After her grandmother Arlette's death, Betty is finally ready to begin her life. She had forfeited university, parties, boyfriends, summer jobs - all the usual preoccupations of a woman her age - in order to care for Arlette. Now she's ready for whatever life throws at her, and, since the will included a beneficiary unknown to her who lives in the city, she heads there to find the mysterious woman....
In 1920s London, Arlette is starting her new life in a time of postwar change. Beautiful and charismatic, she's drawn into a hedonistic world, but then tragedy strikes, and she flees back to her childhood home....
When Betty's search leads her to a man - someone who meant the world to her grandmother - the secrets of Arlette's past may help Betty find her own way to happiness in the present....
A rich detective story and a captivating look at London then and now, Before I Met You is an unforgettable novel about two very different women, separated by 70 years but united by big hearts and even bigger dreams.
Â©2013 Lisa Jewell (P)2018 Dreamscape Media, LLC
Shy and gawky, Ana has always daydreamed about living the life of her exotic half-sister Bee, a pop singer who had a number one hit single before she inexplicably vanished from the celebrity scene.Â
When Bee turns up dead, Ana is dispatched to the big city to clear out her apartment. Instantly seduced by the second-hand glamour of Bee's baubles, bangles, and bottles of Pierre-Jouet, Ana takes up with Bee's wild club-hopping cronies.Â
News of a missing cat and a remote country cottage soon convince Ana that her sister was leading a secret life. Now, she's is on a mission to discover what really happened to Bee Bearhorn, the one-hit wonder - and what is about to happen to the unremarkable Ana Wills.
Â©2019 Dreamscape Media, LLC (P)2019 Dreamscape Media, LLC
If you think photos arenât importantâ¦ wait until theyâre all you have left of your child. Your life isnât perfect, but youâre still happy. Your husband has stuck by you, and heâs a good dad. Your daughter, Becca, makes your heart explode with love. And then, in the time it takes to say âbad motherâ, thereâs no longer a place for you in your own family. Your right to see your child has disappeared. Life goes on in your house - family dinners, missing socks and evening baths - but you arenât there anymore. Becca may be tucked up in bed in Rose Cottage, but she is as lost to you as if she had been snatched from under your nose. Everyone knows you deserve this, for what you did. Except youâre starting to realise that things maybe arenât how you thought they were, and your husband isnât who you thought he was either. That the truths youâve been so diligently punishing yourself for are built on sand, and the daughter you have lost has been unfairly taken from you. Wouldnât that be more than any mother could bear? A heart-wrenchingly emotional drama for fans of Lisa Wingate, Jill Childs, and Jodi Picoult.
Â©2019 Ali Mercer (P)2019 Bookouture
Lydia, Dean, and Robyn don't know one another...yet. Each is facing difficult challenges: Lydia is still wearing the scars from her traumatic childhood. Wealthy and successful, she leads a lonely and disjointed existence. Dean is a young, unemployed, single dad whose life is going nowhere. Robyn is 18. Gorgeous, popular, and intelligent, she entered her first year of college confident about her dream to become a pediatrician. Now she's failing her classes. Now she's falling in love for the first time. Lydia, Dean, and Robyn live very different lives, but each of them, independently, has always felt that something was missing. What they don't know is that a letter is about to arrive that will turn their lives upside down. It's a letter containing a secret - one that will bind them together and show them what love and family and friendship really mean. A literary gem, The Making of Us will remind listeners of the miracles that happen when we bring life into the world and share our lives with those we love.
Â©2012 Lisa Jewell (P)2018 Dreamscape Media, LLC
Please write and tell me why you should live here.
Toby Dobbs received a big Victorian house with too many bedrooms to count as a wedding present from his father, but his marriage is over within a month. Very alone, and very lonely, Toby posts an advertisement seeking the Unexpectedly Alone to become his roommates. Fifteen years later, the wayward souls he takes in are still living with him, with no intention of leaving.Â
Please tell me how I can convince you to move out.
Toby Dobbs has met Leah Pilgrim from across the road, and they're falling in love. But before they can begin a new life together, Toby and Leah must help Toby's house of sweet slackers and lovelorn misfits grow up, solve their problems, and set themselves free. But can their new relationship survive the test?Â
Â©2008 Lisa Jewell (P)2019 Dreamscape Media, LLC
Ever wondered what happened to your first love? Imagine bumping into them 12 years later and realizing you still fancy them rotten. That's exactly what happens to Dig Ryan when he sees Delilah again.Â
Now imagine you're Nadine. You and Dig have been best friends for 15 years. And you've finally realized that you're in love with him. So when Delilah - who was always your nemesis - returns, you're mad with jealousy and can't help behaving childishly...like phoning Phil just to get your own first love back....
Thirtynothing is a story of ex-boyfriends, ex-girlfriends, and friends dabbling with yesterday when they should really be thinking about today.
Â©2000 Lisa Jewell (P)2020 Dreamscape Media, LLC
Spring is here, and Tav and his clan of survivors set out to clean up from the destruction of Vermont's winter. With no gasoline, they will have to find new ways to travel, and they will cross paths with survivors who were strong enough to make it through the bitter cold. And these new enemies will do whatever it takes to survive the spring.
Â©2020 Eric Vall (P)2020 Eric Vall
In this irresistible novel from the author of Then She Was Gone, Jem and Ralph discover the power of starting over after 11 years together have left them drifting apart.
Â©2018 Dreamscape Media, LLC (P)2018 Dreamscape Media, LLC
When Melanie Scott is promoted to junior partner, she thinks she has put her past behind her, and while out celebrating her promotion, she meets the handsome and charming Hugo Field. Melanie has her doubts and is haunted by her motherâs critical voice, which reminds her that sheâs messed up before. But when Oliver invites her for dinner, she buries the feeling and accepts his invitation. She deserves a chance at happiness, doesnât she? However, the past she thought she had left behind resurfaces when she receives an email containing a name - Anne Edwards - a name she thought sheâd left behind. When the emails escalate, she knows she has to find out who is behind them, but at what cost? Melanie is about to learn that the past will now shape her future forever....
Â©2020 Valerie Keogh (P)2021 Dreamscape Media, LLC
Fifteen-year-old Ellie Mack was the perfect daughter. She was beloved by her parents, friends, and teachers. She and her boyfriend made a teenage golden couple. She was days away from an idyllic summer vacation, with her whole life ahead of her. And then she was gone.Â Now her mother, Laurel Mack, is trying to put her life back together. It's been 10 years since her daughter disappeared, seven years since her marriage ended, and only months since the last clue in Ellie's case was unearthed. So when she meets an unexpectedly charming man in a cafe, she is surprised at how quickly their flirtation develops into something deeper. Before she knows it, she's meeting Floyd's daughters - and his youngest, Poppy, takes her breath away. Looking at her is like looking at Ellie. And now the unanswered questions she has tried so hard to put to rest haunt her anew...as well as some new ones about Floyd and Poppy....
Â©2018 Lisa Jewell (P)2018 Dreamscape Media, LLC
In a windswept British seaside town, single mum Alice Lake finds a man sitting on the beach outside her house. He has no name and no idea how he got there. Against her better judgment, she invites him inside. Meanwhile, in a suburb of London, 21-year-old Lily Monrose has been married for only three weeks. When her husband fails to come home from work one night, she is left alone in a place where she knows no one and with the police telling her that her husband never existed. In this suspenseful drama, both women must sort through the secrets surrounding men neither of them knows if they can trust.
Â©2017 Lisa Jewell (P)2017 Dreamscape Media, LLC
Itâs a beautiful day for a wedding. White roses scent the air and the summer sunlight streams in. A spoon chimes against a champagne flute and the room falls silent. And there he is - my husband - getting to his feet to propose a toast. Heâs still handsome. His new wife is next to him, gazing upwards, oblivious. Â Iâm not supposed to be here. All these years in the same town and I had no idea until I saw his name on the seating plan. He lived with me, once. Loved me. Small-town memories are long, but the people in this room donât want to remember. Â They say the healing is in letting go, but after what he did, he needs to know we havenât gone away just because heâs shut his eyes. Â So I take Daisy by the hand and step forward from the shadows. He notices us and his eyes widen. The champagne glass falls from his hand and smashes. Then he sags forward, making a terrible sound - a sort of strangled scream.... Â A powerfully emotional novel with a dark secret at its heart. This family drama will keep you hooked until the very last chapter. Perfect for fans of The Silent Wife, Kate Hewitt, and Jodi Picoult.Â
Â©2019 Ali Mercer (P)2019 Bookouture
Brothers Tony, Sean, and Ned had the perfect upbringing, but now that they are grown-up, real life is starting to get in the way. Tonyâs dealing with divorce and a weight problem, novelist Sean is up against a serious case of writerâs block and a shock announcement from his âperfectâ new girlfriend, and their parents have a new lodger, Gervase. Why is Bernie, their mother, so keen to give this unsavory waif a home? And what is the real reason for kid brother Nedâs surprise return from his travels in Australia?
Â©2020 Dreamscape Media, LLC (P)2020 Dreamscape Media, LLC
The perfect house or the perfect lie?Â The moment my husband showed me Cliffside - a sleek and modern glass home perched on the edge of the jagged Big Sur clifftops - I fell in love. And right there and then I made a pact with myself. I am never leaving this house.Â But when my husband was killed on the perilous roads leading up to the house, weeks after we moved in, I had a decision to make - leave the home I love and start a new life or stay and shut myself off from the world? I am never leaving this house.Â As I pieced together my shattered life, my mind began to play tricks on me. Footsteps along the beach, leading to my home, then blood-red flowers left on my doorstep with a note that read "Looking at you". So I retreated back to the safety of my glass refuge once again. I am never leaving this house.Â But now, as I stare out of the towering windows of my perfect home, I know there is someone out there staring back. I know that they are watching my every move, waiting to make me pay for my past mistakes.Â This pulse-racing psychological thriller from USA Today best-selling author Arianne Richmonde will have you hooked. If you are a fan of The Woman in the Window, Gone Girl, and Netflixâs You, you will love The Wifeâs House. Prepare to stay up all night!Â
Â©2020 Arianne Richmonde (P)2020 Bookouture
A stunning new epic fantasy series following a young outcast who must fight with everything she has to survive, set in the same world as Red Sister. In the ice, east of the Black Rock, there is a hole into which broken children are thrown. Yaz's people call it the Pit of the Missing, and now it is drawing her in as she has always known it would. To resist the cold, to endure the months of night when even the air itself begins to freeze, requires a special breed. Variation is dangerous, difference is fatal. And Yaz is not the same. Yaz's difference tears her from the only life she's ever known, away from her family, from the boy she thought she would spend her days with, and has to carve out a new path for herself in a world whose existence she never suspected. A world full of difference and mystery and danger. Yaz learns that Abeth is older and stranger than she had ever imagined. She learns that her weaknesses are another kind of strength and that the cruel arithmetic of survival that has always governed her people can be challenged.
Â©2020 Mark Lawrence (P)2020 Penguin Audio
Nobody talks about my mother. Absolutely nobody. I have no idea what she was like. Iâd always thought they kept quiet about her because they were sad. But what if it was because they were guilty?Â I watch them at the school gates, all the mothers with their daughters. I see the hugs and all those thoughtful little adjustments to scarves and ponytails. How their love seems to overflow, they have so much of it to give.Â And then I walk home to my auntâs cold house, where there are a hundred rules for me to follow and only a single photograph of my mother to look at.Â She is never spoken about in this house. They tell me that it will be easier if I donât think about her.Â It is strange though, isnât it? That I know nothing about my own mother?Â But they donât know about the diary Iâve found up in the loft. Maybe they even forgot it was there. It doesnât matter anymore if they wonât tell me anything. Because within these pages is what Iâve waited 14 years to find out. And maybe some things I wish I could forget.Â All I wanted was to bring our family closer together, but could what I find tear us apart instead?Â A heartbreaking and powerful novel about family secrets and how we live with decisions we never thought we would have to make. Perfect for fans of Jodi Picoult, Kate Hewitt, and Amanda Prowse.Â
Â©2020 Ali Mercer (P)2020 Bookouture
Have you ever wondered what secrets other mothers are keeping?
Jenny has too much on her plate, literally - sheâs pregnant with only one child, but sheâs already eating for three. Not to mention trying to juggle her future life with a baby, a nightmare boss, a know-it-all sister, and a bizarrely laid back husband.
She used to be famous for her "Single Girl About Town" journalism. But not only is she bored of parties, she also hasnât been single for years, and is now eight and a half months pregnant.
So when her boss hands her column to a younger colleague, Jenny panics and proposes instead writing about being a clueless new mum. Surely people will find her new friendship group fascinating? Even if the only thing they have in common is that they all had sex around the same time nine months ago....
Like, whatâs the deal with scary Gailâs mystery husband? How is posh mum Antonia already out drinking when Jenny can barely make a cup of tea? Why isnât sweet-natured Ruth answering any phone calls?
And if her readers arenât quite hooked yet, maybe Jenny will just have to be more liberal with the truth. After all, none of the other mums will read it...will they?
The Undercover Mother is a feel-good parenting pause resister that will make you laugh, cry, and recognize every moment. Perfect for fans of Why Mummy Drinks and The Bad Motherâs Diary. Â
Â©2018 Emma Robinson (P)2018 Bookouture
A Russian princess. An extraordinary sacrifice. A captivating secret...Â From the number one best-selling author of The Secret Wife, The Lost Daughter is a sweeping, moving story of the tenacity of love and the power of forgiveness. Spectacular, enthralling and romantic, Gill Paul's latest novel will stay with you forever.Â 1918. With the country they once ruled turned against them, the future of the Romanov family hangs in the balance. When middle daughter Maria captures the attention of two of the guards, it will lead to the ultimate choice between right and wrong....Â Fifty-five years later...Â Val rushes to her father's side when she hears of his troubling end-of-life confession: 'I didn't want to kill her'. As she unravels the secrets behind her mother's disappearance when she was 12 years old, she finds herself caught up in one of the world's greatest mysteries.Â
Â©2018 Gill Paul (P)2018 Headline Publishing Group Ltd
When an influencer-turned-bridezilla shows up at the lighthouse to capture Insta-perfect wedding photos designed to entice sponsors to fund her lavish wedding, Gethsemane has her hands full trying to keep Eamon from blasting the entire wedding party over the edge of the cliff. But those wedding bells become funeral bells when members of the brideâs entourage start turning up dead. Frankieâs girlfriend, Verna, is pegged as maid-of-honor on the suspect list when the Garda discover the not-so-dearly-departed groom was her ex and Gethsemane catches her standing over a body. As Gethsemane uncovers devilish dealings, she fights to clear Verna, for Frankieâs sake. Will she find the killer in time to save Frankie from another heartbreak? Or will the photos in her social media feed be postmortem?
Â©2020 Alexia Gordon (P)2020 Dreamscape Media, LLC
Fresh from solving her third mystery, Gethsemane Brown is ready to relax and enjoy her summer. Her plans include nothing more dangerous than performing in the opening ceremony of the annual rose and garden show and cheering on Frankie Grennan, who has entered his hybrid rose into the competition.Â But when a mysterious stalker starts leaving Frankie floral bouquets as coded messages, Gethsemane fears a copycat may be planning to recreate the still-unsolved murders of the infamous Flower Shop Killer. Then Frankieâs main competitor in the rose show - and the reason his marriage failed - turns up dead in Frankieâs rose garden. Frankie takes first prize in the category of prime suspect.Â So much for a relaxing summer.Â As bodies start dropping like rose petals, Gethsemane must judge the other suspects and find the real killerâ¦or rose bushes wonât be the only things dead-headed in Dunmullach.
Â©2019 Dreamscape Media, LLC (P)2019 Dreamscape Media, LLC
After solving a string of murders and getting used to living with a snarky ghost, Gethsemane Brown tries to rest easy. But in this second book in the series, her roomie disappears, her landlord decides to sell her cottage to a developer, and her brother-in-law comes to visit. The ever-resourceful African American musician and expatriate scrambles to call her spectral roomie back from beyond and to find a way to save the cottage from destruction, but those concerns take a backseat when her brother-in-law is accused of stealing a valuable antique. In order to try to save him, Gethsemane strikes a deal with an investigator to go undercover and snoop for evidence of a forgery/theft ring. But while snooping, she accidentally conjures the ghost of an 18th-century sea captain, ends up the prime suspect for a murder, and races to untangle a web of phony art and stolen antiques to exonerate both herself and her brother-in-law before the killer targets her.
Â©2017 Alexia Gordon (P)2017 Dreamscape Media, LLC
It's 1832. Convict girls Friday Woolfe, Sarah Morgan and Harriet Clarke have been serving their sentences in Sydney Town. Each of them has begun to make a life for herself, but when Harrie's adopted child, Charlotte, is abducted, the girls must risk their very freedom to save her. But will Friday's desperate battle with her own vices drive her to fail not only herself but those she loves and all who love her?
Â©2015 Deborah Challinor (P)2016 W.F. Howes Ltd