The Bird in the Tree
By Elizabeth Goudge
Lucilla has spent a lifetime making the Hampshire estate of Damerosehay a tranquil haven for the Eliot family. When her favourite grandson, David, falls in love with an unsuitable woman Lucilla feels is unsuitable, she sees her most cherished ambitions put at risk. But can she persuade David and Nadine to put duty before love?
The Ballroom Class
By Lucy Dillon
When three couples join a new ballroom class, they're all looking for some magic in their lives. Lauren and Chris are getting married, and Lauren's dreaming of a fairytale wedding with a first dance to make Cinderella proud. Not wanting to be shown up on the dancefloor, her parents Bridget and Frank have come along too. They normally never put a foot wrong, but Bridget's got a secret that could trip them up unexpectedly. Meanwhile Katie and Ross are looking for a quick-fix solution to their failing marriage even though neither is quite sure who's leading who anymore. As friendships form over the foxtrot, the rumba rocks relationships, and the tango leads to true love, all the students in the Ballroom Class are about to face the music and dance...
Before I Fall
By Lauren Oliver
A bestselling summer read as heartbreaking as The Lovely Bones and as gripping as Jenny Downham's Before I Die. **Now a major Netflix movie starring Zoey Deutch, Halston Sage, Logan Miller, Kian Lawley**'Gossip Girl meets Groundhog Day' Grazia'Tender, funny and raw' Marie Claire'A clever, funny, insightful and utterly addictive novel' Daily Mail'Compelling and poignant, a truly memorable read' CloserThey say 'live every day as if it's your last' - but you never actually think it's going to be. At least I didn't. The thing is, you don't get to know when it happens. You don't remember to tell your family that you love them or - in my case - remember to say goodbye to them at all. But what if, like me, you could live your last day over and over again? Could you make it perfect? If your whole life flashed before your eyes, would you have no regrets? Or are there some things you'd want to change...?'This book will take your breath away' She'A beautifully written and outrageously weepy tale' Daily Mirror
Banished from Bow
By Sally Worboyes
A gripping romantic saga full of secrets and intrigue from the author of Time Will Tell and Jamaica Street.After being abandoned as a child in 19th-century London's East End, a ragged and terrified Harriet was eventually found and taken into Mary Dean's house in Bow. There it was decided she would be brought up as a sister to Mary and her younger brother Arthur. But seventeen years later, Harriet and Arthur have fallen in love, and Harriet is pregnant. Driven out of Bow by neighbours who spit at them, the pair are forced to seek refuge in Stepney where, for a time, they are happy. But it is not long before Harriet is forced to protect a dark secret once more. She has kept something she stole as a child: the diary of a criminal who committed terrible acts. Now the owner of the diary has returned to the East End in search of it, and will stop at nothing to get it back . . .
Birds in a Gilded Cage
By Judith Glover
'She's only a bird in a gilded cage,A beautiful sight to see;You may think she's happy and free from care,She's not, tho' she seems to be'After Dinah Garland's husband died in the Boer War, she thought she would never be able to love again, until she meets the confident and daring Warwick Enderby. But those around her are not so disarmed by Warwick's charm and are determined to delve into Mr Enderby's secrets.Dinah's brother Francis has secrets of his own in the shape of Cecilia Desatti, a young headstrong Italian whose beauty torments him. And young Laura Bates, on the verge of womanhood, has to conceal her love for the boyish Algie from her stern father.Each becomes trapped by the demands of private emotion and social background. When their secrets are revealed, will it bring heartache or happiness?Set in the years immediately before the First World War, Birds in a Gilded Cage is the final novel in the Sussex Quarter that began with The Stallion Man.
By Denise Robins
Nicola is very young and completely bewitched by the well-knownnovelist, Laurence Gray. He lifts her out of the suburbs into hisspoiled luxury world. He leads and she follows, despite the protests ofher family.But Nicola has to grow up very fast with Laurence's wife and daughter inthe foreground, and worse still, the slow awareness that Laurence is aman of short-lived passions.A sweeping tale from the 100-million-copy bestselling Queen of Romance,originally published in 1936 and now available for the first time ineBook.
Bring Me Home
By Alan Titchmarsh
An involving family story with a mystery at its heart from bestselling novelist and favourite TV presenter Alan Titchmarsh.It seems a perfect afternoon in the Highlands. Standing at the door of the lochside castle that has been his family's home for generations, Charlie Stuart welcomes his guests to the annual summer drinks party. Conversation, laughter and the clinking of glasses soon fill the air as friends and neighbours come together to toast the laird's happiness and prosperity.But Charlie sees the truth behind the façade: the sacrifices made to safeguard the estate; the devastating losses that have haunted him for decades; the guilt that lies at the heart of it all. And in a few hours, he knows, the perfect afternoon will come to an end. The past, with its dark secrets of love, death, loyalty and betrayal, is about to catch up with him. And it could finally tear his family apart . . . .
By Denise Robins
The handsome young Spaniard Rosemary meets on her train journey toMalaga seems to cast a magic spell over her. For those few brief hoursshe knew a passionate, ecstasy with Paul.But on meeting Mercedes, the girl to whom she is to be companion,Rosemary's dreams of love are abruptly shattered. For Mercedes isengaged to marry Don Pablo Iballo - who is none other than Paul himself!Mercedes is desperately in love with an out-of-work musician, andRosemary, hurt and angered by Paul's reprehensible behaviour, thinks ofa wild plan to deceive him. On the day of the wedding she changes placeswith Mercedes; and her face hidden by the heavy veil, the ceremony wentthrough.But when the plot is discovered, Paul does not send her away in fury asRosemary had imagined. He has other ideas: he believes that a wifeshould fulfil her duties...A captivating love story from the 100-million-copy bestselling Queen ofRomance, first published in 1934, and available now for the first timein eBook.
The Breaking Point
By Denise Robins
Christa Chalford came to Queen's Lacey as a beautiful young bride,deeply in love with her husband Tony. But her mother-in-law, Julia, soonmakes it clear that she will never give up her tyrannical reign asmistress of Queen's Lacey and that she regards Christa as an interloper.Knowing that nothing would please Julia better than the break-up of hermarriage, Christa fights her mother-in-law with all her young strength.So it is Tony's brother Richard, warm-hearted, idealistic, that sheinstinctively turns for solace. While Julia, the implacable enemy,watches and waits...A captivating love story from the 100-million-copy bestselling Queen ofRomance, first published in 1956, and available now for the first timein eBook.
Bride of Doom (Fauna Trilogy Book Two)
By Denise Robins
A captivating love story from the 100-million-copy bestselling Queen of Romance, first published in 1956, and available now for the first time in eBook.'Neither her mother's devotion - nor her father's strength - could protect Fleur from the doom that awaited her.'In this dazzling sequel to Gold for the Gay Masters, Fauna's beautiful daughter Fleur comes to the fore. As alluring and fatally captivating as her mother, Fleur's life would never be a life of ease... This is Fleur's story. The story of an arranged marriage to the forbidding Baron of Cadlington, of her love for the young artist Peveril, of the darkly-predicted black heir who is born to her, of her fiery attempts to find escape, revenge - and fulfilment, of the restless urges that burn in her fated blood.Denise Robins has written another great historical novel, full of fire, passion, romance, excitement, high drama and adventure, capturing all the swagger and zest of its time.
Bride of Revenge
By Denise Robins
After her aunt's death, Thea gladly gives up her dreary job in the suburbsto travel to the island of Biscany. She is sure she will be looked after there by handsome Bevil Royce, with whom she had had such as passionate love affair during his stay in London. But the pretty but penniless little typist had been merely a temporary whim of the worldly Bevil - and now he is engaged to the chic daughter of a wealthy and influential baronet.Then, through a strange act of fate, Thea finds herself under the protection of the new Governor of the Island. Charles Fettermore is a deeply embittered man who has his own reasons for wanting revenge on Bevil Royce. As she becomes the focus of a deadly rivalry between the two men, Thea realises that she will have to make a vital choice...
Breathless for You
By Elizabeth Anthony
Set in the 1920s, this passionate, provocative tale is perfect for fans of Downton Abbey and E.L. James' Fifty Shades of Grey.November 1921. Since arriving in London, Madeline, the young French ward of Ash, the new Duke of Belfield, has become the subject of lurid speculation, and when she's offered the chance to travel to Belfield Hall, Ash's country seat in Oxfordshire, Madeline is eager to seek refuge there. But Oxfordshire is not as quiet a retreat as she assumed, for soon she clashes with a handsome gamekeeper - Nathan Mallory - whose seduction techniques are astounding and addictive. Meanwhile, Madeline's secret nightmares of her own dark past in Paris continue to haunt her.At the same time Madeline realises that her guardian the Duke (whom she holds in the highest regard) has an impossible love too - for his Sophie, the former servant girl. It's in Madeline's power to reunite the two, but quite possibly at the cost of her own happiness - and her choices are made even more difficult by the secret machinations of powerful people who would do anything to keep Sophie and Ash apart . . .
By Denise Robins
Her love affair had been unhappy.In order to forget Clifford Culver, the beautiful and tempestuous Raine is sent to stay with her grandmother in the South of France, little realising that Clifford is a handsome philanderer playing a double game in order to get his hands on the fortune that she will one day inherit.His duplicity is discovered by a young Frenchman who has already fallen passionately in love with Raine, but the situation is to become even more tragic and involved before they find the love and happiness they both desire.
The Boundary Line
By Denise Robins
Terry Manstone is a vivacious young girl indulging her passion for the country in a hiking tour, when a badly sprained ankle leaves her as unexpected in Dr. Blaise Farlong's house and victim of his wife's evil scheming. In the months that follow, this slight young girl and the frail doctor pursued by a hypocritical and hostile society can draw comfort only from one another, until the wicked plot is finally revealed.
The Bitter Core
By Denise Robins
A captivating love story from the 100-million-copy bestselling Queen of Romance, first published in 1954, and available now for the first time in eBook. When beautiful Venetia Sellingham got married for the second time they all said it wouldn't work. For young huntsman Mike Petheric, though handsome and virile, was twelve years her junior. But Venetia didn't care and neither did Maybelle, her fifteen-year-old daughter. Not at first, anyway. But as the novelty of marriage wore off, so did the glamour of youth. And then there were some other sides to Mike's character that didn't appear quite so attractive.
Blaze of Love
By Denise Robins
When Sonia Gayle travels by sea to meet Harry, her fiancé, in the Belgian Congo, she turns her back on Revel Dacre, the most fascinating man on board. She soon discovers that Dacre is Harry's employer and one of the most influential men in the country. It is Revel's turn to take revenge, but in doing so he realises that Sonia is the only woman in the world for him.
By Liz Ryan
Ciara has never needed to stand on her own two feet. Since she married handsome pilot Jake Lunny nearly twenty years ago she's devoted her life to running their attractive home, cooking, socialising and playing golf to further Jake's career. She spends Jake's money on keeping herself as beautiful as the day he met her: endless gym classes, diets and beauty products. After all her most important role is to look the part. And if beauty is only skin deep, then Ciara is the perfect wife. But her secure world crumbles after she witnesses a secretive glance between her husband and twenty-one-year-old Roisin at a dinner party. Ciara is bewildered to discover her husband's interest in this plain, mousy girl. When Jake leaves home to 'find himself' Ciara embarks on plastic surgery to entice him home. It takes her neighbour, independent fashion-designer Lee Warner, to teach Ciara that Jake might be looking for more than mere beauty in his wife. And for the first time, Ciara is forced to ask the question, 'Who am I?'.
By Nora Kay
Growing up in the idyllic seaside town of Sandyneuk on Scotland's east coast, Beth Brown and Caroline Parker-Munro become best friends despite the difference in their backgrounds. And when Beth is abandoned by her missionary parents, it is Caroline's family that takes her in, and Caroline who protects her from the ill-feeling of her more class-conscious relations. Beth grows up to be a beauty and finds her friendship with Caroline threatened when the two girls fall in love with the same man. Adrian Scott-Hamilton fancies himself in love with Beth, but plans to marry Caroline for her wealth and position. A plan which can only lead to heartache . . .
By Nora Kay
Fiery Agnes Boyd and quiet, motherless Rachel Donaldson have been best friends since their Dundee schooldays. Both girls are determined to escape from the poverty their families endure. Thwarted in her ambition to become a teacher, Rachel goes to work as a maid - in the Perthshire home of her mother's estranged family. Soon she finds herself irresistibly drawn to the handsome village doctor, Peter McGregor. Who seems to be beyond her reach . . . Agnes too becomes a housemaid, but she is determined to marry for money and status, not for love. So why can't she forget about young Tommy Kingsley?
The Blue Bedroom
By Rosamunde Pilcher
The big bedroom was lovely: all pale blue and white, satin and muslin, cool and airy, the windows looking out over the garden to the creek. But to fourteen-year-old Emily, beautiful though it was, it was all wrong. Her stepmother's bedroom now: everything changed since her own mother had died.And stretched out on the bed: Stephanie, very white and pained. The new baby on its way, a month early. All of a sudden, with her father away on business, Emily had to take charge, keep calm, ring for the doctor and the ambulance. The time for looking back had gone.The Blue Bedroom is just one of Rosamunde Pilcher's magical collection of stories. Stories that will enchant everyone who has read and loved The Shell Seekers.