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The Dream DaughterDec Dream daughter

By Diane Chamberlain

When Caroline Sears receives the news that her unborn baby girl has a heart defect, she is devastated. It is 1970 and there seems to be little that can be done. But her brother-in-law, a physicist, tells her that perhaps there is. Hunter appeared in their lives just a few years before--and his appearance was as mysterious as his past. With no family, no friends, and a background shrouded in secrets, Hunter embraced the Sears family and never looked back. Now, Hunter is telling her that something can be done about her baby's heart. Something that will shatter every preconceived notion that Caroline has. Something that will require a kind of strength and courage that Caroline never knew existed. Something that will mean a mind-bending leap of faith on Caroline's part. And all for the love of her unborn child.

Dec Then there was youThen There Was You

By Kara Isaac

Josh Tyler fronts a top-selling worship band and is in demand all over the world. But, in the past, his failed romantic relationships almost destroyed both his reputation and his family. He's determined to never risk it happening again. The last thing he needs is some American girl tipping his ordered life upside down. Especially one who despises everything he's ever worked for and manages to push every button he has.Dec Arcadia

 

Arcadia

By Di Morrissey

In the 1930s, in an isolated and beautiful corner of southern Tasmania, a new young wife arrives at her husband's secluded property, Arcadia. Stella, an artist, falls in love with Arcadia's wild, ancient forest. And when an unknown predator strikes, she is saved by an unusual protector. Two generations later, Stella's granddaughter, Sally, and her best friend, Jessica, stumble over Stella's secret life in the forest and find themselves threatened in turn. What starts as a girls' adventurous road trip becomes a hunt for the story of the past, to solve the present, and save their future.

A Simple FavourDec A Simple Favour

By Darcey Bell

A Simple Favour is a twisting free-fall ride filled with betrayal, reversal, secrets and revelations, love and loyalty. It starts with a simple favour - an ordinary kindness mothers do for one another. When her best friend, Emily, asks Stephanie to pick up her son from school she happily says yes. Their children are classmates and best friends. And five-year-olds love being together - just like she and Emily. As a widow and stay-at-home blogger mum living in suburban Connecticut, Stephanie was lonely until she met Emily, a glamorous and successful PR executive. The trouble is that Emily doesn't come back. No matter what the police say, Stephanie knows that she would never leave her son. Terrified, she reaches out to her fellow mummy bloggers. And she also reaches out to Emily's husband - just to offer her support.
What Stephanie hasn't shared is the secrets buried in a murky past.

 

Dec the keeperA Keeper

By Graham Norton

The mystery of Elizabeth Keane's father is one that has never been solved by the people of Buncarragh - not for lack of speculation. Her mother Patricia had been assumed a spinster, until she began dating a mysterious man from out of town, and within months had left Buncarragh and had married. Less than two years later, Patricia was back, with a new surname and a new baby in her arms, but no new husband by her side and unbendingly silent about her recent past. A secret she would take with her to her grave. Now, as Elizabeth returns to the village three months after her mother's funeral, bringing with her her own regrets and wounds, she finds a thin pile of ribbon-bound letters at the back of a wardrobe that may at last hold the key to her past: Dear Lonely Leinster Lady, I'm not really sure how to begin...

The Empire of Ashes
Dec empire ashes

By Anthony Ryan

For hundreds of years, the Ironship Trading Syndicate was fueled by drake blood - and protected by the Blood-blessed, those few who could drink it and wield fearsome powers. But now the very thing that sustained the corporate world threatens to destroy it. A drake of unimaginable power has risen, and it commands an army of both beasts and men. Rogue Blood-blessed Claydon Torcreek, Syndicate agent Lizanne Lethridge, and Ironship captain Corrick Hilemore, spread to disparate corners of the world, must rely upon the new powers and knowledge they have gained at great price to halt its forces - or face the end of all they know.

The 49th Mystic

By Ted DekkerDec The 49th Mystic

Some say the great mystery of how one can live in two worlds at once died with Thomas Hunter many years ago. Still others that the gateway to that greater reality was and is only the stuff of dreams. They are wrong. In the small town of Eden, Utah, a blind girl named Rachelle Matthews is about to find out just how wrong. When a procedure meant to restore Rachelle's sight goes awry, she begins to dream of another world so real that she wonders if Earth might only be a dream experienced when she falls asleep in that reality. Who is a simple blind girl to have such strange and fantastic dreams? She's the prophesied one who must find and recover five ancient seals--in both worlds--before powerful enemies destroy her. If Rachelle succeeds in her quest, peace will reign. If she fails, both worlds will forever be locked in darkness.

Dec suitcase of dreamsSuitcase of Dreams

By Tania Blanchard

After enduring the horror of Nazi Germany and the chaos of postwar occupation, Lotte Drescher and her family arrive in Australia in 1956 full of hope for a new life. It's a land of opportunity, where Lotte and her husband Erich dream of giving their children the future they have always wanted. After years of struggling to find their feet as New Australians, Erich turns his skill as a wood carver into a successful business and Lotte makes a career out of her lifelong passion, photography. The sacrifices they have made finally seem worth it until Erich's role in the trade union movement threatens to have him branded a communist and endanger their family. Then darker shadows of the past reach out to them from Germany, a world and a lifetime away. As the Vietnam War looms, an unexpected visitor forces Lotte to a turning point. Her decision will change her life forever . . . and will finally show her the true meaning of home.

  

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Blowing the Bloody Doors Off : and other lessons in lifeDec blowing the bloody

By Michael Caine

Now in his 85th year, Hollywood legend Michael Caine shares wisdom and stories from his remarkable career in this "engrossing" memoir that "shines with positive energy" 
One of our best-loved actors, Michael Caine has starred in over 100 films in his six-decade career, spanning classic movies like Alfie, Zulu, and The Italian Job to playing Alfred opposite Christian Bale's Batman.
Caine has excelled in every kind of role--with a skill that's made it look easy.
Caine knows what success takes. He's made it to the pinnacle of his profession from humble origins. But as he says, "Small parts can lead to big things. And if you keep doing things right, the stars will align when you least expect it." Still working and more beloved than ever, Caine now shares everything he's learned-and "his fans will be rewarded, as will anyone seeking an enjoyable, inspirational read"

Ed Sheeran : memories we made  Dec Ed Sheeran

By Christie Goodwin

An incredible collection of photographs of Ed Sheeran, from early, pre-fame gigs to sell-out arena tours - including never-before-seen images ... and stories charting Ed Sheeran's rise to global superstar, by long-time collaborator Christie Goodwin. Featuring a foreword and additional photo captions by Ed's father, John Sheeran.
"When I first met Ed Sheeran he was unknown and unsigned - just a young busker trying to make it big. But I could see something special in Ed. I agreed to photograph him for free to help him on his way to the top. That was the beginning of a 10-year collaboration, with the two of us crossing paths as Ed became one of the biggest stars on the planet - a story told here, through my camera. Including images and stories I'm sharing for the first time, with additional captions by Ed's father John, this is an up-close and intimate view of Ed Sheeran." Christie Goodwin"

Dec Women nowWomen now : the legacy of female suffrage

By Bronwyn Labrum

It’s 125 years since New Zealand women won the right to vote. But the battle for the right to so much else is ongoing. This first volume in the Te Papa ‘Thinking About’ series is published to mark the 125th anniversary of suffrage, and brings together provocative, insightful and energetically argued essays by 12 leading New Zealand writers and thinkers, based around objects from Te Papa’s collection."

Dec Galleries of MaorilandGalleries of Maoriland : artists, collectors and the Maori world, 1880-1910

By Roger Blackley

Galleries of Maoriland looks at Maori prehistory in Pakeha art; the enthusiasm of Pakeha and Maori for portraiture and recreations of ancient life; the trade in Maori curios; and the international exhibition of this colonial culture. By illuminating New Zealand’s artistic and ethnographic economy at the turn of the twentieth century, this book provides a new understanding of our art and our culture"

Dec lets get lostLets get lost

By Nicola McCloy

There are few things as sweet as throwing some clothes, your togs, your jandals, some good sounds and your best mate into the car and shouting "Roadie" as you leave your everyday life behind. Let’s Get Lost is a guide to the real New Zealand that few of us get a chance to explore. In its pages, you’ll pass through the sausage capital of New Zealand, take a dip in a secret lake, visit a village entirely populated by guinea pigs, share a yarn with many a local good bugger - and so much more."

Fresh start, feel good!Dec Fresh start feel good

By Nadia Lim

All recipes are under 450 calories, with a focus on packing in more vegetables and nourishing ingredients and are also lower in carbs and free of refined sugar. Recipes range from breakfasts, salads, soups, easy lunchboxes using leftovers, fast dinners (under 30 minutes), comfort food and takeaway favourites, smoothies, snacks, sides and sweet treats, and are suitable for the whole family and even entertaining. Have your cake and eat it too, with the likes of Fluffy Ricotta Pancakes, Butter Chicken Soup, Salmon and Kumara Nicoise, Chicken, Mango and Feta Pizza, Passionfruit Cheesecake Slice and Real Fruit Ice Creams. All with a lighter, healthier twist and more goodness packed in!".

Dec lafe as a novelLife as a novel : a biography of Maurice Shadbolt

By Philip Temple

 Author Philip Temple knew Maurice Shadbolt well and brings insight to his story of how Shadbolt made his mark as a writer of fiction. He also tells of Shadbolt's adventures behind the Iron Curtain; his role in anti-Vietnam War protests; his voyage to Mururoa to protest French nuclear testing. He has had unique access to Shadbolt's friends, colleagues and adversaries and an extraordinary treasure trove of letters and documents from both here and overseas in producing this absorbing book. He tells of Shadbolt's close friendships with guru poet James K. Baxter and leading painters such as Colin McCahon. Philip Temple also recounts Shadbolt's increasingly fraught personal life. By the age of 40, he had been married twice and fathered five children and been involved in numerous affairs. It is a fascinating tale about a man who became New Zealand's most well known and controversial author.

Topp country : a culinary journey through New Zealand with the Topp TwinsDec toppcountry

By Arani Cuthbert

Well-loved New Zealand entertainers, Dames Lynda and Jools Topp go on a culinary journey around New Zealand meeting passionate food producers, home cooks and lovers of life. Based on the first two series of their award-winning TV series, the Topp Twins bring us tales from the countryside through the universal pleasure of food and love. Their deep love for the land and its people is interwoven with inspiring stories, poems and 75 recipes including closely guarded family secrets. The Twins' diverse appeal is reflected in the people they meet: from free-ranging pig farmers in the deep rural south to urban taco-trucking hipsters.
As they travel around New Zealand they discover a land full of top tucker and great yarns. The Twins' comedy characters, Camp Mother and Camp Leader, present Saucy Tips, while the Bowling Ladies share recipes and tips for their retro but ever-popular Tasty Treats. Rural Blokes, the Kens, have penned poems celebrating the country lifestyle and what it means to be a Kiwi, in love with our land and its bounty.

 

Updated 06/12/2018