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About Jackie ladbury
Jackie Ladbury writes heart-warming contemporary and historical women’s fiction that guarantees a happy ever after. From spending many years as an air-stewardess and seeing first-hand that it really is love that makes the world go around, she determined to put the same sparkle and emotion into her stories. Her life is no longer as exotic (or chaotic) as it was in those heady days of flying, and she now lives a quiet life in Hertfordshire with her family and two cats, spending most of her time making up stories and thinking up reasons not to go to the gym.
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When Daniel Davenport saves Maddie Lockett and her young brother, Tom, from drowning, an immediate bond is forged between them.
But Daniel is an aspiring doctor and son of a wealthy manufacturer, while Maddie is a potter’s daughter from a poverty-stricken background. Even a friendship between the two could be frowned upon, let alone anything more . . .
But Maddie and Daniel want more, and as they grow closer, gossip and prejudice look set to spoil their blossoming romance. Does the young couple stand a chance when there are those who would stop at nothing to keep them apart?
All I want for Christmas is you . . . or you?
Eve Halligan is back in her hometown for Christmas after a whirlwind few years touring with her band, the Molotovs. A lot has changed since she left, but two things have stayed the same. One: Eve is head-over-heels in love with Lucien Malikov, the Molotovs’ bad boy lead singer. Two: Lucien is completely indifferent to her.
Still, Eve dreams that this could be the Christmas where she convinces Lucien that they’re made for each other. But when childhood friend and local caterer Theo Wright comes back into her life bringing with him festive cupcake and sausage roll conundrums, Eve begins to question whether her Christmas dreams have been wasted on the wrong man . . .
“Full of sparkling snow and cozy baking sessions, this is a treat of a read for Christmas this year . . . festive reading like a huge hug.” —Books, Life and Everything
“Very addictive reading . . . a fun and festive tale told with warmth and humor . . . a fabulous read.” —gingerbookgeek
“I just love this book. It’s not sugary sweet with some humor and of course the much longed for happy ending. 5 stars.” —B for Bookreview
Even better she bonds with a handsome chef over a piece of squid at her local supermarket, although sadly romance is the last thing on Jake Levy's mind.
He has a Christmas deadline, an ex-wife to mourn and lots of emotional baggage to drag around. He certainly doesn’t have time for romance and even if he did he wouldn’t fall for someone like Kirsty who craves the limelight: been there, done that.
A misunderstanding leads Jake to offer Kirsty a job in his new restaurant and she takes it purely to convince him that she’s the girl of his dreams.
Her charm offensive begins to work but while he’s cooking up a storm she’s secretly sparkling under the spotlight – until her cover is busted.
The fallout is catastrophic, but as they say in Luvvie Land, the show must go on, even if Kirsty is terrified that she's taken her last curtain call and ruined her chance for love.
Read on and immerse yourself in this delightful winter romance as the snow starts to fall and Christmas day becomes a magical reality.
This gorgeous love story is loosely set in St Albans only half an hour away from London, where chef Jake relocates having lost everything that was dear to him. Enter actress, Kirsty Castille, who lives mostly in a world of her own until she meets Jake and realises she'd quite like to share the real world with him. If only he thought the same, things would be wonderful.
Lose yourself in this festive, feel-good, winter romance with a touch of humour.
"A heart-warming and funny romance – with a delicious hero. Loved the characters – loved the humour."
"A gorgeous Christmas romance with two very likeable characters, an interesting backdrop of the theatre, and a restaurant set in the stylish town of St Albans."
Harper Collins Flirty Fiction recommendation
In a moment of recklessness air stewardess, Sapphire Montrose throws caution and her dress to the wind by propositioning a handsome stranger in a hotel in Florence, only to find herself waking up alone and embarrassed in her hotel room.
Unfortunately for Sapphire, it turns out that her new boss, Marco Cavarelli, is the man she failed to seduce and she is now fighting for her job and her self-respect when he tells her there is no place in his revamped airline for an alcoholic woman with lascivious tendencies. To make matters worse she is increasingly attracted to him and he seems to be giving out the same vibes. Or is he simply testing her? One wrong move could be the end of her career. But what if he really is offering love – and is he worth the risk?
5 Star Amazon review: This story is bloody amazing, I quite literally couldn't put my kindle down!! I found myself so engrossed in the story, I felt sad when I came to the end, not because it was a sad ending but because I didn't want it to end.
5 Star Amazon review: The Magic of Stars is the second novel in the Blue Skies Airline series and is a delightfully witty, thoroughly entertaining novel with great characterization, beautiful settings, snappy dialogue and a happy-ever-after ending that will make you smile.
It made me feel warm inside, a beautifully Cosy read, with Romance, Humour, Drama, secrets, Emotion, Music, Loveable Main Characters, All the making of the Perfect Romantic Read.
Description Busker Dylan spends his days pulling pints in the local pub and singing on the high street waiting for fame to call. That suits him fine until beautiful but frosty air stewardess Scarlett tosses some coins into his hat, but ignores his killer smile and his offer of pizza.
He sets out to make her fall in love with him, but Scarlett isn’t in the right frame of mind to date anyone, let alone a penniless if charming, busker boy.
Dylan is desperate for his big break but will it bring him the happiness he longs for? And with Scarlett's past threatening to ruin her future, will Dylan be left to make sweet music all on his own?
Best-selling author Chris Manby says, "I love Jackie Ladbury’s warm, engaging and amusing characters so Air Guitar and Caviar promises to be a real treat."
Five star Amazon review: Air Guitar and Caviar is a lovely romance, with well-drawn, fully-rounded characters, some rather passionate love scenes, and a lot of humour. I absolutely defy anyone not to fall in love with Dylan within the first page. He is a gorgeous hero in every sense of the word, and his laid-back, open, totally honest personality makes him the ideal partner for the scarred, somewhat withdrawn Scarlett.