Nothing passes the time better than a good read and we have put together a 4 book selection of really great reads by M.C.Beaton, Audrey Howard, Evelyn Hood and Mary Nichols
The Summer House-Mary Nicholls
A secret love that will haunt a family for ever
England 1918. Lady Helen believes her parents when they say she will never find a better husband than Richard, but when he returns to the Front, she begins to wonder just who it is she has married – his letters home are cold and distant – and Helen realises that she has made a terrible mistake. And when Oliver Donovan enters her life, they begin an affair that leaves Helen pregnant and alone, and she is forced to surrender her precious baby.
Over twenty years pass and a second war is ravaging Europe, but that is not the only echo of the past that haunts the present. Laura Drummond is caught in a tragic love affair of her own and when she is forced to leave London during the Blitz, she turns to the mother she never knew.
Death of a Sweep-M.C.Beaton
In the south of Scotland, residents get their chimneys vacuum-cleaned. But in the isolated villages in the very north of Scotland, the villagers rely on the services of the itinerant sweep, Pete Ray, and his old-fashioned brushes. Pete is always able to find work in the Scottish Highlands, until one day when Police Constable Hamish Macbeth notices blood dripping onto the floor of a villager's fireplace, and a dead body stuffed inside the chimney. The entire town of Lochdubh is certain Pete is the culprit, but Hamish doesn't believe that the affable chimney sweep is capable of committing murder. Then Pete's body is found on the Scottish moors, and the mystery deepens. Once again, it's up to Hamish to discover who's responsible for the dirty deed--and this time, the murderer may be closer than he realises.
Staying On-Evelyn Hood
When, after serving in the war, her grandson Joe refuses to return to the small farm his family has managed for three generations, Celia is furious. Her first instinct is to let the farm go, but maybe her oldest grandson, crippled in a rail accident, can be convinced to take on his inheritance.
A Time Like No Other-Audrey Howard
Widowed at only twenty, with two sons to raise and little more than debts to live on, Lally Fraser seeks comfort with dashing Yorkshire mill-owner Roly Sinclair. Then Roly goes off to America and she discovers she is pregnant: she turns to Roly's sensible, reliable older brother Harry for help.
Harry marries her to save her from life as an outcast. For he always loved her: even when Lally was a girl with eyes only for her future husband and Harry's flashy brother, he dreamed of making her his.
But a marriage founded on lies can only lead to heartbreak. Roly returns - changed from Lally's careless lover to her worst enemy, determined to wrest the family's woollen mills from Harry. And Harry cannot believe that his beautiful young wife is faithful to him.
Disaster will overtake them before Lally and Harry find a way to love one another as they were always meant to