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The Curious Heart Of Ailsa Rae

Author: Stephanie Butland

Publisher: Zaffre Publishing (2018)

Ailsa Rae is learning how to live. She's only a few months past the heart transplant that - just in time - saved her life. Life should be a joyful adventure. But . . . Her relationship with her mother is at breaking point and she wants to find her father. Have her friends left her behind? And she's felt so helpless for so long that she's let polls on her blog make her decisions for her. She barely knows where to start on her own.

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The Dark Pasture

Author: Jessica Stirling

Part of a series: Stalker Family

Publisher: Pan Books (1978)

The final novel in the "Stalker Trilogy", this story is set 17 years after the events of the first two books. During a violent pit strike Neill Stalker is accused of murder, and only one thing can save him, for Neill is the illegitimate son of Drew Stalker, now a wealthy Edinburgh QC.

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The Darker Side Of Paradise

Author: Robyn Donald

Publisher: Mills And Boon (1990)

Saul Jerrard was the key to her dream. A man, they said, who knows his own mind and is about as tough to crack as a granite wall. Surprisingly, Candace's visit to the South Pacific island of Fala'isi was going better than she'd expected. Saul was a charming, attractive man who actually seemed to like her. Yet Candace was uneasy--his reaction could be just a facade to hide a deeper purpose. For she had no idea what Saul had in mind for her immediate future...

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The Devil At Archangel

Author: Sara Craven

Publisher: Mills & Boon (1978)

"You must beware, mademoiselle …." The fortune-teller's ominously harsh voice had sent shivers down Christina's spine. "Beware of the devil at Archangel." The prediction seemed silly when Christina first arrived at the Brandon's beautiful Caribbean plantation. Left without means and a home by her godmother's death, the job at Archangel seemed like a gift from heaven.

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The End Of The Rainbow

Author: Virginia Andrews

Part of a series: Hudson

Publisher: Simon & Schuster (2002)

Fourth novel in the thrilling Hudson series, following the turbulent life of Rain. Rains daughter Summer is about to turn sixteen. All her life, she has lived on the Virginia family estate where the Hudson family's secrets have lurked among the shadows for generations. Like all girls her age, Summer dreams of growing up and making her own life, of falling in love and finding her soulmate. But a devastating tragedy will force Summer to stare into the cold eyes of adulthood long before she is ready, and flee the only place she has ever called home. For Summer is about to discover secrets of her own. Some she will keep. Some she will share. And some will haunt her for the rest of her life.

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The Essex Serpent

Author: Sarah Perry

Publisher: Serpent's Tail (2016)

London 1893. When Cora Seaborne's husband dies, she steps into her new life as a widow with as much relief as sadness: her marriage was not a happy one, and she never suited the role of society wife. Accompanied by her son Francis - a curious, obsessive boy - she leaves town for Essex, where she hopes fresh air and open space will provide the refuge they need. When they take lodgings in Colchester, rumours reach them from further up the estuary that the mythical Essex Serpent, once said to roam the marshes claiming human lives, has returned to the coastal parish of Aldwinter. Cora, a keen amateur naturalist with no patience for religion or superstition, is immediately enthralled, convinced that what the local people think is a magical beast may be a previously undiscovered species. As she sets out on its trail, she is introduced to William Ransome, Aldwinter's vicar. Like Cora, Will is deeply suspicious of the rumours, but he thinks they are founded on moral panic, a flight from real faith. As he tries to calm his parishioners, he and Cora strike up an intense relationship, and although they agree on absolutely nothing, they find themselves inexorably drawn together and torn apart, eventually changing each other's lives in ways entirely unexpected.

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The Flower Arrangement

Author: Ella Griffin

Publisher: Orion Books (2016)

Every bouquet tells a story... And every story begins at Blossom & Grow, a tiny jewel-like flower shop in the heart of Dublin. Here, among the buckets of fragrant blooms, beneath the flickering candles and lanterns, florist Lara works her magic, translating feelings into flower arrangements, changing hearts and lives. Whether its bridal posies, anniversary bouquets or surprise deliveries from secret admirers, Lara arranges the flowers for all manner of life-changing moments. No stranger to heartbreak herself, Lara knows flowers say more than words ever can. But can the flowers that heal the customers work their magic on Lara?

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The Folly Of French Kissing

Author: Carla McKay

Publisher: Gibson Square Fiction (2012)

After finding herself innocently at the centre of a school scandal, teacher and poet Judith Hay decides there is really only one thing she can do, and that is leave Britain. The small village of Vevey in the Languedoc near Montpellier seems the perfect answer: life is still very cheap and the views are pretty. Judith soon finds, however, that despite her attraction to the charming bookseller Gerard, not all is quite as it seems in Vevey. The sunny climate and rural location are magnets for people with things to hide. She is thrust into the role of a modern-day Miss Marple to uncover a terrible secret...

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The Forgotten Village

Author: Lorna Cook

Publisher: Avon (2019)

1943: The world is at war, and the villagers of Tyneham are being asked to make one more sacrifice: to give their homes over to the British army. But on the eve of their departure, a terrible act will cause three of them to disappear forever. 2018: Melissa had hoped a break on the coast of Dorset would rekindle her stagnant relationship, but despite the idyllic scenery, it’s pushing her and Liam to the brink. When Melissa discovers a strange photograph of a woman who once lived in the forgotten local village of Tyneham, she becomes determined to find out more about her story. But Tyneham hides a terrible secret, and Melissa’s search for the truth will change her life in ways she never imagined possible.

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The Foundling

Author: Georgette Heyer

Publisher: Arrow Books Ltd (2004)

Into the room stepped a vision of loveliness. The Duke caught his breath, and stood staring. He was not prepared for anything as superb as this creature who was making his senses swim for a dizzy moment. The Duke swallowed once, and waited. Her melting gaze widened a little as it rested on him, but the lady said nothing. "Did not Mr. Ware promise you marriage, by Jove?" prompted Mr. Liversedge. "Yes," said the vision. "Oh, yes, he said I should have a purple silk dress when we were married." And two large tears welled over, and rolled down her face. "No, no, don't be unhappy Miss" said the Duke, terrified lest she dissolve into tears. "What is your name?" "Belinda," she answered with a look of surprise. "Your surname?" "Oh, I haven't any other name! I'm a foundling." "Have you no "relatives to whom you can turn for help?" "Oh no!" she said, shaking her head so that her golden curls quivered. "Foundlings don't you know." "What in heaven's name am I to do with you?" said the Duke, looking harassed. "You might wish to give me a purple silk dress," she suggested. If the Duke had been dizzy before, his senses now reeled. Some instinct warned him that he beheld Trouble ....

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