Women’s fiction for fall

Two former best friends are brought back together as adults in “You Knew Me When” by Emily Liebert.

Kat and Laney met as young teens when Kat moved into the neighborhood. They soon became best friends and did everything together, including hang out with their elderly neighbor, Luella. As time went on and romances started, including Kat’s with Laney’s brother, Grant, distance began to creep in. And though both wanted to make plans to move to New York, only Kat made it, angering Laney.

Now, years later, Kat must come back town to hear about Luella’s will. Laney, who never left, must work with Kat to clean out Luella’s house so they can sell it and make a profit. As they do, they are forced to come to terms with the past and the old hurts that ruined their relationship. Can their former friendship come back again?

This is a loving story about women’s friendships that is told in both the past and the present, as what went on between the women is revealed. This sweet story will have you calling your best friend!

“You Knew Me When” is published by New American Library. It is $15 and 336 pages long.

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New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber returns to her Cedar Cove series in “Rose Harbor in Bloom.”

Rose Harbor Inn is the setting for change in several people’s lives in this charming story. Jo Marie, propriator, is still dealing with the loss of her husband. In his memory, she wants a lovely rose garden at the end and enlists the help of local handyman Mark Taylor. The two immediately begin clashing, and Jo Marie begins to realize that she enjoys his company. But does she enjoy it too much?

Annie has come to town for her grandparents’ 50th anniversary. She is putting everything together for a big vow-renewal ceremony between the two, as a distraction to get over her broken engagement thanks to her fiance’s cheating. Still wounded from that, the last thing she wants to do is deal with old family friend, Oliver, who has always been an annoyance to her. Why did her grandparents invite him? Will he be a help or something else entirely? Meanwhile, her grandparents seem to be fighting all the time. Is something going wrong in their relationship? Can any relationship last?

Mary Smith has come to town to make amends with her former boyfriend, George. Fighting cancer, she feels that she must tell him some hard truths about why their relationship really ended and the secret she’s been keeping for 19 years. Can George ever forgive her? Is there any chance of rekindling their romance?

The warm stories of the couples in this book will delight readers as they pull up a comfortable chair and a warm mug of tea and dig in.

“Rose Harbor in Bloom” is published by Ballentine Books. It is $26 and 322 pages long.

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Magic comes through knitting in Lisa Van Allen’s “The Wishing Thread.”

The Van Ripper sisters are born into a magical family. Able to weave thoughts and feelings into “spells” into their knitting projects, they are feared and yet used by the local townspeople. All but two of the sister have escaped the community to the larger world and escaped their past. All but Aubrey, who knows that she is meant to continue the family’s work and take over The Stitchery when her aunt passes away. And when her aunt does, leaving the shop to her three nieces she raised, Bitty and Meggie also return. Now the sisters must confront their pasts, be truthful with each other about their present as they come together to decide the fate of the Stitchery – and themselves. A tale of family and sisterhood, the Van Ripper story is truly a magical one that will charm its way into readers’ hearts.

“The Wishing Thread” is published by Ballantine Books. It is $15 and 373 pages long.

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