April 2, 2013
The following are lists of books releasing the weeks of April 1st and April 8th that we think will be of interest to Bookreporter.com readers.
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On Sale the Week of April 1st in Hardcover
In March 2010, 13-year-old Taylor Storch's life was tragically cut short by a skiing accident. With only a few minutes to consider their options, her grieving family made the life-changing decision to donate her organs. Over the course of the next two years, Tara and Todd Storch connected with four of the five people who now live because of Taylor's gift. And through these encounters, the Storches have discovered unexpected blessings that are changing countless lives.
TAYLOR’S GIFT: A Courageous Story of Giving Life and Renewing Hope by Todd Storch and Tara Storch with Jennifer Schuchmann
Revell * 9780800721886
ALL THAT IS by James Salter
From his experiences as a young naval officer in battles off Okinawa, Philip Bowman returns to America and finds a position as a book editor. But despite his success, what eludes him is love. His first marriage goes bad, another fails to happen, and finally he meets a woman who enthralls him --- before setting him on a course he never could have imagined for himself.
Knopf * 9781400043132
ALL YOU COULD ASK FOR by Mike Greenberg
Brooke has been happily married to her college sweetheart for 15 years. For her husband’s 40th birthday, she is giving him naked pictures of herself. Newlywed Samantha learns of her husband’s cheating heart when she finds the goods on his computer. High-powered career woman Katherine works with heartbreaker Phillip, the man who hurt her early on in her career. Brooke, Samantha and Katherine don’t know each other, but their stories are about to intertwine in ways no one could have imagined.
William Morrow * 9780062220752
THE EDGE OF THE EARTH by Christina Schwarz
Trudy has been raised to marry her childhood friend and assume a life of bourgeois comfort in Milwaukee. She knows she should be pleased, but is restless instead, yearning for something she lacks even the vocabulary to articulate. When she falls in love with enigmatic and ambitious Oskar, she believes she has found her escape from the banality of her preordained life. But escape turns out to be more fraught than Trudy had imagined.
Atria Books * 9781451683677
THE FLAMETHROWERS by Rachel Kushner
The year is 1975, and Reno has come to New York intent on turning her fascination with motorcycles and speed into art. There, she begins an affair with an artist named Sandro Valera, the semi-estranged scion of an Italian tire and motorcycle empire. When they visit Sandro’s family home in Italy, Reno falls in with members of the radical movement that overtook Italy in the ’70s. Betrayal sends her reeling into a clandestine undertow.
Scribner * 9781439142004
HEART OF PALM by Laura Lee Smith
Utina, Florida is a small, down-at-heels southern town about to meet the tide of an economic growth that it hasn't seen in decades. The Bravos, a local family held together in equal measure by love, unspoken blame, and tenuously brokered truces, have been complacent with the stagnant ways of the sleepy town. So when opportunity knocks, tempers ignite, secrets are unearthed, and each of the Bravos is forced to confront the tragedies of their shared past.
Grove Press * 9780802121028
JONI & KEN: An Untold Love Story by Ken Tada and Joni Eareckson Tada with Larry Libby
The love story of Joni and her husband of 30 years, Ken Tada, shows what it truly means for a man and a woman to live in love...in sickness and in health. As their marriage years moved on, Ken became increasingly overwhelmed by the never-ceasing demands of caring for his quadriplegic wife. He eventually sinks into depression, and the couple finds themselves living under the same roof yet drifting apart emotionally.
Zondervan * 9780310314691
JUGGERNAUT by Adam Baker
Iraq 2005. Seven mercenaries hear an enticing rumor: somewhere in the swirling desert sands lies an abandoned Republican Guard convoy containing millions of pounds of Saddam's gold. Although all seems eerily quiet and deserted when they arrive, they soon find themselves caught in a desperate battle for their lives, confronted by greed, betrayal, and an army that won't stay dead.
Thomas Dunne Books * 9781250017673
LIFE AFTER LIFE by Kate Atkinson
On a cold and snowy night in 1910, Ursula Todd is born to an English banker and his wife but dies before she can draw her first breath. On that same cold and snowy night, Ursula Todd is born and embarks upon a life that will be unusual. As she grows, she also dies --- repeatedly, in a variety of ways --- while the young century marches on towards its second cataclysmic world war. Does Ursula's apparently infinite number of lives give her the power to save the world from its inevitable destiny?
Reagan Arthur Books * 9780316176484
LIMITLESS: Devotions for a Ridiculously Good Life by Nick Vujicic
Born without arms or legs, Nick Vujicic has overcome his circumstances and physical limitations by clinging to his faith and understanding the limitless love and power God has for every person. Now he wants you to experience that same reassurance of hope and the power of God, everyday. In these 50 inspirational devotions, Nick shares his most compelling, hard-earned wisdom to help you face obstacles with confidence and courage and point you toward God.
WaterBrook Press * 9780307730916
LOVE WATER MEMORY by Jennie Shortridge
Lucie Walker, an amnesiac, grows unsettled by the clues she finds to the selfish, carefully guarded person she used to be. Will she ever fall in love with her fiancé, Grady? When Lucie learns that Grady has been hiding some very painful secrets that could change the course of their relationship, she musters the courage to search for the shocking, long-repressed childhood memories that will finally set her free.
Gallery Books * 9781451684834
MAKING GOOD HABITS, BREAKING BAD HABITS: 14 New Behaviors That Will Energize Your Life by Joyce Meyer
From nail biting to cell phone addiction, procrastination to overspending, bad habits seem to outnumber the good ones. Unfortunately, we pay a price for bad habits that outweighs the immediate gratification that they bring. In this book, Joyce Meyer starts by examining the nature of habits. She then explores how to break bad habits by examining the destructive negative behavior patterns, and moves on to discuss 14 good habits.
FaithWords * 9781455517381
MOM & ME & MOM by Maya Angelou
For the first time, Maya Angelou reveals the triumphs and struggles of being the daughter of Vivian Baxter, an indomitable spirit who was absent during much of Angelou’s early life. Their eventual reunion began a story that has never before been told. In MOM & ME & MOM, Angelou dramatizes her years reconciling with the mother she preferred to simply call “Lady,” revealing the profound moments that shifted the balance of love and respect between them.
Random House * 9781400066117
NO WAY BACK by Andrew Gross
A chance meeting with a stranger in a hotel ends in a shocking murder. Wendy Gould is an average mom --- and the only witness. Nanny Lauritzia Velez knows a shocking secret that could prove to be deadly. With both of their lives in danger, this unlikely pair must work together against a network of dangerous men who want nothing more than to see them dead.
William Morrow * 9780061655982
ODDS AGAINST TOMORROW by Nathaniel Rich
Mitchell Zukor is hired by a mysterious new financial consulting firm to calculate worst-case scenarios in the most intricate detail, and his schemes are sold to corporations to indemnify them against any future disasters. As Mitchell immerses himself in the mathematics of catastrophe, he loses touch with his last connection to reality: Elsa Bruner, a friend with her own apocalyptic secret. Just as Mitchell’s predictions reach a nightmarish crescendo, an actual worst-case scenario overtakes Manhattan. Mitchell is uniquely prepared to profit. But at what cost?
Farrar, Straus and Giroux * 9780374224240
PROPHET OF BONES by Ted Kosmatka
Paul Carlson, a brilliant young scientist, is summoned from his laboratory job to the remote Indonesian island of Flores to collect DNA samples from the ancient bones of a strange, new species of tool user unearthed by an archaeological dig. The questions the find raises seem to cast doubt on the very foundations of modern science. But before Paul can fully grapple with the implications of his find, the dig is violently shut down by para militaries.
Henry Holt and Co. * 9780805096170
RECONSTRUCTING AMELIA by Kimberly McCreight
Kate learns that her daughter, Amelia, has been suspended from school. Upon her arrival, she finds the school surrounded by police officers, fire trucks, and an ambulance. An academic overachiever despondent over getting caught cheating has jumped to her death. At least that’s the story Grace Hall tells Kate. And clouded as she is by her guilt and grief, it is the one she forces herself to believe. Until she gets an anonymous text: She didn’t jump.
Harper * 9780062225436
SINNERS AND THE SEA: The Untold Story of Noah's Wife by Rebecca Kanner
Cursed with a birthmark that many think is the brand of a demon, the young heroine in SINNERS AND THE SEA is deprived even of a name for fear that it would make it easier for people to spread lies about her. But this virtuous woman has the perfect voice to make one of the Old Testament’s stories live anew. Through the eyes of Noah’s wife, we see a complex world where the lines between righteousness and wickedness blur.
Howard Books * 9781451695236
STARTING NOW: A Blossom Street Novel by Debbie Macomber
Libby Morgan, who gave up everything for her legal career, has been laid off. With no prospects of a new job, she volunteers at a hospital, where she meets a handsome doctor who is a bit of a workaholic himself. At the yarn store on Blossom Street, Libby rediscovers the art of knitting. But just when everything is coming together, Libby is offered her old job back, forcing her to choose between what she thought she always wanted and what she knows matters most.
Ballantine Books * 9780345528810
THERE WAS AN OLD WOMAN by Hallie Ephron
When Evie Ferrante learns that her mother has been hospitalized, she finds her mother's house in chaos. Sorting through her mother's belongings, Evie discovers objects that don't quite belong there, and begins to raise questions. Evie renews a friendship with Mina, an elderly neighbor who might know more about her mother's recent activities. As Evie investigates her mother's actions, a darker story of deception and madness involving Mina emerges.
William Morrow * 9780062117601
THE VICTORY SEASON: The End of World War II and the Birth of Baseball's Golden Age by Robert Weintraub
In the spring of 1946, with World War II finally over, hundreds of baseball's stars were coming home. It proved to be one of the most memorable seasons in history, capped with a thrilling seven-game World Series. And a new era began, with Jackie Robinson making his professional debut. Robert Weintraub brings to life little-known tales from the war years, including the "world series" service members played in an abandoned Hitler Youth stadium in the fall of 1945.
Little, Brown and Company * 9780316205917
CANDLEMOTH by R.J. Ellory
Accused of killing his best friend Nathan, Daniel Ford has exhausted all appeals and now faces the electric chair in 30 days. Father John Rousseau is the man to whom the last month of Daniel's life has been entrusted. With time running out, Ford begins to tell his story --- beginning with his first meeting with Nathan, through first loves, Vietnam, the death of JFK, and finally their flight from the draft that ended in Nathan's brutal murder.
Overlook Hardcover * 9781590205167
THE FEVER TREE by Jennifer McVeigh
Frances Irvine, left destitute in the wake of her father’s sudden death, has been forced to abandon her life of wealth and privilege in London and emigrate to the Southern Cape of Africa. 1880 South Africa is a country torn apart by greed. In this remote and inhospitable land, she becomes entangled with two very different men --- one driven by ambition, the other by his ideals.
Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam * 9780399158247
TUESDAY’S GONE: A Frieda Klein Novel by Nicci French
A London social worker makes a routine home visit only to discover her client, Michelle Doyce, serving afternoon tea to a naked, decomposing corpse. With no clues as to the dead man’s identity, Chief Inspector Karlsson again calls upon Frieda Klein for help. Frieda discovers that the body belongs to Robert Poole, con man extraordinaire. But she can’t shake the feeling that the past isn’t done with her yet. Did someone kill Poole to embroil her in the investigation? And if so, is Frieda herself the next victim?
Pamela Dorman Books * 9780670025671
On Sale the Week of April 1st in Paperback
A COWBOY AT HEART: The Amish of Apple Grove, Book 3 by Lori Copeland and Virginia Smith
Jesse Montgomery, a reformed rowdy cowboy, desperately wants to build a life of his own outside Apple Grove. When an unscrupulous cattle baron tries to steal Amish land, Jesse intervenes and is wounded. Katie Miller is the young healer in the district who attends to him. This sweet Amish widow can't risk falling in love with an Englisch cowboy, yet she believes God has a life for her too that is more than what she can presently see.
Harvest House Publishers * 9780736953412
THE DANCE: The Restoration Series, Book 1 by Dan Walsh and Gary Smalley
Jim Anderson is a successful businessman, and his wife, Marilyn, is the perfect wife. But after 27 years of marriage, Marilyn has had enough of feeling unloved and neglected. She wants to experience some measure of happiness before she's too old to enjoy it, even signing up for dance lessons, something Jim would never do. What will it take for Jim to finally become the man Marilyn needs him to be?
Revell * 9780800721480
THE GATE by Dann A. Stouten
When an ad for a vacation cottage catches the eye of a man on the edge of burnout, he impulsively sets off to visit the property while his wife and daughters are away. When he arrives and is ushered through the gate, he realizes he may have found the back door to heaven. The proprietor and people from his past welcome him with food, rest and conversation, until what started out as a little escape from everyday life turns into an experience he will never forget.
Revell * 9780800721091
KATIE'S JOURNEY TO LOVE: Emma Raber's Daughter, Book 2 by Jerry S. Eicher
In book two of Amish fiction author Jerry S. Eicher's new Emma Raber's Daughter series, Katie Raber's journey of discovery continues after her mamm's marriage to Jesse Mast. Drawn back from the Mennonite world briefly by the miracle of Mamm's changed heart, Katie finds she can't totally abandon her new Mennonite friends.
Harvest House Publishers * 9780736952538
A NOBLE GROOM by Jody Hedlund
Recently widowed Annalisa Werner has the feeling her husband was murdered but can't prove it. She has six months left to finish raising the money needed to pay back the land contract her husband purchased. Nobleman Carl von Reichart, who has been convicted of a crime he didn't commit, flees to Annalisa's farm but bumbles through learning about farming and manual labor. Annalisa senses that Carl is harboring a secret about his past, yet she finds herself drawn to him anyway.
Bethany House Publishers * 9780764210471
SWEET SANCTUARY by Kim Vogel Sawyer
Lydia Eldredge longs to provide a sanctuary for her son, Nicky. But a constant threat comes from Nicky's drug-addicted father, who wants the boy and seems willing to do whatever it takes to get him. Dr. Micah Hatcher serves the immigrant population in Queens, but under cover of darkness he provides another service that must not be discovered lest his and his brother's lives be in danger. When Lydia and Micah's paths cross, they are suddenly wrapped up in each other's callings.
Bethany House Publishers * 9780764207891
AN ACCIDENTAL AFFAIR by Eric Jerome Dickey
James Thicke has channeled the intensity of his soul into twin passions --- success as a screenwriter, and marriage to movie actress Regina Baptiste. In the midst of filming his latest script, he receives a video of his wife caught in the most compromising of situations. As James tries to protect Regina from Hollywood's underbelly, lust, blackmail and revenge become his constant companions.
NAL Trade * 9780451239280
AFTERWARDS by Rosamund Lupton
In the aftermath of the devastating fire that tears her family apart, Grace embarks on a mission to find the person responsible and protect her children from further harm. This fire was not an accident, and her daughter Jenny may still be in grave danger. Grace is the only one who can discover the culprit, and she will do whatever it takes to save her family.
Broadway * 9780307716552
ARE YOU MY MOTHER?: A Comic Drama by Alison Bechdel
In her highly anticipated follow-up to FUN HOME, bestselling author Alison Bechdel searches for the meaning of motherhood in her own life, not only from her actual mother but also from therapists, lovers, writers, and more. ARE YOU MY MOTHER? is a poignant, compelling and utterly fascinating journey from one of the most profound graphic creators of our era.
Mariner Books * 9780544002234
BEAUTIFUL RUINS by Jess Walter
In 1962, a young innkeeper in Italy spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman approaching him on a boat. He soon learns that she’s an American actress --- and she’s dying. And the story begins again today, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot, searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.
Harper Perennial * 9780061928178
BLOOM: Finding Beauty in the Unexpected -- A Memoir by Kelle Hampton
When Kelle Hampton learned she was pregnant with her second child, she and her husband were ecstatic. But the moment her new daughter was placed in her arms in the delivery room, Kelle knew that something was wrong. She was certain that Nella had Down syndrome --- a fear her pediatrician soon confirmed.
William Morrow Paperbacks * 9780062045041
THE COLOR OF HOPE by Kim Cash Tate
Despite its small-town charm, Hope Springs is at a crossroads. After a failed reconciliation attempt by two well-meaning pastors, the town is split along racial and cultural lines, with little hope for redemption. When a terrible tragedy puts Hope Springs on the national radar, the entire town is tested, while the novel’s two female protagonists --- Stephanie London and Charlotte Willoughby --- feel their lives unraveling.
Thomas Nelson * 9781595549983
DELUSION IN DEATH by J. D. Robb
An airborne virus is unleashed on the patrons of a bar, killing 80 people. Surviving witnesses talk about seeing things, and they describe sudden, overwhelming feelings of fear, rage and paranoia. It appears the customers were exposed to a cocktail of chemicals and illegal drugs that could drive anyone to temporary insanity, if not kill them outright. But that doesn’t explain who would spread such horror --- or why.
Berkley * 9780425250662
THE GIVING QUILT: An Elm Creek Quilts Novel by Jennifer Chiaverini
At Elm Creek Manor, the week after Thanksgiving is “Quiltsgiving,” a time to commence a season of generosity. From near and far, quilters and aspiring quilters gather for a special winter session of quilt camp. Each quilter, ever mindful that many of her neighbors, friends and family members are struggling through difficult times, uses her creative gifts to alleviate their collective burden.
Plume * 9780142180242
THE HOUSE OF SPECIAL PURPOSE by John Boyne
Eighty-year-old Georgy Jachmenev is haunted by his past. Living in England with his beloved wife, Georgy prepares to make one final journey back to the Russia he once knew and loved. As he remembers days gone by, we are transported to St. Petersburg, to the Winter Palace of the czar, in the early 20th century --- a time of change, threat and bloody revolution. As Georgy overturns the most painful stone of all, we uncover the story of the house of special purpose.
Other Press * 9781590515983
THE HOUSE THAT LOVE BUILT by Beth Wiseman
In the charming town of Smithville, Texas, Brooke Holloway is raising two young children on her own, supporting them by running the family hardware store. The last thing on her mind is falling in love. But she’s intrigued when a stranger moves to town and buys the old Hadley mansion. She’s always heard that house holds a secret --- maybe even a treasure --- and she can’t wait to see inside. When she meets the new owner and they spend time together, she can’t deny the attraction.
Thomas Nelson * 9781595548894
THE HOUSE THAT RUTH BUILT: A New Stadium, the First Yankees Championship, and the Redemption of 1923 by Robert Weintraub
From that first home run of 1923 to the storybook World Series matchup that pitted the Yankees against their nemesis from across the Harlem River, Robert Weintraub vividly illuminates the singular year that built a classic stadium, catalyzed a franchise, cemented Babe Ruth's legend, and forever changed the sport of baseball.
Back Bay Books * 9780316086080
I HATE EVERYONE...STARTING WITH ME by Joan Rivers
An uncensored and totally uninhibited Joan Rivers gives the best of her worst to First Ladies, closet cases, hypocrites, Hollywood, feminists, and overrated historical figures. And even when letting herself have it, she doesn’t hold back in this honest, unabashedly hilarious love letter to the hater in all of us.
Berkley Trade * 9780425255896
I, MICHAEL BENNETT by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge
A South American crime lord has brought New York the worst lawlessness and violence the city has ever seen, with police being shot on the street and judges murdered in the courtroom. Detective Michael Bennett takes his 10 kids and their nanny upstate to try and avoid the chaos, but it just follows them, endangering his entire family.
Grand Central Publishing * 9780446571807
THE JAGUAR: A Charlie Hood Novel by T. Jefferson Parker
Erin McKenna, a beautiful songwriter married to an L.A. sheriff 's deputy, is kidnapped by the ruthless leader of the powerful Gulf Cartel. But his demands turn out to be as unusual as the crumbling castle in which Erin is kept. Under threat of death, Armenta orders Erin to compose a unique narcocoriddo --- a modern-day folk ballad --- to tell his life story in music.
NAL Trade * 9780451239112
THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS by M.L. Stedman
Tom Sherbourne takes a job as the lighthouse keeper on a remote and isolated island when a boat carrying a dead man and a living baby hit his shore. His wife, Isabel, has already suffered several miscarriages, and even though Tom’s conscience is telling him otherwise, they keep the little girl. Two years later, they return to the mainland and are reminded that there is someone out there desperate to find her lost baby.
Scribner * 9781451681758
LOVE ANTHONY by Lisa Genova
From the award-winning New York Times bestselling author of STILL ALICE and LEFT NEGLECTED comes a heartfelt novel about an accidental friendship that gives a grieving mother a priceless gift: the ability to understand the thoughts of her eight-year-old autistic son and make sense of his brief life.
Gallery Books * 9781439164693
THE NEW REPUBLIC by Lionel Shriver
A disgruntled New York corporate lawyer is more than ready to leave his lucrative career for the excitement and uncertainty of journalism. But when he's offered the post of foreign correspondent in a Portuguese backwater that has sprouted a homegrown terrorist movement, he's plunged into a complex case where nothing is as it seems.
Harper Perennial * 9780062103338
NIGHT WATCH by Linda Fairstein
Alexandra Cooper arrives in France to visit her boyfriend and famed restaurateur, Luc Rouget. But she quickly finds herself entangled in the murder of a young woman with only one piece of evidence: a matchbox from Luc’s restaurant. Alex is pulled back to New York for a high-profile case, but finds that the two cases may be connected as another of Luc’s matchboxes appears on the scene.
Signet Select * 9780451416148
ONE GLORIOUS AMBITION: The Compassionate Crusade of Dorothea Dix by Jane Kirkpatrick
An unexpected visit to a prison housing the mentally ill ignites an unending fire in Dorothea Dix’s heart --- a journey that will take her across the nation as she fights to relieve the suffering of what Scripture deems the least of these. In bringing the 19th-century historical reformer to life, Jane Kirkpatrick combines historical accuracy with the gripping narrative of a woman who recognized suffering when others turned away, and the call she heeded to change the world.
WaterBrook Press * 9781400074310
ORPHAN TRAIN by Christina Baker Kline
A community service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping Molly Ayer out of juvie and worse. As she helps Vivian sort through her possessions and memories, Molly learns that they aren’t as different as they seem to be. A young Irish immigrant orphaned in New York City, Vivian was put on a train to the Midwest with hundreds of other children. Molly discovers that she has the power to help Vivian find answers to mysteries that have haunted her for her entire life --- answers that will ultimately free them both.
William Morrow Paperbacks * 9780061950728
OVERSEAS by Beatriz Williams
A young Wall Street analyst, Kate Wilson learned to rely on logic and cynicism. So why does she fall so desperately in love with Julian Laurence, a billionaire with a mysterious past? What she doesn't know is that he has been waiting for her...the enchanting woman who emerged from the shadows of the Great War to save his life.
Berkley Trade * 9780425261262
ROBERT B. PARKER’S LULLABY: A Spenser Novel by Ace Atkins
When 14-year-old Mattie Sullivan asks Spenser to look into her mother's death, he's not completely convinced by her claim that the original investigation was botched. But her need for closure and her determination to make things right hit Spenser where he lives: they're the very characteristics he abides by.
Berkley * 9780425260982
SEVERE CLEAR: A Stone Barrington Novel by Stuart Woods
When the Presidents of Mexico and the United States decide to meet in Los Angeles to sign an important new treaty, terrorists take advantage of the event to plan the deadliest strike ever to take place on American soil. It's up to Stone Barrington and Holly Barker to avert this tragedy.
Signet * 9780451414373
SOME ASSEMBLY REQUIRED: A Journal of My Son's First Son by Anne Lamott with Sam Lamott
Stunned to learn that her son, Sam, is about to become a father at 19, Anne Lamott begins a journal about the first year of her grandson Jax's life. Lamott and Sam struggle to balance their changing roles with the demands of college and work, as they both forge new relationships with Jax's mother.
Riverhead Trade * 9781594486678
THUNDER AND RAIN by Charles Martin
Texas Ranger Tyler Steele is the kind of hero everybody loves, a chivalrous cowboy who never backs down and knows what the world needs him to be. This lawman’s life changes when he rescues a young woman and her child from an abusive ex-boyfriend. In the process of saving lives, he falls in love and is forced to choose between two amazing women.
Center Street * 9781455503971
WHERE’D YOU GO, BERNADETTE by Maria Semple
Bernadette Fox has disappeared. It began when her daughter, Bee, aced her report card and claimed her promised reward: a family trip to Antarctica. But Bernadette's intensifying allergy to Seattle --- and people in general --- has made her so agoraphobic that a virtual assistant in India now runs her most basic errands. To find her mother, Bee compiles email messages, official documents and secret correspondence.
Back Bay Books * 9780316204262
WHILE WE WERE WATCHING DOWNTON ABBEY by Wendy Wax
When the concierge of The Alexander, a historic Atlanta apartment building, invites his fellow residents to join him for weekly screenings of “Downton Abbey,” four very different people find themselves connecting with the addictive drama --- and, even more unexpectedly, with each other.
Berkley Trade * 9780425263310
THE WINNOWING SEASON: Book Two in the Amish Vines and Orchards Series by Cindy Woodsmall
The tornado that devastated Kings’ Orchard pushed Rhoda, Samuel and Jacob to make a new start in Maine. Are they strong enough to withstand the challenges of establishing an Amish community --- and brave enough to face the secrets that move with them? Those questions and more will be answered in book two of Cindy Woodsmall's Amish Vines and Orchards series.
WaterBrook Press * 9780307730046
THE YARD by Alex Grecian
Victorian London is a cesspool of crime, and Scotland Yard has only 12 detectives --- known as “The Murder Squad” --- to investigate countless murders every month. But no one can anticipate the brutal murder of one of their own...one of the 12.
Berkley Trade * 9780425261279
On Sale the Week of April 8th in Hardcover
AND THEN I FOUND YOU by Patti Callahan Henry
Katie Vaughan has a secret, something tucked away in her past. She has a strong relationship with her family, and a devoted boyfriend, Rowan, whom she wants to love with all her heart. But when she discovers a small velvet box hidden in Rowan's drawer, she panics. For the first time in her life, Katie knows that she won't fully love Rowan until she confronts the demons from her past, and it's time for her to act.
St. Martin's Press * 9780312610760
THE ASHFORD AFFAIR by Lauren Willig
As a lawyer in a large Manhattan firm, just shy of making partner, Clementine Evans has finally achieved almost everything she’s been working towards --- but now she’s not sure it’s enough. Her long hours have led to a broken engagement, and she feels her messy life crumbling around her. But when the family gathers for her grandmother Addie’s 99th birthday, a relative lets slip hints about a long-buried family secret, leading Clemmie on a journey into the past that could change everything.
St. Martin's Press * 9781250014498
BREAD & WINE: A Love Letter to Life Around the Table with Recipes by Shauna Niequist
BREAD & WINE is a collection of essays about family relationships, friendships, and the meals that bring us together. Written by writer and blogger Shauna Niequist, this is a funny, honest and vulnerable spiritual memoir about our life around the table --- the celebrations, traditions and experiences that we share, and the ways God teaches and nourishes us as we nourish the people around us.
Zondervan * 9780310328179
COUPLES OF THE BIBLE: A One-Year Devotional Study to Draw You Closer to God and Each Other by Robert Wolgemuth and Bobbie Wolgemuth
COUPLES OF THE BIBLE offers a 52-week overview of Scripture as seen through the tragedies and triumphs of biblical couples. Whatever your season of marriage, this book will draw you closer to God and strengthen your relationship with your spouse. You will discover that God can use couples --- like you --- powerfully in His redemptive work.
Zondervan * 9780310332688
DADDY'S GONE A HUNTING by Mary Higgins Clark
Kate and Hannah Connelly are sisters whose family-owned furniture firm, founded by their grandfather and famous for its fine reproductions of antiques, explodes into flames in the middle of the night. All the buildings are leveled to the ground, including the museum where priceless antiques have been on permanent display for years. The ashes reveal a startling and grisly discovery, and provoke a host of suspicions and questions.
Simon & Schuster * 9781451668940
DANGEROUS REFUGE by Elizabeth Lowell
Tanner is a hard-edged big city cop who has come home to the historic Davis family ranch to settle his uncle's estate. Shaye Townsend is working for an environmental conservancy that acquires and protects old ranches --- and she wants to preserve the Davis homestead. When the suspicious death of Tanner's uncle at his ranch throws the two opposites together, tempers flare and sparks fly. While they have trouble seeing eye to eye, Shaye and Tanner agree on one thing: They need to uncover the truth.
William Morrow * 9780062132710
DON'T GO by Lisa Scottoline
When Dr. Mike Scanlon is called to serve as an army doctor in Afghanistan, he’s acutely aware of the dangers he’ll face and the hardships it will cause his wife Chloe and newborn baby. However, in an ironic turn of events, Chloe dies in an apparent household accident. A devastated Mike returns home to bury his wife, only to learn a shocking secret that sends him into a downward spiral.
St. Martin's Press * 9781250010070
THE INTERESTINGS by Meg Wolitzer
The summer that Richard Nixon resigns, six teenagers at a summer camp for the arts become inseparable. Decades later the bond remains powerful, but so much else has changed. In THE INTERESTINGS, Meg Wolitzer follows these characters from the height of youth through middle age, as their talents, fortunes and degrees of satisfaction diverge.
Riverhead Hardcover * 9781594488399
LIFETIME by Liza Marklund
Police Officer Nina Hoffman finds her fellow officer David Lindholm naked on his bed with bullets through his head and stomach. His traumatized wife, Julia, rambles on about a woman entering the house, killing David and running off with her son, but all the evidence seems to point in Julia’s direction. Annika Bengtzon covers the case and is drawn in headfirst when she sees that Julia is about to be falsely charged.
Atria/Emily Bestler Books * 9781451606973
THE LITTLE WAY OF RUTHIE LEMING: A Southern Girl, a Small Town, and the Secret of a Good Life by Rod Dreher
Rod Dreher, a Philadelphia journalist, returns to his hometown in the wake of his younger sister Ruthie's death. He begins to wonder whether the ordinary life Ruthie led was in fact a path of hidden grandeur, even spiritual greatness, concealed within the modest life of a mother and teacher. In order to explore this revelation, Dreher and his wife decide to have their three children grow up amidst the rituals that had defined his family for five generations.
Grand Central Publishing * 9781455521913
MIDNIGHT AT MARBLE ARCH: A Charlotte and Thomas Pitt Novel by Anne Perry
In Charlotte and Thomas Pitt’s latest adventure, Anne Perry takes us beneath the glittering surface of wealthy Victorian society into a nightmare world of fear and intimidation, where women are too often blamed for the violent attacks against them, and powerful men take what they want, leaving others to pay the price.
Ballantine Books * 9780345536662
MOTHERLAND by William Nicholson
Summer, 1942. Kitty, an army driver stationed in Sussex, meets Ed, a Royal Marine commando, and Larry, a liaison officer with Combined Ops. She falls instantly in love with Ed, who falls in love with her. So does Larry. Both men go off to war, and Ed wins the highest military honor for his bravery. But sometimes heroes don’t make the best husbands. MOTHERLAND follows Kitty, Ed and Larry as they make choices that will determine the challenges and triumphs of their lives.
Simon & Schuster * 9781451687132
THE MYSTERY OF MERCY CLOSE: A Walsh Sister Novel by Marian Keyes
As the youngest of the five Walsh girls, Helen has had a tough time finding her way in the world. Her hunky new boyfriend, Artie, and his three adorable children are a great distraction, but his beautiful ex-wife lives a little too close for comfort. Meanwhile, Helen runs into her ex-boyfriend Jay Parker and reluctantly signs on to help him locate Wayne Diffney, the recently disappeared fourth member of Ireland’s biggest mid-’90s boy band.
Viking Adult * 9780670025244
A NEARLY PERFECT COPY by Allison Amend
Elm Howells has a loving family and a distinguished career at an elite Manhattan auction house. But after a tragic loss throws her into an emotional crisis, she pursues a reckless course of action that jeopardizes her personal and professional success. Meanwhile, talented artist Gabriel Connois wearies of remaining at the margins of the capricious Parisian art scene. Desperate for recognition, he embarks on a scheme that threatens his burgeoning reputation.
Nan A. Talese * 9780385536691
PALISADES PARK by Alan Brennert
Growing up in the 1930s, there is no more magical place than Palisades Amusement Park in New Jersey --- especially for seven-year-old Antoinette (nicknamed “Toni”) and her brother, Jack. However, both their father and Jack face the dangers of war, while their mother has ambitions of her own --- and Toni is determined to take on a very different kind of danger in impossible feats as a high diver. Yet they are all drawn back to each other --- and to Palisades Park --- until the park closes forever in 1971.
St. Martin's Press * 9780312643720
THE PERFECT GHOST by Linda Barnes
Em Moore is the writing half of a celebrity biography team. Her charismatic partner, Teddy, does the interviewing and the public schmoozing. When Teddy dies in a car accident, Em is devastated, alone in a world she doesn't understand. She decides to finish the interviews for their current book --- an "autobiography" of renowned and reclusive film director Garrett Malcolm. But when the police begin looking into the accident that killed Teddy, Em's tenuous control on her life is threatened.
Minotaur Books * 9781250023636
SECRETS FROM THE PAST by Barbara Taylor Bradford
At 30, American photojournalist Serena Stone has already made a name for herself with her unique and dramatic coverage of wars in the Middle East, following in her famous father's footsteps. But after his unexpected death in France, she ends her job at the renowned photo news agency. When Serena discovers that her former lover Zachary North is in trouble overseas, she is forced to head back to a place she was trying to escape... and her life will never be the same again.
St. Martin's Press * 9780312631666
SIDNEY SHELDON'S THE TIDES OF MEMORY by Tilly Bagshawe
The members of the formidable and captivating De Vere family of London live enviable lives in the world's most powerful and desirable places, from London's poshest neighborhoods to influential boardrooms. But when old secrets begin to unravel and threaten everything the De Veres have worked for, the ramifications are deadly.
William Morrow * 9780062073426
SLEIGHT OF HAND by Phillip Margolin
Charles Benedict --- criminal defense lawyer, amateur magician and professional hit man --- and Private Investigator Dana Cutler are on a collision course set in motion by Benedict's greatest slight-of-hand trick yet: framing a millionaire for the murder of his much younger wife.
Harper * 9780062069917
THE STUD BOOK by Monica Drake
Sarah is well versed in the mating habits of captive animals, and is desperate to create offspring of her own. Georgie is busy with a newborn, while her husband finds solace in bourbon and televised violence. Dulcet makes a living stripping down in high school gyms to sell the beauty of sex-ed. Nyla is out to save the world while having trouble saving her own teen daughter from drugs and the occult. These friends and others realize that the families they forge through shared experience are as important as those inherited through birth.
Hogarth * 9780307955524
TAPESTRY OF FORTUNES by Elizabeth Berg
Cecilia Ross is looking for a change. She has decided to take time off from her job as a successful motivational speaker and sell her home. She moves in to a beautiful old house in St. Paul, Minnesota, complete with a big front porch, a wild garden, a chef's kitchen --- and three roommates. The four women are different ages, but all are feeling restless, and want to take a road trip to find again the people and things they miss.
Random House * 9780812993141
UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES: A Stone Barrington Novel by Stuart Woods
Two unexpected invitations may be the first clues in an intricate puzzle that Stone Barrington must unravel to learn the truth...a puzzle that will lead him deep into the rarefied world of European ultrawealth and privilege, where billionaires rub elbows with spooks, insider knowledge is traded at a high premium, and murder is never too high a price to pay for a desired end. It soon becomes clear that beneath the bright lights of Europe lurks a shadowy underworld...and its only rule is deadly ambition.
Putnam Adult * 9780399159879
On Sale the Week of April 8th in Paperback
A BLAZE OF GLORY: A Novel of the Battle of Shiloh by Jeff Shaara
In the spring of 1862, the Confederate Army in the West teeters on the brink of collapse following the catastrophic loss of Fort Donelson. Albert Sidney Johnston is pulling out of Nashville and must defend the Memphis and Charleston Railroad. And if Generals Ulysses Grant and Don Carlos Buell capture the railroad, the war in the West likely will be over. However, Johnson is onto them and is poised to attack Grant's encampment near the Shiloh church.
Ballantine Books * 9780345527363
HEARTBROKEN by Lisa Unger
In this sophisticated and complex page-turner, the lives of three women intersect on an isolated island in an Adirondacks lake to face secrets, memories and their futures. Mysterious sightings of ghostly apparitions plus evil in human form add to the dark, foreboding suspense.
Broadway * 9780307465214
THE IMPEACHMENT OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN by Stephen L. Carter
Stephen L. Carter’s bestselling novel takes as its starting point an alternate history: President Abraham Lincoln survives the assassination attempt at Ford’s Theatre on April 14, 1865. Two years later, he is charged with overstepping his constitutional authority, both during and after the Civil War, and faces an impeachment trial.
Vintage * 9780307474483
THE KINGMAKER’S DAUGHTER by Philippa Gregory
THE KINGMAKER'S DAUGHTER is the gripping story of the daughters of the man known as the “Kingmaker,” Richard, Earl of Warwick: the most powerful magnate in 15th-century England. Without a son and heir, he uses his two daughters as pawns in the political games, and they grow up to be influential players in their own right.
Touchstone * 9781451626087
THE LAST KIND WORDS by Tom Piccirilli
Terry Rand is a man with a devil on both of his shoulders. Raised in a family of grifters and thieves, he must now come to terms with dark family secrets in the weeks prior to his older brother’s execution for a senseless killing spree. The prodigal son returns to find that the things that have changed may turn his visit into one deadly family reunion.
Bantam * 9780345542366
LET THE DEVIL SLEEP by John Verdon
Ingenious puzzle solver Dave Gurney puts under the magnifying glass a notorious serial murder case --- one whose motives have been enshrined as law-enforcement dogma --- and discovers that everyone has it wrong.
Broadway * 9780307717931
MYSTERY WRITERS OF AMERICA PRESENTS VENGEANCE edited by Lee Child
When a different kind of justice is needed --- swift, effective and personal --- a new type of avenger must take action. VENGEANCE features new stories by bestselling crime writers including Lee Child, Michael Connelly, Dennis Lehane and Karin Slaughter, as well as some of today's brightest rising talents.
Mulholland Books * 9780316176354
NINETY DAYS: A Memoir of Recovery by Bill Clegg
The goal is 90. Just 90 clean and sober days to loosen the hold of the addiction that caused Bill Clegg to lose everything. With 73 days in rehab behind him, he returns to New York and attends two or three meetings each day. It is in these refuges that he befriends essential allies. But at first, the support is not enough: Clegg relapses for the first time with only three days left.
Back Bay Books * 9780316122542
WHEN SHE CAME HOME by Drusilla Campbell
After bravely serving her country in Iraq, Frankie Byrne Tennyson finally comes home. Home to a husband whose lingering feelings of abandonment make her wonder if their lives can ever be the same. Home to a daughter whose painful encounters with bullies can only be healed by a mother's love. And home to a father who still can't accept his daughter's decision to serve. But the most difficult part about coming home lies within Frankie herself. To save everything she holds dear, she must face the toughest battle of her life.
Grand Central Publishing * 9781455510351
THE WORLD WITHOUT YOU by Joshua Henkin
On July 4, 2005, the Frankel family descends upon their summer home in the Berkshires for a memorial to Leo, the youngest Frankel sibling, who was killed while on assignment in Iraq a year before. Over the course of three days, the Frankels will contend with sibling rivalries and marital feuds, volatile women and silent men, and, ultimately, the true meaning of family.
Vintage * 9780307277183
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