Susie assumed her marriage to a handsome Park Avenue surgeon was great. So when Jonah is found murdered in the apartment of an 'escort', she is overwhelmed. With help from her tough-talking, high-style Grandma Ethel, Susie takes on her snooty in-laws, her husband's partners, the NYPD, and the DA as she tries to prove that her wonderful life with Jonah was no lie.
Samantha Baxter has a full, sane life -- creative job, lovely family, and all the trappings of middle-age happiness. But when she gets a diagnosis that terrifies her, a lifetime of polite pleasing and putting others first ignites in her a surprising, pure rage. Maybe Sam will survive the surgery, and maybe not, but either way, she'll spend the next three weeks burning her life down: sleeping with a student her daughter's age, speaking every truth she's ever swallowed, and refusing to apologize for her wildest, most essential self.
Professor Patsy MacLemoore has a brand-new Ph.D. and a wild streak. She wakes up in jail after a blackout to hear that a mother and daughter are dead, run over in Patsy's driveway. After prison she finds a new community and husband in AA and becomes a selfless teacher, friend, and wife. Decades later, an unimaginable piece of information turns up.
After the sudden loss of her daughter, Mary Baxter joins a knitting circle. The women welcome her into their circle despite her reluctance to open her heart to them. Each woman teaches Mary a new knitting technique, and they also reveal their own personal stories of loss, love and hope and Mary is finally able to tell her own story of grief.
New Orleans, 1897. Mary Deubler makes a meager living on Venus Alley, the illegal red light district. That all changes when bible-thumping Alderman Sidney Story forces the creation of a legalized district of vice. Mary rises above her hopeless lot to become the notorious Madam Josie Arlington. Filled with historical details Madam is a romp through The Big Easy and the tale of a woman's rise to influence and infamy in a world ruled by men.
Sylvia Bradley was rescued from an unusual childhood by marriage to a doctor whose care has both nourished and imprisoned her. When she meets Andrew Woodman, a historical geographer, she embarks on a devastating and ecstatic affair with him, but his life is irrevocably affected by the decisions of the past.
Hiding the truth about her ability to cross into alternate realities where she has made different life decisions, a married and pregnant Quinn Braverman learns that her unborn child will be disabled and glimpses into a parallel life where she is married to someone else and childless.
In the space of a few months, Phillipa Maakestad grapples with a life turned upside down. After falling into an affair during a semester spent teaching in Ohio, Phillipa returns to Iowa for her daughter's wedding to face a tornado, a possible Nazi collaborator mother-in-law, and her husband's revenge fantasies.
Rachel Braun was the inspiration to her group of friends, the one who lived each day to the fullest and the one whose life was cut tragically short. Upon her untimely death, Rachel left letters for her three best friends challenging them to face their biggest fears.
In China there is a belief that those destined to be together are connected by an invisible red thread. After losing her infant daughter in an accident, Maya opens the Red Thread, an adoption agency that specializes in placing babies from China with American families. When a group of couples share their painful and courageous stories, it forces her to confront her past.
Shiksa n. Yiddish 1. Term used to describe non-Jewish women. After splitting up with her WASP boyfriend, New Yorker Aimee decides to find a nice Jewish boy. The trouble is, all the Jewish guys are falling for the blonde Shiksas. Hair dye, green contacts and a few borrowed mannerisms transform her and she attracts a wonderful Jewish man but how long will the charade go on?
Hazie tends to the outsized needs of Miss Kathie a star who has survived multiple marriages, career comebacks, cosmetic surgeries and emotional dramas. But danger arrives in the form of a gentleman who worms his way into Miss Kathie's heart. Hazie discovers that he has already written a memoir, foretelling Miss Kathie's death in a forthcoming musical production.
Devastated by the death of his wife in the middle of winter, David discovers a complex series of notes threatening his wife and is introduced by a detective to people who do not appear to have his best interests in mind.
Miranda, an impulsive but successful literary agent, and Annie, a pragmatic library director, find themselves the products of a broken home when their mother is dumped and forced to move to a cottage in Connecticut. As love blossoms for both sisters, they find themselves struggling with the demands of reason and romance.
Meryl Becker is living a mother's dream. Meg, the oldest of her three beautiful daughters, is engaged to a wonderful man from one of the country's most prominent families. Of course, Meryl wants to give Meg the perfect wedding--who wouldn't? But when her two younger daughters, Amy and Jo, also become engaged to celebrated bachelors, Meryl has to admit that three weddings is more than she and her husband, Hugh, can realistically afford.The solution? A triple wedding!
In 1839, Emily Lowry’s husband vanishes from Wreckers’ Cay, an isolated island off the coast of Key West where he tends to the lighthouse. As days stretch into months, Emily has to take charge of Wrecker’s Cay and her husband’s duties to support her three children—and a fourth on the way. Unexpected help arrives when a runaway slave named Andrew washes up on their beach. At first, Emily is intensely wary of this man, but Andrew proves himself an enormous help and soon wins the hearts of the Lowry family. And—far from the outside world and society’s rules—his place in Emily’s life, as steadfast now as the light, will forever change their futures.