"A compelling and thought-provoking novel that will move and inspire readers of all kinds." -John Burnham Schwartz, author of Reservation Road



Markert sets his tale at Louisville’s Waverly Hills sanatorium during a 1920s tuberculosis outbreak. Few epidemics were so deadly, and Dr. Wolfgang Pike is beleaguered to the point of exhaustion.  His wife’s death leaves him in even more despair, as he struggles to save the few lives he can amidst constant suffering.


But fortunes change when a former concert pianist checks in to Waverly Hill, and Dr. Pike—an amateur composer—is taken with the new patient’s musicality. Soon Pike is forming a hospital orchestra, bringing a sense of hope and enjoyment to the ward. While music can’t cure TB, it does awaken a new resolve in Dr. Pike and his patients, and brings a welcome relief from the struggles they’re facing.



Each challenge teaches a new skill and features a different Savannah animal, but my kids were immediately drawn to the ostrich level, where they had to load and unload the giant flightless birds into a truck until it had exactly 20 ostriches. They’ve always been charmed by the antics of the comical ostrich at our local zoo, so this game was the perfect way to build their addition and subtraction skills while having a great time.


Once they’ve mastered their math skills, young learners can explore weather, animals, and more with the other great NOOK Apps from i Learn With.


Each week, we ask our featured author to recommend a book or author that you may want to check out. Since authors are such passionate readers themselves, we thought you might like to find out what they love to read, too! Here’s what James recommends:


by spec on ‎08-09-2013 07:48 AM

Here's additional freebies, a.k.a Free Friday's Extras, that many good people found and shared since last Friday. As usual all the books were free at the time of submitting this post, please verify the price before clicking Buy.

Religious Fiction
All for a Song by Allison Pittman

Religion & Spirituality
What Is Heaven Like? (Ebook Shorts): Answers to Your Most Pressing Questions about Everlasting Life by David D. Swanson

Cooking, Food & Wine
Circle of Friends Cookbook - 25 Barbecue Recipes by Gooseberry Patch (Compiler)
The Paleo Summer Survival Guide: 12 Must-Have Recipes Plus Insider Tips for a Healthy, Happy Summer by Julie and Charles Mayfield

Business & Investing
Return on Sustainability: How Business Can Increase Profitability and Address Climate Change in an U... by Kevin Wilhelm


Please laurel this post if the list is useful to you.

by eReaderPerks on ‎08-09-2013 07:51 AM

Happy Friday!

Here are some of the very latest top-rated Nook freebies. (All of these are 4+ rated):

Kids 4.0 Stars/33 Reviews: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/cinderella-is-evil-jamie-campbell/1115077934?ean=2940044424913Fantas... 5.0 Stars/6 Reviews (4.8 Stars/28 Reviews on Amazon): http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-chronicles-of-dragon-craig-halloran/1114548483?ean=2940044518643

Mystery 4.4 Stars/9 Reviews (4.5 Stars/53 Reviews on Amazon): http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/elusive-sara-rosett/1112759924?ean=2940044535299

Religious (Adventure) 4.3 Stars/4 Reviews (4.2 Stars/41 Reviews on Amazon): http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/lazarus-man-scott-toney/1109700504?ean=2940044970519

Romance (Paranormal) 4.1 Stars/21 Reviews (4.2 Stars/169 Reviews on Amazon): http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/kades-dark-embrace-kym-grosso/1109739440?ean=2940044518902

Romance (Contemporary/Comedy) 4.7 Stars/12 Reviews (4.4 Stars/79 Reviews on Amazon): http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/leashed-zoe-dawson/1113343533?ean=2940044593176

Teen (Fantasy) 4.5 Stars/4 Reviews (4.5 Stars/29 Reviews on Amazon): http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/true-grime-natasha-deen/1105441192?ean=2940011489082

Sci-Fi 4.2 Stars/6 Reviews (4.3 Stars/25 Reviews on Amazon): http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/linkage-jay-falconer/1111900489?ean=2940033129904

Spirituality 3.0 Stars with 4 Reviews (4.4 Stars/90 Reviews on Amazon): http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/hope-beyond-hell-the-righteous-purpose-of-gods-judgment-gerry-beauch...

Happy reading! :smileyhappy:

Lorie @ www.eReaderPerks.com (Free Nook Books in 19 Genres)

by wonsue on ‎08-09-2013 07:57 AM

Thank you for these great choices. One Way Bridge sounds good too. Have a restful weekend.

by Eros-Ashima on ‎08-09-2013 08:09 AM

Another Friday and more wonderful books to add to my bulging Nooks! I am getting stronger, I can pick up 800 books in one hand! Thanks to B&N and thanks to all those that contribute their findings and positive energy here.

by TarHeelGirl00 on ‎08-09-2013 08:20 AM

Thanks Jeremy for this week's selection!  It appears to be a book very different from what I have been reading lately, so it will be a good change of pace for me.


Happy reading this weekend to everyone!:smileyhappy:

by michealep91 on ‎08-09-2013 09:01 AM

awesome stuff!!!  Going on a cruise in a month, trying to "bulk" up the Nook for my me time!!!Thanks so much everyone.  Happy Free Friday!!

by Ladonna2 on ‎08-09-2013 09:37 AM

Thank you Jeremy for the free nook book and everyone else that listed some free books. :smileyhappy: My library is getting bigger.

by BethAnnCullen on ‎08-09-2013 09:56 AM

Thank You!!! :cathappy:

by kurleygirl on ‎08-09-2013 09:57 AM

Happy Friday!!! Thank you to JeremyCesarec, spec, Lori, and TruittKA !!!!  You guys make my day every week! You are so much better a picking GOOD free books than I am!  And give me enough reading material to last months!

by judy9569 on ‎08-09-2013 10:01 AM

Thank ya'll very much for the free friday selections!

by Rich_D on ‎08-09-2013 10:02 AM
by sewcrazeee on ‎08-09-2013 10:04 AM

Thank-You! Thank-You!

by dixiemae on ‎08-09-2013 10:32 AM

Thank you!!

by KarliL on ‎08-09-2013 10:48 AM

Thanks to all of you for the additional selections! Your efforts are very much appreciated. :heart: