Our top ebook deals this August!

Our top ebook deals this August!

Despite the fact that the end of summer is beginning to creep upon us, we are still in holiday-mode! And what better way to make the most of the late summer days than to escape with a great ebook – and for only 99p!

Beautiful Day by Elin Hilderbrand

‘A wedding readers won’t be able to resist crashing’ Kirkus

The Carmichaels and Grahams have gathered for a wedding. Plans are being made according to the wishes of the bride’s late mother, who left behind The Notebook: specific instructions for every detail of her youngest daughter’s future nuptials. Everything should be falling into place for the beautiful event – but in reality, things are far from perfect.

In the days leading up to the wedding, love will be questioned, scandals will arise, and hearts will be broken…

He Said, She Said by Erin Kelly

Don’t be left in the dark.

In the hushed aftermath of a total eclipse, Laura witnesses a brutal attack. She and her boyfriend Kit call the police, and in that moment, four lives change forever.

Fifteen years on, Laura and Kit live in fear.

And while Laura knows she was right to speak out, she also knows that you can never see the whole picture: something is always hidden… something she never could have guessed.

The Girl in the Letter by Emily Gunnis

A heartbreaking letter. A girl locked away. A mystery to be solved.

1956. When Ivy Jenkins falls pregnant she is sent in disgrace to St Margaret’s, a dark, brooding house for unmarried mothers. Her baby is adopted against her will. Ivy will never leave.

Present day. Samantha Harper is a journalist desperate for a break. When she stumbles on a letter from the past, the contents shock and move her. The letter is from a young mother, begging to be rescued from St Margaret’s. Before it is too late. 
Sam is pulled into the tragic story and discovers a spate of unexplained deaths surrounding the woman and her child. With St Margaret’s set for demolition, Sam has only hours to piece together a sixty-year-old mystery before the truth, which lies disturbingly close to home, is lost for ever…

Read her letter. Remember her story…

The First Time I Saw You by Emma Cooper

From the author of The Songs of Us (shortlisted for the RNA Contemporary Novel Award) comes a love story that will break your heart, but put it back together again’. Fans of Jojo Moyes and Lucy Dillon will love The First Time I Saw You by Emma Cooper.

Lost:
Six-foot-two Irish man who answers to the name Samuel McLaughlin. 
Has weak shins and enjoys show tunes.
If found, please return to Sophie Williams.

Before Sophie met Samuel she saw the world in grey. 
Before Samuel met Sophie, he never believed in love at first sight.

When they first meet, something tells them they are meant to be. 
But fate has other ideas.

Now they have lost each other and can’t see a way back. 
But they’ve already changed each other’s lives in more ways 
than they ever expected…

One Kind Man by Anna Jacobs

Just one man can make all the difference…

1931, Lancashire:

When Finn Carlisle loses his wife and unborn child, he spends a few years travelling to keep the sad memories at bay. Just as he’s ready to settle down again, his great-uncle dies and leaves everything to him. This includes Heythorpe House in Ellindale just down the road from Leah Willcox and her little fizzy drink factory.

Finn finds a village of people in dire need of jobs, a house that hasn’t been cleaned or lived in for thirty years and Reggie, an eleven-year-old who’s run away from the nearby orphanage and its brutal Director Buddle. When Finn sees the marks left by regular beatings, he decides Reggie will never go back there.

But Buddle has other plans for the child, and will stop at nothing to get Reggie back in his cruel grasp. Finn’s new neighbours help him save Reggie but other surprises throw his new plans into turmoil.

You Do You by Sarah Knight

Hilarious and empowering advice, tips and life-changing wisdom on being yourself and doing your thing – from our favourite ‘anti-guru’ and bestselling sensation Sarah Knight

Being yourself should be the easiest thing in the world. Yet instead of leaning in to who we are, we fight it, listening too closely to what society tells us. You Do You helps you shake off those expectations, say f**k perfect, start looking out for number one and keep on with your badass self. From career and finances to relationships and family, lifestyle and health, Sarah Knight rips up the rulebook.

Writing about her mistakes and embarrassments in her own personal quest to ‘do me’ – because nobody gets everything right all day, every day – Sarah Knight shows why you can and should f**k up and teaches you to let yourself off the hook, bounce back and keep standing tall.

What everyone is saying about Sarah Knight:

‘The anti-guru’ Observer

‘I love Knight’ Sunday Times

‘Life-affirming’ Lucy Mangan, Guardian

‘Genius’ Vogue

Dirty Little Secrets by Jo Spain

Six neighbours, six secrets, six reasons to want Olive Collins dead.

In the exclusive gated community of Withered Vale, people’s lives appear as perfect as their beautifully manicured lawns. Money, success, privilege – the residents have it all. Life is good.

There’s just one problem.

Olive Collins’ dead body has been rotting inside number four for the last three months. Her neighbours say they’re shocked at the discovery but nobody thought to check on her when she vanished from sight.

The police start to ask questions and the seemingly flawless facade begins to crack. Because, when it comes to Olive’s neighbours, it seems each of them has something to hide, something to lose and everything to gain from her death.

The new psychological thriller from the bestselling author of The Confession, perfect for fans of Liane Moriarty.

Unfollow Me by Charlotte Duckworth

You can’t stop watching her.

Violet Young is a hugely popular journalist-turned-mummy-influencer, with three children, a successful husband and a million subscribers on YouTube who tune in daily to watch her everyday life unfold.

Until the day she’s no longer there.

But one day she disappears from the online world – her entire social media presence deleted overnight, with no explanation. Has she simply decided that baring her life to all online is no longer a good idea, or has something more sinister happened to Violet?

But do you really know who Violet is?

Her fans are obsessed with finding out the truth, but their search quickly reveals a web of lies, betrayal, and shocking consequences…

‘Gripping, scarily realistic and unpredictable – brilliant!’ – Karen Hamilton, author of The Perfect Girlfriend

Our January eBook deals!

Our January eBook deals!

Christmas might be well and truly over, but here at Bookends HQ we’ve tracked down a brilliant selection of 99p eBook deals – so you can treat yourself to a much-needed January pick-up!

Whether you’re looking for a fast-paced thriller to keep you gripped, or something more uplifting to chase away those January blues… we’ve got the eBook bargain for you!

Still Lives by Maria Hummel

‘Think a mix of Killing Eve and . . . one of those thrillers that keeps you up till 2am when you’ve a 6am alarm and you’re close to the mark’ Stylist

As the party of the year gets underway, celebrities and patrons pour into the Rocque Museum to see Kim Lord – L.A.’s artist of the moment – stabbed, strangled, shot, and beaten. It’s the opening night of Still Lives, Kim’s new collection of shockingly graphic self-portraits, in which she impersonates the victims of America’s most famous homicides, from Nicole Brown Simpson to the Black Dahlia.

The crowd eagerly await Kim’s arrival, but she fails to appear at the gala. Among those gathered is Maggie Richter, a museum editor whose ex, Greg Shaw Ferguson, is in a relationship with Kim. When Kim is declared officially missing, and Greg is arrested on suspicion of murder, Maggie is drawn into an investigation of her own, haunted by the thought that Kim has suffered the same terrible fate as the women in her paintings.

Perfect for fans of Gone Girl, Sharp Objects and Big Little Lies.

The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan

Meet the ‘Keeper of Lost Things’…

Once a celebrated author of short stories now in his twilight years, Anthony Peardew has spent half his life collecting lost objects, trying to atone for a promise broken many years before.

Realising he is running out of time, he leaves his house and all its lost treasures to his assistant Laura, the one person he can trust to fulfill his legacy and reunite the thousands of objects with their rightful owners.

But the final wishes of the ‘Keeper of Lost Things’ have unforeseen repercussions which trigger a most serendipitous series of encounters…

‘The first book I read in 2017and if another as good comes along in the next 12 months, I’ll eat my special gold reviewing spectacles’ Daily Mail

The Key by Kathryn Hughes

From the #1 bestselling author of The Letter, Kathryn Hughes, comes The Key, an unforgettable story of a heartbreaking secret that will stay with you for ever.

1956

It’s Ellen Crosby’s first day as a student nurse at Ambergate Hospital. When she meets a young woman admitted by her father, little does Ellen know that a choice she will make is to change both their lives for ever…

2006

Sarah is drawn to the now abandoned Ambergate. Whilst exploring the old corridors she discovers a suitcase belonging to a female patient who entered Ambergate fifty years earlier. The shocking contents, untouched for half a century, will lead Sarah to unravel a forgotten story of tragedy and lost love, and the chance to make an old wrong right . . .

Playing Away by Adele Parks

She’s playing with fire . . .

Connie Green’s life should be perfect. She’s married to gentle, loving Luke, has a good job and really fabulous friends. She thinks she can’t be happier.

But she’s just met John Harding.

Spectacularly unsuitable and overwhelmingly sexy, he’s about to destroy her peace of mind and her happily ever after, yet she just can’t seem to resist.

And to have any chance of clearing her head, Connie needs to get out of John’s bed…

The unforgettable debut novel from Adele Parks, author of the No. 1 eBook bestseller, The Stranger In My Home.
Playing Away is irresistible, unputdownable and the nearest thing you’ll get to an affair without actually having one…

The House At Chorlton by Prue Leith

The first installment of an epic multi-generational family saga by award-winning restaurateur Prue Leith.

A proud family. Snubbed by aristocratic neighbour Lord Frampton at a coming-of-age ball, Donald Oliver dreams of the day he’ll have his vengeance.

A wild daughter. Laura Oliver, beautiful and tempestuous, falls in love with Giovanni, an Italian ex-prisoner-of-war, now a humble cook. Disdaining her father’s snobbishness – and his wrath – the couple flee to London.

A desperate hope. Giovanni and Laura arrive to a city that has not yet re-awoken after the traumas of war. Facing destitution, only their love for one another and their dream of opening a restaurant business keeps them going.

From Cotswolds farmland to London fish markets, society ballrooms to icy gutters, this is a tale of prejudice and ambition, power and passion, and one couple’s struggle to overcome all obstacles and carve out a life of their own.

The best ebook deals this month!

The best ebook deals this month!

November is proving to be a fabulous month for eBook deals!

Bookends HQ is here to help you fill your eReader ahead of the festive season.

Winter Without You

Winter Without You by Beth Good

THE heartwarming and emotional read for Christmas 2018

What do you do when you lose everything?

After the tragic death of her boyfriend, Hannah Clitheroe is hiding away from the world. But when she discovers she’s inherited a house in Cornwall, she knows it’s time to face reality.

Her estranged grandmother lived in Kernow House for years, but Hannah soon realises someone else thinks it’s rightfully theirs: Raphael Tregar, a difficult man who quickly gets under her skin.

But as winter sets in, there’s one more thing that keeps her up at night, and the rising fear that she may not find her true home in Cornwall after all…

Deliver Me

Deliver Me by Karen Cole

The night she doesn’t remember will be the one she can’t forget

When Abby’s doctor tells her she’s two months pregnant she doesn’t believe him. She can’t be – she hasn’t had sex for over a year. But to her astonishment and dismay, multiple tests confirm it’s true.

Desperately searching for an explanation, Abby recalls New Year’s Day – the terrible hangover, the hole in her memory where the night before should have been and the inexplicable sense of unease – and realises that this baby must have been conceived at her best friend Danny’s NYE party.

Horrified that someone would have taken advantage of her intoxicated state, Abby enlists the help of Danny to find out which of the party guests assaulted her. But, when she starts to receive anonymous messages, it seems that while she has been looking into the father of her baby, someone has been watching her…

A gripping psychological thriller, perfect for fans of Louise Jensen and C.L. Taylor.

The burning air

The Burning Air by Erin Kelly

Of course it was love for my children, love for my son, that caused me to act as I did. It was a lapse of judgement. If I could have foreseen the rippling aftershocks that followed I would have acted differently, but by the time I realised the extent of the consequences, it was too late.

The MacBrides have always gone to Far Barn in Devon for Bonfire Night, but this year everything is different. Lydia, the matriarch, is dead; Sophie, the eldest daughter, is desperately trying to repair a crumbling marriage; and Felix, the youngest of the family, has brought a girlfriend with him for the first time.

The girl, Kerry, seems odd in a way nobody can quite put their finger on – but when they leave her looking after Sophie’s baby daughter, and return to find both Kerry and the baby gone, they are forced to ask themselves if they have allowed a cuckoo into their nest . . .

murder at the grand raj palace

Murder at the Grand Raj Palace by Vaseem Khan

In the enchanting new Baby Ganesh Agency novel, Inspector Chopra and his elephant sidekick  investigate a murder at Mumbai’s grandest hotel.

For a century the iconic Grand Raj Palace Hotel has welcomed the world’s elite. From film stars to foreign dignitaries, anyone who is anyone stays at the Grand Raj.

The last thing the venerable old hotel needs is a murder…

When American billionaire Hollis Burbank is found dead – the day after buying India’s most expensive painting – the authorities are keen to label it a suicide. But the man in charge of the investigation is not so sure. Chopra is called in – and discovers a hotel full of people with a reason to want Burbank dead.

Accompanied by his sidekick, baby elephant Ganesha, Chopra navigates his way through the palatial building, a journey that leads him steadily to a killer, and into the heart of darkness . . .

My mother kept

Secrets My Mother Kept by Kath Hardy

Inspirational and moving, this is the true story of a women brave enough to confront her past, and strong enough to let love not bitterness define her.

Kath grew up on a vast council estate in the 1950s, the second youngest of ten children. The two most important people in young Kath’s life were her charismatic but manipulative mother Flo, and her mother’s sister Aunty. But Flo and Aunty were keeping secrets, a tapestry of lies that cast a harrowing shadow over the children’s lives.

Many years later Kath’s mother died and while sorting through Flo’s things, Kath discovered a bundle of secret letters that sent her on a journey to finally unravel the truth…

The F Word

The F Word by Lily Pebbles

If there’s one piece of invaluable advice for women and girls of all ages, it is that there is nothing more important than creating and maintaining strong, positive and happy friendships with other women.

In a culture that largely pits women against each other, Lily Pebbles wants to celebrate female friendships… all strings attached!

If Lily’s 1998 diary is anything to go by, female friendships are incredibly complex and emotional: but they’re the mini love stories that make us who we are. For many women, friends are our partners in crime through life; they are the ones who move us into new homes, out of bad relationships, through births and illnesses. In The F Word, Lily sets out to explore and celebrate the essence of female friendship at different life stages, and in its many wild and wonderful forms.

the key

The Key by Kathryn Hughes

1956 
It’s Ellen Crosby’s first day as a student nurse at Ambergate Hospital. When she meets a young woman admitted by her father, little does Ellen know that a choice she will make is to change both their lives for ever…

2006
Sarah is drawn to the now abandoned Ambergate. Whilst exploring the old corridors she discovers a suitcase belonging to a female patient who entered Ambergate fifty years earlier. The shocking contents, untouched for half a century, will lead Sarah to unravel a forgotten story of tragedy and lost love, and the chance to make an old wrong right . . .

Friend of the Family

Friend of the Family by Tasmina Perry

She thinks your life is perfect. She thinks you don’t deserve it.

Your job
Amy is more than happy to offer the daughter of an old friend work experience at her London magazine. Josie is young and ambitious. She just needs a foot in the door.

Your home
When Josie arrives, she swiftly makes herself indispensable at work and at home. And when childcare falls through before a long-awaited university reunion in Provence, it begins to look as if Josie may be staying longer than Amy had bargained for.

Your husband
In the heat of Provence, Josie’s presence starts to unsettle Amy, especially around her husband. As cracks begin to appear in Amy’s perfect life, she cannot shake the feeling that the family friend may not be a friend at all…

closer than you think

Closer Thank You Think by Karen Rose

Deacon Novak has returned home. The experienced FBI Agent knows that his move to Cincinnati’s Major Crime Enforcement Squad will be challenging, but the greater challenge will be saving his younger brother before he becomes the kind of criminal Deacon is chasing.

Faith Corcoran has escaped her identity. Being a therapist to victims of sex crimes was rewarding, but her work with their offenders has jeopardized her life. Her move represents a chance to build a new life in the empty old house her grandmother has left her.

What Faith doesn’t know is that a killer has made the house his playground, taking girls into the basement and murdering them. And now Faith is about disturb his fun.

With a murderer focused on her, Faith is going to have to put her trust in Deacon if she’s going to survive. Because this killer is always closer than she thinks….

Our October eBook Deals!

Our October eBook Deals!

Autumn has well and truly arrived, and here at Bookends HQ we’ve stocked up on warm socks, woolly blankets, and mugs of hot chocolate…

This weekend, why not escape from the cold and treat yourself to a brand new read to curl up with?

From a gripping memoir about one woman’s brushes with death, to the uplifting tale of a pensioner learning to grow old disgracefully… whatever your mood, take a look at our October eBook deals to find your next great read!

 

  

I am, I am, I am by Maggie O’Farrell

7 weeks in the Sunday Times top 10 this summer and now available for 99p!

A fantastic offer for one of the landmark publications of 2018.  It is an extraordinarily intimate memoir of the the brushes with death that have made Maggie O’Farrell the woman and the writer she is today. Insightful, inspirational, intelligent, it is a book to be read at a sitting, a story you finish newly conscious of life’s fragility, determined to make every heartbeat count.

 

The Single Ladies of Jacaranda Retirement Village by Joanna Nell

 As a woman of a certain age, pensioner Peggy Smart fears she has become invisible, even to men in their eighties.
But a chance encounter with an old school friend she hasn’t seen in five decades – the glamorous fashionista Angie Valentine – sets Peggy on an unexpected journey of self-discovery.

Can she channel her ‘inner Helen Mirren’ and find love and friendship in her twilight years?

 

I Did a Bad Thing by Linda Green

When the one who got away walks back into your life, dare you fall for him all over again?
A heartbreaking and poignant novel of love and loss, from the no 1 bestselling author of WHILE MY EYES WERE CLOSED.
Sarah Roberts used to be good. Then she did something bad.
Now, years later, she’s living a good life. She works as a local newspaper reporter and lives with her saintly boyfriend Jonathan. She has no reason to think her guilty past will ever catch up with her.
Until Nick, the man she was prepared to risk everything for, walks back into her life. And suddenly, what’s good and bad aren’t so clear to Sarah any more . . .

‘A funny, dark read’ – Closer

  ‘Smart, witty writing’ – Elle

 

The Story Keeper by Anna Mazzola

From the author of The Unseeing comes a sizzling, period novel of folk tales, disappearances and injustice set on the Isle of Skye, sure to appeal to readers of Hannah Kent’s Burial Rites or Beth Underdown’s The Witch Finder’s Sister.

‘A wonderful combination of a thrilling mystery and a perfectly depicted period piece’ – Sunday Mirror

 

More Than a Feeling by Cate Woods

Life isn’t turning out quite how Annie expected.

In her twenties, she had a dream job, an amazing social life and bags of confidence. Now, she’s living with her boyfriend Luke and is a stay-at-home mum to their baby daughter. The promising career has petered out, and along with it, her confidence and creativity.
And then Luke does the unforgivable. Annie will need the help of her group of loyal friends more than ever. Is old Annie gone forever, or could this finally be the chance to find herself once more?

 

The Bletchley Girls by Tessa Dunlop

Tessa Dunlop captures the extraordinary journeys of the fascinating female secret-keepers who are still alive today into an adult world of war, secrecy, love and loss. Through the voices of the women themselves, this is a portrait of life at Bletchley Park beyond the celebrated code-breakers, it’s the story of the girls behind Britain’s ability to consistently out-smart the enemy, and an insight into the women they have become.

‘An in-depth picture of life in Britain’s wartime intelligence centre…The result is fascinating, and is made all the more touching by the developing friendships between Dunlop and her interviewees.’ – Financial Times

 

This Could Change Everything by Jill Mansell

The deliciously funny Sunday Times Bestseller

One little mistake and nothing will ever be the same again! On the one hand, if Essie hadn’t written that letter – the one that only her best friend was meant to see – then she’d still be living like an actual proper grown-up, tucked up with Paul in his picture-perfect cottage, maybe even planning their wedding…
On the other hand (if her true feelings hadn’t accidentally taken the internet by storm, that is) she wouldn’t have moved into the attic flat on the square. She would never have met Conor. Or got to know Lucas…

And she wouldn’t have found herself falling in love with someone she really, really shouldn’t fall in love with…

 

Younger by Pamela Redmond Satran

She’s old enough to be his mother… but she’s having too much fun to care!

Alice has always looked young for her age, even with her greying   hair and her housewife style. But now that her husband’s gone and her daughter is grown, Alice is in desperate need of a new life. So she lets her best friend Maggie transform her into a woman who looks really young.
But the white lies escalate, and soon Alice finds herself with a gorgeous 20-something boyfriend and the dream job she’d briefly had before becoming a full-time mom.

For the first time since she was actually twenty-nine, or possibly ever, Alice feels that life is ripe with possibility. But has Alice told one lie too many?

 

Kirstie’s Christmas Crafts by Kirstie Allsopp

Hand-make your perfect Christmas with Kirstie!

Nothing shows how much you love someone more than a handmade gift, card or decoration. And the pleasure is just as much in the planning and making as it is in giving and receiving.
In this ultimate celebration of Christmas, Kirstie has brought together over 50 of her favourite festive projects to make, bake and create.

 

A Most Desirable Marriage by Hilary Boyd

Lawrence and Jo enjoy a strong marriage, the envy of their friends. Even after thirty years they have lots to say to each other, many interests in common and, until recently, a good sex life.
But now Lawrence is wary and restless. Something’s wrong. Just how wrong, Jo is about to discover…

Can they use their years of history – all the things they’ve shared – to overcome a devastating betrayal?

Ebooks That Cost Less Than a Cup of Coffee

Ebooks That Cost Less Than a Cup of Coffee

Treat yourself to a new read (or two!) this weekend – for less money than you’d spend on a flat white!

 

The Honey Farm on the Hill by Jo Thomas (99p)

Sometimes you have to go back before you can move forwards…

One magical summer Nell fell in love in the mountains of Crete and her life changed for ever.

Eighteen years later, Nell is ready for a new beginning. When she sees a honey farm in the same hilltop town has lost its bees, the opportunity is impossible to resist. Welcomed back to Greece by the warm sun and aroma of wild thyme, Nell finds memories of her past at every turn. But much has changed since she’s been away.

As Nell throws herself into restoring the honey farm, she starts to unlock the truth of what happened all those years ago. She soon learns that the course of true love – just like Cretan honey – can be wild and sweet. And well worth the wait…

One Quiet Woman by Anna Jacobs (99p)

From the beloved and bestselling Anna Jacobs’ comes a new Lancashire-based saga.

1930, Lancashire: Leah Turner’s father has been killed in an accident at the laundry, and falls to her to become sole provider for her little sister. But women’s wages are half those of men and pawning the few belongings she has left will only keep their vicious rent collector at bay for a few weeks – so even if she finds a job, they’ll lose their home.

Out of the blue Charlie Willcox, the local pawnbroker, offers her a deal. His brother Jonah, an invalid since being gassed in the Great War, needs a wife. Charlie thinks Leah would be perfect for the job.
The idea of a marriage of convenience doesn’t please Leah, but she finds Jonah agreeable enough and moving with him to the pretty hamlet of Ellindale may be the only chance of a better life for her sister.

But other people have plans for the remote Pennine valley, and the two sisters find themselves facing danger in their new life with Jonah. Can the three of them ever look to a brighter future?

Relight My Fire by Joanna Bolouri (£1.99)

Another year of adventures in bed!

Phoebe and Oliver are stuck in a rut.

With a five year old daughter and demanding jobs, it’s not hard to see why the spark has gone.

Not one for giving up, Phoebe creates a sexy wishlist: a jar where they can ask the other for anything they’ve ever wanted in bed – or out of it.

But with distractions aplenty – such as, why do all her past lovers think now is a good time to make a reappearance? And, she may be wrong, but is Oli keeping something from her? – will they be able to relight the fire in the bedroom?

From mix tapes to ‘sex jars’, this is the naughtiest rom com you will ever read. From the bestselling author of THE LIST comes the longed-for follow-up to Phoebe and Oliver’s story.

A Winter Retreat at the Paris Cheese Shop
by Victoria Brownlee (99p)

Who needs love when you can eat cheese?

Heartbroken and on the cusp of turning 30, Ella decides to pack her bags and move to Paris, somewhere she had visited when she was a different, more adventurous person.

It’s on the streets of beautiful, romantic City of Light that she finds her heart’s true desire: cheese. For Ella, her local fromagerie becomes a safe haven and she finds herself being drawn back there day after day.

But in a strange city, being friendless and not able to speak the language, has she bitten off more than she can chew?

A heart-warming and joyful romance, for fans of Jenny Colgan, Lucy Diamond and Sophie Kinsella.

Springtime at Wildacre by Lucy Daniels (99p)

In the little village of Welford, flowers are blooming, the lambing season is underway… and love is in the air.

Mandy Hope is on cloud nine. Hope Meadows, the animal rescue and rehabilitation centre she founded, is going really well. And she’s growing ever closer to handsome villager Jimmy Marsh. What’s more, James Hunter, her best friend, is slowly learning to re-embrace life after facing tragedy.

But when an unexpected crisis causes Mandy to lose confidence in her veterinary skills, it’s a huge blow. If she can’t learn to forgive herself, then her relationship with Jimmy, and the future of Hope Meadows, may be in danger. It’ll take friendship, love, community spirit – and one elephant with very bad teeth – to remind Mandy and her fellow villagers that springtime in Yorkshire really is the most glorious time of the year.

My Mother’s Shadow by Nikola Scott (99p)

Addie thinks she knows everything about her mother. But when a stranger appears claiming to be her sister, she realises that her life so far has been a lie. But why?

  1. Sent to beautiful Hartland to be sheltered from her mother’s illness, Liz spends the summer with the wealthy Shaw family. They treat Liz as one of their own, but their influence could be dangerous…

Now. Addie believes she knows everything about her mother Elizabeth and their difficult relationship until her recent death. When a stranger appears claiming to be Addie’s sister, she is stunned. Is everything she’s been told about her early life a lie?

How can you find the truth about the past if the one person who could tell you is gone? Addie must go back to that golden summer her mother never spoke of…and the one night that changed a young girl’s life for ever.

The Key by Kathryn Hughes (£1.99)

Turn The Key and unlock the past…

1956:
It’s Ellen Crosby’s first day as a student nurse at Ambergate County Lunatic Asylum. When she meets a young woman committed by her father, and a pioneering physician keen to try out the various ‘cures’ for mental illness, little does Ellen know that a choice she will make is to change all their lives for ever…

2006:
Sarah is drawn to the abandoned Ambergate Asylum. Whilst exploring the old corridors she discovers a suitcase belonging to a female patient who was admitted fifty years earlier. The shocking contents lead Sarah to unravel a forgotten story of tragedy, lost love and an old wrong that only she may have the power to put right…

Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate (£1.99)

Based on one of America’s most notorious real-life scandals, in which Georgia Tann, director of a Memphis-based adoption organization, kidnapped and sold poor children to wealthy families all over the country, Before We Were Yours is a riveting, wrenching and ultimately uplifting global bestseller.

‘It is impossible not to get swept up in this near-perfect novel’ Huffington Post

‘A tale of enduring power’ Paula McLain

The top three ebooks you should read this month

The top three ebooks you should read this month

And they’re also on offer!

 

What Goes Around by Julie Corbin
Available: 12th March – 24th April
Two women, two secrets, one murder…
If someone took away your perfect life, how far would you go to get it back?
Ellen’s family is her world. So when her husband leaves her for another woman, she is almost destroyed. But not quite, because Ellen has a plan, a way to make those who have hurt her suffer.
Leila is the other woman. She finally has everything she ever wanted. But Leila’s brother has come back into her life, raking up a past that needs to stay buried.
One of them will pay for their actions with their life, but which one?
Download now
 

The Key by Kathryn Hughes
Available: now
The discovery of an old suitcase in an abandoned lunatic asylum unlocks a forgotten story of tragedy, lost love and a devastating wrong waiting to be put right, from the #1 bestselling author of The Letter and The Secret.
Download now

Relight My Fire by Joanna Bolouri 
Available: 1 -31 March
Another year of adventures in bed!
Phoebe and Oliver are stuck in a rut.
With a five year old daughter and demanding jobs, it’s not hard to see why the spark has gone.
Not one for giving up, Phoebe creates a sexy wishlist: a jar where they can ask the other for anything they’ve ever wanted in bed – or out of it.
But with distractions aplenty – such as, why do all her past lovers think now is a good time to make a reappearance? And, she may be wrong, but is Oli keeping something from her? – will they be able to relight the fire in the bedroom?
From mix tapes to ‘sex jars’, this is the naughtiest rom com you will ever read. From the bestselling author of The List.
Download now

Fall in love with a new book this February

Fall in love with a new book this February

Ebook bargains from only 99p!

The Letter by Kathryn Hughes

Available: 5th – 18th February

The #1 EBook Bestseller. Every so often a love story comes along to remind us that sometimes, in our darkest hour, hope shines a candle to light our way. Discover THE LETTER by Kathryn Hughes, the Number One bestseller that has captured thousands of hearts worldwide. Perfect for fans of The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks. ‘A wonderful, uplifting story’ Lesley Pearse

Tina Craig longs to escape her violent husband. She works all the hours God sends to save up enough money to leave him, also volunteering in a charity shop to avoid her unhappy home. Whilst going through the pockets of a second-hand suit, she comes across an old letter, the envelope firmly sealed and unfranked. Tina opens the letter and reads it – a decision that will alter the course of her life for ever…

Billy Stirling knows he has been a fool, but hopes he can put things right. On 4th September 1939 he sits down to write the letter he hopes will change his future. It does – in more ways than he can ever imagine…

The Letter tells the story of two women, born decades apart, whose paths are destined to cross and how one woman’s devastation leads to the other’s salvation.

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Baby Boom! by Helen Wallen

Available: from now at £2.99

Frank and hilarious fiction from award-winning, potty-mouthed blogger, toddler-survivor and baby-producer, ‘Just a Normal Mummy’

No one said the journey to motherhood was easy . . .

Increased face-girth, back acne and gagging every time she’s in the presence of vegetables isn’t quite the beautiful start Emily had planned for her unborn baby . . .

Molly’s unexpected pregnancy somehow turns her boyfriend into the poncy-vegan-nut-milk-enforcer, but she breezes it, as she breezes everything. (Including still being able to eat avocados much to Emily’s annoyance.)

Liz quickly realises if she’s to move her life on, she needs to get rid of the married man she’s in love with – especially now she’s realised he’s been hiding more than his wedding ring . . .

It’s a story about becoming parents, but most of all it’s a story about love, laughter and chatting to your best friends about your fanny on WhatsApp.

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The Strange Last Voyage of Donald Crowhurst by Nicholas Tomalin and Ron Hall

Available: 1st to 28th February

NOW MAJOR FILM ‘THE MERCY’ STARRING COLIN FIRTH AND RACHEL WEISZ

In 1968, Donald Crowhurst was trying to market a nautical navigation device he had developed, and saw the Sunday Times Golden Globe round the world sailing race as the perfect opportunity to showcase his product.
Few people knew that he wasn’t an experienced deep-water sailor. His progress was so slow that he decided to short-cut the journey, while falsifying his location through radio messages from his supposed course.

Everyone following the race thought that he was winning, and a hero’s welcome awaited him at home in Britain. But on 10 July 1968, eight months after he set off, his wife was told that his boat had been discovered drifting in mid-Atlantic. Crowhurst was missing, assumed drowned, and there was much speculation that this was one of the great mysteries of the sea.

In this masterpiece of investigative journalism, Nicholas Tomalin and Ron Hall reconstruct one of the greatest hoaxes of our time. From in-depth interviews with Crowhurst’s family and friends and telling excerpts from his logbooks, Tomalin and Hall develop a tale of tragic self-delusion and public deception, a haunting portrait of a complex, deeply troubled man and his journey into the heart of darkness.

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A Perfect Husband

A Perfect Husband by Hilary Boyd

Available: 1st – 28th February

What would it take for you to give up on the perfect husband?

Thought-provoking, emotional women’s fiction from the author of #1 EBOOK BESTSELLER, THURSDAYS IN THE PARK.

Lily and Freddy have a wonderful relationship: passionate and fun. Freddy taught her to love again after the death of her father. But then Freddy becomes tense, snappy and distracted. Is he having an affair? The truth turns out to be much worse…

Freddy is addicted to gambling. He owes hundreds of thousands of pounds to loan companies; he’s been helping himself to money from his own company, which has now gone bust; and worst of all, his wife’s money – given to him to invest – is gone. Devastated, Lily leaves him, and moves to stay with her sister in Oxford. There, among the dreaming spires, she will clear her head of Freddy and try to figure out how to move on.

But being away from Freddy is far harder than she’d thought. He promises to get help, but can he really ever be cured of his addiction? How can Lily trust him again – surely, after the heartache he’s caused her, she would be far better off walking away and starting again? The truth is, she is as addicted to Freddy as he is to gambling – and she’s not sure she even wants to be free.

‘A real page-turner, with a fast, credible plot and interesting characters’ 5* reader review.

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New Year, New Look Ereader – bargain reads for 99p

New Year, New Look Ereader – bargain reads for 99p

Start 2018 off right with some brilliant bargains.

Winter Solstice

Winter Solstice by Rosamunde Pilcher

Available: 1st – 31st January

Elfrida Phipps loves her new life in her pretty Hampshire village. She has a tiny cottage, her faithful dog Horace and the friendship of the neighbouring Blundells – particularly Oscar – to ensure that her days include companionship as well as independence. But an unforeseen tragedy upsets Elfrida’s tranquillity: Oscar’s wife and daughter are killed in a terrible car crash and he finds himself homeless when his stepchildren claim their dead mother’s inheritance.

Oscar and Elfrida take refuge in a rambling house in Scotland which becomes a magnet for various waifs and strays who converge upon it, including an unhappy teenage girl. It could be a recipe for disaster. But somehow the Christmas season weaves its magical spell and for Elfrida and Oscar, in the evening of their lives, the winter solstice brings love and solace.

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The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox by Maggie O’Farrell 

Available: 1st – 31st January

From the Costa Award winning, bestselling author of THIS MUST BE THE PLACE and I AM, I AM, I AM, comes an intense, breathtakingly accomplished story of a woman’s life stolen, and reclaimed.

‘Unputdownable’ Ali Smith

Edinburgh in the 1930s. The Lennox family is having trouble with its youngest daughter. Esme is outspoken, unconventional, and repeatedly embarrasses them in polite society. Something will have to be done.

Years later, a young woman named Iris Lockhart receives a letter informing her that she has a great-aunt in a psychiatric unit who is about to be released.

Iris has never heard of Esme Lennox and the one person who should know more, her grandmother Kitty, seems unable to answer Iris’s questions. What could Esme have done to warrant a lifetime in an institution? And how is it possible for a person to be so completely erased from a family’s history?

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The Year of Saying Yes

The Year of Saying Yes by Hannah Doyle 

Available: 1st – 31st January

‘Dear Readers

It’s drizzling outside, which totally matches my #currentmood. Pigs in blankets, all the mince pies and a festive Baileys or five are distant memories. You know the drill – it’s January. Everyone’s banning booze (terrible idea) or cutting carbs (impossible). To add to the misery pile, my plans to seduce the man of my dreams at the stroke of midnight flopped spectacularly.

I’m Izzy. I don’t just need a New Year resolution, I need a whole new life. And I need YOU. My dreary life is about to get a total makeover – it’s my ‘Year of Saying Yes’. And this is where you come in. It’s up to you to #DareIzzy. I’m saying yes to your challenges, no matter how nuts, adventurous or wild they are. The sky’s the limit – I’m at your mercy, readers!

Wish me luck. I have a feeling I’m going to need it.

Love

Izzy x’

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The More You Ignore Me

The More You Ignore Me by Jo Brand 

Available: 18th January – 19th February

THE MORE YOU IGNORE ME IS NOW A MAJOR NEW FILM STARRING SHERIDAN SMITH, SHEILA HANCOCK, RICKY TOMLINSON AND ELLA HUNT.

Jo Brand’s life-affirming novel The More You Ignore Me addresses mental health issues and their impact on a family in an honest, hilarious and heartwarming way.

For Alice, the big bad monster wasn’t green and hiding under the bed, it sat in the kitchen saying ‘bollocks’ a lot. Prone to psychotic episodes, or ‘on the road to bonkersville’ as Alice’s dad would say, Alice’s mum Gina isn’t easy to live with. Her unpredictable outbursts make life in their Hereford cottage eventful. As ‘family’ means a mentally ill mother, a hippy father and grandparents who enjoy a drink or five, Alice needs someone to help her through. Unfortunately, Alice’s special someone is Morrissey of The Smiths, and the closest she’s got to him so far is watching him on Top of the Pops. But that could all be about to change . . .

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The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F**k by Sarah Knight

Available: 1st – 31st January

How to stop spending time you don’t have with people you don’t like doing things you don’t want to do.

The bestselling book everyone is talking about, revealing the surprising art of caring less and getting more.

Are you stressed out, overbooked and underwhelmed by life? Fed up with pleasing everyone else before you please yourself? Then it’s time to stop giving a f**k.

This irreverent and practical book explains how to rid yourself of unwanted obligations, shame, and guilt – and give your f**ks instead to people and things that make you happy.

With a bonus section on how to save your sanity over the holiday season, the simple ‘NotSorry Method’ for mental decluttering will help you unleash the power of not giving a f**k and will free you to spend your time, energy and money on the things that really matter.

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Before We Were Yours

Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate 

Available: until 12th January

THE RUNAWAY NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER & WINNER OF GOODREADS CHOICE AWARDS 2017 BEST HISTORICAL FICTION AWARD

‘If I could give this book 50 stars I would. I couldn’t put it down and couldn’t get it out of my mind’ Amazon Reviewer

Memphis, Tennessee, 1939

Twelve-year-old Rill Foss and her four younger siblings live a magical life aboard their family’s Mississippi River shantyboat. But when their father must rush their mother to the hospital one stormy night, Rill is left in charge, until strangers arrive in force. Wrenched from all that is familiar and thrown into a Tennessee Children’s Home Society orphanage, the Foss children are assured that they will soon be returned to their parents. But they quickly realize the dark truth…

Aiken, South Carolina, present day

Born into wealth and privilege, Avery Stafford seems to have it all: a successful career, a handsome fiancé, and a lavish wedding on the horizon. But when Avery returns home to help her father weather a health crisis, a chance encounter leaves her with uncomfortable questions and compels her to take a journey through her family’s long-hidden history, on a path that will ultimately lead either to devastation or to redemption.

Based on one of America’s most notorious real-life scandals, in which Georgia Tann, director of a Memphis-based adoption organization, kidnapped and sold poor children to wealthy families all over the country, Before We Were Yours is a riveting, wrenching and ultimately uplifting tale.

‘Lisa Wingate takes an almost unthinkable chapter in our nation’s history and weaves a tale of enduring power’ Paula McLain

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Our Christmas Crackers: The ebooks you should be reading this December

Our Christmas Crackers: The ebooks you should be reading this December

Treat yourself this December with these bargainous ebooks!

 

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The Little Lady Agency by Hester Browne

iBooks FREE book of the week from 11th-17th December!

A hilarious and heartfelt comedy romp! Perfect for fans of Jo Thomas and Lucy Diamond.

It’s the last thing she expected from an innocent interview, but before she knows it, sweet, naïve Melissa has just accepted a job for an escort agency! Well, she needs the cash, and you can’t deny that it sounds like a lot of fun. And what harm can providing lonely men with stimulating conversation over dinner do? You’ll be surprised!!

‘If you like the Shopaholic series, you’ll love the Little Lady’ Amazon Reviewer

A Fireside Dream: A Sparkling Christmas Read For Cold Winter Nights by [Clements, Abby]

A Fireside Dream by Abby Clements

99p for the whole of December!

Amelia Grey has a dream: toasting chestnuts by the fire with her husband Jack in their very own cosy cottage.

Their real life is another world – a cramped one-bedroom flat in Hackney. But when life takes a surprising turn, removal vans are soon heading to the Kent countryside.

They soon realise the cottage makeover is a far bigger project than they’d anticipated, and as Amelia begins to strip back the wallpaper and fittings she discovers much more than she anticipated: a hidden secret. As Amelia’s ideas about love and family change, will her fireside dream finally come true?

Curl up this Christmas with this absolutely gorgeous wintry tale, perfect for fans of Heidi Swain, Erin Green and Debbie Johnson

 

Kirstie's Christmas Crafts

Kirstie’s Christmas Crafts by Kirstie Allsopp

Available: 1 – 31 December

Nothing shows how much you love someone more than a handmade gift, card or decoration. And the pleasure is just as much in the planning and making as it is in giving and receiving.

In this ultimate celebration of Christmas, Kirstie has brought together over 50 of her favourite festive projects to make, bake and create.

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Happy Mum, Happy Baby by Giovanna Fletcher

Available: 14-15 December

A positive and uplifting book about what it is to be a mother and all things mum and baby by Celebrity Mum of the Year and phenomenally popular vlogger, author, TV presenter and actress Giovanna Fletcher.

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Christmas With You by Sheila O’Flanagan

Available: 1 – 31 December

The Sugar Loaf Lodge welcomes you in to warm yourself by the fire as the snow falls softly down. You’ll find yourself immediately at home, bathed in the magic of this romantic hotel as it reveals the secrets and dreams of its guests.

Sheila O’Flanagan’s Christmas With You is ideal festive reading for fans of Veronica Henry, Carole Matthews and Marian Keyes. These enchanting linked stories from the No. 1 bestselling author bring to life one unforgettable Christmas full of surprise twists, life-changing moments… and love.

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The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan

Available: 22 December – 3 January

Meet the ‘Keeper of Lost Things’…
Once a celebrated author of short stories now in his twilight years, Anthony Peardew has spent half his life collecting lost objects, trying to atone for a promise broken many years before.

Realising he is running out of time, he leaves his house and all its lost treasures to his assistant Laura, the one person he can trust to fulfil his legacy and reunite the thousands of objects with their rightful owners.

But the final wishes of the ‘Keeper of Lost Things’ have unforeseen repercussions which trigger a most serendipitous series of encounters…

‘The first book I read in 2017 – and if another as good comes along in the next 12 months, I’ll eat my special gold reviewing spectacles’ Daily Mail

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Small Great Things

Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

Available: 22 December – 3 January

A RICHARD AND JUDY BOOK CLUB 2017 PICK
A SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER
A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

The best books make you see differently. This is one of them. The eye-opening new novel from Jodi Picoult, with the biggest of themes: birth, death, and responsibility.

When a newborn baby dies after a routine hospital procedure, there is no doubt about who will be held responsible: the nurse who had been banned from looking after him by his father.

What the nurse, her lawyer and the father of the child cannot know is how this death will irrevocably change all of their lives, in ways both expected and not.

Small Great Things is about prejudice and power; it is about that which divides and unites us.

It is about opening your eyes.

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Nigel: my family and other dogs by Monty Don

Available: 22 December – 3 January

When Monty Don’s golden retriever Nigel became the surprise star of BBC Gardeners’ World inspiring huge interest, fan mail and his own social media accounts, Monty Don wanted to explore what makes us connect with animals quite so deeply.
In many respects Nigel is a very ordinary dog; charming, handsome and obedient, as so many are. He is also a much loved family pet. He is also a star.
By telling Nigel’s story, Monty relates his relationships with the other special dogs in his life in a memoir of his dogs past and very much present.
Witty, touching and life-affirming, Nigel: My family and other dogs is wonderfully heart-warming. Monty Don is a great writer coming out of the garden and into the hearts and homes of every dog lover in the UK.

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The Poison Tree by Erin Kelly

Available: 22 December – 3 January

By the end of that summer, two people would be dead… Fans of In A Dark Dark Wood and Disclaimer will love this twisty thriller. 

I have given up so much and done so many terrible things already for the sake of my family that I can only keep going.

I do not know what is going to happen to us.

I am frightened, but I feel strong.

I have the strength of a woman who has everything to lose.

In the sweltering summer of 1997, strait-laced, straight-A student Karen met Biba – a bohemian and impossibly glamorous aspiring actress.

She was quickly drawn into Biba’s world, and for a while life was one long summer of love.

But every summer must end. By the end of theirs, two people were dead – and now Karen’s past has come back to haunt her . . .

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The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel

Available: 17 – 18 December

‘Roanoke girls never last long around here. In the end, we either run or we die.’

The girls of the Roanoke family – beautiful, rich, mysterious – seem to have it all. But there’s a dark truth about them that’s never spoken.

Lane is one of the lucky ones. When she was fifteen, over one long, hot summer at her grandparents’ estate in rural Kansas, she found out what it really means to be a Roanoke girl. Lane ran, far and fast. Until eleven years later, when her cousin Allegra goes missing – and Lane has no choice but to go back.

She is a Roanoke girl.
Is she strong enough to escape a second time?

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The Shell Seekers by Rosamunde Pilcher

Available: 22 December – 3 January

Artist’s daughter Penelope Keeling can look back on a full and varied life: a Bohemian childhood in London and Cornwall, an unhappy wartime marriage, and the one man she truly loved. She has brought up three children – and learned to accept them as they are.

Yet she is far too energetic and independent to settle sweetly into pensioned-off old-age. And when she discovers that her most treasured possession, her father’s painting, The Shell Seekers, is now worth a small fortune, it is Penelope who must make the decisions that will determine whether her family can continue to survive as a family, or be split apart.

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The Virgin Mary’s Got Nits by Gervase Phinn

A touching and hilarious gift book of poetry and prose on the subject of children and Christmas from the Yorkshire school inspector and bestselling author of the Dales series and Little Village School series.

Available: 1 – 31 December

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Festive reads for 99p!

Festive reads for 99p!

What better way to get into the Christmas spirit is there than to read a whole host of festive books?

Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe by Melissa de la Cruz

Darcy Fitzwilliam simply doesn’t have time to fall in love. But this Christmas, a kiss under the mistletoe will change everything…

As partner at a major New York hedge fund, Darcy’s only serious relationship is with her work cellphone. The truth is, she’s too busy being successful and making money to have time for Christmas… let alone to allow romance into her life.

But this year Darcy is coming home to Pemberley, Ohio, for the holidays. There, she runs into her old neighbour and high-school foe Luke Bennet – the oldest of five wayward brothers. When Darcy’s enmity with Luke is re-opened, along with a hefty dollop of sexual chemistry… well, sparks are sure to fly. Can Darcy fall in love – or will her pride, and Luke’s prejudice against big-city girls, stand in their way?

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A Fairy Tale for Christmas by Chrissie Manby

What could be more magical at Christmas than a fairy tale come true?

It’s the festive season and the members of the Newbay Theatre Society, more commonly known as the NEWTS, are preparing to put on a show. Being cast as Cinderella is the realization of a dream for newcomer Kirsty, not least because she hopes starring in a panto under the direction of her boyfriend Jon will bring them closer together.

But Kirsty soon learns that it’s not all glitter and good cheer behind the scenes at the amateur theatre as bitter rivalries nurtured through decades, wardrobe mishaps and suspicious near-fatal accidents threaten to derail the production. And then there’s Prince Charming himself. Will working together with Jon bring Kirsty her happy ever after… or reveal their love to be nothing but a ‘showmance’?

With Christmas just around the corner, it’s going to take more than a Fairy Godmother to get Kirsty and her cast-mates to the ball.

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Christmas at Mistletoe Cottage

Christmas at Mistletoe Cottage by Lucy Daniels

Christmas has arrived in the little village of Welford. The scent of hot roasted chestnuts is in the air, and a layer of frost sparkles on the ground.

This year, vet Mandy Hope is looking forward to the holidays. Her animal rescue centre, Hope Meadows, is up and running – and she’s finally going on a date with Jimmy Marsh, owner of the local outward bound centre.

The advent of winter sees all sorts of animals cross Mandy’s path, from goats named Rudolph to baby donkeys – and even a pair of reindeer! But when a mysterious local starts causing trouble, Mandy’s plans for the centre come under threat. She must call on Jimmy and her fellow villagers to put a stop to the stranger’s antics and ensure that Hope Meadows’ first Christmas is one to remember.

One thing’s for certain: this Christmas, there’ll be animal escapades, kisses under the mistletoe…and plenty of festive cheer for all.

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Christmas With You by Sheila O’Flanagan

The Sugar Loaf Lodge welcomes you in to warm yourself by the fire as the snow falls softly down. You’ll find yourself immediately at home, bathed in the magic of this romantic hotel as it reveals the secrets and dreams of its guests.

Sheila O’Flanagan’s Christmas With You is ideal festive reading for fans of Veronica Henry, Carole Matthews and Marian Keyes. These enchanting linked stories from the No. 1 bestselling author bring to life one unforgettable Christmas full of surprise twists, life-changing moments… and love.

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The Winter Collection by Emma Hannigan

Indulge in a festive treat this Christmas with this heart warming collection of Emma Hannigan’s bestselling novels featuring the beloved Craig family. Includes bonus short story The Wedding Weekend.

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The Reading Group: December by Della Parker

A scrumptious FREE first taste of a fabulous, feel-good new series! Perfect for fans of The Lemon Tree Cafe and The Vets at Hope Green.

Grace knows that the holiday season is going to be different this year. No turkey, no tinsel, no gorgeously wrapped gifts under the tree . . . how on earth is she going to break it to her little boys that Christmas is effectively cancelled? And can she bear to tell anyone her embarrassing secret? Enter the Reading Group: Grace’s life might have turned upside down but there’s no problem they can’t solve.

Meet the Reading Group: No topic is off-limits: books, family, love and loss . . . and don’t forget the glass of red!

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The Most Wonderful Time of the Year by Joanna Bolouri

It’s time to meet the parents!

Emily is so glad that she lives far away from her judgemental, interfering family – 411 miles away to be exact! But with plans afoot for them to meet her boyfriend, Robert, she has to psyche herself up for meeting to take place. So when the relationship suddenly falls apart, Emily is frustrated, especially as she’s talked up her handsome, loving boyfriend. Enter Evan: her twenty-something neighbour, with his penchant for flirting, loud music and even louder sex. She can make this work. Or can she??

‘Bloody hilarious’ Isabelle Broom.

A laugh-out-loud romantic comedy perfect for fans of Marian Keyes’ THE BREAK and Carole Matthews.

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The Christmas Guest by Daisy Bell

Available: 1st – 30th November

Meet Teddy: the homeless puppy with a huge heart who healed a family.

When Teddy runs away from home a week before Christmas, he is confronted by a cold, scary and oh, so big world. Then he finds the Woods family. With their kind hearts and cosy cottage, Teddy forms  a special bond with Claire and Ben, but it’s in little Emily that he finds the best friend he needs. But Emily is ill, and raising a puppy is hardly a priority for her stressed parents. If only he can prove to them how much happier he can make them all, Teddy might just find his forever home this Christmas…

‘A heart-melting Christmas story about the sweetest little dog bringing happiness to a family’ Amazon reviewer.

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Snow Angels by Elizabeth Gill

Available: 1st – 30th November

A moving saga about love and forgiveness from a bestselling author. Perfect for fans of Dilly Court, Sheila Newberry and Rosie Goodwin.

From the homelands of Durham to the streets of London, can she go from rags to riches?

Grieving after the loss of her mother, Abby Reed, finds an unexpected source of comfort exploring the rugged, snowy countryside, where she meets the brooding Gillan Collingwood. But then Abby learns that Gill is already interested in another woman. Heartbroken, she impulsively flees frosty wilds of her homeland to London’s glittering social scene . . . but can she ever forget the boy she left behind?

Perfect for fans of Dilly Court, Sheila Newberry and Rosie Goodwin. A sparkling winter wonderland of a novel – the perfect fireside read!

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