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Summer in the Vineyards

Summer in the Vineyards Author Natalie Meg Evans
ISBN-10 9781784298432
Release 2015-11-12
Pages 80
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A sun-soaked summer read set in the gorgeous French countryside. Perfect for fans of The Keeper of Lost Things and The Hourglass. Shauna Vincent has just learned that the job she set her heart on has gone to a well-connected rival. Devastated, she accepts an offer from an old family friend, and soon Shauna is deep in the French countryside with endless hours to explore the magical landscape around her. Her new home is the ancient Chateau de Chemignac with its vineyards and hidden secrets. One afternoon, Shauna falls asleep in a valley full of birdsong, and has a strange and unsettling dream. So when she suddenly awakes to find charming local landowner Laurent de Chemignac standing over her, Shauna can't help but wonder if the dashing aristocrat might be just the person to help her untangle the secret that this little French castle amongst the vines might be hiding... 'Natalie's books are a treasure trove of vibrant, vivid stories, memorable characters and pacy writing!' Tracy Rees, bestselling author of Amy Snow and The Hourglass [Summer in the Vineyards was previously published as A Gown of Thorns]



One Summer Day in Rome

One Summer Day in Rome Author Mark Lamprell
ISBN-10 9781250105554
Release 2017-08-01
Pages 288
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“New York, Paris, London—every grand metropolis—has its own irresistible attraction but Rome so swirls with stories of saints and sinners...lovers and fighters, that she compels you towards her, like gravity.... No one leaves her unaltered. Part of you always loves her. This is the place where passions are aroused, senses inflamed, and lovers fall into each other’s arms. It all appears to unfold like magic but I will tell you what really happens...Come with me, if you will, and observe my labors.” Mark Lamprell's One Summer Day in Rome is an enchanting novel about three couples drawn irresistibly to Rome, narrated by the city itself. Alice, an art student in New York City, has come to Rome in search of adventure and inspiration before settling down with her steady, safe fiancé. Meg and Alec, busy parents and successful business people from LA, are on a mission to find the holy grail, a certain blue tile that will make their home renovation complete—but soon it becomes clear that their marriage needs a makeover as well. Connie and Lizzie are women of a certain age—“Sometimes I look at my laughter lines and wonder what on earth could have been that funny”—who come from London to scatter the ashes of their beloved husband and brother. Both women are seemingly done with romance, but Rome has other ideas. Brimming with wit and charm (and gelato), One Summer Day in Rome is the most delicious novel you will read this summer.



The Milliner s Secret

The Milliner s Secret Author Natalie Meg Evans
ISBN-10 1848669119
Release 2015-07-28
Pages 560
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Natalie Meg Evans was WINNER of the 2014 Festival of Romantic Fiction's Best Historical Read award, WINNER of the 2015 Public Book Awards, and shortlisted for the 2015 Romance Writers of America (RWA) RITA Awards, for her book The Dress Thief. June 1940. As Paris, the City of Light, approaches its darkest hour, a young woman treads the line between survival and collaboration. Londoner Cora Masson has reinvented herself as Coralie de Lirac, using a false claim to aristocratic birth to launch herself as a fashionable milliner. When the Nazis invade, the influence of a high-ranking lover protects her business. But the cruel demands of war - and of love - cannot be kept at bay forever. Soon Coralie must find the courage to do what's necessary to protect her friends, her freedom and everything she believes in.



The Last Summer of the Camperdowns A Novel

The Last Summer of the Camperdowns  A Novel Author Elizabeth Kelly
ISBN-10 9780871403407
Release 2013-06-03
Pages 400
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Washington Post Notable Fiction of 2013 Set on Cape Cod during one tumultuous summer, Elizabeth Kelly’s gothic family story will delight readers of The Family Fang and The Giant’s House. The Last Summer of the Camperdowns, from the best-selling author of Apologize, Apologize!, introduces Riddle James Camperdown, the twelve-year-old daughter of the idealistic Camp and his manicured, razor-sharp wife, Greer. It’s 1972, and Riddle’s father is running for office from the family compound in Wellfleet, Massachusetts. Between Camp’s desire to toughen her up and Greer’s demand for glamour, Riddle has her hands full juggling her eccentric parents. When she accidentally witnesses a crime close to home, her confusion and fear keep her silent. As the summer unfolds, the consequences of her silence multiply. Another mysterious and powerful family, the Devlins, slowly emerges as the keepers of astonishing secrets that could shatter the Camperdowns. As an old love triangle, bitter war wounds, and the struggle for status spiral out of control, Riddle can only watch, hoping for the courage to reveal the truth. The Last Summer of the Camperdowns is poised to become the summer’s uproarious and dramatic must-read.



The Forever Summer

The Forever Summer Author Jamie Brenner
ISBN-10 9780316394888
Release 2017-04-25
Pages 368
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*A National Bestseller* Named one of PopSugar's Best Books of 2017 When a DNA test reveals long-buried secrets, three generations of women reunite on Cape Cod for the homecoming of a lifetime. Marin Bishop has always played by the rules, and it's paid off: at twenty-eight she has a handsome fiancé, a prestigious Manhattan legal career, and the hard-won admiration of her father. But one moment of weakness leaves Marin unemployed and alone, all in a single day. Then a woman claiming to be Marin's half-sister shows up, and it's all Marin can do not to break down completely. Seeking escape, Marin agrees to a road trip to meet the grandmother she never knew she had. As the summer unfolds at her grandmother's quaint beachside B&B, it becomes clear that the truth of her half-sister is just the beginning of revelations that will change Marin's life forever. THE FOREVER SUMMER is a delicious page-turner and a provocative exploration of what happens when our notions of love, truth, and family are put to the ultimate test. Full of delicious descriptions of coastal New England and richly imagined characters, THE FOREVER SUMMER is an emotional, hot-topic page-turner and a summer must-read



Sixteenth Summer

Sixteenth Summer Author Michelle Dalton
ISBN-10 9781442423459
Release 2011-05-03
Pages 304
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Anna is dreading another tourist-filled summer on Dune Island that follows the same routine: beach, ice cream, friends, repeat. That is, until she locks eyes with Will, the gorgeous and sweet guy visiting from New York. Soon, her summer is filled with flirtatious fun as Anna falls head over heels in love. But with every perfect afternoon, sweet kiss, and walk on the beach, Anna can’t ignore that the days are quickly growing shorter, and Will has to leave at the end of August. Anna’s never felt anything like this before, but when forever isn’t even a possibility, one summer doesn’t feel worth the promise of her heart breaking….



Late Summer in the Vineyard

Late Summer in the Vineyard Author Jo Thomas
ISBN-10 9781472252067
Release 2017-06-01
Pages 352
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'Love this book ... makes me want to live on a vineyard in the South of France!' Lisa Zupan, Producer of P.S. I Love You Jo Thomas's irresistible novel transports you straight to the mountains of Crete. A gorgeous, sun-filled new read from the author of THE OYSTER CATCHER, THE OLIVE BRANCH, and LATE SUMMER IN THE VINEYARD. Perfect for fans of Debbie Macomber, Susan Mallery, Nancy Thayer and Norah Roberts. We never forget the one who got away. Eighteen years ago Nell fell in love in the mountains of Crete and life changed for ever. Nell's daughter, Demi, has never met her dad. Nell never saw him again. When she gets the chance to return to the hilltop town of Vounoplagia - where everything began - Nell can't resist the urge to go back and find him. Working on a honey farm perched high up in the hills, there's plenty to keep her busy. And she will quickly realise the town harbours just as many secrets as she does. But if Nell's favourite romantic films are right, there's a happy ending in store for each of us. All she has to do is seek out the magic of the mountains... Jo Thomas takes you there.



Tuck Everlasting

Tuck Everlasting Author Natalie Babbitt
ISBN-10 9780374302030
Release 2015-01-20
Pages 144
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Critically acclaimed when it was first published, Tuck Everlasting has become a much-loved, well-studied modern-day classic. This anniversary edition features an in-depth interview conducted by Betsy Hearne in which Natalie Babbitt takes a look at Tuck Everlasting twenty-five years later. This title has Common Core connections.



Summer and Bird

Summer and Bird Author Katherine Catmull
ISBN-10 9781101591598
Release 2012-10-02
Pages 352
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An enchanting--and twisted--tale of two sisters' quest to find their parents When their parents disappear in the middle of the night, young sisters Summer and Bird set off on a quest to find them. A cryptic picture message from their mother leads them to a familiar gate in the woods, but comfortable sights quickly give way to a new world entirely--Down--one inhabited by talking birds and the evil Puppeteer queen. Summer and Bird are quickly separated, and their divided hearts lead them each in a very different direction in the quest to find their parents, vanquish the Puppeteer, lead the birds back to their Green Home, and discover the identity of the true bird queen. With breathtaking language and deliciously inventive details, Katherine Catmull has created a world unlike any other, skillfully blurring the lines between magic and reality and bringing to life a completely authentic cast of characters and creatures.



One Paris Summer

One Paris Summer Author Denise Grover Swank
ISBN-10 9780310755326
Release 2016-06-07
Pages 352
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New York Times bestseller! Most teens dream of visiting the City of Lights, but it feels more like a nightmare for Sophie Brooks. She and her brother are sent to Paris to spend the summer with their father, who left home a year ago without any explanation. As if his sudden abandonment weren't betrayal enough, he's about to remarry, and they’re expected to play nice with his soon-to-be wife and stepdaughter. The stepdaughter, Camille, agrees to show them around the city, but she makes it clear that she will do everything in her power to make Sophie miserable. Sophie could deal with all the pain and humiliation if only she could practice piano. Her dream is to become a pianist, and she was supposed to spend the summer preparing for a scholarship competition. Even though her father moved to Paris to pursue his own dream, he clearly doesn't support hers. His promise to provide her with a piano goes unfulfilled. Still, no one is immune to Paris’s charm. After a few encounters with a gorgeous French boy, Sophie finds herself warming to the city, particularly when she discovers that he can help her practice piano. There’s just one hitch—he’s a friend of Camille’s, and Camille hates Sophie. While the summer Sophie dreaded promises to become best summer of her life, one person could ruin it all.



The Dress Thief

The Dress Thief Author Natalie Meg Evans
ISBN-10 1848665881
Release 2014
Pages 564
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WINNER of the 2014 Festival of Romantic Fiction's Best Historical Read award. Shortlisted for the 2015 Romance Writers of America (RWA) RITA Awards. Alix Gower has a dream: to join the ranks of Coco Chanel to become a designer in the high-stakes world of Parisian haute couture. But Alix also has a secret: she supports her family by stealing designs to create bootlegs for the foreign market. A hidden sketchbook and two minutes inside Hermès is all she needs to create a perfect replica, to be whisked off to production in New York. Then Alix is given her big break - a chance to finally realize her dream in one of the most prominent Parisian fashion houses - but at the price of copying the breakthrough Spring Collection. Knowing this could be her only opportunity, Alix accepts the arrangement. But when a mystery from her past resurfaces and a chance meeting has her falling into the arms of a handsome English war reporter, Alix learns that the slightest misstep - or misplaced trust - could be all it takes for her life to begin falling apart at the seams.



Skyscraper Secrets

Skyscraper Secrets Author Jen Dozier
ISBN-10 074331901X
Release 2015-11-29
Pages 186
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Two attractive, every-day (and very anonymous) women in the terrifying 1950s--in an unidentified U.S. city--discovered a wonderful thing together: freedom. Crack that nut and savor its insides, and you find passion, beauty, affection, friendship, love, and--yes--hot steamy sex. We're human. It comes with the territory. Follow your instincts and see where they lead you. This is such a story. Only the names have been changed to protect the innocent. Muriel and Sarah's beautiful summer was brief, never to return, but it left a wonderful place in their hearts that was as enduring as it would remain secret. This is not a story about labels (bi, les, whatever) but about two human beings who discovered something very special together in an age when they virtually risked their lives for such passion. Theirs remains even today a fulfilling relationship (often once in a lifetime) many continue to discover, and just as secretively. Today, over a hundred million women have eagerly purchased a trilogy (Fifty Shades of Grey) involving sado-masochistic sex. Surely, though Skyscraper Secrets is as erotic and explicit as it is warm and loving, a simple love affair between two human beings cannot elicit the same horror it did half a century ago--or could it? We each must judge for ourselves--honestly and fairly. For Muriel and Sarah, it is just that one time, in that special place, never to be forgotten, before they move on with what society considers a vanilla life style without exotic flavorings of any kind. But the taste of that special truth and that freedom lingers in their memory like the tang of a summer blossom. You could say it is a rare flower that blooms only once in its life, and soon withers away into memory, gone but not forgotten. We were going to provide some background information about the 1950s English-speaking world to explain the author's claims that it was a horrific era, but the information we gathered was so horrific that we decided not to include it in what is essentially intended as an entertainment. Take our word for it--the 1950s were in too many ways like one big, long newsreel out of Kafka or Orwell. We'll never learn the real names of our Sarah and our Muriel, nor the city in which they experienced a summer of wonder. As you will quickly learn while reading Sarah's secret journal (written years later, largely from her long-ago memories) she and the somewhat older Muriel were two independent and unique spirits, whose self-direction ran counter to the regimentation imposed by their world. If you never lived a summer like that of Muriel and Sarah, long ago in the 1950s, but you are secretly curious, you will understand, deep in your heart, how they found refuge together, and love discovered them, in a cozy nook of light and warmth in a cold, gray U.S. city--a city essentially part of a society that was caught up in a vast Cold War within its heart. Muriel and Sarah were swimmers on a fathomless sea, sailing by the stars, without a guide book or a compass. Such a total, physical, heart and soul crush may happen once in a woman's life, never to be repeated. Those who have been so lucky will carry their secret forever--hidden silently & deeply in their heart, borne with a mysterious smile and slight goddess glow. They go their separate ways... marry, have children, live in leafy suburbs far apart...but neither will ever forget the other. Their brief summer leaves its mark, like a long, warm afternoon - an endless sunset glowing around paired swimmers on a fathomless sea, alone and together at the same time. They will forever treasure its light, and you will be glad Sarah wrote this erotic, loving memoir many years later. She captures a perfect time, moment by sensuous and delicious moment, explicit and breathless, like a favorite love song on a radio playing over and over again to its fiery but cool sunset fade...



Secret Ingredients

Secret Ingredients Author David Remnick
ISBN-10 9781588368232
Release 2008-08-19
Pages 608
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Since its earliest days, The New Yorker has been a tastemaker–literally. As the home of A. J. Liebling, Joseph Wechsberg, and M.F.K. Fisher, who practically invented American food writing, the magazine established a tradition that is carried forward today by irrepressible literary gastronomes, including Calvin Trillin, Bill Buford, Adam Gopnik, Jane Kramer, and Anthony Bourdain. Now, in this indispensable collection, The New Yorker dishes up a feast of delicious writing on food and drink, seasoned with a generous dash of cartoons. Whether you’re in the mood for snacking on humor pieces and cartoons or for savoring classic profiles of great chefs and great eaters, these offerings, from every age of The New Yorker’s fabled eighty-year history, are sure to satisfy every taste. There are memoirs, short stories, tell-alls, and poems–ranging in tone from sweet to sour and in subject from soup to nuts. M.F.K. Fisher pays homage to “cookery witches,” those mysterious cooks who possess “an uncanny power over food,” while John McPhee valiantly trails an inveterate forager and is rewarded with stewed persimmons and white-pine-needle tea. There is Roald Dahl’s famous story “Taste,” in which a wine snob’s palate comes in for some unwelcome scrutiny, and Julian Barnes’s ingenious tale of a lifelong gourmand who goes on a very peculiar diet for still more peculiar reasons. Adam Gopnik asks if French cuisine is done for, and Calvin Trillin investigates whether people can actually taste the difference between red wine and white. We journey with Susan Orlean as she distills the essence of Cuba in the story of a single restaurant, and with Judith Thurman as she investigates the arcane practices of Japan’s tofu masters. Closer to home, Joseph Mitchell celebrates the old New York tradition of the beefsteak dinner, and Mark Singer shadows the city’s foremost fisherman-chef. Selected from the magazine’s plentiful larder, Secret Ingredients celebrates all forms of gustatory delight. From the Hardcover edition.



Summer Harvest

Summer Harvest Author Georgina Penney
ISBN-10 9780857977717
Release 2016-02-01
Pages 265
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English dog trainer Beth Poole is having trouble getting her life back together after beating a life-threatening illness and divorcing her husband. When her Aussie-soap-obsessed grandma sends her to Australia to recover, it seems a great opportunity for some rest and relaxation while she figures out what's next. But when Beth arrives in Australia things get off to a rocky start. To begin with, she's on the wrong coast and there are deadly creatures everywhere. And if that weren't enough, her neighbours are driving her crazy. She's staying in the beautiful Margaret River wine region, right next door to a family-owned vineyard. It should be perfect, but the boisterous Hardy clan just don't seem able to leave her alone. The usually reserved Beth is soon reluctantly embroiled in their family disputes and romantic entanglements. And eldest son Clayton Hardy is proving surprisingly persistent. The more Beth gets to know Clayton and the Hardys, the more she sees what she wants for her future. But as the end of summer approaches, her past comes back to haunt her and will test her newfound relationships to the limit. From the author of Fly In Fly Out comes this entertaining and touching story about family, friendship and love among the grapevines.



Summer at Little Beach Street Bakery

Summer at Little Beach Street Bakery Author Jenny Colgan
ISBN-10 9780062371256
Release 2016-03-22
Pages 416
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For fans of Elin Hilderbrand, Jojo Moyes, and Jane Green, Summer at Little Beach Street Bakery is an irresistible novel—moving and funny, soulful and sweet—about happiness, heartache, and hope. And recipes. A thriving bakery. A lighthouse to call home. A handsome beekeeper. A pet puffin. These are the things that Polly Waterford can call her own. This is the beautiful life she leads on a tiny island off the southern coast of England. But clouds are gathering on the horizon. A stranger threatens to ruin Polly’s business. Her beloved boyfriend seems to be leading a secret life. And the arrival of a newcomer—a bereft widow desperately searching for a fresh start—forces Polly to reconsider the choices she’s made, even as she tries to help her new friend through grief. Unpredictable and unforgettable, this delightful novel will make you laugh, cry, and long for a lighthouse of your own.



One Fateful Summer

One Fateful Summer Author Vanessa Star
ISBN-10 0997624213
Release 2016-05-16
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Sag Harbor

Sag Harbor Author Colson Whitehead
ISBN-10 0385529392
Release 2009-04-28
Pages 288
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From the Pulitzer-Prize winning author of The Underground Railroad: a tender, hilarious, and supremely original novel about coming-of-age in the 80s. Benji Cooper is one of the few black students at an elite prep school in Manhattan. But every summer, Benji escapes to the Hamptons, to Sag Harbor, where a small community of African American professionals have built a world of their own. The summer of ’85 won’t be without its usual trials and tribulations, of course. There will be complicated new handshakes to fumble through and state-of-the-art profanity to master. Benji will be tested by contests big and small, by his misshapen haircut (which seems to have a will of its own), by the New Coke Tragedy, and by his secret Lite FM addiction. But maybe, just maybe, this summer might be one for the ages.