Honor roll: Romance books

Each of these Romance books has received at least one award nomination. They are ranked by honors received.

Book:Hearts and Bones

Hearts and Bones

Margaret Lawrence

Independent Hannah Trevor is a midwife in the small Maine town of Rufford several years after the end of the Revolutionary War. In the dead of a particularly brutal winter, an horrific act—the rape and murder of a young wife—draws Hannah into the constabulary’s investigation and threatens to destroy everything she holds dear. Now an honorable man has been accused of the crime—Hannah’s former lover, the father of her illegitimate daughter.

Book:The Salaryman's Wife

The Salaryman's Wife

Sujata Massey

Japanese-American Rei Shimura is a 27-year-old English teacher living in one of Tokyo’s seediest neighborhoods. She doesn’t make much money, but she wouldn’t go back home to California even if she had a free ticket (which, thanks to her parents, she does.) Her independence is threatened however, when a getaway to an ancient castle town is marred by murder.

Rei is the first to find the beautiful wife of a high-powered businessman, dead in the snow. Taking charge, as usual, Rei searches for clues by crashing a funeral, posing as a bar-girl, and somehow ending up pursued by police and paparazzi alike. In the meantime, she manages to piece together a strange, ever-changing puzzle—one that is built on lies and held together by years of sex and deception.

Book:Walking Rain

Walking Rain

Susan Wade

Eight years had passed since fate left its mark on her grandfather’s ranch. Shedding her new name and identity, Amelia Rawlins came out of anonymity and back home—a place of childhood memories, a place where she could walk with her grandfather’s spirit and carry on his work. But the horrors of the past also found a home there, and her return didn’t escape the vengeful eyes of someone who thought Amelia had no right to be spared on that long-ago dreadful day.

Book:Tiger's Palette

Tiger's Palette: A Caroline Canfield Mystery

Jacqueline Fiedler

With a habit of looking everywhere except where she’s going, thirty-one-year-old wildlife artist Caroline Canfield knows one thing for sure: accidents have a way of finding her. So after her free-spirited mentor, Anthony Chirico, plunges to his suspicious death from a scaffold, Caroline initially turns down the chance to finish his jungle mural at the Fox Valley Zoo. Aware of Tony’s penchant for leaving hidden messages in his work, Caroline starts to wonder if his fall was no accident—and when she finds Tony’s assistant with a knife in his throat, she gets the point that someone desperately wants to keep the zoo’s new exhibit from opening.

Spurred by her desire to know the truth and uncover the secrets of the mural, Caroline reluctantly accepts the Fox Valley Zoo commission. But working at the zoo isn’t a walk in the park—animals are being threatened and “accidents” start happening with alarming frequency. If Caroline doesn’t put the pieces of the puzzle together soon, she may never get out of this jungle alive.

Book:Kings of the High Frontier

Kings of the High Frontier

Victor Koman

Tammy Reis, beautiful NASA Space Shuttle commander, works for the most highly funded, technologically advanced space program in the world. So why do nightmares of the Challenger disaster haunt her sleep? And why is NASA incapable of recapturing the stunning successes it once achieved?

Visionary spacecraft designer Gerry Cooper struggles at his tiny rocket company in the Mojave Desert. Who in the world wants him stopped—or dead?

One-armed billionaire playboy Laurence Poubelle hopes to build his own orbital X-15. Can his keen marketing skills overcome a nation hostile to wealth and contemptuous of adventure?

Meanwhile, the horror of the Challenger tragedy threatens to repeat itself on the launch pad at Cape Canaveral. Standing…[more]

Book:Love Enter

Love Enter

Paul Kafka

Remember what it was like to fall in love—wildly, hopelessly in love—for the first time? Paul Kafka’s gloriously romantic debut novel recaptures love’s first days in a sparkling, bittersweet tale of awakening and longing.

Paris sets the scene for the emotional entanglements of four young Americans. Dan and Beck, just out of college, share a ramshackle garret and the friendship of Margot and Bou, two women who happen to be in love with each other. For a brief, enchanted time, the foursome revel in the bohemian splendor of the City of Light. But when loyalties shift, as they inevitably do, the friends discover the heartbreaking boundaries of intimacy. Five years later, Dan is finishing medical school in New Orleans and delivering babies at a local hospital. But memories of Paris haunt him. Where are they now—outrageous Beck, wise, steadfast Margot, impulsive, irresistible Bou? Do they think of him, and of each other? In the midnight minutes between births, Dan uses the maternity…[more]

Book:Turtle Moon

Turtle Moon

Alice Hoffman

Turtle Moon transports the reader to Verity, Florida, a place where anything can happen during the month of May, when migrating sea turtles come to town, mistaking the glow of streetlights for the moon. Lucy Rosen, a transplanted New Yorker, is determined to start a new life in Verity, along with her twelve-year-old son, Keith.

But neither Lucy nor Keith could begin to imagine what the town holds in store for them. Everything they’ve ever hoped for, everything they’ve feared, begins to happen. When Julian Cash, Verity-born and fierce enough to paralyze bees with fright, enters their lives, nothing will be the same—for Lucy and her son, or for Julian.

Book:Possession: A Romance

Possession: A Romance

A.S. Byatt

Possession, for which Byatt won England’s prestigious Booker Prize, was praised by critics on both sides of the Atlantic when it was first published in 1990. “On academic rivalry and obsession, Byatt is delicious. On the nature of possession—the lover by the beloved, the biographer by his subject—she is profound,” said The Sunday Times (London). The New Yorker dubbed it “more fun to read than The Name of the Rose . . . Its prankish verve [and] monstrous richness of detail [make for] a one-woman variety show of literary styles and types.” The novel traces a pair of young academics—Roland Michell and Maud Bailey—as they uncover a clandestine love affair between two long-dead Victorian poets. Interwoven in a mesmerizing pastiche are love letters and fairytales, extracts from biographies and scholarly accounts, creating a sensuous and utterly delightful novel of ideas and passions.

Book:Hummingbird House

Hummingbird House

Patricia Henley

When Kate Banner, an American midwife in Nicaragua, loses another patient - a young Nicaraguan woman who had given birth only the night before - she knows it is time to go home. Travelling home leads her to Guatemala, where she becomes involved with the innocent victims of war. Through her experiences and encounters, Kate finds a place she can connect with and call home far away from her American birthplace.

Patricia Henley’s Hummingbird House is a devastatingly powerful and emotional story of a human heart unbinding itself in the most unjust of worlds.

Book:Off the Face of the Earth

Off the Face of the Earth

Aljean Harmetz

When eight-year-old David Greene climbs through his bedroom window and walks to a nearby suburban mall, he intends only to give his mother Drew a scare. But on this Southern California evening, David’s game turns into every parent’s worst nightmare.

Denver’s abduction of David is practiced and nearly perfect. A friendly “stranger” masking a deeply confused and dangerous mind, Denver woos David with stacks of baseball cards, swiftly undermining the boy’s trained responses. When David accepts the offer of a ride home, he disappears—off the face of the earth.

As the hours pass, Drew’s emotions escalate, from anger at her son’s disobedience to fear, to stunned disbelief when she realizes David is not with his father or friends. He’s gone. All too soon, the Sherwood Police charge a local schizophrenic…[more]

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