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Posts Categorized: Book Feature

Book Beat – Keeping Christmas

For empty-nesters Stan and Judith Winters, Christmas is going to be a challenge. Their three children are scattered around the nation, unable to come home, and Judith can’t cope. When Stan brings out the Christmas decorations, Judith can’t bear to set them out, especially the kids’ handmade crafts, fondly dubbed the “ugly ornaments.” Stan is… Read more »

Book Beat – Last Chance Hero

Dr. Jessica MacLeod is excited to move from San Francisco to start a quaint small-town practice in Last Chance, New Mexico. Although the townspeople are thrilled to have her, Jess gets off on the wrong foot when she admits that she knows nothing about football – and doesn’t care to. When his NFL career ends,… Read more »

Book Beat – Carry Me Home by Dorothy Adamek

A properly raised British lady, Finella Mayfield arrives in Australia in 1875, expecting to marry a respectable pastor. However, she’s met at the pier by the pastor’s friend, Shadrach Jones. The pastor is dying, and Shadrach promised to watch over Finella…to marry her. Shadrach takes Finella to his farm to watch his “simple” sister, Molly,… Read more »

Book Beat – The Memoir of Johnny Devine

In 1953, war widow Eliza Saunderson is a struggling writer, with betrayal and loss in her past – and no hope in her future. But when she’s offered a job to help Johnny Devine write his memoir, she hesitates. A former Hollywood star, Johnny is infamous for his womanizing. Eliza, however, is too hungry to… Read more »

Book Beat – A Flying Affair

In 1927, Mittie Humphreys is busy with her family’s famous Morning Glory Farms in Kentucky, where the finest horses are raised. When Charles Lindbergh is scheduled to visit Louisville, Mittie is expected to be a proper society girl and help arrange teas and balls. However, the visit only awakens Mittie’s longing to fly. British aviator… Read more »

Book Beat – Beyond the Ashes

After the 1906 Earthquake, recent widow Ruby Marshall moves to San Francisco to help her brother, physician Robert King, with his cancer research and in the camps for the homeless in Golden Gate Park. Dr. Gerald Larkspur, Robert’s partner, is certain his work with X-rays will bring healing to the suffering, but failures with his patients… Read more »

Book Beat – Secrets She Kept by Cathy Gohlke

1972: Hannah Sterling isn’t mourning the death of her mother, Lieselotte. Not at all. The woman was cold and closed and never gave Hannah the love she craved. However, her mother has left her a collection of letters hinting at family secrets and revealing that Hannah has a grandfather in Germany. Determined to fill in… Read more »

Book Beat – As Love Blooms by Lorna Seilstad

Tessa Gregory is a woman of many interests, but now she knows horticulture is the path for her. If only her family didn’t dismiss this as another flight of Tessa’s high-flying fancy. If only the director of Como Park hadn’t refused to hire her. If only she didn’t have such a knack for getting in… Read more »

Book Beat – Saving Amelie by Cathy Gohlke

In 1939, Rachel Kramer visits Germany with her professor father for a eugenics conference, where she receives a cryptic message from her childhood friend, Kristine, who is married to SS officer Gerhard Schlick. Kristine begs Rachel to take her little daughter Amelie back to America with her. Amelie is deaf and a “blemish” on Gerhard’s… Read more »

Book Beat – A Sparrow in Terezin by Kristy Cambron

Sera James’s wedding day falls to pieces when her new husband is arrested for a sale of a piece of art, a crime he didn’t commit. To clear William’s name, Sera travels to London to meet his estranged father. . .and discovers a strange connection to a Holocaust survivor and the teacher who saved her… Read more »