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Nancy's Notes - July 21, 2011

“Friendship Bread” by Darien Gee, “The Silver Boat” by LuAnne Rice, “Miss Julia Rocks the Cradle” by Ann B. Ross.

 Inspirational readers will enjoy “Friendship Bread”, by Darien Gee. It is the story of an anonymous gift can changed a person’s journey in life. One afternoon, Julia Evarts and her five-year-old daughter, Gracie, return home to find a gift on their front porch. It is a loaf of Amish Friendship Bread and a note which simply says: I hope you enjoy it. There is also a bag of starter with a request to share it with others. Julia has endured a tragedy which has left her estranged from her sister. At a loss as to how to continue her life, her first impulse is to throw out the gift. To make Gracie happy, she agrees to make the bread. When two newcomers move to her small community, she starts a friendship by offering them her extra bread starter. The three women then form a friendship that will change their lives forever.
    LuAnne Rice’s, “The Silver Boat”, takes readers from Martha’s Vineyard to Ireland. The story begins at Martha’s Vineyard where three sisters come to say good-bye to the family beach house. They plan to enjoy memories for their grandmother, mother, and their Irish father. The discovery of a cache of old letters leaves cracks in family myths and sends them back to their ancestral homeland to find answers.
    Ann B. Ross has written, “Miss Julia Rocks the Cradle”, the latest in her Miss Julia series. Miss Julia has promised her husband, Sam, that she will mind her own business. So she doesn’t need to spring into action when a dead body is found in a tool shed six blocks from her house. Instead she investigates who is passing bad checks in her name, and preparing for Hazel Marie’s impending due date. But when Miss Julia decides she is the only one who can solve the murder she tries to unravel the mystery behind Sam’s back. 
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