A Hundred Pieces of Me

Author: Lucy Dillon

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0698173201

Category: Fiction

Page: 464

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"Lovely." --Jojo Moyes, author of Me Before You and One Plus One From the bestselling author of Lost Dogs and Lonely Hearts comes a delightful, compulsively readable novel about second chances and the magic of letting go... Reeling from her recent divorce, Gina Bellamy suddenly finds herself figuring out how to live on her own. Determined to make a fresh start—with her beloved rescue greyhound by her side—Gina knows drastic measures are in order. First up: throwing away all her possessions except for the one hundred things that mean the most to her. But what items are worth saving? Letters from the only man she’s ever loved? A keepsake of the father she never knew? Or a blue glass vase that perfectly captures the light? As she lets go of the past, Gina begins to come to terms with what has happened in her life and discovers that seizing the day is sometimes the only thing to do. And when one decides to do just that...magic happens. Includes an Author Q & A
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Lost Dogs and Lonely Hearts

Author: Lucy Dillon

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101478756

Category: Fiction

Page: 448

View: 9266

An irresistible novel about women, men, and the dogs that own them. Thirty-nine year old Rachel is having a really bad year. After losing her job and breaking up with her boyfriend, Rachel has inherited her late aunt's house, her beloved border collie, and a crowded rescue kennel, despite the fact that she knows almost nothing about dogs. Still, considering her limited options, she gamely takes up the challenge of running the kennel. And as Rachel starts finding new homes for the abandoned strays, it turns out that it might not just be the dogs that need rescuing.
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The Secret of Happy Ever After

Author: Lucy Dillon

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1444727044

Category: Fiction

Page: 512

View: 4372

When story-lover Anna takes over Longhampton's bookshop, it's her dream come true. And not just because it gets her away from her three rowdy stepchildren and their hyperactive Dalmatian. Unpacking boxes filled with childhood classics, Anna can't shake the feeling that maybe her own fairytale ending isn't all that she'd hoped for. But, as the stories of love, adventure, secret gardens, lost dogs, wicked witches and giant peaches breathe new life into the neglected shop, Anna and her customers get swept up in the magic too. Even Anna's best friend Michelle - who categorically doesn't believe in true love and handsome princes - isn't immune. But when secrets from Michelle's own childhood come back to haunt her, and disaster threatens Anna's home, will the wisdom and charm of the stories in the bookshop help the two friends - and those they love - find their own happy ever afters?
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All I Ever Wanted

Author: Lucy Dillon

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1444796054

Category: Fiction

Page: 512

View: 7685

From the bestselling author of A Hundred Pieces of Me and One Small Act of Kindness comes a heartwarming, bittersweet and uplifting story of missed chances and unexpected opportunities. 'Lucy Dillon's books make the world a better place' - Heat Caitlin's life is a mess. Her marriage to a man everyone else thinks is perfect has collapsed, along with her self-esteem, and breaking free seems the only option. Nancy, her four-year-old daughter, used to talk all the time; in the car, at nursery, to her brother Joel. Then her parents split up. Her daddy moves out. And Nancy stops speaking. Nancy's Auntie Eva, recently widowed and feeling alone, apart from the companionship of two bewildered pugs, is facing a future without her husband or the dreams she gave up for him. But when Eva agrees to host her niece and nephew once a fortnight, Caitlin and Eva are made to face the different truths about their marriages - and about what they both really want . . . 'Bittersweet, lovely and ultimately redemptitive; the kind of book that makes you want to live your own life better' - Jojo Moyes 'So satisfying and clever and deeply moving' - Sophie Kinsella
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Walking Back to Happiness

Author: Lucy Dillon

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101552808

Category: Fiction

Page: 416

View: 9634

A delightful new novel from the author of Lost Dogs and Lonely Hearts. Juliet's hiding from her feelings about the recent loss of Ben, the love of her life. If it weren't for having to walk Ben's loyal dog, Minton, she'd never leave their half-finished house. Then her mother asks her to take her elderly lab, Coco, along. One dog leads to another, and soon Juliet's the unofficial town pet-sitter. And when she takes on a lonely spaniel, and gets to know its attractive owner, she realizes that her emotions aren't as easy to handle as her canine charges...
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One Small Act of Kindness

Author: Lucy Dillon

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1444796038

Category: Fiction

Page: 512

View: 9200

What can you do to make the world a better place? Libby and her husband Jason have moved back to his hometown to turn the family B&B into a boutique hotel. They have left London behind and all the memories - good and bad - that went with it. The injured woman Libby finds lying in the remote country road has lost her memory. She doesn't know why she came to be there, and no one seems to be looking for her. When Libby offers to take her in, this one small act of kindness sets in motion a chain of events that will change many people's lives . . . 'A beautifully written story about friendship, trust and love. I adored it.' - Milly Johnson A perfect summer read for fans of Jojo Moyes and Katie Fforde.
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Where the Light Gets In

Author: LUCY. DILLON

Publisher: Black Swan

ISBN: 9781784162092

Category:

Page: 464

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'You know those cracks in your heart, Lorna, where things didn't work out, but you picked yourself up and carried on? That's where the fear gets out. And where the light gets in.' It was Betty, defiant to the end, who sent Lorna back to Longhampton. If Lorna's learned one thing from Betty it's that courage is something you paint on like red lipstick, even when you're panicking inside. And right now, with the keys to the town's gallery in her hand, Lorna feels about as courageous as Betty's anxious little dachshund, trembling beside her. Lorna's come home to Longhampton to fulfil a long-held dream, but she knows, deep down, there are ghosts she needs to lay to rest first. This is where her tight-knit family shattered into silent pieces. It's where her unspoken fears about herself took root and where her own secret, complicated love began. It's not exactly a fresh start. But as Lorna - and the little dog - tentatively open their cracked hearts to old friends and new ones, facing hard truths and fresh promises, something surprisingly beautiful begins to grow around the gallery, something so inspirational even Lorna couldn't have predicted the light it lets into her world . . . An inspiring, life-enhancing novel that will make you see your life afresh . . . Fans of Jojo Moyes, Lucy Diamond and Veronica Henry will love it.
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The 2-Day Diet

Diet two days a week. Eat the Mediterranean way for five.

Author: Dr. Michelle Harvie,Professor Tony Howell

Publisher: Harmony

ISBN: 0804138419

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 368

View: 2411

Lose weight fast with the international diet sensation. Diet two days a week. Eat the Mediterranean way for five. The 2-Day Diet is easy to follow, easy to stick to, and clinically tested. Simply eat a low carb, high protein diet two days a week, and follow the classic Mediterranean Diet (now recognized as the gold standard in warding off heart disease) for the other five. The 2-Day Diet is designed to maximize weight loss, minimize muscle loss and keep you feeling full. It can have dramatic anti-aging and anti-cancer benefits. With this diet you can finally be slim, fit and healthy. With meal plans and 100 delicious and filling recipes. “A far more effective way to lose weight.” –Daily Mail “Put an end to 24/7 calorie counting.” – The Sun “Revolutionary and clinically proven.” –Good Housekeeping
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The Ballroom Class

Author: Lucy Dillon

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1444712438

Category: Fiction

Page: 300

View: 2024

For the millions addicted to Strictly Come Dancing - a debut tapping into the world's latest craze. When three couples join a new ballroom class, they're all looking for some magic in their lives. Lauren and Chris are getting married, and Lauren's dreaming of a fairytale wedding with a first dance to make Cinderella proud. Not wanting to be shown up on the dancefloor, her parents Bridget and Frank have come along too. They normally never put a foot wrong, but Bridget's got a secret that could trip them up unexpectedly. Meanwhile Katie and Ross are looking for a quick-fix solution to their failing marriage even though neither is quite sure who's leading who anymore. As friendships form over the foxtrot, the rumba rocks relationships, and the tango leads to true love, all the students in the Ballroom Class are about to face the music and dance...
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One Hundred Pieces of Sun

Diary of a Potted Plant

Author: C. L. Kennedy

Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 9781457541872

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 252

View: 5973

100 Pieces of Sun Diary of a Potted Plant A young boy skipping school because of a pretty girl he fancies. Two grandmothers who rule the roost. Biting a dog to make a point. _The delight of moving to a five-bedroom house from a one-bedroom apartment. A mother's sacrifice of wearing torn panty hose so her girls can wear new ones. These stories and more make up the 100 vignettes that provide a snapshot of the author's life from her humble roots growing up in Alabama in the 1950s to the family move to Ohio, life with four sisters, her high school years and graduating from Sarah Lawrence College. Studying at the University of Ghana in West Africa her junior year made a lasting impression on longtime educator Connie Kennedy Calloway. Connie, the first in her family to have multiple college degrees, shares memories of church, battling segregation and racism, teenage parties, health challenges and the instilled values of her close-knit African-American family: responsibility, integrity, freedom, justice and Christian ideals. 100 Pieces of Sun: Diary of a Potted Plant is a humorous-and sometimes poignant- message about the ability to laugh at life even as you reach for the future. Sometimes you can anticipate life's twists and turns, especially with God's help, but sometimes you must make your own way, reaching for your heart's desire instead of watching the world go by like a simple potted plant. AUTHOR BIO Connie Kennedy Calloway has been an educator for more than 30 years, including serving as superintendent of schools in three states. She earned a doctorate from Ohio University in Athens, a master's degree from Harvard University and a bachelor's degree from Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York. She is a member of Kappa Delta Pi and was one of the _ rst women inducted into Phi Delta Kappa International, Harvard Graduate School of Education. The Alabama native has been recognized as a Crain's Business Woman, Top Ten Influential Woman of the Year and Congressional Medal recipient for National Educational Leader of the Year. Journalist Dan Rather made a documentary on her work to rebuild a large urban school system, and she presented a research paper at an international educational forum in England on changing a failing urban school district into one that had academic successes. The new writer is passionate about her family: Sisters Mary and Myra, daughter Precious and son Sherman, as well as teaching adult Bible study, quilting, world travel, cooking, and her book club.
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When We Fall

Author: Emily Liebert

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 110162048X

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

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LOVE LOST, LOVE FOUND Ready for a fresh start, Allison Parker moves back to her hometown in the suburbs of New York. While she’d once savored the dynamic pace of city life, sadly, it lost its allure after her husband’s untimely death. Now, ready to focus on her art career accompanied by her ten-year-old son, Logan, Allison doesn’t anticipate that her past will resurface. When the wife of her husband’s best friend from summer camp takes her under her wing, things begin to spin out of control. At one time, Charlotte Crane thought she had it all—a devoted husband, a beautiful little girl, and enough financial security to never have to worry. But behind her “perfect” facade lie a strained marriage and a fractured relationship with her sister. When “new girl” Allison arrives in Wincourt, Charlotte welcomes the chance to build a friendship. Before long, Charlotte begins to see her life through Allison’s eyes, and the cracks in her seemingly flawless existence become impossible to ignore. As Allison heals from the loss of her husband—even wondering if she might be ready to date again—Charlotte feels more distant from her loved ones than ever before. The emerging friendship between the two women appears to be just the antidote both of them so desperately need...until everything falls apart.
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New Uses for Old Boyfriends

Author: Beth Kendrick

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0451465865

Category: Fiction

Page: 336

View: 1496

Newly single, Lila Alders returns to Black Dog Bay to open a vintage clothing boutique and sort out her family's denial about their depleted fortune. By the acclaimed author of Cure for the Common Breakup. Original.
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Pieces for the Left Hand

Stories

Author: J. Robert Lennon

Publisher: Graywolf Press

ISBN: 9781555970048

Category: Fiction

Page: 224

View: 5287

Finally available in the United States, a singular story collection that Time Out declared "unsettlingly brilliant" Astudent's suicide note is not what it seems. A high school football rivalry turns absurd—and deadly. A much-loved cat seems to have been a different animal all along. A pair of identical twins aren't identical at all—or even related. A man finds his own yellowed birth announcement inside a bureau bought at auction. Set in a small upstate New York town, told in a conversational style, Pieces for the Left Hand is a stream of a hundred anecdotes, none much longer than a page. At once funny, bizarre, familiar, and disturbing, these deceptively straightforward tales nevertheless shock and amaze through uncanny coincidence, tragic misunderstanding, strange occurrence, or sudden insight. Unposted letters, unexpected visitors, false memories—in J. Robert Lennon's vision of America, these are the things that decide our fate. Wry and deadpan, powerful and philosophical, these addictive little tales reveal the everyday world as a strange and eerie place.
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A Thousand Pieces of You

Author: Claudia Gray

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0062278983

Category: Young Adult Fiction

Page: 384

View: 4319

Cloud Atlas meets Orphan Black in this epic dimension-bending trilogy by New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray about a girl who must chase her father's killer through multiple dimensions. Marguerite Caine's physicist parents are known for their groundbreaking achievements. Their most astonishing invention, called the Firebird, allows users to jump into multiple universes—and promises to revolutionize science forever. But then Marguerite's father is murdered, and the killer—her parent's handsome, enigmatic assistant Paul— escapes into another dimension before the law can touch him. Marguerite refuses to let the man who destroyed her family go free. So she races after Paul through different universes, always leaping into another version of herself. But she also meets alternate versions of the people she knows—including Paul, whose life entangles with hers in increasingly familiar ways. Before long she begins to question Paul's guilt—as well as her own heart. And soon she discovers the truth behind her father's death is far more sinister than she expected. A Thousand Pieces of You explores an amazingly intricate multi-universe where fate is unavoidable, the truth elusive, and love the greatest mystery of all.
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Looking for Me

Author: Beth Hoffman

Publisher: Penguin Books

ISBN: 0143125435

Category: Fiction

Page: 354

View: 6186

Opening an antiques shop in Charleston after discovering a talent for restoring furniture, Teddi Overman struggles to come to terms with her shattered family and sense of self after receiving news that her long-missing brother might still be alive.
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Strange Piece of Paradise

A Return to the American West To Investigate My Attempted Murder - and Solve the Riddle of Myself

Author: Terri Jentz

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 9781429988070

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 560

View: 4660

In the summer of 1977, Terri Jentz and her Yale roommate, Shayna Weiss, make a cross-country bike trip. They pitch a tent in the desert of central Oregon. As they are sleeping, a man in a pickup truck deliberately runs over the tent. He then attacks them with an ax. The horrific crime is reported in newspapers across the country. No one is ever arrested. Both women survive, but Shayna suffers from amnesia, while Terri is left alone with memories of the attack. Their friendship is shattered. Fifteen years later, Terri returns to the small town where she was nearly murdered, on the first of many visits she will make "to solve the crime that would solve me." And she makes an extraordinary discovery: the violence of that night is as present for the community as it is for her. Slowly, her extensive interviews with the townspeople yield a terrifying revelation: many say they know who did it, and he is living freely in their midst. Terri then sets out to discover the truth about the crime and its aftermath, and to come to terms with the wounds that broke her life into a before and an after. Ultimately she finds herself face-to-face with the alleged axman. Powerful, eloquent, and paced like the most riveting of thrillers, Strange Piece of Paradise is the electrifying account of Terri's investigation into the mystery of her near murder. A startling profile of a psychopath, a sweeping reflection on violence and the myth of American individualism, and a moving record of a brave inner journey from violence to hope, this searing, unforgettable work is certain to be one of the most talked about books of the year.
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Thousand Pieces of Gold

Author: Ruthanne Lum McCunn

Publisher: Beacon Press

ISBN: 0807093742

Category: Fiction

Page: 216

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Lalu Nathoy's father called his thirteen-year-old daughter his treasure, his "thousand pieces of gold," yet when famine strikes northern China in 1871, he is forced to sell her. Polly, as Lalu is later called, is sold to a brothel, sold again to a slave merchant bound for America, auctioned to a saloonkeeper, and offered as a prize in a poker game. This biographical novel is the extraordinary story of one woman's fight for independence and dignity in the American West.
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The Lost Husband

A Novel

Author: Katherine Center

Publisher: Random House Digital, Inc.

ISBN: 0345507940

Category: Fiction

Page: 292

View: 2526

After the sudden loss of her husband, Libby Moran, falling on hard times, gets an unexpected chance to start over when an estranged aunt offers her a job and a place to live on a goat farm where she and her children discover that country life isn't quite what they expected--but is just what they need. Original.
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A Hundred Small Lessons

A Novel

Author: Ashley Hay

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1501165151

Category: Fiction

Page: 304

View: 4642

Through the richly intertwined narratives of two women from different generations, Ashley Hay, known for her “elegant prose, which draws warm and textured portraits as it celebrates the web of human stories” (New York Times Book Review) weaves an intricate, bighearted tale of the many small decisions—the invisible moments—that come to make a life. “Readers who loved the quiet introspection of Anita Shreve’s The Pilot’s Wife and Elizabeth Strout’s Olive Kitteridge will enjoy the detailed emotional journeys of Hay’s characters. Their stories will linger long after the final page is turned” (Library Journal). When Elsie Gormley falls and is forced to leave her Brisbane home of sixty-two years, Lucy Kiss and her family move in, eager to make the house their own. Still, Lucy can’t help but feel that she’s unwittingly stumbled into an entirely new life—new house, new city, new baby—and she struggles to navigate the journey from adventurous lover to young parent. In her nearby nursing facility, Elsie traces the years she spent in her beloved house, where she too transformed from a naïve newlywed into a wife and mother, and eventually, a widow. Gradually, the boundary between present and past becomes more porous for her, and for Lucy—because the house has secrets of its own, and its rooms seem to share with Lucy memories from Elsie’s life. Luminous and deeply affecting, A Hundred Small Lessons is a “lyrically written portrayal” (BookPage, Top Pick) of what it means to be human, and how a place can transform who we are. It’s about a house that becomes much more than a home, and the shifting identities of mother and daughter; father and son. Above all else, this is a story of the surprising and miraculous ways that our lives intersect with those who have come before us, and those who follow.
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