Romeo is Homeless – Julie Frayn

Yearning for more than pig slop and hand-me-downs, August Bailey runs away from her farm home — and from her family. In the big city, she discovers that reality and fantasy don’t mix. When her money runs out, a seventeen-year-old street kid comes to her rescue. Reese has electric eyes, a gentleman’s heart—and a heroin addiction. For him, each day is a struggle to make the right choice. They fall for each other, and August wants to save him from his horrid existence. But the ...



Etta and Otto and Russell and James – Emma Hooper

Eighty-three-year-old Etta has never seen the ocean. So early one morning she takes a rifle, some chocolate, and her best boots and begins walking the 3,232 kilometers from rural Saskatchewan, Canada eastward to the sea. As Etta walks further toward the crashing waves, the lines among memory, illusion, and reality blur. Otto wakes to a note left on the kitchen table. “I will try to remember to come back,” Etta writes to her husband. Otto has seen the ocean, having crossed the Atlantic years ago ...



Every Five Minutes – Bronwyn Elsmore

Gina, if that is her real name, sets out to walk to work. Deliberately, she misses the bus and walks into the city, then turns and walks back home. This is not a day for work. Today she will spend with a white dog and a remarkable man. Every Five Minutes is a B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree. Readers say: “Bronwyn Elsmore has crafted a beautiful story in a unique way.” “A very unique read to be sure…her writing brilliance showed on each page…” “I hated the ...

It Isn’t Cheating if He’s Dead – Julie Frayn

Jemima Stone waited four long years for her missing fiancé, Gerald, to come home, burying herself in her job and feeding the homeless in a local park. When Gerald is found dead halfway across the country, she drowns herself in guilt and wine. And can’t deny an attraction to the cop on the case. Finn Wight is one hot detective. How soon after informing Jemima of Gerald’s death is too soon to confess his love? When a mute man shows up in the park, Jemima ...

Surviving Anna – Hazel Buchanan

Surviving Anna tells the story of Laura Vine as she embarks on the most important journey of her life. Outwardly, Laura is devoted to her career and embraces her independent Sydney lifestyle. But a childhood tragedy has left its mark and Laura has a secret she has never dared to share. Her grief lies deeply buried, unexplored and unresolved. Meeting businessman Adam Moretti shakes Laura’s composure and disrupts the status quo, triggering the return of her recurring childhood nightmare. Adam recognizes Laura’s vulnerability, without understanding ...



A Girl’s Guide to Moving On – Debbie Macomber

In this powerful and uplifting novel, a mother and her daughter-in-law bravely leave their troubled marriages and face the challenge of starting over. Leaning on each other, Nichole and Leanne discover that their inner strength and capacity for love are greater than they ever imagined. When Nichole discovers that her husband, Jake, has been unfaithful, the illusion of her perfect life is indelibly shattered. While juggling her young son, a new job, and volunteer work, Nichole meets Rocco, who is the opposite of Jake in ...

Mazie Baby – Julie Frayn

When Mazie Reynolds was a young girl, she believed monsters lived under her bed. Now a grown, married woman, she discovers one sleeps in her bed. Mazie schemes to save herself and her daughter. Her plan will work, if she can out-maneuver the monster who is a master of manipulation and control. She’s got one thing going for her, the one thing she truly owns. Mazie has moxie to the bone. But will it be enough?

A Mosaic of Grace – Nina Navisky

Pastor Tim Lundstrom has two weeks to decide. Soon he will preside over his daughter Gracie’s wedding–a blessing he has long prayed for–but as the day approaches, he finds himself dreading its arrival. Tim harbors a shameful secret: he has lost his faith. Revealing himself risks losing Gracie, his adored and only child; his baffling autistic grandson, Luke; his devout and kind-hearted wife; and the community he has nurtured at his small Texas church. But the price of silence is steep. Performing the ceremony as ...



Here’s to Us – Elin Hilderbrand

Three romantic rivals. One crowded house. Plenty of room for jealousy. Laurel Thorpe, Belinda Rowe, and Scarlett Oliver share only two things; a love for the man they all married, Deacon Thorpe–a celebrity chef with an insatiable appetite for life–and a passionate dislike of one another. All three are remarkable, spirited women, but they couldn’t be more different. Laurel: Deacon’s high school sweetheart and an effortlessly beautiful social worker; Belinda: a high-maintenance Hollywood diva; and Scarlett: a sexy southern belle floating by on her family ...

Battle Rattle – Brandon Davis Jennings

For Derrick “Vez” Vezcheck, dwell time – the period at home between deployments – is a different kind of battle. Swap enemies for civilian expectations and you get a sense of what Vez is up against: a patient and loving wife who’ll stick by him no matter what, a young daughter who’s a little too OK with seeing dad every six months, and a community that’s quick to thank him for his service, even if he himself has long forgotten what he’s fighting for. In ...



Barkskins – Annie Proulx

From Annie Proulx—the Pulitzer Prize-­ and National Book Award-­winning author of The Shipping Newsand “Brokeback Mountain,” comes her masterwork: an epic, dazzling, violent, magnificently dramatic novel about the taking down of the world’s forests. In the late seventeenth century two penniless young Frenchmen, René Sel and Charles Duquet, arrive in New France. Bound to a feudal lord, a “seigneur,” for three years in exchange for land, they become wood-cutters—barkskins. René suffers extraordinary hardship, oppressed by the forest he is charged with clearing. He is forced ...



Before the Wind – Jim Lynch

Following The Highest Tide, Border Songs, and Truth Like the Sun, Jim Lynch now gives us a grand and idiosyncratic family saga that will stand alongside Ken Kesey’s Sometimes a Great Notion. Joshua Johannssen has spent all of his life surrounded by sailboats. His grandfather designed them, his father built and raced them, his Einstein-obsessed mother knows why and how they work (or not). For Josh and his two siblings, their backyard was the Puget Sound and sailing their DNA. But both his sister and ...



All Summer Long – Dorothea Benton Frank

Dorothea Benton Frank novels are filled with smart and witty fiction that every reader wants on their bookshelf: soulful, edgy stories about realistic characters familiar to us all that explore the most deeply felt moments of life with wry humor and heart. All Summer Long follows one charming New York couple – prominent interior designer Olivia Ritchie and her husband Nicholas Seymour, an English professor and true southern gentleman.  They are seemingly polar opposites, yet magnetically drawn together and in love for more than fourteen ...



Now and Again – Charlotte Rogan

A provocative novel about the fallout from a search for truth by the author of the national bestseller The Lifeboat. For Maggie Rayburn–wife, mother, and secretary at a munitions plant–life is pleasant, predictable, and, she assumes, secure. When she finds proof of a high-level cover-up on her boss’s desk, she impulsively takes it, an act that turns her world, and her worldview, upside down. Propelled by a desire to do good–and also by a newfound taste for excitement–Maggie starts to see injustice everywhere. Soon her ...