Eilidh Campbell returns to her Scottish roots from America with one burning ambition: to discover the identity of her real father. But her mother’s past in Inverclyde is a mystery with family secrets, a book of Robert Burns’ poems with a hidden letter and a photograph link to the Holy Loch at Dunoon when the American Navy were in residence.
Staying with her childhood friend, Kirsty, while searching for answers, Eilidh begins to fall in love with handsome Scot Lewis Grant, but just how divorced is he? Together they trace the story of Highland Mary and Robert Burns, with its echoes to her mother’s story. From Dunoon, to Ayrshire and culminating in Greenock, Eilidh finds the past is closer than she realises.
“…powerfully written and gripping.”
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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.
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…
‘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.
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?
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.
Musical theatre actress Tara is down on her luck and in need of a job. When terminally ill octogenarian Kitty invites her to take over the running of her former dance academy in the old-fashioned resort of Hookes Bay, Tara thinks she’s found her guardian angel, but it soon becomes very clear Kitty is being far from benevolent.
Is it the things we don’t say that haunt us the most?
Ambitious café owner, Tessa has more family drama than a soap opera – while she might be an open book, her parent’s ill-fated marriage has scared her away from long-term relationships.
Her employee, shy and unassuming Clare just wants a baby with husband Pete but finds herself in a quest for the truth when she discovers her mother’s life is based on a complicated web of lies.
As a ‘divine’ doctor sets out to change Tessa’s views on love and Clare’s quest for family leads to heartbreak, both women must face untold truths to realise true love, happiness and family.