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Say You Love Me sensitively explores childhood abuse, adoption and family loyalty. Pulling no punches, this enthralling, disturbing novel gives the reader a real insight into familial abuse. Say You Love Me is a powerful, sensitive yet shocking, exploration of the long-lasting traumas caused by parental sexual abuse. Marion Husband's superbly drawn, multi-dimensional characters, loving and hating freely, both fascinate and repel. Ben Walker sets out to trace his father and discover the truth about his adoption in 1968. But the past holds secrets that his brother Mark is desperate to keep. Old hatreds between the brothers are rekindled and their adopted father is made to face his own guilt over the events of that spring of 1968.
In 1938, after an unhappy childhood, Paul's son Bobby Harris runs away to London. In Soho he's picked up by Jason Hargreaves, a society photographer, and becomes his model. In Jason's studio Bobby meets Nina Tate. Bobby and Nina pose for erotic photographs and soon become lovers. Jason pays for Bobby to learn to fly and at the outbreak of the Second World War, he joins the RAF and becomes a fighter pilot. Nina marries a Canadian pilot who is killed in 1940, just before the birth of their child, Joan. Bobby steps in to take care of Nina and Joan but in 1944 Joan dies and Bobby is shot down, suffering terrible burns to his hands and face. No longer the beautiful young man of Jason's photographs, in 1946 Bobby returns to hide himself away in the house he's inherited from his grandfather in Thorp, his relationship with Nina destroyed by grief and Nina's reactions to his disfigurement. In Thorp, Bobby meets Jane, an unhappily married schoolteacher. Trying to get over Nina, slowly, Bobby falls in love with this gentle, older woman, believing that she is the only person who sees beyond his injuries. In London, Nina meets Mick Morgan, now a very famous poet and playwright. She also meets Hugh, Mick's son, and Nina and Hugh begin a passionate love affair. However, Hugh and Bobby were childhood friends whose friendship ended bitterly. Through Nina, Hugh and Bobby become rivals, a rivalry that is complicated by Mick and the mysterious figure that returns to England from Morocco to confront Bobby with the truth about his past. Paper Moon is a passionate love story that also explores how the sins of the fathers can have far-reaching effects on the sons.
Soho 1925 Two young men meet - for one of them this is love at first sight, for the other only lust and guilt... In 1925 Paul Harris returns to England from self-imposed exile in Tangiers for an exhibition of his paintings. He leaves behind Patrick, the man he has loved since they met in the trenches in 1918, needing to discover if he has the strength to live without him and wanting to explore the kind of life he might have lived had it not been for the war. In Bohemian Soho, Paul meets Edmund whose passionate love changes Paul's idea of himself. With Edmund, Paul begins to believe that he may have another life to live, free of the guilt and regrets of the past. But the past is not so easy to escape, and when Patrick follows Paul to London a decision must be made that will affect all their lives.
Who would imagine a little gold ring could lead to kidnap, torture and even murder? How could the curse of the Pharaohs come to Falmouth? The year is 1923. When a young Cockney woman appears in Falmouth, Inspector George Bartlett and Constable Archibald Boase think she's harmless enough - until she and they are caught up in a seemingly endless cycle of mayhem and deceit. Unsure exactly how this woman fits into their enquiries, at various turns they are investigating her, searching for her, and worrying about her safety - and still can't decide if she is all she seems. With death on their doorstep, a strange visitor to the town who claims to be a relative of the tragically-murdered Russian royal family, and a killer still on the loose, Bartlett and Boase have little time left to prevent further murders as their superintendent looms large in the background waiting to take them off the case ...
Inspector George Bartlett and Constable Archie Boase investigate when the tranquillity of 1920s Falmouth is shattered by the discovery of a vicious murder. The period setting, with a distinctive Cornish twist, will appeal to Agatha Christie's fans, and the developing partnership between the warm-hearted, experienced inspector and the young constable promises to become a classic of the genre.
Arrogant, selfish and dangerous, Lucas Saintclair is everything Harriet Montague dislikes in a man. He is also the best guide in the whole of the Barbary States and the only man who can rescue her archaeologist father, from kidnapping by a gang of Tuareg fighters. As Harriet embarks on a perilous journey across Algeria with Saintclair and Archibald Drake, her father's most trusted friend, she discovers a bewitching but brutal land where nothing is what it seems. Who are the men intent on stealing her father's ransom? What was her father hoping to find in Tuareg Queen Tin Hinan's tomb? Is Lucas Saintclair really as callous as he claims - or is he a man haunted by a past he cannot forgive? In the heat of the Sahara, dangerous passions engulf Harriet. Secrets of lost treasures, rebel fighters, and a sinister criminal brotherhood threaten her life and the life of the man she loves. Does forever lie in the lion's embrace?
Book One in the Dancing for the Devil trilogy Can her love heal his haunted heart? Cape Wrath, Scotland, November 1847. Bruce McGunn is a man as brutal and unforgiving as his land. Discharged from the army, he is haunted by the spectres of his fallen comrades and convinced he is going mad. And 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 is caught in a violent storm and docks at Wrath harbour, Bruce decides to revert to the old ways and hold the clipper and the woman to ransom. However, far from the spoilt heiress he expected, Rose is genuine, funny and vulnerable - a ray of sunshine in the long, harsh winter that has become his life. Rose is determined to escape Wrath and its proud master - the man she calls McGlum. Will she be reunited with Cameron McRae, the dazzlingly handsome aristocrat she married after a whirlwind romance in Algiers, or will she risk her heart and her honour to help Bruce discover the truth about his past and solve the brutal murders committed on his land? Dream Catcher is the first book in the Dancing for the Devil trilogy and will be followed by Blue Bonnets and Sword Dance.
Book Two 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?
After losing her job in England, Amy Carter uses her redundancy payment to start a new life in France, turning Bellefontaine, an overgrown Provençal farmhouse, into a successful hotel. Though she has big plans for her new home, none of them involves falling in love -- least of all with Fabien Coste, the handsome but arrogant owner of the nearby château. As romance blossoms in the beautiful Provençal countryside, disturbing events at the farmhouse hint at a dark mystery -- a destructive, centuries-old attachment between the ladies of Bellefontaine and the ducs de Coste. As Amy struggles to unravel the mystery, she begins to wonder if it may not just be her heart at risk, but her life too.
When the archangel Metatron offers his incompetent human assistant Joe, one final chance to cleanse his sullied soul, he jumps at the chance. But with Armageddon looming, Joe had better find out what's really going on, because, once Lucifer is released, any human will have missed their chance to pick a side. However, as he prepares to deliver Graham Latimer, Lucifer's unwilling and confused human host to the angels, Joe discovers that all may not be as it seems. Hell is no longer the realm of eternal torment and Metatron's actions are not divinely inspired. Pursued by the very angels with whom he has worked for so long, Joe travels with a diverse group of 'demons' through what is left of the seven circles in an attempt to keep Graham safe and stop Metatron from fooling the other angels into destroying the world. Facing his own personal demons, which are far more dangerous than those creatures around him and trying to find the 'truth' amongst the varying shades of grey that make up 'good' and 'evil', Joe has just one chance to make a difference. However any change is going to come at a cost and nobody, demon, angel or human, wants to pay the price.
Narrow Margins - a laugh-out-loud book which proves that lean times can sometimes be a very positive thing. Faced with the loss of everything following the collapse of the Rover Group, Marie Browne moved her long-suffering husband Geoff, chaotic children and smelly, narcoleptic dog on to a houseboat in search of a less stressful, healthier, alternative way of life. Strapped for cash, the family buy a decrepit 70ft barge called Happy Go lucky which had been run as a floating hotel. Outdated and in need of a complete refurbishment, Happy becomes their floating home. First they need to learn the ropes and many pitfalls beset their adventures. As they come to terms with living on a narrow boat, readers gain a fascinating insight into life in the slow lane. About the author: Marie Browne is a gently harrassed mother of three who, for the past fifteen years, has been desperately trying to escape the Customer Service Industry. Apart from her husband and kids, the best things in her life are real ale; barbecues; ugly mad dogs that nobody else wants and cream-covered designer coffees. She also has an obsession with shoes but her husband is threatening to get her help for that.
"Oh, you live on a boat? That must be really cold in the winter..." Or, "Oh, you live on a boat? It must be great being so close to nature..." Or, "Oh, you live on a boat? It must be fantastic to be able to go wherever you like, whenever you like..." Narrow Escape sets out to dispel these commonly held public myths. From how to avoid assassination by ninja stealth ducklings, through definitive proof that kittens are aliens and the best way to sleep at forty-five degrees, to the importance of having the right boating equipment; (a child's plastic sledge and a never ending supply of cotton wool balls). This month by month account of one family's liveaboard year takes a firmly tongue in cheek look at what it takes to enjoy the 'idyllic' lifestyle.
Rebecca Harrison had just become engaged to her boyfriend, Tim, and was feeling happy and content. But when she visited her brother, Damian, and his wife, Jo, she was thrown into confusion -- Martin Reid was there. The last time she had seen Martin had been at Damian and Jo's wedding, three years before. On that day she had told Martin she loved him, but had been heartbroken when he rejected her. Why, when her life was at last settled, was Rebecca now beset by doubts?
Catherine had not seen Declan for ten years, not since her accident. Blaming himself for her injuries, he had gone away to New Zealand and married in haste. Eventually, he had returned to England with his little son, but without his wife. Now Declan's parents had invited Catherine to their Ruby Wedding celebrations and she knew thatDeclan would be there. She couldn't hide her scars from the world forever, but did she have the courage to face him again?
When Gemma Armstrong finds herself involved in another of her friend Suzy's crazy schemes, life inevitably turns complicated -- especially when Kane Fenton becomes an unexpected part of the plan. An award-winning actor/director, Kane is heart-stoppingly handsome. So why, Gemma wonders, does he seem so alone? Thrown together in unusual circumstances, Gemma comes to know the private man behind the public image. Together, fighting their tangled emotions, they uncover the shocking secrets of Kane's past.
Michelle's life had been touched by tragedy. Then one more terrifying twist of fate brought new peril and a new man into her life. But the pain of the past had left a secret fear, a fear that threatened to destroy her future happiness and an unexpected love. Josh Turner worked hard -- and played hard. A skilled firefighter, he faced danger every day. Then he found a woman who presented a different challenge one that threatened his heart.
Annabel needed to get away, to take stock of her life. But her holiday got off to a dismal start; while driving through France she gave an English couple a lift, and they repaid her by making off with her car and possessions! Fortunately, a handsome Frenchman stopped to help. He showed Annabel nothing but kindness, but when she realised he was the ex-tennis player Alain Ducret, who had the reputation of a playboy, she fought to resist falling for his charms ...
Eleanor was gearing up for marriage when her boyfriend Daniel rejected her without explanation and disappeared. Four years later, she has thrown herself into her hectic career as a TV news editor. She's over the moon when an opportunity arises which could be the making of her career, and knows she's definitely over her ex. That is, until Daniel returns with a brand-new fiancée on his arm, and her golden chance turns to be not as shiny as she had first anticipated ...
It was then that it struck me, with terrifying clarity. I was going to die. I was going to die at any moment. I was going to die, moreover, in a pair of tartan pyjamas and a grubby black cardigan. For whatever was attached to the headlights in front of me was actually driving on my side of the road...' So begins Sally Matthews' date with destiny. She doesn't actually believe in destiny, of course - she's way too busy looking after her husband, arranging her step-daughter's wedding, and humouring her mum-on-a-mission (which currently involves Tony Blair). No surprise, then, that she's out late at night, with nothing but a dog and a cricket bat for company. In short, Sally hasn't time for a near-death experience. However handsome the man who's about to run her off the road...
Sisters Megan and Ffion have never had secrets, so when Megan goes to flat-sit all she's expecting is a rest and a change. When a stranger called Jack phones, Megan wonders who he is. Ffion behaves like she's just seen a ghost, and refuses to say any more. So is Jack a ghost? Ffion's not telling and when she disappears too, the mystery deepens. Megan begins to fear for the future. She's always been the one who's looked after her little sister. Is this going to be the one time she can't?
My mother has just the two modes of operation. Either slightly dramatic or seriously dramatic. That this is the latter means just the one thing. That my day is about to get worse...' And for single mum, Abbie, life is complex enough. So once her eldest son, Seb, has gone on his gap year, she's decided it's time to make changes. She's just left her old job and started a new one (to escape the gorgeous man-who-turned-out-to-be-married), and is planning some space for herself at long last. But fate seems to have something else in mind for Abbie, in the shape of her demanding and incorrigible mother, whose feckless fourth husband, Hugo, has just died. Temporarily in a wheelchair after a recent knee op, Diana - retired TV fitness icon and dancer - will need looking after, so will have to move in. Still, Abbie tells herself - gritting her teeth - it won't be for more than a few weeks... However, Abbie hasn't figured on the sudden arrival of Hugo's 20 years' estranged son. A suave TV Weatherman, Gabriel Ash not only owns the deeds to what they thought was Hugo's house, but also has plans of his own...
When Julia's husband has an affair with local siren Rhiannon de Laney, she feels as if her world is falling apart. Once the arguments have abated, and her husband has moved out, Julia realises she's well and truly on her own, a single parent with two teenage children, a bad haircut and no idea of what to do or where to go next. Gradually, however, Julia begins to recognise the benefits of being single: it's the chance to meet new people and make new friends, change her hairstyle, throw out her old clothes, experiment with a new image, resurrect her photography career, travel the country with a boy band and, in short, rediscover herself outside the context of loyal wife and dutiful mother. She also rediscovers the joys of dating. After a few false starts, she finds herself learning more about the talents, musical and otherwise, of the lead singer of Britain's most famous band. Julia's certainly got herself a life you wonder whether it is the kind of existence she wants to live permanently, or whether her ailing marriage is worth saving. Light-hearted, humorous and at times surprising, Julia's battles with this age-old dilemma prove instantly recognisable yet highly entertaining, with a twist in the tale that may surprise or perplex.
Radio Wales DJ Jack Valentine finds a lost trainer on a station platform. With echoes of Cinderella, he appeals on his show for its owner, Hope Shepherd, to come forward. Hope handles publicity for a Cardiff based charity, Heartbeat. Encouraged by colleagues to secure Jack Valentine to raise the profile of an upcoming fun run, she reluctantly heads for the studios. The attraction between Hope and Jack is immediate but, bruised and battered by their recent divorces, they are reluctant to risk romance again. Barefoot In The Dark is a bitter-sweet novel about taking the first steps towards trusting again. But when love at first sight is the last thing you're after, is a fairytale ending an impossible dream?
What does it take to be the greatest? Whether it's part of a team like cyclist Geraint Thomas, who won gold in the team pursuit event in Beijing 2008, or notching up a record-beating 11 gold medals in the swimming pool for paralympic swimmer David Roberts to equal the record set by Dame Tanni Grey Thompson, the athletes featured in Going For Gold have one aim - to win. This collection of stories from Wales's top current and future athletes will inspire others to follow their goals. Foreword by Olympic gold medallist Lynn Davies CBE, President of UK Athletics Featuring Dai Greene, David Roberts, Geraint Thomas, Jazz Carlin and Nathan Stephens.
Recovery - Twelve Simple Steps to a Life Beyond Addiction: A contemporary recovery handbook for users and practitionersby Lynden Finlay
Are you sick and tired of being addicted? Do you want to recover but think the 12-Step programme is not for you because you don't believe in God? This book presents a new version of the Steps which is simple and do-able by everyone, whether they have a particular faith or not. Research now proves beyond doubt that the 12-Step programme is a way to long-term recovery, so if you are suffering from addiction, or are a GP who knows your addicted patient needs more support than you can provide, this book is for you. Lynden Finlay has over twenty years' experience both in addictions counselling and personally recovering from addictions herself, working closely with the Twelve Steps programme during that time. Over the years she has seen many residents benefit from this version which has at its heart not a focus on God, but on the healing power of one addict helping another.
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