Romance between the pages … and a flirty rosé


When Belle’s quiet, idyllic life on the coast starts to crumble, it’s a stranger thousands of miles away in Italy who provides a shoulder to cry on. And so, when she’s sent a beautiful gift with a note signed off ‘P.S. Come to Italy!’ she decides to follow her heart. A palazzo in beautiful Puglia, flashy cars, a glamorous, albeit warring family … the Italian break wasn’t about falling in love. But under the sun-kissed olive trees, anything can happen. Nicky Pellegrino’s a fabulous author, and P.S. Come to Italy is the perfect romantic read. Orion

An office quiz night with an all-expenses-paid trip to Zanzibar up for grabs. Two colleagues who share a desk but drive each other to distraction. A prize that needs to be shared. Not ideal … but maybe the holiday from hell could turn out to be the vacation dreams are made of. What Happens On Vacation by Jo Watson … light, romantic, hugely enjoyable. Headline

This pale, coral pink dry Steenberg Ruby Rosé delivers subtle fragrances of strawberry sherbet, blueberry coulis, rose petal, watermelon and fresh garden herbs on the nose, and then shows off a fresh palate … all juicy summer melon, berries and spiced peaches. It’s clean and bright and is the perfect drink for all happy occasions … and what’s happier than book club with friends on a lovely May evening? R100 from



For Mothers’ Day … tears and thrills (and our book of the month)

Revenge, according to 18-year-old Maya, is best served in a teen reality show on national TV. Where she’ll get to reject her cheating ex and meet the girl with whom he cheated. A girl who Maya befriends. But could it be more than just friendship? Never Ever Getting Back Together by Sophie Gonzales (queen of queer love stories) is all first loves and teenage girls and hot boys and going off-script! Hodder Children’s Books

A mother gets her children ready for bed while waiting for her husband to get home. Little does she realise this will be the last night they’ll spend together as a family. The next morning, she’s accused of her husband’s murder. Fast forward a decade and she’s been released. And she’ll stop at nothing to clear her name and get her children back. The Mother by TM Logan is as thrilling as his previous titles … if you haven’t yet read him, you’re missing out. Bonnier

The last thing Anna needs is a baby. Abandoned, adopted and living hand to mouth, she never dreamt of having a real family. But when she meets her birth mother, everything changes – because the same day, she learns she’s going to be a mother too. Marlene is eccentric, generous with her considerable fortune and overjoyed to become a grandmother. In Mother’s Day by Abigail Burdess, Anna is living the dream. But is it her dream, or someone else’s? Now she will have to decide what she’s willing to sacrifice for a real family, her future, her freedom, even her unborn child. Headline



It’s simply not a romantic round-up without Katie Fforde … One Enchanted Evening, set in 1964 in a small Dorset Hotel, is all temperamental chefs and sparks flying and recipes for disaster, and love! Penguin

Take a menopausal mum. Add a sixteen-year-old with secrets. Throw in an indiscretion or two and then keep adding heart breaking hit after hit after hit. Amazing Grace Adams is just that. It’s a one-sitting read (you won’t be able to put this one down) and is, spoiler alert, a complete tear-jerker. Book of the month! Michael Joseph

All from Exclusive Books.