Summer at the Garden Cafe
By Felicity Hayes-McCoy
A heart-warming story about the healing power of books, love and friendship.A place where plans are formed and secrets are shared, the Garden Café is nestled at the heart of the town of Lissbeg, on Ireland's west coast.But Jazz - still reeling from the truth about her parents' marriage - has more on her mind than the gossip at the café. Increasingly isolated from her friends and family, she finds herself developing feelings for a man who is strictly off-limits ...Meanwhile Hanna, Lissbeg's librarian, is unaware of the turmoil in her daughter Jazz's life - until her ex-husband Malcolm makes an appearance. And she begins to wonder if the secrets she's carried for him might have done more harm than good.Then Hanna discovers a long-lost book buried in her garden. Could this help to turn Jazz's summer around, or is she too late?
The Summer Visitors
By Fiona O'Brien
'Grown up, intelligent fiction - she just gets better and better' Cathy Kelly'One of the smartest writers of popular fiction around' Irish IndependentWhen handsome American Daniel O'Connell arrives in Ballyanna to research an old cable station for a documentary he is making, he's hoping that a stay in a sleepy Irish seaside town will help him and his traumatised son move on from a terrible accident. But Daniel soon finds that summer in Ballyanna is anything but quiet ...Meanwhile Annie Sullivan, daughter of the local hotel owner, has moved back home to mend her broken heart, telling everyone that she's there to figure out her next career move.But as a secret threatens Annie's dysfunctional family, Daniel's past is about to catch up with him. Will the two be able to grasp the new future that lies ahead before summer ends?
The Street Where You Live
By Roisin Meaney
'Roisin Meaney is a skilful storyteller' Sheila O'Flanagan'Utterly irresistible' Irish IndependentWhen a heatwave coincides with rehearsals for an end-of-summer concert, temperatures soar - so too do the small town scandals ...It turns out that some members of the choir have secrets they are desperate to keep hidden.Christopher, the handsome and talented director, is embroiled in a steamy affair with someone who is strictly off-limits; Molly has become obsessed with a young boy whom she's convinced is her grandson; while Emily has just fallen in love - with the wrong man.As opening night approaches, it becomes clear that there are some tough decisions to be made. But until the curtain falls, you never know what might happen on The Street Where You Live.'A real treat ... Meaney wraps her readers in the company and comfort of strangers' Sunday Independent
A Sense of Home
By Helen James
'A Sense of Home is about making your house a private sanctuary ... a wonderful feel-good book that offers inspiring advice on creating a home that represents "you"' Sunday Times'Homes should nurture and nourish us, be a private sanctuary, a deeply personal place where friends and family gather and celebrate. My hope is that this book can guide you to create the space you love - along with great tastes that make eating there a comfort and a pleasure.' Helen JamesFrom leading Irish designer and food blogger Helen James comes a beautiful book for all who enjoy making their house a home. Room by room, Helen shares her distinctive design sensibility inspired by the natural world, as she considers the spaces where we spend so much of our time - indoor and out - from a sensory perspective: taste, sight, scent, touch and sound.Combining over 60 delicious, homely recipes - from bedroom feasts to 'movie-night' suppers - with essential design principles, natural beauty products, gardening plans and more, A Sense of Home is stunningly illustrated throughout. A sumptuous journey that is as pleasurable to browse as it is to put into practice - and the ideal gift.
The Sandwich Years
By Alana Kirk
The Sandwich Years is the heartfelt, inspirational story of the bond between mothers and daughters, and how one woman - through caring for the person she had relied on the most - finally found herself. Alana Kirk, married with two children and a third on the way, often found herself stretched between the various demands on her time - parenting, marriage, work, friendship, self. But when her mother suffered a massive stroke, just days after the birth of daughter Ruby, Alana's life became unrecognisable.The next five years - 'the sandwich years' - were a time of heartbreak and difficult choices as Alana lost herself amid part-time caring for her mother, supporting her father and parenting three young daughters, while also attempting to get her career back on track. But it was also a time of growth and love as Alana rediscovered the joy her loved ones bring to her life, and learned how to find a way back to herself.The Sandwich Years is a celebration of mothers and daughters, and everyday warriors.(Previously published as Daughter, Mother, Me)
By Zoe Miller
Grace is beginning to wonder if a recent tragedy might be more than what it seems - but will anyone believe her? In her heart, Grace knows the reliable, good-looking Gavin isn't right for her. Then she meets Danny. Unpredictable and spontaneous, he turns her world upside down. All of a sudden, Grace is seeing life differently and doing things she never thought she'd do.But tragedy strikes when Danny dies in a motorbike accident, shattering Grace's world. As she struggles to come to terms with her loss, she becomes more and more convinced that she's being followed - sighting a motorbike exactly like Danny's everywhere she goes. As more and more sinister things begin to happen, Grace voices her suspicions - that his death was not an accident - but no one seems willing to believe her. Was Danny hiding something from her? And what kind of danger is she in now?
By Siobhan Hackett, Mary Doherty
In Shine: A Girl's Guide to Thriving (Not Just Surviving) in Real Life, Mary Doherty and Siobhan Hackett have mined their experience as teachers and counsellors and, with feedback from their students past and present, have written a book to let every teenage girl know that they don't need to be the best at everything - they just need to be the best at being themselves.From coping with exam stress to examining negative thoughts, along with insights on body confidence and self-esteem, tips on how to deal with bullies (online and in real life), break-ups, sex, anxiety and including helpful advice for parents, Shine shows girls how they can shine from the inside out and navigate the teenage years by being confident, strong and independent.'This book is for all the future movers and shakers, the dreamers, the poets, the athletes, the musicians, the healers, the brain surgeons, the mothers and the CEOs. Don't let the anxieties, worries, or doubts get you down. Allow yourself to do what you can do best: let yourself shine!'
The Simplest Prayer
By The Irish Franciscans
People are searching for a sense of comfort and meaning in their lives, but sometimes we don't know how to pray or where to begin.In The Simplest Prayer, the Irish Franciscans show us how to achieve a sense of calm and peace by incorporating prayer into our lives in the simplest way and with the simplest prayer - to Jesus, and, in doing so, show us how we can open our lives to acceptance, love, happiness and inner peace.Based on a website created by the Poor Clares and the Irish Franciscans for the Year of the Holy Name of Jesus, the book will include reflections and thoughts from the Irish Franciscans on Jesus' words and how they can relate to us in our daily lives, along with scripture quotations for use in times of loss, grief, gratitude, happiness, self-doubt and depression, and practical advice on meditation and mindfulness. The Simplest Prayer will show us how, by introducing moments of calm into our everyday lives, we can achieve a sense of happiness and peace.
The Slim Solution
By Karl Henry
By following The Slim Solution 30-day plan you will:Seize the day! Realise that now is the time to make changes that will last for LIFELose weight and gain health without shakes, fad diets or supplementsImplement a fitness routine that builds in intensity along with your strength, showing you just how easy it isMotivate yourself to look, feel and be the best you can, while reducing stress levels. Recent scientific studies that have now conclusively proven the principles at the heart of The Slim Solution: that better diet, exercise and stress reduction are more powerful agents in reversing ageing at cellular level than any drug or supplement. So take the 30-day challenge and find out just what a difference a month can make to a lasting new you. 'Health is so much more than what we eat and how much activity we get. It means taking care of yourself, body, mind and spirit. That is striking the right balance between exercise, healthy eating, good sleep, spending time with those you love, feeling purposeful, staying positive and chocolate!' Karl Henry
The Secrets We Share
By Emma Hannigan
Devastated after a tragedy, Nathalie Conway finds herself on a plane to Ireland. She is on her way to stay with her grandmother Clara. The woman who up until now Nathalie had no idea existed ...As Clara awaits her granddaughter's arrival, she is filled with a new sense of hope. She has spent the past twenty years wishing that her son Max would come back into her life. Perhaps now he can find a way to forgive her for the past. And her granddaughter may be the thread to stitch the pieces of her beloved family back together.
The Secret Place
By Tana French
The photo shows a boy who was murdered a year ago.The caption says, 'I KNOW WHO KILLED HIM'.Detective Stephen Moran hasn't seen Holly Mackey since she was a nine-year-old witness to the events of Faithful Place. Now she's sixteen and she's shown up outside his squad room, with a photograph and a story.Even in her exclusive boarding school, in the graceful golden world that Stephen has always longed for, bad things happen and people have secrets. The previous year, Christopher Harper, from the neighbouring boys' school, was found murdered on the grounds. And today, in the Secret Place - the school noticeboard where girls can pin up their secrets anonymously - Holly found the card.Solving this case could take Stephen onto the Murder squad. But to get that solved, he will have to work with Detective Antoinette Conway - tough, prickly, an outsider, everything Stephen doesn't want in a partner. And he will have to find a way into the strange, charged, mysterious world that Holly and her three closest friends inhabit and disentangle the truth from their knot of secrets, even as he starts to suspect that the truth might be something he doesn't want to hear.
The Spanish Letter
By Kate McCabe
'A whiff of mystery, a dazzling contemporary romance and a poignant love affair... [this] could well be McCabe's best work yet' Irish IndependentShe thought she knew the men in her life...Sandy Devine is a young woman who appears to have everything - a stellar media career, a stunning penthouse apartment overlooking Dublin's River Liffey and, after some stormy setbacks, the perfect romance with handsome A&R man Sam Ross. The pair are the envy of the Dublin social scene and it looks as if Sandy's future is bright. But when her mother's health declines and she has to be hospitalised, Sandy discovers a letter in her mother's personal belongings, which unleashes a long-hidden family secret that forces Sandy to question everything she once took for granted.As Sandy sets out on a voyage of discovery that takes her from Dublin to the Costa del Sol in search of her true identity, nothing can prepare her for what lies in store...
The Summer Guest
By Emma Hannigan
Lexi and her husband Sam have spent years lovingly restoring No.3 Cashel Square to its former glory. So imagine Lexie's delight when a stranger knocks on the door, asking to see the house she was born in over sixty years ago.Kathleen is visiting from America, longing to see her childhood home ... and for distraction from the sad secret she carries with her.As Lexie and Sam battle over whether or not to have a baby and Kathleen struggles to find a sense of peace, the two women realise their unexpected friendship will touch them in ways neither could have imagined.
Some Girls Do
By Clodagh Murphy
'Steaming hot chick lit ... Murphy is a laugh-out-loud, talented and insightful writer' Irish IndependentSome Girls Do is a witty, sexy and warm-hearted serving of contemporary fiction that will have you hooked until the very last page.Claire Kennedy, aka internet sensation NiceGirl, is the anonymous author of a steamy sex blog. She's an expert at writing about sex, but little do her fans know that bookish Claire isn't quite as experienced in the bedroom as her online persona. But everyone makes stuff up on the internet, right?Except that NiceGirl attracts the attention of London publisher Mark Bell. Handsome, charming and successful, Mark is offering Claire the life she's always dreamed of - a steady relationship, the literary world of London and a hot book deal.But when Claire enlists the help of brooding artist Luca to brush up on her sex skills before she's discovered for a fraud, things begin to get complicated...Great sex, friendship AND love - can't a girl have it all?
Say Yes to Life
By Christy Kenneally, Linda Finnegan
'Very useful guidance on the practical things you can do to live a fuller and more satisfying life. This book is a treasure-trove. Everyone should read it.' Professor Alan Carr, Head of Department of Psychology, University College Dublin Do you sometimes feel stuck or have the sense that life is passing you by? Would you like to feel happier and more fulfilled but not sure how to get there?In Say Yes to Life, psychologist and psychotherapist Dr Linda Finnegan and well-known broadcaster, author and motivation speaker Christy Kenneally look at ways you can release the power of your own potential to lead a happier and more fulfilling life.In their groundbreaking 'Pathways' system they show you how you can:Overcome obstacles to happiness such as worry, destructive anger, self-doubt and perfectionismIncrease your self-esteem by talking back to negative self-talkChange the way you think and react in difficult situationsDiscover inner strength you never knew you possessed.Find your pathways to happiness. Say Yes to Life - Today.www.discoveringpathways.com
Staring at Lakes: A Memoir of Love, Melancholy and Magical Thinking
By Michael Harding
Throughout his life, Michael Harding has lived with a sense of emptiness - through faith, marriage, fatherhood and his career as a writer, a pervading sense of darkness and unease remained.When he was fifty-eight, he became physically ill and found himself in the grip of a deep melancholy. Here, in this beautifully written memoir, he talks with openness and honesty about his journey: leaving the priesthood when he was in his thirties, settling in Leitrim with his artist wife, the depression that eventually overwhelmed him, and how, ultimately, he found a way out of the dark, by accepting the fragility of love and the importance of now.Staring at Lakes started out as a book about depression. And then became a story about growing old, the essence of love and marriage - and sitting in cars, staring at lakes.
Scenes of a Sexual Nature
By Clodagh Murphy
When Claire's real-life romance ends in a disappointing fizzle, she decides to turn up the heat by creating a steamy fantasy where she calls the shots...After a disastrous one-night stand with her long-time crush Dan, quiet and studious Claire decides that sex is much more satisfying (and she's less likely to get hurt) when she's calling the shots. So when she decides to write an erotic short story as part of a creative writing project she lets all her fantasies run wild - including hot sex with an off-limits tutor who bears a striking resemblance to her real-life creative writing tutor.But as Claire nurses a broken heart in real life, her fictional alter ego is about to discover that when it comes to the bedroom, giving up control can be fun - when it's with the right person...
Sons of Cain
By Christy Kenneally
The year is 1953. As the Cold War divides the world, two childhood friends - now foes - carve out an existence. Karl, haunted by the past, teaches history in his home town of Hallstatt, while Max, driven by power and wealth, leads the Fratres, an extreme branch of the Catholic Church -with control of the Vatican his ultimate goal.When Karl is called to Rome to expose the corruption that has infiltrated the Church, the two men are destined to meet again. The past must be put to rest. But at what cost?From Moscow to CIA Headquarters to a Budapest prison, Sons of Cain is an epic tale of lust, power and corruption where deception is a way of life.
Something in Common
By Roisin Meaney
A life-affirming, poignant story of two women with nothing in common except their friendship - from the No.1 BESTSELLING AUTHOR ROISIN MEANEY. Perfect for readers of Cathy Kelly and Sheila O'Flanagan.The friendship starts with a letter...from aspiring writer Sarah to blunt but witty journalist Helen, complaining about Helen's most recent book review. And there begins a correspondence that blossoms into a friendship which spans over two decades.As the years pass, the women exchange details of loves lost and found, of family joys and upheavals. Sarah's letters filled with thoughts on her outwardly perfect marriage and her aching desire for children, and Helen's on the struggle of raising her young daughter alone.But little do they realise that their story began long before Sarah penned that first letter - on one unforgettable afternoon where, during a distraught conversation on a bridge, Sarah changed the course of Helen's life forever.This is the story of Helen and Sarah, and the friendship that was part of their destiny.
Soldier for a Summer
By Sam Najjair
Housam 'Sam' Najjair was born in Dublin to an Irish mother and a Libyan father. In June 2011, as his father's home country was being torn apart by civil war, he left Ireland on a one-way ticket to Tunisia, crossing into war-torn Libya, to join the uprising against the dictator Gaddafi.Soldier for a Summer charts his journey - from his arrival into Libya to training in the Western Mountains for twelve weeks before advancing on Tripoli. On 20 August 2011, Sam and the now famous Tripoli Brigade - a unit of the National Liberation Army of Libya - were the first revolutionaries to enter the city, and subsequently secure it and Martyrs' Square.From meeting representatives of NATO to covert operatives, arms deals, the death of his close friend and colleague, safe-houses and a captured girl sniper, this is the astounding story of how a young Irish-Libyan revolutionary became a battlefield commander of a unit of the National Liberation Army of Libya - an unforgettable account of a single season that liberated a country and transformed a young man.