In this enchanting novel set at Cedar Cove's cozy Rose Harbor Inn, Debbie Macomber celebrates the power of love--and a well-timed love letter--to inspire hope and mend a broken heart. Summer is a busy season at the inn, so proprietor Jo Marie Rose and handyman Mark Taylor have spent a lot of time together keeping the property running. Despite some folks' good-natured claims to the contrary, Jo Marie insists that Mark is only a friend. However, she seems to be thinking about this particular friend a great deal lately. Jo Marie knows surprisingly little about Mark's life, due in no small part to his refusal to discuss it. She's determined to learn more about his past, but first she must face her own--and welcome three visitors who, like her, are setting out on new paths.
Lauren Elliott has waited years for her long-term boyfriend, Todd, to propose, yet he seems more focused on his career than their relationship. When Lauren learns that her younger sister is pregnant before she herself even has an engagement ring, she feels overjoyed yet disheartened. Knowing she can't put her future on hold, Lauren prepares to make a bold choice--one that leads her to a man she never dreamed she'd meet. Newly married to her second husband, Max, Bethanne Scranton is blissfully in love. But with Max's job in California and Bethanne's in Seattle, their long-distance marriage is becoming difficult to maintain. To complicate matters, Bethanne's cunning ex will do anything to win her back. Lydia Goetz, too, is wonderfully happy with her husband, Brad, though lately she worries about the future of A Good Yarn. As she considers how to bring in business, she discovers that someone has beaten her to the punch. Baskets of yarn are mysteriously popping up all over town, with instructions to knit a scarf for charity and bring it into Lydia's store. Never before has her shop received so much attention, but who hatched this brilliant plan? As three women's lives intersect in unexpected ways, Lydia, Lauren, and Bethanne realize that love heals every heart, and the best surprises still lay ahead.
In Blume's own words, the novel is "based on a series of tragedies in the town I lived in when I was growing up, and the terrible time it was for the adults and the children, although the adults never talked to the children about it." When three airplanes crashed in Elizabeth, New Jersey, within a three-month period (December 16, 1951; January 22, 1952; February 12, 1952), Newark Airport was closed for more than a year. Against this background, Blume uses her imagination to bring us the lives of three generations of families, friends, and strangers who will be profoundly affected by these events, either directly or indirectly. But life goes on and Blume digs deep into her characters--we see them coping not only with grief but with first love, estranged parents, difficult friendships, familial obligations, divorce, career ambitions, a grandparent's love, a widower's hope, and everything in between... Most importantly, it is filled with the same warmth and authenticity that have won her the hearts and minds of readers of all generations.
On the morning Letty Espinosa sets out from San Francisco for the Mexican border, her two children--fifteen-year-old Alex and six-year-old Luna--wake up alone in their little apartment on a forgotten spit of wetlands near the bay. For fourteen years, it was their grandmother who raised them while Letty worked three jobs to make ends meet. But now, her parents have returned to their home in Mexico, and when Letty fails to convince them to come back with her, she realizes she doesn't have a choice: it's time for her to step up and become a mother for the first time in her life. Alone and uncertain, Letty struggles to get her bearings in this new role. With Luna missing her grandparents desperately, and Alex--who is falling in love for the first time--unwilling to give her a chance, it seems impossible that she might ever be able to put her family back together again. But then she comes up with a plan that just might help them escape the abandoned neighborhoods and dangerous schools and heartbreaking injustices of the place they've always called home--until one wrong move jeopardizes everything she's worked for, threatening those they love and calling into question all their fragile hopes for the future.
When Graydon Montgomery first meets Toby at his cousin Jared's wedding, all he knows is that she's beautiful...and for some mysterious reason, furious at him. Toby doesn't understand why Graydon keeps lying and pretending to be his twin brother, Rory, especially when she has no trouble telling them apart. Graydon convinces her to have dinner with him, and the truth comes out: secretly heir to the Lanconian throne, Graydon sometimes impersonates his ne'er-do-well brother to keep him out of trouble. Legend has it that anyone who can tell a pair of Montgomery twins apart is one twin's true love--so it's too bad that smolderingly handsome Graydon is engaged to be married to a highly eligible queen-in-training in just three weeks. Graydon wants to spend his last few weeks of freedom on Nantucket, and Toby agrees to hide him in exchange for his help planning the lavish wedding of glamorous best-selling novelist Victoria Madsen. Graydon's twin, Rory, who has been secretly in love with Graydon's bride-to-be for years, is all too happy to take his place in Lanconia. Toby and Graydon are determined to be just friends, but as July slips into August, the romantic island paradise casts its spell and soon it seems like maybe Victoria won't be the only Nantucket bride this summer.
The individuals who live within this extraordinary first novel are: Regan and William Hamilton-Sweeney, estranged heirs to one of the city's largest fortunes; Keith and Mercer, the men who, for better or worse, love them; Charlie and Samantha, two suburban teenagers seduced by downtown's punk scene; an obsessive magazine reporter; his idealistic neighbor; and the detective trying to figure out what any of them have to do with a shooting in Central Park. Their entangled relationships--which stretch from post-Vietnam youth culture to the fiscal crisis, from small-town Georgia to greater L.A.--open up the loneliest-seeming corners of the crowded city. And when the infamous blackout of July 13th, 1977 plunges this world into darkness, each of these lives will be changed forever. A novel about love and betrayal and forgiveness, about art and truth and rock 'n' roll, about how the people closest to us are sometimes the hardest to reach--about what it means to be human.
Each of the three Schuyler sisters has her own world-class problems, but in the autumn of 1966, Pepper Schuyler's problems are in a class of their own. When Pepper fixes up a beautiful and rare vintage Mercedes and sells it at auction, she thinks she's finally found a way to take care of herself and the baby she carries, the result of an affair with a married, legendary politician. But the car's new owner turns out to have secrets of her own, and as the glamorous and mysterious Annabelle Dommerich takes pregnant Pepper under her wing, the startling provenance of this car comes to light: a Nazi husband, a Jewish lover, a flight from Europe, and a love so profound it transcends decades. As the many threads of Annabelle's life from World War II stretch out to entangle Pepper in 1960s America, and the father of her unborn baby tracks her down to a remote town in coastal Georgia, the two women must come together to face down the shadows of their complicated pasts. Indomitable heroines, a dazzling world of secrets, champagne at the Paris Ritz, and a sweeping love story for the ages, in New York Times bestselling author Beatriz William's final audiobook about the Schuyler sisters.
An anxiety disorder disrupts fourteen-year-old Audrey's daily life. She has been making slow but steady progress with Dr. Sarah, but when Audrey meets Linus, her brother's gaming teammate, she is energized. She connects with him. Audrey can talk through her fears with Linus in a way she's never been able to do with anyone before. As their friendship deepens and her recovery gains momentum, a sweet romantic connection develops, one that helps not just Audrey but also her entire family.
Magic Tree House #51: Nightmare on the Nile features Jack and Annie back in Egypt, still seeking the secrets of greatness for Merlin. This time they will meet the great nurse, Florence Nightingale, on her trip to Egypt that served as the inspiration for her choices that made her both famous and beloved.