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Nancy's Notes - April 10, 2014

The Auschwitz Escape by Joel C. Rosenberg Distortion by Terry Blackstock, Dating, Dining and Desperation by Melody Carlson.

    Our vendor of Christian fiction was in last week. We have three dozen new titles for those who enjoy this genre. If you don’t like explicit gore or language you may want to check out this section in the library.

One of the books that peaked my interest was The Auschwitz Escape. The Nazi regime, under the leadership of Adolf Hitler, has surged to power and now holds Germany by the throat. All non-Aryans, Jews like Jacob and his family, are treated like dogs. When tragedy strikes during a night of violence, Jacob flees and joins rebel forces working to undermine the regime. But after a raid goes horribly wrong, Jacob finds himself trapped in a crowded, stinking car on the train to the Auschwitz death camp. As World War II rages and Hitler begins implementing his “final solution” to exterminate the Jewish people, Jacob must rely on his wits and a God he’s not sure he believes in to somehow escape from Auschwitz.    

One of readers of inspirational fiction has become hooked on Terry Blackstock. His latest is entitled, Distortion. When Juliet Cole's husband of fifteen years is murdered before her eyes, she thinks it was a random shooting. Devastated, she answers hours of questioning, then returns home to break the news to her boys. But a threatening voicemail takes this from a random shooting to a planned attack. Juliet realizes that she and her children are in danger too, unless she meets the killers' demands. But as she and her sisters untangle the clues, her husband's dark secrets come to light. The more she learns, the more her life is dismantled. Was her husband an innocent victim or a hardened criminal?    

Melody Carlson writes Christian fiction for both teens and adults. Her latest book is, Dating, Dining and Desperation.  Daphne Ballinger has learned to accept her deceased, eccentric aunt’s strange request that she marry in order to inherit her estate, along with taking over her aunt’s hometown paper’s advice column. But then a new neighbor, a divorced socialite, learns of Daphne’s predicament and takes on the task of finding her the perfect man, even if it includes speed dating. When God does open Daphne’s heart, it is instead to take in a young girl left parentless and in the care of her dying grandmother. It may be a temporary arrangement until the girl’s uncle returns from the Marines, whom Daphne soon discovers is very handsome and single.    

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