Best Books For A Winter Escape

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The cold weather is well and truly here, so snuggle down and escape the winter with a good book.

  • THE HIDEAWAY – If you like Marian Keyes or Catherine Alliot you will love this. A feel good story about a woman’s new beginnings.
  • TINY PIECES OF US – Nicky Pellegrino, an Auckland based writer, delights again with a moving, absorbing story of a woman’s journey of acceptance and life as a heart transplant recipient.
  • WIFE AFTER WIFE – A modern day Henry VIII who has many wives  – divorced, murdered, died, divorced, suicide, survived…
  • THE WOMEN WHO RAN AWAY – A pacey story about two women who  confront the past and their future. ‘An exciting love story with a deliciously romantic denouement’
  • ALPHA NIGHT – The latest installment in the Psy/ Changeling Trinity Series by Nalini Singh
  • WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING – “An exquisite ode to the natural world, a heartbreaking coming-of-age story, and a surprising tale of possible murder.”

 

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TINY PIECES OF US – Nicky Pellegrino, an Auckland based writer, delights again with a moving, absorbing story of a woman’s journey of acceptance and life as a heart transplant recipient

My heart is less than one per cent of my body, it weighs hardly anything; it’s only a tiny piece of me, yet it’s the part everyone finds most interesting.

Vivi Palmer knows what it’s like to live life carefully. Born with a heart defect, she was given a second chance after a transplant, but has never quite dared to make the most of it. Until she comes face-to-face with her donor’s mother, Grace, who wants something in return for Vivi’s new heart: her help to find all the other people who have tiny pieces of her son.

Reluctantly drawn into Grace’s mission, Vivi’s journalist training takes over as one by one she tracks down a small group of strangers. As their lives intertwine Vivi finds herself with a new kind of family, and by finding out more about all the pieces that make up the many parts of her, Vivi might just discover a whole new world waiting for her.

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The Women Who Ran Away, by Olivia Hayfield

Glamour, infidelity, murder.

Ruthless, devilishly handsome businessman Harry Rose is head of Rose Corporation, No. 18 on the Forbes rich list, and recently married to wife number six. But now, with his business in the spotlight and his love life under scrutiny, Harry’s perfect world has the potential to come crashing to the ground.

From eighties young gun to noughties billionaire, there’s a reason why Harry’s many wives have found him impossible to resist. But behind the money, sex and glamour lies a truer tale of infidelity, conspiracy and murder.

Loosely based on the trials and tribulations of the most infamous historical playboy of them all, Henry VIII, this tale of glamour and serial monogamy will leave you wickedly entertained.

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Wife After Wife, by Sheila O’Flanagan

In Sheila O’Flanagan’s engrossing new novel, two women form an unlikely friendship as they face up to shocking truths about the men they’ve loved – and start to make their own decisions about what to do next.

‘One of my favourite authors’ Marian Keyes
Deira is setting out on the holiday she’d planned with her long-term partner Gavin… only she’s on her own. Gavin will not be amused when he finds out she’s ‘borrowed’ his car, but since their brutal break-up Deira’s not been acting rationally. Maybe a drive through beautiful France will help her see things differently.

Grace has been sent on a journey by her late husband, Ken. She doesn’t really want to be on it but she’s following his instructions as always. She can only hope that the trip will help her to forgive him. And then – finally – she’ll be able to let him go.
Thrown together by chance, Deira and Grace are soon motoring down the French highways, sharing intriguing stories of their pasts, as they each consider the future.

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THE HIDEAWAY – If you like Marian Keyes or Catherine Alliot you will love this. A feel good story about a woman’s new beginnings.

One day, she thought, one moment, one innocent game. How was it that day, that moment, that game never seemed to end?

Caitlyn Sullivan is just nine years old when a game of hide and seek at a family party will change her life forever.

The betrayal she experienced that night will shape Caitlyn’s life – and for years she runs and runs, hiding from the aftermath of the trauma. But Caitlyn comes to realise that if she wants to not just survive but thrive, she must return to the family home to face up to her past.

What happened that night may always haunt Caitlyn but she must decide if it’s what you’re running from that matters. Or who finds you.

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Where the Crawdads Sing, by Delia Owens

For years, rumors of the “Marsh Girl” have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life – until the unthinkable happens.

Perfect for fans of Barbara Kingsolver and Celeste Ng, WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING is at once an exquisite ode to the natural world, a heartbreaking coming-of-age story, and a surprising tale of possible murder. Owens reminds us that we are forever shaped by the children we once were, and that we are all subject to the beautiful and violent secrets that nature keeps.

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Alpha Night, by Nalini Singh

New York Times best-selling author Nalini Singh returns to her breathtaking PSY-CHANGELING TRINITY series with a mating that shouldn’t exist…

Alpha wolf Selenka Durev’s devotion to her pack is equaled only by her anger at anyone who would harm those under her care. That currently includes the empaths who’ve flowed into her city for a symposium that is a security nightmare, a powder keg just waiting for a match. Ethan Night is an Arrow who isn’t an Arrow. Numb and disengaged from the world, he’s loyal only to himself. Assigned as part of the security force at a world-first symposium, he carries a dark agenda tied to the power-hungry and murderous Consortium. Then violence erupts and Ethan finds himself crashing into the heart and soul of an alpha wolf.

Mating at first sight is a myth, a fairytale. Yet Selenka’s wolf is resolute: Ethan Night, broken Arrow and a man capable of obsessive devotion, is the mate it has chosen. Even if the mating bond is full of static and not quite as it should be. Because Selenka’s new mate has a terrible secret, his mind surging with a power that is a creature of madness and death….

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