Must-Read British Chick Lit Authors in 2022


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British chick lit books to read

I am a sucker for women’s fiction set in the charming British countryside. These light and uplifting chick lit books are perfect to read when you are looking for ultimate page-turners. Not only do these small-town romances have lovely characters but also gripping and hilarious plots. 

In this list of British chick lit books, I have included the novels of some of my favorite authors, such as Jill Mansell, Trisha Ashley and Carole Matthews. So if you enjoy reading chick lit books, you should definitely check these British chick-lit authors.

I am sure you wouldn’t be able to put down these adorable chick-lit novels that are set in the picturesque English cottages and villages that narrate the stories of womanhood. From Cornwall to Dorset get ready to travel to the most stunning settings. 

This list also includes chick lit novels from British authors which are set in other stunning locations such as the French Riviera and the Italian countryside. 

So grab these books to add to your summer reading list! 

The Village of Happy Ever Afters by Alison Sherlock

The fourth book in Alison Sherlock’s Riverside Lane Series follows Molly Hopkins who is set to follow her passion for baking. ALong with her friends, she has finally opened up her dream venture, a Tea Garden. We also meet Logan Armstrong who is visiting the small village for a brief stay.  

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Summer Secrets at Streamside Cottage by Samantha Tonge

When tattoo artist Lizzie Lockhart receives tragic news about her estranged family, she is devastated. Her parents’ unexpected death makes her regret not contacting them sooner as now it’s too late. Shortly after; she discovers a secret property of her parents, a cottage in a quintessential English village. So she wants to move to a new village, having no clue about the future. 

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Villa of Sun and Secrets by Jennifer Bohnet

Carla Sullivan discovers a letter from her deceased mother’s house. Apparently it’s  addressed to her aunty, Josette. However, she is not sure what to do about it as her mother’s family had become estranged for years. But following her husband’s illicit affairs yet again, Carla decides to travel to the south of France to visit her aunt. 

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The Little Bookshop of Lonely Hearts by Annie Darling

This delightful novel in the Lonely Hearts Bookshop Series, we meet Posy Morland, a saleswoman at a bookstore who lives in a world of romance novels. When the owner of the ‘Bookend’ bookshop passes away, Posy inherits the bookshop business. Now she has to face the real world and prove to everyone, especially to the owner’s grandson Sebastian, that she is capable of running the bookshop. (include other books in the series)

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Happiness for Beginners by Carole Matthews

Molly Baker runs a farm school. Her ‘Hope Farm’ in Buckinghamshire is for children who are not suited for conventional  education. She is living the perfect life among her lovely animals; from the anti-social sheep to the definitely-not-miniature pig. When her new student, the son of a soap star actor, joins the school, Molly sees new challenges emerging. 

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Summer at the Comfort Food Café by Debbie Johnson

After losing her husband, Laura Walker, the mother of two decides to move to Dorset and takes up the job at ‘The Comfort Food Cafe’. The charming cafe is the most popular place in town and Laura finds ways to move on with her life. A refreshing British romance for the lovers of light and delicious reads.  

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Hattie’s Home for Broken Hearts by Tilly Tennant

When Hattie returns home, heart-broken, she desperately searches for a new job in the sleepy village of Dorset. As it’s a very small town the opportunities are scarce so she finds herself working at a donkey-sanctuary. The owner, Jo, is friendly yet distant but Hattie loves to be among animals and the handsome vet, Seth. But when Hattie notices that Jo is hiding secrets, she strives to get to know her more. 

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Grown Ups by Marian Keyes

This rather lengthy chick-lit novel takes you to the Caseys! The story follows the family of three brothers, and their wives and children. All of them come together to celebrate birthday parties, anniversary celebrations, weekends aways, putting aside their differences. Until one day when Cara, the wife of one of the brothers’  begins to spill the beans about the entire family. 

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Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan

Polly is recovering from a bad relationship and has no job. Since the business she had with her ex has failed, she starts out to move miles away from her current home. An old flat in the seaside resort of Polbearne seems to be the only place she can afford. She spends all of her time baking and soon discovers a new life for herself. 

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Maybe This Time by Jill Mansell

This uplifting tale from the Sunday Times bestselling author narrates the story of Mimi. When she visits her dad’s new home in the Cotswolds, to be away from the hustle and bustle of the city, she falls in love with the village and the people. And she can’t take her eyes off gorgeous Cal. However, the two never get to spend more time together, so Mimi wonders whether the time will be right, anytime soon. 

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Five Years From Now by Paige Toon 

When Nell and Van met for the first time, they both were five years old and became best friends. But it didn’t last long. Due to unforeseen circumstances, they both got separated at the age of ten. Five years later, they find each other again and begin to have feelings for eachother but unfortunately end up being separated once again. It goes on like this for two more decades and they begin to wonder whether they can ever be together? 

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The No-Show by Beth O’Leary 

From the author of ‘The Switch’ and ‘The Flat Share’ comes an addictive page-turner that follows three women who are complete strangers but have one thing in common, they’ve been stood up by one man on Valentine’s day! So why does Joseph Carter do this to the women he meets? Is he really a cheater? 

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A Springtime Affair by Katie Fforde 

In ‘A Springtime Affair’ we meet B&B business owner Gilly who has no intention of selling her family home until she meets the handsome estate agent Leo. Meanwhile Gilly’s beloved daughter Helena, a weaver by profession, is asked to move out of her flat. But an unexpected meeting with the landlord leads to a budding romance. 

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In Case You Missed It by Lindsey Kelk 

When Ros flew back from Washington D.C to the UK , she hopes to slide back to her ordinary life with her parents and friends. But things have changed and she struggles to adjust to the change that has happened to everyone around her. And to top it all, she reconnects with her ex for all the wrong reasons. 

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When Life Gives You Lemons by Fiona Gibson

Viv isn’t feeling her best ever since the menopause. Amidst the work and family responsibilities, she hardly gets time for herself. And then she discovers a horrible truth about her husband’s affair with his colleague. So now she finds herself single again! Is this her chance to finally start caring for herself?

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Why Mummy Drinks by Gill Sims

Ellen is a 39-year old mother who tries to find the perfect life for herself. She chronicles the days of her lives which involve work, family and wine. This is an honest view of an exhausted mom about her children who always tease her and a busy husband. Ellen is also nervous and insecure about turning 40! 

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A New Life for Ariana Byrne by Liz Hurley 

Ariana Byrne has had a tough life. She was only eighteen, when her parents had died and the work of caring for her sisters fell on her shoulders. And now years later, she is taking care of her twin boys while being in a heartless marriage. That’s until she discovers that she is the Countess of Hiverton, the owner of a sprawling estate in the village of Saxburgh in Norfolk. 

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One Summer in Italy By Sue Moorcroft 

After her father’s death, Sofia decides to fulfil his last wish, to travel to Italy. The charming Italian village has plenty of family secrets that are yet to be discovered. Soon after the arrival in Italy, Sofia meets a young woman named Amy who is trying to find out about her biological father. A heartwarming summer chick-lit with the themes of love, family and life. 

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Poppy’s Place in the Sun by Lorraine Wilson 

Poppy Kirkbride has finally decided to follow her dream. She has bought a charming countryside home in a sleepy village in France and started a new life with her beloved dogs.  The villagers  have welcomed her with a warm heart, except the local vet Leo. He has given her the cold-shoulder and made it clear that she is not welcome in his village. 

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The Second Chance Tea Shop by Fay Keenan

Anna moves back to her hometown after her husband’s tragic death. She and her three-year-old daughter Ellie are looking to start fresh again. She has bought a little cottage in the town of  Somersby in Somerset and has a new job as a manager of a tea shop. As life slowly begins to cherish again for Anna, unfortunate events occur once again. 

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A Patchwork Family by Cathy Bramley 

Gina has always lived a rather quiet life and stayed away from taking risks. Her childcare business is situated at the edge of the old Victorian house, which is home to three elderly women. However, when the house is put up for sale, Gina is forced to come out of her shell and do her best to save her elderly friends and her business. 

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Something Like Happy by Eva Woods

Thirty-five-year-old Annie is living the most boring life. She is stuck in her job and has lost touch with her friends since divorce. She is also worried about her mother’s dementia. But then she meets an ethustiac stranger, Polly. And both women set out for a new mission. Finding one hundred new ways for happiness in one’s life. 

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Faking It by Portia MacIntosh 

Twin sisters Emma and Ella couldn’t be more different. Because of which the sisters never had a close relationship. Ella always felt like the odd one in the presence of her successful and more popular sister. But when Emma reaches out to her with a strange request, Ella has no choice but to accept it. As Ella navigates her life through glamorous moms and housewives, she realises that the grass is not always greener on the other side. 

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Things Are Looking Up by Maxine Morrey

Workaholic Milly is forced to rethink her life choices when met with an accident. After waking up from a comma, she realises that she has no job and no place to stay. But she isn’t going to give up hope. Given that her ex-boyfriend is back in her life, it’s time to pay attention to her life and start living. 

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The Borrow a Bookshop Holiday by Kiley Dunbar

Jude Crawley should have been the happiest after her graduation. But her recent discovery about her professor boyfriend is heart-breaking. And she has to go to the volunteering of a bookshop, all by herself. But then she meets Elliot during their bookshop holiday. The Borrow a Bookshop Holiday is a charming story for all book lovers. 

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Love Heart Lane by Christie Barlow

Flick Simons is back in her hometown after 8 years,  after receiving the devastating news about her grandmother. Her life in London is nothing but lonely, but she didn’t want to be in her small-Scottish hometown as it holds too many painful memories. But when she arrives the winter storm has swept away the only bridge to the village, leaving the town isolated… 

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An Almost Perfect Holiday by Lucy Diamond

Set in Cornwall, we follow the lives of women who are the visitors of Lorna’s cottages.  Em and Maggie are hoping to strengthen the bond between their teenage children. While Olivia is running away from her horrific past. And finally, the owner of the cottage, Lorna herself is still mourning over her son’s death. Will these women be finally able to find joy  in their lives?

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A Million Dreams by Dani Atkins 

Beth Brandon is finding it hard to share her decision with her husband. Meanwhile, Izzy Vaughan has always thought that she and her husband will be there for each other. But they are struggling in their marriage.  The story follows two families that are connected in the most peculiar way. 

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The Garden of Forgotten Wishes by Trisha Ashley

Marnie has just come out of a miserable marriage. In order to have a fresh start, she moves to the rural west Lancashire village. She has found a new job as a gardener and finally hopes to have a peaceful life. But her neighbour, her old school friend, seems to become a nuisance rather than a blessing.  

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The Summer of Chasing Dreams by Holly Martin

When Eva decides to travel around the world to pursue her late mother’s list of things to do, she had never thought that it could transform her life forever. As someone who rests on her laurels, Eva experiences some unforgettable moments, along with the unexpected company of Thor Anderson, the travel guide.  

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Coming Home to Cuckoo Cottage by Heidi Swain

Lottie Foster has inherited the charming Cuckoo Cottage, the house of her grandmother’s friend. She is thrilled to own the gorgeous house, but soon the local builder Matt informs her that the house needs so much work. Meanwhile, her neighbour Will thinks that the house isn’t the problem but the builder is. Will Lottie be able to identify her true friend?

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Which of these British chick-lit authors are your favorite?

Let me know in the comments,

Stephy

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