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Set in a small town in Mississippi, The Cherry Cola Book Club is the touching and sometimes hilarious story of a young, upbeat librarian who has been given an ultimatum to increase the library's circulation dramatically -- or risk having to close its doors. Maura doesn't just start a book club, she gets involved in unique and unexpected ways with her library patrons. She entertains and advises them, she has potluck dinners, and life in the town begins to imitate art. Soon, the library patrons begin to relate their own lives to the work of writers like Margaret Mitchell and Harper Lee. In moving and personal ways, Maura helps her fellow townspeople deal with such subjects as long-lost love and a brush with death, offering advice on nearly everything, including romance. No topic is off limits. And along the way, Maura raises the profile of the library -- but will it be enough?
When Jeff Bauman woke up on Tuesday, April 16th, 2013 in the Boston Medical Center, groggy from a series of lifesaving surgeries and missing his legs, the first thing he did was try to speak. When he realized he couldn't, he asked for a pad and paper and wrote down seven words: "Saw the guy. Looked right at me," setting off one of the biggest manhunts in the country's history. Just thirty hours before, Jeff had been at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon cheering on his girlfriend, Erin, when the first bomb went off at his feet. As he was rushed to the hospital, he realized he was severely injured and that he might die, but he didn't know that a photograph of him in a wheelchair was circulating throughout the world, making him the human face of the Boston Marathon bombing victims, or that what he'd seen would give the Boston police their most important breakthrough.
FBI agent John O'Hara and Special Agent Sarah Brubaker hunt an ingenious pair of serial killers whose victims all seem to be newlyweds.
Love between a Mennonite woman and an Amish man threatens the lifelong relationship between two brothers. Sadie is a young, single Old Order Mennonite who moves in with her grandfather to fill in for him at a restaurant he co-owns with Ellen Zook, an Old Amish woman, and her two sons. Romance between the Mennonites and Amish is forbidden, but Sadie grows to care for the Zook family, especially considerate Aden.
Alma DeGeer Dunahew, the mother of three young boys, works as the maid for a prominent citizen and his family in West Table, Missouri. Her husband is mostly absent, and in 1929, her scandalous, beloved younger sister is one of the forty-two killed in an explosion at the local dance hall. Who is to blame? Mobsters from St. Louis? The embittered local Gypsies? The preacher who railed against the loose morals of the waltzing couples? Or could it have been a colossal accident? Alma thinks she knows the answer -- and that its roots lie in a dangerous love affair.
"Bringing to life the interworkings of a 1906 chocolate factory and one young crusader's passionate vision to see child workers free of factory work, this historical Christian Romance has a lot of heart and soul"-- Provided by publisher.
"Welcome to the quirky town of Cherico, Mississippi, where potluck meetings at the local library provide a feast for mind and stomach alike. . . If some folks had their way, the Cherico library would have shut down long ago. Councilman Durden Sparks aims to divert funding to a cause dear to his heart--and his wallet. With the aid of gumption and good friends, librarian Maura Beth Mayhew has finagled a one-year reprieve, and the burgeoning book club is raising the library's profile one mouthwatering meeting at a time. But more members mean more opinions. . . While the Forrest Gump-themed shrimp dishes are a universal hit, meetings don't always go according to plan. Between spirited debate over book choices and surprising revelations and relationship hiccups--including Maura Beth's fledgling romance--there's a lot to discuss. And just when bad luck threatens to finish the library for good, the Cherry Cola Book Club may learn that the best stories have twists--and heroes--you never expected" -- from publisher's web site.
In the 1890s, a stranger named Dunbar rides into the town of Winsome, Wyoming. He goes to work at the Little Six ranch and begins to look into the affairs of Tut Whipple, a water project developer who built a dam near the town. The investigation starts with missing cattle, but extends to the disappearance of a young girl. Whipple's men come after him, first with fists and then with guns -- leading to a showdown on the dark prairie.
Rhoda Byler's gift with plants leads to the enmity of a young man in her Old Order Amish community, but when she meets Samuel King, whose orchard is struggling, he suggests that they can solve each other's problems. Includes recipes.
When Frank Morgan is confronted by a young man who claims to be his son it means finding the boy's mother, and barging into the middle of a range war.
Beltway doyenne Samantha Calhoun relishes teaching certain young congressmen everything she knows. But when her latest fling, married U.S. Rep. Quentin Wilson, is found dead in Samantha's home, she turns to longtime friend Molly Malone. Molly soon learns that Wilson had been researching a financial bill sponsored by a veiled coalition of politicians?the same bill that her niece Karen Grayson was investigating when she was murdered.
"Suley, Georgia, is home to Lost Lake Cottages and not much else. Which is why it's the perfect place for newly-widowed Kate and her eccentric eight-year-old daughter Devin to heal. Kate spent one memorable childhood summer at Lost Lake, had her first almost-kiss at Lost Lake, and met a boy named Wes at Lost Lake. It was a place for dreaming. But Kate doesn't believe in dreams anymore, and her Aunt Eby, Lost Lake's owner, wants to sell the place and move on. Lost Lake's magic is gone. As Kate discovers that time has a way of standing still at Lost Lake can she bring the cottages--and her heart--back to life? Because sometimes the things you love have a funny way of turning up again. And sometimes you never even know they were lost...until they are found"-- Provided by publisher.
Gwyn Hillerman loves being a nurse at her father's clinic on the beautiful Alaskan frontier in 1935. But family life has been rough ever since her mother left them, disdaining the uncivilized country and taking Gwyn's younger sister back to Chicago with her. In Chicago, Dr. Jeremiah Vaughan finds his life suddenly turned upside down when his medical license is stripped away after an affluent patient dies. In a snowball effect, his fiance breaks their engagement. In an attempt to bury the past, Jeremiah accepts Dr. Hillerman's invitation to join his growing practice in the isolated Alaska Territory. Gwyn and Jeremiah soon recognize a growing attraction to each other. But when rumors of Jeremiah's past begin to surface, they'll need more than love to face the threat of an uncertain future.
Bernie and Libby Simmons, caterers extraordinaire, are hosting a televised cookie contest just in time for Christmas, but unfriendly rivalries cook up a cutthroat competition.
The tornado that devastated Kings' Orchard pushed Rhoda, Samuel, and Jacob to make a new start in Maine. Are they strong enough to withstand the challenge of establishing an Amish community -- and brave enough to face the secrets that move with them?
In Virginia, there is an agency bearing the bland name of Technical Operations Support Activity (TOSA). Its mission is to find and eliminate those so dangerous to the United States that they appear on a document known as the Kill List. Recently added to the list is a terrorist of frightening effectiveness called the Preacher, who radicalizes young Muslims abroad to carry out assassinations. Unfortunately for him, one of his targets is a retired Marine general whose son is TOSA's top hunter. Preacher has made it personal.
In the aftermath of a life-shattering accident in the English countryside in 1972, twelve-year-old Byron Hemming struggles with events that his mother does not seem to remember and embarks on a journey to discover what really did or did not happen.
Working as a typist for the NYC Police Department in 1923, Rose Baker documents confessions of harrowing crimes and struggles with changing gender roles while clinging to her Victorian ideals and searching for nurturing companionship before becoming obsessed with a glamorous newcomer and her world of bobbed hair, smoking and speakeasies.
When Haley Warren hires private investigator Tyler Brodie to prove that her father's death was no accident, he uncovers some unsettling evidence as attraction grows between them.
Kinjo Heywood is a hard-nosed linebacker for the New England Patriots who's earned his reputation as one of the toughest guys in the league. When off-field violence repeatedly lands Heywood in the news, his agent hires Spenser to find the men who he says have been harassing his clinet. Heywood's troubles seem to be tied to a nightclub shooting from two years earlier. When Heywood's nine-year old son, Akira, is kidnapped, ransom demands are given, and a winding trail through Boston's underworld begins It will take both Hawk and Zebulon Sixkill to watch Spenser's back and return the child to the football star.
Rhoda Byler is committed to rehabilitating an orchard in Maine, but must make a choice between brothers Jacob and Samuel King.
Fleeing his violent master at the side of abolitionist John Brown at the height of the slavery debate in mid-nineteenth-century Kansas Territory, Henry pretends to be a girl to hide his identity throughout the raid on Harpers Ferry in 1859.
Composer Peter Els --the "Bioterrorist Bach" -- pays a final visit to the people he loves, those who shaped his musical journey and, through the help of his ex-wife, his daughter, and his longtime collaborator, he hatches a plan to turn his disastrous collision with Homeland Security into a work of art that will reawaken its audience to the sounds all around them.