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THE SECOND CHAIR. John Lescroart, the master of the legal thriller, delivers a powerhouse novel of deadly secrets, privileged youth, and uncertain justice. To the outside world, it looks like Dismas Hardy is finally on top. A managing partner at his thriving, newly reorganized law firm, he's a rainmaker and fix-it guy for clients leery of taking their chances in a courtroom. But what the world sees is a mirage. For beneath the surface bravado and the lucrative dealmaking, Hardy has lost his faith in the law. Now Hardy's young associate, Amy Wu, suddenly rootless and grieving over the recent death of her father, brings the firm a high-profile and challenging case: Andrew Bartlett, the seventeen-year-old son of a prominent San Francisco family, has been arrested for the double slaying of his girlfriend and his English teacher. The D.A. wants to try him as an adult, but Wu cuts a deal to keep him in juvenile court--a deal that she's forced to break. Overwhelmed by the mounting evidence against their client, and hoping to salvage his firm's reputation in the face of the D.A.'s righteous wrath, Hardy sits second chair with Wu in Bartlett's defense.
As editor-in-chief of New York's leading fashion magazine, Fiona Monaghan was utterly content with her life, jetting back and forth between Manhattan and Europe-until the sweltering day John Anderson strolled into her office. A widower with two daughters, John was as conservative as Fiona was freewheeling, both amused and appalled by her world of high-strung designers, anorexic models, Fendi-stuffed closets, and Sir Winston, her snoring bulldog. But after Fiona impulsively invited John to the Paris couture shows, somewhere between the magic of the runway and the stroll along the Seine, she let him into her heart. And within weeks of their return to New York, John was making friends with Sir Winston-and Fiona was making room in her closets. It didn' t take long for the dominoes to start falling. First, John introduced Fiona to his hostile daughters and their bloodthirsty Pekingese and snarling housekeeper. Then, after a disastrous dinner party with John's biggest client, Fiona and John's relationship began to unravel with alarming speed. What happens next will set Fiona on a journey filled with pain, revelation, and awakening. When she risks everything and returns to Paris alone, an extraordinary series of events begins to unfold. And as the snow falls on the city of light, the curtain will rise on a second act Fiona never saw coming. In a dazzling tale of modern misadventures and career-crossed relationships, Danielle Steel captures the heady magic of instant attraction, the challenges of change-and the hope that comes when we dare to do it all over again.From the Paperback edition.
A group of friends who haven't seen each other since school are reunited when one of them dies. Recapturing the intimacy of their younger days, each is surprised at the impact of their encounter.
Kate Silver's back in town, and her dead mother just won't leave her alone. Kate usually spends her days dressing Hollywood A-listers, but after her estranged mother dies she finds herself elbow-deep in flour in her parents' bakery . . . in Deer Lick, Montana. She thought she'd left small-town life far, far behind, but it seems there are a few loose ends. The boy she once loved, Deputy Matt Ryan, is single and sexy and still has a thing for her . . . and handcuffs. Her mother, who won't follow the white light, is determined to give maternal advice from beyond the grave. And somehow Kate's three-day stay has, well . . . extended. She never planned to fill her mother's pie-baking shoes-she prefers her Choos, thank you very much. But with the help of a certain man in uniform, Kate quickly learns that sometimes second chances are all the more sweet.
From breakout New Adult author Monica Murphy comes the exhilarating conclusion to Drew and Fable's story--the star-crossed young romance that began in One Week Girlfriend. Lost. Everything in my life can be summed up by that one sickening word. My football coach blames me for our season-ending losses. So does the rest of the team. I wasted two whole months drowning in my own despair, like a complete loser. And I lost my girlfriend--Fable Maguire, the only girl who ever mattered--because I was afraid that being with me would only hurt her. But now I realize that I'm the one who's truly lost without her. And even though she acts like she's moved on and everything's fine, I know she still thinks about me just as much as I think about her. I know her too well. She's so damn vulnerable, all I want to do is be there to help her . . . to hold her . . . to love her. I just need her to give me one more chance. We may be lost without each other, but together, we're destined to find a love that lasts forever.
The gorgeous hunk of cowboy flesh had a name--Hank Monroe--and just about every woman in Whitehorse dreamed of being his match. So why would the newcomer want to date plain ol' Arlene Evans? His arrival was enough to flip her world upside down--leaving no time at all to get her hair done--but could he also set it right? When Arlene's pregnant daughter disappears, Hank's got the connections to close the case. But with his own past catching up--heck, nobody's perfect!--Arlene will do anything to get to the bottom of one tall, masculine, Montana mystery. Their lives are on the line, but nothing in this rough and tumble world can tear Hank and Arlene apart.
Moving back to her Texas hometown after her divorce seemed like a good idea at the time. Until Hanna Rosser's usually well-behaved son gets into trouble at school. The single mother knows exactly who's to blame-Vince Keegan, father of her son's new best friend. Vince may be the most irresistible man on the block, but he's got a lot to learn about parenting. All right, so Vince's daughter is a little high-spirited. Hanna's downright overprotective of her precious boy! Unfortunately, she's also far too appealing for this widowed dad's peace of mind. Maybe it's time Hanna and Vince let go of their pasts and gave in to what's happening between them. Just because they're parents, doesn't mean they can't have a second chance at love!
The minute she steps foot in his dark, miserable house, Sophie Alexander knows Josh McClaren is not her usual patient. But the single mom and physical therapist is desperate to make a life for her and her young son. And she's definitely no quitter! It's obvious to Sophie that handsome, cantankerous Josh hides his pain behind a wall of grief. Little by little, Sophie and her son, Eli, do more than help Josh find his faith again. They make Josh wonder if there's a family in his future after all....
Picking up where Drama High: The Fight left off, Second Chance is the second in this lively, fun new series. While Jayd Jackson may have dodged the kind of drama that ends in broken bones, she may not be so lucky in the kind that ends in broken hearts. Jayd's new boyfriend Jeremy is not only cute, smart and funny--he's white, rich, Jewish, and unlike anything she's ever known growing up on the streets of Compton, a fact that neither their friends nor families seem able to overlook. Looks like navigating the halls at the predominantly white South Bay High is going to take a whole new set of street smarts--and with so much against them, can Jayd and Jeremy's romance stand up to the critics at Drama High?
Just when he has accepted that he'll never be a father, Jack Galloway inherits not one, but three kids. Then he gets the knockout punch. He's supposed to raise this family with his ex! And his ex-wife, Rosalind, has her own ideas about parenting. She's already doling out domestic duties, as if he had all the time in the world away from his office. She's also got some crazy notion that, thanks to their unexpected "family," the two of them have been handed a second chance. As if he'll let his heart get broken again. But the real knockout punch? That part of him that thinks he and Rosalind could fall back in love.
Dedicated teacher Whitney Maxwell gave up her dream of a family years ago. But she's about to get a lesson in faith and family from an unexpected source--a brave little boy named Jason. Jason and his dad are dealing with his autism the best they can, but Dr. Shane McCoy can't put his tragic past behind him. As Whitney and Shane work together to help his son, could these two lost souls open their hearts to love again and become a lasting family?
Mitch Hammond is a man of his word. And as far as Cora Beth Collins is concerned, that's a problem. The stubborn sheriff has vowed never to love again, for fear of wounding someone else. The most he can offer Cora Beth is marriage in name only. And with no other way to adopt two runaway orphans and keep her patchwork family together, she accepts. Mitch is doing the honorable thing. So why does it feel so wrong? Despite his intentions, Mitch is starting to want more from Cora Beth...and from himself. For in her trusting eyes he sees everything he hopes to be-as a lawman, a father and a husband.
The Lady Savannah Markum's busy days were filled with single-handedly raising a toddler and running her ranch. Her lonely nights were filled with longing for what might have been...if Matt Forrester hadn't shattered her heart. And now Matt was back....And the Lawman Deputy Sheriff Matt Forrester was determined to discover who was stealing cattle from Savannah's ranch. But as the man who had never stopped loving her, he yearned to protect her-and the child who should have been his son. Just as Savannah should have been his wife...and would be-if he had his way!
An Instant Family? Coaching Little League in a small Florida town is a world away from Travis Oak's dream of being a professional pitcher. But now the phys ed teacher faces his greatest challenge: keeping a ten-year-old boy from being expelled. He's got the perfect solution...until he runs up against a petite, irresistible blonde. After her major league husband's betrayal, Courtney Smith wants nothing to do with bad boys...or baseball. But her son thinks Travis is some kind of hero, and she has to admit-it's hard to resist Cocoa Beach's most gorgeous coach. But will her secret keep Travis from having a family to call his own?
"I want to be your husband again. "He had almost lost them. Now Travis had come home determined to be the family man Mei and their little girl needed. It was a family growing by leaps and bounds if Mei's burgeoning belly was any indication. . . . Mei had never stopped loving Travis but things had changed when he was off saving the world. Now more than ever she needed him to be a full-time husband and father. She needed to know once and for all--was he in. . . or was he out?
Her neighbors in Dry Creek, Montana, think Gracie Stone is rebuilding her life just fine on the family ranch. But Calen Gray knows better. Foreman of nearby Elkton Ranch, Calen has been sweet on Gracie half their lives. But harrowing circumstances kept them apart-and sent Gracie away. Now she's back, barely holding her head up, and refusing to believe she has a second chance at happiness. With faith, love and the gentle airing of long-held secrets, Calen just might find a way to bring back her smile-forever.
Picking up where The Vanishings left off, Second Chance is just that: at the close of book one, Judd, Vicki, Lionel, and Ryan met up at New Hope Village Church and got the Good News from now-humbled pastor Bruce Barnes (who, despite his degree from Bible college, got left behind after the Rapture for failing to receive Christ, just like the kids). Lionel, nixed by the Messiah on a technicality in book one, jumps at the chance to join the winning team, but the other kids are too angry and confused after watching their world get turned upside down. Book two follows their search for truth as they piece together the wreckage of the Rapture in each of their lives, knowing full well that the end of the world isn't far off--just seven years, according to Bruce, once Israel signs a treaty with the Antichrist. By the book's end, two more Left Behind kids wise up, but one holds out, still too scared and mad to sign on.
Homecoming Reunion John Amman left his Amish community and sweetheart Lydia Goodloe to make his fortune in the outside world, while Lydia stayed behind to devote herself to teaching. She can accept spinsterhood, and even face the closure of her beloved school. But John's return after eight years tests her faith anew. Lydia hasn't forgotten a single thing about John Amman-including the way he broke her heart.John risked becoming an outcast to give Lydia everything she deserved. He couldn't see that what she really wanted was a simple life-with him. Lydia is no longer the girl he knew. Now she's the woman who can help him reclaim their long-ago dream of home and family...if he can only win her trust once more.
Everybody makes mistakes. Yours can be a new beginning. Sometimes your mistake in a relationship, with finances or work, is minor. Other times it can be life-changing. Either way, failure doesn't have to be fatal. Second Chance, Second Actshows you how God can transform your biggest mistake into a new beginning. With solid biblical insights, trustworthy wisdom, and practical strategies, pastor and best-selling author Robert Jeffress helps you work through the guilt, suffering, and fear of your mess up. He shares numerous examples, from the Bible and recent history, to show you how God is in the business of redemption, and then he gives you five biblical strategies to turn your biggest mess into an incredible success. Second Chance, Second Actwill show you how to use your mistakes as a prelude to a fresh start in life.
Her first love is her last hope...but for him, it's payback time in this MacLaren's Pride novel from New York Times bestselling author Kate Carlisle. Connor MacLaren never forgave Maggie Jameson for leaving him. Ten years later, his former sweetheart's back in their California town, desperate for the Scottish businessman's help. And he knows just how to get her out of his system once and for all.... Agreeing to temporarily pose as Connor's girlfriend is déjà vu. After only a few minutes alone with the rugged Highlander, Maggie's breathless with desire. Of course, this was Connor's intention...until his plan backfires, leaving them both wanting much more.
Just like everyone else... Quiet, determined Kristin Thompson knows exactly what she wants from life. Since she was little, she has had one goal -- to become a world-class tennis player. Now all she has to do is win one more tournament and she'll qualify to turn professional. Then handsome Bruce Patman invites her out and sweeps her off her feet. But there's not enough room in Kristin's life for a boyfriend and professional tennis. She begins to wonder if a romance with Bruce will make her happier than winning the tournament ever could. Will Kristin give up the dream of a lifetime to live like an ordinary teenager?
Jack and Laurie find at death that they can prove themselves by being guardian angels to a troubled Jessica.
Chances, perhaps Alice Adams most accomplished novel, is a rich, moving, and beautifully drawn portrait of six women and men, friends for years, who suddenly, and with amazement, find themselves growing old. They live in a beautiful small California town called San Sebastian, and they see each other almost daily-- Dudley and Sam Venable; Edward Crane and his younger lover, Freddy Fuentes; the widowed Celeste Timberlake; the eccentric, secretive Polly Blake. With generosity and humor and remarkable insight, Adams takes us into rich emotional territory in a novel that evokes the ways in which people continually astonish themselves, at any age, with their capacity for wonder and change.
It was the kind of encounter Billie had seen only in the movies, and never dreamed could happen to her. A rugged, sexy cowboy appeared from out of nowhere to stir her passions-and then, just as quickly, he was gone. For one brief moment in time the walls Billie had built around her heart tumbled, though she believed their fiery passion would forever be no more than a bittersweet memory. But fate leads her to a sprawling Texas ranch, and he is there again-Matt, her handsome, mysterious stranger, the best thing that had ever happened to her. And now a voice inside her is telling her to run fast and far away. But Matt let Billie go once and he's not going to make the same mistake again-because nothing on Earth will stop him from grabbing a second chance at love.
When they are suddenly reunited after many years, former bad boy Paul Randall and Belinda Carnes, the town's pastor's daughter, discover that God is the ultimate matchmaker.
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