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Socially Awkward: A Novel: Stephanie Haddad

Jennifer Smith spends most of her time wishing she had a more exciting name, lived a more exciting life, or that she could just become someone else for a while. With her sister Claire’s help, Jennifer channels her life’s desires into the perfect graduate research program: a fake Facebook identity that allows her to “study” the world’s reaction to perceived beauty. Making up a new name, designing a new personality, and doctoring a photo or two seems like the perfect plan; how could it possibly backfire? Especially if it helps her get the attention of a long-time school crush…

Lost in her new-found “popularity” as Olivia Saunders, Jennifer’s real life starts to slip out of her grasp piece by piece. Before long, she finds herself caught in a love square–where one of the four corners is an imaginary person. While Olivia’s life has all the glitz, glamour, and guys she could ever have wanted, Jennifer has to decide if she can walk away and learn how to be okay living life as herself.

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The Viking: Marti Talbott

At not quite fifteen, Stefan’s father finally let him board the longship, Sja Vinna, to take part in his first Viking raid. Yet, the battle was not at all what he expected, and he soon found himself alone and stranded in Scotland.

Thirteen-year-old Kannak’s situation was just as grave. Her father deserted them and the only way to survive, she decided, was to take a husband over her mother’s objections. Instead, she found herself hiding a hated Viking, and that wasn’t the only problem - someone was plotting to kill the clan’s beloved laird.

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Paradise Falls: Ruth Ryan Langan

In 1890 Massachusetts, Fiona Downey accepts a teaching position in rural Michigan, populated by few farms and even fewer people. Living with the Hayden family in Paradise Falls, she is drawn into their complex relationships, especially the uneasy dynamic that seems to pit brother against brother: the older, taciturn Grayson, and Fleming, a handsome charmer. Attracted to Grayson — but pursued by Fleming — Fiona must decide where her true love lies — and whether that love is worth sacrificing her dearest dreams.

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Mourningtide - Book Two of the Memphis Cycle: Diana Wilder

Eighteen years have passed since Seti commanded the Royal Army in THE CITY OF REFUGE. Now he rules Egypt as King. 
 
While Seti is far away to the south, his eldest son is ambushed and killed through a stupid mistake. His family sends word to him, but it is never delivered, and Seti returns to the news that his son is dead and sealed away in a tomb. With grief weighing heavily upon his heart, and yet constantly under his subjects’ gaze, Seti’s grief threatens to tear him apart. 
 
He seeks anonymity and healing in a small village of workmen near the Valley of the Kings, only to learn that marauders from the western deserts have been attacking the town, which is helpless to resist them. During that summer, the greatest warrior king of that dynasty teaches the villagers the art of battle, and in doing so regains his peace, finds love again, and learns that a King is still a man. 
 
MOURNINGTIDE, the second story of The Memphis Cycle, is a story of loss, renewal and love set against the background of the Valley of the Kings.

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War Torn: Hadley R. Mann

No battles of the Civil War waged so bloody, and so personal, than at the tenuous border states. War Torn is one woman’s story of loss, painful secrets, survival, and most of all, finding love again.

Daniella had always lived a quiet life of privilege in Baltimore, but when she is thirty years old, the Kansas-Nebraska Act changes her fate. Danny and her father soon join thousands of other passionate abolitionists who decide to leave their homes and move out West to be part of a crucial vote that will decide whether Kansas will be a slave territory.

Soon this bold, warm-hearted woman marries William Gary, a bright doctor from Independence, and they start a family, but as brutal conflicts carry on at the border, the marriage eventually begins to disintegrate and William begins to stray. With her town soon emptied of men off to war, including William, and devastated by William’s affair, Danny comes to the aid of a friend from the past, Jack, and his young daughter, whose Arapaho mother has died. Caught between the old life she desperately wants back, and a chance at something new with Jack, Danny must look deep inside herself to discover who she is and who she wants to be as a wife, mother and woman.

When William finally returns a war hero, he finds a town plagued by guerrilla violence and civilian attacks. Danny wants to follow General Ewing’s orders and move the children to the safety of town, but to her horror William has other plans. What follows is Danny and Jack’s perilous journey to keep the family together as the country collapses around them, a journey that will eventually take them to the doorstep of the most sophisticated network of escape ever organized, the Underground Railroad.

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Annie's Truth (Touch of Grace): Beth Shriver

<p align=”justify”>After learning the truth about who she really is, can this prodigal daughter be accepted back into the safety and security of home?</p>
 
<p align=”justify”>Annie Beiler seems to have it all—a loving family in a tight-knit Amish community and the affections of an attractive and respected young man. But when she learns that she was adopted after being found as an abandoned newborn, she sets out on a journey to find out who she is.</p>
 
<p align=”justify”>Her father is strongly against her decision to leave, as it could mean Meidung, or excommunication from the community and even her family. But Annie knows she must find “the path that has her heart.”</p>
 

<p align=”justify”>As Annie’s search brings her into the fast-paced world of modern life, she is confronted with all of the temptations she was warned of. Can she make her way back to the order and security of her family? Or will she remain an outsider—torn between her two worlds?</p>

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Into the Free: A Novel: Julie Cantrell

Just a girl. The only one strong enough to break the cycle.

In Depression-era Mississippi, Millie Reynolds longs to escape the madness that marks her world. With an abusive father and a “nothing mama,” she struggles to find a place where she really belongs.

For answers, Millie turns to the Gypsies who caravan through town each spring. The travelers lead Millie to a key that unlocks generations of shocking family secrets. When tragedy strikes, the mysterious contents of the box give Millie the tools she needs to break her family’s longstanding cycle of madness and abuse.

Through it all, Millie experiences the thrill of first love while fighting to trust the God she believes has abandoned her. With the power of forgiveness, can Millie finally make her way into the free?

Saturated in Southern ambiance and written in the vein of other Southern literary bestsellers like The Help by Kathryn Stockett and Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin, Julie Cantrell has created in Into the Free—now a New York Times Best Seller—a story that will sweep you away long after the novel ends.

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Anna Karenina (Illustrated): Leo Tolstoy, Constance Garnett

Anna Karenina was the next major novel of Tolstoy after his War and Peace.

“In order for a work to be good, one must love its main basic idea. In Anna Karenina I love the family idea while in War and Peace I loved the national idea,” Tolstoy said once to his wife.

The first idea of the plot occurred to Tolstoy as early as seven years before the novel was written. “Yesterday he told me,” wrote Tolstoy’s wife in her diary, “that he imagined the character of a married woman belonging to the highest circles of society, but having lost herself. He said that his aim would be to make her pitiful but not guilty…”

This edition includes 15 illustrations by various artists of 19th century and English translation of French entries.

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Against the Tide: Elizabeth Camden

As a child, Lydia Pallas became all too familiar with uncertainty when it came to the future. Now, she’s finally carved out a perfect life for herself—a life of stability and order with no changes, surprises, or chaos of any kind. She adores her apartment overlooking the bustling Boston Harbor, and her skill with languages has landed her a secure position as a translator for the U.S. Navy.

However, it is her talent for translation that brings her into contact with Alexander Banebridge, or “Bane,” a man who equally attracts and aggravates her. When Bane hires Lydia to translate a seemingly innocuous collection of European documents, she hesitantly agrees, only to discover she is in over her head.

Just as Bane’s charm begins to win her over, Lydia learns he is driven by a secret campaign against some of the most dangerous criminals on the East Coast, compelled by his faith and his past. Bane forbids any involvement on Lydia’s part, but when the criminals gain the upper hand, it is Lydia on whom he must depend.

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Fire & Water: A Suspense-filled Story of Art, Love, Passion, and Madness: Betsy Graziani Fasbinder

Fire & Water is a dark story of passion, family secrets, and the enduring power of friendship. Katherine Murphy, a pediatric surgeon in San Francisco’s premier medical center, UCSF, is was raised in the ironic protection of her father’s Irish pub by a patchwork family formed of misfits and orphans. She is book-brilliant, but unwise in the ways of love and life. When genuine love and deep passion present themselves in the form of Jake Bloom, a renowned “artist of the immediate”, she is in far too deep before she discovers his the treacherous dark side of his creative genius. Only her shoot-from-the-lip friend, Mary K sees past Jake’s initial charms, but by then Kate’s life has been indelibly altered. As Jake spirals into the depths of his mental illness, Kate is faced with previously unthinkable choices that demand her to search her soul and find her own true north.

This is a story that redefines what family really means and proves that love is always a matter of life and death.

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