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By Jean Rhys, Charlotte Brontë, Judith L. Raiskin. 1999
Textual notes illuminate the novel’s historical background, regional references, and the non-translated Creole and French phrases necessary to fully understand…this powerful story. Backgrounds includes a wealth of material on the novel’s long evolution, it connections to Jane Eyre, and Rhys’s biographical impressions of growing up in Dominica. Criticism introduces readers to the critical debates inspired by the novel with a Derek Walcott poem and eleven essays.
By Sarah Blake. 2019
<P><P>A lifetime of secrets. A history untold. <P><P>No. It is a simple word, uttered on a summer porch in 1936.…And it will haunt Kitty Milton for the rest of her life. Kitty and her husband, Ogden, are both from families considered the backbone of the country. But this refusal will come to be Kitty’s defining moment, and its consequences will ripple through the Milton family for generations. <P><P>For while they summer on their island in Maine, anchored as they are to the way things have always been, the winds of change are beginning to stir. <P><P>In 1959 New York City, two strangers enter the Miltons’ circle. One captures the attention of Kitty’s daughter, while the other makes each of them question what the family stands for. This new generation insists the times are changing. And in one night, everything does. <P><P>So much so that in the present day, the third generation of Miltons doesn’t have enough money to keep the island in Maine. Evie Milton’s mother has just died, and as Evie digs into her mother’s and grandparents’ history, what she finds is a story as unsettling as it is inescapable, the story that threatens the foundation of the Milton family myth. <P><P>Moving through three generations and back and forth in time, The Guest Book asks how we remember and what we choose to forget. It shows the untold secrets we inherit and pass on, unknowingly echoing our parents and grandparents. Sarah Blake’s triumphant novel tells the story of a family and a country that buries its past in quiet, until the present calls forth a reckoning. <P><b>A New York Times Bestseller</b>
By Veera Hiranandani. 2018
A 2019 NEWBERY HONOR BOOK"A gripping, nuanced story of the human cost of conflict appropriate for both children and adults." …-Kirkus, starred reviewIn the vein of Inside Out and Back Again and The War That Saved My Life comes a poignant, personal, and hopeful tale of India's partition, and of one girl's journey to find a new home in a divided countryIt's 1947, and India, newly independent of British rule, has been separated into two countries: Pakistan and India. The divide has created much tension between Hindus and Muslims, and hundreds of thousands are killed crossing borders.Half-Muslim, half-Hindu twelve-year-old Nisha doesn't know where she belongs, or what her country is anymore. When Papa decides it's too dangerous to stay in what is now Pakistan, Nisha and her family become refugees and embark first by train but later on foot to reach her new home. The journey is long, difficult, and dangerous, and after losing her mother as a baby, Nisha can't imagine losing her homeland, too. But even if her country has been ripped apart, Nisha still believes in the possibility of putting herself back together.Told through Nisha's letters to her mother, The Night Diary is a heartfelt story of one girl's search for home, for her own identity...and for a hopeful future.
By Jennifer L. Armentrout. 2016
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout comes a riveting new story about friendship, survival and finding…your voiceFor some people, silence is a weapon. For Mallory "Mouse" Dodge, it's a shield. Growing up, she learned that the best way to survive was to say nothing. And even though it's been four years since her nightmare ended, she's beginning to worry that the fear that holds her back will last a lifetime.Now, after years of homeschooling with loving adoptive parents, Mallory must face a new milestone--spending her senior year at public high school. But of all the terrifying and exhilarating scenarios she's imagined, there's one she never dreamed of--that she'd run into Rider Stark, the friend and protector she hasn't seen since childhood, on her very first day.It doesn't take long for Mallory to realize that the connection she shared with Rider never really faded. Yet the deeper their bond grows, the more it becomes apparent that she's not the only one grappling with lingering scars from the past. And as she watches Rider's life spiral out of control, Mallory must make a choice between staying silent and speaking out--for the people she loves, the life she wants and the truths that need to be heard.
By Beatriz Williams. 2018
<P><P>New York Times bestselling author Beatriz Williams brings us the blockbuster novel of the season—an electrifying postwar fable of love,…class, power, and redemption set among the inhabitants of an island off the New England coast . . . <P><P>In the summer of 1951, Miranda Schuyler arrives on elite, secretive Winthrop Island as a schoolgirl from the margins of high society, still reeling from the loss of her father in the Second World War. When her beautiful mother marries Hugh Fisher, whose summer house on Winthrop overlooks the famous lighthouse, Miranda’s catapulted into a heady new world of pedigrees and cocktails, status and swimming pools. <P><P>Isobel Fisher, Miranda’s new stepsister—all long legs and world-weary bravado, engaged to a wealthy Island scion—is eager to draw Miranda into the arcane customs of Winthrop society.But beneath the island’s patrician surface, there are really two clans: the summer families with their steadfast ways and quiet obsessions, and the working class of Portuguese fishermen and domestic workers who earn their living on the water and in the laundries of the summer houses. <P><P>Uneasy among Isobel’s privileged friends, Miranda finds herself drawn to Joseph Vargas, whose father keeps the lighthouse with his mysterious wife. In summer, Joseph helps his father in the lobster boats, but in the autumn he returns to Brown University, where he’s determined to make something of himself. Since childhood, Joseph’s enjoyed an intense, complex friendship with Isobel Fisher, and as the summer winds to its end, Miranda’s caught in a catastrophe that will shatter Winthrop’s hard-won tranquility and banish Miranda from the island for nearly two decades. <P><P>Now, in the landmark summer of 1969, Miranda returns at last, as a renowned Shakespearean actress hiding a terrible heartbreak. On its surface, the Island remains the same—determined to keep the outside world from its shores, fiercely loyal to those who belong. <P><P>But the formerly powerful Fisher family is a shadow of itself, and Joseph Vargas has recently escaped the prison where he was incarcerated for the murder of Miranda’s stepfather eighteen years earlier. <P><P>What’s more, Miranda herself is no longer a naïve teenager, and she begins a fierce, inexorable quest for justice for the man she once loved . . . even if it means uncovering every last one of the secrets that bind together the families of Winthrop Island. <P><b>A New York Times Bestseller</b>
By Sam Vickery. 2021
&‘What an amazing unputdownable story!I started reading this book just before bed last night and the next thing I knew…it was the early hours and I&’d finished it. I couldn&’t stop reading, I just had to know how it would end… My heart broke for Maddie and I was on the edge of my seat… one that will stick with me forever!&’ Blogging for the Love of Authors and their Books, 5 stars I sit here beside her stroking her tiny hands as she sleeps and she looks so perfect. It never crossed my mind that something would be wrong with my sweet girl and I&’d be powerless to do anything to help her.When Madeline&’s six-year-old daughter Tilly collapses one Sunday night, Madeline&’s world is turned upside down. Racing to the hospital, she imagines the worst scenarios in her mind, but when they arrive the doctors say that Tilly is fine.Madeline&’s ex-husband Adam and her best friend Laura think Madeline is being overprotective, that Tilly fainted because of her fussy eating. But Madeline is sure something is seriously wrong with Tilly. She can feel it. And she believes that a mother&’s instinct is never wrong. Adam and Laura begin to believe that Tilly would be safer in their care, but Adam has no idea about the secret Laura has been hiding. And then Tilly&’s symptoms worsen, and Madeline realises that she may have to risk losing custody of Tilly to have any chance of saving her life… One Last Second is an emotional reminder of just how far a mother will go to protect her child. Readers of Jodi Picoult, Diane Chamberlain and Kate Hewitt will never be able to forget this heartbreaking and beautiful story. What readers are saying about One Last Second:&‘Wow! This book blew me away… Will make you think and break your heart in equal measure and is a breathtakingly beautifully written story of a mother&’s love. I will be looking out for more from this author.&’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars&‘This one pulls you in and tugs at your heart. Make sure you have plenty of tissues on hand. A tear-jerker for sure.&’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars&‘Wow! Such a brilliant read! A devastatingly frank, honest depiction of the power and intensity of a mothers love and belief and the lengths she will go to to protect her child!... I really didn&’t want to put it down and read it in one glorious sitting!&’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars&‘This book is so heart-rending!!... Beautifully written…It draws you in right from the first page and I couldn''t stop myself from turning the pages to reach the end.&’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars&‘A stunningly heartfelt novel, written so beautifully. I read it in one go and felt a whole rollercoaster of emotions…
By Vanessa Carnevale. 2021
As I watch her walk away, an arm raised to her face as she wipes tears from her eyes, I…wonder if I really can go through losing her again. Because if I do this, I might gain a child, but I’ll lose her in the process. Isla and Ben are devoted parents to their beloved daughter, Reese. She is their little miracle, the child they thought they&’d never have until donors made her existence possible. But Isla has never told Reese about her biological parents. She wants to be honest with her daughter, but can she bear to open up old wounds?Then Isla receives a call from Lucy, once her closest friend and the donor who made her dreams come true, and it seems she may need to make a decision sooner than she thought. They haven&’t spoken in almost ten years, but Lucy has devastating news: she has lost her beloved husband Nate, just after they decided they wanted to become parents after all.aHeartbroken for her friend, Isla welcomes Lucy back into her life. But then Lucy comes to Isla with a request that changes everything. If Lucy gets what she wants, Isla&’s perfect family could be destroyed.But would she deny the woman who helped her become a mother the chance for her own happiness? A Child of My Own is a heartbreaking, gripping and emotional story about motherhood, loss and friendship, perfect for fans of Jodi Picoult, Kelly Rimmer and Kate Hewitt.Why readers love A Child of My Own:&‘I devoured this novel whole in one sitting.My God what a ride… it broke my heart>/strong>… I cried and it takes a lot for a book to make me cry. A definite must read novel for 2021.&’ NetGalley reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐&‘Wow keep the tissues handy… This book will make you laugh and cry but also just fill your heart with love and friendship.&’ NetGalley reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐&‘This book grabbed me by the heart and wouldn't let go… Definitely recommend this book for its emotional and passionate telling of the torment and anguish these women had to bear.&’ Yaya Reads Lots of Books ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐&‘Spectacular and emotional… I was spellbound; Carnevale was instantly able to grab my attention and hold it for the entire plot! Her characters are so realistic you'll feel they are your friends, too.&’ Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐&‘A beautiful story about friendship, love, family and dreams come true. I loved it. It&’s filled with emotions… There was one sentence in the book that I had to reread a few times. I really could not believe my eyes. I never saw that coming. Wonderful story, great book.&’ B For Book Review ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐&‘A gem of a book. I was engaged from the first chapter and didn&’t want to put it down until I finished it… I highly recommend this book and look forward to the author&’s next offering…
By Kwame Alexander. 2018
From the New York Times bestselling author Kwame Alexander comes Rebound, a dynamic novel in verse and companion to his…Newbery Award-winner, The Crossover, illustrated with striking graphic novel panels. <P><P> Before Josh and Jordan Bell were streaking up and down the court, their father was learning his own moves. In this prequel to Newbery Medal winner The Crossover, Chuck Bell takes center stage, as readers get a glimpse of his childhood and how he became the jazz music worshiping, basketball star his sons look up to. <P>A novel in verse with all the impact and rhythm readers have come to expect from Kwame Alexander, Rebound will go back in time to visit the childhood of Chuck "Da Man" Bell during one pivotal summer when young Charlie is sent to stay with his grandparents where he discovers basketball and learns more about his family's past. <P><b>A New York Times Bestseller</b>
By Charlotte Emerson, Louisa Alcott. 1998
As the family prepares for Christmas, Beth befriends a beautiful but sickly pony that strays into the March's yard and…tries to keep it from being taken to Boston to be sold as a "useless beast."
By Julieta Valero. 2021
El debut en la ficción narrativa de la poeta Julieta Valero arma el puzzle emocional que une a dos mujeres…con una prosa mágica y sensual. «Una evidencia que nos asombra.» Una de las definiciones de Poesía que más me gustan vale igual para el deseo. El deseo y su objeto, que con la energía del verbo hacemos uno, eran cosas distintas antes de acontecernos. Yo conocía a Elena como a otras docenas de personas relacionadas con la educación de mi hijo. Qué maja, piensas, yendo hacia el coche; y ese mismo atisbo de simpatía cumplida ya es una película que plastifica a los interlocutores en su papel dado; somos padres, madres, somos nuestra función. El nombre propio y lo que pudiera desatar una mirada se obvian, como un vicio extraño. Pero sucede a veces que el plástico se funde. No por un calor que emana de la persona observada desde el yo. Nada cambió en Elena; mi deseo la encontró.” Con una prosa enérgica y sensual, Julieta Valero entrega una novela que se despliega en diferentes relatos y un libro de relatos que se lee como una novela. La forma y el tono varían, pero un tema se impone: adultos que crían al margen de la crianza, y los márgenes de la niñez como espacio que nos sigue hablando cuando ya somos adultos. Niños aparte dibuja un país en cambio constante, con sensibilidades enfrentadas y sin embargo familiares.
By Hannah Gold. 2021
An instant classic with a bear-sized heart, Hannah Gold’s debut novel is a touching story of kindness, adventure, and forging…your own path—perfect for fans of Pax and A Wolf Called Wander. There are no polar bears left on Bear Island. At least, that’s what April’s father tells her when his scientific research takes them to a faraway Arctic outpost. But one night, April catches a glimpse of something distinctly bear shaped loping across the horizon. A polar bear who shouldn’t be there—who is hungry, lonely and a long way from home. An excellent choice for readers in grades 3 to 7, this fierce celebration of friendship includes full-page black-and-white illustrations throughout, as well as information about the real Bear Island and the plight of the polar bears.
By Karen Dickson. 2021
&‘A compelling saga that will hold you fast from the first page to the last. Loved it&’ VAL WOOD, author…of The Lonely WifePerfect for fans of Dilly Court and Gracie Hart, The Dressmaker&’s Secret is a moving and heartfelt family saga from the talented author of The Shop Girl&’s Soldier. Dorset, 1876. When young Beatrice Cullen shows up in the local church with her illegitimate child in her arms, Reverend Michael Redfern takes it upon himself to help her. He finds her daughter, Lily, a home with a kindly couple. But when, at the age of 9, Lily loses her adopted parents, she is forced to live with her awful Aunt Doris and cousin Jez, who treat her no better than a slave. Lily can only seek solace in her dream of one day escaping her aunt and becoming a seamstress. Five years later, now aged fourteen, Lily makes a startling discovery: that her birth father is none other than local aristocrat Sir Frederick Copperfield. Lily is stunned. And when she gets the chance to work for the Copperfields, she can't pass up the opportunity to get to know her half-sister Eleanor. But will Eleanor ever really get to know her, or will Lily&’s true identity forever remain a secret? 'This rollercoaster of a novel draws you in from the first page. Expertly researched and a fabulous storyline with real heart at the centre... I devoured this in one sitting and look forward to more from this author. In short a gem of a read' FIONA FORD, author of Wartime at Liberty's 'A delight to read... Lily Hayter is a wonderful heroine whose resilience and integrity shine through as she struggles to claim a life of her choosing and find a family. At the heart of the story is a warmth and humanity that makes it a truly uplifting read. I thoroughly enjoyed it and was sorry when I reached the end because I wanted to linger in Dickson&’s world. I eagerly await more from Karen Dickson' VICKI BEEBY, author of The Ops Room Girls'The characters in this novel are so believable that I cared deeply about them from the first chapter. A heartfelt, hopeful account of one young woman&’s fight to keep her child safe when all the odds are against her. Atmospheric and beautifully written' JAN CASEY, author of The Women of Waterloo Bridge &‘An exciting, fresh and talented new voice – a five-star read!&’ CAROL RIVERS on The Shop Girl&’s Soldier
By Ali Benjamin. 2021
A marriage spirals out of control when the issues of our day—cultural, political, and social—becoming intensely personal in this fresh,…whip-smart novel for readers of Meg Wolitzer and Fleishman Is in Trouble. &“Sharply funny, perceptive, and surprising at every turn . . . Ali Benjamin is Edith Wharton with fresh eyes.&”—Amy Bloom, author of White HousesIt&’s September 2018. In Washington, D.C.,—and in cities and towns across America—women have taken to the streets to protest a Supreme Court nominee. And in Starkfield, Massachusetts—a sleepy rural town where nothing much ever happens—Ethan Frome&’s otherwise quiet life has turned upside down.Ethan&’s wife, Zo, is so enraged by the national political scene that she&’s transformed their home into a local headquarters for the Resistance. His college roommate and former business partner faces #metoo allegations, sending Ethan into increasingly desperate financial straits. His unruly, headstrong daughter, Alex, grows more challenging by the day.Enter Maddy Silver—a breezy, blue-haired millennial making her way through the gig economy. Suddenly Ethan and Zo must question everything: their past, their future, their marriage, and what they value most. And all the while, a world-rocking cultural smash-up inches ever closer to home.Inspired by a classic Edith Wharton novella about a strained marriage in a small town, The Smash-Up is at once an intimate, moving portrait of a family in distress, a vivid examination of our roiling national rancor, and a powerful exploration of how the things we fail to notice can shatter a family, a community, and a nation.
By Nicole Lesperance. 2021
The Hazel Wood meets The Astonishing Color of After in this dreamy, atmospheric novel that follows sixteen-year-old Eli as she…tries to remember what truly happened the night her mother disappeared off a frozen fjord in Norway under the Northern Lights.Never whistle at the Northern Lights, the legend goes, or they'll sweep down from the sky and carry you away.Sixteen-year-old Eline Davis knows it's true. She was there ten years ago, on a frozen fjord in Svalbard, Norway, the night her mother whistled at the lights and then vanished. Now, Eli lives an ordinary life with her dad on Cape Cod. But when the Northern Lights are visible over the Cape for just one night, she can't resist the possibility of seeing her mother again. So she whistles--and it works. Her mother appears, with snowy hair, frosty fingertips and a hazy story of where she's been all these years. And she doesn't return alone.Along with Eli's mother's reappearance come strange, impossible things. Narwhals swimming in Cape Cod Bay, meteorites landing in Eli's yard, and three shadowy princesses with ominous messages. It's all too much, too fast, and Eli pushes her mother away. She disappears again--but this time, she leaves behind a note that will send Eli on a journey across continents, to the northern tip of the world: Find me where I left you.
By Sam Vickery. 2021
&‘OH MY GOD!... I opened it and my heart already started breaking. It broke more and more until I found…myself with one million pieces of it… Made my heart bleed, my eyes well up and my bin fill up with wet tissues, but I ended with my heart full of warmth, my eyes crying happy tears and a big smile on my face. An amazingly beautiful story that I could not put down.&’ B for Bookreview, 5 stars There he is, my baby boy. His eyes are closed, his tiny rosebud mouth is pursed in sleep. My eyes well up as I catch a whiff of his newborn skin and I swallow back a wave of emotion. I should feel happy, I should feel grateful, but all I can think about is everything I just lost…It&’s a miracle when Katherine&’s baby boy is born healthy. But his twin sister doesn&’t survive, and when she is told she can&’t carry any more children she is desperate to adopt a sibling for her son.But her husband Davis won&’t agree. What if Katherine can&’t cope with another child?What if this breaks their marriage apart?If Katherine fights for the second child she has always dreamed of, will she lose the family she already has?An unforgettable and heart-wrenching page-turner about fighting for those we love. Readers of Jodi Picoult, Diane Chamberlain and Kate Hewitt will remember this story forever. What readers are saying about My Only Child:&‘One of the best books I''ve read in a while… I read this one in a day. An emotional read that left me crying at the end… Can a mother ever get over the loss of a baby, and do we even want to? A powerful book that will stay with you long after you read the last page.&’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars&‘Heartbreaking and equally heart-warming… Vickery is fast becoming a favourite of mine and this book is another knock out of the park for me… leads me through a rollercoaster of emotions… there was not a dry eye in the house as I read this book.&’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars&‘WOW!! Raw, emotional, heartbreaking & honest! This is a one-of-a-kind read! Haven''t read anything by Sam Vickery before this, but you can be sure I will be looking for latest! This is a must read!&’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars&‘I''ve loved Sam''s previous books for the raw emotion contained within the pages and this book is no different. You jump start into the action from page one.&’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars&‘With each chapter another layer is revealed meaning this really keeps you on your toes… Emotive writing that is thought provoking and relatable.&’ Supermum, 5 stars&‘So special… Sam Vickery did an amazing job writing this story… shows us the difficulty of moving forward, figuring out what to do, and really how to just make it through a day…
The Sunday Times Top 10 bestsellerWhat''s the secret ingredient to your happiness?Laura Griffin is preparing for an empty nest. The…thought of Number 11 Lark Hill falling silent - a home usually bustling with noise, people and the fragrant smells of something cooking on the Aga - seems impossible. Laura hopes it will mean more time for herself, and more time with her husband, Dom.But when an exposed secret shakes their marriage, Laura suddenly feels as though her family is shrinking around her. Feeling lost, she turns to her greatest comfort: her grandmother''s recipe box, a treasured collection dating back to the Second World War. Everyone has always adored Laura''s jams and chutneys, piled their sandwiches high with her pickles . . . Inspired by a bit of the old Blitz spirit, Laura has an idea that gives her a fresh sense of purpose. Full of fierce determination, Laura starts carving her own path. But even the bravest woman needs the people who love her. And now, they need her in return . . .The brand-new feel-good story from bestseller Veronica Henry - a perfect mix of family, friends and delicious food.*****Your favourite authors love A Family Recipe:''An utter delight'' Jill Mansell''Truly blissful escapism'' Lucy Diamond''A heart-warming, triumphant story combined with Veronica''s sublime writing - the perfect mix!'' Cathy Bramley''A delicious treat of a book'' Milly Johnson ''A beautiful book. Warm, emotional and full of hope'' Sarah MorganReaders have fallen in love with A Family Recipe:''So absolutely and completely gorgeous in every way!''''A delightful, heart-warming story about the importance of home, family, friends and the unbreakable bonds between them''''Wonderfully uplifting...A story of lost chances and second chances, tragedy and despair but also hope and resilience''''The perfect mix of food, family and friends provides the right ingredients for this delightful read''''My favourite book of 2018 - treat yourself to a delicious novel this summer''
By Vanessa Carnevale. 2021
&‘This book broke my heart. It reduced me to tears a quarter of the way in and I don&’t think…I stopped crying until the end.&’ Goodreads ReviewerYour life or your unborn child&’s – how do you choose?Paige and Nick are happy. They have a beautiful home, a loving family and, most importantly, they would do anything for each other. Now, they are having a baby and it feels like all their dreams are coming true.But joy turns to despair when they discover that Paige has a rare, life-threatening heart condition and they lose their longed-for child. Heartbroken, the couple must accept the reality that they may not become parents after all.Just as they begin to come to terms with their loss, Paige unexpectedly falls pregnant again. Paige&’s heart is still weak, and to carry the baby to term puts them both at risk. The couple now face an impossible decision: Paige&’s life or the life of their unborn child?If Paige keeps the baby, she could lose her life and destroy the man she loves. If Nick tries to stop her, he may lose them both forever. It&’s the most important decision they have ever had to make – and time is running out.My Life for Yours is a heartbreaking, gripping and emotional story about love, loss and an impossible choice, perfect for fans of Jodi Picoult, Kelly Rimmer and Kate Hewitt.What readers are saying about My Life for Yours:&‘WOW!!! What can I say about this book????… Grabbed me from page 1 and it kept me on the edge of my seat. So heartbreaking… I can honestly say I have only cried a handful of times when I have read a book and this one got to me!! This was fantastic.&’ Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐&‘An emotional and heartbreaking book and really makes you think about the heart wrenching choices some people have to make. Once I had started reading I couldn't put it down… be warned tissues will definitely be required.&’ Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐&‘Wow loved this book, it just blew me away. An emotional rollercoaster… I can't recommend this book enough.&’ Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐&‘OMG! I had to take a break after finishing this book!!… I had two mini Niagara Falls flowing down my face… It made me smile, it made me cry… One of the best books in this category that I have ever read… I have found 'my' queen of the waterworks.&’ Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐&‘Freakin fantabulous!!..…
&‘Whoa!!! I stayed up till 6am reading this book! I needed to know the ending! This book was TWISTED. In…the best and worst way… Jaw-dropping.&’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 starsYou&’d be lost without her…She&’s the shoulder you cry on when the father of your children disappears.She&’s the person you turn to when he comes back, begging for forgiveness.She&’s by your side when you discover his guilty secrets.She helps rock your babies to sleep when they cry.She&’s your friend when you have no one else.She&’s the woman upstairs, whose feet you hear treading above as you drift off at night, thankful you aren&’t alone.But what if you&’re about to lose everything because of her?One of the most twisted, shocking, heart-stopping psychological thrillers you&’ll ever read! Fans of K.L. Slater, The Wife Between Us and The Girl on the Train, prepare to be kept up way past your bedtime as you race through this addictive page-turner.Readers absolutely love The Woman Upstairs:&‘I absolutely loved it!... I was like superglue stuck to the pages racing through it as I could not get enough… A twist to end all twists that took my breath away… The tension built throughout, gave me many heart pounding moments and I was on the edge of my seat.&’ Once Upon A Time Book, 5 stars&‘Oh… my… goodness. What a rollercoaster of a read, just brilliant, full of twists and turns and I was gripped from the first page… Brilliant, addictive… A nail-biting and edge-of-your-seat ending.&’ NetGalley Reviewer, 5 stars&‘WOW!... This book has more twists than a corkscrew. You no sooner get through with one twist and BAM the next one comes.&’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars&‘WOW! Still reeling from the moment I read the final chapter… A book I devoured easily in just over 24 hours.&’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars&‘Wow and wow again! A stonkingly good read… I raced through this, it&’s that good!!&’ NetGalley Reviewer, 5 stars&‘Wow!... This one was perfect! So twisty and gripping!&’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars &‘I could not put this book down! I wanted to keep reading it!... I thoroughly enjoyed this book and have been telling people they MUST read it.&’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars &‘WOW!!... Fabulous.&’ NetGalley Reviewer, 5 stars&‘Sooooo good! I couldn&’t put this book down and flipped pages late into the night until I finished…
The small green chest was concealed at the back of her father&’s wardrobe. Its hinges were made of brass that…must once have shone, but now the surface was roughened and dull. As she opened the lock, there was only one thing inside: a letter, postmarked 1895, Paris. England, 1895. Louisa West, a young beauty from Boston, looks like she has it all: a handsome husband, she is lady of Ashworth Manor and one day she&’ll be a duchess. But in truth, her life is falling apart. Louisa&’s honeymoon is barely over when her husband deserts her, leaving her devastated and alone. She flees to Paris, longing to escape her grief, but finds only tragedy…Boston, 2015. Life hasn&’t been kind to Sarah West. In one year, she has lost both her parents and her marriage. After her father&’s death, Sarah is sorting through his belongings when she finds a letter about her mysterious ancestor, Louisa. There have always been whispers in the family about Louisa&’s suicide—from a high balcony in Paris—but as Sarah reads, she starts to question everything she was told. Desperate to leave her broken heart behind, she books a trip to Paris to find out more…When Sarah arrives in the city of lights, the cobbled streets of Montmartre and the river Seine at twilight make her heart sing. Then, on the bookshelf of a beautiful Paris apartment, hidden inside the yellowing pages of an old novel, she finds a note about Louisa which shatters Sarah&’s understanding of her family&’s past. Did Louisa really throw herself from a Paris balcony? And when Sarah uncovers the truth, will it change everything about her future? An utterly captivating and emotional historical novel from bestselling author Ella Carey that will transport you to Paris at its most glamorous. From a Paris Balcony will have fans of Rhys Bowen, Fiona Valpy and My Name is Eva totally gripped! Readers are utterly enchanted by From a Paris Balcony: &“This book was amazing!!!Loved the story. Highly recommend. This is a book I will remember for a very long time.&” Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐&“A must-read!!… I never guessed the ending throughout the entire book! I didn&’t want the story to end.&” Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐&“The setting in Paris and the mystery behind the suicide of Louisa keeps you hooked. I read this book straight through until morning.&” Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐&“Ms Carey has done it again, taken me on a journey back in time with heartfelt emotion, romance and drama I felt like I was back in these times… A fabulously written story… Truly, I loved this one from page one and can&’t recommend it enough. Do yourself a favour and spend a few hours engrossed in this book. Thank you Ms Carey for another keeper.&” Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐&“A must-read…
By Jennifer Weiner. 2004
First comes love. Then comes marriage. And then things start to get really interesting... In Good in Bed, Cannie Shapiro…conquered public heartbreak and shaky self-esteem. In In Her Shoes, Rose and Maggie Feller learned about family secrets and the ties that bind. Now, in Jennifer Weiner's richest, wittiest, most true-to-life novel yet, this highly acclaimed storyteller brings readers a tale of romance, friendship, forgiveness, and extreme sleep deprivation, as three very different women navigate one of life's most wonderful and perilous transitions: the journey of new motherhood. Rebecca Rothstein-Rabinowitz is a plump, sexy chef who has a wonderful husband, supportive friends, a restaurant that's received citywide acclaim, a beautiful baby girl...and the mother-in-law from hell. Kelly Day's life looks picture-perfect. But behind the doors of her largely empty apartment, she's struggling to balance work and motherhood and marriage, while entering Oliver's every move (and movement) on a spreadsheet, and dealing with an unemployed husband who seems content to channel-surf for eight hours a day. And Ayinde Towne is already on shaky ground, trying to live her life to the letter of a how-to guide called Baby Success, when her basketball superstar husband breaks her trust at the most vulnerable moment in her life, putting their marriage in peril -- and their new family even more in the public eye. Then there's Lia Frederick, a Philadelphia native who has just come home, leaving Los Angeles behind, along with her glamorous Hollywood career, her husband, and a tragic secret, to start her life all over again. With her trademark warmth and humor, Weiner tells the story of what happens after happily ever after...and how an eight-pound bundle of joy can shake up every woman's sense of herself in the world around her. From prenatal yoga to postbirth sex, from sisters and husbands to mothers and mothers-in-law, Little Earthquakes is a frank, funny, fiercely perceptive Diaper Genie-eye view of the comedies and tragedies of love and marriage.