Ten Birthdays: An emotional, uplifting book about love, loss and hope

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Winner of the Romantic Novelists' Association 2018 Young Adult Romantic Novel of the Year

There are going to be so many things I wish I could’ve told you in person, Poppy. I won’t get the chance to do that, so perhaps this is my only way…

It’s Poppy Kinsey’s birthday.

She should be blowing out candles and opening presents – but hers falls on the type of heart-wrenching, agonising anniversary she would far rather forget.

The worst day of them all. The day her mother died.

But this year is special because the person she misses most in the world has left her a set of letters, one for each of her next ten birthdays.

As Poppy opens them year by year, she discovers that no matter how tough life gets, her mum will always be by her side, guiding her along the way.

Fans of Cecelia Ahern and S.D. Robertson will love this page turning tear-jerker about making every moment count. 

Read what everyone is saying about Ten Birthdays:

‘My heart. My poor heart… I LOVED IT. I loved everything about it, seriously: the characters are incredibly realistic and sweet and perfectly imperfect, the writing is exquisite... I WANT MORE! … This story was truly beautiful. Sweet, bittersweet, tragic and oh so real, yet funny and full of hope and love. It was like Kerry Wilkinson had decided to turn his words into colours to paint the most beautiful painting.  I read it in one sitting, and now I'm at work, wondering what the hell to do with myself. I feel like this book broke me and put me back together.’  Books are Here for You

 

An emotional but uplifting story… This book brought tears, smiles and some laughs. I truly loved it.’ 5* Goodreads Reviewer

 

‘Warm and heartbreaking and magical. I completely enjoyed this book to bits.5* Kat with the Hat

 

This story was truly beautiful. Sweet, bittersweet, tragic and oh so real, yet funny and full of hope and loveWhere are all the Books

 

This is one of those books you read that you won’t forget anytime soon…a very heartfelt book that goes through a gambit of emotional highs and lows.  The Ten Birthdays blurb promised I would find an emotional, uplifting book about love, loss, and hope and it definitely did just that.’ Near Misses and Awkward Kisses

 

An absolutely gripping read which is quite uplifting…Loved this book…I will definitely be looking out for more from this author.’ Read Along with Sue

 

It was impossible to let go, even for a second. Ten birthdays has touched me enormously. In closing this book, I had only one desire, call my mother. That's what I did. This novel has the gift of making us appreciate those little moments that we share with our loved ones’ Path of Words

 
Wow! This book! I have read and loved this author's Jessica Daniel series and was looking forward to this and wow! Such a stunning book! Every word perfect and there for a reason. So beautiful. Such amazing writing. LOVED Poppy, her dad, Madeline, Mark and even Freya. I fell in love with the village in Bristol that Poppy, Mark and Freya are from. From the first work to the last, I loved everything about this book. All the characters, the village, this book, will stay with me for a long time. Five stars are not enough for this brilliant masterpiece. One of my favourite reads this year!’  Renita D’Silva

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Bookouture
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Published on
Apr 21, 2017
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Pages
228
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ISBN
9781786811721
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English
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Fiction / Contemporary Women
Fiction / Romance / Contemporary
Fiction / Sagas
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‘A gripping, intriguing mystery…an entertaining, thrilling story.’ Nicki’s Life of Crime

They told us he had been missing for nearly two days, that he probably drowned. They told us a lie.

Megan was ten years old when her older brother, Zac, went missing among the cliffs, caves and beaches that surround the small seaside town of Whitecliff. 

A decade later and a car crash has claimed the lives of her parents.

Megan and her younger sister Chloe return to Whitecliff one summer for the first time since their brother’s disappearance. Megan says it’s to get her parents’ affairs in order. There are boxes to pack, junk to clear, a rundown cottage to sell. But that’s not the real reason. 

Megan has come to confront her family’s past after receiving a postcard on the day of her parents’ funeral. It had a photograph of Whitecliff on the front and a single letter on the back.

‘Z’ is all it read.

Z for Zac.

A totally gripping psychological thriller that will have fans of Louise Jensen, The Girl on the Train and The Silent Child absolutely hooked.

Read what everyone is saying about Two Sisters:

‘I love this book so much and it is definitely one of my favorites. I read this book in one sitting because I could not get out of the story.’ Stylish Brunette

‘Will have the reader hooked from the start. This was a great introduction to a new author to me and I cannot wait to read more’. By the Letters Book Reviews

‘This book was really amazing! It kept me gripped… It is amazing how the authors weaves the tale and it just keeps the reader engrossed and everything was never what it seemed. An absolutely brilliant book, I highly recommend it.’Goodreads Reviewer

‘This book was wonderful, there were lots of twists and turns that I didn't see coming so it kept me engaged all the way through the book. I really had a hard time putting this one down…Awesome read.’ Bonnie’s Book Talk

‘This is my first introduction to Kerry Wilkinson. I know, right? Where the heck have I been? But it definitely won't be my last!’ Novel Deelights 

‘An engrossing and twisty read. Highly recommended!’ Bibliophile Book Club 

‘A perfect summer holiday read…it's sharp, cool, witty, and fresh. I loved it, it's by far my favourite thriller of the Summer so far.’ Behind Green Eyes 

‘Excellent read...I read this book in one sitting!’ Goodreads Reviewer
Missy Malone is about to marry Dan Benson. You are cordially invited to attend the wedding, in Las Vegas. 
As you might expect, these two will encounter a few bumps on the way to their big day. But this is Missy and Dan—you know they’ll overcome any obstacle in their path. Their friends will all be with them on their journey toward wedded bliss. The question is: which of them will be able to overcome some pretty major obstacles of their own? 

You’ll have to accept the invitation, and join the gang in Vegas to find out who else is getting married, who isn’t, and who’s expecting a baby! 

This book is intended for adult readers 18+ 

************************* 
The Wedding Dance is NOT intended to be read as a stand alone novel. This book is for my lovely readers who have enjoyed Summer Lake books 1-7. It's a chance to join Missy and Dan for their wedding, and to visit with each of the couples from the first seven books in the series. If you haven't yet, you can get started for FREE with Love Like You've Never Been Hurt 

All the other Summer Lake Romance books can be read as a stand alone book – no cliff hangers here! Each book contains one couple's story. However, they are best read in order to get full enjoyment of the underlying story and friendships. 

Book 1: Love Like You've Never Been Hurt - Emma and Jack 
Book 2: Work Like You Don't Need the Money - Pete and Holly 
Book 3: Dance Like Nobody's Watching - Missy and Dan 
Book 4: Fly Like You've Never Been Grounded - Smoke and Laura 
Book 5: Laugh Like You've Never Cried - Michael and Megan 
Book 6: Sing Like Nobody's Listening - Kenzie and Chase 
Book 7: Smile Like You Mean It - Gabe and Renée 
Book 8: The Wedding Dance - Missy and Dan's Wedding 
Book 9: Chasing Tomorrow - Ben's backstory with Charlotte
Book 10: Dream Like Nothing's Impossible - April and Eddie
Book 11: Ride Like You've Never Fallen - Nate and Lily
Book 12: Live Like There's No Tomorrow - Ben's story
Book 13: The Wedding Flight – Smoke and Laura’s Wedding


Remington Ranch series

Meet the sexy brothers of Remington Ranch! Just like in SJ's Summer Lake Romance series you can expect a story that is both sweet and steamy!

Book 1: Mason 
Book 2: Shane
Book 3: Carter
Book 4: Beau
Book 5: Four Weddings and a Vendetta


A Chance and a Hope series

These are NOT meant to be read as standalone stories and need to be read in order.

Book 1: Chance Encounter
Book 2: Finding Hope
Book 3: Give Hope a Chance

The Hamiltons Series

This series follows the Hamilton family in California wine country. If you recognize the name Hamilton it’s because this is Smoke’s family who own one of the largest wine growing and distribution businesses in the country. In this set of connected stand-alone books you will meet Smoke’s brother and sister as well as a couple of cousins.

Book 1: Red Wine and Roses
Book 2: Champagne and daisies

The Davenports Series

The upcoming series featuring Hope’s cousins, the sexy brothers, of the Billionaire Davenport family.

Book 1: Oscar
Book 2: TJ
Book 3: Reid

Thirteen years ago Olivia Adams went missing. Now she’s back… or is she?


When six-year-old Olivia Adams disappeared from her back garden, the small community of Stoneridge was thrown into turmoil.  How could a child vanish in the middle of a cosy English village?


Thirteen years on and Olivia is back. Her mother is convinced it’s her but not everyone is sure. If this is the missing girl, then where has she been - and what happened to her on that sunny afternoon?


If she's an imposter, then who would be bold enough to try to fool a child’s own mother – and why?


Then there are those who would rather Olivia stayed missing. The past is the past and some secrets must remain buried. 


An absorbing and gripping psychological thriller that will have you holding your breath until the final page.


Read what everyone is saying about The Girl Who Came Back:


‘OMG this book is so damn good…. gripped from the very first page…. I freaking loved it!’ Chelle’s Book Reviews


‘Cor! Kerry Wilkinson strikes again with this absolutely incredible page turner!’  Novel Deelights 


‘Wow this book just blew me away…it literally had me sitting on the end of the seat.’  Sean’s Book Reviews 


‘The Girl Who Came Back is absolutely the most unique and twisted thriller I have ever read… The reader will not be able to put this book down once it captures you… The twist at the end is amazing and one no one will see coming… a wonderfully told tale that kept me reading well past my usual bedtime.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars


‘This was a fantastic read, as always, by a fantastic author… with enough twists and turns to keep you hooked until the very last word… I guarantee you will be hooked!!!  Five stars!’ Stardust Book Reviews


‘OMG Kerry Wilkinson is on fire!  This was awesome I loved it. The story totally captivated me, I couldn't put it down.  Everything about this book is fantastic.  I want to give it 6 stars!’ Goodreads Reviewer


‘Just WOW what an excellent read. Two stories in parallel that merge into an explosive ending that I truly didn't see coming.’ Goodreads Reviewer


‘This is a fantastically written, complex psychological thriller that tackles difficult subjects and emotions all in one wonderful narrative. A must-read!’ Have Books, Will Read


‘This book was wonderful, there were lots of twists and turns that I didn't see coming so it kept me engaged all the way through the book. I really had a hard time putting this one down…Awesome read.’ Bonnie’s Book Talk


‘This book was really amazing! It kept me gripped… It is amazing how the author weaves the tale and it just keeps the reader engrossed and everything was never what it seemed. An absolutely brilliant book, I highly recommend it.’ Goodreads Reviewer


‘A hugely enjoyable page-turner from Kerry Wilkinson: if he's not someone you've read you really are missing out!... I couldn't wait to find out what happened next.’ Cameron Book Reviews


‘I love everything Kerry Wilkinson writes - he has such an addictive, page-turning style of writing. And this book is definitely one of his very best! From the first line to very last, this was a superb, mind-blowing read… Absolutely loved this engaging, amazing story.’ Goodreads Reviewer


‘This is one of those books that once you start you just have to keep going…

this book has some great twists, and I have to say an OMG ending… I just didn't see that coming till it hit me in the face.’ I Love Reading UK

‘It was almost as if I had been hypnotised by the book… I just couldn’t put the book down.’ Ginger Book Geek

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 Megan Reid doesn't like to be noticed, she just wants to be left alone. She's never felt comfortable around people--her past has taught her that it's safer to avoid them. Her job at the library lets her spend time with the books and children she loves. Between her work and her dog, she has everything she needs. Summer Lake seems to be the perfect place for her to live out the quiet little life she's been hoping for.....until she meets Michael.

He is everything she's not, he's fun, funny, charming and outgoing--and oh, so sexy!  He's about to turn her world upside down. If she sticks around long enough to let him.

Michael Morgan is back in Summer Lake after fifteen years in Australia. It's time for him and his son to settle down to a life that includes his family, his friends, and the work he loves as a small town doctor. Life is good, but he has to wonder if it wouldn't be even better with the timid little librarian by his side.

These two embark on a journey laced with apprehension, insecurity, the shared love for a small boy, and a whole lot of laughter. But is it a journey that will eventually lead them to each other, or will past hurts always get in the way?

The Summer Lake contemporary romance series follows a group of friends from a small lakeside town in the California hills. They have kept in touch over the years and now, in their early thirties, their lives are drawing them back to Summer Lake and to each other.

This book is intended for adult readers 18+ 
************************** 

Each Summer Lake Romance can be read as a stand alone book – no cliff hangers here! Each book contains one couple's story. However, they are best read in order to get full enjoyment of the underlying story and friendships. 

Book 1: Love Like You've Never Been Hurt - Emma and Jack 
Book 2: Work Like You Don't Need the Money - Pete and Holly 
Book 3: Dance Like Nobody's Watching - Missy and Dan 
Book 4: Fly Like You've Never Been Grounded - Smoke and Laura 
Book 5: Laugh Like You've Never Cried - Michael and Megan 
Book 6: Sing Like Nobody's Listening - Kenzie and Chase 
Book 7: Smile Like You Mean It - Gabe and Renée 
Book 8: The Wedding Dance - Missy and Dan's Wedding 
Book 9: Chasing Tomorrow - Ben's backstory with Charlotte
Book 10: Dream Like Nothing's Impossible - April and Eddie
Book 11: Ride Like You've Never Fallen - Nate and Lily
Book 12: Live Like There's No Tomorrow - Ben's story
Book 13: The Wedding Flight – Smoke and Laura’s Wedding


Remington Ranch series

Meet the sexy brothers of Remington Ranch! Just like in SJ's Summer Lake Romance series you can expect a story that is both sweet and steamy!

Book 1: Mason 
Book 2: Shane
Book 3: Carter
Book 4: Beau
Book 5: Four Weddings and a Vendetta


A Chance and a Hope series

These are NOT meant to be read as standalone stories and need to be read in order.

Book 1: Chance Encounter
Book 2: Finding Hope
Book 3: Give Hope a Chance

The Hamiltons Series

This series follows the Hamilton family in California wine country. If you recognize the name Hamilton it’s because this is Smoke’s family who own one of the largest wine growing and distribution businesses in the country. In this set of connected stand-alone books you will meet Smoke’s brother and sister as well as a couple of cousins.

Book 1: Red Wine and Roses
Book 2: Champagne and daisies

The Davenports Series

The upcoming series featuring Hope’s cousins, the sexy brothers, of the Billionaire Davenport family.

Book 1: Oscar
Book 2: TJ
Book 3: Reid

‘Wow this had me captivated! I could hardly put the book down … OMG that ending! … stunning ... I had to get my breath back at the end!' Bonnie's Book Talk, 5 stars


Rose Denton wakes up in her car. She has no memory of how she got there. But she knows something bad happened… 

There’s blood on the windscreen and bonnet – but it’s not hers and there’s no sign of anything or anyone she might have hit. The last thing she remembers is being in a hotel on a business trip but now she’s miles away.

Back home and her daughter’s boyfriend is missing. The last thing he did was argue with Rose over money. He left no note, no text, no clue as to his whereabouts. 

The police have questions – and so does Rose’s family. But those are little compared to the ones she has for herself.

What happened last night?  If Rose wants to know the truth, she might finally have to face the terrible secret from her past. 

A totally addictive psychological thriller which will keep you turning the pages until the final dramatic twist.


What readers are saying about Last Night:

‘Wow this had me captivated!… The book went by in a flash and OMG that ending! A really really good book that I thoroughly enjoyed. I highly recommend this book, it is full of drama, tension and angst. Kerry Wilkinson is at his best with this stunning psychological thriller. I had to get my breath back at the end!’ Bonnie’s Book Talk, 5 stars

‘Another book to get excited about!... fast-paced, gripping and there are so many red herrings it was hard to keep up... Another big thumbs up to Mr Wilkinson!’ Stardust Book Reviews, 5 stars

‘Yet again, what a fantastic book by Kerry Wilkinson. His books just get better and better… This book will keep you gripped right till the end. If you want a book that is fast-paced, lots of twists and turns, that will keep you guessing, this book is for you. Plus, WOW what an ending… I just loved it. If I could give it more than 5 stars I would.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

‘The story was impossible to put down and I know that it is one I will read again. This is another exceptional stand-alone book from Kerry Wilkinson.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

‘Oh boy what a brilliant thriller this is, packed full of twists, red herrings, secrets, betrayals and misconceptions… A gripping, riveting, page-turner that had me hooked in from the first sentence right through to the unexpected, ‘omg’ final page.’ Nicki’s Life of Crime, 5 stars

‘I loved it… was consistently excellent… Thoroughly recommended, 10/10.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

‘A razor-sharp psychological thriller full of a whole host of red herrings that will have you questioning everything and everyone... The writing is brilliant, it kept me glued to the page, and the plot and characters were so vividly described... An ITV 3-part drama in the making!’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

‘I really like Kerry's stand-alone novels… ones I've read have been excellent and Last Night is no different. Thoroughly gripping, I really didn't have a clue what was going on… It's a sign of a great thriller writer when the writer can leave you that utterly confused!’ Life Has a Funny Way, 5 stars

‘Brilliant as usual, this author can do no wrong in my eyes, so many twists and turns, I can never tell how the stories will end up.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

‘I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and found it very hard to put down… I loved it and will be seeking out more of Kerry Wilkinson’s works. If you enjoy psychological suspense, look no further! A great beach read!’ Tropical Delusions, 5 stars

‘There are plenty red herrings and so many twists and turns you can`t guess what the truth will be until the very end. Always the sign of a good thriller. A tense and gripping read, I loved it.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

Thirteen years ago Olivia Adams went missing. Now she’s back… or is she?


When six-year-old Olivia Adams disappeared from her back garden, the small community of Stoneridge was thrown into turmoil.  How could a child vanish in the middle of a cosy English village?


Thirteen years on and Olivia is back. Her mother is convinced it’s her but not everyone is sure. If this is the missing girl, then where has she been - and what happened to her on that sunny afternoon?


If she's an imposter, then who would be bold enough to try to fool a child’s own mother – and why?


Then there are those who would rather Olivia stayed missing. The past is the past and some secrets must remain buried. 


An absorbing and gripping psychological thriller that will have you holding your breath until the final page.


Read what everyone is saying about The Girl Who Came Back:


‘OMG this book is so damn good…. gripped from the very first page…. I freaking loved it!’ Chelle’s Book Reviews


‘Cor! Kerry Wilkinson strikes again with this absolutely incredible page turner!’  Novel Deelights 


‘Wow this book just blew me away…it literally had me sitting on the end of the seat.’  Sean’s Book Reviews 


‘The Girl Who Came Back is absolutely the most unique and twisted thriller I have ever read… The reader will not be able to put this book down once it captures you… The twist at the end is amazing and one no one will see coming… a wonderfully told tale that kept me reading well past my usual bedtime.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars


‘This was a fantastic read, as always, by a fantastic author… with enough twists and turns to keep you hooked until the very last word… I guarantee you will be hooked!!!  Five stars!’ Stardust Book Reviews


‘OMG Kerry Wilkinson is on fire!  This was awesome I loved it. The story totally captivated me, I couldn't put it down.  Everything about this book is fantastic.  I want to give it 6 stars!’ Goodreads Reviewer


‘Just WOW what an excellent read. Two stories in parallel that merge into an explosive ending that I truly didn't see coming.’ Goodreads Reviewer


‘This is a fantastically written, complex psychological thriller that tackles difficult subjects and emotions all in one wonderful narrative. A must-read!’ Have Books, Will Read


‘This book was wonderful, there were lots of twists and turns that I didn't see coming so it kept me engaged all the way through the book. I really had a hard time putting this one down…Awesome read.’ Bonnie’s Book Talk


‘This book was really amazing! It kept me gripped… It is amazing how the author weaves the tale and it just keeps the reader engrossed and everything was never what it seemed. An absolutely brilliant book, I highly recommend it.’ Goodreads Reviewer


‘A hugely enjoyable page-turner from Kerry Wilkinson: if he's not someone you've read you really are missing out!... I couldn't wait to find out what happened next.’ Cameron Book Reviews


‘I love everything Kerry Wilkinson writes - he has such an addictive, page-turning style of writing. And this book is definitely one of his very best! From the first line to very last, this was a superb, mind-blowing read… Absolutely loved this engaging, amazing story.’ Goodreads Reviewer


‘This is one of those books that once you start you just have to keep going…

this book has some great twists, and I have to say an OMG ending… I just didn't see that coming till it hit me in the face.’ I Love Reading UK

‘It was almost as if I had been hypnotised by the book… I just couldn’t put the book down.’ Ginger Book Geek

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