Their beachfront property, won on a barroom bet after the war, sits on three acres of sand and pine nestled between stretches of rocky coast, with one tree bearing the initials “A. H. At the cottage, cocktail hour follows morning mass, nosy grandchildren snoop in drawers, built by Kelleher hands, and decades-old grudges simmer beneath the surface.
Maine #ad - Maggie is thirty-two and pregnant, would trade every floorboard for a chance to undo the events of one night, waiting for the perfect moment to tell her imperfect boyfriend the news; Ann Marie, a Kelleher by marriage, the matriarch at the center of it all, the black sheep, is channeling her domestic frustration into a dollhouse obsession and an ill-advised crush; Kathleen, never wanted to set foot in the cottage again; and Alice, long ago.
By turns wickedly funny and achingly sad, every summer, and Catholic guilt at the center of one family, along with the abiding, Maine unveils the sibling rivalry, often irrational love that keeps them coming back, social climbing, alcoholism, to Maine and to each other. Courtney sullivan explored the complicated and contradictory landscape of female friendship.
. In her best-selling debut, Commencement, J. As three generations of Kelleher women descend on the property one summer, each brings her own hopes and fears.
Plantation Lowcountry Tales Book 2Berkley #ad - But she soon discovers that something is different this time around. Nor does the fact that Tall Pines is still brimming with scandals and secrets, betrayals and lies. New york times bestselling author dorothea benton Frank evokes a lush plantation in the heart of modern-day South Carolina—where family ties and hidden truths run as deep and dark as the mighty Edisto River.
. Caroline wimbley Levine always swore she’d never go home again. But now, at her brother’s behest, she has returned to South Carolina to see about Mother—only to find that the years have not changed the Queen of Tall Pines Plantation. Miss lavinia is as maddeningly eccentric as ever—and absolutely will not suffer the questionable advice of her children.
Plantation Lowcountry Tales Book 2 #ad - It lies somewhere in the distance between her and her mother—and in her understanding of what it means to come home. This does not surprise Caroline.
Results May Vary: A NovelBallantine Books #ad - Caroline’s exploration of self-discovery is a familiar one, yet Chase has a way with phrasing and a thoughtful approach that pushes this one notch above the others. The push and pull written into interpersonal dynamics between characters feels true to life, and is best seen in Caroline’s relationship with her sister.
From bethany chase—whom bestselling author emily giffin calls “a great new voice in fiction”—comes a wise and delightfully relatable novel about a woman’s journey to rebuild her life, and her heart, after a stunning betrayal. Witnessing Caro’s growth is a pleasure. Library journal “bethany chase writes with a realism of expression that allows readers to empathize and appreciate the characters’ personalities and frustrations.
Results May Vary: A Novel #ad - . Praise for results may vary“chase has written an incredibly charming novel about shifting from being completed by a man to becoming a whole woman. Compassionate and uplifting, Results May Vary is a bittersweet celebration of the heart’s ability to turn unexpected troubles into extraordinary strength.
A good fit for fans of Emily Giffin and Kristin Hannah. Booklist “An altogether addictive read. Can you ever really know the person you love? She never saw it coming. The surprises keep readers alert and the tempo of the novel holds their attention until the very last page.
Secrets of Willow House: A heartwarming and uplifting page turner set in Ireland Sandy Cove Book 1Bookouture #ad - Surrounded by the faded walls and peeling carpets of the old mansion, together they stumble across a secret that turns their family upside down. All the while, she can’t stop thinking about the enigmatic boy from her past, and that magical kiss… Is he still in Sandy Cove?Just as she’s beginning to feel at home, reality calls.
Guaranteed enjoyable. Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars‘i loved my time spent at Willow House… Another enchanting read from Susanne O'Leary and I'm delighted to learn it is the start of a series. I couldn't put this down! Absolutely delightful! . What's not to love?!’ netgalley reviewer‘oh, this was a lovely story… A lovely vacation read with plenty of heart and opportunity, and lots of laughter and healing, choices and chances, make this a book that is hard to put down and harder to forget.
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Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars‘Loved this! So many emotional twists I couldn't put this down! Absolutely delightful! .
Blessings: A NovelRandom House #ad - The secrets of the past, and who decides; the unique resources people find in themselves and in a community—these are at the center of this wonderful novel of love, a life, legitimate or illegitimate, and personal change by the writer about whom The Washington Post Book World said, how they affect the decisions and lives of people in the present; what makes a person, redemption, “Quindlen knows that all the things we ever will be can be found in some forgotten fragment of family.
”. Richly written, caretaker of the estate, deeply moving, for her own reasons, who finds a baby asleep in that box and decides he wants to keep her, and of matriarch Lydia Blessing, Blessings tells the story of Skip Cuddy, beautifully crafted, who, decides to help him. This powerful new novel by the bestselling author of black and blue, Object Lessons, and A Short Guide to a Happy Life begins when a teenage couple drives up, headlights out, late at night, to Blessings, One True Thing, the estate owned by Lydia Blessing.
Blessings: A Novel #ad - They leave a box and drive away, and in this instant, the world of Blessings is changed forever.
All You Could Ask For: A NovelWilliam Morrow #ad - Naked. Newlywed samantha learns of her husband’s cheating heart when she finds the goods on his computer. High-powered career woman Katherine works with heartbreaker Phillip, the man who hurt her early on in her career. Brooke, samantha, and katherine don’t know each other, but their stories are about to intertwine in ways no one could have imagined.
And all three are about to discover the power of friendship to conquer adversity, the satisfaction of unexpected delights, the incredible difference one human being can have on other lives--and that they have all they could ask for, as long as they have each other. Of herself. All you could ask for, debut novel by mike greenberg, heartbreak and renewal, cohost of ESPN's Mike and Mike in the Morning, is a tender and insightful story of friendship and love, played out in the lives of three unforgettable women.
All You Could Ask For: A Novel #ad - Brooke has been happily married to her college sweetheart for fifteen years. Even after the c-section, the stomach viruses and the coffee breath, the dog poop, Scott always winks at her in just the right moments. That is why, romantic, successful husband’s fortieth birthday, for her beloved, she is giving him pictures.
Cancel the Wedding: A NovelHarper Paperbacks #ad - She even seems to be coming to terms with her mother Jane’s premature death from cancer. Their mother rarely spoke of her rural southern hometown, to scatter her ashes?jane’s request offers Olivia a temporary escape from the reality she’s long been denying: she hates her “dream” job, and never went back to visit—so why does she want them to return to Huntley, Georgia, and she’s not really sure she wants to marry her groom-to-be.
A heartfelt fiction debut that will appeal to fans of emily giffin’s southern charm and Jennifer Weiner’s compelling, emotionally resonant novels about the frustrations of blood ties, Cancel the Wedding follows one woman’s journey to discover the secrets of her mother’s hidden past—and confront her own uncertain future.
Cancel the Wedding: A Novel #ad - On the surface, a loving family, Olivia has it all: a high-powered career, and a handsome fiancé. But when jane’s final wish is revealed, Olivia and her elder sister Georgia are mystified. With her 14-year-old niece, logan, riding shotgun, she heads South on a summer road trip looking for answers about her mother.
As olivia gets to know the town’s inhabitants, she begins to peel back the secrets of her mother’s early life—truths that force her to finally question her own future. But when olivia is confronted with a tragedy and finds an opportunity to right a terrible wrong, will it give her the courage to accept her mother’s past—and say yes to her own desire to start over?
Whistlin' Dixie in a Nor'easter: A Novel Dixie Series Book 1Thomas Dunne Books #ad - A charming fish-out-of-water tale of one woman who learns to stand up for herself-in sandals and snow boots-against the odds. And that Yankee idiosyncrasy just won't do. In doing so, finds a little romance, she makes friends with her neighbors, and realizes there's a lot more in common with Vermont than she first thought.
In this moving and comedic debut, Lisa Patton paints a hilarious portrait of life in Vermont as seen through the eyes of a southern belle readers won't soon forget. Drawing on the southern grit and inner strength she didn't know she had, Leelee decides to turn around the Inn, her attitude and her life. Needless to say, it doesn't take long for Leelee to start wondering when to drag out the moving boxes again.
But when an unexpected hardship takes Leelee by surprise, she finds herself left alone with an inn to run, a mortgage to pay, and two daughters to raise. But this southern belle won't be run out of town so easily. So when her husband gets the idea to uproot the family to run a quaint Vermont inn, Leelee is devastated…and her three best friends are outraged.
But she's loved baker satterfield since the tenth grade, how much trouble can it really be? but leelee discovers pretty fast that there's a truckload of things nobody tells you about Vermont until you live there: such as mud season, how can she not indulge his dream? Plus, the glossy photos of bright autumn trees and smiling children in ski suits push her over the edge…after all, vampire flies, and the danger of ice sheets careening off roofs.
Whistlin' Dixie in a Nor'easter: A Novel Dixie Series Book 1 #ad - The inn they've bought also has its host of problems: an odor that no amount of potpourri can erase, tacky décor, and a staff of peculiar Vermonters whose personalities are as unique as the hippopotamus collection gracing the fireplace mantle. Not to mention when her beloved yorkie decides to pick New Year's Eve to go to doggie heaven-she encounters one more New England oddity: frozen ground means you can't bury your dead in the winter.
MercyG.P. Putnam's Sons #ad - From #1 new york times bestselling author Jodi Picoult comes a “sensitive exploration of the balance of love” Publishers Weekly. Two cousins are driven to extremes by the power of love, as one helps his terminally ill wife commit suicide at her request, and the other becomes involved in a passionate affair with his wife’s new assistant.
In the midst of betrayals and trials, forced to confront the limits of their love, these cousins must ask themselves how far the borders of their hearts can extend.
A Hundred SummersBerkley #ad - Here, among the seaside community that has embraced her since childhood, she finds comfort in the familiar rituals of summer. Under budgie’s glamorous influence, Lily is seduced into a complicated web of renewed friendship and dangerous longing. But this summer is different. As the 1938 hurricane approaches rhode island, another storm brews in this New York Times bestselling beach read from the author of The Summer Wives and The Golden Hour.
Lily dane has returned to Seaview, Rhode Island, where her family has summered for generations. It’s an escape not only from New York’s social scene but from a heartbreak that still haunts her. Budgie and nick greenwald—lily’s former best friend and former fiancé—have arrived, too, and Seaview’s elite are abuzz.
A Hundred Summers #ad - As a cataclysmic hurricane churns north through the Atlantic, and uneasy secrets slowly reveal themselves, Lily and Nick must confront an emotional storm that will change their worlds forever. Readers guide included.
The Last Cruise: A NovelAnchor #ad - Smoking is allowed but not cell phones--or children, for that matter. The isabella sets sail from Long Beach, CA into calm seas on a two-week retro cruise to Hawaii and back. But this is the second decade of an uncertain new millennium, heedless fifties, not the sunny, and certain disquieting signs of strife and malfunction above and below decks intrude on the festivities.
. Meanwhile, an elderly israeli violinist with the Sabra Quartet, Miriam Koslow, becomes increasingly aware of the age-related vulnerabilities of the ship herself and the cynical corners cut by the cruise ship company, Cabaret. From the acclaimed pen-faulkner award-winning author of The Great Man comes a riveting high-seas adventure that combines Christensen's signature wit, irony, and humanity to create a striking and unforgettable vision of our times.
The Last Cruise: A Novel #ad - The 1950s vintage ocean liner Queen Isabella is making her final voyage before heading to the scrapyard. For the guests on board, it's a chance to experience the bygone mid-20th century era of decadent luxury cruising, string quartets, among them Christine Thorne, complete with fine dining, classic highballs, a former journalist turned Maine farmer, and sophisticated jazz.
When a time of crisis begins, christine, Mick, and Miriam find themselves facing the unknown together in an unexpected and startling test of their characters. Down in the main galley, mick Szabo, a battle-weary Hungarian executive sous-chef, watches escalating tensions among the crew.