THE PRESENT - After her mother’s death, Emilie de la Martiniéres finds herself the sole inheritor of a chateau in the south of France. There she discovers an old notebook which leads her along a journey to unravel the tragic love story of the mysterious Sophia. THE PAST (1943). Constance Carruthers, arrives in occupied Paris at the height of conflict. There she stumbles into the heart of a wealthy family and is drawn into a web of deception, the repercussions of which will affect generations to come.
"Fantastic historical story... loved it!"
Troubled by recent loss, Grania Ryan has returned to Ireland and the arms of her loving family. It is here, on a cliff edge, that she first meets a young girl, Aurora. Strangely drawn to Aurora, Grania discovers that their families are deeply entwined. From a bittersweet romance in wartime London to a troubled relationship in contemporary New York, the Ryans and the Lisles have been entangled for a century.
"Sweeping Family Drama Beyond my Expectations"
Unlike the rest of her family, Maggie Walsh has always done the right thing - that is until the day she leaves her husband and takes refuge with her friend Emily, a screenwriter in Los Angeles - a city where even the palm trees are skinny.
"Good story -- GREAT narrator"
In Trick of the Dark, forensic psychiatrist Charlotte Flint is in desperate need of a distraction after her testimony in a high-profile case comes under fire, threatening her career. Enter Dr. Corinna Newsam, an old professor of Charlotte’s who is convinced her son-in-law was murdered by her daughter’s new lover.
"Not up to par"
Rachel Walsh is twenty-seven and the miserable owner of size 8 feet. She has regular congress with Luke Costello, a man who wears his leather trousers tight. And she's fond - some might say too fond - of recreational drugs.
The brooding hero, gypsy Jake Lovell, under whose magic hands the most difficult horse or woman becomes biddable, is driven to the top by his loathing of the darling of the show ring, Rupert Campbell-Black. Having filched each other’s horses, and fought and fornicated their way around the capitals of Europe, the feud between the two men finally erupts with devastating consequences at the Los Angeles Olympics.
"One of my favouriates"
Lucy Cardwell has recently lost her troubled father, Tom. While sifting through his papers, she finds he'd been researching an uncle she never knew he'd had. Intrigued, she visits her father's childhood home, the once beautiful Carlyon Manor. She meets an old woman named Beatrice who has an extraordinary story to tell. As Lucy listens to the tales of the past, she learns a secret that will change everything she has ever known... As Lucy listens to the tales of the past, she learns a secret that will change everything she has ever known....
Fate is on its way to the tenants of 66 Star Street, bringing with it love and tragedy, friendship and heartbreak, and the power to change lives... One of them is falling in love; another is torn between two lovers. For some, secrets they want to stay buried will come to light, and for others, the unveiling of those secrets will have tragic consequences.
"Not quite typical"
Following the death of her bullying husband, Etta Bancroft's selfish children move her to a village in the Cotswolds. One night, she discovers a filly, left to die in the snow. With help, Etta rescues the horse, and she and her friends form a syndicate to pay for her upkeep. As the horse recovers, she begins to show racing pedigree, so the syndicate enters her into a maiden hurdle - and are shocked at the result.
"Jumping over the top!"
Jojo Harvey is a literary agent whose star is on the rise. In love with both her married boss and her burgeoning career, not much distracts her. Until she finds herself representing two women who used to be best friends. Used to be....
1980. Three schoolgirls visit St. Valentine's shrine in Dublin, to write petitions for love. 2010. These same women have discovered that finding love was the easy part; it's what you do with it that's tricky. When one of the women returns home unexpectedly from California, all three are forced to examine their choices. Vonnie, Abby and Diana must learn they need to open their eyes and more especially their hearts...
Isserley spends most of her time driving. But why is she so interested in picking up hitchhikers? And why are they always male, well-built, and alone? An utterly unpredictable and macabre mystery, Michel Faber's debut is an outstanding piece of fiction that will stay with you long after you have finished listening.
"Very well done"
Childhood friends Juliet, Rebecca, Rose, and Matthew grew up in a small village outside Dublin. Now privileged, wealthy, and powerful, they appear to have it all. But when Juliet is involved in a suspicious accident and lies trapped between life and death at the bottom of a cliff, a secret that has been hidden for years threatens the seemingly perfect lives of the close-knit group.
Desperate to attract James after meeting only once, Alison reinvents herself as a Catholic despite her atheistic upbringing. After five years of marriage, however, she finds herself compelled to lead a double life, upholding ‘truths’ in public which she privately abhors. The strain of the deception leads her into an intense affair; yet perhaps more damaging will be the shocking knowledge that even the virtuous James is entangled in deception.
From Sunday Times best-selling author Santa Montefiore comes a novel about losing yourself, but finding your future.… Ellen Trawton is running away from it all - literally. She’s getting married to a man she doesn't love, her job is depressing, and her mother is getting on her nerves. So she escapes to the one place she knows her mother won't follow her - her aunt's house in rural Ireland. Once there, she uncovers a dark family secret - and a future she never knew she might have.
Rachel Hore's intriguing and suspenseful new novel magnificently connects the very different worlds of two young women, who are linked by their individual quests for truth, love and happiness. When editor Emily Gordon commissions an account of the great English novelist Hugh Morton, she finds herself caught between Morton's formidable widow, Jacqueline, and the charming biographer, Joel Richards. What is the secret buried in Morton’s past? One winter's day in 1948, a chance meeting for Isabel Barber leads to a fascinating career in publishing.
Georgina was 18 when she fell in love with Hugh Carter. He was way out of her league but she never loved another man. Now she's 32 and he's finally moved in with her. The fact that in the intervening years he married a friend of hers and had two kids is not important. All seems well until she falls pregnant. Surely a baby will bring them even closer, won't it? But Hugh is turning out to be something of a disappointment and after 14 years of seeing life through Hugh-tinted lenses, can Georgina really start to make up her own mind?
Supermodel Ali Armstrong is getting married on-board the luxury yacht Excalibur, surrounded by her closest friends and family. But as the guests arrive, tensions and secrets begin rising to the surface.
Will Ali’s mother Carrie finally accept the end of her own marriage? Can her sister Hope learn to trust again? The privileged world of the Armstrongs is about to be blown sky high…
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.
Connie Green's life should be perfect. She has a great career, a great husband, and a great bunch of girlfriends. But she has just met the overwhelmingly sexy John at a business conference. Her head and heart said, "No way!" but her traitorous body shrieked, "YES, YES!" Now she's embroiled in a tawdry affair which is destroying her peace of mind and threatening her grand plan of Happily Ever After. Maybe John is her destiny. After all she is losing weight. It can't be such bad things, can it?