A young girl in 1920s New Zealand dreams of achieving her aspirations, but at what cost?
1921, New Zealand. Bright, fiery and pretty, sixteen-year-old Lottie O'Brien lives with her troubled family in an impoverished part of Wellington. Aspiring for a better life, Lottie is befriended by her class teacher Madeleine Carson, who introduces her to her affluent family living in a prosperous part of Wellington. At first, Lottie resists becoming involved with them, but is gradually drawn into their orbit. Her life is soon transformed, but is Lottie prepared to face the consequences?
An absorbing paranormal novel.
Stella is pretty relaxed about her gift of second sight, but her happy-go-lucky attitude to her gift screeches to a halt when Siri, her twelve-year-old daughter, is savagely murdered and Stella can find her daughter nowhere, in this world or the next. Then, in the old French town of Agde, she meets Louis, a clever, mysterious man, and a young boy who is always near him. These two lead her to a place and a time where her search for Siri takes on a new meaning . . .
The new novel from a much-loved storyteller.
1919, London's East End. Robert Hunter is eagerly awaiting the return of his father from the war. Next door, Ruth Cooper's family are also preparing to welcome her dad, whose ship was lost at Jutland. After five years of separation and anxiety - and, for Bob, the worry of caring for his frail mother - emotions are running high for both young people. But Alf Hunter, who saw action in the trenches, returns a changed man, and when he takes to drink, Bob must put his own happiness on hold to support his family . . .
A heartfelt romance from an ever-popular library author.
England, 1937. When Georgie Franklyn's father dies suddenly, leaving a mountain of debt, artistic Georgie accepts James Bartlett's marriage proposal. But theirs is not a love match, and their tentative relationship is complicated by the presence of lonely Muriel, Georgie's stepmother. Then Georgie finds work managing a seaside art gallery and meets Dominic Fraser. She stifles her feelings for Dom, out of loyalty to James, but as the country prepares for war, Georgie and Muriel both determine to seize their last chance at happiness...
The new book from this well-loved author.
Jilly Turner's consolation through a difficult wartime childhood is Alec, an evacuee from London. But when Alec is orphaned and sent to Australia, Jilly ends up pregnant at seventeen, with no choice but to give up the baby she loves so much. But does Alec, returned from Australia, hold the key to Jilly's future happiness? And will she ever stop grieving for the son she gave away? . . .
A chance meeting in Liverpool will change Megan Lloyd's life in ways she could never have imagined . . .
1942. Following a chance encounter with an American army officer in Liverpool, 21-year-old Megan Lloyd decides to do her bit for the war effort by establishing a place of refuge for young women left pregnant and destitute following ill-fated love affairs with American GIs or passing sailors. But she is unprepared for the challenges that lie ahead.
An engrossing saga set in the north-east of Victorian England.
When Calandra Ingram (known as Callie) meets Patricia Lazarus and her brother James whilst gathering sea coal at the water's edge, they strike up a friendship that will last for ever, despite their different backgrounds. When Callie is offered the post of companion to Patricia, it is the first step in her journey to a better life . . .
A kitchen maid disappears and it's up to two unlikely companions to find her.
Autumn 1909: Edith Trewin, the general maid in the Killivert household, and Miss Alicia, the young lady of the house, are social worlds apart, though they share a streak of independence and intelligence. The two young women become unlikely allies after a kitchen maid inexplicably disappears shortly after her arrival at the house. The two unite in the search for her as they experience love and loss as the Great War overtakes the world.
A Maggy Thorsen caffeine cozy.
Maggy Thorsen's heart, uncharacteristically, is swelling with optimism. Sure, her original Wisconsin coffeehouse, Uncommon Grounds, was destroyed in a freak blizzard. But, with new business partner Sarah Kingston, she's found the perfect place to relocate to - a quaint railroad station that will soon be revitalized by a new commuter-rail connection. Sarah and Maggy hope that the station's 'Dedication Day' will provide great free publicity. But their dream turns into a nightmare when the event manager makes her grand appearance on the day: as a corpse . . .
A woman's search for her identity leads her to confront a series of disturbing truths in this enthralling psychological mystery.
Abandoned at the age of eleven by her beautiful, capricious mother, Theodora Cairns, twenty years on and with a painful divorce behind her, is still struggling to get over her childhood abandonment. With the urging of her new love interest, Fergus Costello, and a chance discovery, Theo becomes determined to find her mother and demand answers to the questions she should have asked years ago. Her search for answers leads her to Vermont, USA - but will she be able to handle the disturbing truth?