Tuesday, December 9, 2008

December 2008

New and Recommended Fiction

The Pre-Nup
by Beth Kendrick

For the residents of swanky Mayfair Estates, a pre-nup is just another item on the wedding to-do checklist --- but three friends get more than they bargained for when they promise to love, cherish... and sign on the dotted line.

As romance collides with real life, three very different women turn to each other for moral support and insights about how to safeguard their most valuable assets: their hearts.

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Home to Holly Springs: Father Tim, Book 1 by Jan Karon

Now Available in Paperback:
Jan Karon enchants us with the story of the newly retired priest's spur-of-the-moment adventure. For the first time in decades, Father Tim returns to his birthplace, Holly Springs, Mississippi, in response to a mysterious, unsigned note saying simply: "Come home." Little does he know how much these two words will change his life. A story of long-buried secrets, forgiveness and the wonder of discovering new people, places and depth of feeling, Home to Holly Springs will enthrall new readers and longtime fans alike.

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A Dog Named Christmas
by Greg Kincaid

Todd McCray is a developmentally challenged young man living with his parents on their Kansas farm. While listening to the radio one day, Todd hears that the local animal shelter is seeking temporary homes for dogs during the Christmas week; Todd immediately wants to participate. Once Todd wins over his reluctant father, George, the McCray family find themselves with Christmas, a loyal, obedient dog that weaves his way into the hearts of the McCray family and their friends. When the time comes to give Christmas back, however, it is George who finds he is having a hard time letting go.

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Good Luck
by Whitney Gaskell

After life as she knows it falls apart, Lucy Parker heads off to Palm Beach to hide out at the home of an old college friend. But just as Lucy begins to envision a new life for herself, the past catches up with her. Lucy would give up every penny to have her old life back ---- but just as she's ready to cash it all in, fate has one last surprise in store for her... one that will show her exactly what she's worth.

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Special Contests and Features

Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay

We celebrated the paperback release of Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay --- a mesmerizing story in which a mysterious past unfolds, the present is torn apart and the future is irrevocably altered --- with a special contest. Ten groups had the opportunity to each win up to 12 finished copies of Sarah's Key, which is now in stores, for their group. Click here to see our winners.

More About Sarah's Key:
Paris, July 1942: Sarah, a ten-year-old girl, is taken with her parents by the French police as they go door to door arresting Jewish families in the middle of the night. Desperate to protect her younger brother, Sarah locks him in a bedroom cupboard --- their secret hiding place --- and promises to come back for him as soon as they are released.

Six years later: Sarah's story intertwines with that of Julia Jarmond, an American journalist investigating the roundup. In her research Julia stumbles onto a trail of family secrets that link her to Sarah and to questions about her own future.

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Shelter Me by Juliette Fay

We celebrated the upcoming release of Shelter Me by Juliette Fay --- a beautifully written debut novel about heartbreaking loss and emotional redemption --- with a special contest. Thirty-five readers had the opportunity to each win one advance copy of Shelter Me, which will be in stores on December 30th, for their group. Click here to see our winners.

More About Shelter Me:
After the sudden death of her husband, Janie LaMarche is swamped by tides of grief and rage. Yet she's forced to confront the onward march of her life by an unlikely cast of interventionists: her two small children, her Ipecac-toting aunt, the "unflinchingly nice" parish priest and the contractor hired by her husband to build her a porch, whose involvement in her family's life becomes more ingrained with every beam he installs.

This stirring debut from author Juliette Fay is filled with insight on how we carry on after a loved one's death --- and how we must often force ourselves to embrace solace from those who show up to help us weather the tides of our grief.

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For Christian Readers

Registered Book Club Promotion

There are no registered book club contests for December. Please check back next month. If your group is not registered, and you are interested in future monthly contests, click here to register.

New Guides

Oprah's Book Club Selection
The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski

This month's prize:
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

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