Whether it’s Galentine’s Day or Valentine’s Day you plan on celebrating this week, Bookends has you covered with this FAB selection of books. From celebrating the power of female friendships to classic tales of ‘meet-cutes’, leave it to us to find you your next romantic read…
For fans of Bryony Gordon and Dolly Alderton, The Sisterhood is an honest and hilarious book which celebrates the ways in which women connect with each other.
‘My five sisters are the only women I would ever kill for. And they are the only women I have ever wanted to kill.’
Imagine living between the pages of Pride And Prejudice, in the Bennett household. Now, imagine how the Bennett girls as they’d be in the 21st century – looking like the Kardashian sisters, but behaving like the Simpsons. This is the house Daisy Buchanan grew up in,
Daisy’s memoir The Sisterhood explores what it’s like to live as a modern woman by examining some examples close to home – her adored and infuriating sisters. There’s Beth, the rebellious contrarian; Grace, the overachiever with a dark sense of humour; Livvy, the tough girl who secretly cries during adverts; Maddy, essentially Descartes with a beehive; and Dotty, the joker obsessed with RuPaul’s Drag Race and bears.
In this tender, funny and unflinchingly honest account Daisy examines her relationship with her sisters and what it’s made up of – friendship, insecurity jokes, jealousy and above all, love – while celebrating the ways in which women connect with each other and finding the ways in which we’re all sisters under the skin.
Heartwarming and joyful – the brand new romantic comedy from the Sunday Times bestselling author of THIS COULD CHANGE EVERYTHING. An irresistible read for fans of Lucy Diamond and Katie Fforde.
‘Mansell has delivered another winner with this compelling, thoughtful, emotionally intelligent book about love, friendship and not giving up’ Daily Mail
Mimi isn’t looking for love when she spends a weekend in Goosebrook, the Cotswolds village her dad has moved to. And her first encounter with Cal, who lives there too, is nothing like a scene in a romantic movie – although she can’t help noticing how charismatic he is. But Cal’s in no position to be any more than a friend, and Mimi heads back to her busy London life.
When they meet again four years later, it’s still not to be. Cal is focusing on his family, and Mimi on her career. Then Cal dives into a potentially perfect new romance whilst Mimi’s busy fixing other people’s relationships.
It seems as if something, or someone else, always gets in their way. Will it ever be the right time for both of them?
If there’s one piece of invaluable advice for women and
girls of all ages, it is that there is nothing more important than creating and
maintaining strong, positive and happy friendships with other women.
In a culture that largely pits women against each other, I
want to celebrate female friendships… all strings attached!
If my 1998 diary is anything to go by, female friendships are incredibly complex and emotional but they’re the mini love stories that make us who we are. For many women, friends are our partners in crime through life; they are the ones who move us into new homes, out of bad relationships, through births and illnesses. In The F Word I’ve set out to explore and celebrate the essence of female friendship at different life stages and in its many wild and wonderful forms.
The life of 79-year-old pensioner Peggy Smart is as beige as
the décor in her retirement village. Her week revolves around aqua aerobics and
appointments with her doctor. The highlight of Peggy’s day is watching her
neighbour Brian head out for his morning swim.
Peggy dreams of inviting the handsome widower – treasurer of
the Residents’ Committee and one of the few eligible men in the village – to an
intimate dinner. But why would an educated man like Brian, a chartered
accountant no less, look twice at Peggy? As a woman of a certain age, she fears
she has become invisible, even to men in their eighties.
But a chance encounter with an old school friend she hasn’t
seen in five decades – the glamorous fashionista Angie Valentine – sets Peggy
on an unexpected journey of self-discovery.
Can she channel her ‘inner Helen Mirren’ and find love and friendship in her twilight years?
A captivating and magical story set in 1930s Malaysia
about a dancehall girl and an orphan boy who are brought together by a series
of mysterious events.
In 1930s colonial Malaya, a dissolute British doctor
receives a surprise gift of an eleven-year-old Chinese houseboy. Sent as a
bequest from an old friend, young Ren has a mission: to find his dead master’s
severed finger and reunite it with his body. Ren has forty-nine days, or else
his master’s soul will roam the earth forever.
Ji Lin, an apprentice dressmaker, moonlights as a dancehall
girl to pay her mother’s debts. One night, Ji Lin’s dance partner leaves her
with a gruesome souvenir that leads her on a crooked, dark trail.
As time runs out for Ren’s mission, a series of unexplained
deaths occur amid rumours of tigers who turn into men. In their journey to keep
a promise and discover the truth, Ren and Ji Lin’s paths will cross in ways
they will never forget.
Sweeping and lushly written, The Night Tiger explores the rich world of servants and masters, ancient superstition and modern ambition, sibling rivalry and unexpected love. Woven through with Chinese folklore and a tantalizing mystery, this novel is a page-turner of the highest order.
saga following the second generation of the Angelotti food dynasty, from
household name Prue Leith. Perfect for fans of Penny Vincenzi and Barbara
generation. It is 1968. Angelica
Angelotti has grown up in her parents’ Italian restaurant. Now she is striking
out on her own in Paris. There she falls in love with her charismatic but
unpredictable cousin Mario.
challenge. Navigating a
blossoming career, from the Savoy hotel to the world of television, alongside
an increasingly toxic relationship proves impossible. The offer to run the pub
on her family’s estate as a restaurant seems like the perfect escape. Chorlton
has called her home…A brighter future. Soon she has a thriving business, and even the
chance of a new love. But when Mario reappears, determined to win her back,
will Angelica be able to hold on to everything she’s sacrificed so much for?