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 Blue Evening Gone
By Jessica Stirling
Though the Great Depression has brought misery to many, Holly Beckman has a thriving art business, a devoted husband and a son she adores. Until the holiday in Monte Carlo where for the first time she experiences romance. Almost reluctantly, Holly falls in love with the charming American dancer Peter Freeman.Then two works of art she sold turn out to be forgeries, just as her scapegrace brother Ritchie returns to London after years abroad. Maury, Holly's trusted older brother, suspects that Ritchie is plotting once more to bring the Beckman family down.'She writes in bright colours with bold, confident strokes' Glasgow Herald
Borne on the Tide
By Julia Bryant
The third saga of life in Victorian Portsmouth is the story of a girl who is rescued from the sea when just a child. Beatrice Salter has never known who her family is or where she truly belongs. Passed from family to workhouse, she finally finds a home and a place to feel accepted at the Mariner's Home for Children. She finds an unlikely friend in Dr Pragnell, the kindly gentleman who rescued her when she was a child. Working in his household, Beatrice observes the love Augusta Pragnell showers on her two sons, Albert and Samuel and realises what she has missed. Meanwhile Augusta, learning to accept her husband and the life she has chosen, puts aside her 'fripperies' and learns things about herself that she never knew. As the Pragnell household comes ever closer together, Beatrice and Albert find themselves thrown together in a situation which can only cause heartbreak to those they love the most.
By Lies Betrayed
By Gwen Madoc
It is Cardiff, 1926, and life for Stella Evans is ever more difficult. The town has turned against her through malicious and scandalous lies spread about her reputation. She is struggling to bring up her son Danny alone, ever since her husband Eddie ran off with her brother Griff's wife. Griff is embittered by this betrayal and by his experience of the war, which has left him disabled. Unable to work, Griff becomes more and more unpredictable as his personality warps under the burden of his grief. When Stella loses her job, she cannot imagine how she will support her small household. And then her husband returns, bringing with him a secret for Stella that will change her life and bring her untold misery...
By Liz Ryan
Kerry Laraghy is the girl with everything. The daughter of a lovely, loving Irish country home, she is destined to succeed her father as a trainer of world-class racehorses. But Kerry doesn't want Ireland or horses: she wants Paris, Africa and a man who can take her far away from her inheritance. Brandon Lawrence, heir himself to a multinational corporation, is a loving father, husband of a glamorous wife, wealthy and secure. But under the smooth surface Brandon is secretly at war with himself. When they meet, the consequences are devastating for them both, and for everyone they love, for decades to come.'Liz Ryan understands not only a woman's heart but a woman's mind' Terry Keane Sunday Times
By Karen Robards
It's a business trip that takes advertising agency owner Maddie Fitzgerald to New Orleans, but it is hardly business as usual when a man breaks into her hotel room and tries to kill her. Barely escaping with her life, she soon finds herself face-to-face with FBI agent Sam McCabe. Unnerved by his questions - and his good looks - Maddie is told she's been targeted by an elusive killer whom McCabe has been tracking for weeks. It appears her attack was a case of mistaken identity and a shaken Maddie is given the all-clear to go home.McCabe is ruffled, not just by Maddie's sexiness, but by an inescapable feeling that's she's got something to hide. So when she is attacked for the second time, McCabe insists that the only way to catch the killer is to use her as bait. A sexy, suspenseful new thriller from 'one of the most popular voices in women's fiction' Newsweek
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.
Bright Day Dawning
By Anna Jacobs
Gwynna had fallen from grace once, bearing a stillborn child out of wedlock. Determined to have a respectable future, she finds a position for herself as a nursemaid at Hungerton House. But just as she begins to find her feet, the secrets of her past are revealed. She is swiftly dismissed but not before she becomes the target of a lascivious groom. And even afterwards she is pursued by Hungerton, an evil old man who wishes to send her back to the gutters. She returns home to Hedderby, only to find the small Lancashire town reeling after the arson attack on the local pub and music hall, The Pride. Her only ally is a talented carpenter, also once employed by Hungerton. His former employer will stop at nothing, however, to bring him back to the estate. Will money buy revenge and destroy two lives, or will the young lovers find a way to achieve their dreams?
Blessings in Disguise
By Jessica Stirling
Glasgow is a city teeming with immigrants, rich and poor, schemers and victims alike. And the McKennas, fresh from Ireland, have no intention of being victims. When Nolan McKenna and his sisters arrived unannounced on Cissie Cassidy's doorstep claiming to be her late husband's long-lost relatives, the lonely widow is all too willing to be taken in and trusting enough to help them find them a foothold in the city. While Nolan wields a shovel for twelve back-breaking hours a day, the beautiful, trusting Clare takes up with the wrong man instead of the collection agent who yearns to make her his bride. Sharp-witted and pretty, Evie is made of more ambitious stuff and uses her job behind the bar of the Harp of Erin to attract the attentions of Russell Blackstock, builder and land-speculator, who owns half the tenements on Clydeside - and plans to own still more. The worlds of the wealthy Blackstocks and the penniless McKennas are set on a collision course that will mean huge changes for them, and for the city they live in.
The Ballroom Class
By Lucy Dillon
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
Beyond the Sunset
By Anna Jacobs
'Enjoyed this book so much I didn't want it to end!!!' - 5-star reader reviewIn the untamed outback of Western Australia, the Blake sisters are together again despite what seemed like unsurmountable odds. For Cassandra - reunited again with the man she loves - the Swan River Colony is a refuge that seems like a miracle after all her ordeals. And two of her sisters have fallen in love with their new way of life.But then a messenger arrives from faraway England, and it is the fourth sister, Pandora, who jumps at the chance to make her way back to the Lancashire moors that she misses so badly. The way home, though, will be even harder than the voyage to Australia. The only ship that can take her and her new protector back to England lies many days' journey away, across country that would daunt even a hardened explorer. And when she reaches Outham, a devious, dangerous enemy will do anything to prevent her from taking charge of her family's inheritance . . .What readers are saying about BEYOND THE SUNSET'Another Anna Jacobs novel I could not put down' - 5 stars'Just loved this book - a great read - couldn't put it down!' - 5 stars'A great book' - 5 stars'I enjoyed every page' - 5 stars'Anna Jacobs is brilliant at her craft' - 5 stars
Balancing on Air
By Kate Fenton
Rose Shawe has a morning programme on BBC Radio Ridings. She also has a great job, a delightful house, a teeming diary, a lovely daughter, a clever lover, and a well-concealed past. Once there was a cabaret artist called Rita Bagshawe who Rose used to know. Not a stripper. Just a singer with a few dodgy friends who enhanced her finale by shedding a few garments. Unfortunately she'd once tossed her garter at a blushing Oxford undergraduate called Thomas Wilkes. Unfortunately, because sixteen years on, Tom Wilkes is due to arrive in the Yorkshire town where Rose has so beautifully constructed her life - and so carefully buried her past.
By Alexandra Raife
When Rebecca returns to her family home Ardlonach, she solves everyone's problems - including her own. An encounter she never expected to have prompts Rebecca to abandon her high-powered, successful life in Edinburgh to seek refuge in Ardlonach, the family home on the West Coast of Scotland. But Rebecca doesn't find the peaceful haven she expects. The beautiful house, now run as a hotel by the cousin who owns it, is in turmoil - and full of people with more immediate problems than Rebecca's own. Never one to resist a challenge, she puts her future on hold and sets about making the venture a success. In doing so, Rebecca achieves at last a sense of belonging.
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?
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 . . .
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 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.