Book of the Month

There’s nothing better than reading a good book whilst you’re away. With help from my wonderful friend @laurawhitehead52 who always recommends amazing books to me, here are some of my favourites that I have read and recommend for your own enjoyment.

I’ll upload my favourite book each month with a coconut rating so make sure you subscribe to our page (at the bottom) for my Book of the Month updates.

(If you click on the book covers you will be re-directed to their Amazon pages where you can buy them for yourselves)

Happy reading x

February 2018

Book of the month, Jane Shemilt, Saltandcoconuts, recomendation

Daughter – Jane Shemilt
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Jenny is a successful family doctor, the mother of three great teenagers, married to a celebrated neurosurgeon.
But when her youngest child, fifteen-year-old Naomi, doesn’t come home after her school play, Jenny’s seemingly ideal life begins to crumble. The authorities launch a nationwide search with no success. Naomi has vanished, and her family is broken.
As the months pass, the worst-case scenarios–kidnapping, murder–seem less plausible. The trail has gone cold. Yet, for a desperate Jenny, the search has barely begun. More than a year after her daughter’s disappearance, she’s still digging for answers–and what she finds disturbs her. Everyone she’s trusted, everyone she thought she knew, has been keeping secrets, especially Naomi. Piecing together the traces her daughter left behind, Jenny discovers a very different Naomi from the girl she thought she’d raised.
Jenny knows she’ll never be able to find Naomi unless she uncovers the whole truth about her daughter–a twisting, painful journey into the past that will lead to an almost unthinkable revelation. . .

January 2018

Book of the Month, recommended reading, salt and coconuts, Jodi picoult

Small Great Things – Jodi Picoult
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When a newborn baby dies after a routine hospital procedure, there is no doubt about who will be held responsible: the nurse who had been banned from looking after him by his father. What the nurse, her lawyer and the father of the child cannot know is how this death will irrevocably change all of their lives, in ways both expected and not.
Small Great Things is about prejudice and power; it is about that which divides and unites us.
It is about opening your eyes.


December 2017

Kimberly McCreight, Book of the month, Salt and coconuts

Reconstructing Amelia – Kimberly McCreight
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Stressed single mother and law partner Kate is in the meeting of her career when she is interrupted by a telephone call to say that her teenaged daughter Amelia has been suspended from her exclusive Brooklyn prep school for cheating on an exam. Torn between her head and her heart, she eventually arrives at St Grace’s over an hour late, to be greeted by sirens wailing and ambulance lights blazing. Her daughter has jumped off the roof of the school, apparently in shame of being caught.
A grieving Kate can’t accept that her daughter would kill herself: it was just the two of them and Amelia would never leave her alone like this. And so begins an investigation which takes her deep into Amelia’s private world, into her journals, her email account and into the mind of a troubled young girl.
Then Kate receives an anonymous text saying simply: AMELIA DIDN’T JUMP. Is someone playing with her, or has she been right all along?


November 2017

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Beneath The Surface – Heidi Perks
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When the teenage son of Holly Gold’s school friend brutally murders his parents before killing himself, her sleepy home town is rocked by the sudden tragedy.
Appalled, Holly investigates. What could have caused the happy-go-lucky boy she remembers to commit such a heinous crime? When another teen commits suicide, she uncovers a horrifying link between the recent deaths and a dark conspiracy to hide the truth.
But someone doesn’t want Holly asking questions and, as she hunts for evidence to prove her theory, she’s dragged into a nightmare that threatens her life and her sanity. Then tragedy strikes again—and this time it’s closer to home…
Beneath the Surface is a gripping psychological suspense-thriller from the bestselling author of Duplicity, Look Behind You and Where the Memories Lie.


October 2017

Book of the Month is slightly different this month, but is in keeping with our recent soul trip to Bilbao . My extremely clever dad wrote this book across three years and lists every Soul LP made, referencing music artists from A-K (he is currently writing the rest of the alphabet for the second edition). This book has been a huge success so far and at one point was the number one best selling music book on Amazon. So here’s to John Lias and his great book!

Soul LP, Encyclopedia, music, book

Spinning Around: A History of the Soul LP
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This is the first definitive attempt in book form to list and discuss thousands of soul LPs that were issued in the vinyl era. Volume 1 addresses album releases by hundreds of artists from the famous – James Brown, Marvin Gaye, Bobby Bland, Gladys Knight & The Pips, The Impressions and Aretha Franklin – to the more obscure – John Byrd, Paul Kelly, Bill Coday, Harmon Bethea and Geater Davis – to the completely unknown – Jimmy Dee & The Mighty Dee-Jays, Crack Steppin’ and Charles Hilton Brown. Beautifully produced in hardback, with over 400 pages and 435,000 words, including 108 colour photographs of LP covers, Spinning Around : The History Of The Soul LP, Volume 1 : A – K, is the first truly comprehensive study of this topic ever undertaken anywhere in the world. Even if you don’t necessarily buy LPs, buy the book: one of the key works on soul music. (Volume 2 will follow in spring of 2018).


September 2017

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The Sea Sisters – Lucy Clarke
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There are some currents in the relationship between sisters that run so dark and so deep, it’s better for the people swimming on the surface never to know what’s beneath . .
Katie’s carefully structured world is shattered by the news that her headstrong younger sister, Mia, has been found dead in Bali – and the police claim it was suicide.
With only the entries of Mia’s travel journal as her guide, Katie retraces the last few months of her sister’s life, and – page by page, country by country – begins to uncover the mystery surrounding her death.What she discovers changes everything. But will her search for the truth push their sisterly bond – and Katie – to breaking point?
The Sea Sisters is a compelling story of the enduring connection between sisters.

August 2017

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Big Little Lies – Liane Moriarty
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Single mum Jane has just moved to town. She’s got her little boy in tow – plus a secret she’s been carrying for five years.
On the first day of the school run she meets Madeline – a force to be reckoned with, who remembers everything and forgives no one – and Celeste, the kind beautiful woman who makes the world stop and stare, but is inexplicably ill at ease. They both take Jane under their wing – while careful to keep their own secrets under wraps.
But a minor incident involving the children of all three women rapidly escalates: playground whispers become spiteful rumours until no one can tell the truth from the lies.
It was always going to end in tears, but how did it end in murder?


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2. The Atlas of Us – Tracy Buchanan
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Louise’s mother is missing in the aftermath of the Boxing Day tsunami in Thailand.
The only trace Louise can find is her mother’s distinctive bag. Inside it is a beautiful atlas belonging to a writer named Claire. But what is the connection between Claire and Louise’s missing mum, and can the atlas help Louise find her?
Louise explores the mementoes slipped between the pages of the atlas and uncovers a life-changing revelation, a passionate love affair and a tragedy.
And she learns a secret that nearly destroyed Claire and the man she loved – the same secret her mother has been guarding all these years …


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3. Lying In Wait – Liz Nugent
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Gone Girl fans will love Liz Nugent’s Lying in Wait … it twists, it turns, its characters are utterly despicable and it is a compulsive triumph’ Stylist
From the award-winning author of the No 1 bestseller, Unravelling Oliver
‘My husband did not mean to kill Annie Doyle, but the lying tramp deserved it.’
Lydia Fitzsimons lives in the perfect house with her adoring husband and beloved son. There is just one thing Lydia yearns for to make her perfect life complete, though the last thing she expects is that pursuing it will lead to murder. However, needs must – because nothing can stop this mother from getting what she wants …


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4. The Husband’s Secret – Liane Moriarty
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Speak up and hurt the ones you love most or stay silent and hide a crime?
Mother of three and wife of John-Paul, Cecilia discovers an old envelope in the attic. Written in her husband’s hand, it says: to be opened only in the event of my death.
Curious, she opens it – and time stops.
John-Paul’s letter confesses to a terrible mistake which, if revealed, would wreck their family as well as the lives of others.
Cecilia wants to do the right thing, but right for who?
If she protects her family by staying silent, the truth will worm through her heart. But if she reveals her husband’s secret, she will hurt those she loves most . . .


If you have any recommendations of what to read on holiday please get in touch and let us know your favourite books. We’d love to hear from you 😉

4 thoughts on “Book of the Month”

  1. A lovely read if you like to include travel with a bit of history is The Island by Victoria Hislop. Set in Greece, you really can get a feel of how it must have been on the island where people with leprosy were sent. Also The Thread by the same author, and The Return, set in Cyprus and Spain respectively, introducing us to civil war accompanied by a bit of romance. Also good reads are Purple Hibiscus and Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie if you like an African theme – quite heavy going in a way, but a good read all the same where you can feel the plight of life for Africans, now and in previous years; A Thousand Splendid Suns and The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini will introduce the reader to life in Afganistan, from a male and female perspective. All the above are novels, but the author has researched the history of each country and their culture, and based the stories in fact, so the reader can really “feel”that they are there, and sense how it must have felt for all concerned. I hope you like the choices.

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  2. Thanks for following my blog and reading my blogs. i admire your travel tips and photographs

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