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Jack Trehan is young, rich, and reluctantly retired from his first love, major league baseball. Keely McBride is young, not so rich, and fired rather than retired from her first love, being a big city interior designer.
Do opposites attract? Not so much… but when forced together for the sake of a child whose biggest problem might be that her vanishing mamma named her Magenta Moon, add in an eccentric aunt, a wanna-be mobster, a chameleon-like babysitter, a nosy social worker and, ah, more than a dash of unexpected romantic attraction, and you have a pot overflowing with love and laughter.
Ravenstone (The Ravenstone Chronicles Book 1) (paid link)
Online Dating: A Laugh Out Loud Romantic Comedy (paid link)
The 21st century has birthed some amazing inventions. And yet, dating has somehow become more complicated than ever before.
I have a decent life: a job I love, a new house in a great city, and a best friend who is always there for me.
Now, I have two priorities left to tackle.
1. Find someone to date.
2. Confront the annoying neighbor I can’t seem to pin down.
With all the twenty-first century has to offer, how hard can those things possibly be?
Seven Days of Friday (Women of Greece Book 1) (paid link)
Seven Days of Friday opens with Days of the Week underwear and closes with a forty-year-old secret that refuses to stay submerged.
Thirty-four-year-old Vivi Tyler is living her nightmare: gay husband, self-harming teenager, melodramatic mother. They’re picking apart her sanity, one stitch at a time. She’s crawling along rock bottom when the arrival of a mysterious package opens a new door to a new country.
A desperate Vivi dives headfirst into the quicksand that is Greece–her parents’ birthplace. But it’s a paradise far from perfect, and instead of the new beginning she covets, Vivi discovers trouble is determined to keep her in its pocket.
A Mother’s Choice (paid link)
The arrival of the one person she entrusted with her secret brings Nadine’s family a shocking revelation.
For thirty years, Nadine Kingsley has kept a heart-wrenching secret. When a letter arrives threatening to reveal the truth that could destroy her tight-knit family, Nadine embarks on a difficult journey to explain her painful decision, especially to her youngest daughter, Autumn.
Meanwhile, Autumn Anderson, Speech Pathologist and mother of two, is struggling in her marriage. The discovery of a troubling letter addressed to her mother disrupts her already complicated life, leading Autumn to question what she’s always believed.
He’s a wounded Army cowboy. She’s a horse trainer with deadly aim. It could be true love, if he can shelve his pride and she doesn’t run back home first.
Dwayne Carver is set to inherit his family’s ranch in the heart of Texas Hill Country, which would be great if his first love wasn’t raising and training horses. In order to keep up with his ranch duties and fulfill his dreams of owning a horse farm, he hires top trainer Felicity Lightburne.
Felicity, wracked with grief over the death of her father, can’t stand to stay on her family farm anymore, so she takes the job at Grape Seed Ranch sight unseen. She shows up in her red mustang only to be confronted by three wild bulls who’ve broken free.
Women: you’re not alone in your marriage. You never have been, and you never will be. While it may not always feel like it, God wants you to have a relationally healthy, emotionally engaged, and spiritually mature husband.
In Loving Him Well–previously titled Sacred Influence–Gary Thomas builds on concepts from his bestselling book Sacred Marriage to reveal the inner workings of a man’s heart and mind. He delves into Scriptures that help women gain biblical insight to influence their husbands. Exploring the research of neuroscientists, trained counselors, and abuse victim advocates, Gary also interviews dozens of wives to find what has worked and what hasn’t as they’ve sought to build the best marriage possible.
Creatures: A Novel (paid link)
On the eve of Evangeline’s wedding on Winter Island, the groom may be lost at sea, a dead whale is trapped in the harbor, and Evie’s mostly absent mother has shown up out of the blue. From there, in this mesmerizing, provocative debut, the narrative flows back and forth through time as Evie reckons with her complicated upbringing—a weed-dealing, charming but neglectful father, a wild-child best friend—in this lush land off the coast of Southern California.
With wit, love, and bracing flashes of anger, Creatures probes the complexities of family and abandonment, guilt and forgiveness, betrayal and grief—and exerts a pull as strong as the tides.
Things No One Will Tell Fat Girls is a manifesto and call to arms for women of all sizes and ages. With smart and spirited eloquence, veteran blogger Jes Baker calls on women to be proud of their bodies, fight against fat-shaming, and embrace a body-positive worldview to change public perceptions and help women maintain mental health.
With the same straightforward tone that catapulted her to national attention when she wrote a public letter addressing the sexist comments of Abercrombie & Fitch’s CEO, Jes shares personal experiences along with in-depth research in a way that is approachable, digestible, and empowering.
An Amish Picnic: Four Stories (paid link)
Kevin Weaver has lived with his brother’s family since his parents passed away when he was young, but he craves a home and family to call his own. Freeman Kurtz owns a successful brick mason business, and Kevin takes the job as Freeman’s apprentice to pursue his own financial freedom.
Phoebe Kurtz is helping her sister with her booth at the marketplace when she notices Kevin, her father’s employee. Their friendship grows, but Kevin is convinced that the difference in their ages makes a relationship between them impossible. Amidst summer outings, Kevin and Phoebe must decide if taking a chance on love is worth the risk.
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