In the mid 1940s, near the end of the glory days of Amberton Hall, a tragic incident causes the Gatekeeper’s Lodge to be cut from the Amberton Estate and renamed Gorse Lodge. More than fifty years later, Molly Marsden, is left an anonymous, conditional legacy, the derelict Gorse Lodge.
‘A poignant and emotional story about loss, grief, and the beautiful dawn of a second chance of love, life and happiness. Bittersweet but full of hope’ Judy Finnigan, author and broadcaster. Anna’s world was shattered three years ago when her husband Spencer was killed in a tragic accident. Her friends and family think it’s time she moved on, but how can she when she’s lost her soulmate?
When a stranger approaches Julia Butler at her mother’s funeral and hints at a disturbing family secret, her life is turned upside down. Who is this woman and how does she know so much about Julia’s life? As Julia finds her well-ordered life unravelling and her relationships in turmoil, she learns how a war-time love affair left a damaging legacy for three generations of women.
This is a story about great inspiration and seemingly impossible achievement, captured first in dreams and finally transported into real life. What made Vivian’s lofty dreams and wishful thinking of the impossible finally become real, after 10 years or more of just dreaming of ideas and wishing things? Find out!
The man Rosemary Blunt has every reason to hate has appeared again, only this time he’s lying in a coma and it is her decision whether to let him live or let him go. Will the arrival of abstract artist Ben help her to confront the ghosts of the past?
Eleven year old Kit finds his family separated and uprooted to the North Yorkshire coast. In his quest to become a hero like the ones in his favourite books, he forms an unlikely friendship with guest house owner Beth, and learns a great deal about chronic illness, hand-drawn maps and family secrets into the bargain.
Lydia’s quiet expat life in Cambodia is dramatically turned upside down by the sudden arrival of Song, a young & vulnerable Vietnamese girl, and the flattering romantic attentions of a handsome, dashing local man. Just as she settles into this new-found happiness, everything is shattered as Song is kidnapped and sold into the child sex trade.
First in the Mullins Family Saga: thoughtful, funny, exploring our diverse culture through the relationship between two young people who meet at University, doubt they can be together, and try to solve a medical mystery. Set in the late 1980s, the story asks questions about both Christian and secular lifestyles.
The Runaway by Claire Wong
The story of Rhiannon Morgan, a teenager who runs away from home, and the rural Welsh community she leaves behind. Locals have given up hope of finding her again, until two strangers appear and turn the quiet village upside down. It’s a coming of age story immersed in folklore and the power of storytelling to change us.
Time to Shine by Mel Menzies
Chosen by Mel Menzies
The Painful Post Mortem by Mel Menzies
Explores the perennial parental lament: “Where did I go wrong?” in respect of the death of a wayward child. It resulted in author being interviewed on American radio, and was adopted by the Bereaved Parents’ Network.
‘After the Flood’, set in the Somerset Levels after the severe floods of 2014, twists together the stories of Theresa and her son Adam and the discovery of a historic crime: the violent death of a young woman and her child during the English Civil War. The discovery is transformative and leads to reflection on fanaticism and violence, forgiveness, healing and hope. Published, Mirador 2017.