Allison Public Library Notes 8/24
“DEVIL'S CUT” by J.R. Ward . . . When a son of the Baldwine family is arrested for his father's murder, the ensuing turmoil is further complicated by the family's failing bourbon business, the poor health of a motherly head cook and a shocking secret about the patriarch's demise.
“THE MARRIAGE PACT” by Michelle Richmond . . . Picture-perfect newlyweds Alice and Jake are unexpectedly initiated into a mysterious organization designed to keep marriages happy and intact through seemingly sensible rules that become increasingly exacting and subject to brutal enforcement.
“THE CLOCKWORK DYNASTY” by Daniel H. Wilson . . . A young anthropologist specializing in ancient technology makes the astonishing discovery that a race of human-like machines has been hiding among people for untold centuries.
“ANY DREAM WILL DO” by Debbie Macomber . . . After serving two years in prison, Shay Benson, who is determined to start fresh, finds friendship with widowed pastor Drew Douglas, who teaches her how to trust again, but when her brother returns to town it may undo her new life. Given in memory of Carlene Griggs.
“THE LIGHTKEEPER'S DAUGHTERS” by Jean E. Pendziwol . . . When her late father's diaries are discovered after a tragic accident, Elizabeth, whose eyesight has failed, explores the diaries and the mysteries of her past with the help of Morgan, a delinquent teenager performing community service at Elizabeth's retirement home.
“DAWN AT EMBERWILDE” by Sarah E. Ladd . . . When Annabelle Creswell and her half-sister are invited by a long-lost aunt to Bellfield Crossing for the summer, several suitors there take an interest in her, but magistrate Colin Ashton warns her that not all of them can be trusted.
“BRAVE DEEDS” by David Abrams . . . Follows six American soldiers, all with very different backgrounds and histories, as they make a dangerous journey across an inhospitable, war-torn Baghdad to attend the funeral of their leader, a staff sergeant.
“ALL YOU NEED” by Lorelei James . . . PR agent Annika Lund can spin any disaster into a win. But revamping the reputation of a notorious Swedish hockey player will take every trick in her arsenal, especially when his agent insists that convincing everyone he’s no longer a playboy is top priority. And that it requires a sham relationship—with Annika playing the part of the loving girlfriend.
“BLACKTHORNE'S BRIDE” by Joan Johnston . . . When Josie Wentworth, a maid in the house of the Duke of Blackthorne, becomes a wealthy heiress, she vows to teach the duke, whom she has despised for years, a lesson by transforming herself in order to catch his eye, and then breaking his heart.
FOR YOUNG READERS:
“MARCH” by John Lewis . . . A graphic novel account of the author's lifelong struggle for civil and human rights spans his youth in rural Alabama, his life-changing meeting with Martin Luther King, Jr., and the birth of the Nashville Student Movement. The March trilogy includes book one, book two, and book three.
“THE DEAD BIRD” by Margaret Wise Brown . . . When they find a dead bird, a group of children bury it in the woods, sing a song to it, and put flowers on the grave.
“THAT NEIGHBOR KID” by Daniel Miyares . . . In this nearly wordless picture book, a young girl spies on her new neighbor, a young boy who is building something from planks of the fence between their backyards.
NEW DVDs for your viewing enjoyment: BEFORE I FALL, THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS, and POWER RANGERS.