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Tiger in the Well ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
Read by Anton Lesser
13:7

Sally Lockhart, trying to put her troubled past behind her after her fiance’s death, has settled into a comfortable life with her daughter, Harriet, her career, and her London friends. But her world comes crashing down around her when a complete stranger claims to be both her husband and Harriet’s father, casting doubt on her spotless reputation.  Seeking the answers to this terrible dilemma, Sally realizes with growing horror that there is a guiding hand behind all this deceit; someone who hates her so passionately that he has devoted years to bringing about her ruin. She has no choice but to escape with her child into the crime-ridden slums of London’s East End. Suddenly it isn’t only Sally’s reputation that is in danger.

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The Red Garden ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
Read by Nancy Travis

6 discs

The story opens with the arrival of the first settlers, among them a pragmatic English woman, Hallie, and her profligate, braggart husband, William. Hallie makes an immediate and intense connection to the wilderness, and the tragic severing of that connection results in the creation of the red garden, a small, sorrowful plot of land that takes on an air of the sacred. The novel moves forward in linked stories, each building on (but not following from) the previous and focusing on a wide range of characters, including placid bears, a band of nomadic horse traders, a woman who finds a new beginning in Blackwell, and the ghost of a young girl drowned in the river who stays in the town’s consciousness long after her name has been forgotten. The result is a certain ethereal detachment as Hoffman’s deft magical realism ties one woman’s story to the next even when they themselves are not aware of the connection.  – Publishers Weekley

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Fever 1793 ♥ ♥ ♥
Read by Emily Bergl

4 discs

In 1793 Philadelphia, sixteen-year-old Matilda Cook, separated from her sick mother, learns about perseverance and self-reliance when she is forced to cope with the horrors of a yellow fever epidemic.

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The Girl who Chased the Moon ♥ ♥ ♥
Read by Rebecca Lowman
6 discs

Emily Benedict came to Mullaby, North Carolina, hoping to solve at least some of the riddles surrounding her mother’s life. Such as, why did Dulcie Shelby leave her hometown so suddenly? And why did she vow never to return? But the moment Emily enters the house where her mother grew up and meets the grandfather she never knew, a reclusive, real-life gentle giant, she realizes that mysteries aren’t solved in Mullaby, they’re a way of life. Here are rooms where the wallpaper changes to suit your mood. Unexplained lights skip across the yard at midnight. And a neighbor bakes hope in the form of cakes.

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The Winter Garden ♥ ♥ ♥
Read by Susan Ericksen
12 discs

Meredith and Nina Whitson are as different as sisters can be. One stayed at home to raise her children and manage the family apple orchard and the other followed a dream and traveled the world to become a famous photojournalist. But when their beloved father fails ill, Meredith and Nina find themselves together again standing alongside their cold and disapproving mother Anya.  The girls discover that their mother harbors a secret past which explains why she had never been able to give them the  comfort they crave.

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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 Mermaid Chair ♥ ♥ ♥
Read by Eliza Foss

11 discs

Inside the abbey of a Benedictine monastery on tiny Egret Island, just off the coast of South Carolina, resides a beautiful and mysterious chair ornately carved with mermaids and dedicated to a saint who, legend claims, was a mermaid before her conversion.   Jessie Sullivan is called home to Egret Island to cope with her mother performs a startling and enigmatic act of violence at the abbey.   Amid the gorgeous marshlands and tidal creeks Jessie becomes drawn to Brother Thomas, a monk who is mere months from taking his final vows. What transpires will unlock the roots of her mother’s tormented past and put her own marriage in jepoardy.

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