SPLIT – A Child, A Priest, and the Catholic Church

SPLIT- A Child, A Priest, and the Catholic Church is a riveting memoir that takes the reader into the scary world of a child living in the secrecy and trauma of childhood priest abuse. It’s a courageous story because as a women, the author, faces her abuser.  Her child finally gets to speak. You will get glimpses into the author’s convent life, and her journey into the legal arena as she was one of the earliest victims to file a suit against the notorious serial pedophile in the Los Angeles Diocese, Father George Neville Rucker. She is married and lives with her spouse in Seattle, WA.

 

Author(s)
Mary Dispenza

The Latina President and The Conspiracy to Destroy Her

U.S. President Isabel Aragon Tennyson embarks on a fearless crusade to rein in the financial industry and other rich and powerful forces in the U.S. and around the world. But she is up against a ruthless international conspiracy determined to destroy her first. The ensuing conflict results in assassination, impeachment and murder. The Latina President is not a true story. But it could be. Its themes and conflicts are as current as today’s headlines and newscasts. The story skims the surface between fiction and reality, told by an author who himself spent decades immersed in the tense and turbulent world of high stakes politics. The Latina President is suspenseful, topical, important.

Author(s)
Joe Rothstein
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The Wrong Prince

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Luccia Camerlane is the Baron of Backshore’s enigmatic daughter…as well as Prince Geo’s secret mistress…until she learns of her disastrous betrothal to none other than his brother, Prince Dmitri.

When Dmitri is abducted by the deranged King of Llewes, star-crossed lovers Geo and Lucie must set aside their woes and differences to rescue the Crown Prince from the formidable Wintersea fortress. A precocious castle ward, a fascinating love-quadrangle, and a hit-woman harlot complete this action packed rom com in another wickedly fast-paced fantasy adventure from C.K. Brooke, author of The Red Pearl and the Books of Jordinia.

Author(s)
C.K. Brooke

Mornings in Jeniin

Mornings in Jenin, by Susan Abulhawa

This is one of the most disturbing stories I have read. I visited Israel in 1967, shortly after the Six Day War ended. I remember the Israeli taxi driver boasting about how quickly they had won that war, gleefully pointing out captured tanks and other military vehicles at the side of the roads we travelled, and feeling rather disgusted at his smugness. Surely all war was horrible, surely all war implied suffering and death? My 20-year old self was horrified, not impressed.

Susan Abulhawa tells her story with passion and pain. It is the story of a family which grew up in the peaceful village of Ein Hod, occupied by Israelis after the partition of Palestine in 1948, and then was forced to relocate to a camp in Jenin. After bombing, burning, killing, maiming, plundering and looting, soldiers came to claim the land the family had lived on since distant times.

It is nothing short of devastating to read of families torn apart, of life in a refugee camp, of loss, destruction, and oppression.  I will never forget the horror I felt reading about a mother having her baby son torn from her arms, lost to her forever to be raised by the enemy.

The story begins in a peaceful, ancient village, and ends with the massacre of so-called terrorists, an incident denied in the US press. One of the soldiers gives the narrator water to drink during the siege, but it’s ‘not enough to wash a mother’s blood from her daughter’s skin.’ Earlier, she felt a strange desire to be a fish, to live ‘inside the water’s soothing world, where screams and gunfire were not heard and death was not smelled.’

It is impossible to read this story without feeling, to quote: ‘sad for the youth betrayed by their leaders for symbols and flags and war and power.’ And sadder still, to know that the conflict rages on.

 

Behind Closed Doors

This really was a page-turner! I started reading it at 10.00pm, made myself  stop to sleep at 02.00am, then woke and finished it in an hour. That says it all. It’s creepy, disturbing, even scary: I kept trying to find a flaw in the narrator’s logic (how could she be so helpless?) but her tormentor’s ice-cold insanity pre-empted her every bid for freedom and outwitted her every time. A chilling, tension-filled read.

Hello From the Gillespies

helloFor the past thirty-three years, Angela Gillespie has sent to friends and family around the world an end-of-the-year letter titled “Hello from the Gillespies.” It’s always been cheery and full of good news. This year, Angela surprises herself—she tells the truth….

The Gillespies are far from the perfect family that Angela has made them out to be. Her husband is coping badly with retirement. Her thirty-two-year-old twins are having career meltdowns. Her third daughter, badly in debt, can’t stop crying. And her ten-year-old son spends more time talking to his imaginary friend than to real ones.

Without Angela, the family would fall apart. But when a bump on the head leaves Angela with temporary amnesia, the Gillespies pull together—and pull themselves together—in wonderfully surprising ways….

Author(s)
Monica McInerney

Escape into the Blue

What would you risk to chase your true destiny?

Hauntingly beautiful, Sophia is a survivor. After a tragic accident that changes the course of her life, she is struggling to find her way. When she stumbles across a picture of a Caribbean beach in a magazine, she convinces herself that this is the answer to all her problems…Secret desires, personal devastation and obsession torment her dreams.
When she meets a mysterious and worldly businessman, everything starts coming together. Slipping across invisible social lines, she ultimately becomes one of them. Her inexperience leads her away from what she came for, because nothing is as it seems. Trapped in a spider web, she sinks deeper into his world.
Then one fateful night, she meets a free-spirited photographer and everything changes again…Can Sophia ever find the peace she so desperately needs? Or will corruption and deceit destroy her, before she can discover the real truth for herself? An adventure meets grown-up fairy tale, filled with twists and turns you won’t soon forget.
Prepare yourself to experience the real Caribbean, where everything that glitters is not gold…

Destination:Freedom

The best way to understand the suffering of others is to hear their stories of courage and struggle. Being homeless, displaced, isolated and useless is hard to imagine if you’ve never suffered it. I have, so I speak out. Destination: Freedom is a memoir based on the true life story of a young girl Lily and her mom. With only two suitcases and a large supply of hope mother and child escape to Europe from their war-torn homeland.

Echo from Mount Royal

Montreal, 1951. Rebecca Wiseman, 18-years-old, briefly meets a handsome young man, but has little hope of seeing him again. When Sol Gottesman tracks her down and asks her on a date, her joy mingles with disbelief when she learns he is the son of a wealthy Westmount businessman.

When Sol takes her in a chauffeured Rolls-Royce to the most expensive restaurant in the city, Rebecca enters a world of upper-class wealth and privilege unknown in her working-class family. She believes her romantic dreams have come true.

She soon learns that despite Sol’s outward charm, he lacks self-confidence. When he reveals the simmering conflicts in his family, Rebecca wants to protect Sol, but helping him stand up to the pressure from his family, puts her squarely in the midst of it all.

Class, religion, family conflict and sexual secrets test their love, leading to a revelation that could change her life forever.

Author(s)
Dave Riese
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The Pragashini – Smuts Affair

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The Pragashni – Smutts Affair

A wayward schoolgirl is forced to confront the harsh realities of a divided nation, as politics, cultures and families collide in this stirring tale of love, loss and betrayal. Set against the backdrop of South Africa’s notorious apartheid regime. ‘The Pragashini-Smuts Affair’ reveals one girl’s battle to lead a life less ordinary, amid a turbulent struggle that pitches the forces of good against evil as the dark clouds of oppression begin to slowly gather.

Author(s)
Agnes Sam

The Devil Couldn’t Break Me

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The horrifying true story of a young girl held captive by very nasty and dangerous men during the Yugoslavian conflict. Refugees are in the headlines every day now, and the horrors Laura encountered highlight the sheer terror people face when their country is torn apart by hatred, their homes destroyed, their loved ones separated from them. This is very much a tale for our times.

Author(s)
Laura Aslan
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He Will Exist

A first novel from a self published author that takes you on an journey that will bring you to your emotional knees. A book that goes beyond any description you could possibly try to give it, it just becomes something you live in, feel in and deal with your fears in, unable to put the book down for a second. Think you had everything figured out? Read this and you’ll think again. Amazing debut, beautifully written and not to be missed.

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Author(s)
Margaritë Camaj

Vidal’s Honor

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Author(s)
Sherry Gloag

A Second Chance

A Second Chance.jpgJourney back to the early 1800s and join a young widow, an injured man, a kidnapped woman, and a cheeky butler, as they come together in an adventure of intrigue, mystery, suspense, and of course, romance.

Travel with Graydon and Kathryn from the English countryside to a London ball, all while he struggles to regain his memory and strength sufficiently to rescue his kidnapped niece, and she wonders whether she can risk taking a second chance at love.

Author(s)
Christina Paul
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The Catholic Woman’s Dying Wish

 

Screen Shot 2015-09-24 at 16.27.27.pngMaria knows she will die soon. More than anything, she longs to ask Kathleen for forgiveness, but she has no idea where her daughter has been for the past thirty years. With nothing left to lose, she confesses to her son, Darius, that she sent his fourteen-year-old sister to a Magdalene laundry in Ireland and begs him to find her.

Haunted by his own childhood abuse, Darius can’t seem to hold onto the good relationships in his life; now, on top of the disturbing revelation about his long-lost sister, he faces the wreckage of his marriage and estrangement from his gay son. When his attempts to find his sister keep proving fruitless, he decides to distract himself with online dating…and discovers a prime candidate in Faye.

A widow and mother of three, Faye is still recovering from an abusive marriage that destroyed her confidence. Although she doesn’t initially find Darius attractive, she enjoys spending time with him and empathizes with his sister’s plight.

As the compellingly flawed characters weave in and out of each other’s lives, The Catholic Woman’s Dying Wish tackles the question of whether abuse survivors can heal and move on…or whether they remain broken victims of their past.

Kindred Hearts

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Lonely Natasha (Tasha) Graham is thrilled when the enigmatic twins from her childhood sweep back into her life. Sebastian and Celeste Walker are two sides of the same coin, darkness and light, drawing Tasha into their glamorous world and seducing her with a potent cocktail of love and sexual desire. But everything is not as perfect as it seems. Will the past destroy everything worth saving?

Author(s)
Grace Lowrie

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THE THIRD BOOK

THE THIRD BOOK by Isaac Izikenthirdbook

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This is a fascinating story to read and learn from,  it is a  story of a young Scottish woman, Elian, in the 1940s and 60s Scotland.
“Elian told her captivating story; her story was the type that won’t go off the mind easily, perhaps it caused mostly the people who had mis-conceptions about her to imagine her unwillingness to marry.”
A deal was made in good faith on her behalf but without her consent  when her mother died but . The weight of its consequence came too much to bear for her.
“A promise to hide the truth till death was broken! The truth of Edinburgh saga was made known when least expected.”

http://www.amazon.com/Third-Book-Isaac-Iziken-ebook/dp/B00M0VU0BQ/ref

Questing Marilyn: In Search Of My Holy Grail, Personal Growth Through Travel

Questing Marilyn: In Search Of My Holy Grail, Personal Growth Through Travel by Marilyn Barnicke Belleghem questin

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Questing Marilyn: In Search of My Holy Grail, Personal Growth Through Travel, a self-help memoir, shares a journey to sacred and historic sites in England and Ireland while exploring the process of how changes in thinking can result in dramatic life changes. Author, Marilyn Barnicke Belleghem M.Ed., a Registered Marriage and Family Therapist, uses her personal experiences to reveal how she applies life skills to her adventures. It is a voyage of the inner soul as she visits Stonehenge, Avebury, Glastonbury, Bath, Kilkenny, Dublin and other favourites. Reviewers applaud the book as a new kind of travel guide that tells the reader not only how to discover a foreign country but how to discover their inner spirit. Throughout her Quest, Marilyn confronts past negative teachings that have kept her from achieving her desires. When she focuses her personal energy and is true to her Self, she creates a plan that takes her to experiences that bring deep satisfaction and joy. As Marilyn’s energy changes, new experiences appear in her life that reveal the natural process of personal growth. Opportunities appear in unexpected, rich, and marvelous ways. Share the surprises. Readers can believe they are travelling with Marilyn as her rich descriptions create intimacy that allows an inner sense of personal transformation. Her changes in attitude can help readers learn to transform their own sense of Self too. Order Questing Marilyn now! Available on Kindle.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Questing-Marilyn-Search-Personal-Through/dp/0973412909/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1403090535&sr=1-1

The Cinderella Reflex

The Cinderella Reflex by Johanna Buchanan

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Ever think everyone else has their life sorted except you?
That’s how Tess Morgan feels when she returns from her trip around the world. Because while she’s been blissed out in Bali, her peers have been climbing the career ladder.
Turning thirty,Tess thinks maybe it’s time for her to do the same.
But her job as a radio producer feel less like a sturdy foot on the career ladder and more like a stepping stone to disaster as Tess struggles with the demands of the neurotic staff at Atlantic 1 FM.
Her boss, Helene Harper, has problems of her own. Ten years older than Tess, both her relationship and career have taken a wrong turning into a not very pleasant cul-de-sac.
Things go from bad to worse for both women when the struggling radio station is suddenly bought over by the charismatic but ruthless Jack McCabe, who immediately launches a competition for a new star. Soon, nerves are frayed and friendships strained as everyone battles to keep their jobs.
Tess gets back in touch with the ex she thinks of as The One who got away.
Helene tries to to pull strings with her influential lover.
But when both women find Prince Charming is not exactly playing the game, they have to harness their ambition and work out their own rescue plan.
The Cinderella Reflex is a romantic comedy for women who help themselves.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Cinderella-Reflex-Johanna-Buchanan-ebook/dp/B00GG5AQAW/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1391622009&sr=1-1&keywords=the+cinderella+reflex

Writing the Town Read

Writing the Town Read by Katharine E. Smith

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On July 7th 2005, London is high on the success of winning the 2012 Olympics bid when it is hit by a number of terrorist attacks.
At the other side of the country, in remote, beautiful Cornwall, aspiring journalist Jamie Calder finds her own life affected by the bombings as her partner, Dave, vanishes in London at the time of the attacks.
The initial impact of that terrible day in July is followed by a slow but sure falling apart of the life Jamie believed was settled and secure.
The coming months demonstrate to Jamie that life does not always run to plan and that things are not always as they may first seem.
Only time will tell whether this is necessarily a bad thing.

Writing the Town Read will appeal primarily to young women, in the 20 – 40 age group but, whilst not a great literary masterpiece, neither is it your average chick lit novel.
The story focuses strongly on its characters and their relationships. Jamie finds she has much to learn about life, particularly when it comes to her strong principles and idealistic ways.
There is excitement, intrigue and humour in Writing the Town Read. Whilst Jamie is learning to deal with life without her partner, she also finds she has to face a betrayal by her best friend, and the prospect of losing her job.
Meanwhile, a gang of teenagers is wreaking havoc in the town which Jamie loves, culminating in a brutal attack on an elderly lady.
Writing the Town Read was inspired by a number of factors, including the infinite beauty of Cornwall, the effects of terrorism, local newspapers, and some of the social issues of the 21st century.
(Both Kindle and Printed format)

http://amzn.to/18v4TTj

All about the Journey

All about the Journey by Patricia Horsley

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Four women who have been friends since senior school providing fun, help and support to each other for over 20 years. Steph now in her early forties needs her friends more than ever when she discovers her sometimes charming, regularly abusive husband has also been unfaithful. As dramatic events unfold friendships get tested and only time will tell if they can survive the changing dynamics and go on to live happy ever after.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/All-about-Journey-Patricia-Horsley/dp/1458211991/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1384362752&sr=8-1&keywords=all+about+the+journey+patricia+horsley

Anything You Want, River Jewel Resort Series, Book 1

Anything You Want, River Jewel Resort Series, Book 1 by Madison Sevier

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Sydney Blake thought she had the ideal life. A dashing, successful husband and dream home were all she ever wanted. But everything wasn’t as perfect as she believed. When Sydney catches her husband, Roger, screwing another woman, Sydney files for divorce and falls into a deep depression.
Her only friend, Alexandra, does everything she can to cheer Sydney up. Lexi even suggests a weekend getaway and ‘sex with a random stranger’ to get over her slimy cheating husband’s ways. But Sydney has always believed in marriage and everything it stands for. Besides, she wasn’t even divorced yet and Sydney still hoped that Roger and she would reconcile.

It became apparent Roger would never change and Sydney needed to go somewhere far away from her small town for a little while. Little did she know, she was destined to be a guest at the extravagant River Jewel Resort. After meeting the charming manager of the beautiful hotel, Mark Willburn, Sydney might just learn to let down her guard and find more than she ever knew she needed.

http://www.amazon.com/Anything-You-Want-River-Resort-ebook/dp/B00NDG8YXS

The Witch’s Promise

The Witch’s Promise by Suzanne Baker

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Abbi left home eight years ago to escape her overbearing uncle, the man who raised her when her parents were killed in a fire that destroyed their family home. The home said to be the bearer of a curse, set 200 years previously by a wronged ancestor. Now living in New York, Abbi receives a ghostly call from a mysterious stranger. A call that compels her to leave her job and return home to England and face her demons. A call that draws her back to her childhood home where she attempts to break the curse that has haunted her family for generations. Break it, or become its latest victim.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B005K0MXFK

MILLION 1.1 MILLION The Bane Of My Life

MILLION 1.1 MILLION The Bane Of My Life by Hanifa Danyal

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“Sixteen year old Hanifa is a girl that is forced to become a woman, when she finds herself forced into an abusive marriage. Not knowing where to turn for help, she experiences heartbreak and misery before escaping and finally falling for the man of her dreams. An investment banker with a bright future, Hanifa starts a family but soon finds herself and her family go through trials that would break the strongest of spirits. Hanifa refuses to give up and finds enlightenment through a spiritual man who reveals a new path to hope. Even in her darkest of days, the force of the human spirit sees its way through. A tale of strength, survival, and hope.” Million I.I Million “is a powerful testament to the endurance of the human spirit, ever fighting onwards and never giving up. Faith, indeed, is everything…” “A fascinating insight into another’s world, powerfully written and demonstrating amazing strength and resilience” Rachel Probert – Human resources Director “An absorbing, compelling story – sometimes dark yet full of amazing courage and faith” Elizabeth Bond – University Lecturer “A rollercoaster ride of epic drama, Hanifa Danyal takes the readers on her personal journey of trials, struggles, love and faith. This true story reflects a bitter reality of one woman’s resilience to stay alive when everything around her is crumbling. A gripping, poignant tale that is hard to put down, it leaves with an ardent question; what happens next?” – Kakul Ehsan Butt.

http://www.amazon.com/MILLION-1-1-The-Bane-Life/dp/1491200189/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1381132284&sr=8-1&keywords=hanifa+danyal

Leaping Out On Faith

Leaping Out On Faith by Rochelle Campbell

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“Leaping Out On Faith” is a collection of four short stories about the choices women make at the various stages of our lives. As in life, sometimes the decision each of the four women make is not the best path for them. While in other stories, it is the perfect choice.

http://amzn.to/142GXch

Evergreen Girl

Evergreen Girl by Sybil Powell

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Synopsis:- This is a book about a young girl who because she is not a son is unwanted by her mother and at an early age is thrown out of the family house. From this point on she has to fend for herself however through fortunate circumstances and associates she is able to climb to the very top of her profession.

It is by and large a happy book of a sensitive girl who forced by life into a path which presents her with challenges that develop her into a hard successful business woman. Despite abortion, attempted rape and anti feminist bosses she manages to steer a course to a position of respect which she is able to maintain until drawn to the uncomplicated life of farming in the English Lake District she finds a challenging love and happiness.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BZOKDWU

Traffic Jam

Traffic Jam by Melissa Groeling

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When you’re caught in a traffic jam, you’ve got nowhere to go…

Val Delton’s life is spiraling and there’s nothing she can do to stop it. Her dad lost his job, her mom works fourteen hour days to pay the bills and yet somehow there are high-end shopping bags and an iPod in her older sister’s room. Naturally, Val becomes suspicious but her sister’s lips are sealed. Then by accident, she uncovers a dark, dangerous secret hidden behind her sister’s bright smiles and cool indifference. Val has no idea how far and how deep the repercussions of her sister’s secret will reach but she’ll do whatever it takes to keep her family safe. Will she succeed before her sister’s secret destroys everyone she loves?

http://www.amazon.com/Traffic-Jam-ebook/dp/B0085YNZT6/ref=tmm_kin_title_0

Broke

Broke by Mandasue Heller

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Amy’s marriage to Mark isn’t the best – he can’t resist the girls, he can’t hold down a job. But she doesn’t want to know just how bad things are until his gambling habit brings the debt collector to her door. He makes it brutally clear how she can pay off Mark’s debts . . .

And Amy’s troubles are only beginning. Someone else wants Mark for herself, and she is ready to steal Amy’s man, her self-respect and even her children. As the stakes rise, Amy will either lose everything, or she’ll have to learn how to be as hard and ruthless as her enemies . . .

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Broke-Mandasue-Heller/dp/0340960132/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1365167432&sr=1-3&keywords=mandasue+heller

"The Farrah Chronicles"

“The Farrah Chronicles” by Christine Mahoney

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“The Farrah Chronicles: Ninety Minutes in the Life of a Very Shaky Girl,” by Boston-based writer Christine L. Mahoney, follows 29-year-old Farrah as she retroactively chronicles her life at the behest of her court-appointed therapist, Genie Marie Lowenstein, M.D., Ph.D., Sc.D., B.N., B.A. — A homework assignment to be picked apart, held up to the light and scrutinized in each bi-weekly, 90-minute therapy session.

· Did Farrah really kill her would-be baby brother with a piñata stick when she was three years old?

· Did she really force Daddy to move from their family home in Dayton, Ohio to his childhood home in Boston, Massachusetts when she was only four?

· Was it Dirk Davenport who eventually drove her to the brink? Or was it Tad? Or Johnny? Or Kyle? Or Jesus Christ Himself?

Who the hell knows? Certainly not Farrah.

With Genie’s help and 64 weeks of intense therapy, the raggedy-ass pieces of Farrah’s fractured life seem to fall together in a patchwork of memories, neuroses, desires and lies. Or is it just an illusion?

Love, sex, Jesus hallucinations… “The Farrah Chronicles” has it all! A sympathetic and sexy journey reminiscent of Erica Jong’s “Fear of Flying,” but without the neurotic psychiatric preoccupation. And it’s funny as hell!

http://www.amazon.com/The-Farrah-Chronicles-Ninety-Minutes/dp/1466471069

You Had Me At Hello

http://www.amazon.co.uk/You-Had-Me-Hello-ebook/dp/B008B0SRXI/ref=zg_bs_62_4

You Had Me At Hello by Mhairi McFarlane

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What happens when the one that got away comes back? Find out in this sparkling debut from Mhairi McFarlane.

‘Think of the great duos of history. We’re just like them.’
‘You mean like Kylie and Jason? Torvill and Dean? Sonny and Cher?’
‘I think you’ve missed the point, Rachel.’

Rachel and Ben. Ben and Rachel. It was them against the world. Until it all fell apart. It’s been a decade since they last spoke, but when Rachel bumps into Ben one rainy day, the years melt away.

They’d been partners in crime and the best of friends. But life has moved on: Ben is married. Rachel is not. Yet in that split second, Rachel feels the old friendship return. And along with it, the broken heart she’s never been able to mend.

Hilarious, heartbreaking and everything in between, you’ll be hooked from their first ‘hello’.