Reviews - Contemporary

The Calico Heart
Patricia Kiyono
Stephanie Michels

On the surface, Sylvia Miller has a perfect life. She’s married to her college sweetheart, has three great kids, a rewarding career, and wonderful friends. But beneath the appearances Sylvia is restless. She loves her husband, but wants to see more of the world than their peaceful Michigan town.

Lucy Wyndham was once an underprivileged teen with nowhere to go.  Now she has her dream job - working for John Matthew. In her position she can protect the camp for wayward teens that turned her life around, until Mr. Matthew succumbs to age and illness.

Running Against Traffic
Gaelen
Vandenberg

Paige Scott lives in a beautiful home.  She’s married to a man with beautiful teeth.  She shops.  She plays her role within her husband’s social life.  Paige’s life is not so bad.  She can live with it.  Fortunately, her husband can’t.  In a drastic change of events, Paige is taken on a long drive away from her cosmopolitan life to a dilap

Dimitri, a Russian expat, and Rafi, an Israeli,  meet on a kibbutz.  They have a lot in common  - math, music, girls -  but go on to live their lives apart – musical theater, lounge piano, a business analyst, music school, teacher - girlfriends and a wife for Rafi appear throughout.

Lucy Duckworth liked her uncomplicated life, working at her book store and relaxing at home with her cats. But when her roommate Pam was so sick that she couldn’t make it to the Winter Carnival to man the kissing booth, Lucy very reluctantly went in her place.

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