Mother’s Day is just ten days away, so get ready to spoil your mum with one of our great titles! We’ve got a huge and varied range, from comedy to chick-lit to historical thrillers, so you’ll be spoilt for choice...
Sarah Turner is a No. 1 bestseller and a parenting phenomenon. Her hilariously honest ‘warts and all’ blog has spawned two hugely popular books, The Unmumsy Mum and The Unmumsy Mum Diary, in which she shares her innermost thoughts and hard-won insights into motherhood, with all its joys and challenges. Her ‘non-parenting manual’ and candid year-in-the-life diary are guaranteed to strike a chord with any mum who’s ever found looking after kids a bit of a struggle: in other words, all mums, everywhere. Both books are available on our website, for just £7.82 and £8.99 respectively.
Trisha Ashley’s The Little Teashop of Lost and Found is a life-affirming rom-com that will sweep your mum away to the beautiful Yorkshire Moors. Abandoned as a baby, Alice Rose decides to return to her birthplace, Haworth, where she buys a run-down cafe and turns it into an upmarket teashop: with the help of her handsome neighbour, Nile. With a strong, sensitive heroine, a gorgeous setting, irresistible romance and mouthwatering recipes included, this is a warm-hearted fairytale and a perfect escapist read. You can find it on our website for £8.89: a saving of £4.10 on the RRP.
Debut author Beth Underdown is causing a sensation with her historical novel The Witchfinder’s Sister. Based on the activities of Matthew Hopkins, the ‘Witchfinder General’ who hunted down and convicted around 300 women for witchcraft in 1640s Essex, it tells his story through the eyes of his fictional sister, Alice. After the death of her husband, she moves back to Manningtree to live under his roof, but soon discovers that the reserved brother that she knew has become a power-hungry fanatic. Imprisoned and controlled by Matthew, she is drawn into his terrible plans as his obsession spirals out of control… Utterly compelling, darkly atmospheric and with a terrific twist, this literary thriller has been described by publisher Viking as ‘a once-in-a-lifetime book’. If your mum is a fan of Hilary Mantel or Sarah Waters; loved The Essex Serpent or The Miniaturist; or simply enjoys chilling, engrossing thrillers, this could be her ideal read. The Witchfinder’s Sister is available for only £8.89, saving you £6.10 on the publisher’s price.
The above books are all available for delivery in 2-6 working days, so order by tomorrow and your mum could be reading her new favourite book on Mother’s Day!
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