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Nancy's Notes - November 20, 2008

“The Given Day” by Dennis Lehane, “Salvation in Death” by J.D. Robb, “Leaving Whiskey Bend” by Dorothy Garlock, “Delia’s Crossing” by V.C. Andrews.

Nancy’s Notes

            We’d put off purchasing new materials for about a month or so before we moved into our temporary location. We didn’t have the time to process them and we didn’t want to move anything extra at that time. In the past month we have purchased two rather large orders and will send for another in the next week or so. Come in and see what is new on the shelves.

            If you enjoy historical fiction you may want to pick up “The Given Day” by Dennis Lehane. The story is set in Boston at the end of W.W. I. It is the story of two families, one black and one white, swept up in the turmoil of a country that is experiencing social and political unrest. The book encompasses the burgeoning union movement, the Boston police strike, and the Spanish Influenza pandemic. The two families struggle to define themselves while the country is at war with itself.

            The latest installment of J.D. Robb’s Eve Dallas series is entitled “Salvation in Death”. Mourners are shocked when Father Miguel Flores takes a sip from the chalice at a funeral mass and then drops over dead. Investigator Eve Dallas confirms that the consecrated wine contained potassium cyanide. A search of the victim’s room reveals few personal items except for a hidden religious medal with a mysterious inscription and a couple of underlined Bible passages. The autopsy reveals much more: the faint scars of knife wounds, a removed tattoo, and evidence of plastic surgery suggesting Father Flores may not have been the man his parishioners thought.

            Dorothy Garlock is one of our most popular romance novelists. She is a resident of Clear Lake so that makes her seem like someone you can relate to. Her newest novel is “Leaving Whiskey Bend”. Set in Whiskey Bend, Colorado, schoolteacher Hallie Wolcott and friend Pearl Parsons know there’s got to be a better place to live. Hallie and Pearl rescue their friend Mary when she is assaulted by her stepbrother and then put as many miles of Colorado wilderness behind them as possible. On their journey they meet Eli Morgan, a rancher with family troubles of his own. When Mary’s stepbrother closes in on them all, Hallie must learn perseverance and courage to claim the life and love that can become her own.

            We have recently purchased “Delia’s Crossing” by V.C. Andrews. This always makes Nola and I laugh since Andrews has been dead for at least fifteen years. Is that a prolific writer or what! Anyway, this novel begins a new series. Delia Yebarra’s life is turned upside down after her parents are killed in a truck accident. She leaves her Mexican village and embarks on a new life in America. Delia is to live with her wealthy Aunt Isabela at her estate in Palm Springs. This should be a dream come true so why does it feel like a nightmare.

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