The Gift of Family by Mary Monroe

Rosemary and Eugene Johnson seem to have the perfect life, but the Christmas season serves as a stark reminder that their house is empty of the children they’ve always wanted. This year, their world is further rocked by news that Rosemary will have to undergo emergency surgery. Eugene just wishes he could do something—anything—to make her recuperation easier. So when he suddenly remembers Ethel Perkins, the woman who practically raised him, he reaches out to discover what she’s been doing all these years. He finds the same hardworking, determined woman from his youth, though maybe a little more tired than he remembers. But then, she is balancing work with raising a group of grandchildren … While Ethel looks at the offer to take care of Rosemary as a blessing, both families have the chance to offer something miraculous to the other.

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Home for the Holidays by Sara Richardson

If the Buchanan sisters can agree on one thing, it’s their love for Juniper Inn. Their childhood memories are filled with them baking cookies, playing in the snow, and having fun with their dear Aunt Sassy. So when each receives a letter from Sassy, asking them to spend one last Christmas with her, how can they say no? However, a lot has changed in the fifteen years since they last visited the inn—and not always for the better. Though their reunion stirs up old drama and new feelings, with family, love, and a hint of Christmas magic, each sister might just realize exactly what they need in their lives.

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The Little Shop on Floral Street by Jane Lacey-Crane

The last place Grace wants to return to is her family’s floral stall—especially with the painful memories of the night that drove her away still lingering. But when sudden tragedy strikes, she puts her own successful career on pause and heads home. Meanwhile, her sister Faith has never seemed to find a place to fit in, and sharing her childhood bedroom with Grace again definitely doesn’t feel right … especially since they can’t stop bickering. However, as the two sisters are forced to confront each other, their pasts, and themselves, they just might discover that forgiveness and family might be the best remedies for their shared pain.

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Sing Me a Secret by Julie Houston

After her husband jets off on business, Juno’s left balancing life as the village doctor with parenting two precocious children and a menagerie of rowdy animals. She’s also left with questions about the state of her marriage—further complicated by the arrival of a handsome new coworker … who steals her office. With her world already spinning, the last thing she anticipates is her popstar sister, Lexia, digging up long-buried secrets when she arrives in Westenbury after years of estrangement. Still, family is family, and an off-kilter production of Jesus Christ Superstar just might be able to heal old wounds and solidify a sisterhood once again.

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Looking for Lucy by Julie Houston

Clementine would do anything for her daughter, Allegra, which is why her friends can’t figure out why she’d add the difficulty of raising her on Emerald Street. Though she guards them, Clementine has her reasons, starting with her devotion to finding her twin sister, Lucy. But when Peter, a wealthy and frequent guest at the restaurant where she works, proposes, Clementine, for perhaps the first time in a long time, seriously considers how good her future could be. However, as she well knows, happy endings rarely come easy or as planned.

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Mrs. ‘Arris Goes to Paris by Paul Gallico

Each week for Paperback Throwback, I highlight a book from my ever-growing collection of older paperbacks, ‘90s and prior. Come check out everything from Zebra’s line of horror to Scholastic’s preteen Apple Paperbacks, and everything in-between— you’ll know them by their stylishly cheesy covers, flashy plots, and cheap prices.

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