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Fans of award-winning author Sue Moorcroft are in luck as copies of her new book ONE SUMMER IN ITALY hit the shelves. Published in paperback, ebook and audio by Avon today, ONE SUMMER IN ITALY follows Sofia as she travels to a quiet Italian village after her father’s death, uncovering family secrets along the way. It’s the perfect romance to get swept up in this summer!

When Sofia Bianchi’s father Aldo dies, it makes her stop and look at things afresh. Having been his carer for so many years, she knows it’s time to live her own life – and to fulfil some promises she made to Aldo in his final days.

So there’s nothing for it but to escape to Italy’s Umbrian mountains where, tucked away in a sleepy Italian village, lie plenty of family secrets waiting to be discovered. There, Sofia also finds Amy who is desperately trying to find her way in life after discovering her dad isn’t her biological father.

Sofia sets about helping Amy through this difficult time, but it’s the handsome Levi who proves to be the biggest distraction for Sofia, as her new life starts to take off…

Award-winning author Sue Moorcroft writes contemporary women’s fiction with richly textured themes. She’s won a Readers’ Best Romantic Read Award and been nominated for others. Sue’s dazzling summer romance JUST FOR THE HOLIDAYS was shortlisted for the RoNA Romantic Novel Awards 2018 for Best Contemporary Novel. In 2016, her festive novel THE CHRISTMAS PROMISE was a Kindle No.1 bestseller and THE LITTLE VILLAGE CHRISTMAS reached No.6 in the Sunday Times bestseller charts.

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Praise for Sue Moorcroft:

‘I love all of Sue Moorcroft’s books!’ — Katie Fforde

'A perfect page-turner when soaking up the sun' — Asda Magazine

‘Sue’s gift for description and characters and a well-paced, funny yet tender plot makes this the idea holiday read.’ — My Weekly


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Saga readers will lose themselves in the moving new novel by Beryl Matthews, WHEN MIDNIGHT COMES, published in hardback and ebook today by Allison & Busby. A grieving young woman finds solace in the unruly horses on a wealthy estate, but has to prove her worth to keep a position usually held by men. The paperback edition is set to follow in September.

1856. Christine Banner is alone after her father’s death. Determined to make her own way in the world, she stumbles onto an estate in the New Forest where she finds work that she loves. However, when the future looks uncertain, Christine’s skill at handling some of the large and difficult war horses shines through and captures the attention of the son of the estate owner. In the face of grief, sadness and disappointment, Christine’s intelligence and strength will be tested until she finds the place she can truly call home.

Since retiring, Beryl Matthews has pursued her ambition to become an author. Writing prolifically, she has published a novel nearly every year since 2002. Her first novel, THE OPEN DOOR was published by Penguin when she was 71.

Praise for Beryl Matthews:

‘A charming, feel-good story that’s as satisfying as hot cocoa and a warm fire on a cold winter’s day.’ — Booklist

‘An entertaining and well-paced read. Beryl Matthews provides an appealing young heroine and heart-warming tale.’ — The Historical Novel Society

‘A delightful story with the assured touch of a born story teller.  I couldn't put it down.’ — Barbara Erskine

‘Catherine Cookson fans will love this.’ — Woman’s Own


TEMPLAR SILKS by Elizabeth Chadwick published today by Sphere

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Elizabeth Chadwick’s glorious new adventure is published today by Sphere in hardback, ebook and audiobook, narrated by Jonathan Keeble. TEMPLAR SILKS marks an exciting return to the character of William Marshal, England’s greatest medieval knight, following him across continents, from England to Jerusalem, as from his deathbed he recalls a crucial journey to the Holy City, and the peril and heartbreak he found there.

William Marshal was an Anglo-Norman soldier and statesman who served five English kings, eulogised by Stephen Langton as the ‘best knight that ever lived’. Elizabeth Chadwick’s novels about him are widely praised, and her vivid depiction of this extraordinary man in books like THE GREATEST KNIGHT has made him one of her best-loved characters. Fulfilling a vow he had made while on crusade – the subject of this thrilling new novel – William Marshal was invested into the order of the Knights Templar on his deathbed in1219. He was buried in the Temple Church in London, where his tomb can still be seen.

Elizabeth Chadwick’s bestselling standalones THE GREATEST KNIGHT and THE SCARLET LION also feature this compelling historical figure, while characters around William feature in other novels – among them his father John Marshal in A PLACE BEYOND COURAGE and his daughter Mahelt (also called Maud) in TO DEFY A KING, which won the Romantic Novelists’ Association Historical Novel of the Year Award in 2011.

US rights to TEMPLAR SILKS have been sold to Shana Drehs of Sourcebooks, with German rights going to Blanvalet and Czech rights to Euromedia, with option publishers elsewhere including Portugal, Poland, Russia and Latvia. Her work is published in 24 languages and has sold more than a million copies in the UK alone.

A sacred promise. A perilous journey. A deadly entanglement.

Lying on his deathbed, William Marshal, regent of England, sends a trusted friend on a journey to bring him the silk Templar burial shrouds that he has kept hidden since returning from the Holy Land thirty years ago.  It is time to fulfil his Templar vows and become one of their order for eternity.

While he waits, William vividly recalls his long-ago pilgrimage to Jerusalem with his brother Ancel, and their sacred mission to bear the cloak of their dead young lord to Christ's tomb in the church of the Holy Sepulchre. Their journey is fraught with uncertainty and danger, but it is in Jerusalem, the holiest and most dangerous of cities, that William becomes entangled with the mercurial Paschia de Riveri, concubine of the highest churchman in the land. He has travelled a long and risky road to save his soul, but now the greatest danger he faces is losing his heart.

Elizabeth Chadwick won a Betty Trask Award for THE WILD HUNT, her first novel, and has been shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists' Award several times, winning in 2011 for TO DEFY A KING. THE SCARLET LION was selected by Historical Novel Society founder Richard Lee as one of his 'Ten Landmark Historical Novels of the Last Decade'.

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‘A great example of historical fiction done well… brilliantly written…the whole story sits together with ease with a real feeling of authenticity…This book feels like a fair representation of a man who is remembered as the backbone of early English history.’ — The Bookbag

‘Nobody in my opinion brings the medieval world to life in full colour like Elizabeth Chadwick…a gloriously exciting depiction of some of medieval Europe’s danger spots, where peril lay around almost every corner and in every town…Elizabeth Chadwick has such a gift in the way she surrounds her reader in the past.’ — For Winter Nights 

Praise for Elizabeth Chadwick:

‘This is historical fiction at its best.’ — The Bookseller

‘An author who makes historical fiction come gloriously alive.’ —The Times

‘Picking up an Elizabeth Chadwick novel is like having a Bentley draw up at your door: you know you are in for a sumptuous ride.’ — Daily Telegraph

‘I rank Elizabeth Chadwick with such historical novelist stars as Dorothy Dunnett and Anya Seton.’ – Sharon Kay Penman

‘One of Elizabeth Chadwick’s strengths is her stunning grasp of historical detail…Her characters are beguiling and the story is intriguing and very enjoyable.’ — Barbara Erskine