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Stories from the heart. This category combines Romantic Fiction with Sagas and Romance to create a collection of lovely tales. From rags to riches stories to tales of tight-knit communities, this carefully curated collection is bound to have the perfect match for you, and as the Beatles said, ‘love is all you need’.
August 1914, London. Britain has just declared war on Germany, and the whole country seems to be in uproar. Flora, Hilda and Will, who grew up together in St Boniface orphanage sit in the sunshine in Hyde Park on a rare day off, discussing the impending war and the changes it will bring to their lives. Will means to go off to fight, Hilda hopes to better her current lot in life as a maid at the charitable institute, Hailing House, but Flora is content with her job as assistant to the Isle of Dogs' kindly Doctor Tapper. Taking a vow, they pledge to always be there for each other, come what may. It soon becomes clear that the war will not be over by Christmas, as so many thought, and the first zeppelin raids bring casualties flooding into the surgery where Flora works. Tragedy strikes in the trenches, too, and Will returns home with physical and mental wounds too deep for Flora to be able to nurse back to health. In the meantime, Hilda has taken herself away from London to work as a maid at the sumptuous house of Adelphi. But it is not long before she finds herself out of her depth. And the consequences of her choices will lead to a shocking discovery that will change the course of the three orphans lives forever.
The beautiful setting of Devon 1909 and a captivating heroine, Emma Le Goff, will have you racing through the pages. Linda Mitchelmore is an accomplished short story writer but this is her first novel. If you were a fan of Catherine Cookson, in her heyday, you will love To Turn Full Circle.
A glittering empire, a golden family and a guilty secret... From the author of LUXURY, a glossy, gripping epic blockbuster featuring the beautiful, wealthy but accursed Cavalley family. Perfect for every woman who loves the family drama of a Penny Vincenzi novel and the glamorous settings of Tasmina Perry...
Shortlisted for the RNA Comtemporary Romantic Novel Award 2012. This is the gorgeously indulgent, funny and touching new novel from one of the UK's bestselling authors. With characters you'll warm to, a real emotional depth and Mansell's trademark warmth and humour it's a book that is the perfect romantic treat to curl up with on the sofa or on the beach.
The enthralling new novel from the Sunday Times bestselling author and queen of romance and sagas which spans the 1920s of both Liverpool and New York. As with all Lyn's novels her powers of storytelling are second to none.
This title comes from the Sunday Times bestselling author Katie Flynn. Three girls, evacuated from Liverpool during World War Two, support each other through hardship and heartbreak. It's 1939, and three ten-year-old girls meet on a station platform. Imogen, Rita and Debby all missed the original evacuation and now the authorities are finding it difficult to place them. When Auntie and her niece, Jill, who run the Canary and Linnet Public House, offer to take them in, the billeting officer is greatly relieved. The countryside is heaven to the three little townies, especially after they meet Woody and Josh, also evacuees. They find that by climbing to the top of the biggest tree in the beech wood they have a perfect bird's-eye view of the nearest RAF station and are able to watch the comings and goings of the young fighter pilots as the Battle of Britain rages. Then they find an injured flier and the war becomes a stark reality. As they grow up, love and rivalry enter their lives and, twenty years on, when the girls decide on a reunion, many surprises come to light...
This is from the Sunday Times bestselling author Katie Flynn. Three girls, evacuated from Liverpool during World War Two, support each other through hardship and heartbreak. It's 1939, and three ten-year-old girls meet on a station platform. Imogen, Rita and Debby all missed the original evacuation and now the authorities are finding it difficult to place them. When Auntie and her niece, Jill, who run the Canary and Linnet Public House, offer to take them in, the billeting officer is greatly relieved. The countryside is heaven to the three little townies, especially after they meet Woody and Josh, also evacuees. They find that by climbing to the top of the biggest tree in the beech wood they have a perfect bird's-eye view of the nearest RAF station and are able to watch the comings and goings of the young fighter pilots as the Battle of Britain rages. Then they find an injured flier and the war becomes a stark reality.
Catherine Cookson once reigned supreme within this area, now there are two or three ladies after her crown. This is one of them. She is wonderful.Comparison: Lyn Andrews, Ruth Harrison, Josephine Cox.Similar this month: Ruth Hamilton, Katie Flynn.
Robust country girl Emily Flanagan has been raised in the rugged Dargo High Plains by her mountain cattleman father, but despite the beauty of her High Country heritage she feels lost in life. Trapped in an unhappy marriage, her music-star brother is being consumed in a world of drugs, money and wild women, whilst her father risks losing his family's livelihood. Emily's problems aren't helped when she finds herself falling in love with the 'enemy', a government man, Luke Bradshaw. As the bill to evict the cattlemen from the mountains is about to be passed, their love seems doomed.
They are just words but they mean so much. As a dark evening draws in, the lives of three women are changed forever. The worlds they have been living in, the people they thought they knew - in an instant it all changes. But when everything seems to shatter around them, could three little words be enough to help put the pieces back together again?
This is a moving and well-crafted saga that will have you turning the pages non-stop to the end. Historical detail of the Dunkirk evacuation is excellent but even better it includes a lot of detail I didn't know before too. The sacrifice of both soldiers and civilians pulls at the heartstrings and it's important that we don't forget what others did for us in WWII to save our country. The author really does give us a glimpse of the trials and triumphs of life in England at that time. This title is also available as an Audio book, in either CD or cassette format.Comparison: Charlotte Bingham, Margaret Dickinson, Beryl Matthews.Similar this month: Mary Jane Staples, Lesley Pearse.
The brand new dramatic novel about the power of a father's love, a little boy's journey,and the desperate search for a place to call home, from Number 1 best-selling author Josephine Cox. Eight-year-old Casey's mother Ruth is a cruel woman, with a weakness for other women's husbands. Casey's father is gentle and hard-working and, though Tom Denton has long suspected his wife of having sordid affairs, he has chosen to turn a blind eye to keep the peace. But then, out of the blue, Tom's world is cruelly shattered when he receives two bits of devastating news. Because of this, Tom realises that from now on their lives must change, forever. A broken man, Tom is made to fight for his son, determined to keep him safe. But, when fate takes a hand, life can be unbearably cruel, and Casey is made to remember his father's prophetic words...'It's done. The dice is thrown, and nobody wins.' But, unbeknown to Casey, there are three letters penned by his father, that may just change his destiny forever.
We all love a good saga. From Wuthering Heights and Jamaica Inn, to the modern works of authors like Katie Flynn, Katherine Webb and Nadine Dorries, there is something so captivating about the journey of a romantic heroine through an unfamiliar world, where the hearts and desires of all around her form the centre of everything. These stories can take place on grand settings: on the High Seas and foreign lands, or on a small cobbled street in a northern mining town. It doesn’t matter, as the journey of the heart is the most important of all. Get your tissues at the ready and find yourself happily shipwrecked on the ragged rocks of epic romance.