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Violenceby Timothy McDougall
Noel Anderson, builder and businessman, has his life ripped apart when his family is brutally murdered. The three killers are eventually sentenced for their crime prompting Noel to set out on a religious crusade of forgiveness. Noel fast becomes a media darling and discovers love again in a damaged young woman who, like himself, is one of society’s walking wounded. It is the police, though, who begin to question Noel’s motives when one of his wife and daughter’s murderers meets with a suspicious end. Violence is ultimately a towering tale, filled with suspense, hope and humor, which explores one man’s attempt to transcend tragedy and find his place again amongst the living.
This book contains scenes of: sexual violence
Dorothy Lyle In Avariceby Ella Carmichael
Try a bite of the giant cookie that is the Miracles and Millions Saga. Find out why a woman who has been hiding in plain sight for decades becomes a household name. Discover why a man who makes his living by violence becomes the guy they all depend upon and the most easily recognisable face on the planet. How do polar opposites find themselves on the same team, battling the odds together? Join Dorothy and her gang on a remarkable journey of self discovery and redemption. Avarice. The first nibble of a 10 part series.
Amadea: One Spring in Franceby Michelle Granas
''A quick, entertaining, wonderful story.'' — Amazon review. Amadea takes a job as companion to an elderly aristocrat in the Pyrenees and becomes involved in the problems of a scholarly alcoholic, a thug, and a charming lawyer. This is a bestselling story of unusual friendships and the value of saying no. FREE for Kindle Unlimited members.
The Summer of 1974by Yael Politis
Set in Rome, Sinai, Jerusalem, Michigan. Two strangers from opposite sides of the globe meet in Rome. They could hardly be more different, so why do they feel so connected? Gavrielle (daughter of Ilana Rozmann from The Lonely Tree) is on leave from the Israeli army. After the personal loss and general trauma of the Yom Kippur War, she faces a crisis of her own. An orphan, she’s learned that a man in Florida may know the identity of her father. Charlie (from Whatever Happened to Mourning Free?), a young black man just graduated from college, also faces a dilemma. These two strangers – who seem to have absolutely nothing in common – discover they do share one basic reality. The Summer of 1974 draws you into the lives of believable, characters that you come to care about, even if you don’t approve of their actions. It’s about personal relationships – love, friendship, and family.
The House on Tenafly Roadby Adrienne Morris
Heartbreaking and inspiring Civil War saga (Historical Novel Society Editor’s Choice). When morphine-addicted veteran John Weldon falls in love with his best friend’s sister on the eve of Reconstruction and the Indian Wars, life gets complicated. How will Weldon hide his addiction from the family he resents and admires, keep his standing in the army and find the strength to endure life’s tragedies? John Weldon spends a lifetime journeying across the prairie frontier of America only to find that he already has a home. The House on Tenafly Road is the first book of The Tenafly Road Series about the Weldon and Crenshaw families of Gilded Age New Jersey.
The English Sombreroby Doug Goddard and Anthony Randall
Alcoholic, chain smoking, fast food junkie, millionaire businessman Don Simmons makes a drunken 250,000 pound bet that he can complete a half marathon in under an hour and a half. Once sober and realizing the seriousness of his wager, he decides to take a year out, move to Spain, shed half his body weight and commence a grueling training regime in order to preserve his esteem, win the money and save his life.
Toff Chavby Miles Hadley
The young Archie Hodgkin-Smith is a quintessential British Toff. From the stately environs of Risely, he is determined to launch his photographic career. His hedonist lifestyle changes suddenly when he meets the liberal and progressive Polly Raynard. But will this truly change him? Or will he remain the unabashed snob that he always was? Enter Gary Brown, the archetypal Chav, forced to confront the harsh realities of his own life on an inner London council estate. Will history prove to be his own salvation? Or will the grim reality of his life ultimately prove to be his undoing? Rich and poor. Toff and Chav. Join Archie and Gary as their words collide in a telling account of social disparity in the United Kingdom.
Come Backby Sally Crosiar
''I was hooked from the first chapter -- couldn't put it down!'' Vi Masters would rather eat nails than go back to the small town she fled at 17. But this time, she can’t say no. How bad can three days be? Four narrators expose manipulations, and worse that sent Vi packing, and the changes her return to Freedom, Iowa, wreak on their lives. Will a marriage survive? Will Vi save other girls from her fate even knowing Nate will never be able to accept what she did to survive? Will he? ''Our book club loved this novel!''
The Enemy In Your Headby J.A. Hailey
A just released compilation of multi-genre short reads. Typical J.A.Hailey -- shockingly different topics in a unique voice. Never before done. Satirical, but harsh in parts (again typically non-graphic and non-explicit).
Fierceby Hannah Holborn
With an irresistible combination of playfulness and empathy, these effervescent, sometimes heartbreaking tales of underachieving adults, unfairly burdened children, and the unaccountably hopeful of all ages explore the moments of grace in lives that are too often defined by loss. A punky young woman comes to terms with the accident that took away all of her family except the grandmother who believes she is a bird, and an aging female prospector discovers that a physical ''curse'' might have been a blessing. ''The Indian Act'' is a compact coming-of-age story, charting the journey of a boy in foster care who holds on to the dream of love and unconditional acceptance; and in the novella ''River Rising,'' three generations in a small town struggle toward joy despite the accidents of fate and the foolish mistakes that almost, but not quite, derail their lives.
Cuttersby D.C.S. Ross
Zach is barely getting by when he runs into Emma online. The lovely, but anxious and self mutilating girl with dyed hair has demons of her own. As Zach and Emma get closer, they find themselves falling in love despite their dangerous idiosyncrasies. Will mental illness unravel their blossoming love, or will love conquer all?
The Lonely Treeby Yael Politis
1944 - British Mandate Palestine A compelling love story. Though irresistibly drawn to one another, Tonia and Amos are very different. They share a fierce love of family and homeland, but Tonia is a reluctant participant in the struggle to achieve statehood, believing it will only inflict further catastrophe upon the Jewish people. Amos steadfastly believes in the ultimate success of their struggle and is prepared to make any sacrifice to that end. These well-developed characters, against a backdrop of thoroughly researched historical events, bring one piece of a unique chapter of history to life, seen through a new perspective, with no political agenda. Many reviewers comment that reading their story feels like watching a movie. Recipient of 2009 Book of the Year Award, YWO (London Arts Council) as well as Honorable Mention for the 2012 Eric Hoffer Award for General Fiction.
Zaremba, or Love and the Rule of Lawby Michelle Granas
Cordelia is disabled and painfully shy but none of that matters when a stranger needs her help. Shaken out of a routine that centers on caring for her odd family in Warsaw — her father is an academic with no life skills, her brother never leaves the villa, and her mother has dementia — she is forced to act. Zaremba, a wealthy businessman, is fleeing arrest when he stops to save her father’s life. He claims to be innocent and wants a favor as he seeks to turn the tables on the authorities. Cordelia is grateful but wary. Is he truly being persecuted or is he deceiving her? Her reluctant agreement to aid him plunges her into new realms of emotion. It is when he disappears, however, that she must gather all her courage and pursue the truth. Touching on human rights issues and real events in Europe, this is a heartwarming love story and an Amazon bestseller. Free for Kindle Unlimited members.
The Whisper of a Saintby Richard Maddox
If you like mystical experiences and the grandeur of the Himalayas, you will love "The Whisper of a Saint." An American businessman is called to India by a visionary Saint, and must find him without the advantage of a name or location. Follow the seeker on his adventures, magical and mysterious as they are.
To the Stars Through Difficultiesby Romalyn Tilghman
Overcoming widespread devastation from a recent tornado, opposition from their husbands, and attacks from the Religious Righteous, the No Guilt Quilters join forces to build a cultural center on the Plains. Award-winning novel is described as ''a deeply charming, wildly inspiring love letter to libraries, to art, to community'' and ''an endearing story about redemption and transformation.''
You're Welcome: A Dog Lovers Novelby A.J. Arentz
You’re Welcome is a five star novel that is inspired by true events. Reviewers say it is a heartwarming, inspiring and laugh-out-loud funny tale as the lead dog, Ludo tells the story. Ludo is a German Shepherd and Melody, a young high-spirited woman, need one another more than they know to get through the journey we all call life! The two forge an unbreakable relationship, but will it be enough to get them to the top of life, or will they wander in a vicious circle lost in its perils? If you have ever loved a dog, then this book is for you!
The Madness of Griefby Panayotis Cacoyannis
July 1969. While men are walking on the moon, life in London for sixteen-year-old Jane takes unexpected turns. On the point of falling in love with her best friend Karl, she discovers that there's more to her father's spectacular girlfriend than at first meets the eye. In the sweltering heat of a fast-moving evening, other revelations quickly follow, reconciling Jane with her father but also reopening wounds from the past, laying bare raw emotions kept suppressed for too long. And as the evening draws to a close, the night's drama has only just begun, unfolding in a sequence of violent events that threaten to have lasting repercussions for Jane and the people she loves... Named to Kirkus Reviews' Best Books of 2018
How I'm Spending My Afterlifeby Spencer Fleury
Alton Carver has a problem. A cocky lawyer in his mid-30s, he’s under federal investigation for embezzling and securities fraud. Instead of spending the next three to five years behind bars, he’s got a plan: stage his own death, take the money he stole and light out for Central America, leaving behind wife Nicole and daughter Clara. But when he sticks around town long enough to watch his own funeral, he discovers that the life he’s leaving behind isn’t the life he thought he had. Alton is forced to reconsider his self-image as a respected and admired pillar of the legal community. Then the shock of seeing Nicole in the arms of another man leads Alton to postpone his plan to run for the border. What comes next is a slow-burn train wreck, a tale of self-deception, revenge and bad decisions. In the tradition of Carl Hiassen and John Grisham. (Sale price is for Amazon.)
The Pool Boy's Beatitudeby DJ Swykert
The Pool Boy’s Beatitude convincingly portrays a life of romance, addiction, and entropy, filled with the temptations of drink, drugs, and sex, broken with the miseries of ruined relationships, and balanced on the needle of false hope. Somehow through it, all the story is hopeful, positive, humorous and oddly enticing. The question is not so much will Jack survive as how will he survive, because surely, behind all this science, there has to be a truth worth living for. A thinking readers romance novel, The Pool Boy’s Beatitude creates a character you long to hate and makes you love him.
Hammondby Jonathan LaPoma
''Laudable.'' -- Mark Heisey, US Review of Books. A group of troubled but charismatic boys in a tough Buffalo, NY neighborhood play basketball at a local park and dream of winning a state high school championship. Driven by raw talent and killer instinct, they dominate the court, but everywhere else, they feel like losers. HAMMOND is told through the eyes of James Lombardi, a precocious but mentally ill boy who believes winning a championship will ease his “Evil Thoughts” and save his family, long haunted by generations of substance abuse, uncontrollable rage, and suicide. A dark but humorous coming-of-age novel, HAMMOND offers a poetic and disturbing look inside the complex mind of an adolescent boy as he slowly learns that having the heart of a champion can sometimes be more burden than blessing.
In All Things: A Return to the Drooling Wardby Ed Davis
In 1970, a seventeen-year-old trainee enters the psychiatric technician training program at Sonoma State Hospital. Having volunteered there as a high school student, he feels fairly well prepared and presumes that conditions like those in Jack London’s 1914 short story about the place, “Told in the Drooling Ward” are a thing of the past. He soon discovers that what really happens behind the closed doors of the institution has not changed much since London’s time, certainly not for the better. Taught the “necessary” skill of how to choke out a patient on his first day, and told with a shrug that sometimes when patients run away to the nearby hills, they’re never found, the young trainee is thrust into a world of austere realities that most adults would balk at entering. Based on Ed Davis’s real-life experiences, In All Things is an honest reflection of a pivotal time in his life.
Tiny Shoes Dancing and Other Storiesby Audrey Kalman
“This is a beautifully written collection of short stories, most of which deal with characters who struggle to connect with others--or even with themselves. The tone is dark, but Kalman's gorgeous prose will hold your attention,” says a recent reviewer. In the title story, Jody catalogues her parental failures as she worries whether her ballet-crazed teen daughter will make it onto the stage. C.J. adopts his dead grandmother’s dog, risking eviction but opening himself to the possibility of love. Judy begins a secret life as an erotica writer. Jake’s Bar Mitzvah preparations reveal tensions that threaten to split his family. The women, men, children, dogs, and cats in this collection of short fiction from novelist Audrey Kalman fight their worst impulses, circle each other warily, and occasionally connect.