Allison Public Library Notes 5/14
“ALL ADULTS HERE” by Emma Straub . . . When Astrid Strick witnesses a school bus accident in the center of town, it jostles loose a repressed memory from her young parenting days decades earlier. Suddenly, Astrid realizes she was not quite the parent she thought she'd been to her three, now-grown children. But to what consequence? Given by the Allison Woman's Club.
“SUNRISE ON HALF MOON BAY” by Robyn Carr . . . When Addie dropped out of university to care for their ailing parents, Justine, a successful lawyer, covered the expenses. It was the best arrangement at the time, but now that their parents are gone, the future has changed dramatically for both women. In memory of Jean Shultz.
“THE POISON FLOOD” by Jordan Farmer . . . Hollis Bragg lives on the fringes. The hunchbacked son of a West Virginia hill preacher, he now resides in rural isolation next to the burned-out husk of his father's church, and earns his living ghostwriting songs for a popular band that left the poverty and corruption of Appalachia and never looked back. When a devastating toxic spill at the Watson chemical plant poisons the local water, it sets off an unpredictable series of events as Hollis witnesses a murder, faces a shocking betrayal, and begins to come to terms with his body and his past.
“THE HEIRLOOM GARDEN” by Viola Shipman . . . Moving to Grand Haven with her traumatized veteran husband, Abby bonds with her reclusive next-door neighbor over a shared love of flowers that they cultivate together, discovering hope and healing along the way. In memory of Alice Jacobs.
“COLLATERAL DAMAGE” by Lynette Eason . . . A former military psychologist spends her days helping vets overcome PTSD--and her nights fighting her own nightmares. Now, on the run with a client who has already saved her life twice, she must uncover powerful secrets before they both end up dead.
“HELLO SUMMER” by Mary Kay Andrews . . . Conley witnesses an accident that ends in the death of a local congressman—a beloved war hero with a shady past. The more she digs into the story, the more dangerous it gets. As an old heartbreaker causes trouble and a new flame ignites, it soon looks like their sleepy beach town is the most scandalous hotspot of the summer.
“A SONG OF HOME” by Susie Finkbeiner . . . Then Conley witnesses an accident that ends in the death of a local congressman—a beloved war hero with a shady past. The more she digs into the story, the more dangerous it gets. As an old heartbreaker causes trouble and a new flame ignites, it soon looks like their sleepy beach town is the most scandalous hotspot of the summer.
“THE MOONGLOW SISTERS” by Lori Wilde . . . Moonglow Cove was once the home of the Clark sisters; brought up by their grandmother at the Moonglow Inn. Nicknamed The Moonglow Sisters, as children they were inseparable. Then, a wedding-day betrayal tore them apart and they scattered across the globe and away from each other. But the sisters have at last come home.
“A DUKE TOO FAR” by Jane Ashford . . . When Miss Ada Grandison, a close friend of his late sister, claims she holds the secret to saving the family home, the Duke of Compton must unravel the past with her help, which forces them both to confront painful memories—and their feelings for one another.
FOR YOUNG READERS:
“FINDING HOME” by Karen Kingsbury . . . For Ashley, moving to Bloomington, Indiana, is especially hard but with time, prayer, a few surprises, and especially the love of her family, she finally feels at home.
“ROY DIGS DIRT” by David Shannon . . . An adorable but messy little white dog who loves nothing better than playing in the dirt digs, burrows and rolls through the buried treasures he unearths before an encounter with a skunk sends him to the dreaded bathtub.
“THE LITTLE RED FORT” by Brenda Maier . . . Ruby wants to build a fort, but after her three brothers refuse to help and Ruby finishes the fort herself, she refuses them entry until the boys come up with a few embellishments of their own.