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RNA Book releases for: May 2024

The Typo

Emily Kerr

One More Chapter

3rd May 24

One typo. Two complete strangers. Ten thousand miles between them…
Amy and Cameron have never met. But when Amy receives an email meant for Cameron, their lives entwine in ways they could never have imagined.
Cameron lives a life of adventure as he navigates an expedition around Antarctica whilst Amy’s life is firmly on solid ground in Edinburgh.
As their connection grows, Amy finds herself asking; is it possible to fall in love with someone you’ve never met?

Buy online: https://mybook.to/TheTypo

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The Army Girls Behind the Guns

Fenella J Miller

Boldwood

6th May 24

Having done her duty as an ATS girl, Lance Corporal Ruth Cox is moving on to new challenges and has signed up to work as a gunner girl, helping to keep the skies clear of enemy planes and safe for our brave boys in blue.

But on the way to her new barracks, Ruth meets handsome Sargeant Sam Johnson. Ruth isn’t looking for romance, and she knows she has a dangerous job ahead, but there is a connection between her and Sam that she can’t deny.

Sam has never met anyone quite like Ruth before and he hopes their relationship will continue to grow, but with the war still raging, the time they have together is fleeting. It isn’t long before they are sent to different parts of the country to do their duty and risk their lives.

Will they find their way back to each other, or will war destroy their hope of happiness?

Buy online: https://mybook.to/armygirlsguns

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My (not so) Perfect Summer

Phoebe MacLeod

Boldwood Books

7th May 24

Autumn’s summer is off to a smashing start… sort of.

Earlier this year, Autumn’s life looked great: she had a great relationship with her brilliant teenage daughter Chloe and from September she was all set to be Deputy Head at the London school where she works. And with a pay rise on the cards, she was excited for her and her long-term boyfriend Marc to buy their first home.

But Autumn’s barely opened the estate agent’s website when Marc vanishes with half their savings, leaving her no choice but to move into grandma’s rural home in Kent. And things go from bad to worse when Autumn is involved in an accident during the move, leaving the village’s dashing new baker Jake in plaster cast, and making her a local outcast before she’s even unpacked her bags.

Determined to put things right, Autumn offers to help Jake in the bakery over the summer holidays. But as things heat up in the kitchen, Autumn can’t help noticing that Jake is a lot more Paul Hollywood and a lot less Mr Kipling than she originally thought.

Maybe this summer isn’t such a write off after all?

Buy online: https://mybook.to/Notsoperfectsummer

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A Safe Haven on Beamer Street

Sheila Riley

Boldwood Books

9th May 24

Second book in the Beamer Street series.

Liverpool 1924
Trapped in a loveless marriage to Lord Caraway, 24-year-old Elodie must do everything in her power to keep herself and her beloved daughter, Melissa safe. Coming from a long line of maternal herbal healers, Elodie is paying for sins of the past, and her daughter is in danger. She escapes the idyllic Lancashire countryside with the help of long-time friend Aiden Newman, who secures lodgings with his Aunt Molly at Beamer Street, in the heart of Liverpool docklands. But is the Beamer Street community enough to keep her and her daughter safe when she opens her apothecary?

Buy online: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Safe-Haven-Beamer-Street

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A Part of Me

Vivien Brown

Bloodhound Books

9th May 24

What do you owe to a child you let go? Geraldine, a widow in her sixties and about to marry again, has come a long way from being a fourteen-year- old giving a baby up for adoption.
Beth has endured a painful divorce and the death of her adoptive mother, and now faces kidney disease. A transplant means waiting indefinitely for a stranger to die – unless someone volunteers to be a living donor. Could the time be right to track down the birth family she knows nothing about? Biological mother and daughter finally meet, but is Beth driven by selfishness, and will Geraldine’s urge to help Beth as a potential donor jeopardise everything else in her life?
This thought-provoking novel explores the meaning of family, the nature of guilt and regret, and the conflicts raised by the miracles of modern medicine.

Buy online: https://amzn.eu/d/7ygr42w

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Dressing the Countess

Rachel Brimble

Harpeth Road

9th May 24

Seamstress Rose Watson cannot believe her good fortune when she’s plucked from obscurity to work for Lady Christina, the Countess of Bath.

When she arrives at the royal residence of Henlow House, a sense of destiny whispers through her. But once she meets saddler Henry Ward, her dreams are met with challenge of every kind. Rose’s new connection to Henry could cause her to lose her position at Henlow House, which would destroy her.

Will she be forced to choose between love and ambition? Either choice would change her life irrevocably.

Buy online: https://geni.us/B3SPq

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The Happy Hour

Cressida McLaughlin

HarperFiction

9th May 24

The deliciously captivating new standalone from the bestselling author of The Staycation and The Cornish Cream Tea series.

Jess is happy working in Greenwich market selling trinkets to well-heeled locals and excitable tourists.

Then one Sunday, Jess is thrown together with handsome, funny Ash, as they chase a pickpocket through the market, and before long they are making a habit of running into each other at the same time each week.

Jess starts to realize that their hour together is the brightest part of her life. But Ash isn’t telling her everything – can she discover the truth before it’s too late?

Buy online: https://www.waterstones.com/book/the-happy-hour/cressida-mclaughlin/9780008623746

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Under a Summer Skye

Sue Moorcroft

Avon Books UK

9th May 24

A chance encounter is about to change everything for Thea Wynter.

The moment she arrived on the Isle of Skye, life changed for Thea. Running from a succession of wrong turns, she comes to the island in search of blue sea, endless skies, and mountains that make the heart soar. Here, she feels at peace.

As head gardener at Rothach Hall, life is exactly how she wants it, with her days spent working in the glorious clifftop garden and her evenings in the cosy local village.

But an encounter with a stranger from the mainland brings with it an unexpected turn – and only time will tell if he is friend or foe.

It seems that even on Skye, life can catch up with you, and Thea is soon faced with the past she left behind – and with it, the family she’s never met…

Buy online: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Under-Summer-Skye-million-copy-bestseller-ebook/dp/B0CKSNYRZL/

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Get Out Of Here

Tanith Davenport

Totally Bound Publishing

14th May 24

Hitch-hiking to escape her abusive family, Starla Brower is saved from a group of thieves by rock star Valen Lesellane, who tells them she is his fiancée and lets her on his tour bus. The story soon hits the press and Starla decides to go along with it – but can their unexpected relationship last when her parents track her down?

Buy online: https://tinyurl.com/4nb2yyx6

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Festival in Croftwood Park

Victoria Walker

Ever After Books

14th May 24

Jess Taylor lost the love of her life ten years ago. Nowadays, two or three dates are more than enough for her to know it isn’t the start of anything special, and she has stopped expecting more. After all, what are the chances of finding that kind of love again?

Sebastian Thorne is about to lose everything. He’s already lost his partner and his home, and his struggling events business is all he has left. His only hope is to win the contract to run a new festival this summer in Croftwood. What gives him the edge? Making promises he’s not sure he can deliver on.

Jess is the only one who doesn’t fall for Sebastian’s charms. Never mind that he’s aggravating and cocky, he’s difficult to ignore for reasons Jess is only beginning to understand…

Buy online: https://amzn.to/3xNPuFL

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The Secret Daughter of Venice

Juliet Greenwood

Storm

14th May 24

England, 1941. When Kate Arden discovers a secret stash of drawings hidden in the pages of an old volume of poetry given to her as a baby, her breath catches. All her life, she has felt like an outsider in her wealthy adoptive family, who refuse to answer any questions about her past. But the drawings spark a forgotten memory: a long journey by boat… warm arms that held her tight, and then let go.

Could these pictures unlock the secret of who she is? Why her mother left her? With war raging around the continent, she will brave everything to find out…

A gripping, emotional historical novel of love and art that will captivate fans of The Venice Sketchbook, The Woman on the Bridge and The Nightingale.

Buy online: https://geni.us/338-al-aut-am

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A New Dawn at Owl’s Lodge

Jessica Redland

Boldwood Books

16th May 24

Could one chance meeting change your life forever?

When Zara brings an injured owl to Owl’s Lodge, its frosty, reclusive owner Snowy is far from welcoming. Despite hostilities, there’s a connection that neither could ever have prepared themselves for. As they discover a shared passion, a new friendship blossoms, but both Zara and Snowy are used to shutting people out.

Can they both find the courage to open up and the strength to move on from their pasts? And what could this mean for their future happiness?

Buy online: https://www.amazon.co.uk/New-Dawn-Owls-Lodge-MILLION-COPY-ebook/dp/B0CSFHMFL7

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A Wedding in the Sun

Leonie Mack

Boldwood Books

17th May 24

On the way to her ex-husband’s wedding, Jo Watters finds herself stuck on the wrong side of the Pyrenees, forced to team up with the bride’s grumpy ex for a disastrous road trip through France and Spain. But as they see each other at their worst, resentment quickly fades with the sparks of an entirely unexpected new romance.

Buy online: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Wedding-Sun-grumpy-sunshine-romance-ebook/dp/B0CSJTSHPR

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Coming Home to the Sunflower Cliffs

Georgina Troy

Boldwood Books

18th May 24

Gabriel returns to the island of Jersey after ten years abroad to help his aging showbiz parents revive their failing Art Deco hotel, The Encore. He is stunned to discover that hotel’s new receptionist is Daisy, the girl he fell in love with years earlier in Vietnam. Falling in love and being tied to Jersey is the last thing he wants… isn’t it?

Buy online: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Coming-Home-Sunflower-Cliffs-bestseller-ebook/dp/B0CLCJ3BYX/

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Love Beyond Lindisfarne

Kimberley Adams

Shy Bairns Publishing

23rd May 24

Take a spring to summer trip to magical Northumberland and find love and laughter in this feel-good romantic comedy, which will transport you to the iconic island of Lindisfarne and beyond…

Buy online: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0CZTRTCJ2

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Escape to the Tuscan Vineyard

Carrie Walker

Head of Zeus (Aria)

23rd May 24

Pack your bags and uncork the laughter in this delightful romantic escapade!

After getting her heart broken in her early twenties, Abi Mason vowed to live by a simple (but non-negotiable) rule: no second dates. Who needs a boyfriend, or anything else for that matter, when you have a career to think about?

But life has other plans: with some unexpected time on her hands, Abi finds herself on holiday in Tuscany. Among sun-dappled vineyards and olive groves, Abi meets dashing American Tony, and it seems the universe is conspiring to force her out of her comfort zone…

If Abi can break her own rules, could this unexpected Italian fling lead her to a happiness she never dared to dream of?

Perfect for fans of Sophie Kinsella and Lindsey Kelk, this effervescent tale will whisk you away on a hilarious and heartwarming adventure you won’t want to end!

Buy online: https://amzn.eu/d/8rI3EJB

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A Match to Remember

Helen Hawkins

Allison & Busby

23rd May 24

For amateur footballer Lizzie Morris, it’s the first day of her teacher training at Cranswell Primary School. Horrifyingly, she immediately comes face to face with her first love from back in her own school days. Instantly, their competitive relationship reignites and to make matters worse, the Head Teacher asks them to organise Sports Day together. Their friendly rivalry of old threatens to derail all of her plans.

Will she overcome their bickering to pass her teacher training, win the football tournament and survive this brush with her past?

Buy online: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Match-Remember-uplifting-football-Cotswolds-ebook/dp/B0CKS4N3Z1/ref=sr_1_9?dib=eyJ2IjoiMSJ9.8nlsV9rTAioFWNlrYbs8sdVGRiNJs9PlbDg2c4HcVLMpy6gtDE2on3d1qhI8XZHCnvQvly9pKjagPUGlRG6-hw2dxt2X_HtuDTvjKoEAsg2xMeaiYnCmRU1qYjlgOLReYrU69q6vDOruEEcsk9Apt7WMzdiZlNnewhGr1iwAQkd_LZI8XlRxiRoiodhj-R7oYJbvkbKaIgKQAsda3PMyDKjCLAzDVlx8hnZHkhHj6q4.q4tEmWuRR83VYJft7dSxduPGTLw0ArkhA876vY_iFos&dib_tag=se&qid=1712773516&refinements=p_27%3AHelen+Hawkins&s=books&sr=1-9&text=Helen+Hawkins

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A NEW DOCTOR AT THE ORCHARD COTTAGE HOSPITAL

LIZZIE LANE

BOLDWOOD BOOKS

23rd May 24

Born in the workhouse and adopted by a former suffragette, Frances Brakespeare was encouraged from an early age to be strong, independent and to pursue a career as a doctor. The tragic loss of the love of her life in the Great War propels Frances to commit to her one true vocation.

Rebelling against the unfair treatment of female doctors Frances is dismissed from her London post and things continue to take a turn for the worse when Izzy, her benefactress dies and Frances finds herself homeless.

With no employment or roof over her head her future seems uncertain until she’s offered a residency at the Orchard Cottage Hospital in Norton Dene, Somerset. a town where quarrying and coal mining scar the land.

It’s a far cry from London and towns narrow minds are not so welcoming of a young, female Doctor, but she’s determined to win through.

At first sight the town seems quaintly old fashioned, a place where nothing much happens but there are secrets and sins bubbling beneath the surface plus a mystery she’s determined to solve.

Buy online: https://www.amazon.co.uk/New-Doctor-Orchard-Cottage-Hospital-ebook/dp/B0CP7DNKZ9/ref=sr_1_3?crid=38TD3EXF5ZW5C&dib=eyJ2IjoiMSJ9.mecywSuqLEI5sCnz-PibU1pfiX7V22qg4Roo50ChEsdHnfyeIQ9iM8mqbFD3wXEyNjMrtOPlWcpTstzD7pd_nEexgzojaUqZkOL1U2PP218HKXgJk7It1T8a_iHs7-15gFhIed-cFY_o5G_pQNd8Ug3uT5WQ_vPXb8A6mTXSoKoGvpLlLSE1tL3Yg5vJMRuu2iQjvBgZlSqX6LKoPtqH4hQ-WQSPiPtkmn9U_MFmjTI.4xgZWTWqIl1-flS4EGQV5FJ8jV5UD1dzy-m0XiaVoGI&dib_tag=se&keywords=lizzie+lane+kindle+books&qid=1712830258&s=digital-text&sprefix=%2Cdigital-text%2C73&sr=1-3

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A Wonderland Wish on Ever After Street

Jaimie Admans

Boldwood Books

24th May 24

There’s always time for tea… unless you’ve lost your teapot?

Cleo Jordan has only ever wished for one thing – to open her own teashop in memory of her lovely gran. So when she accidentally fools the interview board into thinking she’s a brilliant baker and is offered a prime spot on Ever After Street, she knows her dream is about to come true!

Stepping into The Wonderland Teapot is like falling down the rabbit hole – magical! But there’s a catch: Cleo has completely lost her love of baking! With her little white lie ticking in her ear, it seems her dream is over before it’s begun.

Until she meets her very own Mad Hatter. Loved by everyone on Ever After Street, magician Bram brings an energy to the teashop that lifts everyone, and slowly, with his encouragement, Cleo is getting back to doing what she loves best.

But with Bram hiding secrets of his own, Cleo isn’t sure she can put all her faith in him. And when things start going wrong at the teashop, Cleo wonders if the culprit sabotaging her dream is someone closer than she thinks?

If Cleo wants her wish to work, she has to learn to trust again before she loses her head and heart completely…although it might already be far too late for that…

Buy online: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0CRTYK46L

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All’s Fair in Love and War

Virginia Heath

Headline Eternal

28th May 24

When former naval captain, Harry Kincaid, is left in the lurch with his flighty older sister’s three unruly children, he hasn’t a clue how to handle it. Desperate, and prepared to pay whatever it takes, he turns to Miss Prentice’s School for Young Ladies for an emergency governess who can get his formerly ordered house running shipshape again.

After a strict and miserable upbringing, fledgling governess Georgie Rowe doesn’t believe that children should be seen and not heard. She believes that childhood should be filled with laughter, adventure, and discovery (. . . everything hers wasn’t). Thankfully, the three Pendleton children are already delightfully bohemian and instantly embrace her unconventional approach. However, their staid, stickler-for-the-rules uncle, is another matter entirely.

Georgie and Harry are soon butting heads over their differences, but as time passes, their attraction soon becomes undeniable and, after all, all’s fair in love and war . . .

Buy online: https://mybook.to/allsfairinloveandwar

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The House at Angel’s Beach

Phillipa Nefri Clark

Storm Publishing

31st May 24

Ivy Ross left Rivers End ten years ago, vowing never to return. Her heart broken, her trust gone, the father she adored behind bars. But when her sister Jody begs Ivy to return to finalise their inheritance, the majestic Fairview House, she is drawn home. And when she finds a collection of heartfelt letters hidden in her father’s library, everything she thought she knew is called into question.

The anonymous letters reveal a heartbreaking love story that force Ivy to rethink the terrible night that tore her family apart. And when Ivy meets Leo, the man whose life was also devastated by her father’s crime, she realises that it’s time to uncover the truth. But that’s not the only secret waiting for them in Fairview. Can facing up to her shocking family history lead Ivy to a future she could never have imagined…?

Buy online: https://geni.us/368-al-aut-am

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Neighbours at War (Neighbors at War US)

Deborah Carr

HarperCollins One More Chapter

31st May 24

When unmarried Londoner Helen Bowman discovers she’s pregnant she races to her beloved aunt’s home in Jersey unaware the island is about to be invaded by German forces. As the enemy round-up non-residents to send them to camps, Helen must rely on the kindness of strangers, like neighbour Peggy Hamel, but the Nazis’ net closes in putting everyone’s lives at stake.

Buy online: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Neighbours-at-War-Deborah-Carr-ebook/dp/B0CD3KV54V/

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