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Burns, Debbie
Love at first bark

Burns charms with the complex fourth Rescue Me contemporary (after A New Leash on Love), which is much more than a cute critter story. Pet portrait painter Mia Chambers was in the midst of divorcing her unfaithful husband, Brad, when he dropped dead of an aneurysm, leaving her with her seven-year-old son, Ollie, and a pile of debt. St. Louis architect Ben Thomas has been in love with Mia for years, but she was married to his best friend. Ben and Mia begin to tentatively move toward romance, but stunning complications arise. The animal shelter where Mia and Ben volunteer is delightfully appealing, and Mia and Ben's complicated love will win readers over. - Publisher's Weekly

Ross, JoAnn.
Summer on Mirror Lake

After collasping Wall Street hotshot Gabriel Mannion initially rejects the diagnosis of an anxiety attack. But when warned that if he doesn't change his adrenaline-fueled, workaholic lifestyle he could end up dead, Gabe reluctantly returns to his hometown of Honeymoon Harbor to regroup. But it's irresistible librarian Chelsea Prescott who, along with the two foster children she's taken under her wing, makes slowing down seem like the best prescription ever. But with his return to New York City looming on the horizon, he'll have to choose between the success he's worked tirelessly for and a ready-made family who offers a very different, richly rewarding future. Book three in the series that starts with Heron's Landing. - Syndetics

Thomas, Jodi.
The little teashop on Main

A rainy-day ritual-a tea party between three little girls-becomes the framework of not only their friendship, but their lives. Redheaded, curly-haired Zoe is openhearted, kind and free-spirited, and dreams of becoming a famous actor in New York City. Shy Emily struggles with mental health but has the heart and soul of a writer. And Shannon-tall, athletic, strong-has a deep sense of loyalty that will serve her well when she heads off to military college. As Zoe, Emily and Shannon grow into women-forging careers, following dreams and finding love-they'll learn that life doesn't always unfold the way they want it to, but through it all, the one constant is each other, and their regular tea parties. And when the unthinkable happens, the girls must come together to face the greatest test of all. - Syndetics

Shalvis, Jill.
The Lemon sisters

Shalvis's sensuous third Wildstone contemporary romantic novel (after Rainy Day Friends) reunites former lovers. Brooke Lemon lives in Los Angeles and is a producer of documentaries. When Brooke's older sister, Mindy, shows up at her door after a year out of contact, Brooke is stunned. Normally very put together, Mindy is disheveled and has her three young children with her. Brooke offers to take Mindy's children so Mindy can stay in L.A. for a few days and get some much-needed rest. As Brooke bonds with the kids, she reunites with Garrett Montgomery, the boyfriend she left behind seven years before after a tragedy. Brooke and Garrett's discover that their attraction is stronger than ever... - Publisher's Weekly

Sala, Sharon.
A rainbow above us

Hurricane Fanny left no one in Blessings, Georgia unscathed--including Rowan Harper, the only surviving member of her family. Rebuilding her life now seems almost impossible. Bowie James comes back to help repair his grandmother's house, but he doesn't intend to stay long. He and his mother were forced out of Blessings a decade ago, and he's neither forgiven nor forgotten those responsible. But Rowan is kindhearted, beautiful, and lost, and Bowie discovers that he can entrust her with his deepest secrets. If only their love could bring hope and healing to everyone around them... Book eight in the series that starts with You and only you. - Syndetics

Brown, Carolyn
Cowboy rebel

Taggart Baker has always lived life on the edge, but after one bad brush with the law, he realized it was time to grow up. Now he's looking thirty in the eye and running his own ranch. Still, no one would ever call him tame...Trauma nurse Nikki Grady likes life slow and steady. But when her best friend's younger brother shows up in the ER after a bull-riding accident, something in his haunting crystal clear blue eyes draws her. The more time they spend together, the more Nikki begins to relish the idea of his cowboy in her life forever. But his past comes calling, threatening not only their love, but their lives. Book four in the series that starts with Cowboy Bold. - Syndetics

Thayne, RaeAnne.
The cliff house

After the death of their mother, sisters Daisy and Beatriz Davenport found a home with their aunt Stella in the beautiful and welcoming town of Cape Sanctuary. Now, with Daisy and Bea grown, it's time for Stella to reveal the secret she's been keeping from them. Bea thought she'd sown all her wild oats when she got pregnant far too young, but it gave Bea her wonderful, mature, now eleven-year-old daughter, Marisol. But just as she's beginning to pursue a new love with an old friend, Bea's ex-husband resurfaces. Then there's Daisy--sensible, rational Daisy. She's never taken a risk in her life--until she meets a man who makes her question everything she thought she knew. Stella, Bea and Daisy will discover that the path to true happiness is filled with twists and turns, but love always leads them back home. - Syndetics

Hannon, Irene.
Driftwood Bay

After tragedy upends her world, Jeannette Mason retreats to the tiny Oregon seaside town of Hope Harbor to create a new life. Vowing to avoid emotional attachments, she focuses on running her lavender farm and tea-room--until a new neighbor with a destructive dog and a forlorn little girl invades her turf. But she needn't worry. Dr. Logan West is too busy coping with an unexpected family, a radical lifestyle change, and an unruly pup to have any interest in his aloof and disagreeable neighbor. Yet when both Jeanette and Logan find themselves pulled into the life of a tattered Christian family fleeing persecution in war-torn Syria, might they discover that love sometimes comes calling when it's least expected? - Syndetics

McCoy, Shirlee.
Home at last

In this sweet third Bradshaw Brothers contemporary (after Home Again), McCoy tells the story of an injured young widow's recovery, bolstered by the potential of a new, unexpected love. A terrible car crash killed Sunday's husband, Matthias Bradshaw, and left Sunday with a traumatic brain injury. As she recuperates, Matthias's brothers help raise her six children and run her farm-and find secrets. Oldest brother, Flynn, comes to stay with the intention of helping her get past her fears and become independent again. As Sunday faces the truth of what her marriage really was, she also works to rebuild relationships with her children and to enjoy farm life again, and Flynn realizes how much he enjoys being a part of her life. Readers will appreciate the heartwarming tale of a couple's second chance at love. - Publisher's Weekly

Roberts, Sheila
Summer retreat

Celeste Jones has plans for a perfect summer with her boyfriend-until he dumps her to be with the woman he's had on the side for months. Heartbroken and furious, Celeste resolves to move on. As soon as school lets out for the summer, she waves goodbye to her first-graders, packs up her bikini and heads for Moonlight Harbor, where she knows her big sister, Jenna, will receive her with open arms. Jenna could probably use some help at the Driftwood Inn, and Celeste is happy to do chores around the place in exchange for a relaxing summer escape. But if both sisters listen to their hearts, eventually they're bound to discover that life--and love--is good at the beach. Book three in the series that starts with Welcome to Moonlight Harbor. - Syndetics

Neggers, Carla.
Stone bridges

Adrienne Portale has never settled in one place for long, but takes a job as innkeeper in tiny Knights Bridge, Massachusetts, to spend some time getting to know the father she only recently found. When three small boys get lost in the wilderness that borders the inn, Adam Sloan leads the search. Adam is impressed with her calm strength, but he's sure she won't find what she's looking for in his quiet hometown. Despite their differences, Adam and Adrienne discover they have more in common than they'd expected. As summer bleeds into the gorgeous New England fall, the attraction between them grows, and they must decide where--and who--makes a place home. Book nine in the series that starts with Secrets of the lost summer. - Syndetics

Anderson, Catherine
Strawberry hill

Newcomer to the sheriff's department Erin De Laney knows next to nothing about wilderness patrols, but she's also never been one to back down from a challenge. So when a rude and stubborn cowboy takes her by surprise on her first day patrolling the mountain trails as a part-time ranger, she lets him have it. But there's no escaping each other in the small Oregon town, especially once Erin seeks him out to make amends. Wyatt gave up on dating long ago, but the written correspondence he and Erin begin to share speak to him like nothing else ever has. Out of their tentative truce blossoms a chance for a once-in-a-lifetime love if he's willing to give her his heart and make her his. Book five in the series that starts with Silver Thaw. - Syndetics

Kauffman, Donna
Lavender blue

When Hannah Montgomery buys a lavender farm in Blue Hollow Falls, she's creating a life she never imagined-one she hopes will honor the memory of the sweet young son she tragically lost years ago. Hannah is ready to embrace this fresh, new start. Then she meets Wilson McCall. The stonemason hired to fix their crumbling chimneys and leaky roof is quieter than most folks in the Falls. Hannah's not surprised to learn the widower struggles with his own grief. But her deepening friendship with Will reminds Hannah that there's a part of her that still needs to heal-awakening a tender yearning to have a life that isn't just good enough, but lived fully-even if that means taking risks once more... Book three in the series that starts with Blue Hollow Falls. - Syndetics

Mallery, Susan.
Not quite over you

Silver Tesdal has a head for business and a mouth made for kissing, and banker Drew Lovato has his eye on both. But ever since he was dumb enough to let her go, she's kept him at a distance. When the bank turns her down for a loan, Drew sees a double opportunity--he can finance her brilliant, unique idea to rock Happily Inc's wedding industry and win back her trust. Losing Drew nearly destroyed her. Still, his kisses are as tempting as his offer. But Silver finds herself falling even harder than before. Which means that she'll have to come clean about the secret she's been hiding from him for years--and risk losing him forever. Book four in the series that starts with You say it first. - Syndetics