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500 miles from you

500 miles from you

Colgan, Jenny, author
2020

Lissa is a nurse in a gritty, hectic London neighbourhood suffering quietly with PTSD. Her supervisor arranges for Lissa to spend a few months doing a much less demanding job in the little town of Kirrinfeif in the Scottish Highlands. Lissa will be swapping places with Cormack, Kirrinfeif’s easygoing nurse/paramedic/all-purpose medical man. These two strangers are now in constant contact, taking over each other’s patients, endlessly emailing about anything and everything. But what will happen when Lissa and Cormack finally meet?

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Blush : a novel

Blush : a novel

Brenner, Jamie, 1971- author
2021

The Hollander family fortunes have suffered, and as matriarch Vivian Hollander prepares for the arrival of her daughter and granddaughter for their annual summer reunion, she fears it might be their last. Worse, selling the family legacy to strangers might expose the dark secret she's harboured for thirty-five years. As the family battle to save their birthright and heal old wounds, they just might find that the pages contain everything they need to know about how to fight for what they want - and for the life, and love, they deserve

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The break-up book club

The break-up book club

Wax, Wendy, author
2021

On paper, Jazmine, Judith, Erin and Sara have little in common – they’re very different people leading very different lives. And yet at book club meetings in an historic carriage house turned bookstore, they bond over a shared love of reading (and more than a little wine) as well as the growing realization that their lives are not turning out like they expected. With the help of books, laughter, and the joy of ever evolving friendships, Jazmine, Judith, Erin and Sara find the courage to navigate new and surprising chapters of their lives as they seek their own versions of happily-ever-after.

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The hating game

The hating game

Thorne, Sally, 1981- author
2016


The lion's den

The lion's den

St. John, Katherine, 1979- author
2020

Belle likes to think herself immune to the dizzying effects of fabulous wealth. But when her best friend, Summer, invites her on a glamorous getaway to the Mediterranean aboard her billionaire boyfriend's yacht, the only sensible answer is yes. Belle hopes the trip will be a much-needed break from her stalled acting career and uniquely humiliating waitressing job, but once she's aboard the luxurious Lion's Den, it soon becomes clear this jet-setting holiday is not as advertised. Belle's dream vacation quickly devolves into a nightmare as she and the handful of other girls Summer invited are treated more like prisoners than guests by their controlling host-and in one terrifying moment, Belle comes to see Summer for who she truly is: a vicious gold digger who will stop at nothing to get what she wants. Belle realizes she's going to have to keep her wits about her -- and her own big secret closely hidden -- if she wants to make it off the yacht alive.

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Malibu rising : a novel

Malibu rising : a novel

Reid, Taylor Jenkins, author
2021

Malibu 1983. Four famous siblings throw an epic party to celebrate the end of the summer. Before the Riva mansion will have burned to the ground, in the early hours before dawn, the alcohol will flow, the music will play and the loves and secret yearnings that shaped this family across generations will all come bubbling to the surface to make for a night no one will ever forget.

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Seven days in June : a novel

Seven days in June : a novel

Williams, Tia, 1975- author.
2021

Eva Mercy is a single mom and bestselling erotica writer, who is feeling pressed from all sides. Shane Hall is a reclusive, enigmatic, award-winning literary author who, to everyone's surprise, shows up in New York. When Shane and Eva meet unexpectedly at a literary event, sparks fly, raising not only their past buried traumas, but the eyebrows of New York's Black literati. What no one knows is that twenty years earlier, teenage Eva and Shane spent one crazy, torrid week madly in love. Over the next seven days in the middle of a steamy Brooklyn summer, Eva and Shane reconnect, but Eva's not sure how she can trust the man who broke her heart, and she needs to get him out of New York so that her life can return to normal.

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Summer on the bluffs : a novel

Summer on the bluffs : a novel

Hostin, Sunny, author.
2021

Every summer, Esperenza Soto, a beautiful and talented Afro-Latina lawyer, escapes the fetid heat of New York City for the gorgeous weather, cool water, and stunning views Oak Bluffs offers. Sharing a cottage on the beach, owned by her “Ama”, with her husband and two god sisters, Perry she is looking forward to days of languor and fun. But this summer on the Bluffs is different. Ama is moving and is going to give the house to one of her goddaughters. Each of the women want the house desperately. Each is grappling with a secret that they fear will make them lose Ama’s approval and the house.

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The summer seekers

The summer seekers

Morgan, Sarah, 1948-
2021

Kathleen is eighty years old. After she has a run-in with an intruder, her daughter wants her to move into a residential home. But she's not having any of it. What she craves--what she needs--is adventure. Liza is drowning in the daily stress of family life. The last thing she needs is her mother jetting off on a wild holiday, making Liza long for a solo summer of her own. Martha is having a quarter-life crisis. Unemployed, unloved and uninspired, she just can't get her life together. But she knows something has to change. When Martha sees Kathleen's advertisement for a driver and companion to share an epic road trip across America with, she decides this job might be the answer to her prayers. She's not the world's best driver, but anything has to be better than living with her parents. And traveling with a stranger? No problem. Anyway, how much trouble can one eighty-year-old woman be? As these women embark on the journey of a lifetime, they all discover it's never too late to start over...

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That summer : a novel

That summer : a novel

Weiner, Jennifer, author
2021

While Daisy Shoemaker tries to identify the root of her dissatisfaction, she's also receiving misdirected emails meant for a woman named Diana Starling, whose email address is just one punctuation mark away from her own. Diana's glamorous, sophisticated, single-lady life is miles away from Daisy's simpler existence. When an apology leads to an invitation, the two women meet and become friends. But, as they get closer, we learn that their connection was not completely accidental. Who is this other woman, and what does she want with Daisy?

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Where the grass is green and the girls are pretty : a novel

Where the grass is green and the girls are pretty : a novel

Weisberger, Lauren, 1977- author
2021

A seat at the anchor desk of the most-watched morning show, an adoring husband and a Princeton-bound daughter, Peyton has it all. Skye, her sister, is a stay-at-home mom living in a glitzy suburb of New York. Max, Peyton's bright and quirky seventeen-year-old daughter, is poised to kiss her fancy private school goodbye and head off to pursue her dreams in film. One little lie. That's all it takes. For the illusions to crack. For resentments to surface. Suddenly the grass doesn't look so green. And they're left wondering: will they have what it takes to survive the truth?

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While We Were Dating

While We Were Dating

Guillory, Jasmine.
2021

Ben Stephens has never bothered with serious relationships. But when Ben lands a huge ad campaign featuring movie star, Anna Gardiner, however, it's hard to keep it purely professional. For Anna, this ad campaign will be a great distraction while she waits to hear if she's booked her next movie. However, she didn't expect Ben Stephens to be her biggest distraction. Their light-hearted banter takes a turn for the serious when Ben helps Anna in a family emergency, and they reveal truths about themselves to each other, truths they've barely shared with those closest to them. Author of "Royal Holiday."

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