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Author:

Katherine Heiny

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Graham Cavanaugh's second wife, Audra, is everything his first wife was not. She considers herself privileged to live in the age of the hair towel; talks non-stop through her epidural, labour AND delivery; invites the doorman to move in, and the eccentric members of their son's Origami Club to Thanksgiving. She is charming and spontaneous and fun, but life with her can be exhausting. In the midst of the day-to-day difficulties and delights of marriage and raising a child with Asperger's, Graham's first wife, Elspeth, reenters his life. Former spouses are hard to categorize - are they friends, enemies, old flames, or just people who know you really, really well? Graham starts to wonder: how can anyone love two such different women? Did he make the right choice? IS there a right choice?

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Hard Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444836080

Published:

01-03-2018

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The Dog Stars

Author:

Peter Heller

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Hig is a survivor. He has survived the sickness that claimed his wife and family, and the trout he loved to fish. He is coping, just, in the new wilderness of post-apocalyptic America, because he has three things to live for - his dog, Jasper, his neighbour, Bangley, and his Cessna plane. But Hig's loneliness is becoming unbearable. When he picks up the distorted voice of another human on his radio, he is unable to shake the thought that there might be someone else out there. He knows he should resist looking - the journey will be risky and there will not be enough fuel to fly back - but he cannot. And so, one bleak day, he flies over the horizon in search of the truth...

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Hard Cover

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General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444816983

Published:

01-10-2013

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A Family Recipe

Author:

Veronica Henry

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Laura Griffin is preparing for an empty nest. The thought of Number 11 Lark Hill falling silent - a home usually bustling with noise, people and the fragrant smells of something cooking on the Aga - seems impossible. Feeling lost, Laura turns to her greatest comfort: her grandmother's recipe box, a treasured collection dating back to the Second World War. Everyone has always adored Laura's jams and chutneys, and piled their sandwiches high with her pickles. Inspired by a bit of the old Blitz spirit, Laura has an idea that gives her a fresh sense of purpose and her own exciting path to follow. But even the bravest woman needs the people who love her. And now, they need her in return...

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Hard Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444840230

Published:

01-03-2019

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Christmas At The Beach Hut

Author:

Veronica Henry

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Everyone adores Christmas - especially Lizzy Kingham. But this year, she's feeling unloved and underappreciated by her family. The present-buying, decorating and food shopping have all been left to her. So Lizzy heads to her favourite place: a beach hut on the golden sands of Everdene. There she meets an unlikely collection of new friends, all running away from something. But the spirit of Christmas gets under Lizzy's skin: soon the fairy lights are twinkling and the scent of mulled wine mingles with the sea air. Back at Pepperpot Cottage, her family are desperate to find her. For Christmas isn't Christmas without Lizzy. Can they track her down in time and convince her she means the world to them, every day of the year?

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Hard Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444841848

Published:

01-08-2019

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The Forever House

Author:

Veronica Henry

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Hunter's Moon is the ultimate forever house. Nestled in the Cotswold valley of Peasebrook, it has been the Willoughbys' home for over fifty years, and now kind-hearted estate agent Belinda Baxter is determined to find the perfect family to live there. For Belinda, selling houses is like selling dreams: the moment you find 'the one', your whole life there can be imagined. But the sale of Hunter's Moon unlocks decades of the Willoughby family's secrets - and brings Belinda face to face with her own troubled past...

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Hard Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444836097

Published:

01-03-2018

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Devastation Road

Author:

Jason Hewitt

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Spring, 1945: A man wakes in a field in a country he does not know. His name is Owen. Injured and confused, he gets to his feet and starts to walk. A war he has only a vague memory of joining is in its dying days, and as he tries to get back to England he becomes caught up in the flood of refugees pouring through Europe. Among them is a teenage boy, Janek, and together they form an unlikely alliance on their way across battle-worn Germany. When they meet a troubled young woman, tempers flare and scars are revealed as Owen gathers up the shattered pieces of his life. Nothing is as he remembers, not even himself - and how can he truly return home when he hardly recalls what home is?

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Hard Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444832488

Published:

01-05-2017

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Last Train From Liguria

Author:

Christine Dwyer Hickey

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In 1933, Bella Stuart leaves a restricted life in London to head for Italy and become a tutor for the wealthy Lami family. Her pupil, Alec, is the "not quite right" child of a beautiful Jewish heiress and an elderly Italian aristocrat. When Alec's father dies, Signora Lami sends him to live at the family's summer residence in Bordighera, to be cared for by Bella and Maestro Edward, his reserved and enigmatic music teacher. These three misfits find unexpected solace in each other's company. As the decade draws to an end and fascism begins to take an ominous hold over Europe, Bella and Edward are eventually forced to flee Mussolini's Italy: to protect themselves and the little boy they have come to love.

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Soft Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9780753185971

Published:

01-03-2011

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The Birthday

Author:

Julie Highmore

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Emily spends a few precious hours with her lover, then picks up her children and returns to normal life. Her brother Ben's career has crashed with the banks, and suddenly he has nowhere to go. But they must both put on a brave face for their mother's sixtieth birthday. Fran doesn't feel old. Mostly, she's worried about her increasingly depressed husband Duncan. Why did he think they'd been to Florence? Who is Alexa? And she doesn't really want a fuss over her birthday, but her daughter insists they must celebrate.

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Hard Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9780750535465

Published:

01-03-2012

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The Guest List

Author:

Melissa Hill

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When funny, kind and gorgeous Shane proposes, Cara is over the moon. Excitement, however, quickly turns to apprehension when it seems that everyone has a fixed idea of the perfect wedding and offers to 'help' with the planning. With tussles over the ceremony and the size of the guest list, sibling rivalry and insistent in-laws-to-be, Cara can see the vision she has of her big day being ripped to shreds. So she and Shane determine to make a stand and do things THEIR way. But when they announce their plans for a beach wedding on a beautiful Caribbean island, there is uproar. Threats are made, family secrets are revealed, and things turn decidedly stormy. Will Cara and Shane manage to overcome all the obstacles? Or will their dream wedding turn into a nightmare?

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Hard Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444822007

Published:

01-12-2014

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The Hotel On Mulberry Bay

Author:

Melissa Hill

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Mulberry Hotel, perched on a clifftop above a sweeping bay, was once the heart and soul of pretty seaside town Mulberry Bay. Now it needs some love and attention, as do the Harte family who own it. As sisters Elle and Penny Harte reunite after years apart to face a crisis, they are unprepared for the reaction of their father, Ned. He steadfastly refuses to give up the family business, revealing that he's given up something equally precious once before. Startled by their father's revelation, and with the local community and hotel guests right behind them, the sisters realise they must do everything they can to save the hotel - and their family, too, in the process...

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Hard Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444829969

Published:

01-10-2016

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From The Heart

Author:

Susan Hill

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1950s England: Olive is a happy, open-hearted girl, whose (somewhat tricky) mother is dead, and who lives with her father in a solid Edwardian house with apple trees in the garden. Her passion for books gets her easily into university, where the world is surely waiting for her. There, she meets a boy. But then Olive makes a mistake - the kind anyone could make - and faces an impossible choice. Still young, and full of hope, she can't possibly know how that mistake will sit in her heart for the rest of her life...

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Soft Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444834796

Published:

01-11-2017

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What Was Promised

Author:

Tobias Hill

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Post-war London: Children run wild on East End bombsites, while their elders strive for better lives in a country beggared by victory. Clarence and Bernadette Malcolm have come five thousand miles in search of prosperity, but find that the Mother Country is not at all what it was promised to be; Solly and Dora Lazarus, too, are strangers in a strange land, struggling to belong even as they try to make sense of their past; and Michael and Mary Lockhart take with both hands all that the world owes them, whatever the cost. In the street markets and tenements of Bethnal Green the three families live and work together in uneasy harmony, until Michael shatters the balance between them, his hunger for betterment changing the courses of all their lives over decades and generations.

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Hard Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444824902

Published:

01-08-2015

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