Truth or Dare?

Chesil Beach

Book 1
Choc Lit
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Kate wants to start taking more chances in life—but how much risk is too much?
Kate Blair is sick of unrequited love. She’s quietly waited for Mickey for years, but she’s finally decided: No more Mickey and no more playing it safe. She’s been trying to control everything—from the calories she consumes to painful emotions toward her alcoholic mother. She wants to live it up and be more like her wild friend Rosie—though Rosie has some problems of her own.
It’s time to take a chance on real love, and Declan O’Brien’s the perfect risk. He’s handsome, kind, and crazy about her—so it’s not long before all thoughts of Mickey are few and far between.
But old habits die hard. Kate may have started to forget . . . but has Mickey?
“[James’s] Chesil Beach series . . . has been compared to that of leading novelists Jodi Picoult and Jojo Moyes.” —Dorset Echo
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Choc Lit
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Oct 22, 2013
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Fiction / Psychological
Fiction / Romance / Contemporary
Fiction / Women
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Your school friends know who you were before the flattering haircut, the great career, the loving family. They know secrets you’ve kept...


It’s been twenty-five years since Emma graduated from the prestigious Denham House Girls’ School. She thinks she’s finally shaken the shadow of the awkward, neurotic girl she was at school. But as a class reunion approaches, Emma finds herself right back there, moving into the headmaster’s old staff cottage with her daughter while her marriage implodes. It’s here though that Emma finds a photograph that had been hidden away: an explicit image of her school-friend Tessa, staring boldly at the camera, dated the day before her death.


Between catching up with old friends Marlee and Clementine, home for the reunion, and the demands of single parenthood, Emma has enough to distract her. But she can’t shake the image of the photograph. And the thought that this is proof of something she has long suspected: Jon Brownley, the current headmaster, was involved with Tessa. Emma had seen them arguing in the school grounds back then, and always regretted not speaking up after the death was ruled an accident. Now she’s certain she let Tessa down.


Marlee and Clementine have their own complex feelings about returning to their hometown. And when Emma starts to question what really happened to Tessa, all women must deal with the consequences of decisions they made all those years ago. Because the more Emma digs into the past, the more she discovers that everyone remembers it differently, and that the innocent schoolgirls she thought she knew, might be hiding some very big secrets. 


A page-turning novel about family drama, lies, and the secrets we keep to protect those we love. Perfect for fans of Liane Moriarty, The Silent Wife and Kerry Lonsdale. 


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"Helen has weaved a delicately balanced story of intrigue, secrets and passion, which practically melts the pages." -Bare Naked Words

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Jade Roberts is in love with Talon Steel but no longer welcome in his home. While she resolves to move on, she still longs for the passion she and Talon shared…and when her boss asks her to dig up information on the Steels, she’s only too happy to comply. Talon and his brothers are hiding something, and Jade is determined to find out what it is.

The moment Talon saw Jade he wanted her, ached for her, craved her…and now his desire has become his obsession. He knows she deserves better than his broken soul, but he can’t stay away from her, and he finally confesses his love. If he and Jade are to have a future, he knows he must make peace with the dark shadows and horrors of his past.

But as Talon begins his journey of healing, Jade uncovers some startling secrets…

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