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Nancy's Notes - May 8, 2014

Margot (Large Print)by Jullian Cantor, Aloha Betrayed by Jessica Fletcher, Cavendon Hall by Barbara Taylor Bradford.

   Even if the weather is not good for planting or walking it is still good for reading! Stop in because we just received several new fictional titles. The first is historical fiction in large print. Jullian Cantor’s Margot, begins in 1959 as The Diary of Anne Frank  comes to the theater. Margie Franklin is working in Philadelphia as a secretary at a Jewish law firm. On the surface she lives a quiet life, but Margie has a secret: a life she once lived, a past and a religion she has denied, and a family and a country she left behind. Margie Franklin is really Margot Frank, older sister of Anne, who did not die in Bergen-Belsen as reported, but who (instead) escaped the Nazis for America.
    Many of our readers enjoy the “Murder She Wrote” series by Jessica Fletcher. Her latest is entitled, Aloha Betrayed. Jessica is on the Hawaiian island of Maui, giving a lecture at Maui College on community involvement in police investigations. Her co-lecturer is retired detective Mike Kane who shares his love of Hawaiian culture with Jessica. All the talking stops when the body of a colleague is found at the rocky foot of a cliff. Mala Kapule was a botanist and popular professor at the school, known for her activism and efforts on behalf of the volcanic crater Haleakala. The high altitude crater is already the site of an observatory, but plans to place the world’s largest solar telescope there split the locals, with Mala fiercely arguing to preserve the delicate ecology of the area. Was someone trying to muffle the protestors?
    Barbara Taylor Bradford’s newest, Cavendon Hall, takes place in Edwardian England. Cavendon Hall is home to two families, the aristocratic Inghams and the Swanns who serve them. Charles Ingham, the sixth Earl of Mowbray, lives there with his wife Felicity and their six children. Walter Swann is valet to the earl. His wife Alice, is in charge of the countess's wardrobe and also makes clothes for the four daughters. For centuries, these two families have lived side-by-side. With World War I looming, both families will find themselves tested and their loyalties will be challenged.
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