Contemporary Fiction

 

The Familiar Stranger

The Familiar Stranger

The Familiar Stranger by Christina Tarabochia A fresh start or a double-cross? Why is he so cold and distant? Denise wonders as Craig demeans her yet again. Is it his job? The family? Or is it me? Though she's poured her heart into her marriage, years of enduring his...

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Shine the Light

Shine the Light

Shine the Light by April McGowan Shannon is out to save the world one caring act at a time. She's stood by her best friend, Amber, through their whole lives especially when Amber lost her sight. She has an active outreach ministry to the homeless and...

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Weddings, Willows, and Revised Expectations

Weddings, Willows, and Revised Expectations

Weddings, Willows, and Revised Expectations Seventeen years after being orphaned, Apryl Burns and her twin sister Courtney have their own expectations for life. While Courtney continues to shine at everything, Apryl holds fast to the mantra that as long as her potato...

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Paint Chips

Paint Chips

Paint Chips by Susie Finkbeiner What lies beneath the layers of hurt? Though haunted by her troubled past, Dot has found a safe haven. She has a fierce protector and a colorful collection of friends…but sometimes she wonders if her life will ever be normal again....

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My Mother’s Chamomile

My Mother’s Chamomile

My Mother’s Chamomile by Susie FinkbeinerDesperate for the rains of mercy… Middle Main, Michigan has one stop light, one bakery, one hair salon…and one funeral home. The Eliot Family has assisted the grieving people in their town for over fifty years. After...

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I Always Cry at Weddings

I Always Cry at Weddings

I Always Cry at Weddings by Sara Goff Ava Larson is going to bring all the other brides to tears. Engaged to a wealthy NYC socialite’s son, Ava is ready to set the city abuzz with her glamorous wedding. At least until she realizes her relationship isn’t what it...

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Jasmine

Jasmine

Jasmine by April McGowan She survived her past…but how can she face it? Jasmine is a survivor. She ’s lived through the abuse of her father, running away at age fourteen, and living on the streets. Now she counsels at-risk young women—giving them a second chance...

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Macy

Macy

Macy by April McGowan Independent…or Alone? Macy longed for independence her whole life. Maybe marrying Arthur to escape her home hadn’t been the best plan, but it seemed good enough at the time. Now, pregnant and abandoned in a diner far from anyone she knows,...

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Hold the Light

Hold the Light

Hold the Light by April McGowan To an artist, the light is everything. So what is Amber supposed to do when facing blindness? Amber spent her life adapting first to being abandoned by her birth mother as a toddler, and then to the death of her adoptive father in...

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Love, Lace, and Minor Alterations

Love, Lace, and Minor Alterations

Love, Lace, and Minor Alterations by V. Joy Palmer Isabel “Izze” Vez, bridal consultant extraordinaire, has been helping brides find The Dress for years. She loves nothing more than helping make wedding dreams come true … but sometimes the happy endings grate on...

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Dare from Deep Within

Dare from Deep Within

Dare from Deep Within by D. L. Sleiman Three young women from varying backgrounds risk everything to help a friend escape her abusive family. Still at odds with her own Muslim parents, Layla faces unexpected challenges when her childhood companion shows up on her...

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Dance from Deep Within

Dance from Deep Within

Dance from Deep Within by D. L. Sleiman Three unlikely friends…learning to dance to the song of the Spirit. Despite her conservative Muslim heritage, Layla Al-Rai longs for a chance to earn her degree in engineering and perhaps even…dare she dream…to choose her...

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On the Threshold

On the Threshold

On the Threshold by Sherrie Ashcraft & Christina Tarabochia Suzanne—a mother with a long-held secret. Tony—a police officer with something to prove. Beth—a daughter with a storybook future. When all they love is lost, what’s worth living for?...

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The Morning Star Rises

The Morning Star Rises

The Morning Star Rises by Sara Davison In the midst of all the fear and confusion, only one thing is clear … This isn’t over yet. Jesse Christensen is out of the army, but the real battle has just begun. As martial law continues in Canada in 2054, Major Gallagher...

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The Darkness Deepens

The Darkness Deepens

The Darkness Deepens by Sara Davison Previously titled The Dragon Roars Their Secrets Protect Them … But Secrets are Hard to Keep No one in the army can find out that Captain Jesse Christensen has become a believer. He and bookstore owner Meryn O’Reilly are...

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The End Begins

The End Begins

The End Begins by Sara Davison When your beliefs are at war, does love stand a chance? Bookstore owner Meryn O’Reilly and Army Captain Jesse Christensen are on opposite sides of a battle. After a series of terrorist attacks in 2053, martial law has been declared...

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Like a Love Song

Like a Love Song

Like a Love Song by Camille Eide When she finally surrenders her heart, will it be too late? Susan Quinn, a social worker turned surrogate mom to foster teens, fights to save the group home she’s worked hard to build. But now, she faces a dwindling staff,...

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Like There’s No Tomorrow

Like There’s No Tomorrow

Like There’s No Tomorrow by Camille Eide Scottish widower Ian MacLean is plagued by a mischievous grannie, bitter regrets, and an ache for something he’ll never have again. His only hope for freedom is to bring his grannie’s sister home from America. But first,...

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To Dance with Dolphins

To Dance with Dolphins

To Dance with Dolphins by Bonnie Leon Twenty-two-year-old Claire Murray has suffered from a mysterious disease for years. Her social circle has shrunk to a small support group for people with chronic illness and disability. But what if life could be...

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Gone Too Soon

Gone Too Soon

Gone Too Soon by Melody Carlson An icy road. A car crash.A family changed forever. Hannah Josephson had always been the “perfect” daughter. Kiera couldn’t live up to her before, and she certainly can’t now that her older sister has died in a car accident. But the...

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Home, Hearth, and the Holidays

Home, Hearth, and the Holidays

Home, Hearth, and the Holidays by Melody Carlson With holidays approaching in the charming town of Appleton, and Daphne Ballinger’s deadline to “get hitched” drawing closer, Daphne finds herself happily distracted with the unexpected tasks of “motherhood.” Young...

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Everything I Long For

Everything I Long For

Everything I Long For by Melody Carlson Maggie Carpenter and her son, Spencer, are finally beginning to feel settled in their new community. Then one day Spencer discovers a runaway girl. Leah has been looking for her biological father and has come to a dead-end...

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Looking for You All My Life

Looking for You All My Life

Looking for You All My Life by Melody Carlson The small town of Pine Mountain has much to offer a big-city girl: clean air, beautiful scenery, a marvelous mix of townspeople both funny and friendly. And though Maggie did not come to Oregon looking for love, she...

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Someone to Belong To

Someone to Belong To

Someone to Belong To by Melody Carlson Maggie and her son have settled in Pine Mountain, where she has found love again. But trouble lurks as she plans her wedding. As she and Jed are enjoying their deepening love, Amber returns to Pine Mountain—and proves to be...

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Built with Love

Built with Love

Built with Love by Melody Carlson For a young widow, the stone mansion she once dreamed of owning, offers the promise of a new beginning. After the death of her husband, Kestra returns to her hometown of Port Star. With the purchase of her childhood dream house—a...

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Heartland Skies

Heartland Skies

Heartland Skies by Melody Carlson Jayne Morgan has a lot to learn about love. Harris McAllister has a lot to learn about tolerance. When they meet they have lots to teach each other. Jayne feels betrayed when her fiancé suddenly dumps her for his high school...

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Looking for Cassandra Jane

Looking for Cassandra Jane

Looking for Cassandra Jane by Melody Carlson Cassandra Maxwell has had a life filled with pain. Her mother died too young, her father is an abusive alcoholic, and she’s a misfit everywhere she goes. After being shuttled between various foster homes, Cass...

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Thursday’s Child

Thursday’s Child

Thursday’s Child by Melody Carlson Emma has always been “the practical one” in the family. But that is about to change as she embarks on the adventure of her life. Emma Davis wants a new life now that she no longer needs to care for her grandmother. A...

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Shades of Light

Shades of Light

Shades of Light by Melody Carlson First there are shades of sorrow, then shades of hope. Will Gwen find shades of light? When her only child leaves home for college, widowed Gwen Sullivan discovers just how lonely an “empty nest” can be. How will she adjust and...

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A Place to Come Home To

A Place to Come Home To

A Place to Come Home To by Melody Carlson Maggie Carpenter, hardworking and successful news reporter for the Los Angeles Times, laughs when she first spots the quaint job posting on the Internet. But when the violence of gang activity hits her neighborhood and...

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A Will, a Way, and a Wedding

A Will, a Way, and a Wedding

A Will, a Way, and a Wedding by Melody Carlson As Daphne begins making reluctant plans to let Aunt Dee’s house and life go and pick up the pieces of her fractured life, the guy she’s been dreaming about begins to change his tune. Of course, another huge obstacle...

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Armando’s Treasure

Armando’s Treasure

Armando’s Treasure by Melody Carlson Dora Chase is an eighty-year-old widow whose family finds her frustratingly independent. Her son no longer trusts her judgment and constantly pressures her to sell her rural home and rundown farm to a huge computer firm. When...

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The Good Girl

The Good Girl

The Good Girl by Christy Barritt Tara Lancaster can sing “Amazing Grace” in three harmonies, two languages, and interpret it for the hearing impaired. She can list the Bible canon backward, forward, and alphabetized. And the only time she ever missed church was at...

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