Could have been the blown business deal with the Italians. Could have been the unauthorized office party, which ended with the cops—and then an arrest. No matter what finally got him fired, Mikhail never expected to find himself at Red Star Industries’ office again.
So down-and-out Mikhail is surprised to be called in by old boss Pavel Petrovich, who offers Mikhail easy money and the Land Rover of his dreams to teach his son, Sergei, how to “be a man”—and to spy on him.
Of course, Sergei’s not the Internet-obsessed recluse his father believes. He’s hiding a relationship with the beautiful Marina, who Mikhail himself can’t help but fall for as well. To keep it all together, Mikhail finds himself lying to Petrovich about his son’s activities, lying to Marina about Sergei’s intentions, and lying to Sergei about his love for Marina. So when Sergei’s father invites them all to Italy, the web of lies holding their world together begins to fall apart, and about the time Mikhail finds himself held hostage at gunpoint, he realizes he’s gotten in way over his head…
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When a terrible accident abruptly ends her riding career, Rachel Parker returns to Pennsylvania to rebuild her family’s horse farm. But her welcome home is anything but warm. Her sister’s abusive husband and a violent vandal threaten Rachel’s new business and her life. Someone is systematically trying to destroy her. Someone who knows private things about her. Someone who’s been watching her. Now Rachel must face the fact that the sins of her carefully hidden past have returned to haunt her…
Police Chief Mike O’Connell never had trouble drawing the line between his personal life and his job—until he met Rachel Parker. Mike’s investigation uncovers a shocking number of secrets and suspects. But the stalker’s escalating violence convinces him he doesn’t have much time to sort through it all. Whoever is watching Rachel wants her dead. Mike and Rachel race to untangle a web of deceit and lies that stretches two decades into the past—before her stalker strikes again.
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In His Princess: Love Letters from Your King, beloved author Sheri Rose Shepherd helped women understand just how much their Father in Heaven loves them. Now she reveals to them how to enter into a passionate relationship with the lover of their souls. Any woman who has been yearning for her Lord–her Prince–to whisper the sacred secrets of eternity to her through his Word will thrill to discover His Princess Bride.
In this life-giving book, Shepherd shares with readers fifty love letters from their Prince. These loving and affirming messages will show readers in vivid detail the unquenchable love their Prince has for them and how they fit into the family of God. Readers will also find fifty prayers that will help them put into words the love and devotion they long to express to their Lord. Gorgeous packaging and four-color interior design make this a perfect gift to connect the hearts of women to the heart of Christ.
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Susie’s 2013 So Far Top Picks
I must admit that when this book reached the end of the trail and those cattle were delivered to Montana, I nearly shed a tear. I felt like I had walked every step of the trail from the Rio Grande to Montana with the Circle Dot outfit.
The Log of a Cowboy is actually a novel published in 1903, though author Andy Adams based it on his experiences driving cattle on the trail. I decided to read it for research, and ended up being moved by this authentic story. And it’s priced at just £1.28.
The Whole Truth is a legal thriller featuring a lawyer recovering from a coke addiction who drives an ancient Cadillac. There’s a lot to love here. This book from attorney-turned-writer James Scott Bell kept me guessing. Just when I thought Steve Conroy couldn’t do one more thing to mess up his life, I was proven wrong. Yet I was rooting for him the whole time. It is available for £6.49.
I read a lot of Christian fiction and At Every Turn was a refreshing historical romance.
Alyce Benson, who secretly loves to drive automobiles, makes an impetus pledge to give money to missionaries in Africa. Her efforts to fulfill the pledge lead her on a funny journey with a most lovable hero. This book is now selling for £3.42.
Paula’s 2013 So Far Top Picks
My goal of a book a week in 2013 is well ahead of schedule as I have just finished the 50th book, as well as 60 novellas and shorter reads. Picking three was challenging, so I’ve chosen four – because I can.
Beloved Irish writer Maeve Binchy’s last novel was released after her death. A Week in Winter (£6.49) is set on the rugged Irish coast and filled with classic Binchy characters. The first half tells the story of Chicky Starr and a lie she perpetuates all of her adult life. After 30 years Chicky returns to her hometown to renovate an old stone mansion into an inn. The second half of the book tells the story of the eclectic guests who visit during the inn’s opening week. The book is a bittersweet read.
Almost all romances are written about new love, but Nicolas Sparks’ The Notebook (£3.99) is an emotional novel of lasting love told from a man’s perspective. The love Noah Calhoun had for his wife is the love every woman desires from her spouse. Sparks stated that the novel was inspired by his wife’s grandparents.
The Homecoming (£3.35) is the sequel to The Unfinished Gift (£6.88) both by Dan Walsh. Set during the final year of World War II, Shawn Collins faces life without his beloved wife Elizabeth while serving in the Army Air Corps and providing care for his son Patrick. Katherine Townsend, the social worker who cared for Patrick when Shawn’s wife died, fills a need in both their lives in this heartwarming inspirational novel. Walsh’s writing of wartime events was realistic and suspenseful.
Lauren Royal has re-issued her backlisted titles of several historical romance trilogies. Tempting Juliana (£4.11) can be read as a stand-alone novel, but is part of the Temptations Trilogy (£7.49 bundle). Lady Juliana Chase has the best of intentions: Her friend Amanda must find a husband. Dr. James Trevor is a lonely widower who needs a wife, whether he realizes it or not. What could possibly go wrong?
In 1997, Green Haven Prison went insane…
They call him Keeper, but lately Jack Marconi has specialized in losing things. Just last year, he lost his wife in a mysterious traffic accident, and ever since, he’s felt like he’s losing his mind. As the warden of the maximum security Green Haven Prison, home to 2,500 of New York’s most hardened criminals, Marconi can’t afford to drop focus, even for an instant. But he’s been slipping up on the job, and he’s tormented by flashbacks to the Attica uprising. All of which makes him ripe for the role of patsy when a convicted cop killer named Eduardo Vasquez stages a daring breakout on his watch.
From the start, Marconi suspects an inside job. What he doesn’t suspect is that he’ll become the target of a frame-up. With his supervisors clearly setting him up to take the fall, Marconi hatches a desperate scheme to clear his name. Kidnapping the escaped killer’s girlfriend, he arms himself with a .45 and takes off in pursuit of Vasquez—and the truth.
Once sworn to uphold the law, Marconi will have to elude it if he wants to bring this conspiracy to light. Otherwise Keeper could lose everything: his job, his reputation—and even his life. Buy this third-in-a-series crime novel for only £1.00 today.
‘Greetings from the dead,’ declares Maxwell Broadbent in the videotape he left behind after his mysterious disappearance. A notorious treasure hunter and tomb robber, Broadbent accumulated over half and a billion dollars’ worth of priceless art, gems, and artefacts before vanishing – along with his entire collection – from his mansion in New Mexico.
At first, robbery is suspected, but the truth proves far stranger: As a final challenge to his three sons, Broadbent has buried himself and his treasure somewhere in the world, hidden away like an ancient Egyptian pharaoh. If the sons wish to claim their fabulous inheritance, they must find their father’s carefully concealed tomb.
The race is on, but the three brothers are not the only ones competing for the treasure. With half a billion dollars at stake, as well as an ancient Mayan codex that may hold cure for cancer and other deadly diseases, others soon join the hunt and some of them will stop at nothing to claim the grave goods.
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The Last Life tells the story of the teenage Sagesse LaBasse and her family, French Algerian emigrants haunted by their history, brought to the brink of destruction by a single reckless act. Observed with a fifteen-year-old’s ruthless regard for truth, it is a novel about secrets and ghosts, love and honour, the stories we tell ourselves and the lies to which we cling. It is a work of stunning emotional power, written in prose of matchless iridescence and grace.
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I’ve lost it. The only thing in the world I wasn’t supposed to lose. My engagement ring. It’s been in Magnus’s family for three generations. And now, the very same day his parents are coming, I’ve lost it. The very same day. Do not hyperventilate, Poppy. Stay positive!!
A couple of glasses of bubbly with the girls at a charity do and Poppy’s life has gone into meltdown. Not only has she lost her engagement ring, but in the panic that followed, she’s lost her phone
too. As she paces shakily round the hotel foyer she spots an abandoned phone in a bin. Finders keepers! Now she can leave a number with the hotel staff. It was meant to be!
Except the phone’s owner, businessman Sam Roxton, doesn’t agree. He wants his phone back, and doesn’t appreciate Poppy reading all his messages and wading into his personal life. As Poppy juggles wedding preparations, phone messages and hiding her left hand from Magnus and his parents, can things get any more tangled?
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A Note from Sophie Kinsella on footnotes:
To All my Electronic Readers
You may have noticed that I’ve Got Your Number includes footnotes (but don’t worry, I haven’t written an academic treatise!). These footnotes are cleverly linked in the ebook edition and if you haven’t already got to grips with using them, here is what to do:
·When a small number appears as you are reading, click or tap it and you will jump straight through to the footnote
·When you’ve read the footnote, click or tap on the number again and you will jump straight back to where you were to carry on reading.
I hope you enjoy the book!
Love, Sophie xx
Set in London during the Blitz, in occupied France and amid the rolling Chiltern hills of Buckinghamshire, this is the story of two cousins who, as squabbling rivals, are thrown together by the outbreak of war.
Nell and Sylvie grow up quickly during the early days of rationing, black-outs, and the arrival of RAF planes in the skies over the Chilterns. Sylvie, marooned in England, is desperately worried for her parents who she left behind in Nazi-occupied Normandy, and puts up a barrier of bitterness to hide her distress. Nell, meanwhile, witnesses the crumbling of her parents’ marriage. Even as the war rages on around them, the competition and jealousy between the cousins battles on – especially in romance.
When the girls fall in love with the same man, the brave and unassuming RAF officer Alex Hammond, he is spared having to choose between them. The machinations of war change the course of all their lives, with devastating consequences. Sylvie continues to hurt those who love her and to hide her pain behind her tough facade. And for Nell, the only place she can ever find solace is inside the September Garden, the walled garden that her father tended so lovingly before he left. This is the only place she feels safe in, to where she is always drawn, and where she decides to hide her most dreadful secret…Purchase this novel today for only £1.74.