Nov 282015
 

She went in search of history and found her own future.

Becky has lost her job and her direction in life so is thrilled when she gets the chance to go to Barbados and research the exiled Monmouth rebels.

But the Caribbean paradise isn’t all that it seems. The old plantation house is beautiful but lonely, and the locals are unfriendly. As her research becomes an obsession, one of the rebel descendants, who still works the same land as his ancestors, begins to get a hold on her mind.

Is she living in a fantasy, or is this really an island of long memories? She soon finds that she is not the only one being led by the past…

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Nov 272015
 

Midwife Zoe Hilton was starting a new life away from the city. A small Derbyshire town,  old friends in the practice she was joining, perhaps best of all a cottage that suited her perfectly. Here, she and her  son Jamie could be happy. The owner of the cottage was Dr Connor Maitland, who lived in the large house next door. He was a partner in the practice.

Because of an illness Dr Maitland has been forced to give up his work as a  surgeon and become a GP. He is an unusual neighbour, Zoe can’t work out whether he is unfriendly or shy. But he does seem to get on well with Jamie. In time Connor and Zoe get close. But both have ghosts to lay before they can move on.

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Nov 262015
 

A Hazy Hassocks Winter Story

In the cold, dark, and surprisingly snowy days of early December, Mitzi and Joel are planning a secret wedding with minimum fuss in a luxury hotel in the nearby village of Apple Hinton. After sneaking off guiltily one Friday afternoon, disaster strikes when their car breaks down in the middle of nowhere and they’re forced to seek shelter in the rural hamlet of Pedlars Puddle, Mischief abounds as the snow gets thicker – and will Mitzi and Joel even make it to the church on time?

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Nov 252015
 

Working it Out – Nicola May

“The kind of special book that only comes along once in a while…” Miranda Dickinson

Ruby Matthews has a plan. Twelve jobs in twelve months, until she finds the one of her dreams…

After an unexpected redundancy, Ruby begins to question her priorities. Inspired by a quote from Kahlil Gibran about loving your work, she launches her mission to find the ideal job.

Her year of gainful (and sometimes painful) employment include nannying for clients in the South of France; dealing with embarrassing ailments in a Harley Street Clinic; waiting tables in a buzzy Soho cafe; and meeting the celebs of years gone by in a home for retired actors. And even though love is no longer top of her list, relationships just start happening along the way – which sees her handing out some P45s of her own!

But will any of the jobs or men she meets see her dreams come true? Or will Ruby just end up back where she started?

 

 Let Love Win – Nicola May

“Heartwarming, unpredictable…Loved it!” Woman Magazine

Ruby never expected to be starting over…but after a shocking bereavement, she begins to question whether or not she will ever be happy again.

A chance encounter with handsome author Michael Bell throws her fragile heart into turmoil. Plus, a dark family secret and completely unexpected love interest add to her confusion.

Encouraged to face her demons, she volunteers at The Bow Wow Club – (Boyfriends of Widows, Wives of Widowers).

In this charming sequel to Working it Out you will laugh and cry along with a myriad of eccentric characters as Ruby searches for her inner peace. But will she let love win? Or allow her past to continue to haunt her?

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Nov 242015
 

Enjoy five incredible and inspirational life stories in one amazing boxset.

1.Old Before My Time – Hayley Okines’ Life with Progeria

In Old Before My Time, Hayley and her mum Kerry reflect on her unusual life. Share Hayley’s excitement as she travels the world meeting her pop heroes Kylie, Girls Aloud and Justin Bieber and her sadness as she loses her best friend to the disease at the age of 11.

Now as she passes the age of 13 – the average life expectancy for a child with progeria  – Hayley talks frankly about her hopes for the future and her pioneering drug trials in America which could unlock the secrets of ageing for everyone…

2. Running Free – Kate Allatt

Can you imagine being trapped inside your own body?  Able to see and hear everything going on around you but unable to move or speak – the blink of an eye your only way of communicating.

Fell-runner and fun-loving mother-of-three Kate Allatt’s life was torn apart when what appeared to be a stress-related headache exploded into a massive brainstem stroke leading to locked-in syndrome. Totally paralysed, she became a prisoner inside her own body. Doctors warned her family she would never walk, talk or swallow or lead a normal life again.

But they didn’t know Kate. The words no and never were not in her vocabulary.

With the help of her best friends and family she drew on every ounce of her runner’s stamina and determination to make a recovery that amazed medical experts. Using a letter chart, Kate blinked the words “I will walk again”. Soon she was moving her thumb and communicating with the world via Facebook. Eight months after her stroke, Kate said goodbye to nurses, walked out of hospital and returned home to learn how to run again.

This is the story of her incredible journey.

3. No Hands To Hold and No Legs To Dance On Louise Medus

Loving and living – a Thalidomide survivor’s story. While the battle for the compensation of Thalidomide victims was raging in the 1970s, former Labour MP Jack Ashley asked in a parliamentary debate how Louise, then 11 years old, could look forward to “laughing and loving with no hand to hold and no legs to dance on”. This is a survivor’s story, a triumph of the human spirit over adversity.

Louise was born Louise Mason, a victim of the devastating drug Thalidomide. Born without arms and legs, she is the daughter of David Mason, who single-handedly held out against the drug company, the legal establishment and all the other parents of Thalidomide victims in the high-profile fight for proper compensation for the victims. As she was photographed with her family and appeared on television meeting celebrities during the battle, few people realised that she did not live with her wealthy parents and three siblings at their spacious North London home but was being brought up in an institution, Chailey Heritage in Sussex. In fact, Louise had never gone home from hospital and, for the first five weeks of her life, her mother didn’t even see her.

 

This is a survivor’s story, a triumph of the human spirit over adversity. Louise married John, a partially sighted man, and had two beautiful children. She was devastated when she discovered that he was having an affair with their carer. She also had to undergo a kidney transplant, the first Thalidomide victim to do so. She has worked, been an active disability rights campaigner and has now found new love, with Darren, a fellow Thalidomide victim who was born without arms.

4.  Remembering Judith – Ruth Joseph

A true story of shattered childhoods…

Following her escape from Nazi Germany and the loss of her family Judith searches for unconditional love and acceptance. In a bleak boarding house she meets her future husband – another Jewish refugee who cares for her when she is ill. Tragically she associates illness with love and a pattern is set. Judith’s behaviour eventually spiral into anorexia – a disease little known or understood in 1950’s Britain. While she starves herself, Judith forces Ruth, her daughter, to eat. She makes elaborate meals and watches her consume them. She gives her a pint of custard before bed each night. As the disease progresses roles are reversed. Ruth must care for her mother and loses any hope of a normal childhood. The generation gap is tragically bridged by loss and extreme self-loathing, in this moving true story of a family’s fight to survive.

5. The Dark Threads – Jean Davison

Teenage life in the swinging sixties, hanging out in coffee bars talking fashion and pop music, who could wish for more? But in August 1968, growing pains started to kick hard for 18-year-old office worker Jean Davison and adolescent idealism quickly turns to angst and emptiness.

With her home life in chaos, Jean turns to a psychiatrist hoping for a sensible adult to talk to. That’s where her problems really begin: a week’s voluntary psychiatric rest is the start of one long nightmare of drugs, electric shock treatment and abuse which turn her into a zombie.

Losing five years of her young life to the mental health system, Jean finally finds the courage to say “no” to drugs and turns her life around, finds love and returns to the mental health service as a worker.

Balancing quotes from case number 10826, her actual case notes which reveal a diagnosis of chronic schizophrenia, with her own account of interviews with doctors, this memoir raises disturbing questions on the treatment of psychiatric patients, which are still relevant today.

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Nov 222015
 

Can Rosemary build a new life from the ashes of her past?

After the death of her parents, Rosemary Breedon discovers she was adopted, and decides that she needs a fresh start. A trained architect, she prepares to build herself a new home, with the help of her friend Drew Trevellas.

But someone doesn’t want her plans to succeed. After her caravan is destroyed by fire she moves in with Drew. Soon tools and building materials start to disappear. Rosemary is plagued by emails, more thefts and threats, until part of the new house is demolished. Then the farmer next door is murdered and his partner is suspected of the crime.

Who is doing so much damage? Who wants to frighten her away?

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Nov 212015
 

From the bestselling author of The Darkness Within Him comes the Revealed series – a tale of dark secrets and the forbidden world of desires.

When schoolteacher Allie Shaw takes an impromptu cleaning job to cover for her ill friend, she never expected to wind up snowed in with a devilishly handsome sex God. Allie is drawn in by his mysterious charm, but he is reluctant to act on his developing feelings.

Under the circumstances, the two become close, but this enigmatic stranger is determined to keep his distance, and for good reason – is there more to him than meets the eye?

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Nov 202015
 

The first title in the DCI Banham series by acclaimed author and actress, Linda Regan.

A thrilling tale of murder and mayhem set in the world of theatre, Behind You! is the scintillating debut crime novel from acclaimed actress Linda Regan. DI Paul Banham and Sergeant Alison Grainger investigate a series of mysterious deaths at a London theatre during pantomime season: it may be Christmas, but one of the cast certainly isn’t full of goodwill to all men…

 

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Nov 192015
 

Max is back! New husband, new job, and a training regime that cannot fail – to go wrong! 

Take one interim Chief Training Officer, add five recruits, mix with Joan of Arc, a baby mammoth, a duplicitous Father of History, a bombed rat, Stone Age hunters, a couple of passing policemen who should have better things to do, and Dick the Turd. Stir well, bring to the boil – and wait for the bang!

Join Max in the sixth instalment in the off-the-wall Chronicles of St Mary’s series.

 

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Nov 172015
 

Mitzi Blessing is back!

It’s high summer in Hazy Hassocks and to welcome the new vicar, the Baby Boomers are putting on a charity show in the village hall. With Trilby Man overseeing the event, Mitzi making the refreshments, and YaYa Bordello in charge of the show-stopping finale – what could possibly go wrong?

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