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81. The Shipbuilder's Daughter - Emma Fraser

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Glasgow, 1928. Margaret lost both of her brothers in the Great War and is now the last remaining child of wealthy and powerful shipyard owner William Bannatyne. Without a male heir to carry on the family business, William expects his daughter to marry well and provide him with a grandson to inherit his business. Margaret loves her father but she has ambitions of her own: to become a doctor. Her father lets Margaret finish her training, but he doesn't count on her meeting Alasdair Morrison, a union man at the shipyard. Suddenly she's faced with an impossible, heart-breaking choice...will she choose love or obligation?

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82. Lord James Harrington and the Winter mystery - Lynn Florkiewicz

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1957. Lord James Harrington and his wife, Beth, run a country hotel in the village of Cavendish, deep in the heart of West Sussex. James and Beth are discussing the latest Cavendish Players production, The Devil Incarnate, when their cleaner informs them that farmer, Alec Grimes is missing. When James finds Grimes dead, he is certain of foul play. But the doctor says he died of natural causes and even good friend Detective Chief Inspector George Lane dismisses his suspicions. So James decides to put his own sleuthing skills to the test?

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83. The Blacksmith's Wife - Anne Doughty

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County Armagh, 1845. Married to the local blacksmith, young Sarah Hamilton spends her days looking after John and his apprentices at the forge. Her happiness is intensified by the steady love of her husband and the beautiful green landscape of her home on Drumilly Hill.

When tragedy strikes, life at the forge is changed for ever and Sarah must find the strength to endure a devastating heartbreak. But as the crops across Ireland begin to fail and the textile industry struggles to adapt to new methods, she knows she isn’t the only one enduring hardships. Along with her friends and neighbours, Sarah lives through loss and disappointment, but along the way discovers love and the power of hope with the help of those dearest to her.

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84. Nobody's Girl - Tania Crosse

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he boom years immediately after the Great War bring nothing but happiness for wealthy industrialist Wigmore Stratfield-Whyte and his wife Clarissa - until tragedy robs them of their greatest treasure. Many years later, a horrific fatal accident brings young Meg Chandler, a spirited farmer's daughter, into their lives. Meg wants nothing to do with them, but Clarissa is drawn irresistibly towards the bereaved girl and will move heaven and earth to help her. Will Meg allow Clarissa into her own shattered life, and can the two share a future happiness together? And will Meg's new acquaintances bring her the contentment she craves - or seek to destroy her?

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85. Essex Poison - Ian Sansom

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October 1937. Swanton Morley, the People’s Professor, sets off to Essex to continue his history of England, The County Guides. Morley’s daughter, Miriam, continues to cause chaos and his assistant Stephen Sefton continues to slide deeper into depression and despair. Morley is an honorary guest at the Colchester Oyster Festival. But when the mayor dies suddenly at the civic reception suspicion falls on his fellow councillors. Is it a case of food poisoning? Or could it be … murder? Join Morley, Miriam and Sefton on another journey into the dark heart of England

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86. A Pinch of Poison - Alyssa Maxwell

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Lady Phoebe, with the tireless assistance of Eva, has organized a luncheon at the Haverleigh School for Young Ladies. But it proves to be a recipe for disaster when the school's headmistress, Miss Finch, is poisoned. The girls at Haverleigh all come from highly respected families, none of whom will countenance their darling daughters being harassed like common criminals by the local police. So Lady Phoebe steps in to handle the wealthy young debutantes with discretion, while Eva cozies up to the staff. But Lady Phoebe and Eva will have to sleuth with great stealth or the cornered killer may try to teach someone else a lethal lesson.

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87. A Life Without You - Shari Low

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Thirty-year-old Dee Harper and her husband, Joe, are blissfully happy - until one day everything changes. Dee is gone, killed by a reckless driver, leaving the people she loved to deal with their grief in different ways. A marriage is rocked as a parent becomes consumed with seeking justice. A husband struggles to accept the loss of his wife and their future. And a friend discovers that there were shocking secrets that went unshared. But all of them have to learn that the only way forward is to let go of the past.

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88. The Line Between Us - Kate Dunn

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Ifor is the gardener at Nanagalan, an ancient manor house situated on the Welsh borders. It’s here that he meets and falls in love with Ella, the daughter of the house. When the war arrives, Ifor enlists to fight and is one of a small number of soldiers left behind in France after the evacuation from Dunkirk. The British government sends a requisitioned liner to recover the stragglers from St Nazaire in Brittany, but the Lancastria is bombed by the Germans and Ifor is left battling for survival in the icy waters. As he struggles to keep afloat amongst the wreckage, his abiding passion for Ella and his determination to see her again are what help him to survive.

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89. The Girl I Used to Know - Faith Hogan

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Amanda King and Tess Cuffe are strangers who share the same Georgian house, but their lives couldn't be more different. Amanda seems to have it all. She projects all the accoutrements of a lady who lunches. Sadly, the reality is a soulless home, an unfaithful husband and a very lonely heart. By comparison, in the basement flat, unwanted tenant Tess has spent a lifetime hiding and shutting her heart to love. It takes a bossy doctor, a handsome gardener, a pushy teenager and an abandoned cat to show these two women that sometimes letting go is the first step to moving forward.

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90. The Girls of Mulberry Lane - Rosie Clarke

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Maureen Jackson is a prisoner of her father's blackmail. Three years ago, she'd been hoping to marry Rory, the man of her dreams. However, after her mother's death, Maureen was left to care for her overbearing father. Now Rory is back in London with his pregnant wife and reminds Maureen of the life that should have been hers. With the war looming, Janet Ashley hopes to marry her sweetheart Mike, but her father refuses to grant them his blessing. Janet finds herself pregnant and her mother Peggy is determined to hold her family together. One day, four lives on a collision course with destiny...

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91. Murder at the Mill - MB Shaw

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Iris Grey arrives at Mill Cottage in a picture-perfect Hampshire village, looking to escape from her crumbling marriage. She is drawn to the neighbouring Wetherby family, and is commissioned to paint a portrait of Dominic Wetherby, a celebrated crime writer. At the Wetherby's Christmas Eve party, the mulled wine is in full flow - but so too are tensions and rivalries among the guests. On Christmas Day, the youngest member of the Wetherby family, Lorcan, finds a body in the water. A tragic accident? Or a deadly crime? With the snow falling, Iris enters a world of village gossip, romantic intrigue, buried secrets and murder

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92. Garden of Lies - Amanda Quick

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Anne Clifton was one of the finest young women in Ursula Kern's secretarial agency. But Miss Clifton has met an untimely end. Bent on justice, Ursula hatches a plan: take Anne's place as stenographer to the reclusive poet Valerie, Lady Fulbrook. There are dark rumours about Lord Fulbrook, and his mansion in Mapstone Square seems the logical starting point for an undercover investigation. Slater Roxton thinks Mrs. Kern is off her head to meddle in such dangerous business but intends to remain close by as they venture into a den of iniquity called the Olympus Club.

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93. Jane and Dorothy - Marian Veevers

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Jane Austen and Dorothy Wordsworth were born in the 1770s, in a world torn between heady revolutionary ideas and fierce conservatism. Both were influenced by the Romantic ideals of Dorothy's brother, William Wordsworth, and his friends. Jane and Dorothy compares their upbringing and education, home lives and loves and, above all, their emotional and creative worlds. Original insights include a new discovery of serious depression suffered by Dorothy Wordsworth, a new and crucial discovery about Dorothy and William's relationship, and a critical look at the myths surrounding the man who stole Jane's heart.

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94. The Berlin Airlift - Barry Turner

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Berlin, 1948 – the ruined German capital lay 120 miles inside Soviet-controlled eastern Germany. Stalin wanted the Allies out; the Allies were determined to stay, but had only three narrow air corridors linking the city to the West. Stalin was confident he could crush Berlin’s resolve by cutting off food and fuel. Over eleven months, British and American aircraft carried out the most ambitious airborne relief operation ever mounted, flying over 2 million tons of supplies to save a beleaguered Berlin. With new material from American, British and German archives and original interviews with veterans, Turner paints a fresh picture of the airlift, the repercussions of which still remain today.

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95. Don't Let My Past Be Your Future - Harry Smith

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Harry Leslie Smith is a great British stalwart. A survivor of the Great Depression, a Second World War veteran, a lifelong Labour supporter and a proud Yorkshire man. He has witnessed a country in crisis. Now in his nineties, Harry wonders whether anything has changed. Britain is at its most dangerous juncture since Harry's youth - the NHS and social housing are in crisis, whilst Brexit and an unpopular government continue to divide the country. Labour's triumphant comeback of June 2017 is a beacon of light. Britain has overcome adversity before and will do so again - a new nation will be forged from the ashes of grave injustice.

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96. My Cat Yugoslavia - Pajtim Statovci

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In 1980s Yugoslavia, a young Muslim girl is married off to a near stranger, and the match quickly turns sour. Shortly thereafter, the country is torn apart by war and they flee to Finland, where her son Bekim grows up to become a social outcast, a foreigner, and a gay man in an unaccepting society. His only true companion is a boa constrictor that he lets roam around his apartment. But one night in a gay bar, Bekim meets a talking cat who moves in with him and his snake. This creature starts Bekim on a journey back to Kosovo to confront his demons; a journey that will eventually lead him to love.

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97. The Trophy Taker - Sarah Flint

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He keeps each one floating in formaldehyde to stop them from rotting. Each finger denotes a victim, tortured and butchered, their heart ripped out and discarded, replaced instead by symbols of their treachery. He sits alone admiring his trophies; every one of them guilty in his eyes. And now more must pay. But who or what links the victims? DC 'Charlie' Stafford is already investigating a series of escalating racist attacks and it now seems she has a vicious serial killer on her hands. With no leads and time running out, the team at Lambeth are at near breaking point. Something has to give…

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98. The Trout - Peter Cunningham

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Alex and Kay began their relationship many years ago in Ireland. His father, a well-respected doctor, is immensely proud of him until the day Alex meets Kay, a meeting which changes Alex’s life and his relationship with his father forever. Rejected by his father and his friends, Alex and Kay eventually settle in Canada to lead a normal family life. Normal life, however, is only a thin veneer covering a world of childhood secrets and lies and a letter arriving out of the blue triggers a long-buried guilt in Alex, leading him to risk all to track down its secrets.

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99. Love & Fame - Susie Boyt

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Susie Boyt's sixth novel is the story of the first year of a marriage. Eve a nervous young actress from a powerful theatrical dynasty has found herself married to an international expert on anxiety called Jim. Could it work? Should it work? Must the show always go on? This is a highly-strung comedy about love, fame, grief, showbusiness and the depths of the gutter press. Its witty and sincere tone - familiar to fans of Susie's newspaper column - will delight and unnerve in equal measure.

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100. Calling Major Tom - David M Barnett

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Original, moving and mercilessly funny, this is an unashamedly feel-good story. Don't hesitate - fall in love with this book! - Miranda Dickinson, author of festive favourite, Fairytale of New York

AS FEATURED IN THE GUARDIAN, THE FESTIVE FEEL-GOOD MUST-READ FOR CHRISTMAS 2017

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