My Year of Saying No

My Year of Saying No
Author: Maxine Morrey
Publsiher: Boldwood Books Ltd
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2020-04-16
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 9781838890384

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Lottie Wentworth has never been more pleased to hear Big Ben ring in the new year and wave goodbye to The Year of Saying Yes! When a long-term relationship ended, her best friend’s scheme to get Lottie back in the swing of things seemed like a good idea. She’s kept her promise to Jess to see it through but, as a lover of the quiet life, Lottie couldn’t be happier to say hello to a brand new year – The Year of Saying No! Unfortunately, the one thing she still seems unable to say no to is the crush she has on her best client and now friend, Army veteran, Seb Marshall. But she’s working on it, and with rescue dog Humphrey at her side, she knows that she’ll manage just fine. Lottie’s decision to stop trying to please everyone has brought a sense of relief beyond what she had expected. Her actions and determination have also begun to send ripples throughout her life and those closest to her, bringing about changes none of them could have expected. But will all those changes be for the good? What readers are saying about My Year of Saying No: 'I honestly fell head over heels in love with this book.' 'A warm and funny read with the biggest of hearts. It felt like a giant hug.' 'Modern, fresh, and unputdownable.' Rachel Dove 'I cannot stress enough how much I think you should read this novel.' 'Bloody brilliant!!! I adored this book and everything it made me feel! 'Pure fun escapism.' 'Funny, witty, romantic, uplifting, fabulously fun' 'Fast, fun, fantastic book from Maxine. She is fast becoming a favourite of mine. Keep them coming Maxine!' I absolutely adored this book!' 'Maxine Morrey has become a must-read for me.' 'I couldn't put this one down' 'Wow oh wow!!' 'What an absolutely gorgeous read, with utterly amazing characters. I have loved this book so much. It has been an absolute joy to read.' 'This is highly deserving of five million stars. It is a fantastic read!!' Praise for Maxine Morrey:'A lovely story that kept me turning the pages' Jules Wake ‘A stunning, perfect novel – it literally took my breath away.’ The Writing Garnet, 5 stars ‘A warm hug of a book.’ Rachel’s Random Reads, 5 stars

The Year of Saying Yes

The Year of Saying Yes
Author: Hannah Doyle
Publsiher: Headline
Total Pages: 384
Release: 2017-07-01
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 9781472241252

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'Hannah's writing makes me laugh and laugh and LAUGH... I am officially a fan girl' Lucy Vine Welcome to Izzy's rollercoaster year of saying yes. Get ready for non-stop hilarity, unadulterated entertainment and the journey of a lifetime. The Year of Saying Yes was originally published as a four-part serial. This is the complete story! For fans of Anna Bell and Zoe May... Dear Readers, I hold my hands up: I'm stuck in a rut. For three years and counting I've been hopelessly in love with the same guy - and the closest we've ever got is a drunken arse grab (NB: this doesn't count). My favourite hobby is googling cats for spinsters and I'm sick of my shoestring salary that barely pays for my shoebox flat. I need a head-to-toe life makeover. Enter my 'Year of Saying Yes', which is where you come in. To help me sort out my sorry life, I need you to #DareIzzy. For the next 12 months I'll be saying 'yes' to your challenges, no matter how wild, adventurous or plain nuts they are. 'No' is not an option! Here goes... Wish me luck! I'm going to need it. Love, Izzy x Readers love THE YEAR OF SAYING YES: 'Prepare yourself readers, you will be in hysterics in laughter until your belly hurts. I FREAKING LOVED THIS... I feel like I have reunited with my old love. *happily sighs*' A Crave For Books Blog 'Move over Bridget Jones there's a new girl in town!' Goodreads reviewer 'A hilarious read' Bella magazine 'The most excellent and humorous book I have read in a very long time' Dreaming With Open Eyes 'I loved loved this book, it was fun, hilarious and witty' Escapades of a Bookworm 'SO good ... full of laugh-out-loud moments' On My Bookshelf 'A bundle of laughs' The Book Magnet '4% in, I was already laughing out loud and snorting ... the other 96% just kept getting better' The Writing Garnet 'A fabulous and fun read' By The Letter Book Reviews 'A hilarious, light hearted read' BrizzleLass Books 'A breath of fresh air, that made me laugh and smile the whole way through... I will be telling anyone who will listen to me, just how great this story really is' Kelly's Book Corner 'Hannah Doyle's witty writing had me hook, line and sinker' Shaz's Book Blog 'I highly encourage everyone to pick up this story' Alba In Bookland 'Ultimate beach read' Reveal magazine 'This is a laugh out loud level of funny ... an all around fun book to read ' Rachel's Random Reads Blog 'Prepare yourself readers you will be in hysterics in laughter until your belly hurts' A Crave For Books Blog

My Year in the No Man s Bay

My Year in the No Man s Bay
Author: Peter Handke
Publsiher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Total Pages: 480
Release: 1998-08-05
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 9781466806825

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Nobel Prize winner Peter Handke's autobiographical novel My Year in No-Man's Bay is "a meditation on two decades of a writer's life culminating in a solitary, sobering year of reckoning" (Publishers Weekly). In his most substantial novel to date, Handke tells the story of an Austrian writer--a man much like Handke himself--who undergoes a "metamorphosis" from self-assured artist into passive "observer and chronicler." He explores the world and describes his many severed relationships, from his tenuous contact with his son, to a failed marriage to "the Catalan," to a doomed love affair with a former Miss Yugoslavia. As the writer sifts through his memories, he is also under pressure to complete his next novel, but he cannot decide how to come to terms with both the complexity of the world and the inability of his novel to reflect it.

The Old Ducks Club

The Old Ducks  Club
Author: Maddie Please
Publsiher: Boldwood Books Ltd
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2021-05-18
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 9781801621090

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Sophia Gregory is fading away... Recently split from her married lover and about to turn sixty, Sophia doesn’t recognise the old woman staring back at her in the mirror. Where has her life gone so wrong? How has it come to this? A quiet holiday in beautiful Rhodes is the perfect chance for her to find herself again. Until she meets the Old Ducks! Bold and brash, Juliette, Kim and Anita are three friends who are determined not to grow old gracefully – and they are Sophia’s worse nightmare! But when Sophia is made an honorary member of The Old Ducks’ Club, she begins to discover a new side to life. Dancing and drinking till dawn Sophia starts to shake off her grey, drab old life and finds the fun side to living again! And when she meets her gorgeous Greek neighbour, Theo, she thinks that maybe, if she’s just a little braver, she can learn to spread her wings again.... It’s never too late to teach an Old Duck new tricks! A rip-roaring, laugh out loud story about the importance of friendship and always, always having fun! Perfect for fans of Judy Leigh and Dee Macdonald

The Good Bride Guide

The Good Bride Guide
Author: Matt Dunn
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 384
Release: 2009-12-15
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 9781849830539

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A wise and moving laugh-out-loud feel-good story for fans of Sophie Kinsella, Mhairi McFarlane and Lindsey Kelk. Ben Grant is fed up with always meeting the wrong girl. Having just celebrated his 29th birthday by being dumped by his 29th girlfriend, he decides he can't go on like this. Why can't he be as blissfully happy as his best friend Ashif, about to marry the beautiful Prithi, a bride chosen for him by his parents? Suddenly Ben has a great idea: why not ask his own parents to do the same for him? But while Ben's parents see this as the perfect opportunity to set their son on the right path to matrimonial bliss, it soon becomes clear that Ben's idea of the kind of woman he wants to settle down with is quite different from that of his somewhat traditional mum and dad. Following a series of disastrous dates, Ben starts to realize that he wouldn't let his parents pick him out a shirt to wear, let alone a woman to marry. But when Ben finally meets the girl he thinks might be 'the one', he realizes that maybe he does have something to learn from his mum and dad after all. Can he learn the art of romance from his parents and land the girl of his dreams?

Laugh out Loud A User s Guide to Workplace Humor

Laugh out Loud  A User   s Guide to Workplace Humor
Author: Barbara Plester,Kerr Inkson
Publsiher: Springer
Total Pages: 186
Release: 2018-09-24
Genre: Business & Economics
ISBN: 9789811302831

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This book is the first-ever authoritative work on the use and management of humor in the workplace. It is a practical guide for everyone involved: the humorists (‘jokers’), the targets (sometimes ‘victims’), the observers (‘audience’) and most of all the managers who have to ‘set the tone’ and encourage, control and manage humor. Humor is part and parcel of every workplace. However, while it usually demonstrates and fosters a united, happy workforce, it can at times be deeply damaging and divisive. The authors – academics with vast organizational experience and a research-based understanding of humor at work – bring together state-of-the art knowledge of the topic, making it fun, accessible and readable for all humor participants. The topics include how humor works, humor cultures in organizations, the many forms of workplace humor and their pros and cons, humor rituals at work, digital humor, workplace jokers, the 21st century issue of ‘political correctness’, and both the ‘bright side’ of humor (assisting positive cultures, making work ‘fun’), and its ‘dark side’ (where humor offends and humiliates). With over 60 ‘real life’ illustrative stories of workplace humor, a self-completion questionnaire to measure the Humor Climate in your organization, end-of-chapter ‘takeaways’ and an end-of-book summary advocating ‘best practice’, the book is a ‘fun’, how-to-do-it guide that will both inform and entertain.

Journey Through the School of Groaning

Journey Through the School of Groaning
Author: Richard Jones
Publsiher: AuthorHouse
Total Pages: 252
Release: 2011-12-15
Genre: Religion
ISBN: 1467027251

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WARNING! This is a propaganda book. I realize the word propaganda is not a word that is politically correct today. But in its original usage, it was a word coined by Pope Urban VIII. He formed the College of Propaganda in the 17th century in order to spread the Christian faith. In this sense, I AM striving for propaganda. Much of what I write in this book is meant to cause you to embrace prayer as a friend as well as a vital tool of your faith. Prayer is not boring; it is an adventure. I begin with the confession that there is probably nothing else in my spiritual life or disciplines I have struggled with more than prayer. I have read thousands of books on the subject (yes, an exaggeration), and I have been reluctant to add yet another literary work to the chaos of differing opinions, theological studies, and sure-fire methodologies that will guarantee a successful prayer life. Right! And yet, as I pondered the direction of this volume, it dawned on me that my personal journey has had little to do with theology or methodology. It hasn't even had much to do with verbiage. But it had and has everything to do with my honestly and openness before God and with what's happening in my heart at the time I'm praying. And it has everything to do with the words of Jesus--"Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls." Our Lord wants us to pray. Always and about everything. During times of joy as well as sorrow. He wants us to talk to Him...not about Him. I've asked myself the question often lately--"Do I pray out of thoughtfulness or habit? What can I do to get my heart involved as well as my mouth?" I continue to struggle. May these writings help you in your struggle. May you enjoy your journey through the school of groaning in the days and months to come. God bless you.

You Only Live Once

You Only Live Once
Author: Maxine Morrey
Publsiher: Boldwood Books Ltd
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2022-06-14
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 9781801626231

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‘Absorbing, funny and oh-so-romantic. I loved every page!' When Lily’s husband dies, she moves to the edge of a tiny village, settling into a solitary life, her only real company her brother and his family. A quiet life becomes her safe space, with no risk of getting hurt. When her brother offers her spare room to his oldest friend, Jack, Lily’s reluctant – but knowing how much she owes her family, can’t say no. A lodger takes some getting used to but to her surprise, Lily begins to enjoy Jack’s company. Slowly but surely, Jack encourages Lily to step outside her comfort zone. But taking risks means facing the consequences, and telling people how she really feels, means Lily might have to face losing them. But as the saying goes - you only live once - and being brave could mean Lily gets a second chance at love... ‘Read yourself happy’ with Maxine Morrey’s latest feel-good, unforgettable and utterly uplifting love story, guaranteed to make you smile. Perfect for fans of Mhaira McFarlane and Sophie Kinsella. Praise for Maxine Morrey: 'An uplifting read that stops you in your tracks and makes you wonder "....but what if?" Absorbing, funny and oh-so-romantic, I loved every page!' Rachel Burton 'A super sweet read, guaranteed to warm any winter evening' Samantha Tonge 'A lovely story that kept me turning the pages' Jules Wake ‘A stunning, perfect novel – it literally took my breath away.’ The Writing Garnet, 5 stars ‘A warm hug of a book.’ Rachel’s Random Reads, 5 stars

Better You Better Me

Better You  Better Me
Author: Jason Matthews
Publsiher: Jason Matthews
Total Pages: 154
Release: 2014-09-14
Genre: Health & Fitness
ISBN: 9182736450XXX

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There’s a better version of you ready to be energized. The ideas in this book are easy to add to your life, and they work wonders. You’ll be happier. Your body will be healthier. Your mind will be activated, creating the life of your dreams. Success and prosperity are in your power. Deeper, more meaningful relationships are there too. You’ll surge with gratitude for the abundance life delivers. It’s time to embrace the “new you.”

It s Now or Never

It s Now or Never
Author: Carole Matthews
Publsiher: Sphere
Total Pages: 416
Release: 2013-01-01
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 9781405523646

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A classic Carole Matthews with a brand-new look. --------------- Two sisters. One important birthday. A year of taking chances. When twins Annie and Lauren attend their older sister Chelsea's fortieth birthday party at the Dorchester Hotel, they wonder why their lives are so different. Chelsea's husband is twirling her round the dance floor, while Annie's husband has gone fishing and Lauren's lover is at home with his wife and children. Annie and Lauren decide it's time to make a change and turn their lives around, it's time they starting living for again. But have they left it too late? It's now or never. Praise for Carole Matthews: 'An absolute joy' Milly Johnson 'A gorgeous novel that will delight' Katie Fforde 'Warm, witty and hopeful - I was charmed' Sarah Morgan

The One Who s Not the One

The One Who s Not the One
Author: Keris Stainton
Publsiher: Bookouture
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2019-02-22
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 9781786814579

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‘I absolutely loved this book! I was laughing out loud at certain scenes and when I tried to go to bed I ended up giggling myself into a fit thinking about them. Absolutely amazing… A delightful, HILARIOUS book.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars Cat’s life has hit a brick wall. Since her ex ditched her without ceremony five years ago she’s quit stand-up comedy, landed in a steady but dull job, and lives in a tiny flat with roommates she knows only as The One Who Eats All My Food and The One Who Has Really Loud Sex. So when she bumps into old friend Harvey and sparks fly, Cat is surprised – and horrified, because Harvey is her ex’s brother, and so absolutely, 100% off-limits romantically. Even if his dimples do make her insides fizz… When she’s offered a new job abroad, Cat is tempted to accept – and leave her depressing flat and mess of a love life behind her. But will running away from her problems really solve them? A hilarious rom com about falling in love, falling out of love, and finding out who you really are. Fans of Jenny Colgan, Marian Keyes and Mhairi McFarlane will love Keris Stainton! Read what everyone is saying about The One Who's Not the One: ‘A fabulous feel-good read… This book had me in tears, both happy and sad ones in equal doses! It had me hooked from the first page and it certainly had me laughing out loud unashamedly!’ Stardust Book Reviews ‘I absolutely adored this book from start to finish. All the characters were so lovable and the story was lovely and totally laugh-out-loud funny… I love funny and heartwarming love stories so this ticked all my boxes.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars ‘I couldn’t put it down. It’s funny, engaging and thoroughly relatable. I really enjoyed it. It’s got some genuinely laugh-out-loud moments while being full of real heart as well. Loved it!’ Bibliophile Book Club ‘Another Keris book I absolutely adored!… I instantly fell in love with Cat, Kelly and Harvey! Oh my god, Harvey what a soft space nerd! I love him! Cat felt so very real and I just want to sit and have a glass of wine with her and Kelly!… Like one big hug from a friend.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars ‘What a great book! Romantic, funny and easy to read. Cat is the type of character you would like to hang out with every day. I didn't want this story to end.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars ‘I was laughing a lot… I had a lot of fun reading it… Cat and Harvey were utterly charming in this contemporary romantic comedy!.. The ending… My goodness, folks… Just read to the end. Trust me… This is the first book I have read by Keris Stainton, and I look forward to reading future books by her! Anyone that can make me laugh out loud while reading has a gift.’ Goodreads reviewer ‘An adorable rom com! I read it in one sitting… There are hilarious antics, laugh-out-loud moments. ’ NetGalley reviewer, 5 stars ‘This was my first Keris Stainton book and I'm actually so angry that I haven't read anything by her before! I read this book in one go… I just couldn't put it down!… I loved everything about Cat and Harvey… I couldn't stop thinking about them all morning.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars ‘Highly enjoyable!… A delight to read… The relationship between Cat and Kelly (and her family) is what makes this book special. What a fantastic friendship.’ Goodreads reviewer ‘I absolutely loved this book… It's warm and funny and the characters are so relatable… Her friendship with Kelly is wonderful… Another triumph of a book!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

Say What

Say What
Author: Cynthia Attar
Publsiher: Cynthia Attar
Total Pages: 160
Release: 2007-02-28
Genre: Body, Mind & Spirit
ISBN: 9780965177634

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Did you know a tree has feelings of connection? Did you realize pets have great advice to assist humans to evolve? Ever wondered if fish worry about their river bottoms shifting? The author spent many hours having deep conversations with many aspects of nature and what roles humans play in the broad spectrum of life. These chats will surprise, amuse, and shock you in their raw no nonsense answers to the author's questions.

Mr X

Mr  X
Author: Peter Straub
Publsiher: Ballantine Books
Total Pages: 544
Release: 2010-07-21
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 9780307757630

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For more than two decades Peter Straub has engrossed, entertained, and terrified us with his dazzling blend of cool artistry and mad, spine-tingling imagination. With Mr. X, the bestselling author of Ghost Story, The Talisman (with Stephen King), and The Hellfire Club takes us into the darkest dimensions of the human psyche and proves once again that he is without peer in the realm of psychological suspense and horror, a master storyteller whose unique and powerful gifts qualify him to be called the Edgar Allan Poe of our times. Mr. X is Straub's original and startling take on the theme of the doppelgänger. Ned Dunstan's birthday is fast approaching, and every year on this date, Ned experiences a paralyzing seizure in which he is forced to witness scenes of ruthless slaughter perpetrated by a mysterious and malevolent figure in black whom Ned calls Mr. X. Ned has been drawn back to his hometown, Edgerton, Illinois, by a premonition that his mother, Star, is dying. Before she loosens her hold on life, she imparts to Ned the name of his father, never before disclosed, and warns him that he is in grave danger. Despite her foreboding, Ned's determination to learn as much as possible about his absent father ignites a series of extraordinary adventures that gradually reveal the heart of both his own identity and that of his entirely fantastic family: He discovers that he is shadowed by an identical twin brother who can pass through doors and otherwise defy the laws of nature; he becomes the lead suspect in three violent deaths; he investigates the secret shadow-world within Edgerton; he learns to "eat time" and remembers the one occasion when he and his sinister brother united into a single being. Finally, at the moment of battle, he must call upon everything he has learned to save his own life. Brimming with the author's trademark wit, understated eloquence, vibrant characters, and brilliant sense of pace, Mr. X displays Peter Straub at the top of his form.

You Can t Say You Can t Play

You Can   t Say You Can   t Play
Author: Vivian Gussin Paley
Publsiher: Harvard University Press
Total Pages: 144
Release: 1993-07-16
Genre: Education
ISBN: 9780674417618

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Who of us cannot remember the pain and humiliation of being rejected by our classmates? However thick-skinned or immune to such assaults we may become as adults, the memory of those early exclusions is as palpable to each of us today as it is common to human experience. We remember the uncertainty of separating from our home and entering school as strangers and, more than the relief of making friends, we recall the cruel moments of our own isolation as well as those children we knew were destined to remain strangers. In this book Vivian Paley employs a unique strategy to probe the moral dimensions of the classroom. She departs from her previous work by extending her analysis to children through the fifth grade, all the while weaving remarkable fairy tale into her narrative description. Paley introduces a new rule—“You can’t say you can’t play”—to her kindergarten classroom and solicits the opinions of older children regarding the fairness of such a rule. We hear from those who are rejected as well as those who do the rejecting. One child, objecting to the rule, says, “It will be fairer, but how are we going to have any fun?” Another child defends the principle of classroom bosses as a more benign way of excluding the unwanted. In a brilliant twist, Paley mixes fantasy and reality, and introduces a new voice into the debate: Magpie, a magical bird, who brings lonely people to a place where a full share of the sun is rightfully theirs. Myth and morality begin to proclaim the same message and the schoolhouse will be the crucible in which the new order is tried. A struggle ensues and even the Magpie stories cannot avoid the scrutiny of this merciless pack of social philosophers who will not be easily caught in a morality tale. You Can’t Say You Can’t Play speaks to some of our most deeply held beliefs. Is exclusivity part of human nature? Can we legislate fairness and still nurture creativity and individuality? Can children be freed from the habit of rejection? These are some of the questions. The answers are to be found in the words of Paley’s schoolchildren and in the wisdom of their teacher who respectfully listens to them.

If I Could Turn Back Time the laugh out loud love story of the year

If I Could Turn Back Time  the laugh out loud love story of the year
Author: Nicola Doherty
Publsiher: Headline
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2013-10-24
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 9780755386895

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'Stop the clock and lose yourself in If I Could Turn Back Time: chick-lit at its best. 5 stars' Kirsty, Love of a Good Book A fabulously funny love story, perfect for fans of Lindsey Kelk, Joanna Bolouri and Cate Woods. How can you resist? What if you found The One, then lost him again? Or not so much lost him as became the neurotic, needy girlfriend from hell. The girl who tried to make him choose between her and his job, and got seriously paranoid about his relationship with his female best friend... Zoë Kennedy knows she doesn't deserve another chance with David Fitzgerald. But if there's the tiniest possibility of making things right, she'll snatch it. Even if it means breaking the laws of physics to do so... What reviewers are saying about IF I COULD TURN BACK TIME... 'Hugely enjoyable.. story that will leave you longing for your own personal time machine' Daily Mail 'For me, it was one of those rare amazing-all-round books ... I was totally won over by this stunning weekend read' Becca, Pretty Little Memoirs 'I kind of seem like I'm trying to fit the word love into this review as much as possible but I just can't think of another word to express how much I needed to read a brilliant book like this.' Sophie, Reviewed the Book 'It'll definitely melt your heart ... the perfect light hearted read with a little added twist, a happy ending and some great laughs thrown in' Rosie Reads Romance 'I tore through this book in one sitting ... I would highly recommend this' Laura, What's Hot 'Hugely enjoyable' Kiran, Girl Loves Pink Books