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The Heart Goes On

2 ratings

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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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Watch Over Me

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From the best-selling author of the Sarah Midnight Trilogy comes an instant classic - a beautiful and poignant love story about letting go and moving on. Eilidh Lawson’s life has hit crisis point. Years of failed fertility treatments, a cheating husband and an oppressive family have pushed her to the limits. Desperate for relief, she seeks solace in the only place she’s ever felt at home - a small village in the Scottish Highlands. There, Eilidh slowly begins to mend her broken heart but soon learns she is not the only one in the village struggling to recover from a painful past. Jamie McAnena, Eilidh’s childhood friend, is trying to raise his daughter Maisie alone. After Maisie’s mother left to pursue a career in London and Jamie’s own mother, Elizabeth, passed away, he has resigned himself to being a family of two. But sometimes there is more to a story than meets the eye. Despite their reluctance, curious circumstances keep bringing Jamie and Eilidh together. For even when it seems all is lost, help can come from the most surprising places. Daniela Sacerdoti was born and raised in Italy but has lived in Scotland for the past ten years. She holds a degree in Classics from the University of Turin and has taught Italian, Latin and Greek. She is also the author of the paranormal YA books The Sarah Midnight Trilogy.

©2011 Daniela Sacerdoti (P)2013 Audible Ltd

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The Luminaries

36 ratings

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Longlisted – Baileys Women’s Prize 2014 Man Booker Prize, Fiction, 2013 Canadian Governor General's Literary Award, 2013. It is 1866 and Walter Moody has come to make his fortune upon the New Zealand goldfields. On arrival, he stumbles across a tense gathering of 12 local men, who have met in secret to discuss a series of unsolved crimes. A wealthy man has vanished, a whore has tried to end her life, and an enormous fortune has been discovered in the home of a luckless drunk. Moody is soon drawn into the mystery: a network of fates and fortunes that is as complex and exquisitely patterned as the night sky. The Luminaries is an extraordinary piece of fiction. Written in pitch-perfect historical register, richly evoking a mid-19th-century world of shipping and banking and goldrush boom and bust, it is also a ghost story, and a gripping mystery. It is a thrilling achievement for someone still in her mid-20s, and will confirm for critics and listeners that Catton is one of the brightest stars in the international writing firmament. Eleanor Catton was born in 1985 in Canada and raised in New Zealand. She completed an MA in Creative Writing at Victoria University in 2007 and won the Adam Prize in Creative Writing for The Rehearsal. She was the recipient of the 2008 Glenn Schaeffer Fellowship to study for a year at the prestigious Iowa Writers' Workshop in the US and went on to hold a position as Adjunct Professor of Creative Writing there, teaching Creative Writing and Popular Culture. Eleanor won a 2010 New Generation Award. She now lives in Wellington, New Zealand.

©2013 Eleanor Catton (P)2013 Audible Ltd

Length: 29 hrs and 15 mins
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The Glass House

1 rating

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Beatrice Colin's The Glass House is a gorgeously transporting novel filled with turn-of-the-century detail and lush blooms, about two women from vastly different worlds. Scotland, 1912. Antonia McCulloch’s life hasn’t gone the way she planned. She and her husband, Malcolm, have drifted apart; her burgeoning art career came to nothing; and when she looks in the mirror, she sees disappointment. But at least she will always have Balmarra, her family’s grand Scottish estate, and its exquisite glass house, filled with exotic plants that can take her far away. When her estranged brother’s wife, Cicely Pick, arrives unannounced, with her young daughter and enough trunks to last the summer, Antonia is instantly suspicious.  What besides an inheritance dispute could have brought her glamorous sister-in-law all the way from India? Still, Cicely introduces excitement and intrigue into Antonia’s life, and, as they get to know one another, Antonia realizes that Cicely has her own burdens to bear. Slowly, a fragile friendship grows between them. But when the secrets each are keeping become too explosive to conceal, the truth threatens their uneasy balance and the course of their entire lives.  A Macmillan Audio production from Flatiron Books "Colin’s lyrical depictions of early-20th-century India and Scotland provide an immersive view of the characters’ experiences...." (Publishers Weekly) "Colin’s meandering tale has room for surprises, suspense, and soul-searching in its journey toward a cinematic conclusion." (Kirkus)

©2020 Beatrice Colin (P)2020 Macmillan Audio

Narrator: Helen McAlpine
Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
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One Day in Summer

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Coming soon from number one best seller Shari Low, an emotional roller coaster that keeps you guessing....  One day in summer, three lives are about to change forever. After two decades of looking after others, this is the day that Agnetha McMaster is reclaiming her life. It's her turn, her time, but will she have the courage to start again? Ten years ago, Mitchell McMaster divorced Agnetha and married her best friend, Celeste. Now he suspects his second wife is having an affair. This is the day he’ll discover if karma has come back to bite him. Thanks to a DNA test, this is the day that Hope McTeer will finally meet her biological father. But will the reunion bring Hope the answers that she’s looking for? Three people. Twenty-four hours. A lifetime of secrets to unravel.

©2020 Shari Low (P)2020 Boldwood Books

Narrator: Helen McAlpine
Author: Shari Low
Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
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What Now?

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The follow-up sequel to the best-selling What If? from Shari Low. Twenty years ago, Carly Cooper went on an epic quest to track down all the men she’d ever loved and lost in the hope that one of them was her Mr Right. Now, two decades and two teenage sons later, she thinks she might have got it all wrong. As the years have passed, lots of things have changed, leaving Carly asking, ‘What now?’ With a divorce and an empty nest on the horizon, Carly sets off once more to Los Angeles with her band of trusty girlfriends, to find the carefree, wild and adventurous Carly Cooper that she used to be. On this latest quest, Carly discovers a few home truths and has to decide If her marriage is worth saving or is there a new happy-ever-after out there, just waiting for her....

©2021 Shari Low (P)2021 Boldwood Books

Narrator: Helen McAlpine
Author: Shari Low
Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
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Temptation Street

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Have you ever taken a wrong turn into Temptation Street? Suze has a niggling feeling that her husband Karl's marital sat-nav has taken a wrong turn and led him down the road to temptation. What's a suspicious wife to do? Mel knows that her sweet, docile husband Joe would never, ever cheat. But when Suze, her sister-in-law, hires a honeytrap to test Karl, the results blow Mel's world apart. Mel, Joe, Suze, Karl. They're family. They're friends. And they're about to discover whether or not they can navigate those other f-words - fidelity and forgiveness. Or is relationship misbehaviour much more fun when it's a two-way street?

©2011 Shari Low (P)2018 W. F. Howes Ltd

Narrator: Helen McAlpine
Author: Shari Low
Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
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Friday Night with the Girls

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"You should write it all down, Lou, so that your daughter can understand what happened. Everything. Right from the start." Lou Cairney's life has never been dull. But through twenty years of ups, downs and really bad hairstyles, Lou has had the best friends a woman could hope for in Lizzy and Ginger. Growing up together, they shared their dreams and their disasters, broken hearts and career crashes and they survived it all thanks to love, hope, a large dollop of humour and cocktails. Until now; Lou needs her friends more than ever. Her past has just caught up with her in a shocking way.

©2011 Shari Low (P)2018 W. F. Howes Ltd

Narrator: Helen McAlpine
Author: Shari Low
Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
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What If?

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The book that started it all! A vintage '90s romcom from number one best-selling author Shari Low. 1999.  Carly Cooper is 30, single and after coming close to saying ‘I do’ to six different men, she’s wondering if she accidentally said ‘goodbye' to Mr Right.  But there is a problem. Her ex-boyfriends are scattered all over the world, and Carly lives in 1999: an era before Facebook, Google, smartphones, 4G and Broadband, when it was impossible to track people down with a few clicks of a mouse. On a mission to discover if she walked away from her 'happy ever after', Carly quits her job, her flat, her whole life and sets off on a quest to track down all the men she has ever loved. Her Mr Right is out there, but can she find him? And what if he’s moved on from the ex-girlfriend who said goodbye?

©2020 Shari Low (P)2020 Boldwood Books

Narrator: Helen McAlpine
Author: Shari Low
Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
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Set Me Free

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Set Me Free is the new bestseller from Daniela Sacerdoti, following up the huge successes of her first two novels, Watch Over Me and Take Me Home. In London, Margherita’s marriage has slowly been falling apart since her little Lewis’ birth, a surprise baby much wanted by her but not by her husband. To add to her problems, her adopted daughter, Lara, is going through a rough patch, and all of a sudden she’s gone from quiet and introverted to constantly angry, burdened by the unhappy memories of her early childhood. Then Margherita’s husband, Ashley, suddenly announces he needs a break from the marriage and from family life. He couldn’t have chosen a worse time, just when Lara needs him most. As Margherita struggles to come to terms with what’s happening to her, she decides that maybe this is the chance for Lara to spend some time away from London and for her mother and daughter to reconnect. So, together with three-year-old Lewis, they decide to spend the summer in Glen Avich, where Margherita’s mum and stepfather have opened a coffee shop, La Piazza. To keep herself busy, Margherita agrees to help Torcuil Ramsay get his crumbling estate in order, with Lara’s help. As her plan begins to work, Lara increasingly finds peace in the beautiful house and its huge library, and in a new friendship with a mysterious local boy, Mal. And as Margherita discovers, Glen Avich can have a strange effect on people. Soon her heart is reawakened by shy, awkward Torcuil in a way she’d never thought possible again. But Mal is hiding a secret, and the summer won’t last forever. Spellbinding and emotional, Set Me Free is a beautifully written story of a family in crisis and a secret that will change their lives forever. Daniela Sacerdoti is the best-selling author of Watch Over Me. She was born and raised in Italy but has lived in Scotland for the past ten years. Daniela holds a degree in classics from the University of Turin and has taught Italian, Latin and Greek. Her great-uncle was the renowned Italian writer Carlo Levi. She lives in Glasgow.

©2015 Daniela Sacerdoti (P)2015 Auidble, Ltd

Narrator: Helen McAlpine
Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
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Don't Be Afraid

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From the number-one best-selling author of Watch Over Me, Take Me Home and Set Me Free. Daniela Sacerdoti returns to Glen Avich for her fourth book set in the magical and atmospheric Scottish Highlands. When you've forgotten how to live, help can arrive in mysterious ways.... Successful artist Isabel Ramsay has never come to terms with the tragic death of her mother. Haunted by what happened, Isabel finds her own life spiraling out of control until, one winter's day, she gives up, unable to bear the pain of living any longer. Yet somehow she wakes up, remembering a vision of a mysterious woman who has saved her. But alone in a locked house, surely that's impossible. With her family and friends worried out of their minds, her husband, Angus, finds a companion to watch over Isabel while he's away from home. Warm, wise Clara can connect with Isabel in a way no one else can, helping her face up to her painful past, rediscover her passion for art and become brave enough to live her life again. But there's a mystery surrounding Clara: who is she, and why does Isabel feel she's known her all her life? Don't Be Afraid is a beautiful, life-affirming story of how even the most difficult struggles can be overcome and how help can arrive in mysterious ways.

©2015 Daniela Sacerdoti (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Helen McAlpine
Length: 7 hrs and 13 mins
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Now That You're Gone

1 rating

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From the author of Do Me No Harm and What Goes Around. You can bury the past, but it never dies. Isla's brother, an ex-marine and private investigator, has just been found drowned in the River Clyde. The coroner declares it an accidental death. The police are happy to close the case. But Isla is convinced he was murdered. Determined to find out what really happened the night Dougie died and what he was doing in Glasgow, she starts looking into his unsolved cases. What she finds will put her in grave danger and force her to question everything she thought she knew about those closest to her....

©2017 Julie Corbin (P)2017 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

Narrator: Helen McAlpine
Author: Julie Corbin
Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
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Take Me Home

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Inary Monteith’s life is at a crossroads. After a stolen night with her close friend Alex, she's just broken his heart by telling him it was all a terrible mistake. Then she has to rush home from London to the Scottish Highlands when her little sister's illness suddenly worsens – and in returning she must confront the painful memories she has been trying so hard to escape.Back home, things become more complicated than she could ever have imagined. There's her sister's illness, her hostile brother, a smug ex she never wants to see again and her conflicted feelings about Alex in London and a handsome American she meets in Glen Avich. On top of that, she mysteriously loses her voice but regains a strange gift from her childhood – a sixth sense that runs in her family. And when a voice from the past keeps repeating, 'Take me home', she discovers a mystery that she knows she must unlock to set herself free.Take Me Home is a beautiful story of love, loss, discovering one’s true abilities and, above all, never forgetting who you really are.

©2014 Daniela Sacerdoti (P)2014 Audible Studios

Narrator: Helen McAlpine
Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
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Where Have All the Boys Gone?

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From New York Times best-selling author Jenny Colgan comes this hilarious romance about a woman who trades in the comforts of city life in hopes of finding love in a small Scottish town in the middle of nowhere. Faced with the harsh reality that there are 25,000 more women than men in London, Katie’s dating prospects are at an all-time low. While she’s glad it’s not a man’s world anymore, it wouldn’t hurt if there were more eligible bachelors.  More likely to get murdered than married, according to gleeful media reports, Katie resigns herself to the fact that there’s no sex in the city for her and decides to head for the hills - or the Scottish Highlands to be exact. Despite the fact she’s never been one for muddy rain boats - and Fairlish is in the middle of nowhere - the tiny town does have one major draw: men. Lots of them!  But while Katie relishes the chance to do battle with armies of admirers, she’s not excited about going head to head with her shady new boss, Harry. At least there’s the local eye-candy to distract her, including gorgeous newshound Iain. But he is at loggerheads with Harry, and she can’t afford to get on Harry’s bad side any more than she already has.  Life in the country might not be one big roll in the hay, but now that Katie has taken the plunge, can she ever turn her back on the delights of Fairlish and return to city life...?

©2020 Jenny Colgan (P)2020 HarperAudio

Narrator: Helen McAlpine
Author: Jenny Colgan
Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
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Her Watchful Eye

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The gripping new thriller from the author of What Goes Around and Do Me No Harm. Do you ever feel that prickle on the back of your neck, as though someone's watching you? Someone is watching Hannah. Her name is Ruby, and her job as CCTV operative means she can follow Hannah everywhere she goes. It's against the law, but Ruby is willing to do whatever is necessary to keep Hannah safe. And there's no harm in just watching. Until just watching isn't enough.... So the next time you get that feeling, and you think you're alone...think again.

©2018 Julie Corbin (P)2018 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

Narrator: Helen McAlpine
Author: Julie Corbin
Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
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What Goes Around

1 rating

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The gripping new psychological thriller from the author of Do Me No Harm. For fans of C. L. Taylor and Clare Mackintosh. Two women, two secrets, one murder... If someone took away your perfect life, how far would you go to get it back? Ellen's family is her world. So when her husband leaves her for another woman, she is almost destroyed. But not quite, because Ellen has a plan, a way to make those who have hurt her suffer. Leila is the other woman. She finally has everything she ever wanted. But Leila's brother has come back into her life, raking up a past that needs to stay buried. One of them will pay for their actions with their life, but which one?

©2017 Julie Corbin (P)2017 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

Narrator: Helen McAlpine
Author: Julie Corbin
Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
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The Moment of Truth

Summary

Laney Cochrane loves her life. With her friends Millie and Tash, she runs a proposal agency, organising the perfect setting for their clients to pop the question. Finding that forever love is something Laney knows all about.  Her marriage to Cameron is blissfully content, and she has never doubted they’ll live happily ever after. Then Cara Deacon walks into their office. When Cara enlists their help to set up a romantic engagement to her boyfriend, they visualise a breathtaking scene under a moonlit Manhattan sky.  Laney’s excitement rises until she realises that the man Cara intends to marry has the same name as her own husband. Cameron Cochrane. A bizarre coincidence? Identity theft? A cruel joke? Or is Cara’s dream about to become Laney’s worst nightmare? The only way to know for sure is to plan the proposal and see it through to the end. But whose heart will be left intact after The Moment of Truth?

©2015 Shari Low (P)2018 W. F. Howes Ltd

Narrator: Helen McAlpine
Author: Shari Low
Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
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The Look

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Can she be a supermodel and a super-sister? She finds her answer in just one look. Two sisters, both beautiful in different ways: Fifteen-year-old Ted has got "The Look". That's what the scout for the modeling agency tells her, and she can't believe her luck. But just as Ted's jet-setting off on her new career, Ava is diagnosed with cancer. Can Ted be a supermodel and a super-sister? Or will she have to choose between family and fame? With their worlds turned upside down, the girls have to look past appearances, look deep inside, to figure out what really matters.

©2012 Sophia Bennett (P)2012 W.F. Howes

Narrator: Helen McAlpine
Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
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