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Corrib RedCorrib Red, by Patricia Hopper

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The O'Donovans' affluent lifestyle is mostly unaffected by simmering tensions for Home Rule in Ireland. Change intrudes upon their lives when Grace O'Donovan welcomes her older sister, Deirdre, home from her year abroad. Grace expects to find her sister worldlier, more sophisticated after her sojourn in Europe. Instead, Deirdre is moody and listless. Unbeknownst to Grace, Deirdre is concealing a well-guarded secret. When their childhood friend and neighbor Cecil Sloane discovers Deirdre's hidden past, he demands her hand in marriage in return for his silence. A price so dear it shakes the O'Donovan family to its core, tests Grace's courage and loyalty.

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Damsels of JuneDamsels of June, by Kira Vorobiyova

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Dessa Faustova is a gifted Ukrainian ballerina on the cusp of preadolescence. With fellow dancers Klara and Inna, she comes into possession of a mysteriously coded address book, but their journey to decrypt its meaning stalls abruptly when Dessa is implicated in a gruesome murder of a local predator. Desperate for answers, she enlists the help of her enigmatic Uncle Leo, a glamorous con artist with a penchant for gambling and theft, who may or may not have deadly ties to Kiev's burgeoning underworld of the early 1990s. Dessa's dangerous foray into darkness parallels an insidious mania sweeping a nation still reeling from decades of oppression.

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DuniaDunia, by Steve Mwase

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Set in a past that parallels the present and future, this is a story about a land called Dunia mothering two races of people – the light-skinned and the dark-skinned. A large body of water bisects Dunia into two parts. Each part becomes a sovereign state at the center of cultural, spiritual, political and military rivalries caused by climate change.

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coming next - Grave by J.C. DregerGrave. by J.C. Dreger

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The struggle between good and evil is ages old. It gets all the more complicated when the good guys aren't all good and the bad guys have redeeming qualities. Who is the timeless man with no name who trods through the desert with a white umbrella? Is he among us now?

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High TideHigh Tide, by Nadine Laman (Book #2 of a trilogy)

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Kathryn's judgement is flawed in matters of love. Yet her unwavering passion for working with homeless families make her failings forgivable. She has the perfect job, the perfect friends, and the perfect lover until a client dies, her lover moves away, she meets her paternal grandfather who tells her the secret of her identity.

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How We DancedHow We Danced, by Deborah Serravalle

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JENNIFER ROBERTS has a full life: a corporate executive husband, two young daughters and a teaching career she enjoys. When she discovers her mother is struggling to care for her dying father, she returns to the MacAulay household to help. She sees her mother hide something in the base of the old clock, and unease about her parents' unconventional relationship resurfaces. The secret she uncovers calls into question her view of her parents and of herself. Grappling with impending death, each recalls the past. Their memories differ; some are unreliable, others are contrived. Love is a constant, but it comes at a price.

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Kathryn's BeachKathryn's Beach, by Nadine Laman (Book #1 of a trilogy)

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Kathryn abruptly ends a self-imposed five year exile to return to Los Angeles. Friends and a cryptic letter written by a powerful man push Kathryn to reconcile a deadly mistake from the past. Who says, "You can't go home again?" Sometimes that is exactly what must be done. But, is it worth it?

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PassengersPASSENGERS, by Diane Keziah Robertson

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London, 1780
Sixteen year old Elizabeth Sharpe, disobedient one too many times, is banished to Honiton to live with her aunt and cousins in the hope she will learn the error of her ways. Four others travel on the coach, all of whom for better and worse, are to play a part in her life. When the typhus comes to London, Elizabeth comes to realize life is not infinite. Where she expected to find only unhappiness and rebellion, instead she comes to love the town, and one person in particular.

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Road Without Signposts by Barbara MorrisRoad Without Signposts, by Barbara Morris

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Skye, November 1993. It is two months since Kate Wilder lost her mother, her identity and, according to her family, her sanity. What other explanation can there be for her following the astounding path she has chosen? But Kate is in love and nobody has the right to tell her what to do. Not now.

On Vancouver Island, a man wrestles with emotiions he barely recognises - hope, amazement, joy - all of which are steeped in fear. Fear that he may lose his daughter for good, that life may turn its back on him a second time or, worst of all, that he might damage a unique young woman beyond repair. When the road ahead is unclear, sometimes you have to rely on trust.

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Storm SurgeStorm Surge, by Nadine Laman (Book #3 of a trilogy)

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Grandfather McKenzie makes a surprise announcement at a staged media event, naming his successor to the McKenzie multi-billion dollar empire. The McKenzie heirs aren't thrilled and they aren't the only ones. Will Kathryn live long enough to expose the family secrets?

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The Lacemaker's DaughterThe Lacemaker's Daughter, by Diane Keziah Robertson

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Susannah Brigginshaw is an eleven-year-old girl living in poverty in Offwell, Devon. A lacemaker like her mother, she and her younger brother, Peter, suffer hardship when their mother dies of a fever and their father leaves them to their fate. Peter is crippled, so the burden for their survival falls to Susannah, who tries her best to keep them fed and warm. When their cottage collapses, they are forced to move to the nearby town of Honiton. Susannah continues to make lace and finds an apprenticeship with a joiner for Peter. Set in 1770, The Lacemaker's Daughter is a tale of resilience and love in a harsh and unforgiving age.

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Under the African SunUnder the African Sun, by Gail Gilbride

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Cape Town, South Africa
Remember that desperate time after university when career choices are made intertwinecd with mating matters? Love, desire, work, all jostle for time and space in a swirl of emotion and choice, set on South Africa's 1970s stage with the grim backdrop of apartheid's security police looming.

Deborah Morley is an intern on a Cape Town newspaper. She's told to shadow Charlie, the political reporter, and she gets to listen to the Prime Minister's shocking speech and observe the reporting of it. She begins to have doubts about her choice of a news journalist career. What she really wants is a fairy tale wedding and a picket fence future in the suburbs. But her country is being torn apart by unrest and she's in love with Chris, a Politics lecturer at the university.

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