New Arrivals · Large Print Romance Fiction

October 13, 2017
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The one true love of Alice-Ann

October 12, 2017
Everson, Eva Marie, author.
©2017
533 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
Living in rural Georgia in 1941, sixteen-year-old Alice-Ann has her heart set on her brother's friend Mack; despite their five-year age gap, Alice-Ann knows she can make Mack see her for the woman she'll become. But when they receive news of the attack on Pearl Harbor and Mack decides to enlist, Alice-Ann realizes she must declare her love before he leaves. Though promising to write, Mack leaves without confirmation that her love is returned. But Alice-Ann is determined to wear the wedding dress her maiden aunt never had a chance to wear--having lost her fiance in the Great War. As their correspondence continues over the next three years, Mack and Alice-Ann are drawn closer together. But then Mack's letters cease altogether, leaving Alice-Ann to fear history repeating itself. Dreading the war will leave her with a beautiful dress and no happily ever after, Alice-Ann fills her days with work and caring for her best friend's war-torn brother, Carlton. As time passes and their friendship develops into something more, Alice-Ann wonders if she'll ever be prepared to say good-bye to her one true love and embrace the future God has in store with a newfound love. Or will a sudden call from overseas change everything?

My heart belongs on Mackinac Island : Maude's mooring

October 12, 2017
Pagels, Carrie Fancett, author.
©2017
463 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
Although the Winds of Mackinac Inn has been in her mother's family for generations, Maude Welling's father refuses to let her run it without the guidance of a husband. So she seeks to prove her worth and independence by working incognito as a maid at the Grand Hotel. While undercover journalist Ben Steffan pursues a story about impoverished men chasing heiresses at the famed hotel, he becomes attracted to an intriguing maid. By an act of heroism Ben endears himself to the closed-mouthed islanders--including Maude--and he digs deep for his story. But when scandal threatens, will their love be able to survive the truth?

The vineyard

October 11, 2017
Dueñas, María, 1964- author.
©2015
771 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
"Thorndike Press large print basic".
New York Times bestselling author Maria Duenas returns with The Vineyard , a magnificent story of ambition, heartbreak, and desire set in the 1860s Mexico, Cuba, and Spain--perfect for fans of Kate Morton and Kristin Hannah. Mauro Larrea's fortune, the result of years of hardship and toil, comes crashing down on the heels of a calamitous event. Swamped by debt and uncertainty, he gambles the last of his money in a daring play that wins him an abandoned house and a vineyard an ocean away. Mauro travels to Andalusia de Jerez in Spain with every intention of selling the property and returning to Mexico. That is, until he meets the unsettling Soledad Montalvo, the wife of a London wine merchant, who bursts into his life unannounced, determined to protect her family's legacy. Before long, Larrea finds himself immersed in the rich culture of the sherry trade. As his feelings for Soledad ripen into a consuming passion, he seeks to restore the vineyard to its former glory. From the turbulent young Mexican republic to flourishing Havana, and onward to the fertile vineyards of Jerez in the second half of the nineteenth century, Maria Duenas's new novel takes place on both sides of the Atlantic, the New World and the Old. This story of family intrigue vividly conjures the noise and grit of silver mines, and the earthier lure of ancient vineyards and magnificent cities whose splendor has faded. Here is a story of courage in the face of adversity and of a destiny forever altered by the force of passion.

The lost letter

October 10, 2017
Cantor, Jillian, author.
©2017
443 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
Austria, 1938. Kristoff is a young apprentice to a master Jewish stamp engraver. When his teacher disappears during Kristallnacht, Kristoff is forced to engrave stamps for the Germans, and simultaneously works alongside Elena, his beloved teacher's fiery daughter, and with the Austrian resistance to send underground messages and forge papers. As he falls for Elena amidst the brutal chaos of war, Kristoff must find a way to save her, and himself. Los Angeles, 1989. Katie Nelson is going through a divorce and while cleaning out her house and life in the aftermath, she comes across the stamp collection of her father, who recently went into a nursing home. When an appraiser, Benjamin, discovers an unusual World War II-era Austrian stamp placed on an old love letter as he goes through her dad's collection, Katie and Benjamin are sent on a journey together that will uncover a story of passion and tragedy spanning decades and continents, behind the just fallen Berlin Wall

Second chance girl

October 10, 2017
Mallery, Susan, author.
©2017
455 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
Mathias Mitchell's easy smile hides a world of hurt. After the worst kind of family betrayal, he moves to Happily Inc., California - the wedding destination town supplies a steady stream of bridesmaids, perfect for his "no promises, no pain" lifestyle. Yet he can't stop watching for his beautiful, elusive neighbor on the animal preserve behind their homes. Gamekeeper Carol Lund knows she's not special enough to attract an alpha male like Mathias, so his offer to help her adopt a herd for her lonely giraffe is surprising and his determined seduction, even more so. But just as she finally welcomes him into her bed, his careless actions crush her heart. Will she give him a second chance to prove she'll always come first in his heart? -- Publisher.

A snow country Christmas

October 10, 2017
Miller, Linda Lael, author.
©2017
235 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
When hotshot movie executive Mick Branson arranges dinner on Christmas Eve to discuss a work opportunity, Raine McCall is intrigued-- by the offer and the man. She's a no-makeup, no-frills single mom, who's happy with her quiet life, but Mick is sure heating up her holiday. Mick was in Mustang Creek to oversee a documentary, but when he left free-spirited graphic designer Raine was in his head. Their attraction is undeniable-- and so are their differences. Putting down roots in Wyoming wasn't in the script. But there are some Christmas gifts you can't walk away from, even when they turn your whole world upside down.

A touch of scarlet

October 9, 2017
Ryan, Renee, author.
Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2017.
447 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
Originally published: Grand Haven, Michigan : Waterfall Press, 2017.
"A Gilded promises novel"--Cover.
"With only two months before Elizabeth sets sail for London to marry a British lord, she resolves to live a lifetime of adventure. Lucian Griffin, her dearest friend's brother, intends to protect Elizabeth from letting her adventures forever sully her reputation. Soon his earnest fondness gives way to deep affection."-- Provided by publisher.

These healing hills

October 9, 2017
Gabhart, Ann H., 1947- author.
Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2017.
479 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
Originally published: Grand Rapids, MI : Published by Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, 2017.
"When a young woman's plans for her future fall apart at the close of World War II, she discovers new purpose as a midwife in the hills of Kentucky--and a possible chance at new love."-- Provided by publisher.

Merry and bright : a novel

October 3, 2017
Macomber, Debbie, author.
©2017
355 pages (large print) ; 19 cm
Merry Smith is pretty busy these days. She's taking care of her family, baking cookies, decorating for the holidays, and hoping to stay out of the crosshairs of her stressed and by-the-book boss at the consulting firm where she temps. Her own social life is the last thing she has in mind, much less a man. Without her knowledge, Merry's well-meaning mom and brother create an online dating profile for her--minus her photo--and the matches start rolling in. Initially, Merry is incredulous, but she reluctantly decides to give it a whirl. Soon Merry finds herself chatting with a charming stranger, a man with similar interests and an unmistakably kind soul. Their online exchanges become the brightest part of her day. But meeting face-to-face is altogether different, and her special friend is the last person Merry expects--or desires. Still, sometimes hearts can see what our eyes cannot. In this satisfying seasonal tale, unanticipated love is only a click away.

About a dog

October 3, 2017
McKinlay, Jenn, author.
Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2017.
423 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
Originally published: New York : Berkley Sensation, 2017.
"Mackenzie Harris fled her hometown of Bluff Point, Maine, seven years ago after being left at the altar and seeking solace in the arms of her best friend's off-limits brother. When she returns for her best friend's wedding, Gavin is hoping to pick up where they left off with the help of a stray puppy."-- Provided by publisher.

Forgiveness

September 27, 2017
Evans, Marianne, 1963- author.
Waterville, Maiine : Thorndike Press Large Print Clean Reads, 2017.
393 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
A reissue of the edition published by Harbourlights/Pelican Book Group (Aztec, NM, 2016).
"Country music bad boy, Chase Bradington is on the comeback trail. Fresh from rehab for alcohol addiction and transformed by the power of Christ, Chase is battling to rediscover the music he loves and a career he nearly ruined. Then he meets up-and-comer, Pyper Brock and instantly sparks ignite. Despite her rampant attraction to the handsome and talented icon, Pyper knows of Chase's reputation and soundly dismisses his romantic overtures. No way will Pyper make the mistake of falling for a man who's done battle with the bottle. What happens when Chase's quest to win Pyper's love breaks down chains of resentment and eases the long-buried wounds of her childhood? And what happens when Pyper's father shows up in Nashville, clean, sober and seeking a chance to apologize? Can Pyper follow a pathway to peace when it comes to her father? Can she fully trust Chase? Above all, can a sin-damaged past be released in favor of forgiveness?" -- Summary from Amazon.

The Captivating Lady Charlotte

September 27, 2017
Miller, Carolyn, 1974- author.
©2017
533 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.

Under a Sardinian sky

September 27, 2017
Alexander, Sara, 1976- author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press Large Print, 2017.
557 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
Reissue of the edition published in New York, NY : Kensington Publishing Corp., 2017. Various e-ediions are also available.
"Sometimes a family's deepest silences hide the most important secrets. For Mina, a London-based travel writer, the enigmatic silence surrounding her aunt Carmela has become a personal obsession. Carmela disappeared from her Italian hometown long ago and is mentioned only in fragments and whispers. Mina has resisted prying, respectful of her family's Sardinian reserve. But now, with her mother battling cancer, it's time to learn the truth. In 1952, Simius is a busy Sardinian town surrounded by fertile farms and orchards. Carmela Chirigoni, a farmer's daughter and talented seamstress, is engaged to Franco, son of the area's wealthiest family. Everyone agrees it's a good match. But Carmela's growing doubts about Franco's possessiveness are magnified when she meets Captain Joe Kavanagh. Joe, an American officer stationed at a local army base, is charismatic, intelligent, and married. Hired as his interpreter, Carmela resolves to ignore her feelings, knowing that any future together must bring upheaval and heartache to both families. As Mina follows the threads of Carmela's life to uncover her fate, she will discover a past still deeply alive in the present, revealing a story of hope, sacrifice, and extraordinary love. Like Sardinia's Emerald Coast, Sara Alexander's Under A Sardinian Sky will dazzle you with its glittering descriptions of the Mediterranean island, its exquisite culinary treasures, and authentic, beautiful people. But it is the heroine Carmela's courage and heartbreaking choices that will leave you the most enchanted and racing through the novel to learn her extraordinary fate. Rosanna Chiofalo, author of Rosalia's Bittersweet Pastry Shop" -- Provided by publisher.

Egypt's sister : a novel of Cleopatra

September 26, 2017
Hunt, Angela Elwell, 1957- author.
©2017
553 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.

Naomi's hope

September 26, 2017
Drexler, Jan, author.
©2017
517 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
Despite growing pains in her 1846 Amish community in Indiana, Naomi Schrock has settled into a comfortable life in her parents' home with her adopted son, Davey. She tries not to think about the fact that she's not at the top any man's list of potential wives. Yet when Cap Stoltzfus moves into the area and befriends Davey, Naomi is caught between the plans she has made for her future and the tantalizing thought that Cap might be part of a life she never dared to hope for. Until a couple shows up claiming to be Davey's true family...

The road to paradise : a vintage national parks novel

September 26, 2017
Barnett, Karen, 1969- author.
©2017
493 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
"An ideal sanctuary and a dream come true–that's what Margaret Lane feels as she takes in God's gorgeous handiwork in Mount Rainier National Park. It's 1927 and the National Park Service is in its youth when Margie, an avid naturalist, lands a coveted position alongside the park rangers living and working in the unrivaled splendor of Mount Rainier’s long shadow. But Chief Ranger Ford Brayden is still haunted by his father's death on the mountain, and the ranger takes his work managing the park and its crowd of visitors seriously. The job of watching over an idealistic senator's daughter with few practical survival skills seems a waste of resources. When Margie's former fiancé sets his mind on developing the Paradise Inn and its surroundings into a tourist playground, the plans might put more than the park's pristine beauty in danger. What will Margie and Ford sacrifice to preserve the splendor and simplicity of the wilderness they both love?"--Amazon.com

A perfect gentleman

September 26, 2017
Camp, Candace, author.
©2017
535 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
Forced to marry an American heiress to save his family, Graeme Parr, the Earl of Montclair, finds his bride Abigail Price appalling in her bold American ways but stunningly beautiful, while Abigail fears Graeme, much like her father, will only lead her to ruin.

No one but you

September 26, 2017
Novak, Brenda, author.
©2017
565 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
"Struggling to make ends meet after a messy divorce, Sadie Harris is at the end of her tether. Her waitressing gig isn't enough to pay the bills let alone secure primary custody of her son, Jayden, a battle she refuses to lose. Desperate, she accepts a position assisting Dawson Reed--the same Dawson Reed who recently stood trial for the murder of his adoptive parents. Joining him at his isolated farm seems risky, but Sadie is out of options. Dawson has given small town Silver Springs plenty of reasons to be wary, but he's innocent of the charges against him. He wants to leave his painful past behind and fix up the family farm so he can finally bring his dependent sister home where she belongs. As Sadie and Dawson's professional relationship grows into something undeniably personal, Sadie realizes there's more to Dawson than the bad boy everyone else sees--he has a good heart, one that might even be worth fighting for."--Dust jacket flap.

Once a rebel

September 26, 2017
Putney, Mary Jo, author.
©2017
517 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
Lord George Gordon Audley had been Callista Brooke's best friend, and it was to Gordon she turned in desperation to avoid a loathsome arranged marriage. The repercussions of his gallant attempt ended with Callie in Jamaica, and Gordon on a one way trip to the penal colony of Australia. Now it's 1814, and Callie is in Washington, trapped in the battle between her native England and her adopted homeland. She is on the verge of losing everything, including her life, when Gordon cuts through the violent crowd to claim that she is his. Against all odds he had survived, and finding Callie is like reclaiming his tarnished soul. But the innocent friendship they shared as children has become a dangerous passion that may save or destroy them when they challenge the aristocratic society that exiled them both.

Together

September 26, 2017
Miller, Linda Lael, author.
©1996
639 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
In all seasons -- The scent of snow -- That other Katherine -- Store-bought woman -- Switch.
For the first time in over ten years, five unforgettable tales, together in one volume.

A love so true

September 25, 2017
Jagears, Melissa, author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, [2017]
575 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
Evelyn Wisely has a heart for the orphans of Teaville and works at a local mansion that rescues children out of the town's red-light district and gives them a place to live. But her desire to help isn't limited to orphans. The owner of the mansion, Nicholas Lowe, is willing to help her try to get the women working in prostitution out of the district as well--if she can gain the cooperation and support of local businessmen to go against the rest of the community. David Kingsman has recently arrived in Teaville from Kansas City to help with one of his father's companies in town. While he plans on staying only long enough to prove his business merit to his father, he's shown interest in Evelyn's work and is intrigued enough by her to lend his support to her cause. They begin with the best of intentions, but soon the complications pile up and Evelyn and David's dreams look more unattainable every day. When the revelation of a long-held secret creates a seemingly insurmountable rift between them, can they trust God still has a good plan for them despite all that is stacked against them?

Map of the heart

September 22, 2017
Wiggs, Susan, author.
©2017
528 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
"Larger print"--Page [4] of cover.
"A novel"--Cover.
Widowed by an unspeakable tragedy, Camille Palmer has made her peace with the past and settled into the quiet safety of life with her teenage daughter, Julie, in a sleepy coastal town. Then the arrival of a mysterious package breaks open the door to her family's secret past. In uncovering a hidden history, Camille has no idea that she's embarking on an adventure that will utterly transform her. Camille, Julie, and Camille's father return to the French town of his youth, sparking unexpected memories-- recollections that will lead them back to the dark days of the Second World War. And it is in the stunning Provencal countryside that they will uncover their family's surprising history.

Blackmailed down the aisle

September 20, 2017
Fuller, Louise (Romance author), author.
London : Mills & Boon, 2017.
287 pages (large print) ; 22 cm
"What's it to be - me, or the police?" Out-of-work actress Daisy Maddox would do anything for her brother - even sneak into a sleek New York office to return the watch he stole from billionaire Rollo Fleming. When Rollo catches her red-handed, Daisy is completely at his mercy. But Rollo needs a wife to seal a deal, and events take a wild turn - he demands Daisy become his temporary wife! Swept into Rollo's world, Daisy's caught in an intense tangle of emotions. And with every searing kiss, Daisy's guard melts, as she discovers there are unexpected, pleasurable advantages to being blackmailed down the aisle.

Falling for the rebel princess

September 20, 2017
Darkins, Ellie, author.
London : Mills & Boon, 2017.
284 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
Self-proclaimed "black sheep" Princess Charlie of Afland has worked long and hard to be taken seriously in the music industry, managing to keep her royal obligations, and her secret heartbreak, under the radar. Until one night in Vegas changes everything... Rockstar Joe Kavanagh gets more from his Vegas gig than he'd bargained for... a princess bride and a PR story to die for! As the initial attraction, which led them down the aisle, turns into something deeper, keeping their marriage strictly business proves increasingly difficult...!

His shy Cinderella

September 20, 2017
Hardy, Kate, 1966- author.
London : Mills & Boon, 2017.
286 pages (large print) ; 22 cm
Racing driver Brandon Stone is intent on proving he has what it takes to run his family business - first stop: procuring rival race car designers the McKenzies. But shy Angel McKenzie has no intention of selling up! Angel has avoided the limelight most of her life. But with her family business under threat, she'll do anything it takes to save it. Working closely with Brandon ignites feelings she never knew existed ... he may be the last person she should ever date, but her heart is telling her to break the rules!

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