It's the new university term among the dreaming spires. The start of a whole new life. Meet Isabel, beautiful, clever, shy - and leaving home for the first time. Meet Olly, recently graduated, idealistic and a little hopeless, a man whose heart leads his brain and for whom opportunity just hasn't come knocking - yet. Meet Amber, the It girl who is soon partying with the fast set - and no-one is faster than Jasper de Borchy, glamorous leader of the notorious Bullinger club.
"I wanted to like this"
Anna Farrier learns the hard way that in some careers, high-powered connections mean far more than actual talent. So, she becomes assistant to Cassandra Knight, an author of scorching blockbusters whose real forte is social climbing. Unfortunately, the ad Anna answered is Cassandra’s latest plan to bamboozle someone into becoming nanny to her son, Zak - a post no one in his or her right mind would want.
This enchanting book is an international best-seller. City folk Rosie and her boyfriend, Mark, have always dreamed of a countryside cottage. The nouveaux-riche Samantha and Guy are also seeking rural bliss: a mansion with a mile-long drive and a team of gardeners. The village of Eight Mile Bottom seems the idyllic hideaway for them. But as dreams become reality, they soon realize that village life can be far from peaceful.
Alice wants her own art gallery. But at the moment. she’s running her nightmare boss Angelica’s, which is full of gold-sprayed wheelchairs, hairy pebbles, and heads made of frozen wee. Her love life’s just hit a major Blue Period as well. Worse, she has to cope with Zeb, a bad-boy artist whose works go for bazillions. But along comes Dan, a handsome, brilliant young portrait painter for whom life is far from easel.
"Another great title from Wendy Holden"
Ambitions clash when the village launches an allotment project. Morag wants to plough hers with a horse; Beth buys a gleaming mini-tractor; Alexandra arrives with a Chanel spade & film crew, while Mary endures the advice of a champion vegetable-grower.
Scheming social climber Alexa may be humbly born. But only a title, mansion and family tiara will do. Befriending feckless aristo Florrie (three surnames plus black hole where her brain should be) means the grandest doors swing open and the prince of her dreams is in sight. But has Florrie’s mother, the formidable Lady Annabel, rumbled what Alexa is up to? Beautiful but penniless student Polly, meanwhile, is in love.
Two couples meet in an antenatal class and loathe each other on sight. Flashy Hugo and Amanda plan a five-star birthing experience with private hospitals and maternity nurses. Right-on Alice and Jack want a home delivery with whale music. But baby Theo has barely arrived before Hugo and Amanda hit problems: Hugo fails miserably to bond with his son and Amanda decides motherhood is boring.
Anna Farrier learns the hard way that in publishing, high-powered connections are far more essential than actual talent. So, she becomes an assistant to Cassandra Knight, author of scorching blockbusters, whose indubitable forte is social climbing. Unfortunately, the ad Anna answered is Cassandra's latest plan to bamboozle someone into becoming a nanny for her son Zak, a post no one in her right mind would willingly entertain. Even worse, Anna has yet to catch Cassandra doing any writing.
Sophie seems to have a perfect marriage. She, her author husband, Mark, and their daughter live in a big house full of antiques. But as Mark's best-selling star rises, his best husband status is sliding out of the chart, and Sophie feels neglected.
Jane leads an ordinary life that seems poles apart from Champagne D'Vyne; a celebrity socialite who leads a fairy-tale life with an obsession for men, money, and fame. Jane's life is filled by work stress, love stress, and a spare tire that refuses to go away. But their drastically contrasting lives are about to become bizarrely intertwined, and Jane is soon to realize that Champagne will let nothing come between her and what she wants. Especially not Jane...
Rosie and her boyfriend Mark are city folk who have always dreamt of a tiny countryside cottage. The nouveaux-riches Samantha and Guy are also seeking rural bliss - a mansion complete with mile long drive and a team of gardeners. The village of Eight Mile Bottom seems the perfect idyllic hide-away for them, despite the many eccentric locals including - a nosy postman, glamorous Bond Girl, and a reclusive rock star. But as Rosie's dream becomes reality, she soon realizes that village life can be far from peaceful.
She stopped at nothing. To get everything. Scheming social climber Alexa may be humbly born. But she's a class-hopping cruise missile aimed at the very top of the gold-digging tree. Only a title, mansion and family tiara will do. Befriending feckless aristo Florrie (three surnames plus black hole where her brain should be) means the grandest doors swing open and the prince of her dreams is in sight. But
Kate, a journalist in a small northern town, is fed up with covering black-pudding championships for the Slackmucklethwaite Mercury and living with Mum, Dad, and Gran in a semi called Wits End. When evil tycoon Peter Hardstone takes over the paper, slashes budgets, and sacks staff, Kate's career hits an all-time low. However, gloom turns to glamour once Hardstone's sexy son arrives to work on the Mercury.