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General fiction new titles

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Want to try something new? Here's a good mix of the most recent general fiction titles in book, large print or audio CD. This list updates when we add new titles to our collection.

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Everything changes  by Jonathan Tropper

Everything changes

Jonathan Tropper

Book

"Zack King is having second thoughts about his up-coming marriage, is haunted by the dead of his best friend two years previous, and infatuated with his friend's beautiful widow, Tamara; and when his overbearing father, Norm, reappears after twenty years,...

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The favorite daughter by Kaira Sturdivant Rouda

The favorite daughter

Kaira Sturdivant Rouda

Large Print

"The perfect home. The perfect family. The perfect lie. Jane Harris lives in a sparkling home in an oceanfront gated community in Orange County. It's a place that seems too beautiful to be touched by sadness. But exactly one year ago, Jane's eldest d...

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More than words can say by Karen Witemeyer

More than words can say

Karen Witemeyer

Large Print

"In 1896, Abby is railroaded by the city council and needs a man's name on her bakery's deed, and a man she can control--not the stoic lumberman Zacharias who always exudes silent confidence. As trust grows between them, she finds she wants more than...

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A vineyard summer by Jean Stone

A vineyard summer

Jean Stone

Large Print

"After a winter spent writing her latest novel, Annie looks forward to a summer with friends who have become like the family she never had. But then her landlord announces that his grandson will be moving into her cozy Chappaquiddick cottage--and she'll...

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Miracle Creek by Angie Kim

Miracle Creek

Angie Kim

Large Print

"In rural Virginia, Young and Pak Yoo run an experimental medical treatment device known as the Miracle Submarine - a pressurized oxygen chamber that patients enter for therapeutic 'dives' with the hopes of curing issues like autism or infertility. When...

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Painting home by Erika Jolma

Painting home

Erika Jolma

Large Print

"As World War II clamors into Finland, Sergeant Matti Ranta of the Finnish Conscripted Corps and his new girlfriend Anna Ojala struggle to keep their lives intact. Matti is sent to the front to lay siege on Leningrad in alliance with a terrible enemy....

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Finding faith by Denise Hunter

Finding faith

Denise Hunter

Large Print

"Paula Landin-Cohen's new job as an investigative reporter quickly puts her in the spotlight as she pursues a story that becomes nationally followed as the 'Switched at birth mystery'. Finding what really happened to the young couple's baby will assure...

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The cactus by Sarah Haywood

The cactus

Sarah Haywood

Large Print

"People aren't sure what to make of Susan Green. Family and colleagues find her prickly and hard to understand, but Susan makes perfect sense to herself and that's all she needs. At forty-five, she thinks her life is perfect, as long as she avoids her...

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The wish by Patricia Davids

The wish

Patricia Davids

Large Print

"Widow Laura Beth Yoder longs for a family of her own. So much so that she's preparing to leave the sleepy Amish town she calls home to find love. But a terrible storm washes out the creek, forcing her to wade in and save the life of an Englisch man and...

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Boy swallows universe by Trent Dalton

Boy swallows universe

Trent Dalton

Large Print

"A wonderful novel of love, crime, magic, fate and coming of age, set in Brisbane's violent working class suburban fringe. Brisbane, 1983: A lost father, a mute brother, a mum in jail, a heroin dealer for a stepfather and a notorious crim for a babys...

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A wedding on the beach by Holly Chamberlin

A wedding on the beach

Holly Chamberlin

Large Print

"Bess Culpepper has long been sure of two things - that her group of college friends would stay close, and that love is worth the wait. At forty-two, she's found the right man, and she's celebrating her upcoming wedding by inviting her best friends t...

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Trust exercise by Susan Choi

Trust exercise

Susan Choi

Large Print

"In 1982 in a southern city, David and Sarah, two freshmen at a highly competitive performing arts high school, thrive alongside their school peers in a rarified bubble, ambitiously devoting themselves to their studies--to music, to movement, to Shak...

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The body in question by Jill Ciment

The body in question

Jill Ciment

Large Print

"The place: central Florida. The situation: a sensational murder trial involving a rich, white teenage girl--a twin--on trial for the horrific murder of her toddler brother, and the sequestered jury deciding her fate. Two of the jurors sequestered (she,...

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The healing jar by Wanda E. Brunstetter

The healing jar

Wanda E. Brunstetter

Large Print

"Lenore Lapp is an Amish schoolteacher in her late twenties still living at home with her parents and grandparents. She thought love had passed her by until she meets Jesse Smucker, a widower with a baby daughter. She quickly falls in love with them both...

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A daughter's truth by Laura Bradford

A daughter's truth

Laura Bradford

Large Print

"Emma Lapp tries to be the perfect daughter, to earn the loving embrace of her family and her Amish community in Pennsylvania. Yet she can't quite win her mother's smile--or her forgiveness for a transgression Emma can't quite place ... Emma knows she's...

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The paper wasp by Lauren Acampora

The paper wasp

Lauren Acampora

Large Print

"Abby Graven is a dreamer. She dreams her way through her small, lonely life - hiding back at her parents, working at the grocery store. At night, she collects tabloid clippings that taunt her with Elise - her best friend, now Hollywood's hot new starlet....

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Wed, read & dead by V. M. Burns

Wed, read & dead

V. M. Burns

Large Print

"Sam's mother can't wait to wed her wealthy beau, Harold Robertson. The big mystery is how they're going to pull off a lavish wedding in three weeks. Harold's snobby sister-in-law proposes a solution: engage flamboyant wedding planner Lydia Lighthouse....

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Earwig  by B. (Brian) Catling

Earwig

B. (Brian) Catling

Book

"Earwig is a strange man employed as carer to a strange girl in a flat in the city of Liege. On one of his rare trips out of the flat he is drinking in a neighbouring bar when he reluctantly becomes engaged in conversation with a man calling himself Tyre,...

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A single light  by Tosca Moon Lee

A single light

Tosca Moon Lee

Book

"Six months after vanishing into an underground silo with sixty others, Wynter and Chase emerge to find the area abandoned. There is no sign of Noah and the rest of the group that was supposed to greet them when they emerged - the same people Wynter ...

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The man I can't forget  by Eva (Novelist) Woods

The man I can't forget

Eva (Novelist) Woods

Book

"What if you could remember every last detail of your life? Eve knows what her colleagues had for lunch last April. She remembers everyone who passes through the care home she works at long after they've gone. Like her museum of tiny treasures, her life...

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Cygnet by Season Butler

Cygnet

Season Butler

Large Print

"Kid doesn't know where her parents are. They left with a promise to come back months ago, and now their seventeen-year-old daughter is stranded on Swan Island. Swan isn't just any island; it is home to an eccentric old age separatist community who h...

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The words between us  by Erin Bartels

The words between us

Erin Bartels

Book

"Robin Windsor has spent much of her life under an assumed name to avoid association with her infamous parents. She thought she'd finally found sanctuary running her used bookstore in quiet River City, Michigan. But when she receives an eerily familiar...

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Child of fortune  by Yūko Tsushima

Child of fortune

Yūko Tsushima

Book

"Koko won't do what is expected of her. Defying her family's wishes, she has brought up her eleven-year-old daughter alone in her apartment. And now, after a casual affair, she is unexpectedly pregnant again. What will this mean for her already troub...

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The fallen  by Carlos Manuel Álvarez

The fallen

Carlos Manuel Álvarez

Book

"A powerful, unsettling portrait of ordinary family life in Cuba, and masterful portrayal of a society in free fall. Diego, the son, is disillusioned and bitter about the limited freedoms his country offers him. Mariana, the mother, is unwell and forced...

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Living my best life  by Claire Frost

Living my best life

Claire Frost

Book

"Bell never thought she'd be facing her 40th birthday single. Recently dumped by her boyfriend of ten years, Bell is struggling to move on with her life - and surrender the fleecy pyjamas she's been living in since January. Sick of being bombarded by...

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The emerald dress  by Vivienne Kearns

The emerald dress

Vivienne Kearns

Book

"Lucy Young travels to Dublin to search for her ancestor Hugh Gavin who emigrated from Dublin to Boston in 1720. She brings with her a 300- year-old diary written by the Duchess of Alden of Boden Castle, Dublin. When Lucy contacts Professor Patrick Ralley...

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The divers' game  by Jesse Ball

The divers' game

Jesse Ball

Book

"The old-fashioned struggle for fairness has finally been abandoned. It was a misguided endeavor. The world is divided into two groups, pats and quads. The pats may kill the quads as they like, and do. The quads have no recourse but to continue with ...

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Hiding places  by Erin M. Healy

Hiding places

Erin M. Healy

Book

"Eleven-year-old Kate Whitby leads an invisible life, the youngest member of her odd family. They live in their historic small-town hotel, where she is an expert at keeping everyone’s secrets: her sister’s a thief, her great-grandmother isn’t as crazy...

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The Paris secret  by Lily Graham

The Paris secret

Lily Graham

Book

"The last time Valerie was in Paris, she was three years old, running from the Nazis, away from the only home she had ever known. Now as a young woman all alone in the world, Valerie must return to Paris, to the bookshop and her sole surviving relative,...

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The flight of birds  by Joshua Lobb

The flight of birds

Joshua Lobb

Book

"The Flight of Birds is a novel in twelve stories, each of them compelled by an encounter between the human and animal worlds. The birds in these stories inhabit the same space as humans, but they are also apart, gliding above us in surprising, mirac...

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The papaya king  by Adam Pelzman

The papaya king

Adam Pelzman

Book

"Bobby Walser’s tragic childhood has left him a man frozen in time and mired in a world of his own making - one that has little in common with reality. Genteel and old-fashioned, his manners and habits are more suited to an aristocrat from a Chekhov play...

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Secrets of a shoe addict  by Elizabeth M. Harbison

Secrets of a shoe addict

Elizabeth M. Harbison

Book

"Tiffany Vanderslice Dreyer never dreamed that she'd find herself up to her eyeballs in credit card debt from one mad moment of a shopping spree. She's an upstanding wife and mother with the perfect marriage - right? Abbey Walsh never intended anyone...

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Two souls  by Henry McDonald

Two souls

Henry McDonald

Book

"Set against the soundtrack of David Bowie's first Berlin album Low, Two Souls is an explosive novel that moves deftly between three time-frames: Belfast, August 1978 and the doomed love affair between a young punk and an older, bohemian art student;...

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Meet me in Cockleberry Bay  by Nicola May

Meet me in Cockleberry Bay

Nicola May

Book

"The cast of the Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay, are back - including Rosa, Josh, Mary, Jacob, Sheila, new mum Titch and, last but by no means least, Hot, the adorable dachshund. Newly wed, and with her inherited corner shop successfully up and running,...

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The art of the body  by Alex (Novelist) Allison

The art of the body

Alex (Novelist) Allison

Book

"Janet is caught between care work and caring. Her life revolves around Sean, a talented art student, living and working with cerebral palsy. Both Janet and Sean are new to London, living at a distance from their families. Both are finding a means of...

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Mine  by Clare Empson

Mine

Clare Empson

Book

"On the surface, Luke and his girlfriend Hannah seem to have a perfect life. He's an A&R man, she's an arts correspondent and they are devoted to their newborn son Samuel. But beneath the gloss Luke has always felt like an outsider. When he finds his...

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The blessed girl  by Angela Makholwa

The blessed girl

Angela Makholwa

Book

"Blessed adj. [pronounced bles-id] The state of being blessed, often referring to a person, usually female, who lives a luxurious lifestyle funded by an older, often married partner, in return for sexual favours... Young, beautiful and ambitious, Bontle...

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The stylist takes Manhattan  by Rosie Nixon

The stylist takes Manhattan

Rosie Nixon

Book

"London stylist Amber Green has rebounded nicely since escaping the clutches of a Hollywood boss from hell. She's got a dream job designing windows for Selfridge's and her dream man in sweetly sexy boyfriend, Rob. In short, Amber loves her life and w...

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The society of reluctant dreamers  by José Eduardo Agualusa

The society of reluctant dreamers

José Eduardo Agualusa

Book

"Swimming in the clear blue waters of the Rainbow Hotel, Daniel Benchimol finds a waterproof camera, belonging to Moira, a Mozambican artist, famous for a series of photos depicting her own dreams - a woman he, Daniel, dreams about repeatedly. The two...

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Otherhood  by William Sutcliffe

Otherhood

William Sutcliffe

Book

"Gillian, Helen, and Carol are three suburban mothers who have known each other since their respective sons were babies, and have met in a regular coffee group for years. These days, their sons are a bunch of thirty-four-year-old slackers: they have no...

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The things we left unsaid  by Emma Kennedy

The things we left unsaid

Emma Kennedy

Book

"Rachel's relationship with her mother, Eleanor, has always been far from perfect. Eleanor is a renowned artist born from the swinging sixties, and Rachel has forever lived in the shadow of her success. When Rachel is left by her fiancé on the morning...

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The memory police  by Yōko Ogawa

The memory police

Yōko Ogawa

Book

"Hat, ribbon, bird, rose. To the people on the island, a disappeared thing no longer has any meaning. It can be burned in the garden, thrown in the river or handed over to the Memory Police. Soon enough, the island forgets it ever existed. When a you...

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Shelf life  by Livia Franchini

Shelf life

Livia Franchini

Book

"Ruth is thirty years old. She works as a nurse in a care home and her fiance has just broken up with her. The only thing she has left of him is their shopping list for the upcoming week. And so she uses that list to tell her story. Starting with six...

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Broken ghost  by Niall Griffiths

Broken ghost

Niall Griffiths

Book

"A Welsh community is drawn together and blown apart by a strange vision in the mountains: the huge spectre of a woman floating over a ridge. The people who live here in these mountains already have their own demons – drink, drugs, domestic violence,...

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The museum of broken promises  by Elizabeth Buchan

The museum of broken promises

Elizabeth Buchan

Book

Paris, today. The Museum of Broken Promises is a place of wonder and sadness, hope and loss. Every object in the museum has been donated, a cake tin, a wedding veil, a baby's shoe. And each represent a moment of grief or terrible betrayal. The museum...

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Live a little  by Madeleine Reiss

Live a little

Madeleine Reiss

Book

"Lottie has always followed the rules, her life is comfortable and she is - finally, finally - marrying her long-term, reliable, boyfriend Dean.Tina is carefree, wild and, maybe, just a little bit careless. She doesn't understand Lottie's obsession w...

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The family secret  by Tracy Buchanan

The family secret

Tracy Buchanan

Book

"Since Amber lost her child ten years ago, her sole focus has been keeping her small business afloat. Her life seems to be on hold, until the morning she finds a girl on the beach outside her gift shop. A girl who has no shoes, no name, and no idea where...

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The Christmas voyage by Deirdre Purcell

The Christmas voyage

Deirdre Purcell

Audio CD

It is almost Christmas on the Santa Clara cruise liner, and as the ship sets sail from Barcelona for the last time, dramas big and small are to unfold. On board is Kitty Golden, beautiful ex-model and younger wife of New York financier Saul Abelson. They...

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The slap  by Christos Tsiolkas

The slap

Christos Tsiolkas

Book

"At a suburban barbecue, a man slaps a child who is not his own. This event has a shocking ricochet effect on a group of people, mostly friends, who are directly or indirectly influenced by the event. In this remarkable novel, Christos Tsiolkas turns...

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All but what's left  by Carrie Mumford

All but what's left

Carrie Mumford

Book

"A childhood marred by tragedy. An uncertain future. One summer that changes everything... After losing her mother in a tragic accident, Hannah Tatum grows up wanting nothing more than to be a good girl. At twenty-one, she has her whole future planned...

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Dark chocolates  by Jeremy (Author of Dark chocolates) Brock

Dark chocolates

Jeremy (Author of Dark chocolates) ...

Book

"In this collection of exquisite, perceptive and mischievously dark short stories, Jeremy Brock probes the depths of the human spirit. Here we encounter a brother and sister whose lives are thrown into turmoil when they are destined to meet again, but...

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Return of the song  by Phyllis Clark Nichols

Return of the song

Phyllis Clark Nichols

Book

"Caroline Carlyle's dreams were crushed when her fiancé died six weeks before their wedding. For years she wrestled with aching loss and shattered faith, struggling to find the inspiration that once came so easily. Abandoning her half-finished piano....

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This is 64  by Joseph Connolly

This is 64

Joseph Connolly

Book

"George is a fashion mad Beatles fan, selfish and cruel. Why his girlfriend Dorothy loves him is a mystery to her and to his best friend Sammy. When George callously chucks her he cannot anticipate that his life, post 1964, will never be the same. An...

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Take daily as needed  by Kathryn R. Trueblood

Take daily as needed

Kathryn R. Trueblood

Book

"Maeve Beaufort's family is messy and complicated, rife with competing demands, difficult compromises, and on-the-spot judgment calls. She is the single mother of Noelle, who has anaphylactic reactions to nuts, and Norm, a nonconformist child whom ev...

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The burning land  by George Alagiah

The burning land

George Alagiah

Book

"'It was never meant to be like this. Sabotage, yes. Propaganda, yes. All of that and more - but not this. Not murder.' As greed and corruption taint the optimism of a nation, the political becomes deeply personal for former childhood friends, Lindi ...

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Duplicity  by Richard (Novelist) Evans

Duplicity

Richard (Novelist) Evans

Book

"The Mercantiles, a long-established, clandestine group of high-taxpaying business owners have grown frustrated by Prime Minister Andrew Gerrard's failure to meet promises, and decide the nation needs a change of government at the upcoming election. ...

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An Amish Christmas kitchen

An Amish Christmas kitchen

Book

"This cheerful and heartwarming Amish novella collection captures the heart of the Christmas season with a trio of heartfelt stories from bestselling authors Leslie Gould, Jan Drexler, and Kate Lloyd. All three tales feature a unique Amish recipe perfect...

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As a river  by Sion Dayson

As a river

Sion Dayson

Book

"As a teenager, Greer Michaels fled his segregated Southern hometown after uncovering a devastating secret. Now it's 1977. He's returned to care for his dying mother and perhaps come to terms with his past. Bannen, Georgia, is a small town surrounded...

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Fractured  by Tamar Ossowski

Fractured

Tamar Ossowski

Book

"Sam Baird is lost. Is she experiencing a bout of amnesia or worse, slipping into the depths of madness? Her memories have been erased and everything she thought she knew is gone. She cannot even be certain of her name. She looks at the man standing beside...

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The nobodies  by Liza Palmer

The nobodies

Liza Palmer

Book

"If there's one thing Joan Dixon knows about herself, it's that she is a damn good journalist. But when she is laid off from yet another soon-to-be-shuttered newspaper, and even the soulless, listicle-writing online jobs have dried up, she is left with...

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Akin  by Emma Donoghue

Akin

Emma Donoghue

Book

"Noah Selvaggio is a retired chemistry professor and widower living on the Upper West Side, but born in the South of France. He is days away from his first visit back to Nice since he was a child, bringing with him a handful of puzzling photos he's d...

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White horses by Rachael Treasure

White horses

Rachael Treasure

Audio CD

"Following the disappearance of her mother when she was just a young child, Drift has been raised by her father, growing up to work alongside him as an itinerant cattle drover along the beautiful coastline of remote Western Australia. It's a tough life,...

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The virgin in the garden by A. S. (Antonia Susan) Byatt

The virgin in the garden

A. S. (Antonia Susan) Byatt

Audio CD

In Yorkshire, the Potter family are preparing to celebrate Elizabeth II's arrival on the throne. Its three youngest members, however, are preoccupied with other matters. Stephanie has grown tired of their overbearing father and resolves to marry the ...

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The bells of Little Woodford by Catherine Jones

The bells of Little Woodford

Catherine Jones

Large Print

"The town of Little Woodford seems peaceful and picture-postcard beautiful, with its marketplace, ancient church and immaculate allotments. But behind the tranquil facade, troubles are brewing. Olivia Lewthwaite, former town councillor, pillar of the...

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After the peace by Fay Weldon

After the peace

Fay Weldon

Large Print

"How many parents does it take to make a baby? In the case of Rosalind Melrose Smithson it took four: one birth mother; one legal father; one interfering neighbor; and one turkey baster filled with the defrosted essence of an anonymous donor. Or not ...

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Alice's secret by Lynne (Novelist) Francis

Alice's secret

Lynne (Novelist) Francis

Large Print

"1890. Alice is the sole bread-winner for her family, working at the local cotton mill. But when she suddenly begins to attract the wrong attention, her life begins to spiral out of control ... 2018. For Alys, one bad decision after another has left ...

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Last of the summer Moët by Wendy Holden

Last of the summer Moët

Wendy Holden

Large Print

"Laura Lake, now deputy editor of glossy mag Society, gets promotion to the hot seat when her boss is carted to rehab. But life at the top involves job-sharing with evil Clemency. And who does Laura share the free jollies with now her reporter sort-o...

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Mary Kate by Nadine Dorries

Mary Kate

Nadine Dorries

Large Print

"Liverpool, 1963. Mary Kate Malone is seventeen and bitterly unhappy that her father has married again after the death of her mother. On her last day at school, she decides to leave home in Tarabeg on the west coast of Ireland and head for Liverpool to...

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Goodbye Hamilton by Catherine Cookson

Goodbye Hamilton

Catherine Cookson

Large Print

"It seemed the clouds that had darkened so much of Maisie's early life had cleared away. Freed from a disastrous marriage, and now a best-selling author, she is about to remarry, this time to her publisher. But is she destined never to know pure...

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Underwater breathing by Cassandra Parkin

Underwater breathing

Cassandra Parkin

Large Print

"On Yorkshire's gradually-crumbling mud cliffs sits an Edwardian seaside house. In the bathroom, Jacob and Ella hide from their parents' passionate arguments by playing the 'Underwater Breathing' game - until the day Jacob wakes to find his mother and...

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The love child  by Rachel Hore

The love child

Rachel Hore

Book

"London, 1917. When nineteen-year-old Alice Copeman becomes pregnant, she is forced by her father and stepmother to give up the baby. She simply cannot be allowed to bring shame upon her family. But all Alice can think about is the small, kitten-like...

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Foxglove Farm  by Christie Barlow

Foxglove Farm

Christie Barlow

Book

"Isla and Drew Allaway appear to have the perfect life – a strong marriage, two beautiful children and their picture-perfect home, Foxglove Farm. But, new mum Isla is struggling. She loves her little family but with Drew working all hours on the farm,...

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Broken tikanga  by Raewyn Anderson

Broken tikanga

Raewyn Anderson

Book

"My name is Laura. I come from a line of women who have the gift of matakite (clairvoyancy). My grandmother was brought up in the old ways of tikanga (Māori customs, lore, values and protocols). Her story begins as a young girl. Tane Mahuta, god of the...

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The Amish cookie club by Sarah Price

The Amish cookie club

Sarah Price

Large Print

"Every other Friday, Edna Esh and three of her childhood friends meet to bake sugar cookies for their respective church districts on worship Sunday. It's a time to give to the Plain community - and give support to each other as they share their joys and...

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Heaven adjacent by Catherine Ryan Hyde

Heaven adjacent

Catherine Ryan Hyde

Large Print

"Roseanna Chaldecott spent her life as a high-powered lawyer in Manhattan. But when her best friend and law partner dies suddenly, something snaps. Unsure of her future, Roseanna heads upstate on one tank of gas and with no plans to return. In the foothills...

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The weight of a piano by Chris Cander

The weight of a piano

Chris Cander

Large Print

"In 1962, in the Soviet Union, eight-year-old Katya is bequeathed what will become the love of her life: a Blüthner piano, built at the turn of the century in Germany, on which she discovers everything that she herself can do with music and what music,...

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Mrs. Everything by Jennifer Weiner

Mrs. Everything

Jennifer Weiner

Large Print

"Growing up in 1950s Detroit, Jo and Bethie Kaufman's roles in the family are clearly defined. Jo is the tomboy, the bookish rebel with a passion to make the world more fair; Bethie is the pretty, feminine good girl, a would-be star who enjoys the power...

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Wooing Cadie McCaffrey by Bethany Turner

Wooing Cadie McCaffrey

Bethany Turner

Large Print

"After four years with her boyfriend, Cadie McCaffrey is thinking of ending things. Convinced Will doesn't love her in the "forever" way she loves him, Cadie believes it's time for her to let him go before life passes her by. When a misunderstanding leads...

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Summer by the tides by Denise Hunter

Summer by the tides

Denise Hunter

Large Print

"Following a painful betrayal, Maddy Monroe's love life is a wreck, and her restaurant career is in shambles. When her grandmother goes missing, she and her estranged sisters converge at the family beach house in Sea Haven, North Carolina. Being with...

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The Printed Letter Bookshop by Katherine Reay

The Printed Letter Bookshop

Katherine Reay

Large Print

"Amid literature and lattes, three women come together and find that sharing one's journey with best friends makes life richer. When attorney Madeline Carter inherits her aunt's bookstore in a small town north of Chicago, she plans to sell it and add...

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The secrets of lost stones  by Melissa Payne

The secrets of lost stones

Melissa Payne

Book

"Thirty-two-year-old Jess Abbot has lost everything: her job, her apartment, and--most heart-wrenching--her eight-year-old son, Chance, to a tragic accident. Haunted by memories and grief, Jess packs what's left and heads for the small mountain town of...

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Christmas in Winter Hill  by Melody Carlson

Christmas in Winter Hill

Melody Carlson

Book

"After a rough childhood in multiple foster homes, Krista Galloway is not a fan of Christmas. When she accepts a job as a city manager in the mountain town of Winter Hill, Washington, Christmas is part of the deal: the small town is famous for its...

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The timepiece  by Beverly Lewis

The timepiece

Beverly Lewis

Book

"Sylvia Miller's Old Order family is upended with the arrival of Adeline Pelham. It isn't that Adeline means to be a threat, but her very existence is a reminder of a painful secret. As Sylvia and her mother struggle to come to terms with the news, it...

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The testaments  by Margaret Atwood

The testaments

Margaret Atwood

Book

"More than fifteen years after the events of The Handmaid's Tale, the theocratic regime of the Republic of Gilead maintains its grip on power, but there are signs it is beginning to rot from within. At this crucial moment, the lives of three radicall...

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Dominicana  by Angie Cruz

Dominicana

Angie Cruz

Book

"Fifteen-year-old Ana Canción never dreamed of moving to America, the way the girls she grew up with in the Dominican countryside did. But when Juan Ruiz proposes and promises to take her to New York City, she has to say yes. Their marriage is an opp...

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This is happiness  by Niall Williams

This is happiness

Niall Williams

Book

"Change is coming to Faha, a small Irish parish that hasn't changed in a thousand years.For one thing, the rain is stopping. Nobody remembers when it started; rain on the western seaboard is a condition of living. But now – just as Father Coffey proclaims...

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One day in winter  by Shari Low

One day in winter

Shari Low

Book

"One morning in December, Caro set off on a quest to find out if her relationship with her father had been based on a lifetime of lies. Lila decided to tell her lover's wife of their secret affair. Cammy was on the way to pick up the ring for the sur...

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The man who saw everything  by Deborah Levy

The man who saw everything

Deborah Levy

Book

"It is 1988 and Saul Adler, a narcissistic young historian, has been invited to Communist East Berlin to do research; in exchange, he must publish a favorable essay about the German Democratic Republic. As a gift for his translator's sister, a Beatles...

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When it all went to custard by Danielle Hawkins

When it all went to custard

Danielle Hawkins

Audio CD

I wasn't enjoying the afternoon of 23 February even before I learnt that my husband was having an affair. The news of her husband's infidelity comes as a nasty shock to Jenny Reynolds, part-time building control officer and full-time mother, even though,...

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Love and other battles by Tess Woods

Love and other battles

Tess Woods

Audio CD

"1969: Free-spirited hippie Jess James has no intention of falling for a soldier, but perhaps some things are not in our power to stop. 1989: Jess's daughter Jamie dreams of a simple life - marriage, children, stability - then she meets a struggling ...

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Trails in the dust by Joy Dettman

Trails in the dust

Joy Dettman

Audio CD

After many tumultuous years spent grappling with the past, Jenny Hooper might have expected her latter years to be the best of her life, and they are, until tragedy strikes. Left floundering in a house full of memories, not all of them good, Jenny knows...

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The Electric Hotel by Dominic Smith

The Electric Hotel

Dominic Smith

Audio CD

Los Angeles, 1962: Silent filmmaker Claude Ballard's daily routine is interrupted by an aspiring film student, whose inquiries about Claude's famous lost film, The Electric Hotel sparks memories of a near-forgotten era. Paris, 1895: 20-year-old Claude...

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Devil's lair by Sarah Barrie

Devil's lair

Sarah Barrie

Audio CD

A lonely widow, a sinister act, a remote mansion with a dark past. After the violent death of her husband, Callie Jones retreats to a cottage in the grounds of an old mansion in Tasmania. The relative remoteness of the place and the wild beauty of th...

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Secrets of Santorini by Patricia Wilson

Secrets of Santorini

Patricia Wilson

Audio CD

She'll uncover the shocking secrets of her past in paradise. Sent away to convent school at the age of six, Irini McGuire has never really known her celebrated archaeologist mother, Bridget, who lives on the paradise island of Santorini. So, when Iri...

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The Spanish promise by Karen (Writer) Swan

The Spanish promise

Karen (Writer) Swan

Audio CD

One of Spain's richest men is dying. But as he prepares his estate, his family is shocked to discover he is making plans to give away his wealth to a young woman they have never even heard of. Who is she and what hold does she have over him? Charlotte...

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The juniper gin joint by Lizzie Lovell

The juniper gin joint

Lizzie Lovell

Audio CD

"When life gives you lemons, make a gin and tonic! It's been a tough year for empty-nester Jen in her seaside Devon town; her kids have left for new pastures and her husband's left for another woman. Home alone with her eccentric home-brewing father and...

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The book of X  by Sarah Rose Etter

The book of X

Sarah Rose Etter

Book

"The Book of X tells the tale of Cassie, a girl born with her stomach twisted in the shape of a knot. From childhood with her parents on the family meat farm, to a desk job in the city, to finally experiencing love, she grapples with her body, men, a...

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An Amish reunion

An Amish reunion

Book

"Their True Home by Amy Clipston : When Marlene Bawell moved from Bird-in-Hand ten years ago, she was in the deepest of mourning for her mother. Now her family has moved back so her father can seek employment after being laid off. To help save money,...

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The man with no borders  by Richard C. Morais

The man with no borders

Richard C. Morais

Book

"It is a time of reckoning for José María Álvarez, an aristocratic Spanish banker living in a Swiss village with his American wife. Nearing the end of a long and tumultuous life, he's overcome by hallucinatory memories of the past. Among his most che...

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A Roman rhapsody  by Sara Alexander

A Roman rhapsody

Sara Alexander

Book

"Famed for its natural beauty and rich history, Sardinia in 1968 is notorious, too, for the bandits who kidnap wealthy landowners for ransom. Eleven-year-old Alba Fresu's brother, and her father, Bruno, are abducted by criminals who mistake Bruno for...

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All he'll ever need  by Loree Lough

All he'll ever need

Loree Lough

Book

"Among the New-new Order Amish of Oakland, Maryland, children bring precious hope, joy--and sometimes an unexpected second chance at love...For Amish widower Philip Baker, providing for his family in the wake of his wife's death means back-breaking work...

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Small silent things  by Robin (Novelist) Page

Small silent things

Robin (Novelist) Page

Book

"When the news of her mother's death reaches Jocelyn Morrow, it stirs up memories of her traumatic childhood. She is a mother herself now, to six-year-old Lucy; living a life of privilege in Southern California with her husband Conrad; moving in a world...

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Islands by Peggy Frew

Islands

Peggy Frew

Large Print

"There was a house on a hill in the city and it was full of us, our family, but then it began to empty. We fell out. We made a mess. We draped ourselves in blame and disappointment and lurched around, bumping into each other. Some of us wailed and sh...

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Not bad people by Brandy Scott

Not bad people

Brandy Scott

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"Three friends, thirty years of shared secrets, one impulsive gesture ... and a terrible accident. When friendship goes bad, someone has to pay. It's New Year's Eve. Three thirty-something women - Aimee, Melinda and Lou - best friends for decades, let...

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The orchardist's daughter by Karen Viggers

The orchardist's daughter

Karen Viggers

Large Print

"Sixteen-year-old Mikaela has grown up isolated and homeschooled on an apple orchard in southeastern Tasmania, until an unexpected event shatters her family. Eighteen months later, she and her older brother Kurt are running a small business in a timber...

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Pearly Gates by Owen Marshall

Pearly Gates

Owen Marshall

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"Funny, intriguing, lyrical, insightful and ultimately moving, this entertaining novel from one of this country's best writers both skewers and celebrates small town New Zealand. Pat 'Pearly' Gates has achieved a lot in his life and evinces considera...

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Two old men dying by Thomas Keneally

Two old men dying

Thomas Keneally

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"Learned Man is the child of the extraordinary cognitive leap that created humankind, as we know it, thought to have sprung from the Rift Valley in Africa and soon after travelling to ancient Australia. Shelby, the acclaimed documentary-maker, like Learned...

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Where the river runs by Fleur McDonald

Where the river runs

Fleur McDonald

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"Ten years ago, thirty-year-old Chelsea Taylor left the small country town of Barker and her family's property to rise to the top as a concert pianist. With talent, ambition and a determination to show them all at home, Chelsea thought she had it made....

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What you wish for by Catherine Robertson

What you wish for

Catherine Robertson

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"Dr Ashwin Ghadavi, Gabriel's Bay's newly imported GP, is trying hard to fit in. His challenges include the immoveable force of his office manager, Mac, the ambiguities of the Kiwi idiom, and his unrequited attraction to Mac's daughter, Emma. Having ...

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Taking Tom Murray home by Tim Slee

Taking Tom Murray home

Tim Slee

Audio CD

Bankrupt dairy farmer Tom Murray decides he'd rather sell off his herd and burn down his own house than hand them over to the bank. But something goes tragically wrong, and Tom dies in the blaze. His wife, Dawn, doesn't want him to have died for nothing...

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The era of lanterns and bells  by Ann Tinkham

The era of lanterns and bells

Ann Tinkham

Book

"In The Era of Lanterns and Bells, a lighthouse is haunted by the memory of lighthouse keepers, a train operator is forever changed by a subway suicide, a journalist befriends a homeless virtuoso, an orca trainer believes she's a whale, an aerialist runs...

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Here until August  by Josephine Rowe

Here until August

Josephine Rowe

Book

"A masterful collection of heartbreak, travel and seduction from an internationally acclaimed Australian author. These superbly crafted stories follow the fates of characters who, by choice or by force, are travelling beyond the boundaries of their k...

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Overdrawn  by N. J. Crosskey

Overdrawn

N. J. Crosskey

Book

"Henry Morris is watching his wife slip away from him. In an ageist society, where euthanasia is encouraged as a patriotic act, dementia is no longer tolerated. Kaitlyn, a young waitress, is desperate for the funds to keep her brother's life support ...

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The breeding season  by Andrea Niehaus

The breeding season

Andrea Niehaus

Book

"The rains come to Brisbane just as Elise and Dan descend into grief. Elise, a scientist, believes that isolation and punishing fieldwork will heal her pain. Her husband Dan, a writer, questions the truths of his life, and looks to art for answers. W...

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The old lie  by Claire G. Coleman

The old lie

Claire G. Coleman

Book

"Shane Daniels and Romany Zetz have been drawn into a war that is not their own. Lives will be destroyed, families will be torn apart. Trust will be broken. When the war is over, some will return to a changed world. Will they discover that glory is a...

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Devotion  by Madeline Stevens

Devotion

Madeline Stevens

Book

"Ella Crawford is 26, lonely, and so broke that she seduces strange men when she suspects they'll buy her dinner. Her fate changes the day she begins nannying for a rich and beautiful Upper East Side mother. Both women are just 26 - but unlike Ella, Lonnie...

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The little B&B at Cove End  by Linda Mitchelmore

The little B&B at Cove End

Linda Mitchelmore

Book

"When Cara Howard's husband passes away, she and her teenage daughter, Mae, are left with nothing except their beloved family home at Cove End. Overlooking the sparkling sea, Cara decides to renovate the house in time for the summer season, turning it...

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The grammarians  by Cathleen Schine

The grammarians

Cathleen Schine

Book

"Laurel and Daphne Wolfe, identical, inseparable redheaded twins, share an obsession with words. As adults making their way in 1980s Manhattan, their verbal infatuation begins to push them apart. Their fraying twinship finally shreds completely when ...

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The secret cove in Croatia  by Julie Caplin

The secret cove in Croatia

Julie Caplin

Book

"Sail away to beautiful Croatia for summer sun, sparkling turquoise seas and a holiday romance that’s forever… When no-nonsense, down-to-earth Maddie Wilcox is offered the chance to work on a luxury yacht for the summer, she can’t say no. Yes she’ll be...

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Crazy rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

Crazy rich Asians

Kevin Kwan

Large Print

"Novel about three super-rich, pedigreed Chinese families and the gossip, backbiting, and scheming that occurs when the heir to one of the most massive fortunes in Asia brings home his ABC (American-born Chinese) girlfriend to the wedding of the season....

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