BY CAROL J. BOVA
After a failed relationship, Brenda Maxwell retreats into a successful career until she loses her job at 55 and has to sell her luxury condo. She relocates to a modern off-the-grid cabin in a West Virginia resort area while she job-hunts. Alone in an early blizzard, Brenda reflects on her past.
Instead of accepting a job in the city, she takes a chance on a new life in Chestnut Springs and a budding romance with its sheriff. But a false accusation could end her plan to grow blight resistant chestnut trees. She'll be jailed and lose her property too—unless her new friends find a way to help her.
Anyone whose life script has ever taken a wrong turn can relate to the people and possibilities in Chestnut Springs.
Barnes & Noble Nook
The Dark Room
BY CINDY FREEMAN
Synopsis: Why do intelligent women stay in relationships after they’ve been abused? Why don’t they just leave? Why do they fall for controlling men in the first place? What prompts men to beat their wives? Are they crazy? Are they monsters? The Dark Room is a gripping story tackling the complex issues of child abuse and Battered Woman Syndrome. From the age of three—when her young mother, Amy Leonard, is arrested on drug charges—Jodie is chained to the bed in a small, dark room with barely enough food to keep her alive. Her only chance of survival rests with her grandmother, Stella, who is being abused by the child's grandfather, Hank. Will Stella and Jodie escape from Hank’s abuse? Will Jodie finally enjoy a normal, healthy childhood? Will Amy be reunited with her mother and daughter?
High Tide Publications
My Mother Grows Wallflowers
BY C. L. HOWLAND
There isn’t a heck of a lot that doesn’t scream target about Mina Mason: her weight, her homemade dresses, even the hoarder’s paradise loosely disguised as the Masons’ home. Samuel Two Bears Miller reshapes Mina’s understated existence with his arrival, his dark skin and long braid exotic next to the Puritan pallor of the local boys. All through high school, Mina conceals her odd home life behind the closed doors of her dilapidated house, even after discovering love with the outspoken boy. Mina must choose between the person who makes her feel alive and the family who relies on her.
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