Book Haul – 3 weeks ending 1st July 2017

A bumper selection this time due to holidays and a busy working week on my return which meant it stretched another week before I got chance to write this post. So without further ado, here we go.

Kindle Purchases

Life Assistance AgencyThe Life Assistance Agency by Thomas Hocknell (£2.99 was FREE)

Do you want to live forever? is THE question facing anyone pursuing immortality. But what happens when eternal life is disappointing, and everyone around you keeps dying?

Ben Ferguson-Cripps, a struggling writer with a surname that gets more attention than his creative endeavours, sets aside his literary ambitions to join the mysterious Life Assistance Agency. Their first case is to trace a missing person with links to the Elizabethan angel-caller Dr John Dee.

Pursued by a shadowy organisation – and the ghosts of Ben’s past – the trail leads through Europe into the historic streets of Prague, where the long-buried secrets of Dr Dee’s achievements are finally revealed, and Ben discovers there is far more to life than simply living…

 

Love and a Dozen Roast PotatoesLove and a Dozen Roast Potatoes by Simon Wan (£1.89 was FREE)

You know the hero always gets the girl right? Well, what if the hero gets the girl but she’s not the right girl? Worse, what if the girl doesn’t actually want the hero?

Such is the life of our romantic hero as he negotiates the triple threat of trying to becoming a cheese ball superstar, finding his cartoon princess, and bringing her home for a perfect Christmas roast potato. It’s a life tale of comic disasters, sex (lots of weird sex), relationship nightmares and discovering your nakedness in a world full of people wearing the same old clothes.

Honest, warm, funny and very hip, this is David Nicholls with the tears, the pain and the naughty bits put brazenly on display for the world to see.

 

One Summer in TuscanyOne Summer in Tuscany by Domenica De Rosa (99p)

Patricia Wilson’s carefully composed ads for the writers’ retreat she runs at her thirteenth-century Italian castle promise so much. But while the splendour of their surroundings and chef Aldo’s melanzane never fail to wow the guests, huge maintenance bills and bad news from the bank threaten to close Patricia down. It’s make or break time for the Castello.

Each of her seven aspiring authors arrives with the inevitable baggage alongside their unpublished manuscripts. But this August something is different, and soon lifelong spinster Mary is riding on the back of Aldo’s vespa, and smouldering odd-job man Fabio has set more than one heart racing.

As temperatures rise, the writers gossip, flirt and gently polish their prose by the pool. But with ghosts, scorpions, and some unexpected visitors to contend with, one thing’s for sure: neither the Castello, nor Patricia, has ever seen a summer like this.

 

GlasdrumGlasdrum by Fiona MacBain (£3.99 was Free)

One town. Five women. Dark events. Life is not easy for the women of Glasdrum…

A skeleton is unearthed, too many walkers are falling to their deaths off mountain cliffs, and the local pub doesn’t know how to make a decent raspberry daiquiri.

Single mother Megan is a hill runner and cannabis dealer, an unlikely friend of well-to-do Finella, whose confident appearance hides struggles with her unpleasant husband and unruly children.

Vicky is Finella’s child-minder, and when Finella’s husband starts digging about in her past, he discovers she has a secret. How far will she go to protect it?

Glasdrum is a culture shock to Londoner Sarah, but she finds friendship with local journalist Catriona, recently returned to her home town but haunted by memories from her past.

The women battle through daily life while the spectre of death looms over the town. Could one of them be living with a killer?

 

Luckiest Woman EverThe Luckiest Woman Ever by Nell Goddin (£3.49 was Free)

A widow in a mansion. Dark secrets. And poison, deadly poison.

After amateur detective Molly Sutton stumbles on a dead body, she wastes no time before eavesdropping and elbowing her way into conversations all over the French village of Castillac. But when Chief Dufort is about to clap handcuffs on the wrong man, she’s got to do more than chat to save him. Will she have the stuff—and the skill—to pull it off?

The Luckiest Woman Ever is the second book in the Molly Sutton Mystery series. (Though you learn more about Molly and her friends reading the books in order, the mysteries are standalone.) If expertly woven cozy mysteries, characters with depth, and detectives with a taste for French food are your thing, Nell Goddin’s tales of murder will be right up your alley.

 

Deepest GraveThe Deepest Grave by Harry Bingham (99p)

DS Fiona Griffiths is bored. It’s been months since she had a good corpse. Then she gets news; not just of a murder, but of a decapitation, and one committed with an antique sword no less. All that, and, a murder scene laid out like a gruesome crossword clue.

Gaynor Charteris was an archaeologist excavating a nearby iron-age site. Genial, respected, well-liked, it was hard to see why anyone would want to kill her.

But as Fiona starts to investigate, she finds evidence of a crime that seems to have its origins in King Arthur’s greatest battle – a crime so bizarre that getting her superiors to take it seriously is going to be her toughest job. Especially since the crime hasn’t yet been committed.

 

Body at BallytierneyThe Body at Ballytierney by Noreen Wainwright (99p on pre-order due 5 July)

When Simon Crowe’s body is discovered at Ballytierney, old secrets threaten to destroy the lives of the townspeople. Inspector Ben Cronin is coasting towards retirement, so the last thing he needs is a case that threatens to expose the town’s dark underbelly.

Maggie Cahill, a priest’s housekeeper, is at a crossroads in her personal life when she received a letter out of the blue from someone in her distant past. Her peace of mind and her livelihood are at risk as she seeks the truth of what happened to Simon Crowe, and why someone knows secrets she thought she’d buried long ago.

By the end of the investigation, will both Maggie’s and Cronin’s lives will be changed forever? And will Ballytierney ever be the same?

 

Under a Black SkyUnder a Black Sky by Inger Wolf (99p was Free)

Anchorage, Alaska: A prominent Danish volcano scientist, Asger Vad and his wife and son, are found shot on the outskirts of the city.

The killer has placed the victims around a table on which there is a doll house with four small dolls and a pile of volcano ashes. However, one person is missing at the table.

The Family’s 11-year-old daughter has disappeared from the house, and a massive search starts. Has she run away, or did the killer take her? Also, what secrets do the family keep?

Inspector Daniel Trokic is sent to Alaska to participate in the investigation. He teams up with the half native detective Angie Johnson, and their hunt for an insane killer and the missing daughter begins.

 

Into the Darkness LaughingInto the Darkness Laughing by Patrice Chaplin (£2.99 was Free)

“On 22nd September 1987 I was sitting in the local hospital waiting room. The room was very hot and as I waited, I turned the pages of an old magazine. I noticed a small reproduction of a Modigliani painting, and underneath it a short description of the painter and his last mistress, Jeanne Hebuterne. The scrap of story made me turn icy cold because I felt that it was already known to me.”

Thus began Patrice Chaplin’s extraordinary journey into the lives of these doomed lovers: a journey that was finally to unlock the secrets of their past.

During the years of the First World War, somewhere on the terraces of the cafés of Montparnasse, Jeanne Hebuterne met the Italian painter Amedeo Modigliani. She was a pretty young artist with a talent recognised by Foujita and Severini; he was in his thirties, unstable, penniless, unrecognised.

Yet as Cocteau said of him, ‘he had glory’. Incapable of forming lasting attachments, he seemed always to be appearing, then disappearing into the darkness laughing.

From July 1917 Jeanne lived with him in a top-floor Montparnasse studio. She posed for him continually as he, increasingly embittered, found escape in drink.

One week in the freezing January of 1920 Jeanne, expecting their second child, remained alone with Modigliani as he lay dying of tubercular meningitis. Too late, they were found, and Modigliani died in a charity hospital.

At the mortuary Jeanne gazed at the face of her lover in death until her father took her away. That night, nine months pregnant, she fell to her death from a fifth-floor window. Jeanne was only twenty-one years old. She had said ‘I know he is dead, but soon he will be living for me’.

For years speculation has surrounded the story of Jeanne Hebuterne. Then Patrice Chaplin embarked on an extraordinary journey that was to take her to Paris and to Haut-de-Cagnes, that was to be full of coincidence and chance meetings which would begin to unlock the past.

She found letters, photographs and drawings never previously seen. Jeanne’s friends and their children at last chose to break their silence.

Written with passion, humour and empathy, this personal and moving account at last casts full light on the much-mythologised life and tragic death of Jeanne Hebuterne.

 

Second Chance Cafe in Carlton SquareThe Second Chance Cafe in Carlton Square by Lilly Bartlett (99p)

Everyone expects great things from Emma Billings, but when her future gets derailed by an unexpected turn of events, she realizes that getting back on track means traveling in a different direction.

She finds that new path in the closed-down pub on Carlton Square. Summoning every ounce of ingenuity, and with the help of her friends and family, she opens the Second Chance Café. The charity training business is meant to keep vulnerable kids off the streets and (hopefully) away from the Metropolitan Police, and her new employees are full of ideas, enthusiasm … and trouble. They’ll need as much TLC as the customers they’re serving.

This ragtag group of chancers have to make a go of a business they know nothing about, and they do get some expert help from an Italian who’s in love with the espresso machine and a professional sandwich whisperer who reads auras, but not everyone is happy to see the café open. Their milk keeps disappearing and someone is canceling the cake orders, but it’s when someone commits bloomicide on all their window boxes that Emma realizes things are serious. Can the café survive when NIMBY neighbors and the rival café owner join forces to close them down? Or will Emma’s dreams fall as flat as the cakes they’re serving?

 

Postcards fom a StrangerPostcards from a Stranger by Imogen Clark (99p)

What if everything you thought you knew about your life turned out to be a lie?

A dark secret nestles at the heart of Cara’s family but it is only when her dominating father becomes ill with Alzheimer’s that the lies begin to unravel.

When Cara stumbles across a box of old postcards, she is forced to question everything she thought she knew about her past. Cara must uncover the truth and slowly rebuild her family’s history and her place in it piece by painful piece.

Some lies are told hurt rather than to protect.

 

You Had me at HelloYou Had me at Hello my Mhairi McFarlane (£2.99 was Free)

‘Think of the great duos of history. We’re just like them.’
‘You mean like Kylie and Jason? Torvill and Dean? Sonny and Cher?’
‘I think you’ve missed the point, Rachel.’

Rachel and Ben. Ben and Rachel. It was them against the world. Until it all fell apart. It’s been a decade since they last spoke, but when Rachel bumps into Ben one rainy day, the years melt away.

They’d been partners in crime and the best of friends. But life has moved on: Ben is married. Rachel is not. Yet in that split second, Rachel feels the old friendship return. And along with it, the broken heart she’s never been able to mend.

Hilarious, heartbreaking and everything in between, you’ll be hooked from their first ‘hello’.

 

Wives and MothersWives and Mothers by Jeanne Whitmee (99p was Free)

Shy, seventeen year old Grace is swept off her feet when she meets Harry, an up and coming musician in a dance band.

With her father a strict Catholic, Harry is a breath of fresh air, giving Grace a taste of excitement ouside the confines of her rigid upbringing.

But when her tyrannical father reacts with violence to their friendship, Grace runs away to London with Harry to begin a fresh start.

Her damaged past has scarred her heavily however, and she finds herself unable to open up to Harry. Visions of her father haunt her with each romantic embrace, leaving Harry feeling rejected and undesirable. When he meets a glamorous woman with similar interests to him, Grace is left to raise their only daughter, Elaine, on her own. The separation does wonders for Grace’s own career, where she discovers that she has a flair for selling new fashion clothes.

Whilst her boutique business thrives however, her private life is lonely and void of excitement. In order to protect her daughter from the same horrors she encountered, Grace is over-protective, resulting in Elaine unable to open up to her mother.

When Elaine meets the Carne’s, she is dazzled by their relaxed attitude to life, finding the freedom a sanctuary away from the small flat she shares with her mother. Before long, Elaine falls deeply in love with the elder son, Patrick, but things go badly wrong, and Elaine is trapped in a loveless marriage, with her daughter Tricia, becoming her main and only focus.

Through Grace, Elaine and Tricia, a heartwarming family saga is revealed, reflecting the achievements and setbacks of three generations of woman.

 

One Way to VeniceOne Way to Venice by Jane Aiken Hodge (99p was Free)

Following a bitter divorce and separation from her son, Julia finds herself broken and alone. Soon, she starts receiving a series of anonymous and menacing letters urging her to find her missing son in Venice.

Despite the danger involved, Julia has no choice but to follow the taunting messages. With her miserable days in La Rivière still looming over her, she ventures to Italy on a train.

But she can’t shake the feeling that the letters were written by someone she knows, someone playing an awful and dangerous game. Meanwhile, Julia meets a handsome stranger on the train, but does she dare fall for him?  In the mystical and unfamiliar city of Venice, who can she trust?

The journey to Venice brings a new friendship, an old confrontation and, above all, danger. But there is also the hope of happiness, if Julia can fight her way out of the conspiracy around her…

 

Ambitious Mrs BonaparteThe Ambitious Madame Bonaparte by Ruth Hull Chathen (£3.80 was Free)

“Tell the emperor that Madame Bonaparte is ambitious and demands her rights as a member of the imperial family.”

As a clever girl in stodgy, mercantile Baltimore, Betsy Patterson dreams of a marriage that will transport her to cultured Europe. When she falls in love with and marries Jerome Bonaparte, she believes her dream has come true—until Jerome’s older brother Napoleon becomes an implacable enemy.

Based on a true story, The Ambitious Madame Bonaparte is a historical novel that portrays this woman’s tumultuous life. Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte, known to history as Betsy Bonaparte, scandalized Washington with her daring French fashions; visited Niagara Falls when it was an unsettled wilderness; survived a shipwreck and run-ins with British and French warships; dined with presidents and danced with dukes; and lived through the 1814 Battle of Baltimore. Yet through it all, Betsy never lost sight of her primary goal—to win recognition of her marriage.

 

Italian SummerItalian Summer by Maria Grazia Swan (£3.25 was Free)

 When they say, “you can’t go home again,” they’re talking about Mina Calvi, twenty-something Italian transplant to California. Still, nursing a broken heart, desperate to discover her place in the world, Mina arrives in the town of her birth in Veneto, Italy. In the decade she’s been gone, the village nestled at the foot of the Dolomites has changed much, yet remained oddly the same. Friends have moved on, family members passed away. Mina feels even more alone in her motherland than in America, and there seem to be too many bizarre deaths for such a tiny, serene village. Then a fresh chance at true love and a welcome bonding with a dear new friend give her hope. But the deadly secrets moldering in the centuries-old cemetery could rip it all from her and leave Mina emptier than before. Will she find herself or lose her heart again? Can Mina survive her Italian Summer?

 

Mrs DallowayMrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf (99p was Free)

Mrs Dalloway is a novel by Virginia Woolf that details a day in the life of Clarissa Dalloway in post-World War I England. Mrs Dalloway continues to be one of Woolf’s best-known novels.

Created from two short stories, “Mrs Dalloway in Bond Street” and the unfinished “The Prime Minister”, the novel’s story is of Clarissa’s preparations for a party of which she is to be hostess. With the interior perspective of the novel, the story travels forwards and back in time, and in and out of the characters’ minds, to construct a complete image of Clarissa’s life and of the inter-war social structure

 

When the Music's OverWhen the Music’s Over by Peter Robinson (£4.99 was 99p)

Two young girls. Two unspeakable crimes.

Fifty years separate them – their pain connects them.

When the body of a 15-year-old is found in a remote countryside lane, beaten and broken, DI Annie Cabbot is brought in to investigate how the child could possibly have fallen victim to such brutality.

Newly promoted Detective Superintendent Alan Banks is faced with a case that is as cold as they come. Now in her 60s, Linda Palmer was attacked aged 14 by celebrity entertainer Danny Caxton, yet the crime has never been investigated – until now.

As each steps closer to uncovering the truth, they’ll unearth secrets much darker than they ever could have guessed . . .

 

City in DarknessThe City in Darkness by Michael Russell (99p)

An evocative, literary crime thriller set in Dublin and Spain just before the outbreak of WWII.

Christmas 1939. In Europe the Phoney War hides carnage to come. In Ireland Detective Inspector Stefan Gillespie keeps tabs on Irishmen joining the British Forces. It’s unpleasant work, but when an IRA raid on a military arsenal sends Garda Special Branch in search of guns and explosives, Stefan is soon convinced his boss, Superintendent Terry Gregory, is working for the IRA.

At home for Christmas, Stefan is abruptly called to Laragh, an isolated mountain town. A postman has disappeared, believed killed, and Laragh’s Guards are hiding something. Stefan is the nearest Special Branch detective, yet is he only there because Gregory wants him out of the way?

Laragh is close to the lake where Stefan’s wife Maeve drowned years earlier, and when events expose a connection between the missing postman and her death, Stefan realises it wasn’t an accident, but murder. And it will be a difficult, dangerous journey where Stefan has to finally confront the ghosts of the past not only in the mountains of Wicklow, but in Spain in the aftermath of its bloody Civil War, before he can return to Dublin to find the truth.

 

Black Creek White LiesBlack Creek White Lies by Murray Bailey (Free)

A GIRL DISAPPEARS
One night, Jade Bridger takes a dead-end path along the creek and vanishes.
SECRETS AND LIES
Eighteen months after being wrongly accused of her murder, Dan Searle returns to rebuild his life and forget.
A MYSTERIOUS PAST
But others won’t let him forget. He is quickly drawn back into the case and a dark and violent mystery; one that involved another girl years before.
OPEN YOUR EYES
As the lies begin to unravel, Dan uncovers startling truths about the farm and its past. With dangerous people trying to keep their secrets safe, he must save those he loves – before time runs out…

 

Out of PracticeOut of Practice by Penny Parkes (Free)

Out of Practice is based around a large country medical practice, which proves to be a hotbed of rivalry, resentment and romance – and that’s just the doctors. Think James Herriot meets House.

Meet married mum of two and successful GP Holly Graham as she relocates her family to join the team at The Practice at Beckerford, hoping to find the peaceful life she craves, despite the chaos that comes with her two year old twins and the troublesome state of her marriage. It will certainly be a challenge to keep her private and professional lives separate in such a tight-knit community.

Her colleagues have their own issues to contend with. The gorgeous Dr Dan Carter is struggling with to focus on work and the last thing he needs is any more stress; having his ambitious ex-girlfriend Dr Julia Channing working alongside him isn’t really helping. Thankfully, the rather delectable Dr Taffy Jones is on hand to distract Holly from the escalating situation at home.

Feisty octogenarian and resident celebrity, Elsie Townsend, is Holly’s favourite patient and saving grace. Elsie’s inspirational Life Lessons come at the perfect moment, as The Practice is suddenly under threat of imminent closure and Holly rediscovers her voice and her priorities just in time …

 

Lovers and DancersLovers and Dancers by Heather Ingman (Free)

Ireland, 1916

The First World War rages on and rumours fly about nationalists planning an uprising against the British for Independence.

Sheltered from the outside terrors, Louisa lives at High Park, as upper-class estate in the Irish countryside where she feels she never quite belonged.

Caught between a cold, unhappy marriage and mundane wifely duties, Louisa’s dream of being a painter never felt so distant. With her only son enlisted in the army, and her husband’s niece Muriel unsettling her with bizarre behaviour and pro-war values, she finds herself powerless in a war-torn world where being a woman finds no freedom.

But then she meets wild, strong-minded Viola Luttrell and Louisa’s world is turned upside down. Struck by Viola’s charm, the two become friends – but before long their friendship in danger.

Not only does Louisa’s husband hold a grudge against the Luttrell family, but Viola has a secret that could put both their lives at risk: she knows James Connolly, the nationalist rebel leader, and she plans to join the imminent uprising against the British.
As Viola and Louisa grow closer and their friendship blossoms into something more, the fight for freedom becomes more than a fight for a nation, but a fight for themselves.

As the terrors of the war infiltrate High Park and loyalties are tested, the women are forced to make painful decisions that could change the course of their lives forever…

 

Always and ForeverAlways and Forever by Sian O’Gorman (Free)

How can you find yourself again, when you can’t face what you’ve lost?

Joanna Woulfe is looking to get her life back on track after her husband John leaves their family home. Once a high-flying PR Director, Jo now looks after her son Harry and seeks support only from her mother Marietta and her best friend Nicole. But Nicole‘s own marriage is facing its greatest ever crisis, and Marietta, too, is distracted by the reappearance of an old flame, ex-Showband-singer and lothario Patrick Realta.

Soon Jo enrols with a colourful local amateur dramatics group and begins a flirtation with the handsome young Ronan Forest. But is she really ready to move on from her old life – and from her years of marriage to John? And what was it that happened three years ago that sent the couple into free-fall?

Before long Jo will realise that is only by looking back that she will ever truly be able to move forward…

 

Horace Winter says GoodbyeHorace Winter says Goodbye by Conor Bowman (99p)

Horace Winter has led an unexceptional life. Ever since that long-ago day, when the Very Bad Thing happened, he prefers to spend time with his butterfly and moth book instead of with other human beings – an interest was passed on to him by his father.

But shortly after his retirement from his job as an assistant bank manager, Horace receives some devastating news and is forced to confront the life he has led (or hasn’t led). As he does, he meets Amanda. And Max. He gets a man jailed (sort of) and rescues the man’s son (sort of). He discovers a letter his father never posted, and sets off on a quest that changes everything.

As Horace begins to let life in, he starts to experience a world which had almost entirely passed him by. Will he discover that man he was meant to be before it’s too late?

 

Man, Dog, Bike

 

Man, Dog, Bike by David Kerrigan (Free)

Man, Dog, Bike is a travel memoir about a disenchanted musician challenging the notion of familiarity. The author rides a motorbike across India with a dog, and presumed dead after a near miss with The Boxing Day Tsunami, his brother travels to India to find him.

 

 

UncorkedUncorked by Paul Shore (Free)

Will a foreigner assigned to work in Provence be able to gain acceptance from his French townsfolk? Find out, as Paul Shore’s evocative story telling, wry wit, and big heart, inspire and entertain you, as he tells the tale of how he did just that. 

Shore’s unwavering determination to fit into life in a quaint village, despite having smoke repeatedly blown in face, saw him eventually embraced within the local culture — at least by a few of his leery French neighbors.

Uncorked celebrates the “uncorking” of a few tightly held traditions that are near and dear to hearts of the locals of the Cote d’Azur and Provence – being taught to play pétanque (boules) under the clandestine cover of darkness; learning vernissage etiquette; drinking pastis before noon; navigating narrow village roads at top driving speed. Shore also “uncorks” personal awakenings about the value of following roads-less-travelled and making time to smell-the-roses, as we cultivate friendships and traditions. And, through exposure to the life of artist Marc Chagall, Shore reflects on the challenges that all newcomers face to gain acceptance in a foreign land. 

 

Rosie's Little Cafe on the RivieraRosie’s Little Cafe on the Riviera by Jennifer Bohnet (99p)

A summer of taking chances!

Rosie Hewitt’s dream of opening a little French café on the Riviera is finally coming true. She’s giving up on love and instead chasing her own perfect recipe for happiness…

Only, she never expected the oh-so-sexy, award-winning chef, Sebastian Groc, to set up a rival restaurant next door – or for his freshly-baked croissants to smell quite so delicious.

But with just a few days until she opens her doors and all her sugar-coated dreams crumbling around her, Rosie isn’t prepared to give up without a fight!

 

Charity Shop Purchases

 

French MarketThe French Market by Joanne Harris and Fran Warde 

Following the success of The French Kitchen, Joanne Harris and Fran Warde have collaborated once more to write a French cookbook with a difference. This time they have taken their inspiration from the rural markets of Gascony.

Tomatoes as nature intended them to be – large, misshapen and bursting with taste – sun-ripened melons, locally produced foie gras, air-dried goat’s cheeses rolled in herbs, organic honey, persimmons and floc (a uniquely addictive combination of freshly pressed grape juice and aged Armagnac), all form the basis of a deliciously simple collection of recipes that recapture all the sensations and flavours of summertime.

Traditional dishes like cassoulet, beef bourguignon and crème caramel, as well as creative reinterpretations of old favourites – chilli duck with orange salad and wild mushroom tartlets – all combine to make The French Market a recipe for success.

 

Secrets of DeathSecrets of Death by Stephen Booth

A beautiful place to die . . .

Residents of the Peak District are used to tourists descending on its soaring hills and brooding valleys. However, this summer brings a different kind of visitor to the idyllic landscape, leaving behind bodies and secrets.

A series of suicides throughout the Peaks throws Detective Inspector Ben Cooper and his team in Derbyshire’s E Division into a race against time to find a connection to these seemingly random acts – with no way of predicting where the next body will turn up. Meanwhile, in Nottingham Detective Sergeant Diane Fry finds a key witness has vanished…

But what are the mysterious Secrets of Death? And is there one victim whose fate wasn’t suicide at all?

 

Our Endless Numbered DaysOur Endless Numbered Days by Claire Fuller

1976: Peggy Hillcoat is eight. She spends her summer camping with her father, playing her beloved record of The Railway Children and listening to her mother’s grand piano, but her pretty life is about to change.

Her survivalist father, who has been stockpiling provisions for the end which is surely coming soon, takes her from London to a cabin in a remote European forest. There he tells Peggy the rest of the world has disappeared.

Her life is reduced to a piano which makes music but no sound, a forest where all that grows is a means of survival. And a tiny wooden hut that is Everything.

 

butcher's hookThe Butcher’s Hook by Janet Ellis

Georgian London, in the summer of 1763.
At nineteen, Anne Jaccob, the elder daughter of well-to-do parents, meets Fub the butcher’s apprentice and is awakened to the possibilities of joy and passion.
Anne lives a sheltered life: her home is a miserable place and her parents have already chosen a more suitable husband for her than Fub.
But Anne is an unusual young woman and is determined to pursue her own happiness in her own way…
…even if that means getting a little blood on her hands.

 

way we wereThe Way we Were by Elizabeth Noble

What if you had a second chance at first love?

Susannah and Rob were childhood sweethearts. But as with most early love affairs, they broke up, moved on and now find themselves in very different places.

And not entirely happy – who is?

A chance meeting between them sends shockwaves through their lives. What happens when your first love makes a surprise reappearance? Is fate telling you it’s time for a second chance . . . or should you simply walk away and let the past become ancient history?

But Susannah and Rob just aren’t able to forget the way they were . . . and the world is about to discover the consequences of their reunion.

 

So that’s my book haul – tempted by anything?

 

 

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21 thoughts on “Book Haul – 3 weeks ending 1st July 2017

  1. Great finds here, and so eclectic which I love. I’m a terrible one for reverting to crime/psychological thriller when book buying, even though I’d love to branch out into other genres – that’s my wish list filled up nicely 😉 Thanks!

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    • Glad you found something you like Claire. I do like a bit of variety. If you wanted to follow my Facebook page I most list books most days. By the time I post my book haul many book bargains have often gone up in price. Happy Reading.

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    • Both favourite authors of mine. Black Creek has gone back up in price here. You could always follow me on Facebook and you’ll get the price drops as I post them rather than as a roundup. My round up also only posts what I’ve bought – I post alerts to lots more.

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