Joe is a linesman at the Grand Central Terminal in bustling New York City in 1937 when a young woman appears suddenly shaken and confused and that was all it took. They begin a once-in-a-lifetime, tragic love affair that will endure time but is also ruled by it. Nora is not alive nor did she die from a tragic explosion that rocked Grand Central years before. She is caught in time - destined to appear on that fateful day years later and then disappear just as quickly. Joe can't let her go but he also can't figure out how to make her stay and for them to have a normal life. They do figure out a way for Nora to stay longer as long as she doesn't venture outside the train station perimeter. Her art flourishes thanks to the art classes above the terminal and they live at the hotel nearby thanks to kind friends. Their future has no future but for Joe, there isn't a future without Nora. Sweet romance, interesting fantasy angle, and characters to fall in love with making this a first-rate historical romance with a twist. Perfect for fans of THE STRANGE CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTONS and mildly spooky gothic ghost stories.
Two sisters who are close - one in need of a different job and one in desperate need of a nanny for her newborn. It sounds like the perfect arrangement until you see the flaws - the constant crying, the juggling of schedules, the frustration that leads to a baby's death.
The trial will put sister against sister looking for blame or acquittal. Both would do anything to go back in time and reverse what has happened. A tense thriller that will eat you up inside for all the pain in their lives from parenting, marriage and the loss.
This is more a coming-of-age story about sexual identity and love than anything paranormal as the title suggests. 16-year-old Conrad falls head over heels with high school chemistry teacher Sammy. Sammy, like Conrad's emotionally distant dad, is fascinated with numbers and alchemy specifically the elixir of life. When Sammy later comes to a bad end either at his own doing or from his test trials, he leaves Con his notebooks on the elixir. Many are eager to retrieve this information however and it will create a dangerous situation but could help Con save the other men in his life the way he wasn't able to save Sammy. Quiet and introspective but also a dangerous quest these quirky characters will dig into your soul.
What if someone built a machine that let you go back in time and correct all the bad things that happen to good people. That would be a good thing, right? It could also set into motion a spiral of other problems because you are altering the universe and you can't do that without implications like False Memory Syndrome. So while you don't have to lose a child or leave a murderer loose you will have blood running out of your nose and feel like you remember every detail of a life you have never lived. Helena is a brilliant scientist who needs to find a cure for her mother's Alzheimer's by studying how the brain processes memory. Her motives might be pure but not everyone sees this in the same way. This is time travel on steroids, science made simple and frightening complex at the same time as only Blake Crouch can do. It will scare you and make you question your own memories but you will greedily read this in one sitting.
When Charles Darwin came forward with his revolutionary ideas about evolution, his critics were many and some of them were not just outspoken but deadly serious that they wanted him gone. These were the dangerous men and they are the ones that Chief Inspector Charles Field needs to find and stop. All the main players are here- Charles Darwin, Queen Victoria and her Darwin supporter husband Albert, even the elusive Charles Dickens. Inspector Fields has his hands full trying to stop a fiendish serial murderer who leaves behind a grisly sign and prevent a royal assassination. To do so will pit him against the Church, the Crown, and the Police Department. Thank goodness he has a competent helpmate in his wife who must juggle between being the supportive wife, wise counsel and warrior when the danger gets too close to home. A masterful dark debut with smart characters who are true to the time period, witty dialogue, and a must for fans of Caleb Carr, Victorian mysteries or the many dark tales of Jack the Ripper.
Not only is this a taunt well-written who done it but also a masterful mix of the problems with two families, two cultures two continents away. Amy is searching for the older sister she has always idolized. She becomes increasingly frantic when her sister doesn't answer her phone and the people she is usually around have had no contact with her. She last spoke to Sylvie when she took off to the Nederlands to say goodbye to their grandmother and then never came home. Why doesn't anything Sylvie told Amy or their parents add up? The questions continue when Amy goes to Amsterdam to piece together her sister's last weeks. Are the family and friends there telling the truth or covering up something sinister. The suspect list grows with every turn of the page and only widens the gap between the two cultures.
A love affair with the genius and passion of the first attempts at cinematography. Claude is one of a handful of masterminds who pioneered the silent movie industry. From its birth in Paris to the early days in New York, to WWI Europe and finally to Hollywood, the glory and stark reality of what it really took is featured here in this sweeping saga. Claude is obsessed with the stage actress Sabine Montrose who will give equal parts joy and anguish over the years but she represents his vision for the future of cinema. It will take one man years later to approach Claude at the old Hollywood hotel where he is in hiding and coax him to share his story and allow his masterpieces to be restored. Just like the vivid images in black and white film, this story illuminates and draws the reader in. For all lovers of the early days of cinematography, the genius innovators and their ruthless business practices or readers who just love an old love story during desperate times, this is for you.
The year is 1938 and hopes that Montauk Long Island will become the next summer playground for the wealthy New Yorkers are running high. Beatrice arrives for her first summer only to be abandoned by her husband and left to mingle with the society ladies. Bea doesn't really have much in common with the majority of them so instead, she befriends a couple of the locals and writes undercover newspaper articles. She finds happiness in trying to help a few of the local families and takes a liking to a lonely lighthouse keeper. That summer will show her what is important and change her life forever. A sweet love story and stunning historical debut that shows what happens when a woman tries to bridge the huge social divide.
Georgianna has never played by other people's rules. She survived her mother's murder and her father's prison sentence at an early age and then survived her husband's passing leaving her with a handful of young children. As she turns 70 and she receives a letter from someone who was there when her mother was found, she decides a road trip is in order. She gathers up her ragtag family and plans a crazy trip by canoe back to the scene of her mother's murder at a boys camp in remote Wisconsin. The expedition includes her grown children and grandchildren who oddly enough, mimic the ages of the original trip goers. Can she find closure and the answers she needs before her family bolts or she puts them in a dangerous situation? Still and quiet as a lake at dawn, this story should be savored slowly and with great purpose. I loved Georgie's oddball look at life and her wise but quirky grandson Thomas and you will too.
A poetic look at a son coming to grips with his relationship to his mother as well as his homosexuality. It is a sad tribute to the violence of war as well as immigration and the loneliness of being different. Filled with stunning prose it is a love letter and the pouring out of his soul to his mother who is illiterate and will never be able to read it. It is a sobering look at the reality of being Asian American and gay and that quicksand feeling that you don't belong.
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