PIVOTAL by Nikki Vallance
Finalist for The People's Book Prize 2019
'The whole book was very different, highly original, its construction impeccable, its characters enthralling'
Four lives. Three siblings. Two secrets. One Pivotal moment.When a mysterious bequest throws the lives of four women into chaos, they seek support from hypnotherapist, Dr Kath O' Hannon. Through a process of self-discovery, their new found knowledge weighs heavily, as they unpick four decades of life choices, and are forced to make bold decisions about the next stage of their journeys. Pivotal is a split-narrative, relationship mystery portraying the impact of a life-changing moment on four women with seemingly unconnected lives.
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Could not put it down'
Two women. Two villages. Different destinies.
Odeta’s life has shrunk to a daily round of drudgery, running her father’s grocery store in a remote Albanian village. One day a stranger from Tirana walks into the shop and promises her a new career in London.
Odeta’s life is about to change, but not in the way she expected.
Journalist Kate lives on a quiet London street and seems to have a perfect life but she worries about her son Ben, who struggles to make friends. Kate blames the internet and disconnects her family from the online world so they can get to know their neighbours.
On a visit to her home village in Wales, Kate is forced to confront a secret from her past. But greater danger lies closer to home. Perhaps Kate’s neighbours are not the friendly community they seem.
LIES BEHIND THE RUIN by Helen Matthews
'I’m finding it hard to put into words how much I loved Lies Behind the Ruin without giving away too much'
Emma Willshire has overcome plenty of obstacles in her life. From student bride to single mum of a son, Owen, but she has found happiness with her second husband, Paul and another child, Mollie. Emma's dark days seem far behind her until a fatal accident happens at Paul's work and he is held responsible. On holiday in France, Paul's behaviour turns erratic. On impulse, he buys a cheap, dilapidated property and, to Emma's dismay, persuades her they can renovate it into a holiday home. Back in England, their problems spiral out of control. Escape to a new life in France seems the only solution, but with heart-breaking loss for Emma. As the couple strive to renovate their ruin and open a small business, shadows from the past threaten their happiness and safety. Because, how can you build a new life on toxic foundations?
IN THE FAST LANE by Lotte Moore
Finalist for the People's Book Prize 2018
'A wonderful read with lots of twists and turns'
In the Fast Lane is a story for those if us trying - sometimes failing - to keep all the juggling balls in the air! A complex web of family relationships and life challenges is vividly weaved by Octogenarian author Lotte Moore, who exposes the craziness and triviality of life 'in the fast lane.' Marriage breakdowns and corruption, catastrophe and chaos, romance and relationships, this is an emotional, moving portrait of the ups and downs of family life, and poses the question - can we ever be truly happy living in the fast lane?