The must-read book of 2019! Equal parts heartwarming and heartbreaking, fans of Jojo Moyes, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine and One Day in December will love this special novel by Drew Davies.
It’s me, Joy, your much wiser and (very slightly) older sister. I thought I’d start a new tradition of letter writing – now that we’re long distance.
On the plane over here, I began to cry in seat 21C. I think the magnitude of it finally hit me, after everything that happened…
I haven’t even unpacked yet – the only thing I’ve taken out of my suitcase is Harville, your beloved childhood teddy. Sorry for stealing him, but I need him more than you do. Every time I look at that little brown bear I think about our childhood. Remember that dance we made up to Annie’s ‘It’s a Hard Knock Life’? (Remember the broom choreography?)
I’m also sorry for abandoning you – I’ve always been your agony aunt, and a buffer in your infamous shouting matches with Mum. But I had to leave, Lily, I had to.
Anyway, I’m here now. I’m here to start over, and to face up to the past. I want to learn to laugh again, and to find someone to love who will maybe even love me back. You always told me I was just getting by, not actually living, so I’m finally doing it. Wish me luck, little sister.
A beautiful book-club read for anyone who has ever hit rock bottom, longed for a fresh start, or needed to heal a broken, aching heart.
Readers absolutely love Dear Lily:
‘Hysterical and unbelievably relatable… This book was so funny and romantic, but at the same time, extremely emotional… Broke my heart and then turned around and put it back together again.’ Goodreads reviewer
‘An absolute delight to read!… This book took me through such a wide array of emotions – I was laughing one minute and practically crying the next… A roller coaster ride of emotions and a very surprising twist… Entertaining, fun and able to make you shed a few tears, you need to get your hands on this fab book!’ It’s All About the Thrill
‘All I can say is WOW.’ Shelley’s Book Nook, 5 stars
‘This book is wonderful. Simply wonderful. I can’t recommend it enough. Funny, heartfelt, wise, sweet. It had me laughing and crying. Perfect.’ JTHBooks, 5 stars
‘I absolutely loved this book!... Made me laugh out loud… I am sad to say goodbye to these vibrant characters. I will miss them.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars
‘Loved, loved this beautiful book… I laughed, I cried. I will be gifting this book to friends… Grab this book – you’re in for a treat.’ NetGalley Reviewer, 5 stars
‘I fell in love… . This book was so funny and romantic, but at the same time, extremely emotional. Her letters to Lily broke my heart and then turned around and put it back together again.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars
‘A heartbreaking, yet heartwarming read, I cried, I laughed then I cried some more. Fabulous!’ Goodreads Reviewer
‘This book shook me to my core! It is filled with such heartache, beginnings, and life emotions… It was the perfect ending to a perfect book!!’ Literacy Indulgence, 5 stars
‘A cute, endearing, heartwarming, hilarious, tear-jerker of a book. I found myself crying and then suddenly laughing out loud at the same time. If you are a fan of Eleanor Oliphant or cute little rom-coms, this book is for you.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars
‘Every once in a while I stumble across a book that is like a breath of fresh air, and that was the case with this gem. It was beautifully unique and extremely touching and way more emotional that I was expecting, I just adored it!... Incredibly funny… This really had it all, it was funny and charming, warm and wise and also heartbreaking.’ Novel Gossip
‘Will warm your heart and then turn around and break it. Laugh out loud funny and heart-achingly sad, this is one that will play on all of your emotions.’ Goodreads Reviewer
‘Such a wonderful, uplifting yet heartbreaking novel… I found myself laughing out loud.’ Goodreads Reviewer
‘A cross between Bridget Jones and Eleanor Oliphant. A poignant look at love, loss and the pursuit of happiness… I found myself flying through the pages as I lost track of time.’ Goodreads Reviewer
‘Makes you laugh, cry, feel the bottom drop out of your stomach and then sigh with satisfaction as you turn the last page.’ Goodreads Reviewer
Samantha Moore has always hidden behind the words of others—namely, her favorite characters in literature. Now, she will learn to write her own story by giving that story to a stranger.
Sam is bookish, to say the least. An English major of the highest order, her diet has always been Austen, Dickens, and Shakespeare. The problem is, both her prose and conversation tend to be more Elizabeth Bennet than Samantha Moore.
But life for the twenty-three-year-old orphan is about to get stranger than fiction. An anonymous, Dickensian benefactor (calling himself Mr. Knightley) offers to put Sam through Northwestern University’s prestigious Medill School of Journalism. There is only one catch: Sam must write frequent letters to the mysterious donor, detailing her progress.
As Sam’s dark memory mingles with that of eligible novelist Alex Powell, her letters to Mr. Knightley become increasingly confessional. While Alex draws Sam into a world of warmth and literature that feels like it’s straight out of a book, old secrets are drawn to light. And as Sam learns to love and trust Alex and herself, she learns once again how quickly trust can be broken.
Reminding us all that our own true character is not meant to be hidden, Katherine Reay’s debut novel follows one young woman’s journey as she sheds her protective persona and embraces the person she was meant to become.
“Sprinkled with classic literary references and filled with poignant characterizations, Katherine Reay’s modern retelling of Jean Webster’s Daddy-Long-Legsis both reverently crafted and delightfully surprising.” —Laurel Ann Nattress, Austenprose.com
“Katherine Reay’s touching debut novel made me cry in all the right places. For joy.” —Laurie Viera Rigler, author of Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict
“A lovely debut novel from Katherine Reay! A wonderful story told in letter form, Dear Mr. Knightleywas easy to read (and love) and a delight the whole way through, with plenty of Austen and Bronte sprinkled throughout. This book is going on my keeper shelf!” —Austenitis, austenitis.blogspot.com
“Dear Mr. Knightley is an emotional, haunting tale of hope and perseverance in the face of adversity. With depth and honesty, Katherine Reay’s debut novel will grip your heart in the very first pages and not let go.” —Sarah E. Ladd, award-winning author of The Weaver’s Daughter
“Reay's debut novel, Dear Mr. Knightley, is a fun story told in a compelling voice that kept me up way too late. Highly recommended!” —Colleen Coble, USA Today bestselling author of Secrets at Cedar Cabin
They told wonderful tales of life at the North Pole: how the reindeer got loose and scattered presents all over the place; how the accident-prone North Polar Bear climbed the North Pole and fell through the roof of Father Christmas’s house into the dining room; how he broke the Moon into four pieces and made the Man in it fall into the back garden; how there were wars with the troublesome horde of goblins who lived in the caves beneath the house, and many more.
No reader, young or old, can fail to be charmed by Tolkien’s inventiveness in this classic holiday treat.
Last Days of Summer is the story of Joey Margolis, neighborhood punching bag, growing up goofy and mostly fatherless in Brooklyn in the early 1940s. A boy looking for a hero, Joey decides to latch on to Charlie Banks, the all-star third basemen for the New York Giants. But Joey's chosen champion doesn't exactly welcome the extreme attention of a persistent young fan with an overactive imagination. Then again, this strange, needy kid might be exactly what Banks needs.
So begins Upstate, a powerful story told through letters between seventeen-year-old Antonio and his sixteen-year-old girlfriend, Natasha, set in the 1990's in New York. Antonio and Natasha's world is turned upside down, and their young love is put to the test, when Antonio finds himself in jail, accused of a shocking crime. Antonio fights to stay alive on the inside, while on the outside, Natasha faces choices that will change her life. Over the course of a decade, they share a desperate correspondence. Often, they have only each other to turn to as life takes them down separate paths and leaves them wondering if they will ever find their way back together.
Startling, real, and filled with raw emotion, Upstate is an unforgettable coming-of-age story with a message of undeniable hope. Brilliant and profoundly felt, it is destined to speak to a new generation of readers.