By Sally Worboyes
A gripping saga evoking the spirit of the 1970s East End, from the author of Room for a Lodger and Banished from Bow.Sandy Brent's life is blown apart the day her husband offers to drive her to work. On the way he tells her that their marriage is over and that he's seeing someone else. Sandy's refusal to believe that it's finished sends Roy into a frenzy - and the car into a head-on collision. When she wakes in hospital, Sandy is alone, and must start her life over from scratch. She decides to head back to her roots in the colourful East End and set up her own boutique. But someone is set on bringing her down: her own sister, Ruth. Deeply angry towards Sandy because of a childhood secret, Ruth is determined to see her sister run aground. Gathering her new friends and neighbours around to combat Ruth's warped machinations, Sandy needs to draw on strength she never knew she had. Then disaster strikes again...
Room for a Lodger
By Sally Worboyes
A captivating romantic saga from Sally Worboyes, author of Banished from Bow and Jamaica Street.It is 1970 when 20-year-old Cathy falls in love with Johnny Dean, and becomes pregnant. A young docker, Johnny offers to marry Cathy - but what she doesn't know is that his gambling has got out of hand. He owes favours to the wrong sort and to clear his debt gets involved in a serious theft at the docks...Though Cathy is supported financially by Johnny's family, looking after a baby as a single mother isn't easy, and she's beginning to get lonely. When she meets a handsome young antiques dealer, friendship might not be enough for either of them. But will she be able to stop Johnny finding out?
By Anna Jacobs
Book threein the heartwarming Lancashire-based Gibson series by beloved saga author Anna Jacobs. It's 1848 and preparations are underway for Annie Gibson's wedding to Bilsden's wealthy millwoner, Frederick Hallam. But not everyone is as pleased as they are. Frederick's daughter, Beatrice, is horrified at the prospect of a new attractive stepmother arriving at the house on Ridge Hill. Even Annie's own family feels threatened. The only person who seems pleased is Tom, Annie's brother. Soon, however, real troubles begin to pile up for the Gibsons. Tom's happiness is jeopardised by the news that he is father to a child he never knew about. Annie's son, William, is devastated to find out that his real father is not the man who brought him up. And even Annie's joy cannot last. Because someone has uncovered the secrets she has fought so hard to keep hidden...
By Patricia Robins
When Judith and Rocky elope to Gretna Green they sincerely believe marriage will solve all their problems. But the elopement proves to be the beginning of an entirely new set of difficulties... Rocky begins to wonder if his parents were right - is he even in love? Were they too young after all? And in the background Gavin, Judith's boss, watches her disillusionment with a concern which is growing into something more.
Return to Love
By Patricia Robins
Sally Marsden must rebuild her career and her personal life when a car accident leaves her both physically and emotionally scarred. Sally once had everything she wanted: a promising career as a model and a photographer boyfriend. That is, until the accident which subjects her to months of hospital treatment for facial injuries, and leaves Mike Chancery too guilt-ridden to continue their relationship. With her career cut short, a skiing holiday in the Austrian Alps provides a change of perspective. A young ski instructor, Johann, starts to play a minor role in Sally's recovery...but then, by an unfortunate coincidence, Mike arrives at the same resort. Heartache, jealousy and love become interwoven, and it seems the idyllic Alpine resort Sally has chosen is set for an emotional showdown.
The Right Moves & Worth the Risk (The Game 3 & 4 bind-up)
By Emma Hart
Books three and four in the New York Times bestselling THE GAME series, together up in one delicious package... THE RIGHT MOVESAbbi Jenkins knows there's only one way to deal with the depression that claws at her mind each day, and ballet becomes more than a hobby, a dream. A reason to live. Something to hold on for.When Blake Smith arrives in New York City, he vows he'll keep the promise he made to his sister and get into Juilliard.But he doesn't expect to be paired with Abbi in class, the girl whose eyes show a world of pain he knows too well. As each hour they spend together pulls them closer, Blake can't fight his need to save her from herself. WORTH THE RISKIf Kyle Daniels regrets anything, it's not being home the night his best friend died or going home for his funeral. Leaving Berkeley and heading back to Verity Point, Oregon, for the summer feels like returning to a hollow cave without Cameron there. The only thing that makes it bearable is the knowledge that Roxanne, Cam's younger sister, is still there.Kyle always promised Cam that if anything happened to him he'd protect Roxy, but one kiss takes his need to protect her to a whole new level. Now, she's more than just his best friend's sister. She's everything he wants, and he's everything she doesn't know she needs.
By Denise Robins
She was married to a good man, and desperately in love with someone else!The conflict between reason and emotion when restless youth is forced to choose between romantic love and unromantic security.A captivating love story from the 100-million-copy bestselling Queen of Romance,first published in 1938, and available now for the first time in eBook.
By Denise Robins
Lucinda was happy and deeply in love, but 'old sins have long shadows', and on the very night of her engagement party the dark, dangerous shadow of her past confronted her. Her wonderful engagement party went sour very quickly--at the sight of her fiance's brother Max and the woman he escorted. Vivian had nearly ruined Lucinda's life once before, with her unreasonable jealousy and terrible accusations. Vivian wouldn't let the past rest, and Max only had his brother's "best Interests" at heart. Between the two of them, Lucinda's future was in doubtful hands....One woman was determined to destroy her... One man believed in her - loved her.
By Claire Lorrimer
Clare and Mark Bainbury, married for four years, are gradually becoming aware that life may not turn out exactly as they might like. Mark's career is not as lucrative as he had hoped and Clare's growing obsession for a child creates a distance between them that neither is certain how to breach. When Mark meets glamorous starlet Diane Derry, Clare retreats even further from their marriage. Increasingly it seems that they love which once consumed them both maynot be strong enough to survive these troubled times.
By Claire Lorrimer
Sally, Lee, Clare, inseparable companions through their school days, had made a vow at fifteen to meet up with each other in ten years time. Now at twenty-five, and as young women, they remember their younger selves.Lee, just beginning to make a name for herself in the artistic world. Entirely self-supporting since the death of her parents a few years previously, Lee had thrown herself heart and soul into her work.Clare has blossomed into an attractive and independent woman. By nature calm, placid, outwardly cool. It takes a good deal to shake her poise. But somewhere deep within her, Clare feels the warning note telling her that when one day she falls in love, everything would be different.Sally is vivacious but also headstrong and selfish, and is now engaged to Mark. They reunite for Sally's engagement party, but complications arise when Clare suddenly finds herself in love with her schoolfriend's fiancee ...
Requiem (Delirium Trilogy 3)
By Lauren Oliver
'The new Hunger Games... ' CosmopolitanHe never loved me. It was all a lie.'The old Lena is dead,' I say, and then push past him. Each step is more difficult that the last; the heaviness fills me and turns my limbs to stone.You must hurt, or be hurt.An all-out uprising has been ignited and Lena Haloway is right at its centre. But things have changed. The Wilds are no longer a safe haven for the rebels and pockets of resistance have opened throughout the country.And when a face from her past reappears, Lena is faced with a devastating choice that could tear her and the revolution apart.'Un-put-downable, a truly fantastic finale.' Guardian
The Rich Are With You Always
By Malcolm Macdonald
Here are all the extremes of wealth and want, prudery and lust, charity and callousness, in an enthralling saga of two passionate families. Here is all the striving and triumph of the rich and the ruthless in the first flush of England's glorious Victorian age. At a time when fabulous fortunes could be made through the will of a strong man or the wiles of a beautiful woman, John Stevenson's genius as a builder and his wife Nora's clear-eyed, brilliant cunning promise to make the one of England's richest couples. But their fate becomes more and more entwined with that of their friends the Thorntons - repressed and pious Arabella, secretive, sex-obsessed Walter - as whispers of scandal and disgrace threaten to bring them all to ruin...For more information and a full bibliography visit www.malcolmmacdonald.org
The Restless Tide
By Julia Bryant
Portsmouth in the 1920s is a city of vivid contrasts between the comfortable and the destitute. Thousands of men have been laid off from the Royal Naval Dockyard and many are begging in the streets. Mary Vine believes her luck has changed. After surviving her first nineteen years, fiercely defending her chaotic family against anyone who dares criticise them, she has found happiness at last with her fiancÃ©, submariner Michael Miller. Cissie Nugent has lost her position as housemaid and is surviving by selling her body to passing sailors. But she has further to fall as she is betrayed by the only person she has ever trusted. Captain Charles Clements, once the employer of both Mary and Cissie, returns to Portsmouth after a humiliating divorce. Though a hero of Jutland, he must find a new sort of courage to face a future without his family. Soon the lives of Mary, Cissie and Captain Clements will change for the better in unexpected ways.
By Mary Stewart
'A comfortable chair and a Mary Stewart: total heaven. I'd rather read her than most other authors.' Harriet EvansSummer, 1947. Kate Herrick, a war widow, returns to her childhood home for a final visit before the house is sold. But Rose Cottage is not the idyllic paradise she remembers from her youth and someone has been there before her. As Kate uncovers an old secret that haunts the home she thought she knew, she is forced to confront a dark truth from her own past . . . Beyond the weedy garden with its riot of rose bushes, nothing had changed. And someone was crossing the bridge to approach the garden gate. Someone I knew well . . .
Ribbon of Moonlight
By Margaret Kaine
When her beloved grandfather dies in 1958, Polly Merton is forced to share her home with a woman she scarcely knows: the mother who abandoned her. Sadie Merton, glamorous and selfish, has her own set of morals and Polly is appalled by her scandalous lifestyle. Ashamed and resentful, she takes refuge in her friends and her college studies. Then Polly's love of France takes her to Paris . . .
Roses For Rebecca
By Margaret Kaine
An enthralling story of love, tragedy and renewal set in East London and the Potteries as England recovers from World War II. Rebecca Lawson, orphaned and homeless, returns to London to live and work with her aunt and uncle at the Unicorn, their pub in the East End. Then one fateful day, Ian Beresford walks into the bar, and eighteen-year-old Rebecca, longing for security and a home of her own, falls deeply in love. But Ian, so sensitive and caring, disappears and Rebecca discovers to her horror that she's pregnant. Frantic with worry, she travels to his family home in Stoke-on-Trent to try and find him. But awaiting her is the shocking news of an appalling tragedy. Once again Rebecca struggles to pick up the shattered pieces of her life, and makes the difficult and brave decision to keep her baby. Despite scandal, prejudice and her own heartbreak, can she put the past behind her and find happiness after all?
By Audrey Howard
Rose Alley is one of the city's worst slums - a place where hunger, filth and violence are a way of life. It's no place for proud Queenie Logan and her daughter Gillyflower.And it seems Queenie's dreams of escape will come true. Transformed by Miss Hunter's School for Girls, Gilly opens a successful dressmaking shop. And though she always thought she would marry the boy next door, soon she is courted by one of the richest young men in the city.But they have made a terrible enemy, who lurks in the Liverpool slums and seeks his chance to destroy them. And in the respectable new world they have joined someone else will prove even more dangerous to Gilly and those she loves.
Rosamunde Pilcher Giftpack
By Rosamunde Pilcher
Rosamunde Pilcher's stories transport the listener into a delightful world of surprises, the warmth of human nature and the wonderful details of life, and the three audiobooks in this classic collection are no exception. Now on CD for the very first time, these stories are the work of a master storyteller at her very best.
By Irene Carr
Orphaned at a young age, Rachel is left penniless and alone in the streets of turn-of-the-century Newcastle. In the depths of despair she is delighted to learn that her eccentric Uncle Joshua has left her his house in Sunderland. But it comes with a strict proviso: she must marry her sworn enemy Martin.Otherwise, her dangerous cousin Saul Gorman will inherit the lot. And Saul will stop at nothing to claim inheritance...
By Daphne Du Maurier
Rebecca is widely regarded as Daphne du Maurier's finest novel. It tells the story of Manderley - an exquisite house with gardens down to the sea, its owner Max de Winter and his new young wife...and of course Rebecca. Abridged.