Today is the day that things are going to change for Rachel Bidwell. She will walk through the doors of Clifton Avenue Care Home and start a new life. Rachel is returning to work again for the first time since the arrival of her children and her husband’s rejection of their marriage. Her confidence is shaky but her determination is fierce.
Philip is also on his way to Clifton Avenue to take up residency there. He has just lost the one person who ever cared for him. He doesn’t know how to live in the real world. He is lost.
Now Rachel and Philip paths are about to cross. Life has done its best to knock them down but they have the potential to change each other’s lives and not in the way you might expect. But will they realise the impossible is now within their reach? Will they believe their dark days can be beautiful?.
This is a story of unexpected friendship of the messy, muddy territory of those broken by life-and what it takes to fix them. It reminds us that the very darkest of days can be funny, heart-warming and even beautiful. This is Kate Anthony’s poignant and heart-warming debut novel.
Pru Plum is the celebrated owner of a Mayfair bakery. She wears Chanel and her hair is expensively cut. Few people would believe this elegant woman turned sixty-six this year. Even fewer would believe the world she came from and the terrible things she had to do get where she is today.
But Pru is not the confident, successful businesswoman she appears. She has done shameful things to get where she is today. And she will do anything to protect her secrets of her past especially when, for the first time in her life, she has finally fallen in love.
Pru will do anything to keep her secrets safe, especially from the man she is falling in love with, for the first time in her life at the age of 67.
They thought they had been rescued. They were wrong.
It ment to be a trip of a life time.
Johnny and his new bride Clem have arrived in Turkey for a year’s honeymoon. young, blissfully happy but poor, they are suriving on love, luck and spirit of adventure.
So when a boat appears out of a ragging storm, crewed by a bohemian couple who represent everything Johnny and Clem want to be, they do not think twice about stepping on board. But all is not as it seems. And when they finally open their eyes to the truth, the boat is in the middle of the vast open sea.
This is a hypnotic, emotionally charged novel about two sweet young lovers who lose their innocence in paradise.
SHORTLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2013
He is quite simply, one of the great writers of our time. Inimitably excellent. A finely written novel. I am glad that I was chosen to be a winner of recieving Harvest on mumsnet.
As late summer steals in the final pearls of barley are gleaned, a villagecomes under threat. Atrio of outsiders two men and a dangerously magnetic woman – arrives on the woodland borders triggering a series of events that will see Water Thirsk’s village unmade in just seven days the harvest blackened by smoke and fear, cruel punishment meted outto the innocent, and allegations of witchcraft.
But something even darker is at the heart of Walter’s story, and he will be the only man left to tell it.
Published by picador
A lovely novel about the search for family that also happens to illuminate a fascinating and forgotten chapter of American history. Orphan Train is a powerful tale of upheaval and resilience, second chances, and unexpected friendship.
Between 1854 and 1929, so-called orphan trains can regularly from the cities of the East Coast to the farmlands of the Midwest, carrying thousands o abandoned children whose fates would be determined by pure luck. Would they be adopted by a kind and loving family, or would they face a childhood and adolescence of hard labour and servitude?.
As a young Irish immigrant, Vivian Daly was one such child, sent by rail from New York City to an uncertain future a world away. Returning East later in life, Vivian leads a quite peaceful existence on the coast of Maine, the memories of her upbringing rendered a hazy blur. But in her attic, hidden in trunks, are vestiges of a turbulent past
Seventeen-year-old Molly Ayer knows that a community-service position helping an elderly widow clean out her attic is the only thing keeping her out of juvenile hall. But as Molly helps Vivian sort through her keepsakes and possessions, she discovers that she and Vivian aren’t as different as they appear. A Penobscot who has spent most of her youth in and out of foster homes, Molly is also an outsider being raised by strangers, and she, too, has unanswered about the past.
Christina Baker Kline was born in England and raised in Maine. She is the author of five novels.
Vividly conjures up a Norwegian community and its terrible secrets.
On the wind-swept southern coast of Norway, sixteen-year-old Else is out fishing on the icy sea, dragging her oars through the waves while, above her, storm clouds are gathering. Surrounded by mountains, snow and white-capped water, she looks across the fjord and dreams of another life, of escape and faraway lands.
Back on shore, her father sits alone in his boathouse with a jar of homebrew. In the Best Room, her mother covers her bruises and seeks solace in prayer. Each tries to hide the truth from this isolated, God-fearing community they call home.
Until one night changes everything.
More than thirty years later, the return of an old friend forces Else to relive the events that marked the end of her childhood.
Explosive, dark and tender, The Last Boat Home is a devastating novel about sacrifice, survival and a mothers love.
Dea Brovig moved to the UK from Norway at the age of seventeen. The Last Boat Home is her very first novel.
A finely written debut, as eloquent about mothers and daughters as it is about men and women, with an immediacy to the writing that makes both time then and now and the place a small Norwegian town fully realised and tangle present.