7 New Books To Read This Month

If you want something new to read in March, look no further. From highly anticipated debuts to thrillers to curl up with, our selection has something for everyone.

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One Italian Summer by Rebecca Serle

This is the heart-breaking new novel from the author of the international bestseller In Five Years. When Katy's mother dies, she’s left reeling. Carol wasn't just Katy's mum, but her best friend and first phone call. She had all the answers and now, when Katy needs her the most, she is gone. To make matters worse, the mother-daughter trip of a lifetime looms: two weeks in Positano, the town where Carol spent the summer before she met Katy's father. Katy has been waiting years for Carol to take her, and now she is faced with embarking on the adventure alone. And then Carol appears, healthy and sun-tanned... and 30 years old. Katy doesn't understand what is happening, or how – all she can focus on is that somehow, impossibly, she has her mother back. Over the course of one Italian summer, Katy gets to know Carol, not as her mother, but as the young woman who came before. But can we ever truly know our parents? Soon Katy must reconcile the mother who knew everything with the young woman who does not yet have a clue.

Available at Waterstones.com

The Unsinkable Greta James by Jennifer E Smith

An indie musician reeling from tragedy reconnects with her estranged father on a week-long cruise in this tale of grief, fame and love from bestselling author Jennifer E. Smith. Just after the sudden death of her mother – her most devoted fan – and weeks before the launch of her high-stakes second album, Greta James falls apart on stage. The footage quickly goes viral, and she stops playing. Greta's career is suddenly in jeopardy – the kind of jeopardy her father, Conrad, has always warned her about. Months later, Greta – still heartbroken and very much adrift – reluctantly agrees to accompany Conrad on the Alaskan cruise her parents had booked to celebrate their 40th anniversary. It could be their last chance to heal old wounds in the wake of shared loss. But the trip will also prove to be a voyage of discovery for them both, and for Ben Wilder, a charming historian on-board, who is struggling with a major upheaval in his own life. In this unlikeliest of places – at sea and far from the packed venues she usually plays – Greta finally confronts the heartbreak she's suffered.

Available at Waterstones.com

Yinka, Where is Your Huzband? by Lizzie Damilola Blackburn

Lizzie Damilola Blackburn is a British-Nigerian writer, born in Peckham, and this is her debut novel. Yinka wants to find love. The problem is she also has a mum who thinks she's better qualified to find it for her. She also has too many aunties who frequently pray for her delivery from singledom, a preference for chicken and chips over traditional Nigerian food, and a bum she's sure is far too small as a result. The fact that she's a 31-year-old south Londoner who doesn't believe in sex before marriage is a bit of an obstacle too. So, when her cousin gets engaged, Yinka commences 'Operation Find A Date for Rachel's Wedding'. Armed with an incredibly specific plan, will Yinka find herself a husband? 

Available at Waterstones.com

French Braid by Anne Tyler

Anne Tyler’s latest novel is a brilliantly perceptive, painfully true and funny journey deep into one family's foibles, from the 1950s right up to the present today. When the kids are grown and Mercy Garrett gradually moves herself out of the family home, everyone is determined not to notice. Over at her studio, she wants space and silence. She won't allow any family clutter. Not even their cat, Desmond. Yet it is a clutter of untidy moments that forms the Garretts' family life over the decades, whether that's a painstaking Easter lunch or giving a child a ride, a fateful train journey or an unexpected homecoming. And it all begins in 1959, with a family holiday to a cabin by a lake. It's the only one the Garretts will ever take, but its effects will ripple through the generations.

Available at Waterstones.com

The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley

The Paris Apartment is the highly anticipated new murder mystery thriller from the number one bestselling and award-winning author of The Guest List. The story takes place in No 12 Rue des Amants, a beautiful old apartment block, far from the glittering lights of the Eiffel Tower and the banks of the Seine. Here, nothing goes unseen, and everyone has a story to tell. There’s the watchful concierge, the scorned lover, the prying journalist, the naïve student, the unwanted guest. There was a murder at No 12 last night – and the mystery lies behind the door of apartment three. The perfect book for anyone looking to get lost in a thriller this weekend.

Available at Waterstones.com

Careering by Daisy Buchanan

Harri has poured her life into her job at Panache magazine, losing friendships, the love of her life, and increasingly, her sanity. She knows it will all be worth it when she gets the top job. Until she's side lined, passed over for promotion and forced into running 'a new venture', which everyone knows is code for 'being pushed out'. Imogen has had to hustle her whole professional life to cling onto an industry that favours the privileged. When Harri offers her a job, putting an end to her constant sofa-surfing, she feels like all her dreams are coming true. But her fairy-tale ending soon sours as she finds herself putting more and more of herself into writing for a company that doesn't care if she sinks or swims. Harri and Imogen both thought they loved their jobs, but it is becoming increasingly clear that their jobs do not love them. Together, they stage a rebellion the only way they know how. But what will the view look like from the other side?
Available at Waterstones.com

How To Heal A Broken Heart by Rosie Green

When Rosie Green's husband walked out after 26 years together, he didn’t leave a forwarding address. Instead, he left behind a devastated woman who turned into someone she barely recognised: unable to eat or sleep, and so desperate to keep her family together she'd sacrifice her sense of self – and her dignity. She thought she'd never get over it. But she did. This is the frank, uplifting and insightful book Green wished she could have found when her whole world fell apart – and now it’s out in paperback. It’s a guide to getting through heartbreak, with advice from the experts, the help of friends and some highly inappropriate sex advice from Green’s pre-teen daughter. How to Heal a Broken Heart doesn't sugar-coat things. Instead, it aims to give readers a necessary shove towards a happier, more fulfilled life.

Available at Waterstones.com

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