We are delighted to announce the publication of Leah Mercer’s latest contemporary novel Ten Little Words, out in the UK and US today (Lake Union, Amazon Publishing).

I am always with you. I will always be here.

This was the promise Ella’s mother betrayed thirty years ago when she walked into the sea, leaving her five-year-old daughter alone in the world. Ella’s been angry ever since, building up a wall to protect herself. But that all changes the day she opens a newspaper and finds those ten little words printed in a classified ad.

Ella refuses to believe her mother could still be alive—that would mean she did want to live, just not with her daughter. So she throws herself into finding out exactly what happened all those years ago, determined to extinguish even the tiniest flame of hope—for Ella, hope is torture.

But rather than settling things once and for all, what Ella discovers shatters her world. As she pieces together the truth behind her mother’s disappearance, she learns that the words are not what she thought.

Now she knows the truth. Is it possible that Ella can allow herself to love—and be loved—once again?

Leah is the author of novels including Who We Were Before, The Man I Thought You Were and The Puzzle of You, and has been shortlisted for the UK’s Romantic Novelists’ Association Awards on multiple occasions. Her novels have been featured on the Amazon Top 100 bestseller list, and Ten Little Words has already received glowing praise:

[A]nother wonderful family drama that sucked me in and played with my heart.


‘Ten Little Words is an enjoyable book, with dual perspective, across alternating chapters, making it a very easy read.’ 


I really enjoyed this novel. Perking my interest from page one I whizzed through this book in a few hours, holding my interest all the way.


A huge congratulations on this very special day, Leah! We can’t wait for your fans to step inside the pages of your latest hugely absorbing family drama…