Set against the backdrop of WWI, with western civilization on the edge of calamity, the Guild is on a quest to find the golden city of Buddhist myth. The search will take them from the Polar North to the Mongolian deserts, through the underground canals of Asia to deep inside the Himalayas, before the fabled city finally divulges its secrets and the journey plays out to its startling conclusion.
Gwen is fourteen, a student, a swimmer and a best friend. But she'd like to be an adventurer and an outlaw. She teams up with a new, fierce friend and some restless souls. They head for the open sea, stealing a boat to commit mayhem in the San Francisco Bay, and hunt for treasure.
At age 12, Gideon Crew witnessed the brutal murder of his father. More than 20 years later, Gideon gets his revenge. But then a mysterious witness steps forward to confront Gideon on his crime--and offer him the chance of a lifetime.
When a Chinese national working for an American-owned construction company is kidnapped along with his one-man security detail, Rutherford Risk, a firm specializing in hostage recovery, recruits two outsiders to aide in the victims return. First in a series.
Playing it safe in spite of significantly reduced profits, McKenna and her Alaskan salvage boat crew take a last-chance job helping an imperiled freighter only to discover that it contains valuable cargo that is being targeted by powerful enemies.
In a futuristic world dominated by a fascist coalition of machines, a businessman survives a rogue war attack and teams up with a Russian medic and a damaged robot to stop a genocidal machine conspiracy. A fast-paced, sci-fi adventure.
In the world of Grand Prix, there’s an attempt by the Russians to sabotage a race at, the most dangerous track in Europe. Bond is in the driving seat but events swiftly take an unexpected turn, pitching him into an entirely different race with implications that could change the world.
A humorous and evocative debut novel about a food journalist's desperate attempt to save his career--and possibly, his marriage--by tracking an extremely valuable bottle of wine stolen by the Nazis over half a century ago.
They're all on a race against time to hunt down the greatest warship ever built. Some think the ship is lost forever, some think it's been destroyed, and some think it's only a legend, but one thing's for certain: whoever finds it will hold the fate of the universe in their hands.
In 1938, two rival expeditions set off for a lost Mayan temple in the jungles of Honduras, one intending to shoot a screwball comedy on location, the other intending to disassemble it and ship it home. Twenty years later, when a rogue CIA agent learns that both expeditions are still out in the wilderness, he embarks on a mission to exploit the temple as a geopolitical pawn.
While tracking down a missing writer who has exposed the true nature of Calcutta society in 1837 India, a young soldier with few prospects, a secret political agent and a master of disguise are drawn into the mysterious Thuggee cult and its even more ominous suppression.
In an alternate New Orleans caught in the tangle of the American Civil War, the girl named Creeper yearns to escape the streets for the air by earning a spot on-board the airship Midnight Robber . Creeper plans to earn Captain Ann-Marie's trust with information she discovers about a Haitian scientist and a mysterious weapon he calls The Black God's Drums.
Irene is a spy for the mysterious Library, a shadowy organization that collects important works of fiction from all of the different realities. Most recently, she and her assistant Kai have been sent to an alternative London. Their mission: Retrieve a particularly dangerous book. The problem: By the time they arrive, it's already been stolen.
Reimagines the end of Herman Melville's Moby Dick and has Captain Ahab return to the mainland to search for his wife and child who have moved from Nantucket to New York after Ishmael erroneously reported his demise.
Irene is a spy for the mysterious Library, a shadowy organization that collects works of fiction from different realities. Soon she is caught in a web of danger and sinister secret societies. A fun, time-traveling, adventure.
Ava is the librarian in residence at the Lazarus Club, a dwindling Manhattan arts club full of eccentric geriatric residents, but soon her quiet life takes an unexpected--and precarious—turn. A love letter to classic literature and a look at newfound adulthood.
When her eccentric novelist husband disappears, leaving behind nothing but a hidden pair of plane tickets to Paris, Leah relocates to France and takes ownership of a small bookstore, where she discovers clues in an unfinished manuscript.
A roller coaster of a read! This is the story of a librarian from a splintered family with a tragic past who is gifted a mysterious book that leads him to dive deep into his family’s history, all while his present life seems to be falling to pieces around him. If you loved Morgenstern’s The Night Circus or Kostova’s The Historian, this is a book for you.
Once you let a book into your life, the most unexpected things can happen... Sara travels all the way from Sweden to the small town of Broken Wheel, Iowa to visit her pen pal Amy, only to discover Amy has just died. The tale of how she brings the love of books and reading that she shared with Amy to the residents of the town is a heartwarming reminder of shy we're booklovers. It’s a sweet, smart story of how books find us, change us, and connect us.
Monsieur Perdu calls himself a literary apothecary. From his floating bookstore, he prescribes novels to mend broken hearts and souls but he can’t seem to heal is himself. The great love of his life disappeared and left him with only a letter which he’s never opened. When he finally does read the letter, he heads off on a mission to make peace with his loss and discover the end of the story. Join him on his journey in this love letter to books and the power of stories to shape people’s lives.
A recently separated woman seeks solace and purpose in a local book group. The group’s goal is for each member to present the book that matters most to them. Ava rediscovers a mysterious book from her childhood that helped her through traumas and makes it her mission to find the book and its enigmatic author. Her quest unravels the secrets of her past and offers Ava and her daughter Maggie the chance to remake their lives.
A gleeful and exhilarating tale of global conspiracy, complex code-breaking, high-tech data visualization, young love, rollicking adventure, and the secret to eternal life--mostly set in a hole-in-the-wall San Francisco bookstore. This is an establishment you have to enter and will never want to leave, a modern-day cabinet of wonders ready to give a jolt of energy to every curious reader, no matter the time of day.
Despite losing her job as a librarian, Nina continues her mission to put the right book into a patron’s hands by moving to rural Scotland, purchasing a van, turning it into a bookmobile, and taking to the road. A valentine to readers, librarians and book-lovers, the story revolves around the romance of the road, the romance of books and reading, and just plain old romance.
Celebrating the glory of literature and its power to define who we are, this is a nuanced portrait of one reclusive woman’s late-life crisis. Aaliya lives alone in Beirut, translating one novel that she loves per year into Arabic. Her musings on literature, philosophy and art are mixed with memories of war and her volatile past. Though set in the Middle East it is free of hot-button issues. A delightful story for true bibliophiles, full of humanity and compassion.
Amelia Peabody, that indomitable product of the Victorian age, embarks on her first Egyptian adventure armed with unshakable self-confidence, a journal to record her thoughts, and, of course, a sturdy umbrella.
On her way she rescues young Evelyn Barton-Forbes. They travel on together, encountering mysteries, missing mummies, and Radcliffe Emerson, a dashing and opinionated archaeologist who doesn't need a woman's help -- or so he thinks.
In this thrilling chapter in Faye Kellerman’s bestselling series, Rina Lazarus makes a shocking discovery in the woods of her upstate New York community that leads her husband, police detective Peter Decker, through a series of gruesome unsolved murders.
As friends, the boisterous and brash American Beryl couldn’t be less alike than the prim and proper British Edwina. But as sleuths in an England recovering from the Great War, they’re the perfect match.
Nero Wolfe is one of fiction’s greatest detectives but he’s an armchair detective who most definitely needs his wise-cracking assistant, Archie Goodwin, to do the footwork. In the first book of the series, someone make a gift of a deadly snake to Nero and Archie suspects it means Wolfe is close to solving a devilishly clever murder.
Nineteenth-century private detective Cyrus Barker teams up with Thomas Llewelyn, a young man with a murky past, to investigate the killing of a young Jewish scholar bearing a startling resemblance to artists' renderings of Jesus. At once a tribute to Arthur Conan Doyle and something entirely its own. You may, at first, feel like you’ve been here before but after a few pages you’ll want to follow this pair into the darkest places Victorian London can throw at you.
Hard-boiled Sam Kovac and razor-tongued Nikki Liska, Minneapolis, MN police detectives, take on multiple twisted cases in this suspenseful thriller that explores a murder from the past, a murder from the present, and a life that was never meant to be.
FBI special agent Kate O’Hare must partner with charming con man Nicholas Fox to take down big-league criminals. Now Nick has been kidnapped and Kate follows a trail of evidence that leads to their deadliest adversary yet.
Cole is an L.A.-based sleuth with a smart mouth, a flair for the martial arts, and a borderline sociopath for a partner. When he investigates the disappearance of Ellen Lang's husband and young son, he stumbles into a bizarre nightmare of high-level intrigue, missing drugs, and murder in Hollywood's seamy underworld. Excellent characters and dialogue made this an award-winning debut.
In this breakout thriller, Lt. Joe Leaphorn and Officer Jim Chee of the Navajo tribal police are united for the first time in a murder investigation that leads them into the dark world of Navajo witchcraft. This duo is based on a simple inversion: young Chee is the conservative spiritual presence while his elder is the jaded cynic. They’re an amazing pair in an engrossing landscape.
A fast-paced and moving story about Todd Aaron, a fifty-something man with autism, who has lived at Payton Living Center since he was a boy, and suddenly begins to wonder what life might be like outside the institution.
Li-yan is a daughter of Chinese tea farmers. When she has a daughter out of wedlock, she leaves the baby in an orphanage, but never forgets her daughter. A moving story of the strong bond between mothers and daughters.
A minor traffic accident becomes a catalyst for an unexpected bond among a human rights scholar, his Chilean lecturer tenant and an undocumented immigrant from Guatemala, who explore firsthand the difficulties of immigrants and refugees in today's world.
Clever and haunting by turns, Ayiti explores the Haitian diaspora experience. Wise, fanciful, and daring, Ayiti is the book that put Roxane Gay on the map and now, with two previously uncollected stories, confirms her singular vision.
This rich, moving, and lyrical novel is the story of two girls living eight hundred years apart—a modern-day Syrian refugee seeking safety and a medieval adventurer apprenticed to a legendary mapmaker—places today’s headlines in the sweep of history, where the pain of exile and the triumph of courage echo again and again.
Working exhausting hours in their rural Trinidad home, the family of a petroleum plant worker is shattered by the disappearance of a troubled twin son whose fate forces his father to make a devastating choice.
82-year-old Etta has never seen the ocean. Early one morning she takes a rifle, some chocolate, and her best boots, and begins walking the 3,232 kilometres from rural Saskatchewan to Halifax. Her husband wakes to a note left on the kitchen table; his oldest friend, who has loved Etta from afar for 60 years, insists on finding her, wherever she's gone.
Confined to a wheelchair after a paralyzing injury, an Afghanistan War veteran endures a hardscrabble existence in his sister's ramshackle Mississippi home before spontaneously regaining his ability to walk, an apparent miracle that subjects him to scientific and religious debates and exposes his most private secrets.
In Silicon Valley, Priya has everything she needs, but the one thing she wants most is the child she's unable to have. In an Indian village, Asha doesn't have much. She and her husband can barely keep a roof over their heads. Asha checks into the Happy Mothers House: a baby farm where she can rent her only asset to a childless couple overseas. Together, the two women discover the best and the worst of India's rising surrogacy industry, bridging continents and cultures to bring a new life into the world and renewed hope to each other.
As we learn the reasons that each person is attending the Big Oakland Powwow momentum builds toward a shocking yet inevitable conclusion that changes everything. This large cast of interwoven characters depicts the experience of Native Americans living in urban settings. A wondrous and shattering portrait of an America few of us have ever seen.
This graphic novel chronicles the fall from grace of a group of super-heroes plagued by all-too-human failings. Along the way, the concept of the super-hero is dissected as the heroes are stalked by an unknown assassin.
Octavia E. Butler’s bestselling science-fiction masterpiece now in graphic novel format. Dana, a black woman, finds herself repeatedly transported to the antebellum South, where she must make sure that the plantation owner's son, survives to father Dana's ancestor.
When Hazel and Mari met at church bingo in 1963, it was love at first sight. Forced apart by their families and society, Hazel and Mari both married young men and had families. Decades later, Hazel and Mari reunite again at a church bingo hall. Realizing their love for each other is still alive, what these grandmothers do next takes absolute strength and courage.
When Sabrina disappears, an airman in the U.S. Air Force is drawn into a web of suppositions, wild theories, and outright lies. Sabrina depicts a modern world devoid of personal interaction and responsibility, where relationships are stripped of intimacy through glowing computer screens. An indictment of our modern state, Drnaso contemplates the dangers of a fake news climate.
Banished from existence by a multiversal crisis, the old champions of Spiral City now lead simple lives in an idyllic farming village, but a mysterious stranger works to bring them back into action for one last adventure.
In his spare time away from the Avengers, Clint Barton, takes on the seedy underbelly of New York City with his protegee, Kate Bishop, as they foil a burglary plot and infiltrate a high-stakes villain auction.
A first-hand account of the author's lifelong struggle for civil and human rights spans his youth in rural Alabama, his life-changing meeting with Martin Luther King, Jr., and the birth of the Nashville Student Movement.
Set in an alternate world of art deco beauty and steam punk horror, this epic tells the story of a teenage girl who is struggling to survive the trauma of war. She shares a psychic link with a monster, a connection that transforms them both. Making them the target of both human and otherworldly powers.
Join Taako the elf wizard, Merle the dwarf cleric, and Magnus the human warrior for an adventure they are poorly equipped to handle AT BEST, guided by their snarky DM, in a graphic novel that, like the smash-hit podcast it's based on, will tickle your funny bone, tug your heartstrings, and probably pants you if you give it half a chance.
Nicholas, the illegitimate son of a retired fencing champion, is a fencing wunderkind, and dreams of getting the chance and the training to actually compete. After getting accepted to the prodigious Kings Row private school, Nicholas is thrust into a cut-throat world, and finds himself facing not only his golden-boy half-brother, but the unbeatable, mysterious Seiji Katayama.
Profiles of the lives of feisty female role models, some world famous, some little known. From Nellie Bly to Mae Jemison or Josephine Baker to Naziq al-Abid, the stories in this comic biography are sure to inspire the next generation of rebel ladies.
In a feat of historical suspense, Lawhon unravels the twists and turns in Anna Anderson's 50-year battle to be recognized as Anastasia Romanov. Is she the Russian Grand Duchess or the thief of another woman's legacy? The question of who Anna is and what really happened to Anastasia creates a compelling saga that spans decades and continents.
A sweeping saga of one Korean family through the generations. Beginning with Sunja in the early 1900s, the prized daughter of a poor yet proud family, whose unplanned pregnancy threatens to shame them all.
A novel sweeping across three generations evokes the intimate relationships of a group of friends brought together by art, literature, and love. Richly observed, emotionally charged, this dazzling novel of fathers and sons, of family and legacy, explores the social and sexual revolutions of the past century, even as it takes us straight to the heart of our current age.
In 1940, eighteen-year old Juliet is reluctantly recruited into the world of espionage. Ten years later, now a radio producer at the BBC, Juliet is unexpectedly confronted by figures from her past. A different war is being fought now, on a different battleground. A dramatic story of WWII espionage, betrayal, and loyalty.
Deemed unrepentant by a Bolshevik tribunal in 1922, Count Alexander Rostov is sentenced to house arrest in a hotel across the street from the Kremlin, where he lives in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history unfold.
In a blend of fictional biography and a novel of manners mother-daughter tension sets the stage for the portrait of Ada Lovelace, the only legitimate daughter of poet Lord Byron. Eventually, with the help of a loving husband, a brilliant female mentor, and intellectual friends, Ada achieves her goals, though it took the world nearly a century to recognize her as the first computer programmer.
Doris, a 96-year-old woman living alone, reflects on her life while looking through her old address book. She recalls working as a maid in Sweden, modelling in Paris during the 30's, and fleeing to Manhattan at the dawn of the Second World War. And whatever became of Allan, the love of Doris's life?
Experience a seminal moment in African history: the struggle to establish an independent republic in Nigeria in the 1960s, and the violence that followed. Follow three characters as their lives become swept up by the turbulence of the decade.
When one of his trading vessels returns to 18th-century London with the remarkable body of a mermaid, Jonah gains entry into high society and falls in love with a highly accomplished courtesan, with unexpected consequences.
The story of two girls living eight hundred years apart: a modern-day Syrian refugee seeking safety and a medieval adventurer apprenticed to a legendary mapmaker. The pain of exile and the triumph of courage echo again and again.
An exhilarating saga that conjures a brutal, superstitious, and thrilling ninth-century world and the birth of a kingdom in Viking-era Norway. Set in a mystical and violent world defined by honor, loyalty, deceit, passion, and courage it combines the bold imagination and sweeping narrative of Game of Thrones, Vikings, and Outlander.
Unexpectedly chosen to be a family manservant, an 11-year-old Barbados sugar-plantation slave is initiated into a world of technology and dignity before a devastating betrayal propels him throughout the world in search of his true self.
The breathtaking story of the prostitute who risked everything to protect two Israelite spies before the battle of Jericho. Readers will find themselves fully immersed in a world of dark and dusty streets, clandestine meetings, and daring escapes as a mysterious biblical figure claims her full humanity--and a permanent place in readers' hearts.
Meeting the son of an Oklahoma City bombing victim who lost contact with, the daughter of another bombing victim, Ashley struggles to help the man find the girl at the same time she tries to get her husband to understand why she feels strongly compelled to get involved.
This series opener is a sweet, funny, food-centered romance that follows chef Rachel Bishop as she tries to rebuild her career by joining forces with the man who inadvertently set the disaster in motion. A repentant Alex Kanin helps her host an exclusive pop-up dinner party for Denver foodies. A charmingly written tale of faith, love, friendship, and food, this will leave you hungry for the next installment.
Sarah Hollenbeck is torn between her Christian faith and her future as a writer of steamy romance novels and things become even more complicated when she finds herself falling in love with her pastor. With a powerful voice, penetrating insight, and plenty of wit, Bethany Turner’s debut isn't afraid to deal with the thorny realities of living the Christian life.
Home on leave, search and rescue pilot Kacey Fairing hopes to reconnect with the now-teenage daughter she sees only between deployments. She’s also dealing with the return of her old flame, Ben King, whom she is forced to work with as the town faces a state of emergency due to flash floods. But when things turn personal, can they put aside the past to save their future?
To emigrate or not? That’s the question facing pregnant Signe and her family. They go... then wish they hadn't. After a difficult trip from Norway to Minnesota, they're met with demanding relatives who force them into harsh labor to repay their passage. With fascinating insight into early-1900s' life and the trials immigrants faced, this is the first of the series.
Discovering he played a key role in condemning an innocent man to death row, FBI Domestic Terrorism Unit agent Gil Martins struggles with family estrangement and a loss of faith while endeavoring to stop a religious zealot who is targeting secular public figures.
Griffin McCray, a Gettysburg Park ranger, captures relic hunters who’ve dug up skeletal remains. Charming anthropologist Finley Scott finds the body is modern. Also on the case are two of Griffin’s childhood friends. He soon realizes he'll need to confront the darkest days of his life if he - and those he cares about - are to escape the spiral of murder. A fast-paced blend of intrigue, romance, and faith.
When one of the last surviving towns founded by freed slaves after the Civil War is facing foreclosure, its mayor puts it up for sale. He finds a buyer in Bernardine Brown who’s just won a multimillion dollar divorce settlement and who believes the town's sale to be a sign from God. She decides to buy and rebuild Henry Adams, KS but not everyone is on board.
Coming home wasn't on Tracy's agenda and neither was romance, but when she meets Michael, everything changes. As those in the seaside village come closer together despite their fears, they find their lives growing richer in ways they thought were lost forever. Emotional and heartwarming, this story invites you to come to Hope Harbor, where love and hope bloom--and hearts heal.
The first novel in the beloved series set in America’s favorite small town, Mitford, finds Episcopal rector Father Tim longing for change. Enter a dog the size of a couch, add an attractive neighbor who wears a path through the hedge, and stir in a lovable but unloved boy. Suddenly, Father Tim gets more than he bargained for and readers get a rich comedy about ordinary people.
A shallow grave is found on a Pennsylvania farm, and one woman straddling two worlds must uncover a killer--and create a life on her own terms. Fifteen years after leaving Amish life, Rachel has returned and tries to help her community in ways they can’t help themselves. As she works to clear her uncle Aaron’s name, she discovers secrets that put her own life in danger. A unique mystery debut.
Tenly, a present-day author with a bestseller, has writer’s block as her second book is due. Birdie, a daughter of old money in the Gilded Age, wants to be a writer instead of doing as her family expects. They’re two strong women, writers facing unpleasant futures, trying to achieve their goals regardless of any obstacles. And it all starts with a very special writing desk.
Camri Coulter's search for her missing brother, Caleb, leads her deep into the political corruption of San Francisco, and into the acquaintance of Patrick Murdock. As the two try to find Caleb, the stakes rise and threats loom. Will Patrick be able to protect her from danger?
A mad-cap noir set on the streets of post-World War II San Francisco follows a smitten barkeep and unofficial fixer-for-hire as he investigates his paramour's disappearance amid a series of weird events involving an unidentified flying object and a mysterious plane crash.
A pair of acquaintances who did not initially hit it off romantically, Eve and Ben, keep running into each other over and over while they navigate their new adulthoods of first jobs, dates, breakups, reunions, betrayals and eventually love. It’s When Harry Met Sally for a new generation, an edgy, updated take on Nora Ephron that's full of humor and wit.
In the vein of Where'd You Go, Bernadette, this whip-smart romantic comedy is as incisive as it is funny. After getting dumped by her husband, a woman sets out to prove her worth by entering a 'best housewife' pageant in 1970 Palm Springs. Maxine only has one problem: to win the crown she'll need to find--or build--a family of her own. A perfect blend of salty and sweet.
With a colorful cast of eccentric characters, razor-sharp observations, and her signature wit and charm, Sophie Kinsella presents a humorous yet moving portrait of a marriage--its intricacies, comforts, and complications.
In this deliriously entertaining parody novel, the recently orphaned socialite Flora Poste descends on her relatives at the aptly named Cold Comfort Farm. She finds a singularly miserable group in dire need of her particular talent: organization.
An outrageously funny tale about a wealthy Chinese-American family that has it all, only to lose every last cent. Their spectacular fall from riches to rags brings the Wangs together in a way money never could.
Hitting rock bottom after his beautiful apartment is sold to his ex, David receives an unexpected call from his first wife, Julie, and agrees to help her sullen teen daughter get into college, an endeavor that brings lingering feelings and unresolved issues to light. McCauley delights with intimately, often hilariously observed characters and a winking wit that lets plenty of honest tenderness shine through.
Seconds before Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Showcasing Douglas Adams’s quick wit, comic genius, and wide-ranging intelligence, Hitchhiker's has become nothing less than a cult classic and cultural phenomenon.
There are good moms and bad moms--and then there are hot-mess moms. Introducing Ashley Keller, career girl turned stay-at-home mom who's trying to navigate the world of Pinterest-perfect, Facebook-fantastic and Instagram-impressive mommies but failing miserably.
In this hilarious and poignant novel, Kate Reddy finds herself in an impossible juggling act: proving herself (again) at work, dealing with teen drama, and trying to look after increasingly frail parents as the clock keeps ticking toward her 50th birthday. Then, an old flame shows up out of the blue, and Kate finds herself facing off with everyone from Russian mobsters to a literal stallion.
A cast of young talented chefs are in a high-stakes TV contest in Israel. Their culinary foes: fake “terrorists” -- that is, until real terrorists show up, and the producers must scramble to integrate them into the show or risk death. Mysteries deepen, romances bloom, and chefs cook for their lives in this laugh-out-loud adventure. Fully human characters make this hilarious send-up a standout.
Mack McAllister: the it-boy visionary of the moment trying to take his app to the next level; Isabel: a social media ninja working for him a bit too closely; and Katya: an ambitious Russian emigre journalist desperate for a scoop. When a scandal erupts in the lower Manhattan loft building where all three work, they quickly discover just how small a world the Big Apple's tech community can be.
A married man and woman in India who hide their gay orientations from their conservative families find their arrangement compromised when one of them returns home to care for a family member, only to reconnect with a beloved ex whose marriage to a heterosexual stranger has been arranged.
After his unceremonious release from a Premier League academy at nineteen, Tom feels his bright future slipping away. Then a taboo encounter upends what little stability he has, forcing Tom to reconcile his suppressed desires with his drive to succeed.
Ben is perfectly content with the quiet, predictable life of a country vicar. When he's asked to look after an absent naval captain's three wild children, he reluctantly agrees, but instantly falls for the hellions. And when their stern but gloriously handsome father arrives, Ben is tempted in ways that make him doubt everything.
Brought together by a secret project designed to hide British targets from German radar, Tom and Ben founded a love that could not be revealed. When the project went wrong, they vanished into nothingness, presumed dead. Now they are lost in time, hunting each other across decades, leaving clues in books of poetry and trying to make their timelines overlap
It's been two years since Lena decided to take time to find herself and focus on her child. But the present finds her staring at images of Denise, the one who got away. With her child away, Lena now has time to play. Will she finally move on to someone new, or truly go after the one she's wanted all along?
Claude is five years old and loves peanut butter sandwiches. He also loves wearing a dress, and dreams of being a princess. Rosie and Penn want Claude to be whoever Claude wants to be. They're just not sure they're ready to share that with the world.
This heartfelt saga traces the life of Cyril Avery beginning with his dramatic birth to an unmarried teenager and adoption by an eccentric Irish couple. We visit Cyril every seven years as he comes to terms with himself and his country; an absorbing book that will make you both laugh and cry.
Receiving an invitation to his ex-boyfriend's wedding, Arthur, a failed novelist on the eve of his 50th birthday, embarks on an international journey that finds him falling in love, risking his life, reinventing himself and making connections with the past.
When brewer Charlie and his friend Darcy ask for help from the popular Bennett Sisters Brewing company, sisters Jen and Erin are happy for the attractive distractions. Charlie and Jen seem to be made for each other, and Erin finds herself attracted to Darcy, but a misunderstanding might ruin the chances for love for both couples.
Hitting rock bottom after his beautiful apartment is sold and his ex Soren leaves him for a wealthier man, David receives an unexpected call from his first wife, Julie, and agrees to help her sullen teen daughter get into college, an endeavor that brings lingering feelings and unresolved issues to light.
When 17-year old Leda arrives in a new country, she learns her husband is dead. Deciding to live as a man, she learns the violin and joins a group of musicians. But as time goes on, she realizes playing music isn’t the only desire she has.
Katie is living the New York dream. But the rug is swept from under Katie when she is suddenly dumped leaving her completely lost. On a whim, she agrees to have a drink with Cassidy Price. The two form a newfound friendship, which soon brings into question everything Katie thought she knew about sex - and love.
Jack Sheppard and Edgeworth Bess were the most notorious thieves, jailbreakers, and lovers of eighteenth-century London. Yet no one knows the true story; their confessions have never been found. Until now. A scholar named Dr. Voth discovers a long-lost manuscript--a gender-defying exposé of Jack and Bess's adventures, but is it an authentic autobiography or a hoax?
An ode to kindness, sacrifice, and the power of small things traces the experiences of adventurous Nana the cat and his owner, Satoru, as they embark on a road trip across Japan to visit three old friends.
A collection of short fiction explores themes of history, family and diverse relationships, presenting in the title story the experiences of a Mediterranean purple swamp hen living in Quintus Pompeius' villa who narrowly escapes Vesuvius.
Paul Stuart heads to the idyllic Italian hill town of Montalcino, but he discovers his rental car is missing. With no other cars available, Paul is stuck until he is offered a bulldozer. Paul accepts the offer and this begins a series of surprising adventures in food, wine, Tuscan history and modern romance.
Leaving her hometown after her secret wish-granting powers backfire one time too many, Rachel searches for a new start and happiness in the home of an elderly spitfire, Catch, who possesses the ability to bind secrets by baking them into pies.
Living alone in her Stockholm apartment, a ninety-six-year-old woman reminisces through the pages of a long-kept address book before starting to write down stories from her past, unlocking family secrets in unexpectedly beneficial ways.
Al Richardson enjoys small town life, but things are about to get hectic when Al's wife decides she wants to open a B&B, the new town veterinarian does not understand why she only has one patient, and there might even be an illegal parade.
A young, sophisticated Chicago woman falls for the owner of a farm on Johns Island, a lush paradise off the coast of South Carolina, and trades the bustle of city life for the vagaries of a small Southern community.
When single professor and Vietnam veteran Jim Kraus takes in a dog, he notices thathis new pet's growls sound like words, and even though he knows that he is just projecting, he finds himself taking the dog's "words" as encouragement to make a new friend.
When Elsa's grandmother dies and leaves behind a series of letters apologizing to people she has wronged, Elsa's greatest adventure begins. Her grandmother's instructions lead her to an apartment building full of drunks, monsters, attack dogs, and old crones but also to the truth about a grandmother like no other.
Skills in everything from martial arts to quantum physics make Shona McMonagle the perfect recruit for a new and interesting project: Time-travel to Tzarist Russia, prevent a gross miscarriage of romance, and – in any spare time – see to it that only the right people get murdered.
For head librarian Kit, the public library offers what she craves most: peace. But that changes when fifteen-year-old Sunny gets arrested for shoplifting a dictionary. The judge assigns her community service at the library for the summer. Bright, curious, and eager to connect with someone, Sunny coaxes Kit out of her self-imposed isolation.
Monsieur Perdu, owner of a floating bookstore, prescribes novels for the hardships of life. Haunted by the heartbreak of a lost love, he decides to travel along the country's rivers, dispensing his wisdom and his books, showing that the literary world can take the human soul on a journey to heal itself.
A New York documentary filmmaker, visiting his wife's small mountain community in the majestic Italian Dolomites, is challenged to unravel the truth about a decades-old triple murder in the wake of a devastating accident.
Brooklyn's toughest female detective relocates to Dallas--and neither is ready for the fight. Battling a group of unruly subordinates, a persistent stalker, a formidable criminal organization, and an unsupportive girlfriend, the unbreakable Detective Betty Rhyzyk may be reaching her limit. Combining the colorful pyrotechnics of Breaking Bad with the best of the gritty crime genre, this is a brilliant debut and launches a sensational new series.
Meet Isabel Spellman, private investigator. This twenty-eight-year-old may have a checkered past littered with romantic mistakes, excessive drinking, and creative vandalism - but she's good at her job as a licensed P.I. with her family's firm, Spellman Investigations. Invading people's privacy comes naturally to Izzy and all the Spellmans. If only they could leave their work at the office. If you need a laugh, try this rollicking series.
When it comes to law and order, East Texas plays by its own rules--a fact that Darren Mathews, a black Texas Ranger, knows all too well. With fully realized characters and a timely look at race relations in the U.S., this is a rural noir suffused with the unique music, color, and nuance of East Texas. A 2018 Edgar Award nominee.
Yokoyama’s English-language debut is a complex story that takes time to get into high gear – it requires, and rewards, close attention and succeeds as a police procedural, an incisive character study, and a cold-case mystery. It’s a dark and riveting plunge into a crime, an investigation, and a culture like no other.
When a popular former high school classmate is found murdered, a lead homicide investigator in a rural town uncovers puzzling mysteries in the victim's life, from her abrupt departure from a dream teaching job to her run-down existence in spite of wealthy family ties.
In this first title of the series, Flavia, a precocious 11-year-old with a chemistry lab, finds a corpse in a cucumber patch and applies the detective skills she learned plotting against her older sisters. Set in 1950s England, it's intricately plotted, witty and delightfully entertaining.
Framed by enemies within the NYPD and forced to serve a decade in prison, private detective Joe King Oliver receives a confession from a woman who helped set him up, a situation that compels him to investigate his own case at the same time he assists a black radical journalist who has been wrongly accused of murdering two corrupt cops.
A resident of one of LA’s toughest neighborhoods uses his blistering intellect to solve the crimes the LAPD ignores. Isaiah Quintabe (IQ) is young, black, brilliant and a fan of Sherlock Holmes for his brains-over-brawn approach. Multiple styles and tones make this an utterly entertaining blend of coming-of-age saga, old-school detective story and comic caper.
A thoughtful police procedural about a missing person case and the secrets that come to the surface when a feisty detective becomes relentless in finding the truth. Suspenseful and keenly observed -- a brilliantly twisting novel for fans of Kate Atkinson and Tana French.
When his cover is blown, former Berlin bull and unwilling SS officer Bernie Gunther must re-enter a cat-and-mouse game that continues to shadow his life a decade after Germany's defeat in World War 2... 1939 and 1956: two different eras about to converge in an explosion Bernie Gunther will never forget. Book 12 in the series.
Ben reluctantly agrees to look after Captain Phillip’s wild children, but instantly falls for the hellions. And when their stern but handsome father arrives, Ben is tempted in ways that make him doubt everything.
When Hollywood moguls and stars want privacy, they head to the exclusive Burning Cove Hotel. It's where reporter Irene Glasson finds herself staring down at a beautiful actress at the bottom of a pool.
He's a reclusive writer whose imagination creates chilling horror novels. She's a down-on-her-luck actress reduced to staging kids' puppet shows. Now they're trapped together on a frozen island along with a lonely widow, a mute little girl, and townspeople who don't know how to mind their own business. It's going to be a long, hot winter.
Rhine Fontaine is building the life he's always dreamed of. But for the first time, he wishes he could step out from behind his well-kept secret. The reason: outspoken Eddy Carmichael, the woman he rescued in the desert.
In college Mace Carson saved Kelly Wright’s life. Years later, Mace is shocked to be reunited with the woman he saved. Kelly vows to keep things professional with Mace, until her attacker is released from prison and comes for vengeance.
Stella Lane, a successful but shy mathematician with Asperger’s, hires a hot male escort to teach her how to enjoy the sexual side of relationships. But what happens when their no-nonsense partnership starts to make a strange kind of sense?
Rose Woodrowe is getting married to Tyler Masson - a wonderful, sensitive man who is head-over-heels in love with her. The only problem? This isn't the first time for either of them, and their five grown-up children have strong opinions on the matter...
Spirits haunt the flooded streets of New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. In a parallel universe, a utopian society watches our world, trying to learn from our mistakes. A black mother in the South must save her daughter from a fey offering impossible promises.
Earth, 2144. Jack is an anti-patent scientist turned drug pirate, fabricating cheap scrips for poor people who can't otherwise afford them. But her latest drug hack has left a trail of lethal overdoses. Hot on her trail, an unlikely pair: Eliasz, a brooding military agent, and his robotic partner, Paladin.
This is different from the usual climate change disasters—it's one where life marches on despite rising sea levels. In a very different physical world human nature remains the same, for good and ill. The interwoven stories of the residents of one skyscraper give us much to fear about the inundation, but remind us humanity is good at figuring things out.
A spellbinding debut in which the future of a magical kingdom rests in the hands of a clever and defiant young con artist with miraculous healing gifts. Nahri doesn’t believe in magic, she knows her trade relies solely on tricks – until she accidentally summons a djinn warrior and finds herself embroiled in the complex and violent politics of the legendary City of Brass.
In the future, monsters walk the land, and Maggie Hoskie is a supernaturally gifted monster hunter. When a small town needs help finding a missing girl, Maggie is their best hope. But what she uncovers about the monster is much more terrifying than anything she could imagine.
Their last case was in the summer of 1977 but it’s time to get the team back together as adults and find out what actually happened all those years ago. With raucous humor and brilliantly orchestrated mayhem, this is a subversion of teen detectives like the Hardy Boys and Scooby-Doo. It delivers a wickedly entertaining celebration of horror, love, friendship, and many-tentacled, inter-dimensional demon spawn.
A scavenger robot wanders in the wasteland created by a war that has destroyed humanity in this evocative post-apocalyptic "robot western". Brittle is a member of the outcast AIs who resist ceding their individuality to the ruling mainframe brain and struggles to find the parts to stay functional. This is both a harsh story of survival and an optimistic adventure.
Carol Evers has a dark secret. She has died many times, but her deaths are not final: They are comas, each lasting days. Only two people know of her condition. One is her husband, and when she lapses into another coma, he plots to seize her fortune by proclaiming her dead and quickly burying her . . . alive.
A complex near-future thriller combining history, science, magic, mystery, intrigue, and adventure that questions the very foundations of the modern world. Once magic actually existed but it disappeared in 1851. Why? And can it be brought back? D.O.D.O.'s mission is to find a method to restore it and they need time travel to do it. Vividly realized science fiction.
A young woman, Miryem, gains a reputation for being able to turn silver into gold, catching the attention of the Staryk king, ruler of fey creatures more ice than flesh. Drawn into a web of dangerous secrets, Miryem must embark on a desperate quest that will take them to the limits of sacrifice, power, and love.
Vasya has been raised on the ‘old’ stories while growing up at the edge of the Russian wilderness. But when her stepmother forbids the family, and the whole village, from honoring their household spirits, misfortunes begin. Vasya must call on dangerous gifts she’s long concealed to protect them from a threat sprung to life from her nurse’s most frightening tales.
The first book in a new trilogy returns to Bear’s epic world of the Eternal Sky. It follows a journey through the Steles of the Sky into the Lotus Kingdoms by a pair of mercenaries—Gage, a brass automaton, and the Dead Man, a former bodyguard--who think they’re delivering a message. Little do they know they’re walking into a dynastic war.
What begins as an innocent crush soon develops into a dangerous obsession and Kate's fixation on Peter results in one intense, passionate encounter between the two. Not long after their affair, a series of horrifying events will show Kate just how grave the consequences of one mistake can be.
When Jessica signs up for a psychology study, she thinks all she'll have to do is answer a few questions, collect her money, and leave. But as the questions grow more intense and invasive, she begins to feel as though they may know what she's thinking...and what she's hiding. Jess quickly learns that some obsessions can be deadly.
Kit is on the brink of achieving everything she wanted. But now someone else is standing in her way - Diane. And Diane knows something about Kit that could destroy everything she's worked so hard for. How far would Kit go, to make the hard work, the sacrifice, worth it in the end?
Finn and Layla are young, in love, and on vacation. They're driving along the highway when Finn decides to stop at a service station to use the restroom. He hops out of the car, locks the doors behind him, and goes inside. When he returns Layla is gone--never to be seen again. That is the story Finn told to the police. But it is not the whole story.
Toby surprises two burglars who beat him and leave him for dead. Struggling to recover from his injuries, he takes refuge at his family's home. Then a skull is found in the trunk of an elm tree in the garden, and Toby is forced to face the possibility that his past may not be what he has always believed.
I very much need to be dead. These are the words left behind by a man who had everything to live for ― but took his own life. His widow, Jane, is surrounded by questions destined to go unanswered . . . unless she does what all the grief, fear, confusion, and fury inside of her demand: find the truth, no matter what.
Falling in love with a man on Death Row she believes was falsely accused, a young schoolteacher successfully campaigns for the man's release and becomes his wife only to begin wondering about his possible guilt in the aftermath of his release.
A dedicated CIA counterintelligence analyst assigned to uncover the leaders of Russian sleeper cells in the United States stumbles on a secret dossier of deep-cover agents before facing an impossible choice that tests her loyalties to the agency and her own family.
Maya Stark, a language therapist at a psychiatric facility, is challenged when a boy missing for 10 years refuses to speak about his father, the ransacked campsite they both disappeared from, or what has transpired over the last decade.
Hal receives a mysterious letter bequeathing her a substantial inheritance. She realizes the letter was sent to the wrong person--but also that the skills she's honed as a tarot card reader might help her claim the money. Soon, it dawns on her that there is something very, very wrong about this strange situation and the inheritance at the center of it.
Last year, Tom and Caroline Johnson chose to end their lives, one seemingly unable to live without the other. Their daughter, Anna, is struggling to come to terms with her parents' deaths, unwilling to accept the verdict of suicide. The police say it was suicide. Anna says it was murder. They're both wrong.
The daughter of a woman who has wanted nothing more than a quiet life in her small beachside home embarks on a desperate search for answers when she discovers the explosive truth about her mother's true identity.
When tensions escalate on the set of a reality television program featuring young, ambitious female entrepreneurs, including Brett and Kelly Courtney, two sisters who are no strangers to sibling rivalry, one of them ends up dead.