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Waves of Mercy by Lynn AustinHistorical Fiction. Dutch immigrants came to the United States seeking religious freedom and settled near Lake Michigan in 1847. In this multi-generational tale detailing their struggles, fifty years have passed and the leaders of Holland, the town they founded, ask elderly Geesje de Jonge to write a memoir about the events that happened when she was a teen. As Geesje grudgingly recalls the past (including deaths and tragedies), Chicago socialite Anna Nicholson visits the area searching for respite after a broken engagement. As both women face a crossroads, a handsome young seminary student helps them decipher God's will for their lives.
For the Record by Regina JenningsHistorical Romance. In 1885, feisty, independent-minded Betsy Huckabee writes for her uncle's small-town Missouri newspaper while dreaming of a larger audience (and the paycheck to go along with it). So far all she has are rejection letters, because the editors in the city aren't interested in the true goings-on of a masked group of vigilantes policing the Ozarks. When a handsome deputy from Texas arrives, he provides the inspiration Betsy needs for a fictional romantic story that sells -- and the deputy might just provide the town with proper law enforcement for the first time in a long time, too. This lighthearted, banter-filled romance combines a touch of mystery and charming characters to make a pleasing getaway to the old west.
Long Way Gone by Charles MartinGeneral Fiction. In this imaginative modern version of the prodigal son story, musician Cooper O’Connor wants all that the world has to offer. The son of a tent preacher, he leaves home at 18, taking the guitar he's stolen from his father and his dreams of making it big in Nashville. While Cooper has success and meets Daley, a talented singer he falls in love with, it all falls apart, leaving him injured, spiritually and physically. Covering Cooper's childhood, absence, and return, Long Way Gone reminds readers that it's never too late to come home again. This satisfying, melodic book will have fans reaching for tissues; they should also mark their calendars: a film version of author Charles Martin's bestselling book The Mountain Between Us comes out this autumn.
A Portrait of Emily Price by Katherine ReayRomance. Since she was eight years old, Emily Price has loved all things art and Italian. Now working as an art restorer, she's just arrived in Atlanta for a few weeks to repair fire-damaged works. There, she meets Chef Benito "Ben" Hillam, who's in town to help his aunt and uncle with their failing restaurant, and feels an instant connection to him. When handsome Ben proposes within a month of their first meeting, always responsible Emily surprisingly accepts! Heading to Italy, the newlyweds quickly face challenges: Ben's father is dying, the rest of his family isn't sure about Ben's quickie marriage to an American, and Emily flounders in an unfamiliar place. If a trip to Italy sounds bene, pick up this lighthearted romance.
Promise Me This by Cathy GohlkeHistorical Romance. In Belfast, 15-year-old Michael Dunnagan, who's seen the Titanic grow from shell to ship, loads supplies as the luxury liner readies for her trip to Southampton, England to pick up her first passengers. Stowing away to escape an abusive home, Michael meets third-class passenger Owen Allen, and the two become fast friends. When tragedy strikes, Michael promises Owen he'll help his sister, Annie, back in England. As Michael and Annie correspond, they deal with Owen's death in different ways and grow closer. This "dramatic and heart-wrenching" (Library Journal, starred review) tale of the 1912 disaster is perfect for readers who love romantic stories and Titanic tales.
The Chance by Karen KingsburyGeneral Fiction. What a difference 11 years makes. When they were teenagers, Ellie and Nolan wrote letters to each other and buried them in a metal box under their favorite oak tree the day before Ellie unexpectedly left Georgia for California. The friends agreed that they would stay in touch and that they would meet under the tree 11 years later, in 2013, to unearth the box. They didn't keep in contact, but will they meet under the tree? As the date approaches, the two are leading very different lives -- Ellie is a single mom and Nolan is an NBA star -- and neither is happy. This wonderfully written novel about loss, the power of faith, and the wounds that only love can heal will please bestselling author Karen Kingsbury's many fans and earn her new ones.
Love Letters: A Rose Harbor Novel by Debbie MacomberGeneral Fiction. Jo Marie Rose never thought she'd run a bed-and-breakfast, but she never thought she'd be a widow at 36, either. Two years have passed since her husband died, and Jo Marie is expecting guests at her Cedar Cove, Washington inn: a couple whose marriage is in trouble (can a love letter from long ago help?) and a young woman meeting in person a man she met online (against her mother's wishes). Meanwhile, Jo Marie's secretive handyman, Mark, has her curious, and she's asking around about him, which doesn't please him at all. Like her fellow bestselling authors Jan Karon and Richard Paul Evans, Debbie Macomber pens heartwarming, romantic books that please a wide range of readers.
With Every Letter: A Novel by Sarah SundinHistorical Romance. Shy, exotic-looking Mellie Blake has never really fit in or had friends -- not as a child on her father's expeditions overseas and not as a nurse at Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, D.C. But when a morale-boosting letter-writing campaign pairs her with troubled American engineer Lt. Tom MacGilliver, who's stationed in North Africa, she finally finds someone who seems to understand her. After Mellie volunteers to be a flight nurse and is transferred to Algeria, the duo just might have the chance to meet in person...if they dare. This engaging 1st in Sarah Sundin's Wings of the Nightingale trilogy is chock full of rich details about flight nurses and life during World War II.
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