“It was sometimes called the echo cave, and if you shouted your question loud enough in the right direction, you got an answer instead of an echo…”
Clare and David—divided as children by a rigid social code that branded her as shanty Irish and him as gentry…brought together as adults by a desire that knew no class, no barriers, only the urgent hunger of two people destined to love—and ready to defy a world determined to keep them apart.
Even at fifteen, David Power knew the echo would answer eleven-year-old Clare O’Brien’s dearest wish, to win a school prize. But it was years before Dr. Power’s cherished only son saw in the huckster’s daughter the answer to his own heart’s desire. Here in Castlebay, perched precariously on the seaside cliffs, the lines between them were clearly drawn. Clare’s only hope is to leave the town where time stopped, propelled by scholarships to Dublin, fueled by her own drive and brilliance, far from the insular, gossipy world of Castlebay and those in its thrall… Angela O’Hara, beautiful, insolated, a teacher trapped in the convent school, who risks everything to help Clare escape… Gerry Doyle, the town charmer who finds in Clare the woman he vows to have at any price… Caroline Nolan, the beautiful, rich outsider who comes to plunder…
For Clare, that was before the wild freedom of Dublin, and love. And David. Before fate drove them back to Castlebay, and the past…
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Maeve Binchy - Esti iskola
A romantikus regények nagymestere ezúttal egy kopott dublini középiskolába invitálja olvasóit, ahol esténként olasz nyelvtanfolyamot tartanak. Az Olaszországból érkező rejtélyes Signora életre szóló kalanddá változtatja a csoport olasz kultúra iránt érzett közös szenvedélyét. Valamennyi diák élettörténetéből egy-egy megható és megrázó emberi sorsot ismerhetünk meg. A latintanár, Aidan Dunne megromlott házasságába és hanyatló karrierjébe próbál új életet lehelni. A banki alkalmazott Billnek és szédületes jegyesének, Lizzie-nek súlyos gondokkal kell megküzdenie. Kathy, a szorgalmasan tanuló, ártatlan lány az igazság megrázó pillanatában lép be a felnőttkorba. Connie, a mérhetetlenül gazdag hölgy hamarosan kitörő botrány elébe néz. A barátságtalan Lou számára a tanfolyam remek alibi egy bűntény elkendőzésére. Ám a legnagyobb titok mégis Signora szenvedélyes múltját övezi
Maeve Binchy - Quentins
Bestselling Irish writer Maeve Binchy tells heartwarming stories of common people coming together in a loving community. Her latest novel, Quentins, continues in that vein. It's the story of an Ella Brady, a Dublin woman who wants to film a documentary about a restaurant, Quentins, and tell the story of its growth over the years by retelling the stories of many its patrons. Though told as a sequence of separate stories, their interlocking themes and shared locale of the restaurant tie it together as one narrative. The publisher, Dutton, says, "By getting to know the people that pass through the doors of Quentins, Ella has finally gotten to know herself."
Maeve Binchy - Esős és csillagos éjszakák
Egy görög tavernában, magasan Aghia Anna kicsiny faluja fölött, négy idegen találkozik; Írországból, Amerikából, Németországból és Angliából érkeztek, hogy maguk mögött hagyják otthonukat és régi életüket, amikor egy megrázó tragédia váratlanul összehozza őket. Fiona megpróbálja megértetni a családjával, milyen nagy szüksége van arra, hogy a saját útját kövesse. Thomasnak rettenetesen hiányzik a kisfia, és attól fél, hogy a volt felesége közéjük áll. Elsa sikeres karriert hagyott maga mögött, de valaki a múltjából nem hajlandó elengedni őt. A félénk, csendes David pedig elhatározza, hogy ellenáll zsarnokoskodó apjának. Az "Esős és csillagos éjszakák" egy nyár és négy zaklatott életű ember története. Vonni, az ír asszony segítségével, aki a faluban él, és már-már helybélinek számít, megoldásra találnak - jóllehet nem feltétlenül olyanra, amilyet reméltek...
Maeve Binchy - Változások éve
Cathy Scarlet és Tom Feather - akik a vendéglátóipari főiskolán lettek jó barátok - úgy döntenek, az övék lesz Dublin legjobb ételszállító cége. A tehetségük adott, a megfelelő helyet is megtalálták, és néhány fontos kapcsolatra is szert tettek. Ám nem mindenki van annyira elragadtatva a Scarlet Feather ötletétől, mint ők. Tom szülei azt szerették volna, hogy a fiuk a családi vállalkozásban dolgozzon, Cathy anyósának szemét pedig szúrja menye önálló karrierje. Lassan kiderül, hogy sem Cathy házassága, sem Tom kapcsolata a barátnőjével nem az, aminek látszik. Cathynek és Tomnak az üzleti sikerek és kudarcok közepette meg kell küzdeniük érzelmi kötelékeikért is.
Cecelia Ahern - The Gift
What's your Christmas wish? For Lou Suffern it's time. An extremely successful business man, Lou always has to be two places at one time, though usually it's at the office and not at home with his doting wife and two young children. When Lou gets closer to a promotion at work his home life starts to really unravel, and as the holidays draw closer he begins to resemble Ebenezer Scrooge. Enter Gabe, a homeless man Lou buys coffee for one day. Inspired by his own random act of kindness, Lou goes one step further and lands Gabe a job in the mail room of his company. But when Gabe begins to meddle in Lou's life, Lou quickly begins to regret his hasty good deed. Gabe seems to know more about Lou than Lou does about himself, and, more importantly, how does Gabe always seem to be two places at once? As Christmas draws closer, Gabe is able to make Lou finally understand the gift of time and discover what's truly important in life. But can he help him fix what's broken before it's too late?
Cecelia Ahern - The Book of Tomorrow
"Tamara Goodwin has always got everything she′s ever wanted. Born into a family of wealth, she grew up in a mansion with its own private beach, a wardrobe full of designer clothes, a large four poster bed complete with a luxurious bathroom en-suite. She′s always lived in the here and now, never giving a second thought to tomorrow. But then suddenly her dad is gone and life for Tamara and her mother changes forever. Left with a mountain of debt, they have no choice but to sell everything they own and move to the country to live with Tamara′s Uncle and Aunt. Nestled next to Kilsaney Castle, their gate house is a world away from Tamara′s childhood. With her mother shut away with grief, and her aunt busy tending to her, Tamara is lonely and bored and longs to return to Dublin. When a travelling library passes through Kilsaney Demesne, Tamara is intrigued. She needs a distraction. Her eyes rest on a mysterious large leather bound tome locked with a gold clasp and padlock. With some help, Tamara finally manages to open the book. What she discovers within the pages takes her breath away and shakes her world to its core."
Cecelia Ahern - P.S. I Love You
Some people wait their whole lives to find their soul mates. But not Holly and Gerry. They were childhood sweethearts - no one could imagine Holly and Gerry without each other. Until the unthinkable happens. Gerry's death devastates Holly. But as her 30th birthday looms Holly discovers that Gerry has left her a bundle of notes, gently guiding her into her new life without him, each signed 'PS, I Love You'. With some help from her friends, and her noisy and loving family, Holly finds herself laughing, crying, singing, dancing - and being braver than ever before. Life is for living, she realises - but it always helps if there's an angel watching over you.
Cecelia Ahern - If You Could See Me Now
"There's more than a touch of fairytale about Cecelia Ahern's novels... thanks to a liberal sprinkling of magic." _Glamour_ What if love was right there in front of you - you just couldn't see it? Elizabeth Egan is too busy for friends. As a reluctant mother to her sister Saoirse's young son Luke and with her own business to run, every precious moment is made to count. But with Saoirse crashing in and out of their lives, leaving both her sister and her son reeling, Luke and Elizabeth are desperately in need of some magic. Enter Ivan. Wild, spontaneous and always looking for adventure, in no time at all Ivan has changed Elizabeth in ways she could never have imagined. But is Ivan too good to be true? Has Elizabeth opened her heart only to risk it being broken again? As for Ivan, he thought he was there to help Luke not Elizabeth - or himself.... "Enchanting and unexpected" You "A gem" Heat Reviews PRAISE FOR Cecelia Ahern: "There's more than a touch of fairytale about Cecelia Ahern's novels... thanks to a liberal sprinkling of magic... A must for die-hard romantics." _Glamour_
Cecelia Ahern - Where Rainbows End
Since childhood, Rosie and Alex have stuck by each other through thick and thin. But they're suddenly separated when Alex and his family move from Dublin to America. Rosie is lost without him. Then, just as she is about to join Alex in Boston, she gets life-changing news-that will keep her at home in Ireland.
Cecelia Ahern - Mrs Whippy
Emelda is a forty-six year old, two hundred and twenty pound, mother of five, struggling to cope with life after her husband left her for a twenty-three year old dancer. It’s summertime and as she eats her way through another tub of ice-cream mourning all that she’s lost, she hears the gentle tinkling sound that sends children rushing outside. The soothing sounds of a Mr. Whippy van arrive at just the right time for Emelda, only now it’s not just the ice-cream that is her only true friend...
Cecelia Ahern - A Place Called Here
Since Sandy Shortt’s childhood classmate disappeared twenty years ago, Sandy has been obsessed with missing things. Finding becomes her goal- whether it’s the sock that vanished in the washing machine, the car keys she misplaced or the graver issue of finding the people who vanish from their lives. Sandy dedicates her life to finding these missing people, offering devastated families a flicker of hope. Jack Ruttle is one of those desperate people. It’s been a year since his brother Donal vanished into thin air. Thinking Sandy Shortt could well be the answer to his prayers, he embarks on a quest to find her. But when Sandy goes missing too, she stumbles upon the place - and people - she’s been looking for all her life. A world away from her loved ones and the home she ran from for so long, Sandy soon resorts to her old habit again, searching. Though this time, she is desperately trying to find her way home…
Maeve Binchy - The Copper Beech
Eight children once carved their names on the trunk of the great copper beech tree which shades the schoolhouse in Shancarrig. Now those children are grown. They have different lives but it was the school that formed them and made them what they are. For each their hometown of Shancarrig holds special memories – some too private ever to be told. From Ryan’s Hotel to Barna Woods where the gypsies camp each year, from Nellie Dunn’s sweet shop to Father Gunn’s church, the tenor of life in this small Irish town is outwardly placid, uneventful, some – like Nessa Ryan in search of passion – would say, deadly dull. But peel away the layers and all sorts of unexpected things come to light: like Maddy Ross’s secret love, Eddie Barton’s surprising pen friendship, and what Maura Brennan discovers about the glamorous newcomers, Mike and Gloria Darcy . . .
Maeve Binchy - Silver Wedding
Desmond and Deirdre Doyle will have been married for twenty-five years in October. It falls to the Doyles' eldest daughter, Anna, to decide how best to commemorate her parents' Silver Wedding. No use asking her sister Helen, living in her London convent, or her brother Brendan, who has chosen another form of exile on a bleak farm in the West of Ireland. But it is unthinkable not to have a party, even though for the Doyles, family occasions are more difficult than for most. For each of them is keeping up a front, nursing a secret wound, or smarting over a hidden betrayal. And as the day draws nearer, so the tension mounts, until finally the guests gather at the party itself...
Maeve Binchy - Light a Penny Candle
Evacuated from Blitz-battered London, shy and genteel Elizabeth White is sent to stay with the boisterous O’Connors in Kilgarret, Ireland. It is the beginning of an unshakeable bond between Elizabeth and Aisling O’Connor, a friendship that will endure through twenty turbulent years of change and chaos, joy and sorrow, soaring dreams and searing betrayals. Writing with warmth, wit and great compassion, Maeve Binchy tells a magnificent story of the lives and loves of two women, bound together in a friendship that nothing could tear asunder -- not even the man who threatened to come between them forever
Maeve Binchy - Firefly Summer
It was a summer of warmth.... Kate Ryan and her husband, John, have a rollicking pub in the Irish village of Mountfern... lovely twelve-year-old twins... and such wonderful dreams.... It was a summer of innocence... but all that is about to change this fateful summer of 1962 when American millionaire Patrick O'Neill comes to town with his irresistible charm and a pocketful of money... when love and hate vie for a town's quiet heart and old traditions begin to crumble away.... It was a summer of love that would never come again.... A time that has been captured forever in Maeve Binchy's compelling family drama... a novel you will never forget.
Cecelia Ahern - Thanks for the Memories
Cecelia Ahern: making the everyday magical. How can you know someone you've never met? When Joyce leaves hospital after a terrible accident, with her life and her marriage in pieces, she moves back in with her elderly father. All the while, a strong sense of déja vu is overwhelming her and she can't figure out why ...
Amanda Quick - Dangerous
At five and twenty, Prudence Merryweather knew very well tht risks a woman took by visiting a gentleman in the dead of night. But bearding the notorious Earl of Angelstone in his den was the only way to stop him from engaging her hot-headed brother in a duel. And that was why she found herself ushered into Sebastian's frobidding presence at three int the morning--and thoroughly kissed before dawn. She was a country-bred innocent--and an intriguing experience for a man who dwelt more in the shadows than in the sunshine. Yet as her boldness drew Prue into one dangerous episode after another, Sebastian found himself torn between a raging hunger to possess her and a driving need to protect her. And the reckless beauty would soon need all the protection she could get...
Gaelen Foley - His Wicked Kiss
From emerald jungles to the high seas to the glittering ballrooms of Regency London, beloved author Gaelen Foley tells a sweeping, sensual tale of the ruggedly handsome Lord Jack Knight and the passionate beauty who lays claim to his heart. An English rose blooming in the untamed jungles of South America, Eden Farraday lives a life of independence - unheard of for a lady - with her doctor-turned-scientist father. But Eden misses England desperately. When the dangerous and darkly charming Lord Jack Knight sails into her life, she seizes her chance to return to civilization, stowing away aboard his London-bound ship. Roguish and charismatic, a self-made shipping tycoon with a shadowy past and a well-guarded heart, Jack is sailing on a vital secret mission. When the redheaded temptress is discovered aboard his vessel, he reacts with fury - and undeniable lust. Forced to protect her from his rough crew, the devilish Lord Jack demands a scandalous price in exchange for Eden's safe passage across the sea. As his wicked kiss ignites an unforgettable blaze of passion between them, Jack and Eden confront a soul-searing love that cannot be denied.
Jen Lancaster - If You Were Here
Told in the uproariously entertaining voice readers have come to expect from Jen Lancaster, If You Were Here follows Amish-zombie-teen- romance author Mia and her husband Mac (and their pets) through the alternately frustrating, exciting, terrifying-but always funny-process of buying and renovating their first home in the Chicago suburbs that John Hughes's movies made famous. Along their harrowing renovation journey, Mia and Mac get caught up in various wars with the homeowners' association, meet some less-than-friendly neighbors, and are joined by a hilarious cast of supporting characters, including a celebutard ex- landlady. As they struggle to adapt to their new surroundings- with Mac taking on the renovations himself- Mia and Mac will discover if their marriage is strong enough to survive months of DIY renovations.
Emma Tennant - Pemberley
As Jane Austen’s beloved novel Pride and Prejudice comes to a close, Elizabeth Bennet proudly announces her engagement to Mr. Darcy, boasting, “We are to be the happiest couple in the world.” But after the nuptials, can a marriage between two people as strong-willed as Elizabeth and Darcy survive? With all the wit and style of Jane Austen, Emma Tennant brilliantly imagines both the perils and pleasure of such a marriage. It’s now a year after the wedding, and the time has come for Elizabeth and Darcy to invite their families to visit Pemberley—but not without trepidation, for any gathering that includes both Mrs. Bennet and Lady Catherine de Bourgh must occasion gaffes and hurt feelings. And when Darcy becomes increasingly distant and Elizabeth falls prey to vicious gossip, the forces of pride and prejudice are at work once again in this “eminently enjoyable” continuation of Pride and Prejudice.