Its normal to prefer getting a filling at the dentists to spending time with your husband, right? I thought I was sorted on the life front. I was a heart surgeon with a loving partner and two gorgeous little girls. Except my husbands version of "loving" is lying, cheating, and sleeping his way around London. Which means I definitely deserve a refund. Unfortunately, moving on isnt that simple. Just because I know how to operate on a heart doesnt mean I know how to fix my broken one. Plus, I lost the receipt for him years ago, so Im definitely getting shortchanged. But now that Im single, am I ready to mingle? There are a few minor issues: The last time I went on a date, double denim was in fashion and my eyebrows were horrendously overplucked. Men wear stupidly skinny jeans now. I dont know how to use dating apps, but at least I dont have to get changed out of my pajamas. Sometimes the most promising thing you have in common with a guy is a shared love of prawns. I dont know whether to open a date with "hi" or "hello" or "hey". and once I ended up saying "howdy". Everything happens for a reason, they say. Theres plenty more fish in the sea. But what happens when everything falls apart and you havent got a clue how to go fishing? An absolutely hilarious and utterly relatable tale for anyone who has ever survived a nightmare relationship, felt a little lonely, or nursed a broken heart with wine and carbs. This feel-good novel will get you back on your feet and genuinely laughing out loud. Perfect for fans of Why Mummy Drinks, Sophie Ranald, and Sophie Kinsella.
©2020 Kristen Bailey (P)2020 Bookouture
When you're the best at what you do, it's not always easy to walk away. Nathan McBride was retired. The trained Marine sniper and covert CIA operative had put the violence of his former life behind him. But not anymore. A deep-cover FBI agent has disappeared along with one ton of powerful Semtex explosive, enough to unleash a disaster of international proportions. The U.S. government has no choice but to coax Nathan out of retirement. He's the only man with the skills necessary to get the job done. But almost as soon as Nathan reluctantly accepts the assignment, he finds himself caught in the middle. On the one side is a ruthless adversary with a blood-chilling plan - and on the other are agents who will stop at nothing to see their own brand of justice done.
©2008 Andrew Peterson (P)2009 Audible, Inc.
The Confederation has decided that Earth represents a significant danger to their future plans of Empire. A massive fleet is dispatched to destroy the Solar System and every Human on its planets, moons, and asteroids. If the Solar System falls, the fledging Human Empire will have no chance of survival. Admiral Reynolds is tasked with defending the Solar System and preserving as many Human lives as possible. He knows he faces a nearly impossible task as he does not have the ships needed to stop the coming attack. In the fledging Human Empire, High Princess Layla Starguard lays the groundwork for the future Empire. Every day the Confederation is seizing more Human worlds. Its a race against time. Can the core worlds begin producing warships before the Confederation takes over all the Human worlds? Admiral Cleemorl and Admiral Masters are determined to do everything in their power to give the core worlds the time they need. Desperate battles break out across the Empire as the two admirals try to hold the Confederation at bay.
©2020 Raymond L. Weil (P)2020 Raymond L. Weil
Discover the best and fastest way to learn German with this guide designed specifically for beginners. Would you like to: Learn how to speak German fluently? Learn proper and accurate German pronunciation? Master the German vocabulary and daily used phrases? But you: Don't have much time on your hands? Think that learning German is tedious and boring? You don't have to worry because this beginner's guide for learning German has everything you need to get started, especially if you have never learned German before. Every lesson you can find inside has been made by experts and adapted for persons who don't know a single word of German but are willing to learn. Even if you don't have much time on your hands, the lessons are designed so that you can stop whenever you want and continue at a later time. The topics are fascinating and interactive so that the learning will be easy and fun! Here is what this beginner's guide can offer you: Step-by-step guide for learning German: Follow easy step-by-step directions and learn how to speak German like a native Vocabulary exercises: Find out how to easily enrich your German vocabulary with fun and simple activities Common daily phrases: Learn the most common phrases in the German language and when to use them Ease of access: Learn German in the car, learn German at home, learn German on the road. Learn German whenever and wherever you want. If you are looking for a fast and easy way to learn German, this guide is perfect for you. With these step-by-step guides and exercises, you'll speak German like a native in no time. So what are you waiting for? Scroll up, and start listening now!
©2020 Pro Language Learning (P)2020 Pro Language Learning
A sweeping family saga and love story that offers a vivid and unique portrayal of life in war-torn 1941 Bucharest and life behind the Iron Curtain during the Soviet Union occupation - perfect for fans of Lilac Girls and Sarahs Key. On a freezing night in January 1941, a little Jewish girl is found on the steps of an apartment building in Bucharest. With Romania recently allied with the Nazis, the Jewish population is in grave danger, undergoing increasingly violent persecution. The girl is placed in an orphanage and eventually adopted by a wealthy, childless couple who name her Natalia. As she assimilates into her new life, she all but forgets the parents who were forced to leave her behind. They are even further from her mind when Romania falls under Soviet occupation. Yet, as Natalia comes of age in a bleak and hopeless world, traces of her identity pierce the surface of her everyday life, leading gradually to a discovery that will change her destiny. She has a secret crush on Victor, an intense young man who as an impoverished student befriended her family long ago. Years later, when Natalia is in her early 20s and working at a warehouse packing fruit, she and Victor, now an important official in the Communist regime, cross paths again. This time, they are fatefully drawn into a passionate affair despite the obstacles swirling around them and Victors dark secrets. When Natalia is suddenly offered a one-time chance at freedom, Victor is determined to help her escape, even if it means losing her. Natalia must make an agonizing decision: remain in Bucharest with her beloved adoptive parents and the man she has come to love or seize the chance to finally live life on her own terms and to confront the painful enigma of her past.
©2018 Roxanne Veletzos (P)2018 Simon & Schuster
In the game of cricket, having scored 99 runs, when a bats-man stands poised on the threshold of that much coveted century, he experiences the moment that is best associated with Ganesha. Fear and uncertainty envelope him; between him and his achievement stand hurdles, both real and imaginary: a possible spin from the bowler can overwhelm him, his own anxiety can paralyze him, cheering fans can distract him. He needs divine intervention then. He needs to focus, get rid of all hurdles, perform, get the final run, and achieve what he so longs for. In other words, he needs to think of Ganapati. This book brings together 99 meditations to better understand the stories, symbols and rituals of that adorable elephant-headed Hindu god who removes hurdles and brings prosperity and peace. Known variously as Ganapati, Gajanana, Vinayaka or Pillayar, he can help all of us score a century in the game called life.
©2011; Pattanaik, Devdutt (P)2020 Audible, Inc.
The highly awaited new novel from the internationally best-selling author of The German Midwife (also published as A Woman of War).
The world is at war, and Stella Jilani is leading a double life. By day she works in the lions den as a typist for the Reich, by night she risks her life as a messenger for the Italian resistance. Against all odds, Stella must impart Nazi secrets, smuggle essential supplies and produce an underground newspaper on her beloved typewriter.
But when German commander General Breugal becomes suspicious, it seems he will stop at nothing to find the mole, and Stella knows her future could be in jeopardy.
Luisa Belmont finds a mysterious old typewriter in her attic. Determined to find out who it belonged to, Luisa delves into the past and uncovers a story of fierce love, unimaginable sacrifice and ultimately the worst kind of betrayal....
Set between German-occupied 1940s Venice and modern-day London, this is a fascinating tale of the bravery of everyday women in the darkest corners of WWII, for fans of The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris.
©2020 Mary Robotham (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
As a teenager, Gracie worshipped her stepbrother, Jason, a strong, silent young cowboy who left home early to seek his fortune. Though Gracie hadn't seen him in years, when her mother passed away, Jason ensured that Gracie would be cared for. Now the wealthy owner of Comanche Wells ranch, Jason has finally come back home, and discovered that the little girl he knew is all grown up. When a moment of unbridled passion results in a kiss, Jason realizes that he's falling for Gracie. But Gracie harbors a shameful secret that makes her deeply afraid of love. Stung by her rejection, Jason leaves, ready to put the past - and the one woman he can't have - behind him once more. Gracie thinks she's lost Jason forever. But when danger threatens her and the ranch, she can only hope that her long, tall Texan will come blazing home to save her, despite her secrets - and take control of Comanche Wells, and her heart, once and for all.
©2009 Diana Palmer (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
Tell her all your secrets, and shell tell you all her lies.... Everything in Lornas life runs like clockwork, from her six a.m. run to the strict 60 minute counselling sessions she gives. Its the only way she can deal with the terrible secret she carries. When a new client arrives for his first appointment, Lorna feels her perfect life unravel in a matter of seconds. Its Andrew, the man shes spent the last year desperately trying to forget. It seems he cant forget her either.... Against her better judgment, she anonymously contacts him on a dating site. Messaging him could mean the end of her marriage and her career, but she needs to know if his motives are genuine. When Andrew is found dead in his home, grief quickly turns to fear when messages from him continue to arrive on Lornas phone. Somebody knows her secret and wants to use it to destroy everything she has. Will she risk her family and her sanity to keep her secret? Will she risk her life? If you love twisty psychological thrillers that get under your skin, like The Girl on the Train, I Let You Go, or anything by Louise Jensen, youll be utterly blown away by the jaw-dropping lies in Tell Me A Secret.
©2018 Samantha Hayes (P)2018 Bookouture
In the midst of folding laundry, coordinating carpool schedules, and breaking up fights, many parents get lost. Feeling pressure to do everything "right" and raise up "good" children, it's easy to lose sight of our ultimate purpose as parents in the quest for practical tips and guaranteed formulas. In this life-giving book, Paul Tripp offers parents much more than a to-do list. Instead, he presents us with a big-picture view of God's plan for us as parents. Outlining 14 foundational principles centered on the gospel, he shows that we need more than the latest parenting strategy or list of techniques. Rather, we need the rescuing grace of God - grace that has the power to shape how we view everything we do as parents. Freed from the burden of trying to manufacture life-change in our children's hearts, we can embrace a grand perspective of parenting overflowing with vision, purpose, and joy.
©2016 Paul David Tripp (P)2016 Paul David Tripp
In this sweeping sequel to the critically acclaimed Cold Iron - which NPR Books raved, reminded me, pleasurably, of Robin Hobbs Assassins Apprentice series - the Kingdom of Eledore has fallen and Nel and Suvi lead a diaspora of their people to safety, but the magic that has kept the demon forces away is dwindling, and they must find a new way to protect themselves. The Acrasian army has swept through Eledore, nearly massacring the entire race in fear and hatred of the magic they possess. This same magic is all that was keeping the demon incursion at bay, but now the great evil that was banished is seeping into the world. Watchers are formed to warn of any sightings of the demons, but little can be done if one encounters them in shadow or at night. Meanwhile, Nels leads a precious few hundred survivors of Eledore through the wilds, hoping to find solace and rebuild their civilization while his twin sister, Suvi, seeks allies at sea. There is hope, born in the ashes of this devastation - a hope that Eledorian magic can grow, but only if they survive.
©2017 Stina Leicht (P)2020 Recorded Books
When a prominent family's daughter flees sleepy Sussex to seek a career on the stages of a glittering West End, Harry and Kat are asked to check in on the young woman. But the two of them soon discover that there is a much bigger danger to the woman and her family than mere acting dreams being crushed. Nathaniel Parker, born in 1962, graduated from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and went on to join the Royal Shakespeare Company. His television career began in 1988 when he played Flying Officer 'Flash' Gordon in the LWT mini-series "Piece of Cake". He is also the lead in the BBC series "The Inspector Lynley Mysteries", based on the novels by Elizabeth George. Nathaniel Parker has an extensive list of audio books to his credit, ranging from the classics of Charles Dickens and Thomas Hardy to more modern writings and children's books.
©2020 Lübbe Audio (P)2020 Lübbe Audio
They were all there the day your sister went missing.... Who is lying? Who is next? Then - In charge of her little sister at the beach, Claire allowed Eleanor to walk to the shop alone to buy an ice cream. Placing a coin into her hand, Claire told her to be quick, knowing how much she wanted the freedom. Eleanor never came back. Now - The time has finally come to sell the family farm and Claire is organizing a reunion of her dearest friends, the same friends who were present the day her sister went missing. When another girl disappears, long-buried secrets begin to surface. One of the group hides the darkest secret of them all.... If you love Sue Fortin, Gillian Flynn, and The Girl on the Train, this psychological thriller packed full of twists and turns will be impossible to put down.
©2018 Samantha Hayes (P)2018 Bookouture
New York Times best-selling author and renowned pastor Timothy Keller explores the power of prayer. Christians are taught in their churches and schools that prayer is the most powerful way to experience God. But aside from learning prayers by rote, few receive instruction or guidance in how to make the most of this essential Christian act - how to make prayer genuinely meaningful. In Prayer, renowned pastor Timothy Keller delves into the many facets of this everyday act. With his trademark insights and energy, Keller offers brilliant and inspirational biblical guidance, as well as specific prayers for certain situations, such as dealing with grief, loss, love, and forgiveness. He discusses ways to make prayers more personal and powerful, and how to establish a practice of prayer that works for each listener. Dr. Keller's previous books have sold more than one million copies. His Redeemer Presbyterian Church is not only a major presence in his home base of New York, it has also helped to launch more than 250 other churches in 48 cities around the world. His teachings have already helped millions, the majority of whom pray regularly. And with Prayer, he'll show them how to find a deeper connection with God.
©2014 Timothy Keller (P)2014 Penguin Audio
The Darling children of Bloomsbury have a secret. His name is Peter Pan, a mischievous night visitor who's somewhere "betwixt and between" a boy and a bird and who refuses to grow up. When Peter invites young Wendy and her two brothers to follow him back to his Neverland home, an adventure beyond any bedtime story unfolds. A world apart from its innumerable renditions, sequels, and spin-offs, Barrie's Peter and Wendy is a strange, beautiful, dark, and complex fantasy about the "heartless innocence" of children, the bittersweet longings of adult nostalgia, and the realities and fears of growing up. AmazonClassics brings you timeless works from the masters of storytelling. Ideal for anyone who wants to read a great work for the first time or rediscover an old favorite, these new editions open the door to literature's most unforgettable characters and beloved worlds. Revised edition: Previously published as Peter and Wendy, this edition of Peter and Wendy (AmazonClassics Edition) includes editorial revisions.
Public Domain (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved
An Amazon Charts bestseller. Shes a total stranger. But she knows who you are... Suzi did a bad thing. Shes paying for it now, pregnant, scared, and living in an isolated cottage with her jealous husband, Nick. When Nora moves into the only house nearby, Suzi is delighted to have a friend. So much so that shes almost tempted to tell Nora her terrible secret. But theres more to Nora than meets the eye. Its impossible - does she already know what Suzi did? Meanwhile, Elle spends her days in her perfect home, fixated on keeping up appearances. But when her husband betrays her, it unravels a secret going all the way back to her childhood. Shell do whatever it takes to hold on to him, even if that means murder. After all, shes done it before... Caught up in their own secrets and lies, these strangers will soon realise they have more in common than they could ever have imagined. When a shocking event brings them together, their lives will never be the same again.
©2019 Claire McGowan (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.
A magnificent seaside hotel, striped deck chairs, strawberry ice cream...and a rather familiar dead body? Lady Swift is on the case! Spring, 1921. Lady Eleanor Swift, explorer extraordinaire and accidental sleuth, hasnt had a vacation since she arrived in England a year ago. Being an amateur detective can be a rather tiring business, and she is determined to escape any more murder and mysteries. So she books into the Grand Hotel in the fashionable resort of Brighton for some fresh air, fish and chips, and, of course, a dip in the ocean. Eleanor is enjoying her view of the waves and trying to find her bathing suit when calamity strikes: A guest has been found dead at her beautiful hotel. The distraught manager, who cant afford a scandal, asks Eleanor to solve the case as swiftly as possible. Thank goodness she has her partner in crime - Gladstone the bulldog - to help her sniff out the dastardly culprit. But when Eleanor enters the dead mans room, she receives a shock big enough to make her forget even the finest ice cream sundae. The body is that of her husband, who supposedly died six years ago on the other side of the world. Has he been alive all these years? Why does he have a copy of their wedding photograph with a cryptic message written on the back? If Eleanor can keep herself safe long enough to find her husbands killer, she might discover that everything is not quite as it seems beside the seaside.... A warm and witty whodunit! Fans of Agatha Christie, T E Kinsey, and L.B. Hathaway will be utterly charmed.
©2021 Verity Bright (P)2021 Bookouture, an imprint of Storyfire Ltd.
The book that inspired Marie Kondo's The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, Nagisa Tatsumi's international best seller offers a practical plan to figure out what to keep and what to discard so you can get - and stay - tidy, once and for all. Practical and inspiring, The Art of Discarding (the book that originally inspired a young Marie Kondo to start cleaning up her closets) offers hands-on advice and easy-to-follow guidelines to help listeners learn how to finally let go of stuff that is holding them back - as well as sage advice on acquiring less in the first place. Author Nagisa Tatsumi urges us to reflect on our attitudes toward possessing things and to have the courage and conviction to get rid of all the stuff we really don't need, offering advice on how to tackle the things that pile up at home and take back control. By learning the art of discarding, you will gain space, free yourself from "accumulation syndrome", and find new joy and purpose in your clutter-free life.
©2017 Nagisa Tatsumi (P)2017 Hachette Audio
What if your future was somewhere in your past? Rosie Jones has been dumped by every boyfriend shes ever had - most recently by Dinosaur Dave, live on TV, during the phone-a-friend segment of a quiz show. After the footage goes viral Rosie receives a bunch of flowers with a message: I love you, I should have never let you go, I want you back x But who sent them? At a loose end and with £50,000 prize money in her back pocket, Rosie decides to take a trip down memory lane, visiting each of her ex-boyfriends to see not just if they are the one who sent the flowers but if they are the one. Her journey takes her back to the house she grew up in and on a transatlantic cruise to New York, but can Rosie figure out which ex-boyfriend is the love of her life, or should the past stay in the past?
©2020 Portia MacIntosh (P)2020 Boldwood Books
An engaging and practical guided tour of the simple and nature-inspired ways that Finns stay happy and healthy - including the powerful concept of sisu, or everyday courage Forget hygge - it's time to blow out the candles and get out into the world! Journalist Katja Pantzar did just that, taking the huge leap to move to the remote Nordic country of Finland. What she discovered there transformed her body, mind, and spirit. In this engaging and practical guide, she shows listeners how to embrace the "keep it simple and sensible" daily practices that make Finns one of the happiest populations in the world, year after year. Topics include: Movement as medicine: How walking, biking and swimming every day are good for what ails us - and best done outside the confines of a gym. Forest therapy: Why there's no substitute for getting out into nature on a regular basis. Healthy eating: What the Nordic diet can teach us all about feeding body, mind, and soul. The gift of sisu: Why Finns embrace a special form of courage, grit and determination as a national virtue - and how anyone can dig deeper to survive and thrive through tough times. If you've ever wondered if there's a better, simpler way to find happiness and good heath, look no further. The Finns have a word for that, and this empowering audiobook shows us how to achieve it.
©2018 Katja Pantzar (P)2018 Penguin Audio
An eye-opening exploration of blood, the lifegiving substance with the power of taboo, the value of diamonds and the promise of breakthrough science Blood carries life, yet the sight of it makes people faint. It is a waste product and a commodity pricier than oil. It can save lives and transmit deadly infections. Each one of us has roughly nine pints of it, yet many dont even know their own blood type. And for all its ubiquitousness, the few tablespoons of blood discharged by 800 million women are still regarded as taboo: menstruation is perhaps the single most demonized biological event. Rose George, author of The Big Necessity, is renowned for her intrepid work on topics that are invisible but vitally important. In Nine Pints, she takes us from ancient practices of bloodletting to modern hemovigilance teams that track blood-borne diseases. She introduces Janet Vaughan, who set up the worlds first system of mass blood donation during the Blitz, and Arunachalam Muruganantham, known as Menstrual Man for his work on sanitary pads for developing countries. She probes the lucrative business of plasma transfusions, in which the US is known as the OPEC of plasma". And she looks to the future, as researchers seek to bring synthetic blood to a hospital near you. Spanning science and politics, stories and global epidemics, Nine Pints reveals our life's blood in an entirely new light. Nine Pints was named one of Bill Gates' recommended summer reading titles for 2019.
©2018 Rose George (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.
What if your plus one could be the one? Cara has officially run out of men. Her most recent dates have gone from bad to worse, and when her dating app informs her there is no one left in her area to choose from, she is at a dead end. But with a summer of events ahead of her, she needs to find a solution, fast; someone to keep her company at the never-ending weddings, family gatherings and gender-reveal parties that she cant face going to alone. So when she meets handsome, confident, Millsy on a night out, she may be in luck. They could not be more different in personality, but he, too, has a summer of events ahead and is desperate to get his family off his back about finding a nice girl. What if they made a pact to help each other out and be a plus one for the summer? Just as friends of course? A brand-new romantic comedy from best seller Portia MacIntosh, perfect for fans of Zara Stoneley, Sophie Ranald and Mhairi McFarlane.
©2020 Portia MacIntosh (P)2020 Boldwood Books
Like many women, Clare Pooley found the juggle of a stressful career and family life a struggle, so she left her successful role as a managing partner in one of the world's biggest advertising agencies to look after her family. She knew the change wouldn't be easy, but she never expected to find herself an overweight, depressed, middle-aged mother of three who was drinking more than a bottle of wine a day and spending her evenings Googling 'am I an alcoholic?' This book is the bravely honest story of a year in Clare's life. A year that started with her quitting booze and then being given the devastating diagnosis of breast cancer. By the end of the year she is booze-free and cancer-free, no longer has a wine belly and is two stone lighter and with a life that is so much richer, healthier and more rewarding than ever before. She has a happier family and a more positive outlook. Sober Diaries is an upbeat, funny and positive look at how to live life to the full. Interwoven within Clare's own very personal and brilliantly comic story is research and advice as she discovers the answers to questions like: How do I know if I'm drinking too much? How will I cope at parties? What do I say to friends and family? How do I cope with cravings? If I stop drinking, will I lose weight? What if my partner still drinks? And many more.
©2017 Clare Pooley (P)2017 Hodder & Stoughton Limited
Soundings and Choc Lit present the audiobook edition of The Boys of Christmas. Mattie Arden has just escaped from a toxic relationship, so when she receives a letter informing her that she has inherited a house from her great-aunt Millie a few days before Christmas, its a welcome distraction. Except it comes with a strange proviso: if Mattie wants the house, she must fulfil Millies last wish and scatter her ashes over 'the boys of Christmas'. In the company of her best friend, Toby, Mattie sets out for the seaside village of Christmas Steepleton in the hope of finding out the meaning of her aunts bizarre request.
©2018 Jane Lovering (P)2018 Soundings
Soundings and Choc Lit present the audio edition of One by One. Professor Maxie Reddick has her reasons for being sceptical of traditional policing methods, but, in between her criminology lecturing job and her Criminal Thoughts podcast, she stays firmly on the side lines of the crime solving world. Then a young woman is brutally attacked, and suddenly its essential that Maxie turns her words into actions; this is no longer an academic exercise - this is somebodys life. But as she delves deeper, the case takes a sickening turn, which leads Maxie to the horrifying realisation that the attack might not have been a one-off.
©2021 Helen Bridgett (P)2021 Soundings
War rages, but the women and children of Liverpool's Dr Barnado's Home cannot give up hope. Liverpool, 1941. Troubled by a dark family history and the pain of seeing her country torn apart by war, young June Lavender finds new hope when she takes a job at the Dr Barnardo's children's home. There she meets Lizzie McRae, a little girl who is the spitting image of June's sister, who died tragically years before. Against the matron's wishes, the two girls form an unexpected bond as June tries to get the traumatised orphan to speak. Meanwhile, June crosses paths with Flight Lieutenant Murray Andrews, and the attraction is instant. But how can either of them think of love when war is ripping the world apart? A gripping story of love, friendship and hope in the darkest of places. Molly Green is an exciting new voice in saga fiction, perfect for fans of Nadine Dorries and Katie Flynn.
©2017 Molly Green (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers
What if Emma isnt the person she thought she was? Her younger son has just been diagnosed with autism. Shes accidentally quit her job. The marriage she was dedicated to suddenly seems like a sham. Shes pretty sure that she is going to have an affair with a hot new dad at the school. The only thing that stays the same is everyone else. Emma realises its not them - its her. But if shes not who she thought she was, can her old life fit in with the new Emma?
©2020 Kirsten Hesketh (P)2021 Isis Publishing Ltd
Can the secrets of the past be forgotten? 1925: Berlin. Englishman Philip Gibson, in Germany to seek the answers to a tantalising mystery surrounding the Grand Duchess Anastasia, witnesses an attack on Natasha, a young woman who has fled from Russia. When Philip takes the fragile, lonely Natasha in to help her recuperate, she quickly falls for his kind and caring nature. But when further threats are made on her life, Philip finds himself at the heart of another mystery. What is it that links Natasha to this mysterious, damaged woman? And will her love for Philip survive the secrets that will be unearthed?
©1986 Mary Jane Staples (P)2021 Audible, Ltd
A brilliant, breathless thriller that kept me guessing to the last shocking page. - Erin Kelly, Sunday Times bestselling author of He Said/She Said An Amazon Charts and Washington Post bestseller. It was supposed to be the perfect reunion: six university friends together again after twenty years. Host Ali finally has the life she always wanted, a career she can be proud of and a wonderful family with her college boyfriend, now husband. But that night her best friend makes an accusation so shocking that nothing will ever be the same again. When Karen staggers in from the garden, bleeding and traumatised, she claims that she has been assaulted - by Alis husband, Mike. Ali must make a split-second decision: who should she believe? Her horrified husband, or her best friend? With Mike offering a very different version of events, Ali knows one of them is lying - but which? And why? When the ensuing chaos forces her to re-examine the golden era the group shared at university, Ali realises there are darker memories too. Memories that have lain dormant for decades. Memories someone would kill to protect.
©2019 by Claire McGowan. (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.
An English Christmas has mince pies, cheerful carols, a twinkling tree
and a murder? Thank goodness Lady Swift is on the scene! Winter, 1920. Amateur sleuth Lady Eleanor Swift is feeling festive. She is playing host to the entire village at Henley Hall for gifts, games, and gingerbread. Shes also purchased perfect presents for each of her household - not forgetting the biggest bone in the butchers shop for her partner in crime, Gladstone the bulldog - and is looking forward to celebrating her first English country Christmas. As snowflakes fall, Eleanor is cheering on contestants in the traditional Christmas fun run in the grounds of the hall. But tragedy strikes when one of the runners drops dead at the finish line. Dashing Detective Seldon is convinced its just a heart attack, but Eleanor isnt so sure. When she finds a rather distinctive key where the man fell, Eleanor knows shell never rest until she finds out the truth about what happened in her own home. Next the vicar is taken ill with what looks like poison, and Eleanor starts to wonder if the two cases are linked. When someone tries to frame her by planting poisoned berries in her own kitchen, she knows speed is of the essence. But the entire village was at Henley Hall for the festivities, and Eleanor has enough suspects to stuff a town full of turkeys. Can she nail the true killer and clear her name in time for Christmas? Christmas wont be complete without it! A festive treat for fans of Agatha Christie, TE Kinsey, and Lee Strauss.
©2020 Verity Bright (P)2020 Bookouture, an imprint of Storyfire Ltd.
A medieval house, a dead body, and some rather suspicious chocolate fudge? Call for Lady Swift! Autumn, 1920. Lady Eleanor Swift, accidental amateur detective and retired explorer, is determined to take a break from investigating murders. So when a local politician dies suddenly at an elegant dinner party at Farrington Manor, she tries her hardest not to listen to the raft of rumors around the village that he might have been poisoned by the fudge. Its the anniversary of the disappearance of her beloved parents, and shes promised herself not to get mixed up with any more mysteries. She isnt sure theyd have approved. But when she arrives home to discover that Mrs. Pitkin, the kindly cook from Farrington Manor, has been dismissed without wage or reference because the police consider her a suspect, Eleanor knows she needs to act. If there was a murder, then she needs to track down the culprit and clear Mrs. Pitkins name. Accompanied by her faithful partner in crime, Gladstone the bulldog, who has the best nose for sniffing out bones in the country, Eleanor sets out to find the killer. And when another body turns up and she finds poisoned fudge in the victims house, Eleanor knows shes on the right track. But can she sort the truth from the lies before she becomes a witness to another murder - this time rather closer to home? An utterly charming cozy mystery! Warm and witty, fans of Agatha Christie, TE Kinsey, and LB Hathaway will be totally hooked.
©2020 Verity Bright (P)2020 Bookouture
AMAZON BOOK OF THE YEAR 2011 WINNER OF AMAZON RISING STARS 2011 AMAZON EDITORS' CHOICE BEST CRIME NOVEL OF 2011 LONGLISTED FOR CWA JOHN CREASEY (NEW BLOOD) DAGGER 2011 Catherine has been enjoying the single life for long enough to know a good catch when she sees one. Gorgeous, charismatic, spontaneous Lee seems almost too perfect to be true. And her friends clearly agree, as each in turn falls under his spell. But there is a darker side to Lee. His erratic, controlling and sometimes frightening behaviour means that Catherine is increasingly isolated. Driven into the darkest corner of her world, and trusting no one, she plans a meticulous escape. Four years later, struggling to overcome her demons, Catherine dares to believe she might be safe from harm. Until one phone call changes everything. This is an edgy and powerful first novel, utterly convincing in its portrayal of obsession, and a tour de force of suspense.
©2012 Elizabeth Haynes (P)2012 Audible Ltd
Soundings and Choc Lit present the audio edition of Sunny Days at the Beach. Craft shop owner Mandy Vanes has always enjoyed a commitment-free singleton lifestyle in fact, shes well-known for her wild ways in her small seaside town on the coast. But when local teenager Nick Crossten turns to her for help, Mandy has the opportunity to prove she can be a responsible adult - although things get tricky when gin distillery owner Graham Frankley comes to town with some unexpected news. Could this mean that Mandy the party girl is finally ready to grow up?
©2020 Morton S. Gray (P)2020 Soundings
Could a post-it note really lead to love...? Sadie doesn't have time for finding love. She's too busy as PA for famous artist Damian Banks. When she's not arranging exhibitions, she's organising his dry cleaning or dumping his never ending stream of girlfriends. But when she strikes up an unusual friendship with her desk share buddy, she finds a confidante and a new potential love interest. Problem is, they've never actually met.... With Christmas just around the corner, can Sadie put herself first for a change and find what she's been looking for all along? The brand-new romantic comedy from top 10 best seller Portia MacIntosh. Perfect for fans of Sophie Ranald, Mhairi McFarlane and Zara Stoneley.
©2020 Portia MacIntosh (P)2020 Boldwood Books
The four Grace sisters love their quiet life in the country village of Chevis Green. To some, their insular world might seem dull, but the sisters never seem to run out of conversation, jokes, and pleasant ways to pass the time together. They truly are the happiest of families. That is, until Aunt Rona comes to town. Rona intends to stay with the Graces indefinitely, and her meddlesome attitude immediately sets the sisters' teeth on edge. Throw in another unexpected houseguest, some potential suitors and a case of mistaken intentions, and the members of the Grace family suddenly find themselves quite out of their element. Will they manage to make it through the summer and return to their quiet ways?
©2014 Estate of D. E. Stevenson (P)2018 Soundings
"One smart book...delving deep into the history and implications of a daily act that dare not speak its name." (Newsweek)
Acclaimed as "extraordinary" (The New York Times) and "a classic" (Los Angeles Times), The Big Necessity is on its way to removing the taboo on bodily waste - something common to all and as natural as breathing. We prefer not to talk about it, but we should - even those of us who take care of our business in pristine, sanitary conditions. Disease spread by waste kills more people worldwide every year than any other single cause of death. Even in America, nearly two million people have no access to an indoor toilet. Yet the subject remains unmentionable.
Moving from the underground sewers of Paris, London, and New York (an infrastructure disaster waiting to happen) to an Indian slum where ten toilets are shared by 60,000 people, The Big Necessity breaks the silence, revealing everything that matters about how people do - and don't - deal with their own waste. With razor-sharp wit and crusading urgency, mixing levity with gravity, Rose George has turned the subject we like to avoid into a cause with the most serious of consequences.
©2014 Rose George (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.
Someone is about to die.... Someone is about to lie.... At the intimate house-warming party for her glorious grand design, Kathleen confides in her best friend, Beth, that she is terrified of one of their close friends but darent reveal which one. The guests are a tight-knit group, but Kathleen is convinced one of them is dangerous. The next day Kathleens body is found at the foot of a cliff, and Beth must face the sickening truth that she may have been killed by one of their trusted friends. With little help from the police, Beths decides to seek answers. All the friends have secrets they are desperate to hide, but only one of them is ready to kill to keep theirs safe.... The House Party is set on the Isle of Wight - insular, claustrophobic and with nowhere to run. Mary Grand has written a heart-stopping novel of secrets, betrayal and desire, perfect for fans of Louise Candlish and Lucy Foley.
©2020 Mary Grand (P)2020 Boldwood Books
The brand-new Christmas romance from the Sunday Times best-selling author Heidi Swain! Perfect for fans of Carole Matthews, Sarah Morgan and Cathy Bramley.
©2019 Heidi Swain (P)2019 Simon & Schuster UK
I am always with you. I will always be here. This was the promise Ellas mother betrayed thirty years ago when she walked into the sea, leaving her five-year-old daughter alone in the world. Ellas been angry ever since, building up a wall to protect herself. But that all changes the day she opens a newspaper and finds those ten little words printed in a classified ad. Ella refuses to believe her mother could still be alive - that would mean she did want to live, just not with her daughter. So she throws herself into finding out exactly what happened all those years ago, determined to extinguish even the tiniest flame of hope - for Ella, hope is torture. But rather than settling things once and for all, what Ella discovers shatters her world. As she pieces together the truth behind her mothers disappearance, she learns that the words are not what she thought. Now she knows the truth. Is it possible that Ella can allow herself to love - and be loved - once again?
©2020 Leah Mercer. (P)2020 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.
From the number one bestselling author of The One You Really Want comes a poignant romantic novel about a young woman whose time is running out. Not to be missed by readers of Jojo Moyes and Erica James. Jill Mansell's enchanting new novel will drive readers to seize life with both hands and make the most of every minute... Hallie has a secret. She's in love. He's perfect for her in every way, but he's seriously out of bounds. And her friends aren't going to help her because what they do know is that Hallie doesn't have long to live. Time is running out... Flo has a dilemma. She really likes Zander. But his scary sister won't be even faintly amused if she thinks Zander and Flo are becoming friends - let alone anything more. Tasha has a problem. Her new boyfriend is the adventurous type. And she's afraid one of his adventures will go badly wrong. Three Amazing Things About You begins as Hallie goes on a journey. A donor has been found and she's about to be given new lungs. But whose?
©2015 Jill Mansell (P)2015 Headline Digital
An absolutely gripping cozy murder mystery Move over Miss Marple, theres a new sleuth in town! Meet Eleanor Swift: distinguished adventurer, dog lover, dignified lady
daring detective? England, 1920. Eleanor Swift has spent the last few years travelling the world: taking tea in China, tasting alligators in Peru, escaping bandits in Persia and she has just arrived in England after a chaotic 45-day flight from South Africa. Chipstone is about the sleepiest town you could have the misfortune to meet. And to add to these indignities - shes now a Lady. Lady Eleanor, as she would prefer not to be known, reluctantly returns to her uncles home, Henley Hall. Now Lord Henley is gone, she is the owner of the cold and musty manor. Whats a girl to do? Well, befriend the household dog, Gladstone, for a start, and head straight out for a walk in the English countryside, even though a storm is brewing.... But then, from the edge of a quarry, through the driving rain, Eleanor is shocked to see a man shot and killed in the distance. Before she can climb down to the spot, the villain is gone and the body has vanished. With no victim and the local police convinced shes stirring up trouble, Eleanor vows to solve this affair by herself. And when her brakes are mysteriously cut, one thing seems sure: someone in this quiet country town has Lady Eleanor Swift in their murderous sights.... If you enjoy witty dialogue, glamorous intrigue, and the very best of Golden Age mysteries, then you will adore Verity Brights whodunit, perfect for fans of Agatha Christie, T E Kinsey, and Downton Abbey!
©2020 Verity Bright (P)2020 Bookouture
The perfect house, the perfect husband and the perfect life...or is she just faking it? Life has been a bit of a rollercoaster for Ella. Growing up as the 'less successful' identical twin to her 'perfectly successful' sister, Emma, has left her feeling isolated, inadequate and let's face it...a little bitter. When Emma unexpectedly reaches out to Ella in a time of need, Ella suddenly finds herself with the opportunity to fill in for her sister and experience how the other half live. But as Ella navigates the world of gossiping mothers, rebellious teens and trying to play the model housewife (not to mention avoiding the temptation of attractive men at the school gates...), will she discover that all is not always as it seems on the other side? Discover the brilliantly funny new romantic comedy from top 10 best seller Portia MacIntosh. Perfect for fans of Mhairi McFarlane, Sophie Ranald and Lindsey Kelk.
©2021 Portia MacIntosh (P)2021 Boldwood Books
The gripping new psychological thriller from the best-selling author of After Anna and Killing Kate. Imitation is the most terrifying form of flattery.... Which Sarah Havenant is you? When an old friend gets in touch, Sarah Havenant discovers that there are two Facebook profiles in her name. One is hers. The other she has never seen. But everything in it is accurate. Photos of her friends, her husband, her kids. Photos from the day before. Photos of her new kitchen. Photos taken inside her house. And this is just the beginning. Because whoever has set up the second profile has been waiting for Sarah to find it. And now that she has, her life will no longer be her own....
©2017 Alex Lake (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers
"Asylum-seeker"; "refugee". All the major British political parties have brought these words to the top of the political agenda. Some newspapers shout about the swarms of refugees arriving on our shores; others criticize our government's lack of humanitarian principles. But what do we know about the refugees themselves what it means to leave your home, your family, your past?
Rose George has travelled to Liberia and Ivory Coast and also met refugees in Britain to discover what really happens when you are uprooted by war, greed and guns, or - as Liberians put it - when you've been "running, running, running" for fourteen years non-stop; when you've rebuilt your house five times, and it's been looted six times, so you don't bother putting glass in the windows anymore; when, like Francis Flade Nemlin, you're a well-paid NGO worker one minute, and a refugee in a transit centre with sixteen dependents only two weeks later. "Anyone can become a refugee," he says. "Why not?" Challenging the preconceptions of both sides of the political establishment, A Life Removed is a searing indictment of our failure to empathize.
©2004 Rose George (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.
The SARAH M. EDEN BRITISH ISLES COLLECTION contains two brand new historical romance novellas A FRIEND INDEED and A HAPPY BEGINNING, as well as four hand-picked readers' and reviewers' favorites of Sarah's popular Timeless Romance Anthology novellas. Listeners will love this selection of six historical romance novellas set in the British Isles.
©2015 Mirror Press, LLC (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.
An unforgettable novel of love and motherhood from best-selling author Maggie O'Farrell. Winner of the 2010 Costa Novel Award and a Sunday Times best seller, The Hand that First Held Mine by Maggie O'Farrell is a gorgeously written story of love and motherhood from the author of This Must Be the Place. When the sophisticated Innes Kent turns up on her doorstep, Lexie Sinclair realises she cannot wait any longer for her life to begin and leaves for London. There, at the heart of the 1950s Soho art scene, she carves out a new life. In the present day, Elina and Ted are reeling from the difficult birth of their first child. Elina struggles to reconcile the demands of motherhood with her sense of herself as an artist and Ted is disturbed by memories of his own childhood that don't tally with his parents' version of events. As Ted begins to search for answers, an extraordinary portrait of two women is revealed, separated by 50 years, but connected in ways that neither could ever have expected.
©2010 Maggie O'Farrell (P)2012 Headline Digital
A dying wish. A devastating secret. Should the truth really stay buried? The four Bliss siblings have a loving but complicated bond, but when their mother, Dorothy, dies seemingly without a will, this relationship is put to the test. As the mourning siblings try to make sense of the situation, one of them is caught with a secret: before she died, Dorothy entrusted her favourite daughter with her will and a letter - and told her to destroy them both. Of course it was Anna their mother turned to for this mission. Miriam, the eldest, is far too sensible; Sebastian, the baby, too sensitive; and Clare, the middle child, has always been too rebellious to rely on, and long ago cut herself out of her siblings lives. But what Anna finds in the documents could change everything. Do the other siblings not deserve to know what it is about them that their mother was so desperate to hide? And if it is revealed, will the Bliss family ever be the same again?
©2018 Imogen Clark. (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.
Explore the fascinating lives and loves of the greatest novelists, poets, and playwrights.
From William Shakespeare and Jane Austen to Gabriel García Márquez and Toni Morrison, Writers explores more than 100 biographies of the worlds greatest writers.
Trace the friendships, loves, and rivalries that inspired each individual and affected their writing, revealing insights into the larger-than-life characters, plots, and evocative settings that they created. You will also uncover details each writers most famous pieces and understand the times and cultures they lived in - see how the world influenced them and how their works influenced the world.
Writers introduces key ideas, themes, and literary techniques of each figure, revealing the imaginations, and personalities behind some of the world's greatest novels, short stories, poems, and plays. A diverse variety of authors are covered, from the Middle Ages to present day, providing a compelling glimpse into the lives of the people behind the page.
©2019 DK (P)2019 Random House Audio
In this heartwarming follow-up to the bestselling novel Postcards From a Stranger, will Caras family past ruin her Christmas present, or will she let love in? After discovering her mothers secret life, Cara doesnt have much faith in marriage. So when the love of her life, Simeon, proposes, she struggles to say "I do." She adores him, but why risk the perfect relationship by signing on a dotted line that could ruin everything? If her parents marriage taught her anything, it was that a gold ring doesnt equal happiness, and she has no desire to follow in their dysfunctional footsteps. But maybe theres a bigger picture after all. When a tragic accident brings yet more truths to the surface, Cara is forced to question everything she believes - and fears - about long-term love. And the answers arent obvious.... Could Cara rewrite her familys history and create her own love story?
©2019 Blue Lizard Books (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.
When Alice Verinders beloved sister Lydia goes missing, Alice boards the Orient Express bound for Topkapi Palace in Constantinople, determined to find her. Lydia was governess to the Sultans young children and though her letters spoke of exotic delights and welcoming hosts, the reception Alice receives is decidedly cold and answers unforthcoming. Now, as Alice digs deeper into the secrets of a land foreign to her, she has only Englishman Harry Frome to help her. But as their search uncovers unforeseen dangers and exposes an unexpected ardour, is Alice ready for the truths theyll uncover?
©2019 Merryn Allingham (P)2020 Story Sound
New York Times best-selling author Elizabeth Haynes returns with a disturbing and powerful tale that preys on our darkest fears. Police analyst Annabel wouldn't describe herself as lonely. Her work and the needs of her aging mother keep her busy. But Annabel is shocked when she discovers her neighbor's decomposing body in the house next door, and she is appalled to think that no one, including herself, noticed the woman's absence. Annabel sets out to investigate, despite her colleagues' lack of interest, and discovers that such cases are frighteningly common in her hometown. A chilling thriller and a hymn to all the lonely people whose individual voices haunt its pages, Human Remains shows how vulnerable we are when we live alone, and how easily ordinary lives can fall apart when no one is watching.
©2013 Elizabeth Haynes (P)2013 HarperCollinsPublishers
Soundings and Choc Lit present the audiobook edition of The Art of Christmas. Its been nearly two years since Harriet lost Jonno, but shes finally decided that its time to celebrate Christmas again. Then she finds a stash of graphic novels belonging to her comic book-loving husband in the attic, and suddenly her world is turned upside down once more. With the help of eccentric comic book dealer Kell Foxton, she discovers that the comics collected by Jonno not only areextremely valuable but also hold the key to his secret life - a life that throws Harriets entire marriage and every memory she has of her husband into question.
©2018 Jane Lovering (P)2018 Soundings
New York Times bestselling author Christina Dodd brings you "The Sound of Music meets Jane Eyre" in her refreshingly humorous addition to the Governess Brides series... When Miss Samantha Prendregast arrives at Devil's Fell to take charge of six rebellious girls, the vibrant, outspoken governess finds she can manage the children with intelligence, guile...and a little bribery. Their widowed father, Colonel William Gregory, is not so easily charmed - and far too easy to love. William always cherished the orderliness of his life until this captivating troublemaker arrives. Despite the fact that they clash at every meeting, William finds himself drawn to Samantha's fire. And now he's even contemplating marriage, which would be sweet madness indeed. But before he can successfully woo her, William must discover what Samantha is hiding. But the secret the lady is preciously guarding is far too shocking and dangerous to ever reveal...
©2002 by Christina Dodd. (P)2021 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.
Escape the cold winter nights with Sunday Times top five best seller Heidi Swain's Summer at Skylark Farm! Amber is a city girl at heart. So when her boyfriend, Jake, suggests they move to the countryside to help out at his family farm, she doesn't quite know how to react. But work has been hectic, and she needs a break, so she decides to grasp the opportunity and make the best of it. Dreaming of organic orchards, paddling in streams and frolicking in fields, Amber packs up her things and moves to Skylark Farm. But life is not quite how she imagined - it's cold and dirty, and the farm buildings are dilapidated and crumbling. But Amber is determined to make the best of it and throws herself into farm life. Can she really fit in here? And can she and Jake stay together when they are so different? A story of love in the countryside from the Sunday Times best-selling author of the The Cherry Tree Café and Sleigh Rides and Silver Bells at the Christmas Fair.
©2016 Heidi Swain (P)2018 Simon & Schuster UK
When Jenny Simpson returns to the seaside town of Borteen, her childhood home, its for a less than happy reason. But its also a chance for her to start again. A new job leads to her working for Carver Rodgers, a man who lives alone in a house that looks like it comes from the pages of a fairy tale - until you see the disaster zone inside.... As Jenny gets to know Carver she begins to unravel the sadness that has led to his chaotic existence. Gradually they realise they have something in common that is impossible to ignore - and it all links back to a meeting at a police station many years before.
©2018 Morton S. Gray (P)2019 Soundings
Can the power of love overcome lifes darkest memories and deepest losses? When her favourite beech tree is felled in a storm, Ann feels as if someone has died. But when long-hidden seed packets are found inside the trunk, Ann realizes there are more memories than her own lurking within the ancient tree... A century earlier, head gardener William Hatherwick and Hester Mordaunt, mistress of Beechgrave, share a love for the mighty estate - and an undeclared love for each other. But when war breaks out, William is sent to the battlefields of France, and as the conflict rages on, Hester grieves beneath the tree. Can she and William ever find happiness once hes witnessed the horror of the trenches? In the present day, historian Connor Grenville wants to understand why his late grandmother tried to destroy Hesters archive before she died. Who was she trying to protect - and why? His findings bring long-suppressed memories back to Anns mind... Beneath the shadow of the tree, love is won and lost, and secrets are hidden and revealed. Will the truth heal the wounds that lie buried in the past? Revised edition: Previously published as The Trysting Tree, this edition of The Memory Tree includes editorial revisions.
©2016, 2019 Linda Gillard (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.
From the best-selling author of Mince Pies and Mistletoe at the Christmas Market and The Cherry Tree Café comes a glorious summer treat of glamping, vintage tearooms and love.... When Lottie Fosters grandmothers best friend, Gwen, dies, she leaves Lottie her lovely home, Cuckoo Cottage. Lottie loves the cottage, but Matt, a charming local builder, points out that beneath its charm it is falling apart. Luckily he is always on hand to help with the problems that somehow seem to keep cropping up. But is he just a bit too good to be true? Certainly Will, Lotties closest neighbour, seems to think so. Lottie plans to set up her own business renovating vintage caravans. She hasnt told anyone about the project she has cooked up with Jemma from The Cherry Tree Café to repurpose Gwens old caravan and turn it into a gorgeous tearoom. But before she can finally enjoy living with her legacy she must uncover whom she can trust and whom to avoid. And with two men vying for her attention, will she also find love?
©2017 Heidi Swain (P)2018 Simon & Schuster UK
The Rules of Engagement Choose a bride from this years debutantes. Decide on a proper settlement. Send an announcement to The Times. Inform the bride of her good fortune. Rules of Respectability Devon Mathewes, earl of Kerrich, finds his income and family name imperiled by his notorious reputation. So he demands three things. A sensible governess who will not wish to visit his bedhe cant be bothered to make love to every woman who wants him. An orphan he can adopt and seem to care forhis apparent kindness will cover him with respectability. And that his life not be unduly alteredthe child and the governess should better his character without his participation. As a condition of accepting the governess position, Miss Pamela Lockhart has rules of her own. Devon must at all times behave with propriety. She must be allowed to choose a suitable orphan. Most important, Devon must vow to never ever delve into Pamelas past or appearance lest he discover the deepest secrets of her heart. Of course, rules are made to be broken . . .
©2000 Christina Dodd (P)2020 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.
In Dianne Freeman's charming Victorian-era mystery series, Frances Wynn, the American-born Countess of Harleigh, finds her sister's wedding threatened by a vow of vengeance. London is known for its bustle and intrigues, but the sedate English countryside can host - or hide - any number of secrets. Frances, the widowed Countess of Harleigh, needs a venue for her sister Lily's imminent wedding, away from prying eyes. Risings, George Hazleton's family estate in Hampshire, is a perfect choice, and soon Frances, her beloved George, and other guests have gathered to enjoy the usual country pursuits - shooting, horse riding, and romantic interludes in secluded gardens. But the bucolic setting harbors a menace, and its not simply the arrival of Frances's socially ambitious mother. Above and below stairs, mysterious accidents befall guests and staff alike. Before long, Frances suspects these accidents are deliberate, and fears that the intended victim is Lily's fiancé, Leo. Francess mother is unimpressed by Lilys groom-to-be and would much prefer that Lily find an aristocratic husband, just as Frances did. But now that Frances has found happiness with George - a man who loves her for much more than her dowry - she heartily approves of Lilys choice. If she can just keep the couple safe from villains and meddling mamas. As Frances and George search for the culprit among the assembled family, friends, and servants, more victims fall prey to the mayhem. Mishaps become full-blooded murder, and it seems that no one is safe. And unless Frances can quickly flush out the culprit, the peal of wedding bells may give way to another funeral toll....
©2020 Dianne Freeman (P)2020 W.F. Howes
Previously published as Her Forget-Me-Not Ex. The cosy and charming second novel from Sophie Claire, author of The Christmas Holiday. The perfect listen for fans of Trisha Ashley and Cathy Bramley! It's taken years, but Natasha Brown's life is finally on track. Running a florist's in the quaint village of Willowbrook, she's put her short-lived marriage to Luc Duval far behind her. That is, until he unexpectedly walks through her shop door, three years after their divorce. Luc reveals that he never told his family about their split, and now his father is desperately ill and demanding to meet Natasha. Luc needs her to come to France and pretend they're still happily married. Natasha is horrified but, when Luc makes her an offer she can't refuse, reluctantly packs her bags. The deal is two weeks on a vineyard with his family, but will Luc and Natasha be able to play the perfect couple after years apart? And in the glorious Provence sun, will the old spark between them be impossible to ignore?
©2019 Sophie Claire (P)2019 Hodder & Stoughton Limited
Emily Klein doesnt know she has killed her husband until the day of his funeral. At first, signs point to a tragic accident. Yet, as Emily pieces together the events before his death - events which led to her own memory loss - she begins to suspect that her husbands death may have been the result of more than a terrible twist of fate.... But the accident is only the beginning. Because while Emilys physical scars will heal, the trauma of the accident has awakened old ghosts. She hears strange sounds, catches things that cant possibly be there in the corner of her eye. Before long, everywhere she looks, she seems to see her husband. And suddenly, Emily finds herself asking the most dangerous question of all. Can she really trust herself?
©2018 Diane Jeffrey (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers
The light spilling in from the corridor would have to do. Though weak, it was sufficient to show Aldís a boy sitting in the gloom at the farthest table. He had his back to her, so she couldn't see who it was but could tell that he was one of the youngest. A chill ran down her spine when he spoke again without turning, as if he had eyes in the back of his head. 'Go away. Leave me alone.' 'Come on. You shouldn't be here.' Aldís spoke gently, fairly sure now that the boy must be delirious. Confused rather than dangerous. He turned, slowly and deliberately, and she glimpsed black eyes in a pale face. 'I wasn't talking to you.' Aldis is working in a juvenile detention centre in rural Iceland. She witnesses something deeply disturbing in the middle of the night; soon afterwards two of the boys at the centre are dead. Decades later single father Odinn is looking into alleged abuse at the centre following the unexplained death of the colleague who was previously running the investigation. The more he finds out, though, the more it seems the odd events of the 1970s are linked to the accident that killed his ex-wife. Was her death something more sinister? Yrsa Sigurdardottir is a huge European best seller with both her crime and her horror novels. You might want to sleep with the light on after listening to The Undesired.
©2015 Yrsa Sigurdardóttir (P)2015 Hodder & Stoughton
When the teenage girl who's been hanging around near the house knocks on the door and tells her she's her granddaughter, Cassie is shocked rigid. There's only one way this can be true: if Evie is the daughter of the baby Cassie gave away for adoption when she was herself a troubled teenager. Is this a trick? Or is Evie's tale true? When she finds out why the girl has come to find her, it brings a tangle of other problems that she can't ignore. This was the last thing she expected to be dealing with as she moves into her new home in a leisure village in Wiltshire.
©2020 Anna Jacobs (P)2020 Soundings
In Australia, Simone has been widowed for four years and is ready to make a more interesting life. Her friends are driving her mad introducing her to eligible men; her busy daughters are just the opposite, wanting her available for babysitting. When she is offered a house swap with a couple in the UK she takes it, not without some trepidation. In the UK, Russ has just taken possession of his new house and wants only peace and quiet after a few months of rehab following a serious injury. Can these two help one another avoid meddling friends and relatives and build new lives?
©2020 Anna Jacobs (P)2020 Soundings
The vast and mysterious universe is explored in this reprint anthology from award-winning editor and anthologist Neil Clarke (Clarkesworld magazine, The Best Science Fiction of the Year). The urge to explore and discover is a natural and universal one, and the edge of the unknown is expanded with each passing year as scientific advancements inch us closer and closer to the outer reaches of our solar system and the galaxies beyond them. Generations of writers have explored these new frontiers and the endless possibilities they present in great detail. With galaxy-spanning adventures of discovery and adventure, from generations ships to warp drives, exploring new worlds to first contacts, science fiction writers have given readers increasingly new and alien ways to look out into our broad and sprawling universe. The Final Frontier delivers stories from across this literary spectrum, a reminder that the universe is far large and brimming with possibilities than we could ever imagine, as hard as we may try.
©2018 Neil Clarke (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.
The heartwarming new audiobook from the number five Sunday Times best-selling author, perfect for fans of Carole Matthews, Milly Johnson and Cathy Bramley. Kate is on the run from her almost-divorced husband, who is determined to have her back, and she has found the perfect place to hide...a little cottage on Nightingale Square in Norwich, far away from her old life in London. But the residents of Nightingale Square don't take no for an answer, and Kate soon finds herself pulled into a friendship with Lisa, her bossy but lovely new neighbour. Within a matter of days Kate is landed with the job of campaigning the council to turn the green into a community garden. Meanwhile all the residents of Nightingale Square are horrified to discover that the Victorian mansion house on the other side of the square has been bought by developers. But when all hope is lost, the arrival of a handsome stranger is sure to turn things around! Heidi Swain is the perfect summer listen - you'll want to find your own green space, stretch out in the sun and dive into life at Nightingale Square.
©2018 Heidi Swain (P)2018 Simon & Schuster UK
Lara Perryman has spent her whole life travelling for her busy corporate job, so it's a relief when she takes early retirement and settles in a leisure village in Wiltshire. She quickly makes friends with the other residents and finds herself entangled in the ups and downs, triumphs and tragedies of her new community.
©2019 Anna Jacobs (P)2019 Soundings
Charlotte Dean enjoys nothing more than the solitude of her London flat and the monotonous days of her work at a travel bookshop. But when her younger sister unceremoniously bursts into her quiet life one afternoon, Charlotte's world turns topsy-turvy. Beloved author D. E. Stevenson captures the intricacies of post-World War I England with a light, comic touch that perfectly embodies the spirit of the time. Alternatively heartbreaking and witty, The Young Clementina is a touching tale of love, loss and redemption through friendship.
©2013 Estate of D. E. Stevenson (P)2018 Soundings
The sparkling new Christmas novel from the Sunday Times best-selling author Heidi Swain! Freya Fuller is estranged from her parents and has been following her childhood dream of becoming a gardener ever since. When an opportunity to design a winter garden opens up at a Victorian property in Nightingale Square, Freya jumps at the chance to make a fresh start. But while the majority of the residents are welcoming, local artist Finn seems determined to shut her out, and when Freya's family makes a surprise appearance, it seems that her new life is about to come crashing down.... The Winter Garden is the perfect listen this Christmas, promising snowfall, warm fires and breath-taking seasonal romance. Perfect for fans of Carole Matthews, Cathy Bramley and Sarah Morgan.
©2020 Heidi Swain (P)2020 Simon & Schuster UK
Only the lawless will survive.... It is 1975, and Ruby Drake is struggling to deal with the brutal murder of her lover, Michael Ward. As her children, Daisy and Kit, battle their own demons, her retail empire starts to crumble. Meanwhile, after the revenge killing of Tito Danieri, Kit is the lowest he's ever been. But soon doubt is thrown over whether Kit killed the right person, and now the Danieris are out for his blood and the blood of the entire Darke family. As the bodies pile up, the chase is on - can the Darkes resolve their own family conflicts and find Michael Ward's true killer before the vengeful Danieris kill them? Or will they take the law into their own hands? The heart-racing sequel to Nameless from best-selling author Jessie Keane.
©2016 Macmillan Digital Audio (P)2015 Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd.
Deborah Woodly agreed to a pretend engagement with Reeve, Earl of Cambridge, because his straitlaced uncle wouldnt let him touch his inheritance before his 26th birthday. Not unless he contracted a marriage, which would presumably settle him. Deb and Reeve promised not to fall in love, or marry, but to ultimately declare they wouldnt suit. Broken promises, but also someone was trying to kill Deb.
©1999 Joan Wolf (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.
Christmas has arrived in the town of Wynbridge, and it promises mince pies, mistletoe and a whole host of seasonal joy. Ruby has finished with university and is heading home for the holidays to save up for her trip around the world in January. Against her fathers wishes, she takes on a stall at the local market and sets about making it the best Christmas market stall ever. Therell be bunting and mistletoe and maybe even a bit of mulled wine. But with a new retail park just opened on their doorstep, the market is under threat. So together with all the other stallholders, Ruby devises a plan to make sure that Wynbridge is the first port of call for everyones Christmas shopping needs. The only thing standing in her way is Rubys ex, Steve. Its pretty hard to concentrate on saving the world when he works on the stall opposite, especially when she realises that her feelings for him are still there.... This Christmas make time for some winter sparkle - and see who might be under the mistletoe this year....
©2018 Heidi Swain (P)2018 Simon & Schuster UK
Bestselling author of the Bad Mother books Suzy K Quinn reveals the truth behind the lies we tell mothers, one sleepless night at a time. Suzy and Demi were carefree twenty-somethings. They had fun! They didnt have responsibilities! And then they decided to have a baby. Goodbye lazy weekends, hello sleepless nights, arguments and an addiction to industrial-strength hot chocolate. In the midst of this major life change, Suzy discovered that most parenting advice should be taken with a pinch of salt - or ten. For example: #1 Lie - Just go with your mothers instinct. But what if your instinct is telling you to hide under the stairs? #10 Lie - Your new baby will tell you what it needs. Not if it cant talk it wont. #23 Lie - You should never bribe your children. You will ALWAYS bribe your children. Follow Suzy on the ultimate make-over - from nervous-wreck new mother to happy families. In this hilarious and refreshingly honest account for parents who prefer the realistic to the utopian, Suzy debunks the myths and takes us all along for the (bumpy) ride.
©2019 Suzy Quinn (P)2019 Brilliance Audio, Inc., all rights reserved.
When disaster strikes, paradise calls.... As a published novelist, Lila Rose has been writing about fictional weddings all her life. But disaster strikes on her own big day when she hears her philandering fiancé, Daniel, whispering sweet nothings to someone else. With her dream day shattered, all Lila wants to do is run and hide, so she decides to fly solo on her own honeymoon. When Daniel arrives in the resort with his new squeeze, Lila strikes up a showmance with hot new movie star Freddie Bianchi. Freddie is perfect for the part, and Lila soon relaxes into her leading lady role. But as truth starts to merge with fiction, could real love be in the air? A sizzling holiday romance, perfect for fans of Sophie Kinsella, Lindsey Kelk and Sophie Ranalds Sorry Not Sorry.
©2019 Portia MacIntosh (P)2019 Boldwood Books
They took her children away, and she will fight to the end to get them back . . . In 1941, mixed race Ruby Darke is born into a family that seem to hate her, but why? While her two brothers dive into a life of gangland violence, Ruby has to work in their family store. As she blossoms into a beautiful young woman she crosses paths with aristocrat Cornelius Bray, a chance meeting that will change her life forever. When she finds herself pregnant, and then has twins, she is forced to give her children away. At that point she vows never to trust another man again. As the years pass, Ruby never forgets her babies, and as the family store turns into a retail empire, Ruby wants her children back. But secrets were whispered and bargains made, and if Ruby wants to stay alive she needs to forget the past, or the past will come back and kill her.
©2012 Jessie Keane (P)2012 Macmillan Digital Audio
Louise Anderson's heart pounds as she approaches the imposing castello. Only the Duke of Falconari can grant her grandparents' dying wish - but this is the same man who said arrivederci without a backward glance after their night of unadulterated passion.... Caesar can't believe the woman who almost ruined his precious reputation still fiercely fires his blood. Discovering that their union created more than just salacious memories, he agrees to grant Louise's request...in exchange for a demand of his own. That she wears his band of gold!
©2012 Penny Jordan (P)2017 Soundings
Murder, loyalty and vengeance collide in Jessie Keane's gritty fourth novel. Lily King has spent years behind bars. Convicted of murdering her husband, London villain Leo King, she hasn't been missed. Everyone believes she got what she deserved, but Lily knows she was fitted up. Now she's out, and she doesn't do forgiveness. In her absence things have moved on, and the old order has changed. But now she's ready to reclaim her position as head of the King family. Fuelled by vengeance, Lily King is back, and some people aren't going to know what's hit them.
©2010 Jessie Keane (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers
Play dirty, play to win. From the top 10 best-selling author Jessie Keane comes a gripping thriller featuring two women who will do anything to win the man they love Josh Flynn is the king of the bare-knuckle gypsy fighters. His reputation is unblemished, his fist a deadly weapon. Claire Milo has always loved Josh. They were destined to be together from the day they met. Two gypsy lovers with their whole lives ahead of them. If only Josh would find a different way of earning a living instead of knocking the living daylights out of another man in the boxing ring. One day, she knew, something really bad was going to happen. She could feel it..... Shauna Everett always wanted what she couldnt have, and nobody, especially Claire Milo, was going to stand in her way. Shed had her eye on Josh Flynn for years, and she knew just how to get him. If it meant playing dirty, then so be it. What did she have to lose? In a world ruled by violence, crime and backstreet brawls, only one woman will win in Jessie Keane's Fearless, but how low is she prepared to go to achieve that goal?
©2018 Jessie Keane (P)2018 Macmillan Digital Audio
The heartwarming new novel from the Sunday Times best-selling author, perfect for fans of Carole Matthews, Milly Johnson and Cathy Bramley. Heidi Swain is the perfect summer escape!
©2019 Heidi Swain (P)2019 Simon & Schuster UK
Free rein to love.
Young Lady Jane Fitzmaurice had everything that Regency society approved of - flawless beauty, perfect breeding, and a respectable fortune. But she also had a mind and heart of her own that set heads shaking and tongues wagging. Whoever heard of a well-born Miss spending more time in the saddle than in the drawing room? How could she prefer the company of David Chance, her handsome horse-trainer, to that of Julian Wrexham, the most attractive nobleman in England?
©1980 Joan Wolf (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved
In this heartfelt, brave, and honest account, Kerry Fisher and Pat Sowa share everything theyve learnt from surviving the darkest of times. They shine a light on what it really feels like when your world shatters and how they found hope in the deepest despair. Best friends since they met at university, Kerry and Pat had no idea that 30 years later, theyd need every ounce of their friendship to survive. In 2017, their worlds came crashing down when their teenage sons were both diagnosed with life-threatening illnesses within weeks of each other. During the following roller coaster months, Kerry and Pat regularly snatched time to message each other - often with black humor - providing a momentary refuge from their frightening realities. Together these two ordinary mums found a way to survive their extraordinary challenges and to navigate a new normal in an alien and isolating world. With raw honesty, they share the things theyve learnt and what they wish theyd known - from how to tame raging mother guilt to restoring their natural optimism in the aftershock of tragedy. In this profoundly moving book, Kerry and Pat take listeners on a very personal exploration of the universal experiences of grief and loss, love and friendship that connect us all. Like a wise companion offering comfort, Take My Hand is a lifeline both to those overwhelmed by heartbreak and for friends and family who dont know how to help. Most of all, its a powerful reminder that no matter how difficult life gets, you are not alone.
©2020 Kerry Fisher, Pat Sowa (P)2020 Hachette UK - Thread
In the first novel in Christy Carlyles sizzling Dukes Den series, three men, intent on making a fortune, discover irresistible opportunities.... Nicholas Lyon gambled his way into a fortune and ownership of the most opulent, notorious gentlemens club in England. But when Nicks cruel brother dies, he inherits a title he never wanted. The sooner Nick is rid of the estate that has always haunted him, the sooner he can return to the life hes built in London. But theres one obstacle - the exquisite Thomasina Thorne. When the new heir to the Tremayne dukedom suddenly appears in Mina Thornes life, shes flustered. Not only is he breathtakingly handsome, but hes also determined to take away her home and position as steward of the Enderley estate. If Mina learns what makes the enigmatic duke tick, perhaps she can change his mind - as long as she doesnt get too close to him. With each day Nick spends with Mina, his resolve weakens as their colliding wills lead to explosive desire. Could she be the one woman who can help him finally bury the ghosts of his past?
©2018 Christy Carlyle (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers
Lark Rise is Flora Thompson's childhood memories of a north Oxfordshire village, the people who lived and worked in it, and a way of life that has totally disappeared. The story is built around Laura and her brother Edmund, through whose eyes are seen 'old Sally', whose grandfather built the house she lived in before the enclosure of the heathland, children's games, the interaction of village and gentry, and the way in which the seasons governed life.
©1939 Flora Thompson (P)2019 Soundings
Jude is the owner of a unique antiques shop in Cambridge. She makes it her mission to match customers with the special something that they are missing, a talisman to bring them what their heart desires. Unfortunately, Judes life is not overflowing with love. However, when she 'inherits' a niece that she never knew existed, doubling her meagre family overnight, Jude's life is soon set to get a lot less lonely and a lot more interesting. Viola is a single-minded perfectionist whose heart's only desire is the position of head chef at one of Cambridges most prestigious restaurants. But when Viola keeps bumping into a widower, Mathieu, she begins to discover that theres more to life beyond the kitchen.
©2018 Menna van Praag (P)2019 Isis Publishing Ltd
The Sunday Times best seller. Escape to the seaside this summer with the brand-new novel from Heidi Swain, the Sunday Times best-selling author of feel-good womens fiction. Think idyllic beaches, refreshing rock pools and breathtaking romance. The perfect summer listen! Following a shocking revelation within her family, Tess Tyler is looking to escape her hectic city life - and where better to hide than Wynmouth, the seaside town she visited as a child, with its sandy beaches, stunning rock pools and welcoming community. But little does she realise, Wynmouth isn't quite the haven she remembers it to be, and her real life is still threatening to catch up with her. Also returning to Wynmouth is Joe. Having fled more than a decade ago after an accident that changed his life forever, hes back and is determined to face his demons. But, like Tess, Joe realises that the town is nothing like he remembers, and quickly his arrival brings old tensions to the surface. As the pair begin to familiarise themselves with the town they once knew, they each realise that the secrets they carry are becoming harder to conceal - but will revealing them bring the answers theyre looking for? Will Tess and her new friends finally get the second chance theyve been hoping Wynmouth will give them?
©2019 Heidi Swain (P)2019 Simon & Schuster UK
The sparkling new Christmas novel from the Sunday Times best-selling author Heidi Swain! After calling off her engagement, Hayley, the Wynthorpe Hall housekeeper, wants nothing more than to return to her no-strings fun-loving self, avoiding any chance of future heartbreak. Little does she know, Wynbridges latest arrival is about to throw her plan entirely off course.... Moving into Wynthorpe Hall to escape the towns gossip, Hayley finds herself immersed in the eccentric Connelly familys festive activities as they plan to host their first ever Winter Wonderland. But Hayley isnt the only new resident at the hall. Gabe, a friend of the Connellys' son Jamie, has also taken up residence, moving into Gatekeepers Cottage, and he quickly makes an impression on Wynbridges reformed good girl. As preparations commence for the biggest event of the season, the pair find themselves drawn ever closer to one another, but unbeknownst to Hayley, Gabe, too, has a reason for turning his back on love, one that seems intent on keeping them apart. Under the starry winter skies, will Gabe convince Hayley to open her heart again once more? And in doing so, will he convince himself?
©2018 Heidi Swain (P)2018 Simon & Schuster UK
A gripping psychological thriller with edge-of-your-seat suspense Loving husband? Or total stranger? When Ella wakes up in a hospital following a hit-and-run incident, she is scared and confused. Close to tears, her eyes fall on a get-well-soon card on the window sill, and the nurse reassures her that her loving husband will be back soon.... But Ella has never been married. In fact, she has lived alone her whole adult life; working hard, rarely socializing, quietly harboring a terrible secret from her past. Fear sweeps through Ella when she instantly recognizes the man who enters the ward. He is not her husband, but she knows that she must do as he says and play the part of dutiful wife. What choice does she have? He was there the night of the fire; he knows her secret, too.... Do you absolutely love twisty and unputdownable psychological thrillers like Girl on the Train, The Wife Between Us, and Gone Girl? Then you will be totally hooked by this jaw-dropping novel about the dangerous secrets behind a perfect marriage.
©2018 Samantha Hayes (P)2018 Bookouture
Annie Carter is back.... She was a madam in a brothel and a gangster's moll, but now her protection is gone and her enemies are closing in. In 1971, London gang boss Annie Carter Barolli is living the New York high life with the feared Mafia godfather Constantine Barolli. Then family tragedy strikes, leaving only Annie, Constantine's sister, Gina, and his three children alive, and now they're in terrible danger. And what's worse - it signals a major shift in mafia power. Annie returns to London with her daughter, Layla, pursued by a hit man. Someone wants her dead, and the only way she can stay alive is to find out who's paying for the contract and to strike first. Then, the reappearance of an old East End face sparks a shocking suspicion - the possibility that Max Carter, Annie's first and greatest love, didn't die two years ago, as she had been led to believe. Has he truly just been playing dead?
©2011 Jessie Keane (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers
The new must-hear thriller from the author of Strangers on a Bridge, Louise Mangos. Art college dropout Lucie arrives in a Swiss ski resort looking for work - but instead finds Mathieu. Handsome, charismatic and from a good family, Matt seems like the perfect man. But as Lucie soon discovers, he has a dark side - one that will drive their relationship to a dramatic conclusion and tear the life she has built for herself and their son apart. Left fighting for her freedom in a foreign prison, and starting to lose her grip on reality, Lucie must summon all of her strength to uncover the truth and be reunited with her son before its too late. The clock is ticking...but whom can she trust?
©2019 Louise Mangos (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
A controversial call to arms, Against Empathy argues that the natural impulse to share the feelings of others can lead to immoral choices in both public policy and in our intimate relationships with friends and family. Most people, including many policy makers, activists, scientists, and philosophers, have encouraged us to be more empathetic - to feel the pain and pleasure of others. Yale researcher and author Paul Bloom argues that this is a mistake. Far from leading us to improve the lives of others, empathy is a capricious and irrational emotion that appeals to our narrow prejudices. It muddles our judgment and often leads to cruelty. We are at our best when we are smart enough not to rely on it and draw upon a more distanced compassion. Based on groundbreaking scientific findings, Against Empathy makes the case that some of the worst decisions that individuals and nations make - who to give money to, when to go to war, how to respond to climate change, and who to put in prison - are too often motivated by honest yet misplaced emotions. With clear and witty prose, Bloom demonstrates how empathy distorts our judgment in every aspect of our lives, from philanthropy and charity to the justice system; from culture and education to foreign policy and war. Without empathy, Bloom insists, our decisions would be clearer, fairer, and ultimately more moral. Bound to be controversial, Against Empathy shows us that when it comes to major policy decisions and the choices we make in our everyday lives, limiting our empathetic emotions is often the most compassionate choice we can make.
©2016 Paul Bloom (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers
There's only room for one Queen Bee: A hilarious and touching novel about the social world of school mothers. It's the start of another school year at St. Ambrose. While the children are busy in the classroom, their mothers are learning sharper lessons. Lessons in friendship. Lessons in betrayal. Lessons in the laws of community, the transience of power
and how to get invited to lunch. Beatrice - undisputed queen bee. Ruler, by Divine Right, of all school fundraising, this year, last year, and, surely, for many to come. Heather - desperate to volunteer, desperate to be noticed, desperate to belong. Georgie - desperate for a cigarette. And Rachel - watching them all, keeping her distance. But soon to discover that the line between amused observer and miserable outcast is a thin one. The Hive is a wickedly funny and brilliantly observed story about female friendship, power plays, and the joys and perils (well, mainly perils) of trying to do one's part.
©2013 Gill Hornby (P)2013 Hachette Audio
The Rules of Employment for The Distinguished Academy of Governesses: Always remember your station. Be sure to maintain a disciplined schoolroom. And never, ever become too familiar with the master of the house.... Lady Charlotte Dalrumple is known as England's most proper governess, a woman who has never taken a misstep socially - or romantically. On the surface, she seems perfectly suited to accept the challenge of reforming Lord Wynter Ruskin, sadly uncivilized by his travels abroad. But Wynter has no desire to be taught manners. He glimpsed an uninhibited beauty hiding beneath Charlotte's prim exterior, and he'd much rather spend his days - and nights - instructing her in the pleasures of the body and the passions of the heart. But before they can love both must also master the Rules of Surrender.
©2000 Christina Dodd. (P)2020 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.
A Groom Who Can't Remember. A Bride Who Wants Desperately To Forget. Enid MacLean is finally living a peaceful life when she receives word that an explosion has injured the husband she hoped she'd never have to see again. Reluctantly, she agrees to do her duty but, except for his distinctive green eyes, the man she nurses back to health is not the man she remembers. And he remembers nothing. From the depths of his amnesia, he reaches out for the woman he believes is his wife, tempting her with ardent words and a reckless passion she finds herself unable to resist. And while Enid finds herself losing her heart to this achingly familiar stranger, she cannot help but wonder how her husband has become such a dangerous, seductive man . . . and what secrets he carries locked away in his lost memories. Last time marriage cost her her happiness. This time love could cost her more.
©2002 by Christina Dodd. (P)2021 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.
She lives in fear of...the knock. Dora OBrien had a good start in life, but things went bad when she began to mix with the wrong company. Pregnant by her gangster lover, she found herself on the streets and then in the grips of a bent copper called Donny Maguire. When her daughter Angel is born, Dora is already under the influence of drink and drugs and handed around to Donnys mates. Growing up in the shadow of her mothers abusive relationship, Angel is nothing like her mother, but when matters turn murderous, Angel is forced to grow up fast, and survival becomes the name of the game. For some, being on the wrong side of the law is the safest place to be.... No one uncovers the underworld like Jessie Keane.
©2020 Jessie Keane (P)2020 Macmillan Digital Audio
"Reminiscent of the classic movie Sabrina, this heartwarming Victorian-era treatment will please Christina Dodd's many fans." -- Publisher's Weekly Since she was a little girl, Celeste has had one burning desire: to marry rich, handsome Ellery Throckmorton. The education she receives at the Distinguished Academy of Governesses gives Celeste a refinement that complements her ravishing beauty, and makes her bold romantic dream more attainable. But, alas, temptation gets in the way... For wherever Celeste turns, it is not Ellery she encounters, but his intriguing older brother Garrick. She cannot disregard the fluttering of her heart whenever Garrick deigns to smile at her. And the passion she senses smoldering beneath his formidable control tempts her in a manner a lady must never allow... In My Wildest Dreams
©2001 by Christina Dodd. (P)2021 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.
The unstoppable Ruby Darke returns as old enemies threaten her family in The Edge, a gripping gangland thriller from top 10 best-selling Author Jessie Keane. With a mind sharper than a razor blade it was only a matter of time before Ruby Darke fought her way to the top. From humble beginnings she became the queen of Londons retail, but she didnt get there by obeying the law. Now with her son Kit and daughter Daisy finally by her side shes ready to start a new chapter in her life, but, unknown to all of them, enemies are circling. There arent many who threaten Ruby Darke and live to tell the tale. But this time, she may just have met her match. If you live on the edge, you may just die on it.... This heart-racing series starts with Nameless and Lawless.
©2019 Jessie Keane (P)2019 Macmillan Digital Audio
The Sunday Times best seller We all want to lead a happy life. Traditionally, when in need of guidance, comfort or inspiration, many people turn to religion. But there has been another way to learn how to live well - the humanist way - and in today's more secular world, it is more relevant than ever. In The Little Book of Humanism, Alice Roberts and Andrew Copson share over 2,000 years of humanist wisdom through an uplifting collection of stories, quotes and meditations on how to live an ethical and fulfilling life, grounded in reason and humanity. With universal insights, The Little Book of Humanism is a perfect introduction to and a timeless anthology of humanist thought from some of history and today's greatest thinkers.
©2020 Andrew Copson and Alice Roberts (P)2020 Hachette Audio UK
This is the story of Ella and Lucas. Ella is touring Italy with her boyfriend, unaware that her entire family has been murdered, that her father's business dealings are questionable, and that someone is about to attempt to kill her. Lucas is a retired hitman, keeping an eye on Ella as a favour for her father. He saves Ella from her would-be killers, but a complex dance ensues, with Ella determined on revenge, and Lucas equally determined to leave that life behind, to reconnect with his former girlfriend and the daughter he's never known. Please note: For the Dogs has been published elsewhere under the title The Hunter's Prayer.
©2012 Kevin Wignall (P)2012 Audible Ltd
Self-made man Aidan Iverson has seen more closed doors in his 30 years than hes ever cared to count. As a member of the elite Dukes Den, he has all the money he could possibly need, but the one thing he cant purchase is true power. If roguish Aidan cant buy his way into societys hallowed halls, hell resort to a more extreme measure: marriage. Brought up to be a proper lady, the only thing Diana Ashby desires is to be left alone to the creation of her own devices. But when her dreams are crushed, she must find another way to secure the future of her invention. Knowing his desire to enter her world, Diana strikes a deal to arrange Aidans marriage to the perfect lady - as long as that lady isnt her. She doesnt need any distractions from her work, particularly of the sinfully handsome variety. As Diana and Aidan set out to find him an aristocratic match, neither are prepared for the passion that ignites between them or the love they cant ignore. In the Dukes Den, can happiness ever be a winning prospect?
©2019 Christy Carlyle (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers
Dangerous by Jessie Keane is a deadly story of London's criminal underworld from the best-selling author of Nameless. Whatever the cost, she would pay it.... Fifteen-year-old Clara Dolan's world is blown apart following the death of her mother. Battling to keep what remains of her family together, Clara vows to protect her younger siblings, Bernadette and Henry, from danger, whatever the cost. With the arrival of the swinging '60s, Clara finds herself swept up in London's dark underworld, where the glamour of Soho's dazzling nightclubs sits in stark contrast to the terrifying gangland violence that threatens the new life she has worked so hard to build. Sinking further into an existence defined by murder and betrayal, Clara soon realizes that success often comes at a very high price....
©2015 Jessie Keane (P)2016 Macmillan Digital Audio
Hailed a Best Book of the Year by NPR, Publishers Weekly, Vulture, and the New York Public Library
Finalist for the 2019 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction
For sheer unpredictable brilliance, Gogol may come to mind, but no author alive today takes a listener as far as Helen DeWitt into the funniest, most yonder dimensions of possibility. Her jumping-off points might be statistics, romance, the art worlds piranha tank, games of chance and games of skill, the travails of publishing, or success. Look, a character begins to explain, laying out some gambit reasonably enough, even if facing a world of boomeranging counterfactuals, situations spinning out to their utmost logical extremes, and Rube Goldberg-like moving parts, where things prove more complicated than they had first appeared and at 3 a.m. the circumstances seem to attenuate. In various ways, each tale carries DeWitts signature poker-face lament regarding the near-impossibility of the life of the mind when one is made to pay to have the time for it, in a world so sadly taken up with all sorts of paraphernalia superfluous, not to say impedimental, to ratiocination.
©2018 Helen DeWitt (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.
The sparkling new Christmas audiobook from the Sunday Times best-selling author Heidi Swain! When Anna takes on the role of companion to the owner of Wynthorpe Hall on the outskirts of Wynbridge, she has no idea that her life is set to change beyond all recognition. A confirmed bah humbug when it comes to Christmas, Anna is amazed to find herself quickly immersed in the eccentric household, and when youngest son Jamie unexpectedly arrives home it soon becomes obvious that her personal feelings are going all out to compromise her professional persona. Jamie, struggling to come to terms with life back in the Fens, makes a pact with Anna - she has to teach him to fall back in love with Wynthorpe Hall while he helps her fall back in love with Christmas. But will it all prove too much for Anna, or can the family of Wynthorpe Hall warm her heart once and for all? Join Anna for a festive journey festooned with sleigh rides and silver bells and help her discover her happy ever after.
©2017 Heidi Swain (P)2018 Simon & Schuster UK
Murder, loyalty and vengeance collide in Jessie Keane's gritty fourth audiobook. Life is good for Gracie Doyle - running her Manchester casino keeps her busy. Until the police turn up at her door one day and her world is turned upside down. She is given news that her two estranged brothers have been viciously attacked. George is in hospital on a ventilator, and, worringly, Harry is missing. Gracie has no option but to leave the good life and dip her toe into the murky waters of her East End past. She leaves for London in an attempt to avenge her brothers and in doing so uncovers some unsavoury secrets about the lifestyle they've been leading. Their little games have got them into big trouble with the wrong people.... She must keep her wits about her and try to find Harry, or it could prove fatal....
©2011 Jessie Keane (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers
In the little hamlet of Lark Rise times are changing and Laura is growing up. Although she must attend the nearby village school, she would far rather read and make up stories in her head. Real-life excitement comes, however, when she and her beloved younger brother Edmund are allowed to walk on their own to the grand market town of Candleford to stay with their relatives one summer. There, Laura discovers the joys of the shops, the ways of boy-talk with her cousins and the secret world of 'Bookworms Ltd' with her Uncle Tom, before an offer arrives that will determine her future.
©1941 Flora Thompson (P)2019 Soundings
To the owner of the Distinguished Academy of Governesses Dear Madame Owner, I am looking for an experienced companion for my sweet, elderly, slightly dotty aunt, and that companion must be: 1. Tall, blonde and twenty-seven years of age. 2. Desirous of living in an ancient castle in an isolated area of Lancashire. 3. Not nervous about any sinister rumors about me. 4. You. Sincerely, the newly titled Marquess of Raeburn From the owner of the Distinguished Academy of Governesses My dear, mysterious Lord Raeburn, Coincidentally, I fulfill all your requisites. However, as condition to accepting this position, I insist on the following: 1. That no interest be shown in my past. 2. That I have the free time to explore Lancashire for reasons that I will not divulge. 3. That you not bother to deny your culpability in the disappearance of your wife. 4. That we will not indulge in familiarity that will surely lead to another disastrous, passionate interlude between us. Sincerely, Hannah Setterington
©2001 Christina Dodd (P)2020 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.
1879: Shipwrecked off the West Coast of Australia, Louisa Reynolds is aided by an aboriginal girl and a kindly doctor, eventually making a fresh start in the town of Albany. Unexpected new friendships with two men, old gentleman George and dashing Connor, give her joy - but when she accepts an invitation to stay at George's sheep station, the locals are scandalised by a single woman in the company of men. Louisa's growing feelings for Connor are shattered by a revelation - and it is gentle George who she suddenly marries. Only, settling into station life comes with its own problems, financial and otherwise. Confronted by a devastating fire and a gang of bushrangers, Louisa feels as though her world is spinning out of control. Can she save the sheep station? And how long can she deny the love she feels for Connor?
©2019 AnneMarie Brear (P)2020 Aurora Audio Books
Soundings and Choc Lit present the audio edition of New Year, New Guy. When Lauras bride-to-be sister, Polly, organises a surprise reunion for her fiancé and his long lost American friend, Laura grudgingly agrees to help keep the secret. And when the plain-spoken, larger-than-life Hunter McQueen steps off the bus in her rainy Devon town and only just squeezes into her tiny car, it confirms that Laura has made a big mistake in going along with her sister's crazy plan. But could the tall, handsome man with the Nashville drawl be just what reserved Laura Williams needs to shake up her life and start something new?
©2020 Angela Britnel (P)2020 Soundings
"This is the most fun I've had with a book this year. Every page is a delight and the mystery got its hooks into me from the first chapter. (Stuart Turton, best-selling author of The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle) The letter was short. A name, a time, a place. Marion Lane and the Midnight Murder plunges listeners into the heart of London, to the secret tunnels that exist far beneath the city streets. There, a mysterious group of detectives recruited for Miss Brickett's Investigations & Inquiries use their cunning and gadgets to solve crimes that have stumped Scotland Yard. Late one night in April 1958, a filing assistant at Miss Brickett's receives a letter of warning, detailing a name, a time, and a place. She goes to investigate but finds the room empty. At the stroke of midnight, she is murdered by a killer she can't see - her death the only sign she wasn't alone. It becomes chillingly clear that the person responsible must also work for Miss Brickett's, making everyone a suspect. Marion Lane, a first-year Inquirer-in-training, finds herself being drawn ever deeper into the investigation. When her friend and colleague is framed for the crime, to clear his name she must sort through the hidden alliances at Miss Brickett's and secrets dating back to WWII. Masterful, clever, and deliciously suspenseful, Marion Lane and the Midnight Murder is a fresh take on the Agatha Christie-style locked-room murder mystery with an exciting new heroine detective.
©2020 T. A. Willberg (P)2020 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited
Family. Secrets. Murder. Newly promoted DI Kate Fletcher has reluctantly returned to her hometown after a 20 year absence and a recent divorce. The discovery of a childs body near the estate where Kate grew up has her rushing back to Thorpe - a place of bad memories and closed mouths. As her team investigate the murder, they keep hitting dead ends. The community is reluctant to reopen old wounds and retell old stories. But Kates history refuses to stay buried. Then another child disappears.... Can Kate solve the case and right the wrongs from her past?
©2017 Heleyne Hammersley (P)2017 W. F. Howes Ltd
Burned out and traumatised by her horrifying experiences around the world, aid worker Úrsula has returned to Iceland. Unable to settle, she accepts a high-profile government role. But on her first day in the post, Úrsula promises to help a mother seeking justice for her daughter, who had been raped by a policeman. A homeless man is stalking her but is he hounding her, or warning her of some danger? And why has the death of her father in police custody so many years earlier reared its head again? As Úrsula is drawn into dirty politics, facing increasingly deadly threats, the lives of her stalker, her bodyguard and even a witch-like cleaning lady intertwine.
©2018, 2020 Lilja Sigurðardóttir, Translation Quentin Bates (P)2020 Isis Publishing Ltd
Christy Carlyle concludes her Dukes Den series with this sparkling romance about two reluctant allies intent on following the rules and breaking every single one. His only regret... Rhys Forester, the new duke of Claremont, lives his life by four words: Enjoy all, regret nothing. Hes devoted to the pleasure of his wild soirees, reckless behavior, and shocking the ton with his interests in trade. The debts that come with his title dont fit the carefree lifestyle hes created, and when hes forced to return to his familys estate, hes also forced to confront his one and only regret: the beautiful girl he left behind. ...may be falling in love.... Arabella Prescott has been the belle of more balls than she cares to remember. After three seasons and five rejected proposals, shes done with the marriage mart. Bellas hopes to live a comfortable life alone come crashing down when her parents demand she marry. But her salvation may come in the form of the man she hates the most. Bella has never forgiven Rhys for what he did to her, but desperate times call for fake engagements. With a few dozen