Letters from Lighthouse Cottage

Author: Ali McNamara

Publisher: Sphere

ISBN: 9780751558630

Category: Fiction

Page: 384

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The sun is shining in the quiet little seaside town of Sandybridge Sandybridge is the perfect English seaside town: home to gift shops, tea rooms and a fabulous fish and chip shop. And it's home to Grace - although right now, she's not too happy about it. Grace grew up in Sandybridge, helping her parents sort junk from vintage treasures, but she always longed to escape to a bigger world. And she made it, traveling the world for her job, falling in love and starting a family. So why is she back in the tiny seaside town she'd long left behind, hanging out with Charlie, the boy who became her best friend when they were teenagers? It turns out that traveling the world may not have been exactly what Grace needed to do. Perhaps everything she wanted has always been at home - after all, they do say that's where the heart is...

Letters from the Lighthouse

Author: Emma Carroll

Publisher: Faber & Faber

ISBN: 0571327591

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 304

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We weren't supposed to be going to the pictures that night. We weren't even meant to be outside, not in a blackout, and definitely not when German bombs had been falling on London all month like pennies from a jar. February, 1941. After months of bombing raids in London, twelve-year-old Olive Bradshaw and her little brother Cliff are evacuated to the Devon coast. The only person with two spare beds is Mr Ephraim, the local lighthouse keeper. But he's not used to company and he certainly doesn't want any evacuees. Desperate to be helpful, Olive becomes his post-girl, carrying secret messages (as she likes to think of the letters) to the villagers. But Olive has a secret of her own. Her older sister Sukie went missing in an air raid, and she's desperate to discover what happened to her. And when a sneaky peek at a letter reveals a clue, she knows she'll have to break all the rules to find her.

From Notting Hill with Love...Actually

Author: Ali McNamara

Publisher: Sourcebooks, Inc.

ISBN: 1402269498

Category: Fiction

Page: 448

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She was a girl, standing in front of a boy... Movie fanatic Scarlett O'Brien dreams of a life as glamorous and romantic as all the big screen flicks she worships. When a chance house-sitting job in iconic Notting Hill comes along, she knows living in one of her favorite movie settings is an opportunity too good to pass up. Leaving behind her skeptical friends, family, and fiance, Scarlett heads to London and finds herself thrust into the lead role of her very own romantic comedy. But can real life ever be just like the movies? Larger-than-life new friends, a handsome but irksome new neighbor, and a mystery from her past may prove to Scarlett that living her life like a RomCom is more complicated than she thought! "Sparkly, fun, and endearing."—Kate Fforde "This romantic comedy is the perfect way to pass a winter afternoon should Johnny Depp be unavailable."—Daily Record

The Little Flower Shop by the Sea

Author: Ali McNamara

Publisher: Sphere

ISBN: 0751558621

Category: Fiction

Page: 400

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The blossom is out in the little Cornish harbour town of St Felix But Poppy Carmichael's spirits aren't lifted by the pretty West Country spring. Inheriting her grandmother's flower shop has forced her to return to Cornwall, a place that holds too many memories. Poppy is determined to do her best for the sake of her adored grandmother, but she struggles with the responsibility of the more-shabby-than-chic shop. And with the added complication of Jake, the gruff but gorgeous local flower grower, Poppy is very tempted to run away... The pretty little town has a few surprises in store for Poppy. With new friends to help her and romance blooming, it's time for Poppy to open her heart to St Felix and to the special magic of a little flower shop by the sea! Let Ali McNamara, author of the much-loved From Notting Hill with Love...Actually, bring some sparkling sunshine into your life

Secrets of the Lighthouse

A Novel

Author: Santa Montefiore

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1476735395

Category: Fiction

Page: 448

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Set in Ireland on the wild coast of Connemara, this hauntingly romantic novel tells the story of a young woman who goes in search of her family’s past and ends up discovering her future. Ellen Trawton is running away from it all. She hates her job, she doesn’t love the aristocratic man to whom she is engaged, and her relationship with her controlling mother is becoming increasingly strained. So Ellen leaves London, fleeing to the one place she knows her mother won’t find her, her aunt’s cottage in Connemara. Cutting all her ties with chic London society, Ellen gives in to Ireland’s charm and warmth, thinking her future may lie where so much of her past has been hidden. Her imagination is soon captured by the compelling ruins of a lighthouse where, five years earlier, a young mother died in a fire. The ghost of the young wife, Caitlin, haunts the nearby castle, mourning the future she can never have there. Unable to move on, she watches her husband and children, hoping they might see her and feel her love once more. But she doesn’t anticipate her husband falling in love again. Can she prevent it? Or can she let go and find a way to freedom and happiness? The ruggedly beautiful Connemara coastline with its tightknit community of unforgettable characters provides the backdrop for this poignant story of two women seeking the peace and love they desperately need. For each, the key will be found in the secrets of the past, illuminated by the lighthouse.

To the Lighthouse

Author: Virginia Woolf

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0191501131

Category: Fiction

Page: 272

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'I am making up "To the Lighthouse" - the sea is to be heard all through it' Inspired by the lost bliss of her childhood summers in Cornwall, Virginia Woolf produced one of the masterworks of English literature in To the Lighthouse. It concerns the Ramsay family and their summer guests on the Isle of Skye before and after the First World War. As children play and adults paint, talk, muse and explore, relationships shift and mutate. A captivating fusion of elegy, autobiography, socio-political critique and visionary thrust, it is the most accomplished of all Woolf's novels. On completing it, she thought she had exorcised the ghosts of her imposing parents, but she had also brought form to a book every bit as vivid and intense as the work of Lily Briscoe, the indomitable artist at the centre of the novel. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

Great Lakes Lighthouses Encyclopedia

Author: Larry Wright,Patricia Wright

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781554078936

Category: Transportation

Page: 448

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Featuring more than 650 lighthouses located throughout the five Great Lakes, a lavish encyclopedia uncovers the history behind these noble structures, which helped guide thousands of sailors and now mostly serve as monuments to an exciting period in history and points of pilgrimage for maritime enthusiasts.

Breakfast at Darcy's

Author: Ali McNamara

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781407495514

Category: Chick lit

Page: 490

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When Darcy McCall loses her beloved Aunt Molly, she doesn't expect any sort of inheritance - let alone a small island that hasn't been lived on for years. According to Molly's will Darcy must stay there for twelve months in order to fully inherit, and she needs to persuade a village full of people to settle there too. Between sorting everything from the plumbing to the pub she meets confident Conor and ever-grumpy Dermot - but who will make her feel really at home?

Night Waking

Author: Sarah Moss

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781847082701

Category: Fiction

Page: 378

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Historian Anna Bennett has a book to write. She also has an insomniac toddler, a precocious, death-obsessed seven-year-old, and a frequently absent ecologist husband who has brought them all to Colsay, a desolate island in the Hebrides, so he can count the puffins. Ferociously sleep-deprived, torn between mothering and her desire for the pleasures of work and solitude, Anna becomes haunted by the discovery of a baby's skeleton in the garden of their house. Her narrative is punctuated by letters home, written 200 years before, by May, a young, middle-class midwife desperately trying to introduce modern medicine to the suspicious, insular islanders. The lives of these two characters intersect unexpectedly in this deeply moving but also at times blackly funny story about maternal ambivalence, the way we try to control children, and about women's vexed and passionate relationship with work. Moss's second novel displays an exciting expansion of her range - showing her to be both an excellent comic writer and a novelist of great emotional depth.

Hannah's List

Author: Debbie Macomber

Publisher: Leisure Arts

ISBN: 1609000412

Category: Crafts & Hobbies

Page: 47

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Enhanced by quotations from Debbie Macomber's novel "Hannah's List," presents knitting projects inspired by the novel's characters.

To the Lighthouse

Author: Virginia Woolf

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 0544451775

Category: Fiction

Page: 224

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The subject of this extraordinary novel is the daily life of an English family in the Hebrides. “Radiant as [To the Lighthouse] is in its beauty, there could never be a mistake about it: here is a novel to the last degree severe and uncompromising. I think that beyond being about the very nature of reality, it is itself a vision of reality.”-Eudora Welty, from her Introduction.

A Killer Plot

Author: Ellery Adams

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 042523522X

Category: Fiction

Page: 311

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Olivia Limoges agrees to join the Bayside Book Writers to break her writer's block and make a few friends, but the Book Writers are all suspects when townspeople start turning up dead with haiku poems left by their bodies.

A Cottage in the Country

Inspirational Hideaways

Author: Jane Eastoe

Publisher: Pavilion Books

ISBN: 1911358359

Category: Architecture

Page: 160

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A collection of the most fascinating and picturesque cottages from the National Trust. We all dream of escaping to a hideaway in the country – a green and pleasant idyll of country lanes with hawthorn hedges, a garden filled with hollyhocks and rosebushes, a cosy, flagstoned interior with a fire burning in the hearth... A Cottage in the Country presents a glorious collection of the most fascinating and picturesque small dwellings from the National Trust. From rustic workers' cottages to the inspirational homes of Thomas Hardy and Virginia Woolf, from the prettiest thatches to solid stone follies, this inspiring book celebrates the very best of cottage life. Unlock your escapist fantasies with A Cottage in the Country, a visual delight showcasing 38 gorgeous cottages inside and out, along with the fascinating stories of their history and the lives of the people who have called them home.

The Prayer Box

Author: Lisa Wingate

Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.

ISBN: 1414388632

Category: Fiction

Page: 400

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When Iola Anne Poole, an old-timer on Hatteras Island, passes away in her bed at ninety-one, the struggling young mother in her rental cottage, Tandi Jo Reese, finds herself charged with the task of cleaning out Iola’s rambling Victorian house. Running from a messy, dangerous past, Tandi never expects to find more than a temporary hiding place within Iola’s walls, but everything changes with the discovery of eighty-one carefully decorated prayer boxes, one for each year, spanning from Iola’s youth to her last days. Hidden in the boxes is the story of a lifetime, written on random bits of paper--the hopes and wishes, fears and thoughts of an unassuming but complex woman passing through the seasons of an extraordinary, unsung life filled with journeys of faith, observations on love, and one final lesson that could change everything for Tandi.

Daisy's Vintage Cornish Camper Van

Escape into a heartwarming, feelgood summer read

Author: Ali McNamara

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0751566225

Category: Fiction

Page: 368

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Welcome to the gorgeous Cornish town of St Felix, where there's magic in the air... When Ana inherits a broken-down camper van from her best friend, she takes the chance for a quick trip to Cornwall - some sea air and fish and chips on the beach is just the tonic she needs. But St Felix has bigger plans for Ana. She discovers a series of unsent postcards, dating back to the 1950s, hidden in the upholstery of the van. Ana knows that it's a sign: she'll make sure that the messages reach the person that they were meant for. And as the broken-down van is restored to gleaming health, so Ana begins to find her way back to happiness.

Beyond the Sea

Author: Melissa Bailey

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1409052265

Category: Fiction

Page: 304

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The second novel from Melissa Bailey, author of The Medici Mirror. Perfect for fans of Barbara Erskine. One summer's day, Freya's husband and son vanish at sea. A year on, and struggling to cope, Freya returns to the lighthouse-keeper's cottage on a remote Hebridean island, where she and her family spent so many happy times. Haunted by visions of her old life, Freya's dreams are dark and disturbed. And when a stranger, Daniel, is washed ashore during a storm, they turn even more menacing. As dream and reality start to merge, Daniel seems to be following Freya's every move. What does he want from her and is he everything he seems to be? Is her mind playing tricks? Or is the danger that she senses very real?

All the Perverse Angels

Author: Sarah K. Marr

Publisher: Unbound Publishing

ISBN: 1783524456

Category: Fiction

Page: 304

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Anna, an art curator, leaves a psychiatric hospital and finds herself in an English village, sharing a rented cottage with her partner. Seeking refuge from the aftermath of past infidelities, she constructs a personal reality from the brushstrokes and histories of her favourite artworks. A chance discovery in the cottage's attic leads Anna on a journey back to the late nineteenth century and the complicated relationships of two women studying at Oxford University. As Anna's investigations blend with the students' story, and the threads of her life intertwine with those of a century earlier, she finds a way to run ever farther from her pain. But the past is not all it seems, and Anna's escape routes are taken from her, one by one, until she must face the truth of her present. All the Perverse Angels is a breathtaking novel about the nature of loss and the confusion of love, about the stories we are told and the stories we tell ourselves.

Fearless

Author: Elvira Woodruff

Publisher: Scholastic Inc.

ISBN: 0439677041

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 224

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In seventeenth-century England, eleven-year-old Digory becomes an apprentice to the architect Henry Winstanley, who built a lighthouse on the treacherous Eddystone Reef -- the very rocks that sank Digory's grandfather's ship years before.

From Notting Hill to New York . . . Actually

Author: Ali McNamara

Publisher: Sphere

ISBN: 0748128336

Category: Fiction

Page: 448

View: 7422

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Scarlett O'Brien, utterly addicted to romantic films, has found her leading man. She's convinced Sean is Mr Right, but the day-to-day reality of a relationship isn't quite like the movies. With Sean constantly away on business, Scarlett and her new best friend Oscar decide to head to New York for the holiday of a lifetime. From one famous landmark to the next, Scarlett and Oscar make many new friends during their adventure - including sailors in town for Fleet Week, a famous film star, and Jamie & Max, a TV reporter and cameraman. Scarlett finds herself strangely drawn to Jamie, they appear to have much in common: a love of films and Jamie's search for a parent he never knew. But Scarlett has to ask herself why she is reacting like this to another man when she's so in love with Sean . . .