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Historical

The Stars Are Fire by Anita Shreve

The Stars Are Fire - How a massive fire changed one woman's life. The Stars Are Fire is part historical fiction, part women's fiction as it tells the story of how a raging fire in Maine changed one woman's life.  Grace is pregnant and living on the coast of Maine with...

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The Alice Network by Kate Quinn

The Alice Network - Tale of women spies during the World Wars. The Alice Network is a gripping historical fiction novel about women spies during both World Wars.  Eve Gardiner joined the spy network during World War I.  After completing an intense training program,...

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The Hamilton Affair by Elizabeth Cobbs

The Hamilton Affair - Fascinating portrayal of Alexander Hamilton. The Hamilton Affair is a fascinating portrayal of Alexander Hamilton as a soldier, statesman, husband, father and man.  The story begins in St. Croix where Alexander is a young boy being raised by his...

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Mademoiselle Chanel by C.W. Gortner

Mademoiselle Chanel - Fascinating portrayal of Coco Chanel. Mademoiselle Chanel is a historical fiction novel about the renowned designer, Coco Chanel.  The story begins with the death of Coco's mother when she was a young girl.  Left with five children to care for,...

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The Song of Hartgrove Hall

The Song of Hartgrove Hall - A tale of family, love and music. The Song of Hartgrove Hall by Natasha Solomons is a story of a family in England from post WWII through modern times.  At the center of the story are three brothers: Jack, Harry and George who live in a...

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The Night Watch by Sarah Waters

The Night Watch - Provocative WWII fiction. The Night Watch is a provocative WWII story set in London.  The tale follows four women whose lives are connected by tragedy and love.  Kay is an ambulance driver who responds to devastating scenes where bombings have...

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The Orphan’s Tale by Pam Jenoff

The Orphan's Tale - Unique WWII Fiction. The Orphan's Tale is a unique story of WWII that takes place in a German circus.  Noa is cast out of her home when she becomes pregnant by a Nazi soldier.  Her baby is cruelly taken from her and she ends up working at a train...

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Romance

Egomaniac by Vi Keeland

Egomaniac - A sexy office romance. Egomaniac is a sexy office romance between two unlikely people. Emerie is a marriage counselor who shares office space with Drew, a divorce attorney for men. Emerie and Drew meet under unique circumstances when she rents office space...

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Dating You Hating You by Christina Lauren

Dating You Hating You - Humorous office romance. Dating You Hating You is a humorous office romance between two people competing for the same job. Evie and Carter meet at a friend's party and immediately hit it off.  They're both Hollywood agents but they work for...

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Bossman by Vi Keeland

Bossman - Contemporary romance with humor, steam and heart. Bossman is a contemporary romance novel that combines humor, steam and heart.  Reese first meets Chase at a restaurant when she's on a miserable date.  He swoops in to rescue her by making up a story about...

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The Protector by Jodi Ellen Malpas

The Protector - Angst-filled contemporary romance. The Protector is an angst-filled romance novel by the author of the popular series, This Man.  In this story, Camille Logan is being threatened, and her rich father orders a body guard to protect her.  Enter Jake...

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Dirtiest Secret by J. Kenner

Dirtiest Secret - Edgy romantic suspense. Dirtiest Secret is book 1 in The Dirtiest Trilogy--an edgy romantic suspense series. Dallas and Jane were raised together and have the same last name, although they don't share a drop of the same blood. Dallas was adopted by...

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After We Fall by Melanie Harlow

After We Fall - Sexy romance between a city girl and a country boy. After We Fall is a contemporary romance between a city girl from Detroit and a country boy who owns a farm in Michigan's thumb.  Margot, a rich girl from the Detroit suburbs, meets Jack, a farmer,...

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Kiss Me If You Can by Carly Phillips

Kiss Me If You Can - Light romantic read. Kiss Me If You Can is a contemporary romance novel featuring Lexie, a web-designer, and Sam (Coop), a crime reporter.  Sam becomes a hero when he stops some real-life criminals from robbing a jewelry store.  His reward is an...

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The Trouble With Mistletoe by Jill Shalvis

The Trouble With Mistletoe - Heartbreaker Bay series, book 2. The Trouble With Mistletoe is a romantic comedy starring Willa, a pet shop owner, and Keane, a real estate developer.  Willa and Keane first met in high school, although, when their paths cross again, Keane...

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Sex Machine by Marie Force

Sex Machine - Naughty and Nice! Sex Machine is a contemporary romance novel that combines steamy scenes with an emotional backstory. Blake has been a broken man ever since his fiancee died in a car accident years ago. Afterwards, he buried himself in his job as the...

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Can’t Help Falling In Love by Bella Andre

Can't Help Falling In Love - Book 3 in The Sullivans Series. Can't Help Falling In Love is the third book in the popular contemporary romance series, The Sullivans. In this story, Gabe Sullivan, is a firefighter who rescues Megan (a widow) and her daughter, Summer,...

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General

The Identicals by Elin Hilderbrand

The Identicals - Engaging family drama. The Identicals is Hilderbrand's latest family drama set on the islands of Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard. This story centers around identical twins, Tabitha and Harper Frost, who couldn't be more different. After their parents...

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My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella

My Not So Perfect Life - Country girl takes London (or tries to). My Not So Perfect Life is a humorous story of a country girl who tries to make it in corporate London. Katie Brenner escapes her life as a farm girl from the English countryside to take a marketing job...

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Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella

Confessions of a Shopaholic - Laugh-out-loud women's fiction! Confessions of a Shopaholic is a humorous story of a young British woman's antics at work and at play. Becky Bloomwood loves to shop--her job, not so much.  She's a financial journalist for a magazine but...

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The Vacationers by Emma Straub

The Vacationers - Realistic family fiction. The Vacationers is the story of one family's vacation in the midst of each family member's private turmoil.  Jim Post has just lost his job due to an indiscretion with a much younger woman.  He and his wife, Franny, take...

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Here’s to Us by Elin Hilderbrand

Here's to Us - Family drama on Nantucket. Here's to Us is a complicated family drama that takes place on the quaint island of Nantucket.  In a weathered beach house, three ex-wives, and the children of one man, converge for his funeral.  Deacon Thorpe, a well-known...

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What She Knew by Gilly Macmillan

What She Knew - Gripping realistic suspense. What She Knew is a terrifying story about the disappearance of a young boy.  Rachel is enjoying a walk through a wooded park one day with her eight-year-old son, Ben, and their dog, Skittle.  When Ben asks if he can run up...

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Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe by Jenny Colgan

Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe - A sweet tale of new beginnings. Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe is the third book that I've read by Jenny Colgan.  In this story, Issy Randall is at a crossroads.  She is laid off from her job at a real estate development company, and she...

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My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante

My Brilliant Friend - An examination of two women's friendship. My Brilliant Friend is Book One of the Neapolitan series, a popular series in Italy that has made it's way to the U.S.  This is a story of two girls, Elena and Lila, who live in an impoverished...

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Falling by Jane Green

Falling - Realistic fiction about taking chances. Falling is a realistic fiction story about a woman named Emma, who redesigns her life, and finds love in the process.  Emma, a transplant from England, left a high-powered job in New York City, to move to a sleepy...

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The Last Anniversary by Liane Moriarty

The Last Anniversary - Quirky family drama. The Last Anniversary is a quirky family drama by the author of The Husband's Secret.   In this story, Sophie inherits a house that belonged to the aunt of her former boyfriend.  The house is located on a charming island off...

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