Allison Public Library Notes 2/06
“THE TITANIC SECRET” by Clive Cussler . . . When NUMA Director Dirk Pitt finds a document inside an antiquated submersible left behind a century earlier by legendary detective Isaac Bell, it reopens a mystery involving an international power scheme aimed at seizing control of a rare element.
“HOUSE ON FIRE” by Joseph Finder . . . Eagerly accepting a job investigating whistleblower claims about the manufacturer of an opioid that contributed to an army buddy’s death, Nick Heller uncovers dangerous secrets implicating a powerful family.
“A LONG PETAL OF THE SEA” by Isabel Allende . . . Sponsored by the poet Pablo Neruda to flee the violence of the Spanish Civil War, a pregnant widow and an army doctor unite in an arranged marriage only to be swept up by the early days of World War II.
“THE SECRET GUESTS” by Benjamin Black . . . The secret World War II relocation of the princesses Elizabeth and Margaret to an old estate in Ireland becomes subject to the devastations of the Blitz, the resentments of grieving townspeople and suspicions about the girls’ true identities.
“THEN SINGS MY SOUL” by Amy K. Sorrells . . . When Jakob’s wife dies, he and his daughter, Nel, are forced to face the realities of his worsening dementia—including a near-naked, midnight jaunt down the middle of main street. And when she discovers a mysterious gemstone in Jakob’s old lapidary room, Jakob’s condition worsens as he begins having flashbacks about his baby sister from nearly a century past.
“HOW TO CHARM A BEEKEEPER'S HEART” by Candice Sue Patterson . . . Weddings are the last thing beekeeper Huck Anderson wants to be associated with, considering his past. So when he inherits a building occupied by a bridal boutique, he aims to evict the failing business and open a sporting goods store. That is until his tenant ends up being Arianne Winters, a woman he's indebted to from a mistake made years ago. When a life-threatening injury derails Huck entirely, Arianne offers a compromise to keep her boutique and her life out of bankruptcy; she'll aid in his lengthy recovery if he'll allow her to remain in his building. In honor of Joy Schueler.
“THE WORDS I NEVER WROTE” by Jane Thynne . . . Impulsively purchasing an antique typewriter that once belonged to a celebrated journalist, a photographer in present-day New York discovers an unpublished novel in the case, igniting a transatlantic journey to uncover the writer’s family secrets.
“WE WILL RISE” by Steve Beaven . . . By 1977 the University of Evansville's Purple Aces basketball team had won five small-college national championships. Then, on a foggy night, after just four games, the plane carrying the team and its coach crashed after takeoff, killing everyone on board. With the support of a city in mourning, ambitious new coach Dick Walters assembled a team of castoffs, walk-ons, and overachievers. Against all odds, his young men made history. A tribute to those who were lost, and to those who carried on. In memory of Wilbur Cordes.
“COUNTRY STRONG” by Linda Lael Miller . . . When Shallie Fletcher, a woman from his past, returns to Painted Pony Creek in need of his help in learning how to train horses, Cord Hollister, agreeing to help her for two weeks, finds himself drawn to her and wanting her to stay—forever.
FOR YOUNG READERS:
“WAR STORM” by Victoria Aveyard . . . Determined to overthrow the kingdom of Norta and secure freedom for Reds and newbloods like herself, Mare Barrow is forced to ally herself with Cal, the boy who broke her heart, only to find herself ruthlessly pursued by an obsessed Maven, in a conclusion to the epic series that includes Glass Sword.
“ONCE UPON A GOAT” by Dan Richards . . . When a proper king and queen ask their fairy godmother for a child, they find themselves gifted instead with a baby goat.
“A BIG BED FOR LITTLE SNOW” by Grace Lin . . . Little Snow loves the new big, soft bed Mommy made him for the long, cold winter nights. But Mommy says this bed is for sleeping, not jumping! What happens when he can't resist jump, jump, jumping on his new fluffy, bouncy bed?
“A PLACE TO LAND” by Barry Wittenstein . . . Martin Luther King, Jr. was once asked if the hardest part of preaching was knowing where to begin. No, he said. The hardest part is knowing where to end. "It's terrible to be circling up there without a place to land."
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