The Pratchett family have to contend with coalman Alfie Pratchett's obsessive jealousy. A bully, his two teenage children, John and Millie, have learned to dodge him and his moods. The main concern of ugly duckling Millie -- who looks nothing like her handsome brother John -- is to protect their mum, Eileen.When crisis strikes the Pratchetts' home, Alfie is forced to watch his whole world gradually collapse around him. Their old life has gone forever, and a new one has begun -- one in which rape, debt, alcoholism and insanity play their parts. And redemption is a long time coming.
Escaping from an arranged and abusive marriage, seventeen-year-old Lakshmi makes her way alone from her 1950s rural village to the vibrant pink city of Jaipur. There she becomes the henna artist, and confidante, most in demand to the wealthy women of the upper class. But trusted with the secrets of the wealthy, she can never reveal her own.
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NW c.2 07/20
VPL c.1 07/20
Don Mills, Ontario, Canada : Harlequin Audio, 2020
After surviving a brutal attack at the hands of her ex-husband, a cop, Hope Carson, the subject of suspicious rumors, doesn't trust law enforcement officials until she finds safety in the arms of local DA Remy Jennings.
Receiving an inheritance allows Libby the opportunity to escape from her abusive marriage, but her controlling husband will not let her escape easily; meanwhile, Emily seeks to make contact with the daughter she lost years earlier.
At fourteen the unworldly, idealistic Jack Easy leaves the luxury of his father's estate in England and sails into a world of action and adventure aboard the sloop of war HMS Harpy. At first Jack finds it hard to stomach the discipline of naval life and, with his mischievous sense of humor, is always getting himself into scrapes. But soon he is bravely taming a band of mutineering seamen, outwitting a wily and murderous Sicilian nobleman, and breathing the smell of gunpowder and raw steel as the Harpy chases Spanish ships on the Mediterranean.
With her ten-year old son, Alice is fleeing an abusive relationship. It's social worker Mattie's job to drive them to a shelter, but instead she invites the pair into her home. As a snowstorm traps them all in Mattie's run-down house, the women's pasts will prove itself unburied, stirring up threats both within and without.
When Maverick Rylan -- the Raven Riders Motorcycle Club vice president -- learns that the only woman who has ever held his heart is in trouble, he'll move heaven and earth to save her. Alexa Harmon thought she had it all, but her dream is now a nightmare. Alexa realizes she's fallen for a facade she can't escape -- until sexy, dangerous Maverick offers her a way out.
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BPL c.1 09/17
VPL c.2 09/17
Ashland, Or.: Blackstone, New York, N.Y.: HarperAudio, 2017
Jonah Hargrove joins the mysterious River, a teenage girl carrying thousands of dollars in stolen meth. They are pursued by local drug kingpin John Curtis and his murderous enforcer, Dakota Cade. But Cade and Curtis have their own enemies, and keeping tabs on everyone is the Thin Man, a silent assassin. As their final paths collide and all are forced to come to terms with their choices, their circumstances, and their own definition of God.
Eagle Falls is a sleepy town in Washington State. Surrounded by forests and a national park, it's threatened by huge wildfires. But when a family dies in a house blaze, it's suspected to be the work of an arsonist... Jessie Lewis, a former firefighter and survivor of domestic abuse, sleeps with a gun on her bedside table. Ruth Sullivan has retired from the FBI in Seattle after a terrorist attack killed her partner. Both women find themselves on the trail of the arsonist -- and tangled up in the web of lies that runs through Eagle Falls.
Nineteen-year-old Sally is battered and bruised, and lying in the hospital once again. It's nothing new, it's happened before and it'll happen again.But when DI Laura Kesey introduces Sally to a new social worker, she finds hope at a local women's domestic violence refuge, where she's surrounded by women just like her.But then a man is mowed down in a hit and run. Soon a second suspicious death follows. Both deaths link back to the refuge.Has Sally found a safe place or a new danger?
Mary Dutton is accused of killing her husband by poison. The police see it as an open-and-shut case, and even those protesting for her believe she committed the act, but is innocent of wrongdoing after suffering years of domestic abuse. Since his recent success in the high-profile Dryden case catapulted him to the front pages of the national press, Arthur Skelton is now one of the most recognisable barristers. Despite the odds, he agrees to represent Mary Dutton. With a general election on the horizon and both sides of the political divide keen to turn the Dutton case to their advantage, as well as long-held secrets within the Dutton family itself, can Skelton ever really expose the truth?
As a boy, Dick Falkner ran away from abject poverty and an abusive alcoholic father. Sixteen years later, he finds himself hungry of body and empty of spirit in a Midwestern town. Although he finds no help in this so-called Christian town, he is eventually taken in by George Udell, a local publisher and kindhearted man. Through hard work and Christian morals, this man, who becomes known as "that printer of Udell's," rises above his past to a new, inspiring life with God.