Hanna is the seven-year-old daughter of Alex and Suzette. They love each other deeply and love their beautiful little girl. Their life should be complete except for two things - one is Suzette's battle with Crohn's disease and the other is the fact that bright and beautiful Hanna does not speak ever, to anyone. Suzette has done her best to give Hanna love and attention as a stay at home mom who must homeschool Hanna after she has been asked to leave several schools. Now it is getting worse and the tantrums and angry defiance have gotten physical and dangerous. Alex can't or won't see the hate and viciousness of his little girl playing right into Hanna's hands. Mommy is bad, Mommy is taking Daddy away from me so Mommy has to go. Suzette's life goes from perfect to something out of the Exorcist. This is a one sitting read! You will simply not believe the calculated violence that lurks in this seemingly well loved little girl.
A wicked pixie zaps a farm boy and turns his goat to talking in this twisted fairy tale. Witty dialogue, a laugh a minute and some seriously goofy "Monty Python" pranks will greet the lucky reader on every page. There are horrible monsters, ineffective wizards, charmed princesses and plenty of goat jokes. This is perfect fun for fans of "The Princess Bride" or what a fairy tale would read as if it were penned by Monty Python. Pure fun!
A chance for a Maine farmer's wife to enjoy a luxury cruise with a travel writer friend turns into the worst vacation possible or does it?
Christine really needs to get away for a bit and what better way than the final voyage of a luxury cruise ship going from L.A. to Hawaii. Name all of your vacation fears and they happen on this trip - disgruntled employees about to be fired, bad weather, disease, fire. The mainstay of this story is the difference between the haves (wealthy patrons of the arts and other travelers) and the have-nots (the crew and those who have been hired to perform or write about the trip). The other backstory is about finding a second chance for love and happiness. If any good can come out of all this seagoing drama it is in the truth that emerges after the hardship really begins and the way the main characters see themselves and their lives after. Don't read this if you have booked a cruise anywhere!
What happened at summer camp didn't stay at camp and fifteen years later Emma is still haunted by not knowing what happened to her three roommates who simply vanished. Now years later, she is invited by the camp's owner to come back as an instructor. She accepts to hopefully help with closure and to make amends. The camp is just as she left it and with the original players back and three young roommates to look after, Emma is still haunted and needs answers. Every twist of the book pulls you deeper until, just like the game the girls play at camp, you can't tell what is the truth and what is a lie. Riley Sager knows how to hide the clues and where the bodies are buried!
Sweet story of an 86 year old woman and a young reporter friendship that develops when Kate covers the story of a community pool closing and interviews Rosemary, the Lido's biggest supporter. The book shifts back and forth between Kate dealing with her fear of swimming and panic attacks and Rosemary's life spent in the little town with her beloved husband George and then finding a new sense of community after his passing. The incredible wisdom of women and gentle learning is the theme and the lesson to be learned is don't be afraid to stand up for something or someone you believe in. Kate becomes closer to Rosemary and to the inhabitants of the pool and surrounding community as the little guys try to take on the big bad developer and one more landmark in the little town disappears.
Jane Willow - successful, potty-mouthed, ball breaker yet honest movie critic has just been handed her own jaw-dropping movie ending. Her wonderful parents were flying in their small plane and there was an accident. She is alone. So, thirty-something Jane hops in her vintage sports car and drives to the land of her youth - True City, Iowa. She left years ago and never looked back but must now reconcile old failed friendships, relive past mistakes and find a way to make things right. This book made me laugh, cry and want to rewatch old movie classics like "Music Man" and "Breakfast at Tiffany's" all in the same chapter! Elizabeth Leiknes gets it all and is spot on with the fakeness of Hollywood to the down-home goodness of the Midwest. There is drama, there is youthful stupidity and there is loads of love. Grab your tissue box cause you are gonna need them.
Based on the foundation of the classic fairy tale Rumplestiltskin, Spinning Silver is layers of old world religion, Eastern European fairy tales and the fantastic mind of Naomi Novik. Miryem is the moneylender's daughter who takes matters into her own hands after her family is faced with starvation due to her father's unwillingness to collect repayment of debts. Soon she is not only saving the family but unknowingly helping a young girl escape her father's brutality by taking the girl home with her to work off her father's debt. Miryem falls into a bad bargain with the Staryk shadowy king and soon must marry him and continue his bidding of turning silver into gold. There is an underlying theme of underestimating women and their role as property to be sold as a bride or servant. We also see the shortcomings of most of the dominant men. Fans of Novik's "Uprooted" will see the similarities but this is not a sequel and readers new to her books will soon be completely drawn into this mysterious wintery world.
Another in a series where a Rare Book Collector and his girlfriend track down a set of mysterious journals and get caught up in trouble.
Think of Clive Cussler without the boats or Steve Berry and you will have some idea of who will appreciate these books. This time they are searching for some lost journals of a gold prospector in the early days of the California Gold Rush and solving the mystery could just mean finding the second Gold Rush. William Martin gives you a modern-day thriller with a solid historical Western. The characters are witty and the action is fast-paced.
Andrew and Eric are raising their adopted daughter, Wen to be gentle and love nature so it takes them by surprise when they are at their cabin and a group of strangers comes to them with a horrible dilemma. The leader of the group tries to keep them calm but the situation is anything but as he explains that they must willingly sacrifice one of them in order for the apocalyptic events to stop. There is a cult feeling to this book and you don't want to believe that what they preach will actually come to pass. The story progresses from Andrew, Eric and Wen's point of view. The attacks and the violence that happens in the cabin matches the violence that is going on in the outside world. Super scary, edge of your seat thriller.
True Southern gothic-you can smell the heavy magnolia and feel the oppressive heat as you watch this detached family try to keep their social standing and preserve their family home. Robert Goolrick loves to play with his readers and while this story starts off with a slow and easy ramble, it finishes with a smack-you-in-your-face ending that will leave you reeling. We begin with the poor debutante who marries up and survives an uneasy marriage to a cad, produces the golden boy heir and then falls apart again trying to keep it all together with no money. The language and setting made me think that Zelda Fitzgerald would show up on the doorstep any minute. Mix up a pitcher of mimosas and settle into the rocking chair on the porch- this is one hot historical shocker.
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