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A Mother s Secret

A Mother s Secret Author Renita D'Silva
ISBN-10 9781910751930
Release 2016-04-07
Pages 440
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What if you discovered that everything you knew about yourself was a lie? When pregnant Jaya loses her mother, then her baby son Arun in a tragic cot death, her world crashes down. Overcome by grief and guilt, she begins to search for answers – to the enigma of her lonely, distant mother, and her mysterious past in India. Looking through her mother’s belongings, she finds two diaries and old photographs, carrying the smoky aroma of fire. A young boy smiles out at Jaya from every photograph – and in one, a family stand proudly in front of a sprawling mansion. Who is this child? And why did her mother treasure this memento of a regal family lost to the past? As Jaya starts to read the diaries, their secrets lead her back to India, to the ruin of a once grand house on a hill. There, Kali, a mad old lady, will unlock the story of a devastating lie and a fire that tore a family apart. Nothing though will prepare Jaya for the house’s final revelation, which will change everything Jaya knew about herself. If you enjoy Dinah Jefferies, Lucinda Riley and Santa Montefiore, you will love this unforgettable journey through the lush landscape of India to the heart of what it means to be a mother and daughter. What everyone is saying about A Mother’s Secret: ‘5 out of 5 stars…I read it in one shot because I couldn’t bear to stop…what I can promise you is that it is a great read…A book that was an absolute pleasure to read.’ Any Excuse to Read ‘I loved this book, the descriptions of India, the mansion, the food and the people are swoon worthy. And the characters are so real, so believable, so frail and fraught with their own mistakes, I felt like I was an observer, watching real people as I read this book.’ For the Love of Books ‘I was hooked...I absolutely adored this book…This won my heart…5*.’ Laura’s Book Blog Corner ‘From the very beginning A Mother’s Secret by Renita D’Silva has rightfully bagged its place in my list of favourite books…The character development is phenomenal and these are characters that will remain etched in my memory for a long time…D’Silva weaves magic with her words…To say that D’Silva is a brilliant writer would not be an exaggeration…There were times during the course of the story that I became aware of goosebumps on my skin because of the very raw emotions…wonderful’ Indian Fiction for You ‘Love, loss, deceit, envy, pride, heartache …well-written, entertaining and satisfying.’ Janni B’s Books ‘Renita’s wonderful writing…radiates from the pages…an absorbing story…a story that unfolded layer by layer into what proved to be a beautifully crafted piece of writing where the author laid bare her heart and soul on every page…had me hooked throughout…a remarkable book…a feast for the senses and your imagination. I really was transported…once it caught me in its hold it didn’t let go until that jaw dropping moment near the very end that had me gasping out loud. I was beginning to wonder how all the dots as such could by joined together but the author did it with a mixture of sensitivity and flair that leaves the reader satisfied and very impressed.’ Shaz’s Book Blog ‘Beautifully written . . . Renita D’Silva skilfully weaves an enthralling tale . . . In so doing, she manages to seamlessly incorporate love, betrayal, disappointment, heartbreak, deceit and victory. This is a wonderful, evocative story that readers will easily embrace and enjoy.’ Jan’s Book Buzz



A Mother s Confession

A Mother s Confession Author Kelly Rimmer
ISBN-10 9781786810649
Release 2016-10-28
Pages 384
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A Mother s Confession has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from A Mother s Confession also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full A Mother s Confession book for free.



The Sugar Planter s Daughter

The Sugar Planter s Daughter Author Sharon Maas
ISBN-10 9781786810335
Release 2016-07-22
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A breathtaking and unforgettable story of a woman torn between her family and the man she loves. 1912, British Guiana, South America: Winnie Cox is about to marry George Quint, the love of her life. Born into a life of luxury and privilege on her father's sugar plantation, Winnie has turned against her family by choosing to be with George, a poor black postman from the slums. Winnie may be living in poverty, but she's got what sister Johanna doesn't have: a loving husband and a beautiful family. And despite Johanna running her family's sugar plantation, Winnie will always be their mother's favourite daughter, a bitter pill for Johanna to swallow. Then Winnie's son falls ill and she must travel to Venezuela desperate for a cure. With her sister away, Johanna finds herself increasingly drawn to George. But he only has eyes for Winnie. Johanna, stung by the rejection and the fragile state of her own marriage, is out for revenge, no matter how devastating the consequences. A compelling and evocative story of betrayal, temptation and buried secrets that will captivate fans of Dinah Jefferies and Kate Furnivall. What readers are saying about Sharon Maas: 'A beautifully written story of love against all the odds.' Portobello Book Blog 'A wonderful and heartrending book' Sean's Book Reviews 'A beautiful mesmerising work ... I was completely transported' Krafti Reader 'A terrific writer' Barbara Erskine 'A page-turning story, full of humanity, crossing cultures and continents, reminiscent of Andrea Levy.' Katie Fforde 'A beautiful story about tragic love and ultimately about forgiveness with powerful messages about love, life and learning to let things go in order to be happy.' Life With Joy 'Rich in detail and emotion and has the most beautiful and real description of loss I have ever read.' Shaz's Book Blog



A Daughter s Courage

A Daughter s Courage Author Renita D'Silva
ISBN-10 9781786811776
Release 2017-05-31
Pages 446
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A Daughter s Courage has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from A Daughter s Courage also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full A Daughter s Courage book for free.



Last Kiss Goodnight

Last Kiss Goodnight Author Teresa Driscoll
ISBN-10 9781910751831
Release 2016-03-25
Pages 284
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Be ready to sob your heart out. Laura’s Book Blog I stroked the top of my baby’s head and whispered to him gently that I would find a way. I will not let them take you… Once upon a time Kate’s life was full of love and smiles and laughter. A time where she dared to dream and hope. But then her perfect family unit is shattered in the most unthinkable way. And now Kate is silently and steadily falling apart. When she meets Martha, Kate recognizes a kindred spirit. Martha is searching for a lost love; tragedy has touched her life too. Why are they so inexplicably drawn to one another? And why are they both keeping secrets about their pasts? As Kate and Martha are forced to face the painful memories they’d each locked away, can they save each other and learn to live again? A beautifully written story full of emotion, hope and the redeeming power of love and friendship. Perfect for fans of Diane Chamberlain, Amanda Prowse and Rowan Coleman.' 'Heartbreaking...I loved it.' Read Along with Sue 'Love and loss. Secrets and lies. Pain and tragedy. Last Kiss Goodnight is full of these elements, taking you on the emotional journeys of an exceptionally well-written cast of characters in a beautiful story that is destined to stay with you long after you’ve read the final sentence.' Bookish Regards 'A story that takes you gently by the hand and leads you down a heart warming but emotional path. It is very much a story of friendship and the undying love between a mother and her child. The whole story just flows wonderfully and is beautifully written.' By The Letter Book Reviews 'An amazing read. Filled with lighter moments that will make you laugh and equally heartbreaking moments that will make you cry! ...This is a book that will stay with me for a long time.' The Book Club 'Beautifully written…highly recommend it to those who enjoy emotional, sometimes heart-breaking stories with well developed and lovable characters.' My Booklikes Blog What everyone is saying about Recipes for Melissa: ‘A deeply moving story that explores what it means to love and to be loved...You will be captivated by this emotional tale, beautifully told.’ Kate Furnivall ‘A beautifully written book, full of emotion, passion and compassion.’ Louise Douglas ‘An absolutely beautifully written book. It is heartbreaking and sad, but at the same time it is also uplifting and inspirational. Jill Loves to Read ‘A life-affirming, nostalgic, captivating tale of one mother and daughter, whose love for each other echoes throughout the years spent apart.’ Becca’s Books ‘Beautifully written…A book that will stay with me.’ Any Excuse to Read ‘A superbly written debut novel…full of heart-tugging moments, An emotional read, but a beautiful one at the same time – I look forward to future books from this author.’ Literary Week ‘You can feel the mum's pain and anguish...Such a moving book full of love for her child and her husband.’ Bookworms and Shutterbugs ‘A wonderful legacy of love from mother to daughter.’ Amanda Prowse ‘A wonderfully poignant portrayal of a mother's undying love for her daughter….A very touching tale.’ Sincerely Book Angels



Beneath an Indian Sky

Beneath an Indian Sky Author Renita D'Silva
ISBN-10 9781786813091
Release 2018-03-16
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The Lost Daughter of India

The Lost Daughter of India Author Sharon Maas
ISBN-10 9781786811189
Release 2017-01-20
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A Sister s Promise

A Sister s Promise Author Renita D'Silva
ISBN-10 9781910751138
Release 2015-07-02
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The Stolen Girl

The Stolen Girl Author Renita D'Silva
ISBN-10 1909490547
Release 2014-09-12
Pages 440
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"For as long as thirteen-year-old Diya can remember, it's always been just her and her mum, Vani. Despite never staying in one place long enough to call it home, with her mother by her side, Diya has never needed anything else. Then, in an instant, Diya's fragile world is shattered. Her mother is arrested, accused of abducting Diya when she was a baby..."--Back cover.



The Mother s Secret

The Mother s Secret Author Clare Swatman
ISBN-10 9781509824878
Release 2018-02-22
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The Mother's Secret is a powerful story about family, secrets and devastating lies Love keeps us together Sisters Kate and Georgie have always shared a close bond. While Kate enjoyed the freedoms of youth, Georgie remained at home. But now Georgie is grown up, it’s time she started exploring. Love can tear us apart Their mother Jan loves her daughters with all her heart. So what if she kept them out of sight when they were young? She just cared for them so much. She wanted to protect them. What if your life was based on a lie? Maybe there was another reason for Jan’s protective behaviour? If they ventured too far afield, it might destroy the facade of their childhood. This family’s about to discover that while lies can cause pain, the truth could destroy them all.



Monsoon Memories

Monsoon Memories Author Renita D'Silva
ISBN-10 9781909490048
Release 2014-01-24
Pages 410
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Monsoon Memories is an unforgettable journey through a mesmerizing, passionate land of contrasts with a family whose story will touch your heart. Anyone who enjoys the storytelling of Jodi Picoult, Diane Chamberlain, Heather Gudenkauf or Dorothy Koomson will love Monsoon Memories. 'from start to finish I loved this book and couldn't recommend it more.' NovelEscapes.com Exiled from her family in India for more than a decade, Shirin and her husband lead a comfortable but empty life in London. Memories of her childhood: exotic fragrances, colours, stifling heat and tropical storms fill Shirin with a familiar and growing ache for the land and the people that she loves. With the recollections though, come dark clouds of scandal and secrets. Secrets that forced her to flee her old life and keep her from ever returning. Thousands of miles away, in Bangalore, the daughter of Shirin's brother discovers a lost, forgotten photograph. One that has escaped the flames. Determined to solve the mystery of an aunt she never knew, Reena's efforts will set in place a chain of events that expose the painful trauma of the past and irrevocably change the path of the future. Praise for Monsoon Memories D'Silva weaves a tale so rich and complex in detail and history that I found it quite impossible to put the book down. The characters really came to life for me and I grew attached and invested in them and what was going to happen. The details are rich, vivid and so well described that I truly felt at times that I was there or at least was hearing the story first hand from the main character... from start to finish I loved this book and couldn't recommend it more.' 5/5. NovelEscapes.com 'It mesmerized me with its poignant narration and heart-warming storyand kept me hooked until the last page. 9/10. ChickLitClub.com 'A wonderfully dramatic and poignant debut novel from Renita D'Silva. I was captivated by the characters and their plight. I was intrigued by what deep secret could have torn the family apart. What caused Shirin so much grief that she was haunted by the Eyes that would follow her during her daydreams and nightmares? My heart broke for Shirin, she exiled herself to the UK but longed for her family in India but wondered if they could ever forgive her. I could empathize with young Reena, an only child in India, who stumbled on a photograph of this forgotten woman and was determined to find out more about her. I simply could not put this book down and although I figured out the secret about half way through, I had to know what would happen and if the family could resolve their issues.'Momssmallvictories.com 'a really moving and poignant story.' Novelicious.com 'Full of gorgeously crafted settings and descriptions, you'll be pulled into this lush novel. Renita paints the most beautiful images with a few, perfectly chosen words. Monsoon Memories is a book to fall in love with.'KimTalksBooks.com 'Monsoon Memories by Renita D'Silva is an honest, captivating peek at the human heart, the haunting power of memories and the fierce power of truth. Beautifully written, Monsoon Memories is an engaging, thought-provoking story that will remain with you long after the final page.'Heather Gudenkauf 'A delightful story, with riveting characters and a mystery guaranteed to tease and tantalise the reader right till the end. And what a feast for the senses - Renita D'Silva is a genius at evoking the sounds, sights and aromas of India. A major new talent - I can't wait for her next novel.' Linda Kavanagh No. 1 bestselling author of Never Say Goodbye



Bearing the Unbearable

Bearing the Unbearable Author Joanne Cacciatore
ISBN-10 9781614292968
Release 2017-06-27
Pages 248
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If you love, you will grieve—and nothing is more mysteriously central to becoming fully human. When a loved one dies, the pain of loss can feel unbearable—especially in the case of a traumatizing death that leaves us shouting, “NO!” with every fiber of our body. The process of grieving can feel wild and nonlinear—and often lasts for much longer than other people, the nonbereaved, tell us it should. Organized into fifty-two short chapters, Bearing the Unbearable is a companion for life’s most difficult times, revealing how grief can open our hearts to connection, compassion, and the very essence of our shared humanity. Dr. Joanne Cacciatore—bereavement educator, researcher, Zen priest, and leading counselor in the field—accompanies us along the heartbreaking path of love, loss, and grief. Through moving stories of her encounters with grief over decades of supporting individuals, families, and communities—as well as her own experience with loss—Cacciatore opens a space to process, integrate, and deeply honor our grief. Not just for the bereaved, Bearing the Unbearable will be required reading for grief counselors, therapists and social workers, clergy of all varieties, educators, academics, and medical professionals. Organized into fifty-two accessible and stand-alone chapters, this book is also perfect for being read aloud in support groups.



Harriet Wolf s Seventh Book of Wonders

Harriet Wolf s Seventh Book of Wonders Author Julianna Baggott
ISBN-10 9780316375092
Release 2015-08-18
Pages 336
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New York Times NOTABLE BOOK OF 2015 "A mesmerizing tale of star-crossed love and of the dark secrets in a fracturing family . . . This novel is so full of wonders that it leaves you haunted, amazed, and, like every great read, irrevocably changed."--Caroline Leavitt, New York Times bestselling author of Pictures of You The reclusive Harriet Wolf, revered author and family matriarch, has a final confession-a love story. Years after her death, as her family comes together one last time, the mystery of Harriet's life hangs in the balance. Does the truth lie in the rumored final book of the series that made Harriet a world-famous writer, or will her final confession be lost forever? Harriet Wolf's Seventh Book of Wonders tells the moving story of the unforgettable Wolf women in four distinct voices: the mysterious Harriet, who, until now, has never revealed the secrets of her past; her fiery, overprotective daughter, Eleanor; and her two grown granddaughters--Tilton, the fragile yet exuberant younger sister, who's become a housebound hermit, and Ruth, the older sister, who ran away at sixteen and never looked back. When Eleanor is hospitalized, Ruth decides it's time to do right by a pact she made with Tilton long ago: to return home and save her sister. Meanwhile, Harriet whispers her true life story to the reader. It's a story that spans the entire twentieth century and is filled with mobsters, outcasts, a lonesome lion, and a home for wayward women. It's also a tribute to her lifelong love of the boy she met at the Maryland School for Feeble-minded Children. Harriet Wolf's Seventh Book of Wonders, Julianna Baggott's most sweeping and mesmerizing novel yet, offers a profound meditation on motherhood and sisterhood, as well as on the central importance of stories. It is a novel that affords its characters that rare chance we all long for--the chance to reimagine the stories of our lives while there's still time.



The Secret Life of Winnie Cox

The Secret Life of Winnie Cox Author Sharon Maas
ISBN-10 9781910751503
Release 2015-10-01
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‘This is a beautiful, mesmerising work of fiction that makes you think about the past and the history of slavery… Sharon Maas is an author to look out for with regards to historical, romantic fiction.’ Krafti Reader 1910, Guyana. A time of racial tension and poverty. A time where forbidden love must remain a secret. Winnie Cox lives a privileged life of dances and dresses on her father’s sugar cane plantation. Life is sweet in the kingdom of sugar and Winnie along with her sister Johanna, have neither worries nor responsibilities, they are birds of paradise, protected from the poverty in the world around them. But everything can change in a heartbeat… When Winnie falls in love with George Quint, the post-office boy, a ‘darkie’ from the other side, she soon finds herself slipping into a double life. And as she withdraws from her family, she discovers a shocking secret about those whom are closest to her. Now, more than ever, Winnie is determined to prove her love for George, whatever price she must pay and however tragic the consequences might be. A breath-taking love story of two people fighting to be together, in a world determined to break them apart. ‘I absolutely love Sharon Maas writing style- you can just picture the setting and the relationships between the characters in such a vivid world.’Bookworms and Shutterbugs 'Superb book about love in a different age against all the odds. Brilliant.' Baatty about Books 'Intriguing and compelling ...a page-turner that had me drawn into a previously unexplored world. An emotional drama' Natalie-Meg Evans ‘This rich story grabbed me from the start! It is powerful, fulfilling, thought-provoking and a whole lot more. Definitely a must read! Totally engrossing!’ Great Historical Fiction Review Blog 'A beautifully written book - one which transports you to the place it is set in. The plot, the twist, the setting, everything was perfect.' Any Excuse to Read ‘I hope many people will pick up this book and see just what magnificent writing and storytelling abilities Sharon has. Right from the outset the writing in this book is beyond beautiful and resonates such a chord. A deeply satisfying read of love, loss and determination.’ Shaz’s Book Blog ‘A beautifully written story of love against all the odds.’ Portobello Book Blog 'A beautifully written story of forbidden love...I fell in love with Winnie ... the book is written with sensitivity and heart-aching honesty' The Bookshelf Blog Acclaim for Sharon Maas: ’A terrific writer.’ Barbara Erskine 'A page-turning story, full of humanity, crossing cultures and continents, reminiscent of Andrea Levy.’ Katie Fforde 'Beautifully and cleverly written. A wondrous, spellbinding story which grips you from the first to the last page… I can't recall when I last enjoyed a book so much.' Lesley Pearse ‘An authentic reflection of a world full of sadness, joy and surprise.' The Observer ‘A beautiful story about tragic love and ultimately about forgiveness… with powerful messages about love, life and learning to let things go in order to be happy.’ Life With Joy ‘Rich in detail and emotion and has the most beautiful and real description of loss I have ever read.’ Shaz’s Book blog



A Tragic Kind of Wonderful

A Tragic Kind of Wonderful Author Eric Lindstrom
ISBN-10 9780316260046
Release 2017-02-07
Pages 288
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In the vein of It's Kind of a Funny Story and All the Bright Places, comes a captivating, immersive exploration of life with mental illness.For sixteen-year-old Mel Hannigan, bipolar disorder makes life unpredictable. Her latest struggle is balancing her growing feelings in a new relationship with her instinct to keep everyone at arm's length. And when a former friend confronts Mel with the truth about the way their relationship ended, deeply buried secrets threaten to come out and upend her shaky equilibrium. As the walls of Mel's compartmentalized world crumble, she fears the worst--that her friends will abandon her if they learn the truth about what she's been hiding. Can Mel bring herself to risk everything to find out? In A Tragic Kind of Wonderful, Eric Lindstrom, author of the critically acclaimed Not If I See You First, examines the fear that keeps us from exposing our true selves, and the courage it takes to be loved for who we really are.



The Mothers

The Mothers Author Brit Bennett
ISBN-10 9780399184512
Release 2016
Pages 278
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It is the last season of high school life for Nadia Turner, a rebellious, grief-stricken, 17-year-old beauty. Mourning her own mother's recent suicide, she takes up with the local pastor's son. They are young; it's not serious. But the pregnancy that results from this teen romance - and the subsequent cover-up - will have an impact that goes far beyond their youth



The Forgotten Daughter

The Forgotten Daughter Author Renita D'Silva
ISBN-10 9781909490260
Release 2014-02-25
Pages 400
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‘You were adopted’. Three simple words, in a letter accompanying her parents' will, tear Nisha’s carefully ordered world apart. Raised in England, by her caring but emotionally reserved parents, Nisha has never been one to take risks. Now, with the scrawled address of an Indian convent begins a search for the mother and family she never knew and the awakening of childhood memories long forgotten. The secrets, culture and people that Nisha discover will change her life forever. And, as her eyes are opened to a side of herself she didn’t know existed, Nisha realizes that she must also seek answers to the hardest question of all – why? Weaving together the stories of Nisha, Shilpa and Devi, The Forgotten Daughter explores powerfully and poignantly the emotional themes of motherhood, loss and identity – ultimately asking the question of what you would do out of love for your children? Praise for Renita D’Silva ‘Renita D'Silva is a genius at evoking the sounds, sights and aromas of India. A major new talent- I can't wait for her next novel.' Linda Kavanagh ‘Renita DSilva is a wonderful author who has a natural gift at storytelling that truly impressed and awed me.’ Novel Escapes ‘Renita paints the most beautiful images with a few, perfectly chosen words’. KimTalksBooks.com