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Holding Paradise

A storm of love, courage, and betrayal that spans three generations and could destroy all in its way or clear the path to peace. A glorious, joyful, heartbreaking read.” Angela Cairns, Touch

 

From the Caribbean to the streets of London, Holding Paradise paints a passionate portrait of family secrets, forbidden love and women pushed to the edge.

 

Angelica’s seemingly perfect life is torn apart when a family secret is uncovered.

 

The mistakes she has made leave her desperate and lost. She boards a plane to seek the advice of the person whose stories have guided her through life. Her mother, Josephine. Without her help, Angelica could lose her husband and her daughter.

 

Josephine has one last story to tell – the story that could change both their lives.

The ideal read for fans of Andrea Levy's Small Island.

 

A wonderfully written, identifiable and engrossing story.” Eva Verde, Lives Like Mine

"Clark's impeccable writing and ability to create vivid settings make the story come alive." Stella Oni, Deadly Sacrifice

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A Prayer For Junie

When a young woman’s life is in danger, it is her neighbour who steps in to protect her in a 1950s Dominican community where murder puts paid to idle gossip. Now the whole village is paying attention.

Philomena has known Junie’s abusive husband, Gregory, since they were children and has grown to fear him. On secret visits to the river, Philomena and Junie develop a strong bond that leads Junie to question Philomena’s motives.

Philomena’s trust and friendship are put to the test as she discovers how far she will go to protect her friend.

When Junie disappears, will she ever be able to let go of her memory?

If you enjoyed the heart-breaking narrative and psychological wisdom of The Vanishing Half  by Brit Bennett, you’ll also enjoy this gripping novel of lies, love and compassion.

"A Prayer for Junie is a compelling and atmospheric story about friendship, love and the lengths people will go to in order to save those they care about." Caroline Bishop, The Lost Chapter

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The Long Way Home

Rose’s life has always been overshadowed by the secrets of her past. Born in the far away island of Dominca in 1889, she was abandoned by her father Antoine on the day she was born, after her mother Nanette died in childbirth.

 

Rose’s mixed heritage makes her an outcast to both of her parent’s families and she grows up with a longing to know her true identity.

 

When Rose turns sixteen, she meets the poor but charismatic sailor Raphael and their romantic connection blossoms. However, a tremendous hurricane puts their love story on hold until a chance encounter reunites them.

 

Meanwhile, Rose is employed by a wealthy widow, Elise La Fleur, with whom she develops a close friendship. But when Elise accuses Rose of stealing her beloved locket, Rose’s world is thrown into disarray.

 

It is only when Elise arrives at Rose’s wedding to apologise that Rose discovers the family tie that unlocks her past and the secrets of her birth.

 

This captivating historical fiction of race, forbidden love and identity is the perfect book club read.

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When Skies Are Grey

The secrets of Rayna Laurence’s past threaten to unravel the life she’s created for herself in West London in 1957.

A young West Indian girl with a talent for singing, Rayna takes a job as a barmaid in a local pub, and it’s there that she meets the charismatic leader of a West Indian jazz band, Eddie Keane. But when her affections become the subject of a tug-of-war between Terry Collins, the pub owner, and Eddie, Rayna chooses Terry, but the love triangle is far from over.

As her fame and fortune as a performer grow, Rayna finds her past catching up with her.

Will the secrets of her former life in the West Indies destroy the life she’s built for herself?

If you enjoyed Louise Hare’s classic novel, This Lovely City, you'll also love this story of love, music, and post Windrush London.

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