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    The Housekeeper’s Secret

    For the past five years, Kate Furniss has maintained her professional mask so carefully that she almost believes she is the character she has created as Coldwell’s respectable housekeeper. It is the summer of 1911 that brings new faces above and below the stairs of Coldwell Hall?including the handsome and mysterious new footman, Jem Arden. Just as the house’s shuttered rooms open, so does Kate’s guarded heart to a love affair that is as intense as it is forbidden. But Kate can feel her control slipping as Jem harbors secrets of his own.

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    Karma Under Fire

    When Harlow Kennedy, an aspiring jewelry maker, meets Tej Mayur, the “it” chef of Atlanta’s hottest new Indian restaurant, on a flight from Atlanta to Delhi, sparks fly. Unfortunately, Tej’s nuptials are already being arranged by his privileged East Indian family, and Harlow is not Indian. A modern day Mississippi Masala, Karma Under Fire tells the story of two young people’s search for love while they navigate the uncertain path between passion and tradition.

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    Bittersweet in the Hollow

    In rural Caball Hollow, surrounded by the vast National Forest, the James women serve up more than fried green tomatoes at the Harvest Moon diner, where the family recipes are not the only secrets. Like her sisters, Linden was born with an unusual ability. She can taste what others are feeling, but this so-called gift soured her relationship with the vexingly attractive Cole Spencer one fateful night a year ago . . . A night when Linden vanished into the depths of the Forest and returned with no memories of what happened. Now, during the hottest summer on record,another girl in town is gone, and the similarities to last year’s…

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    The Berry Pickers

    July 1962. A Mi’kmaq family from Nova Scotia arrives in Maine to pick blueberries for the summer. Weeks later, four-year-old Ruthie, the family’s youngest child, vanishes. She is last seen by her six-year-old brother, Joe, who will remain distraught by his sister’s disappearance for years to come. In Maine, a young girl named Norma grows up as the only child of an affluent family. Her father is emotionally distant, her mother frustratingly overprotective. Norma is often troubled by recurring dreams and visions that seem more like memories than imagination. As she grows older, Norma slowly comes to realize there is something her parents aren’t telling her. Unwilling to abandon her…

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    Sold on a Monday

    2 CHILDREN FOR SALE The scrawled sign, peddling young siblings on a farmhouse porch, captures the desperation sweeping the country in 1931. Inspired by an actual newspaper photo that stunned readers across the nation, this touching novel explores the tale within the frame and behind the lens—a journey of ambition, love, and the far-reaching effects of our actions.

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    Ruthless Vows

    Two weeks have passed since Iris Winnow returned home bruised and heartbroken from the front. Roman is missing, and it’s only a matter of time before the conflict reaches a city that’s unprepared and fracturing beneath the chancellor’s reign. When a strange letter arrives by wardrobe door, he strikes up a correspondence with his mysterious pen pal. As the days grow darker, inevitably drawing Roman and Iris closer together, the two of them will risk their very hearts and futures to change the tides of the war.

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    The House of Eve

    1950s teen Ruby is on track to be the first in her family to attend college but is caught up in a taboo love affair that threatens that dream. College studen Eleanor falls in love with on of D.C.'s elite and feels isolated and hopes a child can bridge the gap between her and her new family. Their stories collide in unexpected ways.

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    The Magic All Around

    The Russell family members all seem to have . . . gifts. When independent, artistic Mattie Russell finds herself back in the family home after her mother’s unexpected death, she has no intention of sticking around the small town, even though she has no future destination in mind. But during the reading of the will, the family is shocked to learn Lilith included a testamentary trust that requires Mattie to stay in Ivy Ridge long enough to complete a series of seemingly absurd tasks in order to claim her inheritance. This enchanting and whimsical tale of mothers and daughters, home, and love will open readers’ eyes to the magic all…

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    Finlay Donovan Rolls the Dice

    Finlay Donovan and her nanny/partner-in-crime Vero are in sore need of a girls’ weekend away. They plan a trip to Atlantic City, but odds are?seeing as it’s actually a cover story to negotiate a deal with a dangerous loan shark, save Vero’s childhood crush Javi, and hunt down a stolen car?it won’t be all fun and games. When Finlay’s ex-husband Steven and her mother insist on tagging along too, Finlay and Vero suddenly have a few too many meddlesome passengers along for the ride. If Finlay can juggle a jealous ex-husband, two precocious kids, her mother’s marital issues, a decomposing loan shark, and find Vero’s missing boyfriend, she might get…

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    The Unmaking of June Farrow

    A woman risks everything to end her family’s centuries-old curse, solve her mother’s disappearance, and find love in this mesmerizing novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Spells for Forgetting. With The Unmaking of June Farrow, Adrienne Young delivers a brilliant novel of romance, mystery, and a touch of the impossible—a story you will never forget.