New Arrivals · Large Print Romance Fiction

July 18, 2019
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The lost history of dreams

July 17, 2019
Waldherr, Kris, author.
©2019
579 pages (large print) : 23 cm
"When famed Byronesque poet Hugh de Bonne is discovered dead in his bath one morning, his cousin Robert Highstead, a post-mortem photographer, is charged with a simple task: transport Hugh's remains for burial in a chapel. This chapel, a stained-glass folly set on the moors, was built by de Bonne sixteen years earlier to house the remains of his beloved wife and muse, Ada. Since then, the chapel has been locked and abandoned, a pilgrimage site for the rabid fans of de Bonne's last book, The Lost History of Dreams. However, Ada's grief-stricken niece refuses to open the glass chapel for Robert unless he agrees to her bargain: before he can lay Hugh to rest, Robert must record Isabelle's story of Ada and Hugh's ill-fated marriage over the course of five nights. As the mystery of Ada and Hugh's relationship unfolds, so too does the secret behind Robert's own marriage, including that of his fragile wife, Sida, who has not been the same since a tragic accident three years earlier and the origins of his morbid profession that has him seeing things he shouldn't...things from beyond the grave."--Amazon.

Someone to honor

July 17, 2019
Balogh, Mary, author.
©2019
519 pages (large print) : genealogical table ; 22 cm.
Abigail Westcott's dreams for her future were lost when her father died and she discovered her parents were not legally married. But now, six years later, she enjoys the independence a life without expectation provides a wealthy single woman. Indeed, she's grown confident enough to scold the careless servant chopping wood outside without his shirt on in the proximity of ladies. But the man is not a servant. He is Gilbert Bennington, the lieutenant colonel and superior officer who has escorted her wounded brother, Harry, home from the wars with Napoleon. Gil has come to help his friend and junior officer recover, and he doesn't take lightly to being condescended to -- secretly because of his own humble beginnings. If at first Gil and Abigail seem to embody what the other most despises, each will soon discover how wrong first impressions can be. For behind the appearances of the once-grand lady and the once-humble man are two people who share an understanding of what true honor means, and how only with it can one find love.

The summer of Sunshine & Margot

July 15, 2019
Mallery, Susan, author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company, 2019.
555 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
"Thorndike Press large print basic."
The Baxter sisters come from a long line of women with disastrous luck in love. But this summer, Sunshine and Margot will turn disasters into destiny... As an etiquette coach, Margot teaches her clients to fit in. But she's never faced a client like Bianca, an aging movie star who gained fame -- and notoriety -- through a campaign of shock and awe. Schooling Bianca on the fine art of behaving like a proper diplomat's wife requires intensive lessons, forcing Margot to move into the monastery turned mansion owned by the actress's intensely private son. Like his incredible home, Alec's stony exterior hides secret depths Margot would love to explore. But will he trust her enough to let her in? Sunshine has always been the good-time sister, abandoning jobs to chase after guys who used her, then threw her away. No more. She refuses to be "that girl" again. This time, she'll finish college, dedicate herself to her job as a nanny, and she 100 percent will not screw up her life again by falling for the wrong guy. Especially not the tempting single dad who also happens to be her boss.

Window on the bay : a novel

July 11, 2019
Macomber, Debbie, author.
[New York] : Random House Large Print, [2019]
402 pages (large print) ; 24 cm
When a single mom becomes an "empty nester," she spreads her wings to rediscover herself -- and her passions -- in this heartwarming novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber. Jenna Boltz's life is at a crossroads. After a messy divorce nearly twenty years ago, she raised her two children on her own, juggling motherhood with her beloved job as a Seattle intensive care nurse. Now that Paul and Allie have gone to college and moved out, Jenna can't help but wonder what her future holds. Her best friend, Maureen, is excited for Jenna's newfound independence. Now is the perfect time to finally book the trip to Paris they've been dreaming of since their college days. But when it comes to life's other great adventure -- dating -- Jenna still isn't sure she's ready to let love in... until an unexpected encounter begins to change her mind. When Jenna's elderly mother breaks her hip, Dr. Rowan Lancaster saves the day. Despite his silent, stoic exterior, Rowan is immediately smitten with Jenna. And even though Jenna is hesitant about becoming involved with another surgeon, she has to admit that she's more than a little intrigued. But when Jenna's children approach her with shocking news, she realizes that she needs to have faith in love and embrace the unexpected -- before the life she has always dreamed of passes her by.

The bride test

July 10, 2019
Hoang, Helen, author.
Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2019.
423 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
Regular print version previously published by: Berkley, an imprint of Penguin Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House LLC.
Includes discussion questions.
Khai Diep has no feelings. Oh, he feels irritation when people move his things or contentment when ledgers balance down to the penny, but he doesn't experience big, important emotions like love and grief. Rather than believing he is autistic, he concludes that he's defective and decides to avoid romantic relationships. His mother takes matters into her own hands and returns to Vietnam to find him the perfect mail-order bride. As a mixed-race girl living in the slums of Ho Chi Minh City, Esme Tran has always felt out of place. She leaps at the chance to marry an American, but seducing Khai doesn't go as planned. Soon Esme is hopelessly smitten with a man who believes he can never return her affection. Can she convince Khai that there is more than one way to love? -- adapted from back cover

The cliff house

July 10, 2019
Thayne, RaeAnne, author.
©2019
478 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
"After their mother's death, sisters Daisy and Beatriz Davenport found a home with their aunt Stella in the beautiful and welcoming town of Cape Sanctuary on the northern California coast. Now, with Daisy and Bea grown, it's time for Stella to reveal the secret she's been keeping from them--a secret that will change their family forever"-- Provided by publisher.

The Goodbye Café

July 10, 2019
Stewart, Mariah, author.
©2019
590 pages (large print ) ; 23 cm
Includes Topics and Questions for Discussion section.
Allie Hudson Monroe can't wait for the day when the renovations on the Sugarhouse Theater are complete so she can finally collect the inheritance from her father and leave Pennsylvania. Her life and her fourteen-year-old daughter are in Los Angeles, but her divorce left her tottering on the edge of bankruptcy. Allie's long-forgotten artistry saves the day when the theater's renovation fund dried up, and she felt like the woman she was always meant to be. When her aunt buys The Green Brier Café -- known locally as the Goodbye Café -- can Allie and Police Chief Ben Haldeman put aside their differences and work together? -- adapted from back cover.

Say no to the duke

July 8, 2019
James, Eloisa, author.
New York, NY : HarperLuxe, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2019]
424 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
"Larger print"--Spine.
Lady Betsy Wilde longs for one more adventure in breeches before settling down in society. Lord Jeremy Roden says he'll provide the pants if she wins a billiards game. After their wild night together, he wants to spend more than one night with her.

Wooing Cadie McCaffrey

July 8, 2019
Turner, Bethany, 1979- author.
Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2019.
398 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
Regular print version previously published by: Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
"When Cadie McCaffrey breaks up with her adorably oblivious boyfriend, he determines to win her back by pulling out every "foolproof" romantic comedy tactic he's ever seen. What could go wrong"-- Provided by publisher.

The refuge

July 5, 2019
Gabhart, Ann H., 1947- author.
Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2019.
455 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
Regular print version previously published by: Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
1849. Darcie and Walter Goodwin join a Shaker village to escape a cholera epidemic sweeping the area. It's meant to be a temporary stay, but Walter is killed in a riverboat accident. With no family and no money, Darcie has little choice but to stay with the Shakers. To complicate matters, she is expecting a baby conceived before she and her husband came to the Shaker village. Marital relationships are considered sinful in this celibate community, putting Darcie in a unique-- and lonely-- position. Can the arrival of widower Flynn Keller and his headstrong daughter offer Darcie the hope of happiness? -- adapted from back cover

Over the line

July 5, 2019
Irvin, Kelly, author.
Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2019.
478 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
Regular print version previously published by: Thomas Nelson.
"In this high-stakes romantic suspense novel where tensions mount on both sides of the border, bestselling author Kelly Irvin explores what happens when the past explodes against the present and the only person you can turn to is the one who broke your heart"-- Provided by publisher.

City of girls

July 2, 2019
Gilbert, Elizabeth, 1969- author.
[New York] : Random House Large Print, [2019]
677 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
Beloved author Elizabeth Gilbert returns to fiction with a unique love story set in the New York City theater world during the 1940s. Told from the perspective of an older woman as she looks back on her youth with both pleasure and regret (but mostly pleasure), City of Girls explores themes of female sexuality and promiscuity, as well as the idiosyncrasies of true love. In 1940, nineteen-year-old Vivian Morris has just been kicked out of Vassar College, owing to her lackluster freshman-year performance. Her affluent parents send her to Manhattan to live with her Aunt Peg, who owns a flamboyant, crumbling midtown theater called the Lily Playhouse. There Vivian is introduced to an entire cosmos of unconventional and charismatic characters, from the fun-chasing showgirls to a sexy male actor, a grand-dame actress, a lady-killer writer, and no-nonsense stage manager. But when Vivian makes a personal mistake that results in professional scandal, it turns her new world upside down in ways that it will take her years to fully understand. Ultimately, though, it leads her to a new understanding of the kind of life she craves - and the kind of freedom it takes to pursue it. It will also lead to the love of her life, a love that stands out from all the rest. Now eighty-nine years old and telling her story at last, Vivian recalls how the events of those years altered the course of her life - and the gusto and autonomy with which she approached it. "At some point in a woman's life, she just gets tired of being ashamed all the time," she muses. "After that, she is free to become whoever she truly is." Written with a powerful wisdom about human desire and connection, City of Girls is a love story like no other.

Duchess by deception

June 25, 2019
Force, Marie, author.
Waterville, Maine : Kennebec Large Print, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company, 2019.
455 pages (large print) ; 21 cm.
Derek Eagan, the dashing Duke of Westwood, is well aware of his looming deadline. But weary of tiresome debutantes, he seeks a respite at his country home in Essex--and encounters a man digging on his property. Except he's not a man. He's a very lovely woman. Who suddenly faints at his feet. Catherine McCabe's disdain for the aristocracy has already led her to flee an arranged marriage with a boorish Viscount. The last thing she wants is to be waylaid in a Duke's home. Yet, she is compelled to stay by the handsome, thoughtful man who introduces himself as the Duke's estate manager. Derek realizes two things immediately: he is captivated by her delicate beauty, and to figure out what she was up to, Catherine must not know he is the Duke. But as they fall passionately in love, Derek's lie spins out of control. Will their bond survive his deception, not to mention the scorned Viscount's pursuit? Most important, can Catherine fall in love all over again--this time with the Duke? this is part of "A Gilded Novel" series.

An unconditional freedom

June 25, 2019
Cole, Alyssa, author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company, 2019.
469 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
Daniel Cumberland's uneventful life as a freedman in Massachusetts ended the night he was kidnapped and sold into slavery. To then have his freedom restored by the very man who stole his beloved's heart is almost too much to bear. When he's offered entry into the Loyal League, the covert organization of spies who helped free him, Daniel seizes the opportunity to help take down the Confederacy and vent the rage that consumes him. When the Union Army occupies Janeta Sanchez's small Florida town, her family's goodwill and ties to Cuba fail to protect her father from being unjustly imprisoned for treason. To ensure her father's release, Janeta is made an offer she can't refuse- spy for the Confederacy. Driven by a desire for vengeance and the hope of saving her family, she agrees to infiltrate the Loyal League as a double agent. Daniel is both aggravated and intrigued by the headstrong recruit. For the first time in months, he feels something other than anger, but a partner means being accountable, and Daniel's secret plan to settle a vendetta and strike a blow for the Union can be entrusted to no one. As Janeta and Daniel track Jefferson Davis on his tour of the South, their dual hidden missions are threatened by the ghosts of their pasts and a growing mutual attraction-that might be their only hope for the future. This is part or "The Loyal League #3" series.

The governess of Penwythe Hall

June 25, 2019
Ladd, Sarah E., author.
©2019
523 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
"In the first of a new series from beloved Regency romance author, Sarah Ladd, Delia, a governess to five recently orphaned children, would risk anything to protect them . . . even her heart"-- Provided by publisher.

The military wife

June 25, 2019
Trentham, Laura, author.
©2019
483 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
Military widow Harper Lee Wilcox finds the possibility of healing in the reappearance of Bennett Caldwell, an ex-Navy SEAL who was wounded on the same mission that made Harper a widow.

The sheriffs of Savage Wells

June 25, 2019
Eden, Sarah M., author.
©2016
497 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
"Paisley Bell is more than capable of being the sheriff of the sleepy town of Savage Wells--even if she is a woman. But when famed lawman Cade O'Brien arrives to take over the job, the two engage in a showdown of wits and skill. As sparks fly between the two sheriffs, Paisley is afraid she might not only lose her job, but also her heart."--Text from publisher.

Sisters of summer's end

June 25, 2019
Foster, Lori, 1958- author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company, 2019.
519 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
As the summer ends, friendship begins... When single mom Joy Lee abandoned her old life to take a job at a lakeside resort, she found something that her family's wealth and influence could never buy: peace of mind. Not easy to come by for the once-burned divorcée who keeps everyone at a distance. But when her new friend, Maris, dares her to take a chance with the drive-in's charismatic new owner, everything changes for Joy and her young son. A difficult childhood has left Maris Kennedy with definite priorities. Her job running Summer's End, the camp store and café, comes first. Always. Nothing could ever make her risk that hard-won security--especially not her free-spirited colleague. But the more she encourages Joy to open herself up to new experiences, the more Maris begins to wonder what she, too, might be missing. Learning how to trust will bring Joy and Maris together. And soon they form a friendship that leaves them as close as sisters--and open to love where they least expect it...in Summer's End.

Incriminating evidence

June 21, 2019
Stevens, Amanda (Novelist), author.
London : Mills & Boon, 2019.
379 pages (large print) ; 21 cm
Renowned anthropologist Catherine March fears she's the biological daughter of a convicted serial killer. Tormented for years by nightmares and vague memories, she'd make a deal with the devil to investigate her mysterious adoption. Nick LaSalle eagerly takes the case, determined to prove someone is willing to kill to keep Catherine's past buried. But when the evidence hits too close to Nick's home, he has a choice to make - uncover the truth or protect his reputation and family name...

Second chance with the single dad

June 19, 2019
Shepherd, Kandy, author.
London : Mills & Boon, 2019.
284 pages (large print) ; 21 cm
From long-lost friends... To new-found family? Georgia and Wil were best friends until he married and disappeared from her life. Now he's back, asking Georgia to forget the past and help him secure his future - with the daughter he never knew he had! Georgia's heart goes out to new dad Wil, but there's uncharted chemistry fizzing between them and she must protect her heart. Can they confront their unspoken attraction and finally become a family?

The Greek claims his shock heir

June 19, 2019
Graham, Lynne, 1956- author.
London : Mills & Boon, 2019.
285 pages (large print) ; 21 cm
Learning of tycoon Eros Nevrakis's betrayal, personal chef Winnie Mardas walks out of his life, determined never to look back - or reveal the child she's carrying... A year later she's shocked when Eros arrives to legitimise his heir! Swept away to his lavish Mediterranean villa, Winnie is overwhelmed by the fire still burning between them. But can she accept her new role as his convenient wife...?

The princess's New Year wedding

June 19, 2019
Winters, Rebecca, 1940- author.
London : Mills & Boon, 2019.
285 pages (large print) ; 21 cm
Can a convenient marriage... Lead to a happy-ever-after? In this The Princess Brides story, Princess Lanza is determined to do her duty - even if it means marrying a virtual stranger! She knows dashing Prince Stefano is honouring his late brother's promise to unite their countries, and that she must steel her heart, but it's not long before the captivating royal gets under her skin... Can their hastily arranged New Year wedding lead to a lifetime of wedded bliss?

The Sicilian's bought Cinderella

June 19, 2019
Smart, Michelle, author.
London : Mills & Boon, 2019.
283 pages (large print) ; 21 cm
Posing as commanding billionaire Dante Moncada's fiancee at a glamorous society wedding is a far cry from Aislin O'Reilly's modest life, but she'll do anything to secure money for her sick nephew. Her deal with Dante is strictly business - the gorgeous Sicilian playboy is danger personified. Yet soon their mutual explosive passion rips through the terms of their arrangement, leaving them both hungry for more...

The Spaniard's stolen bride

June 19, 2019
Yates, Maisey, author.
London : Mills & Boon, 2019.
283 pages (large print) ; 21 cm
Stolen for the Spaniard's inheritance... Will her innocence be his undoing? To notoriously ruthless Diego Navarro, kidnapping and marrying his brother's shy fiancee seems a perfectly sensible way to secure his inheritance! Yet when Liliana Hart willingly goes with him Diego's reluctantly intrigued... Though the heat of their marriage bed is scorching, it's the intensity of their connection that pushes Diego to the edge. But is it powerful enough to redeem this dark-hearted billionaire?

How not to die alone : a novel

June 19, 2019
Roper, Richard, author.
[New York] : Random House Large Print, [2019]
420 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
Andrew's day-to-day is a little grim, searching for next of kin for those who die alone. Thankfully, he has a loving family waiting for him when he gets home, to help wash the day's cares away. At least, that's what his coworkers believe. Andrew didn't mean for the misunderstanding to happen, yet he's become trapped in his own white lie. The fantasy of his wife and two kids has become a pleasant escape from his lonely one bedroom with only his Ella Fitzgerald records for company. But when new employee Peggy breezes into his life like a breath of fresh air, Andrew is shaken out of his routine. She doesn't notice the wall he's been safely hiding behind and their friendship promises to break it down. Andrew must choose: Does he tell the truth and start really living his life, but risk losing his friendship with Peggy? Or will he stay safe and alone, behind the façade? How Not to Die Alone is about the importance of taking a chance in those moments when we have the most to lose. Sharp and funny, warm and real, it's the kind of big-hearted story we all need.

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