AJ Pearce is the Sunday Times (London) bestselling author of British wartime novels Dear Mrs Bird, and Yours Cheerfully, coming out on 8/10/21. Find out more at www.ajpearce.com or connect with her on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram @AJPearceWrites.
I’m a huge fan of novels that cheer me up, but a bit like the very best sitcoms on TV, my favorite “cheerful” novels can also stop me in my tracks. They can make me laugh, but then have me wiping away tears just a few pages later. Similar to most readers, I think, I’m not just in it for the jokes: I still want to care about the characters.
So, in a world that has been particularly tough in the last few months, what could be better than to lose yourself in books that bring some escape by way of cheer? Here are five that I think will do the trick.