Don’t you find it exciting to discover a new author? By that I mean an author who is new to you. Better still if that author has written lots of books! In the past months there are three whom I have happened upon. They’ve each written several books and I thought I’d share my favourites with you. These are not literary masterpieces, nor pretentious and wordy – just enjoyable stories, well told with an easy style.
I don’t want to give anything away but if you have a Kindle, try downloading a free sample. Otherwise, try the ‘blurb’ on Amazon. I usually find that I know from that whether or not a book will suit me.
Mike Gayle: First read only couple of months ago, he has quickly become my latest favourite writer. I’ve not read his early books as the genre doesn’t appeal so these are some of his most recent all of which contain a ‘big’ catalyst for change. He has a great talent for describing emotion and there is sadness at times, but these are not depressing books. So far I have read three books and have others on the ‘to be read’ list.
- The Man I think I know: A story of an unlikely friendship and beautifully described written. One of the most uplifting books I’ve ever read.
- Half a World Away: A story of lost (and found) family with a twist.
- The Hope Family Calendar: A single father’s road to happiness.
Tracey Rees: Highly improbable rags-to-riches stories but she tells a cracking tale. Fellow author Lucinda Riley describes her as “the most outstanding new voice in historical fiction”. The first book I read was one of the ‘Richard & Judy’ recommendations and I find that most of those are okay.
- Amy Snow: An abandoned baby is taken in by an heiress
- The House at Silverdale: (I finished this one in bed this morning and thoroughly enjoyed it). Centres on two young people from Yorkshire pit villages who crave a better life
- Florence Grace: An orphan discovers that she’s related to a wealthy family
Kerry Fisher: Stories of women who are hiding something which, of course, comes out (if it didn’t there wouldn’t be a story)! More depth than ‘chick-lit’.
- The Mother I Could Have Been: A woman who walks out on her child but why?
- The Woman I was Before: Kate changes the names of herself and her daughter to make a new life but it begins to unravel
- After the lie: A teenager makes a decision which ruins her family’s life. Years later it is about to be exposed.