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Working it Out: Ruby Matthews has a plan. Twelve jobs in twelve months, until she finds the one of her dreams… (affiliate link)
Ruby Matthews has a plan. Twelve jobs in twelve months, until she finds the one of her dreams…
After an unexpected redundancy, Ruby begins to question her priorities. Inspired by a quote from Kahlil Gibran about loving your work, she launches her mission to find the ideal job.
Her year of gainful (and sometimes painful!) employment includes nannying for clients in the South of France; dealing with embarrassing ailments in a Harley Street Clinic; waiting tables in a buzzy Soho cafe; and meeting the celebs of years gone by in a home for retired actors. And even though love is no longer top of her list, relationships just seem to start happening along the way – which sees her handing out some P45s of her own!
The Sunday Girl: A Novel (affiliate link)
Taylor Bishop is hurt, angry, and wants to destroy Angus Hollingsworth in the way he destroyed her. She’s got nothing left to lose, so why not shatter his property, his reputation, and his life.
So Taylor consults The Art of War and makes a plan. Then she takes the next thrilling, irrevocable step—one that will change her life forever. Things quickly spiral into a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse, and caught up in the suspense, Taylor isn’t sure who’s winning.
All of a Sudden (affiliate link)
On April 21, 2016, three vastly different individuals of different ages woke up on top of their graves. Each of them died on April 20th but in different years, and each of them had not aged since their untimely deaths.
One of them was Beverley Smith, a maid for the Bartons, a powerful Dallas family. The Bartons raped and murdered her in 1969. Her husband and son searched for her for over forty years. Another was Frank Prescott, a wealthy owner of a famous restaurant chain, who died in 2010 from a heart attack after a confrontation with his son, who was embezzling money from his company. The third person was Madison Keller, a fourteen-year-old girl, who died in a fire in 2007 along with her parents and other younger siblings.
The three struggled to acclimate themselves into a society that doubted their identity. People didn’t believe them. People thought they were nuts. Beverley and Frank sought revenge against their tormentors who were responsible for their violent deaths. Madison, who feared being sent to an orphanage, searched for someone to care for her.
The Academy of Five Roads: Magic Academy (affiliate link)
Once Upon a Date (Do-Over Date Book 6) (affiliate link)
Aspiring author Michelle Moss meets her Prince Charming at a Masquerade Ball only to discover the man behind the mask is Brooks Keller, the editor who just rejected her manuscript and the ex-boyfriend who broke her heart.
It wasn’t a glass slipper that Michelle Moss left behind at the Masquerade Ball, but a beat up laptop. Her driver remained human, her ride didn’t turn into a pumpkin, and thank goodness she didn’t see any mice waiting for her in her condo. But Michelle did spontaneously kiss her masked Prince Charming and was determined to find him.
Tracking down her missing laptop using a locator app, she fully expected birds to sing, rice to fall from the sky, and the credits to roll when she found her potential true love. Instead, she found the editor, Brooks Keller, who rejected her modern fairytale manuscript. He told her the book was unrealistic, unimaginable, and unpublishable. Oh, and he’s also the ex who dumped her in high school.
Remedy (Tulip Farm Book 1) (affiliate link)
At just 28, Peter is one of the youngest athletes ever to secure a spot on Team USA’s Show Jumping roster for the Paris Summer Olympics. With the support a large, equestrian-centric family behind him Peter’s a shoo-in to win individual gold—
—until a freak on-course accident badly injuries Peter and the talented mare he’d been riding. Dreams of success in Paris quickly coming apart, he holes up at the family complex, Tulip Farm, to rehab and re-assess. His parents and three siblings try to keep his spirits up, but it’s hard to focus on the future when by night he’s plagued by reoccurring headaches and by day he can barely walk without pain.
Reed Androku has recently chosen to follow their passion: holistic equine rehabilitation. Tulip Farm – an immaculate facility run by the famous McAuley-Griffin clan – seems the perfect place to chase that dream, and when the family unexpectedly opens up Barn A to boarders, Reed jumps at the opportunity. They’ll happily take advantage of roomy stalls, heated arena, and state-of-the-art footing even if it means putting up with Peter Griffin, the family’s youngest son and ex-Olympic hopeful.
Her Rugged Mountain Man (Juniper Falls) (affiliate link)
Anneliese Barlow writes mysteries, but the real mystery is her love life… or the lack thereof.
They say that the real moneymaker is romance novels, so I’m starting fresh. Except I’ve never written one of those scenes in my life. My editor sends to me the Daulton Resort for some inspiration. She says one look at the strapping, muscular resort owner and I’ll have everything I need to write a red hot romance fit for the shelves. But what my editor doesn’t know is that I’ve got writer’s block because I don’t know what I’m doing.
My last boyfriend in Juniper Falls dumped me because he said that I was an inexperienced prude. But maybe Broderick Daulton can change that. After all, he’s older and wiser. He must know how to introduce a woman to these sorts of things…
From Lexi with Love (Boxed Set): Four First-in-Series Romances (affiliate link)
His Lordship’s Pleasure (The Regency Intrigue Series) (affiliate link)
Annabelle Carruthers could only dream of being kissed by a man as dashing as Lord Darkwood. Instead, she remained locked in misery, married to a rakish drunk who gambled their lives into financial and social ruin. But his sudden death—and rumors of spies and treachery—only made matters worse.
Burdened with gambling debts, Annabelle feared she was on her way to the poorhouse. The only solution she could see was to offer herself up as mistress to the mysterious Lord Darkwood. Darkwood, however, was too much of a gentleman to take advantage of a lady such as Annabelle. Still, he was quite interested in rumors of her husband’s espionage—a curiosity that would soon place them both in grave danger . . .
Sickles at Gettysburg: The Controversial Civil War General Who Committed Murder, Abandoned Little Round Top, and Declared Himself the Hero of Gettysburg (affiliate link)
By licensed battlefield guide James Hessler, this is the most deeply-researched, full-length biography to appear on this remarkable American icon. No individual who fought at Gettysburg was more controversial, both personally and professionally, than Major General Daniel E. Sickles. By 1863, Sickles was notorious as a disgraced former Congressman who murdered his wife’s lover on the streets of Washington and used America’s first temporary insanity defense to escape justice. With his political career in ruins, Sickles used his connections with President Lincoln to obtain a prominent command in the Army of the Potomac’s 3rd Corps—despite having no military experience. At Gettysburg, he openly disobeyed orders in one of the most controversial decisions in military history.
Hessler’s critically acclaimed biography is a balanced and entertaining account of Sickles colorful life. Civil War enthusiasts who want to understand General Sickles’ scandalous life, Gettysburg’s battlefield strategies, the in-fighting within the Army of the Potomac, and the development of today’s National Park will find Sickles at Gettysburg a must-read.
The Sisters of Summit Avenue (affiliate link)
1934. Ruth has been single-handedly raising four young daughters and running her family’s Indiana farm for eight long years, ever since her husband, John, was infected by the infamous “sleeping sickness” devastating families across the country. If only she could trade places with her older sister, June: blonde and beautiful, married to a wealthy doctor, living in a mansion in St. Paul. And June has a coveted job, too, as one of “the Bettys,” the perky recipe developers who populate the famous Betty Crocker test kitchen. But these gilded trappings hide sorrows: she has borne no children. And the man she loves more than anything belongs to Ruth.
When the two sisters reluctantly reunite after a long estrangement, June’s bitterness about her sister’s betrayal sets into motion a confrontation that’s been years in the making. And their mother, Dorothy, who’s brought the two of them together, has her own dark secrets, which might blow up the fragile peace she hopes to restore between her daughters.
Please Give My Baby Back (A Maggie Hartley Foster Carer Story) (affiliate link)
When a health visitor notices a bruise on her newborn son’s leg, Robyn’s world quickly falls apart. Before she knows what’s happening, police are called and three-week-old Quinn is being taken to hospital to be examined. As Robyn can’t give them any definite explanation as to what’s caused the bruise, Quinn is immediately taken into care and given to Maggie to foster while Social Services investigate.
With no idea how long the investigation will take and in total shock and distress that her newborn son has been taken from her, Robyn appeals to Maggie for help. But is Robyn really telling the truth that she hasn’t harmed her baby? And if so, can Maggie help her prove her innocence and convince Social Services and the courts to let her bring Quinn home?
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