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{"em"=>["Summoned by the Sheikh!"]}
Sheikh Saladin Al Mektala isn’t used to being disobeyed. Incomprehensibly, the woman he summoned to help his favourite mare — the best horse ‘whisperer’ in the world — has turned his generous offer down! So he takes matters into his own hands.
The snow is falling, the fire is roaring and the mince pies are in the oven when innocent Olivia Miller finds a darkly handsome and physically compelling man on her doorstep… The Sheikh she dared to refuse is here to whisk her off to his kingdom — and this time he won’t take no for an answer!
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{"strong"=>["THE RUMOUR IS UP AND THE BANNS ARE READ: THE DISSOLUTE DUKE HAS FINALLY WED! "]}
With a name synonymous with sin, and debauchery so shocking it is only spoken of in whispers, no one is more surprised than Taylen Ellesmere, Duke of Alderworth, when he finds himself forced to marry! Before the ink is dry on the register he turns his back on this sham of a marriage and leaves.
Three years later, having barely survived the scandal, Lady Lucinda has placed one delicately shod foot back in the hallowed halls of the ton when her husband returns. He has an offer she can’t refuse. And in exchange? Their wedding night!
The Dissolute Duke, Sophia James
{"strong"=>["Welcome to beautiful Hope Island, where the sun is shining, the locals are welcoming, and Lola is about to find a second chance at love…"]}
Thirty-one-year-old matchmaker Lola James had it all — until she broke her leg at a wedding and discovered that her so-called ‘best friend’ was suddenly too busy to call, her flat had far too many steps, and her boyfriend replaced her quicker than you can say ‘crutches’.
And so she’s back at her parents’ B&B, sleeping in the living room (she can’t get upstairs) and having her hair washed by her mum (she can’t get in the shower).
Freshly single and with a lot of time on her hands, Lola is only too pleased to run into gorgeous Dr Will, an old friend who has definitely improved with age… And then there’s Dean, a divorcé who’s convinced he’s better off alone — no matter how lonely he is.Can Will help mend Lola’s broken heart as well as her leg? Can she help Dean find love? As a wise man once said, sometimes the one for you is right under your nose, all along…
{"strong"=>["An uplifting, laugh-out-loud romantic comedy, perfect for fans of Sophie Kinsella, Holly Martin and Jo Watson."]}
‘Portia's books just get better and better!’ Got Books, Babe?
‘Hilarious and refreshingly brilliant!’ — The Writing Garnet
‘I just couldn't put it down!’ — Sweet Is Always In Style
Readers love Portia Macintosh!
A Chinese woman recalls her youthful years as a courtesan in this historical novel that offers a “vivid account of the forgotten past” (Chun Yu, author of Little Green).In a sunny California apartment, a young woman and her fiancé arrive to record her great-grandmother’s story. It is the story of a girl, Xiang Xiang, who rose from a childhood of shame to become one of the most successful courtesans in early twentieth-century China—under the name Precious Orchid.After Xiang Xiang’s father is falsely accused of a crime, he is executed, leaving his family a legacy of dishonor. Her mother’s only option is to enter a Buddhist nunnery, so she gives her daughter over to the care of her sister in Shanghai.At first, life at Peach Blossom Pavilion feels like a dream. Surrounded by exotic flowers, murmuring fountains, colorful fishponds, and bamboo groves, Precious Orchid sees herself thriving. She is schooled in music, literature, painting, calligraphy, and, to her innocent surprise, the art of pleasuring men. For the beautiful Pavilion hides its darker purpose as an elite house of prostitution. And even as she commands the devotion of China’s most powerful men, Precious Orchid never gives up on her dream to escape, reunite with her mother, avenge her father’s death, and find true love. As the richest, most celebrated Ming Ji—or “prestigious courtesan”—in all of China, she just might have her way, even if it comes with a devastating price.Sweeping in scope and stunning in its evocation of China, Peach Blossom Pavilion is a remarkable novel with an unforgettable heroine at the heart of its powerful story.“Riveting . . . A rare peek into an exotic culture that is thrilling, captivating, and moving.” —Shobhan Bantwal, author of The Dowry Bride“In the sure voice of Precious Orchid, Mingmei Yip recounts thirteen tumultuous years of Chinese history: vicious politics, pristine piety and heartrending scandal, framed in the classical arts. She writes with a painter’s fastidious eye and the irresistible energy of grand storytelling. The pages just turn themselves.” —Neal Chandler, director, Creative Writing Program of Cleveland State University“Peach Blossom Pavilion, story of the last geisha in China, is told with amazing insight as if the author had lived in the tumultuous China of a century ago. Through her beautiful, lucid prose, Mingmei brings modern Western readers into the mysterious world of the cultivated courtesan.” —Hannelore Hahn, founder and executive director, International Women’s Writing Guild
An epic love story and adventure set against the stunning backdrop of Antarctica.
Alice Peel is a geologist. She believes in observation and proof. But now she stands alone on the deck of a rickety Chilean ship as a stark landscape reveals itself. Instead of the familiar measurable world, everything that lies ahead of her is unknown and unpredictable.
Six weeks earlier her life was comfortably unfolding in an Oxford summer. Then, with her relationship suddenly in pieces, she accepted an invitation to join a group working at the end of the earth: Antarctica.
James Rooker is a man on the run. He's been running since his childhood in New Zealand. Now, there is nowhere further to go. He has taken a job working on the same small Antarctic research station.
Alice discovers an ice-blue and silver world, lit by sunlight. Nothing has prepared her for the beauty of it, or the claustrophobia of a tiny base shared with eight men and one other woman. The isolation wipes out everyone's past, and tension crackles in the air. But there is a jolt of recognition between Alice and Rooker that is like nothing she has ever known. And it is in Antartica that she discovers something else that will change her life forever … if she survives.
Sun at Midnight, Rosie Thomas
This memoir of life in the American desert by the author of The Monkey Wrench Gang is a nature writing classic on par with Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring.In Desert Solitaire, Edward Abbey recounts his many escapades, adventures, and epiphanies as an Arches National Park ranger outside Moab, Utah. Brimming with arresting insights, impassioned arguments for wilderness conservation, and a raconteur’s wit, it is one of Abbey’s most critically acclaimed works.Through stories and philosophical musings, Abbey reflects on the condition of our remaining wilderness, the future of a civilization, and his own internal struggle with morality. As the world continues its rapid development, Abbey’s cry to maintain the natural beauty of the West remains just as relevant today as when this book first appeared in 1968.
Desert Solitaire, Edward Abbey
{"strong"=>["PART 2 OF 3″]}
The true story of a 6-year-old boy with a dreadful secret.
Oskar’s school teacher raises the alarm. Oskar’s mother is abroad and he has been left in the care of ‘friends’, but has been arriving in school hungry, unkempt, and with bruises on his arms, legs and body. Experienced foster carer Cathy Glass is asked to look after him, but as the weeks pass her concerns deepen. Oskar is far too quiet for a child of six and is clearly scared of something or someone.
And who are those men parked outside his school watching him?
Everyone’s welcome at The Afternoon Tea Club…
{"em"=>["** Praise for Jane Gilley **"]}
Marjorie, Stacy, Raymond and Dora each hold a different story to their chest — lost loves, abandoned dreams, crippling self-confidence issues, and simply feeling invisible. For each of them, the thought of letting those stories out is almost as terrifying as letting strangers in, and that makes for a very lonely life indeed.
But when these four strangers who have struggled to “fit in” end up on the same table for an event at their local community centre, little do they know that their lives are about to be entwined and changed forever because of an Afternoon Tea club.
Cue an unexpected journey of self-discovery, some unlikely new companions, and plenty of tea and biscuits along the way…
{"strong"=>["Heart-warming and poignant in equal measure, this is a story about loneliness, kindness, and the power of friendships that span generation, proving that the most simple of human connections unite us all. Perfect for fans of Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, The Single Ladies of Jacaranda Retirement Village and The Keeper of Lost Things."]}
‘Without a doubt, readers will be charmed by the many colourful characters and their relationships with each other.’
‘This delightful book will enchant any reader who has a soul.’
‘Fans of A Man Called Ove and Three Things About Elsie will find comfortable, enjoyable ground here.’
‘It would make a great and inspired book club read.’
‘A beautiful, charming, witty story’
‘This is a novel that perhaps we all need to read. It is a realistic look into aging with humour and some sadness, that all too many often forget to see.’
‘A lesson on how to live life!’
‘An absolute masterpiece’ ANGELA MARSONS
{"strong"=>["The gripping new novel from million-copy bestseller, Mel Sherratt."]}
‘I love all Mel Sherratt’s books’ IAN RANKIN
‘Twists and turns and delivers a satisfying shot of tension’ RACHEL ABBOTT
{"strong"=>["The truth can be a dangerous thing…"]}
When a young boy falls from a balcony in a block of flats, DS Grace Allendale witnesses the shocking aftermath of the tragic event. But strangely, no one will admit to seeing anything — and the parents will only tell the police that it was an accident.Determined to sort the truth from the lies, Grace is thrown into a case that takes her to the darkest corners of the criminal world — and strikes closer to home than she could have ever imagined…
{"strong"=>["A gripping and pacey thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat from the moment you turn the first page. The perfect read for fans of Martina Cole."]}
Liar Liar, Mel Sherratt
THE ACCIDENT.
THE LIE.
THE FALLOUT will be huge …
When Liza’s little boy has an accident at the local health club, it’s all anyone can talk about.
{"em"=>["Was nobody watching him?", “Where was his mother?”, «Who’s to blame?”], “br”=>[nil, nil]}
The rumours, the finger-pointing, the whispers — they’re everywhere. And Liza’s best friend, Sarah, desperately needs it to stop.
Because Sarah was there when it happened. It was all her fault. And if she’s caught out on the lie, everything will fall apart . . .
‘A fizzing, unputdownable, gripping read’ Elizabeth Day ‘The perfect page-turner’ Susan Lewis
‘Secrets, lies, suspicion and betrayal: THE FALLOUT has it all — and then some’ T M Logan
The Fallout, Rebecca Thornton
Next stop, Cornwall! Hop on The Cornish Cream Tea Bus for a delicious, romantic adventure…
Baking fanatic, Charlie Quilter, inherits a vintage bus in her late uncle’s will and is keen to give it a new lease of life. Charlie thinks it will be the perfect mobile café for afternoon tea, so she heads to the picturesque Cornish village of Porthgolow, hoping for a new start. However, Daniel Harper, the owner of the posh spa up on the hill isn’t very pleased that her bus is parked outside his lovely hotel. Has Charlie’s Cornish dream developed a soggy bottom? Or can she convince Daniel that her bus could take them somewhere wonderful?
{"strong"=>["‘Captivating’ Heat Magazine"]}
{"strong"=>["‘Beautiful… heartwarming’ Zara Stoneley"]}
{"strong"=>["‘A wonderful ray of reading sunshine’ Heidi Swain"]}
Pre-order the bold new novel from Dawn O’Porter, the bestselling author of The Cows.
I’M A MOTHERI feel like I’m failing every dayI HAVE A CAREERI have to shout to make myself heardI’VE GOT THE BEST FRIENDSSometimes I feel so aloneI LOVE MY BODYI don’t know who I am beyond itIt’s easy to think that everyone else has got it made.But no life is perfect, everyone is fighting a private battle of their own — it’s just a struggle to say it out loud.Fearless, frank and for every woman who’s ever doubted themselves, So Lucky shows that actually, you’re pretty f****** lucky to be you.
So Lucky, Dawn O’Porter
{"strong"=>["SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE STARRING KEIRA KNIGHTLEY, MATT SMITH, RALPH FIENNES AND MATTHEW GOODE"]}
{"strong"=>["FEATURING A NEW INTRODUCTION FROM THE AUTHOR"]}
In January 2003, 28-year-old GCHQ translator Katharine Gun received an email from the US National Security Agency that would turn her world upside down. The message requested Katharine’s assistance in co-ordinating an illegal US-UK spy operation which would secure UN authorisation for the Iraq invasion. Horrified, she decided to leak the information to the British press.
Katharine’s decision would change her life forever, as she was arrested under the Official Secrets Act whilst becoming a cause célèbre for political activists. Official Secrets is the definitive account of a whistleblower case that reads like a thriller, and will ask you the same question that was asked of Katharine that cold January day — where do your true loyalties lie?
The twisty new psychological thriller from the Sunday Times bestselling author
{"strong"=>["A race against time to save her child…"]}
In seven days, Maggie’s son, Seb, turns three. But she’s not planning a party or buying presents or updating his baby book. She’s dreading it. Because in her world, third birthdays are the days on which the unthinkable happens… she loses her child.
For the last twelve years Maggie has been imprisoned in a basement. Abducted aged fifteen, she gave birth to two sons before Seb, and on their third birthdays her captor came and took them from her.
She cannot let it happen again. But she has no idea how to stop it. And the clock is ticking…
Seven Days, Alex Lake
{"strong"=>[{"em"=>["SOMEONE IS WATCHING"]}]}
{"strong"=>[{"em"=>["SOMEONE SHE THOUGHT SHE COULD TRUST"]}]}
{"strong"=>[{"em"=>["SOMEONE DETERMINED TO MAKE HER PAY"]}]}
On the surface, Anna Witherall has the perfect life. Married to her university boyfriend David, she has an enviable job, beautiful home, and gorgeous three-year-old twin daughters, Stella and Rose. Their competent and capable nanny, Maria, is practically part of the family.
But beneath the veneer of success and happiness, Anna is hiding a dark secret, one that threatens to unravel everything she has worked so hard to create. Only one thing is certain: to protect her children, she must betray them.
‘Compelling and complex — a compulsive read’ Harriet Tyce, author of Blood Orange
‘Everyone has an agenda in this intriguing exploration of deceit and duplicity, as Philby ratchets up the paranoia to Highsmithian levels’ Guardian
Quantum Evolution presents a revolutionary new scientific theory by asking: is there a force of will behind evolution? In his astonishing first book, Johnjoe McFadden shows that there is.
‘McFadden’s bold hypothesis that quantum physics plays a key role in the origin and evolution of life looks increasingly plausible. The weird behaviour of matter and information at the quantum level could be just what is needed to explain life’s astonishing properties. If these ideas are right, they will transform our understanding of the relationship between physics and biology.’ PAUL DAVIES
In this brilliant debut, Johnjoe McFadden puts forward a theory of quantum evolution. He shows how living organisms have the ability to will themselves into action. Indeed, such an ability may be life’s most fundamental attribute. This has radical implications. Evolution may not be random at all, as recent evolutionary theories have taught: rather, cells may, in certain circumstances, be able to choose to mutate particular genes that provide an advantage in the environment in which the cell finds itself. This ‘will’ — described by McFadden as ‘the life force’ — has startling implications. It is at the root of consciousness and free-will and provides a new understanding of the origins of life and the purpose of death.
{"strong"=>["Praise for Virginia Macgregor:"]}
{"em"=>[{"strong"=>["How do you change what’s already written in the stars?"]}]}
Christopher is the sort of guy that no one notices, yet when Air catches sight of him making intricate paper birds in the airport, she can’t look away.But their worlds are about to collide in ways they never expected. Someone they love is on Flight 0217 from London Heathrow. And it’s missing.Convinced that her brother was on a different flight, Air drives them hundreds of miles across the country, on a trip that will change their lives forever.But how do you tell the person you’re falling for that you might just be the reason their life has fallen apart?
'I defy you not to fall in love' Clare Mackintosh
Acclaimed flirting expert Peta Heskell’s mini-guide to charming your way to love, friendship and success. A bite-sized guide to powerful communication.
Peta Haskell has got flirting down to a fine art — one that can be used not just in romantic relationships but in every relationship (with teachers, neighbours, clients and colleagues) to make communication more fun. Peta insists that the key to successful socializing is being able to be yourself. This funky little guide is packed with tips, quotes and cheeky line drawings that will help to make you a great flirt too.
Contents:• Are you a bit of a flirt already?• Beginning on the inside, with yourself!• Sharpening up your senses• Friendly flirting• Sexual flirting• Social events — giving out the glow• Creating instant rapport• The 6 don'ts of flirting
{"strong"=>["From the Gemmell Award-winning author of THE VAGRANT, a thrilling new series of power, intrigue, and magic."]}
{"strong"=>["THE DEMONS"]}
Creatures lurk in the endless forests of the Wild, plucking victims from those who scratch a living by the sides of the great Godroads, paths of crystal which provide refuge from the infernal tide.
{"strong"=>["THE DEATHLESS"]}
Humanity’s protectors reign within crystal castles held aloft on magical currents — seven timeless royal families, born and reborn into flawless bodies. As immortal as the precious stones from which they take their names, they fight to hold the Wild at bay. For generations a fragile balance has held.
{"strong"=>["AND THE DAMNED…"]}
House Sapphire, one of the ancient Deathless families, is riven by suspicion and grief. Their hunting expeditions against the Wild are failing and entire villages have begun to disappear.
Then, when assassins strike, House Sapphire shatters.
{"strong"=>["NOTHING LASTS FOREVER"]}
The Deathless, Peter Newman
The new novel from Sunday Times bestselling author Josephine Cox gets straight to the hope and heartbreak of family drama.
One fateful night changes the course of a child’s life forever…
Rosie’s mother is a cruel woman and has Rosie’s kind and loving father wrapped around her finger. Though John Tanner does his best to protect her, Rosie often bears the brunt of her mother’s rage.
And his protection can’t last forever.
In one tragic moment Rosie’s fragile world is shattered. Grieving and alone, Rosie is thrust into a harsh reality, and she must face the obstacles that fate has set in her path.
But secrets will out, and Rosie must uncover the shocking truth behind her mother’s cruelty before she can hope for the love and happiness she deserves.
Lonely Girl, Josephine Cox
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