A Hundred Small Lessons
By Ashley Hay
'I love Ashley Hay's writing . . . it's so poised and beautiful.' Guardian'A moving and lyrical story of marriage, motherhood and age. Highly recommend.' Cari Rosen, author of The Secret Diary of a New Mum (Aged 43 1/4)When Elsie Gormley leaves the Brisbane house in which she has lived for more than sixty years, Lucy Kiss and her family move in, eager to establish their new life. As they settle in, Lucy and her husband Ben struggle to navigate their transformation from adventurous lovers to new parents, taking comfort in memories of their vibrant past as they begin to unearth who their future selves might be. But the house has secrets of its own, and the rooms seem to share recollections of Elsie's life with Lucy.In her nearby nursing home, Elsie traces the span of her life-the moments she can't bear to let go and the places to which she dreams of returning. Her beloved former house is at the heart of her memories of marriage, motherhood, love, and death, and the boundary between present and past becomes increasingly porous for both her and Lucy.Over the course of one hot Brisbane summer, two families' stories intersect in sudden and unexpected ways. Through the richly intertwined narratives of two ordinary, extraordinary women, Ashley Hay uses her lyrical prose, poetic dialogue, and stunning imagery to weave an intricate, bighearted story of what it is to be human.
The Heart of the Family
By Elizabeth Goudge
The third in the classic family saga about the Eliots of Damerosehay.Despite the success and acclaim he has found as an actor, David Eliot struggles with the demands of his career. His brittle conversation and seeming arrogance earn him the dislike of his new secretary, Sebastian Weber.But when Sebastian visits David's family home, he discovers a different side to his employer. As Damerosehay and its inhabitants weave their magic, Sebastian slowly begins to lay his own demons to rest.
The Herb of Grace
By Elizabeth Goudge
The second in the classic trilogy about the Eliots of Damerosehay.War has left David Eliot a changed man. Returning to the family home, he slowly begins to put the pieces of his life together.Tormented by the failure of her love affair with David five years earlier, Nadine has misgivings about bringing her family to live in the enchanting old inn close to the Damerosehay estate.But as the tranquil Hampshire countryside casts its spell, both families come to discover a measure of peace and contentment.
Her Father's House
By Belva Plain
Donald and Lillian were never a match made in heaven, but they have a child, Tina, and she is the love of Donald's heart.For her he would give up everything: his home, his work and even his freedom. When his marriage fails, he does just that.A chance meeting with a stranger on a train changes his life - and his daughter's - in ways he could never have imagined.From her earliest years Tina is exceptional, a brilliant student and a joyous person with a loving spirit. At university she falls in love with Gilbert who, three years older than she, graduates from law school just as she is about to enter medical school. Together they go to New York, where they learn a truth about Donald that shatters Tina's regard for the father who has for so long protected and cherished her.When a terrible lie has been told for love, can it be forgiven?
By Anna Jacobs
The second in the heartwarming Lancashire saga series that began with SALEM STREET, by beloved author Anna Jacobs.In 1845 Annie Gibson can finally leave Salem Street. Her dreams of being able to open an elegant dressmaking salon in the High Street of Bilsden, a Lancashire mill town, have come true. And she is going to take her father and his second family with her, away from poverty, away from the Rows.But Annie has not left trouble behind. Someone is trying to undermine her business. Her family have their own ideas about what they want to do with their lives. And several men are persistently trying to win favour with the beautiful young widow - including Frederick Hallam, the mill owner, and Daniel O'Connor, her childhood friend.As Annie gets better acquainted with both, she becomes increasingly confused about her feelings. Can she really be in love And can she risk trusting any man again
By Anna Jacobs
The fourth novel in the Lancashire-based Gibson series by beloved saga writer Anna Jacobs. In 1858 Annie Hallam has at last found complete happiness. She has three healthy babies and adores her husband Frederick. After years of struggling to make a living in the small Lancashire town of Bilsden, Annie knows she deserves to sit back and enjoy her life - after all, she's not yet forty, and still in her prime. But worries - at first faint clouds on the horizon - are imminent. Frederick has been looking pale and ill lately. Her brother Tom hasn't moved on after the death of his wife. Rebecca, her half-sister, is longing for something more than her work in the salon. And William, her son, isn't happy at university. In spite of Frederick's gentle urging not to take the entire burden of the Gibson family on her shoulders, Annie can't help feeling concerned. And something much more dangerous is looming - a threat not only to Annie's peace of mind, but to her life...
Her Last Whisper
By Karen Robards
The last time criminal psychology expert Dr Charlotte 'Charlie' Stone helped capture a serial killer, it was nearly the last thing she ever did. Now she's determined to stick to research - and leave risk-taking to the law. But when dangerous duty calls, she can't refuse. And there's no greater danger than the 'Cinderella Killer', a charming predator who lures beautiful, single women to their deaths.FBI agent Lena Kaminsky fears her missing sister has fallen prey to the seductive psychopath, and desperately needs Charlie's unique skills before it's too late. Joined by Special Agents Tony Bartoli, Buzz Crane - and her ghostly bad-boy lover, Michael Garland - Charlie heads to Vegas to track down Lena's sister before the Cinderella Killer seals her fate.But it's Charlie who ends up gambling with her life, when the lethal lothario decides she's just his type . . .
By Denise Robins
Philippa's error is to give of herself too generously. The man she givesherself to as wife proves disastrously unequal to the passion shelavishes on him.He feels stifled by it, and after only three years of marriage histhoughts tun to the idea of escape - and his eyes elsewhere. 'Elsewhere'means an attractively self-possessed young woman who is Philippa's 'bestfriend'.Philippa's odyssey is long and painful before she can finally come toterms with her abundant nature...
How to Forget
By Denise Robins
When Helen Verne went to Switzerland for a holiday, she little dreamedof the intricacies of love in which she soon found herself plunged.And yet when she first saw Simon, he was kissing another woman, PetalPhilipson - and he was married...A captivating love story from the 100-million-copy bestselling Queenof Romance, first published in 1944, and available now for the first timein eBook.
How Great the Price
By Denise Robins
Kitty Farleton is a bride of a few months, alone in New York while herhusband Jack is on business in Chicago. But a dreadful fire sweepsthrough her hotel, leaving twenty-one dead - Kitty seemingly among them.Grief-stricken, Jack returns to London, finding solace in Kitty's bestfriend Ann. United by their loss, comfort turns to love, and in timethey marry.Then Kitty reappears, having been through hell - injury,unconsciousness, mistaken identity and separation, unable to track downher husband and without means to return to England. Will Jack choose thewife he now loves or the wife he thought was dead? What price must theyall pay to find happiness?
Heaven in our Hearts
By Patricia Robins
'Always love life' was the message Briony Stone's first sweetheart left with her before he was killed in an air crash.It seems strange that the same thought should be voiced by Robert Baker, the young vet whom she has known such a short time, but to whom she is so unaccountably drawn. Briony, now married to the snobbish, unimaginative Charles, realises too late that she has disregarded her lover's advice, running away from life into marriage with a man she likes and respects but doesn't love. What is she to do?
By Karen Robards
Caroline Wallace is one of New Orleans Police Department's top hostage negotiators, and she's never failed to get every hostage out alive. But this time, it's different: the hostages include her father - the superintendent of police - and the mayor. And this time, she's trying to negotiate with Reed Ware, a former co-worker who left the force in disgrace, and who is considered to be volatile and extremely dangerous. As police snipers arrive on the scene, Caroline has only a few moments left to persuade the hot-headed, reckless (and extremely handsome) Reed to turn himself in before anyone gets hurt. But when the SWAT team runs out of patience and launches an attack, Reed manages to escape - taking Caroline hostage in the chaos. He then tells her he's uncovered corruption at the highest levels of the police department and city government, and those involved will stop at nothing to keep him from exposing what he knows . . . including murder. Now Caroline must question everything she thought she knew about her job and her city and join Reed on the run . . . putting both her life - and her heart - in jeopardy.
A Hundred Pieces of Me
By Lucy Dillon
WINNER OF THE ROMANTIC NOVELISTS' ASSOCIATION CONTEMPORARY ROMANTIC NOVEL AWARD, 2015.As heart wrenching and life-affirming as One Day or Me Before You, A HUNDRED PIECES OF ME is a story about what it means to finally live life to the full.Letters from the only man she's ever truly loved.A keepsake of the father she never really knew.A blue glass vase that catches the light on a grey day.Gina Bellamy is starting again, after a few years she'd rather forget. But the belongings she's treasured for so long don't seem to fit who she is now.So Gina makes a resolution. She'll keep just a hundred special items - the rest can go.But that means coming to terms with her past and learning to embrace the future, whatever it might bring . . .'Bittersweet, lovely and ultimately redemptive; the kind of book that makes you want to live your own life better.' Jojo Moyes'Such a brilliant book. So satisfying and clever and deeply moving. I'll be passing it on to all my friends.' Sophie Kinsella'This vibrant and uplifting novel has not only entertained me hugely, but made me change the way I look at life.' Katie Fforde
The Hard Way
By Denise Robins
A captivating love story from the 100-million-copy bestselling Queen of Romance, first published in 1949, and available now for the first time in eBook.
House of the Seventh Cross
By Denise Robins
A dramatic story of love and intrigue set in the glamorous sun of Majorca.When Rosamund Lowe recovers consciousness after a holiday car-crash, she finds herself in a strange house, and gazed upon by mysterious faces. Kept as a virtual prisoner, and almost forced into marriage against her will, she is confused by the sinister atmosphere that prevailed. And although she meets a destitute singer for whom she conceives a violent passion, it is only when she fully recovers her memory that she is able to piece the puzzle together and find the girl she is being forced to impersonate.
By Denise Robins
Philippa had come out to Malaya five years ago, full of ideals, to marry George March. And for five years they have been 'happily married' - Philippa would never 'fool around' like the other bored planters' wives in Khota. In the club, where hypocritical gossip abounded, it never touched Philippa March. Until that night when Hugh Dawltry, handsome, mysterious, flirtatious Hugh, tells her he loves her. She knows Hugh's reputation as a libertine, knows that she should feel nothing for him. Soon, however, she begins to notice some disturbing things about George, about their marriage. Soon, Philippa realizes that she is head over heels in love with Hugh, but that duty must keep her trapped in marriage to a vicious, pompous bore. The Heat Wave has begun, tearing a woman's heart in two.
Heart of Paris
By Denise Robins
Nineteen year old Annabel Graye is suddenly left penniless in Paris when financial disaster overtakes her rich father. Fortunately, she is offered a job at the world famous couturier, Maison Christophe, and there her beauty and elegance make her easily the top mannequin. Paris is captivated by her and none more madly than Christophe himself. However, he is engaged to marry the wealthy influential Michèle Luchacre and she is determined to hold on to him. Seeing that Annabel is taking her place in his heart, Michèle, with the assistance of gypsy model Guida, hatches a seemingly infallible plot to discredit Annabel - and the English girl falls right into the trap.Denise Robins is at her best in this delightful tale of romance and intrigue in the heart of Paris.
His Father's Son
By Malcolm Macdonald
On a winter's morning in 1915, a baby boy is quietly brought down to a Cotswold gamekeeper's cottage. Fitzie is the love child of Miriam Lessore, the wayward daughter of the manor house. The father is rumoured to be the Prince of Wales - although one man knows different. Brought up as their own by Patrick and Martha Davy, the gamekeeper and his wife, the scandalous truth will never be known. Until Patrick returns from the war, his obedience to the old order gone, and ambitious now to become wealthy and independent. Until Martha joins Miriam in a business venture. Then, as the traditional divisions between squire and servant change, the pressures for the truth to be revealed become even more unbearable...
By Alan Titchmarsh
How can the mysterious disappearance of Anne Flint and the drowning of a young girl in a chalk stream in 1816 possibly affect the life of schoolteacher Harry Flint some two centuries later?With a failed marriage and no job, Harry begins to research his ancestors. The deeper he digs, the more he realises that the past is closer than he had ever imagined.The Haunting is a story of love, betrayal and intrigue. Where people are not what they seem, and the past is no more predictable than the future...
By Jessica Stirling Writing As Ca, Roline Crosby, Caroline Crosby
A compelling, beautifully-observed story of growing up, of anguish and friendship, true and false, set in London, Scotland and the Peak District. The Haldanes were her mother's family. Not that Pauline had much to do with them after her mother Barbara deserted her husband and child. But the Haldanes had money, and money is power. So when, soon after the end of the First World War, her father goes broke, they are prepared to help - but at a price. Set in London, Scotland and the Peak District, The Haldanes is a compelling, beautifully-observed story of growing up, of anguish and friendship, true and false, during the Twenties when all the old values and rules are under attack. 'She writes in bright colours with bold, confident strokes' Glasgow Herald