SISTERLAND

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SISTERLAND WAS A FUN READ ABOUT A SET OF TWINS WHO GREW UP WITH PSYCHIC ABILITIES.  KATE SUPPRESSES HER “SENSES” WHILE HER SISTER VIOLET (VI) MAKES A LIVING FROM DOING READINGS FOR PEOPLE.  VI GAINS NATIONAL FAME WHEN SHE PREDICTS A DEVASTATING EARTHQUAKE WILL BEFALL ST. LOUIS.  SOME PEOPLE THINK VI IS A QUACK AND IGNORE HER, OTHERS PREPARE FOR THE DISASTER AND STILL OTHERS LEAVE THE AREA.  IT IS ENTERTAINING TO READ ABOUT THE EVENTS LEADING UP TO THE PREDICTION DATE AND WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THE DAY FINALLY ARRIVES.

PUBLISHER’S BLURB:

Curtis Sittenfeld, author of American Wife and Prep, returns with a mesmerizing novel of family and identity, loyalty and deception, and the delicate line between truth and belief.

From an early age, Kate and her identical twin sister, Violet, knew that they were unlike everyone else. Kate and Vi were born with peculiar “senses”–innate psychic abilities concerning future events and other people’s secrets. Though Vi embraced her visions, Kate did her best to hide them.

Now, years later, their different paths have led them both back to their hometown of St. Louis. Vi has pursued an eccentric career as a psychic medium, while Kate, a devoted wife and mother, has settled down in the suburbs to raise her two young children. But when a minor earthquake hits in the middle of the night, the normal life Kate has always wished for begins to shift. After Vi goes on television to share a premonition that another, more devastating earthquake will soon hit the St. Louis area, Kate is mortified. Equally troubling, however, is her fear that Vi may be right. As the date of the predicted earthquake quickly approaches, Kate is forced to reconcile her fraught relationship with her sister and to face truths about herself she’s long tried to deny.

Funny, haunting, and thought-provoking, Sisterland is a beautifully written novel of the obligation we have toward others, and the responsibility we take for ourselves. With her deep empathy, keen wisdom, and unerring talent for finding the extraordinary moments in our everyday lives, Curtis Sittenfeld is one of the most exceptional voices in literary fiction today.

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WHERE WE BELONG

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WHERE WE BELONG IS A VERY TOUCHING TALE ABOUT LIVING AND DEALING WITH AN AUTISTIC CHILD.  THERE ARE TIMES WHEN ANGIE AND HER MOM ARE AT THE END OF THEIR ROPE AND FEEL THEY MUST PLACE SOPHIE IN A HOME BUT THEY NEVER WANT TO GIVE UP HOPE.  BECAUSE OF SOPHIE’S SHRIEKING, THEY ARE THROWN OUT ON THE STREET BY THEIR AUNT WHO JUST CAN’T TAKE IT ANY LONGER.  THEY ARE LITERALLY HOMELESS UNTIL ANGIE BEFRIENDS A NEIGHBOR, PAUL WHO OWNS A HUGE GREAT DANE THAT PACIFIES SOPHIE’S SHRIEKING!  ANGIE CONVINCES HER MOM TO FOLLOW PAUL TO THE MOUNTAINS WHERE HE MOVES IN HIS RETIREMENT.  PAUL ENDS UP NEEDING ANGIE’S HELP WITH WALKING THE DOG WHICH ALLOWS SOPHIE TO BE WITH THE DOG AND REMAIN PACIFIED.  THEN PAUL’S BROTHER FALLS ILL AND ANGIE IS ASKED TO CARE FOR THE DOG AND WATCH THE HOUSE.  PAUL COMES OUT OF HIS GRUMPY SHELL AND EVENTUALLY ALLOWS ANGIE AND HER FAMILY TO LIVE IN HIS GARAGE APARTMENT WHERE THERE ARE STILL OBSTACLES TO OVERCOME BUT THEY FINALLY SETTLE INTO A ROUTINEYOU’LL LOVE THIS STORY.

PUBLISHER’S EXCERPT:

Hyde is a remarkable, insightful storyteller, creating full-bodied characters whose dialogue rings true, with not a word to spare.”
-Library Journal

Fourteen-year-old Angie and her mom are poised at the edge of homelessness… again. The problem is her little sister, Sophie. Sophie has an autism-like disorder, and a tendency to shriek. No matter where they live, home never seems to last long.

Until they move in with Aunt Vi, across the fence from a huge black Great Dane who changes everything. Sophie falls in love immediately, and begins to imitate the “inside of the dog,” which, fortunately, is a calm place. The shrieking stops. Everybody begins to breathe again. Until Paul Inverness, the dog’s grumpy, socially isolated owner, moves to the mountains, and it all begins again.

Much to Angie’s humiliation, when they’re thrown out of Aunt Vi’s house, Angie’s mom moves the family to the mountains after Paul and his dog. There, despite a fifty-year difference in their ages, Angie and Paul form a deep friendship, the only close friendship either has known. Angie is able to talk to him about growing up gay, and Paul trusts Angie with his greatest secret, his one dream. When the opportunity arrives, Angie decides to risk everything to help Paul’s dream come true, even their friendship and her one chance at a real home—the only thing she’s dreamed of since her father was killed. A place she can never be thrown out. A place she can feel she belongs.

By the bestselling author of DON’T LET ME GO, WHEN I FOUND YOU, and WALK ME HOME, WHERE WE BELONG is a poignant, heartfelt, and uplifting story about finding your place in the world, no matter how impossible it seems.

“Hyde has a sure touch with affairs of the heart.”
-Publishers Weekly

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MEMORY MAN

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MEMORY MAN WAS A GOOD MURDER MYSTERYAMOS DECKER CAN NEVER FORGET – THAT CAN BE HELPFUL IN A MURDER INVESTIGATION BUT IT CAN BE HELL WHEN YOU WITNESS THE BRUTAL MURDER OF YOUR OWN FAMILY.  AMOS REMEMBERS EVERY DETAIL OF THEIR DEATHS BUT HE CANNOT UNDERSTAND WHO WOULD HAVE SUCH A HORRIBLE VENDETTA AGAINST HIM.  THEN A MAN TURNS HIMSELF IN AND CONFESSES TO THE CRIMES.  DECKER INTERROGATES THE MAN AND REALIZES HE DOES NOT KNOW THE DETAILS OF THE MURDER – HE IS NOT THE MURDERER.  THEN A SHOOTER GOES ON A RAMPAGE IN THE LOCAL HIGH SCHOOL BUT THE KILLING IS NOT RANDOM – THE KILLER AND THE MOTIVE ARE SHOCKING.  BALDACCI DOES A GREAT JOB WITH THIS STORY!!

PUBLISHER’S EXCERPT:

Amos Decker’s life changed forever—twice.

The first time was on the gridiron. A big, towering athlete, he was the only person from his hometown of Burlington ever to go pro. But his career ended before it had a chance to begin. On his very first play, a violent helmet-to-helmet collision knocked him off the field for good, and left him with an improbable side effect—he can never forget anything.

The second time was at home nearly two decades later. Now a police detective, Decker returned from a stakeout one evening and entered a nightmare—his wife, young daughter, and brother-in-law had been murdered.

His family destroyed, their killer’s identity as mysterious as the motive behind the crime, and unable to forget a single detail from that horrible night, Decker finds his world collapsing around him. He leaves the police force, loses his home, and winds up on the street, taking piecemeal jobs as a private investigator when he can.

But over a year later, a man turns himself in to the police and confesses to the murders. At the same time a horrific event nearly brings Burlington to its knees, and Decker is called back in to help with this investigation. Decker also seizes his chance to learn what really happened to his family that night. To uncover the stunning truth, he must use his remarkable gifts and confront the burdens that go along with them. He must endure the memories he would much rather forget. And he may have to make the ultimate sacrifice.

MEMORY MAN will stay with you long after the turn of the final page.

 

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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

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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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THE RELUCTANT BAKER

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AS PART OF THE GREEK VILLAGE SERIES, THERE ARE MANY CHARACTERS WHO I KNOW NOW AND AM GROWING TO LOVE.  HOWEVER, YOU DO NOT HAVE TO READ ANY OF THE OTHERS IN THE SERIES TO ENJOY THIS NOVEL.

AFTER HIS WIFE OF ONLY A YEAR DIES, LOUKAS IS LEFT WITH NOT ONLY HIS OWN GRIEF BUT THE GRIEF THE IN-LAWS ARE ENDURING AND HE IS FORCED TO MAN THEIR BAKERY.  HE IS NOT A MORNING PERSON AND LOATHES GETTING UP BEFORE DAWN TO BEGIN BAKING THE BREAD.  HE FEELS TRAPPED AND UNHAPPY.

ELLIE VISITS THE VILLAGE FROM HER HOME IN ENGLAND TO TRY TO COME TO TERMS WITH HER UNHAPPY MARRIAGE TO HER SCHOOL TEACHER WHO BASICALLY RAPED HER AND HAD TO MARRY HER TO AVOID TERMINATION FROM HIS POSITION.  NOT A GOOD REASON TO MARRY BUT THERE ARE EVEN WORSE SECRETS THE TEACHER HAS THAT ARE CREATING A DISTRESSING MARRIAGE FOR ELLIE.

WHEN LOUKAS AND ELLIE MEET THE TWO ARE DRAWN TOGETHER AND THEIR FEELINGS ARE UNDENIABLY TRUE.  LOUKAS FEELS GUILTY THAT HE NEVER HAD THESE FEELINGS FOR HIS WIFE.  ELLIE FEELS THAT LOUKAS WILL NOT UNDERSTAND HER SITUATION.  CAN THEY OVERCOME THEIR PASTS TO FIND HAPPINESS AND LOVE?

PUBLISHER’S BLURB:

WARNING: THIS NOVEL WILL MAKE YOU WANT TO ESCAPE TO THE SUN.

There is a lazy Mediterranean village full of colourful characters.

There is sunshine and wine and a long sandy beach…

There are nagging in-laws, jealous neighbours and a plot to bankrupt the new hotel before it has opened its doors, and some scenes that are just a little bit unexpected.

Set against this backdrop is an uplifting story of resilience in the face of adversity.

Please do not purchase this book if you want to keep your feet on the ground – this book is not for you.

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THE GOOD LAWYER

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BECAUSE OF HIS BELIEF IN THE INNOCENCE OF HIS CLIENTS, THE GOOD LAWYER WORKS HARD TO GET HIS CLIENTS OFF.  TIME AFTER TIME, HE IS SEVERELY DISAPPOINTED – ONE VICTIM COMMITS SUICIDE RIGHT BEFORE HIS EYES AFTER GETTING HIS CLIENT OFF.   ANOTHER KEEPS HIS FAILED LIE DETECTOR TEST AND CONFESSION FROM BECOMING PUBLIC UNTIL AFTER HE CRIES IN FRONT OF THE JURY PROTESTING HIS INNOCENCE AND HAVING ALL CHARGES AGAINST HIM DISMISSED.  THEN MORE PEOPLE WHO TESTIFIED AGAINST HIM ARE MURDERED AND THE RESULT OF THE LIE DETECTOR TEST ARE REVEALED.  THE GOOD LAWYER TAKES MATTERS INTO HIS OWN HANDS BRINGING HIS MAFIA FAMILY IN TO GET JUSTICE WHEN THE LEGAL SYSTEM HE UPHOLDS FAILS.   NOT AS GOOD AS A JOHN GRISHAM BOOK BUT STILL GOOD!

PUBLISHER’S BLURB:

INSPIRED BY A TRUE STORY.
A young, ambitious lawyer is eager to prove he is better than the mobster dominated family he grew up in. Working as a Bronx Legal Aid Attorney he learns how to twist the system, how to become an unbeatable defense lawyer. But it’s 1982. The Spiderman rapist is on the loose and New York City is a city in fear. When an outraged victim commits suicide right before his eyes, searching for absolution and determined to prove his client’s innocence, he knocks the pegs out from under the prosecution’s case. Digging deeper, horrifying revelations about his family’s past collide with the true identity of the sadistic sociopath behind the real Spiderman’s rampage. In the process, this good lawyer comes face-to-face with his greatest conflict and deepest fear: to win, really win, must he sacrifice every principle he believes in and embrace his family’s mafia past to become judge, jury, and executioner?

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UNDER THE ICE

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WHAT A GREAT MURDER MYSTERYONE DEATH UNDER THE ICE IS BY ACCIDENT.  THE SECOND A MURDER TO SEND A MESSAGE AND THE THIRD IN SELF DEFENSE AGAINST AN ABUSIVE PARENT TRYING TO GAIN REVENGE ON THE MAN WHO ULTIMATELY WON HIS EX-WIFE’S HEART.  HE WAS ONLY IMPRISONED FOR 5 YEARS FOR THE ABUSE OF HIS WIFE.  WHEN HE IS RELEASED FROM JAIL HIS FIRST MISSION IS TO TAKE HIS DAUGHTER TO WREAK HAVOC ON HIS EX AND HER NEW HUSBAND.  THE DAUGHTER IS AT THE AGE OF WANTING TO BE AN ADULT AND HAVE INDEPENDENCE BUT HER CHOICES ARE POOR AS A TRUE ADOLESCENT.  SEE HOW HER CHOICE TO BE WITH HER BIOLOGICAL FATHER, WHO IS “CHANGED”, BECOMES DEADLY.

PUBLISHER’S EXCERPT:

What do you do when your past comes back to kill you?

After escaping her abusive husband, life is finally good for Camille LeGarde and her daughter, Shelby. She has a great relationship with her new husband, Gus, who also loves Shelby like his own child. But the LeGarde family’s fragile oasis is shattered when the man of Camille’s nightmares is released from prison.

Greg Robinson never wanted to be a father. But he’s playing the biological card for all it’s worth to get close to Shelby, so he can realize his true goal—revenge against Gus LeGarde, the man who “stole” his wife and daughter.

Lured by the promise of connecting with her real dad, Shelby vanishes, sending Gus and Camille on a desperate race through the worst ice storm of the century to find her before Robinson can act on his chilling threat…

If I can’t have them, neither can you.

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THE HEARTBREAK CAFE

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AS MY FOLLOWERS KNOW, ROMANCES ARE NOT MY CUP OF TEA.  THIS ONE WAS OK.  IT’S ABOUT THREE VERY DIFFERENT WOMEN WHO ARE GOING THROUGH PREGNANCY AND MAKING TOUGH DECISIONS.  THEY BECOME FRIENDS AND OFTEN MEET AT THE HEARTBREAK CAFE IN THE QUAINT LITTLE TOURIST VILLAGE OF LAKEVIEW.  THEY DISCUSS THEIR TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS.  NOT QUITE AS WELL WRITTEN AS MAEVE BINCHY BUT A GOOD STORY.  I DON’T THINK I WILL READ ANY MORE OF THE SERIES.

WHAT THE PUBLISHER SAYS:

From the USA Today bestselling author of THE CHARM BRACELET & A GIFT FROM TIFFANY’S, is the first in an Irish contemporary sweet romance series of heartwarming novels about love, family and friendship featuring the pretty tourist village of Lakeview.

When a baby is found on the doorstep of The Heartbreak Café in the Irish village of Lakeview, everyone asks – what kind of parent would abandon their child?

Hollywood actress Ruth Seymour is home for the summer. But has an ill-advised fling with a handsome co-star resulted in a seriously unplanned consequence?
Jess feels increasingly left out as the only non-mum amongst her friends. Terrified she might lose them altogether, she embarks on becoming a mother too. But is she really ready?
Nina has come to Lakeview to live with her estranged father, Patrick after a bad break-up. But will she ever dare tell him about the secret she is concealing?
One thing’s for sure: someone knows more than they’re telling. And the truth won’t stay hidden forever…

Lakeview Contemporary Romance Series

THE HEARTBREAK CAFE
ALL BECAUSE OF YOU
NEVER SAY NEVER
WISHFUL THINKING
THE GUEST LIST
THE WEDDING INVITE
CHRISTMAS AT THE HEARTBREAK CAFE
SUMMER AT THE HEARTBREAK CAFE (Pre-order now)
LAKEVIEW COLLECTION Books 1 – 4 (save over 50%)

Any novel in the Lakeview contemporary Irish romance series can be read standalone and in any order, as they are all separate stories/characters. What the novels have in common is that each is set/partly set in the picturesque Irish tourist village of Lakeview, and features some recurring secondary characters and locations.

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