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The Girl They Left Behind

69 ratings

Summary

A sweeping family saga and love story that offers a vivid and unique portrayal of life in war-torn 1941 Bucharest and life behind the Iron Curtain during the Soviet Union occupation - perfect for fans of Lilac Girls and Sarah’s Key. On a freezing night in January 1941, a little Jewish girl is found on the steps of an apartment building in Bucharest. With Romania recently allied with the Nazis, the Jewish population is in grave danger, undergoing increasingly violent persecution. The girl is placed in an orphanage and eventually adopted by a wealthy, childless couple who name her Natalia. As she assimilates into her new life, she all but forgets the parents who were forced to leave her behind. They are even further from her mind when Romania falls under Soviet occupation. Yet, as Natalia comes of age in a bleak and hopeless world, traces of her identity pierce the surface of her everyday life, leading gradually to a discovery that will change her destiny. She has a secret crush on Victor, an intense young man who as an impoverished student befriended her family long ago. Years later, when Natalia is in her early 20s and working at a warehouse packing fruit, she and Victor, now an important official in the Communist regime, cross paths again. This time, they are fatefully drawn into a passionate affair despite the obstacles swirling around them and Victor’s dark secrets. When Natalia is suddenly offered a one-time chance at freedom, Victor is determined to help her escape, even if it means losing her. Natalia must make an agonizing decision: remain in Bucharest with her beloved adoptive parents and the man she has come to love or seize the chance to finally live life on her own terms and to confront the painful enigma of her past. 

©2018 Roxanne Veletzos (P)2018 Simon & Schuster

Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
Available on Audible
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The Winter Garden

1 rating

Summary

The sparkling new Christmas novel from the Sunday Times best-selling author Heidi Swain! Freya Fuller is estranged from her parents and has been following her childhood dream of becoming a gardener ever since. When an opportunity to design a winter garden opens up at a Victorian property in Nightingale Square, Freya jumps at the chance to make a fresh start. But while the majority of the residents are welcoming, local artist Finn seems determined to shut her out, and when Freya's family makes a surprise appearance, it seems that her new life is about to come crashing down.... The Winter Garden is the perfect listen this Christmas, promising snowfall, warm fires and breath-taking seasonal romance. Perfect for fans of Carole Matthews, Cathy Bramley and Sarah Morgan.

©2020 Heidi Swain (P)2020 Simon & Schuster UK

Narrator: Karen Cass
Author: Heidi Swain
Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
Available on Audible
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Sleigh Rides and Silver Bells at the Christmas Fair

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The sparkling new Christmas audiobook from the Sunday Times best-selling author Heidi Swain!  When Anna takes on the role of companion to the owner of Wynthorpe Hall on the outskirts of Wynbridge, she has no idea that her life is set to change beyond all recognition.  A confirmed ‘bah humbug’ when it comes to Christmas, Anna is amazed to find herself quickly immersed in the eccentric household, and when youngest son Jamie unexpectedly arrives home it soon becomes obvious that her personal feelings are going all out to compromise her professional persona.  Jamie, struggling to come to terms with life back in the Fens, makes a pact with Anna - she has to teach him to fall back in love with Wynthorpe Hall while he helps her fall back in love with Christmas. But will it all prove too much for Anna, or can the family of Wynthorpe Hall warm her heart once and for all? Join Anna for a festive journey festooned with sleigh rides and silver bells and help her discover her happy ever after.  

©2017 Heidi Swain (P)2018 Simon & Schuster UK

Narrator: Karen Cass
Author: Heidi Swain
Length: 11 hrs and 7 mins
Available on Audible
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The Cherry Tree Cafe

1 rating

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Cupcakes, crafting and love at The Cherry Tree Cafe....  Lizzie Dixon's life feels as though it's fallen apart. Instead of the marriage proposal she was hoping for from her boyfriend, she is unceremoniously dumped, and her job is about to go the same way. So there's only one option: to go back home to the village she grew up in and to try to start again.   Her best friend, Jemma, is delighted Lizzie has come back home, as she has just bought a little cafe, and Lizzie's sewing skills are just what she needs to help get it ready for the grand opening.   With a new venture and a new home, things are looking much brighter for Lizzie. But can she get over her broken heart, and will an old flame reignite a love from long ago?   For everyone who loves settling down to watch Great British Bake-Off and the Great British Sewing Bee or curling up to read Milly Johnson or Jenny Colgan, The Cherry Tree Cafe is a coffee-break treat.  

©2018 Heidi Swain (P)2018 Simon & Schuster UK

Narrator: Karen Cass
Author: Heidi Swain
Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
Available on Audible
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Coming Home to Cuckoo Cottage

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From the best-selling author of Mince Pies and Mistletoe at the Christmas Market and The Cherry Tree Café comes a glorious summer treat of glamping, vintage tearooms and love....  When Lottie Foster’s grandmother’s best friend, Gwen, dies, she leaves Lottie her lovely home, Cuckoo Cottage.   Lottie loves the cottage, but Matt, a charming local builder, points out that beneath its charm it is falling apart. Luckily he is always on hand to help with the problems that somehow seem to keep cropping up. But is he just a bit too good to be true? Certainly Will, Lottie’s closest neighbour, seems to think so. Lottie plans to set up her own business renovating vintage caravans. She hasn’t told anyone about the project she has cooked up with Jemma from The Cherry Tree Café to repurpose Gwen’s old caravan and turn it into a gorgeous tearoom. But before she can finally enjoy living with her legacy she must uncover whom she can trust and whom to avoid. And with two men vying for her attention, will she also find love? 

©2017 Heidi Swain (P)2018 Simon & Schuster UK

Narrator: Karen Cass
Author: Heidi Swain
Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
Available on Audible
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The Secret Seaside Escape

Summary

The Sunday Times best seller. Escape to the seaside this summer with the brand-new novel from Heidi Swain, the Sunday Times best-selling author of feel-good women’s fiction. Think idyllic beaches, refreshing rock pools and breathtaking romance. The perfect summer listen! Following a shocking revelation within her family, Tess Tyler is looking to escape her hectic city life - and where better to hide than Wynmouth, the seaside town she visited as a child, with its sandy beaches, stunning rock pools and welcoming community. But little does she realise, Wynmouth isn't quite the haven she remembers it to be, and her real life is still threatening to catch up with her. Also returning to Wynmouth is Joe. Having fled more than a decade ago after an accident that changed his life forever, he’s back and is determined to face his demons. But, like Tess, Joe realises that the town is nothing like he remembers, and quickly his arrival brings old tensions to the surface. As the pair begin to familiarise themselves with the town they once knew, they each realise that the secrets they carry are becoming harder to conceal - but will revealing them bring the answers they’re looking for? Will Tess and her new friends finally get the second chance they’ve been hoping Wynmouth will give them?

©2019 Heidi Swain (P)2019 Simon & Schuster UK

Narrator: Karen Cass
Author: Heidi Swain
Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
Available on Audible
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The Christmas Wish List

Summary

The brand-new Christmas romance from the Sunday Times best-selling author Heidi Swain! Perfect for fans of Carole Matthews, Sarah Morgan and Cathy Bramley.

©2019 Heidi Swain (P)2019 Simon & Schuster UK

Narrator: Karen Cass
Author: Heidi Swain
Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
Available on Audible
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Sunshine and Sweet Peas in Nightingale Square

Summary

The heartwarming new audiobook from the number five Sunday Times best-selling author, perfect for fans of Carole Matthews, Milly Johnson and Cathy Bramley. Kate is on the run from her almost-divorced husband, who is determined to have her back, and she has found the perfect place to hide...a little cottage on Nightingale Square in Norwich, far away from her old life in London. But the residents of Nightingale Square don't take no for an answer, and Kate soon finds herself pulled into a friendship with Lisa, her bossy but lovely new neighbour. Within a matter of days Kate is landed with the job of campaigning the council to turn the green into a community garden. Meanwhile all the residents of Nightingale Square are horrified to discover that the Victorian mansion house on the other side of the square has been bought by developers. But when all hope is lost, the arrival of a handsome stranger is sure to turn things around! Heidi Swain is the perfect summer listen - you'll want to find your own green space, stretch out in the sun and dive into life at Nightingale Square.  

©2018 Heidi Swain (P)2018 Simon & Schuster UK

Narrator: Karen Cass
Author: Heidi Swain
Category: Romance
Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
Available on Audible
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Summer at Skylark Farm

Summary

Escape the cold winter nights with Sunday Times top five best seller Heidi Swain's Summer at Skylark Farm!  Amber is a city girl at heart. So when her boyfriend, Jake, suggests they move to the countryside to help out at his family farm, she doesn't quite know how to react. But work has been hectic, and she needs a break, so she decides to grasp the opportunity and make the best of it.   Dreaming of organic orchards, paddling in streams and frolicking in fields, Amber packs up her things and moves to Skylark Farm. But life is not quite how she imagined - it's cold and dirty, and the farm buildings are dilapidated and crumbling.   But Amber is determined to make the best of it and throws herself into farm life. Can she really fit in here? And can she and Jake stay together when they are so different?   A story of love in the countryside from the Sunday Times best-selling author of the The Cherry Tree Café and Sleigh Rides and Silver Bells at the Christmas Fair. 

©2016 Heidi Swain (P)2018 Simon & Schuster UK

Narrator: Karen Cass
Author: Heidi Swain
Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
Available on Audible
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Snowflakes and Cinnamon Swirls at the Winter Wonderland

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The sparkling new Christmas novel from the Sunday Times best-selling author Heidi Swain! After calling off her engagement, Hayley, the Wynthorpe Hall housekeeper, wants nothing more than to return to her no-strings fun-loving self, avoiding any chance of future heartbreak. Little does she know, Wynbridge’s latest arrival is about to throw her plan entirely off course.... Moving into Wynthorpe Hall to escape the town’s gossip, Hayley finds herself immersed in the eccentric Connelly family’s festive activities as they plan to host their first ever Winter Wonderland. But Hayley isn’t the only new resident at the hall. Gabe, a friend of the Connellys' son Jamie, has also taken up residence, moving into Gatekeeper’s Cottage, and he quickly makes an impression on Wynbridge’s reformed good girl.  As preparations commence for the biggest event of the season, the pair find themselves drawn ever closer to one another, but unbeknownst to Hayley, Gabe, too, has a reason for turning his back on love, one that seems intent on keeping them apart.  Under the starry winter skies, will Gabe convince Hayley to open her heart again once more? And in doing so, will he convince himself? 

©2018 Heidi Swain (P)2018 Simon & Schuster UK

Narrator: Karen Cass
Author: Heidi Swain
Category: Romance
Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
Available on Audible
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Poppy's Recipe for Life

Summary

The heartwarming new novel from the Sunday Times best-selling author, perfect for fans of Carole Matthews, Milly Johnson and Cathy Bramley. Heidi Swain is the perfect summer escape!

©2019 Heidi Swain (P)2019 Simon & Schuster UK

Narrator: Karen Cass
Author: Heidi Swain
Category: Romance
Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
Available on Audible
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Mince Pies and Mistletoe at the Christmas Market

Summary

Christmas has arrived in the town of Wynbridge, and it promises mince pies, mistletoe and a whole host of seasonal joy. Ruby has finished with university and is heading home for the holidays to save up for her trip around the world in January. Against her father’s wishes, she takes on a stall at the local market and sets about making it the best Christmas market stall ever. There’ll be bunting and mistletoe and maybe even a bit of mulled wine. But with a new retail park just opened on their doorstep, the market is under threat. So together with all the other stallholders, Ruby devises a plan to make sure that Wynbridge is the first port of call for everyone’s Christmas shopping needs. The only thing standing in her way is Ruby’s ex, Steve. It’s pretty hard to concentrate on saving the world when he works on the stall opposite, especially when she realises that her feelings for him are still there.... This Christmas make time for some winter sparkle - and see who might be under the mistletoe this year....

©2018 Heidi Swain (P)2018 Simon & Schuster UK

Narrator: Karen Cass
Author: Heidi Swain
Category: Romance
Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
Available on Audible
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Learn German for Beginners

Summary

Discover the best and fastest way to learn German with this guide designed specifically for beginners. Would you like to: Learn how to speak German fluently? Learn proper and accurate German pronunciation? Master the German vocabulary and daily used phrases? But you: Don't have much time on your hands? Think that learning German is tedious and boring? You don't have to worry because this beginner's guide for learning German has everything you need to get started, especially if you have never learned German before. Every lesson you can find inside has been made by experts and adapted for persons who don't know a single word of German but are willing to learn. Even if you don't have much time on your hands, the lessons are designed so that you can stop whenever you want and continue at a later time. The topics are fascinating and interactive so that the learning will be easy and fun! Here is what this beginner's guide can offer you: Step-by-step guide for learning German: Follow easy step-by-step directions and learn how to speak German like a native Vocabulary exercises: Find out how to easily enrich your German vocabulary with fun and simple activities Common daily phrases: Learn the most common phrases in the German language and when to use them Ease of access: Learn German in the car, learn German at home, learn German on the road. Learn German whenever and wherever you want.  If you are looking for a fast and easy way to learn German, this guide is perfect for you. With these step-by-step guides and exercises, you'll speak German like a native in no time. So what are you waiting for? Scroll up, and start listening now!

©2020 Pro Language Learning (P)2020 Pro Language Learning

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