Break Point Down: Game Over by Marthy Johnson

Title: Break Point Down: Game Over

Author: Marthy Johnson

Publisher: Publication Consultants

Release Date: August 10, 2009

ISBN: 978-1594331114

Size: 314 pages, 6×9, softcover

Genre: General

Kitt Buchanan is young, rich, a champion athlete at the top of his sport, and life is training, travel, and triumph. Talk shows, interviews, magazine articles, fan clubs. Unlimited bank accounts. Can he not be a self-indulgent jerk? Is it possible to be outrageously gifted and balanced too? His focus is a little ball, excellence, getting better and better in less and less. But life abruptly changes, and he has no one to blame but himself. And a few others. But who? And why? And where is the line between courage and stupidity? In Break Point Down a repeat Grand Slam champion follows a dream that quickly gets away from him. Now the skills that made him a champion must make him a man.

Second Chances by Linda Chadwick

Title: Second Chances

Author: Linda Chadwick

Publisher: Bonneville Books/Cedar Fort

Release Date: August 8, 2009

ISBN: 978-1599553047

Size: 240 pages, softcover

Genre: Romance

He slowly sat down in the porch swing. Even though it was not raining, he thought he could hear the rain falling softly from a darkened sky. He imagined Barbara sitting beside him, a sweet smile on her beautiful face and her silky brown hair blowing in the breeze.
Suddenly, the front door opened, and a small, elderly woman stepped out onto the porch. Can I help you? she asked abruptly.

Embarrassed, Larry jumped out of the swing. I . . . I used to live in this house . . . I was . . . reminiscing . . . he tried to explain. He quickly came to his senses. I m sorry to have bothered you. I ll be going now.

Still grieving over the loss of his wife, forty-one-year-old Larry Porter is facing challenges that no father should ever have to face. Almost overnight he becomes both father and mother to his three children, and they aren t having anything to do with him. A former workaholic, he now regrets being an absentee parent, but doesn t know how to make amends. Soon, Larry comes to understand that his children are more important to him than anything else. He must change the path they are on or lose them forever.

This tender and thought-provoking story will bring you face-to-face with the realities of losing a loved one. It will touch your heart, lift your spirit, and inspire you to tackle your own challenges with determination and hope.

Uncut Diamonds by Karen Jones Gowen

Title: Uncut Diamonds

Author: Karen Jones Gowen

Publisher: WiDo Publishing

Release Date: July 30, 2009

ISBN: 978-0979607011

Size: 386 pages, 6×9, softcover

Genre: General

It is the late Seventies. Gold medallions and disco dancing, bell bottoms and bushy sideburns, Star Wars and Saturday Night Fever are all the rage. Jimmy Carter is President during a frightening recession, with mortgage interest rates at 13% and fuel bills higher than house payments. In the heartland of the nation, a young Mormon couple, Marcie and Shawn McGill, struggle to save their home, family and marriage, during these uncertain times. And they find help in unexpected places…

Follow the lives of Marcie and her two sisters as their lives intertwine. Beautiful Cindy who is single and dating, often the wrong guy. Linda who married rich and lives in Denver with her husband and young daughter. And their parents, the kindly Methodist minister and his cheerful wife, who do what they can to help everyone out.

The Fob Bible by Eric W Jepson, et al

Title: The Fob Bible

Author: Eric W Jepson, Danny Nelson, Arwen Taylor, Samantha Larsen Hastings, B.G. Christensen, Sarah E. Jenkins, Ryan McIlvains, William C. Bishop

Publisher: Peculiar Pages

Release Date: June 1, 2009

ISBN: 978-0-9817696-9-1, 0-9817696-9-1

Size: 6×9 hardcover 265pp / seven ebook formats (EPUB, HTML, IMP, LIT, LRF, PDF, PRC)

Genre: Literary

This book is NOT eligible for a Whitney award; it is a collection of short stories.

The Fob Bible is a collection of short stories, poetry and drama based on the Old Testament. Some feature classic characters like Solomon and Jonah while others focus on side characters such as Goliath’s mother or Job’s wives. The startling power of some of these works balances with moments of hilarity such as in “A Travel Agent’s Description of Egypt, Circa Moses” and “From the Desk of Baal’s Secretary.” Together they create a thoughtful and provocative volume inspired by the foundational text of our civilization, proof that it continues to inspire and inform us in these latter days.

(All proceeds from the sales of this book (less publication costs) are donated to LDS Humanitarian Services. Purchasing directly from results in nearly double the donation given when purchasing through Amazon or other fine retailers.)

Also available: Plain and Precious Parts from the Fob Bible is electronic-only selections from the full Fob Bible available to read online ( or in seven ebook formats (EPUB, HTML, IMP, LIT, LRF, PDF, PRC). Plain and Precious is free with the exception of the Kindle version which costs 99 cents. It consists of four short stories and fourteen poems and runs from humorous to thought-provoking to inspiring.

The Route by Gale Sears

Title: The Route

Author: Gale Sears

Publisher: Walnut Springs Press (Leatherwood Press)

Release Date: May 18, 2009

ISBN: 978-1935217244

Size: 182 pages, 6×9, softcover

Genre: General

Carol, a middle-aged wife and mother, is pondering the meaning of life. On a trip to the grocery store to find some energizing dark chocolate, she sees a sign asking for volunteers to deliver meals to the elderly. When Carol decides to take a chance and help out, she’s in for a life-changing-and route-altering-experience.

Shelter from the Storm by Anita Stansfield

Title: Shelter from the Storm

Author: Anita Stansfield

Publisher: Covenant

Release Date: 2009

ISBN: 978-1-59811-835-3

Size: 240 pages, 6×9, softcover

Genre: General

Series: The Sound of Rain, A Distant Thunder, Winds of Hope

Jason rushed out of the bishop’s office, then moved even faster to get out of the building before he burst into tears. The moments in his life when he’d felt this way paraded before him. Derek’s death. Elizabeth telling him she didn’t love him and couldn’t marry him. Macy running away. His mother dying.

He reminded himself that Elizabeth had married him—twenty years later, and Macy had come home. He’d found peace over the deaths of his loved ones, but right now, the path to finding such peace felt impossible to traverse. But why? This wasn’t a death or a tragedy. It was a Church calling—and a belligerent woman who just couldn’t leave well enough alone. Why was he taking it so hard?

Just when everything seems to be going so well, Jayson’s life is turned upside down. As he begins to question his own worth and worthiness in God’s eyes, his doubts and fears threaten to tear apart everything he has worked so hard to build.

In yet another compelling chapter of the Jayson Wolfe story, bestselling LDS author Anita Stansfield creates a captivating story of love and loss and courage—a story that will touch and thrill the hearts of her readers. Beautifully rendered and deeply moving, this is a story about truths that often elude us. It is an intense examination of both the vulnerability and resilience of the human spirit.

Gravity vs the Girl by Riley Noehren

Title: Gravity vs the Girl

Author: Riley Noehren

Publisher: Forty-Ninth Street Publishers

Release Date: January 13, 2009

ISBN: 978-0615261652

Size: 272 pages; 6×9; softcover

Genre: General

Samantha Green has just spent an entire year in her pajamas, and she is beginning to regret it.

What’s more, she is haunted by four ghosts that are former versions of herself. First up is the overachieving and materialistic attorney, who is furious with Samantha for throwing away the career she worked so hard to build. Second is the lackadaisical college student who is high on life but low on responsibility. Next is the melodramatic teenager, who is consumed with her social standing, teal eyeliner and teased bangs. Finally, there is the scrappy six-year old, whose only objective is to overcome gravity so that she can fly.

Samantha’s ghosts alternate between fighting with each other, rallying around Samantha’s budding sanity and falling in love with a string of good-for-nothing drummers. Despite her reluctance to do so, Samantha must rely on these spirits from the past to repair the present and ensure her future.

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford

Title: Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

Author: Jamie Ford

Publisher: Ballantine Books

Date: January 27, 2009

ISBN: 978-0345505330

Size: 304 pages, hardcover

Genre: General, Historical

Henry Lee comes upon a crowd gathered outside the Panama Hotel, once the gateway to Seattle’s Japantown. It has been boarded up for decades, but now the new owner has made an incredible discovery: the belongings of Japanese families, left when they were rounded up and sent to internment camps during World War II. As Henry looks on, the owner opens a Japanese parasol.

This simple act takes old Henry Lee back to the 1940s, at the height of the war, when young Henry’s world is a jumble of confusion and excitement, and to his father, who is obsessed with the war in China and having Henry grow up American. While “scholarshipping” at the exclusive Rainier Elementary, where the white kids ignore him, Henry meets Keiko Okabe, a young Japanese American student. Amid the chaos of blackouts, curfews, and FBI raids, Henry and Keiko forge a bond of friendship–and innocent love–that transcends the long-standing prejudices of their Old World ancestors. And after Keiko and her family are swept up in the evacuations to the internment camps, she and Henry are left only with the hope that the war will end, and that their promise to each other will be kept.

Forty years later, Henry Lee is certain that the parasol belonged to Keiko. In the hotel’s dark dusty basement he begins looking for signs of the Okabe family’s belongings and for a long-lost object whose value he cannot begin to measure. Now a widower, Henry is still trying to find his voice–words that might explain the actions of his nationalistic father; words that might bridge the gap between him and his modern, Chinese American son; words that might help him confront the choices he made many years ago.

Set during one of the most conflicted and volatile times in American history, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet is an extraordinary story of commitment and enduring hope. In Henry and Keiko, Jamie Ford has created an unforgettable duo whose story teaches us of the power of forgiveness and the human heart.

Torn Apart by Diony George

Title: Torn Apart

Author: Diony George

Publisher: Cedar Fort/Bonneville Books

Release Date: February 10, 2009

ISBN: 978-1-59955-244-6

Size: 256 pages, 6×9, softcover

Genre: General

Alyson thinks her life is perfect. Hectic and tiring, of course, but no more so than any other wife and mother of four boys. But with her husband becoming increasingly distant, Alyson wonders if there s something she s doing wrong. Little does she know that the actions of someone she loves dearly are about to change her life forever.

Alyson never imagined it could happen to her, and when it did, she realized it could happen to anyone . . .

Based on a true story, Torn Apart is a heartrending inside look at how pornography can rip families apart and shatter the lives of everyone involved. This growing problem can infect any family and often goes unnoticed for years.

Full of heartache and courage, Torn Apart provides hope for those affected by pornography by showing that, through God s love, even this devastating addiction can be overcome.

The Tree House by Douglas Thayer

Title: The Tree House

Author: Douglas Thayer

Publisher: Zarahemla Books

Release Date: January, 2009

ISBN: 978-0-9787971-7-1

Size: 384 pages, softcover

Genre: General

When Harris Thatcher’s father dies, the boy’s journey into manhood becomes complicated with questions of faith, the meaning of life, and the capriciousness of death. Harris soon finds himself preaching the Mormon gospel as one of the first missionaries to West Germany following the devastation of World War II. Little does he know that his own war horrors await him upon his return home, when he is drafted into the Korean War.

Starting out in the same 1940s-era Provo, Utah, that Thayer brought to life in his memoir Hooligan: A Mormon Boyhood, this novel deepens and darkens as Harris is drawn into his harrowing Korean ordeal. Will he survive the war, not only physically but also emotionally and spiritually? And if he does survive, what other trials does death hold in store?

Small Town, Big Dreams by Darnell G. Dickson

Title: Small Town, Big Dreams: A Dane Jordan Sports Novel

Author: Darnell G. Dickson

Publisher: Cedar Fort

Release Date: December, 2008

ISBN: 978-1-59955-229-3

Size: 208 pages, 5×8, softcover

Genre: General, Sports

To achieve his dream of playing football at BYU, Dane Jordan has to get out of this small Oregon town . . .

Moving from California to Oregon was difficult for Dane Jordan, a high school senior who longs to play for BYU football. From making new friends to adjusting to a new school, Dane has much to learn about living in a small town – like the amount of gossip that can go around school in less than 5 minutes. Or how one small act of friendship can change a life forever. To make things even more challenging, Dane must do everything he can to be noticed on the football field on a team already replete with stars, in order to receive a scholarship from BYU and achieve his lifelong dream. Dane soon discovers that life has some very unexpected twists, on and off the field.

Darnell Dickson, sports editor of the Prove Daily Herald, has taken his expertise in football and penned it into this exciting novel. Football fans will enjoy being on the field with Dane as he tackles his problems with poise and class. Filled with humor, football, and realistic characters, this book allows each of us to cheer Dane on as he works toward his dream.

Grace by Richard Paul Evans

Title: Grace

Author: Richard Paul Evans

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Release Date: October 7, 2008

ISBN: 978-1416550037

Size: 336 pages, 5×7″, Hardcover

Genre: General, Christmas

She was my first kiss. My first love. She was a little match girl who could see the future in the flame of a candle. She was a runaway who taught me more about life than anyone has before or since. And when she was gone my innocence left with her.

As I begin to write, a part of me feels as if I am awakening something best left dead and buried, or at least buried. We can bury the past, but it never really dies. The experience of that winter has grown on my soul like ivy climbing the outside of a home, growing until it begins to tear and tug at the brick and mortar.

I pray I can still get the story right. My memory, like my eyesight, has waned with age. Still, there are things that become clearer to me as I grow older. This much I know: too many things were kept secret in those days. Things that never should have been hidden. And things that should have.

Promises to Keep: Diane’s Story by Dean Hughes

Title: Promises to Keep

Author: Dean Hughes

Publisher: Deseret Book

Release Date: October 1, 2008

ISBN: 978-1590389874

Size: 240 pages, 6×9″ Softcover

Genre: General

In Dean Hughes’s Hearts of the Children series, Diane left her abusive husband, Greg, to protect herself and their daughter, Jenny. At book signings and speaking events, the question Dean hears more than any other is, “What happened to Diane?”

Promises to Keep picks up Diane’s story years later. Diane is a single mom in her late thirties now, and Jenny is about to turn sixteen. Like most teenagers, Jenny is seeking her independence, and she and Diane are feeling tension in their relationship. Greg seems to offer Jenny the freedom she desires, and she keeps threatening to go live with him, causing Diane to look at the meaning of her own life. She has met Spencer, a man she is willing to consider marrying, but the complications in both families make such a marriage seem impossible. In which direction does happiness lie—or can Diane find it within herself?

Recovering Charles by Jason F. Wright

Title: Recovering Charles

Author: Jason F. Wright

Publisher: Shadow Mountain

Release Date: September 16, 2008

ISBN: 978-1590389645

Size: 288 pages, hardcover

Genre: General

Luke Millward is a man who does not know he is lost.

His girlfriend loves him; his career is going well; and every night he falls asleep knowing that his life is good and meaningful.

Only when the past reveals its twisted smile in a phone call and the disconnected voice asks him to come find his father in post-Katrina New Orleans is Luke compelled to find out what kind of man he truly is.

Recovering Charles is for every family who’s had it’s share of tough times, for anyone who regrets the things you’ve never said, for everyone who needs to know their life has a second verse.

The Hometown Weekly by Bruce Lindsay

Title: The Hometown Weekly: Good News for a Change

Author: Bruce Lindsay

Publisher: Covenant

Release Date: September, 2008

ISBN: 978-1598116007

Size: Softcover

Genre: General

Ripped gently from the headlines of The Parley’s Progress, the outstanding weekly newspaper of the 87th largest city in Utah, comes an abundance of good news. After more than thirty years of being asked the same question-“Why don’t you give us some good news for a change?”-veteran television news anchor Bruce Lindsay obliges us with humorous and heartwarming stories from the idyllic town that we believe we grew up in-or wished we did.

Inspired from the stories found in real small-town newspapers, Bruce Lindsay introduces us to the down-to-earth, foible-filled characters from Parley’s Grove-folks who can make the mundane mesmerizing and the absurd endearing. Warm, poignant, and always hilarious, these affectionate vignettes of small-town life will help you remember who you are and where you’re from.

Meeting Amazing Grace by Gary & Joy Lundberg

Title: Meeting Amazing Grace

Author: Gary & Joy Lundberg


Release Date: August 7, 2008

ISBN: 978-0915029068

Size: 274 pages, 6×7″, softcover

Genre: General

(A novel based on true stories.)

You are about to embark on an unusual path of discovery with an amazing woman named Grace. You may be pleasantly surprised to find solutions to your own challenges as you step into the lives of families facing dramatic, yet all-too-common, dilemmas. It will be as if you have a crystal ball showing you what can be done to bring peace and love between you and your own family members. You will see how the clashing of personalities and differing family traditions and beliefs can be transformed into loving, rich relationships. If you sense a realism about these encounters, even the most bizarre, it’s because all are based on true experiences of real people. A surprise twist at the end will touch your heart.

A Short Stay in Hell by Steven L. Peck

Title: A Short Stay in Hell

Author: Steven L. Peck

Publisher: (self)

Release Date: September 3, 2008

ISBN: 978-0557004959

Size: 102 pages, 6×9, softcover

Genre: General

This book is not eligible for a Whitney award.

How long is eternity?

In a Hell borrowed from a Jorge Borges story and constructed by a God he had never heard of, an ordinary man struggles to find meaning in a library, the dimensions of which are measured in light years. What does it mean to live forever? Is there any meaning in an existence that never ends?

The Santa Letters by Stacy Gooch-Anderson

Title: The Santa Letters

Author: Stacy Gooch-Anderson

Publisher: Sweetwater Books (Cedar Fort)

Release Date: 2008

ISBN: 978-1599551456

Size: 190 pages, 6×8, hardcover

Genre: General, Christmas

One year ago on Christmas Eve, William died. For Emma, the hit-and-run driver killed more than her husband; he killed her joy in life itself. Now, as Christmas approaches again, Emma Jensen finds herself sinking into a depression that nothing can breach; not her job, not her love for her children, and certainly not the season. Money is tight, and emotions are taut, and this year Christmas will be a meager, empty, and painful experience. Only six-year-old McKenna believes in miracles and the magic of Christmas. The rest of the family knows that Christmas can never be the same. But when a mysterious package and an ornate letter arrive on the doorstep, things begin to change. Each day, a package and a letter signed Santa arrive for the family, and together they come to understand that the joy of Christmas does not have to be lost forever, and that God s love can heal any wound, no matter how deep. The Santa Letters will take the Jensens on a journey through a Christmas experience that will have the power to heal them all.

Surprise Packages by Anderson, Littke and Carroll

Title: The Company of Good Women: Surprise Packages (vol 3)

Author: Nancy Anderson, Lael Littke and Carroll Hofeling Morris

Publisher: Deseret Book

Release Date: July, 2008

ISBN: 978-1-59038-908-9

Size: 360 pages, 6×9, softcover

Genre: General, Women’s Fiction

Series: Three Tickets to Peoria (v1), Almost Sisters (v2)

In Surprise Packages, the satisfying conclusion of The Company of Good Women series, Juneau, Deenie, and Erin deal with a new set of challenges.

Deenie, now living in Gainesville, Florida, begins to question everything she has believed about herself as she sees her actions through others’ eyes. Juneau’s feelings of guilt come to a head when a secret from her childhood and the mystery of her great-grandmother, Letitia, combine to force her to confront her past. And Erin, whose painful divorce has made her cynical about love and marriage, must decide if she can take a risk when she has a second chance for love.

Staying in touch through phone calls, e-mails, and periodic vacations together, the friends offer one another support, sometimes in the form of blunt feedback. But as they anticipate reaching their goal to become Crusty Old Broads, life takes a turn that puts their twenty-five-year pact in doubt.

A Modest Proposal by Michele Ashman Bell

Title: A Modest Proposal (The Butterfly Box)

Author: Michele Ashman Bell

Publisher: Covenant Communications, Inc.

Release Date: May, 2008


Size: 6×9, softcover

Genre: General, Women’s

All my life I had dreamed of changing the ordinary girl’s world of fashion by designing modest formal gowns—ones that you’d actually want to wear. With my super-hero stitching I would save you mothers and daughters crying in dressing rooms over yet another “the straps are just too small” prom dress. Don’t worry, I even thought of a catchy tagline for my brand: “Modest Is Hottest.” I told you I was good!

So I moved to New York and am finally living that dream . . . well, almost. I am at one of the top fashion companies, and my designs are definitely modest—but let’s face it, when it comes to outerwear, would you want to buy a skimpy trench coat? Didn’t think so.

Even though I don’t have my dream job, my family is a mess, and my love life stinks, I have a feeling things are going to change. I mean, they have to soon, or I’ll be forced to marry Jace. I did promise to become his wife only if I turned thirty and was still single, but I honestly didn’t think it was possible. Now twenty-nine, I’m cutting it way too close. Right now I’m flying back to Utah for our Butterfly Girls reunion. And since it is the Mormon Mecca, I might find myself a modest proposal. Utah engagements can take mere weeks. Never mind, I’m not that desperate. Really.

But maybe the girls can help. We’ve been best friends since high school. We Butterfly Girls are not the typical Pink Ladies, although we’ve definitely had our share of drama. We’ll laugh and cry over memories, from pageant glory to tragic endings, but the ones stored inside our butterfly box will surprise you most. We only open it when we’re all together, and our lives never seem the same after.

Finding Dad by Alma J. Yates

Title: Finding Dad

Author: Alma J. Yates

Publisher: Covenant Communications, Inc.

Release Date: May, 2008


Size: 6×9, softcover

Genre: General

Porter Huggins has never been so thankful for the tinted windows of his shiny Mercedes. He hopes they are dark enough to hide him from the unforgiving neighbors in the small town of his youth. When he drove away years ago, no one understood how he could leave behind his wife, Allyson, and their small son, Alma.

After years on a road leading nowhere, Porter has finally started to get his life on track. He’s active in the Church and his business is successful. However, his relationship with his son has deteriorated to annual birthday cards and even less frequent visits. Then came the phone call. Allyson is dead.

Now Porter is back in Utah to reclaim his son. However, Alma will leave the only life he’s known under one not-so-simple condition—his broken-down truck must come too. Even if Porter has to push it the entire five hundred miles to Eager, Arizona.

Join acclaimed storyteller Alma Yates on a heartwarming journey of faith, redemption, and forgiveness as this father and son come to learn that their relationship, like the old truck, is worth fixing.

Waiting for the Light to Change by Annette Haws

Title: Waiting for the Light to Change

Author: Annette Haws

Publisher: Bonneville Books/Cedar Fort

Release Date: May 2008

ISBN: 978-1-59955-156-2

Size: 340 pages, 6×9, softcover

Genre: General

Sarah’s had difficult years before—what high school teacher hasn’t?—but this year is the worst. Although Sarah’s managed as a single mother well enough, she’s frequently exhausted and still angry at the curves life has thrown her way. Shepherding her painfully shy daughter, Jenny, through high school as well as the return of her ex-husband after a twelve-year absence shakes Sarah’s fragile equilibrium. Additional trouble comes through the classroom door as Sarah winds up in a disastrous war with two senior boys who are determined to undermine Sarah and dominate her debate team.

Anger and revenge, joy and frustration, and ultimately consequences trap Sarah, her students, and her children as they all learn—through tragedy—that love isn’t ownership and that only forgiveness can heal families.

With the backdrop of an American high school, this is a story for anyone who understands that growing up is a life long process, but it is also a story about the dedicated people who teach children. Annette Haws has a clear, steady voice as she opens a w indow into the troubled world of adolescent angst and the lives of teachers trying to see into that world.

Silhouette by Nancy Cratty

Title: Silhouette

Author: Nancy Cratty

Publisher: Covenant Communications, Inc.

Release Date: April 2008

ISBN: 978-1598115439

Size: 6×9, softcover

Genre: General

She closed her eyes and remembered that cold December night many years ago. Every detail played in her mind. Even the scents and chill of the night were vivid in her memory. And the silhouette. That horrible silhouette that haunted her thoughts and dreams. She tried to remember details of the dark form, but there were none. If only she . . . had made a different choice the night her young son disappeared. If only she hadn’t made that drastic mistake.

Seventeen years ago, Leah and Garrett’s three-year-old son was abducted. And for seventeen years they’ve been searching for him. Now, with their emotional and physical resources exhausted, Garrett feels that they need to face reality—Austin is never coming back.

But Leah can’t let go, and her obsession with finding Austin takes a terrible toll on her relationship with her husband and their two daughters. The family is on the brink of collapse. Then a stranger appears who changes everything—perhaps not for the better. Compelling and stirring, Silhouette is a story of love, loss, and redemption, with real-life parallels that will affect the reader long after the last page is turned.

Spare Change by Aubrey Mace

Title: Spare Change

Author: Aubrey Mace

Publisher: Cedar Fort

Release Date: April, 2008

ISBN: 978-1-59955-150-0

Size: 210 pages, 5.5″ x 8.5″, paperback

Genre: General, Romance

New Year’s resolutions are one of Riley’s least favorite things—until this year.

Twenty-three and single, Riley thinks resolutions should be fun, not hard. Just before midnight, she vows to make the easiest resolution ever: save her pennies and at the end of the year, buy something nice for herself. Easy! …Or is it?

Working at a cancer treatment center can change one’s perspective, and before long Riley decides to donate her extra money to cancer research rather than reward herself. At first her resolution is her own secret, but all too soon the nurses figure out her plan, and then things really begin to get out of hand!

As people through the hospital, and then the town, begin to get involved, Riley finds herself at the front of the fund-raising campaign. She also finds herself face-to-face with Paul, the grouchy but cute bank teller. But can she overcome the memory of a failed relationship—and can he do the same? And who is the secret admirer who keeps leaving pennies and notes for her to find?

Aside from a million pennies, every flavor of ice cream imaginable, and maybe even love, Riley is about to discover that an ordinary person can be the catalyst for extraordinary events.