New Arrivals · Large Print Romance Fiction

September 14, 2019
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The express bride

September 13, 2019
Woodhouse, Kimberley, 1973- author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, [2019]
433 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
Jacqueline Rivers manages a Pony Express station in 1860 Utah territory after her father's death. There are daily stresses placed on her in this unconventional role, and now a government official is asking her to sniff out counterfeiters. When Elijah Johnson passes through on the stage while on an exhausting quest to find his boss's heir, he doesn't want to leave the beguiling station manager. In fact, he may never leave when caught in the crossfire of the territory's criminal activities. Jackie can't decide if Elijah is friend or foe. Can she remain strong when secrets of the past and present are finally unearthed?

Listening to love

September 13, 2019
Wiseman, Beth, 1962- author.
©2019
409 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
Includes discussion questions.
Lucas Shetler lives in a strict Old Order Amish district. His community hasn't embraced the technology common in other Amish communities, so they live without phones and keep food refrigerated with ice blocks. Lucas's family is intent on staying detached from the outside world. Natalie Collins is the furthest from Amish one can be. She's grown up with any convenience she could want but is carrying a past of pain and broken relationships with her family. She's pursuing a career in veterinary medicine, and falling in love with Lucas isn't in the plan. As Natalie and Lucas start to reckon with a future that neither of them expected, they encounter family opposition from all sides. As the people they love try to force their own plans onto the couple, Lucas and Natalie realize how difficult it will be to stay true to themselves and one another.

The loyal one

September 13, 2019
Gray, Shelley Shepard, author
©2019
395 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
Includes reader's discussion questions.
When Katie Steury hires her old friend Harley Lambright to remodel her rundown old house into a bed and breakfast, she does so with trepidation. They've always had a rocky relationship, and she is partly responsible for his most recent breakup. Harley realizes that Katie's been hiding her mother's hoarding, but they discover that clearing the debris in one old house also means they have to do some clean-up in their lives. Forced to reevaluate their past and their future, their relationship gets a second chance along with the house.

Out of pocket

September 13, 2019
Mayne, Debby, author.
Farmington Hills, Mich. : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company, 2019.
485 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
"Granny Marge, the Bucklin family matriarch, is getting restless in her old age, so she's ramping up her efforts to help with the next reunion. She may be older than dirt, but that doesn't keep her from getting her hands dirty . . . in everyone else's business. Granny knows best--or does she? The rest of the Bucklin clan may surprise her yet. Coralee springs a big surprise on the family, while Elliot has a plan to take Shay's breath away. Puddin' is shocked by a secret her husband and son have been hiding from her. Sally manages to find something she never knew she was looking for, and Julius shakes everyone up with his own bombshell. Sure, the Bucklins try to stay out of trouble--and sometimes they even succeed!"--Page [4] of cover.

Rival's break

September 13, 2019
Neggers, Carla, author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company, 2019.
445 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
Series numbering from Author's note.
"A deadly poisoning, a stolen painting and a criminal mastermind challenge the skills of FBI agents Emma Sharpe and Colin Donovan as never before in their latest high-stakes case. New York Times bestselling author Carla Neggers has crafted a gripping novel of international intrigue and suspense not to be missed. Emma Sharpe is recovering from a shattering loss while her husband, Colin Donovan, is deep into his latest undercover mission. So they're grateful to enjoy a peaceful autumn weekend together on the southern Maine coast to celebrate Colin's brother Andy's wedding. But the peace is short-lived when Kevin Donovan, a marine patrol officer, receives a call to check on suspected food poisoning at a party aboard a yacht. Colin decides to tag along. He is surprised to recognize one of the victims as an undercover British intelligence officer, and it quickly becomes evident they're dealing with something very sinister. At the same time a valuable painting by Irish artist Aoife O'Byrne--a friend of Emma and Colin's--is missing from the yacht, and the connections make the investigation international and extremely personal. Emma and Colin discover they are up against a deadly foe who plans to strike again. With the help of HIT, their small, elite Boston-based FBI team, they must foil an attack that will have devastating effects. It's a case that will alter their lives beyond anything they've ever imagined..."-- Publisher's description.

The stationery shop

September 13, 2019
Kamali, Marjan, author.
©2019
461 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
"A novel set in 1953 Tehran, against the backdrop of the Iranian Coup, about a young couple in love who are separated on the eve of their marriage, and who are reunited sixty years later, after having moved on to live independent lives in America, to discover the truth about what happened on that fateful day in the town square"--Provided by publisher.

Texas forever

September 13, 2019
Dailey, Janet, author.
©2019
449 pages (large print) ; 22 cm
Sequel to: Texas free.
"From the moment Luke Maddox sets eyes on Erin Tyler, he can think of nothing else but laying claim to Rimrock's reigning beauty. But Erin is his boss's daughter, and Luke knows Will Tyler has bigger plans for Erin's future than a rough and tumble ranch hand with a brutal history and a talent for breaking hearts. Still, that can't stop Luke from wanting her ... As Rimrock Ranch's heir apparent, Erin Tyler is expected to do the right thing, marry the right man, and take the reins of her family's legacy when the time comes. Which is why she's completely shaken by her attraction to her father's latest hire. There's something about the rugged, solitary stranger that calls to her soul. Is restless, independent Erin just feeling the familiar pull of her rebellious heart? Or is there something real happening between her and Luke? Something worth risking everything for ..."--Publisher description.

Things you save in a fire

September 13, 2019
Center, Katherine, author.
©2019
505 (large print) ; 23 cm
Carrie Hanwell is a female firefighter in Texas, and she's a total pro at handling other people's emergencies. But when her ailing mother asks her move to Boston, Cassie suddenly has an emergency of her own. She finds a job at a tough, old-school Boston firehouse, but firemen aren't exactly thrilled to have a "lady" on the crew--except for the infatuation-inspiring rookie. But she can't think about that, because love is girly, and it's not her thing. And her old captain had advised her never to date firefighters. Cassie can feel her resolve slipping, and it means risking it all--the only job she's ever loved, and the hero she's worked like hell to become.

Time after time

September 13, 2019
Grunwald, Lisa, author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company, 2019.
595 pages (large print) illustration ; 23 cm.
"On a clear December morning in 1937, at the famous gold clock in Grand Central Terminal, Joe Reynolds, a hardworking railroad man from Queens, meets a vibrant young woman who seems mysteriously out of place. Nora Lansing is a Manhattan socialite whose flapper clothing, pearl earrings, and talk of the Roaring Twenties don't seem to match the bleak mood of Depression-era New York. Captivated by Nora from her first electric touch, Joe despairs when he tries to walk her home and she disappears. Finding her again--and again--will become the focus of his love and his life. Nora, a fiercely independent aspiring artist, is shocked to find she's somehow been trapped, her presence in the terminal governed by rules she cannot fathom. It isn't until she meets Joe that she begins to understand the effect that time is having on her, and the possible connections to the workings of Grand Central and the solar phenomenon known as Manhattanhenge, when the sun rises or sets between the city's skyscrapers, aligned perfectly with the streets below. As thousands of visitors pass under the famous celestial blue ceiling each day, Joe and Nora create a life unlike any they could have imagined. With infinite love in a finite space, they take full advantage of the "Terminal City" within a city, dining at the Oyster Bar, visiting the Whispering Gallery, and making a home at the Biltmore Hotel. But when the construction of another landmark threatens their future, Nora and Joe are forced to test the limits of freedom and love. Delving into Grand Central Terminal's rich past, Lisa Grunwald crafts a masterful historical novel about a love affair that defies age, class, place, and even time"-- Provided by publisher.

How secrets die

September 13, 2019
Perry, Marta, author.
©2016
429 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
A hard-hitting reporter, Kate Beaumont unearths the deepest lies and brings harsh truths to light. But the story that lures her to the gentle town of Laurel Ridge, Pennsylvania, is closer to her heart than anyone knows. The details of her half brother's sudden death have never made sense. She owes him justice, yet the one man who can help her is the stubborn sheriff she can't stand. Protecting his town is Mac Whiting's top priority. Everything else including pacifying a beautiful crusader on a mission best left resting in peace--is secondary. But as Kate's search embeds her in his world and attracts a skilled criminal, she needs Mac's protection. Drawn together by deadly secrets, they must find a way to trust each other before a killer silences them both.

The brides of the big valley : 3 romances from a unique Pennsylvania Amish community

September 13, 2019
Brunstetter, Wanda E., author.
©2019
527 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
Deanna's determination / by Wanda E. Brunstetter -- Rose Mary's resolve / by Jean Brunstetter -- Leila's longing / by Richelle Brunstetter.
Journey to a unique area of Pennsylvania where three distinct Amish communities thrive, and meet three young women whose struggles with faith, family, and romance will touch your heart.

No ocean too wide : a novel

September 13, 2019
Turansky, Carrie, author.
©2019
575 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
Includes reader's discussion guide questions.
Between the years of 1869 to 1939 more than one hundred thousand impoverished British children were sent across the ocean to Canada with the promise of a better life. Those who took them in to work as farm laborers or household servants were told they were orphans -- but was that the truth? After the tragic loss of their father, the McAlister family at the edge of the poorhouse in London in 1909, leaving their mother to scrape by for her three younger children, while the oldest daughter, Laura, works on a large estate more than an hour away. When their mother falls gravely ill and is hospitalized, twins Katie and Garth and seven-year-old Grace are forced into an orphans' home before Laura is notified about her family's situation. With British children being sent to Canada, whether truly orphans or not, Laura knows she must act quickly. But finding her siblings and taking care of her family may cost her everything. Andrew Frasier, a wealthy young British lawyer and heir to the estate where Laura is in service, discovers that this common practice of finding new homes for penniless children might not be all that it seems. Together Laura and Andrew form an unlikely partnership-- Back cover.

The reconciliation

September 13, 2019
Simpson, Susan Lantz, author.
©2019
389 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
Winter in Southern Maryland's Amish country brings brisk winds, crisp snow, and evenings spent nestled by a warm fireside. For one prodigal daughter, it may also bring a new beginning ... On her baptismal day, Rebecca Zook ran from the church, leaving her stunned Amish community behind. She only wanted to see something of Gott's vast world, but city life didn't turn out as planned. Tricked into a sham marriage, Becky has come home humbled, wiser ... and pregnant. Her mamm and daed are welcoming, and helping an overburdened young widow gives Becky a new sense of purpose. But after creating such scandal, Becky feels unworthy of a loving husband-let alone a wunderbaar man like Atlee Stauffer. Atlee knows Becky's situation-and understands why his mother advises him to be careful. Still, this once flighty, flirty girl has become a thoughtful, kind young woman. He's drawn to Becky like a magnet to a nail. One day, he hopes to build a family with her. But first, he must convince her wary, troubled heart to accept forgiveness and love ...

Love and other mistakes

September 13, 2019
Kate, Jessica, author.
Thorndike, Maine: Center Point Large Print, 2019.
463 pages (large print) ; 28 cm
Natalie Groves was meant for great things. But soon after her fiancee left, Natalie's father was diagnosed with cancer. Suddenly her grand plans evaporated, and God felt very far away. Fast-forward seven years, and an internship presents Natalie a chance at her destiny, but she needs a job to work around it. And the only offer available is worse than a life sentence. Her ex Jeremy, now back in town, is desperate for help with his infant son and troubled teenage niece, Lili. When Jeremy and Natalie join forces, sparks fly. But will either of them get burned along the way?

At the mountain's edge

September 9, 2019
Graham, Genevieve, author.
©2019
505 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
"In 1897, the discovery of gold in the desolate reaches of the Yukon has the world abuzz with excitement, and thousands of prospectors swarm to the north seeking riches the likes of which have never been seen before. For Liza Peterson and her family, the gold rush is a chance for them to make a fortune by moving their general store business from Vancouver to Dawson City, the only established town in the Yukon. For Constable Ben Turner, a recent recruit of the North-West Mounted Police, upholding the law in a place overrun with guns, liquor, prostitutes, and thieves is an opportunity to escape a dark past and become the man of integrity he has always wanted to be. But the long, difficult journey over icy mountain passes and whitewater rapids is much more treacherous than Liza or Ben imagined, and neither is completely prepared for the forbidding north. As Liza's family nears the mountain's peak, a catastrophe strikes with fatal consequences, and not even the NWMP can help. Alone and desperate, Liza finally reaches Dawson City, only to find herself in a different kind of peril. Meanwhile, Ben, wracked with guilt over the accident on the trail, sees the chance to make things right. But just as love begins to grow, new dangers arise, threatening to separate the couple forever. Inspired by history as rich as the Klondike's gold, At the Mountain's Edge is an epic tale of romance and adventure about two people who must let go of the past not only to be together, but also to survive."-- Provided by publisher.

Life, love and the pursuit of happiness

September 9, 2019
Hill, Sandra (Fiction writer), author.
©2019
461 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
"Merrill Good knows there are many different kinds of exciting. There's the adrenaline rush he experienced during his years in the military. There's the thrill of starting up his own treasure hunting company. But topping them all is the surge of exhilaration he feels every time Delilah Jones crosses his path. Smart, voluptuous, and outspoken, Delilah is a bombshell with a secret that could explode at any moment. Since Delilah moved to Bell Cove to take over her great-uncle's Elvis-themed diner and motel, the locals have been nothing but friendly. And that's a problem. The moment someone gets close enough to figure out her ex-con past, her future will be jeopardized. But keeping Merrill at arm's length isn't easy when the rest of her body has other ideas. Add to the mix Delilah's little girl who fashions herself "Little Orphan Annie," a former showgirl grandmother with a gambling problem, a whole town full of quirky matchmakers, and there'll be fireworks long after the Fourth of July."--Publisher.

Seduced by a Scot

September 9, 2019
London, Julia, author.
©2018
459 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
"There's no matchmaking an unruly heart.The family's raven-haired ward, Maura Darby, has caught the wandering eye - and rather untoward advances - of the groom. Nichol assuredly escorts Maura toward an aging bachelor for her to marry. But rebellious Maura has no interest in marrying a stranger, especially when her handsome traveling companion has captivated her so completely. Nichol loves a challenge, but traveling with the bold and brash Maura has him viewing her as far more than somebody's problem. How can he possibly elude disaster when the heart of the problem is his own?"--Cover page [4].

Summer on Mirror Lake

September 9, 2019
Ross, JoAnn, author.
©2019
623 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
Includes bonus story "Once upon a Wedding", pages 353-620.
When he lands in the emergency room after collapsing at the funeral of a colleague and friend, Wall Street hotshot Gabriel Mannion initially rejects the diagnosis of an anxiety attack. But when warned that if he doesn't change his adrenaline-fueled, workaholic lifestyle he could end up like his friend, Gabe reluctantly returns to his hometown of Honeymoon Harbor to regroup. As he adjusts to the sight of mountains instead of skyscrapers, Gabe discovers advantages to this small Pacific Northwest town he once couldn't wait to escape. But it's irresistible librarian Chelsea Prescott who, along with the two foster children she's taken under her wing, makes slowing down seem like the best prescription ever. Over the course of their summer romance, Gabe gets a taste of the life he might have had if he'd taken a different path. But with his return to New York City looming on the horizon, he'll have to choose between the success he's worked tirelessly for and a ready-made family who offers a very different, richly rewarding future...if he'll only take the risk.-- Publisher's description.

Swimming for sunlight

September 9, 2019
Larkin, Allie, author.
©2019
497 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
"When recently divorced Katie Ellis and her rescue dog Bark move back in with Katie's grandmother in Florida, she becomes swept up in a reunion of her grandmother's troupe of underwater performers--finding hope and renewal in unexpected places, in this sweet novel perfect for fans of Kristan Higgins and Claire Cook. Aspiring costume designer Katie gave up everything in her divorce to gain custody of her fearful, faithful rescue dog, Barkimedes. While she figures out what to do next, she heads back to Florida to live with her grandmother, Nan. But Katie quickly learns there's a lot she doesn't know about Nan--like the fact that in her youth Nan was a mermaid performer in a roadside attraction show, swimming and dancing underwater with a close-knit cast of talented women. Although most of the mermaids have since lost touch, Katie helps Nan search for her old friends on Facebook, sparking hopes for a reunion show. Katie is up for making some fabulous costumes, but first, she has to contend with her crippling fear of water. As Katie's college love Luca, a documentary filmmaker, enters the fray, Katie struggles to balance her hopes with her anxiety, and begins to realize just how much Bark's fears are connected to her own, in this thoughtful, charming novel about hope after loss and friendships that span generations"-- Provided by publisher.

When we left Cuba

September 9, 2019
Cleeton, Chanel, author.
©2019
505 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
Beautiful. Daring. Deadly. The Cuban Revolution took everything from sugar heiress Beatriz Perez-her family, her people, her country. Recruited by the CIA to infiltrate Fidel Castro's inner circle and pulled into the dangerous world of espionage, Beatriz is consumed by her quest for revenge and her desire to reclaim the life she lost. As the Cold War swells like a hurricane over the shores of the Florida Strait, Beatriz is caught between the clash of Cuban American politics and the perils of a forbidden affair with a powerful man driven by ambitions of his own. When the ever-changing tides of history threaten everything she has fought for, she must make a choice between her past and future-but the wrong move could cost Beatriz everything-not just the island she loves, but also the man who has stolen her heart . . .

Surfside sisters : a novel

August 28, 2019
Thayer, Nancy, 1943- author.
Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2019.
431 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
A woman from Nantucket returns home to find that reunions aren't always so simple in this heartwarming novel from the New York Times bestselling author of A Nantucket Wedding and Secrets in Summer. Growing up, Lara always dreamed of leaving Nantucket to become a writer. Now that she's a bestselling novelist living in New York City, she realizes that success isn't what she thought it would be. Confused, and with a harrowing case of writer's block, Lara misses the island way of life more than ever. But going back to Nantucket out of the blue isn't so easy, as a deep rift with her childhood best friend, Isabelle, has kept the two from speaking for years. When her mother is laid off from her job and becomes depressed, Lara reluctantly comes home, leaving a failed relationship and hopefully her other troubles behind. But facing her estranged best friend is harder than she expects. And falling for Isabelle's brother, Sebastian--who was also Lara's teenage crush--only complicates things. Lara soon realizes that she must remedy the mistakes of her past in order to find true happiness.

The cowboy meets his match

August 26, 2019
Brownley, Margaret, author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company, 2019.
455 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
"Chase McKnight will do anything to secure his family's ranch--but marriage to a complete stranger? That's a hard pill to swallow. Yet the will is clear: Chase needs a wife by his side if he wants to keep his home, so he meets his veiled lady at the courthouse steps and reluctantly says "I do". Too bad he married the wrong bride. When Boston runaway Emily Fields agreed to marry a Texas stranger to escape her family's scandal, she wasn't prepared to get hitched to the wrong cowboy! Stuck in a secret compromise, she has one year to learn the ways of the ranch and convince Chase's family they're happily married. But when the lie becomes true, the past catches up to them and they must save the love they never expected-- Provided by publisher.

One minute to love

August 26, 2019
Cartland, Barbara, 1902-2000, author.
©2016
383 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
"The Barbara Cartland Pink Collection." - front cover.
It is 1887 and the beautiful Yolisa Warren lives in the English country side with her father, her mother having died five years ago. Her diplomat uncle, Lord Langford, arrives unexpectedly and says that he would like Yolisa to come with him to Kavalla, a small independent country in the Balkans, where he is to travel on behalf of Queen Victoria and the prime minister. Yolisa is thrilled, but on the way her uncle tells her that the visit won't be what she's expecting. Because the Russians are determined to infiltrate all over the Balkans, and Prince Nikos of Kavalla has begged Queen Victoria to send him a royal bride from England to safeguard his throne... - back cover.

A vineyard summer

August 26, 2019
Stone, Jean, 1948- author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press Large Print, 2019.
467 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
"After a winter spent writing her latest novel, Annie looks forward to a summer with friends who have become like the family she never had. But then her landlord announces that his grandson will be moving into her cozy Chappaquiddick cottage--and she'll be moving out. Year-round island housing is tough to find at any time; in summer, it's nearly impossible. Shaken by the thought of being forced to leave the people and the community she's grown to love, Annie seeks distraction in the July 4th celebrations--and stumbles upon a young woman who's unconscious on her front lawn . . . and barely alive . . . Summer on the Vineyard brings not only tourists, but also wealthy families with summer homes--like Fiona Littleton's--and tensions between them and the tight-knit island community often ignite. But when Annie's quick thinking saves Fiona's life, she's surprised to learn that like her, Fiona has no one to lean on. And when Fiona fears that someone wants her dead, Annie cannot walk away. With depleting resources and no home on the horizon, Annie is certain of only one thing: each of them will have to rise to one of life's greatest challenges: feeling at home within themselves-- Provided by publisher.

The wish

August 26, 2019
Davids, Patricia, author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company, 2019.
431 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
Widow Laura Beth Yoder longs for a family of her own. So much so that she's preparing to leave the sleepy Amish town she calls home to find love. But a terrible storm washes out the creek, forcing her to wade in and save the life of an Englisch man and his adorable infant son. As they recover at the farm, the baby brings sunshine and joy, while the handsome outsider is filled with shadows...and secrets. Joshua King owes his life and his son's to Laura Beth. Still, lingering at her farm is out of the question. He must fulfill a promise he made to his estranged wife on her deathbed: to deliver their son to his Amish in-laws. With his dark past, Joshua has no other choice. But his plans never took this sweet and surprising Amish widow into account. She just might be his second chance at happiness...and love. the Series name is "The Amish of Cedar Grove"

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