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Elizabeth Noble lives in New York and Surrey with her husband and two daughters. Her six previous novels, The Reading Group, The Friendship Test (formerly published as The Tenko Club), Alphabet Weekends, Things I Want My Daughters to Know, The Girl Next Door and The Way We Were, were all Sunday Times bestsellers, with The Reading Group reaching Number One.
April 2018 Book of the Month 'A gloriously uplifting story about love in all its forms from the Number One Sunday Times bestselling author of The Reading Group and Things I Want My Daughters to Know.' This author has certainly not lost her touch despite it being six years since her last book. This is warm, affectionate, engaging and insightful. Well written with well portrayed characters who interconnect with each other in a tale that grabs your interest from the first chapters and holds it to the satisfying final page. The story revolves around two women, young pregnant Tess who has just left her boyfriend and gone home to mum, and middle-aged Gigi who has just left her husband and needs to sort her life out. Her three kids have grown up and her marriage is stale. The person Tess loves most in her family is her grandmother Iris who is slipping away in a home. The same home houses Gigi’s father-in-law. Here then is a wonderful multi-generational cast. Mix them together, plus Gigi’s family, and you get a tale of real depth and emotion. The letters of the title are from Iris’ brother during and just after World War II plus some from her grandfather from the same period. They are poignant and affect Tess greatly. A wonderful read, highly recommended.
September 2012 Book of the Month. One of our Great Reads You May Have Missed in 2012. A novel concentrating on the terrible effect of the death of a teenage boy on his family. He was killed in the Boxing Day tsunami in Thailand. The strain is too much for his parents' marriage and his siblings suffer badly, till into their lives comes a live in help a 'rent-a-granny', who suddenly everyone can talk to. This is a nicely woven story with lots of insight into family life, a poignant tale from a lovely author. STOP PRESS: Between a Mother and a Child has been selected as a Richard and Judy Book Club Choice this Autumn.
As â€œheartbroken therapyâ€ Natalieâ€™s old friend Tom suggests weekend activities to distract, and of course, unbeknownst to her, woo her. They start with abseiling. Into this charming scenario the reader is introduced to more heartbroken characters suffering for different reasons and we spend the book rooting for them all. This is quite lovely, right back up to the standard of her first, The Reading Group, and well worth wallowing in.Comparison: Madeleine Wickham, Jane Yardley, Clare Chambers.Similar this month: Serena Mackesy, Sarah Challis.
Escape to the Cotswolds in the heartwarming new novel that will make you laugh, cry and feel truly uplifted, from the bestselling author of the Richard & Judy selection Love, Iris 'I loved this book' Katie Fforde 'Joyous, touching and funny, a fabulous read' 5***** Reader Review 'A summer delight - strawberries and cream in book form. Wonderful!' Veronica Henry ________ The only gift Charlie wants for his 80th birthday is his family all together again. Ever since his wife Daphne passed away, and the children grew up into their own busy lives, it's felt like they've drifted apart. So he's invited them all on a family holiday - their first in years. And by some miracle, everyone has said yes. Ten days all together in the Cotswolds . . . how hard can it be? ________ 'The Family Holiday is a perfect read for those who can't be with our own families or go on holiday to get away from them' Red Online 'Perfect to cuddle up with in these trying times and escape from reality for a while' 5***** Netgalley Reader Review 'Tender, thoughtful and heartrending. The Chamberlains remind us of the strength and comfort of family bonds' Beth Morrey 'An utterly absorbing multi-generational tale...with a touch of summer magic that makes this her best yet. I adored it' Penny Parkes 'With a charming storyline, a fantastic mix of characters and beautifully written prose, this book is perfect' 5***** Netgalley Reader Review 'A fantastic feel good read about family, love, trust, letting go and moving on' 5***** Netgalley Reader Review Praise for Elizabeth Noble: 'Nobody weaves a complex web of stories with quite the same skill as Elizabeth Noble' Sunday Express 'Witty, pacy and immediately engaging' Glamour 'Noble is a mistress of the tearjerking message of love' Express
Design and write simple and efficient T-SQL code in SQL Server 2019 and beyond. Writing T-SQL that pulls back correct results can be challenging. This book provides the help you need in writing T-SQL that performs fast and is easy to maintain. You also will learn how to implement version control, testing, and deployment strategies. Hands-on examples show modern T-SQL practices and provide straightforward explanations. Attention is given to selecting the right data types and objects when designing T-SQL solutions. Author Elizabeth Noble teaches you how to improve your T-SQL performance through good design practices that benefit programmers and ultimately the users of the applications. You will know the common pitfalls of writing T-SQL and how to avoid those pitfalls going forward. What You Will Learn Choose correct data types and database objects when designing T-SQL Write T-SQL that searches data efficiently and uses hardware effectively Implement source control and testing methods to streamline the deployment process Design T-SQL that can be enhanced or modified with less effort Plan for long-term data management and storage Who This Book Is For Database developers who want to improve the efficiency of their applications, and developers who want to solve complex query and data problems more easily by writing T-SQL that performs well, brings back correct results, and is easy for other developers to understand and maintain
The SUNDAY TIMES TOP TEN BESTSELLER AND RICHARD & JUDY BOOK CLUB PICK from the bestselling author of Things I Want My Daughters to Know. 'A moving and heart-warming novel about love in all its forms' Sunday Express ____________ Did you ever have a secret you knew would change everything? Tess's happy childhood memories are mostly of the grandmother who helped raise her. And now she has a secret to tell Iris - one which will turn so many lives upside down. But how can you confide your future in someone who barely remembers her past? Tess knows everything is about to change. What she doesn't know is that chance will lead her into the lives of two strangers - and uncover her grandmother's secret from the past. A secret which will illuminate her own future . . . An uplifting, unforgettable story about keeping secrets, taking chances and finding happiness where you least expect it. Published in a previous edition under the title Letters to Iris. ____________ 'Nobody weaves a complex web of stories with quite the same skill as Elizabeth Noble. An uplifting read written with wry humour, insight and sensitivity' Sunday Express 'Noble specialises in warm-hearted tearjerkers with strong connections between women' Daily Mail 'A beautiful tale of love, loss and hope' Sun 'A heart-warmer' Prima 'Packed with intrigue' Yours Magazine
Brett Rocha retired from pro-hockey while still at the top of his game. Co-owner of a chain of restaurants and an inherited ice skating academy, he seems to have it all. Despite his fame, wealth, and good fortune, though, Brett suddenly finds himself painfully alone.Ex-Olympic figure skating star Rylan Hennessy transitioned to professional ice dancing with Celia, Brett's sister and Rylan's lifelong partner on the ice. Then tragedy strikes, and Rylan's world is turned upside down, too.With the unexpected death of Celia, Brett and Rylan are drawn together through their mutual grief. Their bond strengthens when Brett introduces Rylan to BDSM, a lifestyle Rylan has never experienced before. While the mystery of Celia's murder still needs to be solved, a second tragedy threatens to tear them apart.Will their relationship survive, or will love be enough to see them through this life altering, harrowing change?
A gloriously uplifting story about love in all its forms from the Number One Sunday Times bestselling author of The Reading Group and Things I Want My Daughters to Know Tess has a secret - one which is going to turn her life upside down in just nine months' time. The only person she can confide in is her beloved grandmother. But Iris is slipping further away each day. Then chance brings a stranger into Tess's life. Gigi's heart goes out to Tess, knowing what it's like to feel alone. She's determined to show her that there's a silver lining to every cloud. As their unlikely friendship blossoms, Tess feels inspired to open up. But something still holds her back - until she discovers Iris has a secret of her own. A suitcase of letters from another time, the missing pieces of a life she never shared. Could the letters hold the answers that Tess thought lost for ever? An uplifting, unforgettable story about keeping secrets, taking chances and finding happiness where you least expect it. Praise for Elizabeth Noble 'A great writer. You'll be rooting for Noble's protagonists as soon as you meet them' Daily Mail 'Noble is the mistress of the tearjerking message of love' Express 'Deliciously readable' Times
The coffee is rich. Hayden isn't. But Neal doesn't need to know that-yet.Hayden Owens is just your typical graduate student working his way through school as a barista for the Owens Coffee Company-no relation. But he keeps the "e;no relation"e; part to himself when he meets dashing architect, Neal Kirchner, a successful older man from an old-money family. Hayden doesn't exactly lie, but he figures it can't hurt for Neal to believe he's a rich kid. After all, Hayden doesn't want Neal thinking he's a gold digger.The closer they become, the harder it gets for Hayden to come clean. Something always seems to get in the way. When a company bankruptcy and a jilted, vindictive woman threaten to expose his charade, Hayden thinks it's all gone down the drain. Luckily Neal is ready with some innocent trickery of his own.
The Vampire Guard: Book TwoThe members of the Vampire Guard-Jonas Forge, spy and soldier turned cop; computer hacker extraordinaire Blair Turner; Declan, thief, con man, and ex-pirate; and medical examiner and werewolf Dr. Lucas Coate-face a dangerous and elusive enemy.And this time, it's personal.Over the course of three hundred years, a man has touched each of their lives in ways they are only just realizing. When a hunt for a psychotic killer in the present resurrects memories and clues from the past, they discover how they have been affected and are bound by the existence of a ruthless vampire criminal. Now, while preventing a heist at a high-tech art show and thwarting several large-scale explosions, the team must employ their unique blend of science and supernatural abilities to put an end to the machinations of the man toying with their lives.This time, he won't slip through their fingers.This time, it's more than a case. It's a hunt, and Forge, Blair, Declan, and Lucas won't stop until they've captured their quarry.
Circles: Book FiveTyler McCall has made mistakes. He was a teacher-before he fell for a student in his school. That misstep cost him his job and everything he'd worked for. He moved to the Black Hills of Wyoming to start his life over, and he's happy working at the Big Rock Inn near Devils Tower.Linden Bourne, a no-nonsense FBI agent Tyler had met before, returns to Wyoming hot on the trail of a killer. The previously unexplored attraction between them grows-which is good considering they'll be spending a lot of time together when a blizzard strands them at the inn. Cut off from the outside world, with no power, they'll need to rely on their wits and each other to survive.Especially when it becomes clear they're not alone-and the danger they face comes from more than the elements.
The Vampire Guard: Book OneMeet the newest members of the Vampire Guard, where legend and myth meet science and technology.Jonas Forge, vampire. Once a spy and soldier, now a cop, Forge enjoys the life he's built with his friends in Flint, Ohio.Blair Turner, PhD. Blair, a vampire and computer hacker with exceptional skills, shares a powerful empathic bond with Forge, his soul mate.Declan, vampire, ex-pirate, ex-fur trapper, thief, and con man. Declan is Forge's former lover and soul mate to Lucas Coate.Lucas Coate, MD, Flint's medical examiner. A werewolf living among vampires, Lucas is also one of Forge's best friends.Their lives become complicated when an impending presidential visit throws them headlong into a world of high-tech vampire spies and espionage. Recruited into the Vampire Guard by the secret society of the Akhkharu Nasaru, they uncover a werewolf terrorist organization known as the Qiguan.Together they must thwart a murder attempt on the open waters of Lake Superior while tracking a previously unknown biological weapon controlled by the Qiguan-a weapon that may very well mean death for one of them.
Cum ar fi sa primesti a doua sansa cu prima iubire?Susannah si Rob au avut o relatie tumultuoasa in adolescenta, insa, asa cum se intampla de obicei cu dragostea din tinerete, totul s-a terminat si fiecare si-a urmat propriul drum, complet diferit. Dupa ani, nici unul din ei nu este cu adevarat fericit - Susannah este prinsa in capcana unei relatii aparent lipsite de afectiune cu Douglas si joaca rolul de mama vitrega deloc apreciata pentru copiii acestuia, si, la randul lui, Rob s-a inrolat in armata dupa ce Susannah i-a frant inima.O intalnire intamplatoare provoaca un adevarat cutremur in viata lor. Ce se intampla atunci cand prima iubire reapare pe neasteptate? Oare soarta iti spune ca este timpul sa profiti de o noua sansa sau trebuie sa mergi mai departe si sa lasi trecutul sa devina istorie?Insa Susannah si Rob nu pot sa uite pur si simplu iubirea de altadata ... si lumea urmeaza sa descopere in curand consecintele regasirii lor.
Elizabeth Noble, the No. 1 bestselling author of Things I Want My Daughters to Know and The Reading Group, takes a look at relationships within families in her heartbreaking novel Between a Mother and her Child. For Maggie and Bill it was love at first sight . . . One impulsive wedding later and with the arrival of three perfect children, Jake, Aly and Stan, the Barrett family seem to have it all. Until the day their world stops turning. When Jake dies suddenly, they're swept away on a tide of grief that fractures Maggie and Bill's marriage. She and the children are left clinging to the wreckage of their family. And they need help, because in her grief Maggie is in danger of losing Aly and Stan too. Enter Kate, housekeeper, companion and shoulder to cry on. She's here to pick up the pieces and fix what isn't completely broken. But can Maggie trust Kate? And why is Kate so keen to help? When Bill falls for another woman, Maggie realizes she will have to fight to put her family back together - but will they still want her? Let the storytelling magic of Elizabeth Noble capture your heart in Between a Mother and her Child. Praise for Elizabeth Noble: 'Tissues are essential. You'll ricochet between delicately watering eyes at the romance of it all and howling sobs at the unbearable tenderness' Heat 'It would be a hard heart indeed that remained unmoved... the tender feelings that Noble engenders in her readers are to be cherished' Daily Express Elizabeth Noble lives in New York and Surrey with her husband and two daughters. Her six previous novels, The Reading Group, The Friendship Test (formerly published as The Tenko Club), Alphabet Weekends, Things I Want My Daughters to Know, The Girl Next Door and The Way We Were, were all Sunday Times bestsellers, with The Reading Group reaching Number One.
A beautiful story of friendship from the Number One bestselling author of The Reading Group and Things I Want My Daughters to Know They say the friends you make at college are with you for life, and for Tamsin, Reagan, Sarah and Freddie that certainly seems to be the case. With student life stretching ahead of them, they bonded years ago over too many bottles of wine and great gossip; ill-fated love affairs and essay deadlines were the only clouds on their horizon. Although the four women have little in common this seems to make them greater friends, and they swear they'll always be there for one another . . . but twenty years is a long time to keep a promise. And so, when tragedy plays a hand, their friendship is put to the ultimate test. Can they put their troubles and differences aside and remember the simple joy of their younger selves? After all, friends should always come first, shouldn't they? Previously published as The Tenko Club 'Deliciously readable' The Times 'I defy you not to cry at least once' Sun
The ultimate romantic comedy from the Number One bestseller Natalie and her sisters have known Tom and his family forever. They climbed trees together, scraped knees on the same pavements and, in taking shared steps towards adulthood, shaped bonds that would last a lifetime. So when Natalie's long-term love walks out on her, Tom's is the much-needed shoulder she cries on. And Tom dreams up an ingenious way to dry her tears: a series of Alphabet Weekends - starting with A for Abseiling - to make her forget the heartache and, he hopes, to make her see what's been staring her in the face all these years. His genuine love for her. But as they tumble from A to Z, their families and friends face broken hearts and tragedies of their own. Can the Alphabet Weekends unlock love in all its many and wonderful guises? And not just for Natalie and Tom, but for everyone they care about?
The Sunday Times Number One bestseller A New Year. A New Page. A New Reading Group. Five women meet for their first reading group, little realising this social gathering over books and glasses of wine might see them share more than literary debate ... and will, in fact, take each of them to places they'd never imagined. Harriet and Nicole are the ringleaders, best friends who can't quite admit - to themselves or one other - they might be trapped in loveless marriages. While Polly, a determined single mum, finds herself tipped off course by an unexpected proposal. Susan, usually so carefree and happy, is forced to face a shattering reality and Clare, quiet and mysterious, plainly has more on her mind than next week's book choice. Over the coming year their worlds will intertwine in delightful, unexpected and surprising ways. Stories will be re-written as dreams are made and broken, but through it all they'll have the Reading Group, with friendship, tears and laughter featuring in every chapter of their lives.
An outstanding tear-jerker that will break your heart - from the Number One bestselling author of The Reading Group and Things I Want My Daughters to Know What makes a house a home? For Eve Gallagher, home is miles away in England since she and her husband relocated to an apartment building on New York's Upper East Side. And life isn't remotely coming up roses. What makes a neighbour a friend? Violet has lived in the building for decades but she's always kept herself apart, until Eve's loneliness touches her heart and friendship blossoms. What makes a wife a lover? Jason Kramer in Apartment 6A is no longer sure he loves his wife, but he's head-over-heels for Rachael Schulman in 6B. What makes the girl next door the woman of your dreams? Meeting Emily Mikanowski from 3A turns Trip Grayling's world upside down. It's love at first sight, but he needs help from Charlotte, the shy romance addict in 2A, if he's going to win the girl. Dreams come true, hearts are broken and no one is left unchanged when the secrets and desires hidden behind closed doors are finally brought into the light. 'A wonderfully well-written book, full of emotion' Daily Mail 'We loved it . . . we were totally hooked wondering what twists were coming next' Heat 'This emotional read it full of fascinating characters you'll miss once the final page is turned' Bella