Letters to the Lost is the winner of the Romantic Novel of the Year Award 2016. I bought it at the time but have only now read it - and it did not disappoint. In 2011, former American GI Dan sends a letter across the Atlantic to his lost love, Stella, in London. It arrives in an empty house, and is found by Jess, a young woman under threat who is hiding there. She determines to try and find what happened to Stella, despite her own dire situation. As the book progresses, the story of Dan and Stella's brief but bright Wartime affair unfolds. Meanwhile in modern day London Jess joins forces with Will who is investigating the last occupant of the house, to see if they can find Stella before Dan's time runs out. Tender and insightful, this is an entrancing book which gripped me to the end.
Fiona Walker - The Weekends of You and Me
Jo and Harry are both leaving failed relationships when they embark an explosive love affair. It starts with a weekend at his family's remote Welsh cottage, where real life doesn't touch them. From that time, every year they return to the cottage to spend time alone with each other and rekindle the essence of their love, without family commitments, distractions of work or financial worries. As the years go by, we begin to wonder if the strong foundation of Jo and Harry's love has foundered, or whether can they repair the hurt and endure together. A sensitive and tender novel, investigating the highs and lows of a couple seen from the perspective of one weekend each year. A compelling read.
Bella Osborne - Coming Home to Ottercombe Bay
Daisy has returned to her home town of Ottercombe Bay to recharge her batteries before going travelling again. The place holds too many sad memories of her mother's death when Daisy was a child. But an unexpected legacy from her uncle finds her the owner of an abandoned railway station, along with the stipulation that she must remain for a whole year to receive the full benefit of her inheritance. Penniless and jobless, she reluctantly agrees to stay, persuaded by her Aunt Coral and friend Tamsyn. During the year she finds her emotions on a rollercoaster as childhood friendships with local policeman Jason and lifeboat volunteer Max take on a deeper meaning. Secrets from the past and dilemmas of the future make this a warm-hearted and enjoyable book.