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Dedicated art-history teacher, Rennie Maning, has lived her entire life in the small southern community of Richmond, Virginia. Ever since a school sponsored trip to Florence two years earlier, she has obsessed about changing her predictable reality to live the exciting Italian life. On impulse, Rennie plunges into a successful international house hunt just as her first love, the handsome Ben Pierce, returns to town. Determined to move despite their instant connection, Rennie flies across the Atlantic to her new apartment with a spectacular view of Santa Croce. Then a mysterious discovery further complicates her life and plans. As she searches to uncover a hidden mystery, she learns some hard truths about herself, love and trust. Will this scholar’s Florentine dream morph into a complete nightmare?
A fun, fast-paced novel that brings our third President, Thomas Jefferson (1801-1809), back to life for the 21st century.
I-pad and stylus replace the quill pen and parchment in Kathleen Reid’s innovative retelling of the events of Mr. Jefferson’s life. As one of the most creative technophiles of his time, no doubt Mr. Jefferson would haveemployed today’s social media wisely, and perhaps in much the same manner as the author imagines.
—Professor Larry J. Sabato, Director UVA Center for Politics
Jefferson was a collector of knowledge throughout his lifetime. He would have loved Facebook because it would have allowed him to connect on a global basis with “friends” or information sources. In short, Jefferson was a global thinker long before people even understood what that meant.
Jefferson had a passion for architecture which led him to design and build his beloved home, Monticello, which is a 5,000 acre plantation with forty-three rooms in the entire structure; thirty three rooms in the actual house. Forty years in the making, this beautiful home is an example of Roman neoclassicism with influences from French architecture; it’s the only US residence on the United Nations’ World Heritage List. Monticello is a visual treat and describes this complex man in a way that nothing else can.
Thomas Jefferson always wanted to be remembered for three things: Author of the Declaration of Independence, Author of the Statute of Virginia for Religious Freedom and Founder of the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.
"Written with humor and grace,”* Kathleen Reid’s Paris Match caught readers’ attention. Now she returns with the intertwining lives of the women of Belloix, Alabama’s scrapbooking club—a novel full of “the twists and turns that keep readers turning pages. . ."**
When frazzled mother of four Ashley Gates lets her best friend drag her to a meeting of the local scrapbook club, she’s amazed at the way old photos and mementos can bring vivid color to sepia-toned memories. Among the surprisingly diverse group is Tara, a single grad student whose search for love, like her relationship with her absentee father, has only brought her heartache—and some funny dating stories. Then there’s Libby, a semi-retired teacher who thought she’d spend her golden years taking cooking and photography classes—not as a town pariah after her son is charged in a corporate scandal. And as Ashley copes with a husband whose love for her fluctuates with her weight, she comes to depend more and more on her scrapbooking sisters. For only together can they face earth-shattering revelations and emotionally unavailable men—and figure out their futures while artfully commemorating their pasts
With one hastily scrawled note from her daughter, Lauren Wright's carefully ordered life starts to unravel. Sure Nelie has been moody lately—try finding a seventeen-year-old who feels perfectly understood—but the soul-deep bond between Lauren and her adopted child seemed unbreakable. Now Nelie has gone to find the answers about her roots that Lauren never gave her. All she knows is that she was born in Paris and lived there until her real mother—Lauren's best friend, India Vernon—died, far too young. Others might be convinced that Nelie can take care of herself in a foreign city, but Lauren learned long ago that courage isn't always enough to keep you safe. Returning to Paris, every picturesque street rings with blissful and bittersweet memories, is the most difficult thing Lauren has ever done. There are secrets here, long buried but still potent enough to wreak havoc. And before Lauren's search is over, she'll realize that Nelie isn't the only one who's about to have her whole life—and everything she ever believed—turned upside down…