Women's Fiction (63)
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    “…powerfully written and gripping.”
    ~ French Village Diaries

    “…not only an excellent historical fiction read, but also a revealing glimpse into the evolution of women’s rights…”
    ~ The Good Life France

    “…hooked me right to the end… I would highly recommend this book.”
    ~ Book Muse

    “She writes with a pleasing balance of description and dialogue, lingering on the fine details that make this sort of novel such a joy to read,…”
    ~ French Property News

    ““Beautifully written, evocative of this small island. A lovely book.”
    ~ Tripfiction

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    The past uncovered.

    Rachel Swift travels to Corsica to discover more about her forebears. She comes across a series of passionate love letters and delves into their history.

    The story unfolds of a secret romance at the start of the 20th century between a village schoolteacher and Maria, the daughter of a bourgeois family. Maria’s parents have other plans for her future, though, and she sees her dreams crumble.

    Her life is played out against the backdrop of Corsica, the ‘island of beauty’, and the turmoil of World War I.

    This is a story about love, loss and reconciliation in a strict patriarchal society, whose values are challenged as the world changes.

    Love gained and lost.


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    WHERE IS HOME?

    Renate Edler loves to visit her grandmother in the house on Schellberg Street. She often meets up with her friend Hani Gödde who lives nearby. This year, though, it is not to be. Renate finds out a terrible secret about her family. She has to leave behind her home and her friends and become somebody she never thought she could be. The house on Schellberg Street needs to stay strong.

    Will it and those who work in it be strong enough?Will Renate ever feel at home again? And what of those left behind?


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    Welcome to The Love Shack!

    When Daisy Dorson stomps into The Love Shack dating agency to complain
    about how useless they are, she ends up getting much more than she bargained for.

    An unexpected offer, the people she meets along the way, and the course of events that follow, turn her life upside down.

    The Love Shack – a fun, feel-good read, with quirky characters, and plenty of romance…


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    ‘She lapped in spirals beneath the sheen, feeling the tug of water rush against all of her. When she next surfaced, she couldn’t remember what it was to be on land. Seeing her clothing on the bank as things belonging to another…’

    It all began beside the mill pond. Honest, fair and eager to please, fifteen year old May has a secret, and not of her own making. She wears it like an invisible badge, sewn to her skin, as though Ma stitched it there herself. It rubs only when she thinks of Sophie, Pa or the other name that’s hidden there; that no one knows about.

    Caught in an inevitable net of change, May joins the Wrens, leaving her Cotswolds home for war-torn London and the Blitz. As a dispatch rider, she navigates the city by day and night, surviving love and loss throughout a blackout of remembered streets and wrong turns.

    Night after night the bombs drop and like those around her, she takes cover in the shadows when they do. But May is waiting for a greater shadow to lift, one which will see the past explode into the present.

    A tale of one girl’s search for love and belonging, The May Queen goes to the heart of what family means and finding your place within it.


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    “THE TRUTH ABOUT ELLEN is one of my favorite chick-lit novels… It’s part Bridget Jones, part Sophie Kinsella, and all fun!”

    “I love the way you are drawn into Ellen’s world, I was so drawn in the book only took me two days to finish, I literally couldn’t put it down.”

    When Ellen starts dating Tom, she neglects to mention that she’s a huge fan of the band he used to be in, because that just wouldn’t be cool, would it?

    Ellen also keeps quiet about how she once spent an evening with Tom’s ex-best friend Jasper, her long-term celebrity crush. Tom doesn’t need to know about that, it’s all in the past.

    That is until Tom and Jasper get back in touch… and the truth threatens to ruin everything.


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    Beware the Ides of March…

    Brian Wilmer is God’s gift to amateur dramatics – and he knows it. So when the Castlemarsh Players take the ambitious decision to stage Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, there is only one man who can play the title role – even though Brian’s posturing ‘prima donna’ attitude has, over the years, won him few friends and many foes.

    Rehearsals progress apace, and the production draws ever closer. But when another member of the cast has to drop out due to illness, local journalist Sarah Carmichael (a stalwart of the Players’ backstage crew) suddenly finds herself called upon to step into the breach at the eleventh hour.

    Not surprisingly, Sarah finds that Brian is in his egotistical element playing the mighty Caesar. The fact that the final performance of the play takes place on the infamous Ides of March – the day when, according to tradition, Caesar was fatally stabbed – only adds to the excitement.

    But tragedy is waiting in the wings. And when it strikes, it falls to Sarah – with the help of Brian’s personable, and fascinating, nephew Martin Burns – to uncover the incredible truth about what really happened…


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    Who is the young woman with the haunting gaze in Gustav Klimt’s 1917 masterpiece, The Women Friends?

    Selina Brunner is running from the demons of her past, cut off from her family in a sleepy Tyrolean village, and lost in the soulless city of Vienna, where everything – even one’s very existence – is a lie.

    When, amidst growing fear of sinister developments in Vienna, an exotic stranger comes to town, Selina finds old passions reignited and her whole world turned upside down.

    The Women Friends: Selina is the first in a series of fictional tales about the women who inspired this great artist.


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    When Sasha falls in love with Kirk, she can’t believe her luck. He’s gorgeous, charismatic and charming. Within months, he’s even discussing the ‘M’ word – marriage!

    But there’s one problem: He’s given her a list of rules to sign.

    Blindly led by her infatuation (and the fact that she’s been single forever), she agrees to sign it and abide by them – until everything goes horribly wrong.

    Picking herself up and moving on boldly as a ‘No Rules’ girl, Sasha goes on a string of disastrous dates, and eventually meets Sam through mutual friends. Not wanting to make the same mistake twice, she keeps him at arm’s length. Can he tame her independent streak?

    Or will she be able to make Kirk come crawling back?


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    Thea Lavelle has a lot to juggle: a teaching career that is ramping up, keeping tabs on her globetrotting family and fine tuning her craft.

    Thea is a hereditary witch whose gift came late. She’s still learning exactly what her wayward magic can do, but on meeting Marc, her best friend’s brother, she soon discovers her magic has some firm ideas about it wants.

    The fates have been pushing Marc back home, to the bay of his teenage years. He knows that grief and guilt have left him burnt out, and that his family’s particular skill with healing is the best place for him.

    He’d left home not knowing what he was searching for. Could it be that she’d been in Langston Bay all along?

    Thunder Moon is the first in a trilogy of love, family and age-old magic.


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    A peculiar invitation to Heidelberg embroils Keira Drummond in the search for a mysterious collection of extraordinary jewels once owned by a Mughal Emperor; a hoard that was last known to be in the possession of Amsterdam resident, Geertje Hoogeveen, in 1910.

    Who among the progeny of Geertje – hitherto unfamiliar third cousins brought together for the quest – can Keira rely on? Distrust and suspicion among them is rife.

    Which one is greedy, and determined enough, to hire thugs to tail her… and worse… as she travels to Vienna and Minnesota? Can Keira even trust Teun Zeger – a Californian she is becoming very drawn to – as they pair up to unearth the jewellery?

    As they follow a trail of clues, will they uncover the full collection before the hired gun kills them? Details remain furtive and undisclosed until danger and death forces their exposé. And who harbours the ultimate mystery item that is even more precious than the Mughal jewels?

    Greed, suspicion and murder are balanced by growing family loyalty, trust, and love.