Love in the outback by Deb Hunt

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The true story of an unlikely romance in the Australian outback.

At forty-nine, Deb Hunt stopped dating men. It was just too painful. The men she loved didn’t love her back. When she found herself stalking her last boyfriend, who’d become engaged to another woman, Deb knew it was time to make changes.

From her home in the UK, she applied for a job in Australia – a PR assistant with the Royal Flying Doctor Service. She packed up her London home, said goodbye to everything that was familiar, and headed down under. There she encountered a land she never imagined and met a man unlike any other – a Royal Flying Doctor Service legend. He was a deeply practical, reasonable, steady, conservative person – in other words, the polar opposite of Deb. He wanted a relationship. She wanted to flee.

This is the story of what happens when you finally ditch your life-long dreams of romance, only to discover that reality is not such a bad place after all.

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The Accident by Chris Pavone

the accident pavoneAs dawn approaches, highly respected New York Literary agent Isabel Reed is turning the final pages of a mysterious, hand delivered, totally anonymous manuscript. It is a book full of shocking revelations and disturbing truths – is this the book she’s been waiting for her entire career?¬† Might this be a book that will change the world?

Meanwhile in Copenhagen, veteran CIA operative Hayden Gray is also on the trail of the manuscript – and the secrets that lie at its heart. For him, quite simply, it must never see the light of day.

Over the course of one long, desperate, increasingly perilous day, Isabel and Hayden try to outwit each other in a race to secure the manuscript, while the nameless author watches on from afar. It’s a high stakes game of cat and mouse. Everyone who knows about the manuscript is in mortal peril. Innocent people may die.

As the action rockets around Europe and across America, and intricate web of duplicities is revealed, stretching back a quarter of a century to a dark winding road in upstate New York, where the shocking truth is buried.

This is the 2nd novel from Chris Pavone, his first  The Expats was published in 2012

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Promises by Cathryn Hein – Book of the Week 18-08-2014

promisesSophie Dixon is determined to leave her tragic past behind and forge a bright future on her beloved farm. While looking to buy a new horse, she is drawn into her neighbour Aaron Laidlow’s orbit, despite the bad blood between their families.

As the racing season unfolds, Sophie and Aaron’s feelings for each other deepen. But Aaron is torn, haunted by a dark secret he fears can never be forgiven – especially by Sophie.

The truth behind her mother’s death will test her strength, and her love, to the limit. She’s been broken once. No one wants to see her broken again – least of all the man who has grown to love her.

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The Tulip Eaters by Antoinette van Heugten

the tulip eatersNora de Jong returns home from work one ordinary day to find her mother has been murdered. Her infant daughter is missing. And the only clue is the body of an unknown man on the living-room floor, clutching a Luger in his cold, dead hand.
Frantic to find Rose, Nora puts aside her grief and frustration to start her own search. But the contents of a locked metal box she finds in her parents’ attic leave her with as many questions as answers, and suggest the killer was not a stranger. Saving her daughter means delving deeper into her family’s darkest history, leading Nora half a world away to Amsterdam, where her own unsettled past and memories of painful heartbreak rush back to haunt her.
As Nora feverishly pieces together the truth from an old family diary, she’s drawn back to a city under Nazi occupation, where her mother’s alliances may have long ago sealed her own, and Rose’s fate

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The Hiltons – The true story of an American Dynasty by J.Randy Taraborrelli

J.Randy Taraborrelli is well-known for writing bestselling bio’s about people like Elizabeth Taylor, Michael Jackson, Madonna and Marilyn Monroe. His latest edition is…

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THE HILTONS is a sweeping saga of the success-and excess-of an iconic American family. Demanding and enigmatic, patriarch Conrad Hilton’s visionary ideas and unyielding will established the model for the modern luxury hotel industry. But outside the boardroom, Conrad struggled with emotional detachment, failed marriages, and conflicted Catholicism.

Then there were his children: Playboy Nicky Hilton’s tragic alcoholism and marriage to Elizabeth Taylor was the stuff of tabloid legend. Barron Hilton, on the other hand, deftly handled his father’s legacy, carrying the Hilton brand triumphantly into the new millennium. Eric, raised apart from his older brothers, accepted his supporting role in the Hilton dynasty with calm and quiet-a stark contrast to the boys’ much younger half-sister Francesca, whose battle for recognition led her into courtrooms and conflict.

The cast of supporting players includes the inimitable Zsa Zsa Gabor, who was married to Conrad briefly and remained a thorn in his side for decades,and a host of other Hollywood and business luminaries with whom the Hiltons crossed paths and swords over the years.

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The Last Kind Words Saloon by Larry McMurtry – Book of the Week 11-08-2014

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Evoking the greatest characters and legends of the Old Wild West, McMurtry tells the story of the closing of the American frontier through the travels of two of its most immortal figures: Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday.

Once hailed as heroes for their days of subduing drunks in Abilene and Dodge – more often with a mean look than a pistol – the taciturn Wyatt now idles away his time between bottles, while the dentist-turned- gunslinger Doc is more adept at poker than extracting teeth. With the buffalo herds gone, the Comanche defeated, and vast swaths of the Great Plains enclosed by cattle ranches, Wyatt and Doc live on, even as the storied West that forged their myths disappears.

McMurtry traces the rich and varied friendship of the heroic pair from the town of Long Grass to Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show in Denver, then to Mobetie, Texas, and finally to Tombstone, Arizona, culminating with the famed gunfight at the O.K. Corral, rendered here in McMurtry’s stark and peerless prose. As harsh and beautiful, and as brutal and captivating as the open range it depicts, The Last Kind Words Saloon celebrates the genius of one of the most original American writers

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Villa Serena by Domenica De Rosa

Who could ask for more, a lovely book about food, a restored Tuscan farmhouse and a sprinkling of romance…….

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A heartfelt, witty story of one woman’s journey from heartbreak to adventure, full of gorgeous Italian flavour.
Emily Robertson looks like the woman who has it all: the lovingly restored Tuscan farmhouse, the three beautiful children, the successful, attentive husband…..

But when her husband dumps her by text message, she has to face up to some stark home truths. How will Emily cope, stranded in the countryside with no man, no money, dodgy phrasebook Italian and a psychotic cleaner? Her eldest girl is out of her depth with the local seducer, her middle daughter is dangerously underweight, and her darling baby is fast becoming a brat.
But soon Emily finds herself being drawn into the village of Monte Albano, and discovering a more genuine Italy, darker and more intriguing than she had ever imagined. She and her children are outsiders no more – and if she can get over a slightly embarrassing obsession with her youthful first love, a roguish stranger might be about to show her the time of her life…

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