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The Summer House in Santorini: A wonderfully uplifting romance fo...
by Samantha Parks

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English

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Publication Date

August 07, 2019

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<h2>‘<strong>Oh my gosh I LOVED IT!</strong> This was honestly one of the<strong> best</strong> books I've read in a long while’ Georgina, Goodreads</h2><p><strong>One summer in Greece will change everything…</strong></p><p>Anna’s running away. From a failed relationship, a dead-end career and a complicated family life.</p><p>On the island of Santorini, with its picturesque villas, blue-tiled roofs, and the turquoise waters of the Aegean lapping at the white sand beaches, Anna inherits a less-than-picturesque summer house from her estranged father.</p><p>As she rebuilds the house, she rebuilds her life, uncovering family secrets along the way that will change everything. She soon starts to fall for her little slice of paradise, as well as for gorgeous, charming Nikos.<br /> <br />Will Anna lose her heart in more ways than one?</p><p><strong>Brimming with secrets and sunlight, this is the perfect holiday read for fans of Alex Brown, Jill Mansell and Sue Moorcroft.</strong></p><h2>Readers LOVE Samantha Parks! </h2><p>‘<strong>Wow</strong>, what an amazing debut book. Samantha Parks’s writing style had me <strong>gripped from the very first page</strong>’ Faith, Twitter</p><p>‘Will <strong>110% make you want to visit Santorini!</strong>’ Stacey, The Cosiest Corner Book Blog</p><p>‘<strong>Gorgeous</strong>… <strong>thank you</strong> Samantha Parks for delightful book!’ Margaret, Netgalley</p><p>‘<strong>Perfect</strong> beach or <strong>pool read</strong>’ Bee, Netgalley</p><p>‘Lovely and <strong>heartfelt</strong>’ Cheryl M-M’s Book Blog</p><p>‘<strong>Perfect chick lit!</strong>’ Christie, Instagram</p><p>‘A glorious <strong>summer holiday read</strong>’ Ruth, top 100 Amazon reviewer</p><p>‘A lovely romance <strong>set among rustic villages</strong> and <strong>white sandy beaches</strong>. What more could you ask for?’ Angela, Goodreads</p>
Notting Hill in the Snow: The most heartwarming and uplifting Chr...
by Jules Wake

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English

Pages

308

Publication Date

October 11, 2019

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<h2>Escape to Notting Hill this Christmas…</h2><p><strong>From the bestselling author of <em>Covent Garden in the Snow</em>, this is the most romantic and charming book you’ll read this Christmas…</strong></p><p><em>A Notting Hill nativity… what could go wrong?</em></p><p>Viola Smith plays the viola in an orchestra (yes really!) but this year she's been asked to stretch her musical talents to organising Notting Hill's local nativity.</p><p>Nate Williams isn't looking forward to Christmas but as his small daughter, Grace, has the starring role in the show, he's forced to stop being a Grinch and volunteer with Viola.</p><p>With the sparks between them hotter than the chestnuts roasting in Portobello market, Nate and Viola can't deny their feelings. And as the snow starts to fall over London, they find themselves trapped together in more ways than one…</p><p><strong>This is a gorgeously heartwarming and uplifting Christmas romance, perfect for fans of Sue Moorcroft, Isabelle Broom or any Hugh Grant romcom… From <em>Four Weddings and a Funeral</em> to <em>Notting Hill</em>!</strong></p><h2>Praise for <em>Covent Garden in the Snow</em>…</h2><p>‘Had me <strong>laughing from the first page</strong>!’ <em>Rachel’s Random Reads</em></p><p>‘Buy this book, put up a do not disturb sign and enjoy indulging in every page – <strong>you won't be disappointed</strong>!’ <em>Gem’s Quiet Corner</em></p><p>‘A romantic and hilarious novel with <strong>a beautiful and snowy Christmas atmosphere</strong>’ <em>Chicklit Club</em></p><p>‘Oh I absolutely loved Tilly! What <strong>a fun, festive book</strong>, and a beautiful cover’ <em>LoveReading.com</em></p>
My Family and Other Animals (The Corfu Trilogy Book 1)
by Gerald Durrell

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English

Pages

292

Publication Date

October 11, 2016

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<b>The inspiration for <i>The Durrells in Corfu</i>, a Masterpiece production on public television: A naturalist’s account of his childhood on the exotic Greek island.</b><br />  <br /> When the Durrells could no longer endure the gray English climate, they did what any sensible family would do: sold their house and relocated to the sun-soaked island of Corfu.<br />  <br /> As they settled into their new home, hilarious mishaps ensued as a ten-year-old Gerald Durrell pursued his interest in natural history and explored the island’s fauna. Soon, toads and tortoises, bats and butterflies—as well as scorpions, geckos, ladybugs, praying mantises, octopuses, pigeons, and gulls—became a common sight in the Durrell villa.<br />  <br /> Uproarious tales of the island’s animals and Durrell’s fond reflections on his family bring this delightful memoir to life. Capturing the joyous chaos of growing up in an unconventional household, <i>My Family and Other Animals</i> will transport you to a place you won’t want to leave.<br />  <br /><i>This ebook features an illustrated biography of Gerald Durrell including rare photos from the author’s estate.</i><br />  
Laughing Without an Accent: Adventures of a Global Citizen
by Firoozeh Dumas

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English

Pages

251

Publication Date

April 29, 2008

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<b><i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> BESTSELLER • “There’s such warmth to Dumas’ writing that it invites the reader to pull up a seat at her table and smile right along with her at the quirks of her family and Iranians and Americans in general.”<b>—<i>Booklist</i></b><br /></b><br />In the <i>New York Times </i>bestselling memoir <i>Funny in Farsi,</i> Firoozeh Dumas recounted her adventures growing up Iranian American in Southern California. Now she again mines her rich Persian heritage in <i>Laughing Without an Accent,</i> sharing stories both tender and humorous on being a citizen of the world, on her well-meaning family, and on amusing cultural conundrums, all told with insights into the universality of the human condition. (Hint: It may have to do with brushing and flossing daily.)<br /><br /> With dry wit and a bold spirit, Dumas puts her own unique mark on the themes of family, community, and tradition. She braves the uncommon palate of her French-born husband and learns the nuances of having her book translated for Persian audiences (the censors edit out all references to ham). And along the way, she reconciles her beloved Iranian customs with her Western ideals.<br /><br /> Explaining crossover cultural food fare, Dumas says, “The weirdest American culinary marriage is yams with melted marshmallows. I don’t know who thought of this Thanksgiving tradition, but I’m guessing a hyperactive, toothless three-year-old.” On Iranian wedding anniversaries: “It just initially seemed odd to celebrate the day that ‘our families decided we should marry even though I had never met you, and frankly, it’s not working out so well.’” On trying to fit in with her American peers: “At the time, my father drove a Buick LeSabre, a fancy French word meaning ‘OPEC thanks you.’”<br /><br /> Dumas also documents her first year as a new mother, the familial chaos that ensues after she removes the television set from the house, the experience of taking fifty-one family members on a birthday cruise to Alaska, and a road trip to Iowa with an American once held hostage in Iran.<br /><br /> Droll, moving, and relevant, <i>Laughing Without an Accent</i> shows how our differences can unite us—and provides indelible proof that Firoozeh Dumas is a humorist of the highest order.<br /><br /><b>Praise for <i>Laughing Without an Accent</i></b><br /> <b><i> </i></b><br /> “Dumas is one of those rare people: a naturally gifted storyteller.”<b>—Alexander McCall Smith</b><br />  <br /> “<i>Laughing Without an Accent</i> is written . . . as if Dumas were sharing a cup of coffee with her reader as she relates her comic tales. . . . Firoozeh Dumas exudes undeniable charm [as she] reveals a zeal for culture—both new and old—and the enduring bonds of a family filled with outsize personalities.”<b>—<i>San Francisco Chronicle</i></b><br /> <i> </i><br /> “[Dumas is] like a blend of Anne Lamott and Erma Bombeck.”<b>—<i>Bust</i></b><br />  <br /> “Humorous without being sentimental, [Dumas] speaks to the American experience.”<b>—<i>The Plain Dealer</i></b>
L'Appart: The Delights and Disasters of Making My Paris Home
by David Lebovitz

Language

English

Pages

370

Publication Date

November 07, 2017

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<b>Bestselling author and world-renowned chef David Lebovitz continues to mine the rich subject of his evolving ex-Pat life in Paris, using his perplexing experiences in apartment renovation as a launching point for stories about French culture, food, and what it means to revamp one's life. Includes dozens of new recipes.</b><br />  <br /> When David Lebovitz began the project of updating his apartment in his adopted home city, he never imagined he would encounter so much inexplicable red tape while contending with perplexing work ethic and hours. Lebovitz maintains his distinctive sense of humor with the help of his partner Romain, peppering this renovation story with recipes from his Paris kitchen. In the midst of it all, he reveals the adventure that accompanies carving out a place for yourself in a foreign country—under baffling conditions—while never losing sight of the magic that inspired him to move to the City of Light many years ago, and to truly make his home there.
A History Lover's Guide to New York City (History & Guide)
by Alison Fortier

Language

English

Pages

259

Publication Date

February 29, 2016

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<b>This guidebook to the Big Apple goes beyond the traditional tour, offering visitors a fascinating exploration of the city’s rich history.</b><br />  <br /> New York is a city of superlatives. It has the largest population, greatest wealth, broadest diversity, and most elegant museums in the nation. With that comes an amazing history that you can experience firsthand with this unique guide.<br />  <br /> George Washington took his first oath of office on the steps of Federal Hall. Visitors can still dine at the famed Fraunces Tavern and worship at historic St. Paul’s Chapel. From the Brooklyn Bridge to stunning skyscrapers, the city celebrates its own history and that of the nation. Join author Alison Fortier as she traces the history and heritage of America’s largest metropolis.
On the Plain of Snakes: A Mexican Journey
by Paul Theroux

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English

Pages

448

Publication Date

October 08, 2019

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<b>Legendary travel writer Paul Theroux drives the entire length of the US–Mexico border, then goes deep into the hinterland, on the back roads of Chiapas and Oaxaca, to uncover the rich, layered world behind today’s brutal headlines.</b><br /><br /> Paul Theroux has spent his life crisscrossing the globe in search of the histories and peoples that give life to the places they call home. Now, as immigration debates boil around the world, Theroux has set out to explore a country key to understanding our current discourse: Mexico. Just south of the Arizona border, in the desert region of Sonora, he finds a place brimming with vitality, yet visibly marked by both the US Border Patrol looming to the north and mounting discord from within. With the same humanizing sensibility he employed in <i>Deep South, </i>Theroux stops to talk with residents, visits Zapotec mill workers in the highlands, and attends a Zapatista party meeting, communing with people of all stripes who remain south of the border even as their families brave the journey north.<br /><br /> From the writer praised for his “curiosity and affection for humanity in all its forms” (<i>New York Times Book Review</i>), <i>On the Plain of Snakes</i> is an exploration of a region in conflict.<br />  
Dark Star Safari: Overland from Cairo to Capetown
by Paul Theroux

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English

Pages

490

Publication Date

April 05, 2004

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In <i>Dark Star Safari</i> the wittily observant and endearingly irascible Paul Theroux takes readers the length of Africa by rattletrap bus, dugout canoe, cattle truck, armed convoy, ferry, and train. In the course of his epic and enlightening journey, he endures danger, delay, and dismaying circumstances.<br /><br /> Gauging the state of affairs, he talks to Africans, aid workers, missionaries, and tourists. What results is an insightful meditation on the history, politics, and beauty of Africa and its people, and "a vivid portrayal of the secret sweetness, the hidden vitality, and the long-patient hope that lies just beneath the surface" (Rocky Mountain News). In a new postscript, Theroux recounts the dramatic events of a return to Africa to visit Zimbabwe.
The French for Christmas
by Fiona Valpy

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English

Pages

274

Publication Date

October 03, 2014

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‘<b>Made me cry so many times … A beautiful, heartbreaking yet uplifting wonderful story</b>.’ <i>This Chick Reads</i><br /><br /><b>A year to forget. The perfect escape. And a little Christmas magic…</b><br /><br /><b>Touching, uplifting, and filled with delicious French cooking, <i>The French for Christmas</i> is the perfect Christmas treat.</b><br /><br /><b>Evie used to LOVE Christmas</b>, but this year she can’t wait for the tinsel and presents to be a distant memory. <br /><br />When her best friends offer the use of their cottage in the beautiful French countryside, Evie jumps at the chance. With her soon-to-be-ex-husband, celebrity chef Will Brooke, plastered over the news with his latest ‘love interest’, leaving the country seems like the perfect plan.<br /><br />Armed with her French grandmother’s tattered notebook of recipes, Evie is determined to ignore Christmas altogether and bake herself back to happiness. <br /><br />And when Evie meets her next-door neighbour – the <i>très</i> gorgeous doctor Didier she finds a very willing taste-tester. But is it possible that he could be interested in more than just her <i>Tarte Tatin</i>? <br /><br />With snow falling, a special <i>Réveillon</i> dinner and a little Christmas magic in the air, could Didier even be the one to thaw Evie’s heart? <b>Or will a visit from the ghost of Christmas past change everything?</b><br /><br /><h2>What people are saying about The French for Christmas</h2><br />‘So <b>very real, so tragic, my heart absolutely ached</b> … A <b>heart-warming and truly beautiful</b> Christmas book.’ <b>5/5</b> <i>Paris Baker’s Book Nook</i><br /> <br />‘<b>One of my favourite stories I have read this year… A truly superb novel. 5/5</b>.’ <i>Chloe’s Chick Lit Reviews</i><br /><br />‘<b>A truly wonderful novel</b> … touching, inspiring and heart-warming … <b>an absolute must on your holiday reading list. 5/5 Stars.</b>’ <i>Living Life with Joy</i><br /><br />‘<b>Just beautiful</b> … I was transported to a Christmas wonderland and I didn't want to leave! <b>Absolutely loved it!</b>’ <i>Becca’s Books</i><br /><br />‘A winner … <b>I want to live this story</b>.’ <i>A Nurse and a Book</i><br /><br />‘I love Fiona Valpy's French countryside stories ... <b>The setting is wonderful and the snow and winter weather give it a fairytale like atmosphere … such a lovely Christmas story</b>.’ <i>Librarian Lavender</i><br /><br />‘<b>Beautiful descriptions of the idyllic French house and area … mouth-watering descriptions of the beautiful food</b> … a wonderful Christmas read. It has everything you could want from a book for this time of year.’ <i>Best Crime Books and More</i><br /><br />‘<b>I found myself talking out loud, muttering and cursing</b> … Fiona had given me <b>characters that I had connected with, that had strength and depth who I found I really cared about</b>.’ <i>Crooks on Books</i><br /><br />‘<b>This book made me cry</b> … Another great and emotional read with Christmas cheer, Christmas spirit.’ <i>French Village Diaries</i><br /><br />‘Truly idyllic … everything we love about the Christmas season. <b>A beautiful read!</b>’ <i>M’s Bookshelf</i><br /><br />‘I <b>absolutely adored</b> this charming, thought provoking story… I<br />felt really Christmassy reading this! The main part of the story is set during Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, <b>the setting is gorgeous and the food sounds delicious</b>. Alongside all the festive-ness there is also a more serious underlying storyline to this novel which makes it truly touching and extremely gripping. <b>All in all the perfect wintry-night-by-the-fire read</b>.’ <i>Bookaholic Confessions</i><br /><br />‘This was <b>a lovely, cozy read</b> which would be perfect for reading during those cold winter months.’ <i>Books and Book Ends</i><br /><br />‘Our main character Evie was a little treasure who has had a heartbreaking time recently and I found myself routing for her hoping for a happy ending for her… <b>This was a great read with a lovely festive touch</b>.’ <i>Rea’s Book Review</i>
Tell Me Who I Am: The Story Behind the Netflix Documentary: Now ...
by , Marcus Lewis

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English

Pages

353

Publication Date

July 04, 2013

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<p>Imagine waking up one day to discover that you have forgotten everything about your life. Your only link with the past, your only hope for the future, is your identical twin.</p><p>Now imagine, years later, discovering that your twin had not told you the whole truth about your childhood, your family, and the forces that had shaped you. Why the secrets? Why the silences? You have no choice but to begin again.</p><p>This has been Alex's reality: a world where memories are just the stories people tell you, where fact and fiction are impossible to distinguish. With dogged courage he has spent years hunting for the truth about his hidden past and his remarkable family. His quest to understand his true identity has revealed shocking betrayals and a secret tragedy, extraordinary triumph over crippling adversity and, above all, redemption founded on brotherly love.</p><p>Marcus his twin brother has sometimes been a reluctant companion on this journey, but for him too it has led to staggering revelations and ultimately the shedding of impossible burdens. </p><p>Their story spans continents and eras, from 1950s debutantes and high society in the Home Counties to a remote island in the Pacific and 90s raves. Disturbing, funny, heart-breaking and affirming, Alex and Marcus's determination to rebuild their lives makes us look afresh at how we choose to tell our stories.</p>

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