Love Stories | Audio in Advance December 2016 | Stephanie’s Picks

29773601__1476381428_20025Boyle, Elizabeth, Julia Quinn, Stefanie Sloane, & Laura Lee Guhrke. Four Weddings and a Sixpence. Blackstone. ISBN 9781441730428. Reader TBA.
Four friends from Madame Rochambeaux’s Gentle School for Girls find an old sixpence in their bedchamber and decide that it will be the lucky coin for each of their weddings. In the prolog, “Something Old,” Quinn introduces Beatrice Heywood and the book’s premise. In Sloane’s “Something New,” an ever-vigilant guardian decrees that Anne Brabourne must marry by her 21st birthday. But love finds her in the most unexpected of ways. Boyle’s “Something Borrowed” tells the tale of Cordelia Padley, who has invented a betrothed to keep her family from pestering her to wed. Now she’ll need to borrow one to convince them she’s found her true love. In Guhrke’s “Something Blue,” unlucky Lady Elinor Daventry has her sixpence stolen from her and must convince the rake who pilfered the coin to return it in time for her own wedding. Quinn finishes the volume with “…and a Sixpence in Her Shoe” and Beatrice Heywood, who never believed that the sixpence was anything but a tarnished old coin—until it led all of her friends to true love. But her faith in the coin is tested when it keeps sending her to the wrong man.

Hyde, Catherine Ryan. Say Goodbye for Now. Brilliance. ISBN 9781531834906. Read by Nick Podehl & Teri Schnaubelt.
On an isolated Texas ranch, Dr. Lucy cares for abandoned animals. The solitude allows her to avoid the people and places that remind her of the past. Not that any of the townsfolk care. In 1959, no one is interested in a woman doctor. Nor are they welcoming Calvin and Justin Bell, a newly arrived African American father and son. When Pete Solomon, a neglected 12-year-old boy, and Justin bring a wounded wolf-dog hybrid to Dr. Lucy, the outcasts soon find refuge in one another. Lucy never thought she’d make connections again, never mind fall in love. Pete never imagined he’d find friends as loyal as Justin and the dog. But these four people aren’t allowed to be friends, much less a family, when the whole town turns violently against them.

Liasson, Miranda. Can’t Stop Loving You. Brilliance. ISBN 9781531868802. Read by Amy McFadden.
When it comes to her heart, Arabella D’Angelo has moved on—even though she still lives in Mirror Lake, CT. The dutiful daughter of a cantankerous widower, Bella has spent the past 12 years raising her younger brother and making a name for herself as a psychologist. Now, when she isn’t counseling a lonely-hearts club for senior women, she’s humoring her matchmaking girlfriends. Then, just before Bella’s 30th birthday, her first love, Roman Spikonos, returns to Mirror Lake. When he moves next door to her family’s garden-center business to run his grandparents’ orchard, it stirs up gossip—and a tempest of passions.

412d9czepzl-_sy344_bo1204203200___1476381479_44215Meacham, Leila. Aly’s House. Hachette Audio. ISBN 9781478942641. Read by Casey Holloway.
Aly Kingston has only ever loved one man: Marshall Wayne. But she put all of those childish dreams behind her ages ago when the Waynes left town. Her father’s victory at foreclosing on the Wayne family farm, the betrayal written all over Marshall’s face—it all still lingers in her mind and in her heart. But now, years later, when he comes back home to Claiborne, Aly realizes so much has changed since Marshall’s been away—and so much remains the same. Seeing Aly again surprises Marshall. Gone is the gangly girl who followed him around. In her place is a beautiful woman with warmth and sensitivity, someone who makes him want to believe in love again. But Marshall is back home for one reason and one reason alone: to get revenge on the man who destroyed his family and to reclaim what rightfully belongs to him.

Roberts, Terry. A Short Time To Stay Here. Blackstone. ISBN 9781504794855. Read by Nick Sullivan.
Stephen Robbins should have spent the summer of 1917 as manager of the South’s finest resort, the elegant Mountain Park Hotel in Hot Springs, NC. Hans Ruser, German commodore of the world’s largest and most luxurious cruise liner, Das Vaterland, should have been sailing with his elite passengers. But when the United States enters World War I, the Mountain Park Hotel is pressed into service as an internment camp for German nationals, including Ruser and his men. Feisty Anna Ulmann, seeking to assert her independence in a male-dominated world, goes south to devote her life to documentary photography. When she steps off the train at the Hot Springs depot, she could not have imagined the passionate journey that will result when she matches wits with Stephen Robbins.

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