By Maeve Binchy
A delightful collection of linked stories from No. 1 bestselling author - simply the best.Just round the corner from St Jarlath's Crescent (featured in MINDING FRANKIE) is Chestnut Street. Here, the lives of the residents are revealed in Maeve Binchy's wonderfully compelling tales:Bucket Maguire, the window cleaner, who must do more than he bargained for to protect his son. Nessa Byrne, whose aunt comes to visit from America for six weeks every summer and turns the house - and Nessa's world - upside down. Lilian, the generous girl with a big heart, and the fiancé not everyone approves of. And Melly, whose gossip about the neighbours leads to trouble in the form of the fortune teller, 'Madame Magic'...No one rivals Maeve Binchy for stories of warmth, kindness, love, loss - and life not always turning out as expected.
A Cornish Affair
By Liz Fenwick
A sweeping, romantic novel set in Cornwall, reminiscent of Rosamunde Pilcher.Running out on your wedding day never goes down well. When the pressure of her forthcoming marriage becomes too much, Jude bolts from the church, leaving a good man at the altar, her mother in a fury, and the guests with enough gossip to last a year.Guilty and ashamed, Jude flees to Pengarrock, a crumbling cliff-top mansion in Cornwall, where she takes a job cataloguing the Trevillion family's extensive library. The house is a welcome escape for Jude, full of history and secrets, but when its new owner arrives, it's clear that Pengarrock is not beloved by everyone.As Jude falls under the spell of the house, she learns of a family riddle stemming from a terrible tragedy centuries before, hinting at a lost treasure. And when Pengarrock is put up for sale, it seems that time is running out for the house and for Jude.Following on from her bestselling debut, THE CORNISH HOUSE, Liz Fenwick's A CORNISH AFFAIR is touched with intrigue and romance, a bewitching, escapist read that is certain to delight readers.
By Kate Mosse
An epic wartime novel from the No.1 bestselling author of LABYRINTH and THE MISTLETOE BRIDE.1942, Nazi-occupied France. Sandrine, a spirited and courageous nineteen-year-old, finds herself drawn into a Resistance group in Carcassonne - codenamed 'Citadel' - made up of ordinary women who are prepared to risk everything for what is right.And when she meets Raoul, they discover a shared passion for the cause, for their homeland, and for each other. But in a world where the enemy now lies in every shadow - where neighbour informs on neighbour; where friends disappear without warning and often without trace - love can demand the highest price of all.
The Country Girls
By Edna O'Brien
A classic title in Edna O'Brien's Country Girls Trilogy - the first volumeIt is the early 1960s in a country village in Ireland. Caithleen Brady and her attractive friend Baba are on the verge of womanhood and dreaming of spreading their wings in a wider world; of discovering love and luxury and liquor and above all, fun.With bawdy innocence, shrewd for all their inexperience, the girls romp their way through convent school to the bright lights of Dublin - where Caithleen finds that suave, idealised lovers rarely survive the real world.
The Corner of Your Eye
By Kate Lyons
'Coldness is something you can nurture. Same as love or warmth. You can cut the strings holding you, not easily, but ruthlessly. Sever the tendons, peel back the fat and heart muscle. Until you are simple and kite-like, twanging on the wind. You never escape entirely, that other you follows like a sloughed-off tail. But life becomes more distant, love stays at arms' length. I've had to do that. Because of Flo.'A daughter has disappeared. Six months ago, twelve-year-old Flo ran away from home and then just disappeared. Her mother Lucy, having retreated to a country town to find a new life, now hears a whisper that sets her again on the long-cold trail.She's never believed that Flo is dead and has her suspicions about who might be responsible for her disappearance. Lucy returns to Sydney - with only her wits, her anger and her fierce determination - to find the truth about her own lies. Brilliantly realised, like Kate Lyons' first novel The Water Underneath, this is a gritty, compelling and honest novel about motherhood, guilt, loss and revenge.