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Nancy's Notes - June 9, 2011

“A Heart for Home” by Laurain Snelling, “44 Charles Street” by Danielle Steele, “A Creed in Stone Creek" by Linda Lael Miller

I have written about murders for the last several weeks so I decided to find a variety this week. The first, “A Heart for Home”, is inspirational fiction. It is third in the Home to Blessing series written by Laurain Snelling. The story begins after  Astrid enteres the last tepee for the day. She finds a young brave delirious with fever, measles coveringd his body. A young woman lay dead beside him along with their dead baby. Astrid leaves the tent and wonders why no one has checked on them. As she paces outside the tent Paster Solberg approaches and asks what is troubling her. Astrid points to those who were starving and dying and questions her faith.
    Danielle Steel’s latest is “44 Charles Street”.  Francesca Thayer is the owner of the townhouse where the plumbing leaks, the furniture is from garage sales, and the place is being restored inch by inch. When she breaks up with her boyfriend she finds herself the sole mortgage payer. To make ends meet she puts an ad in the paper to accept boarders. First comes Eileen, a New York City schoolteacher. Next is Chris, a young divorced father with a seven-year-old who visits every other weekend. The final tenant is Marya, a cookbook author. As the roommates bond, there are shadows as well as light. Over the course of a year the house fills with laughter, heartbreak and hope.
    Linda Lael Miller has a rather long string of novels in her Stone Creek Series. The latest is entitled, “A Creed in Stone Creek”.  When attorney Steven Creed becomes guardian of an orphaned five-year-old boy, he trades his law firm for a ranch near his McKettrick kin in Stone Creek, Arizona. Taking care of little Matt and fixing up his run-down ranch house loosens something tightly wound inside him. But when Steven takes on the pro bono defense of a local teen, he meets his match in the opposing council, Melissa O’Ballivan.
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