The Beekeeper s Promise by Fiona Valpy

The Beekeeper S Promise
  • Author : Fiona Valpy
  • Publisher : Lake Union Publishing
  • Release Date : 2018-05
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  • ISBN : 154204703X
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Heartbroken and hoping for a new start, Abi Howes takes a summer job in rural France at the Château Bellevue. The old château echoes with voices from the past, and soon Abi finds herself drawn to one remarkable woman's story, a story that could change the course of her summer--and her life. In 1938, Eliane Martin tends beehives in the garden of the beautiful Château Bellevue. In its shadow she meets Mathieu Dubosq and falls in love for the first time, daring to hope that a happy future awaits. But France's eastern border is darkening under the clouds of war, and history has other plans for Eliane... When she is separated from Mathieu in the chaos of German occupation, Eliane makes the dangerous decision to join the Resistance and fight for France's liberty. But with no end to the war in sight, her loyalty to Mathieu is severely tested. From the bestselling author of Sea of Memories comes the story of two remarkable women, generations apart, who must use adversity to their advantage and find the resilience deep within.

Sea of Memories by Fiona Valpy

Sea Of Memories
  • Author : Fiona Valpy
  • Publisher : Lake Union Publishing
  • Release Date : 2018-03
  • Categories : Fiction
  • ISBN : 1542046653
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When Kendra first visits her ailing grandmother, Ella has only one request: that Kendra write her story down, before she forgets... In 1937, seventeen-year-old Ella's life changes forever when she is sent to spend the summer on the beautiful �le de R� and meets the charismatic, creative Christophe. They spend the summer together, exploring the island's sandy beaches and crystal-clear waters, and, for the first time in her life, Ella feels truly free. But the outbreak of war casts everything in a new light. Ella is forced to return to Scotland, where she volunteers for the war effort alongside the dashing Angus. In this new world, Ella feels herself drifting further and further from who she was on the �le de R�. Can she ever find her way back? And does she want to? From the windswept �le de R� to the rugged hills of Scotland, Sea of Memories is a spellbinding journey about the power of memory, love and second chances.

The Dressmaker s Gift by Fiona Valpy

The Dressmaker S Gift
  • Author : Fiona Valpy
  • Publisher : Lake Union Publishing
  • Release Date : 2019-10
  • Categories : Fiction
  • ISBN : 1542005132
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The Beekeeper s Secret by Josephine Moon

The Beekeeper S Secret
  • Author : Josephine Moon
  • Publisher : Allen & Unwin
  • Release Date : 2016-03-23
  • Categories : Fiction
  • ISBN : 9781952533471
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'Maria knew about guilt. It was a stubborn, pervasive and toxic emotion, and incredibly difficult to shake. Especially if really, deep down, you didn't think you deserved to let it go.' Maria Lindsey is content. She spends her solitary days tending her bees and creating delicious honey products to fund orphaned children. A former nun, her life at Honeybee Haven has long been shaped by her self-imposed penance for terrible past events. But the arrival of two letters heralds the shattering of Maria's peaceful existence. Pushing aside the misgivings of her family and friends, Tansy Butterfield, on the eve of her marriage, made a serious deal with her adored husband, Dougal. A deal she'd intended to honour. But, seven years on, Tansy is finding her current feelings difficult to ignore. And on top of those not-really-there feelings, Dougal wants to move to Canada!

The French for Love by Fiona Valpy

The French For Love
  • Author : Fiona Valpy
  • Publisher :
  • Release Date : 2013-07-12
  • Categories : Fiction
  • ISBN : 1909490091
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Like a glass of wine in the French afternoon sunshine - The French for Love is the perfect summer escape. Fans of Katie Fforde, Carole Matthews, Kate Forster or Erica James - and everyone who enjoyed Nick Alexander's The French House - will love Fiona Valpy. Gina has lost her perfect job, her boyfriend and her favourite aunt all within the space of a few months. So when she inherits her aunt's ramshackle French house, Gina decides to pack her bags for the Bordeaux countryside - swapping the miserable English weather for blue skies, sunshine, great wine and a fresh start. What she hasn't factored in is a hole in the roof, the most embarrassing language faux pas, and discovering family secrets that she was never supposed to know. Suddenly feeling a long way from home, Gina will have to rely on new found friends, her own hard work and Cedric - her charming, mysterious and tres handsome new stonemason. But whilst desire needs no translation, love is a different matter. Can Gina overcome the language barrier to make her French dream come true?

The Beekeeper of Aleppo by Christy Lefteri

The Beekeeper Of Aleppo
  • Author : Christy Lefteri
  • Publisher : Ballantine Books
  • Release Date : 2019-08-27
  • Categories : Fiction
  • ISBN : 9780593128169
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This unforgettable novel puts human faces on the Syrian war with the immigrant story of a beekeeper, his wife, and the triumph of spirit when the world becomes unrecognizable. “A beautifully crafted novel of international significance that has the capacity to have us open our eyes and see.”—Heather Morris, author of The Tattooist of Auschwitz WINNER OF THE ASPEN WORDS LITERARY PRIZE • FINALIST FOR THE DAYTON LITERARY PEACE PRIZE • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY REAL SIMPLE Nuri is a beekeeper and Afra, his wife, is an artist. Mornings, Nuri rises early to hear the call to prayer before driving to his hives in the countryside. On weekends, Afra sells her colorful landscape paintings at the open-air market. They live a simple life, rich in family and friends, in the hills of the beautiful Syrian city of Aleppo—until the unthinkable happens. When all they love is destroyed by war, Nuri knows they have no choice except to leave their home. But escaping Syria will be no easy task: Afra has lost her sight, leaving Nuri to navigate her grief as well as a perilous journey through Turkey and Greece toward an uncertain future in Britain. Nuri is sustained only by the knowledge that waiting for them is his cousin Mustafa, who has started an apiary in Yorkshire and is teaching fellow refugees beekeeping. As Nuri and Afra travel through a broken world, they must confront not only the pain of their own unspeakable loss but dangers that would overwhelm even the bravest souls. Above all, they must make the difficult journey back to each other, a path once so familiar yet rendered foreign by the heartache of displacement. Moving, intimate, and beautifully written, The Beekeeper of Aleppo is a book for our times: a novel that at once reminds us that the most peaceful and ordinary lives can be utterly upended in unimaginable ways and brings a journey in faraway lands close to home, never to be forgotten. Praise

The Beekeeper s Daughter by Santa Montefiore

The Beekeeper S Daughter
  • Author : Santa Montefiore
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2015-04-09
  • Categories : Fiction
  • ISBN : 9781471101014
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It is 1973 and Trixie Valentine is in love with the lead singer of a British rock band who has come to spend the summer on Tekanasset, a small island off the coast of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, where she has grown up. Disenchanted by her sheltered life isolated from the great cities of the world, she plans to run off with Jasper in the fall, when he leaves to tour America. After all, she doesn?t want to end up like her mother, Grace, who has gardened for the island?s wealthy residents since she left England with her husband, Freddie, at the end of the war. Nor does she understand her mother?s obsession with bees or where she goes to when she spends so long gazing at them flying in and out of the hives. It is 1937, England is bracing itself for the possibility of war and young Grace Hamblin is getting married. Yet, as she is poised to pledge the rest of her life to Freddie Valentine, she is torn between her childhood sweetheart and the dashing aristocrat she knows she can never have, in spite of the ferocity of her love. The price she pays for doing the right thing is great and she carries her pain to the other side of the world, where Freddie, returned from war a different man, carries his own pain and a mighty secret.

The French for Always by Fiona Valpy

The French For Always
  • Author : Fiona Valpy
  • Publisher :
  • Release Date : 2014-04-25
  • Categories : Fiction
  • ISBN : 190949030X
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Five weddings. The perfect venue. One little hitch... Leaving the grey skies of home behind to transform a crumbling French Chateau into a boutique wedding venue is a huge leap of faith for Sara. She and fiance Gavin sink their life savings into the beautiful Chateau Bellevue - set under blue skies and surrounded by vineyards in the heart of Bordeaux. After months' of hard work, the dream starts to become a reality - until Gavin walks out halfway through their first season. Overnight, Sara is left very much alone with the prospect of losing everything. With her own heart breaking, Sara has five weddings before the end of the season to turn the business around and rescue her dreams. With the help of the locals and a little courage, can she save Chateau Bellevue before the summer is over?

The Stranger by Kate Riordan

The Stranger
  • Author : Kate Riordan
  • Publisher : Penguin UK
  • Release Date : 2018-03-22
  • Categories : Fiction
  • ISBN : 9781405922616
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A top ten Red Magazine book . . . ____________ Cornwall, 1940. In the hushed hours of deepest night a young woman is found washed up on the rocks. Was it a tragic accident? Or should the residents of Penhallow have been more careful about whom they invited in? In the midst of war three women arrive seeking safety at Penhallow Hall. Each is looking to escape her past. But one of them is not there by choice. As the threat of invasion mounts and the nightly blackouts feel longer and longer, tensions between the close-knit residents rise until dark secrets start to surface. And no one can predict what their neighbour is capable of . . . In a house full of strangers, who do you trust? ____________ 'A beautiful and intriguing page-turner. Cornwall springs to life in vivid colour' Dinah Jefferies, author of The Sapphire Widow 'Wonderfully atmospheric and utterly engrossing. I hardly moved until I had read the very last word' AJ Pearce, author of Dear Mrs Bird

The Beekeeper s Wife by Shanda Hansma Blue

The Beekeeper S Wife
  • Author : Shanda Hansma Blue
  • Publisher : FriesenPress
  • Release Date : 2011-07
  • Categories : Poetry
  • ISBN : 9781770670686
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The Beekeeper's Wife is inspired by Herbert Scott's poem of the same name. It is an attempt to imagine the life of the woman behind the poem. Shanda Hansma Blue's The Beekeeper's Wife is a brilliant poetic argument between nature and the reader, between the beekeeper's wife and the beekeeper, between where a woman exists in her small and large spaces and the woman. It is a powerful rendition of the woman's world, a world where only we can exist. We are the keeper of the day, rising at dawn, before the sunrises, as if the sun's rise solely depended on us or as if nature itself were in the same complex relationship the woman has with the beekeeper. I have always believed that the poet is a philosopher, and Shanda proves this well in her fresh use of language, where the beekeeper's wife "lives in the five percent zone/ of northern lights visibility./" Again, Hansma Blue shows us that the beekeeper's wife "thinks of this as her numerical data/ her location on the statistical/ halo of Earth's aurora latitudes." In one of her powerful poems, 'Bargain', Shanda tells us, "My grandfather always said of loud girls/ A whistling woman is like a crowing hen/." Indeed, Shanda Hansma Blue is "a crowing hen," where she juxtapositions the world of her speaker, the beekeeper's wife and that of the beekeeper. This is not a book of poetry about nature despite its attention to the many vivid details of the nature around the speaker; it is a story about womanhood alongside that of manhood. Here nature and woman collide, co-exist, argue, and survive, all in a relationship to the man in the story. Here, "the here and the now" come together or collide at times, and yet the constancy of nature keeps the beekeeper's wife grounded even though it is she who keeps the world of both her and the beekeeper grounded. Shanda Hansma Blue's debut book of poetry brings to us a captivating story that is relevant in our new world where nature and humankind

The French for Christmas by Fiona Valpy

The French For Christmas
  • Author : Fiona Valpy
  • Publisher : Bookouture
  • Release Date : 2014-10-03
  • Categories : Fiction
  • ISBN : 9781909490635
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‘Made me cry so many times … A beautiful, heartbreaking yet uplifting wonderful story.’ This Chick Reads A year to forget. The perfect escape. And a little Christmas magic… Touching, uplifting, and filled with delicious French cooking, The French for Christmas is the perfect Christmas treat. Evie used to LOVE Christmas, but this year she can’t wait for the tinsel and presents to be a distant memory. When her best friends offer the use of their cottage in the beautiful French countryside, Evie jumps at the chance. With her soon-to-be-ex-husband, celebrity chef Will Brooke, plastered over the news with his latest ‘love interest’, leaving the country seems like the perfect plan. Armed with her French grandmother’s tattered notebook of recipes, Evie is determined to ignore Christmas altogether and bake herself back to happiness. And when Evie meets her next-door neighbour – the très gorgeous doctor Didier she finds a very willing taste-tester. But is it possible that he could be interested in more than just her Tarte Tatin? With snow falling, a special Réveillon dinner and a little Christmas magic in the air, could Didier even be the one to thaw Evie’s heart? Or will a visit from the ghost of Christmas past change everything? What people are saying about The French for Christmas ‘So very real, so tragic, my heart absolutely ached … A heart-warming and truly beautiful Christmas book.’ 5/5 Paris Baker’s Book Nook ‘One of my favourite stories I have read this year… A truly superb novel. 5/5.’ Chloe’s Chick Lit Reviews ‘A truly wonderful novel … touching, inspiring and heart-warming … an absolute must on your holiday reading list. 5/5 Stars.’ Living Life with Joy ‘Just beautiful … I was transported to a Christmas wonderland and I didn't want to leave! Absolutely loved it!’ Becca’s Books ‘A winner … I want to live this story.’ A Nurse and a Book ‘I love Fiona Valpy

Open House by Elizabeth Berg

Open House
  • Author : Elizabeth Berg
  • Publisher : Random House
  • Release Date : 2000-09-19
  • Categories : Fiction
  • ISBN : 0375505873
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BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Elizabeth Berg's Once Upon a Time, There Was You. In this superb novel by the beloved author of Talk Before Sleep, The Pull of the Moon, and Until the Real Thing Comes Along, a woman re-creates her life after divorce by opening up her house and her heart. Samantha's husband has left her, and after a spree of overcharging at Tiffany's, she settles down to reconstruct a life for herself and her eleven-year-old son. Her eccentric mother tries to help by fixing her up with dates, but a more pressing problem is money. To meet her mortgage payments, Sam decides to take in boarders. The first is an older woman who offers sage advice and sorely needed comfort; the second, a maladjusted student, is not quite so helpful. A new friend, King, an untraditional man, suggests that Samantha get out, get going, get work. But her real work is this: In order to emerge from grief and the past, she has to learn how to make her own happiness. In order to really see people, she has to look within her heart. And in order to know who she is, she has to remember—and reclaim—the person she used to be, long before she became someone else in an effort to save her marriage. Open House is a love story about what can blossom between a man and a woman, and within a woman herself.

The Little French Bistro by Nina George

The Little French Bistro
  • Author : Nina George
  • Publisher : Crown Publishing Group (NY)
  • Release Date : 2017
  • Categories : Fiction
  • ISBN : 9780451495587
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Following a failed suicide attempt inspired by her loveless marriage, Marianne Messman travels to Brittany with the intention of trying again but changes her mind when the guests of a charming bistro reintroduce her to life's delights.

The Beekeeper s Ball by Susan Wiggs

The Beekeeper S Ball
  • Author : Susan Wiggs
  • Publisher : MIRA
  • Release Date : 2016-05-31
  • Categories : Fiction
  • ISBN : 9781460398975
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#1 New York Times bestselling author Susan Wiggs returns to sun-drenched Bella Vista, where the land's bounty yields a rich harvest…and family secrets that have long been buried Isabel Johansen, a celebrated chef who grew up in the enchanting Sonoma town of Archangel, is transforming her childhood home into a destination cooking school—a unique place for other dreamers to come and learn the culinary arts. Bella Vista's rambling mission-style hacienda, with its working apple orchards, bountiful gardens and beehives, is the idyllic venue for Isabel's project…and the perfect place for her to forget the past. But Isabel's carefully ordered plans begin to go awry when swaggering, war-torn journalist Cormac O'Neill arrives to dig up old history. He's always been better at exposing the lives of others than showing his own closely guarded heart, but the pleasures of small-town life and the searing sensuality of Isabel's kitchen coax him into revealing a few truths of his own.

I Can Make This Promise by Christine Day

I Can Make This Promise
  • Author : Christine Day
  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Release Date : 2019-10-01
  • Categories : Juvenile Fiction
  • ISBN : 9780062872036
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In her debut middle grade novel—inspired by her family’s history—Christine Day tells the story of a girl who uncovers her family’s secrets—and finds her own Native American identity. All her life, Edie has known that her mom was adopted by a white couple. So, no matter how curious she might be about her Native American heritage, Edie is sure her family doesn’t have any answers. Until the day when she and her friends discover a box hidden in the attic—a box full of letters signed “Love, Edith,” and photos of a woman who looks just like her. Suddenly, Edie has a flurry of new questions about this woman who shares her name. Could she belong to the Native family that Edie never knew about? But if her mom and dad have kept this secret from her all her life, how can she trust them to tell her the truth now?

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

The Secret Life Of Bees
  • Author : Sue Monk Kidd
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2003
  • Categories : Fiction
  • ISBN : 0142001740
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After her "stand-in mother," a bold black woman named Rosaleen, insults the three biggest racists in town, Lily Owens joins Rosaleen on a journey to Tiburon, South Carolina, where they are taken in by three black, bee-keeping sisters.

The Beekeeper Rescuing the Stolen Women of Iraq by Dunya Mikhail

The Beekeeper  Rescuing The Stolen Women Of Iraq
  • Author : Dunya Mikhail
  • Publisher : New Directions Publishing
  • Release Date : 2018-03-27
  • Categories : History
  • ISBN : 9780811226134
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The true story of a beekeeper who risks his life to rescue enslaved women from Daesh Since 2014, Daesh (ISIS) has been brutalizing the Yazidi people of northern Iraq: sowing destruction, killing those who won’t convert to Islam, and enslaving young girls and women. The Beekeeper, by the acclaimed poet and journalist Dunya Mikhail, tells the harrowing stories of several women who managed to escape the clutches of Daesh. Mikhail extensively interviews these women—who’ve lost their families and loved ones, who’ve been sexually abused, psychologically tortured, and forced to manufacture chemical weapons—and as their tales unfold, an unlikely hero emerges: a beekeeper, who uses his knowledge of the local terrain, along with a wide network of transporters, helpers, and former cigarette smugglers, to bring these women, one by one, through the war-torn landscapes of Iraq, Syria, and Turkey, back into safety. In the face of inhuman suffering, this powerful work of nonfiction offers a counterpoint to Daesh’s genocidal extremism: hope, as ordinary people risk their own lives to save those of others.

Death Is Not Enough by Karen Rose

Death Is Not Enough
  • Author : Karen Rose
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2018-10-02
  • Categories : Fiction
  • ISBN : 9780399586712
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The past comes back to haunt a high-profile defense attorney in the newest book in the Baltimore series from the New York Times bestselling author of Edge of Darkness and Monster in the Closet. In his work as a defense attorney in Baltimore, Thorne has always been noble to a fault--specializing in helping young people in trouble just as someone did for him when he was younger. He plays the part of the bachelor well, but he secretly holds a flame for his best friend and business partner, Gwyn Weaver, a woman struggling to overcome her own demons. After four years, he thinks he might finally be ready to confess his feelings, come what may. But his plans are derailed when he wakes up in bed with a dead woman--her blood on his hands and no recollection of how he got there. Whoever is trying to frame Thorne is about to lead him down the rabbit hole of his past, something he thought he had outran long ago. Thorne must figure out who has been digging into his secrets, how much they know, and how far they will go to bring him down . . .

Sarah s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay

Sarah S Key
  • Author : Tatiana de Rosnay
  • Publisher : St. Martin's Press
  • Release Date : 2007-06-12
  • Categories : Fiction
  • ISBN : 1429985216
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Paris, July 1942: Sarah, a ten year-old girl, is brutally arrested with her family by the French police in the Vel' d'Hiv' roundup, but not before she locks her younger brother in a cupboard in the family's apartment, thinking that she will be back within a few hours. Paris, May 2002: On Vel' d'Hiv's 60th anniversary, journalist Julia Jarmond is asked to write an article about this black day in France's past. Through her contemporary investigation, she stumbles onto a trail of long-hidden family secrets that connect her to Sarah. Julia finds herself compelled to retrace the girl's ordeal, from that terrible term in the Vel d'Hiv', to the camps, and beyond. As she probes into Sarah's past, she begins to question her own place in France, and to reevaluate her marriage and her life. Tatiana de Rosnay offers us a brilliantly subtle, compelling portrait of France under occupation and reveals the taboos and silence that surround this painful episode.

Seven Magpies by Fiona Valpy

Seven Magpies
  • Author : Fiona Valpy
  • Publisher : Completelynovel
  • Release Date : 2011-11
  • Categories :
  • ISBN : 1849142238
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Seven for a secret never to be told... 'Seven Magpies' deals with themes of family and fidelity, set against the backdrop of a tight-knit rural community in the Bordeaux winemaking area of France. Gina Peplow reaches a crisis point in her life, dumped by her live-in boyfriend and grieving the loss of her beloved father. So when the opportunity arises to move to her Aunt Liz's farmhouse in France she takes the plunge. But there she discovers that the past - and the people she thought she knew best in the world - hold secrets of their own. Will she ever know the truth? Will she ever learn to trust again? And will she ever find out whether French men are as good as French wines?