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Yellow Crocus

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Lake Union Publishing #ad - Though lisbeth leads a life of privilege, she finds nothing but loneliness in the company of her overwhelmed mother and her distant, slave-owning father. Moments after lisbeth is born, mattie, she’s taken from her mother and handed over to an enslaved wet nurse, a young mother separated from her own infant son in order to care for her tiny charge.

Yellow Crocus #ad - . Thus begins an intense relationship that will shape both of their lives for decades to come. But can two women in such disparate circumstances form a bond like theirs without consequence? This deeply moving tale of unlikely love traces the journey of these very different women as each searches for freedom and dignity.

Revised edition: This edition of Yellow Crocus includes editorial revisions. As she grows older, mattie becomes more like family to Lisbeth than her own kin and the girl’s visits to the slaves’ quarters—and their lively and loving community—bring them closer together than ever.

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Mustard Seed

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Lake Union Publishing #ad - Jordan freedman was born a slave to Mattie, Lisbeth’s beloved nurse. Three years after the civil war, an aspiring suffragette, Lisbeth and Mattie are tending their homes and families while Jordan, teaches at an integrated school. When lisbeth discovers that her father is dying, she’s summoned back to the Virginia plantation where she grew up.

There she must face the Confederate family she betrayed by marrying an abolitionist. Jordan and mattie return to Fair Oaks, to save the family they left behind, too, who still toil in oppression. The women have an unlikely bond deeper than friendship. Lisbeth johnson was born into privilege in the antebellum South.

Mustard Seed #ad - For jordan and Mattie, it’s time for liberation. As the johnsons and freedmans confront the injustice that binds them, as well as the bitterness and violence that seethes at its heart, the women must find the courage to free their families—and themselves—from the past. The bestselling author of Yellow Crocus returns with a haunting and tender story of three women returning to the plantation they once called home.

Oberlin, ohio, 1868. For lisbeth, it’s a time for reconciliation.

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Paper Wife: A Novel

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Lake Union Publishing #ad - Desperate to secure her future, Mei Ling’s parents arrange a marriage to a widower in California. Can mei ling find a way to make a real family—even if it’s built on a paper foundation? But when she finally reaches San Francisco, she’s met with a surprise. Her fragile marriage is tested further when she discovers that Siew will likely be forced into prostitution.

Her husband, is a houseboy, Chinn Kai Li, not the successful merchant he led her to believe. Mei ling is penniless, pregnant, and bound to a man she doesn’t know. Desperate to rescue siew, she must convince her husband that an orphan’s life is worth fighting for. To enter the country, she must pretend to be her husband’s first wife—a paper wife.

Paper Wife: A Novel #ad - On the perilous voyage, Mei Ling takes an orphan girl named Siew under her wing. From the bestselling author of Yellow Crocus comes a heart-wrenching story about finding strength in a new world. Southern China, 1923. Dreams of a better life in America give Mei Ling the strength to endure the treacherous journey and detainment on Angel Island.

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Maude

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#ad - She opened her mouth to say something, but then her face flushed, and she turned her head to look out the window. I didn’t have a choice, any more than I had a choice in being born. Now, you’re going to be a married woman, and he will be the head of the house. My older sister, took me by the hand, came to my room, Helen, and sat me down on the bed.

Maude #ad - It sounded strange to me, the way so many things did. When you go home tonight after your party, no matter what he wants to do to you, you have to let him do it. After a second, she squeezed my hand and looked back in my eyes. I would do what she told me. Do you understand?”I didn’t understand, but I nodded my head anyway.

In 1906, i was barely over fourteen years old, and it was my wedding day. She said, “you’ve always been a good girl, Maude, and done what I told you.

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Living Right

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Flaming Chalice Press #ad - She prays each morning, attends worship every Sunday, and confidently takes up the struggle to defend traditional marriage when she learns marriage licenses are being issued to gays and lesbians in nearby San Francisco. Jenn henderson is proud of the church-centered life she’s created for her family. Living right strips away the politics of gay rights to reveal what’s really at stake in this ongoing conflict: family.

Author laila ibrahim tackles a subject directly out of the headlines in Living Right, an intimate story about a mother’s struggle to reconcile her religious beliefs with her son's sexual orientation. Her fear deepens when she discovers that Josh struggles with same-sex attraction. But as the story unfolds, her husband, and daughters seem to be questioning her deepest values, son, threatening irreparable damage to the tight-knit Henderson family.

Living Right #ad - If she's living right, how can josh be gay?Desperate for a cure, Jenn and her husband send Josh to a Christian conversion therapy camp recommended by their trusted pastor. As with her debut novel, yellow Crocus, Ibrahim's second novel explores an intimate and sensitive topic with insight and compassion.

. But the certainty that she is living right falters after her teenage son, Josh, swallows a bottle of sleeping pills. Jenn is unwavering in her faith that Josh can be transformed by the grace of God.

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From Sand and Ash

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Lake Union Publishing #ad - Italy, 1943—germany occupies much of the country, placing the Jewish population in grave danger during World War II. As children, eva rosselli and Angelo Bianco were raised like family but divided by circumstance and religion. But the church calls to Angelo and, despite his deep feelings for Eva, he chooses the priesthood.

Now, more than a decade later, Angelo is a Catholic priest and Eva is a woman with nowhere to turn. With the gestapo closing in, angelo hides Eva within the walls of a convent, where Eva discovers she is just one of many Jews being sheltered by the Catholic Church. But eva can’t quietly hide, waiting for deliverance, while Angelo risks everything to keep her safe.

From Sand and Ash #ad - With the world at war and so many in need, Angelo and Eva face trial after trial, choice after agonizing choice, until fate and fortune finally collide, leaving them with the most difficult decision of all. As the years go by, the two find themselves falling in love.

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Finding Rebecca

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Lake Union Publishing #ad - But will it give him the strength to accept a brave new fate that could change his life--and others' lives--forever?Revised edition: This edition of Finding Rebecca includes editorial revisions. As christopher searches for Rebecca, he struggles to not only maintain his cover, but also the grip on his soul.

. He is posted to auschwitz and finds himself put in control of the money stolen from the victims of the gas chambers. Managing the river of tainted money flowing through the horrific world of Auschwitz may give him unexpected opportunities. But when world war ii finally strikes the island of Jersey, the Nazi invaders ship Rebecca to Europe as part of Hitler's Final Solution against the Jewish population.

Finding Rebecca #ad - After christopher and his family are deported back to their native Germany, he volunteers for the Nazi SS, desperate to save the woman he loves. Nothing could keep christopher and Rebecca apart: not her abusive parents, or even the fiancé she brought home after running away to England.

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The Storyteller's Secret: A Novel

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Lake Union Publishing #ad - An amazon charts and Washington Post bestseller. From the bestselling author of trail of Broken Wings comes an epic story of the unrelenting force of love, the power of healing, and the invincible desire to dream. Nothing prepares jaya, a new York journalist, for the heartbreak of her third miscarriage and the slow unraveling of her marriage in its wake.

The Storyteller's Secret: A Novel #ad - Desperate to assuage her deep anguish, she decides to go to India to uncover answers to her family’s past. Intoxicated by the sights, smells, and sounds she experiences, Jaya becomes an eager student of the culture. But it is ravi—her grandmother’s former servant and trusted confidant—who reveals the resilience, struggles, secret love, and tragic fall of Jaya’s pioneering grandmother during the British occupation.

Through her courageous grandmother’s arrestingly romantic and heart-wrenching story, until now, Jaya discovers the legacy bequeathed to her and a strength that, she never knew was possible.

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Broken Angels

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Lake Union Publishing #ad - A nazi doctor. A jewish rebel. Spirited and brave, she must inspire hope in the other stolen children to make her dreams of escape a reality. Willem, a high-ranking nazi doctor, plans to save lives when he takes posts in both the ghetto and Auschwitz. Only love and sacrifice might make them whole again. A little girl.

After witnessing unimaginable cruelties, he begins to question his role and the future of those he is ordered to destroy. While hitler ransacks europe in pursuit of a pure German race, the lives of three broken souls—thrown together by chance—intertwine. Each one will fight for freedom—or die trying.

Broken Angels #ad - Imprisoned in the lodz ghetto, elsi discovers her mother’s desperate attempt to end her pregnancy and comes face-to-face with the impossibility of their situation. Risking her own life, Elsi joins a resistance group to sabotage the regime. Blonde, blue-eyed matilda is wrenched from her family in Romania and taken to Germany, where her captors attempt to mold her into the perfect Aryan child.

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Whisper Me This: A Novel

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Lake Union Publishing #ad - Will maisey’s love for her daughter be strong enough to break a cycle of abuse and create a new beginning for them all? In this amazon charts and washington Post bestseller, a devastating secret is revealed, and a family must finally come to terms with the past. Single mother maisey addington has always fallen short of her own mother’s expectations—never married, a bit adrift, wasting her high IQ on dead-end jobs.

Whisper Me This: A Novel #ad - Searching for answers, maisey uncovers one unspeakable secret after another when she stumbles upon a shattering truth: a twin sister named Marley. Maisey’s obsession with solving the mystery of her sister forces her to examine her darkest memories and triggers a custody battle with Elle’s father. The only thing maisey’s sure she’s gotten right is her relationship with her twelve-year-old daughter, Elle…until a phone call blows apart the precarious balance of their lives.

Maisey’s mother is in a coma, and her aging father faces charges of abuse and neglect. Back at her childhood home, Maisey must make a heartrending life-or-death decision. Her confused father has destroyed family records, including her mother’s final wishes.

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Trail of Broken Wings

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Lake Union Publishing #ad - As his condition worsens, the daughters and their mother wrestle with private hopes for his survival or death, as well as their own demons and buried secrets. Told with forceful honesty, trail of broken Wings reveals the burden of shame and secrets, and the exquisite, the toxicity of cruelty and aggression, liberating power of speaking and owning truth.

Trail of Broken Wings #ad - When her father falls into a coma, Indian American photographer Sonya reluctantly returns to the family she’d fled years before. Since she left home, free of any ties, has created a perfect suburban life, Marin, while her soft-spoken sister, Trisha, Sonya has lived on the run, and her ambitious sister, has built her own successful career.

But as these women come together, their various methods of coping with a terrifying history can no longer hold their memories at bay. Buried secrets rise to the surface as their father—the victim of humiliating racism and perpetrator of horrible violence—remains unconscious.

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