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The Beach Cafe

Author: Lucy Diamond

Part of a series: A World Book Night Book 2017

Publisher: Pan Books (2011)

Lucy Diamond's classic bestseller, a story of new beginnings, love and adventure. Evie Flynn has always been the black sheep of her family - a dreamer and a drifter, unlike her over-achieving elder sisters. She's tried making a name for herself as an actress, a photographer and a singer, but nothing has ever worked out. Now she's stuck in temp hell, with a sensible, pension-planning boyfriend. Somehow life seems to be passing her by. Then her beloved Aunt Jo dies suddenly in a car crash, leaving Evie an unusual legacy - her precious beach cafe in Cornwall. Determined to make a success of something for the first time in her life, Evie heads off to Cornwall to get the cafe and her life back on track - and gets more than she bargained for, both in work and in love ...

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The Beach Wedding

Author: Dorothy Koomson

Part of a series: A World Book Night Book 2018

Publisher: Arrow (2018)

Tessa Dannall is excited and happy when her daughter, Nia, arrives at their family’s tropical beach resort to get married. Tessa is also trying to forget the last time she went to a wedding on this beach and how that day changed her life for ever. But as the big day draws near, Tessa realises she must face the deadly ghosts from her past – or they may ruin her daughter’s future...

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The Black Moth

Author: Georgette Heyer

Publisher: Pan Books (1976)

Jack Carstares, the disgraced Earl of Wyncham, left England seven long years ago, sacrificing his honour for that of his brother when he was accused of cheating at cards. Now he is back, roaming his beloved South Country in the disguise of a highwayman. Not long after his return, he encounters his old adversary, the libertine Duke of Andover, just in time to dispute at the point of his sword the attempted abduction of a society beauty. But foiled once, the 'Black Moth' has no intention of failing again.

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The Blue Flower

Author: Penelope Fitzgerald

Publisher: Flamingo (1995)

The year is 1794 and Fritz, passionate, idealistic and brilliant, is seeking his father’s permission to announce his engagement to his heart’s desire: twelve-year-old Sophie. His astounded family and friends are amused and disturbed by his betrothal. What can he be thinking? Tracing the dramatic early years of the young German who was to become the great romantic poet and philosopher Novalis, ‘The Blue Flower’ is a masterpiece of invention, evoking the past with a reality that we can almost feel.

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The Bodyguard

Author: Robert Tine

Publisher: Signet (1992)

A famous female singer receives death threats and so reluctantly has to hire a bodyguard. Two very different people, at first they are prejudiced against each other, but slowly they learn to respect and love each other.

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The Branded Man

Author: Catherine Cookson

Publisher: Corgi (1997)

Set at the turn of the century in the wilds of Northumberland and in the slums of the East End of London, The Branded Man is the gripping story of Marie Anne, Sarah Foggerty - and the mysterious man who was to influence both their lives.

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The Bridges Of Madison County

Author: Robert James Waller

Publisher: Mandarin Paperbacks (1993)

A man. A woman. The heat of an Iowa summer. And the brief encounter whose passion will last a lifetime.

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The Brightest Star In The Sky

Author: Marian Keyes

Publisher: Penguin Books (2012)

International best-seller Marian Keyes, author of Sushi for Beginners, This Charming Man and the award-winning Anybody Out There, explores love, life and secrets in 'The Brightest Star in the Sky.' And into the busy, bustling homes at 66 Star Street slips, unseen, a mysterious visitor. As the couples, flatmates and repentant singletons of No 66 fall in and out of love, clutch at and drop secrets, laugh, cry and simply try to live, no one suspects the visitor patiently waiting in the wings. For soon, really very soon, everything is going to change . . .

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The Captive

Author: Victoria Holt

Publisher: Grafton Books (1989)

From a shipwreck on a desert island, to the cloistered and exotic intrigues of the harem of a Turkish pasha and a stately and secretive house in Cornwall, Rosetta finds her fate irrevocably linked with the lives of two men.

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The Chocolate Lovers' Christmas

Author: Carole Matthews

Part of a series: Chocolate Lovers' Club

Publisher: Sphere (2015)

Christmas is just around the corner but the women of The Chocolate Lovers' Club have more to worry about than present shopping . . . Lucy loves running Chocolate Heaven but she hasn't spent time with her boyfriend, Aiden, in weeks. And then her ex-fiance turns up and things become even more complicated. Nadia hasn't let herself get close to a man in a long time, yet she can't help feeling drawn to Jacob. Will he be her last chance for a happy ending? Chantal and her husband, Ted, are besotted with their baby daughter Lana - but she's not sure that's enough to base a marriage on. Autumn is dealing with a tragedy that has hit too close to home. But when she doesn't get the support she needs from her fiance, will she look elsewhere for comfort? Can friendship overcome all in . . . The Chocolate Lovers' Christmas.

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