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Rachael Lucas is an author, coach and freelance writer. Her bestselling debut novel Sealed with a Kiss was downloaded over 130,000 times on Kindle. She lives and works in a Victorian house by the seaside in the North-West of England with her partner (also a writer) and their children.
In a Nutshell: Fractured families | First love | Fresh starts | 16-year-old Holly feels like an outsider, except when she’s swimming at her local pool: “Under the surface, deep in the blue-lit water, nobody can see me. There’s nobody to judge the clothes I wear, or the way my hair frizzles”. It’s at the pool she meets Ed, who’s “not like the boys at school who are either geeky or cocky and smart-arsed and think they’re all that. He’s different”. While romantic feelings, evoked in all their dizzying wonder, swell poolside, at home the seas are stormier. Struggling with depression, Holly’s mum has “become so inward-looking that she hasn’t a clue what I do with my time”. But as Holly’s home-life begins to brighten, Ed reveals that he’s grappling with a serious domestic situation of his own. Warm-hearted, highly readable and romantic, with the bleaker elements of both teenagers’ lives handled with a sensitive lightness of touch, readers will undoubtedly root for Holly and Ed to find their happy ever after. ~ Joanne Owen
In a Nutshell: Living with Asperger’s * Dealing with change * New beginnings “Being human is a complicated game”, and that’s certainly the case for fifteen-year-old Grace, the sparkling protagonist of this gorgeously heartfelt and often hilarious novel. Grace is bright and witty, but has Asperger’s and often feels as if she speaks “human as a second language”, though when she’s riding her horse “everything melts away”, and Anna, her adorable best friend, totally has her back, and then there’s the magic of getting together with the “mysterious Gabe”. But an undercurrent of tension between her parents offsets the good times. Her dad’s a wildlife cameraman and works away a lot and, when her mum’s old uni friend turns up, life at home is further disrupted. Change is hard to deal with at the best of times, but it’s intensified tenfold when you’re Grace and “living with all your senses turned up to full volume”. From the honestly portrayed real-life predicaments of living with Asperger’s and growing up, to the glorious giddiness of Grace’s first romance, this perfectly compact treasure trove of a novel comes highly recommended for fans of character-driven contemporary drama. ~ Joanne Owen
* The Top Ten Kindle bestseller, now with brand NEW material! * Kate is dumped on her best friend's wedding day by the world's most boring boyfriend, Ian. She's mostly cross because he got in first - until she remembers she's now homeless as well as jobless. Rather than move back home to her ultra-bossy mother, Kate takes a job on the remote Scottish island of Auchenmor as an all-round Girl Friday. Her first day is pretty much a disaster: she falls over, smack bang at the feet of her grouchy new boss, Roddy, Laird of the Island. Unimpressed with her townie ways, he makes it clear she's got a lot to prove. Island life has no room for secrets, but prickly Roddy's keeping something to himself. When his demanding ex girlfriend appears back on the island, Kate's budding friendship with her new boss comes to an abrupt end. What is Fiona planning - and can she be stopped before it's too late? This funny, big-hearted novel is the perfect read for fans of Carole Matthews, Trisha Ashley and Katie Fforde.
The Telephone Box Library is an uplifting story about fresh starts and new beginnings, set in a picturesque Cotswold village, by bestselling author Rachael Lucas. 'A delightful slice of escapism tied up with a gorgeous, romantic ribbon.' - Cathy Bramley, author of A Vintage Summer. The Cotswolds: the perfect retreat for a stressed-out teacher. And Lucy has found just the right cottage for a bargain rent. All she has to do is keep an eye on Bunty, her extremely feisty ninety-something neighbour . . . With her West Highland terrier Hamish at her side, Lucy plans to relax and read up on the women of nearby Bletchley Park. But the villagers of Little Maudley have other ideas, and she finds herself caught up in the campaign to turn a dilapidated telephone box into a volunteer-run library. Along the way, she makes friends with treehouse designer Sam, and finds herself falling for the charms of village life. And it seems Bunty has a special connection to Bletchley and the telephone box, one that she's kept secret for decades . . . 'I loved it! Intrigue, romance, and utterly compelling.' - Alex Brown, author of A Postcard from Italy.
Finding Hope at Hillside Farm is a heartwarming tale of loss, love and new beginnings by Rachael Lucas. 'A heartwarming and enchanting read that reminds us of the value of patience, kindness and above all love' - Cathy Bramley 'Wonderfully warm, brave and wise, it's a gentle story that steals your heart and reaffirms your hope in life' - Miranda Dickinson 'A gorgeous grown-up romance where loss collides with love . . . Full of warmth, heart and humanity' - Laura Kemp Hillside Farm, nestled in the rolling hills of the Welsh countryside, is a safe haven for Ella. Living on the remote farm, with just horses and her aunt Bron for company, Ella thinks she has finally found a place where she can forget her past and find peace. But the arrival of a small girl called Hope and her father Harry changes everything. As Ella helps the pair come to terms with their loss, she realizes that she too deserves happiness. But is it too late to find it? The perfect read for fans of Cathy Bramley, Laura Kemp and Milly Johnson What readers are saying: 'A story about love, hope, letting go of the past and forgiveness. This book is beautiful' 'I've just romped through this unputdownable book' 'This is a book to enjoy by the fire on a cold evening' 'There is romance, an incredible storyline and drama. You can smell the Welsh hills and feel the Welsh sunshine on your face' 'I love Rachael Lucas (gushes hugely) I am completely biased and would 100% read her shopping list if she published it!'
My Box-Shaped Heart is a powerful story of an unlikely friendship from Rachael Lucas, author of The State of Grace.Holly's mum is a hoarder, and she is fed up with being picked on at school for being weird . . . and having the wrong clothes . . . and sticking out. All she wants is to be invisible. She loves swimming, because in the water everyone is the same. Ed goes to the swimming pool because everything else in his life has changed. In his old life he had money; was on the swim team; knew who he was and what he wanted. In his old life his dad hit his mum. Holly is swimming in one direction and Ed's swimming in the other. As their worlds collide they find a window into each other's lives - and learn how to meet in the middle.
Wildflower Bay is a stunning, romantic summer read by Rachael Lucas. This little island has some big secrets... Isla's got her dream job as head stylist at the most exclusive salon in Edinburgh. The fact that she's been so single-minded in her career that she's forgotten to have a life has completely passed her by - until disaster strikes. Out of options, she heads to the remote island of Auchenmor to help out her aunt who is in desperate need of an extra pair of scissors at her salon. A native to the island, Finn is thirty-five and reality has just hit him hard. His best friends are about to have a baby and everything is changing. When into his life walks Isla . . .
Isla's got the designer clothes and dream job as head stylist at an exclusive salon. She's been so single-minded in this quest that she's forgotten to have a life outside of it. When her aunt is in desperate need at her own salon, Isla heads to the remote island of Auchenmor to help. Finn is thirty-five and reality has just hit him hard. Now his best friends are about to have a baby and everything is changing. When into his life walks Isla...
Serialized as three short ebooks, this is the stunning third and final part of Wildflower Bay, by Rachael Lucas. Finn MacArthur has a reputation on Auchenmore, the small rural island where he's lived his whole life: as a friendly lad, a talented sculptor and always a hit with the ladies. But few people know the real story of his past and the secrets he has yet to make peace with . . . Now that Isla's run at the island hairdressing salon is coming to an end, it's time to face reality and look for a job back on the mainland. But the island has come to mean so much more than she ever thought possible: she's made good friends, a home from home, and there's an undeniable connection with Finn. Will she be able to say goodbye?
Serialized as three short ebooks that began with Wildflower Bay: Part One, this is the stunning second part of Wildflower Bay, by Rachael Lucas. Isla is slowly finding her feet on the quiet but charming island of Auchenmor - it's a world away from the hustle and bustle of Edinburgh but Isla is starting to see that's just what she needs. She's got big dreams that she's determined to make come true - the perfect stylist's job, the perfect social life, the perfect everything - before hitting thirty and going back to her old school reunion. But has she really transformed herself from the shy teenage Isla who was always the butt of everyone's jokes? And she keeps bumping into the fair-haired Finn, who delights in winding her up. He's a forester, a sculptor and by all accounts a ladies' man. So of course the island gossips are hard at work . . . Look out for Wildflower Bay: Part Three.
Would-be gardener Daisy can't believe her luck when her parents announce they're off on a midlife-crisis gap year, leaving her in charge of their gorgeous garden. After a turbulent few months, a spell of quiet in the countryside is just what she needs. As Daisy wrestles the garden, her feelings for handsome Irishman George, begin to take root. But Daisy's heart's desire - her parent's garden - is under threat...Village life is turning out to be far from peaceful.
Country air, cowslips and a charismatic rogue . . . Would-be gardener Daisy can't believe her luck when her parents announce they're off on a midlife-crisis gap year, leaving her in charge of their gorgeous garden. After a turbulent few months, a spell of quiet in the countryside is just what she needs. A shoulder to cry on wouldn't go amiss either - so when Daisy comes across Elaine and Jo, she breathes a sigh of relief. But her new friends are dealing with dramas of their own . . . As Daisy wrestles the garden into something resembling order, her feelings for handsome Irishman George, begin to take root. But Daisy's heart's desire - her parent's garden - is under threat, and she is forced to confront nosey neighbours and fight greedy developers. Village life is turning out to be far from peaceful.
Kate has taken to life on the remote Scottish island of Auchenmor like a seal to water: she's given a new lease of life to the Laird's estate in her day job; she's befriended the once-nosy locals; and even young Laird Roddy is not quite so grumpy these days. Better still, Kate has just had her best idea yet: they'll turn the castle into the most gorgeous wedding venue in Scotland. The pressure's on as the first wedding is booked in for Christmas Eve - just weeks away. But with a mismatched bride and groom, a hysterical PR on her case, her own relationship woes and a huge storm blowing in, can Kate pull it off in time?Escape the stresses of the Christmas season with this warm, funny and truly inspiring novella from bestselling author Rachael Lucas