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By Melodie Campbell. 2013
When jewellery-store owner Gina Gallo and her boyfriend Pete take a week's vacation, she leaves the store in the hands… of her cousin from New York. After all, cousin Carmine is a certified gemologist—but Carmine is also in the Mob. When Gina gets back, she discovers that her cousin has spent his time switching real gems for fakes in the jewellery of some of her best customers. With her reputation on the line, what's a Mob goddaughter to do? Sequel to "The goddaughter". 2013.
By Helen Humphreys. 2007
In its long history, the River Thames has frozen solid forty times. These stories are based on events that actually… took place each time the river froze between 1142 and 1895. From Queen Matilda trying to escape her besieged castle in a snowstorm and lovers meeting on the frozen river in the plague years, to a simple farmer persuading his oxen the ice is safe and Queen Bess discovering the rare privacy afforded by the ice-covered Thames, the moments are fleeting but transformative for the characters. 2007.
By André Alexis. 2016
Thief Tancred Palmieri meets Willow Azarian, an aging heroin addict, who reveals that her very wealthy father has recently passed… away, leaving each of his five children a mysterious object that provides one clue to the whereabouts of a large inheritance. Willow enlists Tancred to steal these objects from her siblings and help her solve the puzzle: a Japanese screen, a painting that plays music, a bottle of aquavit, a framed poem and a model of Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater. Even when Willow dies, Tancred presses on, while fending off Willow's heroin dealers and lying to Detective Daniel Mandelshtam, his most adored friend. 2016.
By Kate Hilton. 2013
Sophie Whelan is the epitome of the modern superwoman. When she operates at peak performance, she can cajole balky employees,… soothe her cranky children, and throw a dinner party for ten — all in the same day. But as Sophie’s fortieth birthday looms, her seamless life reveals disturbing fractures. Conflict with her boss, growing jealousy of her husband’s femme fatale business partner and her feelings of inadequacy as a mother are cracking the edifice of her life. Rescue may be at hand when Lillian Parker, a wealthy widow who befriended Sophie during her university days, makes Sophie an irresistible offer. Why, then, does Sophie hesitate? The answer is the reappearance of Lillian’s nephew, Will Shannon, the great unresolved love of Sophie’s life. As she remembers the drama of their college romance, Sophie confronts the choices she has made in life and looks for the one answer that has always eluded her: what does she really want? Bestseller. 2013.
By Giles Blunt. 2015
Nothing could be more serene than the life of Brother William, a young Benedictine monk who had turned his back… on the world ten years earlier to retreat to a monastery in upstate New York. But then Lauren Wolfe, a troubled young poet, comes to use the library to research a book on Heloise and Abelard; one sight of the faint scars from a failed suicide attempt on Lauren's wrist is enough to turn the monk's life upside down. Every suppressed impulse rises to the surface: his desire to rescue and soothe her trumps his vows of obedience, poverty and chastity. Soon he is simply Peter, a gentle young man who has followed his beloved to New York City because he needs to look out for her, as sincerely as he once pursued his calling. Bestseller. 2015.
By Vincent Lam. 2012
Percival Chen is the headmaster of the most respected English school in Saigon – and a bon vivant, compulsive gambler,… and incorrigible womanizer. He is well accustomed to bribing a forever-changing list of government officials, fiercely proud of his Chinese heritage, and quick to spot business opportunities, but ignores all news of the fighting that swirls around him. Percy finds happiness with Jacqueline, and Laing Jai, a son born to them on the eve of the Tet offensive. But Percival's new-found happiness is precarious, and as the complexities of war encroach further and further into his world, he must confront the tragedy of all he has refused to see. c2012.
By Marie Jakober. 2007
1862. As the American Civil War heats up, Southern Confederates flood into Montreal and Halifax, planning secret missions against the… Union, missions they hope will provoke a war between England and the United States. Erryn Shaw, a British aristocrat banished to the colonies, is convinced to spy for the British. On a mission to Montreal, he gets wind of a sinister plot - and he can't seem to find a way to stop it. Some descriptions of sex and violence and some strong language. 2007.
By Fred Stenson. 2008
1899. The British are trying to wrest control of South Africa from the Boers, who have turned out to be… more resilient than expected, so the British send a call to arms to their colonies - and men from the Canadian prairies answer, including cowboy Frank Adams. As the young Canadians engage in battle with a wily enemy, they realize the bounds of their own loyalty and courage, and confront the arrogance and indifference of those who have led them into conflict. Some descriptions of violence. 2008.
By Douglas Coupland. 2007
Roger Thorpe is a dejected, hard-drinking, divorced father and the oldest employee at Staples. A frustrated novelist to boot, Roger… considers himself lost, continually haunted by dreams of missed opportunities and a long ago car accident that claimed four friends. His younger, disgruntled Goth co-worker, Bethany Twain, discovers Roger's diary one day, and lays down a supreme challenge for them both - to write diary entries to each other, while neither is allowed to acknowledge the other around the store. Some strong language. 2007.
By Sheila Fischman, Christine Eddie. 2013
At 18, Romain leaves his wealthy family for a home in the forest, learning to live off the land. Éléna… flees a house of mayhem, taking refuge in a monastery and later in the rustic village of Rivière-aux-Oies. One day, while walking in the woods, Éléna hears the melody of a clarinet and comes across Romain, who calls himself Starling and whom Éléna later renames Douglas, for the strongest and most spectacular of trees. Later a child named Rose is born. But time brings great change; years later, Douglas has returned to the forest, Rose is in the village under the care of others, and Éléna is gone. 2013. Uniform title: Carnets de Douglas.
By Kim A Echlin. 2009
Anne Greves, a motherless 16-year-old student, meets a Cambodian refugee, Serey, in late-1970s Montreal. Serey's family got him out of… Pol Pot's Cambodia, although he is waiting to be able to return and find them; Anne's father, a successful engineer of prosthetics, does not approve of Anne's exotic, older boyfriend. When, as her father predicted, Serey leaves her, disappearing for 11 years, Anne journeys to Phnom Penh to find him. Some descriptions of sex and violence. 2009.
By Donna Morrissey. 2012
For two traumatic days, Livvy Higgs is besieged by a series of small heart attacks while the ghost of her… younger self leads her back through her past. She must pick apart the lies and secrets told by her greedy, prideful father, Durwin Higgs, who judges her a failure, and her formidable Grandmother Creed, who has mysteriously aligned herself with Livvy's father, despite their mutual hatred. 2012.
By Louise Penny. 2007
Armand Gamache is called to the village of Three Pines to investigate a mysterious death resulting from a séance. Gamache… soon finds that the village is haunted by deeply buried secrets, and that he himself is the target of a powerful enemy within the Sureté du Québec. Some descriptions of violence, strong language. 2007.
By Eva Stachniak. 2016
Bronia is an extraordinary ballerina forever in the shadow of the legendary Nijinsky-- Russia's greatest dancer and her older brother.… Overshadowed by Vaslav, plagued by a body deemed less than ideal and struggling against the constraints of her gender, Bronia will have to work triply hard to prove herself worthy. Her stunning discipline and mesmerizing talent will eventually elevate her to the highest stage in Russia: the prestigious, old-world Mariinsky Ballet. But as the First World War rages, and revolution sparks in Russia, Bronia will be forced to confront the choice between old and new; traditional and groundbreaking; safe and passionate. 2016.
By Dennis Bock. 2006
Battlefield surgeon Norman Bethune - when not tending to Mao's starving army - is diligently writing a philosophical yet jarringly… frank memoir for the daughter he has never seen. His musings over bombs, blood, betrayals, and lost love offer little in the way of comfort, providing trenchant insights into human nature instead. They reflect the troubled soul of a war-weary idealist whose dreams of a better world were battered by ugly reality. Some descriptions of violence and some strong language. 2006.
By Angie Abdou. 2007
Digger, a wrestler, and Sadie, a speed swimmer, stand on the verge of winning a gold medal at the Olympics.… Both are nearing the end of their athletic careers, and are forced to confront the question: what happens to athletes when their bodies are too old and injured to compete? Their relationship is tested in the months leading up to the Olympics, which they know will be the realization or the end of a life's dream. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. Canada Reads 2011. 2007.
By Katherena Vermette. 2016
When Stella, a young Métis mother, looks out her window one evening and spots someone in trouble on the Break… - a barren field on an isolated strip of land outside her house - she calls the police to alert them to a possible crime. In a series of shifting narratives, people who are connected, both directly and indirectly, with the victim - police, family, and friends - tell their personal stories leading up to that fateful night. Lou, a social worker, grapples with the departure of her live-in boyfriend. Cheryl, an artist, mourns the premature death of her sister Rain. Paulina, a single mother, struggles to trust her new partner. Phoenix, a homeless teenager, is released from a youth detention centre. Officer Scott, a Métis policeman, feels caught between two worlds as he patrols the city. Bestseller. Canada Reads 2017. Winner of the 2017 McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award, the Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction, the 2017 Evergreen Award and the Carol Shields Winnipeg Book Award. 2016.
By Steven Galloway. 2008
Sarajevo, 1992. A cellist plays Albinoni's Adagio in G Minor as a memorial on each of twenty-two days following a… mortar attack that kills twenty-two citizens who are standing in a bread line. The music deeply affects a sniper, a father, and an older man. Inspired by historic events. Some descriptions of violence and some strong language. Winner of the 2009 Evergreen Award. 2008.
By Sharon Bala. 2018
When a rusty cargo ship carrying Mahindan and five hundred fellow refugees from Sri Lanka's bloody civil war reaches Vancouver's… shores, the young father thinks he and his six-year-old son can finally start a new life. Instead, the group is thrown into a detention processing center, with government officials and news headlines speculating that among the "boat people" are members of a separatist militant organization responsible for countless suicide attacks--and that these terrorists now pose a threat to Canada's national security. As the refugees become subject to heavy interrogation, Mahindan begins to fear that a desperate act taken in Sri Lanka to fund their escape may now jeopardize his and his son's chance for asylum. Canada Reads 2018. Bestseller. 2018.
By Gail Bowen. 2008
Joanne Kilbourn is following the political campaign of Ginny Monaghan, a woman whose success depends not so much on the… election-day poll, but on the outcome of a custody battle she's fighting. Joanne thinks this is perfect material for a TV program she's putting together on women and politics, but then a local call girl is murdered - a woman whose regular clientele included several of Regina's most prominent lawyers, including (until he met Joanne) her own husband Zach. With her new marriage under strain, Joanne investigates why the dead woman had started to threaten her clients with blackmail. Some strong language, some descriptions of violence, and some descriptions of sex. c2008. (Joanne Kilbourn mysteries ; 11)