"Brought to Kenya from England as a child and then abandoned by her mother, Beryl is raised by both her father and the native Kipsigis tribe, who share his estate. Her unconventional upbringing transforms Beryl into a bold young woman with a fierce love of all things wild and an inherent understanding of nature's delicate balance. But even the wild child must grow up, and when everything Beryl knows and trusts dissolves, she is catapulted into a string of disastrous relationships. Beryl forges her own path as a horse trainer, and her uncommon style attracts the eye of the Happy Valley set, a decadent, bohemian community of European expats who also live and love by their own set of rules. But it's the ruggedly charismatic Denys Finch Hatton who ultimately helps Beryl navigate the uncharted territory of her own heart. The intensity of their love reveals Beryl's truest self and her fate: to fly. Set against the majestic landscape of early-twentieth-century Africa, Paula McLain's powerful tale reveals the extraordinary adventures of a woman before her time, the exhilaration of freedom and its cost, and the tenacity of the human spirit"--Back cover.
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"Set in Cedar Cove's charming Rose Harbor Inn, Debbie Macomber's captivating new novel follows innkeeper Jo Marie and two new guests as they seek healing and comfort, revealing that every cloud has a silver lining, even when it seems difficult to find. Since opening the Rose Harbor Inn, Jo Marie Rose has grown close to her handyman, Mark Taylor. Jo Marie and Mark are good friends--and are becoming something more--yet he still won't reveal anything about his past. When Mark tells her that he's moving out of town, Jo Marie is baffled. Just when she is starting to open herself up again to love, she feels once more that she is losing the man she cares about. And as she discovers the secret behind Mark's decision to leave, she welcomes two visitors also seeking their own answers. Best friends Kellie Crenshaw and Katie Gilroy have returned to Cedar Cove for their ten-year high school reunion, looking to face down old hurts and find a sense of closure. Kellie, known as Coco, wants to finally confront the boy who callously broke her heart. Katie, however, wishes to reconnect with her old boyfriend, James--the man she still loves and the one who got away. As Katie hopes for a second chance, Coco discovers that people can change--and both look to the exciting possibilities ahead. Heartwarming and uplifting, Silver Linings is a beautiful novel of letting go of the past and embracing the unexpected"--Back cover.
"A brilliant, deeply dedicated psychologist, Grace Blades has a gift for treating troubled souls and tormented psyches--perhaps because she bears her own invisible scars: Only five years old when she witnessed her parents' deaths in a bloody murder-suicide, Grace took refuge in her fierce intellect and found comfort in the loving couple who adopted her. But even as an adult with an accomplished professional life, Grace still has a dark, secret side. When her two worlds shockingly converge, Grace's harrowing past returns with a vengeance. Both Grace and her newest patient are stunned when they recognize each other from a recent encounter. Haunted by his bleak past, mild-mannered Andrew Toner is desperate for Grace's renowned therapeutic expertise and more than willing to ignore their connection. And while Grace is tempted to explore his case, which seems to eerily echo her grim early years, she refuses--a decision she regrets when a homicide detective appears on her doorstep. An evil she thought she'd outrun has reared its head again, but Grace fears that a police inquiry will expose her double life. Launching her own personal investigation leads her to a murderously manipulative foe, one whose warped craving for power forces Grace back into the chaos and madness she'd long ago fled"--Back cover.
"'This is not a test'--every New Yorker's worst nightmare is about to become a reality. New Yorkers aren't easily intimidated, but someone is doing their best to scare them, badly. Why? After two crippling high-tech attacks, the entire city is on edge. Detective Michael Bennett, along with his old pal, the FBI's Emily Parker, have to catch the shadowy criminals who claim responsibility--but they're as good at concealing their identities as they are at wreaking havoc. When a shocking murder in broad daylight points to killers both skilled and cold-blooded, Bennett begins to suspect that these mysterious events are just the prelude to the biggest threat of all. Soon he's racing against the clock, and against the most destructive enemy he's ever faced, to save his beloved New York--before it's lights-out for the city that never sleeps"--Jacket flap.
"Crawford Hunt wants his daughter back. Following the death of his wife four years ago, Crawford, a Texas Ranger, fell into a downward spiral that left him relegated to desk work and with his five-year-old daughter, Georgia, in the custody of her grandparents. But Crawford has cleaned up his act, met all the court-imposed requirements, and now the fate of his family lies with Judge Holly Spencer. Ambitious and confident, Holly temporarily occupies the bench of her recently deceased mentor. With an election upcoming, she must prove herself worthy of making her judgeship permanent. Every decision is high-stakes. Despite Crawford's obvious love for his child and his commitment to being an ideal parent, Holly is wary of his checkered past. But her opinion of him is radically changed when a masked gunman barges into the courtroom during the guardianship hearing. Crawford reacts instinctually, saving Holly from a bullet. But his heroism soon takes on the taint of recklessness. The cloud over him grows even darker after he uncovers a horrifying truth about the courtroom gunman and realizes that the unknown person behind the shooting remains at large--and a threat. Now catching the culprit becomes a personal fight for Crawford. Yet pursuing the killer in his customary diehard fashion will jeopardize his chances of gaining custody of his daughter and further compromise Judge Holly Spencer, who needs protection not only from an assassin, but from Crawford himself and the forbidden attraction between them. Friction will keep you on the edge of your seat with breathtaking plot twists and the unforgettable characters that make Sandra Brown one of the world's best-loved authors. It is an extraordinary novel about the powerful ties that bind us to the ones we love and the secrets we keep to protect them"--Jacket flap.
"David Hadley is 51 years old, lonely, overweight, depressed, and looking to change his life. He travels to Echo Glen, a few hours north of Seattle and home to a Hollywood-style stunt school. The school is run by June, a daredevil BASE jumper and an ex-stuntwoman herself. June seems to have a soft spot for animals and misfit people alike, and she runs the stunt camp to raise funds for her animal sanctuary and the outcasts it employs. Captivated and entranced by the chance to get to know June, David overlooks his poor fitness and advanced age relative to the much healthier, much younger students and enrolls in the stunt school. What follows is a humorous and touching love story that develops slowly between David and June--a romance that will take them from the lush valleys of Washington's mountains all the way to El Camino de Santiago, across Spain, and then back again. Along the way, June must come to grips with a diagnosis that will change everything that she loves about her life, and David must learn that in order to truly live you must sometimes let go of fear and let yourself fall in love"--Provided by the publisher.
"#1 New York Times bestselling author David Brooks, a controversial and eye-opening look at how our culture has lost sight of the value of humility--defined as the opposite of self-preoccupation--and why only an engaged inner life can yield true meaning and fulfillment"--Provided by the publisher.
"FBI agents Emma Sharpe and Colin Donovan are preparing for their wedding when Colin's brother Mike alerts them that people from his military past are on Sharpe and Donovan's home turf on the Maine coast. Now private security contractors, they want to meet with Mike. One of them, an FBI agent named Kavanagh, is supposed to be on leave. What is he investigating? Mike zeroes in on Naomi MacBride who has never brought him anything but trouble. Back from England, Naomi isn't telling Mike everything about why she's snooping around his hometown. Soon, Emma is targeted, and a connection surfaces between Naomi and Kavanagh and a recently solved international art theft case"--Back cover.
"Pip Tyler doesn't know who she is. She knows that her real name is Purity, but she doesn't have a clue as to the identity of her father, why her mother chose to live as a recluse with an invented name, or how she'll ever have a normal life. And then the Germans fatefully enter the picture: An encounter with a German peace activist leads Pip to an internship in South America with The Sunlight Project, an organization that traffics in all the secrets of the world, including, Pip hopes, the secret of her origins. The result is a grand story of youthful idealism, extreme fidelity, and murder from one of the major writers of our times"--Back cover.
"Kateryn Parr, a thirty-year-old widow in a secret affair with a new lover, has no choice when a man who has buried four wives--King Henry VIII--commands her to marry him. Kateryn has no doubt about the danger she faces: the previous queen lasted sixteen months, the one before barely half a year. But Henry adores his new bride and Kateryn's trust in him grows as she unites the royal family, creates a radical study circle at the heart of the court, and rules the kingdom as Regent. But is this enough to keep her safe? From an author who has described all of Henry's queens comes a portrayal of the last: a woman who longed for passion, power, and education at the court of a medieval killer"--Back cover.
"There are many rumors about the bay off Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands. Some say it was the site of a lost empire and that great treasure lies beneath the waters. Others say terrible things happened here, atrocities and disappearances at the hands of cannibal giants, and those who venture there do not return. It is cursed. Which is exactly what attracts the attention of treasure-hunting team Sam and Remi Fargo. Clues and whispers lead them on a hunt from the Solomons to Australia to Japan, and what they find at the end of the trail is both wonderful and monstrous--and like nothing they have ever seen before"--Back cover.
"X: The number ten. An unknown quantity. A mistake. A cross. A kiss. X: The shortest entry in Webster's Unabridged Dictionary. Derived from Greek and Latin and commonly found in science, medicine, and religion. The most graphically dramatic letter. Notoriously tricky to pronounce: think xylophone. X: The twenty-fourth letter in the English alphabet. Kinsey Millhone identifies a remorseless serial killer who leaves no trace of his crimes. The test is whether she can prove her case against him before she becomes his next victim"--Back cover.
"In the early hours of a summer morning, a young woman steps into the path of an oncoming bus. A tragic accident--or suicide? Adrian Wolfe is a successful architect and grief-stricken widower who, a year after his third wife's death, begins to investigate the cause. As he looks back on their brief but seemingly happy marriage, disturbing secrets begin to surface. His divorces from two previous wives had seemed amicable; his five children were resilient as ever, or so he thought. But something, or someone, pushed Maya over the edge"--Back cover.
"Former federal prosecutor and critically acclaimed author Allison Leotta's spellbinding thriller follows prosecutor Anna Curtis as she heads home to Michigan to defend her sister in a case that will bring her to her knees. Newly single after calling off her wedding, sex-crimes prosecutor Anna Curtis is summoned home to Michigan when her old high school coach--a hometown hero--is killed in a fiery car crash. But Anna isn't there to prosecute a crime, she's home to support her innocent sister, Jody, who has been wrongfully accused of the coach's murder. But maybe Jody isn't so innocent after all? The police are convinced that Jody was having an affair with the married coach and killed him out of jealousy. As Anna investigates with the help of her childhood friend Cooper Bolden--an Afghan War veteran with a secret of his own--she slowly peels back the facade of her all-American hometown and discovers that no one is telling the truth about the coach, not even the people she thought she knew best. When the town rallies against them, threatening not just Jody's liberty but both sisters' lives, Anna resolves to do everything she can to save her sister and defend the only family she has left. In her best book yet, Leotta, 'a highly entertaining storyteller' (George Pelecanos), explores the limits of vigilante justice, the bonds of sisterhood, and the value of the truth"--Provided by the publisher.
"In Susan Wilson's The Dog Who Saved Me, a former Boston K-9 unit policeman turned animal control officer in bucolic Harmony Farms is up against rescuing a gun shy and wounded dog gone feral, and proving that his low-life older brother is back in the drug business. Fighting his shattering grief at the death of his K-9 partner killed in the line of duty, and a staggering loss of confidence from physical and psychic wounds of his own, Cooper Harrison is back where he started, where his father Bull was once known as the town drunk. Where his brother was a delinquent and bully. Where he's one of 'those' Harrisons. Where Cooper must learn to forgive and, only then, heal"--Provided by the publisher.
"Simon Watson, a young librarian on the verge of losing his job, lives alone on the Long Island Sound in his family home--a house, perched on the edge of a bluff, that is slowly crumbling toward the sea. His parents are long dead, his mother having drowned in the water his house overlooks. His younger sister, Enola, works for a traveling carnival reading tarot cards, and seldom calls. On a day in late June, Simon receives a mysterious package from an antiquarian bookseller. The book tells the story of Amos and Evangeline, doomed lovers who lived and worked in a traveling circus more than two hundred years ago. The paper crackles with age as Simon turns the yellowed pages filled with notes, sketches, and whimsical flourishes; and his best friend and fellow librarian, Alice, looks on in increasing alarm. Why does his grandmother's name, Verona Bonn, appear in this book? Why do so many women in his family drown on July 24? Could there possibly be some kind of curse on his family--and could Enola, who has suddenly turned up at home for the first time in six years, risk the same fate in just a few weeks? In order to save her--and perhaps himself--Simon must try urgently to decode his family history while moving on from the past. The Book of Speculation is Erika Swyler's gorgeous and moving debut, a wondrous novel about the power of books and family and magic"--Provided by the publisher.
"Ryder Creed and his K9 search-and-rescue dogs return in the second installment of an exciting new series, teaming up once more with FBI profiler Maggie O'Dell in their riskiest case yet. When Ryder Creed responds to a devastating mudslide in North Carolina, he knows that the difference between finding survivors and the dead is time. He and his sturdiest search-and-rescue dog, Bolo, get to work immediately, but the scene is rife with danger: continued rainfall prevents the rescue teams from stabilizing the land; toxic household substances spread by the crushing slide fill the area with hazardous waste; and the detritus and debris are treacherous for both man and dog to navigate. But most perilous are the secrets hidden under the mud and sludge--secrets someone would kill to protect. For this is no ordinary rescue mission. Among the buildings consumed by the landslide was a top-secret government research facility, and Creed has been hired to find what's left of it. Then rescuers recover the body of a scientist from the facility who was obviously dead before the landslide--killed by a gunshot to the head. The FBI sends Agent Maggie O'Dell to investigate, and she and Creed are soon caught in a web of lies, secrets, and murder that may involve not only the government facility, but decades-old medical experiments that are the subject of current congressional hearings. As more bodies are found under even more unusual circumstances, they come ever closer to exposing the truth--but with unknown forces working against them, Maggie, Creed, and the dogs are running out of time"--Provided by the publisher.
"Quinn Colson has been voted out of office as sheriff of Tibbehah County, Mississippi, thanks to the machinations of county kingpin Johnny Stagg. He has offers, but he's got one more job to do--bring down Stagg's criminal operations. Then a trio of criminals breaks into the home of a lumber mill owner, making off with a million dollars in cash from his safe. During the investigation, two men are killed, one of them the new sheriff. Acting sheriff Lillie Virgil and former flame Anna Lee Stevens both ask Colson to step in, and reluctantly he does, only to discover that safe contained more than money--it held secrets"--Back cover.
"For six weeks in high school, V.I. Warshawski thought she was in love with Frank Guzzo. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner. Newly released from prison, she is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. V.I. doesn't want to get involved. Stella hated the Warshawskis. But life has been hard on Frank, and V.I. agrees to ask a few questions. Those questions lead her into the vipers' nest of Illinois politics she's wanted to avoid"--Back cover.
"Stone Barrington isn't one to turn from the face of danger, so when he witnesses a tricky situation underway, he jumps in to lend a hand. He never expected that this favor would lead to a mutually beneficial business deal with a prominent gentleman who requires the ever-discreet services of Woodman & Weld. But in the ruthless corporate world no good deed goes unpunished, and Stone finds himself the target of a ragtag group of criminal toughs who don't appreciate his interference. From the isolated landscape of Maine to the beaches of Key West, the trail of deception, theft, and murder will lead to a perilous confrontation"--Back cover.
"With the American Southwest decimated by drought, three women find themselves pawns in a game far bigger, more corrupt, and dirtier than any of them could have imagined. Their only hope for survival rests in one another's hands. But when water is more valuable than gold, alliances shift like sand"-- Provided by publisher.
"Minor-but-nagging setbacks continue to sour Grant and Audrey Whitman's initiation into the world of innkeeping, but larger challenges brew when an innocent flirtation leads to big trouble for the Whitmans' son-in-law, Jesse"-- Provided by publisher.
"Orphaned by poachers as a calf and sold into a life of labor and exhibition, the Gravedigger breaks free of his chains and begins terrorizing the countryside, earning his name from the humans he kills and then tenderly buries"-- Provided by publisher.
"Kendra Michaels was instrumental in bringing serial killer Eric Colby to justice. And yet, despite his apparent execution at San Quentin, Kendra is convinced that Colby is still alive and framing her for murder. Suspicions mount and Kendra is thrust into deadly pursuit to clear her name and catch the killer no one believes exists anymore"-- Provided by publisher.
"A harrowing survival story about four strangers who spend five days lost in the mountain wilderness above Palm Springs"-- Provided by publisher.