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Nancy's Notes - March 29, 2011

“Lone Wolf” by Jodi Picoult, “Love in a Nutshell" by Janet Evanovich, “77 Shadow Street” by Dean Koontz.

  I’ve spent a part of several days lately reading on my porch. Isn’t that just great! If you have some guilt-free time, come in and select a good book and enjoy some fresh air.
    Jodi Picoult has become one of my favorite authors. Her latest is entitled, “Lone Wolf”. Luke Warren has spent his life researching wolves. He has written about them and even lived with them for extended periods of time. In many ways, Luke understands wolf dynamics better than those of his own family. His wife finally left him after years of  existing in a lonely marriage. His son, Edward, twenty-four, fled six years ago, leaving behind a broken relationship with his father. Then comes a frantic phone call: Luke has been seriously injured in a car accident with Edward’s younger sister, Cara. Suddenly everything changes: Edward must return home to face the father he walked out on at age eighteen. He and Cara have to decide their father’s fate together. How can any family member make such a decision in the face of guilt, pain, or both?
    Janet Evanovich is back with, “Love in a Nutshell”. If you like a light, quick read this should be a good selection. Kate Appleton needs a job. Her husband has left her, she’s been fired from her job, and the only place she wants to go is to her parents’ summer house, The Nutshell. Kate’s plan is to turn The Nutshell into a bed-and-breakfast. The problem is, she needs cash, and the only job she can land is less than appealing. Matt Culhane wants Kate to spy on his brewery employees. Someone has been sabotaging his company, and Kate is just new enough in town to be able to insert herself into Culhane’s business and snoop around for him. If Kate finds the culprit, Matt will pay her a $20,000 bonus. But several problems present themselves: Kate despises beer. No one seems to trust her. And she is falling for her boss.
    If you are in the mood for something creepy, try “77 Shadow Street” by Dean Koontz. The Pendelton is a mansion built in the 1800s. Almost from the beginning, the house was scarred by episodes of madness, suicide, mass murder, and rumors of things far worse. Since its rechristening in the 1970s as a luxury apartment building, the Pendleton seemed to be at peace. But suddenly shadows begin to appear across walls, security cameras relay strange images, voices mutter in strange tongues, and something is lurking in the basement. Whatever drove the former occupants to their unspeakable fates has returned.
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