An Ideal Husband

An Ideal Husband

Out in Hardback, eBook and Audio on 29th February 2024.

An Ideal Husband coverAnother uplifting, wryly humorous family drama from Sunday Times bestselling author Erica James…

After 30 years of marriage, and a wonderful family Christmas, Louisa is stunned when husband Kip asks for a divorce on Boxing Day. He’d never seemed unhappy – and they’ve raised three children together.

For months, Kip has been secretly seeing a younger woman – and if that wasn’t bad enough – it’s the woman who broke their youngest son’s heart.

Now Kip is moving out and embarking on a new life with Zoe, and Louisa is left to pick up the pieces. Their beloved family home, Charity Cottage, is up for sale, and tensions are running high.

Yet, despite the betrayal and anger, when Louisa lays eyes on what might be a unique and welcoming new home, she feels a first glimmer of hope that life might be taking a turn for the better.

And while Louisa is making exciting plans, Kip finds himself facing challenges of his own and begins to learn that living the dream may not be as simple as he thought…

Sunday Times bestseller Erica James returns with a sparkling tale of new starts and second chances.

Praise for An Ideal Husband

‘So, so good… shades of dark and light in every character which are gloriously done. A deliciously satisfying story.’ Cathy Kelly

 

‘Navigating the breakdown of a relationship is never easy but this was so warm and kind in the face of betrayal. I can highly recommend.’ Fern Britton

 

‘This compelling family drama puts a spotlight on how a family can evolve and re-invent itself without breaking down all together. Effortlessly elegant storytelling from Erica, as ever.’ Veronica Henry

Published by HQ Stories in Hardback, eBook and Audio on 29th February 2024. View online retailer buying links.

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Hardback ISBN-10: 0008413827 ISBN-13: 9780008413828

An Ideal Husband is also available in Audio Book

  • Length: 10 hours and 40 minutes
  • Unabridged

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A Secret Garden Affair

A Secret Garden Affair

Out now in Paperback, Hardback, eBook and Audio Book.

A Secret Garden Affair by Erica JamesAnother heartbreaking but glorious tale of secrets and love from the Sunday Times bestselling author Erica James…

July 1981. As the country prepares to celebrate Prince Charles’ wedding to Lady Diana, Libby wants to be as far away from royal wedding fever as possible.

Having caught her own fiancé in bed with her best friend just weeks before they were due to marry, she’s fled London for the comfort of the Suffolk countryside.

At Larkspur House, with its magical garden created by renowned garden designer and one-time socialite Elfrida Ambrose, and its comfortingly familiar kitchen presided over by Libby’s great-aunt Bess, she hopes to find a way to put her life back together.

But for lifelong friends Bess and Elfrida, Libby’s arrival has stirred up the ghosts of the past. And before they can help her rebuild her shattered future, they must confront their own unspoken secrets, lost loves, and tragedies…

From the Sunday Times bestselling author Erica James comes a captivating story that sweeps through sixty years of history, love, and family drama.

Published by HQ Stories in Hardback and eBook on 30th March 2023 and in Paperback on 14 September 2023. View online retailer buying links.

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Hardback ISBN-10: 0008413754 ISBN-13: 9780008413750
Paperback ISBN-10: 0008413789 ISBN-13: 9780008413781

A Secret Garden Affair is also available in Audio Book

  • Narrated by: Laura Aikman
  • Length: 13 hours and 6 minutes
  • Unabridged

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My Weekly

From My Weekly…

Both my sons live thousands of miles away…

Author Erica James talks about the role reversal between child and parent, a theme of her new novel Mothers and Daughters

Read the article in My Weekly.

Female First article

Female First articleFrom Female First…

Seven things I’d like my readers to know about me by Erica James, author of Mothers and Daughters

Author Erica James writes a piece for Female First upon the release of her new book Mothers and Daughters.

Read the article in Female First.

What Happens Next | The Bestseller Experiment

The Bestseller ExperimentFrom The Bestseller Experiment Podcast…

The amazing Erica James returns to the podcast with her latest bestseller Mothers and Daughters. She tells us the key question she asks of her characters, why she wants a dark cloud on the covers of her books, and how events in the real world might affect our writing. Oh, and the two Marks ponder whether they should start their own religion.

This episode also features a clip from the audiobook of Mothers and Daughters read by Juliet Stevenson.

In this episode you will discover:

  • Why you should put your characters through hell.
  • The importance of the relationship between author and editor.
  • And how writers make sense of the world with storytelling…

Listen to the What Happens Next podcast.

From The Heart | The Bestseller Experiment

The Bestseller ExperimentFrom the Bestseller Experiment podcast…

How do you touch the heart of your readers? We get emotional over tea and cake with bestselling author Erica James. Erica has sold over 5 million copies of her twenty books, is winner of the Romantic Novel of the Year Award, and she never fails to break her readers’ hearts. We discover how she does it…

In this episode you will discover…

  • Why it’s so important to write from the heart
  • How talking to strangers can make you characters more interesting
  • The importance of trusting your instincts
  • How to know when your book isn’t working and how to fix it

Listen to the From the Heart podcast.

Mothers and Daughters

Mothers and Daughters

Out now in Paperback, Hardback, eBook and Audio Book.

Mothers and Daughters by Erica JamesEven happy families have their secrets…  A sweeping family drama of old secrets and new beginnings from the Sunday Times bestselling author Erica James.
Since the sudden death of her husband, Naomi has steadily rebuilt the life they shared in the village of Tilsham by the sea.

Her eldest daughter, Martha, is sensible and determined – just like her father was – and very much in control of where her life is going. If she could just get pregnant with her husband, life would be perfect.

Willow, the youngest, was always more sunny and easy-going, yet drifted through life, much to her father’s frustration. But now, with charming new boyfriend, Rick, she has a very good reason to settle down.

The three women are as close as can be. But there are things Naomi has kept from her daughters. Like the arrival of Ellis, a long-lost friend from way back, now bringing the fun and spark back into her life. And she’s certainly never told them that her marriage to their father wasn’t quite what it seemed…

The Sunday Times bestselling author Erica James returns with this gloriously compelling tale of mothers and daughters, secrets and love.

Published by HQ Stories in Hardback on 17th March 2022 and in Paperback on 21 July 2022. View online retailer buying links.

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Hardback ISBN-10: 000841369X  ISBN-13: 978-0008413699
Paperback ISBN-10: 0008413738 ISBN-13: 9780008413736

Mothers and Daughters is also available in Audio Book

  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 13 hours and 30 minutes
  • Unabridged
Listen to an extract and buy on Audible.

Letters from the Past

Letters from the Past

Letters from the Past by Erica JamesIt’s the autumn of 1962 in the idyllic Suffolk village of Melstead St Mary. Evelyn Devereux’s husband Kit is planning their 20th wedding anniversary party. But as they prepare to celebrate, Evelyn receives an anonymous letter that threatens to unravel the secrets she’s kept hidden for many years – secrets that reach back to the war and her days at Bletchley Park.

Evelyn’s sister-in-law, Hope, has brought joy to countless children with her bestselling books, but despite having a loving husband and caring family, happiness has never come easily to her. Then in an instant her fragile world is turned upside down when she too receives an anonymous letter.

Meanwhile, in the sun-baked desert of Palm Springs, Romily Devereux-Temple, crime-writer and former ATA pilot, is homesick for her beloved Island House, where she’s saved the day more times than she can count. On her return home, and shocked to learn what has been going on in her absence, she finds herself reluctantly confronting a secret she’s kept hidden for a very long time. Once again Romily is challenged to save the day and hold the family together. Can she do it, and maybe seize some happiness for herself at the same time?

Published by Orion Books in Hardback and eBook in 2020 and in Paperback in 2021. View online retailer buying links.

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Hardback ISBN: 9781409173854
Paperback ISBN-13: 9781409173878

Letters from the Past is also available in Audio Book

  • Narrated by: Jemma Redgrave
  • Length: 13 hours and 30 minutes
  • Unabridged
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Swallowtail Summer

Swallowtail Summer

Swallowtail Summer by Erica JamesThey thought they were friends for life – until one summer, everything changed...

Linston End on the Norfolk Broads has been the holiday home to three families for many years. The memories of their time there are ingrained in their hearts: picnics on the river, gin and tonics in the pavilion at dusk, hours spent seeking out the local swallowtail butterflies. Everyone together.

But widower Alastair has been faced with a few of life's surprises recently. Now, he is about to shock his circle of friends with the decisions he has made – and the changes it will mean for them all. For some, it feels like the end. For others, it might just be the beginning . . .

A story about friendship, making changes, and learning to live life to the fullest from bestseller Erica James.

Published by Orion Books in Hardback, Paperback and eBook in 2019. View online retailer buying links.

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Hardback ISBN: 9781409173786
Paperback ISBN: 9781409173793

Swallowtail Summer is also available in Audio Book

  • Narrated by: Richard Trinder
  • Length: 13 hours and 25 minutes
  • Unabridged
Listen to an extract and buy on Audible.