When I Was Yours

Absolutely heartbreaking world war 2 historical fiction

Author: Lizzie Page

Publisher: Bookouture

ISBN: 1786819481

Category: Fiction

Page: N.A

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We stand in the back of the hall as the children troop in. Big ones, little ones. Straggly hair, cropped hair, curls… the adults surge forward to choose and soon there is just one child left, a little girl sitting on the floor. She is thin as a string bean and her sleeve is ragged and damp – like she’s been chewing it. 1939. War has broken out – hundreds of children are evacuated to the countryside to keep them safe from the bombs raining down on the cities. Wrenched from her family in the East End and sent more than a hundred miles away, seven-year-old Pearl Posner must adapt to a new life away from everything familiar. Vivienne didn’t ask for an evacuee child. In fact, she’s not sure her heart can take it. So many years, so many disappointments… Vivi’s ability to feel love left her the day she learned the truth about her husband Edmund, and when she made the worst decision of her life and left her cherished sister to her fate. But like it or not, Pearl is here to stay, and what with the rumours about what’s happening to children in mainland Europe, it might be the last safe place for her. As Pearl and Vivi learn how to live together, they discover that they have a connection that runs more deeply than they could ever have guessed – from before Pearl was born, and deep into Vivienne’s past. And will it be Pearl – the little girl who says so little and sees so much – who forces Vivi to finally confront what happened in her marriage… and to the long-lost sister she loved so dearly and let fall so far, just when she needed Vivi most? A beautiful and emotional wartime historical novel – heart-breaking, moving and unforgettable. Perfect for fans of Orphan Train and Before We Were Yours. Readers absolutely love When I Was Yours: ‘Brought me to tears. I love how having Pearl as an evacuee gave Vivienne a purpose in life. The story has plenty of twists and turns… If you like romantic historical fiction, particularly which is set in wartime, then this is the book for you! This, at times, bought tears to my eyes and equally a warm glow to my heart.’ Stardust Book Reviews ‘Lizzie Page has gone and done it again with this beautiful, poignant and immensely emotional story… She is by far one of my favourite authors… I absolutely love how this is written, Lizzie you have blown me away with your beautiful words, wonderful imagination and emotional story… It is a lovingly written story that has real heart, and one that I cannot recommend enough.’ Chicks Rogues and Scandals, 5 stars ‘I loved it!... I adore Lizzie Page’s writing and the way she so brilliantly blends fact and fiction.’ Jill Mansell, bestselling author ‘This book was hard to put down… One of the best historical fiction books I've read in a very long time.’ Shelly’s Book Nook, 5 stars ‘Page is a wonderful writer, one that draws me in to the story completely and utterly (by the end of the first chapter I thought to myself that I was going to love this book… wonderful characters… brilliantly plotted with a delightfully intertwined story, it has the heartbreak of war and a gorgeous love story… fantastic.’ Short Book and Scribes, 5 stars ‘A compelling and intriguing read… I was fascinated by Vivienne’s story… Vivienne and Pearl are characters I will certainly never forget.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars ‘A lovely, heart-tugging novel.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars ‘You’ll find the yourself engrossed till the last page.’ My Pert Opinions, 5 stars ‘The story is heartbreaking… This is an all-round excellent read, without a doubt 5 stars from me.’ Booking Good Read, 5 stars

Reveling in Sin

Author: Meghan March

Publisher: Meghan March LLC

ISBN: 4294225327


Page: 250

View: 8883


Reveling in Sin is the third book in New York Times bestselling author Meghan March's epically romantic and addictive Sin Trilogy. Whitney Gable is the kind of woman you fight to the death to protect. To keep. To cherish. I’ve finally learned my lesson, and it’s time to prove I’m the man who’s worthy of her. I don’t care what it takes, because failure is not an option. No matter who or what stands in our way—this time, she’ll be mine forever. __________________________________________________ "5 stars for Meghan March 's Sin trilogy. This trilogy gets better and better with each book. The thrills and secret sins keep coming until the final page. Adding this trilogy to my list of "not to miss" unforgettable stories!" ~Aleatha Romig, New York Times bestselling author “This is one of March’s most epic and most memorable love stories, and you’ll be tempted to stay up all night and read it. And then read it all over again the next day.” ~Mary Dube, HEA USA Today "The scorching hot conclusion to Meghan March’s Sin Trilogy is here and it’s one EPIC finale you don’t want to miss!” ~Shayna's Spicy Reads “Just when you think you have all the secrets in the Sin Trilogy figured out, Meghan March delivers up a twist so wild, your jaw will be hitting the floor!” ~Marie's Tempting Reads “March has created a masterpiece with this trilogy with each book being better than the last, keeping me on the edge of my seat wondering if anyone can…survive the Gable/Riscoff family drama.” ~Louise, Seraphim Book Reviews A fast-paced, action-filled, addictive read, it's angsty, emotional, twisted, and so freaking good! ~The Escapist Book Blog “Holy mother of everything that is all holy. THIS BOOK! SO GOOD!” ~Imani, Enamored Reads Family feud, forbidden romance, second chance romance, enemies-to-lovers, small-town romance, hidden romance, strong alpha, alpha hero, alpha billionaire, billionaire, billionaire heir, family business, celebrity, rockstar, famous, strong female lead, strong heroine

It Takes Two

Author: Jenny Holiday

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1455542415

Category: Fiction

Page: 384

View: 2111


This USA Today bestselling author "charms with an irresistible romantic comedy" (Entertainment Weekly) that proves when best man and maid of honor compete, what happens in Vegas doesn't always stay in Vegas... One of Entertainment Weekly's best romances of 2018! Wendy Liu should be delighted to be her best friend's maid of honor. But after years spent avoiding the bride's brother - aka the boy who once broke her heart - she's now trapped with him during an endless amount of wedding festivities. Luckily she's had time to perfect her poker face, and engaging Noah Denning in a little friendly competition might just prove that she's over him for good... Noah Denning is determined to make his little sister's wedding memorable. But it seems Wendy is trying to outdo him at every turn. Challenging each other was always something he and Wendy did right, so when she proposes they compete to see who can throw the best bachelor or bachelorette party in Sin City, Noah takes the bait - and ups the stakes. Because this time around, he wants Wendy for keeps. And when you're fighting for love, all bets are off. "Romantic comedy at its best." -The Washington Post "A witty, sexy and wonderfully entertaining romantic comedy." -USA Today, Happy Ever After "Holiday combines class and sass with a hefty dose of humor." -Publishers Weekly "Marvelously memorable characters." -Booklist, starred review What readers are saying about It Takes Two:"Highly recommend this charming tale, it's sure to leave you smiling long after the last page is turned!" "Heartfelt and sexy, It Takes Two is further proof of Holiday's remarkable talent." "A story that's both lighthearted and emotionally compelling....Jenny Holiday is one of my new favorite authors!" The Bridesmaids Behaving Badly series:Once Upon a Bride: A NovellaOne and OnlyIt Takes TwoMerrily Ever After: A NovellaThree Little Words


Author: Philip Beard

Publisher: Philip Beard

ISBN: 0990376613

Category: Fiction

Page: N.A

View: 472


"Swing is richly rewarding...a tight, poignant coming of age novel...[that] will stay with you long after you put this book down." –Sports Illustrated John Kostka is three feet tall but larger than life, moving through the world on gloved hands and powerful arms as if on a set of parallel bars. Henry Graham is a ten year-old boy whose father has just left home for good. When the two meet at a downtown bus stop, all they seem to have in common is their love of the 1971 Pittsburgh Pirates. But that is enough to begin a life-long friendship that, eventually, enables both men to confront old enemies and heal old wounds. Philip Beard's third and most accomplished novel swings between two narratives the way John Kostka swings through life. The result is a multifaceted meditation on childhood heroes, the beauty of baseball and the power of love to heal a family in crisis. “Philip Beard’s Swing is a novel to be savored.” –Sara Gruen, New York Times bestselling author of Water for Elephants and Ape House “Philip Beard’s novel Swing is complex and rich, and the characters feel fully made of flesh and blood as they make their way through the pages... It’s at once heartbreaking, uplifting and emotionally resonant. In a word, it’s beautiful."-Pittsburgh Magazine “Beard‘s characters are flawed but inherently likeable, and he allows us to know them intimately, so their missteps and misfortunes hit like a punch in the gut every time. Every character—the absent father, the troubled sister, the mysterious wonder that is John Kostka—feels alive due to Beard‘s skillfully simple prose and dialogue. …Philip Beard‘s other novels, Lost in the Garden and Dear Zoe (named as one of Booklist’s Ten Best First Novels) have garnered some attention, but with Swing, Beard has hit it out of the park.” –Foreword Reviews "If your sensibilities allow for the careful blending of baseball nostalgia and muscular literature, Swing is right there in your wheelhouse. Mr. Beard’s richly formed characters each command the reader’s interest from the quiet urgency in their evolving selves, but none is as unforgettable as John Kostka, a legless veteran who swings himself on and off PAT buses with varying degrees of success. That the story unfolds against the backdrop of the decidedly non-fiction Pittsburgh Pirates of 1971 is not just a literary device for time and place. It’s a launch point for Mr. Beard’s own subtle beauty-of-baseball treatise, and the beauty here lies as much in the writing as in the game. The reader needs no special affinity for either the team or even the sport to enjoy Swing. Still, in the game’s most elemental terms, Mr. Beard’s swing here is just about perfect. In fact, he crushes it." –The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette “In his wonderful follow-up to Dear Zoe, Philip Beard takes his readers to unexpected places with emotions as true and honest as ever. Gracefully shifting points-of-view and characters—from 1970’s World Series Pittsburgh to the present— in prose that would make Richard Yates proud, Beard delivers a story of how we grow up, how we grow old, and how we grow into people we both love and hate. In the World Series of the heart, Beard takes the pennant, delivering grace to the reader in the same way his characters dream of saving one another.” –Lori Jakiela, award-winning author of The Bridge to Take When Things Get Serious “Narrator Henry Graham asks his writing students, ‘But what does it taste like?’ Philip Beard’s Swing is a novel to be savored.” –Sara Gruen, New York Times bestselling author of Water for Elephants and Ape House “Like Chad Harbaugh in The Art of Fielding, Philip Beard uses baseball as a lens to view love and loss. Swing is a generous, heartfelt novel filled with imperfect characters worth loving, and a valentine to Pittsburgh and the great Pirate teams of Maz and Clemente.” –Stewart O’Nan, award-winning author of Faithful and Emily Alone "Swing is the work of a superb storyteller, infused with keen observation, the ache of nostalgia and deep emotion that is always earned. No one has better captured so many significant stages of life or so beautifully combined them, and Beard’s perfect balance between elegant phrasing and a driving narrative make Swing a novel impossible to put down." –Tasha Alexander, New York Times bestselling author of Death in the Floating City "Philip Beard's new book arrives as a very rare achievement: a novel that feels truly and fully and enchantingly alive. Damaged and wounded, yearning and adrift, often down but never entirely out, his vivid characters come onstage as people we know—and they reveal themselves ever more fully as we learn their stories, because Philip Beard is one writer who never cuts corners or fails to go deep. A first-rate novel of second chances, Swing is one from the heart." –Jon Clinch, award-winning author of Finn and The Thief of Auschwitz “An exquisite novel so real you watch it rather than read it. Masterful, erotic and poignant, Swing is a movie waiting to happen.” –Tish Cohen, bestselling author of Inside Out Girl and The Search Angel.

102 Minutes

The Unforgettable Story of the Fight to Survive Inside the Twin Towers

Author: Jim Dwyer,Kevin Flynn

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 9781429996891

Category: History

Page: 400

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"102 Minutes does for the September 11 catastrophe what Walter Lord did for the Titanic in his masterpiece, A Night to Remember . . . Searing, poignant, and utterly compelling."—Rick Atkinson, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of An Army at Dawn Hailed upon its hardcover publication as an instant classic, the critically acclaimed New York Times bestseller 102 Minutes is now available in a revised edition timed to honor the tenth anniversary of the attacks of September 11, 2001. At 8:46 a.m. that morning, fourteen thouosand people were inside the World Trade Center just starting their workdays, but over the next 102 minutes, each would become part of a drama for the ages. Of the millions of words written about this wrenching day, most were told from the outside looking in. New York Times reporters Jim Dwyer and Kevin Flynn draw on hundreds of interviews with rescuers and survivors, thousands of pages of oral histories, and countless phone, e-mail, and emergency radio transcripts to tell the story of September 11 from the inside looking out. Dwyer and Flynn have woven an epic and unforgettable account of the struggle, determination, and grace of the ordinary men and women who made 102 minutes count as never before. 102 Minutes is a 2005 National Book Award Finalist for Nonfiction.

Hard to Fall

A Take the Fall Novel

Author: Marquita Valentine

Publisher: Loveswept

ISBN: 1101969156

Category: Fiction

Page: 201

View: 4988


Wedding bells are ringing—and tempers are flaring—as the Take the Fall series continues in this sweet, sexy novel from the bestselling author of After We Fall (“This beautiful story kept me transfixed until the very end.”—Krista Lakes). As a hardworking, hard-partying firefighter, Hayden Walker values his career and his freedom. But as the eldest son of a U.S. senator, he agreed long ago to follow in his father’s footsteps and run for office, and that means settling down and marrying the picture-perfect wife. Hayden just isn’t ready for that sort of commitment . . . not with women like beautiful, curvy Saylor Dean—the naughty bridesmaid he recognizes the morning after his buddy’s wedding—tempting Hayden to stay single forever. The unwanted love child of a well-known politician, Saylor has always felt isolated and alone, her only solace the animal shelter she runs in Forrestville. Then she meets Hayden at her best friend’s wedding. During their impulsive and unforgettable night together, Saylor feels desired like never before—only to wake up and find that Hayden doesn’t remember his drunken proposal, or their hasty marriage, or her. But when the truth comes out, Saylor finds it’s a lot harder to fall out of love than in love. Praise for Hard to Fall “Marquita Valentine strikes gold with relatable and quirky characters in Hard to Fall. She will have you fanning yourself and then reaching for the tissues as you cry from laughter. Hard to Fall is a fun read, full of steam and drool-worthy moments. How can you not fall in love with an alpha male who fights fires? Yum!”—Meghan Quinn, author of Stroked “Five sweet and steamy stars! With quirky yet relatable characters, a sexy love story, and a compelling plot that keeps you entertained the entire way through, Marquita Valentine has done it again!”—Stacey Lynn, author of the Fireside series “Sweet and quirky heroine and a steamy hero tangled together in a complicated romance readers will root for!”—Caisey Quinn, author of the Neon Dreams series “With a hot fireman hero and a funny heroine I could be BFFs with, Hard to Fall kept me grinning and swooning from beginning to end!”—USA Today bestselling author Cindi Madsen “Hard to Fall pushed all my buttons in just the right way. Sweet, funny and best of all . . . so damn hot.”—New York Times bestselling author Sawyer Bennett “Hard to Fall combines family, friendships, and politics into an endearing, fun, and hot package.”—Harlequin Junkie “I have loved every book in this series and Marquita Valentine has just added another winner! Five stars.”—Books Need TLC “This story was amazing. . . . The twists and turns the story takes will have you on the edge of your seat waiting to see what happens. Another great book by Marquita Valentine.”—FMR Book Grind “Yes, this is a story that hit its target, my heart! Five stars.”—The Book Fairy Reviews “Hard to Fall was my fave out of the whole series, but the bigger picture is that the Take the Fall series is a series not to be missed. I only hope that [Marquita Valentine] will add some more in it because I really need more from these amazing heroes.”—Collectors of Book Boyfriends & Girlfriends Includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.

Legacy of Silence

Author: Belva Plain

Publisher: Dell

ISBN: 0440226406

Category: Fiction

Page: 419

View: 6010


Pregnant and unwed, Caroline Hartzinger flees wartime Europe for America in 1939 and meets Joel Hirsch, who offers marriage and respectablity, until the day her daughter Eve brings Caroline's carefully crafted world crashing down once again

Somewhere, Someday

Sometimes the past must be confronted

Author: Josephine Cox

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0755384555

Category: Fiction

Page: 259

View: 6175


To find peace, she must come face to face with the tragedies of her past... Somewhere, Someday is a heartfelt and breathtaking novel about learning to live with the past, from bestselling author Josephine Cox. Perfect for fans of Rosie Goodwin and Lindsey Hutchinson. 'Josephine Cox's novels satisfy the romantic in us all yet still provide a life-is-never-easy, gritty read. This is a heartstring-puller' - Next Magazine Kelly knew that, although Barney would always love her, his restless soul would never allow him to stay, but she could never have envisaged how his leaving would alter her life. Alone once more, Kelly finds herself remembering the past: in particular, what happened in the autumn of 1877 and how it destroyed her family. Filled with regrets and wishes that life may have been different, Kelly begins to see that she must confront her past - and only then will she finally be free. What readers are saying about Somewhere, Someday: 'Josephine Cox provides memorable characters that stay with you after the book has been read. [I] really cared about Kelly and Amy. As the plot unravels and family secrets are revealed the book is gripping... I was swept into the lives of the main characters' 'Another superb book that keeps you intrigued throughout, so much so I had difficulty putting it down. A really well written story with [both] heartache and love' 'This book has everything - five stars'