Sometimes running away is the answer...
Running out on your wedding day never goes down well. When the pressure of her forthcoming marriage becomes too much, Jude bolts from the church, leaving a good man at the altar, her mother in a fury, and the guests with enough gossip to last a year.
Guilty and ashamed, Jude flees to Pengarrock, a crumbling cliff-top mansion in Cornwall, where she takes a job cataloguing the Trevillion family's extensive library. The house is a welcome escape for Jude, full of history and secrets, but when its new owner arrives, it's clear that Pengarrock is not beloved by everyone.
As Jude falls under the spell of the house, she learns of a family riddle stemming from a terrible tragedy centuries before, hinting at a lost treasure. And when Pengarrock is put up for sale, it seems that time is running out for the house and for Jude.
Christina Jones AN ENORMOUSLY ENGLISH MONSOON WEDDING
2nd May 2013
Life simply couldn't be better for Erin Boswell. At twenty-seven, she is engaged to the simply divine Jay Keskar and every minute of her day revolves around planning the wedding of her dreams. Then Jay's parents arrive and announce that they want to 'discuss' things - and this is when Erin's wedding heaven turns into her wedding hell. Tavish and Deena are Indian and have very firm beliefs about the form of wedding their only son should have. Erin will obviously be wearing a sari, won't she? And of course all the Indian pre-wedding ritual ceremonies - including tilak, mehendi, sangeet - will be observed, won't they?
As Bollywood comes to Berkshire, can East eventually meet West in perfect harmony? And if not, will Erin and Jay's dream wedding even take place?
Benita Brown DREAMING OUT LOUD
23rd May 2013
When Kay Lockwood is left a small inheritance by her mother's old friend, actress Lana Fontaine, she travels to London, leaving behind her Northern hometown and the boyfriend she doesn't quite trust. She falls in love with Lana's house, and the excitement of post-war London, but soon discovers a deeper mystery - who was Lana, and why was Kay so important to her? As she unravels the past, her handsome new neighbour Tom seems to offer her a bright future, but when his own dark secret is revealed, Kay feels hurt and betrayed. Can she ever forgive him?
Jean Fullerton CALL NURSE MILLIE
23rd May 2013
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It's 1945 and, as the troops begin to return home, the inhabitants of London attempt to put their lives back together. For 25-year-old Millie, a qualified nurse and midwife, the jubilation at the end of the war is short-lived as she tends to the needs of the East End community around her. But while Millie witnesses tragedy and brutality in her job, she also finds strength and kindness. And when misfortune befalls her own family, it is the enduring spirit of the community that shows Millie that even the toughest of circumstances can be overcome. Through Millie's eyes, we see the harsh realities and unexpected joys in the lives of the patients she treats, as well as the camaraderie that is forged with the fellow nurses that she lives with. Filled with unforgettable characters and moving personal stories, this vividly brings to life the colourful world of a post-war East London.
Louise Allen TARNISHED AMONGST THE TON
Harlequin Mills & Boon
Paperback & ebook
£4.99 (Kindle £4.50)
Ashe Herriard, Viscount Clere, newly arrived from India , requires an eligible bride but an encounter on the London dockside with the entirely ineligible Miss Phyllida Hurst is not the way to go about it! Phyllida is attracted to the exotic viscount but she has layers of secrets to keep and no wish to become any man’s mistress…or his wife. (Linked to Forbidden Jewel of India )
Jennifer Bohnet SHADOWS OF CONFLICT
30th April 2013
SHADOWS OF CONFLICT tells the stories of Katie and her god-mother Mattie. When Katie, redundant from her media job, accepts Mattie's offer to take over her shop, A Good Yarn, in Dartmouth, she expects her life to be busy and unexciting. But with an American film crew in town intent on uncovering buried secrets from World War II, a disgruntled relative, and Mattie herself still refusing to face up to the lingering shadows of an unhappy childhood, life is neither simple nor quiet. When Patrick, her ex-boss, offers the chance of her dream media job Katie has to decide whether accepting it is worth turning her back on everything and everyone in Dartmouth - including Leo, a friend from the past who plans to be a part of her future. Will Katie make the right decision? And as the Americans uncover a secret from her past, will Mattie shake off a lifetime of regrets and shadows from the past to finally find happiness with Henri, her new ami?
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1st May 2013
Steve Baxter disappears when Lizzie Hilton is refurbishing his property. Todd Baxter suspects Lizzie of being after his brother's inheritance. Lizzie challenges him to find proof. When Paul Owen appears on the scene Lizzie panics because Paul can provide Todd with the evidence he is looking for.
Jane Lark ILLICIT LOVE
Sapphire Star Publishing
Paperback £10.44 and ebook £2.47
2nd May 2013
Can Love redeem a life of sin?
Ellen glanced over the top of her fan at the gorgeous man across the table. Was it very wrong for her sinful body to want Edward Marlow? Choice was a holy grail; a cup fallen woman longed to drink from. She chose Edward.
Anne Stenhouse MARIAH'S MARRIAGE
3rd May 2013
price $5.50 ($4.40 on pre-order, north America only)
Leaving the chapel in London’s 19th century Thames’ side where she teaches the alphabet to a raggle-taggle of urchins, Mariah Fox is charged by a stray pig. The quick intervention of Tobias Longreach saves her from certain injury. Mariah has always believed her destiny to be teaching. After the early death of her mother, she was brought up by her papa, Jerome, to believe that she could learn anything a boy could. She shares his vision of a future in which everyone, rich or poor, boy or girl, will be taught at least the rudiments of reading, writing, and counting.
Tobias was brought up a second son, but following his elder brother’s premature death, inherits an Earldom and the need to provide it with an heir. He comes to believe that Mariah will make a perfect countess and enrolls her papa’s help in securing her hand.
However, Sir Lucas Wellwood, whose debts have made him urge his sister to attempt to trap Tobias into marriage, has sinister intentions. Mariah suspects Wellwood has been mistreating his sister and she heads off impetuously to rescue her. Will Tobias and his friends reach Wellwood’s home before he can exact revenge on Mariah?
Kate Jackson TENDER LOVING CARE
The People's Friend Magazine
4th May, 2013
August 1917 - VAD nurse, Rose, has ignored all rules and taken in a stray. When it escapes, it has an unexpected affect on a patient, but leaves her nursing job hanging in the balance.
Alison Sherlock THE DESPERATE WIFE'S SURVIVAL PLAN
9th May 2013 (Arrow)
What would you do if you woke up one morning to find that you'd lost it all? From the author The Desperate Bride's Diet Club, a fabulous new novel about love, marriage and finding your inner strength
From riches to rags... Charley needs a survival plan fast.
Charley Summers doesn't have a care in the world. She lives in the lap of luxury, supported by her rich husband and surrounded by a loyal group of friends.
Until the business goes bust and her world collapses. Before long the bailiffs have taken everything, and as if things weren't bad enough, she catches her husband with another woman. Suddenly, Charley needs a job, any job, so she can start repaying some of the money her husband squandered.
But with nowhere to live and no recognisable skills, how on earth is she to do that?
Eileen Ramsay writing as Ruby Jackson CHURCHILL'S ANGELS
23rd May 2013
Her brothers are in uniform, her twin sister works in a munitions' factory,and Daisy Petrie works in her parents' small grocery shop in Dartford. She dreams of doing something more exciting, more useful but can see no way out. One day, while delivering groceries to a local farm, Daisy sees a young pilot working on a plane. Daisy can take her dad's van to bits and put it together again. Can she help the dashing Adair to repair his plane and does he really mean it when he says he will teach her to fly?
Gwen Kirkwood DARKEST BEFORE THE DAWN
Robert Hale Ltd
Joe Lennox becomes bitter and deranged and blames Billy Caraford when his son is killed in a car accident, but Billy has lost his best friend and is badly injured himself. Despite the misgivings of his parents he is still determined to be a farmer. He summons his courage to go to university but privately he regards himself as a cripple now. He is convinced no woman could love him or want to be his wife.
Kimberley is orphaned when her father dies. She moves to Scotland with her aunt but she is nervous about changing schools until Billy helps her find new friends. Both Kim and her aunt become involved in the affairs of the Caraford family and as Kim grows into a lovely young woman she finds the strength of character to confront problems and fight for the life and the love she craves.
Theresa Le Flem THE FORGIVING SAND
Robert Hale Ltd.
31st May 2013
Christina’s life in Cornwall is thrown into turmoil when ruthless brother-in-law René threatens to close down her quiet beach café which is losing money. Disabled since childhood, Christina is determined to keep the struggling family business going but neither her mother, nor her sister, seem to care. If only she could contact her father again!
It’s 1994. The Cornish fishing industry is in crisis and lonely skipper, John Madison, widowed when his wife drowned, desperately pleads for Christina’s help with his little daughter. His passionate intensity disturbs her and yet she’s drawn to him.
While René is putting the pressure on with his scheming ideas, an old school-friend, big loveable Peter, returns to Cornwall and jumps in to defend Christina - but with untold repercussions.
Who can save her beloved Sea Café? And when John compels her to make a choice, will her heart be torn in two?