THE RELUCTANT BAKER

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AS PART OF THE GREEK VILLAGE SERIES, THERE ARE MANY CHARACTERS WHO I KNOW NOW AND AM GROWING TO LOVE.  HOWEVER, YOU DO NOT HAVE TO READ ANY OF THE OTHERS IN THE SERIES TO ENJOY THIS NOVEL.

AFTER HIS WIFE OF ONLY A YEAR DIES, LOUKAS IS LEFT WITH NOT ONLY HIS OWN GRIEF BUT THE GRIEF THE IN-LAWS ARE ENDURING AND HE IS FORCED TO MAN THEIR BAKERY.  HE IS NOT A MORNING PERSON AND LOATHES GETTING UP BEFORE DAWN TO BEGIN BAKING THE BREAD.  HE FEELS TRAPPED AND UNHAPPY.

ELLIE VISITS THE VILLAGE FROM HER HOME IN ENGLAND TO TRY TO COME TO TERMS WITH HER UNHAPPY MARRIAGE TO HER SCHOOL TEACHER WHO BASICALLY RAPED HER AND HAD TO MARRY HER TO AVOID TERMINATION FROM HIS POSITION.  NOT A GOOD REASON TO MARRY BUT THERE ARE EVEN WORSE SECRETS THE TEACHER HAS THAT ARE CREATING A DISTRESSING MARRIAGE FOR ELLIE.

WHEN LOUKAS AND ELLIE MEET THE TWO ARE DRAWN TOGETHER AND THEIR FEELINGS ARE UNDENIABLY TRUE.  LOUKAS FEELS GUILTY THAT HE NEVER HAD THESE FEELINGS FOR HIS WIFE.  ELLIE FEELS THAT LOUKAS WILL NOT UNDERSTAND HER SITUATION.  CAN THEY OVERCOME THEIR PASTS TO FIND HAPPINESS AND LOVE?

PUBLISHER’S BLURB:

WARNING: THIS NOVEL WILL MAKE YOU WANT TO ESCAPE TO THE SUN.

There is a lazy Mediterranean village full of colourful characters.

There is sunshine and wine and a long sandy beach…

There are nagging in-laws, jealous neighbours and a plot to bankrupt the new hotel before it has opened its doors, and some scenes that are just a little bit unexpected.

Set against this backdrop is an uplifting story of resilience in the face of adversity.

Please do not purchase this book if you want to keep your feet on the ground – this book is not for you.

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THE GOOD LAWYER

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BECAUSE OF HIS BELIEF IN THE INNOCENCE OF HIS CLIENTS, THE GOOD LAWYER WORKS HARD TO GET HIS CLIENTS OFF.  TIME AFTER TIME, HE IS SEVERELY DISAPPOINTED – ONE VICTIM COMMITS SUICIDE RIGHT BEFORE HIS EYES AFTER GETTING HIS CLIENT OFF.   ANOTHER KEEPS HIS FAILED LIE DETECTOR TEST AND CONFESSION FROM BECOMING PUBLIC UNTIL AFTER HE CRIES IN FRONT OF THE JURY PROTESTING HIS INNOCENCE AND HAVING ALL CHARGES AGAINST HIM DISMISSED.  THEN MORE PEOPLE WHO TESTIFIED AGAINST HIM ARE MURDERED AND THE RESULT OF THE LIE DETECTOR TEST ARE REVEALED.  THE GOOD LAWYER TAKES MATTERS INTO HIS OWN HANDS BRINGING HIS MAFIA FAMILY IN TO GET JUSTICE WHEN THE LEGAL SYSTEM HE UPHOLDS FAILS.   NOT AS GOOD AS A JOHN GRISHAM BOOK BUT STILL GOOD!

PUBLISHER’S BLURB:

INSPIRED BY A TRUE STORY.
A young, ambitious lawyer is eager to prove he is better than the mobster dominated family he grew up in. Working as a Bronx Legal Aid Attorney he learns how to twist the system, how to become an unbeatable defense lawyer. But it’s 1982. The Spiderman rapist is on the loose and New York City is a city in fear. When an outraged victim commits suicide right before his eyes, searching for absolution and determined to prove his client’s innocence, he knocks the pegs out from under the prosecution’s case. Digging deeper, horrifying revelations about his family’s past collide with the true identity of the sadistic sociopath behind the real Spiderman’s rampage. In the process, this good lawyer comes face-to-face with his greatest conflict and deepest fear: to win, really win, must he sacrifice every principle he believes in and embrace his family’s mafia past to become judge, jury, and executioner?

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UNDER THE ICE

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WHAT A GREAT MURDER MYSTERYONE DEATH UNDER THE ICE IS BY ACCIDENT.  THE SECOND A MURDER TO SEND A MESSAGE AND THE THIRD IN SELF DEFENSE AGAINST AN ABUSIVE PARENT TRYING TO GAIN REVENGE ON THE MAN WHO ULTIMATELY WON HIS EX-WIFE’S HEART.  HE WAS ONLY IMPRISONED FOR 5 YEARS FOR THE ABUSE OF HIS WIFE.  WHEN HE IS RELEASED FROM JAIL HIS FIRST MISSION IS TO TAKE HIS DAUGHTER TO WREAK HAVOC ON HIS EX AND HER NEW HUSBAND.  THE DAUGHTER IS AT THE AGE OF WANTING TO BE AN ADULT AND HAVE INDEPENDENCE BUT HER CHOICES ARE POOR AS A TRUE ADOLESCENT.  SEE HOW HER CHOICE TO BE WITH HER BIOLOGICAL FATHER, WHO IS “CHANGED”, BECOMES DEADLY.

PUBLISHER’S EXCERPT:

What do you do when your past comes back to kill you?

After escaping her abusive husband, life is finally good for Camille LeGarde and her daughter, Shelby. She has a great relationship with her new husband, Gus, who also loves Shelby like his own child. But the LeGarde family’s fragile oasis is shattered when the man of Camille’s nightmares is released from prison.

Greg Robinson never wanted to be a father. But he’s playing the biological card for all it’s worth to get close to Shelby, so he can realize his true goal—revenge against Gus LeGarde, the man who “stole” his wife and daughter.

Lured by the promise of connecting with her real dad, Shelby vanishes, sending Gus and Camille on a desperate race through the worst ice storm of the century to find her before Robinson can act on his chilling threat…

If I can’t have them, neither can you.

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THE HEARTBREAK CAFE

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AS MY FOLLOWERS KNOW, ROMANCES ARE NOT MY CUP OF TEA.  THIS ONE WAS OK.  IT’S ABOUT THREE VERY DIFFERENT WOMEN WHO ARE GOING THROUGH PREGNANCY AND MAKING TOUGH DECISIONS.  THEY BECOME FRIENDS AND OFTEN MEET AT THE HEARTBREAK CAFE IN THE QUAINT LITTLE TOURIST VILLAGE OF LAKEVIEW.  THEY DISCUSS THEIR TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS.  NOT QUITE AS WELL WRITTEN AS MAEVE BINCHY BUT A GOOD STORY.  I DON’T THINK I WILL READ ANY MORE OF THE SERIES.

WHAT THE PUBLISHER SAYS:

From the USA Today bestselling author of THE CHARM BRACELET & A GIFT FROM TIFFANY’S, is the first in an Irish contemporary sweet romance series of heartwarming novels about love, family and friendship featuring the pretty tourist village of Lakeview.

When a baby is found on the doorstep of The Heartbreak Café in the Irish village of Lakeview, everyone asks – what kind of parent would abandon their child?

Hollywood actress Ruth Seymour is home for the summer. But has an ill-advised fling with a handsome co-star resulted in a seriously unplanned consequence?
Jess feels increasingly left out as the only non-mum amongst her friends. Terrified she might lose them altogether, she embarks on becoming a mother too. But is she really ready?
Nina has come to Lakeview to live with her estranged father, Patrick after a bad break-up. But will she ever dare tell him about the secret she is concealing?
One thing’s for sure: someone knows more than they’re telling. And the truth won’t stay hidden forever…

Lakeview Contemporary Romance Series

THE HEARTBREAK CAFE
ALL BECAUSE OF YOU
NEVER SAY NEVER
WISHFUL THINKING
THE GUEST LIST
THE WEDDING INVITE
CHRISTMAS AT THE HEARTBREAK CAFE
SUMMER AT THE HEARTBREAK CAFE (Pre-order now)
LAKEVIEW COLLECTION Books 1 – 4 (save over 50%)

Any novel in the Lakeview contemporary Irish romance series can be read standalone and in any order, as they are all separate stories/characters. What the novels have in common is that each is set/partly set in the picturesque Irish tourist village of Lakeview, and features some recurring secondary characters and locations.

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