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For years, Chelsea Maynard has longed to be a mother. She's imagined caring for a new baby in the lovely house she shares with her husband, Leo, fondly planning every detail. But after a difficult birth, those dreams of blissful bonding evaporate. Chelsea battles sleep deprivation and feelings of isolation. Little Annabelle cries constantly, and Chelsea has dark visions fueled by exhaustion and self-doubt. Her sister, Emma, insists she gets help for post-partum depression, but Chelsea's doctor dismisses her worries as self-indulgent. Doubting her ability to parent--even doubting her own sanity--Chelsea is close to collapse. Then an unthinkable crisis hits. And suddenly, Chelsea is compelled to face both the fragility and resilience of life, and the extraordinary depths of love. With uncompromising candor and clarity, acclaimed author Rosalind Noonan creates a mesmerizing novel that is gripping, heart-wrenching, and unforgettably poignant. Praise for Rosalind Noonan's The Daughter She Used to Be"The author once again takes on an emotional topic with great sensitivity. " -Booklist"An engrossing family saga. . . this novel would fuel some great book-club discussions. "--Shelf Awareness"Noonan delivers another earnest drama. " -Publishers Weekly
Eleven-year-old Lauren O'Neil vanished one sunny afternoon as she walked home from school. Six years later, her parents Rachel and Dan still tirelessly scour their Oregon hometown and beyond, always believing Lauren will be found. Then one day, the call comes. Lauren has been rescued from a secluded farm mere miles away, and her abductor has confessed. Yet her return is nothing like Rachel imagined. Though the revelations about what Lauren endured are shocking, most heartbreaking of all is to see the bright-eyed, assertive daughter she knew transformed into a wary, polite stranger. Lauren's first instinct is to flee. For years she's been told her parents forgot her;now she doubts the pieces of her life can ever fit together again. But Rachel refuses to lose her a second time. Little by little they must relearn what it means to be a family, trusting that their bond is strong enough to guide them back to each other. Intensely moving and absorbing, this is an extraordinary story told with sensitivity and grace, and filled with the depth and breadth of a mother's love. Praise for Rosalind Noonan"Noonan has a knack for page-turners and doesn't disappoint. " --Publishers Weekly on All She Ever Wanted "The author once again takes on an emotional topic with great sensitivity. " --Booklist on The Daughter She Used to Be"Reminiscent of Jodi Picoult's kind of tale. . . it's a keeper!" --New York Times bestselling author Lisa Jackson on One September Morning
Somewhere in lime... Phoebe couldn't help noticing that something was very wrong: the way everyone was dressed like the cast of a Thanksgiving play, the horse and carriage, the buildings made of wood.... Unless I've landed in some bizarro Pilgrim party, she told herself, that demon brought me into another time zone-one that's not even close to Pacific Standard! Suddenly it seemed as if everyone in the village was rushing over to gawk and gasp at the strange girl hiding behind the cart. "See her belly?" an old woman said, scowling. "Pierced with a ring, it is. It is the mark of the devil, I say." Phoebe glanced down. "My navel ring," she muttered under her breath. "Witch!" the mob cried, closing in around her. "Witch! Witch!" Phoebe felt the hair on the back of her neck stand up. If she remembered correctly, people in the past didn't exactly like witches. In fact, they sometimes made a point of killing them.
In this emotionally charged and riveting novel from the author of One September Morning and In a Heartbeat, one woman is torn between loyalty to her family's ways and to her most profound convictions. . . The daughter of a career cop, Bernadette Sullivan grew up with blue uniforms hanging in the laundry room and cops laughing around the dinner table. Her brother joined New York's finest, her sisters married cops, and Bernie is an assistant District Attorney. Collaring criminals, putting them away--it's what they do. And though lately Bernie feels a growing desire for a family of her own, she's never questioned her choices. Then a shooter targets a local coffee shop, and tragedy strikes the Sullivan family. Anger follows grief--and Bernie realizes that her father's idea of retribution is very different from her own. All her life, she's inhabited a clear-cut world of right and wrong, of morality and corruption. As Bernie struggles to protect the people she loves, she must also decide what it means to see justice served. And in her darkest hour, she will find out just what it means to be her father's daughter. Praise for Rosalind Noonan's One September MorningReminiscent of Jodi Picoult's kind of tale. . . it's a keeper! --Lisa Jackson, New York Times bestselling authorWritten with great insight. . . Noonan delivers a fast-paced, character-driven tale with a touch of mystery. --Publishers WeeklyNoonan creates a unique thriller. . . a novel that focuses on the toll war takes on returning soldiers and civilians whose loved ones won't be coming home. --Booklist
There's more drama offstage than on when Mary-Kate and Ashley get involved in a school play.
The moment Abby Fitzgerald sees two soldiers approach her front door, she knows her husband is dead. John Stanton, who gave up his career as a star NFL running back to serve after 9/11, has been killed in Iraq. Suddenly Abbys kitchen is overflowing with casseroles brought by the army wives club to which she has never really belonged. And her in-laws arrange a lavish funeral at Arlington National Cemetery in spite of Abbys misgivings. John had grown to hate the war even though he loved his country, and Abby cant reconcile the complex man she knew with the version being portrayed by self-serving politicians, military, and the media. Shell-shocked, Abby strives to cope with her own heartache while comforting Johns loved ones, including his mother Sharice, his staunchly anti-war sister Madison, and his bitter younger brother Noah. But amidst her loss is a growing conviction that the truth about Johns death is far from over. Gripping, thoughtful, and emotionally powerful, One September Morning is a story of loyalty and betrayal, of a shattered familys journey toward healing, and of the courage it takes to confront the truth not just about our enemies, but about those we love best.
They bring joy, wonder--and all the happiness of the season. Let these delightful stories of love and miracles light up your holidays with cheer. . . "Snow Angels," by Fern Michaels The only way irresistibly handsome Olympic skier Max Jorgenson wants to spend Christmas is. . . alone. But when social worker Grace Landry stumbles into his log cabin during a snowstorm, an unexpected magic rekindles his heart, his hopes, and the sweetest of Christmas dreams. . . "The Presents of Angels" by Marie Bostwick Ex-Rockette Kendra Loomis doesnt regret giving up New Yorks bright lights to be a Vermont ministers wife. But their small towns Christmas countdown is becoming a major stress-fest--and the only way she can save the day is to prove that giving is the most precious gift of all. . . "Decorations" by Janna McMahan All Michelle Duncan wanted for Christmas was a new life. And by helping her ailing mother she found one--as manager of a charming holiday craft store. She never expected that the fringe benefits would be muscular sculptor Baxter Brow--and one last chance to make all her wishes come true. . . "Miracle on Main Street" by Rosalind Noonan New York City policeman Joe Cody and his wife Sheila cant afford much of a holiday for their two kids. Hes sure not expecting much yuletide joy while working on Christmas Day--until a desperate wish and several unexplainable events open his eyes to a wonderland of blessings and love. . .
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