Christmas 1913 - Agnes Conway is the 22-year old manager of her father's shop but Arthur Conway has dark secrets in his past. These come to light when Agnes's younger sister becomes pregnant by one of the notorious Felton brothers. And Agnes herself has a secret.....
When Lillian Parker's Aunty Eileen runs off in the middle of the night, Lillian loses the one person in her family who really loves her. The youngest of four children and everyone's gofer, Lillian works her fingers to the bone in the family guesthouse, all the while cherishing a dream of being a professional dancer.
How to Walk in High Heels' is for anyone who has ever tried to change a plug, toss a salad, enter a room in sling backs and leave everyone captivated, and was clearly absent when that manual was given out. This is the How To for the modern girl – you have to multitask and have the Midas touch in everything. Get the look but above all get the knowledge. This is a how to that is meant to be a friend, not a condescending assortment of rules because just like the reader the author is baffled by life… and like the reader she craves the easiest, most painless solution… and if they are stylish and fabulous and from someone iconic so much the better.
Lucia Sartori is the beautiful twenty-five-year-old daughter of a fine Italian immigrant family in Greenwich Village, New York, in 1950. Fuelled by the post-war boom, in which talented girls with ambition are encouraged to follow their dreams, Lucia becomes an apprentice for a made-to-wear clothing designer at a chic department store on Fifth Avenue. Though she is sought after as a potential wife by the best Italian families, Lucia stays her course and works hard, determined to have a career. She juggles the roles of dutiful daughter and ambitious working girl perfectly. When a handsome stranger comes to the story and catches her eye, it is love at first sight for both of them. In order to win Lucia's hand, he must first win over her traditional family and make the proper offer of marriage. Their love affair takes an unexpected turn as secrets are revealed, Lucia's family honour is tested, and her own reputation becomes the centre of a sizzling scandal. Set in a time of possibility and change for women in America, in a city that celebrates its energy with style and elegance, LUCIA, LUCIA is the story of a girl who risks everything for the belief that a woman could - and should - be able to have it all.
Ambitious, determined and passionate, Nella Castelluca dreams of achieving more than her humble roots allow - an education, and a good job. She lives on her family's farm on the outskirts of Roseto - a town of old world tradition whose annual centrepiece revolves around the Queen of the Big Time beauty pageant. When Nella meets the handsome, worldly, irresistible Renato Lanzara, she believes she has found the soulmate with whom to share her life journey, until an unexpected turn of events leaves her and her fellow townsfolk shaken and shocked.
Barbara Taylor Bradford, the internationally beloved bestselling author of A Woman of Substance, The Women in His Life, Remember, and other novels, now captivates us once again with Angel. A contemporary, compassionate drama, Angel probes the lives of four unforgettable characters. All were orphans when they met in their teens in the late seventies, and they vowed to be a family, bound to one another by a loyalty fiercer than friendship. Having entered adulthood with nothing, each of them has earned prominence, three in the dazzling world of international show business. But as the story unfolds, all of them find that they have broken their promises to one another, each in his or her own way. As they reunite at a film party in London, it is Rosalind Madigan who holds them together. An Academy Award-winning costume designer, Rosie, blessed with an innate goodness, is the Angel of the title. Despite her glittering success in European and American theater and film, Rosie is troubled by personal commitments that leave her feeling estranged from herself and from the friends who love her: . Gavin Ambrose, a Hollywood megastar, a brilliant actor and producer extraordinaire, whose personal life is not as successful as it appears to be on the surface. Nell Jeffrey, head of an international public relations firm and Rosie's best friend, a glamorous woman with a secret love affair. Kevin Madigan, Rosie's brother, an undercover cop in the NYPD Crime Intelligence Division who specializes in fighting organized crime, an assignment that threatens his life. Into their midst come a dashing French aristocrat, Guy de Montfleurie, and Johnny Fortune, the world's most successful popular singer, and these twomen disrupt - and irrevocably transform -" the family." Moving from the streets of New York and the studios of Hollywood to the boulevards of Paris and a chateau in the Loire Valley, Angel takes us on an unforgettable journey of lost innocence. Told with the power that only Barb
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Lizzie Miller who is clinging for life to the bottom rung of the Hollywood ladder has been promoted. Lizzie is now making decisions and learning the ins and outs of the Business. She vows not to be wooed by the glamour of Hollywood, though with a smart and wealthy boyfriend it'sgetting harder for Lizzie to keep her pumps firmly on the ground.
This is the story of a 19-year-old girl living in Rotherhithe in the 1930s. She is still grieving from her mother's death and is dissatisfied with her life, but the war changes things, and she begins to understand that she must make her own future.
Olympia Wingfeild, an old maid at twenty-five, was saddled with raising her motherless nephews, though the lovely bluestocking preferred spending every spare minute persuing her true passion - the study of ancient legends and unearthing clues to long-lost treasure.
Denver Jones is a hotshot twenty-something attorney working in L.A. Carolyn Henderson is P.A to a powerful and very married Senator in Washington with whom she is having an affair. And Annabelle Maestro - daughter of two movie stars - has carved out a career for herself in New York, with the help of her cocaine addicted boyfriend, as the madame of choice for discerning famous men. Then there is Bobby Santangelo Stanislopolous, the Kennedyesque son of Lucky Santangelo. Back in the day he went to high school with Denver, Carolyn and Annabelle. When Annabelle's mother is found shot to death in her Beverly Hills mansion, the friends are thrown together, and secrets from the past have a way of coming back to haunt them ...
Two of Roberts's most enchanting novels, out of print for more than ten years, are available in this special volume that connects novels about Caleb and Jacob Hornblower, brothers who travel from the future and fall in love with present-day sisters, Liberty and Sunny Stone.
His father...put his arms around him; and the boy hugged his face to his own, and as his father's tears and blood spread over him, there opened in him an awareness of anguish and compassion... The father is Abel Mason, a kind-hearted man whose destiny is interwoven with the conflicting lives of four women...
For Sarah-Louise, life in the big city of York is all she's ever wanted. Working as a maid, she is given education and respect. But when her employer decides to move away, he helps Sarah-Lou find a new position. As Sarah-Lou tries to find her way in life, she realises that the excitement of the big city may not be where her heart really lies.
Jane and Mick have worked hard for their home and children. Their wonderful lifestyle comes to a dramatic end when, the husband's business runs into trouble and he disappears. Faced with poverty and homelessness, Jane discovers she has unexpected strengths and is capable of being more than a housewife. From the author of YESTERDAY'S FRIENDS.
In 1952 Eastenders are leaving their war-damaged homes and being settled into new places by the river - a new estate, with the luxury of electricity, hot water, gas cookers and proper bathrooms. Into the estate moves Edie Brown, a young war widow with a thirteen-year-old daughter, who works as a machinist in a clothing factory to eke out her small war pension. During one lunch break at the factory Edie discovers from a friend that her husband's cousin is coming from Turkey to stay with her until he finds a room to rent. He is coming from a small village in Kara - the very mention of which makes Edie's blood run cold. Kara was where her husband's boat crashed against the mountainous shoreline while searching for a missing British plane. All those aboard were listed as missing and presumed dead, drowned at sea. But the Turkish cousin will have a different story to tell...
A wife, a husband, a mistress. Whose side will you be on? Life couldnt be happier for Nicholas Lyon, a divorce lawyer and the adoring husband of Mal, a successful cookery writer who combines working from a comfortable home in Wiltshire with being mother to their three gorgeous daughters. And then Sara Kaplan, a bright, vivacious young lawyer, explodes into his life like a sexual hand grenade. Nicholas is stunned and horrified by the extent of his attraction to her. But whilst the chemistry between them is palpable, it takes catastrophic events to force him to recognize his own mortality and throw caution to the wind. For Sara, what started as a harmless fling swiftly deepens into a painful battle for Nicholass heart with Mal, who is not quite as preoccupied in her world of food and school runs as Nicholas had believed. As Mal faces temptations of her own, she realizes she has to decide what she wantsand whether its worth fighting for. The Adultery Club is the irresistible story of the perfectly balanced eternal triangle which no one wants to be part of, but nor can they break away from
Cornwall: 1786. Fate has denied Adam Loveday his birthright: the family estate, Trevowan, and the boatyard that his father is struggling to maintain. St John, Adam's competitive elder twin, has become a dissolute wastrel but Adam has fierce family pride in Trevowan and the yard, and a talent for ship design. He is also keen on seductive Meriel Sawle, whose violent family are infamous in the smuggling trade. Meanwhile, St John, aware of his father's increasing disapproval, fears that Adam will be given the Loveday yard and puts into motion a plan to ensure that Adam will never get what his heart desires: the boatyard - and Meriel...
The book the fans have been waiting for: the much-anticipated sequel to the phenomenally successful A WOMAN OF SUBSTANCE. The legendary Emma Harte, heroine of A Woman of Substance, returns...At the centre of this sweeping saga stands Paula O'Neill, beloved granddaughter of Emma and the guardian of her vast business empire. Paula believes that all that Emma left to the family is secure. However, beneath the surface sibling rivalry and discontent are beginning to flare. Into this volatile mix walks Evan Hughes, a young American fashion designer. On her deathbed, Evan's grandmother told her to find Emma Harte. But Emma has been dead for thirty years; and Evan bears an uncanny resemblance to Paula O'Neill. Troubled by Evan's presence, Paula turns to Emma's recently discovered war-time diaries to find the truth...The decades fall away. It is London during The Blitz and Emma Harte comes vividly back to life. Working hard under war-time conditions, she is also holding her family together as bombs drop, sirens wail and her sons go off to war. As she struggles to cope, the indomitability, will power and strength that have forged Emma into the woman she is all come to the fore. As the pages unfurl, Paula discovers the secret Emma Harte took to the grave to protect others. Emma's Secret is vintage Barbara Taylor Bradford. Emotion, drama, intrigue and passion fill the pages in a spellbinding novel which only she could write.
1295 AD. The Christian empire in the Holy Land lies in ruins. Returning to Paris, Templar Knight Will Campbell is at a crossroads. He has sworn to uphold the principles of the Anima Templi, a secret brotherhood within the Order whose aim is peace -nbsp;but peace seems ever more impossible. The Temple has forged an alliance with Will's enemy, King Edward of England, vowing to help him wage war on Scotland. This pact against his homeland strikes at the core of Will's faith and allegiances, while his growing estrangement from his daughter, Rose, leads her into a dangerous affair. Will now faces a bitter choice: to stay with the Temple and fight another war he doesn't believe in, or to break his vows and forge his own path to peace -nbsp;even if that too means fighting - for the Scots. Soon caught up in bloody conflict, Will is unaware that an even more ominous threat is rising, for there is a warrior king on the throne of France whose desire for supremacy knows no bounds and who will stop at nothing to fulfil his twisted ambitions. The fight for the Holy Land has ended. nbsp;The Temple's last battle has just begun.
It all starts with a shiny, red, sit-on lawnmower. When Nancy spies her Christmas present from her husband sitting on the lawn, she realises the jewellery she thought was for her must be sitting on someone else. Her best friend Carmen isn't surprised (she never liked Jonathan) and persuades Nancy to leave Edinburgh and come and stay in her luxury London flat - far too vast for Carmen since her husband, millionaire rock star Spike Todd, died. Soon Nancy's met gorgeous Connor O'Shea, who lives next door, and his daughter Mia is matchmaking - not least because she'd like to see the back of Connor's current pushy girlfriend. Meanwhile Carmen, who's always been certain she doesn't want another man in her life, feels a spark when a handsome charity worker called Joe calls round. But Joe's not quite all he seems...
The poignant story of a man and a woman meeting the unforeseen challenges of love in our time.
Bill Thigpen had his finger on the heartbeat of America as writer and producer of a popular TV drama. He was so busy watching his career soar that he never noticed his marriage collapse – until it was too late. Now, nine years later, he believed his life to be in perfect balance.
Adrian Townsend thought she had everything: a job she liked as production assistant for a TV network show… a handsome husband she loved. It was an enviable life – the American Dream. Until she got pregnant, and Steven gave his ultimatum. Him or the baby.
Bill and Adrian meet by chance, and are irrevocably drawn to each other. And as their friendship deepens into love, as they meet the obstacles that life presents, Danielle Steel touches the heartbeat of two wonderful people in a challenging modern-day relationship.
Danielle Steel is one of the world’s most popular writers, with over 530 million copies of her novels sold. She is the author of many international bestsellers including His Bright Light, the story of her son Nick Traina’s life and death.
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When his class of underachievers is assigned to spend three torturous weeks taking care of their own "babies" in the form of bags of flour, Simon makes amazing discoveries about himself while coming to terms with his long-absent father.
When Millie Forester’s mother abandons her one late June afternoon in 1854, the girl bursts unexpectedly into Aggie Winkowski’s life. Aggie, known locally as ‘Raggie Aggie’ for her long-established business of trading rags and old clothes, knows the dangers waiting for such a strikingly pretty girl left alone in this rough and vice-ridden quarter, and sees no other option but to take her in.
But what begins as a compassionate solution soon leads to the development of a new, deepening relationship that is to mould Millie’s destiny, and give new meaning to the lift of Aggie Winkowski . . .
The Rag Nymph is a gripping historical novel, embracing the good and evil of the Victorian era.
Author Biography Catherine Cookson was born in Tyne Dock, the illegitimate daughter of a poverty-stricken woman, Kate, whom she believed to be her older sister. She began work in service but eventually moved south to Hastings, where she met and married Tom Cookson, a local grammar-school master. Although she was originally acclaimed as a regional writer - her novel The Round Tower won the Winifred Holtby Award for the best regional novel of 1968 - her readership quickly spread throughout the world, and her many best-selling novels established her as one of the most popular of contemporary women novelists. After receiving an OBE in 1985, Catherine Cookson was created a Dame of the British Empire in 1993. She was appointed an Honorary Fellow of St Hilda’s College, Oxford, in 1997. For many years she lived near Newcastle upon Tyne. She died shortly before her ninety-second birthday, in June 1998.
Reviews Humour, toughness, resolution and generosity are Cookson virtues...In the specialised world of women's popular fiction, Cookson has created her own territory
A dramatic novel of passion, politics and betrayal from the author of The Other Boleyn Girl. Mary, Queen of Scots, fights to regain her kingdom whilst under the guard of Queen Elizabeth's trusted accomplice, Bess of Hardwick.Mary is Queen of Scotland but she has been forced to flee her land and take refuge in an England that is ruled by her cousin Elizabeth. But England, precarious in its Protestant state, set against the mighty powers of Spain, France and Rome, doesn't need a charismatic Catholic figurehead at large. So Elizabeth's chief advisor, Cecil, devises a plan in which Mary will live under guard with his trusted accomplice: Bess of Hardwick.Bess is a self-made woman, a shrewd survivor. She is newly married to her fourth and most distinguished husband, the Earl of Shrewsbury. But what marriage can withstand the charms of Mary? Or the threat of rebellion that she always carries? Mary must wait in her privileged imprisonment for the return to Scotland and her infant son; but waiting is not the same as doing nothing'SWith her characteristic combination of superb storytelling and authentic historical background, Philippa Gregory brings to life this period of great change, in a riveting tale of betrayal, loyalty, politics and passion.
"The Gardens of Delight" brochure promises travelers the chance to visit Lake Como's most enchanting gardens. For Lucy, a trip to Italy offers more than just gardens. Lake Como is the home of her father, whom she last saw when she was just a teen. Recently married, Helen and her rich husband have just moved into the Old Rectory. With her husband often away from home, Helen throws herself into caring for the garden that was the pride and joy of its previous owner. But Helen needs help—and friends—and so decides to join the local Garden Club. Conrad isn't the least bit interested in gardening. A widower of five years, his life revolves around work and humoring his curmudgeonly Uncle Mac. Mac has expressed a desire to go on the "Gardens of Delight" tour—but only if Conrad will accompany him. Reluctantly, Conrad agrees. "Anything for a peaceful life," he concedes. But a peaceful life is the last thing any of them are in for....Winner of the 2006 Romantic Novel of the Year Award.
A poisoned bolt has struck down the Princess Anita on the day of her wedding to Prince Arutha of Krondor. To save his beloved, Arutha sets out in search of the mytics herb called Silverthorn that only grows in the dark and forbidding land of the Spellweavers. Accompanied by a mercenary, a minstrel, and a clever young thief, he wil confront an ancient evil and do battle with the dark powers that threaten the enchanted realm of Midkemia.
Living on the crest of a highly successful career, he was moving too fast to realise that he had everything - except what he wanted most . . .Sent to San Francisco to open the smartest department store in California, Bernie Fine becomes aware of the hollowness of his personal life. Despite his success he grows increasingly disenchanted with his existence - until five-year-old Jane O'Reilly gets lost in the store.Through Jane, Bernie meets her mother Liz, who finally offers h the possibility of love. But the rare happiness they find together is disrupted by tragedy and Bernie must face the terrible price we sometimes have to pay for loving . . .
Filled with romance, intrigue, and historical detail, nine classic novels by Americas beloved, #1 bestselling author Danielle Steel are available once again in these beautifully repackaged, special value-priced editions. Reissue.
The fairytale ending was just the beginning'SJessie Woods absolutely believes in fairytale endings. So would you if you had a recession-proof career as a daredevil TV host, a palatial pink mansion, and the dream boyfriend.But, quicker than you can say Cinderella, her life falls to pieces and suddenly her prince isn't quite so charming, her party-loving friends disappear and even her faithful friend Visa no longer loves her'SUtterly heartbroken and jobless, Jessie is forced back home, to live with her stepmum and two evil stepsisters.Is it time for her to give up on the dream - or will Jessie learn that happy endings can come in the strangest of places?Avon's hot new acquisition presents a tale of princes who turn out to be frogs, Manolo Blahnik glass slippers and not-so-happily-ever-afters'S
By the author of THE SKYLARK'S SONG and THE MALLOW YEARS. Cosseted heiress Jenna Townley marries ambitious Conal MacRae despite her father's disapproval. Can she triumph over the past and keep both the legacy and the man she was meant to love?
Welcome to Twin Oaks -- the new B and B in Cooper's Corner. Some come for pleasure, others for passion -- and one to set things straight...Check-in: When Tom Christen, the new preacher in Cooper's Corner, found a baby on his doorstep, he wasn't about to give the infant to some bureaucrat. And Judge Anne Vandree might have had hair like a halo -- but she was definitely a bureaucrat, informing him that by law he must surrender the baby. So Tom told her the truth. He was the baby's father!Checkout: Anne sensed there was more to the story -- especially when Tom refused to reveal the mother's identity. But Tom's protectiveness and honesty attracted Anne. She'd had her share of deceitful heartbreakers, and Anne placed a high value on a man's truthfulness. At least Tom was a man who hadn't lied to her. Or had he?
The author of Tiger Rose presents a rich, intricately woven tapestry of a love story. Woodcutter's daughter Juel Reynaude loved to tell her stories to the village children. But her dream to become a real-life heroine was as remote as the moon--until she met troubled Baron Orion Sutherland. For only Juel could free Orion from his plaguing dark secret, unlock his hardened heart, and lead him into the sunlight of passion.
Single mum and superwoman Sally Freeman wants a better life for herself and her son Charlie. But itâs not going to be easy when their home is on a run-down Liverpool council estate. nbsp; nbsp; Just as Sallyâs mission to improve their surroundings gets under way, sheâs offered a ticket out of there, in the splendid form of Spencer Knight. He has everything she could wish for â the looks, the charm, not to mention the wallet. nbsp;nbsp; But is he the answer to her prayers, or does her hapless ex-boyfriend Johnny still hold the key to her heart? nbsp;nbsp; nbsp; As Sally decides what to do, she discovers that if The Beatles are right, and all you need is love, then everything else will fall into place.
Lottie, child of the passionate liaison between Zipporah and Gerard d'Aubigne, had loved her ambitious cousin, Dickon, since childhood. But when Dickon marries an heiress she is forced to begin a new life with her aristocratic father's family in France. For the first time she meets her half sister, Sophie, now engaged to the dashing Charles de Tourville. And when tragedy strikes her new family, it seems as if Lottie's destiny lies forever in France. But in Paris, the stormclouds of revolution are gathering.
In a mysterious village deep in the mountainous desert of Upper Egypt, a handful of men jealously guards some of the most precious secrets of the Pharaohs. And the most fabulous of these is the Stone of Light
Amy doesn't want to be tied down. Robert takes Amy to heights of passion she's never reached before, but doesn't want to marry her, and Paulis a good friend to Amy, but surely he's got no romantic interest in her. Which of the two men she can trust with her heart...
Jenneen, Kate, Ellamarie and Ashley are enviable women. They are desirable and powerful, with glamorous jobs in the media and the theatre and, most importantly, the closest of friendships. But each of the friends has a dark secret, and none of them can ever be entirely safe from the passion, deceit and danger which threatens to seduce and then destroy them.
Twenty-year-old Jenny Barrett is a bright and popular young woman with a great sense of humour, despite the problems caused by her unhappy alcoholic mother, who has started to bring home men to make money for booze. Working at a Southampton hotel, Jenny meets up with her old sweetheart Nick, and when she gets a job on the Queen Mary, Nick turns up there too. On board her head is turned by Tony Morrelli, the American boss of a gang of longshoremen, who flirts with her outrageously. What Jenny doesn't know is that Tony is mafia, and that her liaison with him could put her in real danger. Jenny has to find the strength to break the destructive ties with her mother and Tony before she can see where her true happiness lies.
It is 1936 and the children of Kinvara are growing up. The story of two families - the Sutherland's and the Bowman's - unfold as the lives of Vaila, Andy, Essie and Miriam are followed. Heartbreak and horror mingle with tears of joy in this story of the Scottish lighthouse community.
With his dark eyes and quirky smile, Tom Kennedy could lure any girl off the straight and narrow, but what really draws Poppy Dunbar to him is the feeling that she's known him all her life. She can't go through with the meeting they arrange—but she can't go through with her planned wedding either. Suddenly notorious as "The Girl Who Jilted Rob Macbride," Poppy moves to London. Soon she's installed in the bohemian household of Caspar French, a ravishingly good-looking young artist with a reputation for breaking hearts. But even in her colorful new home, Poppy can't get Tom off her mind. Until she's tracked him down, she'll never know if their meeting was destiny—or if the future holds something entirely different for her!
Alexander: Child of a Dream v. 1 (Alexander Trilogy)
Who could have been born to conquer the world other than a god? Mesmeric beauty, consuming desires, an insatiable hunger. Then premature death. This is the story of a boy, born to a great king - Philip of Macedon - and his sensuous queen, Olympias. It tells of the stern discipline of Philip and the wild passions of Olympias, and how, together, they formed Alexander, a young man of immense, unfathomable potential, capable of subjugating the known world to his power, and thought of by his contemporaries as a god. Alexander's swift ascent to manhood, as a protege of Aristotle and close friend of Ptolemy and Hephiaston, and the start of his great adventure to conquer the civilised world is recounted in this awe-inspiring novel. This is a wonderful evocation of the far-off and fascinating civilisation of ancient Greece, revealed in vibrant tones and scholarly detail.
The last place Anna Terry expects to fall in love is in the waiting room of her divorce lawyer's office. But that's where she meets Nick Diamond and Cupid's arrow strikes. If only they were in the mood... Anna's had more than her fair share of heartache. Her first marriage ended before her pregnancy was over, and her second husband has disappeared, leaving her with a two-year-old son, a pre-pubescent daughter and not a penny to her name. Nick's luck hasn't been any better: his wife has run off with the local butcher - which wouldn't be so bad if she wasn't a vegetarian! His second-hand car dealership is in chaos and his mother is sure that line-dancing will mend his 'Achy Breaky Heart'. When Anna gets a job as Nick's secretary, what starts as a mild flirtation soon accelerates into overdrive but that's before their ex-partners show up and they're all in for a bumpy ride.
A wonderfully gripping, dramatic, touching and warm novel for the women's fiction market from the expert hand of a bestselling author who just gets better and better. Iona's not pregnant. It's a blow, but she knows that when husband Frank gets home he'll reassure her that their dream of a family together will come true. Sally, on the other hand, has just discovered that she's very much pregnant. Which is quite a surprise, with her only child now a seventeen-year-old. And Sally's not sure how her husband's going to feel about it, when he gets home. Except Frank's not going to get home - to either of his wives. Frank's bigamy of several years is about to be exposed, because Frank was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Now his wives are going to meet in the hospital where he lies in a coma. And everything is about to change for all of them...