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Next on My List! Emily Gone by Bette Lee Crosby, In Between Heartaches by Amanda Cuff, The Forgotten Child by D.E. White, The Golden Monkey by Lance Pototschnik, and Grace For A Drifter-Marisa Masterson, Pinky’s Fair Day-Valeri Gorbechev, Who Is She-Diane Byington, You Can Live Happily Married For a Lifetime-Wendy Fierstein

Emily, Gone-Bette Lee Crosby

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A missing child sets the lives of three women on a collision course in this powerful and compelling novel by USA Today bestselling author Bette Lee Crosby.

1971.

When a music festival rolls through the sleepy town of Hesterville, Georgia, the Dixon family’s lives are forever changed. On the final night, a storm muffles the sound of the blaring music, and Rachel tucks her baby into bed before falling into a deep sleep. So deep, she doesn’t hear the kitchen door opening. When she and her husband wake up in the morning, the crib is empty. Emily is gone.

Vicki Robart is one of the thousands at the festival, but she’s not feeling the music. She’s feeling the emptiness over the loss of her own baby several months before. When she leaves the festival and is faced with an opportunity to fill that void, she is driven to an act of desperation that will forever bind the lives of three women.

When the truth of what actually happened that fateful night is finally exposed, shattering the lives they’ve built, will they be able to pick up the pieces to put their families back together again?

In Between Heartaches-Amanda Cuff

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Addison McCormick has everything. A handsome fiancé, wealth, and a lucrative career as a lawyer at her father’s firm. But when she catches her soon-to-be-husband cheating, she has to start anew. Now, single, unemployed, and heartbroken, she decides a vacation is just what she needs to escape the wreckage in L.A.—and serene Colorado is calling her name. What she doesn’t expect to find there is Chase Prescott: the sexy, brooding owner of the cabin she’s renting. She sees him as nothing more than a vacation boyfriend, a quick and dirty fling to help her get over her recent heartbreak.But she soon discovers his mysterious aura is not just a front, and the fantasy world they create will soon crash head-on with their harsh reality. What happens when a relationship meant only to last a few days becomes something that might last a lifetime?

The Forgotten Child-D.E. White

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Lights blinded her in an eerie white flash. She yanked the wheel as she felt the impact from the car behind her. There was a sharp pain, and then a bang in front of her, and after that nothing but darkness.

Holly Kendal is trying to put her painful past and broken marriage behind her and focus on her beloved son, Milo. But while driving him home on a dark February night, Holly loses control on the rain-slicked tarmac, and her car spirals off the road.
 
When Holly regains consciousness, everything is silent and in the dark she can’t see Milo. Desperately, she claws her way out of the car and forces the back door open.
 
To her relief, Milo is where she left him, injured but breathing – but then she sees something that makes her heart stop.
 
Milo isn’t the only child in the car. Next to him is another little boy, unharmed but unconscious.
 
And Holly has absolutely no idea who he is.

Golden Monkey-Lance Pototschnik

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Little Lance Pototschnik wanted to grow up and play pro football, but that pipe dream got smoked by his lethargic growth hormones and a terrible skin disorder. The death of his childhood aspirations did, however, plant the seeds for Lance to find comedy in rejection and suffering.

In this gaspingly funny collection of stories, Lance’s battle with disease, his overbearing parents, and his maniacal bosses push him toward the startling discovery that the daily grind–which scrapes the gold off even the best of us–is the very thing that reveals what we are truly made of. This book is for every intellectual slacker whose very soul is straining against the chains of a dead-end job, a disease, or bad culture. Golden Monkey is a hysterical and bittersweet look at the dark moments that define us, and the triumphant aftermath when we get to say, with all our hearts, that we know exactly who the hell we are. 

Grace For A Drifter-Marisa Masterson

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From the author of A Bride for Bode and A Farmer for Christmas comes a story of redemption and renewal.

With a new name, Grace Winkelman fled west to teach in a small town. How could she anticipate her past following her that far?
Errol Marsden wandered for years, taking his cobbler’s wagon from town to town fixing shoes. His heart broke with the sudden death of his young wife almost four years before. He’s shocked to glimpse her on a street in Fort Bridger and follows her to Belle.
Will he get the answers he needs to understand why she faked her death? When the couple is drawn into the mystery surrounding the disappearance of Grace’s aunt, will they work together or let old lies stand in their way?

This is a sweet, American western historical romance and mystery. Each story in this collection stands alone, though common events and characters appear in the novels.

Pinky’s Fair Day- Valeri Gorbechev

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The county fair is finally coming to town! There is much work to be done before the big day begins. Pinky is content to watch his neighbors get ready until he hears the Hedgehog Brothers were complimented for helping others. He too wants to be called a great helper! Pinky isn’t a great helper, though; he creates a mess everywhere he goes. When he runs into someone who really needs his help, Pinky must find it in himself to be the best helper he can be. Valeri Gorbachev’s simple, yet impactful story takes readers with Pinky on his journey through the community. Whimsical illustrations in bright watercolors are sure to delight readers as they learn about the intrinsic rewards of helping others.

Who She Is-Diane Byington

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In the fall of 1967, Faye Smith’s family moves to Florida to work in the orange groves, and she has to start a new school… again. She tries out for the track team, knowing her mother would never approve because of Faye’s epilepsy.
When Faye discovers she has a talent for distance running, she and her friend Francie decide to enter the Boston Marathon, even though women aren’t allowed to compete. Desperate to climb out of the rut of poverty, Faye is determined to take part and win a college scholarship.
After the school bully tries to run her down with his car, a strange memory surfaces–a scene Faye doesn’t recognize. Her parents insist that it’s a symptom of her epilepsy, but Faye thinks they might be lying, especially when it keeps happening. To get her life on the right path, she’ll need to figure out what her parents are hiding and never lose sight of the finish line.

You Can Live Happily Married For a Lifetime-Wendy Fierstein

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You Can Live Happily Married For a Lifetime, will be invaluable for couples at every stage of their marital journey.

Discover the reasons why misunderstandings happen. 

Resolve any challenge so that your marriage will be strengthened.

Find out how to reignite the passion.

The high divorce rate motivated Wendy Fierstein to became a mediator and create the Peace and Harmony Technique that ultimately evolved into this book.

You can revitalize your relationship to last happily for a lifetime.

Marriage really does work!

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