Song of Cerberus
What if your croque-monsieur turns out to be just another bologna sandwich?
Susie Page-Winthrop’s life in upper-class suburbia is unraveling. Not only is she hopelessly inept at her yoga poses and edged out of the kitchen by the hired cook, but her husband has had one too many affairs for her taste. The only remedy for her discontent is her brother’s cramped-but-homey city apartment and a new job as French chef for a family of five – although she hasn’t cooked much since losing her parents to a cement mixer almost twenty years ago.
Susie’s break from the superficial existence of her past doesn’t mean her struggles have ended. Someone is intercepting her letters to her deeply-missed son, widening the already considerable gap between them. Her boss is interested in more than her croquembouche. And when Susie falls for a man with a dubious history (and who also happens to be a clown), her circumstances go from complicated to treacherous as she faces an unreasonable use of nanny cams, and a store-bought birthday cake that wreaks havoc in one decisive hour.
In the face of an indefinite future and after the loss of a dear friend, a note appears that might alter the course of her life – and Susie finds herself residing in that sweet spot between instability and hope, where a girl might sit awhile and catch her breath. A place where vagrant sunflowers grow in the trimmed hedgerow, and compassion is more than just a word to say at dinner parties. Where even a three-headed hell hound might not be so bad, after all.
…is the story of one woman’s life that has become increasingly meaningless; and her struggle with grief and her ultimate triumph in retaining her sense of humor and self-worth, as she attempts to start over.
Charlotte Singer Brown is having a Midlife Crisis. All caps. And no amount of denial, cozy socks, or running around the garden with a martini and a hoe will dissolve the feeling that she has given in to a truck load of mediocrity. Not to mention the disquieting idea of moving somewhere. Anywhere. As long as it’s Scotland.
On a whim, Charlotte – or Charlie, as everyone calls her – decides to sell Bridestone, her behemoth of a Victorian, and receives an unexpected proposition from the quirky MacIntosh family, who show up one day on her doorstep.
Within the course of one pivotal year, Charlie catches raw glimpses of a past she thought she’d left behind – including the death of her father, her strained relationship with her mother, and her husband’s unsuccessful fight with colon cancer.With the help of an arbitrary group who begin to feel like family, along with a copious amount of tea-drinking, Charlie finally comes to face a life blown open, the ugly and the sublime. The precarious and the absolute. And everything in between.
When Georgia Fell
Thirteen-year-old Georgia doesn’t speak; but she is inexplicably drawn to the drama of the hurricanes that pass through her home in coastal Maine. Maybe it’s because she survived a tornado that left her an orphan when she was just an infant. Maybe it’s the roar of the storm, the hum that seems to make up for the lasting silence that inhabits her – a part of her history she can’t let go of. And when a well-hidden secret is revealed unexpectedly, Georgia has to face the truth about her past – and find a way to forgive the ultimate transgression.
Fashion designer Lucy Jones is being followed. At least, that’s what she tells her twin sister, Janine, who thinks Lucy is just being paranoid. But when a dead body shows up in her garden, Lucy realizes that things are more serious than she had imagined. With a boatload of resolve, and a lot of indiscriminate bacon-eating, Lucy plunges headfirst into unveiling a plot fueled by jealousy and greed. And when she discovers a secret dangerously close to home, Lucy realizes that beyond a tenacious spirit, she’ll need as much luck as she can muster. Not to mention a good second-hand Armani chiffon.