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The Summer Seaside Kitchen by Jenny Colgan
Flora is definitely, absolutely sure that escaping from the quiet Scottish island where she grew up to the noise and hustle of the big city was the right choice. What was there for her on Mure? It’s a place where everyone has known her all her life, and no one will let her forget the past. In the city, she can be anonymous, ambitious and indulge herself in her hopeless crush on her gorgeous boss, Joel.
When a new client demands Flora’s presence back on Mure, she’s suddenly swept back into life with her brothers (all strapping, loud and seemingly incapable of basic housework) and her father. As Flora indulges her new-found love of cooking and breathes life into the dusty little pink-fronted shop on the harbour, she’s also going to have to come to terms with past mistakes – and work out exactly where her future lies…
It Could Never Happen Here by Eithne Shortall
Their school is about to be taught a lesson…
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 her efforts to protect her daughter and keep the musical on track, she misses what’s really going, both in her own house and in the insular Glass Lake community – with dramatic consequences.
Glass Lake primary school’s reputation is about to be shattered…
The Villa in Sicily by Elise Darcy
A journey through Sicily, a family secret, and the villa that changes everything.When Josie loses her mother, she finds an old journal locked in a drawer along with a plane ticket. Her mother, who never travelled abroad, was going to Sicily without telling a soul. Why was she keeping her trip to Sicily a secret and who is the mysterious woman who wrote the journal?Josie travels to Sicily and follows in the footsteps of two young women in the journal, sisters who visited the Italian island in the nineteen sixties. What secrets will Josie uncover and why does she feel she is being followed at every turn?Josie soon discovers there was more to their trip than a just a holiday. Amongst the stunning sites and scenery of Sicily, an unimaginable tale of love, loss and tragedy unfolds. The tentacles of their story reach down the generations.Josie and Michael, a young American on the tour, soon realise their part in this story is only just beginning…Can they right the wrongs of the past before it’s too late? And what of their future? They might just be falling in love.
The Summer We Were Friends by Fiona O’Brien
Summer has arrived in Derrybeggs and the biggest event of the year, the annual film festival, is less than a month away. But as plans begin to unravel, tensions mount in the sleepy seaside town.
Newcomer Dot joined the festival committee as a way of fitting in and as the first guests arrive to her newly renovated
beachside B&B – TV star Molly Cusack and businessman Ryan Schindler – Dot becomes more determined than ever
that her move be the fresh start she so desperately needs.
Meanwhile heartbroken Merry has returned home to Derrybeggs and is back working at her parents’ café. Everyone in town knows that her dream life in Florida tragically fell apart, but Merry is the only one who knows the whole story…
When an intriguing American visitor turns up at The Seashell Café with no memory of who he is or why he is in Derrybeggs, Dot, Merry and the rest of the town’s residents must come together to try to help him. But will they manage to do this while also saving the film festival?
The Kew Gardens Girls by Posy Lovell
It’s 1916 and England is at war. Desperate to help in whatever way they can, Ivy and Louisa enlist as gardeners at Kew, taking on the jobs of the men who have gone to fight. Under their care, the Gardens begin to flourish – but Ivy and Louisa aren’t being treated fairly, and not everyone wants them there. Without women’s rights, the pair begin to struggle – but can the support of the Suffragettes help their cause? And when a tragedy overseas affects the people closest to them, can the women of Kew pull together to support themselves and their country through the darkest of times?
These choices are just the books that I’d be tempted by rather than just any books that are on offer.
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