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Amanda Brooke lives in Liverpool with her daughter, Jessica, two cats and a laptop within easy reach. Her debut novel, Yesterday’s Sun, was a Richard and Judy Book Club pick.
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A family drama full of suspense, tension and heartache. Nina’s 15 year old daughter Scarlett is pregnant, and the father is a married man. As the main story moves from before to after the revelation, Scarlett also tells her story, however she won’t say who the father is. Amanda Brooke lights the fuse and then fans the flames, encouraging questions as Nina turns her family inside out in an attempt to find answers and understand what has happened. This is a story deliberately set to challenge, prod and provoke, yet there is an undeniable sense of compassion and empathy touching the pages. As manipulation is revealed and answers haunt the final pages, ‘The Affair’ stands out as an entirely captivating and thought-provoking read. ~ Liz Robinson
Early on we meet Lucy, twenty-four, who needs a heart transplant. She is a plucky girl trying to live a normal life greatly hampered by her sad ill health. For eighteen months she has been on the transplant list. Preparing to go on her first holiday ever with just her sister her family watch the television News and a report on a train crash which eventually turns into a motorway crash. Among the victims are three close women friends, all badly injured. We swing back four months and get to know these three, their reliance on each other and their reason for being in that crash. Interspersed with their lives is their post-accident hospital treatment where surely one will die for Lucy to get her heart. Which one is where the suspense is ratcheted up throughout the latter half of the book where huge revelations occur which threaten to destroy the women’s friendships. This is a tale exploring many strong issues; fertility, loyalty, betrayal, responsibility, young motherhood, divorce, independence, dementia and much more. Pretty powerful stuff and excellent for reading groups.
Would Jo's husband David really walk out on her – leaving no message – no trace of his whereabouts. She's pregnant and although their relationship had rocked when she told him, they loved each other – so how could he do it. Amanda Brooke's twisting thriller is an ideal summer read. Enough twists and turns to keep you dizzy as you follow Jo's search for her missing husband, a read that keeps the surprises coming, a good old-fashioned page-turner. ~ Sue Baker Like for Like Reading Death of a Dormouse, Reginald Hill From the Dead, Mark Billingham
A touching and emotional novel from the author of Richard and Judy pick YESTERDAY'S SUN. One woman who can't see her future Maggie Carter knows Victoria Park like the back of her hand. She can tell you what time of year the most fragrant flowers bloom; she knows which paths lead you to the bench by the lake. The park is her safe place - because outside it, expecting her first baby, Maggie has started to wonder whether she's going to be able to cope. One woman who can't escape her past Elsa, too, is expecting her first child, and alone and without anyone to support her, she is terrified that her child will be taken away. But all is not as it seems: the secrets of sixty years ago are haunting Elsa and they won't let her rest...Bound together by the present Struggling under the expectations and intentions of others, Maggie and Elsa's chance meeting on the park bench offers them each a lifeline and a friend. As they reveal their hopes and heartaches, can they see themselves - and each other - clearly enough to help, before it's too late?
What would you do if you could write the story of your life? After battling a brain tumour twenty-nine year old Emma thinks she is in the clear, but her world comes crashing down around her when she is told her fight was in vain, and there is nothing more the doctors can do. Realising that she won't now have time to achieve the things she dreamed of, Emma decides to write her perfect life in a story. She imagines all the things she would have done, the places she would have seen, the husband she would have shared her life with and the family they would have raised. And, mysteriously, as she writes her story, she starts to notice that some of her dreams seem to be coming true. Now with a real love in her life, and her fading hope burning brighter, reality and fiction start to become blurred.
There's a murderer in their midst... @thewidowsclub In response to unprecedented media interest, we confirm that the murder victim was a member of our group. We will not be commenting further. When April joins a support group for young widows, she's looking for answers after her husband's sudden death. What she finds instead is a group in turmoil. Set up by well-meaning amateurs, the founders are tussling for control of the group, and everyone's on edge. Added to that, secret relationships springing up between members and another new member, Nick, seems more than a little bit shady... But the most dangerous secret of all? Not all members are who they seem to be. And they'll go to any lengths to hide the truth...
She died. You're next. Now he's coming for you Ten years ago, Jen's cousin Meg killed herself after failing to escape an abusive relationship. Now, Meg's ex is back and Jen's domestic abuse helpline has started getting frightening calls from a girl who knows things about Meg - details that only the dead girl or the man who hurt her could have known... As Jen starts to uncover the past, someone is determined to stop her. Can she save this young woman from Meg's fate? Or is history about to repeat itself?
That's what he wants you to think...A good mother doesn't forget things.A good mother isn't a danger to herself.A good mother isn't a danger to her baby.You want to be the good mother you dreamed you could be.But you're not. You're the bad mother you were destined to become.At least, that what he wants you to believe...
That's what he wants you to think... A good mother doesn't forget things. A good mother isn't a danger to herself. A good mother isn't a danger to her baby. You want to be the good mother you dreamed you could be. But you're not. You're the bad mother you were destined to become. At least, that what he wants you to believe...
A shocking story about a fifteen-year-old girl and the man who took advantage of her"e;You might as well know from the start, I'm not going to tell on him and I don't care how much trouble I get in. It's not like it could get any worse than it already is.I can't. Don't ask me why, I just can't."e;When Nina finds out that her fifteen-year-old daughter, Scarlett, is pregnant, her world falls apart.Because Scarlet won't tell anyone who the father is. And Nina is scared that the answer will destroy everything.As the suspects mount - from Scarlett's teacher to Nina's new husband of less than a year - Nina searches for the truth: no matter what the cost.
Three best friends. One tragic accident.A heartbreaking novel about friendship, love and sacrifice from R&J bestseller, Amanda BrookeLucy has been desperate for a new heart for as long as she can remember. But getting the call to say a donor has been found will be a bittersweet relief: because for her to live, someone else must die.Julia, Helen and Phoebe have been fast friends for all their lives, through Helen's unplanned pregnancy, the sudden death of Phoebe's mother, and Julia's desperation to conceive with her much younger husband. Yet a deep friendship can hide many secrets, and as their relationship reaches crisis point, what has long been buried is going to come bubbling to the surface.With one tragic accident, these four lives will converge and Lucy will get her new heart. But who has made the ultimate sacrifice?
A little girl is missing. Her parents are hiding something. Who will pay the price?When eight-year-old Jasmine Peterson goes missing, the police want to know everything. What is local park ranger, Sam McIntyre, running away from and why did he go out of his way to befriend a young girl?Why can't Jasmine's mother and father stand to be in the same room as each other?With every passing minute, an unstoppable chain of events hurtles towards a tragic conclusion. Everyone has secrets. The question is: who will pay the price?
Is not knowing worse than knowing the truth? The next stunning novel from Richard and Judy pick, Amanda BrookeHe has a secret...Jo is five months pregnant with the baby she always wanted, and on the surface she has the perfect marriage to David, the love of her life. The only thing marring her happiness is the secret she's hiding from her husband.She told a lie...Then David disappears and there doesn't seem to be any trace of him. Did the secrets inside his marriage chase him away? Or something much worse?Would you rather know the whole truth or nothing at all?
Three gripping debut novels about motherhood and the bond between sisters - perfect for fans of the Richard & Judy Book Club.YESTERDAY'S SUNHow could you ever choose between your own life and the life of your child?Newlyweds Holly and Tom have just moved into an old manor house in the English countryside. When Holly discovers a moondial in the garden, little does she suspect that it will change her life forever. For the moondial has a curse.Each full moon, Holly can see into the future - and the moondial is offering her a desperate choice: sacrifice her own life and give Tom the baby he has always wanted; or save herself and erase the daughter she's falling in love with...THE SEA SISTERSTwo sisters, one life-changing journey...Katie's carefully structured world is shattered by the news that her headstrong younger sister, Mia, has been found dead in Bali - and the police claim it was suicide.With only the entries of Mia's travel journal as her guide, Katie retraces the last few months of her sister's life, and - page by page, country by country - begins to uncover the mystery surrounding her death.What she discovers changes everything. But will her search for the truth push their sisterly bond - and Katie - to breaking point?SOMEONE TO WATCH OVER MEWhen Carrie's five-year old son, Charlie, disappeared on a Norfolk beach, her world was destroyed. Now, three years on, she is persuaded by her mother to visit a local medium. Initially sceptical, Carrie is blown away when he appears to reveal something about Charlie's disappearance; something that nobody could ever have known except herself.Single mum, Molly, is worried about her young son, Max, who has been having more of his little 'accidents' at school and has recently starting talking again to his imaginary friend.Molly knows that Max's problems stem from his very real anxieties about his father - a violent and unstable man - who they are now in hiding from.Little do the women know that their worlds are about to converge - and both of them will have to face the thing they fear the most. But could the truth destroy them?
A touching and emotional novel from the author of Richard and Judy pick YESTERDAY'S SUN. Maggie Carter knows Victoria Park like the back of her hand. She knows which routes around the park are easiest to navigate; she knows what time of year the most beautiful flowers bloom; and she knows which bench by the pond allows you to hear the joyful chatter of children throwing bread to the ducks without risking getting splashed by over-enthusiastic flapping. But she's never seen any of these things. Maggie is blind: her senses of touch, smell and hearing have built an image of the place she loves most in the world, and she's never felt held back by her unseeing eyes. And yet, newly married and expecting her first baby, Maggie has suddenly started to doubt her ability to cope. Elsie is also expecting her first child, but unmarried, alone and without the support of her family, she's terrified her baby will be taken away. When Maggie meets Elsie one day in the park she tries to comfort this distressed young woman - but all is not as it seems. Because Elsie lost her baby sixty years earlier, and now, suffering from the first stages of Alzheimer's, she can't stop re-living the most traumatic event in her life. Determined to bring Elsie back to the present, Maggie sets out to find out what happened all those years ago and bring peace to Elsie memories ... before it's too late.
Another heart-felt short story from the Richard and Judy Book Club bestseller.Rachel is a single mum to Hope, and since Hope's father left, has raised her daughter alone. They are as close as can be. So when Martin enters her life, he's a breath of fresh air - the first guy that she has felt a connection to in a long time. But Martin's plans for the future appear to be different to Rachel's day-dreams: a future for two, without Hope...At the Sunny Days nursing home where Rachel works, Mrs Wilson is convalescing after a fall. But although she's only staying for a short time, there's a finality about her that Rachel just can't get to grips with. Despite Mrs Wilson's initial reluctance, Rachel starts to break through her tough exterior but she doesn't seem to be able to get beneath the surface.As the clock starts to count down to the end of Mrs Wilson's stay and Martin's eventual move to Liverpool time is running out for Rachel to make a difference. The question is: what could she give up for love?
An emotionally-charged novella from Richard & Judy Book Club pick, Amanda Brooke. Can long-buried secrets break you apart ... or set you free?On the surface, Elle has the perfect life - husband, child and a beautiful home. But sometimes a perfect facade hides the cracks beneath: Elle's husband Rick seems determined to clip her wings at every turn, keeping her at home and away from her friends and from the world. When Elle's father dies and she starts to clear his house, the cracks start to widen - and it's only a matter of time before everything breaks open.On a quest for buried treasure at the house, her young son, Charlie, finds a box underneath the apple tree, with love letters from the past that could tear her world apart.As past and present collide, Elle must decide what is right - and what course her life should take.