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You haven't said a single word since you've been here. Is it on purpose?' I tried to answer David but I couldn't ... my brain wanted to speak but my throat wouldn't cooperate... Adam blames himself for his best friend's death. After attempting suicide, he is put in the care of a local mental health facility. There, too traumatized to speak, he begins to write notebooks detailing the events leading up to Jake's murder, trying to understand who is really responsible and cope with how needless it was as a petty argument spiralled out of control and peer pressure took hold. Sad but unsentimental, this is a moving story of friendship and the aftermath of its destruction.
Allie is feeling the strain of trying to cope with the realities of dating a Hollywood star, but every time she thinks things are back on the straight and narrow with Sean, the spectre of Savannah Hilton, Sean's stunning and deviously cunning co-star, returns with a vengeance. Can they beat the pseudo-glamour of Hollywood and make it as a couple? Or will Allie be forced to give up her love and return to the UK? Meanwhile, Cait has managed to secure herself a job at the world-renowned Dynamic Studios, but her troubled past continues to haunt her. Tempted by the possibility of developing a friendship with Jack Felton - Hollywood heartthrob and the feature of her fantasies - she's torn, and struggling to comprehend how she can let someone in again when the very man who hurt her is still lurking in the shadows. Can the girls find the happiness they chase, or is Hollywood just a step too far for them?
Local journalist Cassie is getting married to hot-shot lawyer, reliable Timothy and his 'Monster-in-Law' mother Sylvia wants to plan the entire wedding. When Sylvia books the exclusive ID images to take photographs of the extravagant wedding, Cassie has no idea what she's walking into. The elusive JM who is the newest photographer employed just so happens to be Jared, Cassie's first love and ex-fiancée, who broke off their engagement to follow his life-long dreams. Jared is back to earn some cash before jetting off on his next wild adventure. When Cassie is asked to write an article with top tips and advice for Brides to Be, she jokingly writes a column depicting her current scenario and a co-worker submits it in place of the real article. Cassie's column is soon making the headlines with readers asking the age old question Who Will She Choose?
At St Mary's Institute of Historical Research, the historians don't just study the past, they revisit it. Behind the strait-laced façade of a conventional academic institution, the secret of time travel has been discovered and is being used for ground-breaking and daring historical research. The series takes the reader on a rollercoaster ride through history: from the destruction of Pompeii to the trenches of the First World War; from the Great Fire of London to the burning of the library at Alexandria; from Bronze Age Troy to the time of the dinosaurs... Meanwhile, within at St Mary's itself, there are power struggles, romances and intrigues worthy of a book in themselves.
Peace and tranquillity. For once nothing terrible is happening. After years of dodgy moorings, ankle-deep mud, exploding toilets and all the other normalities of liveaboard life, the Brownes now seem to have found the perfect spot in which to park Minerva, their aging narrowboat. Marie and family finally find the time to work on the outside of the boat and even take a holiday or two. It looks as though life has finally taken a turn toward 'normal'. Not a chance. From the ballistic qualities of false nails, unintentionally turning oneself blue, why yoga and wet paint don't mix and why happy family holidays are, at best, a lie, Marie examines the dangers of becoming too settled and what can happen if you take your eye off the ball.
Swimming with Sharks is the scintillating new novel by acclaimed author Anna Legat, and the first in the DI Gillian Marsh series. When fortysomething Nicola Eagles goes on the holiday of a lifetime to the Maldives, she never dreams she'll fall in love - she's too shy, too set in her ways. But then she meets someone who changes her life for ever... Just when things seem to be going right for Nicola, though, she disappears without a trace. Was it a voluntary disappearance, or was she abducted - or murdered? When her absence is noted back in the UK, DI Gillian Marsh is sent to investigate. Gillian is a good detective but her life is dysfunctional to say the least - and as she delves deeper into the case, she realises that she may be out of her depth professionally too. For Nicola's disappearance is just the start...
How do you deal with what comes after a death? When Kristen's partner William is murdered in a mugging gone wrong, she tries to pick up the pieces for the sake of her young stepson Theo. But when Theo's biological mother Ros demands that he go to live with her, Kristen's world is torn apart again. The police think that William was killed by an elusive criminal known as 'the dog man' - but Kristen has reason to believe that Ros, a woman with an unstable past, is behind the killing. Soon, Kristen realises that William's life wasn't all it had seemed. Everyone she encounters has something to hide, and not everyone is who they appear to be. Maybe Kristen needs to watch for danger in the places she'd least expect... The Gifted Child is a superb psychological thriller which explores themes of fear and loss through the eyes of those who are left behind.
The thirteenth in the best-selling Falconer Files by Andrea Frazer. The body of a woman has been discovered in Castle Farthing Woods, and it appears that although she had been dead for years, nobody had ever reported her missing. DI Harry Falconer of the Market Darley police is perplexed - and not only in his working life. He has recently resumed his relationship with psychologist Dr Honey Dubois - but while visiting a local village in the course of his investigations, unsettling memories of a former love are revived. Then the bodies start to come thick and fast... As Falconer's sidekick DS Carmichael is coping with the early birth of his twins, the DI is forced to form a closer bond with his new constable, as they try to solve a nightmare conundrum. For Falconer is forced to confront the fact that someone has been committing these murders under the radar and under his very nose: he is forced to acknowledge that, in the midst of beautiful countryside and quaint market towns, there is a serial killer on the loose.
Stuck at her gran's house all summer with nothing to do, fifteen-year-old Rosie goes searching through some old junk and comes across a mysterious suitcase. It's full of vintage-style clothes, but when Rosie tries them on she finds herself suddenly flung back into the same house in war-torn London. With no idea of how she got there or how she can get back, she is soon caught up in a whirl of rationing, factory work, and dances, but comes crashing back to reality when she realises that if she can't find her way home, she may never be born at all...
Back from his adventures in the Far East, John Williamson intends to retire and live quietly in his home town in Devon. But first he heads to London to see the glamorous capital of an Empire on which the sun never sets, and looks up a childhood friend. Yet the friend has fallen into bad company and now lives in the notorious lawless slum around Seven Dials. The police Special Branch are convinced that criminality in the Seven Dials has links to foreign subversives. Is Williamson's friend in league with the French or is he working for Karl Marx's Communists? When Williamson is blackmailed into helping the police, he finds himself trapped in a world of crime and intrigue which shows him another side of London.
Book Three in the Dancing for the Devil trilogy Cape Wrath, Scotland, November 1847. Bruce McGunn, laird of Wrath in the far North of Scotland, is as brutal and unforgiving as his land. Discharged from the army, haunted by the spectres of his fallen comrades and convinced he is going mad, he is running out of time to save his estate from the machinations of Cameron McRae, heir to the McGunn's ancestral enemies. When the clipper carrying McRae's new bride docks at Wrath harbour, McGunn decides to hold the woman to ransom and use her to get more time to repay his debts. However, far from the spoilt heiress he expected, Rose is genuine and funny - a ray of sunshine in the long winter that has become his life. She is also determined to escape. As Rose runs away to be reunited with her husband, she discovers there is a sinister side to the dazzlingly handsome aristocrat she married after a whirlwind romance. Why was Cameron so desperate to get her father's military journal? Why did he insist on keeping their wedding a secret? She is even more confused when Bruce catches up with her and she starts to feel irresistibly attracted to him. Soon she risks her marriage to help Bruce find the truth about his past and solve the mystery of the brutal murders committed on his land. Will her love be enough to heal his haunted heart?
The sixteenth in the acclaimed Libby Sarjeant murder mystery series by Lesley Cookman. Max Tobin brings his all-male dance company to Steeple Martin, with his new ballet Pendle, based on the infamous Pendle Witch Trials, due to be performed at the Oast Theatre. There have been unpleasant incidents during rehearsals in London, and Max asks Libby Sarjeant and her friend Fran Wolfe to look into them. To everyone's surprise, the seriousness of the incidents escalates until, inevitably, someone is murdered. While the police look into the murder, Libby and Fran wonder why someone seemed so set against the ballet. Were occult forces at work, or was there a more worldly, personal motive?
Marriage isn't high on 39-year-old Emma King's list of priorities; after all, she's been there and done it once. So there are no big surprises when, yet again, she turns down her long-term partner Harry's marriage proposal. They're a solid, secure couple - a piece of paper won't make any difference. That is until she accidentally stumbles across a flirtatious text message from one of his female colleagues on his phone. Overcome with suspicion and an impending fear of losing Harry, Emma goes on a quest to get to the bottom of his secret affair with the help of her ninety-three-year-old neighbour, Alistair, her best friend Ola, and Harry's sister-in-law's psychic app, The Magic Touch.
As the 19th century draws to a close America is at war - a circulation war! In New York the two great leaders of the Yellow Press, William Randolph Hearst and Joseph Pulitzer, have gone head to head and nothing sells papers like a real war. Such is the power of the press that they get one. American victory over Spain brings its prizes: Cuba, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Philippines. But in the Philippines a rebel army is already fighting for independence, but the Land of the Free doesn't want to grant them their wish ... Fourth in James Green's successful Agents of Independence series, tracing the development of the American Secret Service.
For all fans of historical fiction and especially readers of Ken Follett's The Pillars of the Earth Based on a true story, this tale of passion and revenge brings the past to life. Normandy in 1118 is a hotbed of malcontent barons kept in fragile order by Henry I, King of England and Duke of Normandy. Fresh from early years in a monastery, Bertold - the bastard son of one of these barons - meets Juliana, a countess and daughter of the King. He falls in love, or lust (he isn't sure), but sees that his chance could come with work in her small court. Soon, though, he finds himself caught up in a ruthless feud between Juliana and her father. Juliana's daughters are offered as hostages for a strategic castle, and even love is not enough to allay a tragedy that will change the course of history.
Luke hates nature, preferring the excitement of computer games to dull walks in the countryside, but his view of the world around him drastically begins to change when enigmatic loner, Guy, for whom Luke is reluctantly made to feel responsible, shows him some of the secrets that the very planet itself appears to be hiding from modern society. Hidden behind the everyday screen of school family-life, Luke tumbles into a fascinating world of magic and fantasy, where transformations and shifting identities become second nature. Luke gets caught up in an inescapable path that affects his very existence, as the view of the world around him drastically begins to change.
Being a great dad - on and off the pitch Fatherhood is an underrated skill. Many fall into it almost by accident. But having done so, they become accidental role models for the next generation. When that father and role model is a dad who has made his name in rugby, how difficult is it for sons and daughters to follow in his boots and make their own mark? And how do rugby players themselves cope with the pressures of the game, and looking after their little ones? With personal, family stories from several generations of rugby players and their children, along with tips on how to deal with the stresses and strains of a competitive, strenuous job and family life, this is a rugby book with a difference.
Unsentimental love story told from a man's point of view Jase is a soldier who falls for a girl at a gig in Newport. When he finds out that Charlotte is a writer from London this brave man is terrified. She loves words. Jase has spent his life hiding the fact that he cannot read. Desperate to see more of her, Jase signs up for a writing course she is teaching in Wales. Can Jase possibly keep his secret there? Lust becomes love despite their differences. But Jase is called away by the Army, back to the Middle East, and now Charlotte has a secret, too...
Finding herself in the middle of LA with her best friend Cait, Allie is determined to have the holiday of her life. But still reeling from the admission of the relationship between her boyfriend, Hollywood hunk Sean Phillips, and his co-star Savannah Hilton, it's not going to be easy. Cait, meanwhile, is trying to forget her past, and finds herself drawn towards an enigmatic stranger only known as Jack, who may be hiding a few secrets of his own. Struggling to adapt to the glitz and glamour of LA life, can they keep the happiness they are so determined to find out there?
Love, secrets and loyalty in contemporary Edinburgh. Marta, Carrie and Jane have been friends since they were at school. Now one is bringing up her family, another is desperately trying for children of her own, while the third is focused on her career - and each takes the support of the others as a given. But when generous Marta bumps into old friend Tom at the height of the Edinburgh festival, she finds he's an actor out-of-luck. Her kind offer of temporary shelter sets in motion a tsunami of destruction. Marta's marriage comes under threat. Timid Jane is haunted by the secret she has been hiding since she last saw Tom. And ambitious Carrie finds herself at the mercy of a man who can ruin her career. Only by pulling together can the friends rid themselves of this menace. But is Tom too clever at sowing mistrust?
James Allen was a British philosophical writer known for his inspirational books and poetry and as a pioneer of the self-help movement. His best known work, 'As a Man Thinketh,' has been a source of inspiration to motivational and self-help authors. This omnibus edition features 18 of his best-loved works, including 'From Poverty to Power,' 'All These Things Added,' 'As a Man Thinketh,' 'Byways of Blessedness,' 'Out from the Heart,' 'Poems of Peace,' 'The Life Triumphant,' 'Morning and Evening Thoughts,' 'The Mastery of Destiny,' 'Above Life's Turmoil,' 'From Passion to Peace,' 'Eight Pillars of Prosperity,' 'Man: King of Mind, Body, and Circumstance,' 'Light on Life's Difficulties,' 'Foundation Stones to Happiness and Success,' 'Meditations for Every Day in the Year,' 'Men and Systems,' and 'The Shining Gateway.'
A Book for all those who are in search of better conditions, wider freedom, and increased usefulness. - James Allen
It was a proud day when Dr. Chauncey Patrick Coffin announced that he had discovered a cure for the common cold. But in the end, would the cure be worse than the affliction?
Sir Gawain is without a doubt the greatest of King Arthur's English Knights: fiercely loyal, hot-headed, and fearlessly brave. Collected here in this edition are 'Sir Gawain and the Green Knight' translated by Jessie Weston; 'Gawain and the Lady of Avalon' by George Augustus Simcox; 'Sir Gawaine's Quest for the White Hart' by Sir Thomas Malory; 'Sir Gawain Meets Sir Prianius' by Sir James Knowles; 'Sir Gawain and the Maid with the Narrow Sleeves' by Rupert S. Holland; 'Sir Gawain and the Lady of Lys' translated by Jessie L. Weston; 'Sir Gawain and the Lady' by Beatrice Clay; 'The Marriage of Sir Gawaine' by Bishop Thomas Percy; 'The Last Love of Gawaine' by Richard Hovey; 'Of Sir Gawaine's Hatred, and the War with Sir Lancelot' by Henry Gilbert; 'Castle Orguellous' translated by Jessie L. Weston; and 'Gawayne and the Green Knight: A Fairy Tale' by Charlton Miner Lewis. Return to a time when chivalry and bravery reigned.
Hawthorne in his 'Wonder Book' has described the beautiful Greek myths and traditions, but no one has yet made similar use of the wondrous tales that gathered for more than a thousand years about the islands of the Atlantic deep. Although they are a part of the mythical period of American history, these hazy legends were altogether disdained by the earlier historians; indeed, George Bancroft made it a matter of actual pride that the beginning of the American annals was bare and literal. But in truth no national history has been less prosaic as to its earlier traditions, because every visitor had to cross the sea to reach it, and the sea has always been, by the mystery of its horizon, the fury of its storms, and the variableness of the atmosphere above it, the foreordained land of romance.
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