Carole Matthews - Author

About the Author

Carole Matthews is the Sunday Times bestselling author of thirty-two novels, including the Top Ten bestsellers Let's Meet on Platform 8, A Whiff of Scandal, For Better, For Worse, A Minor Indiscretion, With or Without You, The Cake Shop in the Garden, Paper Hearts and Summer Kisses, A Cottage by the Sea, The Chocolate Lovers' Club, The Chocolate Lovers' Christmas, The Chocolate Lovers' Wedding, Million Love Songs, Christmas Cakes & Mistletoe Nights and Happiness for Beginners. Carole has also been awarded the RNA Outstanding Achievement Award. Her novels dazzle and delight readers all over the world.

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Featured books by Carole Matthews

Christmas for Beginners

Christmas for Beginners

Author: Carole Matthews Format: Paperback Release Date: 14/10/2021

The BRAND NEW Christmas read from the bestselling author The gloriously festive sequel to readers' favourite and Sunday Times bestselling novel Happiness for Beginners SPEND THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR AT HOPE FARM . . . Christmas is fast approaching at the new Hope Farm. Owner Molly Baker has been convinced to organise an open day to raise some much-needed funds ahead of the New Year, but the nativity tableau is proving challenging. With anti-social sheep, awkward alpacas and a seriously sequined Santa Claus to assemble, Molly is feeling overwhelmed, and in desperate need of some Christmas spirit . . . Despite the chaos of the farm getting in the way of her event planning, Molly is looking forward to spending the holidays with Shelby and Lucas, hopeful that a happy family Christmas is exactly what they need to draw them all together. But while she is busy making plans on the farm, Shelby, it seems, has ideas of his own. As the nativity draws near, the team are working hard to pull off a spectacular festive fete - and make sure the animals and humans remain on their best behaviour. Will this Christmas be merry and bright, or is there more than one surprise in store for Hope Farm?

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Sunny Days and Sea Breezes

Sunny Days and Sea Breezes

Author: Carole Matthews Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/05/2021

A wonderfully warm, bright book to escape into, to give yourself up to and just enjoy. Jodie Jackson leaves everything she knows for a houseboat in the Isle of Wight, she soon finds herself falling for the island and its inhabitants, but London is calling and won’t take no for an answer. I always look forward to reading the latest book by Carole Matthews, they wrap me up and give me a massive loving squeeze. Having said that, this isn’t syrupy sweet, oh no, some real life dilemmas and mistakes sneak in to ensure a feeling of connection, that this could be you, or someone you know. I loved Jodie’s voice and how she talks to the reader, it not only created a bond, I ended up feeling as though I had made a brand new friend. Pure, wonderful escapism, Sunny Days and Sea Breezes really is the most lovely relationship tale and I can thoroughly recommend picking up a copy and just allowing yourself to sink into the pages. We simply adored this book in the office and so it has been chosen as a LoveReading Star Book as well as a Book of the Month.  Explore our '80+ Books That Deliver a Hug' listicle for more feel-good or uplifting books.

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Wrapped Up In You

Wrapped Up In You

Author: Carole Matthews Format: Paperback Release Date: 31/10/2019

Full to overflowing with love and laughter, this is a simply wonderful Christmas treat. Janie Johnson comes back from safari having fallen in love with with her tour guide, everyone warns her against following her heart, will she listen? Originally released in 2011, and shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists’ Association Romantic Comedy Novel Award 2012, this is the perfect time to reissue this wonderfully uplifting story. It now includes a follow-up short story, and an extract from Carole’s new novel. Carole Matthews has combined the African Maasai Mara with Christmas, snow, and a bad-tempered cat which ensures this festive offering is just that little bit different. I knew I was in safe hands and just settled down for a lovely read. I smiled, chuckled, and felt that wonderful warm glow that comes from a double-serving of romance and the most wonderful time of the year. Wrapped Up In You, with its huggable characters and storyline, is a smile in a book, how lovely! Explore our '80+ Books That Deliver a Hug' listicle for more feel-good or uplifting books.

Happiness for Beginners

Happiness for Beginners

Author: Carole Matthews Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/05/2019

What a lovely, charming, friendly read this is, an enticing ‘will they, won’t they’ romance is equally matched by the story of animals in need and children requiring an alternative learning environment. Molly Baker runs her beloved farm as a school, when a new student arrives, Molly’s life is turned thoroughly upside down and in to a roundabout spin. I adored the explanation at the beginning of the novel by Carole Matthews that Hope Farm is based on the real Animal Antiks Farm. The first sentence had me chortling and I settled further down into the comfort of my sofa to enjoy the read. Molly tells her own story, I could really hear her voice and her personality shines through. Can I say that the animals very nearly steal the show for me, having had a downright grumpy (read that as flesh tearing vampire) rescue cat myself, their individual quirks made me smile. ‘Happiness for Beginners’ is entertaining, heart-warming and ever so readable, I raced through in one sitting and enjoyed every second. Explore our '80+ Books That Deliver a Hug' listicle for more feel-good or uplifting books.

Audiobooks of the Month
Million Love Songs The laugh-out-loud and feel-good Sunday Times bestseller

Million Love Songs The laugh-out-loud and feel-good Sunday Times bestseller

Author: Carole Matthews Format: Paperback Release Date: 22/03/2018

 Ruby Brown is ready for a change. She's single for the first time in years and she's going to dive into this brave new world with a smile on her face and a spring in her step. The last thing she's looking for is a serious relationship. Mason represents everything Ruby wants right now: he's charming, smooth and perfect for some no-strings-attached fun. Joe on the other hand is kind and attractive, but comes with the sort of baggage Ruby wants to avoid: an annoyingly attractive ex-wife and two teenage children. Ruby thinks she knows what she wants, but is it what she needs to be truly happy? It's about to get emotional in Million Love Songs. Praise for Million Love Songs 'Sparkling . . . light-hearted, laugh-packed fun' Sunday Mirror 'One of our favourite authors, Carole Matthews always delivers a delicious read, and Million Love Songs is another delightful read. Full of humour and emotional dilemmas, this latest book is perfect to curl up with on the sofa in this unpredictable weather. Highly Recommended!' Hot Brands Cool Places.

eBooks of the Month
Paper Hearts and Summer Kisses

Paper Hearts and Summer Kisses

Author: Carole Matthews Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/04/2017

'A gorgeous novel that will delight' Katie Fforde A heart-warming and poignant novel of romance, family and second chances, Paper Hearts and Summer Kisses is Sunday Times bestselling Carole Matthews at her outstanding best. Perfect for fans of Jill Mansell and Milly Johnson. Christie Chapman is a single mum who spends her days commuting to her secretarial job in London and looking after her teenage son, Finn. It's not an easy life but Christie finds comfort in her love of crafting, and spends her spare time working on her beautiful creations. From intricately designed cards to personalised gifts, Christie's flair for the handmade knows no bounds and it's not long before opportunity comes knocking. Christie can see a future full of hope and possibility for her and Finn - and if the handsome Max is to be believed, one full of love too. It's all there for the taking. And then, all of sudden, her world is turned upside down. Christie knows that something has to give, but can she really give up her dreams and the chance of real love? Will Christie find her happy ending in ...Paper Hearts and Summer Kisses.

eBooks of the Month
The Chocolate Lovers' Wedding

The Chocolate Lovers' Wedding

Author: Carole Matthews Format: Paperback Release Date: 21/04/2016

Nadia may have found a good man to give her heart to but other areas of her life aren't so rosy. Something needs to change - but what? Autumn can't wait to meet her daughter for the first time. She's full of hope for their future relationship but then their reunion doesn't exactly go to plan ...Chantal has been through so much and she's finally starting to feel settled. The last thing she needs is the kind of bad news that could change her life all over again. And yet, despite all the ups and downs, the Chocolate Lovers' ladies know they can get through it all as long as they have each other. They're not going to let anything get in the way of their happy-ever-afters in ...The Chocolate Lovers' Wedding.

eBooks of the Month
The Chocolate Lovers' Christmas

The Chocolate Lovers' Christmas

Author: Carole Matthews Format: Paperback Release Date: 22/10/2015

Lucy loves running Chocolate Heaven but she hasn't spent time with her boyfriend, Aiden, in weeks. And then her ex-fiance turns up and things become even more complicated. Nadia hasn't let herself get close to a man in a long time, yet she can't help feeling drawn to Jacob. Will he be her last chance for a happy ending? Chantal and her husband, Ted, are besotted with their baby daughter Lana - but she's not sure that's enough to base a marriage on. Autumn is dealing with a tragedy that has hit too close to home. But when she doesn't get the support she needs from her fiance, will she look elsewhere for comfort?

eBooks of the Month
The Cake Shop in the Garden

The Cake Shop in the Garden

Author: Carole Matthews Format: Hardback Release Date: 23/04/2015

Fay Merryweather runs her cake shop from her beautiful garden. She whips up airy sponges and scrumptious scones, while her customers enjoy the lovely blossoms and gorgeous blooms. Looking after the cake shop, the garden and her cantankerous mother means Fay is always busy but she accepts her responsibilities because if she doesn't do all this, who will? Then Danny Wilde walks into her life and makes Fay question every decision she's ever made. When a sudden tragedy strikes, Fay's entire world is thrown off balance even further and she doesn't know which way to turn. Can Fay find the strength to make a life-changing decision - even if it means giving up the thing she loves the most?

eBooks of the Month
The Cake Shop in the Garden

The Cake Shop in the Garden

Author: Carole Matthews Format: Paperback Release Date: 23/04/2015

Fay Merryweather runs her cake shop from her beautiful garden. She whips up airy sponges and scrumptious scones, while her customers enjoy the lovely blossoms and gorgeous blooms. Looking after the cake shop, the garden and her cantankerous mother means Fay is always busy but she accepts her responsibilities because if she doesn't do all this, who will? Then Danny Wilde walks into her life and makes Fay question every decision she's ever made. When a sudden tragedy strikes, Fay's entire world is thrown off balance even further and she doesn't know which way to turn. Can Fay find the strength to make a life-changing decision - even if it means giving up the thing she loves the most?

eBooks of the Month
Cake Shop in the Garden

Cake Shop in the Garden

Author: Carole Matthews Format: Hardback Release Date: 23/04/2015

Fay Merryweather runs her cake shop from her beautiful garden. She whips up airy sponges and scrumptious scones, while her customers enjoy the lovely blossoms and gorgeous blooms. Looking after the cake shop, the garden and her cantankerous mother means Fay is always busy but she accepts her responsibilities because if she doesn't do all this, who will? Then Danny Wilde walks into her life and makes Fay question every decision she's ever made. When a sudden tragedy strikes, Fay's entire world is thrown off balance even further and she doesn't know which way to turn. Can Fay find the strength to make a life-changing decision - even if it means giving up the thing she loves the most? Life, love and family are about to collide in The Cake Shop in the Garden.

eBooks of the Month
Cake Shop in the Garden

Cake Shop in the Garden

Author: Carole Matthews Format: Paperback Release Date: 23/04/2015

Fay Merryweather runs her cake shop from her beautiful garden. She whips up airy sponges and scrumptious scones, while her customers enjoy the lovely blossoms and gorgeous blooms. Looking after the cake shop, the garden and her cantankerous mother means Fay is always busy but she accepts her responsibilities because if she doesn't do all this, who will? Then Danny Wilde walks into her life and makes Fay question every decision she's ever made. When a sudden tragedy strikes, Fay's entire world is thrown off balance even further and she doesn't know which way to turn. Can Fay find the strength to make a life-changing decision - even if it means giving up the thing she loves the most? Life, love and family are about to collide in The Cake Shop in the Garden.

eBooks of the Month
The Christmas Party

The Christmas Party

Author: Carole Matthews Format: Paperback Release Date: 23/10/2014

Another great romp from this fab author.  The party of the title is an office party in a very posh country house hotel with no expense spared, including a free bar all night!  Most of our action is concentrated on the chiefs, their problems with alcohol/infidelity, their disenchanted wives and a certain amount of misunderstandings.  The author has the most enormous fun sending the whole corporate world up while giving us some delicious characters.  I think she is very good indeed.  If you have not come across her then you have a mass of back titles to enjoy.

eBooks of the Month
A Place to Call Home

A Place to Call Home

Author: Carole Matthews Format: Paperback Release Date: 10/04/2014

Tackling battered wives, an arranged marriage and sadly damaged people, this is a sensitive work full of people you really care for.  Ayesha and her silent 8-year old daughter escape an abusive arranged marriage and through a stroke of luck end up boarding in a Hampstead mansion owned by a reclusive ex-pop star.  What a lovely scenario which develops into a completely charming tale with its ups and downs, drama and tears, laughter and love, a pure delight.  Highly recommended.

eBooks of the Month
You Drive Me Crazy

You Drive Me Crazy

Author: Carole Matthews Format: Paperback Release Date: 19/12/2013

An astute, warm, light look at divorce, family, relationship and love. A real feel-good read with lots of humour and characters you care about. A lovely book.Comparison: Marian Keyes, Catherine Alliott, Isla Dewar.Similar this month: Shane Watson, Kirsty Crawford.

eBooks of the Month
It's a Kind of Magic

It's a Kind of Magic

Author: Carole Matthews Format: Paperback Release Date: 19/12/2013

Totally charming relationship tale, almost a fairy story of a young couple who have been taking each other for granted for too long so Emma throws Leo out and Isobel appears on the scene and then the magic begins. It’s an absolute delight. Comparison: Catherine Alliott, Isla Dewar, Marianne Keyes.

eBooks of the Month
Calling Mrs Christmas

Calling Mrs Christmas

Author: Carole Matthews Format: Paperback Release Date: 24/10/2013

Cassie Smith has been out of work for a while but she has an idea. Drawing on her love of Christmas, she begins charging for small things: wrapping presents; writing cards; tree-decorating. She's soon in huge demand and Cassie's business, Calling Mrs Christmas, is born. Carter Randall wants to make Christmas special for his children, so he enlists Cassie's help, and his lavish requests start taking up all her time. Thank goodness she can rely on her loving partner Jim to handle the rest of her clients. When millionaire Carter asks Cassie to join his family on a trip to Lapland, she knows she shouldn't go ...Suddenly Cassie finds herself facing a heart-breaking choice that could change her entire life.

eBooks of the Month
The Difference a Day Makes

The Difference a Day Makes

Author: Carole Matthews Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/09/2013

William and Amy Ashurst are typical townies, dedicated professionals at the top of their tree, with two adorable children and an au pair who cooks, cleans and cares for them all. Then one day Will collapses on his way into work and he decides he's never going back. So it is that, three months later, Amy is standing outside Helmshill Grange, a sullen monstrosity of a house, deep in the Yorkshire moors, with their own land as far as the eye can see.It's what William says he's always wanted. Then tragedy strikes and Amy learns that it's one thing living the dream, but when the dream is not your own, how long can it last?

eBooks of the Month
A Cottage by the Sea

A Cottage by the Sea

Author: Carole Matthews Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/03/2013

Grace has been best friends with Ella and Flick forever. The late-night chats, shared heartaches and good times have created a bond that has stood the test of time. When Ella invites them to stay for a week in her cottage in South Wales, Grace jumps at the chance to see her old friends. She also hopes that the change of scenery will help her reconnect with her distant husband. Then Flick arrives; loveable, bubbly, incorrigible Flick, accompanied by the handsome and charming Noah.

eBooks of the Month
Summer Daydreams

Summer Daydreams

Author: Carole Matthews Format: Paperback Release Date: 24/05/2012

What if you had always dreamed of something more ...? Nell McNamara has a happy life: her boyfriend Olly adores her, their four-year-old daughter Petal is the centre of their world and Nell has a steady job in the local chip shop. When the chippy needs a makeover, Nell jumps at the chance to unleash the creativity fizzing inside her. Inspired by what she can achieve - and encouraged by the best friends a girl can have - Nell is determined to try something new. Waving goodbye to the chip shop, she starts up a new business making her own line of must-have handbags, which are soon flying off the shelves! It seems Nell's dreams are finally coming true, but her success doesn't come without a price. Before too long, Nell has to ask herself if it's really possible to have it all ...

eBooks of the Month
It's Now or Never

It's Now or Never

Author: Carole Matthews Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/09/2010

Can it ever be too late to chase your dreams? The witty, clever and heartbreaking new novel from the bestselling author. When twins Annie and Lauren attend their sister Chelsea's fortieth birthday party at the Dorchester Hotel, they wonder why their lives are so totally different from their gorgeous, glamorous sister. Why is it that Chelsea's handsome husband is twirling her round the dance floor, with an expression of utter devotion on his face, while Annie's husband is away on a fishing trip and Lauren's boyfriend is at home with his wife and kids. Surely, they are doing something wrong here. The question is, is it too late for them to change...?

eBooks of the Month
All You Need Is Love

All You Need Is Love

Author: Carole Matthews Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/02/2009

Carole Matthews doing what she does best, warm, romantic, easy reading. This one has a lovely plot line revolving around whether Sally should be with the new, rich, romantic sexy man who has come in to her life or the impoverished painter ex-boyfriend. Despite what you may think this will keep you guessing until the end who she ends up with. Pure escapism at it’s best.

The Chocolate Lovers' Diet

The Chocolate Lovers' Diet

Author: Carole Matthews Format: Paperback Release Date: 21/02/2008

The second in a delicious series where this astute author combines female friendship with clever plots and lots of good advice, dished up with warmth and humour.  She is a star.Comparison: Marian Keyes, Isla Dewar, Melissa Bank.

eBooks of the Month
The Chocolate Lovers' Club

The Chocolate Lovers' Club

Author: Carole Matthews Format: Paperback Release Date: 23/08/2007

What a lovely scenario, how refreshing not to be made to feel guilty about one of most women’s passions. This ‘Club’ is made up of four ‘addicts’ who all find comfort in chocolate but it is actually each other they most need to be able to air their grievances and pain, and they have plenty. Forgive the pun but this is a delicious book and it’s the beginning of a series!Similar this month: None but try Elizabeth Buchan.Comparison: Marian Keyes, Arabella Weir, Elizabeth Noble.

Welcome to the Real World

Welcome to the Real World

Author: Carole Matthews Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/09/2013

Fern has the voice of an angel but as an underpaid barmaid and pub singer, she's going nowhere fast. Then she enters the TV talent show Fame Game and this could be her big break. But then, things are never that simple. Evan David's exquisite tones have enthralled opera buffs throughout the world. Everyone around him panders to his every need but what he really needs now is a break - from everything. Two worlds collide when Fern becomes Evan's assistant and neither is prepared for the dramatic effect they have on each other. Something happens when they're together, and it's more than just music . . .

With or Without You

With or Without You

Author: Carole Matthews Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/03/2014

When Jake tells Lyssa it's not working, she knows he's not talking about the toaster. Her immediate reaction is to sob into her pillow and wait for Jake to come to his senses. But slowly Lyssa begins to understand that's not an option. In a bid to escape, she embarks on a trekking holiday in Nepal. Lyssa needs to get away - it never occurred to her that she might fall in love . . . When it's time to go home - back to reality and a very sheepish Jake - Lyssa is faced with the hardest choice of her life.

The Sweetest Taboo

The Sweetest Taboo

Author: Carole Matthews Format: Paperback Release Date: 19/12/2013

Sadie Nelson has two men to choose from and neither is hassle-free. First there's Gil McGann, a Hollywood producer who's flown Sadie from grey London to sun-soaked LA in order to win her heart. He has more to offer her than Sadie could ever have imagined . . . Then there's gorgeous actor Tavis Jones, whose sense of fun makes Sadie feel immediately at home. But can they ever be more than just good friends? The longer she leaves it, the harder it gets, and Sadie's about to discover that in LA anything can happen . . .

eBooks of the Month
The Only Way is Up

The Only Way is Up

Author: Carole Matthews Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/03/2013

Lily and Laurence had it all: the money, the car, a beautiful home in the Buckinghamshire countryside. Then Laurence loses his job and everything disappears. With nowhere to turn, Lily and Laurence are forced to take their two young children and move to a flea-ridden council house on a notoriously rough estate. As they try to pick up the pieces of their shattered lives, Lily constantly dreams of returning to her old, luxurious life. Will her dream come true or will she learn that money doesn't always buy happiness?

eBooks of the Month

Other books by Carole Matthews

Christmas for Beginners

Christmas for Beginners

Author: Carole Matthews Format: Hardback Release Date: 29/10/2020

A fabulously perfect festive read that delivers oodles of heartwarming charm. This could easily be read as a standalone novel, but I do recommend starting with Happiness for Beginners as Christmas for Beginners continues the lovely story of Molly and Hope Farm.  When I read the first few sentences: “One of the alpacas has eaten the Baby Jesus. I’m not sure which one. Frankly they all look the picture of innocence, but I know them better.” I knew I was in for a treat of a read. Carole Matthews takes the ‘up’ in uplifting and elevates it to a whole new level. She doesn’t shy away from the aches and pains of real life and it is this that makes her books so relatable. The characters of the farm animals ensure they sit front and centre, often eclipsing their human counterparts. Even here, in the middle of a freezing cold farm yard you can also discover humour, hugs, and merrymaking. Carole Matthews really is the most beautifully consistent writer and we just had to pop this into our LoveReading Star Books category. Christmas for Beginners is an absolute gift of a book and comes as highly recommended by me.

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Sunny Days and Sea Breezes

Sunny Days and Sea Breezes

Author: Carole Matthews Format: Hardback Release Date: 25/06/2020

A wonderfully warm, bright book to escape into, to give yourself up to and just enjoy. Jodie Jackson leaves everything she knows for a houseboat in the Isle of Wight, she soon finds herself falling for the island and its inhabitants, but London is calling and won’t take no for an answer. I always look forward to reading the latest book by Carole Matthews, they wrap me up and give me a massive loving squeeze. Having said that, this isn’t syrupy sweet, oh no, some real life dilemmas and mistakes sneak in to ensure a feeling of connection, that this could be you, or someone you know. I loved Jodie’s voice and how she talks to the reader, it not only created a bond, I ended up feeling as though I had made a brand new friend. Pure, wonderful escapism, Sunny Days and Sea Breezes really is the most lovely relationship tale and I can thoroughly recommend picking up a copy and just allowing yourself to sink into the pages. We simply adored this book in the office and so it has been chosen as a LoveReading Star Book as well as a Book of the Month.  Explore our '80+ Books That Deliver a Hug' listicle for more feel-good or uplifting books.

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Happiness for Beginners

Happiness for Beginners

Author: Carole Matthews Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/05/2019

***Don't miss the BRAND NEW summer novel by Carole Matthews - Sunny Days and Sea Breezes is OUT NOW!*** ******** The Kindle No.1 Bestseller The Sunday Times Top 10 Bestseller 'You can't do better than to sink into Happiness for Beginners' KATIE FFORDE 'Fun, fantastic and brimming with Matthews magic' MILLY JOHNSON ******** Molly Baker is living her best life. Thirty-eight years old, she lives on the twenty-five-acre Hope Farm in Buckinghamshire, surrounded by (mostly) four-legged friends and rolling hills. There's Anthony the anti-social sheep, Tina Turner the alpaca with attitude, and the definitely-not-miniature pig, Teacup. Molly runs the farm as an alternative school for kids who haven't thrived in mainstream education. It's full on, but she wouldn't have it any other way. So when the well-groomed Shelby Dacre turns up at Hope Farm asking to enrol his son Lucas, Molly isn't fazed. But Lucas is distant and soon Molly realises he might be more of a handful than she anticipated. And then there's the added problem that his dad is distractingly handsome. Molly has her beloved farm to think of - could letting Lucas and Shelby in be a terrible mistake, or the start of something wonderful? An absolute must-read from the queen of romance Carole Matthews, Molly's story will make your heart sing. 'An irresistibly warm-hearted story' TRISHA ASHLEY 'Warm, witty and hopeful - I was charmed' SARAH MORGAN 'The queen of funny, feel good fiction' MIKE GAYLE

Christmas Cakes and Mistletoe Nights

Christmas Cakes and Mistletoe Nights

Author: Carole Matthews Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/10/2018

What are readers saying about Carole Matthews? 'Fabulously enjoyable . . . full of heart and fun' Milly Johnson 'Gorgeous' Katie Fforde 'I laughed and cried and marvelled' Cathy Bramley ---------------------- Fay and Danny are madly in love and it's all Fay's ever dreamed of. But she left everything - including the delightful cake shop she used to run - to be with Danny on his cosy canal boat The Dreamcatcher. And as she soon finds out, making delicious cakes on the water isn't always smooth sailing! Then Fay gets a call that sends her back to where it all began; back to where she first met Danny, back to her friends and the Cake Shop in the Garden. Even as Fay happily returns to dry land and her passion for baking, she knows it will be hard being away from Danny, especially with Christmas round the corner. But their relationship is strong enough to survive . . . isn't it? Can Fay really get everything she ever wanted in Christmas Cakes and Mistletoe Nights? Join Fay and her friends this Christmas and indulge in this wonderful, cake-filled novel of romance and friendship. Christmas Cakes and Mistletoe Nights is Sunday Times bestselling Carole Matthews doing what she does best! Perfect for fans of Jill Mansell and Milly Johnson.

Mein wunderbares Gartencafe

Mein wunderbares Gartencafe

Author: Carole Matthews Format: Ebook Release Date: 24/06/2016

"e;Ich bin vermutlich der treueste und zuverlassigste Mensch auf der Welt. Manchmal denke ich, dass das nicht gut ist."e;Fays grter Traum ist es, das alte Hausboot ihres Vaters am Kanal wieder fahrtchtig zu machen. Doch sie hat alle Hnde voll damit zu tun, ihre bettlgerige, schlechtgelaunte Mutter zu versorgen, das Caf zu fhren, das sie in ihrem Elternhaus erffnet hat, und jeden Abend ihre Dauerbeziehung Anthony mit einer warmen Mahlzeit zu beglcken. Dann macht eines Tages ein weiteres Hausboot am Anleger fest. An Bord ist nicht eins der blichen Touristenprchen, sondern Danny: zehn Jahre jnger als Fay, sehr gutaussehend und auf der Suche nach Arbeit ... "e;Ein herrliches, kluges, modernes Mrchen."e; (Sunday Mirror)"e;Eine wundervolle Geschichte ber Freundschaft und Liebe."e; (Katie Fforde)"e;Geistreich, lustig und sehr berhrend - perfekt gegen Trbsal."e; (Heat)

All You Need is Love

All You Need is Love

Author: Carole Matthews Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/03/2014

Single mum and all-round superwoman Sally Freeman wants a better life for herself and her son Charlie so she sets about improving things for them. Just as her mission begins, enter Spencer Knight who's offering Sally a ticket to a new life. He's got the looks, the charm - everything she could wish for. But is he really the answer to her prayers or does her hapless ex-boyfriend Johnny still hold the key to her heart?

Let's Meet on Platform 8

Let's Meet on Platform 8

Author: Carole Matthews Format: Paperback Release Date: 19/12/2013

Teri has dated more men than she's had low-calorie, low-fat dinners, and she still hasn't found Mr Right. She's found other men though: Mr Lazy, Mr Greedy, Mr Completely Selfish, Mr Looking-For-Mother-Substitute and Mr Pervert. But no Mr Right. That is until she's literally knocked off her feet by Jamie Duncan as they rush to catch the same train from Euston station: the 18.07 from platform 8. It's not long before love blossoms and commuting takes on a whole new meaning. There's just one problem. Teri may have found Mr Right but he may not be Mr Available . . .

For Better, For Worse

For Better, For Worse

Author: Carole Matthews Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/09/2013

Josie Flynn is in New York for the wedding of her American cousin Martha. Having just been through a messy divorce, she isn't really in the wedding spirit, especially when she thinks Martha is about to marry the wrong man - and Josie isn't afraid to tell her so. Which is all very noble until Josie meets Matt Jarvis and appears to be about to fall for the wrong man herself. Add to that the return of her ex-husband, an old flame and a dubious boyband and it looks like it's going to be quite the wedding . . .

A Compromising Position

A Compromising Position

Author: Carole Matthews Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/09/2013

When Emily's boyfriend posts compromising photos of her on the internet, her life goes into sharp decline. Emily is about to lose everything - including the man she thought she loved. Her best friend, Cara, is determined to mend Emily's broken heart and she believes that a little magic is all that's required. But will Cara cast the right spell to get Emily out of her current position? Or will it go horribly wrong when they both fall in love with the same man?

A Whiff of Scandal

A Whiff of Scandal

Author: Carole Matthews Format: Paperback Release Date: 20/06/2013

'She's had men popping in and out of there all day. They're more regular than our cuckoo clock.' When Rose escapes from London and her handsome and charming ex-lover, she has no idea her occupation as an aromatherapist will cause such a scandal in her new country village. All she wants is a bit of peace and quiet, but her new neighbours soon ensure that her life is more chaotic than ever before. But that may be because Rose is falling in love . . .

More to Life Than This

More to Life Than This

Author: Carole Matthews Format: Paperback Release Date: 20/06/2013

Kate Lewis is thirty-five and feeling restless. She's fed up of worrying about the ironing and would like her husband Jeffrey to pay more attention to her than his golf clubs. There must be more to life than this! Kate enrols herself on a T'ai Chi course and takes best friend Sonia along for the ride. She's determined to 'find herself' but it's easier said than done, especially when she finds the distracting Ben Mahler first . . .

A Minor Indiscretion

A Minor Indiscretion

Author: Carole Matthews Format: Paperback Release Date: 20/06/2013

Ali Kingston is happily married with three children. She isn't the type to have her head turned - but then it isn't every day that a gorgeous younger man falls at her feet. When Ed, Ali's husband, finds out that she's spent time with another man, he's sure there's more to it than just a minor indiscretion - so in a moment of madness he kicks Ali out of the house. Their family and friends do all they can to help Ali and Ed reconcile but nothing seems to work. And then fate intervenes . . .

The Chocolate Lovers' Diet

The Chocolate Lovers' Diet

Author: Carole Matthews Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/03/2013

THE BESTSELLING SERIES FROM THE MULTI-MILLION-COPY-SELLING AUTHOR CAROLE MATTHEWS Survival tips for times of stress: 1. Take deep breaths 2. Count to ten 3. Eat chocolate Lucy thought she had got her happily ever after with the gorgeous Aidan, but things aren't turning out the way she had hoped they would. But she's not the only one with problems . . . Autumn's new boyfriend has yet to meet her parents, Nadia's husband has sworn he's given up gambling - but she's finding that hard to believe - and Chantal is doing all she can to save her marriage. It's clear that the four members of The Chocolate Lovers' Club are going to need each other to get through their problems - a whole lot of chocolate . . . The Chocolate Lovers' Diet is the second novel in Carole Matthews' much-loved series, promising heart-warming friendships, breath-taking romance, and a whole lot of sweet and delicious treats! Perfect for fans of Milly Johnson, Cathy Bramley and Sarah Morgan. YOUR FAVOURITE AUTHORS LOVE CAROLE MATTHEWS: 'A life-affirming story full of joy and hope' CATHY BRAMLEY 'A sun-filled, fun-filled wonderful escapist adventure' MILLY JOHNSON 'A wonderful setting where dark clouds part to reveal a happy ending' KATIE FFORDE 'An irresistibly warm-hearted story' TRISHA ASHLEY 'Warm, witty and hopeful - I was charmed' SARAH MORGAN 'The queen of funny, feel-good fiction' MIKE GAYLE *Don't forget to pick up the rest in the series: The Chocolate Lovers' Christmas and The Chocolate Lovers' Wedding*hocolate.

That Loving Feeling

That Loving Feeling

Author: Carole Matthews Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/03/2013

Juliet Joyce has been happily married to Rick for twenty-five years. But with two children who treat the house like a hotel, a mother who's moved in with them and a father who's announced a radical life change, Juliet and Rick have little time for themselves, let alone romance. And then Steven Aubrey returns. The same Steven who jilted Juliet on their wedding day twenty-six years ago. He ignites a passion in Juliet that she thought was long gone. Will Steven sweep Juliet off her feet or can Rick revive their marriage before it's too late?

Facebook for Seniors QuickSteps

Facebook for Seniors QuickSteps

Author: Carole Matthews Format: Paperback Release Date: 16/12/2012

Publisher's Note: Products purchased from Third Party sellers are not guaranteed by the publisher for quality, authenticity, or access to any online entitlements included with the product. Step-by-Step, Full-Color Graphics! Start using Facebook right away-the QuickSteps way. In Facebook for Seniors QuickSteps, color photos and screenshots with clear instructions show you how to enjoy the benefits of the world's most popular social networking site. Written by a senior for seniors, this easy-to-follow guide shows you how to create your Facebook account, control privacy settings, find and manage friends, and share posts, links, and videos. You'll also learn how to use Facebook email and the Facebook Mobile App, create and join groups, use Facebook apps and games, and secure your account. Stay connected with family and friends using Facebook and this practical, hands-on resource. Use these handy guideposts: Shortcuts for accomplishing common tasks Personal insights from other seniors Need-to-know facts in concise narrative Helpful reminders or alternate ways of doing things Bonus information related to the topic being covered Errors and pitfalls to avoid The unique, landscape-oriented layout of the QuickSteps series mimics your computer screen, displays graphics and explanations side by side, and lays flat so you can easily refer to the book while working on your computer.

With Love at Christmas

With Love at Christmas

Author: Carole Matthews Format: Paperback Release Date: 25/10/2012

Can the imperfect family really have the perfect Christmas? Juliet Joyce adores Christmas. She loves the presents, the tree, the turkey, the tinsel, everything. Already the festive spirit is upon her, which is just as well as this Christmas things are starting to get out of hand. Her son Tom is out of work and bringing home a slew of unsuitable partners; pregnant daughter Chloe and her little boy have moved back in; Juliet's father, Frank, is getting over a heartbreak of his own and Rita, her eccentric mother, is behaving more erratically each day. And has the chaos got too much for Juliet's husband Rick? With the big day fast approaching, Juliet hopes that she can stop everything spiralling out of control, because the only thing she wants is her family all around her and her home to be filled WITH LOVE AT CHRISTMAS. Also contains Carole's top tips for surviving a family Christmas!