In a windswept British seaside town, single mum Alice Lake finds a man sitting on the beach outside her house. He has no name and no idea how he got there. Against her better judgment, she invites him inside. Meanwhile, in a suburb of London, 21-year-old Lily Monrose has been married for only three weeks. When her husband fails to come home from work one night, she is left alone in a place where she knows no one and with the police telling her that her husband never existed.
Imagine that you live on a picturesque communal garden square, an oasis in urban London where your children run free, in and out of other people's houses. You've known your neighbors for years and you trust them. Implicitly. You think your children are safe. But are they really? On a midsummer night, as a festive neighborhood party is taking place, preteen Pip discovers her 13-year-old sister Grace lying unconscious and bloody in a hidden corner of a lush rose garden. What really happened to her?
"Not as good as some of her others but still worth"
The Bird children have an idyllic childhood: a picture-book cottage in a country village, a warm, cosy kitchen filled with love and laughter, sun-drenched afternoons in a rambling garden. But one Easter weekend a tragedy strikes the Bird family that is so devastating it tears them apart. Many years later something will call them home, back to the house they grew up in - and to what really happened that Easter weekend all those years ago.
In a hospice in Bury St Edmunds, Daniel is slowly fading away. His friend Maggie sits with him every day and listens to the story of his life, to his regrets and secrets. He tells her about the children he has never met and never will. Lydia, Dean, and Robyn don't know each other yet, but when they slowly find their way into each other’s lives, everything starts to change....
Betty Dean can't wait to leave her quiet upbringing in Guernsey and begin her mission to find Clara Pickle - the mysterious beneficiary in her grandmother's will. She arrives in grungy, 1990s Soho, ready for whatever life has to throw at her. Or so she thinks... As Betty searches for Clara, she is taken on a journey through her grandmother, Arlette's, extraordinary life in 1920s bohemian London, uncovering a tale of love, loss and heartbreak amidst the hedonistic world of the Bright Young People.
"Loved this story"
You live on a picturesque communal garden square, an oasis in urban London where your children run free, in and out of other people’s houses. You’ve known your neighbours for years, and you trust them. Implicitly. You think your children are safe. But are they really? On a midsummer’s night, a 13-year-old girl is found unconscious in a dark corner of the garden square. What really happened to her? And who is responsible?
"Well told. Compelling. Well worth it."
East Yorkshire: Single mum Alice Lake finds a man on the beach outside her house. He has no name, no jacket, no idea what he is doing there. Against her better judgement, she invites him in to her home. Surrey: 21-year-old Lily Monrose has only been married for three weeks. When her new husband fails to come home from work one night, she is left stranded in a new country where she knows no one. Then the police tell her that her husband never existed....
It’s 11 years since Jem Catterick and Ralph McLeary first got together. They thought they’d found their happy ending. As everyone agreed, they were the perfect couple. Then two became four, a flat became a house. Romantic nights out became sleepless nights in. And they soon found that life wasn’t quite so simple. But through it all Jem and Ralph still loved each other. Now, in the chaos of family life, Ralph feels more and more as if he’s standing on the sidelines, and Jem that she’s losing herself.
When she was nine years old, Melody Browne's house burned down. As well as destroying all her possessions, the fire took with it all her memories - Melody remembers nothing before her ninth birthday. Now she hasn't seen her parents since she left home at 15. She's made a life for herself and her son and likes it that way. Until one night she faints at a hypnotist show - and when she comes round she starts to remember.
"The Truth about Melody Browne"
When Dig Ryan bumps into his first love, Deliliah, after 12 years, he realises that he still fancies her rotten. Nadine has been Dig's best friend for the last 15 years and has only just realised that she's in love with him. Delilah was her nemesis at school, and it turns out that she still is. When she resurfaces, Nadine finds herself feeling extremely jealous. So she resorts to extremely childish things, like phoning her first love, Phil, just to get her own back.
Ein Cottage. Eine Familie. Ein Wiedersehen.In einem gemütlichen Cottage in England verbringen die vier Bird-Geschwister eine idyllische Kindheit voller Wärme und Harmonie. Bis zu jenem schrecklichen Osterwochenende, nach dem nichts mehr ist wie zuvor. Die Jahre vergehen und bald schon scheint es, als wären sie nie eine Familie gewesen... Doch dann erreicht die in alle Himmelsrichtungen zerstreuten Birds eine Nachricht, die sie zurückkehren lässt in das Haus, in dem sie aufgewachsen sind.
In his old, rambling house, failed poet Toby Dobbs has created a refuge for lost souls. But when a quiet tragedy and an unwelcome letter interrupt Toby's sedate existence, he needs his housemates to find some direction in their lives.
Meet the residents of 31 Almanac Road: Ralph and Smith are best friends until they fall for the gorgeous Jemima, their new flatmate. Jem knew that the flat was the right place for her as soon as she saw it. She also knows that one of these two men is right for her. But which one?