My Books So Far….

International Editions

Being Lara
(USA)

Plot Summary

A poignant and provocative story of adoption, self-discovery, and the meaning of family, Being Lara by author Lola Jaye (By the Time You Read This) is an unforgettable tale of three women—British mother, Nigerian birth mother, and 30-year-old daughter—the choices they made, and the fragile bond they try to create across time and continents. Intelligent and touching, Being Lara is exquisite contemporary fiction with heart and soul that will resonate with readers of Cecilia Ahearn, Thrity Umrigar, and Shilpi Gowda.

By the Time You Read This
(USA)

By the Time You Read This
(Korea)

UK Editions

Orphan Sisters

Plot Summary

Lana and May are a very long way from home.

Their Nigerian parents have emigrated to England in search of a better life for their family. Nineteen Fifties London is a great adventure to the girls but not always welcoming. There are signs in windows of lodging houses warning: ‘no blacks, no dogs, no Irish’.

When tragedy strikes and the girls lose their father, their mother is unable to cope. When she fails to recover from the surprise birth of another child all three girls are sent to an orphanage. Lana is determined to keep her sisters together but when baby Tina gets adopted, she must admit their family is about to be torn apart – perhaps for ever…

By the Time You Read This

Plot Summary

This is a manual for my daughter Lois. Here are the rules: <em>1) You must only read each new entry on your birthday, there is one for every year until you are thirty. 2) This is a private manual between you and me. 3) No peeping at the next entry unless it’s your birthday!</em> When Lois Bates is handed the manual,… she can barely bring herself to read it as the pain of losing her dad is still so raw. Yet soon his advice is guiding her through every stage of her life – from first love and relationships to her career. The manual can never be a substitute for having her dad back, but through his words Lois learns to start living again and discovers that happiness is waiting around the corner… And more… When he discovered that he had only six months to live, thirty-year-old Kevin Bates picked up his pen and wrote The Manual—advice for his five-year-old daughter, Lois, to live by, laugh at, and follow from twelve until thirty. Seven years later, when Lois is given The Manual, she can barely bring herself to read her father’s words, the pain of his loss is still so raw. Yet soon Kevin’s advice is guiding her through every stage of life from teen angst to career arcs, to knowing when she’s at long last met “the one.” While The Manual can never be a substitute for having Kevin back, the words left behind become Lois’s steady support through all of life’s ups and downs, and prove invaluable to unlocking the key to happiness.

While You Were Dreaming

Plot Summary

Lena has always kept her two sisters Millie and Cara in check. Beautiful but lazy Millie relies on her sister for everything. She needs to pull herself together and get a job but is constantly distracted by the string of men in her life! Cara runs a successful bar with her adoring boyfriend Ade. He can’t wait to start a family but Cara isn’t ready. Will she ever be? But when Lena is involved in an accident her sisters forget their own issues and rush to her side. As they desperately try to wake Lena from her deep sleep, they begin to learn things they never knew about themselves and discover their much-loved sister had a few secrets in her closet! A funny and heartwarming tale about family, love and living for the moment.

Reaching for the Stars

Plot Summary

…How to Make Your dreams Come True Lola Jaye always dreamed of being a writer, but it was years of work and lots of rejections before she got her first deal. Now she helps others to reach for their dreams – whatever they might be – in this inspiring step-by-step guide. Lena has always kept her two sisters Millie and Cara in check. Beautiful but lazy Millie relies on her sister for everything. She needs to pull herself together and get a job but is constantly distracted by the string of men in her life! Cara runs a successful bar with her adoring boyfriend Ade. He can’t wait to start a family but Cara isn’t ready. Will she ever be? But when Lena is involved in an accident her sisters forget their own issues and rush to her side. As they desperately try to wake Lena from her deep sleep, they begin to learn things they never knew about themselves and discover their much-loved sister had a few secrets in her closet! A funny and heartwarming tale about family, love and living for the moment.

While You Were Dreaming

(Large Print Edition)

European Editions

Für immer, Dein Dad
(Germany)

Bis du erwachst
(Germany)

Kada Ovo Budes Citala (Serbia)

Was fehlt bist Du
(Germany)