[Free eBook] A Year at the Star and Sixpence by Holly Hepburn [Cozy Contemporary Fiction]

A Year at the Star and Sixpence by London-adjacent British author Holly Hepburn is a collected edition of her Star and Sixpence series of cozy contemporary/literary fiction novellas, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Simon & Schuster UK.

The series is set in the English countryside, where two sisters have just inherited the local pub, and set about restoring it to its former glory as a village social centre. These stories follow the sisters through seasonal changes and holiday celebrations as they adjust to village life and make friends and influence people while facing challenges renovating the once-derelict pub.

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[Free eBook] Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch [Young Adult Italy Travel Self-Discovery Novel]

Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch is the 1st novel in her Love & Gelato series of young adult contemporary fiction journeys of self-discovery, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Walker Books.

The series explores teenaged journeys of self-discovery in both the literal and figurative senses, each spotlighting a new girl and country as she learns more about herself in the course of traveling and living in a new place.

This story is set in Tuscany, Italy, starring a girl from Seattle who goes to meet her estranged father after her mother’s untimely death, and is given an old diary once kept by her mother when she was a student in Florence, discovering things about her family and herself as she retraces her parents’ footsteps and finds her own path in the process.

Offered in the UK and Europe and several other regions worldwide (excluding North America), available at multiple retailers.

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[Free eBook] Summer at the Dog & Duck by Jill Steeples [Cozy Contemporary Fiction with Romantic Comedy]

Summer at the Dog & Duck by by British author Jill Steeples is the 2nd novel in her Dog & Duck series of heartwarming cozy contemporary/women’s fiction with f/m romantic comedy elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Head of Zeus’ Aria imprint.

The series is set in the British countryside, centred around the often humorous and sometimes poignant adventures of recently-arrived landlady renovating the village pub.

This story finds budding relationships growing ever more complicated, as the landlady’s obligatory love interest’s prodigal younger sister and his glamorous secret-hiding ex both show up to make things interesting, just as the local summer charity ball is getting underway.

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[Free eBook] Heat of the Moment by Lauren Barnholdt [Young Adult Friendship Drama Novel]

Heat of the Moment by Lauren Barnholdt is the 1st novel in her Moment of Truth series of contemporary teen friendship drama with romantic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher HarperCollins’ HarperTeen imprint.

This is Barnes & Noble’s featured Free Fridays selection for the weekend. The series focuses on the evolving friendship between a group of high school girls who while still freshmen, wrote emails to their future selves detailing their aspirations, switching the spotlight to each girl in turn.

This one stars a girl who is about to graduate, who receives her reminder email and begins to question the seemingly perfect but unsatisfactory life she has lived in the meantime, which she hopes to change.

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[Free Audiobooks] 2 free titles from AudioSYNC Summer of Reading [Young Adult, Drama Novel, Non-Fiction, Health & Nutrition, Food Science]

AudioFile’s SYNC Summer of Listening 2017 promotion for young adults continues, which offers 2 free audiobooks per week—1 classic or non-fiction, 1 modern—as free MP3 downloads, usually available worldwide (some titles are subject to geo-restrictions, and you can see the planned release schedule here).

This week’s two selected titles, which have a theme of food and health, available until 7am Eastern Time on July 20th, are as follows:

  • Sugar: A Novel by Deirdre Riordan Hall, her contemporary teen life drama novel starring a girl with a difficult relationship with food and nutrition, who begins to make friends with people who care more about her personality and less about her weight, even as she comes to terms with her own struggles battling a family tendency towards obesity; from Brilliance Audio, read by Tara Sands
  • The Dorito Effect: The Surprising New Truth About Food and Flavor by Mark Schatzker, an award-winning Canadian journalist,, is his non-fiction food technology exposé, looking into the decades-old roots of what he perceives to be a contributing factor in the modern tendency towards poor health and increasing incidences of heart attack, diabetes, and obesity—leeching the flavour out of food and blaming carbs and fat while ignoring their benefits in moderation, instead artificially creating substitute “healthy” food which is nutritionally empty; from Dreamscape Media, read by Chris Patton

Offered as DRM-free MP3s through 7am Eastern Time on July 20th, available in selected countries worldwide (requires installing Overdrive Media console software on your PC, Mac, Android, or iDevice, and you need to finish downloading before the time limit).

[Free eBook] The Cherry Tree Café by Heidi Swain [Cozy Contemporary Fiction]

The Cherry Tree Café by Norfolk-resident British author Heidi Swain, is her apparently standalone heartwarming contemporary fiction novel with f/m romantic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Simon & Schuster UK.

The cozy crafts-centric story (apparently the publisher recommends it for fans of the TV shows Great British Bake-Off and Great British Sewing Bee) stars a woman returning to her home village after a bad break-up, and rediscovering joy in life by teaming up with her old best friend to open a new café, and perhaps rekindling an old flame as well.

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[Free eBook] Always and Forever by Siân O’Gorman [Chick-Lit Friends & Family Dramedy with Romance]

Always and Forever by by Irish author Siân O’Gorman is her is her standalone heartwarming chick-lit journey of self-discovery novel with f/m romantic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Head of Zeus’ Aria imprint.

The story stars a woman getting her life back on track after her husband leaves, and her supportive friends and family experiencing crises of their own, as they undergo stresses and flirtations which may lead to something more.

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[Free eBook] A Woman of Substance by Barbara Taylor Bradford [High Society Drama Novel with Romance]

A Woman of Substance by author Barbara Taylor Bradford is the 1st novel in her Emma Harte series of dramatic family sagas with strong f/m romantic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher HarperCollins’s Harper imprint.

This was originally published in 1979 by Doubleday and was a bestseller back in the day, adapted into a popular TV miniseries. The series is one of those epic generational dramatic sagas centred around the lives and loves and fortunes and misfortunes of the women in a particular high-society family. This story establishes the early trials and eventual rags-to-riches rise to fortune of the strong-willed woman who would become the Harte family matriarch.

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[Free eBook] Heiress by Janet Dailey [Contemporary Drama Novel with Romance]

Heiress by bestselling author Janet Dailey is her standalone sibling rivalry family saga drama novel with strong f/m romantic elements free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Open Road Media’ Romance imprint.

This was originally published in 1987 by Little, Brown & Co. and was a bestseller at the time, which has since gone through multiple reprintings over the decades. This is set in modern-day (for 1980s values of modern) Texas, among the wealthy oil and ranching jet-set. The story is centred around the rivalry between two half-sisters who meet for the first time at their father’s funeral, and begin a lifelong feud when it is revealed that one will inherit their father’s remaining money, while the other is left with his indebted properties, creating resentments which escalate into the next generation as each sister tries to one-up and ruin the other in life and love and fortune, in an attempt to prove herself their father’s true heir.

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[Free eBook] The Lying Game by Sara Shepard [YA Teen Murder Mystery Drama]

The Lying Game by bestselling YA author Sara Shepard is the 1st novel in her The Lying Game series of YA high school drama novels with supernatural murder mystery elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher HarperCollins’ HarperTeen imprint.

This series, which is the basis of the eponymous ABC TV show, is centred around the mystery of who killed a popular teen girl, narrated by the ghost of the murder victim as her secret twin sister takes her place in an attempt to flush out the killer. This installment sets up the series by having the surviving twin apparently witness the murder of her heretofore unknown sister, and proceed to invisibly step into and publicly live her sister’s life as a decoy, attempting to keep up appearances with friends and family even as she tries to find and outwit the murderer.

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