THE BOOKS

The Vitruvian Heir


“I don’t want to live in a world where I can’t write, where I’m considered inferior, where I’m at the mercy of men all the time.”

 

First, a series of natural disasters devastated the land. Then came the famine. Soon, fear and panic spread throughout the United States. And out of the rubble of a broken nation, rose an empire. That is how Vitruvia was born. 

Vitruvia, established during the regime of a heartless emperor and governed by an arrogant ruling class. Here society has regressed to repressive Victorian standards. Women have slowly lost their rights and those who rebel are severely punished. Bishops and lords impose their will on the segregated regions, but no one pays much heed to the Nits – rundown areas often unofficially policed by bribed criminals and inhabited by the poor, the desperate, and the dregs of society. 

Lorelei Fetherston is a daughter of the aristocracy. Inherently rebellious, eighteen-year-old Lore is torn between accepting her impending role as a dutiful wife or escaping to the bordering nation of Hopespoke to seek the truth behind her grandmother’s secret legacy. There everyone is free and, according to legend, an enigmatic woman runs an underground squadron of girls and wields much influence. There Lore could pursue her writing without fear of punishment. But this isn’t her only dilemma. Following graduation, she is to wed to her childhood friend, Gideon, but her heart is with their mutual best friend, Fallon, the current emperor’s ward and heir to the throne. 

Then one fateful night everything changes. Her free-spirited friend, Sawyer, is in grave danger and Lore is forced to make a critical decision. From mysterious woodland strangers to underground clubs to spectacular fêtes and a clandestine rebellion, Lore’s life is about to change forever…that is, if she can survive.

The Clothes That Make You


It's 1967, the world is changing - and so is a quiet misfit named Sally Fiore. 

After the sudden death of her father, Sally turns to comfort in the small things – her beloved books, her new interest in sewing, and her slight infatuation with the handsome, young custodian at school who always has a novel in his back pocket. 

But her sheltered life is turned upside down in January of ’68 when she makes an unlikely friend in the new girl at school – a feisty civil rights activist named Sam, who dresses like a boy, prefers to date girls, and is defiantly unapologetic about her differences. 

As Sally grieves and tries to heal from her loss, she copes with her stoic mother who's struggling to keep their house, a tenacious would-be boyfriend, mean girls at school, and an older brother dead set on enlisting in the army after graduation. With Sam's rebellious influence, Sally blooms against the tumultuous backdrop of a small town trying to cling to its idyllic ways in the face of violence, war, and social unrest, and ends up discovering that tragedy can sometimes knit the spirit's fabric together even stronger than it was before.

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Heart Like Eyes
 

A boat. A heart. A promise.

 

The Feisty Fiona hasn't left her dock in nearly twenty years. Her captain, Sean O'Dea, a curmudgeonly bachelor now facing a fatal diagnosis, is on another downward spiral when his wayward, eighteen-year-old niece, Marin, shows up out of nowhere.

 

With his life once again thrown off course, he reluctantly invites Marin to stay with him for the summer. While Sean navigates his new normal and a burgeoning friendship with his doctor, the recently widowed Laura, Marin ends up befriending Laura's adopted son, Teddy, an intellectual headed to Harvard in the fall. As an African American raised by white parents in a predominantly white town, he feels kindred to Marin in a way he's never before experienced. Born with a heart condition, a miracle delivered him through infancy. His deep philosophical thoughts, longing to find his birth parents, and the feeling he's never fully belonged, forges an even stronger bond between him and the shy, artistic Marin.

 

During this summer of enlightenment, Teddy's bigoted grandmother, Shirley, is experiencing her own awakening and redemption. But a dark secret and a decades-old promise cause their worlds to collide in a way beyond mere serendipity, and edging on destiny, as each realizes what it truly means to be part of the bigger world where we're all connected, and we all belong to one another.

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