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While we were watching Downton Abbey
A Novel by
Wendy Wax

Synopsis

When the concierge of The Alexander, a historic Atlanta apartment building, invites his fellow residents to join him for weekly screenings of Downton Abbey, four very different people find themselves connecting with the addictive drama, and—even more unexpectedly—with each other…

Samantha Davis married young and for the wrong reason: the security of old Atlanta money—for herself and for her orphaned brother and sister. She never expected her marriage to be complicated by love and compromised by a shattering family betrayal.

Claire Walker is now an empty nester and struggling author who left her home in the suburbs for the old world charm of The Alexander, and for a new and productive life. But she soon wonders if clinging to old dreams can be more destructive than having no dreams at all.

And then there’s Brooke MacKenzie, a woman in constant battle with her faithless ex-husband. She’s just starting to realize that it’s time to take a deep breath and come to terms with the fact that her life is not the fairy tale she thought it would be.

For Samantha, Claire, Brooke—and Edward, who arranges the weekly gatherings—it will be a season of surprises as they forge a bond that will sustain them through some of life’s hardest moments—all of it reflected in the unfolding drama, comedy, and convergent lives of Downton Abbey.

 

 
 

 

 

 

Salkehachie Soup
A Novel by
Ken Burger

Synopsis

Salkehatchie Soup is the much-awaited third novel in Ken Burger's trilogy of South Carolina stories. And it doesn't disappoint. "Nobody picks at the scabs of South Carolina like her native son Ken Burger," says New York Times bestselling novelist Pat Conroy. As in Burger's previous tales (Swallow Savannah and Sister Santee), the cast of characters includes the powerful and the pitiful, both working through the options life presents them. In his usual no-holds-barred style, Burger's tale of the Adger family continues from cushy golf resorts to a one-hole course in the middle of nowhere. Along the way, even small, seemingly private lives are caught up in the politics, crime, and intrigue of Miami, Manhattan, and Washington, D.C. In Burger's mangy imagination, political bargains made in the cloakrooms of Congress impact both those who have fallen from grace and those who urgently seek it. In his first novel, Swallow Savannah, Burger wrote about the collision of the Cold War and Civil Rights in the area around the Savannah River Site where plutonium for atomic weapons was produced in the 1950s and '60s. In Sister Santee, he spun an all-too-believable yarn about the pine plantations and racial uneasiness in the 1970s and '80s. With Salkehatchie Soup, Burger returns to his birthplace to expose the remains of 50 years of nuclear waste buried in our beautiful state.

 

 
 

 

 

 

The Time Between
A Novel by
Karen White

Synopsis

Eleanor Murray will always remember her childhood on Edisto Island, where her late father, a local shrimper, shared her passion for music. Now her memories of him are all that tempers the guilt she feels over the accident that put her sister in a wheelchair—and the feelings she harbors for her sister’s husband.

To help support her sister, Eleanor works at a Charleston investment firm during the day, but she escapes into her music, playing piano at a neighborhood bar. Until the night her enigmatic boss walks in and offers her a part-time job caring for his elderly aunt, Helena, back on Edisto. For Eleanor, it’s a chance to revisit the place where she was her happiest—and to share her love of music with grieving Helena, whose sister recently died under mysterious circumstances.

An island lush with sweetgrass and salt marshes, Edisto has been a peaceful refuge for Helena, who escaped with her sister from war-torn Hungary in 1944. The sisters were well-known on the island, where they volunteered in their church and community. But now Eleanor will finally learn the truth about their past: secrets that will help heal her relationship with her own sister—and set Eleanor free....

 

 
 
 

The Cuckoos Calling
A Novel by
Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling)

Synopsis

A brilliant debut mystery in a classic vein: Detective Cormoran Strike investigates a supermodel's suicide.

After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Strike is down to one client, and creditors are calling. He has also just broken up with his longtime girlfriend and is living in his office.

Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: His sister, thelegendary supermodel Lula Landry, known to her friends as the Cuckoo, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

You may think you know detectives, but you've never met one quite like Strike. You may think you know about the wealthy and famous, but you've never seen them under an investigation like this.

Introducing Cormoran Strike, this is the acclaimed first crime novel by J.K. Rowling, writing under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.

 

 
 

 

 

 

Unwritten
A Novel by
Charles Martin

Synopsis

Sunday leads a solitary existence, spending most of his time reading and fishing on his boat, hidden among the Ten Thousand Islands off the Florida coast. It has been years since he has spoken with anyone outside of his priest and confidant, Steady. Because Steady once saved his life, Sunday can't refuse when he asks him to save another. Katie Quinn, a world-famous actress, has been driven by a secret and the pressures of her fame to end her life. Sunday provides an alternate escape, a way to write herself a new life by helping her to fake her death. But Katie still must confront her past before she can find peace, and she'll need Sunday to leave his secluded home and travel to the French countryside to help her.


 
         
 
 

 

 
         
 
     
         
         
         
               
               
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