As the eldest child of a single mother, Kylie's always had more important things on her mind than smiling. Controlling her job, her home, and her romantic life (not to mention her family) takes all her concentration. She's always succeeded, though, because that's who Kylie is.
Until one Monday morning, when she discovers that the local pharmacy where she works is being taken over by a huge corporation, putting her stable job at risk. This leads to a cascade of disasters. Plus, her boyfriend is acting suspiciously, and she finds herself caring for a high-maintenance Pomeranian.
When her fiercely independent mother breaks an ankle and needs help, it?s up to Kylie, as usual, to fix things. She reluctantly packs her bags, but back in her childhood home, things start to unravel. Could it be that Kylie's carefully curated life is not so perfect after all?
An unexpected inheritance is most people's dream, but not so for Paula. She's happy and secure in Western Australia with her own business, a complete contrast to her rootless childhood, and has little interest in the minor stately home in Wiltshire of which she is apparently now the owner.
Persuaded to at least visit the property, she travels to the UK. But following on from the journey, complications personal, romantic, and financial abound - all of which will test the adage that home is where the heart is...
Registrar Maddie Winter has overseen enough weddings to know that marriage is not just for Christmas (or Valentine's Day) - it's for life, and regardless of whether the ceremony involves specially trained owls, dinosaurs or the police, it should be only the beginning of a story that will end in happily-ever-after. Saying that, Maddie's own married life is far from perfect - her husband, David, is more interested in his phone than in her, and when he suddenly walks out, Maddie's long-held beliefs are put to the test. Except Maddie knows David was never really her 'Mr Ideal'; that was sweet, funny, motorbike-riding Josh Diamond - although obviously not that ideal, as he did dump her to move to the States. Even so, when Josh unexpectedly rides back into town, Maddie begins to wonder whether her happily-ever-after could still be to come.
New South Wales, 1972. Following the death of her beloved Aunt Hilda, widow Clare Barclay inherits Bellevue, an historic property in the Blue Mountains township of Numbulla, Australia. Giving up her teaching job to move there, Clare plans to restore the house to its original glory. She also hopes to track down a box of missing documents that may shed light on why her husband Jack secretly second-mortgaged their home.
Clare makes friends with the locals, including a young boy named Joe. She soon hears of plans to redevelop Numbulla, and to exploit the land bordering the protected wilderness area. But as she joins the protest against the rezoning, it's clear someone doesn't want her there - and they'll do anything to stop her...
Alicia Marlowe's life as an executive coach is well under control - until she meets her new client, Jack Smith. Jack's reputation precedes him and Alicia knows immediately that he spells trouble. Not least because he reminds her of someone else - a man who broke her heart and made her resolve never to lower her guard again. Taking Jack on as a client is a risk, but one that Alicia decides to take for the good of her career. As long as she keeps him in his place, she might just make it through unscathed. But Jack has other ideas - including a 'business' trip to the Lake District. One summer weekend with him is all it takes to put Alicia's carefully organised world in a spin . . .
Princess of Mycenae, daughter of Agamemnon and Clytemnestra, sister of the sacrificed Iphigenia and the cursed Orestes.
Electra is forced to flee her home after witnessing the shocking revenge-murder of her father, by her mother, on his return from the Trojan War.
Life beyond the palace is frightening, and the scandalous behaviour of her foreign companions disturbs her, but she needs the help of the Trojan Cassandra, and her two lovers, to survive.
Driven by her own desire for vengeance, Electra's life becomes one of adventure, peril, pleasure, tragedy and love.
Set in the picturesque town of Askham, near Ullswater, the story opens with the funeral of Humphrey Craig, the builder who converted Simmy's 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?
The wild Scottish landscape is a far cry from Rose Saintclair's Saharan oasis, although she'll endure it for Lord Cameron McRae, the man she married after a whirlwind romance in Algiers. But when stormy weather leads to Rose's ship docking on Cape Wrath - the land of Cameron's enemy, Bruce McGunn - could her new life already be in jeopardy?
Lord McGunn was a fearless soldier, but his experiences have made him unforgiving. He knows McRae won't rest until he owns Wrath, and the man is willing to use brutal tactics. Bruce decides that he'll play McRae at his own game, take the ship and its precious occupant, and hold them hostage.
Rose is determined to escape, but whilst captured she learns that there's another side to her new husband - and could her supposedly cold and ruthless kidnapper also be concealing hidden depths?
It should have been a time of romance and excitement for Anne - but it's 1941 and the war is raging. So instead, she spends her days repairing spitfire wings and reminding herself that the real sacrifice is going on far away from her Cornish village. When the news breaks that America has entered the war, jeeps filled with GIs eventually roll in, and it seems their little community is to play a pivotal role in the next stage of the fight. But the Americans don't just bring Hollywood glamour and optimism, they also bring something more tantalising - so when Anne meets handsome Joe Mallory, she has to remind herself of exactly why he's there; that any relationship between them could only end in goodbye. But is the inevitability of 'goodbye' powerful enough to stop what has already begun to blossom?
In Unamurra - a drought-scarred, one-pub town deep in the outback - two men are savagely murdered a month apart, their bodies elaborately arranged like angels.
With no witnesses, no obvious motive, and no apparent connection between the killings, how can lone police officer Detective Dana Russo - flown in from hundreds of kilometres away - possibly solve such a brutal, baffling case?
Met with silence and suspicion from locals who live by their own set of rules, Dana must take over a stalled investigation with only a week to make progress. But with a murderer hiding in plain sight, and the parched days rapidly passing, Dana is determined to uncover the shocking secrets of this forgotten town - a place where anyone could be a killer.
The shocking murder of a heavily pregnant woman throws the New Zealand city of Dunedin into a tailspin, and the devastating crime feels uncomfortably close to home for Detective Sam Shephard as she counts down the days to her own maternity leave. Confined to a desk job in the department, Sam must find the missing link between this brutal crime and a string of cases involving mothers and children in the past. As the pieces start to come together, and the realisation dawns that the killer's actions are escalating, drastic measures must be taken to prevent more tragedy. For Sam, the case becomes personal when it becomes increasingly clear that no one is safe - and the clock is ticking . . .
Civilisation is collapsing. Frustrated and angry after years of denial and inaction, a government of youth has taken power in North America, and a policy of institutionalised ageism introduced. All those older than the prescribed age are deemed responsible for the current state of the world, and are to be 'relocated', their property and assets confiscated.
David Ashworth and his wife May find themselves among the thousands being moved to the southern deserts. Together, they must come to terms with their new lives in a land rendered unrecognisable.
As the terrible truth of their situation is revealed, they plan a perilous escape, lured by rumours of a tropical sanctuary where they can live in peace. But the world outside is more dangerous than they could ever have imagined. And for those who survive, nothing will ever be the same again...
Vita longs to write plays and poetry - but as a high-born girl in Roman Londinium, her fate is sealed: marriage and children.
Then her father is murdered, her mother and brother disappear, and Vita flees from a shadowy enemy.
Disguised as a slave at the gladiators' arena, she forges an unlikely bond with Brea, a native Briton gladiatrix - and her wolf.
Together, they resolve to discover and bring the killer to justice before Vita's identity is revealed...
The city of Wellington is unforgiving and unrepentant. Forget the politicians: they're poor amateurs in deception and crime.
It's Saturday night down on the wharf. Celebrations are in full swing for the Westons' fortieth wedding anniversary. Their daughter Stella has returned from London to attend. Once shoulder-tapped as detective material, a few bad decisions and a questionable ethical dilemma saw her leave the police force under a cloud. She's now a private investigator in London, reduced to filming errant husbands for court cases.
Later that night her best friend Teri is found dead in a lane in the central city. Her phone is missing. It looks like suicide, but Stella won't believe it. And she's not above taking big risks to find out the truth about her friend and the shady world she appears to have been dragged into...
Princess of Troy, sister of Hector and Paris, Priestess of Apollo.
Blessed by the Sun God with the gift of prophecy, and then - for rejecting his advances - cursed by him to never be believed.
Diomenes, the enemy Achaean with the healing hands, and Cassandra become puppets of the gods. Their passions are thwarted, their gifts rendered useless for the sake of a wager between two immortals.
And now doomed, magnificent Troy is burning.
If Cassandra and Diomenes find each other, can their love survive the games of malicious gods, victorious warriors and hated kings?
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?
Mallika is a painfully shy young woman growing up in the heart of a close-knit, sometimes stifling, New Delhi colony. Though she is surrounded by love, her life is complicated by secrets that she, her mother and her aunt work hard to keep. After suffering a trauma aged 19, Mallika loses three days of her memory and slowly spirals into a deep depression. She must find a way out of this abyss, back to herself and those she cares about. But she must also hide her mental illness from her community. In a narrative that unfolds elliptically from the perspectives of Mallika and the seven people closest to her, the astonishing story of these characters' lives emerges. As each gives voice to contending with their own struggles, secrets and silences shatter.
Gracie Flynn may be dead. But she's not gone.
Three university friends are divided by a tragic death. Eighteen years later, chance reunites them. Robyn is still haunted by memories of her best friend Gracie, and Cohen's heart has never healed. Only Sam seems to have moved on and found success and happiness.
But death rocks their lives again when Sam's body is found in mysterious circumstances. And the ghost of Gracie Flynn has a story to tell about the night that changed their lives forever...
At the age of twenty-eight, Ben Bravery woke from a colonoscopy to be told he had stage 3 colorectal cancer. As a scientist, Ben understood the seriousness of his condition. But what he didn't expect was how being a patient would make him FEEL. Why hadn't he been better prepared for the vulnerability of lying naked on the radiation table, or the sheer number of tubes coming out of his body after surgery? Why did it feel like an imposition to ask doctors about his pain on their ward rounds? And why did he have to repeat the same information to them over and over again? During his treatment, Ben felt scared, overwhelmed, sometimes invisible and often alone. As he recovered, it struck him that he couldn't go back to his former career. He needed a change - and wanted to MAKE a change. He would become a doctor...
Sorceress, Princess of Colchis, Securer of the Golden Fleece.
Medea - her very name is a byword for infamy. Legend has it that she murdered her own children for revenge.
But love in Ancient Greece was often a dangerous game; and legends are not always what they seem.
Medea, devoted wife of Jason, was also a loving mother, a loyal friend of Herakles and a brave adventurer with the Argonauts.
A woman both betrayer and betrayed, the real story of Medea is strange, sensual and heroic.
Fallon Malone is a loner, refusing to rely on anyone else for her happiness. She's content being her own boss, working in the skies of the remote Queensland outback. When she begins her contract in the Augathella region for the annual cattle muster, she's unimpressed with the new station manager. Jon Ingram is equally unhappy with this new female bush pilot, hired by Kent Mason, owner of neighbouring Lara Waters. It doesn't help that she seems to be a law unto herself. As the stockman and bush pilot come head-to-head, nature conspires to bring them together. Can Fallon and Jon overcome their differences - and give in to the attraction that refuses to go away?
As dawn breaks on a chilly morning in November 1940, a car is found ablaze in an abandoned builder's yard a stone's throw from the Regent's Canal in Camden Town, north London. In the burnt-out vehicle police find the charred remains of a body. The victim is Les Latham, a commercial traveller for the Barings confectionery company. He liked to be known as Lucky Les, but it seems his luck has finally run out. DI John Jago discovers among Latham's belongings a mysterious photograph and some suspicious-looking petrol ration books that set Jago off on a murky trail of deceit, corruption and murder.
Pip Smith knows she owes it to her family to hold on to the festive traditions that have been a comfort since the year everything changed - but this Christmas she's going to need a miracle to keep everyone in her life happy. After she's dumped by her fiancé, an invitation to visit a friend in Hong Kong in the run-up to the festive season seems to offer Pip the perfect escape - and she'll be home for Christmas, of course. Except her escape ends up becoming far more complex than she intended, when she becomes involved with arrogant American Ryan Hawke and his niece, Shelby - a little girl whose most heartfelt Christmas wish is for a proper family. Will Pip keep her Christmas promise - or will it be more of a compromise, with the help of a little hope and mistletoe?
'Queen of Chocolate' Beatrice Wodehouse, known for her decadent desserts, is ready to go head to head with her social media nemesis, clean lean baking machine Charlie Simmonds, in the Great Christmas Cook Off TV show. Beatrice is fed up of Charlie's sanctimonious attitude and is ready to show him that food is there to be enjoyed. Surely she'll blow his keto, low sugar, low-carb mince pies out of the water with her chocolatey creations? Except filming for the Cook Off turns out to be anything but sugar, spice and all things nice when the contestants realise there's a festive saboteur in their midst - leading to melted ice cream, trifle mishaps and private stories leaked to the press. As the countdown to the final commences, suspicions run high and sparks are bound to fly - and not just from the flaming Christmas puddings!
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