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Higgins, Kristan.
Life and other inconveniences

Emma London's estranged paternal grandmother, wealthy entrepreneur Genevieve London, has terminal cancer and wants Emma to reconcile with her. Genevieve raised Emma after her mother committed suicide and her father left but they had a falling out when Emma got pregnant with Riley. 16 years later, Emma, and Riley got to visit and quickly learn that Genevieve is as bitter and aristocratic as ever, but Genevieve and Riley form an instant bond. Meanwhile, Emma falls for Genevieve's neighbor, Miller Finlay, a widower with a challenging three-year-old. Readers will be riveted as the well-drawn characters uncover one another's hidden depths and heal old wounds. This rich and memorable story will instantly win readers over. - Publisher's Weekly

Brown, Carolyn
I love this bar

First book in a new series! Bestseller Carolyn Brown invites you back to the ol' Honky Tonk for hot cowboys and a rip-roarin' time! She doesn't need anything but her bar... Daisy O'Dell has her hands full with hotheads and thirsty ranchers until the day one damn fine cowboy walks in and throws her whole life into turmoil. He's looking for a cold drink and moment's peace... Instead Jarod McElroy finds one red-hot woman. She's just what he needs, if only he can convince her to come out from behind that bar! - Syndetics

Wiggs, Susan.
The Oysterville Sewing Circle

On the brink of her big break, Caroline's clothing designs are stolen by her boss. Things get worse when her friend Angelique dies of a drug overdose. With no way to prove that her designs were ripped off, and after agreeing to take custody of Angelique's two young children, Flick and Addie, Caroline moves them all home to her family's house in Oysterville. Once there, she enrolls the children in school, starts her own sewing business, and rekindles her friendship with Lindy. Suspecting her friend was a victim of abuse, Caroline starts the Oysterville Sewing Circle, a domestic violence support group, in Angelique's honor. This story about discovering strength from friends and within is a winner. - Publisher's Weekly

Beck, Jamie.
The memory of you

In this dramatic first Sanctuary Sound contemporary, Beck reunites former lovers and reignites lingering emotions. Thirty-something Stefanie Lockwood's new business as a home remodeler brings her back to the sleepy Connecticut coastal town of Sanctuary Sound a decade after she dumped her high school sweetheart, Ryan Quinn. Stefanie and Ryan's new chance at love is threatened by Stefanie's flashbacks to a violent mugging three months earlier. In addition, Ryan's eight-year-old daughter keeps trying to get him back together with his ex-wife. Beck's portrayals of divorce and trauma are keen, and once the story slows down from its initial rapid pace and focuses on Ryan and Stefanie, readers will be caught up in their journey toward healing and romance. - Publisher's Weekly

March, Emily
Jackson

March's contemporary spin-off from her long-running Eternity Springs series is off to a promising start with this story of starting over. Several of the McBrides relocate from Eternity Springs, Colo., to the small town of Redemption, Tex., in Texas's hill country. Songwriter Jackson McBride and his two cousins are surprised to inherit the Enchanted Canyon Ranch, but Jackson soon learns that transforming the old buildings and ghost town into a resort and dance hall is a welcome distraction from the pain he feels over being separated from his young daughter, Haley. But he finds inspiration again when he meets Caroline Carruthers, a travel writer and young widow. Caroline is attracted to Jackson, but she's not sure she knows how to stand on her own... -Publisher's Weekly

Foster, Lori.
Sisters of Summer's End

Foster's second Summer Resort novel (after Cooper's Charm) emphasizes the transformative power of female friendship and true love while whisking readers to an idyllic vacation hideaway. Divorced single mother Joy Lee is proud of her work as the recreation director of the Cooper's Charm RV Resort. Disowned by her family, fearful of further rejection, and eager to protect her son, Joy finds grounding in a friendship with Maris Kennedy, the owner of the Summer's End camp store. With Maris's gentle prodding, Joy decides to take a risk on romance with Royce Nakirk, the new owner of the local drive-in, who has come to Woodbine, Ohio, to escape a recent loss. Maris grew up in poverty and values her security too much to risk a romance, especially one with free-spirited handyman Daron Hardy. Or does she? - Publisher's Weekly

Chase, Samantha.
Tangled up in you

One fateful night Bobby Hannigan sustains a gunshot wound that could end his career as a police officer. If that's taken from him, he doesn't know what he'll do. The only ray of hope is Teagan Shaughnessy--a kindhearted single mom who understands his struggles... Teagan and her young son have just moved back to the Carolina coast to be near family. When she meets Bobby, the timing feels wrong, but everything else feels oh-so-right. Bobby and Teagan each had plans for their own futures. But they're finding that those plans are meaningless if they can't be together... Book seven in the series that starts with Made for us. - Syndetics

Palmer, Diana.
Unleashed

Clancey Lang knows how to run. She's been doing it since the day she fled her abusive home to save her and her younger brother's lives. That was the same day she decided to never let herself depend on anyone else. Especially men. Though she's tempted to put her faith in her boss, ruggedly handsome Texas Ranger Colter Banks. For far too long, Colter has been distracting himself with women he knows will never fully satisfy him. But there's something about his pretty assistant, Clancey, that he simply can't resist. Something slowly but surely drawing every ounce of his attention. But is he falling for a woman who'll never let herself be caught? Book 47 in the Long Tall Texans series. - Syndetics

Carr, Robyn.
The view from Alameda Island

From the outside looking in, Lauren Delaney has a life to envy. But on her twenty-fourth wedding anniversary Lauren makes a decision that will change everything. Lauren won't pretend things are perfect anymore. She defies the controlling husband who has privately mistreated her throughout their marriage and files for divorce. And as she starts her new life she meets a kindred spirit--a man who is also struggling with the decision to end his unhappy marriage. But Lauren's husband wants his "perfect" life back, and his actions are shocking. Facing an uncertain future, Lauren discovers an inner strength she didn't know she had as she fights for the love and happiness she deserves. - Syndetics

Cole, Regina
To have and to Harley

Humour and bikers mix to great effect in this fun romance novel. Trey’s only family is his biker gang. Then he finds out he was kidnapped as a child and his well-off mother is still searching for him. Afraid his newfound family will judge, he fibs and tells them that he’s a wedding planner, not knowing that his new sister is getting married. Oops! Roped into helping plan her best friend’s wedding, Bethany is suspicious and wants to make sure the family isn’t being scammed. But Trey’s sinfully hot looks and big heart start making her take a second look…

James, Lorelei.
I want you back

Former NHL star Jaxson Lund has returned to the Twin Cities, but he's at loose ends, unsure of where he stands with Lucy, his ex-girlfriend and mother of his daughter, Mimi. Lucy Quade is in a good place with a steady job, a nice apartment, and a well-adjusted daughter, which is why she's hesitant when Jax insists on co-parenting. It's not that Lucy doesn't trust Jax...she's just unconvinced he can handle multiple responsibilities. But when issues arise with Mimi, Lucy's shocked at how levelheaded and paternal he acts, giving her a glimpse of the Jax she used to know, the sexy, sweet man she fell for years ago. Once Lucy lets her guard down, Jax goes all in to show her how good they are together, but will their past remain too large an obstacle to ever overcome? Book five in series (after When I need you). - Syndetics

London, Stefanie.
Bad influence

Annie Maxwell's world was rocked when her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer, and her almost-fiance dumped her for a high-profile new job in Singapore. Three years later, Annie's secretly helming Bad Bachelors, the internet's favorite place to check out the behavior of single men in NYC. When Joseph Preston returns to Manhattan, he literally runs into his ex, Annie, and immediately begins his plan to win her back. But then Annie starts to receive threatening messages from an incensed man who calls himself Mr. Justice... London spins a multilayered tale that any woman who's navigated the dating scene can empathize with and introduces an appealingly gutsy heroine who doesn't wait for Prince Charming to rescue her. Book three in series that starts with Bad Bachelor. - Publisher's Weekly

Holiday, Jenny
One and only

If you love witty banter and romantic comedies, then this book is for you! I couldn’t stop reading! I loved the characters so much! In order to escape her bridezilla friend, responsible Jane takes on the duty of keeping the groom’s brother out of mischief. Troublemaker Cameron has just finished his tour of duty and is ready to let loose. But soon all he wants to do is get under the skin of prim, pretty Jane. Can he convince her to take a walk on the wild side? Leah (Staff) (Queen's Square Library)

Novak, Brenda.
Unforgettable you

Jada Brooks couldn't have known how her life would change when she fell for bad boy Maddox Richardson back in high school. She couldn't have known his troubled brother would leave hers forever crippled. Or that she'd be forced to shun Maddox completely--only to discover she was carrying his child. Although Maddox was devastated by the events that transpired that fateful night, losing Jada was the worst of it. He's back in Silver Springs, ready to make amends and provide the kind of youth outreach that once saved him. But when she sees Maddox, every tough decision she's made concerning their now twelve-year-old daughter begins to haunt her. Falling for him again is so tempting, but she could lose what matters most. Book five in the series that starts with Finding our forever. - Syndetics

Mallery, Susan.
California girls

In Mallery's heartwarming novel, three California sisters discover their inner strengths as they face trials in their lives. L.A. morning talk show host Finola Corrado is blindsided when her husband, Nigel, confesses his infidelity minutes before her live interview with country-pop star Treasure-Nigel's lover. Ali Schmitt, Finola's sister, felt invisible until she met Glen and is excited about their upcoming wedding, but his handsome brother Daniel shows up at her apartment to inform her that Glen is calling off the wedding. Zennie Schmitt, a scrub nurse, believes she is doing the right thing when she agrees to act as a surrogate mother for her best friend, Bernie. As Fiona, Ali, and Zennie help their mother clean out her house to get it ready for sale, their lives intertwine and their candid interactions are believable and real. - Publisher's Weekly