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Juliet ♥ ♥ ♥
Cassandra Campbell
16 discs

Twenty-five-year-old Julie Jacobs is heartbroken over the death of her beloved Aunt Rose. But the shock goes even deeper when she learns that the woman who has been like a mother to her has left her entire estate to Julie’s twin sister. The only thing Julie receives is a key—one carried by her mother on the day she herself died—to a safety-deposit box in Siena, Italy.  This key sends Julie on a journey that will change her life forever—a journey into the troubled past of her ancestor Giulietta Tolomei.  In 1340, still reeling from the slaughter of her parents, Giulietta was smuggled into Siena, where she met a young man named Romeo. Their ill-fated love turned medieval Siena upside-down and went on to inspire generations of poets and artists, the story reaching its pinnacle in Shakespeare’s famous tragedy.

But six centuries have a way of catching up to the present, and Julie gradually begins to discover that here, in this ancient city, the past and present are hard to tell apart. The deeper she delves into the history of Romeo and Giulietta, and the closer she gets to the treasure they allegedly left behind, the greater the danger surrounding her—superstitions, ancient hostilities, and personal vendettas. As Julie crosses paths with the descendants of the families involved in the unforgettable blood feud, she begins to fear that the notorious curse—“A plague on both your houses!”

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Nefertiti  ♥ ♥ ♥
Read by Cassandra Campbell
13 discs

Nefertiti and her younger sister, Mutnodjmet, have been raised in a powerful family that has provided wives to the rulers of Egypt for centuries. Ambitious, charismatic, and beautiful, Nefertiti is destined to marry Amunhotep, an unstable young pharaoh. It is hoped by all that her strong personality will temper the young Amunhotep’s heretical desire to forsake Egypt’s ancient gods, overthrow the priests of Amun, and introduce a new sun god for all to worship. From the moment of her arrival in Thebes, Nefertiti is beloved by the people. Her charisma is matched only by her husband’s perceived generosity: Amunhotep showers his subjects with lofty promises. The love of the commoners will not be enough, however, if the royal couple is not able to conceive an heir, and as Nefertiti turns her attention to producing a son, she fails to see that the powerful priests, along with the military, are plotting against her husband’s rule. The only person wise enough to recognize the shift in political winds—and brave enough to tell the queen—is her younger sister

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The Help ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
Read by Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and Cassandra Campbell
15 discs

In Jackson, Mississippi, in 1962, there are lines that are not crossed. With the civil rights movement exploding all around them, three women start a movement of their own, forever changing a town and the way women–black and white, mothers and daughters–view one another.

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The School of Essential Ingredients ♥ ♥ ♥
Read by Cassandra Campbell

5 discs

When eight students gather in Lillian’s Restaurant for cooking classes, they create more than just good food. They also create an atmosphere that allows each of them to deal with life’s challenges, both in and out of the kitchen.  Identity and loss, betrayal and acceptance are some of the lessons theses new cooks learn while they stir up pumpkin pasta and bake chocolate biscotti.  Lillian’s eatery serves comfort and even the head chef herself finds a new recipe or two at the school of essential ingredients.

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Thread of Grace ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
Read by Cassandra Campbell

16 discs

When Italy breaks with Germany in 1943 pulling out of southern France, thousands of Jewish refugees cross the mountains in search of safety.  Fearfully and in caution the Italian citizens save more than 43,000 refugees during the last 20 months of the war.   As the story opens, the mountainous region of northwest Italy has been relatively untouched by WWII and thus the Italian Jews have been safe. But the German occupation poses a danger to anyone opposed to Hitler’s great solution. Campbell is a promising narrator skilled in various accents and adept in feeling and approach to character.

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Blindspot ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
Read by John Lee and Cassandra Campbell
15 discs

blindspotSet in Boston during the American Revolution, this tale weaves a tangled web of colorful characters ranging from painters and apprentices to revolutionary leaders that mixes together history, fiction, love, and mystery.

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