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In a time of crisis, two women come together... and set off down a road of hope.... Twenty-one-year-old Jenilee Lane, whose dreams are as narrow as the sky is wide, is the last person to expect anything good to come out of the tornado that rips across the Missouri farmland surrounding her home. But some inner spark compels her to take action-to rescue her elderly neighbor, Eudora Gibson, from the cellar in which she's been trapped. To make her way to the nearby town of Poetry, where the townspeople have begun to gather in the only building left standing. To collect from the landscape fragments of life that lie strewn about in the tornado's wake: letters, photographs-mementos that might mean something to people who have lost everything.... Eudora Gibson is the last person to expect courageous acts from Jenilee Lane. But the girl she's hardly noticed for years is now surprising her-stepping forward with a bravery that inspires Eudora to face her own bitterness over the past. Brought close by tragedy, Jenilee and Eudora will learn lessons about the resilience of the human spirit and the ties that make a community strong. They will travel to a place they once never would have imagined.
From the book jacket: karen Sommerfield has been hiding from the big questions of life- immersing herself in a high-pressure job, ignoring the emotional distance in .her marriage, avoiding memories of a sudden miscarriage and a bout with cancer that stole her chance of ever having children. She's convinced herself that money, power, and success can give her the sense of purpose she yearns for...until the day the company downsizes her out of a job and the doctor tells her that the cancer may be back. It's a double blow that would send anyone reeling. It sends Karen on a search for herself in the last place she ever thought to look: Grandma Rose's old farm, where her sister has made a seemingly perfect life. As Karen's hectic schedule falls away, she opens up to the unexpected-a lonely child in need of nurturing and newly discovered family members with insights into the past. In the quiet of the Missouri Ozarks, she once again hears the call of the river and the whispers of the sycamore leaves. In their soft, secret language, she will discover answers, a forgotten purpose, and a joy to make her life complete.
From the Book Jacket: Laura Draper is having the worst day of her life By noon, her career as a magazine editor, relationship with a well-known photojournalist, and very sanity are all in doubt. She finds herself marooned at a crossroads in Nowhere, Texas, wondering which way to turn What's a girl to do? Certainly not allow herself to be lured into the ramshackle Lone Star Cafe run by two crazy old ladies who claim their coffee has mystical secret ingredients. Definitely not return again and again. And under no circumstances fall for the laid-back moves, twinkling eyes, and slow grins of guitar-picking local guy Graham Keeton. Laura can't help herself. Suddenly her uptight 'professionalism is out the window. She's landing in the most amazing, undignified, hilarious situations with Graham, and she likes it. What in the world is happening to her? Where is she heading, and why does it feel as if she's finally come home?
"We saw it all," said Loveland resident Alva Blum. "That dog led them on a chase all through the pasture, and when he stopped, he stopped right under the Lover's Oak. When we drove down to check on things, there was Zach Truitt and this lady from the FBI together under the oak, wrapped around each other like lizards on a beanpole." According to Mrs. Blum, local residents knew immediately that true love was in the works. None of this surprises the dog's owner, who, it turns out, is Mrs. Jada Bell of Lometa. According to Mrs. Bell, the dog, whose name is actually Noel, takes a notion every once in a while to leave the sheep and the other sheepdogs and go on a mission. "It's my fault, I suppose," said Mrs. Bell. "Those dogs aren't supposed to be pets, but that one was born Christmas day out in the field the 'week after my husband, Floyd, died. Noel was the only one in his litter that survived, and I was so lonesome, I brought him inside to raise. He comforted me through a hard time, and I just figure that every once in a while, he gets a hankering to do that same thing for someone else. He comes and goes as he needs to, and that's fine with me."
Her show, American Megastar, is TV's hottest program, but life couldn't be worse for associate producer Mandalay Florentino. She's just arrived in the hayseed town of Daily, Texas, to arrange a surprise "reunion concert" for hometown finalist Amber Anderson-only everyone seems to know the secret already. Plus she keeps crossing paths with a gorgeous cowboy with blue eyes who may not be the country boy he appears to be. And the paparazzi are swarming. And her boss is demanding perfection... or else. With the faith and future of a young singer on the line, Mandalay and the town of Daily must find the courage-and the creativity- to make sure the reunion concert is unforgettable!
From the Book Jacket: No one is more surprised than Colleen Collins when she's offered a job writing fluffy magazine articles about rural Texas cooking. The big-city investigative reporter knows nothing about goats, prickly pears, or peafowl, and to make matters worse, she can't even cook. But thanks to a political scandal that cost Collie her job, her boyfriend, and now-with this demeaning [assignment-her self-respect, she has no choice but to drag herself out of bed and head to the Texas hill country. After only a few days in the charming little town of San Saline, Collie finds her affection growing for its bighearted residents. And despite her intentions to me contrary, she's finding it impossible to resist the infuriating True McKitrick, a local boy made good vhose mere presence makes her feel utterly alive...and nexplicably at home. Soon, this unlikely romantic >airing is stirring up more than just desire. It's making Collie wonder about the life that once seemed perfect- ind the chance of starting over...with a man who's True.
Once trapped in a world of poverty and neglect, Dell Jordan knows she was lucky. Adopted at thirteen, she was loved, mentored, and encouraged to pursue her passion for music. Now that she's twenty, her future is expanding in exciting new directions-a year abroad with a traveling symphony, a scholarship to Juilliard, a reunion with her adopted family. But underneath Dell's smoothly polished surface lurk mysteries from the past. Why did her mother abandon her? Who was her father? Are there faces somewhere that look like hers-blood relatives she's never met? ^^^^^^^| ,^^^^^^| Determined to find answers and unable to share her emotional uncertainty with her adoptive family, Dell sets off on a secret journey into Oklahoma's Kiamichi Mountains. Drawn by the only remaining link to her origins-a father's Native American name on her birth certificate-she travels into quiet wooded valleys in the heart of the modern Choctaw Nation. There she will find connections to a long and proud heritage and begin to answer the questions of her heart. In the voices of her ancestors, she'll discover the keys to a future unlike anything she could have imagined.
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