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The world of ragtime is the backdrop for a remarkable story about the price of freedom, the longing for immortality, and the human need to find forgiveness. Seventeen-year-old May Convery, unhappy with her privileged life in turn-of-the-century New York City, dreams of becoming a poet. When she meets the poor but talented Mike Bernard, an aspiring concert pianist, she immediately falls in love. But after their secret liaison is discovered, neither is prepared for the far-reaching consequences that will haunt them for decades. Mike abandons his concert career to become “Ragtime King of the World” while May becomes trapped in an abusive marriage arranged by her parents. Both continue to conceal painful truths, from others and themselves, until a chance meeting offers the opportunity to make a life-changing choice. From vaudeville’s greatest stars to the geniuses of early African American musical theater, an unforgettable cast of real-life characters populates this richly fictionalized historical saga.
by Author Elizabeth Hutchison Bernard
When Enemies Offend Thee
by Salley Whitney
Songs from the Canary Cage
In the summer of 1979, two sisters, their mother and grandmother set out in search of family history, but they find more than they bargain for when they reunite with a fourth-generation aunt. Aunt Lilith yields a string of six husbands in her past – five of them dead and the sixth who might be plotting to kill her. Fearless and seasoned, she proceeds to colorize her nieces’ uninspiring worlds by dancing with their inner demons and calling out the obstacles they’ve constructed for themselves.
Beth is a worrywart who questions any action that could bend a rule. Shay struggles to define herself and wrestles with her first bitter taste of sexual harassment. Charlene battles hot flashes, insecurities, and an overbearing mother-in-law. Marie keeps emotions trapped in a fragile prison. Each woman has a secret. Each woman has a song.
As they tackle their complicated relationships, the women learn of a scandalous transgression committed by their kinswoman, Opal Barber. Could Opal’s crime be as bad as rumors suggest? And could her secret be any more shocking than one of their own?
Narrated with the blend of drama, comedy, and sadness that comprises every life, Benjamin weaves a tale that underscores the changing culture for women in the 1970s and celebrates the timeless resilience of perfectly flawed females.
by Author K.L. Benjamin
Luz is the story of a young woman’s search for her devoted father, a migrant farmworker who disappears after leaving Oaxaca to work in the US. While it is a story of border crossings and the difficulties of being an undocumented immigrant, it is mostly a story of love and kindness, of resilience and hope.
by Author Debra Thomas
What’s Not Said
What’s Not Said, the first novel in the series, introduces Kassie O’Callaghan, the not-so-typical middle-aged woman next door. Her meticulous plans to divorce her emotionally abusive husband are disrupted when she discovers he has chronic kidney disease that he’s concealed for years. Thus, she postpones her escape and rendezvous with a younger man she met five years ago on a solo vacation in Venice—at least until she pokes around her husband’s pajama drawer and discovers his illness is the least of his deceits.
But Kassie is no angel, either. As she struggles to justify her own indiscretions, their secret lives collide head-on, revealing a tangled web of sex, lies, and DNA. Still, mindful of her vows, Kassie commits to helping her husband find an organ donor. In the process, she uncovers a life-changing secret. Problem is, if she reveals it, her own immorality will be exposed, forcing her to decide whose life to save—her husband’s or her own.
by Author Valerie Taylor
Boop and Eve’s Road Trip
Eve Prince is done with college, with her mom, with guys, and with her dream of fashion design. But when her best friend goes MIA, Eve must gather together the broken threads of her life in order to search for her.
Desperate to see her sister, Boop, a retiree dripping with Southern charm, hijacks her granddaughter Eve\’s road trip.
Along the way, Boop hopes to alleviate Eve’s growing depression—which, she knows from experience, will require more than flirting lessons and a Garlic Festival makeover. Nevertheless, she is frustrated when her feeble efforts yield the same failure that her sulfur-laced sip from the Fountain of Youth wrought on her age.
The one thing that might lessen Eve’s growing depression is a secret that’s haunted Boop for
sixty years. But in revealing it, Boop would risk losing her family and her own hard-won
Their journey through the heart of Dixie is an unforgettable love story between a grandmother and her granddaughter.
by Author Mary Helen Sheriff
Squeaky Wheels: Travels with My Daughter by Train, Plane, Metro, Tuk-tuk and Wheelchair
“SQUEAKY WHEELS: Travels with my Daughter by Train, Plane, Metro, Tuk-tuk and Wheelchair” is a mother-daughter travel memoir woven with comparative culture and accessibility awareness. Kamata’s adventures with her teen—who happens to be deaf, with cerebral palsy, and in a wheelchair—through subterranean Tennessee, to the islands of Japan, and to the top of the Eiffel Tower ultimately lead to a daughter’s increasing independence, a mother letting go of expectations, and advocacy for travel which prohibits discrimination.
by Author Suzanne Kamata
Goodbye, Orchid: To Love Her, He Had to Leave Her
Rising from ashes is hard. Giving up the one you love is harder.
Thirty-two year-old Phoenix Walker is an entrepreneur who has built an agency with a heart almost as big as his own. To add to his good fortune, he\’s falling for Orchid Paige, the beautiful half-Asian marketer who\’s collaborated with him on a winning military campaign.
Until an accident changes him forever.
Now, he’s faced with the hardest decision of his life. Does he burden the woman whose traumatic childhood makes him feel protective of her? Or does true love mean leaving her without explaining why?
This debut is inspired by and researched with injured military vets. A portion of the earnings benefits military and survivors of trauma.
For fans of Me Before You, Goodbye, Orchid asks…
What choice does a wounded hero have when loving his woman means breaking his own heart?
If you like heart-wrenching, beautiful romances and wounded heroes, then you’ll love this emotionally-charged love story from Carol Van Den Hende.
by Author Carol Van Den Hende
Over the Hills Of Green
Where lies the line between fantasy and reality? Can you have it all? Can you imagine?
A spellbinding tale of love, loss and self-discovery set against the magical New York City.
Otherworldly and mundane collide when a young New York psychologist takes on a charismatic patient who may be delusional or may literally come from the Otherworld of her suppressed childhood nightmares.
Driven to solve the intriguing case, Anna Reilly tries to unwind the thread of John Doe’s story, but instead becomes entangled in an uncertain relationship that challenges her sexuality, sanity, and her very sense of reality. When he inexplicably disappears, Anna’s professional and personal life comes undone, leaving her unsure whether she is expanding her mind or losing it, and whether the androgynous John is a mystical guide or a psychopathic con artist. Finding him will either provide her with the keys to the mysteries of the universe or complete her break from reality.
by Author E. V. Svetova
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