Allison Public Library Notes 4/30
“THE HOUSE OF KENNEDY” by James Patterson . . . The Kennedys have always been a family of charismatic adventurers, raised to take risks and excel, living by the dual family mottos: "To whom much is given, much is expected" and "Win at all costs." And they do--but at a price.
“THE NEW HUSBAND” by D. J. Palmer . . . After meeting Simon Fitch, a teacher from her daughter Maggie’s middle school, widow Nina Garrity has hopes of putting her shattered life back together, but her friends aren’t so sure that Simon has the best of intentions.
“YOU AND ME AND US” by Alison Hammer . . . Spending a final summer at the beach together when her husband is diagnosed with terminal cancer, workaholic Alexis puts her career on hold while their daughter struggles through the bittersweet realities of first love.
“THE COYOTES OF CARTHAGE” by Steven Wright . . . Dre Ross has one more shot. Despite being a successful political consultant, his aggressive tactics have put him on thin ice with his boss, Mrs. Fitz, who plucked him from juvenile incarceration and mentored his career. She exiles him to the backwoods of South Carolina with $250,000 of dark money to introduce a ballot initiative on behalf of a mining company. The goal: to manipulate the locals into voting to sell their pristine public land to the highest bidder.
“SIMON THE FIDDLER” by Paulette Jiles . . . Conscripted into the Confederate Army after nearly escaping the American Civil War, an itinerant fiddle player joins a ragtag regimental band playing for both sides of the conflict before falling in love with an indentured Irish governess.
“ALMOST JUST FRIENDS” by Jill Shalvis . . . Anticipating well-earned freedom after raising her siblings, a tough woman forges an unexpected bond with an enigmatic stranger before a massive storm and demons from the past throw everything she believes into question.
“GREENWOOD” by Michael Christie . . . A metaphorical tale tracing multiple generations of a once-wealthy family finds its members navigating secrets and crimes linked to the trees that have made and broken their fortunes.
“CHASING DREAMS” by Deborah Raney . . .12-year-old Mateo's mother died from cancer, she was his only living relative. Lukas Blaine is the only “Big Brother” he knows. So Luke becomes his sole provider. Mateo is sullen and angry and needs constant attention. How can Luke possibly find the time to start a new relationship or saddle someone else with a wounded child? He may have to let go of the woman of his dreams--and crush her dreams at the same time.
“WHITE PINES SUMMER” by Sherryl Woods . . . Single father Chance Adams will do anything to get back his share of the family ranch; even if it means charming his uncle's ornery stepdaughter, schoolteacher Jenny Adams. But he isn't prepared to fall in love. Jenny always dreamed of finding the perfect man, but Chance, with his hellion, if lovable, son and his unbending grudge against her family, doesn't exactly fit the picture.
FOR YOUNG READERS:
“THE LINE TENDER” by Kate Allen . . . When a Great White shark appears in the water near in her sleepy Rockport community, triggering a devastating tragedy, a 12-year-old girl must pick up the work of her late marine-biologist mother to lift the cloud of grief hanging over her community.
“THIS BOOK IS GRAY” by Lindsay Ward . . . Left out by the other colors, lonely Gray decides to create an all-gray picture book that he knows will be just perfect, before the Primary and Secondary colors show up and are less than complimentary.
“NO MORE NAPS!” by Chris Grabenstein . . . When stubborn Annalise Devin McFleece will not take a nap, she goes on a stroller ride through the park past her neighbors, from a man sitting on a bench to a busy dogwalker. They take naps in her place until the whole city gradually drifts off to sleep.