Band of Sisters
An award-winning 2-book series about the war on the home front.
When the war on terror calls their husbands to duty, five LDS women are left behind to fight battles of their own: Kim, newlywed and pregnant, frightened of what the future might bring; Brenda, struggling to manage three unruly boys and a crippling bout of depression; Jessie, secretly grappling with mixed feelings about her emotionally abusive husband; Marianne, wrestling with a rebellious teenage daughter; And Nora, the seasoned Army wife with perfect hair, an immaculate home — and an ill-tempered mother dying of cancer.
Knowing the separation of deployment is extremely difficult, Nora gathers the wives every week to share lunches and burdens. In good company, they worry over safety in the field and stability at home and offer one another counsel and comfort. But as their personal crises build, each woman faces the risks of forming deep bonds of trust. And when tragedy strikes, they must confront the painful realities of war that pull families apart and bring friends together as sisters.
Band of Sisters won the 2010 Whitney Award in the General fiction category.
BAND OF SISTERS: COMING HOME
Five women became fast friends when their husbands were deployed to Afghanistan. But as they welcome the soldiers home, what should be a joyful time soon becomes painful. Kim, who had a baby while her husband was away, knows how to be a mother but has forgotten how to be a wife. Nora, accustomed to taking care of herself during the long years of her husband’s absence, resents having to forfeit her independence.
Jess’s already troubled marriage turns dangerous, while Brenda struggles to manage her husband’s psychological trauma. And Marianne faces her crushing loss, compounded with worry over wayward children. Each woman must draw upon her bond of friendship and faith to find the strength, courage, and insight needed to move forward, proving that even the hardest of trials cannot break this loyal band of sisters.
Winner of the League of Utah Writers Silver Quill Award
Band of Sisters: Coming Home took the Silver Quill award from the League of Utah Writers.
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Newport Ladies Book Club Series
Co-written by Annette Lyon, Josi S. Kilpack, Heather B. Moore, and Julie Wright. Each set of 4 books can be read in any order, but it’s best to read Set 1 before Set 2. The final title,TYING THE KNOT, was written by all four authors and shows where all eight women end up.
Start here. You can read the books in any order without having the ending of any of them ruined in the others. They will have some shared scenes (such as book club groups) and a few shared events between two characters here and there, but even those are shown through different eyes in each version.
The four titles can be read in any order.
PURCHASE LINKS FOR SET 1
The second set of the Newport Ladies Book Club series picks up where the last set left off. As with the first set, these books can be read in any order without end of any other book being spoiled.
Just be sure to read Set 1 first!
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THE FINAL BOOK
TYING THE KNOT was co-written by all four of the series authors. All eight women from the series go on a cruise together, and we get to where their stories all end up. All of the loose ends get tied up. (Hence, the title!)
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The watch book trailers, read the back covers, and more, visit Newport Ladies Book Club website here.
NOTE: BELOW ARE CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE NOVELLAS, WHICH WILL BE MOVED TO A NEW PAGE SOON.
Tess has been patiently waiting through three years of law school for James to pop the question. The night has finally arrived—at his graduation party. But his big announcement turns out to be completely unexpected . . . and devastating. Tess flees the party, promising herself to never again waste time on James. But as she makes a desperate cross-country drive, James makes his own plans on how to win her back.
Chasing Tess debuted in the Spring Vacation Collection.
Whitney, an executive pastry chef, is working her resort’s booth at the New York Chocolate Show. The only problem is that she shares the shift with her arch rival, Stephen. Then an unexpected visitor shows up: Jeremy, a man who lost a dessert competition she judged.
When Jeremy confronts her threateningly, Stephen gets Jeremy dragged off by security. But that doesn’t throw Jeremy off for long; soon Stephen and Whitney are on the run.
Chocolate Obsessed first appeared in the RONE Award-winning Autumn Collection.
Natalie takes time out of her crazy schedule to fly to Vegas for her best friend’s wedding. Sierra and Jason, high-school sweethearts, are finally getting married. Fortunately for Natalie, her old high-school flame, Adam, has a work commitment and can’t be there as best man. But when she arrives at the wedding rehearsal—late and ragged—Adam is there. When Adam makes a wild suggestion, Natalie just may take him up on it, even though she knows he’s moved on. A single choice may mean Natalie is taking a shot at reclaiming the past—or that she’s putting her heart in harm’s way a second time. (Debuted in the Summer Wedding Collection.)
Firsts and Lasts
Dani has failed in her dreams to catch a break as a dancer in New York, but before she heads home to the Midwest, she decides to visit the places still on her to-see list. Then she meets Mark, another transplant to the Big Apple with big dreams of his own. Except Mark hasn’t given up on his. As they spend the day together, Dani realizes that even though she hasn’t hit the big time, she may be able to live her dreams after all. Only one problem: she’s broke and has a one-way ticket home.
First appeared in the Summer in New York Collection.