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Author: Lageschulte, Melanie
Small Town & Rural Fiction

A puzzling disappearance, a summer filled with change. Can Kate find a fresh start in a familiar place?

Being a mail carrier puts Kate Duncan in close proximity to her customers, which can be as dangerous as it is rewarding. After an opening at her hometown’s post office offers a new way forward, she decides to put Chicago in her rearview mirror.

As she drives the back roads around Eagle River, Kate begins to take a personal interest in the people on her route. So when an elderly resident goes missing and the rumors begin to fly, she is determined to track him down.

David Brunelle, Books 1-4 (affiliate link)

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Author: Penner, Stephen
Legal Thrillers
Homicide prosecutor David Brunelle faces the most difficult case of his career. An innocent young girl is murdered in a heinous, unforgivable way. The only evidence against the killer is the full confession of his accomplice–another young girl he also victimized. But the accomplice is charged with the murder as well, which means she has the right to remain silent. And she’s so scared of the killer, she refuses to take a deal to testify against him. Brunelle can’t just let the murderer walk, but how can he get a conviction when he has no admissible evidence and the killer is protected by the presumption of innocence?
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Author: Rayne, Piper
Contemporary Romance

He’s my first love. My high school sweetheart. And he’s leaving tomorrow for a bigger and better life.

I’ve loved Ben almost my entire life, and we have one night left before he heads miles away to college on a football scholarship. I’m bound and determined to make sure this day goes perfectly so he remembers me as the girl he loves. But I can’t help worrying that I’ll end up as the girl he loved.

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Author: Vargus, L.T., McBain, Tim
FBI Mystery Thriller

The corpse juts from the heaping bulge of the landfill. Milky white flesh laid bare by the front loader’s blade. Naked. Female. Face down in the garbage.

When three bodies turn up in a landfill outside of Philadelphia, FBI profiler Violet Darger heads to Pennsylvania to investigate. Right away there’s a major complication. The emaciated corpses appear to have been starved to death.

Darger arrives in time for the autopsies. Watches withered bodies laid out on the stainless steel slabs of the morgue, their faces crusted with sandy soil, skin pulled taut around knobby cheekbones.

The Enchanted April (affiliate link)

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Author: von Arnim, Elizabeth
Classic Literature
“The Enchanted April” follows the transformative journey of four dissimilar English women who embark on a rejuvenating holiday to an Italian villa in the 1920s. Lottie Wilkins, seeking escape from her dreary marriage, proposes the getaway to a distant acquaintance, Rose Arbuthnot, who yearns for solace from her husband’s indifference. Alongside them are the regal Mrs. Fisher, mourning her past, and the flamboyant socialite Lady Caroline Dester, seeking refuge from her superficial life. Amidst the breathtaking scenery of Italy’s coastal Riviera, the women undergo profound personal revelations as they navigate the complexities of love, friendship, and self-discovery. Through moments of introspection and shared experiences, they forge unexpected bonds, finding solace and renewal in the enchanting beauty of their surroundings, ultimately rediscovering joy and purpose in their lives. Elizabeth von Arnim’s novel delicately weaves together themes of liberation, transformation, and the enduring power of female solidarity against the backdrop of Italy’s captivating landscape.

What Happens in the Highlands (affiliate link)

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Author: McKnight, Kelsey
Romantic Comedy

Match made in heaven or maid of dishonor?

Tight-laced Rose Hensel arrives in Scotland for her best friend’s wedding with a plan—to be the greatest maid of honor ever, let loose for the first time in years, and find out what Scottish guys really wear under their kilts. After meeting the best man, she thinks she found the man who checks all the boxes for a no-strings-attached romp among the heather.

Lachlan Calder-Mackinnon knows how to show a girl a good time. Gourmet dinners in castle ruins, picnics among rolling hills, and a seaside escape create some unforgettable dates. But as the fling begins to morph into something more, an unexpected wedding guest threatens to ruin Rose and Lachlan’s new romance.

With a plane ticket in one hand and her broken heart in the other, Rose prepares to head home to reality. However, she’s about to learn that what happens in the Highlands doesn’t always stay there.

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Author: Black, Matthew
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20th Century History of the U.S.

For the first time ever the full story of how Charles “Lucky” Luciano—the U.S. Mafia boss who put the “organized” into organized crime—was recruited by U.S. Naval Intelligence in 1944 to aid the Allied war effort in the U.S. invasion of Sicily that was a turning point in WWII.

In 1942, fears were growing that New York Harbor was vulnerable to sabotage. If the waterfront was infested with German and Italian agents, the U.S. Navy needed a secret plan just as insidious to secure it.

Naval intelligence officer, Commander Charles Radcliffe Haffenden had the solution: recruit as his own spies, members of La Cosa Nostra. Pier to pier, no one terrified the longshoremen, stevedores, shopkeepers, and boat captains along the harbor better than the Mafia gangs of New York, who controlled the docks in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Haffenden was prepared to make a deal with the devil—the man who put “organized” into organized crime.

Seven Perfect Things: A Novel (affiliate link)

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Author: Hyde, Catherine Ryan
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Coming of Age Fiction

Thirteen-year-old Abby Hubble lives in an unhappy home in the Sierra Nevada foothills where her father makes life miserable for her and her mother, Mary. One day Abby witnesses a man dump a litter of puppies into the nearby river. Diving in to rescue all seven, she knows she won’t be able to bring them home. Afraid for their fate at the pound, she takes them to an abandoned cabin, where all she can offer is a promise that she’ll be back the next day.

To grieving widower Elliot Colvin, life has lost meaning. Looking for solace, he retreats to the hunting cabin he last visited years ago, before his wife’s illness. What he discovers is not at all what he expected: seven puppies and one determined girl with an indomitable heart.

As Abby and Elliot’s friendship deepens, Abby imagines how much better her life—and the puppies’ lives—would be if her mother were married to Elliot instead of her father. But when Abby’s father moves the family hundreds of miles away, Abby and her mother must decide how long they’re willing to defer happiness.

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Author: Grant, Pippa
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Romantic Comedy

If the Upper East Side had an evil twin, it would be Tickled Pink, Wisconsin. This run-down, backwoods town isn’t worthy of the footprint of my Louboutins, never mind all of me.

But when my grandmother has a near-death experience and realizes we Lightlys can’t buy our way into heaven, she relocates the family to Tickled Pink to work on improving our souls. And that’s how I trade my heiress existence for gigantic bugs, dishwater coffee, and a cranky single dad named Teague Miller.

Teague spends his days fishing, raising his spunky teenager, and after an unfortunate incident involving cheese curds, living rent-free in my head. The one thing he and I can agree on is that I don’t belong here. He’s willing to help me escape—until the unexpected happens.

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Author: Matthews, Amy T.
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Sisters Fiction

After the untimely death of her outgoing, hugely successful influencer sister, an introverted woman takes on the terrifying challenge of completing her sister’s bucket list as the world watches, in a bid to save her family—and others—from the crippling medical debt her cancer battle left behind.

My dying wish is for you to finish my bucket list. I refuse to die without knowing this list will be completed. And I refuse to die without knowing my family will be okay . . .

Jodie Boyd is a shy and anxious twenty-something, completely unsure what to do with her life. Her older sister, Bree, is an adventurous, globe-trotting, hugely successful Instagram influencer with more than a million followers. She’s the most alive person Jodie knows—up until Bree’s unfathomable, untimely death from Leukemia. The Boyds are devastated, not to mention overwhelmed with medical debt. But Bree thought of everything—and soon, Jodie is shocked by a new post on her sister’s Instagram feed.

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Author: Omer, Mike
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Crime Fiction

Three Chicago women have been found strangled, embalmed, and posed as if still alive. Doubting the findings of the local PD’s profiler, The FBI calls on forensic psychologist Zoe Bentley to investigate.

Zoe quickly gets off on the wrong foot with her new partner, Special Agent Tatum Gray. Zoe’s a hunter, intense and focused; Tatum’s a smug maverick with little respect for the rules. Together, they must descend into a serial killer’s psyche and untangle his twisted fantasies, or more women will die. But when the contents of three inconspicuous envelopes reveal a chilling connection to gruesome murders from Zoe’s childhood, suddenly the hunter becomes the hunted.

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Author: Hewitt, Mark A.
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Military Thriller

He pledged unwavering loyalty, but destiny thrust him into the heart of betrayal. Duncan Hunter, an ex-Marine grounded by a catastrophic crash, seeks a new battleground against terrorism. The path he chooses is shrouded in secrecy—a covert CIA program tasked with eradicating Mexican poppy fields in the relentless War on Drugs.

As Hunter dives into the treacherous world of intelligence, his commitment is tested when a friend’s life hangs in the balance. Fleeing from the shadows as his cover is compromised, Hunter must navigate a deadly game, forming alliances while evading the crosshairs of those who would see him silenced.

In the wake of the hunt for bin Laden, Hunter unearths a web of conspiracies that threatens to ensnare him. As political machinations intertwine with jihadist plots, the scarred warrior becomes a target, facing not only ruthless politicians but also deadly snipers hell-bent on his demise.

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