They share only a brief exchange—cut short by the soldier's evident interest in Betty—but Liz can't forget him. Thus, stationed overseas, when Betty asks her to ghostwrite a letter to Morgan, Liz reluctantly agrees. His letters from “betty” are a comfort, their soul-baring correspondence a revelation to them both.
While liz is torn by her feelings for a man who doesn’t know her true identity, Betty and Julia each become immersed in their own romantic entanglements. Thousands of miles away, Morgan struggles to adjust to the brutality of war. Yet something happens the moment Liz glimpses Morgan McClain. She doesn’t need a flirtation with a lonely serviceman when she’s set to marry her childhood sweetheart.
And as the war draws to a close, painful losses, all three will face heart-wrenching choices, and the bittersweet joy of new beginnings.
The Edge of LostA prison guard's only daughter--one of the youngest civilians who lives on the island--has gone missing. Tending the warden's greenhouse, convicted bank robber Tommy Capello waits anxiously. The chance finally comes to cross the Atlantic, but when tragedy strikes, Shan must summon all his ingenuity to forge a new life in a volatile and foreign world.
Skillfully weaving these two stories, Kristina McMorris delivers a compelling novel that moves from Ireland to New York to San Francisco Bay. Only he knows the truth about the little girl's whereabouts, and that both of their lives depend on the search's outcome. Almost two decades earlier and thousands of miles away, a young boy named Shanley Keagan ekes out a living as an aspiring vaudevillian in Dublin pubs.
As her finely crafted characters discover the true nature of loyalty, and betrayal, sacrifice, they are forced to confront the lies we tell--and believe--in order to survive. New york times and usa today bestseller*** "will grab your heart on page one and won't let go until the end. Sara gruen, #1 new york times bestselling author of Water for Elephants On a cold night in October 1937, searchlights cut through the darkness around Alcatraz.
Talented and shrewd, Shan dreams of shedding his dingy existence and finding his real father in America.
The Pieces We KeepDesperate, she traces snippets of information unearthed in Jack's dreams, leading her to Sean Malloy, a struggling US Army veteran wounded in Afghanistan. Her seven-year-old son, jack, seems apprehensive about flying--but it's just the beginning of an anxiety that grows to consume him. As jack's fears continue to surface in recurring and violent nightmares, Audra hardly recognizes the introverted boy he has become.
Deftly weaving together past and present, herein lies a story that is at once poignant and thought-provoking, and as unpredictable as the human heart. Eager for a fresh start, Audra plans to leave Portland for a new job in Philadelphia. Gripped me from the first page and didn't let go. Alyson richman, bestselling author of the lost wifein this richly emotional novel inspired by extraordinary true accounts, New York Times bestselling author Kristina McMorris evokes the depth of a mother's bond with her child, and the power of personal histories to echo through generations.
. Two years have done little to ease veterinarian Audra Hughes's grief over her husband's untimely death. Together they unravel a mystery dating back to World War II, and uncover old family secrets that still have the strength to wound--and perhaps, at last, to heal. Intricate and beautifully written, The Pieces We Keep illuminates those moments when life asks us to reach beyond what we know and embrace what was once unthinkable.
Bridge of Scarlet LeavesLos angeles, 1941. In the eyes of a fearful nation, Lane is no longer just an outsider, but an enemy. Maddie was prepared for disapproval from their families, but when Pearl Harbor is bombed the day after she and Lane elope, the full force of their decision becomes apparent. Behind barbed wire, tension simmers and the line between patriot and traitor blurs.
Violinist maddie kern’s life seemed destined to unfold with the predictable elegance of a Bach concerto. Mcmorris’ words reach right off the page and grab at your heart” Sarah Jio, New York Times–bestselling author of Blackberry Winter. Then she fell in love with Lane Moritomo. Maddie follows when her husband is interned at a war relocation camp, sacrificing her Juilliard ambitions.
Her brother’s best friend, Lane is the handsome, ambitious son of Japanese immigrants. Readers of world War II fiction will devour this poignant, authentic story. Jenna blum “this gripping story about two ‘brothers’ in arms and a young woman caught in between them hits all the right chords. Publishers weekly “a sweeping yet intimate novel that will please both romantics and lovers of American history.
Kirkus Reviews. An “impeccably researched and beautifully written” novel about a California marriage threatened by the Japanese internments of WWII Karen White, New York Times–bestselling author of The Sound of Glass.
The Christmas CollectorPraise for the novels of kristina mcmorris the edge of lost “compelling, the edge of lost is an absorbing tale of deceit and self-deception, survival and second chances, resonant and deeply moving, the ties that bind and the lure of the unknown. Christina baker kline, # 1 new york times bestselling author “Will grab your heart on page one and won’t let go until the end.
I absolutely love this book, and so will you. Sara gruen, #1 new york times bestselling author of water for elephants “Kristina McMorris takes us on a thrilling ride from the Emerald Isle, to the boroughs of New York, to the ‘Rock’ of Alcatraz. Gillham, new york times bestselling author of City of Women “I adore everything that Kristina McMorris writes and this book is no exception.
Jennifer robson, author of somewhere in france “a beautifully told story about a young man’s journey through adversity and loss with an exhilarating ending that I couldn’t put down and stayed up well past my bedtime to finish. Charles belfoure, new york times bestselling author of The Paris Architect “An absorbing, addictive read.
Beatriz williams the pieces we keep “mcmorris’s strong pacing keeps the two stories zipping along and all its many strings connected for a gratifying conclusion. Kirkus reviews bridge of scarlet leaves “Impeccably researched and beautifully written. Karen white letters from home “an absolutely lovely debut novel filled with endearing characters and lively descriptions.
Sold on a Monday: A NovelIt could have been written by any mother facing impossible choices. She is far too familiar with the heartbreak of children deemed unwanted. For struggling reporter Ellis Reed, the gut-wrenching scene evokes memories of his family’s dark past. It sits on a farmhouse porch in 1931, but could be found anywhere in an era of breadlines, bank runs and broken dreams.
As the bonds of motherhood are tested, she and Ellis must decide how much they are willing to risk to mend a fractured family. The new york times and usa today bestseller!From bestselling author Kristina McMorris comes another unforgettable novel inspired by a stunning piece of history. 2 children for salethe sign is a last resort.
. Inspired by an actual newspaper photograph that stunned the nation, Sold on a Monday is a powerful novel of love, redemption, and the unexpected paths that bring us home. He snaps a photograph of the children, not meant for publication. But when it leads to his big break, the consequences are more devastating than he ever imagined.
At the paper, lillian Palmer is haunted by her role in all that happened.
22 Britannia Road: A NovelSilvana and aurek spent the war hiding in the forests of Poland. But for silvana, who cannot escape the painful memory of a shattering wartime act, forgetting is not a possibility. One of the most searing debuts to come along in years, 22 Britannia Road. A tour de force that echoes modern classics like Suite Francaise and The Postmistress.
But the war has changed them all so utterly that they'll barely recognize one another when they are reunited. An unforgettable novel that cries out for discussion, overcoming hardship, it is a powerful story of primal maternal love, and, ultimately, acceptance-one that will pierce your heart. Janusz is an englishman now-determined to forget Poland, forget his own ghosts from the way, and begin a new life as a proper English family.
Is the wrenching chronicle of how these damaged people try to become, once again, a true family. There her husband, janusz, is already waiting for them at the little house at 22 Britannia Road. Survivor, " she answers. Housekeeper or housewife?" the soldier asks Silvana as she and eight- year-old Aurek board the ship that will take them from Poland to England at the end of World War II.
Wild, almost feral aurek doesn't know how to tie his own shoes or sleep in a bed.
A Vineyard Christmas A Vineyard Novel Book 1The note reads: “I named her Bella, after my grandmother. But the blizzard also brings something unexpected to Annie’s front porch: a basket, encircled by a ribbon, containing a baby girl. Yet she also hopes to spare little Bella the feelings of abandonment that still haunt her. In her cozy rented cottage on chappaquiddick, she’s settling in for her first Vineyard winter—complete with a fierce nor’easter on the way, forecast to bring high winds and deep snow.
It’s taken a long time and a little heartache, but Annie Sutton is finally following her dream of living on Martha’s Vineyard. In the midst of a Christmas blizzard: A baby on the doorstep. But it’s not easy keeping a secret in a close-knit, island community, especially amid the bustle of Christmas. And so, annie decides to keep her and try to find the birth mother, rather than take the baby to the police, giving her a chance to change her mind.
Before the holiday ends, there will be revelations, rekindled hope, and proof that families—the ones we are born into and the ones we claim for ourselves—are the gifts that truly matter . She fell in love with the island’s singular beauty while using it as a setting for two of her novels. Please help her, because I can’t.
Adopted as a child, Annie is grateful for wonderful parents who raised her as their own.
An Island Christmas: A NovelJilly’s also worried that her daughter’s life with daredevil Archie will be all hiking and skydiving. Wondering if their handsome neighbor Steven Hardy might be a more suitable son-in-law, Jilly embarks on a secret matchmaking campaign for Felicia and the dashing stockbroker. Except a lavish ceremony is not Felicia’s dream at all; it’s what her mother, Jilly, wants.
As christmas draws near, felicia returns to her family’s home on the island to marry her adventurous, rugged boyfriend, Archie. Every detail is picture-perfect for a dream wedding: the snow-dusted streets, twinkling lights in the windows, a gorgeous red and white satin dress. Nancy thayer weaves a magical Christmas story with the description of the island and its history without being over the top.
Rt book reviews “for fans of domestic fiction, Thayer vividly depicts the joys and frustrations of family life against the beautiful Nantucket backdrop. Library journal “filled with the quintessential chaos of a family full of characters and unexpected scenarios that keep you on your toes, you’ll love curling up with this holiday novel that reminds you what the season truly celebrates.
Spa week Daily. In this enchanting holiday novel from New York Times bestselling author Nancy Thayer, family and friends gather on Nantucket for a gorgeous winter wedding with plenty of merry surprises in store. As the big day approaches and jilly’s older daughter, Lauren, appears with rambunctious kids in tow, tensions in the household are high.
With the family careening toward a Yuletide wedding disaster, an unexpected twist in Nancy Thayer’s heartwarming tale reminds everyone about the true meaning of the season.
The Tea Rose: A NovelWith nothing but their faith in each other to spur them on, save, Fiona and Joe struggle, and sacrifice to achieve their dreams. There, her indomitable spirit-and the ghosts of her past-propel her rise from a modest west side shopfront to the top of Manhattan's tea trade. But fiona's dreams are shattered when the actions of a dark and brutal man take from her nearly everything-and everyone-she holds dear.
Here, a bright and defiant young woman dares to dream of a life beyond tumbledown wharves, by the whispering waters of the Thames, gaslit alleys, and the grim and crumbling dwellings of the poor. Fiona finnegan, together with her lifelong love, hopes to own a shop one day, a worker in a tea factory, Joe Bristow, a costermonger's son.
. The tea rose is a towering old-fashioned story, of love lost and won again, of murder and revenge, imbued with a modern sensibility, of a family's destruction, and of one determined woman's quest to survive and triumph. East london, 1888-a city apart. Fearing her own death at the dark man's hands, she is forced to flee London for New York.
A place of shadow and light where thieves, and dreamers mingle, where children play in the cobbled streets by day and a killer stalks at night, whores, where bright hopes meet the darkest truths. Authentic and moving, Jennifer Donnelly's The Tea Rose is an unforgettable novel.
The Paris Secret: An epic and heartbreaking love story set in World War TwoAs she gets to know grumpy, she hears a tragic story of Nazi-occupied Paris, taciturn Vincent again, a doomed love affair and a mother willing to sacrifice everything for her beloved daughter. Can valerie and vincent help each other to mend the wounds of the past? Valerie isn’t after a fairytale ending, she only wants the truth.
It’s a beauty and the granddad and Clotilde are just wonderful characters. I was gripped… valerie's story will have readers totally engrossed and taken on an emotional roller coaster of a ride… A heart-breaking and emotional read that will have you reaching for the tissues more than a few times. Warning! this book will make you cry and crave the attention of a mangy old cat.
The most moving story i’ve read in a long while… Magical… Mon Dieu, I have not wept so much in a while. Highly recommend, worthy of more than 5 stars!’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 Stars. How to put my feelings into words about this book. I love the character of valerie and the growth of the relationships throughout the story… A quick, sweet read… Overall, a great story.
Goodreads reviewerreaders adore Lily Graham’s writing:‘I was hooked… a beautiful story… absolutely amazing! .