Three Good Things: A Novel


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Atria Books #ad - But lanie is beginning to feel that her perfect life is not as perfect as it seems. Both women long for the guidance of their mother, who died years ago but left them with lasting memories of her love and a wonderful piece of advice: “At the end of every day, you can always think of three good things that happened.

Ellen and lanie are as close as two sisters can be, until one begins keeping a secret that could forever change both their lives. She is no longer saddled by her ne’er-do-well husband, but the past still haunts her—sometimes by showing up on her doorstep. Her younger sister, Lanie, is a successful divorce attorney with a baby at home.

Three Good Things: A Novel #ad - Sisterhood, motherhood, marriage, baking, and books—these are a few of the things that make this delightful novel a recipe for getting through the tough stuff of life—from the author of The Summer Sail and The Summer of Good Intentions. Ellen mcclarety, a recent divorcée, has opened a new bake shop in her small Midwestern town, hoping to turn her life around by dedicating herself to the traditional Danish pastry called kringle.

Wearing her big midwestern heart proudly on her sleeve, weaving a story destined to be shared with a friend, a mother, Wendy Francis skillfully illuminates the emotional lives of two women with humor and compassion, or a sister.

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With Friends Like These: A Novel

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Ballantine Books #ad - A decade later, from new england and also a mother, a midwestern introvert, is growing resentful of her friends’ greater financial stability; timid Chloe, a fiercely independent New York City native and entrepreneur, to play the role of trophy wife; and Jules, Quincy, is trying to overcome a set of tragedies by hunting for the perfect home; Talia, a hedge fund manager, is trying to deflect pressure from her husband, a high-energy California wife and mom, is confronting her forties alone.

As the women wrestle with the challenges of love and motherhood, will their relationships survive? Witty and wise, Sally Koslow’s With Friends Like These hits an emotional bull’s-eye for anyone who has had—or even been—a less than perfect pal. Quincy, chloe, talia, and Jules met after answering a roommate ad for an apartment.

With Friends Like These: A Novel #ad - Despite having little in common, the women became fast friends. This high-five to sisterhood will leave you certain that close friends can never be replaced. Look for special features inside. Join the Circle for author chats and more. Bonus: this edition includes an excerpt from Sally Koslow's The Late, Lamented Molly Marx.

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Beach Girls Hubbard's Point/Black Hall Series Book 5

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Bantam #ad - Her unique ability to weave together the bonds of love and family with the challenges and rewards of everyday life has garnered her eight consecutive top-ten New York Times bestselling paperbacks. Beach girls is an enthralling novel of haunting beauty that will resonate long after the final page is turned.

From the Paperback edition. Luanne rice's sensuous prose and unforgettably rich and textured characters guide us toward a truth that lies within and sometimes beyond our dreams—an enduring strength that we all must embrace to find our way home and into the hearts of those we cherish most. With beach girls, luanne rice returns to the place that she was born to write about—the Connecticut shore—to tell a story about a family of women whose lives encompass three generations, their histories intertwined with that of the mystic coastal town that has forever bound them to one another.

Beach Girls Hubbard's Point/Black Hall Series Book 5 #ad - Beach girls explores the complex and contradictory territories of love, family and friendship. Luanne rice is a rarity among novelists today; she's a true storyteller.

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Postcards from Cedar Key

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Kensington #ad - To her surprise, berkley also attracts the admiration of Saxton Tate III, an English mystery author. Everyone has been eagerly awaiting the opening of Cedar Key's newest shop, Berkley's Chocolates & Gems. For berkley whitmore, moving to the peaceful Florida island is more than a business opportunity. Tender and poignant, perfect for those who love knitting as well as the bonds between women.

Rt book reviews 4 stars on sunrise on Cedar Key"A delightful addition to that genre of needlecraft-inspired books. Library journal on casting about"You'll fall instantly in love with Cedar Key and this homespun knitting community, crafted with expert hands. New york times bestselling author, Lori Wilde.

Postcards from Cedar Key #ad - Berkley's mouthwatering truffles and quirky charm soon draw a wide circle of friends--including the knitting enthusiasts who purchase yarn spun from her two alpacas. And with the help of an old-timer local, she begins to piece together the truth about her mother and estranged father. Beneath the bright purple streak in her dark hair lies a woman struggling with self-doubt.

Understanding the past brings a glimpse of what her future could be--if she accepts the love borne on the soft island breeze, and the happiness she's been seeking for so long. In cedar key, and in time, berkley hopes to uncover the secrets that rippled through her mother's life, perhaps fill the gaps in her own.

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Family Tree: A Novel

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William Morrow #ad - And now, she’s pregnant with their first child. The producer of a popular television cooking show, she loves her handsome husband and the beautiful Los Angeles home they share. And then dividing. It is the story of joys unrealized and opportunities regained. A single cell, joining with another. From the #1 new york times bestselling author comes a powerful, emotionally complex story of love, loss, the pain of the past—and the promise of the future.

Sometimes the greatest dream starts with the smallest element. Annie harlow knows how lucky she is. There, and four young nieces and nephews, the people she knew before, surrounded by her free-spirited brother, their divorced mother, Annie slowly emerges into a world she left behind years ago: the town where she grew up, the high-school boyfriend turned judge.

Family Tree: A Novel #ad - And just like that, the world changes. Complex, clear-eyed and big-hearted, funny, sad, and wise, it is a novel to cherish and to remember.  . But in an instant, her life is shattered. And with the discovery of a cookbook her grandmother wrote in the distant past, Annie unearths an age-old mystery that might prove the salvation of the family farm.

Family tree is the story of one woman’s triumph over betrayal, and how she eventually comes to terms with her past. And when annie awakes from a yearlong coma, she discovers that time isn’t the only thing she’s lost.

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The City Baker's Guide to Country Living: A Novel

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Penguin Books #ad - Broke and knowing that her days at the club are numbered, Livvy accepts. With the joys of a fragrant kitchen, and the crisp scent of the orchard just outside the front door, the sound of banjos and fiddles being tuned in a barn, Livvy soon finds herself immersed in small town life. Livvy moves with her larger-than-life, Salty, uberenthusiastic dog, into a sugarhouse on the inn’s property and begins creating her mouthwatering desserts for the residents of Guthrie.

Olivia rawlings may finally find out that the life you want may not be the one you expected—it could be even better. From the Hardcover edition. But then another new arrival takes the community by surprise, and Livvy must decide whether to do what she does best and flee—or stay and finally discover what it means to belong.

The City Baker's Guide to Country Living: A Novel #ad - Mix in one part diane mott ­davidson’s delightful culinary adventures with several tablespoons of Jan Karon’s country living and quirky characters, bake at 350 degrees for one rich and warm romance. Library journala full-hearted novel about a big-city baker who discovers the true meaning of home—and that sometimes the best things are found when you didn’t even know you were looking When Olivia Rawlings—pastry chef extraordinaire for an exclusive Boston dinner club—sets not just her flambéed dessert but the entire building alight, she escapes to the most comforting place she can think of—the idyllic town of Guthrie, home of Bag Balm, the country’s longest-running contra dance, Vermont, and her best friend Hannah.

And when she meets martin mccracken, the guthrie native who has returned from Seattle to tend his ailing father, Livvy  comes to understand that she may not be as alone in this world as she once thought. She soon uncovers the real reason she has been hired—to help Margaret reclaim the inn’s blue ribbon status at the annual county fair apple pie contest.

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What We Leave Behind

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#ad - With an unexpected phone call from New York, a secret from Jessica’s past comes to light. Is it possible to ever forget the boy you first gave your heart to? Jessica eventually moves on, and in her twenties, becomes a successful music supervisor in Los Angeles. The book chronicles the life and emotional growth of Jessica Parker as she frees herself from the past and moves forward with her future.

Will she be able to reconcile old feelings in time to salvage her marriage? An honest, tender, and poignant portrayal of love in its many forms, this heart wrenching novel will resonate with any woman who has questioned her past and wondered what could have been. Thrust into a modern day moral and ethical dilemma, Jessica must face the pain of her past or lose everything she holds dear.

What We Leave Behind #ad - The marriage struggles through a miscarriage and becomes harder and harder to sustain. She marries film producer, starts a family, Marty Tauber, and appears to have it all, until things slowly begin to unravel. Jonas levy, a twenty-two-year-old medical student, has abruptly walked out of Jessica’s life after an intense summer romance, and the wounds are still raw.

As the rippling effects of her betrayal emerge, Jessica finds herself caught in the firestorm of long-hidden emotional trauma. A usa today bestseller. It is said that our lives are a sum total of the choices we make, which inevitably leaves us to wonder: what if? What if we had the chance to go back and live what could have been? What We Leave Behind hones in on the fleeting moments and stand-out events that irrevocably change our lives.

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The Wedding Tree

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Berkley #ad - Now she wants hope’s help in uncovering the truth before it’s too late. Filled with colorful characters, unexpected renewal and forgiveness—not only for others, The Wedding Tree is an emotionally riveting story about passion, shattered dreams, but for ourselves. National bestselling author robin wells weaves a moving epic that stretches from modern-day Louisiana to World War II-era New Orleans and back again in this multigenerational tale of love, loss and redemption.

Hope stevens thinks wedding tree, Louisiana, will be the perfect place to sort out her life and all the mistakes she’s made. And as they go through her belongings, her grandmother recalls the wartime romance that left her torn between two men and haunted by a bone-chilling secret. Plus, it will give her the chance to help her free-spirited grandmother, Adelaide, sort through her things before moving into assisted living.

The Wedding Tree #ad - Spending the summer in the quaint town, Hope begins to discover that Adelaide has made some mistakes of her own.

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Friendship Bread: A Novel

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Ballantine Books #ad - Praise for friendship bread“the novel traces the effect of the friendship bread on a small town, jumping from neighbor to neighbor, but focuses on a small group of women whose lives need mending…Gee admirably weaves the various lives together…and demonstrates that simple companionship is a powerful balm…A satisfying first novel by Gee; perfect for the book-club circuit and beyond.

Kirkus reviews“this entertaining series debut by gee who also writes as Mia King will appeal to fans of tearjerkers like Kristin Hannah’s Winter Garden or novels dealing with the loss of a family member, such as Lolly Winston’s Good Grief. Meanwhile, across town, widow madeleine davis takes great pleasure in serving up delectable treats and cozy comforts at her tea salon—now, if only she had some customers to enjoy them.

It’s also ideal for book clubs and readers who like stories about small-town life; it expertly weaves together numerous characters and narratives and even includes recipes and directions for making friendship bread. Library journal“deliciously entertaining! You'll root all the way as these characters stumble toward forgiveness, ultimately, and, understanding, celebration.

Though her husband and five-year-old daughter give her an abundance of love, Julia still reels from a tragedy that has left her estranged from the sister who was once her best friend. Life and loss, friendship and community, food and family: Friendship Bread tells a spirited, remarkably moving tale about the triumph of hope.

Friendship Bread: A Novel #ad - In the tradition of kate jacobs and Lolly Winston comes a deeply felt, utterly charming novel of three newfound friends and the unexpected gift that will change their lives. The three strangers forge a friendship at Madeleine’s Tea Shop, and soon their camaraderie extends to everyone in Avalon in the guise of a unique and wonderful gift.

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The Avalon Ladies Scrapbooking Society: A Novel

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Ballantine Books #ad - But across town, other avalonians are struggling to free themselves of the past: Isabel Kidd is fixing up her ramshackle house while sorting through the complications of her late husband’s affair. And frances latham, mother to a boisterous brood of boys, eagerly anticipates the arrival of a little girl from China—unprepared for the emotional roller coaster of foreign adoption.

Throw in a love of craft and these stories take on a whole new dynamic. Local plumber yvonne tate is smart, but finds that despite a decade of living life on her own terms, beautiful, and new to Avalon, the past has a way of catching up—no matter where she goes. By turns humorous, and deeply moving, wise, The Avalon Ladies Scrapbooking Society is a luminous reminder that the things we hold most dear will last a lifetime.

The Avalon Ladies Scrapbooking Society: A Novel #ad - 4, 243  at madeline’s tea salon, the cozy hub of the Avalon community, local residents scrapbook their memories and make new ones. But when the group receives unexpected news about their steadfast leader, they must pull together to create something truly memorable. Under bettie’s guidance, even the most reluctant of Avalon’s residents come to terms with their past and make bold decisions about their future.

Perfect for fans of debbie macomber, kristin hannah, dreams are shared, this luminous novel from the author of Friendship Bread follows a group of fascinating women who form deep friendships through their love of scrapbooking—as memories are preserved, Beth Hoffman, and Kate Jacobs, and surprising truths are revealed.

Welcome to Avalon, Illinois, Pop.

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This Is Your Life, Harriet Chance!: A Novel

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Algonquin Books #ad - Evison writes humanely and with good humor of his characters, who, muddle through, like the rest of us, too often without giving ourselves much of a break. A terrific novel, funny and moving, wistful and wise. But what she hoped would be a voyage leading to a new lease on life becomes a surprising and revelatory journey into Harriet’s past.

Jonathan evison has crafted a bighearted novel with an endearing heroine at the helm. Insightful, richly entertaining. Evison is a ridiculously gifted storyteller. Jami attenberg, told with evison’s trademark verve and charisma, This Is Your Life, author of The Middlesteins   “A generous and wise tale, Harriet Chance! is a deeply felt and deeply comforting novel.

This Is Your Life, Harriet Chance!: A Novel #ad - Patrick dewitt, author of the sisters brothers   “this is your life, harriet Chance! has all the wonderful snap and sizzle we’ve come to expect from Jonathan Evison’s work, and as much heart as any novel I’ve read in recent years. Ben fountain, funny and thought-provoking, author of Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk “Both uplifting and melancholy, this entertaining read speaks directly to the importance of acceptance and healing.

Booklist. Part dysfunctional love story, nothing is what it seems in this tale of acceptance, part poignant exploration of the mother-daughter relationship, reexamination, and forgiveness.

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