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Beach Rivals Escape to Bali with this summer's hottest enemies-to-lovers beach read.

Beach Rivals Escape to Bali with this summer's hottest enemies-to-lovers beach read.

Tilney, Georgie.

ESCAPE TO BALI WITH THIS YEAR'S MOST FEEL-GOOD ROMANTIC COMEDY


'Complete sunshine in book form... a delicious slow burn love story'
Cressida McLaughlin, author of The Staycation

'The perfect slice of summer escapism... I read it in one sitting!' Catherine Walsh, author of Holiday Romance

'A delight. Ideally would have read it on a beach; still bloody good served on the sofa' Lauren Bravo, author of Preloved

For fans of Emily Henry, Sophie Kinsella and Tessa Bailey

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One bookshop in paradise. Two bitter rivals. A whole summer to get through...

Clare thought that by now she would have her life figured out. Instead, she's living with her parents, working a job she hates and has absolutely no idea what she wants to do with the rest of her life.

When she sees a viral job advert for a three-month bookseller position on a Bali beach, she jumps at the chance. But it's not until she arrives in Bali that Clare realises she won't be working in the bookshop alone.

Instead she's sharing the bookshop - and a flat - with a handsome but infuriating American man. Jack is Clare's opposite in almost every way, and it's not long before they're driving each other crazy. But fighting with Jack is also the most fun Clare's had in years, and it's only a matter of time before their relationship turns less than professional...

Beach Rivals is an escapist, slow-burn enemies-to-lovers rom com - the ideal summer read!

Readers are loving Beach Rivals:

'The perfect read for wet and rainy British spring! I loved everything about this' *****
'Such a cute fast paced read. Great writing... Do yourself a favor and pick up Beach Rivals!' *****
'I read this book in one day and have been daydreaming about moving to Bali to do up a bookshop!' ****
'This was such a fun, cute and easy read. Had me laugh

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The beautiful people : a novel

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Gable, Michelle, author.
2024

It's 1961, and for Margo Hightower, everything is about to change. She's just been hired as assistant to photographer Slim Aarons - famous for his vibrant pictures of high society, royalty, and Hollywood stars - and she knows this opportunity is her ticket to something better. But when they land in Palm Beach, the lines between work and play begin to blur. As Margo becomes swept up in the city's social circle, the golden life seems increasingly in reach. Until she finds herself entangled in a complicated web of loyalties and secrets that could bring it all crashing down.

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The catch

The catch

Lea, Amy, author
2024

"In a last-ditch effort to rescue her brand from the brink of irrelevance, Boston fashion influencer Melanie Karlsen finds herself in a rural fishing village on the east coast of Canada. The only thing scarier than nature itself? The burly and bearded B and B owner and fisherman, Evan Whaler--who single-handedly disproves the theory that Canadians are "nice." After a boating accident lands Evan unconscious in the hospital, Mel is mistaken for his fiancée by his welcoming yet quirky family, who are embroiled in a long-standing feud over the B and B. In a bold attempt to mend family fences, Mel agrees to fake their engagement for one week in exchange for Evan's help with her social media content. Amid long hikes and campfire chats, reeling in their budding feelings for each other proves more difficult by the day. But is Mel willing to sacrifice her picture-perfect life in the city for a chance at a true, unfiltered love in the wild?"-- Provided by publisher.

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The celebrants : a novel

The celebrants : a novel

Rowley, Steven, 1971-, author
2023

It's been twenty-eight years since their graduation and Jordy, Naomi, Craig, and Marielle find themselves at the brink of a new decade, with all the responsibilities of adulthood, yet no closer to having their lives figured out. Over the years they've reunited - but this reunion is different. A deeply honest tribute to the growing pains of selfhood and the people who keep us going, this is a moving tale about the false invincibility of youth, and the beautiful ways in which friendship helps us celebrate our lives, even amid the deepest challenges of living.

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The Cliffs A Novel.

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Sullivan, J. Courtney.

On a secluded bluff overlooking the ocean sits a Victorian house, a home that contains a century's worth of secrets. It is a place Jane Flanagan can escape to. Twenty years later, Genevieve has transformed the house into a glossy white monstrosity. Strangely, Genevieve is convinced that the house is haunted. She hires Jane to research the history of the place. The story Jane uncovers - of lovers lost at sea, romantic longing, shattering loss, artistic awakening, historical artifacts stolen and sold, and the long shadow of colonialism - is even older than Maine itself. Author of "Friends and Strangers." Print run 150,000.

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Holiday country

Holiday country

Atrek, İnci, author.
2024

Ada adores spending every summer in a Turkish seaside town with her mother and grandmother at the family villa. But no matter how much Ada feels she belongs to the country where her mother grew up, deep down, her connection to the culture feels as fleeting as the seasons. When Levent, a mysterious man from her mother's past, shows up in their town, Ada can't help but imagine a different future for her mother - one that promises a return to home, to love, to happiness. But while playing matchmaker, Ada has to come to terms with her own intensifying attraction to Levent.

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Husbands and Lovers A Novel.

Husbands and Lovers A Novel.

Williams, Beatriz.
2024

New England, 2022. In a search for the donor kidney that will give her son a chance for a normal life, single mother Mallory Dunne's forced to confront two harrowing secrets from her past: her mother's adoption from an infamous Irish orphanage in 1952, and her own all-consuming summer romance fourteen years. Cairo, 1951. After suffering tragedy beyond comprehension in the war, Hungarian refugee Hannah Ainsworth finds herself snared into a game of intrigue between two men - and an act of sacrifice that will echo down the generations. Author of "Our Woman in Moscow." Print run 150,000.

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In a not-so-perfect world : a novel

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Alexander, Neely Tubati, author
2024

"A delightful Caribbean-set novel about an ambitious designer of apocalyptic video games with a strategy for (almost) everything who discovers what happens when her best-laid plans go off course"-- Provided by publisher.

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An Island Summer

An Island Summer

Hale, Jenny, 1975- author
2024

"All that Meghan Gray has left of her beloved Pappy is his cottage on the edge of the shimmering Atlantic Ocean. Longing to feel close to her grandfather, she returns to the golden sands of Hatteras Island in the Outer Banks for the summer, clutching the manilla envelope he gifted her tightly in her hand. On her first night on the sun-drenched island, she meets brooding Toby Meyers, a local businessman. She might feel lost without Pappy, but looking into Toby's sparkling blue eyes feels like coming home. The beach house where she spent her childhood is just how she remembers: a shingled bungalow with two rocking chairs on the porch and shutters on the windows. As Meghan strolls along the sand with Toby, breathing in the salty air, she realizes she is making new memories... When Meghan opens the envelope, she finds a black-and-white photograph of someone she doesn't recognize. If she can find out its meaning, and why Pappy gave it to her, she'll unlock a secret that has been hidden for decades. The truth has the power to change everything Meghan and Toby thought they knew about their lives--and it will either bring them together, or break their hearts...

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Just for the summer

Just for the summer

Jimenez, Abby, author
2024

Justin has a curse, and thanks to a Reddit thread, it's now all over the internet. Every woman he dates goes on to find their soul mate the second they break up. When a woman slides into his DMs with the same problem, they come up with a plan: they'll date each other and break up. Their curses will cancel each other's out, and they'll both go on to find the love of their lives. It's a bonkers idea - and it just might work. But what if this time Fate has actually brought the perfect pair together?

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Lies and weddings : a novel

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Kwan, Kevin, author
2024

Rufus Leung Gresham, future Duke of Greshambury and son of a former Hong Kong supermodel has a problem: a gargantuan mountain of debt. The only solution, put forth by Rufus' scheming mother, is for Rufus to attend his sister's wedding at a luxury eco-resort, a veritable who's-who of sultans, barons, and oligarchs, and seduce a woman with money. When a volcanic eruption burns through the nuptials and a hot mic exposes a secret tryst, the Gresham family plans - and their reputation - go up in flames.

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The lost letters from Martha's Vineyard : a novel

The lost letters from Martha's Vineyard : a novel

Callahan, Michael, 1963-, author
2024

In 1959, Hollywood ingenue Mercy Welles seems to have the world at her feet. She has crafted herself into a glamorous Oscar-nominated actress. Until she shockingly vanishes without a trace, just as her career is taking off. Almost sixty years later, Kit O'Neill, a junior television producer, is packing up her recently deceased grandmother's attic, only to discover a long-lost box of souvenirs that reveal that her grandmother was, in fact, the mysterious Mercy Welles. Alternating between Mercy and Kit's timelines, this novel unfurls into a heart-stopping story of love, betrayal, and even murder.

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Recipe for a charmed life

Recipe for a charmed life

Linden, Rachel, author.
2024

American chef Georgia May Jackson has one goal--to run her own restaurant in Paris. After a grueling decade working in Parisian kitchens, she is on the cusp of success. But in one disastrous night, Georgia loses her sous-chef position, her French boyfriend, and her sense of taste! Renowned for her refined palate and daring use of bold flavors to create remarkable dishes, Georgia is devastated to discover her culinary gift has simply ... vanished. When she receives a surprising invitation from her estranged mother, Georgia flees to a small island near Seattle hoping the visit will help her regain her spark in the kitchen. There she tentatively reconnects with her mom, a free-spirited hippie eager to make up for her past mistakes. With the clock ticking and time running out to win her dream job in Paris, Georgia begins to unravel some astonishing secrets that make her wonder if the true recipe for a charmed life might look--and taste--very different than she ever imagined.

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Sex, lies and sensibility

Sex, lies and sensibility

Payne, Nikki, 1982- author
2024

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Sisterhood

Sisterhood

Kelly, Cathy, author
2024

As the waves crash on to a wild Atlantic beach, Lou is at a crossroads. For the first time ever, just giving up seems like an option. In just one night, at her own 50th birthday, her world has imploded. Her mother has kept a secret hidden all her life. And it changes everything. Before Lou can take another step, she needs to get to the bottom of the shocking truth that alters who she really is. Along with her sister, Toni, who is facing her own crisis, the two women sets out on a life-changing journey -- one that will take them through Ireland's wildest coastline and to Sicily's sun-baked rocky shores. It will also take Lou deep into her relationships with her mother, her sister and her daughter to figure out how to stop pleasing everyone else -- and carve out who she really wants to be.

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Summer on Highland Beach : a novel

Summer on Highland Beach : a novel

Hostin, Sunny, author
2024

Founded in the late 1800s by the son of Frederick Douglass, Highland Beach along the Chesapeake Bay is the oldest Black resort community in America. Inside this proud and secluded beach community of about 100 private homes is Olivia Jones' legacy. In the midst of tense family drama, Olivia must decide if she wants to return to the beautiful life she's created in Sag Harbor - with the neighbours and wonderful man who've become central to her happiness - or finally achieve her dream of having a family and home to call her own in Highland Beach.

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The Summer Pact A Novel.

The Summer Pact A Novel.

Giffin, Emily.

Four freshmen arrive at college from completely different worlds. As their college years fly by, their bond intensifies and the four become inseparable. But as graduation nears, their lives are forever changed after a desperate act leads to tragic consequences. Ten years later, it soon becomes clear that they are facing their own crossroads. True to their promise, they agree to take a time out from lives headed in wrong directions and embark on a journey of self-discovery, forgiveness, and acceptance. Author of "Meant to Be." Print run 25,000.

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Summer reading : a novel

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McKinlay, Jenn, author.
2023

For Samantha Gale, a summer on Martha's Vineyard at her family's tiny cottage was supposed to be about resurrecting her career as a chef, until she's tasked with chaperoning her half-brother, Tyler. The teenage brainiac is spending his summer at the local library, and there's no place Sam, who's dyslexic, likes less. And because the universe hates her, the library's interim director turns out to be the hot-reader guy whose book she accidentally destroyed. Bennett Reynolds is on a quest to find his father. He's taken the temporary job on the island to research the summer his mother spent there. An irresistible attraction blossoms when Ben inspires Sam to create the cookbook she's always dreamed about and she jumps all in on helping him find his father, and soon they realize their summer fling may heat up into a happily ever after.

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Summer romance

Summer romance

Monaghan, Annabel, author
2024

Ali Morris is a professional organizer whose own life is a mess. Her husband left and she hasn't worn pants with a zipper in longer than she cares to remember. No one is more surprised than Ali when the first time she takes off her wedding ring and puts on pants she meets someone. Or rather, her dog claims a man for her in the same way he claimed his favourite of her three children: by peeing on him. Ethan looks at her as if she's a version of herself she hasn't been in a long while. The last thing newly single mom Ali needs is to make her life messier, but there's no harm in a little summer romance.

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Summers at the Saint

Summers at the Saint

Andrews, Mary Kay, 1954- author
2024

Everyone refers to the St. Cecelia as "the Saint." Traci Eddings is the widowed owner of the hotel, determined to see it return to its glory days. Enlisting a motley crew of recently hired summer help, Traci has one summer season to turn it around. But new information about a long-ago drowning at the hotel threatens to come to light, and the tragic death of one of their own brings Traci to the brink of despair. It will take all the wits and guts Traci has to see wrongs put to right, to see guilty parties put in their place, and maybe even to find a new romance along the way.

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Swan Song

Swan Song

Hilderbrand, Elin.

Chief of Police Ed Kapenash is about to retire. Blond Sharon is going through a divorce. But when a 22-million-dollar summer home is purchased by the mysterious Richardsons, Ed, Sharon, and everyone in the community are swept up in high drama. When the Richardsons' house burns to the ground and their most essential employee goes missing, the entire island is up in arms. Print run 750,000.

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This summer will be different

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Fortune, Carley, author
2024

Lucy is the tourist vacationing at a beach house on Prince Edward Island. Felix is the local who shows her a very good time. The only problem: Lucy doesn't know he's, her best friend, Bridget's younger brother. Lucy and Felix's chemistry is unreal, but the list of reasons why they need to stay away from each other is long, and they vow to never repeat that electric night again. It's easier said than done. When Bridget suddenly flees Toronto a week before her wedding, Lucy drops everything to follow her to the island. Her mission is to help Bridget through her crisis and resist the one man she's never been able to. But Felix's sparkling eyes and flirty quips have been replaced with something new, and Lucy's beginning to wonder just how safe her heart truly is.

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Tourist season

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Novak, Brenda, author
2024

Ismay Chalmers is ready for a relaxing summer reconnecting with her fiancé at his family's luxurious beachfront cottage. But a hurricane bears down on Mariners Island leaving Ismay alone in the large house. Property's caretaker Bo's home is damaged, so Ismay and Bo temporarily shelter together. As Ismay grows closer to Bo, she begins to hope the reclusive caretaker might eventually let down his guard. But when she finds out that he has secrets, too, she begins to question how well she knows any of the men in her life - and how well she can trust her own heart.

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