The Nature of Fragile Things by Susan Meissner: Sophie Whalen, a young Irish immigrant, answers a mail-order bride ad. San Francisco widower Martin Hocking proves to be as aloof as he is mesmerizingly beautiful, but his odd behavior leaves her with an uneasy feeling. Then one early-spring evening, a stranger at the door sets in motion a transforming chain of events. Sophie discovers hidden ties to two other women, whose fates intertwine on the eve of the devastating earthquake.
The City of Tears by Kate Mosse: August 1572: Minou Joubert and her husband Piet travel to Paris to attend a royal wedding which, after a decade of religious wars, is intended to finally bring peace between the Catholics and the Huguenots. Also in Paris is their oldest enemy, Vidal, in pursuit of an ancient relic that will change the course of history. Revenge and Persecution Within days of the marriage, thousands will lie dead in the street, and Minou’s family will be scattered to the four winds.
The Kaiser’s Web by Steve Berry: Two candidates are vying to become Chancellor of Germany. One is a patriot having served for the past sixteen years, the other a usurper, stoking the flames of nationalistic hate. Both harbor secrets, but only one knows the truth about the other. They are on a collision course, all turning on the events of one fateful day – April 30, 1945 – and what happened deep beneath Berlin.
Knit to be Tied by Maggie Sefton: Kelly Flynn and the Lambspun Knitters must come together before their whole town unravels. Newcomer, shy, sweet, and pregnant Nancy Marsted would like to knit a baby hat, and the Lambspun ladies are more than happy to show her the ropes. They share their own pregnancy yarns and soon learn the father of Nancy’s baby isn’t quite the man she dreamed he was. (Large Print edition)
The Burning Girls by CJ Tudor: An unconventional vicar moves to the English countryside, only to discover a community haunted by death and disappearances both past and present–and intent on keeping its dark secrets. Uncovering the truth can be deadly in a village where everyone has something to protect, everyone has links with the village’s bloody past, and no one trusts an outsider.
A Desolation Called Peace by Arkady Martine: An alien armada lurks on the edges of space. No one can communicate with it, no one can destroy it, and Fleet Captain Nine Hibiscus is running out of options. In a desperate attempt at diplomacy with the mysterious invaders, Nine has sent for a diplomatic envoy. Now Mahit Dzmare and Three Seagrass–still reeling from the recent upheaval in the Empire–face the impossible task of trying to communicate with a hostile entity.
Chance of a Lifetime by Jude Deveraux: In 1844 Ireland, Liam O’Connor, a rogue and a thief, fell madly in love with a squire’s daughter and unwittingly altered the future. But the angels disagreed and they’ve been waiting for the right moment in time to step in. Now Liam finds himself reunited with his beloved Cora in Providence Falls, North Carolina. The angels have given Liam a task. He must make sure Cora falls in love with another man—the one she was supposed to marry before Liam interfered.
Robert Ludlum’s Treadstone Exile by Joshua hood: Former Treadstone Operative Adam Hayes finds himself at the center of a web of warring factions and high-level secrets in the second novel in the Treadstone series, the newest addition to the Robert Ludlum universe. In an action-packed, twisty showdown, Hayes must outrun the factions that are hunting him, and prevent the theft of much-needed millions from one of Africa’s poorest nations.
The Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles: Paris, 1939. Young, ambitious, and tempestuous, Odile Souchet has it all including a dream job at the American Library in Paris. But when World War II breaks out, Odile stands to lose everything she holds dear – including her beloved library. Based on the true story of the American Library in Paris, The Paris Library explores the geography of resentment, the consequences of terrible choices, and how extraordinary heroism can be found in the quietest of places.
Angel Kisses by Hope Flansberg: As a child, Desiree was fascinated by God, Angels, and the power of faith. Years later when tragedy strikes, she quickly learns there is no angelic hero for her. Drowning with a bitter heart, Desiree isolates herself. After a breakdown leaves her embarrassed by her behavior, healing begins. An encounter with a helpful stranger establishes new friendships, and through the eyes of a child, mysterious messages begin to appear reminding Desiree that faith is not always seen.
The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner: A female apothecary secretly dispenses poisons to liberate women from the men who have wronged them—setting three lives across centuries on a dangerous collision course. Rule #1: The poison must never be used to harm another woman. Rule #2: The names of the murderer and her victim must be recorded in the apothecary’s register. In present-day London, Caroline finds an old apothecary vial near the river Thames and realizes she’s found a link to the unsolved “apothecary murders” that haunted London over two centuries ago.