The year is 1904. Twenty-three-year-old Jemima Pitt, the daughter of Thomas Pitt, head of the Special Branch of the Metropolitan Police, is crossing the Atlantic as companion to Delphinia Cardew, who is to marry aristocrat Brent Albright in a high-society New York wedding--joining together two fabulously wealthy families, titans of the international financial world. But Jemima senses a mysterious shadow darkening the occasion
The extraordinary story of Josephine Rimaldi spans more than seven decades, beginning in turn-of-the-century Italy, when at fourteen she is forced into an arranged marriage to a man she doesn't know or love who is about to depart for America. Bound by tradition, Josephine gives birth to seven children. The last, Valentina, is conceived in passion, born in secret, and given up for adoption. And Josephine spends the rest of her life searching for her lost child.
Maverick lawyer Judy Carrier has always championed the underdog, so when Iris, the housekeeper and best friend of Judy's beloved Aunt Barb, is found dead of an apparent heart attack, Judy begins to suspect foul play. The circumstances of the death leave Judy with more questions than a. In the meantime, Judy's own life roils with emotional and professional upheaval. Judy sets her own drama aside and begins an investigation of Iris's murder, then discovers a shocking truth that confounds her expectations and leads her in a completely different direction.nswers, and never before has murder struck so close to home.
In Southeast Minnesota, Virgil Flowers is doing a favor for a friend by looking into a dognapping, which seems to be turning into something much bigger and uglier--a team of dognappers supplying medical labs--when he gets a call that a local reporter has been murdered.
Former "It Girl" Janie Jenkins is sly, stunning, and fresh out of prison. Ten years ago, at the height of her fame, she was incarcerated for the murder of her mother. Now, released on a technicality, Janie makes herself over and goes undercover, determined to chase down the one lead she has on her mother's killer. The only problem? Janie doesn't know if she's the killer she's looking for. Janie makes her way to an isolated South Dakota town whose mysteries rival her own. Enlisting the help of some new friends, Janie follows a series of clues--an old photograph, an abandoned house, a forgotten diary--and begins to piece together her mother's seemingly improbable connection to the town. When new evidence from Janie's own past surfaces, she's forced to consider the possibility that she and her mother were more alike than either of them would ever have imagined.
Daisy Grant is in a heap of trouble. She stumbled into a mob turf war and now somebody wants her dead. Daisy may not be the kind of woman to deal with the Southern Mafia, but she knows how to get creative fast. Enter the way-too-attractive Mark Jensen. He didn't mean to rescue anybody, and he certainly didn't mean to go on the run because of a stubborn, sassy woman. But soon Daisy and Mark decide that to live, sometimes ya gotta die.
An exploration of religion's connection to violence. For the first time in American history, religious self-identification is on the decline. Some have cited a perception that began to grow after Sept 11: That faith in general is a source of aggression, intolerance and divisiveness--something bad for society. But how accurate is that view? And does it apply equally to all faiths? In these troubled times, we risk basing decisions of real and dangerous consequence on mistaken understandings of the faiths subscribed around us, in our immediate community as well as globally. And so, with her deep learning and sympathetic understanding, Karen Armstrong examines the impulse toward violence in each of the world's great religions.
Left destitute after her grandfather's death, Honor Penworthy must leave her Maryland plantation -- and the slaves she hoped to free -- to seek refuge with a distant relative. A marriage is arranged through the Quaker community to glass artisan Samuel Cathwell, who has not opened his heart to anyone since fever took his hearing as a child. A move west brings the promise of a fresh start, but Honor is unprepared for the rigors of frontier life.
Bold, sophisticated, and coy, flight nurse Lt. Kay Jobson collects hearts wherever she flies. So how can handsome C-47 pilot Lt. Roger Cooper be immune to her charms? He seems to do everything he can to avoid her. Still, as they cross the skies over Europe evacuating the wounded and delivering paratroopers and supplies, every beat of their hearts draws them closer. Can they overcome the fears and misunderstandings of the past and take hold of the future?
In 2009, journalist Samuel Fromartz was offered an assignment to travel to France and work in a boulangerie. So began his quest to hone his knowledge of bread, from seed to table. For four years, Fromartz traveled the United States and Europe meeting historians, millers, farmers, wheat geneticists, sourdough biochemists, and everyone in between. The result is an informative yet personal account of bread and breadbaking, complete with detailed recipes.
On the night her home is consumed by fire, Janine Stoddard finally resolves to leave her abusive husband. While she is reluctant to involve her estranged daughter, she can't resist a chance to see Harmony and baby Lottie in Asheville, North Carolina, before she disappears forever. Harmony's friend Taylor Martin realizes how much the reunited mother and daughter yearn to stay together, and she sees in Jan a chance to continue her own mother's legacy of helping women in need of a fresh start. She opens her home, even as she's opening her heart to another newcomer, Adam Pryor. But enigmatic Adam has a secret that could destroy Taylor's trust and cost Jan her hard-won freedom.
Paul Jacobson becomes an undercover resident at a nursing home to help the Honolulu police track down a sexual assault perpetrator. The police gave Paul the names of three persons-of-interest, but none of the three appear suspicious. Things go downhill when the woman who had been assaulted is found murdered.
The Survivors' Club: Six men and one woman, all wounded in the Napoleonic Wars, their friendship forged during their recovery in Penderris Hall in Cornwall. One, Flavian, Viscount Ponsonby, was devastated by his fiancée's desertion after his return home. Now the woman who broke his heart is back. Flavian, in a panic, runs straight into the arms of a most sensible woman. Agnes Keeping has never been in love. But when she meets the charismatic Flavian, she falls so deeply that she agrees to his impetuous proposal of marriage. Upon discovering that the proposal is only to avenge his former love, Agnes is determined to flee.
Running away from her troubled city life, Lauren Foster never thought she'd find herself in small-town Maine. But Holiday Harbor is everything she's looking for. The people are welcoming, her job is going well and, most important, she's safe. Ben Thomas changes all that. With his good looks, easygoing nature and kind heart, she's quickly falling for the local hero.
Anne Lamott writes about community, family and faith in essays that are wise, irreverent, funny and poignant--a style that has become her trademark. Now in Small Victories, Lamott has once again written an insightful book that offers a message of hope that celebrates the triumph of light over the darkness in our lives. Our victories over hardships and pain may be small, they may be infrequent, but they keep us going and they often come from the most unexpected places: within ourselves. Lamott shows how we can forgive thoughtless family members; spotlights the value of turning toward love even in the most hopeless situations (the death of a loved one, a cancer diagnosis), and shows how to find the joy in getting lost in traffic while racing to the aid of a sick friend. Insightful and irreverent, the stories in Small Victories are proof that the human spirit is resilient and irrepressible.
Autumn Hazard loves being a midwife, yet a tragic loss has brought doubts. And her new boss isn't helping. She's worked with Dr. Jonathan Hanlon before. Handsome and seemingly perfect, his presence could mean trouble for the clinic. Jon remembers Autumn, too. She's still beautiful, smart and oblivious to him. Maybe that's for the best. He has secrets of his own, and he can't risk Autumn getting close enough to uncover them.
Marcie Browder married a guy just like dear old dad. Drunk. Abusive. Unfaithful. Now divorced, she's home at her family's West Texas ranch to heal. Then Marcie has a confrontation with her father and later, he's found murdered. The new ranch foreman, Tucker McGee, who unsettles her in ways she doesn't want to admit, is the prime suspect. And Marcie soon learns that the people she trusts most know something they're not telling her about Tucker McGee.
Normally Melanie Cooper and Angie DeLaura wouldn't be caught dead at a beauty pageant, but when Mel's mom asks them to provide cupcakes for the 75th annual Sweet Tiara contest as a favor for her best friend, they can't say no. Plus, Fairy Tale Cupcakes will get great publicity. But the world of pageants is even hotter than Mel's kitchen, and a judge shows up dead underneath Mel and Angie's cupcake display.
Thanks to an ad campaign featuring teacup pups sporting HotPets Bling, small dog adoptions have skyrocketed. So when a Midwest shelter has more toy dogs than it can handle, LA shelter manager Lauren Vancouver sends a plane to bring the pups back. She didn't count on Teresa Kantrim, who'd been caring for the dogs and didn't trust anyone in La-La Land to take over the job, coming along. Or that she would turn up murdered.
One of India's richest men offers an amazing deal to a Delhi salesgirl in an electronics store. She can be his next CEO--if she passes seven tests from the "textbook of life." Are the tests real, or is he playing a game with her?
The Little Miss Begonia Pageant for little girls has decided to hold their event in a Roanoke, Virginia, park. Camellia Harris is called in to help deal with the botanical details, the cute contestants, and their catty mothers. Soon the drama onstage is nothing compared to the judges row. There's jealousy, betrayal, and a love triangle, which turns deadly when local newsman Telly Stevens is found dead, poisoned by some sort of plant.
Moving from Mexico to America when their daughter suffers a near-fatal accident, the Riveras confront cultural barriers, their daughter's difficult recovery and her developing relationship with a Panamanian boy.
Addie Baum is The Boston Girl, born in 1900 to immigrant parents who were unprepared for and suspicious of America and its effect on their three daughters. Growing up in the North End, then a teeming multicultural neighborhood, Addie's intelligence and curiosity take her to a world her parents can't imagine--a world of short skirts, movies, celebrity culture, and new opportunities for women. Addie wants to finish high school and dreams of going to college. She wants a career and to find true love. Eighty-five-year-old Addie tells the story of her life to her twenty-two-year-old granddaughter, who has asked her "How did you get to be the woman you are today." She begins in 1915, the year she found her voice and made friends who would help shape the course of her life.
In the small town of Grandon, Jennifer and Ryan are both single parents struggling with losses and heartache as they attempt to move forward. Sixteen-year-old Kaylee is faced with a life-changing situation that has affected her whole family. Stephen and Lily are happily married and ready to start a family. When they are brought together for an unconventional church Nativity, five very different people discover the true meaning of Christmas.
Television producer Laurie Moran is delighted when the pilot for her reality drama, Under suspicion, is a success. Now Laurie has the ideal case to feature in the next episode of Under suspicion: the Cinderella murder. When Susan Dempsey, a beautiful and multi-talented UCLA student, was found dead, her murder raised numerous questions. Why was her car parked miles from her body? Had she ever shown up for the acting audition she was due to attend at the home of an up-and-coming director? Why was Susan so concerned about her roommate's infatuation with a new-age religious sect? And why was Susan missing one of her shoes when her body was discovered? With the help of lawyer and Under suspicion host Alex Buckley, Laurie knows the case will attract great ratings, especially when the former suspects include Hollywood's elite and tech billionaires.
In Apple Valley, Washington, Charlotte Garrison's second chance is falling into place just like she's carefully planned. Soon she'll be able to turn the empty shop on Main Street into her own bakery--a plan much more sensible than ever again risking her heart. But when a rambunctious three-year-old girl lands on town deputy Max Stanford's doorstep, Charlotte finds that helping the good-looking deputy care for her is sparking the most impossible dreams.
For two years, Allen and Michele have been trying to have a baby. For Michele, it has become an obsession. But Allen seems content to spend his time--and their money--saving orphans in Africa. As Michele researches their options for fertility treatments, she begins to resent Allen's divided attention. And yet, God has a plan for Allen and Michele that they could never have imagined. All it takes to set it in motion is a change of heart.
When three women, all cousins, are given the task of sorting through the treasures of several generations of their Amish family, they each discover a story from the past that provides insights and inspiration for their own lives.
Zee Devohr is a Marxist literary scholar who detests her parents' wealth yet lives in their carriage house. Her mother, Gracie, claims she can tell your lot in life by looking at your teeth and Bruce, her stepfather, stockpiles supplies for Y2K. Zee's husband, Doug, is stalled on his biography of the poet Edwin Parfitt, who was in residence at the house when it served as the Laurelfield Arts Colony. But when Doug begins to poke around for colony records, he finds Gracie guards the files with a strange ferocity.
When Katrine Brinkerhoff's cabin is attacked, Sheriff Clint Thornton saves her. She owes him her life and her help catching those responsible. But Katrine can't let herself care too deeply, when her past holds secrets that would drive him away. Infiltrating a murderous gang is a dirty job, yet Clint is determined the brigands will never harm Katrine again.
Gentlemen don't court straight shooters like JoBeth McCoy, but a misunderstanding places the spunky telegraph operator in a marriage of convenience. Garrett Cain must marry or lose guardianship of his niece, Cora, yet no woman could accept his hidden past. Wedding the handsome marshal allows JoBeth to mother the orphaned little girl she's come to love. And when unexpected danger threatens, a leap of faith can turn a makeshift union into a real family.
Irishman Jack McNulty is a "temporary gentleman"--an Irishman whose commission in the British army in World War II was never permanent. Sitting in his lodgings in Accra, Ghana, in 1957, he's writing the story of his life with desperate urgency to examine all the extraordinary events that he's seen. A lifetime of war and world travel--as a soldier in World War II, an engineer, a UN observer--has brought him to this point. But the memory that weighs heaviest on his heart is that of the beautiful Mai Kirwan, and their tempestuous, heartbreaking marriage. Mai was once the great beauty of Sligo, a magnetic yet unstable woman who, after sharing a life with Jack, gradually slipped from his grasp.
James Bowen, with Bob at his side, adjust to life as international celebrities. As the tale of their life together continues, James shows the many ways in which Bob has been his protector and guardian angel through times of illness, hardship, and even life-threatening danger. Leave it to a streetwise cat to teach important truths about friendship, loyalty, trust, and happiness.
Ariadne Carfax has vowed to be with the man she loves, Gabriel Fawcett. There's just one obstacle. On his deathbed, Ari's grandfather decrees that she marry her childhood friend Ivor Chalfont, thus forging a powerful alliance between the two warring families. Giving Ari no time to protest, the elders plan her wedding the next day, forcing her to follow through on the nuptials. Though she is fond of Ivor, Ari has no intention of consummating their marriage--until he kindles an intoxicating desire that she can't ignore. Ivor has loved Ari for years, but he doesn't want an unwilling wife. He wants Ari to ache with the same irresistible longing he feels. And if that's the way to woo her into his bed and into their new life, he won't rest until his new bride surrenders to true love.
Twenty-three years ago, four year old Elizabeth Banner witnessed her mother's brutal murder in her home in Virtue Falls, Washington, but has no memory of it. Her father was convicted of the crime, but he was innocent and the killer is still out there. And her investigation could provoke another bloody murder--her own.
Candy canes and cupid: All private investigator Hannah Ray wants for Christmas is a quiet day at her Florida beachfront condo. When her biggest client insists she join him on a Colorado ski trip, she has little choice, but what she finds on her arrival could melt the coldest heart.
It's such a peaceful February in the Rockies, no one realizes that the Civil War rages on. Nothing could convince Charlene Peace, half Crow Indian, to leave her mountain home--until handsome Boone Manwaring delivered his earth-shattering news. Charlene and Boone travel South toward Richmond and begin to understand the politics of war. As danger grows for Northerners in the South, they must decide if it's worth the risk to stay and fulfill their mission.
Visiting an art museum displaying a retrospective of acclaimed photographer Kathy Moran's work, aspiring novelist Stacey Kim is entranced by the photo at the center of the show--the famous 'Woman with a Gun,' which won a Pulitzer Prize and launched the photographer's career. Shot from behind, the enigmatic black-and-white image is a picture of a woman in a wedding dress, standing on the shore at night, facing the sea. Behind her back, she holds a six-shooter. Stacey discovers that the woman in the photograph is Megan Cahill, suspected of killing her husband, millionaire Raymond Cahill, with the six-shooter on their wedding night. But the murder was never solved. Drawn deeper into the case, Stacey finds that everyone involved has a different opinion of Megan's culpability.