Girls of Paper and Fire
By Natasha Ngan
Memoirs of a Geisha meets The Selection in this stunning YA fantasy novel. Perfect for fans of Renée Ahdieh, Laini Taylor and Sabaa Tahir. 'A timely reminder that, in the right hands, the fantasy genre has things to say about injustice and abuse of power in the real world' GUARDIANEach year, eight beautiful girls are chosen as Paper Girls to serve the king. It's the highest honour they could hope for...and the most demeaning. This year, there's a ninth. And instead of paper, she's made of fire.Lei is a member of the Paper caste, the lowest and most persecuted class of people in Ikhara. Ten years ago, her mother was snatched by the royal guards, and her fate remains unknown. Now, the guards are back and this time it's Lei they're after - the girl with the golden eyes, whose rumoured beauty has piqued the king's interest.Over weeks of training in the opulent but oppressive palace, Lei and eight other girls learn the skills and charm that befit a king's consort. There, Lei does the unthinkable - she falls in love. Her forbidden romance becomes enmeshed with an explosive plot that threatens her world's entire way of life. Lei, still the wide-eyed country girl at heart, must decide how far she's willing to go for justice and revenge.
A Girl Of Her Time
By Margaret Kaine
Love was supposed to be easy . . .Vibrant Maureen Matthews has always dreamt of a life beyond the Potteries. Then, just like a scene from one of her beloved movies, she meets handsome, charming Trevor Mountford. He seems to be everything Maureen ever hoped for and when he asks her to marry him, she has no hesitation in saying yes. But married life isn't what Maureen thought it would be, and she starts to question both her life and her love. Then she meets Greg. He's completely different from what she thought she wanted - but could he be everything she's ever needed?***********Praise for A Girl Of Her Time'Ms Kaine's refreshingly simple prose is perfect'Ireland on Sunday'Highly engaging'Irish Independent
Gifts For Our Time
By Anna Jacobs
Germany 1939, and Christa Sommer boards the Kindertransport, unsure that she'll ever see her beloved mother and father again.Once in England she is taken in by elderly Mrs Pelling, who grows to love Christa as the daughter she never had. But in 1945 Mrs Pelling dies. While her will cannot be found, her money-grabbing niece appears out of the blue to claim her inheritance and turfs Christa out, with only a suitcase to her name. The prejudice against Germans still runs high in England, and Christa is unable to secure a job or a place to stay...Luck comes her way when a lady she saves from being mugged turns out to be Mayne Esher's friend Daniel's mother. Taking pity on Christa, they take her to Rivenshaw where they plan to start a new life as part of the Esher building firm.There Christa is welcomed with open arms and she soon develops a love for the place, the people and, Daniel... But Esherwood is not the trouble-free sanctuary she first thinks. Determined to do their bit for soldiers returning from the war they have agreed to allow the council to build prefabs on some of Esherwood's garden. But an empire-building town planner seems set on taking all of Mayne's land for the war effort... Mayne has also discovered a secret door at the back of the old Nissen hut, with a complicated locking mechanism that has local locksmiths dumbfounded.Just what is hidden behind the door to warrant such high security?
By Elizabeth Goudge
Unable to bear the prospect of a life at sea, young Anthony O'Connell deserts his ship at Torquay and escapes into the Devonshire countryside under a new name. When Stella Sprigg, adopted daughter of a local farmer, encounters 'Zachary', the pair instantly know they are destined to be together. Intertwined with the local legend of St. Michael's Chapel, Stella and Zachary's story takes them from the secluded Devonshire valley to the perilous Mediterranean seas and finally to the poverty and squalor of eighteenth-century London.
By Claire Lorrimer
An epic, deeply moving wartime novel from the bestselling romance author Claire Lorrimer, available in ebook and paperback for the first time. Georgia Driffield is passionate, wilful, resourceful, intelligent but often foolhardy, as she grows from girl to woman in the years between the two wars. It is not until she discovers the extraordinary life of her great, great grandmother, Chantal, that she finds a way which will reconcile her to her adoption, reunite her with her adoptive parents and, unexpectedly, discover the true meaning of love.During these highly eventful years, Georgia becomes inextricably involved not only in the rising horrors of Nazi Germany, and the possible death of her best friend fighting in the Spanish Civil War, but also finds herself in terrible danger.
Gold for the Gay Masters (Fauna Trilogy Book One)
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.Which tastes sweeter - yearned-for love, or revenge that has waited a lifetime?Sold into slavery as a young girl, the exquisitely beautiful Fauna is eventually rescued by noted dandy, Lord Pumphret. Sure her life is set to improve, Fauna is smuggled from Africa to Georgian England - only to become the plaything and victim of those who make up Pumphret's circle... That is, until she meets noble Frenchman, the Marquis de Charteller. As Madame la Marquise, Fauna dazzles the society of Regency London, but nothing eases the searing pain in her heart - nothing but revenge for the terrible way she was once used and vengeance on the only man she has ever loved...
Give Me Back My Heart
By Denise Robins
When wealthy, self-willed Fiona meets handsome Bill Lindsey one fateful Scottish spring day, she little suspects that the encounter will change her life. Before long, the forceful young man's quiet dynamism begins to exercise a powerful attraction for her. But Fiona is already engaged to the colourless Philippe; her stern father's commands and the onset of World War seem to end any thoughts of being with Bill.Then, in exotic wartime Casablanca, Bill enters her life once more, wounded in action at sea, and Fiona is faced with a choice every woman fear: between her passions - and her duty.
By Denise Robins
Life had always smiled sweetly on Delia Beringham. As well as being disarmingly lovely, she is the only daughter of a wealthy financier who indulged her every whim. Naturally Delia assumes that her indulgent father will eventually allow her to marry Lionel Hewes.But the sudden crash of the family fortunes and her father's suicide changes all that. Lionel abruptly faded from the picture and Delia is left with only her own courage and determination to sustain her.
By Denise Robins
Handsome and brilliant, Pierre Boucheron is the darling of glamorous Parisian high society. Casually cruel, he leaves a score of lovelorn women behind, until he meets Madeleine, the young Countess de L'Orme, and discovers a love so pure it makes a mockery of his past affairs.Zélie du Chaumet, until that moment his mistress, is now cast aside like all the others. But she has the perfect instrument of revenge - his past.Her thirst for vengeance haunts Pierre through the streets of Paris, from the height of luxury to the despair of poverty, dragging him further and further into the gutter. Shunned by polite society, rejected by the underworld he was once a part of, his future with Madeleine seems an impossible dream - can he escape his nemesis before it destroys him completely.?
Greater Than All
By Denise Robins
A dramatic story of love and ambition, set against the turbulence of the second World War.Prue is young, beautiful and talented. Though she may love the charming and valiant soldier, Kit, whom she has nursed back to life after front-line combat, she cannot resist a long-coveted posing abroad. Once in France, temptations of a different kind - the attentions of a consultant surgeon - lure her even further away from her young admirer. It is only when Kit is seriously wounded that Prue is struck by the full force of her love for him, but by then fate is no longer in her hands.
The Girl Behind the Curtain
By Stella Knightley
Sarah Thomson and Marco Donato's complicated love affair continues - their passion is a deep one but both have been badly hurt before and are wary of exposing their vulnerabilities to the other. Meanwhile, Sarah begins to research a new subject . . . In Nineteen-Thirties Germany, Katherine Hazleton escapes her stuffy finishing school and runs away to Berlin in pursuit of an unsuitable man. Alone and penniless when her boyfriend deserts her, she is forced to become a hostess at a cabaret bar. There she reinvents herself as Kitty Katkin. Writing her own songs to accompany her risqué dance routines, Kitty is soon a sensation. She is in love with Berlin and her handsome musician lover, Otto. But Germany is about to change. Will Kitty and Sarah find the love they truly deserve?
By Malcolm Macdonald
FROM THE HIGHLANDS OF SCOTLAND where beautiful and passionate young Catherine Hamilton fled her father's wrath and her own uncontrollable desires.TO THE GREAT CANADIAN PLAINS where Catherine came during a raging epidemic of Spanish flu and took as her lover the town doctor she was aiding at the hospital, a married man old enough to be her father - then defied him by marrying his fiercely ambitious, hard-driving son. TO A WHOLE WORLD OF JOY AND SADNESS, TRIUMPH AND TRAGEDY, WAR AND PEACE in this exciting novel by the bestselling creator of the Stevenson saga.For more information and a full bibliography visit www.malcolmacdonald.org
The Girl Behind the Fan
By Stella Knightley
Hurt and confused by the sudden end of her strange love affair with Venetian millionaire Marco Donato, Sarah Thomson takes her bruised heart to Paris, where she tries to forget her yearning for Marco by throwing herself into a new project: a study of the life of notorious nineteenth-century courtesan, Augustine Levert, whose sensual charms parted many a man from his fortune.It is while she is in France that Sarah meets her ex-boyfriend Steven, who is hoping for a reconciliation. They rekindle their psychologically and sexually tortured relationship, but when her life begins to parallel Augustine's story, Sarah realises she will never erase Marco from her heart.Faced with a choice between safety and overwhelming passion, will both women make the right decision?
Gift of Love
By Nora Kay
Dark-haired and slender, Lois Pringle has always known that she's the odd one out in her family. Her mother makes it only too plain that she prefers Lois's two plump, flaxen-haired sisters. But Lois manages to escape a life of household drudgery by going to work as a secretary for wealthy John Latimer. By this time she has blossomed into a beauty, attracting the attention of several admirers including her elder sister Marie's young man, the well-connected Stephen Hammond. It is a situation that is bound to cause resentment and heartache. For there are shameful family secrets in Lois's past: secrets that are finally revealed with the most unpredictable and far-reaching consequences. The Northern Echo loved this book: 'A stirring tale, rich in heartache and warmth with an unquenchable zest for life.'
The Girl Behind the Mask
By Stella Knightley
Leaving the heartache of sexual betrayal behind her in London, historian Sarah Thomson intends to make the most of her research trip to Venice. But she soon finds her attention consumed by mysterious millionaire Marco Donato. Despite their deepening relationship, however, the handsome playboy persists in playing a secretive game. What exactly is Marco hiding?The subject of Sarah's research is eighteenth-century Venetian Luciana Giordano. At a time when debauchery is the city's favourite pastime, virginal Luciana is kept out of trouble by a zealous chaperone - until she meets a man who promises to help her escape her restraints. But just what does the worldly stranger want to teach her in return?
By Karen Robards
One cold November night when Kate White was fifteen years old, her friends held up a store. One of them killed an off-duty cop. They got away with it. Thirteen years later, Kate has built a new life for herself. Now a single mother with a nine-year-old son, she is a prosecutor in the Philadelphia district attorney's office. Until the nightmare morning when violence explodes in her courtroom - and she comes face to face with the old friend who killed that cop so many years ago. Mario Castellanos offers her a deal. All Kate has to do is to make sure she's the prosecutor when Mario's case comes to court, then make sure she loses the case. Because if Mario goes to jail, he'll name Kate as the killer and destroy her life. Before real despair sets in, Mario is found dead in Kate's house, and with Kate's fingerprints on the pistol. Homicide detective Tom Braga shows up to investigate the murder and things get worse: she and Tom have clashed since she started working for the prosecutor's office. But then another man who knows the secret of Kate's past turns up the heat. Kate's life - and her son's - are in danger. The only person she can turn to is Tom Braga. Karen Robards'novels include the New York Times bestsellers Obsession, Bait, Vanished and Superstition. Have you read them all? 'Robards delivers an intense novel that links an out-of-the-blue beginning with a dynamite ending in riveting and unexpected ways. With vibrant characters and a great plot, this is one of bestselling Robards's best.' -- Booklist on Obsession
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.
The Good Provider
By Jessica Stirling
Kirsty, an 'orphan brat' escapes from the remote Ayrshire farm where she was a servant and runs away with her sweetheart, Craig Nelson. With little money and still strangers to each other, they travel to Glasgow and set up in a 'marriage' that is never made legal. Ambitious and impatient to get on, Craig falls in with a gang of sly and vicious thieves and soon sinks into a life of drink and crime. Meanwhile, Kirsty has met the handsome and charming David Lockhart, a medical missionary soon to return to China. But she is bound by loyalty to Craig, a less than ideal husband who can only bring her hardship and heartbreak . . .
By Alexandra Raife
Abandoning her ordered life in England after a broken engagement, Sally flees to Grianan, the beloved Scottish home of her childhood. Running Aunt Janey's remote country house hotel is hard work, but at least it will be a complete break.Sally's brief encounter with Mike - gentle, loving but unavailable - cures the pain of her broken engagement even before she reaches the Highlands, but leaves a deeper ache in its place.Caught up in the rhythms and concerns of Grianan, Sally begins to heal, putting behind her not just her recent loss, but a whole lifetime of hurt and rejection. And when fate brings Mike into her life again, tragically altered, she has the strength and faith to hope that Grianan might help him too.
The Gates of Midnight
By Jessica Stirling
War has come to London once more and Holly Beckman, now a widow, is forced to find new depths of courage in the face of adversity. David Aspinall, her first lover, has come back after twenty years abroad. He still holds a fatal charm for Holly but only time will tell if she can finally trust him. A new generation defies convention in the face of death, as Holly's RAF pilot son Chris and David's niece embark on a whirlwind affair. Across the channel, Ritchie Beckman - his lucrative art business crumbling as the Germans advance on Paris - risks everything to outwit the Nazis, but his plan could mean tragedy for the whole Beckman family...'She writes in bright colours with bold, confident strokes' Glasgow Herald