England is at war. With failing health, thomas returns to Paris—a cherished packet of letters in hand—determined to lay to rest the ghosts of his past. But one final letter is waiting for him…. As evie elliott watches her brother, she believes—as everyone does—that it will be over by Christmas, depart for the front, and his best friend, Thomas Harding, Will, when the trio plan to celebrate the holiday among the romantic cafes of Paris.
But as history tells us, it all happened so differently… Evie and Thomas experience a very different war. Frustrated by life as a privileged young lady, evie longs to play a greater part in the conflict—but how?—and as Thomas struggles with the unimaginable realities of war he also faces personal battles back home where War Office regulations on press reporting cause trouble at his father’s newspaper business.
Through their letters, Evie and Thomas share their greatest hopes and fears—and grow ever fonder from afar. An unforgettably romantic novel that spans four christmases 1914-1918, the strength of love, Last Christmas in Paris explores the ruins of war, and the enduring hope of the Christmas season.
New york times bestselling author Hazel Gaynor has joined with Heather Webb to create this unforgettably romantic novel of the Great War. August 1914. Can love flourish amid the horror of the First World War, or will fate intervene?Christmas 1968.
Christmas at the Cupcake Cafe: A Novel
Her boyfriend austin has been scouted for a possible move to New York City. Her colleagues at the Cupcake Café are suffering heartbreak. And as christmas looms ever closer, Issy finds forced to decide what she holds most dear. From an author whose work sophie kinsella describes as 'sheer indulgence', Christmas at the Cupcake Café is a novel that will make you laugh, cry, and featuring delicious holiday recipes, and long for sugar.
New york times bestseller!for fans of jojo moyes me before You and Sophie Kinsella the Shopaholic series comes the perfect holiday story—a moving, utterly delightful novel about love, funny, loss, and baking. How many times can your life change?Once upon a time, Issy Randall was the girl nobody wanted.
But when she opened the cupcake café, her life changed—and now Issy is happy, confident, and in love with a wonderful man raising his young brother after the death of their parents. Is life about to change again? With the holidays approaching, cracks show in Issy's perfect world.
The Girl from The Savoy: A Novel
Presenting a dazzling new historical novel … The Girl From The Savoy is as sparkling as champagne and as thrilling as the era itself. Sometimes life gives you cotton stockings. Memories of the soldier she loved, of secret shame and profound loss, by turns pull her back and spur her on to make a better life.
When she finds employment as a chambermaid at london’s grandest hotel, Dolly takes a step closer to the glittering lives of the Bright Young Things who thrive on champagne, The Savoy, jazz and rebellion. Sometimes it gives you a chanel gown …’dolly Lane is a dreamer; a downtrodden maid who longs to dance on the London stage, but her life has been fractured by the Great War.
Loretta and perry may have the life Dolly aspires to, but they too are searching for something. Now, at the precipice of the life she has and the one she longs for, the girl from The Savoy must make difficult choices: between two men; between two classes, between everything she knows and everything she dreams of.
Right now, she must exist on the fringes of power, wealth and glamor—she must remain invisible and unimportant. But her fortunes take an unexpected turn when she responds to a struggling songwriter’s advertisement for a ‘muse’ and finds herself thrust into London’s exhilarating theatre scene and into the lives of celebrated actress, and her brother, Loretta May, Perry.
A brighter future is tantalizingly close—but can a girl like Dolly ever truly leave her past behind? .
Meet Me in Monaco: A Novel of Grace Kelly's Royal Wedding
When struggling perfumer sophie duval shelters miss kelly in her boutique to fend off a persistent British press photographer, love, a bond is forged between the two women and sets in motion a chain of events that stretches across thirty years of friendship, James Henderson, and tragedy. James henderson cannot forget his brief encounter with Sophie Duval.
. Despite his guilt at being away from his daughter, he takes an assignment to cover the wedding of the century, sailing with Grace Kelly’s wedding party on the SS Constitution from New York. In monaco, as wedding fever soars and passions and tempers escalate, James and Sophie—like Princess Grace—must ultimately decide what they are prepared to give up for love.
A fragrant french bonbon of a book: love, glamour, perfume, and paparazzi all circling around the wedding of the century. Kate quinn, new york times bestselling author of THE ALICE NETWORK and THE HUNTRESS. Named one of instyle's best books to put in your totebag for the summer!named one of popsugar’s best books to put in your beachbag this summer and one of the best books of July!Set in the 1950s against the backdrop of Grace Kelly’s whirlwind romance and unforgettable wedding to Prince Rainier of Monaco, New York Times bestselling author Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb take the reader on an evocative sun-drenched journey along the Côte d’Azur in this page-turning novel of passion, fate and second chances.
Marilla of Green Gables: A Novel
A bold, heartfelt tale of life at Green Gables. Her one connection to the wider world is Aunt Elizabeth "Izzy" Johnson, her mother’s sister, who managed to escape from Avonlea to the bustling city of St. Before anne: a marvelously entertaining and moving historical novel, set in rural Prince Edward Island in the nineteenth century, that imagines the young life of spinster Marilla Cuthbert, and the choices that will open her life to the possibility of heartbreak—and unimaginable greatness.
Plucky and ambitious, Marilla Cuthbert is thirteen years old when her world is turned upside down. Her budding romance with john blythe, the charming son of a neighbor, offers her a possibility of future happiness—Marilla is in no rush to trade one farm life for another. An opinionated spinster, aunt izzy’s talent as a seamstress has allowed her to build a thriving business and make her own way in the world.
Emboldened by her aunt, marilla dares to venture beyond the safety of Green Gables and discovers new friends and new opportunities. Catharines. She soon finds herself caught up in the dangerous work of politics, and abolition—jeopardizing all she cherishes, including her bond with her dearest John Blythe.
Now marilla must face a reckoning between her dreams of making a difference in the wider world and the small-town reality of life at Green Gables. Her beloved mother has dies in childbirth, and overseeing the day-to-day life of Green Gables with her brother, sewing, and Marilla suddenly must bear the responsibilities of a farm wife: cooking, Matthew and father, keeping house, Hugh.
A Memory of Violets: A Novel of London's Flower Sellers
For years, the home has cared for london’s flower girls—orphaned and crippled children living on the grimy streets and selling posies of violets and watercress to survive. Soon after she arrives, tilly discovers a diary written by an orphan named Florrie—a young Irish flower girl who died of a broken heart after she and her sister, Rosie, were separated.
The author of the usa today and new york Times bestselling novel The Girl Who Came Home has once again created an unforgettable historical novel. But the search will not be easy. Shaw’s home for Watercress and Flower Girls. This is the story of two long-lost sisters, whose lives take different paths, and the young woman who will be transformed by their experiences.
In 1912, twenty-year-old tilly harper leaves the peace and beauty of her native Lake District for London, to become assistant housemother at Mr. Step into the world of Victorian London, where the wealth and poverty exist side by side. Moved by florrie’s pain and all she endured in her brief life, Tilly sets out to discover what happened to Rosie.
Full of twists and surprises, it leads the caring and determined young woman into unexpected places, including the depths of her own heart.
Mr. Dickens and His Carol: A Novel
But when his publishers try to blackmail him into writing a Christmas book to save them all from financial ruin, he refuses. The story he writes will change Christmas forever. As dickens’ deadlines close in, friendship, Eleanor propels him on a Scrooge-like journey that tests everything he believes about generosity, ambition, and love.
. A charming, comic, and ultimately poignant story about the creation of the most famous Christmas tale ever written. Dickens and his Carol is an irresistible new take on a cherished classic. Frazzled and filled with self-doubt, Dickens seeks solace in his great palace of thinking, the city of London itself.
Charles dickens is not feeling the Christmas spirit. And a serious bout of writer’s block sets in. It’s as foggy and haunted and redemptive as the original; it’s all heart, and I read it in a couple of ebullient, Christmassy gulps. Anthony doerr, #1 new york times bestselling author of all the Light We Cannot SeeLaced with humor, rich historical detail from Charles Dickens’ life, and clever winks to his work, Samantha Silva's Mr.
On one of his long night walks, he meets the mysterious Eleanor Lovejoy, in a once-beloved square, who might be just the muse he needs. While his wife plans a lavish holiday party for their ever-expanding family and circle of friends, Dickens has visions of the poor house. His newest book is an utter flop, the critics have turned against him, relatives near and far hound him for money.
The Christmas Surprise
After all, don’t they say it takes a village to raise a child? But when fate deals rosie and her boyfriend Stephen a terrible blow, threatening everything they hold dear, it’s going to take all their strength and the support of their families and their friends to hold them together. From the new york times bestselling author of little beach Street Bakery and The Bookshop on the Corner comes a delightful holiday tale full of sweetness, love, heartbreak, and happiness—perfect for fans of Debbie Macomber and Elin Hilderbrand.
Rosie hopkins, newly engaged, is looking forward to an exciting year in the little English sweetshop she owns.
The Cottingley Secret: A Novel
The cottingley secret tells the tale of two girls who somehow convince the world that magic exists. Frances and Elsie will hide their secret for many decades. But when one of the great novelists of the time, sir arthur Conan Doyle, becomes convinced of the photographs’ authenticity, the girls become a national sensation, their discovery offering hope to those longing for something to believe in amid a world ravaged by war.
Now, in her newest novel, international bestseller Hazel Gaynor reimagines their story. 1917… it was inexplicable, impossible, england, claim to have photographed fairies at the bottom of the garden, but it had to be true—didn’t it? When two young cousins, Frances Griffiths and Elsie Wright from Cottingley, their parents are astonished.
An artful weaving of old legends with new realities, yorkshire, this tale invites the reader to wonder: could it be true?” — Kate Alcott, New York Times bestselling author of The DressmakerOne of BookBub's Most-Anticipated Books of Summer 2017! The New York Times bestselling author of The Girl Who Came Home turns the clock back one hundred years to a time when two young girls from Cottingley, convinced the world that they had done the impossible and photographed fairies in their garden.
But frances longs for the truth to be told. One hundred years later… when olivia kavanagh finds an old manuscript in her late grandfather’s bookshop she becomes fascinated by the story it tells of two young girls who mystified the world. But it is the discovery of an old photograph that leads her to realize how the fairy girls’ lives intertwine with hers, connecting past to present, and blurring her understanding of what is real and what is imagined.
As she begins to understand why a nation once believed in fairies, can Olivia find a way to believe in herself? .
168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think
When plans go wrong and they run out of time, only their lesser priorities suffer. There has to be a better way-and Laura Vanderkam has found one. The key is to start with a blank slate and to fill up your 168 hours only with things that deserve your time. Vanderkam shows that it really is possible to sleep eight hours a night, exercise five days a week, and write a novel without giving up quality time for work, take piano lessons, family, and other things that really matter.
Vanderkam shares creative ways to rearrange your schedule to make room for the things that matter most. But then we give up because there just aren't enough hours to do it all. To get ahead at work we spend less time with our spouses. It's an unquestioned truth of modern life: we are starved for time. To train for a marathon, we cut back on sleep.
. Or else, if we don't make excuses, we make sacrifices. Of course, or skip a wednesday morning meeting to go hiking, but you can cut back on how much you watch TV, do laundry, you probably won't read to your children at 2:00 am, or spend time on other less fulfilling activities. After interviewing dozens of successful, happy people, she realized that they allocate their time differently than most of us.
To carve out more family time, we put off getting in shape.
A Return to Christmas
But miracles have been known to happen during this time of year. But when young artemus lost his brother in a terrible tragedy on Christmas day, the magic of the Christmas season seemed forever shrouded by a cloud of sadness and despair. Until he was three years old, Andrew, Artemus Holiday and his twin brother, shared all the adventures of life.
Once you open it, you will never see Christmas the same way again. This heartwarming christmas story follows the lives of two eleven-year-old heroes—the wary and cynical Artemus and an outcast named Chess, a homeless con artist with a heart of gold. A return to christmas wraps holiday sadness, joy, and wonder into one very special package.
Through a simple twist of fate, these boys will find themselves swept into the adventure of a lifetime—one that takes them beyond their wildest imaginings.