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LETTING GO FOR GOOD . . .

Once, Jane Moore and Alexandra Walsh were inseparable, sharing secrets and stolen candy, plotting their futures together. But when Jane became pregnant at seventeen, they drifted slowly apart. Jane has spent the years since raising her son, now seventeen himself, on her own, running a gallery, managing her sister's art career, and looking after their volatile mother all the while trying not to resent the limited choices life has given her.

Then a quirk of fate and a faulty elevator bring Jane into contact with Tom, Alexandra's husband, who has some shocking news. Alexandra disappeared from a south Dublin suburb months ago, and Tom has been searching fruitlessly for her. Jane offers to help, as do the elevator's other passengers Jane's brilliant but self-absorbed sister, Elle, and Leslie Sheehan, a reclusive web designer who's ready to step back into the world again. And as Jane quickly realizes, Tom isn't the only one among them who's looking for something . . . or traveling toward unexpected revelations about love, life, and what it means to let go, in every sense.

In this insightful and irresistible novel, by turns profound, poignant, and laugh- out-loud funny, acclaimed Irish writer Anna McPartlin tells a story of friendship and love, of the families we are born into and the ones we create for ourselves, and of the hope and strength that remain when we find the courage to leave the past behind at last.

In a little Irish town like Kenmare, there's no need to worry whether people will discover your secrets. They already have.

For Mary, that means being remembered for her tragic losses, even if she'd rather get on with her life. For her cousin Ivan, as close as a brother, the gossip is all about how his wife took the kids and ran off with her new lover. For Mary's friend Penny, it's an old romance that didn't work out quite right, and a current affair with a bottle of vodka.

Then Sam Sullivan rents the cottage next door to Mary, and within hours the whole town is talking about the film-star-handsome American. When Sam hurts his back while helping his new neighbor and spends the next week confined to a mattress on her floor, gossip runs rampant. But neither Kenmare nor Mary know about the secrets Sam is so successfully hiding....

For Mary's circle of friends, Sam's arrival marks more than one change. And Mary whose unlucky history has kept her apart from the crowd much of her life has finally found a man with whom she feels she might truly connect. But so long as both are captive to memories they dare not reveal, the past is a barrier that will keep them forever alone.

In this powerful novel, Anna McPartlin perfectly captures the drama, the emotion, and the laughter of a small Irish community, for those who fit in and those who don't. Apart from the Crowd mixes wit and insight to create an engrossing tale that will keep you reading to the very last page.

SOMETIMES LOVE TAKES A SECOND GLANCE...

When bride-to-be Harri Ryan ends up at the ER with a panic attack on her wedding day, her twin brother, George, jokes that she's the most glamorous patient there. But this is no joke. It's Harri's second try at the wedding, and when she returns to her Dublin apartment, her fiancé, James, has already packed his belongings. Harri doesn't want to lose him, but she doesn't know how to convince James it won't happen a third time.

George, who knows Harri better than anyone, has a hunch there's more to the story than cold feet. He confronts their parents, who are acting strangely -- as if they're hiding a secret. And the truth they reluctantly reveal devastates both twins. Now, not only has Harri lost James, but George's relationship with his partner, Aidan, begins to fall apart, and both twins have to fight to hold on to those they love -- and to themselves. As the world they thought they knew crumbles around them, can Harri and George find a way to pick up the pieces before it's too late?

In her newest novel, talented young Irish writer Anna McPartlin paints a rich, multi-textured picture of ordinary people swept up in a scandal they never could have imagined. As Sure as the Sun manages to tickle your funny bone, tug at your heartstrings, and remind you never to give up on love.

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Entre son boulot au cabinet dentaire, ses ménages du soir, ses deux enfants à nourrir et sa mère qui perd la tête, Maisie jongle comme elle peut. Mais elle a choisi son camp. Celui du bonheur. En quittant son mari, abusif et violent, sept ans plus tôt... En laissant entrer, pour la première fois, un nouvel homme dans sa vie...

Hélas, ce 1ᵉʳ janvier 1995, ce fragile édifice menace de s'écrouler : Jeremy, son fils aîné, a disparu. Un autre combat commence.

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Neuf jours. C'est ce qu'il reste à vivre à Mia Hayes, surnommée affectueusement "Rabbit".

Neuf jours, après plusieurs mois de combat – parce que Rabbit est une battante, une Irlandaise bien trempée.

À son chevet, famille et proches se relaient en un joyeux ballet de souvenirs.

Entre silences, gaffes et fous rires, toute la vie de Rabbit ressurgit alors : l'enfance, l'adolescence, Johnny son grand amour, et Juliet, sa fille de 12 ans – une certaine idée du bonheur ...

Au fil des jours, tous s'interrogent sur leur vie et accompagnent Rabbit dans un voyage émotionnel d'une grande intensité.

Quel meilleur bagage pour partir vers la lumière ?

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Si vous vous reconnaissez dans l’une des 5 situations suivantes, ce roman est pour vous !

1. Il vous est déjà arrivé de danser dans des toilettes publiques, un test de grossesse négatif à la main.

2. Vous vous êtes déjà mise à pleurer après une aventure d’un soir.

3. Vous êtes déjà tombée amoureuse malgré vous.

4. Vous avez déjà eu l’impression d’être follement vivante, vous vous êtes aussi déjà sentie complètement idiote.

5. Vous n’avez encore jamais lu de livre capable de vous faire rire, pleurer et appeler votre meilleur(e) ami(e).

À la suite d’un drame, le monde d’Emma, jusqu’alors rempli de promesses, s’effondre. La jeune femme plonge dans le désespoir. Ses amis font alors bloc autour d’elle pour tenter de lui redonner le goût de vivre…

Comment survivre à la perte et au chagrin ? Quel courage l’existence peut-elle parfois exiger de nous ?

Après Les Derniers Jours de Rabbit Hayes, Anna McPartlin nous offre de nouveau un roman à la fois caustique et profondément émouvant. Servi par un style plein d’esprit et un humour irrévérencieux, Mon midi, mon minuit est une ode à la vie.

If you knew you d leave this world so soon, would you do it all differently? Tick, tock . . . Workaholic Eve Hayes is burnt out and lonely. At the age of thirty-eight, she's afraid she has allowed the chance of a real and worthwhile life pass her by. Lilly Donovan got married too young and over the years she's become a prisoner and slave in her own home. Eve survives a horrific car accident only to be reunited with her old friend, Lily. A long time ago these two women were inseparable but the events of one terrible night ended their friendship abruptly. Now, eighteen years later, they have a chance to confront the past and reclaim their friendship. But Eve's brother Clooney is Lily's old flame and his presence threatens her already difficult home life. And Lily's husband, the looming omnipresent Dr Declan Donovan can only be kept in the dark for so long . . . All the while something is whispering into Eve's ear . . . tick, tock . . .

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