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Sophie Bailey is your typical yummy mummy.
She lives in a small village where life is all coffee mornings and party plan.
Then one day, completely out of the blue, her husband left her for a younger woman.
Giving up wasn’t an option because she had a son to think of.
She had no husband, no self-esteem, no money, no job, no family to count on & zero prospects.
All she had left was her 6-year-old son, a boisterous puppy, a mad friend, a huge crush on her son’s teacher, and an online dating profile – apparently!!
To add to her problems, she found herself the subject of the village gossip, pursued by the mafia (playground variety), forced into servitude and resigned to a lifetime of shopping in Poundland.
To cap it all, she will be 40 in a matter of weeks.
Then just when she thought things couldn’t get any worse – her life went VIRAL!!!!
Shattered Shield: Cole Cameron Thriller Series Book 1 (affiliate link)
mission. Cameron must now overcome his inner demons and lead the agency against the group he has analyzed for years.
Dangerous Kiss (Dangerous Noise Book 1) (affiliate link)
I have two weeks to win back the woman who stole my heart.
I have everything I should want, but I still go home hollow.
Then I see Vi. My Vi. The gorgeous math geek who got away.
She still owns my heart.
And I still need her groan filling my ears.
Now, we’re stuck together on a tiny tour bus for two weeks.
That’s two weeks to hear my name on my lips.
Two weeks to win her back forever.
Made A Killing (Alex Warren Murder Mysteries Book 1) (affiliate link)
Nobody sheds a tear when local troublemaker Scott Stevenson is found with an ivory tusk driven through his torso.
D.C.I. Alex Warren is tasked with bringing the killer to justice. The case turns out to be more complicated than expected, as they begin to investigate the numerous people Stevenson has harmed.
When they stumble upon a web of crimes motivated by sex and greed, it becomes clear that there’s much more to the case than they anticipated.
With the body count rising and clues few and far between, can Alex Warren and his team close the case before more lives are lost?
Made A Killing is a gripping tartan noir mystery set in the tough, crime-ridden streets of Glasgow.
Hitched While Intoxicated (The Hitched Series Book 1) (affiliate link)
One night on the town leads to a lifetime commitment!
Kimberly Davis discovers she is married, and she has no idea who her husband is. The certificate she finds is dated nine years ago. Kimberly has memories of empty beer bottles, a bare butt, and his name; Ryan Calvin. She doesn’t remember saying ‘I do.” After having divorce papers drawn, Kimberly travels to Indiana to get Ryan’s signature. His brother, Alex, greets her and tells her Ryan is out of town on business.
Alex, a single father, introduces Kimberly to his daughter and offers her a place to stay. Kimberly waits for Ryan’s return with her new family. As the days turn into weeks, Kimberly and Alex grow close and an attraction forms between them. What will happen when Ryan returns? Will Alex and Kimberly open their hearts to each other, or will she leave after getting the signature she sought?
Envious (affiliate link)
Bliss Cawthorne is John Cawthorne’s only legitimate daughter, but her father’s wealth has complicated matters. Mason Lafferty believed he wasn’t good enough for the boss’s daughter and broke Bliss’s heart after saving her life. Yet now he’s back in Bittersweet, determined to make her trust him again.
Tiffany Santini is widowed and struggling to raise two children after a car accident. That doesn’t mean she needs interference from her powerful brother-in-law. And Katie Kincaid is too busy wrangling her rambunctious son to get involved with the enigmatic cowboy next door. Then there’s the mystery at the heart of Bittersweet—the recent disappearance of an elderly local, Isaac Wells, who has vanished without trace, casting a dark cloud over all their lives . . .
What’s a Cook to Do?: An Illustrated Guide to 484 Essential Tools, Tips, Techniques, and Tricks (affiliate link)
Culinary students everywhere rely on the comprehensive and authoritative cookbooks published by chef, instructor, and award-winning author Jim Peterson. And now, for the first time, this guru-to-the-professionals turns his prodigious knowledge into a practical, chockablock, quick-reference, A-to-Z answer book for the rest of us.
Look elsewhere for how to bone skate or trim out a saddle of lamb, how to sauté sweetbreads or flambé dessert. Look here instead for how to zest a lemon, make the perfect hamburger, bread a chicken breast, make (truly hot) coffee in a French press, make magic with a Microplane. It’s all here: how to season a cast iron pan, bake a perfect pie, keep shells from sticking to hardcooked eggs. How to carve a turkey, roast a chicken, and chop, slice, beat, broil, braise, or boil any ingredient you’re likely to encounter. Information on seasoning, saucing, and determining doneness (by internal temperatures, timings, touch, and sight) guarantee that you’ve eaten your last bland and overcooked meal.
Home to Italy (affiliate link)
SOMETIMES YOU HAVE TO TRAVEL FAR TO FIND YOUR WAY HOME.
After the death of his beloved wife, Anna, Peppi’s family and friends expect him to bury his grief by tending to his gardens and taking long rides on his bike. Instead, Peppi shocks them all with his decision to leave Rhode Island and return to Villa San Giuseppe, the small Italian village where he spent his childhood, and to il mulino, his family’s old mill. But once he’s back, he temporarily moves into an apartment over the candy factory run by his childhood best friend, Luca. It is modest, but livable, with a lovely view of Luca’s neglected gardens and his equally neglected daughter, the fiery Lucrezia.
More a force of nature than a woman, Lucrezia’s legendary temper and workaholic schedule hide the very real pain she feels over her husband’s death years before.
Joanne Fluke’s Lake Eden Cookbook: (Hannah Swensen) (affiliate link)
Includes all-new recipes!
It’s a picture postcard December in Minnesota, and Main Street is brimming with festive holiday decorations. Best of all, it’s time for the annual Holiday Cookie Exchange at the Community Center—catered by none other than Hannah Swensen’s bakery-café, The Cookie Jar! Gathered together for the delicious event, the Swensen clan and their friends share their favorite juicy tales of Lake Eden—and their favorite scrumptious cookie and luncheon recipes, including:
Candy Cane Cookies
Heavenly Eggnog Cookies
Merry Berry Cookies
Old-Fashioned Sugar Cookies
Regency Ginger Snaps
Razzle Dazzle Champagne Cocktails
Renowned NFL analysts’ tips to make football more accessible, colorful, and compelling than ever before
More and more football fans are watching the NFL each week, but many of them don’t know exactly what they should be watching. What does the offense’s formation tell you about the play that’s about to be run? When a quarterback throws a pass toward the sideline and the wide receiver cuts inside, which player is to blame? Why does a defensive end look like a Hall of Famer one week and a candidate for the practice squad the next? These questions and more are addressed in Take Your Eye Off the Ball 2.0, a book that takes readers deep inside the perpetual chess match between offense and defense. This book provides clear and simple explanations to the intricacies and nuances that affect the outcomes of every NFL game.
The Corpse Flower (A Kaldan and Scháfer Mystery Book 1) (affiliate link)
Danish journalist Heloise Kaldan is in the middle of a nightmare. One of her sources has been caught lying, and she could lose her job over it. Then she receives the first in a series of cryptic and unsettling letters from a woman named Anna Kiel.
Wanted in connection with the fatal stabbing of a young lawyer three years earlier, Anna hasn’t been seen by anyone since she left the crime scene covered in blood. The police think she’s fled the country until homicide detective Erik Scháfer comes up with a lead after the reporter who originally wrote about the case is found murdered in his apartment. Has Anna Kiel struck again, or is there more than one killer at large? And why does every clue point directly to Heloise Kaldan?
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