Most widely held works by Juanita McMahon
The night watch by Sarah Waters ( Recording )
11 editions published between 2006 and 2011 in English and held by 998 libraries worldwide
Former ambulance driver Kay lives life fast, wandering the war-torn streets and hunting for other women. Kind and clever Helen guards her secrets--and her lover--closely. Glamorous Viv remains utterly devoted, for better or worse, to the soldier she adores. And Duncan fights to make a new life for himself after spending time in prison. As these four people survive the devastation of war and the experience life's dizzying highs, their paths cross in ways none of them can forsee.
Fingersmith by Sarah Waters ( Recording )
8 editions published between 2002 and 2011 in English and held by 827 libraries worldwide
Orphaned as an infant, Susan Trinder was raised by Mrs. Sucksby, "mother" to a host of pickpockets and con artists. To pay her debt, she joins legendary thief Gentleman in swindling an innocent woman out of her inheritence. But the two women form an unanticipated bond and the events that follow will surprise every listener.
The Italian matchmaker by Santa Montefiore ( Recording )
7 editions published between 2006 and 2010 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 607 libraries worldwide
Gianluca has to admit his life is empty. His high-pressure job, his seven-figure income, his glossy girlfriends - all have long ceased to satisfy him. His marriage is over and he barely knows his young daughters. In search of serenity and a deeper purpose to his existence, he flees to Italy, to the magical Palazzo Montelimone lovingly restored by his parents, to chill and to assess his future. But life on the sun-drenched Amalfi coast is not as peaceful as Luca anticipates. The palazzo is filled with his mother's eccentric friends and haunted by the ghosts of its murderous past. He meets a woman whose dark eyes are heavy with sorrow and a solemn little boy with an incredible secret. As he begins to unravel a mystery that has its roots in a long-ago act of violence, Luca is forced to face his greatest fear in exchange for the greatest truth.
The swallow and the hummingbird by Santa Montefiore ( Recording )
6 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in English and held by 327 libraries worldwide
When George Bolton returns home to Devon at the end of the war, Rita assumes that her childhood sweetheart will marry her and that their future will be a reassuring continuation of their past. But the boy who joined the RAF has come back a man, and a man irrevocably changed by the horrors that he has seen.
Last chance saloon by Marian Keyes ( Recording )
5 editions published between 2000 and 2004 in English and held by 229 libraries worldwide
"Tara, Katherine, and Fintan, friends since adolescence, are full proof that eccentricity is the spice of life. Strikingly different, yet worryingly similar, they all moved from rural Ireland to London to "seize the day," or something like that."--Container.
Always there by Pamela Evans ( Recording )
3 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and held by 229 libraries worldwide
Sushi for beginners by Marian Keyes ( Recording )
6 editions published between 2001 and 2004 in English and held by 227 libraries worldwide
A nervous breakdown seems like a great idea: all that lying in bed and watching daytime TV. But who's going to have it? Will it be housewife Clodagh, who spends her days microwaving pasta for her demanding toddlers and waiting for her beautiful husband Dylan to come home? Or Lisa, hard, brittle and shiny as an M&M, reeling from the shock of a demotion from her fabulous job in London to a one-horse magazine in Dublin? Or Ashling, so normal she's weird?
Meet me under the ombu tree by Santa Montefiore ( Recording )
8 editions published between 2001 and 2007 in English and held by 211 libraries worldwide
Spoilt and wilful Sofia Solanas grows up on a magnificent ranch in the middle of the Argentine pampas, loved by all around her. All, that is, except her Irish mother, Anna, who punishes her daughter for her own sense of alienation and inadequacy while doting on her sons. When a horrified Anna discovers that Sofia has embarked on a passionate love affair that can only bring shame upon the family, she sends Sofia away to Europe, inadvertently exiling her from her family and the man she loves for over twenty years. And then a family tragedy calls Sofia home.
The last voyage of the Valentina by Santa Montefiore ( Recording )
6 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 211 libraries worldwide
Alba always feels like an outsider. She hardly knew her Italian mother and her English father acts as if Valentina never existed. She despises country life almost as much as she despises her stepmother and stepsisters. On board the houseboat named after her dead mother, Alba's life is little more than a selfish search for fun and pleasure. But the discovery of her mother's portrait sends the girl back to Italy to find her family--and the truth about Valentina.
Secrets by Lesley Pearse ( Recording )
5 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 203 libraries worldwide
In January, 1931, Adele Talbot is twelve when her younger sister is killed in a road accident in London's Kings Cross, and her mother Rose, so devastated by the loss, begins to abuse her. Adele is sent to a children's home in Tunbridge Wells, but soon runs away to trace her grandmother, Honour who she has discovered lives in Sussex. But Honour is a bitter, eccentric woman who is not best pleased to see her granddaughter. Eventually the two forge some sort of bond and Honour allows Adele to stay. When Adele meets Michael Bailey on the marshes two years later and real love and friendship enter her life, she feels she can finally put her hurtful past behind her. But then war breaks out and as if that wasn't upheaval enough, Rose decides to rear her ugly head again.
Tipping the velvet by Sarah Waters ( Recording )
4 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 179 libraries worldwide
The story of a "girl-in-trousers" in 1890s England. She is a lesbian fishmonger who gains entry into the libertine world of music halls by an affair with a singer, becoming her partner in a cross-dressing show. But drama follows when the other goes straight.
Sister by Rosamund Lupton ( Recording )
5 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 175 libraries worldwide
"When Beatrice receives a call to say that her sister, Tess, is missing, she boards the first flight home. But as she learns about Tess's disappearance, she is stunned to discover how little she actually knows of her sister's life. Everyone around her accepts they have lost Tess, but Beatrice refuses to give up, embarking on a dangerous journey to discover the shocking truth, whatever the cost ..."--Container.
Affinity by Sarah Waters ( Recording )
5 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 156 libraries worldwide
Once inside the concrete walls of Millbank Prison, Margaret Prior, hired to speak with the female inmates, becomes all too aware that what she perceives to be reality may not be so. Bringing new ideas to her mind is the beautiful, but dangerous criminal Selina Dawes.
Sea of lost love by Santa Montefiore ( Recording )
3 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 153 libraries worldwide
Celestria always spends her summer holiday in Pendrift Hall, the Cornish mansion that is home to the Montague family. In the summer of 1958, the highlight is a lavish ball in honour of Archie Montague's fiftieth birthday, and Celestria is looking forward to practising her flirtation skills. But what is supposed to be a night of celebration ends in catastrophe. As a result, Celestria's grandfather encourages her to play detective, to seek out an explanation for the bewildering events. The quest takes her to Italy and the rugged beauty of Puglia.
The pride of Park Street by Pamela Evans ( Recording )
4 editions published between 2003 and 2005 in English and held by 143 libraries worldwide
Before she could walk, Jess Mollitt knew she wanted to dance, and when she gains a place with the famous Burton Girls dance troupe it seems her dreams have finally come true. But then a family outing ends in tragedy, killing her mother and leaving her father a broken man, and Jess is forced to give up the career she loves. Life now is a far cry from the glamorous existence she has left behind and she seeks solace from neighbour Don Day. But when the brother Don hates arrives on the scene, it seems Jess?s problems may be only beginning.
Too beautiful to dance by Diana Appleyard ( Recording )
3 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 133 libraries worldwide
Sara, her seemingly perfect life now shattered, has bought a dilapidated country cottage far away from her stark apartment and the business meetings that once made up her married life. Now she must start over, and for the first time see life through her own eyes instead of her husband's.
The French gardener by Santa Montefiore ( Recording )
3 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 126 libraries worldwide
Miranda and David move from London into a beautiful country house with a magical garden. Her husband is never around and the children won't tear themselves away from the television. A Frenchman arrives and with the wisdom of nature he begins to heal the past and present, but who is he and what is his secret.
We are family by Josie Lloyd ( Recording )
3 editions published between 2004 and 2007 in English and held by 123 libraries worldwide
It is 1953, and although the coastal village of Stepmouth appears as idyllic as ever, a passionate feud threatens to shatter the small community. Sixteen-year-old Rachel Vale, wilful and unconventional, has fallen in love with the man her brother hates - and when the town is devastated by a vast, unstoppable flood, the Vale family is left broken and irreconcilably divided.
Second chance of sunshine by Pamela Evans ( Recording )
2 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in English and held by 113 libraries worldwide
Angie has everything that Molly lacks. But when Angie's father dies and leaves Molly a share in his pottery business, it's on the condition that she takes a job there. Forbidden by her husband to work outside the home, she nevertheles seized the opportunity to explore her new found independence.
The family way by Tony Parsons ( Recording )
3 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 108 libraries worldwide
Paulo loves Jessica. He thinks that together they are complete. But Jessica can't be happy until she has a baby, and the baby stubbornly refuses to come. Megan doesn't love her boyfriend anymore. After a one-night stand with an Australian beach bum, she finds that even a trainee doctor can slip up on the family planning. Cat loves her life. Her older boyfriend has done the family thing before and is in no rush to do it all again. But can a modern woman really find true happiness without ever being in the family way? Three sisters. Three couples. Two pregnancies. Six men and women struglling with love, sex, fertility and the meaning of family.
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