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At thirty-six , Hope McKenna-Smith is no stranger to bad news. She lost her mother to cancer, her husband left her for a twenty-two year old, and her bank account is nearly depleted. Her own dreams of becoming a lawyer long gone, she's running a failing family bakery on Cape Cod and raising a troubled preteen. Now, Hope's beloved French-born grandmother Mamie, who wowed the Cape with her fabulous pastries for more than fifty years, is drifting away into a haze of Alzheimer's. But in a rare moment of clarity, Mamie realizes that unless she tells Hope about the past, the secrets she has held on to for so many years will soon be lost forever. Tantalizingly, she reveals mysterious snippets of a tragic history in Paris. And then, arming her with a scrawled list of names, she sends Hope to France to uncover a seventy-year-old mystery. Hope's emotional journey takes her through the bakeries of Paris and three religious traditions, all guided by Mamie's fairy tales and the sweet tastes of home. As Hope pieces together her family's history, she finds horrific Holocaust stories mixed with powerful testimonies of her family's will to survive in a world gone mad. And to reunite two lovers torn apart by terror, all she'll need is a dash of courage, and the belief that God exists everywhere, even in cake. . . .
Based on historical characters and events, A Sweetness to the Soul recounts the captivating story of young, spirited Oregon pioneer Jane Herbert who at the age of twelve faces a tragedy that begins a life-long search for forgiveness and love. In the years that follow, young Jane finds herself involved in an unusual and touching romance with a dreamer sixteen years her senior, struggles to make peace with an emotionally distant mother, and fights to build a family of her own. Filled with heart-warming insight and glimpses of real-life pain, A Sweetness to the Soul paints a brilliant picture of love that conquers all obstacles and offers a powerful testimony to the miracle of God's healing power.From the Trade Paperback edition.
What's better than dessert? Dessert on a stick! And now kids can get in on the fun with these scrumdiddlyumptious dessert recipes! Whether it's cake pops or candied fruit, this book offers a variety of treats to satisfy everyone's sweet tooth such as: Mini Boston Cream Pies Fudge Blasted Brownie Bites Gooey Caramel Candy Apples Deep Freeze Chocolate Bananas With full-colour photos and step-by-step instructions, this book is guaranteed fun for the whole family.
From bestselling author Anne Rivers Siddons comes a bittersweet and finely wrought story of friendship, family, and Charleston society. At twelve, Emily Parmenter knows alone all too well. Left mostly to herself after her beautiful young mother disappeared and her beloved older brother died, Emily is keenly aware of yearning and loss. Rather than be consumed by sadness, she has built a life around the faded plantation where her remote father and hunting-obsessed brothers raise the legendary Lowcountry Boykin hunting spaniels. It is a meager, narrow, masculine world, but to Emily it has magic: the storied deep-sea dolphins who come regularly to play in Sweetwater Creek; her extraordinary bond with the beautiful dogs she trains; her almost mystic communion with her own spaniel, Elvis; the dreaming old Lowcountry itself. Emily hides from the dreaded world here. It is enough. And then comes Lulu Foxworth, troubled daughter of a truly grand plantation, who has run away from her hectic Charleston debutante season to spend a healing summer with the quiet marshes and river, and the life-giving dogs. Where Emily's father sees their guest as an entrÉe to a society he thought forever out of reach, Emily is at once threatened and mystified. Lulu has a powerful enchantment of her own, and this, along with the dark, crippling secret she brings with her, will inevitably blow Emily's magical water world apart and let the real one in-but at a terrible price. Poignant and emotionally compelling, Anne Rivers Siddons's Sweetwater Creek draws you into the luminous landscape of the Lowcountry. With characters that linger long after you've turned the last page, this engaging tale is destined to become an instant classic.
12-year-old Emily lives a quiet life with her father, older brothers, and her beloved dog. Although Emily loves helping her father train the Spaniels that he raises, there still isn't a lot of joy in her family since the death of Emily's oldest brother. But things change when the warm and vibrant Lulu comes to stay. To Emily's father, Lulu, the daughter of wealthy parents, is the ticket into high society, but to Emily, Lulu becomes a friend. Lulu has a dark secret, one that even Emily's friendship may not be able to overcome.
Spinster schoolteacher Eden Devlin was desperate when she convinced rancher and nester wives to withhold sex from their husbands until they agreed to end a devastating range war. But frustrated husbands held at arm's length by their wives resorted to their own desperate measures - and hired gunslinger Burke Kerrigan to seduce Miss Devlin.
Jenny Gray wondered if she could survive a day in an isolated cabin in the Wyoming Territory, and she needed to stay five years to make the land hers. Local rancher Trell McCall thought of her as proud and beautiful. When a crooked Indian agent tries to drive Jenny out, she needs help. And when she finds the land's real riches include loyal friends and a rugged man to stand by her side, Jenny is ready to fight. Copyright © Libri GmbH. All rights reserved.
From Booklist The twenty-fifth book of Xanth deals with a matter of some gravity. Specifically, the Demon Earth has disappeared, which means that eventually not only some but all gravity will disappear from Earth and Xanth. To solve the mystery and rescue the Demon Earth, the Swell Foop is required. That involves using the six magical rings of Xanth, which need to be found by means of a quest by five old friends of Xanth mavens--Cynthia and Che Centaur, Brianna and Justin Tree, and Sim, the immortal bird--as well as Jaylin, a girl from Mundane Hawaii. The search is fraught with Anthony's usual cargo of puns. A bit longer than some recent Xanths, this is also a bit better, and even those who find it more of the same are likely to enjoy themselves. But starting with Xanth in a late book such as this is less advisable for finding out what the fuss is all about than going back as far as your library's holdings allow. Roland Green Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
Work hard, play hard. That's Candy Calder's motto. Even so, she never thought impressing her boss -- hottie Matt Rockwell -- would mean playing harder than ever! Instead of wowing him by working at the beach, they're hitting a sexy festival exploring the subtleties of networking. Worse, Matt's steamy looks are so tempting she can't keep her hands off him! Sex with the boss is not the way to get promoted, so she makes him swear their fun in the sun will end with the holiday. But come Monday, will she be able to put this wild fling behind them?
Five days before her wedding to a man she admires but doesn't love, Katrina Spencer escapes to a private island. There, she can let the sun warm her body as she contemplates a future without the passion she craves. Then she lazily opens her eyes, only to see Brock Denton . . . muscular, half-naked, the one who got away-the one who makes her body tingle with arousal. How Brock arrived is a mystery, but it's clear he's in danger. Kat faces danger, too, in the arms of a man who is determined to free her from her every inhibition with his hands, his mouth, and more! Kat has five steamy days and five sultry nights to make up her mind-return home to a man she doesn't love, or satisfy her wildest passions with Brock and let herself be . . . swept away.
A romantic summertime short story from New York Times bestselling author Mariah Stewart, now available as a standalone eBook!A successful oceanside chef meets the man of her dreams--a P.I. with secrets of his own--at a vacation spot packed with memories for them both.
The steps of a charmingly complex dance--Scotland's famous reel--are at the heart of Hester Browne's enchanting contemporary novel of two very different sisters whose dreams may come true at a romantic Scottish ball. Evie Nicholson is in love . . . with the past. An antiques appraiser in a London shop, Evie spins fanciful attachments to Victorian picture frames, French champagne glasses, satin evening gloves, and tattered teddy bears--regardless of their monetary value. Alice Nicholson is in love . . . with Fraser Graham, a dashing Scotsman whom Evie secretly desires. As crisply neat and stylish as Evie is cheerfully cluttered, Alice is a professional organizer determined to pull her sister out of her comfort zone--and who presents her with an irresistible offer. As a favor to friends of Fraser's family, Evie jumps at the chance to appraise a Scottish castle full of artifacts and heirlooms. What could be more thrilling than roaming the halls of Kettlesheer and uncovering the McAndrews' family treasures--and dusty secrets? But crossing paths with moody heir Robert McAndrew has Evie assessing what she wants the most . . . and at an upcoming candlelight gala, a traditional dance will set her heart reeling.
As the millions of fans of Like Water for Chocolate know, Laura Esquivel is a romanticist whose novels explore the power of love and the truths of the human heart. She returns to those themes in Swift as Desire, the story of a loving and passionate man who has the gift of bringing happiness to everyone except his own wife.The hero of this novel is Júbilo Chi, a telegraph operator who is born with the ability to "hear" people's true feelings and respond to their most intimate, unspoken desires. His life changes forever the day he falls deeply and irrevocably in love with Lucha, the beautiful daughter of a wealthy family. She believes money is necessary to insure happiness, while for Júbilo, who is poor, love and desire are more important than possessions. But their passion for each other enables them to build a happy life together -- until their idyll is shattered by a terrible event that drives them bitterly apart. Only years later, as Júbilo lies dying, is his daughter able to unravel the mystery behind her parents' long estrangement and bring about a surprising reconciliation.From the Trade Paperback edition.
Ireland 1984. After Shell's mother dies, her obsessively religious father descends into alcoholic mourning and Shell is left to care for her younger brother and sister. Her only release from the harshness of everyday life comes from her budding spiritual friendship with a naive young priest, and most importantly, her developing relationship with childhood friend, Declan, who is charming, eloquent, and persuasive. But when Declan suddenly leaves Ireland to seek his fortune in America, Shell finds herself pregnant and the center of a scandal that rocks the small community in which she lives, with repercussions across the whole country. The lives of those immediately around her will never be the same again. This is a story of love and loss, religious belief and spirituality--it will move the hearts of any who read it.
After being turned out by his mean-spirited uncle, Chris Dahlberg decides to harvest some of the giant logs down the Mississippi River to market in St. Louis.
In honor of Madeleine L'Engle's 80th birthday, a host of prominent writers and academics gather to create this unique collection. Madeleine's circle of friends and peers (writers, poets, scholars, theologians) here provide an intimate portrait of L'Engle and respond to her writings and mentoring influence.Ranging from the personal to the academic, these essays illuminate the many worlds of Madeleine's writings: the private, the reflective, the theological, the scientific, the mythic, and the literary.From the Trade Paperback edition.
The short story that inspired Jennifer Weiner's forthcoming novel The Next Best Thing.Ruth has left her job writing for a hit television show for reasons she'd rather not discuss and is supplementing her increasingly dwindling savings with freelance writing projects--namely, helping anxious high school students craft a perfect college essay and lonely souls craft captivating online dating profiles. When she's not working, she's swimming--lap after lap at the local indoor pool, in a desperate attempt to wash away the sting of professional failure and heartbreak that she can't seem to shake. It takes an unexpected client to show her that appearances can be deceiving, and that sometimes the bravest thing you can do is simply dive back in.
Hightower is most often called a populist, but he just shrugs it off and starts pointing out features of the real world that the rich and powerful would rather people did not notice. Here he and co-conspirator Susan DeMarco present vignettes of how once-ordinary people are fighting corruption and injustice in business, politics, and life, often by providing an alternative to the mainstream. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
From Ann Packer, author of the New York Times best-selling novels The Dive from Clausen's Pier and Songs Without Words, a collection of burnished, emotionally searing stories, framed by two unforgettable linked narratives that express the transformation of a single family over the course of a lifetime.A wife struggles to make sense of her husband's sudden disappearance. A mother mourns her teenage son through the music collection he left behind. A woman shepherds her estranged parents through her brother's wedding and reflects on the year her family collapsed. A young man comes to grips with the joy--and vulnerability--of fatherhood. And, in the masterly opening novella, two teenagers from very different families forge a sustaining friendship, only to discover the disruptive and unsettling power of sex.Ann Packer is one of our most talented archivists of family life, with its hidden crevasses and unforeseeable perils, and in these stories she explores the moral predicaments that define our social and emotional lives, the frailty of ordinary grace, and the ways in which we are shattered and remade by loss. With Swim Back to Me, she delivers shimmering psychological precision, unfailing intelligence, and page-turning drama: her most enticing work yet.From the Hardcover edition.
Little Wombat is so excited! He's found a fun new friend to play with who walks strangely, has a funny little face, and most amazingly of all, can swim like a fish in the water! But when Platypus tries teaching Little Wombat to swim, Rabbit and Koala begin to wonder if wombats should stick to dry land, after all.
In the spirit of a Hollywood comedy, screenwriter Calame ("Employee of the Month") unleashes a true ode to the adolescent male, in this story about three teenage boys with a single goal: to see a real-live naked girl.
Mackay offers dozens of tips on how to outsell, outmanage, outmotivate, and outnegotiate other people in any field of human endeavor.
This straight-from-the-hip handbook by bestselling author and self-made millionaire Harvey Mackay spells out the path to success for readers everywhere. They will learn how to: Outsell by getting appointments with people who absolutely, positively do not want to see you, and then making them glad they said "yes!" Outmanage by arming yourself with information on prospects, customers, and competitors that the CIA would envy - using a system called the "Mackay 66." Outmotivate by using his insights to help yourself or your kids join the ranks of Amercia's one million millionaires. Outnegotiate by knowing when to "smile and say no" and when to "send in the clones." This one-of-a-kind book by a businessman who's seen it all and done it all has sold almost 2 million copies, and is the essential roadmap for everyone on the path to success.
When Vivian Silver married Jeb Wheeler, their hand-built house and swimming pond on acres of untamed New Hampshire land became the family's universe. Lila, their youngest, was consumed with love for her older brothers Aaron and Jack, and blind to the simmering tension between them. Into this scene glides Aaron's girlfriend, Suzanne, whose visit will unleash the forces of rage between them, compelling one brother to commit an act against the other that could never be taken back. A decade later Lila is trying to piece together what happened that fateful weekend and recover the things lost down by the water . . . before she can at last let them go.
Swimming Across is a personal and cultural memoir tracing Andrew Grove's most formative years. Beginning on the eve of Nazi Germany's invasion of his native Hungary and ending with his flight from communism to America 16 years later, it combines a child's sense of wonder with an engineer's passion for order and detail. Grove's uplifting autobiography depicts his family's struggle to survive in the face of a host of staggering obstacles. Nearly killed by scarlet fever at the age of four, forced into hiding by the Nazis in 1944, and dogged by anti-Semitism, Andrew Grove's survival was nothing short of miraculous. In Swimming Across, a true American hero reveals his origins and what it takes to survive... and to triumph.
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