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A brand-new series by Nicola May, author of ebook sensation THE CORNER SHOP IN COCKLEBERRY BAY.Bestselling sensation Nicola May is…back with a brand new series!Thirty-three-year-old Kara Moon dreamt of going to college to study floristry but couldn't bring herself to leave her emotionally delicate single father, and has worked on the market's flower stall ever since leaving school.When her good-for-nothing boyfriend Jago cheats on her and steals her life savings, she finally dumps him and rents out her spare room as an Airbnb. Gossip flies around the town as Kara welcomes a series of foreign guests to her flat overlooking the estuary.Then an anonymous postcard arrives, along with a plane ticket to New York - and there begins the first of three trips of a lifetime, during which she will learn important lessons about herself, her life and what she wants from it - and perhaps find love along the way.(P) 2021 Hodder & Stoughton Ltd
By Philip Van Doren Stern. 1943
A beautiful gift edition of the heartwarming story that became the Christmas classic, It's a Wonderful Life.For almost seventy years,…people the world over have fallen in love with Frank Capra's classic Christmas movie It's a Wonderful Life. But few of those fans know that Capra's film was based on a short story by author Philip Van Doren Stern, which came to Stern in a dream one night. Unable at first to find a publisher for his evocative tale about a man named George Pratt who ponders suicide until he receives an opportunity to see what the world would be like without him, Stern ultimately published the story in a small pamphlet and sent it out as his 1943 Christmas card. One of those 200 cards found its way into the hands of Frank Capra, who shared it with Jimmy Stewart, and the film that resulted became the holiday tradition we cherish today. Now fans of It's a Wonderful Life, or anyone who loves the spirit of Christmas, can own the story that started it all in an elegant, illustrated edition that's perfect for holiday giving. It includes an Afterword by Stern's daughter, Marguerite Stern Robinson, that tells the story of how her father's Christmas card became the movie beloved by generations of people around the world.
By Aled Jones. 2021
Meet Bobby: an ordinary kid with an extraordinary voice!Sent off to school for the first time in his life, nine-year-old…Bobby Dean is busy making new friends, learning lines for the Nativity Play, and trying to not laugh at the head teacher's terrible jokes. But then Bobby Dean discovers that when he sings magical things can happen! From rescuing kidnapped dogs, helping Santa, and even travelling back in time - Bobby Dean's first term is going to be one full of wonder, adventure, and the magic of song! Bobby Dean Saves Christmas is a magical and fun packed adventure for kids highlighting the importance of friendship, loyalty, accepting differences and above all being yourself it is perfect to be read aloud or for children to read alone.
Charlie hates the holidays, and this year is shaping up to be her worst yuletide ever. Her boyfriend has left…her for his personal trainer, her flat is out of bounds after a gas leak, and her mother has gone to spend Christmas in Melbourne with her fifth husband. Finding herself single, mildly concussed and temporarily homeless, Charlie hesitantly agrees to dust off her wellies and spend the festive season in Devon, looking after Cosy Canine Cottages, her cousin Jez's dog-care centre. However, her plans for a quiet rural Christmas with only the four-legged friends for company are dashed as soon as she meets Malcolm the deaf Great Dane, Hugo, his gorgeous (but engaged) owner, and Cal, the undeniably attractive but unbearably haughty and patronising local vet...Read by Candida Gubbins(p) Orion Publishing Group 2018
By Veronica Henry. 2019
The joyous Christmas novel from the Sunday Times top-ten bestselling author of A Family Recipe and The Beach Hut'A glorious…story full of hope, heartache and Christmas magic' Cathy Bramley'Wise, insightful, beautiful written and sprinkled with Christmas joy - I adored this book' Milly JohnsonEveryone adores Christmas . . .Especially Lizzy Kingham. But this year, she is feeling unloved and under-appreciated by her family. The present-buying, decorating and food shopping have all been left to her. So she wonders ... what would happen if she ran away and left them to it?Lizzy heads to her favourite place: a beach hut on the golden sands of Everdene. There she meets an unlikely collection of new friends, all running away from something. But the spirit of Christmas gets under Lizzy's skin: soon the fairy lights are twinkling and the scent of mulled wine mingles with the sea air.Back at Pepperpot Cottage, her family are desperate to find her. For Christmas isn't Christmas without Lizzy. Can they track her down in time and convince her she means the world to them, every day of the year?Bursting with love, hope, forgiveness - and plenty of Christmas cheer - this is the perfect stocking filler!***Veronica Henry's next beach hut novel, A Wedding at the Beach Hut, is available to pre-order now!********Your favourite authors love Veronica Henry:'Insightful and heart-warming, this is the perfect cosy read for a cold winter's night. I loved it' Sarah Morgan'A Christmas treat!' Katie Fforde'Full of comfort and joy, warmth and wit' Alexandra BrownEscape to the seaside this Christmas!
'I just LOVE [Elin Hilderbrand's] books, they are such compulsive reads' -Marian KeyesWarm up for winter on a Caribbean beach…with New York Times Bestselling author Elin Hilderbrand.Irene Steele's life is idyllic, until it is rocked by a late-night phone call that brings news of her husband's sudden death. Even in the midst of her crippling grief, Irene cannot get one question out of her head: why was his body found on St. John, a tropical Caribbean paradise far removed from their suburban life?Leaving the cold Nantucket winter behind, Irene flies hundreds of miles to get to the island - only to learn that her husband had a secret second family. As she delves deeper into the mysterious circumstances surrounding the death of the man she loved, she is plunged into a web of intrigue and deceit belied by the pristine white sandy beaches of St. John's. ************** Praise for Elin Hilderbrand: 'Oozes plenty of drama' - Heat 'A page turner' - Coastal Living 'Her imagination is endless' - Book Reporter(P)2019 Hodder & Stoughton Limited
By Sheila O'Flanagan. 2003
Who you meet can change your life for ever...A wonderful collection of short stories from Sheila O'Flanagan, Sunday Times bestselling…author of THE MISSING WIFE and THE HIDEAWAY. The Moment We Meet was previously published as Destinations. Featuring an exclusive Q&A with Sheila O'Flanagan...Perfect for readers of Catherine Alliott and Marian Keyes. A young PR girl has the night of her life at a glitzy work event and finds more than just her face splashed across the newspapers the next day. Two women listen in on each other's phone calls and learn more about themselves than they ever expected. And a wife faces up to the truth that her husband isn't a man she feels safe with.Everyone aboard this train is on a journey - and they all have a story to tell...Praise for Sheila O'Flanagan's bestselling novels:'Wonderfully escapist...captivating' Daily Express'A beautiful backdrop to the story of a woman finding acceptance and new beginnings' Woman & Home'A hugely enjoyable romance, written with pace and heart' Sunday Mirror'Page-turner' Bella'I read the book in one sitting as it was so enjoyable, full of romance and kept you riveted until the last page' Woman's Way(P)2018 Headline Publishing Group Ltd
By Amy Lane. 2010
In a perfect moment of cold November sunshine, pudgy accountant Kit Allen realizes Jesse, his new office assistant, is everything…he's ever dreamed about in a man. Feeling supremely unworthy and desperate to get a life--even an imaginary one--Kit embarks on a self-improvement campaign featuring DVD fitness guru, Danny Fit. In the meantime, Jesse has begun a subtle campaign of his own, one designed to bring Kit out of his DVD dream world and into Jesse's arms. Jesse isn't perfect--he's no Danny Fit--but he hopes that the kind, funny man who has been looking at him so soulfully since his first day at work has what it takes to be everything Jesse has always wanted.
By Robert L. Fouch. 2017
Carol really loves Christmas. The decorating and shopping, the Christmas sweaters and music—she wishes it all could be a year-round…event. The only downside to the holiday is that she lives in Florida (not exactly the land of snow) and her only family is her Uncle Christopher, who adopted Carol when she was young, after her father's disappearance and mother's death. Her uncle owns a toy company and is super rich—but he's a grinch and a workaholic. Then, on a magical December trip to NYC, Carol meets her destiny. Santa—the real man with the bag—meets Carol at the top of Rockefeller Center, overlooking the tree. There he explains that Carol is descended from a long line of Defenders of Claus, those who protect and serve Santa. Carol's dad was a Defender. And now Carol has been tapped to fulfill his legacy. Who would want to hurt Santa? Someone pretty scary and shady, it appears—a masked man who's trying to destroy Christmas! Carol is whisked off to the North Pole on the adventure of a lifetime. Can she help save Santa before it's too late?
By Bibi Belford. 2016
The holidays are quickly approaching, but the kids in Sandro’s class celebrate in many different ways: Jazzy celebrates Christmas, Ruben…celebrates Hanukah, and Sandro’s family celebrates el Día de los Reyes. The one thing most cultures have in common though is gift-giving! And who doesn’t love to get gifts? The class decides to hold a secret swap, and when Sandro comes up with an amazing gift idea, he learns that sometimes giving gifts is even more fun than receiving them. Curl up someplace cozy and rediscover the lovable Sandro and his friends in this heartwarming holiday story about kindness, family, and community.
By Ángel Domínguez. 2017
“On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, a partridge in a pear tree.” The melody…is almost instantly recognizable to most people. The song was originally written and published as an English folk song, though its origins are thought to be in France. The melody was added in the early 1900s by Frederic Austin, which only increased the song’s popularity and helped to inspire countless adaptations, many in book form.Featured in this beautiful edition are vibrant vintage-styled illustrations by award-winning illustrator Ángel Domínguez. These illustrations only enhance the joy and merriment of this Christmas classic by merging that endearing, time-honored quality with a modern, high-quality product. Pass this charming tradition down to the next generation of readers, singers, and poets, and let parents share an invaluable experience with their children in the days preceding the arrival of good ol’ St. Nick.
By Nancy Krulik, Amanda Burwasser, Mike Moran. 2018
Logan’s surprised when the Silverspoon Twins invite Java and him to their birthday party. They say it’s going to be…the biggest, most incredible party ever. The local newspaper is even going to send a reporter to cover it! But Logan knows one thing for certain—he better come up with a really good present, or he’ll never hear the end of it. When the boys get to the party, it’s a full-blown carnival. And even though Logan’s warned Java to act normal (which is pretty hard for a robot), there’s a lot that can go wrong . . . and it does! And worse, the reporter seems to have noticed. Logan’s worried that she’ll find out his cousin’s secret! As the reporter starts asking all sorts of questions, Logan announces that all of Java’s feats of strength and shock are just an illusion, and launches into an impromptu magic show with his amazing assistant, Java, to throw her off the trail. But will Logan be able to make this whole mess—Abracadabra!—disappear, before Java’s big secret becomes headline news? International bestselling author Nancy Krulik and her incredibly talented daughter, Amanda Burwasser, spin hilarious high jinks in the sixth book in the Project Droid series, which combines the literalness of Amelia Bedelia with a wacky modern edge, making for hours of laughter. And the fun continues with an activity in the back!
'A heart warmer' HeatWill a magical winter in Lapland help Myla fall in love with festive?Myla is the UK's least-festive…woman. Starting the year she found out the truth about Santa Claus, everything bad that's ever happened to her occurs around Christmas. Nowadays, she wants nothing to do with this time of year, so of course she would lose the bet with her sister and be forced to put herself forward for a seasonal job in Lapland, welcoming tourists to Santa's winter wonderland for the holidays.Ten weeks, temperatures well below freezing, days that are mostly dark, and the need to stay brimming with Christmas spirit doesn't fill Myla with joy as she heads off to the arctic circle for winter in Finland. But as she discovers that Lapland is more than Santa Claus's Village, the very last person she ever thought she'd fall for turns out to be a man who plays an Elf, and who is bound to stay in character at all times.Will a little love under the Northern Lights convince Myla that her bad luck might finally have come to an end?Filled with husky sledding, falling snow and heart-warming seasonal romance, this is the perfect festive treat for fans of Sarah Morgan and Heidi SwainPRAISE FOR ISLA GORDON:'Heart-warming and full of hope. I loved it' HEIDI SWAIN, Sunday Times bestselling author'The most beautiful, heart-warming story. Gorgeously cosy, uplifting . . . utterly lovely book' HOLLY MARTIN, bestselling author'Dogs + snow + romance = Sunday afternoon bliss!' Fabulous'Original, funny and so, so romantic'Cressida McLaughlin
THE SECOND NOVEL IN THE BRAND NEW SAGA SERIES BY MAGGIE MASON - MEET THE HALFPENNY GIRLS. . . 'In…the grand tradition of sagas set down by the late and great Catherine Cookson ' Jean Fullerton on Blackpool LassWill their prayers be answered at the most wonderful time of the year?/font>As Christmas approaches, Alice, Edith and Marg continue to face hardships growing up on one of the poorest streets in Blackpool. Penniless, their friendship has helped them survive this far, but it'll take more than that to see them through the dark days that lie ahead . . .Newly married Alice receives shocking news about her pregnancy that threatens the future she's always dreamed of, Marg is struggling to care for her ailing mother and ensure her little sister receives the education she deserves, and Edith is grieving the loss of her family while preparing to marry her sweetheart. The Halfpenny Girls once again are faced with a struggle, but with the festive season upon them will family, friendship and Christmas spirit see them through?The second in a brand new series from reader favourite Maggie Mason, The Halfpenny Girls is the perfect heart-warming family saga about overcoming hardship and the value of friendship. Perfect for fans of Val Wood, Kitty Neale and Rosie Goodwin.Readers LOVE Maggie Mason's Blackpool sagas:'5 stars - I wish I could give it more. Wonderful read.''Another must read book''What a brilliant book. I couldn't put it down!''I was hooked from the first page . . . this author is a must read''A totally absorbing read'
By Debbie Macomber. 2021
The brand new festive romance from Debbie Macomber, the #1 New York Times bestselling author and the queen of Christmas…fiction!ALL SHE WANTS FOR CHRISTMAS IS HER HAPPILY EVER AFTER . . .Lindy Carmichael isn't feeling particularly joyful as she returns to her childhood home for Christmas with her family. Having just had her heart broken, not even her favourite Christmas carols and cookies can put her in the festive spirit. That is, until her mother reveals a box of Lindy's childhood letters to Santa in the hope of restoring her faith.Reminiscing about what she'd wished for as a child sparks the inspiration Linda needs to get her life back on track. With her mother's encouragement, she decides to write a new letter to Santa, filled with her hopes for the future - and little does she know, her wishes are about to unfold in the most unexpected of ways . . .With a little Christmas magic - and a surprising connection with a handsome former classmate - will Lindy realise that there truly is no place like home for the holidays? Dear Santa is a warm and wintry delight from the #1 New York Times bestselling author. The perfect Christmas read for fans of Heidi Swain, Carole Matthews and Milly Johnson
By Noel Streatfeild. 2018
'The wonderful Noel Streatfeild's Christmas Stories collects, for the first time, nine festive stories originally written for annuals and magazines…in the 1940s and 1950s . . . As ever, Streatfeild's children always feel utterly real and relatable. A beautifully produced treat' Anna Carey, Irish Times In this captivating collection of stories by the author of Ballet Shoes, there are auditions on stage and antics on ice, trips to the pantomime, holiday adventures, and laughter shared with family and friends. Charming, heartwarming and funny, this collection will bring joy to readers of all ages.Originally written in 1940s-60s for annuals, magazines and the radio, these stories have never been collected before.With enchanting line drawings by by Peter Bailey.Stories include:The AuditionThe Bells Keep Twelfth NightThe Moss RoseThimbleThe PrincessThe ChainChristmas at CollersThe Pantomime GooseSkating to the Stars
By Noel Streatfeild. 2018
*'Classic Noel Streatfeild at her warm-hearted best. I absolutely loved it' Hilary McKay, author of THE SKYLARKS' WAR*'Such rewarding reading'…Daily TelegraphThere are stories for every reader in this delightful collection - exciting crime-solving adventures; nervous young actors in the spotlight for the first time; unforgettable holidays and unlikely friendships.Featuring beautiful illustrations by PETER BAILEYStories include: The Plain One; Devon Mettle; Chicken for Supper; Flag's Circus; The Secret; Coralie; Ordinary Me; Cows Eat Flowers; Andrew's Trout; The Old Fool; Let's Go Coaching; Howard; The Quiet Holiday; Roberta; Green SilkOriginally written for annuals and magazines from the 1930s-70s, these newly discovered stories make captivating reading for Noel Streatfeild fans of all ages.
By Ann Kidd Taylor. 2017
'A delicious summer read' RedbookA captivating romance set on a beautiful Florida island, from the New York Times bestselling co-author…of Travelling with Pomegranates (written with Sue Monk Kidd). Not to be missed by fans of Nicholas Sparks and Jojo Moyes.How do you choose between your first love and a sizzling new romance?On a summer day in 1988, two extraordinary things happen to twelve-year-old Maeve Donnelly. First, she is kissed by Daniel, the boy of her dreams. Then, she is attacked by a shark.Eighteen years later, Maeve is a world-travelling biologist, swimming with the animals that once threatened her life. She is on the brink of a relationship with a fellow diver. Yet, as she returns to the idyllic island where she grew up, she is haunted by memories of Daniel, her first love, and what might have been. A meeting with a sweet six-year-old girl fascinated by sharks draws Maeve back into Daniel's life. Suddenly she's awash in old feelings. Will she forgive Daniel for the mistakes of their youth? Or will she open her heart to Nicholas, the handsome colleague who shares her passion for the ocean?What readers are saying about The Shark Club:'I loved everything about this glorious book' Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars'The most perfect book to read during the summer' Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars'I completely adored this novel' Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars'The romance was beautifully done... Loved it!' Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars(P)2017 Random House Audio
By Tilly Tennant. 2021
&‘An absolutely wonderful read which will bring you joy, happiness and some heart-wrenching moments… full of laughter, love and cheer…– a perfect book to read make you smile and transport you to all the delights of the seaside!&’ Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Run away to Sea Salt Bay, where the sand is warm and soft, the sea is a perfect blue, and a candy-coloured waffle house is about to change Sadie&’s life… For as long as she can remember, Sadie&’sgrandparents have run the waffle house on the pier at Sea Salt Bay. With its pretty painted chairs, sweet smells, and the warm advice of her beloved grandparents, the waffle house is like a second homeBut when Sadie&’s grandfather dies, leaving her grandmother without an anchor, Sadie must make a difficult decision. She quits her job and moves back home, determined to keep things going. The trouble is, she knows nothing about running a business, and learning at a million miles an hour with a shop full of hungry people isn&’t easy. When she nearly burns the waffle house down, she has to admit she needs to get some help.Her ex-boyfriend Declanpromises to be there for her but Sadie worries that getting too close is a mistake – especially as he has a new girlfriend now. And anyway she&’s just met newcomer Luke, with his gorgeous suntan and mellow voice…Sadie&’s family have always loved Declan and they&’re not too sure about Luke, leaving Sadie unsure which way to turn. A terrible accident at sea forces her to look into her heart, but what if it&’s already too late to tell the right man that she loves him?If you love stolen kisses under the pier, walking along spray-capped shores eating ice cream, and books by Lucy Diamond, Jill Mansell and Jenny Colgan, you will fall in love with this romantic, heart-breaking read. Readers love The Waffle House on the Pier: &‘I adore Tilly&’s books. Another great book. Perfect summer sunbathing read. Transports you there when have to stay at home. Highly recommended&’Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐&‘The story is such a lovely read… I was totally caught up in the loveliness which oozed out of this book! The characters were all likeable and down-to-earth, the storyline holds you until the very last pageand the location is just perfect! Would definitely recommend!!&’ Stardust Book Reviews, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ &‘Wonderfully written… This novel is about family and romance and falling in love. Tilly Tennant has written an amazing novelonce again. Wonderful read. I was hooked from page one! Loved it!&’ Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐&‘Every book I have read by Tilly, always brings a smile to my face…
By Tilly Tennant. 2021
The fairy lights are up and shoppers are flooding the snowy seaside promenade. It’s going to be a busy month…at Forget-Me-Not Vintage, a magical shop with a warm heart where every item has a story to be told.With bright red hair and an infectious smile, Dodie is a hopeless romantic and absolutely one of a kind, just like the pieces in her shop. When Dodie finds a love letter in the pocket of an old woollen coat, she makes it her mission to deliver it to its rightful owner. Following the address, she manages to persuade the handsome but reluctant new tenant, Edward, to help her with her search.As the story of the letter unfolds, Dodie is there, as always, to pick up the pieces and make things right. But who will be there for her when her own love story needs a helping hand?Is it too much to dream of a happy ending like the ones in the black and white movies she adores?If you’re looking for a sweep-you-off-your-feet romance that will warm you through and through then the door to Forget-Me-Not Vintage is always open. Perfect for fans of Jane Linfoot, Debbie Johnson and Jenny Colgan.What readers are saying about A Very Vintage Christmas:‘This is a truly wonderful story!!... It’s a story of friendship, love, family and of course Christmas!! … Fabulous!! Five Big Fat Vintage Stars!!’ Stardust Book Reviews, 5 stars‘Oozing with Christmas charm, this is the perfect book to add to your holiday reads!’ Darcy’s Book Blog, 4 stars‘A wonderful book that had me smiling and laughing…I can''t wait for A Cosy Candlelit Christmas.’ Rachel’s Random Reads, 5 stars‘This was my first Christmas book of the season and it’s a fabulous start. It made me fall in love with Tilly Tennant and I’m really excited for Christmas already. The storyline had me smiling throughout, gave me a warm feeling and the writing adds so many sparks… I enjoyed every second of it.’ Simona’s Corner of Dreams, 5 stars‘I am a massive fan of Tilly Tennant''s books so jumped at the chance to get my hands on this brand-new release!... After the first few pages I was hooked! I love the writing style and the characters were just superb - the plot was brilliant and I loved the ending too - it really is the most delightful story!!... Grab yourself a nice warm drink and curl up ready to feel all warm and cosy inside - no hesitation in giving this a massive five shiny stars!!’ Donnas Book Blog, 5 stars‘What a fabulous book! I''m a huge fan of the Tilly Tennant books, she''s quickly becoming my favourite cosy writer!... I highly recommend this story if you''re looking for a nice cosy read this winter!’ Caoimhas Books and Lit, 5 stars‘The storyline had me smiling throughout... I adored the quirkiness of it and the characters. While reading it, it made me feel all warm inside. I could imagine a warm fire and hot chocolate…