The books listed below are those that I’d be tempted by rather than a broad selection of all books that are on offer. Clicking on the Kindle will take you through to Amazon’s current Daily Deals. I’ve concentrated on books from the past two years on the basis the older the book, the more chance you’ve already encountered it.
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The Merry Christmas Project by Cathy Bramley
Christmas has always meant something special to Merry – even without a family of her own. This year, her heart might be broken but her new candle business is booming. The last thing she needs is another project – but when her hometown’s annual event needs some fresh festive inspiration, Merry can’t resist.
Cole loves a project too – though it’s usually of the bricks and mortar variety. As a single dad, his Christmas wish is to see his kids again, so getting the new house finished for when they’re all together is the perfect distraction.
But this Christmas, magic is in the air for these two strangers. Will it bring them all the joy they planned for . . . and take their hearts by surprise too?
After all, anything can happen at Christmas. . .
The Return by Anita Frank
May, 1945. When bells ring out for Victory in Europe, young wife and mother Gwen wonders if her world is about to change.
Six years ago, on their wedding night, her husband Jack promised he would leave for the war and never return.
But Jack is coming home, unable to keep the promise he so faithfully made, and full of hope that he may at last win a place in Gwen’s life and her heart.
As events of the past return to haunt them, threatening all they hold dear, Jack and Gwen find themselves facing their greatest battle yet.
To win, they will have to stand together and fight as one.
In this sweeping historical story with huge heart, Anita Frank weaves a glorious tale of love and loss, secrets and promises.
We Begin at the End by Chris Whitaker
Thirty years ago, Vincent King became a killer.
Now, he’s been released from prison and is back in his hometown of Cape Haven, California. Not everyone is pleased to see him. Like Star Radley, his ex-girlfriend, and sister of the girl he killed.
Duchess Radley, Star’s thirteen-year-old daughter, is part-carer, part-protector to her younger brother, Robin – and to her deeply troubled mother. But in trying to protect Star, Duchess inadvertently sets off a chain of events that will have tragic consequences not only for her family, but also the whole town.
Murder, revenge, retribution.
How far can we run from the past, when the past seems doomed to repeat itself?
The Other Man by Farhad J Dadyburjor
Heir to his father’s Mumbai business empire, Ved Mehra has money, looks, and status. He is also living as a closeted gay man. Thirty-eight, lonely, still reeling from a breakup, and under pressure from his exasperated mother, Ved agrees to an arranged marriage. He regrettably now faces a doomed future with the perfectly lovely Disha Kapoor.
Then Ved’s world is turned upside down when he meets Carlos Silva, an American on a business trip in India.
As preparations for his wedding get into full swing, Ved finds himself drawn into a relationship he could never have imagined—and ready to take a bold step. Ved is ready to embrace who he is and declare his true feelings regardless of family expectations and staunch traditions. But with his engagement party just days away, and with so much at risk, Ved will have to fight for what he wants—if it’s not too late to get it.
The Last House by RG Adams
THREE GENERATIONS OF SECRETS
Social worker Kit Goddard is convinced that Sandbeach Child Services have let an injured seventeen-year-old boy down, just like they’d done to her brother ten years earlier. Since the referral came in, it had been passed between departments, her own manager Georgia and colleague Tim brushing it off as a low risk, low priority case. But Kit can’t shake the feeling that something isn’t quite right.
Scanning the referral, she notices that the house seventeen-year-old Dylan Meredith lives in with his ‘weird’ mother had been described as decrepit. The anonymous caller said he was injured, frightened and afraid to tell the truth.
As Kit begins to look deeper into the history of the family, she learns that Dylan’s grandmother had been an inpatient at Penlan psychiatric hospital and had died there in 2012. But as her colleague Tim had stressed, this was not a case for psychiatric services.
In a bid to trace the anonymous caller for more information, Kit sets off to the small coastal town of Rock. Only to be confronted with the sense of strangeness that surrounds the Meredith family and the rumours that have troubled this small community for years.
Midnight at Malabar House by Vaseem Khan
Bombay, New Year’s Eve, 1949
As India celebrates the arrival of a momentous new decade, Inspector Persis Wadia stands vigil in the basement of Malabar House, home to the city’s most unwanted unit of police officers. Six months after joining the force she remains India’s first female police detective, mistrusted, sidelined and now consigned to the midnight shift.
And so, when the phone rings to report the murder of prominent English diplomat Sir James Herriot, the country’s most sensational case falls into her lap.
As 1950 dawns and India prepares to become the world’s largest republic, Persis, accompanied by Scotland Yard criminalist Archie Blackfinch, finds herself investigating a case that is becoming more political by the second. Navigating a country and society in turmoil, Persis, smart, stubborn and untested in the crucible of male hostility that surrounds her, must find a way to solve the murder – whatever the cost.
Big Flames Small Lies by Agnes Canestri
Framed by the Ionian Sea’s mystical waves in Italy, a visit to Cirella Bay will bring you sweet romance, mystery, and good laughs, as well as a bunch of quirky, lovable characters you’ll fall in love with.
Lucilla Belvedere should be happy. She’s finally getting married. But something is…off. Her doubts about her fiancé—and their relationship—only intensify when a handsome stranger comes to town. He makes her feel things she has no business feeling. And now, she’s afraid that no matter what she does, someone will get hurt. Most likely her…
Mario DeAngelis is on a mission. He will do whatever it takes to honor his father’s memory. Meeting the charming Lucilla was not on his agenda. But he can’t afford to get side-tracked by a beautiful woman who can never be his. So, he’ll have to ignore his untimely feelings for her…no matter how much his heart protests.
But everything isn’t as it seems in Lucilla’s quaint small town. Potentially dangerous secrets threaten both Mario’s plans, and Lucilla’s future. Uncovering the culprits and unraveling the mystery will be the easy part. Getting to happily ever after, however, will be infinitely trickier…
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