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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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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REGARDING ANNA

Regarding anna by florence osmund

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GRACE IS A PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR WHO REMINDS ME A BIT OF KINSEY MALONE IN  SUE GRAFTON’S NOVELS.  GRACE IS NOT VERY GOOD AT DISGUISING HERSELF OR TAILING OTHERS AND SHE GETS HERSELF INTO SOME TIGHT SPOTS BUT SHE HAS A TOUGH GUY FOR WHEN THE GOING GETS ROUGH.  PERHAPS HER MOST CHALLENGING CASE IS SEARCHING FOR THE IDENTITY OF HER TRUE MOTHER AND FATHER WHOM SHE BELIEVED WERE KILLED IN AN ACCIDENT.  GRACE MEETS SEVERAL CHARACTERS (MINNIE, TYMON, ELMER, FERN, ESSIE) ALONG THE WAY AND EACH REVEALS A BIT MORE ABOUT HER PARENTS.  THE TRUTH IS SHOCKING AND A BIT FAR-FETCHED BUT IT IS A FUN READ.

PUBLISHER’S BLURB:

Things that happen to you in the past can mold you into someone you’re not.

After recovering from the shock of her parents perishing in a tragic accident, Grace Lindroth discovers clues in their attic that cause her to believe the people she called Mom and Dad her whole life may not have been her real parents.

In her search for the truth, Grace encounters people whose actions cause her to be distrustful of just about everyone, making her mission that much more difficult but heightening her determination to uncover what she believes is essential for her to go on with her life.

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TREASURE UNCOVERED

TREASURE UNCOVERED

TREASURE UNCOVERED (Book 3 of the Bellingwood Series) CONTINUES THE SAGA OF POLLY GILLER WHO HAS BOUGHT THE OLD BELLINGWOOD SCHOOL BUILDING AND CONTINUES TO RENOVATE AND FIND MORE SECRETS.  OF COURSE THERE IS MURDER AND ROMANCE WOVEN INTO THE PLOT.  POLLY HAS TAKEN ON 4  ABUSED HORSES AND, WITH HER LATEST CUSTODIAN FOUND DEAD,  SHE IS HAVING TROUBLE FINDING A RELIABLE REPLACEMENT.  BUT SHE IS A STRONG WOMAN WHO WILL TAKE A CHALLENGE HEAD ON AND SHE IS ENJOYING HER LIFE ON THE “FARM” RATHER THAN THE HUSTLE AND BUSTLE OF HER LIFE IN BOSTON.  HER BEST FRIEND FROM BOSTON VISITS AND IS EVEN ABLE TO UNDERSTAND HOW POLLY COULD MAKE SUCH A CHANGE.  POLLY HELPS UNCOVER THE REASON FOR HER LATEST CUSTODIAN’S KILLING WHEN SHE AND HER FRIENDS START FINDING $100 BILLS HIDDEN INSIDE HIS OLD BOOKS.  POLLY EVEN FINDS AN ANCIENT VASE WITH MORE $100 BILLS INSIDE HIDDEN IN HER BARN!

ALL ROADS LEAD HOME WAS THE START OF THE SERIES AND THIS WAS A GREAT FOLLOW-UP.  START READING THE SERIES TODAY!

PUBLISHER’S SYNOPSIS:

Polly Giller has had the worst luck with finding a good custodian for Sycamore House and the murder of her latest employee draws even more attention to her propensity for finding dead bodies. Sheriff Aaron Merritt just assumes that when she calls him, it’s because she’s found someone. The pool at the Elevator expands as the locals lay odds on Polly’s next find. When Beryl Watson ends up in the hospital because of an explosion, the last thing she wants is to be a statistic in Polly’s life.

Sal Kahane, Polly’s college roommate and best friend from Boston, comes to Iowa to see what all the fuss is about at Sycamore House. The city girl has to keep an open mind in order to understand why her friend loves living among the cornfields. Polly’s relationship with Henry Sturtz, her contractor and friend, continues to grow. When he left town for a couple of months, she discovered how important he was.

Polly takes a risk on a new custodian with a mysterious background and farm thefts disrupt the little town. She finds herself worrying about locking things up again; something she had ceased doing when she moved out of Boston.

Things are never dull in Bellingwood and with the introduction of wonderful, new characters, Polly comes to a better understanding of herself and her relationship with this little town. All of the regulars are back with some stories of their own to tell.

What treasures are uncovered? Read on.

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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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I’M STILL HERE

I 8217 m still here by kathryn r biel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ESTHER’S TWIN SISTER ASTER BECOMES INCREASINGLY DIFFICULT TO DEAL WITH AROUND THE AGE OF 15.  SHE IS INTO DRUGS AND CUTTING AND HAS ENORMOUS MOOD SWINGS THAT ESTHER TRIES TO ASSUAGE.  FINALLY, ASTER DISAPPEARS LEAVING A NOTE THAT MAY HAVE BEEN A SUICIDE NOTE.  HER FAMILY CONTINUES TO CELEBRATE HER BIRTHDAY AND DENY THAT ASTER IS DEAD WHILE SHUNNING ESTHER WHO BELIEVES THAT ASTER DID COMMIT SUICIDE.  SEVEN YEARS LATER ESTHER IS MOVING ON WITH HER LIFE.  SHE HAS A SERIES OF MISHAPS THAT LEAD HER INTO A RELATIONSHIP WITH A GORGEOUS YOUNG DOCTOR BUT THEN, ESTHER STARTS SEEING HER TWINIS ASTER REALLY STILL HERE??

PUBLISHER’S EXCERPT:

It started out as an ordinary day for Esther Comely-Cox, if you consider simultaneously totaling your car, smashing a Ho Ho in your face and meeting a handsome doctor ordinary.
Estranged from her family over her sister’s mental illness and death, Esther can’t help but feel alone. And when Esther hears the voice of her twin sister who committed suicide seven years ago, she begins to question her own sanity, leading her to wonder if anything is what it seems. Searching for answers, Esther must confront her past while looking towards a new future—one in which she is finally accepted.
Through humor and heartbreak, Esther learns that blood does not mean family, that absence does not make the heart grow fonder and that silence can speak volumes.

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DIRTY PARTS OF THE BIBLE

The dirty parts of the bible by sam torode

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DIRTY PARTS OF THE BIBLE WAS A FUN READ ABOUT TOBIAS – A YOUNG MAN, THE SON OF A BAPTIST PREACHER WHO HAS BEEN BLINDED IN A STRANGE ACCIDENT.  TOBIAS MUST TRAVEL FROM MICHIGAN TO TEXAS ON WHAT IS LEFT OF HIS FAMILY’S MONEY IN SEARCH OF HIS FATHER’S BURIED TREASURE.  TRAVELING VIA TRAIN, AT ONE OF HIS FIRST STOPS HE JUST WANTS TO FIND A HOTEL ROOM AND SLEEP BUT THE BLOKE WHO GIVES HIM DIRECTIONS SENDS HIM TO A WHORE HOUSE.  THE WHORE PROMPTLY STEALS ALL HIS MONEY LEAVING TOBIAS STRANDED.  TOBIAS BEFRIENDS A HOBO AND TOGETHER THEY DEVISE A PLAN TO GET TO TEXAS.  BUT TOBIAS FINDS MUCH MORE THAN THE BURIED TREASURE IN TEXAS.  IT IS A FUN READ – ENJOY!

 PUBLISHER’S  NOTES:

“Funny as Hell, with a Heart as Big as Texas”The Dirty Parts of the Bible is a humorous adventure across America during the Great Depression—a rollicking tale of love and liquor, preachers and prostitutes, trains and treasure, sure to appeal to fans of Water for Elephants, O Brother Where Art Thou?, Mark Twain, and Johnny Cash.Semifinalist for the Amazon Breakthrough Novel AwardPublishers Weekly says:

“While the title suggests a raunchy read, this rich and soulful novel is actually a rather well-done bildungsroman [coming-of-age story] steeped in wanderlust and whimsy that at times recalls The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and at others a tamer On the Road. The story begins in 1936 as 19-year-old Tobias is thumbing his way from Remus, Mich., to his uncle’s farm in Glen Rose, Tex., to find a hidden bag of money, after his father, a Baptist pastor, drunkenly slams his car into the church and is removed from the parsonage. The author does an excellent job in making well-charted territory (riding the rails; scavenged campfire meals under the stars) seem vibrant and new. Snippets of scripture, Southern spirituals, and folk ballads lend context and flavor to the text. Most impressive are the jangly dialogue and the characters’ distinctive voices, which are authentic and earthy but not remotely hoary. When Tobias finally arrives at his uncle’s, the surprises that await him are more than enough to keep his–and readers’–interests piqued.” (Review from the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award)

The Dirty Parts of the Bible has it all … a plot that brings lots of laughs and a few tears, a writing style that is comfortable and matches the story, and characters that are pure joy.” Front Street Reviews

The Dirty Parts of the Bible is a grown-up Mark Twain-type adventure with lots of spirit and humor.” –Reader Views

“A fun read.” –The Nashville Scene

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VACATION

VACATION

NOW THIS WAS A ROMANCE I COULD TRULY ENJOY!  THE STORY WAS SO PURE AND TRUEDR. WILLIAM KOVAL IS AT HOME IN HIS LABORATORY.  HE TRULY LOVES HIS WORK BUT HE IS NOT COMPLETE SINCE HIS WIFE WAS KILLED BY A MENTALLY ILL MAN IN A 7-11 ON HER WAY TO A ROMANTIC DINNER WITH WILLIAM.  EVEN THOUGH CATHERINE WAS NOT ALWAYS FAITHFUL TO HIM, HIS LOSS IS CRIPPLING HIM.  LUCKILY HE HAS AT LEAST ONE GOOD FRIEND WHO ENCOURAGES HIM TO MOVE ON AND PERHAPS TAKE A VACATION.

WILLIAM BOOKS AN ENGLISH WALKING TOUR THAT HE AND CATHERINE WERE TO TAKE.  WHILE IT TURNS OUT TO BE ANYTHING BUT HISTORIC, HE DOES MEET SOME UNUSUAL CHARACTERS WHO BECOME BETTER FRIENDS BECAUSE OF THEIR PREDICAMENT.  THE TOUR IS A TOTAL SHAM.  YET WILLIAM FINDS HIMSELF ATTRACTED TO ONE OF THE WOMEN IN THE TOUR.  HE IS ALWAYS A BUMBLING FOOL AROUND HER BUT SHE REVEALS SHE IS ALSO ATTRACTED TO HIM!

THE HAPPILY EVER AFTER, HOWEVER, IS FAR FROM SEALED WHEN WILLIAM DISCOVERS AND UNBELIEVABLE CONNECTION BETWEEN THEM – ONE THAT TEARS THEM APART.  WILLIAM IS DEVASTATED.  ONCE AGAIN, HIS FRIEND STEPS IN AND LEARNS OF HIS DILEMMA.  STILL, SHE ADVISES WILLIAM TO GO FOR HER.

WILL LOVE WIN OUT IN THE END?

PUBLISHER’S EXCERPT:

Dr. William Koval, a pragmatist with little faith in humanity, prefers to dwell in the eerily comforting microscopic realm, where he is master of his domain. But his worldview is upended when he decides to go on the English walking tour his wife had been planning before her murder three years earlier. Only when William confronts his past, including his troubled marriage, will he find a way to rejoin the living, to move forward, and perhaps love again. The real journey, he discovers, lies within.

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A DAY IN DOGTOWN

THIS IS A VERY SWEET TALE OF A GIRL AND HER DOG WHO BECOME SEPARATED BECAUSE THE NEW APARTMENT WHERE HER FAMILY MUST MOVE DOES NOT ALLOW PETS.  THEO, THE CHOCOLATE LAB, HAS BEEN WITH COURTNEY HER WHOLE LIFE AND IS MORE IMPORTANT TO HER THAN ANY PERSON.  SO SHE SETS OUT IN SEARCH OF THEO WHO HAS RUN AWAY JUST AS COURTNEY’S DAD IS TAKING HIM TO THE ANIMAL SHELTER.  COURTNEY’S JOURNEY TURNS INTO AN AMAZING DAY IN DOGTOWN WHERE SHE LEARNS SHE WILL BE REUNITED WITH THEO FOREVER VIA THE RAINBOW BRIDGE.  A VERY QUICK AND SATISFYING READ.

PUBLISHER’S EXCERPT:

Ten year old Courtney Cromwell’s favorite person in the world isn’t a person, it’s a dog. Theo, her lovable chocolate Lab, has been her faithful companion since she was born. But now, as a result of the Great Recession, Courtney’s world is unraveling. Her father has been unemployed for a long time and the bank is about to foreclose on their home. Soon her family will be moving into an apartment that doesn’t allow dogs. Heartbreakingly for Courtney that means Theo won’t be able to come along.

After unsuccessfully trying to find someone to take the old dog, Courtney’s parents decide to take Theo to a no-kill animal shelter as a last resort. But when the day of reckoning arrives something completely unexpected occurs. It ends up leading Courtney on an extraordinary journey, which teaches her important life lessons and makes her understand that a dog’s love is forever.

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