Eighteen years ago Simone Porter's six-month-old daughter, Helena, was abducted. Simone and husband Matt have slowly rebuilt their shattered lives, but the pain at losing their child has never left them. Then a young woman, Grace, appears out of the blue and tells Simone she has information about her stolen baby. But just who is Grace - and can Simone trust her? When Grace herself disappears, Simone becomes embroiled in a desperate search for her baby and the woman who has vital clues about her whereabouts.
London, 1920. When 14-year-old Victoria Keats is thrown out of her home by her violent father, it seems likely she will starve until two strangers provide her with no-strings-attached help. As Vicki's life improves, she can't help but fixate on the mystery of these good Samaritans, but tracking them down may be more life changing than she thinks.
It’s been a while, but Lara Carson’s back in Bath and lives are set to change as a result. Lara left her family and boyfriend Flynn 18 years ago without a word to anyone. Her childhood best friend Evie is thrilled Lara’s back and able to share her happiness. Evie’s about to walk down the aisle with her dream man, Joel. Or so she thinks…. Then there’s Flynn Erskine, even more attractive now and stunned to see Lara again. The spark between them is as strong as ever, but how’s Flynn going to react when he discovers the secret she’s been keeping from him?
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Ruth lives in the beautiful city of Vienna and is wildly in love with Heini Radik, a brilliant young pianist. But her world is about to change forever. When Hitler's forces invade, Ruth's family flees to London, but she is unable to get a passport. Quin, a young professor and friend of the family, visits Ruth and in an effort to bring her back to London, he offers a marriage of convenience. As Ruth throws herself into her London life, Quin begins to fall desperately in love with her.
London's luxurious Hotel du Barry has been left unscathed by WWI, and the party has just begun: tainted love, murderous desires and gin - it's The Grand Budapest Hotel with a dash of Gatsby. When a laughing baby is found amongst the Hotel du Barry's billowing sheets, tucked up in an expensive pair of ladies' bloomers and neatly pegged to the laundry line, the hotel staff resolve to keep the child.
Hiding out in the gents' toilets backstage is not the way Sasha imagined bumping into her significant ex. Especially when that ex is notoriously damaged, famously wild rock god Nate Munro! She has a massive favor to ask him, but one glimpse of his sinfully dark eyes and all she can think about is that he's seen her naked! Nate's used to women doing anything to get his attention, but he never pictured bubbly schoolteacher Sasha as the groupie type - she's far too sweet!
When Verne Raydon marries Robert, it is purely for money, and he knows it. Verne despises him yet takes the step that appalls her, but she has no choice. In this loveless arrangement, Robert, who is not unattractive, must have his own motives, but what are they, and what can he possibly gain from such an arrangement?
Georgia Driffield is passionate, willful, resourceful, intelligent but often foolhardy, as she grows from girl to woman in the years between the two wars. It is not until she discovers the extraordinary life of her great-great-grandmother, Chantal, that she finds a way which will reconcile her to her adoption, reunite her with her adoptive parents and, unexpectedly, help her discover the true meaning of love.
The wonderfully nostalgic and heartwarming new novel from the Sunday Times top-ten best-selling author of The Beggar Maid. Born out of wedlock when her mother was only fourteen, Lucy Pocket has spent all her life in the care of her disreputable but charming grandmother, Eva. They dodge from one poor lodging house to another, always in debt and resorting to theft in order to exist. Until her wealthy paternal grandfather buys her from Eva, determined to bring Lucy up to be a lady.
Helena Clurey seemed to have all that life could possible offer: Simon, her devoted husband; sufficient money; and a loving family in which she could take pride. Happy and secure, Helena believes her only problem to be the unruly, immovable family that lodge on the top floor of their house. But then one evening she gets the shock of her life - her steady, simple life - and her apparent contentment is in danger of being shattered by a dark voice from the past....
Cynny Barlow is just eighteen when she falls helplessly in love with the dashing Ralph Clinton, an ambitious and talented actor visiting her home town for the summer. However, when Ralph is talent-spotted by a film producer, he puts everything behind him and leaves for the big time, with no idea that Cynny is already pregnant. Whilst her daughter Suzie is a toddler, Cynny can see no way out of her life of drudgery, working at the grocer's during the day, and as a barmaid in the evenings to make ends meet.
Madison Miller has everything – beautiful, talented and just a little bit naïve; she’s the small-town girl who swept to victory on America’s hottest talent show to become the nation’s sweetheart. She’s also head-over-heels in love with the man who’d masterminded her career – the head-spinningly powerful, lethally attractive Brett Silverman. But there’s trouble in paradise…Jess has bolted from her approaching wedding and a dead-end job in London to chase dreams of being a fashion designer in New York.
Madeleine Frank's life is turned upside down when a natural disaster claims the life of her beloved husband. Fleeing from the Florida Keys to Bath to start afresh, Madeleine begins rebuilding her life and sets up a psychotherapy practice. But she's unaware that another force of nature is about to sweep in.