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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LOSING FAITH

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IN THIS FIRST OF THE SETH AND TRISTA SERIES, A DEVASTATING SNOW STORM THROWS SETH AND TRISTA TOGETHER UNEXPECTEDLY.  TRISTA WAS TRYING TO LEAVE TOWN AFTER DRUGGING HER ABUSIVE FIANCE BUT THE AIRPORT CLOSES DOWN AND SHE FLEES IN HER OLD BATTERED CAR ONLY TO BREAK DOWN IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE.  SETH IS TRYING TO RETURN HOME TO FIGHT TO GET HIS DAUGHTER FAITH BACK.  HE HAD BEEN A RISING MUSICIAN WHEN HIS WIFE WAS KILLED IN A PLANE CRASH WHEN SHE WAS ON HER WAY FOR A SURPRISE VISIT.  HE BLAMES HIMSELF FOR THE ACCIDENT AND GOES OFF THE DEEP END SEEKING RELIEF IN BOOZE.  FAITH IS CARED FOR BY HIS WIFE’S PARENTS BUT SETH HAS CLEANED UP HIS ACT.  SETH COMES UPON TRISTA’S BROKEN DOWN CAR AND THEIR ADVENTURES BEGIN…..

PUBLISHER’S BLURB:

Seth Storm, a once famous musician from Nashville, is now nothing more than a fallen star. After climbing the music charts and making his dreams come true, his life took a turn that he’d never expected, causing him to lose it all. Now Seth is determined to do whatever it takes to turn his life around, even if that includes doing the one thing he swore he’d never do. After giving up music and the career he spent much of his life building, Seth embarks on a journey to get back what he cherishes the most: his daughter, Faith.

Trista Tilman, a single mother, finds shelter on the road as she and her daughter try to escape her abusive fiancé, Randall Tuck. As Trista struggles to repair her damaged relationship with her daughter, Tuck begins to close in on them.

Along the way, Seth and Trista encounter a storm that threatens their one chance at getting their lives back. Forced to travel together, they discover that success lies not just at the hands of fate but also within each other, two unlikely travelers fighting to survive not only the storm but also the demons of their past.

As the road takes them deeper and deeper into the storm, Seth and Trista find themselves face-to-face with their worst fears. Can love help them pick up the broken pieces of their lives?

Losing Faith is the first book in the Seth & Trista series. It precedes The Greatest Gift and The Final Encore.

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THE ISLAND

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I LOVED THIS STORY ABOUT SEVERAL GENERATIONS OF THE PETRAKIS FAMILY WHO ARE TORN APART BY LEPROSY.  THE LEPER COLONY SEES MUCH DEATH BUT THERE IS ALSO A CULTURE THERE AND THE “GOVERNMENT” FINALLY BEGINS TO GET FUNDING FOR NEW HOUSING AND DOCTORS TO COME TO TREAT THE PEOPLE.  THE LEPERS BEGIN TO HAVE HOPES AND DREAMS BUT WILL THEIR WISHES COME TRUE?

The Petrakis family lives in the small Greek seaside village of Plaka. Just off the coast is the tiny island of Spinalonga, where the nation’s leper colony once was located—a place that has haunted four generations of Petrakis women. There’s Eleni, ripped from her husband and two young daughters and sent to Spinalonga in 1939, and her daughters Maria, finding joy in the everyday as she dutifully cares for her father, and Anna, a wild child hungry for passion and a life anywhere but Plaka. And finally there’s Alexis, Eleni’s great-granddaughter, visiting modern-day Greece to unlock her family’s past.

A richly enchanting novel of lives and loves unfolding against the backdrop of the Mediterranean during World War II, The Island is an enthralling story of dreams and desires, of secrets desperately hidden, and of leprosy’s touch on an unforgettable family.

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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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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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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 WATCHER

WATCHER

THIS WAS A GOOD MURDER MYSTERY WITH A LITTLE ROMANCE THROWN IN FOR GOOD MEASURE.  THE FORENSIC PSYCHIATRIST HAS BEEN TRACKING THIS KILLER FOR OVER FIFTEEN YEARS WHEN HE MURDERED HER TWIN SISTER.  HER PERSONAL INVOLVEMENT IN THE INVESTIGATION GIVES  HER EXTRA INCENTIVE TO FINALLY TRACK THE KILLER DOWN.

PUBLISHER’S EXCERPT:

This psychological suspense follows forensic psychiatrist Kate Myers who believes the killer of two teenage girls in Bigler County, California, is the same man who savagely murdered her twin sister over fifteen years ago. Working with a single-minded tenacity, she sets out to prove it.

Deputy Sheriff Ben Slater hides his personal pain behind the job, but Kate’s arrival in his county knocks his world on its axis and makes him believe in romance again. He wants to believe her wild theory, but the idea of a serial killer with the kind of pathology she proposes is too bizarre.

Together they work to find a killer whose roots began in a small town in Bigler County, but whose violence spread across the nation. A Janus-like killer, more monster than man, he fixates on Kate and wants nothing more than to kill the “purple-eyed girl again.”

As this crime thriller builds to a conclusion, Kate finds herself in grave danger, while Slater uses his forensics skills to discover who the madman is and where he’s taken her.

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THE LAKE OF DREAMS

Cover of The Lake of Dreams

THE LAKE OF DREAMS WAS A GREAT STORY ABOUT LUCY JARRETT WHO IS LIVING IN JAPAN WITH HER BOYFRIEND YOSHI.  SHE RECEIVES NEWS THAT HER MOTHER HAS BEEN INJURED IN A CAR ACCIDENT AND SHE  FEELS COMPELLED TO RETURN HOME.  HER MOTHER IS NOT INJURED BADLY SO THEY HAVE TIME TO CATCH UP WITH THE FAMILY.  MUCH DRAMA ENSUES BETWEEN HER MOTHER, BROTHER AND UNCLE REGARDING HER MOTHER’S LAND AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE LAND WHERE THE OLD MILITARY DEPOT HAD BEEN. LUCY RUNS ACROSS AN OLD BOYFRIEND WHO STIRS UP OLD FEELINGS IN HER.  SHE ALSO STUMBLES UPON SOME VERY OLD FLYERS FROM THE EARLY 1900’S ABOUT SOME SUFFRAGETTE ACTIVITIES AND A LETTER THAT LEAD HER IN SEARCH OF A FAMILY MEMBER WHO NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD OF.  THE FAMILY HISTORY LUCY UNCOVERS HAS SOME DARK SECRETS BUT ALSO SOME EXCITING CONNECTIONS TO A STAINED GLASS ARTIST.   THE STORY IS WELL WRITTEN AND ENGAGING – ENJOY!

PUBLISHER’S BLURB:

From Kim Edwards, the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Memory Keeper’s Daughter, an arresting novel of one family’s secret history.

Imbued with all the lyricism, compassion, and suspense of her bestselling novel, The Memory Keeper’s Daughter, Kim Edwards’s The Lake of Dreams is a powerful family drama and an unforgettable story of love lost and found.

Lucy Jarrett is at a crossroads in her life, still haunted by her father’s unresolved death a decade earlier. She returns to her hometown in Upstate New York, The Lake of Dreams, and, late one night, she cracks the lock of a window seat and discovers a collection of objects. They appear to be idle curiosities, but soon Lucy realizes that she has stumbled across a dark secret from her family’s past, one that will radically change her—and the future of her family—forever.

The Lake of Dreams will delight those who loved The Memory Keeper’s Daughter, as well as fans of Anna Quindlen and Sue Miller.

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THE MATCHMAKER

Cover of The Matchmaker

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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