Twenty years ago, fourteen-year-old Valerie rushed off for lunch with her boyfriend instead of properly putting away a packet of balloons, and her little brother choked to death on his third birthday. In response, Valerie locked down every aspect of her life so she could never lose control like that again, and she’s still doing that today.
So when her sister Gloria is found comatose after an apparently random attack, Valerie is desperate to do something, anything, to save her only remaining sibling. But as a financial controller for a “nothing bigger than a size six” fashion designer, she has no medical background and no idea of how to help. But she has to find a way.
Since Gloria has always wanted to be a size zero, Valerie hits on food as the answer: by eating less, she will lose the weight Gloria now can’t and somehow save her sister that way. But when “eating less” turns into a frantic starvation diet to reach size zero before Gloria dies, will Valerie’s self control save her sister or destroy her own life?
"Good to Myself": One obstacle keeps columnist
Lydia Grange from the promotion she craves: beating her two coworkers in a
"be 'good to yourself' for four weeks" competition. Piece of
(cheese)cake. Lydia, queen of instant gratification, will indulge herself even
more, ensure her readers do too, and it'll be the easiest month of her life.
Unless... could there be more to self-care than sex and shopping and sugar?
"Pink is a Four-Letter Word": Nothing ever comes
easily for Larissa, a makeup artist who both loves and fears pink and all
things feminine. After a particularly painful string of disasters, she takes a
job teaching English in Kuwait in the hopes that she will be a new and better
person there. But can she really leave her psychological baggage behind in
Toronto, or is it true that 'wherever you go, there you are'?
"Everybody's Got a Story": Both personally and
professionally, Alexa knows all too well the power of words. Two years after
her boyfriend viciously assaulted her, she's still trying to label herself as
more than simply 'his victim'. She moves to Toronto after his trial for a fresh
start, but his actions and especially his words stick with her and make that
impossible. Can Alexa reclaim her story and her life?
"Fifty Million Reasons": Angela has typical
lottery-player plans: help friends and family, give more to charity, and escape
her rut. But when she wins big, she faces angry relatives, her own unexpected
greed, and a lawsuit from the person who put her in that rut. Almost nobody
treats her normally, and they've got fifty million reasons not to. She can buy
anything she wants now, but can she buy the life she needs?
Four full novels, one great price. Happy reading!
All Corinne has ever wanted was the role of clarinetist for the Toronto Philharmonic Orchestra. The clarinet, and working to master it, is all she has left of her father, who abandoned the family when she was a little girl. But after failing to clinch an open spot in a heated audition, her life-plan soon goes overboard. Not only does she break up with her longtime boyfriend, Clay, she also makes a decision that will alter her destiny in ways she never imagined...
After a medical procedure and a couple of months of changing everything in her life, a pregnant Corinne meets Melissa and her gorgeous flirt of a brother-in-law, Austin, on a cruise. The heat of the Caribbean sun soon combines with a mutual attraction to create a sizzling connection neither Corinne nor Austin can deny. But when the truth comes out about Corinne's condition, will lifelong playboy Austin man up? Or will Corinne's hope for a future beyond a shipboard romance prove yet another PLAN OVERBOARD?
After his trial, she moves from New York City to Toronto in an attempt to start over, but his words cling to her and even in a new country she can't see how to move into relationships with the new people in her life while hiding the secret of Christophe's worst offense.
She can't hide that secret from her coworker Jake, though, because the news buff has recognized her from the coverage of the assault and trial and knows every word she can't bring herself to say about her ordeal.
With Jake's help, can Alexa reclaim her story and her life?
At least, she's sure until she meets his brothers on the cruise and discovers she's dated both of them: Austin, the fun-loving flirt whose kisses still haunt her dreams, and Nicholas, the sweet horror movie fan whose lack of ambition upset her in ways she still doesn't understand.
Melissa expected to spend tons of time onboard with her fiancé, but he instead spends nearly his every waking moment in the casino displaying a previously unseen love of gambling. This surprise, and the time she spends with Nicholas and with Austin, makes her question everything she thought she wanted.
Her relationship with Owen was just fine before, but suddenly 'just fine' doesn't seem good enough to keep a marriage alive for a lifetime. Melissa has two weeks to decide: stay with Owen or jump ship.