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THE NIGHTINGALE by Kristin Hannah

In the quiet village of Carriveau, Vianne Mauriac says goodbye to her husband, Antoine, as he heads for the Front. She doesn’t believe that the Nazis will invade France...but invade they do, in droves of marching soldiers, in caravans of trucks and tanks, in planes that fill the skies and drop bombs upon the innocent. When France is overrun, Vianne is forced to take an enemy into her house, and suddenly her every move is watched; her life and her child’s life is at constant risk. Without food or money or hope, as danger escalates around her, she must make one terrible choice after another. Vianne’s sister, Isabelle, is a rebellious eighteen-year-old girl, searching for purpose with all the reckless passion of youth. While thousands of Parisians march into the unknown terrors of war, she meets the compelling and mysterious Gäetan, a partisan who believes the French can fight the Nazis from within France, and she falls in love as only the young can...completely. When he betrays her, Isabelle races headlong into danger and joins the Resistance, never looking back or giving a thought to the real--and deadly--consequences.
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Books to Buy January 12

It’s a great week for contemporaries with new offerings from Chelsey Krause and Diana Gardin. Politics heat up on Emma Barry’s latest, and Season Vining will have your heart pounding with suspense and lust in her new novel. For short and steamy, check out Rachel Kramer Bussel’s latest anthology.
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Talking STAGES OF DESIRE with Julia Tagan

Today author and R@R contributor Julia Tagan joins us to talk about her new release STAGES OF DESIRE. I have to admit I don’t read a lot of historical romance, but I made an exception for Julia and loved it so much I started on a historical binge.
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Talking With Jane Green: SAVING GRACE

"A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to attend the book event Spoken Interludes (http://www.spokeninterludes.com/), where New York Times bestselling author Jane Green read from her novel Tempting Fate and made the entire audience fall in love with her. I’m happy to report that the bestselling novelist of some of my favorite books is as delightful as the stories she writes. Today she is here to talk about her latest, SAVING GRACE."
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Film Trailer: FAR FROM THE MADDENING CROWD

This teaser trailer just dropped for FAR FROM THE MADDENING CROWD. The film, based on Thomas Hardy’s classic love story, stars Carey Mulligan as Bathsheba Everdene (notice the last name – perhaps inspiration for the number one heroine of our time?) , Michael Sheen (Masters of Sex) as William Boldwood, and Tom Sturridge as Frank Troy.
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Talking WINTER STREET with Elin Hilderbrand

I’m excited to share a conversation with one of my absolute favorite authors, Elin Hilderbrand. She is the bestselling writer Kirkus calls “The queen of the summer novel,” and this week she publishes her first holiday book, WINTER STREET. I asked what inspired her to leave the summertime shores behind, if she plays favorites with her books, and what we can look forward to next. JB: After publishing over a dozen novels set in the summertime on Nantucket, you have written a Winter Street. What made you decide to explore a new season for your story telling? EH: My publisher, Hachette, asked for a Christmas novel, and I thought it would be fun.  I am happy to say, the novel basically wrote itself.  I found it exciting to write a novel that didn’t have… Continue
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New TV Show Alert: A-Z

For anyone having How I Met Your Mother withdrawal this TV season, tonight we have a new show that just might help: A-Z is the story of Andrew (Ben Feldman, The Mindy Project) and Zelda (Cristin Milioti, the mother from How I Met Your Mother) – a pair that almost wasn’t – and all the things that happen from the day they met.
It premieres tonight at 9:30 EST on NBC. Will you be tuning in? If you watch it, come back tomorrow and post your thoughts! (Watch the trailer)
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ADULTERY by Paulo Coelho

Despite the attention-grabbing title, Adultery, the new novel by the award-winning author of The Alchemist, is not really about cheating. It’s more about that space we reach in the middle of our lives when we start to doubt everything – the midlife crisis. On the surface, Linda has less reasons for experiencing this crisis than most. She’s in her thirties, attractive, rich, and she lives in beautiful Geneva, Switzerland. She has a loving husband, children, and a good job as a political journalist. All things considered, it’s not easy to empathize with her unhappiness. But as we all know, depression isn’t rational. And Linda is depressed. She explains, “I am a woman torn between the terror that everything might change and the equal terror that everything might carry on exactly the same for the… Continue
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Talking with Karin Tanabe, THE PRICE OF INHERITANCE

The Price of Inheritance is one of my favorite novels so far this summer. Filled with passion, intrigue, art, old money — it’s the best kind of novel. Before we get into conversation with author Karin Tanabe, here’s the story: After eight years in the American Furniture department at Christie’s, twenty-nine-year-old Carolyn Everett is a rising star. But one wrong decision and a scandal leaves her unemployed and broken. Desperate to piece her life back together, Carolyn leaves New York City to work in a tiny antique store in Newport, Rhode Island. One day at a small county auction, she discovers a piece of Middle Eastern pottery, which she purchases for twenty dollars on a hunch. Curiosity sends her on a mission to find its original owner, and she eventually winds up in the town’s… Continue
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Talking with Daisy Goodwin: THE FORTUNE HUNTER

We’re thrilled to welcome Daisy Goodwin. If you’re not familiar with her historicals filled with rebellious heiresses and the complicated men who tempt them, now is the time to get acquainted. Last year, her debut novel  An American Heiress was the only cure for my Downton Abbey withdrawal. Now, with The Fortune Hunter, she created a hero I hated to love – but loved nonetheless. JB: The Fortune Hunter was inspired by the real-life 19th century Empress of Austria, Elizabeth. But the heroine of the novel is a different woman. Did it surprise you that Charlotte took center stage, or was that how you envisioned the book from the beginning?  DG: Good question.  I started the book thinking that Sisi would be the heroine, but as I started  writing about Charlotte she… Continue
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How I Found My Perfect Hero

I love a suited-up billionaire as much as the next gal. But for my first New Adult novel, RUIN ME, I was inspired by the idea of a different type of hero. And he’s based on some real life men (and women)  who are doing thrilling things every night in the streets of cities around the world: street artists. About a year ago, I watched a documentary called Exit Through the Gift Shop about a mysterious British artist named Banksy. He became famous by painting the sides of buildings under the cover of night, producing beautiful art that was meant to provoke and inspire. He ultimately went on to create sculpture installations, and sneaking his artwork onto the walls of major museums. Most of what he did was illegal, but his artwork has become so… Continue