Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Sea Glass Summer by Miranda Liasson

 

A moving, uplifting novel about motherhood, starting over, and an unexpected summer romance…

Kit Blakemore is ready to live again. After her husband died while serving in the military, she was in a haze of grief. Now she wants to reclaim her former self—finish her degree and find a better career to provide for their sweet little boy, Oliver. To do that, she’ll need to sell her late husband’s dilapidated Victorian in Seashell Harbor. But first, Kit intends to give Ollie the kind of unforgettable seaside summer she had growing up, making lifelong memories and friendships.

Of course, nothing goes exactly as she planned. Ollie is struggling with his confidence, and frankly, so is Kit. But everything changes when her husband’s best friend, Alex de la Cruz, returns to town, offering to help her renovate. She doesn’t expect Alex to temporarily move in…or for him to bond with Ollie…or for her numb heart to begin thawing. Slowly he’s helping Kit and Ollie heal, and it scares her to death.

Kit swore she wouldn’t leave herself open to the pain of loss again. But if she’s going to teach her son to be brave and move forward, Kit must first face her own fears. 

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Miranda Liasson is a bestselling author who writes about the important relationships in women’s lives as well as the self-discovery and wisdom gained along the way. Her heartwarming and humorous romances have won numerous accolades and have been praised by Entertainment Weekly for the way she “deals with so much of what makes life hard . . . without ever losing the warmth and heart that characterize her writing.” She believes we can handle whatever life throws at us just a little bit better with a laugh.

A proud native of Northeast Ohio, she and her husband live in a neighborhood of old homes that serve as inspiration for her books.

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Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Is Good Still Awake by Sheila Walsh

 

Inspired by the ways God has used her book Praying Women, Sheila Walsh wanted to share her passion for prayer with kids--a passion that began when she was a little girl who wondered if God could hear her any time of the day or night.

Is God Still Awake? introduces curious young readers to Poppy: a little girl who has big questions about God! Poppy wants to know how to talk with God and whether God listens to her. As she goes through her day with her cat by her side, Poppy discovers that God is always there--even when the world is asleep!

With humorous, rhyming text, Is God Still Awake? assures children that God loves them and is always with them. Whether it's day or night, God is awake, He's listening, and He loves to hear His children speak!

This whimsical jacketed picture book is a perfect gift for:

  • children ages 4 to 8
  • Christmas, baptisms, birthdays
  • children beginning their faith journey
  • grandparents to share their faith across the miles
  • traveling, snuggling, or bedtime reading

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From Scotland, Sheila is a wife and mom and in her spare time she is an author, Bible teacher and television host. She has spoken around the world to over 6 million women and reaches a potential 100 million people daily as co-host of the "Life Today" television program.

Sheila loves to make the Bible practical, sharing how God met her at her lowest point and helped her to rise up again. Her message: God is for you and you are not alone.

Sheila’s books have sold almost 6 million copies including her bestseller "It’s Okay Not To Be Okay", her Publisher's Weekly bestseller "Praying Women, How to Pray When You Don’t Know What To Say" and her newest "Holding On When You Want To Let Go", releasing in Fall, 2021. All of these have accompanying Bible study workbooks. Her new children's book "Is God Still Awake" also releases in Fall 2021.

Texas is her home where she lives with her husband and two little crazy dogs Tink and Maggie. Her son, Christian is in graduate school studying Clinical Psychology.


My Thoughts...
This was the cutest board book. The illustrations were perfect and so much fun.  This would be a great gift book for little ones. Walsh is a great story teller.
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required, and all views expressed are our own.

Monday, June 27, 2022

Love At On Deck Cafe' by Leah Dobrinska

In Mapleton, love takes a village...

Julia Derks loves the small town of Mapleton where she grew up and launched her business, On Deck Café. What Julia doesn’t love is change. So when a smooth-talking stranger arrives with plans to develop the site of Mapleton’s cherished, shuttered paper mill, she doesn’t even try to hide her contempt. First impressions aren’t everything, though…

Samson Baker has never put down roots. He charms people wherever his development firm sends him, and he’s dealt with his share of pushback from communities unable to recognize the value of growth and change. Mapleton is no different. There’s just one problem, and her name is Julia.

As Samson and Julia’s worlds collide, sparks as bright as Mapleton’s Fourth of July Festival fireworks fly—until a damaging secret threatens both their brewing relationship and their livelihoods. With everything they’ve worked for on the line, can Julia and Samson reconcile their differences, save the café, and have a shot at happily ever after?

A heartwarming exploration of community, integrity, and having the courage to change course, even in the face of adversity.

Fans of...

- Enemies to lovers

- Charming, small towns

- Secrets and self discovery

- PG-rated summer romances

...will adore Love at On Deck Café.

♥ Each feel-good book in the Mapleton series is a clean and wholesome, standalone read, but the books are much more fun when enjoyed in order! Book club discussion guides are included at the end of each story. ♥
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Leah Dobrinska earned her degree in English Literature from UW-Madison and has since worked as a freelance writer, editor, and content marketer. As a kid, she hoped to grow up to be either Nancy Drew or Elizabeth Bennet. Now, she fulfills that dream by writing mysteries and love stories. She's a sucker for a good sentence, a happy ending, and the smell of books—both old and new.

Leah lives out her very own happily ever after in a small Wisconsin town with her husband and their gaggle of kids. When she's not handing out snacks, visiting local parks, and doing projects around the house, Leah enjoys reading and running. Find out more about Leah and connect with her through her newsletter, leahdobrinska.com/newsletter.

My Thoughts...
Small town romances are so much fun. I loved my time in Mapleton. Julie and Samson are the best couple and the ending had me jumping for joy. I cannot wait for more from Dobrinkska. Her writing style is the best.
This is a 4-star must read.
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required, and all views expressed are our own.

Saturday, June 25, 2022

These Impossible Things by Salma El-Wardany


 A razor‑sharp debut novel of three best friends navigating love, sex, faith, and the one night that changes it all.

It’s always been Malak, Kees, and Jenna against the world. Since childhood, under the watchful eyes of their parents, aunties and uncles, they’ve learned to live their own lives alongside the expectations of being good Muslim women. Staying over at a boyfriend's place is disguised as a best friend’s sleepover, and tiredness can be blamed on studying instead of partying. They know they’re existing in a perfect moment. With growing older and the stakes of love and life growing higher, the delicate balancing act between rebellion and religion is becoming increasingly difficult to navigate.

Malak wants the dream: for her partner, community, and faith to coexist happily, and she wants this so much she's willing to break her own heart to get it. Kees is in love with Harry, a white Catholic man who her parents can never know about. When he proposes, she must decide between her future happiness and the life she knows and family she loves. Jenna is the life of the party, always ready for new pleasures, even though she’s plagued by a loneliness she can’t shake. Through it all, they have always had each other. But as their college years come to a close, one night changes everything when harsh truths are revealed.

As their lives begin to take different paths, Malak, Kees, and Jenna—now on the precipice of true adulthood—must find a way back to each other as they reconcile faith, family, and tradition with their own needs and desires. These Impossible Things is a paean to youth and female friendship—and to all the joy and messiness love holds.

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My Thoughts...
I got so invested in these three women's lives. Relationship books always pull me in. I'm so glad that Read With Jenna picked this book. I would not have read it had it not been for Jenna's pick this month.
This is a 4 star read and one you will be glad you added to your to be read stack.
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required, and all views expressed are our own.

Tea at the Palace Cookbook by Carolyn Robb


 Carolyn Robb presents sumptuous recipes for delectable sweet and savory tea-time treats, which are tied to twelve of Britain’s best-loved royal palaces and castles.


Recipes include gingerbread sentry boxes and soldiers; the ultimate child’s afternoon tea treat. There are miniature clotted cream and raspberry scones; fit for a royal garden party and an elegant lemon and elderflower cake – echoing the one served at Harry and Meghan’s wedding at Windsor Castle. Each recipe has a story of its own and offers a taste of the traditions surrounding British afternoon tea.

Recipes rely on seasonal ingredients and have easy-to-follow instructions so that cooks of all ages and skill levels can create something spectacular.

The cookbook is filled with beautiful food imagery and inspiration for serving an afternoon tea fit for a Queen.

ROYAL INSIDER: Carolyn Robb served as a chef to the royal family for 13 years, creating both intimate family meals and large formal events.

50 RECIPES: Create a royal tea party with sweets and savories. Both US and metric measurements are included for every recipe. 

INSPIRING IMAGES: The cookbook is filled with beautiful food imagery/photography and inspiration for serving an afternoon tea fit for a Queen.

PALACE TOUR: Take a virtual visit to 12 fascinating, popular palaces and castles.

CLASSICS MADE MODERN: Recipes feature seasonal ingredients and easy-to-follow instructions so that cooks of every skill level can create their own spectacular palace tea party. 

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Born and raised in South Africa, Carolyn Robb’s culinary education began at ‘The Tante Marie School of Cookery’ in Surrey, UK. Her first job was at Kensington Palace cooking for TRH The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester after which she served as the personal chef for TRH The Prince and Princess of Wales, Prince William and Prince Harry for 11 years. Since then she has lived and worked in Dubai, California and the UK, as a culinary consultant, in event management, product development, in the travel sector and as a food critic, judge and author. Tea at the Palace is Carolyn’s third book.

My Thoughts...
This is one of the most fun cookbooks I have ever seen. The photos are fantastic. The recipes are divine and the ingredients are easily accessible. Perfect for a tea party or just for you to enjoy. 
Perfect hostess gift also.
 The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required, and all views expressed are our own.

Friday, June 24, 2022

Free Fall by Nancy Mehl GIVEAWAY!

 

The closer she comes to the truth, the deadlier her chase gets.

FBI behavioral analyst Alex Donovan and her colleague Logan Hart have been called upon to write a profile for a missing woman, but a little digging quickly turns up more disappearances in Virginia with the same physical description.

Alex is in a race against the clock to rescue the missing victims, so when the UNSUB makes demands of her in exchange for information, Alex takes the bait. But when her life is put in jeopardy, Logan must do whatever it takes to track them down before time runs out.

Alex works to think one step ahead of the suspect, but the more Logan and the BAU learn about the serial kidnapper, the more they fear Alex may not make it out alive.

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Nancy Mehl lives in Missouri, with her husband Norman, and her very active puggle, Watson. She's authored thirty books and is currently at work on a new FBI suspense series for Bethany House Publishing.

All of Nancy's novels have an added touch - something for your spirit as well as your soul. "I welcome the opportunity to share my faith through my writing," Nancy says. "It's a part of me and of everything I think or do. God is number one in my life. I wouldn't be writing at all if I didn't believe that this is what He's called me to do. I hope everyone who reads my books will walk away with the most important message I can give them: God is good, and He loves you more than you can imagine. He has a good plan especially for your life, and there is nothing you can't overcome with His help."

You can find out more about Nancy by visiting her Web site at: www.nancymehl.com. She also is active on the Suspense Sisters: www.suspensesisters.blogspot.com and on FaceBook! 


My Thoughts...

I sit in anticipation waiting for the Nancy Mehl Suspense to come out because she never disappoints me. Again I am right. Mehl's new novel Free Fall is a captivating story that will keep you on the edge of your seat. The main characters develop further in Free Fall. Alex is a strong female character that you fall in love with on the pages.   Mehl is really good at incorporating God, Faith and love in her books. This one is no different. It is one of the things that makes Mehl one of my favorite authors. 
4 stars for this third book in the series.
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required, and all views expressed are our own.

Thursday, June 23, 2022

The Lies I tell by Julie Clark

 

Two women. Many aliases.

Meg Williams. Maggie Littleton. Melody Wilde. Different names for the same person, depending on the town, depending on the job. She's a con artist who erases herself to become whoever you need her to be―a college student. A life coach. A real estate agent. Nothing about her is real. She slides alongside you and tells you exactly what you need to hear, and by the time she's done, you've likely lost everything.

Kat Roberts has been waiting ten years for the woman who upended her life to return. And now that she has, Kat is determined to be the one to expose her. But as the two women grow closer, Kat's long-held assumptions begin to crumble, leaving Kat to wonder who Meg's true target is.

The Lies I Tell is a twisted domestic thriller that dives deep into the psyches and motivations of two women and their unwavering quest to seek justice for the past and rewrite the future.
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Julie Clark is the New York Times bestselling author of The Ones We Choose and The Last Flight, which was also a #1 international bestseller and has been translated into more than twenty languages. She lives in Los Angeles with her family and a golden doodle with poor impulse control.
My thoughts...                                                                                                   I could not put this down it was so good I stayed on the edge of my seat trying to figure out who was doing what was it the con artist or the boyfriend. You will never see this one coming. Very well written and I can't wait to share it in my Little Free Library.5 stars I HIGHLY recommend  this one.                                                                                       The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required, and all views expressed are our own.

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

It All Comes Down To This by Therese Anne Fowler

 

Meet the Geller sisters: Beck, Claire, and Sophie, a trio of strong-minded women whose pragmatic, widowed mother, Marti, will be dying soon and taking her secrets with her. Marti has ensured that her modest estate is easy for her family to deal with once she’s gone––including a provision that the family’s summer cottage on Mount Desert Island, Maine, must be sold, the proceeds split equally between the three girls.

Beck, the eldest, is a freelance journalist whose marriage looks more like a sibling bond than a passionate partnership. In fact, her husband Paul is hiding a troubling truth about his love life. For Beck, the Maine cottage has been essential to her secret wish to write a novel––and to remake the terms of her relationship.

Despite her accomplishments as a pediatric cardiologist, Claire, the middle daughter, has always felt like the Geller misfit. Recently divorced, Claire’s secret unrequited love for the wrong man is slowly destroying her, and she’s finding that her expertise on matters of the heart unfortunately doesn’t extend to her own.

Youngest daughter Sophie appears to live an Instagram-ready life, filled with glamorous work and travel, celebrities, fashion, art, and sex. In reality, her existence is a cash-strapped house of cards that may crash at any moment.

Enter C.J. Reynolds, an enigmatic southerner ex-con with his own hidden past, who complicates the situation. All is not what it seems, and everything is about to change.

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Therese Anne Fowler is the NYT and USA Today bestselling author of It All Comes Down to this, as well as Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald (adapted for television as Z: The Beginning of Everything starring Christina Ricci), A Well-Behaved Woman, and A Good Neighborhood. She is married to author John Kessel.

My Thoughts...
Fowler has done it again, she knocked it out of the park again. The family drama and the conflict in this book is so worth the up all night reading hangover you have the next day. I can't recommend It All Comes Down to This enough. You are going to LOVE the ending so much!
4 stars and I HIGHLY recommend it.
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required, and all views expressed are our own.

Tuesday, June 21, 2022

The Magical Guide to Bliss by Meg Nocero


 It’s easy to get stuck in life, far short of where you wanted to be; and whether you feel trapped by tedium or pain, it’s hard to keep from despairing that this is all there is and that bliss is just a myth.

Shining a glorious light into the darkness, author Meg Nocero’s The Magical Guide to Bliss leads you on a life-changing journey of self-discovery that helps you recover a sense of meaning and fully realize your personal passions.

Organizing the adventure into 366 steps that correspond to one calendar year, this book presents daily quotes and reflections that are paired with magical keys, which will unlock the doors you’ll encounter on the road to bliss. Learn the art of seizing the day in January, and by the time December comes, you’ll be witnessing awe-inspiring magic and miracles!

Fans of Julia Cameron and Stephen Covey will appreciate Nocero’s empowering insights and soon count this book as one of their go-to daily references.

The world is full of wonders and ripe with possibility. Are you ready to take hold of your share? Bliss is within your reach. Let’s do this!

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Meg Nocero is the award-winning author of the Butterflies & Bliss Trilogy: The Magical Guide to Bliss: Daily Keys to Unlock Your Dreams, Spirit & Inner Bliss is the book of insights that empowered and paved the way for her inspirational journey in Butterfly Awakens: A Memoir of Transformation Through Grief. Her book of affirmations Sparkle & Shine: 108 M.A.N.T.R.A.s to Brighten Your Day and Lighten Your Way keeps the reader moving forward on their own hero’s journey through a meditative mantra practice to further come alive to the beauty of their life.

After she was brought on stage in Miami with Oprah Winfrey in 2014, she was inspired to create a life more closely aligned to her dream to inspire others to follow their bliss. She has since resigned from her career as a federal immigration prosecutor and founded Butterflies & Bliss LLC and S.H.I.N.E. Networking Inc., a nonprofit that provides educational scholarships to young innovative leaders in her community. S.H.I.N.E. was just recognized as a winner in the Education, Arts & Culture, Networking, and Community Organization category of the Inaugural Anthem Awards—a national awards program that celebrates purpose and mission-driven work.

In addition to writing, Nocero is a TEDx inspirational speaker and a certified happiness coach. She has appeared on CNN Español, BookCon live, and podcasts and online media, such as MSNBC, CBS, Boston Herald, Chicago Tribune. She hosts a YouTube channel and a podcast called Manifesting with Meg: Conversations with Extraordinary People and an IG Live called Amazing Authors. Nocero is a proud Italian-American who lives in Miami, Fl. with her husband, shelties and children. Visit www.megnocero.com.


My Thoughts...
This was such a refreshing read. Its a daily read just a few minutes is all it takes to read the positive message and get your day started. It would make a fantastic gift. 
In this day and time with all that is going on in the world everyone needs this boost everyday to get their day started.
Grab your copy and start feeling better from day one.
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required, and all views expressed are our own.

Monday, June 20, 2022

Beyond the Moonlit Sea by Julianne Maclean

 

Olivia Hamilton is married to the love of her life, Dean, a charismatic pilot who flies private jets for the rich and famous. But when he vanishes over the Bermuda Triangle, Olivia’s idyllic existence unravels. After years of waiting, Olivia must eventually let go of the fragile hope that her beloved husband might still be alive.

Melanie Brown is a particle physicist who spends late nights studying the Bermuda Triangle. But her research interests falter when her mother dies in a tragic accident. Struggling to reboot her life and career, Melanie begins a forbidden love affair with her therapist.

When a shocking discovery shows Olivia’s and Melanie’s paths are intertwined, it casts Dean’s disappearance in a new light. The two women’s strange connection threatens to unlock secrets that will change everything Olivia thought she knew about her marriage, her husband, and most importantly, herself.

Full of spellbinding twists and turns, Beyond the Moonlit Sea is a vivid, emotional novel about the stirring power of love lost and found―and the incredible strength of one woman who fights for happiness in the wake of tragedy.

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Julianne MacLean is a USA Today bestselling author of more than thirty novels, including the contemporary women’s fiction Color of Heaven Series. Readers have described her books as "breathtaking," “soulful” and "uplifting." MacLean is a four-time RITA finalist and has won numerous awards. Her novels have sold millions of copies worldwide and have been published in over a dozen languages.

MacLean has a degree in English literature from the University of King’s College in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and a degree in business administration from Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. She loves to travel and has lived in New Zealand, Canada, and England. MacLean currently resides on the east coast of Canada in a lakeside home with her husband and daughter. She invites readers to visit her website at JulianneMacLean.com for more information about her books and writing life, and to subscribe to her mailing list for all the latest news.


My Thoughts...
I love this cover. The story pulled me in and I was glued to the pages. I will say that it take a special author to be able to write dual timelines and keep me interested.
This is one to add to your list.
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required, and all views expressed are our own.

Sunday, June 19, 2022

Journey by Jodie Niznik

 


Designed for either individual or group study, Real People, Real Faith Bible studies combine inductive learning with practical spiritual disciplines, taking a new look at ancient stories to discover connections to life today.


Peter was an ordinary, hardworking, often overlooked fisherman. But that didn't stop God from calling him on an extraordinary journey to become a lasting and inspiring example for Christians worldwide.

In this eight-week inductive Bible study, Jodie Niznik follows Peter's complicated, often rocky journey of following Jesus. She delves into the ways Peter's missteps and failures reveal God's grace, and shows where we can draw parallels to our own lives and struggles. Moreover, she helps you establish specific mindfulness practices for approaching each week's study with a quiet mind and a ready heart.

Though Peter lived two thousand years ago, his life is still proof that God can use your life for His glory--despite all the ways you may feel yourself failing, coming up short, or falling away.

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Jodie Niznik has served in pastoral ministry for over 12 years. Her calling and passion is to equip women to take the next step in their journey with Jesus. She loves to write about and teach scriptural truths in practical and easy-to-understand ways. She is also passionate about introducing women to spiritual practices that can help them grow in their faith.

Jodie has an undergraduate degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Colorado and a master's degree in Christian education from Dallas Theological Seminary. She is married to Tim and they have two young adult daughters.

Saturday, June 18, 2022

Summer Shadows by Nora Roberts


 Summer Shadows collects two novels of desire and danger from “the queen of romantic suspense” (Columbus Dispatch)―#1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts.


The Right Path

On a dream vacation in Greece, Morgan James is enjoying the beautiful island paradise of sun, surf, and sand. That dream becomes a nightmare when she emerges from the ocean after a midnight, moonlit swim to find herself face-to-face with a man wielding a knife. Warning her to say nothing to no one about his presence, he vanishes.

Morgan sees him the very next day, visiting the home of her hosts. Greek tycoon Nicholas Gregoras appears to be on a mysterious mission and he needs Morgan to trust him. Undeniably attracted to and intrigued by Nicholas, she gives into his request only to find herself targeted by some very dangerous people.

Partners

New Orleans is a city of seduction and sin. Investigative reporters Laurel Armand and Matthew Bates walk its streets and reveal its secrets in competing bylines. When they’re assigned to work together on a murder case, the underlying tension between them becomes undeniable passion. It is a distraction neither can afford professionally or personally. But as their partnership grows, so does the threat of a predator with an insatiable bloodlust…

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Nora Roberts is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than 200 novels, including Shelter in Place, Year One, Come Sundown, and many more. She is also the author of the bestselling In Death series written under the pen name J.D. Robb. There are more than five hundred million copies of her books in print.

Strangers in Paradise by Barbara Dunlop

 

A woman bush pilot in Alaska finds love where she least expects it in this new novel from New York Times bestselling author Barbara Dunlop.

Hailey Barosse always knew what her wealthy family expected of her: marry an affluent Georgia man, run a charitable organization, and provide her parents with two or three grandchildren. But Hailey rebelled. Instead, she moved far away from that suffocating life, and for six years she’s built her independence by flying bush planes in the tiny town of Paradise, Alaska. Then a suave, handsome businessman arrives, shaking up her world and reminding her of her controlling family. Parker Hall wants to invest in her boss’s airline, but Hailey doesn’t trust him at all. He might be confident and charming, but she knows all about self-centered cutthroat industrialists—and Parker is one of them.

Parker Hall prides himself on being a self-made entrepreneur. He earned his fortune by working day and night, expanding his gold mine and investing in new businesses that support his growing dream. His next opportunity is in Paradise, but his plans are quickly derailed by a fierce, beautiful pilot who both fights and fascinates him. The closer he gets to the feisty Hailey, the more she pushes him away. But Parker’s not giving up, not on Paradise and not on Hailey.  He’s come a long way in life by being laser-focused on his passions, and this time is no different…

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Barbara Dunlop is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over sixty romance and romantic comedy novels, including the new Paradise, Alaska Romance series for Berkley and the recent Gambling Men series with Harlequin Desire. Published in multiple languages across a worldwide market, Barbara’s books have received numerous awards, with a number of her stories optioned for film and television.