New Release: Sugar: A Novel by Kimberly Stuart

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After realizing her coworkers at L’Ombre, a high-profile restaurant in NYC, will never appreciate or respect her, Charlie Garrett allows her ex-boyfriend, Avery Michaels, to convince her to work for him as executive pastry chef at his new Seattle hotspot, Thrill. She’ll have her own kitchen, her own staff—everything she ever wanted professionally.

When she arrives at Thrill, however, she realizes that Avery wanted more than a pastry chef for his restaurant—he wanted a costar for the reality show they’re filming about the restaurant and its staff. Charlie is uncomfortable with the idea at first, but she soon realizes that this is her chance to show the world what women in the kitchen are capable of. She sets some ground rules with the film crew, signs a non-disclosure agreement, and promptly meets the man of her dreams, Kai, off-camera.

The show, and her demanding work schedule as head of the pastry kitchen, makes it nearly impossible for Charlie and Kai to spend time together. Drama on and off the set soon take a toll on Charlie’s well-being, forcing her to choose if life in front of the camera is worth sacrificing life behind the scenes.

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New Release: Distant Starless Nights by Myriam Ullens

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Kimberly Rochester has led a life filled with romance and adventure. The years have also dealt her unimaginable heartbreak, but she has always triumphed over adversity thanks to her exceptional spirit and inner strength.

Then one day she finds herself alone and in despair on a beach near her manor house in Brittany. She is on the brink of relinquishing everything… until her teenaged grandchildren arrive just in time. Eager to remind their grandmother of her courage, they beg her to share her life story. Their only request? She must leave nothing out.

Kim’s history begins with an elite London upbringing, surrounded by wealth and privilege but filled with loneliness. Refusing to let her relentlessly cruel mother or a harsh Belgian convent school dampen her passion for life, Kim discovers her first friendships and the depths of her own imagination. Her dashing and loving godfather, Uncle Oliver, is a guiding light whose love and tales of adventure give her comfort and ignite her curiosity.

As Kim recounts her young adulthood in Paris, her journey to China during the Cultural Revolution, her dangerous love affair, the birth of her children, and the secrets and lies she uncovers along the way — she weaves a portrait of an extraordinary woman who can see the world’s beauty even in the most fragile and fleeting moments. Inspired by the author’s own life, this heartfelt novel also reveals how resilience, hope, and family can sustain a person through the greatest of hardships.

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New Release: Ghachar Ghochar: A Novel by Vivek Shanbhag

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A young man’s close-knit family is nearly destitute when his uncle founds a successful spice company, changing their fortunes overnight. As they move from a cramped, ant-infested shack to a larger house on the other side of Bangalore, and try to adjust to a new way of life, allegiances realign; marriages are arranged and begin to falter; and conflict brews ominously in the background. Things become “ghachar ghochar”—a nonsense phrase uttered by one of the characters that comes to mean something tangled beyond repair, a knot that can’t be untied. Elegantly written and punctuated by moments of unexpected warmth and humor, Ghachar Ghochar is a quietly enthralling, deeply unsettling novel about the shifting meanings—and consequences—of financial gain in contemporary India.

 

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New Release: Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

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Profoundly moving and gracefully told, PACHINKO follows one Korean family through the generations, beginning in early 1900s Korea with Sunja, the prized daughter of a poor yet proud family, whose unplanned pregnancy threatens to shame them. Betrayed by her wealthy lover, Sunja finds unexpected salvation when a young tubercular minister offers to marry her and bring her to Japan to start a new life.

So begins a sweeping saga of exceptional people in exile from a homeland they never knew and caught in the indifferent arc of history. In Japan, Sunja’s family members endure harsh discrimination, catastrophes, and poverty, yet they also encounter great joy as they pursue their passions and rise to meet the challenges this new home presents. Through desperate struggles and hard-won triumphs, they are bound together by deep roots as their family faces enduring questions of faith, family, and identity.

 

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New Release: Kissed by the Rain by Claudia Winter

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Josefine Sonnenthal has it all under control. A successful lawyer with a sensible fiancé and big plans for marriage and children, she is sure that everything in her life is going according to plan.

But without a very important family ring—one that may possess mystical powers to doom or bless Josefine’s impending marriage—there will be no wedding. And that’s why she finds herself on a plane heading to Scotland with her two eccentric great aunts, desperately searching for a wayward cousin who holds the coveted heirloom.

When Josefine finds herself in one near-disaster after another along the Highlands countryside, she repeatedly crosses paths with the handsome but notoriously moody confectioner, Aidan Murray. Enchanted by her lush new surroundings, she tries to resist his rugged charm, but soon she begins to question everthing. Does having a plan really mean having it all together? Or could this unexpected love be the best plan yet?

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New Release: Only She Sees by Manel Loureiro

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After a tragic car accident shatters her body and mind, Cassandra struggles to piece together her life as a respected psychiatrist and devoted mother. But the accident has changed her. Her eyes have been opened to horrors she never knew existed. Is her family really under attack, or is it all in her mind?

While Cassandra tries to prove the feeling of being stalked, her police-investigator husband, Daniel, hunts a killer of his own. As both the body count and Cassandra’s hysteria rise, Daniel becomes obsessed with the case and suspicious of Cassandra’s part in it. Afraid of losing her increasingly fragile grip on reality, Cassandra plunges into a search for answers that may come at the cost of her sanity. Racing to a shattering confrontation with an evil she can barely comprehend, Cassandra must decide: How far will she go, what darkness will she embrace, to save those she loves?

 

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New Release: After You Were Gone by Alexis Harrington

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Mitchell Tucker has come back to the small Texas town of Gila Rock looking for something Julianne Boyce has no intention of giving him: forgiveness. It’s been eight years since Mitch went to jail for starting a fire that claimed her husband’s life…and longer still since Juli and Mitch fell into a forbidden first love that their feuding families brought to an end. She’s lost too much because of his thoughtlessness to let herself fall under that familiar spell again.

But no matter how much she ignores him, Mitch isn’t leaving. Soon he’s helping out at her farm and her new store, trying to make amends, melting the cold shell Juli’s built around her heart. There’s a world of hurt and mistrust between them—but there’s also one last chance to uncover the truths that might bring them back together once more…

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New Release: Bluff by Julie Dill

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Seventeen year-old Chelsea Knowles is your average teenager. But she’s harboring a secret that very few people know: she and her dad can’t pay the bills. Broken by his wife leaving, Chelsea’s father ignores his parenting responsibilities. Between cheer costs, grocery bills, electricity, and other financial burdens, Chelsea knows it’ll be up to her to keep the lights on. She manages to sneak into a casino, and her first big poker win sparks the beginning of downward spiral. Money stops being a problem, but a complicated web of lies begins to spin out of control, threatening to reveal her bluff.

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New Release: Forever is the Worst Long Time by Camille Pagan

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When struggling novelist James Hernandez meets poet Louisa “Lou” Bell, he’s sure he’s just found the love of his life. There’s just one problem: she’s engaged to his oldest friend, Rob. So James toasts their union and swallows his desire.

As the years pass, James’s dreams always seem just out of reach—he can’t finish that novel, can’t mend his relationship with his father, can’t fully commit to a romantic relationship. He just can’t move on. But after betrayal fractures Lou’s once-solid marriage, she turns to James for comfort.

When Lou and James act on their long-standing mutual attraction, the consequences are more heartbreaking—and miraculous—than either of them could have ever anticipated. Then life throws James one more curveball, and he, Rob, and Lou are forced to come to terms with the unexpected ways in which love and loss are intertwined.

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New Release: Somebody Like You: A Darling, VT Novel by Donna Alward

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A kiss to last a lifetime

Aiden Gallagher was only five years old when he appeared in a photograph on the Kissing Bridge. The town of Darling, Vermont, has used Aiden’s image on the famed bridge—local legend has it that a kiss there results in everlasting love—as part of its tourism campaign. Now, twenty years later, Aiden is asked to recreate the moment with the woman he once kissed: Laurel Stone.

Recently divorced, there’s nothing Laurel wants less than to pretend happily-ever-after with Aiden. As teenagers, their romance was no fairy tale—and Laurel has never quite forgiven Aiden for breaking her heart. But now that she is back in her hometown, and keeps bumping into police officer Aiden, Laurel can’t deny that there’s still a strong flicker between her and her old flame. Could it be that the Kissing Bridge is working its magic on Laurel and Aiden—and that all true love ever needed was a second chance?

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