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The Playgroundby Shannon Heuston
It’s 1986. Sixth grader Rachel Parsons is the loneliest little girl in the world. Branded an outcast by her peers, mercilessly teased and bullied by her first crush, childhood is a never-ending nightmare from which there is no escape. When it finally ends, Rachel finds herself in a prison of her own making, driven to subconsciously choose abusive romantic partners in a compulsive effort to recreate her childhood torment. Will returning to the playground to confront her demons finally release Rachel from her past and allow her to achieve the happiness always dancing just out of reach? This semi-autobiographical novel exploring the long-term effects of childhood bullying is a must read for all.
Tides of Warby Nicolas Rogers
Kate Newhouse is a struggling actress running away from a terrible secret. Tom Ballard is a young Marine escorting his best friends body home from Vietnam. On an overnight flight across the Pacific Kate finds herself drawn to this war torn young man. She finds a strength she never knew she had and provides Tom with the love and support he needs to face the death of his friend and the rest of his war. But Kate's terrible secret explodes when Tom must return to Vietnam. It drives them apart before either could deal with their new found feelings. Twenty years later fate again throws them together. Kate is a successful actress and Tom is a firefighter. They have lived very different lives yet old feelings surface again. Will they be able to overcome the obstacles of so many years and such different lives? Or are their differences too great?
Mary’s Irelandby Mark Eyles
Mary’s Ireland From a working class Catholic family of nineteenth century Belfast, Mary Cannon meets Nikoda, a Polish sailor, in her pub, The Shamrock. Physical attraction battles suspicion as Mary gradually sees more deeply into Nikoda’s life. Mary’s largely Catholic Ireland under centuries of Protestant British rule accords with Nikoda’s Poland under Russian occupation. Fighting hardship with humour, love and Catholicism, the families confront poverty, war, famine, corruption, violence and disease. Mary’s Ireland reflects on the trauma of Europe’s Jews, the sectarian battles on Belfast’s streets, the Crimean War and the subsequent Russian-Turkish war of 1877-1878. Mary’s Ireland enshrines the human capacity to survive hardships and indeed flourish within them.
Lights on the Seaby Miquel Reina
''Miquel Reina’s Lights on the Sea is an absolutely lovely, beautiful debut novel with a dreamy, fable-like quality that will appeal to readers. Fans of Life of Pi will love this novel.'' —Kristin Hannah, New York Times bestselling author of The Nightingale and The Great Alone. Wildly imaginative, deeply poignant, and entirely unexpected, Lights on the Sea sweeps readers away on a journey of fate, acceptance, redemption, and survival against the most rewarding of odds.
Sassafrasby Trish Heald
When Champs Nolan's wife dies, he leaves his ''assisted dying facility'' in search of the good ol' days on the Sassafras River. But troubled waters await him. His daughter has redecorated his beloved cabin with plans to rent it out as a ''hair-being-bee.'' His plans for solitude are shattered by interfering neighbors, a notorious chicken-farming arsonist, and a shocking family secret. Champs must decide if he's going to dwell in the past or embrace the uncertainty of living-and loving-again.
The Deathruptcy Optionby Dominick Maiolo
The year is 2029, and America does not look good. People who can't pay their bills sign up to die. In return they get to live their last year in luxury. When their year is up their death is scripted and filmed by a Hollywood director. Then it is streamed on smart devices for the world to see.
White Pumpkin Seedby Annie Wang
Follow the heart-touching story of Vanessa, her adventures in Taiwan's countryside, and her discovery of music to overcome great tragedy.
Swans Are Fat Tooby Michelle Granas
In this heartwarming Amazon bestseller, an overweight pianist travels to Warsaw for a funeral, but unexpectedly finds herself looking after two neglected children and helping a disinherited prince with a history project. Hania fears the children need more care than she can give them and that her feelings for her employer will cause her to suffer, but she does her best for everyone. Described as ''beautiful'' and ''thought-provoking,'' the story contains an outline of Polish history and is about seeing beyond the conventions. Free for Kindle Unlimited subscribers.
The Ruby's Place Christmas Collectionby Holly Schindler
Three books in a single download! Welcome to Christmas Eve at Ruby’s Place, a nightspot where memories of yesterday come alive. Where one night a year, the past and the present bump headlong into the future. Where beginnings and endings circulate through mystery and the magic of love. Get to know the happy hour regulars whose presence is the stuff of quiet speculation. Revisit the Christmas within yourself.
Tiny Shoes Dancing and Other Storiesby Audrey Kalman
In the title story of this fiction collection, shortlisted for the 2019 International Rubery Book Award, Jody catalogues her parental failures as she worries whether her ballet-crazed teenage 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. Brianna uses a spoonful of pudding as a weapon. 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 these stories struggle to make sense of the world and their place in it, with results sometimes tragic, sometimes funny, and always relatable. On reviewer said, ''I am hesitant to compare writers, but I'll freely admit that Ms. Kalman's short stories had me thinking about my favorite short story writers, Salinger, Carver, Bradbury, et al.''
Angel In Disguiseby Michal Segal Arnold
Her entire world suddenly collapses… Can a single phone call change everything? A woman in her 40s suffers a harsh and painful blow from which she cannot seem to recover - her father, the most precious person to her, passes away, and now she must go on with her life and try to cope with her grievous loss. Despite strong support from her family, her caring husband and their two young children, she is unable to shake off the sorrow, and her life loses its equilibrium. One morning, in the depths of her despair and depression, the ringing phone awakens her. An unexpected caller is on the other end of the line. The conversation leads to her setting off on an extraordinary emotional journey. But will that be enough to free her from the difficult situation she is in and enable her to regain her zest for life?
The Woman I Was Beforeby Kerry Fisher
Of all the emotions Kate Jones feels as she walks into her brand new house on Parkview Road, hope is the most unexpected. She has changed her name and her daughter’s, and moved across the country to escape the mistake that destroyed their lives. Kate isn’t the only woman on the street starting afresh. Gisela, with her busy life and confident children, and Sally, with her spontaneous marriage and high-flying career, are the first new friends Kate has allowed herself in years. Whilst she envies their seemingly perfect lives, their friendship helps Kate leave her guilt behind. Until one day, everything changes. Kate is called to the scene of a devastating car accident, the consequences of which will test everything the women thought they knew about each other, and themselves. Can Kate stop her own secrets from unravelling, or was her hope for a new life in vain?
Triangle of Hopeby Michael Meyer
If one person can make a difference, just think what three can do. Filled with grit and determination, three people with three different problems converge in a small Irish town to form a Triangle of Hope against all odds. Together they take a courageous stand that will forever change their world and that around them. Clint Westerly was a success until a fateful choice he makes tears his world all apart. Tanya Wilshire is broke but hell-bent on committing to her mother's final deathbed request. 84-year-old Seamus Harrington needs to right an ancient wrong before time runs out. ''If an author can make you cry for his characters then want to hug them close and then want to do an Irish jig with them to celebrate overcoming that much pain, then you know you have read a book that will stay with you forever.'' - Wanda Hartzenberg, Wanda's Amazing Amazon Reviewers
A Cross of Crocusesby Ken Ross
When parents age they need help from their children, but in the case of Basil and Nora help isn't assured. Children who they think are reliable let them down, and others surprise them. This is a story which all those who age, or have aging parents ill relate to. A fascinating read tinged with sadness, and plenty of emotion.
Queenie's Teapotby Carolyn Steele
Now optioned for a movie!! - A post-Brexit, post-Trump romp through the world of what-if... In a world where democracy has been declared no longer fit for purpose, a cohort of randomly selected British Republic citizens receive their call to serve in parliament. As the strangers gather to learn their tasks for the next three years, the Cabinet Support Team try to fit jobs to skills—but Queenie can’t do nuffin’. Naturally she becomes head of state. Together the new government muddles through, tackling unrest on the streets and a spot of global bioterrorism in addition to their own journeys of self-discovery.
You're Welcome: A Dog Lovers Novelby A.J. Arentz
You’re Welcome is a heartwarming, inspiring and laugh-out-loud story that's inspired by true events, and narrated by our furry best friend. Ludo, a German Shepherd and Melody, a young high-spirited woman, find each other needing one another more than they know to make it through the perils life has in store for them! The pair forge an unbreakable relationship, and with it navigate hardship, depression and love! If you have ever loved a dog this book is a must read! Grab your dog, a box of tissues, and your copy while it is on sale today!
Lucindaby Richard Maddox
A fully Enlightened Being is living in modern America. And she is a woman. ''Lucinda'' is the thrilling story of a girl whose life carries her to the highest level of spiritual attainment. If you like the discovery of all life's possibilities, miracles, wonders, and the teachings of the great Saints, then you will love this uplifting tale.
Beneath the Mulberry Treeby Jennifer B. Duffey
Jimmy Watson dreamt of retiring to a small farm in the country. After a lifetime of building a successful business, his dream becomes a reality. He has traded in the stress of deadlines for the calm grazing cows in a summer field. But when Jimmy suddenly becomes plagued with a series of nightmares, he must decide between his peaceful life and a path he cannot yet understand. It is a choice that will eventually lead to the most important question of his life: which is greater, life or love? Will Jimmy choose tranquility or unimaginable pain? The answer lies beneath the mulberry tree.
The Blue Ratby Michael Hartnett
El Buscador has long been legendary for revealing New York’s secrets. Now he confronts his greatest challenge: the real estate mogul Timothy Terrance Tolland has been erecting skyscrapers at an alarming rate. Aided by a group of investigative reporters, El Buscador looks to bring Tolland down before his building forever transforms the skyline.
Sameera's Kitchenby D. E. Kovacs
Nikki, just out of Catholic school, is enjoying her first taste of freedom as a college freshman in New York City. Sameera, an Army medic, is struggling to reclaim her life, her family, and her dream of going to medical school now that her service is done. A walk in the park, and strangers become friends. Time flies, and Nikki can’t believe that she’s falling in love with a woman. Battered, broken Sameera doesn’t want to love or be loved by anyone at all—until she realizes how much she loves and needs Nikki. Now they must grapple with the consequences of their romance.