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Memories of Glass

16 ratings

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Reminiscent of Diane Ackerman’s The Zookeeper’s Wife, this stunning novel draws from true accounts to shine a light on a period of Holland’s darkest history and bravest heroes. 1942. As war rips through the heart of Holland, childhood friends Josie van Rees and Eliese Linden partner with a few daring citizens to rescue Eliese’s son and hundreds of other Jewish children who await deportation in a converted theater in Amsterdam. But amid their resistance work, Josie and Eliese’s dangerous secrets could derail their friendship and their entire mission. When the enemy finds these women, only one will escape. Seventy-five years later, Ava Drake begins to suspect that her great-grandfather William Kingston was not the World War II hero he claimed to be. Her work as director of the prestigious Kingston Family Foundation leads her to Landon West’s Ugandan coffee plantation, and Ava and Landon soon discover a connection between their families. As Landon’s great-grandmother shares the broken pieces of her story, Ava must confront the greatest loss in her own life and powerful members of the Kingston family who will do anything to keep the truth buried. Illuminating the story and strength of these women, award-winning author Melanie Dobson transports listeners through time and place, from World War II, Holland, to contemporary Uganda, in this rich and inspiring novel.

©2019 Melanie Dobson (P)2019 Two Words Publishing LLC

Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
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Hidden Among the Stars

7 ratings

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From the award-winning author of Catching the Wind, which Publishers Weekly called “unforgettable", comes another gripping time-slip novel about hidden treasure, a castle, and ordinary people who resisted evil in their own extraordinary way. The year is 1938, and as Hitler’s troops sweep into Vienna, Austrian Max Dornbach promises to help his Jewish friends hide their most valuable possessions from the Nazis, smuggling them to his family’s summer estate near the picturesque village of Hallstatt. He enlists the help of Annika Knopf, his childhood friend and the caretaker’s daughter, who is eager to help the man she’s loved her entire life. But when Max also brings Luzia Weiss, a young Jewish woman, to hide at the castle, it complicates Annika’s feelings and puts their entire plan - even their very lives - in jeopardy. Especially when the Nazis come to scour the estate and find both Luzia and the treasure gone. Eighty years later, Callie Randall is mostly content with her quiet life, running a bookstore with her sister and reaching out into the world through her blog. Then she finds a cryptic list in an old edition of Bambi that connects her to Annika’s story...and maybe to the long-buried story of a dear friend. As she digs into the past, Callie must risk venturing outside the safe world she’s built for a chance at answers, adventure, and maybe even new love.

©2018 Melanie Dobson (P)2018 Two Words Publishing LLC

Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
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The Black Swan of Paris

23 ratings

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An exquisite WWII novel illuminating the strength of three women in occupied Paris, for fans of The Nightingale, The Alice Network, and The Lost Girls of Paris. "A truly outstanding novel...reminds us of the power of love, hope and courage." (Heather Morris, number-one best-selling author of The Tattooist of Auschwitz) Paris, 1944 Celebrated singer Genevieve Dumont is both a star and a smokescreen. An unwilling darling of the Nazis, the chanteuse’s position of privilege allows her to go undetected as an ally to the resistance. When her estranged mother, Lillian de Rocheford, is captured by Nazis, Genevieve knows it won’t be long before the Gestapo succeeds in torturing information out of Lillian that will derail the upcoming allied invasion. The resistance movement is tasked with silencing her by any means necessary - including assassination. But Genevieve refuses to let her mother become yet one more victim of the war. Reuniting with her long-lost sister, she must find a way to navigate the perilous cross-currents of Occupied France undetected - and in time to save Lillian’s life. In this heart-wrenching novel, best-selling author Karen Robards showcases the extraordinary lengths one goes to save their family from a German prison. A web of spies, the resistance and a vivid portrayal of Paris in wartime.

©2020 Karen Robards (P)2020 Harlequin Enteprises, Limited

Length: 16 hrs and 53 mins
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Lizzie's Secret

Summary

Terence Heaton believes he’ll never find love. Not only are women in scarce supply in the frontier town of Little Rock, Arkansas, but all the girls stare at him like he’s something mysterious and dangerous. He loved his Cherokee mother, yet the townsfolk never understood her. Except for his housekeeper Harriet, the women in town have labeled him an outcast. Lizzie Emmerson can never trust again. The man she loved turned his back on her when she fell pregnant, her parents rejected her, and now, she’s left to raise her young son in the guts of New York City, alone. Little does Lizzie know that a Cherokee woman, thousands of miles away, will choose Lizzie to become her son’s wife. She considers Lizzie her last gift to Terence. But with Harriet’s interference and Lizzie’s great secret, Terence might never be able to accept that gift.

©2020 Tica House Publishing LLC (P)2020 Tica House Publishing LLC

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The Woman with the Blue Star

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From the New York Times best-selling author of The Lost Girls of Paris comes a riveting tale of unfathomable sacrifice and unlikely friendship during World War II. The year 1942. Sadie Gault is 18 and living with her parents amid the horrors of the Kraków Ghetto during World War II. When the Nazis liquidate the ghetto, Sadie and her pregnant mother are forced to seek refuge in the perilous sewers beneath the city. One day Sadie looks up through a grate and sees a girl about her own age buying flowers. Ella Stepanek is an affluent Polish girl living a life of relative ease with her stepmother, who has developed close alliances with the occupying Germans. Scorned by her friends and longing for her fiancé, who has gone off to war, Ella wanders Kraków restlessly. While on an errand in the market, she catches a glimpse of something moving beneath a grate in the street. Upon closer inspection, she realizes it’s a girl hiding. Ella begins to aid Sadie, and the two become close, but as the dangers of the war worsen, their lives are set on a collision course that will test them in the face of overwhelming odds. Inspired by harrowing true stories, The Woman with the Blue Star is an emotional testament to the power of friendship and the extraordinary strength of the human will to survive.

©2021 Pam Jenoff (P)2021 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited

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Meet Me in Monaco

3 ratings

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Set in the 1950s against the backdrop of Grace Kelly’s whirlwind romance and glamorous wedding to Prince Rainier of Monaco, New York Times best-selling author Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb take the listener on an evocative, sun-drenched journey along the Côte d’Azur in this pause-resisting novel of passion, fate, and second chances. Movie stars and paparazzi flock to Cannes for the glamorous film festival, but Grace Kelly, the biggest star of all, wants only to escape from the flashbulbs. When struggling perfumer Sophie Duval shelters Miss Kelly in her boutique, fending off a persistent British press photographer, James Henderson, a bond is forged between the two women and sets in motion a chain of events that stretches across 30 years of friendship, love, and tragedy. James Henderson cannot forget his brief encounter with Sophie Duval. Despite his guilt at being away from his daughter, he takes an assignment to cover the wedding of the century, sailing with Grace Kelly’s wedding party on the SS Constitution from New York. In Monaco, as wedding fever soars and passions and tempers escalate, James and Sophie - like Princess Grace - must ultimately decide what they are prepared to give up for love.

©2019 Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb (P)2019 HarperAudio

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The Things We Cannot Say

516 ratings

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Now a New York Times best seller! From the author of Truths I Never Told You, Before I Let You Go, and the upcoming The Warsaw Orphan, Kelly Rimmer’s powerful WWII novel follows a woman’s urgent search for answers to a family mystery that uncovers truths about herself that she never expected. "Kelly Rimmer has outdone herself. I thought that Before I Let You Go was one of the best novels I had ever read.... If you only have time to read one book this year The Things We Cannot Say should be that book. Keep tissues handy." (Fresh Fiction) "Fans of The Nightingale and Lilac Girls will adore The Things We Cannot Say." (Pam Jenoff, New York Times best-selling author)  In 1942, Europe remains in the relentless grip of war. Just beyond the tents of the Russian refugee camp she calls home, a young woman speaks her wedding vows. It’s a decision that will alter her destiny...and it’s a lie that will remain buried until the next century.  Since she was nine years old, Alina Dziak knew she would marry her best friend, Tomasz. Now 15 and engaged, Alina is unconcerned by reports of Nazi soldiers at the Polish border, believing her neighbors that they pose no real threat, and dreams instead of the day Tomasz returns from college in Warsaw so they can be married. But little by little, injustice by brutal injustice, the Nazi occupation takes hold, and Alina’s tiny rural village, its families, are divided by fear and hate. Then, as the fabric of their lives is slowly picked apart, Tomasz disappears. Where Alina used to measure time between visits from her beloved, now, she measures the spaces between hope and despair, waiting for word from Tomasz and avoiding the attentions of the soldiers who patrol her parents’ farm. But for now, even deafening silence is preferable to grief.  Slipping between Nazi-occupied Poland and the frenetic pace of modern life, Kelly Rimmer creates an emotional and finely wrought narrative. The Things We Cannot Say is an unshakable reminder of the devastation when truth is silenced...and how it can take a lifetime to find our voice before we learn to trust it.  Don't miss Kelly Rimmer's new and unforgettable novel, The Warsaw Orphan. 

©2019 Kelly Rimmer (P)2019 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited

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Growing Together

1 rating

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Women in all seasons of life can feel alone, longing for encouragement, guidance, and wisdom from someone who has been there before. They would value the wealth of knowledge and wisdom from older women's experiences, but often these women don't feel equipped to offer help. This audiobook is a starting place, meant to be a springboard for mentoring discussions between older and younger women, setting the biblical basis for mentoring from Titus 2 before outlining 11 lessons that guide their time together. Each lesson focuses on a topic such as God's word, prayer, contentment, temptation, and church, with activities for before, during, and after the mentoring session. Younger and older women will grow together as they use these lessons to walk through life together.

©2020 Melissa B. Kruger (P)2020 eChristian

Narrator: Nancy Peterson
Length: 5 hrs and 34 mins
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The Girls with No Names

52 ratings

Summary

Instant International Best Seller A beautiful tale of hope, courage, and sisterhood - inspired by the real House of Mercy and the girls confined there for daring to break the rules.  Growing up in New York City in the 1910s, Luella and Effie Tildon realize that even as wealthy young women, their freedoms come with limits. But when the sisters discover a shocking secret about their father, Luella, the brazen elder sister, becomes emboldened to do as she pleases. Her rebellion comes with consequences, and one morning Luella is mysteriously gone. Effie suspects her father has sent Luella to the House of Mercy and hatches a plan to get herself committed to save her sister. But she made a miscalculation, and with no one to believe her story, Effie’s own escape seems impossible - unless she can trust an enigmatic girl named Mable. As their fates entwine, Mable and Effie must rely on their tenuous friendship to survive.  Home for Unwanted Girls meets The Dollhouse in this atmospheric, heartwarming story that explores not only the historical House of Mercy, but the lives - and secrets - of the girls who stayed there.  “Burdick has spun a cautionary tale of struggle and survival, love and family - and above all, the strength of the heart, no matter how broken.” (New York Times Book Review) “Burdick reveals the perils of being a woman in 1913 and exposes the truths of their varying social circles.” (Chicago Tribune)

©2020 Serena Burdick (P)2020 Harlequin Audio

Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
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Return to Sender

Summary

If Ariana Stanton has learned anything in life, it’s that men leave. She’s been taught this lesson well from the father she’s never met, who sends her a mysterious letter once a year, to her ex-fiancé, who left her for another woman. So, when she meets the charming and seemingly perfect Jonah, she promises him they will never be more than friends. It’s a promise she can’t keep. But before he has a chance to leave her, she sends him away. Dr. Jonah Adkinson has one regret - that he let Ariana remain convinced that love never lasts. But now, nine years later, the single dad is back in Pine Falls and on a mission to prove Ariana wrong. He’s determined to win over the love of his life. And this time he won’t let anything get in the way, not even her. Now, not only does Ariana have to face the man she’s still in love with, but she must confront the mystery of her father’s letters, forcing her to reevaluate the past and her choices. But will it be enough to make her believe that, unlike the letter she’s always returned, Jonah is hers to keep?

©2019 Jennifer Peel (P)2021 Dreamscape Media, LLC

Narrator: Nancy Peterson
Length: 9 hrs
Available on Audible
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After a Fashion

Summary

Miss Harriet Peabody dreams of the day she can open up a shop selling refashioned gowns to independent working women like herself. Unfortunately, when an errand for her millinery shop job goes sadly awry due to a difficult customer, she finds herself out of an income. Mr. Oliver Addleshaw is on the verge of his biggest business deal yet, when he learns his potential partner prefers to deal with men who are settled down and wed. When Oliver witnesses his ex not-quite-fiance cause the hapless Harriet to lose her job, he tries to make it up to her by enlisting her help in making a good impression on his business partner. Harriet quickly finds her love of fashion can't make her fashionable. She'll never truly fit into Oliver's world, but just as she's ready to call off the fake relationship, fancy dinners, and elegant balls, a threat from her past forces both Oliver and Harriet to discover that love can come in the most surprising packages.

©2015 Jennifer L. Turano (P)2020 Vision Audiobooks LLC

Narrator: Nancy Peterson
Author: Jen Turano
Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
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The McAvoy Sisters Book of Secrets

1 rating

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"The talented Molly Fader will keep you turning the pages right down to the oh-so-satisfying final twist." (Susan Wiggs, New York Times best-selling author) What drove their family apart just might bring them back together.... It’s been 17 years since the tragic summer the McAvoy sisters fell apart. Lindy, the wild one, left home, carved out a new life in the city, and never looked back. Delia, the sister who stayed, became a mother herself, raising her daughters and running the family shop in their small Ohio hometown on the shores of Lake Erie. But now, with their mother’s ailing health and a rebellious teenager to rein in, Delia has no choice but to welcome Lindy home. As the two sisters try to put their family back in order, they finally have the chance to reclaim what’s been lost over the years: for Delia, professional dreams and a happy marriage, and for Lindy, a sense of home and an old flame - and best of all, each other. But when one turbulent night leads to a shocking revelation, the women must face the past they’ve avoided for a decade. And there’s nothing like an old secret to bring the McAvoy women back together and stronger than ever. With warm affection and wry wit, Molly Fader’s The McAvoy Sisters Book of Secrets is about the ties that bind family and the power of secrets to hold us back or set us free.

©2019 Molly Fader (P)2019 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited

Narrator: Nancy Peterson
Author: Molly Fader
Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
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The Bitter and Sweet of Cherry Season

1 rating

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“A stunning story about family and hope that unfolds unexpectedly but beautifully, like a Michigan summer sunset over an orchard.” (Viola Shipman, best-selling author of The Heirloom Garden and The Summer Cottage) In cherry season, anything is possible.... Everything Hope knows about the Orchard House is from the stories of her late mother. So, when she arrives at the Northern Michigan family estate late one night with a terrible secret and her 10-year-old daughter in tow, she’s not sure if she’ll be welcomed or turned away with a shotgun by the aunt she has never met. Hope’s aunt Peg has lived in the Orchard House all her life, though the property has seen better days. She agrees to take Hope in if, in exchange, Hope helps with the cherry harvest - not exactly Hope’s specialty, but she’s out of options. As Hope works the orchard alongside her aunt, daughter, and a kind man she finds increasingly difficult to ignore, a new life begins to blossom. But the mistakes of the past are never far behind, and soon the women will find themselves fighting harder than ever for their family roots and for each other.

©2020 Molly Fader (P)2020 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited

Narrator: Nancy Peterson
Author: Molly Fader
Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
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In Good Company

Summary

After growing up as an orphan, Millie Longfellow is determined to become the best nanny the East Coast has ever seen. Unfortunately, her playfulness and enthusiasm aren't always well-received and she finds herself dismissed from yet another position. Everett Mulberry has quite unexpectedly become guardian to three children that scare off every nanny he hires. About to depart for Newport, Rhode Island, for the summer, he's desperate for competent childcare. At wit's end with both Millie and Everett, the employment agency gives them one last chance - with each other. As Millie falls in love with her mischievous charges, Everett focuses on achieving the coveted societal status of the upper echelons. But as he investigates the suspicious circumstances surrounding the death of the children's parents, will it take the loss of those he loves to learn whose company he truly wants for the rest of his life?

©2015 Jennifer L. Turano (P)2020 Vision Audiobooks LLC

Narrator: Nancy Peterson
Author: Jen Turano
Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
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Shadows of Ladenbrooke Manor

Summary

When Heather Toulson returns to her parents’ cottage in the English countryside, she uncovers long-hidden secrets about her family history and stumbles onto the truth about a 60-year-old murder. Libby, a free spirit who can’t be tamed by her parents, finds solace with her neighbor Oliver, the son of Lord Croft of Ladenbrooke Manor. Libby finds herself pregnant and alone, when her father kicks her out and Oliver mysteriously drowns in a nearby river. Though theories spread across the English countryside, no one is ever held responsible for Oliver’s death. Sixty years later, Heather Toulson, returning to her family’s cottage in the shadows of Ladenbrooke Manor, is filled with mixed emotions. She’s mourning her father’s passing but can’t let go of the anger and resentment over their strained relationship. Adding to her confusion, Heather has an uneasy reunion with her first love, all while sorting through her family’s belongings left behind in the cottage.  What she uncovers will change everything she thought she knew about her family’s history. Award-winning author Melanie Dobson seamlessly weaves the past and present together, fluidly unraveling the decades-old mystery and reveals how the characters are connected in shocking ways. Set in a charming world of thatched cottages, lush gardens, and lovely summer evenings, this romantic and historical mystery brings to light the secrets and heartaches that have divided a family for generations.

©2015 Melanie Dobson (P)2020 Two Words Publishing LLC

Narrator: Nancy Peterson
Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
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One Hundred Birds Taught Me to Fly

Summary

This audiobook is for restless souls who desire to know God more deeply. Ashley Mae Hoiland bids us follow her down the hallowed and well-trodden path between the heart and mind, where glimpses of godliness are discovered in rainstorms, bus rides, temples, and mountains. As a Latter-day Saint, Hoiland explores the complexities of faith in everyday life where laughter and creativity matter as much as faith, hope, and charity.

©2016 Ashley Mae Hoiland (P)2018 The Neal A Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship

Narrator: Nancy Peterson
Length: 3 hrs and 34 mins
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Now and Then and Always

1 rating

Summary

Last year, after traumatic circumstances forced her from her job as a nanny, Mara Bristol finally found a place to belong - the winsome Everwood Bed & Breakfast at the edge of Maple Valley, Iowa. For months, she's helped its owner, Lenora, maintain the ramshackle property despite their shortage of guests. But when Lenora fails to return from a month-long trip and the bank threatens foreclosure, Mara worries she's once again alone...abandoned ...about to lose the only true home she's ever known. Detective Marshall Hawkins is no closer to whole today than he was two years ago...the day his daughter died. Between his divorce, debilitating migraines, and a dependence on medication, his life is falling apart. And when a reckless decision on the job propels him into administrative leave, he has no other plan but to get in his truck and drive. A one-night stay at the Everwood was supposed to be just that. But there's something about the old house-or maybe its intriguing caretaker-that pulls him in. Together, Mara and Marshall set out to save the Everwood. But its secrets run deeper than they could've imagined. As they renovate the house and search for its missing owner, they'll each confront the pain that brought them to the Everwood in the first place...and just maybe discover a faith and love to help them carry on.

©2019 Melissa Tagg (P)2019 Tantor

Narrator: Nancy Peterson
Author: Melissa Tagg
Length: 11 hrs and 20 mins
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Finding Faith

2 ratings

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Paula Landin-Cohen, an investigative reporter, feels like a fish out of water in the small town of Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Then she's offered her dream job as a TV reporter in Chicago. There is so much to gain and so much to lose...including the only man she's ever loved.  Linn Caldwell has made a lot of mistakes - bad mistakes. She can never forgive herself for all the pain she's caused others. How can she dare to get close to anyone again? What will happen if Paula and Linn's secrets are revealed? Will the men they love ever be able to forgive them? Two women's lives collide in this heartwarming story of love and pain, desperate choices and dire consequences, and honesty and redemption.

©2018 Denise Hunter (P)2020 Dreamscape Media, LLC

Narrator: Nancy Peterson
Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
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Valley of Dreams

1 rating

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From the USA Today best-selling author of the Longing for Home series, Valley of Dreams is a new romance novel set in the beloved world of Hope Springs. Patrick O’Connor has seen far too much of the cruel and unforgiving world. Life has beaten him down relentlessly. Out of hope and out of options, he makes the terrifying and desperate decision to return home to the family he has lied to for years. The family he knows will never forgive him. Widowed and nearly unable to care for her tiny daughter under the weight of extreme poverty, Eliza Porter jumps at the opportunity to leave behind the slums of New York City for the promise of a new life and a new beginning in the frontier town of Hope Springs. Fate tosses the two of them together more and more often, while the burden of his tightly-held secrets and the ache of her abandoned dreams pull them further and further apart. Clinging to the whispered possibility of something more than the pain life has offered them thus far will require every bit of hope they can find in this peaceful but precarious valley of dreams.

©2020 Sarah M. Eden (P)2020 Sarah M. Eden

Narrator: Nancy Peterson
Category: Romance, Westerns
Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
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People of the Canyons

2 ratings

Summary

In a magnificent, war-torn world cut by soaring red canyons, an evil ruler launches a search for a mystical artifact that he hopes will bring him ultimate power - an ancient witch’s pot that reputedly contains the trapped soul of the most powerful witch ever to have lived. The aged healer Tocho has to stop him, but to do it he must ally himself with the bitter and broken witch hunter, Maicoh, whose only goal is achieving one last great kill. Caught in the middle is Tocho’s adopted granddaughter, Tsilu. Her journey will be the most difficult of all for she is about to discover terrifying truths about her dead parents - truths that will set the ancient American Southwest afire and bring down a civilization.

©2020 Kathleen O'Neal Gear, W. Michael Gear (P)2020 Dreamscape Media, LLC

Narrator: Nancy Peterson
Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
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Mending Places

Summary

Sure, it's romantic up amidst the snow-capped peaks of Wyoming's Grand Teton Mountains, but Hanna Alexander has only one thing on her mind: trying to save the family lodge. That is, she did - right up until she hired mountain-guide Micah Gallagher to help raise revenues.... When Micah Gallagher is hired by the spirited Hanna Alexander to help raise revenues for her failing family lodge, a high-country adventure filled with love, intrigue, and romance ensues. Almost immediately, Hanna betrays her own professional reservations and finds herself enamored by the mystery of Micah's carefully guarded past. When the two unexpectedly fall in love, Micah is forced to face the hidden places that haunt him, and Hanna must address her fears and determine if forgiveness can make way for love. Teeming with suspicion and intrigue, this Grand Teton adventure leaves listeners struggling with the Christian principle of forgiveness in the face of emotional entanglements, fears of the heart, and the inevitable agony of love.  Has fate brought the two together, or will circumstances tear them apart? What are the secrets that Micah guards so closely? Will love and forgiveness conquer the entanglements of their past and make way for a future together?

©2010 Denise Hunter (P)2020 Dreamscape Media, LLC

Narrator: Nancy Peterson
Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
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Ruth

Summary

Master storyteller and best-selling author H. B. Moore brings to life the biblical account of Ruth as never before in this vivid retelling of her courageous and faithful life. Following the death of Ruth's husband, she finds herself at a crossroads. Rather than return to her family and hometown, the young widow makes a remarkable decision: she will remain with her mother-in-law, Naomi, as her caretaker and companion. 

Together, the two widows boldly leave behind the lives they knew in the land of Moab and make their way to Bethlehem, arriving downtrodden and destitute. Though Ruth works day and night to provide for Naomi, it is ultimately through the kindness and generosity of Boaz that the two women find respite from their trials. As Ruth comes to know Boaz, she finds that her broken heart is beginning to heal in ways she could never have imagined. But when a question of inheritance threatens any hope of a life with Boaz, Ruth may have to give up the last piece of her heart in order to secure her future.

©2017 Heather B. Moore (P)2019 Heather B. Moore

Author: H.B. Moore
Length: 7 hrs and 3 mins
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When Comes the Spring

14 ratings

Summary

Elizabeth, the cultured young schoolteacher from the East, has braved the Western frontier and spent a year teaching in a one-room schoolhouse. Now, she and Wynn are planning their wedding and their new life together at his outpost in the far North. While Wynn is accustomed to life in the North, Elizabeth is not. Can their love for each other sustain them through a harsh winter, loneliness, and rigors of life without any of the conveniences they're used to? Book two of the best-selling Canadian West series, now with a popular TV adaptation on The Hallmark Channel.

©1985 Janette Oke (P)2018 Two Words Publishing

Narrator: Nancy Peterson
Author: Janette Oke
Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
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How Catholic Art Saved the Faith

Summary

Not long after Martin Luther's defiance of the Church in 1517, dialogue between Protestants and Catholics broke down, brother turned against brother, and devastating religious wars erupted across Europe. Desperate to restore the peace and recover the unity of Faith, Catholic theologians clarified and reaffirmed Catholic doctrines, but turned as well to another form of evangelization: the arts. Convinced that to win over the unlettered, the best place to fight heresy was not in the streets but in stone and on canvas, they enlisted the century's best artists to create a glorious wave of beautiful works of sacred art - Catholic works of sacred art - to draw people together instead of driving them apart. How Catholic Art Saved the Faith tells the story of the creation and successes of this vibrant visual-arts SWAT team whose war cry could have been art for faith's sake! Over the years, it included Michelangelo, of course, and, among other great artists, the edgy Caravaggio, the graceful Guido Reni, the technically perfect Annibale Carracci, the colorful Barocci, the theatrical Bernini, and the passionate Artemisia Gentileschi. Each of these creative souls, despite their own interior struggles, was a key player in this magnificent, generations-long project: the affirmation through beauty of the teachings of the Holy Catholic Church.

©2018 Elizabeth Lev (P)2020 eChristian

Narrator: Nancy Peterson
Length: 6 hrs and 48 mins
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Chateau of Secrets: A Novel

4 ratings

Summary

A courageous young noblewoman risks her life to hide French resistance fighters; 70 years later, her granddaughter visits the family’s abandoned chateau and uncovers shocking secrets from the past. Gisèle Duchant guards a secret that could cost her life. Tunnels snake through the hill under her family’s medieval chateau in Normandy. Now, with Hitler’s army bearing down, her brother and several friends are hiding in the tunnels, resisting the German occupation of France. But when German soldiers take over the family’s château, Gisèle is forced to host them as well - while harboring the resistance fighters right below their feet. Taking in a Jewish friend’s baby, she convinces the Nazis that it is her child, ultimately risking everything for the future of the child. When the German officers begin to suspect her deception, an unlikely hero rescues both her and the child. A present day story weaves through the past one as Chloe Sauver, Gisèle’s granddaughter, arrives in Normandy. After calling off her engagement with a political candidate, Chloe pays a visit to the chateau to escape publicity and work with a documentary filmmaker, Riley, who has uncovered a fascinating story about Jews serving in Hitler’s army. Riley wants to research Chloe’s family history and the lives that were saved in the tunnels under their house in Normandy. Chloe is floored - her family isn’t Jewish, for one thing, and she doesn’t know anything about tunnels or the history of the house. But as she begins to explore the dark and winding passageways beneath the chateau, nothing can prepare her for the shock of what she and Riley discover... With emotion and intrigue, Melanie Dobson brings World War II France to life in this beautiful novel about war, family, sacrifice, and the secrets of the past.

©2014 Melanie Dobson (P)2020 Two Words Publishing LLC

Narrator: Nancy Peterson
Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
Available on Audible
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Long Journey Home

Summary

Widowed by war, Maura O'Connor has raised her son alone under the weight of poverty in the unforgiving slums of New York City. That harsh and difficult life has taken a toll on them both. Desperate to save her son from the misery around them, she moves them both to the tiny Western town of Hope Springs, where her late husband's family lives, hoping the decade of silence between them does not mean she and Aidan will be rejected outright. Her son needs family, and she would endure anything to see him happy.   Ryan Callaghan has worked the land belonging to the late Granny Claire for years, dreaming of one day claiming it as his own. Living in his brother's home affords him no freedom, no stability, no joy. The arrangement is even harder on his mother, whose health is quickly deteriorating. A risky investment in the land has finally begun to pay off, and he is at last in a position to secure a better future for them both. When use of the home is, without warning, offered to a newly arrived widow and her son, that future is entirely uncertain.   Both Maura and Ryan desperately need the Claire farm, for their own futures as well as those of the loved ones who depend on them. Neither can remain in Hope Springs without the house and land, but only one can claim it in the end.

©2018 Sarah M Eden (P)2018 Sarah M Eden

Narrator: Nancy Peterson
Length: 12 hrs and 31 mins
Available on Audible
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In Name Only

Summary

Dani Kramer used to think growing up in foster homes was the most difficult thing she would ever have to do - until all her dreams came true. Married to the love of her life, Dr. Brock Holland, and running a foundation that specializes in finding jobs for kids out of foster care, Dani seems to have it all. What no one knows is that it could all go away tomorrow if anyone finds out about the precious secret she carries. For military doctor Brock Holland, life has always been about duty to his career and country. But when he’s captured during a joint allied training mission, thoughts of Dani, his best friend, the woman he’s tried for years not to fall in love with, help him not only survive but reevaluate his priorities. However, when he returns home, he finds Dani is pregnant. In a cruel twist, duty calls again. He must marry Dani to save her from becoming a political pawn in a dangerous game she didn’t know she had signed up to play. But who will protect Dani’s and Brock’s hearts from each other? Or will they discover their marriage is more than only sharing a last name?  Content warning: This book contains sensitive material related to PTSD, military violence, and pregnancy.

©2020 Jennifer Peel (P)2021 Dreamscape Media, LLC

Narrator: Nancy Peterson
Category: Romance, Military
Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
Available on Audible
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A Place for Miss Snow

Summary

Miss Diana Snow is everything a British chaperone should be - she finds satisfaction in order and depends wholly upon the rules of decorum as she negotiates the isle of Greece with her young charge. But Miss Snow’s prim and proper exterior masks a disquieting past: orphaned and alone in the world, she has only her stiff upper lip to rely upon. When a brief encounter with a handsome stranger challenges her rules of propriety, Diana is unwittingly drawn into an adventure that will turn her ordered world upside down. Alexandros Metaxas is a Greek spy working to recruit individuals to the cause of revolution. His mission seems to be going perfectly until he encounters Diana Snow, a captivating - if slightly cold - beauty. When their paths cross again, the ill-fated reunion threatens all Alex has been fighting for. But more importantly, it places Diana’s life in jeopardy.  There is only one way to save her: they must put themselves at the mercy of the most powerful pirate family in the Mediterranean. Soon, Diana is plunged into a fantastic world of gypsy curses, blood feuds, and unexpected romance. But when a bitter vendetta places her in mortal danger, will she have the courage to fight for life and love?

©2016 Covenant Communications, Inc. (P)2016 Covenant Communications, Inc.

Narrator: Nancy Peterson
Length: 7 hrs and 42 mins
Available on Audible
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Unyielding Hope

5 ratings

Summary

As a young girl, Lillian Walsh lost both her parents and a younger sister. Now in her 20s, after enduring the death of her adoptive mother, Lillian must find her place in the world. Just as her adoptive father is leaving for an extended trip to his native Wales, a lawyer appears at the door to inform Lillian that she has inherited a small estate from her birth parents - and that the sister she had long believed dead is likely alive.  When she discovers that her sister Grace is living in a city not far away, Lillian rushes to a reunion, fearful that the years of separation will make it hard to reconnect.  When the two sisters meet, Grace is not at all what Lillian expected to find. Even though her circumstances have been difficult, Grace has big dreams. Can Lillian set aside her own plans to join her sister in an adventure that will surely change them both?

©2020 Dreamscape Media, LLC (P)2020 Dreamscape Media, LLC

Narrator: Nancy Peterson
Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
Available on Audible
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The Curator's Daughter

Summary

A young girl, kidnapped on the eve of Word War II, changes the lives of a German archaeologist forced into the Nazi Party and - decades later - a researcher trying to overcome her own trauma. 1940. Hanna Tillich cherishes her work as an archaeologist for the Third Reich, searching for the Holy Grail and other artifacts to bolster evidence of a master Aryan race. But when she is reassigned to work as a museum curator in Nuremberg, then forced to marry an SS officer and adopt a young girl, Hanna begins to see behind the Nazi facade. A prayer labyrinth becomes a storehouse for Hanna’s secrets, but as she comes to love Lilly as her own daughter, she fears that what she’s hiding - and what she begins to uncover - could put them both in mortal danger. Eighty years later, Ember Ellis is a Holocaust researcher intent on confronting hatred toward the Jewish people and other minorities. She reconnects with a former teacher on Martha’s Vineyard after she learns that Mrs. Kiehl’s mother once worked with the Nazi Ahnenerbe. And yet, Mrs. Kiehl describes her mother as “a friend to the Jewish people”. Wondering how both could be true, Ember helps Mrs. Kiehl regain her fractured childhood memories of World War II while at the same time confronting the heartache of her own secret past - and the person who wants to silence Ember forever.

©2021 Melanie Dobson (P)2021 Two Words Publishing LLC

Narrator: Nancy Peterson
Length: 10 hrs and 36 mins
Available on Audible
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Willowkeep

Summary

Charlotte Darby’s ship is sinking. Penniless and alone, she is struggling to care for herself and her young sister in the harsh seaport town of Hull. But when a solicitor from London brings news that she is the heir to a vast estate in Kent, it seems her days of rough seas are over. Willowkeep is prosperous and grand, far too much for a shipping merchant’s daughter to manage, and she quickly comes to rely on the help of Henry Morland, the estate’s kind and handsome steward.  Henry has worked hard his entire life, but all the money he’s saved won’t be enough to get his father out of debtor’s prison. And Henry’s fondness for Charlotte and her sister is only another reminder of his low status and lack of money. Though he is willing to do whatever it takes to keep Charlotte happy and looked after as the county’s wealthiest lady, she can never be his.  Courted by a charming man of the ton, threatened by those who want her money, and determined to keep her sister safe from the same fate that cost her the rest of her family, Charlotte must face some heartrending decisions. For no matter the size of the fortune, life - and love - are never smooth sailing.

©2016 Covenant Communications, Inc. (P)2016 Covenant Communications, Inc.

Narrator: Nancy Peterson
Author: Julie Daines
Category: Romance, Historical
Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
Available on Audible
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The Nesting Dolls

Summary

Spanning nearly a century, from 1930s Siberia to contemporary Brighton Beach, a pause resisting, epic family saga centering on three generations of women in one Russian Jewish family - each striving to break free of fate and history, each yearning for love and personal fulfillment - and how the consequences of their choices ripple through time. Odessa, 1931. Marrying the handsome, wealthy Edward Gordon, Daria - born Dvora Kaganovitch - has fulfilled her mother’s dreams. But a woman’s plans are no match for the crushing power of Stalin’s repressive Soviet state. To survive, Daria is forced to rely on the kindness of a man who takes pride in his own coarseness. Odessa, 1970. Brilliant young Natasha Crystal is determined to study mathematics. But the Soviets do not allow Jewish students - even those as brilliant as Natasha - to attend an institute as prestigious as Odessa University. With her hopes for the future dashed, Natasha must find a new purpose - one that leads her into the path of a dangerous young man. Brighton Beach, 2019. Zoe Venakovsky, known to her family as Zoya, has worked hard to leave the suffocating streets and small minds of Brighton Beach behind her - only to find that what she’s tried to outrun might just hold her true happiness. Moving from a Siberian gulag to the underground world of Soviet refuseniks to oceanside Brooklyn, The Nesting Dolls is a heartbreaking yet ultimately redemptive story of circumstance, choice, and consequence - and three dynamic unforgettable women, all who will face hardships that force them to compromise their dreams as they fight to fulfill their destinies. 

©2020 Alina Adams (P)2020 HarperAudio

Narrator: Nancy Peterson
Author: Alina Adams
Length: 12 hrs and 29 mins
Available on Audible
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Threads

Summary

It's a boring, hardscrabble life for three sisters growing up on a Michigan farm in the throes of the Great Depression. But when young Nellie, digging for pirate treasure, discovers the tiny blue-black hand of a dead baby, rumors begin to fly. Narrated by Nellie and her two older sisters, the story follows the girls as they encounter a patchwork of threatening circumstances and take it upon themselves to solve the mystery.

©2019 Charlotte Whitney (P)2020 Tantor

Narrator: Nancy Peterson
Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
Available on Audible
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Something She's Not Telling Us

Summary

Named most anticipated book of 2020 by Cosmopolitan, Woman's Day, She Reads, and Sassy Sarah Reads. From the New York Times best-selling author of A Simple Favor comes an electrifying domestic thriller of how one woman’s life is turned upside down when her brother brings his new girlfriend to visit - and no one is telling the truth about who they really are. She’s on the verge of having it all.... But one woman stands in her way. Charlotte has everything in life that she ever could have hoped for: a doting, artistic husband, a small-but-thriving flower shop, and her sweet, smart five-year-old daughter, Daisy. Her relationship with her mother might be strained, but the distance between them helps. And her younger brother Rocco may have horrible taste in women, but when he introduces his new girlfriend to Charlotte and her family, they are cautiously optimistic that she could be The One. Daisy seems to love Ruth, and she can’t be any worse than the klepto Rocco brought home the last time. At least, that’s what Charlotte keeps telling herself. But as Rocco and Ruth’s relationship becomes more serious, Ruth’s apparent obsession with Daisy grows more obvious. Then Daisy is kidnapped, and Charlotte is convinced there’s only one person who could have taken her.  Ruth has never had much, but now she’s finally on the verge of having everything she’s ever dreamed of. A stable job at a start-up company, a rakish, handsome boyfriend with whom she falls more in love with every day - and a chance at the happy family she’s always wanted, adorable niece included. The only obstacle standing in her way is her boyfriend’s sister Charlotte, whose attitude swerves between politely cold and outright hostile. Rebuffing Ruth’s every attempt to build a friendship with her and Daisy, Charlotte watches over her daughter with a desperate protectiveness that sends chills down Ruth’s spine. Ruth knows that Charlotte has a deeply-buried secret, the only question is: what? A surprise outing with Daisy could be the key to finding out, and Ruth knows she must take the chance while she has it - for everyone’s sake.  As the two women follow each other down a chilling rabbit hole, unearthing winding paths of deceit, lies, and trauma, a family and a future will be completely - and irrevocably - shattered.  From its very first minute, Something She’s Not Telling Us takes hold of listeners’ imagination in a harrowing, unforgettable thriller that dives deep into the domestic psyche and asks the question:  Is anyone ever really who they say they are...?

©2020 Darcey Bell (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers

Author: Darcey Bell
Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
Available on Audible
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When Breaks the Dawn

10 ratings

Summary

Having survived the harshness of their first year in the far Northwest, Elizabeth and Wynn, her Royal Canadian Mountie, now face new challenges. Just when they've made new friends and started a new school, they are presented with a new posting. It seems Elizabeth's dreams for a family and home of her own are not to be. Will their love for each other, hope for the future, and their faith in God carry them through the crushing disappointments? Book 3 of the best-selling Canadian West series.

©1986 Janette Oke (P)2018 Two Words Publishing LLC

Narrator: Nancy Peterson
Author: Janette Oke
Length: 6 hrs and 11 mins
Available on Audible
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The Nobleman's Daughter

Summary

England, 1819 While British high society primps and plays, the impoverished citizens of London languish. But there are those fighting for the freedom of common citizens - including two members of the aristocracy who secretly champion revolution. In the drawing rooms of the upper class, Lady Amanda and Lord Nathaniel flirt and tease with the best of them as she pretends to win every heart in London for sport, and he to conquer them. But in truth, their flirtation is merely a façade designed to keep their clandestine actions hidden from the ton - and from each other. When Nathaniel presents himself as a potential suitor, the attraction between the two is undeniable - but the faces they portray to the world are not enough to win each other’s hearts. While their crusade for London’s poor unites them more deeply than they could imagine, Amanda and Nathaniel struggle to trust one another with their true ideals and identities. But when the call to action leads Amanda into the path of danger, she can only hope that Nathaniel will see through her frivolous pretense. Because now, only the aid of the suitor she loves most - but trusts least - can save her.

©2017 Covenant Communications, Inc. (P)2017 Jen Geigle Johnson

Narrator: Nancy Peterson
Category: Romance, Historical
Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
Available on Audible
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Stars Upside Down

Summary

At 17, Jennie Goutet has a dream that she will one day marry a French man and sets off to Avignon in search of him. Though her dream eludes her, she lives boldly - teaching in Asia, studying in Paris, working and traveling for an advertising firm in New York.   When God calls her, she answers reluctantly and must first come to grips with depression, crippling loss, and addiction before being restored. Providence takes her by the hand as she marries her French husband, working with him in a humanitarian effort in East Africa before settling down in France and building a family.   Told with honesty and strength, Stars Upside Down is a brave, heart-stopping story of love, grief, faith, depression, sunshine piercing the gray clouds - and hope that stays in your heart long after it's finished.

©2016 Jennie Goutet (P)2018 Tantor

Narrator: Nancy Peterson
Length: 8 hrs and 2 mins
Available on Audible
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Saving Grace

Summary

As if the jolt of becoming a single mom to her two sons wasn’t enough, Natalie Coombs is facing new stresses as the director of the crisis pregnancy center. A teenager who comes in for testing brings back memories of a client who still haunts Natalie - another pregnant girl whose life tragically ended in suicide.  Desperate to reach this new client before it’s too late, Natalie finds herself crossing professional boundaries and doing things she would have never considered before. When she incurs the wrath of a mysterious assailant, Natalie is forced to carefully consider the cost of following her heart and her convictions amid betrayal, physical danger, and strained relationships.  Filled with high-stakes emotion and poignant drama, you’ll find yourself engrossed in this gripping tale of conflict and commitment.

©2010 Denise Hunter (P)2020 Dreamscape Media, LLC

Narrator: Nancy Peterson
Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
Available on Audible
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Linden Manor

Summary

Have you ever been so scared your soul left your body? All her life, Lesley Carpenter has been haunted by a gruesome nursery rhyme - "The Scottish Bride" - sung to her by her great grandmother. To find out more about its origins, Lesley visits the mysterious Isobel Warrender, the current hereditary owner of Linden Manor, a grand house with centuries of murky history surrounding it. But her visit transforms into a nightmare when Lesley sees the ghost of the Scottish bride herself, a sight that, according to the rhyme, means certain death. The secrets of the house slowly reveal themselves to Lesley, terrible secrets of murder, evil, and a curse that soaks the very earth on which Linden Manor now stands. But Linden Manor has saved its most chilling secret for last.

©2014 Catherine Cavendish (P)2018 David N. Wilson

Narrator: Nancy Peterson
Length: 3 hrs and 7 mins
Available on Audible
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Afraid of the Light

Summary

Clinical psychologist Camille Brooks isn't put off by the lifestyle of her hoarder clients and the distress of their families. She lost her mother to the crippling anxiety disorder - so she'll go a long way to help others avoid the same pain. Despite Camille's expertise, her growing audience for her Let In the Light podcast, and the recognition she's gaining for her creative coaching methods, she's not prepared for the pushback. A client who looks uncannily like her mom catches her off guard and raises long-dormant issues. And the revelation that Camille has her own hoarding problem sends her spinning. With the help of a cadre of unexpected friends, an enigma of a man who refuses to be discouraged, and the God who created and loves her, can she face her fears, pull back the curtains, and let the light into her own life?

©2020 Cynthia Ruchti (P)2021 Tantor

Narrator: Nancy Peterson
Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
Available on Audible
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Since the Sirens

Summary

Banished by bad decisions to spend the summer with his great-grandmother, Liam Peters thinks his life is over. After all, Marty Peters is a tough woman to be around. Maybe she wouldn't be so bad if she'd just take an interest in the modern technology he loves. Sure, she has some insight to her...but the woman is practically "pushing daisies". Not surprisingly, as tornado sirens announce a city-wide emergency, Liam discovers why that term should be avoided...well...like the plague. When Grandma Marty tries to send him on his way, refusing to abandon her home, Liam sees his situation in a new light. Something deep inside awakens - and he chafes at the thought of leaving his 104-year-old grandmother to die. Armed with two tiny pistols and an arsenal of knowledge from his overwhelming zombie book collection, Liam realizes he could be the hero and accomplish the impossible: rescue her. With the interstate gridlocked, opportunist criminals looking to take what they can get, law enforcement desperate to keep the peace, and the military declaring St. Louis a war-zone, Liam and Marty find themselves wrapped up in a world of chaos and panic. But when the zombies begin to overshadow everything else, Liam comes to appreciate why there are no atheists in foxholes. Since the Sirens is the gripping first installment of E. E. Isherwood's hit post-apocalyptic series Sirens of the Zombie Apocalypse. If you like to watch society collapse, zombie hordes bear down on the heroes, and skin-of-teeth escapes, you won't be able to pause this awesome story!

©2015 E.E. Isherwood (P)2016 E.E. Isherwood

Narrator: Nancy Peterson
Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
Available on Audible
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Catching the Wind

10 ratings

Summary

What happened to Brigitte Berthold? That question has haunted Daniel Knight since he was 13, when he and 10-year-old Brigitte escaped the Gestapo agents who arrested both their parents. They survived a harrowing journey from Germany to England, only to be separated upon their arrival. Daniel vowed to find Brigitte after the war, a promise he has fought to fulfill for more than 70 years. Now a wealthy old man, Daniel's final hope in finding Brigitte rests with Quenby Vaughn, an American journalist working in London. He believes Quenby's tenacity to find missing people and her personal investment in a related WWII espionage story will help her succeed where previous investigators have failed. Though Quenby is wrestling her own demons - and wary at the idea of teaming up with Daniel's lawyer, Lucas Hough - the lure of Brigitte's story is too much to resist. Together, Quenby and Lucas delve deep into the past, following a trail of deception, sacrifice, and healing that could change all of their futures.

©2017 Melanie Dobson (P)2017 Two Words Publishing, LLC

Narrator: Nancy Peterson
Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
Available on Audible
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When Calls the Heart

18 ratings

Summary

Nothing in her privileged Eastern upbringing has prepared Elizabeth for the challenges of frontier life.... Elizabeth Thatcher is young, pretty, cultured, and educated. But when she journeys west to teach school in the foothills of the Canadian Rockies, she's completely unprepared for the conditions she encounters. Still, she's determined to succeed at the formidable task of fitting in with the locals and shaping the hearts and minds of the schoolchildren in her care. She's just as determined not to give her heart to any of the local frontiersmen. Until she meets Wynn Delaney, a member the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.... Fall in love with this best-selling series all over again with these new audiobook versions!

©1983 Janette Oke (P)2017 Two Words Publishing

Narrator: Nancy Peterson
Author: Janette Oke
Length: 7 hrs and 28 mins
Available on Audible
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Looking for Miss America

2 ratings

Summary

From an author praised for writing “delicious social history” (Dwight Garner, The New York Times) comes a lively account of memorable Miss America contestants, protests, and scandals - and how the pageant, nearing its one hundredth anniversary, serves as an unintended indicator of feminist progress Looking for Miss America is a fast-paced narrative history of a curious and contradictory institution. From its start in 1921 as an Atlantic City tourist draw to its current incarnation as a scholarship competition, the pageant has indexed women’s status during periods of social change - the post-suffrage 1920s, the Eisenhower 1950s, the #MeToo era. This ever-changing institution has been shaped by war, evangelism, the rise of television and reality TV, and, significantly, by contestants who confounded expectations. Spotlighting individuals, from Yolande Betbeze, whose refusal to pose in swimsuits led an angry sponsor to launch the rival Miss USA contest, to the first black winner, Vanessa Williams, who received death threats and was protected by sharpshooters in her hometown parade, Margot Mifflin shows how women made hard bargains even as they used the pageant for economic advancement. The pageant’s history includes, crucially, those it excluded; the notorious Rule Seven, which required contestants to be “of the white race,” was retired in the 1950s, but no women of color were crowned until the 1980s. In rigorously researched, vibrant chapters that unpack each decade of the pageant, Looking for Miss America examines the heady blend of capitalism, patriotism, class anxiety, and cultural mythology that has fueled this American ritual.

©2020 Margot Mifflin. (P)2020 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved. Grateful acknowledgment is made to the following for permission to publish reprinted material: “Miss America” from THE MISS AMERICA PAGEANT. Words and Music by Bernie Wayne. © 1954, 1955 Bernie Wayne Music Co. All Rights Controlled and Administered by Spirit One Music. International Copyright Secured All Rights Reserved. Reprinted by Permission of Hal Leonard LLC.

Narrator: Nancy Peterson
Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
Available on Audible
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Keeping Christmas

Summary

Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol is second only to the nativity story itself when it comes to public consciousness. Just as Jesus Christ changed the world on the night of his birth, so Ebenezer Scrooge changes during a single night of supernatural visitations. In Keeping Christmas, novelist and Dickens enthusiast Allison Pittman offers 25 readings for advent, seamlessly bringing together the word of God and the words of A Christmas Carol. This contemplative, entertaining book is the perfect companion for those dark winter nights as we eagerly anticipate the coming celebration of Christmas when, like Scrooge, we are given the gift of reflection, repentance, and life anew. Keeping Christmas is sure to become a treasured family tradition - much like the reading or viewing of A Christmas Carol.

©2020 Allison Pittman (P)2020 eChristian

Narrator: Nancy Peterson
Length: 3 hrs and 15 mins
Available on Audible
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Love Remains

5 ratings

Summary

From Sarah M. Eden, the USA Today best-selling author of the Longing for Home series, Love Remains is a new romance novel set in the beloved world of Hope Springs. For nearly a year, Tavish O'Connor has carried the crushing weight of his family's future on his shoulders. He has taken on the care of his youngest brother, Finbarr, who lost his eyesight in a terrible accident. But the lad needs more than Tavish can provide. Finbarr needs hope. Cecily Attwater specializes in hope. As a tutor to the newly blind, she has dedicated her life to helping others overcome the obstacles she herself has conquered. Her new assignment in a remote corner of Wyoming proves trickier than usual: Finbarr refuses to learn. To make matters worse, his family - and the other Irish townspeople - are less than thrilled to discover an Englishwoman in their haven. Cecily's only hope lies in securing the cooperation of her pupil's brother, Tavish, who happens to be her harshest critic and quite possibly the most frustrating man she's ever known. For Finbarr's sake, Tavish and Cecily forge an uneasy alliance that, as the weeks pass, tiptoes toward something deeper than either dares admit or face, and toward a future they know to be impossible. There can be no hope of a happy outcome for an Irish man and an English woman amongst a people reeling from violence and centuries of hatred between their two homelands.

©2017 Sarah M Eden (P)2017 Sarah M Eden

Narrator: Nancy Peterson
Category: Romance, Westerns
Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
Available on Audible
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To Win a Lady's Heart

Summary

For 18 years, Lord Gilbert has been tortured over a grievous lapse in judgment. Bitterness has tainted his interactions with the people of Moreland and his relationship with his only daughter, Lady Joanna.  With a wolfhound guarding her around the clock and no freedom to leave the castle grounds unattended, the only time Lady Joanna can be alone is when she sneaks out through an old castle tunnel to visit the healer Agnes in her cottage by the sea. One morning as Lady Joanna approaches the cliffs, she discovers an injured man. She immediately goes to Agnes for help. The wounded stranger is Sir Lukas, and while he recovers, he makes plans to identify his attackers and their motive.  Upon learning that Moreland’s wool has been stolen, Sir Lukas comes to believe that the crimes are related and point to a much more sinister plot. When Lord Gilbert announces an archery tournament, the prize being Lady Joanna’s hand in marriage, it attracts noblemen from across the land, and suddenly Sir Lukas’s pursuit of the villains takes a different turn. As Lady Joanna’s and Sir Lukas’s feelings for each other grow, the stakes soar, and only Sir Lukas’s skill with a longbow can save them.

©2016 Covenant Communications, Inc. (P)2016 Covenant Communications, Inc.

Narrator: Nancy Peterson
Category: Romance, Historical
Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
Available on Audible
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Her Unforgettable Laugh: A Pride and Prejudice Variation

7 ratings

Summary

Dark curls and an unforgettably sweet laugh were all he knew of his sister's rescuer. Later, a second glimpse showed her to be lovely, and he heard her melodious laugh again. Darcy wondered what it would be like to meet this remarkable, and remarkably lovely, young woman. Would the spirit that caused her to go to the aid of a stranger be able to bring some joy to his lonely life? Would they ever meet, or would he always be left wondering? Little did Fitzwilliam Darcy know that his trip to Hertfordshire to help his friend would bring him face to face with the lovely young woman whose unforgettable laugh had haunted his dreams for the last several years. Would she be anything like the woman he had built up in his dreams? Would he be able to avoid Miss Bingley long enough to discover more about this mysterious young woman?

©2015 Linda C. Thompson (P)2016 Linda C. Thompson

Narrator: Nancy Peterson
Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
Available on Audible
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The Way to a Man's Heart: A Novel

Summary

In this classic novel from Debbie Macomber, a feisty waitress and a handsome professor receive an education in love over Chaucer and chicken-pot pie. Meghan O’Day isn’t sure what captures her fancy more: the sexy stranger in her Wichita diner or his reading material. Before long, Grey Carlyle becomes a regular, ordering the nightly specials and chatting with the spirited redhead about the classics. Certain that her favorite customer has an appetite for more than home cooking, Meghan decides it’s time to teach the good professor a thing or two about romance. Grey notices the sparkle in Meghan’s eyes the moment she opens up about her passion for literature. She’s the breath of fresh air and joy this reserved and lonely teacher needs in his life. They say opposites attract, and Grey becomes a true believer each time he holds Meghan in his arms - even as they hit a few speed bumps on the road to togetherness. But if Grey knows anything about great books, it’s that the best tales always have a happy ending.

©1986 Debbie Macomber (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Narrator: Nancy Peterson
Length: 5 hrs and 40 mins
Available on Audible
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His Personal Relationship Manager

Summary

After suffering a very public humiliation, Kenadie Marshall realizes that love shouldn't be left only to personal judgement. Instead of wallowing in her misery, Kenadie creates Binary Search, the perfect balance between a software application and human intuition to help others find true and lasting love, all while personally swearing off relationships for good. Attractive and loveable Jason Hadley is taken with Kenadie from their first meeting. Determined to prove that love isn't over for her, he does everything he can think of, even if it means using her firm's service and dating other women to stay close to her. Jason quickly gains a rally of supporters, including Kenadie's over-enthusiastic mother and meddling best friend, but will his ploys help Kenadie find her match, or jeopardize everything she's created and lead to further humiliations? In an epic battle of wills, this romantic comedy shows that love is patient, love is kind, and love can heal even the most broken of hearts.

©2016 Jennifer Peel (P)2017 Jennifer Peel

Narrator: Nancy Peterson
Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
Available on Audible
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Surprised by Oxford

3 ratings

Summary

Surprised by Oxford is the memoir of a skeptical agnostic who comes to a dynamic personal faith in God during graduate studies in literature at Oxford University.   Carolyn Weber arrives at Oxford a feminist from a loving but broken family, suspicious of men and intellectually hostile to all things religious. As she grapples with her God-shaped void alongside the friends, classmates, and professors she meets, she tackles big questions in search of truth, love, and a life that matters.   From issues of fatherhood, feminism, doubt, doctrine, and love, Weber explores the intricacies of coming to faith with an aching honesty and insight echoing that of the poets and writers she studied. Rich with literary references, Surprised by Oxford is at once gritty and lyrical; both humorous and spiritually perceptive. This savvy, credible account of Christian conversion and its aftereffects follows the Oxford liturgical calendar as it entertains, informs, and promises to engage even the most skeptical and unlikely listener.

©2011 Carolyn Weber (P)2019 Tantor

Narrator: Nancy Peterson
Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
Available on Audible
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When Hope Springs New

9 ratings

Summary

Leaving behind their dear friends in Beaver Creek, Elizabeth and Wynn take over an even more primitive RCMP outpost in the Canadian Northwest. Elizabeth finds herself totally isolated when the local Indian women are afraid to even communicate with her. The Delaney's thought they had already faced the most crushing disappointment of their lives when they saw little Sammy disappear from view in the arms of his father. Would they be able to survive the challenges ahead? Book four of the best-selling Canadian West series.

©1986 Janette Oke (P)2018 Two Words Publishing LLC

Narrator: Nancy Peterson
Author: Janette Oke
Length: 6 hrs and 4 mins
Available on Audible
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Playing the Part

Summary

Lucetta Plum is an actress on the rise in New York City, but is forced to abandon her starring role when a fan's interest turns threatening. Lucetta's widowed friend, Abigail Hart, is delighted at the opportunity to meddle in Lucetta's life and promptly whisks her away to her grandson's estate to hide out. Bram Haverstein may appear to simply be a somewhat eccentric gentleman of means, but a mysterious career and a secret fascination with a certain actress mean there's much more to him than society knows. Lucetta, who has no interest in Abigail's matchmaking machinations, has the best intentions of remaining cordial but coolly distant to Bram. But when she can't ignore the strange and mysterious things going on in his house, it'll take more than good intentions to keep her from trying to discover who Bram is behind the part he plays.

©2016 Jennifer L. Turano (P)2020 Vision Audiobooks LLC

Narrator: Nancy Peterson
Author: Jen Turano
Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
Available on Audible
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Secrets of the Happy Soul

Summary

How do some people do it? They rise above the circumstances and distractions of life and remain consistently happy. Even in tough times they have a quiet sense of peace about them. Examining the Bible and her own life, Katie Orr has discovered that deep happiness and satisfaction are only possible when we are rooted in God and pursuing his good and specific purpose for each of us.   Secrets of the Happy Soul is your invitation into a deeper, more fruitful relationship with God and his word. As Katie walks you through key teachings from the book of Psalms, you will recognize how the world's definition of happiness pales compared to the daily delights God has in store for you. Draw closer to him, and your soul will go from lonely to connected, from overwhelmed to level and led, from aimless to commissioned and unique. God doesn't promise a storm-free life, but he is the anchor every happy soul needs.

©2020 Katie Orr (P)2020 eChristian

Narrator: Nancy Peterson
Author: Katie Orr
Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
Available on Audible
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The Warsaw Orphan

Summary

"Kelly Rimmer’s heart-stopping rendering of the war in Nazi-occupied Poland will captivate readers page by page.” (Lisa Wingate, number-one New York Times best-selling author of Before We Were Yours) "A surefire hit [and] a heartbreaking and hopeful story of family, duty, love, salvation, and resistance. The Warsaw Orphan [is] a thoughtful, beautiful novel." (Kristin Harmel, New York Times best-selling author of The Book of Lost Names) Inspired by the real-life heroine who saved thousands of Jewish children during WWII, The Warsaw Orphan is Kelly Rimmer’s most anticipated novel since her best-selling sensation, The Things We Cannot Say. In the spring of 1942, young Elzbieta Rabinek is aware of the swiftly growing discord just beyond the courtyard of her comfortable Warsaw home. She has no fondness for the Germans who patrol her streets and impose their curfews, but has never given much thought to what goes on behind the walls that contain her Jewish neighbors. She knows all too well about German brutality - and that it's the reason she must conceal her true identity. But in befriending Sara, a nurse who shares her apartment floor, Elzbieta makes a discovery that propels her into a dangerous world of deception and heroism. Using Sara's credentials to smuggle children out of the ghetto brings Elzbieta face-to-face with the reality of the war behind its walls, and to the plight of the Gorka family, who must make the impossible decision to give up their newborn daughter or watch her starve. For Roman Gorka, this final injustice stirs him to rebellion with a zeal not even his newfound love for Elzbieta can suppress. But his recklessness brings unwanted attention to Sara's cause, unwittingly putting Elzbieta and her family in harm's way until one violent act threatens to destroy their chance at freedom forever.  From Nazi occupation to the threat of a communist regime, The Warsaw Orphan is the unforgettable story of Elzbieta and Roman's perilous attempt to reclaim the love and life they once knew. "Intensely moving…Bravo, Kelly Rimmer! I’m going to be recommending this book to everyone I know." (Karen Robards, New York Times best-selling author of The Black Swan of Paris)

©2021 Kelly Rimmer (P)2021 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited

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Eve

Summary

From USA Today best-selling author H. B. Moore, comes Eve: In the Beginning. The first love story on earth.... Haunting.... Lyrical.... Unforgettable.... In a world where everything is perfect, yet the same day after day, Eve must decide if she wants to live forever in the garden with Adam and never know what lies beyond the walls. When she makes a choice with terrible consequences, the pain of mortality is swift.  As she and Adam explore their new world, and her body changes, Eve discovers the sweetness of first love with the man who has always been at her side.

©2014 Mirror Press (P)2018 Mirror Press

Length: 8 hrs and 38 mins
Available on Audible
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The Truth About Billionaires

Summary

He's all business and she's got a lot to prove. Love was not on the agenda.   Jill Harris is determined to prove she deserves her position at her father's consulting firm, so the last thing she has time for is dating. Since her only experience with love ended in heartbreak, she isn't tempted to break her own rule - until she meets Blake McDaniel. When she's asked to take a job working with Blake, it's a great step in her career, but the more time she spends around the attractive, determined billionaire, the harder it is to remember why she wants to stay single.   Blake has one rule for himself when it comes to relationships: He won't date a woman who's already married to her career. After watching his mother's many failed marriages, he knows it just won't work. But then Jill comes into his life, brilliant and capable...and entirely too fascinating. Even though he has no intention of falling for her, he just can't seem to stay away. But when suspicion clouds their future, will he be able to follow his heart?

©2018 Michelle Pennington (P)2018 Tantor

Narrator: Nancy Peterson
Length: 5 hrs and 19 mins
Available on Audible
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The Laughter of Love

4 ratings

Summary

In Book Two of the series, Laughter Through Trials, Darcy and Elizabeth celebrated their courtship as Elizabeth was introduced to the Fitzwilliam family and London society. Their sojourn in town held a few difficulties, but the strength of their love allowed them to face the challenges and outwit their enemies. Now Darcy and Elizabeth are returning to Hertfordshire for their wedding and Elizabeth worries there is still one trial to be faced - Mrs. Bennet. Her mother refuses to prepare the simple, elegant affair the couple wishes for their wedding day. Will it be the day of their dreams or a disaster? However the wedding turns out, Darcy and Elizabeth are excited to begin their life together. The bright future before them fills their hearts with joy. Both know they will face periods of contentment and heartache, but united they will confront whatever comes their way. Will those they have previously encountered allow them to enjoy their happiness or will there be more misfortune for them to overcome?

©2016 Linda Thompson (P)2016 Linda Thompson

Narrator: Nancy Peterson
Length: 14 hrs and 52 mins
Available on Audible
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The Billionaire's Secret

Summary

Paige has secrets she hides and a past she’d give anything to forget. Broken and wounded after the devastating loss of her parents, she’s tried to navigate her way alone. Earning a lucrative contract in the modeling industry, she puts her past behind her. Until everything comes crashing down. Now she lives a quiet life out of the spotlight.

When her best friend Hazel pulls her back, she tries to fight the attraction she feels for Gabe, a charming bachelor who wants more than friendship. Gabe has been relegated to the friend zone when he so clearly wants more.

But he has secrets of his own - their past that links them together has the power to force them apart.

©2018 Johanna Dodge (P)2018 Johanna Dodge

Narrator: Nancy Peterson
Length: 6 hrs and 22 mins
Available on Audible
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The Tuttle Twins and the Search for Atlas

Summary

In a world filled with consumers, what happens if the producers give up and leave? And how can people better practice personal responsibility and not have a sense of entitlement about the things they think they deserve?  Ethan and Emily Tuttle tackle these questions in their latest adventure, this time as clowns in the visiting circus. Incorporating ideas from Ayn Rand's hit novel Atlas Shrugged, this book shows how things begin falling apart when socialism creeps in. Join the clown twins as they try to figure out where Atlas went and more importantly, why he left.

©2017 Connor Boyack (P)2017 Connor Boyack

Narrator: Nancy Peterson
Length: 26 mins
Available on Audible
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The Tuttle Twins and the Miraculous Pencil

1 rating

Summary

Until now, freedom-minded parents have had little to no educational material to teach their children the concepts of liberty. The Tuttle Twins series of audiobooks helps children learn about political and economic principles in a fun and engaging manner. With fun stories, your children will follow Ethan and Emily as they learn about liberty! Grab your copy of the second audiobook in the brand new Tuttle Twins series - and help the children in your life learn how the free market works!

©2014 Connor Boyack (P)2017 Connor Boyack

Narrator: Nancy Peterson
Length: 15 mins
Available on Audible
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The Ventriloquists

1 rating

Summary

“[A] remarkable saga.... Engrossing.” (Booklist, starred review) In this triumphant debut inspired by true events, a ragtag gang of journalists and resistance fighters risk everything for an elaborate scheme to undermine the Reich. The Nazis stole their voices. But they would not be silenced. Brussels, 1943. Twelve-year-old street orphan Helene survives by living as a boy and selling copies of the country’s most popular newspaper, Le Soir, now turned into Nazi propaganda. Helene’s entire world changes when she befriends a rogue journalist, Marc Aubrion, who draws her into a secret network that publishes dissident underground newspapers. The Nazis track down Aubrion’s team and give them an impossible choice: Turn the resistance newspapers into a Nazi propaganda bomb that will sway public opinion against the Allies, or be killed. Faced with no decision at all, Aubrion has a brilliant idea. While pretending to do the Nazis’ bidding, they will instead publish a fake edition of Le Soir that pokes fun at Hitler and Stalin - daring to laugh in the face of their oppressors. The ventriloquists have agreed to die for a joke, and they have only 18 days to tell it. Featuring an unforgettable cast of characters and stunning historical detail, E. R. Ramzipoor’s dazzling debut novel illuminates the extraordinary acts of courage by ordinary people forgotten by time. It is a moving and powerful ode to the importance of the written word and to the unlikely heroes who went to extreme lengths to orchestrate the most stunning feat of journalism in modern history.

©2019 E. R. Ramzipoor (P)2019 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited

Narrator: Nancy Peterson
Length: 20 hrs and 20 mins
Available on Audible
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The Tuttle Twins and the Messed Up Market

Summary

Why do people make the choices they do? Now that they’ve made some money, Ethan and Emily Tuttle begin to wonder how they can put it to good use and earn even more. So the idea of a Children’s Entrepreneur Market is born, which can help them find other kids who might want to borrow their money to build their small business. But as the twins soon learn — thanks to the ideas from Human Action by Ludwig von Mises — this is risky business.  People have different incentives for why they make the choices they do, and certain choices can cause their market to become messed up!

©2020 Connor Boyack (P)2020 Connor Boyack

Narrator: Nancy Peterson
Length: 29 mins
Available on Audible
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Body Language Sales Secrets

Summary

Ordinary salespeople sell. Extraordinary sales professionals engage. Part of what sets them apart is their ability to understand body language, both their prospect's and their own, and use it to their advantage.   Body Language Sales Secrets directly addresses the need of sales professionals to help them:   Baseline their prospects - recognize the body language that says "I'm at ease with you right now".   Identify the ways a prospect expresses stress.   Spot their prospects' moment-to-moment nonverbal cues.   Understand how and why a prospect's body language can send very different messages within minutes.   Better yet, after identifying a change in body language, know exactly what to do to either capitalize on it or counter it.  How to apply body-language skills to a wide variety of sales techniques, including relationship selling, solution selling, expertise selling, ROI selling, fear selling, and more.   Body Language Sales Secrets helps salespeople at any level build rapport through active listening, invitational body language, and mirroring and reveals how their own body language can reinforce the perception of competence, relevance, and truth.

©2018 Jim McCormick and Maryann Karinch (P)2018 Gildan Media, LLC

Narrator: Nancy Peterson
Length: 5 hrs and 40 mins
Available on Audible
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The Tuttle Twins and the Creature from Jekyll Island

2 ratings

Summary

What kind of creature can steal your money? Join Ethan and Emily Tuttle in their exciting third adventure, as they uncover the curious mystery of how a powerful creature is stealing their grandparents' hard-earned savings, and how the twins are also being controlled by the same creature - without even knowing it!

©2015 Connor Boyack (P)2017 Connor Boyack

Narrator: Nancy Peterson
Length: 23 mins
Available on Audible
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The Kommandant's Girl

12 ratings

Summary

In her luminous and groundbreaking debut, New York Times best-selling author Pam Jenoff shows the unimaginable sacrifices one woman must make in a time of war. Nineteen-year-old Emma Bau has been married only three weeks when Nazi tanks thunder into her native Poland. Within days, Emma’s husband, Jacob, is forced to disappear underground, leaving her imprisoned within the city’s decrepit Jewish ghetto. But then, in the dead of night, the resistance smuggles her out. Taken to Krakow to live with Jacob’s Catholic aunt Krysia, Emma takes on a new identity as Anna Lipowski, a gentile. Emma’s already precarious situation is complicated by her introduction to Kommandant Richwalder, a high-ranking Nazi official who hires her to work as his assistant. Urged by the resistance to use her position to access details of the Nazi occupation, Emma must compromise her safety - and her marriage vows - in order to help Jacob’s cause. As the atrocities of war intensify, Emma must make choices that will force her to risk not only her double life, but also the lives of those she loves.

©2016 Pam Jenoff (P)2019 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited

Narrator: Nancy Peterson
Author: Pam Jenoff
Length: 13 hrs and 37 mins
Available on Audible
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Coming of Age in the Other America

Summary

Coming of Age in the Other America shows that despite overwhelming odds, some disadvantaged urban youth do achieve upward mobility. Drawing from 10 years of fieldwork with parents and children who resided in Baltimore public housing, sociologists Stefanie DeLuca, Susan Clampet-Lundquist, and Kathryn Edin highlight the remarkable resiliency of some of the youth who hailed from the nation's poorest neighborhoods and show how the right public policies might help break the cycle of disadvantage. Coming of Age in the Other America illuminates the profound effects of neighborhoods on impoverished families. The authors conducted in-depth interviews and fieldwork with 150 young adults, and found that those who had been able to move to better neighborhoods - either as part of the Moving to Opportunity program or by other means - achieved much higher rates of high school completion and college enrollment than their parents. About half the youth surveyed reported being motivated by an "identity project" - or a strong passion such as music, art, or a dream job - to finish school and build a career. Coming of Age in the Other America presents a sensitive, nuanced account of how a generation of ambitious but underprivileged young Baltimoreans has struggled to succeed. It both challenges long-held myths about inner-city youth and shows how the process of "social reproduction" - where children end up stuck in the same place as their parents-is far from inevitable. The book is published by the Russell Sage Foundation.

©2016 Russell Sage Foundation (P)2017 Redwood Audiobooks

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The Tuttle Twins and the Road to Surfdom

Summary

History abounds with examples of government officials making decisions, well-intentioned or otherwise, that harm others. Unfortunately, these unintended consequences are never anticipated, and rarely considered once they occur. As the Tuttle Twins find in their latest adventure, central planning can ruin people's lives. Nobel Prize winning economist FA Hayek's famous book The Road to Serfdom comes to life in this edition, showing that when people get what they wish for, they often get much more than they bargained. Listen as Ethan and Emily investigate a new road built to take travelers to a beach named Surfdom - and the disruption it brings to the entire community. Recommended listening age: 5-11.

©2016 Connor Boyack (P)2017 Connor Boyack

Narrator: Nancy Peterson
Length: 24 mins
Available on Audible
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The Hands of Terror

Summary

Osama bin Laden is dead, and US troops are pulling out of Iraq and Afghanistan, signaling an end to the wars. Is the threat of global terrorism over? Just as the world starts to hope for global peace, a terror group emerges that could be the worst the world has ever seen. Their motives are set on nothing less than world domination. CIA operative Marie Jenson goes undercover to infiltrate ISIS, risking not only her life but everything she holds precious. Forced to prove her allegiance, Marie is enlisted to carry out an attack and is in a race against time to stop this attack before disaster strikes.

©2014 K. J. McMurray (P)2015 K. J. McMurray

Narrator: Nancy Peterson
Length: 2 hrs and 6 mins
Available on Audible
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Laughter Through Trials

4 ratings

Summary

Dark curls and an unforgettably sweet laugh.... A trip to Hertfordshire brought Fitzwilliam Darcy face-to-face with the woman who had haunted his dreams for five years. Their chance meeting led to a courtship, in spite of those who wished to separate them. Now Elizabeth Bennet is traveling to London where she will be introduced to Darcy's family and the ton. How will Elizabeth be received? Will their love flourish and grow or will new trials overwhelm them?

©2015 Linda Thompson (P)2016 Linda Thompson

Narrator: Nancy Peterson
Length: 12 hrs and 52 mins
Available on Audible
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The Tuttle Twins Learn About the Law

3 ratings

Summary

Children are often taught that government protects our life, liberty, and property, but could it be true that some laws actually allow people to hurt us and take are things? Join Ethan and Emily Tuttle as they learn about property, pirates, and plunder. With the help of their neighbor Fred, the twins will need to figure out what they can do to stop the bad guys in the government. Frédéric Bastiat (1801-1850) was a French political economist and classical liberal who wrote The Law, upon which this book is based. Through engaging dialogue, young listeners will be led to understand the principles of liberty and the proper role of government.

©2014 Connor Boyack (P)2017 Connor Boyack

Narrator: Nancy Peterson
Length: 19 mins
Available on Audible
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The Tuttle Twins and the Food Truck Fiasco!

Summary

The oldest economic battle is repeating itself! Disruptive businesses must fight against their crony competitors - the ones with friends in government who try and protect them from innovative upstarts. Ethan and Emily Tuttle witness this battle firsthand with their food truck friends as they embark on a campaign to win public support and overturn the laws that shut them down. Recommended listening age: 5-11.

©2016 Connor Boyack (P)2017 Connor Boyack

Narrator: Nancy Peterson
Length: 19 mins
Available on Audible
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The Tuttle Twins and the Fate of the Future

Summary

Should we coerce others to get what we want?    The history of the world is a tale of some people bossing others around, but brave thinkers have always offered ideas for a better future where people use persuasion instead. After Ethan and Emily watch a dystopian film portraying a future full of coercion, they realize they need to learn how to avoid it.    Enter Murray Rothbard, author of Anatomy of the State, whose book teaches the Tuttle twins that the fate of the future and all of humanity depends on thinking of ways we can work together peacefully to build a better society without relying on coercion.

©2018 Connor Boyack (P)2018 Connor Boyack

Narrator: Nancy Peterson
Length: 26 mins
Available on Audible
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The Tuttle Twins and the Education Vacation

Summary

Is school the best way to get an education? Ethan and Emily Tuttle have spent several years in school being graded on the quality of their work. But after hearing an award-winning teacher discuss some problems with schooling and share a vision for how children are best educated, the Tuttle family decides to embark on a new learning adventure. Longtime educator John Taylor Gatto shares ideas with the Tuttle family from his book The Underground History of American Education. As they soon learn, education works best when we have the freedom to discover our interests and develop our abilities, rather than being shaped into what somebody else wants.

©2019 Connor Boyack (P)2019 Connor Boyack

Narrator: Nancy Peterson
Length: 32 mins
Available on Audible
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Helaman: A Brief Theological Introduction

Summary

"Now is the time and the day of your salvation..." Alma the Younger is forever changed by an overwhelming personal experience with God's mercy, a mercy capable of overpowering justice and giving Alma the means to exercise faith unto repentance. Driven by his new desire to share the joy that God s mercy brings, Alma confronts the apostate Korihor, preaches a sermon on faith to the Zoramite outcasts, and encourages and consoles his sons. His ministry cannot be understood apart from the miraculous transformation initiated and powered by God s mercy. In this brief introduction to the second half of the book of Alma, philosopher Mark Wrathall painstakingly works out the logic of Alma s understanding of faith, justice, mercy, and the final judgment and restoration of all things, encouraging listeners to receive salvation today.

©2020 The Neal A Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship (P)2020 The Neal A Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship

Narrator: Nancy Peterson
Length: 3 hrs and 43 mins
Available on Audible
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Chasing Chopin

Summary

A modern take on a classical icon: this original, entertaining, well-researched book uses the story of when, where, and how Chopin composed his most famous work, uncovering many surprises along the way and showing how his innovative music still animates popular culture centuries later.  The Frédéric Chopin Annik LaFarge presents here is not the melancholy, sickly, romantic figure so often portrayed. The artist she discovered is, instead, a purely independent spirit: an innovator who created a new musical language, an autodidact who became a spiritually generous, trailblazing teacher, a stalwart patriot during a time of revolution and exile.  In Chasing Chopin, she follows in his footsteps during the three years, 1837-1840, when he composed his iconic “Funeral March” - dum dum da dum - using its composition story to illuminate the key themes of his life: a deep attachment to his Polish homeland; his complex relationship with writer George Sand; their harrowing but consequential sojourn on Majorca; the rapidly developing technology of the piano, which enabled his unique tone and voice; social and political revolution in 1830s Paris; friendship with other artists, from the famous Eugène Delacroix to the lesser known, yet notorious in his time, Marquis de Custine. Each of these threads - musical, political, social, personal - is woven through the “Funeral March” in Chopin’s Opus 35 sonata, a melody so famous it’s known around the world even to people who know nothing about classical music. But it is not, as LaFarge discovered, the piece of music we think we know.  As part of her research into Chopin’s world, then and now, LaFarge visited piano makers, monuments, churches, and archives; she talked to scholars, jazz musicians, video game makers, software developers, music teachers, theater directors, and of course dozens of pianists.  The result is extraordinary: an engrossing, pause-resisting work of musical discovery and an artful portrayal of a man whose work and life continue to inspire artists and cultural innovators in astonishing ways.  A companion website, WhyChopin, presents links to each piece of music mentioned in the book, organized by chapter in the order in which it appears, along with photos, resources, videos, and more.

©2020 itle TK Projects, LLC. All rights reserved. (P)2020 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

Narrator: Nancy Peterson
Length: 6 hrs and 58 mins
Available on Audible
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Finding the Rainbow

Summary

Holly Newbury's life is on hold in the cozy English village of Chilton Crosse. While her friends are marrying, having children, and embarking on successful careers, Holly is raising her three younger sisters and working part time at the village art gallery. Her life feels incomplete, but family is more important to her than anything. Then a film crew's arrival galvanizes the community, and Holly becomes fast friends with Fletcher Hays, the movie's love-shy American writer. The production of an Emma film isn't the only drama in town, though. Their father makes a choice that threatens everything she gave up her dreams for. Holly's sisters endure growing pains. And Fletcher plans to return to America as soon as filming is over, ruining any chance of their relationship blossoming further. After years of sacrificing for others, Holly must find the courage to take a risk on a future she never dared to expect.

©2015 Traci Borum (P)2016 Red Adept Publishing, LLC

Narrator: Nancy Peterson
Author: Traci Borum
Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
Available on Audible
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The Tuttle Twins and Their Spectacular Show Business

Summary

While most people prefer the relative safety of working at a job for somebody else, others are more interested in the independence, excitement, and creative problem solving that are all part of starting your own business and being an entrepreneur.  But as Ethan and Emily Tuttle learn in their latest adventure, being an entrepreneur isn't easy, especially when you re up against some tough competition. Join the twins as they dive into the ins and outs of becoming business owners, solving the many problems that pop up along the way!

©2018 Connor Boyack (P)2018 Connor Boyack

Narrator: Nancy Peterson
Length: 27 mins
Available on Audible
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I Am a Leader

Summary

You feel it, deep in your bones: God is inviting you to join him, to participate in his redemptive work in the world. And yet, as a woman leader, you face so many potential obstacles. Lack of clarity over your unique calling. Competing time demands. Changing seasons of life. Challenges such as self-doubt, criticism, and spiritual dryness. With nearly 30 years of ministry experience, Angie Ward knows firsthand the unique challenges that women leaders face as they seek to pursue their calling. In I Am a Leader, Angie explores the concept of "calling" as it applies specifically to women leaders - those women of influence both in Christian ministry and the broader world: What is calling? How do you discover it? And what does it look like to live out that calling practically amid a multitude of challenges? Thoroughly researched, theologically and biblically integrated, and uniquely personal, I Am a Leader will resonate no matter where you are on the calling journey: whether you are wondering about your God-given purpose; sensing an inkling of an invitation to a particular ministry; or embarking on the path but encountering challenges.

©2020 Angie Ward (P)2020 eChristian

Narrator: Nancy Peterson
Author: Angie Ward
Length: 6 hrs and 46 mins
Available on Audible
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JoyKeeper

Summary

During a long season of sorrow, there were days that Suzanne Eller would whisper to herself, "Joy is more than a feeling; it is a knowing." She was learning that to keep joy in her life, she needed to sort out her feelings and what she knew to be true, starting with:   What I feel: God is disappointed when I am sad.   What I know: God cares about how I feel.   What I feel: I am not enough.   What I know: God is aware of who I am becoming.   Examining six biblical truths in all, this power-packed book will help you see joy and God in a new light. Thirty practical and inspirational daily exercises are also included so you can intentionally practice these truths. If you feel sad or frustrated or angry, you're not doing something wrong. The difference comes when you ground your joy in the Source of lasting peace and learn to be a joykeeper.

©2020 Suzanne Eller (P)2020 eChristian

Narrator: Nancy Peterson
Length: 5 hrs and 11 mins
Available on Audible
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Petticoat Spy

Summary

Colonial Massachusetts, 1775 Abigail Stowell is a rarity for her time. The comely young woman is educated, outspoken, and attuned to the charged political climate around her. She is a staunch Patriot. In short, she is a rebel. So when Gideon Whitlock, an avowed Tory, rides into her village, Abby is not only put off by his politics and arrogance but is also annoyed by her undeniable attraction to him.  When she observes a clandestine meeting between her Patriot father and Gideon, Abby soon realizes that in a world divided by loyalties, not everything is as it seems. Soon she is drawn deeper into political intrigue than she ever dreamed possible. And just as feelings begin to heat up between Abby and Gideon, the shot heard round the world ignites the beginning of war between the colonists and the British redcoats. There is no time for hesitation, and Abby finds herself thrust into a world of intrigue, treachery, and terror. Lives hang in the balance, and Abby will stop at nothing to support the Patriot movement - but will her allegiance to the cause mean losing the man she loves?

©2017 Covenant Communications, Inc. (P)2017 Covenant Communications, Inc.

Narrator: Nancy Peterson
Category: Romance, Historical
Length: 11 hrs and 48 mins
Available on Audible
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The Other Side of the Bridge

1 rating

Summary

Two strangers, opposite coasts, and abridge that silently beckons. Katie Connelly has lived in San Francisco all her life. Her late father made his career as an ironworker on the Golden Gate Bridge, and the many stories of him trying to save jumpers still haunt her. When she's asked to write a history about the bridge, her research uncovers a secret journal hidden in her father's desk, pages of familiar advice penned by the hand of a stranger. The scribbled words tell of a promise ring and a distant love, clues that Katie hopes may answer her own unresolved sorrow. Across the country, Dave Riley, a marketing executive in New York, encounters sorrows of his own. As he grasps at straws after tragedy strikes his family, a once whimsical daydream quickly turns into an obsession: he must ride his motorcycle across the Golden Gate Bridge on the Fourth of July. Does the bridge hold answers for both Katie and Dave? Or will it only add to their heartache? The puzzling words left behind in a long-forgotten journal hold the key to the truth that they will discover on The Other Side of the Bridge.

©2018 Cameron Wright (P)2018 Shadow Mountain

Narrator: Nancy Peterson
Length: 9 hrs
Available on Audible
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Loaded

Summary

Your most valuable asset...is you. Loaded will teach you how to make the most of it. Based on decades of research and years of hands-on experience with people from all walks of life, LOADED is a must-listen for anyone who finds themselves caught between the desire to thrive financially and the complex emotions and conflicting priorities that money so often brings to our lives.   You will learn to:   Check your stories. Pinpoint and change beliefs that hold you back.   Choose your strategies. Learn how to align your money with your needs.   Cultivate your value. Put your unique resources to use and earn more.   Deeply researched, yet written in an approachable, conversational tone, Loaded offers insight into how your personal experiences have shaped your financial attitudes, and how you can build a healthier relationship with money.

©2016 Sarah Newcomb (P)2019 Tantor

Narrator: Nancy Peterson
Length: 6 hrs and 54 mins
Available on Audible
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The Trouble with Billionaires

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Summary

She's sworn to never fall for another rich man. He's determined to change her mind.  Charlotte Mabry moves to a small town in Alabama, full of plans for a better life, especially for her son, Taylor. Cash is short, but at least she's free from the crushing heartbreak of being married to a man who only cared about money. So even though Nate Haverton sends her pulses racing from the moment they meet, she refuses to let her heart lead her back into misery. Because he might be her son's T-ball coach, but he's also a billionaire.   Nate's drive and genius for solving problems have made him insanely wealthy but not happy. With no time for a committed relationship, he tries to fill the emptiness inside by giving back to his home town. But then Charlotte moves in, and he knows all this time he's been waiting for someone like her. She's beautiful, sweet, and strong...but adamant about keeping him at arm's length.   When his good intentions go wrong and rumors fly in their small Southern town, this may be one problem he can't solve - even though it's the one that matters most.  This is a sweet romance.

©2017 Michelle Pennington (P)2018 Tantor

Narrator: Nancy Peterson
Length: 5 hrs and 20 mins
Available on Audible
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The Tuttle Twins and the Golden Rule

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The Golden Rule - a summer camp adventure like no other! Ethan and Emily Tuttle embark on their first summer camp adventure where competing teams turn into rivals, but Chief Ron helps the twins and their teammates learn the dangers of aggression, revenge, and blowback - and why peace and friendship are important!

©2017 Connor Boyack (P)2017 Connor Boyack

Narrator: Nancy Peterson
Length: 23 mins
Available on Audible
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Murder at Lolly Beach

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Eve Sawyer is expecting a fun summer vacation until the chef at a popular food truck is attacked. But he’s not the only victim... Chef Blake Conway has been stirring up the locals with his campaign for a plastics ban on the quaint town’s littered beach. When Eve’s friend Cassie takes her to visit Blake’s crêpe food truck and they discover he’s being rushed to the hospital, the college journalism student can’t just stand by, especially after Cassie’s beach house is burglarized. Beach Beat reporter Jake Thorne, who takes Eve on as an intern, mentors her while they race to find the answers. The fuse is running short on suspects who oppose Blake’s proposed ordinance. And a killer is lurking at the small town’s quiet beach, where murders are practically unheard of. As more suspects are embroiled in this web of mystery and crime, what dark secrets will come to light? Murder at Lolly Beach is the second audiobook in the Eve Sawyer mystery series. It can be listened to as a stand-alone.

©2021 Jane Suen (P)2021 Jane Suen

Narrator: Nancy Peterson
Author: Jane Suen
Length: 3 hrs and 21 mins
Available on Audible
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Ever Fire

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Magic and fire burn.... The serenity of the Land of Faerie is threatened as the Unseelie queen, Aveta, rages war against the three remaining Seelie Realms of Faerie. As Shade's powers grow, she finds she is running out of time to keep the war from spilling into the human world. Winter is growing in strength as the evil queen's horrifying legions scar the land in their frigid wake. No one is safe. Shade becomes enemy number one for the Unseelie legions. Questioning her true role of power, Shade discovers the cost of winning may come at a much higher price than she ever imagined. Books in this series: The Withering Palace Evangeline Ever Shade Ever Fire Ever Winter The Cursed Ever Wrath History of Fire Ever Dead

©2012 Alexia Purdy (P)2015 Alexia Purdy

Narrator: Nancy Peterson
Author: Alexia Purdy
Length: 6 hrs and 1 min
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Flowers in December Trilogy

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The Complete Flowers in December Trilogy  This collection contains all three books: Flowers in December, Coming Home, and Second Chance. Loss. Hope. Love. Maybe a second chance could change everything. Connor goes home to bury his mother and must somehow reshape his future and face his own mortality. But will he make peace with his past?  Mary Ann owns a flourishing small town flower shop and has little time for anything else. She wasn't looking for love when a grieving Connor Norton, in town to attend his mother's funeral, walks into her shop and into her life.  Four months later, Connor returns to his hometown. He runs into Alana, the estranged daughter of his next-door neighbor Dottie who's struggling to come to terms with the devastating secret that tore her family apart.  But Connor can't forget Mary Ann. He knows he never should've left her. Is he too late?  Flowers in December Conner returns home to bury his mother and begin a new life with Tom, the family's orange tabby cat.  Coming Home Sometimes you have to leave home to find your way back. To one small town. One magical Christmas. Second Chance Conner thinks he's lost Mary Ann. Now they meet again. Can he win her back? Flowers in December Trilogy is a three-book set of uplifting stories with small-town relatable characters, hope, love, forgiveness, and sweet romance.

©2016, 2019, 2019 Jane Suen (P)2020 Jane Suen

Author: Jane Suen
Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
Available on Audible