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Bridges of Madison County by Robert James Waller When Robert Kincaid and Francesca Johnson meet, magic happens. Kincaid, 52, a photographer for National Geographic, a mystical traveler of faraway land, feels out of harmony with his time. Francesca, 45, once a young war bride from Italy, nurses her childhood dreams. --catalog summary

Candles on Bay Street, by K.C. McKinnon In the close-knit community of Fort Kent, Maine, Sam Thibodeau carries a flame for the boisterous and very beautiful Dee Dee Michaud. Until she roars off in a sleek Corvette with the local bad boy, beginning a new life far from home. Now, fifteen years later, Dee Dee has returned, mysteriously single with a young son to raise alone. Amid rumors and whispers, she launches a candle-making business, while Sam, now married, feels his life turning upside down. For his old love is more enchanting than ever, even though an unmistakable sadness shadows her high spirits, causing folks to wonder: What secret is she keeping from those who care the most? -- catalog summary

The Gazebo by Emily Grayson
Once a year for fifty years, Martin Rayfiel and Clair Swift have met at the gazebo in the square of a small town, but this year, they do not show, and it is up to Abby Reston, the local newspaper editor, to piece together the puzzle of these two lovers. -- catalog summary

The Last Promise by Richard Paul Evans
Ellen Fernini, known as Eliana since she came to live in beautiful northern Italy, is not a happy woman. Her husband Maurizio was charming and romantic when he courted her in America; but here in Italy he neglects her and cheats on her openly, so Eliana spends most of her time angry and alone, devoting herself to her art and her asthmatic son Alessio. Then Eliana meets Ross Story, a handsome American tour guide, whose intelligent and knowledgeable conversation about art attracts her.
Eliana and Ross grow closer as she persuades him to sit for a portrait.
But how can she escape her impossible situation and find happiness with Ross? -- What Do I Read Next?

Night Gardening by E.L. Swann
When Maggie, recovering from a life-threatening illness, meets Tristan, a handsome landscape architect, her diminished spirit is rekindled. As he restores her fading garden, their relationship blooms into an intensely exciting romance neither one had ever dared to imagine. -- catalog summary

Sam's Letters to Jennifer by James Patterson Jennifer returns to the resort town where she grew up to help a beloved relative - and ends up experiencing not one but two of the most amazing love stories she's ever known. In letters that Jennifer finds, it is revealed that her relative has held a secret for decades. Her great love was someone other than the man she was married to for all those years.
As Jennifer reads the letters she learns more about love's imperatives and secrets than she ever dreamed possible. And then Jennifer finds her own great love, but at a cost. -- catalog summary


Michele R. Brown
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