We’re devoted bookworms here at Braintree. And recently, we came across three titles so good that we just had to share them with you. Read on to discover more about these essential reads – our team really can’t recommend them highly enough!

THE SECRET HISTORY BY DONNA TARTT

“After reading about Donna Tartt when her latest book came out (The Goldfinch) and being really intrigued by her and her stories, I thought I would read her first book before attempting any of her other work.

I don’t read fiction very often because I usually become obsessed with a book if it is good and I find it takes over my life so I can’t concentrate on anything other than the book! That’s pretty much what happened with The Secret History and I read it cover to cover over a weekend – when it’s cold outside, snuggling up on the sofa and reading a great book is the perfect way to spend your time.

Braintree Teams Favourite Reads - Rachel

Secret History is about a bunch of really clever kids (and a bit of an imposter) who go to an exclusive college in New England. They like to keep themselves apart from the rest of the students and almost pride themselves on being different to the others. The story centres on this group and a charismatic classics professor who’s teaching style (and subject matter) is pretty removed from anything anyone else would have taught at school!

The group expand their way of thinking and are drawn into the professor’s beliefs and when they push the boundaries beyond what normal society would think is acceptable, well, that’s when everything really gets interesting!

If you like books that are interesting, really well written with a bit of an off-kilter – but killer – story line, then I highly recommend you read this book – just don’t blame me for your lack of sleep!” – Rachel x

MY BEST FRIEND’S GIRL BY DOROTHY KOOMSON

“One of my favourite books of all time is a lovely, timeless novel called My Best Friend’s Girl by author Dorothy Koomson. It’s beautifully written and an extremely moving story – it makes me cry (particularly the first few chapters) but also makes me laugh lots too.

It tells the story of best friends Kamryn and Adele who haven’t spoken to each other in two years until Kamryn receives a letter from Adele asking her to visit her in hospital. Adele is dying and begs Kamryn to adopt her daughter, Tegan.

Braintree Teams Favourite Reads - Jo

With a great job and a hectic social life, the last thing Kamryn wants is a child in her life, but with no one else to take care of Tegan and Adele fading fast, Kamryn wonders if she has any other choice.

And so begins a difficult journey that leads Kamryn towards forgiveness, love, responsibility and, ultimately, a better understanding of herself.

I fell in love with all of the characters and found this book really hard to put down – it keeps you guessing right to the very end. It’s a beautiful, sweet story of friendship, betrayal, forgiveness and love, and I would recommend to anyone looking for a feel-good novel to read – just be prepared to shed a few tears along the way.” – Jo x

 

THE GOOD MUSLIM BY TAHMINA ANAM

“I was given The Good Muslim by my husband as a present. It’s the second book in a trilogy about Bangladesh, the country’s 1971 liberation war, and the life that followed for the people of Bangladesh after the war.

I read the first book of the trilogy, A Golden Age, during a trip around Bangladesh. It’s such an amazing story, very touching and well written and it really made me feel like I understood the people there and their history – like they were personal friends of mine. I couldn’t wait to pick up the second book, The Good Muslim!

Braintree Teams Favourite Reads - Rikke

The second story focuses on three main characters; the mother Rehana, the daughter Maya and the son Sohail. Their relationships, personalities and lives are described in such a vivid way that you feel like you know them and can really see their world when closing your eyes.

I adore books that manage to make you feel like you’re living the story and can feel what the characters feel.

The book taught me so much about the history of Bangladesh, how the country came about and all the lives and destinies that were touched by the events. It’s an amazing book that really depicts some of the atrocities of war, but also how life can still go on.”
– Rikke x

 

Which books do you return to time again? Have one you think we should read? Let us know!

The Braintree Team x