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Five books to get lost in on a villa holiday


Holidays are the perfect time to get stuck into a good book! Whether you enjoy being left on the edge of your sunlounger with a gritty thriller, or love getting swept up in romantic tales, there’s nothing better than relaxing by your very own pool and getting lost in a page-turner. For your next getaway, why not indulge in one of these riveting reads…

Woman reading book on sandy beach

Sunset over the Cherry Orchard by Jo Thomas

Relax into summer with Jo Thomas for more sunshine, romance and comedy brilliance! This year, we journey to a special cherry orchard in Spain, where your troubles feel a million miles away. As the sun toasts your skin, immerse yourself in the Spanish way of life…

It’s time for Beti Winter to dance to her own beat.

After three failed engagements Beti is in desperate need of a fresh start. What better place than the sun-drenched hills of southern Spain?

But it’s not all sangria and siestas. Beti finds work on an old Andalusian cherry farm where there are cherries to be picked, trees to be watered and her fiery boss, Antonio, to win over.

As the sun toasts her skin, Beti finds herself warming to the Spanish way of life. Embracing the art of flamenco, she discovers there is much to learn from the dance of passion. She just has to let loose and listen to the rhythm of her heart.

What Happened that Night by Sheila O’Flanagan

Sheila O’Flanagan is the bestselling author of The Missing Wife, and her new novel will enchant those of you who love the novels of Marian Keyes and Lisa Jewell…


When Lola Fitzpatrick catches the eye of Philip Warren, she’s new to Dublin and loving it. He’s used to getting what he wants… and she can’t resist him. Until one night he forces her to make an impossible choice. If she’d known then what she knows now, everything might have been different.


Lola’s daughter Bey has inherited her mother’s impulsive streak and it takes her down dangerous paths. Then one night she too finds herself in front of a man she loves, with impossible choices of her own to make. For both women, what happened that night changes everything. For better. For worse. Forever.

The Key by Kathryn Hughes

The No. 1 bestselling author of The Letter and The Secret is back with another unforgettable story of a heart-breaking secret that will stay with you forever…


It’s Ellen Crosby’s first day as a student nurse at Ambergate Hospital. When she meets a young woman admitted by her father, little does Ellen know that a choice she will make is to change all their lives forever.


Sarah is drawn to the now abandoned Ambergate. Whilst exploring the old corridors she discovers a suitcase belonging to a female patient who entered Ambergate fifty years earlier. The shocking contents, untouched for half a century, will lead Sarah to unravel a forgotten story of tragedy, lost love and the chance to make an old wrong right…


This Could Change Everything by Jill Mansell

If you loved Meet Me at Beachcomber Bay, then read this feel-good new novel from bestselling author Jill Mansell…

If only Essie hadn’t written that letter – the one that went viral…

On the one hand, if Essie hadn’t written that letter – the one that only her best friend was meant to see – then she’d still be living like an actual proper grown-up, tucked up with Paul in his picture-perfect cottage, maybe even planning their wedding…

On the other hand (if her true feelings hadn’t accidentally taken the internet by storm that is) she wouldn’t have moved into the attic flat on the square. She would never have met Conor. Or got to know Lucas…

And she wouldn’t have found herself falling in love with someone she really, really shouldn’t fall in love with…


The Wildflowers by Harriet Evans

Enjoy this spellbinding new novel from the Sunday Times bestselling author of A Place for Us and The Butterfly Summer…

Tony and Althea Wilde. Glamorous, argumentative… adulterous to the core.

They were my parents, actors known by everyone. They gave our lives love and colour in a house by the sea – the house that sheltered my orphaned father when he was a boy.

But the summer Mads arrived changed everything. She too had been abandoned and my father understood why. We Wildflowers took her in.

My father was my hero, he gave us a golden childhood, but the past was always going to catch up with him … it comes for us all, sooner or later.

This is my story. I am Cordelia Wilde. A singer without a voice. A daughter without a father. Let me take you inside.

So stock up your suitcase with these fantastic novels and let your villa holiday be filled with fantasy, fun and fiction!

If you’re a holiday book worm who just loves to read, check out our Book Club. If you’ve got your holiday reads picked out and just need to find yourself a destination, we’ve got 50 for you to choose from.


Alice Allwright

Alice Allwright is a Marketing Communications Executive at James Villa Holidays.

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