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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WRITE ABOUT ME

 

Write about me by melissa jane pouliot

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WRITE ABOUT ME IS ABOUT A TEENAGE RUNAWAY WHO TAKES TO THE STREETS OF SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA AS A PROSTITUTE FOR SURVIVAL.  SHE IS ESCAPING FROM A HOME WHERE SHE WAS BEING RAPED BY HER MOTHER’S BOYFRIEND SO THE STREET WASN’T A WHOLE LOT DIFFERENT.  SHE BATTLES WITH VOICES IN HER HEAD (MENTAL ILLNESS?) TELLING HER WHAT TO DO.  THERE ARE DRUGS AND PARTIES TO DULL THE SENSES BUT SHE DOES MAKE A FEW GOOD FRIENDS ALONG THE WAY.  THERE ARE TIMES WHEN SHE COULD RETURN HOME BUT HER PRIDE AND THE VOICES KEEP HER FROM DOING SO – NOW IT IS JUST TOO LATE.  IT IS A SAD STORY BUT A TRUE ONE FOR TOO MANY.

PUBLISHER’S EXCERPT:

A #1 Bestseller on Amazon that gets readers hooked from the first page and leaves them wanting more long after they’ve finished. The year is 1988 and 16-year old Annabelle Brown from northern Queensland runs away from her family and friends for the bright lights of somewhere new. She ends up in Kings Cross in Sydney where her life takes some dark twists and turns. Inspired by a heartbreaking true family cold case mystery, ‘Write About Me’ is a heart-wrenching story about a teenage runaway who doesn’t come home.

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BREATH TO BREATH

Breath to breath by carrie maloney

BREATH TO BREATH IS A VERY SWEET TALE OF A VETERINARIAN WHO SAVES A LITTER OF PUPS WHO HAVE BEEN BURIED ALIVE AFTER BIRTH.  THE MOTHER MADE SO MUCH NOISE HOWLING THAT THE NEIGHBOR DISCOVERED WHAT WAS HAPPENING AND WAS ABLE TO UNEARTH THE PUPS.  THE LOWLIFE RESPONSIBLE IS LOATHSOME – YOU WILL HATE HIM FROM THE START!

ONCE THE PUPS HAVE RECOVERED AND ARE READY FOR ADOPTION, THE VET PERSONALLY HAND PICKS THEIR NEW OWNERS WHO ONLY HAVE TO TELL A STORY ABOUT THE PUPPY ONCE A MONTH ON HER RADIO SHOW.  THE STORIES ARE HEART WARMING AND CUTE – YOU CAN PICTURE EVERY ONE.

THE LOWLIFE HAS TO MAKE RETRIBUTION BY DOING COMMUNITY SERVICE WITH THE VET WHICH IS A WHOLE OTHER TALE.  HE LEARNS A LOT FROM THE VET  INCLUDING A RESPECT FOR ANIMALS (AS WELL AS PEOPLE) THAT HE DID NOT HAVE BEFORE.

BREATH TO BREATH IS A FUN READ THAT WILL LIFT YOU UP!

PUBLISHER’S EXCERPT:

Veterinarian Anna Dunlop can recite all 230 bones in a cat’s body. She can listen to a dog’s chest and know instantly how to save its life. What she can’t seem to do is work her way through her own personal pain.

Sadness over her husband’s death hasn’t lessened with time, as the world promised it would. In fact, every year her grief burrows in more deeply, making good days seem dull, and upsetting days almost unbearable.

So when someone tries to do away with a litter of puppies, her world unravels.

She saves the pups and adopts them out to people in her community of Milk River, Wisconsin—on one condition. They must agree to gather monthly on her radio call-in show. It soon becomes clear that people cannot talk about their dogs’ lives without revealing what’s happening at home. Anna finds herself helping her new circle of friends work through their most intimate problems, live on air.

Meanwhile, the good doctor searches for a way to heal her own heart.

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THE ACCIDENTAL LIFE OF GREG MILLAR

THE ACCIDENTAL LIFE OF GREG MILLAR MOVED ME TO TEARS.  I WASN’T EXPECTING A ROMANCE AND I CERTAINLY WASN’T EXPECTING THAT GREG’S “HIGH” WAS ANYTHING BUT DRUGS.  WHEN I DISCOVER IT IS THE HIGH OF BIPOLAR DISEASE I AGAIN REALIZE HOW MENTAL ILLNESS AFFECTS SO MANY AND THAT SO MANY DON’T GET PROPER DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT.  IT TAKES A CARING AND LOVING INDIVIDUAL LIKE LUCY TO SUPPORT GREG AND GET HIM THE HELP HE NEEDS WHILE CARING FOR HIS CHILDREN WHO CAN’T STAND HER!  THE “NANNY” IS A HUGE PROBLEM WHO MAKES BOTH GREG AND LUCY FIGHT FOR EVERYTHING THAT IS IMPORTANT TO THEM IN A COURT OF LAW.

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From the best selling author of Pause to Rewind comes this moving family drama about the lengths we go to for the people we love.

Lucy Arigho is not the sort of woman to be swept off her feet. She is sober, career-minded and numb since the death of her fiancé. So it’s completely out of character for her to race a man in traffic – and even more unusual when they meet again and she is irritated, intrigued and finally enraptured by the driver, writer Greg Millar. Within eight weeks, she is seriously considering his pleas to marry him and wondering if she can take on his two motherless children. But before she can make a decision about becoming part of Greg’s world, events plunge her right into it. Her careful existence is shattered as she has to figure out how to handle two vulnerable children and face the fact that she doesn’t really know the man whose life has so overwhelmed hers.

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SUMMER OF FIREFLY MEMORIES

SUMMER OF FIREFLY MEMORIES

SUMMER OF FIREFLY MEMORIES IS A FUN AND EASY READ.  SAMANTHA REUNITES WITH HER THREE SISTERS FOR THE SUMMER IN THE SAME RESORT THEIR FAMILY USED TO GO TO WHEN THEY WERE KIDS.  IT IS TWENTY YEARS AFTER THEIR PARENT’S TRAGIC ACCIDENT BUT EACH HAS BEEN CHANGED BY THIS HORRIFIC EVENT.  MUCH DRAMA UNFOLDS AS THE SISTERS TRY TO COME TO TERMS WITH THE ACCIDENT, WITH THEIR LIFE CHOICES AND EACH OTHER.  THE SISTERS AND SMALL TOWN FOLK SHARE FLASHES FROM THE PAST (FIREFLY MEMORIES) OF THEIR SUMMERS AT THE LAKE.  THERE IS SOME ROMANCE BUT IT IS NOT SYRUPY AND THE VACATION ENDS WITH NEW BEGINNINGS FOR ALL!  IT IS NOT DEEP BUT IT IS FUN – A GREAT SUMMER READ!

PUBLISHER’S EXCERPT:

Imagine spending an entire summer in a cabin on a lake – simply because you can.

That’s exactly what Samantha McGreggor, a thirtysomething eco-journalist, does in SUMMER OF FIREFLY MEMORIES. She trades Arizona’s summer heat for Minnesota’s cool lake breezes by spending her summer at the same resort her family used to go to when she was young.

Her summer agenda – relaxation, beach reads, soul-searching, bonding with her three grown sisters.

Her concerns – she and her sisters haven’t been back to the resort since their parents’ death twenty years ago when they were all practically teenagers, and, well, they tend to act like emotional teenagers when they’re all together.

Her summer reality – fun in the sun, secrets, sibling rivalries, lost memories, new love, hope.

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THE GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL PIE SOCIETY

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OF COURSE IT IS THE TITLE THAT GRABS YOU!  THE STORY BEHIND THE TITLE IS GREAT IN ITSELF!  THE GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL PIE SOCIETY WAS MENTIONED IN A PUBLISHER’S REVIEW OF LETTERS FROM SKYE WHICH WAS A VERY SIMILAR BOOK THAT I ENJOYED.  BOTH WERE LETTERS WRITTEN BY PEOPLE LIVING THROUGH WORLD WAR AND GERMAN OCCUPATION. BOTH HAD SOME ROMANCE WOVEN INTO THE STORY AND BOTH AUTHORS TRAVELED TO MEET THEIR ORIGINAL CORRESPONDENTS AND THEIR COHORTS. I ESPECIALLY LIKED THE CHARACTER ELIZABETH WHO WAS STRONG, FOUNDED THE GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL PIE SOCIETY AND BECAME A HEROIN. IT IS A WONDERFUL TALE AND A GREAT READ!  DON’T MISS IT!

HERE IS WHAT THE BOOK COVER HAS TO SAY:

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

“I wonder how the book got to Guernsey? Perhaps there is some sort of secret homing instinct in books that brings them to their perfect readers.” January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she’s never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb….

As Juliet and her new correspondent exchange letters, Juliet is drawn into the world of this man and his friends–and what a wonderfully eccentric world it is. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society–born as a spur-of-the-moment alibi when its members were discovered breaking curfew by the Germans occupying their island–boasts a charming, funny, deeply human cast of characters, from pig farmers to phrenologists, literature lovers all.

Juliet begins a remarkable correspondence with the society’s members, learning about their island, their taste in books, and the impact the recent German occupation has had on their lives. Captivated by their stories, she sets sail for Guernsey, and what she finds will change her forever.

Written with warmth and humor as a series of letters, this novel is a celebration of the written word in all its guises, and of finding connection in the most surprising ways.

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ONE PLUS ONE

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ANOTHER ROMANCE THAT I TRULY ENJOYEDONE PLUS ONE IS A VERY FUN READ WITH AN ABSURDLY STRANGE CAST OF CHARACTERS!  IT ISN’T ABOUT THE ROMANCE, IT IS THE WHOLE STORY THAT SHOULD THROW JESS AND ED IN OPPOSITE DIRECTIONS YET SOMEHOW DRAWS THEM TOGETHERYOU’LL LOVE IT!

WHAT THE PUBLISHER SAYS:

One single mom. One chaotic family. One quirky stranger. One irresistible love story from the New York Times bestselling author of Me Before You

American audiences have fallen in love with Jojo Moyes. Ever since she debuted Stateside she has captivated readers and reviewers alike, and hit the New York Times bestseller list with the word-of-mouth sensation Me Before You. Now, with One Plus One, she’s written another contemporary opposites-attract love story.

Suppose your life sucks. A lot. Your husband has done a vanishing act, your teenage stepson is being bullied, and your math whiz daughter has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that you can’t afford to pay for. That’s Jess’s life in a nutshell—until an unexpected knight in shining armor offers to rescue them. Only Jess’s knight turns out to be Geeky Ed, the obnoxious tech millionaire whose vacation home she happens to clean. But Ed has big problems of his own, and driving the dysfunctional family to the Math Olympiad feels like his first unselfish act in ages . . . maybe ever.

One Plus One is Jojo Moyes at her astounding best. You’ll laugh, you’ll weep, and when you flip the last page, you’ll want to start all over again.

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BIG LITTLE LIES

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NEVER SAW IT COMING.  I REALLY ENJOYED THE STORY THAT TRULY SHOCKED ME!  BIG LITTLE LIES IS A GREAT READ ABOUT PLAIN JANE AND HER SON, ZIGGY WHO BEGIN AGAIN IN A SMALL TOWN BY THE OCEAN WITH A QUAINT SCHOOL AND A SWEET KINDERGARTEN TEACHER.  ZIGGY QUICKLY BECOMES THE CENTER OF ATTENTION WHEN HE IS ACCUSED OF CHOKING A LITTLE GIRL ON ORIENTATION DAY.  THE EPISODE LEAVES JANE WONDERING FOR SHE HAS SECRETS SHE CANNOT FACE.  IT ALSO BEGINS TO DIVIDE THE PARENTS INTO THOSE WHO SUPPORT JANE AND MANY MORE WHO DO NOT.  EVERYTHING ESCALATES AS ZIGGY IS BLAMED WITH BULLYING YET ANOTHER WAIF OF A GIRL.  ZIGGY PROTESTS HIS INNOCENCE BUT NO ONE BELIEVES HIM AND EVEN JANE’S DOUBTS INCREASE.  BUT THE TRUTH UNRAVELS WHEN ZIGGY FINALLY REVEALS THE REAL BULLY AND JANE CONFRONTS HER PAST.  IT ALL HAPPENS IN AN INSTANT AND THIS SMALL TOWN IS CHANGED FOREVERYOU’LL LOVE THIS BOOK – MUST READ!

PUBLISHER’S EXCERPT:

“The secrets burrowed in this seemingly placid small town…are so suburban noir they would make David Lynch clap with glee…[Moriarty] is a fantastically nimble writer, so sure-footed that the book leaps between dark and light seamlessly; even the big reveal in the final pages feels earned and genuinely shocking.” —Entertainment Weekly
“Reading one [of Liane Moriarty’s novels] is a bit like drinking a pink cosmo laced with arsenic… [BIG LITTLE LIES] is a fun, engaging and sometimes disturbing read” –USA Today

Sometimes it’s the little lies that turn out to be the most lethal. . . .

A murder… . . . a tragic accident… . . . or just parents behaving badly?
What’s indisputable is that someone is dead.
But who did what?

Big Little Lies follows three women, each at a crossroads:

Madeline is a force to be reckoned with. She’s funny and biting, passionate, she remembers everything and forgives no one. Her ex-husband and his yogi new wife have moved into her beloved beachside community, and their daughter is in the same kindergarten class as Madeline’s youngest (how is this possible?). And to top it all off, Madeline’s teenage daughter seems to be choosing Madeline’s ex-husband over her. (How. Is. This. Possible?).

Celeste is the kind of beautiful woman who makes the world stop and stare. While she may seem a bit flustered at times, who wouldn’t be, with those rambunctious twin boys? Now that the boys are starting school, Celeste and her husband look set to become the king and queen of the school parent body. But royalty often comes at a price, and Celeste is grappling with how much more she is willing to pay.

New to town, single mom Jane is so young that another mother mistakes her for the nanny. Jane is sad beyond her years and harbors secret doubts about her son. But why? While Madeline and Celeste soon take Jane under their wing, none of them realizes how the arrival of Jane and her inscrutable little boy will affect them all.

Big Little Lies is a brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, mothers and daughters, schoolyard scandal, and the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive.

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BOTH SIDES NOW

Do you remember your first love?

BOTH SIDES NOW

AH ROMANCENOT MY CUP OF TEA.  THE FIRST HALF WAS JUST TOO SAPPY FOR ME BUT I READ THROUGH IT QUICKLY.  YOU  KNEW DAWN WOULD GET PREGNANT THE FIRST AND ONLY TIME THEY MADE LOVE. THEN SHAWN IS, OF COURSE, BANISHED FROM THE HOUSE AND FROM EVER SEEING DAWN AGAIN.  I DID THINK THEY WOULD EVENTUALLY FIND A WAY TO BE TOGETHER.  I DID NOT EXPECT DAWN TO FALL FOR ALL THE NEGATIVE COMMENTS HER MOTHER MADE ABOUT SHAWN – THAT HE PAID FOR THE ABORTION AND ABANDONED HER; THAT HE WAS JUST USING HER TO SNATCH HER VIRGINITY; THAT HE HAD A DIFFERENT SKANKY GIRL WITH HIM EVERY TIME HE CAME HOME FROM COLLEGE!  DAWN REJECTS HIM WHEN HE COMES BACK FOR HER ON HER 18TH BIRTHDAY AS PROMISED WHICH THROWS THEIR LIVES ONTO SEPARATE PATHS.  BOTH SIDES NOW DOES GET A BIT BETTER AFTER THE FIRST LOVE CRAP IN THE BEGINNING.  IT IS AN EASY, FAST READ THAT WILL THROW YOU A FEW CURVES AND, IF YOU LIKE ROMANCE, THEN YOU WILL FIND THIS A GOOD READ!

PUBLISHER’S EXCERPT:

When Dawn moved from Southern California to rainy, rural, Washington state in 1976, love took a backseat to worries about fitting in at her new school. Over time, her friendship with the boy next door grew until she realized she had found her first love without ever looking for it. Their sweet romance turned sour in 1979, and she said good-bye to that first love, apparently forever.

Twenty seven years later, a chance run-in led Dawn to question whether or not first love can really last and if she can find her own happily ever after. If you remember your first love, what it was like growing up in a small town where everyone knew your secrets, or the simpler times growing up in the seventies, you will find much to relate to in Both Sides Now.

Both Sides Now is a standalone true story that is a companion piece to the best-selling memoir Feels Like the First Time. They can be read separately or in any order.

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TWELFTH CHILD

TWELFTH CHILD

JUST LOVE THE WRITING OF BETTE LEE CROSBY!  BEEN WORKING THROUGH THE WYATTSVILLE SERIES BUT THIS BOOK DEAL CAUGHT MY EYE.  BETTE LEE MAKES YOU FALL IN LOVE WITH ABIGAIL ANNE LANNIGAN WHO ENDURES A LIFE TIME OF STRUGGLE TO FIND HAPPINESS.  CROSBY ALSO BUILDS DISGUST FOR ELLIOTT, A DISTANT RELATION, WHO ONLY VISITS TO REQUEST MONEY.  THEN DESTINY ARRIVES AND SHE TRULY BEFRIENDS ABIGAIL, NOW IN HER ELDER YEARS, WITH NO WISH FOR HER MONEY.  WHEN ELLIOTT BRINGS DESTINY TO COURT TO GET HIS RIGHTFUL SHARE OF ABIGAIL’S ESTATE YOU REALLY LOATHE HIM.  YOU’LL BE SURPRISED TO FIND OUT  WHERE ABIGAIL’S MILLION ENDS UP!

PUBLISHER’S EXCERPT:

From a USA TODAY AUTHOR OF WOMEN’S FICTION BEST SELLERS comes an uplifting tale of trust, love and friendship.Abigail Anne Lannigan searched for these things all her life, now, when she is at the tail end of her years, she teams up with a free-spirited young woman. A nobody from nowhere, who suddenly moves in across the street. Their unusual friendship comes under suspicion when a million dollars goes missing and a distant relative, claims embezzlement. Abigail knows the truth of what happened but, unfortunately, she’ll never get the chance to tell.Reminiscent of Fannie Flagg’s “Fried Green Tomatoes” the May-December friendship of these two unforgettable women is sure to settle in the soft spot of your heart.The Twelfth Child, told in the timeless tradition of Southern Fiction, is a novel rich with emotion, humor and tenderness. A Historical Mystery set in the 20th Century, this is a story of love, friendship and one woman’s struggle to survive America’s Great Depression.This Award Winning book is the recipient of the FPA President’s Book Award Silver Medal and the Royal Palm Literary Award for Women’s Fiction.

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