Jul 242015
 

A bucolic frolic in drag…

Roz and Jamie have moved to leafy Suffolk from London in search of a quiet life so it is a surprise to find that the village is embarking on its riotous annual drag competition.

Fuelled by large quantities of alcohol and ubiquitous community spirit, they soon find themselves caught up in a battle for the identity of the village itself.

Meanwhile, in San Francisco, Drew is fighting his own battle to save his club and the livelihoods of his closest friends. Though they seem worlds apart, it soon becomes clear that appearances are not everything and that sometimes human connections can surprise us.

A heartwarming, generous – and drunken – debut taking ‘romance’ to entirely new places.

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Jul 232015
 

What would you do if you were told you could never have children?

Faced with this news, Gracie Davies is at an all-time low. But with the support of some new Wimbledon friends, an unorthodox therapist, her hippy-chick sister Naomi and Czech call-girl Maya, she sets up The SW19 Club and begins her rocky journey to inner peace and happiness. Add in a passionate fling with handsome landscaper Ed, a fairytale encounter with a Hollywood filmstar and the persistence of her adulterous ex, life is anything but predictable…

 

 

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Jul 172015
 

Playing for Love is the warm-hearted new novel from acclaimed writer Caroline Dunford, set in the beautiful city of Edinburgh.

The sudden success of Annie Greig’s tenth book, coupled with the need for vital repairs to her beloved cottage, sees her enter the heady world of the Edinburgh International Festival as a fledgling playwright. But all Annie wants is to go home! Everyone she meets wants something from her, and for reclusive Annie, that’s more than she can bear. Her heart is vulnerable, and for as long as she can remember she’s has only ever truly loved one man…the only problem is that he exists purely in her imagination!  As her world grows beyond her wildest dreams, will Annie find true love, or will everything she believes to be true turn out to be only an act?

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Jul 162015
 

How much do you know about your family?

Feisty, hard-working Catherine McDonald knows what’s best for everyone, and tries to make it happen. To keep her aristocratic family’s heads above water, she’s turned their Scottish Highland home, Annat House, into a hotel, but she’s struggling to establish her business. And things don’t improve when a woman goes missing in the nearby mountains and the hotel becomes the setting for a media circus.

Successful businessman Haydn Eddlington-Smith has had enough of fitting in with other people’s wishes. He’s moved to the Highlands so he can do exactly what he wants. So why does he find himself spending so much time with his interfering neighbour, Catherine? When the present is so complicated, how do you let the past go? 

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Jul 062015
 

Pünktlich um 15.10 Uhr treffen sich die Eltern jeden Tag an der Featherstone-Grundschule im englischen Denbury, um ihre Kinder abzuholen.

Für ein paar von ihnen sind aus Bekanntschaften am Schultor Freundschaften fürs Leben entstanden, die sich gegenseitig durch ihre Dramen, Geheimnissen und Sorgen begleiten. Als die attraktive Karrierefrau Alana die Identität ihres unehelichen Kindes preisgibt, erwartet sie nicht, dass die Konsequenzen ganz so extrem sind. Ehemaliges tschechisches Au-pair und natürliche Schönheit Dana findet Glück in ihrem geheimen Nebenjob, aber wonach sie sich wirklich sehnt, ist ein zweites Kind. Der prügelnde Ehemann von armer Mutter Mo führt sie auf einen Weg, den sie nie für möglich gehalten hätte. Supermutter Joan muss damit klarkommen, als das Leben ihr einen verheerenden Schlag verpasst.
Und was ist mit dem schwulen Vater Gordon? Wird er es schaffen, die elterlichen Herausforderungen zu meistern und gleichzeitig mit seinem gebrochenen Herzen fertig zu werden?

Vier sehr unterschiedliche Schulmütter. Ein liebenswerter Vater. Und die ineinander verflochtenen Irrungen und Wirrungen, die ein Jahr am Schultor mit sich bringen.

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Jun 272015
 

Elinor Bascombe, widowed and tied to an impoverished estate, has learned to ask little of life. With no hope of leaving, the years have passed her by.

Lord Ryde, exiled abroad after a scandal, has returned to strip his estate and make a new start in America.

A chance encounter changes their plans, plunging Elinor and Lord Ryde into adventure and not a little peril until, finally, they are forced to confront the mystery of what happened on That Night, all those years ago.

Are they both so entangled in the riddles of the past that they are about to miss this one last opportunity for future happiness?

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Jun 252015
 

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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Jun 242015
 

For fans of Cider With Rosie by Laurie Lee.

A spectacular evocation of a bygone age, Yanto’s Summer is set in post-World War II Gloucestershire. Yanto, invalided out of the Army towards the end of the war, enjoys civilian life, but he misses the thrill and risk of war. He has to readjust to a sedate life of dock work, fishing, and ‘going steady’ – but things don’t stay that way for long, especially not when an old flame of Yanto’s returns to the small town of Berkeley! And there are dark secrets and old feuds at play even in the sleepiest of villages …

Yanto’s Summer is a warm, well-told story of life in the English countryside during the middle of the twentieth century – a time of great upheaval in an age-old community.

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Jun 232015
 

Newly widowed at barely thirty, Abi Carter is desperate to escape the Stepford Wives lifestyle that Luke, her late husband, had been so keen for her to live.

Abi decides to fulfil a lifelong dream. As a child on holiday in a Cornwall she fell in love with a cottage – the prophetically named Abbey’s House. Now she is going to see if she can find the place again, relive the happy memories … maybe even buy a place of her own nearby?

On impulse Abi sets off to Cornwall, where a chance meeting in a village pub brings new friends Beth and Max into her life. Beth, like Abi, has a life-changing decision to make. Max, Beth’s best mate, soon helps Abi track down the house of her dreams … but things aren’t quite that simple. There’s the complicated life Abi left behind, including her late husband’s brother, Simon – a man with more than friendship on his mind …

Will Abi’s house remain a dream, or will the bricks and mortar become a reality?

 

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Jun 222015
 

Guts for Garters is the first in an explosive new series featuring the Alley Cats and DI Georgia Johnson as they make lives for themselves on London’s meanest streets

Life’s not easy growing up on the Aviary Estate in South London. Alysha and her mates have survived being abused by people who should have cared for them, their lives ruined by crime and deprivation. Now they’re taking control of the estate so children can grow up safe with real prospects in life.

When a rival gang starts encroaching on their territory, Alysha and the Alley Cats decide to teach them a lesson. The last thing they expect is to find one of their rivals murdered on their patch. The last thing they want is for the police to start sniffing around. But DI Georgia Johnson wants answers. Johnson trusts Alysha – but will she still trust her when she realises her prized informant is leading a gang herself? When another body is found – a teenage girl this time – Alysha decides to frame the evil leader of the rival gang … but he has a few nasty surprises of his own in store for the Alley Cats girls.

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