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Return to Magnolia Bloom: A Magnolia Bloom Novel Book 1 (affiliate link)
Maybe she’ll be able to find herself again in Magnolia Bloom…
With the help of loved ones and lifelong friends (and maybe even a sexy Scotsman), Paige will need to figure out how to preserve the legacy of the MacInnes estate–all while learning the importance of trusting her heart, the power of second chances, and ensuring her own happily ever after.
London Prep: Books 1-3 (affiliate link)
When my parents told me that I’d be spending three weeks at a London prep school on a student exchange my junior year, I was furious. I love New York. My school. My friends. And I didn’t want to leave. But after some not-so-subtle insistence about experiencing a new culture, gaining worldly knowledge, and the fact that it was only three weeks, I knew I wasn’t getting out of it.
So, I decided that if I had to go, I might as well have some fun.
Which was how I met Harry at a pub. His blue eyes, adorable accent, and charm instantly won me over—right after his lips did.
And I started to think that London might not be so bad.
Her Baby, His Love (Charity, Montana Book 1) (affiliate link)
All Taylor Clark ever wanted was a normal life and a traditional family, but so far she’s had neither. Soon after discovering that her boyfriend was secretly engaged and she moves to Charity, Montana for a fresh start, she realizes she’s pregnant. As her new friendly and sexy landlord helps her settle in, they become friends, although Taylor has to keep reminding herself to keep her distance. The last thing she needs is to start something new.
As an ex-con, Joe Collins knows a little something about fresh starts. Despite his determination to keep his head down, he can’t ignore Taylor’s natural beauty or obvious vulnerability. In short time, a tentative friendship blooms along with something more precious—trust.
So Unlike Me (Winning Your Heart Book 1) (affiliate link)
How to survive an unexpected breakup with your ex-fiancé on national TV:
1. Hide out under the covers at home.
2. Let your agoraphobic twin sister talk you into going to Paris in her place!
Lizette Monroe would be crazy to turn down her sweepstakes entering addicted twin’s offer. Paris, France? It’s the perfect getaway after all she’s been dealing with. All she has to do is pretend to be Nola. Can’t go wrong there, right?
Too bad it’s not France, but a small town Tennessee town. Still, it gets her out of the public eye for awhile.
Dunkirk to Belsen: The Soldiers’ Own Dramatic Stories (affiliate link)
In this extraordinary book, the soldiers who served in the Durham Light Infantry recount their personal experiences of serving in World War II.
Following the remarkable story of a ‘band of brothers’ who fought in every major land campaign, the soldiers tell their versions of what it was like to march across France and Belgium, to battle both the enemy and the harsh terrain of Sicily and to fight bitterly up the Italian Peninsula to the beaches of Normandy. They tell the harrowing tale of arriving at the gates of the Reich and the unthinkable horrors of Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp – and the bittersweet victory of its liberation.
The Silence: A Novel (affiliate link)
It is 1997, and in a basement flat in Hackney, Isla Green is awakened by a call in the middle of the night: her father phoning from Sydney. 30 years ago, in the suffocating heat of summer 1967, the Greens’ next-door neighbour Mandy disappeared. At the time, it was thought she had fled a broken marriage and gone to start a new life; but now Mandy’s family is trying to reconnect, and there is no trace of her. Isla’s father Joe was allegedly the last person to see her alive, and now he’s under suspicion of murder.
Isla unwillingly plans to go back to Australia for the first time in a decade to support her father. The return to Sydney will plunge Isla deep into the past, to a quiet street by the sea where two couples live side by side.
Tim (affiliate link)
In each episode of their podcast By the Book, Jolenta Greenberg and Kristen Meinzer take a deep dive into a different self-help book, following its specific instructions, rules, and advice to the letter. From diet and productivity to decorating to social interactions, they try it all, record themselves along the way, then share what they’ve learned with their devoted and growing audience of fans who tune in.
In How to Be Fine, Jolenta and Kristen synthesize the lessons and insights they’ve learned and share their experiences with everyone. How to Be Fine is a thoughtful look at the books and practices that have worked, real talk on those that didn’t, and a list of philosophies they want to see explored in-depth.
The Widow (The Ireland Series Book 1) (affiliate link)
Four days after Abigail Browning’s wedding, her life changed unimaginably: her husband was fatally shot along the rocky Mount Desert Island coast. Was it a random act of violence, or could someone have wanted Christopher dead? The question has haunted Abigail, now a homicide detective, for the past seven years. Determined to find her husband’s killer, she returns to the foggy Maine island after receiving an anonymous tip. Is it just another false lead, or can she finally prove that Chris was murdered?
Owen Garrison, the search-and-rescue worker who located Chris too late to save him, still carries guilt from that fateful night. As he helps Abigail unravel the mystery, they learn that the layers of deceit are even thicker than they could have imagined.
Neon Girls: A Stripper’s Education in Protest and Power (affiliate link)
A riveting true story of a young woman’s days stripping in grunge-era San Francisco where a radical group of dancers banded together to unionize and run the club on their own terms.
When graduate student Jenny Worley needed a fast way to earn more money, she found herself at the door of the Lusty Lady Theater in San Francisco, auditioning on a stage surrounded by mirrors, in platform heels, and not much else. So began Jenny’s career as a stripper strutting the peepshow stage as her alter-ego “Polly” alongside women called Octopussy and Amnesia. But this wasn’t your run-of-the-mill strip club—it was a peepshow populated by free-thinking women who talked feminist theory and swapped radical zines like lipstick.
Jenson Button: Life to the Limit: My Autobiography (affiliate link)
It’s the people I’ve met in my seventeen years in Formula One, many of whom I’ve loved, some of whom I definitely haven’t. It’s the laughs I’ve shared, the battles I’ve fought, some on the track with rivals and friends like Fernando Alonso, Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel.
It’s the pressure I struggled with as I closed in on my World Championship in 2009, it’s the calm I felt every time I settled into the cockpit. It’s my dad – the many times he saved me, the one moment he doubted me, the hole in my life he left me. It’s everything in one go, the good days as well as the bad. A life lived not just as a racing driver but, ultimately, as a human being.