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A Conversation with Afia Atakora, Author of Conjure Women

Barbara’s Picks (Ishmael Beah, Christina Dalcher, Paulette Jiles, & Ian McGuire), Plus More Titles with Literary–Popular Crossover: Fiction Previews, Apr. 2020, Pt. 4 | Prepub Alert

Run Your Week: Big Books, Sure Bets, & Titles Making News, Oct. 14, 2019 | Book Pulse

Women’s, SF/Fantasy, Historical: Top Pop Fiction, Apr. 2020, Pt. 4 | Prepub Alert

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Code of Conduct

In a pulse-pounding story featuring a captivating interracial couple paired with a riveting adventure, this strong series launch from White (An Urchin of Means) casts equally original and intriguing supporting characters, who will hopefully headline future entries. A thrill for readers of Sandra Brown or Kristen Ashley.
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Citizen 865: The Hunt for Hitler’s Hidden Soldiers in America

A general purchase recommended for public libraries.
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999: The Extraordinary Young Women of the First Official Jewish Transport to Auschwitz

Against the backdrop of World War II, this respectful narrative presents a compassionate and meticulous remembrance of the young women profiled throughout.
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Fighting Churchill, Appeasing Hitler: Neville Chamberlain, Sir Horace Wilson, & Britain’s Plight of Appeasement: 1937–1939

This fascinating study is a model of historical sleuthing. Vigorously researched, it should appeal widely to history buffs.
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The Founding Fortunes: How the Wealthy Paid for and Profited from America’s Revolution

Overall, the work presents a commendable treatment of pecuniary matters during this country’s embryonic stages and is recommended for readers interested in fiscal matters and American economic habits.
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The Girl at the Door

In a story reminiscent of The Scarlet Letter but with a more salacious vocabulary, emotional polarities abound while the accused expresses no remorse, only self-interest. Provocative reading for the brave. [See Prepub Alert, 2/4/19.]
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The Nanny

Macmillan (What She Knew) is a master of suspense, and this latest engrossing tale does not disappoint. Stock up on multiple copies. [See Prepub Alert, 3/11/19.]
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Murder Off the Page

Lehane successfully manufactures drama and intrigue and offers up plausible red herrings, surprising readers as often as bewildering them with questionable character choices, but this quick read is mostly for patrons who enjoy modern murder mysteries and can withstand some well-worn tropes and stereotypes. [See Prepub Alert, 4/22/19.]
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The Bodies in the Library

The heroine of this new series from Wingate (“Potting Shed” series) is a pushover for anyone with more confidence, including her daughter, her boyfriend, the secretary at the library, and the writers. Owing to her lack of knowledge and insecurity, the book feels too long. Fans of Golden Age mysteries would do better to read the authors themselves.
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The Man Who Came Down the Attic Stairs

Sporting elusive black-and-white art that utilizes the power of the comic form to heighten the emotional resonance of the story, Loup (Bad Boyfriends) creates a strikingly literary horror by externalizing and incarnating the miasma of postpartum depression. A solid addition for adult graphic novel collections.

Kindness and Wonder: Why Mister Rogers Matters Now More Than Ever

All readers will find inspiration in this uplifting book, particularly in today’s complex world. Pair with Maxwell King’s The Good Neighbor for a multifaceted look at an innovator of children’s television. [See Prepub Alert, 4/8/19.]
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Wham!, George Michael and Me: A Memoir

This fond memoir of friendship and fame will appeal to fans of Wham! and 1980s pop. [See Prepub Alert, 4/8/19.]
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The Theology of Liberalism: Political Philosophy and the Justice of God

While ultimately Nelson is unable to refute nonideal critiques of his position, even readers leery of his conclusions will learn much from his attempt.
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Listening for America: Inside the Great American Songbook from Gershwin to Sondheim

While Kapilow doesn’t quite make his case, he has written an engaging, informative, and provocative book that is recommended for fans of Broadway musicals.

Little Voices

Fast paced and psychologically complex, this debut mystery has plenty of twists and turns that will appeal to fans of Gillian Flynn, Paula Hawkins, and Megan Abbott.
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When Reagan Sent in the Marines: The Invasion of Lebanon

Complementary to Benis Frank’s thoroughly researched U.S. Marines in Lebanon, 1982–1984 and John Laffin’s The War of Desperation: Lebanon 1982–1984, this smoothly written assessment of a modern American military disaster will be a worthwhile addition to most history collections.

Know My Name: A Memoir

A much-needed memoir giving voice to those who must be heard. Miller’s writing stands apart.
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Bound in Flame

More of a coming-of-age tale than a romance, this debut’s lush early 1900s Hawaiian setting fails to overcome a meandering story full of details but lacking in focus. Magic is used as a convenient plot device to prop up a heroine of color who deserves to be extraordinary in her own right. Issues of racism, colonialism, and sexism are handled clumsily. Not recommended

Page to Screen, Oct. 11, 2019 | Book Pulse

Permanent Record

For those fascinated by electronic spying or impassioned by the issue of privacy rights, Snowden’s memoir casts an enlightening view of the U.S. intelligence community despite sometimes being marred by cumbersome jargon.

Home Work: A Memoir of My Hollywood Years

A frank and intimate storyteller whose radiant spirit fills these pages, Andrews chronicles the peaks and valleys of her life and career. This event-packed memoir is a must for fans of Andrews’s life and work, students of cinema history, and anyone who is curious about musical film production. [See Prepub Alert, 4/8/19.]

New Bestsellers and the Nobel Prizes in Literature, Oct. 10, 2019 | Book Pulse

Top 20 Best-Selling Microbiology Titles | Academic Best Sellers

National Book Award Finalists and More, Oct. 9, 2019 | Book Pulse

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Toni Morrison, Michelle Obama, and Rihanna Make Book News, Oct. 8, 2019 | Book Pulse

71 Superb Titles | Starred Reviews, October 2019

A Conversation with Lara Prescott, Author of The Secrets We Kept

Barbara’s Picks (Julia Alvarez, Sebastian Barry, Dalia Sofer), Plus Debuts & Diversity: Literary Fiction Previews, Apr. 2020, Pt. 3 | Prepub Alert

Barbara’s Picks (Götz Aly, Robert D. Putnam, Richie Robertson, Chris Whipple), Plus America Past & Present: History Previews, Apr. 2020, Pt. 3 | Prepub Alert

Run Your Week: Big Books, Sure Bets, & Titles Making News, Oct. 7, 2019 | Book Pulse

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Time Is Tight: My Life, Note by Note

An enjoyable and insightful read. For fans of Booker T. and the M.G.’s, the Stax era, and soul music.
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Out of My Head: On the Trail of Consciousness

The presentation of this work may appeal to some readers seeking a new approach to the elusive trail of consciousness. Yet the majority of audiences will find this structure off-putting as its style further complicates an already complex topic.
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Afterimages: On Cinema, Women and Changing Times

Future filmmakers as well as art and media students will find this academic take on feminism and cinema a valuable resource.
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Becoming Beauvoir: A Life

Marked by a clear narrative contextualizing the many key figures interacting with Beauvoir across her life, as well as the international events that also touched and affected her, this biography belongs in both academic and popular philosophy collections.
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Judy Chicago: Roots of The Dinner Party; History in the Making

Art enthusiasts interested in postmodernism and women’s studies will delight in this consciousness-raising tribute to a watershed work.
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The History of Rock & Roll. Vol. 2: 1964–1977; The Beatles, the Stones, and the Rise of Classic Rock

Mainly of interest to music historians, vintage record collectors, and informed general readers.
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All About Evie

Lamb (The Man She Married) offers an uproarious yet tender story of belonging and identity. Touching on issues of adoption, post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, and harassment, this is an endearing expression of trust, love, and what it means to be a family.
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Storm of Secrets

Marion’s strong second installment in this series (after House of Ashes) will draw in readers with a penchant for mysteries with a supernatural twist and great characters cast in a fascinating setting.

The Night Fire

Fans of this prolific author of crime dramas and either series will find this best-seller-list-bound novel hard to put down. Though it reads well as a stand-alone, this series is best read in order. [See Prepub Alert, 4/8/19.]
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Dead Blow: A Horseshoer Mystery

Preston’s second “Horseshoer” mystery (after The Clincher) is another refreshing change from grim mysteries about serial killers and political plots. Readers of contemporary Westerns, horse fiction, and light mysteries will like this one.
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The Lying Room

This well-written, psychological thriller has a gripping plot that will satisfy fans of Val McDermid and Sharon J. Bolton. [See Prepub Alert, 4/8/19.]
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The Stranger Inside

Readers captivated by the works of B.A. Paris and Gillian Flynn will relish this psychological thriller. [See Prepub Alert, 3/11/19.]
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A Distance Too Grand

Set against the backdrop of an expanding American West, this first in a new series from Scott (Never Doubt a Duke) will satisfy readers looking for a gentle love story and a gumption-filled heroine ready to explore the world.

The Girl with No Face

Fans of urban fantasy, Chinese martial arts, magic, and elements of the supernatural will enjoy this second series installment, which captivates readers from the opening pages. The many characters, both human and animal, may at first confuse those unfamiliar with the first book, but the author introduces and develops each of their personalities skillfully so that there is soon no difficulty. A true page-turner not to be missed.
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South Away: The Pacific Coast on Two Wheels

Biking and adventure travel enthusiasts will revel in the author’s descriptions and ability to endure such an arduous trip, and find this account restores one’s faith in human goodness.

Is This How You See Me? A Locas Story

Beautifully drawn, humorous, bittersweet, and poignant, this important chapter in the “Love and Rockets” universe, which stands as a self-contained graphic novel in its own right, is essential for most collections, especially those carrying the other books in the series.
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The Art of Theft

RITA Award–winning author Thomas (The Burning Sky) weaves a masterly plot with a hint of romance and plenty of brilliance on the part of her Holmesian heroine to craft a thoroughly delightful Sherlockian novel. Well done!
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Bedlam: An Intimate Journey into America’s Mental Health Crisis

Providing a comprehensive overview of critical issues continuing to plague our mental health system, this well-researched volume serves as a nice companion to Pete Earley’s Crazy: A Father’s Search Through America’s Mental Health Madness.

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Impeachment Desserts, Dog-Friendly Libraries, & Temple's Tech | Around the Web, Oct. 4, 2019

Page to Screen, Oct. 4, 2019 | Book Pulse

New Bestsellers, Oct. 3, 2019 | Book Pulse

Booklists, Book Clubs, and Book Awards, Oct. 2, 2019 | Book Pulse

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The Scent of Buenos Aires: Stories by Hebe Uhart

These stories cover a broad spectrum of situations and will appeal to a wide range of readers. A remarkable introduction to one of the unsung women writers of Argentine letters.
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Kitchen Curse

Despite possible disappointment, Kurniawan groupies won’t be deterred; for newbies, go to the novels for greater fictional satisfaction.

All This Could Be Yours

Contemporary family sagas don’t get much better than this novel, which should appeal to fans of Jonathan Franzen’s The Corrections or Jennifer Egan’s Manhattan Beach. [See Prepub Alert, 3/25/19.]
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Beside Herself

This book begins quickly with an intriguing premise that slows down significantly partway through. LaBan gives voice to the conflicting thoughts and emotions spouses experience following infidelity, but some of the characters feel underdeveloped as the plot takes off.

Threshold

Confidently told, this second long-form work from Doyle (after Here Are the Young Men) alternates 11 vignettes with letters to an anonymous correspondent as the masterly narrative pacing brilliantly counterbalances lurid episodes and sometimes terror with devastating wit and epiphany. As ever, Doyle’s prose is compulsively readable, and his insights always credible and occasionally astonishing.
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This Is Not How It Ends

Weinstein’s (Somebody’s Daughter; What We Leave Behind) story alternates between the present and two years earlier as Charlotte and Philip first meet. With hints that all is not well with Philip from the beginning, the reader is never really rooting for them to stay together. However, the journey to the inevitable ending still manages to take some fascinating turns along the way.
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Dear Edward

The painfully vivid story of one boy’s coming of age redirected by tragedy.
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The Cheffe: A Cook’s Novel

Despite its holes, this is a finely constructed work with a surprising and satisfying ending, like a fine meal leading up to a delicious dessert. [See Prepub Alert, 3/25/19.]
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Pain

Essentially a midlife crisis novel with a lot of meditation over choice and chance and how they impact what follows, this story by Shalev (The Remains of Love) effectively depicts contemporary Israeli life but is a bit of a downer.
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The Body Politic

An inherently character-driven tale, beautifully written, and a fine example of a long, strange trip. Note: pro-Trumpers would be well advised not to pick this up.

The Poppy Wife

British historian Scott’s first novel is a beautifully evocative reminder of what it means to come back from war and to face the age-old question of whether it is better to have survived or to have died. Highly recommended.

The Bear

Poignant but not tragic, this end-of-civilization story shows that there’s no loneliness in this world when we are one with nature. [See Prepub Alert, 7/1/19.]
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A Dog’s Promise: A Dog’s Purpose Novel

Fans of Cameron’s previous dog stories (A Dog’s Purpose and A Dog’s Journey, both made into films) will enjoy the further adventures of these wonderful animals and their people. Newcomers will also be charmed by a farm family’s story told from a canine perspective. [See Prepub Alert, 4/15/19.]
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Mary Toft; or, The Rabbit Queen

Drawing on a true incident, Palmer (The Dream of Perpetual Motion) pits the age-old human desire to believe the miraculous against the emerging rationalism of the scientific community in Mary’s time. In this yearning to believe what we’d like to be true over the facts, the novel perhaps offers some parallels to our own time. [See Prepub Alert, 5/13/19.]

Everywhere You Don’t Belong

With deft writing and rat-a-tat, laugh-until-you-gasp-at-the-implications dialog, Bump delivers a singular sense of growing up black that will resonate with readers. [See Prepub Alert, 7/1/19.]

It Would Be Night in Caracas

Extremely well written, beautifully translated, and graphic enough to make the reader feel afraid of the knocking on the door, this debut novel offers a heartfelt, personal story told without sentimentality while offering keen insight into the everyday fight for survival in a place that is still very much a failed state.
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Freedom Lessons

Debut novelist Sanchez has crafted a moving and timely story, based on her own experiences, about school integration in the South in 1969 and the issues that still linger today. This powerful tale offers a beacon of hope that individuals can inspire change.

Find Me

Aciman gifts readers with a beautiful 21st-century romance that reflects on the remembrance of things past and the courage to embrace the future. Highly recommended. [See Prepub Alert, 5/5/19.]
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The Waters and the Wild

Some logical inconsistencies are distracting, such as Livy repeatedly mentioning moving to San Diego to attend college in Long Beach (they are 100 miles apart). New readers might welcome this coming-of-age fairy tale, but existing fans will be underwhelmed.
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The Vanished Birds

The boy is reminiscent of Amy Bellafonte from Justin Cronin’s The Passage, yet the journey itself evokes Bryce Courtenay’s The Power of One, creating crossover appeal for readers who enjoy a bit of emotional attachment with their time travel.
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Imaginary Friend

This epic tale of ultimate good vs. evil is a bit long-winded but still impressive in scope and truly scary.
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The Eight Master Lessons of Nature: What Nature Teaches Us About Living Well in the World

This inspirational work will spur readers to start noticing the world around them.
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8 Keys To End Emotional Eating

Farkas’s angle of eating for defiance will touch a nerve but will also offer help to instill a constructive response in many overeaters seeking ways to get to the core of the behavior.
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Finding Meaning: The Sixth Stage of Grief

An excellent addition to grief literature that helps pave the way for steps toward healing.
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I Wanted Fries with That: How To Ask for What You Want and Get What You Need

This page-turner of a self-help book highlights great ideas on almost every page. A solid choice for all collections.

Freedom from Family Dysfunction: A Guide to Healing Families Battling Addiction or Mental Illness

Essential for those whose family dynamics are in disarray and who wish to develop healthy relationships
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Kill Reply All: A Modern Guide to Online Etiquette, from Social Media to Work to Love

A particularly insightful guide for practically anyone who emails, seeks romance, or desires to build relationships with others online.
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20 Things I Know for Sure: Principles for Cultivating a Peaceful Life

Once again, Casey delivers a useful framework with which to help one embark on a spiritual journey.
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The Power of Nunchi: The Korean Secret to Happiness and Success

These two books give readers the chance to incorporate principles into their daily lives that will help them see through many everyday challenges.
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Fragile Power: Why Having Everything Is Never Enough; Lessons from Treating the Wealthy and Famous

This fascinating read illuminates the inner lives of the rich and famous even as it demonstrates how to understand and share the feelings of others and develop a real connection.
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Average Is the New Awesome: A Manifesto for the Rest of Us

This delightful, fun read will especially appeal to teens and readers in their 20s and 30s.
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Mudlark: In Search of London’s Past Along the River Thames

Maiklem positions the River Thames as a narrator, which only offers up some of its stories in a piecemeal fashion. The parts that are revealed, however, make for a captivating read.
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The Body: A Guide for Occupants

Bryson has shaped an enormous amount of anatomy and physiology into an informative and entertaining biostory. Recommended for Bryson fans and nonspecialists interested in human health and biology.
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Molly: The True Story of the Amazing Dog Who Rescues Cats

Animal lovers will devour this British-toned, feel-good book, and might even develop some strategies in case their furry friends go missing.
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Erosion: Essays of Undoing

These essays are wide ranging and heartfelt and will attract dedicated environmentalists.
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Our Wild Calling: How Connecting with Animals Can Transform Our Lives—and Save Theirs

Looking at scientific research from a variety of experts, this is a compelling call to reestablish ties with the animal world. Strongly recommended for anyone feeling overwhelmed or spiritually bereft in today’s society.
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Who Says You’re Dead? Medical & Ethical Dilemmas for the Curious & Concerned

An engaging, thought-provoking, and accessible exploration of the many knotty issues that have appeared in newspaper headlines or challenged medical professionals behind closed doors.
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When the Earth Had Two Moons: Cannibal Planets, Icy Giants, Dirty Comets, Dreadful Orbits, and the Origins of the Night Sky

A fun read from an award-winning scientist. Asphaug’s literary skill shines throughout this entertaining work.
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The Zookeepers’ War: An Incredible True Story from the Cold War

Well researched and executed, this book will appeal to zoologists, zoo lovers, and readers interested in the history of postwar Germany.
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Faker

Fans of Sally Thorne’s The Hating Game will find that this delightful debut from #ownvoices author Smith has great potential, as long as they can overlook a few missteps.
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Forever and a Duke

The passion is strong in Burrowes’s latest entry in this new series. Yet with the Wentworths, who were central to the first book, playing a smaller part and a rather convoluted financial mystery, this may be in less demand by all but Burrowes’s devoted fans. The bonus novella from Kelly Bowen is a delight.
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Christmas with a Cowboy

For a relationship that starts with such passion, it fizzles as the pair are suddenly forced to form a family. The inclusion of familiar characters from previous books in the series, however, make this latest from Brown (Cowboy Rebel) a must-read for her fans. Includes a bonus novella by Sara Richardson.
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Wish upon a Cowboy

Readers of Marts’s “Cowboys of Creedence” series (Caught Up in a Cowboy) will devour this latest installment, as will fans of both holiday and Western-themed romances, who will also find much to love in Harper and Logan’s journey.
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