnant she doesn’t believe him. She can’t be – she hasn’t had sex for over a year. But to her astonishment and dismay, multiple tests confirm it’s true.

Desperately searching for an explanation, Abby recalls New Year’s Day – the terrible hangover, the hole in her memory where the night before should have been and the inexplicable sense of unease – and realises that this baby must have been conceived at her best friend Danny’s NYE party.

Horrified that someone would have taken advantage of her intoxicated state, Abby enlists the help of Danny to find out which of the party guests assaulted her. But, when she starts to receive anonymous messages, it seems that while she has been looking into the father of her baby, someone has been watching her…

Just Like You by Alison Percival

A dark psychological thriller about break-ups, jealousy and obsession, from the winner of Psychologies‘ thriller writing competition. Perfect for fans of Louise Jensen and Karen Cole.

You’ve stolen her life. Now she’s going to take it back

Nicky can’t stop obsessing over Iain’s new girlfriend.

Isabel isn’t prepared for the online vitriol from rising star Iain’s obsessive fans. Is he being totally honest about his past?

As both women’s lives begin to unravel, they will realise that you can’t always get what you want, and sometimes, love can turn into obsession…

Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Homes

Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Homes

You don’t always get to start your life over.
Sometimes, life starts itself over for you.

One morning, Eveleth ‘Evvie’ Drake got up, packed her suitcase, and got ready to leave her life – and her perfect husband – behind. But before she walked out of the door, she received a phone call asking her to come to the hospital.

That day, Evvie’s new life as a widow began.

Now wrestling with her guilt and grief, Evvie has found her independence, but not the way she planned. Unable to leave the house she once dreamed of escaping, it’s clear to her best friend Andy that Evvie needs a change. And Andy might just have the answer…

Dean Tenney was a big-shot baseball star, until a bad case of the ‘yips’ meant he couldn’t play anymore – or understand why. An invitation from his childhood friend Andy to stay in Maine for a few months seems like the perfect chance to hit the reset button.

When Dean moves into the apartment at the back of Evvie’s house, the two make a deal: Dean won’t ask about Evvie’s late husband, and Evvie won’t ask about Dean’s baseball career. But rules have a funny way of being broken sometimes, and as a friendship begins to evolve, will Evvie and Dean be brave enough to let go of the past and start over again?

Half a World Away by Mike Gayle

Half a World Away by Mike Gayle

From the author of The Man I Think I Know

Strangers living worlds apart.
Strangers with nothing in common.
But it wasn’t always that way…

Kerry Hayes is a single mum, living on a tough south London estate. She provides for her son by cleaning houses she could never hope to afford. Taken into care as a child, Kerry cannot ever forget her past.

Noah Martineau is a successful barrister with a beautiful wife, daughter and home in fashionable Primrose Hill. Adopted as a child, Noah always looks forward, never back.

When Kerry reaches out to the sibling she lost on the day they were torn apart as children, she sets in motion a chain of events that will have life-changing consequences for them both.

By turns funny and moving, Half a World Away is a story that will stay with you long after you read its powerfully emotional, heartbreaking final page.

Read an extract from ‘How Do You Like Me Now?’ by Holly Bourne!

Read an extract from ‘How Do You Like Me Now?’ by Holly Bourne!

Read an extract from How Do You Like Me Now?, the blisteringly funny, honest and fearless debut adult novel from bestselling author Holly Bourne.

Everyone wants to be Tori Bailey.

A straight-talking, bestselling author, she’s inspired millions of women around the world with her self-help memoir and uplifting posts online. What’s more, her perfect relationship with her long-term boyfriend is the envy of all their friends.

But Tori isn’t being honest.

While everyone around her is getting engaged and having babies, Tori’s boyfriend will barely look at her, let alone talk about marriage. And when her best friend Dee unexpectedly falls in love, suddenly Tori’s in danger of being left behind.

Tori’s built a career out of telling women how to live their best life, but is she brave enough to admit it’s not what she wants?

How Do You Like Me Now? is out today in paperback – get it now!

Team Bookends recommend their favourite books for Mental Health Week 2019

Team Bookends recommend their favourite books for Mental Health Week 2019

Mental Health Awareness Week takes place from 13-19 May 2019. The theme this year is Body Image – how we think and feel about our bodies.

To celebrate, Team Bookends are sharing some of their favourite books which focus on mental and emotional wellbeing, and aim to empower readers to take control of their bodies and their minds.

Join the conversation on social media with the hashtag #BeBodyKind

Shrill by Lindy West

Lindy West’s Shrill, which has been adapted for television, is about how women are told to be small – physically small, quiet, and small in our presence in the world – and how we shouldn’t accept this. West discusses the obstacles and stereotyping she had to overcome to make herself heard, and tackles subjects including racism, oppression, fat-shaming and rape culture. Full of dark humour, Shrill is a book about how as women we shouldn’t be afraid to take up room.

Hannah

The Mind Monster Solution by Hazel Gale

My choice for Mental Health Week 2019 is The Mind Monster Solution, the brilliant and uplifting book from former elite boxer and cognitive hypnotherapy practitioner Hazel Gale.

Following a career taking on tough opponents in the ring and facing an even tougher adversaries in the form of her own self-sabotage, anxiety and depression, Hazel has created a revolutionary system for tackling negative thought processes. Her book is packed full of practical tips and tools to help manage mental health and improve everyday happiness. Essential reading for anyone tackling a mind monster of their own.

Amy

I Never Said I Loved You by Rhik Samadder

One new voice championing discussions around mental health awareness is actor and Guardian journalist Rhik Samadder. I feel like what Rhik is talking about is particularly on point this year as he unpicks the idea of masculinity and what it means to be a man talking about feelings, anxiety, body image, relationships and depression. His up coming book I Never Said I Loved You reminds me very much of Bryony Gordon’s first mental health memoir – but this time, saying it for the boys! Searingly funny, sharp with comic, everyday (and very relatable) observations but dark, raw and incredibly emotional all at the same time, we’re already getting a massively positive response from the media with big names like Matt Haig and Cathy Retzenbrink leading the charge!

Vicky

13 Things Mentally Strong Women Don’t Do by Amy Morin

My second pick for Mental Health Week is Amy Morin’s fabulous new book 13 Things Mentally Strong Women Don’t Do – a timely and positive manual which tackles the thorny issues affecting women’s mental health today, from sexism to social media.

Empowering and accessible, Amy’s book warns against perfectionism and self-comparison and provides techniques to help women of any age own their power, aim high, and reach their goals – perfect for any self-doubters out there!

Amy

The Little Girl on the Ice Floe: A Memoir by Adelaide Bon

The Little Girl on the Ice Floe is a remarkable memoir – at a time when we’re seeing a lot of success for novels about surviving childhood abuse, Adelaide Bonn’s unflinching and breathtakingly honest testimony is something very special indeed. It’s not an easy read, but the writer’s skill is to take you into her darkness and yet still show you the light. By writing the unsayable, she reclaims her experience. I am stunned by Bonn’s lyricism, candour and strength, but most of all by the frankness of her testimony paired with the beautiful nature of her writing. I cannot recommend this book enough – it will give you a totally new perspective on mental health and a solidarity with those who suffer.

Hannah

Visit the Mental Health Foundation website to find out more about Mental Health Awareness Week and how you can get involved.

If you’re interested in reading more about the week’s theme of Body Image, check out this list of 9 books which will transform the way you think about your body.

Our top parenting books for Meghan and Harry, as they prepare for life with a Royal Baby!

Our top parenting books for Meghan and Harry, as they prepare for life with a Royal Baby!

As we wait for more news about the latest addition to the Royal family, we’ve pulled together a reading list for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle!

Keep reading to find out our top suggestions for the new parents as they adjust to life with a Royal Baby…

Dadlife

Simon Hooper (AKA Father of Daughters)

‘This is the story of my journey into parenthood, from being a 24 year old man-child with no idea of what being a dad involved, to where I find myself today: the single male representative in a household of five women, or in other words, outnumbered. Our house is now known as “the place where silence came to die”. It’s also where you’ll find carpets that are made up of 50% glitter and where there are more pink stuffed animals than at a colour-blind taxidermy specialists. But I wouldn’t change a thing. These people are my life.’

From uninitiated parents-to-be to those who know the ropes in families large or small, everyone will find something to relate to in Simon’s hilarious and chaotic tales of his own home life. His observations of being a father have delighted his hundreds of thousands of followers on Instagram: before now dads are often the forgotten ones who carry the luggage, open stiff jars, take photos on holiday, fix broken bikes, go back to work, do the night feeds and make a mean beans on toast with melted cheese without so much as a pat on the back. All too often dads shrink into the background. But not in this book.

Dadlife is an incredibly funny yet emotionally heartfelt ode to modern family life.

The Mummy Lessons

Helen Wallen

The Rules:

1) Try to sleep when the baby sleeps. (SO NEVER. EVER. UNTIL YOU ARE AN EMPTY WINE-SOAKED HUSK AND FALL DOWN DEAD IN THE BABY AISLE AT TESCO)

2) Try to eat when the baby sleeps. (SEE POINT ABOVE)

3) Try to get basic household chores done when the baby sleeps. (ABOVE!!)

4) Batch cook food and freeze in individual portions for easy re-heating. (OR DELIVEROO . . . WITH WINE. AND CRYING)

5) Remember to look after and take time for yourself. (AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA)

Celebrating female friendship, the highs and lows of motherhood, and the lifesaving power of a jumperoo, The Mummy Lessons follows a year of highs and lows for three friends as they learn the hardest lesson of all: life doesn’t always follow the rules…

Things I’d Tell My Child

Katie Piper with Diane Piper

An inspiring and empowering book on raising a daughter in the modern world.

Whether you’re becoming a mum for the first time or you have children who are growing up faster than you could have ever imagined, motherhood can feel like the most joyful and yet the most daunting of times. But you’re not alone.

From the moment I knew my first baby was a girl I started to plan, hope and dream. I couldn’t wait to experience that special bond, but I wondered how I’d feel about being a working mum, how I’d hold on to the person I am. I also knew that the world has changed so much since I was growing up. What advice, values and role models would help give my daughter the confidence and strength to cope with all that might come her way – and to give her an open mind and warm heart?

This is my journey in motherhood: my experiences, hopes and fears – with my mum’s stories of raising me, a parenting expert’s advice and empowering exercises – to guide you from those first wobbly moments to being a happy, healthy mum and raising children who aren’t afraid to be themselves – and to go for the life they want.

Dummy

Matt Coyne

Matt Coyne has become a hero for thousands of parents everywhere who are devoted followers of his popular blog, Man vs Baby.

This is his book, and it is not your average parenting tome. It’s packed with completely impractical advice for the bewildered new mum or dad – stuff you won’t find anywhere else: from ‘Profanity Bingo’ for labour to a categorisation of various nappy disasters. But, more than that, it is the story of how becoming a parent is a kind of beautiful insanity – a thing that changes you.

Above all, Dummy will keep you laughing through the exhaustion, the mystery and the madness of bringing up your own children.

This is the parenting book for real people.

The Book of Wonders by Julien Sandrel

The Book of Wonders by Julien Sandrel

Open your heart to the most life-affirming and uplifting novel of the year…

Thelma and Louis, it’s always just been the two of them. Thelma, and her beloved son, Louis.

But when Louis is involved in an accident, their lives are turned upside down, as Louis falls into a coma. Feeling lost without him by her side, Thelma finds Louis’ book of wonders a bucket list of all the things he wants to accomplish in his life. She suddenly sees a way to feel close to him: she will fulfil Louis’ dreams, living them out for him, in the hope that it will inspire him to survive.

Thelma is about to set off on the adventure of a lifetime… and in a way, so is Louis…

The Book of Wonders is a heart-warming and charming story about finding the joy in every moment of life and making each and every day count. Perfect for fans of The Keeper of Lost Things and A Man Called Ove.

An Ocean of Minutes by Thea Lim

SHORTLISTED FOR THE GILLER PRIZE 2018

A heartbreaking and timely novel about courage, yearning, the cost of holding onto the past – and the price of letting it go.

Polly and Frank are young and in love, a lifetime together before them. But one evening in 1980, as the Texas sun sets over their shoulders, the world is suddenly pulled apart by a deadly virus. Within months, Frank is dying. Polly can save him, but only if she agrees to a radical plan: to time travel to 1993 for a corporation who can fund his life-saving treatment. She can only go forward, she cannot go back. And she must leave everything she loves behind, including Frank.

All they have is the promise of a future together: they will find each other again in twelve years’ time, in Galveston, Texas, where the sea begins.

But when something goes wrong and Polly arrives late, Frank is nowhere to be found. Completely alone, Polly must navigate a terrifying new world to find him, and to discover if their love has endured.

‘The clear-eyed, evocative writing here is reminiscent of Margaret Atwood, and anyone familiar with The Handmaid’s Tale will find resonance in these pages… a devastating debut’ Toronto Star

An Ocean Of Minutes absolutely swept me away’
Red Magazine

Those Who are Loved by Victoria Hislop

Those Who are Loved by Victoria Hislop

The gripping new novel by Sunday Times Number One bestseller Victoria Hislop is set against the backdrop of the German occupation of Greece, the subsequent civil war and a military dictatorship, all of which left deep scars.

Athens, 1941. After decades of political uncertainty, Greece is polarised between Right- and Left-wing views when the Germans invade.

Fifteen-year-old Themis comes from a family divided by these political differences. The Nazi occupation deepens the fault-lines between those she loves just as it reduces Greece to destitution. She watches friends die in the ensuing famine and is moved to commit acts of resistance.

In the civil war that follows the end of the occupation, Themis joins the Communist army, where she experiences the extremes of love and hatred and the paradoxes presented by a war in which Greek fights Greek.

Eventually imprisoned on the infamous islands of exile, Makronisos and then Trikeri, Themis encounters another prisoner whose life will entwine with her own in ways neither can foresee. And finds she must weigh her principles against her desire to escape and live.

As she looks back on her life, Themis realises how tightly the personal and political can become entangled. While some wounds heal, others deepen.

This powerful new novel from Number One bestseller Victoria Hislop sheds light on the complexity and trauma of Greece’s past and weaves it into the epic tale of an ordinary woman compelled to live an extraordinary life.

Her Husband’s Mistake by Sheila O’Flanagan

Her Husband’s Mistake by Sheila O’Flanagan

Dave’s made a BIG mistake. What’s Roxy going to do about it?

The riveting new novel from No. 1 bestselling author Sheila O’Flanagan.

Roxy’s marriage has always been rock solid. After twenty years, and with two carefree kids, she and Dave are still the perfect couple. Until the day she comes home unexpectedly, and finds Dave in bed with their attractive, single neighbour. Suddenly Roxy isn’t sure about anything – her past, the business she’s taken over from her dad, or what her family’s future might be. She’s spent so long caring about everyone else that she’s forgotten what she actually wants. But something has changed. And Roxy has a decision to make. Whether it’s with Dave, or without him, it’s time for Roxy to start living for herself…