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A new STANDALONE age-gap, arranged marriage romance from USA Today Bestselling author Cora Reilly!Sofia knows how it feels to be the consolation prize.Too young.Not blond.And definitely not an ice princess.Her sister is-was all those things. Perfection. Until she wasn't. Until she ran off to be with the enemy and left her fiancé behind.Now Sofia is given to Danilo in her sister's stead, knowing she'll never be more than second best. Yet, she can't stop longing for the love of the man she's been crushing on even when he was still her sister's.Danilo is a man who's used to getting what he wants.Power.Respect.The sought-after ice princess.Until another man steals his bride-to-be. Danilo knows that for a man in his position losing his woman can lead to a loss of face.Wounded pride.Thirst for revenge.A dangerous combination-one Danilo can't leave behind, not even when a girl just as precious takes her sister's place to placate him. Yet, she's got one flaw: she's not her sister.Unable to forget what he's lost, Danilo might lose what he's been given.
A sweeping, lyrical debut about the love and longing between humanity and the earth itself, by a major new literary talent from India “A marvel of magical realism.”—O: The Oprah Magazine A spellbinding work of literature, Latitudes of Longing follows the interconnected lives of characters searching for true intimacy. The novel sweeps across India, from an island, to a valley, a city, and a snow desert, to tell a love story of epic proportions. We follow a scientist who studies trees and a clairvoyant who speaks to them; a geologist working to end futile wars over a glacier; octogenarian lovers; a mother struggling to free her revolutionary son; a yeti who seeks human companionship; a turtle who transforms first into a boat and then a woman; and the ghost of an evaporated ocean as restless as the continents. Binding them all together is a vision of life as vast as the universe itself. A young writer awarded one of the most prestigious prizes in India for this novel, Shubhangi Swarup is a storyteller of extraordinary talent and insight. Richly imaginative and wryly perceptive, Latitudes of Longing offers a soaring view of humanity: our beauty and ugliness, our capacity to harm and love one another, and our mysterious and sacred relationship with nature. Longlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award 2020 • Winner of the Tata Literature Live! Award for Debut Fiction • Longlisted for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature • Shortlisted for the JCB Prize for Indian Literature
An Arranged Marriage Standalone Mafia Romance. The first time Cassio meets his fiancée, she calls him "sir." After losing his wife, Cassio is left to take care of two small children while trying to establish his rule over Philadelphia. Now he needs a mother for his children and someone who can warm his bed at night. But in a world as traditional as his, choosing your wife is duty not pleasure.Rules have to be followed, traditions heeded. That's how he ends up with a woman-a girl-barely of age. She may not be what he and his children need, but she's lovely and a sweet temptation he can't resist. Giulia has always known she'll marry the man her father chose for her, but she never expects to be given to someone so much older. Suddenly she's supposed to be a mother to two small children when she hasn't even held a baby before.Giulia quickly realizes that Cassio isn't interested in a relationship on equal footing. Her mother has warned her that men of power, like Cassio, don't tolerate insolence. Tired of being treated as a nanny, Giulia decides to fight for her version of a happy family.
Mirabai, a sixteenth-century Indian princess, wrote passionate love songs to Lord Krishna. Hadewijch, a thirteenth-century European Beguine, wrote of her yearning to become Love itself, to be "God with God." Each woman practiced a full-bodied, sensuously-imaged longing for love; at the same time, each also practiced certain ascetic disciplines. Spanning centuries, continents, and religious traditions, this book juxtaposes Hadewijch's and Mirabai's inextricable energies of longing and letting go as resources for a comparative theology of passionate non-attachment. Within both Hinduism and Christianity, desire and renunciation are often presented as opposites; yet, both Mirabai and Hadewijch, in their own distinct ways, illuminate the integral, tensile relationship between these concepts. Rather than choosing one or the other, each woman's dual practices of longing and letting go not only take her on an inward spiritual journey but also deeply involve her in the beauty and suffering of the wider world. Drawing out crucial differences and intriguing resonances between these two women of faith, Hillgardner develops a Hindu-Christian comparative theology that argues for an interreligious ethic of passionate non-attachment, one capacious and brave enough to hold together our own longings with the desires of others in an interconnected, fragile world.
The haunting story of a family of dreamers and tale-tellers looking for home in an unwelcoming world. This exquisite and unusual magic realist debut, told in intensely lyrical prose by an award winning author, traces one girl’s migration from war to peace, loss to loss, home to home. Firuzeh and her brother Nour are children of fire, born in an Afghanistan fractured by war. When their parents, their Atay and Abay, decide to leave, they spin fairy tales of their destination, the mythical land and opportunities of Australia. As the family journeys from Pakistan to Indonesia to Nauru, heading toward a hope of home, they must rely on fragile and temporary shelters, strangers both mercenary and kind, and friends who vanish as quickly as they’re found. When they arrive in Australia, what seemed like a stable shore gives way to treacherous currents. Neighbors, classmates, and the government seek their own ends, indifferent to the family’s fate. For Firuzeh, her fantasy worlds provide some relief, but as her family and home splinter, she must surface from these imaginings and find a new way.
Book Conquering His Virgin Queen Description/Summary:
Six months ago, their marriage ended… He has twelve hours to claim her back! Odir Farouk is about to become king—but to take his throne, he needs his errant wife by his side! Odir denied his hunger for Eloise, refusing to compromise power for passion. His rejection drove her away. Now Odir has until news of his succession breaks to win back his queen…and pleasure will be his most powerful weapon!
"I'm reading this book right now and loving it!"--Cheryl Strayed, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Wild How can a mother and daughter who love (but don't always like) each other coexist without driving each other crazy? "Vibrating with emotion, this deeply honest account strikes a chord."--People "A wry and moving meditation on aging and the different kinds of love between women."--O: The Oprah Magazine After surviving a traumatic childhood in nineteen-seventies New York and young adulthood living in the shadow of her flamboyant mother, Rita, a makeup-addicted former television singer, Elissa Altman has managed to build a very different life, settling in Connecticut with her wife of nearly twenty years. After much time, therapy, and wine, Elissa is at last in a healthy place, still orbiting around her mother but keeping far enough away to preserve the stable, independent world she has built as a writer and editor. Then Elissa is confronted with the unthinkable: Rita, whose days are spent as a flâneur, traversing Manhattan from the Clinique counters at Bergdorf to Bloomingdale's and back again, suffers an incapacitating fall, leaving her completely dependent upon her daughter. Now Elissa is forced to finally confront their profound differences, Rita's yearning for beauty and glamour, her view of the world through her days in the spotlight, and the money that has mysteriously disappeared in the name of preserving youth. To sustain their fragile mother-daughter bond, Elissa must navigate the turbulent waters of their shared lives, the practical challenges of caregiving for someone who refuses to accept it, the tentacles of narcissism, and the mutual, frenetic obsession that has defined their relationship. Motherland is a story that touches every home and every life, mapping the ferocity of maternal love, moral obligation, the choices women make about motherhood, and the possibility of healing. Filled with tenderness, wry irreverence, and unforgettable characters, it is an exploration of what it means to escape from the shackles of the past only to have to face them all over again. Praise for Motherland "Rarely has a mother-daughter relationship been excavated with such honesty. Elissa Altman is a beautiful, big-hearted writer who mines her most central subject: her gorgeous, tempestuous, difficult mother, and the terrain of their shared life. The result is a testament to the power of love and family."--Dani Shapiro, author of Inheritance
Remo Falcone is beyond redemption.As Capo of the Camorra he rules with a brutal hand over his territory - a territory the Chicago Outfit breached. Now Remo is out for retribution. A wedding is sacred, stealing a bride sacrilegious. Serafina is the niece of the Boss of the Outfit, and her hand has been promised in marriage for years, but kidnapped in her wedding dress on her way to church by Remo, Serafina quickly realizes that she can't hope for saving. Yet, even in the hands of the cruelest man she knows, she is determined to cling to her pride, and Remo soon understands that the woman at his mercy might not be as easy to break as he thought.A ruthless man on a quest to destroy the Outfit by breaking someone they are supposed to protect. A woman intent on bringing a monster to his knees. Two families that will never be the same.
Book Balance of Fragile Things Description/Summary:
"…absorbing…a delightful intrigue, with strong characters who develop and grow throughout the book as they face frightening turns." —Publishers Weekly"…eloquent prose and original, vivid details…" —The Los Angeles Review"A luminous and sophisticated novel, Balance of Fragile Things offers a compelling view into modern family life with all its complications, secrets, and unbreakable bonds." —Debra Ginsberg, author of The Grift and What the Heart Remembers"Here is a new voice in American literature worth celebrating." —Greg Ames, author of Buffalo Lockjaw A multicultural American family comes together just as the world around them begins to fall apart... When Vic Singh finds a dead blue butterfly—out of place in his cold, upstate New York village—he knows something is terribly amiss. Yet he is too busy dodging the bully at his high school, let alone trying to live up to his father’s expectations, to look much further into the environmental oddities around him. Meanwhile, for Vic’s father, Paul, the ghosts of the past cause him to pressure his son to live up to his Sikh traditions—while his Latvian wife, Maija, is haunted by the present: She’s having new and ominous psychic visions even though she can’t read her own teenage children. Isabella, attempting to lose herself through her role in a school play, has an illness she can't seem to shake—and Vic, trying to find himself, is spending more time alone in nature. Then Paul’s father and Maija’s mother move in to the family home, upending the delicate balance of this Indian/Latvian family and its two American teenagers. Yet, as the environmental devastation that Vic’s butterflies have forewarned comes to bear, the family comes together in new and unexpected ways. Olivia Chadha’s lovely, multilayered novel brings us into an extended family of three generations that strives to remain together in an unstable world.
Savio Falcone has a few non-negotiable rules when it comes to girls.They need to be hot as f*ck.Spread their legs without much prompting.And leave as soon as the fun is over. Preferably minus any bitching or tears.With his easy-going bad boy attitude, a last name that rules over Las Vegas and a body to die for, girls have always been at Savio's disposal.Unfortunately, the hottest girl in Vegas comes with a price Savio isn't willing to pay. For Savio to get Gemma he'd need to seal the deal and put a ring on her finger. Settling down is out of the question, no matter how hot a piece of ass waits at the altar.Gemma Bazzoli has had a crush on Savio from the first moment she came face to face with his arrogant smile, but for him she was always his best friend's annoying little sister-until her hard-earned curves catch even his attention. But Savio likes it easy, and Gemma is anything but. When she's promised to another man, Gemma resigns herself to the fact that the man she's wanted all her life, doesn't want her badly enough.Savio has to decide how much work he's willing to invest, because bending the rules in his usual style might not be enough to get the girl that haunts his wet dreams.- Can be read as a standalone-
GrowlHe'd never had something to himself, never even dared to dream about owning something so precious. He was the unwanted bastard son who'd always had to content himself with the leftovers of others. And now they'd given him what only a few weeks ago had been out of his reach, someone he wasn't even allowed to admire from afar, one of their most prized possessions. Thrown at his feet because he was who he was, because they were certain he would break her. He was her punishment, a fate worse than death, a way to deliver the ultimate punishment to her father who had displeased them so greatly.CaraShe had always been the good girl. It didn't protect her.She didn't know his real name. People called him Growl to his face, and the Bastard behind his back. Both were names he couldn't possibly have chosen for himself. His eyes were empty, a mirror to throw back her own fear at her. He was a brutal hand of the Las Vegas Camorra.And now she was at his mercy.
DanteMy life's a tale of betrayal.I killed so many because they betrayed our cause, because they betrayed the Outfit.A hypocrite. A liar. A murderer. That's what I am.Five times I betrayed the Outfit. With my blood I made a vow to our cause, swore my life to it, promised to put the Outfit first. Above all else.Five times I chose a woman over the good of the Outfit. I betrayed my father. My vow. My men. You reap what you sow.Would my betrayals destroy everything I swore to protect?ValentinaOn our wedding day I made a vow to stand by Dante's side. In good and in bad times. To love him through it all.Growing up in the mafia, I knew the challenges in our life would be numerous. I never expected them to tear at the very base of our family, of our existence.
Some things aren't meant to be broken-and can't be mended. I was one of those things. Whatever had been shattered in the incident would never be whole again.Amber struggles with the memories of a cruel attack that destroyed her life years ago. Realizing that she's close to ending it all - something she promised her family to never try again - she moves in with her brother Brian and his friend Zachary to start a new life. But how can she live a normal life, when even a hug from her brother sends her into a panic attack? While Brian pulls back, Zach seems determined to make her feel relaxed in his presence, and soon her longing to be near him is stronger than her fear. But how can someone like Zach, someone who can have any girl, want someone like her? Someone broken.When Zach spots Amber for the very first time, he can't believe she is the same girl his friend Brian described as broken. Zach wants to help Amber live again- show her that closeness can be something wonderful. But her brother Brian isn't the only one who's worried about the bond that's growing between Amber and Zach. Even Zach knows that there's more at stake than the fury of a scorned woman. Amber isn't like all the girls Zach discarded after a night together. If he messes up, that could break her for good. But Zach can't stay away from Amber. Can Zach help her heal? Or will he be the one to push her over the edge?
An exploration of glamour, a potent cultural force that influences where people choose to live, which careers to pursue, where to invest, and how to vote, offers empowerment to be smarter about engaging with the world.
Book Winged with Longing for Better Things Description/Summary:
• A Lenten devotional written from an eco-feminist perspective • Deeply affirming of women and of our created world Rather than classical penitence, this book emphasizes intercession, solidarity, and preparation. Its aim is to help readers learn to view the world incarnationally and sacramentally. In rejecting one’s own embodiment and the natural world, the earth is being irreparably harmed by our destructive actions. The book invites readers to move beyond sympathy for those in strife into action and advocacy on the behalf of the earth and its less powerful inhabitants. Photographs and poetry enhance the daily devotional readings.
Book Diary of a Middle-Aged Sex Goddess Volume 1: Fragile Flower Description/Summary:
In her memoir series Diary of a Middle-Age Sex Goddess, Elizabeth J. Winters Waite explores the complexities of life for a single mother in her sexual prime. Bridging the gap between Sex and the City and The Golden Girls, her stories detail raising three boys, running a successful all-female accounting firm, and pursuing passions that grow her soul, all while trying to get laid—or trying not to get laid, whichever the case may be— while on the never-ending quest for true love. In Fragile Flower, the first volume in the series, Waite’s youngest son turns ten and, for his birthday, asks for a stepfather. Being a dutiful mother, Waite enrolls in three different dating sites and goes on fifty-three first dates—all in one year! But jumping back into the dating game after so many years isn’t easy. What are The Rules for being forty-something and back on the scene? How does a middle-age sex goddess protect her heart, her hearth and her family of three young sons while looking for love? Is it still considered “kissing frogs” when she can find something to like about everyone she goes out with?
The rules: no kissing on the mouth, no staying the night, no telling anyone, and above all… No falling in love. Anna Jones just wants to finish college and figure out her life. Falling for star quarterback Drew Baylor is certainly not on her to do list. Confident and charming, he lives in the limelight and is way too gorgeous for his own good. If only she could ignore his heated stares and stop thinking about doing hot and dirty things with him. Easy right? Too bad he’s committed to making her break every rule… Football has been good to Drew. It’s given him recognition, two National Championships, and the Heisman. But what he really craves is sexy yet prickly Anna Jones. Her cutting humor and blatant disregard for his fame turns him on like nothing else. But there’s one problem: she's shut him down. Completely. That is until a chance encounter leads to the hottest sex of their lives, along with the possibility of something great. Unfortunately, Anna wants it to remain a hook up. Now it’s up to Drew to tempt her with more: more sex, more satisfaction, more time with him. Until she’s truly hooked. It's a good thing Drew knows all about winning. All’s fair in love and football…Game on.
Fragile Families examines the precarious position of Latina/o families who are simultaneously caught up in systems of child welfare and immigration enforcement, focusing on the central role of child welfare decision-making in producing and maintaining boundaries of citizenship, race, and national belonging in the United States.
Can you ever truly leave the past behind in a house full of haunted souls?Kiara always wanted a loving family she could take care of. She never thought she'd find it with the Falcones.Nino and Kiara both lost part of themselves in their traumatic childhood. Together they're trying to recover the missing pieces, but they aren't the only broken souls in the Falcone mansion; Kiara fears that not all of them can be saved. Determined to protect her new family and the future of her dreams, she's on a mission to help each of them in her own way, even if it means stacking up secrets.Four brothers bound together by an unbreakable bond forged in their dark past. If one of them falls, will they all?