Julia Burch is a typical fifty-year-old tired of her typical life. But that changes when she answers a mysterious phone call that takes her back thirty years. A series of inexplicable events leaves Julia searching for answers—and forces her to face the source of her unhappiness. But this is only the beginning; there are others who desperately need the vibrant faith and message of love Julia has rediscovered. Prisoners of the past, they have lost hope for anything better and, for some, time is running out. What follows is a journey that crosses social status, racial lines, and even time itself to unite a group of people called to an adventure that will surpass anything they could have imagined.
A young woman without prospects at a ball in Gilded Age Newport, Rhode Island is a target for a certain kind of "suitor." At the Memorial Day Ball during the Panic of 1893, impoverished but feisty Penelope Stanton draws the unwanted advances of a villainous millionaire banker who preys on distressed women--the incorrigible Edgar Daggers. Over a series of encounters, he promises Penelope the financial security she craves, but at what cost? Skilled in the art of flirtation, Edgar is not without his charms, and Penelope is attracted to him against her better judgment. Initially, as Penelope grows into her own in the burgeoning early Women's Suffrage Movement, Edgar exerts pressure, promising to use his power and access to help her advance. But can he be trusted, or are his words part of an elaborate mind game played between him and his wife? During a glittering age where a woman's reputation is her most valuable possession, Penelope must decide whether to compromise her principles for love, lust, and the allure of an easier life.
Some people can only dream of living out their fantasies. Cupcake shop owner Denie Shaw is the exception to the rule. This young, witty and charming woman seems to have a perfectly balanced life. Years of making bad relationship decisions had given Denie, owner of Icing, the opportunity not only to become a strong, successful business woman, but also managed to involve her three best friends in her crazy cupcake adventures. Denie’s sweet life gets turned upside down when she meets her crush, Tom Billingsly, right wing for the Cleveland Monsters hockey team. Together, Denie and Tom strike up a relationship that seems to have all the right ingredients. Will Denie allow the fear of heartache to guide her choice, or will she take the leap of faith and trust God to provide a solid recipe for her life?
Newly divorced Rhonda, haunted by her sister Evelyn’s ghost, travels to an old palazzo in Rome to confront Marco, the man who stole her sister’s heart, only to find out he’s vanished in the wake of Evelyn’s death. Meanwhile, Rhonda’s nineteen-year-old daughter Olivia, adopted by Rhonda at birth, travels to the mysterious and lush waters of northern Vietnam, where she’s been summoned by the missing Marco, a man she only knows from her parents’ whispers, a man she has never met or seen.
Soon, truths are exposed and lives unraveled, and the real journey begins. Four lives in all, spanning three continents, are now bound together in an unfathomable way and they tell a powerful story about love in all its incarnations, filial and amorous, healing and destructive.
Following her heart Kate understood Robert was her destiny. What chance did she have against the sheer magnetism of his physical presence, the spell he cast upon her. She was enchanted by him with her eyes wide open and all she could think about is wanting more. She glanced down at the rings on her left hand. He was completely hers and she was completely his. Robert's intensity was nearly more than she could handle all while believing she won the jackpot with her gladiator of a husband. Kate didn't know a great deal about her dark mysterious knight. She sensed there were secrets behind all his extremes and it was going to be her mission to learn everything. The question was at what cost to her would his secrets reveal. . .
Kate met Robert when her world was falling apart. He was a driving force of nature--a gorgeous cop who demanded respect and turned heads--and he knew he wanted Kate from the moment he saw her. They were married after only a week of dating. Some said it was too soon, but Kate knew it was just right for her and her terminator of a husband.
It hasn't even been a year since their wedding, and it feels as though they've lived a million lives, filled with travel, romance, adventure, and amazing sex. Kate is finally starting to understand Robert's over-protective nature as she learns more about her dark knight's past. She is his hard won prize, and everything he does is for Kate and their future.
Then, a new arrival changes things. Kate's crazy Uncle Jack shows up in his usual manner, by surprise, and Robert proves to be a pup in this older wolf's presence. Kate can hardly believe how star struck Robert is over Jack. However, with Jack's training, Robert could become a super cop, so Jack decides to stick around--which might prove to be an advantage to Kate as she continues learning the secrets of the intense man she desperately loves.
I married my husband Robert only a week after I started dating him. Some people say that was too soon. I think it was just right. It’s been a trill for the most part learning and living with my terminator of a husband. Some days it’s more than I can handle only he seems to do a good job getting me through those rough patches. Roberts past is surfacing more and more the longer we are together. There are times I want to cry or scream as his history unfolds. I have to keep reminding myself.. It’s his past..
"A tale brimming over with secrets, betrayals and redemption. Burdick keeps readers riveted."
-RT Book Reviews (4 Stars HOT)
"Moving, surprising, and thought-provoking."
-The Emerald City Book Review
"Burdick brings the sights and sounds of the Paris of the Impressionists to life."
-Historical Novel Society
“A provocative tale of family secrets, betrayal, and the renewal of self-discovery.”
-Heather Webb, author of Rodin's Lover
"Girl in the Afternoon is a love story, a mystery, a tragedy, and a moving study of the human capacity to contain both reckless error and surprising redemption.”
-Carrie Brown, author of The Stargazer's Sister
Born into a wealthy Parisian family at the center of Belle Epoque society, 18-year-old Aimée Savaray dreams of becoming a respected painter in the male-dominated art world; and secretly, she also dreams of being loved by Henri, the boy her parents took in as a child and raised alongside her.
But when Henri inexplicably disappears, in the midst of the Franco-Prussian war, the Savarays’ privileged lives begin to unravel. Heartbroken, Aimée tries to find him, but Henri doesn’t want to be found and only one member of the family knows why.
As Aimée seeks refuge in the art world, mentored by the Impressionist Édouard Manet, she unwittingly finds her way back to Henri. With so many years gone by and secrets buried, their eventual reunion unmasks the lies that once held the family together, but now threaten to tear them apart.
A rich and opulent saga, Girl in the Afternoon brings the Impressionists to life in this portrait of scandal, fortune, and unrequited love.
Iris Apple is like most young women in the 1950s except for two things: She's the granddaughter of Boston's most notorious bookie and she suspects her father murdered her mother. But how can she prove it?
The cat and mouse game with her father began on her tenth birthday--the day her mother was gunned down--and tension reigns through her teen years. They live in her family's Kenmore Square rooming house, a haven for Boston's down and outs and where her motherless drama plays out.When Iris turns eighteen, she defies her father and sets out to discover the truth about her mother's demise. Teaming up with Madame Charlemagne, a has-been cabaret singer who lives at the rooming house, Iris learns that a nearby innkeeper holds keys to the puzzle. Instead, she discovers a web of secrets and transgressions that are entangled with hers. Mustering all the courage she has, Iris must unravel the dark webs to bring truth and love into her life.
Carly Summit’s name couldn’t be more fitting, since in life she always lands on top. She grew up wealthy and privileged in a tony Connecticut town, opened her own gallery in New York City, and is about to make art world history displaying previously unknown works by a prominent twentieth-century painter. No wonder she possesses a can-do attitude that can’t be soured. Ford Sinclair is another story. A military career in war-torn Africa, where he witnessed unspeakable violence and suffering, has left him haunted and deeply cynical. Now he’s looking for a way to forget and a place to belong. He hopes to find both back home in St. Dennis.
In this new novel from the author of Ten Beach Road and Ocean Beach, three unlikely friends who were thrown together by disaster get a do-over on life, love, and happiness . . .
Maddie, Avery, and Nikki first got to know one another—perhaps all too well—while desperately restoring a beachfront mansion to its former grandeur. Now they’re putting that experience to professional use. But their latest project has presented some challenges they couldn’t have dreamed up in their wildest fantasies—although the house does belong to a man who actually was Maddie’s wildest fantasy once . . .
Beyond the skyline of Toledo stands the Toledo Institute of Astronomy, the nation's premier center of astronomical discovery and a beacon of scientific learning for astronomers far and wide. One of these is George Dermont, a dreamer and a man of deep faith, who's trying to prove the scientific existence of a Gateway to God, and speaks to ancient gods and believes they speak back. Its newest star is Irene Sparks, a pragmatist and mathematician invited to lead the Institute's work on a massive superconductor being constructed below Toledo. This would be a scientist's dream come true, but it's particularly poignant for Irene who has been in self-imposed exile from Toledo and her estranged alcoholic mother, Bernice. When Bernice dies unexpectedly, Irene resolves to return to Toledo, and sets in motion a series of events which place George and Irene on a collision course with love, destiny and fate.
A big-hearted coming-of-age debut set in civil rights-era New Orleans—a novel of Southern eccentricity and secrets
When Ibby Bell’s father dies unexpectedly in the summer of 1964, her mother unceremoniously deposits Ibby with her eccentric grandmother Fannie and throws in her father’s urn for good measure. Fannie’s New Orleans house is like no place Ibby has ever been—and Fannie, who has a tendency to end up in the local asylum—is like no one she has ever met. Fortunately, Fannie’s black cook, Queenie, and her smart-mouthed daughter, Dollbaby, take it upon themselves to initiate Ibby into the ways of the South, both its grand traditions and its darkest secrets.
For Fannie’s own family history is fraught with tragedy, hidden behind the closed rooms in her ornate Uptown mansion. It will take Ibby’s arrival to begin to unlock the mysteries there. And it will take Queenie and Dollbaby’s hard-won wisdom to show Ibby that family can sometimes be found in the least expected places.