One woman's journey home gets derailed by her soon-to-be ex-mother-in-law in a novel filled with humor, small-town charm, rekindled love, and the resilient ties of family.
Cast aside by her cheating husband, Katelyn Chandler is ready to pack it all in and drive home to Little Springs, Texas. She wants a chance to regroup, reconnect with her mother, and get back to her art.
But Shirley Pratt—master manipulator, elitist snob, and Katelyn's terror of a live-in monster-in-law—has other ideas. Shirley insists on joining Katelyn's trip after her son tries to pack her off to a retirement community. Katelyn has no choice but to play peacekeeper between the ornery old woman and the proud matrons of Little Springs. Yet the small town seems to be changing Shirley. And as Katelyn weighs the wisdom of picking up where she left off with Jackson Mendoza, the town bad boy and her high school sweetheart, she must find a way to believe in the strength of her dreams.
"A tale brimming over with secrets, betrayals and redemption. Burdick keeps readers riveted."
-RT Book Reviews (4 Stars HOT)
"Moving, surprising, and thought-provoking."
-The Emerald City Book Review
"Burdick brings the sights and sounds of the Paris of the Impressionists to life."
-Historical Novel Society
“A provocative tale of family secrets, betrayal, and the renewal of self-discovery.”
-Heather Webb, author of Rodin's Lover
"Girl in the Afternoon is a love story, a mystery, a tragedy, and a moving study of the human capacity to contain both reckless error and surprising redemption.”
-Carrie Brown, author of The Stargazer's Sister
Born into a wealthy Parisian family at the center of Belle Epoque society, 18-year-old Aimée Savaray dreams of becoming a respected painter in the male-dominated art world; and secretly, she also dreams of being loved by Henri, the boy her parents took in as a child and raised alongside her.
But when Henri inexplicably disappears, in the midst of the Franco-Prussian war, the Savarays’ privileged lives begin to unravel. Heartbroken, Aimée tries to find him, but Henri doesn’t want to be found and only one member of the family knows why.
As Aimée seeks refuge in the art world, mentored by the Impressionist Édouard Manet, she unwittingly finds her way back to Henri. With so many years gone by and secrets buried, their eventual reunion unmasks the lies that once held the family together, but now threaten to tear them apart.
A rich and opulent saga, Girl in the Afternoon brings the Impressionists to life in this portrait of scandal, fortune, and unrequited love.
Pretty Kate Grace, 30, is a successful, respected lifestyle writer for the popular New York View Magazine. She has everything she could want -- a loving family, a marriage-bound relationship with a handsome real estate developer, and great friends. Life gets even better when she is given the immediate assignment of interviewing top talk show host, TV producer, and philanthropist, Olivia Larkin, a 42-year-old black woman who has successfully navigated the glass ceiling creating her own dynamic life. However, when Kate takes her first trip to Kauai to interview Olivia in her seaside Princeville estate on the Garden Isle of Kauai, little does Kate know that this trip is part of divine providence's plan. For when Kate arrives back in New York, her life takes an immediate downward spiral. The man she has dated for five years tells her that the marriage they have talked about and believed in will never be. Then, just as Kate is about to emerge from this traumatic loss, she suffers another, the death of her dear mother. As these unforeseen, life-altering events disrupt Kate's raison d'etre and life, as she has known it, her new friend Olivia comes to the rescue, offering her respite as her guest in a seaside garden cottage rental in the ancient, magical paradise that is Hanalei, Kauai.
The angelical "otherworldly" occurrences that begin to transpire are too synchronistic and too poignant for Kate to ignore. Lady in theWindow leads Kate towards her path of destiny: discovering true love, purpose, and the infinite bond between mother and daughter.
When Aleen Riddick’s marriage falls apart after her eighteen-year-old daughter, Sunny, loses her beloved boyfriend in a tragic accident, they look to the dead boy’s father, grief-stricken Ted Hammand, to help them heal and redefine life. When shocking developments force them to confront those who deceived them, Aleen, Ted, and Sunny must decide if forgiveness will drive them back to the pain of the past or forward to a future of possibilities. Love Reconsidered is about families—their grief, guilt, compassion, love, forgiveness, and hope.
Newly divorced Rhonda, haunted by her sister Evelyn’s ghost, travels to an old palazzo in Rome to confront Marco, the man who stole her sister’s heart, only to find out he’s vanished in the wake of Evelyn’s death. Meanwhile, Rhonda’s nineteen-year-old daughter Olivia, adopted by Rhonda at birth, travels to the mysterious and lush waters of northern Vietnam, where she’s been summoned by the missing Marco, a man she only knows from her parents’ whispers, a man she has never met or seen.
Soon, truths are exposed and lives unraveled, and the real journey begins. Four lives in all, spanning three continents, are now bound together in an unfathomable way and they tell a powerful story about love in all its incarnations, filial and amorous, healing and destructive.
A hysterical dramedy about a woman unhinged and at a crossroad. "Julian's debut takes an unabashed look at a failed marriage, divorce, and dating under the scrutiny of a less than supportive family." --former San Francisco Chronicle columnist, Adair Lara.
Here I am, on my knees in front of the Trevi Fountain, hoping like hell the legend is true. That the fountain gives you solace and love by a mere toss of a coin.
Why am I here, exactly? Let's see...
It started with my parents telling me to get married. Of course, being the good Catholic girl I am, I did.
Needless to say, that marriage nosedived, and my parents weren't exactly happy about it.
Newly ditched and shamefully disowned, I decided to follow the advice of Babs, a tart-of-a-mentor, who offered me a job in Colorado.
Her advice? Sex...and lots of it.
The temptation of freedom, to do whatever--whoever--I wanted was too damn strong for me to say no.
And that's how it all started. The men, the sex, the journey...
A novel of love, forgiveness, and the unbreakable bonds of family from award-nominated author Marin Thomas . . .
When it comes to family, Ruby Baxter hasn’t had much luck. The important men in her early life abandoned her, and any time a decent boyfriend came along, she ran away. But now Ruby is thirty-one and convinced she is failing her teenage daughter. Mia is the one good thing in her life, and Ruby hopes a move to Kansas will fix what’s broken between them.
But the road to redemption takes a detour. Hank McArthur, the biological father Ruby never knew existed, would like her to claim her inheritance: a dusty oil ranch just outside of Unforgiven, Oklahoma.
As far as first impressions go, the gruff, emotionally distant rancher isn’t what Ruby has hoped for in a father. Yet Hank seems to have a gift for rehabilitating abused horses—and for reaching Mia. And if Ruby wants to entertain the possibility of a relationship with Joe Dawson, the ranch foreman, she must find a way to open her heart to the very first man who left her behind.
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.
Nikki Thompson, bestselling mystery writer, is suffering from the worst writer’s block of her life after her boyfriend of five years tells her he never loved her. Heartbroken, she accepts an invitation to the 10th Annual League of Extraordinary Writers Authors’ Retreat just north of Edinburgh, Scotland. The accommodations are something out of a fairy tale and the ghost is complimentary. Fearsome MacPherson, a Scottish Laird from the eighteenth century, roams the halls of Castle MacCulloch looking for the Highland Pride, something stolen from his family centuries before. Juggling her desire for a fresh start and her growing need to help the Scottish ghost, who seems to appear only to her, Nikki enlists the help of Ross Sutherland, a mysterious Scot who has secrets of his own. Follow Nikki’s journey as she and Ross attempt to find the Pride and lay their ghosts to rest.
Summers at Whispering Pines defined Renee Clement's childhood. Days meant swimming and sun, nights meant ghost stories and campfires. Best of all, Whispering Pines meant time with Celia, her favorite aunt. Through the years, Celia would remain Renee's most steadfast confidant, but trips to Whispering Pines would fade to memories. Raising kids alone and a demanding career consumed Renee's life. Now Celia is gone and Renee suddenly finds her twenty year career in shambles. Promising herself she will look for a new job in January, Renee is determined to make the most of her unexpected time off. But when mysterious events begin to swirl around her kids, her worries compound. A spontaneous trip, meant to relieve the growing pressures and soothe Renee's battered pride, could turn out to be so much more when she finds herself alone on a moonlit beach, half-a-world away, with a handsome stranger. How can Renee keep her family safe as she works to rebuild their lives? Does she dare take another chance at love? Celia's final gift may provide answers, but there are risks. Renee wishes she could seek comfort and advice from her dear aunt, but Celia's recent death has left a void. Why can't things be simple, the way they were when she spent summers at Whispering Pines?
Veronica Buccino has a plan: marry John DelMonico and quit her soul-sucking job as a lawyer. And when he tells her he has big news, she's certain he'll pop the question. But instead of proposing, John informs her that he's moving to London. Heartbroken, Veronica feels lost. Salvatore and Antoinette, her dead grandparents, begin to visit her dreams in an attempt to steer her in the right direction. At their suggestion, Veronica takes a news reporting class, which leads to a challenging freelance assignment covering a conspiracy trial. She also begins dating an unlikely suitor: creative Syd Blackman. Just when her love life and career are looking up, Veronica is tossed back to square one by an event that makes her question all her new choices.
In the ancient epic, Grendel and his mother are monsters slain by the hero warrior Beowulf. In Sister of Grendel we learn a different truth, told by the lone witness to their brutal deaths. In this powerful and poignant reimagining, Grendel has a sister, Rehsotis. She and her brother are not monsters, but Anathians, who possess refined language and intelligence, great physical strength, and longevity. They live close to the natural and spiritual world, are skilled in herbal medicine, music, and magic, and can enter the dreams of sleeping humans. Rehsotis and Grendel are among the last of their race. Ultimately, Rehsotis must bridge the dangerous divide with humankind-the Smallheaded-with the help of her few allies, including a forsaken monk, a grieving lover, and a trusting child.
Caught up in the turmoil of her own problems, Fez is oblivious to the struggles of her family members, who each face serious challenges—and things are only getting more complicated.
Fez, now fifty-two, never knew she had a sister—until one day, sixty-four-year-old Penny, a woman with special needs, has nowhere else to go and must move in with Fez and Fez’s teenage daughter, Hazel. But Penny hasn’t had to deal with change for a long time, and neither sister is sure how this new life will affect her. With her estranged husband living elsewhere, Fez is too distracted to notice the changes in Hazel, who has been falling into dangerous patterns of substance abuse.
The reunited sisters delve into family history to gain closure on a dark past, but before they find a satisfying answer, tragedy strikes—and their priorities finally start coming into focus.
Is it more important to have roots, or wings? Garrett Oliver has just settled into his job as heir apparent to one of the most renowned master gardeners in the country. After a difficult few years, he’s found a home and a renewed purpose at a famed resort in the secluded Smoky Mountains. The stars seem to be aligning for Garrett as he plans a future with his college sweetheart and envisions a simple life with her in the mountains of East Tennessee. Willow Armstrong, fresh off a painful breakup, is coming home to Knoxville to care for her ailing father. She finds herself in the right place at the right time, landing a dream job alongside Garrett—as his boss. As they are thrown together by their work, an undeniable magnetism grows between them, despite the fact that Garrett is ready to start a future with someone else. Circumstances persist in drawing them closer, and an unexpected opportunity in Colorado prompts Willow and Garrett to wonder if a life together out west might be beyond anything either of them had dared to imagine.
Family caregivers are oftentimes ruthlessly challenged by uninvolved family members who are quick to condemn, but reticent to offer assistance. Such is the case for Colleen Strand, a widow who recently found her own footing who takes on the task of caring for her father, Patrick Quinn, recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.
Her older brother, Jonathan, criticizes Colleen at every turn and verbally abuses the father when he has the gall to exhibit symptoms of his disease. In short, Jonathan travels down the road of denial, leaving Colleen to deal with all matters regarding their father’s care.
Connected tenuously to a father who barely remembers her and a brother who has become an enigma, Colleen faces the moving target that is Alzheimer’s disease, determined to clothe her father with the dignity he deserves, while capturing the far too fleeting moments of time with him.
The author of the Love in Provence series returns to the South of France with a poignant portrait of a woman who must learn how to create a new life for herself…
Sixty-two-year-old Arianna arrives in the South of France for a two-week artists’ workshop full of anticipation but burdened by guilt. Back home in Toronto, she has been living with the devastating diagnosis of her husband’s dementia and the heartbreak of watching the man she has loved for decades slip away before her eyes. What does her future hold without Ben? Before her is a blank canvas.
Encouraged by her family to take some time for herself, she has traveled to Arles to set up her easel in the same fields of poppies and sunflowers that inspired Van Gogh. Gradually, she rediscovers the inner artist she abandoned long ago. Drawing strength from the warm companionship and gentle wisdom of her fellow artists at the retreat—as well as the vitality of guest lecturer Jacques de Villeneuve, an artist and a cowboy—Arianna searches her heart for permission to embrace the life in front of her and, like the sunflowers, once again face the light.
She's a star on Broadway. He's an aspiring writer. They're 'just friends'.
Annie Collins Morgan, a.k.a. actress Morgan Collins, is self-sufficient, successful, and lonely after her best friend moves out to be married. Christopher 'Kit' Maxwell is desperate to move out of the student ghetto and into a space that will allow him the peace he needs to finish his novel. It's a match made in heaven and it's strictly platonic...at least at first.
Through everyday life, triumphs and tragedies, from New York to New Mexico, their friendship grows and changes. Will they realize their true feelings before it's too late?
If you love cowboys, Texas and love… You’re going to love “Hungry Sparrow.” Imagine a girl stuck in a dysfunctional relationship. Imagine Texas, the Colorado River and one morning when the boyfriend is off at a Hot Rod Convention in Dallas with his other lover she up and leaves town in her pickup truck, with her just the clothes on her back. That’s exactly what Barbara-Jean did. Now picture West Texas, a small farm in the middle of nowhere that she inherited in a surprise move from a distant relative, a town with a Lonesome Café and some wild and crazy local characters she makes into friends. There will be tensions as a land grabber tries to take over her farm, tensions as the local hunk rescues her from a dangerous flood, but, as there should be in a good story, there will be tests of her courage and inventiveness, there will be helpers and villains along the way and, of course, there will be red-hot cowboy love scenes. And when the climax of our story comes along you will have goose bumps along your spine, wondering if it will turn out all right. Romance, danger, mystery. Everything a good novel should have. Hold on… You’re going to love this girl.
Three ladies looking for work land jobs at the new maximum security prison in a small Southern Town. Riots, escapes, assaults, and corruption makes these jobs way more interesting than they ever expected. While on the job, each lady responds differently to the dramas and learn a little more about each other and themselves.
TV weatherman Owen Martin is relieved to leave Southern California—the monotonously mild climate and the holistically hip trends—and head home to Iowa, back to the four seasons and the simple life he knew before his father died. But he can’t predict the atmospheric pressure awaiting him: The town his family founded has become the center of the Transcendental Meditation movement and host to all things alternative. There are mass meditations and dosha discussions, a vegan cafe has replaced the burger joint, and all the doors now face east. Far worse, however, is what the meditating mayor has planned for the Martin family’s farm.
In a town divided between “Regulars” and “Roos” (gurus), Owen is sure where he stands—until he falls for a levitating yogi. Before he knows it, he’s caught in a veritable tornado of midwesternness vs. mindfulness. Can he save the farm, get the girl, and reunite the town? Maybe . . . if he’s willing to forecast a change in the weather.
I have a new name in a new city. Even though we’re only friends, Tye sleeps in my bed every night. After everything I’ve been through, I don’t believe I can handle more. But if relationships aren’t his thing, why is he here? I wanted Billie from the first moment I saw her. Her scars are deep and every day is a struggle. Learning her secrets is like unwrapping a gift; slower is better. I only want to protect her. That’s why I hold her every night. We’re just friends, which is for the best. Isn’t it?
An heirloom quiche recipe and baking rivalry turn up the heat in a Rhode Island mill town rife with secrets and scandals! Misconceptions, misdeeds, and maliciousness wreak havoc on those caught in the crossfire of a tragedy.
In the ancient near east, the young girl Inanna goes on an heroic quest to rescue her parents from a dragon's curse. Aided by Old World goddesses, a trader, a prince, a hyena, and an enigmatic wizard, Inanna finds the journey much more difficult that she expected, but discovers depths of courage, loyalty, & devotion she didn't know she possessed. with 13 illustrations, a map, & a glossary.
Molly Peterson, frazzled mom of two, takes her first day "off" from full-time parenting to explore NewYork City. When she witnesses a crime in progress, her mommy instincts kick inand she simply grabs the gun out of the would-be-robber's hand. The incident is recorded by an onlooker with an iPhone and the "hero mom" video goes viral. Molly becomes an instant, albeit reluctant, celebrity. But the real fun begins when she is zapped by an "enhancement ray" and recruited by a super-spy agency. At first she is thrilled: Super powers! A turbo charged mini-van! Secret tunnelsfrom suburban NJ to spy headquarters in Manhattan! Life is great!
But then she is given her assignment: to infiltrate the PTA at her son's elementary school to solve a great mystery and prevent a potential calamity. Molly, a staunch PTA avoider, must now join every committee and volunteer for every event in order to spend as much time as possible in the building. Molly is completely on board for the spying; it's the PTA she dreads.
Codename Cupcake is quite simply hilarious. Readers will cheerfor Molly Peterson as she grapples with both the ordinary and the outlandish inher new life as a super-mom. This sharp satire is fast paced and funny with the underlying message that life really is better when you have super powers.
The decision was irreversible. . .Vivien would become either the most remarkable female executive in the sports industry, or the biggest failure. Vivien Lee has spent her entire consulting career helping CEOs look good, so when she finally has the chance to go after her dream of running a business, she grabs it. A lifelong athlete, Vivien arrives at the Smart Sports campus in Portland, Oregon and is introduced as the first female president. It’s one of the highest-profile jobs in an industry inhospitable to women. Principled but slightly naïve, Vivien believes her male peers will give her a fair shot. Stumbling early, Vivien makes a series of rookie mistakes. With guidance from the Ceiling Smashers, a secret society of successful professional women, Vivien learns to navigate the treacherous business terrain. A tight-knit group of male sports executives is determined to show that an industry outsider cannot prevail. The challenge is all too clear: will Vivien triumph in the sports industry against impossible odds? You’ll want to stay up all night to find out what happens to Vivien and share her inspiring story with your friends. This is a fresh, riveting tale about a strong woman endeavoring to succeed with smarts, scruples, and style.
Book Two in The Gift Saga: The continuation of Evanthia’s Gift … In 1961, five little girls moved into a suburban neighborhood and became inseparable, lifelong friends. They called themselves the ‘Honey Hill Girls,’ named after the street on which they lived. As teenagers they shared one another’s ambitions and dreams, secrets and heartaches. Now, more than thirty years later, they remain devoted and loyal, supporting each other through triumphs and sorrows. Evanthia's Gift follows the life of Sophia Giannakos. In Waiting for Aegina the saga continues from the perspectives of Sophia and her friends as the story drifts back and forth in time, filling in the gaps as the women grow to adulthood. Naive teenage ideals are later challenged by harsh realities, as each of their lives takes unexpected turns. Now nearing their fiftieth year, Sophia, Demi, Amy, Mindy and Donna stand together through life-altering obstacles while they try to regain the lighthearted optimism of their youth.