Thank you to Sheila Riley for bringing us the December releases of members of the RNA.
Another wonderful selection!
A CORNISH CHRISTMAS CAROL
Joy to the world? Not if Abigail Scorrier has anything to do with it. She's spent most of her adult life trying to avoid the festive frenzy. She loved Christmas as a child in Cornwall. But ever since her life took a heart-breaking turn, she's buried those memories and done everything she can to avoid her past, her family and most of all, the Christmas season. But on Christmas Eve, Abigail will have three visitors she can't ignore, and what they reveal about her past, present and future might just change her life - and mend her heart.
IN THEIR MOTHER'S FOOTSTEPS
December 1st 2016
Two girls. One horrendous war. The chance to unite a family . . .
Edith and Ada run Jimmy's Hope House where they care for unmarried mothers, and where Edith, a doctor, offers free medical help to the poor of London's East End. Both are struggling to overcome trauma from their past. For Edith there is the constant ache and yearning for her twin girls Elka and Ania, from whom she was separated in 1918. For Ada there is the threat of her sister returning . . .
As the Nazis strengthen their grip on Poland, sisters Elka and Ania are forced to make a difficult decision: travel to England to find their birth mother or stay and fight against an increasingly desperate regime? In times of war, no choices are ever easy to make. But making the right choice could keep you alive
MURDER ON THE RUN
Paperback and ebook
Paperback and e-book
01 December 2016
Having come from Ireland to take up an inheritance of the local pub, she and her eighteen year-old daughter Mairead are initially viewed with suspicion by the close-knit community. Anna soon becomes acquainted with Freya Penhaligon, a vulnerable girl struggling to keep her family business afloat in the wake of her grandmother's death, and starts to gain the trust of the locals. As their friendship deepens, and Freya is brought out of her shell by the clever and lively Mairead, even Freya's protective father Matthew begins to thaw. But when a part of Anna's past she'd long tried to escape turns up in the town, she is forced to confront the life she left behind - for her sake and her daughter's too . . .
THE GOVERNESS'S SECRET BABY
Harlequin Mills & Boon
The beauty who tamed the beast. New governess Grace Bertram will do anything to get to know her young daughter, Clara, even if it means working for Clara's guardian, the reclusive and scarred Nathaniel, Marquess of Ravenwell.
Nathaniel believes no woman could ever love a monster like him, until Grace seems to look past his scars to the man beneath. But when he discovers Grace is Clara's mother, Nathaniel questions his place inthis torn-apart family. Could there be a Christmas happy-ever-after for this beauty and the beast?
9 December 2016
A collection of ten short stories previously published in women's magazines in the UK, including ones published in Australia, South Africa, Norway and Ireland.
RETURN TO BONNYBRAE
It is 1919 and Jamie Sinclair is a mere tenant farmer born out of wedlock. Catherine Capel is the daughter of a Scottish aristocrat, so even friendship is banned. Lady Capel is determined Catherine must marry a rich gentleman and introduces a widower, Lord Tannahill, but he cannot offer Catherine the love she seeks. When her grandfather is dying he divulges a family secret to Catherine, bringing her closer to the Sinclairs and infuriating her father. She insists on leaving finishing school to become a nurse. Her mother is appalled, especially when it brings her back into contact with Jamie Sinclair.
WHISPERS IN THE WIND
31st December 2017
She was his childhood friend, his true love.
Now fate has brought them together again.
Love Will Find A Way
People's Friend Pocket Novel
15 December 2016
After an unexplained disappearance Sam Richards is back and filming a costume drama at Waterbridge Manor the home of Bethany Burnett's godfather Wendel. When Wendel volunteers Bethany's services as Sam's assistant she fears troubled times ahead.
ACROSS DIFFICULT GROUND
e-book and pod
Neither single mother Jenny, nor her climbing-instructor sister Fee are looking for love. But love finds them anyway, amidst the mountains of the English Lake District.
ONE DARK LIE
13t December 2016
A Ruby Fawcett & Nate Bastable mystery. Ruby accepts a job writing about colourful Cambridge academic, Diana Patrick-John. Simple enough. But then there’s the small fact that Diana was found dead in suspicious circumstances in her home – the very place where Ruby has now been invited to stay.
WHO DOES HE THINK HE IS?
Crooked Cat Publishing
Lady Aurelia Osbourne-Lloyd has long wished her bank balance was as big as her name. But her home, Leydale Park, is more of a pile in a state than stately pile, and with her father off ‘finding himself’ in Thailand, it’s up to her to turn the family fortunes around by entertaining demanding tourists. When a Hollywood production company chooses the estate as a location for a Regency movie, a whole new level of chaos enters Aurelia’s life. Her quiet days shattered and privacy non-existent, she has no choice but to go with the flow and let them take over. Never mind the added distraction of dishy leading man, Xander Lord, who may have an ulterior motive for wanting to get close to her… Can Aurelia keep her cool in light of all the upheaval?
NEVER COMING BACK
ebook and paperback
Crooked Cat Publishing
8th December 2016
Layla is struggling to come to terms with the death of her friend, Danni, at a student party, a year ago. Perhaps she never will – because only Layla knows what really happened that night. When Layla meets Morgan, there’s an instant connection between them. But until she confronts the past, she can’t face the future,
let alone allow herself to fall in love.There is only one way out: Layla must confess her secret to Danni’s parents. But can she risk breaking their hearts all over again? And will Morgan still love her, once he discovers the kind of person she really is?
"A delicately explored and excellently written novel of grief, guilt and the importance of beginning again” ~ Elizabeth Buchan, Sunday Times bestselling author
NOTES FROM NORTHERN LIGHTS
DATE OF RELEASE; 15th December
A sparkling short story set in Iceland, from the bestselling author of The Oyster Catcher, The Olive Branch and Late Summer in the Vineyard, available exclusively in ebook.
AN OFF-PISTE CHRISTMAS
November 3rd 2016
particularly when skiing, snow, heights and freezing her backside off are on the menu. While her own family, together with her best friend Grace's, are soon whizzing down ridiculously high and scary mountains in the fashionable Italian resort of Cortina d'Ampezzo, Harriet is stuck in the remedial class on the nursery slopes unable, it seems, to remain vertical. Tired of trying to stay upright in the dunces' class, Harriet decides to overcome her fear of heights and take her bruised body off to explore the refugios in the magnificent Dolomites above Cortina. And maybe catch a glance of George Clooney, rumoured to be in town... But what happens next triggers a totally unexpected avalanche of events which proves that, for friends Harriet and Grace and all their families, Christmas really is a time for little miracles...
THE SAXON OUTLAW'S REVENGE
Mills & Boon
At the mercy of her enemy! Abducted by Saxon outlaws, Constance Arnaud comes face to face with Aelric, a Saxon boy she once loved. He’s now her enemy, but Constance must reach out to this rebel and persuade him to save her life as she once saved his… Aelric is determined to seek vengeance on the Normans who destroyed his family. Believing Constance deserted him, he can never trust her again. Yet, as they are thrown together and their longing for each other reignites, will Aelric discover that love is stronger than revenge?'
Paperback and e-book
25 November 2016
her first instinct is to run – in any direction which isn’t his. So maybe agreeing to accompany him to Majorca, as his interpreter, isn’t such a good idea. But sometimes decisions just aren’t that easy. As the chemistry between them bubbles with renewed vigour, she is sorely tempted. Can a leopard really change its spots – or is she just deceiving herself with the man who broke her heart?
THE THEIF'S DAUGHTER
6th December, 2016
Hide from the thief-taker, for if he finds you, he will take you away … Eighteenth-century Cornwall is crippled by debt and poverty, while the gibbet casts a shadow of fear over the land. Yet, when night falls, free traders swarm onto the beaches and smuggling prospers. Terrified by a thief-taker’s warning as a child, Jenna has resolved to be good. When her brother, Silas, asks for her help to pay his creditors, Jenna feels unable to refuse and finds herself entering the dangerous world of the smuggling trade.Jack Penhale hunts down the smuggling gangs in revenge for his father’s death. Drawn to Jenna at a hiring fayre, they discover their lives are more entangled than they first thought. Trust and loyalty are tested to the limits, but can there ever be love, as Jenna is a thief’s daughter – where blood always runs thicker…
HELEN J. ROLFE
IN A MANHATTAN MINUTE
Jack exists in a world that has seen its fair share of tragedy, but also success and the wealth that comes with it. One snowy night, he crosses paths with Evie, a homeless girl, and it changes everything. It’s Christmas and a time for forgiveness, love and Happy Ever Afters. And when the snow starts to fall, the truth could finally bring everyone the gift of happiness they’re looking for.
The Christmas Project
14th November 2016
Professional organiser Kate Stone has never – NEVER – been tempted to hit a client over the head with a snow shovel, but Michael O'Farrell is the most obnoxious – and heart-stoppingly gorgeous – man she has ever met. If he weren't her best friend’s brother, she would not have waited on his doorstep in the freezing cold for five minutes, let alone an hour. Kate knows, however, that her job isn’t just about tidying up, sometimes she needs to be part therapist too, and Michael clearly needs her help to declutter his heart as well as his home. But with the festive season just around the corner there isn’t much time to get Michael’s house ready for the O’Farrell family celebrations, but everyone knows that at Christmas anything can happen…
FAR BEYOND RUBIES
e-publication and paperback.
Books We Love
(Paperback) 20th November
In 1706 When Gervaise sees Juliana for the first time, he recognises her, but not from this lifetime…
HELEN J. ROLFE
CHRISTMAS AT THE LITTLE KNITTING BOX
But at The Little Knitting Box in the West Village, things are about to change … The Little Knitting Box has been in Cleo’s family for nearly four decades, and since she arrived fresh off the plane from the Cotswolds four years ago, Cleo has been doing a stellar job of running the store. But instead of an early Christmas card in the mail this year, she gets a letter that tips her world on its axis. Dylan has had a tumultuous few years. His marriage broke down, his mother passed away and he’s been trying to pick up the pieces as a stay-at-home dad. All he wants this Christmas is to give his kids the home and stability they need. But when he meets Cleo at a party one night, he begins to see it’s not always so easy to move on and pick up the pieces, especially when his ex seems determined to win him back. When the snow starts to fall in New York City, both Cleo and Dylan realise life is rarely so black and white and both of them have choices to make. Will Dylan follow his heart or his head? And will Cleo ever allow herself to be a part of another family when her own fell apart at the seams? Full of snow, love and the true meaning of Christmas, this novel will have you hooked until the final page.
21 December 2016
When Bronte O'Hara finds an injured man in her kitchen in the run-up to an international political summit in Edinburgh, a world she thought she'd left behind catches up with her. When the man makes his escape, the police seem less interested in finding out where he went and how he came to be there than they are in Bronte's past — more specifically, her ex-boyfriend, Eden Mayhew. Eden's an anarchist, up to his neck in any trouble around — and he's missing. The police are keen to find him, certain that he'll come back. Who can she trust — and what has Eden's disappearance got to do with the handsome stranger?
A CHANCE GONE BY
Marianne dreams of him. Being only his friend is a constant ache. Justin’s engagement signals the end of hope. But scandal strikes. Dare she seize her chance?
1st December 2016
Two stories. Wild Bells - The Shade on a Fine Day:
Curate William Church may set the hearts of the parish's young ladies aflame, but he doesn't want their affection or presents, no matter how much they want to give them to him. One night, eight for dinner at the Canon's table means the potential arrival of a ghost. But what message will the spirit bring and which of the young men around the table is it for?
The Angel in the Window:
Two officers, one ship, one common enemy. Alexander Porterfield may be one of the rising stars of the British navy, but his relationship with his first lieutenant, Tom Anderson, makes him vulnerable.
When danger comes more from the English than the French, where should a man turn?
The Heart of the Ocean, Book One
Ebook and Paperback
2 November 2016
A young love. A new world. Four Kingdoms in a Game of Sequence. Who wins when Life and Death are on the line?
Having left her hometown in County Tipperary after a scandal ten years earlier, Dessie Broadbent arrives back on a special assignment. When she reconnects with family and old friends, history threatens to repeat itself as she is drawn into a love affair that might cause yet another scandal. The arrival in town of a man of from her past adds a further twist to an already impossible situation.