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Love in the Afternoon

SUMMARY: As a lover of animals and nature, Beatrix Hathaway has always been more comfortable outdoors than in the ballroom. Even though she participated in the London season in the past, the classic beauty and free-spirited Beatrix has never been swept away or seriously courted…and she has resigned herself to the fate of never finding love. Has the time come for the most unconventional of the Hathaway sisters to settle for an ordinary man—just to avoid spinsterhood? Captain Christopher Phelan is a handsome, daring soldier who plans to marry Beatrix’s friend, the vivacious flirt Prudence Mercer, when he returns from fighting abroad. But, as he explains in his letters to Pru, life on the battlefield has darkened his soul—and it’s becoming clear that Christopher won’t come back as the same man. When Beatrix learns of Pru’s disappointment, she decides to help by concocting Pru’s letters to Christopher for her. Soon the correspondence between Beatrix and Christopher develops into something fulfilling and deep…and when Christopher comes home, he’s determined to claim the woman he loves. What began as Beatrix’s innocent deception has resulted in the agony of unfulfilled love—and a passion that can’t be denied…

Louisiana Breakdown

Jack Mustaine discovers Grail, Louisiana, when the BMW he “borrowed” to leave L.A. breaks down outside the town. The sheriff nearly scams him out of the car before Grail’s top dog, Joe Dill, comes to the rescue. Then Dill brings Jack to Le Bon Chance saloon, where Jack starts wondering whether he was rescued. After luscious Vida Dumars takes him home, he starts doubting his sanity. Vida’s a prodigious lay, and Jack thinks he’s in love, but tomorrow is St. John’s Eve, when the new Midsummer Queen will be chosen by the Good Gray Man, and outgoing MQ Vida has to pass the scepter to a 10-year-old. Plenty of people tell Jack to get Vida out of town beforehand, and he wants to, but . . . Shepard proffers the kind of story Val Lewton made into 1940s B-movie horror classics (e.g., I Walked with a Zombie), but he steams it up with sex and purple (well, mauve) prose so effectively that it could be a Twilight Zone episode by Tennessee Williams. Tangy. Ray Olson

The Lotus Eaters

A unique and sweeping debut novel of an American female combat photographer in the Vietnam War, as she captures the wrenching chaos and finds herself torn between the love of two men.
On a stifling day in 1975, the North Vietnamese army is poised to roll into Saigon. As the fall of the city begins, two lovers make their way through the streets to escape to a new life. Helen Adams, an American photojournalist, must take leave of a war she is addicted to and a devastated country she has come to love. Linh, the Vietnamese man who loves her, must grapple with his own conflicted loyalties of heart and homeland. As they race to leave, they play out a drama of devotion and betrayal that spins them back through twelve war-torn years, beginning in the splendor of Angkor Wat, with their mentor, larger-than-life war correspondent Sam Darrow, once Helen’s infuriating love and fiercest competitor, and Linh’s secret keeper, boss and truest friend.
Tatjana Soli paints a searing portrait of an American woman’s struggle and triumph in Vietnam, a stirring canvas contrasting the wrenching horror of war and the treacherous narcotic of obsession with the redemptive power of love. Readers will be transfixed by this stunning novel of passion, duty and ambition among the ruins of war.

A Lot Like Christmas

This new, expanded edition of Miracle and Other Christmas Stories featurestwelvebrilliantly reimagined holiday tales, five of which are collected here for the first time.

Christmas comes but once a year, yet the stories in this dazzling collection are fun to read anytime. They put a speculative spin on the holiday, giving fans of acclaimed author Connie Willis a welcome gift and a dozen reasons to be of good cheer.

Brimming with Willis’s trademark insights and imagination, these heartwarming tales are full of humor, absurdity, human foibles, tragedy, joy, and hope. They both embrace and send up many of the best Christmas traditions, including the holiday newsletter, Secret Santas, office parties, holiday pageants, and Christmas dinners (both elaborate and spare). There are Rockettes, the best and worst Christmas movies, modern-day Magi, Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present, and Yet to Come—and the triumph of generosity over greed. Like all the timeless classics we return to year after year, these stories affirm our faith in love, magic, and the wonder of the season.

Praise for A Lot Like Christmas

“A perfect stocking stuffer for Christmas—celebrating fans of [Connie] Willis’s humorous SF.”—Publishers Weekly

“A collection of Christmas stories with just the right blend of sugar and spice . . . sweet and sharp, whimsical and heartfelt, funny and warm . . . Fans of Willis’s gently comic speculative fiction will love this collection, and it will also appeal to readers looking to get into the holiday spirit.”—Kirkus Reviews

(source: Bol.com)

A Lost Witch

** Hannah Kendrick has spent the last twelve years fighting for her sanity.  **And the doctor who has stood by her side has run out of options.
A small computer tracking spell will find Hannah – but can Witch Central save her?
This is the seventh and final book in the bestselling *A Modern Witch* series, but have no fear – your favorite characters will be back in September with the launch of the *Witch Central* series. Lots of witchy love, laughter, and tears yet to come :).

Lost That Coven Feeling

** *Welcome to Spellbound, where paranormal is the new normal.* **
Life in Spellbound is rapidly changing and many residents are struggling to adapt. Daniel has a halo and a new wife, but still seeks a purpose that doesn’t involve annoying Gareth. Meanwhile, Emma seems to be overflowing with purpose and is desperate for a moment of calm.
When coven officials from the national headquarters descend upon the town for an inspection of the local chapter and academy, the witches and wizards of Spellbound realize just how lax their standards have been. The last thing they need right now is a dead body–especially when it’s discovered during the inspection. To make matters worse, reporters from Starry Hollow–another paranormal town–have arrived to write a story on Spellbound’s liberation, but may end up covering a murder instead.
Will Emma manage to uncover the killer’s identity before the entire coven implodes? Or will this spell the end for Spellbound’s coven and its beloved Arabella St. Simon Academy?
*Lost That Coven Feeling* is the second book in the *Spellbound Ever After* paranormal cozy mystery series.
This is a full-length, humorous cozy mystery novel.
Books in the original Spellbound series include:
Curse the Day, Book 1
Doom and Broom, Book 2
Spell’s Bells, Book 3
Lucky Charm, Book 4
Better Than Hex, Book 5
Cast Away, Book 6
A Touch of Magic, Book 7
A Drop in the Potion, Book 8
Hemlocked and Loaded, Book 9
All Spell Breaks Loose, Book 10
Other series by Annabel Chase:
Starry Hollow Witches–
Magic & Murder, Book 1
Magic & Mystery, Book 2
Magic & Mischief, Book 3
Magic & Mayhem, Book 4
Magic & Mercy, Book 5
Magic & Madness, Book 6
Magic & Malice, Book 7

The Lost Symbol

The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown
In this stunning follow-up to the global phenomenon **The Da Vinci Code***,* Dan Brown demonstrates once again why he is the world’s most popular thriller writer. **The Lost Symbol** is a masterstroke of storytelling—a deadly race through a real-world labyrinth of codes, secrets, and unseen truths . . . all under the watchful eye of Brown’s most terrifying villain to date. Set within the hidden chambers, tunnels, and temples of Washington, D.C., **The Lost Symbol** accelerates through a startling landscape toward an unthinkable finale.
As the story opens, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned unexpectedly to deliver an evening lecture in the U.S. Capitol Building. Within minutes of his arrival, however, the night takes a bizarre turn. A disturbing object —artfully encoded with five symbols—is discovered in the Capitol Building. Langdon recognizes the object as an ancient invitation . . . one meant to usher its recipient into a long-lost world of esoteric wisdom.
When Langdon’s beloved mentor, Peter Solomon—a prominent Mason and philanthropist —is brutally kidnapped, Langdon realizes his only hope of saving Peter is to accept this mystical invitation and follow wherever it leads him. Langdon is instantly plunged into a clandestine world of Masonic secrets, hidden history, and never-before-seen locations—all of which seem to be dragging him toward a single, inconceivable truth.
As the world discovered in **The Da Vinci Code** and **Angels & Demons**, Dan Brown’s novels are brilliant tapestries of veiled histories, arcane symbols, and enigmatic codes. In this new novel, he again challenges readers with an intelligent, lightning-paced story that offers surprises at every turn. **The Lost Symbol** is exactly what Brown’s fans have been waiting for . . . his most thrilling novel yet.

The Lost Scrolls

The Lost Scrolls (Rogue Angel Series #6) by Alex Archer
Ancient papyrus scrolls recovered
among the charred ruins of the
Library of Alexandria reveal
astonishing texts that detail the
wonders of Atlantis—knowledge that
could shatter the blueprint of world
energy. Archaeologist Annja Creed
confronts shadow figures determined
to preserve empires built on power,
greed and global manipulation, finding
unlikely allies in a mysterious American
with connections in high places, and a
young linguistics prodigy with attitude.
Dodging a petroleum conglomerate
and their pet killers on a high-speed chase that leads from Egypt
to the North Sea oil fields to the
urban battlegrounds of China, Annja
becomes an unwilling conspirator in a
bid for power to control the beating
heart of the world’s energy.

The Lost Mage

The oracles have always been the guardians of peace. Now they are the heralds of war. After a century of planning, their strike is swift and brutal. In a night of upheaval the kings and queens are cast from their thrones, their kingdoms replaced by a Mage Empire. The people are quick to resist but freedom lies in the hands of an outcast.
Hunted by soldiers and assassins, Raiden retreats to a final refuge. As he prepares his last stand an unexpected ally arrives at his door. She may be poisoned, but she is far from powerless. Together they will build a rebellion that will defy the Empire. As the world prepares for a mage war, one oracle is noticeably absent, and rumors abound as to her fate.
Betrayed by her oracle sisters, trapped in an anti-magic sphere, Alydian rots in solitude. Each day she fights despair and madness, and plots her escape. With her magic bound, even she believes she is helpless. But such power cannot be shackled. When it is unleashed Alydian will break mountains.
And the oracles that betrayed her.

Lost Light

SUMMARY: Harry Bosch rediscovers a startling unsolved murder among his old case files. He cannot rest until he finds the killer. Fed up with the hypocrisy of the LAPD, Harry Bosch has resigned and is forced to find a new way of life. But the life of a retiree doesn’t suit him. He has always devoted himself to justice, and he is still drawn toward protecting – or avenging – those whom the law has failed. When he left the LAPD Bosch took a file with him – the case of a film production assistant murdered four years earlier during a $2 million robbery on a movie set. The LAPD – now operating under post 9/11 rules – think the stolen money was used to finance a terrorist training camp. Thoughts of the original murder victim are lost in the federal zeal, and when it seems the killer will be set free to aid the feds’ terrorist hunt, Bosch quickly finds himself in conflict with both his old colleagues and the FBI. He cannot rest until he finds the killer – with or without a badge. Michael Connelly received the Maltese Falcon Award from the Maltese Falcon Society of Japan for Lost Light, which was judged the best private eye novel published in Japan in the previous year. This is Michael Connelly’s second Falcon Award, his first being for The Black Ice.

Lost in New York

This is Nicky’s first visit to New York. He is going to stay with his aunt, but she is not at the airport. Then some older boys on motorbikes play a dangerous game with him. Not long after he arrives, the police are looking for Nicky…

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Lost in Math

Lost in Math: How Beauty Leads Physics Astray by Sabine Hossenfelder
**A contrarian argues that modern physicists’ obsession with beauty has given us wonderful math but bad science**
Whether pondering black holes or predicting discoveries at CERN, physicists believe the best theories are beautiful, natural, and elegant, and this standard separates popular theories from disposable ones. This is why, Sabine Hossenfelder argues, we have not seen a major breakthrough in the foundations of physics for more than four decades. The belief in beauty has become so dogmatic that it now conflicts with scientific objectivity: observation has been unable to confirm mindboggling theories, like supersymmetry or grand unification, invented by physicists based on aesthetic criteria. Worse, these “too good to not be true” theories are actually untestable and they have left the field in a cul-de-sac. To escape, physicists must rethink their methods. Only by embracing reality as it is can science discover the truth.

Lost Hope

It all started in the usual manner. Vicky fondling slimy beastie tentacles, me shouting at her, everything going wrong, us eventually getting away, even getting paid. But our new client, bored with his life, decided he wanted in on some wizard action. What better way to do that than summon the Hangman?
Before I could say, ”Hey, don’t touch that,” everything came crashing down and being chased by an immortal dude in dusty jeans and surprisingly boxfresh footwear became just one problem among many.
It had been a bad year and I was in a funk, so I really couldn’t be arsed with any of it. Until it involved family and friends.
So, yeah, here we are again, but all hope is lost, and I’m more confused than a wizard at a barber’s, but that’s life, I guess.
Hi, I’m Arthur ”The Hat” Salzman. Gangster. Wizard. Somewhat suicidal.
(source: Bol.com)

The Lost Colony

Ten thousand years ago, humans and fairies fought a great battle for the magical island of Ireland. When it became clear to the fairy families that they could never win, they decided to move their civilization underground and keep themselves hidden from the humans. All the fairy families agreed on this, except the 8th family, the demons.The demons planned to lift their small island out of time until they had regrouped and were ready to wage war on the humans once more. However the time spell went wrong, and the island of Hybras was catapulted into Limbo, where it has remained for ten thousand years.Now, the tainted time spell is deteriorating and demons are being sucked back into the present space and time. The fairy Council is naturally concerned about this and is monitoring any materializations. When the spell’s deterioration accelerates, the materializations become unpredictable. Even the fairy scientists cannot figure out where the next demon will pop up. But someone can. Artemis Fowl, teenage criminal mastermind has solved temporal equations that no normal human should be intelligent enough to understand. So when a confused and frightened demon pops up in a Sicilian theatre, Artemis Fowl is there to meet him. Unfortunately, he is not the only one. A second, mysterious party has also solved the temporal equations, and has managed to abduct the demon before Artemis can secure him.This is a disaster for the fairy people, as this demon was no ordinary fairy. He was the last demon warlock, the one who held the key to the survival of the entire demon race.It is up to Artemis and his old comrade, Captain Holly Short, to track down the missing demon and rescue him, before the time spell dissolves completely and the lost demon colony returns violently to Earth.

Lost City

EDITORIAL REVIEW: The key to eternal life has been found beneath two thousand feet of icy water in an area known as the “Lost City.” To a family of ruthless French arms dealers the Lost City is the key to world domination. To Kurt Austin, leader of NUMA’s Special Assignments Team, and his colleague Joe Zavala, it may be their greatest-and deadliest-challenge of all.

Lost

EDITORIAL REVIEW: Winifred Rudge, a bemused writer struggling to get beyond the runaway success of her mass-market astrology book, travels to London to jump-start her new novel about a woman who is being haunted by the ghost of Jack the Ripper. Upon her arrival, she finds that her stepcousin and old friend John Comestor has disappeared, and a ghostly presence seems to have taken over his home. Is the spirit Winnie’s great-great-grandfather, who, family legend claims, was Charles Dickens’s childhood inspiration for Ebenezer Scrooge? Could it be the ghostly remains of Jack the Ripper? Or a phantasm derived from a more arcane and insidious origin? Winnie begins to investigate and finds herself the unwilling audience for a drama of specters and shades — some from her family’s peculiar history and some from her own unvanquished past. In the spirit of A. S. Byatt’s *Possession,* with dark echoing overtones of *A Christmas Carol,* *Lost* presents a rich fictional world that will enrapture its readers.