17 of the best books for your honeymoon

19 Jun 2018

Looking for a good book to take away with you on honeymoon? Here are 17 of our top picks

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Whether you’re looking for a book to pass the time during the flight or while away the hours spent relaxing by the pool, there are a multitude of literary favourites and lesser known page-turners with which to immerse yourself.

From light chick lit to dark dystopian fiction, there is a book out there for every bride. Consider these top picks, selected to help you lose yourself, escape the outside world and enhance your honeymoon experience.

P.S. I Love You, by Cecilia Ahern

Her first and possibly, best, offering to date, Cecilia Ahern’s P.S. I Love You is an easy and uplifting read. Despite the sad start that will have you reaching for the tissues, the story that follows is one of hope, happiness and most importantly, love. P.S. the book is better than the film.

Twilight, by Stephanie Meyer

If you’re yet to get stuck into the Twilight Saga, now is your chance. There are five books in the series, so the beginning is a very good place to start. Meet Arizona teen Bella Swan and vampire Edward Cullen, who fall truly, madly, deeply and in turn unite their two very different worlds with destructive consequences.

A Sky Painted Gold, by Laura Wood

Growing up in a sleepy Cornish village, 17-year-old Lou has always wondered about the grand Cardew house. When the owners arrive for the summer Lou is swept off her feet and into a world of moonlit cocktail parties and glamour. A gorgeously dreamy coming-of-age romance set against a stunning Gatsby-esque backdrop.

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The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood

If you’re looking for a gripping novel that you can’t put down, let The Handmaid’s Tale be the one. Set in the Republic of Gilead, a totalitarian and theocratic state that has replaced the United States of America, we meet Offred – one of several Handmaids who have been assigned to bear children for elite couples that have trouble conceiving due to dangerously low reproduction rates.

A Thousand Splendid Suns, by Khaled Hosseni

Presenting similar themes and life lessons as his debut novel The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini’s A Thousand Splendid Suns charts the journey of two Afghani girls and how their lives interconnect. Written with Hosseini’s signature candid honesty which details life in Afghanistan during the early 1960s to the early 2000s, A Thousand Splendid Suns offers an eye-opening perspective on society and culture.

Riders, by Jilly Cooper

Before E. L. James (of Fifty Shades of Grey fame), there was Jilly Cooper. Riders is an example of erotic fiction at its finest, following a group of top show jumping stars in Rutshire and documenting the twists and turns their lives take. 

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Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen

The ultimate love story, enjoy the heady and heartwarming initial stages of married life with Jane Austen by your side. Revisit the golden era of Georgian gentility and indulge yourself in a simpler time of love letters, stolen glances and beautifully executed expressions of undying love.  

Bridget Jones’s Diary, by Helen Fielding

Offering a more modern take on the aforementioned romance, Bridget Jones’s Diary is thought to be loosely based on Pride & Prejudice and even features its very own Mr Darcy. If you haven’t seen the films (where have you been?!), then read the books first, or if you’re a lover of Renee Zellweger’s interpretation of the beloved Bridget, see how the novels compare.

Sorted!, by Anne Gillion

As the festive season approaches, four fed-up females look back at another year of job misery, boring relationships and looming redundancy. When fate steps in and throws them together, they pool their talents and start up a business – but not everyone is happy with their new-found zest for life… Available on download.

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Me Before You, by Jojo Moyes

It’s a weepy, but it’s a goody. When Louisa Clark lands a job as a carer for Will Traynor – a successful young man who was left paralysed by an accident two years earlier, her patience and positivity is pushed to the limit. However, when she starts to change Will’s cynical outlook on life for the better, Louisa begins to realise that both her and Will’s feelings for one another run deeper than a purely professional relationship.

The Notebook, by Nicholas Sparks

If you can bear to diverge from Rachel McAdams’ and Ryan Gosling’s interpretation for the silver screen, then the book will make you fall in love with the story all over again. Set in 1940s South Carolina, mill worker Noah Calhoun and rich girl Allie appear destined to be together. Yet, the course of true love never did run smooth and will Allie’s disapproving parents and Noah’s serving in World War II tear them apart forever?

The Beekeeper's Daughter, by Santa Montefiore 

Two worlds rocked by tragedy and lost love are addressed in this mother-daughter tale with a happy ending. Lifting the memories that weigh heavy on their hearts and unravelling the secrets that bind them can only help Grace and Trixie Hamblin move forward as the years pass by. 

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Confessions of a Shopaholic, by Sophie Kinsella

Rebecca Bloomwood is a financial journalist who, ironically, is in a serious amount of debt due to her shopping addiction. Lighthearted and humorous, Confessions of a Shopaholic will leave you querying your own credit card bills and identifying (whether largely or partly) with the book’s protagonist.

Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn

Looking for something a little darker? Gone Girl continues to be a best-seller since its 2012 release thanks to a plot that absorbs the reader with an alternating narrative. Leading a seemingly perfect life, Nick Dunne’s world is tipped upside down when his wife, Amy, goes missing. Yet, as the story unfolds, we learn how and why Amy has set Nick up for an almighty downfall.

The Bomb Girl Brides, by Daisy Styles

It is January 1944, and nestled in the Lancashire moors sits the Phoenix Munitions Factory where a group of girls work tirelessly to aid the war effort. As Maggie prepares for her big day, the arrival of a new Bomb Girl unsettles everyone. But will such bad feelings spoil budding romances?

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Eligible, by Curtis Sittenfeld

Another modern retelling of Pride & Prejudice, Eligible tells the story of two sisters. While working in New York City, Liz and Jane learn of their father's health scare and return to their childhood home in Cincinnati to help. On arrival they discover the Tudor house is falling apart, mirroring the state of their family and the disintegrating relationships that once were. 

Captain Corelli's Mandolin, by Louis de Bernières

Continue the holiday vibes in your literary choices with Captain Corelli's Mandolin, set on the Greek island of Cephallonia during the Italian and German occupation of World War II. A young soldier is posted to the island and, despite initial resistance, is slowly accepted by the locals. He begins an affair with Pelagia, the daughter of Dr Iannis, who is engaged to a fisherman, but can they overcome the strain and strife of their controversial relationship during such tumultuous times? 

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