5 must-read books of the month

Calling all bookworms…

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No summer holiday is complete without a brilliant book but how do you go about choosing your next read from the tantalising selection of new books hitting the shelves every week? From the untangling of a literary mystery to a dark family legacy hidden in crumbling house in Cornwall (complete with a secret garden), here’s our edit of the best books to get stuck into…

The Butterfly Summer by Harriet Evans is all set around a crumbling house in Cornwall (complete with secret garden) that comes with a family legacy every bit as full of danger as it is of wonder.
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Set in Victorian England, Florence Grace by Tracy Rees ticks all the boxes of a sweeping period saga – class division, a spirited heroine and a dark, brooding hero.
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In Catherine Lowell’s The Madwoman Upstairs Samantha must repurpose the Brontë novels to unearth an untold family legacy, and in the process, finds herself face to face with what may be literature’s greatest secret.
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On Lily’s twenty-fifth birthday, it’s time to open the last letter written to her by her mother. On the same day a famous actor arrives in the village. So begins a series of events in Jill Mansell’s You and Me, Always.
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In Sarah Vaughan’s latest novel, The Farm at the Edge of the World, Will and Alice are evacuated to north Cornwall in 1939, where they meet farmer’s daughter Maggie. A small lie escalates and over 70 years on Alice wants to atone for her behaviour.
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Calling all bookworms
How would you like to win all five books in our edit of summer reads? We have teamed up with women’s fiction community Bookends to giveaway 50 bundles of the five novels we’ve mentioned to make sure you’re never without a good book. For your chance to win, enter here.

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