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Karen Dodd. Begin Again, Quinn. New Bern, NC: K. E. Dodd, 2008.

Quinn Winslow is happy to retire and move back to the North Carolina coast where she grew up.  She’s had a good career, but a bit of a disappointing life.  She hopes that being back among friends will help her forget an abusive marriage and renew her body and soul.  Once settled in, Quinn adopts a pleasing, healthy lifestyle, and begins to attract the interests of Danny, a friend from childhood, and Charles, a neighbor.  However, the town itself is having problems.  A number of older people have died under questionable circumstances.  When the killer targets members of Quinn’s investment club, she enlists her best friend in her search for the killer, imperiling them both.

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Filed under 2000-2009, 2008, Carteret, Coast, Craven, Dodd, Karen, Mystery

Patti Callahan Henry. The Art of Keeping Secrets. New York: New American Library, 2008.

South Carolinian Annabelle Murphy is able to come to terms with her husband’s unexpected death in a plane crash in a remote area of Colorado. That is, until the wreckage of the plane is found to contain two bodies. In her quest to find the identity of her husband’s traveling companion, Annabelle comes to Newboro (New Bern) North Carolina where she learns how her life intersects with that of Sophie Milstead and Sophie’s late mother, an art gallery owner on the run from her past.

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Filed under 2000-2009, 2008, Coast, Craven, Henry, Patti Callahan

Will Loftin Hargrave. Wallannah: A Colonial Romance. Richmond: B. F. Johnson Publishing Co., 1902.

John Cantwell puts up a good front, but he is not the honest man the people of New Bern think he is. Despite his high social standing, his business dealings are shady and his personal life dishonorable. His schemes affect the lives of many people in the New Bern area in the decades leading up to the American Revolution.

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Filed under 1900-1909, 1902, Coast, Craven, Hargrave, Will Loftin, Novels to Read Online

Ronleigh de Conval.The Fair Lady of Halifax, or, Comley’s Six Hundred. Raleigh: Edwards & Broughton, 1920.

This novel covers the sweep of eighteenth-century North Carolina history. Set chiefly around New Bern, it presents the European settlement of the area and conflicts between the settlers and Native Americans. Colonel Colmey emerges as the hero of the book for his brilliance and bravery as an officer in the Continental army in the early days of the American Revolution. (Ronleigh de Conval is the pseudonym of John Alfred Pollock.)

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Filed under 1920, 1920-1929, Coastal Plain, Craven, de Conval, Ronleigh, Historical, Novels to Read Online

William Drysdale. Pine Ridge Plantation, or, The Trials and Successes of a Young Cotton Planter. New York: Thomas Y. Crowell, 1901.

Colonel Andrews, a major North Carolina cotton planter, persuades Huntley Robertson, a hired hand on a farm in New York, to start out on his own near New Bern in 1900. With little money but lots of determination, Robertson becomes a successful planter.

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Filed under 1900-1909, 1901, Coastal Plain, Craven, Drysdale, William, Novels to Read Online

Gwynne Forster. Blues from Down Deep. New York: Kensington, 2004.

Regina Pearson never really felt at home in Hawaii, especially after her father passed away and she had no family left in the islands. When she learns about relatives in New Bern, N.C., she heads off to find them, excited about meeting the extended family she’s never known. Although she meets many colorful characters, Regina finds a group of people with troubles of their own, hardly the warm embrace she’d expected. It isn’t until she gets to know a retired soldier named Justin Duval that she decides she might have a reason for staying.

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Filed under 2000-2009, 2004, Coastal Plain, Craven, Forster, Gwynne, Romance/Relationship