In the Sixties, Athene Forster is the most glamorous girl of her generation. Nicknamed the Last Deb, she is also beautiful, spoilt and out of control. When she agrees to marry dashing young heir Douglas Fairley-Hulme her parents breathe a sigh of relief. But within two years rumours have begun to circulate about Athene’s affair with a young salesman.
Thirty five years on, Suzanna Peacock is struggling with her glamorous mother’s legacy. The only place she finds comfort is in her shop, The Peacock Emporium, a coffee shop-cum-curio store, decorated in her own image, which provides a haven for other misfits in the town. There she makes perhaps the first real friends of her life, including Alejandro, a male midwife, escaping his own ghosts in Argentina.
But the spectre of Athene and the shop itself combine to set in place a chain of tragic events, forcing Suzanna to confront the feelings she has disguised for so long – and her family, in their varying ways, finally to deal with the events of the past. And Suzanna discovers the key to her history, and her happiness, may have been in front of her all along.
Jojo Moyes - Foreign Fruit
Merham is a well-ordered 1950s seaside town: the kind of town in which everyone knows their place (and those who don't are promptly put in it). Lottie Swift, an evacuee who has grown up with the respectable Holden family, loves Merham, while the Holdens' daughter, Celia chafes against the constraints of the town. When a group of bohemians takes over Arcadia, a stark Art Deco house on the seafront, the girls are as drawn to its temptations as Merham's citizens are appalled by them. They set in place a chain of events which will have longstanding and tragic consequences for all concerned. Now, almost fifty years on, Arcadia is returning to life, and its inhabitants stirring up strong feelings again. And prompting more than one person to look into their own history and ask: can you ever leave your past behind?
Jojo Moyes - Honeymoon in Paris
For fans of Jojo Moyes' Me Before You, who can't wait for her new novel The Girl You Left Behind - out in September - here is an irresistible ebook-only prequel novella, Honeymoon in Paris. At the heart of Jojo Moyes' heartbreaking new novel, The Girl You Left Behind, are two haunting love stories - that of Sophie and Edouard Lefevre in France during the First World War, and, nearly a century later, Liv Halston and her husband David. Honeymoon in Paris takes place several years before the events to come in The Girl You Left Behind when both couples have just married. Sophie, a provincial girl, is swept up in the glamour of Belle poque Paris but discovers that loving a feted artist like Edouard brings undreamt of complications. Following in Sophie's footsteps a hundred years later, Liv, after a whirlwind romance, finds her Parisian honeymoon is not quite the romantic getaway she had been hoping for... This enthralling self-contained story will have you falling in love with Liv and Sophie, and with Paris then and now, and it is the perfect appetizer for the The Girl You Left Behind, a spellbinding story of love, devotion and passion in the hardest of times
Jojo Moyes - The Last Letter from Your Lover
It is 1960. When Jennifer Stirling wakes up in the hospital, she can remember nothing-not the tragic car accident that put her there, not her husband, not even who she is. She feels like a stranger in her own life until she stumbles upon an impassioned letter, signed simply "B", asking her to leave her husband. Years later, in 2003, a journalist named Ellie discovers the same enigmatic letter in a forgotten file in her newspaper's archives. She becomes obsessed by the story and hopeful that it can resurrect her faltering career. Perhaps if these lovers had a happy ending she will find one to her own complicated love life, too. Ellie's search will rewrite history and help her see the truth about her own modern romance. A spellbinding, intoxicating love story with a knockout ending, The Last Letter from Your Lover will appeal to the readers who have made One Day and The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society bestsellers.
Jane Austen - Pride and Prejudice
The Collector's Library in Colour takes the favourite illustrated titles of The Collector's Library and presents them in full colour. Jane Austen's best-loved novel is a memorable story about the inaccuracy of first impressions, about the power of reason, and above all about the strange dynamics of human relationships and emotions. Here, where Hugh Thomson's delightful period illustrations were originally black-and-white, they have been sensitively coloured by Barbara Frith, one of Britain 's most accomplished colourists. A tour de force of wit and sparkling dialogue, Pride and Prejudice shows how the headstrong Elizabeth Bennett and the aristocratic Mr Darcy must have their pride humbled and their prejudices dissolved before they can acknowledge their love for each other." With an Afterword by Henry Hitchings.
M. C. Beaton - Emily Goes to Exeter
A dead employer's legacy of five thousand pounds allows spinster Hannah Pym to resign from housekeeping and find adventure travelling the English countryside by stagecoach. But adventure soon finds Miss Pym in the form of Miss Emily Freemantle, a spoilt violet-eyed beauty fleeing an arranged marriage to a rake she has never met. What the girl's darkly handsome betrothed boards their stage, Miss Pym is certain Emily was rash to bolt from this aristocratic catch! And so as soon as the travellers repair to an inn, Miss Pym begins her matchmaking...and although Lord Ranger Harley complains he'll not marry an ungrateful minx, Miss Pym suspects once she's marshalled the couple into sharing intimate household chores, all romantic knots will be untangled!
Katie Fforde - Wedding Season
Sarah is a wedding planner hiding a rather inconvenient truth - she doesn't believe in love. Or not for herself, anyway. But as the confetti flutters away on the June breeze of yet another successful wedding she somehow finds herself agreeing to organise two more, on the same day and only two months away. And whilst her celebrity bride is all sweetness and light, her own sister soon starts driving her mad with her high expectations but very limited budget. Luckily Sara has two tried and tested friends on hand to help her. Elsa, an accomplished dress designer who likes to keep a very low profile, and Bron, a multi-talented hairdresser who lives with her unreconstructed boyfriend and who'd like to go solo in more ways than one. They may be very good at their work but romance doesn't feature very highly in any of their lives. As the big day draws near all three women find that patience is definitely a virtue in the marriage game. And as all their working hours are spent preparing for the wedding of the year plus one they certainly haven't got any time to even think about love . Or have they?
Katie Fforde - A Perfect Proposal
Sophie Apperly has been supporting herself since she left school, but as far as her academic family are concerned she's never had a 'proper' job. And because she's currently in between work she's despatched to look after Uncle Eric while his housekeeper is away. Here, whilst tidying his papers, she discovers a document relating to family business in America. Driven mad by her family and wanting to prove herself to them and bring in some much-needed income for them all, when her best friend Milly invites her over to New York she jumps at the chance - what's more she's lined up some nannying work for her to pay her way. However, she's hardly been in the country five minutes before disaster strikes. She suddenly finds herself with no work, nowhere to stay and very little money. Luckily Milly has a corner in her tiny apartment she can camp out in. A jaunt to an art gallery opening throws her into the path of Matilda - a grand old lady who is delighted to find someone who comes from the same part of the world as she grew up in. She is very taken with Sophie and invites her to her house in Connecticut for Thanksgiving. But Matilda's grandson Luke is very suspicious of Sophie - what exactly does this English girl want, is she after her grandmother's money? - and he's determined to nip this growing friendship in the bud.
Lucy Maud Montgomery - Anne of Green Gables
'Oh, it seems so wonderful that I'm going to live with you and belong to you. I've never belonged to anybody - not really' When a scrawny, freckled girl with bright red hair arrives on Prince Edward Island, Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert are taken by surprise; they'd asked the orphanage for a quiet boy to help with the farmwork at Green Gables. But how can you reject a child like an unwanted parcel, especially when she tells you her life so far has been a 'perfect graveyard of unburied hopes'? So the beguiling chatterbox stays. Full of imagination, spark and spirit, it is not long before Anne Shirley wins their hearts.
Jojo Moyes - The Girl You Left Behind
In 1916 French artist Edouard Lefevre leaves his wife Sophie to fight at the Front. When her town falls into German hands, his portrait of Sophie stirs the heart of the local Kommandant and causes her to risk everything - her family, reputation and life - in the hope of seeing her true love one last time. Nearly a century later and Sophie's portrait is given to Liv by her young husband shortly before his sudden death. Its beauty speaks of their short life together, but when the painting's dark and passion-torn history is revealed, Liv discovers that the first spark of love she has felt since she lost him is threatened... In The Girl You Left Behind two young women, separated by a century, are united in their determination to fight for the thing they love most - whatever the cost.
Karen Joy Fowler - The Jane Austen Book Club
Six people five women and a man meet once a month in California's Central Valley to discuss Jane Austen's novels. They are ordinary people, neither happy nor unhappy, but each of them is wounded in different ways, they are all mixed up about their lives and relationships. Over the six months they meet, marriages are tested, affairs begin, unsuitable arrangements become suitable under the guiding eye of Jane Austen a couple of them even fall in love 'A thoroughly delightful comedy of contemporary manners' Entertainment Weekly
Katie Fforde - Paradise Fields
It's not as if Nel hadn't enough on her plate already: organising a farmers' market in the picturesque Paradise Fields and keeping track of her unnervingly beautiful teenage daughter - plus sorting out a houseful of animals - are quite enough to keep her busy. The last thing she needs is another complication in her life, but when her old friend Sir Gerald dies and his son, Pierce - accompanied by his glamorous American wife - takes possession of The Big House, it seems that preserving the Fields is not on his list of priorities. Nel takes up arms, determined to fight for the meadow and the market she loves. But whom can she trust? She's pretty sure her friends Sacha and Vivian are on her side, but her sensible boyfriend Simon, an estate agent, is less encouraging. And then there's Jake, the exaspering yet attractive stranger who kissed her under the mistletoe. Maybe she's been a not-so-merry widow for far too long.
Tony Parsons - Catching the Sun
Just how badly do you want to find paradise? Taxi driver Tom Finn leaves broken Britain and takes his wife and children to live on the tropical island of Phuket, Thailand. This tropical paradise is all the family dreamed of - but both man-made disaster and the unleashed forces of nature shatter this idyll. The gripping and moving story of a family who go in search of Paradise - and end up discovering themselves.
Katie Fforde - Love Letters
With the bookshop where she works about to close, Laura Horsley, in a moment of uncharacteristic recklessness, finds herself agreeing to help organize a literary festival deep in the heart of the English countryside. But her initial excitement is rapidly followed by a mounting sense of panic when reality sinks in and she realizes just how much work is involved - especially when an innocent mistake leads the festival committee to mistakenly believe that Laura is a personal friend of the author at the top of their wish-list. Laura might have been secretly infatuated with the infamous Dermot Flynn ever since she studied him at university, but traveling to Ireland to persuade the notorious recluse to come out of hiding is another matter. Determined to rise to the challenge she sets off to meet her literary hero. But all too soon she's confronted with more than she bargained for - Dermot the man is maddening, temperamental and up to his ears in a nasty case of writer's block. But he's also infuriatingly attractive - and, apparently, out to add Laura to his list of conquests...
Jojo Moyes - Me Before You
Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick. What Lou doesn't know is she's about to lose her job or that knowing what's coming is what keeps her sane. Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he's going to put a stop to that. What Will doesn't know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they're going to change the other for all time.
Katie Fforde - Summer of Love
Sian Bishop has only ever experienced one moment of recklessness – a moment that resulted in her beloved son Rory. It’s not that she doesn’t love the outcome of that wild night, but since then she has always taken the safer route. So when dependable, devoted Richard suggests a move to the beautiful English countryside, she leaves the hustle and bustle of the city behind, and she throws herself into the picture-postcard cottage garden, her furniture restoration business, and a new life in the country. Her good intentions are torpedoed on a glorious summer’s evening with the arrival of Gus Berresford. One-time explorer and full-time heartbreaker, Gus is ridiculously exciting, wonderfully glamorous and a completely inappropriate love interest for a single mum. But Gus and Sian have met before… Sian has no use for a fling, she simply mustn’t fall in love with the most unlikely suitor ever to cross her path – even if he has now crossed her path twice. But who knows what can happen in a summer of love…
Audrey Niffenegger - The Time Traveler's Wife
A dazzling novel in the most untraditional fashion, this is the remarkable story of Henry DeTamble, a dashing, adventuresome librarian who travels involuntarily through time, and Clare Abshire, an artist whose life takes a natural sequential course. Henry and Clare's passionate love affair endures across a sea of time and captures the two lovers in an impossibly romantic trap, and it is Audrey Niffenegger's cinematic storytelling that makes the novel's unconventional chronology so vibrantly triumphant. An enchanting debut and a spellbinding tale of fate and belief in the bonds of love, The Time Traveler's Wife is destined to captivate readers for years to come.
Katie Fforde - Going Dutch
Jo Edwards never planned to live on a barge. She's not even sure she likes boats. But when her husband trades her in for a younger model, she finds her options alarmingly limited. Dora Hamilton never planned to run out on her own wedding. But as The Big Day approaches, her cold feet show no signs of warming up - and accepting Jo's offer of refuge aboard The Three Sisters seems the only alternative. As Jo and Dora embark on reorganising their muddled lives, they realise they both need a practical way to keep themselves afloat. But, despite their certainty that they've sworn off men for good, they haven't bargained for the persistent intervention of attractive but enigmatic Marcus, and laid-back, charming Tom, who both seem determined to help them whether they like it or not ...
Jojo Moyes - Mielőtt megismertelek
Louisa Clark elégedett az életével: szereti a csendes kisvárost, ahol születése óta, immár huszonhat éve él, a munkáját a városka egyik kávézójában. Szereti a családját, a mindig hangos, zsúfolt házat, ahol apjával, anyjával, az Alzheimer-kóros nagyapával, a család eszének tartott nővérével és annak ötéves kisfiával él. És talán még Patricket is, a barátját, akivel már hét éve vannak együtt. Egy napon azonban Lou szépen berendezett kis világában minden a feje tetejére áll: a kávézó váratlanul bezár, és Lou, hogy anyagilag továbbra is támogathassa a családját, egy harmincöt éves férfi gondozója lesz, aki - miután egy motorbalesetben teljesen lebénult - depressziósan és mogorván egy kerekes székben tölti napjait... Will Traynor gyűlöli az életét: hogy is ne gyűlölné, amikor egyetlen nap alatt mindent elveszített? A menő állása Londonban, az álomszép barátnője, a barátai, az egzotikus nyaralások - mindez már a múlté. A jelen pedig nem is lehetne rosszabb: nem elég, hogy önállóságától és méltóságától megfosztva vissza kellett térnie a szülővárosába, ebbe az álmos és unalmas városkába, a szülei birtokára, most még egy új gondozót is felvettek mellé, anélkül hogy kikérték volna a véleményét. Az új lány elviselhetetlenül cserfes, idegesítően optimista és borzalmasan felszínes... Lou-nál és Willnél különbözőbb két embert keresve se találhatnánk. Vajon képesek lesznek-e elviselni egymást, és -pusztán a másik kedvéért- újraértékelni mindazt, amit eddig gondoltak a világról? "Igazán gyönyörű könyv. Nevettünk, mosolyogtunk és sírtunk, mint a kisgyerekek - egyszerűen muszáj elolvasni!" (Closer) "Varázslatos és szívszorító. Olvasás közben vízálló szempillaspirál használata ajánlott." (Marie Clarie)
Cecelia Ahern - Talált tárgyak országa
Sandy Shortt kényszerbeteg. Amióta tízéves korában eltűnt a szomszéd kislány, mániákusan keresgél, nem tudja feldolgozni, ha elvesznek a dolgai. Kutatószenvedélye annyira magával ragadja, hogy magánnyomozóként keres eltűnt személyeket. Jack Ruttle is kétségbeesetten keresi öccsét, Donalt, akit egy éve mintha a köd nyelt volna el. Amikor megtalálja Sandy hirdetését egy újságban, érzi, hogy a nő segíteni fog rajta. Miközben Donal után kutat, egyszer csak Sandy is eltűnik, méghozzá egy olyan helyen köt ki, aminek létezéséről addig álmodni sem mert: az elveszettnek hitt fél pár zoknik, lakáskulcsok és a nyomtalanul eltűnt emberek birodalmában. Ez az új, szórakoztató és vidám világ, kedves, ám néha furcsa lakóival együtt befogadja Sandyt, ő azonban másra sem vágyik, csak hogy megtalálja a hazavezető utat. A mindössze 28 éves Cecelia Ahern e regényében is kiválóan ötvözi a mesét és a valóságot.
Aimee Bender - A citromtorta különös szomorúsága
Kilencedik születésnapjának előestéjén a mit sem sejtő Rose Edelstein, az iskolaudvari játékok és a zaklatott szülői figyelem perifériáján létező kislány beleharap édesanyja házi sütésű csokoládés citromtortájába, és rájön, hogy varázslatos képességgel rendelkezik: a süteményben képes megízlelni az anyja érzéseit. Legnagyobb döbbenetére fedezi fel magában ezt az adottságot, az anyjából ugyanis – az ő életvidám, ügyes kezű, tevékeny édesanyjából – a lemondás és a kétségbeesés íze árad. Az ételek egyszeriben – és életre szólóan – veszedelemmé, fenyegetéssé válnak Rose számára. Bármelyik étkezésnél bármi kiderülhet. A bátyja, Joseph pirítósát képtelen megenni; a sarki pék sütijét harag ízesíti; a szőlődzsem savanyú nehezteléssel teli. Átokkal is felérő adottsága révén a kislány olyan titkos tudás birtokába jut, amit minden család elrejt a világ szeme elől – az édesanyja családon kívüli életét, az édesapja elhidegülését, Joseph hadban állását az egész világgal. Ám Rose felcseperedvén mégis megtanulja hasznosítani ezt az adottságát, és rájön, hogy vannak olyan titkok, melyeket még az ő ízlelőbimbói sem képesek érzékelni. A citromtorta különös szomorúsága sziporkázó mese arról, hogy milyen mérhetetlenül nehéz tiszta szívből szeretni valakit, akiről túlságosan sokat tudunk. A szívszorítóan mulatságos, bölcs és szomorú történet azt bizonyítja, hogy Aimee Bender olyan író, akinek káprázatos prózája a mindennapi élet furcsaságait veszi górcső alá. Aimee Bender két ízben kapott Pushcart-díjat, 2005-ben Tiptreedíjra jelölték. Számtalan antológiában jelentek meg írásai, műveit eddig tíz nyelvre fordították le. Los Angelesben él.