Now, even as emily begins to understand each man’s true nature, the bright summer sky is darkened by a new attack. Someone is working hard to ensure that John’s ghost will not be allowed to rest, with terrifying consequences…. When she refuses to follow tradition and join her father’s antiques business – or get married – her parents send her for an ‘improving’ stay with her spinster cousin in the Cotswolds.
But emily arrives to find her cousin’s cottage empty and a criminal at work in the neighbourhood. A deadly scandal still haunts this place – the death of John Langton, the rumour of his hoard of wartime spoils, leaving his older brother to bear the disgrace. An original, summer, authentic period mystery that keeps you guessing, with a strong female protagonist’ Jane Hunt Book ReviewsThe Cotswolds, 1947 In the aftermath of war, Emily Sutton struggles to find her place in a world irrevocably changed by conflict.
In the Shadow of Winter: A gripping historical novel with murder, secrets and forbidden love
But the near-dead man is no stranger and when she recognises Matthew Croft, the old ties of a failed romance tug deeply. Absorbing and chilling, yet tempered with echoes of a lost romance…this story is one of the best I've read this year for its imagery and originality’ Jane Hunt ReviewsSet in the bleak winter of 1947, you will love this compelling drama if you love historical dramas.
The cotswolds, 1947a relentless winter holds post-war Britain in its deadly grip, and Eleanor Phillips rides out from her beleaguered Cotswold farm to rescue a stranger lost in the storm. With a wanted man hidden in her home and stealing back into her heart, eleanor must be on her guard – for the net is closing in on them both and enemies are all around…Praise for In the Shadow of Winter:‘An enchanting debut’ Romance Junkies‘I now have another author to add to my ever growing list of excellent historical fiction writers!’ BitsnBooks‘I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed reading this book…sweet, provocatively steamy, and absolutely swoony’ Feminist Reflections .
Her sweetheart has returned from the war. Suspicion, the police and the panicked flight of a desperate man beat a path to her door.
The War Widow
Labelled a hysterical, grieving divorcée, no one believes she is being pursued by two violent men demanding answers she cannot give. Not the police, and not the guests at the aberystwyth hotel she has come to in an attempt to find out what happened to her charismatic photographer ex-husband, not the doctors, and why her identity – and her life – are now at risk.
Kate can trust no one, adam hitchen, not even the reclusive war-veteran-turned-crime-novelist, a reserved widower and the only source of kindness in a shadowy world of suspicion and fear. And as ghosts old and new rise to haunt her, Kate must rely on all her strength and courage to uncover the shocking truth hidden within a twisted web of lies….
While the bells of a royal wedding peel out to the fading echoes of war, 1947Injured and terrified after an attempted abduction, danger stalks the coastline of Wales…Wales, desperation drives artist Kate Ward to the idyllic scene of her ex-husband’s recent suicide.
Part of the Furniture: A Novel
An elegant, satisfying entertainment. Kirkus reviews . And she soon finds that the strong, handsome widower is more of a friend than she’s ever had and more like family than anyone she’s ever known. Her sad story inspires him to write her a letter of introduction to his family—a caring gesture that will turn out to mean more than she could have imagined.
With nowhere to call home, she seeks out the man’s father, Robert Copplestone, who lives on a quiet Cornwall estate where Juno is able to earn her keep by helping him tend to his animals. But when juno’s fractured past catches up with her, the fragile and unlikely bond Robert and Juno have formed may be in danger of breaking under the strain.
A smart, sharply written novel from a talent whose “fresh and original” works made her one of England’s most beloved authors The New York Times. Abandoned by her mother and betrayed by the men she thought she loved, Juno Marlowe is alone. So alone that when the air raid sirens ring out, she has nowhere to hide until a kind but frail man offers to take her in for the night.
This “heartwarming story of may-december love” is a gentle look at the folly of humanity, weaving a tale of friendship, love, and healing Publishers Weekly.
The House at Tyneford: A Novel
It’s the spring of 1938 and no longer safe to be a Jew in Vienna. But war is coming, and the world is changing. She arrives at tyneford, the great house on the bay, where servants polish silver and serve drinks on the lawn. Fans of kate morton’s the forgotten garden and TV’s Downton Abbey will love this sweeping New York Times bestselling historical novel of love and loss.
The start of an affair, the end of an era. Nineteen-year-old elise landau is forced to leave her glittering life of parties and champagne to become a parlor maid in England. When the master of tyneford’s young son, returns home, Kit, he and Elise strike up an unlikely friendship that will transform Tyneford—and Elise—forever.
Rosalia's Bittersweet Pastry Shop
Yet no one can figure out what makes the cassata so incredibly delicious. Yet their similarities bind them together and will endear them to readers long after the last page is turned. It's a celebration of life, love and unlikely friendship through the eyes of two very different women. As she samples each delectable treat—marzipan fruit, and decadent cakes—Sorella Agata relates the pastry shop’s history and tells of the young woman, rich cream puffs, Rosalia, who inspired her.
Kidnapped and separated from her family, Rosalia is subjected to a terrible ordeal—until the nuns find her. But the convent’s most famous dessert—a cassata cake—is what really intrigues Claudia. Everyone who samples the cake agrees it is like none other they’ve tasted. Bravissima for carissima!" --susan wiggs, # 1 new york times bestselling author"Fantastico! I couldn't put it down!" --Lisa Jackson, # 1 New York Times bestselling authorBella Fortuna"Chiofalo brings the Italian immigrant community and neighborhoods richly to life.
Publishers weekly"Well-drawn characters…A charmer. Bookpage"sometimes tough, family and friendship, always heartfelt and honest, and a zest for cose Italiane!" --Peter Pezzelli, sometimes tender, Bella Fortuna is a lively, finely-stitched tale of life and love, author of Home to Italy . But her heart still aches for the family she lost.
As she heals, she learns the art of pastry making, and soon she even finds love with Antonio—an apprentice in the pastry shop. But when she hears about the remarkable desserts that are created in a pastry shop operated out of a convent in the sleepy Italian hillside town of Santa Lucia del Mela, she wants to write a book featuring the sweets and the story behind their creator—Sorella Agata.
Secrets of a Charmed Life
The author of a bridge across the ocean and the last Year of the War journeys from the present day to World War II England, as two sisters are separated by the chaos of wartime. Current day, Oxford, England. Young american scholar kendra van zant, eager to pursue her vision of a perfect life, interviews Isabel McFarland just when the elderly woman is ready to give up secrets about the war that she has kept for decades.
. Beginning with who she really is. As hitler wages an unprecedented war against London’s civilian population, hundreds of thousands of children are evacuated to foster homes in the rural countryside. Acting at cross purposes just as the Luftwaffe rains down its terrible destruction, the sisters are cruelly separated, and their lives are transformed.
. What kendra receives from Isabel is both a gift and a burden—one that will test her convictions and her heart. But even as fifteen-year-old emmy downtree and her much younger sister Julia find refuge in a charming Cotswold cottage, Emmy’s burning ambition to return to the city and apprentice with a fashion designer pits her against Julia’s profound need for her sister’s presence.
Lisette's List: A Novel
In 1937, andré, young lisette roux and her husband, move from Paris to a village in Provence to care for André’s grandfather Pascal. Learn what makes a painting great. Are abundantly evident in her new novel. The washington post “This historical novel’s. Readers will enjoy lingering in the sun-dappled, fruit-scented Provençal landscape that Vreeland brings to life.
The boston Globe. When war breaks out, andré goes off to the front, but not before hiding Pascal’s paintings to keep them from the Nazis’ reach. Find the paintings in my lifetime. Pascal once worked in the nearby ochre mines and later became a pigment salesman and frame maker; while selling his pigments in Paris, he befriended Pissarro and Cézanne, some of whose paintings he received in trade for his frames.
Her search takes her through the stunning french countryside, her neighbors, where she befriends Marc and Bella Chagall, and acquaints her with the land, who are in hiding before their flight to America, and even herself in ways she never dreamed possible. Tiffany, comes a richly imagined story of a woman’s awakening in the south of Vichy France—to the power of art, to the beauty of provincial life, and to love in the midst of war.
Inspired by pascal’s advice to “Do the important things first, ” Lisette begins a list of vows to herself #4.
The Silent Woman: The USA TODAY BESTSELLER - a gripping historical fiction Cat Carlisle, Book 1
Someone is selling secrets to the other side, and the evidence seems to point right at her. Can she clear her name before it’s too late? She sees no way out… that is until a trusted friend asks her to switch her husband’s papers in a desperate bid to confuse the Germans. Soon catherine finds herself caught up in a deadly mixture of espionage and murder.
Would you sell your secrets?Catherine Carlisle is trapped in a loveless marriage and the threat of World War Two is looming.
Murder in Mayfair: An Atlas Catesby Mystery
In order to save her from being violated by another potential buyer, Lilliana, Atlas purchases the lady, on the spot to set her free. But his plans are derailed when, passing through a country village, he discovers a helpless woman being auctioned off to the highest bidder--by her husband. M. But lilliana, desperate to be with her young sons and knowing the laws of England give a father all parental rights, refuses to be rescued--until weeks later when her husband is murdered and Atlas is the only one who can help clear her name of the crime.
A library journal best book of the year!in 1814, atlas catesby, a brilliant adventurer and youngest son of a baron, is anxious to resume his world travels after being injured in a carriage accident in London. Fortunately, atlas is a master at solving complicated puzzles, with games as well as the intricacies of human motivation, and finds himself uniquely suited to the task, despite the personal peril it may put him in.
. But soon altas learns the dead man had many secrets--and more than a few enemies willing to kill to keep them quiet--in Murder in Mayfair, the first in a new historical mystery series by D. Quincy.
The Italian House: A gripping story of passion and family secrets
But what of her husband? and is leo really who he appears to be?praise for the italian house‘A wonderfully rich web of intrigue and romance, love and betrayal … I couldn’t put the book down’ Barbara Erskine‘Beautifully written’ Woman and Home‘A smashing storyteller’ Irish Times. A young man is there before her, an enigmatic figure from the past: her cousin Leo, who had been missing for years, believed dead.
As carrie reads the secrets of her grandmother’s diaries and the enchantment of the house exerts itself, Carrie finds herself irresistibly drawn to him. It could be her only escape from the mundane and suffocating routine of life with Arthur, her repressive husband. Arriving late at night and in the midst of a violent storm, she discovers that she is not alone.
For readers of santa montefiore and victoria hislop, a gripping story of passion and family secrets set in a glorious Tuscan villaWhen Carrie Stowe unexpectedly inherits her eccentric grandmother’s Italian villa, she sets her heart on going to Tuscany.