The Open House

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The Open House by Sam Carrington

Everyone’s welcome. But not everyone leaves…

In the midst of a divorce, Amber and her ex-husband Nick are selling the family home. But for such a desirable location, it’s curious that there’s been no interest.

When her real estate agent suggests an open house, Amber is less than enthusiastic. The idea of nosy neighbours snooping around her home leaves her uncomfortable. But Amber is motivated to sell — a newly blossoming relationship means that she’s ready to pack up her sons and move on.

But Amber has more problems than nosy neighbours. Because thirteen people go into her house that afternoon, but only twelve come out.

Soon, the strange events in Amber’s home set her on edge. Is someone trying to prevent the house from being sold? Could it be her overstepping mother-in-law? A shifty real estate agent? Or the neighbourhood gossip?

Amber doesn’t know why, but someone will do everything they can to stop the sale. And after the open house, nothing will ever be the same again.

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The Passing Bells

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The Passing Bells by Phillip Rock

(From the publisher) Before Downton Abbey, there was Abingdon Pryory, the elegant country home of the Grevilles—a titled English family who, along with their servants, see their world turned upside down when England goes to war. Once their well-kept lawns and whirling social seasons give way to the horrors of World War I, no one, upstairs or downstairs, is left untouched. For fans of sweeping historical fiction, the reissue of Phillip Rock’s New York Times bestseller The Passing Bells is a breathtaking family saga not to be missed.

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The Haunting at Bonaventure Circus

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The Haunting at Bonaventure Circus by Jaime Jo Wright

(From the Publisher: ) 1928 — The Bonaventure Circus is a refuge for many, but Pippa Ripley was rejected from its inner circle as a baby. When she receives mysterious messages from someone called the “Watchman,” she is determined to find him and the connection to her birth. As Pippa’s search leads her to a man seeking justice for his murdered sister and evidence that a serial killer has been haunting the circus train, she must decide if uncovering her roots is worth putting herself directly in the path of the killer.

Present Day — The old circus train depot will either be torn down or preserved for historical importance, and its future rests on real estate project manager Chandler Faulk’s shoulders. As she dives deep into the depot’s history, she’s also balancing a newly diagnosed autoimmune disease and the pressures of single motherhood. When she discovers clues to the unsolved murders of the past, Chandler is pulled into a story far darker and more haunting than she could have ever imagined.

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My Very First Cookbook

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My Very First Cookbook
by Danielle Kartes

From the Publisher: Family time in the kitchen is special. Celebrate all the joyful moments in the kitchen with your little chef with this adorable keepsake cookbook!

Learning to cook is sure to boost kids’ confidence in the kitchen, but most importantly, it helps create special memories of your time together! Whether your little chef has never ventured into the kitchen or they’re ready to have their own cooking show, these delightful and delicious recipes can be shared with the whole family for generations.

Includes:

  • More than 45 fun and simple kid-friendly recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, desserts, and more!
  • Tips to personalize each recipe to make your time in the kitchen special.
  • Conversation starters, ideas for making joyful memories together, and even some silly jokes!
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Five Little Words

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Five Little Words by Jackie Walsh

Laura Caldwell arrives home from the hospital with her newborn baby, Shay in tow. But amidst the congratulatory cards, there’s a note that makes her blood run cold. Those five little words — your husband is a murderer — change everything. Could her husband, Conor, really be behind the brutal murder of a local barmaid?

In this tiny village in Ireland, where everyone knows everyone, Laura is the newcomer. Her husband was once the town’s most eligible bachelor, and not everyone is happy with their new marriage. Was this card nothing more than an attempt to scare her off? Or is there something darker lying beneath the surface of her new husband?

But as Laura digs deep into the town secrets, she grapples with her own hidden past coming to light. What looks to be perfect, may just be covering something dark.

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Truth Be Told

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Truth Be Told: My Journey Through Life and the Law
by Beverley McLachlin

The first woman to ever hold the role of Chief Justice of Canada, Beverley McLachlin shares her life’s story — from growing up in the foothills of Alberta, to her career on the Supreme Court.

As a young woman, McLachlin moved to Edmonton to pursue a degree in philosophy. But when a loved one suggested she try the law, she realized that her passion lay in solving real-world problems — and the legal system was a place where she could make true change.

Truth Be Told book cover and quote by Beverley McLachlin "The law, imperfect as it may be, is a powerful tool in achieving lasting change."

With a world that struggled to accept females in the workforce, let alone the law, Beverley strived to be perfect in all that she set her mind to. And her hard work paid off. McLachlin rose through the courts at an incredible rate and was eventually named Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada. Over the next eighteen years, she presided over some of the most prominent cases in the country.

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20 Books Set on a Form of Transportation

From murder mysteries set on trains, to spy thrillers on submarines, or historical novels centred around the wonder of flight — there are so many great books set aboard transportation. And for one of our 2020 challenge prompts, that’s exactly what we’re looking for!

To help you get started, we’ve compiled a list of twenty different books set on a form of transportation. This post contains affiliate links; as an Amazon associate, The 52 Book Club earns from qualifying purchases at no extra cost to you. Books listed here are ones we’ve personally read and/or know fit the prompt!

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Set the Stars Alight

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Set the Stars Alight by Amanda Dykes

As a young child, Lucy Claremont is fascinated by the tales her father weaves by the firelight. Each night, in an aged brick cottage in London, the family of this humble watchmaker, uncover a world of light and wonder. But it’s one story in particular that captures Lucy’s imagination — two hundred years earlier, a ship vanished into the night along with the traitor who stole her. Dedicating her life’s work to the finding of this lost ship, Lucy learns she needs the support of her childhood friend Dash to help unravel the puzzle.

Her evenings, however, were magic. Each day, as the sun began to set over Candlewick’s towers and the stars began to appear, and the flats across the courtyards were coming to life with the blue glow of tellies, she returned to the glass house and felt the rush of the city drop away. The cottage was a place where tales spun inside every dusty shaft of golden-hour sunlight. Where each evening, stories and riddles were told around flickering flames — crackling hearth fire in winter months, pirouetting candlelight in the summer.”

Set The Stars Alight, Amanda Dykes

Over two centuries earlier, the young son of an Admiral finds himself bound for a life on the seas. But a chance encounter with a shepherd forever alters his life and sets him off on a course charted for betrayal and heartbreak. As Frederick finds himself in a world of trouble, he will do anything to protect the family he’s built — even if that means sacrificing himself.

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