♥ Book Title : The Summer We All Ran Away
☯ Full Synopsis : "'The story is fresh and original, written vividly and with flair. I was completely engrossed!' --Katherine Webb, international best-selling author 'Beautiful... A fascinating tale of the meeting of lost souls. Of danger, and trust and self-worth. Read it.' --Jen Campbell, author of Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops 'A stunning debut... The storyline is original, the characters are fascinating, and over all this is simply a great read.' --The Bookbag 'The characters grabbed my heart, the story pulled me in and I sailed through the pages... Put Cassandra Parkin's debut novel on your To-Read list.' --Women's World When nineteen-year-old Davey finds himself drunk, beaten and alone, he is rescued by the oddly assorted inhabitants of an abandoned and beautiful house in the West Country. Their only condition for letting him join them is that he asks them no questions. More than thirty years ago in that same house, burned-out rock star Jack Laker writes a ground-breaking comeback album, and abandons the girl who saved his life to embark on a doomed and passionate romance with a young actress. His attempt to escape his destructive lifestyle leads to deceit, debauchery and even murder. As Davey and his fellow housemate Priss try to uncover the secrets of the house's inhabitants, both past and present, it becomes clear that the five strangers have all been drawn there by the events and the music of that long-ago summer."Article| Cassandra Parkin| Statement ..."
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♥ Book Title : The Beach Hut
☯ Full Synopsis : "'A beautiful maze of hidden pasts, family ties and fairytales' --Jen Campbell, author of The Bookshop Book 'A thoughtful novel. Parkin creates authentic, interesting characters' --Carys Bray, Costa-shortlisted author of A Song for Issy Bradley 'A great read' --The Sun It is autumn time and on a peaceful Cornish beach, Finn and his sister Ava defy planning regulations and achieve a childhood dream when they build themselves an illegal beach hut. This tiny haven will be their home until Ava departs at Midwinter for a round-the-world adventure. In the town, local publican Donald is determined to get rid of them. Still mourning the death of his wife, all he wants is a quiet place where he can forget the past and raise his daughter Alicia in safety. But Alicia is wrestling with demons of her own. As the sunshine fades and winter approaches, the beach hut stirs old memories for everyone. Their lives become entwined in surprising ways and the secrets of past and present are finally exposed."Article| Cassandra Parkin| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Underwater Breathing
☯ Full Synopsis : "On Yorkshire’s gradually-crumbling mud cliffs sits an Edwardian seaside house. In the bathroom, Jacob and Ella hide from their parents’ passionate arguments by playing the ‘Underwater Breathing’ game – until the day Jacob wakes to find his mother and sister gone. Years later, the sea’s creeping closer, his father is losing touch with reality and Jacob is trapped in his past. Then, Ella’s sudden reappearance forces him to confront his fractured childhood. As the truth about their parents emerges, it’s clear that Jacob’s time hiding beneath the water is coming to an end."Article| Cassandra Parkin| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Lily's House
☯ Full Synopsis : "When Jen goes to her grandmother's house for the last time, she's determined not to dwell on the past. As a child, Jen adored Lily and suspected she might be a witch; but the spell was broken long ago, and now her death means there won't be any reconciliation. Lily's gone, but the enchantments she wove and the secrets she kept still remain. In Lily's house, Jen and her daughter Marianne reluctantly confront the secrets of the past and present - and discover how dangerous we become when we're trying to protect the ones we love."Article| Cassandra Parkin| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The Winter's Child
☯ Full Synopsis : "Five years ago, Susannah Harper's son Joel went missing without trace. Bereft of her son and then of her husband, Susannah tries to accept that she may never know for certain what has happened to her lost loved ones. She has rebuilt her life around a simple selfless mission: to help others who, like her, must learn to live without hope. But then, on the last night of Hull Fair, a fortune-teller makes an eerie prediction. She tells her that this Christmas Eve, Joel will finally come back to her. As her carefully-constructed life begins to unravel, Susannah is drawn into a world of psychics and charlatans, half-truths and hauntings, friendships and betrayals, forcing her to confront the buried truths of her family's past, where nothing and no one are quite as they seem."Article| Cassandra Parkin| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The Girl with the Blue Hair
☯ Full Synopsis : "Audrey Stevenson is a ten-year-old girl just trying to get through school. The Spring Fling is coming up, but who will ask this spunky fourth grader? In the process of preparing for the Spring Fling, will Audrey’s friendship with bff Kate Pater last or be destroyed? As the suspense builds, will friends Andre and Nate help Audrey clear the air or just make things worse? Find out with Audrey in The Girl with the Blue Hair “The Springin’ Fling.”"Article| Shahana J. De La Mota| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : New World Fairy Tales
☯ Full Synopsis : "In contemporary America, an un-named college student sets out on an obsessive journey of discovery to collect and record the life-stories of total strangers. The interviews that follow have echoes of another, far more famous literary journey, undertaken long ago and in another world. Drawing on the original, unexpurgated tales collected by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, six of their most famous works are re-imagined in the rich and endlessly varied landscapes of contemporary America. From the glass towers of Manhattan to the remoteness of the Blue Ridge mountains; from the swamps of Louisiana to the jaded glamour of Hollywood, New World Fairy Tales reclaims the fairy tale for the modern adult audience. A haunting blend of romance and realism, these stripped-back narratives of human experience are the perfect read for anyone who has read their child a bedtime fairy story, and wondered who ever said these were stories meant for children."Article| Cassandra Parkin| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : One S'more Summer
☯ Full Synopsis : ""If HBO’s Girls went to summer camp, this would be their story. A fast-paced, enjoyable read!" -- Kristin Harmel, international bestselling author of The Sweetness of Forgetting For twenty long years, Gigi Goldstein has been pining away for her best friend’s guy. She knows it’s wrong and it has to stop, but she hasn’t been able to let go ever since they all met on the bus to summer camp back when they were seven years old. The same week that her best friends finally announce their wedding date, Gigi loses her high-profile design job. With all of her dreams unravelling, she runs to the last place she remembers being happy. Taking the Head Counselor position at Camp Chinooka, Gigi hopes to reclaim the joy she felt as a camper, but the job isn’t all campfire songs and toasting marshmallows. Gigi’s girls are determined to make her look bad in front of the boys’ Head Counselor—the sexy but infuriating Perry—and every scrap of the campground is laced with memories. When Gigi finally realizes she can’t escape the present by returning to her past, she’s forced to reexamine her life and find the true meaning of love. But will she be able to mend fences and forgive herself before she loses her one real shot at happiness? If you love Sophie Kinsella and Emily Giffin, you'll love this heartwarming debut from a fresh voice in contemporary chick-lit that offers a lighthearted and fun take on friendship, love, and how to recover from past mistakes. The Campfire Series 1. One S’more Summer 2. S'more to Lose 3. Love You S'more 4.Tell Me S’more – Coming 2020!"Article| Beth Merlin| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The Slaughter Man
☯ Full Synopsis : "‘Haunting and beautifully written’ Emma Burstall When her identical twin Laurel dies, seventeen-year-old Willow’s life falls apart. With her parents’ marriage faltering, she finds escape at her uncle Joe’s cottage. But even as they begin to know each other, Willow is plagued with memories of her sister. Then, Lucas arrives in her life – troubled, angry and with a dangerous past. Joe’s cottage is idyllic, but the forest is filled with secrets. What is Joe hiding from her? What events have brought Lucas to her door? And who is the Slaughter Man who steals through Willow’s sleep? As the lines between dreams and reality become blurred, Willow’s torment deepens. It seems as if her only escape lies with the Slaughter Man. What Reviewers and Readers Say: ‘A dark, eloquently creepy tale. Parkin's prose quivers with visceral terror’ Carol Lovekin, Author of Snow Sisters & Ghostbird ‘Haunting, complex and beautifully written. A really compelling read' Emma Burstall, the top 10 bestselling author of the Tremarnock Series"Article| Cassandra Parkin| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Postcards from a Stranger
☯ Full Synopsis : "A secret lies buried at the heart of her family--but it can't stay hidden forever. When Cara stumbles across a stash of old postcards in the attic, their contents make her question everything she thought she knew. The story she pieces together is confusing and unsettling, and appears to have been patched over with lies. But who can tell her the truth? With her father sinking into Alzheimer's and her brother reluctant to help, it seems Cara will never find the answers to her questions. One thing is clear, though: someone knows more than they're letting on. Torn between loyalty to her family and dread of what she might find, Cara digs into the early years of her parents' troubled marriage, hunting down long-lost relatives who might help unravel the mystery. But the picture that begins to emerge is not at all the one she'd expected--because as she soon discovers, lies have a habit of multiplying . . . Revised edition: This edition of Postcards from a Stranger includes editorial revisions."Article| Imogen Clark| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : A Summer to Remember
☯ Full Synopsis : "‘I love all of Sue Moorcroft’s books!’ Katie Fforde"Article| Sue Moorcroft| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : And Then We Ran
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