In the 1970s, on a backpacking adventure to Europe, Alma discovers her cousins in her grandfather's hometown in northern Italy near Lake Garda. As Alma bonds with Gianna, Catrina, Novella, Veronica and Kara, the girls become lasting friends, sharing their joys and sorrows with each other on their journey through life. Over 45 years, passing into adulthood and through middle age, their friendship sustains them. While sharing their culture and testing the limits of their endurance, they experience life's lessons along the way. As Alma travels on her journey of discovery, she learns the meaning of family, friendship, love, courage and survival. In the process, she not only finds her heritage, but ultimately finds herself.
Undone by motherhood, judged by her husband, thirty-two-year-old Rachel Clayborne flees with her baby in the middle of the night for the one place on earth that’s been her refuge: her grandmother’s lakehouse in northern Wisconsin. Hoping to reconnect with a former, healthier self, she instead faces a confused and dying grandmother, her ever-present nurse who seems bent on thwarting each of Rachel’s desires, and a changed ex-boyfriend—her first and most passionate love. As a constant rain threatens the nearby dam, Rachel struggles to discern what’s happened to the past, who she’s become, and what kind of a life she will make for herself now—one that clings to ghosts or opens bravely to a wild new geography.
From the acclaimed author of Nina: Adolescence and The Priest’s Madonna comes a gripping new novel that depicts the transformative power of motherhood with honesty, wit, and compassion.
Shannon Sorrento spent most of her life in love with the idea of falling in love. Until the day she met Brody O’Connor. She fell in love with him the moment they met. She had finally found her happily ever after. Or so she thought. Until he became the person who shattered her world. What happens when the love of your life is not your true love? What happens when he breaks your heart? How do you move on from devastation? Shannon needs to decide if falling in love is worth losing herself. Brody has to fight for his family before he loses them forever. It's a story about falling in love. Heartbreak. And finding yourself.
Vegas in June is known for drunken thrills and bad decisions, but not for introverted estate planning attorney, Mallory, who doesn't take risks and intends to make partner. She finally gets a chance to show the firm that she has what it takes, when she is assigned the one case she would rather die than work on--a divorce that might end up in court.
Mallory's paralegal, Amanda, thinks Mallory should date opposing counsel, Tyler Scott, the "hot nose ring lawyer." But even if she weren't relationship phobic, Tyler's client is his quirky mother, who may or may not want the divorce, so he's off limits. Amanda wants to expedite the divorce and date Mallory's client. Mallory has to stop Amanda, resist Tyler's romantic advances, keep his mother out of jail, and work frantically to get the case settled before another shoe drops.
A must-read for summer - a heartwarming story of love and second chances. Perfect for the fans of Jane Costello and Milly Johnson. Lizzie Greene is about to lose everything when her husband suddenly dies and his debts come to light. To make ends meet she opens up her quirky old house to be used as a set for a film based on a bestselling romance novel. Her life and household are turned upside down when a whole cast of colourful characters enters her family's lives: from an enigmatic author, a handsome location scout, a brooding director, to a heart-throb leading man, never mind her now ex-mother-in-law camped out in her drive. As Lizzie delves deeper into the film's book, all is not as it seems. Will her desire to save her house and unravel the secrets of the past lead to new love, or to mortal danger?
Twenty-five years ago, a group of ninth graders produced a Saturday Night Live–style videotape to cheer up their ailing friend. The show’s running time was only ninety minutes, but it had a lasting impact: Becca laughed her way through recovery, and the group—Jordana, Seth, Holly, and Lex—became her supporting cast for life.
Katherine Lamontagne isn't Celeste Barnes's mother, but ever since Celeste graduated high school and her parents abandoned Hidden Harbor, Maine, she's acted the part. At twenty-two, Celeste worked at Katherine’s bakery, and hoped to buy the business once Katherine took early retirement. But when Katherine reconsidered that decision, Celeste fled to culinary school in New York—only to return two months later, a shadow of the girl who’d stormed out the door.
Katherine knows the signs of secret heartbreak. Years ago, she gave up her baby son for adoption—a regret she’s never shared with either her ex-husband or Celeste. She longs for Celeste to confide in her now. But it will be a stranger in town—an engaging young wanderer named Zach Fitzgerald—who spurs them toward healing. As both women are drawn into Zach’s questioning heart, they also rediscover their own appetites for truth and for love—and gain the courage to face the past without being imprisoned by it.
Uplifting, emotionally rich, and deeply satisfying, A Measure of Happiness illuminates the nature of friendship, motherhood, hope—and the gifts of second chances.