Jennifer Weiner, Philippa Gregory, & Lauren Willig’s Last Pink Carnation Novel | Audio in Advance August 2015 | Fiction

Alcott, Kathleen. Infinite Home. Blackstone. ISBN 9781504638944. Reader TBA.
Edith is a widow who rents apartments in her Brooklyn brownstone to an unlikely collection of people: Paulie, an unusually disabled man, and his burdened sister, Claudia; Edward, a misanthropic stand-up comic; Adeleine, a beautiful agoraphobe; Thomas, a young artist recovering from a stroke. Damaged in various ways—in spirit, in mind, in body, in heart—the renters struggle to navigate daily existence and soon come to realize that they must join together to confront the challenges of Edith’s deteriorating mind and the menacing presence of her estranged, unscrupulous son, Owen.

0bcb7493e1faeaf443765101bdc32a2aBaggott, Julianna. Harriet Wolf’s Seventh Book of Wonders. Blackstone. ISBN 9781478934325. Reader TBA.
The reclusive Harriet Wolf, revered author and family matriarch, has a final confession—a love story. The work is told in four distinct voices: the mysterious Harriet, who, until now, has never revealed the secrets of her past; her fiery, overprotective daughter Eleanor; and her two grown granddaughters—Tilton, the fragile yet exuberant younger sister who’s become a housebound hermit, and Ruth, the older sister who ran away at 16 and never looked back. When Eleanor is hospitalized, Ruth decides it’s time to do right by a pact she made with Tilton long ago: to return home and save her sister. Meanwhile, Harriet whispers her true life story to the listener. It’s a story that spans the entire 20th century and is filled with mobsters, outcasts, a lonesome lion, and a home for wayward women.

Benton, Lori. The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn. Recorded Books. ISBN 9781490656953. Read by Kate Forbes.
In western North Carolina in 1787, Tamsen Littlejohn enlists the aid of Jesse Bird, a frontiersman she barely knows, to escape her threatening stepfather and an unwanted marriage. Jesse spirits her away west of the Blue Ridge Mountains. With her pursuers getting closer, the region in turmoil, and neighbors grown suspicious of her presence, Tamsen is soon in greater jeopardy. But the biggest complication may prove to be Tamsen’s growing bond with Jesse.

Bova, Ben. Power Surge. Blackstone. ISBN 9781504617215. Read by Stefan Rudnicki.
As the science adviser to a newly elected freshman senator, Dr. Jake Ross has crafted a comprehensive energy plan that employs innovative new technologies to make America the world’s leader in energy production while boosting the economy and protecting the environment. The facts—and the science—are on Jake’s side, but his plan soon runs afoul of entrenched special interests, well-funded lobbies, cynical bureaucrats, and pork-barrel politics. Everyone keeps telling him that his plan has no hope of succeeding, but Jake is determined to prove them wrong even if it kills him…something that someone may be all too happy to arrange.

Brizzi, Fausto. 100 Days of Happiness. Books on Tape. ISBN 9781101921692. Read by Edoardo Ballerini.
For Lucio Battistini, finding out that he only has 100 days left to live inspires him to spend those days the way he always should have—by making every moment count. Imperfect, unfaithful but loveable Lucio has been thrown out of the house by his wife and is sleeping at his father-in-law’s bombolini bakery when he learns he has inoperable cancer. So begins the last hundred days of Lucio’s life, as he attempts to right his wrongs, win back his wife, and spend the next three months enjoying every moment with a zest he hasn’t felt in years.

Brontë, Anne. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall. Naxos. ISBN 9781843798927. Read by Piers Wehner & Katy Carmichael.
Gilbert Markham is deeply intrigued by Helen Graham, a beautiful and secretive young widow who has moved into nearby Wildfell Hall with her young son. He is quick to offer Helen his friendship, but when her reclusive behavior becomes the subject of local gossip and speculation, Gilbert begins to wonder whether his trust in her has been misplaced. It is only when she allows Gilbert to read her diary that the truth—and the shocking details of her past—are revealed.

513sG-Dwt+L._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_Clifford, Stephanie. Everybody Rise. Macmillan Audio. ISBN 9781427265272. Reader TBA.
Clifford’s debut is set in 2006 Manhattan and focuses on 26-year-old Evelyn Beegan, who is the product of new money, propelled by her social-climbing mother through an elite prep school and a posh college. Evelyn has managed to stay on the periphery of this world her mother desperately wants her to become a part of. But when she takes a job at a social networking site aimed at her very elite peers, she’s forced to leverage her few connections. In order to be accepted by this rarefied set, Evelyn must be seen as someone with established old money. Her lies start small, but quickly grow, and as she relentlessly elbows her way up the social ladder, the ground underneath her begins to give way.

Crucet, Jennine Capo. Make Your Home Among Strangers. Recorded Books. ISBN 9781490671550. Reader TBA.
Lizet, a daughter of Cuban immigrants and the first in her family to graduate from high school, secretly applies and is accepted to an ultra-elite college. The privileged world of the campus feels utterly foreign to her, as does her new awareness of herself as a minority. Struggling both socially and academically, she returns home for a Thanksgiving visit, only to be overshadowed by the arrival of Ariel Hernandez, a young boy whose mother died fleeing with him from Cuba on a raft. The ensuing immigration battle puts Miami in a glaring spotlight, captivating the nation and entangling Lizet’s entire family.

Diffenbaugh, Vanessa. We Never Asked for Wings. Books on Tape. ISBN 9781101888636. Read by Emma Bering & Robbie Daymond.
For 14 years, Letty Espinosa has worked three jobs around San Francisco to make ends meet while her mother raised her children—Alex, now 15, and Luna, six—in their tiny apartment. But now Letty’s parents are returning to Mexico, and Letty must step up and become a mother for the first time in her life. Navigating this new terrain is challenging, especially as Luna desperately misses her grandparents and Alex is unwilling to give his mother a chance. Letty comes up with a plan to help the family escape the dangerous neighborhood and heartbreaking injustice that have marked their lives, but one wrong move could jeopardize everything she’s worked for and her family’s fragile hopes for the future.

Ferrante, Elena. Troubling Love. Blackstone. ISBN 978-1-5046-2031-4. Read by Hillary Huber.
Following her mother’s untimely and mysterious death, Delia embarks on a voyage of discovery through the streets of her native Naples searching for the truth about her family. A series of telephone calls leads her to compelling and disturbing revelations about her mother’s final days. Set in a beguiling but often hostile Naples, whose chaotic, suffocating streets become one of the book’s central motifs, this is a story about mothers and daughters and the complicated knot of lies and emotions that binds them.

Foroutan, Parnaz. The Girl from the Garden. Blackstone. ISBN 9781504625524. Reader TBA.
For all his wealth and success, Asher Malacouti—the head of a prosperous Jewish family living in the Iranian town of Kermanshah—cannot have the one thing he desires above all: a son. His young wife, Rakhel, trapped in an oppressive marriage at a time when a woman’s worth is measured by her fertility, is made desperate by her failure to conceive and grows jealous and vindictive. Her despair is compounded by her sister-in-law Khorsheed’s pregnancy and her husband’s growing desire for Kokab, his cousin’s wife. Frustrated by his wife’s inability to bear him an heir, Asher makes a fateful choice that will shatter the household and drive Rakhel to dark extremes to save herself and preserve her status within the family.

6a00d83451bcff69e200e54f30fcba8833-640wiFrench, Nicci. Secret Smile. Brilliance. ISBN 9781501271779. Read by Anne Flosnik.
Miranda’s sister, Kerri, has a new boyfriend, a handsome charmer who seems to dote on Kerri. But Brendan isn’t the man he says he is. Miranda should know, because she broke off her own affair with him just a few weeks ago when she found him reading her diary. Now Brendan claims that it was he who ended their short-lived relationship—and everyone believes him. When he and Kerri announce their engagement, Miranda’s parents are thrilled for their shyer, less confident daughter. Then Kerri and Brendan beg Miranda to let them live in her apartment until their new home is ready. Against her better judgment, Miranda agrees. Like a virus, Brendan starts spreading destruction throughout her life. When Miranda decides to take off the gloves, fight back, and discover what is behind her enemy’s bemused, secret smile, the consequences will be terrifying.

Gibson, Rachel. Just Kiss Me. Blackstone. ISBN 9781504648608. Reader TBA.
It’s been years since Vivian Leigh Rochet last saw Harrison Whitley-Shuler. She was a teenager scrubbing houses for a living, and he was the gorgeous son of rich parents. Vivian had vowed to get out of Charleston, become a big Hollywood star, and stick it to the snooty girls who made her cry. She’s gotten what she wanted—and more—but why does her glamorous life seems so trivial? Harrison got out too, making it all the way to Wall Street, until a heart attack forced him to trade in his cufflinks for a good set of hand tools. Making furniture soothes his soul, but escaping the Whitley-Shuler heritage is nearly impossible. And now he’s come face to face with the one who got away.

Gottlieb, Eli. Best Boy. Blackstone. ISBN 9781504617475. Reader TBA.
Sent to a “therapeutic community” for autism at the age of 11, Todd Aaron, now in his 50s, is the “Old Fox” of Payton Living Center. A joyous man who rereads the encyclopedia compulsively, he is unnerved by the sudden arrivals of a menacing new staffer and a disruptive, brain-injured roommate. His equilibrium is further worsened by Martine, a one-eyed new resident who has romantic intentions and convinces him to go off his meds to feel “normal” again. Undone by these pressures, Todd attempts an escape to return “home” to his younger brother and to a childhood that now inhabits only his dreams.

Gregory, Philippa. The Taming of the Queen. S. & S. Audio. ISBN 9781442389731. Read by Bianca Amato.
Kateryn Parr, a 30-year-old widow in a secret affair with a new lover, has no choice when a man old enough to be her father who has buried four wives—King Henry VIII—commands her to marry him. Kateryn has no doubt about the danger she faces: the previous queen lasted 16 months, the one before barely half a year. But Henry adores his new bride, a leader of religious reform and the first woman to publish in English. But she cannot save the Protestants, under threat for their faith, and Henry’s dangerous gaze turns on her. The traditional churchmen and rivals for power accuse her of heresy—the punishment is death by fire and the king’s name is on the warrant…

y450-293Hannah, Sophie. Woman with a Secret. Harper Audio. ISBN 9780062395658. Read by David Thorpe & Julia Barrie.
The police are stopping cars on Elmhirst Road, searching for something. Nicki Clements waits patiently, until she glimpses a face she hoped she’d never see again—and he’s the cop checking each car. Desperate to avoid him, she makes a panicky U-turn and escapes. But Nicki’s peculiar behavior did not go unnoticed, and now the police have summoned her for questioning. A resident of Elmhirst Road has been murdered—a controversial newspaper columnist named Damon Blundy. The detectives begin peppering her with questions, but she can’t explain why she fled that day without revealing the secret that could ruin her. Nicki isn’t guilty of murder. But she’s far from innocent.

Herriman, Nancy. No Comfort for the Lost. Recorded Books. ISBN 9781490676388. Reader TBA.
British-born Celia Davies left her privileged family for an impulsive marriage to a handsome Irishman. Patrick brought her to San Francisco, but then disappeared and is now presumed dead, so Celia partnered with her half-Chinese cousin Barbara and her opinionated housekeeper Addie to open a free medical clinic for women who have nowhere else to turn. But when one of her Chinese patients is found brutally murdered and Celia’s hotheaded brother-in-law stands accused of the crime, Celia joins forces with Detective Nicholas Greaves to find the killer.

Highsmith, Patricia. The Price of Salt. Blackstone. ISBN 9781504647557. Read by Bronson Pinchot.
A chance encounter between two lonely women leads to a passionate romance in this lesbian cult classic. Therese, a struggling young sales clerk, and Carol, a homemaker in the midst of a bitter divorce, abandon their oppressive daily routines for the freedom of the open road, where their love can blossom. But their newly discovered bliss is shattered when Carol is forced to choose between her child and her lover. Highsmith’s sensitive treatment of fully realized characters who defy stereotypes about homosexuality marks a departure from previous lesbian pulp fiction. The Price of Salt is the basis for the upcoming film Carol, to be released in December.

Hoffman, Alice. The Marriage of Opposites. S. & S. Audio. ISBN 9781442385801. Reader TBA.
Growing up on idyllic St. Thomas in the early 1800s, Rachel dreams of life in faraway Paris. Rachel’s salvation is her family’s maid Adelle’s belief in her strengths, and her deep, life-long friendship with Jestine, Adelle’s daughter. But Rachel’s life is not her own. She is married off to a widower with three children to save her father’s business. When her husband dies suddenly and his handsome, much younger nephew, Frédérick, arrives from France to settle the estate, Rachel seizes her own life story, beginning a defiant, passionate love affair that sparks a scandal that affects all of her family, including her favorite son, who will become one of the greatest artists of France.

Judson, Daniel. The Darkest Place. Brilliance. ISBN 9781501270888. Read by Dick Hill.
During a bone-chilling snap of record cold weather, a series of drowning deaths play out in a small summer resort community on Long Island’s Shinnecock Bay. A local college professor named Deacon Kane is implicated. Kane is recovering from the accidental drowning death of his only son years ago—recovering slowly, and with the help of alcohol and a messy affair with a married woman. As the police and other interested parties watch his every move and try to figure out whether and how he is connected to the victims, Kane befriends an alluring bartender named Collette and continues his brutal downward spiral.

Kelly, Cathy. It Started with Paris. Blackstone. ISBN 9781478908104. Reader TBA.
At the top of the Eiffel Tower, a young man proposes to his girlfriend. In that second, everything changes—not just for the happy couple, but for the family and friends awaiting their return in Ireland. Eila’s been nursing a broken heart since her husband suddenly left her, but she’s determined to put on a brave face for the bride. Vonnie, a widow, has finally dared to let love back into her life, but a curveball arises that puts another’s safety at risk. And Grace finds that her son’s impending union brings her ex-husband back into her daily life, and she starts to wonder if her divorce was a mistake. As these three women help the young couple prepare for their wedding, they’ll each have to address their own demons and find a way to move forward.

23507478Klaussmann, Liza. Villa America. Hachette Audio. ISBN 9781611130591. Reader TBA.
Sara Wiborg and Gerald Murphy packed up their children and moved to the south of France, where they immediately fell in with a group of expats, including Hemingway, Picasso, and Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald. On the coast of Antibes they built Villa America, a paradise where they invented summer on the Riviera for a group of bohemian artists and writers. It was, for a while, a charmed life, but these were people who kept secrets, and who beneath the sparkling veneer were heartbreakingly human. When a tragic accident brings Owen, a young American aviator who fought in the Great War, to the region, he finds himself drawn into this flamboyant circle, and the Murphys find their world irrevocably, unexpectedly transformed.

Koryta, Michael. Last Words. Blackstone. ISBN 9781478934363. Reader TBA.
Still mourning the death of his wife, private investigator Mark Novak accepts a case that may be his undoing. On the day his wife died, the body of a teenage girl was pulled from an extensive and perilous cave system in southern Indiana. Now the man who rescued the body, who is believed to be her killer, begs Novak to uncover what really happened. Garrison is much like any place in America, proud and fortified against outsiders. For Mark to delve beneath the town’s surface, he must match wits with the man who knows the caverns better than anyone: a man who seemed to have lost his mind.

Littlefield, Sophie. The Guilty One. Brilliance. ISBN 9781480543737. Read by Tanya Eby.
Maris’s safe suburban world was shattered the day her daughter was found murdered, presumably by the young woman’s boyfriend. Her marriage crumbling, her routine shattered, Maris walks away from her pampered life as a Bay Area mom the day she receives a call from Ron, father of her daughter’s killer. Wracked with guilt over his son’s actions (and his own possible contribution to them), he asks Maris a single question: should he jump? With a man’s life in her hands, Maris must decide, perhaps for the first time, what she truly wants. Retribution? Forgiveness? Or something more?

Malfi, Ronald. Little Girls. Blackstone. ISBN 9781504636278. Read by Cassandra Campbell.
When Laurie was a little girl, she was forbidden to enter the room at the top of the stairs. It was one of many rules imposed by her cold, distant father. Now, in a final act of desperation, her father has exorcised his demons. But when Laurie returns to claim the estate with her husband and ten-year-old daughter, it’s as though the past refuses to die. She feels it lurking in the broken moldings, sees it staring from an empty picture frame, hears it laughing in the moldy greenhouse deep in the woods. At first, Laurie thinks she’s imagining things. But when she meets her daughter’s new playmate, Abigail, she can’t help but notice her uncanny resemblance to another little girl who used to live next door…and who died there.

McMahon, Jennifer. The Night Sister. Books on Tape. ISBN 9780804165211. Read by Cassandra Campbell.
Amy, Piper, and Piper’s kid sister, Margot, used to play at the Tower Motel until the day their games uncovered something dark and twisted and ruined their friendship forever. Piper and Margot’s adult lives are upended when Amy stands accused of a horrific crime and the women are forced to relive the time that they found a suitcase that belonging to Silvie Slater, the aunt who Amy claimed had run away to Hollywood. As Margot and Piper investigate, another story unfolds—that of Sylvie and Rose, two other sisters who lived at the motel during its 1950s heyday. Each believed the other to be something truly monstrous, but only one carries the secret that would haunt the generations to come.

51F7OtQWZFL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_Moore, Chrisopher. Secondhand Souls. Harper Audio. ISBN 9780062374110. Read by Fisher Stevens.
Something really strange is happening in the City by the Bay. People are dying, but their souls are not being collected for ascension. Someone or something is stealing them and no one knows where they are going, or why, but it has something to do with that big orange bridge. Death merchant Charlie Asher is just as flummoxed as everyone else. He’s still trapped in the body of a 14-inch-tall “meat puppet” waiting for his Buddhist nun girlfriend, Audrey, to find him a suitable new body to play host. To get to the bottom of this abomination, a motley crew of heroes will have to band together.

Moshfegh, Ottessa. Eileen. Recorded Books. ISBN 9781490675824. Reader TBA.
The Christmas season offers little cheer for Eileen Dunlop, an unassuming yet disturbed young woman trapped between her role as her alcoholic father’s caretaker and a day job as a secretary at the boys’ prison, filled with its own quotidian horrors. Consumed by resentment and self-loathing, Eileen tempers her dreary days with perverse fantasies and dreams of escaping to the big city. In the meantime, she fills her nights and weekends with shoplifting, stalking a buff prison guard named Randy, and cleaning up her increasingly deranged fathers messes. When the bright, beautiful, and cheery Rebecca Saint John arrives on the scene as the new counselor at Moorehead, Eileen is enchanted and proves unable to resist what appears at first to be a miraculously budding friendship. In a Hitchcockian twist, her affection for Rebecca ultimately pulls her into complicity in a crime that surpasses her wildest imaginings.

Murakami, Haruki. Wind/Pinball: Two Novels. Books on Tape. ISBN 9780804190299. Read by Kirby Heybourne.
In the spring of 1978, a young Murakami sat down at his kitchen table and began to write. The result: two remarkable short novels that launched the career of one of the most acclaimed authors of our time. These powerful, at times surreal, works about two young men coming of age—the unnamed narrator and his friend the Rat—are stories of loneliness, obsession, and eroticism. They bear all the hallmarks of Murakami’s later books, and form the first two-thirds, with A Wild Sheep Chase, of the trilogy of the Rat. Widely available in English for the first time ever, newly translated, and featuring a new introduction by Murakami, Wind/Pinball gives listeners a fascinating insight into a great writer’s beginnings.

O’Dell, Tawni. Back Roads. Blackstone. ISBN 978-1-5046-1852-6. Read by Andrew Eiden.
Harley Altmyer should be in college. Instead, with his mother in jail for killing his abusive father, Harley is 19 years old and marooned in the Pennsylvania backwoods caring for his three younger sisters. Family secrets, lies, and unspoken truths light the fuse and erupt into a series of staggering surprises, leaving what’s left of his family in tatters.

Pintoff, Stefanie. Hostage Taker. HighBridge. ISBN 9781622319688. Reader TBA.
Pintoff launches a new thriller series featuring Eve Rossi, head of a secret division of the FBI—one made up of ex-convicts with extraordinary talents, oversized egos, and contempt for the rules. For one FBI agent, a madman’s terrified hostages, and an entire city, a long and harrowing day is about to unfold. The hostage taker’s identity is unknown. But he knows who FBI agent Rossi is—and everything about her past. As well as her presence, he demands five witnesses: ordinary people with some hidden connection. As Eve manages a taut hostage situation, she relies on the combined skills of her team.

Rankin, Ian. The Beat Goes On: The Complete Rebus Stories. Blackstone. ISBN 9781478934240. Reader TBA.
Brilliant, irascible, and frequently frustrating to both his friends and his long-suffering bosses, John Rebus has made the dark places of Edinburgh his home for over two decades. The Beat Goes On collects all of Rankin’s Rebus short stories for the first time, including two never-before-published tales written specifically for this collection. In these gripping, fast-paced tales, the legendary Scottish detective investigates the sinister cases that are his specialty, including a gruesome student death, the brutal murder of a woman at the crux of a love triangle, an audacious jewel heist, suspicious happenings at a nursing home, and an ominous email that brings a family’s darkest secrets to light.

1424738492Sumner, Melanie. How To Write a Novel. Blackstone. ISBN 9781504605786. Read by Katie Schorr.
Twelve-year-old Aris Thibodeau lives with her frazzled single mother in Kanuga, GA, along with the ghost of Aris’s dad, a sax-blowing rogue from Louisiana, and Max, Aris’s eight-year-old brother. Aris begins to write a book when a flood unearths Diane’s stash of journals. While reading the journals, Aris discovers a terrible secret regarding her dead father’s childhood, and their frenzied suburban life begins to break down: Diane loses her job, Max melts down when he learns building Legos isn’t a viable talent for the talent show, and Aris stalks the neighborhood’s child molesters with a machete.

Tanzer, Molly. Vermilion: The Adventures of Lou Merriweather, Psychopomp. Blackstone. ISBN 9781504653312. Read by Emily Woo Zeller.
Gunslinging, chain-smoking, and Stetson-wearing Taoist psychopomp, Elouise “Lou” Merriwether might not be a normal 19 year old, but she’s too busy keeping San Francisco safe from ghosts, shades, and geung si to care much about that. When Lou hears that a bunch of Chinatown boys have gone missing somewhere in the Colorado Rockies, she decides to investigate. On the road to a mysterious sanatorium known as Fountain of Youth, Lou encounters bears, desperate men, a very undead villain, and even stranger challenges. She will need every one of her talents and a whole lot of luck to make it home alive.

Tran, Vu. Dragonfish. Blackstone. ISBN 9781504619721. Reader TBA.
Robert, a rugged Oakland cop, still can’t let go of Suzy, the mysterious Vietnamese wife who left him. Now she’s disappeared from her new husband, Sonny, a violent Vietnamese smuggler and gambler who blackmails Robert into finding her for him. Pursuing Suzy through the glitzy, sleazy gambling dens of Las Vegas, Robert finds himself chasing the past that haunts Suzy—one that extends back to a refugee camp in Malaysia after the fall of Saigon. Her daughter, abandoned long ago, is now a steely professional poker player. The dangerous legacy of Suzy’s guilt threatens to immolate them all, including Happy, her best friend.

Walters, Louise. Mrs. Sinclair’s Suitcase. Books on Tape. ISBN 9781101914656. Read by Anna Bentinck & Karen Cass.
In this debut, Roberta, a lonely 34 year old, works at The Old and New Bookshop in England. When she finds a letter inside her centenarian grandmother’s battered old suitcase that hints at a dark secret, her understanding of her family’s history is completely upturned. Running alongside Roberta’s narrative is that of her grandmother, Dorothy, as a 40-year-old childless woman desperate for motherhood during the early years of World War II. After a chance encounter with a Polish war pilot, Dorothy believes she’s finally found happiness, but must instead make an unthinkable decision whose consequences forever change the framework of her family.

Weiner, Jennifer. Who Do You Love. S. & S. Audio. ISBN 9781442388444. Reader TBA.
Rachel Blum and Andy Landis are eight years old when they meet late one night in an ER waiting room. Born with a congenital heart defect, Rachel is a veteran of hospitals, and she’s intrigued by the boy who shows up all alone with a broken arm. After Andy’s taken back to the emergency room and Rachel’s sent back to her bed, they think they’ll never see each other again. Over the course of three decades, through high school and college, marriages and divorces, from the pinnacles of victory and the heartbreak of defeat, Andy and Rachel will find each other again and again, until they are finally given a chance to decide whether love can surmount difference and distance and if they’ve been running toward each other all along.

fsg-cover-croppedWilliams, Naomi J. Landfalls. Blackstone. ISBN 9781504643597. Read by Christopher Lane.
In her debut novel,Williams reimagines the historical La Pérouse expedition, a voyage of exploration that left Brest in 1785 with two frigates, 200 men, and overblown Enlightenment ideals and expectations, in a brave attempt to circumnavigate the globe. Grounded in historical fact, Landfalls follows the exploits and heartbreaks not only of the men on the ships but also of the people affected by the voyage—natives and other Europeans the explorers encountered, loved ones left waiting at home, and those who survived and remembered the expedition later. Each chapter is told from a different point of view and is set in a different part of the world—ranging from London to Alaska, from remote South Pacific islands to Siberia, and eventually back to France.

Willig, Lauren. The Lure of the Moonflower. (Pink Carnation, Bk. 12). Books on Tape. ISBN 9781101915127. Read by Kate Reading.
In the final series installment, Jack Reid, the British agent known as the Moonflower, has been stationed in Portugal and is awaiting his new contact. He does not expect to be paired with a woman—especially not the legendary Pink Carnation. All of Portugal believes that the royal family departed for Brazil just before the French troops marched into Lisbon, but the English government knows that mad 73-year-old Queen Maria was spirited away by a group of loyalists determined to rally a resistance. But as the French garrison scours the countryside, it’s only a matter of time before she’s found and taken. It’s up to Jane to find her first and ensure her safety. But she has no knowledge of Portugal or the language. Though she is loath to admit it, she needs the Moonflower.

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