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Author: Middlemann, Jacie
Contemporary Romance

She’s a single mom, adores her son and even his cat, and doesn’t have time for romance. The sheriff doesn’t agree.

Rebecca has one love in her life…her young five-year-old son. Unexpectedly, after a number of sudden changes in her well thought out plans, the single mother finds herself and her son living with her Great-Aunt Lettie in her big historic home in the small-town of Spring Falls. It isn’t long before Rebecca bumps into the grown up version of the boy who was both the bane of her childhood and a best friend she could always count on.

Sheriff Connor Patterson didn’t expect to see Rebecca again…at least not until he heard that she was moving to Spring Falls. It wasn’t as if they were enemies but the last time they’d seen each other, it hadn’t ended well. He definitely didn’t expect the tidal wave of emotions that hit him sideways when he first saw her again…but knew from that first moment that everything in his life was about to change.

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Author: McKeon, Dave
Action Thriller Fiction
When the Canadian Mounties join forces with MI6 and INTERPOL seeking to uncover a ring of international smugglers, Lou Gault, a war-weary ex-commando, must decide whether he is willing, once again, to put his life on the line.
But when a team of Mounties goes off the grid and operates from a remote sportsmen’s lodge deep in the wilds of New Brunswick, it becomes a deadly game of cat and mouse with only one outcome . . . Winner takes all.
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Author: Rackham, Alydia
Historical Romance

A phantom begins to stalk Victoria and Basil through the hollow corridors of a Yorkshire mansion, leading the Pendywick Pair to a watery—or fiery—clash with the very enemies that mean to destroy them.

It is too late to retrieve the code. Victoria and Basil must instead recreate it and get it to the queen as fast as possible. To do that, they must travel to the remote Yorkshire seaside, along with Basil’s sister and her husband, and their friend Fred Brody, to a vast, empty house of Professor Winchester’s where Victoria’s reference books reside. But a ghostly presence begins to interfere, drawing closer and closer every day. Will Victoria, who has already lost so much and achieved so much, be able to stop her old mentor’s wicked plans once and for all?

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Author: Forster, Rebecca
Contemporary Romance

Elizabeth MacMillan’s husband needed some space and now he’s disappeared, quitting his job and taking his last paycheck. Devastated to find that he has deserted her and their ten year-old-son, Elizabeth is distraught. Through her tears and terror, she can barely see to drive and almost runs over a construction worker on her way home. Nothing mattered anymore. Her life was over.

Max Marino won’t let anyone put his crew in danger so when one of his men has a close call he takes off after the beautiful blond who is driving like a bat out of hell. Barging into her house, he gives her a piece of his mind only to realize something is terribly wrong in her life. With a tragedy of his own to deal with, Max bows out and leaves her alone.

But when Max and Elizabeth meet again, their attraction is undeniable. Still, there are forces working against them. With the change every season, their love is threatened. Will their hearts weather the storms or be destroyed before the spring?

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Author: Quinn, Tracey
Cozy Mystery

Welcome to the Breezy Spoon Diner, where murderous matrimony is on the menu!

Dani O’Shea is used to serving up great food, great conversation and down-home hospitality at the Breezy Spoon Diner to the hungry townsfolk in the quirky little town of East Spoon Creek City, so catering a wedding reception for a friend is easy as pie, right? It is until an uninvited guest crashes the party and gets murdered!

When a wealthy avocado magnate drinks poison at the wedding reception after making a shocking speech about changing his will, Dani must sort out which one of his shady relatives was willing to kill to get their hands on his money, and who’s willing to kill again to stop her from uncovering the truth! Dani’s landlord, hunky and flirty fireman Mark Adams wants her to stay far away from the dangerous avocado heirs, but with deadly strangers and horrible house guests standing in the way of solving the murder, it might just be til death do us part!

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Author: Stuart, Gemma
Religious Romance
A fake engagement is harmless until someone’s heart gets broken. After several family deaths and a broken engagement, Letha Grey moves to Creede, Colorado to start over. Things have to be better in the Wild West. A surprise fake engagement with a man she’s admired for months seems like a wonderful diversion. But can her heart take another disappointment?Rafe Shaw denied himself every comfort to open the King Silver Mine—even romance. When accidents and extra expenses threaten to close the mine, the town matchmaker throws him into a fake engagement that has the potential to save his business. When the plan unravels, can the Matchmaker’s Ball save their happily ever after?
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Sword & Sorcery Fantasy

A late-night escape to see her brother finds Lamya indebted to a stranger who dresses like a vagabond but carries the sword of a prince. The tragic love story that made a Queen!

Lady Lamya’s beauty is a curse, even worse when her father sees it as only the means for an advantageous marriage. All she wants is to see her young brother Thebo whom her father hasn’t allowed home in ten years. But when a letter arrives from Thebo urging her to meet him in secret the last thing she expects is to be attacked. Even less to land in the debt of a stranger who dresses like a vagabond but carries a royal sword.

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Restaurant & Food Industry
Goose Island opened as a family-owned Chicago brewpub in the late 1980s, and it soon became one of the most inventive breweries in the world. In the golden age of light, bland and cheap beers, John Hall and his son Greg brought European flavors to America. With distribution in two dozen states, two brewpubs and status as one of the 20 biggest breweries in the United States, Goose Island became an American success story and was a champion of craft beer. Then, on March 28, 2011, the Halls sold the brewery to Anheuser-Busch InBev, maker of Budweiser, the least craft-like beer imaginable. The sale forced the industry to reckon with craft beer’s mainstream appeal and a popularity few envisioned. Josh Noel broke the news of the sale in the Chicago Tribune, and he covered the resulting backlash from Chicagoans and beer fanatics across the country as the discussion escalated into an intellectual craft beer war. A
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Author: Fassett, Kaffe
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Artist & Architect Biographies

In this memoir, the renowned visual artist chronicles his life and career, as well as what is important to him and what inspires his art.

Kaffe Fassett has led an extraordinary life and is a captivating storyteller with a vivid memory. Born in 1937, he spent much of his youth in Big Sur, California, where his parents bought a cabin from Orson Welles and transformed it into the world-famous Nepenthe restaurant, a gathering place for artists and bohemians. After attending a boarding school run by the disciples of Krishnamurti, an Indian guru, he studied painting at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, then traveled to England, where he made his home. After an inspiring trip to Inverness, Scotland, Fassett began designing knitwear for Bill Gibb, and then the Missonis, Vogue magazine, and private clients like Lauren Bacall and Barbra Streisand, and, in the process, revolutionized the handknitting world with his explosive use of color.

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Author: Caldwell, Erskine
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Historical Literary Fiction

Three powerful novels of racism, lust, and poverty in the rural South by a controversial national bestselling author.

Bigotry, poverty, social injustice, and sexual squalor in the Deep South—hallmarks of one of the most daring and phenomenally popular bestselling novelists of the twentieth-century. Here, in one volume, are three of his best-known works. “None of [his] characters would be caught dead in a novel by John Steinbeck, Carson McCullers, or Eudora Welty” (The Daily Beast).

Tobacco Road: The Great Depression compromises the morals of a poor farming family in Georgia. This classic, a Modern Library 100 Best Novels selection, was adapted for the stage in 1933 and made into a 1941 film directed by John Ford.

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Author: Sepeda, Toni
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Literary & Religious Travel Guides

Follow Commissario Guido Brunetti, star of Donna Leon’s international bestselling mystery series, on over a dozen walks that highlight Venice’s churches, markets, bars, cafes, and palazzos.

In Brunetti’s Venice, tourists and armchair travelers follow in the footsteps of Brunetti as he traverses the city he knows and loves. With his acute eye, fascination with history, ear for language, passion for food, and familiarity with the dark realities of crime and corruption, Brunetti is the perfect companion for any walk across La Serenissima.

Over a dozen walks, encompassing all six regions of Venice as well as the lagoon, lead readers down calli, over canali, and through campi. Important locations from the best-selling novels are highlighted and major themes and characters are explored, all accompanied by poignant excerpts from the novels. This is a must-have companion book for any lover of Donna Leon’s wonderful mysteries.

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Author: Winner, David
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Sociology of Sports

A look at the history of soccer’s development in the Netherlands and how it reflects the history of the nation itself.

If any one thing, Brilliant Orange is about Dutch space and a people whose unique conception of it has led to the most enduring arts, the weirdest architecture, and a bizarrely cerebral form of soccer?Total Football?that led in 1974 to a World Cup finals match with arch-rival Germany, and more recently to a devastating loss against Spain in 2010. With its intricacy and oddity, it continues to mystify and delight observers around the world. As David Winner wryly observes, it is an expression of the Dutch psyche that has a shared ancestry with Mondrian’s “Broadway Boogie Woogie,” Rembrandt’s “The Night Watch,” and maybe even with Gouda cheese.

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