The Summer Escape
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It’s always summer on the island of Crete. After losing her fiancé, Ria’s life has been at a standstill. So nobody is more surprised than her when she makes the snap decision to run away to the Greek island of Crete, armed only with her passport. It turns out to be a brilliant idea. She soon starts working for eccentric novelist Caroline, and meets handsome vineyard owner Tom. And who couldn’t be charmed by the picture perfect island of Crete, complete with sea-front tavernas and sun-drenched olive groves? But soon there is trouble in paradise. As Ria gets to know Tom better, she unwittingly uncovers a tangled web of secrets, and a truth that someone will do anything to keep hidden. What’s more Ria carries her own secret, her own sadness about her past love, and as she and Tom grow closer will this stop her from grabbing her own chance at happiness with both hands? Sometimes running away is how you find yourself … A wonderful romantic read, perfect for fans of Miranda Dickinson and Lucy Diamond, about having the courage to follow your heart and fall in love again. What readers are saying about The Summer Escape: 'Beautiful scenery and sympathetic characters made this an outstanding read’ For the Love of Books ‘Where do I begin - a heartwarming summer read. I was pulled into the story from the heartbreaking beginning to the happily ever after ending.’ One Book at a Time ‘The Summer Escape’ is a book about love, dreams, second chances, but more importantly; truth. It is such an unpredictable read which will have you captivated by the end of the first chapter.' The Writing Garnet 'Five out of five stars. A really enjoyable read, this book had it all for me ...loveable, warm believable characters, a great plot and the Greek ambience was perfect for my rainy Sunday escape!' Shellyback Books ‘A wonderful, moving and soul-searching story that almost had me booking a holiday to Crete.’ Nadine Matheson
Marina Carter was ready to take back her life. She deserved more in life than a loveless relationship and a cheating fiancé. Without a thought, she packed her bags and escaped far away to a private island to plan her new life. Sun, fresh air, and sandy beaches proved to be just what she needed.One thing she hadn't plan on, was spending the day with one Gage Marks. He helped awaken a part of her that she thought was long forgotten. Her summer escape proved to be more than she could ever imagine, but her time with Gage would come to an end soon.Their steamy night together would not be enough for either Marina or Gage. Marina is excited about what the future may hold, but will her past let her go?
A heartwarming, escapist tale from the bestselling author of SOMETHING FROM TIFFANY'S and A GIFT TO REMEMBER - now a Hallmark original movie. Maia Connolly never expected to find herself widowed at forty-five. Her beloved husband died unexpectedly while restoring their nineteenth century Italian farmhouse on a secluded hillside in Sorrento. Since his death, money is tight which is why Maia decides to open the farmhouse to tourists as summer accommodation. Uncertain of her business capabilities and even more of her hospitality skills, she is thrown in at the deep end when her first bookings appear and her new guests all arrive over the same week. First there’s Jacob, an attractive New Yorker of obvious Italian origin who has returned to the area to visit his ailing father. Clearly they don’t get on, as he refuses to stay in the family home in Naples. But what has caused their rift? Amelia, a shy twenty-something London girl is in Sorrento for a friend’s wedding. But she seems hesitant about her connection to the bridal party. Cal and Lori have returned to Italy for their ten-year anniversary in the hope of recapturing some of the spark lost from their marriage. Will the beauty and romance of Sorrento help them rekindle their love for each other? Gradually each of Maia’s summer guests find their worries eased and hearts lightened by the beauty of this magical place…. free summer reading, free beach read, free romance, free romance series, Italian romance series, free vacation read, free ebook.
From whirlwind fling… To wedding ring? In this Destination Brides story, bidding on a Canadian adventure vacation results in the trip of a lifetime for divorce lawyer Molly Quinn in more ways than one… Paired up with gorgeous tycoon Eric Chambault, they’re pushed out of their comfort zones and closer together, until Molly can’t resist embarking on a fling. But as their vacation comes to an end, will their summer romance work in the real world? Destination Brides quartet Book 1 — Summer Escape with the Tycoon Look out for the next book, coming soon: Book 2 — Swept Away by the Venetian Millionaire “Donna Alward is a favourite author. Her beautiful writing whisked me away…. This happily-ever-after love story with sweet romance, a touch of humour, and heart-breaking conflict was an engaging read.” — Goodreads on Secret Millionaire for the Surrogate “Donna Alward does a super job telling her readers their story. The storyline ran smoothly and held my attention throughout. I really liked both characters and was pulling for them to get together. As I read this book I was reminded of the saying, ‘Love conquers all.’ Donna’s story is the epitome of this saying. I really enjoyed this book and I recommend it highly.” — Harlequin Junkie on Best Man for the Wedding Planner
A captivating story about friendship, making changes, and learning to live life to the fullest from SUNDAY TIMES bestseller Erica James A cherished home, a circle of friends and a summer that will change everything... Linston End has been the summer holiday home for three families for many years. A rambling thatched house nestled on the water's edge on the Norfolk Broads, it's a haven of long, lazy picnics on the river, gin and tonics in the garden; a place to spend time together. But this year, the friends are rocked by unexpected news, and it seems that Linston End will never be the same again. For some, this summer feels like the end. For others, it might just be the beginning. . . 'Joyously readable' Woman & Home 'I wanted it to go on forever' Cathy Bramley
From the pen of RNA Award nominated author, Ruth Saberton. "Takes Bridget Jones's mantle and runs with it!" Heat Magazine. "Full of sparkling wit." Fiona Walker "It's a hoot!" Richard Madeley Can Andi Evans find the strength to start again? Betrayed and broken-hearted, Andi's redundancy is one shock too many. Suddenly single and in debt, a summer working in the pretty Cornish town of Rock seems the perfect solution.Determined never to trust again, will a chance meeting with a stranger change her mind? Andi's sister, Angel, is determined to find a man who can keep her in style. Heading to Rock, summer playground of the rich and famous, seems an inspired idea until a misunderstanding threatens to end a romance that has started to mean more to her than she ever expected... Actress Gemma is no stranger to diets and disappointments. As the future of her career hangs in the balance, Gemma hopes a summer in Cornwall solves her problems. With a reality TV show being filmed in the seaside town surely she can avoid the pasty shops and win herself a role. Arriving in idyllic Cornwall, all three girls are hoping for a holiday to remember. But will this be for the right reasons? Or, as emotions run higher than the tide, will the summer escape turn their lives upside down?
Kate Glanville returns with a warm and escapist read of love and old secrets, set in a beautiful French farmhouse in Dordogne. Perfect for fans of Rosanna Ley. 'Poignant, warm, and unpredictable' Julie Cohen on Stargazing When tragedy struck twenty-five years ago, Martha Morgan lost everything. Once a member of one of the UK's most prestigious bands, she now lives in solitude in the beautiful small village of Dordogne. In attempt to piece her life back together Martha decides to rent her idyllic French farmhouse to holidaymakers for the summer, hiring the mysterious Ben to work as a caretaker to help reconstruct the dishevelled B&B. But when a vicious storm makes its way across the small village, tensions begin to rise. Martha, Ben and her guests are forced to pull together and they're about to find out that they have more in common than they realise - but it might mean jeopardising the old secret of Martha's past. Readers love Kate Glanville's evocative novels: 'This is a wonderful, entertaining and gripping read that I cannot recommend enough *****' Amazon reviewer on Stargazing 'A lovely heart-warming story, could not put down *****' Amazon reviewer on The Perfect Home 'The best book I've read all year *****' Amazon reviewer on Heartstones 'An enchanting and captivating novel *****' Amazon reviewer on Stargazing
There is something special about being close to water, to wide expanses of sea and sky, living with open doors, broad horizons and soft colours â€“ all these things instantly bring a sense of calm and escape. The first section, Inspiration, focuses on the key elements of easy waterside side, including design, color palettes, fabrics, furniture, accessories, and display. In the second section, Homes, Sally explores real-life coastal homes that capture the magical spirit of living by the water. At the Water's Edge is not only a glorious treat for the eyesâ€” it will also inspire you to emulate the laid-back, barefoot chic of waterside style all year round, wherever you live.
'A dreamy, romantic, irresistible treat' Lindsey Kelk 'Emotional, enthralling and exquisitely written' Cathy Bramley ___________ Philippa Taylor (Pepper to her friends) has big dreams. When she closes her eyes, she can picture exactly who she ought to be. The problem is, it's about as far away from her real life in a small coastal town in Suffolk as she can imagine. So when her elderly friend Josephine persuades Pepper to accompany her on a trip to Europe, she jumps at the chance to change her routine. And when Pepper bumps (literally) into the handsome Finn in Lisbon, it seems as though she might have finally found what she's been looking for. But Pepper know all too well things are rarely as they seem. Her own quiet life hides a dark secret from the past. And even though she and Finn may have been destined to find each other, Pepper suspects life may have other plans as to how the story should end. A romantic and sweeping story about friendship, love and realising that sometimes it's about the journey, not the destination.
Summers love of horses sends her on a journey to catch her dreams. She travels to Kentucky, where she helps her aunt Violet run a prestigious riding stable. With a mixture of folk tales and elegant horses, they give their clients a sense of adventure. Summer doesnt realize, however, that her own adventure is about to take a few unexpected turns. Milton works alongside his father in the horse racing industry. Their wealth provides many opportunities to help others and serve the community. Milton finds the anxiety of life interrupted when his path collides with that of an intriguing brunette. His fascination with this beauty may be the cause of more trouble than he bargained for.
‘This book is AMAZING!... Omgggggggggg!!!! What a SCRUMPTIOUS read!!... I genuinely could not, and did not want to put it down at all… I would advise that you switch your phone to silent, grab a ginormous slice of cake and ignore EVERYONE around you while you binge read…’ The Writing Garnet ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ The Cosy Kettle café is the perfect place to escape this summer, for fans of Cathy Bramley, Jenny Colgan and Debbie Johnson. Guests can tuck in to fruit puddings and strawberry-studded ice cream, but for Flora, the warm summer breeze is blowing in big changes… When Flora finds out about her husband’s secret fling, she escapes to the one place she feels safe: her beloved café, the Cosy Kettle, in the charming village of Honeyford. Serving up cream teas to her café regulars is the perfect way to soothe her broken heart, and although she’s never lived in the area, the little community welcome her with open arms. She’s soon lodging with local eccentric Luna in her remote and beautiful Starlight Cottage, snuggled between rolling green hills. Luna’s handsome son Daniel lost his wife several years ago, and as Flora gets to know him, sharing walks through the blossom-scented woods, they both slowly begin to heal… and she realises that behind Daniel’s quiet exterior, there’s a passionate nature that makes her forget all about her ex-husband. As she settles into her new life, hosting a baking competition for the village’s summer celebration seems like a great idea… but with Daniel’s mysterious silences leading Flora to believe he’s hiding secrets, she can’t help but wonder if she can really trust him. And when the race to bake the perfect Victoria sponge stirs up old rivalries between locals, Flora starts to feel like she’s bitten off more than she can chew. After her new start, will Flora ever truly belong in Honeyford? And, this summer, can she risk opening up her heart again? Readers are loving A Summer Escape and Strawberry Cake at the Cosy Kettle: ‘Love love love this book so much! It's absolutely incredible… anyone who is a fan of a lovely heartwarming book, should definitely read this!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars ‘Oh my heart… a must read… I am absolutely blown away with how much I loved and enjoyed it…. A well deserved five stars… Highly recommend. I actually devoured most of this book in a day, I couldn’t put it down.’ Between the Pages Book Club, 5 stars ‘This is bloody fantastic!!... I completely and utterly fell in love with this story… one of those that you can’t put down… fantastic… will give you all the feels and will have you laughing out loud… the perfect book to read on a summers evening… Absolutely 100% recommended by me!!’ Curled Up with a Good Book, 5 stars ‘Funny, heart-warming and totally addictive, I just couldn't put it down… an absolutely smashing book.’ Mrs C’s Honest Book Reviews, 5 stars ‘Loved the book!!... delightful… Definitely recommend.’ Goodreads reviewer ‘This story was a fabulous feel good read, with a little bit of mystery, some romance and plenty of laughs to keep you going right from the beginning to the end! I loved it and once started, couldn’t put it down!!’ Stardust Book Reviews, 5 stars ‘I have fallen in love… I adored this book… I rate this book ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ and highly recommend it to all who are looking for a summer escape.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars ‘I loved this book… brilliant characters… a page turner from the start… warm, charming and laugh out loud funny. A thoroughly enjoyable story.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars ‘A fabulous, feel-good book filled with yummy food, fantastic characters, a cafe that I desperately want I visit and a storyline that will leave you smiling from ear to ear.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars ‘This is a perfect place to escape on a sunny summers day… so many funny parts, I laughed all the way through… a definite page turner and I loved it. I highly recommend this book.’ Goodreads reviewer
'Rich, warm and sunny. A story that stays with you long after the last page is turned' Milly Johnson Could the lemon groves of Sicily be the perfect place to start over? The irresistible new novel from Jo Thomas, the author of Sunset Over the Cherry Orchard, will transport you to the island of mountains and sparkling blue seas. When life hands you lemons ... is it ever too late for a second chance? Zelda's impulsive nature has got her precisely nowhere up until now. A fresh start in a beautiful hilltop town in Sicily looking for new residents, together with her best friend Lennie, could be just what she needs. And who better to settle down with than the person who knows her best? But the sun-filled skies and sparkling seas can't hide the shadow hanging over Citta d'Ora, which means not everyone is pleased to see their arrival. The dreams Zelda and her fellow new residents had of setting up a new life might be slipping away. But a friendship with restauranteur Luca could be about to unlock the possibilities that lie in the local lemon groves. And there's a wedding on the horizon that might be just what the town needs to turn it around... Could a summer in Sicily help Zelda learn to trust her instinct and follow her heart?
Magic passed down through generations. An island where strange things happen. One summer that will become legend. Practical Magic meets Nova Ren Suma’s Imaginary Girls and Laura Ruby’s Bone Gap in this lush, atmospheric novel by acclaimed author Katrina Leno. Georgina Fernweh waits impatiently for the tingle of magic in her fingers—magic that has touched every woman in her family. But with her eighteenth birthday looming at the end of this summer, Georgina fears her gift will never come. Over the course of her last summer on the island—a summer of storms, falling in love, and the mystery behind one rare three-hundred-year-old bird—Georgina will learn the truth about magic, in all its many forms. Praise for Katrina Leno: “Leno’s writing is flawless. Readers of all ages will find themselves swept away.” —VOYA “Charming and sophisticated.” —Kirkus “Crackles with wit, humor, and enormous love.”—Booklist (starred review) “Introduces a fierce new presence.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Presents a profile of the leader of Lincoln's "team of rivals," examining the many political roles he had in his lifetime, including governor of New York, Secretary of State, and Lincoln's closest advisor during the Civil War.
Three women. One summer reunion. Secrets will be revealed… Villa Dolce Vita, a rambling stone house on the Amalfi Coast, sits high above the Gulf of Naples amid dappled lemon groves and fragrant, tumbling bougainvillea. Kim, Colette and Annie all came to the villa in need of escape and in the process forged an unlikely friendship. Now, years later, Kim has transformed the crumbling house into a luxury retreat and has invited her friends back for the summer to celebrate. But as friendships are rekindled under the Italian sun, secrets buried in the past will come to light, and not everyone is happy that the three friends are reuniting… Each woman will have things to face up to if they are all to find true happiness and fully embrace the sweet life. An epic summer read about food, friendship and the magic of Italy, perfect for fans of Mary Kay Andrews and Susan Mallery.
Gum. It’s been around for centuries—from the ancient Greeks to the American Indians, everyone’s chewed it. But the best kind of gum—bubble gum!—wasn’t invented until 1928, when an enterprising young accountant at Fleer Gum and Candy used his spare time to experiment with different recipes. Bubble-blowing kids everywhere will be delighted with Megan McCarthy’s entertaining pictures and engaging fun facts as they learn the history behind the pink perfection of Dubble Bubble.
Caldecott Medalist Dan Santat--creator of The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend and After the Fall--takes readers on the road trip of a lifetime! "Are we there yet?" Every parent has heard this classic kid question on a long car ride--and after reading this astonishingly inventive new book (that even turns upside down for several pages!), you'll never look at being bored the same way again. Let's face it: everyone knows that car rides can be boring. And when things get boring, time slows down. In this book, a boy feels time slowing down so much that it starts going backward--into the time of pirates! Of princesses! Of dinosaurs! The boy was just trying to get to his grandmother's birthday party, but instead he's traveling through Ancient Egypt and rubbing shoulders with Ben Franklin. When time flies, who knows where--or when--he'll end up.
Escape the cold winter nights with Sunday Times Top Five bestseller Heidi Swain's Summer at Skylark Farm! Amber is a city girl at heart. So when her boyfriend Jake suggests they move to the countryside to help out at his family farm, she doesn't quite know how to react. But work has been hectic and she needs a break so she decides to grasp the opportunity and make the best of it. Dreaming of organic orchards, paddling in streams and frolicking in fields, Amber packs up her things and moves to Skylark Farm. But life is not quite how she imagined - it's cold and dirty and the farm buildings are dilapidated and crumbling. But Amber is determined to make the best of it and throws herself into farm life. But can she really fit in here? And can she and Jake stay together when they are so different? A story of love in the countryside from the Sunday Times bestselling author of the The Cherry Tree Café and Sleigh Rides and Silver Bells at the Christmas Fair. ~*~ What your favourite authors are saying about Heidi Swain ~*~ 'A delightful, charming read - perfect for summer!' Milly Johnson, author of The Queen of Wishful Thinking 'A real cracker of a read' Penny Parkes, author of Practice Makes Perfect 'Fans of Carole Matthews will enjoy this heartfelt novel' Katie Oliver 'Sprinkled with Christmas sparkle' Trisha Ashley, author of The Little Teashop of Lost and Found 'A heart-warming sweet treat of a read' Mandy Baggot, author of Those Summer Nights
The first in a gorgeous new series from the author of Summer at the Cornish Cafe. Summer is on the horizon, and the people of Porthmellow are eagerly awaiting the annual food festival. At least, most of them are...
From “the reigning royalty of Minnesota murder mysteries” (The Rake) comes a striking new heroine: a young Irish immigrant caught up in a deadly plot in nineteenth-century Deadwood When I was fifteen and my brother Seamus sixteen, we attended our own wake. Our family was in mourning, forced to send us off to America. The year is 1880, and of all the places Brigid Reardon and her brother might have dreamed of when escaping Ireland’s potato famine by moving to America, Deadwood, South Dakota, was not one of them. But Deadwood, in the grip of gold fever, is where Seamus lands and where Brigid joins him after eluding the unwanted attentions of the son of her rich employer in St. Paul—or so she hopes. But the morning after her arrival, a grisly tragedy occurs; Seamus, suspected of the crime, flees, and Brigid is left to clear his name and to manage his mining claim, which suddenly looks more valuable and complicated than he and his partners supposed. Mary Logue, author of the popular Claire Watkins mysteries, brings her signature brio and nerve to this story of a young Irish woman turned reluctant sleuth as she tries to make her way in a strange and often dangerous new world. From the famine-stricken city of Galway to the bustling New York harbor, to the mansions of Summit Avenue in St. Paul, and finally to the raucous hustle of boomtown Deadwood, Logue’s new thriller conjures the romance and the perils, and the tricky everyday realities, of a young immigrant surviving by her wits and grace in nineteenth-century America.