Seven Days to Forever : Eagle Squadron (Silhouette Intimate Moments No. 1216) (Silhouette Intimate Moments)
Dark, Predatory, Gorgeous. Those thoughts and more went through Abbie Locke's mind the first time she laid eyes on Delta Force Sergeant Flynn O'Toole. She'd mistakenly picked up a ransom,and now it was up to the courageous Eagle Squadron soldier to protect Abbie from terrorists.Though passion coursed through his veins, the commitment-phobic commando shielded his heart. But when Abbie fell into enemy hands Flynn suddenly saw his future without her -- bleak, empty, devoid of her beautiful smile. Now that she was in the line of fire, he would do anything to save her life -- including risking his own!
Annie Beresford is a talented surgeon and trainee consultant. But her wish is for marriage and children before it's too late. She knows she's vulnerable, and that falling for Hayden Robinson, her new boss, is a bad idea. But this man might just be the one!Hayden rescues her more than once, and his desire for her is clear, butafter one failed marriage he'd rather focus on saving lives. So Annie must help her reluctant knight because she comes to realize they can't be happy without each other -- even if he won't believe her yet!
Kathryn Mercer and Tim McGrath were intensely attracted at first sight. But the petite, stunning blonde was off-limits, so Tim tried to forget her. Easier said than done!Now Kat is Tim's new paramedic partner in a busy New Zealand fire station! And as they work together, racing to save lives, the attraction becomes overwhelming. Tim knows he shouldn't get involved -- but Kat has a dangerous secret, and he is the only one who can help her....
He saw in her the ultimate challenge! But the only challenge that interested Jessica was her career. Cool-headed and ambitious, embittered with men, she had become a successful architect with international clients. Her current project took her to the Italian Riviera and onto the exclusive yacht of wealthy playboy Leandro Volpi. Leandro treated Jessica like a battle to be won, and Jessica became quite adept at deflecting his expert maneuvers. So why, after each encounter, did she feel they'd come a little closer to her ultimate defeat?
"I find you profoundly, shatteringly attractive," Blaize Stephenson told Oriel. But what on earth could a man with his success and money see in a gawky primary schoolteacher with an inferiority complex?
Oriel didn't doubt that Blaize might be intrigued by her, but certainly not on a long-term basis. And Oriel wasn't prepared to be a rich man's passing fancy.
Extricating herself from Blaize's grasp was more complicated than she expected. The fact that she'd fallen in love with him didn't help....
FOUR BLONDES charts the romantic intrigues, liaisons, betrayals and victories of four modern women: a beautiful B-list model finagles rent-free summerhouses in the Hamptons from her lovers until she discovers she can get a man but can't get what she wants; a high-powered magazine columnist's floundering marriage to a literary journalist is thrown into crisis when her husband's career fails to live up to her expectations; a 'Cinderella' records her descent into paranoia in her journal as she realises she wants anybody's life except her own; an artist and aging 'It girl' - who fears that her time for finding a man has run out - travels to London in search of the kind of love and devotion she can't find in Manhattan..
One Fifth Avenue is THE building - the chicest, the hottest, with all the best people. Within its luxuriously thick walls the lives of New York City's elite play out.There is Schiffer Diamond, a forty-something actress busily proving that women of style are truly ageless. There is spoiled, self-assured Lola, who is determined to launch herself into society and the arms of the right man by clawing a way into the building. Annalisa is the wife of a hedge fund manager and reluctant socialite, while bitter Mindy is married to an under-published writer and has been the family breadwinner for too long. And then there is Enid, the glamorous grande dame and gossip columnist, who has lived at One Fifth Avenue for decades, and sees everything there is to see from her penthouse view . . .
A story of first love and second chances from the bestselling author of Love Rules The sleepwalker. By day, Petra Flint is a talented jeweller working in a lively London studio. By night, she sleepwalks. She has 40 carats of the world's rarest gemstone under her mattress but it's the skeletons in her closet that make it difficult for her to rest. The insomniac. At one time a promising song-writer, Arlo Savidge now teaches music at a boys' boarding school in North Yorkshire. He assumes he's happy with his isolated lifestyle. But, like Petra, ghosts from his past disturb his sleep. Putting the past to bed. Petra and Arlo loved each other from afar during their schooldays. Now, seventeen years later, in a tiny sweetshop one rainy day, they stand before each other once more. Could this be their second chance?
From the white heat of Miami to the implants of LA, the glittering waters of the Caribbean to the deserts of Arabia, Olivia Joules pits herself against the forces of terror armed only with a hatpin, razor sharp wits and a very special underwired bra. How could a girl not be drawn to the alluring, powerful Pierre Ferramo, with his hooded eyes, impeccable taste, unimaginable wealth, exotic homes across the globe and a rather dubious French accent? But is it possible that Ferramo is actually a major terrorist, bent on the western world's destruction. Or, is it all just a product of Olivia Joules's overactive imagination.
There are four words Ceri D?Altroy never wants to hear: ?I took your advice?. She?s all for following your heart and living your dreams, but not because she?s told you to do so. Unfortunately, having moved away from London to become a psychology lecturer, all she seems to do is inspire people to change their lives.There?s Ed, who?s decided to ask out a woman who is way out of his league; Mel and Claudine, two people who are now tempted to start an illicit affair; and Gwen, the chain-smoking head of department who has a deep, dark secret she only wants to share with her new employee.No-one who comes into contact with Ceri is ever the same again. Could this unsuspecting young woman be a modern-day Cupid?
The beautiful city of Venice has been Lydia's home for many years, a place where she has found peace and fulfillment. Then one day she glimpses a young man's face in the crowd that threatens to change everything. He's a heart-stopping reminder of a dreadful secret she believed she had banished to the past. As a young child, Lydia and her sister were sent to live with grandparents they'd never even met before. It was a cruel and loveless new world for them and it forced Lydia to grow up fast. She learned to keep secrets and to trust sparingly, and through it all she was shadowed by grief and guilt. Now, 28 years later, Lydia is persuaded to leave behind the safe new life she has created for herself and return to England to face the pastand maybe her future.
From the bestselling author of Wedding Season and Going Dutch.
Ellie Summers' life is unravelling. Finding herself pregnant - and her sexy but idle boyfriend Rick less than enthusiastic about parenthood - she needs a plan. Fast.
Grace Soudley's life is also coming apart at the seams - her only security is the beautiful yet crumbling old house she was left by her godmother. But unless she can find a fortune, Luckenham House will disintegrate around her.
When Ellie and Grace meet, the two very different women find they can help each other out. Ellie needs a place to stay; Grace needs a lodger. Both of them need a friend. But then the disconcertingly engaging Flynn Cormack arrives on the scene, apparently determined to help. And when Grace discovers some beautiful painted panels hidden behind the tattered dining-room curtains, the whole business of restoration starts to get serious...
Katie Fforde lives in Gloucestershire with her husband and some of her three children. Recently her old hobbies of ironing and housework have given way to singing, Flamenco dancing and husky racing. She claims this keeps her fit.
A heart-warming tale of female friendship, fizzing with Fforde's distinctive brand of humour
"As to intense passion, I am convinced that it is no desirable feeling" Charlotte Bronte, 1840. Shy young scholar Sara Frost's unsuccessful search for the lost love letters of Charlotte Bronte hasn't won her any favours at her university, particularly now the glamorous new Head of Princess Diana Studies has introduced her media-savvy exploits to the staid halls of academia. But it's not until Sara's fiance suddenly leaves her that she begins to question her life's vocation. How can she reconcile the mythology of romance with the harsh reality of modern love? As she tentatively re-enters the dating scene, Sara is to discover that the life and writings of Charlotte Bronte have more to teach her than she could ever have guessed about the perils and pitfalls of the 21st century relationship game.
What would we do without one another? It was a statement, not a question. Each of us knew the answer for herself. Every year on the first Monday of December, Marnie and her twelve closest girlfriends gather with batches of beautifully wrapped homemade cookies. Everyone has to bring a dish and a bottle of wine and, as they eat, they take turns telling the story of the cookies they have baked. Stories that, somehow, are always emblematic of the year that has just passed. This year, the stories are especially important. Marnie's oldest daughter has a risky pregnancy. Will she find out tonight how that story will end? Jeannie's father is having an affair with her best friend. Who else knew about the betrayal? Rosie's husband doesn't want children, but can she live with his decision? Each woman, each friend has a story to tell. The Cookie Club is about the passion and hopefulness of a new romance, the betrayal and disillusionment some relationships bring, the joys and fears of motherhood, and above all, it's a celebration of the friendships between women.
"The House at Riverton" is a gorgeous debut novel set in England between the wars. It is the story of an aristocratic family, a house, a mysterious death and a way of life that vanished forever, told in flashback by a woman who witnessed it all and kept a secret for decades.Grace Bradley went to work at Riverton House as a servant when she was just a girl, before the First World War. For years her life was inextricably tied up with the Hartford family, most particularly the two daughters, Hannah and Emmeline.In the summer of 1924, at a glittering society party held at the house, a young poet shot himself. The only witnesses were Hannah and Emmeline and only they -- and Grace -- know the truth.In 1999, when Grace is ninety-eight years old and living out her last days in a nursing home, she is visited by a young director who is making a film about the events of that summer. She takes Grace back to Riverton House and reawakens her memories. Told in flashback, this is the story of Grace's youth during the last days of Edwardian aristocratic privilege shattered by war, of the vibrant twenties and the changes she witnessed as an entire way of life vanished forever. The novel is full of secrets -- some revealed, others hidden forever, reminiscent of the romantic suspense of Daphne du Maurier. It is also a meditation on memory, the devastation of war and a beautifully rendered window into a fascinating time in history.Originally published to critical acclaim in Australia, already sold in ten countries and a #1 bestseller in England, "The House at Riverton" is a vivid, page-turning novel of suspense and passion, with characters -- and an ending -- the reader won't soon forget.
The powerful new bestseller from the nation's favourite storytellerHarry always knew he would go back one day'SEighteen years ago he made a decision that drove him from the place he knew and loved. In those early years he carved out a life for himself, and somehow, he had found a semblance of peace.Every waking moment during those long aching years he was haunted by what happened when he was a boy. He had never forgotten that warm, carefree girl with the laughing eyes.For Judy Saunders, the pain of her past has left her deeply scarred. Cut off from her family and stuck in a stormy marriage to a man she doesn't love, the distant memories of her first love are her only source of comfort.Now for the first time in all those years, Harry is heading back and he needs to know the outcome of what happened all those years ago.And most importantly, he needs to find forgiveness.
'You've gone all fat and complacent because you've got your man, haven't you?' " This outrageous suggestion is met with indignation from Polly Penhalligan, recently married, trying for a baby and blissfully happy in her beautiful manor farmhouse in Cornwall. At least, she was, until she is forced to realise that her idyllic life of gorging on chocolate biscuits, counting her endless blessings and not getting dressed until lunchtime could be having a few unwelcome side effects. So Polly decides to razz things up a bit - and agrees to allow her home to be used as a location for an advert. Having a glamorous film crew around should certainly put something of a bomb under rural life, shouldn't it? But even before the cameras have been set up, Polly's marriage has been turned upside down. This time, it seems, she's gone too far...
Tender, delightful, and full of humor, this third novel in Shaw's beloved series that began with "A Country Affair" and "Country Wives" continues the saga set in a small village in Dorset, where everyone, for better or worse, knows their neighbors.
A wonderfully warm and heartfelt debut from a stunning new talent. Everyone needs a guardian angela?| Some people wait their whole lives to find their soul mates. But not Holly and Gerry. Childhood sweethearts, they could finish each other's sentences and even when they fought, they laughed. No one could imagine Holly and Gerry without each other. Until the unthinkable happens. Gerry's death devastates Holly. But as her 30th birthday looms, Gerry comes back to her. He's left her a bundle of notes, one for each of the months after his death, gently guiding Holly into her new life without him, each note signed 'PS, I Love You'. As the notes are gradually opened, and as the year unfolds, Holly is both cheered up and challenged. The man who knows her better than anyone sets out to teach her that life goes on. With some help from her friends, and her noisy and loving family, Holly finds herself laughing, crying, singing, dancing a?? and being braver than ever before. Life is for living, she realises a?? but it always helps if there's an angel watching over you.
Ally has everything she ever wanted: a husband, a child, a lovely house in a pretty neighbourhood. Her glamorous, dynamic next-door neighbour, Juno, is also her best friend. But Juno has made a surprising decision; she has signed up for Queen Mum, a reality-TV show. For two weeks, she will live with another family in another town, while her opposite number will be moving in next door to Ally. Juno is excited about the prospect of seeing life from a different perspective. Ally is nervous. She doesn't like change, and knows from bitter experience how something precious can be lost in a moment. Kate Long's new novel, written with her customary wit, empathy and incisiveness, is about friendship and love, recklessness and caution and about how the camera, while it sometimes lies, can also reveal uncomfortable truths. 'Delicious' "Red " 'This is the perfect summer novel - easy to read, but perceptive about the twists of fate that can change our lives' "Glamour" 'Long is as compulsively readable as ever' "Time Out"
The Miller sisters couldn't be more different and yet despite their differences, their sisterly bond becomes vital when the women are faced with the complexities of life - coping with relationships, careers and families.
All's fair in love and war - especially when there's a trust fund at stake... The four beautiful Chambers girls are rolling in money, thanks to the trust fund set up by their reclusive, super-rich uncle Clem. But when he summons his nieces to his mansion in the Seychelles to announce his engagement to Bai-Ling, a woman young enough to be their baby sister, the girls know the party could be over. Can they stop the wedding? What happens when four pampered princesses have to cope without their trust fund? Who will learn to stand on their own two feet... and who will fall?
The Top 5 bestselling mistress of glitz and glamour is back. Three powerful women. Once best friends. Now deadly rivals... Texan honey Sally Lassiter, English rose†Jane Morgan and Jordanian Helen Yanna meet at an exclusive girls' school and become best friends. They form a bond which will never be broken acirc;euro;brvbar; Years later, the three girls are grown-up, co-founders and millionaire co-owners of the exclusive GLAMOUR chain of stores. They are fabulously wealthy, instantly recognisable, adored and revered. Or are they? The GLAMOUR empire is on the verge of collapse and the three women are embroiled in a bitter feud. A gloriously glossy blend of glitzy women, handsome men, and the power of friendship, Louise Bagshawe's latest novel is irresistible. Because every woman needs GLAMOUR in her lifeacirc;euro;brvbar;.
Sophie Apperly has spent her whole life pleasing others but when she realises her family see her less as indispensable treasure and more as general dogsbody, she decides shes had enough.So when an old friend offers her the chance of a lifetime, she decides to swap Little England for the Big Apple, and heads off to the land of opportunity.From the moment Sophie hits the bright lights of Manhattan shes determined to enjoy every minute of her big adventure.And when fate throws her together with Matilda, a spirited grande dame of New York society who invites her to Connecticut for Thanksgiving, she willingly accepts.English-born Matilda is delighted with her new friend though her grandson Luke, undeniably attractive but infuriatingly arrogant, is anything but welcoming.When Luke arrives in England a few weeks later, Sophie hardly expects him to seek her out.But Matilda has hatched some complicated plans of her own and so Luke has a proposal to make
Despite the tremendous shock of the Battle of Kadesh, Ramses has not managed to bring the formidable Hittite Empire to its knees. But rather than continue the struggle, he decides to engage in negotation. For in Rameses' life the love he bears the Great Royal Consort Nefertari easily surpasses his enjoyment of the challenges of war.To show his love for Nefertari to the world, Ramses decides to offer her the most fabulous of gifts: at Abu Simbel two temples will be erected, symbols of their eternal love.But meanwhile, shadows are gathering, from Nubia to the Pharaoh's own capital Pi-Ramses, where Ramses must come face to face with Moses, the childhood friend whom he had lost sight of so may years before. Moses who has returned to Egypt to demand the exodus of the Hebrew people.Faced with these dangers, will vigilance of Pharaoh's loyal servants and the magic of Nefertari, the Lady of Abu Simbel, be sufficient to protect The Son of the Light?
Goodbye Seetheart / The Girls They Left Behind Book (Omnibus)
Like any street, April Grove in Portsmouth has its good and bad neighbours, its gossip, scandal and romance. But the outbreak of war in 1939 changes everything - especially for the children. Uprooted from their familiar urban existence they are evacuated (some happily, some not) to the country. Then there are the teenagers whose first loves are accelerated and intensified by the threat of separation; and men and women, too old to fight, who hold the life of the street together.Based on the author's own childhood memories of growing up near Portsmouth, this is a novel which shows us what England was really like then - a story told with such nostalgia and charm that you leave the world it describes longing for the chance to return.
Following THE SON OF THE LIGHT and THE TEMPLE OF A MILLION YEARS, a paperback edition of the third historical novel set in ancient Egypt. In order to save his land, Ramses II must prepare to do battle with the better armed Hittites, but how can he when his beloved wife's health has plummeted rapidly and irreversibly?.
Beautifully evocative and suspensful double time-scheme narrative about Rembrandt, love and art. In January, 1662, the artist Rembrandt, bankrupted in the great tulip crash, accidentally stows away on a boat for Hull. To pay for his passage, he must paint the Captain's portrait. For himself, he paints a portrait of the Captain's beautiful wife. Rembrandt has seduced many a sitter before, and sets about doing so again. But he has a rival -- none other than the MP for Hull after the Civil War, the poet Andrew Marvell! And the Captain's wife is far from being a passive player in this triangular game of love, deceit and manipulation. All this is discovered in the present day by another painter, Amy, who has returned to her old family home as a restorer. As she paints a portrait of the man she is becoming involved with, so she uncovers the secrets of the past. This fine novel will appeal to fans of Girl with a Pearl Earring and Tulip Fever.
Of Love And Life: Whitethorn Woods / Painting Mona Lisa / a Crowded Marriage (Reader's Digest Condensed Books)
When a new highway threatens to bypass the town of Rossmore and cut through Whitethorn Woods, everyone has a passionate opinion about whether the town will benefit or suffer. But young Father Flynn is most concerned with the fate of St. Annís Well, which is set at the edge of the woods and slated for destruction. People have been coming to St. Annís for generations to share their dreams and fears, and speak their prayers. Some believe it to be a place of true spiritual power, demanding protection; others think itís a mere magnet for superstitions,easily sacrificed. Father Flynn listens to all those caught up in the conflict, as the men and women of Whitethorn Woods must decide between the traditions of the past and the promises of the future.
The second of five novels which chronicle the life of the Egyptian Pharaoh, Ramses II. Ramses is about to reach his coronation, so why must he fight to hold on to the throne? The Hittites are plotting mysterious schemes and his brother is setting traps. To avert his enemies' advances he builds a temple of a million years. By the author of RAMSES.
DO YOU BELIEVE IN LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT AND AGAINST ALL ODDS? Marilyn Monroe is a thirty-something mathematical genius who applies a percentage calculation to yield the perfect man. But so far she hasn't even found the wrong one. Elizabeth, her mother, has replaced men with an addiction to all things New Age. Having her heart broken once proved enough. CHANCES ARE YOU'RE NOT A MONROE Brigid, head of 'the family shrub', has devoted her life to schooling her descendents against the kind of foolish marriage she made. But she's done her job too well. But all is about to change ... When the tealeaves predict that the men are coming to No 51 Verbena Avenue, Brigid, having made a discovery of her own, sets out to ensure that the prophesy is fulfilled before it's too late. Love and the Monroes is an enchanting story of three women whose lives are upended when they open their door to chance, cupid and consequence. Not even the tea leaves can predict what's in store ...
The fast lane is much too slow for Rachel Walsh. And Manhattan is the perfect place for a young Irish female to overdo everything. But Rachel's love of a good time is about to land her in the emergency room. It will also cost her a job and the boyfriend she adores. When her loving family hustles her back home and checks her into Ireland's answer to the Betty Ford Clinic, Rachel is hopeful. Perhaps it will be lovely-spa treatments, celebrities, that kind of thing. Instead, she finds a lot of group therapy, which leads her, against her will, to some important self-knowledge. She will also find something that all women like herself fear: a man who might actually be good for her.
Kris Phoneix - the legendary and wildly sexy guitar hero. Bobby Mondella - black soul superstar with a past. Rafaella - an exotically beautiful girl who comes between them with a vengeance.
Three talented, ambitious dreamers have struggled for super-stardom -- and lived hard and fast in a mind-bending whirl of parties, drugs, and sex. Now their fates collide at the plush Los Angeles estate of a powerful music industry magnate, where one man's secret vendetta will trap them in its sudden, murderous heat....
The 1960s. Kennedy. Martin Luther King. Civil rights. Viet Nam. Tana Roberts comes of age in this turbulent decade, and begins a journey that will lead her from New York to the South during the heat of racial unrest. A thoroughly modern young woman, she yearns for a career and is willing to sacrifice everything to get it. And it's only much later that Tana discovers that she can have it all. Career. Love. And peace of mind. As she comes of age, at last, and comes full circle.
What do you do when you find yourself suddenly single? Go suddenly suicidal? Suddenly sex-crazed? Or simply slump into self-pity? Alix Callaghan, who thought she was in control of her busy life, feels like doing all three when her long-term boyfriend insists on settling down to a sensible existence - complete with children, proper meals and early nights - but without her. Little by little, though, she begins to think there might be more to the single life than the first shock of rejection suggests...
With the help of letters her husband left her before he died, and a little nudging from an eccentric assortment of family and friends, a young widow learns to laugh, overcome her fears, and discover the world. "Four and a half hankies out of five."
In the Irish town of Schancarrig, the young people carve their initials-and those of their loves‚ÄĒ into the copper beech tree in front of the schoolhouse. But not even Father Gunn, the parish priest, who knows most of what goes on behind Shancarrig's closed doors, or Dr. Jims, the village doctor, who knows all the rest, realizes that not everything in the placid village is what it seems. Unexpected passions and fear are bringing together the lives of so many, such as the sensitive new priest and Miss Ross, the slight, beautiful schoolteacher... Leonora, the privileged daughter of the town's richest family and Foxy Dunne, whose father did time in jail...and Nessa Ryan, whose parents run Ryan's Hotel, and two very different young men. For now the secrets in Shancarrig's shadows are starting to be revealed, from innocent vanities and hidden loves to crimes of the heart...and even to murder.
When Ruby's father returns, shell-shocked, from the front lines of the Great War, the young girl realises that things will never be the same again. Forced to leave school and help her mother wash clothes, Ruby closes the door on her childhood. When she takes a job at the local laundry, Ruby enjoys the friendship of the other women there, but there's also bitchiness and jealousy amongst the workers. At home there's growing tension with the live-in landlord as Ruby grows into an attractive woman, but not the kind who's willing to use her charms to win favours. Ruby's heart belongs to one man only, a local boy she's known all her life, but there are many battles to be fought before they start a life together...
Shona has a great career and a promising boyfriend - until she loses them in one weekend. Aileen has a husband she never sees, a son she wished she didn't see and a business that is starting to bore her. The two women leave Galway for a house-hunting expedition in Southern France that will change their lives forever.
Jessie Burton is lively and intelligent - she wants more than he respectable life in service her mother has planned for her. Times are changing, railways are being built across the land bringing new freedom and possibilities. Jessie tastes that freedom when she meets an ambitious young navvy, newly arrived in Yorkshire. The attraction between them is overwhelming. And Jared Wilde is determined to make Jessie his wife. The primitive, colourful shanty towns that spring up around the railway works are nothing like the safe world Jessie once knew. But in spite of the hardness of life there, she finds happiness with Jared. Until another navvy becomes determined to destroy their future together...
Not a day goes by without Molly Bennett and Nellie McDonough counting their blessings. But when an elderly neighbour, Flora Parker, is robbed of her most treasured possession, and left without a penny to her name, the two mates jump at the chance of setting their detecting skills in motion. Meanwhile, Molly's youngest daughter, Ruthie, and her best friend, Bella, are making plans for their joint sixteenth birthday party. Ruthie is determined to look glamorous, a real knock out, to catch the eye of a certain boy for whom she's got more than a soft spot.
It is Cardiff in 1926, and life for Stella Evans is difficult. The town has turned against her through malicious and scandalous lies spread about her reputation. She is struggling to bring up her son Danny alone, ever since her husband Eddie ran off with her brother's wife. When Stella loses her job, she cannot imagine how she will support her small household. And then her husband returns, bringing with him a secret for Stella that will change her life and bring her untold misery.
Wealthy mill owner, Edward Shawcross, had been a penniless young man until he married the daughter of the Fishwick family. The Fishwicks went to live abroad, leaving everything to their son-in-law. No-one knows why. But as a new generation begins to grow up, the past scandals begin to emerge.
A successful and wealthy woman's glamorous life is suddenly shattered, when a violent act leaves her daughter's life in mortal danger. In order to save her, she must call upon all of her inner strength and turn to her past and confront a relationship filled with passion and heartache.
When, after serving in World War II, her grandson Joe Scott refuses to return to Barrneuk, the small farm his family has managed for three generations on the Clyde island of Bute, Celia Scott is furious. Celia kept the farm going after the premature death of her husband and has had to keep running it into her old age, as well as raising her three grandchildren after their mother died and their father, heartbroken, left the island. She and her granddaughter Jenny have had a hard time maintaining it during the war, with a little help from Iain, her oldest grandson. Iain was to have inherited the farm, but after he was crippled in a rail accident in 1939 Joe became the natural successor. Now, his refusal to take on Barrneuk has thrown the family into turmoil, ruining each family member's plans for the future. Celia's first instinct is to let the farm go but Jenny has other ideas and so she must convince Iain that he can take on the inheritance that is rightly his.
Leaving the valley of horses with Jondalar, the handsome man she has nursed back to health and come to love, Ayla embarks on a journey that will lead her to the Mamutoi; the Mammoth Hunters. But as she settles into this new life among a people at first strange and disturbingly different, Ayla finds herself irresistibly drawn to Ranec, their master-carver. Ultimately, she is compelled to make a fateful choice between the two men. Jean Auel's imaginative reconstruction of pre-historic life, rich in detail of language, culture, myth and ritual, has become a set text in schools and colleges around the world.
Naomi had been contentedly and, she thought, happily married for nearly all of her adult life when her husband Edward explained kindly to her one day that he had fallen in love with a twenty-six year old and wanted a divorce. She had to leave the comfortable home she had shared with Edward and their three children, now all grown-up, and move into a small flat in the middle of Bath. The dramatic change in her lifestyle threatened to overwhelm her. But gradually Naomi began to appreciate the changes, and even to enjoy them. For the first time in her life she could do what she liked, and make her own friends. If these included men friends - well, why not? Unfortunately her children could think of many reasons why not, and Naomi began a battle to establish her own independence, and to persuade her family that she had moved into the springtime of a whole new life. In this warm and inspiring new novel, Elvi Rhodes' wonderful storytelling skills are used to explore a dilemma faced by many women today.
Petra came into the close village community of Mindon when she was unexpectedly left a cottage there by an old friend of her mother's. She was lonely and unsettled - her parents had been killed in a car accident, her boyfriend had decided to go back to his wife, and as a painter she led a solitary life in her North Yorkshire home town. But she felt immediately at home in the gracious stone house that had been bequeathed to her, and was made welcome by the local residents - in particular, by the members of the Mindon Amateur Dramatic Society (somewhat appropriately known as MADS) presided over by the formidable Ursula. Ursula liked to run things her way, and brooked no opposition when the ambitious decision was made (largely by herself) to put on "A Midsummer Night's Dream" as their next production. Petra, to her surprise and pleasure, was put in charge of the wardrobe. Rivalries, squabbles, love affairs and seething resentments threatened to scupper the production, and all Ursula's managerial skills were needed to prevent disaster. But Petra had more pressing things on her mind than the costumes for the cast. A mystery from her past began to haunt her - and the answer to that mystery might solve the puzzle of why she had been left such a beautiful house by a total stranger.