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Nancy's Notes - September 29, 2011

“The Betrayal” by Diane Nobel, “Blood Trust” by Eric Van Lustbader, “Caleb’s Crossing” by Geraldine Brooks.

    Inspirational readers should enjoy Diane Nobel’s, “The Betrayal”. When recently widowed Bronwyn becomes the second wife to Gabriel MacKay, she promises her new sister wife and best friend, Mary Rose that the marriage will remain platonic. But she finds herself falling in love with the man who has promised to keep her safe. When Gabriel marries a third wife, and as the practice of polygamy increases and the age of brides decreases, Bronwyn begins to question the righteousness of this new religion. Even as the Saints journey to Salt Lake Valley, their new promised land, Bronwyn and Mary Rose plot their escape.
    Eric Van Lustbader is back with, “Blood Trust”. Alli Carson has been through a terrible time in her life. Her father recently died and her mother is in a coma from a terrible accident. She pours herself into her training to become one of the best FBI agents at the Fearington Institute. Her solace comes from the one man with whom she has ever felt a kinship, Jack McClure. When Alli becomes the prime suspect in a murder at Fearington, a wide-ranging investigation is triggered, involving local homicide detectives, the Secret Service, the FBI, and Alli’s own uncle, Billionaire Henry Carson. And yet noting is what it seems.
    Geraldine Brooks takes a small piece of history and brings it to life in, “Caleb’s Crossing”. The novel begins in 1665 in Martha’s Vineyard and revolves around the first Native American graduate of Harvard College. Bethia Mayfield is growing up on the tiny  island of Great Harbor amid a band of English Puritans. Bethia slips the bounds of her society to explore the island. At twelve, she meets Caleb the young son of a chieftain, and the two forge a secret bond that draws each  into the other’s alien world.
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