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After She Left (affiliate link)

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Author: Amarti, Claire
Family Life Fiction

Abigail Gibson has gone. It’s a cold winter’s day when she walks out of her home in the Westchester suburbs, leaving behind a note on the kitchen table… and her ten-year-old son, Sam.

When Abigail’s sister Gillian hears the news, her heart sinks. Abigail has always been the “unreliable” one, but Gillian knows that Abigail loves her son with all her heart. Something must have pushed her right to the edge for her to walk out like this…

Now, with Abigail’s husband temporarily out of the country, Gillian volunteers to look after Sam while they figure things out. But finding Abigail proves harder than they had imagined, and meanwhile things aren’t so great in Gillian’s home either. After a painful struggle with infertility, her marriage is starting to show cracks she never thought she’d see, and it seems like her husband’s keeping secrets she’s not sure she wants to unravel.

Soon Gillian will be forced to confront some big questions, whose answers will upend her world. What secrets have her loved ones been keeping buried all these years… and will her family ever recover from the truth?

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Author: Orkin, Haris
International Mystery & Crime

James Flynn is an expert shot, a black belt in karate, fluent in four languages and irresistible to women. He’s also a heavily medicated patient in a Los Angeles psychiatric hospital. Flynn believes his locked ward is the headquarters of Her Majesty’s Secret Service and that he is a secret agent with a license to kill.

When the hospital is acquired by a new HMO, Flynn is a convinced that the Secret Service has been infiltrated by the enemy. He escapes to save the day and carjacks a young orderly named Sancho.

This crazy day trip turns into a very real adventure when Flynn is mistaken for an actual secret agent. Paranoid delusions have suddenly become reality, and now it’s up to a mental patient and a terrified orderly to bring down an insecure, evil genius bent on world domination.

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Author: Steiner, Kandi
Romance Anthologies

A longing look across the room. A forbidden touch in the dark. A love that hurts… in the best way.

Included in the collection:

Young Natalie finds self-love and romance with her personal trainer, along with a slew of secrets that tie them together in ways she never thought possible.

A Love Letter to Whiskey
An achingly poignant rollercoaster romance between two lovers fighting the curse of bad timing.

Make Me Hate You
Jasmine has been avoiding her best friend’s brother for years. But when they’re forced to be in the same house for a wedding, she remembers just how thin the line is between love and hate.

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Author: James, Mckenna
Contemporary Romance

Money changes everything!

The couples in this collection will do everything they can to find love, even when riches get in the way.

The 6-book Inherit Love collection follows six couples’ romantic journey to inheritance and love.

Inside, you can escape to a tropical paradise or an Irish castle. Read stories of arranged marriages, second chances at love, office romances, enemies to lovers, and even amnesia. You’ll find marriages of convenience (and inconvenience), babies, football teams, bodyguards, and other smoking hot heroes.

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Author: Stevens, Bea
Romantic Comedy

Fashion-lover Libby Lawrence enjoys working at The Chalfont Hotel, but doesn’t enjoy seeing her boyfriend with another girl—especially when that girl happens to be beautiful, fake-Louboutin-wearing, Bianca Morrison-Wright, the hotel barmaid.

When it is announced that money was stolen from the hotel safe, Libby soon has her suspicions—but are they justified?

Newly-promoted Sgt James Harper, the handsome policemen tasked with solving the theft (of the money, not the boyfriend) is amused and bemused by Libby’s theories. But while trying to impress his boss, he’s reluctant to believe that the clue to the theft lies in designer shoes—fake or otherwise.

However, when it transpires that there is even more crime and corruption afoot, he has to admit that shoes might be more involved than he first thought.

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Author: Rain, J.R.
Science Fiction & Fantasy Short Reads

The vampire detective is back in an all-new short story!

When a lost ghost boy shows up in her living room, Samantha Moon is about to confront a monster of the worst kind…

A killer who preys on the innocent.

A killer who lives just down her street…

To Love and Be Loved (affiliate link)

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Author: Prowse, Amanda
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Contemporary British Fiction

Young and desperately in love, Merrin had the whole world ahead of her. But just as her new life was about to start, the ground beneath her feet was cruelly swept away. Devastated by the humiliation, she ran far away from the beloved fishing village she had always called home to lick her wounds and escape her gossiping friends and neighbours.

It hasn’t been easy, but six years later Merrin has forged a new life for herself far from the sea, burying the impulsive girl she once was. But when tragedy strikes, she has no choice but to return to the village she swore she’d never set foot in again.

Reluctantly back in the arms of her community, Merrin begins to realise what she’s been missing out on all these years.

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Author: Gervais, Simon
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Military Thrillers

Former Army Ranger Pierce Hunt is no stranger to violence. Fresh off a six-month suspension, he’s itching to hit a notorious Mexican drug cartel where it hurts, even if that means protecting crime boss Vicente Garcia, a witness in the case against sadistic cartel leader Valentina Mieles. But things spiral out of control when the cartel murders Garcia and kidnaps his granddaughter and an innocent bystander, Hunt’s own teenage daughter.

Mieles wants the new head of the Garcia family on a plate—literally. Hunt has seventy-two hours to deliver, or Mieles will execute the girls live on social media. With the clock ticking, Hunt goes off the grid and teams up with Garcia’s daughter, a former lover and current enemy. To save the girls, Hunt will have to become a man he swore he’d never be again: an avenging killer without limits or mercy.

The Japanese Lover: A Novel (affiliate link)

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Author: Allende, Isabel
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Family Saga Fiction
In 1939, as Poland falls under the shadow of the Nazis, young Alma Belasco’s parents send her away to live in safety with an aunt and uncle in their opulent mansion in San Francisco. There, as the rest of the world goes to war, she encounters Ichimei Fukuda, the quiet and gentle son of the family’s Japanese gardener. Unnoticed by those around them, a tender love affair begins to blossom. Following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the two are cruelly pulled apart as Ichimei and his family—like thousands of other Japanese Americans—are declared enemies and forcibly relocated to internment camps run by the United States government. Throughout their lifetimes, Alma and Ichimei reunite again and again, but theirs is a love that they are forever forced to hide from the world.
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Author: Hall, Alexis
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Bisexual Romance

Following the recipe is the key to a successful bake. Rosaline Palmer has always lived by those rules—well, except for when she dropped out of college to raise her daughter, Amelie. Now, with a paycheck as useful as greaseproof paper and a house crumbling faster than biscuits in tea, she’s teetering on the edge of financial disaster. But where there’s a whisk there’s a way . . . and Rosaline has just landed a spot on the nation’s most beloved baking show.

Winning the prize money would give her daughter the life she deserves—and Rosaline is determined to stick to the instructions. However, more than collapsing trifles stand between Rosaline and sweet, sweet victory. Suave, well-educated, and parent-approved Alain Pope knows all the right moves to sweep her off her feet, but it’s shy electrician Harry Dobson who makes Rosaline question her long-held beliefs—about herself, her family, and her desires.

My Monticello: Fiction (affiliate link)

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Author: Johnson, Jocelyn Nicole
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African American Literary Fiction

A young woman descended from Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings driven from her neighborhood by a white militia. A university professor studying racism by conducting a secret social experiment on his own son. A single mother desperate to buy her first home even as the world hurtles toward catastrophe. Each fighting to survive in America.

Tough-minded, vulnerable, and brave, Jocelyn Nicole Johnson’s precisely imagined debut explores burdened inheritances and extraordinary pursuits of belonging. Set in the near future, the eponymous novella, “My Monticello,” tells of a diverse group of Charlottesville neighbors fleeing violent white supremacists. Led by Da’Naisha, a young Black descendant of Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings, they seek refuge in Jefferson’s historic plantation home in a desperate attempt to outlive the long-foretold racial and environmental unravelling within the nation.

The Banty House (affiliate link)

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Author: Brown, Carolyn
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Small Town & Rural Fiction

In the fading town of Rooster, Texas, all that’s really left is a service station, a church…and the Banty House, a long-ago Depression-era brothel. For more than seventy-five years, Betsy, Connie, and Kate Carson have called their mama’s house a home. The three eccentric sisters get by just fine with their homemade jams and jellies, a little moonshine on the side, and big hearts always open to strangers. Like Ginger Andrews.

An abandoned teen with a baby on the way and nowhere to go, she’s given a room to call her own for as long as she wants. The kind invitation is made all the sweeter when Ginger meets the sisters’ young handyman, Sloan Baker. But with a past as broken as Ginger’s, he’s vowed never to get close to anyone again. As a season of change unfolds, Ginger and Sloan might discover a warm haven to heal in the Banty House, a place to finally belong, where hope and dreams never fade.

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