These entertaining novels are a great way to kick off the new year.
Buried in Cornwall
By Janie Bolitho
Published by Allison & Busby Limited, R129
If you love mysteries, you won’t be able to put this book down. Rose Trevelyan is a widow who lives in Cornwall and works as an artist and photographer. One day while she is painting, she hears terrified screams – the next day a local woman is reported missing, and suddenly Rose is caught at the centre of a police investigation.
Because Rose is such a trustworthy person, she is privy to many of the town people’s secrets. Does she know where the missing woman is and who took her? Grab your copy of Buried in Cornwall and find out for yourself.
A Simple Thing
By Kathleen McCleary
Published by William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, R144
If you are in the mood for a meaningful novel, A Simple Thing is just the book for you. Susannah Delaney, like any other parent only wants the best for her children. So when she discovers her young son is being bullied and her adolescent daughter is spinning out of control, she moves them to a remote Island. There are no computers or electricity and only a one-room schoolhouse – it’s just what her children need to learn what’s really important in life, but it brings up all kinds of issues for Susannah.
The Chocolate Money
By Ashley Prentice Norton
Published by Bantam Press, R215
If you are looking for a page turner to keep you busy while you’re soaking up the sunshine, pick up a copy of The Chocolate Money. It’s set at the end of the seventies, and 10-year-old Bettina Ballentyne is heiress to one of America’s biggest fortunes. But Bettina’s whole life is ruled by her beautiful, hedonistic mother – the glamorous, but volatile, Babs.
At 15, Bettina escapes to New England and boarding school, but despite being freed from her mother’s control, she soon finds herself making decisions that prove she is not free of Babs’ maternal shadow. Can Bettina break free to forge her own identity?
Part of the Spell
By Rachel Heath
Published by Hutchinson, R215
Part of the Spell is an intriguing must read and plays off in a small English town where people are in the habit of pretending to be someone who they are not, and pretending to be the perfect wife, mother, husband and father. One woman pretends to ignore her husband’s affair, while another – a widow, mother and grandmother has disappeared. Is one of the town’s people involved in the widow’s disappearance?
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