The Sugar Planter s Daughter

Author: Sharon Maas
Publisher: Bookouture
ISBN: 9781786810335
Release Date: 2016-07-22
Genre: Fiction

A breathtaking and unforgettable story of a woman torn between her family and the man she loves. 1912, British Guiana, South America: Winnie Cox is about to marry George Quint, the love of her life. Born into a life of luxury and privilege on her father's sugar plantation, Winnie has turned against her family by choosing to be with George, a poor black postman from the slums. Winnie may be living in poverty, but she's got what sister Johanna doesn't have: a loving husband and a beautiful family. And despite Johanna running her family's sugar plantation, Winnie will always be their mother's favourite daughter, a bitter pill for Johanna to swallow. Then Winnie's son falls ill and she must travel to Venezuela desperate for a cure. With her sister away, Johanna finds herself increasingly drawn to George. But he only has eyes for Winnie. Johanna, stung by the rejection and the fragile state of her own marriage, is out for revenge, no matter how devastating the consequences. A compelling and evocative story of betrayal, temptation and buried secrets that will captivate fans of Dinah Jefferies and Kate Furnivall. What readers are saying about Sharon Maas: 'A beautifully written story of love against all the odds.' Portobello Book Blog 'A wonderful and heartrending book' Sean's Book Reviews 'A beautiful mesmerising work ... I was completely transported' Krafti Reader 'A terrific writer' Barbara Erskine 'A page-turning story, full of humanity, crossing cultures and continents, reminiscent of Andrea Levy.' Katie Fforde 'A beautiful story about tragic love and ultimately about forgiveness with powerful messages about love, life and learning to let things go in order to be happy.' Life With Joy 'Rich in detail and emotion and has the most beautiful and real description of loss I have ever read.' Shaz's Book Blog

The Secret Life of Winnie Cox

Author: Sharon Maas
Publisher: Bookouture
ISBN: 9781910751503
Release Date: 2015-10-01
Genre: Fiction

‘This is a beautiful, mesmerising work of fiction that makes you think about the past and the history of slavery… Sharon Maas is an author to look out for with regards to historical, romantic fiction.’ Krafti Reader 1910, Guyana. A time of racial tension and poverty. A time where forbidden love must remain a secret. Winnie Cox lives a privileged life of dances and dresses on her father’s sugar cane plantation. Life is sweet in the kingdom of sugar and Winnie along with her sister Johanna, have neither worries nor responsibilities, they are birds of paradise, protected from the poverty in the world around them. But everything can change in a heartbeat… When Winnie falls in love with George Quint, the post-office boy, a ‘darkie’ from the other side, she soon finds herself slipping into a double life. And as she withdraws from her family, she discovers a shocking secret about those whom are closest to her. Now, more than ever, Winnie is determined to prove her love for George, whatever price she must pay and however tragic the consequences might be. A breath-taking love story of two people fighting to be together, in a world determined to break them apart. ‘I absolutely love Sharon Maas writing style- you can just picture the setting and the relationships between the characters in such a vivid world.’Bookworms and Shutterbugs 'Superb book about love in a different age against all the odds. Brilliant.' Baatty about Books 'Intriguing and compelling ...a page-turner that had me drawn into a previously unexplored world. An emotional drama' Natalie-Meg Evans ‘This rich story grabbed me from the start! It is powerful, fulfilling, thought-provoking and a whole lot more. Definitely a must read! Totally engrossing!’ Great Historical Fiction Review Blog 'A beautifully written book - one which transports you to the place it is set in. The plot, the twist, the setting, everything was perfect.' Any Excuse to Read ‘I hope many people will pick up this book and see just what magnificent writing and storytelling abilities Sharon has. Right from the outset the writing in this book is beyond beautiful and resonates such a chord. A deeply satisfying read of love, loss and determination.’ Shaz’s Book Blog ‘A beautifully written story of love against all the odds.’ Portobello Book Blog 'A beautifully written story of forbidden love...I fell in love with Winnie ... the book is written with sensitivity and heart-aching honesty' The Bookshelf Blog Acclaim for Sharon Maas: ’A terrific writer.’ Barbara Erskine 'A page-turning story, full of humanity, crossing cultures and continents, reminiscent of Andrea Levy.’ Katie Fforde 'Beautifully and cleverly written. A wondrous, spellbinding story which grips you from the first to the last page… I can't recall when I last enjoyed a book so much.' Lesley Pearse ‘An authentic reflection of a world full of sadness, joy and surprise.' The Observer ‘A beautiful story about tragic love and ultimately about forgiveness… with powerful messages about love, life and learning to let things go in order to be happy.’ Life With Joy ‘Rich in detail and emotion and has the most beautiful and real description of loss I have ever read.’ Shaz’s Book blog

The Small Fortune of Dorothea Q

Author: Sharon Maas
Publisher: Bookouture
ISBN: 9781909490598
Release Date: 2015-01-30
Genre: Fiction

'A page-turning story, full of humanity, crossing cultures and continents, reminiscent of Andrea Levy.’Katie Fforde Thirty years of family secrets. Three generations of women. One family heirloom that could change everything. When she ran away from her childhood home in Guyana, Rika swore that she would never return. Cut off from her family, she has fought hard to make a life for herself and daughter, Inky, in London. Now, over thirty years later, Rika’s cantankerous, wheelchair-bound mother, Dorothea, arrives in London. But as old wounds re-open, Dorothea and Rika are further apart than ever. Inky soon learns that her grandmother is sitting on a small fortune. As she uncovers the secrets of the past one by one, she unravels the tragedy that tore her mother and grandmother apart. But nothing can prepare her, or Rika, for Dorothea’s final, unexpected revelation. An epic, mesmerizing tale of tragic loss, the strength of words left unspoken, and the redeeming power of love. ‘A beautiful story about tragic love and ultimately about forgiveness…with powerful messages about love, life and learning to let things go in order to be happy.’ Life With Joy ‘Rich in detail and emotion and has the most beautiful and real description of loss I have ever read.’ Shaz’s Book blog ‘Wow what a very touching story that was filled with super characters and important real-life issues…’ AJ Book Review Club ‘If you are fond of family dramas that span generations, continents, and cultures, you will find this to be a worthwhile read. I found the shift in attitudes toward gender and ethnicity across generations and cultures to be particularly interesting.’ Jane Tursel ’A terrific writer.’ Barbara Erskine

Of Marriageable Age

Author: Sharon Maas
Publisher: Bookouture
ISBN: 9781909490239
Release Date: 2014-03-14
Genre: Fiction

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Beneath a Burning Sky

Author: Jenny Ashcroft
Publisher: Sphere
ISBN: 9780751565058
Release Date: 2016-11-29
Genre: Fiction

***THE KINDLE BESTSELLER*** 'Exotic and mysterious - I was gripped by this complex tale' Dinah Jefferies 'Beautifully described . . . A moving love story' Tracy Rees 'Emotional, evocative and enthralling.' Kate Furnivall Beneath a Burning Sky is a beautiful and gripping story of love, betrayal and mystery, set against the heat and intrigue of colonial Alexandria. Perfect for fans of Victoria Hislop, Lucinda Riley and Kate Furnivall. ********************** The shores of Alexandria, 1891 Olivia Sheldon has travelled across the world to marry a man she does not love. Reluctant to leave England but coerced into the marriage, Olivia's reward is being reunited with her estranged sister, Clara. Her punishment is falling impossibly and illicitly in love with the enigmatic Captain Edward Bertram. Then one scorching day Clara is abducted from Alexandria's busiest street. Desperate to find her sister - and the truth about her disappearance - Olivia becomes embroiled in Egypt's shadowy underworld, risking both her life and future with Edward. Because, determined as Olivia is to find Clara, there are others who will stop at nothing to conceal what's become of her . . . Praise for Jenny Ashcroft: 'Evocative, absorbing, fascinating . . . A rich and satisfying read' Gill Paul 'A summer must-read' Red 'Completely entrancing . . . Perfect escapism, beautifully written.' Emma Rous 'It's impossible to put this book down.' Kate Riordan 'Brilliant; everything romantic historical fiction should be' Nicola Cornick 'The writing is beautiful and the setting absolutely glorious . . . lovely, lush and poignant' Nikola Scott 'Absolutely brilliant' Kerry Fisher 'First-class writing, brilliant characters, fascinating locations and gripping plots' Tracy Buchanan 'Exquisitely written . . . unputdownable and unforgettable' Iona Grey 'A wonderful novel, full of mystery that kept me gripped until the end' Rachel Burton

Island in the East

Author: Jenny Ashcroft
Publisher: Sphere
ISBN: 9780751565072
Release Date: 2017-11-02
Genre: Fiction

'Beautifully written and impressively researched, Island in the East is a stunner. Emotional, evocative and enthralling.' Kate Furnivall 'Evocative, absorbing. . . A rich and satisfying read' Gill Paul 'Historical fiction at its atmospheric best' Red 'A moving, stirring love story, and so richly atmospheric. I could practically feel the sweat prickling on my skin' Rachel Rhys With a sizzling love affair playing out against sisterly rivalry and epic family drama, Island in the East is the perfect read for fans of Victoria Hislop, Dinah Jefferies and Tracy Rees. ************** Two great loves. One shattering betrayal. A war that changes everything. Singapore, 1897 Harriet and Mae Grafton are twenty-year-old identical twins born from a scandalous affair. They grew up in India slighted by gossip and ostracised from polite society. They had each other and that was enough. But when their wealthy benefactor sends them to Singapore, they meet the mysterious Alex Blake and their relationship fractures with devastating consequences. 1941 Ivy Harcourt is posted to wartime Singapore amid the looming threat of Japanese invasion. Ivy knows the island will be a far cry from war-torn London, but she is totally unprepared for what awaits her: strangers from her grandmother Mae's past, an unstoppable love affair and a shattering secret that's been waiting to be uncovered . . . Vivid, authentic and utterly beautiful, Island in the East is evocative, atmospheric and romantic historical fiction at its very best. Praise for Jenny Ashcroft: 'Exotic and mysterious - I was gripped by this complex tale' Dinah Jefferies 'Beautifully described . . . A moving love story' Tracy Rees 'It's impossible to put this book down.' Kate Riordan 'A great read.' Judith Lennox 'A summer must-read' Red 'Brilliant; everything romantic historical fiction should be.' Nicola Cornick 'Absolutely brilliant' Kerry Fisher 'Completely entrancing . . . Perfect escapism, beautifully written.' Emma Rous 'Evocative, lush and beautifully written, Island in the East is a gripping read.' Nikola Scott 'First-class writing, brilliant characters, fascinating locations and gripping plots' Tracy Buchanan 'Exquisitely written . . . unputdownable and unforgettable' Iona Grey 'A wonderful novel, full of mystery that kept me gripped until the end' Rachel Burton

The Orphan of India

Author: Sharon Maas
Publisher:
ISBN: 1786811871
Release Date: 2017-06-28
Genre: Child musicians

Living on the streets of Bombay, Jyothi has no-one to turn to after her mother is involved in a tragic accident. Monika and Jack Kingsley are desperate for a child of their own. On a trip to India, they fall in love with Jyothi and decide to adopt the orphan child. The new family return to England, but Jyothi finds it difficult to adapt. As Monika and Jack's relationship fractures, Jyothi is more alone than ever and music becomes her solace. But even when her extraordinary musical talent transforms into a promising career, Jyothi still doesn't feel like she belongs. Then a turbulent love affair causes her to question everything. And Jyothi realises that before she can embrace her future, she must confront her past ...

A Mother s Secret

Author: Renita D'Silva
Publisher: Bookouture
ISBN: 9781910751930
Release Date: 2016-04-07
Genre: Fiction

What if you discovered that everything you knew about yourself was a lie? When pregnant Jaya loses her mother, then her baby son Arun in a tragic cot death, her world crashes down. Overcome by grief and guilt, she begins to search for answers – to the enigma of her lonely, distant mother, and her mysterious past in India. Looking through her mother’s belongings, she finds two diaries and old photographs, carrying the smoky aroma of fire. A young boy smiles out at Jaya from every photograph – and in one, a family stand proudly in front of a sprawling mansion. Who is this child? And why did her mother treasure this memento of a regal family lost to the past? As Jaya starts to read the diaries, their secrets lead her back to India, to the ruin of a once grand house on a hill. There, Kali, a mad old lady, will unlock the story of a devastating lie and a fire that tore a family apart. Nothing though will prepare Jaya for the house’s final revelation, which will change everything Jaya knew about herself. If you enjoy Dinah Jefferies, Lucinda Riley and Santa Montefiore, you will love this unforgettable journey through the lush landscape of India to the heart of what it means to be a mother and daughter. What everyone is saying about A Mother’s Secret: ‘5 out of 5 stars…I read it in one shot because I couldn’t bear to stop…what I can promise you is that it is a great read…A book that was an absolute pleasure to read.’ Any Excuse to Read ‘I loved this book, the descriptions of India, the mansion, the food and the people are swoon worthy. And the characters are so real, so believable, so frail and fraught with their own mistakes, I felt like I was an observer, watching real people as I read this book.’ For the Love of Books ‘I was hooked...I absolutely adored this book…This won my heart…5*.’ Laura’s Book Blog Corner ‘From the very beginning A Mother’s Secret by Renita D’Silva has rightfully bagged its place in my list of favourite books…The character development is phenomenal and these are characters that will remain etched in my memory for a long time…D’Silva weaves magic with her words…To say that D’Silva is a brilliant writer would not be an exaggeration…There were times during the course of the story that I became aware of goosebumps on my skin because of the very raw emotions…wonderful’ Indian Fiction for You ‘Love, loss, deceit, envy, pride, heartache …well-written, entertaining and satisfying.’ Janni B’s Books ‘Renita’s wonderful writing…radiates from the pages…an absorbing story…a story that unfolded layer by layer into what proved to be a beautifully crafted piece of writing where the author laid bare her heart and soul on every page…had me hooked throughout…a remarkable book…a feast for the senses and your imagination. I really was transported…once it caught me in its hold it didn’t let go until that jaw dropping moment near the very end that had me gasping out loud. I was beginning to wonder how all the dots as such could by joined together but the author did it with a mixture of sensitivity and flair that leaves the reader satisfied and very impressed.’ Shaz’s Book Blog ‘Beautifully written . . . Renita D’Silva skilfully weaves an enthralling tale . . . In so doing, she manages to seamlessly incorporate love, betrayal, disappointment, heartbreak, deceit and victory. This is a wonderful, evocative story that readers will easily embrace and enjoy.’ Jan’s Book Buzz

Page from a Tennessee Journal

Author: Francine Thomas Howard
Publisher: Amazonencore
ISBN: 1612181309
Release Date: 2011
Genre: Fiction

In Lawnover, Tennessee, sharecroper and single mother Annalaura Welles must balance her own life and desires against the those of landowner Alex McNaughton.

Something Like Happy

Author: Eva Woods
Publisher: Graydon House
ISBN: 1525811355
Release Date: 2017-09-05
Genre: Fiction

"Annie Hebden is stuck. Stuck in her boring job, with her irritating roommate, in a life no thirty-five-year-old would want. But deep down, Annie is still mourning the terrible loss that tore a hole through the perfect existence she'd once taken for granted--and hiding away is safer than remembering what used to be. Until she meets the eccentric Polly Leonard"--Amazon.com.

The Bending Cross

Author: Ray Ginger
Publisher:
ISBN: 193185940X
Release Date: 2007-01-01
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

This moving biography presents the definitive story of the life of and legacy of the most eloquent spokesperson and leader of the US labour and socialist movements. Eugene Debs was a railway organiser and socialist. He ran for president five times, once from prison. With a new introduction by Mike Davis.