The Shepherdess of Siena by Linda Lafferty amazon.com Virginia Tacci is a shepherdess in sixteenth century Italy. Raised by her aunt and uncle, Virginia has always had a passion for horses; however, due to her gender and class, she knows that she may never get the chance to ride them. Everything changes when Isabella de’ Medici, a skilled rider, shows up and inspires Virginia to reach for her goal and race in Siena’s Palio. The Year My Mother Came Back by Alice Eve Cohen amazon.com Thirty years after her death, Alice’s mother appears to her, seemingly in the flesh, and continues to do so in one of the hardest years Alice has ever had to face. With her youngest daughter needing a major surgery, her older daughter seeking her birth mother, and Alice herself receives a daunting diagnosis. 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Fans of Eat, Pray, Love will love this true story of a woman who reclaimed her boldness and found the courage to change her life. The Girls of Mischief Bay by Susan Mallery star-telegram.com Nicole Lord tries to be a supportive wife, but it is hard when her husband quits his job and will not even help take care of their son. Career-oriented Shannon Rigg has finally found a great guy, but the relationship will leave her questioning whether it is possible to have a successful job and personal life. And Pam Eiland is just trying to find a way to keep her marriage exciting now that her children have grown. Three very different women all destined to be Mischief Bay friends. Full of laughter, tears and love, The Girls of Mischief Bay is a memorable, must read. 100 Under $100: One Hundred Tools for Empowering Global Women by Betsy Teutsch womensglobaltoolkit.com There are billions of hardworking women around the world that lack the resources necessary to escape poverty. They are held back by a lack of healthcare, education and more. The tools highlighted in 100 Under $100 give readers the opportunity to help empower and aid women around the world. Lost in Paris by Cindy Callaghan amazon.com Gwen Russell is beyond excited to be heading to Paris, this city she has always dreamed of visiting, even if it is to see her three older brothers play lacrosse. As soon as they land, Gwen is swept up in the city and even meets a cute boy named Henri. In all the excitement, Gwen learns that her all-time favorite band is holding a one-night only concert in Paris, and there are tickets available to the sold out show for three lucky people. The catch? Fans who want the lucky ticket, have to embark on a scavenger hunt around the City of Light. As Gwen and her new friends set out to find these tickets, they realize the concert tickets might not even be the biggest prize.