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The Lost Husband

by Katherine Center |

REVIEWED BY LISA KAY GREISSINGER

NOVEL

Three years after her husband’s death, Libby Moran and her two children are living with her narcissistic mother in a too-small condo. So when Libby’s crazy aunt Jean asks if she’d “like to be rescued,” Libby and the kids head to Jean’s Texas goat farm. There Libby finds hard work, healing—and a handsome farm manager. Center’s latest is a sweet tale about creating the family you need.

Carried in Our Hearts

by Jane Aronson |

REVIEWED BY LEE AITKEN

NON-FICTION

Known as “the orphan doctor,” Aronson has helped Angelina Jolie and countless ordinary families bring home a child from Ethiopia, China, Russia or Vietnam. Here Aronson collects moving accounts from parents such as actress Connie Britton who recall the anxiety and red tape of foreign adoption but stress its indelible reward: that first moment when you see a child and embrace her as your own.

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