Allison Public Library Notes 12/26
“CHILD'S PLAY” by Danielle Steel . . . Enduring her late husband’s death by embracing strict self-discipline to secure her career and the prospects of her children, a prestigious Manhattan attorney is confronted by astonishing secrets and an out-of-wedlock baby.
“ANGEL EYES” by Robert B. Parker . . . Hired by a desperate mother to search for a Hollywood starlet who has gone missing, Spenser and his former apprentice-turned-private eye, Zebulon Sixkill, follow clues to a powerful movie studio boss, the Armenian mob and a cult-like empowerment group.
“THE CHRISTMAS BOUTIQUE” by Jennifer Chiaverini . . . When severe wintry weather damages a church hosting the annual Christmas boutique, Sylvia offers space at Elm Creek Manor, where fundraising efforts are complicated by the private struggles of her fellow quilters.
“LET IT SNOW” by Nancy Thayer . . . Scrambling through the last-minute holiday rush at her Nantucket toy shop, Christina bonds with the family of her miserly landlord, forging unexpected ties along the way.
“STARS OF ALABAMA” by Sean Dietrich . . . When two Depression-era migrant workers, Paul and Vern, find an abandoned baby in the woods, they take it upon themselves to care for the mysterious child. Given in memory of Carl DeBoer.
“SPIRIT OF THE SEASON” by Fern Michaels . . . Frustrated when her late grandmother’s will requires her to give up her successful job to run the family B&B over the holidays, Joy arrives in a festive community where locals believe visitors can reunite with the spirits of loved ones.
“BETWEEN TWO SHORES” by Jocelyn Green . . . In 1759 Montreal, Catherine Duval has a Mohawk mother and French father, yet is remaining neutral among warring sides, but when her British ex-fiancâe is captured by her father she must choose whom to fight for.
“BEFORE AND AFTER” by Judy Christie . . . From the 1920s to 1950, Georgia Tann ran a black-market baby business at the Tennessee Children's Home Society in Memphis. She offered up more than 5,000 orphans tailored to the wish lists of eager parents; hiding the fact that many weren't orphans at all, but stolen sons and daughters of poor families, desperate single mothers, and women told in maternity wards that their babies had died.
“WINTER'S PROPOSAL” by Sherryl Woods . . . Widower Harlan Adams has plenty of experience raising boys. But when a rebellious teenage girl steals his truck and goes for a joyride, Harlan is baffled. Then he confronts her intriguing, sassy mother, Janet Runningbear, and is totally thrown for a loop.
FOR YOUNG READERS:
“THE TYRANT'S TOMB” by Rick Riordan . . . On his path to restoring five ancient oracles and reclaiming his godly powers, Lester, also known as Apollo, offers his aid to the Roman demigods preparing for a desperate last stand against the Triumvirate of Roman emperors.
“SNOW GLOBE WISHES” by Erin Dealey . . . Hunkering down with her family in a cozy blanket fort on the night of the worst snowstorm of the year, a little girl makes a wish on a snow globe before waking up to a winter wonderland of outside fun.
“SANTA AND THE GOODNIGHT TRAIN” by June Sobel . . . Ho-ho-hold on to your teddy bear! The Goodnight Train follows Santa&;s sleigh on a magical ride through a winter wonderland in this Christmas sequel to The Goodnight Train.
“THE BEAR AND THE STAR” by Lola M. Schaefer . . . Welcoming a new star in the sky and identifying an evergreen that is just right for a holiday gathering, Bear invites diverse friends from all over the world to a peaceful celebration of community and love.