Three men are off from Coatbridge to Cucuruzzu, Italy, to do some construction work in a monastery in exchange for a holiday ('grub and a bed - that's the deal'). Some holiday it turns out to be, what with optional Mass at five in the morning, a mad monk and the salami fiasco. But even this remote and tranquil mountain cannot offer sanctuary from the past and the story of Jimmy Brogan, a wildly original, broken man. As the run up to Easter Sunday in the monastery becomes more and more farcical, so Jimmy's story builds to a chilling climax - and suddenly the past explodes into the present...
Genre: Literary Fiction Length: 254 Pages (3,353 KB) Lending: Not Enabled Added: Mar 29th, 2020
At mile marker 139 along the Ohio Turnpike, a mysterious woman named Shelley Parkinson arrives at 3:14 at the rest area every night. She sits outside at one of the picnic tables, her fragile hands clutching one cigarette after another. Troubled people swirl around her, battling their own sorrows.
Gruff old janitor Mike Popkins works third shift at the facility and has been lost since his wife died, cutting himself off from his only son and going through the motions of his job. Idealistic young Sarah Wilcox whips up drinks at the happening new coffee shop at the rest stop, but her mind whips of dreams of traveling the world and living the life her late grandpa did as he drank a coffee on all corners of the globe. Heartbroken middle-aged trucker Russ Jacobs would rather spend long hours on the road than fall in love again. They all befriend Shelley. Each one desires something different, but none of them know why she haunts the rest area.
Unexpected death, disease, and accidents ...
Genre: Literary Fiction Length: 275 Pages (1,555 KB) Lending: Not Enabled Added: Mar 29th, 2020
"Three women, three great storms, and one house, haunted by forbidden love and frustrated ambition. Get ready to be swept away by Sandovici's foray into Galveston Island's tempestuous history in this tale of lives intertwined across time. " Donna Dechen Birdwell, Author of Not Knowing
Galveston Island, Texas, September 2008
As even die-hard islanders evacuate, Katie and her parents await Hurricane Ike in their old mansion on Broadway. The house has survived many storms, even the deadly 1900 one - the greatest natural disaster to befall the United States, putting an end to Galveston's Golden Age - but some of its past inhabitants are rumored to have lost their lives in hurricanes. Katie doesn't believe the ghost stories she's heard. She is, however, afraid of the monster storm approaching. Her fear mixes with anxiety over George, her elusive boyfriend. Painting offers an escape, but Katie is as unsure of her talent as she is of her flailing relationship. The same has been true for ...
Genre: Literary Fiction Length: 329 Pages (4,042 KB) Lending: Not Enabled Added: Mar 29th, 2020
Danny's broadcasting career evolved through many muses. His first was Lulu Turan, a Lolitaish temptress who later attended a Bible college and gained fame as a TV evangelist.
Sandra Riggi was a caterer, ten years older than Danny, with a cutting New Jersey attitude and explosive temper. Their marriage faltered after a contested move from San Diego to Portland.
Phyllis Gravely -- sensitive and attractive enough with a net worth of $4.7 million -- wrote poems on themes of disappointment, betrayal, and death. Beset by demons that neither Danny nor psychotropic drugs could exorcise, she dumped him for a buff, outspoken TV station manager who promptly fired him.
Daunted by setbacks, Danny changed jobs, drank to excess, checked into alcohol rehab in Reno where he was bewitched by Natalie Belkin, a shapely blonde classmate who decided to get sober in the waiting period before her divorce from Mr. Belkin, a Kansas City thug. Danny and Natalie married, celebrated, and undid six weeks of good ...
Genre: Literary Fiction Length: 220 Pages (324 KB) Lending: Not Enabled Added: Mar 29th, 2020
'One-way journey' is the story of a first-person narrator who is diagnosed with an incurable illness. He decides to dedicate his few remaining months to make a written overview of his life, marked by unpleasant happenings (the early death of his parents, the mental disease of a close relative, a strong heartbreak, a failed marriage) but also enlightened by love, friendship, the birth of a son and the joy in many small things. In his house in the countryside, while reviewing his life, he doesn't stop wondering about its meaning and that of the whole world. And he finds a light in his readings of Physics and Cosmology, that allow him to see reality from an unsuspected perspective... and even to harbour a sense of personal hope.
This story, set in places such as Madrid, London and the Canary island of El Hierro, is an emotional and emotive reflection about the meaning of life made compatible with the rational, logical mind-set of the main character.
Genre: Literary Fiction Length: 59 Pages (2,390 KB) Lending: Not Enabled Added: Mar 29th, 2020
The wedding bells for Lorna and Tristan Blake toll doom right as the honeymoon begins with an unexpected turn in Tristan's health. While World War II winds down, Lorna receives a letter from the War Department informing her that the brother she thought killed in action is still alive. She is overjoyed, but his return will dredge up a devastating secret about their parents' tragic death -a secret that could destroy her new marriage and threaten her husband's physical and mental well-being. What unfolds is balancing act of keeping the faith and shattering the pieces of the life she's worked so hard to put back together.
Genre: Literary Fiction Length: 236 Pages (2,858 KB) Lending: Not Enabled Added: Mar 29th, 2020
Sixteen-year-old Lisa-Marie has been packed off to spend the summer with her aunt on the isolated shores of Crater Lake. She is drawn to Izzy Montgomery, a gifted trauma counsellor who is struggling through personal and professional challenges. Lisa-Marie also befriends Liam Collins, a man who goes quietly about his life trying to deal with his own secrets and guilt. The arrival of a summer renter for Izzy's guest cabin is the catalyst for change amongst Crater Lake's tight knit community. People are forced to grapple with the realities of grief and desire to discover that there are no easy choices - only shades of grey.
Genre: Literary Fiction Length: 328 Pages (1,211 KB) Lending: Not Enabled Added: Mar 29th, 2020
Harry Rechthart always knew how to laugh, but laughter can hide a lot of pain that's drowned by the bottle and good times. He grew up the joker in the early 1900s in Cleveland, Ohio, but as he enters adulthood, conflict splits him. His once close relationship with his brother, Erik, breaks as they come into their own and Erik goes off to college. No longer under Erik's shadow, Harry feels he might finally shine and make others see him as someone to be proud of. Harry finds an unlikely comrade who understands how he feels-his younger sister, Hannah. Once free of high school, Harry and Hannah double date sister and brother, Kat and Will Jones, attending wild, extravagant parties during the years of Prohibition. Harry thinks he's won at life-he's found love in Kat, in a good time, and in the bottle. But all the light goes out fast when Harry's alcoholism leads to disastrous consequences for him and Kat. Harry thinks the joke's on him now that he's sunk lower than ever. He's in jail. He's ...
Genre: Literary Fiction Length: 220 Pages (1,899 KB) Lending: Not Enabled Added: Mar 29th, 2020
The cast of characters in these short stories lead repressed and empty lives. Yet through the grotesquerie of latent violence, bad sex, drink and drug induced efforts to connect with a li fe, Dillon draws humanity out of the most unpromising circum stances.
Genre: Literary Fiction Length: 208 Pages (2,218 KB) Lending: Not Enabled Added: Mar 29th, 2020
The experiment is conducted on you, the reader. How long can you keep your compassion for these characters as you learn ever increasing facts about their past conduct. So that when you get to the last chapter you are equipped with full knowledge of who these character are and what they have done with their lives. If you still have compassion you must be a saint. And the degree to which you have compassion is the measure of your saintlyness.
It takes one to know one, we're told, and Des Dillon's painfully honest account of living with alcoholism certainly seems to bear that out. It's 20 years since the Coatbridge-born author stopped looking for solace in the bottom of a bottle, yet the words he writes on that subject are as raw and sensitive as a freshly opened wound.
The 'experiment' in question takes place largely between two brothers, Stevie and Danny. The former a recovering alcoholic, the latter living from one trip to the booze aisle at Asda to the next. Compassion also pours ...
Genre: Literary Fiction Length: 196 Pages (446 KB) Lending: Not Enabled Added: Mar 29th, 2020
This is an entertaining, lyrical love story filled with saltwater, suspense, and all the excitement of a summer by the sea...
A thirty year old woman escapes from New York City to a charming beach town on Eastern Long Island. Sandy beaches, ocean view estates and seafood restaurants make her new home an enchanting place to live. Lindsey is hoping to find inner peace after a disturbing incident shattered her confidence. Still recovering, she is stuck between the old love of her ex-boyfriend and the allure of a stranger she encounters on the bus. But will Lindsey ever be able to really trust a man again after what happened?
(This box set contains books 1-3 of the Through The Riptide series.)
Genre: Literary Fiction Length: 254 Pages (580 KB) Lending: Not Enabled Added: Mar 29th, 2020
When Billy Redmond returns to his hometown to attend his brother's funeral, he's hoping for a quick trip. No reason to stay for more than a few hours. He's been in self-imposed exile from his family after a tragedy 12 years ago. It's better this way. He can't harm people he never sees.
Billy soon finds that his family isn't better off without him, in fact he's the only one who can help them. Billy is forced to fight through his tormented past to make a better future for those he loves. He is guided on this journey by a woman from his past, who he quickly realizes was the one who got away.
For Billy, it's more than a second chance, it's his last chance to get it right.
Genre: Literary Fiction Length: 278 Pages (2,186 KB) Lending: Not Enabled Added: Mar 29th, 2020
Living together on a small farm, Hector, Lucille, and Lenard Wasp must cope with the disdain and predjudice of their local community. Treated as outsiders and shunned, life is difficult for the Wasp family as they struggle to fit in and be accepted. Adding to their struggles is the contempt they have for each other.
Genre: Literary Fiction Length: 117 Pages (426 KB) Lending: Not Enabled Added: Mar 29th, 2020
In 1898 three young girls leave a Dublin orphanage to enter a life of domestic service. They are placed in the home of Captain Charles Whitmore but soon discover that the household is in turmoil. Charles, hoping to amass a fortune, is preparing to set off on a long sea voyage, deliberately leaving his wife Georgina almost penniless to fend for herself and the servants.
Georgina, who has been desperate to break free from a life of violent marital abuse, is relieved that he will be gone for some years, but nevertheless the future is frightening.
Then help comes from an unexpected quarter. An organisation that helps women escape lives of abuse or genteel poverty makes Georgina an offer. They propose that her house should become a school designed to train such women to seek employment in the American West. The very idea is at once shocking and appealing.
Can Georgina step into the unknown and lead the women under her care into the future?
The orphan maids listen and wonder. Can they ...
Genre: Literary Fiction Length: 418 Pages (1,462 KB) Lending: Not Enabled Added: Mar 29th, 2020
The No. 1 Bestseller Fur Coat No Knickers is a hilarious, touching and outrageous tale; bound to relate to any woman
• How the hell am I supposed to give a man the silent treatment when he's the one being silent?
• My lunatic best friend has started talking to (and sleeping with) an inflatable doll called Barry...
• And as for mum - she's only been tending my recently-rehabilitated sister's cannabis bush, thinking it's a tomato plant!
Hurtling through her thirties, Tara is still yet to find her perfect man, despite gruelling efforts to transform herself into the perfect woman. Tara's prayers appear to have been answered when she miraculously falls into the arms of Travis Coleman - the famed, silver-tongued sex demon.
It would seem the years of curling, plucking, painting and waxing may have finally paid off...
However, Tara's fairy-tale soon spirals out of control when Travis inexplicably ceases all contact with her.
Distraught and desperately stumbling from one crisis ...
Genre: Literary Fiction Length: 374 Pages (2,286 KB) Lending: Not Enabled Added: Mar 29th, 2020
Hannah Rechthart is devoted to her family, but learns at an early age that family dynamics are complicated. Jealousy over losing Amy, her confidant and oldest sister, to marriage is just the beginning. She then develops a close bond with her brother, Harry. Together, they become caught up in a world of extravagant, wild parties during the pre-Depression years of Prohibition. But Hannah and Harry's relationship is forever changed when things happen. Things that threaten to tear their family apart. Hannah struggles to hold the family together. She asks herself, what remains when everything else falls away? This story is loosely based on the life of my late grandmother, a woman of immense courage, perseverance, and strength.
Genre: Literary Fiction Length: 312 Pages (1,468 KB) Lending: Not Enabled Added: Mar 29th, 2020
Violence and humour: neither is ever far away in this excellent
collection of short stories by the Coatbridge-born Des Dillon.
To prevent the deprivations suffered by his characters getting
too weighty and worthy, there's a healthy seam of humour. A lot of his stories seem to be structured like jokes, and some actually are jokes.
Genre: Literary Fiction Length: 246 Pages (434 KB) Lending: Not Enabled Added: Mar 29th, 2020
Take one female cop
Add a dash of power
Throw in a dangerous gangster
Some violent men
And a whole bunch of cannabis
Sprinkle around a small French spa town
And cook on a hot grill until the truth is revealed
The result will be scorching
In a small town in the Pyrenees, the death of a local farmer suspected of growing cannabis opens a Pandora's box of trouble.
After local police officer Danielle gets on the case, a race against time to stop the gangsters ensues.
Grass Grows in the Pyrenees is the second book in Elly Grant's Death in the Pyrenees mystery series.
Genre: Literary Fiction Length: 207 Pages (2,671 KB) Lending: Not Enabled Added: Mar 29th, 2020
Simply written. A tale involving clairvoyance and the spirit world. Liam, an unmarried property developer, is having an affair with Yolanda, the wife of Stephen, a university academic who is researching the work of psychic mediums and the possibility of life after death. All is running as smoothly as can be expected until the night of a dinner party when Stephen undertakes to explain the process of contacting the dead and produces unexpected results with far-reaching consequences. Read on...
Genre: Literary Fiction Length: 33 Pages (492 KB) Lending: Not Enabled Added: Mar 28th, 2020