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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 Secret is about two girls growing up in a Tuscan mountain village in Mussolini’s Italy. Their lives diverge when beautiful, aspirational Martina marries the most eligible young man in the village and moves into prestigious Villa Leonida while Irena, plain and studious, trains to be a teacher. But life in Villa Leonida is nothing like Martina envisaged and an encounter with a stranger leads to a secret which has devastating consequences. Growing up after the war, Sonia has endured a cold, isolated childhood with her mother Martina who is ostracised by everyone in Santa Zita. Sonia eventually discovered the reason for this: Martina was responsible for an act of betrayal that led to a Nazi atrocity that nearly destroyed the village.

    Now in her seventies, Sonia’s new neighbours know nothing about her connection with the village’s tragic history and her son has grown up free of the inherited guilt she was shackled with. But someone is trying to dig up the past and she can’t allow that. Carlo who left Santa Zita as a young man and rose to fame as head of a news empire in the States has returned, wealthy and restless to complete one last investigative story. He must find the answer to the question that’s haunted him all his life: why did Martina betray her neighbours, risking so many lives? A photograph of two girls laughing together in the piazza in Santa Zita puzzles him. He never realised while he was growing up that his mother Irena was once so close to Martina. Why has Irena kept this secret from him? What does she know about Martina’s betrayal? And why wasn’t she able to stop her best friend?


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    She’s loved and lost him a hundred times across a thousand years. She can’t bear to lose him again.

    Lin’s dreams are haunted by faces of people she’s never met. Unable to shake the feeling she’s lived before, she’s drawn to Reinier—a stranger whose soul is heartbreakingly familiar from a time gone by.

    Reinier helps Lin unravel the mystery of her past life as Hannah, a girl who sacrificed herself for her true love, Matthew. As Lin falls hopelessly in love with Reinier, her memories of her life as Hannah sharpen, and she finds herself unable to let go of Matthew.

    With her heart torn in two, Lin must decide whether she should stand by Reinier’s side or track down Matthew and fight for his love. What she doesn’t know is that her decision will ripple across our troubled planet, affecting far more lives than just her own.

    Winner of Romance Writers of Australia’s Emerald Pro award, The Soulweaver is a story that will change the way you see the world.


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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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    Best before twenty-five?

    With newsfeeds full of perfect pouts, hot-dog legs, and the self-proclaimed hashtag-blessed, it’s hard not to feel inadequate. How has everyone figured out how to live their best life, except you?’

    That’s what Kylie wants to know. She thought she would spend her twenty-fifth birthday having a mini-break – not a mini-breakdown! After an evening of finger-food and snide remarks, Kylie decides that things must change.

    Naturally, Alexa disagrees. She doesn’t think anything needs to change at all, and is quite happy plodding along with her best friend by her side.

    So, when everything changes for the better for Alexa – while it’s going from bad to worse for Kylie – will it tear them apart?


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December 1st

Bethel Manor.  This inspirational romance takes place during the Victorian era with engaging characters such as the wealthy Fredrick Shaw and his feisty daughter, Clare. Enjoy the rugged countryside as James Winthrop Blackwell travels across England. Revel in the setting, Bethel Manor, a place of magnificence and style where servants know secrets and the owner is a man of propriety and integrity.

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Crooked Cat will donate to Pulmonary Fibrosis today
Our thanks to the author, Beatrice Fishback

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December 2nd

Independent Jenny. I slept with someone else. Those five words changed everything. After her husband Ross drops a bombshell, her emotions go hay-wire. Things are made even more complex when his brother Aiden makes a confession of his own…

 

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Crooked Cat will donate to MK Cat Rescue today
Our thanks to the author, Sarah Louise Smith

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December 3rd

The Book of Lismore.  While visiting the beautiful Hebridean island of Lismore, Cas and Sam stumble upon a new chapter of the island’s past. Once again, they are confronted by the ghosts of the distant past, and ancient tragedy combines with present danger as each is faced with a fresh challenge.

 

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Crooked Cat will donate to War Child today
Our thanks to the author, Yvonne Marjot

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December 4th

Rebellious Cargo. Spring 1803. Jane Charlesworth, daughter of a code breaker, is the only person deemed capable of deciphering a vital government document. But when a naval frigate is sent to enlist her services, Jane is horrified. Haunted with terrible memories of an earlier voyage, she has no intention of putting herself under the protection of the Admiralty ever again.

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Crooked Cat will donate to NSPCC today
Our thanks to the author, Susan Lodge

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December 5th

Pill Wars. The government has rushed through drug trials to release Pacifex, a powerful anti-depressant. Inventor Torin Oakwood is a hero! Jessica Fleming is thrilled to start her new job at Oakwood Industries. Yet, as she arrives, Torin Oakwood flees from the army sent to arrest him. Chased by government agents and anti-government activists, she must find Oakwood. Can her first day at work get any worse?

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Crooked Cat will donate to World Villages today
Our thanks to the author, Vanessa Knipe

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December 6th

Trace Your Roots. Discover your ancestors. Grow your family tree. Trace your Roots is an invaluable, easy-to-use guide for every budding genealogist. Full of effective tips and advice on tracing your family history, from gathering background information and deciphering old documents, to discovering and consulting less well-known records and reading between the lines when tackling civil resources.

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Crooked Cat will donate to Alzheimers today
Our thanks to the author, Maureen Vincent-Northam

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December 7th

The Secret of Lakeham Abbey. 1948. When Percy Sullivan’s family take over Lakeham Abbey for the summer, it was a chance to get away from battered post-war London and be cossetted by the capable and pretty housekeeper, Anne Pargeter. They soon learn that the Abbey conceals a dark secret; one that someone was willing to kill to hide. When Anne is convicted of murder, Percy is determined to do all he can to save his friend.

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Crooked Cat will donate to Weston Park Cancer today
Our thanks to the author, Sally Quilford

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December 8th

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

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Crooked Cat will donate to The Archie Foundation today
Our thanks to the author, Nancy Jardine

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December 9th

Returning Eden. A gothic ocean mystery. In a world of monsters, sharks, castles and corpses it is up to Eden to keep the ocean\’s beasts at bay. Eden Hollow is being hunted. A dark secret from her past has followed her to the remote island of Cantillon, where she is due to start college.

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Crooked Cat will donate to Shooting Stars Children\’s Hospice today
Our thanks to the author, Maria Mellins

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December 10th

Messandrierre. Sacrificing his job, Jacques Forêt has only a matter of weeks to solve a series of mysterious disappearances as a Gendarme in the rural French village of Messandrierre. But, as the number of missing persons rises, his difficult boss puts obstacles in his way. When a new Investigating Magistrate is appointed, he becomes the go-to local policeman for the case. Will he find the perpetrators in time?

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Crooked Cat will donate to The Salvation Army today
Our thanks to the author, Angela Wren

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December 11th

Five Guns Blazing. Never had she imagined she would be brought so low, and all for the love of a very bad man. 1710. Convict’s daughter, Laetitia Beedham, is set on an epic journey from the streets of London, through transportation to Barbados and plantation life, into the clutches of notorious pirates John ‘Calico Jack’ Rackham, Mary Read and the treacherous Anne Bonny. Who will win her loyalty and her heart?

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Crooked Cat will donate to The National Autistic Society today
Our thanks to the author, Emma Rose Millar

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December 12th

The Ghostly Father. Romeo & Juliet – was this what really happened? When Juliet Roberts is asked to make sense of an ancient Italian manuscript, she little suspects that she will find herself propelled into the midst of one of the greatest love stories of all time. But this is only the beginning. As more hidden secrets come to light, Juliet discovers more about her famous namesake.

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Crooked Cat will donate to The Stroke Society today
Our thanks to the author, Sue Barnard