Molly McKenzie is only eleven years old when her abusive father beats her to within an inch of her life. Escaping from the hovel she calls home, Molly is found by kind fisherfolk, sick and near death. With them, she experiences the love of a family for the first time; and even though life is hard, she is content.
Time passes, and Molly is looking ahead to a future with the boy she loves - until a terrible tragedy rips her life apart. Once again she's cast adrift in an uncaring world - but she is made of stern stuff and is determined to survive.
In the male-dominated society of the early 1900s, Molly has to fight prejudice and hatred, and rejection comes from all sides. Can she hold fast and become the woman she is destined to be?
It is 1939 and working-class Evie Bishop has received a scholarship to study mathematics at Oxford when tragedy turns her life upside down. She must seek a new future for herself; inspired to contribute to the war effort, she joins the Women's Auxiliary Air Force as an Ops Room plotter.
Posted to a fighter station on the Sussex coast, Evie befriends two other WAAFs - shy, awkward May and flirty, glamorous Jess. Faced with earning the approval of strict officers and finding their way in a male-dominated world, the three girls band together to overcome challenges, navigate new romances and keep their pilots safe in the skies.
But the German bombers seem to know more than they should about the base's operations, and soon Evie, May and Jess are caught up in a world more dangerous than they ever imagined...
Lennox is a troubled teenager with no family. Ava is eight months pregnant and fleeing her abusive husband. Heather is a grieving mother and cancer sufferer. They don't know each other, but when a meteor streaks over Edinburgh, all three suffer instant, catastrophic strokes...only to wake up the following day in hospital, miraculously recovered.
When news reaches them of an octopus-like creature washed up on the shore near where the meteor came to earth, Lennox senses that some extra-terrestrial force is at play. With the help of Ava, Heather, and a journalist named Ewan, he rescues the alien - who they christen 'Sandy' - and goes on the run.
But they aren't the only ones with an interest in Sandy. Close behind are Ava's husband, the police, and a government unit who wants to capture the creature at all costs...
Ted Ainsworth has always worked at his family's ice cream business in the quiet Lancashire town of St Luke's-on-Sea.
But the truth is, he's never wanted to work for the family firm - he doesn't even like ice cream, though he's never told his parents that. When Ted's husband suddenly leaves him, the bottom falls out of his world.
But what if this could be an opportunity to put what he wants first? This could be the chance to finally follow his secret dream: something Ted has never told anyone...
An explosion of disgust - 'What? You mean the Earl does it for money?' - from Blotto is provoked when Twinks informs him of the activities of the Earl of Woking. The gentleman in question is the owner of Clusters, a stately home not far from Tawcester Towers, who has been renting out his property for private functions - and CHARGING his guests!
The discovery of this appalling lapse in aristocratic behaviour sets Blotto and Twinks off on their latest adventure. Determined to find out more about the Earl of Woking's activities, they discover the existence of a sinister group called Aristotours - brokers between impoverished owners of stately homes and the common people, offering a taste of the high life to such plebeian characters as stockbrokers, surgeons and solicitors. And as if this were not bad enough, they discover that Aristotours has its beady eye upon Tawcester Towers itself!
Dr Nell Ward is an ecologist, not a detective. But when she's the prime suspect in a murder, only her unique set of skills can help to clear her name...
In the sleepy village of Cookingdean, Nell is busy working in the grounds of a local manor house. Whilst inspecting an old tunnel, she did not expect to overhear a murder. As the only person with any clue as to what happened, she soon finds herself in the middle of the investigation.
Desperate to find answers, Nell, along with her colleague Adam, set out to solve the crime, using their talents as ecologists to uncover details no one else would notice. But it soon becomes clear that playing Agatha Christie is much harder than it might at first appear...
Have you ever watched GARDENERS' WORLD and fantasised about getting your hands dirty like Monty Don? Or perhaps you don't even give a passing glance to the person dusting the office dieffenbachias? Whatever side of the garden fence you're on, prepare to be charmed by these tales of life spent outdoors told by someone who's not afraid to stand out like a sunflower in a row of cabbages.
Tamsin Westhorpe's memoir of memorable mishaps whilst making a living with mud permanently under her fingernails will win over any reader. What do you say on live TV when you're asked the best place to put a garden gnome? Is nudist gardening a good idea? And why do the roses surrounding beautifully manicured English lawn bowling greens grow so vigorously? The answers are revealed in this fresh, funny and fearless look at how horticulture can shape a life.
In the far south of New Zealand, in the remote Fiordland village of Manapouri, Ruth Shaw runs two tiny bookshops. In this memoir, she weaves together stories of the characters who visit her shops, musings about favourite reads, and bittersweet stories from her full and varied life, which has been crammed with incredible escapades.
After becoming the first New Zealand Wren to go AWOL, Ruth has sailed the Pacific for years, been boarded by pirates, and worked the yacht BREAKSEA GIRL with her husband Lance. Travelling to various countries, she's worked as a chef and for an illegal bookie, run street gambling games and a free-range pig farm, provided counselling and assistance to drug users and sex workers, and campaigned on numerous environmental issues. And there have been deep losses and long-held pain - balanced out, though, by her beautiful love story with Lance, and her delightful sense of humour.
As she approaches thirty, dedicated nurse Ellie Sutton's life is exactly as she wants it - well, almost. Her younger sister Carrie seems to have it all sorted: a successful hair business, a devoted new boyfriend and a rosy future together. Even Ellie's brother Bodhi is settled with Ingrid, his petite, super-chill chef girlfriend.
So why does Ellie suddenly give up her career and family for the red dust and toil of an outback cattle station? She's never run from anything before - it's new territory in more ways than one.
But Ellie can't run forever. And a family camping trip to Western Australia's beautiful Karijini country brings her, Carrie and Ingrid together once again. It won't be a dream holiday for any of them. But, one way or another, it will show them the truth...
Bridget Kittrick, headstrong and independent, is ready to show her worth when she's left in charge of her family's estate. She meets Lincoln Huntley, a man with a mysterious past which only heightens her attraction to him. A vicious neighbour, Mr Roache, holds a grudge against the family and orchestrates for Bridget to be kidnapped by wanted men, bushrangers, who take her deep into mountainous country to a hideout. The Boss, Donovan, is unlike any other man Bridget has known and he soon shows her a side to him that pulls at her heart. Only, he is a runaway convict, and she the daughter of a wealthy family. Lincoln Huntley refuses to give up on rescuing her - perhaps her love will be the salve to his wounds, or will he be too late to save Bridget from herself?
Joe O'Loughlin appears to have the perfect life - a beautiful wife, a loving daughter, and a successful career as a clinical psychologist. But nothing can be taken for granted. Even the most flawless existence is only a loose thread away from unravelling. All it takes is a murdered girl, a troubled young patient...and the biggest lie of his life.
Caught in a complex web of deceit, and haunted by images of the slain girl, he embarks upon a search that will take him from London to Liverpool and into the darkest recesses of the human mind. Ultimately, he will risk everything to unmask the killer and save his family.
Blain Larkin and his brother Moylan run afoul of Verne Lecroy, son of a powerful banker. When Lecroy kills Moylan in a gunfight, Blain tries to avenge his brother's death, but only manages to wound. The youngster is sentenced to hang for attempted murder.
Blain goes on the run, and joins an outlaw gang led by Robert Sturdy. Though he's resigned to leading the life of an owlhoot, when he meets Robert's sister, the delightful Emelie, he resolves to lead a better life. But meanwhile, he must battle to survive...
Judge Cowper of Shimmer Creek hires Buck Halliday to take care of a problem. Jason Henley has taken over the town lock, stock and barrel, and now expects every other businessman to pay him protection money.
Halliday might have dealt out death before, but he isn't a killer for hire. Still, maybe he can convince Henley that it might be better for his health if he makes dust and heads for someplace else.
Trouble is, Henley has more lives than a cat. And to get to him, a feller first has to go through his pet gunman, the notorious Rafe Murchison.
It appears to Halliday that he really is going to earn his money on this job...
The arrival of Rod Wilson in the New Mexico town of Cabbana, a place of lawlessness, is welcomed by most but greeted with hostility by a few.
Along with two fellow lawmen from his past, Wilson sets about bringing order to the place. With the added complication of two women vying for his attention, he has to deal with the constant threat of being killed by outlaws employed by a businessman who wants rid of him, leading to a confrontation with a man he knows to be a fast gun.
Only then will Wilson learn whether or not he can be quickest on the draw...
Some things grab a man's attention...like being shot at! Jared Valeron learns that an unknown gunman has tarnished the family reputation by killing a man while impersonating his cousin Wyatt.
In trying to track down the culprit, Jared is drawn into an odd mystery at a gold-mining town. Solving the riddle of the killer's target requires discovering a motive for the murder.
When his investigative efforts propel him deep into a hole, only his cousins can help dig him out. Before the folly ends, guns will be drawn and bullets will fly. Family honor sometimes comes at a high price...
Hugh Everton was intent on nothing more than quietly drinking in the second-rate hotel he found himself in on England's south coast - and then in walked his old flame Lucy and her new husband, former judge Gregory Bath. Entreated by Lucy to join her party for an evening back at the Bath residence, Hugh is powerless to resist; but when the night ends with Gregory's inexplicable murder, he is pitched back into a world of chaos and crime - a world he had tried to escape for good...
DCI Hannah Scarlett is an acknowledged expert in solving cold cases, but she is struggling under the weight of bureaucracy when Ramona Smith's disappearance from Bowness more than 20 years ago crosses her desk.
The prime suspect was charged but found not guilty. Now the case has come back into the public eye as the result of a shocking tragedy on the Crooked Shore, the fount of dark legends south of the Lake District. A ruthless killer, who has already got away with one murder, plans further appalling crimes. DCI Scarlett finds herself racing against the clock as she strives to solve the mysteries and save innocent lives.
In Askham, near Ullswater, Simmy attends the funeral of Humphrey Craig, the builder who converted her new house in Hartsop. The following day, when Simmy goes back to look at the grave and the flowers on it, she meets two women: Lindsay Wilson, an academic in her late twenties who is writing a thesis on Charles Dickens' DOMBEY AND SON; and Pauline Parsons, a local matriarch aged 90. Just 24 hours later, Mrs Parsons is found dead on Askham Fell, and Simmy is summoned to Penrith police station. She is told that she has been identified as the prime suspect... Will DI Moxon be able to help Simmy out of this unscathed?
Alice Thomas is hoping to put the past behind her as she takes up her new role as Leisure and Tourism manager at Eldray Castle. However, leaving the past - and more specifically her controlling ex-boyfriend - is not as straightforward as it seems, especially when the castle's housekeeper sees Alice as a threat to her own long-harboured ambitions. Can Tony Pritchard, the heir to the estate, find a way to offer a more hopeful future...and will it involve Alice?
Who is stealing pies from the local bakery, Wright Good Pies? And are the murders of two employees connected? Georgia is determined to find out, and in doing so, make her name as a private detective - even if she does have to work with Mike Moore, her annoying boss. However, irritating as he is, he's starting to grow on her... Will they become more than just work partners?
Junior writer Megan fears she has taken on too much when she accepts a magazine travel assignment in Italy. Yet as she copes with setbacks and shares her experiences with her new online followers, her confidence grows - along with her love for the beautiful country, and her feelings for brooding olive farmer Giovanni. But will her jealous, spiteful colleague Anna ruin everything?
Lauren Nichols and her sister Jessica are part of a group of friends travelling to Notre-Dame-des-Bois in France for a five-day rally of classic car enthusiasts.
From the start, Lauren is strongly attracted to Rafe Corsini, a newcomer to the gang. But jealousies and rivalries soon flare, and it becomes apparent that someone is targeting members of the group by sabotaging their cars...
DC Jack Warr and his girlfriend Maggie have just moved to London to start a new life together. Though charming, Jack can't seem to find his place in the world - until he's drawn into an investigation that turns his life upside down.
In the aftermath of a fire at an isolated cottage, a badly charred body is discovered, along with the burnt remains of millions of pounds' worth of stolen, untraceable banknotes.
Jack's search leads him deep into a murky criminal underworld - a world he finds himself surprisingly good at navigating. But as the line of the law becomes blurred, how far will Jack go to find the answers - and what will it cost him?
1996. Northern Israel. Lola leaves an unhappy home life in England for the fabled utopian life of a kibbutz. But this heavily guarded farming community on the Arab-Israeli border isn't the idyll it seems, and tensions are festering.
Hundreds of miles away, in the Jerusalem offices of the INTERNATIONAL TRIBUNE newspaper, all eyes are on Israel's response to a spate of rocket attacks from Lebanon - until cub reporter Jonny Murphy gets a tip from a mysterious source that sends him straight into the danger zone.
When the body of an Arab worker is discovered in the dirt of the kibbutz chicken house, it triggers a series of events that puts Lola and the whole community in jeopardy. Jonny begins to uncover secrets that put everything at risk, and realises just how far some people will go to belong...
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