Evie Flynn a toujours été le mouton noir de sa famille si parfaite : une rêveuse, vagabonde dans l'âme, contrairement à ses soeurs aînées. Elle s'est d'abord rêvée actrice, puis photographe et chanteuse, mais sans grand succès.
Lassée de ces échecs, elle s'est construit une vie raisonnable : entre un travail qu'elle déteste et un fiancé très terre à terre (pour ne pas dire ennuyeux), elle regarde sa vie défiler sous ses yeux jusqu'au décès de sa tante préférée dans un accident de voiture. Jo lègue à sa nièce le petit café qu'elle tient sur le port de Carrawen Bay.
Déterminée à prendre son destin en main, Evie n'hésite pas longtemps avant de tout plaquer pour partir découvrir les Cornouailles et l'héritage qui lui est offert, sans se douter des rencontres qui vont bouleverser son destin...
"Un récit lumineux !" - Maxi
"Il n'est jamais trop tard pour changer de vie : c'est le message de ce délicieux feel good book." - Femme Actuelle
Après un début de carrière dans l'édition, Lucy Diamond a quitté Londres pour s'installer dans la ville de Bath avec son mari et ses trois enfants. Et c'est depuis cette jolie ville du sud de l'Angleterre, à jamais immortalisée par Jane Austen, qu'elle écrit ses romans à succès. Au cours des dernières années, elle a vendu plus de trois millions de livres et s'est imposée comme l'une des autrices préférées des Britanniques.
Tailleur strict, coiffure sophistiquée et talons vertigineux, Polly ne vit que pour son travail dans une grande compagnie financière de la City de Londres. Un poste pour lequel elle a tout sacrifié, sans s'octroyer une seule journée de congés, ni soirée de détente en quinze ans. Aussi, quand elle est brutalement licenciée, c'est son univers qui s'effondre. Pire, la voilà bientôt obligée de renoncer à son luxueux appartement avec vue sur la Tamise et de trouver refuge chez sa soeur à Elderchurch, ce petit village au fin fond du Hampshire où elles ont grandi.
Cela fait des années que Clare et elle ne se parlent plus : elles n'ont plus rien en commun depuis que Polly est devenue une « fille de la ville ».
Entre incompréhensions et secrets enfouis, la cohabitation s'annonce mouvementée. Mais n'est-ce pas l'occasion rêvée de se libérer de vingt ans de non-dits pour prendre un nouveau départ ?
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Après un début de carrière dans l'édition, Lucy Diamond a quitté Londres pour s'installer dans la ville de Bath avec son mari et ses trois enfants. Et c'est depuis cette jolie ville du sud de l'Angleterre, à jamais immortalisée par Jane Austen, qu'elle écrit ses romans à succès. Au cours des dernières années, elle a vendu plus de deux millions de livres et s'est imposée comme l'une des autrices préférées des Britanniques. Rendez-vous au café du bonheur, son premier roman publié chez Charleston, a rencontré un vif succès.
Evie Flynn has always been the black sheep of her family - a dreamer and a drifter, unlike her over-achieving elder sisters. She's tried making a name for herself as an actress, a photographer and a singer, but nothing has ever worked out. Now she's stuck in temp hell, with a sensible, pension-planning boyfriend. Somehow life seems to be passing her by. Then her beloved aunt Jo dies suddenly in a car crash, leaving Evie an unusual legacy - her precious beach cafe in Cornwall. Determined to make a success of something for the first time in her life, Evie heads off to Cornwall to get the cafe and her life back on track - and gets more than she bargained for, both in work and in love...
A Christmas short story from bestselling author Lucy Diamond, revisiting her Beach Café characters. After a hectic summer running her beach café in Cornwall, Evie Flynn is looking forward to her first Christmas with new boyfriend Ed - she's determined that it's going to be the most perfectly romantic one ever. Cosy nights in front of the fire, spicy mulled wine, mince pies . . . what's not to love? But the peace is shattered when Ed's ex suddenly gets in touch again, and then some unexpected guests arrive: Ed's surly brother Jake and Evie's heartbroken best friend Amber. Add in the stress of trying to finish her very own recipe book, snow blizzards and family dramas and Evie's Christmas starts to look as if it'll be a total turkey. Will any of her festive wishes come true . . . or is this Christmas just a recipe for disaster? An absolute Christmas cracker from Lucy Diamond, bestselling author of The Beach Café and Me And Mr Jones. This novella is the perfect present for anyone who loves women's fiction, heartwarming stories and the festive season!
Is Mr Jones really Mr Right? Meet the women in love with three very different brothers . . . Izzy's determined to escape her troubled past with a new start by the sea - but flirtatious Charlie Jones is causing complications. Alicia's been happily married to loyal Hugh for years but secretly craves excitement. Maybe it's time to spice things up? Emma's relationship with David was once fun and romantic but trying for a baby has taken its toll. Then temptation comes along . . . As the future of the family's B&B becomes uncertain, Izzy, Alicia and Emma are thrown together unexpectedly. It seems that keeping up with the Joneses is harder than anyone thought... From the queen of summer reading, this is a sparkling tale of heartbreak, hope, friendship and love.
Is Italian really the language of love? A new class of students hopes to find out.Anna's recently been told the father she's never met is Italian. Now she's baking focaccia, whipping up tiramisu and swotting up on her vocabulary, determined to make it to Italy so she can find him in person.Catherine's husband has walked out on her, and she's trying to pick up the pieces of her life. But she'll need courage as well as friends when she discovers his deception runs even deeper than infidelity.Sophie's the teacher of the class, who'd much rather be back in sunny Sorrento. She can't wait to escape the tensions at home and go travelling again. But sometimes life - and love - can surprise you when you least expect it.As the evening class gets underway, friendships form and secrets from Italy begin to emerge. With love affairs blossoming in the most unlikely places, and hard decisions to face, it's going to be a year that Anna, Catherine and Sophie will never forget.
With her Cornish Beach Café closed for the winter, Evie Flynn should be looking forward to lazy days and a happy Christmas, with nothing more pressing to think about than when to have her next mince pie.But her sister Ruth is coming to stay, in a cloud of heartbreak and bitterness following her marriage breakdown, along with her three unhappy children, and Evie knows she'll have her work cut out, trying to spread some festive cheer. Then her boyfriend Ed breaks the news that he's going to spend Christmas in London, for family reasons, and her heart sinks even further.Add in to the mix a lost dog plus the hotly contested village Christmas bake-off and before long, Evie is feeling the strain. But there are still a few surprises in store for her, that look set to make this Beach Café Christmas the most memorable one yet...
Because love is always worth the risk...It's New Year's Eve, and Gemma and Spencer Bailey are throwing a house party. There's music, dancing, champagne and all their best friends under one roof. It's going to be a night to remember.Also at the party is Caitlin, who has returned to the village to pack up her much-missed mum's house and to figure out what to do with her life; and Saffron, a PR executive who's keeping a secret which no amount of spin can change. The three women bond over Gemma's dodgy cocktails and fortune cookies, and vow to make this year their best one yet. But as the months unfold, Gemma, Saffron and Caitlin find themselves tested to their limits by shocking new developments. Family, love, work, home - all the things they've taken for granted are thrown into disarray. Under pressure, they are each forced to rethink their lives and start over. But dare they take a chance on something new?
Summer at Shell Cottage is another delightful summer read from Lucy Diamond, author of the bestselling The Beach Café.
A seaside holiday at Shell Cottage in Devon has always been the perfect escape for the Tarrant family. Beach fun, barbecues and warm summer evenings with a cocktail or two - who could ask for more?
But this year, everything has changed. Following her husband's recent death, Olivia is struggling to pick up the pieces. Then she makes a shocking discovery that turns her world upside down.
As a busy mum and GP, Freya's used to having her hands full, but a bad day at work has put her career in jeopardy and now she's really feeling the pressure.
Harriet's looking forward to a break with her lovely husband Robert and teenage daughter Molly. But unknown to Harriet, Robert is hiding a secret - and so, for that matter, is Molly . . .
The Secrets of Happiness is an extraordinary tale of sisterhood, from Lucy Diamond author of The Beach Cafe.The best things in life . . . can be just around the cornerRachel and Becca aren't real sisters, or so they say. They are stepsisters, living far apart, with little in common. Rachel is the successful one: happily married with three children and a big house, plus an impressive career. Artistic Becca, meanwhile, lurches from one dead-end job to another, shares a titchy flat, and has given up on love.The two of them have lost touch, but when Rachel doesn't come home one night, Becca is called in to help. Once there, she quickly realizes that her stepsister's life is not so perfect after all: Rachel's handsome husband has moved out, her children are rebelling, and her glamorous career has taken a nosedive. Worst of all, nobody seems to have a clue where she might be.As Becca begins to untangle Rachel's secrets, she is forced to confront some uncomfortable truths about her own life, and the future seems uncertain. But sometimes happiness can be found in the most unexpected places . . .
A Baby at the Beach Cafe is an engaging short story follow-up to Lucy Diamond's bestselling novel The Beach Cafe.Evie loves running her beach cafe in Cornwall but with a baby on the way, she's been told to put her feet up. Let someone else take over? Not likely. Helen's come to Cornwall to escape the stress of city living. She hopes a seaside life will be the answer to all her dreams. When she sees a job advertised at the cafe it sounds perfect. But the two women clash and sparks fly. . . and then events take a dramatic turn. Can the pair of them put aside their differences in a crisis?
Number 11, Dukes Square, looks just like the other houses on the Brighton seafront: a Regency terrace with elegant sash windows, a winding staircase, and post piled up in the hall for its tenants. It might be part of the city's history, but it's also a place of brand new beginnings. Georgie has followed her childhood sweetheart to Brighton but is determined to carve out a career for herself in journalism. Throwing herself into the city's delights is fun and exciting, but before she knows it, she's sliding into all kinds of trouble . . . Charlotte's in the city for a new start, hoping to keep her head down and somehow get over the heartbreaking loss she's suffered in the past. But Margot, the stylish old lady on the top floor, has other ideas. Like it or not, Charlotte must confront the outside world, and the possibilities it still holds. A terrible revelation sent Rosa running from London to start again as a sous chef. The work is gruelling and thankless but it's a distraction at least . . . until she comes up against the stroppy teenager next door who challenges her on her lifestyle choices. What if Rosa's passion for food could lead her to more interesting places? As the three tenants find each other, it's as if a whole new chapter of their lives has begun. The House of New Beginnings is a moving and uplifting novel from bestselling author Lucy Diamond.
Treasure every moment. Life can change in a heartbeat.What the fans say: 'Wonderful characters and the stories are always great, with twists and turns' GemmaIt's a beautiful day in Manchester and four friends are meeting for a birthday lunch. But then they witness a shocking accident just metres away which acts as a catalyst for each of them. For Laura, it's a wake-up call to heed the ticking of her biological clock. Sensible Jo finds herself throwing caution to the wind in a new relationship. Eve, who has been trying to ignore the worrying lump in her breast, feels helpless and out of control. And happy-go-lucky India is drawn to one of the victims of the accident, causing long-buried secrets to rise to the surface.This is a novel about the startling and unexpected turns life can take. It's about luck - good and bad - and about finding bravery and resilience when your world is in turmoil. Above all, it's about friendship, togetherness and hope.Praise for Lucy Diamond:
'A hugely satisfying read' Heat
'Full of emotion and insight - it really makes you think' Katie Fforde, bestselling author of A Summer at Sea
'Warm, witty and wise' Daily Mail
Pour le sourire d'Hannah, Lucy Clark Depuis qu'elle élève seule sa petite Hannah, Lorelai n'a guère eu l'occasion de songer à ses propres sentiments. Mais aujourd'hui, elle est impatiente, émue, troublée. Car le Dr Moon-Pie est de retour, pour faire un remplacement dans le cabinet médical où elle travaille. Cela fait trois ans qu'elle n'a pas revu cet homme qui a été son rayon de soleil, avant de devenir l'objet de ses fantasmes. Dans quelques heures, il sera face à elle, et Lorelai ne peut s'empêcher d'espérer qu'il restera auprès d'elle et de sa fille - pour toujours... Un baiser de toi, Teresa Southwick Arrogant, séducteur - et visiblement fier de l'être. Pour Avery, le Dr Spence Stone représente tout ce qu'elle déteste chez un homme ; aussi appréhende-t-elle de devoir accompagner ce chirurgien, pour une semaine entière, en voyage professionnel. Sauf qu'une fois leur mission commencée, la situation se révèle pire que ce qu'Avery avait craint : Spence fait preuve d'un charme si redoutable qu'elle sent peu à peu sa résistance faiblir... Triple surprise pour un chirurgien, Jacqueline Diamond Enceinte... de triplés ! Stacy est sous le choc. Ce n'était absolument pas prévu - la nuit qu'elle a passée dans les bras de Cole Rarrigan, son chef de service et l'homme qu'elle aime secrètement depuis toujours, ne devait être qu'une nuit sans lendemain. Du moins, c'est ce que Cole lui avait fait comprendre. Mais ce qu'elle avait encore moins prévu, c'est la réaction de Cole à cette nouvelle : il lui propose le mariage. Même si elle veut offrir le meilleur des foyers à ses bébés, comment pourrait-elle épouser Cole, qui, elle en est convaincue, n'est pas amoureux d'elle ?
Katie, Georgia and Alice were at each other’s hen nights but now the chickens have come home to roost: their marriages have fallen apart and their friendships have been tested to the limits. Control-freak Katie has become a commitment-phobe – there’s no way she wants to get married again. Is there? Ambitious Georgia always puts her career first. If anyone gets hurt, it’s their look-out – right? And faithful Alice wants to make a fresh start, but can’t get over her cheating ex – and Georgia’s betrayal. Hearts have been broken, and feathers ruffled … can the hens ever be reunited?
Maddie’s getting it from all sides. Her bitchy new boss at the radio station humiliates her live on air about her figure, her glamourpuss mum keeps dropping notsosubtle hints that Maddie should lose weight and her kids are embarrassed to be seen with her after the disastrous Mums’ race at their school sports day. Something’s got to change… Maddie joins the local weightwatching group expecting more humiliation but instead finds two unlikely allies – bitter divorcee Lauren who, despite running a dating agency, has signed off romance for ever and shy Jess, the beautician, who’s desperate to fit into a size 10 wedding dress for her Big Day.
Josie, Nell and Lisa go back a long way they were flatmates, soulmates and best mates back in their twenties when life was one long party. Five years later, things are different. Josie is married with kids in deepest suburbia, free-spirit Nell has travelled the world, and Lisa is on the path to career glory (and the salary Premiership). A reunion weekend in London seems a great idea to Josie . . . until she discovers something which will change the course of her life forever. Sassy, sexy and very funny, this is a great novel about following your fantasies and then facing up to the consequences Kate Harrison, bestselling author of The Brown Owls Guide to Life, The Self-Preservation Society and, most recently, The Secret Shoppers Revenge.
On paper, Sadies got it all the partner, the children, the house. But in real life, that doesnt feel quite enough. Sadie cant help harking back to the time when she was a career woman by day and a party animal by night. And what happened to feeling like a sex kitten, anyway? The only sleepless nights shes getting now are due to the baby. Maybe a little reinvention is the answer Sadie cant resist creating a fictitious online identity for herself as a hot TV producer. Its only a bit of harmless fununtil truth and fantasy become dangerously tangled. It isnt long before shes wondering if the exciting alter ego she has dreamed up really is the kind of person she wants to be after all Wry, funny and with a wonderful twist in the tale, Any Way You Want Me is an enchanting novel of infidelity, motherhood and friends reunited that heralds the debut of a lovely new voice in fiction.
Polly has always been the high-flier of the family, with the glamorous lifestyle to match. Clare is a single mum with two children, struggling to make ends meet in a ramshackle cottage. The two sisters are poles apart and cant stand each other. But then Pollys fortunes unexpectedly change and her world comes crashing down. With no money and nowhere to go, shes forced back to the village where she and Clare grew up, and the sisters find themselves living together for the first time in years. With an old flame reappearing for Polly, a blossoming new career for Clare and a long-buried family secret in the mix, sparks are sure to fly. Unless the two women have more in common than they first thought?