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A Quilt for Christmas by Melody Carlson
It’s Christmas and Vera Swanson is spending it alone. A widow, Vera relocated to Oregon to be closer to her daughter and grandchildren. She didn’t expect her daughter’s family to move almost as soon as she unpacked her suitcase. Vera’s life takes a sudden turn when a little girl knocks on her door. Fiona Albright needs help. Her mother ill and her father out of town for work, Fiona has no one to turn to. When Fiona discovers Vera quilts, she pleads for Vera to make her mother a Christmas quilt. But quilts take time to sew and Vera cannot do it on her own, at least not in time for the holidays. In response, Vera places fliers around town, bringing together a motley collection of women to make the gift. There is Tasha, who has an eye for color and Beverly, enthusiastic but unskilled in quilting and Eleanor, whose bleak outlook on life seeps into all her relationships. Between the four of them they hope to make the holidays brighter for the Albright family. Little do the women realize they are making for themselves a new family of friends at the same time.
Disturbing the Peace by Terrence McCauley
Jeremiah Halstead is a Deputy U.S. Marshal. He maintains the law in Silver Cloud, a Montana mining town. Being a lawman can make a person unpopular, and over time Halstead has garnered some enemies. One such enemy, Ed Zimmerman, leader of one of the most vicious gangs in the Wild West, wants Halstead dead. He offers a reward to anyone who kills the marshal. When a nearby sheriff requests help in routing a group of bandits Halstead joins in, not realizing word has gotten out about the price on his head. Will Halstead make it back to Silver Cloud in one piece or will he be resting in peace in a shallow grave?
The Suite Spot by Trish Doller
Rachel Beck’s career is in a downward spiral. Her love life is little better. A single mom, Rachel lives with her parents. Her relationship with Brian is on life support and soon to flatline. Rachel does, however, love her job as a reservations manager at a swanky Miami Beach hotel. Or she did until she was fired. At a crossroads, Rachel applies for a job in Ohio at a brewery hotel and when she’s offered the post, Rachel packs her bags, and her daughter, Maisie, and heads north. Her new life isn’t what she expected. Mason, the handsome, albeit grumpy brewer knows absolutely nothing about operating a hotel. With Rachel overseeing the hotel, and Mason running the brewery, the duo creates something that is theirs, and theirs, alone. And slowly fall in love in the process.
Blowback by James Patterson and Brendan DuBois
Thanks to his work as director of the CIA, Keegan Barrett is able to make a winning run into the Oval Office. But taking on inflation and taxes isn’t the only thing on the new president’s agenda. In fact, Barrett has much bigger plans. He calls in Special Agents Liam Grey and Noa Himel and orders them to carry out his off-the-books power grab. To do this Barrett wants all his enemies dead and Himel and Grey are to be the ones pulling the triggers. Whatever the agents were expecting when they were walked into Barrett’s office, assassination wasn’t it. Grey and Himel are stuck between a rock and a hard place. They’ve taken an oath to protect the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic, but Barrett is their boss. What happens when America’s biggest threat is its own president?