Jane Costello - Author

About the Author

Jane Costello lives in Liverpool with her husband and three young sons. She started her career as a journalist, wrote her first novel while on maternity leave and then decided to follow her dreams as a full-time writer. She loves to escape to the Lake District for long weekends, and whenever she has time to herself she likes to spend it dancing with her friends or running in her local park.

Featured books by Jane Costello

The Time of Our Lives

The Time of Our Lives

Author: Jane Costello Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/03/2014

Three best friends. One five-star hotel. Will it be the holiday of a lifetime ...? Imogen and her friends Meredith and Nicola have had their fill of budget holidays, cattle-class flights and 6 a.m. offensives for a space by the pool. So when Meredith wins a VIP holiday at Barcelona's hippest new hotel, they plan to sip champagne with the jet set, party with the glitterati and switch off in unapologetic luxury. But when the worst crisis of her working life erupts back home, Imogen has to juggle her BlackBerry with a Manhattan, while soothing a hysterical boss and hunting down an AWOL assistant. Between a robbery, a run-in with hotel security staff and an encounter on a nudist beach that they'd all rather forget, the friends stumble from one disaster to the next. At least Imogen has a distraction in the form of the gorgeous guy who's always in the right place at the very worst time. Until, that is, his motives start to arouse a few suspicions ...Hilarious and heart-warming by turns, The Time of Our Lives is Jane Costello at her romantic best.

The Wish List

The Wish List

Author: Jane Costello Format: Paperback Release Date: 11/04/2013

There are six months left of Emma Reiss's twenties...and she has some unfinished business. Emma and her friends are about to turn thirty, and for Emma it's a defining moment. Defined, that is, by her having achieved none of the things she'd imagined she would. Her career is all wrong, her love life is a desert and that penthouse apartment she pictured herself in simply never materialised. Moreover, she's never jumped out of a plane, hasn't met the man she's going to marry, has never slept under the stars, or snogged anyone famous - just some of the aspirations on a list she and her friends compiled fifteen years ago. As an endless round of birthday parties sees Emma hurtle towards her own thirtieth, she sets about addressing these issues. But, as she discovers with hilarious consequences, some of them are trickier to tick off than she'd thought...

Girl on the Run

Girl on the Run

Author: Jane Costello Format: Paperback Release Date: 14/04/2011

He's a real catch ...if only she could catch him up Abby Rogers has been on health kicks before - they involve eating one blueberry muffin for breakfast instead of two. But since starting her own business, after watching one too many episodes of The Apprentice, the 28-year-old's waistline has taken even more of a back seat than her long-neglected love life. When Abby is encouraged to join her sporty best friend's running club - by none other than its gorgeous new captain - she finds a mysterious compulsion to exercise. Sadly, her first session doesn't go to plan. Between the obscenely unflattering pink leggings, and the fact that her lungs feel as though they've been set on fire, she vows never to return. Then her colleague Heidi turns up at work and makes a devastating announcement, one that will change her life - and Abby's - forever.

Other books by Jane Costello

Bridesmaids

Bridesmaids

Author: Jane Costello Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/10/2018

THE SUNDAY TIMES TOP TEN BESTSELLING AUTHOR It's a happy day for everyone except the bridesmaid ... With less than an hour to go before her best friend, Grace, is to walk down the aisle, Evie is attempting to fulfil her most important bridesmaid role: to deposit the bride at the start-line at the appointed time. But with a bride famed for her chaotic sense of time, and the bride's daughter busy mashing Molton Brown into the expensive hotel carpet, minus underwear, the odds are stacked against her. Evie is twenty-seven; a sparkly, down-to-earth journalist. She has never been in love and has started to fret that she never will be. Small wonder, then, that the prospect of being bridesmaid at no less than three impending weddings is one that fills her with trepidation. But then she meets her friend Valentina's date, Jack. Valentina is beautiful, shallow and self-obsessed. Her dates tend to be mirror-images. Which can mean only one thing: Jack can't possibly be as good as he seems. Can he? Full of warmth, fun and laughter, Bridesmaids is a novel to devour!

The Time of Our Lives

The Time of Our Lives

Author: Jane Costello Format: Paperback Release Date: 24/08/2017

THE SUNDAY TIMES TOP TEN BESTSELLING AUTHOR Three best friends. One five-star hotel. Will it be the holiday of a lifetime? Imogen isn't used to luxury holidays. She's used to juggling the pressures of her job while raising a four-year-old and trying to keep on smiling even when things aren't easy. So, when her friend Meredith wins a VIP trip to Barcelona's newest hotel, it's her big chance to finally relax in style. But, as Imogen already knows, life has a way of throwing a curve ball. Before they have even set foot on the plane, things are not going to plan. The big question is: what is really motivating the mysterious man who's always in the right place at the wrong time? 'Funny, sexy and moving - a hilarious holiday romp with a heart. I loved it' SOPHIE KINSELLA

Summer Nights at the Moonlight Hotel

Summer Nights at the Moonlight Hotel

Author: Jane Costello Format: Paperback Release Date: 10/03/2016

'LEARN TO SALSA DANCE,' the card in the shop window read. 'Experience the red-hot vibes of Latin America right here in the Lake District. Beginners and singles welcome.' Lauren Scott lives in 'The most romantic place in Britain', but her love life is about as successful as her mountain climbing skills. The man she's obsessed over for two years has proposed to someone else - and her only solution is to save up for six months to go travelling, so she never has to set eyes on him again. But when her friends sign her up for a dance class - in the same historic hotel where her beloved dad worked and her most precious childhood memories were formed - Lauren makes a horrifying discovery. It's been sold to a faceless budget chain, which has depressing plans in store. Worse, the entrepreneur behind it all turns out to be among a group of guys her friend Cate roped in to join the very same salsa class they've signed up for...Jane Costello's funniest book yet - a story of love, friendship and some serious hip action ...Get in the mood to mambo!

The Love Shack

The Love Shack

Author: Jane Costello Format: Paperback Release Date: 23/04/2015

THE SUNDAY TIMES TOP TEN BESTSELLING AUTHOR Full of warmth, love, fun and laughter, The Love Shack is a novel to devour! They've found their dream first home. But making it theirs could be a nightmare. Dan and Gemma have found their dream first home, but the asking price is the stuff of nightmares. The only way they'll ever save enough for the deposit is by moving in, rent-free, with Dan's mum. It's a desperate solution, but it's only for six months. And Gemma's determined to make it work, no matter how bad things get. But between Dan's mum's kitchen karaoke, her constant innuendos, irrepressible argumentative streak and - worst of all - her ham and pineapple curries, life back at home would test the patience of two saints. Which Dan and Gemma most definitely are not. Then, as they're trying to convince themselves it will all be worth it, Gemma's past comes back to haunt her. And suddenly the foundations of their entire relationship are shaken to their core... What readers are saying: `One of the few authors that can actually make me laugh out loud. I could sit here and fill a review with some of the lines that she comes out with. Nothing about The Love Shack feels predictable. There's a wonderful ending to a brilliant book, one that I very highly recommend' ***** @bookaddictshaun `Wonderful, relatable characters - had me in stitches. A fantastic, witty read and definitely my favourite Jane Costello novel' ***** @bookreviewbyrea `I can't tell you enough what a gorgeous, funny, touching read this is. I raced through the pages, fell in love with the characters, laughed out loud at their antics, kept my fingers crossed for them and felt like a part of the story myself' ***** @Agi_mybookshelf `Incredibly entertaining - I loved reading it' @Gilbster

The Love Shack

The Love Shack

Author: Jane Costello Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 23/04/2015

Dan and Gemma have found their dream first home, but the asking price is the stuff of nightmares. The only way they'll ever save for a deposit is by returning, rent-free, to Dan's childhood home. Obviously, no one wants to move back into a bedroom still adorned with Kylie posters, with a mother whose culinary skills are noted for their spectacular gastro-intestinal effects. But it's only for six months. Even they can manage that. Surely.

Little Things

Little Things

Author: Jane Costello Format: eBook Release Date: 26/03/2015

An exclusive ebook novella from bestselling author Jane Costello to celebrate the publication of her new novel, The Love Shack.At twenty-eight, Hannah MacFarlane's career is on course to smash the glass ceiling and beat it into submission. Then a shock company reshuffle leaves her sacked and bewildered, while her fianc is promoted into a job nearly 5,000 miles away in Dubai. Five months later, she is jobless, broke and worryingly addicted to Loose Women. Then her older sister Suzy intervenes after her child minder left them in the lurch and offers Hannah the job of looking after her FOUR young children. Hannah has no other option but to accept. But while she was great at playing 'Cool Auntie', she soon discovers - with riotous consequences - that she is no Mary Poppins . . . Jane Costello's exclusive novella is by turns hilarious, romantic and heart-warming - download it today.Praise for The Time of Our Lives: 'Funny, sexy and moving - a hilarious holiday romp with a heart. I loved it' Sophie KinsellaPraise for Jane Costello: 'Jane Costello is one of our favourite authors' Cosmopolitan'Close the doors, open a bottle of wine, get out the chocs and enjoy this wonderfully witty read. Jane Costello at her best' Milly Johnson'Packed with likeable characters and witty one-liners' Sunday Mirror'Riotous thoroughly enjoyable and laugh-out-loud hilarious' Heat

The Time of Our Lives

The Time of Our Lives

Author: Jane Costello Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/04/2014

Three best friends. One five-star hotel. Will it be the holiday of a lifetime . . .? Imogen and her friends Meredith and Nicola have had their fill of budget holidays, cattle-class flights and 6 a.m. offensives for a space by the pool. So when Meredith wins a VIP holiday at Barcelona's hippest new hotel, they plan to sip champagne with the jet set, party with the glitterati and switch off in unapologetic luxury. But when the worst crisis of her working life erupts back home, Imogen has to juggle her BlackBerry with a Manhattan, while soothing a hysterical boss and hunting down an AWOL assistant. Between a robbery, a run-in with hotel security staff and an encounter on a nudist beach that they'd all rather forget, the friends stumble from one disaster to the next. At least Imogen has a distraction in the form of the gorgeous guy who's always in the right place at the very worst time. Until, that is, his motives start to arouse a few suspicions . . . Hilarious and heart-warming by turns, The Time of Our Lives is Jane Costello at her romantic best.

The Time of Our Lives

The Time of Our Lives

Author: Jane Costello Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/03/2014

Three best friends. One five-star hotel. Will it be the holiday of a lifetime ...? Imogen and her friends Meredith and Nicola have had their fill of budget holidays, cattle-class flights and 6 a.m. offensives for a space by the pool. So when Meredith wins a VIP holiday at Barcelona's hippest new hotel, they plan to sip champagne with the jet set, party with the glitterati and switch off in unapologetic luxury. But when the worst crisis of her working life erupts back home, Imogen has to juggle her BlackBerry with a Manhattan, while soothing a hysterical boss and hunting down an AWOL assistant. Between a robbery, a run-in with hotel security staff and an encounter on a nudist beach that they'd all rather forget, the friends stumble from one disaster to the next. At least Imogen has a distraction in the form of the gorgeous guy who's always in the right place at the very worst time. Until, that is, his motives start to arouse a few suspicions ...Hilarious and heart-warming by turns, The Time of Our Lives is Jane Costello at her romantic best.

Mini Break

Mini Break

Author: Jane Costello Format: eBook Release Date: 06/02/2014

An exclusive eBook short story from the bestselling author of The Wish List, Jane Costello. Featuring extracts fromThe Time of Our Lives and Jane's brand new novel, The Love Shack, coming April 2015! When Sophie's friend Anisha is sent on her first foreign trip in her job at a travel agency - and gets to take Sophie with her - she jumps at the chance of some time away. But what Sophie doesn't realise is that there is a catch - a rather large catch. The five-star hotel is also a world-renowned golf resort. And its owners have offered the holiday on the basis of the girls' golfing prowess. Of which they possess quite literally none... A laugh-out-loud short story from the brilliant bestselling author, Jane Costello. Praise for Jane Costello:'Riotous thoroughly enjoyable and laugh-out-loud hilarious' Heat'Close the doors, open a bottle of wine, get out the chocs and enjoy this wonderfully witty read. Jane Costello at her best' Milly Johnson 'Packed with likeable characters and witty one-liners' Sunday Mirror 'A real page-turner' Woman'Jane Costello is fast becoming one of our favourite authors' Cosmopolitan 'A must-read - lots of laugh-out-loud moments' Glamour

The Wish List

The Wish List

Author: Jane Costello Format: Paperback Release Date: 11/04/2013

There are six months left of Emma Reiss's twenties...and she has some unfinished business. Emma and her friends are about to turn thirty, and for Emma it's a defining moment. Defined, that is, by her having achieved none of the things she'd imagined she would. Her career is all wrong, her love life is a desert and that penthouse apartment she pictured herself in simply never materialised. Moreover, she's never jumped out of a plane, hasn't met the man she's going to marry, has never slept under the stars, or snogged anyone famous - just some of the aspirations on a list she and her friends compiled fifteen years ago. As an endless round of birthday parties sees Emma hurtle towards her own thirtieth, she sets about addressing these issues. But, as she discovers with hilarious consequences, some of them are trickier to tick off than she'd thought...

All the Single Ladies

All the Single Ladies

Author: Jane Costello Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/06/2012

'Thoroughly enjoyable and laugh-out-loud hilarious. Oh, and there's a nice twist that you so won't see coming' Heat Samantha Brooks' boyfriend has made a mistake. One his friends, family, and Sam herself know he'll live to regret. Jamie has announced he's leaving, out of the blue. Jamie is loving, intelligent and, while he isn't perfect, he's perfect for her- in every way except one: he's a free spirit. And after six years in one place, doing a job he despises, he is compelled to do something that will tear apart his relationship with Sam: book a one-way flight to South America. But Sam isn't giving up without a fight. With Jamie still totally in love with her, and torn about whether to stay or go, she has three months to persuade him to do the right thing. So with the help of her friends Ellie and Jen, she hatches a plan to make him realise what he's giving up. A plan that involves dirty tricks, plotting, and a single aim: to win him back. But by the time the tortured Jamie finally wakes up to what he's lost, soneone else has entered Sam's life. Which begs the question . . . does she still want him back? A sparkling romantic comedy from the Sunday Times Top 10 bestselling author of Bridesmaids and Summer Nights at the Moonlight Hotel.

Girl on the Run

Girl on the Run

Author: Jane Costello Format: Paperback Release Date: 14/04/2011

He's a real catch ...if only she could catch him up Abby Rogers has been on health kicks before - they involve eating one blueberry muffin for breakfast instead of two. But since starting her own business, after watching one too many episodes of The Apprentice, the 28-year-old's waistline has taken even more of a back seat than her long-neglected love life. When Abby is encouraged to join her sporty best friend's running club - by none other than its gorgeous new captain - she finds a mysterious compulsion to exercise. Sadly, her first session doesn't go to plan. Between the obscenely unflattering pink leggings, and the fact that her lungs feel as though they've been set on fire, she vows never to return. Then her colleague Heidi turns up at work and makes a devastating announcement, one that will change her life - and Abby's - forever.

My Single Friend

My Single Friend

Author: Jane Costello Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/04/2010

THE SUNDAY TIMES TOP TEN BESTSELLING AUTHOR For twenty years Lucy and Henry have been inseparable: beauty and the geek. But now something has changed ... At 28, Lucy is doing well for herself. She's got a great job in PR, her boss loves her, and her best girlfriends Dominique and Erin think she's great. More important than anyone's opinion is that of her flatmate, and oldest friend in the world, Henry. Henry thinks the world of Lucy. So why does she feel the need to lie outrageously on dates? From rock-climbing to Chekov: when it comes to prospective boyfriends, Lucy is compelled to embellish her C.V. with unlikely porkies that alwaysbackfire - with hilarious results. Henry can't understand it. Lucy is so loveable: why can't she just be herself? But when Lucy turns the spotlight on Henry, he wishes he'd never brought it up. With a penchant for jumpers and NHS-style specs, Lucy decides that Henry is in need of a makeover - big time. Enlisting the help of Dom and Erin, it's not long before the girls have Henry out of the flat and into the Topman changing rooms. A new haircut, contact lenses, a flirting master-class from Dom . . . poor Henry doesn't know what's hit him. But nothing can prepare them for the surprise results! Before long, Lucy realises that their lives will never be the same again. Full of warmth, fun, friendship and laughter, My Single Friend is a novel to devour!

Bridesmaids

Bridesmaids

Author: Jane Costello Format: Paperback Release Date: 08/03/2008

THE SUNDAY TIMES TOP TEN BESTSELLING AUTHOR It's a happy day for everyone except the bridesmaid ... With less than an hour to go before her best friend, Grace, is to walk down the aisle, Evie is attempting to fulfil her most important bridesmaid role: to deposit the bride at the start-line at the appointed time. But with a bride famed for her chaotic sense of time, and the bride's daughter busy mashing Molton Brown into the expensive hotel carpet, minus underwear, the odds are stacked against her. Evie is twenty-seven; a sparkly, down-to-earth journalist. She has never been in love and has started to fret that she never will be. Small wonder, then, that the prospect of being bridesmaid at no less than three impending weddings is one that fills her with trepidation. But then she meets her friend Valentina's date, Jack. Valentina is beautiful, shallow and self-obsessed. Her dates tend to be mirror-images. Which can mean only one thing: Jack can't possibly be as good as he seems. Can he? Full of warmth, fun and laughter, Bridesmaids is a novel to devour!

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