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The best books to read during self-isolation

best books to read during isolation
We are big fans of a great read at the best of times, but never more so than now. The coronavirus pandemic has brought major changes for us all, and social distancing and self-isolation mean that many of us have far more time on our hands than we ever have before. In these unsettling and difficult times, the distraction of a good book has never been more welcome. After a bit of uplifting entertainment? Our friends at HarperCollins have put together some recommended reads that are perfect for the coming weeks.

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a village scandal dilly court

A Village Scandal

Paperback | Ebook

It’s spring in Little Creek and wedding bells are ringing. After their hasty marriage the Christmas before, Daisy is overjoyed to be finally marrying dashing Jay properly, in front of the whole village.

But then, on the evening of their wedding, amid the festivities, Jay disappears. Daisy doesn’t know if Jay is dead or alive, if she’s his wife or his widow. And what’s more, without her husband, she has no means of supporting herself or her household.

Refusing to give up hope, Daisy must draw on all her strength and courage – after all, she has people who depend on her. But the secret of Jay's disappearance is more scandalous that she could have ever imagined…

the last widow

The Last Widow

Paperback | Ebook


A woman is abducted in front of her child.


A month later, a second is taken in explosive circumstances.


But the web is bigger and darker than anyone could imagine.

The clock is ticking to uncover the truth.

the newcomer fern britton 

The Newcomer

Paperback | Ebook | Audio

Cornwall is only a page away in this gorgeous, heartwarming novel – escape with Fern Britton!

It’s springtime in the Cornish village of Pendruggan and as the community comes together to say a fond farewell to parish vicar, Simon, and his wife, Penny, a newcomer causes quite a stir…

Reverend Angela Whitehorn came to Cornwall to make a difference. With her husband, Robert, by her side, she sets about making changes – but it seems not everyone is happy for her to shake things up in the small parish, and soon Angela starts to receive anonymous poison pen letters.

Angela has always been one to fight back, and she has already brought a fresh wind into the village, supporting her female parishioners through good times and bad. But as the letters get increasingly more personal, Angela learns that the secrets are closer to home.

With faith and friends by your side, even the most unlikely of new beginnings is possible.

home truths susan lewis 

Home Truths

Hardback | Paperback | Ebook

Angie Watts used to have everything. A new home. A beloved husband. Wonderful children.

But Angie’s happy life is shattered when her son Liam falls in with the wrong crowd. And after her son’s bad choices lead to the murder of her husband, it’s up to Angie to hold what’s left of her family together.

Her son is missing. Her daughter is looking for help in dangerous places. And Angie is fighting just to keep a roof over their heads.

If home is where the heart is, what happens when it breaks?

two sisters

Two Sisters


Don’t miss the new book from Sunday Times bestselling author, Josephine Cox!

The pretty Arnold sisters have grown up on their father’s farm and yearn for something more out of life than drudgery and toil.

Ellen, loyal and honest, is her father’s favourite, but Georgina is impulsive and unreliable, and can’t please a father who has never shown her love.

The big house, Grindle Hall, offers them both a chance of betterment, but while Ellen follows the steady path, Georgina takes a darker road and soon, her actions will have fateful consequences for them all. Only Ellen can help them, but will a sister’s love be enough?


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