Top five holiday reads for moms

0shares Share0 Tweet0 Pinterest0 Print0 Email0First Frost By Sarah Addison Allen (Hodder & Stoughton General Division), R292 Autumn has finally arrived in the small town of Bascom, North Carolina, heralded by a strange old man appearing with a beaten-up suitcase. He has stories to tell, stories that could change the lives of the Waverley women […]

First Frost
By Sarah Addison Allen
(Hodder & Stoughton General Division), R292

Autumn has finally arrived in the small town of Bascom, North Carolina, heralded by a strange old man appearing with a beaten-up suitcase. He has stories to tell, stories that could change the lives of the Waverley women forever, but the Waverleys have enough trouble on their hands. Claire Waverley has started a successful new venture, Waverley’s Candies, but it’s nothing like she thought it would be and it’s slowly taking over her life. Claire’s wild sister Sydney, still trying to leave her past behind, is about to combust with her desire for another new beginning. And Sydney’s 15-year-old daughter Bay has given her heart away to the wrong boy and can’t get it back. This is a captivating and magical story, with charming characters, will warm your heart into the holiday season.

Playing with Fire
By Tess Gerritsen
(Transworld Publishers), R295

What if your child wanted you dead? Julia doesn’t understand what is happening to her daughter Lily, but she thinks she knows what’s causing it. She is terrified for Lily and for herself, but what scares her more is that no one believes her. If she is going to help Lily, she will have to find the answers alone. So she embarks on a search that will take her to the shadowy back streets of Venice. There, Julia uncovers a heart breaking, long-buried tale of tragedy and devastation –a discovery that puts her in serious danger. This book that will hook you from the first page, combines historical fiction with elements of family drama and old fashioned mystery.

Cross Justice
By James Patterson
(Penguin Random House) R195

The toughest cases are the ones that hit close to home. When his cousin is accused of a shocking crime, Alex Cross returns to his North Carolina hometown for the first time in over three decades. As he tries to prove his cousin’s innocence, Cross unearths a family secret that forces him to question everything he’s ever known. Chasing a ghost he believed was long dead, Cross gets pulled into a case that has local police scratching their heads and needing his help: a grisly string of socialite murders. Now he’s hot on the trail of both a brutal killer, and the truth about his own past – and the answers he finds might be fatal. This intriguing story is full of suspense and family drama.

Letters from Skye
By Jessica Brockmole
(Hutchenson), R138

This is a sweeping love story told through letters, spanning two continents and two world wars. Elspeth Dunn, a published poet living on the Isle of Skye, answers her first fan letter from Davey Graham, an impetuous young man in Illinois. Without having to worry about appearances or expectations, Elspeth and Davey confess their hopes, dreams and fears to each other; things they’ve never told another soul. Even without meeting, they know one another. But as World War I surrounds Europe and Davey volunteers as an ambulance driver on the Western front, Elspeth can only wait on Skye, anxious for his return; wondering if they’ll ever get a chance to meet. The story is simple yet touching and it’s beautiful how it unfolds entirely through letters.

Summertime
By Vanessa Lafaye
(Orion Publishing), R244

In the small town of Heron Key, everyone is preparing for 4 July BBQ; unaware that their world is about to change forever. Missy, maid to the Kincaid family, feels she has wasted her life pining for Henry, who went to fight on the battlefields of France. Now he has returned with a group of other desperate, destitute veterans –unsure of his future and ashamed of his past. When a white woman is found beaten nearly to death, suspicion falls on Henry. Based on real events, Summertime is a stunning début novel, glorious love story and mesmerising account of survival.

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