[Free eBook] Winter’s Fairytale by Maxine Morrey [Cozy Contemporary Fiction with Romance]

Winter’s Fairytale by British author Maxine Morrey is her standalone festive heartwarming literary/women’s fiction novel with strong f/m romantic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher HarperCollins’ Mills & Boon acquisition’s Carina UK imprint for digital-first publications in non-primarily-romance-dedicated genres.

This was the featured Free Book of the Week in the iTunes UK store, and the full blurb says it was the winner of publisher Carina UK’s #WriteChristmas competition.

The story is set during the lead-up to the Christmas holidays, when a chance meeting brings two estranged former acquaintances—a jilted bride and the best man who delivered the news of her fiancé’s abandonment at her would-be wedding—together for the holidays for a possible friendly reconciliation and maybe more.

Offered in the UK and selected other countries worldwide (excluding North America), available at multiple retailers.

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[Free eBook] Someone to Love by Lucy Scala [Italian Contemporary Fiction with Romance]

Someone to Love by Lucy Scala, a pseudonym for Italian author Lucrezia Scali is her standalone contemporary/women’s fiction novel with strong f/m romantic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Head of Zeus’ Aria imprint for digital first publications by newer and translated authors.

This was originally published in 2015 by Italian publisher Newton Compton as Te lo dico sottovoce, and is translated by Chloé Ercoli Bannister.

The story is set in Turin, Italy, and stars a career-dedicated veterinarian with a past string of unhappy love affairs and bad blind dates, who unexpectedly starts meeting a number of men who might turn out to be the right one, this time around. NB: apparently this is not that focused on people romantically falling in love, so much as an exploration of the different varieties of love in one’s life and there may be an unusual resolution, according to the customer reviews. YMMV.

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[Free eBook] Did I Mention I Love You? by Estelle Maskame [YA Forbidden Romance Drama Novel]

Did I Mention I Love You? by Scottish author Estelle Maskame is the 1st novel in her DIMILY trilogy of acronymic YA f/m contemporary romance/personal drama, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Sourcebooks’ Fire imprint.

The trilogy is set in California during a long summer vacation or three, when a forbidden romance slowly begins to bloom between a stepbrother and stepsister, and was apparently a hit sensation when originally posted in installments on Wattpad. If you’re interested, here’s a Q&A with the author about the process of moving this particular book from Wattpad to trad-publishing.

This initial novel introduces the heroine, who during the course of a visit to a father she hasn’t seen in three years, meets the unexpected new stepfamily he’s remarried into, and finds sparks start to fly between herself and the one stepbrother with whom it seems she can’t get along at all, even as circumstances keep throwing them together again and again.

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[Free eBook] Second Chances by Minna Howard [Contemporary Literary Fiction with Romance]

Second Chances by London-resident British author Minna Howard is her standalone contemporary/women’s fiction novel with strong f/m romantic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of Head of Zeus’ Aria imprint for digital first publications by newer and translated authors.

This was originally published in 2004 by Robert Hale under the title The Orchid Lover using the pseudonym Mary De Laszlo.

The story is a personal drama, starring a woman deserted by her husband in the throes of a mid-life crisis, trying various things to pick up the pieces and move on even as events seem to thwart her by putting obstacles in her way, and winding up disputing the ownership of her new house with the next-door neighbour, leading them to become increasingly involved with each other

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[Free eBook] A House to Mend a Broken Heart by Alison Sherlock [Cozy Contemporary Fiction with Romance]

A House to Mend a Broken Heart by Surrey-resident author Alison Sherlock is the 1st novel in her Welcome to Willow Tree Hall series of heartwarming contemporary literary/women’s fiction novels with f/m romantic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of Head of Zeus’ Aria imprint for digital first publications by newer and translated authors.

The series is set an an ancestral aristocratic stately home in England, which is in need of restoration, and centres around the lives and loves of the people involved with that. This installment begins the renovation, as after the elderly Earl suffers an accident, the new housekeeper and the reluctant heir begin the project to help give the place a more sustainable future.

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[Free eBook] It Was Always You by Georgie Capron [Contemporary Travel Fiction with Romance]

It Was Always You by London-resident author Georgie Capron is her standalone contemporary literary/women’s fiction novel with strong f/m romantic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of Head of Zeus’ Aria imprint for digital first publications by newer and translated authors.

The story takes place in Positano, Italy, starring a woman who travels there on the obligatory journey of self-discovery for a bit of fun before settling down, and in the course of her experiences working at a local hostel and enjoying the local surroundings, finds herself contrasting the hot summer fling with the man she left back home.

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[Free eBook] Beyond Grace’s Rainbow by Carmel Harrington [Contemporary Literary Fiction with Romance]

Beyond Grace’s Rainbow by Irish author Carmel Harrington is her standalone contemporary literary fiction heartwarming tearjerker novel with f/m romantic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher HarperCollins’s HarperImpulse.

This was the featured Free Book of the Week in the iTunes UK store, and won the Book of the Year in the 2013 Kindle Book Awards and was also Winner of the Romantic eBook of the Year at the Festival of Romance 2013..

The story is set in Ireland, starring a young single mother diagnosed with cancer, whose best hope is finding a compatible bone marrow transplant, and accordingly goes on a quest to find more of her biological relatives with the help of friends, uncovering the obligatory family secrets along the way while dealing with the concerned renewed attention of her ex and son’s father.

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[Free eBook] Touch and Go by Elizabeth Berridge [Literary Novel]

Touch and Go by the late British author Elizabeth Berridge, a well-regarded novelist and critic who was also a judge for various literary prizes, is her standalone literary fiction personal drama novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ The Odyssey Press imprint.

This was originally published in 1995 by Bantam Press.

The story is an internal journey of self-discovery exploring themes of family, starring a woman coping with significant domestic changes, who for some reason was left a house by her childhood doctor, and whose mother has the obligatory secret which may or may not be related.

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[Free eBook] The Olive Branch by Jo Thomas [Italy Expat Experience Cozy Comedy with Romance]

The Olive Branch by Wales-resident author Jo Thomas, a former BBC Radio producer and recipient of several minor book awards, is her humorously heartwarming contemporary/literary fiction novel with strong f/m romantic comedy elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Headline’s Review imprint.

The story is set in Italy, starring a newly-expatriate British woman who has just bought a farmhouse in an online auction and moves in, determined to make a fresh start with her life, encountering assorted challenges and triumphs as she gradually gets to know and win over her neighbours and get the hang of running an olive farm.

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[Free eBook REPEAT] Midnight Dancer by Annie Ayre [1980s Drama Film Novelization]

Midnight Dancer by Annie Ayre, a pseudonym for author Rosemary Kingsland, is her standalone literary/contemporary fiction drama novel with strong f/m romantic suspense elements, free again for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ The Odyssey Press imprint.

This was originally published in 1980 by Sphere under the title Hussy using the Rosemary Kingsland name and is a novelization of the eponymous film starring Helen Mirren.

The story is set during the 1960s in London, and stars a hostess at an exotic club where drugs and prostitution are on the menu, who strives for a better life for herself and her young son, and falls in love with a co-worker who wants to take her away from it all, but may not be able to do so as both their shady pasts catch up with them.

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