Romance

Cupid and Diana

By Christina Bartolomeo

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""Diana Campanella has been feeling a little panicky lately - and with good reason. Her vintage clothing store is on the verge of going bust and her engagement to her lawyer fiance has lasted longer than most people's marriages. What's a girl to do?
"Struggling to make ends meet while keeping the peace in her boisterous family, Diana feels caught between one sister who makes her living as a lingerie model and another who is a devout Catholic housewife. But just when all seems lost, hope arrives in the form of a rumpled New York lawyer named Harry - a soul mate whose generous supply of warmth and compassion more than make up for his shortage of designer duds."
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As She Climbed Across the Table

By Jonathan Lethem

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"The best boy-meets-girl-meets-void story ever written. Professor Philip Engstrom is in love with Alice Coombs, a particle physicist who, unfortunately has fallen in love with Lack, an artificially created nothingness, a rift in the universe that absorbs some things and disdains others. For this reason, Alice finds Lack an irresistibly mysterious personality--something that makes it an unbeatable rival for Philip."
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Her Infinite Variety

By Pamela Berkman

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"These lyrical stories move from Elizabethan London, where Shakespeare is drawn to the plight of the young wife of a wealthy friend, to a wintry Denmark, where Ophelia struggles to understand her love for Hamlet, and to Shakespeare's Stratford home, where his daughter Judith deliberately enters into a shameful marriage. At the center of this remarkable book is Shakespeare's enduring love for Anne Hathaway, his beautiful, passionate, illiterate wife."
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Captain Blood: His Odyssey

By Rafael Sabatini

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In 1685, Irish physician Peter Blood is happily settled in a small English town when the rebellion of the Duke of Monmouth interrupts. After saving the life of a wounded nobleman who turns out to be a rebel, Blood is charged with treason and sentenced to ten years as an indentured slave in the Caribbean colonies. On the islands, Blood is recognized for his knowledge as a physician, and thus he develops a romance with a young lady. But their attachment is ill-fated, as her father is the owner of Blood's servitude. When Spaniards attack the colony, Blood and his fellow convicts take advantage of their victory celebration to steal their ship, sailing off to become the boldest and most fearless pirates on the Spanish Main.
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People of the Sea

By W. Michael Gear and Kathleen O'Neal Gear

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The coastal people of what will be California, Arizona and New Mexico are struggling with the changing world around them. As the mammoths disappear, the seer Sunchaser must decide whether to shelter a beautiful stranger and risk angering the Spirits further.

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Daughter of the Red Deer

By Joan Wolf

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After the women of their tribe are killed, men of the patriarchal Tribe of the Horse kidnap women from the matriarchal Tribe of the Red Deer.
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The Vinyl Princess, by Yvonne Prinz

The Vinyl Princess

There was once a time when you couldn’t fit every song that ever existed into a small metal box and put it in your pocket. I know that might sound horrible, but it’s true. Before iPods, CDs, and cassettes, there was vinyl. Back then, you could run your fingers along the grooves of a recording and actually feel the music that would soon be blasting through your speakers. I’m not necessarily saying it was better…just different.

The Vinyl Princess, by Yvonne Prinz, is a love letter to that outdated media of yesteryear, which certain groups of people will always swear by. Sixteen-year-old Allie is one of those devout few. Not only does she love vinyl, she knows a heckuva lot about the bands that are on it. It’s no wonder that she has the perfect job of working at her favorite record store this summer.

The Rose of Sebastopol

By Katharine McMahon

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In 1854, beautiful, adventurous Rosa Barr travels to the Crimean battlefield with Florence Nightingale's nursing corps--then disappears without a trace. When Mariella Lingwood, Rosa's cousin, leaves her surgeon husband's side to follow the trail of her elusive cousin to Sebastopol, she encounters Rosa's dashing stepbrother, a reckless cavalry officer whose complex past -- and future -- is inextricably bound up with her own.
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The Birth of Venus

By Sarah Dunant

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"Alessandra Cecchi is not quite fifteen when her father, a prosperous cloth merchant, brings a young painter back from northern Europe to decorate the chapel walls in the family's Florentine palazzo. A child of the Renaissance, with a precocious mind and a talent for drawing, Alessandra is intoxicated by the painter's abilities. But their burgeoning relationship is interrupted when Alessandra's parents arrange her marriage to a wealthy, much older man.

"Meanwhile, Florence is changing, increasingly subject to the growing suppression imposed by the fundamentalist monk Savonarola, who is seizing religious and political control. Alessandra and her native city are caught between the Medici state, with its love of luxury, learning, and dazzling art, and the hellfire preaching and increasing violence of Savonarola's reactionary followers."

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The Snow Fox

By Susan Fromberg Schaeffer

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"...a sweeping novel about three characters in medieval Japan: Lord Norimasa, whose highest love is to reunify his country and restore peace; Lady Utsu, one of the supreme poetic geniuses of her time, as famous for her cruelty as for her beauty; and Matsuhito, a samurai who apprentices himself to Lord Norimasa. When Matsuhito and Lady Utsu fall hopelessly in love, the lives of these three are forever changed. Separated for years by warfare, Matsuhito and Lady Utsu reunite but their joy is shadowed by the cruelties and the caprices of passing time."

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