The million-copy bestselling series
Toshikazu Kawaguchi's poignant Before we say goodbye, translated from Japanese by Geoffrey Trousselot, explores the age-old question: what would you do if you could travel back in time? More importantly, who would you want to meet, maybe for one last time?
The regulars at the magical Cafe Funiculi Funicula are well acquainted with its famous legend and extraordinary, secret menu time travel offering. Many patrons have reunited with old flames, made amends with estranged family, and visited loved ones. But the journey is not without risks and there are rules to follow. Travellers must have visited the cafe previously and most importantly, must return to the present in the time it takes for their coffee to go cold.
In the tradition of Toshikazu Kawaguchi's sensational 'Before the Coffee Gets Cold' series, readers will once again be introduced to a new set of visitors:
The husband with something important left to say
The woman who couldn't bid her dog farewell
The woman who couldn't answer a proposal
The daughter who drove her father away . . .
In the hauntingly beautiful Before we say goodbye, Kawaguchi invites us to join his characters as they embark on a journey to revisit one crucial moment in time.
1918. Fleeing from her past, Cathy Carmichael is new to the Sixteen Streets. She has nothing to her name, no plan and nowhere to go. Cathy thinks she's struck gold when she runs into Mrs Sturrocks, an elderly lady who offers her a room at her boarding house. Her son, Noel, might be strange and sulky, but he gives her a job at the Robin Hood pub and before long, Cathy is thriving as the new barmaid. The Sixteen Streets was only meant to be a temporary stop for Cathy...but could it become home instead?
A surprise reunion...
In this Morgan Family Medics story, paramedic Jonno's memory of Brie is instantaneous when they meet again - and so is their mutual attraction. Whilst Brie can't disguise the flutters of excitement Jonno brings out in her, she knows she now has an opportunity to reveal what she's been longing to tell him: he has a son! Jonno wasn't planning on sticking around, but maybe Brie can give him a reason to stop running...
The family they share...
...brings them together!
In this Morgan Family Medics story, paediatric heart surgeon Anthony Morgan is used to fixing tiny hearts - yet can't mend his own after becoming estranged from his son. When he meets nurse Elsie he learns some shocking news: they share a grandson! Having been alone for so long, Elsie welcomes Anthony's friendship, and is delighted when it develops into something more... But when his family problems seem insurmountable, can she rescue Anthony's heart and heal her own too?
Two babies. One houseguest...
...A for ever family?
Midwife Lisandra panics when the hospital lift gets stuck - just as her waters break! Luckily, she's trapped with obstetrician Malachi, who expertly cares for her. Having lost everything since her fiancé's death, she has nowhere to go, so Malachi offers her and her babies a temporary place to stay. But living with the brooding workaholic is less convenient when a spark ignites between them! Could her knight in shining armour also become a father for her twins?
He loved her once...
Can he risk falling for her again?
Since losing her son, Marcy has had a single focus: researching a cure for cancer. Meeting doctor Dylan again is unexpected, and his compassionate warmth invades the fortress around her heart. Marcy's even more beautiful than he remembers, but Dylan's been abandoned too many times. As they fight for their patients' lives an irresistible passion flares between them. Dare they put themselves on the line again for a shot at happy-ever-after...?
A fresh start...
...with an old friend!
After a bad break-up, Dr Sadie Mills is offered a new job at an exclusive health facility in Scotland with her best friend! It sounds like the perfect escape. Sadie's never worked with Dr Owen Penner before, but why would that be an issue? She loves Owen, but has never been tempted to date such a committed playboy. Yet suddenly she wants to shove him out of the friend zone - straight into her bed!
A nurse to save...
...the single dad!
When neurosurgeon and notorious bachelor Seth becomes guardian to his nephew Noah, for the first time in his life he has no idea what he's doing. Noah hasn't spoken since his mother's passing, so when nurse Andrea gets him to talk Seth enlists her help. Andrea understands what Noah is going through and brings the sparkle back into this little boy's life - and Seth's too! Is she the bright future this fledgling family deserves?
Wearing the Italian's diamond?
Marks the start of her fairytale!
A traumatic past event means that shy Maude's job is the only place she feels safe to shine. So when she needs a last-minute plus one she strikes a deal with the one man she trusts - her boss! But claiming to date ultra-rich Mateo Moreno makes avoiding the limelight impossible...
Mateo is horrified that innocent Maude's name is being dragged into the headlines. He's even prepared to make convenient vows to protect her. But whilst Mateo thinks he can maintain iron-clad control over his emotions, their sudden, all-encompassing passion has other plans!
Is this forbidden Cinderella...
...the key to his redemption?
Rumours surround the reclusive Alessio, Conte Dal Lago, but Charlotte Symonds isn't intimidated - housekeeping for such a prestigious aristocrat will help fulfil her dreams of running her own business. Although she isn't prepared for her unexpected attraction to her new boss...
Racked with guilt since his tragic loss, Alessio runs his billion-euro empire from a secluded Italian castello. Charlotte opens his eyes to the world he's been missing - and to a long-forgotten desire. But can he hope to maintain his impenetrable emotional walls once their powerful chemistry is unleashed?
The one thing they both agree on?
Artist Willow Jacobs's latest high-society portrait is set to make her career. Until the subject's son, Leonidas Stanhope, demands it never sees the light of day! He's everything she isn't: uptight, reserved, and richer than sense. But that won't stop her standing her ground.
And yet their negotiations can't halt her red-hot reaction to the Greek - especially when she sees the same heat reflected in Leo's fierce gaze! This could be innocent Willow's chance to experience the pleasure she believes impossible... Her next move? Asking for a night between his billion-dollar sheets!
When their worlds collide...
They become tied for ever!
Flora Bick once strayed from her carefully scripted life and lost herself in the uninhibited kisses of a stranger. Overwhelmed, she fled his bed and returned to her risk-free existence. Now he's found her, and together they discover the unimaginable - she's pregnant!
After demanding Flora accompany him to Sicily, Raffaele Russo finally reveals his vast wealth...and his determination to give their child the stable upbringing he never had. But for the time being their secret remains theirs alone. And it will bind them even closer than their ever-present desire...
The woman in his bed...
Must now become his bride!
Desert Prince Kamal must find a wife or forfeit his crown. No one seems less suitable than headstrong Princess Kaliah - until they clash at an opulent event and their animosity is transformed into raw, intimate passion!
Discovering Liah was a virgin, Kamal feels honour-bound to offer marriage. But that's the last thing independent Liah wants! There's one way to fix matters: steal her away to his private oasis and make her see reason. Instead, their time alone forces Kamal to admit that desire might have been just as much a factor in his proposal as duty...
Fleeing her very public divorce, socialite Vienna is shocked to find her private hideaway already occupied. Gruff and brooding Jasper is presumed dead - just like Vienna's love-life! - so her instant connection to him is unexpected. Yet completely undeniable...
One night is all Jasper can offer Vienna. The people closest to him always get hurt. But then scandal strikes, forcing them to fly to Chile as a couple, for the whole world to see! And when Jasper learns Vienna is carrying his baby he must take things one step further to protect them both...with his diamond ring!
Then: a forbidden encounter
Now: a binding consequence!
After working undercover at Alessandro Rossi's company for two years, Amelia Seymore is still trying to prove that the Italian billionaire stole her birthright. But the only thing she's been able to prove is her incendiary off-limits attraction to him - which explodes into life at Alessandro's irresistible touch!
When Amelia tries to reignite her revenge plan it quickly comes crashing down, as she learns that she's expecting her enemy's heir! Avenging her family means everything to Amelia. Yet as she's whisked away to Alessandro's Tuscan villa is it still what she wants the most?
She's playing the role of his princess
Is he playing with fire?
To avenge his parents' murder, Greek billionaire Lysias hires renowned spy Al to pose as a long-lost royal - and his fiancée. When an unruly spark flares between them, Lysias knows there's only one way to master it. By indulging it...
Al is transported from her hardscrabble days on the streets to a luxurious kingdom, where she experiences breathtaking pleasure in Lysias's arms. She knows it isn't real. Still, she can't shake the feeling that somehow she belongs within these palace walls. And perhaps even by Lysias's side...
One hot week...
In this Dream Destinations story, the heat of the Costa Rican rainforest is nothing compared to the memories of Jenny's steamy fling with ex-Hollywood heartthrob Liam. But now she has to break the news to him - she's pregnant! Liam is blindsided by Jenny's revelation - he has spent the last few years guarding his heart. Now, with nowhere to run, they must decide on their future together and not be distracted by their chemistry...
she shouldn't fall for!
Facing bankruptcy, Cassandra is forced to sell her ancestral hotel to her family's rival - billionaire developer Matheo. Not trusting his intentions, but desperate, she strikes a deal with him! The hotel in exchange for her interior design company planning its redevelopment. The only compromise is that they must work together closely on Matheo's private island! Alone with him, Cassandra sees the real Matheo...and an off-limits fling with the enemy is irresistible!
The CEO, his housekeeper...
and her double confession!
In this Princesses of Rydiania story, when CEO Antoine meets a stranger in need, he offers her work and refuge as his temporary housekeeper. Their mutual attraction is intensely distracting, but Antoine knows he should resist a woman who's lost her memory. When they give in to their undeniable desire Antoine is faced with shocking consequences... Because Cecelia is actually a princess - and now she's accidentally pregnant!
From Fijian fling...
to for ever?
Single mum Lucy is nervous to be accompanying new boss Marcus on a work trip to Fiji. Having sacrificed so much for her son, she's determined to seize this career-defining moment - if she can keep her growing attraction to Marcus under control! Marcus has protected himself since a tragic accident tore his family apart. His desire for Lucy is undeniable, but can he offer her little family everything they truly deserve...?
Travel the world. Become dive-certified. Find forever love?
To complete his beloved late sister's bucket list, chef Kellan Murphy needs to triumph over his fear of deep water. Enter American dive instructor Sam Walker, as kind as he is electrifying to every fiber of Kell's being. Sam's soon nudging his way into the Irishman's heart. But with Kellan's dive certification comes an inheritance...and the restaurant of his dreams a continent away. Is Kellan's future really on Oyster Island - with Sam?
Who is her mysterious midnight visitor?
Hearing herself described as 'a lady as dull as her name' is the final straw in Prudence Clifford's disastrous Season, so she decides to stay with her aunt in Bath. But Pru's new life is anything but dull when one night she finds an uninvited, devastatingly handsome duke at her kitchen table! Pru knows she will never forget the emotional connection they shared. But it's their unexpected reunion three months later which will prove truly unforgettable...
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