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About Belinda Alexandra
Belinda Alexandra is the author of nine bestselling novels and a non-fiction book about women and cats, The Divine Feline. She has been published around the world, including in the United States, Spain, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Turkey, Hungary and Poland. She is the daughter of a Russian mother and an Australian father. Belinda is the patron of the World League for the Protection of Animals, Australia, and lives in Sydney with her three rescue cats, Valentino, Versace and Gucci, and a garden full of interesting wildlife. In her free time, she enjoys flamenco and belly dancing and attempting to wrap her tongue around foreign languages.
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In a small town, everyone is watching ... Secrets, scandal and betrayal in 1950s small town Australia: the stunning new novel from bestseller Belinda Alexandra
She had thought Shipwreck Bay was simply a remote town where people were bored senseless with their little lives. Now she saw its virtuous facade hid something darker, more sinister.
Rebecca Wood takes the role as postmistress in a sleepy seaside town, desperate for anonymity after a scandal in Sydney. But she is confronted almost at once by a disturbing discovery - her predecessor committed suicide.
To add to her worries, her hopes for a quiet life are soon threatened by the attentions of the dashing local doctor, the unsettling presence of a violent whaling captain and a corrupt shire secretary, as well as the watchful eyes of the town's gossips. Yet in spite of herself she is drawn to the enigmatic resident of the house on the clifftop, rumoured to have been a Nazi spy.
Against the backdrop of the turbulent sea, Rebecca is soon caught up in the dangerous mysteries that lie behind Shipwreck Bay's respectable net curtains.
'This intriguing mystery with its gothic undertones, its salute to Du Maurier's Rebecca, and its melange of colourful characters will have readers racing through the pages, trying to piece together the puzzles that have long haunted Shipwreck Bay. They'll also be cheering for main character Rebecca as she struggles against the societal norms of 1950s Australia, fighting to be true to her unconventional self, and to forgive herself - and to perhaps even find happiness.' Natasha Lester, bestselling author of The Paris Secret
The beloved debut novel from one of Australia's foremost storytellers. Epic and passionate, White Gardenia will sweep you away ...
'Mama, Mama,' I said to myself, 'keep safe. You will survive, and I will survive, until we can find each other again.'
In a district of the city of Harbin, a haven for White Russian families since Russia's Communist revolution, Alina Kozlova must make a heartbreaking decision if her only child, Anya, is to survive the final days of World War II.
White Gardenia sweeps across cultures and continents, from the glamorous nightclubs of Shanghai to the harshness of Cold War Soviet Russia in the 1960s, from a desolate island in the Pacific Ocean to a new life in post-war Australia. Both mother and daughter must make sacrifices, but is the price too high? Most importantly of all, will they ever find each other again?
Rich in incident and historical detail, this is a compelling and beautifully written tale about yearning and forgiveness.
PRAISE FOR WHITE GARDENIA:
'Depicts vividly the powerful lifelong bond between mothers and daughters' - Paullina Simons 'Captivating' - Daily Telegraph
'A passionate and powerful family saga' - Australian Women's Weekly
A love greater than war. A beautiful woman lost. A mystery unsolved ... until now. The epic new saga from one of Australia's best loved storytellers.
2000: the wreckage of a downed WWII fighter plane is discovered in the forests near Russia's Ukrainian border. the aircraft belonged to Natalya Azarova, ace pilot and pin-up girl for Soviet propaganda, but the question of her fate remains unanswered. Was she a German spy who faked her own death, as the Kremlin claims? Her lover, Valentin Orlov, now a highly-decorated general, refuses to believe it.
Lily, a young Australian woman, has moved to Moscow to escape from tragedy. She becomes fascinated by the story of Natalya, and when she meets an elderly woman who claims to know the truth behind the rumours, Lily is drawn deeper into the mystery.
From the pomp and purges of Stalin's Russia through the horrors of war and beyond - secrets and lies, enduring love and terrible betrayal, sacrifice and redemption all combine in this sweeping saga from Belinda Alexandra.
A big, luscious, can't-put-it-down saga from bestseller Belinda Alexandra, a story of tragedy, romance and mystery, set against the beauty of Florence in the terrifying years of Mussolini.
A tale of sacrifice and reward, of beauty and horror ... and of redemption.
A mysterious stranger known as 'the Wolf' leaves an infant with the sisters of Santo Spirito. A tiny silver key hidden in her wrappings is the one clue to the child's identity ...
When Rosa turns fifteen, she must leave the nuns who have raised her and become governess to the daughter of an aristocrat and his strange, frightening wife. their house is elegant but cursed, and Rosa - blessed with gifts beyond her considerable musical talents - is torn between her desire to know the truth and her fear of its repercussions. Meanwhile, the hand of Fascism curls around beautiful Italy, threatening her citizens.
In the face of unimaginable hardship, will Rosa's intelligence, intuition and her extraordinary capacity for love be enough to ensure her survival?
PRAISE FOR TUSCAN ROSE:
'A wonderful story that had me reading until the early hours of the morning' Good Reading
'Impeccable research into the terrible times of Mussolini's Italy makes this story of sacrifice and salvation unforgettable' Woman's Day
Sometimes the ties that bind are the most dangerous of all ...
Paris, 1899. Emma Lacasse has been estranged from her older sister for nearly twenty years, since Caroline married a wealthy American and left France. So when Caroline invites Emma to help prepare her shy, young niece for her society debut, Emma is intrigued.
Caroline lives a life of unimaginable excess and opulence as one of New York's Gilded Age ultra rich and Emma is soon immersed in a world of luxury beyond her wildest dreams - a far cry from her bohemian lifestyle as a harpist and writer with her lover, Claude, in Montmartre.
Emma hopes for an emotional reunion with her only family, but instead she finds herself in the vice-like grip of her charismatic and manipulative sister. As Emma begins to question Caroline's true motives, a disaster strikes, and New York society is stripped bare - beneath the glittering exterior lies a seething nest of deceit, betrayal, moral corruption ... and perhaps even murder.
From the bestselling author of Tuscan Rose comes a mesmerising tale of two sisters and the dangers and seductions of excess.
'A heady mix of Dangerous Liaisons, Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous (a century ago) and Cinderella, The Invitation is a wildly entertaining and absorbing read that leaves you with a lot to think about.' Better Reading
An epic new novel as memorable as the scent of lavender, from one of Australia's most compelling storytellers
'Nothing is wasted, Simone. the love we give never dies.'
At fourteen, Simone Fleurier is wrenched from her home on a Provencal lavender farm and sent to work in Marseille. Her life there is hard and impoverished, but Simone discovers the music hall and a dream: to one day be a famous dancer and singer. But when war threatens, Simone makes a decision that will lead to great danger - yet ultimately prove that love, just like wild lavender, can grow in the least likely of places ...
Belinda Alexandra has created a tale of passion and courage that moves from the backstreets of Marseille to the grand music theatres of Paris, from the countryside of Provence to decadent pre-war Berlin and jazz-age New York.
Wild Lavender is a feast for the senses that will live on in the imagination long after the book is closed.
PRAISE FOR WILD LAVENDER:
'Filled with glamour, heartbreak, drama and suspense' The Age
'Rich in detail, and the story fairly rattles along' Choice magazine
A dazzling novel about two exceptional sisters, set in the Australian film world of the 1920s.
In fear for their lives after the sudden death of their mother, Adela and Klara must flee Prague to find refuge with their uncle in Australia. there, Adela becomes a film director at a time when the local industry is starting to feel the competition from Hollywood.
But while success is imminent, the issues of family and an impossible love are never far away. And ultimately dreams of the silver screen must compete with the bonds of a lifetime ...
Silver Wattle confirms Belinda Alexandra as one of our foremost storytellers. Weaving fact into inspiring fiction with great flair and imagination, this is a novel as full of hope, glamour and heartbreak as the film industry itself.
'An absorbing story of hope and despair, loyalty and love' Woman's Day
'Readers are kept on their toes ... and it's a worthwhile wait' Courier-Mail
'Keeps you involved and caring ... an engrossing read' MX
Belinda Alexandra, writer and ardent cat lover, makes no apology for celebrating the special bond between women and their cats. In The Divine Feline, she shares her own experiences with cats, describes the relationship between women and cats throughout history and solves behavioural and philosophical issues in a whimsical and practical way. Viva la cat lady!
Una fascinante historia de dos hermanas y los peligros y seducciones del exceso en una vida de lujo en el Nueva York de finales del siglo XIX.
En Gilded Age, Nueva York, el dinero lo compra todo. ¿Cuál es tu precio?
A veces los lazos que unen son los más peligrosos de todos...
París, 1899. Emma Lacasse ha estado separada de su hermana mayor durante casi veinte años, ya que Caroline se casó con un estadounidense rico y se fue de Francia. Así que cuando Emma recibe la petición de Caroline de encontrarse con ella, esto la intriga. Caroline invita a Emma a visitarla en Nueva York con una condición: Emma debe dar clases particulares a su tímida sobrina, Isadora, y ayudarla a prepararse para su debut en sociedad.
Caroline vive una vida de excesos y opulencias inimaginables como todas las millonarias de la era dorada de Nueva York, y Emma pronto se verá inmersa en un mundo de lujo más allá de sus sueños más salvajes, muy alejado de su estilo de vida bohemio como arpista y escritora con su amante, Claude, en Montmartre.
Emma espera que el encuentro con su única familia sea emotivo, pero en lugar de eso, se encuentra con los vicios de su hermana carismática y manipuladora, que se deleita con las maquinaciones de los ultra ricos. Cuando Emma comienza a cuestionar los verdaderos motivos de su hermana, se desata un desastre y la sociedad de Nueva York queda al descubierto: debajo del reluciente exterior hay un nido de engaño, traición, corrupción moral... y tal vez incluso de asesinato.
«Una mezcla de Las amistades peligrosas y La Cenicienta. Es una lectura tremendamente entretenida y absorbente que no podrás parar de leer.» Better Reading
Una conmovedora historia que se mueve entre dos grandes ciudades: Barcelona, en el período previo a la Guerra Civil, y París en la década de 1970.
Secretos, mentiras y amor se combinan en esta nueva novela de Belinda Alexandra.
En 1942, después de la invasión alemana a la Unión Soviética, se formó un escuadrón compuesto exclusivamente por mujeres. Bautizadas como las Brujas de la Noche, se convirtieron en uno de los grupos más temidos por el Ejército alemán durante la Segunda Guerra Mundial.
Año 2000. Los restos de un avión de combate de la Segunda Guerra Mundial aparecen en un bosque cerca de la frontera entre Ucrania y Rusia. El avión pertenecía a Natalia Azarova, una de las Brujas de la Noche. Pero su actual paradero sigue sin respuesta. ¿Era realmente una espía alemana que fingió su propia muerte, como afirma el Kremlin? Su amante, Valentín Orlov, ahora un general condecorado, se niega a creerlo.
Lily, una joven australiana, se traslada a Moscú en 2001. Allí descubrirá toda la verdad sobre Natalia Azarova.