THE ROSIE PROJECT

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NOT YOUR TYPICAL ROMANCE.  THIS WAS A FUN TALE OF TWO QUITE MISMATCHED PEOPLE WHO FALL IN LOVE.  DESPITE THE FACT THAT ROSIE HAS FAILED THE “WIFE PROJECT” QUESTIONNAIRE MISERABLY, DON TILLMAN, A SOCIALLY INEPT GENETICIST, BECOMES ATTRACTED TO HER.  SHE IS TRYING TO FIND OUT WHO HER REAL FATHER IS SO DON BEGINS THE “FATHER PROJECT” TAKING MANY ADVENTURES TO OBTAIN DNA SAMPLES FROM ALL POSSIBLE CANDIDATES.  THEY WORK TOGETHER IN HIS LABORATORY TO RUN THE DNA RESULTS AND GRADUALLY REALIZE THEY ARE MEANT FOR EACH OTHERHUMOROUS AND FUN – ENJOY!

PUBLISHER’S BLURB:

Now in paperback, the international bestselling romantic comedy “bursting with warmth, emotional depth, and…humor,” (Entertainment Weekly) featuring the oddly charming, socially challenged genetics professor, Don, as he seeks true love.
The art of love is never a science: Meet Don Tillman, a brilliant yet socially inept professor of genetics, who’s decided it’s time he found a wife. In the orderly, evidence-based manner with which Don approaches all things, he designs the Wife Project to find his perfect partner: a sixteen-page, scientifically valid survey to filter out the drinkers, the smokers, the late arrivers.

Rosie Jarman possesses all these qualities. Don easily disqualifies her as a candidate for The Wife Project (even if she is “quite intelligent for a barmaid”). But Don is intrigued by Rosie’s own quest to identify her biological father. When an unlikely relationship develops as they collaborate on The Father Project, Don is forced to confront the spontaneous whirlwind that is Rosie―and the realization that, despite your best scientific efforts, you don’t find love, it finds you.

Arrestingly endearing and entirely unconventional, Graeme Simsion’s distinctive debut “navigates the choppy waters of adult relationships, both romantic and platonic, with a fresh take (USA TODAY). “Filled with humor and plenty of heart, The Rosie Project is a delightful reminder that all of us, no matter how we’re wired, just want to fit in” (Chicago Tribune).

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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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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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ACROSS THE CREEK

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NOT A BAD ROMANCE.  AFTER TEN YEARS APART JESSE IS THROWN TOGETHER WITH HIS FIRST LOVE. SHE IS FORBIDDEN – SHE IS FROM ACROSS THE CREEK AND NOW SHE IS ENGAGED TO BE MARRIED.  WILL JESSE GET THE GIRL?

PUBLISHER’S EXCERPT:

And when Jesse Malone kissed Sarah Ramsey, he thought his life would change, but not in the way that it did. An unlikely childhood romance between a poor boy and a wealthy girl began the day Jesse decided to do the impossible and cross the creek. A love was born, one that would become their shelter, protecting them from the storms of their lives, until the day Jesse witnessed his mother’s murder, forcing him to leave his childhood home…and first love.

Ten years later, life has finally gotten better for Jesse. He has a loving family, a charming pet shop to run, and one semester left before graduating with a degree in architecture. Everything is great, until the day fate intervenes and his long-lost love walks into his shop and back into his life.

Sarah, engaged to a budding attorney, is struggling to keep everything together. Her father, diagnosed with terminal cancer, is running out of time. Sarah races to build their dream business while planning her wedding in time for her father to walk her down the aisle.

Their brief encounter starts a series of events that neither Jesse nor Sarah expects. After a decade of running, Jesse is now forced to face the demons from his past, while Sarah has to choose between her handsome attorney and her first love.

Just when they think love has given them a second chance, Jesse is faced with an impossible decision, one that will change their lives forever.

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HOW TO KNOCK A BRAVEBIRD FROM HER PERCH

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PECAN IS JUST A NAIVE CHILD HERSELF WHEN HER FATHER DIES AND SHE MARRIES RICKY WHO IS TRAINING TO BECOME A PRIZE FIGHTER.  WITH FOUR CHILDREN, THEY MOVE INTO A DUMP OF AN APARTMENT IN CHICAGO WHERE RICKY HOPES TO MAKE IT BIG.  THEN THE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE BEGINS AND PECAN DECIDES SHE MUST TAKE EVERYTHING SHE CAN CARRY AND RUN AWAY WITH THE CHILDREN ONLY TO BE CAUGHT IT THE ACT WHICH BRINGS MUCH MORE ABUSE.  RICKY HAS HIS AUNT COME TO STAY WITH THEM TO HELP OUT AND SHE BECOMES A GOOD FRIEND AND PROTECTOR FOR PECAN SUGGESTING THINGS LIKE GIRLS NIGHT OUT!  PECAN EVEN BEFRIENDS A GENTLEMAN WHO SHE MEETS AFTERNOONS IN THE PARK WITH HER CHILDREN. THIS EVENTUALLY BLOOMS INTO ROMANCE WHICH RICKY DISCOVERS AND HE GOES INTO A WILD RAGE – SOMEONE WILL WIND UP VERY DEAD…A GREAT READ!

PUBLISHER’S BLURB:

In the wake of her father’s sudden death Pecan marries the up-and-coming boxing sensation Ricky Morrow. When she begins to doubt that desperate decision she finds herself on the receiving end of Ricky’s violent temper. Scared for her life, she hunkers down in this marriage of convenience as the babies and fists keep coming. Will the abuse ever stop? Will Pecan and her girls live happily ever after?

Literary fiction that packs a punch and plenty of surprises.

It’s not the typical domestic abuse storyline. In How to Knock a Bravebird from Her Perch, you will find the story of a girl who grows into a woman before your very eyes.

A story so moving, it will stay with you long after you put it down.
This true to life story walks a careful line between fiction and reality. With characters as real as you and me, it will break and mend your heart a hundred time because it has just the right amount of honesty and love. And anyone who wants a true underdog story will be captivated until the very end!

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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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THE MATCHMAKER

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THE MATCHMAKER WAS A VERY TOUCHING TALE ABOUT A WOMEN WHO HAS A GIFT FOR MATCHMAKING EXCEPT WHEN IT COMES TO HER OWN LIFE.  HER TRUE LOVE HAS LIVED HALF WAY ACROSS THE WORLD FOR THE PAST 27 YEARS NOT KNOWING THAT HE HAS A DAUGHTER BACK IN NANTUCKET.  DABNEY HAS MARRIED A SECOND MAN SHE LOVES AND HE HAS ADOPTED AGNES AS HIS OWN.  BUT AGNES IS ENGAGED TO BE MARRIED AND DABNEY DOES NOT SEE THE PINK AURA OF A PERFECT MATCH.  HOW WILL SHE STOP THE ENGAGEMENT AND FIND THE RIGHT MAN FOR HER DAUGHTER? MEANWHILE, DABNEY’S TRUE LOVE RETURNS TO NANTUCKET AND DABNEY IS TORN BETWEEN BOTH LOVES.  HOW CAN SHE CHOOSE? HOW WILL AGNES REACT TO HER REAL FATHER? TIME IS RUNNING OUT FOR DABNEY BUT SHE IS ABLE TO BRING HER TWO MEN TOGETHER AND GET AGNES TOGETHER WITH HER REAL FATHER AND HER TRUE LOVE.  YOU’LL BOTH LAUGH AND CRY BUT YOU WILL SURELY ENJOY THIS GOOD SUMMER READ!

PUBLISHER’S EXCERPT:

A touching new novel from bestselling author Elin Hilderbrand in which a woman sets out to find love for those closest to her – before it’s too late.
48-year-old Nantucketer Dabney Kimball Beech has always had a gift for matchmaking. Some call her ability mystical, while others – like her husband, celebrated economist John Boxmiller Beech, and her daughter, Agnes, who is clearly engaged to the wrong man – call it meddlesome, but there’s no arguing with her results: With 42 happy couples to her credit and all of them still together, Dabney has never been wrong about romance.
Never, that is, except in the case of herself and Clendenin Hughes, the green-eyed boy who took her heart with him long ago when he left the island to pursue his dream of becoming a journalist. Now, after spending 27 years on the other side of the world, Clen is back on Nantucket, and Dabney has never felt so confused, or so alive.
But when tragedy threatens her own second chance, Dabney must face the choices she’s made and share painful secrets with her family. Determined to make use of her gift before it’s too late, she sets out to find perfect matches for those she loves most. The Matchmaker is a heartbreaking story about losing and finding love, even as you’re running out of time.

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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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THE JOURNEY

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I DIDN’T REALIZE THE JOURNEY WOULD BE A STORY ABOUT TIME TRAVEL OR I PROBABLY WOULDN’T HAVE READ IT!  BUT MICHELLE PRESTON IS THROWN BACK IN TIME TO HER LIFE AT UNIONVILLE HIGH.  SHE IS, HOWEVER, STILL 40 YEARS OLD AND MUST ASSUME THE IDENTITY OF SOMEONE ELSE.  AND SHE FINDS A JOB AT HER OLD HIGH SCHOOL AND FINDS THAT SHE CAN ALTER THE FUTURE EVEN OF HER YOUNGER SELF!  SHE MUST BE CAREFUL THOUGH BECAUSE SHE FINDS THAT WHEN HELPING IN ONE SITUATION IT MAY LEAD TO TROUBLE IN ANOTHER SITUATION.  SHE ENJOYS THE ABILITY TO GUIDE AND SAVE PEOPLE.  I SURELY THOUGHT SHE WOULD EVENTUALLY RETURN TO THE PRESENT DAY BUT SHE NEVER DOES AND HER FATE IS FOREVER CHANGED BY TRYING TO SAVE OTHERS IT WAS A GOOD STORY.

PUBLISHER’S EXCERPT:

Seattle, 2010. When her entrepreneur husband dies in an accident, Michelle Preston Richardson, 48, finds herself childless and directionless. She yearns for the simpler days of her youth, before she followed her high school sweetheart down a road that led to limitless riches but little fulfillment, and jumps at a chance to reconnect with her past at a class reunion. But when Michelle returns to Unionville, Oregon, and joins three classmates on a spur-of-the-moment tour of an abandoned mansion, she gets more than she asked for. She enters a mysterious room and is thrown back to 1979.

Distraught and destitute, Michelle finds a job as a secretary at Unionville High, where she guides her spirited younger self, Shelly Preston, and childhood friends through their tumultuous senior year. Along the way, she meets widowed teacher Robert Land and finds the love and happiness she had always sought. But that happiness is threatened when history intervenes and Michelle must act quickly to save those she loves from deadly fates. Filled with humor and heartbreak, THE JOURNEY gives new meaning to friendship, courage, and commitment as it follows an unfulfilled soul through her second shot at life.

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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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