FOUR WISHES

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THIS BOOK IN THE LIBERTY SERIES IS ABOUT FOUR WOMEN IN VERY DIFFERENT SITUATIONS WHO ALL FIND THEMSELVES PREGNANT.  ONE IS A TEENAGER WHO HAS ESCAPED AN ABUSIVE RELATIONSHIP.  ANOTHER IS THE OWNER OF A VERY SUCCESSFUL COMPANY THAT SHE IS LOOKING TO EXPAND.  THE THIRD IS A BUSY DOCTOR WHO WANTS A FAMILY BUT ISN’T QUITE READY.  THE LAST IS ABOUT TO GET MARRIED AND HAS TERRIBLE MORNING SICKNESS.  THEY ALL STRUGGLE TO COME TO TERMS WITH THEIR PREGNANCY AND HOW THEIR LIVES WILL BE CHANGED BY THEIR NEWS.

PUBLISHER’S BLURB:

Meade Williams has a successful company, an ailing father and a secret desire to find love at last. A new man in town intrigues her—but she isn’t prepared for the surprising events that will change both their lives.

Meade isn’t the only woman in town confronting hard choices. Dr. Mary Chance isn’t sure the time is right to expand her family. Birdie Kaminsky hopes the preparations for her upcoming wedding will bring her closer to her powerful sister. And young Glade Wilson must confront the daunting truth that she’ll become a mother before finishing high school.

Welcome back to Liberty, Ohio where the heartwarming stories of love, friendship and family life unfold in unexpected ways.

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THE WILDWATER WALKING CLUB

Cover of The Wildwater Walking Club

THE WILDWATER WALKING CLUB WAS A VERY LIGHT READ ABOUT NOREEN AND TWO OF HER NEIGHBORS WHO COME TOGETHER FOR A WALK EACH MORNING.  THEIR WALK TAKES ON MEANING AS THEY BEGIN TO TALLY UP THEIR STEPS WITH THE REWARD OF A TRIP WHEN THEY REACH THEIR GOAL.  THEIR TRIP LEADS THEM TO SEATTLE TO A LAVENDER FESTIVAL BUT THEY DECIDED THEY RATHER ENJOYED WINE TASTING TOURS BETTER.  THERE ARE LITTLE SIDE STORIES ABOUT NOREEN’S MOTHER, HER CAREER COACHING CLASSES, AND A CLOTHESLINE CONTROVERSY BUT THE BOOK JUST DOESN’T AMOUNT TO MUCH – I GUESS IT BASICALLY BOILS DOWN TO: IF YOU PUT YOUR MIND TO SOMETHING YOU CAN REACH YOUR GOALS.  A LITTLE TOO LIGHT AND AIRY FOR MY TASTE.

PUBLISHER’S EXCERPT:

Just put one foot in front of the other. Sounds simple, doesn’t it? But when Noreen Kelly takes a buyout from her job of eighteen years and gets dumped by her boyfriend in one fell swoop, she finds it hard to know what that next step is—never mind take it. At first Noreen thinks maybe her redundancy package could be an opportunity, a chance to figure out what to do with the rest of her life while her company foots the bill. Sure, she may have gotten high to “Witchy Woman” and grooved to “Sweet Baby James” back when James Taylor had hair, but she isn’t ready for her AARP card. Not yet.
But it’s the first time in a great many years that Noreen has time to herself—and she has no idea what to do with it. When she realizes that she’s mistaken her resume for her personality, Noreen knows that she has to get moving, so she puts on a new pair of sneakers and a seriously outdated pair of exercise pants, and walks. She doesn’t get very far at first—just to the end of her street, Wildwater Way—but she perseveres, and when she’s joined by her neighbors Tess and Rosie, Noreen realizes that walking is not an extreme sport. It can actually be fun.
As the Wildwater women walk and talk, and talk and walk, they tally their steps, share their secrets, and learn what women everywhere are finding out—that time flies and getting fit is actually fun when you’re walking with friends. Throw in a road trip to Seattle for a lavender festival, a career-coaching group that looks like a bad sequel to The Breakfast Club, a clothesline controversy that could only happen in the ‘burbs, plenty of romantic twists and turns, and a quirky multigenerational cast of supporting characters, and the result is an experience

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THE ISLAND

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I LOVED THIS STORY ABOUT SEVERAL GENERATIONS OF THE PETRAKIS FAMILY WHO ARE TORN APART BY LEPROSY.  THE LEPER COLONY SEES MUCH DEATH BUT THERE IS ALSO A CULTURE THERE AND THE “GOVERNMENT” FINALLY BEGINS TO GET FUNDING FOR NEW HOUSING AND DOCTORS TO COME TO TREAT THE PEOPLE.  THE LEPERS BEGIN TO HAVE HOPES AND DREAMS BUT WILL THEIR WISHES COME TRUE?

The Petrakis family lives in the small Greek seaside village of Plaka. Just off the coast is the tiny island of Spinalonga, where the nation’s leper colony once was located—a place that has haunted four generations of Petrakis women. There’s Eleni, ripped from her husband and two young daughters and sent to Spinalonga in 1939, and her daughters Maria, finding joy in the everyday as she dutifully cares for her father, and Anna, a wild child hungry for passion and a life anywhere but Plaka. And finally there’s Alexis, Eleni’s great-granddaughter, visiting modern-day Greece to unlock her family’s past.

A richly enchanting novel of lives and loves unfolding against the backdrop of the Mediterranean during World War II, The Island is an enthralling story of dreams and desires, of secrets desperately hidden, and of leprosy’s touch on an unforgettable family.

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