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  • The Christmas Party | Carole Matthews

    The Christmas Party

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Carole Matthews
    • Narrated By Penelope Rawlins
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    Louise Young is a devoted single mother whose only priority is providing for her daughter, Mia. Louise has a good job in a huge international corporation and she's grateful for it. The only problem is her boss who can't keep his hands to himself, but Louise can handle him. What she really doesn't have time for is romance - until she meets the company's rising star, Josh Wallace. Louise usually says no to evenings out but she's decided to let her hair down tonight.

  • A Whiff of Scandal | Carole Matthews

    A Whiff of Scandal

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Carole Matthews
    • Narrated By Annie Aldington
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    When Rose escapes from London and her handsome and charming ex-lover, she has no idea her occupation as an aromatherapist will cause such a scandal in her new country village. All she wants is a bit of peace and quiet, but her new neighbours soon ensure that her life is more chaotic than ever before. But that may be because Rose is falling in love....

  • Paper Hearts and Summer Kisses | Carole Matthews

    Paper Hearts and Summer Kisses

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Carole Matthews
    • Narrated By Julia Barrie
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    A heartwarming and poignant novel of romance, family and second chances, Paper Hearts and Summer Kisses is Sunday Times best-selling author Carole Matthews at her outstanding best. Perfect for fans of Jill Mansell and Milly Johnson. Christie Chapman is a single working mother who spends her days commuting to her secretarial job in London and looking after her teenage son, Finn.

  • A Cottage by the Sea | Carole Matthews

    A Cottage by the Sea

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Carole Matthews
    • Narrated By Clare Corbett
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    Grace has been best friends with Ella and Flick forever. The late-night chats, shared heartaches, and good times have created a bond that has stood the test of time. When Ella invites them to stay for a week in her cottage in South Wales, Grace jumps at the chance to see her old friends. She also hopes that the change of scenery will help her reconnect with her distant husband. Then Flick arrives; loveable, bubbly, incorrigible Flick, accompanied by the handsome and charming Noah. This is going to be one week which will change all their lives forever...

    Jan says: "Great Holiday Read"
  • It's a Kind of Magic | Carole Matthews

    It's a Kind of Magic

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Carole Matthews
    • Narrated By Antonia Beamish
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    Emma and Leo have been together forever, but their relationship seems to have lost its sparkle. When Leo turns up to Emma's 30th birthday dinner unforgivably late and extremely drunk, she can't help wishing for someone to wave a magic wand and turn Leo into a reliable and considerate boyfriend. Then Leo's path crosses with a decidedly unusual girl called Isobel, and as he falls under her spell, Emma sees him change before her very eyes. Soon she regrets wishing for a new Leo at all.

  • The Only Way Is Up

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    • By Carole Matthews
    • Narrated By To Be Announced
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    Lily and Laurence had it all: the money, the car, a beautiful home in the Buckinghamshire countryside. Then Laurence loses his job, and everything disappears. With nowhere to turn, Lily and Laurence are forced to take their two young children and move to a flea-ridden council house on a notoriously rough estate. As they try to pick up the pieces of their shattered lives, Lily constantly dreams of returning to her old luxurious life. Will her dream come true, or will she learn that money doesn't always buy happiness?

  • All You Need Is Love | Carole Matthews

    All You Need Is Love

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Carole Matthews
    • Narrated By Julie Maisey
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    Single mum and superwoman Sally Freeman wants a better life for herself and her son, Charlie. But it’s not going to be easy when their home is on a run-down Liverpool council estate. Just as Sally’s mission to improve their surroundings gets under way, she’s offered a ticket out of there, in the splendid form of Spencer Knight. He has everything she could wish for - the looks, the charm, not to mention the wallet. But is he the answer to her prayers? Or does her hapless ex-boyfriend Johnny still hold the key to her heart?

  • Summer Daydreams | Carole Matthews

    Summer Daydreams

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Carole Matthews
    • Narrated By Jane Collingwood
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    What if you had always dreamed of something more? Waving goodbye to the chip shop, Nell McNamara starts up a new business making her own line of must-have handbags, which are soon flying off the shelves. It seems Nell's dreams are finally coming true, but her success doesn't come without a price. Before too long, Nell has to ask herself if it's really possible to have it all….

  • The Chocolate Lovers' Club

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Carole Matthews
    • Narrated By Lucy Price-Lewis
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    For Lucy Lombard, there's nothing that chocolate can't cure. From heartache to headaches, it's the one thing she knows that she can rely on - and she's not alone. Fellow chocolate addicts Autumn, Nadia and Chantal share her passion, and together they form a select group known as The Chocolate Lovers' Club. Whenever there's a crisis, they meet in their sanctuary, a café called Chocolate Heaven. And with a cheating boyfriend, a flirtatious boss, a gambling husband and a loveless marriage, there's always plenty to discuss....

  • The Chocolate Lovers' Diet | Carole Matthews

    The Chocolate Lovers' Diet

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Carole Matthews
    • Narrated By Lucy Price-Lewis
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    Survival tips for times of stress: 1. Take deep breaths. 2. Count to 10. 3. Eat chocolate. Lucy thought she had got her happily ever after with the gorgeous Aidan, but things aren't turning out the way she had hoped they would. But she's not the only one with problems - Autumn's new boyfriend has yet to meet her parents; Nadia's husband has sworn he's given up gambling, but she's finding that hard to believe; and Chantal is doing all she can to save her marriage. It's clear that these girls are going to need a lot of chocolate.

  • The Chocolate Lovers' Wedding | Carole Matthews

    The Chocolate Lovers' Wedding

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Carole Matthews
    • Narrated By Lucy Price-Lewis
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    The ladies of The Chocolate Lovers' Club should be gearing up for the wedding of the year, but life keeps getting in the way.... Lucy is worried about her financial situation, and it keeps distracting her. Should she accept an offer of help from an untrustworthy source? Nadia may have a real chance at finding love, but other areas of her life aren't so rosy. Something needs to change - but what? Autumn can't wait to meet someone she hasn't seen in a very long time.

    Paula Beavan says: "Great story, terrible audio."
  • The Cake Shop in the Garden | Carole Matthews

    The Cake Shop in the Garden

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Carole Matthews
    • Narrated By Jilly Bond
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    Fay Merryweather runs her cake shop from her beautiful garden. She whips up airy sponges and scrumptious scones while her customers enjoy the lovely blossoms and gorgeous blooms. Looking after the cake shop, the garden, and her cantankerous mother means Fay is always busy, but she accepts her responsibilities because if she doesn't do all this, who will? Then Danny Wilde walks into her life and makes Fay question every decision she's ever made.

    Shireen Alam says: "nice story but a little slow"
  • A Place to Call Home | Carole Matthews

    A Place to Call Home

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Carole Matthews
    • Narrated By Rita Sharma
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    In the dead of night, Ayesha takes her daughter, Sabina, and slips quietly from her home, leaving behind a life of full of pain. Boarding a coach to London, all Ayesha wants is a fresh start. Hayden, a former popstar, has kept himself hidden away for years. He's only opened up his home to two people - Crystal, a professional dancer with a heart of gold, and Joy, an ill-tempered retiree with a soft spot for waifs and strays.

    Barbara Förster says: "I considered not finishing this book a few times"
  • Calling Mrs Christmas | Carole Matthews

    Calling Mrs Christmas

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Carole Matthews
    • Narrated By Julia Franklin
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    Cassie Smith has been out of work for a while but she has an idea. Drawing on her love of Christmas, she begins charging for small things: wrapping presents; writing cards; tree-decorating. She's soon in huge demand and Cassie's business, Calling Mrs Christmas, is born. Carter Randall wants to make Christmas special for his children, so he enlists Cassie's help, and his lavish requests start taking up all her time. Thank goodness she can rely on her loving partner Jim to handle the rest of her clients.

  • It's Now or Never | Carole Matthews

    It's Now or Never

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Carole Matthews
    • Narrated By Julia Franklin
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    When twins Annie and Lauren attend their older sister Chelsea’s 40th birthday party at the Dorchester Hotel, they wonder why their lives are so different. Why is Chelsea’s devoted husband twirling her round the dance floor, while Annie’s husband has gone fishing and Lauren’s lover is at home with his wife and children? There and then, they decide it’s time to turn things around. To go all out for what they want, to start living again. The question is: have they left it too late?

    Jan says: "Not worth your credit"
  • With Love at Christmas | Carole Matthews

    With Love at Christmas

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Carole Matthews
    • Narrated By Julia Franklin
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    Can the imperfect family really have the perfect Christmas? Juliet Joyce adores Christmas. She loves the presents, the tree, the turkey, the tinsel, everything. Already the festive spirit is upon her, which is just as well as this Christmas things are starting to get out of hand. Her son, Tom, is out of work and bringing home a slew of unsuitable partners; pregnant daughter Chloe and her little boy have moved back in; Juliet's father, Frank, is getting over heartbreak of his own; and Rita, her eccentric mother, is behaving more erratically each day.

  • Wrapped Up In You | Carole Matthews

    Wrapped Up In You

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Carole Matthews
    • Narrated By Clare Corbett
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    A Christmas fling, or has Janie found the real thing? Thirty-something hairdresser Janie Johnson's single status is a constant source of gossip for her friends and clients. So after too many nights in with her cat, a blind date disaster and news that her ex is getting married, Janie realises it's time to do something dramatic with her life. It's time for an adventure! Leaving winter behind, Janie takes the plunge and books an exotic trip to Africa.

    Carmen says: "Meh"
  • You Drive Me Crazy

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    • By Carole Matthews
    • Narrated By Julia Barrie
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    The last place Anna Terry expects to fall in love is in the waiting room of her divorce lawyer's office, but that's where she meets Nick Diamond.... Anna's first marriage ended before her pregnancy was over, and her second husband has disappeared, leaving her penniless and with two children. Nick's luck hasn't been any better: his wife has run off with another man, and his business is in chaos. When Anna gets a job as Nick's secretary, what starts as a mild flirtation soon accelerates into overdrive - and then their ex-partners show up....

  • Welcome to the Real World

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    • By Carole Matthews
    • Narrated By Annie Aldington
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    Fern has the voice of an angel, but as an underpaid barmaid and pub singer, she's going nowhere fast. Then she enters the TV talent show Fame Game, and this could be her big break. But then, things are never that simple. Evan David's exquisite tones have enthralled opera buffs throughout the world. Everyone around him panders to his every need, but what he really needs now is a break - from everything. Two worlds collide when Fern becomes Evan's assistant, and neither is prepared for the dramatic effect they have on each other.

  • A Minor Indiscretion

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    • By Carole Matthews
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    Ali Kingston is happily married with three children. She isn't the type to have her head turned - but then it isn't every day that a gorgeous younger man falls at her feet. When Ed, Ali's husband, finds out that she's spent time with another man, he's sure there's more to it than just a minor indiscretion - so in a moment of madness, he kicks Ali out of the house. Their family and friends do all they can to help Ali and Ed reconcile, but nothing seems to work. And then fate intervenes....

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