Sep 222015

It’s the summer of 1969, an exciting time of music and fashion, peace and love. However, the Swinging Sixties appear to have by-passed the village of Ashcote. Seventeen-year-old Clemmie is thinking only of her A-levels, gaining a place at university and the long hot days stretching ahead. But when she meets the gorgeous Lewis Coleman-Beck, Clemmie’s life changes in a split second and she’s plunged, head-over-heels, into her very own Summer of Love.

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Sep 212015

For Dr Lyn Webster, her move to London is exactly what she needs.

After the traumatic death of her fiancé, Gavin, she’s ready to concentrate on her work – until her handsome boss Dr Ross McKinnon shows an interest in her. She’s devastatingly attracted to him, but he’s too similar to Gavin to let herself get close to him; Ross is an adventurer – he wants to work in foreign countries, climb mountains, and sail through rough seas. All Lyn wants is a regular job, a house in the suburbs, and a husband who comes home every night.

They know happiness is within their reach – but will an unexpected danger tear them apart before Lyn lets herself love again? 

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Sep 172015

When Euphemia Martins accompanies her employer Richenda Muller to London, she envisages a pleasant few days spent taking tea and visiting the shops. Her hopes are dashed when Richenda gets her involved in a suffragettes’ march which soon turns nasty. Euphemia finds herself getting quite physical in the defence of her fellow marchers when the police turn on them, and she is imprisoned for her pains.

Euphemia soon realises this is no ordinary imprisonment when her old acquaintance Fitzroy enrols her in the latest of his schemes for King and Country. An important civil servant has been murdered, and Fitzroy believes one of the women imprisoned with Euphemia knows the reason why. Euphemia must work out who it is… a task made more complicated when one of her fellow prisoners is also murdered. It’s up to Euphemia, with help from Richenda and Richenda’s brother Bertram, to trap the guilty party – and fast!

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Sep 112015

Midwife Maria Wyatt loved her new job and enjoyed working with her new boss, Dr Tom Ramsey. The two quickly became friends. Maria wondered if it was possible that they might become more than friends, but there was a problem. Some little time ago Tom’s wife had died. He had loved her and reacted to her death by avoiding all further emotional upset.

There was another problem – Tom’s loveable four year old son James.  Maria’s young son – also named James – had died as a toddler. Could Maria and Tom put aside the traumas of their pasts and find happiness together?

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Sep 082015

Quick Reads is set to become one of the The Reading Agency’s programmes after the two charities have decided to work together.

Cathy Rentzenbrink, project director of Quick Reads, told The Bookseller she is very excited about the partnership. “All the work we now do will have a greater impact. There will be much more value for our stakeholders because the same contribution will have a bigger impact.”

She said it made sense for the two charities to work together because they both work on adult literacy and “there is huge synergy” between the two, she added.

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Sep 042015

The third instalment of the engrossing Jersey Scene series.

Event planners Izzy and Jess are badly let down when a Jersey socialite hires them for the busiest weeks of the season and then cancels at the last minute, leaving the girls with no bookings and no money.

Feeling despondent, they try a night out to cheer themselves up, and meet the captivating and aristocratic Ed, who invites the two on a luxury yacht cruise to Nice, together with his two brothers. Romance builds through heady days of blue skies and warm seas, but when a last-minute wedding booking is offered, the girls must return to Jersey, and real life has to begin again … or has it?

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Sep 032015

High-Wired is the first volume in The Fine Line series by acclaimed crime author Andrea Frazer.

The novel introduces us to DI Olivia Hardy, a firm but fair cop, and her new partner, DS Lauren Groves. Their wildly different backgrounds and styles of policing cause problems at first, but the two women bond over a shared love of music, and over the pressures of juggling complicated family lives with the horrors of the job. Both women try to reconcile their problematic family lives – Olivia’s issues with her teenage children, Lauren’s collapsing marriage – with the demands of a job that requires heart and soul. Their beat is a decaying coastal town in the south of England – a shadow of its Victorian glory – and criminals are lurking even where you’d least expect them. As Olivia and Lauren investigate a harrowing murder, the events of the case spiral – and so do the issues in their personal lives … 

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Aug 282015

A Fool and His Money is the third volume in the Bartlett and Boase Mysteries, a warm-hearted series of detective stories that hearken back to the Golden Age of crime fiction. Set in 1920s Cornwall, we follow Inspector Bartlett and Constable Boase as they investigate heinous crimes on the beautiful English Riviera.

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Aug 272015

Bob and Amy Phillips and their four grown-up children run Lavender Cabs in the small Berkshire market town of Appleford. Everyone is involved. The business has grown – through three generations – into a thriving taxi and garage business. But when Bob is taken ill, he and Amy decide to retire to Devon, but to do this they would have to sell the business which would throw the entire family’s lives into turmoil…


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Aug 222015

Hayley Okines was just like any other teenager: she loved clothes, shopping, and boy bands, and hated getting up in the morning. But she had progeria, which meant she aged eight times faster than normal, giving her the body of a 126-year-old. Her positive attitude and infectious smile charmed millions of people through her Extraordinary People TV documentaries.

At the age of seventeen, in April 2015, Hayley tragically lost her battle to be the longest survivor of progeria, succumbing to pneumonia in the arms of her mother. This book tells Hayley’s story in her own words, continuing from the bestselling Old Before My Time. She reflects on the pains and perks of growing up with progeria – from the heartbreak of being told she will never walk again to the delight of passing her exams and starting college. Hayley considers mood swings, marriage, music, and what it’s like to be ‘famous’ and is heartbreakingly positive about a future that wasn’t to be.

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