Grief & Bereavement
The following represents all books currently listed within the genre, Grief & Bereavement:
Smoke. She could smell smoke. Her baby…
What happened to baby Erin when fire ripped through the hotel she was in with her parents? Only two people know, and they aren’t telling.
Twenty-two years later, Vicky learns that she once had a sister – and the search for Erin begins. Christine, meanwhile, has left home to start her first job in the city, but she’s still reeling over an unplanned pregnancy when a disturbing discovery changes everything again.
Vicky has almost given up the search for her sister when an old foster mother calls with unexpected news. Erin is in danger… but where is she?
“This is a family drama, with an emotional depth I’ve not come across for a while . . . A moving, emotive and sometimes tense read . . . remarkable writing and I can recommend this without reservation.” White Tulip Candles
“A novel very much about family and bonds. It is a gripping story jam-packed full of suspense.” By the Letter Book Reviews
“If you like a complex story about relationships, family, and psychological demons, Stolen Sister would be my five-star pick.”Barb Taub
A gripping family drama, perfect for fans of Diane Chamberlain, Linda Green, and Sophie Hannah.
Tess Kingston is a young bride suffering the worst tragedy imaginable. Just as she is finally piecing her life together again, long-kept skeletons come clawing out of the closet and she finds herself at odds with her once-beloved in-laws and in the cross hairs of the police. Hudson Marks is a promising new lawyer hired to represent the beautiful widow in a bitter estate battle and ends up defending her against looming charges of murder instead. Together, with the help of Hudson’s older brother, Ford, the trio must find the real killer before Tess ends up in prison for a crime she did not commit.
At the age of fifteen, Katherine Widcombe, the niece of a baronet, is found missing from her bed whilst visiting her maternal aunt in Bristol. She is returned to her aunt and uncle’s home, Widcombe Hall, blindfolded and with the weight of a terrible secret on her young shoulders.
Six years later, she is invited to spend Christmas with her cousin, Philippa and her new husband Conrad, Earl of Croston. She is horrified when Conrad confesses his love for her. Dismayed by the awful truth of her past, Katherine returns to the Hall and decides to accept the marriage proposal of Sir Herbert Fox, a man thirty years her senior.
But marriage doesn’t bring her the peace she craves and in fact, she discovers that her husband has secrets of his own and this will bring terrible consequences for Katherine.
These consequences will mean a perilous journey and privations that a woman of Katherine’s wealth and rank would never be expected to endure and will draw on all her strength and courage to overcome.
The award-winning creator and screenwriter of ground-breaking BBC television show, Spirit Warriors starring Jessica Henwick (Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Games of Thrones) brings you an action packed thrill-ride in her debut novel which will engage and excite fans of Maximum Ride, Dean Koontz's Watchers and The Last of Us.
It's so easy to take things for granted. Take, for example, trees.
Oaks provide shade and plenty of foliage to protect against sudden showers and prying eyes, but there was also the added bonus of load-bearing lower branches that someone nimble could scramble onto should trouble come calling... and you should know, trouble had me on speed-dial.
Living on the streets wasn't a walk in the park, but it was still preferable to what I had to deal with at home, and after some eight months of being on my own, I'd gotten my routine down to a fine art - a morning dumpster dive followed by a dip in the Central Park pond - when one day I stumbled upon this mangy dog being attacked. It wasn't a big deal to help him, but then he ended up saving my life which is when I realized there was something special about him: Muttface wasn't a normal dog - he was crazy intelligent. I'm talking Mensa levels. And he wasn’t an accident either, having recently escaped from a mysterious lab.
We were just getting to know each other when things took a bloody turn. The vet, Sully, a troubled guy who had recently lost his wife to cancer, did what he could and I guess that would've been the end of our story if we hadn't been attacked by a gang of mercenaries who destroyed Sully's clinic and seemed intent on doing the same to us.
So now here we were, the three of us. On the run across the country against a seemingly all-powerful enemy. Who were they and what did they want with us?
Through the danger, terror, and pain, one thing was becoming clear to me: I had finally found the family I had always wanted and I would do anything to keep them safe - even if it meant risking my own life.
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
"The story masterfully combined various threads and powered along through to an explosive finale. This is sure to be a classic once more people hear of it. Amazed this is the author's first book." - Amazon Customer.
"I was loving it so much... Before I was even half way through this book I went back to this site to see if it listed a sequel... can hardly wait!" - Sheila LS, Amazon Reviewer
"It is a fast-paced and action-packed book with three very different but very sympathetic main characters who will in turn make you laugh, cry and really, really want a dog!" - AlbaR, Amazon Reviewer
"Bandit, Chase and Sully keep this amazing story moving at a fast and furious pace. Do yourself a favor and grab a copy of this hard to put down book." - JMP, Amazon Reviewer.
"Jo Ho’s screenwriting background is clearly evident in the pacing, which takes all of the time necessary to tell the story and describe the setting and characters but wastes no words doing so... I highly recommend it to anybody who’s a fan of YA or even just a fan of reading in general." - Amazon Customer.
The Wild Poppy moves at a quick pace and there are a few little surprises too. Readers will find themselves stamping their feet in frustration at times, and then cheering the heroine on as she plows through the narrow-mindedness of late 1800s society. 5 Stars - Reviewed By Joanie Chevalier for Readers’ Favorite
Living during the time of Florence Nightingale and the first woman doctor, Melody Kinsman is determined to succeed as a newspaper reporter. But in 1864, a female reporter is unheard of and because of the prejudice of the male establishment, Melody finds it difficult to persuade an editor to buy her articles.
She finally confronts the attractive but enigmatic owner of the Cork Street Journal, Guy Wyngate who reluctantly gives her the opportunity to prove herself. But first she must face the difficult challenges thrown at her, since Guy wants to test her commitment to the newspaper business.
This commitment will have consequences on her future happiness with the man she gave her heart to when a young girl and to another who is waiting to win her love.
Since her mother’s death, Charlotte has been reared by her Aunt Faith. But her childhood has been plagued by strange knocking on her bedroom door in the dead of night. A summons she never answers since she fears what might be waiting for her behind the door.
After meeting Noel Chandler, a tutor at the university in Cambridge, Charlotte and her cousin, Adele, visit his home, Martlesham Manor, a Tudor House in Suffolk.
Noel is actually Squire Chandler and when while there, Charlotte learns the story of Prudence Chandler who, in the seventeenth century, was denounced as a witch by her husband and mother-in-law and consequently hanged.
Charlotte becomes absorbed with the story of Prudence and realises there are many mysteries at the Manor. Who is the woman who moves silently around the house at night? Why is there a terrible feeling of dread that permeates the old building? And why do the birds fly low since there is always a threat of rain hanging over the Manor?
As their love grows, Charlotte and Noel start to uncover the truth of his ancestral home. But the truth will involve Charlotte more intimately than she could possibly imagine.
Having lost her mother the previous year, twelve-year-old Lucy Paget tries to make a contented life with her father on their farm in Ilkley, Yorkshire. But her father, Sid, would rather spend his time and money in the public house.
One day in a fit of pique, Sid sets her up on a chair and tries to sell her to the men in the public house. There are no buyers until a certain gentleman shows an interest and decides to take up the offer.
Edwin Beaumont has plans for poor Lucy and for the next eight years, she is trapped in a life of secrets and deceit as she adopts the guise of Edwin’s daughter.
Meeting her ‘cousin’ Theo Keeton brings some consolation and over time, his friend Matthew Raynor wins her heart.
But Edwin’s deception will not only lead to heartbreak, but Lucy has to face the truth that Matthew might not be the man she thought he was when he is suspected of murder.
A pearl comb comes into the possession of three courageous and remarkable women over two centuries.
Living during the time of the Battle of Waterloo, Christabel is feisty with an overactive imagination. She's in love with a soldier who only wants to use her to advance his military career.
Victoria, living in the mid-nineteenth century, is sweet-natured but haunted by the loss of her child.
Finally, there is Jenny, a 21st century career woman who is unable to sacrifice her pride and forgive the man she loves.
The pearl comb weaves its way through the centuries; a witness to the despair, loss, hope and dreams of these women. And the men they love.
Finalist winner in Historical Romance 2020 Readers’ Favourite
Awarded a Chill Book Premier Reader’s Award in 2019
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 named ‘Karl’ could change her life forever if she is brave enough to accept his offer.
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.
As the granddaughter of both an earl and a viscount, Venice is not expected to take up a profession. But this has not prevented her from wanting to train as a doctor even though London in the 1920’s doesn’t completely accept women physicians and Venice has an uphill struggle to realise her ambition.
Blissfully unaware of her grandmother’s secret and the actions she took forty years before, Venice concentrates on her dream to become a physician.
Meeting the mysterious Tristan Cavell throws her into turmoil. She is not only physically attracted to him, but also intrigued by the secrets he seems to keep. Tristan comes from the poverty of the East End of London and is a veteran of the Great War. He has done well for himself and owns a lucrative hotel and nightclub. But he also owns a casino, an activity that is on the fringes of the law.
Venice must decide how her relationship is to progress with Tristan and she uses a unique method he understands.
All the while, her grandmother’s secret waits in the wings to bring terrifying consequences for Venice. She and Tristan will have to face these consequences together and this will test their love for each other. The tangle of echoes from the past will change their lives even though the events occurred many years before they were born.
Since childhood Nyssa Wheeler has lived with her stepsister Gwen in a small house in Fulham, London.
Nyssa possesses the ability of a psychic empath and can read people’s emotions through touch. This ‘gift’ has enabled her to pursue the work of a private investigator.
In the year 1904, she decides to take the position of companion to the Dowager Lady Kirby, living at Kirby House near Bodmin in Cornwall. Here she meets the dowager’s two sons, Sir Howel, the sixth baronet and Captain Daveth Kirby, newly home from fighting the Boers in South Africa.
Although seeking a quieter life, Nyssa is drawn into the mystery of the disappearance of Lady Marie Kirby, Sir Howel’s new wife. Her investigation involves her in the legend of the Beast of Bodmin Moor, a creature that supposedly prowls the moor.
As the deaths mount up, Nyssa and Daveth must find the murderer before Nyssa, herself, becomes the next victim.
For nineteen years, Anna Stevens perseveres with a faithless husband in a marriage that destroys her plans to go to university and follow a career.
When Anna escapes to Bristol to work for Jason Harrington, the attractive and wealthy owner of Harrington Rhodes Shipping Agents, she has finally made the decision to leave her husband and make a new life for herself.
But Anna has told Jason that she is a widow and when she and Jason fall in love, Anna finds herself trapped in her lies. When her estranged husband finds her, Anna must pay a devastating price for her deceit - a price that would have lasting consequences for herself and the man she loves.
Pepper Taylor took it on the chin in love and life more times than she cared to count. She has finally found the man of her dreams in Gabriel Seigal, but when he's diagnosed with a crippling illness, their future comes apart at the seams. As if that isn't enough, the prospect of an unexpected child give their world another spin in the cosmic blender. Can Pepper navigate the overwhelming paths through grief, loss, and unexpected motherhood?
Vivienne Stark, a writer and military widow, has spent almost two decades of her life avoiding having a life. When she writes a bestseller, she is thrust into the limelight she never wanted. To complicate matters, an embezzler has wiped out the charitable foundation she created to help the families of fallen soldiers. Will Foster, the lead singer of world famous band Static Neverland, considers himself to be a regular guy in the right place at the right time. Surrounded only by fame seekers and gold diggers, Will’s been hurt too many times to trust women. Little does he know, a chance introduction to Vivienne Stark will change his mind completely. A not-so-typical set up leads to two people finding the love they never knew waited for them. But can they maneuver through the past hurts and current challenges to make their relationship last?
In the late nineteenth century Lydia Prescott has no ambition to settle down to marriage until she has travelled and seen the world. But her life and emotions are shaken up when she meets Doctor Russell Brooks. Unknown to Lydia, Russ is actually an electronics engineer and living in 1998. They are linked by Lydia’s home, Prescott Grange on the outskirts of Worcester. In Russ’s time, this has been converted into stylish apartments and he has discovered a winding staircase that leads him into the Victorian era.
Russ finds he’s attracted to the beautiful fair-haired young woman; a woman very different from those he knows in the twentieth century. But is their love possible when it spans over one hundred years?
Russ endeavours to turn himself into a nineteenth century gentleman hoping to win Lydia’s heart by playing to her rules. A rival in the person of Doctor Aiden Kinkard spoils his endeavours since Kinkard is determined that Lydia will become his wife.
Russ hopes that one day he will persuade Lydia to live with him in his time, but this has terrible consequences for Lydia and will put her life in danger. As Russ learns more about Doctor Kinkard and begins to question the man’s motives and identity, he comes to realise he has met pure evil.
Len Holder thinks his mother is dead - until she reappears one morning in his living room.
She doesn't remember being dead. She's just confused.
And instead of her burial clothes, she's wearing a Dallas Cowboys warmup suit.
At seventy-eight, Len considers himself a failure. He spent years taking care of Mom while his brother Joey became a famous sportscaster. Now he lives alone, tinkering with a novel he can't seem to finish.
For a week, Len relives a strained relationship with Mom while other mysteries pile up. He keeps hearing fragments of Joey's radio show. His sister reports disturbing phone calls. Strangers he meets look like people from his past. Another stranger has taken over his insurance office.
Then Len gets word that his beloved boss Miranda has been gravely injured in a car accident. Eventually, Miranda's fate and a shocking secret from the past reveal that Sharon Holder's resurrection is not what it seems to be.
The Seven-Day Resurrection is a must-read for anyone who has been thrust into the role of caregiver.
The Hostile is a contemporary thriller with a heavy sprinkling of paranormal and fantasy. In a rundown area of Manchester inside a decrepit bathroom in a small terraced house overflowing with children and dysfunctional parents, an unfathomable, powerful entity infiltrates young Serena's life with disastrous effects. The enigmatic force not only dramatically affects introverted Serena’s life, but threatens the well-being of everyone she knows, especially those people who for some reason have earned the strange girl's displeasure. It soon becomes clear that nobody should ever upset Serena if they know what’s good for them. After reading The Hostile, you'll never look at D.I.Y. in the same way again. Available in Kindle, paperback, and audiobook editions.
When Harriet Grace discovers her grandfather is going blind and unable to operate the railway signal box, she decides to go against the rules and man the signals herself. This will set off a spiral of events when her deception is discovered and the authorities are informed.
Harriet must attend a Board of Trade Inquiry and explain her actions. Forced to leave their small cottage, Harriet and her grandfather move to York to live in the same boarding house as the man she loves, Edward Hainsworth, a locomotive fireman.
But her move to York will be the catalyst for many changes in her life including the opportunity to work as a telegrapher and clerk with the York Constabulary. Meeting handsome Detective Constable Mackinnon Taylor brings her mixed emotions.
On a visit to the signal box, Harriet intercepts a strange coded telegraph message leading to the discovery of a shameful secret, the implications of which will threaten the lives of Ned and herself as they pursue an abduction and possible murder.
After shooting and killing his nephew, a gunman runs wild in a London park. What drives Edward to commit such heinous acts? Who will survive yet another of his moments of madness? The action takes place in Jersey, Cornwall, Manchester, London and other places not of this world. Set in 2015, Random Bullets is a crime thriller with a paranormal twist.
If I tell you that I was disinherited by my crazy father, you might understand why I feel a degree of sympathy for Edward. I was interviewed in February 2016 by two BBC Radio 4 producers as part of their Analysis programme on the subject of Inheritance. They’d heard that my book, Random Bullets, deals with the subject of disinheritance and its aftermath.
"Action-packed, thought-provoking, a real ride. I couldn't put it down," "crime with a twist," "An insightful look behind the many faces we wear, and how burning resentments can take you into madness and murder," "Kinetic... really zips along at a pace, I was really drawn in" are just a few of the reader reviews that Random Bullets has received.
Random Bullets is available on Amazon in paperback, Kindle, and audiobook editions.
WINNER OF TWO INDEPENDENT PUBLISHING AWARDS!
Hank Phillips makes his living defending the right to bear arms. Privately, he doesn’t want to touch a gun ever again.
Hank is an ex-Marine whose heroism in war earned him the Medal of Honor and a high-profile job with America’s most powerful gun rights organization. He has millions of admirers and a bright future. But what Hank values most is his relationship with God. He believes his war record has poisoned it, and he prays that God will let him atone.
One night, a gunfire incident brings disaster upon Hank and a police officer. It also leads to a kidnapping and reignites the controversy over gun owners’ rights.
Weapons of Remorse looks behind the headlines to explore the personal consequences of America’s gun violence dilemma.
Are you feeling a little lost? Got that 'left in the spare room' emptiness about you? Mawson does too.
He sits atop his cushion and ponders about baffling things.
The world is a baffling place for a curious teddy bear to live in. Friends approach him about their own dilemmas. They seek instant answers that will make everything all right. Mawson does his best. But after he ponders deeply, most things remain for him just as baffling as they were before.
Take a moment out of your day to pawse with him and explore the world. For the many frazzled readers who feel, secretly, much the same, he offers the comfort that the world is a bright place to be.
From the author of Catch The Moon, Mary comes this epic drama spanning seven decades. Set against a backdrop of war in 1930s’ Europe, Grace Fieldergill, a starry-eyed young actress from Devon, moves to London to pursue her dream of becoming a star. The lovable boarders of Wyncote House, a ladies-only establishment, take her under their collective wing and share her triumph when she is accepted into the brilliant young John Gielgud’s company as Peggy Ashcroft’s understudy. When Peggy misses a show one night, Grace gets her chance. Watching her performance that evening are two people who will change her life forever, London’s most famous actress, Mrs. Patrick Campbell, and a man whose love she never thought she could win.
When Antheia loses her parents at the age of seventeen, she must leave her childhood home and travel to Lancashire to live with her maternal uncle and family. Arriving at Sedgwick Abbey, she meets her new relatives and discovers she might not fit in with the lifestyle of a noble family. Her uncle doesn’t seem to be interested in her and her younger cousin, Felix, treats her with contempt.
However, she cannot ignore the wild beauty of that part of England. While exploring, she discovers a derelict cemetery and a mysterious sarcophagus that seems to have a profound effect on her, causing feelings of utter sadness and despair.
Meeting her elder cousin William, and his American friend Joel, changes her life forever. In William she finds a friend and in Joel the sparks of first love.
Family whispers about her grandmother's disappearance many years before, intrigues Antheia, especially since there's a suspicion she might have been murdered. Antheia endeavours to make Sedgwick Abbey her home, even though the man she's falling in love with must travel to America to join the Union Army. While she waits for Joel’s return, she's determined to follow the clues and discover the secret that lies heavily within the Abbey, completely unaware she's putting her own life in danger.
After a tumultuous marriage and a struggle trying to keep it together, Hamilton, a university dean, sets out on a perilous emotional journey to change his life and seek the love he's always wanted. He's tired of controlling his life and the lives of others. Hamilton meets Franny, a troubled dance teacher, and accepts her job offer of organizer in her studio. When Franny injures her foot, Hamilton must step out of his secure place to help. His trepidation increases when he meets a research journalist who falls in love with him. But her life isn't what it seems. Will Hamilton wise up and learn how a man truly loves a woman, the value of friendship, and the need for prayer?
The Attractiveness of Wisdom is a Christian literary fiction, heart-warming, enthralling novel with endearing, and unforgettable characters.
It's just a translation, right? Maybe not …
Joe Lockhart can barely remember a time before his mother, Nancy, a drug company executive, brought him to Italy to escape her grief after the death of Joe's father. Now, against a background of escalating political violence and Nancy’s concerns for his safety, Joe wants to finish high school before returning to the US. He begins translating confidential company files for his mother and Luke, her colleague.The work seems straightforward and harmless. While Nancy and Luke are in Germany on business, Joe uncovers a plot to overthrow the Italian government. Soon, he finds himself kidnapped, wanted by the military police, and racing to help head off a coup d'état.
Lockhart is a tale of personal and political conflict, of recovery from grief, and finding new meaning in the idea of home.
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