A poignant character study, "Ballroom", pulses with the underlying rhythm of the Tango dance. Author Alice Simpson's debut work centers around a New YA poignant character study, "Ballroom", pulses with the underlying rhythm of the Tango dance. Author Alice Simpson's debut work centers around a New York dance hall of the late 1990's--long past its glamorous heyday, but still offering an essence of grandeur and the hope of grand dreams. Connecting its devotees with a fleeting reprieve from the realities of daily life, the Ballroom is an escape route set to a rhythmic beat. Among those linked together in interconnected storylines are: Harry Korn, the aging dance master; Sarah Dreyfus, single and approaching forty with a loudly ticking clock; Gabriel Katz, resplendent in his self-styled presentations; Joseph, who longs for Sarah to notice him as more than a dance partner; Maria Rodriguez,a star in her own right, and the apple of dance master's eye; and Angel Morez, Maria's partner, and a man with many plans of his own. Caught up in the atmosphere and ambiance of the grand old Ballroom, each of them seeks their own version of time in the spotlight--time to dance, to dream, to dare to engage in something more than the routine of their everyday lives. Each of them will experience unimagined highs and lows as they are propelled ever forward by the driving force of the dance.
Author Linda Goodnight's "The Memory House" is a compelling tale of grief, loss and redemption, and the ultimate power of love and faith. A dual storyAuthor Linda Goodnight's "The Memory House" is a compelling tale of grief, loss and redemption, and the ultimate power of love and faith. A dual storyline of contemporary and Civil War Era Tennessee weaves together the past, present, and future to offer a richly atmospheric tapestry for the reader's imagination. In present day, Julia Presley devotes herself to operating the Peach Orchard Inn. Caring for her guests and providing for their comforts keeps her busy and helps her to survive. The unsolved abduction of her son six years ago and the subsequent dissolution of her marriage had left Julia bereft. The daily matters of management of the inn had given her purpose--a reason to get up each day and keep moving forward. Eli Donovan, a man at a crossroads of conscience, had given up a life of privilege for the prison life. After seven years, he is free, but unsure of what "freedom" really means for him. Unexpected news that he is the father of a son whose mother has passed away is a jolt to his already jangled sense of place. Fate will bring Julia and Eli together, and time will lead them to healing, friendship, and more. However, time also has other plans for the two of them, and the discovery of haunting love letters from the past will propel them into an unexpected journey which will forever change their lives. Settle down into your favorite reading spot, sip some of the peach tea like Julia serves her guests, and enjoy this lovely and involving romantic story.
A compelling mix of fact and fiction, "Madeleine's War" is a well-written, intriguing historical romance. Author Peter Watson beautifully captures theA compelling mix of fact and fiction, "Madeleine's War" is a well-written, intriguing historical romance. Author Peter Watson beautifully captures the atmosphere of the World War II Era, giving readers an intimate look at the resistance fighters who bravely infiltrated enemy lines and all too often made the ultimate sacrifice. After losing a lung to a shrapnel wound, British military officer Matthew Hammond is unable to serve in combat, but he returns to England to train new recruits for resistance missions. Among those under his tutelage is Madeleine Dirac, a stunning, auburn-haired, French-Canadian woman who has her own battles to fight. Although romance is forbidden by military conventions, love and passion will have their way, and Matt and Madeleine become deeply involved. Their affair must take second place to their commitment to the cause, and both of them know their moments together are precious. When the time comes for Madeleine to begin her mission, Matt must let her go, and she takes a piece of his heart along with her as she makes her way into Nazi territory. Will the knowledge and survival skills he has imparted be enough to keep her safe? Author Peter Watson brings into focus the contributions made by female resistance fighters, and he based his story line on fascinating historical facts, including the SOE--the Special Operations Executive created by Prime Minister Winston Churchill. "Madeleine's War" is recommended for lovers of World War II heart-stirring romantic suspense.
A favorite author, Katie Ganshert, once again combines her marvelous wordsmithery with a deep, abiding faith in the inspiring, compelling read, "The AA favorite author, Katie Ganshert, once again combines her marvelous wordsmithery with a deep, abiding faith in the inspiring, compelling read, "The Art of Losing Yourself". Two half-sisters, who share an alcoholic mother, are seemingly not just years apart, but a world apart, having vastly different coping mechanisms. Carmen, a successful Florida TV meteorologist, has spent her lifetime seeking an elusive level of perfection. She and her husband, Ben, a popular high school coach, would seem to have it all--except that their dream of becoming parents is more of a nightmare due to a series of devastating miscarriages. Gracie, a seventeen-year-old rebellious runaway makes her presence known when she hides out at a rundown motel that belongs to Carmen's aunt, who suffers from dementia and resides at a care facility. In the midst of Carmen's concerns and doubts about her own life and future, in comes Gracie with her immediate needs and daunting reality. Life is never what we expect it to be--it is frequently more challenging, and often less comfortable, than we ever imagined. However, it is always worth a leap of faith. Katie Ganshert is a wonderful storyteller, and I have read each of her books with great enjoyment and appreciation. "The Art of Losing Yourself" is a beautifully poignant and highly recommended read.
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Author Hillary Manton Lodge once again offers up a fictional feast in "Reservations for Two: A Novel of Fresh Flavors and New Horizons", Book Two in tAuthor Hillary Manton Lodge once again offers up a fictional feast in "Reservations for Two: A Novel of Fresh Flavors and New Horizons", Book Two in the "Two Blue Doors" series. Peppered with recipes, seasoned with sentiment, and rich in romance, this sweetly poignant story spans both continents and generations. Juliette D'Alisa took a leap of faith when she gave up her job as a food writer and pursued her dream to run a restaurant with her brother. A photo found in a cookbook that had belonged to her much-loved grandmother will send her on a journey through Provence and Tuscany, seeking answers to past mysteries and clues to finding the key to her own personal happiness. Accompanying her on her taste-filled travels is Neil McLaren, the long-distance romance she can't resist. As letters from long ago lead to new revelations, questions about the future can't be ignored. Can Juliette's restaurant life in Portland somehow merge with Neil's medical career in Memphis? If not, is there a new love waiting to capture Juliette's heart? Love, family, friendship and a deep appreciation for great food, fine wine, and other treasures for the senses converge for foodie romance lover's treat of a read.
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An unexpected friendship blooms into a lovely romance in "Hand Me Down Husband". Author Rosanna Huffman's sweetly poignant inspirational romance reminAn unexpected friendship blooms into a lovely romance in "Hand Me Down Husband". Author Rosanna Huffman's sweetly poignant inspirational romance reminds us that unanticipated changes and personal loss may lead to spiritual growth and a renewal of life's promises. Suzanne Bloomer, a high school teacher in her late thirties, has dealt with disappointment and a feeling of being "second best" all of her life. Difficult family circumstances have lead her to a quiet existence of solitude and thrift. A devoted teacher, she excels at her job and is respected by both the students and her fellow teachers. Mitch Sanderson, a widower in his early fifties, is a successful farmer and businessman. When the school where Suzanne teaches needs a principal, Mitch is persuaded by the school board to take over the job and also teach some classes. Due to an incident years ago involving Mitch's children, Suzanne is somewhat standoffish with Mitch, but his kindness and gentlemanly ways begin to win her over. Mitch is at a definite crossroads in his life, neither young nor old, and dealing with just what it means to be a widowed father of grown children with children of their own. The loss of his beloved wife, Marilyn, was a terrible blow, and his children seem bent on "managing" their father. His oldest daughter, Marissa, is especially controlling. His new work as school principal and teacher allows him to turn over more of the farm business responsibilities to his two sons, and finds himself becoming immersed in school issues and the lives of the children and the staff. He particularly enjoys the time he spends with Suzanne, whom he genuinely likes and admires. As he gets to know more about Suzanne, the personal obstacles she faces bring out the caretaker in Mitch, and he does what he can to make her life more bearable. In turn, Suzanne allows Mitch to talk about his grief and how his life has changed in ways he never imagined. Despite an age difference of seventeen years, Mitch and Suzanne are kindred spirits, and soon their hearts are reaching out to each other. However, as friendship becomes something more, they face many obstacles, both personal and professional. Will true faith and a real love overcome all the challenges they face? "Hand Me Down Husband" is an enjoyable and inspiring romance from author Rosanna Huffman.
Two troubled hearts, beating to an emotional rhythm of revenge and retribution, find a resolution that offers much more than they expected in “OliveroTwo troubled hearts, beating to an emotional rhythm of revenge and retribution, find a resolution that offers much more than they expected in “Olivero’s Outrageous Proposal”. Author Kate Walker excels at intense, dramatic storytelling, and this is a tale of a man and a woman with a mutual goal in mind, but each has very different, very personal reasons. Alyse Gregory must find a way to solve her family’s financial problems, thus ensuring help for her mother’s health issues. Dario Olivero has worked his way from the poverty of his youth and the sting of his illegitimacy to unimaginable wealth. He lacks for nothing that money can buy, but the one thing he wants is to triumph over the father and half-brother who rejected him all of his life. A marriage of convenience with Lady Alyse Gregory, whose family title still holds prestige, will be beneficial to them both. However, the attraction between them, which shot off sparks from the beginning, soon becomes a powerful need, and their relationship grows in ways neither of them ever imagined. As family truths emerge on both sides, will the deepening feelings between Alyse and Dario survive the harsh realities of their situation? Can it be love, and not just desire, that binds them together?
Author Lynne Marshall returns readers to the fictional community of Heartlandia with "Her Perfect Proposal", Book Two in the "Home in Heartlandia" serAuthor Lynne Marshall returns readers to the fictional community of Heartlandia with "Her Perfect Proposal", Book Two in the "Home in Heartlandia" series. Petite powerhouse Lilly Matsuda, a thirty-year old journalist from a well-to-do family, has decided to move forward with her own choices in life. Leaving San Francisco behind to work for a small-town newspaper, with a secret plan to buy out the paper and start it over fresh in her style of reporting, seemed like the way to go. Beginning with police officer Gunnar Norling, who reprimands her for jaywalking, Lilly finds that small towns often offer up big surprises. Gunnar, gorgeous, green-eyed, and definitely not lacking in confidence, is knocked for a loop by the dark-haired, dark-eyed beauty who shows him that short and sassy is sexy, indeed. While Lilly scents out leads involving a possible headline-making story about the town's history, Gunnar is working just as hard to keep that story under wraps until a select committee of townspeople can figure out how to handle the backlash the revelations may bring. Sparks fly between the handsome lawman and the lovely lady journalist, but will their fiery attraction lead to something more? Is there a way for them to merge his concern for the community and her reporter's instincts into a mutually rewarding compromise? Will a love story turn out to be the top headline after all? "Her Perfect Proposal" is a charmingly compelling contemporary romance from talented storyteller Lynne Marshall.
One of my favorite authors, Lynne Marshall, begins her "Home in Heartlandia" series with "A Doctor for Keeps". The storyline is set in the charming coOne of my favorite authors, Lynne Marshall, begins her "Home in Heartlandia" series with "A Doctor for Keeps". The storyline is set in the charming community of Heartlandia, by the Columbia River, along the ruggedly beautiful coast of Oregon. For as long as she can remember, Desdemona Rask, known as "Desi", has longed to touch base with her heritage. After her mother's death, Desi visits her grandmother, Gerda, a piano teacher who is also the mayor of Heartlandia. Desi's mother, Ester, had left home after becoming pregnant--she and her family were Scandinavian, and Desi's father was African-American. Ester had inherited Gerda's musical talent, and she passed it along to Desi. After years on the road, traveling from city to city as an entertainer for a large hotel chain, Ester succumbed to cancer. Desi turned to the only family she knew--the grandmother whom she had only seen a few times in her life. Her grandmother's handsome next-door neighbor, Dr. Kent Larson, has the tall, blonde appeal of his Nordic ancestry, and his little son, Steven is a real charmer. As Desi steps in to help Gerda with her piano students, she becomes friends with Kent and Steven, who is taking lessons. Kent thinks Desi is special from the first time he lays eyes on her, but the pain from his wife's abandonment of him and his son has left him with a guarded heart. Desi is equally smitten with her "Viking", but until she finds out the real truth of her parentage and her family history, she doesn't feel able to commit to Kent, which also means a commitment to a young boy who desperately wants a mother. Is love the key to unlock all mysteries? Will hearts full of hope find a way to take the best of the past and make the most of the future? Lovers of well-crafted contemporary romantic fiction will find a reader's home in "Heartlandia".