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Angel of the L Train by Penelope Marzec

  Why I wrote Angel of the L Train        I was responsible for emptying out my parents’ house. It hurt to empty the house and sell it. I grew up there and cherished the happy memories of my young life and my loving parents. But after my mother died and my father became gravely ill, I felt the pressure of watching the dwindling case flow and wondering if financial help would be available when the money was all gone.      So, I put Thea, the heroine of Angel of the L Train, in a similar quandary. She sold her childhood home to pay for her mother’s care in a nursing home. Thea snatches at an offer for a job that would be an obviously poor choice for her, she takes it anyway since she is desperate for a steady income. She believes she can hide the past and move on with her life, but the secret she promised never to reveal is soon out in the open and wreaks havoc on her life.   This is the blurb for the book:   Thea Ahern desperately needs a job, so when she lands a job at L
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The Sycamore Standoff by Stacey Weeks

  Back cover blurb :   She wants independence. He wants her affections. They’ll have to face her past for any chance of a future. Escaping an abusive boyfriend, Meg Gilmore finds refuge in Sycamore Hill. She’s particularly drawn to a 250-year-old tree she names Alfred. Like her, Alfred is a survivor, and the shade beneath its protective branches is her go-to place for solace. When a construction firm slates the majestic tree for destruction, Meg resolves to save Alfred. But Meg underestimates an adversary who refuses to yield to her requests to work around the tree. Eli Martin’s family money is as old as the tree Meg is desperate to save. Attracted to Meg from day one, he sees Meg’s campaign to save Alfred as his chance to seal her affections. The best way to fight big business is to attack them in the pocketbook, and he devises a plan that Meg’s adversary won’t be able to afford to fight. When Meg’s ex arrives, Eli once again rises to her aid. However, Meg insists he can’t simply th

Redemption's Hope by Kathleen D Bailey

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