The Good Girl
By Mary Kubica
The daughter of a prominent Chicago judge and his socialite wife, inner-city art teacher Mia Dennett, is taken hostage by her one-night stand, Colin Thatcher, who, instead of delivering her to his employers, hides her in a secluded cabin in rural Minnesota to keep her safe from harm. (Formats: Print; Large Print; e-book)
Pastor Needs a Boo
By Michele Andrea Bowen
Pastor Denzelle Flowers is trying to forget about his “playah” past and concentrate on the Lord. He has successfully avoided any real relationship with a woman until he meets parishioner Marsha Metcalf. On one miserable day, Marsha and her two friends lose their jobs, and the pastor tries to help. The Rev. Flowers has more on his plate, however, than trying to find a boo (girlfriend). He’s considering running for bishop in the church but there are forces working against him. This novel has it all: spicy romance, high fashion, corruption, and soap opera-worthy antics among the church folks. Author Bowen is the queen of African-American Christian fiction. (Format: Print)
By Jason Matthews
After an undercover meeting with his Russian insider is nearly blown, Nathaniel Nash is transferred to Finland. There, he meets Dominika Egorova, a Russian “sparrow” who is supposed to seduce and compromise him. Instead, they fall in love, thereby compromising their missions and forcing them to scramble their way out of a suddenly more precarious situation.(Format: Print; Large Print; Book-on-CD)
The Lodge on Holly Road
By Sheila Roberts
It’s the perfect book for the holiday season! There’s a struggling single mother of two, a lonely old man, a lonely old widow, a guy who thinks his hot girlfriend will actually marry him, an oh so many other delightful characters in Icicle Falls. They’re all meeting up at the Lodge for the holidays. Romance is in the air and the mistletoe will see a lot of action. The characters are enjoyable, the plot clichéd, but there are happy endings all around. (Format: Print)
One Plus One
By Jojo Moyes
Jess, abandoned by her husband and barely able to make ends meet as a house cleaner enlists the help of a rich client to drive her math-whiz daughter Tanzie and the rest of the family to a competition. Obstacles and an unexpected romance follows this lopsided cast of characters every step of the way. (Formats: Print; Large Print; e-book; Book-on-CD)
By Jen Lancaster
This is a wickedly funny novel about sibling rivalry. Reagan Bishop’s life is quite satisfactory, thank you. As a psychologist, she helps others to overcome bad behavior on a cable TV show. Despite her professional success, her family doesn’t seem to appreciate Reagan and her efforts to help them improve their lives. Not to mention her sister Geri, obviously her parents’ favorite child, and the bane of Reagan’s existence. The call comes to put the “I Need a Push” show on network, kicking up the pressure. Will Reagan fail in front of millions (including her family)? Or will she listen to the show’s New Age healer about some unconventional methods they might employ to help their guests, possibly going too far over the line? This is highly recommended “chick lit”. (Formats: Print; e-audiobook).
Fourth of July Creek
By Smith Henderson
Struggling alcoholic and social worker, Pete Snow, strives to win the trust of a backwoods boy and his paranoid, survivalist father. Meanwhile, Pete’s own family is in crisis; his teenage daughter has vanished, and his ex-wife can’t do much more than drink and pray. (Format: Print).
I Was Amelia Earhart
By Jane Mendelsohn
This slender volume of fiction is “written” by Amelia Earhart, the famous aviator who was lost during an attempt to make a circumnavigational flight of the globe in 1937. Also lost was her navigator Fred Noonan, a man Earhart detested. In the novel, Earhart tells the reader about herself, her dreams and her marriage to G.P. Putnam. The book intersperses Earhart’s memories with the reality of the present, after crash-landing on a small Pacific island. (Format: Print).
Written in My Own Heart’s Blood
By Diana Gabaldon
Hurtled back through time more than two hundred years to 1743 Scotland, Claire Randall finds herself caught in the midst of an unfamiliar world torn apart by violence, pestilence, and revolution and haunted by her growing feelings for a young soldier, James Fraser. Book #8 in the Outlander Saga. (Formats: Print; Book-on-CD; e-audiobook).
Pillars of the Earth
By Ken Follett
12th-century saga of bishops and kings, politics and family ties, and a stonemason who dreams of building a great cathedral. Also made into a TV miniseries. Sequel: World Without End. (Formats: Print; e-book; DVD)
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