Town rebel Hank Mason grew up to be all harsh angles and scowls, as untamed and unforgiving as his mountain retreat. So how did two newcomers to Tulaca - a scrappy spitfire and her solemn little son - get a toehold in Hank's granite facade? Why did he suddenly want tot slay their dragons?
Fact was, Gloria and Jamey Pellman proved as prickly as Hank. Still, they wrapped a fist around his stony heart - and squeezed. Jamey learned to laugh again. Gloria began to giggle. Even Hank cracked a few smiles.But could hard-bitten Hank duel his own dragons...and let love in?
From the beginning, Martha knows there is something evil about the house. It's cold and sinister. But it is not just the house - someone, or something, is playing strange tricks on her, and soon they may be for real.
Not Just Another Cowboy (Silhouette Special Edition, 1242)
Roping and throwing a calf didn't faze Chance Butler. But falling for his rancher boss Alexa Tipton was the hardest thing he'd ever faced. This diamond in the rough was a sparkling jewel whose radiant smile blinded and beguiled him. And Chance wanted Alexa to know that he wasn't just another cowboy who landed on her doorstep...but this single mom's chance at finding a forever kind of love!
A summer of change, revelation, secrets, surprises and new beginnings…
As Diana Morrison laid the table for six at her elegant Central Park apartment, she had no warning of what was to come. Spending New Year’s Eve together was a tradition for Diana, her husband Eric, and their best friends Pascale and John Donnally and Anne and Robert Smith, and as the friends sipped champagne, they talked of renting a villa together in the South of France the following summer. But life had other plans…
Just two weeks after New Year, tragedy strikes at the heart of their close circle as Robert suffers a sudden, tragic loss. Diana and Eric, Pascale and John, united in their love and shared grief, rally to his side and urge him to join them on the Riviera in August. But the ramshackle old mansion is far from the exquisite villa they had imagined, and Robert surprises them all by inviting a lovely, much-younger film actress with mile-long legs and a million-dollar smile. Diana and Pascale hate her on sight, but the men are dazzled, and amidst the crumbling furniture and glorious sunsets more surprises are in store. Old wounds are healed, new love discovered, and miracles unfold… all beneath the dazzling sun of St Tropez.
has been hailed as one of the world’s most popular authors, with over 530 million copies of her novels sold. Her many international bestsellers include Second Chance, Ransom, Safe Harbour, Johnny Angel, Dating Game, Answered Prayers, Sunset in St. Tropez, and other highly acclaimed novels. She is also the author of His Bright Light, the story of her son Nick Traina’s life and death. Visit the Danielle Steel Web Site at www.daniellesteel.com.
There was no doubt about it – Bella Parkinson was the most promising actress and a success. Rupert Henriques was rich enough to buy her every theatre in London if she wanted it and couldn’t wait to marry her. But Bella had a secret in her past and the one man who knew it was about to come into her life again. Soon she found herself in real danger . . .
A guide to 150 species of wild flowers which are commonly seen in Britain and Europe. Flowers with similar characteristics are grouped together to make comparisons easy and each species is illustrated. A section is provided on family characteristics and there is a simple botanical key.
Fler was stunned at her eighteen-year-old daughter's attempt to take her own life...and guilt-ridden at not having foreseen the possibility of such a drastic response to a broken love affair. But mostly Fler felt enraged at the man who had so carelessly taken Tansy to the brink of self-destruction.
Not that Kyle Ranburn was about to let Fler walk off believing the worst--there were two sides to every story and she was going to hear his. But at what point had Fler begun to think less of Kyle's relationship with Tansy...and more about his feelings for her?
Man: Secret agent Max Moran--silent, stealthy and ready to spring.Current Assignment: Rescue a kidnapped child.Disturbing Factor: Teaming up with ex-agent Marisa Stevens--delicate, determined and dreamy enough to break any stoic secret agent's stride.
Bracing himself for the worst, Max Moran woke to answer a midnight phone call. But even the rough, tough veteran agent was rocked by the voice he heard: Marisa Stevens. Trapped in Barcelona, she was asking the partner who'd ended her career to help get her out.
Within hours they were reunited, weaving a precariously unpredictable path to track a mysteriously missing child. But Marisa's bedtime request awakened more than a spy to adventure. It roused desire six years simmering and lured mighty Max into terrain he feared--the unexplored wilds where there is love....
"This is the true story of a boy who wanted to grow up with the Brady Bunch, but ended up living with the Addams Family. Augusten Burrough's mother gave him away to be raised by her psychiatrist, a dead ringer for Santa Claus and a certifiable lunatic into the bargain. The doctor's bizarre family, a few patients and a sinister man living in the garden shed completed the tableau. In the perfect squalor of their dilapidated Victorian house, there were no rules and there was no school. The Christmas tree stayed up until summer and Valium was chomped down like sweets. And when things got a bit slow, there was always the ancient electroshock therapy machine under the stairs...
Bestselling irish author Marian Keyes has created yet another group of unforgettable characters in this irresistibly funny and uplifting tale of the search for happiness and the unpredictability of fate. Tara, Katherine and Fintan, best friends since their Duran Duran-dominated teenage years in County Clare, are now in their thirties and living in London. So far Fintan is the only one to have found true love, but he bats for a different team. Tara, on a diet almost since the day she first went on solids, and stuck in a dead-end relationship with the dreadful Thomas, believes that when you're thirty-one and stuck in the Last Chance Saloon, even a relationship with a man who keeps his change in a little-old-man purse is better than no man at all.
Bestselling author James Patterson returns with the #1 blockbuster thriller of the summer, an unstoppable novel of law and revenge.
Senior FBI agent Nick Pellisante is closing in on the notorious mob boss "The Electrician," when the scheduled sting goes spectacularly awry. Two FBI agents are dead, the boss is wounded, and Pellisante vows the Electrician's next move will be from a jail cell.
Andie Echeverra, a part-time actress and a single, full-time mom, is assigned her next role as Juror #11 in the landmark trial against Mafia Don Dominic Cavello. Everybody is on edge. No one has ever crossed the man whose orders have made entire families disappear.
Though Cavello's influence extends across blue uniforms and black robes, the case should be open-and-shut. But the legal system fails with devastating results, and Nick and Andie are the only ones left to seek justice. To stop the Electrician, they must take matters into their own hands. They are the judge and jury now.
James Patterson spins an all-out heart-pounding legal thriller that pits two people against the most vicious and powerful mobster since John Gotti.
Andy Fallon, a police officer, hangs dead in his bedroom. A week later Iron Mike Fallon, a former cop and Andy's father, shoots himself with his service revolver. Detectives Nikki Liska and Sam Kovac are not happy with the suspicious circumstances and the swift closing of both cases. They continue to nose around, causing unexpected people to react to their search with panic, threats, and attempted murder.
Meteorologist Perry Stuart is offered a Caribbean hurricane-chasing ride in a small aeroplane as a holiday diversion. But he learns more secrets from the flight than wind speeds, and back home in England faces threats and dangers as deadly as anything nature can evolve.
Serial killer Ronald Jeffreys was executed for three murders. Three months after his death, the body of a boy is found, killed in the same style as Jeffreys' victims. Is there a copycat killer on the loose? Or is this the real thing?
The unmissable third book from Richard and Judy's TRUE competition
Sometimes a family’s love can achieve the impossible …
On 12th October 1995, Mavis Marsh answered her door to the news every parent dreads most. ‘It’s your son,’ the policeman told her. ‘He’s been in an accident.’ Only hours earlier Matthew had been set for a dazzling future but, in one terrible night, a devastating tragedy altered everything.
Days later, Mavis found herself standing at her son’s bedside as doctors told her to give up all hope. According to them, the damage to Matthew's brain was too severe for him to recover, and the boy she had known and loved was gone forever.
But Mavis and her husband Keith couldn’t give up on their only son. And refusing to accept the diagnosis, they started to work with Matthew themselves, desperately urging their comatose son to fight. For months they tried, to no avail. But then, almost half a year later, he suddenly started to respond …
Author Biography Mavis lives in Leeds with her husband, Keith. They have two daughters and one son, Matthew.
Reviews This is an incredibly moving true tale of hope, dedication and above all love. We defy you not to shed a tear!,An inspirational and moving real life story that proves you can achieve the impossible when you believe enough,astonishing testimony to the power of hope,uplifting
Ellen Jebeau married a man who did little but dream, and who then died with debt his only legacy. Whatever else her marriage had lacked, however, she had her son Joseph. She resolved he should have all in life she had missed and to achieve that end, she would stop at nothing.
It was Sir Arthur Jebeau, her late husband's brother, who came to her aid, and soon Ellen and Joseph were living at the old fmaily seat at Screehaugh. It was a convenient arrangement, one which Ellen was not slow to recognise could work to her advantage, for Sir Arthur was a widower and Screehaugh had no mistress . . .
That was in 1926, but the working out of so many increasingly intertwined destinies would continue for twenty more years and only come to final resolution with Joseph Jebeau's escape from the traumatic heritage of his mother's ruthlelss ambition and his emergence as his own true self.
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.
The wonderful new novel from the Sunday Times bestselling author
Lottie Lacey and her mother, Louella, share a house in Victoria Court with Mr Magic and his son Baz. Lottie is a child star, dancing and singing at the Gaiety Theatre to an enraptured audience, whilst Louella acts as Max Magic's assistant. But Lottie was in hospital for weeks after a road accident and has lost her memory. Louella tries to help but the white mist remains. Until Lottie meets a boy with golden-brown eyes who calls her "Sassy" and accuses her of running away.
It is after this meeting that the dreams start, dreams of another life, almost another world, and Lottie, sharing them with Baz, begins to believe he knows more than he chooses to tell. But then Merle joins the act and Lottie feels Baz and Merle, both older than she, are in league against her.
Then the dreams begin to grow clearer and Lottie realises she must find her past, at no matter what cost.
Author Biography Katie Flynn has lived for many years in the north-west. A compulsive writer, she started with short stories and articles and many of her early stories were broadcast on Radio Merseyside. She decided to write her Liverpool series after hearing the reminiscences of family members about life in the city in the early years of the twentieth century. She also writes as Judith Saxton. For the past twelve years, she has had to cope with ME but has continued to write.
Reviews interesting characters, atmospheric plot and a vibrant regional setting. It is a tale full of the typical warmth and nostalgia expected of Katie Flynn. A well-written, comfortable read.
Moving from the slums of Victorian London to the plains of the Wild West, the darkest edges of New York and the gold rush of San Francisco, Never Look Back is the story of beautiful and intelligent Matilda, who rises out of poverty to forge a new life for herself in the land of the free. Escaping the deprivation she was born into, Matilda travels to America with Giles, a Church of England minister, his wife Lily, and their young daughter Tabitha. There she finds passion and heartbreak, but it's not until she meets Captain James Russell that she finds true love. A love that must withstand separation, war, and the constraints of their society.
It is the summer of 1939, and the residents of the idyllic fishing village of Bexham are preparing for war. Beautiful Judy Melton, daughter of a naval war hero, the social butterfly Meggie Gore-Stewart, seemingly demure Mathilda Eastcott, and Rusty Todd, the tomboy daughter of the owner of the local boatyard, are all determined to play an active role while their husbands and brothers, fathers and lovers are away fighting. But knitting socks and dodging bombs are not what they have in mind. However, it is not just the young women who are determined to find new roles for themselves -- so are their mothers. In this manner the little Sussex port, facing as it does the coastline of Nazi-invaded France, finds its closely sewn social fabric beginning to unstitch, inch by inch. The women of Bexham meet under the chestnut tree on the green to look back on a landscape that has changed irrevocably, and which they have helped to alter. None of them is the same as before, and yet, as the men return from war, they are expected to slip back into their simple roles of mother, daughter, grand-mother. Only the chestnut tree continues to flourish in the accepted fashion, becoming the uniting symbol of all that has passed forever.
For use in schools and libraries only. Hayden recounts her battle to uncover the keen intelligence and touch the emotions of a troubled, sexually molested six-year-old girl who was abused as a younger child and was placed in her class for retarded preadolescents while awaiting space in a state institution.
Rebecca Shaw's novels have been described as 'The Archers with spice' and it is this intimate approach that has made her the bestselling author she is now. THE NEW RECTOR introduces Peter and his wife Caroline to the village. Peter is young, vigorous and very handsome. As rector, the problems of the village become his concern but complications ensue when the newly widowed Suzy Meadows turns to him for comfort. TALK OF THE VILLAGE and VILLAGE MATTERS continue the story of the inhabitants of Turnham Malpas with stories of kidnap and abuse, the new man at the big house and lots of other warm and worrying developments that make this village full of gossip and friendship.
Her upstairs d'aint want nobody becomin' privy to what that husband of her'n be up to! Her knowed the ways of Fenton Gilmore . . . may the devil tek him! Her knows his temper, felt his fist many a time. And there be others as knows, women he's paid to keep silent about the blows they've suffered, for it tek more'n a roll in bed to satisfy Fenton Gilmore. Emma Lawrence has reason to fear the base cruelty of the man she must call uncle. She and her sister Rachel had been taken into the Gilmore household on the death of their parents and have known nothing but unkindness at the hands of Fenton and his wife. And now Rachel is dead, brutally raped and strangled, and Emma must dry her tears and flee if she is to escape the same fate. Emma falls in with two other orphans, and Timothy and Lily become as dear to her as her own departed sister. But Fenton Gilmore does not give up so easily. His evil ambition is to own a brothel and Emma is vital to his perverted plan ... Meg Hutchinson is back in vintage form with this absorbing tale of a vulnerable young woman who overcomes hardship and tragedy to reap the rewards of a virtuous life.
The gorgeous new novel from the bestselling author ofThe Paradise Room. Latte-lover Ava Langston knows exactly what she wants: her very own café in a vintage arcade in Bath and a life free of complicated relationships. But her plans go awry when her long-distance dad phones insisting she hop on the next plane to Costa Rica to meet his brand new wife. Ava has no intention of jetting to Latin America to acquire a stepmother — until, that is, her father offers her head honcho status at a beachfront café. The lure of frothing cappuccinos in a land where the coffee beans grow proves irresistible. But she hasn’t planned on Santiago, her sexy-yet-stubborn business rival, or rugged Ryan whose idea of romance is swinging through the rainforest canopy at 6am. Both men have the heartbreaker gene, but could one prove to be her very own star-crossed lover? There’s only one way to find out…
When Lucy Dean - eighteen, with no money - marries James Buchanan - a man of thirty-four with a great fortune -it is anything but a happy match. For James is hopelessly in love with his wife while Lucy - too young, too serious and too determined to sacrifice happiness to duty - doesn't know what love means. Then the Great War comes, and Lucy's heart wakens, with truly shattering results for them both.
Unaware of the misery that surrounded her birth, for the first four years of her life all Ottilie Cartaret knows is love. And when her mother, Ma O'Flaherty, moves her family to what she believes will be rural bliss in St Elcombe in Cornwall, their fortunes seem set fair. Tragedy strikes when Ma dies and young Ottilie soon finds herself in unfamiliar surroundings. Adopted by the Cartarets, the wealthy couple who run the Grand Hotel, she grows up pampered and spoilt, not only by her adoptive parents but by all the visitors--with the exception of their mysterious annual guest, nicknamed 'Blue Lady', with whom Ottilie is unknowingly and inextricably linked. But as times change, and the regulars to the now decaying hotel die off, the Cartarets find they are unable to adapt to modern ways. Only Ottilie has the means save the Grand, even though she may sacrifice too much of herself before learning once again the power of love.
Thrown into the workhouse at the tender age of 6, Hannah Peckham soon learns how hard the world is, but she emerges determined to make the most of what little life has given her. But the deprivations of workhouse life have left her ill-prepared to fulfill her new position in a prosperous Liverpool household. Naively she falls in love with a man she can never have. And when her illusions are finally shattered, she rushes into the arms of hard-drinking Alfie Duggan and a violent, poverty-stricken marriage from which there seems no escape.
Seventeen-year-old Gaia Moore is not a typical high school senior. Her mother is dead, and her father, a secret agent, abandoned her years ago. But before he left, he taught her self-preservation. She's a black belt in karate, multilingual and has an extraordinary ability - fearlessness.
Andy Gray has been at the forefront of British soccer for over three decades. Now, for the first time, he tells his own remarkable story, and that of the modern game. From a fanatical footballing household in Glasgow, Andy worked his way to become a teenage prodigy at Dundee. But it was in England that Andy's name was cemented as one of Europe's top strikers, where he won the League, the FA Cup, and the European Cup Winners Cup. These triumphs—along with the managers, the goals, the games, and the fans are vividly brought to life, while Gray also explains how the game was evolving around him.
A reissue of the saga of three generations of a Yorkshire family from the time of Edwardian England through the drama of World War Two, where the lives of men and women who live a life of hectic gaiety, sacrifice their youth on the battlefields and are bound by their inheritance of the past. From the author of DAUGHTER OF THE NORTHERN FIELDS.
THE PROTECTORThree men: an Iraqi, a former coalition soldier and a journalist, drive together from Baghdad towards Fallujah as the US Marines encircle the city to take it apart. It seems the men are on a single mission to seek a recent kidnap victim, but in truth all three have very different aims in the besieged town, and each keep a dark secret from the others...UNDERSEA PRISONAfter the British military lose an officer to Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan, a desperate race begins to find his killers. One of them is captured by US troops and flown to the States for interrogation. But he has vital information that British operative John Stratton needs to get back without the US discovering him. But how do you break in to a jail a hundred metres below the ocean?
When Leonid Meyer is horribly murdered in his flat in Balat, Istanbul's decrepit Jewish quarter, it seems frighteningly likely that the motive is racial. But Inspector Cetin Ikmen is not one to acquiesce in the obvious.
Lara Trudeau is queen of the dance floor, until she drops dead from a lethal combination of drink and drugs. To former Miami private investigator Quinn O'Casey, it's a simple case of death by misadventure - until his brother, Lara's lover, seeks her help. Alarmed by the growing number of deaths connected to Lara's dance studio, do the strange events surrounding the studio have a deeper significance?
Investigator Petric makes his living from the dead. Lately business has been slow, what with the siege around Sarajevo. Condoned killing has displaced the crime of passion; his services with the civil police as a homicide investigator have been less in demand. Unluckily one premeditated death does land on the detective's desk. It is no abused lover or a distant sniper's victim but a government official - the chief of the interior ministry's police - shot dead at close range.In a thriller that recalls the first excitement of Martin Cruz Smith's Moscow and the Vienna of Graham Greene's The Third Man, author Dan Fesperman brilliantly renders the fragmented society and underworld of Sarajevo at war - the freelancing gangsters, guilty bystanders, drop-in correspondents, the bureaucrats frightened for their jobs and very lives - and he weaves through this torn cityscape one man's desperate, deadly pursuit of the wrong people in the worst places.
Preparing for her high-school graduation, young bayou teen Gabriel is raped and impregnated by rich cannery owner Octavious Tate and is subsequently forced to surrender her baby boy to her attacker's wife.
Norah has been in the Syme household a few days before she learns of her close resemblance to her employer's niece, Marion Syme, who drowned several years ago. Is there something to be afraid of in the half-deserted house - or something more sinister, in the psyche of someone who lives there?
Tessa Chalfont is tantalised by memories of a glittering world she's never known. But her grandfather's legendary bitterness to her and her mother still bars her from the ancestral home of Glamara. Throughout a cruel childhood, with a stepfather who hated her, through to her later imprisonment by her strange employer, Tessa dreams of the one haven that should be hers..............
Capable Stella Payne does everything from financial analysis to folding the laundry and looking after her 11-year-old son. She has little time for romance until she takes a holiday to Jamaica and meets an alluring man. She is then forced to confront all her hopes and fears about life and love.
Laura Starling, now wealthy and successful, had survived a bitter past and endured poverty, fear, and pain. Then along came the older and wiser Ben, who had smoothed her path and given her love and security. But now Ben had become a stranger beyond her reach., and Laura's stability threatened to disappear once more.
Tooting, 1950: Ruby has always been a worry to her widowed mother Ida - her husband, Brian is violent and she loses her job after allegations of "carrying on" with the manager. When Brian dies suddenly, Ida is quietly relieved, but tragedy continues to stalk Ruby until she feels she must go away.
February 1991. THE GULF WAR Captain Karen Emma Walden, one of the first American women in a combat command position, is killed some time after her Huey is shot down over enemy territory. Major Nat Sterling, previously one of the military's rising stars, finds his career prospects flagging after the men under his command are caught in friendly fire. Now Captain Walden is up for the medal of Honor - the distinguished award bestowed on many courageous men in wars past, but never before on a women. When Sterling is appointed to investigate her eligibility, he soon realises that he's been thrown into a delicate political situation. For there are plenty of old timers who'd rather Captain Walden didn't receive her medal, and plenty of witnesses whose stories don't tally. It's up to Sterling to discover the truth about those bleak desert hours between the Huey crash and Captain Waldens death. A truth that could damage Walden's reputation but resurrect his own career.
The lowest of the low points came when she called to beg social services to take her son into care. Totally alone, shoplifting food to survive and still using cocaine, Danniella knew she had to do something. Written with complete frankness, this is the whole story, from the first time she took coke, as a 14 year old, to the horror and shame of her ruined nose, and the near collapse of her relationship with the man who loved her. As her addiction took over her life she lost her friends, family, career and her looks, but when it came to her son, she knew enough was enough. Inspiring and powerful, this is an intensely personal story of the fight back from the edge of death.