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Marlen Suyapa Bodden, author of The Wedding Gift

When prestigious plantation owner Cornelius Allen gives his daughter Clarissa’s hand in marriage, she takes with her a gift: Sarah --- her slave and her half-sister. Raised by an educated mother, Clarissa is not a proper southern belle she appears to be with ambitions of loving who she chooses and Sarah equally hides behind the façade of being a docile house slave as she plots to escape.

Week of March 30, 2015

Releases for the week of March 30th include THE FORTUNE HUNTER, Daisy Goodwin's bestselling historical novel about a beautiful empress, a handsome horseman and a bluestocking heiress who form a passionate love triangle; Debbie Macomber's BLOSSOM STREET BRIDES, in which several knitters endeavor to overcome love snafus while a mysterious do-gooder is planting "Knit Me" baskets of knitting projects around the city of Seattle; and HOTEL FLORIDA by Amanda Vaill, a spellbinding story of love amid the devastation of the Spanish Civil War.