The Union Street Bakery


Author: Mary Ellen Taylor
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101619295
Category: Fiction
Page: 336
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In the first novel of the Union Street Bakery series, Daisy McCrae learns how easily life can turn on a dime… Suddenly without a job or a boyfriend, Daisy now lives in the attic above her family’s store, the Union Street Bakery, while she learns the business. It doesn’t help that, as the only adopted daughter, her relationship with her sisters has never been easy. When an elderly customer dies, Daisy is surprised to inherit a journal from the 1850s, written by a slave girl named Susie. As she reads, Daisy learns more about her family—and her own heritage—than she ever dreamed. Haunted by dreams of the young Susie, who beckons Daisy to “find her,” she is compelled to explore the past more deeply. What she finds are the answers she has longed for her entire life.

The Union Street Bakery


Author: Mary Ellen Taylor
Publisher: Berkley Books
ISBN: 9780425277317
Category: Fiction
Page: 336
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Unemployed and single, Daisy McCrae resigns herself to learning the failing family business until a 150-year-old journal written by a slave girl named Susie compels her to research the past of the town and her own family. 25,000 first printing.

Sweet Expectations


Author: Mary Ellen Taylor
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 0425259706
Category: Fiction
Page: 345
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Feeling contented if not happy in her life running the family bakery while living in the store's attic, Daisy receives unexpected news that throws everything into chaos before discovering a hidden box of recipes and mementos that help her to find a sense of purpose. Original. 25,000 first printing.

At the Corner of King Street


Author: Mary Ellen Taylor
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 069818338X
Category: Fiction
Page: 384
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The author of The Union Street Bakery presents a new novel about a woman searching for a fresh start—while unable to forget the past… Adele “Addie” Morgan grew up in a house filled with pain and loss. Determined to live life on her own terms, Addie moves to the country and finds a job at a vineyard where she discovers stability, happiness, and—best of all—love with the kind owner, Scott. But an unexpected call abruptly pulls Addie out of her new and improved life. Her sister has just given birth and Addie’s Aunt Grace wants her to return home to help the family—even if it means confronting things she’s tried so hard to forget. When Addie arrives, she quickly realizes that she hasn’t truly let go of her former life, at least not completely. After making a surprising connection with her sister’s baby—and her sister’s ex-husband, Zeb—Addie must choose between her picture-perfect future with Scott and the family roots she thought she’d left behind for good…

The View from Prince Street


Author: Mary Ellen Taylor
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 0425278263
Category: Domestic fiction
Page: 340
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After her sister's death in a car accident, Rae McDonald's teenage years were in turmoil. Pregnant at sixteen, she found a loving couple to adopt her child - and then buried her grief under a heart of stone. Her sister's best friend Lisa Smyth survived the crash, but never told the truth about it. So when a family obligation draws her back to Alexandria, Virginia, both women must confront the past, as long-buried artefacts are unearthed by the Shire Architectural Salvage company that link their family histories - and point to a new future.

A Gate at the Stairs


Author: Lorrie Moore
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 9780307273215
Category: Fiction
Page: 336
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Finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award Finalist for the Orange Prize for Fiction Chosen as a Best Book of the Year by The New York Times Book Review, The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, The Christian Science Monitor, Kansas City Star, Financial Times, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and Real Simple Twenty-year-old Tassie Keltjin, the daughter of a gentleman farmer, has come to a university town as a student. When she takes a job as a part-time nanny for a mysterious and glamorous family, she finds herself drawn deeper into their world and forever changed. Told through the eyes of this memorable narrator, A Gate at the Stairs is a piercing novel of race, class, love, and war in America. From the Trade Paperback edition.

The Vintage Teacup Club


Author: Vanessa Greene
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 110161286X
Category: Fiction
Page: 400
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Three women’s lives are about to change because of a few delicate pieces of china... When Jenny Davis comes across a beautiful vintage tea set at an outdoor market in the English countryside, she’s convinced it’s fate. A young bride on a budget, she has her heart set on a vintage tea-party theme for her wedding—and the gorgeous gold-rimmed china before her is perfect. There’s only one problem. Two other women have fallen in love with it, too. So they come up with a solution: They’ll share it. They establish a sisterhood, sharing the ups and downs of their lives—from broken hearts and weddings, to family drama and career dreams. When a figure from Jenny’s past threatens to ruin her big day, Alison’s teenage daughter pushes her to the limit, and Maggie’s romantic life is thrown into turmoil, the members of the Vintage Teacup Club band together—proving their newfound friendship will last a lifetime.

The House on Tradd Street


Author: Karen White
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781101079089
Category: Fiction
Page: 352
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The brilliant, chilling debut of Karen White's New York Times bestselling Tradd Street series, featuring a Charleston real estate agent who loves old houses—and the secret histories inside them. Practical Melanie Middleton hates to admit she can see ghosts. But she's going to have to accept it. An old man she recently met has died, leaving her his historic Tradd Street home, complete with housekeeper, dog—and a family of ghosts anxious to tell her their secrets. Enter Jack Trenholm, a gorgeous writer obsessed with unsolved mysteries. He has reason to believe that diamonds from the Confederate Treasury are hidden in the house. So he turns the charm on with Melanie, only to discover he's the smitten one... It turns out Jack's search has caught the attention of a malevolent ghost. Now, Jack and Melanie must unravel a mystery of passion, heartbreak—and even murder.

Summer at Little Beach Street Bakery

A Novel
Author: Jenny Colgan
Publisher: HarperCollins
ISBN: 0062371258
Category: Fiction
Page: 416
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For fans of Elin Hilderbrand, Jojo Moyes, and Jane Green, Summer at Little Beach Street Bakery is an irresistible novel—moving and funny, soulful and sweet—about happiness, heartache, and hope. And recipes. A thriving bakery. A lighthouse to call home. A handsome beekeeper. A pet puffin. These are the things that Polly Waterford can call her own. This is the beautiful life she leads on a tiny island off the southern coast of England. But clouds are gathering on the horizon. A stranger threatens to ruin Polly’s business. Her beloved boyfriend seems to be leading a secret life. And the arrival of a newcomer—a bereft widow desperately searching for a fresh start—forces Polly to reconsider the choices she’s made, even as she tries to help her new friend through grief. Unpredictable and unforgettable, this delightful novel will make you laugh, cry, and long for a lighthouse of your own.

The Mill River Recluse


Author: Darcie Chan
Publisher: Ballantine Books
ISBN: 0553391879
Category: Fiction
Page: 416
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For the past 60 years, the widow Mary McAllister has secluded herself in her marble mansion overlooking the town of Mill River, and only the priest, Father O'Brien, knows the deep secrets that keep Mary isolated—and that, once revealed, will forever change the community. Original.

All The Difference


Author: Leah Ferguson
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 0698187520
Category: Fiction
Page: 304
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New Year’s Eve. A time for resolutions. A chance to make a change. And for thirty-year-old Molly Sullivan, a night that will transform her life forever… All it takes is one word—yes or no—to decide Molly’s future. As the clock counts down to midnight and the ball slowly begins to drop, Molly’s picture-perfect boyfriend gets down on one knee and asks her to marry him. She knows she should say yes, especially considering the baby-sized surprise she just discovered she’s carrying. But something in her heart is telling her to say no… Now, Molly’s future can follow two very different paths: one where she stays with her baby’s father, despite her misgivings and his family’s unreasonable expectations, and one where she ventures out on her own as a single mother, embracing all the hardships that come with it. And by the time the next New Year is rung in, Molly will know which choice was right—following her head or listening to her heart…

Looking for Salvation at the Dairy Queen


Author: Susan Gregg Gilmore
Publisher: Broadway Books
ISBN: 0307395022
Category: Fiction
Page: 298
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In early 1970s Riggold, Georgia, Catherine Grace Cline, the daughter of the local Baptist preacher, dreams of escaping her small town for Atlanta, but after her dream becomes reality, a tragedy transforms her perspective.

Looking for Me


Author: Beth Hoffman
Publisher: Penguin Books
ISBN: 0143125435
Category: Fiction
Page: 354
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Opening an antiques shop in Charleston after discovering a talent for restoring furniture, Teddi Overman struggles to come to terms with her shattered family and sense of self after receiving news that her long-missing brother might still be alive.

Saving CeeCee Honeycutt

A Novel
Author: Beth Hoffman
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781101189856
Category: Fiction
Page: 320
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Read Beth Hoffman's blogs and other content on the Penguin Community. Steel Magnolias meets The Help in this Southern debut novel sparkling with humor, heart, and feminine wisdom Twelve-year-old CeeCee Honeycutt is in trouble. For years, she has been the caretaker of her psychotic mother, Camille-the tiara-toting, lipstick-smeared laughingstock of an entire town-a woman trapped in her long-ago moment of glory as the 1951 Vidalia Onion Queen. But when Camille is hit by a truck and killed, CeeCee is left to fend for herself. To the rescue comes her previously unknown great-aunt, Tootie Caldwell. In her vintage Packard convertible, Tootie whisks CeeCee away to Savannah's perfumed world of prosperity and Southern eccentricity, a world that seems to be run entirely by women. From the exotic Miz Thelma Rae Goodpepper, who bathes in her backyard bathtub and uses garden slugs as her secret weapons, to Tootie's all-knowing housekeeper, Oletta Jones, to Violene Hobbs, who entertains a local police officer in her canary-yellow peignoir, the women of Gaston Street keep CeeCee entertained and enthralled for an entire summer. Laugh-out-loud funny and deeply touching, Beth Hoffman's sparkling debut is, as Kristin Hannah says, "packed full of Southern charm, strong women, wacky humor, and good old-fashioned heart." It is a novel that explores the indomitable strengths of female friendship and gives us the story of a young girl who loses one mother and finds many others. Watch a Video

The Lost Husband

A Novel
Author: Katherine Center
Publisher: Random House Digital, Inc.
ISBN: 0345507940
Category: Fiction
Page: 292
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After the sudden loss of her husband, Libby Moran, falling on hard times, gets an unexpected chance to start over when an estranged aunt offers her a job and a place to live on a goat farm where she and her children discover that country life isn't quite what they expected--but is just what they need. Original.

Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant

A Novel
Author: Anne Tyler
Publisher: Random House Digital, Inc.
ISBN: 0449911594
Category: Fiction
Page: 303
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Eighty-five-year-old Pearl Tull recalls the desertion of her husband and her attempts to raise three children, who must come to terms with themselves and their father after their mother's death.

The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat


Author: Edward Kelsey Moore
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0307959937
Category: Fiction
Page: 320
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This diner in Plainview, Indiana is home away from home for Odette, Clarice, and Barbara Jean. Dubbed "The Supremes" by high school pals in the tumultuous 1960s, they’ve weathered life’s storms for over four decades and counseled one another through marriage and children, happiness and the blues. Now, however, they’re about to face their most challenging year yet. Proud, talented Clarice is struggling to keep up appearances as she deals with her husband’s humiliating infidelities; beautiful Barbara Jean is rocked by the tragic reverberations of a youthful love affair; and fearless Odette is about to embark on the most terrifying battle of her life. With wit, style and sublime talent, Edward Kelsey Moore brings together three devoted allies in a warmhearted novel that celebrates female friendship and second chances.

The Splendor of Ordinary Days

A Novel of Watervalley
Author: Jeff High
Publisher: N A L
ISBN: 0451474104
Category: FICTION
Page: 432
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"The pastoral charm of small-town Watervalley, Tennesse, can be deceptive, as young Dr. Luke Bradford discovers when he's caught in the fallout of a decades-old conflict . . .a After a rocky start as Watervalley's only doctor, Luke Bradford has decided to stay in town, honoring the three-year commitment he made to pay off his medical school debts. But even as his friendships with the quirky townsfolk deepen, and he pursues a romance with lovely schoolteacher Christine Chambers, several military veterans' emotional wounds trigger anger and unrest in Watervalley. At the center of the clash is the curmudgeonly publisher of the local newspaper, Luther Whitmore. Luther grew up in Watervalley, but he returned from combat in Vietnam a changed man. He fenced in beautiful Moon Lake, posting 'Keep Out' notices at the beloved spot, and provokes the townspeople with his incendiary newspaper.a a As Luke struggles to understand Luther's past, and restore harmony in Watervalley, an unforeseen crisis shatters a relationship he values dearly. Suddenly Luke must answer life's toughest questions about service, courage, love, and sacrifice. Conversation guide included Praise foraThe Splendor of Ordinary Days 'Vivid characters, humor and touches of mystery create a delightful story that perfectly captures southern small town life.' Mary Ellen Taylor, author of the Union Street Bakery series andaAt the Corner of King Street'The author plumbs the depths of the most important bonds of our lives in this heart-warming narrative exploring the dreams and values we cherish most as Americans.' Southern Literary ReviewPraise for the Novels of Watervalley'(Jeff High's) love of his native Tennessee and the human race shines from very page.' Patrick Taylor, MD,aNew York Timesabestselling author of the Irish Country novels 'Kept me reading far into the night hours!' Ann B. Ross,aNew York Timesabestselling author of the Miss Julia Series'Heart-warming, refreshing, and often amusing.' Karen White,aNew York Timesabestselling author ofA Long Time Gone'I fell in love with Watervalley and its citizens.'aSouthern Literary Review"

The American Miracle

Divine Providence in the Rise of the Republic
Author: Michael Medved
Publisher: Crown Forum
ISBN: 0553447289
Category: United States
Page: 400
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In this book, "bestselling author and radio host Michael Medved recounts some of the most significant events in America's rise to prosperity and power, from the writing of the Constitution to the Civil War. He reveals a record of improbabilities and amazements that demonstrate what the Founders always believed: that events unfolded according to a master plan, with destiny playing an unmistakable role in lifting the nation to greatness.

Telegraph Avenue

A Novel
Author: Michael Chabon
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0062124609
Category: Fiction
Page: 496
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“An immensely gifted writer and magical prose stylist.” —Michiko Kakutani, New York Times New York Times bestselling, Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Michael Chabon has transported readers to wonderful places: to New York City during the Golden Age of comic books (The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay); to an imaginary Jewish homeland in Sitka, Alaska (The Yiddish Policemen’s Union); to discover The Mysteries of Pittsburgh. Now he takes us to Telegraph Avenue in a big-hearted and exhilarating novel that explores the profoundly intertwined lives of two Oakland, California families, one black and one white. In Telegraph Avenue, Chabon lovingly creates a world grounded in pop culture—Kung Fu, ’70s Blaxploitation films, vinyl LPs, jazz and soul music—and delivers a bravura epic of friendship, race, and secret histories.