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Monthly Contest: What's Your Book Group Reading This Month?
This month's prize book is the paperback edition of COCOA BEACH by Beatriz Williams, an enchanting blend of love, suspense, betrayal and redemption set among the rumrunners and scoundrels of Prohibition-era Cocoa Beach. The deadline for your entries is Wednesday, June 6th at noon ET.
Around midnight, three friends take their partying from bar to boat on a misty fall evening. Just as the weather deteriorates, one of them suddenly and confusingly goes overboard. Is it an accident? The result of an unwanted advance? His body disappears quickly, silently, into the dark water. The circumstances are murky, but what is clear is that the other two need to notify the authorities. Minutes become hours become days as they hesitate, caught up in their guilt and hope that their friend has somehow made it safely to shore. As valuable time passes, they find themselves deep in a moral morass with huge implications as they struggle to move forward and live with their dark secret.
In the wake of her husband's death, Cora Seaborne leaves London for a visit to coastal Essex. There, she learns of an intriguing rumor of a fearsome creature said to roam the marshes claiming human lives. After nearly 300 years, the mythical Essex Serpent is said to have returned, taking the life of a young man on New Year’s Eve. Cora is certain that what the local people think is a magical sea beast may be a previously undiscovered species. Eager to investigate, she is introduced to local vicar William Ransome, who is convinced that the rumors are caused by moral panic, a flight from true belief. These seeming opposites soon find themselves inexorably drawn together and torn apart --- an intense relationship that will change both of their lives in ways entirely unexpected.
The New York Times bestselling author of A CERTAIN AGE transports readers to sunny Florida in this lush and enthralling historical novel --- an enchanting blend of love, suspense, betrayal and redemption set among the rumrunners and scoundrels of Prohibition-era Cocoa Beach.
Tessa Fontaine’s astonishing memoir of pushing past fear, THE ELECTRIC WOMAN, follows the author on a life-affirming journey of loss and self-discovery --- through her time on the road with the last traveling American sideshow and her relationship with an adventurous, spirited mother.
An exquisitely talented young British author makes her American debut with this rapturously acclaimed historical novel, set in late 19th-century England, about an intellectually minded young widow, a pious vicar and a rumored mythical serpent that explores questions about science and religion, skepticism, and faith, independence and love.
For fans of Megan Abbott and Chris Bohjalian comes a novel of moral complexity about how three friends --- and lovers --- in their 20s must choose between self-preservation and doing what’s right in the wake of a fatal accident. A split second decision will haunt them forever…
From the New York Times bestselling author of THE INTERESTINGS comes an electric, multilayered novel about ambition, power, friendship and mentorship, and the romantic ideals we all follow deep into adulthood --- not just about who we want to be with, but who we want to be.
From the highly acclaimed author of DON'T TRY TO FIND ME and THIS IS NOT OVER comes the unforgettable, harrowing story of a young broadcast journalist who discovers a mysterious diary from a female broadcaster in 1991 featuring startling --- and frightening --- parallels to her own life.
In her sparkling debut, Julia Whelan crafts an incredible love story --- set amongst the breathtaking beauty of Oxford --- about a determined, intelligent young woman eager to make her mark in the world, a handsome man with secrets he never wants to share, and a love that entangles and refuses to let them go unscathed.
A spellbinding, darkly twisted novel about desire and obsession, and the complicated lines between truth and perception, OUR KIND OF CRUELTY introduces Araminta Hall, a chilling new voice in psychological suspense.
New York Times bestselling author Dorothea Benton Frank returns to her magical Lowcountry of South Carolina in this bewitching story of marriage, love, family and friendship that is infused with her warm and engaging earthy humor and generous heart.
From the New York Times bestselling author of THE ROSIE PROJECT comes a story of taking chances and learning to love again as two people, one mourning her husband and the other recovering from divorce, cross paths on the centuries-old Camino pilgrimage from France to Spain.