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Nancy's Notes - February 16, 2012

“Only Time Will Tell” by Jeffrey Archer, “Heart Wishes” by Jude Devereux.

    Each week in February Becky is hosting the movie event, “Romance through the Decades, at the library. Every Tuesday evening at 6:00 p.m. this month she will be showing a popular film from a different decade. This week’s show, “Casa Blanca”, is from the 1940s. Starring Ingrid Bergman and Humphrey Bogart, this film is remembered for the line, “Play it again Sam”. Join Becky for the free show and popcorn.
    I’ve always enjoyed Jeffrey Archer’s historical fiction. He has written the first book in a new series, The Clifton Chronicles. The story takes readers from the Great War to the beginning of World War II. The first installment, “Only Time Will Tell”, is the tale of Harry Clifton who was told that his father was killed in the war. Working as a dock worker in Bristol, Harry never knew his father. Harry works along side his uncle who expects him to stay at the shipyard once he completes school. But when he unexpectedly wins a scholarship to an exclusive boys’ school, his life was changed forever. As he enters into adulthood, Harry learns how his father really died, but the truth only leads him to question, is he the son of Arthur Clifton, a stevedore, or the firstborn son of a West Country society member whose family owns a shipping line.
    Jude Devereux is back with, “Heart Wishes”. Gemma Ranford wants the job of cataloging the documents of one of Edilean’s oldest families, the Fraziers. Fascinated with history and trying to finish her dissertation, she’s confident that the papers will give her new information for her research. She doesn’t expect to find the repeated references to the Hearwishes Sone, a magical talisman said to grant wishes to anyone named Frazier. Gemma writes it off as pure legend. As she spends more time with family, she realizes that the most secret wishes of each of the Fraziers are slowly coming true. However, she’s not the only one who has noticed that the stone’s powers have been awakened, and an international thief is also on the hunt. Gemma must find the stone before it can be used against the family.
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