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Lyrics of a Small Town (affiliate link)

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Author: Glines, Abbi
Contemporary Romance
A small town where pickup trucks rule, the farmer’s market is bigger than the grocery store, and just about everyone goes to church on Sunday is the last place Henley Warren expects to find herself three months after her grandmother’s death. But Gran left a list of things she needed Henley to do after she died, and fulfilling those wishes means spending a summer in the same place her mom fled from when she was only seventeen years old. With each task that is ticked off the list, events are set in motion that uncover secrets surrounding Henley’s life.
Although Henley may have arrived on the shores of Alabama’s Gulf Coast feeling alone and lost in a world without her Gran, things soon change. The small town holds more than she realized- including a broody, gorgeous, potentially dangerous guy who is always showing up when she needs him the most. Henley fears her heart isn’t ready to trust someone so unpredictable but he makes her feel things deeper than she thought possible.
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Author: Kaufman, Karin
Cozy Crafts & Hobbies Mystery

In the small town of Juniper Grove, newcomer Rachel Stowe has finally found the good friends and quiet life she always craved. So when a stranger arrives in town and stirs painful memories of a baffling episode in the town’s past, Rachel vows to put an end to his mischief.

But events take a nasty turn when Rachel discovers a body in her own backyard and suspicion for the murder falls on her widowed neighbor. Despite being warned off the case by the town’s handsome but aloof police chief, Rachel makes it her mission to clear her neighbor’s name and find the real killer. Can she crack the case before another body turns up?

Daring the Duke for a Kiss (affiliate link)

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Author: Osborne, Scarlett
Steamy Historical Regency Romance

Christiana Barkley has always known how cruel the ton can be. After an accident in her childhood left her disfigured, her confidence has been in ruins ever since. But when she meets the man of her dreams, everything seems to change…

Horace James, the Duke of Erlton, has never had plans of marrying. Until his father dies, and his will emerges from the ashes, requesting him to marry if he wants to keep his title as a Duke. Conflicted between passion and duty, he comes across Christiana, the only woman who can awaken a passion deep inside him…

But as Christiana and Horace get closer to marriage, they quickly learn his family will do everything to keep them apart. They don’t want a scarred daughter-in-law. Not when there are better options out there.

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Author: Byrde, Ana
Gay Fiction

Needed: Fake boyfriend for destination wedding

I came out to my parents when I was fifteen. Sadly, this has never stopped my mother from finding lovely young women for me to date. My sister suggests I bring my own date to her destination wedding. Problem is, I don’t know how to find dates. The only man I’ve spoken to recently is my roommate. My way too hot–straight–roommate. My sister says I should ask him to play my boyfriend. It’ll be fun, she says.

Now I’m sitting next to him on a plane and I constantly have to adjust myself so he doesn’t notice that I’m into him.

In a few hours we’ll be at our hotel, sharing the only bed in the room.

I don’t know how I’ll survive this wedding without exploding.

I do know I’ll never listen to my sister again.

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Author: Walker, Jessie
LGBTQ+ Romance

He was everything I never wanted.

Impulsive. Careless. Self-Destructive.
I’m the cliché they all warn you about.
The head case with a pretty face.
If I’m not chasing the bottom of a bottle,
I’m snorting a line off a girl’s ass.
That guy you know who plays Russian Roulette at parties?
That’s me.

But that all changes when he comes barreling back into my life.
Will Foster.

The boy from my childhood.
The boy I told myself was a fluke.
A mistake.

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Author: Cameron, Collette
Sweet Regency Historical Romance

A dour duke. A wistful wallflower. An impossible match.

Jules, Sixth Duke of Dandridge disdains Society and all its trappings, preferring the country’s solitude and peace. Already jaded after the woman he loved died years ago, he’s become even more so since unexpectedly inheriting a dukedom’s responsibilities and finding himself the target of every husband-hunting vixen and matchmaker mother in London.

Jemmah Dament has adored Jules from afar for years—since before her family’s financial and social reversals. She dares not dream she can win a duke’s heart any more than she hopes to escape the life of servitude imposed on her by an uncaring mother. Jemmah knows full well Jules is too far above her station now. Besides, his family has already selected his perfect duchess: a poised, polished, exquisite blueblood.

The Moonshiner’s Daughter (affiliate link)

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Author: Everhart, Donna
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Southern Coming-of-Age Saga

Generations of Sassers have made moonshine in the Brushy Mountains of Wilkes County, North Carolina. Their history is recorded in a leather-bound journal that belongs to Jessie Sasser’s daddy, but Jessie wants no part of it. As far as she’s concerned, moonshine caused her mother’s death a dozen years ago.

Her father refuses to speak about her mama, or about the day she died. But Jessie has a gnawing hunger for the truth—one that compels her to seek comfort in food. Yet all her self-destructive behavior seems to do is feed what her school’s gruff but compassionate nurse describes as the “monster” inside Jessie.

Resenting her father’s insistence that moonshining runs in her veins, Jessie makes a plan to destroy the stills, using their neighbors as scapegoats. Instead, her scheme escalates an old rivalry and reveals long-held grudges.

A Happy Catastrophe: A Novel (affiliate link)

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Author: Dawson, Maddie
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Literary Fiction

From the bestselling author of Matchmaking for Beginners comes a novel about love, loss, and the beautiful mess of family.

Marnie MacGraw and Patrick Delaney have been in love for a few years now, enough to realize that they are imperfectly perfect together. Still, there are some things that maybe need a little attention. Marnie’s ebullient; he’s brooding. She thrives on change; he prefers stability. She sees marriage and parenthood in their future, but he can’t see beyond the shadow of an earlier tragedy.

Then an eight-year-old surprise from Patrick’s past shows up on their doorstep, cartwheeling into their lives and spinning things in all directions. While it’s not exactly the change she envisioned, it looks like instant family to Marnie. But Patrick, afraid of being hurt again, retreats further into himself.

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Author: Badgett, Paige
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Regency Historical Romance
ELIZABETH BENNET TRAVELS TO KENT to escape her mother’s histrionics, hopeful to find respite in visiting her oldest friend, Charlotte Collins. Instead of the reprieve she desired, she finds herself trapped and miserable—a direct reflection of Mr Collins’s peculiar sense of hospitality, justice, and duty. The tension in the parsonage is significant, and her friend is much changed. Elizabeth’s only relief is derived from her morning rambles, where she finds great solace in the strangest of places—walking with Mr Darcy. His steadiness, kindness, and dependability greatly oppose her previous perceptions of the man, and yet she cannot help but continue to compare his character in Kent with the man she had supposed him to be during their previous acquaintance in Hertfordshire. Could it be that he was now showing his truest self to her?
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Author: Theroux, Paul
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Travel Writing

Paul Theroux has spent decades roaming the globe and writing of his experiences with remote people and far-flung places. Now, for the first time, he turns his attention to a corner of America—the Deep South. On a winding road trip through Mississippi, South Carolina, and elsewhere below the Mason-Dixon, Theroux discovers architectural and artistic wonders, incomparable music, mouth-watering cuisine—and also some of the worst schools, medical care, housing, and unemployment rates in the nation.

Most fascinating of all are Theroux’s many encounters with the people who make the South what it is—from preachers and mayors to quarry workers and gun show enthusiasts. With his astute ear and penetrating mind, Theroux once again demonstrates his “remarkable gift for getting strangers to reveal themselves” in this eye-opening excursion into his own country (The New York Times Book Review).

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Author: Hunt, Samantha
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Absurdist Fiction

It is 1943, and legendary inventor Nikola Tesla occupies a forbidden room on the 33rd floor of the Hotel New Yorker, stealing electricity. Broke, forgotten, and suffering from a weak heart, his only consolations are his memories and his daily walks to Bryant Park. Louisa, a young hotel chambermaid, is determined to befriend him. And as she helps him on his daily walks, she wins his affection through a shared love of pigeons. Little by little, he confides in her the tragic and tremendous story of his life.

Meanwhile, Louisa’s father is embarking on an unlikely mission to travel back in time to find his beloved late wife. A “sophisticated pastiche of science fiction, fantasy, melodrama, and historical anecdote,” The Invention of Everything Else is both a heartfelt story of love and death and an homage to one of history’s most visionary scientists (Elle).

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Author: Perry, Anne
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Traditional Detective Mysteries

Death in the Devil’s Acre: A vicious and depraved serial killer is loose in the slums of Devil’s Acre. When Pitt recognizes one of the victims as a blackmailing footman from a case on Callander Square, his investigation reveals a shocking connection between the city’s brothels and Victorian high society. Now Charlotte and her sister Emily, Lady Ashworth, must unveil the dirty secrets of the aristocracy.

Cardington Crescent: When Thomas Pitt’s womanizing brother-in-law is poisoned by his morning coffee, the inspector must exonerate the prime suspect: Lady Ashworth, Charlotte’s sister Emily. With the help of Great-Aunt Vespasia, the couple chip away at a wall of deceit and silence to find the real killer, even after Lord Ashworth’s suspected paramour is strangled—and found by Emily.

Silence in Hanover Close: At the behest of his superior, Pitt reopens a case gone cold. Three years prior, amidst whispered rumors of treason, Robert York, an important member of the British Foreign Office, was murdered in his home in London’s exclusive Hanover Close. When a York family housemaid is found dead shortly after Pitt begins his investigation, he is accused and thrown into prison. Now only Charlotte and her recently widowed sister stand between Thomas Pitt and the gallows.

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