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We Were on a Break

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Summary

Is it a break? Or is it a blip? Liv and Adam are in love. Liv and Adam are supposed to be getting engaged. Until Adam accidently suggests they take a break. And Liv starts thinking.... Friends, family and bystanders all have opinions, and one complication leads to another as Adam and Liv try to muddle through in this hilarious, heartwarming comedy. Are they split up - or are they on a break? What exactly are they allowed to get away with? And, most importantly, what do Liv and Adam really want?

©2016 Lindsey Kelk (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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The Unspoken Name

13 ratings

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"Narrator Avita Jay manages a large cast of characters in this fantasy.... Jay captures the growing affection and trust between Csorwe and those she enlists to help her. Most importantly, Jay's narration captures Csorwe's manner and personality as she transforms from a meek priestess to a formidable character." (AudioFile Magazine) A. K. Larkwood's The Unspoken Name is a stunning debut fantasy about a young priestess sentenced to die, who at the last minute escapes her fate; only to become an assassin for the wizard who saved her.  What if you knew how and when you will die? Csorwe does - she will climb the mountain, enter the Shrine of the Unspoken, and gain the most honored title: sacrifice. But on the day of her foretold death, a powerful mage offers her a new fate. Leave with him, and live. Turn away from her destiny and her god to become a thief, a spy, an assassin - the wizard's loyal sword. Topple an empire, and help him reclaim his seat of power. But Csorwe will soon learn - gods remember, and if you live long enough, all debts come due. A Macmillan Audio production from Tor Books "In the vein of Le Guin's magnificent Tombs of Atuan - if Arha the Eaten One got to grow up to be a swordswoman mercenary in thrall to her dubious wizard mentor. I love this book so much." (Arkady Martine, author of A Memory Called Empire) "Hooked me in from the first page and never let go. Fabulous, in every meaning of the word." (Jenn Lyons, author of Ruin of Kings)

©2020 A. K. Larkwood (P)2020 Macmillan Audio

Narrator: Avita Jay
Length: 18 hrs and 37 mins
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A Totally Awkward Love Story

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The summer before college, Hannah swears she's finally going to find The One. And for five perfect minutes, Hannah does find him. He's cute and makes her laugh like crazy. She just wishes she'd caught his name, because Toilet Boy Cinderella really lacks sex appeal. For Sam, the summer is off to a bad start for a million reasons. But for five minutes his luck changes: In a fancy restroom painted purple like it belongs in a Bond villain hideaway, Sam falls head over heels for some strange and hilarious girl. Of course he doesn't know her name. With his luck he'll never see her again, and he'll remain a girlfriendless, moony-eyed virgin. Forever. But another chance meeting brings them together - only to have a chance misunderstanding drive them apart...and then the cycle starts all over again. Madcap mishaps, raunchy hilarity, and deep romance follow these two wherever they go. For two people so clearly destined for each other, they sure have a hell of a lot of trouble even getting together.

©2014 Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivison (P)2015 W.F. Howes

Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
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So Much Life Left Over

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A powerfully evocative and emotionally charged novel from the acclaimed author of Corelli’s Mandolin. They were an inseparable tribe of childhood friends. Some were lost to the battles of the First World War, and those who survived have had their lives unimaginably upended. Now, at the dawn of the 1920s, they’ve scattered: to Ceylon and India, France and Germany, and, inevitably, back to Britain, each of them trying to answer the question that fuels this sweeping novel: If you have been embroiled in a war in which you confidently expected to die, what are you supposed to do with so much life unexpectedly left over? The narrative unfolds in brief, dramatic chapters, and we follow these old friends over the decades as their paths re-cross or their ties fray, as they test loyalties and love, face survivor’s grief and guilt, and adjust in profound and quotidian ways to this newest modern world. At the center are Daniel, an RAF flying ace, and Rosie, a wartime nurse. As their marriage is slowly revealed to be built on lies, Daniel finds solace - and, sometimes, family - with other women, and Rosie draws her religion around herself like a carapace. Here too are Rosie’s sisters - a bohemian, a minister’s wife, and a spinster, each seeking purpose and happiness in her own unconventional way; Daniel’s military brother, unable to find his footing in a peaceful world; and Rosie’s “increasingly peculiar” mother and her genial, shockingly secretive father. The tenuous interwar peace begins to shatter, and we watch as war once again reshapes the days and the lives of these beautifully drawn women and men.

©2018 Louis de Bernieres (P)2018 Random House Audio

Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
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Those Pricey Thakur Girls

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The new novel from the bestselling author of The Zoya Factor and Battle for Bittora. In a sprawling bungalow on New Delhi's posh Hailey Road, Justice Laxmi Narayan Thakur and his wife, Mamta, spend their days watching anxiously over their five beautiful (but troublesome) alphabetically named daughters. Anjini, married but an incorrigible flirt; Binodini, very worried about her children's hissa in the family property; Chandrakanta, who eloped with a foreigner on the eve of her wedding; Eshwari, who is just a little too popular at Modern School, Barakhamba Road; and the judge's favourite (though fathers shouldn t have favourites): the quietly fiery Debjani, champion of all the stray animals on Hailey Road, who reads the English news on DD and clashes constantly with crusading journalist Dylan Singh Shekhawat, he of shining professional credentials but tarnished personal reputation, crushingly dismissive of her state-sponsored propaganda , but always seeking her out with half-sarcastic, half-intrigued dark eyes. Spot-on funny and toe-curlingly sexy, Those Pricey Thakur Girls is rom-com specialist Anuja Chauhan writing at her sparkling best.

©2013 Anuja Chauhan (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Avita Jay
Length: 15 hrs and 23 mins
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The Tea Planter's Wife

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Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable, audiobook edition of The Tea Planter's Wife by Dinah Jefferies, read by Avita Jay. Nineteen-year-old Gwendolyn Hooper is newly married to a rich and charming widower, eager to join him on his tea plantation, determined to be the perfect wife and mother. But life in Ceylon is not what Gwen expected. The plantation workers are resentful, the neighbours treacherous, and there are clues to the past - a dusty trunk of dresses, an overgrown gravestone in the grounds - that her husband refuses to discuss. Just as Gwen finds her feet, disaster strikes. She faces a terrible choice, hiding the truth from almost everyone, but a secret this big can't stay buried forever....

©2015 Dinah Jefferies (P)2015 Penguin Books Limited

Narrator: Avita Jay
Category: Romance, Historical
Length: 15 hrs and 59 mins
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Lobsters

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<>Sam and Hannah have only he holidays to find 'The One’...which is their lobster.... Instead of their summer holidays being epic, Sam and Hannah’s summer holidays is turning out to be very awkward.... They must navigate social misunderstandings, the plotting of well-meaning friends, and their own fears of being virgins to find happiness. But fate is at work to bring them together, and in the end it all boils down to love.

©2014 Tom Ellen And Lucy Evison (P)2015 W F Howes Ltd

Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
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The House of New Beginnings

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On moving to Brighton, Georgie finds throwing herself into the city's delights fun and exciting, but before she knows it, she's sliding into all kinds of trouble. Charlotte is in the city for a new start, hoping to keep her head down. A terrible revelation sent Rosa running from London, but could her passion for food lead her to more interesting places? As the three tenants find each other, it's as if a whole new chapter of their lives has begun.

©2017 Lucy Diamond (P)2017 W F Howes Ltd

Narrator: Avita Jay
Author: Lucy Diamond
Length: 14 hrs and 34 mins
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The Secret Lives of the Amir Sisters

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The debut novel from Nadiya Hussain, winner of 2015's Great British Bake-Off, this is a charming, warm-hearted tale that illustrates the unique bond between four sisters. A story of faith, family and love, it perfectly embodies what it feels like to struggle with self-acceptance. Fatima, Farah, Bubblee and Mae, the four sisters of the Amir family, are sometimes tired of being the only Muslim young women in a rural British village, not helped by their eccentric neighbours, including the hippie nudists next door. Oldest sister Fatima - or, as her family have always nicknamed her, Fatti (which, she worryingly suspects, has just as much to do with her inability to lose weight and guilty-pleasure love of Primula squeezy cheese as it does her birth name) - is having a particularly hard time finding her place in the world, especially when a family tragedy strikes and Fatima discovers that she was adopted. Her aunt in Bangladesh is her real mother, leaving Fatima questioning everything she thought she knew about her family. As each sister struggles with life, love and faith, as Farah learns to cope when her husband has an accident, Bubblee learns to stop judging other people's lives and Mae faces burgeoning YouTube stardom, Fatima learns what it really means to be a big sister and to bring her family back together by organising a big village bake sale to help fund rebuilding the family business.

©2017 Nadiya Hussain (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
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Yajnaseni

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The story of Draupadi, one of the most fascinating characters in the Mahabharata. Strange as it may appear, Draupadi, the most accomplished heroine of the Mahabharata, happens to be the most suffering, most sacrificing, and yet most misunderstood character from the epic. Though counted among the five supremely virtuous women, honoured as pancha sati in mythology, the name Draupadi still bears stigma and is often contemptuously uttered by people in society as the woman who brought about the greatest war of all time. Pratibha Ray makes a determined effort to present a balanced portrayal of the epic character and brings to the surface the broader and deeper aspects of Draupadi's mind that lie submerged in the majestic sweep of the grand Mahabharata.

©1995 Pratibha Ray, Translation Copyright Pradip Bhattacharya 1995 (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Avita Jay
Length: 19 hrs and 49 mins
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Love Like Blood

2 ratings

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From number one best seller Mark Billingham comes a masterful, intense crime novel that pits DI Tom Thorne against an evil beyond comprehension, yet shockingly real. A bloody massage As DI Nicola Tanner investigates what appears to be a series of organised killings, her partner Susan is brutally murdered, leaving the detective bereft, and vengeful. A powerful ally Taken off the case, Tanner enlists the help of DI Tom Thorne to pursue a pair of ruthless killers and the broker handing out the deadly contracts. A conspiracy of silence As the killers target their latest victim, Thorne takes the biggest risk of his career and is drawn into a horrifying and disturbing world in which families will do anything to protect their honour.

©2017 Mark Billingham Ltd. (P)2017 Little Brown

Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
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This Stolen Life

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Soma is a shy young woman adrift in a strange new country. After moving from Sri Lanka to Yorkshire to become a nanny to baby Louis, Soma tries to settle into life in the UK, even if every day presents her with a new challenge, from trying new food or getting to grips with the language.  But the one thing Soma never counted on was falling in love. When she meets Sahan, a Sri Lankan student at the local university, the two feel an instant attraction. Meeting in secret so that Sahan can teach Soma English, their friendship quickly blooms into something more. But their differing backgrounds - Soma is from poverty, while Sahan is the son of a wealthy family and cousin to Soma’s employer - means they have to hide their love from the world.  While they bare their souls to each other, Sahan has no idea that Soma is hiding a huge secret from him - but as her lies come crashing down, Soma is faced with an impossible choice. Should she tell the truth - even if means losing Sahan?  A moving, unique and utterly engrossing love story about how well we really know the person we fall in love with - fans of Amanda Prowse, Jojo Moyes and Diane Chamberlain will be captivated.

©2019 Jeevani Charika (P)2019 Audible, Ltd

Narrator: Avita Jay
Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
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The House That BJ Built

1 rating

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"I'll make my sisters squirm like well-salted earthworms. I won't sell. Even my jutti wont sell. And if I die now, then even my ghost won't sell!" The late Binodini Thakur had been very clear that she would never agree to sell her hissa in her Bauji's big old house on Hailey Road. And her daughter, Bonu, is determined to honor her mothers wishes. But what to do about her four pushy aunts who are insisting she sell? One is bald and stingy, one is jobless and manless, one needs the money to 'save the nation' and one is stepmother to Bonus's childhood crush - brilliant young Bollywood director Samar Vir Singh, who promised BJ upon his deathbed that he would get the house sold, divvy the money equally and end all the bickering within the family. The first word baby Bonu ever spoke was 'Balls' and indeed, she is ballsy, bs-intolerant, brave and beautiful. But is she strong enough to weather emotional blackmail by the spadefull? Not to mention shady builders, wily politicians, spies, lies and the knee-buckling hotness of Samars intense eyes? Sharply observed and pulse-quickeningly romantic, this is Anuja Chauhan writing at her sparkling best!

©2015 Anuja Chauhan (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Avita Jay
Length: 15 hrs and 46 mins
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The Fall and Rise of the Amir Sisters

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Heartwarming storytelling with strong themes of sisterhood from nation's favourite and former Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain, this is Little Women meets Marian Keyes Walsh - a family series for a new generation of readers. The four Amir Sisters - Fatima, Farah, Bubblee and Mae - are as close as sisters can be, but sometimes even those bonds can be pushed to their limits....  Becoming a mother has always been Farah's dream, so when older sister Fatima struggles with a tough pregnancy whilst Farah has trouble conceiving, she can't help but be jealous - until a plan to break a huge cultural taboo in her family and use a surrogate gives her renewed hope. But nothing is ever that easy in this warm, witty look at a modern British family.

©2019 Nadiya Hussain (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers

Narrator: Avita Jay
Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
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Shadowblade

Summary

Naia dreams of becoming a Jaihar Blademaster, but after assaulting a teacher, her future seems ruined. The timely intervention of a powerful stranger suddenly elevates her into elite Upper Grounds training. She has no idea that the stranger is Dal Gassan, head of the Daljeer Circle. Seventeen years ago he witnessed the massacre of Challimar’s court and rescued its sole survivor, a baby girl. Gassan plans to thrust a blade into the machinations of imperial succession: Naia.  Disguised as the legendary Princess Xarimet of Challimar, Naia must challenge the imperial family and win. Naia is no princess, but with her desert-kissed eyes and sword skills, she might be close enough.

©2019 Dreamscape Media, LLC (P)2019 Dreamscape Media, LLC

Narrator: Avita Jay
Author: Anna Kashina
Length: 13 hrs and 19 mins
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