A young woman, working in an electronics store in downtown Delhi, is selected by the CEO of one of India's biggest companies to take on his business empire, but first must pass seven tests from the so-called 'textbook of life'.
An Everyman searches for truth and meaning in a life fraught with unsettling challenges, joyful milestones, and the unconscious awareness of the passage of time. Thisdebut novel follows its protagonist as he tries to understand the world around him over the course of his lifetime.
Julia Curtis is a busy mother of three, with a husband often away for work, an ever-present mother-in-law, a career, and a house that needs doing up. Her fourteen-year-old daughter, Milla, has fallen in love for the first time, and her youngest, Ruby, is a nine-year-old fashionista who can out-negotiate anyone. But Julia's eleven-year-old son, Jackson, is different. Different to his sisters. Different to his classmates. In fact, Jackson is different from everyone. And bringing up a child who is different isn't always easy. Then, one Monday morning, Jackson follows his new friend Digby into the school toilets. What happens inside changes everything; not only for Jackson, but for every member of his family. Julia faces the fight of her life to save her unusual boy from a world set up for 'normal'. An extraordinary boy. The mother who loves him. The fight of their lives.
Rebecca and her beautiful, reckless friend Alex dream of lives beyond their mothers' narrow expectations. Their struggle to define themselves against the backdrop of an American cultural revolution unites them, until one sweltering summer evening, when a single act of betrayal changes everything.
In the close-knit community of Chesapeake Shores, Maryland, Susie O’Brien and Mack Franklin’s “not dating” claim befuddles everyone, especially since the two spend every spare minute together. Susie’s thrilled when their friendship finally heats up. Then, just when happily-ever-after seems within reach, Mack loses the job he loves and Susie faces a devastating diagnosis.
The last person 27-year-old Logan Wade expects to hear from on her birthday is her famous pop-star cousin, Kelsey. But soon, they reconnect and Kelsey offers Logan a job as her assistant. At first, Logan is enamored with the glamour of the celebrity lifestyle -- yet she can't help but notice how the pressures of the spotlight are tearing Kelsey's supposedly perfect life apart.
Thea's having a bad month. Not only has she been made redundant, she's also discovered her husband of nearly 20 years is sleeping with one of her friends. Thea doesn't know what to do. When she learns the great-uncle she barely knew has died and left her his huge collection of second-hand books and a house in the Scottish Lowlands, she seems to have been offered a second chance. Running away to a little town where no one knows her seems like exactly what Thea needs. But when she meets the aristocratic Maltravers brothers -- grumpy bookshop owner Edward and his estranged brother Charles, Lord Hollinshaw -- her new life quickly becomes just as complicated as the life she was running from...?
After a family tragedy, Janey Carhart was forced from her comfortable life as a captain's daughter into domestic service. Determined to make something of herself, Janey eventually finds work as a lady's maid at the imposing Bosvenna Manor on the edge of Bodmin Moor, but is soon caught between the two worlds of upstairs and downstairs, as she cares for her mistress. Desperately lonely, Janey catches the attention of two men - James Brockenshaw and Daniel Kellow. James is heir to the Bosvenna estate. Daniel Kellow is a neighbouring farmer with a dark past. Two men. Who should she choose? Or will fate decide?
When a car of inebriated guests from Carmen's wedding hits and kills a girl on a country road, Carmen and the people involved in the accident connect, disconnect, and reconnect throughout twenty-five subsequent years of marriage, parenthood, holidays, and tragedies.
Following a terrible storm, seven-year-old Lottie is rescued from a shipwreck by local Cornishman Arnie Lanroska. Her clothing suggests she comes from a wealthy family, but Lottie's back bears the scars of a severe beating, and how she came to be on a cargo ship in the first place remains a mystery... Arnie and his wife already have two young children, Matt and Tom, but are desperate to keep Lottie. They decide to foster her, despite outcries from the local community. But when tragedy strikes the very heart of the Lanroska family, the repercussions could change the lives of everyone close to them...
This collection of stand-alone short stories is a treat for new readers and dedicated fans alike. In each of these seventeen stories, an ordinary person takes on an extraordinary journey to a new life, discovering facets and strengths they never knew they possessed. Across a variety of time periods and settings, these stories capture Anna Jacobs' unique style and showcase her mastery of emotional tales. The collection includes: 'The Cotton Lass': Widow Sarah is struggling to make ends meet as England suffers from the cotton famine brought on by war in the United States. Will the opportunity to move to Australia provide a new life for her?
Recovering from a near-fatal accident, Eve is determined to return to the life she's always wanted. But brain damage leaves her forgetful, confused, and tortured by repressed memories of a deeply troubled childhood. Eve must choose between clinging to the lies that helped her survive her childhood and unearthing the secrets she buried long ago.
Every seven years, a boy disappears from Camp Waukeelo. Who will be next? It doesn't take long for a little boy to disappear. Joey Proctor can't swim, but that doesn't stop camp counselor Alex Mason from leaving him out on a raft in the middle of the lake in a fit of rage. Alex only meant to scare the kid, teach him a lesson. He didn't mean to forget about him. But now Joey is gone... and his body is never found. More than twenty years later, Alex is a success. The proof is there for anyone to see, in the millions of dollars he makes, his lavish house, his beautiful wife and daughters. And no one knows what happened that summer at camp. At least, no one should know. But it looks like Joey Proctor may be back to take his revenge.
Kate Owen is a woman fleeing from the past. Leaving a rewarding job in London, she's uprooted her life and given away her daughter to keep them both safe. Damaged from a traumatic event that broke her family apart, she attempts to find peace in Liverpool. There she meets the seemingly eligible Alex Price, who offers her a glimpse of a happy future. But there are those in London who can never forget what she did, and believe she holds the key to the unfinished business she left behind in the capital. Growing closer to Alex, Kate realises he is also hurting from painful memories. Will they ever find happiness together in Liverpool?
Former academic Arthur Opp weighs 550 pounds and hasn't left his rambling Brooklyn home in a decade. Twenty miles away in Yonkers, 17-year-old Kel Keller navigates life as the poor kid in a rich school and pins his hopes on what seems like a promising baseball career--if he can untangle himself from his family drama. The link between this unlikely pair is Kel's mother, Charlene, a former student of Arthur's. After nearly two decades of silence, it is Charlene's unexpected phone call to Arthur that jostles them into action.
When a shocking news report shatters Juno Ryan's world, she suddenly finds herself without the man she loves - and with no way of getting the answers she so desperately needs. A distraught Juno flees to the enchanting Villa Naranja in Spain. The blue skies and bountiful orange groves - along with Pep, the winemaker's handsome son - begin to soothe her broken heart, but only Juno herself can mend it. Just when she begins to feel whole again another bombshell falls. Can Juno put the past behind her? And will she ever learn to trust herself again?
Welcome to the Lazy Windmill, where guests find that life is what you make it, love is priceless, and family is determined by far more than DNA. Casie Carmichael's accidental dude ranch is well on its way, but the residents of her Hope Springs haven are running wild. With an unwed mother-to-be, a turbulent teen romance, and a bronc-riding grandmother to contend with, the last thing Casie has time for is a romantic relationship.
Craig was a teenage lifeguard on a beach in Germany when two children died on his watch. It should never have happened. He was an expert swimmer. His grandfather, Gordon McInnes, was on board a ship torpedoed during the war. He survived. Years later, he met one of the crew of the U boat that attacked his ship. Gerd is a refugee of the Cold War. Recruited by the Stasi, he escaped to the west after his mission went terribly wrong. He never went back. Three lives; three turning points.