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Love Untold: The joyful Sunday Times bestseller and Richard and Judy book club pick 2023

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The ending took me totally by surprise and I had to read the last couple of chapters twice because my eyes leaked (I sobbed) and the print blurred. Elizabeth, Joyce, Ibrahim and Ron might be pushing eighty but they still have a few tricks up their sleeves. The end of this story is incredibly moving and brought me to tears (and I have never cried over a book before). In a peaceful retirement village, four unlikely friends meet up once a week to investigate unsolved murders. It is a joy-filled, life-affirming, sob-inducing novel – with characters you’ll come to know and love – from no.

A respected head teacher at the local school, Elin couldn't bear anyone to find out the truth about her mother. I particularly liked the dynamic Soozi, Beca’s friend, a talented singer who says what she thinks, usually accompanied by swearing.Seventeen-year-old Noel Crowe is idling in the unexpected sunshine when Christy makes his first entrance into Faha, bringing secrets for which he needs to atone. When I started the book, I wasn’t that sure about the characters as Grace is easy to understand and love, however, the same can’t be said for her granddaughter, beautifully portrayed as a Head Teacher, following in her grandfather’s footsteps, whereas her daughter hates school and the tension between the two is palpable. Luminous and lyrical, yet anchored by roots running deep into the earthy and everyday, it is about the power of stories: their invisible currents that run through all we do, writing and rewriting us, and the transforming light that they throw onto our world.

THE INSTANT SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER***'Love, mess, secrets; this story of four generations of women is filled with Ruth Jones's warmth and wisdom. The depth of emotion between Judy, Chloe and baby Bobo is wonderful to watch, and in Love Untold this intergenerational maternal web is beautifully captured by Ruth Jones. LIZA, a professor, is pregnant with a baby she's not sure she wants by a man she's not sure she loves and GRACE, their dawdling youngest daughter, lives a lie that no one in her family suspects. Her debut novel Never Greener was chosen as WHSmith Fiction Book of the Year 2018, was nominated for Debut of the Year at the British Book Awards, was a Zoe Ball Book Club pick, and was a Sunday Times bestseller for fifteen weeks, three weeks at number one. Grace doesn’t want a traditional celebration for her birthday, but her granddaughter Elin has other ideas.

It is a joy-filled, life-affirming, sob-inducing novel - with characters you'll come to know and love - from no. Love, mess, secrets; this story of four generations of women is shot through with Ruth Jones’s warmth and wisdom. Grace is approaching ninety and a surprise party is planned for her, organised by her granddaughter, Elin, yet all Grace requires is the rift in her family to be healed. She just wants a quiet celebration: her daily swim in the sea and a cup of tea with granddaughter Elin and great-granddaughter Beca.

Love, mess, secrets; this story of four generations of women is shot through with Ruth Jones's warmth and wisdom. Elin is busy organising a surprise birthday party for Grace and as usual it has got completely out-of-hand, exasperating both her husband Greg and Beca. Sosuke Natsukawa's international bestseller, translated from Japanese by Louise Heal Kawai, is a story for those for whom books are so much more than words on paper.Ruth Jones is not afraid to push the emotional buttons, and her writing keeps getting better and better. The plot is mostly set in the present, although there are a few moments where we flash back to different stages in the past 70 years.

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