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Carole Matthews - Author

About the Author

Carole Matthews is the Sunday Times bestselling author of twenty-five novels, including the Top Ten bestsellers A Cottage by the Sea and Calling Mrs Christmas. In 2013, Summer Daydreams was shortlisted for the Melissa Nathan award for Fiction about Life and Love. Carole was also shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists' Association Romantic Comedy RoNA in 2012 and inducted into the Reader Hall of Fame by the inaugural Festival of Romance. Her novels dazzle and delight readers all over the world. She is published in more than thirty countries and her books have sold to Hollywood.

Click here to read an exclusive interview with Carole Matthews by Mary Hogarth.

 

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Featured books by Carole Matthews

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.

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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.

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The Chocolate Lovers' Wedding

The Chocolate Lovers' Wedding

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

Lucy is worried about her financial situation and it keeps distracting her. Should she accept an offer of help from an untrustworthy source? Nadia may have a real chance at finding love but other areas of her life aren't so rosy. Something needs to change - but what? Autumn can't wait to meet someone she hasn't seen in a very long time. She's full of hope for the future but then things don'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.

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The Chocolate Lovers' Wedding

The Chocolate Lovers' Wedding

Author: Carole Matthews Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/01/2016

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.

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?

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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?

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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.

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A Place to Call Home

A Place to Call Home

Author: Carole Matthews Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/01/2014

In the dead of night, Ayesha takes her daughter, Sabina, and slips quietly from her home, leaving behind her abusive husband and a life of pain and heartache. Boarding a coach to London, Ayesha has her sights set on a new life for herself and her little girl. Hayden, a former popstar, has kept himself hidden away for years. In all that time, he's opened up his home to just two people - Crystal, a professional dancer with a heart of gold, and Joy, an ill-tempered retiree with a soft spot for waifs and strays. When Crystal asks Hayden if Ayesha and Sabina can stay with them, he reluctantly agrees. As different as they may be, all these damaged yet loving people quickly form an unlikely bond. So when enemies from the past threaten their peaceful life, they will do whatever it takes to save their home and each other.

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.

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The Difference a Day Makes

The Difference a Day Makes

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

One day she had everything - the next it was gone William and Amy love their busy city life, but when Will collapses on his way into work he decides enough is enough and moves his family to the country. Three months later, Amy is standing outside Helmshill Grange, a sullen monstrosity of a house, deep in the Yorkshire moors. Within days, Will has traded in the Audi for a Land Rover, and brought home chickens, goats, sheep, a serial-killer cat and a mad dog. But when tragedy strikes, Amy finds herself living a dream that isn't hers ...

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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.

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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 ...

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The Only Way is Up

The Only Way is Up

Author: Carole Matthews Format: Paperback Release Date: 17/02/2011

Lily and Laurence Lamont-Jones had it all: lavish holidays in exotic locations, a top private school for their two children and a beautiful home in the Buckinghamshire countryside. Then Laurence loses his job, and their house and all their belongings are repossessed. With nowhere else to go, the family move into a flea-ridden council house on a notoriously rough estate and start to pick up the pieces of their shattered lives. But will Lily's dream of returning to a world of luxury ever come true -- or have her priorities changed? For with the help of new friends, a little luck and a lot of determination she's about to learn what really matters.

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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...?

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Other books by Carole Matthews

The Only Way is Up

The Only Way is Up

Author: Carole Matthews Format: Paperback / softback 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?

That Loving Feeling

That Loving Feeling

Author: Carole Matthews Format: Paperback / softback 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?

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.

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The Chocolate Lovers' Club

The Chocolate Lovers' Club

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

A sweet and delicious treat from the multi-million-copy-selling Carole Matthews. Perfect for fans of Milly Johnson and Jill Mansell. For Lucy Lombard, there's nothing that chocolate can't cure. From heartache to headaches, it's the one thing she knows that she can rely on - and she's not alone. Fellow chocolate addicts Autumn, Nadia and Chantal share her passion and together they form a select group known as The Chocolate Lovers' Club. Whenever there's a crisis, they meet in their sanctuary, a cafe called Chocolate Heaven. And with a cheating boyfriend, a flirtatious boss, a gambling husband and a loveless marriage, there's always plenty to discuss . . .

The Chocolate Lovers' Diet

The Chocolate Lovers' Diet

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

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 these girls are going to need a lot of chocolate.

With Love at Christmas

With Love at Christmas

Author: Carole Matthews Format: Paperback / softback 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!

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 ...

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Microsoft Office Outlook 2010 QuickSteps

Microsoft Office Outlook 2010 QuickSteps

Author: Carole Matthews, Marty Matthews, Bobbi Sandberg Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2010

Step-by-Step, Full-Color Graphics!Start using Outlook 2010 right away--the QuickSteps way. Color screenshots and clear instructions make it easy to ramp up the latest release of Microsoft's powerful communications application. Follow along and quickly learn how to send, receive, and manage e-mail; enter contacts; schedule appointments; track tasks; keep a journal; use notes; manage files and folders; and set up instant messaging. Get up to speed on Outlook 2010 in no time with help from this practical, fast-paced guide.Use these handy guideposts: Shortcuts for accomplishing common tasksNeed-to-know facts in concise narrativeHelpful reminders or alternate ways of doing thingsBonus information related to the topic being coveredErrors and pitfalls to avoid

Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2010 QuickSteps

Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2010 QuickSteps

Author: Carole Matthews Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/05/2010

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 GraphicsStart using PowerPoint 2010 right away--the QuickSteps way. Color screenshots and clear instructions make it easy to ramp up on the latest release of Microsoft's powerful presentation application. Follow along and quickly learn how to create great-looking slides, add text, tables, charts, graphics, sound, and video, and deliver a polished presentation guaranteed to impress. Get up to speed on PowerPoint 2010 in no time with help from this practical, fast-paced guide. Use these handy guideposts: Shortcuts for accomplishing common tasks Need-to-need 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 Carole Matthews, co-creator of the QuickSteps series, is the author or coauthor of more than 50 books, including Photoshop QuickSteps and QuickSteps to Winning Business Presentations.

Photoshop CS4 QuickSteps

Photoshop CS4 QuickSteps

Author: Carole Matthews, Gary David Bouton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2009

Step-by-Step, Full-Color Graphics! Get started with Photoshop CS4 right away-the QuickSteps way. Color photos and screenshots with clear instructions show you how to use all the new and improved features of this powerful software. Follow along and learn how to work with the drawing and painting tools, edit and retouch photos, add text, use layers, create special effects, prepare your art for print or the Web, and much more. You can flip straight to the information you need easily using the color-coded tabs. Get the book that gets you up-and-running on Photoshop in no time! Use these handy guideposts: Shortcuts for accomplishing common tasks 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

eBay (R) QuickSteps, Second Edition

eBay (R) QuickSteps, Second Edition

Author: Carole Matthews, John Cronan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/11/2007

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!Get started using eBay right away-the QuickSteps way. Color screenshots and clear instructions show you how to buy and sell just about anything. You'll learn to navigate eBay, become a member, and develop strategies for buying at the lowest prices. You'll also find out how to list your items well and price them to sell, research other buyers and sellers, protect yourself from fraud, and much more. It's easy to flip straight to the information you need using the color-coded tabs. Get the book that gets you up-and-running on eBay in no time. Use these handy guideposts: Shortcuts for accomplishing common tasks 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

Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007 QuickSteps

Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007 QuickSteps

Author: Carole Matthews Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/01/2007

Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007QuickSteps is the fastest, easiest way to learn how to make professional-quality presentationsUsing lots of graphics while keeping text to a minimum. Microsoft Office PowerPoint 12 QuickSteps makes it easy for readers to learn how to make great looking presentations with PowerPoint. Readers can instantly find just the effects and techniques they are looking for.Covers the essential features of the new version of PowerPoint, including the new interface that uses the Ribbon-a context-sensitive tool that replaces menus and toolbarsDiscusses the improved interoperability between PowerPoint and other applicationsTeaches users how to make great-looking charts and graphs in PowerPoint; bring in sounds, video, and graphics; and import data from other applicationsTake readers painlessly from the basics to intermediate-level skills

Facebook for Seniors QuickSteps

Facebook for Seniors QuickSteps

Author: Carole Matthews Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/11/2000

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.