What you should be reading over the summer hols

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These offerings from Nick Hornby, Jodi Picoult and Nicholas Sparks are perfect for long lazy days next to the pool.

Just Like You

By Nick Hornby

Riverhead

On the face of it they seem like an unlikely couple. Lucy is 42-year-old single white mother and head of the English department at a London school. Joseph is a broke, black 22-year-old wannabe DJ who still lives with his mom, works in a butcher shop and is obsessed with soccer.When Lucy asks Joseph to babysit for her one night it leads to a flirtation and then to both of their surprise, something more. But the relationship has its challenges: Lucy worries about her ageing body while Joseph is reluctant to introduce her to his mother who is none too pleased that he is dating a white woman who is almost twice his age. The race, age and class divides seem insurmountable but this sweet love story by the author of High Fidelity questions if these differences really are as important as people make them out to be.


The Book of Two Ways 

By Jodi Picoult

Hodder & Stoughton

Dawn is a death doula. She helps people cope with the end of their lives peacefully. On a plane going home to Boston, it’s announced they are making an emergency landing. She’s shocked to discover in this moment that the thoughts going through her mind, are not of her husband and daughter, but of a life 15 years ago when she was an Egyptian archaeologist on a dig with the man she loved. Her career, her doctorate and Wyatt were all abandoned on discovering her mother was dying of cancer. To compensate her for the crash landing, the airline offers her a ticket to wherever she needs to get to but the answer to that question suddenly seems uncertain. As the path of her life forks in two very different directions, Dawn must confront questions she’s always been too afraid to ask.

The Return 

By Nicholas Sparks

Little Brown

Trevor Benson never intended to move back to New Bern, North Carolina. But when a mortar blast outside the hospital where he worked as an orthopaedic surgeon in Afghanistan leaves him with devastating injuries, he returns home to the dilapidated cabin he inherited from his grandfather.He definitely isn't looking for love, but in his first encounter with deputy sheriff Natalie Masterson, he feels a deep connection. Although she seems to share his feelings, she is frustratingly distant, making Trevor wonder what she’s hiding. He’s also puzzled by a teenage girl, Callie, who works at a local store. After he discovers she befriended his grandfather he hopes she can shed light on his mysterious death but she refuses – until a crisis reveals the truth.This book by the bestselling author of The Notebook is a tale about secrets, love and the power of forgiveness.

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