Do Overs – May 2018

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Dark at the Crossing / Elliot Ackerman

The author of Green on Blue presents a contemporary love story set on the Turkish border of Syria, where an Arab American with a conflicted past attempts to join the fight against Bashar al-Assad’s regime before the plight of his host family reshapes his loyalties.

After the Fall / Julie Cohen

When an unfortunate accident forces Honor back into the lives of her widowed daughter-in-law, Jo, and her only granddaughter, Lydia, she cannot wait to be well enough to get back to her own home. However, the longer she stays with Jo and Lydia, the more they start to feel like a real family. But each of the three women is keeping secrets from the others that threaten to destroy the lives they’ve come to know.

Pacific: a novel / Tom Drury

A story alternating between Iowa and Los Angeles follows Joan Gower, a mother who deserted her family but wants a second chance with her son, Micah, who moves with her to L.A. and has trouble adjusting to its fast and furious life of excess.

The Broken Road / Richard Paul Evans

Struggling with nightmares about his childhood despite his success, Charles James explores the possibility of second chances after a twist of fate causes him to be declared dead.

If I Could Turn Back Time / Beth Harbison

What if your thirtysomething self woke up in the body of your eighteen-year-old self? On a boat with friends off the Florida coast, Ramie tries to fight her feelings of discontent with steel will and hard liquor. No one even notices as she gets up and goes to the diving board and dives in. So no one notices when she hits her head on the board on the way down. She wakes some time later. Is she in the hospital, head wrapped like some amnesiac woman in a Lifetime movie? She strains to understand a voice calling in the distance: ‘Wake up!’ It’s her mother. ‘You’re going to be late for school again. I’m not writing a note this time.’ Told with Beth Harbison’s wit and warmth, it’s the fantasy of every woman who has ever thought, ‘If I could go back in time, knowing what I know now, I’d do things so differently.

How It All Began / Penelope Lively

When Charlotte Rainsford is accosted by a petty thief on a London street, the consequences ripple across the lives of acquaintances and strangers alike. A marriage unravels after an illicit love affair is revealed through an errant cell phone message, a posh yet financially strapped interior designer meets a business partner who might prove too good to be true, an old-guard historian tries to recapture his youthful vigor with an ill-conceived idea for a TV miniseries and a middle-aged central European immigrant learns to speak English and reinvents his life with the assistance of some new friends.

The Repeat Year / Andrea Lochen

When she wakes up in her ex-boyfriend’s bed on New Year’s Day 2011–a day she has already lived–intensive care nurse Olive Watson, given the opportunity of a lifetime, has a chance to rewrite her future and must decide whether to make different choices or accept her life as she knows it.

The Returned / Jason Mott

Harold and Lucille Hargrave’s lives have been both joyful and sorrowful in the decades since their only son, Jacob, died tragically at his eighth birthday party in 1966. In their old age they’ve settled comfortably into life without him, their wounds tempered through the grace of time …. Until one day Jacob mysteriously appears on their doorstep — flesh and blood, their sweet, precocious child, still eight years old. All over the world people’s loved ones are returning from beyond. No one knows how or why this is happening.

Still Life with Bread Crumbs: a novel / Anna Quindlen

Moving to a small country cabin, a once world-famous photographer bonds with a local man and begins to see the world around her in new, deeper dimensions while evaluating second chances at love, career, and self-understanding.

Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict / Laurie Viera Rigler

Transported through time into Regency England, heartbroken Austen fan Courtney Stone is forced to live the discouragingly difficult life of a nineteenth-century woman and finds herself experiencing memories that are not her own.

Landline / Rainbow Rowell

Landline explores the delicate balance women make between work and family, considering the tradeoffs and pain. Rowell has a special gift for offering incredible insights into ordinary life. Never heavy-handed, Rowell’s writing is delivered with humor and grace.

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