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General fiction new titles

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Want to try something new? Here's a good mix of the most recent general fiction titles in book, large print or audio CD. This list updates when we add new titles to our collection.

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The Hop  by Diana Clarke

The Hop

Diana Clarke

Book

"[T]he story of a poor scrappy girl from rural New Zealand who grows reluctantly into a sex icon, the face of a movement, and a mother, all at the same time. Kate Burns grows up wanting attention from her Ma, but her Ma wants only money and Kate learns...

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Silver sparrow by Tayari Jones

Silver sparrow

Tayari Jones

Audio CD

"With the opening line of Silver Sparrow - My father, James Witherspoon, is a bigamist - author Tayari Jones unveils a breathtaking story about a man's deception, a family's complicity, and two teenage girls caught in the middle. Set in a middle-clas...

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Stronger than skin by Stephen May

Stronger than skin

Stephen May

Audio CD

"Mark Chadwick is cycling home from work, eager to get back to his pregnant wife Katy and two children, when he sees the police calling at his house. He knows exactly why they are there and he knows that the world he has carefully constructed over tw...

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Time's echo by Pamela Hartshorne

Time's echo

Pamela Hartshorne

Audio CD

"York, 1577: Hawise Aske smiles at a stranger in the market, and sets in train a story of obsession and sibling jealousy, of love and hate and warped desire. Drowned as a witch, Hawise pays a high price for that smile. Four and a half centuries later,...

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Dr Mukti and other tales of woe by Will Self

Dr Mukti and other tales of woe

Will Self

Audio CD

"Shiva Mukti is a hardworking and conscientious psychiatrist, who, in the inauspicious surroundings of St Mungo's - a central London hospital of more than average decrepitude - does his level best to staunch the flow of mental illness. But Mukti is not...

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After the peace by Fay Weldon

After the peace

Fay Weldon

Audio CD

"How many parents does it take to make a baby? In the case of Rosalind Melrose Smithson it took four: one birth mother; one legal father; one interfering neighbour and one turkey baster filled with the defrosted essence of an anonymous donor. Or not ...

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Secrets and sins by Lizzie Lane

Secrets and sins

Lizzie Lane

Large Print

1913 Lydia Miller, daughter of a German doctor, is training to become a nurse when she first meets debonair Robert Ravening, the nephew of a Lord and a keen aviator and promptly falls in love. When the Great War begins in 1914, Robert enlists with the...

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The variety girls by Tracy Baines

The variety girls

Tracy Baines

Large Print

A brand new series full of friendship, singing and laughter as war looms... Cleethorpes 1939. With the country teetering on the brink of war everyone faces an uncertain future. Destitute after the tragic death of her father, aspiring singer Jessie Delaney...

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How to save a life by Clare Swatman

How to save a life

Clare Swatman

Large Print

One night in December, twenty-two year old Ted Green makes his way to Waterloo Bridge determined to end his life. Lonely, despairing and utterly hopeless, it seems the only choice to make. That same night in December, Marianne Cooper is running away from...

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Coronation wives by Lizzie Lane

Coronation wives

Lizzie Lane

Large Print

It's 1953. Coronation Year. While Bristol is still recovering from the aftermath of the war, three very different women are counting the cost. Polly longs for an easier, more glamorous life, but with her irrepressible young daughter and her charming -...

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A wartime wife by Lizzie Lane

A wartime wife

Lizzie Lane

Large Print

Trapped in a marriage to the wrong man... Struggling to make ends meet, Mary Anne Randall is offered no help by her drunk and abusive husband. A pawnbroking business run from the wash house at the back of her home is the only way she can hope to keep...

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Chasing dreams at Hedgehog Hollow by Jessica Redland

Chasing dreams at Hedgehog Hollow

Jessica Redland

Large Print

Samantha has a secret. Returning home from her dream honeymoon to the normality of running her beloved Hedgehog Hollow rescue centre, she's ready for the next chapter of her life with Josh. Or is she? Samantha is hiding something which could forever change...

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Happy is on hiatus  by A. C. (Artist C.) Arthur

Happy is on hiatus

A. C. (Artist C.) Arthur

Book

"When Rita McCall's twenty-three-year marriage goes up in flames, she leans on her cousins--and best friends--Sharae and Jemel for support. But they have issues going on in their own lives, too. And with the cousins at life-changing crossroads, it will...

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The Slow Lane Walkers Club  by Rosa Temple

The Slow Lane Walkers Club

Rosa Temple

Book

"Daniel isn't used to living life in the slow lane. So when he finds himself unexpectedly jobless and back in his old Cornish hometown, he can't sit still. Hazel used to be adventurous too. But now widowed and in her eighties, she barely leaves the house....

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I'll be seeing you  by Robin Lee Hatcher

I'll be seeing you

Robin Lee Hatcher

Book

"Brianna Hastings's life seems dull and full of disappointment until a handsome young man visits her church. She's instantly smitten by the charming Greg, who leads an exciting, independent life - the kind of life she longs for. But when a college hi...

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Just for today  by Nell Hudson

Just for today

Nell Hudson

Book

"The party has to end some time For Joni and her friends. London is a playground. While she adores the two young children she nannies by day, it's the nights she lives for: boozy al-fresco dinners, sneaking into private clubs, moonlit strolls on Hamp...

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An exciting and vivid inner life  by Paul Dalla Rosa

An exciting and vivid inner life

Paul Dalla Rosa

Book

"Whether working in food service or in high-end retail, lit by a laptop in a sex chat or by the camera of an acclaimed film director, sharing a dangerous apartment in the city, a rooming house in China or a vacation rental in Mallorca, the protagonists...

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Thea and Denise  by Caroline Bond

Thea and Denise

Caroline Bond

Book

"Thea is confident, sorted, determined to have fun, but there are sorrows beneath the surface of her life. Denise is struggling under the weight of her many commitments and in desperate need of some excitement. When these polar opposites meet, and un...

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Vacationland  by Meg Mitchell Moore

Vacationland

Meg Mitchell Moore

Book

"Louisa has come to her parents' house in Maine this summer with all three of her kids, a barely written book, and a trunkful of resentment. Left behind in Brooklyn is her husband, who has promised that after this final round of fundraising at his startup...

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The seaplane on final approach  by Rebecca Rukeyser

The seaplane on final approach

Rebecca Rukeyser

Book

"Tourists arrive all summer, by boat or seaplane, at Lew and Maureen Jenkins's Lavender Island Wilderness Lodge in the Kodiak Archipelago, expecting adventure. But the spontaneity of their authentic 'Alaskan wilderness' experience is meticulously scr...

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It all comes down to this  by Therese Fowler

It all comes down to this

Therese Fowler

Book

"Meet the Geller sisters: Beck, Claire, and Sophie, a trio of strong-minded women whose pragmatic, widowed mother, Marti, will be dying soon and taking her secrets with her. Marti has ensured that her modest estate is easy for her family to deal with...

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These impossible things  by Salma El-Wardany

These impossible things

Salma El-Wardany

Book

"They recognized that they were all existing in a perfect moment, and eventually it would have to end. Other times it felt like it would always be this way. These Impossible Things charts the dreams and disappointments of a group of British Muslim wo...

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Ghost lover  by Lisa Taddeo

Ghost lover

Lisa Taddeo

Book

"Behind anonymous screens, an army of cool and beautiful girls manage the dating service Ghost Lover, a forwarding system for text messages that promises to spare you the anguish of trying to stay composed while communicating with your crush. At a st...

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Sleeping alone  by Ru Freeman

Sleeping alone

Ru Freeman

Book

"In this collection of rich and textured stories about crossing borders, both real and imagined, Sleeping Alone asks one of the fundamental questions of our times: What is the toll of feeling foreign in one's land, to others, or even to oneself? A cast...

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Life before us  by Roisin Meaney

Life before us

Roisin Meaney

Book

"Meet George and Alice... Three facts about George: His daughter Suzi is the best thing in his life. His job teaching in the local primary school comes a close second. He's never tried online dating but there's a first time for everything. Three facts...

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Summer love by Nancy Thayer

Summer love

Nancy Thayer

Large Print

"When four strangers rent bargain-basement rooms in an old hotel near the beach, they embark on the summer of their lives. First there's Ariel Spencer, who has big dreams of becoming a writer and is looking for inspiration in Nantucket's high society....

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Summer at the Cape by RaeAnne Thayne

Summer at the Cape

RaeAnne Thayne

Large Print

"As the older sibling to identical twins Violet and Lily, Cami Porter was always the odd sister out. The divide grew even wider when their parents split up--while the twins stayed in Cape Sanctuary with their free-spirited mother, Rosemary, fourteen-...

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Marrying the ketchups by Jennifer Close

Marrying the ketchups

Jennifer Close

Large Print

"An irresistible comedy of manners about three generations of a Chicago restaurant family and the private jokes, ancient grudges, broken hearts, and deep, abiding love that feeds them all. Here are the three things the Sullivan family knows to be true:...

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The Hotel Nantucket by Elin Hilderbrand

The Hotel Nantucket

Elin Hilderbrand

Audio CD

"Fresh off a bad breakup with a longtime boyfriend, Nantucket sweetheart Lizbet Keaton is desperately seeking a second act. When she's named the new general manager of the Hotel Nantucket, a once Gilded Age gem turned abandoned eyesore, she hopes that...

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The Baxters by Karen Kingsbury

The Baxters

Karen Kingsbury

Large Print

"A terrible storm builds in the morning sky over Bloomington, Indiana, as Elizabeth Baxter prepares to celebrate her daughter Kari's wedding to Tim Jacobs. Elizabeth can't shake a growing sense that something bad is about to happen. In the midst of the...

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The lifeguards by Amanda Eyre Ward

The lifeguards

Amanda Eyre Ward

Large Print

"The bonds between three picture-perfect, viciously protective mothers are tested when their sons uncover a horrible crime. In Austin's Zilker Park, vigilance and money are enough to keep one insulated from the world's problems and inconveniences. Here,...

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Take my hand by Dolen Perkins-Valdez

Take my hand

Dolen Perkins-Valdez

Large Print

"Inspired by true events that rocked the nation, a profoundly moving novel about a Black nurse in post-segregation Alabama who blows the whistle on a terrible wrong done to her patients, from the New York Times bestselling author of Wench. Montgomery,...

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The last house on the street by Diane Chamberlain

The last house on the street

Diane Chamberlain

Large Print

"1965 Growing up in the well-to-do town of Round Hill, North Carolina, Ellie Hockley was raised to be a certain type of proper Southern lady. Enrolled in college and all but engaged to a bank manager, Ellie isn't as committed to her expected future as...

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Mister N  by Najwá Barakāt

Mister N

Najwá Barakāt

Book

"Modern-day Beirut is seen through the eyes of a failed writer, the eponymous Mister N. He has left his comfortable apartment and checked himself into a hotel -- he thinks. Certainly, they take good care of him there. Meanwhile, on the streets below,...

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Heartcross Castle  by Christie Barlow

Heartcross Castle

Christie Barlow

Book

"When Old man Marley, the current owner of Heartcross Castle, dies leaving the beautiful but crumbling estate to his young granddaughter, as a single mum of three, Grace has no idea what she's going to do with it! But who can say no to a roof over her...

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Basin  by Scott McCulloch

Basin

Scott McCulloch

Book

"A dark and compelling work by a new voice in Australian - and world - literary fiction. A nomad swallows poison and drowns himself. Resuscitated by a paramilitary bandit named Aslan, Figure is nursed back into a world of violence, sexuality and deme...

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Keeping in touch  by Anjali Joseph

Keeping in touch

Anjali Joseph

Book

"Meet Ved, a British investor heading back to his Indian roots with a business proposition - a lightbulb called the Everlasting Lucifer. Meet Keteki, an art curator with a nomadic lifestyle, on her way home to Assam. In Heathrow airport, on the way to...

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Bone memories  by Sally Piper

Bone memories

Sally Piper

Book

"This third novel from acclaimed Queensland author Sally Piper focuses on the repercussions, within one family, of a terrible crime. Even though sixteen years have passed, Billie will never recover from the murder of her daughter, Jess, and clings to...

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Bad relations  by Cressida Connolly

Bad relations

Cressida Connolly

Book

"BAD RELATIONS tells the story of a family fractured by history, geography and desire. On the battlefields of the Crimea, William Gale cradles the still-warm body of his brother. William's experience of war is to bring about a change in him that will...

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The boyfriend  by Michelle Frances

The boyfriend

Michelle Frances

Book

"Amy is fiercely independent, with a high-powered career, a flat of her own and tight-knit friendships. But as she approaches her thirtieth birthday, she can't help but rue the one thing she doesn't have - a relationship. When Amy comes around following...

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The schoolhouse  by Sophie Ward

The schoolhouse

Sophie Ward

Book

"Isobel lives an isolated life in North London, working at a nearby library. She feels safe if she keeps to her routines and doesn't let her thoughts stray too far into the past. But a newspaper photograph of a missing local schoolgirl and a letter from...

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Six days in Rome  by Francesca Giacco

Six days in Rome

Francesca Giacco

Book

"A young artist travels to Rome to heal a broken heart in this visceral, decadent and deeply evocative debut novel. Emilia arrives in Rome reeling from heartbreak. What was supposed to be a romantic trip has, with the sudden end of her relationship, become...

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How to be eaten  by Maria Adelmann

How to be eaten

Maria Adelmann

Book

"In present-day New York City, five women meet in a basement support group to process their traumas. Bernice grapples with the fallout of dating a psychopathic, blue-bearded billionaire. Ruby, once devoured by a wolf, now wears him as a coat. Gretel ...

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Just by looking at him  by Ryan O'Connell

Just by looking at him

Ryan O'Connell

Book

"From the first line of Just by Looking at Him, you'll know this story is so much more than boy meets boy. First, there's the humor. Elliot is a writer who spends his days navigating the back stabbing, the pressure, and the day to day snark of writin...

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Release  by Lucy Christopher

Release

Lucy Christopher

Book

"Ten years ago, sixteen-year-old Gemma Toombs was kidnapped from Bangkok Airport by an infatuated drifter, Tyler MacFarlane, who took her to a secret den in the Australian desert. Now her name is Kate Stone and it's her turn to confront Ty and try to...

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The long weekend by Fiona (Romance fiction writer) author. Palmer

The long weekend

Fiona (Romance fiction writer) author....

Large Print

Coming together for a writing workshop with bestselling author Jan Goldstein, four strangers converge upon a luxury forest retreat. But along with their notepads and laptops, each of the participants has brought some emotional baggage. Beth is a solo...

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Addressed to Greta by Fiona Sussman

Addressed to Greta

Fiona Sussman

Large Print

Greta Jellings blushes and bumbles her way through her carefully ordered existence, forever constrained by what her mother would have said and done. NO EXPECTATION, NO DISAPPOINTMENT was one of her mother's mantras, and it has served Greta well too. But...

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A time to remember by Josephine Cox

A time to remember

Josephine Cox

Large Print

Maureen Bancroft has never learned the art of putting herself first. As a widow with a gentle temperament and humble ways, she's been easy to take advantage of. All that changes when an unexpected windfall comes her way. Determined to make up for lost...

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Stepping up by Sarah Turner

Stepping up

Sarah Turner

Large Print

Beth has never stuck at anything. She's quit more jobs and relationships than she can remember. Its not that she hasn't TRIED to grow up; it's just that the only commitment she's held down so far is Friday drinks at the village pub. Then, in the space...

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The Hotel Nantucket by Elin Hilderbrand

The Hotel Nantucket

Elin Hilderbrand

Large Print

"Fresh off a bad breakup with a longtime boyfriend, Nantucket sweetheart Lizbet Keaton is desperately seeking a second act. When she's named the new general manager of the Hotel Nantucket, a once Gilded Age gem turned abandoned eyesore, she hopes that...

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Ungrateful  by Angela Chadwick

Ungrateful

Angela Chadwick

Book

"Can you ever let go of your past? Cat knows she should be more grateful for her partner James. As a young woman struggling to care for her alcoholic mother, he whisked her away from her council estate home and offered her a taste of middle-class comfort....

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The people's princess  by Flora Harding

The people's princess

Flora Harding

Book

"Buckingham Palace, 1981. Her engagement to Prince Charles is a dream come true for Lady Diana Spencer but marrying the heir to the throne is not all that it seems. Alone and bored in the palace, she resents the stuffy courtiers who are intent on ins...

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Meredith, alone  by Claire Alexander

Meredith, alone

Claire Alexander

Book

"Meredith Maggs hasn't left her house in 1,214 days. But she insists she isn't alone. . . She has her cat Fred. Her friend Sadie visits when she can. There's her online support group, StrengthInNumbers. She has her jigsaws, favourite recipes, her beloved...

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Black cake by Charmaine Wilkerson

Black cake

Charmaine Wilkerson

Large Print

"Eleanor Bennett won't let her own death get in the way of the truth. So when her estranged children - Byron and Benny - reunite for her funeral in California, they discover a puzzling inheritance. First, a voice recording in which everything Byron and...

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Gilt  by Jamie Brenner

Gilt

Jamie Brenner

Book

"One perfect diamond is all it takes to divide a family. Could one summer be enough to fix it? The Pavlin family built an empire on love. As the first jewelers to sell diamond rings exclusively for proposals, they started a tradition that has defined...

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Lucie Yi is not a romantic  by Lauren Ho

Lucie Yi is not a romantic

Lauren Ho

Book

"Management consultant Lucie Yi is done waiting for Mr. Right. After a harrowing breakup foiled her plans for children--and drove her to a meltdown in a Tribeca baby store--she's ready to take matters into her own hands. She signs up for an elective....

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The last dress from Paris  by Jade Beer

The last dress from Paris

Jade Beer

Book

"The secret is hidden within a collection of Dior dresses.... London, 2017. There's no one Lucille loves more than her grandmother (not even her mother, she's ashamed to say). So when her beloved Granny Sylvie asks Lucille to help secure the return o...

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Jobs for girls with artistic flair  by June Gervais

Jobs for girls with artistic flair

June Gervais

Book

"An uplifting, feminist coming-of-age love story about a young woman who dreams of becoming a tattoo artist, and living life on her own terms. Introvert Gina Mulley is determined to become a tattoo artist, and to find somewhere she belongs in her con...

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The catch  by Alison Fairbrother

The catch

Alison Fairbrother

Book

"Twentysomething Ellie thought she was her father's favorite child; she was sure he would leave her his most prized possession, a baseball with which they played catch, and which sat on his desk, as a kind of inspiration: her poet father's most famous...

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The lobster's shell  by Caroline Albertine Minor

The lobster's shell

Caroline Albertine Minor

Book

"A complex tale of family mythology and regret, The Lobster's Shell is the story of three orphaned siblings, now in their thirties and forties; their attempts at connection, their failures and frustrations. Over the years their differences have driven...

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It could never happen here  by Eithne Shortall

It could never happen here

Eithne Shortall

Book

"Beverley Franklin will do whatever it takes to protect her local school's reputation. So when a scandal involving her own daughter threatens to derail the annual school musical's appearance on national television, Beverley goes into overdrive. But in...

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Be here to love me at the end of the world  by Sasha Fletcher

Be here to love me at the end of the world

Sasha Fletcher

Book

" It's Brooklyn. It's winter. It's so cold outside you could execute billionaires in the street about it. Sam lives with Eleanor and they are in love. He has three or four outstanding invoices that would each cover rent for a month. At some point, th...

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Protection  by Paul Hersey

Protection

Paul Hersey

Book

"Running away is Jase's answer to everything: having to compete against his older brother Duncan; avoiding a growing love for his friend Kate; facing his fear of climbing in the mountains close to home. One of these days Jase will have to stop running....

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Actuary  by K. T. Bowes

Actuary

K. T. Bowes

Book

"Rohan Andreyev is an actuary. Some actuaries sit in an office and calculate risk. Others hunt down the risk and eliminate it for a fee. It’s the sinister side of loss adjusting. It’s the part he likes most. Emma is the risk he didn’t eliminate and when...

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The Du Rose prophecy  by K. T. Bowes

The Du Rose prophecy

K. T. Bowes

Book

"A prophecy in the making. History for the taking. And disaster beckons the sons of an ancient family. Decades ago on a mountain in New Zealand, a rich landowner sat with her grandson and told him the stories of his people. She prophesied he would be...

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One heartbeat  by K. T. Bowes

One heartbeat

K. T. Bowes

Book

"One chance. One life. One heartbeat away from eternity. A face from the past disturbs Hana’s second chance at love, pitching her backwards as her old life bleeds into the new. She's forced to deal with buried hurts and learn that forgiveness is a two...

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Wiremu Du Rose  by K. T. Bowes

Wiremu Du Rose

K. T. Bowes

Book

"Wiremu flees the restrictions of the Du Roses and strikes out on his own. He’s formulated a plan to get what he wants and believes nothing can stand in his way. But the small New Zealand town he arrives at has secrets buried in the soil. One man is...

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Rainbow milk by Paul Mendez

Rainbow milk

Paul Mendez

Large Print

"In the 1950s, ex-boxer Norman Alonso is a determined and humble Jamaican who has immigrated to Britain with his wife and children to secure a brighter future. Blighted with unexpected illness and racism, Norman and his family are resilient, but are all...

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With teeth by Kristen Arnett

With teeth

Kristen Arnett

Large Print

"If she's being honest, Sammie Lucas is scared of her son. Working from home in the close quarters of their Florida house, she lives with one wary eye peeled on Samson, a sullen, unknowable boy who resists her every attempt to bond with him. Uncertain...

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The dilemma by B. A. Paris

The dilemma

B. A. Paris

Large Print

"It's Livia's 40th birthday and she's having the party of a lifetime to make up for the wedding she never had. Everyone she loves will be there except her daughter Marnie, who's studying abroad. But although Livia loves Marnie, she's secretly glad she...

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The silent treatment by Abbie Greaves

The silent treatment

Abbie Greaves

Large Print

"By all appearances, Frank and Maggie share a happy, loving marriage. But for the past six months, they have not spoken. Not a sentence, not a single word. Maggie isn't sure what, exactly, provoked Frank's silence, though she has a few ideas ... Then...

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Apartment by Teddy Wayne

Apartment

Teddy Wayne

Large Print

"In 1996, the unnamed narrator of Teddy Wayne's "Apartment" is attending the MFA writing program at Columbia on his father's dime and living in an illegal sublet of a rent-stabilized apartment. Feeling guilty about his good fortune, he offers his spare...

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Ellie's redemption by Molly Jebber

Ellie's redemption

Molly Jebber

Large Print

"Ellie Graber couldn't be happier working at Amish Charm - and making good on a precious chance to reunite with her Amish community. Grief over her mother's death made her rebel and try the Englischer world, but now she's home to start again. And qui...

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Little gods by Meng Jin

Little gods

Meng Jin

Large Print

"On the night of June Fourth, a woman gives birth in a Beijing hospital alone. Thus begins the unraveling of Su Lan, a brilliant physicist who until this moment has successfully erased her past, fighting what she calls the mind's arrow of time. When Su...

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Loving Jenna by Amy Lillard

Loving Jenna

Amy Lillard

Large Print

"Jenna Burkhart is tired of being "special" and hearing about what she can't do. Even though she suffered a head injury in a childhood swimming accident, she wants a life of her own just like any Amish woman. But now that she, her mamm, and her mammi...

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We were never friends by Margaret Bearman

We were never friends

Margaret Bearman

Audio CD

"Lotti Coates lives in the shadow of a genius: her father George is a brilliant and celebrated Australian painter. When Lotti meets the outcast waif Kyla at a suburban Canberra school, two worlds are set to collide. Slowly Kyla is drawn into the orbit...

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Where are we now? by Glenn Patterson

Where are we now?

Glenn Patterson

Audio CD

"When he unexpectedly loses his job, Herbie struggles to find new meaning. His wife, the great love of his life, has long left him for a Southerner, and his daughter has fled Belfast for London in search of work and an easier life. But a local cafe under...

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The woman at 72 Derry Lane by Carmel Harrington

The woman at 72 Derry Lane

Carmel Harrington

Audio CD

"Set on a beautiful leafy street in Dublin, the novel explores the unlikely friendship between two neighbours. Beautiful, serene Stella, who appears to have it all, and gruff, bad-tempered Rea, who seems to have lost it all - including her marbles if...

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The secret years by Barbara Hannay

The secret years

Barbara Hannay

Audio CD

"Some family secrets are best set free. When Lucy Hunter stumbles upon her grandfather Harry's World War II memorabilia, she finds a faded photograph of a stunning young woman known simply as 'George' and a series of heartfelt letters. They are clues...

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Rivals by Jilly Cooper

Rivals

Jilly Cooper

Audio CD

"Into the cut-throat world of Corinium television comes mega-star Declan O'Hara. Declan soon realises that the Managing Director, Lord Baddingham, has recruited him merely to help retain the franchise for Corinium. Baddingham has also enticed Cameron...

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The secret recipe for second chances by J. D. Barrett

The secret recipe for second chances

J. D. Barrett

Audio CD

"Lucy Muir is leaving her husband. It's complicated. They're joint owners and chefs at one of the best restaurants in town, so making a clean break is tough. But, let's face it, a woman can only take so much cheating, recipe stealing and lack of good...

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Poly by Paul Dalgarno

Poly

Paul Dalgarno

Audio CD

"Chris Flood - a married father of 2 with plummeting self-esteem and questionable guitar skills - suddenly finds himself in the depths of polyamory after years of a near-sexless marriage. His wife, Sarah - a lover of the arts, avid quoter of Rumi, and...

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New animal by Ella Baxter

New animal

Ella Baxter

Audio CD

"It's not easy getting close to people. Amelia's meeting a lot of men but once she gets the sex she wants from them, that's it for her; she can't connect further. A terrible thing happened to Daniel last year and it's stuck inside Amelia ever since, making...

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The Morbids by Ewa Ramsey

The Morbids

Ewa Ramsey

Audio CD

"Caitlan is convinced she's going to die. Two years ago she was a normal 20-something with a blossoming career and a plan to go travelling with her best friend, until a fatal car accident left her with a deep, unshakeable understanding that she's only...

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Little eyes by Samanta Schweblin

Little eyes

Samanta Schweblin

Audio CD

"They look harmless enough: you could even call them cute. A cuddly panda, a brightly-coloured dragon, a miniature crow. They're part of the latest craze exploding from Croatia to Norway to Brazil: they are 'Kentukis'. Not quite a phone, not quite a toy,...

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If the creek don't rise by Leah Weiss

If the creek don't rise

Leah Weiss

Audio CD

"Sadie Blue has been a wife for fifteen days. That's long enough to know she should have never hitched herself to Roy Tupkin, even with the baby. Sadie is desperate to make her own mark on the world, but in remote Appalachia, a ticket out of town is hard...

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Ishmael's oranges by Claire Hajaj

Ishmael's oranges

Claire Hajaj

Audio CD

"It's April 1948, and war hangs over Jaffa. One minute, seven-year-old Salim is dreaming of taking his first harvest from the family's orange tree; the next he is swept away into a life of exile and rage. Seeking a new beginning in swinging 60s London,...

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History of wolves by Emily Fridlund

History of wolves

Emily Fridlund

Audio CD

"Linda has an idiosyncratic home life: her parents live in abandoned commune cabins in northern Minnesota and are hanging on to the last vestiges of a faded counter-culture world. Her understanding of the world comes from her observations at school and...

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Hitler's brothel by Steve Matthews

Hitler's brothel

Steve Matthews

Audio CD

"Two sisters are brutally separated by war in tragic circumstances. Ania is imprisoned and forced to endure the atrocities of a Nazi concentration camp. Danuta's search for her sister leads her into the dangers of the Polish Underground. Each will do...

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The house of secrets by Sarra Manning

The house of secrets

Sarra Manning

Audio CD

"Zoe and Win are trying to move forward with their marriage and put the raw memories of a recent tragedy behind them. Their move into an almost derelict house in suburban London is the first step to moving on. Then Zoe finds an old suitcase full of l...

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The Golden Age by Joan London

The Golden Age

Joan London

Audio CD

"'The Golden Age' is an immensely satisfying and generous story about displacement, recovery, resilience, and love. 13 year old Frank Gold's family has escaped from Hungary and the perils of World War II to the safety of Australia, but not long after...

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The grass is greener by Loretta Hill

The grass is greener

Loretta Hill

Audio CD

"For generations Bronwyn Eddings's family has thrived in the legal profession and a position at their prestigious firm is hers by right. Only problem is: she does not want it. Her best friend Claudia has always dreamed of being a lawyer, but tragedy struck...

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Girl by Edna O'Brien

Girl

Edna O'Brien

Audio CD

"Captured, abducted and married into Boko Haram, the narrator of this story witnesses and suffers the horrors of a community of men governed by a brutal code of violence. Barely more than a girl herself, she must learn how to survive as a woman with a...

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Find me by André Aciman

Find me

André Aciman

Audio CD

"In this exploration of the varieties of love, the author of 'Call Me by Your Name' lets us back into his characters' lives years after their first meeting. In 'Find Me', Aciman shows us Elio's father, Samuel, on a trip from Florence to Rome to visit...

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Flames by Robbie Arnott

Flames

Robbie Arnott

Audio CD

"It starts with a fisherman hunting for tuna, his sidekick a young seal as fast as quicksilver, a relationship forged in blood and fishmeat, but broken by the black heft of the sea; then a young man whose mother burned up outside, the scorch marks still...

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Everything in its right place by Tobias McCorkell

Everything in its right place

Tobias McCorkell

Audio CD

"Ford McCullen is growing up with his mother Deidre and his Pop and Noonie in 'The Compound', a pair of units in the shadow of Pentridge prison. His father, Robert, has left them to live in the bush with his new male partner. When Ford's paternal gra...

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Exploded view by Carrie Tiffany

Exploded view

Carrie Tiffany

Audio CD

"In the late 1970s, in the forgotten outer suburbs, a girl has her hands in the engine of a Holden. A sinister new man has joined the family. He works as a mechanic and operates an unlicensed repair shop at the back of their block. The family is under...

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The deceptions by Suzanne Leal

The deceptions

Suzanne Leal

Audio CD

"Prague, 1943. Taken from her home in Prague, Hana Lederova finds herself imprisoned in the Jewish ghetto of Theresienstadt, where she is forced to endure appalling deprivation and the imminent threat of transportation to the east. When she attracts ...

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Confession with blue horses by Sophie Hardach

Confession with blue horses

Sophie Hardach

Audio CD

"Tobi and Ella's childhood in East Berlin is shrouded in mystery. Now adults living in London, their past is full of unanswered questions. Both remember their family's daring and terrifying attempt to escape, which ended in tragedy; but the fall-out from...

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The breeding season by Amanda Niehaus

The breeding season

Amanda Niehaus

Audio CD

"The rains come to Brisbane just as Elise and Dan descend into grief. Elise, a scientist, believes that isolation and punishing fieldwork will heal her pain. Her husband Dan, a writer, questions the truths of his life, and looks to art for answers. W...

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Wild women and the blues by Denny S. Bryce

Wild women and the blues

Denny S. Bryce

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"1925. Chicago is the jazz capital of the world, and the Dreamland Cafe is the ritziest black-and-tan club in town. Honoree Dalcour is a sharecropper's daughter, willing to work hard and dance every night on her way to the top. Dreamland offers a path...

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Love in a time of war by Adrienne Chinn

Love in a time of war

Adrienne Chinn

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"In 1913, in a quiet corner of London, the three Fry sisters are coming of age, dreaming of all the possibilities the bright future offers. But when war erupts their innocence is shattered and a new era of uncertainty begins. Cecelia loves Max but hi...

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The Dig Street Festival by Chris Walsh

The Dig Street Festival

Chris Walsh

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"2006. The UK's pub smoking ban is about to happen, and 38 1/2 year old John Torrington, a mopper and trolley collector at his local DIY store, is secretly in love with the stylish, beautiful, and middle class barmaid Lois. John and his hapless, strange,...

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Secrets between friends by Fiona (Romance fiction writer) Palmer

Secrets between friends

Fiona (Romance fiction writer) Palm...

Audio CD

"Best friends Abbie, Jess and Ricki are setting sail on a cruise ship, but are they prepared for what this voyage will reveal? Ricki, a dedicated nurse, harbours a dream she hasn't chased and questions if she's stuck in a rut. Abbie had it all: a career,...

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Gravity is the thing by Jaclyn Moriarty

Gravity is the thing

Jaclyn Moriarty

Audio CD

"Abigail Sorensen has spent her life trying to unwrap the events of 1990. It was the year she started receiving random chapters from a self-help book called The Guidebook in the post. It was also the year Robert, her brother, disappeared on the eve of...

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Beautiful revolutionary by Laura Elizabeth Woollett

Beautiful revolutionary

Laura Elizabeth Woollett

Audio CD

"Following her conscientious-objector husband Lenny to the rural eden of Evergreen Valey, California, Evelyn Lynden wants to be happy with their new life. Yet she finds herself disillusioned with Lenny's passive ways - and anxious for a saviour. Enter...

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Tiny white lies by Fiona (Romance fiction writer) Palmer

Tiny white lies

Fiona (Romance fiction writer) Palm...

Audio CD

"Ashley has recently lost her husband. Daughter Emily is being bullied online. Best friend Nikki is holding a huge secret. And why is husband, Chris, receiving so many text messages lately? Their teenage children are glued to technology, be it PlaySt...

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Suture  by Nic Brewer

Suture

Nic Brewer

Book

"To make her films, Eva must take out her eyes and use them as batteries. To make her art, Finn must cut open her chest and remove her lungs and heart. To write her novels, Grace must use her blood to power the word processor. Suture shares three int...

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Love lessons in Starcross Valley by Lucy Knott

Love lessons in Starcross Valley

Lucy Knott

Audio CD

"Back in England after a trip to Canada to recover from the breakdown of her relationship, Marnie bumps into someone achingly familiar. As she navigates her new feelings, takes chances and makes the first move for the first time in her life, can she regain...

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Family matters by Ellie O'Neill

Family matters

Ellie O'Neill

Audio CD

"For the first time in her 79 years, Evie McCarthy is plagued by the smell of roses. Death is coming for her. Clear as day. She's lucky she has the gift of second sight. It's served her well as Ballyhay's matchmaker, and now she's being forewarned. She...

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Other houses by P. A. (Paddy A.) O'Reilly

Other houses

P. A. (Paddy A.) O'Reilly

Audio CD

"Lily works as a cleaner. She moves through houses in inner-city Melbourne, unseen, scrubbing away the daily residue of other people's privilege. Her partner Janks works the line in a local food factory. With every pay check they inch further away from...

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The Coast by Eleanor Limprecht

The Coast

Eleanor Limprecht

Audio CD

"Alice is only nine years old in 1910 when she is sent to the feared Coast Hospital Lazaret at Little Bay in Sydney, a veritable prison where more patients are admitted than ever leave. She is told that she's visiting her mother, who disappeared one day...

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Midsummer dreams at Mill Grange by Jenny (Romance fiction writer) Kane

Midsummer dreams at Mill Grange

Jenny (Romance fiction writer) Kane

Audio CD

"Thea Thomas needs to get away from her old life, and the interfering ex who won't leave her alone. When she lands a job heading up the restoration of Mill Grange, a stunning Victorian manor in Somerset, it feels like the perfect opportunity to start...

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Let's pretend by Laura Vaughan

Let's pretend

Laura Vaughan

Audio CD

"When you fake it for a living, the truth is hard to find. Former child star Lily Thane is now a struggling thirty-something actress. Her old stage-school buddy, Adam Harker, is on the brink of making it big, but he needs an appropriate red-carpet companion...

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M is for mummy by Katy Cox

M is for mummy

Katy Cox

Audio CD

"Lucy had it all: an exciting career, a rock-star husband, great friends, a size ten waist and pelvic floor muscles that could crack a walnut. And then, she had kids. Since giving birth to her second child, Lucy's life is totally unrecognisable. A...

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Tides by Sara Freeman

Tides

Sara Freeman

Audio CD

"After a sudden, devastating loss, Mara flees her family and ends up adrift in a wealthy coastal town. Mired in her grief, Mara's first few days are spent alone, surviving on what scraps of food she can find, and swimming at night in the ocean. When her...

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Mrs Harris goes to Paris ; by Paul Gallico

Mrs Harris goes to Paris ;

Paul Gallico

Audio CD

"Mrs Harris is a salt-of-the-earth London charlady who cheerfully cleans the houses of the rich. One day, when tidying Lady Dant's wardrobe, she comes across the most beautiful thing she has ever seen in her life - a Dior dress. In all the years of her...

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The Coffin Club by Jacqueline Sutherland

The Coffin Club

Jacqueline Sutherland

Large Print

"Some people would kill for a second chance. Kat is rebuilding her life. After losing her husband in a tragic accident, moving to the countryside is her chance to start again. Encouraged by her new and only friend Ginny, Kat joins New Horizons, dubbed...

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The girls by Bella Osborne

The girls

Bella Osborne

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"In the 1970s, The Girls were best friends sharing a flat and good times: Zara the famous diva actor, Val the uptight solicitor, Jackie the wild child and Pauline the quirky introvert. Now they're in their twilight years, and Zara suggests that they live...

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Stay gone days  by Steve Yarbrough

Stay gone days

Steve Yarbrough

Book

"After a childhood in Mississippi marred by a horrific family scandal, teenage sisters Ella and Caroline Cole escape their hometown, losing all connection to each other. While Ella finds stable domesticity in Boston, Caroline travels the world, from ...

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Shaped by the waves  by Christina Suzann Nelson

Shaped by the waves

Christina Suzann Nelson

Book

"Cassie George has stayed away from her small hometown ever since her unplanned pregnancy. But when she hears that her aunt suffered a stroke and has been hiding a Parkinson's diagnosis, she must return. Greeted by a mysterious package, Cassie will d...

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The winter cottage by Rachael Lucas

The winter cottage

Rachael Lucas

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"When Rilla Clark's long lost father dies, she leaves New England and heads to his cottage in the Scottish Highlands to sort out his affairs. Rilla's determined that her visit will be a fleeting one. The little village of Applemore holds a lot of memories...

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Tracy Flick can't win  by Tom Perrotta

Tracy Flick can't win

Tom Perrotta

Book

"Tracy Flick is back and, once again, the iconic protagonist of Tom Perrotta's Election--and Reese Witherspoon's character from the classic movie adaptation--is determined to take high school politics by storm. Tracy Flick is a hardworking assistant ...

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Mother ocean father nation  by Nishant Batsha

Mother ocean father nation

Nishant Batsha

Book

"On a small Pacific island, a brother and sister tune in to a breaking news radio bulletin. It is 1985, and an Indian grocer has just been attacked by nativists aligned with the recent military coup. Now, fear and shock are rippling through the islan...

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Cult classic  by Sloane Crosley

Cult classic

Sloane Crosley

Book

"One night in Chinatown: Our heroine, Lola, is at a work reunion dinner with her former colleagues when she ducks out to buy cigarettes and runs into an ex-boyfriend. And then... another. And another. The city is suddenly awash with ghosts of heartbreaks...

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This time tomorrow  by Emma Straub

This time tomorrow

Emma Straub

Book

"What if you could take a vacation to your past, without the filter of memory? What would you give to go back in time and relive your youth, in person, with the people who shared it? ... On the eve of her 40th birthday, Alice's life isn't terrible. She...

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Lucky breaks  by Yevgenia Belorusets

Lucky breaks

Yevgenia Belorusets

Book

"Out of the impoverished coal regions of Ukraine known as the Donbass, where Russian secret military intervention coexists with banditry and insurgency, the women of Yevgenia Belorusets's captivating collection of stories emerge from the ruins of a war,...

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We do what we do in the dark  by Michelle Hart

We do what we do in the dark

Michelle Hart

Book

"Mallory is a freshman in college when she meets the woman. She sees her for the first time at the university's gym, immediately entranced by this elegant, older person, whom she later learns is married and works at the school. Before long, they begin...

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Trust  by Hernán Díaz

Trust

Hernán Díaz

Book

"Even through the roar and effervescence of the 1920s, everyone in New York has heard of Benjamin and Helen Rask. He is a legendary Wall Street tycoon; she is the daughter of eccentric aristocrats. Together, they have risen to the very top of a world...

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All the lovers in the night  by Mieko Kawakami

All the lovers in the night

Mieko Kawakami

Book

"Fuyuko Irie is a freelance copy editor in her mid-thirties. Working and living alone in a city where it is not easy to form new relationships, she has little regular contact with anyone other than her editor, Hijiri, a woman of the same age but with...

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Adult assembly required  by Abbi Waxman

Adult assembly required

Abbi Waxman

Book

"A young woman moves to Los Angeles to escape her life and discovers she doesn't have to leave all of herself behind to make a fresh start, from USA Today bestselling author Abbi Waxman. When Laura Costello moves to Los Angeles, hoping to finally get...

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The red arrow  by William Brewer

The red arrow

William Brewer

Book

"When a once promising young writer agrees to ghostwrite a famous particle physicist's memoir, his livelihood is already in jeopardy: plagued by debt after failing to deliver a novel, he's grown distant from his wife - a successful A.I. researcher - and...

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Burn Coast  by Dale Maharidge

Burn Coast

Dale Maharidge

Book

"Zoe Vanderlip is missing. The Ark is empty. And nobody on McGee Ridge can agree about what exactly happened to her. Earthquake-rattled and clinging to the thousand-foot cliffs of the Northern California coast, McGee Ridge is nestled in one of a very...

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Under a Greek moon by Carol Kirkwood

Under a Greek moon

Carol Kirkwood

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"Hollywood actress Shauna Jackson should have the world at her feet. Instead, scandal and betrayal have tarnished her happiness and she is left reeling in the aftermath. When Shauna is offered the role of a lifetime, it's the catalyst for her return to...

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The absolute  by Daniel Guebel

The absolute

Daniel Guebel

Book

"The Absolute is a sprawling historical novel about the Deliuskin-Scriabin family, made up of six generations of geniuses and madmen. Beginning in the mid-18th century in Russia, across Europe and ending in late 20th-century Argentina, the characters'...

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Lacuna  by Fiona Snyckers

Lacuna

Fiona Snyckers

Book

"A cry for reparations for Lucy Lurie. She is the victim of an act of terrible sexual violence that devastates her life. Afterwards, she becomes obsessed with the author John Coetzee, the man who wrote the scene of violence in which she was attacked....

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Love, Alice  by Amanda Sthers

Love, Alice

Amanda Sthers

Book

"Love, Alice follows Alice, a middle-aged literature teacher whose lifelong loneliness is exacerbated upon her move from the French countryside to Paris. Alienated from her only daughter and hungry for comfort and companionship, Alice begins to devel...

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Cold enough for snow  by Jessica Au

Cold enough for snow

Jessica Au

Book

"A young woman has arranged a holiday with her mother in Japan. They travel by train, visit galleries and churches chosen for their art and architecture, eat together in small cafés and restaurants and walk along the canals at night, on guard against...

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You made me love you  by John Edgar Wideman

You made me love you

John Edgar Wideman

Book

"A selection of the best of John Edgar Wideman's short stories over his fifty-year career, representing the wide range of his intellectual and artistic pursuits. When John Edgar Wideman won the PEN Malamud Award in 2019, he joined a list of esteemed....

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Loss of memory is only temporary  by Johanna Kaplan

Loss of memory is only temporary

Johanna Kaplan

Book

A collection that includes both early and later stories follows an unforgettable cast of characters that are captured in all of their forceful presence and singularity, their foolishness and wisdom, and their venality and nobility.

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The boy with a bird in his chest  by Emme Lund

The boy with a bird in his chest

Emme Lund

Book

"Though Owen Tanner has never met anyone else who has a chatty bird in their chest, medical forums would call him a Terror. From the moment Gail emerged between Owen's ribs, his mother knew that she had to hide him away from the world. After a decade...

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Chilean poet  by Alejandro Zambra

Chilean poet

Alejandro Zambra

Book

"Nine years after their bewildering breakup, aspiring poet Gonzalo reunites with his high school girlfriend, Carla, now the mother of a six-year-old son, Vicente. Soon the three form a happy sort-of family - a stepfamily, though no such word exists in...

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Out of the clear blue sky  by Kristan Higgins

Out of the clear blue sky

Kristan Higgins

Book

"Lillie knew the empty nest would be hard when her son left for college, but she had no idea of the full extent to which her world would come crashing down--until her husband announced out of the blue that he was in love with another woman, and he would...

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Faraway  by Yijun Luo

Faraway

Yijun Luo

Book

"A fictionalized version of the author finds himself stranded in mainland China attempting to bring his comatose father home. Lo's father had fled decades ago, abandoning his first family to start a new life in Taiwan. After travel between the two co...

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Present tense machine  by Gunnhild Øyehaug

Present tense machine

Gunnhild Øyehaug

Book

"Gunnhild Oyehaug's Present Tense Machine is a playful and transcendent novel about language, family, and parallel universes. On an ordinary day in Bergen, Norway, in the late 1980s, Anna is reading in the garden while her two-year-old daughter, Laura,...

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The marvelous Monroe girls  by Shirley Jump

The marvelous Monroe girls

Shirley Jump

Book

"Gabriella Monroe is doing her best to pretend that everything is fine, but her life is a mess. Sales are down at her vintage dress shop, her beloved grandmother isn't her usual spunky self, and Gabby desperately misses the closeness she had with her...

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None but the righteous  by Chantal James

None but the righteous

Chantal James

Book

"In seventeenth-century Peru, St. Martin de Porres was torn from his body after death. His bones were pillaged as relics, and his spirit was said to inhabit those bones. Four centuries later, amid the havoc of Hurricane Katrina, nineteen-year-old Ham...

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The one hundred years of Lenni and Margot by Marianne Cronin

The one hundred years of Lenni and Margot

Marianne Cronin

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"Life is short - no one knows that better than seventeen year-old Lenni Petterssen. On the Terminal Ward, the nurses are offering their condolences already, but Lenni still has plenty of living to do. When she meets 83-year-old Margot Macrae, a fellow...

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Live a little by Howard Jacobson

Live a little

Howard Jacobson

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"At the age of 90-something, Beryl Dusinbery is forgetting everything - including her own children. She spends her days stitching morbid samplers and tormenting her two long-suffering carers, Nastya and Euphoria, with tangled stories of her husbands and...

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The missing sister by Dinah Jefferies

The missing sister

Dinah Jefferies

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"Belle Hatton has embarked upon an exciting new life far from home: a glamorous job as a nightclub singer in 1930s Burma, with a host of sophisticated new friends and admirers. But Belle is haunted by a mystery from the past - a 25-year-old newspaper...

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The half sister by Catherine Chanter

The half sister

Catherine Chanter

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"When she was 16, Diana left her unhappy family and set out to make a new life. 25 years later, she has arrived. Recently married to Edmund, there are just the two of them living at Wynhope, his family's historic country home, both happy for the past...

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Little Woodford by Catherine Jones

Little Woodford

Catherine Jones

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"Little Woodford is a quintessential English market town, with charming high street shops, allotments and thriving pubs. A young widow and her children arrive from London after buying the huge, rambling Victorian mansion called the Beeches. Bex Millar...

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Women of the dunes by Sarah Maine

Women of the dunes

Sarah Maine

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"A rich, atmospheric tale set in Ullaness on the sea-lashed coast of west Scotland, in which the lives of three women weave together after a body is discovered in the dunes. Libby Snow has always felt the pull of Ullaness, a lush Scottish island enshrouded...

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A simple singing by Leslie Gould

A simple singing

Leslie Gould

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"When a Mennonite farmhand, Gordon Martin, shows interest in Amish Marie Bachmann, she can't help but be flattered. But her mother sends her off to Florida, where she begins spending time with bad-boy Eli Jacob, the bishop's son from back home. When ...

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The olive tree by Lucinda Riley

The olive tree

Lucinda Riley

Audio CD

"It has been twenty-four years since a young Helena spent a magical holiday in Cyprus, where she fell in love for the first time. When the now crumbling house, 'Pandora', is left to her by her godfather, she returns to spend the summer there with her...

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Dilly's sacrifice by Rosie Goodwin

Dilly's sacrifice

Rosie Goodwin

Audio CD

"Dilly is devastated. With her husband unable to work and four children already at home, they cannot afford to feed their new-born baby. Heartbroken, she heads into the night to deliver her baby girl to the Farthing family at the big house. Having just...

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The mill girl by Rosie Goodwin

The mill girl

Rosie Goodwin

Audio CD

"Life is tough on the cobbled backstreet courtyards of Abbey Street, Warwickshire, in the 1840s: boys are destined for the pit and girls for the mill. Despite this, clever, feisty Maryann is happy there - until her mother dies. Her family collapses, ...

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