Best Anne Allen books

Dangerous Waters: The Guernsey Novels - Book 1

Anne Allen

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** Awarded Silver in the 2012 WishingShelfAwards **

Tragedy seems to follow Jeanne Le Page around . . . 
Can she really go through it again and survive? 


Jeanne is lucky to be alive … at sixteen she was almost killed in a boating accident which brought heart-breaking family tragedy. Now, fifteen years later, Jeanne returns reluctantly to the island of Guernsey following the death of her beloved grandmother. Struggling for breath as the ferry nears the island, she is overwhelmed by a dark foreboding as hazy memories of that terrible day resurface…

Only returning to sell her inheritance - her grandmother’s old cottage - she has no intention of picking up her old life. But the cottage holds a secret, dating back to World War II, and Jeanne becomes drawn into discovering more. Then, soon after her arrival, a chance meeting with an old teenage crush leads her to thoughts of love. 

Jeanne is forced to face her demons, reliving the tragedy as her lost memory returns. 
When the truth is finally revealed, her life is endangered for the second time… 

 

The Betrayal (The Guernsey Novels) (Volume 6)

Anne Allen

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Treachery and theft lead to death – and love 1940. Teresa Bichard and her baby are sent by her beloved husband, Leo, to England as the Germans draw closer to Guernsey. Days later they invade… 1942. Leo, of Jewish descent, is betrayed to the Germans and is sent to a concentration camp, never to return. 1945. Teresa returns to find Leo did not survive and the family’s valuable art collection, including a Renoir, is missing. Heartbroken, she returns to England. 2011. Nigel and his twin Fiona, buy a long-established antique shop in Guernsey and during a refit, find a hidden stash of paintings, including what appears to be a Renoir. Days later, Fiona finds Nigel dead, an apparent suicide. Refusing to accept the verdict, a distraught Fiona employs a detective to help her discover the truth… Searching for the rightful owner of the painting brings Fiona close to someone who opens a chink in her broken heart. Can she answer some crucial questions before laying her brother's ghost to rest? Who betrayed Leo? Who knew about the stolen Renoir? And are they prepared to kill – again? REVIEW I have now enjoyed all of Anne Allen’s novels, and I’m becoming a big fan. She is a very ‘lively’ writer who seems to enjoy giving her readers a wonderful set of characters in a soft, almost velvety setting. Her books also offer a strong historical element, most often World War Two when the Germans invaded the island. In the sixth novel in the set, Fiona and her twin brother, Nigel, discover hidden artwork in the walls of an antique shop. They attempt to discover whom it belonged to but, when Nigel ‘supposedly’ kills himself, Fiona attempts to discover the truth. I must say that The Betrayal has a very different feel to it than the other novels in the set. The island is still lovingly described, the characters just as interesting and well developed, but the underlying mystery is so prominent in this story; in fact, in parts, it is almost a thriller. The pacing is faster right from the opening chapter with Teresa and Leo deciding whether to run from the invading Germans or not. And the ending is just as exciting. All in all, totally unputdownable! To sum up, this is a wonderful novel, with tons of pace where pace is needed, and a setting so lovingly described, it is almost a character in the book. I am happy to recommend this story, in fact, all of them, to anybody who enjoys a well-plotted mystery populated with convincing and always credible characters. A ‘Wishing Shelf’ Book Review

Finding Mother: The Guernsey Novels Book 2

Anne Allen

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Prepare to be swept away by a heart-warming tale of family relationships and love Three women. Three generations. Sacrifices for love… Who is she really? Nicole is about to find out as she searches for her real mother; the woman who gave her away at birth. With her marriage in tatters, she sets out from England: travelling to Spain, Jersey and Guernsey before the extraordinary story of her real family is finally revealed. Nicole becomes an unwitting catalyst for change in the family. Two women are forced to reveal long-buried secrets. One going back as far as the Second World War. Lives are transformed as choices have to be made and the past laid to rest… This contemporary romantic drama is the second of The Guernsey Novels, a series of stand-alone books by the award-winning author Anne Allen. It is likely to appeal to lovers of the works of Joanna Trollope and Maeve Binchy. "A sensitive, heart-felt novel about family relationships, identity, adoption, second chances at love… With romance, weddings, boat trips, lovely gardens and more, Finding Mother is a dazzle of a book, a perfect holiday read." Lindsay Townsend, author of The Snow Bride "I first encountered Anne Allen when I read Dangerous Waters: Mystery, Loss and Love on the Island of Guernsey and if you've read that book you'll notice a glancing reference to Jeanne, the heroine, in Finding Mother. I felt nicely grounded! In much the same way that Allen wormed Jeanne into my heart I really found that I cared for Nicole and willing her on to make the right decisions and a success of her life. Allen has a real talent for her female characters. The men don't come off the page quite as well, but that's a minor quibble. Tracing a birth parent when you've been adopted is a sensitive subject and Allen handles it well, recognising the insecurities of the adopting parents who wonder if they're going to be supplanted and the worries of the mother who gave up the child soon after her birth. Will she be judged for her relationship with the child's father and for the fact that she made no attempt to bring the child up herself? There's an added complication here in that Nicole will also find out about her birth father - giving her more parents than any girl should decently want! It's neatly, elegantly done and the story is a real page turner." The Bookbag ****

Echoes of Time (The Guernsey Novels Book 5)

Anne Allen

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♦♦ WINNER OF THE DIAMOND BOOK AWARD 2017 ♦♦

Betrayal, injustice and revenge echo down the years…

1940. Olive marries farmer Bill Falla. The Germans occupy Guernsey.
All too soon Olive realises she has made a mistake. Her life changes when she meets Wolfgang, a German officer-
however there’s a price to pay. . .

2010. Natalie Ogier returns to Guernsey to escape an abusive relationship – only to be plagued by odd happenings in her beautiful cottage on the site of a derelict and secluded farm. Disturbing dreams, disembodied voices and uncanny visions from the past. She becomes increasingly ill at ease as someone else’s past catches up with her own…
Her only immediate neighbour, Stuart, is the grandson of the original owners, Bill and Olive.

Thrown together in a bid to find out what happened to Olive, can they each survive the repercussions of the past and move on?

REVIEW

‘A powerful family drama packed full of mystery and intrigue. A stunningly good read.’ A ‘Wishing Shelf’ Book Review

For the last three days, I have been thoroughly immersed in Echoes of Time, a family saga set in Guernsey. Let me begin by saying how gripping this story is. Not only is the plot packed full of twists and turns, but the setting – and the characters – are lovingly described. There is, I think, nothing better than a novel written by an author who knows how to balance setting, speech and plot.
So, what did I like? Well, the opening chapter, albeit very short, is a real ‘grabber’. I’m very fond of books which open with a ‘BANG!' and not with endless paragraphs of flowery prose. Well, trust me, this opens BIG, hooking the reader in…
I also very much enjoyed the pacing of this novel. The chapters were surprisingly short for this genre and there’s often a cliffhanger at the end of the chapters. So, although it is a family saga of sorts it is also very much a thriller and a mystery, and the style of writing reflects that.
So, would I recommend this book? Yes, absolutely. And who to? Well, pretty much anybody and everybody. If you enjoy a good thriller, this is for you. If you enjoy a complex family saga, this is for you. Or, if you simply love Guernsey, this is for you.
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'Superbly written, Echoes of Time is captivating, exciting, sad, bittersweet and yet hopeful and full of happiness. Anne Allen lovingly depicts the place and people of Guernsey and seamlessly combines the past and present, telling almost parallel stories that come to a joint resolution.' Readers Favorite Review - Awarded Finalist in Readers' Favorite Awards 2017

So Much For Buckingham (The Camilla Randall Mysteries) (Volume 5)

Anne R. Allen

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This comic novel—which takes its title from the most famous Shakespearean quote that Shakespeare never wrote—explores how easy it is to perpetrate a character assassination whether by a great playwright or a gang of online trolls. It's a laugh-out-loud mashup of romantic comedy, crime fiction, and satire: Dorothy Parker meets Dorothy L. Sayers. Perennially down-and-out socialite Camilla Randall--a.k.a. "The Manners Doctor"--is a magnet for murder, mayhem and Mr. Wrong, but she always solves the mystery in her quirky, but oh-so-polite way. Usually with more than a little help from her gay best friend, Plantagenet Smith. In this hilarious episode she makes the mistake of responding to an online review of one of her etiquette guides and sets off a chain of events that leads to arson, attempted rape and murder. Plantagenet, vacationing in England, is accused of the murder and nobody but Camilla's shady former boyfriend—fresh from prison—can save him. Camilla and Plantagenet are caught between rival factions of historical reenactors who are fiercely pro- and anti-Richard III. This humorous mystery—which takes its title from the most famous Shakespearean quote that Shakespeare never wrote—explores how easy it is to perpetrate a character assassination whether by a great playwright or a gang of online trolls. And there's a mysterious cat. Who knows more than he's letting on… Although this is #5 in the series, it can be read as a stand-alone "Laughs and social commentary abound in this global adventure. Camilla Randall, a down-on-her luck-socialite-turned-etiquette-expert, takes on review cyberbullies while her friend Plantagenet hunts down the ghost of Richard III. "Anne R. Allen has given us a hilarious satire that pokes fun at some dark topics." "Anne Allen is masterful at keeping the plot twisting and turning; and making sure all those details make sense by the end." "On the surface, it's a frothy romance-cum-suspense story…but underneath, it provides a perceptive insight into the mad world of modern publishing and the subculture of Internet lunatics." "Josephine Tey's Daughter of Time for the 21st Century." "Laughs and social commentary abound in this global adventure. Camilla Randall, a down-on-her luck-socialite-turned-etiquette-expert, takes on review cyberbullies while her friend Plantagenet hunts down the ghost of Richard III."

The Queen of Staves: A Camilla Randall Mystery (The Camilla Randall Mysteries) (Volume 6)

Anne R. Allen

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Music blogger Ronzo never dreamed that giving an unfavorableonline review to the Leftenant Froggenhall band would destroy his life. But hecan only escape the band's gruesome persecution and threats to his loved onesby faking his own death and living as a homeless dumpster-diver.
 
He's forced to hide his blossoming relationship withbookstore owner Camilla Randall to keep her safe from the band's vengefulclutches. Not easy when they're together every day, as Ronzo's unexpectedtarot-reading skills keep Camilla's failing Morro Bay shop afloat.
 
When a mysterious Irish poet shows up dead on a tarot client'sbeach, it's up to secret lovers Camilla and Ronzo--and the tarot cards--to findthe killer. Hopefully before the homicidal Froggenhalls arrive in Morro Bay
 
Luckily Buckingham the cat is on the case, ready to fightthe bad guys, tooth and claw.
 
The Camilla Randall Mysteries are a laugh-out-loud mashup ofromantic comedy, crime fiction, and satire: Dorothy Parker meets Dorothy L.Sayers. Downwardly mobile bookstore owner and etiquette expert Camilla Randallis a magnet for murder, mayhem and Mr. Wrong. But she always solves the mysteryin her quirky, but oh-so-polite way. 

  • "There is adepth and freshness about Anne Allen's work that makes for a pleasingsurprise!" Poet Janice Konstantinidis
  • "Tremendousfun, wittily satiric and highly recommended." Nigel J. Robinson
  • "A perfectblend of wild and wacky characters spouting hilarious dialogue while findingthemselves in unpredictable and unexpected situations." Paul Alan Fahey,Rainbow award-winning author of The Mother I Imagined, The Mom I Knew.
  • "Lots offun! Anne R. Allen is a hugely talented writer, and her Camilla Randall seriesnever fails to entertain."  ClaudeForthomme, senior editor, Impakter magazine.
  • "Highlyrecommended for anyone who enjoys romance, and crime suspense, with a lethallysatiric edge." Dr. John Yeoman, author of How Did the Author Do That?

My Mental Madness Memoir: The provocative TRUE journey through my struggles with mental illness

Stephanie Anne Allen

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This chilling, shocking, interesting, and intriguing true story takes you deep into the mind of the author who suffers from several severe mental illnesses. The author describes in detail all the insanity, disturbing behaviors, oppressive symptoms, and various feeling associated with the mental battles within her own mind. The author suffers from clinical depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, and borderline personality disorder. She struggles with suicidal thoughts and attempts, self-mutilating behaviors, mania, paranoia, anxiety, and psychosis with intense hallucinations of all five of her senses, and multiple delusions, including the belief that she is the "second-coming of Christ". Take this journey with the author as her life takes rapid turns for the very worst . . . But after years of being extremely mentally unstable, she acquires the courage, strength, hope, and faith she needs to understand, accept, and live with her illnesses. Only then is she able to turn her once miserable and fearful life around. This book offers hope and inspiration to others as it proves that recovery from mental illness is possible. "Having a mental illness is like a roller coaster ride. You don't jump off while it's still moving. You have to continue to ride until it comes to a complete stop and you can get off safely." Stephanie Anne Allen has a BA degree is clinical psychology, and is a former case manager/social work technician for the mentally ill. "Now that I am mentally stable, I want to give back and help others with their own recoveries. Writing this book to help others was my first act, but not my last, in helping fellow mental illness victims."--Stephanie Anne Allen

The Best Minds of My Generation: A Literary History of the Beats

Allen Ginsberg

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In 1977, twenty years after the publication of his landmark poem “Howl,” and Jack Kerouac’s seminal book On the Road, Allen Ginsberg decided it was time to teach a course on the literary history of the Beat Generation. Through the creation of this course, which he ended up teaching five times, first at the Naropa Institute and later at Brooklyn College, Ginsberg saw an opportunity to present the history of Beat Literature in his own inimitable way. Compiled and edited by renowned Beat scholar Bill Morgan, and with an introduction by Anne Waldman, The Best Minds of My Generation presents the lectures in edited form, complete with notes, and paints a portrait of the Beats as Ginsberg knew them: friends, confidantes, literary mentors, and fellow revolutionaries.

Ginsberg was seminal to the creation of a public perception of Beat writers and knew all of the major figures personally, making him uniquely qualified to be the historian of the movement. In The Best Minds of My Generation, Ginsberg shares anecdotes of meeting Kerouac, Burroughs, and other writers for the first time, explains his own poetics, elucidates the importance of music to Beat writing, discusses visual influences and the cut-up method, and paints a portrait of a group who were leading a literary revolution. For Beat aficionados and neophytes alike, The Best Minds of My Generation is a personal yet critical look at one of the most important literary movements of the twentieth century.

Growing Up Catholic: The Millennium Edition: An Infinitely Funny Guide for the Faithful, the Fallen and Everyone In-Between

Mary Jane Frances Cavolina

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The original edition of Growing Up Catholic, along with its sequels, struck a heavenly chord with a generation of Catholics of all persuasions. Now, to commemorate the Great Catholic Jubilee of the Year 2000, the authors bless us with an updated and expanded version of this beloved national bestseller. Filled with a witty, poignant, and downright hilarious potpourri of essays, lists, games, drawings, photos, and quizzes, it includes the best of all three Growing Up Catholic books, along with many all-new features, such as:

Jubilee 2000: Not Your Average Birthday Party
Father Phil: Confessor to the Sopranos
Who Will Be The Next Pope?: A Handicapper's Guide
Ansubstantiationtray: Can't Anybody Here Speak Latin Anymore?
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For Catholics of all ages -- from those who lived through Vatican II to those who've never seen a nun's habit except in a movie -- Growing Up Catholic celebrates in a lighthearted way the funny and sublime side of day-to-day Catholic life.

Stories of the Rose: The Making of the Rosary in the Middle Ages

Anne Winston-Allen

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For centuries, the rosary has been one of the most popular expressions of religious devotion among Roman Catholics, but its origins remain obscure. Stories of the Rose presents a compelling and readable history of the rosary in its formative years. It explores the many spiritual, literary, and artistic dimensions of the rosary and explains how and why it became so popular on the eve of the Protestant Reformation.