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The Telephone Box Library (affiliate link)

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Author: Lucas, Rachael
Small Town Romance

High school teacher Lucy is taking a sabbatical. Escaping to a cute village in the English countryside, she’s got her trusty West Highland terrier and a perfect little cottage to live in while she researches the women who worked at nearby Bletchley Park during the war. There’s one problem: just across the street there’s an extremely handsome main in plaid and workboots with a twinkle in his eye.

Hassled single dad Sam builds tree houses for a living – not that it impresses his daughter any more. He’s always sworn he’s too busy for love, but when Lucy moves into the cottage opposite, he finds himself making excuses to call round and ask for her advice as an expert on teenagers.

Meanwhile there’s a whole cast of endearing characters who seem determined to involve Lucy in small town life, from Bunty, her ninety-year old neighbour who has a secret from her past she’s kept to herself for years, and the village improvement society who somehow manage to pull Lucy into their plans to turn the disused red telephone box on the village green into a cute Little Free Library.

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Author: Mayer, Bob
Espionage Thrillers

Emily Cranston has been kidnapped and chained to a tree in the middle of a forest in Kentucky.

In Oklahoma, a young preschool teacher is murdered in front of her students.

In the Panhandle of Florida, a college undergrad is kidnapped from a nightclub.

These seemingly unrelated crimes catch the eye of the Cellar, the ultra-secret cell set up to police all other government agencies. Cellar operatives Gant and Neeley, along with profiler Susan Golden, must track down those responsible. But these are not ordinary criminals. They are a highly trained Special Forces sniper team wreaking revenge on the families of the men who betrayed them.

As the new Cellar head Hannah Masterson calls the shots from up high, the Cellar operatives soon find themselves being targeted. Whoever is behind this knows the ultra top-secret Cellar’s tactics all too well.

The Rock (affiliate link)

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Author: Mayer, Bob
Military Thrillers

What would it take to change the course of history that is already written and save the world?

In Australia…a U.S. Air Force computer operator receives a terrifying radio transmission out of Ayers Rock that knocks out the world’s communications.

In New Mexico…a boozy college engineering professor is suddenly escorted into a waiting car by two armed military men.

In New York…a tall, slender woman leaves her husband a note on the refrigerator saying that she’s leaving — but can’t tell him where she’s going.

In Colombia…a Special Forces officer breaks into a drug kinpin’s bedroom and puts a bullet into a woman’s brain before running to a waiting helicopter.

And in England…a beautiful twenty-three-year-old mathematician prepares for a journey that will change her life forever.

That One Time in Hawaii (affiliate link)

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Author: Beachley, Ella
Love, Sex & Marriage Humor

Engaged to her best friend? Check. Perfect job? Check. Dumped two days before her wedding . . .

When her fabulous life comes to a screeching halt, Natalie Reddington escapes alone on her nonrefundable honeymoon, with plans to do nothing but wallow. But before she can even get a tan in Hawaii, a kayaking trip changes everything.

Joel Thompson only wants to figure out how to be happy again after hitting rock bottom two years ago. The last thing he needs is to fall for a tourist. Especially one who is high-maintenance and leaving in ten days.

Their romance blossoms as Joel helps Natalie rediscover her passions and find herself again, but the clock is ticking down to the end of Natalie’s stay in the tropical island paradise.

Will rumors of a possible promotion entice her back to the career she loves, or will she take a risk and follow her dreams with the man who might be her forever?

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Author: Greyson, Abby
Small Town Sweet Romantic Comedy

This is a kisses only, sweet romance.

A movie star, a grump next door and a dating experiment gone awry.

My brother’s best friend has always been a gorgeous thorn in my side. He’s the famous Sean O’Connell, rom-com celebrity, owner of a smile that can melt even the coldest of hearts.

My new next-door neighbor is not the man of my dreams.

He’s one of the happiest people I’ve ever met, and to be honest, it’s annoying. I don’t have to be happy or like people. I’m good, thank you very much.

But Sean thinks I need to be happy, and that means being in a relationship. He’s recruited my best friend and my brother to put the “Get Jessica A Man” plan into action.

A makeover and some speed dating were absolutely not on my social calendar. But there’s no stopping him once his minds made up.

As Sean’s sunny disposition starts to rub off on me, I feel myself falling. But for the wrong guy.

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Author: Goswami, A.
Lesbian Romance

After attending a concert, Princess Penelope Windsor falls for an American rock-star, Alexa. However, her plans to meet her in America are derailed when her mother, the queen, puts her under house arrest once she reaches the states, and a bodyguard is appointed to oversee her restricted movements.

Jessica Thompson is an American ex-marine, an Afghanistan and Iraq veteran, who is tasked by her seniors to protect Princess Penelope during her visit to America. Appalled at being reduced to a ‘glorified babysitter’, Jessica already resents the seven days she must spend with the entitled, immature, rebellious Princess Penelope. But when Princess Penelope tries to persuade Jessica to help her escape from her luxurious captivity, Jessica is incensed.

What follows is a road trip from Washington to Los Angeles. The princess and her bodyguard, along with their friends, are forced to share a car and endure hours of each other’s company, full of resentment, banter, and plenty of steamy chemistry!

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Author: Martínez, Mely
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Mexican Cooking, Food & Wine
The long-awaited, best-selling cookbook from Mely Martínez, The Mexican Home Kitchen, compiles the traditional home-style dishes enjoyed every day in Mexican households, with influences from states like Tamaulipas, Nuevo León, Veracruz, Puebla, Estado de México, and Yucatán.

Recreate these favorite comfort foods using inexpensive, easy-to-find ingredients:

Caldo de Pollo (Mexican chicken soup)
Tacos de Bistec (steak tacos)
Carnitas (tender, crispy pork)
Albondigas (Mexican meatballs)
Tamales (both savory and sweet)
Enchiladas (both red and green sauces)
Mole Poblano (one of the most classic and popular moles)
Nopales (recipes made with cactus paddles)
Empanadas (beef and cheese filled)
Chiles Rellenos (stuffed and fried poblano peppers)
Pozole (both red and green versions)
Camarones en Chipotle (deviled shrimp)
Salsa Taquera (salsa for tacos)
Pastel de Tres Leches (a luscious and moist cake that’s a Mexican favorite)
Buñuelos (crispy dough fritters coated in sugar)
Aguas Frescas (horchata, hibiscus, and tamarind flavors)
and much more!

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Author: Drosten, Julia
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Historical European Fiction

Christmas 1889. A baby is born in the early hours at Vienna General Hospital, only to be abandoned by her unwed mother and entrusted to a foundling home and its loving caretaker.

Fanny Schindler grows from a precocious girl into a strong-willed young woman. Undeterred by the rules of her station, she’s determined to rise above her humble origins and pursue her dreams at all costs, becoming an apprentice to one of the most glamorous fashion houses in Austria-Hungary. All the while, as Fanny searches for a sense of belonging, her path crosses with those of three people who will change her future. To one, she is a cherished friend. To another, a confidant. And to a handsome career soldier, something more.

When hostilities in Europe burst into flame as a brutal world war, the future of the dual monarchy is at stake, friendships are strained, loyalties are tested, and everything is at risk. And when long-buried secrets about Fanny’s past come to light, she must decide what truly matters—and what is worth fighting for in a new world of infinite possibilities.

The Bluebonnet Battle (affiliate link)

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Author: Brown, Carolyn
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Contemporary Women’s Fiction

In Bonnet, Texas, Liddy Latham, the queen of funeral dinners, keeps a southern comfort-food tradition alive—until fancy-schmancy Matilda Monroe moves back to town. She wants room at the table for her own style of consolation and closure: healthy, modern, and vegan. But this is about more than fried chicken versus tofu turkey. Matilda’s return is also stirring up their volatile, unresolved history. And just when they thought it couldn’t get more personal…

Matilda’s son, Nick, and Liddy’s niece, Amelia, have met and the sparks are flying. For Matilda and Liddy, their precious kin’s romance is their worst nightmare. Now, it’s all Nick and Amelia can do to survive a family feud that has the whole town talking.

The battle for the funeral dinner crown is on. As two strong-willed women wrestle for control, making peace with the past may be the only way to serve the star-crossed lovers a happy ending.

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Author: Shayne, Maggie
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Western & Frontier Romance

Baby on his Doorstep!
Sheriff Garrett Brand has raised his entire brood of siblings single-handedly, and he’s done his best to teach them some values, to mold them into honorable, responsible, and trustworthy human beings. So when a baby lands on the doorstep of the Texas Brand, his first question is which younger brother is in for a butt-kicking?

But the little fellow isn’t named after Ben, or Wes, or Adam, or Elliot. The little guy is named after him–Garrett Ethan Brand–according to the note his mama left behind.

He’s still racking his brain to figure it all out, when a woman shows up at the ranch in the dead of night, fighting mad and accusing Garrett of murdering her sister and stealing the baby!

She’s lost too much…
Chelsea is confused, heartbroken, and too mad to think straight, and the same trouble that found her poor sister is right on her tail.

What she doesn’t know is that of all the places she and the baby could’ve wound up, this ranch is the best one. Because this is one family that knows how to pull together.

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Author: Thomas, Callie
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Sword & Sorcery Fantasy

I didn’t care that he was a prince—they would not force me to marry a stranger.

A royal wedding turns to disaster when a sinister curse goes awry. A victim of the Sorcerer’s prophecy, Roselyn’s memories are instantly erased, leaving her panicked at the altar. Unwilling to marry a stranger, she flees to the place her prince fears most—the enchanted Mistbrooke Forest. Lost and afraid, she seeks help from a dark, mysterious traveler who may be the key to recovering her stolen memories.

After years of solitude, Cedrick is lost in the horrors of his past. He never expected to find himself face to face with the future princess of Cadell. The longstanding feud between their kingdoms doesn’t douse the fiery connection he feels to her, so when she requests safe passage through the forest, he can’t ignore her plea—even though it puts both their lives at risk.

Rose is determined to regain her memories, but with Cedrick as her reluctant guide, she experiences the magic of the forest through new eyes. Does true love really exist? She is beginning to think it might—with Cedrick. But when her past collides with her present, sparks explode, and the very memories she’s been seeking are the ones she most wishes she could forget.

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Author: McHugh, Clare
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Historical European Fiction

To the world, she was Princess Victoria, daughter of a queen, wife of an emperor, and mother of Kaiser Wilhelm. Her family just called her Vicky…smart, pretty, and self-assured, she changed the course of the world.

January 1858: Princess Victoria glides down the aisle of St James Chapel to the waiting arms of her beloved, Fritz, Prince Frederick, heir to the powerful kingdom of Prussia. Although theirs is no mere political match, Vicky is determined that she and Fritz will lead by example, just as her parents Victoria and Albert had done, and also bring about a liberal and united Germany.

Brought up to believe in the rightness of her cause, Vicky nonetheless struggles to thrive in the constrained Prussian court, where each day she seems to take a wrong step. And her status as the eldest daughter of Queen Victoria does little to smooth over the conflicts she faces.

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