One night. One baby.
One royal wedding!
Though Clara Stephenson takes five different pregnancy tests, she's still unprepared for the result: she's carrying her royal boss's baby! The last thing Clara wants is to become Prince Alaric's convenient princess, when painful memories of her previous relationship still remain.
Making Clara his bride is the only way for Alaric to save his heir from a scandal-filled childhood like his own. Yet when their honeymoon reminds them of the desire that led them to the altar, will they realise that more than duty binds them...?
4 weeks, 3 events, 2 hearts...
In this A Five-Star Family Reunion story, tech billionaire Evan never relies on anyone. But when the fate of his company rests upon him showing a softer side, Italian beauty Chiara is the answer! She'll be his fake fiancée, and in return he'll help her complete her beloved mother's bucket list and get Chiara home in time for Christmas. Yet as they travel the world together passion ignites! Could this be for more than just the Christmas holidays?
Taking Cinderella from sewing ball gowns...
...to wearing them!
Just as elected royal heir Sébastien is due to take the throne he learns of a secret princess and rightful heir. Honourable Séb will always do the right thing - even relinquish the crown. But independent seamstress Louisa won't give up her normal life easily, so Séb must charm and convince her to step into the royal spotlight! And as he teaches Louisa how to be a princess, he wishes he didn't have to let her go...
Can one winter kiss...
...defrost a frozen heart?
Widow Chloe's new gardening commission is the perfect excuse to avoid Christmas. When she discovers that her complicated new boss, Beau, also hates the festive season, they agree to mutually dislike it together! Scarred Beau has lost everything and sealed his heart off for good. But Chloe breathes fresh air into his life, and together they embark on an unexpected blistering affair. Will their Christmas together be the miracle they never knew they needed?
Interview with a billionaire
A fling that's not supposed to last...
In this Billion-Dollar Bachelors story, quirky Adelaid yearns to be taken seriously as a journalist, and writing an article on genius Ted Fincher is the perfect way. But when she meets this tall hunk of gorgeousness, the frisson of attraction between them is completely distracting! She should suppress her exuberance for long enough to discover why Ted's heart is so guarded... Yet she can't resist bowling headlong into an affair - one that has shocking consequences!
Their attraction is the perfect plotline
If only it was just for the cameras...
Should interior designer Cassie Houston join Sandcastle Real Estate's new reality TV series? Yes, please! But her reinvention plan is complicated by Logan McFadden's arrival. When the sexy black sheep of the McFadden family reluctantly returns to the business, the plot thickens...figuratively and literally. Their sizzling on-screen chemistry is perfect for ratings. But will their off-screen connection survive once the cameras are off and Cassie's secrets are exposed?
He's walked right into...
The gossip of the Season!
Captain William Grosvenor's body may be recovering from battle, but his survivor's guilt remains. The last thing he should be doing is kissing mysterious maids in carriages. Especially when that 'maid' is in fact debutante Lady Annie Fitzroy! Sparring with adventurous Annie is exhilarating, but it's also dangerous. Because the biggest scandal of the Season is about to explode...and Annie is at the heart of it!
Victorian Christmas Reunions
Two passionate romances!
The Lady's Yuletide Wish by Marguerite Kaye; war nurse Isabella has never forgotten the night she spent in reporter Eugene's arms. Years later, she's surprised when Eugene, now an earl, asks for her help uncovering a family mystery - and that the attraction is still there...
Dr. Peverett's Christmas Miracle by Bronwyn Scott; war doctor William is reunited with nurse Honoria, and he invites her to spend the festivities at Haberstock Hall. Is it reckless folly...or the miracle he didn't know he needed?
He has until Christmas Eve
...to make them a family!
Determined to claim the son his late wife kept secret from him Leo, Duke of Tain, is working in disguise as his tutor. Until Miss Lily Wrayford, the child's fiercely protective guardian, discovers Leo's true identity...and gives him until Christmas to prove she can trust him! All Leo wants is to be a good father...but might this brave, captivating woman be the final missing piece of his family?
One passionate night
A seven-year-old secret...
Widowed Lady Eliza Varden must endure one more ball before she can politely return to the country. Only her last dance brings her face to face with Nathaniel, the new Marquess of Hale. It's been years since their steamy encounter, but the spark between them is as alive as ever. Eliza knows it's not just their mutual attraction that binds them now... But is she ready to risk her independence with the truth?
Captured by a knight?
Rescued by his kiss!
Part of Protectors of the Crown. When orphan Eva loses the father figure who protected her on the streets of London, she suspects the Knights Fortitude. But when she steals information from them she's caught by brooding knight Nicholas. Learning he might not be a villain after all, she puts her distrust aside to work with him. Yet Eva must stay focussed - and not get distracted when they share a stolen kiss!
A lawman confronts his past
and a predator in the Texas heat...
A taunting text from a serial killer gives FBI agent Nolan Dalton only minutes to save the next victim. Former cop Adalyn Baxter - and Nolan's ex-girlfriend - receives the same message. That's just the beginning of a cunningly orchestrated plan that unearths a shocking secret about Nolan. As the Texas lawman struggles to come to terms with his past and protect Adalyn, a madman's end game could bury them both.
He wants his missing sister back.
She needs her escaped witness.
All the years Detective Billy Crouch has searched for his missing sister, she's been in witness protection. Now she's fled...with criminals in pursuit. And US marshal Mia Romano must locate her before it's too late. Joining forces, Mia's focused on recovering her witness, while Billy just wants to keep both women safe. But the searing attraction he and Mia share may prove to be a distraction they can't afford.
It started with one simple favour
Now one night together has the promise of more...
No one knows tough-as-nails bar owner Cara Thompson better than her best friend, rancher Jace Carson. And when Cara needs someone to stay with her at Lone Rock's most historic, and possibly haunted, hotel to purchase it, Jace is the man for the job - even when the only furnished room has just one bed. One night shouldn't be enough to change years of friendship, but a single kiss melts away years of restraint. As the sun rises, Cara might have secured her hotel, but has she ruined her friendship with Jace forever?
He's Texas. She's Hollywood.
...and together they're playing with fire!
Dionna Reed is in Royal, Texas, to help plan her starlet bestie's wedding. But when the bride and groom bail, all the planning falls to Dionna...and the too-hot, too-sexy best man who's convinced Texas can outdo Hollywood for this wedding event of the year. Well, bring it on, cowboy.
Tripp Noble has one week to convince city-slicker Dionna that Royal is the perfect place for his cousin's wedding - all the while keeping his hands off the gorgeous maid of honour. But cowboys don't always follow the rules...
Hull, 1856. James Ripley and his wife Moira have always looked out for the poor of Hull. When, during one stormy night, there is a flood in a nearby cellar - a popular shelter for the homeless - James rushes to help.
Among those rescued is a dark-haired little girl who speaks a language no one can understand. Some say that she came to the cellar with her mother, but no one knows where the mother is now.
Concerned for the child's safety, James is unsure of what to do. Where has the girl's mother disappeared to? And what can be done to help the homeless who have lost the only shelter they knew?
Monica Eustace and Joan McDonald met as next-door-neighbours living in Mersey View in Liverpool. Though theyre both now married, their friendship is as close as ever, and they happily share Monica's grand house on the other side of the city. But war clouds are gathering, casting a shadow over the happy future they dream of with their young husbands. Meanwhile, in London, Joan's half-sister Bella is overwhelmed with the glitz and glamour of the city while she's training as a singer - but will she forget her friends back home? As war descends on Merseyside, can the women make their back-street dreams reality, or will the close-knit families be torn apart?
Needing to find a job, Betty Dean is sent into service at Stowford House. The work is gruelling, and her dreams of making something of herself seem further out of reach. When Betty is forced to leave after a scandalous incident, she feels that her life is over until a new job on the trams throws her a lifeline. Meeting fellow tram girls Connie and Jean brings the joy of friendship, even if Betty struggles with having to keep secrets from her new pals. When soldier Duncan Kennedy enters Betty's life, it seems that she may finally find the love she's always wanted. But opening herself up to someone new isn't easy, and when he leaves for the front, she finds herself alone once again. As the Great War rumbles on, Betty's life in the Potteries is full of its battles...
Dover, 1940. As the Battle of Britain rages, the Castles are standing their ground at the heart of the community, running their family cafe. German guns shell Dover and danger lurks around every corner, but despite this, Lily is excited to be starting her nursing career at last. Lily is enjoying her life. She's a good nurse, has a group of friends at the hospital, and there is romance on the horizon. But when she tries to help an injured prisoner of war, she ends up implicated in a crime. With her career, relationships, and reputation at stake, Lily must fight to clear her name - before it's too late. Meanwhile, there are strange goings-on at the cafe. Rumours are circulating, and there are secrets that won't stay hidden for long. Secrets that could tear the Castle family apart - once and for all.
Abandoned as a baby on the steps of a remote inn, Ruby Blake has been raised by the innkeeper's wife Martha Metcalfe, unknowing of the family searching for her. One wild stormy night, Ruby is reunited with her long-lost father, who wants to whisk her away to Banksgill Farm for a happy ending with her true family. Feeling betrayed by Martha, Ruby follows her father for the chance of a new life. However, for being born of gypsy blood, Ruby is quickly cast out by everyone but the charming stable hand Tom Adams. Struck with loneliness in a village of people who find ways to make her miserable, she seeks friendship and love in Tom. But as their relationship blossoms, Ruby is pursued by a local miner - and when rumours begin to spread, she feels more lost and confused than ever...
Lancashire, 1895. When her controlling stepfather suddenly dies, it seems that Elinor Pendleton finally has a chance of freedom. But her hopes are soon dashed when she learns that the thuggish Jason Stafford has inherited every penny, and is determined to have Elinor too. Forced to flee with her beloved maid, Maude, Elinor finds shelter with Maude's distant cousin in the remote village of Ollerthwaite, on the shore of Jubilee Lake. But Walter Crossley has troubles of his own. Having lost his closest family in a tragic accident, he needs one of his grandsons to return from America to inherit his farm - and when practical, kindhearted Cameron arrives, he appears to be the perfect heir. But is this young man everything he seems? And will Elinor's secret wish to have a family of her own ever come true...?
When Inspector Montalbano receives an early-morning phone call it proves to be the start of a very trying day. For the caller expects him to arrive imminently at a rendezvous with some friends. Before Montalbano can reply, the stranger identifies himself as 'Riccardino', and hangs up. Later that day, news comes in of a brutal slaying in broad daylight by an unknown assassin who makes his getaway on a motorbike. And when the inspector learns of the victim's identity - a man called Riccardino - his troubles are only just beginning. Soon he must contend with the involvement of a local bishop, and a fortune-teller who reports some strange goings-on in her neighbourhood. All roads lead to a local salt mine, but the case proves stubbornly intractable - until Montalbano receives another unexpected call...
Following the death of her beloved mother Jennifer Worth in 2011, Suzannah Worth discovered amongst her manuscripts a folder simply labelled 'Fifth Book'. Imagine her excitement when she sat down to read and her mother's distinctive voice came flooding back. She found herself once again immersed in the world of the 1950s East End of London. The voices of much loved, familiar characters spoke loud and clear, particularly that of Fred the boiler man, who features extensively in this joyful collection. From Fred and Maisie's romance, to Fred's little earners including boat tours on the Thames, a fledgling singing career and raising pigs on the allotment, these new stories are as heartwarming and funny as the originals. Published here for the first time and accompanied by a selection of Suzannah's favourite chapters from the original memoirs, featuring Chummy and Sister Monica Joan, this is a very special addition to the CALL THE MIDWIFE family.
A handsome, if slightly shabby, stone house in Upper Oddington is home to Umberto Kingley as well as his three dogs and will be Thea Slocombe's latest house-sitting assignment. Without even a local shop, Thea expects the location to be one of her quietest, until the serene atmosphere is shattered by a fatal hit-and-run. The ensuing high-profile police investigation plunges Thea deep into the victim's complicated family dynamics and the rift that had already torn it apart. And she cannot help wondering if the reverberations of scandal have led to a deliberate and murderous assault.
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