Author name: Diamante Lavendar
Name of the book: Breaking The Silence
Genre of the book: Inspirational Fiction, Chick Lit, Memoir
Book synopsis: Joan Eastman was born like any other girl. However, her existence would prove to be a life of great pain. Growing up, she was treated differently by family members, powerless to defend herself against them. Feeling she had been dealt a wicked hand by the “powers that be”, she spiraled into despair and recklessness. She became a victim of agonizing circumstances and self-hatred.
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Title: The Caretaker
Author: Carol Schoenig
The Caretaker by Carol Schoenig tells the story of Phae as she tries to make her own life after an abusive marriage and many years as a single-parent. She decides to go to Spain to work as a caretaker for an estate. There, she meets Finn and the two start a romance.
This book is much more than a simple, straight-forward romance story. Phae is older than your typical love-interest (aged 64). Both she and Finn have loved and lost before (he is also a widower). Their love is complicated by family matters. Schoenig goes against the old trope of parental interference and instead it is Phae’s children who try to stand between her and Finn.
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Author name: Brenda Spalding
Name of the book: Broken Branches
Genre of the book: paranormal romance/suspense
Visions of the past help a young artist and gallery owner from New York solve the riddles of a lost family treasurer and lead her to her future. Her grandmothers death in Salem Ma. brings Megan into the middle of a desperate attempt to find and steal the mysterious treasurer lost over 150 years before.
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Author: Anthony Knott
Genre: Fiction, Southern Gothic, Crime
This novel reads somewhat like a memoir or a snapshot of the past. The summer in Tennessee enters as almost another character to the story of young Rodney, a boy tottering on the brink of puberty. He’s interested in everything and regularly writes down what he hears, but he struggles to know what to do after witnessing a series of disturbing events committed by an older, local boy adept at violence and threats.
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