by Joyce Lamb)
Here are some newer women's fiction releases, compiled for you and HEA by some of our favorite romance authors (info provided by publishers and/or their websites.
The Consequences by Colette Freedman (Kensington). New York Times bestselling author Jackie Collins praised The Affair as "an addictive page-turner of adultery." In this innovative sequel, a husband, wife, and mistress each face the surprisingly complex and fascinating repercussions of an extra-marital affair.
The Wedding Bees by Sarah-Kate Lynch (William Morrow). Sugar Wallace has been running from her past for years, but in the nicest possible way. Every spring she moves somewhere new and lightens the lives of whoever she meets using her magic weapons: good manners and honey. But when she gets to Manhattan, Sugar hits a stumbling block: her Queen goes on strike and her bees stop making honey. And it's not Colony Collapse Disorder or the Varroa Mite that's ailing them either. It's Sugar's own refusal to open her heart to the love of her life when he's even closer than she could possibly ever imagine. Sugar can't see him but her Queen certainly can and so, eventually, can the new friends she's helped and healed. Now, it's Sugar who needs a touch of her own medicine.
The following new releases were compiled for HEA by Angela Kay Austin, author of Sweet Victory. Her website is http://www.angelakayaustin.com/.
Autobiography of Us: A Novel by Aria Beth Sloss (Picador). Coming of age in the patrician neighborhood of Pasadena, California, during the 1960s, Rebecca Madden and her beautiful, reckless friend Alex dream of lives beyond white gloves and cocktail parties, beyond their mothers' narrow expectations. As change sweeps the nation—civil rights, Vietnam, women's liberation—the two girls' determination to chart a different course brings them closer, until one sweltering evening the summer before their last year of college, when a single act of betrayal changes everything. Decades later, Rebecca's haunting meditation on the past reveals the truth about that night, the years that followed, and the friendship that shaped her.
Morning Glory by Sara Jio (Penguin Group). Fleeing an East Coast life marred by tragedy, Ada Santorini takes up residence on houseboat number seven on Boat Street. She discovers a trunk left behind by Penny Wentworth, a young newlywed who lived on the boat half a century earlier. Ada longs to know her predecessor's fate, but little suspects that Penny's mysterious past and her own clouded future are destined to converge.
Shoreline Drive by Lily Everett (St. Martin's Press). Sanctuary Island Series No. 2. Dr. Ben Faulkner is a veterinarian on warm, welcoming Sanctuary Island, a refuge for wild horses. Though he's dedicated his life to healing animals and rescuing the ones no one wants, Ben is nursing deep wounds of his own. After tragedy tore his family apart, he gave up his dreams of finding happiness long ago…until Merry Preston arrives on the island. Vivacious, friendly, and instantly loveable, Merry is everything Ben is not. She's also nine months pregnant and attempting to carve out a new life for herself and her unborn child.
Small Change by Sheila Roberts (St. Martin's Press). Rachel, Jessica, and Tiffany have major money problems. Tiffany's whipped out the plastic one too many times, and now a mountain of debt has come crashing down on her. Jessica's husband has lost his job, thrusting this longtime stay-at-home mom out into the cold, cruel workforce. And Rachel's divorce transformed her from an upper-middle-class mom to a strapped-for-cash divorcée. So the three women start a financial support group called the Small Change Club—vowing to bring balance back to their checkbooks…and, in turn, their lives. Along the way they learn some valuable lessons—that friendship is an investment that keeps on growing and that sometimes love, like a loose coin, can be found in the most unexpected places…
Still Life with Bread Crumbs by Anna Quindlen (Random House). Rebecca Winter's, a photographer, career is now descendent, her bank balance shaky, and she has fled the city for the middle of nowhere. There she discovers, in a tree stand with a roofer named Jim Bates, that what she sees through a camera lens is not all there is to life.
The Art of Falling by Kathryn Craft (Sourcebooks). All Penny has ever wanted to do is dance—and when that chance is taken from her, it pushes her to the brink of despair, from which she might never return. When she wakes up after a traumatic fall, bruised and battered but miraculously alive, Penny must confront the memories that have haunted her for years, using her love of movement to pick up the pieces of her shattered life.
The Comfort of Lies: A Novel by Randy Susan Myers (Washington Square Press). Tia fell into obsessive love with a man she could never have. When she became pregnant, Nathan disappeared, and she gave up their baby for adoption. Caroline reluctantly adopted a baby to please her husband. Now she's questioning whether she's cut out for the role of wife and mother. Juliette considered her life ideal: solid marriage, two beautiful sons, and a thriving business. Then she discovered Nathan's affair. He promised he'd never stray again, and she trusted him. When Juliette intercepts a letter to her husband that contains pictures of a child who deeply resembles him, her world crumbles once more. How could Nathan deny his daughter? What other secrets is he hiding? Desperate for the truth, Juliette goes in search of the little girl, and before long the three women are on a collision course with consequences that none of them could have predicted.
The Pretty One by Lucinda Rosenfeld (Little Brown). Perfect. Pretty. Political. For nearly 40 years, The Hellinger sisters of Hastings-on-Hudson-namely, Imperia (Perri), Olympia (Pia), and Augusta (Gus)--have played the roles set down by their loving but domineering mother Carol. But the Hellinger women aren't pulling off their roles the way they once did. Perri, increasingly filled with rage over the lack of appreciation from her recently unemployed husband Mike, is engaging in a steamy text flirtation with a college fling. Meanwhile Pia, desperate to find someone to share in the pain and joy of raising her three-year-old daughter Lola, can't stop fantasizing about Donor #6103. And Gus, heartbroken over the loss of her girlfriend, finds herself magnetically drawn to Jeff, Mike's frat boy of a little brother. Each woman is unable to believe that anyone, especially her sisters, could understand what it's like to be her.
Until the End of Time by Danielle Steel (Random House). Bill, a dedicated young lawyer working at his family's prestigious New York firm, leaves everything he trained for to follow his dream and become a minister in rural Wyoming. Jenny, his wife, is a stylist whose heart and soul are invested in fashion. She leaves the milieu and life she loves to join him. The certainty they share is that their destinies are linked forever. Fast forward 38 years. Robert is a hardworking independent book publisher in Manhattan who has given up all personal life to build his struggling business. He is looking for one big hit novel to publish. Lillibet is a young Amish woman, living as though in the seventeenth century, caring for her widowed father and three young brothers on their family farm. In secret at night, by candlelight, she has written the novel that burns within her, and gets it into Robert's hands, wrapped in her hand-stitched apron. He falls in love first with the book, and then with the woman he has never met.
She Didn't Say No by Charmaine Gordon (Vanilla Heart Publishing). Nineteen-year-old Grace Meredith didn't say no to the Big Man On Campus, Scott Dwyer. Grace finds her way to a new town and with the kindness of strangers, establishes a business called The Pet Emporium where she grooms, what else? Dogs and cats. Years later, a too-close encounter of an unpleasant kind with a skunk and Scott's German Shepherd reunites the former lovers. What happens in between are their stories of beginnings and endings and love lost, then found.
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