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Nurse and avid backpacker Aimee Donovan is offered the opportunity of a lifetime. She encounters a patient who tells her he is a time traveler and can send her two hundred years into the past to spend three months in the rugged Yellowstone wilderness at the dawn of the mountain man era. The only requirement: she cannot tell anyone that she’s from the future.
How did a white woman suddenly appear in the remote Rocky Mountain wilderness? Trapper Daniel Osborne’s first instinct is to protect this mysterious and unconventional woman from the harsh realities of his mountains. While he fights his growing attraction to her, he is left frustrated by her lies and secrecy.
Anne seeks to put her past behind her and moves to Carolan Springs, Colorado where she’s excited about fixing up the old Victorian she’s bought. But when her young neighbor, Kandi, begs for her help to clear her as a suspect in a neighbor’s death, Anne finds she can’t say no to the ditsy, young woman. As the suspect list grows, Anne is determined to clear Kandi’s name.
This is the first book in the Backyard Farming series by Vikki Walton. Each book in the series has a backyard farming or suburban homestead theme and Chicken Culprit is about chickens and eggs, along with the theme of forgiveness.
The Money Trail (The Sean Kruger Series Book 5) (paid link)
After the horrific murder of an attorney and a Washington Post reporter on a park bench in Washington, DC., Kruger and company must determine the reason for the murders and who committed the crime. When it is discovered the reporter and attorney were trying to uncover a dark secret hidden within the highest ranks of the United States government, Kruger enlists the help of his trusted friend JR Diminski.
The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding: A Hercule Poirot Short Story (Hercule Poirot Series Book 33) (paid link)
Poirot is asked by a Mr Jesmond, who is acting as an intermediary to an eastern prince, to help that unfortunate young man with a problem he is having. The prince is due soon to be married to a cousin.
On his way to be married, he met an attractive but obviously dubious young woman, and rashly decided to have a last fling with her. The prince brought several expensive jewels with him to London for resetting by Cartier and one of them, a fabulous ruby, was stolen by the young woman. If it cannot be retrieved, a scandal will ensue and because of this, the police cannot be involved. The mystery can be solved at an old English country house called Kings Lacey where it will be arranged for Poirot to join a family there for their Christmas celebrations, supposedly to experience a typical English Christmas.
Divine: An Offbeat Romantic Comedy (paid link)
Divine Shadwell’s love life is moving slower than dial-up Internet. She hasn’t had a date in years. Look up the word single in the dictionary and you might come across her name. With only her romance novels and a relentless inner voice keeping her company, her chances of ever being happy seem hopeless … until a handsome stranger in the neighborhood catches her eye.
Watching him jog past her home becomes a daily obsession. Peeking through his bedroom window turns into a midnight tonic. Now Divine is saying goodbye to her loneliness, about to do something she’s never done before—ask a man out on a date.
Drive Me Crazy (Holland Springs Book 1) (paid link)
Carter Ambrose’s last race put him in the hospital. The premature end of his racing career has sent him back home for a much-needed break so that he can get his newest venture going… until his litter sister’s best friend enters the picture.
Melanie Smith has been in love with her best friend’s older brother for as long as she can remember. What better way to show him exactly how she feels than to become indispensable to him at his new startup. All’s going to plan until Carter’s gorgeous, well-connected ex-fiancé decides that she’ll do anything to get him back, including enlisting the help of his mother.
The Rejected Writers’ Book Club (Southlea Bay 1) (paid link)
Alien Honor (A Fenris Novel Book 1) (paid link)
2457 AD. Premier Lang is a dictator ruling a solar system in crisis. The human race is still haunted by the Doom Star days, and millions dwell in slums below Earth’s surface. The pristine star system of New Eden is a beacon of hope –but it is 230 light years away. Getting there will be a challenge unlike any ever attempted by mankind. Only with the help of “Specials,” human telepaths who can create rips in space, will the ship stand a chance of traveling the vast distance.
But when one telepath makes a disastrous deal with an alien enemy, the entire mission takes a deadly turn. Can a fledgling Special with steely street smarts save humanity as the dwindling crew makes the final, frightening leap toward New Eden?
Dog Days (paid link)
Patricia’s marriage of eleven years is over. Aside from her doubts about the arrival of Brian, a dog who has become a father-substitute for her ten-year-old daughter, Patricia is more than ready for a fulfilled life as a single parent. But then the matchmaking begins.
Even her most trusted friends are determined to provide her with potential lovers, all of whom she skillfully manages to avoid—that is until Roland, who is deeply unsuitable, arrives on the scene . . .
Body Broker: A Jack Dixon Novel (paid link)
In 1944, American troops have arrived in China to help fight the Japanese. Lt. David Parker loathes his assignment to isolated Chungking. The war there is stalled because Chiang Kai-shek’s Nationalist government is corrupt and unwilling to fight. So when Parker hears of a special American mission venturing north to assist Mao Zedong’s Communist forces, he is desperate to join them. Rumors have spread that the Communists are fighting the Japanese with heroic zeal.
Lin Yuen, a reclusive and skilled Communist guerilla leader, can scarcely hide his annoyance when Lieutenant Parker is assigned to join his next dangerous mission behind enemy lines. Both men have deeply held, clashing convictions, but the battles they fight, the horrors they witness, and the brotherhood they forge ultimately transform them both.
Ducksoup: The Wisdom of Simple Cooking (paid link)
Against the Wind & Savior in the Saddle: A 2-in-1 Collection (Harlequin Bestselling Author Collection) (paid link)
Sarah Allen burned a lot of bridges when she left her hometown. But when her husband is murdered and his associates come looking for her and her daughter, Sarah has only one place left to go—Wind Canyon, Wyoming. She runs right into Jackson Raines, the man she spurned in high school, who has now become a successful ranch owner. She expects anger from him, but instead she gets mercy…
Jackson can tell Sarah and her daughter, Holly, are in trouble, and he can’t turn them away. He’s never forgotten the beautiful girl he could never have, and she’s more alluring now than she ever was in high school. So when Sarah’s enemies show up in Wind Canyon, Jackson is determined to protect Sarah and Holly, and prove to them that they’ve finally found their way home…
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