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.
"Blue Stars", from author Emily Gray Tedrowe, picks the scabs from the ugly wounds of war and its festering, widespread devastation. A compelling stor"Blue Stars", from author Emily Gray Tedrowe, picks the scabs from the ugly wounds of war and its festering, widespread devastation. A compelling storyline combines the horrors of combat for our armed forces with the stateside survivorship of their family and friends. Two very different women find their lives are changed forever when each must face the care and rehabilitation of their gravely wounded returned soldiers. Ellen, a conservative professor, and Lacey, a restless personal trainer, are drawn together by their shared experiences as "those who wait" at the Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington, DC. Although the characters are fictionalized, the story is inspired by the real-life 2007 housing scandal at Walter Reed. "Blue Stars" will open your eyes, permanently alter your perceptions of war and its home front consequences, and linger long in your thought processes.
Seek the happiness that you desire and deserve, and propel yourself forward through a journey of self-evaluation, unexpected discoveries, and amazingSeek the happiness that you desire and deserve, and propel yourself forward through a journey of self-evaluation, unexpected discoveries, and amazing revelations. This is "Happiness for Beginners", from author Katherine Center. In her early thirties and post-divorce, Helen Carpenter thinks a three-week adventure trek through the wilderness of wonderful Wyoming will make her a new woman--a tougher, stronger woman better able to chart and navigate the course of her own life. She certainly didn't plan on taking the trip with her younger brother's best friend, Jake, someone whom she had never liked, but Fate stepped in and changed the game plan. Jake, younger than Helen by a decade, has always had a serious crush on Helen, and this may be a chance for long-held emotion and attraction to come to full bloom. How will Helen handle an involvement with someone whom, for years, she had told herself she loathed? Going from your daily city-life routine to facing the challenges of the wild will definitely change the perimeters of your thinking-box, open your mind, and expand the horizons of your heart. Katherine Center's charming characterizations and involving storyline will captivate your reader's imagination, and it might just inspire you to take your own journey of a lifetime.
With "One Wish", I had another lovely visit "home" to author Robyn Carr's fictional community of Thunder Point, Oregon. Amid the rugged coastal beautyWith "One Wish", I had another lovely visit "home" to author Robyn Carr's fictional community of Thunder Point, Oregon. Amid the rugged coastal beauty of this charming little town and its surroundings, longtime residents and newcomers find friendship, a real sense of belonging, and sweetly sensual romance. "One Wish" tells the story of Grace Dillon, who moved to Thunder Point to leave behind a troubled past and make her way to a happier future. Unbeknownst to those in her adopted home place, Grace was once a championship figure skater. She walked away from the fame and glory at the height of her career, greatly disappointing her hard-driving mother, who had also been a renowned skater. Grace wanted more from life than the punishing hours of practice and personal sacrifices that came with being on top in her profession--she wanted a real life, a life that offered her the freedom of making her own personal choices. Troy Headly, a popular high school teacher, had come to Thunder Point because the teaching position offered him a chance to be close to the water, where he could pursue his love of the outdoors. Grace and Troy had a mutual friend, Iris, from whom Grace had purchased the flower shop which, although demanding, gave her such satisfaction. Grace had a serious crush on Troy, but he carried a torch for Iris, who married her childhood friend Seth. Things change, however, and as awareness of Graces grows on Troy, she hopes that she's not just a rebound romance. Grace, for all her former celebrity, actually has lived a very sheltered personal life. Troy treats her with respect and gentleness, bringing out her fun side and her great laugh. Grace already knows she's in deep water with her feelings, and Troy is trying to sort through all of his unexpected thoughts about a real relationship with Grace. The things you run from always run right beside you--you can never really leave them behind until you face them down. When the past finds Grace, will the companionship and attraction between them prove to be something much more? Will a future filled with loving joy be theirs for the taking? Come home with me to Thunder Point. I promise you will enjoy the journey, and it's one that you will want to make again and again.