______________________________ Could one bad decision tear two families apart? Everyone’s seen the compromising photo of Lyla, a scholarship kid in a prestigious private school. Everyone knows that Nina’s son, expensively prepared for success since childhood, took the photo. And everyone thinks they know who to blame. As events spiral out of control, Nina and Lyla – both outsiders in the elite social circle they inhabit – are drawn together in an unlikely bond of friendship. Because this photograph is forcing them to question who they really are – and who they are becoming. A New York Times bestseller and a mainstay of reading groups across the UK, this is a gripping novel about second chances, dark family secrets and how it’s never too late to be the person you want to be. ______________________________ What Emily's readers are saying: ‘I could not put this book down [...] gorgeously written, and moving’ – real 5-star reader review ‘this truly affected me on so many levels [...] [I] finished this book in one day’ – real 5-star reader review ‘I love Lyla. Everything about her rings true to today's high school girl’ – real 5-star reader review ‘I love Emily Giffin’s books, but this one has to be my favourite [...] I’m sad it’s over’ – real 5-star reader review ‘This latest novel by Emily Giffin is quite the page turner! This was a one day read for me [...] timely and thought provoking’ – real 5-star reader review ‘I absolutely love the characters that Emily creates and her stories are so true-to-life. A must read!’ – real 5-star reader review ‘Finished in two days! Really loved it and it kept me hooked throughout’ – real 5-star reader review ‘I read it in two days because I couldn’t put it down. Thought provoking, timely [...] this book is a gem!’ – real 5-star reader review ‘masterfully addresses the influence of social media and exposure on teens, family, and community, class [...] smooth, believable, and never heavy-handed [...] and a perfect book club read’ – real 5-star reader review ______________________________ 'Irresistible... All We Ever Wanted will sink its teeth into you immediately and refuse to let go until the novel's thrilling conclusion' – PopSugar 'If you’re looking for a book about romance, single parenthood, race, gender injustice, lost love, or high-class privilege, this novel is for you... All We Ever Wanted is an emotional journey that forces readers to think' – Associated Press 'All We Ever Wanted is a summer read with substance that will seriously make you think' – HelloGiggles 'Stellar... Giffin’s plot touches on social class and misogyny while delivering an excellent page-turning story' – Publishers Weekly 'Emily Giffin is the ultimate smart-girl beach read goddess' – Well+Good 'All We Ever Wanted is the book everyone will be talking about this summer.' – PopSugar
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In the heat of a west coast summer three very different women, each poised for success, find themselves failing spectacularly. Janice, a devoted mother and housewife who's approaching fifty, is cold-heartedly abandoned by her husband; her elder daughter Margaret, a magazine editor, is driven back home by towering debts; and her teenage daughter Lizzie is humiliated by the boys whose affections she has unquestioningly embraced.At first they hide their downfalls - bankruptcy, addiction, promiscuity - from one another, but as the curtain-twitching world they inhabit begins to intrude, they find their secrets exposed. And in the midst of the manicured lawns and country club whispers, the Miller women cloister themselves in their suburban home and confront first their individual crises, then each other ...All We Ever Wanted Was Everything is an astonishing portrait of modern-day women trying to stay afloat, of secrets and lies, and of what happens when the world you know comes crashing down.
“Sara Shepard delivers the perfect read….A brilliant storyteller.” —Adriana Trigiani, bestselling author of Very Valentine and Brava, Valentine “[Written] with unflinching honesty and unstinting compassion.” —Jacquelyn Mitchard, author The Deep End of the Ocean “This riveting, provocative and well-crafted family drama surprised and delivered at every turn. I could not put it down.” —Sarah Mlynowski, author of Ten Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn't Have) Sara Shepard, the bestselling author of Pretty Little Liars, delivers a powerful novel of family dreams, lies, and delusions. Everything We Ever Wanted begins with a phone call with allegations that rock an upper crust Philadelphia family to its very foundations, unlocking years of secrets and scandals that expose the serious flaws in outwardly perfect lives. A moving, intelligent, and unforgettable novel, Shepard’s Everything We Ever Wanted is exceptional contemporary women’s fiction that will be embraced by book clubs everywhere.
Meet Leah and Chris; raised on Harry Potter, New Labour and a belief that one day they would be as ‘special’ as their parents promised. But what happens when those dreams don’t become reality? All We Ever Wanted Was Everything is a three-act anthem set across three decades, from 1997’s Cool Britannia to 2007’s Broken Britain and 2017’s Brexit Britain. It’s about the world we inherited and the one we’re leaving behind. It’s a gig that tells a story of a million beating hearts and an asteroid with other plans. Download a free EP of music from the show, by James Frewer with Alice Beaumont, from warrenrecordsuk.bandcamp.com
All We Ever Wanted offers a shot of optimism in a time when it's so desperately needed. Instead of wallowing in despair, these 24 stories provide a road map toward a brighter future. Will our salvation come from embracing technology, or from a return to nature. Is a new world right around the corner, or will it take an apocalypse-level event to give us the opportunity to start over from scratch. Stories of time-travel, virtual reality, community-building, and complete inclusion all told by a diverse group of creators, each with a unique, but uplifting, vision of the future. All We Ever Wanted was so well-received that a sequel anthology, Maybe Someday, is due out November 2020. Reviews: For anyone who likes a dose of good news to balance out the frequent bad... 24 short stories loaded with hope!" - The New York Times All We Ever Wanted gives readers and fans something we've been desperately craving - confirmation that hope is not lost. An all-star crew of comic book talents join forces for the must-read anthology of the year. A can't miss serving of positivity and optimism. --Alex Segura (Blackout, The Archies) The stories in All We Ever Wanted are as diverse and extraordinary as each contributor. The art is magnetic, alluring and vivid. The world needs more visions of utopias and this book more than provides it. --Pharoah Miles, GraphicPolicy.com All We Ever Wanted weaves together the ordinary and extraordinary in every story to remind us that however hard it is to find, there is still hope. --Katie Cardwell, Nerdophiles.com
Social worker, Maggie O'Hara, on the spur of the moment, grabs a handsome stranger, and asks him to portray himself, temporarily, as her fiancé. She has adopted a baby girl and her family will disapprove since she isn't married. What Maggie doesn't count on is Dr. Nicholas Capra refusing to give up the pretense and demanding to meet her family--and becoming a part of her life.
At twenty-one, Kathy Valentine was at the Whisky in Los Angeles when she met a guitarist from a fledgling band called the Go-Go’s—and the band needed a bassist. The Go-Go’s became the first multi-platinum-selling, all-female band to play instruments themselves, write their own songs, and have a number one album. Their debut, Beauty and the Beat, spent six weeks at the top of the Billboard 200 and featured the hit songs “We Got the Beat” and “Our Lips Are Sealed.” The record's success brought the pressures of a relentless workload and schedule culminating in a wild, hazy, substance-fueled tour that took the band from the club circuit to arenas, where fans, promoters, and crew were more than ready to keep the party going. For Valentine, the band's success was the fulfillment of a lifelong dream—but it’s only part of her story. All I Ever Wanted traces the path that took her from her childhood in Texas—where she all but raised herself—to the height of rock ‘n’ roll stardom, devastation after the collapse of the band that had come to define her, and the quest to regain her sense of self after its end. Valentine also speaks candidly about the lasting effects of parental betrayal, abortion, rape, and her struggles with drugs and alcohol—and the music that saved her every step of the way. Populated with vivid portraits of Valentine’s interactions during the 1980s with musicians and actors from the Police and Rod Stewart to John Belushi and Rob Lowe, All I Ever Wanted is a deeply personal reflection on a life spent in music.
From the bestselling author of A Hundred Pieces of Me and One Small Act of Kindness comes a heartwarming, bittersweet and uplifting story of missed chances and unexpected opportunities. 'Lucy Dillon's books make the world a better place' - Heat Caitlin's life is a mess. Her marriage to a man everyone else thinks is perfect has collapsed, along with her self-esteem, and breaking free seems the only option. Nancy, her four-year-old daughter, used to talk all the time; in the car, at nursery, to her brother Joel. Then her parents split up. Her daddy moves out. And Nancy stops speaking. Nancy's Auntie Eva, recently widowed and feeling alone, apart from the companionship of two bewildered pugs, is facing a future without her husband or the dreams she gave up for him. But when Eva agrees to host her niece and nephew once a fortnight, Caitlin and Eva are made to face the different truths about their marriages - and about what they both really want . . . 'Bittersweet, lovely and ultimately redemptitive; the kind of book that makes you want to live your own life better' - Jojo Moyes 'So satisfying and clever and deeply moving' - Sophie Kinsella
When Mark, her lover and boss, announces his engagement to another woman, Callie Grey, in order to get back at him, stirs up a crazy relationship with the town's cantankerous veterinarian.