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The Girl He Used to Know

Annika is an English major at the University of Illinois. Anxious in social situations where she finds most people's behavior confusing, she'd rather be surrounded by her books or the quiet solitude of playing chess.

Jonathan joined the chess club and lost his first game — and his heart — to the shy and awkward, yet brilliant and beautiful Annika. He admires her ability to be true to herself and accepts the challenges involved in pursuing a relationship with her. What follows is a tumultuous yet tender love affair that withstands everything except the unforeseen tragedy that shatters their connection, leaving them to navigate their lives alone.

A decade later, fate reunites Annika and Jonathan in Chicago. She's living the life she’s always wanted. He's a Wall Street whiz, recovering from a divorce. The strong feelings they once shared are instantly rekindled, but until they confront the fears and anxieties that drove them apart, their second chance will end before it truly begins.

“An incredible story with a unique premise and characters you’ll want to root for.”

Colleen Hoover, New York Times bestselling author

Lost Roses

A prequel to Lilac Girls and also based on a true story, features Caroline Ferriday’s mother, Eliza, who fought to save a group of Russian aristocrats who suffered horrors at the hands of the Bolsheviks during World War I and came to America penniless and traumatized.

It’s 1914 and Eliza Ferriday is thrilled to be traveling with Sofya Streshnayva, a cousin of the Romanov's, to her home in St. Petersburg to see the splendors of Russia. But when Austria declares war and Russia's Imperial dynasty begins to fall, Eliza escapes back to America, while Sofya flees to her family’s country estate. In need of domestic help, they hire a local, Varinka, who brings danger into their household. In America, Eliza is helping the Russian families find safety as they escape the revolution. But when Sofya's letters suddenly stop coming she fears the worst for her best friend.

From St. Petersburg to Paris and the society of fallen Russian émigrés who live there, the lives of Eliza, Sofya, and Varinka will intersect in profound ways, taking readers on a ride through a momentous time in history.

"The writing is rich and vivid with detail about the period. A nuanced tale that speaks to the strength of women."

Kirkus Reviews

Daisy Jones & The Six

A novel about the whirlwind rise of an iconic 1970s rock group and their beautiful lead singer. Everyone knows Daisy Jones & The Six, but nobody knows the reason behind their split at the absolute height of their popularity . . . until now.

In L.A. in the late sixties, Daisy sneaks into clubs on the Sunset Strip, sleeps with rock stars, but it’s the rock and roll she loves most. By the time she’s twenty, her voice is getting noticed, and she has the kind of heedless beauty that makes people do crazy things.

Also getting noticed is The Six, a band led by the brooding Billy Dunne. On the eve of their first tour, his girlfriend Camila finds out she’s pregnant, and with the pressure of impending fatherhood and fame, Billy goes a little wild on the road.

Daisy and Billy cross paths when a producer realizes that the key to supercharged success is to put the two together. What happens next will become the stuff of legend.

The making of that legend is chronicled in this riveting and unforgettable novel, written as an oral history of one of the biggest bands of the seventies.

“Beautifully layered and complex . . . Daisy and the band captured my heart.”

Reese Witherspoon

The Huntress

In the aftermath of war, the hunter becomes the hunted . . .

Nina always dreamed of flying. When the Nazis attack the Soviet Union, she risks everything to join the legendary Night Witches, an all-female night bomber regiment. When her plane goes down, Nina crosses paths with a lethal Nazi murderess known as the Huntress, and only bravery and cunning will keep Nina alive.

Ian, a British war correspondent abandons journalism to become a Nazi hunter. Yet one target eludes him: a predator known as the Huntress. To find her, he joins forces with Nina, the only witness to escape the Huntress alive. But a secret could derail their mission unless Ian and Nina force themselves to confront it.

Growing up in post-war Boston, Jordan is determined to become a photographer. When her widowed father unexpectedly comes homes with a new fiancée, Jordan is thrilled. But there is something disconcerting about the German widow. Jordan begins to delve into her new stepmother’s past — only to discover that there are secrets that may threaten all Jordan holds dear.

". . . a searing tale of predator and prey, transgression and redemption and the immutable power of the truth. An utter triumph!"

Pam Jenoff, New York Times bestselling author

The Age of Light

A captivating debut about Vogue model Lee Miller, and her passionate affair with artist Man Ray in 1930s Paris.

"I'd rather take a picture than be one," says Miller after arriving in Paris. Lee leaves behind a successful modeling career to pursue her dream. She catches the eye of the Surrealist Man Ray, and though he wants to use her only as a model, Lee convinces him to teach her photography. Man is an egotistical, charismatic force, and their personal and professional lives become intimately entwined, as the lines between maker and muse blur.

Lee's story unfolds in Paris, with nights spent at cabarets, opium dens, and wild parties, and days spent working with Man to discover radical new photography techniques. As Lee begins to find success in her own right, Man’s jealousy spirals, and soon betrayals threaten to destroy them.

Told in interweaving timelines of 1930s Paris and war-torn Europe during WWII, this sensuous debut brings Lee Miller — a brilliant and pioneering artist — out of the shadows and into the light.

". . . a modern love story and a mesmerizing portrait of a woman's self-transformation from muse into artist."

Celeste Ng, New York Times bestselling author

Beautiful Bad

An explosive and twisted psychological thriller — a perfect love story leads to the perfect crime.

Things that make me scared: When Charlie cries. Hospitals and lakes. When Ian drinks vodka in the basement. ISIS. When Ian gets angry . . . That something is really, really, wrong with me.

Maddie and Ian's romance began at a party overseas; he was serving in the British army and she was a travel writer visiting her best friend, Jo. Now years later, married with a beautiful son, Charlie, they are living the perfect life. But when a camping accident leaves Maddie badly scarred, she begins attending therapy, where she gradually reveals her fears about Ian's PTSD; her concerns for the safety of their young son; and the couple's tumultuous past with Jo.

From the Balkans to England, Iraq to Manhattan, and finally to an ordinary home in Kansas, sixteen years of love and fear, adventure and suspicion culminate in The Day of the Killing, when a frantic 911 call summons the police to the scene of a shocking crime where a beautiful marriage turns beautifully bad.

"As touching and thought-provoking as it is terrifying, Beautiful Bad will leave readers spellbound."

— Mary Kubica, New York Times bestselling author

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