Adult Fiction

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    Mr. Knightsbridge

    Bay, Louise, author.

    Dexter Daniels prefers gems over women. Emeralds over girlfriends. Diamonds over marriage. He might be the most successful jeweler of his generation, a loyal friend and some say the most handsome man in London, but his past means he doesn't deal in love. When Hollie Lumen enters the ballroom where exquisite royal jewels are on display, she brings Dexter's world to a screeching halt. Despite her hand-me-down dress and borrowed shoes, Hollie is even more stunning than the jewelry. Feisty, funny and ferociously independent, she's all Dexter can see. Hollie Lumen can't catch a break. She thought an internship in London was her chance to escape her responsibilities back in Oregon and for her dreams to come true. When she's fired only a few weeks after touching down, she's ready to give up and go home. Hollie never asks for help. She knows the only person she can rely on is herself. So what's she going to do about the tall, dark, handsome stranger who keeps rescuing her? She's going to rescue him right back.....

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    Still life

    Winman, Sarah, 1964- author.

    Tuscany, 1944: As Allied troops advance and bombs fall around deserted villages, a young English soldier, Ulysses Temper, finds himself in the wine cellar of a deserted villa. There, he has a chance encounter with Evelyn Skinner, a middle-aged art historian who has come to Italy to salvage paintings from the ruins and recall long-forgotten memories of her own youth. In each other, Ulysses and Evelyn find a kindred spirit amidst the rubble of war-torn Italy, and set off on a course of events that will shape Ulysses's life for the next four decades. As Ulysses returns home to London, reimmersing himself in his crew at The Stoat and Parot—a motley mix of pub crawlers and eccentrics—he carries his time in Italy with him. And when an unexpected inheritance brings him back to where it all began, Ulysses knows better than to tempt fate, and returns to the Tuscan hills. With beautiful prose, extraordinary tenderness, and bursts of humor and light, Still Life is a sweeping portrait of unforgettable individuals who come together to make a family, and a deeply drawn celebration of beauty and love in all its forms. ....

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    Sweet tea

    Huguley, Piper, author.

    Althea Dailey has succeeded beyond her wildest dreams: she's about to make partner at her prestigious law firm in New York. So why doesn't she feel more excited about it? When she has to travel South for a case, she pays a long-overdue visit back home to Milford, Georgia. To her surprise, a white man she's never met has befriended her grandmother. Jack Darwent wasn't interested in the definition of success dictated by Southern high society. His passion for cooking led him to his current project: a documentary and cookbook about authentic Southern food. Althea's grandmother is famous for her cooking at Milford College, a historically Black institution. But Althea suspects Jack of trying to steal her grandmother's recipes. Despite Althea and Jack's first impressions of one another, they discover they have more in common than they'd guessed ... and even as they learn about one another's pasts, they both see glimmers of a better future.....

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    Hadley & Grace : a novel

    Redfearn, Suzanne, author.

    Needing to escape her abusive marriage, Hadley flees with her two kids, knowing it might be her only chance. A woman who can't even kill a spider, Hadley soon finds herself pushed to the limits as she fights to protect her family. Grace, new mother of baby Miles, desperately wants to put her rough past behind her for good, but she finds it impossible when her path crosses with Hadley's, and her quest for a new start quickly spirals out of control and turns into a terrifying fight for survival. Stronger together than apart, the two find their fates inextricably entwined, and as the danger closes in, each must decide how much she is willing to risk for the other. A powerful story of self-discovery, Hadley and Grace is the heart-racing tale of two women facing insurmountable odds, racing to stay one step ahead of the trouble that is chasing them, and discovering new kinds of love and family along the way.....

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    What a happy family

    Dave, Saumya, author.

    Nestled in the suburbs of Atlanta, one family learns the funniest punchlines can hide the hardest truths in this evocative women's fiction novel from the author of Well-Behaved Indian Women. From the outside, the Joshi family is the quintessential Indian-American family. Decades ago, Bina and Deepak immigrated to America, where she became a pillar of their local Indian community and he a successful psychiatrist. Their eldest daughter, Suhani, is following the footsteps of her father's career and happily married. Natasha, their middle daughter, is about to become engaged to the son of longtime family friends. And Anuj, their son-well, he's a son and what could be better than that? But a family scandal shows that nothing is as it seems. Bina's oldest friendship starts to unravel and she finds herself an outsider in the community she helped build. Suhani discovers that her perfect marriage isn't as solid as she thought. Natasha faces a series of rejections that send her into a downward spiral. As they encounter public humiliation, gossiping aunties, and self-doubt, the Joshi family must rely on one another like never before. But sometimes, family has to fall apart in order to come back stronger than before.....

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    Mr. Smithfield

    Bay, Louise, author.

    Wanted: American nanny for an adorable four-year old. Must be able to handle a moody, brooding, sexy British boss. I'm a single father, a lawyer and some say the most serious man in London. I'm completely focused on raising my four-year-old daughter. Since my wife walked out three years ago, the only woman who has ever caught my eye is the strictly off-limits sister-in-law of my best friend, Autumn Lumen. But temptation is easy to resist because Autumn is only visiting London from Oregon. Until she moves to London. The nanny quits. And she's the only woman for the job.....

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    The collective : a novel

    Gaylin, Alison, author.

    Just how far will a grieving mother go to right a tragic wrong? Camille Gardener is a grieving—and angry—mother who, five years after her daughter’s death, is still obsessed with the privileged young man she believes to be responsible. When her rash actions draw the attention of a secret group of women—the collective— Camille is drawn into a dark web where these mothers share their wildly different stories of loss as well as their desire for justice in a world where privilege denies accountability. Fueled by mutual rage, the collective members devise and act out retribution fantasies via precise, anonymous, highly coordinated revenge killings. As Camille struggles to comprehend whether this is a role-playing exercise or terrifying reality, she must decide if these women are truly avenging angels or monsters. Becoming more deeply enmeshed in the group, Camille learns truths about the collective—and about herself—that she may not be able to survive.....

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    The singing trees : a novel

    Walker, Boo. author.

    Maine, 1969. After losing her parents in a car accident, aspiring artist Annalisa Mancuso lives with her grandmother and their large Italian family in the stifling factory town of Payton Mills. Inspired by her mother, whose own artistic dreams disappeared in a damaged marriage, Annalisa is dedicated only to painting. Closed off to love, and driven as much by her innate talent as she is the disillusionment of her past, Annalisa just wants to come into her own. The first step is leaving Payton Mills and everything it represents. The next, the inspiring opportunities in the city of Portland and a thriving New England art scene where Annalisa hopes to find her voice. But she meets Thomas, an Ivy League student whose attentions--and troubled family--upend her pursuits in ways she never imagined possible. As their relationship deepens, Annalisa must balance her dreams against an unexpected love. Until the unraveling of an unforgivable lie. For Annalisa, opening herself up to life and to love is a risk. It might also be the chance she needs to finally become the person and the artist she's meant to be.....

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    To save my child

    Robinson, Emma, author.

    Single mother Anna's six-year-old daughter Libby is her whole world. Having escaped a marriage that was threatening to destroy her, Anna has managed to get their lives back on track. Looking at Libby's sweet, heart-shaped face, Anna is filled with hope for the future. They have each other and nothing else matters. But then Libby gets ill, with a rare disorder that means she needs a transplant from a relative if she's going to survive. And when Anna discovers she herself isn't a match, there's only one person she can turn to. So she picks up the phone, and dials a number she hoped she'd never have to call again. The man she once ran from. Her daughter's father. She knows he'll want to be part of their lives again and that the fear she felt for years will come flooding back. But deep down Anna knows what she has to do, what any mother would. Because if there's a chance to save your daughter's life, wouldn't you do whatever it takes?....

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    The Every, or at last a sense of order, or the final days of free will, or limitless choice is killing the world

    Eggers, Dave, author.

    Delaney Wells is an unlikely new hire at the Every. A former forest ranger and unwavering tech skeptic, she charms her way into an entry-level job with one goal in mind: to take down the company from within. With her compatriot, the not-at-all-ambitious Wes Makazian, they look for the Every's weaknesses, hoping to free humanity from all-encompassing surveillance and the emoji-driven infantilization of the species. But does anyone want what Delaney is fighting to save? Does humanity truly want to be free? Studded with unforgettable characters, outrageous outfits, and lacerating set-pieces, this companion to The Circle blends absurdity and terror, satire and suspense, while keeping the reader in apprehensive excitement about the fate of the company—and the human animal.....

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    Slewfoot : a tale of bewitchery

    Brom, 1965- author.

    Set in Colonial New England, Slewfoot is a tale of magic and mystery, of triumph and terror as only dark fantasist Brom can tell it. Connecticut, 1666. An ancient spirit awakens in a dark wood. The wildfolk call him Father, slayer, protector. The colonists call him Slewfoot, demon, devil. To Abitha, a recently widowed outcast, alone and vulnerable in her pious village, he is the only one she can turn to for help. Together, they ignite a battle between pagan and Puritan - one that threatens to destroy the entire village, leaving nothing but ashes and bloodshed in their wake. "If it is a devil you seek, then it is a devil you shall have!" This terrifying tale of bewitchery features more than two dozen of Brom's haunting paintings, fully immersing readers in this wild and unforgiving world.....

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    Of course they knew, of course they... : a novel

    Moody, John, 1953- author.

    An unhappy Chinese virologist. A master seamstress who thinks Italy should be for Italians. An unemployed twenty-something who believes Artificial Intelligence is the future and America in fatal decline. And an ordinary Joe from Pittsburgh who doesn't like being told what to do by the government. Or its lying leaders. Their lives, and the lives of billions more, will be twisted together by an invisible viral intruder that knows nothing of national boundaries, political parties, love ... or pity. Where was the virus created, and by whom? Did anyone try to prevent it? Or was unleashing this monstrous disease on the entire planet the objective all along?....

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    Double threat

    Wilson, F. Paul (Francis Paul), author.

    Double Threat is a new stand-alone thriller from New York Times bestselling author F. Paul Wilson. Daley has a problem. Her 26-year life so far has been unconventional, to say the least, but now she's got this voice in her head. It claims to be a separate entity that's going to be sharing her body from now on. At first she thinks she's gone schizophrenic, then considers the possibility that maybe she really has been invaded - but by what? Medical tests turn up nothing, yet the voice persists... and won't stop talking! When she finally accepts the reality that she has a symbiont, she discovers that together they can cure people of the incurable. Maybe hosting a symbiont isn't such a bad thing. She retreats to a remote town in the southwest desert to hone her healing skills. But there she runs afoul of the Pendry clan, leaders of an obscure cult that worships the Visitors who inhabited the area millions of years ago. They plan to bring them back but believe Daley is the prophesied "Duad" who will undo all the cult's efforts. She must be eliminated. You know things are bad when the voice in your head is the only one you can trust.....

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    American traitor

    Taylor, Brad, 1965- author.

    Pike Logan and Jennifer Cahill are enjoying a sunny vacation down under when they get disturbing news: their friend and colleague Clifford Delmonty is in serious trouble. While working as a contractor at an Australian F-35 facility, the former Taskforce member—callsign Dunkin—saw something he shouldn’t have, and now he’s on the run from Chinese agents. Pike and Jennifer soon discover that Dunkin’s attackers are a dangerous link to a much larger scheme that could launch a full-on conflict between China and Taiwan. In its quest for dominance, China is determined to reclaim Taiwan—a pivotal ally the United States has sworn to protect. Pike learns that the Chinese have a devious plan to bait the island nation into all-out war by destabilizing the government and manipulating an artificial intelligence defense system. As the threat reaches a boiling point, Pike alone realizes that what they’re seeing isn’t actually real. A soldier who has always been trained to fight and win, Pike must now track down and neutralize the missing man who holds the key. With the help of Jennifer, the Taskforce team, and a brave Taiwanese intelligence agent, he races to prevent a catastrophic conflict from consuming a whole region of the world.....

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    Tom Clancy's Op-center. God of war

    Clancy, Tom, 1947-2013, creator.

    The passengers and crew on an Airbus en route to Australia suddenly begin coughing up blood and hemorrhaging violently as the plane plunges to the ground. There are no survivors. A luxury yacht in the South Indian Sea blows up, and a lone woman escapes the contagion that has inexplicably killed everyone else on the boat. A helicopter whose occupants have been stricken by an unknown illness crashes into a bridge in South Africa, killing motorists and pedestrians. The world is facing a devastating bio-terror event, and a game of brinksmanship gets underway as the major powers jockey for position: China sends a naval flotilla to seek the source of the plague and find a way to weaponize it, while Russia maneuvers quietly on the sidelines to seize the deadly prize in its quest to regain an empire. Back in Washington D.C., Chase Williams and his top-secret Black Wasp special ops team must find out who is behind these deadly attacks before war is unleashed--and millions of innocent lives are lost.....

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