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Historical

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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The Paris Architect by Charles Belfoure

The Paris Architect - Suspenseful World War II Fiction. The Paris Architect is a suspenseful tale set in German-occupied France during World War II.  Lucien is an architect who is having trouble making ends meet ever since the Germans took over Paris.  When a French...

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The Cherry Harvest by Lucy Sanna

The Cherry Harvest - Engaging WWII Drama. The Cherry Harvest is an historical fiction novel set in Wisconsin during WWII.  Farm-owners Thomas and Charlotte Christiansen, are having difficulty feeding their family of three, while their son Ben is overseas fighting the...

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After the War is Over by Jennifer Robson

After the War is Over - Post WW1 Historical Fiction. After the War is Over is a historical fiction novel set in England after WW1.  This is a story of Charlotte, an ex-military nurse who works for a government relief agency.  The devastating effects of the war are...

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Victoria by Daisy Goodwin

Victoria - Historical fiction novel of Queen Victoria. Victoria is a historical fiction novel based on the early life of Queen Victoria of England.  This account begins when she inherited the throne at age 18, and ends with her marriage proposal to Prince Albert. The...

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The Devil In The White City by Erik Larson

The Devil In The White City - Historical account of the Chicago World's Fair. The Devil In The White City is a non-fiction account of the 1893 Chicago World's Fair, that at times reads like fiction.  There are two stories interwoven in this book: the building of the...

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Villa America by Liza Klaussmann

Villa America - Historical fiction account of the Roaring 1920's Villa America is a historical fiction novel revolving around a group of Americans who reached the height of fame and fortune during the roaring 1920's.  The story centers around Gerald and Sara Murphy, a...

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Romance

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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The Sexy One by Lauren Blakely

The Sexy One - Steamy tale of forbidden love. The Sexy One lives up to its name!  In this contemporary romance novel, Simon, a single dad of a five-year-old daughter, falls for Abby, the nanny.  At first, Simon and Abby try to deny their attraction because of their...

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Beautiful by Christina Lauren

Beautiful - Last book of the series. Beautiful is the last book in the Beautiful series by the romance writing duo Christina Lauren.  In this story, some of the couples from the previous books get together for a two week road trip into New England wine country.  The...

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Match Me If You Can by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Humorous Sports Romance Match Me If You Can is book 6 of the Chicago Stars Series.  In this story, Annabelle, a "professional" matchmaker, has been hired by Heath, a wealthy sports agent, to find his perfect match.  In the beginning, Annabelle can hardly stand the...

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Well Hung by Lauren Blakely

Well Hung - Some like it hot! Well Hung is a steamy contemporary romance novel, from the author of Mister O!  Told from the male perspective, this is the story of Wyatt Hammer (pun intended) and his co-worker Natalie.  Wyatt owns his own construction company and...

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General

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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Two By Two by Nicholas Sparks

Two By Two - Realistic family fiction. Two By Two is the latest family drama by popular author, Nicholas Sparks.  This story is told from the perspective of the male lead character, Russ, a hard-working family man with a wife, Vivian, and a young daughter, London....

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Glory In Death by J.D. Robb

Glory In Death - Book 2 of the In Death series. Glory In Death is the second book in the popular romantic suspense series by J.D. Robb aka Nora Roberts.  In this story a successful prosecuting attorney is found dead in a seedy part of New York City. Enter police...

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Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty

Truly Madly Guilty - How one event changes everything. Truly Madly Guilty is a realistic fiction novel by the author of The Husband's Secret.  This is the tale of Clementine and Erika, friends since their school days, and how one terrifying event changes their...

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Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan

Little Beach Street Bakery - Sweet and charming. Little Beach Street Bakery is a charming story of a young woman who reinvents herself.  Polly and her long-term boyfriend Chris, lose their home and business during a downturn in the economy.  Polly packs her bags and...

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