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The Window by Kellista Rae Keaton

After making the biggest mistake of her life, Olivia wasn't comfortable anywhere - ever. Except in her dreams.

Is he really real? For so many years, I've wondered if I imagined him. I've lived too many years in fear of never being free. It wasn't even about happiness. Everyone always asks, "Are you happy?" Does anyone really want happiness? We all just want to be able to breathe. We all just want to be comfortable in our own skin. I was completely comfortable in mine, until I married Christopher Brewer. After making the biggest mistake of my life, I wasn't comfortable anywhere, ever. Well, except in my dreams.

Rarely do you find a book that deals with alcoholism/addiction and a fantasy element.

Getting to Grace by Lee Barber

He's a lady-loving attorney.She's a feminist rebel. After forty-three years, will Grace and Sam finally let their spark flame?

There's a spark when Sam and Grace meet in 1955. She's on her way to being a liberated woman. He will become a small-town attorney with a ladies'-man reputation. They meet again in 1962, but it will take until 1975 for their first date to materialize. After a surprisingly successful first date, a shocking revelation pushes Sam to retreat. Grace won't risk disappointment again. She avoids him for the next twenty-plus years, even though he only lives a side yard and a row of trees away.

In 1998, the death of Grace's employer puts Grace and the arts community she helped nurture in jeopardy. Sam is determined to help. Grace resists, but desperation times, desperate measures. She accepts his assistance. Age has not dampened the spark between them. Grace allows herself to fall, into his arms, unprotected, and he catches her, with vulnerability and love.

All seems new and fresh for these sexagenarians, until the ultimate final betrayal.

Will they be able to clear this final hurdle? Is there a happy ending for those who find love late in life?

Good Will by Tiffany Killoren

Four women learn to let go—and get back more than they ever expected.

There's no road map for what to do when your husband dies—when he jumps off a bridge to escape mistakes that he made, or even welcomed, into your lives. But Lily doesn't need to consult a map for this particular part of her journey; she knows the way back to the small town she left behind. With a precocious seven-year-old who reminds her too much of his father tucked safely in the back seat, Lily leaves New York with everything she owns packed in a U-Haul, including memories that come in waves like fields along the highway, and an envelope she is too afraid to open.

Once she settles in, she sifts through a box of things destined for the local thrift store—items from her past that will connect four women in unexpected ways and give them all the strength they need to move on.

Whitecaps on the Lake by Alice Licata

Devastated by the sudden loss of her father, Imogene Mussomeli is left adrift, engulfed by a profound sense of loneliness and despair. Though she’s an accomplished woman, she feels like a vulnerable little girl again. Despondent and questioning her entire life, she takes a leave from her prestigious university job and returns to her family's Midwest home, hoping to recover and help her mother, who's just been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. There, Imogene might have been swallowed up into the abyss of her suffocating grief were it not for a fortuitous discovery among her father's personal effects. He may have been in the possession of a very rare and valuable book.

Now on a mission, Imogene is lifted out of her morass as she embarks on a wild treasure hunt—her oblivious mother and ill-behaved companion Chihuahua in tow. It takes her all the way back to her father's childhood home in Upstate New York where she executes a daring plan to find the lost "treasure." After hair-raising moments and encounters, Imogene makes her great escape and appears to have the windfall of a lifetime... that is, until her grand scheme backfires in disastrous fashion. And she realizes she is about to lose everything and everyone she ever cared about.

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