We’re pretty big fans of April – delicate bluebells and cheerful daffodils peeking out to see the sun, bounding spring lambs and chocolate eggs galore at Easter. What’s not to love? April is also an excellent month for books. Here are ten we’re especially excited about curling up with.
Yes, it’s technically a late March book, but you know how behind you can get when your ‘to be read’ pile is well-stocked. A modern re-imagining of the Jane Austen classic by bestselling crime author Val McDermid, Northanger Abbey focusses on avid bookworm and Twilight fan Cat who, in all of her 17 years, has never left her small Dorset village. It’s a constant source of disappointment to Cat that her life does not more closely resemble her books (sound familiar?) and she yearns for the romance and excitement of her fantasy novels. Little does she known that, with an invite to the Edinburgh Festival from her wealthy neighbours, her own adventure is about to begin. We’re intrigued.
Cavendon Hall by Barbara Taylor Bradford (April 1)
A glorious, sweeping family saga full of loyalty, passion, secrets and intrigue from bestselling author Barbara Taylor Bradford is just what we needed to quell our Downton Abbey withdrawal. Fortunately, Cavendon Hall is out tomorrow. Opening on the eve of the First World War, this gorgeous new novel is set around a stately home, Cavendon Hall, its owners – the aristocratic Ingham family – and the Swann family who serve them.