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It all happened on New Year’s Eve…

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New Year’s Eve or Day is an intriguing time to set a story in.  It can be a reflective and/or celebratory time. Like Janus, the two-faced Roman God, one reflects on the past and looks forward to the future at the same time.

All the following stories take place around New Year’s Eve or Day:

Image of itemConspiracy 365. Book One: January by Gabrielle Lord

On New Year’s Eve, 15-year-old Callum Ormond is chased down the street by a staggering, sick man with a deadly warning, “They killed your father. They’ll kill you. You must survive the next 365 days”. Hurled into a life on the run, with a price on his head…hunted by the law and ruthless criminals, Cal must somehow uncover the truth about his father’s mysterious death and a history-changing secret. 12 books, 12 months.

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A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby

Meet Martin, JJ, Jess, and Maureen. Four people who come together on New Year’s Eve: a former TV talk show host, a musician, a teenage girl, and a mother. Three are British, one is American. They encounter one another on the roof of Topper’s House, a London destination famous as the last stop for those ready to end their lives. This is a tale of connections made and missed, punishing regrets, and the grace of second chances.

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Rules of Civility by Amor Towles

A chance encounter with a handsome banker in a jazz bar on New Year’s Eve 1938 catapults Wall Street secretary Katey Kontent into the upper echelons of New York society, where she befriends a shy multi-millionaire, an Upper East Side ne’er-do-well, and a single-minded widow.

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A New Year’s Eve Murder: a Lucy Stone Mystery by Leslie Meier

Winning mother/daughter makeovers in Manhattan from “Jolie” magazine, Lucy Stone and her daughter Elizabeth witness a murder that casts a negative light on several high-style fashionistas and places Elizabeth’s life in danger.

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New Year’s Eve (DVD)

A stellar ensemble cast celebrates love, hope, forgiveness, second chances and fresh starts, in intertwining stories told amidst the pulse and promise of New York City on the most dazzling night of the year.

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Angels at the table : a Shirley, Goodness, and Mercy Christmas story by Debbie Macomber

Taking an apprentice angel to Times Square to show him the delights and opportunities of the city, angels Shirley, Goodness, and Mercy help Will to introduce a lonely chef and food critic who after a year-long separation are reunited during the holiday season.

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New Year’s Eve by Lisa Grunwald

After the accidental death of her young nephew, the child of her twin sister, Erica contends with her own daughter’s conversations with her dead cousin, an obsession that threatens to sunder family relationships.

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Not Another New Year’s by Christie Ridgway

Hating New Year’s because of her bitter memories of her unfaithful fiancé’s betrayal, Hannah Davis is spending the night alone in a Coronado, California, bar, until she allows herself to be picked up by a gorgeous and brooding man, who turns out to be former Secret Service agent Tanner Hart, a man with his own ghosts to put to rest.


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