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By Hilary Boyd. 2017
'Tackles a difficult subject with a light touch to keep you turning the pages' VERONICA HENRYA perfect husbandTo their friends,…Lily and Freddy have a great marriage. He taught her to love again after the death of her first husband. But when Freddy becomes tense and distracted, a life-changing truth is revealed.A terrible shockFreddy has built up massive gambling debts that threaten to destroy not only his life but Lily's as well.Should she go forward - or back?Her friends and family urge her to forget him and move on - easier said than done. Is her willingness to give him a second chance just down to loyalty? Or is the truth something altogether darker? 'Boyd is terrific at cutting to the quick of modern relationships' WOMAN & HOME
By Linda Green. 2010
'A funny, dark read' Closer 'Smart, witty writing' ElleA 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 . . .****Readers are LOVING I Did a Bad Thing...'What an inspiring novel' *****'A great read. dark and funny and will pull at the heart strings' *****'I absolutely loved this book!' *****'Another triumph for Linda Green' *****
By Laura Jane Williams. 2016
'...a cult hit' - Grazia'LJ's honesty and voice are unique in a crowded market' - Stylist'If you've ever felt a…little lost, I hope this book finds its way to you' - Daisy Buchanan 'Everyone is writing about sex. Some are even doing it. Haven't we all been waiting for someone to look at what happens when you opt out, and to do it with not only humour...but also true empowerment? Call off the search. At last, here she is' - The GuylinerWhen the man Laura Jane Williams thought she'd wed dumped her and married her friend, she was devastated. Empty. Drinking too much, sleeping around, and moving from place-to-place in a refusal to put down roots, she tried to fill the void - the gaping hole - that heartbreak had left behind. She wanted control. To grab life by the balls. To live boldly. But, she rapidly learned it wasn't that simple.Resolving that life couldn't go on as it was - that the backlog of men and sadness that haunted her would not define her - Laura declared a year-long vow of celibacy, ultimately finding herself in a Riviera convent as she slowly put pieces of herself back together.An honest exploration of a young woman's soul and a road trip through Italy, America, Paris and...Derby, BECOMING is a book that makes you laugh and makes you cry, but most of all? It makes you realise that even when the going gets tough, no one is really f*cking up like they think they are.
By Joanna Bolouri. 2015
'I would give this book 6 stars if I could!' Amazon reviewer. The runaway bestselling romantic comedy!Phoebe Henderson may be…single but she sure doesn't feel fabulous. It's been a year since she found her boyfriend Alex in bed with another woman, and multiple cases of wine and extensive relationship analysis with best friend Lucy have done nothing to helpFaced with a new year but no new love, Phoebe concocts a different kind of resolution. The List: ten things she's always wanted to do in bed but has never had the chance (or the courage!) to try. A bucket list for between the sheets. One year of pleasure, no strings attached. Simple, right? Factor in meddlesome colleagues, friends with benefits, getting frisky al fresco and maybe, possibly, true love and Phoebe's got her work cut out for her.[*Contains adult material*]
Sunday Times bestselling foster carer Maggie Hartley faces one of the toughest challenges of her career when she is forced…to choose between two children in her care. A heartbreaking true story perfect for fans of Cathy Glass, Casey Watson, Angela Hart and Rosie Lewis. ***** THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER At just ten years old, Kirsty has already suffered a lifetime of heartache and suffering. Neglected by her teenage mother and taken into care, Kirsty thought she had found her forever family when she is fostered by Pat and Mike, who she comes to see as her real mum and dad. But when Pat has a heart attack and collapses in front of her, Kirsty's foster family say it's all her fault. They blame her temper tantrums for putting Pat under stress and they don't want Kirsty in their lives anymore. Kirsty is still reeling from this rejection when she comes to live with foster carer Maggie Hartley. She acts out, smashing up Maggie's home and even threatens to hurt the baby boy Maggie has fostered since birth. Social Services must take Kirsty's threat seriously and Maggie is forced to choose between eight-month-old Ryan, who she's grown to love, or angry Kirsty, who will most likely end up in a children's home if Maggie can no longer care for her. Maggie is in an impossible position, one that calls in to question her decision to become a foster carer in the first place... An inspiring and heartwarming read, perfect for fans of Cathy Glass, Casey Watson, Angela Hart and Rosie Lewis.Discover why readers are loving Maggie Hartley"I can honestly say nothing has gripped me like this for years, I am just devouring each book one by one!" - Amazon Reviewer, 5 stars"This was the first book that I had read by Maggie Hartley but it definitely won't be the last. Couldn't put it down and many tears. Absolutely loved it." - Amazon Reviewer, 5 stars"I absolutely loved this book. It is up there with one of the best. I have laughed and I have cried. I would give it ten stars if I could." - Amazon Reviewer, 5 stars
'A heart-clangingly powerful stunner of a novel' - Isabelle Broom. Perfect for fans of Jojo Moyes, Lucy Dillon and Amanda…Prowse. Can you ever outrun the past?It's Zoe's wedding day. She's about to marry Jamie, the love of her life. Then a phone call comes out of the blue, with the news that her mum Gina has been arrested. Zoe must make an impossible decision: should she leave her own wedding to help?Zoe hasn't seen Gina for years, blaming her for the secret that she's been running from ever since she was sixteen. Now, Gina is back in her life, but she's very different to the mum Zoe remembers. Slowly but surely, Gina is losing her memory.As she struggles to cope with Gina's illness, can Zoe face up to the terrible events of years ago and find her way back to the people she loves?A Life Without You is a stirring and poignant novel about the power of the past - and the possibilities of the future. *What readers are saying about A Life Without You:*'A story that will evoke every emotion that lurks within your heart and pull each string firmly. Devastating is the perfect word, yet it is also beautiful and passionate and exquisitely written.' 'This novel made me sob, and it made me smile. It's a gorgeous, beautiful and evocative novel about love, hope and forgiveness.' - Amazon reader, 5 stars'Superbly written. Tender & poignant. Five star read.''I loved A Life Without You! Snotty tears, but a smile on my face and also in my heart. Just perfect.' 'Katie Marsh has touched my heart. She is a hidden gem within the world of fiction and I cannot recommend her books enough. I will be shouting about this book to everyone who will listen. A Life Without You is not to missed.''It made me sob, and it made me smile. Gorgeous, just gorgeous, beautiful and evocative novel about love, hope and forgiveness.''Makes you feel warm inside, but also absolutely breaks your heart... totally beautiful and uplifting.''A stunning and compassionate story of family, forgiveness and unconditional love... will remain forever in my heart''Very touching... I couldn't put it down!'
By Julia Alvarez. 2007
Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, a "phenomenal, indispensable" (USA Today) exploration of the Latina "sweet fifteen" celebration,…by the bestselling author of How the García Girls Lost Their Accents and In the Time of Butterflies The quinceañera, a celebration of a Latina girl's fifteenth birthday, has become a uniquely American trend. This lavish party with ball gowns, multi-tiered cakes, limousines, and extravagant meals is often as costly as a prom or a wedding. But many Latina girls feel entitled to this rite of passage, marking a girl's entrance into womanhood, and expect no expense to be spared, even in working-class families. Acclaimed author Julia Alvarez explores the history and cultural significance of the "quince" in the United States, and the consequences of treating teens like princesses. Through her observations of a quince in Queens, interviews with other quince girls, and the memories of her own experience as a young immigrant, Alvarez presents a thoughtful and entertaining portrait of a rapidly growing multicultural phenomenon, and passionately emphasizes the importance of celebrating Latina womanhood.
By Karen Elizabeth Gordon, Holly Johnson. 1997
This fascinating collection of letters between sons and mothers offers an intimate and unexpected glimpse into the mind and heart…of the artist. Here are letters by over fifty writers, painters, and musicians, from boyhood to manhood--including Elvis Presley, Ezra Pound, E. B. White, Paul Cezanne, Henry James, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Richard Wagner, Victor Hugo, Jean Cocteau, Tennessee WIlliams, and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
By Freddy DeAnda. 2021
¿Es posible disfrutar de nuestro matrimonio? Sí es posible. ¿Es posible reconstruir un matrimonio en ruinas? Sí es posible. ¿Qué…se necesita? Un corazón listo para servir, honrar, respetar y ofrecer seguridad a nuestra pareja. La experiencia me ha enseñado que ese “amor intoxicante” que nos inyecta vida y energía, que nos hace sentir mariposas en el estómago por la emoción, puede llegar a convertirse en un “amor tóxico” que nos enferma. Poco a poco, sin darnos cuenta, el silencio, el orgullo, el trato áspero, el egoísmo y los pequeños detalles de la rutina envenenan nuestra relación. Pero hay esperanza si renovamos nuestro pensamiento y aceptamos que ser felices en el matrimonio depende de que estemos dispuestos a sacrificarnos por el bienestar de nuestro cónyuge. Cuando te rindas a un amor incondicional, generoso y paciente; cuando ofrezcas la atención, la colaboración, la intimidad, la sinceridad y la seguridad que esperas recibir, te garantizo que tu relación matrimonial renacerá y se fortalecerá.
By Elle Johnson. 2021
"The Officer’s Daughter is a masterpiece. More than that, it's the perfect book for our troubled time. Johnson has written the…deepest, most emotionally resonant understanding of forgiveness and justice I have ever read."—Darin Strauss, bestselling author of Half a LifeThe author reflects on a terrible tragedy that forever altered the fabric of her family in this remarkable memoir, a heart-wrenching story of love, violence, coming of age, secrets, justice, and forgiveness. When she was sixteen, Elle Johnson lived in Queens with her family; she dreamed of being best friends with her popular, cool cousin Karen from the Bronx. Coming from a family of black law enforcement officers, Elle felt that Karen would understand her in a way no one else could. Elle’s father was a highly protective, at times overbearing, parole officer; her uncle, Karen’s dad, was a homicide detective. On an ordinary night, the Johnson family’s lives were changed forever. Karen was shot and killed in a robbery gone wrong at the Burger King where she worked. The NYPD and FBI launched a cross-country manhunt to find the killers, and the subsequent trials and media circus marked the end of Elle's childhood innocence.Thirty years later, Elle was living in Los Angeles and working as a television writer, including on many police procedural shows, when she received an unexpected request. One of Karen’s killers was eligible for parole, and her older brother asked Elle to write a letter to the parole board arguing against his release. Elle realized that before she could condemn a man she’d never met to remain in prison, she had to face the hard truths of her own past: of a family who didn’t speak of the murder and its devastating effect, of the secrets they buried, of a complicated father she never truly understood. The Officer's Daughter is a piercing memoir that explores with unflinching honesty what parents can and cannot do to protect their children, the reverberations of violence on survivors’ lives, and the overwhelming power of forgiveness, even in the face of unspeakable tragedy.
By Sarah Sentilles. 2021
&“A powerful, heartbreaking, necessary masterpiece.&”—Cheryl Strayed, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Wild The moving story of what one woman learned from fostering…a newborn—about injustice, about making mistakes, about how to better love and protect people beyond our immediate kin May you always feel at home. After their decision not to have a biological child, Sarah Sentilles and her husband, Eric, decide to adopt via the foster care system. Despite knowing that the system&’s goal is the child&’s reunification with the birth family, Sarah opens their home to a flurry of social workers who question them, evaluate them, and ultimately prepare them to welcome a child into their lives—even if it means most likely having to give the child back. After years of starts and stops, and endless navigation of the complexities and injustices of the foster care system, a phone call finally comes: a three-day-old baby girl named Coco, in immediate need of a foster family. Sarah and Eric bring this newborn stranger home. &“You were never ours,&” Sarah tells Coco, &“yet we belong to each other.&” A love letter to Coco and to the countless children like her, Stranger Care chronicles Sarah&’s discovery of what it means to mother—in this case, not just a vulnerable infant but the birth mother who loves her, too. Ultimately, Coco&’s story reminds us that we depend on family, and that family can take different forms. With prose that Nick Flynn has called &“fearless, stirring, rhythmic,&” Sentilles lays bare an intimate, powerful story with universal concerns: How can we care for and protect one another? How do we ensure a more hopeful future for life on this planet? And if we&’re all related—tree, bird, star, person—how might we better live?
By Tracey Enerson Wood, Allison Wood, Kristen Riffle. 2021
A colorful collection of tips and tricks for getting the most out of the nomadic military lifestyle. Told through humorous…anecdotes by those with years of unique experiences, these life hacks reveal a special culture with expectations and numerous obstacles to be faced along the way. Military life boasts of travel to exotic places, immersion in the worldly cultures, and cuisine that most Americans can only dream about . . . and on the government&’s dime, to boot! At least, that&’s what the common perception is. But those who have served know that while the above may be true, military life comes with its own set of challenges and can be a hardship as much as it is rewarding. Here to help is the advice, guidance, and personal stories of spouses from all walks of life, in stages from the newlywed to the retired and properly salty. They share tips on overcoming the numerous obstacles, and navigating the special culture, traditions, and the one-of-a-kind lingo of military service. Gathered mostly from those who are affiliated with the military, but also from those with similar diplomatic lifestyles, the anecdotes reveal the special bond they share with their fellow spouses, and the wisdom gained to pass to the next generation.The very special illustrations were created by a talented Air Force wife, and reflect both the strong beauty and earnestness of those who are engaged in our nation&’s most serious business, and yet, have learned not take themselves too seriously.
By Pam Bates, Paula Patty. 2021
The heartwarming true story of a farmer’s unwavering faith in the face of a tragic prognosis—and how a community came…together to help a neighbor in need.In the summer of 2015, Carl Bates and his wife Pam received the devastating news that he had metastatic cancer. The doctors have him just three months to live. As farmers in Galva, Illinois, they were dealing not only with the profound grief of Carl’s illness, but a serious practical concern: who would harvest the crops?Despite the crisis he faced, Carl never lost his faith in God. When word of his situation got out, a group of fellow farmers gathered organized to harvest Carl’s crops themselves. Someone observed that “a farmer can ask for no better crop than a bountiful harvest of friends.”The event was covered by the news and became a viral phenomenon. Now, in The Most Amazing Harvest, Pam Bates and Paula Patty tell the full story of the remarkable farmer who kept his faith, and the small town community whose selfless act of kindness was nothing short of a miracle.
By Sarah Jane Patton. 2021
A step-by-step journey to help you discover your truth, let go of fear, and dig you and your spouse out…of the deepest of relationship ruts.From Broken to Beautiful shows women how to adjust their communication with their husbands in order for them to have the relationship they truly desire. It walks women through Sarah Jane Patton’s real-life triumphs and tribulations that led her to healing and happiness. After reading From Broken to Beautiful, women and their husbands will:Talk again every day with ease, like they used toGo on dates and fall in love all over againHelp each other understand one another’s feelings without arguingSave their marriage from ending in divorce
By Uju Asika. 2021
"Uju Asika has written a necessary book for our times."—Chika Unigwe, author of On Black Sisters' StreetYou can't avoid it,…because it's everywhere. In the looks Black kids get in certain spaces, the manner in which some people speak to them, the stuff that goes over their heads. Stuff that makes them cry even when they don't know why. How do you bring up your kids to be kind and happy when there is so much out there trying to break them down?Bringing Up Race is an important book, for all families whatever their race or ethnicity. It's for everyone who wants to instil a sense of open-minded inclusivity in their kids, and those who want to discuss difference instead of shying away from tough questions. Uju Asika draws on often shocking personal stories of prejudice along with opinions of experts, influencers, and fellow parents to give prescriptive advice in this invaluable guide.Bringing Up Race explores:When children start noticing ethnic differences (hint: much earlier than you think)What to do if your child says something racist (try not to freak out)How to have open, honest, age-appropriate conversations about raceHow children and parents can handle racial bullyingHow to recognize and challenge everyday racism, aka microaggressionsBringing Up Race is a call to arms for all parents as our society works to combat white supremacy and dismantle the systemic racism that has existed for hundreds of years.
By Erica Lemke-Pembroke. 2021
A women’s guide to getting that sexy back in the bedroom and living the life you desire no matter what…state your relationship is in.It’s hard to feel desirable when you’re worried about the survival of your marriage. Do thoughts of divorce dance in your head? Do you feel that sex hasn’t been on the priority list for you or your spouse? Add in these thoughts along with raising teenagers, demanding work schedules, financial insecurities, and other stressors, and it all becomes too much. All in all, though, you crave connection and being seen.Certified life coach, licensed specialty-certified New Life Story® wellness coach, and sexual confidence coach, Erica Lemke-Pembroke is on a mission to help women feel sexy again and reclaim their sexual confidence. She created the Sexy Again Method based on her own experiences, which she uses to empower women in rediscovering this for themselves. In Feel Sexy Again, women learn how to:Own their “sexy story” and create healthy narratives that support their visionLet go of expectations of their partnerReconnect with themselves in an empowered and powerful wayExplore their values, beliefs, and ideals to find what truly lights them upDevelop strategies to get the most out of their current relationships—both with their partner and themselves
By Michelle Black. 2021
The shocking and affecting memoir from a gold-star widow searching for the truth behind her Green Beret husband's death, this…book bears witness to the true sacrifices made by military families.When Green Beret Bryan Black was killed in an ambush in Niger in 2017, his wife Michelle saw her worst nightmare become a reality. She was left alone with her grief and with two young sons to raise. But what followed Bryan's death was an even more difficult journey for the young widow. After receiving very few details about the attack that took her husband's life, it was up to Michelle to find answers. It became her mission to learn the truth about that day in Niger--and Sacrifice is the result of that mission. In this heartbreaking and revelatory memoir, Michelle uses exclusive interviews with the survivors of her husband's unit, research into the military leadership and accountability, and her own unique vantage point as a gold-star widow to tell a previously unknown story. Sacrifice is both an honest, emotional look inside a military marriage and a searing investigation of the people and decisions at the heart of the US military.
A guide to online dating for women looking later in life for the man of their dreams.You’ve succeeded on your…own terms, and now you want to have a loving partner in your life. But you still have worries. Will men still find you attractive? How can you succeed in the complex world of online dating? Are there still any good men out there?At age sixty-two, Joan Bragar, EdD, leadership consultant and coach, married a wonderful man whom she met on an online dating site. The lessons she learned from this journey have inspired other women to find their own happiness in love. Never Too Late for Love is the guide for women who are ready to find and keep the love of their life.In Never Too Late for Love, Dr. Bragar provides proven practices for women to:Clarify intentions for the kind of relationship they wantEffectively use online dating sites to meet suitable menOvercome the inevitable disappointments of dating . . . to meet the man of their dreams!“Dr. Joan Bragar is a world-class myth-buster. In this delightfully compelling read, you’re going to find out why finding happy, healthy love is not only possible, but probably when you follow her simple and easy-to-follow protocol.” —Katherine Woodward Thomas, New York Times–bestselling author of Conscious Uncoupling and Calling in “The One”
A compulsively readable behind-the-scenes memoir that takes readers inside the weddings section of The New York Times--the good, bad, and…just plain weird--through the eyes of a young reporter just as she's falling in love herself.Growing up in the south, where tradition reigns supreme, Cate Doty thought about weddings . . . a lot. She catered for them, she attended many, she imagined her own. So, when she moved to New York City in pursuit of love--and to write for The New York Times--she finds her natural home in the wedding section, a first step to her own happily-ever-after, surely. Soon Cate is thrown into the cutthroat world of the metropolitan society pages, experiencing the lengths couples go to have their announcements accepted and the lengths the writers go in fact-checking their stories; the surprising, status-signaling details that matter most to brides and grooms; and the politics of the paper at a time of vast cultural and industry changes.Reporting weekly on couples whose relationships seem enviable--or eye-roll worthy--and dealing with WASPy grandparents and last-minute snafus, Cate is surrounded by love, or what we're told to believe is love. But when she starts to take the leap herself, she begins to ask her own questions about what it means to truly commit...Warm, witty, and keenly observed, Mergers and Acquisitions is an enthralling dive into one of society's most esteemed institutions, its creators and subjects, and a young woman's coming-of-age.
By Ashley Bugge. 2021
An emotional memoir about a military family experiencing love, loss, and challenging times.Always Coming Back Home uses heartfelt stories and…real-time emails sent from a deployed sailor to his bride and readers quickly become invested in this young family. The couple takes readers on sailing and scuba diving adventures throughout the world. They also keep readers laughing as the couple becomes first time parents, anxious with them during military deployments, upset with them through miscarriages and family loss, and finally, heartbroken as it all comes to an end with a single phone call. Always Coming Back Home is a candid and raw account of two ordinary people coming together to accomplish extraordinary things.Praise for Always Coming Back Home“Such a beautiful and incredible tale of love and family. Ashley and Brian are such an amazing couple . . . . The memories Ashley shares with readers are so personal that you will feel like you are living in the moment with them . . . . I loved reading their story. I laughed with them, I cried with them and lived their life with them!” —Rabia Tanveer, Readers’ Favorite