In Emily Giffin’s latest New York Times Bestseller, Where We Belong, Marian Caldwell is a successful TV producer living in New York City. She thinks she has her life together just how she wants it: job, relationship—all is well.
When Kirby Rose appears on her doorstep, the eighteen year old girl holds a key to Marian’s past that she thought would never be recovered. Secrets unfold about Marian’s young love affair that will shake both she and Kirby’s lives up completely. Kirby matures by the minute and both women are forced to reevaluate their lives as they realize where they belong is not at all where they expected to be.
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Elephant Girl: A Human Story by Jane Devin we meet a young girl who is unloved, unwanted and broken. As she creates an introverted life that allows her to survive years of trauma and abuse, turning inward is the only way to survive. Devin then explores life at sixteen—forced to grow up quick just like Kirby, leaving home for a world of disappointment and uncertainty.
Holding onto an imagined life and guided by broken dreams, Devin searches for something resembling happiness. After an extensive struggle that hurls the author into adulthood, Devin searches for stability as she finds herself at a place where decisions must be made. What is her life-changing decision? Read on to find out. At each stage of Devin’s tale, the prose is bold yet flows smoothly and conveys the power of a survivor’s spirit.
Bengali Girls Don’t by L.A. Sherman introduces Luky: born in Bangladesh, raised Muslim, and completely out of place in London. In a life that Luky tries to escape, she is thwarted at every turn by her traditional parents. Wanting nothing more than freedom, Luky is duped into an arranged marriage that she has adamantly resisted.
As she is shipped back to Bangladesh, Luky fears the life she will be forced to lead married to a much older man. A legal glitch, however, lands Luky in America. Will she really be free from the constraints that she is forced to live with? Will Luky get what she dreams of: freedom and individuality? Pick up this well woven story of a girl who rolls with the punches while discovering who she really is.
Echoes from the Past by Edward Michel-Bird, explores the life of Gordon Henderson, a mathematics professor who questions the identity of his biological father. As he investigates this matter, love finds Gordon, and somehow so does a scandalous diamond heist! Written in descriptive prose, Gordon explores the French Riviera and delves into rich cultural pleasures from food to affairs. Intrigued?
What will Gordon do as he battles inheritance scammers and seeks a solution that can’t necessarily be solved with the usual equations? The best he can…but will that be enough? Just like Where We Belong, Echoes from the Past advises us to expect the unexpected.
The Mill River Recluse by Darcie Chan is indie reading at its best. In this indie New York Times Bestseller, Mary McAllister steals our hearts as we meet a woman who has been broken beyond repair. Living a life of seclusion, Mary fears everything outside the walls of her home. Saved only by a freak accident that kills her abusive husband, Mary is given a bit of peace in her solitude.
Although so much damage was done early in her life, Mary does not lose her spirit. She makes sure that the people of Mill River get what they need, as her late husband’s money is put to extremely well planned and creative use. What! You haven’t read this one yet? Mary parallels Marian as a woman who thought she had it all, and was proven drastically wrong.
A Family Institution by Howard Reiss brings us into the ordinary life of Ira Portnoy. Ira is forty one, has a wife and kids and is perfectly satisfied with his routine life. Upon the unexpected discovery that Ira had an aunt named Eva whom he hadn’t known, everything begins to shift.
Eva was committed to an asylum at twelve years old by her mother; Ira’s grandmother, who has recently died. As Ira investigates Eva, he discovers disturbing secrets buried in the family history. Meanwhile, Ira’s own life becomes anything but ordinary as he has an affair and goes on a gambling binge. Anything can happen now, and it will. Can the damage be undone in IRA’s life if not in Eva’s? Read on and find out. Ira is a lost soul who thought he had it together. Can he make the right choices like Marian Caldwell does?
Jessica Park’s Flat Out Love is a book that you will remember reading for the rest of your life. No joke, it has everything a powerful story should. Plot twists that you don’t see coming, amazing character development, and a kindred indie spirit that just won’t quit.
Julie Seagle is thrown into college life rather harshly. Arriving in Boston to find the apartment she rented on Craig’s List doesn’t exist, Julie is rather lucky to have her mom’s college bestie living in the nice part of town and willing to put her up. It doesn’t hurt that she is staying at the home of Matt, a smart, witty nerd who Julie clicks with; and Finn, the hot wandering prodigal son who seems not to want to return. Everyone falls in love, but I’d bet nobody gets a winding road like this. Earth shattering fallout (no spoilers here—read it!) This New York Times Bestseller is indie power for all ages.
If you enjoyed Where We Belong for its plot twists, elements of tough decision making at a crossroads, surviving spirit and journey of self-discovery, run to your local bookstore or fill up your ereader with these indie bundles of joy. Bring your reading specs and find a big comfy couch-you are in for some tasty treats!