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Bark Park book cover
Bark Park book cover

Bark Park

Trudy Krisher

jE Krisher
Picture Books

Told in rhyming text, dogs have a wonderful day at the dog park.

"Dogs at the park...Bark! Bark! Bark!" Repetitive and simple rhyming text combined with adorable illustrations make this a title not to miss. -Casey

A duke by default book cover
A duke by default book cover

A duke by default

Alyssa Cole

FICTION Cole Alyssa
Fiction, Romance

New York City socialite and perpetual hot mess Portia Hobbs is tired of disappointing her family, friends, and--most importantly--herself. An apprenticeship with a struggling swordmaker in Scotland is a chance to use her expertise and discover what she's capable of. Turns out she excels at aggravating her gruff silver fox boss...when she's not having inappropriate fantasies about his sexy Scottish burr. Tavish McKenzie doesn't need a rich, spoiled American telling him how to run his armory...even if she is infuriatingly good at it. Tav tries to rebuff his apprentice--and his attraction to her--but when Portia accidentally discovers that he's the secret son of a duke, rough-around-the-edges Tav becomes her newest makeover project. Forging metal into weapons and armor is one thing, but when desire burns out of control and the media spotlight gets too hot to bear, can a commoner turned duke and his posh apprentice find lasting love?

I love this book SO much!! It's witty, smart, hilarious, and so sweet. There's a Princess Diaries plot going on, plus tons of amazing characters. And the hero is an actual modern-day swordsmith. It also deals a lot with mental illness and treatment in a very compassionate, unstigmatized way. What's not to love? -Amanda

Beyond the bright sea book cover
Beyond the bright sea book cover

Beyond the bright sea

Lauren Wolk

jFICTION Wolk Lauren
Historical Fiction, Kids

Set adrift on the ocean in a small skiff as a newborn, twelve-year-old Crow embarks on a quest to find the missing pieces of her history.

This is the perfect book for an end of summer read. -Anne M

Clock Dance book cover
Clock Dance book cover

Clock Dance

Anne Tyler

FICTION Tyler Anne
Fiction, Literary Fiction

Willa Drake can count on one hand the defining moments of her life. In 1967, she is a schoolgirl coping with her mother's sudden disappearance. In 1977, she is a college coed considering a marriage proposal. In 1997, she is a young widow trying to piece her life back together. And in 2017, she yearns to be a grandmother, yet the prospect is dimming. So, when Willa receives a phone call from a stranger, telling her that her son's ex-girlfriend has been shot, she drops everything and flies across the country to Baltimore. The impulsive decision to look after this woman and her nine-year-old daughter will lead Willa into uncharted territory--surrounded by eccentric neighbors, plunged into the rituals that make a community a family, and forced to find solace in unexpected places.

Anne Tyler is one of my all-time favorite authors and Clock Dance doesn't disappoint. Don't be mislead by the saguro cactus the cover. The novel begins in Arizona but you are soon back in Tyler's Baltimore. If you are an Anne Tyler fan, you will not be disappointed. If you don't know her work, it is time to start reading. -Maeve

Wicked and the wallflower book cover
Wicked and the wallflower book cover

Wicked and the wallflower

Sarah MacLean

FICTION MacLean, Sarah
Fiction, Romance

"When Wicked Comes Calling . . .When a mysterious stranger finds his way into her bedchamber and offers his help in landing a duke, Lady Felicity Faircloth agrees--on one condition. She's seen enough of the world to believe in passion, and won't accept a marriage without it. The Wallflower Makes a Dangerous Bargain . . .Bastard son of a duke and king of London's dark streets, Devil has spent a lifetime wielding power and seizing opportunity, and the spinster wallflower is everything he needs to exact a revenge years in the making. All he must do is turn the plain little mouse into an irresistible temptress, set his trap, and destroy his enemy. For the Promise of Passion . . . But there's nothing plain about Felicity Faircloth, who quickly decides she'd rather have Devil than another. Soon, Devil's carefully laid plans are in chaos and he must choose between everything he's ever wanted . . . and the only thing he's ever desired"--Provided by publisher.

I loved this book so much!! Sarah MacLean is my favorite romance writer, and her newest book does not disappoint! -Amanda

The kiss quotient book cover
The kiss quotient book cover

The kiss quotient

Helen Hoang

FICTION Hoang Helen
Fiction, Romance

"A heartwarming and refreshing debut novel that proves one thing: there's not enough data in the world to predict what will make your heart tick. Stella Lane thinks math is the only thing that unites the universe. She comes up with algorithms to predict customer purchases--a job that has given her more money than she knows what to do with, and way less experience in the dating department than the average thirty-year-old. It doesn't help that Stella has Asperger's and French kissing reminds her of a shark getting its teeth cleaned by pilot fish. Her conclusion: she needs lots of practice--with a professional. Which is why she hires escort Michael Phan. The Vietnamese and Swedish stunner can't afford to turn down Stella's offer, and agrees to help her check off all the boxes on her lesson plan--from foreplay to more-than-missionary position... Before long, Stella not only learns to appreciate his kisses, but crave all of the other things he's making her feel. Their no-nonsense partnership starts making a strange kind of sense. And the pattern that emerges will convince Stella that love is the best kind of logic.."--

This is probably the best romance novel I've read all year! It's smart, feminist, and beautifully diverse. -Amanda

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