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Belong to Me Marisa de los SantosBelong to Me by Marisa de los Santos. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

Cornelia Brown surprised herself when she was gripped by the sudden, inescapable desire to move to the suburbs with her husband. Her mettle is quickly tested by her impeccably dressed, overly judgmental neighbor Piper Truitt—the embodiment of everything Cornelia feared she’d find in suburbia. With Lake, another recent arrival, Cornelia shares a love of literature and old movies—as she forms an instant bond with this warm yet elusive woman and her perceptive, brilliant young son Dev.

Acclaimed bestselling author Marisa de los Santos’s literary talents shine in the complex interactions she creates between three unforgettable women, deftly entangling her characters in a web of trust, betrayal, love, and loss that challenges them in ways they never imagined.

I want to say I highlighted this deal before but I did a search and couldn’t find it.

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wgxMqRRWzT8CThe Bean Trees
by Barbara Kingsolver. $ 1.99

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Clear-eyed and spirited, Taylor Greer grew up poor in rural Kentucky with the goals of avoiding pregnancy and getting away. But when she heads west with high hopes and a barely functional car, she meets the human condition head-on. By the time Taylor arrives in Tucson, Arizona, she has acquired a completely unexpected child, a three-year-old American Indian girl named Turtle, and must somehow come to terms with both motherhood and the necessity for putting down roots. Hers is a story about love and friendship, abandonment and belonging, and the discovery of surprising resources in apparently empty places.

Available for the first time in mass-market, this edition of Barbara Kingsolver’s bestselling novel, The Bean Trees, will be in stores everywhere in September. With two different but equally handsome covers, this book is a fine addition to your Kingsolver library.

I saw on Twitter that this is one of Elyssa Patrick’s favorite books.

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Nanci KincaidBalls by Nanci Kincaid. $ 1.99

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BALLS is the story of a college football coach, his rise, his fall, and his fallback position. You could say BALLS is the story of a coach’s kick-off, his first, second, and third downs . . . and his punt. But BALLS is a coach’s story that belongs to the coach’s wife. To her, and to his mother, his mother-in-law, his daughter, his assistants’ wives, his players’ mothers and girlfriends, and even his players’ grandmothers. It’s the women standing behind this handsome football hero who tell the story behind the headlines of Mac Gibbs, Birmingham University coach Catfish Bomar’s star quarterback, who married Dixie Carraway, the beautiful homecoming queen.

Set in Alabama, home state of the legendary Paul “Bear” Bryant, BALLS is told by fifteen women and one little girl touched by Mac Gibbs’s fall from fame as a college quarterback to infamy as head coach of the Birmingham University Black Bears. It’s told in those women’s voices, from their seats in the stands. They watch the other women, worry when players are slow to get up off the ground, pray when players are carried off on stretchers. They don’t care much for the “science” of the game–or its brutality. They see football as it really is–sexy, dirty, sweaty, painful, empowering, corrupt.

The story they tell is often funny and not always pretty, as the view from deep inside rarely is. This is a novel that moves with the force of a fourth down charge, and shimmers with the tears of the women waiting outside the locker-room door when the game is lost. The author, twice a head coach’s wife, knows whereof she writes so brilliantly. She also knows a lot about love. And BALLS is, above all, a love story.

This received pretty mixed reviews from the readers. Kirkus said “Mac is anything but an insensitive macho male (in fact, he’s too good to be true); and Dixie’s nervous soul-searching gets on your nerves (especially when her efforts to understand Mac’s preoccupation lead her to such insights as “”Football is testosterone-driven art. Football makes me rethink beauty.”” Fortunately, Kincaid’s forte–gritty, down-to-earth dialogue–dominates the novel, saving it from its worst miscalculations”

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Willow Springs: A Destiny Novel, bk. 5 Toni BlakeWillow Springs by Toni Blake. $ 1.99.

From the Jacket Copy:

Amy Bright might be the best matchmaker in Destiny, Ohio, but she’s desperately shy when it comes to her own love life—and helpless when it comes to Logan Whitaker, with whom she’s head-over-heels in love. So Amy decides to become Logan’s secret admirer, sending him sensual love letters steamy enough to unseal their own envelopes.

After a tragedy on the job, firefighter Logan is battling demons. Thank goodness Amy is there for him. But when a woman from Logan’s past resurfaces right as some anonymous letters send Logan’s pulse hammering, suddenly he doesn’t know what he needs. One smoking-hot kiss could change everything . . . but will it ruin a one-of-a-kind friendship, or show Logan and Amy that they’ve already found everything they need, right here in Destiny?

Toni Blake doesn’t really work for me, but Sarah Wendell at Smart Bitches really enjoys her books.

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Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. Kim
    Mar 25, 2013 @ 14:10:32

    @Jane: The same picture is used for the first 2 books. It must be your favorite pick. :)

  2. Dabney
    Mar 25, 2013 @ 14:47:58

    I like some of Toni Blake’s books but Willow Springs was awful. The best book in the Destiny series is the first: One Reckless Summer.

  3. Pam Keener
    Mar 25, 2013 @ 15:24:04

    I agree, I loved One Reckless Summer and Sugar Creek. Holly Lane was a DNF for me.
    Bean Trees was an excellent read also.

  4. Jane
    Mar 25, 2013 @ 15:24:20

    @Kim – I do think the cover is charming.

  5. Dabney
    Mar 25, 2013 @ 16:04:43

    @Pam Keener: Yep, disliked Holly Lane as well. Am reading the latest one now. It’s about Tony Romo’s super beautiful sister.

  6. Laura
    Mar 25, 2013 @ 16:23:59

    It may read a bit dated now, but The Bean Trees is one of my most beloved keepers.

  7. hestia
    Mar 25, 2013 @ 16:46:57

    I highly recommend “The Bean Trees.” It’s wonderful.

  8. cleo
    Mar 25, 2013 @ 17:52:37

    The Bean Trees is not my favorite Kingsolver (that would be The Poisonwood Bible – or Animal Dreams if you want something lighter). She tends to be a little earnest for my taste. I think Bean Trees is her first novel. She has a sequel to TBT (don’t remember the title) that addresses (redresses?) the issue of the heroine randomly acquiring a Native American child and raising her as her own.

  9. Dabney
    Mar 25, 2013 @ 18:33:39

    @cleo: I agree. I read TBT when it first came out and thought it was brilliant. Then, after reading and falling like a stone for TPwB, I rea-read TBT. It lost some of its allure. I felt hammered by its values rather than sympathetic to them.

  10. cleo
    Mar 25, 2013 @ 19:11:55

    @Dabney: “I felt hammered by its values rather than sympathetic to them” – what a good way of putting it, that’s exactly how I felt.

  11. Kaetrin
    Mar 26, 2013 @ 03:23:35

    @Dabney: Does The Bean Trees have a romance story in it or is it more women’s fiction (and I really hate that term)?

    TBT is $1.33 at Books on Board at the moment… wondering whether to take the plunge or not.

  12. Kate Hewitt
    Mar 26, 2013 @ 04:34:15

    I’ve read Belong to Me and really enjoyed it. There is a sequel too. Her style is quite poetic (I think she is a poet before being a novelist) but the story hooked me too.

  13. Dabney
    Mar 26, 2013 @ 06:14:35

    @Kaetrin: Definitely “women’s fiction” which is such a loser term!

  14. Pam Keener
    Mar 29, 2013 @ 19:15:35

    Dabney r u recommending the new Toni Blake book?
    Yes TBT is women’s fiction I would not classify it as romance if I remember correctly.
    I never reread it but was impressed with the first read.

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