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5 Books to make you feel like you're on holiday

5 Books to make you feel like you're on holiday

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Are you constantly dreaming of catching flights? Ticking a place off your bucket list? Craving the warmth of the foreign sun, relaxing, with a cocktail in your hand by the pool?


Luckily books have the ability to transport you to a different world or place and because of the dreaded word 'Lockdown', we need it more than ever. These books we have recommended are guaranteed to take you someplace far, far away.



Pink Gins Under a Mango Tree

Joanne van Driessen


Life is a series of dramas and, big or small, they should all be remembered.

Pink Gins Under A Mango Tree spans two decades, set in the tropical Gold Coast of West Africa during the colonial days before independence and then in the newly independent Ghana. This is about the life and dramas of a middle-class family, the father, a Dutch Resistance fighter and survivor of Dachau, his strong willed young English bride and their three daughters.

Sylvie relocates from the north-east of England to join her husband, Rudi, in Ghana. In stark contrast to her life in England, Sylvie finds herself in an exotic country living the high life, with maids and servants to take care of the mundane running of the house and grounds.

However, Sylvie soon begins to scratch the surface of her idyllic surroundings and see people for who they truly are. A visit to the doctor with unexpected results, a callous husband who is more interested in other people's opinions than his own wife's health, a return trip to England with horrifying events and a surprise visit to her husband's office all test and challenge Sylvie.

Could a blossoming friendship be the start of a new life for Sylvie once again?



Champagne Backpacker

Gina Clock


Louise was about to embark on the adventure of a lifetime.

Through sun, sea and a shed load of partying, she meets a group of girls who quickly become the best of friends. Travelling in style along the east coast of Australia, the girls navigate their way through awkward sexual encounters, questionable rashes, Dianna Ross style humidity hair and the array of bitey things that Australia has to offer!

Then, quicker than you can say ‘casual sex', Louise falls for notorious play boy, ‘Hot Breakfast Guy', whose six pack, big shaggy hair and pearly whites are enough to make any woman sit up and pay attention...and boy do they!

Jumping in feet first (well, technically... she jumped out of a window, dodging an Alsatian... but that's a story for later!) Louise desperately tries to keep her cool whilst designing her wedding dress in her head...






Kevin McGann


Three complete strangers arrive at the beautiful island of St. John in the US Virgin Islands.


Arietta, a successful businesswoman, is going through a crisis in her life; she knows what she has to do but isn't sure if she has the strength or courage to see it through. Scared and confused, she has fled Manhattan to the solace of the island.


Several years ago, James' wife Clair left, leaving him sad, angry and bitter. The island is the last place he wants to be, but a promise must be kept.

Cheryl, an attractive, struggling, single-mother, is vacationing with her daughter, Caleigh. The last few years tending to her daughter's illness has not only taken an emotional and financial toll on Cheryl, but left her feeling inaccessible, and lonely.


As events unfold and their paths cross, their lives intertwine. Can these unlikely strangers help one another move forward with their lives and find love once again?



Cornish Fudge

Lauren Auchterlonie


One minute, Rosie's life is secure, predictable and practical, just the way she has always wanted it to be... until it changes in a heartbeat when she finds out her husband has been having an affair with her best friend, forcing Rosie to alter her life dramatically.


She finds herself driving to North Cornwall, where she decides to rebuild her life. Seeing new sights, finding new friends and stumbling upon the surf scene and pagan rituals still very much alive in Cornwall, Rosie dares to believe she has launched herself down a slipway to success. The trouble is her old life has a way of finding her and following her, and nothing is ever as it seems.


Eddie refuses to believe the marriage is over and won't make it easy for Rosie to start again. So as she tries to pick up the pieces from her life and rebuild a new one, she asks is it possible to completely throw in the towel on your current life and start a new one?


Cornish Fudge is a novel of loves old and new shadowed by the sorrows and struggles of starting again, of relationships through which Rosie must test the limits of how near, and yet how far, we can come to breaking free of our past.




Volcanic Destiny

Concetta Coppolino


Rachel Howell moves to the beautiful Sicilian Island of Vulcano to bring up her niece Luisa as her own daughter after the tragic death of her sister Fiona and husband Lucio during a freak storm. She rents a small villa so that she can concentrate on her writing. But the villa's owner by coincidence, is Luisa's estranged uncle. Now he has found her, he does not intend losing his niece, and if marrying Rachel is the only way to bring about his goal, then so be it.




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