A PERFECT PROPOSAL
By Katie Fforde (Century £14.99)
THERE are times in your life when only a good old romance will do; and with my own wedding pending and the sun shining, A Perfect Proposal seemed like the perfect read. The 16th novel by bestselling author Katie Fforde offers pure escapism, with engaging characters and a storyline that will make you smile. The story centres around Sophie Apperly, the underdog of her family who is never taken seriously. So, when her best friend Milly invites her to New York, she decides to spread her wings. At the same time, she’s on a quest, to discover if America holds the key to solving her family’s financial woes. During an evening at an art gallery in Manhattan, Sophie meets Matilda, a spirited old lady who ends up inviting her to Connecticut for Thanksgiving. Sophie accepts – much to the annoyance of Matilda’s grandson Luke – who doubts Sophie’s motives for befriending her. As Sophie undertakes to help Matilda search for a house in England, Luke agrees to help Sophie in her quest to discover if there’s money in the family’s oil rights. There’s a spark between the pair that they cannot deny, but will Luke’s business partner, the gorgeous Ali get in the way? It’s an enjoyable summer read that will keep you entertained and engrossed.
DIE TWICE (Mac-Macmillan £12.99) by Andrew Grant
Thriller writing talent must run in the family because Grant’s brother is bestsellinging Lee Child. No one-man-manarmy Jack Reacher here ofof course, but I reckon Reacher would be happy to work with British Naval Intelligence Officer David Trevellyan whom you can meet in the debut book Even (Pan £6.99). Here, Trevellyan is plunged into another roughhouse of a story that demands all his deadly skills as he goes after a rogue agent with a terrifying agenda.
THE OBSCURE LOGIC OF THE HEART (Doubleday £12.99) by Priya Basil
The young Kenya-born writer shows the depth of her talent with this beautifully crafted and thought-provoking story of Lina, a devoted Muslim girl who meets and falls for Anil, a fellow student at a university in London. Lina and Anil are as chalk and cheese, but there is an attraction that cannot be denied. But Lina feels compelled to hide her relationship from her parents in a story that confronts many human issues. THE CHOSEN ONE (Harper Collins £7.99) by Sam Bourne Hopes are high that America has found a great new President in Stephen Baker and White House advisor Maggie Costello is a believer. Then the mysterious Vic Forbes emerges with shocking claims and the promise of a revelation that will destroy Baker. When Forbes is murdered, Maggie fears the President may have had him silenced and embarks on a dangerous mission to get to the truth in this brilliant thriller.