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One night changes everything...

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How many rules can they break before trouble catches up?

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Can a human make room in her heart for the wild?

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Seeking sanctuary among the peaceful Amish, she finds an unlikely hero.

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An earl mired in melancholy is no match for a determined woman...

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Fear becomes a woman’s greatest weapon in this heart-pounding suspense.

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A powerful novel of addiction, hope, and renewal from Sarah Price


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The Romanov Empress
by C.W. Gortner
"Living through the twilight years of the Romanov Dynasty..."
Posted August 2, 2018

Living in genteel poverty, Princess Dagmar of Denmark doesn't expect anything special to happen to her. However, when her beloved sister Alix gets married, and she soon meets and marries an heir to the throne in Russia, the future Sasha III. Her life is turned upside down when she Read more...

Trouble the Water
by Jacqueline Friedland
"A sweet, romantic tale of second chances in 1840s"
Posted July 18, 2018

In 1842, Douglas Elling loses his beloved wife and his young daughter to a house fire due to some rumors that he is an abolitionist. Three years later, in 1845, his friend's daughter, Abigail "Abby" Milton arrives from England to be his ward, intent on finding a new place Read more...

The Myth of Perpetual Summer
by Susan Crandall
"A heartbreaking tale of keeping family secrets..."
Posted July 18, 2018

Tallulah Mae James has had a very unconventional childhood; from birth to 1960s she and her four siblings have been reared by a traditional Southern grandmother while her parents, Margo and Drayton could care less about what happens to their family and traditions that the grandmother attempts to instill. Tired Read more...

My Mother's Son
by David Hirshberg
"A sure to be classic coming-of-age story!"
Posted July 3, 2018

In 1952, Joel is a twelve-year-old boy surrounded by a colorful cast of characters that find themselves in shady business dealings, including loaning money, rigging and fixing teams or horse races, and so much more. Set in post-World War II, other timely events take place, and Joel Read more...

Little Big Love
by Katy Regan
"A heartwarming tale of grief, family, and friendship."
Posted June 28, 2018

Zachary "Zac" Hutchinson, a precocious ten-year-old boy has a mission: to find his biological father and figure out why he ran off before Zac was born. He also wants his parents together, especially after his mom's drunken confession on how the only person she ever loved was Read more...

The Perfect Mother
by Aimee Molloy
"A compelling, suspenseful novel examining motherhood, friendship, and secrets..."
Posted June 16, 2018

On the surface, women project an appearance of ease and comfort with their chosen roles, but what happens when a devastating event shatters their lives and tests their relationships, finances, careers, and brings unwanted secrets out of hiding? That is a question that will haunt the four women in the Read more...

The War Bride's Scrapbook
by Caroline Preston
"WWII from an American woman's vivid point of view..."
Posted June 7, 2018

From 1943 to 1945, Lila Jerome has kept a scrapbook of the war years and of what happened to her during that tumultuous time. In the present day, her scrapbook has been found by her two daughters, and vividly brings the 1940s to life through magazine clippings, pictures, newspaper articles Read more...

My Dear Hamilton
by Laura Kamoie, Stephanie Dray
"The historical fiction dream team does it again with the wife of Hamilton..."
Posted May 31, 2018

In the spring of 1825, Eliza "Betsy" Schuyler Hamilton is about to receive a visit from James Monroe, the fifth United States President, to let bygones be bygones. As Eliza prepares herself for the inevitable meeting, she begins to reminisce about her life as a young woman in 1777, during Read more...

The Great Alone
by Kristin Hannah
"Is it possible to survive the Alaskan wilderness?"
Posted May 24, 2018

In hopes of starting over, Ernt Allbright, his wife Cora and their teenage daughter Leni move to Alaska after inheriting a piece of property from a dead soldier that Ernt knew when he fighting in Vietnam. At first, Alaska is heaven-sent for the Allbright family who learn to live Read more...

The Samurai Of Seville
by John J. Healey
"A vibrant historical novel of Spain and Japan!"
Posted April 22, 2018

Shiro, a bastard son of Katakura Kojuro and a nephew of Date Masamune gets tasked by his uncle to go to an expedition to the "newly" discovered country of Spain, in hopes to forge strong diplomatic ties in 1614. Handsome, intelligent and talented, Shiro agrees to do so. While in Read more...

The Vineyard
by Maria Duenas
"A Spanish styled Gothic tale"
Posted April 6, 2018

A noveau riche gentleman by the name of Mauro Larrea in Mexico City has recently learned that his dreams, hopes, and desires have come crashing down by a financial calamity in United States in 1861. Bankrupt and seeking to keep his family and reputation afloat, as well as doing his Read more...

White Chrysanthemum
by Mary Lynn Bracht
"The strength of memories across time"
Posted April 5, 2018

Hana dreams that she is back in her island home of Jeju surrounded by her small community as well as family, and that on that particular day, she becomes a haenyeo, a deep diver. However, upon waking up and hearing her younger sister's voice in her head, Hana's Read more...

The Map That Leads to You
by J.P. Monninger
"A heartwarming and sweeping tale of love and life!"
Posted March 26, 2018

Heather Mulgrew and her two best friends, Constance and Amy, are traveling to Europe on a "Grand Tour" after their college graduation. While riding on a train from Paris to Amsterdam, Heather meets Jack with whom she quickly falls in love. Jack, best described as a carefree artist who lives Read more...

Unforgivable Love
by Sophfronia Scott
"Imagine Dangerous Liaisons in Harlem in 1940s.."
Posted March 25, 2018

In Harlem New York, Mae Malveaux is a wealthy young woman who knows debutante balls, wealth, prestige and traveling wherever her heart takes her. During Mae's girlhood, she has developed a crush on Alice but when its discovered that Alice is pregnant, the two are cruelly separated and lose Read more...

The Matrimonial Flirtations of Emma Kaulfield
by Anna Fishbeyn
"An intriguing look at a Russian-Jewish immigrant's experience in love and art..."
Posted March 20, 2018

Coming to America when she was still a child, Lena "Emma Kaulfield" Kabelmacher, a Russian-Jewish immigrant, has cultivated a perfect veneer of life: she is engaged to an acceptable man, Alexei Bagdanovich, and she is working towards a degree in statistics in hopes of becoming an accountant. But underneath Read more...

The Future She Left Behind
by Marin Thomas
"A memorable and quirky small town read!"
Posted March 19, 2018

Right in the middle of the mother-in-law's 65th birthday party, Katelyn Pratt gets a nasty surprise from her successful husband, Don: a decree for divorce, as well as a notice that her vain and narcissistic mother-in- law, Shirley Pratt, must move out of their house and Read more...

Madness Treads Lightly
by Polina Dashkova
"One suicide can open up a Pandora's Box of possible murders and secrets"
Posted January 31, 2018

One single phone call is all it took to change Lena Polyanskaya's life: the call came from her friend Olga Sinitsyna regarding her younger brother Mitya who has recently died, and his death has been ruled a suicide, and he also is thought of like a drug user. To Read more...

My Last Love Story
by Falguni Kothari
"A last wish, family secrets and a long romance make this a delightful read"
Posted January 31, 2018

Simeen, her husband Nirvaan and their best friend Zayaan all live together ever since Nirvaan has been diagnosed with cancer. Knowing each other since they were teenagers their friendship kept them together through thick and thin, but during their 30th year, Simeen, as well as Zayaan, will be forced to Read more...

The Half-Drowned King
by Linnea Hartsuyker
"Follow the Vision to Greatness"
Posted November 28, 2017

Coming back from a successful raid to Ireland, Ragnvald makes a choice to show off to Solvi in order to win a golden armband by dancing on the oars. Solvi, fueled by his own ambitions, makes a devastating choice to remove the oars and attempts to kill Ragnvald before their Read more...

Seven Days of Us
by Francesca Hornak
"One Family, Three Secrets, Seven Days of Quarantine, What Could Go Wrong?"
Posted October 19, 2017

In December of 2016, the Birch family begins to prepare for a quarantine thanks to the arrival of the oldest daughter, Olivia who was exposed to Haag Virus in Liberia. While in Liberia, Olivia makes a careless mistake when it comes to Haag virus but decides to keep that a 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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