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The Surprise Party

Author:

Sue Welfare

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When feuding sisters Suzie and Liz come together to organise a fortieth anniversary party for their parents, they struggle to keep their own personal dramas in check. Suzie is trying to keep her marriage afloat whilst Liz is keen to retain her Queen Bee status. Their mother and aunt are at loggerheads and Suzie's daughters are experiencing the angst of adolescence. As the champagne flows and the drama unfolds, it quickly becomes clear that this is a party that no-one will ever forget - but will there be a happy family left standing?

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General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444809473

Published:

01-01-2012

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Wilderness

Author:

Lance Weller

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Thirty-five years ago, Abel Truman was on the wrong side in the Battle of the Wilderness, a bloody clash in the American Civil War. On Washington State's rugged coast, in his driftwood shack, he'd waited for the scars to heal. Now old and ailing, Abel must make one final journey over the snowbound Olympic Mountains. But he sets out, followed by two men, darkly tenacious in their pursuit... Hypatia is a slave whose freedom comes at a terrible price. She walks unwittingly into the hellish heart of the Wilderness. Ellen is a white woman, married to a black man in dangerous and unforgiving times. And Jane, a young Chinese girl, cruelly orphaned, clings to life...eventually, Abel's tortured path will lead to each one of them...

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General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444816310

Published:

01-08-2013

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Before The Fall

Author:

Juliet West

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Across the channel, the Great War rages; in London's East End, with her husband fighting, Hannah Lockwood struggles to hold everything together. But when Hannah takes a job in a cafe, she discovers a glimpse of freedom away from her needy young children, her spiteful sister and desperately ill father. While the conflict drags on, Hannah battles with the overwhelming burden of 'duty'. She has sacrificed so much for a husband who left her behind, a husband who may never come home. Then, when she meets Daniel - thoughtful, intelligent, quietly captivating - Hannah finds herself faced with the most dangerous of temptations...

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Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9780750540315

Published:

01-03-2015

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The Bed I Made

Author:

Lucie Whitehouse

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One stifling night in a bar in Soho, Kate meets Richard - powerful, sensual Richard. Going home with him that night is reckless and exhilarating, their connection electric. Now, 18 months later, Kate is fleeing London for an old coastguard's cottage on the Isle of Wight, determined to forget Richard for ever. In winter, however, the island is locked down, wary of outsiders, and there is little to distract her from her memories. Within days, a local woman, Alice Frewin, goes missing from her boat, and though no body is found there are whispers of suicide. Kate is quickly drawn into Alice's world but all the time Richard - powerful, unstable Richard - looms larger and larger over her own...

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General Fiction

ISBN:

9780753187944

Published:

01-03-2011

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Give Me Tomorrow

Author:

Jeanne Whitmee

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When Frank Davies marries a younger woman, Susan, his ten-year-old daughter Louise feels pushed out - and even more so when baby Karen arrives. Neither her father's outrageous spoiling of her, nor the drama school to which she is sent to pursue her dream, is enough to distract Louise from the void left by her absent mother. Now, years later, with her father gone, Louise is obsessed with finding her mother, while distancing herself from her family and spitefully making trouble for Karen whenever the opportunity arises. Karen has her own family problems to deal with, while Susan longs to see her girls reconciled and to pick up the threads of her own life again. Eventually each woman, in her own way, is shown the path to happiness. But will they take it?

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Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444833959

Published:

01-09-2017

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True Colours

Author:

Jeanne Whitmee

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Frances, Sophie and Katie meet again at a school reunion and discover how their lives have changed. Katie is a successful fashion designer; Frances has a young son and a wealthy husband; Sophie has a happy marriage and a dream home. They resolve to keep in touch, but gradually each of them realises that her friends' wonderful lives are far from perfect... Katie is working in a small boutique and struggling to succeed; Fran's marriage to a controlling man is deeply unhappy; Sophie is on the point of bankruptcy and divorce. But old friendships die hard and each of them needs to learn to pocket her pride and reach out for the help and support of her friends.

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Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444817393

Published:

01-11-2013

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Boxer Handsome

Author:

Anna Whitwham

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Boxing runs in Bobby's blood. His Irish dad was a boxer, and so was his Jewish grandfather - yanked up by their collars at Clapton Bow Boys Club, taught how to box and stay out of trouble. So Bobby knows he shouldn't be messing in street brawls a week before his big fight with Connor 'the Gypsy Boy', an Irish traveller from around the way. They're fighting over Theresa, a traveller girl with Connor's name on her. But Bobby is handsome, like his dad. Boxer handsome. For Bobby, the ring is everywhere, and he can't afford to lose...

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General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444823165

Published:

01-03-2015

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Lord Arthur Savile's Crime And Other Stories

Author:

Oscar Wilde

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In the first of these short mystery stories, LORD ARTHUR SAVILE'S CRIME is murder. When Lord Savile's palm is read, he's informed that he will be a murderer, and he realises that if he wants to marry, he has no right to do so until he has committed the murder. But despite his efforts, his first two 'victims' completely fail to be harmed by his lethal intentions. Thinking that his marriage plans are doomed, he encounters the same palm reader by the bank of the river Thames - and suddenly realises that his task, at last, can be fulfilled.

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Soft Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444811056

Published:

01-05-2012

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The Happy Prince And Other Tales

Author:

Oscar Wilde

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THE HAPPY PRINCE AND OTHER TALES is a collection of fables - THE HAPPY PRINCE had been, in life, a joyful personality. However, now, immortalised by a gold and jewel encrusted statue, he's saddened by the poverty of his citizens. Unable to move, he enlists the help of a swallow to help his people... In THE NIGHTINGALE AND THE ROSE, a nightingale overhears a student complaining that his professor's daughter will not dance with him, as he is unable to give her a red rose. But will the nightingale's sacrifice be enough?

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Soft Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444811414

Published:

01-06-2012

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The Invisible Crowd

Author:

Ellen Wiles

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2 March, 1975: In Asmara, Eritrea, Yonas Kelati is born into a world of turmoil. At the same time, on the same day, Jude Munroe takes her first breath in London, England. Thirty years later, blacklisted in his war-ravaged country, Yonas has no option but to flee his home. After a terrible journey, he arrives on a bleak English coast. Overworked barrister Jude has already packed up for the day when Yonas's asylum case lands on her desk. Opening the file, she finds a patchwork of witness statements. A lifetime the same length as her own, reduced to a few scraps of paper. Soon Jude will stand up in court and tell Yonas's story. And how she tells it will change his life forever...

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Hard Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781444839661

Published:

01-01-2019

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Homecomings

Author:

Marcia Willett

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At the end of the row of fishermen's cottages by the harbour's edge stands an old granite house. First it belonged to Ned's parents; then Ned dropped anchor here after a life at sea and called it home. His nephew Hugo moved in too, swapping London for the small Cornish fishing village where he'd spent so many happy holidays - and now other friends and relations are being drawn to the house. Among them is Dossie, lonely after her parents died and her son remarried. And cousin Jamie, coming home after more than a year, since his career as an RAF pilot was abruptly cut short. Both have to adjust to a new way of life. As newcomers arrive and old friends reunite, secrets are uncovered, relationships are forged and tested, and romance is kindled...

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Hard Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781785417160

Published:

01-05-2019

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Indian Summer

Author:

Marcia Willett

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For renowned actor Mungo, his quiet home village in Devon provides the perfect retreat. Close by are his brother and his wife, and the rural location makes his home the ideal getaway for his old friends in London. Among those is Kit, who comes to stay for the summer, bringing with her a letter from her first and only love, Jake, as well as a heart in turmoil. Years have passed since Kit and Jake last saw each other, and now he has written to Kit asking to meet again. As the summer unfolds, secrets are uncovered that will shatter the sleepy community, and even tear a family apart. But those involved soon realize that the only way to move forward might be to confront the past...

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Hard Cover

Genre:

General Fiction

ISBN:

9781785411014

Published:

01-10-2015

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