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Staying hidden has kept her alive…But now she’s been found.

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It's never too late for love in the small Texas ranch town of Silverlake.

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Grim Reaper Charley Davidson is back in the final installment of Darynda Jones’ New York Times bestselling paranormal series

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Sin may find the Saint she never knew she needed.


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All the Ways We Said Goodbye
by Karen White, Lauren Willig, Beatriz Williams
"Three Women tempered by 20th century steel"
Posted January 23, 2020

In France, just as The Great War was beginning in 1914, Aurelie de Courcelles makes a choice of leaving Paris behind and staying with her father, Comte Sigismund de Courcelles. Just as the war begins to heat up, the duo is forced to deal with unwelcome guests, including a Read more...

Crimson Lake
by Candice Fox
"Can they discover the truth?"
Posted January 12, 2020

Ted Conkaffey, a former detective from Sydney, Australia, who is falsely accused of abduction, is forced to escape to Crimson Lake and abandon his family. In Crimson lake he is forced to keep a low profile from those who will recognize him and take justice in their own hands Read more...

Miracle Creek
by Angie Kim
"Four Days to discover the truth...can it be done?"
Posted December 19, 2019

Desperate to heal their children from either autism, cerebral palsy or numerous other diseases, Elizabeth, Teresa, and Kitt partake in a daring new healing technique simply titled H-BOT, which involves transferring 100 percent pure oxygen into the children's bodies in hopes of revitalizing their cells. Along with Read more...

Little Faith
by Nickolas Butler
"What role does faith play in our lives?"
Posted December 19, 2019

Lyle Hovde is very close to his six-year-old grandson Isaac and has a fragile relationship with Isaac's mother, his daughter Shiloh, a single parent. Lyle is enjoying his golden years - visiting with friends, doing odd jobs here and there, and making obligatory visits to church on Read more...

by Monica Duncan
"A slice of life in rural Michigan. . ."
Posted November 13, 2019

In the early 2000s, twenty-something Juniper Kowalski has a normal life in Gobles, Michigan. She works as a housekeeper for a hotel and often hangs out with her friends and her mother, Cora. Juniper has recently returned home after living in Chicago and giving up her dreams of Read more...

A Wedding in December
by Sarah Morgan
"Will she end up married by Christmas day?"
Posted November 7, 2019

Every year on Christmas the White family have their own traditions to celebrate. But this year, the youngest daughter, Rosie decides to impulsively marry her soulmate whom she has only known for a short time on Christmas day, upending the familiar traditions and forcing her parents and older sister Read more...

The Peacock Summer
by Hannah Richell
"A gilded cage that entraps and inspires..."
Posted September 26, 2019

In 1955, twenty-six-year-old Lillian Oberon should be the happiest of women--she's the wife to Charles Oberon, a man whose vast estate of Cloudesley is home to peacocks as well as and enchanting landscape. Lillian, however, feels trapped by the obligations she carries towards her Read more...

Without Her
by Rosalind Brackenbury
"What does friendship mean for them?"
Posted September 19, 2019

From the time they were children in England during the 1950s, Hannah and Claudia became the best of friends. From girlhood to adulthood, they traveled extremely different lifepaths, ending up in the least of expected places. However, friendship has always tied them together, and the two were always aware Read more...

Renia's Diary
by Renia Spiegel
"When Love is divine..."
Posted September 5, 2019

One of the most recognizable names of Holocaust and WWII is Anne Frank, a young German-Jewish girl who wrote an enduring diary that the whole world knows by now; a diary full of candor, deep thoughts, and intelligence that far surpasses her tender age. Sadly, Anne Frank perished Read more...

The Things We Cannot Say
by Kelly Rimmer
"Kelly Rimmer has done it again..."
Posted September 5, 2019

During 1942, Alina Dziak, a young woman, has recently married the love of her love, Tomasz Slaski, or so others believe. Although her wedding day is not how she thought it would be, she is determined to make a new life with this stranger in America, even if her Read more...

The Lost Daughter
by Gill Paul
"What if a Romanoff Daughter survived?"
Posted August 29, 2019

From 1917, the world has always been fascinated by the family of Nicholas II, the last Tsar of Russia, and in particular what fascinates people the most is a what-if question: what if one of his four daughters survived the terrible massacre that came upon them on July Read more...

The Reckless Oath We Made
by Bryn Greenwood
"A medieval dream in modern days..."
Posted August 29, 2019

Zhorzha "Zee" Trago is a woman who is familiar with life's struggles, from helping her sister LaReigne look after Marcus to trying to deal with her mother's hoarding and just trying to survive whatever life throws her away. A daughter of a notorious bank robber, she is Read more...

The Accidentals
by Minrose Gwin
"Can abortion affect generations?"
Posted August 22, 2019

One of the most contentious issues that gets challenged over and over again is abortion, especially as it relates to a woman's choice and not for a health reason. In 1957, Olivia McAlister discovers she is pregnant with her third child. Feeling stifled by living in Opelika, Mississippi Read more...

The Perfect Son
by Lauren North
"When reality is too much..."
Posted August 22, 2019

The day after her son's birthday, Tess Clarke wakes up in a hospital, certain of three things: she has been stabbed, her precious eight-year-old son is missing, and her brother-in-law and grief counselor are involved in her son's disappearance. However, no one is Read more...

The Sisters of the Winter Wood
by Rena Rossner
"Will their bond as sisters prove stronger than a curse?"
Posted August 15, 2019

Liba and Laya have long known a peaceful and lonely life in Dubossary, a shtetl on the border of Ukraine and Moldova. One night, their father's hidden history comes barrelling through a door in a form of an uncle they never knew and of untold secrets that eventually Read more...

by Laura L. Sullivan
"Her moniker is destined for greatness..."
Posted August 15, 2019

In the early 17th century, Clarice Paget, a daughter of a minor nobleman and an escaped Parisienne woman is being raised in Yorkshire with her mother while her power-hungry father goes gallivanting about the countryside. But unlike other young ladies, Clarice learns things that are not seen as Read more...

The Golden Wolf
by Linnea Hartsuyker
"Will they uphold the legacy, or destroy it?"
Posted August 1, 2019

It has been almost two decades since the events of THE SEA QUEEN by Linnea Hartsuyker, and our beloved heroes have greatly aged; when before cohesion seamlessly united King Harald Tanglehair's Norse Kingdom, cracks have appeared and it is up to Read more...

The Way of Beauty
by Camille Di Maio
"A beautiful tale of history, love and family"
Posted July 15, 2019

At the turn of the century in New York City, Vera Keller, a daughter of German immigrants, has fallen in love with Angelo Bellavia, son of the Italian immigrants. The two have always been close, but since their meeting and friendship, Vera has harbored less than sisterly emotions towards Read more...

Queen for a Day
by Maxine Rosaler
"An intimate portrait of parents with autistic children"
Posted July 15, 2019

When a child is born, the expectations of growth and milestones are taken for granted by parents whose children meet them in the required timeslot. It is expected by life that children grow up, mature, and eventually continue the cycle of humanity. But for every healthy child, there is Read more...

The Other Mrs. Miller
by Allison Dickson
"A Hidden tornado within the covers..."
Posted July 15, 2019

Phoebe Noble Miller is the only heiress of Daniel Noble, a recently disgraced millionaire who has passed away. Due to her father's insidious nature of crimes, Phoebe has no choice but to become a recluse within her own house, doing very little but drinking, eating ice scream and Read more...

Svetlana Libenson


Currently I am a contributor to Fresh Fiction, and I have my own blog where I read and review all sorts of books. My loves are historical fiction, literary fiction, multicultural fiction, women's fiction, psychological and some Mysteries. Genres I don't review are science fiction, Christian/ inspirational fiction and Nonfiction. I live with my parents and son in Texas area.

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