When successful songwriter Tabitha Callahan swaps a summer of sadness for pet sitting around the world, she intends to use the time to heal her broken heart.
Tabitha can't believe her luck when she picks up a housesit on the rugged and beautiful Portuguese island of Madeira.
The villa is luxurious, the views breath-taking and her charges, a gorgeous but aloof cat and two cute and friendly Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, are perfect companions while she works on some new material and attempts to reconcile her past.
However, her peace is shattered when an unexpected house guest puts paid to her much-needed time alone, forcing her to confront not only her feelings but what she actually wants from life.
New friends and old dominate her time on the island, along with deep-rooted regret and unspoken sorrow.
Will a year of running away be enough to put the past to rest and allow someone new to inch into her heart?
Welcome to Hopgood Hall.
An unlikely duo...
When investigative journalist, Alexi Ellis, falls victim to cutbacks, she and Cosmo, her anti-social feral cat, head for beautiful Hopgood Hall, where they plan to lick their wounds in the boutique hotel run by her old friends, Cheryl and Drew Hopgood.
A missing woman...
But when she arrives Alexi discovers Cheryl and Drew both distraught. Their close friend, Natalie Parker, who recently settled in the area, has gone missing. Alexi's sure the woman has just taken a trip somewhere, but she still has a nose for a story and agrees to look into it.
A case to solve!
So too does ex-Met Police detective turned private eye, Jack Maddox. Natalie Parker had been using his sister's online dating agency and Jack needs to find her before his sister's business is ruined.
Reluctantly, Alexi, Jack - and Cosmo! - join forces to find out what happened to Natalie. But soon they discover secrets that someone desperately wants to make sure are never revealed!
With Mulberry Lane's favourite pub, The Pig & Whistle undergoing renovation, proprietors Peggy and Able Ronoscki leave the chaos behind and head off on a trip of a lifetime to America. But disaster hits and Peggy finds herself in a critical condition in hospital.
Meanwhile, business is booming for young entrepreneurs Fay Ronoscki and Maggie Rowan with their new restaurant and catering empire. It seems neither has time for love.
But when fate throws a famous global singing sensation and glamourous racing car driver into the girls paths, falling in love with Jace and Greg seems beyond their control. Cupid has struck.
Life is made up of laughter, love and tears.
What is next for the folk of Mulberry Lane - can they find the happiness they all so crave?
A chance to mend their marriage...
After experiencing three devastating miscarriages, midwife Grace knows her marriage to neonatal surgeon Diego hangs by a thread. But one summer night at Santa Aelina University Hospital they're forced to work together on a challenging case. With nowhere to hide, they must finally confront their heartbreak? Can they rediscover the joy and love that made their marriage so special?
Love was not on the doctor's mind...
When wedding guest Elena shares a mind-blowing kiss with sexy stranger Santiago, it's wholly out of character for this diagnostician. Elena shut her heart off to love when her childhood sweetheart walked away just as she faced a life-changing diagnosis. Still, she can't deny how refreshing it is to be with widower Santiago, who understands heartache more than anyone. Will he become her heart's safe haven?
Can one night of passion...
...change her whole life?
Nurse Kendra lives a jet-set life. Who needs a home and family when they only let you down? So when meeting gorgeous Massimo in Positano results in one unforgettable night Kendra has no regrets - until he turns out to be her new boss! Continuing their fling is risky, but also irresistible... Under the red-hot Mediterranean sun, will Kendra realise it's not her fling that's at risk, but her 'no strings attached' relationship rule!
A storm is raging...
With her daughter now grown up and married, dedicated doctor Mel is finally taking some 'me time'. Until a tropical storm interrupts her much-needed Maldives break. She doesn't hesitate to help, but working alongside the only other doctor on the island - insufferable yet handsome widower Rafe - isn't without its challenges. Especially when the tension between them turns into chemistry. Neither expected a second chance, but will that stop Mel from taking a leap of faith?
Keeping her distance...
...is harder than she first thought!
After a painful divorce, hospice nurse Susannah Harkin finds solace in a Yorkshire village with rescue pup Hendrix by her side. Until Dr Chris Jennings disturbs her peace. Straight-talking Susannah clashes with the brooding new vet, and the fallout has the locals gossiping for weeks! Then, thrown together to host a charity drive, they find their sparks of anger turning to flames of attraction. Can Susannah's sunny nature thaw Chris's guarded heart?
...to heal them?
When nurse Gila said 'I do' to a lifetime of love with doctor Leo, she never imagined that their one-of-a-kind connection would be ripped apart just as she discovered she was expecting a baby. Now Gila is eight months pregnant - and stunned to learn that her estranged husband has become her temporary colleague! Whilst Gila and Leo are determined to co-parent their child, will a workplace reunion lead them to the happily-ever-after they once dreamed of?
Last Christmas he stole her heart
Now she'll give him his heir!
When kind-hearted Lara rescued Gaetano in a blizzard, she never imagined that within weeks she'd be saying 'I do' to a man with no memory. Or that when his true identity as future King was revealed it would rip their passionate marriage apart...
Reeling from his shock ascension to the throne, Gaetano was forced to prioritise his country. He didn't know Lara was already pregnant with a royal secret! Now there's no way that Gaetano will let his son go...but can he convince his Queen to stay?
Undone by temptation...
Bound by the consequences!
Super-rich Gabriel Serres values anonymity above everything. Alessia Berruti lives in the world's spotlight. Yet in the moment when he saw his own need reflected in her gaze she was a woman, not a princess... And now she's carrying his baby!
For her whole life Alessia has put the royal family first - until the night she abandoned duty for desire. Now her duty demands a hasty wedding to avoid a scandal! But as she walks down the aisle she's hoping for the unthinkable... That Gabriel will be the one to finally put her first.
'Is it a promotion?'
The innocent becomes his bride!
Playboy CEO Ezio Angelos will do anything to save the deal of a lifetime. Even persuade his prim personal assistant Matilda Raven to take a six-month assignment in Greece...as his convenient bride!
Orphaned Tilda is desperate to give her young brother a fresh start before he self-destructs. Ezio's offer is her best chance. And it's clear he intends to keep things strictly business. Yet since exchanging vows they find their every interaction sizzles. Is Tilda the only one wondering what it would be like to swap the boardroom for the bedroom?
'I'm asking you to be my husband.'
Her kingdom depends on it!
After tragedy strikes, Queen-to-be Lise is all alone. To claim her crown, she must wed. And the man she has to turn to is the self-made billionaire who made her believe in love - before he shattered her heart: Rafe De Villiers.
For Rafe, Lise's on-paper proposal should feel like a victory. He'll finally silence those who only see his humble roots. Yet suddenly winning back Lise's trust seems more important. And he'll have to if passion is going to be part of their future...
Back with the King...
for one desert night!
Twelve years after Sheikh Tahir almost lost his throne, the woman who betrayed him arrives at his palace gates. Lauren's request for him to help her brother is his chance to make sense of her betrayal at last. On one condition: they spend twenty-four hours in the desert...alone.
A night at Tahir's command is more than Lauren bargained for. Any trust left between them is fragile. Yet with every passing hour their inescapable intimacy empowers Lauren to lay bare the scandalous truth of their past - and her still-burning desire for Tahir...
The scandal of the century...
She's had the billionaire's love-child!
Innocent waitress Amelia Lindor's encounter with Hunter Waverly was unforgettable. Their chemistry...? Off the charts! Their connection...? Soul-shattering! And for Amelia the consequences were life-changing...
Amelia braced herself to tell Hunter she was pregnant - only to learn he was engaged. Unwilling to endure more heartache, she vowed to raise their daughter alone. Now the news has got out! In a shock turn of events Hunter's wholly convenient marriage is halted at the altar as all his attention turns to Amelia...and her secret!
She ran from their wedding...
But she can't escape their attraction!
Prince Leo's cold upbringing has ensured love is out of his reach. He doesn't think twice about agreeing to the political union his family has always coveted - until Princess Violetta disappears on their wedding day...
Surrendering her power to a man is unacceptable to Violetta. Even if that man sets her alight with a single glance! When Leo tracks her down and they are stranded together he's not the enemy she first thought... Her independence is non-negotiable. But a temporary alliance...? That could be more pleasurable than Violetta ever imagined!
A chance meeting...
Leads to an extraordinary encounter
Colliding with a masked stranger at a glamorous Melbourne ball sends shy Emma Brown's pulse skyrocketing. And that's before he introduces himself as Alexander Hastings, an ultra-rich CEO with a wild side that puts him way out of her league!
Only Alex's focus is all on Emma. And just this once she steps out of her family's shadow and into the billionaire's penthouse. Their unrivalled connection awakens in Emma a longing for the one thing she's never allowed herself to want, and the one thing Alex can't offer her... For ever!
How to avoid a scandal?
Accept her boss's proposal!
New attorney Anelise is mortified when she's splashed across the headlines as Nicolas Causcelle's latest fling. She's forging her career on her own merit - not by dating the boss! But when reclusive billionaire Nic suggests a fake arrangement, so the media loses interest, Anelise steps into the CEO's world and sees a side to him no one else has... Can she heal his guarded heart?
From on-screen friendship...
...to in-person chemistry!
In this The Kinley Legacy story, lone-wolf tech millionaire Caleb Kinley is waiting to meet his online best friend Ally in person for the first time. Inviting her to Italy is impulsive, but pretending they're dating will stop his family interfering in his love-life. Only taking their relationship offline means he can no longer keep a comfortable distance. And his instant red-hot reaction to Ally has him wondering if he even wants to...
My twelve months of sacrifice...
My foster mother's will states that I, Summer, must live with her grandson, infamous billionaire Edward Fitzroy, for one year on her Scottish estate or we forfeit our inheritance! Years ago, scared of our intense connection, I left without saying goodbye... Now I'm completely unprepared for how devastatingly attractive Edward's become - and how he still makes me feel. We're from different worlds - surely this can't work? But it's oh-so-tempting to give in to the sparks flying between us...
'I have a question...
...will you marry me?'
These are the last words Rob, Viscount Rochester, expects to hear. He has always known he must marry for duty, but a shock proposal from family friend and aristocrat Adriana stuns and intrigues him! Adriana was never meant to be Rob's bride - her sister was! - but she'll do anything to save her family's estate. She's always thought he would never be interested in a Plain Jane like her, but soon their convenient engagement becomes inconveniently irresistible!
A temporary pit stop...or a forever homecoming?
Aspiring pastry chef Nicole Evans is just waiting to hear about her dream job, and in the meantime, she goes to work in the café at the local bookstore. But that's before the recently widowed Nicole meets her temporary boss: her first crush, Liam Mendez! Single dad Liam has always kept his life - and his heart - closely guarded from Oak Hollow gossip. Will his simmering attraction to Nicole be just one more thing to hide...or the stuff of his bookstore's romance novels?
His plans to fool the ton...
Thwarted by a country debutante!
George Claremont, Marquess of Curran, has cultivated his rakish reputation to enable his covert work helping children in England's workhouses. Now the destruction of these institutions hinges on a well-laid marriage proposal. But stepping into the wrong room at a ball, and into a compromising situation with prim Kitty Fitzroy, threatens his plan to cheat the marriage mart... Or might he have found the perfect accomplice?
'You are a lady of breeding...
...and would make an excellent duchess...'
Not the most romantic of proposals, but Marcus Cranford knows it will be accepted - for Lady Rose Trafford desperately needs a convenient husband to protect her and her beloved younger sisters. It also saves the new Duke from the horror of a London season! Rose is courageous, hard-working, often exasperating...but what Marcus doesn't expect is this new spark of lust. And the hope that she's feeling it too...
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