Thank you to Sheila Riley for compiling this month's new book releases.
A Stranger in Honeyfield
Allison & Busby
16 February 2017
1916: Bella is working as a Voluntary Aid driving ambulances in England when she gets engaged to Philip, on leave from fighting in France. His family strongly disapprove of her but the two of them are happy together. Philip’s sister is in trouble, has broken her engagement and fled from her bullying family. When the worst happens, Bella must manage on her own. A month later Philip’s lawyer contacts her and she gets a further shock that he’s left her something. Philip’s family are not happy about her new situation and someone tries to kill her.
She can only think it’s one of his family. His best friend, Tez, injured in France, steps in to help her hide from them.
Can he also help Bella build a new life?
The Sheikh's Convenient Princess
Harlequin Mills and Boon
Paperback and e-book (UK/US/Australia)
Love in a Mist
Paperback and Large Print
1 February 2017
A ghost, a pet grooming parlour, a missing will, an Australian hippy, a stuffy grandson, an aging theatrical grand dame as a neighbour and single parent Penny Graham - put them all together and you have Love In A Mist, a tale of past loves, revenge and boundary issues. Roger Oakes needs the stuffing taken out of him and Penny Graham is just the girl to do it.
Turn Towards The Sun
Trad and e-book
So when she is offered the chance to live and work at Rowan Hill, a beautiful country estate and bustling community of artists, it feels like a dream come true. But soon after her arrival a series of accidents and misunderstandings begins to threaten the happiness and livelihoods of everyone at Rowan Hill. And when suspicion quickly falls on Lizzie, she discovers that the past is not so easily forgotten. To keep the life she has just begun to build, Lizzie will have to race to uncover the truth before there are disastrous repercussions for everyone involved. In this heart-warming story of friendship, loss and love, the stakes are high but so are the rewards. If Lizzie can find a way to stay true to herself, she might have a chance at something she has always wanted: a place to call home.
Never on Saturday
Crooked Cat Books
Traditionally published, e-book and paperback
9 February 2017
Leaving her native France and arriving in North Wales as a postgraduate student of History and Folklore, Mel is cautiously optimistic that she can escape from her troubled past and begin a new and happier life. She settles into her student accommodation and begins work on her thesis, concentrating particularly on one fascinating manuscript: a compelling and tragic tale of a cursed medieval princess. Then she meets Ray – charming, down-to-earth and devastatingly handsome. Within days, Mel’s entire world has transformed from lonely and frustrated to loving and fulfilled. Despite her failure with previous relationships, she allows herself to hope that this time, at last, she can make it work. But Mel’s dreams of happiness are under constant threat. She is hiding a dark and terrible secret, which Ray – or indeed anybody else – must never ever discover…
A Stranger’s House
Choc Lit Ltd
7th February 2017
When Ruby discovers that her partner has done the unforgivable, she has no option but to move out of their home. With nowhere else to go, the house-sitting job she’s offered in Cambridge seems like the perfect solution. She’ll have a bolt hole away from her gossiping neighbours, as well as a roof over her head.
But River House is nothing like the haven she’d hoped for. It’s soon clear the absent owner likes to play games with women and Ruby finds she’s being manipulated by a man she’s never met. As she explores his home she sees signs of a talent for cruelty that’s been given free rein. But now he’s crossed the wrong person, and Ruby’s about to get caught up in a chain of deadly consequences. As events unfold she’s determined to investigate; it’s a matter of self-preservation and she’s involved, whether she likes it or not. But Ruby’s new boss, Nate Bastable, has his eye on her and seems determined to put a stop to her sleuthing. Is he simply worried for the welfare of a member of staff, or is there something altogether more complicated – and potentially dangerous – at play? From Death by Choc Lit - gripping edge of your seat reads.
Mistaken for a Lady
Hardback (large print)
Harlequin Mills & Boon
1st February 2017
Wearing his ring again…When a shocking revelation reveals Francesca’s illegitimacy, she worries that her marriage to Tristan, Comte des Iles, will crumble.
Her heart in tatters, she awaits her husband’s return… Will he request an annulment or give their union a second chance? Duty has kept Tristan from his beautiful wife’s side for far too long, but the memory of her touch is seared into his soul. Now, with malevolent forces working against them, it’s more important than ever for Tristan to show Francesca that he’ll never let her go!
The Duke’s Secret Heir
Trad. paperback & E-book
Mills & Boon
17 Jan 2017
Ellen Tatham is determined to forget her sham marriage and make a new life for herself. Then she meets Max again. He informs her that the marriage is legal and he has no intention of divorcing his duchess!
Rosie’s Little Cafe on the Riviera
Paperback and e-book
HQ Digital/Harper Collins
The Vets of Hope Green, Part 2, Follow Your Heart
Ebury (Penguin Random House)
Spending time in the country with Nana and her lovely elderly dog Rufus has sparked something within Sam, but her boyfriend Adam is in London. Then a little stray cat called Ebony steals her heart. Faced with a dilemma, she must choose between her heart’s desire and this little ball of fluff who needs her. Is it possible to have it all?
Millie Vanilla's Cupcake Cafe: Spring Beginnings
3rd February 2017
Harper Impulse/Harper Collins
However, when a gorgeous stranger comes into town, it’s Millie’s own heart which is in danger. Just who is Jed Henville and why has he come to the sleepy Devon town of Berecombe? Over the lemon drizzle cake and homemade scones, all will be revealed!
After She's Gone – (Book 1 in the DI Matthew Adams thriller series)
Choc Lit (Death by Choc Lit imprint)
21st February 2017
There’s evil and then there’s Patrick Sullivan. A drug dealer, pimp and murderer,
there are no depths to which Patrick would not sink, and Detective Inspector Matthew Adams has found this out in the most devastating way imaginable. When Patrick’s brother is shot dead in a drug bust gone wrong, the bitter battle between the two men intensifies, and Matthew finds it increasingly difficult to hold the moral high ground. All he wants is to make the pimping scum suffer the way he did … the way Lily did. But being at war with such a depraved individual means that it’s not just Matthew who’s in danger. Patrick has taken a lot from Matthew, but he hasn’t taken everything – and now he wants everything.
Sins of the Father (Book 2 in the DI Matthew Adams thriller series)
Choc Lit (Death by Choc Lit imprint)
28th February 2017
Detective Inspector Matthew Adams is slowly picking up the pieces from a case that nearly cost him the lives of his entire family and his own sanity too. On the surface, he seems to be moving on, but he drinks to forget – and when he closes his eyes, the nightmares still come. But the past is the past – or is it? Because the evil Patrick Sullivan might be out of the picture, but there’s somebody who is just as intent on making Matthew’s life hell, and they’re doing it in the cruelest way possible. When Matthew finds himself accused of a horrific and violent crime, will his family stand by him? And will he even be around to help when his new enemy goes after them as well?
1st February 2017
Coloured by music, vibrant with Bowie, alive with the 1970s, Only Dancing journeys through Caro’s flashbacks, gradually revealing a chilling mystery - and its resolution.
Caught Between Two Worlds
e-book & paperback
1st February 2017
A vacation on the shores of the Egyptian Red Sea was Veronica Blake’s long lasting dream. But dreams turn into nightmares. Controlling boyfriend Peter complains and embarrasses her frequently in front of everybody from the start. A trip to the ancient sites turns into a disaster. But the salvation comes in the form of the mysterious Nicholas, a blue-eyed man she remembers from the hotel. Deep in the Sahara desert Veronica encounters a totally different way of life. She desperately seeks the truth about everything that happened. Alone and afraid of her new written future she finds consolation with Nicholas, the only man she’s left to trust. Will she ever accept the truth she seeks, the whole truth and nothing but the truth? Will she be able to find a way back to the life she was forced to leave behind?
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