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Saturday, 23 March 2019

The House at Zaronza by Vanessa Couchman


The House at Zaronza 

has RECEIVED a


Chill with a Book READERS’ Award


Rachel knows only one thing about her late grandmother: that she was Corsican. Eager to trace her ancestors, Rachel travels to the island of Corsica. She unearths a hidden bundle of love letters from the 1900s and an intriguing memoir.

A heart-breaking tale of doomed passion and betrayal emerges, set amidst the mountains of Corsica and the turmoil of the trenches in World War 1.

1899. Life in the village of Zaronza is dull and twenty year-old Maria craves excitement. A young school master arrives, and her wish is granted. But Maria's severe parents would condemn their romance, and so they must meet in secret.

When Maria's father announces his plans to marry her to a man she detests, her dreams start to crumble. As her life unfolds, destiny casts her far from Corsica's shores, to the streets of Paris and the field hospitals of the Western Front.

Rachel unravels the story of an extraordinary woman, and finds the keys to her own past.

"Emotionally powerful...Vanessa Couchman writes with intelligence and skill." Historical Novels Review

"Beautifully written, evocative of this small island. A lovely book." TripFiction

The House at Zaronza is Book 1 of the Tales of Corsica series: historical novels set in the same house on this stunning Mediterranean island.

Genre:  266
Approx pages:  Historical French Fiction


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Thursday, 21 March 2019

Elliot Pie's Guide To Human Nature by Chantelle Atkins


Elliot Pie's Guide To Human Nature

has RECEIVED a


Chill with a Book READERS’ Award


One boy's mission to find the good in people.
Twelve-year-old Elliot Pie lives a solitary life with his agoraphobic mother.
He is desperate to help her and he also wants to find out what happened to his Uncle Liam, who walked out one night leaving his dog and his car in the back garden.
While his mother sinks further into the darkness, Elliot finds comfort in people-watching.
He is determined to prove to her that good people still exist and when a stranger is kind to him one day, a plan is hatched. A plan to save his mother. A plan that might help him find Uncle Liam.
Elliot’s collection of strangers all have stories to tell about human nature, but is he placing his trust in the wrong people? Or is the real danger closer to home?

Genre: Women's Contemporary Fiction
Approx pages:  407


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Tuesday, 19 March 2019

A King Under Siege by Mercedes Rochelle


A King Under Siege

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Chill with a Book READERS’ Award



Richard II found himself under siege not once, but twice in his minority. Crowned king at age ten, he was only fourteen when the Peasants' Revolt terrorized London. But he proved himself every bit the Plantagenet successor, facing Wat Tyler and the rebels when all seemed lost. Alas, his triumph was short-lived, and for the next ten years he struggled to assert himself against his uncles and increasingly hostile nobles. Just like in the days of his great-grandfather Edward II, vengeful magnates strove to separate him from his friends and advisors, and even threatened to depose him if he refused to do their bidding. The Lords Appellant, as they came to be known, purged the royal household with the help of the Merciless Parliament. They murdered his closest allies, leaving the King alone and defenseless. He would never forget his humiliation at the hands of his subjects. Richard's inability to protect his adherents would haunt him for the rest of his life, and he vowed that next time, retribution would be his.

Genre: Historical Biographical Fiction
Approx pages:  300


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Thursday, 7 March 2019

Fat Chance by AB Morgan


Fat Chance

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Chill with a Book READERS’ Award


A missing barrister, a severed thumb and fat chance of finding out the truth.

Ella Fitzwilliam’s world is about to spiral out of control. She’s not cut out to be a private investigator. With little or no aptitude for the job, she’s been sent undercover to expose the hidden lives of two men who meet nearly every week at Buxham’s - a private members’ club where portions are large and secrets are held in strictest confidence.

One of those men is Harry Drysdale, a defence barrister, and the other is Marcus Carver, an eminent surgeon with a tarnished past and much to lose. Ella knows he has unhealthy appetites, she’s sure he’s feeding his perverted habits and putting his female patients at risk but she has to prove it.

When Harry Drysdale goes missing, Konrad Neale TV journalist tries to reveal the truth behind the lies, but some of the secrets start to reveal themselves… and they are big.

Genre: Psychological Fiction
Approx pages:  285


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Sunday, 3 March 2019

Songbird by Julia Bell


Songbird

has RECEIVED a


A PREMIER Readers’ Award


Premier Readers’ Award is honoured to books that receive exceptional high evaluations from Chill Readers.



In 2016 Songbird was featured in Baer Book Press as the best opening line in a historical romance.

Isabelle Asquith has only one ambition in life and that is to become an opera singer. To do this she must attend The Royal Academy of Music in London and become classically trained. Isabelle is a widow and has a young son to support and the fees for the academy are beyond her means as a music teacher. Her only recourse is to apply for the annual scholarship.

In the summer of 1885 after losing the scholarship for a second time and eager to earn more money, she decides to answer an advertisement. This simple act and the meeting of a mysterious man called ‘Karl’ will change her life forever.

In the coming years, Isabelle is destined to discover not only her true potential, but also the lengths she is willing to go to realise her ambition.



Genre:  Victorian Historical Romance
Approx pages:  384


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