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~ St. Augustine (354-430), Christian theologian and author
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Anna's Crossing: An Amish Beginnings Novel by Suzanne Woods FisherHistorical Fiction. In 1737, a group of German Amish set out for America, a months-long journey in rough conditions. Reluctantly among them is young, unmarried Anna Konig, the only one in the group who speaks English. Acting as translator, she is drawn to the ship's carpenter, Bairn, who has a past that haunts his present. This authentic, evocative series opener by Suzanne Woods Fisher will please her many fans as well as romance readers and those interested in Amish or sailing history.
How to Catch a Prince: The Royal Wedding Series by Rachel HauckRomance. Rugby star and military vet Prince Stephen of Brighton is one of the world's most eligible bachelors -- or so everyone thinks. However, six years ago he secretly married American heiress Corina Del Rey before shipping out to Afghanistan. The war changed Stephen and killed Corina's twin brother, leaving the couple grieving, damaged, and ignoring one another and their secret marriage. Several years later, their wedding papers surface, and Stephen needs to see Corina and secretly get an annulment...or, with God's help, maybe not. This is the sweetly enchanting 3rd book in the Royal Wedding series; to start with book 1, check out Once Upon a Prince.
After a Fashion by Jen TuranoHistorical Romance. Working for a milliner in 1882 New York City, Harriet Peabody, who has no family to speak of, saves what money she can; she loves fashion and dreams of being able to open her own shop someday. But a delivery to an out-of-control society lady ends in Harriet's unemployment...as well as an interesting offer from the woman's wealthy former beau. Mr. Oliver Addleshaw wants a lady to help him host social engagements that'll help his business, and he thinks lovely, indefatigable Harriet is the perfect woman to do so. Jen Turano's novels are always delightful fun, and After a Fashion is no exception with its two appealing leads and their hilarious screwball exploits.
Lethal Beauty: A Mia Quinn Mystery by Lis Wiehl and April HenryMystery. In Seattle, slave traffickers force Chinese immigrants to live in horrible conditions and work long hours. One of the women brought over by these traffickers has been killed while working as a prostitute, and prosecutor Mia Quinn tries to convince a jury that rich businessman David Leacham is the murderer...but a key witness disappears, leaving her without much of a case. When more murders occur and it appears the cases are related, widowed, single-mom Mia works with Seattle homicide detective Charlie Carlson to deliver justice. Though it deals with issues that are tough to read about, this 3rd Mia Quinn mystery written by Fox TV personality Lis Wiehl and author April Henry should please fans of suspenseful, fast-paced tales.
Until We Reach Home by Lynn AustinHistorical Fiction. After their parents die and their abusive uncle becomes their caregiver, teenage sisters Elin, Kirsten, and Sofia Carlson emigrate from Sweden to Chicago at the end of the 19th century. With a perilous two-week Atlantic crossing and a detention on Ellis Island, their hopes and dreams for the future get off to a rocky start. Yet despite the hardships of their journey, each woman will come to new understandings about herself and the meaning of home. This richly detailed Christy Award-winning book is a "terrific read" (Library Journal) that historical romance fans may enjoy.
The Amish Nanny by Mindy Starns Clark and Leslie GouldAmish Fiction. In this 2nd in the Women of Lancaster County series, Ada Rupp is at a crossroads in her life: she's recently learned that she's adopted, that Will Gundy, the widower she'd hoped to marry, is courting another, and that the teaching job she'd been promised is no longer hers. After suffering ill health for years, she's better and ready to do something -- so when she's asked to be her family's representative to help protect a historic Anabaptist site in Switzerland, she agrees to go to Europe with Will's mother, his tween daughter (for whom Ada will act as a nanny of sorts), and Mennonite scholar Daniel Hart. As they travel, Ada ponders meeting her Swiss birth mother and finds herself growing attached to Daniel, even as her heart yearns for Will.
Sisterchicks Go Brit! A Novel by Robin Jones GunnGeneral Fiction. Fiftysomethings Kellie and Liz have been friends for over 30 years. Now, thanks to Opal, a delightful Brit, they help each other reach longstanding goals. Kellie's always wanted to be a professional interior designer, and after redoing Opal's apartment in a senior citizen complex, the offers are pouring in -- but first, the three are headed to jolly old England! Knowing it's Liz's dream to visit there, Opal arranges plane tickets and the two friends are soon enjoying high tea and visits to C.S. Lewis' and J.R.R. Tolkien's old haunts while Opal reconnects with family and an old beau. Though this is the 7th book in a popular series, newcomers can start here (the books feature different main characters and are written to be enjoyed on their own).
The Daughter's Walk: A Novel by Jane KirkpatrickHistorical Fiction. Two women walk 3,500 miles alone across the United States, from Washington State to New York City -- and they do it in 1896 while wearing new clothing that doesn't require corsets and shows their ankles. Though this sounds almost unbelievable, it's a true story; Jane Kirkpatrick's atmospheric book novelizes what happened when Helga Estby and her 17-year-old daughter Clara attempted to finish the walk in seven months in order to win money from the fashion industry to save their family farm. Though the walk is difficult and the aftermath more so, this book is "beautiful and compelling" (Publishers Weekly). For a more lighthearted look at women's rights around this time, try Robin Lee Hatcher's Catching Katie.
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