Allison Public Library Notes 6/27
“THE A LIST” by J.A. Jance . . . Settling into a quieter life a decade after a career scandal, a once-high profile newscaster is approached by someone from her past who compels her to choose between helping and jeopardizing her future.
“THE ASH FAMILY” by Molly Dektar . . . Drawn by a mysterious stranger to a remote farming community that lives off the fertile mountain lands, a North Carolina teen is seduced by their high ideals before new friends begin to disappear.
“TWO WEEKS” by Karen Kingsbury . . . A heart-wrenching and redemptive new story in the Baxter Family series features an infertile couple desperately waiting to bring their adopted child home and the young mother who is about to make the biggest decision of her life.
“ELEANOR OLIPHANT IS COMPLETELY FINE” by Gail Honeyman . . . A socially awkward, routine-oriented loner teams up with a bumbling IT guy from her office to assist an elderly accident victim, forging a friendship that saves all three from lives of isolation and secret unhappiness.
“ROUGH MAGIC” by Lara Prior-Palmer . . . At the age of nineteen, Lara Prior-Palmer discovered a website devoted to “the world’s longest, toughest horse race”—an annual competition of endurance and skill that involves dozens of riders racing a series of twenty-five wild ponies across 1,000 kilometers of Mongolian grassland. On a whim, she decided to enter the race.
“DISAPPEARING EARTH” by Julia Phillips . . . The shattering disappearance of two young girls from Russia's Kamchatka Peninsula compounds the isolation and fears of a tight-woven community, connecting the lives of neighbors, witnesses, family members, and a detective throughout an ensuing year of tension.
“WHO I AM WITH YOU” by Robin Lee Hatcher . . . Following the tragic loss of her husband and daughter, pregnant Jessica Mason's profound pain is ameliorated when she reads her grandfather's marked-up Bible and begins a friendship with a neighbor who also struggles to forgive those who have wronged him.
“THE BOOKSHOP OF THE BROKEN HEARTED” by Robert Hillman . . . In 1960s rural Australia, lonely farmer Tom Hope, recently abandoned by his unfaithful wife, finds his life turned upside down by the arrival of Hannah Babel, a vibrant librarian with a haunted past.
“THE WYOMING KID” by Debbie Macomber . . . No-nonsense schoolteacher Joy has no time for cowboys in her life. Especially not the bullheaded Lonny, who can’t seem to take a hint. Joy wants nothing to do with Lonny, yet she finds herself drawn to him when he begins to mentor one of her troubled students.
FOR YOUNG READERS:
“EVENTOWN” by Corey Ann Haydu . . . To Elodee, eleven, things seem a little too perfect in Eventown when she moves there with her parents and identical twin, Naomi, especially since forgetting the past is so highly valued.
“THE DONKEY EGG” by Janet Stevens . . . After fast-talking Fox leaves him with a large, green egg, Bear spends minutes, hours, days, and weeks lovingly caring for it with the help of his neighbor Hare.
“DRAGON NIGHT” by J.R. Krause . . . Georgie is afraid of the dark, but after an adventure with a dragon that is afraid of the knight in the book where he normally dwells, both are ready to sleep.