Literary Fiction and Soul Searching Stories
The End of the Road
Jane, slowly recovering from the shock of her husband Neil's
sudden death three months ago, is looking forward to a weekend
visit from Fran - her friend and the mother-in-law of her
daughter, Lucy. But almost before the weekend gets under way,
Fran goes missing - a seemingly inexplicable happening which
throws Jane's life and those of their inter-related families into
turmoil again. In the months following this traumatic weekend, as
one guilty secret after another comes to light, she is forced to
re-assess both her marriage and her relationship with Fran.
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Necessary Sins (Lazare Family Saga Book 1)
In antebellum Charleston, a Catholic priest grapples with
doubt, his family's secret African ancestry, and his love for a
slave owner's wife.
Joseph Lazare and his two sisters grow up believing their black hair and olive skin come from a Spanish grandmother-until the summer they learn she was an African slave. While his sisters make very different choices, Joseph struggles to transcend the flesh by becoming a celibate priest.
Then young Father Joseph meets Tessa Conley, a devout Irish immigrant who shares his passions for music and botany. Joseph must conceal his true feelings as Tessa marries another man-a plantation owner who treats her like property. Acting on their love for each other will ruin Joseph and Tessa in this world and damn them in the next.
Or will it?
NECESSARY SINS is the first book in the sweeping Lazare Family Saga that transports readers from the West Indies to the Wild West, from Charleston, Paris, and Rome into the depths of the human heart. Passion, prejudice, secrets, and a mother's desperate choice in the chaos of revolution echo through five generations. If you enjoyed THE THORN BIRDS or the novels of Sara Donati, dive into Elizabeth Bell's epic historical fiction today.
Praise for Necessary Sins
"A feast of a novel by an extraordinary new voice. Haunting, meticulously researched, and exquisitely told through characters so human you'd swear they have beating hearts." -- KATHLEEN GRISSOM, New York Times bestselling author of The Kitchen House
"A taut, compelling family drama with a fresh and intriguing setting. Necessary Sins will be a welcome read for fans of historical fiction." -- OLIVIA HAWKER, internationally bestselling author of One for the Blackbird, One for the Crow
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Gabriel McCollough is the star basketball coach, Top draft pick
that played in one season and retired from the game of basketball
from a injury and the twenty-five-year-old alpha male every young
woman in town can't help but like.
The Other Side Of Carrie Cornish: A story of neighbour wars in Austerity Britain
Who or what is the other side of Carrie Cornish?
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Tales By Kindlelight
This bittersweet collection reflects themes for our time, be it
the angst of reaching fifty and a life not quite fully realized
or the sexual assuredness of the younger generation in 'A
Generation Thing'. Sexual experimentation is explored in 'Heads
or Tails' where a woman agrees to share herself between two best
friends, drawing up her own boundaries so that one has her top
half, the other her bottom half, while emerging sexuality is
explored in 'Coats' where a couple of pre-pubescent children
learn about adulthood and sexuality from beneath a pile of coats
at a nineteen-seventies party. In other stories, patterns of
behaviour across generations or within a lifetime are explored as
in 'Family Tradition' where the main character returns home to
break the bad habit of several lifetimes. In 'Cutting Edge' the
sharpness of a pair of scissors is used to reflect stages in the
main character's life as she passes from childhood into adulthood
where the scissors take on a sinister edge, while in 'To The
Wire' a man's life is viewed as a football game, together with
post-life commentary. Other stories explore life from unusual
viewpoints: as in 'Boo' and 'Big Mother' while others still have
voices of a generation as in 'Our Marie' and 'The Colour Of
Flesh'. Whatever your inclination, Tales by Kindlelight has
something for you.
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Maxine lives in Number 7, the peeling Jewish house, where she has
to stand on cushions to change light bulbs because she doesn't
know anyone well enough to ask for the use of their stepladder.
She is also trapped in an unsatisfactory relationship with her
misanthropist boyfriend Warren who "sits there baiting or
attacking people in the road" and is indiscriminate with his
prejudices. She is longing for a summer of excitement and
The Dead Club
An edgy, contemporary tale about death and suicide and its
effects on two families. Death is a fact of life for the
principle characters and especially for Marina Reed who wishes to
join her loved ones at 'the dead club', a place she and her sixth
form friends obsessed about in their youth. Ultimately her
mortido becomes more urgent until it takes her to the edge. The
novel is in fact very much about edges: where the ultimate edge
is between life and death.
Savage To Savvy
Psychology graduate, Heidi Harper is appointed to work with
Professor Mala, pioneer of a new project to rehabilitate
dog-reared feral child, Nicki. Heidi is soon asking questions and
her mission takes on sinister overtones. As the truth outs, the
lives of all concerned begin to unravel. Savage To Savvy is a
Fall Of The Flamingo Circus: Diary Of A Punk
"Fall Of The Flamingo Circus is the story of a strong and
independent girl's childhood and adolescence, her desperate
battle to make something of the fearful hand dealt to her.
Through her eyes we see the realities of poverty in England -
hunger and junk food, boredom and noise at home, snobbery and
notoriety at school - and the fear of a brutal father…over the
years we watch Lauren's voice grow in power and imagination, as
her life - a rebel, a punk, admired by her gang but rejected and
victimised by men - bursts out of its sad confines…but Lauren is
always alone with her restless and furious self: she alone will
discover the pain and loneliness of being different, crazy,
colourful in an England turned grey, obedient and satisfied."
Back cover blurb, paperback, published 1990
She Looks Pale
The title is taken from a schoolgirl levitation ritual, practised
by the mother of narrator Hannah. As a result of Meningitis at
the age of six, Hannah nearly dies leading her parents to become
obsessively over-protective. Her parents gradually dispose of all
methods of modern communication and take Hannah out of school
until one day, tortured by the evils of the world, her father
'disappears' during the Lord's Prayer one mealtime. Hannah's
mother continues the self-imposed isolation. Confined in the
house, Hannah's only contact with the world is either through the
window or through her mother's past.
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Dear Jane: The final book in the Highbury Trilogy, inspired by Jane Austen's 'Emma'.
** "Lovingly-crafted and brilliantly executed Dear Jane (and the
entire Highbury Trilogy) is an outstanding companion and tribute
to Jane Austen's Emma. Rich with comprehensive detail, thoughtful
developments and emotive prose." Austenesque Reviews.**
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