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Nancy's Notes - January 13, 2011

“In the Company of Others” by Jan Karon, “Take Me Home” by Brian Leung, “Magic This Time” by Jennifer Cruise

We’ve had some pretty crummy weather in the past couple of weeks. If there is snow and wind on one of the evenings that we are open, call ahead to make sure we didn’t close early. There will be no fines assessed if we are closed and you are unable to return an item.

Jan Karon is a favorite of readers of inspirational fiction. Her latest is entitled, “In the Company of Others”. Episcopal priest Tim Kavanagh is back. As a workaholic he has used every excuse in the past not to vacation but to stay put in Mitford.  Now that he is retired, he’s making good on an old promise to show his wife, Cynthia, the land of his Irish ancestors. Arriving at a Lough Arrow guest lodge in the midst of torrential rains, he soon counts this trip as the reason he never liked to leave home. The trip takes an even worse turn of events as an intruder startles Cynthia, resulting in damage to her recently fractured ankle; a cherished  painting vanishes; and a bitter wound that tears apart a family is exposed. As three generations seek deliverance form their secrets, Tim and Cynthia discover a journal written more than a century ago.

“Take Me Home” by Brian Leung begins when Addie Maine returns to Dire, Wyoming after a deadly event caused to run off forty years earlier. Years earlier she had headed West to the small coal-mining community to stay with her brother. There she was convinced that the Chinese who work the mines are half-human and someone to be wary of. When Tommy falters at homesteading the siblings must head to the mines and Addie comes in close with one of the Chinese men. The bond between the two sparks but the realty for both is that friendship is forbidden. Together they harbor a secret and Addie must protect her friend’s life and fight for what she knows is right. Now as a much older woman, returning to Dire to bid farewell to her friend from decades past, Addie comes face-to-face with the man she’s certain tried to kill her.

If you are interested in lighter entertainment, you may enjoy “Magic This Time” by Jennifer Cruise. Andie Miller is ready to move with her life. She wants to marry her fiancé and leave her ex-husband, North Archer behind. But when Andie tries to gain closure from her ex, he asks one final favor of her. A cousin has died and left North the guardian of two orphaned children who have driven away numerous nannies. He needs someone to take charge and he knows Andie can handle anything. When Andie meets the children she discovers they are worse than she feared. To make matters worse, Andie’s fiancé suspects that this is a plan by North to get Andie back and he may be right.

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