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Bestselling Author Virginia Gray looks for humor in every situation. A graduate of Wake Forest University, she spent part one of her career as a college professor. But after years of research, eighty-hour work weeks, and generally trying to take over the world, she stepped away from academics to pursue her love of writing. And because no task is more daunting than making sense of the senseless male psyche, her stories always explode from the glorious mouth of chaos. (You're welcome.) Until she packs her bags and moves to the beach, she lives in the Midwest with her wonderful family and far too many pets.
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Inspired by a true story...
During the height of China’s one-child policy, Mei Zi, the second daughter of an impoverished couple, leaves her farming village in search of a better life. With minimal education and no skills, dangerous factory jobs are her only means of income until an elusive businessman lures her a thousand miles from home. At first dazzled by Shanghai, she quickly discovers this city of twenty-six million has its own brand of desperation. Soon penniless and on the brink of starvation, she throws herself on the mercy of a spa owner, who teaches her a very different way to make a living.
Spanning five decades, this astonishing story of a mother’s boundless love and a daughter’s incredible courage is a testament to hope, resilience, and the power of family.
A must-read for Amy Tan and Lisa See fans.
★★★★★ "Spa Girl is an authentic saga demonstrating the true tenacity of the human spirit. With captivating prose, Virginia Gray will take you along this fascinating journey of one woman’s fight to find her place in this world." —Kay Bratt, International Bestselling Author of Tales of the Scavenger's Daughters
★★★★★ "At times heartbreakingly naïve, at others admiringly competent, it is a pure delight to witness Mei Zi overcome her often desperate circumstances with a tenacity that astounds." — Kelli Estes, USA Today Bestselling Author of The Girl Who Wrote in Silk and Today We Go Home
★★★★★ “One of my most valuable reads of this year...This heart-warming story reminded me of some of the great classics with its quality and storyline, and spotlighted those things we have and take for granted, while others must fight and burn for them.” — Goodreads
To land her dream job, Susan’s only missing two things: experience and any sense of style.
Unremarkable might as well be Susan Wade’s middle name. Sure, her grades are fine, and her all-night diner job has taught her how to work hard, but it takes a lot more than a perky smile and dated suit to impress corporate America.
Broke and soon to be homeless, she faces the unappealing options of following her semi-boyfriend to the bowels of Texas or squatting in her parents’ basement, until she gets help from the unlikeliest of sources.
A refreshingly funny, supremely optimistic rite of passage story, rife with psychotic roommates, questionable fashion choices, and an epic search for the perfect cup of coffee
Life was perfect until he came along...
Susan’s only thinking of a promotion when her friend convinces her to take a shortcut transfer. But she should have read the fine print. North Carolina is the one place she’s been trying to avoid since high school. When she learns her new office is located in the sleepy town of Havelock, she quickly discovers her brusque Northern attitude is not welcome down South.
Susan's never had any trouble making enemies, and Pete Walsh, Havelock's version of The Bachelor, is no exception. When they lock horns on her first day of work, Susan discovers this ridiculously sexy miscreant is a worthy adversary. And while his pranks and fake gentleman routine make her homicidal, Susan is shocked by Pete's uncanny ability to see the insecure girl hiding behind her carefully constructed facade. And she's not the only one wearing a mask...
When Susan’s world falls apart and Pete picks up the pieces, she’s left wondering if she should listen to her head or her heart for once.
First comes love, then comes marriage…
Falling in love with Pete was as easy as falling off his boat, and his oh-so-romantic marriage proposal was impossible to turn down, but after the fairy dust settles, Susan’s left wondering if she’s making the right decision. Pete's thinking big wedding, Susan's thinking Vegas. Pete wants kids, Susan wants a corner office. Is there anything they can agree on?
Juggling work demands, wedding details, and Pete’s meddlesome relatives soon proves too much for her, and Susan starts dropping balls. Important balls. Balls she would never normally drop. And when she discovers her too-big dress is suddenly too small, a quick glance at her calendar tells her a few compromising bachelorette party photos may be the least of her worries.
A side-slipping comedy about marriage, family, and the choices women make.
"I cannot express how much I loved this book! This one melted my heart." --Goodreads
"All I can say is, Sister, you hit this one out of the ballpark." --Lunch Break
"I would recommend this book to anyone!" --Star The Librarian
A romantic comedy about love in the age of hand-sanitizer, double masks, and quarantinis…
As soon as the pandemic hit, art conservator and germaphobe Sophie Longeway locked herself in her New York City apartment. Seven months later, she’s unemployed, staring at a mountain of bills, and has a grumpy landlord breathing down her neck.
Agent to the stars Jacob Rossi and his fiancée, A-list actress Savannah Reed, lasted exactly thirty days in lockdown before they realized they couldn’t stand each other. Now he’s alone with little to do other than pacify his out-of-work clients and worry over his sick grandmother.
When a flaky antique shopkeeper refers Jacob to Sophie, there’s an instant connection. But how can they ever have a real relationship if she refuses to take off her mask?
An adorably romantic, witty story of what happens of when opposites attract and a summer fling turns into something so much more.
Twenty-nine-year-old Susan Wade didn't realize what she was getting into when she and her best friend cooked up a scheme to help her get promoted. Once settled in the claustrophobic coastal town of Havelock, North Carolina, she makes enemies fast. But before long she discovers her new arch-nemesis wants more from her than a good fight.
When Susan's world blows up, Pete Walsh, Havelock's version of the bachelor, is the Southern gentleman who helps her pick up the pieces. But are his motives as gentlemanly as he pretends or is lust taking the wheel?
As sparks fly, Susan is soon faced with a problem she may not be able to solve. Could Pete Walsh be the man of her dreams, or is that dream promotion what she really wants?
Will these two confused souls figure out what they need before Susan is called back to the big city? Can Pete let Susan leave this small town without a fight? And when did this casual summer fling turn into the “L” word?
Find out in the romantic comedy, readers are calling a home run!