Added this week – 16 Jan 2016

The Vintage Teacup Club

The Vintage Teacup Club by Vanessa Greene. One that’s been on my wishlist for a while. A Kindle Daily Deal for 99p


At a car boot sale in Sussex, three very different women meet and fall for the same vintage teaset. They decide to share it – and form a friendship that changes their lives . . .

Jenny can’t wait to marry Dan. Then, after years of silence, she hears from the woman who could shatter her dreams.

Maggie has put her broken heart behind her and is gearing up for the biggest event of her career – until she’s forced to confront the past once more.

Alison seems to have it all: married to her childhood sweetheart, with two gorgeous daughters. But as tensions mount, she is pushed to breaking point.

Dealing with friendship and families, relationships and careers, highs and lows, The Vintage Teacup Club is heart-warming storytelling at its very best.


From Sequins to Sunshine

From Sequins to Sunshine : Lorna’s life in Spain, Year One by Lorna Penfold. I love tales of people who upsticks and start a new life abroad. If that life abroad involves France or Spain, two of my favourite places, then all the better. This one is based in Andalucia, a beautiful part of Spain and was a Kindle freebie.


Lorna Penfold moved to rural Andalucia with her partner Alan in January 2008, having been a dance teacher for thirty years. They moved to start a new life breeding alpacas. Lorna started an online blog to keep track of her day to day life. Nearly six years down the line and Lorna has decided to make the first year of their new life available for everyone to read.

Lorna’s new life is full of ups and heartbreaking downs, but through it all she is determined not to let this new life get the better of her.


Adventures of the Crumpsall Kid

The Adventures of the Crumpsall Kid: a Memoir by Mike Harding. I had the pleasure of meeting him back in the 1980’s when I used to work in a book shop and he was involved in one of our book signing sessions. He was lovely and a pleasure to deal with. This was another amazing Kindle bargain at 99p. When I posted this on my Facebook blog it emerged that several other readers were also great fans of Mike Harding. This led me to Google what he’s doing now. Following his sad departure from the BBC he now hosts his own internet Folk Show on a Sunday. For all interested parties and in a bid to help promote it here’s the link.


Mike Harding was born into a working-class Irish-Catholic family in Crumpsall, Manchester, in 1944. His father, a navigator in the RAF, was killed returning from a bombing mission four weeks before Mike was born, so it was Mike’s mother – along with her mother and sisters – who were the dominant influences in his early life. In this warm and often hilarious memoir of his early years, Mike Harding recalls growing up in post-war Manchester and the colourful characters he encountered along the way, from his fiery and indomitable Nanna to his schoolmate the Cannibal Queen; from schoolboy scrapes to the beginnings of his musical career.




Black Rabbit Hall by Eve Chase. Won in a giveaway on Goodreads.


Amber Alton knows that the hours pass differently at Black Rabbit Hall, her London family’s country estate where no two clocks read the same. Summers there are perfect, timeless. Not much ever happens. Until, one stormy evening in 1968, it does.

The idyllic world of the four Alton children is shattered. Fiercely bonded by the tragic events, they grow up fast. But when a glamorous stranger arrives, these loyalties are tested. Forbidden passions simmer. And another catastrophe looms…

Decades later, Lorna and her fiancé wind their way through the countryside searching for a wedding venue. Lorna is drawn to a beautiful crumbling old house she hazily remembers from her childhood, feels a bond she does not understand. When she finds a disturbing message carved into an old oak tree by one of the Alton children, she begins to realise that Black Rabbit Hall’s secret history is as dark and tangled as its woods, and that, much like her own past, it must be brought into the light.

A thrilling spiral into the hearts of two women separated by decades but inescapably linked by Black Rabbit Hall. A story of forgotten childhood and broken dreams, secrets and heartache, and the strength of a family’s love.



The Prodigal Sister by Laura Elliott. A lucky Kindle freebie.


Can a black sheep ever return to the flock? Find out in this emotionally intense tale from a spellbinding Irish talent.

Accompany the Lambert sisters on their unforgettable journey – fans of Anita Shreve and Rosie Thomas wll be spellbound.

When 15-year-old Cathy Lambert runs away from her Dublin home, she is scared and pregnant. Settled in New Zealand with her new son Conor she believes the secret she carries will never be revealed…

Rebecca Lambert was eighteen when her parents died and she took responsibility for her younger sisters. Years later, she is haunted by fears she hoped she’d conquered.

Freed from family duties, mother of three Julie Chambers is determined to recapture the dreams of her youth.

Married to a possessive older man, Lauren Moran embarks on a frantic love affair that threatens to destabilise her fragile world.

Anxious to make peace with her three sisters, Cathy invites them to her wedding.

But as the women journey together through New Zealand towards their reunion, they are forced to confront the past as the secret shared histories of the Lambert sisters are revealed.

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