Riders of the Purple Sage by Zane Grey

June 13, 2014

Plot summary with spoilers (from Wikipedia): Riders of the Purple Sage tells the story of Jane Withersteen and her battle to overcome her persecution by members of her polygamous Mormon Church, a leader of which, Elder Tull, wants to marry her. Withersteen is supported by a number of Gentile friends, including Bern Venters and Lassiter, […]


The House at Tyneford by Natasha Solomons

January 8, 2014

Plot summary (from the publisher): With the advent of World War II fast approaching in Europe, Elise Landau and her family realize that it is no longer safe for Jews in Austria. Elise’s father, Julian, and her mother Anna, a novelist and a singer respectively, urge her to advertise herself as a domestic servant in […]


Low Pressure by Sandra Brown

April 29, 2013

Plot summary (from the publisher): Bellamy Lyston was only 12 years old when her older sister Susan was killed on a stormy Memorial Day. Bellamy’s fear of storms is a legacy of the tornado that destroyed the crime scene along with her memory of what really happened during the day’s most devastating moments. Now, 18 […]


The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks

April 25, 2013

Plot summary (from the publisher): In the spring of 1984, high school students Amanda Collier and Dawson Cole fell deeply, irrevocably in love. Though they were from opposite sides of the tracks, their love for one another seemed to defy the realities of life in the small town of Oriental, North Carolina. But as the […]


The House in Amalfi by Elizabeth Adler

February 17, 2012

Plot summary (from the publisher): Lamour Harrington’s husband died two years ago. Since then, she has immersed herself in her landscape architecture, but even creating beautiful outdoor “rooms” can’t bring back her sense of peace. When she’s faced with a devastating truth about the husband she adored, Lamour needs a place to recharge. She returns […]


The Perfect Christmas by Debbie Macomber

December 16, 2011

Plot summary (from the publisher): For Cassie Beaumont, it’s meeting her perfect match. Cassie, at thirty-three, wants a husband and kids, and so far, nothing’s worked. Not blind dates, not the Internet and certainly not leaving love to chance. What’s left? A professional matchmaker. He’s Simon Dodson, and he’s very choosy about the clients he […]


The Amazing Interlude by Mary Roberts Rinehart

November 10, 2011

Plot summary (from the publisher): An absorbing romance set in the early days of World War I. Against great odds and opposition, 20-year-old Sara Lee Kennedy leaves her small town and stolid fiance to run a soup kitchen for soldiers on the Belgian front. Her experience — and a gallant Belgian captain — change her […]


Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks

October 29, 2011

Plot summary (from the publisher): When a mysterious young woman named Katie appears in the small North Carolina town of Southport, her sudden arrival raises questions about her past. Beautiful yet self-effacing, Katie seems determined to avoid forming personal ties until a series of events draws her into two reluctant relationships: one with Alex, a […]


The Wedding by Nicholas Sparks

June 16, 2011

Plot summary (from the publisher): After thirty years, Wilson Lewis is forced to face a painful truth: the romance has gone out of his marriage. His wife, Jane, has fallen out of love with him, and it is entirely his fault. Despite the shining example of his in-laws, Noah and Allie Calhoun, and their fifty-year […]


According to Jane by Marilyn Brant

May 2, 2011

Plot summary (from the publisher): In Marilyn Brant’s smart, wildly inventive debut, one woman in search of herself receives advice from the ultimate expert in matters of the heart. It begins one day in sophomore English class, just as Ellie Barnett’s teacher is assigning Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. From nowhere comes a quiet “tsk” […]