The Fixer Upper

  • Filename: the-fixer-upper.
  • ISBN: 9780060837389
  • Release Date: 2009-06-23
  • Number of pages: 432
  • Author: Mary Kay Andrews
  • Publisher: Harper Collins



The delightful New York Times bestselling author returns with a hilarious novel about one woman's quest to redo an old house . . . and her life. After her boss in a high-powered Washington public relations firm is caught in a political scandal, fledgling lobbyist Dempsey Jo Killebrew is left almost broke, unemployed, and homeless. Out of options, she reluctantly accepts her father's offer to help refurbish Birdsong, the old family place he recently inherited in Guthrie, Georgia. All it will take, he tells her, is a little paint and some TLC to turn the fading Victorian mansion into a real-estate cash cow. But, oh, is Dempsey in for a surprise when she arrives in Guthrie. "Bird Droppings" would more aptly describe the moldering Pepto Bismol–pink dump with duct-taped windows and a driveway full of junk. There's also a murderously grumpy old lady, one of Dempsey's distant relations, who has claimed squatter's rights and isn't moving out. Ever. Furthermore, everyone in Guthrie seems to know Dempsey's business, from a smooth-talking real-estate agent to a cute lawyer who owns the local newspaper. It wouldn't be so bad if it weren't for the pesky FBI agents who show up on Dempsey's doorstep, hoping to pry information about her ex-boss from her. All Dempsey can do is roll up her sleeves and get to work. And before long, what started as a job of necessity somehow becomes a labor of love and, ultimately, a journey that takes her to a place she never expected—back home again.

The Magnolia Story with Bonus Content

  • Filename: the-magnolia-story-with-bonus-content.
  • ISBN: 9780718081539
  • Release Date: 2016-10-18
  • Number of pages: 208
  • Author: Chip Gaines
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Christian Publishing



This eBook includes the full text of the book plus an exclusive additional chapter from Chip and Joanna that is not found in the hardcover! Are you ready to see your fixer upper? These famous words are now synonymous with the dynamic husband-and-wife team Chip and Joanna Gaines, stars of HGTV’s Fixer Upper. As this question fills the airwaves with anticipation, their legions of fans continue to multiply and ask a different series of questions, like—Who are these people?What’s the secret to their success? And is Chip actually that funny in real life? By renovating homes in Waco, Texas, and changing lives in such a winsome and engaging way, Chip and Joanna have become more than just the stars of Fixer Upper, they have become America’s new best friends. The Magnolia Story is the first book from Chip and Joanna, offering their fans a detailed look at their life together. From the very first renovation project they ever tackled together, to the project that nearly cost them everything; from the childhood memories that shaped them, to the twists and turns that led them to the life they share on the farm today. They both attended Baylor University in Waco. However, their paths did not cross until Chip checked his car into the local Firestone tire shop where Joanna worked behind the counter. Even back then Chip was a serial entrepreneur who, among other things, ran a lawn care company, sold fireworks, and flipped houses. Soon they were married and living in their first fixer upper. Four children and countless renovations later, Joanna garners the attention of a television producer who notices her work on a blog one day. In The Magnolia Story fans will finally get to join the Gaines behind the scenes and discover: The time Chip ran to the grocery store and forgot to take their new, sleeping baby Joanna’s agonizing decision to close her dream business to focus on raising their children When Chip buys a houseboat, sight-unseen, and it turns out to be a leaky wreck Joanna’s breakthrough moment of discovering the secret to creating a beautiful home Harrowing stories of the financial ups and downs as an entrepreneurial couple Memories and photos from Chip and Jo’s wedding The significance of the word magnolia and why it permeates everything they do The way the couple pays the popularity of Fixer Upper forward, sharing the success with others, and bolstering the city of Waco along the way And yet there is still one lingering question for fans of the show: Is Chip really that funny? “Oh yeah,” says Joanna. “He was, and still is, my first fixer upper.”

A High End Finish

  • Filename: a-high-end-finish.
  • ISBN: 9780698153899
  • Release Date: 2014-11-04
  • Number of pages: 336
  • Author: Kate Carlisle
  • Publisher: Penguin



FIRST IN A NEW SERIES! In the seaside town of Lighthouse Cove in northern California, everyone knows the best man for the job is actually a woman—contractor Shannon Hammer. But while Shannon can do wonders with a power drill and a little elbow grease, she’s about to discover that some problems aren’t so easily fixed.... Shannon’s home-renovation and repair business is booming, but her love life needs work. On a blind date with real estate agent Jerry Saxton, she has to whip out a pair of pliers to keep Jerry from getting too hands on. Shannon is happy to put her rotten date behind her, but when Jerry’s found dead in a run-down Victorian home that she’s been hired to restore, the town’s attractive new police chief suspects that her threats may have laid the foundation for murder. Determined to clear her name, Shannon conducts her own investigation—with the help of her four best friends, her eccentric father, a nosy neighbor or two, and a handsome crime writer who’s just moved to town. But as they get closer to prying out the murderer’s identity, Shannon is viciously attacked. Now she’ll have to nail down the truth—or end up in permanent foreclosure.…

Deck the Hallways

  • Filename: deck-the-hallways.
  • ISBN: 9780451488237
  • Release Date: 2016-11-01
  • Number of pages: 304
  • Author: Kate Carlisle
  • Publisher: Penguin



The latest mystery from the New York Times bestselling author of Crowned and Moldering. Someone's been slayed! If contractor Shannon Hammer can't nail the real culprit in the St. Nick of time, her dad will wind up in the clink... Even at Christmastime, Shannon is more spackle than sparkle, which is why she leaps at the chance to transform a grand old Victorian mansion into ten charming apartments for homeless families. Filled with the spirit of the season, all of Lighthouse Cove turns out to help—including her best friends, a troupe of far-from-angelic Santa Claus impersonators, and her father, Jack. But their merriment is soon dashed by a heated scuffle between Jack and the miserly president of the bank who’s backing the project. When the man is murdered, all eyes are on Jack, and visions of prison time dance in Shannon's head. Now, she needs to pull off a crime-solving miracle, before her father’s Christmas goose is cooked… From the Paperback edition.

Spring Fever

  • Filename: spring-fever.
  • ISBN: 9780312642716
  • Release Date: 2012-06-05
  • Number of pages: 402
  • Author: Mary Kay Andrews
  • Publisher: Macmillan



Preparing to move on four years after a divorce, Annajane realizes that she is not over her ex-husband when his wedding to another woman is abruptly cancelled, a situation that is further complicated by her engagement to another man, dark secrets in her sleepy lake town and individuals who want to thwart her happiness. By the best-selling author of Summer Rental.

The Book of Old Houses

  • Filename: the-book-of-old-houses.
  • ISBN: 9780553804300
  • Release Date: 2007
  • Number of pages: 294
  • Author: Sarah Graves
  • Publisher: Bantam



Jacobia "Jake" Tiptree undertakes a new investigation into the murder of antiquarian book expert Horace Robotham during a random mugging, after his death is linked to an enigmatic old volume discovered in the cellar of her 1823 fixer-upper, taking on a UFO-chasing book specialist, a reclusive conspiracy theorist, and a frustrated novelist to find the killer. 25,000 first printing.

The Fixer

  • Filename: the-fixer.
  • ISBN: 9780698190849
  • Release Date: 2015-06-09
  • Number of pages: 416
  • Author: Joseph Finder
  • Publisher: Penguin



New York Times bestselling author Joseph Finder's breakneck stand-alone thriller about the secrets families can keep—and the danger of their discovery. When former investigative reporter Rick Hoffman loses his job, fiancée, and apartment, his only option is to move back into—and renovate—the home of his miserable youth, now empty and in decay since the stroke that put his father in a nursing home. As Rick starts to pull apart the old house, he makes an electrifying discovery—millions of dollars hidden in the walls. It’s enough money to completely transform Rick’s life—and everything he thought he knew about his father. Yet the more of his father’s hidden past that Rick brings to light, the more dangerous his present becomes. Soon, he finds himself on the run from deadly enemies desperate to keep the past buried, and only solving the mystery of his father—a man who has been unable to communicate, comprehend, or care for himself for almost 20 years—will save Rick...if he can survive long enough to do it. From the Hardcover edition.

The Weekenders

  • Filename: the-weekenders.
  • ISBN: 9781466872929
  • Release Date: 2016-05-17
  • Number of pages: 464
  • Author: Mary Kay Andrews
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press



Some people stay all summer long on the idyllic island of Belle Isle, North Carolina. Others come only for the weekends-and the mix between the regulars and “the weekenders” can sometimes make the sparks fly. Riley Griggs has a season of good times with friends and family ahead of her on Belle Isle when things take an unexpected turn. While waiting for her husband to arrive on the ferry one Friday afternoon, Riley is confronted by a process server who thrusts papers into her hand. And her husband is nowhere to be found. So she turns to her island friends for help and support, but it turns out that each of them has their own secrets, and the clock is ticking as the mystery deepens...in a murderous way. Cocktail parties aside, Riley must find a way to investigate the secrets of Belle Island, the husband she might not really know, and the summer that could change everything. Told with Mary Kay Andrews’ trademark blend of humor and warmth, and with characters and a setting that you can’t help but fall for, The Weekenders is the perfect summer escape.

Beach Town

  • Filename: beach-town.
  • ISBN: 9781250065933
  • Release Date: 2015-05-19
  • Number of pages: 448
  • Author: Mary Kay Andrews
  • Publisher: Macmillan



Given a last chance to salvage her career after being wrongly blamed for property damage, movie location scout Greer confronts an environmentally minded mayor in a sleepy Florida Gulf Coast community. By the best-selling author of Save the Date.

This Old Homicide

  • Filename: this-old-homicide.
  • ISBN: 9780698153912
  • Release Date: 2015-01-27
  • Number of pages: 336
  • Author: Kate Carlisle
  • Publisher: Penguin



Soon to be a Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Original Movie starring Jewel, the second Fixer-Upper Mystery from the New York Times bestselling author of Books of a Feather and Deck the Hallways. Contractor and part-time sleuth Shannon Hammer specializes in improving the quirks and flaws of the Victorian homes in Lighthouse Cove, California. The quirks and flaws of their residents are another story.... Valentine’s Day is approaching, and while Shannon is delighted to be friends with not one but two handsome men, not everyone in town is feeling the love. After her elderly neighbor Jesse Hennessey fails to make his daily appearance at the local diner, Shannon swings by his place to check on him. Not only does she find Jesse dead—of an apparent heart attack—but she also realizes that his home has been ransacked. Someone suggests that a thief was searching for a priceless necklace Jesse claimed to have retrieved from a capsized sailing ship, but Shannon doesn’t believe it. Everyone knows Jesse had a penchant for constructing tall tales—like the one about him having a hot new girlfriend. But his death is soon ruled a homicide, and shady suspects begin popping out of the woodwork. When another victim turns up dead, Shannon is convinced she must find the killer before someone else gets nailed....

The Dead Cat Bounce

  • Filename: the-dead-cat-bounce.
  • ISBN: 9780307569363
  • Release Date: 2009-10-07
  • Number of pages: 320
  • Author: Sarah Graves
  • Publisher: Bantam



dead cat bounce n. Stock market jargon for a small, temporary rise in a stock's trading price after a sharp drop. Since she bought her rambling old fixer-upper of a house, Jacobia Tiptree has gotten used to finding things broken. But her latest problem isn't so easily repaired. Along with the rotting floor joists and sagging support beams, there's the little matter of the dead man in Jake's storeroom, an ice pick firmly planted in his cranium. Not much happens in her tiny Maine town, but that's about to change. Jake's unknown guest turns out to be a world-famous corporate raider, local boy turned billionaire Threnody McIlwaine. When Jake's best friend, quiet and dependable Ellie White, readily confesses to the murder, cops and journalists swarm into snowbound Eastport. Jake smells a cover-up, and begins poking into past history between McIlwaine and Ellie's family. But someone doesn't like nosy neighbors...and Jake's rustic refuge may become her final resting place. From the Paperback edition.

Buried in the Country

  • Filename: buried-in-the-country.
  • ISBN: 9781466847408
  • Release Date: 2016-12-13
  • Number of pages: 304
  • Author: Carola Dunn
  • Publisher: Macmillan



After many years working around the world for an international charity in the late 1960s, Eleanor Trewynn has retired to the relative quiet of a small town in Cornwall. But her quiet life is short-lived when, due to her experience, the Commonwealth Relations Office reaches out to her to assist in a secret conference that is to take place in a small hotel outside the historical village of Tintagel. Meanwhile, her niece, Detective Sargent Megan Pencarrow, is investigating the disappearance of a local solicitor when she is assigned to help provide security for the conference. Two African students, refugees from Ian Smith’s Rhodesia, arrive for the conference, escorted by Megan’s bête noire from Scotland Yard. They are followed by two mysterious and sinister Londoners, whose allegiances and connections to the conference and the missing solicitor are unclear. With a raging storm having trapped everyone in the hotel, the stage is set for murder, and it’s up to Eleanor and Megan to uncover the truth before more lives are lost.

Queen Sugar

  • Filename: queen-sugar.
  • ISBN: 1410465691
  • Release Date: 2014
  • Number of pages: 625
  • Author: Natalie Baszile
  • Publisher:



Hoping for a new start when she unexpectedly inherits a sugarcane farm, Charley moves to Louisiana, where she balances the farm's overwhelming challenges with the needs of her homesick daughter, her troubled brother, and her own yearning heart.

Sea Glass

  • Filename: sea-glass.
  • ISBN: 0316780812
  • Release Date: 2002
  • Number of pages: 378
  • Author: Anita Shreve
  • Publisher: Little Brown & Company



When Honora and Sexton Beecher are rendered penniless by the crash of the stock market, Sexton is forced to work in a nearby mill that is plagued by violence, and as they try to reconstruct their lives, they are confronted by passions of every kind.

Book of Odds

  • Filename: book-of-odds.
  • ISBN: 9780062343062
  • Release Date: 2014-01-21
  • Number of pages: 256
  • Author: Amram Shapiro
  • Publisher: Harper Collins



From the popular Book of Odds website, this stylish and accessible reference book offers a fascinating peek at the probabilities that govern every aspect of human life Did you know that your odds of dying from drowning are higher than the odds of meeting your mate on a blind date? That the odds a child has seen Internet porn are the same as the odds a person is right-handed? That nearly one in three adults believes in UFOs and nearly one in six has reported seeing one? Drawing from a rigorously researched trove of more than 400,000 statements of probability, based on the most accurate and current data available, The Book of Odds is a graphic reference source for stats on the everyday, the odd, and the outrageous—from sex and marriage, health and disease, beliefs and fears, to wealth, addiction, entertainment, and civic life. What emerges from this colorful and captivating volume is a rich portrait of who we are and how we live today.

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