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He might be the man of your dreams. But his ex and his kids are the stuff of your nightmares.

When young doctor Lauren Matheson meets Joe, an older divorced businessman, at a glittering poolside in California, it’s a chance encounter that seems life-changing for them both. Back home in London, their feelings only strengthen. But Lauren soon discovers that building a happy future with Joe is going to be an uphill struggle. She is constantly wrong-footing with his kids, and his ex-wife is keeping too watchful an eye on her - with unthinkable consequences. 

Second marriages. New families.
A daughter pushing the limits. A marriage ready to crack. A secret that can break them. 

For Emily Rossi, life may not be perfect, but it’s pretty close. She has a great career, a house in the country, a solid marriage to Eric and two wonderful children—tennis superstar Daniel and quiet, sensitive Zara. But when her fourteen-year-old daughter brings home a toxic new best friend, Emily’s seemingly perfect family starts to spiral out of control.

Suddenly Zara is staying out late, taking drugs and keeping bad company. And just when Emily needs Eric to be an involved father, he seems too wrapped up with his job in London to care. What’s more, he’s started drinking again.

When a dark secret from the past emerges, Emily’s life is turned upside down. Struggling to protect the people she loves, can she save her damaged family? Doing so may mean keeping a secret of her own…

Domestic suspense. Parenting, marriage, secrets.
Running away from your problems might seem like a good idea. But your past always follows you.

When Olivia moves to Port Townsend, her marriage is floundering, and her life is in pieces. She doesn’t know if things with her husband Mark are truly over, or quite why the phone call she longs for on her daughter’s birthday will never come. 

Joining a letter-writing club seems like a pleasurable distraction. But when she meets Ned, an ex-soldier badly wounded in Afghanistan, this unlooked-for friendship revives unexpected emotions and memories she’d rather forget. 

Can Olivia find the courage to confront what she’s hiding from and finally begin to heal the wounds that have torn her life apart? 

Running away from the past. Starting over.
She never got over her first love. Then fate - or something - brings him back.

Fifteen years ago in the colourful bustle of Vietnam, Celine and Patrick met and shared four blissful days together. It felt like true love, but soon reality tore them apart and Celine moved on. But now, when she sees him unexpectedly on a busy London street, suddenly nothing else matters.

As she deals with the mixed emotions of an amicable divorce, her path has crossed, rather mysteriously, with Patrick’s again. Is fate determined to pull them back together? Or is it Mike, her ex-husband, who she really wants a second chance with?

First love. Second chance romance.
Should you ever trust your friends enough to tell them everything?

When Jill's husband discovers he can never have children, it tears a hole in their marriage that Jill doesn't know how to repair. Frustrated, she seeks comfort in her friends: fierce Leigh, with her high-powered career and doting family, and sweet, uncomplicated Wendy, who has a rock-solid marriage any woman would envy. But as her friends are starting to make unsettling discoveries about their marriages, and themselves, Jill can't help but wonder how much you can ever trust your friends, your husband, or even yourself. 

He disappeared without explanation. Now she's about to get a shock she didn't bargain for.

When Justin walks out on Alice on their honeymoon, with no explanation apart from a cryptic note, Alice is left alone and bewildered, her life in pieces.

Then she meets Evelyn, a visitor to the gallery where she works. It’s a seemingly chance encounter, but Alice gradually learns that Evelyn has motives, and a heartbreaking story, of her own. And that story has haunting parallels with Alice’s life.

As Alice delves into the mystery of why Justin left her, the questions are obvious. But the answers may lie in the most unlikely of places…


When Angela's husband, Jonathan, said this, they were just messing around, saying things you say when you are young and in love and you can't ever imagine your life ending. But now two years have passed since Jonathan's sudden death and Angela still can't move on. When she takes her mother to the Greek island of Zakynthos for a holiday she meets two men who have an almost uncanny ability to connect with her. Could Jonathan have kept his promise?

"If I died I'd want you to marry again. I'd send somebody for you."
Contemporary women's fiction. Marriage and friendship.
Dual timeline romance.
Beach read. Mothers and daughters. Humor. Getting over grief.
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