New Arrivals · Large Print Romance Fiction

July 29, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

On shifting sand

July 28, 2015
Pittman, Allison.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2015.
601 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
"A novel"--Cover.
Life has been scorching Nola Merrill's skin and soul more than the 'Dust Bowl' ever could. Bitter with her divorce and aware that life lost meaning when her mother died and left her with an unaffectionate father, Nola commits a shameful sin by sleeping with a drifter and long-lost friend. Only by confessing her sin can Nola lead her family into a quenching future free from Oklahoma's dry and dusty air.

A lover's vow

July 24, 2015
Jackson, Brenda (Brenda Streater), author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press Large Print, 2015.
555 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
Business mogul Dalton Granger is as passionate as he is gorgeous, but private investigator Jules Bradford won't give him the time of day. She knows all about the youngest Granger brother--a charming bad boy whose only interest is playing the field. But Dalton is more complicated than that, and he's determined to show Jules that behind all the bravado is the honest heart of a devoted son, brother...and a man whose own life is in peril. Jules is the only person who can protect Dalton, and they embark on a mission to save his family and his legacy. But when their late nights in the office turn into early mornings in the bedroom, Jules and Dalton soon realize they have more at stake than they ever imagined.--Back cover.

A heart's disguise

July 24, 2015
Coble, Colleen.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2015.
169 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
"In theaftermath of the Civil War, a young woman searches for her lost love at the edge of the West. The Civil War has destroyed Sarah Montgomery's marriage before it's even begun. After Sarah receives word that her fiancé, Rand Campbell, has been killed fighting for the Union, her brothers and ailing father persuade her to pledge herself to Ben Croftner--despite her strong misgivings. But when Sarah finds out that Rand is in fact alive--and that Ben Croftner knew it--she indignantly breaks off the engagement and goes in search of Rand. But Ben Croftner does not take rejection lightly--and a single woman with a sick father makes an easy target. When Sarah is abducted by her treacherous fiancé, Rand finally comes to her aid. only to reveal that he has been posted at Fort Laramie, Wyoming, and intends to take her there as his wife. But could Sarah leave her dying father's side for the love of her life? And what plans are forming in the jealous heart of Ben Croftner?"-- Provided by publisher.

Heartless

July 24, 2015
Balogh, Mary.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press Large Print, 2015.
643 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
Life has taught Lucas Kendrick, Duke of Harndon, that a heart is a decided liability. Betrayed by his elder brother, rejected by his fiancée, banished by his father, and shunned by his mother, Luke fled to Paris, where he became the most sought-after bachelor in fashionable society. Ten years later, fate has brought him back home to England as head of the family who rejected him. Unwilling as he is to be involved with them, he must assume responsibility for his younger siblings, the family estate he once loved and the succession. He faces the prospect of marrying with the greatest reluctance until he sees beguiling Lady Anna Marlowe across a ballroom one night. Anna, far from being the bright-eyed innocent Luke takes her for, is no more a stranger to the shadows of a painful past than he is. But for her, marriage cannot so easily solve what is wrong in her life, not when a tormentor stalks her to the very doors of Bowden Abbey, where Luke and Anna must learn to trust in each other or risk any chance they may have for a happy future.

Mad, bad, and dangerous in plaid

July 24, 2015
Enoch, Suzanne.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2015.
473 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
"High-spirited Rowena MacLawry has come to the Highlands after a spectacularly successful debut Season in London, and has made it painfully clear that she's outgrown her childhood obsession with Lachlan MacTier. That's just fine with him, as he never had any intention of marrying the lass anyway! Yet how can he ignore the fact that once rough and tumble Winnie has become a very fashionable--and incredibly desirable--young woman ... Brawny, rugged Lachlan is nothing like the aristocratic English gentleman who pursued Winnie--with a passion--in London. Three months away were more than enough to show her a world infinitely more glamorous than untamed Scottish Highlands--and her beloved childhood crush. But now that she's decided to find a prospective husband with a bit more polish, could Lachlan finally appreciate her charms? And is it remotely possible to ignore the wild attraction she feels for him?"-- Provided by publisher.

Earth bound

July 24, 2015
Feehan, Christine, author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press Large Print, 2015.
585 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
After escaping from a cult, Lexi found refuge with her sisters on the farm that more than sustained her body, it nurtured her soul as well. But she never forgot the terror she left behind or the always present fear that the cult would find her again and claim her. Then her nightmare came true. Lexi was discovered and threatened only to be suddenly saved by a stranger. He is Gavriil Prakenskii, and he’s awestruck by the woman he’s rescued. She is destined for him. He can feel it in his soul. But how can Lexi find happiness with a man steeped in secrets and shadows, one intimately acquainted with violence, and whose very love could be the death of them?

This gun for hire

July 23, 2015
Goodman, Jo, 1953-
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press Large Print, 2015.
585 pages (large print) ; 23 cm

In the Brazilian's debt

July 21, 2015
Stephens, Susan, author.
©2015
288 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
Paying for the past. Lady Elizabeth Fane has two choices: lose her family's Scottish stud farm or swallow her pride and beg Chico Fernandez for help. She's never forgiven the arrogant Brazilian polo star for abandoning her years before, so instead she will collect on the debt he owes her. Yet in the sultry Brazilian heat passions flare, revealing feelings Lizzie thought she had long conquered. That is until Chico finally reveals the truth behind his desertion and Lizzie realises that not only does he have power over her body, but it's she who is in the Brazilian's debt!

Butternut summer

July 20, 2015
McNear, Mary, author.
©2014
495 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
Includes discussion questions.
"A novel"--Cover.
"Daisy is back in Butternut Creek for the summer helping her mother run her coffee shop and preparing for her final year of college. A chance encounter with Will, the bad boy from high school, and the return of her absentee father will cause mother and daughter to come to terms with the desires of their hearts"-- Provided by publisher.

One true heart

July 20, 2015
Thomas, Jodi, author.
©2015
432 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
"As their paths cross in new, captivating directions, the townspeople of Harmony need to learn to love and let go in order to live together in their little slice of heaven"-- Provided by publisher.

Twice in a lifetime

July 17, 2015
Garlock, Dorothy.
©2015
467 pages (large print) ; 24 cm
"Thorndike Press large print basic"--Title page verso.
Sunset, Missouri, 1954. In postwar America, young widow Clara Sinclair finds her life changed by daring stranger Drake McCoy's unexpected kindness. Can their love survive the vicious, unseen enemy that is closing in fast?

Love comes calling

July 16, 2015
Mitchell, Siri L., 1969- author.
©2014
453 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
Boston, 1924. With her heart set on Hollywood, Ellis Eton is working as a telephone operator for a look-alike friend. She'll get acting practice plus the funds to get her a start in the movies. A disappointment to her wealthy Boston family, Ellis knows she's not good enough for neighbor and crush Griffin Phillips. Her plan is simple: avoid his attentions, work, and get paid. But in typical Ellis fashion, things spiral out of control when she overhears a menacing phone call... with Griff as the target. With handsome policeman Jack Flanigan investigating -- and her heart in a muddle -- will she discover what might be the role of a lifetime?

Wonderful lonesome

July 16, 2015
Newport, Olivia, author.
©2014
497 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
"Amish turns of time ; book 1"--Cover.
In a struggling Amish settlement on the harsh Colorado plain, Abbie Weaver refuses to concede defeat to hail, drought, and coyotes, even as families begin to give up and return east. The biggest challenge is the lack of a spiritual shepherd and regular worship. When Abbie discovers the root of a spiritual divide in the settlement, she faces decisions about what she believes. She must choose between a quiet love in her cherished church, passion with a man determined to leave the church, or imagining her life with neither.

Steadfast heart

July 16, 2015
Peterson, Tracie, author.
©2015
453 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
Lenore Fulcher isn't pretentious despite her spoiled upbringing. Her deepest desire at the age of twenty is to find true love. However, her father believes she's wasted enough time searching for a suitable husband, and he wants to marry her off to one of his business partners -- thirty-seven-year-old James Rybus. But the idea of marriage to a man so much older is out of the question for Lenore. Kolbein Booth, a lawyer from Chicago, arrives in Seattle looking for his headstrong sister who he believes may have answered an advertisement for mail-order brides. Sick with worry, he storms the Madison Bridal School, demanding to see his sister, only to learn she isn't there. But Lenore Fulcher is, and something about her captures his attention. Is this the man Lenore has been searching for? She may not have long to find out.

A dream of home

July 16, 2015
Clipston, Amy, author.
©2014
437 pages (large print) : genealogical table ; 23 cm.
Moving to Pennsylvania wasn't in Madeleine's original plans. She should still be in California and should have married her pilot fiancé a year ago but death has a way of changing everything. Now the former Air Force flight nurse is living alone in Paradise, Pennsylvania, and working as a maid at the Lancaster Grand Hotel. She isn't exactly a widow... but she sure feels like one. Saul Beiler isn't exactly a widower... but his wife is long gone. His six-year-old daughter, Emma, doesn't know that her mother fled the Amish community and married another man but she does know that her dat is lonely, and that a pretty young maedel just moved in next door. Madeline's numb heart begins to thaw as she spends more time with the innocent and ever optimistic Emma. The stronger her friendship grows with the young girl, the more intrigued Madeline grows about the humble, strong, man raising her on his own. But even as a strange attraction pulls Saul and Madeleine across a stark cultural divide, they and everybody else have to wonder: What could they possibly have in common besides heartache? Will love allow Madeleine to finally find the home she's been dreaming of all along?"

The last heiress

July 16, 2015
Ellis, Mary, 1951-
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, 2015.
499 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
When Amanda Dunn sets sail from England for Wilmington, North Carolina, she hopes to somehow restore shipments of raw materials for her family's textile mills, which have been severely disrupted by the American Civil War. Though there is not much one individual can do, the wealthy young woman feels she must try, as her mother and hundreds of employees at Dunn Textiles are dependent on Southern cotton. When Amanda meets Nathaniel Cooper, her desire to conduct business and quickly return to England changes. Though captivated by one another, neither is fully aware of the other's true nature. Nathanial, who on the outside appears to be a poor but hardworking merchant, is actually a secret Yankee sympathizer who will stop at almost nothing to bring about freedom for those who live under subjugation, even when that involves questionable judgment. And Amanda's wealth is made possible by underpaid workers living in slums around the mills, not much different than American slavery. Can these two earnest souls find the best in one another rather than focus on what could tear them apart? And though they both believe they are on God's path, how will their decisions affect those around them?

Love unexpected

July 16, 2015
Hedlund, Jody, author.
©2014
467 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
"Beacons of hope ; book 1"--Title page.
All she's ever wanted was a home. But stranded at Presque Isle port after their steamboat sank, Emma Chambers and her brother, Ryan, couldn't be farther away from security. While Ryan at least can find work, Emma can't even find a place to stay. An unlikely solution arises when the lighthouse keeper, who recently lost his wife and is struggling to raise his young son, arrives in town. A traveling preacher believes they might be the answer to each others' problems, and after a hasty marriage, Emma is headed back to the lighthouse with this handsome but quiet stranger. But nothing in her wandering life has prepared her for suddenly being asked to raise a child and keep a house. Struggling at every turn, Emma also suspects Patrick may be keeping something hidden from her. In town she hears whispers about strange circumstances surrounding his previous wife's death, and it seems as though Emma's answered prayer for a home and family may actually be something much more dangerous.

A match of wits

July 16, 2015
Turano, Jen, author.
©2014
493 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
After his departure from New York two years ago to meet up with his almost-fiancee, Zayne Beckett is the last person Agatha Watson wanted to stumble upon in her travels as a reporter with the New York Tribune. Quite pathetically bedraggled, he clearly needs to be taken in hand and sent back East to his family. Although she no longer has feelings for him, Agatha realizes -- by hook or by crook -- she'll have to be the one to get the obstinate man home. Zayne has no desire to be taken anywhere and is prepared to drag his heels all the way home... until he finds himself slipping back into the familiar banter of his former friendship with Agatha. Once they arrive in New York, Zayne realizes Agatha's determined nose for news has earned her a few enemies, and he hopes to repay her help with some help of his own. But she rebuffs all his attempts to prove himself a knight in shining armor. Everyone else may think them a match, but nothing could be further from the truth -- until Agatha finds herself in real trouble.

The shepherd's bride

July 16, 2015
Davids, Patricia, author.
©2014
311 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
Includes discussio questions.
Shunned by the Amish community, shepherd Carl King has given up on his dream for a family. Yet, when captivating Lizzie Barkman shows up at the sheep farm where he works, Carl sees the wife he once dreamed of. Lizzie is looking for a new start for herself and her sisters, and discovers Carl to be a kind and gentle man who cares deeply about the Amish way of life. But he is under the bann. Is it possible that this forbidden man holds the key to her family's safety and heart?

The beekeeper's son

July 16, 2015
Irvin, Kelly.
©2014
487 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
Includes discussion questions.
"The Amish of Bee County ; book 1"--Title page.
Phineas King knows better than to expect anything but shock and pity wherever he shows his face. Horribly scarred from the tragic accident that claimed his mother's life, he chooses to keep his distance from everyone, focusing his time and energy on the bees his family raises. If no one sees him, no one can judge him. So why does he start finding excuses to seek out Deborah Lantz, the beautiful new arrival in town? Deborah can't get out of Bee County, Texas, soon enough. Once her mother and younger siblings are settled, she is on the first bus out of this dusty town. She is only waiting on the letter from Aaron, asking her to return to lush Tennessee to be his wife. But that letter never comes. As she spends time getting to know Phineas -- hoping to uncover the man beneath the scars -- she begins to realize that she no longer minds that Aaron hasn't sent for her.

Playing by heart

July 16, 2015
Mateer, Anne, author.
©2014
445 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
Lula Bowman has finally achieved her dream: a teaching position and a scholarship to continue her college education in mathematics. But then a shocking phone call from her sister, Jewel, changes everything. With a heavy heart, Lula returns to her Oklahoma hometown to do right by her sister, but the only teaching job available in Dunn is combination music instructor/basketball coach. Lula doesn't even consider those real subjects! Determined to prove herself, Lula commits to covering the job for the rest of the school year. Reluctantly, she turns to the boys' coach, Chet, to learn the newfangled game of basketball. Chet is handsome and single, but Lula has no plans to fall for a local boy. She's returning to college and her scholarship as soon as she gets Jewel back on her feet. However, the more time she spends around Jewel's family, the girls' basketball team, music classes, and Chet, the more Lula comes to realize what she's given up in her single-minded pursuit of degree after degree. God is working on her heart, and her future is starting to look a lot different than she'd expected.

Daughter of the regiment

July 15, 2015
Whitson, Stephanie Grace.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2015.
473 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
"A novel"--Cover.

Reservations for two : a novel of fresh flavors and new horizons

July 15, 2015
Lodge, Hillary Manton.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2015.
517 pages ; 23 cm.
"The two blue doors series ; #2"--Title page verso.

Ever after : a Nantucket brides novel

July 15, 2015
Deveraux, Jude.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press Large Print, 2015.
535 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
"Late one spring, Hallie Hartley learns she's inherited a beautiful old house on Nantucket from an ancestor she never knew she had. She learns of her luck from Jared Montgomery, who arranges for her to take on his cousin James Taggert as a private physical therapy client for the summer. Hallie expects a spoiled, frivolous playboy, but Jamie surprises her by being kind, considerate, and humble--not to mention incredibly strong and handsome. But Jamie's hiding something: every night Hallie hears him crying out in his sleep. Finding that only her presence can calm him, Hallie begins spending the night with Jamie, sneaking away every morning before he wakes up. It's not until Jamie's extended family descends onto the island to celebrate a lavish wedding that she discovers the truth: Jamie was a soldier, wounded in combat while saving a friend, and has suffered from PTSD since his return. Jamie withdraws, embarrassed by his vulnerability, while Hallie questions how she can trust him after he's lied to her all summer. But as the two team up to solve another of Nantucket's enchanting mysteries, whether it's the romantic island setting or possibly the work of some meddling matchmaker ghosts, Jamie begins to realize maybe he's found the one woman who can love him for who he is, scars and all"-- Provided by publisher.

The beekeeper's daughter

July 15, 2015
Montefiore, Santa, 1970-
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2015.
561 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
"England, 193[3]. Grace Hamblin is growing up on the beautiful estate of the Marquiss and Marchioness of Penselwood. The beekeeper's daughter, she knows her place and her future--that is until her father dies and leaves her alone. Her childhood friend Freddie has recently become her lover, and she is thankful when they are able to marry and take over her father's duties ... Massachusetts, 1973. Grace's daughter Trixie Valentine is in love with an unsuitable boy. Jasper Duncliffe is wild and romantic, and in a band that might be going somewhere. But when his brother dies and he is called home to England, Jasper promises to come back for Trixie one day, if only she will wait for him"-- Provided by publisher.

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