Fiona McIntosh is Cosmo’s author of the month. Pick any of the titles below and join in on the group discussion. Our next meeting will be on the 22nd August at 12pm, Level 1 Wollongong Library.
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Meets: 4th Tues of the month at 12 noon
Facilitator: Ros Perry
“Alexandra Frobisher is a modern-thinking woman with hopes of a career in England’s famous chocolate-making town of York. She has received several proposals of marriage, although none of them promises that elusive extra – love. Matthew Britten-Jones is a man of charm and strong social standing. He impresses Alex and her parents with his wit and intelligence, but would an amicable union be enough for a fulfilling life together? At the end of the war, Captain Harry Blakeney discovers a dead soldier in a trench in France. In the man’s possession is a secret love note, tucked inside a tin of chocolate that had been sent to the soldiers as a gift from the people back home. In pursuit of the author of this mysterious message, Harry travels to Rowntree’s chocolate factory in England’s north, where his life becomes inextricably bound with Alexandra and Matthew’s. Only together will they be able to unlock secrets of the past and offer each other the greatest gift for the future. From the battlefields of northern France to the medieval city of York, this is a heartbreaking tale about a triangle of love in all its forms and a story about the bittersweet taste of life . . . and of chocolate.” Get your copy here
It all started with just one dance . . . Stella Myles is forced to make ends meet by selling herself as a dance partner in a Piccadilly ballroom. Here she meets the enigmatic Montgomery, who orchestrates a job for her as governess with the wealthy Ainsworth family at Harp’s End, Sussex. But at Harp’s End nothing is as straightforward as it first seems. Stella encounters a family with more secrets than most, and struggles to fit in above or below stairs – although nothing proves so challenging as restraining her emotions for the mysterious Douglas Ainsworth. When Douglas announces that they are all to voyage aboard a cruise ship bound for Morocco, tensions reach impossible new heights and Stella finds herself left holding an incendiary document that she must get to London at all costs. From the rolling green hills of the Kentish Weald to the colourful alleys and bazaars of Morocco, this is a heart-stopping novel of romance, intrigue and danger – and a passion to risk dying for. ‘Fiona McIntosh’s latest spellbinding romance captivated us from its compelling start . . . With its steady build-up of tension and suspense, The Last Dance had us greedily turning the pages . . . So slip under the covers with Fiona McIntosh’s latest. You’ll be so glad you did.’ Cheryl Akle, Better Reading Praise for Fiona McIntosh ‘Sure to appeal to lovers of period romantic dramas like Downton Abbey.’ Woman’s Day ‘An exquisite story that just burst from the pages and leaps into your heart.’ Write Note Reviews ‘Fiona McIntosh is a superior writer in the genre, and if you enjoy popular romantic fiction, you’d be mad not to try her.’ The Age.
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‘Meticulously researched and beautifully written, The Perfumer’s Secret solidifies McIntosh’s place as one of Australia’s most loved storytellers.’ 2015 Booktopia Book of the Year ‘I am at one with Nature’s perfection – her beauty, her colours, her fragrances – and she has allowed me to glimpse it in a man.’ On the eve of the First World War, Fleurette, the only daughter of the wealthy Delacroix perfume dynasty, is being forced to marry a man she loathes, Aimery De Lasset, head of the pre-eminent perfume manufacturer in France. It is only the cathedral bells tolling the rally to the frontlines that save her from sharing his bed. When she receives an unexpected letter from Aimery’s estranged brother, Fleurette is left holding a terrible secret, and the sparks of a powerful passion. Her discoveries risk shattering the two families and their perfume empires, bringing tragedy down on them all. The Perfumer’s Secret is an intoxicating feast for the senses, a highly passionate and dramatic story of duty, deception and desire from the beloved, bestselling author Fiona McIntosh. Praise for Fiona McIntosh ‘Fiona McIntosh is a prolific and superior writer in the genre, and if you enjoy popular romantic fiction, you’d be mad not to try her.’ The Age ‘Fiona McIntosh is an extraordinary storyteller.’ Book’d Out.
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‘Love comes out of nowhere for most of us, when we least expect it.’Amidst the carnage of Gallipoli, British nurse Claire Nightingale meets Australian Light Horseman Jamie Wren. Despite all odds, they fall deeply in love. Their flame burns bright and carries them through their darkest hours, even when war tears them apart. When Jamie encounters Turkish soldier Açar Shahin on the bloodstained battlefield, the men forge an unforgettable bond. Their chance meeting also leaves a precious clue to Jamie’s whereabouts for Claire to follow.Come peacetime, Claire’s desperate search to find Jamie takes her all the way to Istanbul, and deep into the heart of Açar’s family, where she attracts the unexpected attention of a charismatic and brooding scholar.In the name of forgiveness, cultures come together, enemies embrace and forbidden passions ignite — but by the nai;-biting conclusion, who will be left standing to capture Nurse Nightingale’s heart? A breathtaking novel of heartbreak and heroism, love and longing by a powerhouse Australian storyteller. Praise for The Tailor’s Girl:’Fiona McIntosh is a superior writer in the genre, and if you enjoy popular romantic fiction, you’d be mad not to try her.’ The Age’Sure to appeal to lovers of period romantic dramas like Downton Abbey.’ Woman’s Day
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From the bustling streets of 1920s London to the idyllic English countryside, this is a breathtaking story of passion and determination from a phenomenal Australian storyteller.When a humble soldier, known only as Jones, wakes in a military hospital he has no recollection of his past. Jones’s few fleeting memories are horrifying moments from the battlefield of Ypres. His identity becomes a puzzle he must solve.The Eden Valentine arrives in his world, a stunning seamstress who dreams of her own high-fashion salon in London. Mourning the loss of her brother in the war, Eden cannot turn away the soldier in desperate need of her help. The key to Jones’s past – and Eden’s future – may lie with the mysterious Alex Wynter, aristocratic heir to the country manor Larksfell Hall. But the news that Alex bears will bring shattering consequences that threaten to tear their lives apart.The Tailor’s Girl is a heart-stopping story of true love and courage in the most extraordinary circumstances from the rising star of Australian fiction.’Written with zest and a talent for description that draws you into the world of the novel and its characters… if you enjoy popular romantic fiction, you’d be mad not to try [it].’ Sydney Morning Herald Praise for Fiona McIntosh’s bestsellers:’Fiona McIntosh is an extraordinary storyteller and this historical fiction is a stunning example of her talent.’ Book’d Out’Action, heartbreak and romance aplenty . . . a great read. This is a romantic page-turner.’ Australian Bookseller + Publisher
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