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Allison Public Library Notes 12/14

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THE MIDNIGHT LINE” by Lee Child . . . When Jack Reacher finds a West Point class ring in a pawn shop in Wisconsin, he starts searching for Major Serena Sanderson and fights his way through a biker gang and a South Dakota gangster to Wyoming.

HARDCORE TWENTY-FOUR” by Janet Evanovich . . . Reluctantly agreeing to babysit a professional grave robber's pet boa constrictor, Stephanie Plum is embroiled in a bizarre series of crimes that escalate from the violation of stolen corpses to the murder of a homeless man, a case that is complicated by the return of the hunky but reckless Diesel.

CHRISTMAS BLESSINGS” by Thomas Kinkade . . . The magic of the holiday season augments the faith of the Reverend Ben and the townspeople of Cape Light, Massachusetts. Renovation business owner Sam Morgan suffers an accident on the job that forces him to recover at home in the middle of his wife's new animal rescue shelter, and Jean Whitman, back in her childhood home, reopens her mother's old bookstore cafe.

HEATHER, THE TOTALITY” by Matthew Weiner . . . Mark and Karen Breakstone have constructed the idyllic life of wealth and status they always wanted, made complete by their beautiful and extraordinary daughter Heather. When the new owners of the penthouse above them begin construction, an unstable stranger penetrates the security of their comfortable lives and threatens to destroy everything they've created. 

HER SECRET” by Shelley Shepard Gray . . . Hannah Hilty and her family are forced to move from their bustling Amish town to a new community in Hart County, Kentucky, to escape a threatening stalker who challenges her faith and makes her afraid to trust her growing feelings for a kindhearted neighbor.

LITTLE SECRETS” by Anna Snoekstra . . . The residents of a dying, industrial town become increasingly paranoid as mysterious, porcelain dolls show up on random doorsteps, each looking exactly like the little girl who lives there until the growing tension causes devastating consequences. 

A TREASURE CONCEALED” by Tracie Peterson . . . Emily Carver is tired of moving from one mining camp to another and longs for a true home, and when a handsome geologist arrives in camp, the two are drawn to each other but fight the attraction for different reasons. In memory of Bob Roelf.

THIS BLESSED EARTH” by Ted Genoways . . . A portrait of the American small farm examines one family's fight to preserve their legacy, following them from harvest to harvest as they are confronted by encroaching pipelines, climate change, and shifting trade policies. Given in memory of Kirk Hummel.

WRANGLER'S CHALLENGE” by Lindsay McKenna . . . While at the Bar C Ranch, where he works with a crew of fellow military vets, Noah Mabry meets his new assistant, Dair Wilson, a half-Comanche ex-Marine who lost a foot to an IED and who has major trust issues, and must convince her that she has finally found a place to call home. 



WISHTREE” by Katherine Applegate . . . An old red oak tree tells how he and his crow friend, Bongo, help their human neighbors get along after a threat against an immigrant family is carved into the tree's trunk. In memory of Marilee Reiher.

A CHRISTMAS FOR BEAR” by Bonny Becker . . . Receiving his friend, Mouse, at his home for a first Christmas party, a curmudgeonly Bear is perplexed by his tiny companion's anxious and secretive scurrying. 

SMALL WALT” by Elizabeth Verdick . . . Small Walt and his driver, Gus, take on a blizzard! All the bigger snowplows doubt that Walt has what it takes to plow the roads in the storm, but Walt is determined to prove them wrong.

PRINCESSES WEAR PANTS” by Savannah Guthrie . . . Princess Penelope Pineapple stays busy flying planes, exercising, and gardening, always wearing pants, and so when disaster strikes at the Pineapple Ball, Penny is prepared. In memory of Marilee Reiher.