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bBet Me

by Jennifer Crusie

Minerva Dobbs knows all about risk management, which is why it’s such a shock when David, her extremely logical choice for a boyfriend, dumps her three weeks before her perfect sister’s wedding: David was not supposed to be a wild card. So when Min overhears David make a bet with his old nemesis—the gorgeous and successful Calvin Morrisey, she decides that fate has just handed her a stacked deck. What follows is a novel of destiny, chaos theory, Krispy Kreme donuts, the spirit of Elvis, Chicken Marsala, and a gamble for the highest stake of all: true love.

 

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hHummingbird

 by LaVyrle Spencer

The Bandit and the Gentleman – each wounded in the same train robbery in frontier Colorado and left on Abigail McKenzie's doorstep to nurse back to life. Both vie for Abigail’s heart--and force her to make a choice that no woman should ever have to make...

 

 

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zJane Eyre

by Charlotte Bronte

Jane Eyre, a novel of stunning power, romance and suspense, follows the spellbinding journey of a poor orphan girl who overcomes cruelty, loneliness, starvation and heartbreak on her quest for independence. Her passionate romance with rich, brooding Mr. Rochester, and her discovery of his devastating secret, forces her to choose between love and self-respect. Jane Eyre is the story of every woman who struggles for equality and dignity in a society that wants to deny her that right – as true in Victorian England as it is today.

 

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kKatherine

by Anya Seton

This classic romance novel tells the true story of the love affair that changed history—that of Katherine Swynford and John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster, the ancestors of most of the British royal family. Set in the vibrant 14th century of Chaucer and the Black Death, the story features knights fighting in battle, serfs struggling in poverty, and the magnificent Plantagenets—Edward III, the Black Prince, and Richard II—who ruled despotically over a court rotten with intrigue. Within this era of danger and romance, John of Gaunt, the king’s son, falls passionately in love with the already married Katherine. This epic novel of conflict, cruelty, and untamable love has become a classic since its first publication in 1954.

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bNine Coaches Waiting

by Mary Stewart

A governess encounters an apparent plot against her young charge's life in this unforgettably haunting and beautifully written romantic suspense novel. When Linda Martin first arrives at Château Valmy as an English governess to the nine-year-old Count Philippe de Valmy, the opulence surrounding her seems like a wondrous dream. Philippe's uncle, Leon de Valmy, is the epitome of charm, yet dynamic and arrogant. Only his son Raoul seems able to stand up to him. To Linda, Raoul is an enigma—though irresistibly attracted to him, she senses some dark twist in his nature.

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tNobody’s Baby But Mine

 by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Genius physics professor Dr, Jane Darlington desperately wants a baby. But finding a father won't be easy. Jane's super-intelligence made her feel like a freak when she was growing up, and she's determined to spare her own child that suffering. Which means she must find someone very special to father her child. Someone . . . well . . stupid. Cal Bonner, the Chicago Stars' legendary quarterback, seems like the perfect choice. But his champion good looks and down-home ways are deceiving. Dr. Jane learns too late that this good ol'boy is a lot smarter than he lets on -- and he's not about to be used and abandoned by a brainy baby-mad schemer.

 

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lOutlander 

by Diana Gabaldon

The year is 1945. Claire Randall is traveling with her husband when she touches a boulder in one of the ancient stone circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is hurled back in time to a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of our Lord 1743. Catapulted into the intrigues of lairds and spies that may threaten her life, she soon realizes that an alliance with James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, might be the only way to survive. Thus begins a work of unrivaled storytelling that has become a modern classic.

 

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oPride and Prejudice

by Jane Austen

First published in 1813, Pride and Prejudice has consistently been Jane Austen’s most popular novel. It portrays life in the genteel rural society of the day, and tells of the initial misunderstandings and later mutual enlightenment between lively, quick-witted Elizabeth Bennet and the haughty Darcy. The title refers (among other things) to the ways in which Elizabeth and Darcu first view each other. The original version of the novel was written in 1796-1797 under the title First Impressions.

 

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vSaving Grace 

by Julie Garwood

Julie Garwood brilliantly crafts the majestic story of a young Englishwoman determined to fight for her freedom...a woman whose life would be transformed by the rare, unexpected gift of love.

 

 

 

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fVenetia

by Georgette Heyer

Beautiful, capable, and independent minded, Venetia Lanyon’s life on the family's estate in the countryside is somewhat circumscribed. Then a chance encounter with her rakish neighbor opens up a whole new world for Venetia. Lord Damerel has built his life on his dangerous reputation, and when he meets Venetia, he has nothing to offer and everything to regret. As Venetia's well-meaning family steps in to protect her from potential ruin, Venetia must find the wherewithal to take charge of her own destiny, or lose her one chance at happiness.

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