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The Cooking School on the Bay

Nobody's perfect are they? Rebecca Loughton's made a few cock-ups along the way. Of course, these wouldn't be so glaringly obvious if it wasn't for her golden-haired older sister, Jennifer.
A humorous romp about the misperceptions and rivalries between two sisters in a novel that transports you to the gorgeous, New Zealand coastal town of Akaroa.


Second Hand Jane

Will the name inscribed in a children's storybook lead Jane to her happy ever after?
This bestselling Amazon book takes you on a delightful journey into Northern Ireland's past in this romantic & humour filled, happy ever after tale.

Staying at Eleni's

By fulfilling her late sister's dream, Annie Rivers is about to embark on a life-changing journey.
Pack your bags and travel to the Greek Islands in this gorgeous, sun-drenched story about love, loss and finding where you belong.

Second Hand Jane

This is the story of a girl who loves all things vintage, a pig farmer and how the runt of the litter, Wilbur saved the day…


All would be good in Jess’s world if it weren’t for her meddling mum, who views her daughter’s life as a newspaper columnist in Dublin a mere stop-gap until Mr Right happens along. She thinks he might just have turned up when her daughter meets the delectable Nick. Then, an idea for her column takes Jess away from Nick to Ireland’s north where she tries to unravel the long-buried story of a surly farmer with a tragic past. With help from a little pig, Jess is about to lay the ghosts of his family to rest and learn that first impressions aren’t always what they seem.


As her love life becomes increasingly tangled, Jess’s mum decides it’s time she sorted things out and suddenly Jess’s happy ending looks as likely as Wilbur flying.

The Cooking School on the Bay

Tucked away in a small, seaside village is a cooking school where there’s a lot more going on than learning how to filet a salmon…

Rebecca Loughton’s bumbled her way through her thirty-something years making a few cock-ups along the way. Of course, these wouldn’t be so obvious if it wasn’t for her golden haired, older sister Jennifer.

In a bid to escape Jennifer’s lengthy shadow and to find her happy ever after Rebecca, high-tails it out of her hometown of Christchurch to the other side of the world landing a legal secretary job in the buzzing city of Dublin. A few drinks later, all she has to show for her new life is an embarrassing one-night stand and a dollop of flirtatious banter with her boss Ciaran, who just happens to have a predatory receptionist in hot pursuit of him.

Amidst plans of preventing such a merger, Rebecca receives news that Jennifer’s picture perfect life has a big, fat crack down the middle of it in the form of a philandering husband. Summoned home to look after her sister’s children and cooking school while she works on her marriage, Rebecca finds the reality of looking after two young children along with the bizarre array of guests booked into the cooking school grim. The only bright spot on her horizon are Ciaran’s e-mails but then she meets David Seagar whom she thinks might just be the ending to her happy ever after but will he prove to be far from perfect too?

Staying at Eleni's

One minute you’re trying to live the suburban dream and the next minute you’re living the dream in…the Greek Islands.

Sometimes life doesn’t go to plan. Take Annie’s for instance. Her fiancé won’t commit to setting a date and the zipper of her dream dress won’t quite do up. Her cat’s just died and her best friend, Carl thinks getting married will be the biggest mistake of her life. Annie’s had enough and when her Greek pen pal invites her to come and stay at the family guesthouse on the island of Crete, she wings her way over.

Under Crete’s brilliant blue skies Annie’s about to discover that sometimes you have to let go of the future you thought you had mapped out and let your life make a map all of its own.

Join Annie and her best friend Carl on this humor filled treat to the Greek Islands.

The Traveller's Daughter

A secret hidden for fifty years is about to be brought to light in Michelle Vernal's dazzling new novel The Traveller's Daughter!

Her mother's secret...

For fifty years Rosa kept the secrets of her past hidden from her beloved daughter, Kitty. The hurt and pain, the guilt over what she'd done, was something she could never face. But now the time has come to share the truth of Kitty's heritage...

Her daughter's discovery...

Kitty never knew anything about her mother's early life. But after her death, the discovery of Rosa's journal opens Kitty's eyes to a whole new world-a family she's never known and a love she's never dreamed of...

The fate of a family...

Now Kitty must travel to her mother's homeland, but after fifty years, can the sins of the past be forgiven? Or will history repeat itself? With a decades-old family feud threatening her future, can Kitty put right what once went so wrong?

Join Kitty as she follows in her mother's footsteps from the South of France to Ireland, discovering who she is along the way in this beautiful tale of forbidden love and fancy cupcakes!

Sweet Home Summer
Paperback now in NZ stores

Sometimes, home really is where the heart is…

Leaving behind her hi-flying career in London, Isla Brookes has had enough. Burnt out and tired of an unfulfilling profession and lousy boyfriends, it’s time for her to go home.

Arriving back in cosy Bibury to stay with her grandmother, Bridget, everything is charmingly familiar. Even her childhood sweetheart, Ben, is as handsome as she remembered…

And when she discovers a stack of long-forgotten Valentine’s Day cards, Isla, with the help of Ben, begins to realise exactly what is most important in life.

When We Say Goodbye

Can you love when all seems lost?

Ellie Perkins life was right on track until her boyfriend Sam suffers a near-fatal car accident, leaving him in a coma and all their future plans in limbo.

Desperately in need of something to fix, Ellie has to find a project and when her grandparents' old house is put up for sale, she jumps at the chance. Because, like Ellie, the house is broken. And if she can fix the house, then surely, it's just a matter of time before she and Sam are back on their path to happily-ever-after...

In life, when the worst happens how do you pick up the pieces?

A heart-breaking story of love, loss and the path to forgiveness, perfect for fans of Faith Hogan and Amanda Prowse. To be read with tissues

The Dancer

A fateful choice. A staggering discovery. Is closure and healing finally within her grasp?


Former dancer Veronica Stanley feels trapped in a midlife crisis. Still mourning the baby given up for adoption, she struggles to forgive herself for that long-ago decision. But when her ill mother shares a shocking secret, the choices she made and the underlying reasons behind them become heartbreakingly clear.


Searching for answers to help ease the pain, Veronica uncovers family history that casts everything in a fresh light. But one more earth-shattering revelation is about to arrive in the post…


Can Veronica make peace with the past and embrace a fulfilling future?


The Dancer is a heartwarming women’s fiction novel. If you like engaging characters, complex dynamics, and hopeful journeys, then you’ll love Michelle Vernal’s beautiful story.



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