Another worthy mention is Just What Kind of Mother Are You? by Paula Daly - see what happens when a young schoolgirl goes missing. The fact that she was meant to have been picked up by a school friend's mother adds another twist to the tale. I wouldn't recommend reading the end first - don't ask me why, but I did. Somebody else I know has the same bad habit... Not recommended!! Anyway...
Shoot the Moon by Billie Letts is an older book that I picked up off the shelves. It's a tale of a young man's return to the town from which he'd disappeared as a baby. He has only recently found out that he was adopted and goes in search of his mother. When he finds out his disappearance coincided with her murder, he starts looking for answers. It's another beautifully written novel and well worth searching out.
Anita Hughes' Lake Como is a quick and easy read based in the world of Italian aristocracy. Hughes is an Australian living in America and this is the first time I've read her work. A classic beach read and one for the school holidays when it's hard to concentrate on anything heavier. Great work!
Gardening in Miniature is a favourite book of Sophie's and I think she'd like to see it appearing in her Christmas stocking. She was inspired to make a miniature garden at her nana and pa's place and would like to make a few at home. She wants you to know it is a very fun book and she really liked it.
What about you? Any recent recommendations or old favourites??