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The Other Americans by Felice Laverne The Dessommes family has had their share of troubles—as rival siblings Vincent and Jillian can attest—but as Vincent prepares to step into his birthright as CEO of The Dessommes Group, the repercussions of this looming shift in power and an unresolved childhood secret risk shattering the careful façade the family has erected to maintain their power…and their denial. The impact of the power shift shakes up the lives of: Vincent’s wife, Delaney, a would-be social worker who unwittingly gave up her chance at a career for a ritzy marriage she never really wanted; her best friend, Aaliyah, who still believes in the American Dream, even though her trials with corporate climbing make it more and more difficult to put faith in; Nigel, a former classmate of Vincent’s tries to resist the unrelenting pull the extravagant world they live in has on his life; and Jillian, the abdicated social princess of the family who has a little problem with razor blades and haunting memories from her past. Cutting deep into the fabric of family ties and the scars of their upbringings, the Dessommes family is forced to confront its long-hidden dark history as they learn what happens when class lines clash inside of a crucible of decades-old allegiances and secrets—and of how far we’ll go to harm ourselves…and others. As the characters—deeply divided by class lines and caste systems—collide, often unbeknownst to each of them, their lives weave together and touch each other poignantly as they discover the way that sisterhood can pull us back from the brink of self-destruction…or push us to it. What unfolds is a stunning portrait of the heart and core of an American family in a story that is as page-turning as it is significant.
This Is Not How It Ends by Rochelle B. Weinstein When Charlotte and Philip meet, the pair form a deep and instant connection. Soon they’re settled in the Florida Keys with plans to marry. But just as they should be getting closer, Charlotte feels Philip slipping away. Second-guessing their love is something Charlotte never imagined, but with Philip’s excessive absences, she finds herself yearning for more. When she meets Ben, she ignores the pull, but the supportive single dad is there for her in ways she never knew she desired. Soon Charlotte finds herself torn between the love she thought she wanted and the one she knows she needs. As a hurricane passes through Islamorada, stunning revelations challenge Charlotte’s loyalties and upend her life. Forced to reexamine the choices she’s made, and has yet to make, Charlotte embarks on an emotional journey of friendship, love, and sacrifice—knowing that forgiveness is a gift, and the best-laid plans can change in a heartbeat. This Is Not How It Ends is a tender, moving story of heartbreak and healing that asks the question: Which takes more courage—holding on or letting go?