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“PAST PERFECT” by Danielle Steel . . . An abrupt job relocation that takes them from their well-ordered Manhattan life to San Francisco triggers a collision between the past and present for a successful married couple who during a small earthquake experience visions of their new home's original inhabitants from a century earlier.
“KILLING ENGLAND” by Bill O'Reilly . . . In a book told through the eyes of George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson and Great Britain’s King George III, the authors chronicle the path to independence in gripping detail, taking the reader from the battlefields of America to the royal courts of Europe. In memory of Jeff Boomgarden.
“IRIS & LILY” by Angela & Julie Scipioni . . . Iris and Lily are the lovably ingenuous youngest daughters in a family of fourteen, starving for attention as they struggle to survive in the chaotic Capotosti household. Told in alternating chapters in the voices of the two protagonists, sprinkled with episodes of comedy and tragedy that will make you laugh and cry.
“DRUMS OF AUTUMN” by Diana Gabaldon . . . Cast ashore in the American Colonies, Claire and Jamie Fraser are faced with a bleak choice: return to a Scotland fallen into famine and poverty, or seize the risky chance of a new life in a New World--shadowed by Claire's knowledge of the coming revolution.
“CHASING SECRETS” by Lynette Eason . . . When a photo leads investigators in Ireland to open a cold case, bodyguard Haley Callaghan and her client find themselves in the cross-hairs as they race to find what links the past to their future.
“KILLING PACE” by Douglas Schofield . . . A woman on the run and struggling to reclaim her past after a car accident that has left her with amnesia struggles with the growing awareness that the man who claims to be her boyfriend is actually her captor.
“MAGGIE BRIGHT” by Tracy Groot . . . England, 1940. Clare Childs knew life would change when she unexpectedly inherited the Maggie Bright—a noble fifty-two-foot yacht. In fact, she’s counting on it. But the boat harbors secrets. When a stranger arrives, searching for documents hidden onboard, Clare is pulled into a Scotland Yard investigation that could shed light on Hitler’s darkest schemes and prompt America to action. Given in memory of Bob Roelf.
“CITY OF DARKNESS AND LIGHT” by Rhys Bowen . . . Molly and Daniel Sullivan are settling happily into the new routines of parenthood, but their domestic bliss is shattered the night a gang retaliates against Daniel for making a big arrest. Daniel wants his family safely out of New York City as soon as possible. In shock and grieving, but knowing she needs to protect their infant son Liam, Molly agrees to take him on the long journey to Paris to stay with her friends Sid and Gus, who are studying art in the City of Light.
“A DARING ARRANGEMENT” by Joanna Shupe . . . Lady Honora Parker convinces disreputable financier Julius Hatcher to pose as her betrothed so that her father will reject the match and she can marry the artist she loves, only to discover that Julius has a plan of his own.
FOR YOUNG READERS:
“WINDFALL” by Jennifer E. Smith . . . Alice doesn’t believe in luck—at least, not the good kind. But she does believe in love, and for some time now, she’s been pining for her best friend, Teddy. On his eighteenth birthday—just when it seems they might be on the brink of something—she buys him a lottery ticket on a lark. To their astonishment, he wins $140 million, and in an instant, everything changes.
“GIVE BEES A CHANCE” by Bethany Barton . . . An introduction to the world of bees describes their physical characteristics, abilities, and how they make honey.
“MARY MCSCARY” by R.L. Stine . . . Meet Mary McScary. Mary likes to be scary. She scares her mom, her dad, her pets, and even a balloon! But there's just one person Mary can't scare -- her cousin, Harry McScary. He's not afraid of the usual things, like spiders, snakes, and other creepy crawlies. But Mary doesn't give up that easily, and one way or another she'll find a way to give Harry the scare of his life. . . Beware of Mary McScary!