Book Gift Guide

Book Gift Guide

Books just make the best presents, you are giving someone an escape to another world, the past or the future, to humour or deepest feelings…  and that’s a wonderful gift! Below are some suggestions for books that are mostly by indie authors, or just ones you may have missed…

I am not currently part of any affiliated schemes, this post has been put together to support wonderful authors that I have met and wanted to encourage others to read. I am gaining no personal benefit from these links.

Most of the books here are by members or our Readers and Writers Facebook Group – feel free to join us if you are either or both!


Trading Darkness by Lisa Hofmann – A fairytale for adults. See our book review here x

Vision by Elizabeth Rose Best – the first book in the Naiad Chronicles, great for fantasy lovers.

The Damsel and the Dragon by Mae McKinnon – another great fantasy series to get your teeth into. The author recommends snacks while reading as all the food in the story might make you hungry! 

The Scribe’s Daughter by Stephanie Churchill – you can see our review here. The sequel is also now available – The King’s Daughter.

Feud by Derek Birks – the first book from the Rebels and Brothers series , currently just 99p!

The Murmur of Masks by Catherine Kullman – another Regency triumph, we loved Catherines’s other book Perception and Illusion, so this is on our radar.

Florence and the Highwayman by Angela Rigley – it’s like naughty Austen, great to read.

Fortunes Wheel by Carolyn Hughes – an historical novel set during the Plague, the first in the series of Meonbridge Chronicles.

The Chalky Sea by Clare Flynn – a Second World War drama full of loss and salvation.

A Clash of Empires by Paul Bennett – a dramatic family saga set during the Seven Years War, and reaching across Europe.

A Popish Midwife by Annelisa Christensen – based on a true story, this is a tale of high treason.

The Night Raid by Clare Harvey – a review is on the way, great drama from the Second World War based in Nottingham. Clare has also offered a signed book plate and book mark for anyone who contacts her via her facebook page and mentions this gift guide thanks Clare!

Two Dogs at the One Dog Inn by David John Griffin – a novella and short stories, which are so useful to have in your bags in case of queues…

A Summer Goddess by Joanne Hall – another wonderful fantasy tale full of drama and slavery.

Rubies in the Roses by Vivian Conroy – the second book in the new cosy crime series featuring the lovely daschund Dolly. Book one is Death Plays a Part.

Damselfly Inn by Cameron D. Garriepy – the first in the romantic Thronton Vermont series.

Chicago’s Best by Katherine E, Hamilton – law and love and Chicago, what’s not to love?

Tobias by Prue Batten – first of the Triptych Chronicles full of treachery, intrigue and Venice.

Perfect Stranger by Lindsey Powell – proud to be great chicklit, and first in the Perfect Series.

Riviera Stories by Debra Moffitt – great short stories with all the glamour (or not?) of the luxurious Riviera…

Losing Jane by A.K. Biggins – a deep and moving debut novel based in the 1970’s.

Any by Dianne Ashcroft – a wonderful reader has said you can try any of these historical fiction books and fall in love… may be the start of something…

Death Comes Calling by F.B. Hogan – a collection of dark tales… you have been warned!

Stalker by J.V. Baptie – two short stories introducing WPC Mavis Hart and a seriel killer… all profits are being dontated to Pancreatic Cancer Action UK

A few more authors I have enjoyed this year…

Jodi Taylor – St. Mary’s Chronicles (time travel epics)

Ben Arronovitch – Peter Grant series (magic is real…)

Cheri Champagne – Mason Siblings series (sex and spies)


The House of Beaufort by Nathen Amin – a fascinating history of the Beaufort family and their impact on the British Monarchy over many generations.

Successful Business Minds by Helen Monaghan – a good one for any entreprenaurs in the family… review is here x

The Elephants in the Room by Lisa Cole – all about gentle de-cluttering,  might be good for the Christmas clear up…

Book Marketing Made Simple by Karen Williams – if you know an aspiring author this could be what they need to get their book ‘out there’.


The Order of the White Boar by Alex Marchant – for older children/teens. A book about the real Richard III, told via 12 year old Matthew.

Little Mouse’s Sweet Treat by Shana Hollowell – it’s a really lovely picture book for little ones.

Maddie’s Magic Christmas by Sam Maxfield – another one I’ve reviewed, such a great story. Aimed at Primary age children.

The (Fairly) Magic Show by Rob Keeley – a collection of fun short stories for older children.

Duffy’s Lucky Escape by Eleanor Jackson – beautifully illustrated book about keeping our oceans clean… very topical.

Robin’s Ring by Jeanette Taylor Ford – great history and adventure for junior school kids.

The Niggle by Peta Rainford – you can see the review here – great for prompting discussions…

Through Time to London by Brindy Wilcox – a tale of adventure with two fabulous dogs, for older children x

The Ghost of the Fishergate Mariner by P.D Mitchell – on my review list this another great adventure for older children with some time travel too.

Finding a Friend by Carol Thomas – a great picture book for little ones, and more dogs!

Floga with Flossie by Jude Lennon – another beautiful book from the creator of Astronaut Lamby… now sheep do yoga!

Of course all of the books reviewed on the site would make wonderful gifts, and I have a stack of greatness waiting to be read…

If you are looking for a grander gesture to the Reader in your life, then you could consider giving them a voucher for a Reading Retreat – these are wonderful breaks away staying in beautiful locations with all food created by the in-house chef, guest authors visiting but most importantly uninterrupted reading time, no guilt – they even watch your phone for you x

There is also an end of year giveaway for the paperbacks if you would like to enter x Merry Christmas!


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