CHRISTINA JONES

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'The H.E Bates of our time... the same earthy, bucolic charm.'

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Rosa Brennan loves her job as stable jockey at the Victoriana Grange racing stables in rural Berkshire, where wealthy Jersey-based owner Kit Pedersen keeps his string of top-class horses. But her happiness and the entire future of Victoriana Grange is suddenly thrown into jeopardy by the arrival of the beautiful and arrogant Claudia Rochelle who is determined that Kit should move his horses elsewhere. When Kit and Rosa meet for the first time sparks fly – but Rosa is determined that Kit mustn’t take his horses away – while Claudia, sensing a growing attraction between Kit and Rosa – is equally determined that she will win...

DANCING IN THE MOONLIGHT

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Dancing in the Moonlight

‘A fun read for dull January evenings.’

THE SUN

 

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‘feisty tale of friendship and laughter, loyalty and love…engaging’

THE TIMES

 

*

 

‘Bloody good read…Funny, romantic book…a lively romp through rural England’

NEW WOMAN

 

*

 

“As cosy as a goose-down duvet and bursting with sparkle and joy… Christina Jones is a wonderful writer…” 

Jill Mansell

 

*

 

“Read it on a wet and windy winter’s day with a mug of hot chocolate in front of a roaring fire, and you’ll soon be warm inside and out…”

News of the World

 

*

 

“The H.E Bates of our time…the same earthy, bucolic charm…”

Katie Fforde, The Independent’s Top 50 recommended books

 

*

 

“The Vicar of Dibley goes pagan…”

The Scotsman

 

*

 

“… a fabulous story of friendship and eccentric local traditions…” 

The Times

 

*

 

“… bubbles with more joy than a magnum of champagne…”

Peterborough Evening Telegraph

 

*

 

“…chick-lit with a magical twist…”

HEAT Top Ten books

 

*

 

“…warm and witty… a magical read…”

Mango

 

*

 

“… a spell-binding read…” Coventry Evening Telegraph

 

*

 

“… warm and enchanting…” Derby Evening Telegraph

 

*

 

“… a delightful country romp…” 

World Books

 

*

 

“… seductively satisfying…’ Lovereading.co.uk

 

*

 

“…funny, romantic… a lively romp through rural England.”

New Woman

 

*

 

“… a working class Jilly Cooper…” 

The Mirror

 

*

 

“Unputdownable…”

Company

After nearly 25 years of marriage, Rosie’s life seems to be falling apart. Her husband, Leon, tells her he’s leaving her, her three children are very unhappy and unsettled, and even her beloved home, Honeysuckle House, is at risk. Without Leon and the painful disruption to everyone’s lives, the family is also finding it hard to cope with the running of the family restaurant, Cookery Nook. However, although Rosie could never have imagined it, Leon’s leaving isn’t the end, but a new beginning for everyone…

HONEYSUCKLE HOUSE

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Honeysuckle House

Bob and Amy Phillips and their four grown-up children run Lavender Cabs in the small Berkshire market town of Appleford. Everyone is involved. The business has grown – through three generations – into a thriving taxi and garage business. But when Bob is taken ill, he and Amy decide to retire to Devon, but to do this they would have to sell the business which would throw the entire family’s lives into turmoil…

LAVENDER LANE

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Lavender Lane

It’s the summer of 1969, an exciting time of music and fashion, peace and love. However, the Swinging Sixties appear to have by-passed the village of Ashcote. Seventeen-year-old Clemmie is thinking only of her A-levels, gaining a place at university and the long hot days stretching ahead. But when she meets the gorgeous Lewis Coleman-Beck, Clemmie’s life changes in a split second and she’s plunged, head-over-heels, into her very own Summer of Love.

SUMMER OF LOVE

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After a heartbreaking deception, Stephanie Gibson decides to move to the south coast and work as a nanny for the large and scatty Matthews family. They’re friendly and eccentric and Stephanie soon settles in. However, when she finds herself falling in love again, spectres from the past loom up.

FOREVER AUTUMN

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Maddy Beckett lives in the horse-racing village of Milton St John. Recovered from a disastrous love-affair and running her own small business, she’s happy being single until she meets and falls for the gorgeous Drew Fitzgerald. Everything about Drew is perfect – until his cool and impossibly elegant wife appears on the scene. Maddy loves Drew, but doesn’t know if she loves him enough to become “the other woman”? Morally, it’s out of the question, but physically …?

 

Has their relationship got what it takes to go the distance …?

GOING THE DISTANCE

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Going the Distance

Georgia Drummond and her grandmother, Cecilia, run a small but successful transport company. When gorgeous Rory Faulkner walks into her life – both personally and professionally – Georgia is delighted. Then things start to go very wrong: the business loses clients and a series of accidents looks more and more suspicious. Is there any connection between Rory’s arrival and the problems? Is Rory who he claims to be? And is Georgia prepared to lose the man she loves and run the risk to find out?

RUNNING THE RISK

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Running the Risk

Nell Bradley’s family all work flat-out to keep Bradleys’ Mammoth Fun Fair in business. They’re expecting her to take the traditional showman’s route and make a suitable match with Ross Percival, who, with his state-of-the-art hydraulic touring rides, will bring traditional Bradleys into the twenty-first century.

 

But Nell doesn’t love Ross, and still harbours dreams of an old-fashioned steam funfair, so when she discovers a dilapidated antique roundabout with carved horses for sale, she buys it and arranges to have it renovated without her family’s knowledge.

 

But what she hadn’t realised is that the horses come with their own very sexy restorer…

STEALING THE SHOW

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Jemima Carlisle’s father lost their home, their money, and even her mother through his gambling addiction, so it’s hardly surprising that his daughter hates everything to do with horseracing with a passion.

 

Opening a bookshop in Milton St John, a village right in the middle of all the biggest race training yards in the country, isn’t the brightest thing she’s ever done. The bookshop suddenly becoming the focus for village intrigue doesn’t exactly help matters, but when Jemima falls for jump jockey and lady-killer Charlie Somerset, she quickly learns that jumping to conclusions is bound to end in disaster …

JUMPING TO CONCLUSIONS

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Billie Pascoe is determined to escape from her past mistakes, her present job, and her very uncertain future. Attempting to flee her problems, she opens a warehouse on the edge of a run-down air field – despite not knowing a thing about how to run a business. Her status as the world’s biggest areophobe doesn’t help either, but the biggest problem of all takes the form of Jonah Sullivan, the gorgeous pilot and plane-owner who walks into her life at the worst possible moment. Billie soon discovers exactly what Jonah has in mind for her warehouse – and while she’s not exactly sold by the idea of becoming a wing-walker, she soon learns how far her courage extends for love...

WALKING ON AIR

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When Jasmine’s beloved grandfather Benny dies, she is left a strange bequest in his will – his bookie’s pitch at Ampney Crucis dog racing stadium. Despite the disgust of her snobbish parents, Jasmine is determined to make a go of the business in Benny’s memory. Together with some friends, she takes on the decrepit old stadium, aiming to make it the best in the country.

 

In London, single mum April dreams of the day when her daughter’s artist dad will come back to them, meanwhile working all hours for the dodgy Gillespie family. When April helps collect a debt for the Gillespies, she is left with a payment of her own – a manic greyhound named Cair Paravel – but her landlord’s not going to like that …

 

Speaking of greyhounds, the prestigious Frobisher’s trophy is up for grabs, and the Gillespies will seemingly stop at nothing to have the race held at their own stadium – but down in Dorset, Jasmine and her friends are determined to have it at Ampney Crucis …

 

A story of love, heartbreak, and happiness, as two determined young women work against the odds.

NOTHING TO LOSE

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Posy has been dumped by her long-time boyfriend. Lola has lost her job and her home. The village of Steeple Fritton appears to be their only salvation and they'll have to utilise their assets or go under. But when the assets are a showman’s traction engine, an ailing pub and a village full of eccentrics, the new life plan is not immediately obvious to either of them. Then Flynn and Ellis arrive – and things go from the sublime to the ridiculous…

TICKLED PINK

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Hubble bubble, toil and trouble, Casserole burn and intrigues double 'Mitzi Blessing is on the scrapheap: forced into a very early retirement, a lifetime of organising the church flower rota and making cricket teas seems to loom gloomily ahead of her. With her two daughters seemingly happily settled, Mitzi is determined not to dwindle quietly into serene old age and sets about organising and revitalising Hazy Hassocks, the small rural community she has lived in all her life. However, with the discovery of her grandmother's cookery book in the attic,life for Mitzi and her friends and family starts to get very interesting. Full of old-fashioned recipes with enchanting names like Wishes Come True Pie, Mischief Night Cake, and Powers of Persuasion Pudding - Granny's dishes provide a nourishing meal, but they also seem to have some very surprising side effects indeed.

HUBBLE BUBBLE

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When city-girl Amber arrives to spend the summer in a small village, the only stars she recognises are the ones she reads about in her glossy celeb magazines. So she is stunned to find herself surrounded by a new neighbours who organise their entire lives around constellation customs and the astral calendar. More scarily, Amber finds that the villagers actually believe that the stars and moon can work magic. Amber remains loudly sceptical, but as she's grown very fond of her new friends - especially the gorgeously enigmatic Lewis - and assuming that it's all a bit of harmless fun, she hurls herself into the star-ceremonies and moon-myths on the grounds that if you can't beat 'em, join 'em and any excuse for a party. But when, as result of one of Amber's half-hearted celestial incantations, something totally inexplicable happens, she begins to wonder if maybe, just maybe, there's more to magic than meets the eye...

SEEING STARS

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‘A fun read for dull January evenings.’

THE SUN

 

*

 

‘feisty tale of friendship and laughter, loyalty and love…engaging’

THE TIMES

 

*

 

‘Bloody good read…Funny, romantic book…a lively romp through rural England’

NEW WOMAN

 

*

 

“As cosy as a goose-down duvet and bursting with sparkle and joy… Christina Jones is a wonderful writer…” 

Jill Mansell

 

*

 

“Read it on a wet and windy winter’s day with a mug of hot chocolate in front of a roaring fire, and you’ll soon be warm inside and out…”

News of the World

 

*

 

“The H.E Bates of our time…the same earthy, bucolic charm…”

Katie Fforde, The Independent’s Top 50 recommended books

 

*

 

“The Vicar of Dibley goes pagan…”

The Scotsman

 

*

 

“… a fabulous story of friendship and eccentric local traditions…” 

The Times

 

*

 

“… bubbles with more joy than a magnum of champagne…”

Peterborough Evening Telegraph

 

*

 

“…chick-lit with a magical twist…”

HEAT Top Ten books

 

*

 

“…warm and witty… a magical read…”

Mango

 

*

 

“… a spell-binding read…” Coventry Evening Telegraph

 

*

 

“… warm and enchanting…” Derby Evening Telegraph

 

*

 

“… a delightful country romp…” 

World Books

 

*

 

“… seductively satisfying…’ Lovereading.co.uk

 

*

 

“…funny, romantic… a lively romp through rural England.”

New Woman

 

*

 

“… a working class Jilly Cooper…” 

The Mirror

 

*

 

“Unputdownable…”

Company

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When aromatherapist Sukie Ambrose starts using her cottage garden as inspiration - and raw ingredients - for her products, she thinks she's just hit on a good way of saving money while offering her clients a way of de-stressing and relaxation.

 

However, Sukie lives in a village where strange things have been known to happen. She discovers that her new improved lotions and potions are making her massages distinctly magical - and producing more star-crossed lovers than Shakespeare could ever dream of...

 

LOVE POTIONS

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Clemmie has a problem - she's had almost as many jobs as she's had birthdays and her lovelife is on the critical list. But with the big 3-0 looming she's determined to transform herself from unemployed singleton to loved-up success. Trouble is Clemmie's dream job would be working for local entrepreneur Guy Devlin, owner of the famous pyrotechnics company, The Gunpowder Plot. He'd also be high on her list of candidates for significant other too. But Guy has a whole veritable cargo hold of baggage - avaricious ex-wife, a host of monster ex-step children. He's not even looking for an assistant. And if he was a quirky amateur firework maker with a penchant for cream cakes and big explosions wouldn't be high on his list.

 

HEAVEN SENT

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On midsummer's day, Phoebe Bowler - star-sign demon - should have returned home an ecstatically happy new bride. Instead, she's been jilted at the altar. In need of sympathy, perhaps she could turn to her neighbour, the dishy Rocky Lancaster? But with problems of his own he's turned into Mr Grumpy and wants to be left alone.

 

That is until Essie Rivers arrives on the scene, and then Phoebe and Rocky's paths seem destined to collide with a very big bump. Essie knows far more about astrology, personolgy, numerology - any 'ology' you care to mention - than Phoebe has ever heard of. But it is the secret magic of 'birthday-ology' that catches Phoebe's eye. Can she really use a birthday to find a perfect match or to set her and Rocky back on the path to happiness? Phoebe thinks so, but that's when things start to go really wrong...

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

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For Cleo Moon, some things just never go according to plan...

 

Newly single and unemployed, Cleo Moon ups sticks and moves to the gloriously rustic hamlet of Lovers Knot. With its host of mad but delightful neighbours, she very soon feels at home, especially when she finds The Most Beautiful Boy in the World slumped on her doorstep - the drop-dead-gorgeous and achingly-upper-class Dylan Maguire.

 

But when she is given the taxing task of organising the annual Harvest shindig, things become a little more complicated for Cleo. Dusting off an old book on winemaking she decides to concoct a new harvest tipple, and by the time she's uncorked the first bottle, nothing in Lovers Knot will ever be the same again...

 

MOONSHINE

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Cooking seemed like the perfect distraction - until a delicious chef was thrown in the mix . . .

 

Escaping from corporate city life into the heart of the Berkshire countryside, Ella Maloney hopes to find rural tranquillity and a chance to sort out the problems in her long-term relationship. On arriving, she realises tranquillity is in short supply, but welcomes the distraction her chaotic new life offers - until she meets devastatingly gorgeous, but equally attached, chef Ash Lawrence, and realises that he's maybe one distraction too many.

And when Ella's favourite top-rated TV cookery programme - Dewberry's Dinners - comes looking for a venue to film their latest show, she pulls out all the culinary stops in an attempt to keep her mind on the task in hand (and not on the sexy Ash), but it's hard to keep your head when all around you people are losing theirs . . .

 

 

THE WAY TO A WOMAN'S HEART

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It looks, Frankie thought happily to herself, like a proper fabulous frock shop!

 

Francesca Meredith has always had a penchant for vintage dresses. So when she inherits a retro dress shop in the quaint Berkshire village of Kingston Dapple, it's better than winning the lottery. Life is just perfect for Frankie, but it's about to get complicated when she sees a masculine vision setting up shop outside her door - heart-throb florist Dexter Valentine.

 

As Frankie tries her best to make 'Francesca's Fabulous Frocks' into a success, Dexter's philandering proves the ultimate distraction. That is, until the village medium insists that Frankie's shop is haunted and Frankie starts witnessing some very strange shenanigans.

 

Will Dexter think she's crazy? Will Frankie's terribly ordinary life return to normal ever again? Does she even want it to. . .?

 

 

 

NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE

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Life simply couldn't be better for Erin Boswell. At twenty-seven, she is engaged to the simply divine Jay Keskar - and every minute of her day currently revolves around planning the wedding of her dreams. Until, that is, Jay's parents announce that they want to 'discuss' things - and this is when Erin's wedding heaven turns into her wedding hell . . .

 

Tavish and Deena are Indian and have very firm beliefs about the form of wedding their only son should have. Of course, they say, Erin will be wearing a sari. And of course all the Indian pre-wedding ritual ceremonies - including tilak, mehendi, sangeet - will be observed.

 

As Bollywood comes to Berkshire, can East eventually meet West in perfect harmony? And if not, will Erin and Jay's dream wedding even take place?

AN ENORMOUSLY ENGLISH MONSOON WEDDING

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