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!
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!
IRON LAKEIS 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!
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.
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 PLANT – RESEARCH THRIVES, LOVE GROWS, LEE MAKES A DIFFERENCE IN THE WORLD!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
A BIT DIFFERENT PICTURE OF HEAVEN THAN THAT PAINTED IN HEAVEN IS FOR REAL (WHICH I THINK IS A TOTAL HOAX). THIS WAS A FUN READ ABOUT A CONTROLLING MOTHER WHO DIES AND GOES TO HEAVEN WHERE SHE CANNOT REST BECAUSE SHE JUST KNOWS HER DAUGHTER, GRACIE, CANNOT SURVIVE ANOTHER DAY WITHOUT HER HELP. SHE BREAKS ALL THE HEAVENLY RULES AND GOES TO THE EARTH WEBSITE TO FIND OUT HOW GRACIE IS DOING. SHE GOES TO THE LIBRARY AND RESEARCHES ALL THE BOOKS ABOUT GETTING MESSAGES TO THE “OTHER SIDE“. FINALLY, SHE REQUESTS SPECIAL DISPENSATION FOR A RETURN VISIT BACK TO EARTH SO SHE CAN SAVE GRACIE AND HER REQUEST IS GRANTED. SHE RETURNS VIA PARACHUTE (SERIOUSLY) DESPITE HER FEAR OF HEIGHTS! ONLY SHE FINDS THAT GRACIE IS ACTUALLY DOING OK WITHOUT HER. GRACIE VOLUNTEERS WITH DEAF STUDENTS AND WINS AN AWARD FOR HER WORK WITH ONE PARTICULARLY DIFFICULT CHILD. GRACIE RETURNS TO SCHOOL FOR HER MASTERS DEGREE AND SHE MAINTAINS THE HOUSE AND THE KIDS WHILE HER HUSBAND IS AWAY ON A LENGTHY BUSINESS TRIP! GRACIE’S LIFE IS ON TRACK SO HER MOTHER CAN RETURN TO HEAVEN AND REST IN PEACE!
THE CHARACTERS ARE BRIGHT AND WITTY AND FUN AND HEAVEN IS NOT A PLACE WITH PEARLY GATES AND ANGELS. A GREAT TALE ABOUT A DYSFUNCTIONAL MOTHER AND DAUGHTER RELATIONSHIP AND HOW A PERSON CAN SURVIVE, GROW AND THRIVE GIVEN TIME. ENJOY THIS QUICK AND EASY READ!
WHAT THE PUBLISHER SAYS:
Kathryn Broussard has managed her life with dignity and an I-know-you-have-feelings-but-I’m-coming-through-anyway attitude. She exudes confidence and control over the land much as a queen rules her court. Her main focus-Grace, her daughter. Although grown, Grace depends on her mother’s razor sharp decision-making ability for everything. All is well in the land of dysfunctional mother-daughterhood until the unthinkable happens. Kathryn dies. With her mother now gone, Grace is forced to manage her own life for the first time. And Kathryn must find a way to maintain control of her daughter, even though unusual circumstances from the “Other Side” present a fair share of obstacles to overcome.
Saving Gracie is a story about a relationship, while strained in life, found a way to blossom in death.
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 FLOWERSBUT 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…
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.
WELL THEY SAID THIS WAS A ROMANCE, WHICH IT WAS BUT THERE IS SUCH A GREAT STORY IN THIS ROMANCE THAT I LOVED IT. I GREW UP IN A PLACE CALLED SILVER BAY BUT IT WAS ON LAKE ERIE IN CANADA ABOUT 20 MILES NORTH OF BUFFALO. IT REMAINS THE SAME ALTHOUGH THERE HAS BEEN SOME BIG DEVELOPMENT IN SHERKSTON WHICH ONCE WAS A CAMP GROUND. IT IS NOW A CITY OF MOBILE HOMES WITH A WATER PARK. THAT HAS TAKEN AWAY FROM THE AMBIANCE.
THIS STORY REVOLVES AROUND A DEVELOPER WANTING TO CREATE A HUGE RESORT AND WATER PARK IN SILVER BAYTO MAKE BIG MONEY AND FORGET ABOUT THE AMBIANCE WITH DOLPHIN AND WHALE WATCHING EXCURSIONS. IT IS ALL ABOUT BIG MONEY BUT THE DEVELOPER HIMSELF FALLS IN LOVE WITH SILVER BAY AND ITS INHABITANTS WHO HAVE LIVED FOR YEARS IN THIS UNSPOILED REGION. HE WILL NOT PUSH FORWARD AND RUIN THE SERENITY. HIS REASONS FOR STOPPING THE DEVELOPMENT WILL SURPRISE YOU BUT WHY THE DEVELOPMENT ACTUALLY STOPS IS ANOTHER STORY.
From the New York Times bestselling author of Me Before You and One Plus One, in an earlier work available in the U.S. for the first time, a surprising and moving romance set in an old-fashioned seaside town on the verge of unwelcome change
Liza McCullen will never fully escape her past. But the unspoiled beaches and tight-knit community of Silver Bay offer the freedom and safety she craves—if not for herself, then for her young daughter, Hannah. That is, until Mike Dormer arrives as a guest in her aunt’s hotel.
The mild-mannered Englishman with his too-smart clothes and distracting eyes could destroy everything Liza has worked so hard to protect: not only the family business and the bay that harbors her beloved whales, but also her conviction that she will never love—never deserve to love—again.
For his part, Mike Dormer is expecting just another business deal—an easy job kick-starting a resort in a small seaside town ripe for development. But he finds that he doesn’t quite know what to make of the eccentric inhabitants of the ramshackle Silver Bay Hotel, especially not enigmatic Liza McCullen, and their claim to the surrounding waters.
As the development begins to take on a momentum of its own, Mike’s and Liza’s worlds collide in this hugely affecting and irresistible tale full of Jojo Moyes’s signature humor and generosity.
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!
“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