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Sunday, 20 January 2019

The Blue Bench by Paul Marriner


The Blue Bench

has RECEIVED a


A PREMIER Readers’ Award


The Premier Readers’ Awards are honoured to books that receive exceptional high praise from Chill Readers.


A masterfully written story of yearning and love in 1920 as a nation grieves - one soul, one person at a time. The body of the Unknown Warrior is coming home, can Britain find peace?

'..an important novel..'

Margate 1920. The Great War is over but Britain mourns and its spirit is not yet mended.

Edward and William have returned from the front as changed men. Together they have survived grotesque horrors and remain haunted by memories of comrades who did not come home. The summer season in Margate is a chance for them to rebuild their lives and reconcile the past.

Evelyn and Catherine are young women ready to live life to the full. Their independence has been hard won and, with little knowledge of the cost of their freedom, they are ready to face new challenges side by side.

Can they define their own future and open their hearts to the prospect of finding love? Will the summer of 1920 be a turning point for these new friends? As the body of the Unknown Warrior is returned, can the nation find a way forward?

'..a brilliant story told brilliantly..'


'..it is a beautiful book, expertly written, emotive and warm..'

Genre:  Historical
Approx pages:  618


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Saturday, 19 January 2019

Barefoot on the Cobbles by Janet Few


Barefoot on the Cobbles by Janet Few

has RECEIVED a


Chill with a Book READERS’ Award



In the euphoria of the armistice a young woman lay dying. Daisy had grown up, barefoot on the cobbles, in a village on the rugged North Devon coast; she was mindful of the perils of the uncertain sea. Her family had also been exposed to the dangers of disease and the First World War but for Daisy, it was her own mother who posed the greatest threat of all. What burdens did that mother, an ordinary fisherman’s wife, carry? What past traumas had led, inexorably, to this appalling outcome?
Vividly recreating life at the dawning of the twentieth century, Barefoot on the Cobbles is based on a real tragedy that lay hidden for nearly a hundred years. Rooted in its unique and beautiful geographical setting, here is the unfolding of a past that reverberates unhappily through the decades and of raw emotions that are surprisingly modern in character.
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Genre:  243
Approx pages:  Historical / Biographical


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Tuesday, 15 January 2019

The Last Hero by Hilary Green


The Last Hero

has RECEIVED a


Chill with a Book READERS’ Award


A GREAT EMPIRE FACES DESTRUCTION. CAN ONE YOUNG MAN SAVE HIS PEOPLE?
Two generations have passed since the Greeks returned victorious from Troy. The rich and powerful Mycenean Empire feels impregnable. But danger is stirring on its borders. In Pylos, the kingdom of the renowned Nestor, his great-grandson Alkmaion, heir to his throne, is plagued by fears that he may not be able to live up to the heroic deeds of his ancestors. An accidental act of sacrilege in the worship of the Great Goddess sends him on a long voyage to seek purification, and in the course of his travels he encounters the tribe of the Dorians and realizes that they are preparing for war. But can he rouse his complacent elders quickly enough to counter the threat?

As the invading Dorians sweep through the country, bringing devastation in their wake, Alkmaion and his lover Alectryon journey to Mycenae itself to seek help from the descendants of Agamemnon, and then further still to Athens. In the battles that follow Alkmaion has plenty of opportunity to prove his courage.
IF YOU WATCHED TROY, FALL OF A CITY, ON TV READ THIS AND FIND OUT HOW THE GODS PUNISHED THE HUBRIS OF THE VICTORS

Genre:  Gay Romance
Approx pages:  326


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Friday, 11 January 2019

Belonging by Rhoda Baxter


Belonging

has RECEIVED a


A PREMIER Readers’ Award


The Premier Readers’ Awards are honoured to books that receive exceptional high praise from Chill Readers.


She’s grieving her lost love. He’s searching for his lost niece. Can attraction overcome family loyalty in this enemies to lovers romance?


Hiding away in a tiny Yorkshire village, Harriet is grieving for her lost love. His family won’t talk to her and she can’t move on from from his death. All this changes when his daughter, Niamh, turns up on her doorstep, needing a sympathetic ear.

Tim thinks Harriet broke up his sister’s marriage all those years ago. His sister’s enemies are his enemies. When his niece runs away to Harriet’s house, he knows he has to get her back before his sister finds out. But that means talking with Harriet.

As they work together to console Niamh and get her home safely, Tim and Harriet become increasingly attracted to each other.

But with attraction comes guilt.

Can they overcome their respective loyalties and give in to love?

If you like sweet romances with smart dialogue and realistic characters, you’ll love this standalone story in the Trewton Royd novella series by award nominated author Rhoda Baxter. Buy Belonging and enjoy a British small town romance today.

Genre:  Romance
Approx pages:  139


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Tuesday, 8 January 2019

Every Step of the Way by Kit Domino


Every Step of the Way

has RECEIVED a


Chill with a Book READERS’ Award



1952 in West London. A time of coffee bars and jukeboxes, Teddy boys and gang fights. As Christmas approaches, sixteen-year-old Beth Brixham has so much to look forward to. No more school, her first job, her first boyfriend. Instead, her world is thrown into darkness and chaos as the Great Smog descends over London, leaving in its wake a trail of death and disruption and changing Beth’s life forever.

When family tragedy strikes during the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, Beth finds herself shunned by her father. Faced with eviction, she must battle against the prejudices, laws and social bigotry post World War II in an effort to prevent her baby sister being taken into care, but she hadn’t gambled on the price she has to pay when offered a radical solution.


Every Step of the Way was shortlisted for the 2004 Harry Bowling Prize for a London novel.

Genre:  Historical Romance
Approx pages:  266


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