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The second in Macomber’s Cedar Cove series focuses on Grace, who is getting a divorce even though she still loves her husband, Dan. Months after his sudden departure, she is still shocked that after 35 years together he walked out of their house on Rosewood Lane without any explanation. With the help of her best friend, Judge Olivia Lockhart, and her two daughters, Kelly and Maryellen, Grace has finally realized that she must move on, and it isn’t long before she catches the eye of a handsome divorce. But how can Grace date Cliff when there are still so many unanswered questions about Dan’s strange disappearance? Meanwhile, Olivia and Maryellen experience romantic quandaries and moral dilemmas, as does a cast of enthralling secondary characters, including newlyweds Seth and Justine, soon-to-be divorced Zach and Rosie, and enigmatic chef Jon Bowman. Macomber’s endearing characters offer courage and support to one another and find hope and love in the most unexpected places. Megan Kalan
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The Secret Wife

The Secret Wife

Hitched: (The Complete Series) by Kendall Ryan (Author)

Hitched: (The Complete Series)

When I Found You by Catherine Ryan Hyde (Author)

When I Found You

Mercer Girls by Libbie Hawker (Author)

Mercer Girls

Take Me With You by Catherine Ryan Hyde (Author)

Take Me With You

God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater by Kurt Vonnegut (Author)

God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater

Even the Score by Beth Ehemann (Author)

Even the Score

 Take Me With You by Catherine Ryan Hyde (Author)

Take Me With You

 The Lullaby Sky by Carolyn Brown (Author)

The Lullaby Sky

Once We Were Brothers by Ronald H. Balson (Author)

Once We Were Brothers

The Two Dead Girls by Stephen King (Author)

The Two Dead Girls

 The Woman on the Orient Express Kindle Edition by Lindsay Jayne Ashford (Author)

The Woman on the Orient Express Kindle Edition

The Sanctuary Series, Books 1-3: Defender, Avenger and Champion by Robert J. Crane (Author)

The Sanctuary Series, Books 1-3: Defender, Avenger and Champion

 The Dream Bucket by Mary Lou Cheatham (Author)

The Dream Bucket

The Healer Series-Box Set Books 1-3: A Young Adult Romantic Fantasy by C.J. Anaya (Author)

The Healer Series-Box Set Books 1-3: A Young Adult Romantic Fantasy

The Widow of Larkspur Inn by Lawana Blackwell (Author)

The Widow of Larkspur Inn 

The Things We Wish Were True by Marybeth Mayhew Whalen (Author)

The Things We Wish Were True

The Whiskey Sea by Ann Howard Creel (Author)

The Whiskey Sea

Running rum during Prohibition, she’ll risk her life—and her heart.

Motherless and destitute, Frieda Hope is determined to make a better life for herself and her sister, Bea. The girls are taken in by a kindly fisherman named Silver, and Frieda begins to feel at home on the water. When Silver sells his fishing boat to WWI veteran Sam Hicks, thinking Sam would be a fine husband for Frieda, she’s outraged. But Frieda manages to talk Sam into teaching her to repair boat engines instead, so she has a trade of her own and won’t have to marry.

Frieda quickly discovers that a mechanic’s wages won’t support Bea and Silver, and is lured into a money-making team of rumrunners supplying alcohol to New York City speakeasies. Speeding into dangerous waters to transport illegal liquor, Frieda gets swept up in the lucrative, risky work—and swept off her feet by a handsome Ivy Leaguer who’s in it just for fun.

As danger mounts and her own feelings threaten to drown her, can Frieda find her way back to solid ground—and to a love that will sustain her?

About the Author

Ann Howard Creel was born in Austin, Texas, and worked as a registered nurse before becoming a full-time writer. She is the author of numerous children’s and young adult books as well as fiction for adults. Her children’s books have won several awards, and her novel The Magic of Ordinary Days was made into a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie for CBS. Creel currently lives and writes in Chicago.

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America’s First Daughter

The New York Times and USA Today Bestseller

In a compelling, richly researched novel that draws from thousands of letters and original sources, bestselling authors Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie tell the fascinating, untold story of Thomas Jefferson’s eldest daughter, Martha “Patsy” Jefferson Randolph–a woman who kept the secrets of our most enigmatic founding father and shaped an American legacy.

From her earliest days, Patsy Jefferson knows that though her father loves his family dearly, his devotion to his country runs deeper still. As Thomas Jefferson’s oldest daughter, she becomes his helpmate, protector, and constant companion in the wake of her mother’s death, traveling with him when he becomes American minister to France.

It is in Paris, at the glittering court and among the first tumultuous days of revolution, that fifteen-year-old Patsy learns about her father’s troubling liaison with Sally Hemings, a slave girl her own age. Meanwhile, Patsy has fallen in love–with her father’s protégé William Short, a staunch abolitionist and ambitious diplomat. Torn between love, principles, and the bonds of family, Patsy questions whether she can choose a life as William’s wife and still be a devoted daughter.

Her choice will follow her in the years to come, to Virginia farmland, Monticello, and even the White House. And as scandal, tragedy, and poverty threaten her family, Patsy must decide how much she will sacrifice to protect her father’s reputation, in the process defining not just his political legacy, but that of the nation he founded.

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“Painstakingly researched, beautifully hewn, compulsively readable — this enlightening literary journey takes us from Monticello to revolutionary Paris to the Jefferson White House, revealing remarkable historical details, dark family secrets, and bringing to life the colorful cast of characters who conceived of our new nation. A must read.” (Allison Pataki, New York Times bestselling author of The Accidental Empress)

“A delectable and poignant read, carefully paced and plotted with pitch perfect dialogue. It deftly draws on the volatile atmosphere of Jefferson’s time, recounting his daughter’s little-known story — a heroine tested to the limit, loaded with grit and determination. All the right chords are struck here. You’re going to want to read slow and savor this one. Bravo.” (Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author of The Jefferson Key)

“AMERICA’S FIRST DAUGHTER is the story of a generation caught between the past and the future of a nation, and illuminates how the actions of one woman managed to sustain a family in spite of the consequences of both privilege and poverty. Not since GONE WITH THE WIND has a single volume family saga so brilliantly portrayed the triumphs, trials, and sins of a family in the American South.” (Erika Robuck, bestselling author of Hemingway’s Girl and The House of Hawthorne)

“[A] triumphant, controversial, and fascinating plunge into the complexities of Revolutionary America, where women held power in subtle ways and men hid dangerous secrets. You’ll never look at Jefferson or his legacy the same way again.” (C.W. Gortner, bestselling author of Mademoiselle Chanel)
“America’s First Daughter brings a turbulent era to vivid life. All the conflicts and complexities of the Early Republic are mirrored in Patsy’s story. It’s breathlessly exciting and heartbreaking by turns-a personal and political page-turner.” (Donna Thorland, author of The Turncoat)
“Fiction can go boldly where history treads warily. In this compelling, poignant novel, Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie open the door into the heart of Martha Jefferson Randolph, the motherless daughter, long-suffering wife, devoted mother and passionate protector of her famous father’s lies, secrets, and silences. A remarkable and insightful achievement.” (Virginia Scharff, Distinguished Professor of History, University of New Mexico, author of The Women Jefferson Loved)

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Outlander: A Novel 

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NOW A STARZ ORIGINAL SERIES

This eBook includes the full text of the novel plus the following additional content:
• An excerpt from Diana Gabaldon’s Dragonfly in Amber, the second novel in the Outlander series
• An interview with Diana Gabaldon
• An Outlander reader’s guide

Unrivaled storytelling. Unforgettable characters. Rich historical detail. These are the hallmarks of Diana Gabaldon’s work. Her New York Times bestselling Outlander novels have earned the praise of critics and captured the hearts of millions of fans. Here is the story that started it all, introducing two remarkable characters, Claire Beauchamp Randall and Jamie Fraser, in a spellbinding novel of passion and history that combines exhilarating adventure with a love story for the ages.

OUTLANDER
 
Scottish Highlands, 1945. Claire Randall, a former British combat nurse, is just back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an “outlander”—in a Scotland torn by war and raiding clans in the year of Our Lord . . . 1743.

Claire is catapulted into the intrigues of a world that threatens her life, and may shatter her heart. Marooned amid danger, passion, and violence, Claire learns her only chance of safety lies in Jamie Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior. What begins in compulsion becomes urgent need, and Claire finds herself torn between two very different men, in two irreconcilable lives.

Praise for Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander novels

“Marvelous and fantastic adventures, romance, sex . . . perfect escape reading.”San Francisco Chronicle, on Outlander
 
“History comes deliciously alive on the page.”—New York Daily News, on Outlander

“Gabaldon is a born storyteller. . . . The pages practically turn themselves.”The Arizona Republic, on Dragonfly in Amber
 
“Triumphant . . . Her use of historical detail and a truly adult love story confirm Gabaldon as a superior writer.”Publishers Weekly, on Voyager
 
“Unforgettable characters . . . richly embroidered with historical detail.”The Cincinnati Post,on Drums of Autumn
 
“A grand adventure written on a canvas that probes the heart, weighs the soul and measures the human spirit across [centuries].”—CNN, on The Fiery Cross

“The large scope of the novel allows Gabaldon to do what she does best, paint in exquisite detail the lives of her characters.”Booklist, on A Breath of Snow and Ashes
 
“Features all the passion and swashbuckling that fans of this historical fantasy series have come to expect.”People, on Written in My Own Heart’s Blood

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Finding Rebecca

 Nothing could keep Christopher and Rebecca apart: not her abusive parents, or even the fiancé she brought home after running away to England. But when World War II finally strikes the island of Jersey, the Nazi invaders ship Rebecca to Europe as part of Hitler’s Final Solution against the Jewish population.

After Christopher and his family are deported back to their native Germany, he volunteers for the Nazi SS, desperate to save the woman he loves. He is posted to Auschwitz and finds himself put in control of the money stolen from the victims of the gas chambers. As Christopher searches for Rebecca, he struggles to not only maintain his cover, but also the grip on his soul. Managing the river of tainted money flowing through the horrific world of Auschwitz may give him unexpected opportunities. But will it give him the strength to accept a brave new fate that could change his life–and others’ lives–forever?

Revised edition: This edition of Finding Rebecca includes editorial revisions.

Please note: Any typos or anachronistic language mentioned in reviews below referred to previous editions of this book before editorial revisions took place.

This was a wonderful book. Having just finished it, I’m still glowing from the amazing ending.  I was initially a little nervous about the war images on the cover but once I began reading, the storyline captivated me from start to finish. I truly had a hard time putting this down, from Christopher and Rebecca’s love story through the first part, to Christopher’s search for Rebecca and the finale in New York.
 
The book starts off as we are introduced to Christopher, a new officer in charge of taking care of the money taken from the victims of the gas chambers in Auschwitz, but immediately we figure out that he is different. Then the backstory kicks in to tell us why. We’re then taken back to the island of Jersey (between England and France) in the year 1924 where we’re introduced to Christopher as a 6 year old as he meets Rebecca, the girl who will change his life.
 
The story of their lives as they grow up in enthralling. I found myself really caring for the characters. So much so that I was almost crying when Rebecca was taken off to a concentration camp in 1943. The action then switches to the camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau. Christopher joins the German forces to try to find Rebecca and we are introduced to day-to-day living in the most horrible place imaginable.
 
So much more happens during this section than I ever could have imagined and this was the part of the book I found most compelling. Christopher tries to hide his intentions while doing all he can to find Rebecca. He also finds that due to the amount of money he delivers to the Nazis he is able to take some himself to help the other prisoners.
 
The last section of the book was set in New York, and while I don’t want to give anything away I was very satisfied with the ending.
 
This truly was a fabulous book. The characters were real and well drawn. I loved Christopher’s family and especially his father. It’s easy to read and the pages will fly by and you will learn a huge amount about what happened on the island on Jersey, in Auschwitz and beyond, during the war. The historical element of the novel was fascinating. Overall I would thoroughly recommend this book.

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The House Girl: A Novel 

The House Girl, the historical fiction debut by Tara Conklin, is an unforgettable story of love, history, and a search for justice, set in modern-day New York and 1852 Virginia.

Weaving together the story of an escaped slave in the pre–Civil War South and a determined junior lawyer, The House Girl follows Lina Sparrow as she looks for an appropriate lead plaintiff in a lawsuit seeking compensation for families of slaves. In her research, she learns about Lu Anne Bell, a renowned prewar artist whose famous works might have actually been painted by her slave, Josephine.

Featuring two remarkable, unforgettable heroines, Tara Conklin’s The House Girl is riveting and powerful, literary fiction at its very best.

From 1852 to 2004….from one artist to another….from a farm in Virginia to the hustle and bustle of New York City.

THE HOUSE GIRL flawlessly switches between these two time periods telling of the life of Josephine, a slave girl, Lina, a New York City attorney, and Lina’s father, Oscar, an artist. The book leads you through the life of Josephine as she struggles with her decision to “run, it leads you through the life of Lina who is researching families who may benefit from wrong doing during the period of slavery in the United States, and it leads you through the life of Oscar trying to make amends through his artwork.

The most significant question, though, along with finding descendants is that of who really did create the paintings found in Lu Anne Bell’s home? Was it really Lu Anne or was it Josephine? Corresponding with this painting mystery and the mystery of Josephine’s descendants is that of Lina’s mother…what really did happen to her when Lina was only four?

You will get caught up in both stories because of the great detail Ms. Conklin uses and because of the research. I love “digging” for historical information. As you switch between the two stories, you will ask yourself to choose which life you were more interested in….Lina’s or Josephine’s….it may be difficult to choose since both were appealing and drew you in, but for me Josephine’s story wins hands down for interest.

It took a few chapters, but you will become so involved, it becomes difficult to stop reading….you want to know what will become of the characters and the answer to the mysteries.

Each character comes alive with the vivid detail Ms. Conklin uses, and she puts their feelings out in the open…you can feel the tension, the pain, the frustration, the longing, and the fleeting happiness they experience. I really enjoyed this book because of the history and the research and of course the detailed descriptions of the characters.

The historical aspect and the fact-finding kept me up late. It is very interesting how the farm’s kitchen records, crop records, and births and deaths of every person including the slaves was kept. I thoroughly enjoy these types of findings. I also wonder how these records were not destroyed and who would have thought to preserve them. Such foresight….something to be grateful for.

Don’t miss this book especially if you are a historical fiction buff. This book pulls you in and will cause you to pause and reflect on the human race and have you wondering about the reasons why we do what we do, have you wondering what the reasons are that lead us to make the choices we make, and have you wondering about the reason we turned out to be the person we are. 5/5

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The Year She Left Us

 

From the winner of the 2009 Iowa Short Fiction Prize—comes the extraordinary, unexpected debut tale of three generations of Chinese-American women in a San Francisco family who must confront their past and carve out a future.

The Kong women are in crisis. A disastrous trip to visit her “home” orphanage in China has plunged eighteen-year-old Ari into a self-destructive spiral. Her adoptive mother, Charlie, a lawyer with a great heart, is desperate to keep her daughter safe. Meanwhile, Charlie must endure the prickly scrutiny of her beautiful, Bryn Mawr educated mother, Gran—who, as the daughter of a cultured Chinese doctor, came to America to survive Mao’s Revolution—and her sister, Les, a brilliant judge with a penchant to rule over everyone’s lives.

As they cope with Ari’s journey of discovery and its aftermath, the Kong women will come face to face with the truths of their lives—four powerful intertwining stories of accomplishment, tenacity, secrets, loneliness, and love. Beautifully illuminating the bonds of family and blood,The Year She Left Us explores the promise and pain of adoption, the price of assimilation and achievement, the debt we owe to others, and what we owe ourselves.

From Booklist

Ma turns conventional wisdom about adoption on its head in this probing novel about a young woman adopted from China as an infant. Ari is the kind of person who is abundant in real life but largely missing from fiction: a prickly, selfish, lost girl who can hardly stand the presence of her single mother, an American of Chinese ancestry. Tormented by feelings of abandonment (“the a-word”) and chafed by her mother’s circle’s cheery attempts to connect their adopted children to “their” culture, Ari takes off. She abandons the tour group a friend is leading in China and goes off grid, with harrowing consequences. Fetched back home, she bides her time and leaves for Alaska, in search of an elusive father figure: a man who appears in a photo with Ari as a baby. Ma brings all sorts of relationships—mother-daughter, sister-sister, friend-friend—to vivid life. And she painstakingly conveys that we are never just one thing, and can never be fixed by just one formula. –Lynn Weber

Reviews

“A deft, raw dissection of an American family….With great cleverness, Ma injects her Chinese family with American realism.” (Rebecca Liao, San Francisco Chronicle)

“Kathryn Ma’s first novel is electrified by the enraged tenderness of its alienated young protagonist. Part mystery, part odyssey, The Year She Left Us heralds the arrival of a fierce, subtle new American voice.” (Jennifer Egan, author of A Visit from the Goon Squad)

“Full of secrets and obsessed with identity, this story of an adopted Chinese girl comes closer to the complexity of things than any other account I have read. It is moving and well told, and rings perfectly true.” (Gish Jen, author of World and Town )

“The characters of Kathryn Ma’s glittering debut novel are complicated, infuriating and hugely sympathetic. I couldn’t wait to find out what they’d do next; I envy readers coming to these pages for the first time.” (Margot Livesey, author of The Flight of Gemma Hardy)

“Haunting….The foundling may be a family figure in the history of the novel, most prominently in Dickens and the Brontës, but Ma gives us a striking 21st-century iteration…One of the stunning accomplishments of this book is Ma’s tonal range.” (Mona Simpson, New York Times Book Review)

“A sparklingly original fiction debut.” (O, the Oprah Magazine)

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Leaving Blythe River: A Novel

 

New York Times bestselling author Catherine Ryan Hyde returns with an unforgettable story of courage.

Seventeen-year-old Ethan Underwood is totally unprepared to search for his father in the Blythe River National Wilderness. Not only is he small, scrawny, and skittish but he’s barely speaking to the man after a traumatic betrayal. Yet when his father vanishes from their remote cabin and rangers abandon the rescue mission, suddenly it’s up to Ethan to keep looking. Angry or not, he’s his father’s only hope.

With the help of three locals—a fearless seventy-year-old widow, a pack guide, and a former actor with limited outdoor skills—he heads into the wild. The days that follow transform Ethan’s world. Hail, punishing sun, swollen rapids, and exhausting pain leave him wondering if he’s been fooled yet again: Is his father out here at all? As the situation grows increasingly dire, Ethan realizes this quest has become about more than finding his dad.

From the bestselling author of Pay It Forward comes a story of nature revealing human nature—the trickiest terrain. Navigating an unforgiving landscape, Ethan searches himself for the ability to forgive his father—if he finds him alive.

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Leaving Blythe River is a thoughtful tale of self-discovery set among the brutal and beautiful mountainous wilderness of the Blythe River Range. Beautiful and breathtaking, this novel stays with readers long after the last page is read.” RT Book Reviews, Top Pick

“Catherine Ryan Hyde is back with an adventure read that tugs at the heart.” Sunset Magazine

“This courageous story of nature and a tumultuous father-son relationship is one of this year’s most moving reads.” Working Mother magazine

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The Memory of Us

 

Julianne Westcott was living the kind of life that other Protestant girls in prewar Liverpool could only dream about: old money, silk ball gowns, and prominent young men lining up to escort her. But when she learns of a blind-and-deaf brother, institutionalized since birth, the illusion of her perfect life and family shatters around her.

While visiting her brother in secret, Julianne meets and befriends Kyle McCarthy, an Irish Catholic groundskeeper studying to become a priest. Caught between her family’s expectations, Kyle’s devotion to the Church, and the intense new feelings that the forbidden courtship has awakened in her, Julianne must make a choice: uphold the life she’s always known or follow the difficult path toward love.

But as war ripples through the world and the Blitz decimates England, a tragic accident forces Julianne to leave everything behind and forge a new life built on lies she’s told to protect the ones she loves. Now, after twenty years of hiding from her past, the truth finds her—will she be brave enough to face it?
I just finished reading “The Memory of Us,” and was so moved by this novel. While heartbreaking at times and during one period, Camille Di Maio has written an amazing story of friendship, love, blessings, family bonds, religion, prejudices, war time and the meaning of true commitment.

Her flawed but loving and realistic characters are well written and bring this novel alive. Individually as stories of each character unfolds, but also as a family, friends, a couple, and in many other roles. This is the case with the main plot but also throughout the multiple subplots.

The story line is so powerful, I had a very hard time putting this novel down. It was a time period (1930’s to 1960’s) of many societal rules and expectations; where London was just waiting before entering the war; the Blitz; the atrocities and consequences that occurred during the war and long after; the time period of Reconstruction and the decades following. It was also a time period of changes, choices, deformity, and death; of birth, renewal, vows, commitments, love, and finding your way home again.

A truly amazing and extremely well written novel. I can’t say enough about this book, other than pick it up and read it ASAP.

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At First Sight

 There are a few things Jeremy Marsh was sure he’d never do: he’d never leave New York City; never give his heart away again after barely surviving one failed marriage; and, most of all, never become a parent. Now, Jeremy is living in the tiny town of Boone Creek, North Carolina, married to Lexie Darnell, the love of his life, and anticipating the birth of their daughter. But just as his life seems to be settling into a blissful pattern, an unsettling and mysterious message re-opens old wounds and sets off a chain of events that will forever change the course of this young couple’s marriage.

Dramatic, heartbreaking and surprising, this is a story about the love between a man and a woman and between a parent and a child. More than that, it is a story that beautifully portrays how the same emotion that can break your heart is also the one that will ultimately heal it.

While the novel picks up the tale of Lexie Darnell and Jeremy Marsh that started in True Believer and will delight fans of that novel, it stands on its own as one of Nicholas Sparks’s most deeply moving love stories.

From Publishers Weekly

When we last left 37-year-old Jeremy Marsh (a scant six months ago, in Sparks’s April pub True Believer), the science columnist had traveled from his New York base to Boone Creek, N.C., to get a story—and ended up falling in love with Lexie Darnell, the 30-year-old town librarian. Now Lexie’s pregnant—but it’s true love (and a portable job) that’s allowing divorcé Jeremy to move down so they can marry and build a life together. The book centers on the tension-filled runup to the wedding. Sparks pulls out all the smalltown stops—psychic grandmother, meddling mayor, sullen townie ex, jealous best friends—and offers Mars/Venus commentary on what makes his characters tick. Jeremy’s writer’s block, instead of heightening the will-they-or-won’t-they tension, is as enervating for readers as it is for him. More compelling are the mysterious e-mails Jeremy receives that suggest Lexie may not be telling the truth (about who the father is, for one thing), and the character of Lexie’s psychic grandmother, Doris, who has correctly predicted the sex of every child born in the town. As the wedding gets closer (and house renovations suck more and more money from Jeremy’s dwindling savings), Jeremy and Lexie have some serious talking to do, and Sparks throws in a substantial zinger at the end. It’s majorly manipulative and totally effective. Have plenty of tissues on hand. (Oct. 18)
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The relationship between journalist Jeremy Marsh and librarian Lexie Darnell that began in True Believer (2005) has now progressed. Jeremy is moving from New York to Boone Creek, North Carolina, as they plan for their wedding and the birth of their child. A friend of Jeremy’s warns him that he really doesn’t know Lexie, and asks him if he’s sure that he’s in love. With the seeds of suspicion planted, Jeremy starts receiving mysterious e-mails that also cast doubt on their relationship. Add to that the fact that he is dealing with writer’s block and that he has to come to terms with a change in lifestyle as an urbanite now living in the rural South. This is a man under duress. To avoid gossip, he and Lexie are maintaining separate residences and keeping the pregnancy a secret. Lexie is comfortable with the town’s rules of behavior, but Jeremy is at a loss and finds himself tense and unsure about the future of what he thought was the perfect match. With his trademark sensitivity, Sparks delves into the nitty-gritty of relationships, and considers the sacrifices that each partner has to make in order to have a successful marriage. And readers beware: this is multiple-hankie romance. Patty Engelmann

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Read the cult-favorite coming of age story that takes a sometimes heartbreaking, often hysterical, and always honest look at high school in all its glory. Now a major motion picture starring Logan Lerman and Emma Watson, The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a funny, touching, and haunting modern classic.

The critically acclaimed debut novel from Stephen Chbosky, Perks follows observant “wallflower” Charlie as he charts a course through the strange world between adolescence and adulthood. First dates, family drama, and new friends. Sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Devastating loss, young love, and life on the fringes. Caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it, Charlie must learn to navigate those wild and poignant roller-coaster days known as growing up.

A #1 New York Times best seller for more than a year, an American Library Association Best Book for Young Adults (2000) and Best Book for Reluctant Readers (2000), and with millions of copies in print, this novel for teen readers (or “wallflowers” of more-advanced age) will make you laugh, cry, and perhaps feel nostalgic for those moments when you, too, tiptoed onto the dance floor of life.

From Publishers Weekly

A trite coming-of-age novel that could easily appeal to a YA readership, filmmaker Chbosky’s debut broadcasts its intentions with the publisher’s announcement that ads will run on MTV. Charlie, the wallflower of the title, goes through a veritable bath of bathos in his 10th grade year, 1991. The novel is formatted as a series of letters to an unnamed “friend,” the first of which reveals the suicide of Charlie’s pal Michael. Charlie’s response–valid enough–is to cry. The crying soon gets out of hand, though–in subsequent letters, his father, his aunt, his sister and his sister’s boyfriend all become lachrymose. Charlie has the usual dire adolescent problems–sex, drugs, the thuggish football team–and they perplex him in the usual teen TV ways. […] Into these standard teenage issues Chbosky infuses a droning insistence on Charlie’s supersensitive disposition. Charlie’s English teacher and others have a disconcerting tendency to rhapsodize over Charlie’s giftedness, which seems to consist of Charlie’s unquestioning assimilation of the teacher’s taste in books. In the end we learn the root of Charlie’s psychological problems, and we confront, with him, the coming rigors of 11th grade, ever hopeful that he’ll find a suitable girlfriend and increase his vocabulary.

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Mother Night: A Novel

Mother Night is a daring challenge to our moral sense. American Howard W. Campbell, Jr., a spy during World War II, is now on trial in Israel as a Nazi war criminal. But is he really guilty? In this brilliant book rife with true gallows humor, Vonnegut turns black and white into a chilling shade of gray with a verdict that will haunt us all.

Reviews

“A great artist.”—Cincinnati Enquirer

“A shaking up in the kaleidoscope of laughter . . . Reading Vonnegut is addictive!”—Commonwealth

“Vonnegut is George Orwell, Dr. Caligari and Flash Gordon compounded into one writer . . . a zany but moral mad scientist.”—Time

“My name is Howard W. Campbell, Jr. I am an American by birth, a Nazi by reputation, and a nationless person by inclination” are the opening words to Kurt Vonnegut’s tale of an American playwright living in Germany who, once World War II begins, becomes a Nazi radio propagandist. He becomes infamous for his disgustingly brutal radio shows which distributed wicked Nazi propaganda. He was thoroughly hated by the Americans, and loved by the Nazis. But there is one thing that you should know about Howard W. Campbell. He is an American spy. His radio shows are the medium for transmitting secret codes out of Germany to aid the American cause in the war. He was one of the most effective spies of World War II, and one of the only ones to survive the war. But after the war, he is simply discarded in a small New York attic apartment, with enough money to live the rest of his days there, but with no more direction to his life. He lives his life simply there, away from civilization and anyone who might recognize him as a war criminal, until a white supremacist discovers where he is located, and he once again must face his past. Mother Night is not a traditional war book, for rather than concentrating on the brutal aspects of combat, it focuses heavily on the equally gruesome subject of hate. Vonnegut also dissects the schizophrenic mind of a spy after the war has ended who has not only lost the trust of everyone he loves, but most importantly, his identity altogether, as he realizes he is a “nationless” person. The narrator is constantly questioning his identity, which has been muddled by his spy experiences. Vonnegut also discusses the minds of the Nazis, how ordinary and often intelligent men and women could be prompted to become the vicious killing machines that they were during World War II
Mother Night is a sharp, funny book that’s humor is both satiric and farcical. It is a very entertaining read with twists and turns at every corner, including a surprise ending that is sure to catch the reader off-guard. Although Kurt Vonnegut is more well-known for his novels such as Slaughterhouse Five and Cat’s Cradle, Mother Night is truly an overlooked classic that offers an entertaining read for not just fans of war books, but any reader looking for a hilariously addictive and heart-breakingly poignant book.

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Veiled

She just wanted a normal life.
He had other plans for her.
Would you go through Hell for the one you love?

VEILED is a STANDALONE paranormal romance and urban fantasy from the New York Times bestselling author of The Lie and The Pact.

Death.
It’s something that Ada Palomino has always known so well, having grown up in a house of horrors, surrounded by a family plagued by ghosts and demons and things that go bump in the night.
But after the sudden and tragic death of her mother two years ago, death has never felt so personal.
Or so close.
Now eighteen, Ada is trying to move on with her life and the last month of summer holds nothing but sunshine and promises with her first year at a Portland design school just around the bend.
That is until her increasingly violent and realistic dreams, dreams of other worlds, of portals and veils where her mother is tortured and souls bleed for mercy, start to blend into reality. Ada has to lean on her older sister, Perry, to try and make sense of it all but even then, she’s never felt more alone.
Then there’s Jay. Tall, handsome and deeply mysterious, Jay would be just another stranger, a familiar face on the bus, if it wasn’t for the fact that Ada has met him before.
Every night.
In every single dream.
And the more that Ada is drawn to him in both worlds, the more she’s in danger of losing everything.
Including her heart.
And her very soul.

“Nobody writes this genre as well as Karina Halle. In VEILED you have horror, romance, and humor, all mixed into a tale that will keep you reading, hiding beneath your covers, giggling even as you tremble and quake.”NYT Bestselling author Amy Harmon

“Ada and Jay’s romance is a slow delicious burn, that makes you want to keep reading…sexy read that will spook you out and make your heart flutter at the same time. If paranormal is not usually your thing, then I urge you to take a chance on this book!” I Love Book Love
“Consuming, seductive, and chilling are just a few ways to describe the brilliance that is Veiled. This story is just another shining example of Karina Halle’s gift for words, and once you start there is no way you’ll be able to stop.”Author Jessica Prince

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The House on Olive Street

Elly, Sable, Barbara Ann and Beth. They have been drawn together by the sudden death of their friend Gabby—and the favor she has asked of them. For these four women, whose own lives have become unhappy works of fiction, a summer sorting through Gabby’s personal papers offers the perfect challenge—and the perfect escape.

ELLY—the intellectual spinster who’s hidden herself within the Walls of academia, afraid to admit that she’s tired of being alone

SABLE—her bestselling novels have made her a star, but the woman who has everything in fact has nothing except a past she’s desperate to hide

BARBARA ANN—the talent behind twenty-six romance novels, who wakes up one day to find she’s lost control of her career, her sanity and her family

BETH—her popular mysteries have become the only way she can fight back against the secret tyranny of her abusive husband

In the house on Olive Street, away from their menagerie of troubles, these women will discover something marvelous: themselves, each other and pieces of a dream that only they can make happen. For in telling the hidden story of a remarkable woman, their own lives are about to change….

From Publishers Weekly

When novelist Gabby Marshall dies, she leaves a letter asking her four closest friends, all writers, to organize her literary remains. In the process, they take refuge from their own lives in Gabby’s cozy home in Sacramento, Calif. Unsentimental spinster Elly fears her highbrow friends won’t accept her suitor, Ben, a loving but unsophisticated farmer. Bestselling Sable escapes the sudden exposure of her tarnished past; Beth is leaving an abusive husband; Barbara Ann is running away from a home full of slovenly men. Introductory chapters are slow, but once the protagonists move into their “halfway house for insane women” the book comes to life. The women’s feisty, bluntly honest exchanges ring with credibility and charm; the minor characters that eddy around themABarbara Ann’s lovably clueless husband; Ceola, the late Gabby’s pistol-toting momAare drawn with deftness and affection. Though conventional in outline, Carr (Mind Tryst) offers a well-written, warm-hearted story and a genuinely fun read.

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Once We Were Brothers

 

The gripping tale about two boys, once as close as brothers, who find themselves on opposite sides of the Holocaust.

Elliot Rosenzweig, a respected civic leader and wealthy philanthropist, is attending a fundraiser when he is suddenly accosted and accused of being a former Nazi SS officer named Otto Piatek, the Butcher of Zamosc. Although the charges are denounced as preposterous, his accuser is convinced he is right and engages attorney Catherine Lockhart to bring Rosenzweig to justice. Solomon persuades attorney Catherine Lockhart to take his case, revealing that the true Piatek was abandoned as a child and raised by Solomon’s own family only to betray them during the Nazi occupation. But has Solomon accused the right man?

Once We Were Brothers is Ronald H. Balson’s compelling tale of two boys and a family who struggle to survive in war-torn Poland, and a young love that struggles to endure the unspeakable cruelty of the Holocaust. Two lives, two worlds, and sixty years converge in an explosive race to redemption that makes for a moving and powerful tale of love, survival, and ultimately the triumph of the human spirit.

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“Balson does a number of things superbly: he crafts a highly readable plotline and makes great use of the Chicago backdrop…many will enjoy this gripping novel for its narrative drive and its emotional storytelling.” –“Booklist” Review

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“Balson does a number of things superbly: he crafts a highly readable plotline and makes great use of the Chicago backdrop…many will enjoy this gripping novel for its narrative drive and its emotional storytelling.” –“Booklist” Review

“The author describes the atrocities of wartime Poland and the beautiful, eternal romance between Ben Solomong and his life, Hannah. Balson’s first novel is hard to put down.” –“The Jewish Book World

“”A legal thriller…a reader knows he’s writing from the inside.” “–Chicago Jewish Star”

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