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Fireworks over Toccoa
by Jeffrey Stepakoff Details
An unexpected discovery takes 84-year-old Lily Davis Woodward back to 1945 and five days that forever changed her life. Married for only a week before her husband was sent to fight in WWII, Lily is anxious for his return. After a chance encounter, Jake Russo, a handsome Italian immigrant also back from war, steals Lily's heart. Now, torn between duty and true love, Lily must make a difficult choice.
Safe Haven
by Nicholas Sparks Details
When an enigmatic stranger shows up out of the blue, the folks of sleepy Southport become suspicious of her past. Katie tries to keep herself from becoming involved with anybody in the town, but as time goes on, she slowly falls in love with Alex, a widowed store owner and father of two. However, when her dark past finally catches up with her, Katie must make the painful choice between fleeing or facing her fears and fighting for her newfound life.
Sundays at Tiffany's
by James Patterson Details
As a little girl, Jane had no one. Her mother, the powerful head of a Broadway theater company, had no time for her. Jane did have one friend--a handsome, comforting, funny man named Michael--but only she could see him. Years later, Jane is in her thirties and as alone as ever. Then she meets Michael again--as handsome, smart, and perfect as she remembers him to be. But not even Michael knows the reason they've really been reunited.
Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas: A Novel
by James Patterson Details
Katie Wilkinson has finally found the perfect man--but one day he suddenly disappears, leaving behind only a diary written by a new mother named Suzanne for her baby, Nicholas. In the diary, Suzanne intimately reveals the romance between herself and the child's father, her hopes for their marriage, and her unparalleled joy in motherhood. As Katie reads on, she realizes that the man she loves is Suzanne's husband. Now, filled with terror and hope, Katie must struggle to understand what has happened--and find out if her new love has a prayer of surviving.
The Bridges of Madison County
by Robert James Waller Details
Robert Kincaid, a photographer for National Geographic, arrives in Madison County, Iowa, on August 16, 1965, to photograph covered bridges. He stops at the home of Francesca Johnson to ask for directions, ultimately staying with her for four wonderful days. She is married, however, and the couple must let go of one another.
The Carousel: A Novel
by Richard Paul Evans Details
The love story of Michael Keddington and Faye Murrow takes place not in seclusion but in the real world, with the challenges that all lovers must face. No relationship is an island; there are threads that bind us all and pull at our lives--the demands of family, friends, work, and social obligation. "The Carousel" is about what happens when life doesn't turn out the way we planned. Beyond a love story, it is about faith, loyalty, and sacrifice.
The Inn at Rose Harbor
by Debbie Macomber Details
Jo Marie Rose arrives in Cedar Cove seeking a sense of peace and a fresh start. Coping with the death of her husband, she purchases a local bed-and-breakfast--the newly christened Rose Harbor Inn--ready to begin her life anew. Her first guest is Joshua Weaver, who has come home to care for his ailing stepfather. The two have never seen eye to eye, and Joshua has little hope that they can reconcile their differences. But a long-lost acquaintance from Joshua's high school days proves to him that forgiveness is never out of reach and love can bloom even where it's least expected.
The Notebook
by Nicholas Sparks Details
This story of love lost and found again revolves around a single time-honored romantic dilemma: will beautiful Allison Nelson stay with Mr. Respectability--to whom she happens to be engaged--or will she choose Noah, the romantic rascal she left so many years ago?
The Year of Pleasures: A Novel
by Elizabeth Berg Details
After the death of her husband, Betta Nolan moves to a small town to try to begin anew. Pursuing the dream of a different kind of life, she is determined to find pleasure in her simple daily routines. Among those who help her in both expected and unexpected ways are the 10-year-old boy next door, three wild-women friends from her college days, a 20-year-old who is struggling to find his place in the world, and a handsome man who is ready for love.
Very Valentine
by Adriana Trigiani Details
The Angelini Shoe Company is one of the last family businesses in Greenwich Village. The company now falls on the shoulders of a talented but unsuspecting apprentice, 33-year-old Valentine Roncalli, who is tasked with bringing her family's old-world craftsmanship into the 21st century and saving the company from financial ruin. While juggling her duty to her family, a project for a design competition, and a romance with a dashing chef, Valentine accompanies her grandmother to Italy on a trip that changes her life in ways she never expected.
Updated 02/23/2015

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