I have discovered so many great books from book club lists this year. I was therefore so excited to see the Richard and Judy Book Club Winter 2021 list has been released and it even has one of my favourite books of the year featured in it! We’ve had some great books in the Spring, April, Summer and Autumn lists and the winter list is no exception.
Here are the books featured in the Richard and Judy Book Club 2021 Winter list.
Seventeen-year-old Swedish born Lenni is dying. She’s living on a terminal children’s ward and is all too aware that life is short. Despite the doctor’s advice, Lenni rebels against her confinement and joins an art class within the hospital. Here, she meets Margot, an 83-year-old rebel from the next ward. The two share an instant bond and realise that between them they have been alive for one hundred years. The two unlikely friends begin to document their shared century through paintings and sketches. As they tell the stories of their lives, their extraordinary friendship deepens. Perhaps life is not done with Lenni and Margot yet.
Leigh and her sister Callie are not bad people, but one night, more than twenty ago, they did something terrible. Years later, Leigh has pushed that night from her mind and become a successful lawyer – but when she is forced to take on a new client against her will, her world begins to spiral out of control. The client knows the truth about what happened twenty-three years ago. He knows what Leigh and Callie did. And unless they stop him, he’s going to tear their lives apart
In 2007, teenage mum Tallulah heads out with her boyfriend for an evening out, leaving their baby at home with Tallulah’s mum, Kim. At 11pm Tallulah sends Kim a text message saying they are heading to a gathering at a friend’s house and they would be home in an hour or so. However at 4.30am, neither Tallulah nor her boyfriend have returned home. Their phones are going straight to voicemail, and Tallulah’s friends tell Kim they were last seen heading to a pool party at a house in the woods called Dark Place. They never returned.
In 2018, Sophie moves to the country with her boyfriend where he has just started work as a headteacher at a local boarding school. When exploring the woods behind the school Sophie spots a sign nailed to a fence – “dig here”.
Could Sophie’s discovery finally help piece together what happened that mysterious night in 2017?
Based on the true Second World War story of the heroic librarians at the American Library in Paris, this is a novel of full romance, friendship, family, and heroism. In Paris 1939, Odile has her dream job working at the American Library in Paris but when the Nazi’s invade everything changes. In Montana, in 1983, Lily is a lonely teenager with big dreams. She becomes close to her neighbour Odile, who shares her love of language. As Lily uncovers more about Odile’s mysterious past, she discovers a dark secret, closely guarded and long hidden.
Before Owen Michaels disappears, he manages to smuggle a note to his new wife, Hannah: protect her. Hannah knows exactly who Owen needs her to protect – his teenage daughter, Bailey, who lost her mother tragically as a child. And who wants absolutely nothing to do with her new stepmother.
As her desperate calls to Owen go unanswered, his boss is arrested for fraud and the police start questioning her, Hannah realises that her husband isn’t who he said he was. And that Bailey might hold the key to discovering Owen’s true identity, and why he disappeared. Together they set out to discover the truth. But as they start putting together the pieces of Owen’s past, they soon realise that their lives will never be the same again.
Cal Hooper thought a fixer-upper in a remote Irish village would be the perfect escape. After twenty-five years in the Chicago police force, and a bruising divorce, he just wants to build a new life in a pretty spot with a good pub where nothing much happens. But then a local kid comes looking for his help. His brother has gone missing, and no one, least of all the police, seems to care. Cal wants nothing to do with any kind of investigation, but somehow he can’t make himself walk away. Soon Cal will discover that even in the most idyllic small town, secrets lie hidden, people aren’t always what they seem, and trouble can come calling at his door.
Richard and Judy Book Club 2021 Winter List: Summary
There are some absolute crackers on this list! The One Hundred Years of Lenni and Margot is one of my favourite books of the year and I’ve recommended it to everyone. I’m definitely going to check out the Paris Library as I love historical fiction.
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