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bestselling author of the No.1 Ladies Detective Agency series

Alexander McCall Smith

Alexander McCall Smith is the author of over eighty books on a wide array of subjects. For many years he was Professor of Medical Law at the University of Edinburgh and served on national and international bioethics bodies. Then in 1999 he achieved global recognition for his award-winning No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, and thereafter devoted his time to the writing of fiction, including the 44 Scotland Street and the von Igelfeld series. His books have been translated into forty-six languages. He lives in Edinburgh with his wife Elizabeth, a doctor.

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The Little Flower Shop by the Sea

Ali McNamara
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From Notting Hill with Four Weddings . . . Actually

Ali McNamara
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From Notting Hill With Love . . . Actually

Ali McNamara

She was just a girl, standing in front of a boy . . . wishing he looked more like Hugh Grant.Scarlett loves the movies. But does she love sensible fianc? David just as much? With a big white wedding on the horizon, Scarlett really should have decided by now . . . When she has the chance to house-sit in Notting Hill - the setting of one of her favourite movies - Scarlett jumps at the chance. But living life like a movie is trickier than it seems, especially when her new neighbour Sean is so irritating. And so irritatingly handsome, too.Scarlett soon finds herself starring in a romantic comedy of her very own: but who will end up as the leading man?

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From Notting Hill to New York . . . Actually

Ali McNamara
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Step Back in Time

Ali McNamara

Ali McNamara

Ali McNamara attributes her over-active and very vivid imagination to one thing - being an only child. Time spent dreaming up adventures when she was young has left her with a head bursting with stories waiting to be told.When stories she wrote for fun on Ronan Keating's website became so popular they were sold as a fundraising project for his cancer awareness charity, Ali realised that not only was writing something she enjoyed doing, but something others enjoyed reading too. Ali lives in Cambridgeshire with her family and two Labradors. When she isn't writing, she likes to travel, read, and people-watch, more often than not accompanied by a good cup of coffee. Her dogs and a love of exercise keep her sane!To find out more about Ali visit her website: www.alimcnamara.co.uk or follow her on Twitter: @AliMcNamara

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A Good Year for the Roses

Gil McNeil

Newly divorced and struggling to find a way to support her three boys, Molly Taylor is stunned when she inherits Harrington Hall, her late aunt's beloved yet dilapidated bed and breakfast. But does she really want to take over a three-hundred-year-old manor house on the Devon coast where the only thing that doesn't need urgent attention is the beautiful rose garden?Once she gets over the initial shock, Molly is ready dive right in, but the universe has other plans: she must first overcome the needs of her eccentric uncle (and his pet parrot), the ambitions of her conniving brother, and the disquiet of her three sons. Not to mention an unexpected chance at new love. Nothing is going according to plan - and then Harrington begins to work its magic and the roses start to bloom . . . Charming, uplifting and highly entertaining, A Good Year for the Roses is a story for anyone who has ever dreamed of starting over. Wonderfully warm and witty, it will have you smiling until you turn the very last page.

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The Farmer Wants A Wife

Maeve Haran

Flora Parker is sassy and stylish with a mouth as big as Wembley Stadium and a tendency to act before she thinks, which is how she ends up getting drunk and on the front of a newspaper in her Wonderbra and not much else. Filled with self-loathing she retreats to her aunt's house in the country to look for a little meaning in her life. Instead she finds an overbearing uncle, a farm on the brink of bankruptcy, a child who won't come out of the airing cupboard and a precocious 10-year-old who lists all Flo's faults. As if she didn't already know them. But, being Flo, instead of running away she itches to put it all right...especially when the farmer next door announces an intriguing bet: he will give his farm and glorious farmhouse to whichever of his handsome nephews finds a wife by Michaelmas. So Flo takes up matchmaking full-time, ignoring the fact that it might be she who is the object of their affections. Meanwhile she finds she's falling in love herself...with a way of life that is muddy, smelly and under threat. But is she prepared to put her head on the altar to keep it?

by Nora Roberts

The Witness: Chapter 1

Chapter One of Nora Roberts' thrilling romance, The Witness.

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The Bad Beekeepers Club

Bill Turnbull

Hello. My name is Bill and I'm a bad beekeeper. A really bad beekeeper.' So begins Bill Turnbull's charming and often hilarious account of how he stumbled into the world of beekeeping (sometimes literally). Despite many setbacks - including being stung (twice) on his first day of training - beekeeping somehow taught Bill a great deal about himself, and the world around him. The Bad Beekeeper's Club also highlights the very real threats to Britain's bee population. One in every three tablespoons of food derives directly from the pollinating process of the humble bumble bee. But hives are collapsing at an accelerating rate with significant environmental consequences. Fascinating and extremely funny, The Bad Beekeeper's Club is a universally appealing story about a very singular passion.

Piatkus

Miranda's Mount

Phillipa Ashley
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The Mill River Redemption

Darcie Chan
Virago

Cousin Rosamund

Rebecca West
by Richard Beswick

Abacus' 40th Anniversary

A collection of 18 titles that celebrate Abacus's 40 year history of publishing influential, unique and trailblazing books that have shaped the reading landscape.

Grand Central Publishing

After Camelot

J. Randy Taraborrelli

AFTER CAMELOT, Taraborelli's newest book, picks up where Jackie, Ethel and Joan left off, as we follow these three Kennedy women as they continue their lives as high-profile, single women raising their children.This book spotlights the Kennedy sisters - Pat, Eunice and Jean - and, most importantly, focuses on the next generation of Kennedys, since it has fallen upon that fourth generation to fulfill many of the dreams of the third. And, finally, Taraborlli brings into clear focus the complex and intriguing story of Ted Kennedy, the family's patriarch, and how he has influenced that next generation's sensibilities. Capturing the wealth, glamour and prestige for which the Kennedys are so well-known, as well as their darker side,Taraborrelli takes the reader on an epic and sweeping journey as he becomes intimately familiar with the members of, arguably, the nation's most famous - and controversial - family.

Grand Central Publishing

Christmas In Lucky Harbor: Omnibus Edition

Jill Shalvis

Simply IrresistibleAfter losing her boyfriend and her job, Maddie leaves L.A. to claim her inheritance-a ramshackle inn nestled in the little town of Lucky Harbor, Washington. She sees the potential for a new home and a new career-if she can give the inn the makeover it needs. Enter Jax, a tall, handsome contractor who knows exactly what Maddie needs...The Sweetest ThingHelping her sister set up the family inn is just the thing to make Tara forget her ex-husband and focus on her new life. Until she meets a sexy, green-eyed sailor determined to keep her hot, bothered, and in his bed. When her ex reappears, Tara must confront her past and decide what she really wants.Kissing Santa ClausNASCAR driver Logan Perrish returns to Lucky Harbor, Washington, with love in his heart and a ring in his pocket. But can Sandy Jansen forget the past and give him a second chance? Or will Logan be spending another Christmas alone?Under the MistletoeThere's no place like home for the holidays. And the Lucky Harbor Bed & Breakfast is bursting with festive lights and good cheer. But for Mia, Christmas is turning out to be anything other than merry and bright. Her recent break-up with her boyfriend Nick has made her return bittersweet. But then a surprise arrives, when Nick follows her to town bearing gifts-and asking for forgiveness.

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The Twelve Dates of Christmas: Dates 9 and 10

Lisa Dickenson
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Countdown

Read an exclusive extract from Alan Weisman’s brilliant new book, Countdown.

Read an exclusive extract

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Read an exclusive extract from Alan Weisman's brilliant new book, Countdown.

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When Buyers Say No

Tom Hopkins, Ben Katt

This is a complete and practical guide which highlights the authors' new strategic approaches to selling when the buyer initially declines or is resistant on a sales opportunity. Hopkins and Katt explain that most sales reps take a traditional linear approach to selling, but that the trick in closing is in taking a more creative and circular approach. That's the key.It all starts with how the buyer initially says, "No." Too many sales reps don't pay close attention as to how that's presented. Hopkins and Katt point out that "no" may suggest all sorts of other options -- avenues that can eventually led to the buyer actually saying yes.The authors introduce a novel concept called the Circle of Persuasion which offers sales reps a new approach in this tricky process. Along the way, WHEN BUYERS SAY NO details prescriptive steps and even sample dialogues that will instruct and guide sales professionals on how to best cultivate buyer-seller relationships. There's particular emphasis on how to establish the kind of rapport that ultimately leads to a successful close.