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release date: Dec 01, 2017
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The Silver Music Box

A captivating cross-generational novel from German author Mina Baites about a Jewish family divided by World War II and an inheritance with the power to bring them back together.

1914. For Paul, with love. Jewish silversmith Johann Blumenthal engraved those words on his most exquisite creation, a singing filigree bird inside a tiny ornamented box. He crafted this treasure for his young son before leaving to fight in a terrible war to honor his beloved country—a country that would soon turn against his own family.

A half century later, Londoner Lilian Morrison inherits the box after the death of her parents. Though the silver is tarnished and dented, this much-loved treasure is also a link to an astonishing past. With the keepsake is a letter from Lilian’s mother, telling her daughter for the first time that she was adopted. Too young to remember, Lilian was rescued from a Germany in the grips of the Holocaust. Now only she can trace what happened to a family who scattered to the reaches of the world, a family forced to choose between their heritage and their dreams for the future.

release date: Jun 13, 2017
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Butterfly Island

From the bestselling author of The Moonlit Garden comes the sweeping, romantic tale of one woman’s quest across two continents and one hundred years of history to unearth her family’s deepest secret.

Diana Wagenbach is the sole survivor in a withering family tree fraught with secrets. When the first in a trail of clues is handed down to Diana by her great-aunt on her deathbed, along with a plea to assuage their family’s guilt by revealing all, Diana obliges. She follows the clues—a picture here, a letter there, a pressed frangipani flower in a book—that carry her away from her philandering husband in Berlin to a charming manor in England and all the way to a tea plantation in Sri Lanka.

Diana unravels the dramatic tale of her great-great-grandmother, Grace Tremayne, with the aid of Jonathan Singh, a local historian and writer—and someone with whom she feels a deep bond that sparks into romance. As Grace’s tragic past in exotic colonial Ceylon is revealed and the family’s sins come to light, Diana finds inspiration in her ancestor’s courage and begins to rethink what happiness—and love—is worth, and how the surest route to peace is in setting the truth free.

release date: Feb 01, 2016
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The Moonlit Garden

Lilly Kaiser had come to terms with her solitary, uncomplicated life after becoming a young widow. So when a stranger delivers an old violin to her Berlin antiques shop and tells Lilly it belongs to her, she’s completely bewildered. Why should she be the one to inherit such an exquisite instrument?

Together with her best friend, Ellen, and handsome musicologist Gabriel Thornton, Lilly sets out to explore the violin’s legacy. From England to Italy to Indonesia, she follows its winding trail. Along the way, she learns of Rose Gallway, a beautiful woman of English and Sumatran descent who lived among Sumatra’s lush gardens more than a hundred years earlier. A celebrated and sought-after musician, Rose once owned Lilly’s violin and regularly played concerts for Sumatra’s colonial elite—until, one day, she simply disappeared.

As Lilly unravels the mystery behind Rose’s story—and uncovers other unexpected secrets—she’ll come to see her own life in an entirely new light. And as each shared discovery brings her closer to Gabriel, her heart might finally break its long-held silence.

release date: Aug 30, 2016
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Storm Rose

When newly single Annabel Hansen moves to the coastal town of Binz, all she wants is to leave her former life behind. Soon after settling into a beautiful home overlooking the Baltic Sea, she stumbles upon an old fishing boat in a nearby harbor and discovers another purpose: to convert the bullet-riddled Storm Rose into a floating café.

Yet there’s more to this project than peeling paint and a bad engine. When Annabel finds an old letter from an East German defector who was smuggled to safety aboard the vessel, she and Christian—her handsome new business partner—set out to find its author. Together they’ll unravel the Storm Rose’s hidden past—and a shocking mystery that will change Annabel’s life forever.

release date: Jul 01, 2013
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The Colour of Dawn

In Port au Prince, Haiti, the police roam the streets and no one is safe. Fignolé, a musician and political radical, is missing. His sisters Joyeuse and Angelique search for their young brother amid the colorful bustle, urban deprivation, and political tension of the city; when they eventually locate him, they will have found more about themselves than they wanted to know. This story explores one day and three lives in a city where love is hard to find, life is cheap, and death is all too familiar. It is the tense, passionate, and vividly told story of small victories of hope in the face of a seemingly impossible fight against a monolithic regime.

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release date: Apr 19, 2016
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Raven Sisters (Franza Oberwieser)

Gertrud and her foster sister, Hanna, used to be inseparable. But as the years pass, Hanna becomes the beautiful one while Gertrud remains plain. Their once unbreakable bond is strained by jealousy—until Gertrud is brutally murdered and Hanna disappears without a trace.

When uncompromising homicide detective Franza Oberwieser picks up the women’s eerie cases, she begins to pull back the veils over their shared history. Each layer reveals a new and more disturbing truth. Everyone in the family is holding their secrets close, and the deeper Franza digs, the darker they appear. With a mysterious man following her every move—and the nagging distraction of her own recent heartache—can Franza uncover the sisters’ fate before the case turns cold?

release date: Jun 30, 2015
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The Scent of Lavender

Swiss journalist Saskia Wagner’s life is in shambles—she’s lost her job and left her callous boyfriend. So when she learns of a summer job on a wine-growing estate in the small French village of Beaumes-de-Venise, she jumps at the chance, hoping it can provide her with the escape she needs to clear her head.

But it would seem that where wine flows, trouble follows. Jean-Luc Rougeon, the handsome-but-surly owner of the estate, appears distinctly unsettled by Saskia’s presence. And he’s not the only one: everyone in the village is behaving oddly toward her. It could just be curiosity about the new girl, but something more seems to be afoot.

Unwittingly entangled in her new community, Saskia faces charged emotions. Can this be the identity she’d come to Provence to discover?

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release date: Aug 14, 2020
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Someone Else's Conflict by Alison Layland (2014-11-06)
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release date: Nov 18, 2014
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Julie's Butterfly

When beautiful Julietta meets aloof, handsome photographer Bastian, she immediately feels butterflies in her stomach.

But Bastian has a secret: Since birth, he has suffered from a very rare skin disorder that makes him exceptionally prone to injury. His life is riddled with pain and rejection; his thoughts are dominated by self-doubt and mistrust.

Julie wants to help him shake loose his inhibitions and open up to her, but can she reach deep enough to truly understand his suffering?

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release date: Nov 18, 2017
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Franza Oberwieser (2 Book Series)
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Veteran homicide detective Franza Oberwieser prefers her job in the winter. Summer is for growing, not for dying. So when the body of a beautiful young woman is found on the autobahn, dressed in a glittering party dress and bathed in June rain, Franza is determined to give her justice.

Revealing victims’ hidden lives is part of the job, but as Franza and her partner, Felix, peel back the layers shrouding the girl’s disturbing past, darker mysteries emerge. Everyone has something to hide—even Franza, who must face her own secrets to reveal the truth.

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