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 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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IRON LAKE

IRON LAKE IS THE FIRST OF 14 MYSTERIES FEATURING CORK O’CONNOR.  THE MURDERS START PILING UP ALL AROUND THE TOWN OR AURORA AND CORK SEEMS TO FIND EACH ONE.  THE TOWN IS ALSO DIVIDED BETWEEN WHITES AND INDIAN CULTURE.  THE INDIANS KNOW THAT “WHITE JUSTICE” IS FULL OFF CORRUPTION AND SCANDAL.  CORK IS PART INDIAN AND IS NO LONGER SHERIFF OF THE TOWN SO THEY WORK TOGETHER TO UNCOVER THE SCANDAL THAT IS TAKING OVER THE TOWN.  BEWARE OF THE WINDIGO WHO WHISPERS YOUR NAME!

PUBLISHER’S EXCERPT:

William Kent Krueger joined the ranks of today’s best suspense novelists with this thrilling, universally acclaimed debut. Conjuring “a sense of place he’s plainly honed firsthand in below-zero prairie” (Kirkus Reviews), Krueger brilliantly evokes northern Minnesota’s lake country — and reveals the dark side of its snow-covered landscape.
Part Irish, part Anishinaabe Indian, Corcoran “Cork” O’Connor is the former sheriff of Aurora, Minnesota. Embittered by his “former” status, and the marital meltdown that has separated him from his children, Cork gets by on heavy doses of caffeine, nicotine, and guilt. Once a cop on Chicago’s South Side, there’s not much that can shock him. But when the town’s judge is brutally murdered, and a young Eagle Scout is reported missing, Cork takes on a mind-jolting case of conspiracy, corruption, and scandal.
As a lakeside blizzard buries Aurora, Cork must dig out the truth among town officials who seem dead-set on stopping his investigation in its tracks. But even Cork freezes up when faced with the harshest enemy of all: a small-town secret that hits painfully close to home.

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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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REGARDING ANNA

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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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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 GIRL ON THE TRAIN

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THIS BOOK HAD THE LONGEST WAITING LIST I’VE EVER SEEN AT THE LIBRARY (462) BUT THEY HAD 70 COPIES SO I GOT IT FAIRLY QUICKLY – MAYBE WAITED 6 WEEKS!  AND I DIDN’T REALIZE IT WAS A MURDER MYSTERY!

THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN WAS A GREAT READ MAINLY ABOUT RACHEL WHO RIDES THE SAME TRAIN EVERY DAY.  THE TRAIN STOPS EACH DAY AND SHE CAN SEE IN THE HOUSES OR WATCH THE PEOPLE OUTSIDE SO SHE WEAVES STORIES ABOUT THEIR LIVES AND GIVES THEM NAMES.  TURNS OUT RACHEL IS AN ALCOHOLIC AND HER STORIES ARE THE FARTHEST FROM TRUE.  THE HAPPY STORIES ARE SIMILAR TO THE POSTS YOU SEE ON FACEBOOK.  WE POST ONLY THE BEST IN OUR LIVES BUT THERE IS REAL LIFE BEHIND ALL THOSE BEAUTIFUL PHOTOS AND POSTS.  REAL LIFE INCLUDES CHEATING HUSBANDS AND WIVES, MENTAL ILLNESS, DEPRESSION, SCREAMING BABIES, ABUSE AND YES, EVEN MURDER!  IN A DRUNKEN STUPOR RACHEL LITERALLY STUMBLES UPON THE MURDERER BUT CAN’T REMEMBER THE NIGHT AT ALL.  IT IS ONLY LATER, IN A MOMENT OF CLARITY THAT SHE REALIZES WHO THE KILLER IS.  YOU’LL LOVE THE READ AND ENJOY THE CHARACTERS AND HOPE AND PRAY THAT YOUR LIFE NEVER BECOMES SUCH AN ENTANGLED WEB!

HERE’S WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN!

Instant #1 New York Times Bestseller

The Girl on the Train has more fun with unreliable narration than any chiller since Gone Girl. . . . [It] is liable to draw a large, bedazzled readership.”—The New York Times

“Like its train, the story blasts through the stagnation of these lives in suburban London and the reader cannot help but turn pages.”—The Boston Globe

Gone Girl fans will devour this psychological thriller.”—People

A debut psychological thriller that will forever change the way you look at other people’s lives.

Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. “Jess and Jason,” she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.

And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?

Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

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