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About Melissa Hill
Melissa Hill is a USA Today and international bestselling author living in Ireland’s beautiful County Wicklow. Her page-turning contemporary novels of families, friendship and romance are published worldwide and have been translated into twenty-five languages.
She is the author of Irish Times bestsellers The Summer Villa, The Charm Bracelet, Something from Tiffany’s & more.
Her novel A Gift to Remember has been adapted for TV by Hallmark Channel USA, along with a sequel, Cherished Memories.
The Charm Bracelet has also been made into a film in the USA and multiple other titles are in development for movies and TV.
For more info, visit her website at www.melissahill.ie
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Torn apart by grief, can two sisters rediscover joy in the memory of their mother’s love?
Romy Moore has always cherished the warm embrace of her family home in the foothills of the Dublin Mountains—a welcome escape from life on the lower rungs of the London career ladder. It is her mother Cathy’s encouragement that has kept Romy chasing her dreams, so when she loses her, Romy feels more adrift than ever.
Ambitious and unflappable Joanna has always been the sister with her act together, but the birth of her twin daughters and the loss of her mother changes everything. Torn between giving her children the same start in life that she had and missing her high-powered tech career in Silicon Valley, she can’t help wondering: was she right to swap ambition for family?
As the first reunion looms, Romy notices that the home that once rang with laughter now feels empty, her father a passing shadow and her brother brooding and silent. But when she discovers their mother has left behind some important words of wisdom as a helping hand for them to carry on without her, a glimmer of hope sparks to life. Can Cathy’s loving reminder of beautiful little family memories guide her children through the festive season—and on into a future without her?
Libby is feeling taken for granted and unappreciated. The decorating, food shopping and arrangements for the yearly family festive get-together have been left to her as usual - probably because she’s the only one of her siblings who’s still single.
Even though her boss has tasked her with a marketing presentation for an important client due the week before Christmas, her family expect her to be on call for their every domestic whim.
But when their thoughtlessness results in Libby losing her big shot at promotion, it’s the last straw.
Thoroughly fed up, she makes an impulsive decision to get away and spend the holidays on her own this year; somewhere a world away from small-town Christmas Central ...
'Doesn't get much better than this sweet and romantic page-turner' (Closer)
It's summer in the pretty Irish tourist town of Lakeview, and the community is getting ready for its busiest time of the year.
The weather is warm, the days sunny and bright and Ella, owner of The Heartbreak Cafe, is looking forward to tidying up the patio area, dusting off the outdoor seating, and welcoming the first of the summer tourists, whose arrival always manages to create some drama…
Author Sam is in Lakeview for the summer to finish his long-awaited novel. But he can't help getting distracted by the town's many charms; pretty waitress Nina in particular.
Marianne hopes that two weeks spent in the quaint tourist town might help husband Donal forget about the pressures of work. But when he ends up paying more attention to his laptop than to her, she realises something has to give.
While Grace likes the idea of spending two weeks in a pretty summer cottage by the lake, she’s not so enamoured of being there with four-old twin boys in tow. Her husband is much better at managing them, but he needs to stay on in Dublin for work. How on earth will she cope on her own?
'A jewel ... sparkling with warm yet delightfully flawed characters' (Romantic Times)
'Extra helpings of intrigue and suspense that make a Melissa Hill novel stand out from the rest' (Daily Record)
Nature photographer Hannah has just been given the assignment of her dreams; to photograph the Northern Lights for a prestigious magazine - and the promise of a regular gig if she gets the perfect shot.
As her base, she’s booked a stay at Christmas World - a holiday village famed for its picturesque location deep in the Alaskan forest - and she can’t wait to immerse herself in magical surroundings, festive cheer, and snowy nights camped beneath the stars.
Though upon arrival, her spirits are very quickly dampened. While the winter resort might once have been a must-visit destination, it’s apparent that the place has long since seen better days, and is a million miles from the festive wonderland she’d expected.
But when a collision with a handsome husky-dog sledder results in an injured shooting arm and an enforced stay at the uninspiring location, Hannah must find a way to shoot for the stars in more way than one …
Grab a cocktail, sit back and escape to Italy...
Maia never expected to find herself widowed at forty-five. Her beloved husband died unexpectedly while restoring their nineteenth century farmhouse on a secluded hillside in Sorrento. Since his death, money is tight which is why she decides to open the farmhouse to tourists as summer accomodation.
Uncertain of her business capabilities and even more of her hospitality skills, she is thrown in at the deep end when her first bookings appear and new guests all arrive over the same week.
First there’s Jacob, an attractive New Yorker of Italian origin who has returned to the area to visit his ailing father, Amelia, a shy twenty-something Londoner who's in Sorrento for a friend’s wedding. But she seems hesitant about the details and her connection to the bridal party.
Cal and Lori have returned to Italy for their ten-year anniversary in the hope of recapturing some of the spark lost from their marriage. Can the beauty and romance of Sorrento help them rekindle their love for each other?
And will each of Maia’s summer guests find their worries eased and hearts lightened by the beauty of this magical place...
Settling back in a wooden deck chair that Jim had built when they first moved to Italy, Maia thought back over the journey that brought her to where she was today. Her husband had always said that it was necessary to enjoy this view before all other things, including a finished or renovated house.
The breeze ruffled the branches of the lemon trees around her and she felt an instant wave of calm wash over her. It was here, in this spot, drinking wine and simply relaxing, where she felt closest to him.
She had been truly devastated when he passed— had never expected to be a widow while still in her mid-forties, and the idea of being alone in a foreign country without the benefit of family or an extensive network of friends had almost set Maia running back to Ireland.
But then she realised something. Italy and the experience that she and Jim had in this country together, had been uniquely theirs - albeit a short one. Her life in Ireland had other dynamics at play—and she worried that if she went back that she may risk losing that part of Jim—that essence—that had made him so happy in the days before his heart attack.
Her sister in Dublin had told her that by staying in Italy she was pursuing an impossible dream, and living in the past.
But Maia disagreed—and instead committed herself to living the reality that her husband had always dreamed of, but sadly missed out on.
She breathed in the scent of citrus that floated around her nose and looked out over the horizon. Watching as an ocean liner made its way steadily out of the Bay of Naples and toward the open sea.
“Floating hotels Jim, that’s what you always called them wasn’t it?” she smiled, talking to the air. She laughed at the memory; he could never understand how tourists believed that this was visiting another country, taking a boat from place to place, disembarking to hit up the souvenir stalls in order to buy a fridge magnet so that they could tell the people at home that they had seen Naples or been to Sorrento.
“Do you think I’m likely to get visitors like that here?” Maia asked the sky, only to be greeted by silence. Then took a sip of her wine and paused for a moment to close her eyes and relish the fragrant bouquet that tickled her tongue.
“No,” she whispered.
"It's beginning to look a lot like ..."
Grab a mug of hot chocolate, cosy up and enjoy a gorgeous collection of heartwarming holiday reads from the Queen of Christmas - USA Today bestselling author of festive movie favourites, A GIFT TO REMEMBER, A LITTLE CHRISTMAS CHARM & more.
You're sure to find the perfect cosy read among this bumper compilation of escapist holiday novels and stories - some of which are also in development as Christmas movies!
A LOT LIKE CHRISTMAS
When two strangers mistakenly pick up the wrong piece of luggage at the airport carousel, each must use the intriguing contents within to track down the other's whereabouts in time for Christmas.
A TIFFANY'S CHRISTMAS
Naomi, a NYC TV reporter in search of a heartwarming Christmas news story, teams up with a business owner trying to find the rightful owner of an unopened Tiffany's package left behind in his cafe.
CHRISTMAS IN PARIS
When Emily decides to visit Paris at Christmas to honour the memory of her late grandmother, the City of Love offers her and old flame Patrick a second chance.
CHRISTMAS IN NEW YORK
Heartbroken Penny has shied away from life, until a Christmas visit to twinkling Manhattan helps to heal her spirits and restore her faith in people.
CHRISTMAS AT THE HEARTBREAK CAFE
When Ella's beloved local cafe is threatened with closure the week before Christmas, the close-knit Irish town rallies round to prove it has a special place in community hearts and minds.
THE NUMBER ONE IRISH TIMES BESTSELLER
‘Thoroughly enjoyable…sparkling with glamour, romance and suspense’ Anna McPartlin, bestselling author of The Last Days of Rabbit Hayes
‘If you need some escapism, this lovely read set on Italy’s Amalfi Coast is the ideal pick’ Good Housekeeping
‘This escapist read is not only packed with Italian sunshine and charming warmth, but also a strong sense of friendship’ Woman & Home
‘This wonderful literary tale of rekindled friendship will transport you to the delights of a summer in Italy’ My Weekly
‘A feel-good novel about family, friendship and love’ HELLO!
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Three women. One summer reunion. Secrets will be revealed…
Villa Dolce Vita, a rambling stone house on the Amalfi Coast, sits high above the Gulf of Naples amidst dappled lemon groves and the fragrant, tumbling bougainvillea. Kim, Colette and Annie all came to the villa in need of escape and in the process forged an unlikely friendship.
Now, years later, Kim has transformed the crumbling house into a luxury retreat and has invited her friends back for the summer to celebrate.
But as friendships are rekindled under the Italian sun, secrets buried in the past will come to light, and not everyone is happy that the three friends are reuniting… Each woman will have things to face up to if they are all to find true happiness and fully embrace the sweet life.
An epic summer read about food, friendship and the magic of Italy, perfect for fans of Jill Mansell and Sheila O’Flanagan.
The USA Today bestseller from the author of SOMETHING FROM TIFFANY'S, A GIFT TO REMEMBER and more, a heart-warming holiday romance set in New York at Christmas.
Every charm tells a story... And Holly O'Neill knows this better than most. Many years ago she was sent a bracelet with just a single charm attached. The charms have been appearing ever since, often at challenging times, as if her mysterious benefactor knows exactly when she needs a little magic in her life.
As a result, Holly's bracelet is her most prized possession. So when she finds someone else's charm bracelet, she feels she has to try to reunite it with its owner. Even if the only clues she has to follow are the charms themselves.
On a search that will take her all over New York City at Christmas, Holly becomes ever more determined to piece together the details of this other charmed life. But what she doesn't know is that her quest may also lead her somewhere she never expected ...
'Hill has put together something stylish and uplifting.' (Irish Independent )
'The kind of book you can't put down. A brilliant read' (Woman's Way )
'Wow, Melissa Hill has done it again. This was an absolutely fantastically amazing book! The writing was beautiful, the story was beautiful, the cover was beautiful . . . I could go on. 10/10' (debrasbookcafe.blogspot.co.uk )
'The book was amazing from start to finish and I loved every single page. Melissa Hill manages to keep you guessing all the way through about the charm bracelet, and the way she weaves the tale will leave you wanting more and more . . . Simply a delight to read, I loved it all.' (readerchloe.blogspot.co.uk )
'I can not recommend this book enough, I am sure this is one that you will all want on your To Be Read piles . . . A perfect little package which will pull at those heart strings.' (reabookreview.blogspot.co.uk )
'An absolutely fantastic read, and certainly one that I would recommend for all you 'old romantics' out there. 5/5'
‘If you like Jodi Picoult try Melissa Hill’ Woman and Home
Good mother or bad … who decides?
Widowed nurse Kate and mum of two Madeleine couldn’t be more different in their approaches to parenting.
Kate knows her husband’s death has made her more protective of her daughter, but she’s not going to apologise for it.
Madeleine feels there’s no such thing as a perfect mother and while her parenting style may be controversial it works for her children and that’s all that matters.
But when Madeleine makes a fateful decision that upends her own family, and has devastating consequences for Kate, suddenly the world is lining up to vilify her and she must defend every parental choice she’s ever made…
Why is she accused of being a terrible mother when all she did was try to keep her children safe?
‘Guaranteed to kick-start book club debates’
‘This emotive story will touch your heart … a thought-provoking take on an issue that is not all black and white'
Mulberry Hotel, perched on a clifftop above a sweeping bay, was once the heart and soul of pretty seaside town Mulberry Bay. Run by the Harte family for years, the place itself is almost as beloved as cheery landlady Anna.
The hotel was also once home to thirty-something sisters Eleanor and Penny, and while youngest sister Penny still lives close by, it's been some time since Elle has visited. But following a family tragedy, Elle is forced to return from her busy London life and reassess her past.
When it becomes apparent that the hotel is in dire straits, Elle and Penny are unprepared for the reaction of their father, Ned, He steadfastly refuses to give up the family legacy, revealing that he's given up something equally precious once before. Startled by their father's surprising revelation, the sisters unite, with the local community behind them, in their efforts to save the hotel - and, in the process, heal the fractures in the Harte family.
It's been two years since Ethan Greene and Gary Knowles collided one fateful evening outside Tiffany & Co on Fifth Avenue. A mix-up with their shopping bags sent each man's life on an unexpected trajectory, and now they’re back in New York where Gary and his fiancée Rachel are counting down the days until they tie the knot in the city where it all began.
As the temperature drops and snow begins to fall, the Big Apple comes alive with festive lights and potential. These charming short stories bring to life the magic of a New York winter and how it casts its spell on everyone, whether they’re looking for love or not.
In the city that never sleeps, sometimes life is just like the movies, and a little festive sparkle can spark a life-changing romance . . .
Praise for Melissa Hill:
‘Enchanting, warm and fun' Closer
'Charming' Sunday Mirror
‘Blissfully escapist’ Marie Claire