Love comes in many different forms and surprising ways! Here are some suggestions for listening enjoyment on hot summer days.
by Madeleine Wickham
Everyone wins this game of literary tennis, a comedy of manners about envy in which Wickham skewers the nouveau riche. At their country estate, Patrick Chance and his wife host a weekend tennis party. As four couples gather on the sunny terrace, it seems obvious who among them is succeeding, and who is falling behind. But by the end of the party, nothing will be quite as certain. While the couples’ children amuse themselves with pony rides and rehearsals for a play, the adults suffera series of personal revelations and crises. Wickham’s nonstop action reveals at every turn that matters may not be as they seem, and in the end one thing is crystal clear: the weekend is about anything but tennis.
After the Night
by Linda Howard
Years ago, Faith was driven out of town by Gray. Now Faith has returned, independently wealthy, and though she hates Gray to his core, she can’t suppress a smoldering passion for him.
Against the Tide
by Elizabeth Camden
In 1890s Boston, Lydia Pallas’ skills as a translator get her noticed by the dashing Alexander Banebridge, who has a trove of documents he can’t decipher. The only thing more alarming than the information Lydia culls from these papers is her growing attraction to Bane. But when he draws the ire of dangerous criminals, Lydia must act fast to save the man who’s captured her heart.
Always Something There to Remind Me
by Elizabeth Harbison
Two decades ago, Erin Edwards was sure she’d found the love of her life: Nate Lawson. Her first love. Until one terrible night when Erin made a mistake Nate could not forgive and left her to mourn the relationship she could never forget or get over. Today, Erin is contentedly involved with a phenomenal guy, maneuvering a successful and exciting career, and raising a great daughter all on her own. So why would the name “Nate Lawson” be the first thing to enter her mind when her boyfriend asks her to marry him?
by Susan Wiggs
Tess Delaney makes a living restoring stolen treasures to their rightful owners. People like Annelise Winther, who refuses to sell her long-gone mother’s beloved necklace–despite Tess’s advice. To Annelise, the jewel’s value is in its memories. But Tess’s own history is filled with gaps: a father she never met, a mother who spent more time traveling than with her daughter. So Tess is shocked when she discovers the grandfather she never knew is in a coma. And that she has been named in his will to inherit half of Bella Vista, a hundred-acre apple orchard in the magical Sonoma town called Archangel. The rest is willed to Isabel Johansen. A half sister she’s never heard of. Against the rich landscape of Bella Vista, Tess begins to discover a world filled with the simple pleasures of food and family, of the warm earth beneath her bare feet. A world where family comes first and the roots of history run deep.
The Art of Hearing Heartbeats
by Jan-Philipp Sendker
A successful lawyer suddenly disappears leaving behind his wife and daughter. Neither have any idea where he might be until they discover an old love letter written years ago to a woman in Burma. Daughter Julia takes it upon herself to solve the mystery of her father’s past as she uncovers a tale that will reaffirm the listener’s belief in the power of love. A successful lawyer suddenly disappears leaving behind his wife and daughter. Neither have any idea where he might be until they discover an old love letter written years ago to a woman in Burma. Daughter Julia takes it upon herself to solve the mystery of her father’s past as she uncovers a tale that will reaffirm the listener’s belief in the power of love.
As She Climbed Across the Table
by Jonathan Lethem
Alice Coombs is a particle physicist, and she and her colleagues have created a void, a hole in the universe, that they have taken to calling Lack. But Lack is a nullity with tastes: it absorbs a pomegranate, light bulbs, an argyle sock – it disdains a bow tie, an ice ax, and a scrambled duck egg. To Alice, this selectivity translates as an irresistible personality. To Philip, it makes Lack an unbeatable rival, for how can he win Alice back from something that has no flaws?
The Ballad of Tom Dooley
by Sharyn McCrumb
The folk songs recounts a tragedy in the North Carolina mountains after the Civil War. Laura Foster, a simple country girl, was murdered and her lover Tom Dula was hanged for the crime. With the help of historians, lawyers, and researchers, Sharyn McCrumb visited the actual sites, studied the legal evidence and uncovered a missing piece of the story that will shock those who think they already know what happened, and may also bring belated justice to an innocent man.
Beauty for Ashes
by Winfred Blevins
Disenchanted by his return home to Pennsylvania, 19-year-old Sam Morgan once again sets off for adventure in the American Plains of the 1820s. This time out, however, he is searching for his lost love–the Indian maiden Meadowlark.
Belong to Me
by Marisa De los Santos
Everyone has secrets. Some we keep to protect ourselves, others to protect those we love. A devoted city dweller, Cornelia Brown surprised herself when she was gripped by the sudden desire to head for an idyllic suburb. Though she knows she’s made the right move, she approaches her new life with trepidation and struggles to forge friendships. Cornelia’s mettle is quickly tested by judgmental neighbor Piper Truitt, the embodiment of everything Cornelia feared she would find in suburbia. A saving grace soon appears in the form of Lake, and Cornelia develops an instant bond with this warm yet elusive woman. As their individual stories unfold, the women become entangled in a web of trust, betrayal, love and loss that challenges them in ways they never imagined, and that ultimately teaches them what it means for one human being to belong to another.
The Best of Me
by Nicholas Sparks
Heart-rending story of two small-town former high school sweethearts from opposite sides of the tracks. Now middle-aged, they’ve taken wildly divergent paths, but neither has lived the life they imagined, and neither can forget the passionate first love that forever altered their world. When they are both called back to their hometown for the funeral of the mentor who once gave them shelter, they will be forced to confront the choices each has made, and ask whether love can truly rewrite the past.
Best Staged Plans
by Claire Cook
Sandy Sullivan is a professional home stager in the Boston suburbs, so getting rid of her own house, remaking it for the market, and downsizing should be a breeze. But nothing is ever as easy as it seems, with her husband Greg dragging his feet and their son Luke moving back home to inhabit the basement. Sandy reads them the riot act and takes a job staging a boutique hotel in Atlanta recently acquired by her best friend’s boyfriend.
Between the Lines
by Jayne Ann Krentz
There was no passion to break her heart, no love to risk and lose. Marrying her boss, prominent businessman Cormick Grayson, was a very reasonable proposition for a women who’d been hurt in love before. It was a mutually beneficial arrangement, at first. But something wasn’t right. Grey’s eyes told her there was more to this than a polite, passionless marriage. But Grey’s cool, impersonal distance left Amber wondering about the man she’d married.