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You never get a second chance at a first kiss…


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Fake Homecoming. Fake Boyfriend. Real feels.


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She's come to Captivity to go wild…


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A terrific, twisting romantic thriller that will keep you guessing.


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Tis the season … for unexpected love.


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Blessings, Georgia series, where the glow of a small-town Christmas and excitement of a winter love story will warm your heart!


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Secrets are every where

Small Pleasures
Clare Chambers

A Novel

Custom House
October 2021
On Sale: October 5, 2021
352 pages
ISBN: 006309472X
EAN: 9780063094727
Kindle: B08R3VGDFY
Hardcover / e-Book
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Historical

LONGLISTED FOR THE WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION

1957: Jean Swinney is a feature writer on a local paper in the southeast suburbs of London. Clever but with limited career opportunities and on the brink of forty, Jean lives a dreary existence that includes caring for her demanding widowed mother, who rarely leaves the house. It’s a small life with little joy and no likelihood of escape.

That all changes when a young woman, Gretchen Tilbury, contacts the paper to claim that her daughter is the result of a virgin birth. Jean seizes onto the bizarre story and sets out to discover whether Gretchen is a miracle or a fraud. But the more Jean investigates, the more her life becomes strangely (and not unpleasantly) intertwined with that of the Tilburys, including Gretchen’s gentle and thoughtful husband Howard, who mostly believes his wife, and their quirky and charming daughter Margaret, who becomes a sort of surrogate child for Jean. Gretchen, too, becomes a much-needed friend in an otherwise empty social life.

Jean cannot bring herself to discard what seems like her one chance at happiness, even as the story that she is researching starts to send dark ripples across all their lives…with unimaginable consequences.

Both a mystery and a love story, Small Pleasures is a literary tour-de-force in the style of The Remains of the Day, about conflict between personal fulfillment and duty; a novel that celebrates the beauty and potential for joy in all things plain and unfashionable. 

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