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The Complete George Smiley Radio Dramas

42 ratings

Summary

The complete collection of acclaimed BBC Radio dramas based on John le Carré's best-selling novels, starring Simon Russell Beale as George Smiley. With a star cast including Kenneth Cranham, Eleanor Bron, Brian Cox, Ian MacDiarmid, Anna Chancellor, Hugh Bonneville and Lindsay Duncan, these enthralling dramatisations perfectly capture the atmosphere of le Carré's taut, thrilling spy novels. 'Call for the Dead' is the first Smiley novel, which sees him looking into an apparent suicide only to uncover a murderous conspiracy; 'A Murder of Quality' finds Smiley investigating a murder in a private school; 'The Spy Who Came in from the Cold' introduces Alec Leamas, a British intelligence officer whose East Berlin network is in tatters; 'The Looking Glass War' features former spy Fred Leiser, lured back from retirement to investigate a claim that Soviet missiles are being installed close to the West German border; 'Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy' is the first book in the Karla trilogy, and sees Smiley searching for a mole who has infiltrated the Circus; 'The Honourable Schoolboy' sees Smiley determined to destroy his nemesis, Karla, and his spy networks; 'Smiley's People' finds George Smiley called out of retirement to exorcise some Cold War ghosts from his clandestine past; and 'The Secret Pilgrim' sees Smiley invited to dine with the eager new recruits at the Circus. He offers them his thoughts on espionage and, in doing so, prompts a former colleague to re-examine his own eventful secret life. Duration: 19 hours.

©2016 BBC Worldwide Ltd (P)2016 BBC Worldwide Ltd

Length: 18 hrs and 59 mins
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A Thousand Voices

10 ratings

Summary

Adopted at 13, Dell Jordan was loved, mentored, and encouraged to pursue her passion for music. Now, at 20, after a year abroad with a traveling symphony, a scholarship to Julliard is within reach. But underneath Dell's smoothly polished surface lurk mysteries from the past. Why did her mother abandon her? Who was her father? Are there faces somewhere that look like hers - blood relatives she's never met? Determined to find answers, Dell sets off on a secret journey into Oklahoma's Kiamichi Mountains, drawn by the only remaining link to her origins - a father's Native American name on her birth certificate. In the voices of her Choctaw ancestors, she'll discover the keys to a future unlike anything she could have imagined.

©2018 Lisa Wingate (P)2019 Penguin Audio

Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
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The Secrets We Keep

9 ratings

Summary

When Tessa arrives at the little house by the lake with her two children, it is an escape. The rental house may be a bit small – but it’s theirs for the summer. A place to hide… However, their isolation is disrupted by the family from the big house next door. Three children and their glamorous mother Rebecca – who seems determined to invite Tessa into their lives. Rebecca, however, is harboring a dark secret. And when it becomes too much for her to bear, Tessa seems to be the only person she can turn to. But as powerful bonds form between the two families, choices will be made that can never be undone. And as the summer comes to an end, nothing can keep everyone safe. And one family will pay the ultimate price… A gripping, powerful emotional page turner with a heartbreaking twist, for fans of Jodi Picoult, Emily Bleeker and Diane Chamberlain.

©2018 Kate Hewitt (P)2018 Bookouture

Length: 13 hrs and 17 mins
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Vivre en couple et heureux, c'est possible

4 ratings

Summary

Ce 5e ouvrage de Colette Portelance sera sans doute comme les précédents un autre best-seller. Forte de près de 40 années de vie de couple heureuse et réussie avec le même conjoint, l’auteur nous convie à la mise au grand jour des secrets de ceux qui cultivent encore le sentiment amoureux après de nombreuses années de vie communes. Elle affirme qu’à l’aube du 3e millénaire il est toujours réaliste de rêver d’une vie de couple durable et satisfaisante. Pour elle, la relation amoureuse peut traverser l’épreuve du temps, l’amour, le désir et la passion n’étant pas uniquement réservés à l’enfance des relations de couple. En écrivant ces pages, Colette Portelance veut donner l’espoir à ceux qui s’aiment, à ceux qui veulent une vie de couple plus harmonieuse mais qui connaissent des difficultés relationnelles et à ceux qui sont seuls. Ce livre fournit à toutes ces personnes qui rêvent d’une vie de couple réussie, des bases solides et réalistes sur lesquelles ils pourront construire leur relation amoureuse de façon à ce qu’elle gagne chaque jour en profondeur sans perdre en sensibilité, en intérêt et en liberté. «en nourrissant nos yeux et nos coeurs d’images réelles et encourageantes en rapport avec la relation de couple, nous sèmerons un espoir constructeur dans le coeur des hommes et des femmes qui veulent être heureux ensemble et nous contribuerons ainsi plus facilement à former des couples qui s’aiment assez pour offrir à leurs enfants et à leur entourage des modèles d’épanouissement et de réalisation.»

©2014 Éditions du CRAM (P)2020 Éditions Vues et Voix

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Not My Daughter

3 ratings

Summary

Anna’s hands tense on Alice and she hesitates. In that endless pause, I see all I need to know. She doesn’t want to give Alice to me - not now, and not ever. And part of me doesn’t even blame her....  Milly always dreamed of being a mother. Adopted herself, she has always imagined a powerful, intimate connection with a child of her own. So when she and her husband Matt are told they can’t have children, her dreams are shattered.  But then their loved ones offer the ultimate gift - Milly’s best friend Anna and Matt’s brother Jack will be donors, so that Milly can carry a child and finally have a chance to be a mother. And with everyone accepting and open, Milly believes that nothing could go wrong.  Except none of the four people involved are prepared for the feelings that will threaten their most important relationships as their precious, longed-for daughter Alice grows up and receives a heartbreaking diagnosis.  Then those who love her best will have to decide what it means to be a parent, and to make decisions with far-reaching and devastating consequences...for Alice, and for themselves.  A powerful, heart-breaking novel guaranteed to make you cry, for fans of Jodi Picoult, Diane Chamberlain, and Gracie’s Secret.   "Heart-wrenching and captivating… as good as anything Jodi Picoult and Diane Chamberlain have ever written… gripping, engrossing and compelling." (bookishjottings.wordpress.com)  "Oh my gosh! This book is sad, thrilling, gripping and completely pulls on your heart strings… Full of heartache, tough decisions, dilemmas, drama and struggles of everyday life… In two words, simply amazing!" (booksontheshelf.wordpress.com) "One of the most poignant and life affirming novels… Beautiful, thought-provoking, insightful….and everything in between… Keep the tissues handy, you’re going to need them." (thewritinggarnet.wordpress.com)

©2019 Kate Hewitt (P)2019 Bookouture

Narrator: Alex Tregear
Author: Kate Hewitt
Length: 11 hrs and 39 mins
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The Heart Goes On

2 ratings

Summary

He drew in a deep breath. “I know it’s too much to ask, but I ask it anyway.... Will you wait for me, Harriet?”  The year 1819, Isle of Mull, Scotland: When Allan MacDougall tells his sweetheart, Harriet Campbell, he loves her on the eve of his departure to the New World, it breaks her heart. Because there is no way for her to go with him. She promises to wait for him, even though it could be years before they are reunited.  They vow to write, but when crucial letters go astray, they feel further apart than either could have imagined. Allan finds himself battling for his independence and future and ultimately for his life. Whilst Harriet’s family fortunes take a turn for the worse, leaving her with an impossible choice - stay faithful to the man she loves...or save her family from destitution?  Their fortunes are to have a chance to collide once again. But is their love strong enough to survive? Or will the time - and oceans - that have separated them for so long keep them apart forever?  An absolutely heart-wrenching, powerful, epic story about love, courage, and betrayal for fans of Laura Frantz, Tamera Alexander, and Poldark.  Previously published as Far Horizons. 

©2020 Kate Hewitt (P)2020 Bookouture

Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
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No Time to Say Goodbye

2 ratings

Summary

It hit me, the reality of it, in a way it hadn’t before like a sledgehammer straight to the chest. Laura was gone. She was never coming back. I’d never see her again; she’d never hum in the kitchen, she’d never pull Ruby onto her lap and tickle her tummy as she buried her face in the sweet curve of our daughter’s shoulder. Nathan West loved his wife Laura with all his heart. But now she’s gone, taken from him in a seemingly random act of violence. Laura was the glue that held their family together. And for Nathan, life without her feels almost meaningless. As he tries to find hope in the darkness, his three young daughters express their grief in different and challenging ways - with one set on a path of self-destruction that could devastate their family all over again. Desperate to understand his own heartbreak better, he reaches out to others who had known Laura. Including her new friend Maria, whose light and warmth are exactly what their grieving family needs, and who is soon helping out and providing emotional support for them all. But the picture Maria paints of Laura is unfamiliar to Nathan - of a wife who felt ignored, a mother who felt she couldn’t do enough - and he struggles to reconcile it with his own memories of the woman he loved. Is it possible he didn’t know his wife after all? And can he trust Maria? He can’t escape the feeling that she’s keeping something from him. Maria is hiding a secret with the power to rock Nathan’s family to its core. Because it is about what happened the day that Laura died.... An insightful and powerful novel guaranteed to break your heart, about how the unthinkable can sometimes help us see the world in a powerful new way. Perfect for fans of Jodi Picoult, Diane Chamberlain, and Susan Lewis.

©2019 Kate Hewitt (P)2019 Bookouture

Author: Kate Hewitt
Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
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When You Were Mine

1 rating

Summary

“Dylan…” I croak, but my little boy doesn’t even look at me. “Dylan,” I say again, my voice breaking now, and the social worker gives me a reproving look. I’m not helping, but I don’t care. “Dylan!” My voice is louder now, and my gaze stays locked with my son's as she pulls away from the curb and drives away, taking my very life with her. Single mother Beth loves her seven-year-old son Dylan with all her heart. He’s her world. But life with Dylan isn’t easy — and his emotional issues push Beth to her very limit. When a misunderstanding leads Dylan to be taken into foster care, she is determined to do whatever she can to get him back.  Mother of two, Ally has always dreamed of fostering — it feels like her chance to give back when she has been so lucky in life. But when Dylan joins their family, Ally finds herself struggling to balance his needs with those of her own children and husband — something Beth can’t help but witness when she visits.  Beth wants nothing more than to find a way to bring her beloved child home. But where is the right home for Dylan? Is it with the mother he was born to? Or is a new mother the greatest gift Beth could give her son?   A beautiful, powerful and ultimately hopeful story of the heartbreaking power of a mother’s love, for fans of Diane Chamberlain, Jodi Picoult, and Jojo Moyes.  Praise for Kate Hewitt:   “So heart-wrenching.... This story just grips you right from the start. I had a really hard time putting it down and found myself reading well into the night.... Perfect for fans of.... Jodi Picoult and Diane Chamberlain.” (Shelley’s Book Nook)  “I don’t think I have ever cried as much.... heart-breaking and unputdownable.... To say this story is a five-star read is an understatement. There are not enough stars in the world to show how much this book has touched me.” (Sinfully Wicked Book Reviews, 5 stars)   “Heart-wrenching and captivating.... as good as anything Jodi Picoult and Diane Chamberlain have ever written.... gripping, engrossing and compelling." (Bookish Jottings) “Oh my gosh! This book is sad, thrilling, gripping and completely pulls on your heart strings.... Full of heartache, tough decisions, dilemmas, drama and struggles of everyday life.... In two words, simply amazing!” (Books on the Bookshelf, 5 stars)

©2020 Kate Hewitt (P)2020 Bookouture, an imprint of Storyfire Ltd.

Narrator: Kate Handford
Author: Kate Hewitt
Length: 13 hrs and 16 mins
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Return to the Island

1 rating

Summary

What would her life look like without her beloved island in it? Where would she go? Ellen had come back here - to the place she felt she belonged - thinking she would stay here. But was it home...or just a place to hide?  Canada, 1918: The First World War is over, and those who have been fighting in Europe are heading for home, forever changed. Among the lost, the damaged, and the broken is former nurse Ellen Copley, who finds herself returning - not to her house in Glasgow, but to her childhood home on Amherst Island.  There, she feels sure, in the warm embrace of the McCafferty family, with her beloved aunt Rose and her cousins, she will feel safe and loved. She will be able to escape the ghosts of the past and her loss and find peace.  But the island is a changed place, too. The war has affected life the world over, and Aunt Rose is struggling to keep their small farmstead going. The family’s only hope is asking their neighbors, the Lymans, to help. But Jed Lyman is a broken man, both physically and emotionally, and his once-adoring brother, Lucas, is now more distant than ever.  And as Ellen fights to save the farm, she has to ask: What makes somewhere a home? And - when help comes from an unexpected place - she wonders, has the man she’s destined to love been waiting for her out there all along?  Listeners love Kate Hewitt:   “Fantastic.... The vivid historical details instantly transport the reader back in time. I was thoroughly captivated right from the start and couldn't put it down until I was done.” (Be My Book Boyfriend, five stars)

©2021 Kate Hewitt (P)2020 Bookouture, an imprint of Storyfire Ltd.

Narrator: Eilidh Beaton
Author: Kate Hewitt
Category: Romance, Historical
Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
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Into The Darkest Day

1 rating

Summary

She had to step outside and hold the paper up to the moonlight to read it, but when she was able to make out the words, her heart felt as if it would drop right out of her chest. Because, the message was in German. 1944, London. When Lily meets enigmatic GI Matthew in war-torn London, she doesn’t expect to fall in love. While her sister starts a reckless affair with another GI, Lily tries to hide her growing feelings for Matthew. But Matthew has a devastating secret. One that could change their lives forever. Present day, USA. Abby lives a quiet life on an apple farm in Wisconsin. Tormented by survivor’s guilt after the tragic deaths of her mother and brother, Abby leaves the orchards as little as possible, keeping her life small, peaceful and safe...until she is contacted by Englishman Simon Elliot, who arrives nursing a heartbreak of his own, and bearing a World War Two medal that he claims belonged to Abby’s grandfather. Together, they begin to piece together the heartbreaking story of their relatives’ war. But as the story brings Abby and Simon closer - tentatively beginning to lean on one another to heal - they uncover a dark secret from the past. And like Lily and Matthew nearly 80 years before them, it will make Abby and Simon question whether you can ever truly trust someone, even when they have your heart. A heartbreakingly powerful, epic love story about courage, friendship, and broken trusts, The Forgotten Heart is an unforgettable story perfect for fans of Nora Roberts, Kristin Hannah, and The Notebook.

©2020 Kate Hewitt (P)2020 Bookouture

Narrator: Kate Handford
Author: Kate Hewitt
Length: 14 hrs and 13 mins
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A Mother's Goodbye

1 rating

Summary

You know you can’t keep your baby. But can you trust someone else with their life?  When Heather finds herself unexpectedly pregnant, she knows there is no way she can keep her baby. She can barely manage to stay afloat as it is. But how can she stop herself from loving the child as it grows inside her? She thinks she’s found the perfect adoptive mother in Grace. Confident and wealthy, Grace has everything that Heather doesn’t. But when the heartbreaking moment arrives, will Heather be able to give up her baby? And if she can’t, what will this mean for Grace? Two women’s lives are forever entwined by the love for the same child and by the agonizing choices they will both have to make. A Mother’s Choice will make listeners ask themselves what it truly means to be a parent and whether they could make an ultimately selfless decision when it comes to their child’s future. A Mother’s Choice is a heartbreaking and compelling emotional drama with a tear-jerking twist - perfect for fans of Jodi Picoult, Kelly Rimmer, and Diane Chamberlain.   Praise for Kate Hewitt: "Pulled me in and never let me go...Hewitt writes about the complex emotions of family relationships with sensitivity and realism." (Marie Bostwick, The New York Times best-selling author)  "Kate Hewitt writes with deep emotion and stunning prose." (Kathleen McGurl, author) "Warm, wonderful, emotion storytelling." (Sarah Morgan, author) "A lushly imagined, deeply moving story...stunning...the perfect book to lose yourself in." (Megan Crane, USA Today best-selling author)  "Touches the heart and pulls the reader in." (RT Reviews) "Quality women’s fiction...at its finest." (Fictionophile)

©2018 Kate Hewitt (P)2018 Bookouture

Author: Kate Hewitt
Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
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A Hope for Emily

1 rating

Summary

"Looking back, I wish I could find my way back to that moment. I’d snatch it and hold onto it and live in it for the rest of my life, if I could. When Emily could still throw her arms around me. Oh God, just give me that moment, or one like it again. That’s all I want."  From the moment Emily was born, reaching out with her tiny little star-shaped hand towards her mother, blinking with long eyelashes over soft blue eyes, she became Rachel’s whole world.  But Rachel’s worst nightmare comes true when a rare auto-immune illness leaves 4-year-old Emily in a coma the doctors say she may never come out of. And Rachel has to make a heartbreaking decision - one that her ex-husband, Emily’s dad James, doesn’t agree with.  Terrified she’s going to lose her daughter for good, Rachel knows she must find a way to keep the hope alive for Emily. But there is only one person she can turn to for help to convince James - and it’s his new wife, Eva.  As an unlikely but powerful friendship develops between the two women, both Rachel and Eva will have to ask themselves - what is truly the right choice for the tiny, fragile little girl who lies between them?  A beautiful story that will break your heart into a million pieces, perfect for fans of Jodi Picoult, Diane Chamberlain and Susan Lewis.  Listeners love Kate Hewitt:  "I don’t think I have ever cried as much…heartbreaking…There are not enough stars in the world to show how much this book has touched me." (Sinfully Wicked Book Reviews, 5 stars) "Heart-wrenching and captivating…as good as anything Jodi Picoult and Diane Chamberlain have ever written…gripping, engrossing and compelling." (Bookish Jottings) "Oh my gosh! This book is sad, thrilling, gripping and completely pulls on your heart strings…Full of heartache, tough decisions, dilemmas, drama, and struggles of everyday life…In two words, simply amazing!" (Books on the Bookshelf, 5 stars) "Oh wow…This story has literally broken my heart into tiny little pieces at every emotional and heartbreaking turn." (Welcome to Mixing Reality with Fiction Book Blog, 5 stars)

©2020 Kate Hewitt (P)2020 Bookouture

Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
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The Orphan's Island

1 rating

Summary

1904: Ellen Copley is still a child when she leaves behind the sooty rail yards of Glasgow and crosses the Atlantic Ocean with a heart full of dreams. Yet within weeks of their arrival in America, her father has disappeared - leaving Ellen with resentful relatives, feeling alone and scared for her future. But then her kind Aunt Rose invites Ellen to stay with her large family in their rambling house on beautiful Amherst Island, which nestles like a jewel in the blue waters of Lake Ontario. There Ellen finally begins to find the love and acceptance she has long been craving - both from Aunt Rose’s boisterous family and from the boys next door, Jed and Lucas Lyman. It’s Jed she’s drawn to...the one with the twinkling eyes, who teases her, and laughs with her, and soon steals her heart.... But does Jed love her back? Because - even though Amherst Island feels like home - Ellen knows she can’t stay there with a broken heart.... This is the first book in the unmissable Amherst Island Trilogy that follows the life and love of Ellen Copley from the magic of Lake Ontario to the bloody battlefields of the First World War and beyond. Perfect for fans of The Oceans Between Us, The Orphan Sisters, and My Name is Eva. Previously published as Down Jasper Lane.

©2020 Kate Hewitt (P)2020 Bookouture, an imprint of Storyfire Ltd.

Narrator: Eilidh Beaton
Author: Kate Hewitt
Length: 14 hrs and 11 mins
Available on Audible
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Welcome Me to Willoughby Close

Summary

Welcome to Willoughby Close...a charming cluster of cozy cottages, each with a story to tell and a happy ending to deliver. Emily David didn’t want to move to Willoughby Close. She was perfectly content in London, but when her boss, Henry Trent, asks her to relocate, she’s left with little choice. Emily prefers living on her own and finds comfort in her routines. But the well-meaning residents of Wychwood-on-Lea are determined to include her in their friendly circle - a prospect Emily finds utterly alarming. When sparks fly with local pub owner Owen Jones, Emily’s safe and fragile world threatens to shatter. She has too many secrets to keep, and Owen’s gentle understanding could be her undoing. But as Owen persists, Emily’s heart softens, and she begins to discover the wonder of trusting friends - and falling in love. That is, until she discovers Owen has a secret of his own.... Can Willoughby Close work its charm and magic once more? And can someone who has been determined to stay lonely find - and trust - love right on her doorstep?

©2020 Kate Hewitt (P)2020 Blackstone Publishing

Narrator: Justine Eyre
Author: Kate Hewitt
Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
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This Fragile Heart

Summary

“Isobel, you are not thinking clearly. You are not considering all you would be sacrificing, all you would endure! And to be the wife of a stranger...."  Boston, 1838: Once upon a time Isobel Moore was thought to be one of Boston’s most eligible young women. But, after a marriage proposal gone wrong, she is now at threat of being labelled a spinster. And, though her work at a small school for impoverished immigrants brings her great joy, she can’t help but wish for more in life.  When her dream of finding love fails to come true, she knows - if she’s to have the family she dreams of - it will take desperate measures.  Her parents wish for nothing more than Isobel to find happiness, too. But when she announces she’s traveling to Burma to meet and marry a missionary she’s never met, they think she must have taken leave of her senses.  Isobel believes fate will guide her to a man she could one day love. But the paths we take do not always lead us where we expect.... And Isobel’s dream of true love may be more fragile than she had ever imagined.  An incredible story about bravery, broken hearts, and the powerful forces of fate, perfect for fans of Colleen McCullough, Laura Frantz, and Colleen Coble.  Previously published as A Distant Shore. 

©2020 Kate Hewitt (P)2020 Bookouture

Narrator: Kate Handford
Author: Kate Hewitt
Category: Romance, Historical
Length: 11 hrs and 39 mins
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The Girl from Berlin

Summary

An utterly heart-wrenching and gripping World War Two historical novel “I want to be free,” Rosa said quietly. “Even if just for a few minutes. It might be all I have.”  Berlin, 1936: From her beautiful new home Liesel Scholz barely notices the changes to the city around her. Her life is one of privilege and safety thanks to her father’s job working for the new government.  But soon a chance encounter with Rosa, the daughter of their Jewish housekeeper, leaves Liesel in no doubt that something isn’t right. That the rules this government are making aren’t fair and that others aren’t as safe as she is. When Rosa begs Liesel to help - pressing her grandfather’s golden pocket watch into Liesel’s hand - Liesel recklessly agrees. She will help hide Rosa and her family, even if it means risking everything....  Frankfurt, 1946: An idealistic American captain, Sam Houghton, arrives in Germany to interrogate prominent Nazis on trial and to help rebuild a battered country. He hires an enigmatic and damaged woman named Anna as his interpreter. But, as sparks fly between them, the question of what Anna did in the war raises its head.  Because Anna has secrets - ones that link her to the Nazi party, the darkest days in Europe’s history, and the story of a golden pocket watch and two girls who became friends even when they were told it was impossible.... A compelling and haunting story about courage, love and betrayal set in war-torn Berlin.

©2021 Kate Hewitt (P)2021 Bookouture, an imprint of Storyfire Ltd.

Narrator: Barbara Barnes
Author: Kate Hewitt
Length: 16 hrs and 42 mins
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Remember Me at Willoughby Close

Summary

Welcome back to Willoughby Close, with four new residents and happy endings to deliver. Laura Neale is grieving. A year after her beloved husband’s death, she is still left with far too many questions and is struggling with feelings of guilt, anger, and grief. Hoping to rebuild her life and her children’s, she moves to Wychwood-on-Lea with her two troubled kids - an 11-year-old son with too much energy and a 14-year-old daughter flirting with the same depression that afflicted her father. The warm community of women who have lived in Willoughby Close welcome her with open arms, and their friendship helps Laura find a semblance of peace. But when she finds herself with an entirely unexpected attraction to her son’s teacher, James Hill, Laura is gobsmacked. James is charming, funny, and 10 years younger than her, thus completely unsuitable. Besides, her husband Timothy was her soulmate - wasn’t he? As revelations about everything she once held dear surface, Laura wonders if she is reckless or maybe just brave enough to try for love a second time.

©2021 Kate Hewitt (P)2021 Blackstone Publishing

Narrator: Justine Eyre
Author: Kate Hewitt
Length: 8 hrs and 2 mins
Available on Audible
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Rainy Day Sisters

Summary

When Lucy Bagshaw's life in Boston falls apart thanks to a scathing editorial written by her famous artist mother, she accepts her half-sister Juliet's invitation to stay with her in Hartley-by-the-Sea, a charming seaside village in Northern England. Lucy is expecting quaint cottages and cream teas but instead finds that her sister is an aloof host; the weather is wet, windy, and cold; and her new boss, Alex Kincaid, is a disapproving widower who hired her only as a favor to Juliet. Despite the invitation she offered, Juliet is startled by the way Lucy catapults into her orderly life. As Juliet faces her own struggles with both her distant mother and her desire for a child, her sister's irrepressible optimism begins to take hold. With the help of quirky villagers, these hesitant rainy-day sisters begin to forge a new understanding and find in each other the love of family that makes all the difference.

©2015 Kate Hewitt (P)2015 Tantor

Narrator: Rosalyn Landor
Author: Kate Hewitt
Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
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Now and Then Friends

Summary

After her father left, Rachel had to dedicate her life to managing her household: her two younger sisters, her disabled mother, and her three-year-old nephew. When Rachel's not struggling to look after all of them, she makes her living cleaning the houses of wealthy families - including the Wests, where a surprise now awaits her.... A lifetime of drifting in other people's currents has finally left Claire high and dry. First it was her parents, then the popular crowd in school, and finally her fiancé. Now she's returned to Hartley-by-the-Sea to recover. But running into Rachel brings back memories of past mistakes, and Claire wonders if she now has the courage to make them right. Soon Claire's brother, Andrew, asks Rachel to keep an eye on Claire, which is the last thing either woman wants. But as their lives threaten to fall apart, both Claire and Rachel begin to realize what they need most is a friend. The kind of friend they once were to each other and perhaps can be again….

©2016 Kate Hewitt Limited (P)2016 Tantor

Author: Kate Hewitt
Length: 13 hrs and 44 mins
Available on Audible
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Meet Me at Willoughby Close

Summary

Welcome to Willoughby Close...a charming cluster of cozy cottages, each with a story to tell and a happy ending to deliver.... Ellie Matthews has come to Wychwood-on-Lea to find a new start for her and her daughter Abby. But, life there doesn’t start out as idyllic as she had hoped. While Ellie loves her cute cottage in Willoughby Close, the Yummy Mummies at the primary school seem intent on giving her the cold shoulder, Abby has trouble fitting in, and her boss, Oliver Venables, is both surprisingly sexy and irritatingly inscrutable.  But miracles can happen in the most unexpected places, and in small, yet wonderful ways. Slowly, Ellie and Abby find themselves making friends and experiencing the everyday magic of Willoughby Close. When Oliver’s nephew, Tobias, befriends Abby, the four of them start to feel like family...and Ellie begins to see the kindness and warmth beneath Oliver’s chilly exterior, which awakens both her longing and fear.  Ellie knows all about disappointment, and the pain of trying too hard for nothing, while Oliver has his own hurts and secrets to deal with. When the past comes rollicking back to remind both of them of their weaknesses and failings, will they be able to overcome their fears and find their own happy ending?

©2017 Kate Hewitt (P)2020 Blackstone Publishing

Narrator: Justine Eyre
Author: Kate Hewitt
Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
Available on Audible
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Marry Me at Willoughby Close

Summary

Welcome to Willoughby Close...a charming cluster of cozy cottages, each with a story to tell and a happy ending to deliver.... Alice James has been a drifter her whole life, working her way through several foster homes before ending up in Wychwood-on-Lea, feeling anchorless and invisible. When a chance encounter leads to Alice accepting a position as a caretaker and companion to Lady Stokeley, she starts to feel as if she might finally be able to put down some roots and live the way other people do. Then, Lady Stokeley’s nephew, city banker Henry Trent, storms into Willoughby Manor, seeming to find fault with everything, including Alice. As the next in line to the manor and title, he threatens to upturn everything she’s started to build. But Henry is hiding his own secret fears and weaknesses, ones he’s desperate for no one to discover. A surprising and inconvenient attraction that simmers between them leaves Alice feeling more confused than ever, and Henry torn between duty and desire, fear and love. When circumstances become even more difficult, both Alice and Henry must decide who they really are and what they are willing to fight for. Could Alice possibly be the next lady of Willoughby Manor?

©2017 Kate Hewitt (P)2020 Blackstone Publishing

Author: Kate Hewitt
Length: 8 hrs and 48 mins
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Kiss Me at Willoughby Close

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Welcome to Willoughby Close...a charming cluster of cozy cottages, each with a story to tell and a happy ending to deliver.... After her husband unexpectedly dies, Ava moves to Willoughby Close, trying to keep her chin up and to herself as she’s always done - not answering questions, not making friends, and not seeing much of a future. Her marriage was far from perfect, but it offered her a much-needed security that has now been ripped away. She’s not sure what to do now that she’s 35, widowed, penniless...and unexpectedly pregnant with her late husband’s child. Jace Tucker is the over-the-top, sexy caretaker of Willoughby Manor, and he can see beneath Ava’s glamour-girl act to the hurt she’s been hiding for so long. She has secrets for a reason - and so does he. The last thing she needs right now is a fling with a man who hides a past as regrettable as her own. But with a baby to think about and neighbors determined to be her friends, Ava finds herself starting to change and even more alarmingly, beginning to hope. Can Willoughby Close work its everyday magic on a woman like her? And when the past comes calling for both her and Jace, will they have to answer for their previous mistakes?

©2017 Kate Hewitt (P)2020 Blackstone Publishing

Narrator: Justine Eyre
Author: Kate Hewitt
Length: 8 hrs and 32 mins
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Her Rebel Heart: A Completely Irresistible Historical Romance

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Caroline sighed. She longed to be away from here, from the rain and barren hills and bitter winds, with nothing ever happening. It was as if she’d spent her whole life waiting for something truly exciting.... 1832, Scotland: When Caroline Reid is offered the chance to travel to America to live with her estranged uncle, she has only two things on her mind: to become the belle of Boston society and to make an enviable - and financially advantageous - match.  But from the moment her journey begins, things do not go as she expects. From the seasickness on her Atlantic crossing, to the unexpected friendship she strikes up with a young widow named Eleanor, the Caroline who set sail for the New World isn’t quite the same person who arrives there....  Then she meets Eleanor’s brother, Ian Campbell, and her rebel heart cannot help but beat faster. Even though he doesn’t have a fortune, Caroline’s feelings overwhelm her earlier ambitions. However, her uncle - who had so gallantly invited her to live in his house - has other plans. And he will stop at absolutely nothing to get what he wants.... An unmissable story about friendship, courage and impossible choices for fans of Diana Gabaldon, Tamera Alexander and Poldark.  Previously published as Another Country. 

©2012 Kate Hewitt (P)2020 Bookouture

Length: 13 hrs and 50 mins
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Find Me at Willoughby Close

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Welcome to Willoughby Close...a charming cluster of cozy cottages, each with a story to tell and a happy ending to deliver.... Harriet Lang had the perfect life, so she’s left reeling when everything is taken from her in one fell swoop. Suddenly, Harriet learns her beautiful farmhouse in the Cotswolds is double mortgaged, her husband Richard’s been unceremoniously fired - and he’s become a little too close to his young, sexy assistant. Harriet moves into Willoughby Close with her three children, trying to hold her head up high. With the help of her neighbor and newfound friend Ellie Matthews, Harriet starts to rebuild her life - but dipping a toe in the dating pool feels strange, and meanwhile her children are struggling in different ways. She wonders if starting over is really possible..... Then Willoughby Close begins to weave its healing magic on both her and her children, and Harriet begins to see a way forward. But when Richard reappears in her life, wanting to make amends, Harriet must make the painful decision about how much of the past can be forgiven - and what kind of future she is fighting for.

©2017 Kate Hewitt (P)2020 Blackstone Publishing

Narrator: Justine Eyre
Author: Kate Hewitt
Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
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Dreams of the Island

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Completely heart-wrenching historical fiction Henry McAvoy leaned forward. “I have been looking for an artist just like you - a diamond in the rough, so to speak. And really, Miss Copley,” he said gently, “what do you have to lose?”  Amherst Island, Canada, 1911: When a chance encounter takes Ellen Copley away from the beautiful island she has called home since she was orphaned as a child, she believes it is the new start she has been waiting for.  She settles into an exciting, creative new life in Glasgow, feeling like she’s finally finding her independence. And even though she left a part of her heart back on the island, she’s flattered by the attentions of her handsome, charming benefactor, Henry McAvoy. But tragedy strikes their fledgling relationship, and soon after, war looms over Europe. Emboldened by all she has loved and lost, Ellen leaves Scotland to become a nurse on the front line. And, as she finds herself having to choose between love and duty, desire and bravery, her courage is tested as never before.  The war rages on - and familiar faces appear on the front line, including her childhood sweetheart, Jed Lyman, and his brother, Lucas. Coming face-to-face with her past, Ellen will learn what she is made of. But can she finally decide where her heart truly belongs?  Previously published as On Renfrew Street. 

©2020 Kate Hewitt (P)2020 Bookouture, an imprint of Storyfire Ltd.

Narrator: Eilidh Beaton
Author: Kate Hewitt
Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
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Cupcakes for Christmas

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Always the baker, never the bride.... Olivia James has always been happy running a tea shop and bakery in the Cotswold village of Wychwood-on-Lea and helping her friends find their happily-ever-afters, topped by the perfect wedding cake. But as Christmas approaches, Olivia is home alone and questioning her choices while eating too many of her own specialty confections. When Simon Blacklock, a handsome, whimsical stranger, breezes into her shop and buys a cupcake and then returns the next day and the day after, Olivia begins to dream. Can romance blossom amid the sugar and flour? And after a lifetime of living on the sidelines, is she brave enough to star in her own story? Simon may be hiding a painful secret, but Olivia harbors secrets of her own. If they can dare to risk their hearts, this Christmas might be the most magical yet!

©2018 Kate Hewitt (P)2021 Blackstone Publishing

Narrator: Justine Eyre
Author: Kate Hewitt
Length: 4 hrs and 55 mins
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Christmas Elf

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Christmas Stories for Kids! Christmas is almost here and the excitement is all around. The twinkling Christmas lights and the aroma of freshly baked cookies fills the air. You and your child will enjoy these special Christmas stories about Tinsel the Christmas elf. Each story is about Tinsel and his fun-filled adventures. Tinsel loves Christmas more than any other elf and wants to spread the holiday cheer with all the boys and girls in the world! This book is wonderful for listening aloud at school, waiting rooms, traveling, and sharing with friends and family! Cute Christmas stories for kids Perfect for early and beginner readers Fun for the entire family These stories are great for quick bedtime stories and cute tales to be listened to aloud at home! Tinsel and the Christmas Radio Contest Tinsel and the Teenage Reindeer Just for Fun Activity Tinsel and the Christmas Stocking Deliveries Just for Fun Activity Tinsel and the Indoor Snow Party Just for Fun Activity Tinsel's Brilliant Idea

©2015 Arnie Lightning (P)2015 Arnie Lightning Books

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Christmas at Willoughby Close

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Welcome back to Willoughby Close, with four new residents and happy endings to deliver.... Belinda "Lindy" Jamison has moved to the Cotswolds for a fresh start and to open a dancing school - her lifelong dream. Pushing 40 and still looking for Mr. Right, Lindy is determined to no longer wait for happiness but to reach for it with both hands. So she packs up her life and heads south to Wychwood-on-Lea to start up her school.  Soon Lindy has a motley crew of would-be dancers. But her most intriguing pupil is Roger Wentworth, a 40-something bachelor with a shy and awkward manner, but a heart of blazing gold. When Lindy decides to showcase her pupils in a Christmas show, Roger is deeply reluctant but finally agrees. Lindy longs to bring Roger out of his shell - but she didn’t expect to fall in love with him in the process.  Soon it is Roger teaching her how two lonely hearts might be able to embrace a second chance this Christmas...if they can just believe they’re both worthy of love.

©2020 Kate Hewitt (P)2020 Blackstone Publishing

Narrator: Justine Eyre
Author: Kate Hewitt
Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
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Christmas at the Edge of the World

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When Laurel West discovers her estranged sister Abby has checked herself into rehab and wants her to take care of her 14-year-old son, she doesn’t hesitate to step in. Abby was there for Laurel a long time ago, and she longs to be able to offer the same. However, as a single woman who still dreams of the fairy tale, Laurel isn’t prepared for teenage Zac’s sullen moods or silent rage. When he’s expelled from school, she decides to take drastic measures and temporarily relocate them to her great aunt’s cottage on the windswept hills of the Orkney islands north of Scotland...about as far as she can run from their problems, but will it be far enough? From the moment they step onto the island’s shores, everything seems to go wrong...including a run-in with eccentric sheep farmer Archie MacDougall. When Zac gets in trouble at the village pub and is rescued by Archie, Laurel thinks things are only getting worse. But Archie’s suggestion of putting Zac to work on his farm might be the change he needs, and Laurel strikes up a surprising friendship with a man who is about as far from the fairy tale as she can imagine.  Can such an unlikely and impractical love bloom in such a brief moment out of reality? And will two lost and lonely souls find each other at the edge of the world? 

©2019 Kate Hewitt (P)2020 Blackstone Publishing

Narrator: Lucy Rayner
Author: Kate Hewitt
Length: 6 hrs and 21 mins
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A Yorkshire Christmas

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Wealthy, New York City girl Claire Lindell wasn't looking for a Christmas miracle or happiness when she abruptly decided to hole up for the holiday at her godmother's cottage in a little Yorkshire village, and lick her wounds, from a near disastrous romantic decision. After her car skids into a snow bank, Claire may have accidently found her perfect Christmas and the family and love she's craved, when she offers Noah Bradford of Ayesgill Farm help to push the back end of one of his sheep out of the icy mud, even if she's going to ruin a brand new pair of Prada boots during the rescue. What's a little leather when love's on the line?

©2016 Kate Hewitt (P)2017 Kate Hewitt

Narrator: Karissa Vacker
Author: Kate Hewitt
Length: 3 hrs and 39 mins
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A Vicarage Wedding

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Rachel Holley has always dreamed of a wedding - the white dress, the fairy tale, and of course, the happily ever after. But when her fiancé breaks it off the night before, claiming she doesn’t love him, Rachel’s fairy tale ends in ashes. Homeless, hopeless, and feeling like her life has been completely derailed, Rachel must start over in all sorts of ways - and hold her head up high in the fishbowl of her tiny village. The last person she expects to become a friend is Sam West, the taciturn owner of The Bell, Thornthwaite’s rougher pub, and a little rough around the edges of himself. But as Rachel gets to know Sam, and sees him caring for his orphaned nephew, she finds herself drawn to this enigmatic man. Nothing about Sam is what Rachel expected in a life partner, and yet she can’t deny their increasing closeness. But can love flourish on the rebound? And will there be a vicarage wedding after all?

©2018 Kate Hewitt (P)2021 Blackstone Publishing

Narrator: Hannah Curtis
Author: Kate Hewitt
Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
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A Vicarage Christmas

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Welcome to Thornwaite, a quaint village tucked up in England’s beautiful but rainy Lake District...where homecomings happen and surprises are in store for the four Holley sisters.... Anna Holley, the third of four sisters, has always felt a little bit forgotten. A family tragedy when she was a child had her retreating deep into shyness, and social anxiety kept her on the fringes of the cozy chaos of the busy vicarage. After several years away from home, Anna returns for Christmas...and an important announcement from her father. As much as she once loved the village, coming back is hard and puts Anna’s social capabilities to the test. Avoiding her sisters’ bossy questions, she heads out to the local pub one night, and meets a handsome stranger nursing a pint. Somehow, unburdened by expectations, Simon seems like the perfect person to spill all her secrets to - including a hopeless, long-held crush on her sister’s boyfriend. Confident she’ll never see him again, Anna returns home...only to discover the next day that Simon is actually her father’s new curate! Anna is beyond mortified, but Simon won’t let her retreat into her usual shyness - and for once Anna is forced to confront the past, and all the fears and feelings she’d tried so long to hide. But with his own heartache that needs to heal, can Simon help Anna to make this the most magical Christmas either of them have known?

©2017 Kate Hewitt (P)2021 Blackstone Publishing

Narrator: Hannah Curtis
Author: Kate Hewitt
Length: 4 hrs
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A Cotswold Christmas

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Welcome to Wychwood-on-Lea...a not-too-quaint village where frosty evenings, welcoming fires, and second chances will make this a Christmas you’ll never forget. Anna Vere has escaped to the Cotswolds for Christmas to try to heal from her broken engagement and, far worse, her broken dreams. When her reserved room at a bed-and-breakfast is flooded, she takes up the offer of camping out in Willoughby Close, the converted stables of the nearby manor house...and is taken under the wing of sexy local carpenter Colin Heath. What starts out as merely helping a neighbor in need turns into far more as Colin and Anna share a surprisingly intense and emotional connection, weaving their own Christmas magic as they spend the holiday together. But Anna has a secret she's scared to reveal, something that could destroy the fragile bond they've just created, and Colin knows she’s only in England for a short time. Can these two sudden soul mates risk their hearts for a love that has yet to be tried and tested? Get swept away by this poignant and heartwarming story, set in beautiful Wychwood-on-Lea, in the English Cotswolds. And look forward to four more books set in Willoughby Close, where everyday miracles and happily-ever-afters are guaranteed.

©2016 Kate Hewitt (P)2020 Blackstone Publishing

Narrator: Justine Eyre
Author: Kate Hewitt
Length: 3 hrs and 43 mins
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