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Nancy's Notes - April 16

"That Went Well" by Terrell Harris Dougan, "Fatally Flaky" by Diane Mott Davidson, "Three Weeks to Say Goodbye" by C.J. Box.

Nancy's notes

We were vacationing in Arizona and New Mexico last week so my article wasn't in the paper.  I hope that people actually noticed it was not there!  Since I've returned, we've received a few new fiction as well as many non-fiction titles.

I enjoy biographies that are about "real people".  People who are living their everyday lives but are an inspiration to others.  My first title: "That Went Well", written by Terrell Harris Dougan, seems to fit in that category.   Terrell Dougan's sister, Irene, is a woman in her sixties who still believes in Santa and the Easter Bunny.  She visits children in local hospitals wearing their costumes and wins over the neighborhood children by hosting two fire trucks at her lemonade stand.  When Irene was born, her parents were advised to institutionalize her.  They refused and became advocates for the rights of people with mental disabilities.  The entire family benefited and although their life was filled with stress and sorrow, it also held joy and laughter.  Through the trying times, Terrell learned that the only way to get through the difficult moments is to laugh.   Her memoir about life with Irene shows the love and humor they lived each day.

Colorado caterer Goldy Schulz encounters Bridezilla and murder in Diane Mott Davidson's "Fatally Flaky".  Goldy is engaged in planning a wedding reception for Billie Attenborough, the bride from hell.  Billie has changed her menu six times and the event date twice.  Now she wants to move the location to the Gold Gulch Spa two days before tying the knot.  Then Doc Finn, a local physician and friend to Goldy's grandfather, is killed when his car tumbles into a ravine, or that's how it appears.  Her grandfather believes Doc was murdered because of the research he was doing at the spa.  So Goldy puts on her Chef's hat and goes undercover at the spa.

C.J. Box has recently written the thriller,"Three Weeks to Say Goodbye".  Jack and Melissa McGuant have spent years trying to have a baby.  Their dream comes true with the adoption of their daughter, Angelina.  Nine months after bringing her home, they receive a phone call from the adoption agency: Angelina's birth father, a teenager, never signed away his parental rights, and he wants her back. Worse, his father is a powerful judge who wants his son to own up to his responsibility and is willing to use his power to make sure it happens.  When Jack and Melissa attempt to handle the situation rationally by meeting face-to-face with the father and son, it is apparent that there's something sinister about both of them and that love for Angelina is not their motive. 

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