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The Poppy Factory

Author:

Liz Trenow

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Rose is looking forward to welcoming home her loving husband, Alfie, at the end of the First World War. Traumatised by his experiences on the battlefield, however, Alfie is a shadow of his former self. Pushed away by him, Rose's head is soon turned by another man, and she struggles with temptation... Many years later, Jess returns from her final tour of Afghanistan. Haunted by nightmares from her time at the front, her longed-for homecoming is a disaster, and she wonders if her life will ever be the same again. Will she find comfort in her great-grandmother Rose's diaries? For Jess and Rose, the realities of war have terrible consequences. Can The Poppy Factory, set up to help injured soldiers, rescue them both from the heartache of war?

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Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444829655

Published:

01-09-2016

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An Unsuitable Match

Author:

Joanna Trollope

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Rose Woodrowe has just got engaged to Tyler Masson - a wonderful, sensitive man who is head over heels in love with her. But their five grown-up children have strong opinions on the matter. Rose's daughter, Laura, remembers her parents' painful divorce and doesn't want to see her mother hurt again. The twins, Emmy and Nat, simply don't trust the man their mother has fallen for. Then there's Tyler's children: Seth, too busy with his San Francisco sourdough bakery to get to know his father's new partner; and Mallory, the aspiring actress, who is still wrestling with the issues of her own childhood. Who to listen to? Rose and Tyler are determined to get it right this time. But in trying to make everyone happy, can they ever be happy themselves?

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Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444839340

Published:

01-12-2018

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Balancing Act

Author:

Joanna Trollope

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Susie Moran is a success. She founded and runs her own pottery company, and now her three daughters are all involved in what has become a highly profitable family business. Susie is justly proud of her family and her achievement - and has no intention of letting things change. But nothing can stay the same for ever. Susie's daughters find themselves increasingly at odds with their wonderful, creative, determined mother. And when Susie's estranged father arrives to build bridges with a family he has never known, their lives are turned upside-down. Everything is changing and Susie's world will never be the same again. In wanting to preserve her business, will she lose something much more precious?

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Hard Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444825336

Published:

01-09-2015

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City Of Friends

Author:

Joanna Trollope

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The day Stacey Grant loses her job feels like the last day of her life. For who is she if not a City high-flyer, senior partner at one of the top private equity firms in London? As Stacey starts to reconcile her old life with the new - one without professional achievements or meetings, but instead long days at home with her dog and ailing mother, waiting for her successful husband to come home - she at least has the girls to fall back on. Now women, they had all been best friends from the early days of university right through their working lives, and for all the happiness and heartbreaks in between. But when Stacey's redundancy forces a betrayal to emerge that was supposed to remain secret, their long-cherished friendships will be pushed to their limits...

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Hard Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444834697

Published:

01-11-2017

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Sense And Sensibility

Author:

Joanna Trollope

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Two sisters could hardly be more different. Elinor Dashwood values patience and reliability, and hopes to become an architect. Her impulsive sister, Marianne, takes after their mother Belle and is fiery and creative. But when their father dies suddenly, the whole family finds itself forced out of Norland Park, their beloved home for many years. Without the comfort of their status, their values are severely put to the test. Can Elinor remain stoic and restrained, knowing that the man she really likes has already been ensnared by another woman? Will Marianne's faith in a once-in-a-lifetime love be shaken by meeting the hottest boy in the county? And in a world where social media and its opinions are the controlling forces at play, can love ever triumph over conventions and disapproval?

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Hard Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444822083

Published:

01-12-2014

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The Soldier's Wife

Author:

Joanna Trollope

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Dan Riley, a major in the British Army, is back from a six-month tour of duty in Afghanistan. He's coming home to his wife Alexa and his daughters, who he adores. The world views those reunions as a taste of heaven after months of hell. But are they? Life for a returning soldier is rarely straightforward and Dan finds it hard to adjust to home life in the Wiltshire camp. Can a man trained to fight, readjust to family and domestic life? And if he can't, how will the family cope? Can Alexa, Dan's wife, sacrifice her own needs and fulfilment to support his commitment to a way of life that demands everything - not just of him, but of her and the children as well?

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Hard Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444814859

Published:

01-04-2013

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One Last Thing Before I Go

Author:

Jonathan Tropper

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Meet Silver. Forty-four, divorced and living alone, his once celebrated music career is now a faded memory and his ex-wife is about to marry another man. The only good thing in Silver's life is his Princeton-bound teenage daughter, Casey - although she would probably say the exact opposite about him. But then Casey drops a bombshell: she's pregnant. Silver knows things have got to change, and when he discovers he has a fatal heart condition, he decides it's time to make a list: 1. Be a better father; 2. Be a better man; 3. Fall in love; 4. Die. But can Silver rebuild his life, regain the respect of his family, and be there for Casey when she needs him most, or has he left it all too late?

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General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444818093

Published:

01-01-2014

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The Lunar Cats

Author:

Lynne Truss

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When you are an inoffensive retired librarian with bitter personal experience of evil talking cats (or ETCs, for short), do you rescue a kitten from the cold on a December night? Do you follow up news items about cats digging in graveyards? Do you inquire into long-ago cats who voyaged around the world with Captain Cook? Well, yes. If you are Alec Charlesworth, that is precisely what you do - with unexpected and terrifying consequences...

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Hard Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444833614

Published:

01-08-2017

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I Married You For Happiness

Author:

Lily Tuck

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Nina sits at the bedside of her husband Philip, whose sudden and unexpected death is the reason for her lonely vigil. Too shocked yet to grieve, she recalls the defining moments of their marriage, beginning with their first meeting in Paris. Journeying through memories of events that occurred in places as distant and disparate as France, Massachusetts, Mexico and California, Nina's recollections reveal the intimacies, secrets and joys that shaped their lives together, and paint a portrait of a forty-three-year-old marriage: an elegant elegy to a husband and a meditation on how chance can affect both a life and love.

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Soft Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444817867

Published:

01-12-2013

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Fathers And Sons

Author:

Ivan Turgenev/Constance Clara Garnett

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Russia, 1859: Returning home after years away at university, Arkady is proud to introduce his clever friend Bazarov to his father and uncle. But their guest soon stirs up unrest on the quiet country estate - his outspoken nihilistic views, and his scathing criticism of the older men, expose the growing distance between Arkady and his father. And when Bazarov visits his own doting but old-fashioned parents, his disdainful rejection of traditional Russian life causes even further distress...

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Soft Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444836271

Published:

01-03-2018

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A Spool Of Blue Thread

Author:

Anne Tyler

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'It was a beautiful, breezy, yellow-and-green afternoon...' This is the way Abby Whitshank always begins the story of how she and Red fell in love that day in July 1959. The whole family sits on the porch, relaxed, half-listening as their mother tells the same tale they have heard so many times before. And yet this gathering is different. Abby and Red are getting older, and decisions must be made about how best to look after them and their beloved family home. They've all come - even Denny, who can usually be relied on only to please himself. From that porch the story spools back through three generations of the Whitshanks, and their secrets and unguarded moments that have come to define who and what they are...

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Hard Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444827132

Published:

01-02-2016

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Clock Dance

Author:

Anne Tyler

Synopsis:

Willa Drake can count on one hand the defining moments of her life. In 1967, she is a schoolgirl coping with her mother's sudden disappearance. In 1977, she is a college student considering a marriage proposal. In 1997, she is a young widow trying to piece her life back together. And in 2017, she yearns to be a grandmother but isn't sure she ever will be. Then, one day, Willa receives a startling phone call from a stranger. Without fully understanding why, she flies across the country to Baltimore to look after a young woman she's never met, her nine-year-old daughter, and their dog, Airplane. This impulsive decision will lead Willa into uncharted territory; and surrounded by eccentric neighbors who treat each other like family, she finds solace and fulfillment in unexpected places.

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Hard Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444840629

Published:

01-04-2019

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