The Celebrity Mother
By Deborah Wright
Karina West was once the darling of the gossip pages and the top of the British pop charts. But now all that's fading away, and she needs something more - something both to make her life more fulfilled and more importantly, to get her back in the tabloids. And how better to achieve this double whammy than by adopting a poor, needy child from a far-off country?All that sweet, ten-year-old Devika wants is a new mummy who will take her away from her Delhi orphanage and let her have a home and a family again. She prayed to Krishna for this to be so, but was she ready for a blonde, British popstar to sweep her up and back to London?Karina and Devika are soon front-page news, but neither of them realise just how far their emotional journey will take them.
By Marisa Mackle
A-list parties, free champagne, celebrities - it's every girl's dream. But as Fiona Lemmon's discovering, it can all be a bit of a drag. Between being caught with her best friend's boyfriend and having to scour Dublin for a new housemate, she doesn't have the time to find material for her celebrity gossip column. If only there was someone she could use to fill in the gaps...Enter Bunny Maguire. Before long, sweet and innocent Bunny has been remade by Fiona into the very best of It Girls - rich, pretty, and with bags of time to spend at the right parties with the right people. But somewhere along the line something goes wrong - and Fiona discovers that, far from solving her problems, she could have created a absolute monster...
A Crimson Dawn
By Janet Macleod Trotter
Emmie Kelso, rescued from a dingy Gateshead tenement and raised by the warm-hearted MacRaes, has grown into an intelligent, spirited young woman. She is swept off her feet by handsome Tom Curran, but it is only after their wedding that his violent nature is revealed. As war engulfs Europe in 1914, the community divides. Tom enlists, but Emmie defies her husband and joins those campaigning for peace. Among her fellow protesters is Rab, the MacRae's eldest son, and their childhood devotion to each other sparks into a love too strong to hide. But there's trouble ahead. Rab, arrested as a 'conchie', faces the ultimate penalty, then a brutalised Tom returns home. The war may be drawing to an end, but Emmie's fight for happiness is only just beginning...
Chasing the Dream
By Janet Macleod Trotter
It's 1920 when life in the small pit village of Craston becomes so unbearable that Millie Mercer's mother Teresa escapes with her daughter to the nearby town of Ashborough. They find work at the dilapidated Station Hotel where Millie meets Dan Nixon, a dangerously charming man who is to change her destiny forever. For Dan is the local hero; a professional footballer who sees his future not in the pit but on the pitch, playing first division football for Newcastle United. Mille can't believe her luck when Dan asks her to marry him. His looks, his passion for the sport and his determination to succeed make the future of his dreams one of happiness and prosperity. But it's not long before Dan's drinking habits and rumours of his womanising threaten to damage both his career and his family. When tragedy strikes and an old, well-kept secret is finally exposed, Millie realises she has spent too long chasing dreams and that true happiness can always be found in reality.
Cradle of Thorns
By Josephine Cox
Nell Reece has never known her mother, and her father's burden of guilt about his wife has kept him cowed for years, working as a common labourer on his sister's farm. But for all her aunt's spiteful attempts to break Nell's independent spirit, she has never succeeded. But now Nell, pregnant and alone, is forced to leave behind the men in her life, believing she might never be able to return. With little but the clothes she wears, she travels across the Bedfordshire countryside of 1890. When she encounters a scruffy urchin called Kit, a ten-year-old orphan who's lived his whole life on the streets, she takes him under her wing. The pair become devoted friends, never knowing where their journey will take them, but each aware that the time will come when there must be a reckoning.