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Witch Way to Murder & Mayhem (affiliate link)
To call Gran eccentric is somewhat of an understatement. She has questionable fashion sense, cough, can anyone say bedazzled Ugg boots and a tutu? But my Gran? She is awesome. So when she suggested I buy The Dusty Attic Bookstore I was all in, after all, what could go wrong?
Try finding my high school nemesis dead on the floor of my newly acquired store for starters. Now I’m on the suspect list! Okay, so I just need to find the killer, clear my name, and pass my witches exam. Oh, didn’t I mention that? Yeah, seems the stunt I pulled on my cheating ex-fiancee cost me not only my job but my magic.
My name is Harper Jones and this is not how I expected my return to my magical hometown of Whitefall Cove to go.
To Die For: Don’t Look Back and Hard To Beat (affiliate link)
Pursued by a gangster with a dark obsession.
Protected by his son.
Sam Watson’s life is in serious danger.
Doing the right thing is Sam Watson’s sole aim in life. But Sam has noticed things about her employer – things that don’t feel right. It goes far beyond Nick Drew’s cruel and menacing manner. It goes right down to the very heart of his business.
But when her curiosity is discovered, Sam’s boss Nick Drew makes the play he has long been waiting for – a move that could ruin her life.
But someone else has noticed Nick Drew’s sinister ways. When the boss’s son intervenes to save her, Sam knows her survival depends on her instincts… instincts that are telling her not to get involved with her boss’s son.
Hard To Beat (affiliate link)
Maggie Dean spent six long years working a bad job in a seedy boxing venue. Every spare penny she earned had been set aside to pay for a long-held dream – A new life with her sister setting up a croft in the wilds of Scotland.
But one night two lives pivot together in a single moment… lives forever changed by a dark twist of fate.
The night boxer Dan Sealey’s promoter tells him to throw a crucial fight is the same night a sleazy fight fan tries to take advantage of Maggie in plain view of the ring. Dan Sealey witnesses everything.
If Sealey intervenes, nothing will ever be the same again.
A man of might and integrity.
A woman of beauty and inner strength.
Before long Maggie Dean will be consumed by a heated temptation she can hardly resist.
And as she gets closer, boxer Dan Sealey must do battle with himself as much as his enemies.
Chasing Justice (Piper Anderson Series Book 1) (affiliate link)
Love Calls Softly (Beaumont Brides) (affiliate link)
The corporate axe hurt her and those she loves. His secrets lead to sleepless nights. Will the truth make them enemies or lead them to forgiveness and a chance to love?
When Tessa Carlisle loses her job, she jumps at the chance to spend the summer at her friend’s beach house. Her plan is simple—she’ll work at the local bakeshop until she’s ready to rejoin the corporate world.
Dillon Lowe is on the fast track at his company until the board makes a decision that makes him reevaluate his life goals. What better place to make that decision than the family beach house no one uses anymore.
Except Tessa’s using it. After she artfully explains they can’t both stay there, they draw the boundary lines. Dillon agrees to their marked territories. Too bad he didn’t realize her charm is the weapon that can chip at the barrier he’s built around his heart.
Death Takes A Trip (Julia Blake Cozy Mystery Book 5) (affiliate link)
Julia Blake runs her own cleaning business. She has the unfortunate knack of getting herself involved in murder investigations.
When one of Julia’s elderly clients, Douglas Pedley, is found dead at the bottom of his stairs, it is soon obvious that he was murdered.
Julia first suspects the building contractors who have been hounding Douglas to sell his land and property. It’s not long before another suspect appears.
Julia is determined to find out who murdered the old man.
Second Time Around (Second Glances Book 1) (affiliate link)
A former love makes a lasting impression in a warm and sexy romance from Nancy Herkness.
Kyra Dixon, a blue-collar girl from the boondocks, is dedicated to her job at a community center that matches underprivileged kids with rescue dogs. When she runs into Will Chase—Connecticut blue blood, billionaire CEO, and her old college crush—she’s surprised that he asks a favor from her: to be his date for his uptight family’s dreaded annual garden party. If his parents don’t approve, all the better.
Kyra’s not about to say no. It’ll give her a chance to be oh-so-close to her unrequited love. What begins as a little fling turns so mad hot, so fast, that Kyra finds herself falling all over again for a fantasy that won’t come true. How can it? She doesn’t belong in Will’s world. She doesn’t want to. But Will does want to belong in hers.
The School for German Brides: A Novel of World War II (affiliate link)
As the war begins, Hanna Rombauer, a young German woman, is sent to live with her aunt and uncle after her mother’s death. Thrown into a life of luxury she never expected, Hanna soon finds herself unwillingly matched with an SS officer. The independence that her mother lovingly fostered in her is considered highly inappropriate as the future wife of an up-and-coming officer and she is sent to a “bride school.” There, in a posh villa on the outskirts of town, Hanna is taught how to be a “proper” German wife. The lessons of hatred, prejudice, and misogyny disturb her and she finds herself desperate to escape.
For Mathilde Altman, a German Jewish woman, the war has brought more devastation than she ever thought possible. Torn from her work, her family, and her new husband, she fights to keep her unborn baby safe. But when the unthinkable happens, Tilde realizes she must hide. The risk of discovery grows greater with each passing day, but she has no other options.
Florida Straits (Key West Capers Book 1) (affiliate link)
“People go to Key West for lots of different reasons. Joey Goldman went there to become a gangster…”
So begins this classic Key West caper, the hilarious and touching book that launched a much-loved series and introduced the world to Bert the Shirt and his chihuahua Don Giovanni, two of the most unforgettable characters in contemporary fiction.
Joey, the illegitimate son of a major NY mafioso, decides to break away from a decidedly unpromising future in the old neighborhood of Queens. But will the old neighborhood and the Family let him go in peace? Not if knucklehead half-brother Gino has anything to say about it. As Joey is finally establishing his new life in sunny Florida, Gino involves him in a disastrous scam featuring a boatload of stolen emeralds and several squads of very nasty thugs. Finding within himself resources of smarts and courage he never knew he had, Joey beats long odds and muddles through to a brilliant solution to the problems dumped on him by Gino.
The Corfu Trilogy: My Family and Other Animals; Birds, Beasts and Relatives; and The Garden of the Gods (affiliate link)
The complete trilogy that inspired Masterpiece production The Durrells in Corfu in one volume.
The tales of a naturalist and his family, who left England for the Greek island of Corfu—where they interacted with fascinating locals of both human and animal varieties—these memoirs have become beloved bestsellers and inspired the delightful series that aired on PBS television.
Included in this three-book collection are:
My Family and Other Animals: Ten-year-old Gerald Durrell arrives on sun-drenched Corfu with this family and pursues his interest in natural history, making friends with the island’s fauna—from toads and tortoises to scorpions and geckos—while reveling in the joyous chaos of growing up in an unconventional household.
Birds, Beasts and Relatives: Written after a boyhood spent studying zoology, this memoir is part nature guide, part coming-of-age tale, and all charmingly funny memoir.
Rescuing Finley (A Forever Home Novel Book 1) (affiliate link)
Amy Wallace has made plenty of mistakes in her young life, but she didn’t see this one coming. Chris Seger is a marine serving in Afghanistan. His life is forever altered by a single, fateful step. A mother of another Afghan war vet suffers a devastating loss, which changes the course of Finley’s life for good. Finley is a mostly golden retriever, who suddenly finds himself alone and confused in a dog shelter. Could this prison actually become the place where Finley finally finds freedom? Rescuing Finley tells the story of how one rescue dog powerfully impacts three tragic lives and puts all of them on a road toward redemption and healing.
Dan Walsh is known for page-turning, character driven novels. Fans of Dan’s other novels, as well as dog-lovers everywhere will especially enjoy Rescuing Finley. If they do, there are 3 other books in this series: Finding Riley, Saving Parker and Keeping Bailey.
Jamaica Inn (affiliate link)
On a bitter November evening, young Mary Yellan journeys across the rainswept moors to Jamaica Inn in honor of her mother’s dying request. When she arrives, the warning of the coachman begins to echo in her memory, for her aunt Patience cowers before hulking Uncle Joss Merlyn. Terrified of the inn’s brooding power, Mary gradually finds herself ensnared in the dark schemes being enacted behind its crumbling walls — and tempted to love a man she dares not trust.
The inspiration for the 1939 Alfred Hitchcock film.
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