A cold case adds an extra chill to the holiday season as bestselling author Anne Perry whisks readers to an English country house for a Christmas of secrets, soul-searching, and forgiveness. As beautiful as it may be, their friends´ country home is not where Lady Vespasia wishes to spend Christmas with her new husband, Victor Narraway. She would rather pass a relaxing holiday at home with him-especially because Victor, former head of the London Special Branch, seems to be hiding some undercover dealings with the other guests who have gathered at the spacious estate. As tensions grow among the couples, the young and beautiful Iris Watson-Watt becomes the center of several men´s focus. Unbeknownst to Vespasia, Iris carries a sensitive package that she must pass to Victor, in the hope of unmasking a British traitor. While Victor plots his moves, he is reminded of a similar case from twenty years before, when a young Frenchwoman also carried a clandestine message-one that resulted in her murder, unsolved to this day. Victor has always been tormented by his failure to protect her, and now, with all eyes on Iris, Victor must act fast before history repeats itself. With the joy of Christmas at risk of being forgotten and Vespasia feeling alone at this time of year meant to be shared with loved ones, Victor must ultimately learn to forgive himself in order to save both his country and the spirit of the holiday.
Cosy up with the gorgeous novel from Sunday Times Number One Bestselling author, Katie Flynn Liverpool, 1939: Sixteen-year-old Lizzy Atherton is forced to flee her violent step-father in the middle of the night, and finds herself stranded on a station platform completely alone. Desperate to know what has become of her beloved mother, who she had no choice but to leave behind, Lizzy returns the next day only to find her home deserted. Devastated, Lizzy joins forces with her old school friend Dolly and Clara, an escaped evacuee, and vows to find her mother whatever it takes. But the war rages on and demands on the home front take Lizzy?s life in a host of unexpected directions, and hopes of finding her mother gradually start to fade. If Lizzy can muster the strength to keep searching, she might just get her Christmas wish after all. Praise for Katie Flynn ´One of the country´s most popular storytellers´ Scottish Daily Record ´A poignant war-time romance´ Daily Express ?A heartwarming story of love and loss? Woman´s Weekly ?One of the best Liverpool writers? Liverpool Echo ´If you pick up a Katie Flynn book it´s going to be a wrench to put it down again´ Holyhead and Anglesey Mail
Imbued with Frank McCourt´s astounding humor and compassion, Angela´s Ashes is a glorious Pulitzer Prize-winner that bears all the marks of a classic. ´´When I look back on my childhood I wonder how I managed to survive at all. It was, of course, a miserable childhood: the happy childhood is hardly worth your while. Worse than the ordinary miserable childhood is the miserable Irish childhood, and worse yet is the miserable Irish Catholic childhood.´´ So begins the luminous memoir of Frank McCourt, born in Depression-era Brooklyn to recent Irish immigrants and raised in the slums of Limerick, Ireland. Frank´s mother, Angela, has no money to feed the children since Frank´s father Malachy, rarely works, and when he does he drinks his wages. Yet Malachy does nurture in Frank an appetite for the one thing he can provide: a story. Perhaps it is a story that accounts for Frank´s survival. Wearing shoes repaired with tires, begging a pig´s head for Christmas dinner, and searching the pubs for his father, Frank endures poverty, near-starvation, and the casual cruelty of relatives and neighbors-yet lives to tell his tale with eloquence, exuberance and remarkable forgiveness.
A Witchin´ Winter Solstice Gone Wrong: Magic and Mayhem Universe is book 8 in the Magick and Chaos series. Scroogess Ebesneezer should be on top of the world. She´s rocking her new job as the Christmas Witch. For the first time in her life, she has actual friends, not the Barbie dolls, she used to play dress up with when she was twenty-five… I mean ten. But actual, bona fide, real friends. She´s spreading Christmas cheer around the world and making everyone happy. Yet, she´s never felt so dejected and alone in her entire life. Why you ask? Two words: Baba. Yaga. The wild child of the eighties has thrown down the gauntlet, which has left the Christmas Witch no choice but to accept the challenge or risk losing her Christmas Magic forever. Since she´s just found the Spirit of Christmas, the latter is not an option. Baba Yaga´s demand was simple… demand being the operative word. Find a mate by the end of the Winter Solstice or suffer the consequences. Easy-peasy, right? Wrong. First, the love of Scroogess´ life has found another. Second, Baba Yaga has thrown a curve ball with a set of rules that would drive a human to drink or commit murder, whichever one comes first. From her time on the Witches Council, Scroogess has always known the old hag could be unreasonable even on her best day, but these rules are downright ridiculous. Rule No. 1: Her mate can´t be a human. Rule No. 2: She can´t use the Northern Lights or any magic to entice her mate. Rule No. 3: She can´t reveal her real name or that she´s the Christmas Witch, which is ridiculous because everyone knows that she´s the Christmas Witch. Rule No. 4: She can seek the help of other witches, but she can´t tell them that she´s searching for her mate. Rule No. 5: It has to be true love. Like that really exists. Ridiculous, right? But ridiculous or not, if Scroogess doesn´t win this challenge, then all bets are off and she´ll no longer be the new Christmas Witch. So, hold on to your seats because the new Christmas Witch is getting a makeover that will put the stars to shame. And if the Northern lights are shining bright on her side, she might just get her Happily Ever After. Who says a girl can´t have it all?