• Fiction

Tremarnock

The Lives, Loves and Secrets of a Cornish Village
Author: Emma Burstall
Publisher: Head of Zeus
ISBN: 1781857873
Category: Fiction
Page: 480
View: 7999
A beautiful Cornish village, a shocking turn of events... Tremarnock is a classic Cornish seaside village. Houses painted in yellow, pink and white, cluster around the harbour, where fishermen still unload their daily catch. It has a pub and a sought-after little restaurant, whitewashed, with bright blue shutters. Here, Liz has found sanctuary for herself and young daughter, Rosie – far away from Rosie's cheating father. From early in the morning with her job as a cleaner, till late at night waitressing in the restaurant, Liz works hard to provide for them both. But trouble is waiting just around the corner. As with all villages, there are tensions, secrets – and ambitions.

    • Fiction

Tremarnock Summer

Love is in the air in a Cornish village
Author: Emma Burstall
Publisher: Head of Zeus Ltd
ISBN: 1784972525
Category: Fiction
Page: 384
View: 5145
Brand new from the bestselling author of Tremarnock and The Cornish Guest House. Bramble Challoner has had a very normal upbringing. She lives in a semi in the suburbs of London with her parents and works at the call centre down the road. She still goes out with the boy she met at school. At weekends they stay in and watch films on the telly and sometimes hold hands. Bramble is dying for an adventure. So when her very grand grandfather, Lord Penrose, dies, leaving his huge, rambling house in Cornwall to her, Bramble packs her bags immediately, dragging along her best friend Katie. The sleepy village of Tremarnock had better be ready for its newest residents...

    • Fiction

The Cornish Guest House


Author: Emma Burstall
Publisher: Head of Zeus
ISBN: 1784972487
Category: Fiction
Page: 384
View: 1945
FROM THE BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF TREMARNOCK. A new couple have arrived in Tremarnock, but will these glamorous strangers fit into village life? Tremarnock is a small fishing village, crowded with holidaymakers in the summer, but a sleepy Cornish backwater at other times of the year. Here Liz has found refuge with her young daughter, Rosie, after her relationship with Rosie's father came unstuck. Now happily married, all seems set for a quiet autumn and merry Christmas. But strangers have bought the local guest house and seem to have big plans. Why is he so charming and confident, but she so frightened? Are they who they say they are? And what are they really doing with the guest house? What readers are saying about THE CORNISH GUEST HOUSE: 'Another absolutely blinding book by this author. The story just carries you along experiencing all the emotions you can.' 'It's a lovely, cosy book, which is easy to read and hard to put down.' 'Emma writes in such a way you feel like you're there.' 'A real page turner, I couldn't put it down.

    • Fiction

A Cornish Secret

Be careful what you kiss for
Author: Emma Burstall
Publisher: Head of Zeus Ltd
ISBN: 1786698838
Category: Fiction
Page: 416
View: 2836
Escape to the Cornish coast with a new heartwarming Tremarnock novel, perfect for fans of Jill Mansell and Philippa Ashley. Be careful what you kiss for... Esme Posorsky is an enigma. For as long as people can remember, she has been part of community life in the quaint Cornish fishing village of Tremarnock, but does anyone really know her? She is usually to be found working in her pottery studio or at home with her beloved cat, Rasputin. But when an old school friend turns up with a secret from the past, nothing will ever be the same again. Meanwhile teenager, Rosie, is excited to find a bottle washed up on Tremarnock beach with a message from a former German prisoner of war. While the rest of the village is up in arms about a new housing development, she sets out to find him. Little does she know, however, that her discovery will unleash a shocking chain of events that threatens to blow her family apart. Tremarnock may look like a cosy backwater, but some of its residents are about to come face-to-face with tough decisions and cold reality... 'A charming, warm-hearted read ... Pure escapism' ALICE PETERSON. 'The literary equivalent of a gin and tonic on a hot summer's day ... A delicious, delightful and decadent tale' BOOKISH JOTTINGS.

    • Fiction

Never Close Your Eyes


Author: Emma Burstall
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 1409050653
Category: Fiction
Page: 464
View: 6936
Evie, Nic and Becca are wannabe writers. The three friends are members of a creative writing group and they decide to enter a national competition. But while they ponder their plots and agonise about their characters, their own lives are going far from smoothly. Evie's still pining for the husband who left her for a younger woman and is relying increasingly on clairvoyant Zelda. But who is Zelda really? Nic's battling a drink problem and is in despair about her workaholic husband who is addicted to his laptop. A shocking discovery shakes her to the core, but will she realise in time that she must stop protecting him? Becca's a City highflyer who seems to have everything - until a childhood friend turns up, threatening to expose the secret she's kept buried for nearly thirty years. How will her marriage, her children, her friendships survive it? And on top of that there's a deadline. The women have just eleven months to complete their manuscripts. Who will win the competition - and can there be any real-life happy endings?

    • Fiction

Gym and Slimline


Author: Emma Burstall
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 1409025128
Category: Fiction
Page: 480
View: 2826
A swanky new gym has opened in leafy south-west London. Four women bond over push-ups and Pilates and become firm friends. Percy likes sorting out other people's problems, but her own life is a shambles, with a terrible secret addiction. Can she kick it and win back the love of her husband? Patrice, wealthy but damaged, wants another baby, but husband Jonty isn't interested in sex. Is it her imagination, or is he getting too close to the husband of one of her new friends? Carmen is living dangerously, determined to get pregnant by her cold, treacherous boyfriend. She doesn't see what is under her nose until it's nearly too late. Suzanne adores her sexy second husband, but is she neglecting him for her job? And has she realised what is happening to her teenage daughter? New best friends. Their friendship is about to be tested to the limit.

    • Travel

The Year of Living Danishly

Uncovering the Secrets of the World’s Happiest Country
Author: Helen Russell
Publisher: Icon Books Ltd
ISBN: 1848318138
Category: Travel
Page: 354
View: 8926
'A hugely enjoyable romp through the pleasures and pitfalls of setting up home in a foreign land' PD Smith, Guardian When she was suddenly given the opportunity of a new life in rural Jutland, journalist and archetypal Londoner Helen Russell discovered a startling statistic: the happiest place on earth isn’t Disneyland, but Denmark, a land often thought of by foreigners as consisting entirely of long dark winters, cured herring, Lego and pastries. What is the secret to their success? Are happy Danes born, or made? Helen decides there is only one way to find out: she will give herself a year, trying to uncover the formula for Danish happiness. From childcare, education, food and interior design (not to mention 'hygge') to SAD, taxes, sexism and an unfortunate predilection for burning witches, The Year of Living Danishly is a funny, poignant record of a journey that shows us where the Danes get it right, where they get it wrong, and how we might just benefit from living a little more Danishly ourselves.

    • Fiction

The Darling Girls


Author: Emma Burstall
Publisher: Head of Zeus
ISBN: 1781857857
Category: Fiction
Page: 368
View: 8254
Three women, one man, and a tangle of lies. When the world famous music conductor Leo Bruck dies suddenly, the three women who loved him meet for the first time at his graveside. Victoria, his partner of twenty years and mother of two of his children; Maddy, mother of Leo's daughter Phoebe; and twenty-four year old Cat. Can these three very different women, whose lives become inextricably bound, break free from the masterful control Leo exerts – even from the grave – once and for all? THE DARLING GIRLS is a moving story of love, loss, and the prevailing power of female friendship.

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Coming Up Next


Author: Penny Smith
Publisher: HarperCollins UK
ISBN: 0007283156
Category: Fiction
Page: 256
View: 1852
A darkly comic novel about the fall and rise of a TV presenter. Written by an insider, it’s a page-turning account of life on the sofa and in front of the cameras.

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The Promise of Home

A Mill River Novel
Author: Darcie Chan
Publisher: Ballantine Books
ISBN: 034554157X
Category: Fiction
Page: 416
View: 7356
Writing in the tradition of Jan Karon and Maeve Binchy, New York Times bestselling author Darcie Chan returns readers to Mill River, the charming town whose residents experience surprises and sorrows, witness acts of goodwill and kindness, embrace family love and friendship—and uncover age-old secrets and heartaches. These days, Mill River, Vermont, is a hive of activity. Karen Cooper bids farewell to her husband, Nick, as he leaves for Saudi Arabia to work as a contractor. But when he goes missing, Karen turns to beloved nonagenarian Father O’Brien for counsel. Kyle Hansen and Claudia Simon blissfully prepare for their wedding—until a new acquaintance threatens their romance. Emily DiSanti, haunted by a tragedy that tore her world apart a decade ago, is renovating the old McAllister mansion, eager to restore its former beauty and to find peace in the intense workload. All these lives—and the lives of others in this small town—move forward, bump up against one another, and intertwine. And when a cache of letters is discovered, a powerful and unexpected secret comes to light—one rooted deeply in the childhood of the longtime priest who has touched the lives of everyone in Mill River. Praise for The Promise of Home “Chan has once again told a mesmerizing tale about how difficult yet beautiful navigating the river of life can be. This author is, quite simply, an amazing storyteller.”—Fredericksburg Free Lance–Star “Difficult to put down . . . [a] celebration of the healing power of community.”—Booklist “Who better to satisfy [summer] reader cravings than Darcie Chan. . . . Read on—and keep turning those pages [until you] find yourself looking forward to Darcie Chan’s next novel. Whew.”—Hudson Valley News “This serene backdrop is the perfect juxtaposition to the internal turmoil of Karen Cooper. Together the townsfolk make a well-rounded novel full of desperation, hope and redemption. This is a beautiful addition to the Mill River series, yet also reads well as a stand-alone novel.”—RT Book Reviews “[A] layered and heartwarming novel that intertwines a number of engaging contemporary storylines and intersperses them with . . . fascinating insights and historical details along the way. A light-handed affirmation of the power of love, faith, and community.”—Kirkus Reviews Praise for Darcie Chan’s The Mill River Redemption “An enchanting storyteller, Chan is one of those rare authors who makes you feel more fully alive.”—Elizabeth Letts, author of The Eighty-Dollar Champion “An engrossing page-turner [with] sympathetic and relatable characters.”—Library Journal Praise for The Mill River Recluse “A heartwarming story.”—Examiner.com “Chan’s sweet novel displays her talent. . . . A comforting book about the random acts of kindness that hold communities together.”—Kirkus Reviews “A real page-turner.”—IndieReader “Chan does an amazing job with pacing while maintaining continuity and weaving universal themes such as friendship, love, new beginnings and overcoming adversities into small town life.”—RT Book Reviews “This debut novel is a genre-breaking thriller with romantic overtones that should appeal to both men and women.”—Huntington News Look for special features inside. Join the Random House Reader’s Circle for author chats and more. From the Trade Paperback edition.

    • Fiction

Seeking the Star


Author: Traci Borum
Publisher: Red Adept Publishing, LLC
ISBN: N.A
Category: Fiction
Page: 160
View: 449
One December night, in the sleepy Cotswold village of Chilton Crosse, a drifter named Ben collapses on George and Mary Cartwright’s snow-covered doorstep. As Christmas cheer spreads throughout the village with a Dickens-themed festival, Mary nurses Ben back to health, but she becomes curious about the secrets he seems to carry. On Christmas Eve, one of Ben’s secrets accidentally comes to light, forcing him to confront the darkness of his past and to rediscover the faith he once knew.

    • Fiction

A Year at the Star and Sixpence


Author: Holly Hepburn
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1471163156
Category: Fiction
Page: 400
View: 2128
The perfect escapist read, for all fans of Cathy Bramley and Scarlett Bailey. A Year at the Star and Sixpence is Holly Hepburn's four Star and Sixpence novellas collected together as a novel for the first time. When sisters Nessie and Sam inherit a little pub in a beautiful country village they jump at the chance to escape their messy lives and start afresh. But when they arrive at the Star and Sixpence, it's not quite what they imagined - it's pretty much derelict, ruined by debts, and it's going to be a huge job to get it up and running again. But they are determined to make the best of this new life and they set about making the pub the heart of the village once again. Their first year at the Star and Sixpence won't be easy, though nothing worth doing ever is. But when the sisters' past comes back to haunt them, they start to think that the fresh start they needed is very far away indeed… Curl up with A Year at the Star and Sixpence - the perfect novel to start the new year the way you mean to go on. 'A fresh new voice, brings wit and warmth to this charming tale of two sisters' Rowan Coleman 'You'll fall in love with this fantastic new series from a new star of women's fiction, Holly Hepburn. Filled to the brim with captivating characters and fantastic storylines in a gorgeous setting, Snowdrops at the Star and Sixpence is simply wonderful. I want to read more!' Miranda Dickinson 'Warm, witty and laced with intriguing secrets! I want to pull up a bar stool, order a large G&T and soak up all the gossip at the Star and Sixpence!' Cathy Bramley ++ A Year at the Star and Sixpence is the collected Star and Sixpence novellas. ++

    • Fiction

Galina Petrovna’s Three-Legged Dog Story


Author: Andrea Bennett
Publisher: HarperCollins UK
ISBN: 0008108390
Category: Fiction
Page: 352
View: 8532
The ‘bonkers’ book that 'it is impossible not to be moved by' DAILY MAIL A joyful and hilarious tale of some very spirited septuagenarians as they overcome innumerable obstacles to save their beloved mutt from a heartless exterminator in a land where bureaucracy reigns above all else.

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Finding the Rainbow


Author: Traci Borum
Publisher: Red Adept Publishing, LLC
ISBN: N.A
Category: Fiction
Page: 290
View: 4842
Holly Newbury’s life is on hold in the cozy English village of Chilton Crosse. While her friends are marrying, having children, and embarking on successful careers, Holly is raising her three younger sisters and working part time at the village art gallery. Her life feels incomplete, but family is more important to her than anything. Then a film crew’s arrival galvanizes the community, and Holly becomes fast friends with Fletcher Hays, the movie’s love-shy American writer. The production of an Emma film isn’t the only drama in town, though. Their father makes a choice that threatens everything she gave up her dreams for. Holly’s sisters endure growing pains. And Fletcher plans to return to America as soon as filming is over, ruining any chance of their relationship blossoming further. After years of sacrificing for others, Holly must find the courage to take a risk on a future she never dared to expect.

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False Lights


Author: K.J. Whittaker
Publisher: Head of Zeus Ltd
ISBN: 1786695332
Category: Fiction
Page: 368
View: 1742
'Georgette Heyer meets William Boyd ... Intrigue, murder, love and betrayal – I couldn't put it down' Diney Costeloe. Napoleon has won the Battle of Waterloo and England is under French occupation... A half-drowned girl washes up on a Cornish beach, escaping French soldiers after the murder of her black sea captain father. An aristocratic soldier-spy, haunted by his part in the defeat at Waterloo, plans to spring the Duke of Wellington from captivity. Together, they become enmeshed in a web of treachery and espionage stretching from London to the Scilly Isles. 'A marvellously dark and compelling anti-hero and a truly gutsy (and sexy) heroine ... A terrific read' Caro Fraser.

The Little Kiosk By The Sea


Author: Jennifer Bohnet
Publisher: Mira
ISBN: 9781848457157
Category:
Page: 288
View: 5742
'A heartwarming summer read.' Sunday ExpressThe wonderful seaside story from Jennifer Bohnet, perfect for fans of Fern Britton and Veronica Henry! Time's running out to save the little kiosk by the sea...Sabine knows that if she doesn't come up with a plan to save her little kiosk soon, it might be too late. If only her best friend Owen would stop distracting her with marriage proposals!Harriet is returning to Dartmouth for the first time in thirty years, haunted by the scandal that drove her away and shocked by an inheritance that could change everything.Rachel never expected to find love again after her world was shattered a year ago. But it seems as if the sleepy seaside town has different ideas... One thing's for sure, it's a summer they will never forget! Praise for Jennifer Bohnet 'A heartwarming summer read.' Sunday Express'An absolute delight from start to finish.' Nudge Books'A thoroughly charming, captivating read' Reviewed the Book'A wonderful escape, overflowing with secrets. I couldn't have loved this more.' Becca's Books'Simply wonderful, I enjoyed every moment.' Welsh Annie'The perfect book to read on a lovely sunny day.' Whispering Stories Book Blog

    • Young Adult Fiction

Puddin'


Author: Julie Murphy
Publisher: HarperCollins
ISBN: 0062418408
Category: Young Adult Fiction
Page: 448
View: 7623
The irresistible companion to the #1 New York Times bestseller Dumplin’, soon to be a major motion picture starring Danielle Macdonald and Jennifer Aniston! Millie Michalchuk has gone to fat camp every year since she was a little girl. Not this year. This year she has new plans to chase her secret dream of being a newscaster—and to kiss the boy she’s crushing on. Callie Reyes is the pretty girl who is next in line for dance team captain and has the popular boyfriend. But when it comes to other girls, she’s more frenemy than friend. When circumstances bring the girls together over the course of a semester, they surprise everyone (especially themselves) by realizing that they might have more in common than they ever imagined. A story about unexpected friendship, romance, and Texas-size girl power, this is another winner from Julie Murphy.

    • Fiction

What Fresh Hell


Author: Lucy Vine
Publisher: Orion
ISBN: 1409172244
Category: Fiction
Page: 304
View: 2423
'Totally relatable and hilarious - one of the best books I've read' - Heat 'Laugh-out-loud funny. Truly, the Bridget Jones for our generation' - Louise O'Neill What do you get if you cross a dozen drunk hens with one shiny Butler in the Buff? Meet Lilah Fox. She's on the hen do from hell. Then she gets a message (44 of them, actually) from her best friend with big news: she's getting married in six months. Oh, and Lilah's her maid of honour. Which means she just got signed up for: - A military schedule of wedding fairs and weekly planning meetings - Excel spreadsheets and endless hen emails - All the enforced, expensive fun you can imagine... What fresh hell is this? ********** Everyone loves Lucy Vine: 'So ridiculously accurate I had to take a lie down from all my genuine laughing-out-loud' Laura Jane Williams 'Relatable to the max...fans of Hot Mess will love it' Grazia 'Very funny and a joy to read! I adored it!' Joanna Bolouri, bestselling author of The List 'One of my very favourite writers... It's wildly funny AND about my very favourite genre of everything - painfully obsessive wedding planning. I inhaled this. If you like laughing a lot, I recommend that you pre order immediately' Daisy Buchanan 'What Fresh Hell is so brilliantly, hilariously, on-point about the nutso psychology of hen dos. For anyone whose ever found themselves thinking, "Oh £260 for the weekend. That's not too bad." READ IT' Holly Bourne 'I LOVED this. Caps for emphasis...This is relatable AF and you need it in your life' Hanna Doyle

    • Fiction

Shadows in Heaven

A heart-warming read from the Sunday Times bestseller
Author: Nadine Dorries
Publisher: Head of Zeus Ltd
ISBN: 1786697483
Category: Fiction
Page: 400
View: 4719
'As heart-warming as it is heartbreaking, this novel is unputdownable' Sunday Express. Tarabeg is a small village on the West Coast of Ireland. In the aftermath of the Second World War, two women are waiting there for ambitious Michael Malone to return home. Rosie is the local schoolteacher and most people think she is promised to him. Just a few have guessed that he has secretly begun to woo Sarah, whose brutal fisherman father would kill her if he knew. Both Rosie and Sarah love Michael, both hope to become his wife and their lives will interweave in a tale of tangled secrets, old promises and new feuds. Michael Malone's choice will have fateful consequences for everyone – especially, in due course, for his young daughter. This is the first in a new sequence of novels with a brilliant cast of characters and a story that will lead to Liverpool in Mary Kate and back to Ireland in The Seven Acres.

    • Fiction

Summer at Seafall Cottage

A beautiful summer romance to warm your heart
Author: Lily Graham
Publisher: Bookouture
ISBN: 1786811529
Category: Fiction
Page: 316
View: 8716