Allison Public Library Notes 9/28
“THE WESTERN STAR” by Craig Johnson . . . Sheriff Walt Longmire navigates a violent convergence of his past and present during a parole hearing for one of the most dangerous men he has ever met, a criminal whose thirst for vengeance threatens everyone Walt cares about and echoes complicated dynamics from a Vietnam-era sheriff's convention.
“THE BLINDS” by Adam Sternbergh . . . Helping maintain an uneasy peace in The Blinds, a rural Texas community of criminal misfits who were given a chance at a new life after having their memories altered, sheriff Calvin Cooper struggles with personal secrets in the wake of a suicide and murder.
“THE VENGEANCE OF MOTHERS” by Jim Fergus . . . A sequel to the award-winning One Thousand White Women follows the embittered journal of a woman who assisted the government's "Brides for Indians" program in 1873, only to become fully absorbed into Cheyenne culture in the face of white society's rejection.
“WHEN WE WERE WORTHY” by Marybeth Mayhew Whalen . . . After a horrific accident kills three cheerleaders, four women—Marglyn, a grieving mother; Darcy, whose son caused the accident; Ava, a substitute teacher with a scandalous secret; and Leah, a cheerleader—each grapple with loss, shame and lies until the truth comes out.
“HUNTING HOUR” by Margaret Mizushima . . . When Deputy Mattie Cobb and her K-9 partner, Robo, get called to track a missing junior high student, they find the girl dead behind the high school and must head to the home of Cole Walker to break the bad news; soon enough, another girl goes missing—and this time, it's one of Cole's daughters.
“THE EBB TIDE” by Beverly Lewis . . . Spending the summer working as a nanny in Cape May, young Amish woman Sallie meets a marine biology student and makes discoveries about herself and the world outside her community that compel her to question her commitments to the home she has always loved.
“WHERE I LOST HER” by T. Greenwood . . . Spotting a lost child who flees into the woods, Tess, a woman whose high-profile marriage was shattered by her inability to have children is disbelieved by local authorities and conducts an obsessive search that becomes tied to her efforts to heal.
“COUNTRY GRIT” by Scottie Jones . . . The author discusses her life running a small-scale sheep farm, describing how she cared for her animals and coped with financial difficulties by setting up Farm Stay, a guest house where people wanting to learn about farm life could stay.
“YOU SAY IT FIRST” by Susan Mallery . . . Afraid she'll have no choice but to work at the family bank, Pallas Saunders, a wedding planner whose business is floundering, finds inspiration in new hire Nick Mitchell, a sculptor who works as a carpenter between commissions.
FOR YOUNG READERS:
“ONCE AND FOR ALL” by Sarah Dessen . . . Cynical about happy endings, Louna, the daughter of a wedding planner, initially holds Ambrose at arm's length, but Ambrose has finally found someone to save him from his serial dating ways, and he's not about be discouraged.
“PANDORA” by Victoria Turnbull . . . Pandora the fox lives alone in a junk yard and no one ever comes to visit, until one day, she rescues an injured bird that falls from the sky and nurses him back to health, and as thanks, the bird helps to transform the landscape of Pandora's home. In memory of Marilee Reiher.
“TRAINS DON'T SLEEP” by Andria Rosenbaum . . . Cross bridges and canyons, plow through snow, charge down mountains, and meander across fields filled with sheep. And when it is time to rest and dreams are just ahead, never fear—trains don’t sleep so that you can. Given in fond memory of Marilee Reiher, forever a teacher.