Allison Public Library Notes 12/13
“FAMILY TRUST” by Kathy Wang . . . Struggling to fulfill a terminally ill father's final bequest, a privileged Chinese-American family in Silicon Valley is forced to contend with the realities of their ambitions and actual desires.
“WINTER IN PARADISE” by Elin Hilderbrand . . . When Irene Steele discovers that her husband is dead, she is shocked to find out he died on the white, sandy beaches of St. John where he kept a secret, second family.
“WHO KILLED ST. NICK” by David C. Craig . . . It's almost Christmas and the time of “Ho, Ho, Ho” tragically turns into a time of “No, Oh, No!” Alison's friend Shaska finds herself the prime suspect in the murder of St. Nick. Did Shaska the elf really kill Santa Clause, or was there a broader plot?
“THE LOVE LETTER” by Rachel Hauck . . . Romance has never been actress Chloe Daschle’s forte—in life or on screen. When Chloe is given a peek at the script for an epic love story, she decides to take her destiny into her own hands and request an audition for the lead female role, Esther Kingsley. The compelling tale, inspired by family lore and a one-page letter from the colonial ancestor of scriptwriter Jesse Gates, just might break her out of this career-crippling rut.
“ALASKAN HOLIDAY” by Debbie Macomber . . . An uplifting Christmas tale, set in the Alaskan wilderness, about finding love where it's least expected. Taking a job in a remote Alaskan town, a talented young chef bonds with a crotchety baker and a master swordsmith who complicate her career ambitions on the mainland.
“THE MAN SHE MARRIED” by Cathy Lamb . . . Trapped in a coma but aware of everything around her, Natalie reflects on the happy marriage she shared with her husband, who she realizes is hiding a dangerous secret.
“THE WAGON” by Stu Campbell . . . The “Wagon” wasn't really a horse-drawn wagon. Our bedrolls and groceries and supplies were hauled to our camp in a pickup. It was a term that had been handed down over the years from the late eighteen-hundreds. We were doing things just as they had back then. If a feller said we were going out on the pickup, nobody would know what he was talking about and would probably figure we were going for a Sunday afternoon joy ride.
“ONCE A MIDWIFE” by Patricia Harman . . . When her husband is imprisoned for his pacifist stance when the U.S. enters World War II, midwife Patience Hester fights for her husband's release while running her practice in the face of hostile neighbors.
“COWBOY HONOR” by Carolyn Brown . . . Patience was never one of her virtues. After her SUV runs off the road in the middle of a Texas blizzard and her cell stops working, Claire Mason is about to snap. Getting back home to Oklahoma with her four-year-old niece is top priority. And lucky for her, help comes in the form of a true Texas cowboy.
FOR YOUNG READERS:
“THE ETHAN I WAS BEFORE” by Ali Standish . . . Moving from Boston to small-town Georgia after losing his best friend in a devastating accident, Ali bonds with Coralee, a girl with an outsized personality whose inclination toward colorful stories may be putting both of them in danger.
“SANTA BRUCE” by Ryan T. Higgins . . . Grumpy and cold when his forest friends insist he stay awake to celebrate Christmas, Bruce the bear, wearing his long underwear and warm hat, is mistaken for Santa by the youngest forest creatures.
“TWAS THE EVENING OF CHRISTMAS” by Glenys Nellist . . . ’Twas the evening of Christmas, when all through the town, every inn was so crowded, no room could be found. Tired Mary and Joseph, who went door to door, at last found a place on a small stable floor.
“NATIVITY” by Cynthia Rylant . . . Presents an illustrated version of the King James Bible story of the birth of Jesus Christ and of his Sermon on the Mount.