Stephanie manages a clothing store and lives with her mother in the townhouse where she grew up. Her life isn't in a rut exactly, but it's not headed where she'd like it to be. Things begin to look up when she joins a community rock choir and Anna Raj, a local TV personality. When Anna's personal journal goes missing and ends up in the hands of a blackmailer the two women lay a trap to snare the crook
"Melissa and Sophie have been friends all of their lives. Or that's what Sophie likes to think. Sophie is a giver; Melissa is a taker. Their friendship is put to the test on vacation in Spain. When the gorgeous Paulo appears on the scene, Melissa drops Sophie like a hot potato. Hurt and furious, Sophie thinks the trip is a disaster. But things change for Sophie when she lends a little help to an old man and a small girl. Melissa can only watch in a jealous rage as her quiet friend finally comes into her own" -- from publisher's web site
A brutal serial killer is murdering women in Vancouver's West End, leaving their headless bodies to be found in public places. It soon becomes apparent that all his victims are members of the neighborhood fitness center. Sebastian Casey, a reporter with the weekly community newspaper, has just begun to work out at the center. As he gets to know some of the others who use the facility, Casey finds himself drawn into the search for the killer
As further evidence of his family's bad fortune which they attribute to a curse on a distant relative, Stanley Yelnats is sent to a hellish correctional camp in the Texas desert where he finds his first real friend, a treasure, and a new sense of himself
Left alone on a beautiful but isolated island off the coast of California, a young Indian girl spends eighteen years, not only merely surviving through her enormous courage and self-reliance, but also finding a measure of happiness in her solitary life
Retired Navajo Tribal Police Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn investigates a fifty-year-old plane crash when a small-time thief tries to pawn a diamond that he claims to have found on the floor of the Grand Canyon
When Linda lears that her son Dre needs a kidney transplant, her family's already shaky financial situation takes a turn for the worse. But when she discovers that the only one who can realy help Dre is his half brother LeVon, a drug dealing gang-banger, money is suddenly the least of her problems
Jo and John's marriage has been stalled for years. When John is dignosed with a terminal illness, Jo is overcome with sadness and regret. But then a mysterious stray dog enters their lives. And he brings with him the most wonderful and rare gift: a second chance
Generous-hearted and wickedly insightful, The Girls' Guide to Hunting and Fishing maps the progress of Jane Rosenal as she sets out on a personal and spirited expedition through the perilous terrain of sex, love, and relationships, and the treacherous waters of the workplace.
A novel of a young girl, Esperanza Cordero, growing up in the Latino section of Chicago. Her neighborhood is one of harsh realities and harsh beauty. Esperanza doesn't want to belong - not to her run-down neighborhood, and not to the low expectations the world has for her.
When Francisco, a young Mexican American boy, tries to help his grandfather find work, he discovers that even though the old man cannot speak English, he has something even more valuable to teach Francisco.