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Olivia, Education Sales and Services Manager

Favorite Genres: Locked room mysteries, Regency romance novels, WWII historical fiction, and stories by and about women
Favorite Authors: Taylor Jenkins Reid, Louise Penny, Celeste Ng, Tessa Dare, Sylvia Plath, Kristin Hannah

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Waiting for a Scot Like You: The Union of the Rakes Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780062932440
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Published: Avon - February 23rd, 2021

In this charming and laugh-out-loud romance, Duncan wants to get Beatrice to her destination safely and quickly. Beatrice, on the other hand, seeks every opportunity for adventure. And the two have quite a lot of adventures, particularly of the steamy kind. I adored this open-door romance — if you’re looking for an entertaining escapist read, this is it! Be on the lookout for lots of 80s movie references...


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Act Your Age, Eve Brown: A Novel (The Brown Sisters #3) Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062941275
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Published: Avon - March 9th, 2021

It’s fair to say that Eve Brown crashed into Jacob’s life. And I mean that literally. She literally hit him with her car the first day they met. But from there? Eve and Jacob fall in love as they realize they’re actually not that different from one another. Hibbert has truly hit her stride here, making Eve my favorite of the Brown sisters and this book my favorite of the trilogy!


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The Ex Talk Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780593200124
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Published: Berkley - January 26th, 2021

Annoyed coworkers turn pretend exes who maybe, just maybe, turn their fake relationship into something real? Sign! Me! Up! The Ex Talk is funny, creative, and sexy. It’s a great look at modern dating that keeps the relationships feeling realistic while also keeping the reader invested in Shay and Dominic’s happily ever after. Fair warning, though: you will want to listen to all of the NPR and podcasts by the time you finish reading!


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Wild Rain: Women Who Dare Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780062861719
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Published: Avon - February 9th, 2021

When stoic and self-reliant Spring encounters a stranded stranger, she takes Garrett into her home to recover. But no one could predict that Spring and Garrett would fall in love, despite their many differences and external forces working against them. This refreshingly diverse historical Western romance centers the best of these respective genres, for a delightfully well-rounded story.


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The Push: A Novel Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781984881663
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Published: Pamela Dorman Books - January 5th, 2021

What if you’re the third generation of terrible mothers? And what happens when the daughter your husband so adores grows violent, and you’re the only one who sees it? This haunting debut novel will keep you enthralled ‘til the end’s breathtaking conclusion as you’re forced to question who to believe, what is ‘good’, and how you could manage an unbearable loss. Perfect for fans of Sophie Hannah.


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We Keep the Dead Close: A Murder at Harvard and a Half Century of Silence Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9781538746837
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - November 10th, 2020

If a young female PhD student is murdered in the 1960s, and Harvard rushes to cover up the investigation, would anyone bother to find the truth? Decades later, Becky Cooper seamlessly blends the investigation, systemic academic sexism, and the wild (and not so wild) theories as to ‘whodunnit’. This remarkable debut reinvents the true crime genre, as Cooper pursues this story to its shocking conclusion.


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A Court of Thorns and Roses Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781635575569
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - June 2nd, 2020

This is the remarkable (and mature) retelling of Beauty and the Beast you never knew you needed. Here we follow Feyre, stuck in the land of faeries to honor a contract. As she learns more about her new realm, she falls in love with the High Lord Tamlin, and discovers an evil curse plaguing the lands. This gorgeous, sexy, and captivating novel is a remarkable start to a still ongoing series.


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The Rose Code: A Novel Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062943477
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - March 9th, 2021

Kate Quinn has another smash hit! I adored this WWII novel that follows three courageous and whip smart women working at Bletchley Park. Quinn does a fantastic job of balancing the historical details (all three women are based on real life code breakers!) with a fantastic story. I laughed, cried, and breathlessly tore through this book to learn the truth of a traitor amongst the war heroes. I can’t recommend this enough! 


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How to Catch a Queen: Runaway Royals Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780062933966
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Published: Avon - December 1st, 2020

Shanti dreamed of becoming queen, and finally achieved her goal in marrying King Sanyu. But how can she make a difference when her husband tries to run away from his royal duties? Can a king and queen’s arranged marriage lead to true love and a better life for all? Alyssa Cole’s newest is sexy, funny, and clever with a timely political message: when everyone gets a seat at the table, the world can truly change. 


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Blacktop Wasteland: A Novel Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781250252685
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Published: Flatiron Books - July 14th, 2020

This is the gripping story of one man’s quest to make a better life for his children, and the systemic inequities that force him to keep one foot in the world of crime. Stuck between a rock and a hard place, Beauregard agrees to one last job. But when the heist goes sideways, Beauregard’s life implodes. With a story that’s vivid, powerful, and well-done from start to finish, you won’t forget about Blacktop Wasteland.


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All the Devils Are Here: A Novel (Chief Inspector Gamache Novel #16) Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781250145239
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Published: Minotaur Books - September 1st, 2020

Who would murder an elderly man in the City of Light? Armand Gamache knows that the hit and run of his friend was no accident, and his family and colleagues must work together to unravel a nefarious plot. This well-written and surprising mystery seamlessly blends the past with the present, truth and lies, family and enemies. While part of a beloved series, each of Penny’s books can be read as a stand-alone.  


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You Had Me at Hola: A Novel Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062959928
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Published: Avon - August 4th, 2020

Disastrous first impression? Check. Focusing on your career and neglecting your love life? Double check. Falling head over heels for your super hot costar? Triple check! I loved this fresh workplace romance with a full cast of diverse characters, timely subject matter, and plenty of hot romancing. Ashton and Jasmine’s relationship is realistic, engaging, and keeps the pages turning through this quick read. 


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What's Left of Me Is Yours: A Novel Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780385544702
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Published: Doubleday - June 23rd, 2020

Sumiko, a new lawyer, finds her day shattered by a formulaic phone call that sets her down a twisted path to learn the truth of her mother’s death. This breathtaking novel is many things at once: a love story, a murder mystery, an exacting look into the Japanese legal system, and a generational family drama. Scott finds a fantastic balance between beautiful and haunting, hope and despair, anger and love.


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The Cuban Table: A Celebration of Food, Flavors, and History Cover Image
By Ana Sofia Pelaez, Ellen Silverman (Photographs by)
$37.50
ISBN: 9781250036087
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Published: St. Martin's Press - October 28th, 2014

Lovingly created by interviewing Cubans in both Cuba and Miami, this cookbook is a breath of fresh air. Never voyeuristic, it is instead an ode to an island whose cuisine celebrates its history and the breadth of cultures and people who call Cuba home. Take care to read the stories behind the recipes and make sure to try the panquecitos, vaca frita, and (my personal favorite), the ropa vieja!


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Big Summer: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781501133527
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Published: Washington Square Press - April 6th, 2021

Friends to enemies to fake friends again? Daphne (a true delight from start to finish) isn’t sure what to make of Drue’s reappearance, but who can say no to a wedding on Cape Cod? Big Summer is funny, endlessly entertaining, and full of heart. I fell hard for this book and could not put it down! This might just be the most perfect ‘summer beach read’ ever. 


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The Big Sleep (A Philip Marlowe Novel #1) Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780394758282
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Published: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard - July 12th, 1988

A simple blackmail case? What could go wrong! Well, when the Sternwood daughters are involved, anything and everything will go wrong. Iconic PI Philip Marlowe is the perfect noir detective: sharp, witty, and always three steps ahead. While his books are very much a product of their time, there’s a reason that Raymond Chandler mysteries set the bar so high. The Big Sleep is the perfect summertime mystery.


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Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors: A Novel (The Rajes Series #1) Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062839053
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - May 7th, 2019

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a reader in possession of a great Austen retelling, must fall head over heels. This wonderful novel breathes new life into the beloved story with a diverse cast, gender swapped Elizabeth and Darcy, and a contemporary storyline. Full of heart, clever plot details, and incredibly lush and sensuous food descriptions, Austen fans will adore this new series.


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The House in the Cerulean Sea Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250217318
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Published: Tor Books - December 29th, 2020

What happens when a by the book caseworker meets a group of misfits? Absolute gold. I loved this whimsical tale of an orphanage on an island that homes magical youth. I highly recommend this book even if fantasy isn’t your go-to genre. This very British novel has so much heart, wisdom, and a happy ending that proves you can always find your family.


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The Vanishing Half: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780525536291
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Published: Riverhead Books - June 2nd, 2020

What does it take to pass? Twins Stella and Desiree lead parallel lives, until Stella one day disappears without a trace. While a tad slow to start, this novel swept through me as it swept through the years, with both women living with the ramifications of their choices. Brit Bennett’s writing keeps getting better and better, making her one to watch. Highly recommended for fans of Little Fires Everywhere. 


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A Test of Wills: The First Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery (Inspector Ian Rutledge Mysteries #1) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062091611
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - August 16th, 2011

Haunted by choices made during WWI, Ian Rutledge finds himself back as a Scotland Yard inspector maybe a little too soon. As he investigates the brutal murder of a retired Colonel, Rutledge must sort through the suspects’ lies for the truths, doubting his own judgements all the way. For how can he know what’s a sane choice, and what’s the will of his shell shock turned inner voice, Hamish MacLeod? 


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Measuring Up Cover Image
By Lily LaMotte, Ann Xu (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9780062973863
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Published: HarperAlley - October 27th, 2020

Cici is determined to bring her Taiwanese grandmother to America and bravely enters a cooking competition to raise enough money. But Cici’s cooking partner only wants to cook American food, and, having recently emigrated from Taiwan, Cici isn’t familiar with American food. With a little courage and gumption from the great Julia Child, Cici learns to embrace her past and her future while cooking some *delicious* meals!


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The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz Cover Image
$32.00
ISBN: 9780385348713
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Published: Crown - February 25th, 2020

Only Erik Larson could encapsulate Churchill’s first year as Prime Minister. This detailed, well-written tome provides incredible context for Churchill’s defiance, his loyalty, and his love of England. There are new details and stories here for both casual and regular readers of WWII fiction and nonfiction. This is a story of not just Churchill, but of England coming together and standing strong against unspeakable evil.


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