The Secret Life of Winnie Cox

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1910, South America. A time of racial tension and poverty. A time where forbidden love must remain a secret.

1910, South American: Winnie Cox lives a privileged life of dances and dresses on her father’s sugar cane plantation. Life is sweet in the kingdom of sugar and Winnie along with her sister Johanna, have neither worries nor responsibilities, they are birds of paradise, protected from the poverty in the world around them.

But everything can change in a heartbeat…

When Winnie falls in love with George Quint, the post-office boy, a ‘darkie’ from the other side, she soon finds herself slipping into a double life. And as she withdraws from her family, she discovers a shocking secret about those whom are closest to her. Now, more than ever, Winnie is determined to prove her love for George, whatever price she must pay and however tragic the consequences might be.

A breath-taking love story of two people fighting to be together, in a world determined to break them apart. PRAISE FOR SHARON MAAS’A terrific writer.’ Barbara Erskine

A page-turning story, full of humanity, crossing cultures and continents, reminiscent of Andrea Levy.’ Katie Fforde

A beautiful story about tragic love and ultimately about forgiveness… with powerful messages about love, life and learning to let things go in order to be happy.’ Life With Joy

‘Rich in detail and emotion and has the most beautiful and real description of loss I have ever read.’ Shaz’s Book blog

‘Wow what a very touching story that was filled with super characters and important real-life issues…AJ Book Review Club

‘If you are fond of family dramas that span generations, continents, and cultures, you will find this to be a worthwhile read. I found the shift in attitudes toward gender and ethnicity across generations and cultures to be particularly interesting.’ janetursel.com

THE DRESS THIEF

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Alix Gower has a dream: to join the ranks of Coco Chanel to become a designer in the high-stakes world of Parisian haute couture. But Alix also has a secret: she supports her family by stealing designs to create bootlegs for the foreign market. A hidden sketchbook and two minutes inside Hermès is all she needs to create a perfect replica, to be whisked off to production in New York.

Then Alix is given her big break – a chance to finally realize her dream in one of the most prominent Parisian fashion houses – but at the price of copying the breakthrough Spring Collection.

Knowing this could be her only opportunity, Alix accepts the arrangement. But what happens next could lead to her life falling apart at the seams…

• WINNER – 2014 Festival of Romantic Fiction’s Best Historical Read.
• WINNER – 2015 Public Book Awards.
• Shortlisted – 2015 Romance Writers of America (RWA) RITA Awards.

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THE MILLINER’S SECRET

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An epic and heart-wrenching love story set in wartime Paris

London,1937. A talented young woman travels to Paris with a stranger. The promise of an exciting career as a milliner beckons, but she is about to fall in love with the enemy…

Londoner Cora Masson has reinvented herself as Coralie de Lirac,fabricating an aristocratic background to launch herself as a fashionable milliner. When the Nazis invade, the influence of a high-ranking lover, Dietrichsaves her business. But while Coralie retains her position as designer to a style-hungry elite, Paris is approaching its darkest hour.

Faced withthe cruel reality of war and love,Coralie must make a difficult choice –protect herself or find the courage to fight for her friends, her freedom and everything she believes in.

A breathtakingly beautiful and evocative tale for readers of The Book Thief, One Lavender Ribbon, and Suite Francaise.

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A Sister’s Promise

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Two sisters. Bound by blood. Torn apart by love.

My sister – the glue that held our family together and the gatekeeper to the memories of our shared childhood.

The girlI made a pact with – to protect each other for life.

The woman who destroyed my family, my future.

And the only one who can save my daughter.

Set against the dramatic backdrop of India, A Sister’s Promise is a powerful, emotional tale of family secrets, love and the ties that bind sisters together.

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The Poet’s Wife

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An unforgettable journey into the heart of one family torn apart by war.

Granada, 1920. Free-spirited Luisa and young poet Eduardo fall in love, cementing a bond that can never be broken.

Behind the jasmine filled courtyard, perched amongst houses like clouds on a hilltop, stands a beautiful villa; Carmen de las Estrellas. Beneath its walls live Eduardo and Luisa with their thriving family, but war is looming, casting its shadow over the household.

When Civil War finally breaks out, Luisa and Eduardo must fiercely protect those dear to them. Yet these are turbulent times, and as each of their children begin to make their way in the world, the solace of home cannot shield them from the horrors of war.

The Poet’s Wife is an extraordinary piece of storytelling spanning over fifty years – a heart- wrenching novel of a family devastated by war but bound together by love, loss and hope, told through the eyes of three remarkable women.

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“Rebecca Stonehill’s debut, ‘The Poet’s Wife’ is a beautiful and powerful book. Unforgettable, an epic tale peopled with characters so vivid they jump off the pages and take residence in your heart. The writing is beautiful, heartfelt, the descriptions evocative, the sense of time and place exquisite.
Nothing I say can do this book justice. Please read it. You will be glad you did.
Renita D’Silva

Of Marriageable Age

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A spellbinding story of forbidden love.  Three continents, three decades, three very disparate lives:

Savitri, intuitive and charismatic, grows up among the servants of a pre-war English household in Madras. But the traditional customs of her Brahmin family clash against English upper-class prejudice, threatening her love for the privileged son of the house.

Nataraj, raised as the son of an idealistic doctor in rural South India, finds life in London heady, with girls and grass easily available… until he is summoned back home to face raw reality.

Saroj, her fire hidden by outward reserve, comes of age in Guyana, South America. When her strict, orthodox Hindu father goes one step too far she finally rebels against him… and even against her gentle, apparently docile Ma.

But Ma harbours a deep secret… one that binds these three so disparate lives and hurtles them towards a truth that could destroy their world.

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A vast canvas of memorable characters across a kaleidoscope of cultures… her epic story feels like an authentic reflection of a world full of sadness, joy and surprise.’ The Observer 

‘A big book, big themes, an exotic background and characters that will live with you forever.‘ Katie Fforde

Beautifully and cleverly written. A wondrous, spellbinding story which grips you from the first to the last page… I can’t recall when I last enjoyed a book so much.’ Lesley Pearse

‘It’s a wonderful panoramic story and conveys such vivid pictures of the countries it portrays I was immediately transported and completely captivated. A terrific writer.’ Barbara Erskine

From the first page I was hooked with this enchanting book… unputdownable.’ Audrey Howard