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2 y separately published work icon It’s Been a Pleasure, Noni Blake Claire Christian , ( trans. Hanneke van Soest with title Graag gedaan, Noni Blake ) Utrecht : De Fontein , 2021 19549349 2020 single work novel

'Noni Blake knows she wants more: more adventures, more joy, more romance, more orgasms, more pleasure…more everything. Now she just has to figure out how to get it.

'Noni didn’t expect to be starting over again at the age of thirty-six. But eighteen months after the end of her long-term relationship, she knows it’s time to find out what’s next.

'While an encounter with a sexy blonde firefighter is a welcome entry back into the dating world, Noni soon realises she’s looking for more than just a series of brief—if pleasurable—encounters. She’s looking for more pleasure in, well, everything.

'That’s how she finds herself travelling to Europe to track down the one that got away: the alluring, elusive Molly. But Europe may have other surprises in store…' (Publication summary)

2 y separately published work icon The Song of Us J.D. Barrett , ( trans. Ineke Van Bronswijk with title Het Lied Van Mij En Jou ) Utrecht : De Fontein , 2019 13449207 2017 single work novel

'Zoe Wylde is a woman at a crossroad. Five years ago, she fled her successful career as a concert harpist in London to return to her Bondi home. She still plays, but now her audience is on the way out ... literally. It's complicated and complication is something Zoe understands well. Her best friend is chasing a new love, her brother's chasing too much love and her father has been married far too many times. Compared to them she thought she was doing okay. She's met the guy she is sure is the ONE. He wooed her and has been sleeping with her for almost five years. It would all be perfect ... if he wasn't married.

'Zoe is learning that hearts, like harps, are capable of beautiful music if treated the right way and can be tricky to manoeuvre. She's over the old tune. But does Zoe have the courage to rewrite the song of her own life?'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

3 y separately published work icon The Inaugural Meeting of the Fairvale Ladies Book Club Sophie Green , ( trans. Els Franci-Ekeler with title De Leesclub Aan Het Einde Van de Wereld ) Utrecht : De Fontein , 2019 11560731 2017 single work novel

'In 1978 the Northern Territory has begun to self-govern. Cyclone Tracy is a recent memory and telephones not yet a fixture on the cattle stations dominating the rugged outback. Life is hard and people are isolated. But they find ways to connect.

'Sybil is the matriarch of Fairvale Station, run by her husband, Joe. Their eldest son, Lachlan, was Joe's designated successor but he has left the Territory - for good. It is up to their second son, Ben, to take his brother's place. But that doesn't stop Sybil grieving the absence of her child.

'With her oldest friend, Rita, now living in Alice Springs and working for the Royal Flying Doctor Service, and Ben's English wife, Kate, finding it difficult to adjust to life at Fairvale, Sybil comes up with a way to give them all companionship and purpose: they all love to read, and she forms a book club.

'Mother-of-three Sallyanne is invited to join them. Sallyanne dreams of a life far removed from the dusty town of Katherine where she lives with her difficult husband, Mick.

'Completing the group is Della, who left Texas for Australia looking for adventure and work on the land.

'If you loved THE GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL PIE SOCIETY, THE LITTLE COFFEE SHOP OF KABUL and THE THORN BIRDS you will devour this story of five different women united by one need: to overcome the vast distances of Australia's Top End with friendship, tears, laughter, books and love.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

7 1 y separately published work icon Evergreen Falls Kimberley Freeman , ( trans. Mechteld Jansen with title Hotel Evergreen Falls ) Utrecht : De Fontein , 2016 6864628 2014 single work novel

'A long-forgotten secret, a scandalous attraction - the captivating new novel from Kimberley Freeman.

'1926: Violet Armstrong is one of the few remaining members of staff working at the grand Evergreen Spa Hotel as it closes down over winter. Only a handful of guests are left, including the heir to a rich grazing family, his sister and her suave suitor. When a snowstorm moves in, the hotel is cut off and they are all trapped. No one could have predicted what would unfold. When the storm clears they must all keep the devastating secrets hidden.

'2014: After years of putting her sick brother's needs before her own, Lauren Beck leaves her home and takes a job at a Blue Mountains cafe, the first stage of the Evergreen Spa Hotel's renovations. There she meets Tomas, the Danish architect who is overseeing the project, and an attraction begins to grow. In a wing of the old hotel, Lauren finds a series of passionate love letters dated back to 1926, alluding to an affair - and a shocking secret.

'If she can unravel this long-ago mystery, will it make Lauren brave enough to take a risk and change everything in her own life?

'Inspired by elements of her grandmother's life, a rich and satisfying tale of intrigue, heartbreak and love from the author of the bestselling Lighthouse Bay and Wildflower Hill.' (Publication summary)

7 2 y separately published work icon Ember Island Kimberley Freeman , ( trans. Mechteld Jansen with title Walviseiland ) Utrecht : De Fontein , 2014 Z1913399 2013 single work novel mystery historical fiction

'From nineteenth-century England to present-day Australia - a riveting story of secrets and scandal.

'1891: Orphaned as a small child, Tilly Kirkland found a loving, safe home with her grandfather in Dorset. But nineteenth-century England is an unforgiving place for a young woman with limited means and as her grandfather's health fails, it seems perfect timing that she meets Jasper Dellafore. Yet her new husband is not all he seems. Alone in the Channel Islands, Tilly finds her dream of a loving marriage is turning into a nightmare.

'2012: Bestselling novelist Nina Jones is struggling with writer's block and her disappointing personal life. Nothing is quite working. After a storm damages Starwater, her house on Ember Island, she decides to stay for a while and oversee the repairs: it s a perfect excuse to leave her problems behind her on the mainland. Then Nina discovers diary pages hidden in the walls of the old home. And a mystery unravels that she is determined to solve.

'Though the two women are separated by years, Starwater House will alter the course of both their lives. Nina will find that secrets never stay buried and Tilly learns that what matters most is trusting your heart. '

3 7 y separately published work icon Free-Falling Nicola Moriarty , ( trans. Anna Livestro with title In vrije val ) Utrecht : De Fontein , 2014 Z1828837 2012 single work novel

'The Fiancee
Belinda's life is in free-fall after the sudden death of her fiancé Andy. But then ghostly signs begin to appear which suggest he might not really be gone. And Belinda begins to tumble even further. Will his final parting gift be enough to save her?

'The Mother
Evelyn McGavin, Andy's mum, is also struggling. She copes with her sorrow by shoplifting (once), hating Belinda (constantly) and jumping out of a plane. In her skydiving instructor, Baz, she finds an unexpected friend. But why is he so agitated when he hears how Andy died?

'Two women, united in their loss, separated by their grief. And yet still linked in a most unexpected way ...' (From the publisher's website.)

5 14 y separately published work icon The Betrayal of Bindy Mackenzie The Life of Bindy MacKenzie Jaclyn Moriarty , ( trans. Karin Breuker with title Het ongelofelijke schooljaar van Scarlett M. ) Baarn : De Fontein , 2007 Z1266219 2006 single work novel young adult

'Bindy is the smartest girl at Ashbury High. She ranks in the 99.9th percentile in everything she does (including extra-curricular activities - she is casual Employee of the Month every month at Kmart). She is also the kindest girl at Ashbury High. For example:

'Before each school year begins, she memorises departmental outlines of her subjects. That way, she can gently prompt those teachers who forget or stray from the course.

'She reads up on common teen anxieties, and offers lunch-time advisory sessions in a relaxed, convivial setting (the locker room).

'But Bindy suspects that something may be missing - something more than the 0.1 she needs to make the 100th percentile. And, on the first day of Year 11, at the first session of the FAD (Friendship and Development) Project, her worst suspicions are confirmed. Nobody likes her. So Bindy makes a decision. Enough of this compassionate Bindy; she has been wasting her time. The real and ruthless Bindy is about to emerge.'

(Pan Macmillan website)

6 8 y separately published work icon Finding Cassie Crazy Jaclyn Moriarty , ( trans. Unknown with title 3 meiden en de liefde ) Baarn : De Fontein , 2005 Z1080111 2003 single work novel young adult 'Year 10 is pretty crazy for best friends Lydia, Cassie and Emily, and when their English teacher starts the Pen Pal Project so that they can experience the Joy of the Evelope with boys from the scary Brookfield High, life gets even crazier. As Lydia turns into a secret agent and Emily a relationship expert, it is not so clear what is happening to Cassie. She is writing to someone but not even her friends know what is going on.' - back cover
8 y separately published work icon The Summer of the Spanish Woman Catherine Gaskin , ( trans. N Wielders with title De zomer van de Spaanse markiezin ) De Bilt : De Fontein , 1978 Z1118641 1977 single work novel
9 y separately published work icon A Falcon for a Queen Catherine Gaskin , ( trans. Felix Thijssen with title Een valk voor 'n koningin ) De Bilt : De Fontein , 1972 Z1104418 1972 single work novel mystery Kirsty Howard returns to Scotland after the death of her parents. Living with her grandfather, she soon becomes involved with her new neighbours, and begins to perceive the real threat to the life she might easily inherit. (Source: LibrariesAustralia)