A bonus post from me, for you to enjoy this weekend as I recover from my nights. I’m looking for escapist reading this week after a busy news week, so here are some suggestions for you as I try to read myself back into day time living.
Rosie’s Little Cafe on the Riviera by Jennifer Bohnet
I read this on holiday – it’s a sweet romance set in the French Riviera. Rosie’s opening her dream cafe, but a Michelin starred chef is opening up a fancy hotel nearby. She’d be mad, only she didn’t find him so attractive. There’s also two friends – one recently widowed with a daughter and the other newly single – and you follow them all across the course of the first spring and summer season in business. Perfect for a spring weekend, but t may make you want to move abroad though.
Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
Immerse yourself in the world of Singpore’s super rich. Rachel Chu has agreed to spend the summer in Singapore with her boyfriend’s family. But what she doesn’t know is that Nick is one of the island’s most eligible bachelors and that she doesn’t measure up to his family’s expectations for a potential wife. There’s outrageous wealth, spoilt IT girls and culture clashes galore – not just Rachel’s ABC (American-born Chinese) background, but also the old money versus new money of Singapore’s old family’s and China’s new superrich. It’s bonkers, it’s addictive and it’s perfect to escape from your normal life.
The Accidental Detective by Michael R N Jones
I read this modern Sherlock Holmes retelling on holiday. Victor Locke is a beer-drinking genius, who’s banned from owning laptops or smart phones after getting caught hacking into something he shouldn’t have done. Dr Jonathan Doyle is his court-appointed psychologist and the two of them race around Middlesbrough (of all places) solving crimes and outwitting shadowy government figures. This is from my perennial favourites Fahrenheit press, so if you’ve read some of my other recommendations from them you’ll have an idea about the sort of tone we’re looking at. Funny and escapist, read it with a drink in your hand like Victor would!