Allison Public Library Notes 4/12
“RED ALERT” by James Patterson . . . When a fundraiser involving New York's wealthy elite is targeted by a fatal blast, detectives Zack Jordan and Kylie MacDonald discover a link between the bombing and the murder of a high-profile woman filmmaker before realizing that the bombers may be among the A-list guests they were hired to protect.
“AN AMERICAN MARRIAGE” by Tayari Jones . . . When her new husband is arrested and imprisoned for a crime she knows he did not commit, a rising artist takes comfort in a longtime friendship only to encounter unexpected challenges in resuming her life when her husband's sentence is suddenly overturned.
“THE BROKEN GIRLS” by Simone St. James . . . More than sixty years after one of four friends in a reputedly haunted boarding school goes missing, journalist Fiona Sheridan resolves to learn her sister's fate before a harrowing discovery is made.
“THE OTHER MOTHER” by Carol Goodman . . . A woman on the run with her infant daughter from a controlling husband takes a job at a Catskills estate and navigates the difficult challenges of postpartum depression at the side of a charismatic new friend who proves to have a disturbing hidden nature.
“I WAS ANASTASIA” by Ariel Lawhon . . . In Germany in 1920, the unexplained appearance of a traumatized, badly scarred young woman who claims to be the Grand Duchess Anastasia, the youngest Romanov daughter, launches a half-century of questions and accusations.
“BEYOND REASON” by Kat Martin . . . Dealing with the death of her grandfather and Drake Trucking’s top driver, Carly Drake, faced with bankruptcy, threats and the fear of failure, is forced to ask the last man she wants to owe for help—Lincoln Cain, the multimillionaire owner of a rival company.
“GATHERING THE THREADS” by Cindy Woodsmall . . . After several months living out in the world with her birth family, Ariana Brenneman is back living in the Old Amish community that she grew up in. The shock of discovering she and Skylar Nash were switched at birth has not worn off but both young women are regaining their footing and trying to determine what lies ahead--the Amish life or an Englischer one?
“SURRENDER TO THE HIGHLANDER” by Lynsay Sands . . . Owing her life to Highlander Niels Buchanan and his brothers, Lady Edith Drummond must protect her heart from the fierce warrior who will do anything —including defeating her family’s enemies—to make her his.
“BEYOND PROMISES” by Ron Corbett . . . Ron Corbett was elected to the Iowa House of Representatives in 1986 at age 26. A Republican, he served 13 years, becoming the youngest House speaker in Iowa history. He is the former mayor of Cedar Rapids and helped lead the city back from a devastating flood in 2008.
FOR YOUNG READERS:
“HILO: SAVING THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD” by Judd Winick . . . When portals open up all over town, releasing hordes of strange magical creatures, Hilo, DJ and Gina try to send a giant mutant chicken, a viking hippo, a magical warrior cat and millions of killer vegetables back to their own worlds.
“DIRT” by Denise Gosliner Orenstein . . . A Horse in the House? When a cruel neighbor decides to sell her curious if out-of-shape Shetland pony for horsemeat, the pony's only friend, scrawny eleven-year-old Yonder, resorts to desperate measures to save him.
“WIDE-AWAKE BEAR” by Pat Zietlow Miller . . . Despite all his efforts, Elliott is wide awake and cannot seem to get to sleep so that he and his mother can make it through the winter.
“THE SMALLEST GIRL IN THE SMALLEST GRADE” by Justin Roberts . . . Sally McCabe is a very little girl, and nobody notices her, although she notices everything that goes on around her--but when she speaks out about the unkindness she sees, people start to pay attention.
NEW DVDs for your viewing enjoyment: WONDER, AN UNCOMMON GRACE, and THE STAR.