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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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 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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THE GOOD SISTER

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THE GOOD SISTER WAS A POWERFUL STORY OF DENIAL, DECEIT, LIES AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE.  YOU FORM STRONG BONDS WITH THE ABUSED LINDSEY AND GROW TO LOATHE HER HUSBAND WHO IS CONTROLLING EVEN WHEN MILES AWAY.  LINDSEY’S ONE RAY OF HOPE IS BEING ABLE TO GO TO HER SISTER’S TO HELP HER IN HER LAST STAGE OF PREGNANCY WHILE LINDSEY’S HUSBAND IS AWAY ON BUSINESS.  THERE LINDSEY BEGINS TO COME OUT OF HER SHELL BUT NEVER LETS ON ABOUT HER SECRETS.  THEN LINDSEY’S HUSBAND SHOWS UP UNANNOUNCED AND HER TROUBLES ESCALATE!  TRULY ENJOYED THE READ!

PUBLISHER’S BLURB:

Top 5 Best Selling Women’s Psychological Fiction** Top 10 Rated Women’s Psychological Fiction.**

Lindsey Bains Johanson has spent her entire life practicing the art of denial. She was always the obedient, perfect daughter of General Travis Bains, until she learned of the atrocities he committed against her own sister. Now, free of her father, she has become the perfect wife. A lifetime of training has enabled her to keep quiet about anything and everything, including the monster her husband becomes behind closed doors.

Circumstances allow her to take an unprecedented vacation, which she uses to visit her sister in Washington State, clear across the country from her home in Arlington, Virginia. Free of her husband’s presence, she starts to step out of the confines he keeps her shackled in. With the help of veterinarian Noah Clark, she learns that she doesn’t have to be so good or obedient. But she also knows that the woman she is becoming is someone her husband will never allow her to be.

When her husband eventually comes for her, she goes home without telling anyone the secret she has kept at the expense of her mind and body. But this time things go too far; and only then does Noah discover what she has hidden for years. But Lindsey knows that nothing will stop her husband from destroying her, no matter how long it takes.

PLEASE be warned that all my titles contain EXPLICIT profanity, sex, mature content matter and often mild violence. Recommended for Mature Audiences ONLY

No cliffhangers
Recommended Reading Order for The Sister Series:
The Other Sister
The Years Between (Jessie & Will)
The Good Sister
The Best Friend
The Wrong Sister
The Years After (April 15, 2015)

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RED CLOVER

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RED CLOVER WAS A GOOD STORY ABOUT A MAN FINDING HIMSELF AFTER LEARNING HIS FATHER IS NOT THE MAN WHO BROUGHT HIM UP.  LEE WINEKOOP BECAME A GOOD MAN DESPITE BEING RAISED BY A MAN WITH NO COMPASSION AND A MOTHER WHO IS MORE CONCERNED WITH HER CHARITY WORK THAN RAISING CHILDREN.  WHEN HIS “UNCLE” NELSON DIES LEE IS CONFUSED WHY HIS INHERITANCE IS LARGER THAN HIS SIBLINGS BUT EVENTUALLY LEARNS THE REASON.  HE USES HIS INHERITANCE TO HELP OTHERS LIKE HIS FORMER JAMAICAN NANNY/COOK WHOM HIS PARENTS LET GO AND A RESEARCHER WHO COULD NOT GET FUNDING TO CONTINUE HIS PROJECTS.  AS IT TURNS OUT RED CLOVER IS A VERY HEALING PLANTRESEARCH THRIVES, LOVE GROWS, LEE MAKES A DIFFERENCE IN THE WORLD!

PUBLISHER’S BLURB:

Imagine feeling like an outsider. Now imagine feeling like an outsider in your own family.

The troubled son of a callous father and socialite mother determines his own meaning of success after learning shocking family secrets that cause him to rethink who he is and where heʼs going. In Lee Winekoop’s reinvention of himself he discovers that lifeʾs bitter circumstances can actually give rise to meaningful consequences.

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TRUST

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TRUST IS THE FIRST IN THE WAVERLY BEACH SERIES – MY BEST FRIEND LIVED IN WAVERLY BEACH, ONTARIO AND I SPENT MANY SUMMERS THERE – GOOD MEMORIES!

LAUREN HAS A DARK SECRET FROM HER PAST THAT SHE HASN’T EVEN TOLD HER FIANCE ABOUT.  WHEN ONE OF HER STUDENTS IS FOUND MURDERED AND LAUREN’S GOLF CLUB IS FOUND TO BE THE MURDER WEAPON THE PAST IS SURE TO RESURFACE.  LAUREN IS ACCUSED OF MURDER BUT HER FIANCE REFUSES TO BELIEVE SHE DID IT AND DECIDES THE WEDDING MUST GO ON.  HIS TRUST IS SO COMPLETE THAT HE EVEN HELPS TO FIND THE REAL MURDERER.  THE MURDERER AND THE MOTIVE WILL SHOCK YOU!  LAUREN CAN FINALLY BREAK FREE OF THE PAST AS WELL.  ENJOY!!

PUBLISHER’S EXCERPT:

In TRUST, 36-year-old, high school teacher Lauren seems to have it all. She moved back to Waverly several years ago, has a great career, and has finally found true love. Lauren is getting fitted for her wedding dress, and her wedding is just a few weeks away, when one of her students goes missing and she suddenly becomes a person of interest.

Her fiance, David is a former minor-league pitcher turned stockbroker, who is excited to settle down with Lauren. But when the missing student is found dead, and the media turns its attention even more closely on Lauren, David is surprised to discover that Lauren hadn’t told him everything about her past. With the help of his 91 year old grandfather, who is a retired town sheriff, and his best friend Jack, the current assistant sheriff, he sets out to find the truth.

TRUST is set in a small, seaside town in Massachusetts and cooking helps Lauren to relax as the madness of the investigation swirls around her. In the back of the book you’ll find her favorite recipe for braised short ribs (it works just as well with beef brisket too).

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IT ISN’T CHEATING IF HE’S DEAD

IT ISN’T CHEATING IF HE’S DEAD WAS A GREAT STORY ABOUT JEMIMA STONE WHO IS A TRUE “JEM”.  WHILE MOURNING THE LOSS OF HER MENTALLY ILL FIANCE SHE STILL FINDS TIME TO GO OUT AND FEED THE HOMELESS EACH DAY.  BUT SHE GIVES MORE THAN FOOD, SHE IS A COMPANION AND PROVIDES SUSTENANCE, CARE AND SOMEONE TO TALK TO.  SHE PROVIDES SPECIAL CARE TO ONE YOUNG MAN WHO IS NEW TO THE PARK.  SHE FEARS HE HAS RUN FROM HIS FAMILY AND DOES NOT WANT HIM TO END UP LIKE HER FIANCE.  SHE TALKS TO JOE AND TELLS HIM HER STORY AND TRIES TO MAKE HIM SEE THAT THERE IS SOMEONE WAITING FOR HIM TO COME HOME; SOMEONE WHO IS MISSING HIM.  AS SHE WORKS TO HELP JOE RETURN HOME, SHE FINDS SOME ROMANCE ALONG THE WAY AS WELL AS MANY FRIENDS.  IT IS A TOUCHING STORY THAT YOU WILL LOVE!

PUBLISHER’S EXCERPT:

It Isn’t Cheating if He’s Dead is the BigAl’s Books and Pals 2014 Reader’s Choice Award winner for women’s fiction.

Jemima Stone waited four long years for her missing fiancé to come home, burying herself in her job and feeding the homeless. When Gerald is found dead halfway across the country, she is devastated. Detective Finn Wight promises to uncover the truth behind Gerald’s mysterious death.

Delivering sandwiches to her homeless friends, she discovers a newcomer. Though he refuses to speak, his haunted eyes tell Jemima that he is in trouble — hiding from someone or something. Jemima turns to Detective Wight in hopes of helping the man. But uncovering his true identity leads to the discovery of secrets none of them could have imagined.

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IDENTITY X

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IDENTITY X IS THE STORY OF A SCIENTIST WHO FINDS THE CURE FOR GENETIC DISEASE USING A SERUM THAT IS ABLE TO RECONSTRUCT DNA.  DRIVEN BY WATCHING HIS FATHER SUCCUMB TO HUNTINGTON’S DISEASE AND UNDERSTANDING THAT HIS SON WILL FACE THE SAME FATE, HE SPENDS ENDLESS HOURS IN THE LABORATORY PERFECTING THE SERUM.  AFTER 4 LONG YEARS HE IS SUCCESSFUL BUT THEN HIS WORLD TURNS UPSIDE DOWN NO ONE IS WHO THEY SEEM TO BE – EVEN HIS WIFE AND HIS BEST FRIEND – IT IS A HORRIBLE PLOT BY THE GOVERNMENT TO BUILD AN INDESTRUCTIBLE ARMY.  HOW CAN BEN SURVIVE AND WHAT BECOMES OF HIS FAMILY??

PUBLISHER’S EXCERPT:

How are you supposed to survive when you are already dead?

Ben Stone has one aim; discover the cure for genetic disease. He watched his father die and promised himself that it would never happen again, especially to his own son. After his appointment as lead researcher in Bionics Laboratories he begins his desperate research. It takes four years, but he succeeds. He discovers NEMREC, a serum able to reconstruct DNA and cure the diseases that have driven him. It should be the beginning of a new future, but by changing the face of the world, he has unwittingly destroyed his own.

His world falls apart

After arriving at his laboratory to find that it has disappeared, he is sucked into a world of conspiracy and betrayal. The Agency wants NEMREC and will do anything to get it, believing it to be the most powerful scientific discovery in decades. But it wasn’t just NEMREC that they wanted. The Agency wanted Ben dead, but somehow he survived. His best friend, his wife, and Ami, the beautiful scientist who he has fallen for at work all offer to help him, but each has a different version of the truth. They all have their own agenda, only one of them wants what he wants, and in a world where you are already dead, how is it that you are supposed to survive?

 

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HEART AND SOUL

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THIS IS A VERY QUAINT TALE TOLD IN MAEVE BINCHY STYLE WHERE YOU JUST GROW TO LOVE THE CHARACTERS (OR LOATHE THEM)!  EVERYONE IS SEARCHING FOR HAPPINESS AND MANY FIND IT PERHAPS NOT IN THE PLACES YOU WOULD EXPECT.

THE STORIES REVOLVE AROUND THE HEART CLINIC THAT THRIVES IN A COMMUNITY IN IRELAND.  IT IS ABOUT THE DOCTOR WHO RUNS THE CLINIC AND THE PEERS SHE WORKS WITH, THE PATIENTS WHO ARE LEARNING TO LIVE WITH HEART DISEASE, AND EVEN COMMUNITY MEMBERS LIKE THE PREACHER AND THE PHARMACIST.  MY FAVORITE IS ANIA, WHO IS A YOUNG POLISH GIRL WHO IS SO EXCITED TO HAVE A JOB AT THE CLINIC SO SHE CAN SEND MONEY BACK TO HER MOTHER IN POLAND.  SHE WORKS MANY OTHER JOBS ABOUT TOWN TO EARN AS MUCH AS SHE CAN.  BECAUSE SHE DOES MANY MENIAL JOBS, ANIA IS DEEMED UNWORTHY OF THE SON OF ONE OF THE HEART PATIENTS PARENTS.  OF COURSE THE SON IS SMITTEN WITH ANIA – YOU WILL BE TOO.

THE STORY IS INNOCENT, ROMANTIC, FUN AND HEART WARMING!

JACKET BLURB:

With the insight, humor, and compassion we have come to expect from her, Maeve Binchy tells a story of family, friends, patients, and staff who are part of a heart clinic in a community caught between the old and the new Ireland.

Dr. Clara Casey has been offered the thankless job of establishing the underfunded clinic and agrees to take it on for a year. She has plenty on her plate already–two difficult adult daughters and the unwanted attentions of her ex-husband–but she assembles a wonderfully diverse staff devoted to helping their demanding, often difficult patients.

Before long the clinic is established as an essential part of the community, and Clara must decide whether or not to leave a place where lives are saved, courage is rewarded, and humor and optimism triumph over greed and self-pity.

Heart and Soul is Maeve Binchy at her storytelling best.

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THE LANGUAGE OF FLOWERS

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THE LANGUAGE OF FLOWERS WAS A GREAT READ ABOUT VICTORIA, A CHILD ABANDONED BY HER MOTHER AT BIRTH WHO GREW UP IN THE FOSTER CARE SYSTEM.  HER FINAL PLACEMENT IS WHERE SHE LEARNS ABOUT THE LANGUAGE OF FLOWERS BUT SHE IS NOT ADOPTED.  AT THE AGE OF 18 SHE IS TURNED OVER TO A HALF-WAY HOUSE WHERE SHE HAS 12 WEEKS TO GET A JOB AND BEGIN PAYING FOR HER ROOM.  THAT DOES NOT HAPPEN AND SHE ENDS UP ON THE STREET, LIVING IN A PARK, GROWING A GARDEN, LEARNING TO EAT LEFT-OVERS FROM PATRONS OF RESTAURANTS.  BUT LIFE CHANGES WHEN SHE DECIDES TO APPLY FOR A JOB AT A FLORIST AND HER KNOWLEDGE OF FLOWERS TAKES ROOT!  IT IS AN AWESOME STORY ABOUT A GIRL WHO LEARNS TO LOVE…

PUBLISHER’S EXCERPT:

The Victorian language of flowers was used to convey romantic expressions: honeysuckle for devotion, asters for patience, and red roses for love. But for Victoria Jones, it’s been more useful in communicating mistrust and solitude. After a childhood spent in the foster-care system, she is unable to get close to anybody, and her only connection to the world is through flowers and their meanings. Now eighteen and emancipated from the system with nowhere to go, Victoria realizes she has a gift for helping others through the flowers she chooses for them. But an unexpected encounter with a mysterious stranger has her questioning what’s been missing in her life. And when she’s forced to confront a painful secret from her past, she must decide whether it’s worth risking everything for a second chance at happiness.

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