With thoughts turning towards summer holidays, long lazy days, on the beach, by the pool or under a tree in the shade, enduring a 12 hour flight or even on your staycation, a good book is something we all like.
Books are holidays in themselves, through them one can explore unknown worlds, experience new adventures, meet different characters and form new relationships, just simply lose yourself in the pages.
We have our top choices of summer reading books to get your teeth into and all Channel Island based authors. With some of them available on Kindle as well there’s no need to worry about your baggage allowance either.
The Jersey Scene series by Georgina Troy
Georgina Troy lives on the island of Jersey and can see the lights in France at night from her bedroom window.
People say that it’s hard not to fall in love living in the ‘Sunny Isle’ of Jersey, but for Bea Philips, still reeling from a divorce and the loss of her beloved godmother, she’s not sure she can find the time. Between her soon-to-be-ex husband trying to take away the home she grew up in, surly but attractive builder Luke renovating the house, and her old flame Tom re-appearing at work, she’s worn out!
Is life going to give Bea a break for once…and maybe let her fall in love?
Published 17 March 2015
When shoe designer Paige Bingham is jilted at the altar, she decides to enjoy her honeymoon-for-one in Sorrento. What she doesn’t expect is to meet mysterious entrepreneur, Sebastian Fielding, when she arrives. He helps ease the sting of rejection as he introduces her to the ancient sites he knows and loves. Unfortunately, soon after Paige returns home to Jersey, she discovers that Sebastian’s company is taking over the struggling store where her business is based…
How can Paige stop her fledgling business from going under? And what can she do to fight the gossip now that the paparazzi have published their untruths about ‘A Jersey Affair’?
Published 4 September 2015
Event planners Izzy and Jess are badly let down when a Jersey socialite hires them for the busiest weeks of the season and then cancels at the last minute, leaving the girls with no bookings and no money.
Feeling despondent, they try a night out to cheer themselves up, and meet the captivating and aristocratic Ed, who invites the two on a luxury yacht cruise to Nice, together with his two brothers. Romance builds through heady days of blue skies and warm seas, but when a last-minute wedding booking is offered, the girls must return to Jersey, and real life has to begin again … or has it?
Stranger Child by Rachel Abbott
Rachel lives in Alderney, the most northerly of our Channel Islands.
Published 24 February 2015
One Dark Secret. One act of revenge.
When Emma Joseph met her husband David, he was a man shattered by grief. His first wife had been killed outright when her car veered off the road. Just as tragically, their six-year-old daughter mysteriously vanished from the scene of the accident.
Now, six years later, Emma believes the painful years are behind them. She and David have built a new life together and have a beautiful baby son, Ollie.
Then a stranger walks into their lives, and their world tilts on its axis.
Emma’s life no longer feels secure. Does she know what really happened all those years ago? And why does she feel so frightened for herself and for her baby?
When a desperate Emma reaches out to her old friend DCI Tom Douglas for help, she puts all their lives in jeopardy. Before long, a web of deceit is revealed that shocks both Emma and Tom to the core.
They say you should never trust a stranger. Maybe they’re right.
Quietus by David Sellars
David Sellars was born in Jersey, Channel Islands where he still lives.
Published July 2015
All Nick ever wanted was to be accepted – to fit into society, to be noticed by his parents, and to fall irrevocably in love. One out of three wasn’t bad. And Sophie: beautiful; passionate; impulsive Sophie; said she loved him too … up until the day she killed herself. Wracked by grief and desperate to abscond, he moves to Jersey where he meets Carrie. In the woods that surround his new home she challenges Nick to confront his nightmare – risking insanity as he becomes besieged with deeper, darker, more sinister revelations. He can run away from his girlfriend’s suicide but can he ever escape Sophie? Or the fact that her death … was his fault?
Once Upon An Island by Jersey Writers
Published 12 April 2015
Once upon an island is a collection of fictional stories offering a glimpse into Jersey’s history and the people who have lived it. From prehistoric to contemporary times, from murder to romance and from wartime to peace, this is a gripping literary tour of an island which has seen more than its share of drama.
Written by members of Jersey Writers, 25% of the profits from this book will go to Jersey Heritage to help preserve the island’s unique history.