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The Pearl Locket

The Pearl Locket
Author: Kathleen McGurl
Publisher: HarperCollins UK
ISBN: 1474027989
Pages: 384
Year: 2015-02-27
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We’ll Meet Again... When Ali inherits her great-aunt’s house she immediately moves her whole family in, despite the warnings that there is something strange about the place.

The Secret Keeper

The Secret Keeper
Author: Kate Morton
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1439152810
Pages: 484
Year: 2013-07-16
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Withdrawing from a family party to the solitude of her tree house, 16-year-old Laurel Nicolson witnesses a shocking murder that throughout a subsequent half century shapes her beliefs, her acting career and the lives of three strangers from vastly different cultures. By the best-selling author of The Distant Hours. Reprint. 200,000 first printing.

The Emerald Comb

The Emerald Comb
Author: Kathleen McGurl
Publisher: HarperCollins UK
ISBN: 1474007503
Pages: 384
Year: 2014-09-22
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'If you want a book that is exciting, fast-paced and impossible to put down, with plenty of twists and turns, then you need to buy this book! I can't wait to read more of Kathleen's novels.' - Emma's Book Reviews Some secrets are best left buried...

The Daughters Of Red Hill Hall: A gripping novel of family, secrets and murder

The Daughters Of Red Hill Hall: A gripping novel of family, secrets and murder
Author: Kathleen McGurl
Publisher: HarperCollins UK
ISBN: 1474049621
Pages: 384
Year: 2016-04-14
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‘The Daughters of Red Hill Hall ...[has] all the intrigue, mystery, relationship drama and edge of your seat secret reveals any reader could want.’ – Books and Boardies

Whispers in Autumn

Whispers in Autumn
Author: Trisha Leigh
Publisher: Trisha Leigh
ISBN: 1475235941
Pages: 418
Year: 2012-07-23
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In 2015, a race of alien Others conquered Earth. They enslaved humanity not by force, but through an aggressive mind control that turned people into contented, unquestioning robots. Except sixteen-year-old Althea isn’t content at all, and she doesn’t need the mysterious note inside her locket to tell her she’s Something Else. It also warns her to trust no one, so she hides the pieces that make her different, even though it means being alone. The autumn she meets Lucas, everything changes. Althea and Lucas are immune to the alien mind control, and together they search for the reason why. What they uncover is a stunning truth the Others never anticipated, one with the potential to free the brainwashed human race. It’s not who they are that makes them special, but what. And what they are is a threat. One the Others are determined to eliminate for good.

The Conspiracies of Dreams

The Conspiracies of Dreams
Author: Sandra Biber Didner
Publisher: First Books
ISBN: 1592997848
Pages: 210
Year: 2012-06-01
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Jews, Christians, Moslems, and Canaanites all share an ancient dream of possessing the land that lies between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea which they hold sacred. In 1956 an Egyptian spy, Ishmael al Mohammed, is determined to gain information which will reclaim the infant state of Israel for the displaced Palestinian Arabs, one of whom is his mother. While on a secret espionage mission posing as an Israeli, he falls passionately in love with an Israeli woman, Rebecca Silverman. He must decide if he will betray the only person he will ever care for or be true to Islam, Egypt, and his family. A Christian, Danny O'Halloran, has always dreamed of walking the Stations of the Cross in Jerusalem, while a pagan donkey goddess named Pales dreams of being worshipped again by the original inhabitants of Canaan, which was renamed Palestine in her honor. Israeli politicians dream of making Israel a nuclear power while Britain and France conspire to regain the Suez Canal, which the President of Egypt nationalized. Against the backdrop of circumstances leading to the 1956 Suez War between Israel and Egypt a love story which encompasses the forbidden romance of Romeo and Juliet, Delilah's betrayal of Samson, and the treachery of Britain's MI6 double agents unfolds as Ishmael and Rebecca's story spans three millennia of history."

A Magic Dark and Bright

A Magic Dark and Bright
Author: Jenny Perinovic
Publisher:
ISBN: 0986201308
Pages: 330
Year: 2015-04-28
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She meant to help a ghost...not unleash a curse. Amelia Dupree hasn't seen the Woman in White since the night her brother died. The ghost seems to have disappeared from the woods surrounding Asylum, Pennsylvania-that is, until Charlie Blue moves into the creepy old MacAllister House next door. Amelia can't help liking him, even though she spent her childhood thinking his grandmother was a witch. And she definitely can't ignore the connection between his arrival and the Woman in White's return. Then Amelia learns that the Woman in White is a prisoner, trapped between the worlds of the living and the dead. Devastated by the idea that her brother could be suffering a similar fate, Amelia decides to do whatever it takes to help the Woman in White find peace--and Charlie agrees to help her. But when Amelia's classmates start to drown in the Susquehanna River, one right after another, rumors swirl as people begin to connect the timing of Charlie's arrival with the unexplained deaths. As Charlie and Amelia uncover the dark history of Asylum, they realize they may have unleashed an unspeakable evil. One they have to stop before everything they love is destroyed.

The Essex Serpent

The Essex Serpent
Author: Sarah Perry
Publisher: HarperCollins
ISBN: 0062666398
Pages: 464
Year: 2017-06-06
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A Kirkus Review Best Book of 2017 and a Washington Post Notable Work of Fiction. Winner of the British Book Awards Fiction Book of the Year and overall Book of the Year, selected as the Waterstones Book of the Year, and a Costa Book Award Finalist "A novel of almost insolent ambition--lush and fantastical, a wild Eden behind a garden gate...it's part ghost story and part natural history lesson, part romance and part feminist parable. I found it so transporting that 48 hours after completing it, I was still resentful to be back home." -New York Times “An irresistible new novel…the most delightful heroine since Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and Prejudice…By the end, The Essex Serpent identifies a mystery far greater than some creature ‘from the illuminated margins of a manuscript’: friendship.” -Washington Post "Richly enjoyable... Ms. Perry writes beautifully and sometimes agreeably sharply... The Essex Serpent is a wonderfully satisfying novel. Ford Madox Ford thought the glory of the novel was its ability to make the reader think and feel at the same time. This one does just that." -Wall Street Journal An exquisitely talented young British author makes her American debut with this rapturously acclaimed historical novel, set in late nineteenth-century England, about an intellectually minded young widow, a pious vicar, and a rumored mythical serpent that explores questions about science and religion, skepticism, and faith, independence and love. When Cora Seaborne’s brilliant, domineering husband dies, she steps into her new life as a widow with as much relief as sadness: her marriage was not a happy one. Wed at nineteen, this woman of exceptional intelligence and curiosity was ill-suited for the role of society wife. Seeking refuge in fresh air and open space in the wake of the funeral, Cora leaves London for a visit to coastal Essex, accompanied by her inquisitive and obsessive eleven-year old son, Francis, and the boy’s nanny, Martha, her fiercely protective friend. While admiring the sites, Cora learns of an intriguing rumor that has arisen further up the estuary, of a fearsome creature said to roam the marshes claiming human lives. After nearly 300 years, the mythical Essex Serpent is said to have returned, taking the life of a young man on New Year’s Eve. A keen amateur naturalist with no patience for religion or superstition, Cora is immediately enthralled, and certain that what the local people think is a magical sea beast may be a previously undiscovered species. Eager to investigate, she is introduced to local vicar William Ransome. Will, too, is suspicious of the rumors. But unlike Cora, this man of faith is convinced the rumors are caused by moral panic, a flight from true belief. These seeming opposites who agree on nothing soon find themselves inexorably drawn together and torn apart—an intense relationship that will change both of their lives in ways entirely unexpected. Hailed by Sarah Waters as "a work of great intelligence and charm, by a hugely talented author," The Essex Serpent is "irresistible . . . you can feel the influences of Mary Shelley, Bram Stoker, Wilkie Collins, Charles Dickens, and Hilary Mantel channeled by Perry in some sort of Victorian séance. This is the best new novel I’ve read in years" (Daily Telegraph).

The Glittering Court

The Glittering Court
Author: Richelle Mead
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 0698405994
Pages: 416
Year: 2016-04-05
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A #1 NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER The Selection meets Reign in this dazzling trilogy of interwoven novels about three girls on a quest for freedom and true love from #1 internationally bestselling author Richelle Mead. "Brilliant and original, Mead’s new series starts off with a bang and will leave readers on the edge of their seats until the very end." —School Library Journal For a select group of girls, the Glittering Court offers a shot at a life they’ve only ever dreamed of, one of luxury, glamour, and leisure. To high-born Adelaide, whose wealthy family is forcing her into a loveless marriage, the Glittering Court represents something else: the chance to chart her own destiny, and adventure in an unspoiled, prosperous new land across the sea. After a chance meeting with the dazzling Cedric Thorn, Adelaide poses as a servant to join the crop of impoverished girls he promises to transform into proper ladies. But her familiarity with upper class life comes with a price: she must hide her identity from her new friends, mysterious refugee Mira and fiery former laundress Tamsin, and most importantly, from Cedric himself—even though she’s falling in love with him. Everything begins to crumble when Cedric discovers Adelaide’s ruse, and she catches the eye of a powerful young governor, who wants her for a wife. She didn’t leave the gilded cage of her old life behind just to become someone else's property. But nothing is as daunting—or as wonderful—as the potent, forbidden attraction simmering between Adelaide and Cedric. One that, if acted on, would make them both outcasts in a wild, dangerous, uncharted world, and possibly lead them to their deaths.

Behind the Scenes at the Museum

Behind the Scenes at the Museum
Author: Kate Atkinson
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 1466842660
Pages: 336
Year: 2013-04-02
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National Bestseller Winner of the Whitbread Book of the Year Kate Atkinson's dazzling debut novel is a deeply moving story of family heartbreak and happiness. Ruby Lennox begins narrating her life at the moment of conception, and from there takes us on a whirlwind tour of the twentieth century as seen through the eyes of an English girl determined to learn about her family and its secrets.

The Girl from Ballymor (HQ Fiction eBook)

The Girl from Ballymor (HQ Fiction eBook)
Author: Kathleen McGurl
Publisher: HarperCollins UK
ISBN: 1474066674
Pages: 384
Year: 2017-09-07
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What would you sacrifice for your children?

Catching Fire

Catching Fire
Author: Suzanne Collins
Publisher:
ISBN: 1407157876
Pages: 448
Year: 2015-10-01
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Second in the ground-breaking HUNGER GAMES trilogy, this new foiled edition of CATCHING FIRE is available for a limited period of time. After winning the brutal Hunger Games, Katniss and Peeta return to their district, hoping for a peaceful future. But their victory has caused rebellion to break out ... and the Capitol has decided that someone must pay. As Katniss and Peeta are forced to visit the districts on the Capitol's Victory Tour, the stakes are higher than ever. Unless they can convince the world that they are still lost in their love for each other, the consequences will be horrifying. Then comes the cruellest twist: the contestants for the next Hunger Games are announced, and Katniss and Peeta are forced into the arena once more.

Tyringham Park

Tyringham Park
Author: Rosemary McLoughlin
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1476733112
Pages: 480
Year: 2014-02-25
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The country estate of Tyringham Park is the epitome of wealth and privilege. Home to the Blackshaws, it finds itself the backdrop to tragedy. It is a beautiful day in 1917, and Tyringham Park is in an uproar after little Victoria Blackshaw, an innocent toddler, disappears without a trace. The feverish search for Victoria soon uncovers jealousies and deceits that both the upstairs and downstairs inhabitants of the grand estate have fought for years to keep hidden. As times passes, Victoria’s disappearance casts a long shadow over all of their lives. Charlotte, the Blackshaw’s less favored eight-year-old daughter, finds herself severely impacted by the loss of her sister. As the years pass, she begins to believe that her mother wishes it was she who had disappeared that day rather than the pretty Victoria. Her greatest wish is to escape the confines of the estate that she once loved; however, Tyringham Park and its mysteries may never release its hold on her. Like all those at Tyringham Park, she is forced into a web of passions and secrets, trysts and betrayals that affect the days of everyone connected to this once great house.

Pearl In The Mist

Pearl In The Mist
Author: Virginia Andrews
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1471104001
Pages: 384
Year: 2012-12-25
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Fate has whisked Ruby Landry from a simple life in the Louisiana bayou. But her new riches bring more treachery than happiness. After a year spent living in his splendid New Orleans mansion, Ruby is still rejoicing in the love of the father she had never known. But she has some venomous enemies in the household: her stepmother Daphne, who sneers at her backwater upbringing, and her twin sister Gisselle, who is full of bitterness and backstabbing. Ruby hopes she will find some peace at the exclusive girls' boarding school her father has chosen for her. But the legendarily strict headmistress, Mrs Ironwood, plots with her stepmother to make Ruby's life a misery. Still Ruby doesn't lose hope - until a terrible tragedy leaves her all alone, forcing her to summon every last ounce of strengh to reclaim her home, her future and the happiness she once knew.

The Life List

The Life List
Author: Lori Nelson Spielman
Publisher: Bantam
ISBN: 0345540883
Pages: 368
Year: 2013-07-02
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INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER In this utterly charming debut—perfect for fans of Cecelia Ahern’s P.S., I Love You and Allison Winn Scotch’s Time of My Life—one woman sets out to complete her old list of childhood goals, and finds that her lifelong dreams lead her down a path she never expects. 1. Go to Paris 2. Have a baby, maybe two 3. Fall in love Brett Bohlinger seems to have it all: a plum job, a spacious loft, an irresistibly handsome boyfriend. All in all, a charmed life. That is, until her beloved mother passes away, leaving behind a will with one big stipulation: In order to receive her inheritance, Brett must first complete the life list of goals she’d written when she was a naïve girl of fourteen. Grief-stricken, Brett can barely make sense of her mother’s decision—her childhood dreams don’t resemble her ambitions at age thirty-four in the slightest. Some seem impossible. How can she possibly have a relationship with a father who died seven years ago? Other goals (Be an awesome teacher!) would require her to reinvent her entire future. As Brett reluctantly embarks on a perplexing journey in search of her adolescent dreams, one thing becomes clear. Sometimes life’s sweetest gifts can be found in the most unexpected places. Praise for The Life List “A wonderful, touching story that reminds us to live life to its fullest.”—Cecelia Ahern, New York Times bestselling author of P.S., I Love You “Spielman’s debut charms.”—Kirkus Reviews “You won’t want to miss Lori Nelson Spielman’s remarkable debut, an intensely emotional novel of transformation and trust. It’s about how we let go, and how we never let go. The Life List has great heart, and even greater soul.”─Sarah Addison Allen, New York Times bestselling author of The Peach Keeper “Irresistible! Everything I love and look for in women’s fiction. A clever, funny, moving page-turner.”─Susan Elizabeth Phillips, New York Times bestselling author of The Great Escape Look for special features inside. Join the Random House Reader’s Circle for author chats and more. From the Trade Paperback edition.