Love...Under Different Skies
By Nick Spalding
Sometimes, the hardest part of staying together is keeping a straight face...Ever wish you could leave all your problems behind and make a fresh start somewhere else? Trade the stresses and strains of everyday life for your own slice of sun-kissed paradise on the other side of the world?Jamie and Laura Newman certainly have. When Jamie's spectacular meltdown at work results in him being handed his P45, and Laura finds her working days end up with her rugby tackling defenceless pensioners in the high street, a move ten thousand miles away sounds ideal. After all, it might mend some of the cracks that have appeared in their marriage over the past few months...So when Laura is offered a new job in Australia, the Newman family think their dreams have come true. But as the old saying goes - be careful what you wish for, you might just get it. As the hapless couple soon find out, problems have a way of following you, no matter how far you go to avoid them. Can love survive under different skies?
Love...From Both Sides
By Nick Spalding
'I haven't giggled so much in ages. I sailed through it, only occasionally having to put it down to wipe the tears of mirth from my cheeks.' Daily Mail'Clevery constructed and downright hilarious.' CloserWhen Nick Spalding self-published Love... From Both Sides and Love... And Sleepless Nights he became one of the bestselling ebook authors of 2012. Now for the first time the Love... books are being published in a longer format with more of the love story, more of Laura and Jamie's ups and downs and more of the laugh-out-loud hilarious moments that fans have come to know and love. Sometimes, the hardest part of finding love is keeping a straight face...For Jamie Newman, being a single guy isn't proving to be much fun, especially when confronted with a sexually belligerent divorcee and a goddess so far out of his league she might as well be a different species.Mind you, being a girl in search of love isn't a bowl of cherries either. Just ask Laura McIntyre, who's recently contended with a horny estate agent on a quest for light relief and a rabid mountain bike enthusiast with a penchant for lycra that leaves little to the imagination.When Jamie and Laura bump into one another (quite literally) it looks like their luck may have changed - but sometimes finding the right person is only the start of your problems...Love... From Both Sides is a warts-and-all romantic comedy for everyone who knows how tricky the quest for love can be.
Where Sparrows Nest
By Sally Worboyes
In 1952 Eastenders are leaving their war-damaged homes and being settled into new places by the river - a new estate, with the luxury of electricity, hot water, gas cookers and proper bathrooms. Into the estate moves Edie Brown, a young war widow with a thirteen-year-old daughter, who works as a machinist in a clothing factory to eke out her small war pension.During one lunch break at the factory Edie discovers from a friend that her husband's cousin is coming from Turkey to stay with her until he finds a room to rent. He is coming from a small village in Kara - the very mention of which makes Edie's blood run cold. Kara was where her husband's boat crashed against the mountainous shoreline while searching for a missing British plane. All those aboard were listed as missing and presumed dead, drowned at sea.But the Turkish cousin will have a different story to tell...
The Deverell Woman
By Meg Hutchinson
Maura Deverell is a young Irish peasant girl whose mother is dying of consumption. Their cruel landlord threatens to throw them out of their cottage unless Maura agrees to marry his young son, Liam Riordan. But before Maura can decide, she is brutally raped by Liam's brother Padraig, who gloats that once she is under their roof, Maura will be at his mercy - his sexual slave.Weak though she is, Maura's mother does not let this vicious act go unavenged. She curses the Riordans and then, on her deathbed, makes Maura promise to leave Ireland for good. Maura ends up in Birmingham, after many narrow escapes from rape and death. Even when she makes staunch friends, and discovers a protector in the shape of Aiden Shanley, she longs to go home, stopped only by her promise to her mother. Eventually the wicked Riordans meet a well deserved sticky end and Maura is persuaded to return and marry Liam after all.
Girl from Brick Lane
By Sally Worboyes
Not all is what it appears at number 10 Beaumont Square. The seemingly perfect marriage of Tobias and Isobelle Wellington is fractured when a dark secret surfaces. But to the public eye, nothing changes. However twenty years later Tobias' past catches up with him. Flora Brown and her daughter Beanie are employed below stairs as cook and scullery maid. Beanie is the illegitimate daughter Flora conceived with Tobias all those years ago. Tobias fears that she will talk if he sacks her, so he has no choice but to let them stay. Him above the stairs and them below. The Wellingon's offspring, Sarah and Herbert, have no idea that the scullery maid is their half sister. Sarah and Beanie become great friends and become models for a naughty photographer. Herbert however is a class snob and dislikes Beanie intensely. In the meantime Isobella finds that she likes and trusts her cook, they are both suffragettes. One drunken night the truth about Beanie comes out. After tears and apologies, the two women vow never to tell the children that they share the same father and become even closer. However, secrets are hard to keep and inevitably the wrong person gets hold of the information.
Down Weavers Lane
By Anna Jacobs
'Best period book I have EVER read! - 5-star reader review'Emmy Carter's mother is a prostitute - and her life has made Emmy determined to avoid the same fate. But Emmy is beautiful, so attracts unwanted attention; her mother's protector has his eye on her, as does evil Marcus Armistead, her employer's nephew. Marcus is excited by Emmy's virginity and has her kidnapped, but Emmy hits him over the head and escapes. Marcus, futher enraged, kills her mother and becomes even more determined to rape Emmy, but the combined efforts of the local parson and Emmy's young suitor manage to keep her safe from harm. Finally Emmy sees Marcus get his just desserts, finds out who her father was, and attains the respectability she has so longed for.***********************What readers are saying about DOWN WEAVER'S LANE'Could not put this book down' - 5 stars'Kept wanting to read it all in one go' - 5 stars'Such a brilliant writer . . . once you start to read this book you won't be able to put it down' - 5 stars'A gripping novel' - 5 stars'This book was brilliant - get the tissues ready!' - 5 stars
The Wise Child
By Jessica Stirling
Both Kirsty and Craig Nicholson sacrifice lovers to hold their marriage together for the sake of their crippled son. For a time all seems well until Kirsty seizes an opportunity to buy a small shop and makes a roaring success of her new career.Lonely and rejected, Craig seeks ways to gain the upper hand on his wife and her partners until only a brittle band of conscience stands between them and ruin.
Keep on Dancing
By Sally Worboyes
Rosie Curtis is devastated when her brother Tommy is viciously murdered after dabbling in the criminal underworld. Not only is her carefree existence suddenly over but, without Tommy's support, her dreams of becoming a dancer are shattered. Powerless to avenge her brother's death, Rosie throws herself into saving a local music hall from closure and planning a musical spectacular, despite the misgivings of her family.But when Rosie comes face to face with her brother's slayer, she realises she must stop at nothing to see the criminals punished. While she fights to stage her show and put Tommy's killers away for good, her brother's smiling face appears in her thoughts, telling her to keep on dancing... can she find the strength without him?
By Sally Worboyes
When Mary Dean is suddenly and tragically orphaned, she must find an extra source of income if she and her young brother want to escape the workhouse. The matchbox factory where she works pays poorly and she is desperate. Tempted by the lure of the House of Assignation, she accepts an invitation and becomes a courtesan in the exclusive establishment. Her very first client, Sir Walter, is entranced by her beauty and innocence, he insists that she be his and his alone. But another threat lurks in the shadows. Her neighbour, a midwife, righteous in her hatred of prostitution, holds the key to a menacing secret. She knows the identity of the terrifying Whitechapel murderer...the infamous Jack the Ripper. Mary has no idea of the peril she has placed herself in or the intentions of those who surround her. Who can she trust...if anyone?
By Sally Worboyes
Young Kay Armstrong wants to break away from her tough East End background where her friends are turning to crime. She gets a job in the City and her prospects are good. But when she plans a holiday to Spain that involves forging her passport, she takes a step too far...Meanwhile her dad, Jack, is spearheading the great dock strike; he and his wife Laura worry about their headstrong daughter, especially the new set of friends introducing her to fashionable restaurants and the pleasures of drinking. Then Zacchi, the handsome gypsy boyfriend of her past reappears, and Kay has some hard choices to make...Set against the backdrop of small-time crooks and big-time villains, the docks, streets, markets and pubs of Whitechapel, Docker's Daughter is authentic and moving, full of the unquenchable spirit of the East End.
By Sally Worboyes
It is 1959 and the Armstrong family - Jack, Laura and their daughter, Kay - are setting off on their annual hop-picking holiday. Far from the bustle of the Stepney, the Kent hop fields offer hard work but fresh clean air and lively social gatherings around the campfires.Laura hopes to continue her seasonal love affair with the farm owner, Richard Wright, despite the presence of his wife and her husband; Kay, on the brink of womanhood, craves adventure and is thrown into turmoil by the handsome gypsy lad, Zacchi; and news is spreading of plans to mechanise the hop-picking, robbing the East Enders of their country idyll. As tensions grow between the cockneys and the local gypsies, it becomes clear that this summer will change lives for ever...
Long Summer Day
By R. F. Delderfield
Paul Craddock is still young when he is invalided out of the army after the Boer War and he discovers the neglected estate of Shallowford in a secluded corner of Devon. It seems remote from the march of progress. But as storm clouds gather over Europe, Paul learns that no part of England, however remote, can escape the challenge of the times.
By Fiona Walker