New Arrivals · Large Print Romance Fiction

November 16, 2019
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The bake shop

November 15, 2019
Clipston, Amy, author.
©2019
443 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
Includes discussion questions.
When Christiana Kurtz opens a popular bake shop at the local market, she meets -- and eventually becomes friends with -- Jeffrey Stoltzfus, who runs the leather and woodcraft store next door. But when Christiana's father finds out that Jeffrey uses electricity in his work, he criticizes him as being too modern and forbids Christiana from dating him. Later, Jeffrey's shop catches fire and puts the entire market in jeopardy. Regardless of Jeffrey's mistakes, Christiana can't deny her feelings for him. Though the odds are against them, can two young people find a way to rebuild both their businesses and their relationship?

My heart belongs in the Blue Ridge : Laurel's dream

November 15, 2019
Basham, Pepper, author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2019.
441 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
"Journey into the Blue Ridge Mountains of 1918 where Laurel McAdams endures the challenges of a hard life while dreaming things can eventually improve. But trouble arrives in the form of an outsider. Having failed his British father again, Jonathan Taylor joins is uncle's missionary endeavors as a teacher in a two-room schoolhouse. Laurel feels compelled to protect the tenderhearted teacher from the harsh realities of Appalachian life, even while his stories of life outside the mountains pull at Laurel's imagination. Faced with angry parents over teaching methods, Laurel's father's drunken rages, and bad news from England, will Jonathan leave and never return, or will he stay and let love bloom?"-- Provided by publisher.

The perfect love song : a Christmas story

November 15, 2019
Henry, Patti Callahan, author.
[Waterville, Maine] : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Comapny, 2019.
235 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
Includes: a shortbread recipe, instructions for Charlotte's southern garland, the legend of the Claddagh Ring, the story behind the story, and discussion questions.
Brothers Jimmy and Jack Sullivan live a nomadic life touring with their band, The Unknown Souls. But now Jack is engaged to Kara, with a Christmas wedding planned in Ireland. Until Jimmy met Kara’s best friend, Charlotte, he never expected to fall in love. When Jimmy and Charlotte write a song together, it catches the attention of a manager for a famous country band. Before Jimmy knows it, he’s on tour with the band and everyone knows his name. But fame isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, and Jimmy finds himself far away from his loved ones. Only a Christmas miracle will lead Jimmy back to Ireland, to his brother, and to love.

Protecting Tanner Hollow : four romantic suspense novellas

November 15, 2019
Eason, Lynette, author.
[Waterville, Maine] : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company, 2019.
527 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
"Published in 2019 by arrangement with Revell Books, an imprint of Baker Publishing Group."--Title page verso.
Lethal homecoming -- Lethal conspiracy -- Lethal secrets -- Lethal agenda.
Lethal Homecoming: Nolan Tanner never got over Kallie Ainsworth's unexplained departure. When there's an attempt on her life, her intervenes and old feelings come rushing back. Lethal Conspiracy: When Lillian Maloney witnesses a murder, she becomes the next target -- but firefighter Jason Tanner comes to the rescue. Lethal Secrets: Someone wants Honor McBride dead, and while Eli Murphy longs to help, he has secrets that could get them both killed. Lethal Agenda: When Detective Derek St. John rescues Claire Montgomery, he finds himself falling for her. But he'll have to keep her alive if they're to have a future together.

Meant to be yours

November 13, 2019
Mallery, Susan, author.
©2019
449 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
In Happily Inc, love means never having to say "I do"... Wedding coordinator Renee Grothen isn't meant for marriage. Those who can, do. Those who can't, plan. But she never could have planned on gorgeous, talented thriller writer Jasper Dembenski proposing -- a fling, that is. Fun without a future. And the attraction between them is too strong for Renee to resist. Now she can have her no-wedding cake... and eat it, too. After years in the military, Jasper is convinced he's too damaged for relationships. So a flirtation -- and more -- with fiery, determined Renee is way too good to pass up... until his flame becomes his muse. Renee is an expert at averting every crisis. But is she finally ready to leap into the one thing that can never be controlled: love?

An Amish second Christmas

November 12, 2019
Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2019.
397 pages (large print) ; 22 cm
Their second chance / Shelley Shepard Gray -- His Amish angel / Patricia Johns -- Heirloom Christmas / Virginia Wise.
Their second chance: Amish nanny Hannah Eicher never thought she'd ever see Rob Prince again. There was no way a relationship between her and the handsome English fireman could overcome her family's objections -- and their personal differences. But when he saves her from a sudden blaze, Hannah longs to see if they can turn holiday hope into a lifetime of happiness ...

You Belong With Me : restoring heritage, book 1

November 11, 2019
Faris, Tari, author
Thorndike, MA : Center Point Publishing, 2019.
421 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
"Realtor Hannah Thornton has many talents. Unfortunately, selling houses in the town where her family name is practically poison isn't one of them. When a business tycoon determines to raze historic homes in the small town of Heritage, Michigan, and replace them with a strip mall, Hannah resolves to stop him. She sets about helping Heritage win a restoration grant that will put the town back on the map--and hopefully finally repay the financial debt Hannah's mother caused the town. But at first no one supports her efforts--not even her best friend, Luke. Luke Johnson may have grown up in Heritage, but as a foster kid he never truly felt as if he belonged. Now he has a chance to score a job as assistant fire chief and earn his place in the town. But when the interview process and Hannah's restoration project start unearthing things from his past, Luke must decide if belonging is worth the pain of being honest about who he is--and who he was."--

Pride, prejudice, and other flavors : a novel

November 11, 2019
Dev, Sonali, author.
Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Publishing, 2019.
584 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
Subtitle taken from cover.
Includes Reading Group Guide.
Dr. Trisha Raje is San Francisco's most acclaimed neurosurgeon. But that's not enough for the Rajes, her influential immigrant family who achieved power by making its own non-negotiable rules. Trisha has been guilty of breaking all the rules, but finally has a chance to redeem herself. Up-and-coming chef DJ Caine has known people like Trisha before, people who judge him by his rough beginnings and place pedigree above character. He needs the lucrative job the Rajes offer, but he values his pride too much to indulge Trisha's arrogance. Then he discovers that she's the only surgeon who can save his sister's life. But before a future can be savored there's a past to be reckoned with ...

Unscripted : a novel

November 11, 2019
Bunn, T. Davis, 1952- author.
Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2019.
397 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
Young line producer Danny Byrd is well-known in Hollywood for being someone who gets things done on time and under budget. But when his reputation takes a beating after his partner-- and former best friend-- makes off with their investors' money, Danny has but one chance to redeem himself and restore his ruined career. LA lawyer Megan Pierce sacrificed years proving herself to bosses only to be disgusted by their snobbery and their specious business practices. When an opportunity to actullay make a difference comes her way, she knows she has to grab it - even though she's not entirely clear what "it" is. Danny and Megan are each other's best hope for redemption. What they never could have imagined was that they might also be each other's best hope for love.

The promise of us

November 11, 2019
Beck, Jamie, author.
Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2019.
430 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
Claire McKenna knows about loss. The bullet wound that ended her promising professional tennis career drove her to make a quiet life for herself working with fabric samples, chatting with her book group, and spending time with her parents in her sleepy coastal Connecticut hometown. There was a boyfriend who dumped her to pursue her adventurous childhood friend. Claire's business has hit a financial snag, but she's up to the challenge. After all, she can survive anything. Until her teen crush, Logan, returns to town with his sister, Claire's traitorous friend. Photographer Logan Prescott is more playboy than homebody. But his sister's illness teaches him that there's more to life than chasing the next thrill. Bent on helping her win Claire's forgiveness, he turns his charm on Claire and offers her big bucks to renovate his multimillion-dollar New York City condo. Claire must now take some risks. The payoff could be huge, but if it all falls apart, can her heart recover from another loss?

Dark Ambitions

November 11, 2019
Hannon, Irene, author.
Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Publishing, 2019.
455 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
Former Army Night Stalker Rick Jordan usually has his camp for foster children to himself during the winter months. But someone has visited recently leaving a trail of blood. One of the two clues left behind tips Rick off to the identity of his visitor, who soon turns up dead. The police deem it an accident, but Rick isnt convinced. With the help of private investigator Heather Shields, he sets out to decipher the remaining clue. Except someone doesnt want them to succeed and will stop at nothing to keep them from finding the truth.

Love Covers : Leaving Lennhurst Book 1 : Elias

November 8, 2019
David, Julia, author
Thorndike, MA : Center Point Publishing, 2019.
389 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
The town of Greenlock has shunned Lauren, the daughter of the local mortician, who has begrudgingly taken over her fathers duties. Day after day the work creates loneliness in her tender heart that spurs despondence. Then a voice speaks from the morgue basement. A rough and tumble outlaw whos supposed to be dead is still alive! For some unfathomable reason, Lauren agrees to help him stay dead.

All the flowers in Paris : a novel

October 30, 2019
Jio, Sarah, author.
©2019
421 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
Two women are connected across time by the city of Paris, a mysterious stack of love letters, and shocking secrets, sweeping from World War II to the present.

Entangled

October 30, 2019
Scott, J. S. (Jan S.), author.
©2019
319 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
Aiden Sinclair was a commercial fisherman before he suddenly came into his billionaire inheritance--not that he's complaining. Being a Sinclair does have its perks. But things were simpler before the money. He may have been dirt poor, but he loved his job and fully intended to always come back from the sea to his girlfriend, Skye Weston, so they could move toward something more permanent. Or at least that had been the plan...until he returned from a two-month fishing trip to discover she had moved away and was marrying somebody else. It tore his world apart. Now Skye's back in town after nearly a decade. She's a single mother and just as beautiful as ever. However, for some odd reason, she appears to hate him, when it should be Aiden who wants nothing to do with the woman who dumped him. Unfortunately, more than nine years of separation have done nothing to put a damper on their white-hot chemistry. But even if those feelings are real, Skye has been keeping secrets. The truth of the past is about to come to light, and there is so much more at stake than just Aiden's heart.

Half empty

October 30, 2019
Bybee, Catherine, auhor.
©2018
453 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
Trina Petrov's marriage-by-contract was only meant to be temporary. But when tragedy strikes, Trina is left one of the wealthiest women in the world. To recover from the shock, she takes some time off in Italy, swearing not to fall for any men while there. But that doesn't mean she can't fall for anyone on the trip home ... Country-music superstar Wade Thomas is lying low in a hotel bar when he gets the cold shoulder from the woman next to him. He's used to fans fawning at his boots, and Trina is a refreshing change--so is the fact that she has no idea who he is. As things begin to heat up, Trina discovers that the circumstances of her late husband's death are not what they seemed. Now she's in trouble, and Wade isn't about to let her out of his sight. Getting close to love and danger could get them killed...or it could sweep them both off their feet.-- Back cover.

The bookish life of Nina Hill

October 25, 2019
Waxman, Abbi, author.
©2019
459 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 23 cm.
The only child of a single mother, Nina Hill has her life just as she wants it. If she sometimes suspects there might be more to life than reading, she just shrugs and picks up a new book. When the father Nina never knew existed suddenly dies, leaving behind innumerable sisters, brothers, nieces, and nephews, Nina is horrified. They all live close by and are excited to meet her! It's time for Nina to come out of her comfortable shell, but she isn't convinced real life could ever live up to fiction. It's going to take a brand-new family to make her turn her own fresh page.

The flight girls

October 25, 2019
Salazar, Noelle, author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2019.
555 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
1941. Audrey Coltrane has always wanted to fly. It's why she implored her father to teach her at the little airfield back home in Texas. It's why she signed up to train military pilots in Hawaii when the war in Europe began. And it's why she insists she is not interested in any dream-derailing romantic involvements, even with the disarming Lieutenant James Hart. Then one fateful day, she gets caught in the air over Pearl Harbor just as the bombs begin to fall, and suddenly, nowhere feels safe. Shining a light on a little-known piece of history, The Flight Girls is a sweeping portrayal of women's fearlessness in the face of adversity, and the power of friendship.

Alaskan catch

October 24, 2019
Pethick, Sue, author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company, 2019.
381 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
"Emily's certainly not looking for romance . . . until a huge dog knocks her down and sends her flying into fish goo. It's love at first sight for Emily and Bear, whose handsome owner, Sam, becomes flummoxed when the fallen worker in the hard hat turns out to be a pretty young woman. Emily and Bear begin a beautiful relationship, with Sam in tow. And before long the attraction between the humans becomes undeniable. But separation and a dangerous undertaking soon leave Emily wondering if she'll lose Sam before she gets to tell him how she really feels . . . Bear wants his humans staying together, and before he's done, both Emily and Sam will learn one essential canine truth- A dog is the only one on earth who loves you more than you love yourself"-- Provided by publisher.

Lulu's Café

October 24, 2019
Lowe, T. I. (Tonya), author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2019.
455 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
"When a damaged young woman is given a chance to reclaim her life in a small South Carolina town, she must reckon with the dark secrets she left behind in order to accept the love she deserves. On the run from a violent past, Leah Allen arrived in tiny Rivertown, South Carolina, battered and broken, but ready to reinvent herself. By a stroke of fate, Leah is drawn to the Southern hospitality of a small café, looking for a warm meal but finding so much more. Lulu, the owner, offers her a job, a place to stay and a new lease on life. Through Lulu's tenacious warmth and generosity, Leah quickly finds herself embraced by the quaint community as she tries to put herself back together. Given she's accustomed to cruelty, the kindness is overwhelming. Soon Leah meets Crowley Mason, the most eligible bachelor in town. A lawyer and friend of Lulu's, Crowley is wary of Leah's sudden, mysterious arrival. Despite his reserve, something sparks between them that can't be denied. But after all she's been through, can Leah allow herself to truly love and be loved, especially when her first urge is to run? Exploring the resiliency of both the heart and the spirit, Lulu's Café gorgeously illustrates how old scars can finally heal no matter how deep they seem"-- Provided by publisher.

The Noel stranger

October 24, 2019
Evans, Richard Paul, author.
©2018
303 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
Sally Walther feels like her world is imploding. Publicly humiliated after her husband, a local councilman, is arrested for bigamy and her subsequent divorce, she has isolated herself from the world. When her only friend insists that Sally climb out of her hole and embrace the season to get her out of her funk, Sally decides to put up a Christmas tree and heads off to buy one--albeit reluctantly. She is immediately taken by Andrew, the kind, handsome man who owns the Christmas tree lot and delivers her tree. She soon learns that Andrew is single and new to her city and, like her, is also starting his life anew. As their friendship develops, Sally slowly begins to trust again--something she never thought possible. Then, just when she thinks she has finally found happiness, she discovers a dark secret from Andrew's past. Is there more to this stranger's truth than meets the eye?

The Christmas sisters

October 23, 2019
Morgan, Sarah, 1948- author.
©2019
587 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
"In the snowy Highlands of Scotland, Suzanne McBride is dreaming of the perfect cozy Christmas. Her three adopted daughters are coming home for the holidays and she can't wait to see them. But tensions are running high .... As Suzanne's dreams of the perfect McBride Christmas unravel, she must rely on the magic of the season to bring her daughters together."--Provided by Publisher.

Jackson

October 23, 2019
March, Emily, author.
©2019
439 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
Caroline Carruthers thinks she buried her dreams along with the love of her life...until a stranger named Celeste dares her to chase a dream all on her own. Moving to Redemption, Texas, is chapter one in Caroline's new life story. Opening a bookstore is the next. Finding love is the last thing on her mind as she settles into this new place called home. But when she meets a handsome, soulful man who's also starting over, all bets are off. Jackson McBride came to Redemption looking only to find himself, not someone to love. Ever since his marriage ended, he's been bitter. Sure, he used to believe in love--he even has the old song lyrics to prove it--but the Jackson of today is all business. That is, until a beautiful young widow who's moved to town inspires a change of heart. Could it be that the myth of Redemption's healing magic is true...and Jackson and Caroline can find a second chance at a happy ending after all?

The marriage clock : a novel

October 23, 2019
Raheem, Zara, author.
©2019
399 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
Yes, Leila Abid wants to marry, but after 26 years of singledom her parents are panicking, the neighbors are talking, and she's wondering if her expectations are too high. She's looking for a Bollywood romance, where real love happens before marriage, not the other way around. After a series of speed dates, blind dates, online dates and even ambush dates, the sparks just don't fly! The marriage clock ticking: she's facing her 3-month deadline before her parents arrange a marriage for her! -- adapted from back cover

Once a spy

October 23, 2019
Putney, Mary Jo, author.
©2019
537 pages ; 23 cm.
"Wearied by his years as a British intelligence officer, Simon Duval resigns his commission after Napoleon's abdication. Hoping to find new meaning in his life, he returns to England, where he discovers his cousin's widow, Suzanne Duval, the Comtesse de Chambron. Working as a seamstress, living in reduced circumstances, Suzanne has had a life as complicated as Simon's. While both believe they are beyond love, their sympathetic bond leads him to propose a marriage of companionship, and Suzanne accepts. She didn't want or expect a true marriage, but as Suzanne joins Simon in a search for his long missing foster brother, warmth and caring begin to heal both their scars-and a powerful passion sparks between them. Then news from France threatens to disrupt their happiness. Napoleon has escaped from Elba and Wellington personally asks Simon to help prevent another devastating war. Only this time, Simon does not go into danger alone. He and Suzanne will face deadly peril together, and pray that love will carry them through "-- Provided by publisher.

Winter at the beach

October 23, 2019
Roberts, Sheila, 1951- author.
©2018
495 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
Includes recipes.
The town of Moonlight Harbor needs to convince tourists that the beach is still the place to be--even when the sunshine goes south for the winter. Jenna Jones, new propietor of The Driftwood Inn, has the perfect idea: a holiday festival called Seaside with Santa. Jenna is happy to throw herself into planning the event. With all the decorating, preparation and extra reservations at the inn because of the festival--and with two wonderful but very different men hoping to claim more of her time and her heart--Jenna is busy. Busy, but happy. Even with her troublesome ex in the picture, life feels as close to perfect as she's ever known. Until the weather turns her festival into a farce. Suddenly Mother Nature is not only raining on Jenna's parade, the old bat's trying to blow the floats and their princesses out to sea. Soon everyone is without power and the road out of town is blocked. And Jenna has a full motel. After the generator conks out, she's not so sure she and her guests will make it through to the New Year in one piece. But with a little pulling together and a lot of holiday spirit, everyone might find that life--and Christmas--is always good at the beach.

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