Short takes Robyn Carr takes readers behind the scenes and into the lives of writers in The House on Olive Street. Four friends begin their most important collaboration yet as they archive the papers of their friend Gibby. Elly, Sable, Barbara Ann, and Beth discover unexpected truths about themselves as they work to make Gibby's dream and the house they all love live on in her memory.

In Regency times, Lady Fanny comes back from exile to face her past and build a new life in Scandalous Secrets (NAL, $4.99, 0451198867) by Patricia Oliver. In order to come to terms with that past, Fanny must put her trust and love in the hands of Colonel Sir Derek Sheldon, a man with secrets of his own.

Sandy Huseby writes and reviews from her homes in Fargo, North Dakota, and lakeside near Nevis, Minnesota. She is online at SHuseby@aol.com.

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