A young woman's desperate pursuit of love reveals secrets from more than one source... Anne Baker writes a compelling saga in The Price of Love, detailing the trials of life and love. Perfect for fans of Nadine Dorries and Katie Flynn. Kate McGlory longs to be loved. Her seven younger brothers are cherished by their doting mother Lena, but Kate tends to be forgotten. Then Kate catches the eye of Jack Courtney and at last she too is adored. But their courtship is not straightforward. Jack comes from a family of wealthy ship-owners in Merseyside, who may not approve of the match; Lena is terrified that history will repeat itself if her daughter falls in love with a man above her station; and, worst of all, Jack has not been entirely honest with Kate from the start... What readers are saying about The Price of Love: 'Beautifully written, the characters come to life on the page as their story unfolds. I would highly recommend this book' 'The book is very hard to put down! Anne Baker is a superb writer and never fails to excite me'
An evocative saga of life, love and secrets
Author: Anne Baker
An unforgettable saga of forbidden love, family relationships, secrets and the quest for happiness. Much-loved author Lyn Andrews writes a touching and evocative saga of the aftermath of war in Beyond a Misty Shore. Not to be missed by fans of Maureen Lee and Joan Jonker. It is 1945 and the war is finally over. But for sisters Sophie and Maria, who have no choice but to leave their beloved home on the Isle of Man, the upheaval is just beginning. Eighteen-year-old Maria is loath to leave the island as it's there she met Hans Bonhoeffer, a young Austrian interned during the war. For widowed Sophie, however, Liverpool offers exciting opportunities. As Maria longs for a reunion with Hans, Sophie is drawn to Frank Ryan, a man who is not free to be with her. Will the sisters ever find happiness? What Amazon readers are saying about Beyond a Misty Shore: 'Lyn brings her characters to life, with a few surprising twists and turns along the way' 'Another excellent book from this author. The aftermath of WW2 and the impact it had on Liverpool were beautifully described. The behaviour and attitudes of the characters were brilliantly portrayed with a balance of everyday life mixed with love and hope. Altogether a smashing book'
An utterly compelling saga of love and family
Author: Lyn Andrews
It’s been fifty years since Antonio Grasso married Maddalena and brought her to America. That was the last time she saw her parents, her sisters and brothers—everything she knew and loved in the village of Santa Cecilia, Italy. Maddalena sees no need to open the door to the past and let the emotional baggage and unmended rifts of another life spill out. But Prima was raised on the lore of the Old Country. And as she sees her parents aging, she hatches the idea to take the entire family back to Italy—hoping to reunite Maddalena with her estranged sister and let her parents see their homeland one last time. It is an idea that threatens to tear the Grasso family apart, until fate deals them some unwelcome surprises, and their trip home becomes a necessary journey. All This Talk of Love is an incandescent novel about sacrifice and hope, loss and love, myth and memory.
Author: Christopher Castellani
Publisher: Algonquin Books
A gripping and emotional family saga of love and secrets
Author: Sharon Maas
The fate and happiness of a family rest on the shoulders of two young sisters... Mersey Maids by Anne Baker depicts a family's battle against poverty, and two sisters' struggles in life and love. Perfect for fans of Dilly Court and Lyn Andrews. When widower Henry Knell loses his glove-making business to the Dransfields his life is well and truly ruined. With his six young daughters, he moves into rented rooms in a Merseyside back street. Meanwhile, Hattie and Maggie, the eldest girls, are trying to hold the family together. Sophie Dransfield's husband, Daniel, takes pity on the poverty-stricken Knells and offers Maggie a job as a maid in the Dransfields' nursery. Maggie's beautiful blonde hair soon catches the eye of Sophie's brother Tom, whose dashing brother, Luke, is equally enchanted by Hattie when she joins the household as a lady's maid. But the fortunes of the two sisters do not run according to plan... What readers are saying about Mersey Maids: 'One of her best!... An absolute blinder' 'I could not put the book down - it was just like you were there'
A moving family saga of romance, poverty and hope
Author: Anne Baker
A series of devastating truths threaten the happiness of two sisters in wartime Liverpool. Anne Baker's Liverpool Lies covers the effects of the Second World War on two nurses, and the disruption of family secrets. Perfect for fans of Cathy Sharp and Lindsey Hutchinson. It is 1941 and Connie and Lottie Brinsley are training to be nurses at Liverpool's Walton Hospital. When heavy bombing is followed by the news that their home has taken a direct hit and their parents and little brother are dead, the two sisters are utterly devastated. Later, they are shocked to discover that their uncle, Steve, is not who they thought he was, and the Brinsleys have been living a lie for years. And Steve's not the only one who's hiding the truth, for when Lottie meets and marries Waldo Padley, no one tells her that he's a liar and a cheat. But, no matter what life throws at them, the sisters find the strength to face the troubles ahead... What readers are saying about Liverpool Lies: 'I found this book very enthralling and enjoyed it so much I have purchased several more books by Anne Baker' 'Excellent storytelling throughout. Could not wait to carry on reading where I left off. Good story and very well told'
One war. Two sisters. A multitude of secrets.
Author: Anne Baker
“A perfect summer read [that] brims with heart . . . Don’t be surprised if you keep turning the pages long into the night, spellbound by its magic.”—The Denver Post A sweeping saga about four generations of a family who live and love on an enchanting island off the coast of Italy—combining the romance of Beautiful Ruins with the magical tapestry of works by Isabel Allende. NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY NPR • Los Angeles Public Library • Kirkus Reviews “Captivating . . . [Catherine] Banner’s four-generation saga is set on an island near Sicily, where myths of saints get served up with limoncello at the Esposito family’s bar. . . . The island is fictional, but consider this dreamy summer read your passport.”—People “A lusty page-turner that weaves romance, rivalry and the intricacies of family expectations into one glorious tale.”—Minneapolis Star Tribune Castellamare is an island far enough away from the mainland to be forgotten, but not far enough to escape from the world’s troubles. At the center of the island’s life is a café draped with bougainvillea called the House at the Edge of Night, where the community gathers to gossip and talk. Amedeo Esposito, a foundling from Florence, finds his destiny on the island with his beautiful wife, Pina, whose fierce intelligence, grace, and unwavering love guide her every move. An indiscretion tests their marriage, and their children—three sons and an inquisitive daughter—grow up and struggle with both humanity’s cruelty and its capacity for love and mercy. Spanning nearly a century, through secrets and mysteries, trials and sacrifice, this beautiful and haunting novel follows the lives of the Esposito family and the other islanders who live and love on Castellamare: a cruel count and his bewitching wife, a priest who loves scandal, a prisoner of war turned poet, an outcast girl who becomes a pillar of strength, a wounded English soldier who emerges from the sea. The people of Castellamare are transformed by two world wars and a great recession, by the threat of fascism and their deep bonds of passion and friendship, and by bitter rivalries and the power of forgiveness. Catherine Banner has written an enthralling, character-rich novel, epic in scope but intimate in feeling. At times, the island itself seems alive, a mythical place where the earth heaves with stories—and this magical novel takes you there. Praise for The House at the Edge of Night “A gorgeous, sweeping story set over four generations . . . calls to mind Captain Corelli’s Mandolin and Beautiful Ruins.”—Interview “Like pictures of a childhood summer, or a half-forgotten smell, this book is sweet and heady with nostalgia . . . [and] comforting as a quilt.”—NPR “Rich and immersive, this book will take you away.”—Vox “A masterful piece of storytelling, infused with the miraculous (both in stories and in everyday life) while maintaining the difficult balance between the explainable versus the inexplicable . . . captivating and beautifully rendered.”—Sara Gruen, author of At the Water’s Edge
Author: Catherine Banner
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
Anna Aizic's memoir in letters manages to transcend numerous potential hazards of the form to engage and enlighten her readers. While she initially put this collection together in order to pay homage to her loved ones and preserve for her children the history of their fascinating family, I believe she has also managed to produce an important historical document. The personal accounts she includes of life during and after World War II in the stunning port city of Odessa, Ukraine, echo with her remarkable extended family's indefatigable hope and humor and, as Anna would say, love of Life. Yet they are mixed with the tragic realities of existence in a Communist system that had no tolerance for Jews who wished to escape its rule. Anna Aizic's memoir follows her family's eventual yet imperfect escape to Israel, the ultimate goal as taught to all by her beloved Zeida in his secret Ulpan of the late 1960s and early 1970s. It also reveals how, despite a penchant for tragedy that seems to follow her family from Odessa to Israel and even to America, where Anna is eventually diagnosed with - and survives - metastatic breast cancer, the seemingly unbearable is somehow overcome due to her family's powerful legacy that includes not only hope and humor, but a willingness to acknowledge, savor and share its stories.
My Ukrainian Family's Odyssey of Secrets, Love and Survival from Pre-War Odessa to the Promised Land and Am
Author: Anna Aizic
Publisher: Circles of Life
Category: Jews, Ukrainian
Living on the streets of Bombay, Jyothi has no-one to turn to after her mother is involved in a tragic accident. Monika and Jack Kingsley are desperate for a child of their own. On a trip to India, they fall in love with Jyothi and decide to adopt the orphan child. The new family return to England, but Jyothi finds it difficult to adapt. As Monika and Jack's relationship fractures, Jyothi is more alone than ever and music becomes her solace. But even when her extraordinary musical talent transforms into a promising career, Jyothi still doesn't feel like she belongs. Then a turbulent love affair causes her to question everything. And Jyothi realises that before she can embrace her future, she must confront her past ...
A Heartbreaking and Gripping Story of Love, Loss and Hope
Author: Sharon Maas
Category: Child musicians
A captivating story of love and loss set on the eve of the First World War. In 1914, despite the threat of war in Europe, Pearl Gibson’s future is bright. She has secured a desirable position as a lady’s maid for Lady Ottoline Campbell. Her new role sees her transported from a life of drudgery to the Campbell’s vast Scottish estate. Pearl is quickly drawn into a whirlwind of intrigue, glamour and scandal, as she realises her job requires her to become her lady’s confidante as well as her maid. In the confusing world of the upper classes it is Ottoline’s cousin, Ralph, who Pearl comes to rely on, trust – and love. But when violence erupts in Europe, Pearl and Ottoline’s world is irrevocably changed. As the men in their lives are called to the front line, shocking events unfold at home that both Pearl and Ottoline vow never to reveal. They share a secret that will test their loyalty to one another to breaking point, and will bind them together forever... Praise for The Echo of Twilight ‘An enchanting, atmospheric work of historical fiction that is a rich blend of Downton Abbey and Jane Eyre. The Echo of Twilight is a wonderful novel to curl up with this winter’ Booklist ‘Kinghorn carefully weaves a story of love and self-discovery... to tell this immersive and historically sound coming-of-age tale’ Publishers Weekly Praise for Judith Kinghorn ‘A sumptuous absorbing tale of love in a time of war’ Rachel Hore ‘An enchanting story of love and war, and the years beyond’ Penny Vincenzi ‘An epic and enthralling love story set against the backdrop of the Great War’ Fanny Blake Judith Kinghorn is the author of four novels: The Echo of Twilight, The Snow Globe, The Memory of Lost Senses and The Last Summer. She was born in Northumberland, educated in the Lake District, and is a graduate in English and History of Art. She lives in Hampshire, England, with her husband and two children.
A moving wartime saga about secrets, love and sacrifice
Author: Judith Kinghorn
Using letters written by a young WWII naval officer, interspersed with his daughter's personal recollections, to romance a lady he had met on the home front.
A Memoir of Love, War, and Ever After
Author: Catherine Underhill Fitzpatrick
Category: Biography & Autobiography
'A page-turning story, full of humanity, crossing cultures and continents, reminiscent of Andrea Levy.’Katie Fforde Thirty years of family secrets. Three generations of women. One family heirloom that could change everything. When she ran away from her childhood home in Guyana, Rika swore that she would never return. Cut off from her family, she has fought hard to make a life for herself and daughter, Inky, in London. Now, over thirty years later, Rika’s cantankerous, wheelchair-bound mother, Dorothea, arrives in London. But as old wounds re-open, Dorothea and Rika are further apart than ever. Inky soon learns that her grandmother is sitting on a small fortune. As she uncovers the secrets of the past one by one, she unravels the tragedy that tore her mother and grandmother apart. But nothing can prepare her, or Rika, for Dorothea’s final, unexpected revelation. An epic, mesmerizing tale of tragic loss, the strength of words left unspoken, and the redeeming power of love. ‘A beautiful story about tragic love and ultimately about forgiveness…with powerful messages about love, life and learning to let things go in order to be happy.’ Life With Joy ‘Rich in detail and emotion and has the most beautiful and real description of loss I have ever read.’ Shaz’s Book blog ‘Wow what a very touching story that was filled with super characters and important real-life issues…’ AJ Book Review Club ‘If you are fond of family dramas that span generations, continents, and cultures, you will find this to be a worthwhile read. I found the shift in attitudes toward gender and ethnicity across generations and cultures to be particularly interesting.’ Jane Tursel ’A terrific writer.’ Barbara Erskine
An epic page-turning family saga
Author: Sharon Maas