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The School Gates: Winner of Best Author Read – Festival of Romance (affiliate link)
At 3.10pm every weekday, parents gather at Featherstone Primary in Denbury to collect their children.
For a special few, the friendships forged at the school gates will see them through lives filled with drama, secrets and sorrows. When Yummy Mummy Alana reveals the identity of her love-child’s father, she doesn’t expect the consequences to be quite so extreme. Ex Czech au-pair Earth Mummy Dana finds happiness in her secret sideline, but really all she longs for is another child. Slummy Mummy Mo’s wife-beating husband leads her down a path she never thought possible, and Supper Mummy Joan has to cope when life deals her a devastating blow.
And what of Gay Daddy Gordon? Will he be able to juggle parenthood and cope with his broken heart at the same time?
Soft Target (Liverpool Thriller Series Book 1) (affiliate link)
Brothers Mustapha and Yasser Ahmed are smuggled from the Middle East as children and trained to be two of the most elite insurgents of their generation. Yasser embraces his role but Mustapha rebels, forced to do things no one should, for a cause he couldn’t believe in. As his brothers were preparing to kill, he was looking for a way out.
Now, on the eve of the deadliest coordinated attacks the world has ever seen, he finally has his chance. In hiding, his brother and ISIS are hunting him down.
John Tankersley, known as Tank to the community, assembles his team to track down and eliminate an old foe: Yasser Ahmed and his cell. It is a race against time as suicide bombers unleash a reign of terror across the nation. Tank and his team are going to be pushed to the edge as they try to stop Ahmed from finishing his masterplan.
Friends and Foes: A Read Wine Bookstore Cozy Mystery Book 1 (affiliate link)
There’s a fine line between wine and crime…
Aspiring business owner Trixie Pristine is ready to make all of her dreams come true. She’s fulfilling every girl’s fantasy by surrounding herself in coffee, wine, treats, and books. What more could she want? Teaming up with her closest friends, Cora Taylor and Sally Greeves, the three women are about to embark upon an opportunity of a lifetime, opening the quaint bookstore, Read Wine.
But suddenly, this new endeavor isn’t all that Trixie hoped it would be. As strange things begin to happen, the women realize someone is out to sabotage their new business venture. Refusing to put down the coffee or relinquish the wine, the three friends meddle in police affairs to get to the bottom of the mysterious events.
Daisy: The Complete Series (affiliate link)
What if you kidnapped a woman, tied her up, locked her in your basement… and then discovered that she was your long-lost daughter?
All Daisy Coulson wants to do, after a long day at work, is relax at home. She’s heard the news reports about two women who’ve been murdered in the area, but she’s sure she’s safe. After all, she’s safe and boring, so why would anybody ever want to hurt her?
But she’s been noticed.
Harry’s been killing women for a long time. He doesn’t remember any other way of living. It’s who he is now. So when he spots an easy target, he doesn’t think twice about striking. He soon discovers, however, that there’s something very different about his latest victim. Harry’s about to discover a shocking secret that’ll change his life forever.
A Dangerous Pursuit (Regency Spies & Secrets Book 1) (affiliate link)
Miss Madalene Dowding was devastated when her mother died, leaving her all alone. To honor her mother’s legacy, she decides to use part of her fortune to open an orphanage. When a teacher at the orphanage goes missing, Madalene takes it upon herself to start looking for her, even if it means taking her deep into the unsavory parts of London.
Baldwin Radcliff, the Marquess of Hawthorne, is working on his last case as an agent of the Crown since he is about to retire and take up his seat in the House of Lords. He is tasked with finding a French spy that is in league with a growing group of radicals. As he searches for the enemy, he discovers a meddling heiress that keeps stumbling in at the most inopportune times, making him wonder if she is perhaps the spy he has been sent to find.
Three Girls Books 1-3 (affiliate link)
Ginny McKensie’s life is spiraling out of control.
Finished with college, she should have been planning her wedding. After all, Ginny and Josh were made for each other—everyone said so. Except the love of her life didn’t agree.
Now Ginny is back in her hometown, unwillingly single, and stuck in a dead-end job. When she discovers she’s pregnant, Ginny is convinced her life is ending. Instead of planning a future with Josh, she’s learning the truth about morning sickness, juggling bills, and seeing just how far designer jeans can stretch.
Her life-plan never included dating again (not even with her too-hot new boss), or being a single mother at 23. Now, with the help of her best friends, Annie and Jen, Ginny must try to re-imagine—and rebuild—a life she never wanted.
Unseen Beauty: a beauty and the beast retelling (affiliate link)
Compelled by magic to bring Beauty to the Beast, can she end the enchantment without breaking her heart?
Fairy-cursed to invisibility, sixteen-year-old parlor maid Claudette craves recognition. Sick of cleaning the same unused rooms in the Beast’s castle, she’s had enough of playing by the rules. But when she lands in a heap of trouble, her wicked superior bestows an unexpected punishment: find the Beast his destined Beauty.
Unable to resist the magical command, Claudette must find an unfortunate young woman to marry the unlovable monster. No matter whose lives she wrecks in the process.
Can she matchmake the greatest love story of all time without sacrificing her dreams?
Miracle on Miravasa: A Dog Novel (affiliate link)
A magical book for anyone who wishes their dog could live forever.
Who doesn’t dream of their dog living indefinitely? Now, a miracle on the tiny island of Miravasa has provided a glimmer of hope for that possibility. There, a caretaker named Agustin Araya Vargas witnessed his ailing fourteen-year-old Labrador Retriever experience a mysterious rejuvenation. After being at death’s door, Bella is now spry and healthy. Agustin believes something on Miravasa led to Bella’s transformation and he wants the reclusive owner of the island, Chance Mulbank, to open it to see if a magical healing power exists. Reluctantly, Chance agrees to allow a small group with their senior dogs onto Miravasa for a large sum of money.
Secrets and Promises: An uplifting World War 2 historical novel (affiliate link)
A poignant and unputdownable story of a woman who must finally acknowledge the secret she has hidden for a lifetime. But will it cost her all she holds dear?
England, 1944: With deadly doodlebugs terrorising London, Bessie Rushbrook agrees to give shelter to eight-year-old evacuee, Marigold, in her Norfolk home. However, the little girl is no random stranger, and Bessie must honour the promise she gave to Marigold’s mother, Grace, and not reveal her connection to the child.
Marigold’s arrival stirs up Bessie’s memories from the past when the world was at war for the first time. She is forced to face her actions from those days, and question the haunting secret that she’s long kept hidden.
Kingdom of Embers: Extended Finale (Kingdom Journals Book 1) (affiliate link)
Her pale skin and weird diet make her a target at school. If only they, and she, knew the truth…
Seventeen-year-old Alena Scott is tired of pretending to be something she’s not. As an outlawed vampire-witch hybrid, she’s forced to abide by the oppressive secrecy imposed by her Vampire Chancellor mother. But she’ll have to ignore the rules when she comes face-to-face with a handsome, full-grown version of her childhood imaginary friend.
Shocked that he recognizes her as his own pretend play pal, the two embark on a quest to solve the mystery of their fantasized companionship. And as they unravel their entwined destinies, Alena realizes she holds the key to a curse which could free them all—or condemn witchkind to eternal suffering.
It forms a companion piece to Charlwood’s highly-regarded elegy on Bomber Command, No Moon Tonight, expanding on the author’s experiences as a WWII navigator. It is the story of twenty young Australians who sailed together to Canada to train as navigators under the Empire Air Training Scheme. Most of them went on to Bomber Command, fifteen of the twenty losing their lives. Charlwood based much of this book on wartime diaries and letters, his own and those of others among the twenty men and Charlwood’s crew members. This book is as much their story as it is Charlwood’s own.
In 1991 Elizabeth Webby, Professor of Australian Literature at Sydney University, wrote: ‘Journeys into Night is notable for the clarity and power of its writing. Don Charlwood’s wartime experiences – travelling overseas, training, the tedium and terror of ops – are recreated in vivid and moving detail.’
The Lovely One (affiliate link)
#1 Have an adventure
#2 Find confidence
#3 Experience real love
Yeah, those are the three reasons why I signed myself up as a foreign exchange student.
Little Emily Klein, the popular girls’ pet, going along with whatever, never speaking her mind. Puppe, they called me. “Little doll.” But I was through with being a doll, through with being a background character in my own life. Everything was going to change—even if I had to cross an ocean for it. Bring on a year of bright lights, nightlife and parties in the USA.
Except my plan didn’t work.
I was shipped off to the smallest of small-town America, a place where nothing ever happens, host families treat you like a maid, and nobody talks to shy German girls.
Total Marriage Refresh: 6 Steps to Marital Satisfaction (affiliate link)
Looking for a powerful marriage book packed with tools? Welcome to the Total Marriage Refresh!
We spend thousands of hours on education and training to have a successful career but almost none on how to have a successful marriage. No wonder marriage can be so difficult, we haven’t been properly trained.
Consider this book your new marriage training manual! It will walk you through the top six steps needed for marital satisfaction. The pages are packed with practical insights and tools to help all couples spanning from those recently engaged to those needing marriage counseling.
The author Dr. Wyatt Fisher is a licensed psychologist specializing in marriage counseling in Boulder, CO. In addition, his own marriage since 1999 has been to the brink of divorce and back, so he writes from both a personal and professional perspective.
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