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Phaedra Patrick

Phaedra studied art and marketing and has worked as a stained glass artist, film festival organiser and communications manager.

Her short stories have won competitions run by Penguin and Darley Anderson and she now writes full time. She lives in Saddleworth with her husband and son. 

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The Secrets of Sunshine

It’s summer in the city and passions are soaring along with the temperature—for everyone but Mitchell Fisher, who hates all things romance. He relishes his job cutting off the padlocks that couples fasten to the famous “love story” bridge. Only his young daughter, Poppy, knows that behind his prickly veneer, Mitchell still grieves the loss of her mother.

Then one hot day, everything changes when Mitchell courageously rescues a woman who falls from the bridge into the river. He’s surprised to feel an unexpected connection to her, but she disappears before he can ask her name. Desperate to find out her identity, Mitchell is shocked to learn she’s been missing for almost a year. He teams up with her spirited sister, Liza, on a quest to find her again. However, she’s left only one clue behind—a message on the padlock she hung on the bridge.

Brimming with Phaedra Patrick’s signature charm and a sparkling cast of characters, The Secrets of Love Story Bridge follows one man’s journey to unlock his heart and discover new beginnings in the unlikeliest places.

Territory Publisher/Agent
UK & Commonwealth HQ
North America Park Row Books

The Library of Lost and Found

A librarian’s discovery of a mysterious book sparks the journey of a lifetime in the delightful new novel from the bestselling author of The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper.

Librarian Martha Storm has always found it easier to connect with books than people―though not for lack of trying. She keeps careful lists of how to help others in her notebook. And yet, sometimes it feels like she’s invisible.

All of that changes when a book of fairy tales arrives on her doorstep. Inside, Martha finds a dedication written to her by her best friend―her grandmother Zelda―who died under mysterious circumstances years earlier. When Martha discovers a clue within the book that her grandmother may still be alive, she becomes determined to discover the truth. As she delves deeper into Zelda’s past, she unwittingly reveals a family secret that will change her life forever.

Filled with Phaedra Patrick’s signature charm and vivid characters, The Library of Lost and Found is a heart-warming reminder that even the quietest life has the potential to be extraordinary.

Territory Publisher/Agent
UK & Commonwealth HQ
North America Park Row Books
Italy Garzanti Libri
Russia Eksmo
Slovenia DESK
Germany BTB Verlag
Sweden Forum

Rise and Shine, Benedict Stone

For generations, the Stone family have been making wishes on the old willow tree in their garden. And this year they’re wishing harder than ever…

Benedict and Estelle thought they’d found their happy ending. But, unable to have the children they’ve longed for, their marriage has hit the rocks. And as their tenth anniversary approaches, Estelle decides it’s time to move out. Devastated but unwilling to accept defeat, Benedict vows to win her back – he just doesn’t know how.

The unexpected – and uninvited – arrival of his estranged sixteen-year-old niece is the last thing he needs. But when a decades-old secret is brought to light, Benedict and Estelle realise they’re not the only ones in need of a second chance. And that maybe the family they wished for has been there all along…

Territory Publisher/Agent
World Darley Anderson Agency
UK & Commonwealth HQ (MIRA)
North America MIRA
Czech Republic Mlada Fronta
Germany Random House BTB
Finland CIL Suomi Oy / Valitut Palat
Hungary Tarsago
Portugal Seleccoes do Reader's Digest

The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper

In the loneliness of his Yorkshire home, widower Arthur Pepper begins to clear out his late wife Miriam’s wardrobe. But he soon makes a surprising discovery – a mysterious gold charm bracelet.

Intrigued by his find, Arthur sets off on an adventure to uncover the story behind each of the charms. It’s a journey which finds him fending off a ravenous tiger, reconnecting with his estranged children, and shedding his clothes for art.

But as the story of each charm unfolds, more mysteries materialise, and Arthur realises that his wife led a secret life before they met. And after forty years of marriage he begins to wonder if he ever knew her at all….

A search to know his wife. A journey to find himself.

Territory Publisher/Agent
World Darley Anderson Agency
UK & Commonwealth MIRA Harlequin
North America MIRA Harlequin
Unabridged Audio UK & Commonwealth WF Howes
Brazil (Portuguese) Rocco
Bulgaria Ciela
China (simp. Chinese characters) Beijing White Horse Time
Croatia Naklada Ljevak
Czech Republic Mlada Fronta
Denmark Zara Forlaget
Finland CIL Suomi Oy / Valitut Palat
France Bragelonne
Germany Random House BTB
Hungary Művelt Nép
Italy Garzanti Libri
Japan Shueisha
Korea Dasan Books
Norway Cappelen Damm
Poland Albatros
Portugal Topseller 20/20 Editora
The Netherlands Luitingh Sijthoff
Russia Sindbad
Serbia Laguna
Slovenia DESK
Spain Ediciones B
Sweden Forum
Taiwan Delight Press
Turkey Arkadya

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