Elly in Bloom

A Novel

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Author: Colleen Oakes

Publisher: She Writes Press

ISBN: 194071608X

Category: Fiction

Page: 326

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Surrounded by lush flowers and neurotic brides, Elly Jordan has carved out a sweet life for herself as the owner of Posies, a boutique florist in St. Louis. Not bad for a woman who drove away from her life two years earlier when she found her husband entwined with a redheaded artist. Sure, Elly has an embarrassingly beautiful best friend, a badly behaved sheepdog, and a sarcastic assistant she simply calls "Snarky Teenager," but overall her days are pleasantly uneventful. As a bonus, her new next-door neighbor just happens to be an unnervingly handsome musician who has an eye for curvy Elly. Just when she feels that she is finally moving on from her past, she discovers that an extravagant wedding contract, one that could change her financial future, is more than she bargained for. With the help of her friends, staff, and more than a few tasty sandwiches, Elly bravely agrees to take on the event that threatens to merge her painful history with her bright new life, and finds herself blooming in a direction she never imagined.

DŽjˆ Vu Sunset

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Author: P. D. Taylor

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 1326328085

Category: Fiction

Page: 668

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When Gabriel, an itinerant gardener in his late forties, takes a job at Hawksmeade - a large country house - little does he know it will be the catalyst for a series of torrid affairs with three generations of women. Gabriel's story weaves seamlessly between past and present following his early life backpacking through Europe. His journey is one of sexual discovery with the women he encounters. Eventually he is seduced by the mysterious Contessa, an alluring creature living an almost solitary existence in her secluded villa in Tuscany. The Contessa's world is one of hedonistic decadence nourished by drug-fuelled indulgence and sadistic pleasure, which she gradually draws Gabriel into with devastating consequences. In the present-day Gabriel's relationships with the women of Hawksmeade intensifies firstly with Susan - mother of Lauren, his employer - then Lauren herself, and ultimately, Stephanie her own daughter. Invariably each leave an indelible mark upon his life.

Confessions of a Shopaholic

A Novel

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Author: Sophie Kinsella

Publisher: Delta

ISBN: 9780440334453

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

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BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Sophie Kinsella’s Shopaholic to the Stars. Becky Bloomwood has a fabulous flat in London’s trendiest neighborhood, a troupe of glamorous socialite friends, and a closet brimming with the season’s must-haves. The only trouble is, she can’t actually afford it—not any of it. Her job writing at Successful Saving magazine not only bores her to tears, it doesn’t pay much at all. And lately Becky’s been chased by dismal letters from the bank—letters with large red sums she can’t bear to read. She tries cutting back. But none of her efforts succeeds. Her only consolation is to buy herself something . . . just a little something. Finally a story arises that Becky actually cares about, and her front-page article catalyzes a chain of events that will transform her life—and the lives of those around her—forever. Praise for Sophie Kinsella and Confessions of a Shopaholic “A hilarious tale . . . hijinks worthy of classic I Love Lucy episodes . . . too good to pass up.”—USA Today “Kinsella’s Bloomwood is plucky and funny. . . . You won’t have to shop around to find a more winning protagonist.”—People “If a crème brûlée could be transmogrified into a book, it would be Confessions of a Shopaholic.”—The Star-Ledger “A have-your-cake-and-eat-it romp, done with brio and not a syllable of moralizing. . . . Kinsella has a light touch and puckish humor.”—Kirkus Reviews

Reinventing Mona

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Author: Jennifer Coburn

Publisher: Kensington Books

ISBN: 9780758206275

Category: Fiction

Page: 314

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With her gift for mixing sparkling humor with moments of true-to-life poignancy, the acclaimed author of "The Wife of Reilly" delivers a character-rich novel about following one's impulses, embracing change, and finally taking a chance on love.

Say You Want Me

Cesar Cruz: Book One

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Author: Tara West

Publisher: Tara West

ISBN: 1535256486

Category: Fiction

Page: 267

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***Please note: This is a stand-alone novel. You do not need to read Something More Book One to enjoy Cesar's story.*** I want Cesar Cruz. God, how I want him. And he’s made it no secret he desires me. I can’t handle another heartbreak, one more haunting memory that threatens my sanity. What I need is to feel wanted by a man who will love me unconditionally and forever, a man who will be patient and loving, not apathetic and abusive. What will happen if I give in to temptation and spend one night in his arms? Will he want more? Will I? Whether I say yes or no, I fear I’ll suffer regret, but as my need for him grows stronger, I may not have a choice. I only pray he will be gentle with me and my heart.

The Once and Future King

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Author: T. H. White

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101657545

Category: Fiction

Page: 656

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T. H. White’s masterful retelling of the saga of King Arthur is a fantasy classic as legendary as Excalibur and Camelot, and a poignant story of adventure, romance and magic that has enchanted readers for generations. Once upon a time, a young boy called “Wart” was tutored by a magician named Merlyn in preparation for a future he couldn’t possibly imagine. A future in which he would ally himself with the greatest knights, love a legendary queen and unite a country dedicated to chivalrous values. A future that would see him crowned and known for all time as Arthur, King of the Britons. During Arthur’s reign, the kingdom of Camelot was founded to cast enlightenment on the Dark Ages, while the knights of the Round Table embarked on many a noble quest. But Merlyn foresaw the treachery that awaited his liege: the forbidden love between Queen Guenever and Lancelot, the wicked plots of Arthur’s half-sister Morgause and the hatred she fostered in Mordred that would bring an end to the king’s dreams for Britain—and to the king himself. “[The Once and Future King] mingles wisdom, wonderful, laugh-out-loud humor and deep sorrow—while telling one of the great tales of the Western world.”—Guy Gavriel Kay

Fifteen Minutes

A Novel

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Author: Karen Kingsbury

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 145168746X

Category: Fiction

Page: 400

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Zack Dylan will do whatever it takes to achieve a successful singing career, but as his star rises, Zack is often asked to compromise his beliefs, and just as he's on the verge of winning it all, his choices lead him to the brink of personal disaster.

Dolphin Girl

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Author: Shel Delisle

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780615554457

Category: First loves

Page: 296

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DOLPHIN GIRL: Jane Wants The Life Of A Dolphin. Wild. Graceful. Free. But these days her life is nothing like that. Between her mother's strict rules and the cliques at school, she feels strapped in a child-sized life vest. It's not until Jane gets a tattoo and befriends popular Sam Rojas, a star on the school's swim team, that her life feels freer. She begins to wonder: Is there a way to be myself and not be alone? While she navigates these murky waters, a wave of events crash down on her, separating her from her family, her best friend Lexie and Sam, who Jane's fallen fin over tail for. Now she must figure out how to surf through rough seas without having everything she cares about pulled under. DOLPHIN GIRL, author Shel Delisle's first novel, is a story of family, friendship, first loves and most importantly - freedom.

Skinny Dipping

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Author: Alicia M. Kaye

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 9781494304287

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

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Sophie drowned as a child. She died for three minutes. Her childhood trauma is real. Yet Sophie Smart, hot-shot advertising executive, isn't a child any more. Now Sophie's most important client, handsome Matthew Silver, is insisting she learn how to swim. She can't blame him really - he's the owner of a chain of swimming centres, and Sophie's in charge of his new advertising campaign. The last thing Sophie wants to do is get in the water, in a clingy swimsuit, with a client she's trying to impress. She's not going to win him over flapping around like an idiot, is she? But with a broken heart from her last relationship, maybe getting into the pool is just what Sophie needs? Maybe Sophie can trust Matthew with her fears. Maybe she can let go. Maybe it's time for Sophie to forget about her past and take the plunge?

Discovering Harmony

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Author: Melanie Shawn

Publisher: Red Hot Reads Publishing

ISBN: N.A

Category: Fiction

Page: 304

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Harmony Briggs always knew what she wanted—until she realized she wanted more. The gorgeous Southern beauty knew that only one man would be able to fulfill her wildest dreams and fantasies, but unfortunately, he was just out of reach… Hudson Reed was used to playing by the rules and sticking to reality. And for the rippling cop, reality meant loving her from afar… When it comes to love, she’ll learn that the heart wants what it wants, and he’ll learn there’s more to her than meets the eye in Discovering Harmony… **Can be read as a stand-alone**

The Ripple Trilogy

Books 1-3 of the Ripple Series

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Author: Cidney Swanson

Publisher: Williams Press

ISBN: 1939543088

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 924

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The First Three Ripple Books Together! When Samantha Ruiz turns invisible in front of team mates while rafting, she knows something's wrong. Her knowledgeable friend Will says she's got a rare genetic disorder. Fearing a lifetime sentence as a lab-rat, Sam wants to keep her ability secret. But she also wants to know if there's a connection between dark Nazi experiments on others like her and her mother's death eight years earlier. At the same time that Sam is sleuthing, she's falling hard for Will. And soon, she'll have to choose between keeping her secrets hidden and keeping Will safe.

The Shade of the Moon

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Author: Susan Beth Pfeffer

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 0547813392

Category: Young Adult Fiction

Page: 304

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The eagerly awaited addition to the series begun with the New York Times best-seller Life As We Knew It, in which a meteor knocks the moon off its orbit and the world changes forever. It's been more than two years since Jon Evans and his family left Pennsylvania, hoping to find a safe place to live, yet Jon remains haunted by the deaths of those he loved. His prowess on a soccer field has guaranteed him a home in a well-protected enclave. But Jon is painfully aware that a missed goal, a careless word, even falling in love, can put his life and the lives of his mother, his sister Miranda, and her husband, Alex, in jeopardy. Can Jon risk doing what is right in a world gone so terribly wrong?

Nobody

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Author: Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Publisher: Carolrhoda Lab ™

ISBN: 1606843222

Category: Young Adult Fiction

Page: 400

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There are people in this world who are Nobody. No one sees them. No one notices them. They live their lives under the radar, forgotten as soon as you turn away. That's why they make the perfect assassins. The Institute finds these people when they're young and takes them away for training. But an untrained Nobody is a threat to their organization. And threats must be eliminated. Claire has been invisible her whole life, missed by the Institute's monitoring. But now they've ID'ed her and have sent Nix to remove her. Yet the moment Nix lays eyes on her, he can't make the hit. It's as if Claire and Nix are the only people in the world for each other. And they arebecause no one else can really see them.

Cocktails for Three

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Author: Madeleine Wickham

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 9781429909938

Category: Fiction

Page: 304

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Roxanne: glamorous, self-confident, with a secret lover -- a married man Maggie: capable and high-achieving, until she finds the one thing she can't cope with -- motherhood Candice: honest, decent, or so she believes -- until a ghost from her past turns up At the first of every month, when the office has reached its pinnacle of hysteria, Maggie, Roxanne, and Candice meet at London's swankiest bar for an evening of cocktails and gossip. Here, they chat about what's new at The Londoner, the glossy fashion magazine where they all work, and everything else that's going on in their lives. Or almost everything. Beneath the girl talk and the laughter, each of the three has a secret. And when a chance encounter at the cocktail bar sets in motion an extraordinary chain of events, each one will find their biggest secret revealed. In Cocktails for Three, Madeleine Wickham combines her trademark humor with remarkable insight to create an edgy, romantic tale of secrets, strangers, and a splash of scandal.

The Wedding Girl

A Novel

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Author: Madeleine Wickham

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 142998385X

Category: Fiction

Page: 336

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At the age of eighteen, in that first golden Oxford summer, Milly was up for anything. Rupert and his American lover, Allan, were an important part of her new, exciting life, so when Rupert suggested to her that she and Allan should get married to keep Allan in the country, Milly didn't hesitate. Ten years later, Milly is a very different person and engaged to Simon—who is wealthy, serious, and believes her to be perfect. Milly's secret history is locked away so securely she has almost persuaded herself that it doesn't exist—until, only four days before her elaborate wedding. To have and to hold takes on a whole new meaning when one bride's past catches up with her and bring the present crashing down. With her trademark style of keen insight, and razor sharp wit, Madeleine Wickham introduces her fanatical fan-base, plus a host of new readers to a fresh and irresistible heroine in The Wedding Girl.

Atone

A Recovered Innocence Novel

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Author: Beth Yarnall

Publisher: Loveswept

ISBN: 1101883111

Category: Fiction

Page: 245

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USA Today bestselling author Beth Yarnall introduces two broken souls who discover that keeping their hands off each other is even harder than facing their demons. RITA FINALIST—ROMANTIC SUSPENSE Beau: Six years. That’s how long I spent behind bars for a crime I didn’t commit—the murder of the woman I loved. Now I’m free, but life on the outside is a different kind of prison. I don’t know who I am or who I want to be. At least I have my sister, Cora. She never stopped believing in me. She even got me a job at the private investigation agency that cleared my name. And then Vera Swain walks into Nash Security and Investigations and kicks my world on its ass. Vera: There’s only one thing that would make me come out of hiding after two years on the run: finding my sister. I made the mistake of telling a monster about her, the same monster who beat me and broke me. Now I’m forced to confide in Beau Hollis of Nash Security and Investigations. He looks at me like he knows me—the real me. He sees too much, makes me feel too much. The pleasure he offers is exciting and addictive. But I can’t fall for him . . . because my love could get us both killed. Praise for Atone “Atone tells a great story in such a unique way. I couldn’t get enough!”—Shana Gray, author of After the Hurt “I definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes a good romantic suspense read.”—Book Binge “[Atone] sends a message of redemption and hope that resonated with me.”—The Romance Factor “Drama, tension, angst, intrigue, secrets—so many secrets, and they are oh-so-slowly revealed to keep the suspense and reader wound tight.”—Books and Bindings “Definitely a suspenseful read. Plenty of twist and turns!”—After Dark Book Lovers “A hot four-star read that really pulls at your heart as the story unfolds.”—Itsy Bitsy Book Bits “The suspense in this story happened at just the right moment. . . . I enjoyed the drama and the emotion.”—Mignon Mykel Reviews “Thanks again for another awesome story which made me fall in love with your writing even more.”—Jeri’s Book Attic Includes a special message from the editor, as well as an excerpt from another Loveswept title.

Princess Academy: The Forgotten Sisters

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Author: Shannon Hale

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 1619634864

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 272

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The New York Times bestselling companion to Newbery Honor winner Princess Academy After a year at the king's palace, Miri has learned all about being a proper princess. But the tables turn when the student must become the teacher! Instead of returning to her beloved Mount Eskel, Miri is ordered to journey to a distant swamp and start a princess academy for three sisters, cousins of the royal family. Unfortunately, Astrid, Felissa, and Sus are more interested in hunting and fishing than becoming princesses. As Miri spends more time with the sisters, she realizes the king and queen's interest in them hides a long-buried secret. She must rely on her own strength and intelligence to unravel the mystery, protect the girls, complete her assignment, and finally make her way home. Fans of Shannon Hale won't want to miss this gorgeously woven return to this best-selling, Newbery Honor-winning series.

Cinderella-ish

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Author: Joslyn Westbrook

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781976378669

Category:

Page: 192

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All of The Prince Charmings of The World Can Just Suck It. Daniella Belle wants nothing more to do with members of the opposite sex; instead, she'll focus on what matters most-becoming a lingerie designer. That's until she's offered an opportunity of a lifetime by an annoyingly arrogant man who believes he can charm the panties off of every woman he meets. Antonio Michaels has never had to work hard at anything. Born with a silver spoon in his mouth, he's been served up a hefty life of entitlement. He's handsome, charmingly arrogant, and dates a different model every month. When he meets Daniella Belle, a bombshell who seems unfazed by his mere existence, he finds himself captivated by her looks, her unrelenting potty mouth, and the fact he can't stop thinking about her. Will Antonio have to work hard to make Daniella believe he's the man destined to sweep her off of her feet? Or will Daniella's bad luck with men make her continue to doubt fairytale romances truly exist? Set in Los Angeles, Cinderella-ish is the first book in the series of stories, Razzle My Dazzle, romantic tales with a splash of glitz.

The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate

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Author: Jacqueline Kelly

Publisher: Henry Holt and Company (BYR)

ISBN: 9781429993074

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 352

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Calpurnia Virginia Tate is eleven years old in 1899 when she wonders why the yellow grasshoppers in her Texas backyard are so much bigger than the green ones.With a little help from her notoriously cantankerous grandfather, an avid naturalist, she figures out that the green grasshoppers are easier to see against the yellow grass, so they are eaten before they can get any larger. As Callie explores the natural world around her, she develops a close relationship with her grandfather, navigates the dangers of living with six brothers, and comes up against just what it means to be a girl at the turn of the century. Debut author Jacqueline Kelly deftly brings Callie and her family to life, capturing a year of growing up with unique sensitivity and a wry wit. The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate is a 2010 Newbery Honor Book and the winner of the 2010 Bank Street - Josette Frank Award. This title has Common Core connections.