Joyce d'Avranche had always been the poor and ignored member of the d'Avranche family of Helmingham Hall. Her childhood had been one of hardship, and over her dead mother hung the disgrace of an old scandal. Then, when the legitimate heir went missing on an Amazon exploration, Joyce was brought to Helmingham and told she could well be the new owner of the beautiful old house and garden. Almost at once she fell in love with it and wanted, more than anything, to possess it. But her background had not prepared her for the running of a huge estate. Everything she did was wrong and her only friend was Rose, wife of the head gardener. Rose, too, had sorrows to bear. Barren, in spite of her longing for a child, she sublimated her sadness in the gardens of Helmingham, concentrating all her energy on the breeding of a new flower - the Helmingham Rose. As the two young women watched the gradual unfurling of the perfect flower, so their own lives moved towards maturity and unexpected happiness.
When Cindy Decker finds a new-born baby in a rubbish bin, she can't imagine who would commit such a crime. Surely abandoning a baby is the biggest taboo of motherhood? The usual suspects ndash; prostitutes, homeless women and drug abusers ndash; aren't responsible. In fact, the culprit is a woman who appears almost as vulnerable as her own baby. As the case continues, Cindy realises she's in deep ndash; her own life in danger ndash; and there's only one person who can help, her father and boss, Lieutenant Peter Decker. They both know the key to a successful investigation is keeping a cool, professional head, but with a father and daughter detective team, can it ever be anything other than personal?
Lovejoy, antique dealer extraordinaire, wasn't anxious to do this job, but Signor Arcellano had ways of making him co-operate - even to a crash course in Italian, where he met the delectable Maria. And in Rome,another damsel, a murder, and an antique in the heart of the Vatican he was required to steal. The Eternal City threatens to become his eternal resting-place...
Here comes the bride...Where have all the good men gone? That's what feisty singleton, Lara Hope, wants to know. Her skinny cousin, Janine, seems to have snapped up Dublin's last remaining bachelor and is now turning out to be the bride from hell.Much to Lara's dismay she has been invited to be the maid of honour. But when bridezilla Janine orders her an oversized bridesmaid's dress and posts her an insulting invitation for one, Lara has finally had enough.She decides to find a gorgeous man to bring along as her date. With so many new bars opening in the capital, an attractive fun-loving girl like herself should have no problem finding Mr Right. In fact, friends say he's probably waiting just around the corner. But as the wedding looks and Lara's heels develop blisters from trawling numerous bars in her Jimmy Choos, she just wants to know which corner?
Graham Broadbent, a successful novelist, enjoys a quiet life of writing. On the evening of one such occasion, a rather intriguing surprise arrives at his door in the form of Christabel, a pretty 19-year-old. 'Hello Dad' are her first words as he opens the door to her.
When she was sixteen, Sheila Beattie knew exactly what her future would be. She would marry her sweetheart Eric, a fisherman like her father, and they would raise their family and dream their simple dreams in the village which they'd been born. Her life lay before her, happy, safe and secure.But she was sixteen - and about to discover in this world there is nothing certain but change . . . no one and nothing to be trusted but the voice of your own heart . . .
In England in the 1930s, eighteen-year-old Helen Carstairs braves the prejudice of friends and family to marry Heine, the young German photographer who has fled the growing horror of the Nazis. But when war breaks out Heine is interned, their small son is evacuated and Helen is left to face the Blitz alone.
After the collapse of their economy fanatic Japanese nationalists take matters into their own hands and, with the approval of the Prime Minister, launch an attack on Russia. Bound by secret protocol to come to Russia's aid in the event of war, the US government sends Air Force Colonel Bob Cassidy and a squadron of F-22s to thwart the Japanese in the skies over Siberia. The operation brings Cassidy one on one with Captain Jiro Kimura, flying Japan's most secret weapon. Japan's goal is world domination, the price a third world war. All that stands between Kimura and the completion of his mission is Cassidy, a man he once counted his best friend.
Alice, a deaf-mute, has a vision of a lady in white who says she is the immaculate conception. Suddenly Alice can speak, hear, and perform miracles. The visitation site becomes a shrine. But Alice is no longer the guileless child overwhelmed by her new saintliness. She has become the agent of something corrupt, a vile force centuries old.
Andie and her sister Jin have never seen eye to eye. Andie doesn't envy Jin her marriage to a wealthy businessman, while Jin can't believe Andie's happy with her man-free existence (if only she knew!). But when their widowed mother Cora comes back from a Caribbean cruise with more than just a suntan, Andie and Jin are united in horror. Who is this gorgeous young man who's swept their mother off her feet? What the women really need is a friend to set the world to rights with but can they be friends with each other?
They were the family with everything. Money. Influence. Glamour. Power. The power to halt a police investigation in its tracks. The power to spin a story, concoct a lie, and believe it was the truth. The power to murder without guilt, without shame, and without ever paying the price. America's royalty, they called the Bradleys. But an outsider refuses to play his part. And now, the day of reckoning has arrived. . . .
Holly and Mark Jepson have always spent Christmas on the Somerset coast, where Mark's uncle entertains a motley collection of guests in his holiday chalets. This year, they long to do something different - until uncle has to go into hospital, and they are obliged to put aside their plans for a quiet Christmas on their own. Instead they prepare to welcome the various members of the part y - young and old, couples, children and old ladies, an eccentric artist and his handsome daughter (but is she really his daughter, the others wonder?), a young married pair expecting their first baby, to the secret envy of the childless Holly, and a wife escaping from a violent past. They are all, in their separate ways, to play a part in the unexpected, and at times shattering, events which take place before the new year dawns.As the first fireworks of the year fall into the sea in a shower of silver stars, both guests and hosts at this wintry gathering look forward to a new and better world.
A sparkling new romantic comedy from the acclaimed author of Amanda's Wedding. Holly is a frustrated florist whose life doesn't exactly seem to be coming up roses. Fleeing the houseshare from hell, she moves in with Josh, a sexually confused merchant banker; Kate, a high-flying legal eagle with talons to match, and the gorgeous Addison, who spends his days communicating only with his computer and those who worship at the altar of Captain Jean-Luc Picard. Holly's desperate to have a one-to-one with Addison, but can she drag him away from his monstrously ugly, not to say jealous internet 'girlfriend' Claudia, or will they just continually get their wires crossed?
'Some may call me a vigilante. I think Iave just got problems to fix.' Right now, Hunter's big problem is a missing little brother, last seen fleeing the site of a gruesome killing. Hunter needs the help of an old army buddy, a whole lot of hardware and a trip to Little Rock, Arkansas, to fix this particular problem. A brutal encounter with some very nasty criminals leaves Hunter fighting for his life. And thatas before he comes up against America's most feared serial killer, 'The Harvestman' and his grisly souvenirs of death. But blood is thicker than water. And a lot of blood will be spilt . . .
Young Anna Travis has been assigned to her first murder case - a series of killings that has shocked even the most hardened of detectives. They started eight years ago - now the body count is up to six. The method of killing is identical, the backgrounds of the girls identical - all drug-users and prostitutes. Then a seventh body is found. The modus operandi is the same - but the victim is a young student with the 'face of an angel'. The profile of the murderer has changed dramatically. Determined to earn the respect of her male colleagues, Anna stumbles on a vital piece of information which links one man to the killings, a much-loved actor on the brink of international stardom. His arrest would create a media frenzy. But if he were found innocent, his wouldn't be the only career over - Anna's hard fought for reputation would be destroyed once and for all ...
In this novel the author reveals the truth about Marilyn Monroe and Jack and Bobby Kennedy. Their affair has been whispered about for 30 years, here Korda takes real life characters and fictionalizes their story. The author also wrote "Queenie" and "Curtain".
Two years ago in the town of New Caxton, three people were stabbed to death and a black man imprisoned for the crime. According to congressman Owen Hall, the convicted man is innocent. Something sinister has been going on in New Caxton, something much bigger than casual murder.
In the new novel of treachery at the highest levels from the bestselling author of House of Cards, backbench MP Tom Goodfellowe is caught up in a national crisis as the capital is held to ransom by one angry man.
In her terraced house in Liverpool, Molly Bennett struggles to bring up four children on her husband's meagre wage. But Molly doesn't complain; she has an abundance of things money can't buy - and a home filled with love and laughter. When her eldest daughter, Jill, is offered a place at high school, Molly is racked with guilt. She needs Jill working to relieve their poverty. But Jill eases Molly's conscience by getting herself a job in a baker's shop while signing up for night school. Molly's best mate is Nellie McDonough; they spend hours laughing, gossiping and lending a helping hand to others. And when they discover one of their neighbours is being beaten by her violent husband, the friends roll up their sleeves and take action. Meanwhile, Jill starts dating Nellie's son, Steve, and both families are delighted. But Jill lands herself an office job that takes her into a world beyond the confines of their close-knit community and she and Steve seem to be drifting apart...
Lizzie Treloweth is one of ten children. With the outbreak of World War I, their father enlists and the family struggle to run his butcher's shop in Penzance. Lizzie trains as a nurse under Tamsin Beswetherick,daughter of the local gentry, and their friendship with the four Jago brothers develops.
Vampire Chronicles (Book 04): The Tale of the Body Thief
"A wonderfully mesmerizing adventure, delving into the convoluted mind of one of modern fiction's most famous anti-heroes, the vampire Lestat. Rice's writing is elegant and thought-provoking and her story is a gem."THE SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNEFor centuries Lestat has been a courted prince in the universe of the dead. Now he is alone and everything he once believed in seems false. So he embarks on a dangerous journey to destroy his doubts and loneliness forever....
When her own family die in the London Blitz, Abby Nichols finds refuge with the warm-hearted Carrs in Bermondsey until she is taken from them to live with unknown relatives in Kent. This is the author's first novel.
The twins had always relied on each other, despite being very different people. Miranda was the vibrant one, determined to be an actress, whereas Meg was quiet and self-effacing. However, following a rift, it is Meg who is successful while Miranda finds herself trapped into domesticity.
There was no doubt at all that the girl was dead. The front of her skull and her facial bones had been splintered like the cracked shell of an egg. What made it even more shocking was the setting of the murder - an idyllic corner of the Scilly Isles where violent crime was almost unknown. Angry and distressed, the villagers instinctively turn against the only stranger in their midst, the famous pop star and teenage idol Vince Peters. But Superintendent Wycliffe is not so sure. Slowly, methodically, he begins to dig beneath the calm surface of the community- and soon uncovers a violent undercurrent of fear and guilt...
Fourth novel, in similar style, by author of TELL ME NO SECRETS, FAST WOMEN and LOOKING FOR MR BIG. Word is that it isn't safe for women to get close to Johnny Martini. His girlfriends have always been unlucky, meeting with accidents, ending up hurt -- or dead. When Johnny's wife is murdered, her younger sister is determined to learn the truth. But it is a truth that will leave her with nowhere to run, and nowhere to hide.
Dulcie Ballantyne knows that creative writers' groups attract an unlikely mix of people, so when she starts up Hidden Talents, she is well prepared for the assortment of people she is bringing together. Beth King is facing empty-nest syndrome as her only son, Nathan, leaves home for university; Jack Solomon, a local estate agent, is having trouble coming to terms with the shock of his wife leaving him for his best friend; Jaz Rafferty is an intensely private 17-year-old girl who writes to escape her large, boisterous family; Victor Blackmore is a know-it-all, who claims to be writing the blockbuster novel every publisher will be clamouring for. What they all have in common is a need to escape, as well as a desire to keep their lives as private as possible. As they grow more confident in their writing skills, friendships develop, and gradually they come to realize that a little openness isn't necessarily a bad thing.
Even when she was at the top of her fame as a star of East Enders, behind the scenes Danniella was tearing her life apart. For a while she was the nation's most famous drug addict. This is her story of recovery from the despair of addiction, told with total emotional honesty and courage.
Duncan Talisker has served 15 years in jail for a series of murders he didn't commit. On his release, the killings begin again. Talisker and his childhood friend, Alessandro Chaplin, take journeys between different worlds, which mix wonder and danger in equal measure and may result in their deaths.
The autobiography of Spice Girl Geri Halliwell. Details Ginger Spice's life and her determination to succeed. Including details of the early years, the glamour modelling, her struggle with bulimia, the rave scene, the birth of the Spice Girls, the relationships, the success, the split, and the direction Halliwell is now taking.
Rowan was in love with George when she married him. But she was also just 18 years old and pregnant. An adored only child, Rowan had no idea that life wouldn't always be so wonderful. Several years and two daughters later, the arrival of Alex McKinney into her life changes everything.
Or Give Me Death: A Novel of Patrick Henry's Family (Great Episodes)
See, through the eyes of two of Patrick Henry's children, the secrets and horror going on within their home as their father rouses a nation to arms. With their father away most of the time advocating independence for the American colonies, the children of Patrick Henry try to raise themselves, manage the family plantation, and care for their mentally ill mother.
When Thomasine Lambert moves to a peaceful country village, she discovers that her new close-knit world seethes with romance, intrigue, and even violence. What is Tom White's secret and sinister trade? Why does a champion dog breeder find her reputation and livelihood under threat? When the vet spurns his housekeeper's affections, what terrible revenge does she plan? Anita Burgh's blockbusting new novel is peopled with a vivid cast of characters that will ensure Breeders a special place in the heart of readers everywhere.
Unbridled Carter is in jail when classy Laney strides in on her mile-long legs. This naughty bad boy's lawyer-client privilege is about to take a sizzling detour! The sex is hot and wild - totally unbridled! But scorching the sheets is all this guy from the wrong side of the tracks can do with an uptown girl...right? Midnight Resolutions When a stunner of a woman plants a sizzling kiss on him in the middle of Times Square on an icy New Year's Eve, Ian's world explodes...Shaken to the tips of her designer shoes, Rose Hildebrande senses something in Ian that inspires her to find him and seduce him. But will their naughty fling still be blazing come summer?
Gabria, a young woman with unusual magical powers, is awarded the chance to teach in a male-dominated world, but first she must lead her future students into battle against a creature with supernatural abilities
WHEN YOU LIVE THE DREAM, YOU LIVE THE CONSEQUENCES... Cool, blonde Carter Graham is a successful lawyer who believes she is well on the way to reaching all the goals listed in her glamorous life plan: first-class job, a stylish flat in London, and marriage to the man of her dreams, Kim Betz. But Carter forgot that sometimes the best laid dreams turn into nightmares. Kim's ex-wife Sophie starts to stalk her and Kim turns from being the self-contained, controlled husband into a man who lies not only about his past but about his present. Carter finds herself drawn into an expanding web of deceit, corruption and evil which eventually threatens not only her sanity but her life. What is it that Sophie is trying so hard to tell her? Who is the sinister Mrs Mayfield, who has such an influence on Kim? And what is the significance of the other new man in Carter's life, her secretary Eric Tucker? Carter seeks help from the healers of St. Benets, the enigmatic Nicholas Darrow, the eccentric Lewis Hall, and kind, thoughtful Alice but even they cannot save her from a searing ordeal as she struggles to uncover the truth about the tormented man she has married.
Another superb novel to delight Jacqueline Wilson’s vast 8-12-year-old girl fanbase.Dixie is the youngest of the Diamond family. She and her sisters, dreamy Martine, glamorous Rochelle and tough Jude, could hardly be more different from each other but their Mum’s tried to teach them the value of sticking together. Now Mum’s expecting yet another baby and she’s convinced this one’s a boy. Time to move to a bigger place, she insists, and the girls scarcely have time to protest before they find themselves at their new house. It’s rough, dilapidated and filthy and before they’ve even unpacked the furniture, Mum goes into labour!By the time Mum comes home with the new baby, Jude’s been in a fight, Rochelle’s found a new boyfriend and Martine’s stormed off. Only Dixie stays loyally by Mum’s side – so only Dixie spots her secret…From the Hardcover edition.
'Clever, crazy, cool . . . you'll love it!' - Cathy Cassidy'Right now boys are NOT part of my life plan. I've got more than enough to do as it is.''Yeah, like the planet to save,' Cordelia says dreamily.'And my career to get off the ground, I've not even got my first demo disc yet!'Sassy Wilde's had enough of pollution and plastic bags - she wants to make a difference. It's time to grab her guitar and start spreading some eco love . . .But first she has to get around her mum and dad - officially the most embarrassing parentals In. The. World. And it's not just endangered creatures keeping Sassy awake at night. Why, oh WHY did Magnus (the Magnificent) offer her a bite of his muffin in Biology?Want to know more?Get sassy atseriouslysassy.co.uk
Join the Cafe Club as they go to France for the summer. Andy spies Jacques and rushes into his arms, while the others greet their French penfriends a little more sedately. Fen is worried that a bizarre family feud will stop her seeing Tash and Jaimini tries to keep Luce away from the French boys.
The brilliant new work from the bestselling author of 'Miss Garnet's Angel' and 'The Other Side of You'.Violet Hetherington has taken the rash step of joining a transatlantic cruise ship to New York to visit Edwin, an old friend. As she makes the six day crossing, she relives the traumatic events that led to her losing Edwin's friendship, and abandoning her career as a poet, for the safety of marriage and domesticity.Despite her natural reserve, she meets a rich variety of passengers travelling with her, who affect her understanding of her own past. Most significantly, she meets Dino, the dance host, whose motives in befriending Vi are shady, but who teaches her to ballroom dance - and inadvertently helps her to recover from her past.Moving between the late sixties and the present day, Dancing Backwards is written with the lightness of touch and psychological insight which characterise Salley Vickers' acclaimed work. This bittersweet novel is subtle, poignant and wonderfully entertaining.
Boston District Attorney Will Sullivan dreams of becoming the next great governor of Massachusetts. He has a beautiful wife, Joanna, an adorable daughter, Sydney, and a name that the citizens of Massachusetts respect. But Will's plans are shattered the night Joanna discovers a malignant tumour growing in Sydney's stomach. At that devastating moment, both parents resolve to do anything to save their daughter's life.But in the twilight world of Briarwood Medical Centre, nothing is as it seems. Patients on the brink of death are not only surviving, but thriving, while others are withering away. The more time Will spends in the labyrinthine hospital, the more he fears he's losing his grip on reality. Then a mysterious, charismatic counsellor appears and starts talking to Joanna, and she grows more and more distant, until she hardly resembles the woman that Will married. Yet suddenly, miraculously, Sydney is improving. As winter closes in around the hospital and his dark suspicions build, Will must gather the strength to confront the evil at hand before he loses everthing he holds dear.
Family court judge Olivia Lockhart has a failed marriage, a difficult relationship with her daughter, Justine, and a mother who has plenty of opinions and is always willing to share them. When Olivia denies a divorce in court, there is a frenzied reaction and, thanks to an article by Jack Griffin in the local paper, everyone's talking about it. Cedar Cove-people love it and sometimes they leave it, but they never forget it!
This is the story of twins, Megan and Marsha, separated at birth but drawn together by an intangible bond - and of their mother, forever searching, forever unsatisfied. Madeleine, the spoiled daughter of wealthy parents, abandons her twin babies to search for the only man she will ever love. Megan, hungry for affection and for the twin she can barely remember, has needs which cannot be satisfied by even a loving foster family. And Marsha is a lucky little rich girl who always gets what she wants. Fate reunites the three of them, and Marsha still wants everything Megan has - including Danny. From the Hardcover edition.
The third of Monica Dickens'' autobiographica l books describes her time as cub reporter on the Downingham Post, a long established small-town paper with a steady cir culation and not much sympathy with the innovations of its j unior reporter. '
From rural rags to brief riches and back to ruin, this is a moving saga of hard work, bad luck and finally hope for a family's future.Gloria Sullivan can't quite believe where she has ended up.Growing up with no money worries, she fell head over heels in love with the handsome, hardworking Irishman employed by her father. They were the golden couple - until the Wall Street crash, when everything was lost. Finally she agreed to start again in London with husband Joe and their small son.World War Two was raging, and Joe laboured on the docks by day and fighting fires by night. He was a hero - but one dreadful fire left him terribly injured. Once more Gloria resolved to leave everything behind and to take Joe home to his family farm in Ireland, his only hope of recovery.Gloria now dutifully nurses her husband, but she can't settle in the countryside. Then a nearby American base begins recruiting civilians. Gloria tells everyone it's her chance to do her bit - but will she be tempted to do much more?