Late and Soon by Robert J. Hughes
In Late and Soon, a host of characters confront their confusions in love. Claire, an art specialist at Sotheby's, lives in a world of glamour and achievement — but after she runs into Toby, the young man her husband left her for five years earlier, she realizes that her broken heart never truly healed. Claire begins to question herself, her past and her future after she learns her ex-husband has also left Toby. Late and Soon chronicles Claire's emotional course, as she puts together a sale of paintings that could make her career. She is captivated by one painting in particular that speaks to her and is taken under wing by the painting's owner, an elderly, well-to-do society matron of the old school, who's parting with the painting for reasons that Claire finds poignant — especially regarding her own romantic longings. And the possibility of romance does indeed loom. As Claire puts together her auction, she must decide whether or not to begin a relationship with Frank, her ex-husband's brother, who has come to New York in pursuit of her for so many years.
Forbidden Fruit by Erica Spindler
Only one man can uncover the sins and secrets of three generations of Pierron women...Lily Pierron: In sultry New Orleans any sin can be had for a price. For Lily, a legendary madam, that price is her daughter, Hope.Hope Pierron St. Germaine: By day, the elegant and pious wife of a wealthy hotelier, and devoted mother to Glory. By night, she succumbs to the unholy passions that threaten to destroy her.Glory St. Germaine: Unaware of her family's shameful secrets, Glory suffers the consequences of a darkness she doesn't even know exists. Headstrong and reckless, Glory finds forbidden love--with the one man who knows everything about the Pierron women....
The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
Her name is Dinah. In the Bible, her life is only hinted at in a brief and violent detour within the more familiar chapters of the Book of Genesis that are about her father, Jacob, and his dozen sons. Told in Dinah's voice, this novel reveals the traditions and turmoils of ancient womanhood--the world of the red tent. It begins with the story of her mothers--Leah, Rachel, Zilpah, and Bilhah--the four wives of Jacob. They love Dinah and give her gifts that sustain her through a hard-working youth, a calling to midwifery, and a new home in a foreign land. Dinah's story reaches out from a remarkable period of early history and creates an intimate connection with the past. Deeply affecting, The Red Tent combines rich storytelling with a valuable achievement in modern fiction: a new view of biblical women's society.
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