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  • BN Editors 2:00 pm on 2018/07/16 Permalink
    Tags: , bear town, beneath a scarlet sky, cecelia ahern, , , , , franklin graham, , , , , mark sullivan, , , , , the gift, , , the kiss quotient, therese ann fowler, through my father's eyes,   

    Cottage by the Sea Author Debbie Macomber Shares Her Summer Reading List 

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    Filled with memorable characters and set in gorgeous locales, bestselling author Debbie Macomber’s novels about family, friendships, and love, will help even a staycation feel like an escape. And while her stories are perfect for reading any time of the year (her Angel series and Christmas novels are delightful to cozy up with during the holidays), summer is the perfect time to lose yourself one of her lush, heartwarming stories. In her newest novel, Cottage by the Sea, a woman who has experienced great trauma travels to the Pacific Northwest, a place where she has happy memories from childhood, to recover. There she begins building a new life for herself, despite her grief, discovering her own community and even finding romance—until she finds herself at the crossroads of an important and life-defining decision. Ms. Macomber was kind enough to share her own summer reading list with B&N Reads—and it is filled with fascinating stories, from nonfiction to historicals, that are sure to find their way onto your own summer to-be-read pile! Enjoy her ten picks below (and don’t miss her interview with the B&N Podcast here!).

    Beneath a Scarlet Sky, by Mark Sullivan
    I’m actually half way through this book about an Italian youth working for the resistance in World War II, which I’m finding to be fascinating. It’s based on a true story and compelling reading.

    Through My Father’s Eyes, by Franklin Graham
    With the death of Billy Graham earlier this year I have this book on my bookshelf and am eager to read about the man himself.  I personally attended two of his crusades and am a great admirer of this godly man.

    The Gift, by Cecilia Ahern
    This is actually a Christmas book that I’ve been wanting to read since the holidays.  If I wait much longer it will be the season so I’ve moved it to my “to-be-read” pile.

    The Kiss Quotient, by Helen Hoang
    There’s been quite a bit of industry buzz about this book.  I found the premise intriguing, an autistic woman who is eager to understand what it is to fall in love.

    The High Tide Club, by Mary Kay Andrews
    Her beach reads are something I look forward to each summer season. This story is full of romance, and even has a surprising twist that I did not expect!

    All We Ever Wanted, by Emily Giffin
    It’s a thought provoking and relatable novel that involves complex social issues we face in today’s society. This is definitely one of her best, and who doesn’t love the cobalt blue cover!

    The Great Alone, by Kristin Hannah
    Many people know Kristin from her book The Nightingale, but this stand alone is just as amazing! The Great Alone is set in Alaska which is wild in nature. This setting mixed with the dysfunction of the family creates a downfall of events. Each dark moment seems to get darker and darker. This story digs deep, and the character development is incredible. Your heart will be intertwined and invested not only with Leni and her parents, but the community who embraces this family.

    Bear Town, by Fredrik Backman
    The tragedies that befall this community and the families there are much like you’d experience in any small town. When you finish this book, you know there is more to this story. I was thrilled to see the follow up Us Against You was just released.

    Educated, by Tara Westover
    This is a truly gripping story about a girl struggling for an education. It pulled at my heart strings as I read through each page. This book is moving and demonstrates the power in someone’s life that an education holds.

    Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald, by Therese Ann Fowler
    With her highly anticipated new book coming out this October, A Well-Behaved Woman: A Novel of the Vanderbilts, I decided to reread this one.  It was just as good if not better the second time. It takes you back in time to the roaring twenties and the Jazz era. Re-reading this book made me anxious for her next debut.

    Cottage by the Sea is on B&N bookshelves July 17.

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  • Amanda Diehl 5:00 pm on 2018/03/08 Permalink
    Tags: charlie adhara, claire kann, debut romances, forbidden by faith, helen hoant, jane harvey-berrick, , let's talk about love, negen papehn, , , , , stuart reardon, the kiss quotient, , the wolf at the door,   

    7 Debut Romances to Add to Your TBR Pile Immediately 

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    While many of us look forward to books by our favorite romance authors, there are tons of exciting debut romances coming out these days that are worth a read! The first half of the year is teeming with new voices to the romance genre, and we want to make sure these gems are on your radar. Your to-be-read pile can handle a few more additions, right?

    Let’s Talk About Love, by Claire Kann
    It’s always a good sign when a book cover makes you smile. After Alice told her girlfriend about her asexuality, their relationship came to an end. Heartbroken and just a tad burned, Alice has put a halt to her dating. Besides, working at the library seems to provide enough of a distraction. Until Takumi becomes Alice’s new co-worker. As their working relationship becomes a growing friendship, Alice worries that there’s more between them. Given her how her previous relationship ended, will Alice risk telling Takumi about her feelings and her asexuality, or will she stick to her “no dating” rule?

    Undefeated, by Stuart Reardon and Jane Harvey-Berrick
    If you weren’t aware, Stuart Reardon is a rugby player turned romance cover model and Undefeated is his first foray into romance writing! Teaming up with an established romance writer, Reardon writes what he knows—a hunky, rugby playing hero. Nick Renshaw used to be on top of the British rugby world. Now he finds himself rather lost and without any direction. Dr. Anna Scott might be his only saving grace. As the rugby team’s psychologist, Anna knows she shouldn’t fraternize with players, but as Nick realizes Anna is more mysterious than he thought, their attraction to one another reaches levels that are hard to ignore.

    Never Dare a Wicked Earl, by Renee Ann Miller
    Never Dare a Wicked Earl is the first book in the Infamous Lords series, where a charming hero finds himself bedridden on account of an angry mistress. His new medical attendant is unfazed by his rakish and improper behavior, but Hayden Milton will do his damnedest to run her off, just like the two attendants before her. However, Sophia Camden is determined to stick it out, because resigning would mean Sophia’s dream of becoming a doctor would go up in flames. If she can make in ten days caring for Hayden, he’ll help her with her dream of succeeding in the medical field.

    The Wedding Date, by Jasmine Guillory
    One of the most anticipated romance debuts that I’ve seen in quite some time, The Wedding Date’s charm begins with its cover. Seriously, look at it! Alexa Monroe never thought getting trapped in an elevator would lead to posing as Drew Nichols’ fake girlfriend at his ex’s wedding. But Drew is cute and the opportunity sounds too adventurous to resist. Though when the wedding ends and their ruse comes to an end, both Alexa and Drew realize they can’t stop thinking about one another. Too bad they don’t live near one another and their own lives are too busy for love. Or, maybe they can make things work after all.

    The Wolf at the Door, by Charlie Adhara
    A gay romance with enemies forced to work together, The Wolf at the Door is the first book in a brand new paranormal romance series. An attack by a werewolf turns Agent Cooper Dayton’s life upside down as he’s transferred to the secretive Bureau of Special Investigations. Unfortunately, his new partner is a rather curmudgeonly werewolf named Oliver Park. As part of a werewolf organization, Park’s role is maintain the professional and relatively peaceful relationship between wolf and man. But when people start going missing, Cooper and Oliver must strengthen their uneasy trust before all hell breaks loose.

    Forbidden by Faith, by Negeen Papehn
    Sometimes, there is more standing in the way of romance than uncertain feelings or workplace etiquette. In Forbidden by Faith, the main crux of the romance is the difference of cultures and religions and I’m so excited to dig into this one. Sara recognizes an instant attraction when she meets fellow Iranian, Maziar, but Sarah is Muslim and Maziar is Jewish. How will their differing faiths unite or divide them? Forbidden by Faith promises to provide a thought-provoking and incredibly interesting star crossed romance in this debut.

    The Kiss Quotient, by Helen Hoang 
    If you’re looking for a cute new contemporary romance, The Kiss Quotient is one you’ll definitely want to pick up. Stella Lane is deeply in love with math, and it’s that love that’s given her a demanding, but rewarding job. Unfortunately, the combination of her work schedule with her inexperience in social and romantic situations has Stella feeling like she’s missed out a few important things. Namely, love. Enter escort, Michael Phan. Stella hires him to educate her on courtship and seduction, but when Michael’s lessons end, will Stella be able to put them to use with anyone else? Or perhaps the student will become the master!

    Which debut romances are you excited to read this year?

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