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Hilary Boyd is a former health journalist who now writes fiction full time. Her debut novel, Thursdays in the Park, was an e-book and paperback bestseller. It was followed by an acclaimed second novel, Tangled Lives. Hilary is married with grown up daughters and lives in London.
Lawrence and Jo have enjoyed a strong marriage, the envy of their friends. Even after thirty years they have lots to say to each other, many interests in common and, until recently, a good sex life. But Lawrence seems wary and restless. Something's wrong. Just how wrong, Jo is about to discover...Can they use their years of history - all the things they've shared - to overcome a devastating betrayal?
For eight years Flora's love affair with Fin was a whirlwind of fun and spontaneity - but when Flora wanted to settle down and have children, Fin vanished. Life moved on and Flora's world filled with other people, other cares. There were benefits to being single - no socks under the bed, no mess in the bathroom - even if the memory of Fin could never be completely erased. But then suddenly, shockingly, Fin reappears. He's a changed man, he says, and her wants her back. Is this a chance to put right the wrongs? Or a massive mistake?
Where do you run when your heart's breaking all the rules? When pillar-of-the-community Harry Stewart dies of a sudden heart attack, the whole village is devastated - except for his wife Karen, the only one who really knew the abusive alcoholic Harry had become. Suddenly freed from this oppressive marriage, Karen is nonetheless wracked with guilt about the circumstances of her husband's death, and sees the presence of her spoiled step-daughter, Sophie, as a suitable purgatory. Her only comfort in her grief and isolation is William, the sympathetic local vicar. As Karen shares her secret, William's listening ear soon becomes a shoulder to cry on, and before long Karen realises she is falling in love. But William has a wife and teenaged daughter, not to mention a parish to watch over - and be watched by. As the pressure becomes too much to bear, Karen flees to the seaside and to Mike Best's beach cafe. But when William suddenly turns up again in her life, can they persuade each other to take one final leap of faith together?
A WARM AND WELL-WRITTEN CASE FOR LOVE AFFAIRS IN LATER LIFE (DAILY TELEGRAPH) - A ROMANTIC TALE OF NEW ATTRACTION AND OLD LOYALTIES FROM #1 KINDLE BESTSELLING NOVELIST HILARY BOYD. If you like Erica James, Harriet Evans and Veronica Henry, you'll love Hilary Boyd. SPECIAL 5TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION OF THE EBOOK PHENOMENON. Includes reading group questions and the first chapter of Hilary's beautiful new book, The Lavender House. Jeanie has been married for thirty years, but her husband George has become so cold and distant she may as well be alone. Surely, at just sixty, a loveless marriage can't be the only thing left on the horizon? Then, one Thursday in autumn, Jeanie meets Ray in the park, and a chance meeting blossoms into a friendship. They talk, laugh, share hopes and secrets and heartbreaks. They offer each other a second chance at life and love. But will they have the courage to take it?
'Tackles a difficult subject with a light touch to keep you turning the pages' VERONICA HENRY A perfect husband To their friends, Lily and Freddy have a great marriage. He taught her to love again after the death of her first husband. But when Freddy becomes tense and distracted, a life-changing truth is revealed. A terrible shock Freddy has built up massive gambling debts that threaten to destroy not only his life but Lily's as well. Should she go forward - or back? Her friends and family urge her to forget him and move on - easier said than done. Is her willingness to give him a second chance just down to loyalty? Or is the truth something altogether darker? 'Boyd is terrific at cutting to the quick of modern relationships' WOMAN & HOME
BE DRAWN INTO THE EMOTIONALLY GRIPPING FAMILY DRAMA PACKED WITH LONG-BURIED SECRETS 'I couldn't stop reading until the early hours. Totally gripping' 5***** Reader Review 'I just thought you should know who you're married to . . .' Romy and Michael had it all. 30 years of marriage, two wonderful sons and a beautiful home. Until a letter arrives containing a shocking accusation, and everything falls apart. Fleeing to an idyllic countryside village to find time to think, Romy finds herself drawn to Finch, a handsome stranger with a tragic past. Is this a chance to start again? But then the phone rings: Michael is in hospital. He says he needs her help . . . From the No.1 bestselling author of Thursdays in the Park, The Lie will captivate fans of Susan Lewis, Amanda Prowse, and Ali Mercer's His Secret Family. 'Hilary Boyd nails family dynamics and misplaced loyalties with pin-sharp precision in an impressibly well-written tale' DAILY EXPRESS' Readers are hooked by The Lie . . . 'Full of conflict with many twists and turns' 'A beautifully written and tense family drama' 'Totally engrossing' 'A brilliant page turner' Praise for Hilary Boyd 'Boyd is as canny as Joanna Trollope at observing family life - and better than Trollope at jokes' Daily Mail 'Poignant, well observed and wonderfully written, this is a bit of a heart-string puller' Closer 'I was ripping through this book . . . addictive' Evening Standard
From the bestselling author of Thursdays in the Park comes an emotional and beautifully written story of love, loss, and finding love again. 'One of the best family and friendship sagas - an emotional read' Prima What if the one you tried to forget is the one you can't live without? Stella once thought that if she never saw Jack again, it would be too soon. But life has other plans for her and her stubborn, handsome ex-husband. Looking after their daughter in a time of need, Stella finds herself unwillingly reunited with the man she shared the best years of her life with - followed by the worst. Where tragedy once tore them apart, now Stella and Jack are being drawn back together. But each of them has a new partner and a new life. Should they fight temptation? Should the past remain the past? Or are some loves simply meant to be? ___________ 'Riveting' Woman & Home 'Terrific, beautifully written, searingly honest' Charles Dance 'Fans rate this deeply emotional read her best novel yet' Sunday Post 'True to life characters whose dilemmas will tear at your heartstrings' Sunday Mirror
'A real page-turner, with a fast, credible plot and interesting characters' 5* reader review. What would it take for you to give up on the perfect husband? Thought-provoking, emotional women's fiction from the author of #1 EBOOK BESTSELLER, THURSDAYS IN THE PARK. Lily and Freddy have a wonderful relationship: passionate and fun. Freddy taught her to love again after the death of her father. But then Freddy becomes tense, snappy and distracted. Is he having an affair? The truth turns out to be much worse... Freddy is addicted to gambling. He owes hundreds of thousands of pounds to loan companies; he's been helping himself to money from his own company, which has now gone bust; and worst of all, his wife's money - given to him to invest - is gone. Devastated, Lily leaves him, and moves to stay with her sister in Oxford. There, among the dreaming spires, she will clear her head of Freddy and try to figure out how to move on. But being away from Freddy is far harder than she'd thought. He promises to get help, but can he really ever be cured of his addiction? How can Lily trust him again - surely, after the heartache he's caused her, she would be far better off walking away and starting again? The truth is, she is as addicted to Freddy as he is to gambling - and she's not sure she even wants to be free.
Emotional, page-turning women's fiction from the author of #1 EBOOK BESTSELLER, THURSDAYS IN THE PARK. Beautiful storytelling for fans of Erica James, Veronica Henry and Harriet Evans. 'Boyd is as canny as Joanna Trollope at observing family life - and better than Trollope at jokes' Daily Mail Nancy de Freitas is the glue that holds her family together. Caught between her ageing, ailing mother Frances, and her struggling daughter Louise, frequent user of Nancy's babysitting services, it seems Nancy's fate is to quietly go on shouldering the burden of responsibility for all four generations. Her divorce four years ago put paid to any thoughts of a partner to share her later years with. Now it looks like her family is all she has. Then she meets Jim. Smoker, drinker, unsuccessful country singer and wearer of cowboy boots, he should be completely unsuited to the very together Nancy. And yet, there is a real spark. But Nancy's family don't trust Jim one bit. They're convinced he'll break her heart, maybe run off with her money - he certainly distracts her from her family responsibilities. Can she be brave enough to follow her heart? Or will she remain glued to her family's side and walk away from one last chance for love?
21st December 2012 was not only the date on which the Mayan calendar ended. In astrological terms the Solstice, at exactly 11.12 am that day, was also the moment when the sun was aligned with the centre of the Milky Way for the first time in 26,000 years. A moment at which the sun's energy streamed towards Earth, focused precisely on Stonehenge. Solstice follows the stories of seven characters, three women and four men, who are initially unaware of their mystical powers or of their past lives in the legendary city of Atlantis. They must come together to perform a vital ceremony at Stonehenge to rebalance the planet. 21st December 2012 is the only date for thousands of years when it can take place successfully. It's a race against time and a terrifying adversary from their shared past. Beneath the gripping, fast-paced story Hilary Boyd and Barbara Roddam deliver a serious parable for our times. Solstice explores the unequal balance between male and female energy - the Sun and Moon energy that Stonehenge was built to honour equally - that pervades our time. Men dominate the world, women are oppressed, technology (male energy) is supreme and our planet is violent and failing. New Age wisdom holds that only a rebalancing of these energies can save us.
Annie Delancey is happily married with three grown children. But she guards a secret. Aged eighteen she had a baby boy, and gave him up for adoption. Out of the blue, she receives an official-looking letter from Social Services. Her son wants to make contact. As the son she has never known comes back into her life, his presence begins to expose the cracks in the family that Annie now has to try, desperately, to hold together.