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Isabel Wolff was born in Warwickshire and read English at Cambridge. She worked for the BBC world service and wrote feature articles for many newspapers and magazines including The Spectator, The Evening Standard and the Daily Telegraph. She is the author of seven other bestselling novels, which are published in 23 languages. She lives in London with her family.
Stolen childhoods and harrowing memories haunt lives in this moving and fascinating novel. Written with tremendous compassion and eloquence, the author reveals two tales, two time frames, two tragedies and two guilt-ridden women seeking redemption. The different time frames work perfectly alongside each other, each tale is anchored by the heartrending secrets that have been hidden for years.You are taken on a journey through time and across seas to the inconceivable world of a Japanese Internment Camp during the Second World War. Wolff discloses the unbelievable horrors that terrorised the inhabitants, simply yet vividly bringing to life a different world. Closer to home, the breathtaking Cornish coast has harboured another childhood sorrow. Guilt has been a distressing yet accepted companion for these two women, can reliving the past lay to rest the ghosts that have besieged them? Compelling and convincing, this poignant tale deserves to be heard. ~ Liz Robinson
Isabel Wolff delivers a mesmerising story that delivers a powerful emotional punch. A truly unforgettable portrait of the many aspects of love as Ella, an artist, captures memories, fading beauty and family moments from her sitters. And there's one, engaged to her sister who, as she paints finds she's falling in love with...
A story that flows effortlessly for it is light of touch and has a slick prose style, the characters are warm and funny and the situations real and true to life. Wolffâ€™s novels tend to involve a search for redemption and in this instance, after the death of her mother, Anna takes stock of her life and decides to give up the city job and head for life in the country, but the novels themselves are ultimately uplifting, hopeful and full of the feel-food factor. Fans of Catherine Alliott, Sophie Kinsella, Katie Fforde and Adele Parks will love it.
Full of humour, incredibly moving and so fluently written youâ€™ll devour it in one sitting. Set against the backdrop of a brilliantly inventive TV quiz show, the brainchild of Laura, whose less than keen at the media interest about her and whose past sheâ€™d rather remained private. Laura is a refreshing heroine and her rekindled relationship with an old flame comes with excess baggage in the form of an ex-wife who is anything but predictable in her actions and a young child that brings huge joy and frustration in equal measure. Highly recommended.
Tiffany Trott is attractive, successful, kind-hearted and also - according to her best friend Lizzie - A Complete Failure With Men. Determined to prove Lizzie wrong Tiffany plunges into the London love jungle, armed only with an insane optimism and her sense of humor. She knows her Mr Right is out there - she just has to track him down. So Tiffany embarks on a succession of blind dates, singles dinners and even Club Med in her quest for a mate. But as she sees her married friends facing problems of their own, Tiffany begins to wonder whether marriage and motherhood are quite what she wants after all. The million-selling debut rom-com from the internationally best-selling author of A Vintage Affair.
Radio reporter Minty Malone is terribly nice. But being nice doesnt save her from being jilted at the very altar by her dominering fiance, Dominic. Ditched rather than hitched, a shocked Minty takes stock, and on her husbandless honeymoon she vows to become just a little less nice. Joined by her fiery cousin, Amber, whom no-one could described as sweet-natured, Minty sets out on a Quest for the Self in which she will finally learn how to say No. But if the man she loves could do that to her then how can any man be trusted? Then Minty stumbles upon the real reason for Dominics dreadful defection. Faced with the ugly truth she prepares to move on, let go, and learn how to say Yes! once more. The reissued second novel from the internationally bestelling author of A Vintage Affair.
When Laura Quick is picked to host a quirky new quiz show on prime time TV, nothing prepares her for one of the contestants - her ex-boyfriend Luke. Shes stil getting over the loss of her husband Nick, in mysterious circumstances, three years ealier. So what does the stilll gorgeous Lukes arrival complete with six year old daughter and eccentric ex-wife mean for Laura? Her sisters think hes the perfect man for her to move on with, but Laura finds more questions than answers as she wonders whether to take another chance on Luke, what really happened to Nick, and how much she truly knows about her sisters increasingly complex lives. The re-issued fifth novel by the internationally best selling author of A Vintage Affair.
Anna Temple is about to start a new life. Its just not quite the one she had in mind. After the sudden death of her mother, Anna realises that she must live for the moment. Swapping hedge funds for herbaceous borders, she leaves the security of her job in Londons financial district to fulfil her dream of becoming a garden designer. But on the eve of her sparkling new future she meets TV reporter Xan. Their chance encounter changes Annas world in more ways than she could ever have imagined - enter baby Milly nine months later. Juggling her business with new motherhood is a struggle, especially alone. Meanwhile, Annas widowed father is behaving very strangely - neither Anna, nor her wayward younger sister Cassie, can figure out what hes up to. Then Anna unearths a long-buried family secret and disturbing news about the new man in her life. Skeletons tumble from the closet and the past rears its ugly head. Suddenly nothing is as it seems, past or present.... The reissued seventh novel from the internationally bestselling author of A Vintage Affair.
Thirty-somethings Faith and Peter seem to have a charmed life: successful careers - he as a publisher, she as a TV weather presenter - two slightly peculiar but kind-hearted teenagers, and an extremely intelligent dog called Graham. But at their fifteenth wedding anniversary party Faith finds the champagne suddenly tastes a little flat. For, out of the blue, her best friend Lily makes a barbed comment about Peter which sets Faiths alarm bells ringing. Why is he looking so trim and well dressed? And why is he so jumpy of late? As Faiths niggling doubts turn to naked suspicion she feels the chill factor kick in, and, as she tries to recapture the sunny days of her past she is forced to admit that, for the time being at least, the outlook is decidely unsettled. The re-issued fourth novel from the internationally best-selling author of A Vintage Affair.
Rose Costelloe LOVES problems - other peoples problems that is. As an agony aunt she adores dishing out advice on everything from dizziness to divorce. But this rather thorny Rose is not so good when it comes to her own life Her new marriage is in shreds, shes had to move house, and the bills are piling up. Then her best friends, twins Bella and Bea, suggest that Rose rents out her spare room and Theo, a quiet accountant with a secret passion seems the perfect roommate. But just as things are looking up, Roses universe is thrown into chaos. Her husband reappears, her editor demands more sex! and worse, shes being stalked. In all this one person alone grasps what really matters to Rose beneath her prickly exterior. Will she at last be able to address the huge problem that she faces in her own life? This upbeat and poignant tale is the newly reissued fourth novel from the internationally best-selling author of A Vintage Affair.
Animal behaviorist Miranda Sweet has given up on men, perferring to spend her time with animals - after all, theyre nicer, kinder and far more reliable. So she opens up her own animal behavior clinic in Londons Primrose Hill and is soon working her magic on domineering dogs and depressed cats. But can she kep the entire male species at bay forever? Her best friend Daisy, an incurably romantic wedding planner doenst think so, and when a handosme photographer, David, arrives on the scene, Miranda wonders whether shes been a bit hasty. But in order to be with David Miranda knows that she will have to confess to him the guilty secret that she has harbored for 16 years. Will she be brave enough to tell him who she really is, and what she once did? A moving, witty and redemptive tale of courage, forgiveness, second chances and assorted animals, from the internationally best-selling author of A Vintage Affair.
Jedes Kleid hat ein Geheimnis. Jede Frau auch. Endlich ist Phoebes groer Traum wahr geworden: Sie hat einen Laden fr Vintage-Mode erffnet. Jede der rauschenden Abendroben erzhlt eine Geschichte. Und nichts macht Phoebe glcklicher, als das richtige Kleid fr die richtige Frau zu finden. Doch noch immer berschattet ein schreckliches Ereignis ihr Leben. Damals hat sie nicht nur ihre groe Liebe verloren, sondern auch die beste Freundin - fr immer. Erst als Phoebe die Franzsin Thrse kennenlernt, findet sie die Kraft, sich der Vergangenheit zu stellen. Denn die alte Dame wei, was Schuld bedeutet Was fr ein zauberhaftes Buch! Eine bitterse Liebesgeschichte, wunderbar erzhlt. Am Ende hat man Trnen in den Augen!"e; (Daily Mail)
Every dress has a history. And so does every woman.In Isabel Wolff's captivating A Vintage Affair, a treasuredchild's coat becomes a thread of hope connecting two very different women.Her friends are stunned when Phoebe Swift abruptly leaves a plum job at the prestigious Sotheby's auction house to open her own vintage clothing shop in Londonbut to Phoebe, it's the fulfillment of a dream. In the sunlight-flooded interior of Village Vintage, surrounded by Yves Saint Laurent silk scarves, Vivienne Westwood bustle skirts, cupcake dresses, and satin gowns, Phoebe hopes to make her store the hot new place to shop, even as she deals with two ardent suitors, her increasingly difficult mother, and a secret from her past that casts a shadow over her new venture.For Phoebe, each vintage garment carries its own precious history. Digging for finds in attics and wardrobes, Phoebe is rewarded whenever she finds something truly unique, for she knows that when you buy a piece of vintage clothing, you're not just buying fabric and threadyou're buying a piece of someone's past. But one particular article of clothing will soon unexpectedly change her life.Therese Bell, an elderly Frenchwoman, has an impressive clothing collection. But among the array of smart suits andcouture gowns, Phoebe finds a child's sky-blue coatan item with which Bell is stubbornly reluctant to part. As the two women become friends, Phoebe will learn the tale of that little blue coat. And she will discover an astonishingconnection between herself and Therese Bellone that will help her heal the pain of her own past and allow her to love again.From the Hardcover edition.
Faith has arranged a surprise party at a West London restaurant to celebrate fifteen years of marriage to her publisher husband Peter. They have a lot to be thankful for - including two teenage children and the knowledge that, at thirty-five, they've hammered out an enduring partnership that, at this age, many of their contemporaries are only just themselves embarking upon. But something is niggling at Faith. A casual, barbed comment by her bitchy magazine editor friend Lily makes her wonder whether her world is as wonderful as it seems on the surface. Peter has been behaving slightly oddly recently - but is this purely because of stress at work? Is Faith really too smug and trusting? As the kernel of unease swells and begins to burgeon inside her, Faith finds herself on a quest that leads to a shake-up of everything she holds dear - but which, in the end, enables her to reforge her life.