Olivia Greyson is the proud owner of The Gingerbread House--a quaint shop that specializes in all things cookie--and her best friend, Maddie, is her sidekick, baking up scrumptious treats for their cookie-themed parties. But when a stunning antique cookie cutter collection leads to murder, things get a bit too hot to handle.
The bishop's daughter, Emily Ebersol, longing to marry a faithful Amish man and live out her days within the community, finds herself torn between two very different men--Luke Lambright, her childhood sweetheart who has returned to Wells Landing, and Elam Rhiel, a loyal, steady man.
When Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett's eighteen-year-old ward runs away with Dallas Cates and then is found in a ditch barely alive, Joe believes Cates is responsible. But Cates claims that she ran away from him too and evidence points to another man. Joe is determined to find the truth, even if it kills him.
When King Xerxes of Persia issues a call for beautiful young women, Hadassah, a Jewish orphan living in Susa, is forcibly taken to the palace. After months of preparation, the girl known as Esther wins the king's heart and a queen's crown. Then she learns that an evil and ambitious man has won the king's permission to exterminate all Jews. Violating an ancient Persian law, she risks her life in order to save her people, and bind her husband's heart.
Otto, the letter began, I've gone. I've never seen the water, so I've gone there. Don't worry, I've left you the truck. I can walk. I will try to remember to come back. Yours (always), Etta. Otto finds his 83-year-old wife's note in their kitchen in Saskatchewan, 3,200 kilometers from the ocean. But he understands. He was there once. Now Otto struggles with his demons of war while their friend Russell pursues Etta.
Set in 1960's London, this is a lively account of the adventures of the intrepid young Sophie Straw as she navigates her transformation from provincial ingenue to television starlet amid a constellation of delightful characters.
They call them Travelers. They move from city to city, panhandling, committing no crimes-they just like to stay on the move. And now somebody is killing them. Lucas Davenport's adopted daughter, Letty, is home from college when she gets a phone call from a woman Traveler she'd befriended in San Francisco. The woman thinks somebody's killing her friends, she's afraid she knows who it is, and now her male companion has gone missing. Letty tells Lucas she's going to get her, and, though he suspects Letty's getting played, he volunteers to go with her. When he hears the woman's story, though, he begins to think there's something in it. In the days to come, he will embark upon an odyssey through a subculture unlike any he has ever seen, a trip that will not only put the two of them in danger-but just may change the course of his life.
Lady Anne Stone believes she's found her long lost uncle. Unwilling to meet him on her own, Daniel Adams accompanies her to her uncle's ranch. But both Dan and Anne are convinced that the man introduced as her uncle is an imposter and decide to continue the search for the new Earl of Stoneford. And the swindler is now on their trail, hoping to steal Uncle David's inheritance. Dan tries to protect Anne and also his heart. He's good at keeping her safe, but knows he'll never convince Anne to become a farmer's wife in Oregon when she her sights set on returning to her home in England. As Anne's quest becomes more difficult and dangerous, she begins to see Dan differently. Will she soon be envisioning a new life in America?
Fifteen years from now, a new virus sweeps the globe. 95% of those afflicted experience nothing worse than fever and headaches. Four percent suffer acute meningitis, and one percent find themselves "locked in"--fully awake and aware, but unable to move or respond to stimulus. In the United States, that's 1.7 million people "locked in." Nothing can restore the ability to control their own bodies to the locked in. But then two new technologies emerge. One is a virtual-reality environment, "The Agora." The other is the discovery that a few rare individuals have brains that are receptive to being controlled by others, meaning that from time to time, those who are locked in can "ride" these people and use their bodies as if they were their own.
After a public split from her NFL superstar husband, Chelsea takes a bold step out of the limelight and behind the counter of the Higher Grounds Café, an old-fashioned coffee shop in dire need of reinvention. But when her courage, expert planning, and out-of-this-world cupcakes fail to pay the bills, this newly single mom finds herself desperate for help.
\Dee Aldrich rebelled against her off-center upbringing when she married the most conventional man she could imagine: Patrick, her college sweetheart. But now, years later, her marriage is falling apart and she's starting to believe that her husband wants her gone for good. Haunted by memories of her late mother Annette, a former covert operations asset, Dee reaches back into her childhood to resurrect the lessons and "spy games" in which she learned memory tricks and, most importantly, how and when to lie. But just as she begins delving into her past to determine the course of the future, she makes a discovery that will change her life: the money that her mother left behind.
Jenna Hart has packed The Cookbook Nook chock full of everything from ghostly texts to witchy potions in anticipation of the annual fund raiser luncheon. But there's one unexpected addition to the menu: murder. When the Head Priestess of the Winsome Witches is found dead under mysterious circumstances, there's no logical answer and plenty of blame to go around. With her aunt, Vera, unable to call on her ability to foresee the future, Jenna will have to use more than just sleight of hand and a few magic tricks to conjure up the truth.
Wife to a gambler who took one too many risks, Rahab is sold as a slave to cover his debt. Forced into prostitution, she despairs of ever regaining her freedom and self-respect. But when Israelite spies come to Jericho and lodge at her house, Rahab sees an opportunity and glimmer of hope. In one risky moment she takes a leap of faith, puts her trust in a God she does not know, and vows to protect the spies from the authorities. And when the armies of Israel arrive weeks later, Rahab has no idea what kinds of challenges await her.
A talented college professor in Madrid, Blanca Perea seems to have it all. But her world is suddenly shattered when her husband of twenty years leaves her for another woman. Questioning the life she once had and whether she truly knows herself, Blanca resolves to change her surroundings. She accepts what looks like a boring research grant in California involving an exiled Spanish writer who died decades ago. Anxious to leave her own troubled life behind, she is gradually drawn into his haunted world, with its poignant loves and unfulfilled ambitions.
Marlena Wenger, a young aunt from the Beachy Amish caring for her infant niece, finds comfort and hope from an Old Order Amish mother and her family who extend friendship to a homeless man, whose few possessions include a collection of love letters.
In 1942 Paris, gifted architect Lucien Bernard accepts a commission that will bring him a great deal of money, and maybe get him killed. All he has to do is design a secret hiding place for a wealthy Jewish man, a space so invisible that even the most determined German officer won't find it. He sorely needs the money, and outwitting the Nazis who have occupied his beloved city is a challenge he can't resist. But when one of his hiding spaces fails horribly, and the problem of where to hide a Jew becomes terribly personal, Lucien can no longer ignore what's at stake.
After witnessing the death of his younger brother in a terrible home accident, 14-year-old Kevin and his grieving mother are sent for the summer to live with Kevin's grandfather. In this peeled-paint coal town deep in Appalachia, Kevin quickly falls in with a half-wild hollow kid named Buzzy Fink who schools him in the mysteries and magnificence of the woods. The events of this fateful summer will affect the entire town of Medgar, Kentucky.
Pretty much all the advice about happiness we have heard revolves around one basic assumption: that we can think ourselves happier. But in HAPPINESS BY DESIGN, Paul Dolan reveals that the key to being happy does not lie in changing how we think--it's changing what we do.
Alexandra Jamieson's WOMEN, FOOD, AND DESIRE explores women's cravings--for food, sleep, sex, movement, companionship, inspiration--and teaches readers to listen to their bodies and learn to correctly interpret the signs of imbalance in order to satisfy their needs in a healthful way.