Jan 9, 2009

New large print

The connections women make through scrapbooking inspire a novel full of “the twists and turns that keep readers turning pages.”When frazzled mother of four Ashley joins a local scrapbook club, she’s amazed at the way old photos and mementos can bring color to sepiatoned memories. Among the diverse group is Tara, a single grad student whose search for love, like her relationship with her absentee father, has only brought her heartache…and some funny dating stories. Then there’s Libby, a semi-retired teacher who thought she’d spend her golden years taking classes—not as a town pariah after her son is charged in a corporate scandal. But all three find comfort and inspiration in the scrapbooking group, where they learn that only together can they face earth-shattering revelations and emotionally unavailable men—and figure out their futures while artfully commemorating their pasts.

Iris Ouverson has poured all her energies into the family farm, so the appearance of John Lang is both unexpected and infuriating. Now, the land is theirs to share, an idea she can't accept. But John is determined to prove his dedication to the farm and his feelings for Iris. The caring affection he showed her has ripened into a deep, adoring passion that thrives in the fertile climate of their need for each other. But when disaster strikes the farm and destroys Iris's fragile trust, it forces a confrontation that risks everything-- and teaches Iris that learning how to grow together can bring them a harvest of love.
Life in Sweden seems like an endless winter for three sisters after their mother's death and father's suicide. Elin feels the weight of responsibility for her sisters' welfare, and when circumstances become unbearable, she writes to her relatives in Chicago, pleading for help.
Joining sixteen million other immigrants who left their homelands for America between 1890 and 1920, Elin, Kirsten, and Sofia begin the long, difficult journey. Enduring the ocean voyage in steerage and detention on Ellis Island, their story is Americas story. And in a journey fraught with hardships, each woman will come to understand her secret longings and the meaning of home

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