In Condor Moon by Tanna Thornburg, Rima hoped to start a new life in California, but when her father back in Arizona has a heart attack and her sister is flitting around the world, Rima must return to Arizona to care for him. In the interest of supporting herself, she finds a job doing an environmental assessment for a highly contested potential mining operation. Rima soon realizes that her position may pose a threat to her life. But she may not be in this alone.
In A Woman’s Role: A 1950s Romance by Carol Moessinger, Celina Pasniewska is a 23-year-old spinster living in 1950s Pennsylvania. Celina lost her boyfriend in the Korean conflict and having not lived to the expectation of her demanding father, is looking to break away from her oppressed life in a mining town to live a dream of journalism. With pressure from her parents, Celina must make the decision of having a family or her freedom. The hope of having both is just a bit too crazy.
In The Expat Diaries: Single in the City by Michele Gorman, Hannah is 26 years old and drowning in her life. After losing her job and going on a drinking binge with her best friend, she impulsively buys a ticket and heads to England to start a new chapter in her life without so much as a plan. Can Hannah push through and find the excitement her life has been lacking?
It’s 1841 and Olivia Killion’s father is dead. In the tradition of the day, Olivia’s father leaves his modest fortune to his oldest son, leaving Olivia and her brother his Pennsylvania home and store at the mercy of their oldest sibling and with his controlling intended. Olivia has no intention of living under the thumb of her brother’s wife until they’re able to off-load her to the first man that shows interest. Olivia has a plan. In her father’s will is a plot of land in Michigan that will be given to whoever travels there and tries to plant crops. Mourning Free, the son of escaped slaves, is integral to her plan. Olivia knows that she can’t possibly pull this off alone, but can she convince Mourning, a man who feels safest where he is, to take the risk and come with her?
In Finding Mother by Anne Allen, Nicole has lived a tumultuous romantic life with a man who has simply been unable to stay faithful. She ends her marriage and leaves her mostly comfortable life and sets out on a journey to find her biological mother. Nicole’s journey reveals secrets long held but will they be destructive or transformative?
Just Like Other Daughters by Colleen Faulkner, Alicia Richard’s 25-year-old daughter Chloe meets a man named Thomas. They fall in love during their first meeting, and Chloe ecstatically anticipates the wedding and marriage they pledged to have. What might be a happy day for a mother, sends Alicia into a panic? Chloe has the Downs Syndrome. From the moment she was born Alicia loved her and not for a moment did the diagnosis ever change how she felt about her daughter, although she knows that Chloe needs extra help. Can Alicia learn to let go?
The Country of Diachona is celebrating an anniversary while under great threat from a neighboring power. Constance, Diachona’s young heir, is facing serious doubts and a growing affection for a young commander. Can Constance stand tall in a man’s world and be a leader in her nation?
I’m cross-posting this review from Rabid Readers Too because I believe it’s more of an adult novel than a YA novel.
Publication Date: October 3, 2013
In The Dark Citadel (Green Woman) by Jane Dougherty, Deborah Givenchild, was taken from her parents when her mother fled and given to a family without a daughter. She has been reviled but has grown up not to cave as her gender is supposed to do but to fight back. At the age of fifteen, she’s about to be married off to the man of the elder’s choice. He’s a purposeful brute meant to put her in her place and Deborah simply isn’t going along with the plan. When she’s taken to the House of Corrections she meets Zachariah, a boy with dreams. He wants to be an engineer, but the career path is at the whim of the elders, and he knows that things simply aren’t right. Can Deborah escape her fate and find her mother, the one woman who knows what Earth was like before everyone lived his or her bleakly planned lives in a dome?
In Three of a Kind by Diana X. Dunn, F6 is on a mission in London when she’s called home and transformed into Helen Black. Morris Munroe, a prisoner, has escaped and it looks like he had help from F6’s elusive stalker, Rex. With the help of former beau and New York homicide cop, Blake Bowman, Helen must follow Monroe’s clues and race across the country evading disaster. Can she catch up and face off with her tormentor? Three of a Kind is the third novel is the F6 series.
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