Lydia is dead. But they don‚Äôt know this yet . . . So begins the story of this exquisite debut novel, about a Chinese American family living in 1970s small-town Ohio. Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee; their middle daughter, a girl who inherited her mother‚Äôs bright blue eyes and her father‚Äôs jet-black hair. Her parents are determined that Lydia will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue‚ÄĒin Marilyn‚Äôs case that her daughter become a doctor rather than a homemaker, in James‚Äôs case that Lydia be popular at school, a girl with a busy social life and the center of every party.
Since opening the Rose Harbor Inn, Jo Marie Rose has grown close to her handyman, Mark Taylor. Jo Marie and Mark are good friends‚ÄĒand are becoming something more‚ÄĒyet he still won‚Äôt reveal anything about his past. When Mark tells her that he‚Äôs moving out of town, Jo Marie is baffled.
Growing up on her family‚Äôs Sonoma vineyard, Georgia Ford learned some important secrets. The secret number of grapes it takes to make a bottle of wine: eight hundred. The secret ingredient in her mother‚Äôs lasagna: chocolate. The secret behind ending a fight: hold hands. But just a week before her wedding, thirty-year-old Georgia discovers her beloved fianc√© has been keeping a secret so explosive, it will change their lives forever.
"I devoured this book - it was delicious! Mystery, romance, history and a glimpse into culinary publishing and an iconic cheese shop combined with letters written by a 12 year old to the famous chef, James Beard, and a puzzle/treasure hunt kept my interest even though I'm not a foodie. Written by a well known food writer and chef." - Schlow Library Staff
A Boston lawyer, Eli has weathered an intense year of public scrutiny and police investigations after being accused of‚ÄĒbut never arrested for‚ÄĒthe murder of his soon-to-be-ex wife.
Stephanie Adams is a devoted stay-at-home mother, married to a successful lawyer in northern California, in a dead marriage she‚Äôs stayed in for years for the sake of her children. Then, on a ski trip in Squaw Valley, her fifty-two-year-old husband dies suddenly and all bets are off.
The perennial New York Times bestselling author returns with an emotionally resonant novel that illuminates the power of friendship in women‚Äôs lives, and is filled with her trademark wit, poignant and timely themes, sassy, flesh-and-blood characters, and the steamy Southern atmosphere and beauty of her beloved Carolina Lowcountry.
The bestselling novel of three young, gifted anthropologists of the ‚Äė30‚Äôs caught in a passionate love triangle that threatens their bonds, their careers, and, ultimately, their lives. Inspired by events in the life of revolutionary anthropologist Margaret Mead, Euphoria is "dazzling ... suspenseful ... brilliant...an exhilarating novel.‚ÄĚ‚ÄĒBoston Globe